WWE Raw Report KELLER'S WWE RAW REPORT 9/12: Triple H and Punk close the show with major hard-sell for Night of Champions PPV
Sep 12, 2011 - 11:28:59 PM
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By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor
KELLER'S WWE RAW REPORT
SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
AIRED LIVE ON USA NETWORK
-Michael Cole introduced the show as Alberto Del Rio made his way to the ring. He told the fans he can handle being booed, but not disrespected. Ricardo Rodriguez tried to chime in, but Del Rio brushed off his attempt and Rodriguez backed off. Del Rio said nobody will make fun of him. He said he retired Rey Mysterio and retired somebody named Edge. He said he beat C.M. Punk at Summerslam and will teach John Cena a lesson at Night of the Champions. He told fans to stop making fun of him. He said he is "the greatest of the great." Then Bret "Hitman" Hart's music played.
Out walked Bret. They did some great crowd shots of fans reacting to Bret's surprise presence. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler spoke for the first time in the show, talking up Bret. Ross said Bret represents dignity, class, and courage. Bret said he didn't come out there to disrespect Del Rio, but rather give him some advice. He said when he looks at Del Rio, he sees someone who doesn't know what it means to be WWE Champion. Del Rio said he destroyed Rey and Edge, and he's willing to do the same to him. Bret told him to not even start. He said Del Rio is "all style and no stub-stance." Must be a Canada thing. Bret said you become a World Champion, not beating up a crippled wrestler, but by defending the title with honor night after night, "and you are a long way from that."
Del Rio said Bret is a former champion who looks like a homeless person. He's got a point. He said what I was thinking, which is Bret's leather jacket is right out of 1994. He made fun of Bret's hair and shorts, too. Bret was a fashion car wreck. Del Rio said Bret reminds him of those illegal Canadians he uses to clean his house. The crowd booed. Great line. They looked like they were trying not to crack each other up at this point. Del Rio said he'd make an example out of Bret. At that point, John Cena's music played. He got the usual mixed response. Cena addressed the handheld camera, as he does these days (just like on "Blue's Clues!") and no one else is allowed to do, and then headed to the ring. Ross: "Perhaps the next champ is here." Cole took some digs at Canada, calling Ottawa "the capital of this dump."
Cena looked at Bret and said he doesn't agree with Del Rio's critique of his style because all he sees is a WWE Hall of Famer. Cena stared at Del Rio's crotch and said he has no visible proof, but apparently Del Rio has grown a set of jalapenos. He said he's usually run from any threatening situation. Cena began telling Del Rio about the specs of his car, then said he of course doesn't know because he rents them. Cena vowed to beat Del Rio for the title in six days. Del Rio asked Cena to step up and face Ricardo if he's so tough. Ricardo played the moment for some comedy, but he successfully walks that fine line and doesn't end up being over the top in a slapstick way. Cena called Ricardo "Tattoo" (a reference, for those under age 35, to a character on a 1970s t-show called "Fantasy Island"). The six people in the crowd who laughed made it clear almost nobody got that joke, or if they did, didn't find it funny. And that's because it's not any funnier than saying "Poopy."
Cena accused Del Rio of being a car-renting, Travelocity-flying thousand-aire and proposed he defend his title later against Bret Hart. Bret was all for it. The fans were all for it. But, then John Laurinaitis walked out. Cena made fun of his voice. I'm not sure why making fun of his voice is hilarious. Laurinaitis booked Del Rio & Ricardo vs. Cena & Bret. The crowd, Cena, and Bret liked that idea. Ricardo didn't at all. The Raw theme song played as Del Rio and Ricardo backed up the ramp.
-Cole reminded viewers that this is a Raw Supershow, meaning Raw and Smackdown talent were present. Ross plugged a "Final Face-Off" between Triple H and C.M. Punk was coming up. Cole announced Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes in a champion vs. champion match.
1 -- JACK SWAGGER & DOLPH ZIGGLER (w/Vickie Guerrero) vs. ALEX RILEY & JOHN MORRISON
Ziggler and Morrison opened and got it more exciting, hard-hitting, high-quality spots in a minute than TNA provided on PPV through the first two hours last night. Cole suggested Lawler hire Vickie Guerrero to be his manager. Cole said Vickie should expand her clientele. Lawler said Ziggler's ego is so big he doesn't think Vickie should manage anyone other than him. Ross said Capt. Lou Albano and Freddie Blassie, among other managers, had many wrestlers. Riley and Swagger tagged in next. Swagger applied an anklelock. Riley powered out of it and sent Swagger flying into Ziggler on the ring apron. Riley then gave Swagger his finisher for the win. Afterward Vickie yelled at Ziggler. Ziggler said Swagger is a loser and it should just be them without him.
WINNERS: Morrison & Riley in 2:00.
