Raw Fusion: Firing & Feasting
The 29th October 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with photos and audio recapping the events of the WWE Championship match at Hell In A Cell (click here for our Hell In A Cell report), followed by Justin Roberts introducing CM Punk and him making his way to the ring with Paul Heyman.
CM Punk talks about how everyone thought that Ryback was unbeatable and that he would be just another victim in the trail of bodies left by Ryback, but he says that he proved them wrong, as he then points to various members of the crowd and says that they were wrong.
He says that he has been proving everyone wrong since day one, and that he has defeated every single one if the fans’ heroes and survived everything that they had to offer, listing Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, and John Cena among them.
Punk says that as far as Ryback is concerned, he isn’t even in the conversation, but he does want to take the time to talk about his monumental victory against him, which he says should be applauded, but that people have accused him of convincing an official to put his hands on Ryback.
He denies having anything to do with it, as he says that the only thing that he was guilty of was taking advantage of the actions of a rogue official. Punk says that the official’s name is Brad Maddox.
Punk says that to highlight how incompetent Maddox is, he was hired by former Raw General Manager AJ Lee, which he claims should say something about him. He says that Maddox cost him a match a couple of months ago on Raw, so he doesn’t know if the events at Hell In A Cell was him trying to return the favour or something ridiculous like that, but he says that he had nothing to do with Maddox’s actions.
He says that he now looks at Ryback in a completely different way, and that Ryback is behind him and thus there will be no rematch. Punk starts to talk about how he will move onto bigger and better things and give other competitors a shot, but he is interrupted by Mick Foley’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring.
Punk asks Foley why he is there, recalling that the last time he saw Foley was on the ground after he kicked his ass, and wondering if he is there to embarrass him, but Foley says that Punk did an excellent job of embarrassing himself at Hell In A Cell.
Mick Foley says that didn’t come to Raw to judge CM Punk, but he gave Punk a choice one month ago as to whether he would be a man, holding up the tradition of the Hell In A Cell match, or a statistic, and Punk blew it.
Punk shows how beaten up he is, and says that is what Foley’s so-called tradition does to Superstars, but he says that as Survivor Series is coming up, he suggests that they have a traditional Survivor Series match – Team Foley against Team Punk.
Foley agrees to the match, and Punk says that whoever Foley picks, he is going to get rid of them. Punk is interrupted from saying anything further however, as Ryback’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, prompting Heyman and Punk to bail out as quickly as they possibly can and beat a hasty retreat.
Now, JTG takes on Ryback in a match which sees Ryback get the victory, when he hits JTG with the Shell Shock for the 3-count. Afterwards, Josh Mathews interviews Ryback about the events of Hell In A Cell, suggesting that he must have a taste for revenge, but Ryback says that revenge is a confession of pain, and that he is not hurt but hungry, and that when he feasts again it will be on CM Punk, as he then chants “Feed Me Punk” along with the crowd.
After a video recapping the events of the match between Wade Barrett and Randy Orton on SmackDown! (click here for our SmackDown! report), Randy Orton is pitted against Wade Barrett in a match which sees Orton get the victory, when he avoids Barrett’s Souvenir attempt and hits him with an RKO.
After an interaction backstage involving AJ and Vickie Guerrero, “Team Hell No” Kane and Daniel Bryan go against “Prime Time Players” Darren Young and Titus O’Neil in a Tag Team match which sees Bryan get the victory for his team, when Kane hits Young with a chokeslam, and Bryan follows it up by tagging himself in and putting Young in the No Lock, forcing him to tap out.
After a video recapping the events involving CM Punk and referee Brad Maddox last month on Raw, and Maddox’s low blow on Ryback at Hell In A Cell, Vickie Guerrero makes her way to the ring and says that as promised on Twitter, she is going to show her evidence in the “scandal” involving AJ and John Cena, as she then introduces Cena and he makes his way to the ring.
Cena says that the only reason that he has come out is to clear all of this up, which Vickie is happy to do as she first shows footage of Cena asking AJ for a date three weeks ago. He admits to saying it, but says that like a number of other things he has said while in the ring, it was a joke, and that everyone else understood that.
