WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 11/26: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw - The Shield speaks, Cena-Ziggler
Nov 26, 2012 - 10:06:21 PM
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WWE Raw Supershow Results
November 26, 2012 - Episode #1,017
Live from Lafayette, La.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
This week's three-hour Raw opened with the now-weekly melodramatic intro video on the A.J. Lee "scandal," C.M. Punk extending his WWE Title run past one year, and the NXT Invaders taking out Ryback twice in two days.
Live in the arena, Ryback's music played to bring out Ryback for an opening match. On-camera, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler introduced the show and Cole plugged a pre-taped interview with the "NXT upstarts," which Cole described as very disconcerting.
1 -- RYBACK vs. TITUS O'NEIL (w/Darren Young)
Titus was already in the ring to face Ryback, looking for revenge after Ryback took him and Darren Young out on Friday's Smackdown. Titus controlled the action early on, frustrating Ryback. Ryback then came back with a press-slam, which sent Titus rolling to the outside looking for a time-out. Back in the ring, D-Young ran some interference that allowed Titus to hit his Clash of the Titus finisher, but Ryback kicked out at one. Titus then collided with D-Young before walking into a big powerslam. Ryback followed with a Feed Me More giant clothesline before calling for the end. Ryback wanted Shell Shock on Titus and connected center-ring. It was good for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Ryback at 3:16.
Post-match: Ryback took the mic and addressed C.M. Punk and "the outsiders dressed in black" that he will stand in this ring all night until he gets what he wants, which is one, three, or all four of them in the ring. Ryback led the crowd in a Feed Me More chant as Raw faded to commercial.
Back live on Raw, Ryback was still in the ring chanting with the crowd. Five yellow-shirt security members then walked out on-stage and slowly made their way toward ringside. The five individuals walked into the ring and stood opposite Ryback, then the largest individual stood up to Ryback. Ryback proceeded to toss him over the top rope to the outside. The other four backed down, then Vickie Guerrero's voice was predictably heard.
Vickie walked out on-stage and said she is a very understanding person and understands that he feels hurt, embarrassed, and wronged. However, as managing supervisor of Raw, she cannot allow Ryback to put his hands on security or hold the show hostage. She said she has no choice but to - Ryback interrupted. Ryback said he wants C.M. Punk and he wants him at the TLC PPV. He said he isn't going anywhere until he gets it.
Vickie said that "in interest of fairness," she will grant Ryback the match against Punk at TLC, but she is asking him to please leave the ring. Ryback told her to shut up and said he is not finishing speaking. He said he wants Punk at TLC, but also with tables, ladders, and chairs. Ryback swore that if she doesn't give him what he wants, she won't be able to find anyone who can stop him from tearing this ring from pillar to post. Vickie agreed, under one condition that he leaves the ring so that she can get on with the show.
[Q2] Ryback looked around the arena, then slowly approached the security guards. Ryback started moving, which scared them out of the ring. Ryback did his Goldberg facial expressions, then raised his arms in the air. On commentary, Cole claimed that Vickie really had no choice but to give into Ryback. That's a logically-challenged statement. To wrap up the segment, Cole wondered aloud what Ryback is capable of against with tables, ladders, and chairs available to him. One of the keys to this was no focus on Ryback challenging for the WWE Title.
The announcers then transitioned from their main event segment to the dumbest segment of the show last week when Rosa Mendes was "swoggled" by Hornswoggle. This led to a video replay of events earlier today when Rosa confronted Swoggle, who was sitting high on top of a traveling crate. Alberto Del Rio then interrupted to back up Rosa. Then, Great Khali interrupted to scare off Del Rio. Khali then high-fived Swoggle and they took off.
In-ring: Back to the arena, Justin Roberts introduced Ricardo Rodriguez, who introduced Del Rio for in-ring action. Cole said it's Del Rio vs. Khali up next.
