Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Bret Hart wrote the following about CM Punk leaving WWE: “Can’t help but feel like @CMPunk leaving WWE is like Steve Carrell leaving “The Office”


John Cena wrote the following on Twitter regarding CM Punk’s RAW promo: “CeNation. Headed to australia. Very excited. I feel as if I do not need to comment on raw last night. I think what happened needs no explination.”


 For what it’s worth, the people at WWE Magazine wrote the following online after Monday’s RAW: “The mood backstage is…edgy, to put it mildly. @CMPunk is in a meeting with a lot of the people he just called out…


JBL wrote online about CM Punk’s RAW promo after finally watching it yesterday:

“I haven’t watched a wrestling program since well before I left WWE 2+ years ago. Heard about CM Punk’s promo and watched it this morning-WOW! That was awesome, as good as I have ever seen. I worked with CM when he first became champ-really enjoyed it and really happy to see what a stud he has become. When you can put doubt as to whether shoot or work-you have done your job very well!”


 Beth Phoenix, who has been linked to CM Punk, wrote the following about his segment on Monday’s RAW: “So many of u asking me about my feelings on how Raw went off the air.Shocking, compelling & struck a nerve. Passion&Talent cannot be denied.”


Dark Match:

* Derrick Bateman beat Johnny Curtis


* The show opens with the Money in the Bank briefcase hanging high. Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton is announced with Christian banned from ringside by Teddy Long. Christian wants a rematch against Orton at the pay-per-view.

* Randy Orton beat Mark Henry by count out. Big Show’s music hit, distracted Henry and allowed Orton to hit an RKO on the floor for the count out. Henry went nuts at the production area and tore the place up.

* Daniel Bryan beat Ted DiBiase by submission. There is no music right now because of Henry trashing the production area.

* Christian approaches Teddy Long in the back and wants a title shot. Teddy makes Christian vs. Sin Cara tonight for Christian playing Big Show’s music earlier.

* Backstage segment – Cody Rhodes is upset with Ted DiBiase.

* Christian defeated Sin Cara in a decent match. Christian won with the spear. A contract signing between Christian and Orton will take place later in the show.

* Cody Rhodes beat Ezekiel Jackson in a non-title match with help from Ted DiBiase.

* Backstage segment with Johnny Curtis that didn’t make much sense.

* Kane beat Wade Barrett with a chokeslam. This looked like a match between Money in the Bank participants because they kept focusing on the briefcase but didn’t announce anything yet.

* Teddy Long calls out Randy Orton and Christian for their contract signing. Christian brings a lawyer with him. It’s in the contract that if the referee makes a bad call, he gets another rematch. Orton is all business here on the mic. Orton signed the contract and before Christian does, Sheamus attacks Orton from behind. Sheamus also laid Christian out and destroyed the contract to end the show.


 Kurt Angle wrote the following about CM Punk’s RAW promo on Monday night, on his Twitter page this afternoon:

“CM Punk had classic promo last night. Good for Him. But if U ever say another word about Me again, Ur toast! If U don’t believe Me, try Me!”

It should be noted that Punk didn’t mention Angle on Monday night. Angle may have been referring to a comment Punk made on Twitter a few months back, mocking Angle for when he said his Twitter was hacked.


“John Cena, while you lay there, hopefully as uncomfortable as you possibly can be, I want you to listen to me.

I want you to digest this because before I leave in 3 weeks with your WWE Championship, I have a lot of things I want to get off my chest.

I don’t hate you, John. I don’t even dislike you. I do like you. I like you a hell of a lot more than I like most people in the back.

I hate this idea that you’re the best. Because you’re not. I’m the best. I’m the best in the world. There’s one thing you’re better at than I am and that’s kissing Vince McMahon’s ass.

You’re as good as kissing Vince McMahon’s ass as Hulk Hogan was. I don’t know if you’re as good as Dwayne though. He’s a pretty good ass kisser. Always was and still is.

Whoops! I’m breaking the fourth wall! (Punk waves to the camera)

I am the best wrestler in the world.

