- Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a tribute video for Veteran’s Day with John Cena narrating. We go to a preview for tonight’s show with Jerry Lawler’s return, Vickie Guerrero’s evidence, Brad Maddox and more. We’re live from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Out comes Randy Orton to kick things off.
Orton makes his way to the ring as we have Jim Ross and Michael Cole on commentary. They hype tonight’s main event with John Cena vs. CM Punk. We see footage from the Falls Count Anywhere Match with Orton and Alberto Del Rio on SmackDown.
Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler
Out comes Orton’s opponent Dolph Ziggler without Vickie Guerrero.
They lock up and Ziggler goes to a headlock before dropping Orton to the mat. Orton comes back and drops Ziggler from way up in the air. Orton clotheslines Dolph to the apron and slingshot suplexes him back in. Orton with a 2 count. Back and forth action until Ziggler nails a dropkick for 2. Ziggler with a neckbreaker and several elbow drops. Ziggler shows off some and drops another big elbow for 2.
Orton fights out with a big backdrop. Orton with clotheslines and a powerslam now. Orton takes Ziggler to the apron and hits the draping DDT. Orton hits the mat and the fans get hype. Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez run down for inference. Ziggler tries to attack from behi9nd but Orton rolls him up for the win.
Winner: Randy Orton
- After the match, Ricardo, Ziggler and Del Rio beat Orton down. Kofi Kingston comes down and clears the ring. Teddy Long comes out and says Vickie Guerrero is too obsessed with AJ Lee. Teddy makes Orton and Kofi vs. Ziggler and Del Rio right now.
Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio
Kofi starts things off with Ziggler and here we go. They go at it with Kofi taking control. Kofi with a dropkick before we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Del Rio is in control of Kofi. Dolph comes in and goes for a neckbreaker but Kofi counters for 2. Ziggler with a neckbreaker for 2 as Orton breaks the pin. Orton and Del Rio end up coming in and a brawl breaks out. Orton powerslams Del Rio. More back and forth. Kofi tags himself in and hits a crossbody on Del Rio for 2. Kofi nails SOS on Del Rio for a close 2 as Ziggler breaks it up. Orton takes Ziggler to the floor. Ricardo distracts Kofi and Del Rio kicks him in the head in the corner for the win.
Winners: Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler
- Hype for Jerry Lawler’s return tonight. Vickie Guerrero is headed to the ring as we go to commercial.
- Back from the break and Vickie Guerrero is in the ring with Dolph Ziggler. Dolph gives us the definition of a scandal. Ziggler says he’s not here to hide behind Vickie, he’s out here for the truth. Ziggler shows us the photos of AJ Lee and John Cena having dinner and then getting into the elevator and then AJ going into a hotel room that appears to be Cena’s. Vickie speaks about AJ and the crowd boos.
Vickie talks about AJ threatening her last week. Vickie says she could have suspended her but she didn’t. Vickie calls AJ to the ring so she can explain herself. Out comes AJ to a nice pop from the crowd. Vickie wants AJ to admit she had an affair with Cena. Vickie eggs her on and AJ finally admits it. She admits the truth, she says. She says she and John Cena are just friends and smiles in Vickie’s face. AJ says nothing inappropriate has ever happened between them. AJ says Vickie is just jealous that on RAW 1000 AJ got the General Manager job and not Vickie. AJ says this is about her embarrassing Vickie in the ring twice and if she wanted to, she could do it again. Dolph tells Vickie it’s not worth it. AJ mocks Vickie’s weight. Vickie says AJ really caused a mess for herself now. Vickie says she has been sent some voicemails that will silence everyone.
A voicemail plays of Vickie talking to Cena’s phone. AJ says whatever happened last night was a mistake and she’s sorry, then the voicemail ends. AJ is confused. Vickie plans another message where AJ says they need to stop but when she sees Cena she loses control. Vickie laughs and AJ acts like she made the voicemails up. Vickie has another voicemail where AJ tells Cena he drives her crazy. AJ says they should be together. We come back and AJ says Vickie hacked into Cena’s phone and edited the messages together. Dolph speaks up and tells her it’s over – we all know something happened. Dolph mocks AJ and Cena. Cena’s music hits and here he comes.
Cena is pissed but AJ gets in between he and Ziggler. AJ smacks Ziggler and Cena knocks him to the mat with a right hand. Ziggler ends up on the floor and heads up the ramp with Vickie.
- Still to come tonight, Punk vs. Cena in the main event. Also, more from Sheamus and World Heavyweight Champion Big Show. Michael Cole leads us into a Veteran’s Day video.
- Back from the break and Cena is backstage with AJ. Cena says they’re making AJ’s life hard over something that never happened and never would happen. AJ asks about the never would happen comment and Cena changes his tune a bit. Cena nervously walks off and AJ wonders.
