Raw Fusion: Feed Me More Subways
The 17th September 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with CM Punk’s music hitting and Paul Heyman making his way to the ring. Heyman introduces himself and he says that at Night Of Champions he got to witness history in a most enormous fashion as he got to see CM Punk successfully defend his WWE Championship against John Cena (click here for our Night Of Champions report).
He admits that the ending of the match is embroiled in controversy and that everyone is talking about it, so in the interests of clarity he has asked the referee of the match – Chad Patton – to come out and defend his decision to the entire WWE audience.
Patton makes his way to the ring, where Heyman says that he made the right decision, to which Patton agrees, and Heyman says that he and Punk commend him for the decision and admire him for admitting it in front of the WWE Universe.
To vindicate Patton however, a fan apparently took footage on a camera phone of the end of the match and posted it on YouTube, which Heyman says was suspiciously taken down earlier in the day and blames John Cena as being the culprit of the takedown.
After the aforementioned footage is shown, Paul Heyman says that the match was clearly a draw and means that the champion retains his title, so for the 303rd consecutive day, CM Punk is the WWE Champion.
Heyman starts to talk about how that makes Punk worthy of respect, but he is interrupted from saying more by John Cena’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring. Cena tells Heyman to shut up and says that he agrees with Heyman that Patton made the right call in the match.
Cena says that he has trouble turning his phone on, so it wasn’t him that had the footage taken down from YouTube. He admits that he spoke to Patton after the match, but says that it wasn’t about his decision but rather the finality of it.
He says that the match was epic and of WrestleMania proportions, so when speaking to Patton he likened it to the Super Bowl ending in a tie, as he is sure that everyone wanted to see who won the match.
Cena asks the crowd if they wanted to see the match end in a tie, to which they say no, and turning his attention to Heyman and talking about how Heyman has always been a Punk supporter, he asks him if Punk earned the respect he has been seeking with it ending in a tie – Heyman’s answer is yes.
John Cena says that respect is earned by beating anyone on any given night so that they can stand in the ring and call themselves the “Best In The World”, and though Chad Patton made the right decision, Cena agrees with the crowd that he wants to find out who the winner is going to be.
He says that he will even do it with one leg, so he suggests reliving Night Of Champions and having a rematch in this episode, to which Heyman says that he is sure Punk will be happy to tell Cena straight to his face what he thinks of his challenge.
Heyman says that he will be told straight to his face when Punk gets there, but that hearing it from him is the same as hearing it from Punk directly, as Heyman is the “Voice of the Voice of the Voiceless”.
Cena says that he was trying to be patient with Heyman, but he is interrupted from saying anything further by Alberto Del Rio’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring with Ricardo Rodriguez.
Alberto Del Rio tells John Cena to stop crying, as he had his chance and he lost. On the other hand, Del Rio claims that he himself never had a fair shot, as the Brogue Kick was banned two weeks ago then suddenly reinstated out of nowhere before his title match.
Unlike Cena, he says that he was not ready for his opponent, so if anyone deserves a rematch it is “the man who never lies” Alberto Del Rio. AJ’s music hits and she skips her way to the ring and says that perhaps they both deserve second chances.
She says that she is going to take the two main events from Night Of Champions and combine them to make a super main event, by having CM Punk team up with Alberto Del Rio to face the team of Sheamus and John Cena.
AJ says that the winner of the match may go some way to determining whether there will be a rematch, and who would be in it, as she then leaves skipping once again while Heyman attempts to chase after her, apparently unhappy at her decision.
After showing Jerry “The King” Lawler’s Tout from Thursday and Michael Cole informing us that Lawler landed back at home in Memphis earlier on, and both John “Bradshaw” Layfield and “Good Ol’ J.R” Jim Ross joining Cole on commentary, Primo and Epico (accompanied by Rosa Mendes) take on Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a Tag Team match.
The match sees Cara get the victory for his team, when Mysterio hits Primo and Epico with a 619 and Cara follows it up with a senton bomb to Epico for the 3-count. Afterwards, Darren Young and Titus O’Neil hit the ring and attack Mysterio and Cara, followed by grabbing a microphone and saying that everyone knows that they were the legitimate number one contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship.
They say that it was taken from them, but that they are going to do all of the taking from now on, and that they will take what they want because they get what they want.
Now, Layla joins commentary as Beth Phoenix is pitted against Eve Torres in a match which sees Eve get the victory, when she rolls Beth up for the 3-count.
Next, Antonio Cesaro (accompanied by Aksana) joins commentary as “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay (accompanied by Cameron and Naomi) goes against “One Man Band” Heath Slater in a match which sees Clay get the victory, when he hits Slater with a jumping body splash for the 3-count.
