WWE RAW Results
By Bill Pritchard for Wrestlezone.com
August 27th 2012
Michael Cole starts talking about tonight's events when Jerry Lawler takes off his headset and enters the ring. He says RAW doesn't usually start like this, but he needs to get something off of his chest and he addresses CM Punk and what happened on RAW 1000 and last week. King says Punk took his comments out of context, and he apologized last week, but he got kicked in the back of the head. King says he apologized to Punk last week, but this week he wants Punk to apologize to him. Punk meets him in the ring and asks why the WWE Champion should apologize to him, because all he did was justifiably beat up the Rock. He says his actions were justified and King was the one who turned his back on the fans, and King is trying to make him out to be a bad guy.
Punk says he's not a bad guy, but King's lack of respect is why he kicked him in the head, but it was provoked because King pushed him on his way out. He says he can be a man and apologize, then he says he's sorry that it's so easy to get into the WWE Hall of Fame by beating no names from Memphis. Punk says King's WWE career is a joke and he couldn't win the WWE Championship, let alone beat Michael Cole at Wrestlemania. Punk says he's sorry for raising his voice, and he's sorry about the man King has become, then he backs up and asks if King is upset.
Punk asks if King wants to fight him, then he says King is a commentator and he's the best in the world, and everyone paid to King get embarrassed by him. King says he wanted an apology instead of a fight, but Punk eggs him on and says he knows King wants to see what would happen and he is up for it. Punk says King will leave embarrassed because he'll get the crap kicked out of him, or it'll be because he refused to fight, then Punk tells him to think about it. Punk leaves and yells for respect, then King tells him he will think about it before resuming his duties at the commentary table.
Jack Swagger vs Ryback
Swagger knees Ryback in the stomach and tries to take him down, but Ryback whips him into the ropes and knocks him down with a kick to the head. Ryback slams his head off the mat and runs towards the ropes, but Swagger drop toe holds him into the ropes and follows with a powerslam. Swagger goes for a Swagger Bomb but Ryback counters, then Swagger goes for an ankle lock but Ryback kicks him away and backdrops him. Ryback punches him in the head a few times, then he calls for the finish and hits a clothesline and Shell Shocked for the win.
Winner - Ryback
Natalya vs Layla
Vickie Guerrero comes out before the match begins, and she says this match had better end quickly because she has an important announcement to make. The bell rings and Natalya applies a front facelock, then Layla tries a reversal but Natalya kicks her in the stomach and whips her into the ropes. Layla counters with a pin attempt, then she hits a springboard crossbody for another near fall and pulls Natalya away from the ropes. Layla taunts her and kicks her in the face, then Natalya rolls outside and says that wasn't funny, and Layla goes for a baseball slide kick. Natalya avoids it and Layla gets caught in the ring apron, then Natalya kicks her in the back before sending her back in the ring. Natalya elbows her in the head and sets up for a Sharpshooter, but Layla kicks her back and Natalya gets tangled in the ropes. She gets back in the ring and sets up a suplex, but Layla counters with a rollup attempt then kicks her in the back of the head and picks up the win.
Winner - Layla
Vickie says Layla is done so she should leave, then Vickie talks about AJ making the unfair match between Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho last week. She says she was fine with Jericho's contract being up for grabs, but it was unfair to Dolph, and she's not afraid to challenge the authority around here. Vickie says the board of directors should take action because they need to set things right, and AJ abuses her power because she's a crazy, deranged child. AJ comes out and smiles before smacking her in the face, then they go to the ground and AJ hits her a few more times before Vickie takes off and runs backstage.
Daniel Bryan is shown at his anger managment group, and he says he doesn't have any issues and he couldn't be any calmer. The doctor says they are waiting for another person but they can continue, but Bryan flips out when a boy in a goat mask walks in. Bryan yells at him and asks him who put him up to it, then he yells at the boy a bit more until the doctor pulls off the mask. The boy is crying and the doctor says it's his son, and he's playing a goat in a school play. Bryan backs off and the doctor tells his son that Bryan is sick and needs help, then another patient tries to comfort Bryan and he tells him to stop touching him.
