Ric Flair not appearing tonight

WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair was scheduled and scripted to be on tonight’s Raw from Philadelphia however, he reportedly did not look healthy backstage and on the advise of WWE doctors was sent to a local Philly hospital where he is believed to have been diagnosed with a “blood clot.”
Flair did not wrestle on a recent All Japan show due to a blood clot in his leg.Reports are he has since left Philadelphia for a hospital in Charlotte, closer to home and will not appear on tonight’s Raw broadcast as originally planned.



Vickie Guerrero was standing in front of the Raw Roulette wheels. There was a wheel of superstars, a wheel of stipulations and a Vickie Guerrero challenge wheel. First match is Antonio Cesaro vs. Randy with a “special guest referee” stipulation based on her wheel spin.

The music of the former WWE Champion CM Punk played as he quickly walked down to the ring along with Paul Heyman. He complained about losing the WWE Title by saying it should be day 435 of his WWE Title reign. Punk said that he didn’t need help to win matches. Punk said he got screwed more than Vince McMahon screwed Bret Hart in Montreal and that last night will be known as the Phoenix Screwjob. He yelled: “I got screwed! I got screwed!” Punk asked Las Vegas if they wanted to party. He said he was the People’s Champion and he was there to crash their party.

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon showed up at the top of the ramp. He said that later in the show he had proof that Paul Heyman and CM Punk were involved with The Shield. Vince said that would be later in the ring calling it a personal performance review. Vince said it could result in Heyman’s termination. He said “have a nice party” and Vince left.

Analysis: That sets up things nicely for the show later on. It will be interesting to see what McMahon has on Heyman and if it will make sense on all of the attacks of The Shield in the last couple of months.

The announcers for the show are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and John Bradshaw Layfield. JBL complained about how Cole was the one that ratted out The Shield at the Royal Rumble.

Later in the show we’ll see the WWE Champion known as The Rock.

Randy Orton and Antonio Cesaro entered for a match. The special ref is The Miz. They went to break.


Randy Orton vs. Antonio Cesaro w/The Miz as Special Referee

Orton was in control early on getting a couple of nearfalls. They went outside the ring where Orton gave Cesaro a move so that his back went into the security wall. Orton gave Cesaro a slingshot so that Cesaro’s neck went into the bottom rope. In the ring, Cesaro charged in at Orton and Randy gave him a back drop over the top rope to the floor. Orton hit a clothesline outside the ring. Four minutes into the match they went to break with Cesaro out on the floor for the vintage floor to commercial spot.

Analysis: Two commercials in the first twenty minutes. Remember the days of the twenty minute promo to open the show? Not this week.


Back from break, Cesaro hit a headbutt on Orton and then he drove Orton’s throat into the top turnbuckle and that got him a two count. Miz has called the match down the middle, which is noteworthy because Miz has a rivalry with Cesaro. Nice sit out slam from Cesaro. Gutwrench suplex by Cesaro for two. Orton fought out of a chinlock and made a comeback with some clotheslines followed by his snap powerslam as the crowd came alive. Orton’s comeback stopped when Cesaro got a knee up and then a back elbow off the middle rope. That got Cesaro a two count, so he argued with Miz. Orton hit his backbreaker variation, Cesaro got a thumb to the eye and argued with Miz. That allowed Orton to recover. Guess what? RKO. Orton covered for the win after 12 minutes.

Winner: Randy Orton

Post match, Miz gave Cesaro a Skull Crushing Finale just for fun.

Analysis: **1/2 It was an entertaining match from two guys I like, but the commercial break mid-match hurt it a bit. The finish was so obvious unless you haven’t watched wrestling before. Orton had no problem capitalizing on the distraction. Obviously the involvement of Miz furthers the feud with Cesaro, so it’s likely we’ll see another match from them.

Back at the wheel, Vickie spun the entertainment wheel and we found out it was Ryback. It landed on “make me laugh.” She told Ryback to make her laugh. Ryback entered the arena as they went to break.


At ringside we saw legendary tennis players Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, who live in Las Vegas I’m pretty sure. They’re married if you don’t know.

There was a “Laugh Off” in the ring with Ryback against the Primetime Players with Matt Striker moderating it. Titus O’Neil told a bad joke about Striker. Crowd booed. Ryback asked “what has four eyes, twenty fingers and is about to be unconscious?” Then he looked at Primetime Players. He kicked Young, who then ran away. Ryback gave O’Neil a spinebuster. Meat Hook Clothesline to O’Neil. Shellshocked to O’Neil. Young was looking on at ringside during all of this. Striker said it made him laugh. He said Ryback was the winner of the challenge. Ryback picked up Striker and JBL marked out for Striker getting attacked. Ryback gave Striker the Shellshocked to a good ovation. He led the crowd in “feed me more” chants.

Analysis: I guess that’s a way to keep Ryback strong after finishing second in the Royal Rumble last week. Not a great segment. It was filler more than anything.

They aired the video of Bob Backlund in the Hall of Fame. Same video we got last week. They said they would announce the third inductee for the WWE HOF later in the show.

We’ll hear from Rock later in the show.

Analysis: This feels like last week when they told us for three hours we’ll hear from John Cena later in the show. I guess it happens nearly every week.


Backstage at the wheel, Vickie’s spin landed on Player’s Choice. She said Wade Barrett gets to pick his opponent. He picked NXT “rookie” Bo Dallas. Dallas eliminated Barrett from the Rumble match. It was a good way to debut somebody new.

Wade Barrett vs. Bo Dallas

This is not for Barrett’s IC Title. Dallas hit some arm drags and a dropkick. His offense didn’t last too long as Barrett took over with power moves by throwing Dallas’ head into a turnbuckle. Barrett gave Dallas a hard kick to the face. Cole put over Dallas as somebody with a lot of fire and desire. So basically he’s like 95% of the babyfaces in the history of wrestling. Dallas countered the Bull Hammer with a belly to belly suplex and he pinned Barrett for the win after three minutes. The reaction of the crowd was pretty quiet.

Winner: Bo Dallas

They only showed Dallas celebrating briefly. Maybe five seconds. Then it ended. It would have been nice if they made that a bigger moment.

Analysis: * I expected a short match, but the win by Dallas surprised me a bit. It’s not a bad idea to give the newcomer a win over an established guy. That’s not a new concept by any means. It just felt like Barrett would win here. The crowd reacted to Dallas favorably, but it wasn’t that great. They need to know more about Dallas, I guess.

Cody Rhodes spun the wheel. It landed on John Cena. That’s next apparently.


After Cody Rhodes made his way down to ringside, they mentioned John Cena was on the cover of Fruity Pebbles cereal. They actually had a Cena/Flintstone tale of the tape. I’m not going to recap that. Try to find a picture. The best part of that was when JBL said that Tony Chimel was the original Fred Flintstone. John Cena made his entrance to a good ovation as we near the top of the second hour.

John Cena vs. Cody Rhodes

Cena hit a suplex on Rhodes. Cody was angry, so he went to the floor where he grabbed a microphone. Rhodes said this was a waste of Cody Rhodes, so he’s leaving. Cena hit his shoulderblock followed by his spinning suplex. Five Knuckle Shuffle by Cena. Attitude Adjustment by Cena. That’s the end of the match after two minutes.

Winner: John Cena

Analysis: 1/2* Squash match. Story is that Royal Rumble winner John Cena is on fire. Sorry Rhodes.

Post match, Cena grabbed the microphone. He said others can say that they should have won the Rumble, but only one of them can say that “I won the Royal Rumble” and that’s him. Cena said that throwing Ryback out at the end was only the first step. He said the winner of the Royal Rumble gets to issue a challenge for the champion of their choosing at the main event of WrestleMania (he pointed at the sign).

Cena said the WWE Champion will be either CM Punk or The Rock. Cena talked about how for nearly two years he has not been able to beat Punk. He pointed out that six times he has failed to defeat Punk for the WWE Title. Then there is The Rock. Cena said he talked about Rock before he came back because he wanted Rock to challenge him. For one year Cena talked about how much he had to win that match. Cena said he proved to the world that he was in Rock’s league and had moments where he proved Rock couldn’t handle his jockstrap. He said all of that was great until he lost on April 1 at WrestleMania. “I lost that match. The Rock won.” Correct. Cena said he had a difficult choice and sucked up to Las Vegas. He said should he choose the World Title against somebody he thinks he can beat or the WWE Champion, who he may lose to.

“I, John Cena, challenge on April 7 at Met Life Stadium at WrestleMania 29…” (long stare at WrestleMania sign as the crowd chants “Rocky”) “I challenge the WWE Champion! This goes as a message to The Rock and CM Punk.” He tried to say more, but then the music of The Shield started up.

Analysis: At least they didn’t waste time having Cena announce his choice. We all knew it was coming.

The Shield walked down to the ring. It’s nice of them to have friends in the production truck that play their theme music huh? Ambrose, Rollins & Reigns attacked Cena all at once. They beat down Cena with a series of kicks and punches. Sheamus ran down to the ring (with music). He went after the three members of The Shield, but they all took him down in another corner of the ring. There’s Ryback (with music). He threw Ambrose over the top to the floor. He threw Rollins over the top to the floor. Then they pulled Ryback outside the ring and threw him into the steps. Sheamus fought back, but they threw him into the ring post. Cena came back in the ring. The Shield dominated him and gave Cena a three man Powerbomb in the center of the ring. The Shield left.

Analysis: That was an awesome beatdown by The Shield. I enjoyed the segment quite a bit. They are booking The Shield so strong, which is better than how they usually book heels. The likely result of all of this is a six man match in the Elimination Chamber with Cena, Ryback & Sheamus taking on The Shield. It would give the Elimination Chamber a Wargames type of feel in that it would be a tag match rather than a singles match. Nothing is official yet, but that seems to be where this is headed.