Vickie’s second piece of evidence is footage of Cena hugging AJ last week, which Cena says is easy to explain as he was consoling her as a friend, due to her losing her job as Raw General Manager as a result of Vickie’s allegations.
The next piece of evidence shown by Vickie Guerrero is a photo of what appears to be a romantic dinner between AJ and John Cena, but to which Cena says is the business dinner that he told everyone about last week.
Vickie calls Cena pathetic and says that he seems to have an answer for everything, but her final piece of evidence is footage of AJ and Cena talking, with Cena already in an elevator and AJ joining him shortly afterwards.
As the crowd chants “You are busted”, Cena’s explanation for this one is that AJ was going to go and confront Vickie, but he convinced her not to do so, and that it was nothing more than two people getting into an elevator.
Vickie expresses her scepticism that they entered a lift together and then went their separate ways, and Cena admits that he walked AJ to her door, but says that there was nothing more than that.
Vickie continues to make insinuations, but Cena still denies it all. She says that it is a good thing that she is in charge of Raw, as she would not have faith in AJ as she then starts to call her a number of names, prompting Cena to defend AJ and Vickie then attempt to twist Cena’s own words against him.
Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he says that he thinks that we’ve all seen enough to draw our own conclusions, and that because of Cena’s inability to control his urges, Ziggler and the WWE Universe see Cena and AJ for what they really are.
Ziggler is quickly dissuaded from saying anything further however, as John Cena gets in his face and tells him never to mention his and AJ’s names in the same sentence again, as he then shoves Ziggler down and leaves.
Next up, The Miz joins commentary as Antonio Cesaro takes on Kofi Kingston, but before the match takes place, Cesaro has something to say. Cesaro says that while travelling the country as the United States Champion, he discovered that America has the fattest children in the world, and that to make things even worse, Halloween is coming up, calling it a silly American holiday where obese kids go door-to-door, begging sweets from irresponsible, idiotic adults who don’t see a crisis, even if it is standing in front of them dressed as a fat Power Ranger.
He says that now, more than ever, America needs Antonio Cesaro as its United States Champion. The match sees Kingston get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when The Miz attacks Kingston due to him sending Cesaro over the announcers’ table towards him only moments before.
Afterwards, The Miz and Cesaro continue to attack Kingston until R-Truth hits the ring to even the odds, prompting The Miz to bail out rather than deal with Truth. Cesaro attempts to attack Truth, but he ends up being clotheslined out of the ring by him instead.
After an interaction backstage involving AJ and Vickie Guerrero, in which Vickie rehires AJ as a Diva on the condition that she is unable to lay a hand on Vickie ever again, and a video of a supposed music-centric interview with “3MB” (Jinder Mahal, Heath Slater, and Drew McIntyre), “Team CoBro” Santino Marella and Zack Ryder are pitted against “3MB” Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal (accompanied by Drew McIntyre) in a Tag Team match.
The match sees Slater get the victory for his team, when he hits Marella with an overdrive for the 3-count.
After we are informed that Jerry “The King” Lawler will return to commentary in two weeks, AJ goes against Beth Phoenix in a match which sees AJ get the victory, when she catches Beth with a small package for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Vickie Guerrero makes her way out to the stage and tells AJ that she demands a lot more from her, prompting Beth to take advantage of the distraction and attack AJ from behind. Vickie then orders the match to be restarted, which quickly results in Beth getting the victory when she hits AJ with the Glam Slam for the 3-count.
After once again showing footage of Brad Maddox hitting Ryback with a low blow at Hell In A Cell, Sheamus’ music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he says that he is standing out there without a championship around his waist, but with a smile on his face.
He says that he is disappointed, but he admits that The Big Show was the better man at Hell In A Cell. Sheamus says that he didn’t come to the WWE to always win, but to fight, and that his match with Show was the greatest fight of his entire life.
Sheamus says that he pushed Show to the limit and that it was a great match, but Show scored the decisive blow and won the match, but that though Show won the battle, the war is far from over, as he says that he is dying to get back in the ring with Show.
