Raw Fusion: Real Steel
The 19th September 2011 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with CM Punk’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring, where he talks about how this arena in Cleveland, Ohio has not been good to him.
He talks about how he had to forfeit his World Heavyweight Championship in the arena once, and the time that Bob “Hardcore” Holly punched him so hard in his eye that he still has a dead-spot. Punk talks about how he is beaten up after the night before (click here for our Night Of Champions report), but he says that the thing that hurts the most is his pride, as he has to come out in the arena that hasn’t been kind to him and admit that he was wrong.
Punk says that The Miz and R-Truth are right, that there is a conspiracy in the WWE. He says that it isn’t the conspiracy that they are talking about, but that it involves… Triple H’s music hits, interrupting what Punk was about to say, and Triple H makes his way to the ring.
Triple H says that he will give CM Punk credit, as he is every bit as beaten up as he is, as they went to war at Night Of Champions, but the fact remains that he is still the COO of the WWE. This means that he is going to do his day job first, as he mentions John Cena’s WWE Championship win the night before, and says that Alberto Del Rio deserves a rematch, but so does Punk who never got one either.
He says because of this, the WWE Championship will be defended in a Triple Threat Hell In A Cell match for the first time, and that the match will take place in two weeks at the Hell In A Cell Pay-Per-View. As for the non-business aspect, Triple H says that if CM Punk can’t get it through his head that he had nothing to do with the conspiracy, Kevin Nash attacking him at SummerSlam or them both at Night Of Champions, Punk’s microphone being cut off, or R-Truth and The Miz’s interference at Night Of Champions, then he has no problem going back to war with him right now.
CM Punk says tells Triple H that he has no problem going back to war with him right now either, and he wishes that a bunch of people wouldn’t get involved, but he says that Triple H can put his tie back on as he was going to get to his point before he was interrupted.
He says that his pride is a little hurt and that their not liking each other is being used to somebodies advantage, and though his ego doesn’t want to admit it and he is sure Triple H’s one wouldn’t want to either, somebody is playing them both.
Punk says that there is a conspiracy in the WWE, but that it doesn’t involve Triple H. He says that it does however involve somebody a little higher up on the ladder, if he knows what he means, though when some in the crowd are heard to yell “Shane O Mac”, he mouths an amused “no” to them.
He says that he could go on and on about The Miz, R-Truth, and conspiracies, but… an interruption from John Laurinaitis making his presence known says that this has gone on long enough, which Punk disagrees with.
Laurinaitis says that there is a conspiracy, but that Punk is in the middle of it, and he tells Triple H not to believe Punk, as he is upset that he couldn’t beat him. Punk disagrees with this too and says that he figured it out when he wished him luck in his match the night before.
CM Punk says that he saw it in his “stooge” eyes that Laurinaitis wants Triple H gone and to become the COO himself, and he says that he is willing to bet that he is responsible for all the things that have happened over the past few weeks.
Laurinaitis calls Punk “out of line” and denies the accusations, claiming not to want to be the COO, as he already has a job where he takes care of the talent and looks out for their welfare. He says that he will not be disrespected as Punk works for him, so he shouldn’t forget that – Triple H interjects that he himself is the COO of the WWE, and that Laurinaitis works for him.
Triple H says that he isn’t sure where this is going, but he will get to the bottom of this. Laurinaitis says that it is all Punk’s fault, then wishes Punk best of luck in his future endeavours as he then fires him.
Triple H overrules him and says that Punk is not fired, but says that if anybody is going to get fired, he will be doing the firing himself. He says that he doesn’t know what is going on, but he is going to find out and that by the end of the night, somebody is going to get fired.
Next, Air Boom, Sheamus, and Justin Gabriel take on Christian, Wade Barrett, David Otunga, and Michael McGillicutty in an eight-man tag team match which sees Sheamus get the victory for his team when he hits Otunga with a Brogue Kick and follows it up (while staring directly at Christian) with the crucifix powerbomb for the 3-count.
Going backstage, Chad Patton informs Triple H that he and the rest of the referees are worried about their safety, but he says not to worry about it and that as soon as they turn up, to bring R-Truth and The Miz to him.
Alberto Del Rio makes his presence known and calls Triple H the worst COO in history, as he says that it is bad enough to have his rematch in a Hell In A Cell match, but what is worse is that CM Punk is involved in the match too.
