CM Punk is sitting in the middle of the ring and Paul Heyman has a mic and he introduces himself and he says that he is honored to be sharing a ring with the WWE Champion, the Best in the World, CM Punk.
Unfortunately they have some bad news because this show is grinding to a halt right about now.
Raw will not be presented this evening until justice is served. Paul says that everyone knows what he is talking about. During the main event last week . . . let’s go to the video tape. We see Punk’s foot on the rope but the referee did not see it.
Paul says that this means that they are all witnesses to a grand injustice that has befallen the Best in the World. Therefore, at this time, he would like to summon to the ring, the referee from last week, Brad Maddox.
Paul wants him to apologize and admit to his mistake, followed by his resignation from Raw.
Brad does not come out to the ring at first and then he timidly makes his way to the ring.
Paul says that everyone dreams of their big moment and this is his.
Brad tells Mr. Heyman and Mr. Punk that he made a mistake. He was nervous because it was his first main event match. He should have checked the ropes and he feels terrible.
Paul applauds him making his mistake. Now he wants Brad to resign.
Brad says that he apologizes but he does not feel that he needs to resign.
Punk says that he does not care what Brad feels unless he feels ashamed. He embarrassed himself and the WWE Champion on his show. Punk wants to know how he got this job and was employed by the WWE. How does he stand up and walk down here and pretend to be a man.
Brad says that he got a call from the general manager when they expanded to three hours when they needed more officials.
Paul calls Brad a scab. Paul gives Brad a WWE/NFL sleeping mask.
Punk says that is a very telling piece of eyewear and he thinks that Brad was wearing it last week.
That explains everything because he was the buffoon hired by the idiot general manager. If AJ was good at making decisions, she would come out and fire him. If she had a brain . . .
Eventually AJ got her cue and she skips to the ring. AJ thanks Brad and tells him that he can go to the back.
Paul says that he assumes that AJ is out here to reverse the decision from last week and correct the injustice that has befallen the WWE Champion.
AJ tells Paul that when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me, but mostly you. The referee made a mistake but she will not let them berate an official and hold her show hostage. She wants to know who the hell Paul thinks he is.
Punk reminds AJ that he is the WWE Champion. He says that he is the reason why AJ has her job today and gets her paycheck from the WWE. Punk says that there is so much hostility between him and AJ. Punk wants everyone to see why she has it out for Punk.
We go to the footage from two months ago when AJ proposed to CM Punk and he said no.
Punk laughs at AJ and he says that is the reason why there is so much tension between them. That was why AJ brought an incompetent referee out last week to screw her. If AJ forgets that match from last week, he will forget how AJ came to every show in a CM Punk t-shirt. He will forget all of the messages that are not appropriate to air on USA Network.
Punk tells AJ to tell everyone how intimate they were behind closed doors. He wants her to tell everyone why he is the reason behind the skip in her step. He wants her to tell everyone that he is the best in the world.
Paul tells Punk that he will navigate the political waters for Punk. Paul tells AJ that based on everything that he has seen tonight . . . he gets on his knees and wants AJ to marry him. He promises that her wildest ideas of power will be granted beyond her belief. They will pass every power couple. Brad and Angelina . . . Bill and Hilary . . . Triple H and Stephanie. They will be the most powerful couple and they will rule the WWE. He will come up with all of the ideas and she can take the credit for all of his brilliance. He tells AJ not to be offended because he likes them young, dumb, and full of ambition.
AJ looks at Paul and she slaps him. AJ leaves the ring and walks to the back.
Later tonight, we will hear from Jerry Lawler, who is still recovering from a heart attack.
We are back and one of the referees tells Brad that he has his back. AJ stops by and Brad thanks AJ for standing up for him. He says that he won’t make that mistake again.
AJ says that it will not happen again because she will personally . . . see to it that he will never work in this business again. She does not like cleaning up his messes. He made her look like an idiot.
Brad says that he is sorry while AJ has a vacant look in her eyes.
