AJ is in her office and CM Punk enters. She asks Punk if he has a match to get ready for. Punk says that since she is the general manager, what does she think about him breaking Vince McMahon’s arms and legs. He will just be doing his job. Maybe the Board of Directors will look for someone to blame.
AJ says that Punk is too scared to fight John Cena, but is the Best in the World afraid to fight Vince McMahon too?
Punk says that he was trying to help AJ save her job. He says that whatever happens tonight falls on her pretty little head.
We go to footage from John Cena’s appearance on Kelly and Mike earlier today.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Antonio Cesaro destroying Brodus Clay last week.
We go to comments from Antonio Cesaro where he says that he wants to get used to American Fine Dining and he says that nobody asks about Corn Dogs and Chili Cheese Fries.
Match Number Four: Antonio Cesaro versus Tyson Kidd in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Cesaro with a hammer lock but Kidd goes through the ropes to tie up Cesaro’s arm. They lock up and Cesaro with a forearm and kick to the back followed by an elbow drop. Cesaro works on the wrist. Kidd uses the ropes for an arm drag and then he gets a near fall with a victory roll.
Cesaro with a boot to a charging Kidd. Cesaro with kicks in the corner. Cesaro goes to the apron and he stomps on Kidd’s chest. Cesaro with a deadlift side salto and then he applies a cravate. Kidd with elbows but Kidd with a kick and he goes to the apron. Cesaro drops Kidd across the top rope and Kidd goes to the floor.
Cesaro goes to the floor and he sets for a clothesline but Kidd moves and then he hits a running kick from the apron and Kidd with a baseball slide. Kidd sends Cesaro into the ring and hits a reverse sunset flip and then he kicks Cesaro in the knee and hits a slingshot leg drop. Kidd misses a slingshot elbow drop when Cesaro moves.
Cesaro hits Swiss Death and then he hits the Gotch Style Neutralizer for the three count.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Match Number Five: Daniel Bryan and Kane versus Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) and Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) in a Non Title Match
Before the match starts, Daniel Bryan interrupts the pyro from the ring posts and we get dueling ‘I am the Tag Team Champions’.
Bryan and Ziggler start things off and they lock up. Ziggler with an arm drag and he celebrates the move. They lock up again and Ziggler with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Ziggler does a version of the Sexy Party but Bryan with a knee to the midsection and he works on the wrist and teases making the tag. Ziggler with a punch and Del Rio tags in. Bryan with a drop toe hold and Kane makes the tag.
Kane with a kick and punches to Del Rio. Kane kicks the ropes and continues to work on the wrist. Kane teases making a tag but Del Rio with a kick. Del Rio with a kick and Ziggler tags in and he runs into an uppercut. Kane with an uppercut and snap mare followed by a drop kick. Ziggler with a kick and punches. Kane sends Ziggler over the top rope to the floor and Bryan tags in when Kane goes to the apron.
Bryan with the running knee off the apron and we go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with a side head lock and Ziggler misses a Fameasser. Bryan tags in and hits a clothesline and then he hits the running drop kick into the corner. Bryan puts Ziggler on the top turnbuckle for a rana but Ziggler rolls through and gets a near fall with a sunset flip.
Del Rio hits Bryan from behind when the referee was distracted by Kane. Ziggler with a drop kick. Del Rio tags in and kicks Bryan and gets a near fall. Del Rio with a reverse chin lock. Bryan with elbows and a sunset flip for a near fall. Del Rio with a kick to the head and Bryan goes down.
Ziggler tags in and he hits a neck breaker after getting a little Rude. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Del Rio tags back in and he punches Bryan and hits a suplex and gets a near fall. Del Rio with a front face lock and kicks in the corner. Bryan with Kicks of No in the corner followed by an Irish whip and Del Rio moves when Bryan goes for the running drop kick. Del Rio kicks Bryan in the shoulder and makes the tag.
Ziggler with a near fall and then he applies a reverse chin lock. Bryan with a jawbreaker and Ziggler misses a splash into the corner and both men are down. Kane wants Bryan to make the tag. Ziggler grabs the ankle but Bryan crawls to his corner. Ziggler pulls Bryan back towards his corner and he tags in Del Rio.
Alberto with kicks to the shoulder to warm up for the cross arm breaker. Del Rio with a side slam for a near fall. Del Rio with a reverse chin lock. Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker and Kane breaks up the cover. Ziggler tags back in and Del Rio traps the leg while Ziggler kicks Bryan. Ziggler and Bryan exchange punches. Del Rio tags back in and he kicks Bryan in the head and he gets a near fall. Del Rio with a rear chin lock.
