Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Timing Issues At WWE Raw Last Night

As reported earlier, Justin Gabriel revealed that his match was nixed from Raw due to lack of time

Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that there were lots of timing issues at last night's RAW from Oklahoma City. Word is that several segments were nixed and the backstage mood felt rushed. The opening segment with Kane, Daniel Bryan, AJ Lee, CM Punk, Paul Heyman, Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler apparently went around 7 minutes too long.
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More Legends Set For Raw Appearances

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Expect more WWE Legends to appear on RAW to encourage WWE Champion CM Punk to face John Cena at Hell In a Cell. The idea is that the Legends will convince Punk to face Cena so he can earn the title of "Best In the World.
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Match Cut From Raw

Justin Gabriel tweeted the following:

30 seconds before I was supposed to step through the curtain my match got cut. Got to love live TV! Anything can happen!
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Mick Foley Comments On Damien Sandow

Mick Foley tweeted the following:

Did I just become a fan of @TheDamienSandow ? YEP! Wish he was here, so we could do karate in my basement! Very impressive, creative showing Read more at
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Results For WWE Raw 10/1/12


We begin this week’s show with a look back at Mick Foley’s comments to CM Punk and his attempt to convince Punk to accept a match against John Cena at Hell in a Cell. Then we see the stare down between Punk and Ryback.
We are live from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and your announcers are Michael ‘Why aren’t there any Sonics in this town’ Cole and Jim ‘How much of this show will be seen on Smackdown’ Ross.

CM Punk makes his way to the ring and he is adorned in a grey hoodie this week and he is with Paul Heyman who holds the belt over his head. This is day 316 of CM Punk’s title reign so it is time for some Punkweisers.

Punk says last week, John Cena attacks him with a pipe while his back is turned. The crowd cheers that and Punk says those are noble actions in this city. However, in Chicago it is an act of cowardice. Punk says that he was looking for a doctor a few minutes later and he sees Mick Foley in the back.

Mick shoots a disrespectful look at him and Mick muttered something and he could not figure out what he said because Foley is a coward, just like Cena. Punk put Foley down, like the dog he is and he showed Foley that he is the WWE Champion.

Punk asks if Foley would have had the gall to say anything derogatory to Cena or to Dwayne? Punk says that these are rhetorical. He asks if Foley would have said anything derogatory to Steve Austin? This is the lack of respect that Mick Foley shows him. Some refer to him as Mrs. Foley’s baby boy, but he wishes that his mother would have shown him some respect.

Punk says that he listened to what Mick Foley said. Mick is a lot of things. He is skuzzy, scatterbrained, and borderline at times, but there were some things that connected. He thought about the decision not to face John Cena at Hell in a Cell. Punk says that he thought about the legacy. Punk says that he is here to announce to everyone, at Hell in a Cell . . . CM Punk/John Cena is still not going to happen.

Paul takes the mic and he says that the WWE Champion, the Best in the World CM Punk and Paul Heyman want to deal with another piece of business.

We see the footage of Paul Heyman’s marriage proposal from last week.

Paul says that everyone saw something that both him and Punk noticed. AJ never said no. Paul says that what AJ did is that she violated an edict of the Board of Directors. Paul says that he is not one to quote scripture but he has a memo from the Board of Directors.

AJ Lee’s actions have been juvenile at times and she is not to put her hands on anyone ever again.

Paul says that it means that AJ Lee must be removed by the Board of Directors as the General Manager of Raw effective immediately. Paul says that he knows why the people are booing. That means that there is a huge power void. Who will lead the flagship show of the WWE? The answer is Paul Heyman. The man with all of the experience as General Manager. . .

Vickie Guerrero interrupts and excuse mes her way down the ramp and she says that if anyone has been the victim of the actions of the General Manager, it is her and Dolph. Dolph almost lost his briefcase and Vickie says that she does not have the full range of motion after AJ’s attack.

We have the video to show what Vickie was talking about.

Paul wonders when this became about Vickie. This is about the Best in the World.

Vickie interrupts and she says that she is THE Vickie Guerrero and her client is Dolph Ziggler. Her client will be the future World Champion.

Paul says that when the future catches up to the here and now, he tells Vickie to let him know. Paul tells Vickie to deal with the proper channels like him and Punk did.

Dolph says that they both agree that AJ is the problem. Dolph suggests co-GMs of Raw.

AJ’s music plays and she comes to he ring while she still is the General Manager.

AJ says that the Board has placed her on probation. She knows that she is not supposed to touch another person, but she did not think that Paul would fit into that group. AJ has an executive coach to help her in her development as General Manager of Raw.

