MONDAY NIGHT RAW
Live! From Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Monday, September 17th, 2012
You are now tuning in, to the world’s greatest
Tonight’s the Night, bright lights, hyped crowd…
Monday Night RAW opened with the 2012 Video Package, but instead of going immediately to the Webster Bank Arena instead camera’s are live only 20 miles away in the front of WWE Headquarters where Champion CM Punk stood with his Championship belt. CM Punk proceeded to declare a revolution. He reminded fans of Jerry Lawler’s outcry that Punk “turned his back on WWE Universe” after he made Rock go to sleep. He then said that he is standing up for WWE Universe. In his own words…
”For the first time, ever, it will be the wrestlers who have a voice. Not some suit sitting in an office. Not some board of directors comprised of people who wouldn’t know the difference between an armbar and a headlock. Not by ratings produced by a system over fifty years old. No…this is a Revolution to every wrestler who is sick of being called an entertainer. It’s a Revolution of every wrestler who has the balls to stand up to the big bad WWE. You see, last year I proved to everyone that Vince doesn’t have the balls not to keep us under contract. There’s a company in Florida just itching to sign anyone who has the stench of WWE on them. Now, along with my friend Paul Heyman and anyone else that wants to sign up for this Revolution, I will prove that WWE is ripe to be taken over. Enough with the same old crap every single week. Enough with John Cena getting everything he wants and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson being handed title shots on a whim. Enough of Triple H burying anyone he sees fit so long as he looks good. Tonight begins a revolution.”
Following CM Punk’s declaration, he took black spray paint and painted the letters “RESPECT” on the front glass doors before camera’s cut to the squared circle where Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler introduced fans to Monday Night RAW calling last night’s Pay Per View, “Night of Champions” as a historic night. Cole also introduced a new member to the team, William Regal
who now sits as a third member to the WWE Raw Announce team. As the discuss what is in store for this week, Paul Heyman
and two of his clients Matt Morgan
and Jack Swagger
came to the ring with a mixed reaction from the crowd. Heyman called out for anyone in the WWE Backstage that wants to join a revolution. In his own words…
My name is Paul Heyman and I am the author of Revolution in this business. You see, when people were sick of the way wrestling was being done, I raised up a revolution called Extreme Championship Wrestling that took a corrupt television company and two billionaires named Ted and Vince to take down! (Faint chants of E-C-W are heard) I brought in the biggest monster WWE has ever seen and then I brought him back. That man, my client, Broockk Leessnnaarr not only broke the arm of Triple H but made the Chief Operating Officer of this company to retire! He is so depressed he cut his trademark hair. Then, I decided to join forces with CM Punk to stop the inevitable title win that John Cena is given every single time he asks for it. I’m the only man who had the balls to slap Bret “The Hitman” Hart in the face in his hometown last week. Now, a revolution has begun. Standing with me is Matt Morgan, a man who got so sick of mundane wrestling in Florida that he left. He should have had a contract earlier but ol’ Vince McMahon didn’t have the balls to face a lawsuit so he couldn’t pull the trigger. Now he stands as my client, and the future of World Wrestling Entertainment. To my right is Jack Swagger, a man who wouldn’t allow the company spoonfeed him to the lazy fans of WWE as some rip off of an Olympic hero and was being buried under the garbage this company is until he decided it was time for a … Revoolluuuttion. And now, just as CM Punk said, this is an open invitation to anyone in the back who wants to join our force. You see this Revolution will shape the way WWE is. It is not a stable or a cookie cutter faction. It is a revolt. It is what this damn company has needed for a long time. So anyone in the back who wants to join, come now…
As Paul Heyman was finishing, much to the shock and dismay of Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole (yet, the delight of William Regal) Randy Orton
came to the ring to a loud ovation from the capacity crowd. Heyman was ecstatic even going as far as mentioning that WWE suspended Orton twice. Instead of saying anything in return, Orton crushed Paul Heyman with an RKO leaving the ring immediately as Heyman’s clients tended to him. As Orton was leaving, AJ Lee
came out and announced the Main Event tonight will be Randy Orton and Kane vs. Matt Morgan and Jack Swagger
As RAW returned from commercial break, Zack Ryder
was in the ring for his opening bout against Ryback
. During Ryback’s entrance Michael Cole reminds fans that last night he came out during The Miz’ celebration as he retained his Intercontinental Championship against Rey Mysterio. Ryback chanted “Feed Me A Champion” that night to the dismay of The Miz. This match was a quick five minutes with Ryder only getting a few offensive maneuvers before being squashed with the Shell Shocked
and Ryback gained victory by pinfall. Following Ryback’s win, The Miz
came out to respond to Ryback’s taunts at Night of Champions.
