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WWE Champion CM Punk confronted referee Brad Maddox, Paul Heyman proposed to Raw GM AJ Lee

 

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ALBANY, NY – Raw kicked off not with a bang, but with a sit-in, as the cameras opened up on WWE Champion CM Punk and his associate, Paul Heyman, staging their own miniature protest and occupying the squared circle in an act of civil disobedience. “We will not be leaving until justice is served,” Heyman pontificated, referring to Punk’s dubious loss to John Cena the previous week, a defeat that occurred despite The Second City Saint having reached the ropes with his foot while the referee counted to three. With his evidence presented, Heyman demanded that the official, Brad Maddox, make his way to the ring, admit his error, and tender his resignation live on Raw.

After a brief pause, Maddox made his presence known, looking for all the world like a sheep on its way to the slaughter. The young referee faced Heyman’s fire admirably, offering up an apology for bungling his first main event. Maddox balked, however, at the mad scientist of Extreme’s demand that he tender his resignation. This brought The Second City Saint to his feet, venom spewing forth as CM Punk berated the referee for “embarrassing” both himself and the WWE Champion live on Raw. “Who are you?” Punk sneered, which brought forth the explanation: Maddox was a new referee, brought to Raw by General Manager AJ Lee after Raw expanded to three hours. Or, as Heyman put it, “you’re a scab!” before presenting Maddox with a gift: a sleep mask with the WWE logo over one eye and the NFL emblem covering the other.

Before the public shaming could continue, however, AJ skipped down to the ring and excused Maddox for the time being, and a brief back-and-forth with Heyman led to Punk re-entering the fray. With tensions mounting, Punk cued up his own piece of footage: AJ’s left-field marriage proposal to The Second City Saint from Raw two months earlier. “That’s the reason … you sent an incompetent referee out to screw me last week,” Punk continued, laughing in AJ’s face. “You forget last week’s match ever happened and I’ll forget the hundreds of text messages and voicemails you left me that I’m not fit to air on the USA Network.”

With AJ getting more than a little red in the face, Heyman stepped in again, offering to help navigate the choppy waters the WWE Champion suddenly found himself in. Heyman’s solution: marry him! (they didn’t call him the mad scientist for nothing). “Think about all the power couples we’re gonna trump!” Heyman shrieked from down on one knee. Heyman’s genius took a left-field turn when he insinuated that he would come up with all the ideas and AJ could take the credit. For the grand finale, Heyman lasciviously sneered that “I like ’em dumb, young and ambitious,” which brought forth a vicious slap across the face from Miss Lee.
Mick Foley called out WWE Champion CM Punk

 

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Cue the car crash music and guitar riffs: Mick Foley is in the house.

The Hardcore Legend and three-time WWE Champion made an unannounced foray onto Monday Night Raw with one thing on his mind: enlightenment. Not in the philosophical sense, necessarily, but Foley arrived looking for an explanation as to where, exactly, WWE Champion CM Punk lost his way and turned from The Voice of the Voiceless into Paul Heyman’s acolyte. Punk, however, did not appreciate Mick’s “grandstanding” in the slightest, sulking to the ring and demanding that, if Foley had something to say, “say it to my face.”

Foley did something very curious then: He made Punk smile, regaled the WWE Champion with a story of their text message interaction on the night that Punk first won the WWE Title. The nostalgia (and the brief lowering of Punk’s shield) was short-lived after Foley warned him of the dangers of being a “Paul Heyman guy.” Repeating an old adage he’d heard that “Paul Heyman would rather climb a tree and tell a lie than stand on the ground and tell a truth,” Foley assured The Second City Saint that Heyman would, ultimately, only do what was best for him and not the champion.

When those efforts proved fruitless, the subject turned to a far more grisly subject: Hell in a Cell. Foley extolled the virtues of competing in the place where rivalries are settled once and for all, pitching it as the true and final test of Punk’s greatness. The Hardcore Legend’s challenge was simple: defeat Cena in the Cell and cement his legacy. Punk, however, was unmoved, smearing Foley’s historic absorptions of pain as cheap pandering to the WWE Universe while painting his own 309-day reign as undisputable proof of his dominance.

