Raw Fusion: Anger Management
The 27th August 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events of last week involving John Cena, CM Punk, and Jerry “The King” Lawler, followed by Jerry Lawler getting up from the announce table and entering the ring, where he says that he has something that he needs to get off his chest.
Lawler says that last week he apologised to CM Punk for his words at the 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw, but got a kick to the back of the head, so this week he wants an apology from CM Punk. CM Punk’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he asks if Lawler wants Punk to apologise for doing his job.
Punk says that he didn’t turn his back on anybody, but Lawler did when he slandered the WWE Universe’s beloved champion, and so it because of Lawler’s lack of respect that he kicked him in the head.
As for the apology that Lawler wants, he says that he is sorry, sorry that all it takes to get into the WWE Hall Of Fame is to beat nobodies from Memphis, get into a slap fight with a Hollywood comedian, and act like a juvenile, infantile 14-Year Old for his entire WWE career.
Punk says that he is sorry that Jerry Lawler’s jealousy lack of respect stems from never being the WWE Champion himself, and that when he finally got his WrestleMania moment, he couldn’t beat Michael Cole.
He says that he is sorry that he is raising his voice right now, and that Lawler has become the WWE’s circus seal, ready to regurgitate and repeat any stupid opinion that is barked into his ear, and most of all he is sorry about the man that Lawler has become.
CM Punk asks if this upsets Lawler as it looks like he wants to fight, asking him if he wants to fight him, he tells Lawler that he is a commentator as Punk is the Best In The World, and everybody knows that he would embarrass him.
Lawler says that he came out for an apology not a fight, but Punk says that he can see it in his eyes that he wants to fight, but that we know what would happen. He says that Lawler will leave embarrassed at the end of the night either because he didn’t fight Punk, or because he was beaten by him.
Next, Jack Swagger takes on Ryback in a match which sees Ryback get the victory, when he hits Swagger with the muscle-buster for the 3-count.
Now, Natalya is pitted against Layla in a match which sees Vickie Guerrero make her way to the ring as it is about to start, saying that she has an important announcement, so she says that match should be as quick as possible.
The match sees Layla get the victory, when she hits Natalya with a kick to the head for the 3-count. Afterwards, Vickie enters the ring to make her announcement as she tells Layla to leave, and Vickie’s announcement is that she is begging the WWE Board Of Directors to put Raw back in the hands of an adult, somebody who is fair like her, and not a mentally-deranged child.
AJ’s music hits and she makes her way to the ring, where she stands in front of Vickie and takes the microphone, but instead of saying anything she slaps Vickie and attacks her, forcing Vickie to bail out of the ring and leave up the ramp.
After a video showing Daniel Bryan attending an Anger Management class, and Jerry Lawler agreeing to CM Punk’s challenge, John Cena goes against The Miz in a match which sees Cena get the victory, when he hits The Miz with an Attitude Adjustment for the 3-count.
After another video showing Daniel Bryan attending an Anger Management class, which shows that Kane is attending it too, Heath Slater takes on Santino Marella in a match which sees Marella get the victory, when he hits Slater with The Cobra for the 3-count despite the attempted distraction by the appearance of Aksana.
Now, Sin Cara and “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay (accompanied by Cameron and Naomi) are pitted against Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow in a Tag Team match which sees Clay get the victory for his team, when he hits Rhodes with a jumping body splash for the 3-count.
After a third video showing Daniel Bryan and Kane attending the Anger Management class, R-Truth (accompanied by Kofi Kingston) goes against Daniel Bryan in a match which sees Truth get the victory as a result of a count-out, when Bryan gets distracted with chanting “No!” at the “Yes!”-chanting crowd.
After photos recapping the match between Brock Lesnar and Triple H at SummerSlam (click here for our SummerSlam report), Triple H makes his way to the ring and talks about how everybody comes to a crossroad in their career where they have to ask themselves if it is time to retire, as time is the one thing that cannot be fought, as time will win.
Triple H says that he doesn’t know whether he will retire or not, but as he isn’t sure whether he could come back and beat Brock Lesnar and be better than before, he thinks that answers the question. He thanks the fans for supporting him in his career and says that he will never forget it.
Next, Chris Jericho’s music and video hits, but it quickly switches to Dolph Ziggler’s as Ziggler is revealed to be the person standing there instead. He says that if people were expecting somebody else, Jericho will not be seen at this time because of him, as he cost him his WWE contract, and so we will never ever see Chris Jericho again.
After a video recapping the events involving Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, and Dolph Ziggler on SmackDown! (click here for our SmackDown! report), Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler take on Randy Orton and Sheamus in a Tag Team match which sees Sheamus get the victory for his team, when he hits Ziggler with the Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Jerry Lawler and John Cena, Kane joins commentary (prompting Josh Mathews to leave) but still says nothing as Zack Ryder is pitted against David Otunga in a match which sees Ryder get the victory, when he hits Otunga with the Rough Ryder for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Kane enters the ring and grabs Ryder by the throat seemingly intent on hitting Ryder with a chokeslam, until he changes his mind and grabs the rising Otunga by the throat instead, and then hits Otunga with a chokeslam.
After Josh Mathews reveals that the match between CM Punk and Jerry “The King” Lawler later on will be a Steel Cage match thanks to the results of a Twitter vote, AJ makes her way out onto the stage where she informs everyone that CM Punk will defend the WWE Championship at Night Of Champions against her choice – John Cena.
Now, CM Punk goes against Jerry Lawler in a Steel Cage match which sees Punk get the victory, when he puts Lawler in the Anaconda Vise, forcing Lawler to tap out. Afterwards, Punk grabs his title and a microphone, along with a chain and padlock as he then locks the cage door once again, but this time without anyone else being able to open it.
Punk tells Lawler to say that he is the Best In The World, but Lawler refuses, prompting Punk to attack him further. John Cena makes his way out to the ring and orders someone at ringside to raise the cage, yelling at Punk that he is over the line and that this is enough.
When the cage is finally raised, Punk ceases his attack and proclaims that he is the Best Wrestler In The World, and he then quickly exits the ring as Cena enters it.
Punk leaves while Cena and medical personnel check on Lawler, as Raw goes off the air.