John Cena addressed the WWE Universe
It’s safe to say that the WWE Universe was surprised to say the least when John Cena stepped aside to allow Ryback to sign the No. 1 contender’s contract last week on Raw. And this week, in the shadow of MetLife Stadium, the Cenation leader stepped into the ring not to expound upon his decision, but to give the WWE Universe a preview, in his own words, of what they can expect at Hell in a Cell.
And what, exactly, did the historic main event of Hell in a Cell hold in store? To put it simply: “Change.”
“Change is 6-foot 3,” Cena said. “Change is 291 pounds, and when “Change” sets foot into this ring, all he can hear over and over again is ‘FEED ME MORE!’”
Before Cena could continue, though, the riff of “Cult of Personality” rumbled through the loudspeakers and the WWE Champion strutted out, 337 days atop the mountain under his belt and looking thoroughly bemused at what he called Cena’s “new role” of being “Ryback’s personal cheerleader.”
And regarding change? “I’ve been WWE Champion for 337 days and counting, which means you haven’t been champion for a lot longer than that,” Punk said. “And that is change you can count on.”
“Everybody knows when CM Punk makes a promise he keeps it, and I promise I will walk out of Hell in a Cell still the WWE Champion.”
Cena, however, had heard enough. Riled up by Punk’s insults, Cena turned the subject of conversation to another recent hot topic: his injured elbow. He would not be interfering in Punk’s scheduled Title Match at Hell in a Cell, but as for tonight, “Regarding yours truly, I am 100% medically cleared,” the Cenation leader said, flexing his elbow for emphasis and inviting Punk into the ring for an impromptu rumble down the Turnpike.
And for a minute, it looked like Punk would acquiesce to Cena’s request. But eventually, the warning shrieks of Paul Heyman won out and the champion strode back to the locker room, a smile on his face and title held high.
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WWE Champion CM Punk def. World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus
The highway was jammed with broken heroes and a small army of WWE Superstars on Monday in the IZOD Center as three dozen lumberjacks roamed ringsinde for the Champion vs. Champion Match between CM Punk and Sheamus, the largest such match in the history of Raw and the first main event of Vickie Guerrero’s tenure as Managing Supervisor. The contest was appropriately pulse-pounding, but in the end, it was a Superstar who wasn’t even involved that proved to be the most impactful man in the ring.
Punk took an unconventional route against The Great White, attempting to use his technical accumen as a way to slow down the brawling World Champion and prevent him from building to the devastating Brogue Kick. The strategy found early success (although Punk was the first competitor to get tossed back into the ring by the lumberjacks), but Sheamus, as always, would not be kept down. The Celtic Warrior rallied quickly, but Punk took advantage of the unique stipulation by shucking Sheamus over the ropes, leaving him to the mercy of the lumberjacks before attempting a pinfall.
The Second City Saint would repeat his strategy throughout the match, and after a few trips over the ropes for Sheamus the lumberjacks began to target each other, with one group attempting to assist The Great White while another worked to keep him down. The Voice of the Voiceless moved to capitalize with a trio of top-rope strikes, but after connecting with the first two Sheamus countered with a thunderous punch to the ribs of the WWE Champion. An attempt at a headlock by Punk seemd to have Sheamus down for the count, but The Great White powered up, and that’s when Sheamus began to roll.
The Celtic Warrior moved fast, clobbering Punk with axe handles, forearm clubs and shoulder tackles, powering out of Punk’s attempted pinfalls before planting The Voice of the Voiceless with a rafter-shaking superplex. Punk decided to use Sheamus’ own power against him, reversing The Celtic Warrior’s turnbuckle charge into a small package, but that proved fruitless as well. Sheamus would continue to withstand Punk’s assault, dodging The Second City Saint’s flying elbow and planting him with a furious Irish Curse. The Voice of the Voiceless used his last wind to throw Sheamus to the lumberjacks again, but The Great White was ready, rumbling with the enforcers before making his way back to the ring.
Attempted attacks on Sheamus by Antonio Cesaro and Jinder Mahal ended unceremoniously, but before the World Champion could execute the Brogue Kick on Punk, Big Show made his way up to the ring and planted The Great White with a chokeslam while the referee’s back was turned. Punk picked up the pieces and covered Sheamus for the pin, but instead of his theme music, “FEED ME” roared through the IZOD Center speakers and Ryback, the one Superstar conspicuous by his absence, made his way to the ring.
With Ryback hot on his heels, Punk made a move to leave the ring, but the lumberjacks were right there to throw him back. Each time Punk tried to escape, his fellow Superstars tossed him back into Ryback’s waiting maw, where The Second City Saint felt the wrath of the No. 1 contender’s earthshaking attacks before fortune finally afforded him an escape. It was a luxury the champion may not have on Sunday when he finds himself enclosed in the place where rivalries are settled, with the hungriest beast in the stable staring him down.