2 -- ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. GREAT KHALI (w/Hornswoggle)
Back live, the match was in progress as Cole tried to muster excitement for this match taking place. WWE cut to a shot of Rosa Mendes watching the proceedings on a backstage monitor as Lawler drew attention to the chest...of Del Rio following a series of chops. Del Rio then brought Khali to his knees and delivered a standing sidekick to the head. Del Rio said this one is over, then measured Khali for a corner attack, but Khali back-elbowed Del Rio. Khali followed with lunging clotheslines that looked like a cat swatting at a giant ball of yarn.
Suddenly, Hornswoggle bit Ricardo's backside outside the ring. The activity outside the ring distracted Khali, which allowed Del Rio to kick Khali in the shoulder before slapping on the cross arm-breaker. Khali then tapped out. The announcers talked up Del Rio's "impressive victory" before replaying events that led to the finish.
WINNER: Del Rio via submission 3:33.
Backstage: Vickie Guerrero was reading WWE Magazine before C.M. Punk and Paul Heyman barged in. Punk angrily quizzed Vickie on why she booked him against Ryback for the WWE Title at TLC. Punk noted he's 2-0 against Ryback, then Heyman spoke up that he gets the politics - Vickie is clearly biased against John Cena, so she's trying to cover her tracks by being biased against Punk. Vickie then accused Punk of using "his boys" Brad Maddox and the NXT invaders to retain the title. Punk said for the thousandth time, he had nothing to do with them. Vickie ignored his claim, then booked Punk in a match against the winner of a RawActive poll tonight between Daniel Bryan and Kane.
[Q3] Announcers: Cole and Lawler plugged Punk vs. Ryback in a TLC match at the next PPV, then hyped the RawActive poll. Leading into break, Cole plugged a sit-down interview with Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins up next.
Announcers: Cole and Lawler were shown on-camera. Lawler said the NXT Invaders taking out Ryback is too beneficial for C.M. Punk to be coincidental.
The Shield Speaks
Earlier Today: Cole was shown sitting down with Rollins, Ambrose, and Reigns in sort of a warehouse setting off-stage before Raw. Ambrose interrupted with his dry, drawn-out voice and told Cole to ask them a direct question. Asked if they are working directly for WWE champion C.M. Punk, Ambrose simply said, "No." Rollins spoke up next after being asked who they're working for. Rollins said everyone around here has to answer to Booker T and Vickie Guerrero, who have to answer to the Board of Directors, which has to answer to the fans. Rollins said that's not right, so they stepped in and righted some wrongs. He said they are a shield from injustice in WWE.
Cole switched the subject to Punk benefiting from their actions. Rollins said it's coincidence; Ambrose said it's about righting a wrong. Ambrose then talked up Punk's title reign before Cole asked Reigns for his take. Reigns said when he wants to say something, he'll say it. Ambrose spoke up next that they're not renegades or Nexus or NWO. He said they're about principles and honor where honor no longer exists. Rollins said they are a shield from injustice. "We are The Shield," Ambrose said. Reigns then stood up and said they he has something to say. He said they've said enough and this interview is over.
Back on-camera, Cole said he's known these men for a long time and said he thinks they're just trying to make a name for themselves, not benefitting Punk. Lawler pretended to throw up before saying he's not buying it.
Tonight: Vickie has a surprise for the Cena and A.J. Lee "lovebirds." Also, RawActive poll of Bryan or Kane to face Punk tonight.
[Q4] Vignette: Dancing with the Stars-inspired look at Johnny Curtis as Fandango. "Follow my lead and watch your step," Curtis said in his soundbyte. Lawler made the DWTS reference back on Raw before Divas action.
3 -- TAMINA vs. ALICIA FOX
A. Fox was already in the ring back from break. Tamina was then given a full ring intro and an inset promo describing her recent return to action looking to make a name for herself. Tamina dominated from the start before hitting a top-rope Superfly Splash for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Tamina at 2:06.
Announcers: Back to Cole and Lawler, who talked up WWE's goodwill trip overseas to visit the military. A slideshow of photos from the trip aired.
Backstage: John Cena was shown walking down the hallway. Cole said Cena will address the latest from the A.J. "scandal" up next.
