Raw Fusion: An Awesome Impact
The 28th November 2011 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper hosting Piper’s Pit. Before he brings his guest out, he comments that he and the fans have had some times, and asks a question – how a guy who has never won the WWE Championship and was never the biggest or strongest guy, became a Hall Of Famer and one of the biggest icons in the history of the WWE Universe.
He says that the answer is energy, the fans. Piper says that when the fans were cheering him, he felt really good so did some good things, but when they booed him, he felt bad, so did some really rotten things.
Piper says that it is the fans’ energy that makes him go to work, and that in the building is a man who isn’t sure if their energy is important, so he is there to find out. He then takes this opportunity to introduce his guest, John Cena.
What follows is basically “Rowdy” Roddy Piper talking about the reaction to John Cena at Survivor Series and suggesting that there is something that Cena really needs to get off his chest against the fans, but Cena denies it and says that the fans have a right to act how they want to and he has no problem with that – despite the slap from Piper afterwards in an attempt to goad him into saying something.
After a video recapping The Miz’s attack on R-Truth last week, John Morrison takes on The Miz in a Falls Count Anywhere match that sees The Miz attack Morrison from behind with a steel pipe during his entrance.
Despite the damage done, Morrison still wants to go ahead with the match, so the match does indeed to ahead. The match sees The Miz get the victory, when he hits Morrison with the Skull-Crushing Finale on the stage and the referee decides to stop the match. Afterwards, The Miz makes his way back to the ring as Morrison is attended to by referees and medical personnel.
The Miz says that last week it was R-Truth and that this week it was John Morrison, as for next week, he says that we will see. He says that there is only one Superstar that can make this kind of impact and statement, and that Superstar is himself, and he can do it because he’s Awesome.
Next, Kelly Kelly and Alicia Fox are pitted against The Bella Twins in a tag team match which sees Beth Phoenix and Natalya jog around the ring during the match before leaving again, and also Alicia get the victory for her team, when she hits one of the Bella Twins with a flip-legdrop for the 3-count.
After a video hyping Sheamus and an interaction between John Laurinaitis and David Otunga backstage in which it is revealed that Laurinaitis keeps holding Brodus Clay’s Raw re-début back so that it builds up his anger, Laurinaitis talks to Alberto Del Rio about his upcoming WWE Championship match against CM Punk – until Punk himself interrupts, and points out the results of various searches in Google. Punk states that the WWE Championship will stay with him, and Otunga twists that to somehow mean that Punk intends on getting disqualified, causing Laurinaitis to state that if Punk gets intentionally disqualified, he will lose the WWE Championship.
Back in the arena, Wade Barrett joins ringside as Randy Orton goes against Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) in a match which sees Dolph Ziggler get the victory, when he takes advantage of the distraction provided by Wade Barrett and hits Orton with the Zig-Zag for the 3-count.
Now, Michael Cole interviews Daniel Bryan in the ring about his World Heavyweight Championship match on the upcoming SmackDown! Live Holiday Special and also his attempt to cash in Money In The Bank on last week’s SmackDown! (click here for our SmackDown! report), with Cole suggesting that he has been given the opportunity with the former and calling him a hypocrite for the latter.
Bryan explains that he earned his World Heavyweight Championship match in a Fatal Four Way match last week on SmackDown!, and though he admits to being a hypocrite about cashing in his Money In The Bank at WrestleMania, he says that plans change and his did when Mark Henry tried to induct him into the Hall Of Pain.
Mark Henry interrupts by making his way out onto the stage and says that Bryan should be ashamed of himself for taking advantage of a halfway-defenseless man, but he says that the one who should be really ashamed is Teddy Long for booking him in a steel cage match to defend his title in that condition, but he says that is okay as he is the World’s Strongest Champion and one of the Superstars that ever lived.
Henry says that he will defend his championship and Bryan can’t beat him – Bryan sends a message that suggests Henry may be wrong, by giving him a kick to the knee as he passes, before commenting that we will see on SmackDown!.
Next up, Jack Swagger (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) takes on “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder in a match which sees Ryder get the victory, when he hits Swagger with the Rough Ryder fro the 3-count.
After a video recapping the earlier events involving John Cena and Roddy Piper, and Mick Foley making his way out onto the stage to promote the SmackDown! Live Special that he will be hosting, Josh Mathews interviews CM Punk backstage about his thoughts on John Laurinaitis’ ruling that if he gets himself intentionally disqualified he will lose the WWE Championship.
Punk says that it is painfully obvious that Laurinaitis is dealing from the bottom of the deck, so what he would like to do after Punk’s match is kiss his bottom, by which he means kiss his ass, and so he doesn’t get himself intentionally disqualified, he looks at the camera and says that what he means is “kiss my ass”.
Back in the arena once more, Alberto Del Rio is pitted against CM Punk for the WWE Championship in a match which sees Del Rio almost get disqualified when he throws a chair to Punk in an attempt to get Punk disqualified once the referee turns around to see, but for Punk to then pull a move reminiscent of Eddie Guerrero as he instead glances at the referee before throwing the chair back and hitting the mat as if he has been hit with the steel chair.
The match also sees Punk get the victory and retain the WWE Championship, when he takes advantage of the referee being distracted by Ricardo Rodriguez and hits Del Rio with an exposed turnbuckle-assisted GTS – the exposed turnbuckle originally uncovered by Del Rio – for the 3-count.
Afterwards, CM Punk celebrates in the ring as Raw goes off the air.