After the announcers hype the availability of the theme used for Night Of Champions on iTunes, The Miz makes his way out and asks what you get for the Intercontinental Champion who has everything, who had the worst odds out of all those on the roster, only to beat those odds like he always does.
He says that you get him something that befits a man of his talent, namely his very own talk show. The Miz then welcomes us to what he calls the most must-see talk show in WWE History, “Miz TV”.
The Miz says that when you consider previous talk shows like Piper’s Pit, The Cutting Edge, and The Highlight Reel, they were missing one thing that truly made them great, as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “The Rated R Superstar” Edge, and Chris Jericho were never as controversial, charismatic, or awesome as him.
He says that at Night Of Champions, he proved his greatness when he beat three of the best Superstars that his guest had to throw at him, as he then introduces the man who he says thought he had him beaten, Booker T.
The Miz asks what it is like to be the first prestigious guest on Miz TV, suggesting that it is better than all of Booker T’s career accomplishments, and he then asks Booker T why he is against him. He suggests that Booker misses the spotlight and so desperately misses being the centre of attention now that his time is over.
Booker says that was interesting that The Miz likes to talk a lot, but he says that it’s time that The Miz gets a new guest for his show, a Superstar who is used to defeating multiple challengers, as said Superstar’s music hits and it is revealed as Ryback who then makes his way to the ring.
Ryback makes a bee-line for The Miz, prompting The Miz to quickly bail out of the ring. Ryback’s response to this is start throwing the furniture out of the ring at The Miz, causing The Miz to have to keep jumping out of the way.
After Josh Mathews interrupts CM Punk and Paul Heyman’s conversation to interview Punk, Santino Marella takes on Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) in a match which sees Ziggler get the victory, when he takes advantage of Marella being distracted by Vickie, and hits him with the Zig-Zag twice for the 3-count. Afterwards, Vickie adds insult to injury by shoving Marella’s “Cobra” sock puppet into his mouth.
After a video recapping Daniel Bryan and Kane yelling “I am the Tag Team Champions!” at each other at Night Of Champions, and a video recapping Wade Barrett’s words last week on SmackDown! (click here for our SmackDown! report), Wade Barrett is pitted against Justin Gabriel in a match which sees Barrett get the victory, when he hits Gabriel with a right hand for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Jared from Subway, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Damien Sandow, Zack Ryder, and Ryback, an interaction elsewhere backstage involving John Cena and Sheamus, and a video showing Jerry “The King” Lawler’s return to Memphis and meeting the Doctor who legitimately saved his life last week, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth go against Kane and Daniel Bryan for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
The match sees Bryan get the victory for his team, when Kane hits Truth with a chokeslam and Bryan tags himself in, before then applying the No Lock to Truth and forcing him to tap out. Afterwards, both men yell “I am the Tag Team Champions!” at each other until they heed the calls of the crowd to “hug it out”.
After the hug however, Bryan grabs one of the titles and they end up resuming the yelling at each other once again.
Next up, Randy Orton takes on Tensai (accompanied by Sakamoto) in a match which sees Orton get the victory, when he hits Tensai with an RKO for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, David Otunga, and Paul Heyman, Damien Sandow’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring and says that he is pleased to announce that the “season of sloth” or “summer vacation” has now ended, which means that we now stand at the dawn of his most beloved season “back to school”.
He says that as our intellectual saviour and martyr, he feels obligated to prepare us all for the upcoming season, as nobody in the WWE Universe seems to be doing so. Addressing Jim Ross, he tells him that “slobberknocker” is not a real word, as a result he says that he has prepared a list of words toe prepare the fans for the upcoming year.
He then lists some words and his own usage of it in a sentence, but he is interrupted by Zack Ryder’s music hitting and him making his way out to the ring. Ryder apologises for interrupting Sandow’s lesson, but that he has some vocabulary of his own “shut” and “up”, as well as “now”.
Ryder says that he just spoke to AJ backstage and she made a match between them that starts right now. The match sees Sandow get the victory, when he hits Ryder with the cross-armed neckbreaker for the 3-count.
Now, Sheamus and John Cena are pitted against Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk (accompanied by Paul Heyman) in a Tag Team match which sees Cena get the victory, when he hits Punk with the Attitude Adjustment for the 3-count.
The victory is not without controversy however, as Punk had his foot on the bottom rope before the 3-count. Afterwards, Punk and Heyman explain the mistake and the referee also sees the replay on the titantron, but the referee leaves while Punk and Heyman yell at him, as Raw goes off the air.