Raw Fusion: Epiphanies
The 5th September 2011 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events of last week involving Triple H, Kevin Nash, and CM Punk, followed by CM Punk’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring to kick off the show.
CM Punk says that he has a little nugget of information that he thinks everyone knows already but he will say anyway – he is different. He says that he walks, acts, and speaks differently, such as saying things like he is the best wrestler in the world.
He says that what is different about that is that he has the ability to back it up in the ring, but him being different makes him a target, and that in other words he tends to piss a lot of people off.
Punk suggests that may be why R-Truth may have attacked him last week, but later on he will be facing R-Truth in a match, which would normally be lovely, but he’d rather kick someone particular in the face, that person being Kevin Nash.
He says that Nash pushing Triple H last week won’t make him think that there is any conflict between the two, and he invites Nash to come out and face him like a man, with Punk trying to goad him into it by telling him that he is waiting and to get his balls out of his purse and face him like a man.
Punk keeps waiting, and just as he thinks that Nash isn’t going to come out, the nWo theme music hits and Kevin Nash makes his way out onto the stage. Nash says that he doesn’t listen to Punk, but he does and says whatever he wants, whenever he wants, such as when he “stuck” Punk in the ring last week.
Punk says that it appears that Nash has more excuses than nicknames, listing a number such as “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel, Oz, Vinnie Vegas, and Super Shredder. He asks what else he should call him except “the big complainer”.
Kevin Nash asks what Punk thinks will happen if he makes his way to the ring, as he says that every time he hits the ring, he leaves Punk lying, and he says that Triple H cancelling the match between the two of them and making a match between Punk and Triple H instead only stopped Nash from killing Punk.
CM Punk says if he understands things correctly, the estrogen pills Nash took in “The Longest Yard” were not props, and that in 1994 Nash won his first heavyweight title, Punk couldn’t legally drive, Justin Bieber was born, and it was the last time that Nash was even relevant.
He says that no matter how many times Nash knocks him down, he’s going to keep getting up and fighting back, as Punk doesn’t intimidate him. Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, with Nash meeting him at the bottom of the ramp and demanding Punk’s removal, as he says that the WWE Universe isn’t big enough for the two of them.
Triple H tells Nash that normally he would be inclined to do that, and that normally he would be inclined to forgive and forget the push last week, but this isn’t a normal week as this is the week that he found out the truth.
He says that he got a call from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, as they have security footage from the hallway outside of his office at SummerSlam, so they sent him the footage for him to look at.
Triple H says that it is funny as there are a lot of people who go in and out of his office on a daily basis, but there was one guy who went in his office at the exact time that Nash got the text message telling him to “stick the winner”, and looking at Nash’s face, he says that he can tell that Nash knows what he knows – that the guy who sent the text was Kevin Nash.
Kevin Nash enters the ring and admits to it, but says that he did what Triple H couldn’t do, and he made the WWE cool and exciting again. He says that Triple H has got to make a decision and that either he or Punk has to go.
Triple H says that he doesn’t have a problem with that, but what he does have a problem with at this point is Nash, as though he doesn’t like CM Punk, he has never lied to him, when Nash has done nothing but lie to him since he came back.
He says that he’s inclined to get rid of somebody, and though he hates to do it… at this point Nash interrupts in disbelief that Triple H is going to pick Punk over him, saying that he’s known him for twenty years and that he’s his friend.
Nash asks if it’s about the push last week, as he says that he got lost in the moment and put his hands on him, but he thought that friends could do that, but the most important thing is, what is Triple H going to do about it if he touches him?
Nash says that Triple H isn’t going to do anything about it, but Triple H proves him wrong by knocking him down with a right hand and saying that maybe they were friends, but maybe, then changing his mind to “definitely”, Nash is fired.
After Kevin Nash is shown getting into a limo that John Laurinaitis also gets into, “Air Boom” (Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston) take on Jinder Mahal and The Great Khali in a match which sees Bourne get the victory for his team when he hits a shooting star press for the 3-count after Khali mistakenly hits Mahal with a chop to the head after Kingston ducked it.
Next, Eve Torres is pitted against Beth Phoenix (accompanied by Natalya) to determine the number one contender to Kelly Kelly’s Divas Championship at Night Of Champions as Kelly Kelly and Natalya join commentary.
The match ends with Beth getting the victory after she hits Eve with the Glam Slam for the 3-count. Afterwards, Natalya attacks Kelly from behind when she goes to check up on Eve, then joins Beth in the ring as the Divas Of Doom celebrate in the ring as Eve and Kelly are down on the outside.
Backstage, Drew McIntyre and Christian are talking about how Christian is a victim of injustice, until Alberto Del Rio makes his presence known and tries to convince Christian that it is John Cena’s fault that he is not the World Heavyweight Champion. Del Rio simply points out that twenty-four hours before his cage match, he was hit with an Attitude Adjustment.
After another trailer for Triple H’s new movie “Inside Out”, R-Truth makes his way to the ring asking how what CM Punk does is different, as he says that he himself has been telling the truth all of his life.