Jerry Lawler stands up on the commentary table and says he wants to go over what CM Punk said to him earlier, and he fought alot of legends in Memphis, not no names. He says he fought Andy Kaufman and he respected him, and he might not have been WWE Champion, but he is a Hall of Famer. King says that is no easy task, and you don't become a Hall of Famer unless you stand up to people and take on guys in their prime. King says he doesn't think he is the best, but he doesn't think Punk is either, and he will fight Punk tonight, then he heads backstage to get ready.
John Cena vs The Miz
Miz takes Cena down with a headlock, then Cena gets up and shoves him into the ropes before leapfrogging Miz and taking him down with a headlock. Miz shoves him into the ropes and leapfrogs Cena, but Cena runs back and armdrags Miz before applying a headlock as we go to a break. Miz hits a corner clothesline as we get back, then he goes up top and hits a double axe handle smash for two before applying a headlock. Cena makes it to his feet and breaks Miz's grip, then Miz goes for a suplex but Cena counters with one, only to have Miz come back with a backbreaker for two. (Cont'd...)
Miz kicks him in the face and gets another near fall, then Miz runs the ropes and Cena trips him and applies the STF, but reaches the ropes to break it. Miz hits a swinging DDT for two and sets up for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Cena counters and attempts to lift him for an Attitude Adjustment. Miz counters with a Side Effect, then he goes for a corner clothesline, but Cena ducks it and hits some shoulder tackles. Cena drops Miz with a sitout slam, then he hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and the Attitude Adjustment for the win.
Winner - John Cena
We rejoin Daniel Bryan's therapy session and "Harold" is talking about hating his work week, then the doctor asks Bryan what he thinks about this. Bryan says his boss is his ex-fiancee, and she not only left him at the altar, but she put him in a match with a deranged psycho. He says he doesn't belong there and he's not crazy, but the doctor stops him and says their last patient has just arrived. Kane opens the door and Bryan screams NO!, then he says this is what he has to deal with as Kane sits down next to him.
Heath Slater vs Santino Marella
Santino takes Slater down with a waistlock, then he showboats a bit and Slater gets pissed off and shows him how to play an air guitar. Santino mocks him and does it back, but Slater knees him in the stomach and punches him on the ground before wailin' on his air guitar. Slater stomps him near the apron and slingshots him into the bottom rope, then he goes up top but Santino rolls away so he goes to the opposite corner. Santino rolls away again so Slater tries picking him up, but Santino tries to roll him up then throws a few punches and he hiptosses him. Santino connects with a diving headbutt before bringing out Cobra, but Aksana's music cuts him off and Cobra gets distracted. Aksana flirts with him from the apron and Slater tries to turn him around, but Santino hits Cobra for the win then Cobra continues to stare at Aksana and chases her backstage.
Winner - Santino Marella
Brodus Clay & Sin Cara vs Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes
We join the match in progress and Cody kicks Cara in the head, then Sandow comes in and hits a side Russian legsweep and a diving elbow drop. Sandow chokes him with his boot while Cody tags in and punches Cara in the head, then Cara surprises him with a hurricanrana in the corner. Brodus gets the tag and he takes Cody down with a clothesline, then he hits a corner splash and follows up with a powerslam. Sandow jumps in to break it up and he goes after Brodus' knee, but Cara knocks him out of the rign and drops him with a top rope plancha. Cody jumps on the ropes and goes for a Disaster Kick, but Brodus knocks him down with a headbutt and hits a Funk It splash for the win.
Winners - Brodus Clay & Sin Cara
We go to the final segment of anger management with Daniel Bryan and Kane, and the doctor asks Kane to remove his mask and tell them about himself. Kane says he's the "Devil's favorite demon", then Bryan says this is a bad idea but Kane talks about his disturbing childhood and being locked in a basement. He mentions his girlfriend Katie and how he set a few people on fire, then he says he has an unhealthy obsession with Pete Rose. Kane shares a few more 'highlights' of his career, then the doctor says that's enough for this week and they will make an anger collage for next week. Bryan says this is a joke and it's not art class, then another patient congratulates Kane on therapy and Kane grabs his throat and says no problem.
