Raw Fusion: Feed. Me. Punk.
The 15th October 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events of last week involving Ryback, CM Punk, John Cena, and Vince McMahon, followed by The Big Show’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring.
The Big Show says that two weeks ago he was in the ring for a debate, but that which was actually a clever joke put together by Booker T and Sheamus in an attempt to make Show look foolish. He says that he isn’t the one who looked like a fool, but rather the fans are.
He shows footage of him blocking Sheamus’ Brogue Kick attempt and pushing him out of the ring last week, and he says that he loves the look on Sheamus’ face as it was the look of someone who is in way over their head.
Show says that on SmackDown!, there was another scientific challenge to determine which move was more powerful out of the Brogue Kick and the K.O Punch (click here for our SmackDown! report), and though he didn’t want to participate and embarrass Sheamus, he says that we all know what happened as he shows footage of him winning the challenge with.
He says that in two weeks at Hell In A Cell, he won’t be punching a machine, but will be punching Sheamus to become the new World Heavyweight Champion. He says that just so that people don’t keep talking about his previous reign of forty-five seconds, he is going to correct that mistake as he then challenges Daniel Bryan to a match right now.
A number of Superstars are shown watching a monitor backstage, with all of them looking towards Daniel Bryan, who says that he isn’t going out there. AJ appears and says that she thinks that Show has a great idea, as she then tells Bryan to get out there.
Bryan attempts to convince Kane to go instead of him, prompting Kane to laugh at him, Bryan starts chanting “No” in his frustration, causing everyone else to chant “Yes” at him, but he does head out to have the match with The Big Show.
The match sees Show get the victory, when he counters Bryan’s dive from the top rope by catching him by the throat, and then hitting him with a chokeslam for the 3-count. Afterwards, Kane’s pyro and music hits, and he makes his way to the ring, where he laughs at Bryan’s loss.
When it appears that Show is going to hit Bryan with the K.O Punch however, Kane quickly enters the ring and stands in the way, prompting Show to exit the ring and leave up the ramp instead, apparently not wanting to take on Kane.
Next up, Paul Heyman is in the ring with the WWE Championship and something under a cover, where he introduces himself before introducing the WWE Champion, CM Punk. CM Punk says that last week is a perfect microcosm of what his life has become, as somebody calls his integrity into question and he proves them wrong.
He says that he doesn’t care who it is, from Mick Foley and “Good Ol’ J.R” Jim Ross, to John Cena and The Rock, or the fans, if the fans disrespect him verbally or physically, he will put them down as he is the Best In The World.
Punk says that last week was Vince McMahon’s turn to find out just why he is the Best In The World, but although some may applaud McMahon’s fortitude, Punk thought it was sad, as he was once again making it about himself and disrespecting Punk.
He says that he slapped McMahon in the face, and McMahon then challenged him to a match and put up a fight, but Punk put up such a beating on him that he feels comfortable in letting everyone know that they will never see McMahon compete in the ring ever again, so for that they can thank him.
CM Punk says that it took two Superstars to save McMahon from him, and then he backed him into a corner by telling him that he has to choose who his opponent is at Hell In A Cell. He says that this is fine, but just for perspective, he wants to show what everyone thinks of their champion, as the Hell In A Cell Pay-Per-View poster is then shown.
He asks if he is the devil, to which the crowd agree, but Punk says that compared to many of the crowd, he is an angel. He says that they all know that devil’s don’t exist, but to pretend that they do for a moment, he’ll talk about the devil he doesn’t know and the devil he does.
Punk says that the devil he doesn’t know is Ryback, who has physically inserted himself into a conversation he has no business being a part of, and that the devil he does know and very well at that, is John Cena.
As for who he should choose to face him at Hell In A Cell, whether it is the one-armed man with ten WWE titles to his name or, to borrow a phrase from Paul Heyman, “The Next Big Thing” in WWE. He says that pictures are worth a thousand words, so he is going to unveil to everyone right now who he will be facing at Hell In A Cell.