And then, the old Foley returned. “No one cares about dates,” Foley bellowed, shades of Cactus Jack shining through as The Second City Saint was stunned into silence. “They care about the moments that define us, and in my estimation … you need one more.” AJ Lee, Foley said, would allow Punk to pick his own opponent for WWE Hell in a Cell. The confrontation closed with a strange sight: Foley begged CM Punk to pick Cena, for AJ, Foley, Punk himself, but most importantly, “for them.”

“Have a nice day,” The Hardcore Legend concluded, and as he left the ring, the WWE Universe was left with the strangest of images: The Voice of the Voiceless, speechless in his own ring.
CM Punk interrupted John Cena’s address to the WWE Universe and attacked Mick Foley

 

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Arm sling and all, John Cena kept his word and made his way to the Times Union Center for Monday Night Raw. The Cenation leader was as stoic as ever (if not quite as jovial) when he solenly apologized to Chad Patton and Brad Maddox for their treatment at the hands of WWE Champion CM Punk, who, Cena said, had devolved in record time into a “monkey frakkin’ son of a bee sting” who needed a (preferably physical) lesson from Cena. And while Cena could not guarantee a full recovery, he did issue one promise to the WWE Universe: he would walk into Hell in a Cell, and he would do so to fight.

Cena’s overture was interrupted, however, by the one-man cult of personality himself. Sauntering to the ring in his blue hoodie with Heyman holding the WWE Title aloft behind him, The Second City Saint cut right to the chase regarding Cena’s comments and Mick Foley’s earlier plea to name the Cenation leader his No. 1 contender at Hell in a Cell.

“You shouldn’t be a WWE Superstar, you should be a politician,” sneered Punk, labeling the Cenation leader’s comments as “character assassination.” “There’s one CM Punk, there always has been,” sneered The Second City Saint. “It’s the same one who beat you over a year ago.” Punk threw out the statistics of his title reign again, which he promised would not end “at the hand of a one-armed man.”

“Why don’t you shut up and face me at Hell in a Cell?” Cena responded simply.

It took Punk all of five seconds to decline the challenge. And it wasn’t because of Cena’s surgery, or because of previous losses to The Second City Saint, but because of the beating that Punk planned to lay on Cena. Punk, he explained, was going to turn his back for five seconds, and if Cena was still there when he turned around, “I’m gonna hurt you so bad it’s gonna make the last eight days look like a picnic at the beach.”

Punk did indeed turn around, but what he didn’t expect was the trick that Cena had in his back pocket: a lead pipe that he used to clobber the champion in the gut. “Real men wear pink,” boomed Cena, before adding a final quip: “Now that’s what I call a pipe bomb!”

The drama didn’t end there, though. As the wounded champion hobbled back to the locker room area, he stumbled upon the last person he surely wanted to see: Mick Foley. As The Hardcore Legend affixed Punk with a disappointed glare, Punk’s furstration got the better of him and he hit the three-time WWE Champion with a kick to the gut that sent Foley to his knees. Punk began to walk away but soon stopped in his tracks, seemingly ready to deliver one final quip to the fallen Foley.

“You know …” Punk began, before stopping dead in his tracks. A look of fear overcame The Second City Saint as the camera turned to reveal a Superstar had come to the aid of the downed legend: Ryback. And he looked hungry.

 

