Monday, Week 1, October, 2012
WWE Monday Night RAW (Live from The Palace Of Auburn Hills (MI), 24,276 in Attendance)
Pre-Show: Alex Riley versus JTG
In a match that had some good action but not much in the way of heat, JTG defeated Alex Riley in 17:42 by pinfall with Da Shout Out. This match was too long given who was involved.
Match Rating: C-
Pre-Show: Mason Ryan versus Tensai
In a match that had some good action but not much in the way of heat, Tensai defeated Mason Ryan in 17:49 by pinfall with a Corner Splash. Mason Ryan is improving in technical skills.
Match Rating: C+
Before the live television show begins, Michael Cole makes his way to the ring, and takes a microphone from the ringside area. Cole says that he would like to welcome his broadcast colleagues for this evening, beginning with the WWE Hall of Famer, “Good Ol’ JR” Jim Ross. JR comes to the ring and shakes hands with Michael Cole. Cole then says that the next introduction he is going to make is very important and emotional for him personally, as last month his friend and broadcast colleague Jerry “The King” Lawler suffered a massive heart attack whilst broadcasting Monday Night RAW. Cole says that he is delighted to welcome Jerry Lawler back tonight. Lawler comes to the ring, and hugs both JR and Cole. King thanks the WWE Universe for their support and all three men then take up their positions at the commentary table.
Before Monday Night RAW goes live on television, Paul Heyman makes his way to the ring. Heyman takes a microphone and says that he is about to introduce the WWE Champion so the WWE Universe in attendance better show some respect once RAW goes on the air.
Monday Night RAW begins with Paul Heyman standing in the ring, and he is quick to introduce the WWE Champion, a man who he calls the “Best in the World”, CM Punk. CM Punk then comes to the ring and shakes hands with Heyman as he is handed the microphone. Punk says that due the inadequacies of the WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon he has to face Ryback inside a Hell in a Cell this Sunday with his WWE Championship on the line, but that if that wasn’t bad enough, due to the stupidity and lunacy of the General Manager AJ Lee, he has to face John Cena in tonight’s Monday Night RAW main event. Punk says that he should be shown more respect, before he and Heyman head to the back.
Kelly Kelly versus Beth Phoenix
In a match that had some good action but not much in the way of heat, Kelly Kelly defeated Beth Phoenix in 7:58 by pinfall with a K2. Natalya accompanied Beth Phoenix to ringside.
Match Rating: C+
The WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro comes to the ring and says that he is outraged that he has to put his title on the line at the Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View this Sunday against Santino Marella. Vickie Guerrero then comes to the entrance-way and says that she has an important announcement to make later on, but right now she wants to welcome back a man who has rejoined her and who she will lead to the United States Championship, Jack Swagger. Swagger then joins Vickie on the entrance-way and signals to Cesaro that he wants a shot at the US Championship.
Santino Marella and Zack Ryder versus Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks
In a match that had some good action but not much in the way of heat, Team CoBro defeated Tyler Reks & Curt Hawkins in 7:45 when Santino Marella defeated Tyler Reks by submission with a Cobra Clutch. Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins really struggled to work together during this match and miscommunication led to them losing the match, they may not team together for much longer on this evidence.
Match Rating: C
The Monday Night RAW General Manager AJ Lee comes to the ring and says that unfortunately she has to resign as General Manager of RAW as the Board of Directors have been informed that she has been fraternising with a WWE Superstar. AJ says that she denies this, but unfortunately her position is untenable. Vickie Guerrero then comes to the ring and announces that she has been made the new Managing Supervisor of RAW and that it’s now time to take out the trash. Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and a returning Kharma then march to the ring and grab AJ Lee, escorting her out of the arena as Vickie laughs maniacally.
Ryback versus Michael McGillicutty
In a match that had some good action but not much in the way of heat, Ryback defeated Michael McGillicutty in 8:06 by pinfall with a Suplex Powerslam. Ryback is showing lots of signs of improvement.
Match Rating: C
We cut backstage to find CM Punk and Paul Heyman watching highlights of Ryback’s victory on a monitor as well as other Superstars such as the US Champion Antonio Cesaro, Tensai, Tyler Reks, Curt Hawkins and JTG. Paul Heyman tells Punk that he is far superior to McGillicutty and will become the first man to defeat Ryback this Sunday inside Hell in a Cell.
Brodus Clay versus The Miz
In a bout that featured great action and a good crowd, The Miz defeated Brodus Clay in 7:44 by pinfall with a Skull Crushing Finale. The announcers note that this Sunday at the Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View Miz will receive his rematch with Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Championship.
Match Rating: C
AJ Lee is shown backstage, lying on the floor in tears. John Cena then approaches AJ and asks if she is alright. AJ says that John Cena is the Superstar that the Board of Directors think she has been fraternising with. Cena says that’s ridiculous and that he’ll go to Vickie Guerrero and sort things out. AJ tells Cena that there’s no point, and to focus on his main event match with CM Punk, which is next.
Non-Title: WWE Champion CM Punk versus John Cena
In a superb bout that had great wrestling and a sizzling crowd, CM Punk defeated John Cena in 17:39 by submission with an Anaconda Vice. Punk and Cena have great chemistry as opponents in the ring.
Match Rating: B+
Post-Show: The Road Dogg versus Jack Swagger
In a match that had some good action but not much in the way of heat, Jack Swagger defeated The Road Dogg in 13:08 by pinfall with a Red, White and Blue Thunder Bomb.
Match Rating: D+
Backstage Fallout: We see Kelly Kelly packing up her things getting ready to leave the arena, when the new RAW Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero congratulates her on her victory over Beth Phoenix earlier. Kelly says that what Vickie did to AJ Lee tonight was disgusting.
Backstage Fallout: Kelly Kelly is just about to get into her car to leave the arena when Beth Phoenix, Natalya and Kharma attack Kelly, beating her to the concrete floor. Vickie Guerrero can be seen smiling in the background, and she tells Kelly that she is going to make her life miserable now that she is in charge of RAW.
Final Show Rating: B
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