CM Punk is sitting in the middle of the ring and Paul Heyman has a mic and he introduces himself and he says that he is honored to be sharing a ring with the WWE Champion, the Best in the World, CM Punk.
Unfortunately they have some bad news because this show is grinding to a halt right about now.
Raw will not be presented this evening until justice is served. Paul says that everyone knows what he is talking about. During the main event last week . . . let’s go to the video tape. We see Punk’s foot on the rope but the referee did not see it.
Paul says that this means that they are all witnesses to a grand injustice that has befallen the Best in the World. Therefore, at this time, he would like to summon to the ring, the referee from last week, Brad Maddox.
Paul wants him to apologize and admit to his mistake, followed by his resignation from Raw.
Brad does not come out to the ring at first and then he timidly makes his way to the ring.
Paul says that everyone dreams of their big moment and this is his.
Brad tells Mr. Heyman and Mr. Punk that he made a mistake. He was nervous because it was his first main event match. He should have checked the ropes and he feels terrible.
Paul applauds him making his mistake. Now he wants Brad to resign.
Brad says that he apologizes but he does not feel that he needs to resign.
Punk says that he does not care what Brad feels unless he feels ashamed. He embarrassed himself and the WWE Champion on his show. Punk wants to know how he got this job and was employed by the WWE. How does he stand up and walk down here and pretend to be a man.
Brad says that he got a call from the general manager when they expanded to three hours when they needed more officials.
Paul calls Brad a scab. Paul gives Brad a WWE/NFL sleeping mask.
Punk says that is a very telling piece of eyewear and he thinks that Brad was wearing it last week.
That explains everything because he was the buffoon hired by the idiot general manager. If AJ was good at making decisions, she would come out and fire him. If she had a brain . . .
Eventually AJ got her cue and she skips to the ring. AJ thanks Brad and tells him that he can go to the back.
Paul says that he assumes that AJ is out here to reverse the decision from last week and correct the injustice that has befallen the WWE Champion.
AJ tells Paul that when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me, but mostly you. The referee made a mistake but she will not let them berate an official and hold her show hostage. She wants to know who the hell Paul thinks he is.
Punk reminds AJ that he is the WWE Champion. He says that he is the reason why AJ has her job today and gets her paycheck from the WWE. Punk says that there is so much hostility between him and AJ. Punk wants everyone to see why she has it out for Punk.
We go to the footage from two months ago when AJ proposed to CM Punk and he said no.
Punk laughs at AJ and he says that is the reason why there is so much tension between them. That was why AJ brought an incompetent referee out last week to screw her. If AJ forgets that match from last week, he will forget how AJ came to every show in a CM Punk t-shirt. He will forget all of the messages that are not appropriate to air on USA Network.
Punk tells AJ to tell everyone how intimate they were behind closed doors. He wants her to tell everyone why he is the reason behind the skip in her step. He wants her to tell everyone that he is the best in the world.
Paul tells Punk that he will navigate the political waters for Punk. Paul tells AJ that based on everything that he has seen tonight . . . he gets on his knees and wants AJ to marry him. He promises that her wildest ideas of power will be granted beyond her belief. They will pass every power couple. Brad and Angelina . . . Bill and Hilary . . . Triple H and Stephanie. They will be the most powerful couple and they will rule the WWE. He will come up with all of the ideas and she can take the credit for all of his brilliance. He tells AJ not to be offended because he likes them young, dumb, and full of ambition.
AJ looks at Paul and she slaps him. AJ leaves the ring and walks to the back.
Later tonight, we will hear from Jerry Lawler, who is still recovering from a heart attack.
We are back and one of the referees tells Brad that he has his back. AJ stops by and Brad thanks AJ for standing up for him. He says that he won’t make that mistake again.
AJ says that it will not happen again because she will personally . . . see to it that he will never work in this business again. She does not like cleaning up his messes. He made her look like an idiot.
Brad says that he is sorry while AJ has a vacant look in her eyes.
Vickie Guerrero comes out and she excuse mes before introducing Dolph Ziggler.
We see the War of Tweets between Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler.