Vickie Guerrero comes out and she excuse mes before introducing Dolph Ziggler.
We see the War of Tweets between Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler.
Match Number One: Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero and briefcase) versus Kofi Kingston (with R Truth, popcorn, a drink, and Little Jimmy)
Before the match, Vickie makes faces at Little Jimmy and we have a discussion with all four people and Truth’s drink goes all over Vickie. The referee has to hold Ziggler back from going after Truth and Kofi. The referee sends Vickie and Truth to the back.
The bell rings and Kofi with punches and kicks but Ziggler with a kick of his own. Kofi with a European uppercut and drop kick. Kofi clotheslines Ziggler over the top rope to the floor and then Kofi with a flip dive onto Ziggler on the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with punches to Kingston. Kofi with an Irish whip but he misses a splash into the corner. Ziggler with a reverse exploder suplex for a near fall. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a neck breaker for a near fall. Kofi with punches to Ziggler but Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall.
Ziggler with a reverse chin lock and body scissors. Kofi gets out of the body scissors and he punches Ziggler in the ribs and face. Ziggler punches back. Ziggler misses a splash into the corner and both men are down. Ziggler and Kofi exchange punches but Kofi with a clothesline and back elbow followed by a drop kick and Superman punch. Kofi does a lap around the ring and it is time for the Boom Drop.
Kofi sets for Trouble in Paradise but Ziggler catches Kofi and tries for another reverse Exploder. Kofi escapes and tries for an SOS but Ziggler blocks it. Kofi with a pendulum kick followed by a springboard clothesline for a near fall. Kofi leaps into the corner but Ziggler moves and Kofi lands on the turnbuckles. Kofi with a cross body for a near fall.
Ziggler with a kick to the knee followed by the Fameasser for a near fall. Ziggler sets for the sleeper but Kofi blocks it. Kofi hits the SOS but Ziggler kicks out. Kofi goes to the turnbuckles and Ziggler tries for a drop kick but Kofi catches him. Kofi with a catapult into the turnbuckles. Kofi avoids Ziggler and then hits a cross body for a near fall.
Kofi sets for Trouble in Paradise but Ziggler ducks. Ziggler sends Kofi into the turnbuckles and then Ziggler with the Zig Zag for the three count.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Jim Ross mentions that John Cena underwent elbow surgery last week and the damage to the elbow was a bit worse than expected.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for a look at whether or not Daniel Bryan and Kane are really taking advantage of their anger management classes. We see footage from Friday night when Bryan cost Kane his match . . . and then Kane returned the favor.
Michael Cole mentions that Dr. Shelby introduced some radical therapy for Kane and Daniel Bryan. We go to a diner where Dr. Shelby was with Daniel Bryan. Shelby says that they are one step away from a breakthrough. Bryan says that he is the tag team champions. He has a role playing exercise for Kane and Bryan to co-exist peacefully. Their waiter is Kane. Kane says that this is stupid. Bryan orders some food and he wants a tag team partner who isn’t a psycho. Dr. Shelby says that he isn’t Kane, he is Gerald and he is a friendly waiter. They have a new cook because the old cook is annoying and he took credit for everything. He took the cook by his goat beard and shoved his head in the fryer. He says that he sprinkled the remnants of the cook’s head all over the food.
It is time to name the Team of Kane and Daniel Bryan later tonight on Raw Active.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Darren Young and Titus O’Neil versus Santino Marella and Zack Ryder
Ryder and Young start things off and Young pushes Ryder but Ryder pie faces Young and hits a flapjack for a near fall. Young misses a clothesline and Ryder misses a cross body and hits the ropes. Young with an elbow drop and reverse chin lock. Ryder with punches but Young with knees and he tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Ryder lands on his feet and he tags in Marella.
Santino with punches and then he hits a Saito suplex followed by a diving head butt. Ryder is sent into the ring post when he tries to interfere. Santino with a split and hip toss but Titus makes the blind tag and he hits Clash of the Titus for the three count.
