Youth in Revolt.
The 1005th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. For the first time since having his arm, not to mention his spirit, broken by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, thirteen-time World Champion “The Game” Triple H would appear on RAW to address rumors of his retirement from in-ring competition. Also, after basically getting punked out by John Cena and taking his frustrations out by kicking Jerry “The King” Lawler in the back of the head on last week’s RAW, what will WWE Champion CM Punk have to say about his actions and will Punk still handpick Cena as the next challenger for his title at Night of Champions?
- Ryback def. Jack Swagger by pin following Shell Shocked.
- Non-Title: Layla def. Natalya by pin following a kick to the head.
- Non-Title: John Cena def. The Miz by pin following the Attitude Adjustment.
- Santino Marella def. Heath Slater (with Aksana) by pin following the Cobra Strike.
- Brodus Clay & Sin Cara def. Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes by Brodus Clay pinning Cody Rhodes following the Funkasplash.
- R-Truth def. Daniel Bryan by count-out.
- Sheamus & Randy Orton def. Alberto Del Rio & Dolph Ziggler (with Ricardo Rodriguez) by Sheamus pinning Dolph Ziggler following the Brogue Kick.
- Zack Ryder def. David Otunga by pin following the Rough Ryder Leg Lariat.
- Steel Cage Match: Non-Title: CM Punk def. Jerry “The King” Lawler by submission to the Anaconda Vise.
After last week’s RAW ended with his getting kicked in the back of the head by WWE Champion CM Punk, RAW kicks off with Hall of Famer and RAW commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler. Lawler says that, out of respect for the WWE Championship, he apologized to CM Punk last week, but got kicked in the head for his efforts. The Hall of Famer then says that, last week, he gave an apology and, this week, he wants an apology from CM Punk. WWE Champion CM Punk then makes his way to the ring, saying that, on the 1,000th episode of RAW, Lawler said that Punk turned his back on the fans by attacking The Rock. Punk then says that “The King” turned his back on the fans when he slandered their “beloved WWE Champion”, saying that he will put down any man who shows him disrespect. The WWE Champion then insults Lawler, saying that he is “sorry” that all it takes to get into the Hall of Fame is to “beat a bunch of nobodies from Memphis” or to get into a “slap fight” with a Hollywood comedian or to act like a “juvenile fourteen-year old” for his entire commentating career. Punk continues that he is “sorry” that Lawler’s jealousy and lack of respect for him stems from the fact that Lawler has never been the WWE Champion and he is “sorry” that, when Lawler finally got his big WrestleMania moment, Lawler could not even beat Michael Cole. Punk then says that Lawler is a “circus seal” for the WWE, ready to repeat any opinion that is fed to him. The WWE Champion then says that he is “sorry” for the man that Lawler has become, asking if Lawler wants to “fight” him, and saying that Lawler is “just a commentator” and he would “embarrass” the Hall of Famer. Lawler says that he is out there for an apology, not for a fight. Punk says that Lawler wants to fight, asking if Lawler wants to find out if the Hall of Famer is the “best in the world”, saying that, by the end of the night, Lawler will be “embarrassed”, either by refusing to fight Punk or losing to Punk. CM Punk then exits the ring, leaving “The King” with a decision to make as Lawler says that he will “think about it”.
The opening match of the night saw “The Sin City Cyborg” Ryback going one-on-one with “The All-American American” Jack Swagger. In the end, it was Ryback hitting Shell Shocked on the former World Heavyweight Champion en route to picking up another impressive win.
The Divas Champion was in action on RAW as Layla went one-on-one with Natalya, but before the match gets underway, Vickie Guerrero comes out, saying that the Divas match better end quickly because she has a major announcement. With an impatient Vickie trying to rush the match, the Divas contest would take place. In the end, it was Layla delivering a kick to the head of Natalya en route to picking up the win.
After the match, Vickie rushes the Divas Champion out of the ring before saying that RAW General Manager AJ Lee abused her power last week by making Dolph Ziggler put his Money-in-the-Bank contract on the line. Vickie continues that no one on the roster has the guts to speak out against the GM except for her before pleading with the WWE Board of Directors to put RAW back in the hands of an “adult” like her, not some “mentally deranged child”. RAW General Manager AJ Lee then skips to the ring, but instead of speaking, the GM slaps Vickie, sparking a brawl between the two women! AJ sends Vickie running from the ring before smiling, proud of her actions.
Per the orders of RAW General Manager AJ Lee, Daniel Bryan would take anger management classes. In his first week of anger management, Daniel Bryan calls the rest of the anger management class, “losers”, claiming that he is “calm”. However, when a kid enters the class wearing a goat mask, Bryan screams at the kid, making the kid cry, but the doctor reveals that the kid is his son and he is playing a goat. The doctor then tells his son that Bryan is “sick and needs help”.
After having some time to think about a potential match against CM Punk, Jerry “The King” Lawler says that you don’t get into the WWE Hall of Fame unless you can stand up to someone who is younger and in their prime. Lawler then says that he is not the best in the world, but neither is CM Punk. Lawler then accepts the challenge to face CM Punk before leaving the announce position to prepare for the match!
