In a shocking challenge Mr. McMahon booked himself against CM Punk, after Punk interrupted his state of the WWE address. But the aging Chairman is not stupid, during the bout Ryback came out to teach Punk a real lesson. An ultimatum has been set, either Punk will face John Cena at the PPV or Ryback!
John Cena addressed the WWE Universe:
when it came to the matter of CM Punk, Cena was all business and the trademark smile faded away as he repeated his solemn vow to the WWE Universe: One arm, two arms, injured or not, the Cenation leader would make his way to Hell in a Cell to challenge for the WWE Title. As a final appeal to The Second City Saint, Cena bellowed, “don’t be a punk: agree to face me and define your legacy at Hell in a Cell!” All that would have been enough for the WWE Universe, but the assembled crowd got an extra treat when Ryback made his presence known, thundering down to the ring for his match, though not before sharing a moment of mutual respect with the Cenation leader.
Ryback def. Primo & Epico:
In an echo of the victories that made him a household name in WWE, Ryback lifted both Primo and Epico onto his titanic shoulders and left the duo Shell Shocked as the referee counted three. Two more challengers fall, but the hunger remains.
Brodus Clay vs. R-Truth never happened after Little Jimmy asked to dance with the Funkadactyls.
WWE Champion CM Punk interrupted the State of WWE Address; Mr. McMahon challenged Punk to a match:
So what is the state of WWE? Following Mr. McMahon’s address, state of flux would be appropriate to say the least. What started as a good-natured speech to the WWE Universe about what makes WWE great devolved into animosity and, finally, physicality after WWE Champion CM Punk decided to go a few verbal rounds with his former favorite “pipe bomb” target.
It was The Chairman’s implication that WWE was about the best battling the best that brought Punk forth, sporting a new T-shirt and the same furious attitude that led to the “pipe bomb” itself. The champion, furious that Mr. McMahon dared speak of “the best” in the company without mentioning his name, took The Chairman to task for his supposedly underappreciative attitude, for attempting to vilify him while he carried the standard of WWE around his waist. “I’m the best you have!” Punk roared in Mr. McMahon’s face, but The Chairman would not be moved. He attempted to take Punk down a notch, comparing him unfavorably to legends like Bret Hart and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
Instead of humbling Punk, however, the opposite occurred. Incensed by Mr. McMahon’s comments, Punk vilified The Rattlesnake and finally got to his point: that it was a “slap in the face” when Mr. McMahon failed to mention Punk as one of his best Superstars. “You’ve been slapping me in the face for years,” The Second City Saint seethed, before rearing back and open-palm slapping The Chairman across his face. With The Boss prone on the mat, Punk knelt down and delivered the kicker: “And now that’s a slap in your face.”
While The Second City Saint preened his way back up the ramp, The Chairman got to his feet and got to business: He should fire Punk, but wouldn’t … provided the WWE Champion met him one-on-one in the ring later that night. And by the time the night is over, The Boss vowed, CM Punk would learn something about respect.
At the top of the ramp, Paul Heyman attempted to dissuade his “guy” from taking The Boss’s bait, but The Voice of the Voiceless would have none of it. “We have him right where we want him,” said Punk.
Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara def. The Prime Time Players to advance in the WWE Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contenders’ Tournament:
Utilizing his trademark speed, The Ultimate Underdog left Young prone after a flurry of offense, finally capitalizing off an assist from Sin Cara to put Young on the mat with a 619 and send the dynamic tag team one round closer to challenging for the Tag Team Championships.
World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus def. Wade Barrett by Disqualification after Big Show and Tensai interfered:
US Champion Antonio Cesaro def. Tyson Kidd:
Kidd proved a formidable challenge nonetheless, leaving Cesaro reeling after a dizzying offensive series that took the two Superstars to the apron and beyond, finally sending Cesaro reeling into the turnbuckle. That was when the champion found his second wind, though, hoisting Kidd into the air for his signature uppercut before sealing the hard-won match with the Neutralizer.
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No def. Alberto Del Rio & Dolph Ziggler:
Del Rio & Ziggler left Bryan dazed and confused after a long-form beatdown that seemed to spell the end for Team Hell No’s chances in the match. But after withstanding a beating at the hands of Del Rio & Ziggler, Bryan eventually found his opportunity, hauling Del Rio into the turnbuckle and finally summoning The Devil’s Favorite Demon into the match. Del Rio & Ziggler again seemed to have the match in hand, though, when they foiled a double-Chokeslam from Kane.
