Six nights before WWE Money-in-the-Bank promises to change the landscape of the WWE, the 946th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the TD Garden in Boston, MA. Before competing in his final match against John Cena for the WWE Title in his hometown of Chicago at Money-in-the-Bank, “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk makes his final appearance on Monday Night RAW. With WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon declaring last week that, if John Cena loses the WWE Title to CM Punk at Money-in-the-Bank, then John Cena will be fired, WWE Champion John Cena may very well be making his final appearance on RAW as well.
- 2-on-1 Handicap Match: Non-Title: John Cena def. David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty by pinning Michael McGillicutty following the Attitude Adjustment.
- Non-Title: Kelly Kelly def. Melina by pin following the K2.
- 6-Man Tag: Alex Riley, Evan Bourne, & Kofi Kingston def. The Miz, R-Truth, & Jack Swagger by Alex Riley pinning Jack Swagger following the A-Driver.
- 2-on-1 Handicap Match: Non-Title: Big Show and Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre fight to a Double Count-Out.
Six nights before he challenges John Cena for the WWE Title in the final match of his WWE career in his hometown of Chicago at Money-in-the-Bank, the show kicks off with the reinstated “Straightedge Savior” CM Punk! After bringing out a megaphone in case his microphone gets shut off again, Punk decides to do a “recap” of the last couple of weeks on RAW. Punk then continues where he left off two weeks ago as he states that he is the only one who has the “balls” to speak the truth, adding that the WWE is ran by a “parade of shameless ass-kissers”. Punk continues that, not only is he reinstated, but his WWE Title match with John Cena at Money-in-the-Bank back on, he brought a megaphone in case they do cut his microphone again.
CM Punk then reveals that WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon has offered him a very “lucrative, long-term contract” with the WWE! Punk then states that, in his hands, a microphone is “power” and a “pipe bomb”, as he demonstrated two weeks ago. Punk continues that the Chairman saw him for what he is, the “hottest property in this industry today” before adding that he did what the Chairman’s “endless empty suits” could not do by making the WWE “socially relevant” to the “real world”. Punk elaborates that, in the past, WWE has gotten a mention elsewhere because he spoke his mind or that someone “died”. Punk reveals that he has been contacted by ESPN, as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live, as they are all looking for his “story”. Punk continues that, with him having “one foot out of the door” in the WWE, Mr. McMahon tries to give him “everything” he wants and, if McMahon treated him like that five years ago, he would not have so much “pent-up ammunition”. Punk then says that he expects Mr. McMahon to sit down with him in McMahon’s office and sign a new contract, but he also knows that Mr. McMahon likes to do things that have never been seen before. Punk then challenges WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon to do the first “live contract negotiations” on RAW! Punk then ponders the idea of forcing Mr. McMahon to join the “CM Punk Kiss My Ass Club”!
WWE Champion John Cena then interrupts, prompting CM Punk to “thank” John Cena for getting him reinstated last week to a job that he did not even “want” in the first place and for giving him everything he ever wanted. Punk continues that, when he beats John Cena for the WWE Title at Money-in-the-Bank, he is going to change the “look” of the title belt because it has been “far too ugly for far too long”. Punk then states that Mr. McMahon is not going to “fire” John Cena. Cena then states that, after five years, it’s good to see that Punk has a “set of balls” before saying that Punk sees him as some sort of “pushover”, which he is not. Punk then reiterates that he is the “best wrestler in the world” before Cena states that he is the “best” because he has the WWE Title and he “earned it”. Cena congratulates Punk on “thinking” he is the “best”, but there are a lot of people who thought that, including Triple H, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Edge, Batista, and even the late, great Eddie Guerrero, as they all “thought” they could beat Cena. Cena then proclaims that he does not “care” what Punk thinks or says or whether or not McMahon fires him, he “thinks” he is coming to Chicago to “whip” CM Punk’s “ass”! The anonymous General Manager of RAW then chimes in with an email that reveals that WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon is “en route” to RAW for the contract negotiations with CM Punk. The GM then announces that, since it may be John Cena’s last night on RAW, the WWE Champion will take part in a “special” match up next! With Mr. McMahon en route to RAW to come face-to-face with CM Punk for the first ever live contract negotiations, what will happen in this volatile situation? Will CM Punk re-sign with the WWE or will Money-in-the-Bank be the stage for Punk’s last stand?
