Aw, hell no!
The 1010th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, on Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. On last week’s RAW, everybody seemed to be out to get WWE Champion CM Punk as a confrontation with the injured John Cena ended with Cena presenting a lead pipe and driving it into the mid-section of the champion, but things would get worse for Punk backstage as, after the WWE Champion took his frustrations out on Mick Foley, CM Punk was met with the intense gaze of the undefeated and seemingly unstoppable Ryback! With John Cena vowing to be cleared to compete in time for Hell in a Cell and Ryback breathing down CM Punk’s neck, just who will be the next challenger for the WWE Championship? While the #1 Contender for the WWE Championship is in question, a titanic match for the World Heavyweight Championship is set for Hell in a Cell as Sheamus will defend the gold against “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show and, on RAW, SmackDown General Manager Booker T will moderate a World Heavyweight Championship Debate between the short-tempered champion and challenger.
- #1 Contenders Tag Team Tournament: First Round Match: Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara def. Primo & Epico by Rey Mysterio pinning Primo following the Bullet Splash to advance to the Semi-Finals.
- Non-Title: Antonio Cesaro def. Brodus Clay by pin following the Neutralizer.
- Non-Title: The Miz def. Zack Ryder by pin following the Skull Crushing Finale.
- Ryback def. Tensai by pin following a clothesline.
- Non-Title: Eve def. Beth Phoenix by pin following the swinging neckbreaker.
- Santino Marella def. Heath Slater by DQ after Jinder Mahal & Drew McIntyre interfere.
- Non-Title: Sheamus def. Damien Sandow (with Cody Rhodes) by pin following the Brogue Kick.
- Alberto Del Rio def. Kofi Kingston by submission to the cross armbreaker.
- Non-Title: Special Referee- AJ Lee: Team Hell No def. CM Punk & Dolph Ziggler (with Paul Heyman & Vickie Guerrero) by Kane pinning CM Punk following the chokeslam.
After being attacked with a lead pipe by John Cena and stared down by Ryback at the end of last week’s RAW, the show kicks off with WWE Champion CM Punk and his associate, Paul Heyman. Punk says that, last week, John Cena attacks him with a pipe and, while that may fly in Oklahoma City, in Chicago, it is called “cowardice”. The WWE Champion continues that, he was then looking for a doctor backstage and Mick Foley shoots him a “disrespectful” look, alleging that Foley muttered something under his breath. Punk says that he then decided to kick Foley and put him down like the “dog” that he is, asking Heyman if Foley would have said anything derogatory to John Cena, The Rock, or Stone Cold Steve Austin with Heyman answering “no”. Punk continues that Foley showed him nothing but disrespect last week, just like the fans do every week, calling Foley a “borderline lunatic”, but admits that Foley is well-spoken and Foley has made him think twice about refusing to face Cena inside Hell in a Cell. The WWE Champion then states that CM Punk vs. John Cena for the WWE Title inside Hell in a Cell will still not happen.
CM Punk then hands the microphone over to Paul Heyman, who says that they are moving on to another issue as Heyman shows what happened last week when he proposed to RAW General Manager AJ Lee and AJ responded with a slap to Heyman’s face. Heyman then says that, while AJ slapped him across the face, the GM “never said no”. Heyman continues that, last week, AJ Lee violated an edict given to her from the WWE Board of Directors before Heyman presents a memo from the Board of Directors that was presented to the General Manager after she attacked Vickie Guerrero several weeks ago. The memo states that AJ Lee is not to put her hands on any Superstar, manager, or anyone else ever again, saying that both he and CM Punk support AJ’s removal as the General Manager of RAW! Heyman says that, with the huge void of power that AJ’s dismissal would make, he would gladly take over as the General Manager since he has experience as a GM. Another former General Manager then interrupts as Vickie Guerrero, with her client, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Dolph Ziggler, in tow, says that she has also been victimized by AJ Lee in the past and so has Dolph Ziggler. Vickie continues that she is still feeling the effects of an attack by AJ Lee two months ago. Vickie reminds Heyman that Dolph is the holder of the Money-in-the-Bank contract and he is a future World Heavyweight Champion. Heyman responds by saying that Dolph may be a future World Champion, but CM Punk is a current World Champion. Ziggler then says that they can all agree that AJ Lee is the “sole reason” for all of the chaos on RAW before “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” proposes that Paul Heyman and Vickie Guerrero join forces and become co-General Managers! RAW General Manager AJ Lee then skips to the ring, revealing that the Board of Directors have put her on “probation”, saying that she knew that she was not supposed to put her hands on another person ever again, but she thought that they would make an exemption for someone as “slimy” and “creepy” as Paul Heyman. The GM then reveals that she has been appointed an “Executive Coach” to help her in her development as a General Manager!
WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan then comes out, screaming that he just came out there to apologize because AJ’s problems have been “compounded” by him dumping her after WrestleMania, saying that he is “one hell of a catch”. Bryan says that he is “handsome”, has a “great beard”, and he is the “tag team champions”, which brings out the other half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, “The Big Red Monster” Kane. Kane says that everyone there has forgotten to mention that AJ Lee is a “phenomenal kisser”, saying that all but one thing that Daniel Bryan said is true because he is the “tag team champions”! This leads to a screaming match between the WWE Tag Team Champions, as well as CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler. AJ Lee then screams, bringing the arguing to a halt, saying that, probation or not, RAW is still her show. The GM then announces that WWE Champion CM Punk will team with “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Dolph Ziggler to face WWE Tag Team Champions Kane & Daniel Bryan, Team Hell No!
The second First Round Match in the eight-team tag team tournament to determine the new #1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles at Hell in a Cell as the high-flying team of Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara faced former tag team champions Primo & Epico, with Rosa Mendes in their corner. In the middle of the match, The Prime Time Players take a seat on the stage as Darren Young & Titus O’Neil get an up close look at their potential future opponents. In the end, it was Rey Mysterio hitting a double 619 on Primo & Epico shortly before Rey lands the bullet splash on Primo en route to picking up the win for himself and Sin Cara as Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara join Rhodes Scholars in the Semi-Finals of the tag team tournament. Will The Prime Time Players or R-Truth & Kofi Kingston face Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara in the Semi-Finals?
The United States Champion was in action on RAW as Antonio Cesaro went one-on-one with “The Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay in a non-title match. In a surreal feat of strength, Antonio Cesaro is able to hoist Brodus Clay up and deliver the Neutralizer to the super heavyweight en route to the United States Champion picking up the win!
Backstage, RAW General Manager AJ Lee confronts her friend, Kaitlyn, and introduces her to AJ’s new Executive Coach, a gentleman by the name of Christopher Jay Stevenson. AJ explains that Stevenson is there to evaluate her job performance before saying that they used to be best friends, apologizing to Kaitlyn for doubting how much Kaitlyn cared about her. Before Kaitlyn can respond, the GM breaks out laughing, saying that she is not really sorry. AJ then skips away as Kaitlyn shares an awkward glance with Christopher Jay Stevenson.
One week after losing to Ryback in a non-title match, Intercontinental Champion The Miz went one-on-one with Zack Ryder in a non-title match. In the end, it was The Miz hitting the Skull Crushing Finale on Zack Ryder en route to picking up the win.
Then it was time for the World Heavyweight Championship Debate as SmackDown General Manager Booker T comes out to moderate the face-to-face confrontation between World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus and #1 Contender Big Show. Booker states that, in just four weeks, Sheamus will defend the World Heavyweight Title against Big Show for the first time ever at Hell in a Cell. The GM first introduces the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title as “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show makes his way to the ring, followed by World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus. Big Show is allowed to present his opening statement first, saying that there is no reason for a debate as he will knock Sheamus out and become the new World Heavyweight Champion, end of story. Sheamus responds by saying that he is going to kick Big Show’s teeth down his throat. With the fans sending in their questions via Twitter, the first question is, “what do you both find as the most challenging aspect of your opponent?” Sheamus responds to the question first, saying that he has never backed down from a fight and the fight is what he looks forward to the most. Sheamus continues that he has never faced an opponent as big and as impressive as Big Show, saying that he hopes that their match at Hell in a Cell lasts longer than 45 seconds, but adds that Big Show has strong “B.O.” Big Show disputes that he is a very “hygienic giant” and that he smells “fantastic”. Big Show then says that Sheamus is not taking the debate seriously and is not taking him seriously.