The man who am the Tag Team Champions makes his way to the ring and it is Daniel Bryan. AJ does not appear too happy with the decision. Bryan tells everyone to stop it and he wants to apologize. Daniel says that he is here to apologize because it is obvious that AJ’s mental issues have been compounded by the fact that he dumped her after Wrestlemania. He says that he cannot blame AJ because he says that he is one hell of a catch.

Bryan says that he is handsome and a former World Champion. He says that he has a great beard. Bryan says that now he am the Tag Team Champions.

Bryan is interrupted by the other man who claims to be the Tag Team Champions, Kane. Kane says everyone has forgotten to mention an important fact about AJ Lee. She is a phenomenal kisser. Everything else that Daniel Bryan has said is true, with the exception of one thing.

Kane tells everyone that he am the Tag Team Champions.

Punk says that he is the best in the world and Ziggler holds up his briefcase until AJ tells everyone to stop.

AJ says that this is her show and what she says goes.

CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler will face the WWE Tag Team Champions tonight.

We go to commercial with Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio walking in the back.

Match Number One: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara versus Epico and Primo (with Rosa Mendes) in a Tag Team Tournament First Round Match

Epico with a rollup on Sin Cara at the start of the match and Cara with a rollup of his own. Cara with a handspring back elbow for a near fall. Epico with a back elbow for a near fall. Primo tags in and he kicks Cara. Primo with a chop and kicks in the corner.

Cara with a punch and kicks but Primo with a punch of his own. Cara with a head scissors take down and then he kicks Primo and uses the ropes for a flipping arm drag. Rey tags in and Cara helps Rey with a head scissors to Primo that sends him to the floor.

Epico tags in and he misses a senton. Cara with a head scissors that sends Epico to the floor. Rey and Cara tease dives to the floor but they stay in the ring.

Darren Young and Titus O’Neil make their way to the stage to watch the action and scout their potential opponents in the semifinals. We go to commercial.

We are back and Epico with an Irish whip to Rey but Epico misses a charge into the corner. Cara tags in and Cara with a drop kick to Epico. Cara with a slingshot arm drag but he runs into an elbow from Epico. Epico with a drop kick to Cara on a springboard move. Epico punches Cara and follows with chops and kicks.

Primo with knees to the head and then Primo tries for a power bomb but Cara counters with a sunset flip for a near fall. Primo tags in and he punches Cara. Cara with a tornado DDT and both men are down. Primo and Rey tag in and Rey with a head scissors but Rey with a kick and he slides through Primo’s legs and then he trips Primo and kicks him and gets a near fall.

Rey with a springboard seated senton but Epico makes the save. Cara with a springboard drop kick and then Cara with an enzuigiri to Primo. Rey with a 619 to both men. Cara with a cross body onto Epico on the floor while Rey hits a dive onto Primo for the three count.

Winners: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara (advance to face winner of Prime Time Players versus Kofi Kingston and R Truth)

We go to commercial.

We are back and the Funk is already going on in the ring.

We go to the Goldman Box and Cesaro tells us our Five Language Word: Appreciation.

Match Number Two: Brodus Clay (with The Funkettes) versus Antonio Cesaro

They lock up and Clay sends Cesaro into the turnbuckles and punches him. Clay with a Sheeplex and an elbow drop. Cesaro drops Clay on the top rope and then Clay with a head butt to the midsection. Clay tries for another suplex but Cesaro blocks it. Clay with an Irish whip but Clay misses a charge. Cesaro with a springboard European uppercut and then he hits the Gotch Style Neutralizer for the three count.

Winner: Antonio Cesaro

Kaitlyn is in the back and AJ introduces her to her coach, Christopher J. Stevenson. AJ says that it looks like Kaitlyn will be back in the ring soon. AJ wants to talk to Kaitlyn about ‘us’ because they used to be best friends and then there was the whole Daniel Bryan thing. AJ asks Kaitlyn to forgive her. Before Kaitlyn can answer, AJ starts to laugh uncontrollably. She says that she is not sorry and then she skips away.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Three: Zack Ryder versus The Miz in a Non Title Match

They lock up and Miz works on the wrist and he slaps Ryder in the head and applies a side head lock. Miz with a shoulder tackle but Ryder with a flapjack and drop kick that backs Miz into the corner. Ryder runs into a boot from Miz and he kicks him in the back and then the ribs. Miz with a running boot to the head for a near fall.