- We see footage from SmackDown where Big Show attacked Sheamus and William Regal in a pub.
William Regal vs. Big Show
William Regal is pissed and waits in the ring as World Heavyweight Champion Big Show makes his way out.
The bell rings and they go at it. Show drops with a headbutt and takes Regal to the corner with body blows and big chops to the chest. Show with more body shots and a headbutt in the other corner. Show with another big overhand shot. Regal tries to fight back but Show keeps control. Show scoop slams Regal. Regal rolls out of the way of a big elbow drop and finally fights back. Show grabs him for a chokeslam and nails it for the win.
Winner: Big Show
- After the bell, Show waits on Regal to get up for a knockout punch but out comes Sheamus. Sheamus ducks a punch and tackles Show. Sheamus unloads with punches then kicks and kicks Show out of the ring. Sheamus stands tall and helps Regal to his feet as Show heads up the ramp. Back to commercial.
#1 Contender’s Match: Kaitlyn vs. Layla
Back from the break and the Divas go at it with several early pin attempts. WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres is on commentary. The Divas brawl and Layla with a facebuster for another pin attempt. Layla goes to the top for a crossbody but Kaitlyn catches her. Layla counters but Kaitlyn drops her with an inverted DDT for the win and the title shot at Survivor Series.
Winner and New #1 Contender: Kaitlyn
- After the match, Kaitlyn goes to ringside and has a staredown with Eve.
- Michael Cole talks about Jerry Lawler returning later tonight and we see footage from Lawler’s scary night on RAW several weeks back.
- Back from the break and Jim Ross is in the ring with Michael Cole. JR calls out Jerry Lawler and he makes his way to the ring to a big pop from the crowd.
Lawler hugs Cole and Ross before taking the mic. The crowd chants his name. Lawler is overwhelmed and thanks the fans. Lawler says there was a time he didn’t think he would return so for this night to happen is big. Lawler gets choked up as he talks about everyone supporting him. Lawler thanks everyone from the bottom of his heart and says it’s great to be back. The music hits and out comes WWE Champion CM Punk with Paul Heyman. Lawler joins Ross and Cole on commentary.
Punk says he is glad Lawler left the ring because if he didn’t, he would have beaten Lawler to death. Punk has words for the fans now. He brings up Lawler drying and coming back to life. Punk calls Lawler a zombie and says everyone knows he loves zombies. Punk goes on and says who cares about how long Lawler was dead. Punk says he has a number that means something – 358, the number of days he has been WWE Champion. Punks brings up tying Diesel as the 9th longest reigning champion in history. Punk says in one week he will be here celebrating one year because he will beat Ryback and John Cena at Survivor Series. Punk says he’s glad Lawler is back and glad he will have a front row seat for Sunday. Punk tells Lawler to try and not die before Sunday. Lawler says the only thing on life support is Punk’s run as WWE Champion. Punk goes to invite Lawler in the ring and Heyman starts coughing and drops to the mat. Punk throws the X symbol up and begins giving Heyman CPR, obviously mocking Lawler’s incident. The crowd boos. Heyman sits up and they laugh at Lawler. Mick Foley’s music hits and out he comes.
Foley comes out and they have words. Foley says he’s going to let the fans pick the final member of Team Foley. Punks rips into the fans, Foley and his team. Foley yells and tells Punk to shut up. Foley is highly pissed off at Punk for mocking Lawler’s incident. Foley says Cena or Ryback will take the title from Punk on Sunday. Punk says Foley doesn’t matter and he doesn’t belong out here because it doesn’t involve him. Foley says some of it does. Foley reveals he will be the special enforcer for Punk vs. Cena tonight.
- We see Brad Maddox backstage warming up. He has a guy filming him with a handheld camera. Still to come, an eight-man tag team match. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Punk is backstage with Heyman ranting about defending his title. Punk tells Heyman to fix everything.
Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel, Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio vs. Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Primo and Epico vs.