Match Number One: Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero and briefcase) versus Kofi Kingston (with R Truth, popcorn, a drink, and Little Jimmy)
Before the match, Vickie makes faces at Little Jimmy and we have a discussion with all four people and Truth’s drink goes all over Vickie. The referee has to hold Ziggler back from going after Truth and Kofi. The referee sends Vickie and Truth to the back.
The bell rings and Kofi with punches and kicks but Ziggler with a kick of his own. Kofi with a European uppercut and drop kick. Kofi clotheslines Ziggler over the top rope to the floor and then Kofi with a flip dive onto Ziggler on the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with punches to Kingston. Kofi with an Irish whip but he misses a splash into the corner. Ziggler with a reverse exploder suplex for a near fall. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a neck breaker for a near fall. Kofi with punches to Ziggler but Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall.
Ziggler with a reverse chin lock and body scissors. Kofi gets out of the body scissors and he punches Ziggler in the ribs and face. Ziggler punches back. Ziggler misses a splash into the corner and both men are down. Ziggler and Kofi exchange punches but Kofi with a clothesline and back elbow followed by a drop kick and Superman punch. Kofi does a lap around the ring and it is time for the Boom Drop.
Kofi sets for Trouble in Paradise but Ziggler catches Kofi and tries for another reverse Exploder. Kofi escapes and tries for an SOS but Ziggler blocks it. Kofi with a pendulum kick followed by a springboard clothesline for a near fall. Kofi leaps into the corner but Ziggler moves and Kofi lands on the turnbuckles. Kofi with a cross body for a near fall.
Ziggler with a kick to the knee followed by the Fameasser for a near fall. Ziggler sets for the sleeper but Kofi blocks it. Kofi hits the SOS but Ziggler kicks out. Kofi goes to the turnbuckles and Ziggler tries for a drop kick but Kofi catches him. Kofi with a catapult into the turnbuckles. Kofi avoids Ziggler and then hits a cross body for a near fall.
Kofi sets for Trouble in Paradise but Ziggler ducks. Ziggler sends Kofi into the turnbuckles and then Ziggler with the Zig Zag for the three count.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Jim Ross mentions that John Cena underwent elbow surgery last week and the damage to the elbow was a bit worse than expected.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for a look at whether or not Daniel Bryan and Kane are really taking advantage of their anger management classes. We see footage from Friday night when Bryan cost Kane his match . . . and then Kane returned the favor.
Michael Cole mentions that Dr. Shelby introduced some radical therapy for Kane and Daniel Bryan. We go to a diner where Dr. Shelby was with Daniel Bryan. Shelby says that they are one step away from a breakthrough. Bryan says that he is the tag team champions. He has a role playing exercise for Kane and Bryan to co-exist peacefully. Their waiter is Kane. Kane says that this is stupid. Bryan orders some food and he wants a tag team partner who isn’t a psycho. Dr. Shelby says that he isn’t Kane, he is Gerald and he is a friendly waiter. They have a new cook because the old cook is annoying and he took credit for everything. He took the cook by his goat beard and shoved his head in the fryer. He says that he sprinkled the remnants of the cook’s head all over the food.
It is time to name the Team of Kane and Daniel Bryan later tonight on Raw Active.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Darren Young and Titus O’Neil versus Santino Marella and Zack Ryder
Ryder and Young start things off and Young pushes Ryder but Ryder pie faces Young and hits a flapjack for a near fall. Young misses a clothesline and Ryder misses a cross body and hits the ropes. Young with an elbow drop and reverse chin lock. Ryder with punches but Young with knees and he tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Ryder lands on his feet and he tags in Marella.
Santino with punches and then he hits a Saito suplex followed by a diving head butt. Ryder is sent into the ring post when he tries to interfere. Santino with a split and hip toss but Titus makes the blind tag and he hits Clash of the Titus for the three count.
Winners: Titus O’Neil and Darren Young
We go to commercial but we have a special guest tonight. We will find out when we get back. Is Heath Slater ready?