I’ve been the best since day one when I walked into this company. And I’ve been vilified and hated since that day because Paul Heyman saw something in me that nobody else wanted to admit. That’s right, I’m a Paul Heyman guy. You know who else was a Paul Heyman guy? Brock Lesnar. And he split just like I’m splitting. But the biggest difference between me and Brock is I’m going to leave with the WWE Championship.

I’ve grabbed so many of Vincent K. McMahon’s brass rings that it’s finally dawned on me that there just that, they’re completely imaginary. The only thing that’s real is me and the fact that day in and day out, for almost six years, I have proved to everybody in the world that I am the best on this microphone, in that ring, even in commentary! Nobody can touch me!

And yet no matter how many times I prove it, I’m not on your lovely little collector cups. I’m not on the cover of the program. I’m barely promoted. I don’t get to be in movies. I’m certainly not on any crappy show on the USA Network. I’m not on the poster of WrestleMania. I’m not on the signature that’s produced at the start of the show. I’m not on Conan O’Brian. I’m not on Jimmy Fallon. But the fact of the matter is, I should be.

This isn’t sour grapes. But the fact that Dwayne is in the main event at WrestleMania next year and I’m not makes me sick!

Oh hey, let me get something straight. Those of you who are cheering me right now, you are just as big a part of me leaving as anything else. Because you’re the ones who are sipping on those collector cups right now. You’re the ones that buy those programs that my face isn’t on the cover of. And then at five in the morning at the airport, you try to shove it in my face and get an autograph and try to sell it on Ebay because you’re too lazy to go get a real job.

I’m leaving with the WWE Championship on July 17th. And hell, who knows, maybe I’ll go defend it in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Maybe…I’ll go back to Ring of Honor.

(Punk looks at the camera and waves)

Hey, Colt Cabana, how you doing?

The reason I’m leaving is you people. Because after I’m gone, you’re still going to pour money into this company. I’m just a spoke on the wheel. The wheel is going to keep turning and I understand that. Vince McMahon is going to make money despite himself. He’s a millionaire who should be a billionaire. You know why he’s not a billionaire? Because he surrounds himself with glad-handed, non-sensical, douchebag (censored) yes men, like John Laurinaitis, who’s going to tell him everything he wants to hear, and I’d like to think that maybe this company will better after Vince McMahon is dead. But the fact is, it’s going to be taken over by his idiotic daughter and his doofus son-in-law and the rest of his stupid family.

Let me tell you a personal story about Vince McMahon alright. We do this whole (anti) bully campaign

(Mic cut off.)”


WWE posted the following storyline update this afternoon on CM Punk:

“UPDATE: As of Tuesday, June 28, WWE and CM Punk have reached an agreement that Punk will fulfill his non-televised live event obligations for the remainder of his contract, through July 17. Furthermore, both sides have mutually agreed not to disparage one another.”


It’s elimination time, as we head into the seventeenth week of NXT Redemption! The opening titles roll, and commentators Todd Grisham and William Regal welcome us from Phoenix, Arizona. Regal guesses that Conor O’Brian will be eliminated tonight as Darren Young makes his way to the ring.

-Darren says that Chavo Guerrero is not here because he quit on him. He’s done more than Chavo in his short time here, and he’s done it all by myself. He says that tonight, he’s going to show everyone why he’ll be the NXT winner. Conor O’Brian walks out and says that when he’s done with Darren, there won’t be any more talks about what Darren has done. The only talk will be about how Conor O’Brian took your NXT Redemption and turned it into absolute destruction.

Match #1: Darren Young vs. Conor O’Brian

-The two rookies lock up and fight around the ring. Conor eventually pushes Darren and himself through the second rope to the outside. Conor gets back into the ring, Darren follows, and Conor drops him with a clothesline. He then goes to strikes, hitting Darren with a European uppercut for a two-count. He rams Darren into the turnbuckle, then pulls him out into a short-arm clothesline. It gets a two-count, and Conor applies a modified wristlock. Darren gets up and runs the ropes, hitting a shoulder block, but Conor gets up and stops Darren in his tracks. Darren rolls off to the apron and Conor follows. Both men are on the apron and Darren hits a neckbreaker onto the apron as we go to commercial.