Back live, John Cena's music played to bring out WWE's top star to a mostly positive reaction in the Cajundome. Cena somewhat hobbled down to the ring, but did not show any lingering effects of his "injury" last week on Raw. WWE replayed the locker room brawl between Cena and Ziggler on Raw before showing the end of Smackdown, where Cena put Ziggler in the STF.
Back live in the ring, Cena said Ziggler got what's coming to him, in a dismissive way. Cena then said he's been here in the WWE for 10 years and they've shared a lot of moments together with HBK, Triple H, and The Rock. But, in his 10 years, he has never been interrogated more than he has the past week about whether A.J. is a good kisser. Cena said he's not one to kiss and tell, but...
Vickie Guerrero suddenly interrupted and said she loves to tell people she told them so after John and A.J.'s "disgusting lust" last week. Vickie said since Cena confirmed their affair, she wants to give them presents. This is straight out of the Claire/A.J. Styles/Daniels playbook, short of a baby shower. Vickie brought out matching robes for Cena and A.J., then predicted that their worlds will crash down together. She noted that A.J. is psychotic, caused Daniel Bryan the World Title at WrestleMania, proposed to C.M. Punk, and Kane confirmed that A.J. is unstable.
A.J.'s music then interrupted to bring out A.J. to the ring. No skipping to sell she's serious today. A.J. entered the ring and talked to Cena before Vickie dressed down A.J. A.J. said she's right - in the past, she has had a lot of issues, especially concerning men. A.J. said she's trying to become a better person and learn from her mistakes.
[Q5 -- second hour] A.J. said thanks to Vickie, she is no longer GM, so that means she can date whoever she wants to and can do whatever she wants. A.J. stroked Cena's head, then batted her eyes and grabbed Cena's rear end, then measured Cena for a kiss, but Vickie interrupted, saying she gets it. A.J. then called Vickie a female dog before Dolph Ziggler's music interrupted to continue this charade.
Ziggler stood on-stage and sarcastically said this episode of Jerry Springer is entertaining, but they're all losing sight of the real story. Which is that he tackled Cena through a bathroom stall and Cena just stood there and took it. Then, for some reason, Cena cheap-shotted him on Smackdown. He said something about that just didn't sit right with him. Ziggler wondered why Cena would resort to cowardly tactics, then it hit him. "I know John. I know what's eating you up inside," he said. "Last week, when you kissed A.J., and she jumped in your arms and she wrapped her fingers around your neck and she shoved her tongue down your throat, (pause) you know she was thinking about me the entire time."
Cena smirked and said he knows this is Raw, the sun will rise tomorrow, and this is Lafayette, La., which drew a cheap pop, and that he will shove Ziggler's MITB briefcase down his - Vickie cut off Cena. Vickie then booked Cena vs. Ziggler for tonight to find out who the better man is.
Still to come: Bryan or Kane faces Punk, and a match newly announced - Sheamus vs. U.S. champion Antonio Cesaro.
Back live, WWE rolled footage of NFL star RGIII being presented with a replica WWE Title belt after his performance last week. On commentary, Lawler noted RGIII had 4 TDs against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
In-ring: Wade Barrett was ringside set to join the announcers on commentary. Already in the ring was Tensai, who waited for Kofi Kingston to come out as his opponent. Cole plugged the Kofi-Barrett feud before the opening bell.
4 -- IC champion KOFI KINGSTON vs. TENSAI -- non-title match
Barrett announced that he will challenge Kofi for the IC Title at TLC, setting up the third match of the PPV. Tensai overpowered Kofi early on as Barrett enjoyed watching Kofi take punishment. Kofi finally scored with some offense before knocking Tensai off his feet with a clothesline. Kofi followed with the Boom Drop before measuring Tensai for Trouble in Paradise, but Tensai blocked. Tensai then dropped an elbow to Kofi's throat before covering him for a nearfall.
Tensai tried to finish off Kofi with a butt bomb, but Kofi moved out of the way. Kofi then half-kicked Tensai in the head before springing on him with a cross-body splash for the pin and the win. Post-match: Barret threw down his headsets on commentary, grabbed the IC Title belt, walked into the ring, handed it over to Kofi, and walked out of the ring with a big smile on his face.