We are back and Mick Foley makes his way to the ring. Mick thanks everyone for the ovation, but he comes to everyone tonight as a card carrying member of the WWE Universe. As a member of the WWE Universe, he sees things on Raw that move him and inspire him. A year ago, he saw the emergence of CM Punk. The reaction is very telling because CM Punk inspired change, but what change did he inspire? Bullying referees, blindly following Paul Heyman? The CM Punk he knew told people to stand up and be a voice for the voiceless.
CM Punk interrupts and he is now sporting a sweatshirt to add to his ensemble.
Punk walks past Foley and then he tells Mick not to grandstand to the people. He tells Foley to say it to his face so he can show him some respect and honesty. Punk tells Mick to tell everyone that he is here to sell a new children’s book.
Foley says that is not the reason. Foley says that he struggles with the role of his relevancy but Punk took care of that last year. When Punk became the WWE Champion, he sent Punk a text message and he got a response. Foley says that he sent a text asking how it felt to be the biggest name in the business and Punk sent a text back two minutes later thanking Foley for saying that.
As a voice of someone who is still relevant, he is deeply disturbed by Punk’s actions and his alignment with Paul Heyman.
Punk tells the people that he does not need their help. He tells off a few fans. Punk says that Foley has no idea what he is talking about.
Foley says that he was a Heyman guy, but you have to finish your journey yourself. He did not become a star until he left Paul. It seems like Paul has been in Punk’s ear for more than a month.
Punk acts sarcastically about what people say about Heyman.
Foley says that Paul never lied to him, but at the end of the day, Paul Heyman is going to do what is best for Paul Heyman, not CM Punk. Why would CM Punk, one of the most thought provoking and best speakers need a mouthpiece. Is he going to be an inspiration or a Kool Aid drinker.
Punk wants to know if they are done.
Foley says that he wants to talk about Hell in a Cell. That one match, fourteen years ago, made Foley a legend in the business. It might have shortened his career. He understands that barbarity more than anyone. He has not had to ask anyone for their respect since that moment because he earned it. Anyone who survives Hell in a Cell becomes respected. Ask Shawn Michaels, ask Triple H, ask the Undertaker.
Punk says that was a brilliant speech and he wants to know if Foley wants the old CM Punk back.
Foley says that he wants Punk to prove that he is the best in the world by standing in Hell in a Cell with John Cena.
Punk says that he is a bit confused because he heard that speech from John Cena after he beat him at SummerSlam. Then he heard Cena say that if he walks into Cena’s home town as the WWE Champion and walks out as the champion, he is the Best in the World. Then Bret Hart, another man who claims to be like him to latch on. Bret also disrespected him in his ‘home town’. Bret might have punched him and embarrassed him and everyone probably liked that.
What would be more embarrassing would be for him to put his hands on Mick Foley because he would not lower himself to try to put his hands on Mick Foley. Punk says that Foley is beneath him. He does not know how many title matches he needs to give John Cena to prove that he is the Best in the World, but he does not have to do anything for ‘them’ because they turned their back on him. Foley leaped off a roof like an idiot and then he subjected himself to matches with thumbtacks, barbed wire, and fire to satisfy the fans.
Punk will not put himself in harm’s way in a car crash match like Hell in a Cell. He has already beaten John Cena. Punk raises the bar with 309. Tomorrow it will be 310.
Mick Foley says that the number that is important to him is 29 because that is the number of days he held the title during his three title runs. They only care about the moments that define us. Foley tells Punk that he needs one more moment to define himself.
Foley says that he talked to AJ to present this challenge to CM Punk. John Cena should be ready for Hell in a Cell. AJ is giving CM Punk the chance to give John Cena the match, but it will be face to face. He can accept that moment for greatness or he can walk out. He tells Punk that he needs to make the decision for himself, for Foley, and for the WWE Universe. He tells Punk to have a nice day.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Miz versus Ryback in a Non Title Match
Ryback backs Miz into the corner and Miz with a slap and punches. Ryback with a punch and then he puts Miz in the corner and connects with shoulders. Ryback with a biel but he runs into a back elbow from Miz. Ryback tries for a power slam but Miz counters and tries for the Reality Check but Ryback re-counters with a power slam.
Ryback slams Miz’ head into the mat. Miz rolls to the floor and Ryback follows after him. Ryback grabs Miz’ legs but Miz sends Ryback into the ringside barrier. Miz is caught by Ryback and they return to the ring. Miz with a series of boots to the head followed by a DDT but Ryback kicks out at one.