R-Truth (w/ Kofi Kingston) vs Daniel Bryan
Truth asks for a fist bump and Bryan agrees, then the fans chant "Goat Face" and Truth asks for another fist bump. Bryan goes to do it but Truth bumps Little Jimmy instead, then he tells Bryan to do it too but Bryan gets pissed and kicks him. He throws him into the ropes but Truth backdrops him on the floor, then Truth slaps him and starts talking to Little Jimmy and starts a YES! chant. Bryan flips out and screams NO! at the fans, then Truth rolls in the ring and the ref counts Bryan out. Bryan continues to scream at the fans, then he turns around and kicks the steps after he realizes what happened.
Winner (by countout) - R-Truth
HHH walks out and says he'll cut to the chase, and everyone wants to know if he'll retire, but he learned to never say never. He says he started with the goals of creating great memories in the ring, and to retire from the ring before wrestling retires him. HHH says everyone comes to a crossroad in their career, and he didn't want to hang on too long and be so crippled that he can't hold his kids. HHH says for the first time ever he is at that crossroad, and Brock Lesnar made him ask if he's done, but he wants to be the Game and kick some ass. He says he wants to do that, but he doesn't know if he can be at that level anymore and Brock forced him to look inside and ask if he is done.
HHH says the one thing he can do is thank the fans for everything, and he doesn't care if you love them or hate them, but all of the wrestlers put it all on the line. He says they give everything for the fans, and everyone in the locker room questions themselves and wonders if anyone will care about them. HHH says he can honestly say they cared his whole career, and their support got him through everything, and he wants to thank them for it. HHH thanks everyone for letting him be the Game, and he will never forget how they accepted him, and he hopes he entertained them. He says he hopes he did a good enough job where they never forget him, then he drops the mic and waves to the crowd and leaves as they start a 'Thank You, Hunter" chant.
Dolph Ziggler & Alberto Del Rio vs Randy Orton & Sheamus
Orton sends Alberto out of the ring and Sheamus knocks him down with a shoulder tackle, then Orton powerslams Dolph and Dolph rolls outside as we go to a break. When we get back, Alberto sends Orton into the ring steps before tagging out, then Dolph puts Orton in a headlock but Orton stands up and elbows his way out of it. Orton hits the ropes but Dolph knees him in the midsection, then Alberto gets back in and stomps Orton and punches his shoulder. Alberto headbutts Orton and whips him into the corner, then he runs towards him but Orton rolls away and Alberto hits the ringpost. (Cont'd...)
Orton throws him outside and Ricardo goes to check on Alberto, then Sheamus gets the tag as Alberto rolls in and tags Dolph. Sheamus sends him into the ropes but Dolph smacks him in the face, then Dolph cheap shots Orton and hits the ropes. Sheamus picks him up for White Noise but Dolph counters, then Sheamus hits an Irish Curse backbreaker but Alberto breaks up the pin. Ricardo slides Dolph's briefcase in the ring and Dolph goes to hit Sheamus, but Orton drops him with a backbreaker and Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick for the win.
Winners - Randy Orton & Sheamus
Jerry Lawler is talking to someone about respect in the locker room, then the camera pans to reveal John Cena and King says he needs to fight alone. King says he knows Cena has his back and it's about respect, but he needs Cena to stay out of it, because Punk will throw it in his face. He tells Cena he doesn't want to win with help, and he's not fighting for Cena or anyone else, because he wants this for himself. Cena nods and tells him good luck, then he pats him on the shoulder and leaves King to get ready for the match.
Zack Ryder vs David Otunga
Kane comes out and heads towards the commentary table, then Josh Mathews gets scared and runs towards the stage as Cole tries to get Kane to say something. Otunga kicks Zack in the stomach and punches him in the corner, then Zack throws a few punches but Otunga drops him with an elbow. He stomps him in the corner then whips him across the ring, and he hits a corner clothesline before elbowing Zack in the head. (Cont'd...)
