Raw Fusion: Cowards & Coaching
The 1st October 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events of last week involving Mick Foley, CM Punk, Paul Heyman, John Cena, and Ryback, followed by CM Punk’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring with Paul Heyman to kick off the show.
CM Punk says that last week John Cena attacked him with a pipe while his back was turned, which he says are actions of a scared man and cowardice. He says that a few minutes later he was backstage looking for a Doctor due to the attack, when he saw Mick Foley who was a coward and muttered under his breath, prompting him to do what any man would do and kick him.
He says that Foley disrespected him and the crowd are now showing him that same disrespect, but he did listen to a lot of what Foley said. Punk says that he thought about his stance of not facing John Cena at the Hell In A Cell Pay-Per-View, and that this is why he is out there to announce to everyone that… the match is still not going to happen.
Paul Heyman says that he and Punk would like to move on to another relevant piece of business, as footage is then shown of Heyman proposing to AJ last week and him getting slapped for it. He says that AJ has violated the directive from the WWE Board of Directors that she wasn’t to put her hands on anyone else ever again.
He says that this means that he and Punk agree with the other opinions that AJ must now be removed from her position as General Manager of Monday Night Raw, effective immediately. As for who could fill this role instead of her, Heyman suggests himself as he has experience.
Vickie Guerrero interrupts with an “Excuse Me!” and makes her way to the ring with Dolph Ziggler, where she says that if anyone has been victims of AJ, that they would be her and Ziggler. She points out that Ziggler almost lost his Money In The Bank contract due to AJ, and also shows footage of AJ slapping Vickie two months ago.
She and Heyman get into a disagreement about which of them are more important, but Dolph Ziggler says that what they can agree on is that this is all AJ’s fault. He suggests Vickie and Heyman team up to become Co-GM’s of Raw, but AJ’s music hits and she skips her way to the ring.
AJ says that the WWE Board of Directors have placed her on probation, and that she knew that she wasn’t supposed to touch another person, but she thought that they would make an exception for a slimy, shady, greasy, creepy-as-all-hell worm-like excuse for a man like Heyman – but they didn’t.
She says that she has been appointed an executive coach to help in her development as the General Manager. Daniel Bryan’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, but he says that he only came out to apologise.
Daniel Bryan says that he came out to apologise because it is obvious that AJ’s mental issues have been compounded by the fact that he dumped her after WrestleMania. He says that he can’t blame AJ, as he claims to be one hell of a catch, handsome, and says that he is a former World Heavyweight Champion, has a great beard, and now the Tag Team Champions.
Kane’s music and pyro hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he says that everyone there has forgotten to mention a very important fact about AJ – that she is a phenomenal kisser. He says that everything else that Bryan said is true, with the exception of one thing – HE is the Tag Team Champions!
Kane and Bryan start arguing between themselves about which one of them is the Tag Team Champions, and something similar happens on the other side of them between Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk, but with AJ in the middle of it, it apparently gets too much for her as she screeches at them all to stop it.
AJ says that this is her show and probation or not, she is still the General Manager of Monday Night Raw and what she says goes. She says that what she is saying is that the WWE Champion CM Punk and Money In The Bank Winner Dolph Ziggler will face the WWE Tag Team Champions “Team Hell No”, Kane and Daniel Bryan.
In the second match of the Number One Contender Tag Team Tournament that was announced on SmackDown! (click here for our SmackDown! report), Primo and Epico (accompanied by Rosa Mendes) take on Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a match which sees “Prime Time Players” Titus O’Neil and Darren Young come out to watch from stage while it is taking place.
The match sees Mysterio get the victory for his team to advance in the Tournament, when he hits a double 619 on Primo and Epico, and follows it up with a diving splash to Primo for the 3-count.
Next, “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay (accompanied by Naomi and Cameron) is pitted against Antonio Cesaro in a match which sees Cesaro get the victory, when he hits Clay with the Neutralizer for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving AJ, her executive coach Christopher J. Stevenson, and Kaitlyn, “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder goes against The Miz in a match which sees The Miz get the victory, when he hits Ryder with the Skull-Crushing Finale for the 3-count.
After a video recapping The Big Show’s match with Randy Orton on SmackDown! including its aftermath, Booker T moderates a debate between The Big Show and Sheamus ahead of their match to take place for the World Heavyweight Championship at Hell In A Cell.
The Big Show says that there is no reason for a debate as he will be the next World Heavyweight Champion, and Sheamus then introduces himself and asks Show not to rip his leg off, as he is going to need it to kick Show’s teeth in.