Ryback picks up Miz and hits a power bomb. Ryback winds up for the lariat and he hits it while a fan runs into the ring. Ryback with the marching muscle buster for the three count.
Now it is time for more of My Dinner with Daniel . . . and Kane. Daniel says that he cannot believe that Dr. Shelby is trying to get them to work it out. Kane says that they can never be friends. Bryan talks about how much fun it was to take care of eight men on Friday night. After yesing, we cut to Mae Young who says that she will have what they are having.
We go to commercial.
We are back and AJ Lee is in her office with all of the referees and she says that they are the backbone of the WWE. They don’t have Instant Replay and they never will. AJ says that mistakes are made and she tells them to have a great rest of the show.
Alberto Del Rio enters with David Otunga and Ricardo Rodriguez. She knows that Alberto was not happy about Booker lifting the ban on the Brogue Kick. AJ says that she knows that all of them have been victims of the Brogue Kick. Tonight, there will be a six man tag. Sheamus, Sin Cara, and Rey Mysterio will face Alberto Del Rio, David Otunga, and Ricardo Rodriguez.
Ricardo is excited and he calls them the Tres Amigos.
Match Number Four: Wade Barrett versus Tyson Kidd
Kidd with a drop kick and kicks to the leg followed by a corkscrew drop kick and a drop kick to the head for a near fall. Barrett with an Irish whip and Kidd floats over but Barrett with a back heel kick and clothesline. Barrett puts Kidd in the ropes and connects with knees to the chest followed by a boot to the head that knocks Kidd to the floor.
Barrett goes to the floor and then he runs Kidd’s back into the apron before rolling Kidd back into the ring. Kidd rolls to the apron and Kidd with a shoulder and then he hits a rollup but Barrett kicks out. Barrett with the Blackpool Slam and then he sets up for and hits The Souvenir for the three count.
Winner: Wade Barrett
We are back and Michael Cole is in the ring and he says that they are getting ready to go to Jerry Lawler’s home in Memphis. We see a photo from two weeks ago when Jerry suffered a heart attack. Cole says that the doctor told him it is a miracle that Lawler has recovered so quickly.
We go to Jerry Lawler on the TitanTron and he is sitting on his throne. Michael says that Jerry looks fantastic when you consider he had a heart attack two weeks ago. Jerry says that his voice sounds a little raspy after having a breathing tube down his throat. He says that it is great to be back with the WWE Universe on Raw.
Michael asks Jerry what the last thing was that he remembered. Jerry says that he remembers Bret Hart being confronted by CM Punk at the start of the night. Then Jerry mentions that does not remember anything that happened during his match or after. He then remembers waking up in the hospital in Montreal.
Jerry mentions that when he woke up, he thought he was still in Aruba and not Montreal.
Michael asks Jerry if he expected the outpouring of support. Jerry says that the prayers, concerns, and well wishes from not just the WWE Universe, but everyone who he has ever interacted with have sent their well wishes and prayers to him.
Michael asks Jerry when will he march down the stage to return to the announce table.
Jerry says that it was a matter of time that once Raw went from two to three hours, he defies anyone to try to sit next to Cole for three hours without having a heart attack. Jerry says that he will be back when the doctors give him the okay.
Match Number Five: David Otunga, Alberto Del Rio, and Ricardo Rodriguez versus Sheamus, Sin Cara, and Rey Mysterio
The match is joined in progress and Sheamus sends Otunga to the apron but Del Rio and Ricardo pull him to the floor. Sheamus with a splash off the apron onto Otunga when Del Rio and Ricardo move. Sin Cara and Mysterio with dives onto Ricardo and Alberto.
Sheamus brings Otunga back into the ring and Cara tags in and he kicks Otunga. Otunga with a shoulder tackle and he tags in Ricardo. Ricardo runs into boots from Cara followed by an arm drag. Del Rio with a kick to the back and Ricardo with a clothesline to the back and he gets a near fall. Ricardo with a kick to Cara and he tags in Del Rio who kicks Cara. Del Rio with a suplex for a near fall.
