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COMPLETE WWE RAW 1008 REPORT: NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS REMATCH; SMACKDOWN REMATCH; MAIN EVENTS COMBINED INTO A TAG MATCH; MIZTV DEBUTS; THE TAG TEAM DIVISION HEATS UP; UPDATES ON JERRY LAWLER; AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUT JBL, JIM ROSS, AND MICHAEL COLE TOGETHER ON COMMENTARY

By Richard Trionfo on 2012-09-17 23:01:03
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We are live from Bridgeport, Connecticut and your announcers are Michael ‘I guess I will play the straight man again’ Cole, John ‘Not the same as being on television with Jonathan Hoenig and Wayne Rogers’ Layfield, and Jim ‘Back in the saddle again’ Ross.

CM Punk’s music plays and Paul Heyman makes his way to the ring.

Paul introduces himself and he says that he felt like everyone last night because at Night of Champions, he got to witness history in the most enormous fashion. He got to see CM Punk successfully defend the WWE Championship against John Cena.

Paul says that the ending is embroiled in controversy and everyone is talking about it. Paul says that in the interest of clarity, he wants the referee, Chad Patton, to come out to defend his decision to the entire WWE audience.

Paul thanks Chad for coming out and he shows Chad a photo of the end of the match with both men’s shoulders down.

Paul says that everyone is on Chad’s case and there is no bigger critic than John Cena. Paul says that Chad did not make the wrong decision. He made the right decision.

Chad agrees with Paul.

Paul says that he and CM Punk congratulate him for making that decision. Paul says that there is more evidence to vindicate Chad. Paul mentions that someone posted footage from a camera phone on YouTube, but that video was taken down and Paul blames John Cena.

Paul wonders what more needs to be seen. The match was a tie and the tie goes to the champion. The match is a draw and the match goes to the champion. That means that CM Punk is the WWE Champion for a 303rd day.

Paul says that CM Punk is now worthy of the fan’s respect and the people are not giving it to him. Punk walked into Boston last night . . .

and Paul is interrupted by John Cena’s music.

John tells Paul to shut up when Paul starts to talk. He says that he agrees with Paul. Chad made the right call last night. John says that he did not take down the video. Chad is a known and respected official and he knows that Chad would have no bias against him.

John talked to Chad after the match. It was not about the decision, but it was about the finality of the decision. The match last night was epic and it built to a match of Wrestlemania proportions. When Chad explained that the match was a draw, he says that is like ending the Super Bowl in a tie.

John says that everyone wanted to see who would have won that epic match. Cena asks Chad if a draw is how he wanted to see that match end.

John says that Paul has been a CM Punk supporter and Punk has always clamored for respect. Last night, to retain the title in a tie? Did CM Punk earn the respect that he has been seeking.

Paul tells John ‘Yes’.

Cena says that the people agree with him and the definition of respect that Paul and Punk have is different than his.

Respect is not hitting someone with a belt after winning a match by a tie. It means beating anyone on any given night to say that you are the Best in the World. Respect is being able to hold your head high after a definitive decision.

John says that he wants to know who the winner is going to be. John says that he will do it on one leg. Cena says that he wants to relive Night of Champions and all they need is CM Punk.

Paul says that CM Punk will be happy to tell Cena to his face what he thinks of the challenge, but Punk will tells Cena . . . when he gets here.

Paul says that he is the voice of the voice of the voice of the voiceless.

Before we get Paul’s answer on behalf of Punk, we are interrupted by the man who lost the World Title Match, Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez).

Alberto tells Cena to stop crying about last night. He had his chance and he lost. Del Rio says that he never got a first chance. The Brogue Kick was banned two weeks ago and then suddenly from nowhere, it was reinstated before his title match.

Alberto says that he was not ready for his match at Night of Champions and he deserves his rematch.

AJ Lee comes to the ring as any General Manager would, she skips to the ring.

AJ says that on behalf of Booker T, they both deserve second chances. AJ will combine the main events from last night to make a Super Main Event. CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio will face Sheamus and John Cena. The winner might go a long way towards determining if there will be a rematch for either of them.

AJ skips out of the ring and Paul tries to catch up to her.

Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio are walking in the back as we go to commercial.

We are back and Michael Cole provides a medical update about Jerry Lawler while wearing a “Love Live the King” t-shirt. We see the Tout that Jerry Lawler recorded on Thursday. Michael says that Jerry is now back in Memphis to recover. Michael also mentions that he will be interviewing Jerry next week.

Match Number One: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara versus Epico and Primo (with Rosa Mendes)

Primo and Cara start things off and Primo with punches. Cara with a handspring back elbow and kick to the leg. Cara with a wrist lock and then he goes to the ropes for a double jump arm drag. Rey tags in and Cara with a splash off Rey’s back. Rey gets a near fall on Primo. Cara tags back in and they give Primo a double snap mare and then they hit kicks to Primo.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Epico with a front face lock on Cara. Primo tags back in and he punches Cara. Primo with a cross arm choke but Cara with an arm drag. Primo stops Cara from making the tag but Cara with a DDT and both men are down.

Epico and Rey tag in and Rey with an arm drag and drop kick to the knee and a kick to the head for a near fall. Epico with an Irish whip and Rey floats over. Rey with a head scissors into the corner and then Rey sends Epico into the ropes. Cara sends Primo into the ropes. They sit on the ropes and Rey hits a double 619. Rey with a seated senton off the apron to Primo. Sin Cara with a swanton for the three count.