Otunga puts Zack in a rear choke then suplexes him for two, then he puts him in a headlock but Zack makes it to his feet and breaks the hold. Zack hits Otunga in the corner but he gets caught with an elbow, then Otunga goes for a clothesline but Zack ducks and hits the Rough Ryder for the win. Kane gets up and slides in the ring behind Zack, then he grabs him by the throat but changes his mind and chokeslams Otunga instead. (Note: Cole commentated the entire match standing up, afraid to be any closer next to Kane. He tried to get Kane to talk and asked about therapy, and the whole thing was pretty funny. It didn't take away from the match; I like Cole when he's not overbearing.)
Winner - Zack Ryder
Josh Mathews is back in the ring to reveal the #RAWactive poll results, and Jerry Lawler versus CM Punk will face each other in a cage match. AJ comes out and says it doesn't matter what happens tonight, because Punk will still defend his title at Night of Champions. She says he will defend against her choice of opponent, then she says it's John Cena and leaves as the cage lowers.
Steel Cage Match
Jerry "The King" Lawler vs CM Punk
Punk taunts King and tells him to take the first shot, then King asks what's going on and Punk says they'll fight but he wants King to hit him. King cracks him in the jaw with a right jab, then Punk falls down and grabs his jaw before getting up and kneeing King in the face. Punk hits a neckbreaker and kicks him in the head, then he applies a headlock and throws King on the mat when he tries to escape. Punk looks like he's climbing out, but he turns and hits King with an elbow, then he knees him in the head and goes up top. (Cont'd...)
King crotches him on the ropes and heads for the door, but Punk pulls him back inside and hits multiple elbow drops then he starts singing as he gets up. Punk goes for a neckbreaker but King reverses it and throws him headfirst into the cage, then King drops Punk with some more punches. King throws Punk headfirst into the cage, then he clotheslines Punk and punches him in the head before going up top. He hits a diving middle rope punch and gets a two count, then Punk surprises him with a knee strike and he calls for the end. Punk drops King with a Uranage Slam then he immediately locks in the Anaconda Vise, and he gets King to quickly tap out to win the match.
Winner - CM Punk
Punk grabs a mic after the match and pulls some equipment out from under the ring, then he locks the cage and tells King he'll give King another chance. He says he wants to hear King tell him he is the best in the world, but King says no so Punk viciously elbows him in the head several times. Punk demands that he say it, then he beats the hell out of him and continues to hit him as John Cena rushes out and tells him to stop. Cena tells the crew to raise the cage, then Punk hits King a few more times and rolls out of the ring as the cage starts going up. Cena rolls in and checks on King, then Punk leaves with his arm in the air as a few refs try to help King as the show comes to a close.
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Randy Orton vs Drew McIntyre
Drew punches Orton a few times and whips him into the corner but Orton comes back with strikes of his own and throws Drew out of the ring. Orton throws him into the barricade a few times then brings him back in the ring and punches him on the turnbuckle until the ref breaks it up. Drew uses the distraction to pound on Orton, then he hits a snap suplex and chokes him on the ropes. Orton gets to his feet after a rope break and runs at Drew in the corner, but Drew gets a boot up and then drops Orton with a reverse DDT. Drew goes to the top rope but Orton counters him on the way down then knocks him down with some clotheslines and a powerslam. Orton hits a hanging DDT then pounds the mat, and hits the RKO to take the win.
Winner - Randy Orton
Mark Henry comes out after the match and stares Orton down before raising his title above his head. Orton slides out of the ring and starts throwing punches at Henry, who headbutts him as security and John Laurinitis rush out to try and break them up. Orton and Henry each get after one another once more, with Orton knocking Henry over the barricade. The guards finally grab Orton and make him go backstage as they try to restore order at ringside and Henry stays out for his match.
Mark Henry vs John Morrison
Morrison punches Henry in the sides but Henry just shoves him away, then throws him in the corner and headbutts him. He throws Morrison out of the corner but Morrison lands on his feet and runs back at Henry and gets downed with a clothesline. Henry picks him up for the World's Strongest Slam but Morrison floats over and strikes him a few times and hits a running knee smash. Morrison goes up top and hits Starship Pain, but Henry kicks out at two and gets up and hits the World's Strongest Slam for the win.