Booker T then presents the next question as a fan asks, “Who has the most dangerous move?” Big Show says that his W.M.D. has knocked out more Superstars and won more titles for him and is more devastating than the Brogue Kick, adding that Sheamus cannot even get his “chubby foot” up high enough to hit Big Show in the face. Sheamus says that Big Show could not knock out Daniel Bryan and Bryan took the World Heavyweight Title from Big Show in 45 seconds. After Big Show dismantles his podium, Sheamus presents a Tout from his cousin, “Rey Mysterio Sullivan”, as Sheamus holds a mask over his face, asking Big Show how it feels to know that he will get his head kicked off. Big Show says that Sheamus is making fun of him and his patience only goes so far. Sheamus continues to rile up the giant, asking Big Show feels about losing to Daniel Bryan in 45 seconds, followed by Sheamus beating Bryan in eighteen seconds. Both champion and challenger then drop their microphones as both men look ready to fight, but Big Show decides to save the fighting for Hell in a Cell as the #1 Contender exits the ring.
In a rematch from SmackDown, the undefeated “Sin City Cyborg” Ryback went one-on-one with Tensai on RAW. After finding himself unable to successfully put Tensai down with Shell Shocked, Ryback would utilize a vicious clothesline to pick up the win over Tensai.
After Eve tried to suspend her indefinitely on SmackDown for the attack on Kaitlyn, “The Glamazon” was out for revenge as Beth Phoenix went one-on-one with Booker T’s Assistant and reigning Divas Champion Eve in a non-title match. During the match, Eve would feign an eye injury, allowing her to cheap shot Beth Phoenix, hitting her swinging neckbreaker on “The Glamazon” en route to picking up the win.
With his new cohorts, Jinder Mahal & Drew McIntyre, in tow, “The One-Man Band” Heath Slater went one-on-one with Santino Marella. During the match, Santino Marella readies the Cobra to strike, but Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre interfere as they join Heath Slater in beating down Santino Marella. McIntyre then drops Santino with the Future Shock DDT, all at the command of Heath Slater.
After his debate with Big Show almost came to blows earlier in the evening, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus went one-on-one with “The Intellectual Savior to the Masses” Damien Sandow, with his tag team partner, Cody Rhodes, in his corner, in a non-title bout. During the match, Sheamus would spot Cody Rhodes’ attempt to interfere and would toss Rhodes into the ring, delivering the Brogue Kick to both Sandow & Rhodes at the same time before pinning Damien Sandow for the win.
With RAW emanating from Oklahoma, the native son of the Boomer Sooner state, Hall of Famer Jim Ross would be honored for his years of service to the WWE on Jim Ross Appreciation Night! Michael Cole would introduce the legendary commentator as “Good Ol’ J.R.” makes his way to the ring, greeting his colleague. Cole asks J.R. how it feels to be back at the announce position and to be back home for Jim Ross Appreciation Night. Before the Hall of Famer can even say three words, he is interrupted by WWE Champion CM Punk and Paul Heyman. The WWE Champion tells Michael Cole that Cole can get out of his ring and get back to the announce table because he is no longer needed. Punk then tells J.R. that he is the best commentator in the WWE and he “respects” J.R. and so do the fans. Punk continues that the fans do not know the meaning of the word, respect, saying that the fans turned their backs on him. The WWE Champion says that the Hall of Famer is going to help him get respect by telling his hometown crowd that CM Punk is the “best in the world”!