Per the orders of the anonymous RAW General Manager, WWE Champion John Cena was in action in the opening match of the night faced CM Punk’s followers in WWE Tag Team Champions David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty, The New Nexus, in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. In the end, it was John Cena overcoming both of the WWE Tag Team Champions, hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Michael McGillicutty en route to picking up the win. Can John Cena retain the WWE Title against CM Punk this Sunday at Money-in-the-Bank or will Cena be fired by Mr. McMahon?
Backstage, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon arrives in the arena just in time to witness Drew McIntyre, Vickie Guerrero, and United States Champion Dolph Ziggler mocking him and comparing his breath to road kill wrapped in a used diaper! The Chairman then informs McIntyre and Ziggler that they will be in action on RAW in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match against “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show before McMahon asks any of them for a “mint” before getting in the faces of Dolph and McIntyre, saying that the last thing he wants it to have “bad breath”! The Chairman is then asked for comments regarding his live contract negotiations with CM Punk later in the night with Mr. McMahon saying that the “whole world” watching can “go to hell”!
Six nights before she defends the Divas Title against former champion Brie Bella at Money-in-the-Bank, Divas Champion Kelly Kelly went one-on-one with former Divas Champion Melina in a non-title match with The Bella Twins guests on commentary at ringside. In the end, it was Kelly Kelly hitting the K2 on Melina en route to picking up the win. After the match, The Bella Twins confronted the Divas Champion, telling Kelly Kelly to go eat some “food”, adding that she needs “Proactive”. Kelly Kelly responds by attacking The Bella Twins, but The Bellas regained the advantage, attacking the Divas Champion before Eve makes the save for Kelly Kelly. However, Eve also wound up on the end of a Bella Twins attack with Brie Bella hitting the Bella Buster on Eve.
Six nights before he is one of eight competitors in the RAW Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, former WWE Champion and last year’s RAW Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match winner The Miz made an appearance on RAW. Miz takes a seat on top of a ladder set up in the ring before saying that he is “used to being on top” and that is what makes him “different” than his seven opponents at Money-in-the-Bank and he also knows that it is like to win the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase. Miz continues that some of them have “come close”, but none of them have actually done what he has before saying that he “has what it takes to be a champion”. Miz then states that he is “still the future”, but before Miz can continue, he is interrupted by one of his fellow Money-in-the-Bank competitors, a fellow former “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”, Jack Swagger. Swagger enters the ring and tells Miz that he is going to “do it again” this Sunday. Miz asks Swagger that, if someone cashes in Money-in-the-Bank and “no one remembers”, did it actually happen. Another Money-in-the-Bank competitor, Evan Bourne, then interrupts and proclaims that he is going to “steal the show” this Sunday and win the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase. The Money-in-the-Bank competitors continue to roll out as Kofi Kingston comes out and tells Miz, Swagger, and Bourne that what they say is “all talk” because “anybody” can win the match. Kofi continues that it will come down to what he “does” in the ring this Sunday.
R-Truth then makes his presence known, saying that the “conspiracies” against him continue because he beat WWE Champion John Cena in a Tables Match two weeks ago on RAW. Truth continues by asking how he is supposed to “climb a ladder and grab a briefcase” if he’s got “acrophobia”, but the “conspirators” know that he is “afraid of heights” and he better not see any “spiders” in the ring or in the briefcase because he’s also afraid of spiders. Alex Riley then rushes to the ring, sending The Miz packing from the ring as Alberto Del Rio makes his entrance to the arena. Del Rio reminds everyone that he is already the #1 Contender for the WWE Title, via his win last week, before accusing John Cena of being “afraid” of him. Del Rio continues that, in six nights, he will “teach a lesson” to all seven of his opponents and that is a “lesson of destiny”. The anonymous General Manager of RAW then chimes in with an email that announces a 6-Man Tag Match featuring six of the eight RAW Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match participants as Alex Riley will team with Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston to face The Miz, R-Truth, & Jack Swagger!