WINNER: Kofi at 3:28.
[Q6] Backstage: Daniel Bryan talked to Kane that no one likes him, but they like him. Bryan introduced a U.S. map that showed Bryan (blue) winning in every state. And, globally, everyone is voting for him. Bryan added that they do not have voting results for hell, though, so perhaps Kane is winning there. Kane suggested he send Bryan there to find out. Josh Mathews then walked in and said it's time to reveal the RawActive results. It was 59 percent for Kane and 41 percent for Bryan. Kane shouted in Bryan's face that his data is wrong and red rules. Isn't it a few weeks too late for this reference? Mathews then informed Bryan that he will be in action in a first-time match against Rey Mysterio, and it's next. Bryan, confused, stormed out to the ring as his music played in the background. Bryan shouted, "No!" toward the crowd before Raw went to break.
Back live, Rey Mysterio's music was playing as Justin Roberts introduced him to the live crowd. Rey, already halfway down the ramp, embraced the ringside fans before hitting the ring to face Bryan.
5 -- WWE tag champion DANIEL BRYAN vs. REY MYSTERIO
Bryan controlled early on before Rey flipped Bryan across the ring, then flipped him over the top rope to the outside. Rey followed with a flying move attempt, but Bryan ducked. Bryan then ran off the apron with a high knee to Rey's face. Bryan held his pose and glared toward the crowd before slowly approaching Rey to throw him back into the ring. Back in the ring, Bryan slowed things down and kept Rey on the mat with a big clothesline. But, Rey managed to clear Bryan to the ring and Bryan angrily shouted "No!" toward the crowd as Raw cut to break at 4:00.
[Q7] Back from break, Rey was in control working on Bryan, but Bryan blocked a top-rope move and hung Rey upside down. Bryan then hit a basement dropkick before delivering multiple No! kicks to the body. Bryan then set up Rey for a surfboard stretch before deciding to try to rip off Rey's mask. Bryan then dropped an elbow to Rey's back before delivering a big uppercut. Bryan followed by throwing Rey clear underneath the bottom rope to the floor.
On the floor, Bryan ran Rey into the ringpost before tossing him back into the ring for a nearfall. The battle moved up-top, where Rey blocked a superplex and hit a seated splash for a two count. Rey then dropkicked Bryan into position for a 619, but Bryan blocked and slapped on the No! Lock. Bryan could not apply it in full, though, and Rey reached the bottom rope.
Bryan then stood up and engaged the crowd in a "Yes!/No!" shouting match before walking into a drop toehold into the turnbuckle. Rey then nailed a 619 around the ringpost before climbing up top. Rey dropped the dime on Bryan and it was good for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Mysterio at 12:20. A good match that could have meant so much more if given proper build-up and time in the ring. They could easily have a 20-25-minute match.
Backstage: Rosa Mendes stopped Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez in the hallway to thank Del Rio for having her back. Del Rio said she has his support anytime. Del Rio flirtatiously winked at Rosa, then walked off.
Locker Room: Josh Mathews walked up to Dolph Ziggler to ask whether his attempt to make things personal with John Cena has given Cena extra incentive for their match tonight. Ziggler said he's Mr. MITB, was the Sole Survivor, and beat Randy Orton on Smackdown. He said he's focused and Cena is obsessed with a weak, narrow-minded nutcase. He said he can't wait to see her face after what he does to Cena tonight.
Main Event plug: John Cena makes his Ion TV debut against Damien Sandow in Wednesday's featured match.
Announcers: Back live, Cole and Lawler hyped the Cena-Ziggler feud and referenced A.J. Lee's involvement. Cole then fed to a video replay of Cena "tweaking his knee" and A.J. confronting Ziggler in the men's locker room last week on Raw.
[Q8] Back to the announcers, who fed to a replay from Smackdown when Ziggler beat Orton, then Cena put Ziggler in the STF to close the show.
