WWE Capitol Punishment

Capitol Punishment

Promotional poster depicting Rey Mysterio, Barack Obama, and John Cena[1]

“Capital” by Jim Johnston[2]




June 19, 2011


Verizon Center

Washington, D.C.

Pay-per-view chronology

Over the Limit (2011)
Capitol Punishment
Money in the Bank (2011)

Capitol Punishment was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by WWE, which took place on June 19, 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.[4][5] Capitol Punishment received 170,000 buys, up from the 143,000 buys that WWE Fatal 4-Way received in the previous year. In 2012, this pay-per-view was replaced by the returning WWE No Way Out, and in 2013 with WWE Payback.


1 Background

1.1 Production

2 Event

2.1 Preliminary matches
2.2 Main event

3 Results
4 See also
5 References
6 External links

See also: Professional wrestling
The professional wrestling matches at Capitol Punishment featured professional wrestlers performing as characters in scripted events pre-determined by the hosting promotion, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).[6][7] Storylines between the characters were produced on WWE’s weekly television shows Raw and SmackDown with the Raw and SmackDown brands—storyline divisions in which WWE assigned its employees to different programs.[8]
Raw’s main feud was between John Cena and R-Truth for the WWE Championship. The crazed R-Truth started to set his sights on the WWE Championship and John Cena. R-Truth had been scheduled to compete against The Miz and John Cena at Extreme Rules for the WWE Championship. John Morrison questioned Truth’s ability to compete in the match and challenged him for his spot. Morrison won the match causing R-Truth to turn heel by attacking Morrison. R-Truth would cost Morrison the match at Extreme Rules. R-Truth claimed there was a conspiracy against him in WWE and announced he was done entertaining the fans. He repeatedly ranted about Cena’s popularity and even harassed a young Cena fan and his father by throwing water in the father’s face. The RAW General Manager announced a championship match between him and Cena at Capitol Punishment on the condition that R-Truth apologize for his actions. On the June 6 episode of RAW, R-Truth apologized for his actions and retained his title shot against John Cena.
Smackdown’s main feud on the card was between former World Heavyweight Champion