Miz with a knee to the back and he applies a reverse chin lock. Ryder punches Miz in the midsection but Miz with a knee. Ryder with a face plant to Miz but Miz gets up first and he runs into knees from Ryder. Ryder with a drop kick to Miz from the turnbuckles followed by a running forearm in the corner. Ryder with the Broski Boot and Ryder gets a near fall.

Ryder sets for the Rough Ryder but Miz with a buckle bomb. Miz with the Skull Crushing Finale for the three count.

Winner: The Miz

Booker T is walking through the back because the Great Debate is next.

We go to commercial.

It is time for the start of the second hour and that means . . . the Smackdown portion of the program starts with the Great Smackdown Debate between Sheamus and Big Show that will be moderated by Booker T.

Booker thanks everyone for the tepid reaction. In four weeks, Sheamus will face Big Show for the first time at Hell in a Cell.

Big Show comes to the ring and we see how Big Show earned his title match against Sheamus.

Next to come to the ring is Sheamus.

Booker thanks both men for joining him in the ring to have the debate.

Booker says that it is traditional to start with an opening statement and he lets Big Show go first.

Show tells Booker that he would like to thank him for this opportunity . . . he says that this debate is completely ridiculous. There is no need for a debate. He is going to walk into the cell, hit Sheamus with the WMD, and he will walk out as the World Champion. If Sheamus tries for a Brogue Kick, he will rip off his little leg.

Booker let’s Sheamus give his opening statement. Sheamus introduces himself and he points out that he is the World Champion. He thanks Booker for hosting this debate in lovely Oklahoma City. Sheamus asks Big Show to not rip his leg off because he will need it to kick Show’s teeth in.

The first question: What do you find as the most challenging aspect of your opponent?

Sheamus says that he has never ducked from a fight. He is looking forward most to the fight. He has never faced a bigger, stronger, more impressive superstar than the Big Show. Sure he has big B.O. and his breath smells. He hopes this match lasts longer than 45 seconds.

Show wants to know if Sheamus is taking a quick jab at the 45 seconds. He says that he is a hygienic giant. He says that Sheamus is not taking this serious. He tells Sheamus to stop being a funny guy.

The next question: Which is the more dangerous move: The Brogue Kick or the WMD?

Show says that his WMD has knocked out more superstars and won more titles. Ask John Cena or Randy Orton.

Sheamus says that Show forgot to mention Daniel Bryan. Not only did Show not knock out Daniel Bryan, Bryan beat him in 45 seconds to win the World Title.

Show says that there were extenuating circumstances.

Show destroys his lectern.

It is time for the final question.

Sheamus wants to see a Tout. It is from Rey Mysteri’O’Sullivan. The question is how does it feel to know that your head is going to be knocked off his shoulders.

Booker realizes that it was Sheamus in a mask and he tells Sheamus that this is a serious debate.

Show tells Sheamus to be serious and his patience only goes so far.

Sheamus wants to know how it feels to lose the World Championship to Daniel Bryan in 45 seconds only to see Bryan lose the title to him in 18 seconds. Show says that he is going to win the title, but how does it feel.

Show gets in Sheamus’ face and they drop their mics. Show unbuttons his jacket and takes it off. Sheamus removes his shirt. Show leaves the ring without any physicality.

Ryback is walking in the back and we go to commercial.

Match Number Four: Tensai versus Ryback in the If you missed it on Smackdown, you get it for the first time on Raw Match
They lock up and Ryback with a side head lock and Tensai with a shoulder tackle but Ryback pops back up. Ryback and Tensai exchange forearms and then Tensai with a knee. Ryback with an Irish whip but Tensai with a forearm but Ryback does not move. Tensai with a thrust to the throat but Ryback with a power slam. Tensai with a head butt but Ryback responds with a lariat.

Ryback tries for the muscle buster but he cannot get Tensai up. Ryback tries again and fails. Ryback with a clothesline for the three count.

Winner: Ryback

Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes talk about how awesome their team name is because they came up with it. Damien criticizes the way that the champion was dressed in the debate. Damien says Sheamus walks around like a corn soaked Neanderthal.

We go to commercial.

We go to the Goldman Box for Eve to talk about the match between Beth and Natalya on Smackdown as well as Kaitlyn’s desire to come back from injury. She talks about Layla and says that she is honored to be the champion.

We see footage of Eve suspending Beth and then Booker unsuspending Beth. Then we see Eve throw Teddy Long under the bus.

Match Number Five: Eve Torres versus Beth Phoenix in a Non Title Match

Beth yells at Eve and Eve begs for mercy and she offers her hand. Beth shakes her hand and then she pulls Eve towards her and takes her down to the mat. Beth runs Eve into the turnbuckles and kicks her. Beth misses a running shoulder into the corner and Beth hits the ring post and goes to the floor.