They replayed the attack by The Shield.

Vickie spun the wheel and it landed on Lingerie Pillow Fight. Tensai & Brodus Clay were there. Tensai said no to that and left. Vickie told Brodus to spin the Vickie Challenge Wheel. It landed on “Dance Off.” That means we’ll see the two big guys dancing. Brodus said he’d inform Tensai of the change. Cole thought it was hilarious of course. Bad comedy.

They aired clips from the fan fest during Royal Rumble weekend. Same video that aired during the PPV.

Brodus Clay made his entrance. Another commercial.

Analysis: So much filler on this show. Really makes me wish it was two hours long.


In the ring Jerry Lawler was hosting the dance off. Both guys were in the ring along with the Funkadactyls with Clay.

Dance Off: Brodus Clay vs. Tensai

Tensai was in a robe for some reason. Tensai had on women’s lingerie. He didn’t know it was a dance off. Clay didn’t tell him. I’m guessing he’s missing New Japan right about now. Brodus ended up dancing with the Funkadactyls. Lawler told Tensai to dance and said what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. I feel so bad for the fans that have to witness this. Tensai started doing some tap dancing. Then the lawnmower dance. Of course some of us remember that he used to be a Hip Hop Hippo. JBL said it was the worst thing he has ever seen in his life. Suddenly Ron Simmons was watching backstage. He said: “Damn.” That ended the segment.

Analysis: So bad. Painful to watch. Minus five stars. Best way I can summarize that Tensai/Clay dance is: “My eyes! The goggles did nothing!” That’s a Simpsons reference, folks. I don’t even care if it leads to a tag team forming between them. That was brutal.

Del Rio spun the wheel and it landed on “Body Slam Challenge.” Vickie said that he would have to try to body slam the Big Show. Del Rio said they are in Vegas and that in Vegas anything can happen. Body slam challenge is next.

Analysis: I’m still dealing with the pain from that last segment.


Ricardo Rodriguez introduced the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto “no car to the ring” Del Rio for the bodyslam challenge. It’s pretty cool to hear the crowd chanting along with the “Albertoooooooooooo Del Rio” part. Big Show made his entrance.

Body Slam Challenge: Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show

They started brawling right from the beginning. That wasn’t the challenge. Show knocked down Rodriguez and then he gave Del Rio the KO Punch to knock him out. I guess that’s the end of the challenge.

After the end of the “challenge” Big Show took out some duct tape. He taped the right wrist of Del Rio to the middle rope. Show attacked Ricardo with hard punches to the chest. He took his shirt off and chopped him hard in the chest repeatedly. Del Rio was taped to the ropes, so he could save Ricardo. Show whipped Ricardo hard into the security wall. Back in the ring, Show stepped on the head of Ricardo as he stood right in front of Del Rio. Show attacked Del Rio with kicks as Cole started to use SERIOUS VOICES~! to describe what was happening. JBL said Show was getting revenge from what happened at the Royal Rumble and Del Rio deserved this because of what he did. Another hard chop to Ricardo’s chest. Then Show gave the KO Punch to Ricardo. Show kicked Del Rio in the knee. Show gave Del Rio another KO Punch to knock him out again.

Analysis: That was a five minute beating. It was an easy story to tell since Show was angry about losing the World Title match at the Rumble and he didn’t care to compete in the actual Body Slam challenge. That would suggest that the feud isn’t over here although with the Elimination Chamber PPV coming up I would assume we’ll see four others competing for the World Title as well. Show looked very strong here after getting beat the Rumble. That’s typical booking after a PPV. It was an effective segment in terms of having an angry heel get his revenge.


Las Vegas Showgirls Lumberjills Match: Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka

The WWE Divas outside the ring were wearing showgirls outfits. Basically every diva was out there except AJ and Natalya. The competitors were already in the ring. Kaitlyn’s Divas Title is not on the line. The crowd was dead silent. When Kaitlyn got knocked outside the ring, Aksana went after Kaitlyn, so Kaitlyn knocked her down. Kaitlyn went back into the ring with a shoulderblock. Did I mention the crowd was dead? I don’t blame them after the dance off. Even Cole sarcastically called it great like the dance off. Kaitlyn hit a dropkick on Tamina. All the showgirls went into the ring to start a brawl. It went about two minutes. They were all fighting with eachother. Cole: “Thank goodness for whoever cued the music. I promise folks things are getting better.”

No Match Result

Analysis: That was painful. This show has been a mess. Even Cole was ripping it on commentary and he’s the babyface announcer. That’s not a good sign. I’m not sure if this furthered the Kaitlyn/Tamina story or not. It was brutal.

The Rock is up next.


We got a replay of The Shield’s attack earlier in the show.

The new WWE Champion The Rock entered the arena. He got a really nice ovation from the crowd who was probably glad to see him after some brutal segments earlier in the show.

The Rock said there was one word to symbolize this entire journey: finally. “Finally The Rock has come back to Las Vegas. And finally The Rock is WWE Champion.” He said from 1998 to 2003 he had the honor of winning 7 WWE Championships. After ten long years he can honestly say that this is the proudest moment of his career. He said he’s already thanked his friends and family, but he wanted to thank the fans. He said for 434 days CM Punk said that the fans didn’t count and didn’t matter. Well he didn’t say that during his entire reign because he was a babyface for eight months of it, but I guess I get Rock’s point. He said those days are over. He called Punk a homeless tattooed freak and that every time Paul Heyman walked out there he was going to wonder if he had a bra big enough to hold his deep fried Twinkie Tits. And there’s a “Twinkie Tits” chant. Rock said they were going to usher in the “People’s Era” because they’re going to celebrate. He said the word sky and rhymed it by saying they were all getting pie.

There’s CM Punk’s theme song. The former WWE Champ was on the ramp talking about how for 434 days he made the WWE Title special. Punk said Rock didn’t earn that – it was handed to him like everything in his life. Punk said that the WWE Title is prestigious because Rock made it that way. Punk said if Rock had respect for his father and grandfather and he would walk up the ramp to give it to Punk. He wanted Rock to apologize to him for tarnishing what Punk made so great.

Rock said if Punk had an ounce of manhood then Punk would walk down the ramp to come take the WWE Title. Rock said Punk could come into the ring to face Rock like a man or stand up on the stage like a “punk ass bitch.” Punk said he’s going to stand on the stage like a “punk ass bitch” and he acted as if it was cool to swear. Punk said he does things on his terms. He mentioned doing house shows this weekend (even naming all the cities) wondering if Rock would be there in a sarcastic tone, but that in three weeks at Elimination Chamber he’s granting The Rock a rematch. Rock said Punk has got his Elimination Chamber rematch. He said he’d receive the ass kicking of a lifetime.

Analysis: It leaked earlier today that they would do a singles rematch between The Rock and CM Punk at Elimination Chamber. That means Rock isn’t in a Chamber match, so it will be interesting to see what they do in terms of the EC matches at that show. I liked the promos from both guys. Saying “bitch” isn’t a PG word, but I thought it added to the intensity of the promo from Rock. I enjoyed Punk’s speech. I’m sure the people that don’t like Rock enjoyed when Punk mentioned the house shows, but we know Rock isn’t doing house shows. Of course we also know that even when they do title matches at house shows there are rarely title changes anyway, so it’s not that valid of a point. I’m sure it will make some people happy, though. Anyway, that promo woke up the crowd a bit. This show really needed that. Hopefully the last hour is as good as that.

Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow in a Tables Match is next.


Back from break, they showed an earlier segment where Sandow spun the wheel and he got a Tables match.

Tables Match: Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow

Sheamus was favoring his left arm from the attack earlier in the show. They brawled outside the ring a bit with Sheamus throwing Sandow into the ring steps. Sheamus grabbed a table from under the ring and he set it up on the floor outside the ring. They went to the other side of the arena where Sandow hit a dropkick on the floor. He pulled out a table, but Sheamus threw the table into Sandow’s face. They brought the table into the ring where Sandow hit a single arm DDT onto the injured left arm of Sheamus, which landed right on the table. Cole noted it was the birthday of Sheamus – he’s 35 years old (he didn’t say the age). Sandow threw another table at Sheamus and then he used the table to continue the attack on the left arm of Sheamus. Sheamus missed a Brogue Kick near the ropes. Then he gave a shoulder block over the top rope to knock down a charging Sandow. Sheamus was near a table when he did that, so that was a nice move to avoid elimination. Sandow was able to hit his Elbow of Disdain. He threw Sheamus into the side of a table. Sheamus came back with the ten clubbing blows to the chest of Sandow. Sheamus picked up Sandow for the White Noise and he drove Sandow through a table that was propped up in the corner. That was enough for the victory after eight minutes.

Winner: Sheamus

Analysis: ** That was a good television match. I wasn’t a fan of using Sheamus in a match after that attack from The Shield. The attack would have meant more if we didn’t see the guys that were attacked having matches later in the show. Beating Sandow doesn’t do much other than give a guy a win that wins the majority of his television matches anyway. Sandow and Rhodes both lost to top guys on this show. Hopefully they can win the tag titles soon so they have a bigger role.

Later in the show is Vince McMahon’s “Personal Performance Review” of Paul Heyman.


