Raw Fusion: Hell No In A Cell
The 24th September 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with CM Punk sitting on a steel chair in the ring, with Paul Heyman stood behind him with a microphone.
Paul Heyman says that he is honoured to be sharing the ring with the “Best In The World”, but unfortunately for the fans, Raw is grounding to a halt right about now, as he says that Raw will not be presented until justice is served.
He shows footage of the events of his match last week on Raw, and again in slow motion, and he says that the WWE Universe are all witnesses of a grand injustice that has befallen upon the title reign of the “Best In The World” CM Punk.
Heyman calls out Brad Maddox, the referee of the match last week, and he slowly makes his way to the ring. Maddox admits to making a mistake, saying that it was his first main event and he was nervous, and he apologises for it but refuses to resign.
CM Punk says that Maddox should be ashamed of himself and that he embarrassed the WWE Champion on his show, and he asks how he even got the job and can stand there pretending to be a man.
Maddox says that when Raw expanded to three hours, he received a call from Raw General Manager AJ Lee, saying that more officials were needed. Heyman calls Maddox a scab, rookie, and not a real referee, as he then takes out a blindfold with the WWE and NFL logos on them, suggesting that Maddox use it when he goes to sleep.
Punk says that AJ hiring Maddox explains everything, as he calls her an idiot and says that if she had a brain, she would come out and fire Brian Maddox. AJ’s music hits and she skips to the ring, where she she tells Maddox that he can go to the back.
Paul Heyman welcomes AJ to her show, and assumes that she is out to correct the injustice of last week and reverse the decision, but AJ’s response is to say that when Heyman assumes, he makes an ass out of her and him – but mostly him.
AJ says that the referee made a mistake, but she is not about to let Heyman and Punk come out, berate an official, and hold her show hostage. She asks Heyman who the hell he thinks he is, prompting Punk to interrupt and say that he’ll tell her who Punk is, the WWE Champion, the reason that AJ has a job and that the crowd are in attendance.
CM Punk says that he knows why there is so much hostility between him and AJ, as footage is then shown of AJ proposing to Punk two months ago, asking if that is why she sent out an incompetent referee to screw him over last week.
He suggests that AJ forget last week’s match ever happened, and he’ll forget that AJ would show up to Raw wearing his t-shirt, the hundreds of voicemails and text messages that she would leave him that are not fit to air, and he suggests that AJ reveal exactly how intimate they were behind closed doors and that he is the reason for the skip in her step.
Heyman stops Punk there and suggests that AJ might take things to the WWE Board of Directors if Punk keeps it up, instead suggesting that he let him handle this one. Turning his attention to AJ, Heyman sinks to a knee and proposes to her as Punk laughs, with Heyman suggesting that they would trump many other power couples including Triple H and Stephanie.
He says that it would be so great because he would come up with all of the ideas, and she would take all of the credit for his brilliance. Heyman says that he likes them “young, uninhibited, and ambitious” and that AJ shouldn’t be offended, prompting AJ to slap Heyman and leave.
After an interaction backstage involving referee Brian Maddox and AJ, in which she says that she will personally see to it that he never works in this business again if he makes that mistake again, Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) takes on Kofi Kingston (accompanied by R-Truth) in a match which sees the referee throw Vickie and Truth out before the bell can ring, due to Truth throwing his drink at Vickie.
The match sees Ziggler get the victory, when he sends Kingston into the turnbuckle and follows it up with a Zig-Zag for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the events involving Kane and Daniel Bryan on SmackDown! (click here for our SmackDown! report), and a video of a role-playing exercise involving Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Dr. Shelby at a diner earlier in the day, Titus O’Neil and Darren Young are pitted against Santino Marella and “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder in a Tag Team match which sees O’Neil get the victory for his team, when he hits Marella with a spinebuster for the 3-count.
Now, Mick Foley’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he talks about how he is there as a card-carrying member of the WWE Universe, and says that he sees things that move and inspire him, never more so than a year ago when he saw the emergence of CM Punk.
He says that Punk inspired change, but a year down the road, what kind of change did he really inspire? Listing bullying referees and listening to Paul Heyman, he says that the CM Punk that he knew taught people to stand up for themselves and gave a voice to the voiceless.
Foley is interrupted by Punk’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring, where he tells him not to grandstand and attempt to remain relevant of the fans, but to say it to his face if he has something to say to him.
Punk asks for a little honesty, that Foley tell everyone why he is really there, asking if he is selling a new children’s book. Foley says that is not why he is there, and he struggled with the issues of relevancy of whether he mattered, until Punk cleared that up personally for him a little over a year ago.
Foley says that he sent him a text message of congratulations after he shocked the world by becoming the WWE Champion, as he is sure many of Punk’s friends and associates did, but although he didn’t expect an answer, he got one within two minutes saying that the message meant a lot to Punk coming from Foley.