Triple H tells Del Rio that he brought it upon himself when he cashed in Money In The Bank, so as both he and Punk get their rematch, it’s a done deal. Unless he wants Triple H to make the rematch for later on in this episode of Raw, but Del Rio quickly says no to that suggestion as he says that he needs to prepare himself.
Del Rio says that he prays that Mr. McMahon will come back and run the WWE again, but Triple H says to continue praying, as he has been inside Hell In A Cell, and he will need all the prayers he can take.
Back in the arena, Alberto Del Rio is pitted against John Morrison in a match which sees Del Rio get the victory, when Del Rio forces Morrison to tap out to the Cross-Armbreaker.
Now, Justin Roberts introduces the special guest for this episode of Raw, Hugh Jackman. Jackman talks about his upcoming movie “Real Steel”, until he is interrupted by an “Excuse me” from Vickie Guerrero, who makes his way to the ring with Dolph Ziggler.
Vickie proclaims herself to be Jackman’s biggest fan, before she says that she represents the hottest Superstar in the WWE, Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler confuses Jackman with Christian Bale, as he says that he didn’t come onto the set of Batman and interrupt him when he was yelling at a sound guy, or at a PA because of a latte being too hot or too foamy, so he doesn’t appreciate him taking up his time.
He says that this was supposed to be his celebration as he once again proved how good he is, as he defeated three other Superstars at Night Of Champions, to retain his United States Championship. Ziggler says that he gets that Cleveland is the town of the underdog and that in Jackman’s movie he coaches an underdog, but that is a movie and this is as real as it gets.
Ziggler says that everyone knows that “underdog” is just another word for “loser”, and just like people who meet Hugh Jackman, losers lose. Jackman tells Vickie to get her client under control and says that he loves an underdog, so he’s going to find the biggest underdog in the locker room and help them to have the upset of their life and humiliate Dolph Ziggler in a match.
Ziggler says that whoever it is, it is going to be on his hands when he humiliates him in the ring, and that he’s going to wish that he quit the business before he even met Ziggler. Jackman asks him “really?” and Ziggler asks him if he is supposed to be The Miz, before commenting that he’s too big.
The crowd chant “we want Ryder”, which Jackman clearly hears, as he leaves the ring, grabs a Ryder fan sign, and holds it up in the ring, much to the approval of the crowd.
Going backstage once again, R-Truth and The Miz arrive and are met by John Laurinaitis, who informs them that Triple H wants to see them. They apologise to Laurinaitis for their actions, and he says to let him know how it goes.
Back in the arena once more, Sin Cara is set to go against Cody Rhodes, however one Sin Cara is the first to make their way to the ring, and another is the third to make their way to the ring. Both Sin Caras once again face off against each other in the ring (with Rhodes now notably absent), and they then fight each other until one Sin Cara is left in the ring, and the other is backing up the ramp.
R-Truth and The Miz enter Triple H’s office, and they apologise for putting their hands on the referee, for interfering in Triple H’s match with CM Punk, and for believing him to be a part of the “conspiracy” – though they still think that the referee was still a part of the conspiracy.
They says that they love being WWE Superstars, and think that he’s doing a hell of a job as the COO, and that they apologise. Triple H accepts their apology, but says that he has decided to fine them two hundred and fifty thousand dollars each for putting their hands on a referee, so he expects a cheque on his desk on Monday morning.
Triple H stars to tell them to leave, but then changes his mind and says that as they both love being WWE Superstars so much, they will have no problem competing later on in this episode of Raw, against CM Punk and John Cena – this time he does tell them to leave his office.
After some photos are shown of the match between Randy Orton and Mark Henry at Night Of Champions, with comments from Jerry “The King” Lawler and Michael Cole, SmackDown! General Manager Teddy Long is shown leaving, and Jim Ross who is standing in the ring, tells us that he has been informed by Long that Orton has invoked his rematch clause, and will face Henry at the Hell In A Cell Pay-Per-View, in a Hell In A Cell match.
J.R then introduces the man who he is about to interview, the new World Heavyweight Champion, Mark Henry. He congratulates Henry on winning the title and asks how it feels to prove his naysayers wrong, but Henry doesn’t like the way that J.R is saying “naysayers”, as he believes that J.R is one of them.
Mark Henry says that to all the haters and naysayers, he will deal with them in a minute. He says that he has never been in a Hell In A Cell match and doesn’t know much about it, but he does know that he put Randy Orton through hell at Night Of Champions.