But the oddly contentious teamwork by Kane and Bryan came in handy when all was said and done. Each time one the twosome tagged themselves into the match, it left Del Rio & Ziggler unable to rally and counter. A missile dropkick from Bryan, followed by a Chokeslam from The Big Red Monster, finally spelled the end for Team Hell No’s latest challengers.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz guest-starred on “Larry King Now”:
Raw met award-winning journalism when Peabody winner Larry King brought his new show, “Larry King Now,” to Raw in Sacramento, Calif. Suffice it to say, his special guest, The Miz, wasn’t about to let the journalistic legend steal his spotlight.
Things went downhill rather quickly when the Intercontinental Champion cut King off before he could even get the first words out of his mouth, insisting that King, his wife Shawn, and the assembled WWE Universe honor The Awesome One by singing “Happy Birthday” to him en masse. King wasn’t about to let Miz get the last laugh, though, and abruptly brought out Kofi Kingston as a replacement guest for Miz, who he said wasn’t exactly up to snuff. This, needless to say, left The Awesome One fuming, as Miz began to verbally unload on King, Shawn and Kofi, threatening to “divorce [King's] big head from [his] little body.”
Well, Mrs. King did not take kindly to that quip at all, tossing a mug full of water in The Awesome One’s face. Kofi quickly got in on the fray, throwing Miz off the stage and executing a flying chop before dragging the Intercontinental Champion back to the locker room.
Team Rhodes Scholars def. Santino Marella & Zack Ryder to advance in the WWE Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contenders’ Tournament:
Ryder was the first in the ring against Team Rhodes Scholars, and The Ultimate Broski had his work cut out for him against Rhodes & Sandow. The Scholars unleashed an early barrage of offense against Long Island Iced-Z, although Ryder was able to reach Santino for a tag after withstanding an offensive sequence from Rhodes. The Italian Stallion wasn’t able to capitalize, though, as Rhodes executed the Disaster Kick on Santino when he reached for the Cobra, defeating “Team Co-Bro” to earn their way into the final of the tournament.
But it was a three-man team who had the last word of the evening, as Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal, “The Band,” made their way to the ring and unleashed a perfectly synchronized stomping on the fallen Santino, pausing only to rock their air guitars before the assembled Sacramento crowd.
Divas Champion Eve def. Kaitlyn to retain her title.
WWE Champion CM Punk fought Mr. McMahon until Ryback interrupted; The Chairman gave Punk an ultimatum for Hell in a Cell:
As it turned out, CM Punk vs. Mr. McMahon wasn’t much of a match, as the bell never rang to signal the beginning of the contest. That said, it was one undeniably epic fight.
The brutality began early, when Punk attacked The Chairman from behind before he could even take to the ring. The Second City Saint showed no mercy in the man he once considered his chief tormentor, battering The Boss about the ring before Mr. McMahon began to show signs of life. The Chairman gave as good as he got, pummeling Punk on the outside and even catching some air as he leaped over the announce table to pounce on The Second City Saint while he lied prone amid the announce chairs. Mr. McMahon’s acquisition of a kendo stick from beneath the ring sent Punk scurrying. But when The Chairman laid hands on Punk’s beloved WWE Title (decking Heyman to get it in the process) and dared him to come and get it, The Voice of the Voiceless was left with no choice but to retaliate.
And retaliate he did. Once Punk got his hands on a kendo stick of his own, he went mano-a-mano with The Chairman, and an expert possum play led to a low blow that left Mr. McMahon sprawled across the ring. After dishing another battering with the two kendo sticks, Punk finally hauled The Chairman up for the Go to Sleep, and it seemed there were very few words from anyone that could have stopped the onslaught at that point.
And then, right on cue, two of them erupted through the loudspeakers:
For the third time, Ryback made a beeline for the WWE Champion and, with an assist from John Cena, this time “Big Hungry” hit paydirt, cutting The Second City Saint down with a clothesline before lifting Punk into the air for Shell Shocked … until Punk squirmed off Ryback’s grip and, in a strange repeat from his infamous exit at Money in the Bank, exited through the crowd.
McMahon, down but not out, got to his feet, grabbed the mic and presented Punk with an ultimatum: At Hell in a Cell, he would either face John Cena or Ryback. And if the champion hadn’t made up his mind in seven days … well, The Chairman would make it for him.
- Prior to Raw going live Xavier Woods (Consequences Creed in TNA) beat Michael McGillicutty in a dark match.
- After the show went off the air, Sheamus faced CM Punk in a dark match main event. Punk was disqualified after hitting a low blow with the microphone. Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick for revenge.