Cara with kicks but Del Rio with a kick followed by a curb stomp for a near fall. Ricardo wants to tag in and he kicks Cara. Ricardo goes after the mask and Cara with a kick followed by an arm drag and Rey tags in along with Del Rio.
Rey with a head scissors and drop kick for a near fall. Del Rio sends Rey into the turnbuckles but Del Rio runs into the corner and Rey with a drop toe hold. Rey climbs the turnbuckles and Del Rio with a step up enzuigiri for a near fall.
We see Darren Young and Titus O’Neil watching on the monitor.
Otunga tags back in and he slams Rey. Otunga asks Ricardo if he wants to tag back in and he does. Ricardo punches Rey and he gets a near fall. Rey with kicks and Otunga tags back in and Otunga kicks Rey. Otunga sends Rey into the corner and Del Rio tags in and hits a running enzuigiri to the back and gets a near fall. Alberto with a reverse chin lock.
Del Rio with a sunset flip to Rey but you do not sunset flip Rey because he rolls through and hits a drop kick on Del Rio. Sheamus and Otunga tag in and Sheamus with two double sledges followed by a shoulder into the corner and a running knee lift. Sheamus sets for the fireman’s carry slam but Otunga escapes. Sheamus misses a Brogue Kick and Ricardo gets tagged in.
Sheamus pulls Rodriguez into the ring. Ricardo tries to escape but he gets caught in the ropes and Sheamus with the forearms and then he punches Del Rio. Sheamus hits the tenth and Ricardo falls into the ropes. Rey hits the 619 and then Rey with a rana to Alberto that sends him into the ringside barrier. Sin Cara tags in and hits a swanton for the three count.
Winners: Sin Cara, Sheamus, and Rey Mysterio
After the match, Sin Cara and Rey suggest that Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick on Otunga and he connects.
We go to commercial.
It is time for the latest from Dr. Shelby and Team Huggy Bear. Dr. Shelby says that they have made tremendous progress. There is one more piece of identity therapy. The waitress brings Daniel Kane’s pasta and Kane Daniel’s salad. He wants each man to take one bite to walk in the other’s shoes. They examine the food and Kane has some of the salad while Bryan tries a meatball.
Dr. Shelby asks him how he feels and Kane belches. He asks Daniel and he says it wasn’t as bad as he thought but then he throws up in Dr. Shelby’s lap.
The options for a team name for Kane and Bryan are Team Teamwork, Team Hell No, and Team Friendship.
We are back and Daniel Bryan and Kane make their separate entrances to the ring, showing that Dr. Shelby has not united the tag team champions.
It is time to find out what name the WWE Universe is going to give to Team Huggy Bears. They will be known as Team Hell No.
Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow attack Kane and Bryan. Cody with Beautiful Disaster to Kane and Sandow with the straightjacket neck breaker to Bryan.
Cody takes the mic and he introduces the next tag team champions, Team Rhodes Scholars. Damien says that now those two misguided miscreants truly have a reason to be angry. Damien tells them you’re welcome.
We take a look back at what happened earlier tonight between AJ Lee and Paul Heyman. Then we go to Mick Foley confronting CM Punk later in the show.
Match Number Six: Layla El and Alicia Fox versus Eve Torres and Beth Phoenix
Beth and Layla start things off and Layla with a back heel kick and then she sends Beth into the turnbuckles and hits a double jump cross body for a near fall. Layla with a face plant and Alicia tags in and hits a cross body and drop kick.
Beth with a kick to Alicia and Alicia with a sunset flip for a near fall. Alicia with a forearm but Beth with a power slam and kicks. Beth chokes Alicia and then she hits the slingshot suplex and Eve makes the blind tag. Eve takes care of Layla on the apron and then she hits the swinging neck breaker on Alicia for the three count.
Winners: Eve Torres and Beth Phoenix
After the match, Kaitlyn comes out and she thanks Eve for tweeting her well wishes. Kaitlyn has the footage from the hallway where she was attacked. She could not see her attacker’s face, but she could see her hair. Her attacker was a blonde.