Winners: Titus O’Neil and Darren Young
We go to commercial but we have a special guest tonight. We will find out when we get back. Is Heath Slater ready?
We are back and Mick Foley makes his way to the ring. Mick thanks everyone for the ovation, but he comes to everyone tonight as a card carrying member of the WWE Universe. As a member of the WWE Universe, he sees things on Raw that move him and inspire him. A year ago, he saw the emergence of CM Punk. The reaction is very telling because CM Punk inspired change, but what change did he inspire? Bullying referees, blindly following Paul Heyman? The CM Punk he knew told people to stand up and be a voice for the voiceless.
CM Punk interrupts and he is now sporting a sweatshirt to add to his ensemble.
Punk walks past Foley and then he tells Mick not to grandstand to the people. He tells Foley to say it to his face so he can show him some respect and honesty. Punk tells Mick to tell everyone that he is here to sell a new children’s book.
Foley says that is not the reason. Foley says that he struggles with the role of his relevancy but Punk took care of that last year. When Punk became the WWE Champion, he sent Punk a text message and he got a response. Foley says that he sent a text asking how it felt to be the biggest name in the business and Punk sent a text back two minutes later thanking Foley for saying that.
As a voice of someone who is still relevant, he is deeply disturbed by Punk’s actions and his alignment with Paul Heyman.
Punk tells the people that he does not need their help. He tells off a few fans. Punk says that Foley has no idea what he is talking about.
Foley says that he was a Heyman guy, but you have to finish your journey yourself. He did not become a star until he left Paul. It seems like Paul has been in Punk’s ear for more than a month.
Punk acts sarcastically about what people say about Heyman.
Foley says that Paul never lied to him, but at the end of the day, Paul Heyman is going to do what is best for Paul Heyman, not CM Punk. Why would CM Punk, one of the most thought provoking and best speakers need a mouthpiece. Is he going to be an inspiration or a Kool Aid drinker.
Punk wants to know if they are done.
Foley says that he wants to talk about Hell in a Cell. That one match, fourteen years ago, made Foley a legend in the business. It might have shortened his career. He understands that barbarity more than anyone. He has not had to ask anyone for their respect since that moment because he earned it. Anyone who survives Hell in a Cell becomes respected. Ask Shawn Michaels, ask Triple H, ask the Undertaker.
Punk says that was a brilliant speech and he wants to know if Foley wants the old CM Punk back.
Foley says that he wants Punk to prove that he is the best in the world by standing in Hell in a Cell with John Cena.
Punk says that he is a bit confused because he heard that speech from John Cena after he beat him at SummerSlam. Then he heard Cena say that if he walks into Cena’s home town as the WWE Champion and walks out as the champion, he is the Best in the World. Then Bret Hart, another man who claims to be like him to latch on. Bret also disrespected him in his ‘home town’. Bret might have punched him and embarrassed him and everyone probably liked that.
What would be more embarrassing would be for him to put his hands on Mick Foley because he would not lower himself to try to put his hands on Mick Foley. Punk says that Foley is beneath him. He does not know how many title matches he needs to give John Cena to prove that he is the Best in the World, but he does not have to do anything for ‘them’ because they turned their back on him. Foley leaped off a roof like an idiot and then he subjected himself to matches with thumbtacks, barbed wire, and fire to satisfy the fans.
Punk will not put himself in harm’s way in a car crash match like Hell in a Cell. He has already beaten John Cena. Punk raises the bar with 309. Tomorrow it will be 310.
Mick Foley says that the number that is important to him is 29 because that is the number of days he held the title during his three title runs. They only care about the moments that define us. Foley tells Punk that he needs one more moment to define himself.
Foley says that he talked to AJ to present this challenge to CM Punk. John Cena should be ready for Hell in a Cell. AJ is giving CM Punk the chance to give John Cena the match, but it will be face to face. He can accept that moment for greatness or he can walk out. He tells Punk that he needs to make the decision for himself, for Foley, and for the WWE Universe. He tells Punk to have a nice day.
We go to commercial.
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