He suggests that maybe he should be a good R-Truth, buy a ticket to Night Of Champions, and sit in the crowd stuffing his face like the rest of the “Little Jimmy’s”. The Miz’s music hits and he makes his way out to join R-Truth, as he tells R-Truth that he has had an epiphany.
Truth keeps misunderstanding the meaning of the word despite the clarifications that The Miz attempts to provide, but The Miz says that they both know that there is a conspiracy and that Triple H is in over his head as the COO.
He says that Triple H is too busy making sure his friends get air-time, that he’s overlooking the best talents in the Raw Super-shows, so he says that he will do his job for him. The Miz says that in two weeks at Nigh Of Champions, the two of them will have a WWE Tag Team title match against Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston.
The Miz is unimpressed with the “Air Boom” nickname that the fans picked out for Bourne and Kingston, and R-Truth comments that “Air Boom” is about as bad as a sneaky fart. This time it is The Miz who expresses some confusion, so Truth tries to clarify it for him, before saying that on behalf of Kingston and Bourne, they accept the challenge.
R-Truth says that he has just had an epiphany (the pronounces it incorrectly), with him saying that it is that CM Punk is about to get got. CM Punk goes against R-Truth in a match which sees Punk get the victory when he takes advantage of the distraction when the referee orders The Miz to go to the back, and hits Truth with the GTS for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Punk doesn’t have much time to celebrate as Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Before Triple H can say anything, CM Punk tells him that he doesn’t buy him punching Nash for a second, and he still thinks that they are on the same page.
Triple H says that whether he buys it or not, he doesn’t care, Nash is gone. He says that if Punk wants change, he’s got it coming his way as he just changed their match at Night Of Champions. He says that he told him last week that it doesn’t have anything to do with business, and it doesn’t
He says that Punk made it personal and he’s not going to be satisfied just pinning him, that he wants to hurt him bad, so at Night Of Champions it will be No Disqualification and anything goes, so he will hurt him, and that Punk better hope that he gets it all out of his system, otherwise when he is done, he might just fire him too.
Triple H starts to leave the ring, but Punk says to “hold up, Cerebral Ass-assin”, saying that he likes that stipulation and isn’t afraid as Triple H hasn’t killed a single person in ten years from hitting them in the face with a sledgehammer, but he’ll accept Triple H’s stipulation if Triple H will accept his – that when Punk wins, Triple H must resign as the COO. Triple H agrees almost immediately.
Backstage again, Wade Barrett is talking with Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins when Alberto Del Rio makes an appearance with Ricardo Rodriguez, and just like with Christian, attempts to convince him to attack John Cena.
Barrett says that he has been humiliating Cena since before Del Rio even set foot in the WWE, and he doesn’t need any incentive to do anything to Cena. He says that if he doesn’t believe him, then he should watch what he does later on.
Back in the arena once more, after a video hyping Zack Ryder ans his “Z! True Long Island Story” YouTube show, Jerry “The King” Lawler and “Long Island Iced-Z” Zack Ryder take on Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga in a tag team match which sees Ryder get the victory for his team when he follows up Lawler’s fist drop on Otunga with the Rough-Ryder for the 3-count.
After Alberto Del Rio attempts to convince another person to attack John Cena, in this case Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton is pitted against Heath Slater in a match which sees Orton get the victory when he hits Slater with an RKO for the 3-count.
After a video recapping Alberto Del Rio’s attack on John Cena two weeks ago when Cena became the number one contender to the WWE Championship, Cena makes his way to the ring and talks about how since that happened he has come out week after week demanding Del Rio’s head on a plate, but he keeps ducking him.
Cena decides to make a prediction that Ricardo Rodriguez will make his way out and introduce Alberto Del Rio, who will then come out in a luxury rental car that he can’t name, and come up with an excuse not to fight Cena.
Rodriguez does indeed introduce Del Rio, who then makes his way out in a luxury car and addresses Cena. Del Rio says that Cena just doesn’t get it, that Del Rio is trying to give him a fighting chance and that Rey Mysterio is not there and won’t be for a long time just because of him.
He says that he didn’t do the same to Cena two weeks ago because he wants to give him a fighting chance against him at Night Of Champions, and that he didn’t show up last week because he’s trying to protect him.
Alberto Del Rio says that he’s not in the ring with him right now because he’s still trying to protect him, but he says that he can only speak for himself, not the others who then hit the ring to attack Cena.
Christian, Wade Barrett, Dolph Ziggler, and Jack Swagger are the men in question, but they are then forced out of the ring as John Morrison, Sheamus, and Alex Riley hit the ring to even up the odds. Teddy Long makes his way out onto the stage and says that as General Manager of SmackDown!, Triple H has given him the authority to intervene when necessary.
As a result, he says that the men on the floor outside the ring will take on those in the ring in an Eight-Man Elimination Tag Team match, which sees John Cena get the victory as the sole remaining member of his team when he counters Jack Swagger’s ankle-lock attempt and makes him tap out to the STF.
Afterwards, Alberto Del Rio attempts to attack John Cena, but Cena sees him coming and hits him with the Attitude Adjustment for his troubles. Del Rio tries to recover outside the ring with the aid of Rodriguez, with John Cena celebrating in the ring as Raw goes off the air.