He says that as the voice of someone who is still relevant, he is deeply disturbed not only by Punk’s recent actions, but also his alignment with Paul Heyman. Punk says that Foley doesn’t know what he’s talking about, but Foley says that he didn’t become somebody in the business until he stopped listening to Heyman and started making decisions for himself.
Foley says at the end of the day, Paul Heyman is going to do what is best for Paul Heyman, not for CM Punk. What he also doesn’t get is why one of the best talkers in the business would need a mouthpiece, so Punk needs to decide whether he will continue to be an inspiration in the WWE or a Kool-Aid drinker.
He says that if Punk won’t listen to him about Heyman, perhaps he will listen to him about a subject that he is well-informed about – Hell In A Cell. Foley says that one match fourteen years ago made him who he is, and that is shortened his career and nobody understands the barbarity more than him, but not one day since then has he had to ask for respect, as he earned it that night.
Mick Foley says that anybody who has endured and thrived in Hell In A Cell has gone on to be respected for the entirety of their careers, listing Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and The Undertaker as examples rather than just himself if Punk doesn’t believe him.
CM Punk asks if Foley wants the old CM Punk, the “Voice of the Voiceless”, but Foley says that he wants Punk to step up and show that he is the “Best In The World” by stepping inside Hell In A Cell with John Cena.
Punk says that he is more than confused as he heard the same speech from John Cena himself after he beat him at SummerSlam, and that he would cement his legacy by walking out of Cena’s hometown as the WWE Champion, and looking at him now, he is still the WWE Champion.
He says that he heard the same heard the same speech from Bret Hart, so he tried to put his hands on him and got punched in the face, knocking him down and embarrassing him, but what would be more embarrassing would be if he put his hands on Mick Foley – as he would not lower himself to do so as Foley is beneath him.
Punk says that he doesn’t know how many times he has to beat Cena to prove that he is the “Best In The World”, but what he does know that he doesn’t have to do anything for the fans. He says that the only thing he wants out of the fans is to bring them to their knees, which he says that he can do with a microphone and not by putting himself in harms way in a Hell In A Cell match.
He starts listing how many days he has been the WWE Champion so far and how many it will become in the next few days, but Foley stops him by spouting his own statistic – 29. Foley says that his own title reigns combined were a total of twenty-nine days, and nobody cares all of these years later.
Foley asks if Punk wants to be a statistic or a legend, as nobody cares about dates but rather about the moments that go on to define them. As the opinion of someone who is still relevant, he says that Punk needs one more.
He says that he spoke to an understandably upset AJ before he came out, so she allowed him to come out and extend this opportunity to Punk. Foley says that John Cena just had elbow surgery, but he should be ready by Hell In A Cell.
Foley says that Cena is there at the arena, and out of respect for the WWE Championship, AJ is allowing Punk to make the decision for himself, but he has to make it in face-to-face with Cena. He says that Punk should walk in and either say “Yes, I’m willing to have that moment of greatness” or “No, I’m going to settle”.
He says that he is begging CM Punk to think good and hard when he makes that decision, to make it for himself, for Foley, and for the fans.
After a video recapping the events of last week involving Ryback and The Miz, The Miz goes against Ryback in a match which sees Ryback get the victory, when he hits The Miz with a muscle-buster for the 3-count.
After another video from earlier involving Kane and Daniel Bryan at a diner, which has them talking about their actions with steel chairs on SmackDown! and also sees an appearance by WWE Hall Of Famer Mae Young, an interaction backstage involving AJ and referees, another interaction involving AJ, Alberto Del Rio, David Otunga, and Ricardo Rodriguez sees her announce that she made a Six-Man Tag Team match between the team of Sheamus, Rey Mysterio, and Sin Cara and the team of Alberto Del Rio, David Otunga, and Ricardo Rodriguez.
Back in the arena, Wade Barrett takes on Tyson Kidd in a match which sees Barrett get the victory, when he hits Kidd with an elbow (which Barrett calls the “Souvenir”, according to Michael Cole) for the 3-count.
After Michael Cole recaps Jerry “The King” Lawler’s legitimate heart attack two weeks ago, and interviews Lawler himself, Alberto Del Rio, David Otunga, and Ricardo Rodriguez are pitted against Sheamus, Rey Mysterio, and Sin Cara in a Six-Man Tag Team match.
The match sees Cara get the victory for his team, when Mysterio hits Rodriguez with a 619 and Cara follows it up with a senton bomb for the 3-count. Afterwards, Sheamus hits David Otunga with a Brogue Kick.
After another video at a diner earlier on involving Kane, Daniel Bryan, and Dr. Shelby, which sees Kane burp in Shelby’s face and Bryan vomit in Shelby’s lap, Daniel Bryan and Kane make their way to the ring, where Michael Cole informs everyone what name was chosen for the team as a result of a Twitter fan vote, out of the options of “Team Teamwork”, “Team Hell No”, or “Team Friendship”.
