We are live from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and your announcers are Michael â€˜Why arenâ€™t there any Sonics in this townâ€™ Cole and Jim â€˜How much of this show will be seen on Smackdownâ€™ Ross.
CM Punk makes his way to the ring and he is adorned in a grey hoodie this week and he is with Paul Heyman who holds the belt over his head. This is day 316 of CM Punkâ€™s title reign so it is time for some Punkweisers.
Punk says last week, John Cena attacks him with a pipe while his back is turned. The crowd cheers that and Punk says those are noble actions in this city. However, in Chicago it is an act of cowardice. Punk says that he was looking for a doctor a few minutes later and he sees Mick Foley in the back.
Mick shoots a disrespectful look at him and Mick muttered something and he could not figure out what he said because Foley is a coward, just like Cena. Punk put Foley down, like the dog he is and he showed Foley that he is the WWE Champion.
Punk asks if Foley would have had the gall to say anything derogatory to Cena or to Dwayne? Punk says that these are rhetorical. He asks if Foley would have said anything derogatory to Steve Austin? This is the lack of respect that Mick Foley shows him. Some refer to him as Mrs. Foleyâ€™s baby boy, but he wishes that his mother would have shown him some respect.
Punk says that he listened to what Mick Foley said. Mick is a lot of things. He is skuzzy, scatterbrained, and borderline at times, but there were some things that connected. He thought about the decision not to face John Cena at Hell in a Cell. Punk says that he thought about the legacy. Punk says that he is here to announce to everyone, at Hell in a Cell . . . CM Punk/John Cena is still not going to happen.
Paul takes the mic and he says that the WWE Champion, the Best in the World CM Punk and Paul Heyman want to deal with another piece of business.
We see the footage of Paul Heymanâ€™s marriage proposal from last week.
Paul says that everyone saw something that both him and Punk noticed. AJ never said no. Paul says that what AJ did is that she violated an edict of the Board of Directors. Paul says that he is not one to quote scripture but he has a memo from the Board of Directors.
AJ Leeâ€™s actions have been juvenile at times and she is not to put her hands on anyone ever again.
Paul says that it means that AJ Lee must be removed by the Board of Directors as the General Manager of Raw effective immediately. Paul says that he knows why the people are booing. That means that there is a huge power void. Who will lead the flagship show of the WWE? The answer is Paul Heyman. The man with all of the experience as General Manager. . .
Vickie Guerrero interrupts and excuse mes her way down the ramp and she says that if anyone has been the victim of the actions of the General Manager, it is her and Dolph. Dolph almost lost his briefcase and Vickie says that she does not have the full range of motion after AJâ€™s attack.
We have the video to show what Vickie was talking about.
Paul wonders when this became about Vickie. This is about the Best in the World.
Vickie interrupts and she says that she is THE Vickie Guerrero and her client is Dolph Ziggler. Her client will be the future World Champion.
Paul says that when the future catches up to the here and now, he tells Vickie to let him know. Paul tells Vickie to deal with the proper channels like him and Punk did.
Dolph says that they both agree that AJ is the problem. Dolph suggests co-GMs of Raw.
AJâ€™s music plays and she comes to he ring while she still is the General Manager.
AJ says that the Board has placed her on probation. She knows that she is not supposed to touch another person, but she did not think that Paul would fit into that group. AJ has an executive coach to help her in her development as General Manager of Raw.
The man who am the Tag Team Champions makes his way to the ring and it is Daniel Bryan. AJ does not appear too happy with the decision. Bryan tells everyone to stop it and he wants to apologize. Daniel says that he is here to apologize because it is obvious that AJâ€™s mental issues have been compounded by the fact that he dumped her after Wrestlemania. He says that he cannot blame AJ because he says that he is one hell of a catch.
Bryan says that he is handsome and a former World Champion. He says that he has a great beard. Bryan says that now he am the Tag Team Champions.
Bryan is interrupted by the other man who claims to be the Tag Team Champions, Kane. Kane says everyone has forgotten to mention an important fact about AJ Lee. She is a phenomenal kisser. Everything else that Daniel Bryan has said is true, with the exception of one thing.
Kane tells everyone that he am the Tag Team Champions.
Punk says that he is the best in the world and Ziggler holds up his briefcase until AJ tells everyone to stop.
AJ says that this is her show and what she says goes.
CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler will face the WWE Tag Team Champions tonight.
We go to commercial with Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio walking in the back.
Match Number One: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara versus Epico and Primo (with Rosa Mendes) in a Tag Team Tournament First Round Match
Epico with a rollup on Sin Cara at the start of the match and Cara with a rollup of his own. Cara with a handspring back elbow for a near fall. Epico with a back elbow for a near fall. Primo tags in and he kicks Cara. Primo with a chop and kicks in the corner.
Cara with a punch and kicks but Primo with a punch of his own. Cara with a head scissors take down and then he kicks Primo and uses the ropes for a flipping arm drag. Rey tags in and Cara helps Rey with a head scissors to Primo that sends him to the floor.
Epico tags in and he misses a senton. Cara with a head scissors that sends Epico to the floor. Rey and Cara tease dives to the floor but they stay in the ring.
Darren Young and Titus Oâ€™Neil make their way to the stage to watch the action and scout their potential opponents in the semifinals. We go to commercial.
We are back and Epico with an Irish whip to Rey but Epico misses a charge into the corner. Cara tags in and Cara with a drop kick to Epico. Cara with a slingshot arm drag but he runs into an elbow from Epico. Epico with a drop kick to Cara on a springboard move. Epico punches Cara and follows with chops and kicks.