In-ring: Dolph Ziggler was introduced first for the end-of-the-second-hour "main event." Ziggler stormed out to the ring full of p&v before walking around the ring as if he were in a WrestleMania main event. John Cena's music then played to bring out Cena, who did not show effects of his knee "injury," but Cole reinforced that Cena is not 100 percent by drawing attention to the knee. Lawler said he thinks Cena might be favoring his knee, then brought up Cena's recent elbow injury. With the physical "outs" covered, Cole referenced mental "outs" that Cena could be pre-occupied with the A.J. situation.
6 -- JOHN CENA vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER
Cena started in control of the action as the crowd picked up a dueling chant of "Let's Go Cena / Cena Sucks." Cena then ran into a back-elbow smash before Ziggler dropped him with a jawbreaker. The two men sold on the mat leading to break.
During the break, Ziggler threw Cena into the ring steps on the outside to take control of the action. Back in the ring, Ziggler did sit-ups next to Cena, who had enough and scored a quick nearfall, but Ziggler popped to his feet and clotheslined Cena. Ziggler then landed six or seven elbow drops, did too much showboating again, and Cena avoided the finale. But, Ziggler cut off the Five Knuckle Shuffle and slapped on a sleeperhold. Cena escaped by ramming Ziggler into the ringpost, then went for the STF to a loud reaction, but Ziggler crawled across the ring to the bottom rope for a rope break.
At 8:30, the two men reset on the mat while Cena sold the effects of his knee "injury." Cena then stood up and walked into a big dropkick from Ziggler. For his next trick, Ziggler went to the top rope for a cross-body splash, but Cena rolled through and hoisted Ziggler in the air for the AA, but Ziggler landed on his feet and hit Zig-Zag for a close two count. After a pause, the two men came to their feet and traded bombs before Cena delivered a sit-out slam. Cena then went for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Cena's knee "went out" on him. Cena rolled out of the ring and sold the knee injury as the ref and ringside doctor checked on Cena.
[Q9 -- third hour] Back in the ring, Ziggler removed one of the top-rope turnbuckle pads before A.J. Lee came to ringside. This brought out Vickie, who argued with A.J. before the ref reprimanded both of them. Ziggler again tried to remove the turnbuckle pad, but Cena re-entered the ring, grabbed Ziggler, and used one good leg to nail the AA on Ziggler for the pin and the win.
Post-match: A.J. stood center-ring waiting for Cena, who was posing on the top turnbuckle. Cena then hopped down and approached Cena, who went for a handshake, but A.J. went for a liplock. After their interaction, Cena sheepishly smiled and lowered his head to check on his knee. After a replay aired, Cena raised A.J.'s arm in the air as A.J. giggled like a fan who won a contest to be in Cena's corner for the night. Cena and A.J. then left the ring.
WINNER: Cena at 11:47. Another good match that could have meant more, but likely sets up a re-match...while also oddly reinforcing that Ziggler "can't win the big one." On another note, how long until the storyline development that A.J. is conning Cena for a yet-to-be-revealed reason?
Still to come tonight: Punk vs. Kane. Plus, Sheamus vs. U.S. champion Antonio Cesaro. They cut backstage to show Sheamus walking down the hallway... A plug for "The Soup" WWE special replaying tonight after Raw led to break.
In-ring: Sheamus came to the ring as Cole offered the "shoulda/woulda/coulda" description of Sheamus's lack of World Title possession, similar to Ryback's lack of WWE Title possession after being screwed at the Survivor Series PPV. After a replay of Sheamus destroying Show with chairs at Survivor Series, Sheamus smiled at his work. U.S. champ Cesaro then came out to face Sheamus. And now an attempt to use the transitive law - If Sheamus can't put Cesaro away in 1:30 like R-Truth did on Smackdown, then shouldn't Truth be next in line to get a World Title shot?
7 -- U.S. champion ANTONIO CESARO vs. SHEAMUS -- non-title match
Sheamus controlled the action early on, but could not put away Cesaro in the first two minutes. Sheamus then slingshot Cesaro across the top rope before dragging the U.S. champ to the outside. On the floor, Sheamus threw Cesaro into the barricade, but then Cesaro came back with a ringside attack to take control leading to break.