By the end of the debate, things look like they may devolve into fighting, but Show apparently decides to leave the physical confrontation for the match at Hell In A Cell, as he exits the ring and starts to leave up the ramp.
Now, Tensai takes on Ryback in a match which sees Ryback fail twice in attempting to lift Tensai for a muscle-buster, and which also sees Ryback get the victory when he hits Tensai with a strong clothesline for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes, and a video recapping Beth Phoenix’s suspension and the reversal of the suspension on SmackDown!, Eve Torres is pitted against Beth Phoenix in a match which sees Eve get the victory, when she hits Beth with a snap swing-neckbreaker for the 3-count.
After a backstage interaction involving Wade Barrett, AJ, and her executive coach, Santino Marella goes against Heath Slater (accompanied by Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal) in a match which sees Marella get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when McIntyre and Mahal interrupt to attack after Marella hits Slater with The Cobra. When the attack is over, the three men stand tall over Marella in celebration.
Next up, Cody Rhodes joins commentary as Sheamus takes on Damien Sandow in a match which sees Sheamus get the victory, when he hits Sandow and Rhodes (the latter of whom has entered the ring) with a double Brogue Kick for the 3-count on Sandow.
Now, Michael Cole stands in the ring and introduces “Good Ol’ J.R” Jim Ross for Jim Ross Appreciation Night. Cole asks J.R how emotional he is to be back at the announce table and having his own appreciation night, but J.R’s answer is interrupted by CM Punk’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring with Paul Heyman.
CM Punk tells Michael Cole to leave and go back to the announce table, and he tells Jim Ross that he is the best announcer that the WWE has and he respects and appreciates the hell out of him, as do the fans in attendance.
He tells the fans that they don’t know a thing about respect, as he is the Best In The World and deserves respect, yet they turn their back on him and try to twist his words. Punk says that respects the hell out of J.R and that this is why J.R is going to help him teach the crowd about respect, which he is going to do by telling them that CM Punk is the Best In The World.
Jim Ross says that he is glad that Punk didn’t come out to embarrass him, as Punk has done a fine job embarrassing himself over the past few weeks on TV. Punk isn’t happy with this response, so asks J.R what would happen if he did the same to him as he did to Foley last week, as there would not be Stone Cold Steve Austin or Jerry “The King” Lawler there to save J.R from it.
Punk demands that J.R call him the Best In The World, but J.R refuses and says that he has been blessed to call some of the greatest matches with some of the greatest men that deserve to be called the Best In The World.
J.R says that those men never asked him to call them the Best In The World, but if they had he would have done it as they earned that distinction. He says that if Punk wants to be called the Best In The World, he suggests that he suggest John Cena’s challenge, walk into Hell In A Cell, and kick his ass.
He says that if Punk does that, then he will be the first in line to call him the Best In The World, but until then they have nothing to talk about. Punk’s response to this is to knock J.R’s hat off his head and stand on it.
CM Punk says that Jim Ross is standing in the ring with the most dangerous man in the WWE, so he should either get his hands up and fight him or leave. J.R’s response is to start to leave for the announce table, but Punk stops him and says that J.R should leave up the ramp in shame instead.
J.R doesn’t have much other choice but to exit the ring and start to walk up the ramp, but his progress is halted by Ryback’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring, also leading J.R back to the ring in doing so.
A stare-down between Punk and Ryback in which the crowd chant “Feed Me More!” sees Punk back off, exiting the ring and leaving up the ramp with Paul Heyman.
After a WWE.com video recapping Alberto Del Rio’s attack on Randy Orton after SmackDown! went off the air, Ricardo Rodriguez joins commentary as Alberto Del Rio is pitted against Kofi Kingston (accompanied by R-Truth) in a match which sees Del Rio get the victory, when he puts Kingston in the cross-armbreaker and forces him to tap out.
After another interaction backstage involving AJ and her executive coach, and a video recapping the announcement last week of Daniel Bryan and Kane’s Tag Team name, Daniel Bryan and Kane go against CM Punk (accompanied by Paul Heyman) and Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) in a Tag Team match which has AJ as the Special Guest Referee.
The match sees AJ order Vickie Guerrero and Paul Heyman back to the locker room near the end of the end, prompting Ziggler to leave too and miss Punk’s attempt to tag him in. As a result, Kane gets the victory for his team when he hits Punk with a chokeslam for the 3-count.
Kane and Daniel Bryan celebrate in the ring and argue between themselves about which one of them is the WWE Tag Team Champions, as Raw goes off the air.