Del Rio misses a charge into the corner and he hits the post with his shoulder. Bryan crawls to make the tag and he does. Kane with clotheslines followed by an Irish whip and clotheslines into the corner. Kane tries for a slam but Ziggler is tagged in. Kane sets for a double choke slam but Ziggler and Del Rio kick Kane and Ziggler with a Fameasser for a near fall.
Ziggler tries for a sleeper but Kane is in the ropes and he gets Ziggler off his back. Kane with a side slam and he goes up top but Bryan makes the blind tag and he goes up top for a missile drop kick and he gets a near fall.
Del Rio misses a splash into the ropes and he goes to the floor. Ziggler with a rollup but he can only get a near fall. Bryan with a round kick and he falls into the corner. Kane makes the tag and he sets for the choke slam and he connects and gets the three count.
Winners: Kane and Daniel Bryan
After the match, Kane and Daniel continue their debate about who am the tag team champions.
In case you are just joining Raw in the third hour, we take a look back at the moment that set up the main event for tonight.
Vince McMahon is in the back with Jim Ross. Jim says that Vince called him an American Icon and a friend last week. Jim tells Vince ‘friend to friend’ that he has nothing to gain with this match against CM Punk. Jim reminds Vince of what happened to Jerry Lawler after facing CM Punk.
Vince says that he would like to have Jim Ross call his match tonight so he can hear ‘McMahon . . . McMahon . . . McMahon’ just like he would with Stone Cold.
Jim says that he would be honored and Vince tells him to do it now. Jim tells Vince that he thinks he is making a mistake.
Vince tells Jim that it doesn’t matter what he thinks.
We go to commercial.
We are back and they talk about JBL’s quest to climb the highest mountains on each continent.
It is time for Larry King Now and Larry is at his familiar table with his wife. The introduction of his guest is interrupted by the Miz’s music.
Miz says that there is no need to introduce him because he is the most must see superstar on Monday night. He says that it is an honor for Larry to introduce him. Miz says that he might come onto Larry’s show.
Miz says that today is his birthday. Miz says that it is time for Larry and his lovely wife to lead the audience in singing Happy Birthday to Me.
Larry says that nobody cares about Miz. He says that he can do things on this show that he cannot on his own show. He replaces a boring guest with a new guest.
Larry brings out Kofi Kingston.
Kofi says that he has been doing interviews all day to put the good word out. The good word is that Raw is live in Sacramento.
Miz throws out a few reallys about Kofi’s Sacramento cheap pop. He wonders who is more irrelevant. He says that if he wasn’t there, the stage would be filled with amateurs. Miz says that he has had more titles than Larry has had wives or Kofi has had main event.
Miz tells Larry to get his show off the stage before he deals with another divorce, Larry’s head will be divorced from his body.
Larry’s wife throws some water in Miz’ face.
Kofi goes after Miz before Miz can go after Larry’s wife. Kofi sends Miz off the stage and then Kofi hits a leaping Superman punch from the stage.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Damien Sandow talks about how they are smarter than their opponents because their IQs approach infinity. He calls Santino and Zack mental midgets.
Match Number Six: Santino Marella and Zack Ryder versus Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes in a Tag Title Tournament Semifinal Match
Ryder and Rhodes start things off and Rhodes put Ryder in the corner and he punches Zack. Ryder escapes a suplex and gets a near fall with a rollup. Ryder with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Rhodes with a kick to Ryder and he tags in Sandow who clotheslines Ryder from the apron. He kicks Ryder and gets a near fall.
Sandow with a reverse chin lock but Ryder with punches and then he chokes him. Rhodes kicks Ryder and gets a near fall. Rhodes with a side head lock and punch to Ryder before tagging Sandow back in. Sandow with a punch followed by a drop down uppercut from Rhodes. Sandow with the Elbow of Disdain before he tags Rhodes back in.
Rhodes with a front face lock. Ryder with a flap jack and he tags in Santino. Santino has a jab blocked and then he hits the split and hip toss followed by the diving head butt. Sandow distracts Santino when he goes for the Cobra and Rhodes with Beautiful Disaster for the three count.
Winners: Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes
After the match, Damien does the cartwheel of celebration.
After the match, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre come to the ring and they surround Santino and attack him. They knock Drew off the apron and continue the attack on Santino.
Paul Heyman goes into Vince McMahon’s office to apologize and say that he did not know that Punk was going to do what he did. Paul says that he is the youngest guy who knows Vince’s father. He wants to broker the peace between him and CM Punk.
Vince asks Paul if he knows the difference between lying and telling the truth. He tells Paul that he has been poisoning Punk’s mind for years.
Paul says that he is here for Vince, not CM Punk. He says that he is the voice of reason and he does not want CM Punk to do to him what Brock Lesnar did to Triple H.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Layla El is at the announce table for the next match.