Punk asks for decorum and respect while he unveils his opponent, but rather predictably he doesn’t get it, so as a result, he says that perhaps he needs a bit more time to think about it, so decides that as the champion, he is going to think about it more.
He is interrupted by Vince McMahon’s music hitting and him making his way out to the stage, where McMahon says that he was hoping that Punk would have learned something about respect last week.
He suggests that maybe Punk will respect what he is about to say, as last week he said that if Punk didn’t make up his mind on his opponent at Hell In A Cell, he would do it for him. McMahon tells Punk that he just blew it, so now he is going to make the decision for him, so later on there will be a contract signing, where Punk will find out whether he will face Ryback or John Cena.
Next, Alberto Del Rio takes on Brodus Clay (accompanied by Cameron and Naomi) in a match which sees Del Rio get the victory, when he puts Clay in the cross-armbreaker, forcing him to tap out.
After an interaction backstage involving CM Punk and Paul Heyman, Santino Marella and “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder are pitted against “Prime Time Players” Titus O’Neil and Darren Young in a Tag Team match which sees O’Neil get the victory for his team, when he hits Ryder with a lifting spinebuster for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre hit the ring and attack Santino Marella and Zack Ryder, after which they say that is how it is done. They suggest celebrating by putting “music” back into the “Music City”, as they introduce themselves as the “3MB”.
Now, Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler appear and make their way to the ring, as Ziggler expresses his displeasure at Ryback being a candidate for a WWE Championship match. He asks if anybody realises what he has been through for his Money In The Bank contract.
He says that Ryback is a flash-in-the-pan, a fly-by-night, and that two months ago nobody will remember his name, but the person who will still be around is Dolph Ziggler. He says that if anyone deserves a WWE Championship match, it is him.
Ziggler says that he wants to take on Punk at Hell In A Cell, go on to win the WWE Championship, and then cash in his Money In The Bank contract to also become the World Heavyweight Champion in the same night.
David Otunga makes his way out to interrupt Ziggler from talking further, as although he agrees with his point about Ryback, he says that Ziggler doesn’t deserve a title shot either. He says that the person who deserves the shot is the biggest Superstar in the country, who is just as strong physically as he is mentally, namely himself.
AJ’s music hits and she makes her way out onto the stage, where she says that everyone has a right to their opinion, but instead of them expressing their opinion verbally, she is going to give them the opportunity to do so physically, in a 2-on-1 Handicap match against the man himself, as Ryback then makes his way out.
The match sees Ryback get the victory, when he hits Otunga with the Shell-Shock for the 3-count, as Ziggler and Vickie watch on from the stage. After an interaction backstage involving Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon, an interaction elsewhere backstage involving AJ and Matt Striker sees AJ make a match between Striker and Kane.
Back in the arena, Antonio Cesaro takes on Justin Gabriel in a match which sees Cesaro get the victory, when he counters Gabriel’s springboard dive with a European uppercut, and follows it up with the Neutralizer for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the events involving Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Matt Striker on SmackDown!, Matt Striker is pitted against Kane in a match. After the bell rings to start the match, Striker attempts to convince Kane not to have the match, but instead to think about his therapy.
Kane opens his arms to hug Striker, much to Striker’s relief, but that relief soon turns to horror, as Kane does not want to let go when Striker attempts to, and it ends in Kane hitting Striker with a chokeslam for the 3-count to win the match.
Afterwards, Kane asks the downed Striker for comments on his loss, before then proclaiming himself to be the Tag Team Champions and leaving again.
After a video recapping the events of last week involving Kofi Kingston, The Miz, and Larry King, The Miz presents “Miz TV” with his special guest Kofi Kingston, who he is set to defend his Intercontinental Championship against on the upcoming episode of Main Event.
Kofi Kingston and The Miz trade insults, with The Miz asking what he has done of relevance over the past five years, as he says that Kingston will always be a “B” player and forgotten, whereas The Miz will be the one that nobody ever forgets.
