10/29 Monday Night Raw Live Report
Raw opens tonight with a still-frame recap of the Hell in a Cell screwjob finish from the pay-per-view last night. We go live into the arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, and CM Punk and Paul Heyman make their way to the ring. Punk says everyone was wrong when they thought he would lose to Ryback, and goes on a “wrong, wrong, wrong” rant similar to Edge’s a few years ago. Punk says the likes of Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, and John Cena were all wrong when they challenged him. He says Ryback isn’t even in the conversation. Punk says he had nothing to do with referee Brad Maddox interfering in the match last night. Punk says he was shocked at what happened. Punk says Brad was hired by AJ Lee and reiterates that he had nothing to do with it. Punk says he is the best in the world. He says Ryback is in his rear-view mirror and there will not be a rematch. Mick Foley’s music hits. Foley tells Punk to stay classy and reminds Punk that Ryback left him lying on top of the Cell. Punk reminds Foley that the last time they were in the ring together, Punk left him lying. Foley says Punk blew his shot at keeping the tradition of the Hell in a Cell Match alive. Punk says the way he looks if proof of the tradition and says, “I don’t suck because I’m not from Charlotte, North Carolina.” Punk says he has an idea. He challenges Foley to a Traditional Survivor Series Match: Team Foley vs. Team Punk. Foley accepts. Ryback’s music hits and he storms out to the ring. Punk and Heyman bail and escape through the crowd as we go to a commercial.
Match #1: JTG vs. Ryback
Ryback dominates this match and eventually starts slamming JTG’s head into the mat. Ryback hits the Meathook Clothesline and picks JTG up and hits him with Shell Shocked for the pin fall.
After the match, Ryback says revenge is a confession of pain. He says he is not hurt, he is hungry, and when he feeds again it will be on CM Punk. He chants “Feed Me Punk” with the crowd.
We see that we will hear from the former World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus, later tonight. We also see that Randy Orton and Wade Barrett will go one-on-one next as we go to a commercial.
Match #2: Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett
They tie up and eventually go to the outside. Barrett targets Orton’s arm and tries to slam it into the steel steps, but Orton blocks him and slams Barrett’s head into the steps and then onto the Spanish announce table. Orton tosses Barrett back into the ring and stomps away on him. Orton tosses Barrett to the floor as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and Barrett is in control over Orton and continues to work over Orton’s shoulder. Barrett chokes Orton over the rope and drapes Orton’s arm over the top rope. Orton is caught up in the ropes and Barrett delivers a big boot, which sends Orton to the floor. Barrett gets Orton back into the ring and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Barrett works over Orton’s shoulder again, but Orton powers out and takes Barrett down with some clotheslines and a power slam. Orton gets Barrett in the ropes and delivers the second-rope DDT. Orton sets up for the RKO, but Barrett shoves him off and hits a side slam for a two count. Barrett goes for a clothesline, but Orton reverses into a RKO for the pin fall.
Winner: Randy Orton.
We go backstage and see AJ Lee and Vickie Guerrero. Vickie says she brought AJ here tonight to explain her actions, and AJ says she and John Cena did not have an affair. Vickie says she better not raise her voice, because she is under evaluation to be brought back as an in-ring performer. AJ apologizes and says she can become too emotionally attached to her job. Vickie says when she comes back, she wants one good reason why she should offer AJ a contract. We go to a commercial.
Match #3: Team Hell No vs. The Prime Time Players
Bryan and Young start the match. Bryan takes Young to his corner and kicks away on his chest as Kane tags himself in. Young drapes Kane over the top rope, but Kane comes back and takes Young down and then splashes him in the corner and Bryan tags himself in. O’Neil comes in and slams Bryan to the mat. Bryan tries to fight back, but O’Neil slams him again for a two count. Young tags in and sledges Bryan on the mat. Young applies a submission in the middle of the ring and Bryan tries to fight out. Bryan elbows Young in the head and takes him down before tagging in Kane. Kane delivers some rights and lefts to Young and splashes him in the corner. Kane comes off the top rope and clotheslines Young and knocks O’Neil off the apron. Kane choke slams Young and tosses O’Neil back down to the floor as Bryan tags himself in. Bryan locks Young in the No Lock and Young taps out.