Match Number Seven: Eve Torres versus Kaitlyn for the Divas Title
They lock up and Kaitlyn with a biel and flying shoulder tackle. Kaitlyn with forearms followed by a suplex and she gets a near fall. Eve with a forearm and kick to the leg. Kaitlyn with a back body drop for a near fall. Kaitlyn gets Eve on her shoulders for a torture rack variation.
Eve with a rake of the eyes and a kick to the leg. Eve with a forearm to the head. Kaitlyn with a back breaker but she does it on the knee with her injured ankle and Kaitlyn favors her ankle. Eve with a kick to the ankle and then Eve puts the foot on the rope and kicks it.
Eve slams the ankle into the mat and then she stands on the ankle and stomps on it. Eve with an ankle lock and she falls back to add more pressure. Eve with an heel hook and kick to the head and Kaitlyn taps out.
Winner: Eve Torres
After the match, Layla thinks that Eve took too long to release the hold so she goes into the ring and Eve releases the hold. Eve checks on Kaitlyn and Layla does not believe her. Layla pushes Eve.
Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez are walking in the back and they are interrupted by Josh Mathews. Josh wants to ask Alberto about Randy Orton’s tweet. Alberto says that he is busy and he is working. Why should he care about a tweet. Alberto is told that the tweet is from Randy Orton. Alberto is told that Randy will be at Smackdown on Friday. Alberto and Ricardo walk away.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Larry and Shawn walk in the back and Daniel Bryan stops them. He asks if Larry remembers when David Letterman called him an owl. Daniel asks Larry how he dealt with it because people say he looks like a goat. Daniel asks Larry’s wife if she would be interested in someone so handsome. She tells Daniel that she does not go out with trolls who sleep under bridges.
Larry tells him to accept it and go with it.
Kane shows up behind Daniel and he says that they are talking about how he carried Daniel’s goat face ever since he became the Tag Team Champions.
They argue while Larry and his wife leave.
Daniel tells Kane that he scared off Larry King. Kane says that he thought it was Skeletor.
Paul Heyman tells Punk that Vince doesn’t care that he is the best in the world. Vince only cares about putting them in hell for the rest of their lives. Unless, Punk delivers to Vince McMahon such a beating that he ends up so battered that he cannot make a decision for the rest of his miserable life.
Punk says that he will victimize Vince McMahon and Paul should sit back and enjoy it.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Eight: CM Punk (with Paul Heyman) versus Vince McMahon
Punk attacks Vince from behind as Vince makes his way to the ring. Punk with knees to Vince’s head. Punk with crossfaces and elbows to the upper chest. Punk rolls Vince into the ring.
Vince gets to his feet and he takes Punk down and he punches Punk. Punk rolls Vince over and he punches Vince. Vince mounts Punk and he punches him. Punk with a round kick to the head and Vince goes down. Punk walks over Vince’s body and he ‘kicks sand’ on Vince.
Punk with a front face lock and he sends Vince to the floor. Punk follows to the floor and he slams Vince’s head into the announce table. Punk puts on the headset and he screams out ‘What a Maneuver’ before slamming Vince’s head into the announce table again.
Punk picks up Vince but Vince with an elbow to escape and he sends Punk into the ring post.
Vince sends Punk over the announce table. Vince takes the mic and he says that he is going to teach Punk something about respect.
Vince attacks Punk with the mic. Punk gets up and Vince sends the chair into Punk’s solar plexus. Vince sends Punk back into the ring. Vince looks under the ring and he finds a kendo stick. Vince swings at Punk but Punk rolls out of the ring and to the floor.
Vince gets ready for the pitch and Punk thinks about what to do next. Punk tells Paul to get the title and bring it to him. Vince leaves the ring and he takes the belt from Paul and Vince punches Heyman. Vince goes back into the ring with the kendo stick and the title belt.
Punk teases going back into the ring but he does not want to get hit with the kendo stick.
Punk gets his own kendo stick. Vince hits Punk in the leg and then Vince and Punk hit each other with their kendo stick. Punk loses his stick and Vince stands over Punk but Punk with a low blow to the grapefruits. Punk gets both kendo sticks and he hits Vince with them.
Punk gets Vince on his shoulders for the Go To Sleep but Ryback’s music plays and he comes to the ring.
Punk leaves the ring when Ryback gets to the ring. Punk has his back to the ramp and that allows John Cena to send Punk into the ring and Ryback with a clothesline to Punk.
Ryback gets Punk up for the marching muscle buster but Punk escapes and goes to the floor. Punk leaves through the crowd.
Vince tells Punk that he hopes he has learned something about respect tonight. Is Punk going to face John Cena or Ryback at Hell in a Cell. Punk has a week to make his decision or Vince will make it for him.
We go to credits.