Noone cares about your stupid chant and your pointless victories, in fact, your just about the furthest you can get away from being … awesome. But since you decided to interrupt my moment last night in Boston, then I’m going to interrupt your special little 30 seconds you get weekly to tell you… No! No way in Hell are you ready for a title shot
RAW Interviewer, Josh Matthews, stood in the back with Kofi Kingston
to discuss his partner R-Truth attacking him last night. A video shows R-Truth apologizing profusely at Night of Champions yelling “Jimmy told me to do it!” Kofi Kingston said that before they have their re-match on Friday Night he needs to talk to R-Truth but he has yet to see him. Kofi stated he was “shocked” by R-Truth’s actions and doesn’t know where it came from. Prior to the interview, Josh Matthews confirmed that John Cena
is not medically cleared to be here tonight after the attack from Paul Heyman’s clients last night.
Michael Cole was excited to see Dolph Ziggler
and Vickie Guerrero
arrive via limo even going as far as calling him a “Hall of Famer” much to the angst of Jerry Lawler. As RAW cam back from a commercial break Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara
defeated Primo and Epico
in a well fought, back and forth tag team battle.
The next segment belonged to Dolph Ziggler
, World Heavyweight Champion and his valet, Vickie Guerrero
. Dolph talked about defeating Randy Orton cleanly last night before taking out the Champion. Michael Cole reminded fans that Dolph Ziggler cashed in at Night of Champions after Sheamus crushed Alberto Del Rio with a “Brogue Kick” even though it was banned. Lawler said that it was cowardly by Sheamus, but he was reacting to be cheated out of his title by Del Rio. As Dolph was speaking he was interrupted by Paul Heyman
who said that there is only one true Champion in WWE and that is CM Punk.
Michael Cole told fans in attendance and live watching on TV that they can tweet their vote to who battles Antonio Cesaro for his United States Championship: Brodus Clay, Damien Sandow or Christian. As RAW came back from commercial break, AJ Lee
was in the back on the cell phone sounding ery defensive that she is in ‘complete control’. AJ then closes the obvious one-sided conversation by saying ‘thank you, Mr. McMahon’. She hung up looking exhausted and looked to Randy Orton
and said that he better win tonight.
Twitter votes were counted and Brodus Clay
came out to his usual entrance. This will be Brodus Clay’s first title shot. Antonio Cesaro
came out next and the match went back and forth for approximately ten minutes. At one point, Brodus Clay hit Antonio Cesaro with a running cross body (‘Ah Funk It!’) to a near fall. As the battle raged on, Damien Sandow
came out to and hit Clay with a chair against his back without the ref seeing it. Clay no-sold the chair shot, turned to grab Sandow and was rolled up for a pinfall by Cesaro who retained his title. Afterwards, Damien Sandow took the mic and said ”You’re welcome”
to Cesaro and presumably the WWE Universe.
Josh Matthews stands in the back with new Tag Team Champions, PrimeTime Players
who do their typical taunt of ‘millions of dollars’ and their dance. Titus O’Neill
and Darren Young
treat this backstage segment as a party and are barely understandable. They do confirm they are not afraid of the re-match on Friday Night. As they continue their party, Tyson Kidd
comes up to them and sarcastically congratulates them before telling them it will be a short lived title reign.