[Q10] Back in the ring, Cesaro was in control of the action. In the background, Cole could be seen casually leaning back in his chair trying to look comfortable nine quarters into another 13-quarter show. Cesaro scored a close nearfall following a clothesline, then powered Sheamus into the air before swinging him overhead to the mat for another two count. Cesaro followed with rapid-fire uppercuts as Sheamus was trapped in the ring ropes, but Sheamus came back with forearms and a big knee. Sheamus then measured Cesaro for his trademark ten forearm strikes to the chest to return the uppercut favor.
Back in the ring, Sheamus delivered White Noise for a two count. Sheamus then wanted a Texas Cloverleaf, but Cesaro blocked by reaching the ropes. Cesaro then lifted Sheamus into the air via reverse torture rack that he turned into a big slam that nearly resulted in a three count because Sheamus was late rolling his shoulder to escape the pin.
At 12:00, Sheamus went for a top-rope battering ram, but Cesaro intercepted with a huge European Uppercut. That popped Cole on commentary. Cesaro then wanted the Neutralizer, but Sheamus back-dropped Sheamus before thrust-kicking Cesaro out of the ring to the outside. WWE focused on the ref administering a ten count, which came into play as Big Show's music suddenly played. As Show came out with chair in-hand, the ref kept counting, and counted out Cesaro, who sold that he was KO'ed ringside.
Post-match: Show decided to turn back up the ramp to the stage after seeing that Sheamus was not in jeopardy. In the ring, Sheamus took the mic and told Show that if he's going to bring out a chair, then he better use it. Sheamus then vowed to send Show into early retirement at TLC. In anger, Show decided to destroy the poor chair that he brought out with him. Show then backed up on the stage and stood tall as Sheamus glared toward him from inside the ring.
WINNER: Sheamus via count-out at 12:50. One of Cesaro's better WWE TV matches, complete with another take-notice European Uppercut. And, the finish actually protected him, unlike on Smackdown against Truth.
Still to come: Punk vs. Kane in the main event.
[Q11] In-ring: Damien Sandow walked out on-stage to interrupt a promotional plug for Tribute to the Troops. Sandow said that for reasons of good form, he finds that it is imperative to re-iterate that his sole purpose for being in WWE is to rescue the people from their own ignorance. He asked the crowd to remain silent while he is speaking, which of course drew boos. Therefore, he will further his mission by dismantling this person in the ring. "You're welcome," Sandow proclaimed. Zack Ryder's music then played to loud screams from the kids and females.
8 -- DAMIEN SANDOW vs. ZACK RYDER
Ryder, wearing Ghostbusters pants, drove Sandow into the corner early on, which drew screams of horror from Sandow. Ryder then executed an armdrag that sent Sandow scurrying to the outside, wanting nothing to do with Ryder. Sandow eventually used his cat-and-mouse game to take control of Ryder as Cole rattled off a list of Sandow's self-appointed nicknames. Sandow dropped the Elbow of Disdain for a nearfall, then settled into a chinlock as Lawler quizzed Cole on his Latin knowledge.
Sandow ducked his head too soon on a back-drop attempt, allowing Ryder to drop him face-first into the mat. Ryder then landed double knees into a big dropkick. Ryder then wanted the Broski Boot, but Sandow rolled out of the ring to avoid. Ryder adjusted and smashed Sandow in the face through the ropes before rolling him back into the ring. In the ring, Sandow desperately jumped on the ropes to crotch Ryder. Sandow then hit his neckbreaker finisher for the pin and the win. He advances to Wednesday night to face John Cena.
WINNER: Sandow at 4:50.
Backstage: Paul Heyman was randomly shown standing outside C.M. Punk's locker room while clutching the WWE Title belt like a pillow or comfort blanket, apparently waiting for an invite to breath Punk's air. Heyman snapped out of things before cutting off Josh Mathews attempting an interview. He noted Punk just passed Randy Savage on the all-time WWE Title list and he deserves respect. Heyman returned to standing outside Punk's door with a sad/concerned look on his face.