Winners: Team Hell No.
After the match, Kane and Daniel Bryan argue, as per norm.
We are reminded again that we will hear from Sheamus later tonight and we see Vickie Guerrero walking backstage as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and we see a replay of what happened between CM Punk and Mick Foley at the beginning of the show. JR tells us we are going to find out who is on each team later tonight. We take a look back a Brad Maddox costing CM Punk a match on Raw and then costing Ryback the match last night.
Vickie Guerrero walks out and says she is going to show the evidence she has of AJ Lee and John Cena’s affair. Cena comes out and demands to see the footage. Vickie plays footage of Cena asking AJ out on a date a few weeks ago on Raw. Cena says it was a joke and Vickie shows footage of last week when Cena and AJ hugged backstage. Cena says AJ had just lost her job because of Vickie and was just consoling her. Vickie shows a picture of Cena and AJ out at dinner, and Cena says that was the dinner that he talked about last week. We then see footage of Cena and AJ getting on an elevator together and then Vickie calls him out on it. Cena says what we saw was two people getting on an elevator and then he walked her to her door and that was it. Vickie tries to get him to admit more, but Cena says nothing else happened. Vickie and Cena argue more and Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. He says the WWE Universe sees he and AJ for what they really are, but Cena cuts him off and says to never mention his and AJ’s names in the same sentence ever again and shoves Ziggler down.
We see that Antonio Cesaro and Kofi Kingston will go one-on-one in a Champion vs. Champion Match after the break.
Match #4: Champion vs. Champion Match: Antonio Cesaro vs. Kofi Kingston
Cesaro takes Kingston down and then delivers a headbutt and slams his head into the turnbuckle. Kingston comes back and kicks Cesaro in the head and goes up top, but Cesaro knocks him down and tosses him to the mat. Cesaro slams Kingston down and stomps on his chest. Cesaro gets Kingston in a submission and Kingston tries to fight out. Kingston elbow Cesaro and dropkicks him to the outside. Cesaro grabs Kingston and he launches off the steps and takes Cesaro down. The Miz, who is on commentary, distracts Kingston, which allows Cesaro to take advantage. Kingston comes back and tosses Cesaro onto The Miz. Kingston tosses Cesaro back into the ring and The Miz pulls Kingston off the apron, leading to the disqualification.
Winner by disqualification: Kofi Kingston.
After the match, Cesaro and The Miz beat down Kingston until R-Truth comes out and makes the save.
We are reminded yet again that we will hear from Sheamus later tonight, and that CM Punk and Mick Foley’s teams will be revealed later tonight.
We’re back and Vickie Guerrero tells AJ that she will be put on the roster if she admits to having feelings for John Cena. AJ says no, she won’t do it, because nothing happened. AJ says the WWE means everything to her, but Vickie Guerrero is not lying for. AJ says the interview is over and walks away, but Vickie tells her to wait. Vickie says she is hired, but she can never lay a hand on Vickie or she will be fired. She puts AJ in a match against Beth Phoenix. AJ smiles, says thanks, and walks away.
We go “Behind the Music” with Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, and Jinder Mahal, collectively known as the 3MB. They say they connect with the fans like no one else can. They all say life is great. The interviewer asks them if it’s almost time that we hear them perform, and they chastise him and say the interview is over.
Match #5: Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal vs. Santino Marella and Zack Ryder
Mahal and Ryder start the match and Mahal slams Ryder down and stomps on him. Ryder gets control and hits a missile dropkick from the second rope. Ryder hits Mahal with the Broski Boot and Slater interferes. Mahal drapes Ryder over the top rope and tags in Slater. Slater drops a forearm on Ryder and stomps away on him. Slater whips Ryder into the corner and tags in Mahal. Mahal stomps down Ryder and tags in Slater. Slater takes Ryder down and gets a two count. Slater tags in Mahal and he delivers a big knee to Ryder’s head, which gets a two count. Slater tags back in and takes Ryder down and gets him in a sleeper hold. Ryder fights out, but Slater backs him into the corner. Ryder finally gets the tag to Marella and he takes Slater down with a hip toss. Ryder takes Mahal to the outside and Marella goes for the cobra sleeve. McIntyre gets on the apron and Marella hits him with The Corba. Slater takes Marella down for the pin fall.
