Hey guys, Ashley here filling in for Sean for this week's live Raw reports & results. Some interesting things are set to go down tonight. What will Triple H's response be at the top of the show? Will CM Punk explain his actions from last week? And most importantly, who will be beaten by Ryback? Keep it here for all the answers (well, hopefully all).
We start tonight with a recap of last week's 'respect' talk with John Cena, CM Punk and Jerry Lawler.
The pyro has gone off and we start with Jerry Lawler going from the commentary table to the ring. He says that he apologized to Punk for his comments from Raw 1000 and that he got kicked in the head for it. Lawler now says that HE wants an apology from CM Punk for his actions from last week. Punk makes his way down to the ring. He says that he did nothing wrong, he was disrespected by him. He does apologize, but says that his apology was for Lawler acting like a teenager for 15 years, his actions with Andy Kaufman and sorry that he lost at Mania to Cole among many other things.
Punk then asks him whether he wants to fight. Punk says that Lawler is only a commentator though and that the match would be an embarrassment. Lawler says he only wanted an apology, but Punk keeps goading him into a fight. As Punk walks up the ramp, Lawler says that he will think about it.
We're back from break and Jack Swagger is in the ring. Ryback's music hits and it looks like Swagger is this week's victim.
Match 1 - Jack Swagger Vs. Ryback
Jack Swagger tries to over-power Ryback, but Ryback wins as ever with his suplex finisher.
WINNER - Ryback
Cole announces that Triple H will be on later tonight to talk to the WWE Universe on his future, as well as John Cena taking on The Miz also set for tonight.
Back from break and Natalya is in the ring. Layla is making her way out to the ring. Vickie Guerrero has entered and says that she has an announcement to make, but the match is underway.
Match 2 - Natalya Vs. Layla
Decent little match with Layla getting the win with a kick to the back of the head.
WINNER - Layla
Vickie tells everyone to clear the ring. She says that AJ's move to put Dolph's briefcase on the line was out of order and that the board of director's should remove her from her post, adding that she was the only one to speak her mind. AJ comes out and a CAT FIGHT ensues!
Now they're showing some of the great moments that Triple H has has over the past 15 years in WWE, first showing DX related stuff.
Now we're seeing a pre-recorded segment with Daniel Bryan's anger management classes. A kid walks in with a goat mask, who's in the school play that the group's therapist. Bryan is irate!
Punk taunts Lawler some more on Twitter, which leads to Lawler getting a mic. He says that Punk should be respectful of the history that has happened before him, like Andy Kaufman and the legends that fought in Memphis. He says that he's never backed down, so he'll accept Punk's challenge.
John Cena is now making his way down to the ring for his match. The Miz follows down to the ring. Josh Matthews has now joined the commentary.
Match 3 - John Cena Vs. The Miz
Good match between the two guys, with Cena getting the victory with the Attitude Adjustment
WINNER - John Cena
RawActive tweet thing has been put out with the options for the Punk Vs. Lawler match for the main event. The choices are a Tables Match, a No DQ match and a Cage Match.
They then show another video package with Triple H, this time focusing on his solo run as 13 time world champion.
Back from break, and confirmed for later tonight, it's Sheamus & Orton teaming up to take on Del Rio & Ziggler.
More Daniel Bryan anger management and Kane is in the meeting now, arriving late.
Heath Slater is in the ring. Santino makes his way down to the ring next.
Match 4 - Heath Slater Vs. Santino Marella
This match was so good that it had a dance-off in it... yes, it was bad. Santino went for the Cobra, only for Aksana to try and distract it from the stage. The Cobra strikes and Santino gets the win. Yawn.
WINNER - Santino Marella
Back from break and Brodus Clay is making his usual entrance, followed by Sin Cara. We have a tag match incoming. Damian Sandow came out and said that he had found a tag partner on his level, Cody Rhodes. Cody then disses both Brodus & Cara.
Match 5 - Brodus Clay & Sin Cara Vs. Damian Sandow & Cody Rhodes
Decent little match, Brodus getting the win for his team with Sin Cara and Sandow outside. Cody goes for the Beautiful Disaster only for Brodus to stop him and does his splash finish.
WINNER - Brodus Clay & Sin Cara
More anger management classes with Kane & Daniel Bryan. Kane goes into vivid detail on his childhood. Next week, the group memebrs have to make anger collages. This was a great segment, with great nods to some of the classic as well as more recent moments.
Back from break with another Triple H highlights package.
R-Truth is making his way out to the ring for the next match, accompanied by Kofi Kingston. Daniel Bryan makes his way out next, trying to stay calm.
Match 6 - R-Truth Vs. Daniel Bryan
Midway through the match, Truth gets the crowd to chant YES!, and Bryan gets the mic and says NO!, Truth gets in the ring and with Bryan breaking down outside, Truth wins by count-out.
WINNER - R-Truth
Bryan shows his frustration by destroying the ring stairs.
Quick recap of Lesnar Vs Triple H from Summerslam, with the announcement that Triple H will be out next to make his statement.
Triple H is making his way down to the ring. He says that everybody wants to know his answer as to whether he's retiring. He says that he didn't want to be crippled for life by wrestling too long. However, he says that he still wants to be kicking people's asses and that includes Lesnar. But with a broken arm, he doesn't think he can anymore. Crowd chants that he can do it. Triple H thanks the fans as everyone in WWE competes and performs for the fans. Triple H getting emotional saying that he hopes the fans won't forget him.
Triple H never said that he'd retired, worth noting, but the crowd still do a 'Thank You Hunter' and Triple H chants as he makes his way backstage. Excellent segment.
Raw Recap now with Ziggler retiring Jericho from last week.