Primo with knees to the head and then Primo tries for a power bomb but Cara counters with a sunset flip for a near fall. Primo tags in and he punches Cara. Cara with a tornado DDT and both men are down. Primo and Rey tag in and Rey with a head scissors but Rey with a kick and he slides through Primoâ€™s legs and then he trips Primo and kicks him and gets a near fall.
Rey with a springboard seated senton but Epico makes the save. Cara with a springboard drop kick and then Cara with an enzuigiri to Primo. Rey with a 619 to both men. Cara with a cross body onto Epico on the floor while Rey hits a dive onto Primo for the three count.
Winners: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara (advance to face winner of Prime Time Players versus Kofi Kingston and R Truth)
We go to commercial.
We are back and the Funk is already going on in the ring.
We go to the Goldman Box and Cesaro tells us our Five Language Word: Appreciation.
Match Number Two: Brodus Clay (with The Funkettes) versus Antonio Cesaro
They lock up and Clay sends Cesaro into the turnbuckles and punches him. Clay with a Sheeplex and an elbow drop. Cesaro drops Clay on the top rope and then Clay with a head butt to the midsection. Clay tries for another suplex but Cesaro blocks it. Clay with an Irish whip but Clay misses a charge. Cesaro with a springboard European uppercut and then he hits the Gotch Style Neutralizer for the three count.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Kaitlyn is in the back and AJ introduces her to her coach, Christopher J. Stevenson. AJ says that it looks like Kaitlyn will be back in the ring soon. AJ wants to talk to Kaitlyn about â€˜usâ€™ because they used to be best friends and then there was the whole Daniel Bryan thing. AJ asks Kaitlyn to forgive her. Before Kaitlyn can answer, AJ starts to laugh uncontrollably. She says that she is not sorry and then she skips away.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Zack Ryder versus The Miz in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Miz works on the wrist and he slaps Ryder in the head and applies a side head lock. Miz with a shoulder tackle but Ryder with a flapjack and drop kick that backs Miz into the corner. Ryder runs into a boot from Miz and he kicks him in the back and then the ribs. Miz with a running boot to the head for a near fall.
Miz with a knee to the back and he applies a reverse chin lock. Ryder punches Miz in the midsection but Miz with a knee. Ryder with a face plant to Miz but Miz gets up first and he runs into knees from Ryder. Ryder with a drop kick to Miz from the turnbuckles followed by a running forearm in the corner. Ryder with the Broski Boot and Ryder gets a near fall.
Ryder sets for the Rough Ryder but Miz with a buckle bomb. Miz with the Skull Crushing Finale for the three count.
Winner: The Miz
Booker T is walking through the back because the Great Debate is next.
We go to commercial.
It is time for the start of the second hour and that means . . . the Smackdown portion of the program starts with the Great Smackdown Debate between Sheamus and Big Show that will be moderated by Booker T.
Booker thanks everyone for the tepid reaction. In four weeks, Sheamus will face Big Show for the first time at Hell in a Cell.
Big Show comes to the ring and we see how Big Show earned his title match against Sheamus.
Next to come to the ring is Sheamus.
Booker thanks both men for joining him in the ring to have the debate.
Booker says that it is traditional to start with an opening statement and he lets Big Show go first.
Show tells Booker that he would like to thank him for this opportunity . . . he says that this debate is completely ridiculous. There is no need for a debate. He is going to walk into the cell, hit Sheamus with the WMD, and he will walk out as the World Champion. If Sheamus tries for a Brogue Kick, he will rip off his little leg.
Booker letâ€™s Sheamus give his opening statement. Sheamus introduces himself and he points out that he is the World Champion. He thanks Booker for hosting this debate in lovely Oklahoma City. Sheamus asks Big Show to not rip his leg off because he will need it to kick Showâ€™s teeth in.
The first question: What do you find as the most challenging aspect of your opponent?
Sheamus says that he has never ducked from a fight. He is looking forward most to the fight. He has never faced a bigger, stronger, more impressive superstar than the Big Show. Sure he has big B.O. and his breath smells. He hopes this match lasts longer than 45 seconds.
Show wants to know if Sheamus is taking a quick jab at the 45 seconds. He says that he is a hygienic giant. He says that Sheamus is not taking this serious. He tells Sheamus to stop being a funny guy.
The next question: Which is the more dangerous move: The Brogue Kick or the WMD?
Show says that his WMD has knocked out more superstars and won more titles. Ask John Cena or Randy Orton.
Sheamus says that Show forgot to mention Daniel Bryan. Not only did Show not knock out Daniel Bryan, Bryan beat him in 45 seconds to win the World Title.
Show says that there were extenuating circumstances.
Show destroys his lectern.
It is time for the final question.
Sheamus wants to see a Tout. It is from Rey Mysteriâ€™Oâ€™Sullivan. The question is how does it feel to know that your head is going to be knocked off his shoulders.
Booker realizes that it was Sheamus in a mask and he tells Sheamus that this is a serious debate.
Show tells Sheamus to be serious and his patience only goes so far.
Sheamus wants to know how it feels to lose the World Championship to Daniel Bryan in 45 seconds only to see Bryan lose the title to him in 18 seconds. Show says that he is going to win the title, but how does it feel.
Show gets in Sheamusâ€™ face and they drop their mics. Show unbuttons his jacket and takes it off. Sheamus removes his shirt. Show leaves the ring without any physicality.
Ryback is walking in the back and we go to commercial.
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