Per the orders of the anonymous RAW General Manager, six of the eight RAW Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match competitors were in action on RAW as Alex Riley, Evan Bourne, & Kofi Kingston squared off with The Miz, R-Truth, & Jack Swagger in a 6-Man Tag Match. At the end of a chaotic match, it was Alex Riley hitting the A-Driver on Jack Swagger en route to picking up the win for his team. After the match, The Miz came in from behind, hitting the Skull Crushing Finale on Alex Riley before Kofi Kingston came in and delivered a dropkick to Miz, sending Miz out of the ring. R-Truth then comes, sending Kofi out of the ring with a clothesline just before Evan Bourne delivers a knee to the face of Truth, but when Bourne goes for Air Bourne on R-Truth, Alberto Del Rio rushes in, knocking Bourne off of the top rope. Del Rio then slides a ladder in the ring, using the weapon on all of his Money-in-the-Bank opponents, lastly throwing the ladder right into the arm of The Miz at ringside! Can Alberto Del Rio become “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” this Sunday to earn a WWE Title shot at any time he wants for the upcoming year?
After being caught mocking WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon earlier in the night, Drew McIntyre teamed with United States Champion Dolph Ziggler, with Vickie Guerrero in their corner, to face “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match just two weeks after Mark Henry sent Big Show through a steel cage. During the match, Dolph Ziggler opted to hide on the outside of the ring, allowing Big Show to demolish Drew McIntyre as “The World’s Largest Athlete” sends McIntyre face-first into the WWE symbol set up on the stage. Big Show was then set to deliver a chokeslam off of the stage to McIntyre, but Mark Henry came full-speed out of nowhere, tackling Big Show and sending both big men careening off of the staging area with McIntyre falling out of sight! What is the status of both Big Show and Mark Henry just six nights before they go one-on-one at Money-in-the-Bank?
Then it was time for the big and potentially volatile live contract negotiations between WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon and the #1 Contender for the WWE Title at Money-in-the-Bank, CM Punk, but before entering the ring, the Chairman made a walk around the ring, briefly stopping to shake the hand of John Cena’s father, who was seated at ringside. The WWE Chairman then gets into the ring and tells the fans that he is “definitely not going to join the CM Punk Kiss My Ass Club” because he could “never do” such a thing. Mr. McMahon then states that contracts should not be “negotiated in public”. The Chairman then calls CM Punk to the ring and Punk complies as McMahon has a seat, telling Punk that everything should be in “order” regarding the contract, including a provision that gives Punk his own “collector’s cup”. Punk ignores McMahon’s desire to rush through the negotiations, telling the Chairman that he is surprised that McMahon did not come out with the red t-shirt and red armbands of John Cena, given McMahon’s past support of the reigning WWE Champion. Punk then states that he can tell by looking at the Chairman that McMahon has “zero faith” that Cena can retain the WWE Title this Sunday at Money-in-the-Bank. McMahon argues by saying that his “faith or lack of faith” in John Cena has “nothing to do” with it because he wants Punk to sign a new contract for the “right reasons”. McMahon continues that he could not “live” with himself knowing that Punk could potentially walk out of the WWE with the WWE Championship this Sunday. The Chairman then says that’s why they added the “provisions” that CM Punk asked for before asking if he can call Punk by his real name, Phil!
CM Punk then tells the Chairman “let’s have fun” before revealing that his lawyers “drew up” a new contract because the one McMahon came up with was just not “up to par”, adding that he has already signed the contract. Punk then informs McMahon of the “new perks” added to the new contract and McMahon warns Punk not to “push” him. Punk responds by telling McMahon that being able to “push” him is actually “provision number one” before pushing the Chairman twice. Punk then tells McMahon that he could kick the Chairman in the “nuts” and McMahon would “smile” at him instead of the alternative, having Punk shred the new contract and leave the WWE with the WWE Championship at Money-in-the-Bank. Punk then continues that “first class travel is not good enough” before demanding his “own jet” and he does not want McMahon’s private jet because it “smells”. Punk then reveals his second “provision”, saying that he wants his “face” on everything from the Titan Tron, the turnbuckles, cups, posters, spoons, knives, forks, shoes, and socks. In addition, he wants the Chairman to bring back the “WWE ice cream bars” and wants WWE Films to start production on “CM Punk: The Movie”, adding that they could call it “The Chaperone 2”, except it will be “entertaining” and “successful”. Punk continues that, McMahon can have The Rock Vs. John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII next year, but he wants to be in the “main event” of WrestleMania next year.