He says that when he does, it is going to be an all-out war, and that when the war is over, he will still be standing with a smile on his face, and that the World Heavyweight Championship will be back around his waist, where it belongs.
The Big Show’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he says that he knows that the reason that Sheamus is smiling is because he is hiding the truth that they both know, which is that Sheamus gave him everything he had, but came up short.
He says that he did exactly what he was going to do, walked in, knocked him out, and walked out with the World Heavyweight Championship. Show says that as for battles and wars, he admits that the match took him to levels that he didn’t even know that he was capable of, and that nobody else has ever made him dig that deep.
Show says that he realised that he doesn’t have any limits and that there is no stopping him, but that if Sheamus comes at him for another war, it will be like Custer’s Last Stand with Sheamus being Custer, or bringing a glass of water to burning building, namely that it would not be enough.
He says that he wipes smiles off people’s faces and he enjoys it, and that he will enjoy knocking the smile off Sheamus’ face, but he says that Sheamus can not beat him and will never take the title from him.
Sheamus says that it was a great speech, but asks if Show has ever seen a “Ginger snap”, as he suddenly picks Show up and hits him with White Noise and then leaves.
After an interaction backstage involving John Cena and AJ, which Vickie Guerrero seems to have been watching behind them, and an interaction involving Vickie and Beth Phoenix in which Beth thanks Vickie for restarting the match, only to be told that she is fired with immediate effect, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara take on “Team Rhodes Scholars” Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow in a Tag Team match which sees Sandow get the victory for his team, when he hits Cara with the Terminoose for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Mick Foley and Kaitlyn about WWE ’13, an interaction involving Foley and Paul Heyman, and John Cena in the ring presenting Susan G. Komen For The Cure with a cheque for $1 million as Superstars, Divas, and Vince McMahon stand watching from the stage, Alberto Del Rio is pitted against Justin Gabriel.
The match sees Del Rio get the victory, when he hits Gabriel with an enzuigiri in the corner and follows it up by putting him in the cross-armbreaker, forcing Gabriel to tap out.
Next, Paul Heyman stands in the ring and introduces CM Punk, with the WWE ’13 cover being unveiled once again, before Heyman then introduces who he has picked for Team Punk on his behalf.
He announces that Team Punk is comprised of The Miz, “Team Rhodes Scholars” Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow, Alberto Del Rio, and of course CM Punk. CM Punk says that Survivor Series will be a celebration of him being the WWE Champion for one year, and that taking a delusional, disrespectful, so-called legend in Mick Foley and putting him out of his misery is a great way to do so.
Punk says that at Survivor Series he will teach Foley about respect and how to survive. Mick Foley’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he says that if Punk refers to what happened at Hell In A Cell as surviving, he refers to it as “weaselling”.
Foley says that he doesn’t have a problem calling Punk the WWE Champion as it has been almost a year, but that he does have a problem lately with calling him a man. He says that a man doesn’t disrespect the legacy of Hell In A Cell by enlisting a crooked referee, but Punk’s response is to repeat that he had nothing to do with the actions of Brad Maddox.
Foley introduces the members of Team Foley, said members being Kofi Kingston, “Team Hell No” Kane and Daniel Bryan, and Randy Orton. CM Punk isn’t impressed, as he informs Foley that the plan of his team will be to take out the other members one by one, until they are left with Foley, so that he can teach him about respect, survival, and what is is the be a champion.
Foley agrees that he would be the weak link of the team if Team Punk was able to take out the champions on Team Foley, but that he won’t be the weak link as he is not going to be competing. Instead, he says that he will be standing in the corner as as Team Punk is decimated by the first four members of Team Foley, and the fifth who is quickly revealed as Ryback, as Ryback’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
Members of both teams start brawling in the ring, but Punk and Heyman bail out of the ring before Ryback gets there, wanting nothing to do with him, but instead retreating up the ramp. As he watches from the ramp however, Ryback hits Cody Rhodes with the meat-hook clothesline and then follows it up with a Shell Shock.
Ryback and CM Punk stare each other down from their respective positions, as Raw goes off the air.