-Josh Mathews interviewed Miz and R-Truth. He asked if their feelings toward Triple H have changed since he granted them a tag title shot. Miz yanked the mic from fellow Tough Enough alum Mathews and said all Triple H did was the obvious. He said all anyone is talking about is the Face-Off between Hunter and Punk. He said if they were to tell the truth, to start with, Punk would change his initials from C.M. to B.S. Then truth chimed in and said he thinks Triple H has made a good decision. Miz said really? Truth said he wants Triple H to lose on Sunday and have his reign as COO to end. Then they walked to the ring. Ross wondered if Hunter lost, who would be the next COO.
Truth walked to the ring and said Triple H is coo-coo (COO times two). [c]
-WWE Fact: Last Friday's Smackdown as the no. 1 show on Syfy for the 50th straight week.
2 -- KOFI KINGSTON (w/Evan Bourne) vs. MIZ (w/R-Truth)
They cut top a break at 1:00. [c] Miz had Kofi on the mat in a chinlock after the break. In the end, Miz knocked Kofi off balance from the top rope and then hit the Skull Crushing Finale for a clean win.
WINNER: Miz in 8:00. It's good for heels to get clean wins now and then against babyfaces to take away the predictability of heels only winning by cheating. In this case it makes even more sense because it puts the title reign of Kofi & Bourne in seemingly more jeopardy at the PPV.
-Backstage, Smackdown G.M. Teddy Long told Vickie that at Night of Champions, Dolph Ziggler will defend his IC Title against Swagger, Riley, and Morrison. Vickie said that wasn't fair because Ziggler has three opponents and the other champions only have one. Kelly Kelly walked up to Vickie and suggested she use a different tone to get her way more often. Vickie called her a "ditzy Barbie doll" and told her to mind her own business. She said she's obviously lose on Sunday. She said, "Heck, even I could beat you." Long said that sounds like a good match for later on the TV show. Vickie wasn't happy.
-Ross asked Lawler to reveal his mystery partner later against Michael McGillicutty & David Otunga. Lawler refused. [c...]
-McGillicutty addressed Lawler at ringside. He said he was born with charisma and a personality. "Do you know who my father is?" he said. Otunga yanked the mic away and said he is a Harvard educated lawyer. He told Lawler to shut his mouth and bring out his partner. Lawler said: "I did know your father, and trust me you aren't your father." They avoided saying Curt Hennig's name. Lawler said Otunga may have graduated from Harvard, but obviously failed Charisma Class. He then revealed Sheamus was his partner.
3 -- MICHAEL MCGILLICTTY & DAVID OTUNGA vs. JERRY LAWLER & SHEAMUS
It appeared Otunga potatoed Lawler at the start. Lawler came up bleeding from the bridge of his nose and tagged in Sheamus. Sheamus dominated the heels and finished Otunga with a brogue kick.
WINNERS: Sheamus & Lawler in 2:00. I would have put money on a Mark Henry run-in here. What was the point of that? I suppose just to give Sheamus a showcase to dominate. McGillicutty (especially) and Otunga didn't do anything to offset what Lawler has been saying about them. Their promo was awful.
-Del Rio walked in on Ricardo warming up and sipping a milk drink. He then did "girl push-ups" on his knees and struggled to get to 20 even after a beverage break.
-A plug aired for the Randy Orton DVD. [c]
-Cole plugged WWE.com's article asking who would replace Triple H as COO if he loses to Punk on Sunday.
4 -- JOHN CENA & BRET HART vs. ALBERTO DEL RIO & RICARDO RODRIGUEZ
Cena and Bret came out to Cena's music. Ricardo introduced Del Rio, but with less enthusiasm than usual. He sounded nervous. He wore full length tights that looked like biking pants, although without any muscle tone underneath.
Del Rio made Ricardo open the match. Cena did the "charging bull" gimmick with Ricardo and his own red t-shirt. Ricardo took a high backdrop bump and then tagged in Del Rio. Cena eagerly waited. A loud battle chant between with "Let's Go Cena! / Cena Sucks!" When Cena made a comeback, including a Stinger splash and a dropkick, he went for an Attitude Adjustment. Ricardo yanked on Del Rio's arm to pull him free, but that constituted a tag. Cena side slammed Ricardo. The crowd booed as Cena did the "You Can't See Me" hand wave. Then a fistdrop. Then an Attitude Adjustment. Del Rio returned to the back. Cena tagged in Bret so he could apply the Sharpshooter. Ricardo tapped out. Afterward, Cena told Del Rio his luck will change at Night of Champions as Bret saluted the crowd.
WINNERS: Cena & Ricardo in 4:00.