We go to the ring and out comes Sin Cara followed by Rey Mysterio. Everyone else is waiting in the ring. Rosa Mendes is at ringside. Titus starts with Gabriel and tags in Young for double teaming. Epico comes in and keeps control of Gabriel with a suplex and a 2 count. Ricardo Rodriguez comes down to ringside and has a note for Rosa. This upsets Primo and Gabriel takes him down. Rey comes in and goes at it with Primo. Rey drops him for 619 but Primo counters. Rey pulls Primo to the floor and moonsaults out onto him. Everyone squares off on the floor as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Titus works Rey over on the floor and brings him back in for a big press slam into a pair of backbreakers and a slam. Titus with a bearhug now. Titus drops Rey with a big shoulder and tags in Primo for a 2 count. Primo keeps Rey on the mat now. Rey finally fights back and kicks Primo in the head. Young tags in and stops Rey from tagging. Rey fights back out of the corner with a headscissors and turns it around. Rey tags in Kidd. Kidd with a dropkick on Young. Kidd takes Young to the corner and works him over. Kidd with more kicks and a dropkick for 2. Kidd comes off the top with a blockbuster on Young and Kidd is pumped. He goes for the Sharpshooter but Primo hits a Backstabber. Gabriel takes out Primo. Titus dumps Gabriel. Rey dumps Titus. Cara kicks Epico to the floor. Rey leaps out on Titus. Cara leaps out on Epico. Kidd and Young go at it in the ring now. Kidd drops Young for 619 and Rey nails it. Gabriel hits the 450 on Young for the win.
Winners: Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara
- Cole leads us into a video for the National Guard. Justin Roberts points out some Ohio National Guard members in the crowd and thanks all veterans for their service. A big “USA” chant breaks out.
- Maddox is backstage with his photographer. Paul Heyman walks up. He asks for the camera to be shut off and walks away with Maddox. We go to commercial.
- Back from the break and we get another vignette for Fandango. We see him dancing with a woman this time.
- The Miz is backstage on the phone. He tells someone he will find a way to impact Survivor Series. Dolph Ziggler walks up and says we know it’s a matter of timer before Miz begs to be on Team Ziggler. They argue when Mick Foley walks up. Foley proposes a tag match for tonight. It’s going to be Kane and whoever wins the fan voting vs. Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. Ziggler walks off. Miz and Foley agree they don’t get along. Miz wants to be on the ballot for the fan voting. He says it would be awesome and Foley lets him on the ballot. The poll for Team Foley is on Twitter now – options are #WWESantino for Santino Marella, #WWEZack for Zack Ryder and #WWEMiz for The Miz.
R-Truth vs. Tensai
R-Truth heads to the ring and it’s announced he will get a United States Title shot against Antonio Cesaro at Survivor Series. Out comes the United States Champion Cesaro with a mic. He says Truth has became a joke like the US. Cesaro says he will show everyone at Survivor Series. Cesaro joins commentary as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Tensai is in control of Truth. Truth fights back but Tensai chops him and throws him back to the mat for a 2 count. Tensai works on the arm now and keeps Truth on the mat. Truth fights out and kicks Tensai into the corner. Truth gets sent to the apron but fights his way in from the top for a close 2 count. Truth with the scissors kick and more kicks before hitting his finisher for the win.
- After the match, Cesaro gets up and takes the mic. Truth snatches the mic and says he’s going to knock Cesaro’s teeth out on Sunday and that’s the truth. Cesaro holds up the title and they have words.
- Brad Maddox is backstage with his photographer as we go to commercial.
- Cole and Lawler run down what has happened earlier tonight.
Ryback vs. Brad Maddox
We go to the ring and out comes Brad Maddox first. He has no theme song but has his own gear. Maddox will earn a $1 million contract if he wins this match. Sirens start going off and an ambulance backs up beside the ramp. Maddox stares at it shocked as he walks to the ring. We see a video from earlier today where Maddox says tonight is the greatest of his life. He has no regrets and after tonight, nobody will ever forget the name Brad Maddox. Ryback’s music hits and out he comes to a big pop.
We see footage from Hell In a Cell where Maddox screwed Ryback. EMT’s bring a stretcher down to the ring as the bell rings. Maddox goes to the floor and begins getting counted out. Maddox hits the ring but quickly slides back out. Maddox comes back in and goes to leave but Ryback grabs him and throws him to the mat. Maddox begs Ryback to back off. Ryback grabs his legs and slams him on the back of his head. Ryback with another big slam. Ryback slams his head repeated on the mat now. The crowd counts with him.
Ryback slams Maddox face first now. Ryback tosses Maddox into the turnbuckles and he lands hard. Ryback with a running powerslam and a huge clothesline, sending Maddox to the floor. Ryback brings it back in the ring and nails three stiff powerbombs. The referee steps in and checks on Maddox. Ryback hits the big clothesline and goes for Shell Shocked for the win.
- After the match, they load Maddox onto a stretcher but Ryback tips it over and destroys it. Maddox is bleeding from the mouth it looks like. He gets up and Ryback nails the big clothesline again. He carries Maddox over beside the ramp and throws him into the closed doors of the ambulance. Ryback opens the doors and tosses Maddox in.
- Still to come, Punk vs. Cena in the main event. Sheamus vs. Otunga is next. We go to commercial.
Sheamus vs. David Otunga
David Otunga waits in the ring as Sheamus makes his way out for the next match.