Winners: Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio

After the match, Rey and Cara celebrate on the turnbuckles. Darren Young and Titus O’Neil attack Rey and Cara. Darren hits the gutbuster onto the knees on Cara and Titus hits Clash of the Titus on Rey.

Titus gets on the mic and he says that they were the legitimate number one contenders for the tag team titles, but it was taken from them. They are now going to do all of the taking. Darren says that they are the takers and nobody is going to take anything from them.

Speaking of the tag team title situation, it is time to take a look at the dueling ‘I am the Tag Team Champions’ moment. We will have a rematch tonight for the Tag Titles.

The announcers talk about the WWE’s work with the Susan G. Komen organization for Cancer Awareness.

We go to commercial.

We are back and tonight we will have the Debut of MizTV. His guest will be Booker T.

Layla is at the announce table for the next match.

Match Number Two: Beth Phoenix versus Eve Torres in a Non Title Match

Eve offers her hand but Beth refuses. They lock up and Beth sends Eve to the mat. Eve with a side head lock. Beth with a running shoulder and then she punches Eve. Beth pulls Eve from the ropes and she punches Eve until the referee stops her.

Beth sets for the Glam Slam but Eve with a kick to the knee and forearms to the back. Beth with an Irish whip and splash into the corner followed by kicks. Beth with another Irish whip but Eve floats over. Beth with a kick and she tries for an Oklahoma Stampede but Eve escapes and sends Beth into the turnbuckles and gets the three count with a rollup.

Winner: Eve Torres

After the match, Eve gets in Layla’s face and holds up her title belt. Eve thinks about skipping away but she walks to the back.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Slam of the Week: Antonio Cesaro’s attack on Tyson Kidd only to have Brodus Clay come out to even the odds.

Antonio Cesaro and Aksana are at the announce table.

Match Number Three: Brodus Clay (with the Funkettes) versus Heath Slater

Slater pushes Clay but Clay with a clothesline. Clay punches Slater but Slater with a drop kick to the knee. Slater punches Clay and then kicks him in the hamstring. Slater with a drop kick to the head and he applies a reverse chin lock. Slater with elbows to the head and then he applies a front face lock. Clay is able to pick up Slater and send him to the mat. Clay with a shoulder tackle and flying forearm.

Clay with an Irish whip into the corner but Cesaro gets on the apron to distract Clay. Slater with a snap mare driver for a near fall. Slater goes up top but he makes contact with Clay’s head and then Clay with the splash for the three count.

Winner: Brodus Clay

While Brodus and the Funkettes celebrate with the children of Bridgeport, Cesaro and Aksana go to the back.

The Miz is walking through the back and we go to commercial.

We are back and it is time for the debut of MizTV. Miz asks what do you give to an Intercontinental Champion who has everything? You get him something that befits a man of his talents. You give him his very own talk show.

He welcomes everyone to the most must see WWE talk show in history. When you consider Piper’s Pit, the Cutting Edge, and the Highlight Reel, they were missing something to make them truly great. Roddy Piper, Chris Jericho, and Edge were never as controversial, charismatic, or awesome as him.

Miz mentions that he beat three of the best superstars that his guest could throw at him.

Miz brings out that man who thought he had him beat. Miz brings out Booker T.

Miz asks Booker how it feels to be the first guest on MizTV. Miz says that it is probably an honor and better than when he was a Five Time WCW Champion. Better than his first Wrestlemania match . . . almost better than Miz beating Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio, and Cody Rhodes while blindfolded last night.

Miz asks Booker why is he against him and put him against three competitors last night. Miz wants to know why Booker banned the Brogue Kick only to bring it back. Miz says that Booker misses the spotlight.

Booker does not say anything and then Miz pulls the mic away and says that Booker misses the spotlight and the realization that his time is over.

Booker takes the mic from Miz and he tells Miz that was interesting. He says that Miz likes to talk . . . a lot, but it is time for Miz to get a new guest. A superstar who is used to defeating multiple challengers at one time.

Ryback’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring but Miz gets out of there before Ryback can tell us what Miz tastes like. Ryback throws the furniture to the floor.

Michael Cole reminds us about Jerry Lawler’s heart attack last week and the Tout that Jerry sent on Thursday. Michael mentions that Jerry is back in Memphis.

We go to commercial.

Paul Heyman and CM Punk are talking in the back and Josh Mathews wants to get some comments from Punk about teaming with Alberto Del Rio. Punk says that he is not looking to team with anyone. It is another sign of disrespect. What does he have to do to get some respect.

Match Number Four: Santino Marella versus Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero)

They lock up and Santino with a hip lock. Ziggler with a drop kick. Santino with the power walk across the ropes and then he gets a near fall after a double leg take down and jackknife cover. Santino with an arm drag into an arm bar. Ziggler with a punch followed by a swinging neck breaker.

Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop and he gets a near fall. Ziggler puts the cobra in Santino’s face and he calls Santino a joke. Santino blocks a punch and connects with forearms of his own. Ziggler with a forearm to the head.

Ziggler with jabs to Santino but Santino blocks the punch and he connects with punches of his own followed by a split and hip toss. Santino with a diving head butt and then Santino looks for his cobra but he forgets that it is on the ground. Vickie grabs it and Ziggler hits the Zig Zag. Ziggler with a second Zig Zag for the three count.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

After the match, Vickie puts the cobra in Santino’s mouth.

We go to commercial.

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