In the ring there was Great Khali, Hornswoggle & Natalya (too good for this segment) and Zack Ryder. They were there to do a karaoke contest with Jerry Lawler hosting. Khali had to sing Shawn Michaels’ theme song. He was terrible of course. He just sang the “sexy boy” part. It was awful as JBL said Shawn Michaels was rolling in his grave and he’s not even dead yet. 3MB came out to say they are the biggest rock stars in WWE. Khali chopped McIntyre. Ryder hit the Rough Ryder on Mahal. Khali chopped Slater. Then Hornswoggle hit the Tadpole Splash off the top rope onto Slater in the ring.

Analysis: On behalf of Natalya I’d like to point out that she’s way too good for that awful segment. I don’t know if this was worse than the divas match or the dance off from earlier, but all three of them were brutal. I’m a positive WWE fan, but even the announcers are ripping on the show. So if you know it’s a bad segment why put it out there?

There’s Chris Jericho walking backstage. Save us!


Break down the walls! It’s Chris Jericho time. “Welcome to Raw is Jericho.” Where were you over two hours ago? He said it was great to be back in the WWE. He said he was gone for six months. August to January is not six months. It’s five, but that’s okay. Jericho said his return at the Royal Rumble was one of the greatest nights of his career. He said he’ll never…ever…forget it. There’s the music of Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler entered the ring along with AJ Lee and Big E Langston. He said he wondered what Jericho was doing there because he didn’t work there anymore. AJ said she was GM, so she made Jericho put his career on the line against the briefcase. She bragged about how she was the one that got Y2J terminated. Jericho told Ziggler to put a leash on his doggy before she goes “pee pee” in the ring. That’s how you insult somebody in a PG way. Big E spoke up saying he would hurt Jericho. Jericho asked Big E what does the E stand for: “Your bra size?” That was great. Ziggler said Jericho didn’t work there. Vickie Guerrero appeared on the screen and said she was the one that hired Jericho. I guess the heels weren’t smart enough to realize that somebody could re-hire Jericho that easily. She put them in a match. It landed on “Strange Bedfellows” which meant that they had to team together in a match against Team Hell No.

Analysis: Holy shit I missed Jericho. He was on fire in that promo. This show needed his energy.

Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) vs. Chris Jericho & Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler showed off in front of Jericho. Ten seconds into the match they went to break.


I forgot to mention this, but the tag titles are not on the line. Back from break, Ziggler was working on Bryan. Jericho tagged in without Ziggler approving. Jericho hit a nice dropkick on Kane and he went to give Bryan the Walls of Jericho. That didn’t work. Jericho shoved Bryan into Kane, who tagged into the match. The tag champs started arguing. Ziggler tagged in. Jericho hit Kane in the back to make it seem like Ziggler did it. Kane hit a Chokeslam on Ziggler and he covered for a pinfall after about 6 minutes. We saw about three minutes of action.

Winners: Team Hell No

Analysis: *1/2 It was an angle more than a match. The Jericho/Ziggler story was fun in the summer and it’s good to see it revived once again. As for the tag champs, we’ve seen that act many times before.

They aired a video for the next Hall of Fame inductee: Trish Stratus. I’m so proud of my fellow Greek-Canadian who had a wonderful WWE career in the early 2000s and really set the standard for WWE divas. She wasn’t just a model, but she was an accomplished wrestler as well. I’m a huge fan of hers in terms of how hot she was and also of how good of a wrestler she became. Did I mention how hot she was? That cannot be understated. I liked the video package as well.

The main event segment with Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman is next.


This Friday on Smackdown, Booker T will have an announcement on the future of the World Heavyweight Championship. It will likely be a way to set up an Elimination Chamber match.

The WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was in the ring. He said he wanted to have some fun and Las Vegas is the best place to do that, so he called Paul Heyman down to the ring. Vince said CM Punk was escorted out of the arena ten minutes ago. Paul walked down to the ring. Vince shook his hand and then Vince cleaned his hands after it was over. Good comedy. Vince asked Paul if he had The Shield or Brad Maddox under contract.

Paul thanked Vince for the opportunity and he said the answer to the question is “no I have never had anything to do with Brad Maddox or The Shield.” Vince asked Paul if he has ever lied. Paul said that he has lied every day of his life because he’s a promoter and that’s what promoters do. He went on a big speech saying that he lies because that’s what his life is, but that he is not lying now. Paul said he’s trying to be an honorable man and that maybe he could learn from Vince on how to do that. Paul said he wants to be there, so if it takes being an honorable man then that’s what he wants to be. Vince asked for a close-up of that honorable man and he asked if he was honorable (crowd “no”) and honest (crowd: “no”).

Vince asked for some footage. It was Paul talking to Brad Maddox. Then magically the camera was still on, which likely meant that Brad’s camera guy was the one that tipped off Vince about what happened. Paul said that they plucked Brad from obscurity and Paul paid him to help Punk beat Ryback. He said Brad kept coming back for more. Paul said they also paid The Shield, but that they are more effective than Brad is. Then The Shield showed up. Brad told Paul to tell Punk that he was sorry and that he would leave them alone. Then the camera showed footage of The Shield attacking Maddox.

Analysis: In other words, Heyman admitted to paying Maddox and The Shield and that they worked for him.

Back to the ring, the crowd chanted “you are busted” as Paul looked very uncomfortable. They chanted “na na na na hey hey goodbye” at him. Heyman said that wasn’t him. He said that he had a thick New York Jewish accent that was easy to impersonate. He said it was an impersonator portraying Paul Heyman because they were jealous of his success with ECW and CM Punk. Paul admitted to Vince that it was Brad Maddox and The Shield in that video. Vince asked the crowd if Paul was lying about if he involved and if he should be fired. The crowd was waiting for it and then…Brock Lesnar music.

The beast known as Brock Lesnar entered the arena before Vince McMahon could fire Paul Heyman. The crowd gave a huge reaction to Lesnar, who we haven’t seen since the night after Summerslam. He told Heyman to stand in the corner. Lesnar stood right in Vince’s face. Vince told Lesnar not to do something he would regret later on. Heyman was trying to tell Lesnar not to do anything. Instead Lesnar put McMahon on his shoulders and gave him a F5 right in the middle of the ring. Cole: “For God’s sake the man’s a grandfather.” Heyman pleaded with Lesnar to stop. The show ended there.




 Tyson Kidd defeated Michael McGillicutty


* Jim Ross and Michael Cole come out for commentary. Cole gets the usual heel heat while JR gets the big ovation.

* RAW opens with Paul Heyman and The Miz backstage. Miz isn’t happy about CM Punk ditching them last week and quits Team Punk for Survivor Series.

* Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara and R-Truth defeated Darren Young, Titus O’Neil and Antonio Cesaro in the opening match.

* Segment with Vickie Guerrero and John Cena drags on. Vickie shows her new video evidence of AJ Lee and Cena at the hotel. Cena denies it and says the footage was doctored up by someone.

* AJ is shown backstage and threatens Vickie but doesn’t want to be fired. Dolph Ziggler appears, mocks AJ and causes her to run off. Cena leaves the ring and heads to the back.

* Cody Rhodes beat Daniel Bryan in a quick match. Damien Sandow and Kane got involved. After the match, Cody promised Sandow could beat Kane just as easy.

* Kane beat Damien Sandow in a squash.

* Brad Maddox came out for an interview with Michael Cole. Maddox said he’s not working with CM Punk. He says he did what he did at Hell In a Cell to make an impact. He wants a WWE contract and a match against Ryback. Vince McMahon comes out and promises Maddox a contract if he can beat Ryback next week. Vickie Guerrero comes out and Vince forces her to book Punk vs. Cena vs. Ryback at Survivor Series for the WWE Title.

* World Heavyweight Champion Big Show comes out for commentary on the next match. Sheamus defeats The Miz in a lengthy match with the Brogue Kick.

* Paul Heyman offers Wade Barrett a chance to take The Miz’s spot on Team Punk. He accepts.

* Vickie has a meeting with Vince and informs Ziggler that he is now the captain of Team Punk at Survivor Series. Punk appears and says Vince was just messing around with them. Vickie makes Ryback and Cena vs. Punk and Ziggler for tonight.

* Brief backstage segment with Sheamus and William Regal.

* Layla and Kaitlyn defeated Eve Torres and Aksana.

* Kofi Kingston defeated Alberto Del Rio when Randy Orton’s music hit for a distraction. Orton appeared after the match and laid Del Rio out with a RKO.

* Zack Ryder and Santino Marella beat Epico and Primo.

* Wade Barrett came out to a big pop and then beat Brodus Clay in a quick match. Barrett was way over with the crowd.

* Heath Slater defeated Jey Uso in another quick match. The crowd has been dead for the past few matches and they got worse during this one.

* John Cena and Ryback defeated CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler in the main event. Cena got beat down most of the match and finally made the tag to Ryback. Ryback hit his finisher on Punk for the win. Cena and Ryback came face to face to end the show.



– Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up from Sacramento, California with Michael Cole welcoming us. We go right to the ring and out comes John Cena to a very mixed reaction.

Cole is joined by Jim Ross and JBL on commentary as Cena makes his way to the ring. Cena says he missed everyone and asks if the fans missed him. He’s answered with cheers and boos. He says one week off felt like a year but it’s good to be back in the ring. Cena says it took him a week off to realize what really was going on in WWE. He talks about Team Hell No, Antonio Cesaro, the WWE Divas and AJ Lee. Cena says AJ has lost her mind but not her charm. Cena says he would like to take AJ on a date. Cena brings up Vince McMahon being here and Arnold Schwarzenegger being the Social Media Ambassador. Cena says Larry King is here tonight. Cena gets the fans riled up. Cena says he and the fans don’t have a voice. He says CM Punk stole the voice of WWE. Some fans start chanting for Punk. Cena talks about Hell In a Cell and says that match could be a moment people remember Punk for. Cena hopes the fans tell Punk how they feel when he comes out tonight. Cena wants the match at Hell In a Cell. Cena says Punk sometimes simply just isn’t a man.