Announcers: Cole and Lawler joked about getting each other Christmas presents, then Lawler oddly joked that he's going to get him a cemetery plot like last year. Cole then transitioned to a replay of The Shield's sit-down interview with Michael Cole earlier in the show. A full replay.
[Q12] In-ring: Pyro shot off, then Kane came out for the main event. Lawler somewhat angrily told the viewing audience that this match is their choice (his tone just sounded off delivering that note), then Cult of Personality played to bring out the WWE champion C.M. Punk flanked by Paul Heyman. Punk played with Heyman's tie, then checked Heyman's watch as Cole noted that Punk just passed Randy Savage on the all-time WWE Title list. As Punk entered the ring, Cole plugged Punk vs. Ryback at TLC, again claiming that Vickie had no choice but to book the match.
9 -- WWE champion C.M. PUNK (w/Paul Heyman) vs. WWE tag champion KANE -- non-title match
Punk used kicks to control the action early on, but Kane came back with a big clothesline that sent Punk flying off the ring apron to the floor. This led to a commercial two minutes in.
Back from break five minutes before the top of the hour, Punk was in control as Cole claimed this is the match the audience wanted. Punk suddenly rolled out of the ring selling an ankle or leg injury. Punk hobbled back into the ring and pushed Kane away to get him way while he recovered. Punk then hobbled into a suicide dive as Heyman sold concern for Punk's health.
Back in the ring, Punk methodically worked on Kane before proclaiming himself Best in the World. Punk then hit a running knee before delivering a second one. Punk called for one more, then measured Kane for a third, but Kane exploded out of the corner with a clothesline. Kane then built momentum with a corner clothesline, then another. A sidewalk slam resulted in a nearfall as Kane continued to sell a knee/leg injury.
Kane climbed up-top for a flying clothesline and connected. Kane then measured Punk for a chokeslam, but Punk ducked and hit a swinging neckbreaker for a nearfall. Punk then climbed to the ring apron for a springboard move, but Kane intercepted with a chokeslam. Kane tried to cover, but Heyman pulled Punk toward the ropes behind the ref's back to get Punk away from Kane.
[Q13 -- over-run] At 9:30, Kane called for the end of the match. There was movement in the crowd, though. Kane then spotted The Shield representatives in the crowd before they assembled ringside. The distraction allowed Punk to lift up Kane and deliver the GTS center-ring. Punk then hobbled on top of Kane to make a cover for the win.
WINNER: Punk at 10:20.
Post-match: Punk sold concern in the ring as The Shield surrounded the ring. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns entered the ring with eyes on Kane, then attacked and ravaged Kane. Punk decided to take off during the beat down as Daniel Bryan suddenly hit the ring to try to defend Kane. The Shield beat down Bryan, though, as Punk backed away.
Suddenly, Ryback's music played. Ryback marched down to the ring as Punk found himself in a bad spot. So, Punk bailed over the guardrail into the crowd. Ryback hit the ring and fought off Shield members one by one before suplexing Rollins, clotheslining Ambrose, and clotheslining Reigns. Punk then re-entered the ring and tried to blindside Ryback, but Ryback fought him off. Ryback then wanted a powerbomb, but Reigns speared Ryback, causing Punk to crash on top of Ryback.
As Punk watched in a corner of the ring, The Shield scooped up Ryback and delivered a triple powerbomb center-ring. Punk then dipped out of the ring to the floor selling shock as The Shield looked toward him. Ambrose looked around the arena, then directed the group away from Ryback as Punk slowly re-entered the ring. As The Shield disappeared through the crowd, Punk placed his boot on Ryback's chest and stood tall in the ring. Cole left viewers with the question of whether The Shield's argument that they do not work for Punk holds water. Cole thanked everyone for watching and signed off six minutes past the top of the hour.
FINAL THOUGHTS: An okay leaning towards skippable Raw. It just felt too over-produced, too thrown-out-there, too illogical at times counteracting the good content. The countless replays and matches trotted out to help fill three hours is just watering down the overall product.
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