10 Comments on “Raw Results”

  1. Hmmm…I’ve got to be honest. Yeah, yeah, it’s all scripted—but we as fans have a right to complain and/or simply stop watching the product when those scripts suck and/or aren’t socially relevant or engaging.
    Punk’s character was a catharsis for me and a whole lot of others last year. It is a crappy, corrupt world, and Punk saying something about it in his own little microcosm was cool—and gave me a reason to watch. We all get screwed over by things we have little to no control over every day. Entertainment like wrestling is supposed to be an escape from it. An escape where the issues that aren’t resolved in “real” life CAN be resolved there, so that we can feel better about wallowing in crap most of the time.
    So given that————-what am I supposed to make of WWE and Punk abandoning the perspective of Punk’s character we got at first, and restoring both the company and John Cena as the good guys? You know what? I don’t want to watch anymore. Even if Punk had been played as a bad guy—but one who looked strong and brave and still spoke up about things that affect all of us, I would have had a nice catharsis waiting for me after work on a Monday night. But we don’t get that. In fact, in the middle of a depressing and gloomy election season, we even got Punk saying how vile and rotten politicians are—but it was delivered in the context of Punk being a cowardly, whining bad guy, and so the implication is that people who complain about or point out that politicians are in fact vile and rotten are cowardly whiners too. F%%k that.
    Speaking of which, I don’t think that myself and my teenage son are the only people who have instantly assumed that everything from the way Punk’s character is presented to John Cena’s portrayal of the Ultimate, Breast-Cancer Fighting Boy Scout, (which is harmful to kids in my opinion, because once they’re past 18, they’re going to realize that the character that John portrays as “real” beyond the ring is as real as the Easter Bunny), probably has a lot to do with Linda McMahon’s campaign—making HER a vile, rotten politician. Just great. So I can’t even get away from this sh*t in my entertainment.
    It makes no difference that my son and I won’t be watching anymore, but I’ll bet it DOES that there is no doubt that WWE is year after year turning off thousands upon thousands of intelligent folks just like us who happen to enjoy wrestling when it’s fun and done right. Add that up over time, and it becomes millions. CM Punk only plays a character who is “selling-out”, and I appreciate that, or at least it’s a character who only said what he said and did what he did to get where he wanted to be. However, without meaning to, Punk has brought that into real life in more ways than he thinks, and it doesn’t appeal to me as very entertaining. I can go watch miserable a##holes who turn their back on ideals and populism on CNN, and I can slog through my work days sitting next to them. At home, watching ENTERTAINMENT, I’d rather see the good guys portrayed as such once in a while—–and maybe once in a while I’d like to see them win.
    Yeah—so you lost two more viewers. We’ll see what’s on Netflix on Monday nights.

  2. Hey emma everybody has a rite to their opinion thats true but, if it wasn’t for Us fans everywhere around the world I mean not everybody is a wrestling fan I grant that but; there are STILL people out there who ARÉ lifelong fans of wrestling and if it wasnt for US those wrestlers or as I also call them entertainers wouldmt even have jobs. Would u still have a job if nobody came in to your work place? They have jobs just like we do. They have to make a living just like we do. They have bills to pay and families to support & take of just like we do. The ONLY difference between us and them is they are on tv. They are famous we are not. We all havd to get our inspiration from somebody.Every wrestler we see on monday nite raw or friday nite smackdown had a dream to become a wwe wrestler. They probably sacrifrice more in there lives on a daily basis then we do in a week. I give BIG props to those wrestlers who sacrifice there bodies and there time AWAY from there families almost 365 days a year I know that can’t be easy. So let them do there job and we will do ours. Im just saying.