Cena tells Punk not to be a punk and face him at Hell In a Cell. Cena thanks the fans for letting him speak and goes to leave. Ryback’s music hits and out he comes.

Ryback vs. Primo and Epico

Ryback and Cena exchange a look as they walk past each other on the ramp. Ryback hits the ring as we see a replay from last week of Ryback coming out at the end of the Jim Ross Appreciation Night segment with Punk and Paul Heyman. Back to tonight and out comes Ryback’s opponents Primo and Epico with Rosa Mendes.

Ryback drops Primo and catches a kick from Epico. Ryback drops Epico and slams Primo onto him. Epico tries to attack from behind but it doesn’t phase Ryback. They double team him and get him on the mat. Primo and Epico stomp away and drop elbows on Ryback. They try a few pin attempts but barely get a count. More double teaming but the fans start chanting for Ryback. Primo holds Ryback while Epico slaps him. Ryback fights them off and hits two pairs of clotheslines. Ryback grabs them both for a double Shellshocked and nails it for the win.

Winner: Ryback

– We get hype for Vince McMahon’s return before going to commercial.

Brodus Clay vs. R-Truth

Back from the commercial and out comes Brodus Clay with Naomi and Cameron. R-Truth waits at ringside and comes in with Little Jimmy. Truth takes a mic and apologizes to Brodus. Truth says they can fight some other time because Jimmy is going through puberty and he wants to dance. Truth has Clay’s music played again. The invisible Little Jimmy dances with Truth, Clay, Cameron and Naomi. Vince McMahon appears on the big screen and tells them to dance up the ramp so he can give the State of WWE Address. Vince has the music played again as everyone dances out of the ring. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and out comes Vince McMahon to give a State of WWE Address. Vince heads to the ring to a big pop from the crowd.

Vince says the state of WWE is an invisible little boy dancing in the ring. He says there’s room for that in WWE with other stuff like goat faced vegans, masked luchadores and more. Vince says the most important thing in WWE is the action. The fans want to see the best of the best. He’s interrupted by the music and out comes WWE Champion CM Punk with Paul Heyman right behind him. Punk mocks Vince as he heads down the ramp.

Punk is wearing his new yellow t-shirt and Vince calls it ugly. Punk circles around Vince and stops. Vince says Punk is disrespecting him by interrupting his address. Punk says disrespect is Vince out here talking about what the fans want to see and talking about the best without mentioning him. Punk says that must have been a shot at him because he wont face Cena at Hell In a Cell. Pun says the General Manager Vince hired is the one who left the decision up to him. Punk says he gave Cena a shot at Night of Champions and he couldn’t get the job done. Punk knocks the fans now and they boo him. Punk then rips into the fans who cheer him. He says people in the back don’t respect him and neither do the fans. Punk asks Vince if he respects him.

Vince respects Punk’s current title reign but doesn’t respect the fact that Punk considers himself a “Paul Heyman guy.” Vince says he’s not a “CM Punk guy.” Punk is glad Vince found his grapefruits and can say that to his face. Punk says Vince should be a Punk guy because Punk is the best in the world. Punk says he used to just be a spoke on the wheel but now he’s the wheel. Punk says he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to WWE and he’s the best thing Vince has right now. Punk gets in Vince’s face now. Heyman tries to calm Punk down but can’t. Punk says Vince should be on his knees right now. Punk says fans don’t care about Jim Ross or Jerry Lawler and asks where CM Punk Appreciation Night is. Punk says maybe if he doesn’t get the respect he deserves, he will hop the rail and quit. Punk says maybe he will blow Vince a kiss but this time he’s not coming back.

Vince asks Punk if he thinks he’s the reason for all WWE’s success. Punk says he’s the reason Vince still has money to fuel up his jet. Vince says no individual makes WWE a success – the WWE Universe does. Vince says he listens to the fans everywhere, every tout, every tweet. Vince says right now the fans want someone to shut Punk’s mouth. Vince says Punk is nowhere near the caliber of Andre the Giant, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Triple H or Steve Austin. Punk says he is nothing like Steve Austin. Punk says Austin made it to the top by taking shortcuts and starts ripping into him. Punk says Austin got famous by beating up a clueless and inept millionaire. Punk says that clueless inept millionaire is now a senior citizen. Punk asks Vince if he’s getting mad. Punk goes on and slaps Vince in the face, knocking him to the mat. Punk exits the ring laughing as Vince gets up. Punk and Heyman head up the ramp. Vince says he should fire Punk but right now that’s too good for him. Vince says he will fire Punk unless he fights him in the ring tonight. Vince says Punk may beat his ass but he will learn about respect before the night is over. Heyman tells Punk no but Punk is smiling. Heyman says things just went wrong but Punk says they have Vince right where they want him. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and we see what just happened between Vince McMahon and CM Punk. Cole plugs tonight’s Social Media Ambassador Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Tag Team Tournament Match: Titus O’Neil and Darren Young vs. Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara

We go to the ring and Darren Young is dancing with Titus O’Neil. Out come their opponents Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara for a semi-finals tournament match.

Young starts off with Cara and they go at it. Cara takes control and unleashes on Young. Rey tags in and they dump Young to the floor. Rey runs from the apron and splashes Young on thefloor. Titus comes over but Rey ducks. Cara leaps out of the ring and takes Titus down on thefloor as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and Titus is in control of Mysterio. Young comes in and they double team him. Young with a bear hug now. Young takes Cara to the top and works him over. Cara comes down with a tornado DDT. Cara tags in Rey. He comes off the top with a senton on Young. Rey knocks Titus off the apron and goes back to work on Young. Rey with a 2 count as Titus breaks the pin. Cara kicks Titus and dropkicks him out of the ring. Young goes for Cara and drops him over his knees. Rey slides out of Young’s finisher and nails 619. Rey goes to the top for the splash and the win. Rey and Cara advance to the finals.

Winners: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara

– Paul Heyman and CM Punk are backstage. Punk wants to annihilate Vince tonight but Heyman doesn’t want a crazy billionaire trying to make their life miserable. Punk says he will win and they have nothing to worry about.

– Still to come tonight, Wade Barrett vs. Sheamus. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and we see John Cena’s appearance and the segment with Punk and Vince from earlier.

Wade Barrett vs. Sheamus

We go to the ring and out comes Wade Barrett. The World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus is out next.

They lock up and go to the corners but fight out. Before they can even break, the music hits and out comes Big Show. Sheamus watches as Show walks down to ringside. Barrett backs Sheamus to the corner and works him over. Sheamus ducks a clothesline and takes Barrett to the mat. Sheamus with another headlock takedown. Sheamus with a shoulder and a pin attempt. They go back to the corner and Barrett turns it around. Sheamus comes back in with a battering ram and another headlock takedown.

More back and forth with trading shots. Barrett goes for a suplex but Sheamus blocks it and hits a suplex of his own. Sheamus with a pin attempt. Barrett slides out of White Noise but gets knocked off the apron to the floor. Sheamus goes for a kick on the apron but Barrett knocks him down and pulls him to the floor. Sheamus is down on the floor as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and they’re going at it. Sheamus clotheslines Barrett to the floor. Sheamus with a big uppercut. Sheamus goes to toss Barrett into the steel steps but he steps over and back kicks Sheamus in the face. Barrett poses as the crowd pops and Big Show smiles. Barrett brings it back in the ring for a 2 count. Barrett continues the assault on Sheamus and keeps him grounded on the mat now. Sheamus fights to his feet but Barrett drops him with a knee to the gut. Barrett with right hands to the face now. Barrett with knees to the front now. Barrett knocks Sheamus down on the apron with a huge boot to the face. 2 count for Barrett.

Barrett with an elbow from the ropes but Sheamus moves. Sheamus makes a comeback and knocks Barrett down several times. Sheamus with shoulder thrusts and a knee lift. Sheamus scoops Barrett but he slides out. Barrett with a kick to the gut. Sheamus blocks a pumphandle slam and throws Barrett to the floor. Barrett comes back in but Sheamus hits him with forearm shots to the chest on the apron. Out of nowhere Tensai attacks and beats Sheamus down for the DQ.

Winner by DQ: Sheamus

– After the bell, Tensai and Barrett continue the beatdown on Sheamus. Big Show gets up smiling and walks over to the ring. Sheamus drops Tensai with a Brogue Kick and sends Barrett out of the ring. Show comes in and blocks a Brogue Kick. Show dumps Sheamus over the top rope and he hits the back of his head hard on the floor. Sheamus gets back in the ring ready to fight but Show walks up the ramp and to the back.

– More hype for Vince vs. Punk as the announcers argue. JR says he’s going to talk to Vince right now and gets up to walk to the back. Still to come tonight is Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio. Back to commercial.

– Still to come, Larry King will interview The Miz.

– We go backstage and AJ Lee is there when CM Punk walks in. Punk asks if she’s given any thought to him beating up an old man on her show. Punk says he is going to break Vince. AJ says Punk is too scared to fight Cena and wonders if he’s too scared to fight Vince too. Punk says he was just giving AJ a chance to save her job but now anything that happens will be her fault. Punk walks off.

– JR is backstage looking for Vince. JBL and Cole show us footage from Cena’s earlier appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael.

Antonio Cesaro vs. Tyson Kidd

Back from the break and we see footage of Antonio Cesaro defeating Brodus Clay last week. Tyson Kidd waits in the ring as the WWE United States Champion makes his way out.