After another recap of the opening segment with CM Punk, Daniel Bryan
comes out to the loudest ovation of the night. His opponent for this match is Wade Barrett
. Both men battled in what easily could be considered the Match of the Night. The strength of Wade Barrett was evident at the beginning, tossing Daniel Bryan around the ring and eventually Bryan’s response changed from confident to concerned. It wasn’t until a powerbomb was reversed into a frankenstiener that Daniel Bryan began to get some upper hand. Bryan began to target the knees of Barrett trying to get him to the ring to start exploiting submission moves. As the match approached the 15-minute mark, Barrett clotheslined Bryan over the top rope and to the outside. Both men regained composure and began to exchange blows leading away from the ring and up the ramp. The referee hesitantly counted to ten causing both to be counted out.
New WWE Diva Champion, Eve
stands in the back with her championship. Teddy Long
walks up to her and congratulated Eve on her title win. Long then asked Eve if she believes in the Diva division and wants what is best for WWE. Eve estatically (almost over the top) said yes. Long smiled and said she will love to hear who they signed to a contract and that she will find out on Friday. Eve looked concerned before putting on her fakest smile for the camera.
As RAW reached its third hour, CM Punk
came out to a mixed reaction from the crowd carrying a manila envelope along with his WWE Championship. . The bi-partisan crowd was all on their feet as CM Punk eloquently began to tell everyone how he is the “Best in the World”. Punk tells the WWE Universe that a Revolution has begun and that he is not the leader but ‘they are’. They wanted to see John Cena be wiped out and he obliged. Now, they want to see one true Champion and CM Punk was at WWE Headquarters to get the approval. He teases what is in an envelope he was carrying until his microphone all of a sudden cuts out. As he tries to get another microphone he is interrupted by AJ Lee
. AJ tells Punk that ‘plans have changed’ and then tells Punk that he has a match right know against The Big Show
has a ten minute match with WWE Champion, CM Punk
. The battle goes back and forth with neither wrestler being able to get much momentum. The announcers are shocked as CM Punk eventually get the upperhand and causes Big Show to tap out to the Anacanda Vice in the center of the ring. After the clean victory by CM Punk he takes a microphone and yells “Respect” in the face of Big Show before throwing the mic down and leaving the ring.
watches with frustration in the back when Vickie Guerrero
asks her how its possible that she has lost control in such epic ways. AJ Lee turns to ignore her and Paul Heyman
meets her. Heyman suggests that AJ Lee needs some serious help if she wants to keep her job from piranha’s like that. Heyman called Guerrero a “bottom feeder” and “lucky she has that last name”.
Michael Cole teases that Booker T
will have an announcement regarding the possibility of a Sheamus
suspension for using the Brogue Kick on Alberto Del Rio. Following that, a quick segment with David Otunga
who stands in the back carrying the infamous water bottle. Otunga says his client, Alberto Del Rio, has a series of complaints he will air on Friday as he is seeking retribution for the Brogue Kick and the farce title victory by Dolph Ziggler.
Kane & Randy Orton def. Matt Morgan & Jack Swagger via DQ
The Main Event was an incredible debut by Matt Morgan and also notable was Swagger and Morgan’s ability to work together. The match switched several times as momentum was shared between the superstars. At one point Morgan hit a running big boot on Randy Orton, his former finisher called the ‘Carbon Footprint’. Orton refused to die as the announcers sold that Orton is fighting for the sake of WWE as a company. Evantually Randy Orton reached a desperate tag to Kane who cleared the ring at one point. Kane threw Swagger around the ring and kept the momentum for some time until Morgan blocked a chokeslam.
This match did not have a fair conclusion, as at this point chaos began. Orton came into the ring to fight Morgan and the four men came to blows in the center of the ring. The crowd was torn as to why Cody Rhodes
walked to the ring. Rhodes grabbed a chair and snuck under the ropes and proceede to crush Kane with a chair. Rhodes and Swagger kicked Kane out of the ring as Randy Orton was left with three superstars against him. Paul Heyman
shouted with glee as all three men pounded Randy Orton. CM Punk
came back to the ringside and applauded as Matt Morgan crushed Orton with the ‘Mount Morgan Drop’ on a steel chair. Fans boo’ed wildly as the five men stood in the center of the ring proudly.
The final thing we hear is Jerry Lawler, saying “the fate of WWE is in the hands of these tyrants”