  3. Okay, so I’l have to admit to the guilty pleasure of looking at my own post.
    Sarah, you are right in all things but a couple:
    1.) The concept that our “job” is to watch an entertainment venue like WWE absolutely complacently and not have any right to turn it off is a bit disturbing. The entertainment is, as you pointed out, for US—and if it is not doing its job for any particular individual or group within the audience that is US, then those individuals and groups have every right to turn it off.
    I appreciate the risks that wrestlers take and that their job is rather unique in that way. But let me ask you——do you make as much a year as a WWE wrestler, even what a lower level one makes? As a single mom on a single income, I know I don’t. I have no responsibility, implied or otherwise to support the families and livelihoods of wrestlers if they are not meeting the criteria of their jobs—–just like I wouldn’t expect to keep mine if I didn’t met the required criteria.
    The required criteria of wrestling is to entertain me, a member of the audience. If wrestling fails to meet that, then I’m not going to feel sorry for not watching or supporting the product anymore.
    My father worked in a paper factory for forty years and eventually died of lung cancer as a result of gases and fumes he inhaled. Nobody ever suggested that other people had a responsibility to help our family through that just because my father’s job included risks. I’m not saying that I don’t care about the risks of a wrestler’s job, I’m just saying that your assertion that somehow they are owed a greater amount of respect as far as their livelihoods go than the rest of us is ridiculous. They deserve no less than the rest of us—-but also no MORE. TO give them more is in fact to recognize the pedestal that they are on as celebrities—-which is the only reason, whether you know it or not, why you’re saying what you’re saying. We don’t need Idol Worship—we need quality entertainment. Punk and WWE are not providing it, and trust me, both Punk and WWE already have more money than you or I or our families are likely to ever see. There are hundreds of thousands of EMTs all over this country that risk themselves every day in the service of critically injured people, for example. Are they less important than CM Punk because they make far less money and aren’t on TV? You seem intelligent and I don’t think you’d assert that.
    2.)This isn’t that different than #1, but bears saying. WE ARE THE POINT. We are the “consumer”. We have the power. Why are people so conditioned to believe that it is their responsibility to be spoon-fed their entertainment, thoughts and opinions? You do NOT, I repeat NOT have a responsibility to watch something just because its on TV. Entertainment like wrestling is a luxury product. It comes AFTER the work of service and infrastructure that makes a society run. People like you and I are the ones upon whose backs the country stays afloat. So why should we have to accept as our entertainment after a hard day’s work someone ELSE’s idea of “entertainment”. I want to see what’s relevant to me and relevant to people like me.
    Again—WWE and Punk are not providing the latter. My “job” is to support my family and the society around me. It is not to support the subversion of my entertainment by those doing the entertaining where I am treated like I’m just supposed to be part of a “Universe” and I have no right to say anything. Now, not everyone is going to agree with me, and they might still find WWE entertaining. So be it. But I DON’T, and my son, who I have taught to think for himself as well doesn’t, and my point was just to shout at the least anonymous source I could find–which is Punk’s website, (although I doubt he knows much about it), that WWE has lost two viewers here. Not everybody is just going to eat whatever swill comes down the pipe. Again, any entertainer that believes that is not doing his or her job, and if you’re not doing your job, no one has any obligation to support you.

  4. last raw punk said his fans turns back on him but he wrong fans never turns back on him the truth is punk turn his back on his fans its obvious and yes specially since paul heyman with him he is so much change he not same cm punk right now he just a paul heyman guy i am always respect him but last week punk piss me off and and i reliaze that cena is right cuase cena knows his fans values and he respect his fans and everything he doing for his fans and its make reliaze that really whos is bestibtheworld and punk knows it

  5. Ok rokiee AND emma Im so agitated for starters on the fact that EVERYBODY keeps saying that cm punk turned is back on his fans when I believe it was the other way around. Despite the fact that even thought this is just part of a storyline I understand that however wat people DONT understand is that cm punk worked sooooooo hard to get to where he is now and I know that so has cena but, the difference between cena and punk is now this is just my opinion therefore cena eats up everything that the fans wamt and he gives in too much of wat they say cena feeds off from wat the fans tell him. Cm punk on the other hand plays HIMSELF. Cm punk’s character is simply wat u see is wat u get. Hes honest he speaks his mind and hes tell it likd it is kind of guy. B4 he LET people walk all over him he even told cena he took a backseat to cena out of RESPECt for cena. John cena in my opinion kisses too many asses he gives in to the hype hustle loyal and respect. As where cm punk has also told jerry lawler awhile back he is DONE taking a backseat to everybody kissing babies. He even said it stops NOW. And I admire that about cm punk so much. I understand how he feels. I was quite my whole life. I gave in too much. I took a backseat to alot of people 2. And i 2 had anger inside of me. So for all those haters out there who say punk turned his back on his fans is completely BULLSHIT! Besides im getting so sick & tired of cena getting chance after chance after chance after chance @ cm punks wwe title. Please give somebody else a chance. John cena lost 3 times get over it.Cm punk worked everyday & nite since he won the wwe title back in november he has since proven he Is the best in the world. AND he hasnt changed hes always been the same person hes always been. People just dont like him for who he is thats there problem they are the haters. Plain and simple.