After costing himself a shot at the WWE Title by refusing to call CM Punk the “best in the world”, John Cena was in action on RAW as Cena went one-on-one with Intercontinental Champion The Miz in a non-title match. In the end, it was John Cena hitting the Attitude Adjustment on The Miz en route to pinning the Intercontinental Champion.
After using an assist from Cody Rhodes to defeat Sin Cara on SmackDown, Heath Slater went one-on-one with Santino Marella on RAW. During the match, Santino Marella was ready to deliver the Cobra Strike, but Aksana comes out, which distracts the “cobra”. However, the “cobra” was still able to strike Heath Slater, resulting in a win for Santino.
Two distinct rivalries would come to a head on RAW as “The Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay teamed with “The International Sensation” Sin Cara to face “The Intellectual Savior of the Masses” Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. In the end, it was Brodus Clay hitting the Funkasplash on Cody Rhodes en route to picking up the win for himself and Sin Cara.
As he continues to undergo anger management, Daniel Bryan is joined by “The Big Red Monster” Kane, who is asked what sparks his anger and Kane explains that, as a child, he was locked in the basement and suffered mental and emotional scarring when he was forced to watch his brother burn their parents alive. Kane then runs down the list of horrible things he has done over the years, from electrocuting a man’s testicles to assaulting a priest to locking Paul Bearer in a meat locker and even having an unnatural obsession with torturing Pete Rose. The shock of Kane’s revealing life causes the doctor to end the session, telling the class to make an anger collage next week.
As he continues to try and get his anger problems under control, Daniel Bryan went one-on-one with WWE Tag Team Champion R-Truth, with Kofi Kingston a guest on commentary. During the match, R-Truth would spark a “yes” chant from the crowd, which would make the anger of Daniel Bryan boil over again as Bryan screams “no” at the fans. Bryan is so determined in his attempt to silence the crowd that he does not even notice that he was getting counted out as R-Truth picks up the win!
For the first time since having his arm broken at the hands of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, thirteen-time World Champion “The Game” Triple H would appear on RAW to address the status of his in-ring career. Triple H says that, in the WWE, you should “never say never” before saying that, when he started in the WWE, he wanted to do two simple things, create something that no one has ever seen before and to retire from wrestling before wrestling retires him. Triple H continues that he is at a “crossroads”, saying that time is a fight that you cannot win and he never wanted to “hang on too long” and never wanted to be the punch-drunk fighter who could never have a life beyond wrestling. Triple H says that Brock Lesnar has brought him to the crossroads he is currently at, saying that he wants to be Triple H and say that he is going to “rise up” and “kick Brock Lesnar’s ass”, but he cannot say that. Triple H continues that the truth is that he does not know if he “can” and, if he cannot say that he can beat Lesnar and come back better than before, then he has answered his own question. Triple H then says “thank you” to the fans, saying that every Superstar that steps into the ring sacrifices everything to entertain the fans. Triple H says that knowing that the fans care has gotten him through everything he has gone through in his career before thanking the fans for letting him “play the game”, saying that, if he has succeeded at all in his career, then they will never forget him. An emotional Triple H then stands in the ring as the fans chant “thank you, Hunter”. Triple H then exits the ring, taking one last look out at the crowd before walking to the back.
The World Heavyweight Champion was in action on RAW as Sheamus teamed with “The Viper” Randy Orton to face the new #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title at Night of Champions, Alberto Del Rio, and “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Dolph Ziggler. In the end, it was Sheamus hitting the Brogue Kick on Dolph Ziggler en route to picking up the win for himself and Randy Orton.
After being attacked by Kane at SummerSlam, Josh Mathews would flee from the announce position as “The Big Red Monster” makes his way to the ring. As Michael Cole keeps his distance, Kane takes Mathews’ seat, putting on the headset to help call the action!
With Kane remaining silent on commentary, Zack Ryder went one-on-one with David Otunga on RAW. In the end, it was Zack Ryder hitting the Rough Ryder Leg Lariat on David Otunga en route to picking up the win. After the match, Kane would enter the ring, looking ready to drop Zack Ryder with a chokeslam, but Kane would spare Ryder, instead drilling David Otunga with a chokeslam!
Before the main event, RAW General Manager AJ Lee would announce that, regardless of the outcome of the main event, CM Punk will defend the WWE Championship against John Cena at Night of Champions.
After matters were left in the hands of the WWE fans to determine the match type for the main event, the main event would see WWE Champion CM Punk go one-on-one with Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler in a Steel Cage Match! Despite being bloodied by the gritty Hall of Famer, CM Punk was able to lock in the Anaconda Vise on Jerry “The King” Lawler, forcing Lawler to tap out to pick up the win. However, the WWE Champion was not through as Punk gets a chain and padlock from under the ring, locking himself in the cage with Lawler! Punk then tries to force Lawler to admit that he is the best in the world, but the proud legend refuses, resulting in a further beating at the hands of the WWE Champion. Having seen enough of the abuse, John Cena rushes out, but is unable to break into the cage. Cena then frantically demands that the cage be raised, but the assault continues in the ring. Before long, Cena is able to slide under the cage into the ring, but the champion is one step ahead as Punk makes a quick exit from the ring, walking out of the arena as Cena tends to “The King”.
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