Punk pops Triple H with the pipe bomb and “The Hitman” returns to action.
Six nights before Night of Champions, the Superstars of RAW and SmackDown converged as the 955th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW was a RAW SuperShow and it came to you, live, from the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. On what could be his final night as the Chief Operating Officer of the WWE pending the result of his Night of Champions match against CM Punk, both COO Triple H and CM Punk would be in the same ring at the same time as “The Game” and “The Cult of Personality” have their final face-off on RAW SuperShow. Not only that, but what will happen when WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio and #1 Contender John Cena are in the Scotiabank Place just six nights before they go one-on-one for the WWE Championship at Night of Champions?
- Alex Riley & John Morrison def. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger by Alex Riley pinning Jack Swagger following Riled Up.
- The Miz def. Kofi Kingston by pin following the Skull Crushing Finale.
- Sheamus & Jerry “The King” Lawler def. David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty by Sheamus pinning Michael McGillicutty following the Celtic Cross.
- John Cena & Bret “The Hitman” Hart def. Alberto Del Rio & Ricardo Rodriguez by Ricardo Rodriguez submitting to the Sharpshooter by Bret “The Hitman” Hart.
- Non-Title: Kelly Kelly (with Jack Swagger) def. Vickie Guerrero (with Dolph Ziggler) by roll-up.
- Champion vs. Champion: Non-Title: Cody Rhodes (with Mark Henry) def. Randy Orton by pin following Cross Rhodes.
Six nights before he makes his first pay-per-view title defense against John Cena at Night of Champions, RAW SuperShow kicks off with the WWE Champion, Alberto Del Rio, and his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez. The champion says that what he cannot deal with is being “disrespected” like he was last week when John Cena hit him with the Attitude Adjustment, adding that no one makes “fun” of him. Del Rio continues that he injured Rey Mysterio and he is the one who forced Edge to retire and beat CM Punk at SummerSlam before proclaiming that he will teach John Cena a “lesson” at Night of Champions. Del Rio then proclaims that he is the “greatest of the great” before he is interrupted by a Hall of Famer and Canada’s own Bret “The Hitman” Hart!
Bret Hart tells the WWE Champion that he did not come out there to “disrespect” Alberto Del Rio, he came out there to give Del Rio some “advice” and an “education” before telling Del Rio that he does not “know what it means to be a champion”. Del Rio then reminds the Hall of Famer that he injured Rey Mysterio and retired Edge, threatening to do the same to Bret Hart, but “The Hitman” tells the WWE Champion that he is “all style and no substance”. Bret continues that Del Rio needs to become a “real champion” and become “a man with pride”, who faces “all challenges” and leaves it all in the ring every night, adding that Del Rio is a long way away from being “the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be!” Del Rio accuses Bret of making fun of him, saying that the Hall of Famer looks like a “homeless man”, adding that Bret looks like one of the “illegal Canadians” that Del Rio hires to clean his house and that he is the “best there is” before saying that he is going to “make an example” out of Bret!
Just as it looks like the WWE Champion and the WWE Hall of Famer were set to go at it, they are interrupted by the arrival of the #1 Contender for the WWE Title at Night of Champions, John Cena. Cena states that, when he looks at Bret Hart, he sees a WWE Hall of Famer before telling Alberto Del Rio to go back to Mexico and “party like there’s no tomorrow” because Del Rio is the WWE Champion for “six more days”. Cena then tells Del Rio that he is going to beat Del Rio and win the WWE Title at Night of Champions. Del Rio then says why wait until Night of Champions to give the fans the “match they want”, putting Ricardo Rodriguez in front of him as Cena’s opponent. Cena responds by saying that he gets that Del Rio wants to wait until Night of Champions, but if the WWE Champion wants to make a “special match” for RAW SuperShow, then Alberto Del Rio should put the WWE Title on the line against “the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be” himself in Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart! However, the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis, interrupts and, on behalf of COO Triple H, announces that WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio will team with his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, to face John Cena and Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart in tag team action! What will happen when John Cena and WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio get their hands on each other just six nights before Night of Champions?
The opening match of RAW SuperShow saw the dysfunctional tag team of United States Champion Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger facing the team of Alex Riley & John Morrison. During the match, Jack Swagger inadvertently collided with Dolph Ziggler and Swagger would get laid out with the Riled Up by Alex Riley as the United States Champion looks on, opting not to save the match for himself and Swagger.
Six nights before he and R-Truth challenge Air Boom for the WWE Tag Team Titles at Night of Champions, The Miz, with R-Truth in his corner, went one-on-one with one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Kofi Kingston, with the other half of the champions, Evan Bourne, in his corner. In the end, it was The Miz hitting the Skull Crushing Finale on Kofi Kingston en route to picking up the win. Can The Miz & R-Truth defeat Air Boom this Sunday at Night of Champions to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions?
Backstage, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long informs the manager of Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger, Vickie Guerrero, that Dolph Ziggler will defend the United States Title against Jack Swagger, Alex Riley, & John Morrison in a Fatal 4-Way Match this Sunday at Night of Champions! After hearing this news, Vickie Guerrero would take issue with Divas Champion Kelly Kelly, saying that even she could beat Kelly Kelly, which leads to Theodore Long making that match official.