We see footage from earlier in the day where Cesaro was in the arena dissing the concession food and American fans. They lock up and go at it. Cesaro takes Kidd down and mocks him before working on the arm. Kidd goes back and forth now. 2 count by Kidd. Cesaro cuts Kidd off with a big boot and works him over in the corner. More back and forth action. Cesaro drops knees to the face and Kidd ends up on the floor.

Kidd turns it around on the floor and leaps through the ropes to take Cesaro down. Kidd brings it back in the ring for another unique pin attempt. Kidd goes on and leg drops Cesaro’s head on the apron. Kidd springboards in with an elbow drop but Cesaro moves. Cesaro lifts Kidd in the air and hits him with the big uppercut on the way down. Cesaro nails the Neutralizer for the win.

Winner: Antonio Cesaro

– Still to come, Del Rio and Ziggler vs. Team Hell No. Back to commercial.

Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio vs. Daniel Bryan and Kane

Back from the break and out comes Vickie Guerrero to introduce Dolph Ziggler. Ricardo Rodriguez is out next to handle the introduction of Alberto Del Rio. Out next comes one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan. Kane is out next.

Kane and Bryan argue to start the match. Bryan starts out with Ziggler. Ziggler drops Bryan and shows off some. Bryan turns it around and teases Kane with a tag. Ziggler works Bryan over and tags in Del Rio. Kane tags himself in and works over Del Rio in the corner. More back and forth. Ziggler comes in and Kane drops him with a right hand. Kane with more offense and a dropkick to the face. Ziggler turns it around and beats on Kane in the corner. Kane tosses him to the floor and Bryan tags himself in. Bryan leaps from the apron and hits knees on Ziggler on the floor. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Kane drops Ziggler with a boot. Bryan comes in and continues the offense on Ziggler. Bryan drops Ziggler in the corner and tags him up top. Bryan with a hurricanrana but Ziggler turns it into a roll up for 2. Ziggler dropkicks Bryan. Del Rio comes in for some double teaming and a 2 count. Del Rio with a headlock now. More back and forth action with Del Rio and Ziggler in control. Ziggler shows off and hits a neckbreaker. Ziggler with another pin attempt. Del Rio comes back in with a suplex and a 2 count on Bryan. Bryan turns it around and kicks Del Rio down. Bryan misses a dropkick in the corner and Ziggler tags back in for a 2 count. Bryan fights out of a headlock and dodges a splash in the corner from Ziggler. Ziggler stops a tag and back in comes Del Rio. More back and forth. Del Rio with a backbreaker on Bryan for 2. Ziggler comes back in but Bryan trades shots with him. The end finally comes when Kane tags himself in and chokeslams Ziggler.

Winners: Team Hell No

– More hype for Vince vs. Punk. Jim Ross is backstage with Vince McMahon now. Ross talks about the JR Appreciation segment from after RAW last week. Ross said Vince called him a friend and Ross doesn’t want Vince to fight Punk tonight. Ross brings up what happened to Jerry Lawler after he faced Punk. Vince wants Ross to call his match tonight. Vince has Ross do some play-by-play right now and Vince likes it. Ross says Vince is making a mistake. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and Larry King is out set up on the stage with his wife and Larry King Now co-host on Hulu Plus. The music interrupts and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz. Miz talks about it being his birthday. Miz wants Larry and his wife to sing happy birthday to him. King says nobody cares if it’s Miz’s birthday. King says he’s going to replace a boring guest with a new guest and out comes Kofi Kingston.

Kofi comes out and takes a seat. He talks about doing media for WWE and Miz cuts him off. Miz insults King and Kofi. Miz insults King and tells him to get off the stage. Miz goes no and King’s wife stands up. She tosses water in Miz’s face. Kofi attacks Miz and tosses him off the stage. Kofi leaps off the stage and takes Miz out. They brawl into the back as King and his wife wave goodbye to the fans.

– Still to come tonight, Punk vs. Vince. We get plugs for WWE ’13 before going back to commercial.

Tag Team Tournament Match: Zack Ryder and Santino Marella vs. Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow

The team of Zack Ryder and Santino Marella are out first followed by Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. Cody starts things off with Ryder and takes control. Ryder with an early pin attempt. And another. More offense and another pin attempt from Ryder. Sandow tags in, drops Ryder and works him over for a 2 count. Double teaming and more offense from Sandow and Rhodes.

The end comes when Cody blocks the Cobra and hits a Disaster Kick for the win. Rhodes and Sandow advance to the finals.

Winners: Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow

– After the match, Rhodes and Sandow leave. Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre come out. They count to three before attacking both men. They dump Ryder out of the floor before stomping away on Santino and trying to act like rock stars.

– Vince is backstage warming up when Paul Heyman walks in. He’s here to apologize for Punk’s action. Heyman said he knew nothing about the challenge or the slap. Heyman wants to broker the peace between Vince and Punk. Vince asks if Heyman even knows when he is lying or telling the truth. Vince says Heyman has been poisoning Punk’s mind for years. Heyman says he’s here for Vince’s sake, not Punk’s sake. Heyman begs Vince to not let Punk do to him what Brock Lesnar did to Triple H. Heyman walks off.

– WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres is headed to the ring as we go to commercial.

WWE Divas Title Match: Kaitlyn vs. Eve Torres

Back from the break and Layla is on commentary. WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres makes her way out. Kaitlyn is out next. This is her title shot from Night of Champions.

The match starts and Kaitlyn unloads on Eve. Kaitlyn with an early pin attempt. Kaitlyn continues and goes for another pin attempt. Kaitlyn lifts Eve up on her shoulders for a backbreaker submission. Eve counters and takes out Kaitlyn’s leg. Kaitlyn comes back with another backbreaker but her ankle goes out. Eve takes out the leg again and goes to work on it. Eve stands on Kaitlyn’s injured ankle and continues the attack on it.

Eve with a submission in the middle of the ring now. Kaitlyn finally taps out to end it.

Winner: Eve Torres

– After the match, Eve won’t let go of the submission. Layla comes in and Eve breaks it. Layla checks on Kaitlyn as Eve acts like she’s concerned. Layla shoves Eve into the ropes. Eve plays nice and heads to the back.

– Alberto Del Rio is backstage walking with Ricardo. Josh Mathews shows a tweet from Randy Orton where he says he’s coming to SmackDown. Del Rio doesn’t want to hear about it. Del Rio gets upset when he hears Orton will be at SmackDown and walks off. Back to commercial.

– Larry King is backstage walking with his wife. Daniel Bryan walks up. Bryan needs advice on people calling him a goat face. Bryan hits on King’s wife but she doesn’t make a habit of dating trolls who live under bridges. King tells Bryan he should just accept the nickname. Kane comes up and they start arguing. King and his wife have already walked off.

– Punk is backstage warming up. Heyman is still trying to talk him out of the fight with Vince. Heyman has an idea – Punk delivers such a beating to Vince that he’s helpless and hopeless so bad that he can’t make another decision for the rest of his life. Punk says he’s going to victimize Vince and enjoy every second of it. Back to commercial.

Vince McMahon vs. CM Punk

Back from the break and out comes Vince McMahon to the ring. CM Punk attacks from behind and beats him down in front of the ring. Punk wails away on Vince and beats him while he’s down. Punk rolls Vince in the ring. Vince stands up and spears Punk with a tackle. Vince with right hands. Punk rolls over and mounts him with right hands. Vince rolls back over for more offense. Punk drops Vince with a kick to the head and the bell still hasn’t rang yet.

It appears Vince is bleeding now. Punk tosses him out of the ring and follows. Punk slams Vince’s head into the announcers table a few times. Punk snatches Cole’s headset, yells something at Vince and slams his face into the table again. Punk scoops Vince and walks with him on his shoulders but Vince slides out and shoves Punk into the ring post. Vince’s eye is messed up also. Vince tosses Punk over the top of the announce table. Vince grabs a mic and says now he’s going to teach Punk about respect. Vince leaps over the table and attacks Punk. Vince beats him repeatedly with the microphone. Vince with a low blow now. Vince brings it back in the ring.

Vince goes under the ring and brings out a kendo stick. Punk retreats and crawls out of the ring. Vince dares Punk to come back in. Punk tells Heyman to bring him the belt. Vince cuts Heyman off and grabs the belt. Vince slaps Heyman to the floor. Vince climbs back in the ring with the kendo stick and the WWE Title belt. Vince drops the belt and dares Punk to come get it. Punk comes towards the ring and Vince swings. He tries to get back in but Vince won’t let him. Punk grabs his own kendo stick from under the ring now. Punk enters the ring but Vince wails away. They trade a bunch of kendo sticks but Punk ends up on his knees begging Vince. Vince charges but Punk uppercuts him below the belt. Vince goes down and Punk starts laughing.

Punk beats Vince with both kendo sticks and throws them away. He calls for GTS and grabs Vince for the mover but Ryback’s music hits and out he comes. Ryback hits the ring and Punk quickly retreats. Punk turns around and there is John Cena. Cena throws Punk in the ring and Ryback levels him with a clothesline as the crowd erupts. Ryback grabs Punk for Shellshocked but Punk slides out and escapes. Punk grabs his WWE Title belt and runs through the crowd with it. Vince grabs the mic and hopes Punk learned something about respect tonight. Vince tells Punk it’s decision time and calls him a creep. It looks like Punk hits a fan in the crowd. Vince says at Hell In a Cell, Punk faces either Ryback or John Cena. Vince gives Punk until next Monday to decide or Vince will decide for him. No Chance hits and RAW goes off the air.



