Ryback called out CM Punk
The only thing Ryback and Paul Heyman like less than “bullies,” as it turns out, is “cheaters.” The mad scientist and his monstrous man-at-arms came to Pittsburgh in a huff over the events of WWE Battleground, where CM Punk took advantage of the referee’s distraction to low-blow Ryback into defeat.
With great indignation, the ECW mastermind ascended his personal pulpit and ran down his onetime champion’s ethics, even going so far as to demean Punk to his face when The Straight Edge Superstar showed up in person. But Punk’s open rematch challenge slightly backfired when Ryback invited the former WWE Champion to back up his famous talk in Pittsburgh. With Punk at a 2-on-1 disadvantage, the situation didn’t look all that great. Happily, though, R-Truth was on hand to offer his hand and even the odds.
CM Punk & R-Truth def. Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel & Ryback
It was a rough night in Pittsburgh for Paul Heyman’s minions when Curtis Axel & Ryback fell to the combined efforts of CM Punk & R-Truth in an impromptu tag match on Raw. With Punk and Ryback circling each other for the majority of the bout, Axel felt the brunt of Punk & Truth’s offense at the outset when they isolated him from his monstrous partner. The Intercontinental Champion turned the tide for his team only when he tagged in Ryback, freeing “The Big Guy” to control the pace of the match.
With Truth now alone in the ring and unable to reach The Straight Edge Superstar, Ryback and Axel alternated offense against the former U.S. Champion while Heyman screamed instruction from the outside. Ryback’s showboating backfired when Truth lashed out with a heel kick and tagged in Punk, who made quick work of a freshly-tagged Axel with the Go to Sleep. Yet Punk allowed Truth to do the final honors and avenge his devastating loss at Battleground with a “perfect” scissor kick to Axel’s head.
CM Punk demanded a fight
BILOXI, Miss. – It’ll take more than a two-on-one thrashing and a trip through a table to keep CM Punk down. Still banged-up from his beating at the hands of Ryback and Curtis Axel last week, The Second City Saint took to the stage in Biloxi, Miss. for one final address before he fights The Human Wrecking Ball at WWE Battleground.
The former WWE Champion promised to keep his fight going until he got his hands on either Heyman or his cronies, but Raw GM Brad Maddox wasn’t about to allow Punk to jump the gun on Battleground. Maddox did seem ready to offer Punk the “outlet for his aggression” the former champion so desired, yet the arrival of (and subsequent surprise attack from) Big E Langston pre-empted any official decision. Conveniently, though, Maddox was all too happy to capitalize on Langston’s attack, and ordered a referee down to make the melee official.
CM Punk def. Big E Langston
CM Punk has a tall task ahead of him on Sunday against Ryback, but the former WWE Champion showed size doesn’t necessarily matter on Raw when he toppled the mighty Big E Langston in an impromptu match to start the show. Reeling at first from Big E’s vicious surprise attack, Punk fought from underneath for the majority of the contest, attempting to chop the big man down with precision strikes while Langston relied on pure strength to keep The Straight Edge Superstar at bay.
Two attempts to administer the Go to Sleep ended in disaster for the fighting-mad Chicago native, yet it proved to be endurance that made the difference in the bout when The Second City Saint found his wind and unleashed a stream of offense that left Langston staggering. A running knee and clothesline got the ball rolling, a flying elbow set the big man up, and Punk’s third GTS finally hit home, blasting the titan into unconsciousness and sealing the win for CM Punk.
Paul Heyman ‘proposed’ to Ryback
Daniel Bryan’s not the only one who had a big proposal in mind this week. Ever since he was “saved” by Ryback at Night of Champions, Paul Heyman’s had a spring in his step and he decided to make it official in Mississippi: Promising to make an “honest man” out of Ryback, Heyman quite literally bent the knee before “The Big Guy” and humbly proposed that he become the latest Paul Heyman Guy.
Before Ryback could respond, though, CM Punk’s music sounded once again and the former WWE Champion made his entrance through the crowd, though he apparently tweaked his knee hopping the barricade. With his defenses lowered, Heyman slowly approached his former protégé and Punk revealed the injury was a ruse, producing a Kendo stick from beneath the ring and going to town on Heyman, Ryback, and finally Curtis Axel, who ran down to save his boss and was promptly put to sleep for his troubles.