  6. ok sarah i am cm punk fan very passionate half of i am agree with u that its all storyline cause every bad budy in wwe act like that with fans but why punk need paul heyman ok i know he is paul heyman guy but he dont need him there and punk said he best talker in wwe he said he voice of voiceless . brock lesnar need him cause he dont talk to much but why punk. punk have to be himself like he before . punk have to be himself

  7. i just said it .if i hurt cm punk well he not going hurt but if he would i am sorry i just said my heart feeling cuase i cant keep them inside of my heart . i love cm punk so much i cant see him . the way he is going in wwe

  8. Well, to look at it from a certain perspective, I suppose Punk and WWE have what they want…”fans” who don’t really seperate storyline from reality and are firmly entrenched in the propagandist “Universe” mindset.
    So WWE can see what the future holds by catering only to a demographic of young kids and the most gullible and uneducated adults. Wow—-what a step forward.
    One would think that a new presentation of wrestling, where “kayfabe”, as the internet geeks call it, and reality blend more seamlessly, and where contexts and subtexts within the story play off of this dynamic—pretty much assuming that everyone knows that it’s fake, and providing stories that encourage the audience to suspend their disbelief in the same way that people know that there are no zombies in real life, but they still tune in and get drawn in to shows like “The Walking Dead”——-might be a step into the future, where wrestling would become more socially relevant and popular in a mass sense.
    Far be it from me to suggest that this step towards the future might be better than what WWE is presenting now. This essentially pointless series of comments, while it has been fun as my son and I usually don’t “comment” on websites, is pretty much our last involvment in the world of wrestling.
    It boils down to a couple of things:
    One—-CM Punk is an entertainer, and needs to entertain in order to be doing his job. He began last year by hitting on a socially relevant theme. This is how entertainers hit the high points. SInce then, he has abandoned that theme. This is akin to George Carlin, when he was alive, giving a series of quips about negative things the government does, (which he often did), and then coming out the next week and giving quips about how great the government is. Carlin never did this because he would have not only lost his audience—-but he wouldn’t have been hitting the theme that his audience could relate to in the first place. A good theme has to be one that really touches upon people’s feelings. A wrestler who calls out the establishment connects really well in today’s world. A wrestler who is a “bad” guy and is portrayed as such, and who since he complains and whines about the establishment actually makes it look like the establishment is right and he is not—is NOT one that really connects. Fairly simple. What if “Gladiator” had ended with Maximus shaking Commodus’s hand—-or worse, what if Commodus had won in the end and we as the audience were supposed to see Maximus as the villain? That’s not a story—or at least one that people would NOT have poured out millions at the box office to watch. This has nothing to do with Punk’s “character”–it has to do with the context in which that character exists.
    2.) I think the inarticulate and ignorant nature of many of WWE’s fans leads the creative heads, both wrestlers and behind the scenes, to believe that they can spoon-feed whatever they want, whether it makes sense or not, to the audience. This is true on a certain level—but it’s a level which has a very inflexible cap on it. It’s sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you only attract the least discerning and the most gullible, then your interactions with that audience are going to justify your questionable creative methods—since these people by their nature will swallow what you feed them and not question it.
    However—-WWE and Punk can’t be said to be really mainstream, can they? Because they are stuck ONLY with the gullible and ignorant audience that they cater to. Punk made a run after the speech last year—-but it fizzled, didn’t it—-with all except the “Universe”? Well, if this limited Universe is as far as WWE’s horizons go, so be it—but again, don’t expect intelligent individuals and families who have a plethora of entertainment choices out there to stick with such a limited product. And WWE’s sad ventures into other modes of entertainment show that they would LIKE to broaden their horizons—they just seem to have no clue as to how to do that. Perhaps they should try making their main product relevant first before diving into other venues.
    And because my son wants to mention it again—a lot of this would seem to have to do with Linda McMahon’s political aspirations. Well–the “Universe” isn’t quite wide enough to help WWE there either, is it? I get the feeling that there are a lot of folks at WWE who are not anywhere near as smart as they think they are. Good luck with that.

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