Winners: Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal.
We are reminded again that CM Punk and Mick Foley’s teams will be revealed later tonight and that AJ Lee and Beth Phoenix will go one-on-one after the break.
We’re back and we see that Jerry “The King” Lawler will be returning to the announce table in two weeks.
Match #6: AJ Lee vs. Beth Phoenix
Beth backs AJ into the ropes and AJ gets right back in her face. Beth shoves her down to the mat. AJ jumps all over Beth and takes her down. She does it again, but Beth slams her to the mat and kicks her around. Beth rubs AJ’s face in the mat and tosses her to the floor. Beth rams AJ back first into the edge of the ring and gets a two count back in the ring. AJ surprises Beth and gets a roll up for the pin fall.
Winner: AJ Lee.
After the match, Vickie Guerrero comes out and demands more from AJ. Beth attacks her from behind and Vickie says AJ has one more chance to do better. Vickie demands that the match be restarted.
Beth picks AJ up and hits the Glam Slam for the pin fall.
Winner: Beth Phoenix.
We see that we will hear from Sheamus after the commercial break.
We’re back and we take a look back at the CM Punk/Mick Foley confrontation from earlier tonight and follow up on Brad Maddox’s decision to help Punk retain the title.
Sheamus’ music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Sheamus says he is coming out to the ring with a smile on his face. He says he is disappointed and The Big Show was the better man. He said it took two Knockout Punches to keep him down and said that last night was the greatest fight of his entire life. He said he knocked Big Show off his feet, but that Show scored the decisive blow. He says Show won the battle, but the war is far from over. Sheamus says he is dying for another fight. And when it happens, it will be another war. Sheamus says when that war is over, he’ll have a smile on his face and the World Heavyweight Championship around his waist. The Big Show’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Show says he knows why Sheamus is smiling. He says Sheamus is hiding because he knows he gave Show everything he had and came up short. Show says he did everything he said he was going to do. Show says if Sheamus wants another war, it will be like Custer’s Last Stand and Sheamus will be Custer. Show says Sheamus will never be able to bring enough to beat him. Show calls Sheamus a “Red-headed Gingersnap.” Show says Sheamus will never take the Championship from him. Sheamus asks Show if he’s ever seen a Ginger snap. Sheamus lays Show out with White Noise. Sheamus and Show stare each other down.
We are reminded again that CM Punk and Mick Foley will reveal their teams later tonight. We also see that Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara will face Team Rhodes Scholars after the break.
We go backstage and Cena is telling AJ to keep her chin up as Vickie Guerrero spies on them. Beth Phoenix walks up and thanks Vickie for restarting the match. Vickie tells her that she is fired.