-Cena narrated a video package on 9-11-01 followed by clips of Smackdown being taped in Houston two days later in what WWE claims is the first public assembly since 9-11. They showed a very young looking Rock, a long-haired JBL, and a much younger looking Vince McMahon, among others. Cena said 48 hours after the terrorist attack "America was already back on her feet." [c]
-A commercial aired for the "Inside Out" DVD coming to Walmart.
5 -- KELLY KELLY vs. VICKIE GUERRERO
The crowd booed the quality of the action, which was abysmal. When Kelly rubbed her butt in Vickie's face, Lawler said he'd gladly take Vickie's place. At ringside, Ziggler called Swagger a loser and told him to go to the back. Swagger punched Ziggler. Vickie freaked out and was easy prey for Kelly schoolgirl.
WINNER: Kelly in 1:00.
-Afterward Vickie yelled at both Swagger and Ziggler as Kelly smiled and winked at the crowd in celebration. Beth Phoenix walked out, but Kelly saw her and kicked her off the ring apron, then fled up the ramp. Kelly struggled way too hard to get some hair out of her eyes. You'd think she'd have dealt with that situation before. [c]
-A highlight video of Triple H wrestling aired to "King of Kings." It was good to reacquaint everyone to Hunter as more than a suit-wearing smart-ass authority figure.
-Mathews interviewed Mark Henry. He said people want to know why he has done what he's done to Kane, Big Show, and Sheamus. He said for 15 years he's lacked his deserved respect. He said the reason all that happened was to get him to this point, and that was to be the World Hvt. Champion. He said on Sunday "Orton will enter my Hall of Pain."
-Randy Orton's ring entrance took place. [c]
-WWE Fact: November's Survivor Series sold out in 90 minutes.
6 -- RANDY ORTON vs. CODY RHODES -- World Champ vs. IC Champ
Cody's full ring entrance aired. Cole and Lawler remarked with disbelief that the Canadian fans wore the paper bags Cody's assistant handed out at ringside, ignoring that it happens in every city every week to the point that Cody even noted his heel gimmick is backfiring on him. But Lawler and Cole will take any opportunity to make Canadians out to be weirdos. Henry walked onto the stage and sat on a chair. Orton walked out to confront him, giving Cody a chance to recover and hit Orton at ringside with a flying knee. They cut to a break. [c]
At 10:00 Orton gave Cody a DDT off the middle rope. Lawler said Orton can't do that to Henry. Ross said there is a lot that Orton does well that he won't be able to do against Orton. Henry walked to ringside. As the ref turned to Henry, Cody KO'd Orton with his facemask, revealing his "hideous face" for all to see en route to a victory.
WINNER: Cody Rhodes in 11:00.
-Afterward Henry attacked Orton with a chair, then held Orton's World Title belt in the air. He seemed go get even a little weepy holding the belt in the air, as if he was sensing he would become a World Champion on Sunday and it was beginning to hit home. I think a lot of people behind the scenes are rooting for a booking decision to give Henry a win after all his years in the company and a lot of bad booking. Will Henry rise to the occasion in the biggest match of his career and put on a PPV main event caliber singles match against a world class worker in his prime such as Orton?
-Ross hyped the Triple H-C.M. Punk "Final Face-Off" next.
-A commercial hyped the return of Edge to Smackdown as a special guest Superstar with a special Cutting Edge interview segment featuring Henry and Orton. It's good to hear a specific plug for Smackdown like this. [c]
-After a sponsored clip aired of Triple H firing Kevin Nash last week, Triple H made his ring entrance. Punk came out next. He said he's fascinated that the world is waiting to see what they have to say to one another. He said he'd start. He said he respects Triple H, especially for firing "that charisma vacuum and ratings killer, Kevin Nash." He said just because he respects him doesn't mean he likes him. He said he's known since Day One that Triple H doesn't like him, including the horrible things he says behind his back. He said people like to talk and they tell him what he says about him. Punk said he called him a "pompous undersized Internet darling who couldn't hang with the likes of the mighty Triple H." He said he could tell in his face that every time they talked, Triple H's skin crawled and he didn't like him. Triple H said, "That's changed a little bit." That was funny; good delivery. The crowd broke into a loud chant of "C.M. Punk! C.M. Punk!"
Punk said nothing has changed since he basically fired Vince McMahon. He said he's just like Vince, wearing a suit with "pants that probably don't have a back pocket for some weird reason." He said they share the same opinions and philosophies that a guy who looks like him doesn't belong in the ring with someone who looks like Triple H. "The big thing that infuriates me is that for years now you both have this bodybuilder fettish/fantasy about what a main event caliber Superstar needs to look like. Based on that, guys who don't fit your image, or more importantly guys who do fit your image are afforded ten-times the opportunities." The crowd began to applaud during this. Triple H jumped in as the applause increased in the crowd.