He comments on his title saying “World Heavyweight Champion, Mark Henry” and says that no man will take what he has, and that J.R and the rest of the people will never be forgiven by him, as they never supported or believed in him, and on behalf of all those people, J.R is going to apologise to them, and to him.
Henry says that everybody knows that Jim Ross wasn’t very high on him, and that he wanted Vince McMahon to fire him, because he was injury prone and an over achiever. Shoving his title in front of J.R’s face, he says that he doesn’t need to say anything, as his title says it all.
J.R apologises, but Henry says that he hates ass-kissers, and then grabs J.R before forcing him to his knees and telling him that this is where he begs for his life. Lawler enters the ring to try to convince him to let J.R go, and not to tarnish his title win.
Mark Henry relents and lets J.R go, but he then grabs Lawler and says that he’ll have to take his place. Lawler can see where this is going, so gets in the first few shots of his own, but he is quickly laid out with a headbutt from Henry, followed by a World’s Strongest Slam.
He is not done however, as he shoves Lawler out of the ring, then takes apart the announcer’s table before picking Lawler up, and putting him through it with another World’s Strongest Slam.
Next up, Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres take on Beth Phoenix and Natalya in a match which sees Eve get the victory for her team, when she rolls Natalya up for the 3-count. Afterwards, Kelly and Eve quickly bail out of the ring before Natalya and Beth can get at them.
Hugh Jackman is shown talking to Zack Ryder, as he says that Ryder is not an underdog, but is rather out of his mind and delusional, pathetic – and perfect.
After a trailer for Jackman’s new movie “Real Steel”, Zack Ryder (accompanied by Hugh Jackman) is pitted against Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero), in a match which sees Vickie get ordered to leave after she slaps Ryder in full view of the referee, but Ryder get the victory when he takes advantage of Jackman’s shot to Ziggler behind the back of the referee as he hits him with the Rough Ryder for the 3-count.
After a video package hyping the “All-American American” Jack Swagger, Swagger approaches Vickie and says that she should admit that what she just saw is much more impressive than anything that Dolph Ziggler has done out there – and also comments that if she really wants to meet Jackman, he can make that happen.
He asks her about the managerial contract, and she says that she can’t think of anything more perfect than Swagger joining Ziggler in her stable. Swagger kisses her hand and leaves, passing Ziggler as he does so, who appears to be nursing a sore jaw.
CM Punk is shown elsewhere, and he turns around to find John Cena standing there. Cena calls them the new Rock N’ Roll Express, to which Punk says he wouldn’t go that far, but Cena says that he’s just saying that they are more alike than Punk thinks.
As duelling chants of “Let’s go Cena” and “Cena sucks” chants are heard from the crowd for some odd reason, despite them not even being in the ring for their match yet, Cena says that they both surround themselves with controversy and continue to make history.
He says that their matches at Money In The Bank, SummerSlam, and Monday Night Raw are historic battles that will be talked about for months, but on this episode of Raw they are partners. Cena doesn’t think that Punk will care, but he says that he has earned his respect, and that they can hear the crowd, which proves that he has earned theirs too.
John Cena says that he is just worried about after this episode of Raw, as they go on to make more history with the Triple Threat Hell In A Cell match in two weeks, but he just hopes that he makes it there as Triple H says that somebody will be getting fired, so it would be a shame if he was history.
CM Punk’s response is to say that it would be a shame if Cena was the first ever WWE Champion to be fired, as that would be history too.
After a video hyping the damage a Hell In A Cell match can inflict upon the competitors within, The Miz and R-Truth go against CM Punk and John Cena, in a match which sees Punk get the victory for his team when he hits The Miz with the GTS for the 3-count.
Afterwards, John Cena and CM Punk celebrate for only a few moments, as Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way out onto the stage. Triple H apologises for interrupting the celebration and congratulates Punk on the match, but then addresses The Miz and R-Truth and informs them that they are fired.
Backstage, Superstars are shown watching the monitors at what has just happened and Scott Stanford attempts to get a comment from Triple H about it, but Triple H gets jumped by The Miz and R-Truth from behind, as they clearly aren’t happy about being fired.
Superstars quickly separate them from Triple H, and he orders them to get both men out of the building. Both men are indeed thrown out of the building by the other Superstars, and Triple H is shown walking off in anger as Raw goes off the air.