Kingston agrees that he may need to add more memorable moments to his career, but he suggests that one such moment will be on the upcoming episode of Main Event, when he beats The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship.
He challenges The Miz to a match later on in this episode of Raw too, which the crowd want to see too, so The Miz accepts the match. The Miz says however that Kingston will do as he always does is choke, as he will hit his limit of 60%, while The Miz is always at 100%.
The Miz says that all Kingston will ever be is a guy who says “Boom Boom Boom”, prompting Kingston to start attacking The Miz, forcing The Miz to bail out, but when he attempts to re-enter the ring, Kingston knocks him back off the apron.
After a video recapping the events of last week involving The Big Show blocking Sheamus’ Brogue Kick, Sheamus goes against Wade Barrett in a match which sees Show come out during the match to watch from the stage, but which also sees Sheamus get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when Show pulls down the top rope in full view of the referee, causing Sheamus to fall out of the ring.
Afterwards, Show rolls Sheamus back into the ring, but Barrett’s attempt at taking advantage is thwarted by Sheamus hitting him with a Brogue Kick, followed by Show being knocked back out of the ring with a clothesline.
After an interaction backstage involving John Cena and Vince McMahon, Eve Torres takes on Layla for the Divas Championship in a match which sees Eve get the victory and retain her title, when she knocks Layla off the turnbuckle with a kick, and pins her for the 3-count – not without controversy however, as Layla’s foot is on the rope and the referee misses it.
After an interaction backstage involving Kane and Daniel Bryan, an interaction elsewhere backstage involving Vince McMahon and Daniel Bryan, and a video of 3MB attempting to take over a club before being kicked out, “Team Rhodes Scholars” Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow are pitted against Primo and Epico (accompanied by Rosa Mendes) in a Tag Team match which sees Sandow get the victory for his team, when he hits Epico with the cross-armed neckbreaker (which Sandow calls the “Terminoose”, according to Michael Cole) for the 3-count.
Now, The Miz goes against Kofi Kingston in a match which sees Kingston get the victory, when he hits The Miz with Trouble In Paradise for the 3-count.
Next, Vince McMahon makes his way to the ring for the contract signing, followed by CM Punk and Paul Heyman after Punk’s introduction, as well as John Cena and Ryback after their introductions.
Before Vince McMahon can reveal who he has chosen as CM Punk’s opponent for Hell In A Cell, CM Punk interrupts him and signs the contract, as he says that McMahon is going to do what he wants to do anyway, so he should just choose and whoever it is, will be broken just like Punk broke McMahon last week.
McMahon says that this wouldn’t be taking place if Punk had just accepted Cena’s challenge weeks ago, but when Punk criticises McMahon for “having John Cena’s back” as he says that they are two peas in a pod, John Cena says that Punk needs to shut the hell up.
McMahon attempts once again to reveal who he has chosen as Punk’s opponent, but once again he is interrupted, this time by Cena who says that he hasn’t finished yet. Cena says that he would like nothing more than to face Punk at Hell In A Cell.
Cena says that he looks at Ryback however, and wonders if he even cares about the WWE Championship, as it seems all Ryback wants to do is kick Punk’s ass. He says that the way Punk runs his mouth, he needs to get his ass whipped, so although Vince McMahon has a lot of tough decisions, this is going to be the easiest one he has ever made.
He says that over the next two weeks, Punk is gong to get no sleep, as whether Punk is prancing around in the WWE demanding respect, or sitting at home, Punk’s brain is going to be filled with three simple words – Feed. Me. More.
He starts to chant it along with the crowd, exiting the ring in the process and leaving, prompting Ryback to step forward and sign the contract. Vince McMahon announces that it is official that CM Punk will defend his WWE Championship against Ryback inside Hell In A Cell, at the Pay-Per-View of the same name.
CM Punk attempts to show his superiority of Ryback by yelling at him, but Ryback responds by slamming Punk’s head off the table, and he follows it up by hitting Punk with the Shell-Shock.
Ryback celebrates in the ring, as Raw goes off the air.