– Tonight’s WWE RAW takes place from the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. Confirmed for tonight’s show is the return of Vince McMahon for a State of WWE Address, the return of John Cena to confront CM Punk and the return of JBL to join Jim Ross and Michael Cole on commentary.

We also know that tonight’s Social Media Ambassador is Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger. Advertised locally is a match between CM Punk and Sheamus.

WWE is focusing on the following points for tonight:

* What’s next for Sheamus after losing last week on Main Event?

* Which Superstar will be the next to feel Antonio Cesaro’s Herculean strength?

* Will Kane and Daniel Bryan be able to stock bickering? What tag team will challenge for the titles?

* With Vince McMahon returning, General Manager AJ Lee will need the show to run as smooth as possible

* Is an official challenge from Ryback to CM Punk coming soon?


– Vince McMahon was reportedly scrambling at Monday’s RAW when Ryback failed to do hisfinisher on Tensai. Workers in the production truck were instructed to make him look as strong as possible with the replays.

– WWE officials are very high on United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. WWE feels they willmake a lot of money off Cesaro in the future so expect his push to continue.

Some feel that WWE wanted to do right by Cesaro and that’s why they hired his girlfriend Sara Del Rey as a developmental trainer.

– With John Cena and Randy Orton being gone from last weekend’s WWE live events, CM Punk’s importance to the company was a hot topic backstage. The feeling right now is that only two guys really draw big for the company – John Cena and CM Punk.

There’s also a feeling that they need to get Punk to where he doesn’t end up beat up and worn out like Cena and so many other top talents are. People this weekend were saying that Punk was looking sick or worn down.

Punk is being compared to Bret Hart’s early days with WWE in the sense that he’s the companyworkhorse but doesn’t get the nod of approval that a John Cena or Hulk Hogan would get.

– There is a lot of heat on Edge within WWE right now. WWE pretty much made another Legends deal offer to him when he worked the recent SmackDown tapings but he was not interested. Edge does not want to be locked into a WWE deal and wants to be able to do his own things. When WWE originally saw that Edge’s contract was ending, they offered him a Legends deal similar to what Shawn Michaels has but word is the money offered was a bit of an insult.

There is also some heat on Edge because of Beth Phoenix leaving. There’s a belief that she’s leaving in part to help him recover from neck surgery in November. Also, there are some people high up in the company that aren’t happy about his upcoming appearance for Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore promotion.

Edge and WWE will most likely work together in the future but there is definitely the feeling within WWE that he’s sort of gone against them.

– Randy Orton noted on Twitter that he will be away filming 12 Rounds: Reloaded for up to 2 months total.

– Jim Ross is now confirmed to commentate at next week’s RAW from Sacramento, California. As noted, JBL will also be returning next week.

– In an update from last night’s WWE tapings in Tulsa, the match between Antonio Cesaro and Derrick Bateman may have been a dark match and not a Saturday Morning Slam match. Brodus Clay vs. Epico is confirmed for SMS.

– The feeling among some talents backstage at last night’s WWE SmackDown tapings was that taping Superstars, Saturday Morning Slam, Main Event and SmackDown in one night is too much. The tapings felt long and drawn out.

* Big Show opens SmackDown and talks about Hell In a Cell. Sheamus comes out and they have words. Sheamus offers his hand for a shake but Show walks out of the ring. Sheamus plays footage of Show losing his World Title in 45 seconds. Show comes back to the ring but Sheamus walks out on him this time.

* Darren Young and Titus O’Neil defeated R-Truth and Kofi Kingston in a tag team tournament match.

* Ryback squashed Primo.

* Layla defeated Alicia Fox with Eve Torres on commentary.

* Wade Barrett squashed a local wrestler.

* CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler is announced for tonight’s main event.

* The Miz defeated Sheamus by DQ when Big Show came out and hit a WMD punch on Miz.

* David Otunga came out with Alberto Del Rio to brag about last week’s attack on Randy Orton. This led to Booker T putting them in a tag match.

* Kane and Daniel Bryan beat Alberto Del Rio and David Otunga. Del Rio walked out on the match and Kane chokeslammed Otunga for the win.

* Tensai beat Big Show by DQ when Sheamus came out and hit Tensai with a Brogue Kick.

* CM Punk beat Dolph Ziggler in the main event.

– We’ve been reporting how Jeff Hardy’s TNA contract expires in February or March of 2013 and the rumors are that he’s interested in returning to WWE or hitting the independent scene with his brother Matt Hardy. A TNA source reports that Hardy is leaving towards re-signing with TNA if they can come to terms.

PWInsider reports that Hardy and TNA are currently negotiating a new deal.

Several independent promoters have came to Matt and Jeff with the idea of reuniting them onthe independent wrestling scene. At least one promotion was planning to use the Hardys as a team in February but those plans were recently called off or put on hold. WWE could always make an offer but the feeling is that Hardy is interested in a lighter schedule than what WWE would want him to do.

The Claire Lynch storyline: “As far as Frankie (Kazarian) and myself, our main goal was to try to come out of it looking like the crap-stirring scumbags that we wanted to play, that we’re trying to be. Every time we went out there with a promo, every time we went out there with a pre-tape or any sort of interaction like that, we were looking to see how quickly we could get people’s ire raised. Whatever the positivity of it in the beginning, and then what some people sort of perceive as missteps in the angle, it didn’t matter to us how that was going. All that mattered to us was that at the end of each segment or the end of each episode of this particular saga, Frankie and I came out looking like the dastardly duo that we are.

“I think that people misunderstand what happened behind the scenes as the reason that it ended. My understanding of it from the beginning was that it was going to end when it ended. All the pertinent players weren’t there when it ended, but that didn’t affect the way it went down. The major parts were myself, Frankie, and AJ, and that was the important stuff. The focus was started there, and it ended there; everything else was just incidental, in my eyes. I was very happy with the way it ended, because in the end AJ got his vindication. Frankie and I, our reputations are what they are, and what we built them up to be, and now we move forward with not just us versus AJ, but us versus the Impact Wrestling locker room.”

Kurt Angle recently spoke with MMA Uncensored about various topics. Here are somehighlights.

On the transitions of King Mo into wrestling and Davie Bautista into MMA: “Well, I think King Mo is a natural because he has a lot of charisma. He’s has to learn the techniques. He’s actually called me probably every other week asking me when will the soreness go away. Pro wrestling is very grueling, you take a lot of punishment.

“But I think Bautista is a special talent. I think he’s a very tough guy, I think he’s going to do very well in MMA. He wasn’t an amateur wrestler like most pro wrestlers that cross over usually were amateurs wrestlers like Brock Lesnar or Bobby Lashley. But, Bautista will do really well. He’s a tough kid, he’s got a great knockout punch. I know that for sure because I was up in WWE and I’ve seen him have a couple of fights. [Laughs.]“

On whether he would have chosen MMA over wrestling looking back on it now: “Yes, I would have done MMA if I would have known that it would have blown up the way it did. I’d say, in 1999, I joined the WWE and pro wrestling and then went to TNA. If MMA would have blown up, I would have done it. I would have gone full blown into it. But, I was so far into it, main eventing WrestleManias, that there was no way for me to turn back. I do love pro wrestling and being with TNA — I don’t regret it, but it just wasn’t the right time. The money was in pro wrestling at the time.

On comments Dana White said about Kurt agreeing to be on The Ultimate Fighter 10 and then having the deal fall through: “That is true. The hard part about it was that Dana and I never had a problem with money. I met with Dana at different times — two times to be exact — where I went out to Las Vegas and sat down with Dana White. I even took the UFC physical. The problem was the starting date. He wanted me ready in four and a half weeks. I did not think I would be ready at that particular time.

“I didn’t want to go in there half-hearted, I didn’t want to embarrass myself. I wanted 3-6 months but at the time, he couldn’t give me that time. I respect Dana White and his decision and my decision, I hope he can respect that as well.”

On whether or not he and Brock had a legitimate wrestling match in WWE and who won: “A, it is true. What happened was Brock Lesnar came in and he said I was too small and he was too big for me. I kept challenging him every week. Eventually, we got in the ring and we went at it. I’ll just say that I got the better of him but I can tell you that Brock Lesnar is an animal, he’s a beast. At his prime — and I want to say before he got sick — I wanna say he’s one of the baddest guys on the planet.

“He had the strength, the quickness, the finesse. you don’t have a guy that size that can do the things he did. He wasn’t just a great pro wrestler, he was a great MMA fighter. He would have gotten better if he didn’t get sick. I think that the sickness that he had definitely brought him down a couple notches to where he really wasn’t the real Brock Lesnar.

On whether he would and wouldn’t try MMA in the future: “I can’t say yes or no. I’m 43. I tried out for the Olympics last year and I kept getting injured. It was one of those things where I was wrestling great, I think I could have made the team but I just kept getting injured. I’m 43-years old, my body is breaking down. The pro wrestling hasn’t helped me.

“It’s probably no, but if the offers good enough, you never know. Kurt Angle might be in the MMA octagon.”


– Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a look back at last week with CM Punk and Mick Foley in the ring. We see John Cena attacking Punk with the steel pipe at the end of the show and then Ryback confronting Punk after he beat Foley down backstage.

– We’re live from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The pyro goes off as Michael Cole welcomes us to RAW. He’s joined by hometown hero Jim Ross.

– We go to the ring and out comes WWE Champion CM Punk to a mixed reaction. Paul Heyman comes out behind him holding the WWE Title belt.