Winner - Mark Henry
Henry gets a microphone and says Morrison knows what it is like to be in the ring with a beast, and he found out the result just like Orton. He says now that he defended his title last night, he is done with Orton and he says he heard someone else is looking for him. Henry says he is not hard to find, and he will be there at Smackdown to make sure Big Show has the shortest return ever. He tells Big Show he is going to put him back on the shelf and back into the Hall of Pain.
John Laurinitis is listening to the disgruntled wrestlers and he says he wanted to know if R-Truth and Miz filed a lawsuit and Otunga says not to worry about it. He says he wants to know what HHH is going to do about their grievances, then Vickie says they should go air their problems in the ring to the public. Everyone agrees and they leave the room as John reaches into his jacket and starts texting someone on his phone.
The group of Superstars join Alberto Del Rio in the ring and he says he was supposed to enjoy regaining his WWE Championship, but he couldn't because two fired Superstars attacked him. He says the cell coincidentally raised and then locked them inside when Alberto won, and HHH is the only man with that power. Christian takes the mic and says HHH being the COO is fine, but him running the show is making it unsafe for them. Cody says this is all because of his enormous ego, and Dolph says they will actually do something about it and take things into their own hands. (Cont'd...)
Jack Swagger says his family is concerned for him every time that he gets in the ring, and Vickie tries to talk but she gets booed so loud she can't finish. David Otunga takes the mic and says he knows they can do two things, and they can either continue to work, or band together and take legal action. HHH makes his entrance and he asks what happened to the WWE? He says men used to fight no matter what the consequences, and they didn't whine or threaten lawsuits, and he doesn't care about their lawsuit or the one filed by R-Truth and Miz. HHH says he cares about when the men in the ring go back down there and fight their opponents, and they do their jobs and fight it out.
Kelly Kelly & Eve vs Beth Phoenix & Natalya
Beth kicks Kelly then throws her to the floor, and she follows her out but Kelly grabs her by the hair and throws her into the announcer's table. Natalya tries to break it up but Eve runs over and knocks her down to even it up. Kelly goes crazy and punches the hell out of Beth while she is on the group, and tries to claw at her while Eve pulls her off. She looks to have lost control of her emotions as she continues to scream at Beth as she is pulled away by Eve.
Result - No Contest
John Laurinitis finds HHH in the back and he says he wants to apologize for last night and everything that happened. He says he was responsbible for getting Miz and Truth kicked out but he doesn't know how they got backstage and into the ring. John says he also wants an apology and mentions that in all the choas last night HHH knocked him over while trying to go after Miz and Truth. He tells HHH to evaluate his job with the talent and to listen to them and see how he is doing as COO so far. HHH grabs him by the shirt and says the only thing he is worried about is John undermining everything he tells him to do, then says he'll go to the ring to listen to everyone, but John better be with them all.
Jinder Mahal vs Santino Marella
Jinder knees Santino in the ribs and throws him into the corner, then runs at him and misses a knee smash. Santino gets up and hits the Cobra for the win.
Winner - Santino
12 Man Tag Team Match
Cena punches Christian then clotheslines Otunga, and he tags out to Dolph as Cena tags in Mason Ryan. Dolph slaps him in the face and Mason clotheslines him then gorilla press slams him over the top rope and on to Swagger on the floor. All the heels check on Ziggler and encourage him to get back in and Swagger makes a distraction so Dolph can kick him from behind. Mason comes back with a powerslam then tags in Sheamus, and he squares off with Swagger and they go punch for punch in the corner. Sheamus gets the best of him and repeatedly kicks him then whips him across the ring, but Swagger slows him down with a chop block.
Sheamus stops him with a backbreaker and tags in Punk, and he punches Swagger then goes up top as he lets Swagger make the tag to Cody. Punk takes him over with a hiptoss, but Cody backs him into the corner and kicks him in the chest and punches him in the forehead. Cody takes him down with an armdrag and puts him in a modified crossface, but Punk gets out and hits a leg lariat and knee smash. Punk calls for the GTS and he picks Cody up, but everyone gets in the ring and we have a standoff as we go to a commercial. (Continued...)