J.R. says that he appreciates Punk not embarrassing him, but says that Punk has done a great job of embarrassing himself over the last several weeks, calling the WWE Champion a “jackass”! Punk says that, when everyone in the WWE treats J.R. like crap, he comes out there and treats J.R. with respect, but the Hall of Famer treats him the same way that the fans treat him. Punk asks what happens if he does the same thing to J.R. that he did to Mick Foley last week, mocking the Hall of Famer by asking if J.R. is going to yell for his old friend, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Punk continues that Stone Cold isn’t going to help J.R. and Jerry Lawler is not going to help J.R. either. Punk then says that “3:16” used to be synonymous with Stone Cold Steve Austin, but “316” now belongs to him because he has been the WWE Champion for 316 days and counting. Punk continues that, right now, J.R. belongs to him as well, saying that the Hall of Famer’s fate is in his own hands and he does not care how J.R. says it, but he will say it. J.R. says that he will not say it, saying that he has called countless WrestleMania main events that have featured people that can legitimately call themselves the “best in the world”, such as Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Triple H, and The Undertaker. While Stone Cold and all those men never asked to be called the best, he would gladly call them the best because they have earned it. J.R. then tells CM Punk that, if Punk wants to be called the “best in the world”, then Punk will walk into Hell in a Cell, defeat John Cena and, then, and only then, will he look Punk in the eye and call him the best in the world, but until then, they’ve got nothing to discuss! CM Punk then snatches the signature hat off of J.R.’s head, smashing the hat. Punk then says that he has beaten John Cena time and time again, saying that the Oklahoma City Thunder could not get it done in the NBA Finals and they don’t get another shot, they get put at the back of the line and they have to work their way back to the top.
The WWE Champion continues that, if J.R. is smart, he will run away and, if the Hall of Famer does not put his hands up and defend himself, he will knock J.R. into next week and he will make sure that J.R. never commentates again. J.R. then tries to walk away, but Punk stops him, saying that the Hall of Famer will not be doing any more commentary tonight. Punk then orders J.R. to walk out of his ring and take the walk of shame to the back or he will put J.R. “in the dirt”. Not wanting to suffer the same fate as Mick Foley last week, J.R. started the long walk to the back, but the uncomfortable display is brought to a halt by Ryback as “The Sin City Cyborg” marches to the ring alongside J.R. Ryback then sets his sights on CM Punk as the undefeated machine stares the WWE Champion down as Punk decides to leave the ring!
After assaulting Randy Orton after SmackDown went off the air this past Friday, Alberto Del Rio, with his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, a guest on commentary, was in action on RAW as “The Mexican Aristocrat” went one-on-one with Kofi Kingston, with R-Truth in his corner. In the end, it was Alberto Del Rio locking in the cross armbreaker on Kofi Kingston, forcing Kofi to tap out to pick up the win.
Backstage, AJ Lee’s Executive Coach is telling the GM that she should focus on making RAW the best show possible and AJ responds by saying that the main event should have a special guest referee and that should be the Coach himself! AJ adds that a coach is not worth anything if they have not played. The GM then tells Christopher Jay Stevenson to get out of her sight because she does not need a coach, much less an Executive one!
Then it was time for the main event as WWE Champion CM Punk, with Paul Heyman in his corner, teams with “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Dolph Ziggler, with Vickie Guerrero in his corner, to face WWE Tag Team Champions Kane & Daniel Bryan, Team Hell No. Before the match begins, AJ Lee is revealed as the Special Guest Referee for the match! During the match, CM Punk would find himself locked in the No Lock, but, with the help of Paul Heyman, Punk gets his foot on the ropes. However, AJ Lee responds by ejecting Heyman from ringside and, shortly after, AJ also ejects Vickie from ringside! With Vickie ejected, Dolph Ziggler follows his business advisor, walking out on his tag team partner. Left alone with the WWE Tag Team Champions, it was only a matter of time for CM Punk as Kane tags himself into the match, drilling Punk with a chokeslam en route to pinning the WWE Champion and picking up the win for Team Hell No!
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