Cole mentions that it’s, Jim Ross Appreciation Night tonight and Ross feels honored. Heyman raises the title belt as Punk begins to speak. Punk brings up Cena attacking him with the pipe last week. Punk rips the local fans and says Cena showed the actions of a coward. Punk says then he went backstage looking for a doctor but Mick Foley shot him a disrespectful look and said something under his breath. Punk calls Foley a coward. Punk said he did what any man would have done – he put Foley down and kicked him like the dog he is. Punk goes on and says Mrs. Foley should have taught Mick some manners. Punk says some of Foley’s words got to him over the past week and he spent time thinking about his stance. Punk is out here to announce that at Hell In a Cell, he will not be facing John Cena.

Punk and Heyman have some private words. Heyman says he and Punk would now like to move on to another piece of business. Heyman shows footage from last week of his wedding proposal to RAW General Manager AJ Lee. Heyman points out that AJ never said no. Heyman says what AJ did do is violate an edict from the WWE Board of Directors. Heyman pulls out the statement from the Board about AJ’s actions. AJ was not to put her hands on any Superstar, manager or anyone else, ever again. Heyman says he and Punk believe that AJ must be removed as GM immediately. Heyman proposes that he take her place. Vickie Guerrero comes out and the crowd erupts. She has Dolph Ziggler with her.

Vickie talks about how they have been victims of AJ’s power abuse lately. She shows footage from two months ago where she begged that the Board take AJ’s job from her, leading to AJ coming out and attacking her. Heyman says this is about Punk, not Vickie. Vickie introduces herself and Dolph. Heyman takes a shot at Ziggler and puts Punk over. Ziggler says they can all agree that AJ is the sole reason for all their problems. Ziggler has the idea of Heyman and Guerrero being co-GM’s of RAW. The crowd boos. AJ’s music hits and out she comes. AJ says the Board has placed her on probation. She knew she wasn’t supposed to touch anyone but she thought they would make an exception for a poor excuse of a man like Heyman. AJ says she has been appointed a coach to help her. Out comes one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan.

Bryan comes out and says it’s obvious AJ’s mental issues have got worse since he dumped her. Bryan twists his mustache and says he’s one hell of a catch. Bryan puts himself over which leads to him yelling that he’s the tag team champions. The stage explodes and out comes his partner Kane. Kane says everyone has forgot one thing about AJ – she’s a phenomenal kisser. Kane says everything else Bryan said is true except one thing… he is the tag team champions. They start arguing about who is the tag team champions. Punk raises his WWE Title belt and yells while Ziggler holds up his briefcase. AJ starts screaming that they stop and they all do. AJ says this is her show and the crowd pops. AJ announces Punk and Ziggler vs. Team Hell No for tonight. She skips away while everyone else argues.

– Still to come tonight, a World Championship Debate with Booker T, Sheamus and Big Show.

– We see Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio backstage walking. They will face Epico and Primo in a tag team title tournament match up next. Back to commercial.

WWE Tag Team Title Tournament Match: Epico and Primo vs. Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara

Back from the break and Epico starts off with Cara. They trade pin attempts. Cara with a kick. Cara with a back elbow off the ropes and a 2 count. Epico takes control and tags in Primo. Primo beats Cara down as Rosa Mendes cheers on from ringside. Cara fights back and sends Primo flying. Cara with more kicks and a hip toss.

Rey comes in and takes out Primo. Cara tags in and they double team Epico, sending them both out to the floor. Darren Young and Titus O’Neil’s music hits. They come out in suits and take a seat in chairs on the stage. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Rey tags in Cara. Cara unloads on Epico and takes back control. Cara with a big dropkick and another takedown. Epico with a back elbow and a dropkick in mid-air. Epico with a 2 count. Epico mounts Cara with right hands. Primo tags in and they double team Cara. Primo beats Cara down and drops knees. Cara with a big counter and a 2 count. Epico tags in and turns it back around. Cara with a counter into a DDT. Rey and Primo tag in at the same time. Rey with a head scissors and a kick to the face. Rey slides under and drops Primo on his face. Rey with a kick to the head and a 2 count. Rey with a senton from the top and another big move for 2. Cara dropkicks and takes out Epico. Cara with a kick to the face on Primo. Rey kicks Epico to the ropes and hits a double 619 on both men. Rey shoves Cara off the top onto Epico on the floor. Rey splashes Primo from the top for the win.

Winners: Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio

– After the match, Darren Young and Titus O’Neil applaud Mysterio and Cara from the stage as we go to replays. Rey and Cara celebrate in the same corner.

– Still to come, the World Championship Debate. Fans can tweet their questions for the debate as tonight’s RAWactive participation. Back to commercial.

Brodus Clay vs. Antonio Cesaro

Brodus Clay is in the ring dancing with Cameron and Naomi as we come back from commercial. Out next comes WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro for a non-title match. We see side video from earlier of Cesaro saying appreciation in 5 different languages. They lock up and Cesaro takes Clay to the corner but he turns it around with body shots. Clay throws Cesaro and drops a big elbow.

Brodus continues with the offense and hits a headbutt. Cesaro catches Clay with a springboard uppercut from the ropes out of nowhere. Cesaro hits the Neutralizer on Clay for the win.

Winner: Antonio Cesaro

– Kaitlyn is backstage when AJ Lee walks up with her coach, Christopher J. Stephenson. So Daniel Bryan isn’t her coach, this guy is. AJ apologizes for what she’s done to their friendship and hopes AJ can forgive her. Kaitlyn thinks about it and AJ busts out laughing in her face. AJ says she’s not really sorry at all and skips away. Her coach just stares at Kaitlyn.

– Still to come tonight, some appreciation for Jim Ross. Plus Team Hell No vs. Punk and Ziggler in the main event. Back to commercial.

The Miz vs. Zack Ryder

Back from the break and Zack Ryder is in the ring. Out next comes WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz. Cole plugs tonight’s Social Media Ambassador Larry King. They lock up and Ryder goes down first. Ryder catches Miz and drops him on his face. Ryder with a dropkick but Miz comes back and puts him down. Miz with a kick to the face and a pin attempt. Miz with knees to the back and a headlock.

Ryder makes a comeback and hits knees to the face. Ryder with a dropkick from the corner and then he takes Miz down in the corner. Ryder hits the Broski Boot and covers for a 2 count. Miz blocks the Ruff Ryder and powerbombs him into the turnbuckle. Miz catches him in the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.

Winner: The Miz

– Booker T is backstage walking as we go to commercial.

– Back from the break and out comes SmackDown General Manager Booker T for a World Championship Debate. The ring is set up with podiums. Booker introduces Big Show first and out he comes in a suit. World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus is out next.

Booker thanks them for joining him tonight. Booker lets Big Show do his opening statement first. The crowd boos. Show thanks Booker for the opportunity. He changes his mind and says this debate is completely ridiculous. Show says he’s going to walk in at Hell In a Cell, knock Sheamus out and leave with the World Heavyweight Title. End of story, he says. Sheamus introduces himself and the crowd pops. Sheamus has a tweet from a fan and they ask what is the most challenging aspect of each opponent. Sheamus says he’s most looking forward to the fight in this match. He talks about he’s never faced a bigger and stronger opponent than Big Show. Sheamus says he has bad breath and body odor but his biggest concern is the match lasts over 45 seconds. Show gets upset now and says he smells fantastic. The next question is about who has the most devastating finisher. Show’s podium just falls apart so he plays it off and knocks it down. Show asks if he can get another podium. This whole thing is starting to fall apart. Sheamus shows a Tout video of him wearing a Rey Mysterio mask. He says it’s his cousin. Booker tells Sheamus this is a serious debate. Show says his patience only goes so far. Sheamus keeps rubbing in that Show had the World Title for 45 seconds. Finally they come face to face and drop the mics. They stare each other down ready to fight but Show leaves the ring as the crowd boos.

– We see Ryback walking backstage as we go to commercial.

Tensai vs. Ryback

Back from the break and Tensai is in the ring. Out comes Ryback for a rematch from Friday’s SmackDown. Ryback gets a decent reaction from the crowd.

JR and Cole talk about how Jerry Lawler is doing better. The bell rings and here we go. They lock up and Ryback goes to a headlock. Ryback ducks a clothesline but Tensai drops him with a shoulder. Ryback pops up and they trade shots. Tensai comes out of the corner with a forearm shot. Tensai runs the ropes and Ryback catches him with a big powerslam. Tensai blocks with a headbutt but Ryback runs him over with a clothesline. Ryback can’t hit his finisher the first time so he hits another big clothesline for the win.

Winner: Ryback

– Cody Rhodes is backstage with his partner Damien Sandow. Sandow says the World Heavyweight Champion wasn’t even wearing pants. Sandow and Rhodes insult Sheamus some more, calling him a neanderthal.

– Still to come, JR appreciation. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and Justin Roberts is in the ring talking about WWE’s partnership with Susan G. Komen. We see breast cancer survivors and their families in the crowd. Visit komen.org/wwe to help support the cause.

Eve Torres vs. Beth Phoenix

We go to the ring and out comes WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres. We see a side video from earlier of Eve talking about how it’s an exciting time for the Divas division. Out comes her opponent Beth Phoenix.

Eve extends her hand to start the match. Beth shakes but pulls her in and takes her to the mat. Beth rams Eve into the corner and kicks away. Beth charges but Eve moves and she hits her shoulder on the ring post. Eve attacks on the floor and stomps on her. Eve shoves Beth into the apron and slams her head on the floor. Eve tosses Beth into the fan barrier and comes back in the ring as the referee counts. Beth makes it back in at 9.

Beth hits an inverted atomic drop and a sledge shot for 2. Eve plays victim and hits a cheap shot. Eve drops Beth with a neckbreaker for the win.