"Oh my god, Jesus," he said. "This is it. This is what you got? The bodybuilder thing? That's what you're going to blame this on?" He mentioned Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, Bret Hart, and Rey Mysterio. He said bodybuilder is not going to be used to describe any of those gentleman. Punk asked Hunter if he's going to deny that mindset exists. Hunter asked if he's going to use that as an excuse. "You don't actually believe that?" asked Punk. Hunter told him to use that as an excuse for his failures. A loud "C.M. Punk!" chant broke out. Triple H said he's worried about his opinion all the time, but he shouldn't worry about it. He said the opinion that matters is that of the fans. Punk asked, "Are you listening to them?" Hunter said yes, and that's how he changed his opinion. He said it's the first six years when he didn't get that reaction and he felt he was being held back. He said if you want to be a star, all you have to do is get over with the fans. "When you get them on your side, they will come in droves to see you," he said. "And when they do, you'll get everything you ever wanted out of this business. You won't have to go and make phone calls and beg and plead to get on the cups at 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven will call us and demand you're on it."
Punk replied: "So we're listening to the audience today, just today, is that right." He asked, "Then where or where are my WWE Ice Cream bars?" Cole asked, "Is he serious?" Punk told him to spare him his first Brass Ring Speech. He said it was 2006 in Philadelphia the night before his first WWE pay-per-view. He was on a tag team captained by Degeneration X. He said 18,000 people in Philadelphia weren't chanting DX, Shawn Michaels, or Triple H; they were chanting - he then held up the mic and the crowd chanted "C.M. Punk!" Punk said he grabbed that brass ring and got nowhere with it. Punk said he doesn't play games. What you see with him is what you get. He said he'd rather be hated for who he is rather than loved for something he's not. Triple H said that's rather mighty heroic of him. He then listed the multiple World Champions he's won, the Money in the Bank, the main events as evidence he's had plenty of opportunities. "Those sound like a lot of opportunities," he said. "Maybe at some point you have to look in the mirror and blame yourself, maybe you're not as good as you thought, maybe you're not the best in the world."
Triple H reminded him of Punk recalling that Cena told him he had almost lost hope in him, but he renewed his hope. Hunter said Punk may have thought who the hell is Cena to talk to him that way, but Cena is the man who went from nothing to the biggest star in the business. He said he sells out arenas worldwide by winning over the fans. Triple H said he needs to worry about the fans' opinion, not his. He said when people ask him his opinion, sometimes he's right, sometimes he's wrong. He said sometimes he thinks someone is the next big star, but he's wrong, and other times he dismisses someone, but they turn out to be the biggest star in the business, like Cena. Punk wiped out ear wax with his pinkie, not believing that Hunter was denying that Cena was essentially Stephanie McMahon's personal pick to be the top star.
Punk finally interrupted and asked if he is listening to the people he says count. "Are you hearing this?" he said. "Don't tell me I have to win them over." Hunter said today they are chanting your name, but last year not so much. He said he just started to get those people. He told him not to play the martyr and say he was held back the last six years. Punk said he earned everything and busted his ass and sacrificed for the business. Triple H said damn right he did, he busted his ass and left it all in the ring. "You're handed nothing," he said. He said his warped Internet philosophy may not agree, but that's how you get over in this business. Hunter said this going around in a circle, but this is now personal. He said he tried to keep it business, but Punk made it a personal issue. He said on Sunday they enter the ring and fight it out. He said Punk has to fight not the COO, but man, a man who insulted him and is going to kick his ass. They were going to nose to nose. Punk said, "Well, la dee da. We can add that little chestnut on top of all the other things you're dead wrong about." He said this isn't about John Cena, "I am the best in the world." He said, "You're gonna kick my ass? I'm going to kick your ass and pin you 1-2-3."
Punk said his quest for change in WWE doesn't stop until Hunter is no longer COO. He said it will be so satisfying to kick his ass on Sunday. He then said his real name for the first time in all these months: "This isn't C.M. Punk talking to Triple H. This is Phil Brooks talking to Paul Levesque." The crowd oohed that. He said the reason it's going to be so satisfying to kick his ass is...and then his mic went dead. He threw it aside. Hunter told Punk, as picked up by the ringside mic, that if he wants to say something, say it to him, he doesn't care if the crowd hear it. Hunter's mic was on. Punk yanked it from him. That got turned off. Punk swore and threw the mic down. Hunter demanded another live mic. He asked what was going on. Hunter handed Punk the mic again and told him to lay the pipe bomb on him. Punk just stared at him and then said they'd just turn it off like they did the last two. Punk finally took the mic, but this time he hit Hunter with it. Hunter went down. Punk stood over him and said, "Suck it!" Punk walked to the back with a smile on his face. The camera cut back to Hunter as the show ended.
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