After he and Zack Ryder defeated David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty last week, Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler once again faced Otunga & McGillicutty in tag team action and, this time, Lawler’s mystery partner was none other than “The Great White” Sheamus. In the end, it was Sheamus delivering the Brogue Kick to both David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty before planting McGillicutty with the Celtic Cross en route to picking up the win for himself and Jerry Lawler.
Then it was time for a huge tag team match as John Cena teams with Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart to face the team of WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio and Del Rio’s personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez. During the match, Ricardo Rodriguez found himself alone in the ring with John Cena and, as Cena delivers the Attitude Adjustment to Rodriguez, Alberto Del Rio leaves his personal ring announcer high and dry. Cena then tags in Bret Hart as the Hall of Famer locks in the famous Sharpshooter on Rodriguez, forcing the personal ring announcer to tap out to pick up the win for himself and John Cena.
After mouthing off to Kelly Kelly earlier in the night, Vickie Guerrero went one-on-one with the Divas Champion Kelly Kelly. During the match, Jack Swagger came down to confront Dolph Ziggler, delivering a right hand to the United States Champion. All this distracts Vickie Guerrero long enough for Kelly Kelly to roll Vickie up for the win. After the match, Beth Phoenix attempted to attack Kelly Kelly, but the Divas Champion manages to fight off the attack. Can Kelly Kelly successfully retain the Divas Title against Beth Phoenix this Sunday at Night of Champions?
In a rematch from SmackDown, World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton went one-on-one with his former protégé, Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes, in a non-title Champion vs. Champion match. Early on in the match, Mark Henry would come out, making his presence felt on the staging area as Randy Orton quickly exits the ring to grab a steel chair, looking to pursue the #1 Contender, who makes a quick exit. With his focus frequently returning to the staging area, Mark Henry once again showed up as Henry takes a seat on a steel chair on the stage, getting the attention of Randy Orton as Orton exits the ring to lock eyes with his Night of Champions opponent, which allows Cody Rhodes to take advantage. A third distraction by Mark Henry ultimately proved costly for Randy Orton as Cody Rhodes blasts Randy Orton with his protective face mask, following it up with Cross Rhodes en route to defeating the World Heavyweight Champion. After the match, Mark Henry would enter the ring, delivering a vicious steel chair shot to the back of Randy Orton. Is there any way Randy Orton can hang on to the World Heavyweight Title this Sunday at Night of Champions?
Six nights before their No Disqualification Match where, if Triple H loses, he will resign as the Chief Operating Officer of the WWE, the final face-off before Night of Champions took place on RAW SuperShow as WWE COO Triple H and “The Cult of Personality” CM Punk would be in the same ring at the same time. After both men made their way to the ring, CM Punk tells Triple H that he “respects” Triple H, but he does not like him. Punk continues that, when he first arrived, Triple H referred to him as a “pompous, undersized internet darling”. Punk continues that Triple H is “just as bad” as Vince McMahon as they both just stand still and let everything pass them by and both of them do not think that a guy who looks like him does not belong in a ring with a guy like Triple H. Punk continues that both Triple H and Vince have both had a “bodybuilder fetish/fantasy” about what a main eventer should look like.
Triple H then interrupts, citing exceptions to that mentality, exceptions like Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, Bret Hart, and Rey Mysterio. None of which cannot be described as “bodybuilders”, adding that CM Punk should not use that as an “excuse” for his “failures”. Triple H continues that his opinion does not matter, because the fans’ opinions do, saying that Punk did not get a good fan reaction for his first six years and, when the fans get on Punk’s side, the fans will come out to see him. Triple H then states that, if Punk had that following, then he would not need to make phone calls to try and get on the 7-11 cups because 7-11 would “demand” that he be on the cups. Punk then brings up the WWE Ice Cream Bars that the fans have been asking for since he brought the product up a couple of months ago.
CM Punk then brings up his first “brass ring speech” from just before his pay-per-view debut at Survivor Series in 2006 where he was on a Survivor Series team captained by D-Generation X, Triple H & Shawn Michaels, where the fans chanted his name over DX’s name. Punk continues that the story ends with him grabbing the “brass ring” that went nowhere” before saying that he would “rather be hated” for who he is than “loved” for who he’s not. Triple H then tells CM Punk that Punk needs to look in the mirror and stop blaming everyone else and maybe he is “not the best in the world”. Triple H continues that John Cena is a guy who “came from nothing” and made himself the “biggest star” in the WWE, selling out arenas and he did it on his own by winning the fans over. Triple H then tells CM Punk that you are handed nothing in the WWE, you have to “bust your ass” to get over. Triple H then tells CM Punk that Punk made things “personal” while he tried to keep them “business” and now he will have to deal with him as a “man” at Night of Champions.
CM Punk then tells Triple H that his “quest for change” will not stop until Triple H is no longer the COO before saying that it is “not CM Punk talking to Triple H”, it is “Phil Brooks talking to Paul Levesque”, but before Punk can continue, his microphone is cut off! Triple H then tries to give his microphone to Punk, but it is also cut off once Punk gets his hands on it. Triple H then gets a third microphone and hands it to Punk, urging Punk to talk, but Punk opts to blast the COO in the skull with the microphone before leaving the ring! What will happen this Sunday at Night of Champions when this volatile rivalry comes to a head as Triple H goes one-on-one with CM Punk in a match with no disqualifications and, if Triple H loses, then he will resign as the COO of the WWE?
What did you think of this week’s RAW SuperShow? Post your comments in the box below.