The results show that “Team Hell No” was chosen, and it is soon followed up by Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow attacking Kane and Bryan from behind, before bailing back out of the ring and up the ramp.
Rhodes says to talk real tag team names, he introduces the team of himself and Sandow as “Team Rhodes Scholars”, and Sandow says that the good news is now that the two misguided miscreants truly have a reason to be angry – and that they are welcome.
Next, Layla and Alicia Fox go against Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres in a Tag Team match which sees Eve get the victory for her team, when she tags herself in and hits Alicia with a snap swing-neckbreaker for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Kaitlyn’s music hits and she makes her way out onto the stage with the use of a crutch. She says she has security footage of her backstage attack at Night Of Champions (click here for our Night Of Champions report), and though he didn’t see the face of her attacker, the attacker’s hair was blonde.
When Eve accuses Beth of being the blonde, she denies it to her and Kaitlyn, but Eve then hits Beth with a snap swing-neckbreaker.
Now, “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay (accompanied by Cameron and Naomi) takes on Tensai in a match which apparently ends with a result of “no contest”, as The Big Show’s music hits during the match and he makes his way to the ring, where he hits Tensai with the Weapon of Mass Destruction, followed by another to Clay before leaving again.
Next up, John Cena’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he says that as always, there are mixed emotions about him being there. He says that he feels the same way as he wasn’t supposed to be there, but with his future now in question he wanted to thank everyone personally.
He says that he particularly wanted to thank the fans for the support of the “Rise Above Cancer” merchandise, and says that after the week he has had, we have no idea how good it is to hear not only the cheers but also the boos.
Cena says that he actually came to apologise, first to the referees as he apologises for CM Punk, as he says that Punk is a man who says that he will speak the truth, but who has once again grossly misquoted him.
He says that he told Punk that if he walked into Night Of Champions and walked out as the WWE Champion, he wouldn’t be the “Best In The World”, it would simply be a moment that defines who Punk is.
Cena says that he was right, as ever since that day Punk has turned into another guy. He calls Punk a string of names that are a PG version of what he has to stop himself from saying initially, and says that he’s not going to guarantee his recovery or whatever he is going to say is safe or a long term career-decision, but he guarantees that he will walk into Hell In A Cell to fight.
John Cena is interrupted from saying anything further as CM Punk’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with Paul Heyman, where he says that it was a beautiful speech that reminded him of what he hears from rotten politicians every four years.
He suggests that Cena missed his calling and should be a politician and run for President, as he certainly has the character assassination thing down pat. Punk says that he doesn’t buy the crap that Cena shovels, as there is only one Punk and always has been, the guy who beat Cena for the WWE Championship over a year ago at Money In The Bank, the guy who beat Cena two years running at SummerSlam, and the guy who walked into Cena’s backyard at Night Of Champions and walked out as the WWE Champion.
Punk says that his reign is the tenth longest in WWE history, and it is not one that will end any time soon, least of all at the hand of a one-armed man. Cena suggests that Punk just shut up and face him at Hell In A Cell and they see what happens.
CM Punk says that there are a lot of reasons that he is not accepting John Cena’s challenge at Hell In A Cell, with the least of them being that Cena gets countless title shot after title shot, which is not fair to the others in the back.
He says that Cena has had his chances and that this isn’t the reason that he won’t be competing against him, but that Cena won’t be medically cleared to compete at Hell In A Cell. Punk says that he isn’t talking about what has happened to Cena or what Punk has done to him, but rather what Punk is going to do to him.
Punk says that on any given Monday, Cena walking down and talking trash to the most dangerous man in the WWE is a stupid move, but doing it with one arm in a sling is paramount to the stupidest thing that Cena has ever done, as he then advises him to run right now while he can.
He says that he is going to turn his back and give him a count of five, as if he turns back around and sees him still standing there, he is going to hurt him so bad that it is going to make the last eight days look like a picnic at the beach compared to the next eight months of gruelling rehab that he’ll have to suffer.
Punk says that he will not have his integrity called into question, that he is the WWE Champion and he commands respect. He tells Cena that he has until five, before then turning his back along with Heyman, as he then starts the countdown.
John Cena takes out a lead pipe, which forces Punk to stop in his tracks and Heyman to bail out of the ring when his count-down ends and he starts to advance upon Cena. Cena rushes towards Punk and hits him with the pipe however, knocking Punk off his feet and forcing him to roll out of the ring.
Cena says that real men wear pink and quips that what he just did is what he calls a pipe-bomb, as he celebrates in the ring and then around ringside with the fans and announcers. A hurt CM Punk is shown walking through the halls backstage, but shortly after passing Mick Foley, he decides to go back to him.
He approaches Foley and hits him with a kick to the knee that knocks Foley down, and then starts to walk off again, before stopping and apparently making the decision to either say or do something else to Foley.
Punk turns around and stops abruptly in what he is about to say, deciding to start backing away as the camera pans around to reveal an angry-looking Ryback as Raw goes off the air.