Winner: Eve Torres

– AJ is backstage walking with her executive coach. She runs into Wade Barrett and he’s upset about not having a match. Barrett tells her she’s doing a horrible job and runs her down. Barrett tells her to stop letting personal relationships get in the way of her doing her job. Barrett walks off. AJ thinks her executive coach is intimidated.

– Still to come, Punk and Ziggler vs. Team Hell No. Back to commercial.

Santino Marella vs. Heath Slater

Back from the break and both are in the ring. Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre are at ringside for Slater. Slater and Santino do comedy to start the match. Slater takes Santino down and stomps away. Slater with a 2 count. Slater takes Santino down with a headlock now.

Santino finally makes an attempt and hits Slater with his usual moves. Santino hits Slater with the Cobra but Mahal and McIntyre attack for the DQ.

Winner by DQ: Santino Marella

– After the bell, the attack continues on Santino. Drew drops Santino with his Futureshock DDT. Slater takes the mic as the crowd boos. They smack Santino around. Drew says he is still the Chosen One. Mahal says something and Slater says he’s the one man band. They celebrate and dance around as Slater’s music plays.

– Still to come, some appreciation for Ross. Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow is also announced. Back to commercial.

Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow

Back from the break and World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus is in the ring for a non-title match. Out next comes his opponent Damien Sandow. Sandow’s partner Cody Rhodes comes out with him.

Cody joins commentary and here we go. They lock up and go to the corner. Sandow goes for a cheap shot but Sheamus blocks it. Sandow hides behind the referee and goes around Sheamus. Sandow works on the arm now. Sheamus counters and takes Sandow to the mat. More back and forth. Sheamus grabs Sandow’s beard but Sandow escapes and goes to the floor. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Sandow runs over the barrier and Sheamus chases. Cody distracts Sheamus and Sandow drops him with a clothesline. Sandow brings it in the ring for a 2 count. Sandow keeps Sheamus on the mat now. They get up and Sandow takes Sheamus down with a big knee to the gut. Sandow goes on and gets a 2 count. Sandow with shoulder thrusts in the corner now. More back and forth action. Sandow with a bunch of knees and a side Russian leg sweep. Sandow drops the big elbow and covers for another 2 count.

Sandow wails away with right hands on the apron and covers for another 2 count. Sandow with another headlock. Sheamus fights out with forearm shots and a big boot in the corner. Sheamus goes to the top but Sandow knocks him to the mat. More back and forth action trading shots. Sandow with another pin attempt. More back and forth and Sheamus gets sent back to the floor. Sandow brings it back in the ring for another 1 count. And another. Sandow with more offense and another headlock. Sheamus fights out with a back suplex. Sheamus gets up and makes his comeback. Sheamus with a shoulder in the corner and big knee lift. Sheamus with the Celtic Cross but Sheamus drops him over the top rope. Sheamus catches him but Sandow slides out and hits a neckbreaker for 2. Sandow chokes Sheamus with a boot in the corner. Sheamus fights back and goes to the corner, coming down with a battering ram. Sandow kicks out at 2. Sheamus lifts Sandow but he slides out and ducks a Brogue Kick. Sandow crawls away but Sheamus grabs his leg and they break. Sheamus with the forearms to the chest on the apron in front of Cody. Sandow falls out to the floor and Sheamus comes out after him.

Sheamus rolls Sandow in the ring. Cody gets involved but Sheamus brings him in too. Sheamus hits a double Brogue Kick and covers Sandow for the win.

Winner: Sheamus

– Back from the break and Michael Cole is in the ring. He introduces WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross for some appreciation. Ross comes out from the back to a big pop from the hometown crowd.

Cole congratulates JR on this night. Cole asks him how it feels. Before Ross can speak, WWE Champion CM Punk comes out with Paul Heyman right behind him.

Punk takes the mic from Cole and tells him to get out of the ring. The crowd boos Punk. Punk wants the fans to chant for JR and they do. Punk says JR is the best announcer we have and he respects and appreciates the hell out of him. Punk says the fans don’t know the first thing about respect. Punk talks about how he comes out each week and people twist what he says. Punk puts his arm around JR and says he’s going to help Punk teach everyone about respect. Punk wants JR to tell everyone that he’s the best in the world.

JR says he’s glad Punk didn’t come out to embarrass him. JR says Punk has done a good job lately of making an ass out of himself. This upsets Punk and Heyman. Punk says he’s disappointed in JR. Punk goes on and gets in JR’s face. Punk wonders if Steve Austin will come to JR’s help. Punk says nobody will – not Austin or Jerry Lawler. Punk says 3:16 used to mean something else but now it means the number of days he has held the WWE Title. Punk says JR belongs to him right now. Punk wants JR to tell the fans he’s the best. JR refuses. JR says he has called matches with the best in the world – guys like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Triple H, The Undertaker. Ross says Austin and all those men have one thing in common – they didn’t ask to be called the best in the world. JR says he would have anyway because they earned that distinction. JR says here’s the bottom line, no disrespect, just being honest… Ross suggests Punk accept Cena’s challenge for Hell In a Cell and kick his ass. If he does that, Ross will be the first one to call him the best in the world. Until then, JR says they have nothing to talk about. The crowd pops.

Punk takes JR’s cowboy hat off and stomps on it. Punk says he has stomped Cena time and time again. Punk brings up the Oklahoma City Thunder not winning the NBA Title and the crowd boos. Punk says they have a squared circle right now and in that, men fight, Punk says he’s never ran from a fight but if JR is smart, he will run right now. Punk says this just turned ugly for JR. If he doesn’t put his hands up and defend himself. Punk will knock him into next week and hurt him, Punk will make sure he never commentates another match. Punk tells JR to fight or run. JR drops the mic and goes to walk away. Punk stops him and asks where he’s going. Punk grabs JR by his coat and continues running him down. Punk says JR is off commentary tonight. Punk tells JR to keep his mouth shut and make a walk of shame up the ramp. JR walks off. Punk says JR isn’t a Hall of Famer, he’s a joke. Punk continues running Ross down as he walks off. Ryback’s music hits and out he comes to a big pop.

Ryback leads JR back to the ring and they enter. Ryback stares Punk down and circles. Punk stares back and the crowd chants “feed me more.” Punk finally backs down and exits the ring as the crowd pops. Punk raises the WWE Title belt and declares he’s the best in the world.

– Still to come, Team Hell No vs. Punk and Ziggler in the main event. Back to commercial.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston

Back from the break and in comes Alberto Del Rio as Ricardo Rodriguez does the introduction. JR is back on commentary. Out next comes his opponent Kofi Kingston with R-Truth in his corner.

Ricardo joins commentary as the match begins. Kofi ends up sending Del Rio to the floor early on with a clothesline. Kofi leaps from the top and takes out Del Rio with a crossbody on the floor. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Del Rio is in control of Kofi. Kofi fights out and makes a comeback with his usual moves. Kofi hits the Boom Drop. Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise but misses. Kofi springboards in with a splash but misses. Del Rio with kicks in the corner. Del Rio with the cross armbreaker for the win.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

– AJ is backstage with her executive coach. He’s giving her advice. She says maybe we should have a special referee in the main event and maybe that person should be him. AJ says a coach isn’t worth a damn unless he’s a player. AJ tells the guy to get out of her arena and out of her sight.

Kane and Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler

We go to the ring and out comes one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan. His partner Kane is out next. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and CM Punk is already out with his partner Dolph Ziggler. Vickie Guerrero and Paul Heyman argue at ringside. Out comes AJ Lee as the surprise special referee. Kane and Bryan argue but it’s going to be Kane starting off with Ziggler. Kane takes Ziggler to the corner and works him over. Kane with a slam and a big elbow for 2. Kane teases a tag to Bryan but doesn’t make it. Ziggler comes back but Kane shakes him off. Kane lifts Ziggler high in the air and drops him on his front side. Kane clotheslines Ziggler to the floor as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and Ziggler has Kane in a sleeper hold. Ziggler falls off but dropkicks Kane for a 2 count. Ziggler turns around to a big right hand. Kane takes Ziggler to the corner and works him over now. Bryan tags in and they double team Ziggler in the corner. 2 count for Bryan. Kane comes back in with a big dropkick and another pin attempt. Ziggler fights back and drops Kane with the big DDT. Ziggler tags in Punk. Punk hits the high knee on Kane in the corner. Punk hits another but Kane blocks the bulldog and hits a big sideslam. 2 count by Kane.

Kane comes off the top rope and calls for a chokeslam. Bryan tags himself in and Kane argues. Bryan comes off the top but Punk kicks him. Punk works Bryan over with stomps and takes him to the corner now. Back and forth until Bryan clotheslines Punk. Bryan with kicks while Punk is on his knees now. Ziggler gets knocked to the floor as Punk drops Bryan with a kick to the head. 2 count for Punk. Ziggler comes back in and they double team Bryan. Ziggler with a big dropkick. Ziggler goes to the floor and throws Bryan into the fan barrier. Ziggler does it again and rolls Bryan back in for a 2 count. Punk comes back in with an elbow. He climbs to the top but Bryan cuts him off. Bryan climbs up for a superplex and hits it. Bryan goes for the No Lock and applies it. Heyman pushes the bottom rope, allowing Punk to get his foot on it and break the hold. AJ has words with Heyman and ejects him from ringside.

Vickie gets involved and AJ sends her to the back also. Ziggler goes off after Vickie, leaving Punk looking for a tag. Ziggler walks off after Vickie and Punk turns around to a dropkick from Bryan. Kane comes in and chokeslams Punk for the win.

Winners: Kane and Daniel Bryan

– After the match, Kane and Bryan argue about who the tag team champion is as RAW goes off the air.