Jericho's music hits, but it's Ziggler instead, with some comments regarding retiring Jericho last week. Del Rio is out next. Next up to the ring is Orton and finally Sheamus makes his way to the ring.
Match 7 - Dolph Ziggler & Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) Vs. Randy Orton & Sheamus
Good match, with the finish seeing Ziggler go for the briefcase, only for Orton to stop him, give him the backbreaker which Sheamus followed with the Brogue Kick to get the win for his team.
WINNER - Sheamus & Randy Orton
We cut to backstage to Jerry Lawler & John Cena, with Lawler saying that he doesn't want Cena to help him tonight as it will only give more ammunition to Punk.
Raw Recap with Josh Matthews getting attacked by Kane at Summerslam.
Kane is now making his way down to the ring. Josh Matthews has run off and Kane is now on commentary for the match... LOL.
Zack Ryder is making his way down to the ring, followed by David Otunga.
Match 8 - Zack Ryder Vs. David Otunga
Ok-ish match. Ryder wins with the Rough Ryder. BTW, Kane says nothing throughout and Cole is stood up wanting nothing to do with him.
WINNER - Zack Ryder
Kane immediately goes in the ring and goes to choke slam Ryder, only to change his mind and he choke slams Otunga instead. So the anger management therapy seems to be going well for both guys...
Back from break, and Booker T has tweeted that for Smackdown this Friday, Randy Orton will face Dolph Ziggler.
RawActive results next and the Lawler Vs. Punk match will be inside a Steel Cage. AJ then makes her way out and announces that, regardless of the result tonight, Punk will compete at Night Of Champions against the opponent of AJ's choosing, who is John Cena. So Cena Vs. Punk is set for the next PPV.
Back from break and Lawler maks his way down to the ring, followed by CM Punk.
Match 9 - Jerry Lawler Vs. CM Punk
Punk allows Lawler the first shot, which Lawler accepts and nearly knocks him out of his boots. Anyway, overall, a very good match to close. Punk gets the win with the Anaconda Vice.
WINNER - CM Punk
Punk takes a long time to release the hold, but eventually lets it go. Punk goes under the ring, grabs a toolbox and gets a chain and padlock, and lock the cage door up tight. He then says that Lawler should now say he's the best in the world, Lawler refuses. CM Punk then beats down on Lawler further. Cena tries to make the save, but can't get in, asking for the cage to be raised. Eventually, the cage is raised and as Cena runs in to check on Lawler, Punk gets out with his title as Raw goes off the air.
So how will Cena react to the beatdown of Lawler by Punk? Will Bryan & Kane's therapy sessions go better next week? And will Jack Swagger ever win a match again? Make sure you're back here next week to find out! ASHLEY OUT
Following WWE's SummerSlam pay-per-view, it was believed that the Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H rematch would not happen until November's Survivor Series pay-per-view. Now that match is being rumored for October's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. It should be noted that no date is confirmed but the rematch is in WWE's plans.
Regarding Lesnar's future with WWE, we noted a few weeks back that most within WWE expect Lesnar to be offered a new contract once his current deal expires at WrestleMania 29.
Lesnar is said to be very happy with his current deal and most believe he would sign another contract if WWE offered him the same stipulations. The 2012 SummerSlam buyrate will likely play a huge factor in what WWE offers Brock next time.
Despite teaming for NXT's dark match to face Seth Rollins & CM Punk, there are no plans for the former "Kings Of Wrestling"Kassius Ohno and Antonio Cesaro to team up on the main roster reports Wrestling Observer Newsletter
TNA FAN INTERACTION PACKAGES ANNOUNCED FOR 2013 UK TOUR
Fans can meet TNA IMPACT WRESTLING stars before each Tour event
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries joins star-studded roster
Miss Tessmacher, Daniels, Kazarian and Magnus also added to UK shows
LONDON, ENGLAND (August 27, 2012): TNA IMPACT WRESTLING has released a strictly limited number of Fan Interaction tickets for the January 2013 ‘Road To Lockdown' Tour, giving British fans the chance to meet some of the world’s most famous wrestlers.
The eagerly awaited passes go on sale at 10am on Friday August 31 and will be available for the live events in Glasgow (January 23), Nottingham (24) and Manchester (25) and the double Challenge TV taping at London’s Wembley Arena (26).
Tickets cost £32.50 each, or £35 for London, and have been limited in number in order to improve the fan experience for January 2013. There will be eight top TNA superstars at each meet and greet. Each wrestler will sign a maximum of two items per fan.
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries, Knockouts Champion Miss Tessmacher, World Tag Team Champions Christopher Daniels & Kazarian and British superstar Magnus have all joined the roster for the ‘Road To Lockdown’ Tour, which will feature a steel cage match on every show.
Worldwide wrestling stars already announced for the Tour include Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode, James Storm, AJ Styles, Mr. Anderson, Rob Van Dam and Gail Kim.
Austin Aries said: “This is the Tour that will have everything – the best wrestlers on the planet, wild cage matches, memorable moments and, of course, The Greatest Man That Ever Lived Austin Aries. I promise that every fan will definitely get their money’s worth, because I am Mr. Money’s Worth!”
Fan Interaction tickets can be bought from www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk / 0844 826 2826. Those purchasing Fan Interaction tickets must also have a regular event ticket, which are sold separately, in order to gain access. Full details of the shows are:
Wednesday January 23 Glasgow Braehead Arena 0844 499 9990
Thursday January 24 Nottingham Capital FM Arena 0844 412 4624
Friday January 25 Manchester Arena 0844 847 8000
Saturday January 26 London Wembley Arena (TV taping) 0844 815 0815
The TNA Road To Lockdown Tour also comes to the Dublin National Stadium, Ireland, on Monday January 21. Tickets can be bought from www.ticketmaster.ie / 0818 719 300.