When we return, Kofi misses a crossbody on the top rope and Cody gets a two count after a Beautiful Disaster. Alberto tags in and hits him in the back of the head with a dropkick, then tags in Christian who hits a neckbreaker. Christian keeps him grounded then taunts the other corner so Swagger can get a few cheap shots in off the illegal tag. He leaves the ring as Dolph gets in and hits a dropkick then puts Kofi in a single armed chicken and tags in Cody. He throws Kofi outside and tries whipping him into the barricade, but Kofi reverses and sends Cody into the wall. He tries making a tag but Christian prevents it as he taunts Sheamus from the other side of the ring.
Dolph taunts Kofi then misses a jumping elbow drop, and he stops him from making a tag by running him into his corner and making a tag to Otunga. He bodyslams Kofi and tags Dolph back in, but Kofi ducks then hits a crossbody off the ropes and finally gets the tag to Bourne. He goes off on Dolph and Swagger with some kicks, then goes up top and hits Air Bourne but Vickie puts Swagger's foot on the rope. The ref tries to throw her out and she flips out on him before finally leaving, then Christian isolates Bourne in the corner and steps on his back to choke him on the ropes. He puts Bourne in a front facelock then brings him over to Alberto, who hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker for a two count.Bourne surprises Alberto with a tornado DDT and he makes the tag to Cena, who hits a sit out side slam and the Five Knuckle Shuffle.
He lifts Alberto for the AA but drops him when Alberto attacks his arm and tags out for a bit, then demands to get back in and tries to make a cover, then throws Cena in the corner and tags Swagger back in. He goes for a Swagger Bomb and gets a two count, then he punches Cena in the corner and whips him in to the turnbuckle across the ring. He goes for another Swagger Bomb but Cena rolls out of the way and tags in Sheamus, who clotheslines Dolph then hits a running knee smash and goes up top. He gets shoved off by Christian and gets taken out by a spear, and it starts to get crazy here as Bourne and Cody fight while Mason gets thrown out of the ring. Everyone takes turns hitting their finishers on each other until Dolph hits Cena with the Zig Zag, and Sheamus hits him with the Brogue Kick for the win.
Winners - John Cena, Sheamus, Mason Ryan, CM Punk & Air Boom
All of the Superstars and Divas make their way out to the ring followed by some referees and they wait for HHH to make his entrance. He makes his entrance and says he is there for a vote of confidence, so everyone will get to speak their minds, but he has some things he wants to say first. He knows this job is harder than it seemed, but he was given this job and he isn't buying Miz and Truth being sorry for what they did. He tells them they are babies and should accept their punishment, because he isn't even mad about what they did. HHH says he is an old school guy and likes watching people beat each other up, and at the end of the day he is doing it to make the fans happy.
He says he is trying to make sure RAW is the best show it can be, and he works his ass off every week for the fans. Now he says he is done speaking and asks what the superstars think, and Wade Barrett is the first to speak. He think HHH created an unsafe working environment for them, and they came to WWE to be professionals and competitors, not to be assaulted in the parking lot by outsiders. Wade calls him a hypocrite for enjoying the chaos and says he even puts his hands on his employees, and says he is out of line. HHH calls him a hypocrite and says Wade came in and did the same thing with Nexus, and he is just pissed because he isn't the one causing the problems anymore.
The referees talk about never seeing this much chaos before and that they are being assaulted by Superstars, then Beth speaks for the Divas and says they are afraid someone might even attack them. Jerry Lawler gets in the ring and says he agrees that the show is getting out of control, but he doesn't think it is HHH's fault and someone is behind the conspiracy. King tells him he is in charge, and everyone at ringside is suffering the consequences, so like it or not he is responsible. Christian, Beth and the referees all say they have no confidence, and King agrees and says he doesn't know about anyone else but he is reluctantly walking out.
The rest of the Superstars at ringside follow him out except for a group including Air Boom, Zack Ryder and and Alex Riley, but they too eventually leave and Booker T and Michael Cole follow them. The fans chant for HHH as the camera crew drops their equipment and leaves him in the ring alone, as Jim Ross is the final person still there. He reluctantly gets up and leaves, and HHH stares into the audience as John Laurinitis comes out and shakes his head disapprovingly.