Raw Fusion: It’s A Wonderful Life
The 12th November 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video hyping the events and matches to take place later on in the episode, and a video recapping the Falls Count Anywhere match between Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio on SmackDown! (click here for our SmackDown! report), followed by Randy Orton taking on Dolph Ziggler.
The match sees Orton get the victory, when he avoids Ziggler’s Fame-Asser attempt despite the distraction, and hits Ziggler with an RKO for the 3-count. Afterwards, Dolph Ziggler, Ricardo Rodriguez, and Alberto Del Rio start to attack Randy Orton, prompting Kofi Kingston to hit the ring and clear the ring to even up the odds.
Teddy Long’s music hits and he makes his way out onto the stage, where he says that the match will now restart as a Tag Team match, despite the fact that Orton managed to win the original match anyway. The match sees Del Rio get the victory for his team, when he takes advantage of the distraction provided by Rodriguez and hits Kingston with an enzuigiri for the 3-count.
Now, Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero are in the ring and Ziggler starts things off by explaining the definition of a scandal and saying that he is standing in the ring to hear the truth, which he says cannot be denied.
After repeating the footage previously shown over the past few weeks regarding the “AJ scandal”, Vickie points out AJ’s comments from last week that she would attack her if she had come out to the ring, so Vickie says that she will not be threatened by anyone, especially a “love-struck little girl”.
She claims not to be a vengeful person and invites AJ to come out as the last chance to explain herself, and this week AJ does indeed make her way to the ring. AJ asks why Vickie is doing this as she got what she wanted and cost her her job, to which Vickie says that she didn’t do anything, AJ did.
Vickie keeps needling at AJ to get her to admit the truth of the accusations regarding her and John Cena, until it gets to the point where AJ does indeed admit something, but what she admits is simply that she and Cena are just friends, much to Vickie’s disappointment.
AJ suggests that this is really all about the fact that Vince McMahon chose her as General Manager at the 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw (click here for our Raw 1000 report), and the fact that she attacked Vickie twice and could easily do so again.
She says that Vickie is just throwing her weight around, which she calls considerable after a few glances at her, prompting Vickie to present her further evidence, which this time around are voicemails that sound incriminating.
AJ says that the messages are phony as they were hacked together, but Ziggler tells her to stop the denials as it is clear that something happened, and he asks her which is more disappointing out of either John Cena not speaking to her any more or the nights that they spent in his hotel room.
John Cena’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he makes a bee-line straight for Dolph Ziggler, only for AJ to stop him and slap Ziggler, which Cena follows up by hitting Ziggler with a right hand to knock him down.
After an interaction backstage involving John Cena and AJ, and a video recapping the events of SmackDown! involving Sheamus, The Big Show, Wade Barrett, and William Regal, The Big Show is pitted against William Regal in a match which sees Show get the victory, when he hits Regal with a chokeslam for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Show looks to be preparing to hit Regal with a K.O Punch, but Sheamus hits the ring and starts to attack Show, forcing him to bail out.
Next up, Eve Torres joins commentary as Layla goes against Kaitlyn, to determine Eve’s challenger for the Divas Championship at Survivor Series, in a match which sees Kaitlyn hit Layla with a reverse DDT for the 3-count.
After a video recapping Jerry “The King” Lawler’s heart attack and the battle to save him two months ago on Raw, Michael Cole and “Good Ol’ J.R” Jim Ross stand in the ring and introduce the returning Lawler, whose music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
Lawler likens his experience to living the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life”, and he thanks everyone including family, friends, and fans for their support. After commenting that it is great to be back, CM Punk’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with Paul Heyman, prompting Lawler to exit the ring.
CM Punk tells Lawler that it is a good job that he left the ring when he did, as Punk would have beaten him to death. He claims that what Lawler does is in bad taste and calls his heart attack a stunt.
He says that he will beat John Cena and Ryback on Sunday at Survivor Series, and tells Lawler that he’s glad that he is back and will have a front row seat, but suggests that he doesn’t “croak” before the Pay-Per-View.
Jerry “The King” Lawler’s response is that he will try not to, but he says that the way he sees it, the only thing that is on life support is Punk’s run as the WWE Champion. What follows is a mocking of Lawler’s heart attack by Paul Heyman faking one and Punk supposedly giving him CPR and throwing up the “X” sign for paramedics.
Mick Foley’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he says that it doesn’t cease to amaze him that somebody who demands respect like Punk refuses to give respect to somebody who commands it like Lawler.