CM Punk then states that those are “just a few of the perks” that his lawyers have added to the new contract before demanding an “apology” from the Chairman for suspending him and, not only that, but for being one of the “biggest hypocrites” he has ever seen. Punk then adds that McMahon is “one of the biggest bullies” he has ever seen before demanding that the Chairman “apologize”. Punk continues, saying that he has had “very talented friends” that have been “unceremoniously fired” from the WWE by McMahon and, after McMahon shouts that “they deserved it”, Punk shouts back that McMahon does not “know what makes a Superstar in 2011” and not knowing “what people want”. Punk continues that McMahon wants to “punish people for liking professional wrestling”, guys like Colt Cabana and Luke Gallows before demanding that McMahon “apologize” to him for former Superstars such as those because they are not there to “stand up” to McMahon for themselves! Punk then dubs himself as the “voice of the voiceless” and McMahon will “apologize” and “like it”! McMahon tells Punk to “calm down” and be “gentlemen”, but Punk continues to push for his “apology”, saying that an apology will spare the WWE any more “embarrassment”!
The Chairman continues to tell CM Punk that they should just get this “over with”, but an increasingly irate CM Punk then turns the table over, forcing McMahon to his feet. Punk then tells McMahon that his “problem” is that he “cares too much” and he may not wear a “white hat”, but he “knows” what the people want and they want an apology. McMahon then quickly says he’s “sorry”, but Punk pretends not to hear the Chairman, forcing the Chairman to shout that he “apologizes”, calling Punk a “son of a bitch” to boot! An elated Punk then declares that getting an apology from Vince McMahon is better than winning the World Heavyweight Title three times. Punk then tells McMahon to sign the new contract before the “stock plummets some more”. The Chairman then picks up the contract and is ready to sign it when WWE Champion John Cena interrupts the proceedings. Cena then tells Punk that the fans will “love” Punk in his hometown of Chicago, but Punk will “walk out” on each and every one of them if he wins the WWE Title. Cena then tells McMahon that, if the Chairman wants to give in to a “terrorist”, then he should. Cena then calls Punk and McMahon “spoiled brats”, adding that he “hates” McMahon too, but it’s about the fans, not his or anyone else’s hatred of the Chairman. Cena then calls Punk a “hypocrite”, saying that Punk is demanding an apology, but all Punk wants is to win the WWE Title and “walk out”. Cena then tells Punk that he has “lost sight of everything”, but Punk interrupts, saying that he is the “underdog” before bringing back what Cena said earlier about proving legends like Eddie Guerrero wrong, but now Cena stands there looking at Punk as the “kid who can’t hang”. Punk then recalls when he was one of the guys holding a “phony tommy gun” during John Cena’s entrance at WrestleMania 22 in Chicago and, on that night, he told himself that, some day, he will be watching Cena “go down” to CM Punk! Punk continues that Cena is the ten-time champion who has stood for “hustle, loyalty, and respect” and wears the colors of Boston Red Sox as they, and many other Boston teams, consider themselves the “underdogs”.
CM Punk then states that he is “glad” that John Cena’s father and wife are in the front row to hear this before saying that Cena is just what Cena “hates” as, just like the Red Sox and the city of Boston are “no longer the underdogs” because Cena is a “dynasty” and the WWE Champion has become the “New York Yankees”! Cena then delivers a right hand to CM Punk, who makes his exit, shouting that Cena is just like “Jeter” and that he is the “underdog”! It looked as though CM Punk was finished as Cena’s music played in the arena, but CM Punk came back out to the stage, demanding that Cena’s music be cut off because he has “something to say” and everyone wants to “hear it”! With Cena and McMahon looking on from the ring and ringside area, respectively, Punk states that he is “glad” that Cena hit him because it made him realize “why” he wants to leave the WWE and that is because he is “tired of this” and “tired” of John Cena and he is just plain “tired”. Punk then tells everyone, including Cena and McMahon, to “say goodbye” to the WWE Title, “say goodbye” to John Cena, and “say goodbye” to CM Punk before Punk rips the new contract to shreds, telling Cena and McMahon that he will go “be the best in the world somewhere else”, leaving McMahon in a state of anger and dismay while Cena looks intently at the departing threat, CM Punk! With civil unrest and uncertainty abound in the WWE, all eyes are fixed to Money-in-the-Bank this Sunday night where John Cena will defend the WWE Title against CM Punk in Punk’s final WWE match and, if Punk wins, he will do the unthinkable and leave the WWE with the prestigious WWE Championship, but will also force the firing of John Cena. Can John Cena retain the WWE Title this Sunday at Money-in-the-Bank to, not only keep his job, but keep the WWE Championship in the WWE or will Vince McMahon’s worst nightmare come true with CM Punk walking out of the WWE with the WWE Championship in his possession, free to join whatever wrestling organization he pleases?
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