Eve accuses Beth of attacking Kaitlyn. Beth wants to know what Eve is doing. Beth says that she did not do it and she calls Eve a liar. Eve with a kick and swinging neck breaker to Beth.
John Cena is in the back talking to someone as we go to commercial.
Match Number Seven: Brodus Clay (with Funkettes) versus Tensai
They lock up and they go around the ring and Clay with a clean break but Tensai with an uppercut and head butts but the referee pulls Tensai out of the corner. Tensai with a splash into the corner followed by a punch. Clay with a head butt to Tensai followed by a splash into the corner and a Sheeee-plex. Clay misses the splash and Tensai misses the back senton splash.
Wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwell, it is time for Big Show to make his return and show everyone who the biggest man in the WWE is.
The referee hopes that Show does not do anything crazy. Show with a punch to Tensai and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Tensai by disqualification
After the match, Brodus charges at Show and Show with a punch and Clay is down.
We go to commercial.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we will see Big Show versus Randy Orton on Smackdown.
It is time for John Cena to make his way to the ring and I don’t think he will be sliding under the bottom rope like he normally does.
John says that there are mixed emotions about him being here tonight. He says that he feels the same way. He wasn’t supposed to be here but with his future now in question, he wanted to thank everyone personally.
John says that he wants to thank the WWE Universe for their support of the Rise Above Cancer campaign. There has been an overwhelming response for this campaign.
John thanks everyone for their support and well wishes. After the week he has had, you don’t know how good it is to hear that.
John says that he came here to apologize. He wanted to apologize to Chad Patton and Brad Maddox. WWE Officials are responsible for a lot and when their integrity is questioned. He apologizes for CM Punk. Punk says that he will speak the truth, but Punk has misquoted Cena.
If Punk won Night of Champions, he would not be the Best in the World, it would define who he is. Cena says that Punk has turned into a mother . . . Cena throws out the Johnny Dangerously cursing.
Cena apologizes for his injury. Everyone has fun at Raw, but every Monday night is crazy because of the fans. The fact that he has to sit on the bench for a while sucks. Cena says that he wants to make a guarantee. He will not guarantee his recovery but he guarantees that he will walk into Hell in a Cell. He will not walk in as a time keeper, referee, or assistant. He will walk in to fight.
CM Punk’s music interrupts Cena and he is accompanied by Paul Heyman.
After tormenting some young children on the way to the ring, Punk enters with Heyman. He thanks John Boy for the beautiful speech. He says that is the same as the lies he hears from rotten politicians every four years. He says that Cena should be a politician and run for President.
Punk says that Cena wants to call into question his integrity. The people in Albany might buy it, but he won’t. There is one CM Punk and there will always be one. It is the guy who beat Cena last year at Money in the Bank in Chicago. It is the same CM Punk who beat him two years in a row at SummerSlam. The same CM Punk who beat John Cena in Cena’s home town. Punk says that his title reign will not end any time soon, especially at the hand of a one armed man.
Cena tells Punk to accept his challenge for Hell in a Cell.
Punk says there are a lot of reasons why he will not accept the challenge. Cena gets so many title matches and there are plenty who want a chance to face the champion.
Punk says that he will not be a passive aggressive weenie. He will tell the people to shut up and he will take care of them when he is done with Cena. John Cena will not be medically cleared after what he is going to do to John Cena.
Any given Monday to come out and talk trash to the most dangerous man in the WWE is a problem, but to do it with only one arm is stupid. Punk tells Cena to run because he knows that both of his legs work. Punk will turn his back and give Cena the count of five and if he sees Cena, he will hurt him so bad that the last eight days will seem like a day at the beach compared to the eight months of rehab he will have to undergo.
Punk reminds Cena that he is the WWE Champion and he commands respect.
Punk tells Cena he has til five.
Cena pulls a lead pipe out of his pants and he hits Punk in the midsection.
Cena says that real men wear pink and he hopes to see CM Punk at Hell in a Cell.
CM Punk walks through the back and he walks past Mick Foley. Punk thinks about what he could do and he decides to kick Foley in the knee. Punk starts to walk away and then he turns around and sees a ghost. We pan out and it is Ryback.
We go to credits.
We go to commercial.