CM Punk says that Foley is wasting each other’s time as they are no longer captains of the Survivor Series teams as Punk and Ryback were taken out of it, so he suggests that Foley simply focus on filling his missing spot on his team.
Foley says that he doesn’t have to worry about filling in that spot, as the WWE Universe will be choosing who will take it, not him. Punk says that Foley shouldn’t care about what the WWE Universe thinks as they can’t do so, and that he has been a lot better off since he stopped caring.
Punk suggests that Foley change his team name to “Team Worthless”, as he is a worthless captain leading a worthless team, trying to fill a worthless spot on that worthless team, with worthless opinions from worthless fans – at this point Foley interrupts and tells Punk to shut up.
Mick Foley says that he’s going to tell CM Punk a secret about Jerry “The King” Lawler – he was dead. He says that Lawler was dead and through miracles, medical attention, and the thoughts and prayers of the WWE Universe, Lawler is here today.
He says that Punk has lost sight of the fact that the world doesn’t revolve around him, and that Punk thinks that the fact that Lawler was lost but is back with us somehow involves him, but it doesn’t.
Foley says that he wasn’t happy to find out upon his return that Vince McMahon had changed the teams for Survivor Series and Punk wouldn’t get the chance to be taught a lesson, but he realised that Punk doesn’t care about lessons or anything other than his WWE Championship.
He says that Punk is now in a position that Ryback or John Cena are going to strip his title from him, but Punk doesn’t believe that this is so as nobody has learned how to defeat him for the WWE Championship in 358 days, and that it will be the same at Survivor Series.
CM Punk says that it is certain that nobody would learn anything from Mick Foley about defeating him for the title either, and that there isn’t anything that Foley could teach him as he doesn’t feel like climbing up and jumping off his roof like some goof.
He says that Foley doesn’t belong out there as none of this involves him at all, but Foley says that isn’t quite true. Foley says that he was informed just before he came out that in Punk’s match with Cena later on in the episode, Foley will be the Special Guest Enforcer.
After an interaction backstage involving CM Punk and Paul Heyman, Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio, Justin Gabriel, and Tyson Kidd take on Primo, Epico, and “Prime Time Players” Darren Young and Titus O’Neil in an Eight-Man Tag Team match which sees Gabriel get the victory for his team, when Mysterio hits Young with a 619 and Gabriel follows it up with a 450-Splash for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, and Mick Foley, Antonio Cesaro joins commentary as R-Truth is pitted against Tensai in a match which sees Truth get the victory, when he hits Tensai with a jumping reverse STO for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Cesaro stands up and addresses Truth, but he is interrupted from what he is going to say by Truth giving a knock-knock joke that ends with him saying that he is going to knock Cesaro’s teeth down his throat at Survivor Series.
Now, Brad Maddox goes against Ryback in a match which sees Ryback get the victory, when he hits Maddox with the Shell-Shock for the 3-count. Afterwards, Ryback picks Maddox up, slams him against the ambulance waiting next to the stage, and then throws him inside the back of the ambulance before closing the doors to allow the ambulance to drive away.
Next, David Otunga takes on Sheamus in a match which sees Sheamus get the victory, when he hits Otunga with a Brogue Kick for the 3-count. Afterwards, Sheamus addresses The Big Show and says that he hopes he was watching, as what happened was exactly what is going to happen to him at Survivor Series.
Show is shown on the titantron attacking William Regal, with Show stating that Sheamus is wrong and that what he is doing to Regal is what will happen to Sheamus at Survivor Series, after which Josh Mathews says that Regal has regained consciousness after being hit with a K.O Punch from Show.
After an interaction backstage involving Kane and Daniel Bryan, Daniel Bryan joins ringside as “Team Rhodes Scholars” Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow are pitted in a Tag Team match against Kane and the final Team Foley member chosen by the fans in a Twitter fan vote, whom is revealed to be The Miz.
The match sees Kane get the victory, when he hits Rhodes with a chokeslam for the 3-count. Afterwards, The Miz and Kane celebrate in the ring, but Daniel Bryan joins in due to jealousy, prompting confusion from Kane and an argument between The Miz and Bryan.
After a video hyping WWE Tribute To The Troops which is set to happen in December, CM Punk (accompanied by Paul Heyman) goes against John Cena in a match with Mick Foley as Special Guest Enforcer, which sees Cena get the victory, when Ryback blocks Punk’s escape and Cena hits Punk with an Attitude Adjustment for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Ryback and Cena end up in a Tug Of War with the WWE Championship, while CM Punk stands on the apron, as Raw goes off the air.