The bell rings and they go at it. Otunga starts off with some offense but Sheamus drops him. Otunga poses and runs his mouth. We see Aksana, Michael McGillicutty and William Regal watching backstage. Sheamus takes back control of Otunga. Sheamus with shoulder thrusts in the corner before more forearm shots. Sheamus drops a series of knees now. Sheamus hits White Noise and calls for the Brogue Kick. Sheamus waits and nails it for the win.
- After the match, Sheamus takes the mic and hopes Big Show is watching because that’s what will happen at Survivor Series. We see backstage where Big Show is beating up William Regal. Show drops Regal with a stiff punch. Sheamus runs out of the ring as we go to commercial.
- Back from the break and Josh Mathews is backstage. They believe William Regal was injured.
- We get a support video for the excellent Wounded Warrior Project.
- Kane is walking backstage when Daniel Bryan catches up. Bryan isn’t happy about Kane teaming with someone else tonight.
Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes vs. Kane and The Miz
We go to the ring and out comes the team of Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. The pyro goes off next as one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions Kane makes his way out. The final member of Team Foley has been revealed and it’s The Miz. Out he comes to join Kane. As Miz heads to the ring, out comes Daniel Bryan to a big pop.
Back from the break and Kane suplexes Sandow for a 2 count. We see Bryan cheering on from ringside. Miz tags in and they double team Sandow for another pin attempt. Miz beats Sandow in the corner and hits the big running clothesline. 2 count for Miz. Miz tags in Kane to keep control of Sandow for another pin attempt. Sandow tags Cody and Kane brings him in. Miz gets tagged again and they double team Rhodes. Miz ends up dumping Cody to the floor and leaping out onto him. Miz brings it back in the ring but Bryan distracts him, allowing Cody to hit a Disaster Kick. Sandow comes in and they double team Miz now. Sandow with the leg sweep and big elbow drop for 2 on Miz. More back and forth from both teams. Bryan ends up going after Miz but Miz counters. The end comes when Kane chokeslams Cody for the win.
Winners: Kane and The Miz
- After the match, Bryan comes into the ring to celebrate with Miz and Kane. Obviously he’s jealous of Miz.
- Cole leads us to a Tribute to the Troops video package for this year.
- Still to come, Punk vs. Cena with Foley as the Special Enforcer. Back to break.
CM Punk vs. John Cena
Back from the break and out comes Mick Foley as the Special Enforcer. WWE Champion CM Punk is out next with Paul Heyman right behind him. Finally out comes John Cena for tonight’s non-title main event.
The bell rings and they lock up. Punk drops Cena first with a shoulder. Cena with a hip toss and arm drag, taking Punk to the mat. Punk ends up going to the floor to re-group as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Punk leaps from the top onto the floor and takes out Cena. Punk brings Cena back in the ring and works him over. Cena blocks a neckbreaker with a backslide for 2. Punk with a clothesline and a 2 count. Punk with another neckbreaker attempt but he takes Cena down and holds it as Foley looks on. Cena fights out but Punk takes him back down. Punk applies a sleeper hold now. Cena goes down but fights up and rams Punk to the corner. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now. Cena ducks a clothesline and starts hitting shoulders. Cena with the slam and the Five Knuckle Shuffle but it’s blocked with a roll up by Punk. Punk with a swinging neckbreaker for 2. Punk hits the running knee and goes to the top. Punk misses the big elbow as Cena moves. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Punk moves. Cena hits it this time ans goes for the AA. Punk fights out with elbows and kicks Cena in the head. Punk kicks him down for another 2 count.
Punk goes for GTS but Cena slides out. Punk goes for the Anaconda Vice and locks it in. Cena gets his foot on the rope and breaks the hold. Punk springboards in from the apron but Cena dodges it and locks in the STF. Punk calls for Heyman to come in and Cena breaks the hold. Foley pulls Heyman out by his leg. Punk drops Cena with a kick to the head and covers for 2. Punk goes for GTS but Cena turns it into the STF. Punk makes it to the ropes and breaks the hold. Punk starts crawling up the ramp as Cena looks on from the ring. Ryback comes out and Cena brings Punk back to the ring. Punk goes for GTS but can’t. Cena hits the AA for the win.
Winner: John Cena
- After the match, Cena turns around and Ryback is standing in the ring. They have a staredown as Heyman and an official tend to Punk on the floor. The fans start chanting “feed me more.” They both pick up the WWE Title belt from the floor at the same time. Punk crawls up on the apron and reaches for it. They stare at him and he hops back to the floor. Ryback and Cena grab the title at the same time again. RAW goes off the air with them both holding it and Punk looking on in the background with his hands on hes head.