Match #7: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
Mysterio and Rhodes tie up and Mysterio takes him down with a dropkick. Rhodes backs up and tags in Sandow as Mysterio tags in Sin Cara. Sin Cara flips towards Sandow, but Sandow backs into the ropes. Sin Cara elbows Sandow and takes him down with an arm drag. Sandow tags in Rhodes, who gets taken down by some Sin Cara kicks. Sin Cara tags in Mysterio, and they double-kick Rhodes, which gets a two count. Rhodes comes back and he and Sandow double-team Mysterio. Rhodes stomps on Mysterio and takes him to the corner. Rhodes charges Mysterio, but he trips him and Rhodes goes head first into the turnbuckle. Mysterio sends Sin Cara to the apron and he springboards onto Rhodes and Mysterio does the same to Sandow as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and Rhodes slams Sin Cara to the mat, which gets a two count. Sin Cara rolls up Rhodes for a two count, and then Sin Cara takes Rhodes down with a face buster. Sin Cara tags in Mysterio and he hits the seated senton on Rhodes and then takes him down with a head-scissors. Rhodes comes back and tosses Mysterio to the outside, but he lands on his feet. Sandow takes Mysterio down with a cheap shot. Rhodes chokes Mysterio and tags in Sandow. Sandow stomps away on Mysterio and connects with a Side Russian Legsweep and hits the Elbow of Disdain for a two count. Sandow tags in Rhodes and he stomps away on Mysterio in the corner. Mysterio rolls up Sandow for a two count. Sandow tags in Rhodes, who drops a knee on Mysterio. Rhodes stomps away on Mysterio, and gets a two count. Rhodes knees Mysterio in the head, and gets another near fall. Rhodes tags in Sandow and they double-team Mysterio. They go for a double-suplex, but he reverses into a double-DDT. Mysterio tags in Sin Cara, who hits a cross body on both Rhodes and Sandow. Sin Cara springboard elbows Sandow and takes him down with an enziguiri. Sin Cara kicks Sandow and arm drags him down. Sin Cara takes Rhodes down with a head scissors, but Rhodes sends Mysterio into the steps before Sin Cara takes him down with a corkscrew. Sin Cara kicks Sandow in the head and goes up top. He dives off, but Rhodes pulls Sandow out of the way. Sandow hits The End on Sin Cara for the pin fall.
Winners: Team Rhodes Scholars.
We see Mick Foley and Kaitlyn backstage talking about WWE ’13. Paul Heyman walks up and asks him about his team, and Foley says Superstars were lining up to be on his team. Heyman says Punk’s goal is to victimize Foley at Survivor Series as we go to commercial.
We’re back and we see Vince McMahon and a collection of WWE Superstars on the stage and we go to the ring where John Cena is in the ring with Susan G. Komen representatives. Cena presents them a check from the WWE for $1 million dollars. Great to see such a large sum of money go to a wonderful cause. I applaud the WWE here.
Match #8: Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. Justin Gabriel
Del Rio stomps away on Gabriel and suplexes him down for a one count. Del Rio kicks Gabriel and gets another one count. Gabriel takes Del Rio down with a Monkey Flip and then comes off the ropes for a two count. Gabriel takes Del Rio to the outside with a head-scissors. Gabriel takes Del Rio down and they fight on the outside. Gabriel tosses Del Rio back into the ring and Del Rio kicks him in the head and slams his arm over the bottom rope. Del Rio works over Gabriel’s arm in the middle of the ring, but Gabriel fights out before Del Rio drops him with a back breaker. Del Rio continues to work over Gabriel’s arm and takes him down with a back drop for a two count. Del Rio gets Gabriel in another submission, but Gabriel fights out again before Del Rio slams him to the mat. Gabriel fights out of another submission and kicks Del Rio in the face. Gabriel takes Del Rio down with some kicks and hits a moonsault for a two count. Gabriel charges in the corner, but Del Rio moved and kicks Gabriel in the head. Del Rio locks in the cross arm breaker and Gabriel taps out.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio.
We see that CM Punk and Mick Foley’s teams will be revealed after the commercial break.
We’re back and Paul Heyman introduces CM Punk, who comes to the ring. Heyman says his goal is to serve the best in the world and begins introducing Team Punk. He introduces The Miz first. Out next is Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. The last member of Team Punk is Alberto Del Rio. Punk says Survivor Series will mark his one-year anniversary as Champion and he will teach Mick Foley about respect at Survivor Series.
Mick Foley’s music hits and he makes his way out. He introduces Kofi Kingston as a member of his team. Out next come Daniel Bryan and Kane. The last member of Team Foley is Randy Orton. Mick Foley says he is not competing at Survivor Series and bring out Ryback as the fifth member.
Team Foley clears the ring of Team Punk. Ryback takes down Cody Rhodes with the Meathook Clothesline and he and Punk stare each other down. Ryback picks Rhodes up and delivers Shell Shocked and then glares at Punk again as Raw comes to a close.