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WWE News: Raw TV SPOILERS for next week's July 4 episode - follow-up on C.M. Punk angle & MITB PPV updates

Jun 28, 2011 - 1:16:23 AM
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WWE Raw TV taping report
June 27, 2011
Las Vegas, Nev.
Report by Dustin, PWTorch reader


After the live Raw went off the air, Michael Cole announced from WWE management that Punk was suspended indefinitely. On-stage, Punk just waved his arms and left.

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Raw SPOILERS for July 4 Raw episode

John Cena came out first and discussed Punk's promo "last week." Cena said he disagreed with Punk being suspended, which meant the title match at Money in the Bank was off. He said he believes in freedom of speech, then brought up that he spoke with Vince McMahon about disagreeing with the decision because he wanted to fight Punk and defend the belt. He said Punk earned the right to challenge him for the title. Related to "freedom of speech," Cena brought up Daniel Bryan being fired last year and fans having signs confiscated.

(1) Divas champion Kelly Kelly & Eve beat The Bellas.

(2) WWE tag champions New Nexus (David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty) beat Santino & Kozlov.

(3) Jack Swagger beat Sgt. Slaughter.

(4) Alberto Del Rio beat Rey Mysterio and R-Truth to become #1 contender at the Money in the Bank PPV.

(5) Alex Riley beat The Miz, then Miz delivered a post-match beat down.

At the end of Raw, McMahon came out. McMahon replied to Punk and said it all comes down to Punk "being a punk." He started to leave, but Cena came out. It was fascinating to see Cena and McMahon interact. Cena said Punk earned his spot, then asked if McMahon was getting soft not being able to take Punk's promo. McMahon said he wouldn't deliver a Cena-Punk match and told Cena not to upset him like Hogan and others have done.

Cena tried to argue for the match at MITB, then McMahon shot back, "What if you can't beat him?" He asked Cena what if Punk takes the WWE Title to another promotion? Cena said he gets it now - it's about McMahon being embarrassed. Vince said he's about calculated risk, and this isn't a risk he's willing to take. He said the business is his, not Cena's. McMahon said guys came before Cena and will come after him.

Cena handed him title belt and said he quit. Cena got to top of ramp and looked back, then McMahon took the belt, walked to the top of the ramp, got in his face, reinstated Punk for the title match, and said if Punk wins, the moment afterward, he's firing Cena. After that, Cena looked dumbfounded. Raw ended at this point. Dustin's perspective: It was fascinating to see Cena and McMahon give off the appearance of creating this on the fly and letting some genuine emotion come out. How much will appear on Raw after editing will be interesting.

Post-Raw taping

Cena slowly walked to the back looking at title. Cena then came back out for what was supposed to be dark match vs. R-Truth. Cena said he just got wrung out by the boss, but, since they were in Vegas, he bet him he could beat him in a minute. Truth agreed to take the beat.

Dark Match: WWE champion John Cena beat R-Truth in 0:25 to retain the WWE Title. Cena got in his signature moves and decisively won. That's how Raw ended.



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