Eve with a kick to the shoulder on the floor followed by forearms to the back. Eve runs Beth into the apron. Eve sends Beth into the ringside barrier. Beth returns to the ring and she hits a reverse atomic drop followed by a running double sledge.

Eve retreats to the ropes but she kicks Beth in the midsection and hits the swinging neck breaker for the three count.

Winner: Eve Torres

AJ walks through the back with Mr. Stevenson and she introduces him to Wade Barrett. Wade says that he is glad that someone is here to show her how to do her job. Barrett says that he is not scheduled to wrestle tonight. He says that AJ is letting her emotions run things. He tells AJ to stop letting her personal relationships get in the way of doing her job.

Barrett walks away and AJ tells Stevenson that he looks intimidated.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Michael and Jim talk about JBL’s quest to climb the top mountains in the world and we see photos of him on top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Match Number Six: Santino Marella versus Heath Slater (with Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal) in a Saturday Morning Slam Rematch

We get dueling air guitar solos before locking up. Santino with a shoulder tackle and Slater stays on his feet. Slater with a shoulder tackle and Santino stays on his feet. Slater with an elbow and then he kicks Santino. Slater with a near fall and then he applies a reverse chin lock.

Santino with a snap mare but Slater with a leg lariat for a near fall. Slater with a punch and he chokes Santino in the ropes. Slater slams Santino and he goes to the turnbuckles but he makes contact with Santino’s boot. Santino tries for a kip up but he misses. Slater misses a splash into the corner. Santino with jabs followed by a split and then he connects with a hip toss and diving head butt.

Santino connects with the Cobra and McIntyre and Mahal attack Santino and the referee calls for the bell.

Winner: Santino Marella (by disqualification)

After the match, they attack Santino and then McIntyre with the Future Shock DDT.

Slater takes the mic and he asks Santino how he likes it while McIntyre and Mahal put the cobra in Santino’s mouth.

Drew says that he is still the Chosen One. Mahal calls himself the Maharajah. Slater reminds us that he is the One Man Band.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Seven: Sheamus versus Damien Sandow (with Cody Rhodes) in a Non Title Match

They lock up and Sandow demands a clean break. They lock up again and Sandow backs Sheamus into the corner and Sandow demands that the referee keep Sheamus from using a closed fist. Sandow with an arm bar and wrist lock. Sandow returns to the arm bar. Sheamus with a reversal and he continues to work on the arm until Sandow gets to the ropes.

Sandow with a kick and hammer lock into a side head lock. Sandow with a side head lock take down. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle and he blocks a hip toss with a knee and then he misses a clothesline and Sandow goes to the floor and walks up the ramp.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Sandow goes back to the floor but Sheamus follows after Sandow. Rhodes gets up to distract Sheamus and Sandow with a clothesline from the crowd back into the ringside area. Sandow rolls Sheamus back into the ring and gets a near fall. Sandow with a series of knee drops and then he pulls down the knee pad and connects with another knee drop for a near fall.

Sandow with a quarter nelson and chin lock on Sheamus. Sheamus with a head butt but Sandow with a knee to the midsection and a clothesline to Sheamus for a near fall. Sandow with crossfaces to the upper chest followed by a reverse chin lock. Sandow with knees to the midsection followed by a side Russian leg sweep and he rolls through to hit the Elbow of Disdain and he gets a near fall.

Sandow chokes Sheamus in the ropes and he applies a front face lock. Sandow with punches to Sheamus with his head across the apron and Sandow with an elbow to the throat and he gets a near fall. Sandow returns to the reverse chin lock. Sandow with a drop toe hold that sends Sheamus into the ropes and Sandow with a running back elbow to Sheamus and he gets a near fall.

Sandow with a head scissors on Sheamus. Sheamus escapes and he connects with punches followed by a boot. Sheamus goes to the turnbuckles and Sandow with a punch and then he chokes Sheamus. Sandow with a forearm to the back but Sheamus with a punch. Sandow with a kick to the head for a near fall. Sandow with a front face lock into a cravate. Sandow turns it into a modified cobra clutch. Sheamus gets sent over the top rope to the floor by Sandow.

Sandow goes to the floor after Sheamus and he brings him back in and Sandow gets a series of one counts. Sandow returns to the reverse chin lock. Sheamus with a belly-to-back suplex to get out of the hold. Sheamus with two running double sledges followed by a shoulder into the corner and then he hits the running knee lift and the fireman’s carry slam. Sheamus tries for the power slam but Sandow escapes and hits a leaping swinging neck breaker for a near fall.