-Both men are up and Darren hits a shoulder block for a two-count. Conor is seated and Darren torques Conor’s neck. Conor gets to his feet and hits the ropes, only to run into Darren’s elbow. Darren hits a number of boots to Conor’s face as he tries to get up, but that only gets a two-count as well. Darren goes back to the neck crank and the crowd starts booing. Conor slowly makes his way to his feet and hits a quick flapjack on Darren. He then slingshots Darren into the turnbuckle and tries for a school boy, but Darren kicks out. Darren whips Conor into the corner and Darren runs the ropes, but he gets leveled with a huge big boot. Conor suplexes Darren onto the ropes. Darren gets up and quickly slams Conor’s shoulder into the second turnbuckle. Darren then hits the Three Amigos on Darren, and goes up to the top rope to a chorus of boos. Darren hits a frog splash for the three-count.

Winner: Darren Young

-Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyson Kidd is announced for later tonight.

-Yoshi Tatsu is backstage with another shrine. His Yoshi Tatsu action figure is in the center. Tyson Kidd comes up and picks up Yoshi’s action figure. He taunts Yoshi and starts pulling off the figure’s limbs. Yoshi goes nuts and takes Kidd down. Referees come in to pull them apart while Yoshi starts yelling in Japanese.


-Yoshi Tatsu looks upset and is all business as he makes his way to the ring. Kidd comes out with a smirk and Yoshi’s glare never leaves Kidd.

Match #2: Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyson Kidd

-Yoshi tackles Kidd and they’re just brawling. Kidd rolls out of the ring and recuperates, but Yoshi hurries out. Kidd tries to trick Yoshi, going back into the ring and trying to take advantage when Yoshi follows, but Yoshi dodges, gets back into the ring, and takes Kidd down once again. Kidd throws Yoshi into the corner and stomps Yoshi down. Kidd whips Yoshi but Yoshi counters with a kick to the face. Kidd takes control again, whipping Yoshi into the corner. Yoshi falls out of the ring by the steel steps and Kidd gets out of the ring and hits a low dropkick on Yoshi, ramming him into the steps.


-Kidd is in control with a modified hammerlock on Yoshi. Yoshi gets to his feet, but Kidd stops Yoshi with a knee to the gut and a back suplex with his arm trapped. Yoshi fights to his feet with a chop, but Kidd stops Yoshi again with a kick to the quadricep. Kidd attacks the arm, stretching it with the bottom ring rope. He stomps on Yoshi’s hand and applies an armbar. Kidd yells to give up, but Yoshi won’t. Yoshi gets fired up, gets to his feet, and hits an arm drag. Both men hit the ropes and both men hit a flying clothesline. Both men are down as the referee starts the count. They both get up at 5 and Yoshi starts with the Flair chops. Yoshi drops Kidd with a gut kick and hits his signature snapmare-kick to the face combination. Kidd reels in the corner and Yoshi hits his double knee attack and a spinning wheel kick, which gets a two count. Yoshi goes to the top rope, but Kidd runs up to the corner and tries to hit a superplex, but Yoshi pushes him away. Yoshi tries to make it to the top, but Kidd runs back over and dropkicks the rope, dropping Yoshi where it hurts. Kidd hits a picture-perfect frankensteiner for a very close two-count. Kidd gets up slowly and Yoshi tries for a small package, but Kidd gets out. Kidd tries for a suplex, but Yoshi rolls out and drops Kidd with a roundhouse kick to the head for the three-count.

Winner: Yoshi Tatsu

-Titus O’Neil will take on JTG up next.

-JTG is backstage checking out his bling. Hornswoggle sneaks up behind him in a trash can and tries to steal JTG’s necklace from a table. JTG catches him and gets in Hornswoggle’s face, but Titus runs over and stops JTG. JTG says that he doesn’t like a thief, but Titus says that leprechauns like gold. JTG says he’ll be keeping an eye on Hornswoggle and walks off.


-Maryse makes her way out. She will be joining the commentary team. Hornswoggle’s music hits to a nice pop and out come Titus O’Neil and Hornswoggle. We get a recap of Maryse rejecting Hornswoggle last week. Hornswoggle looks upset in the ring while Maryse has a big grin on her face. She says she’s just honest as JTG makes his way to the ring.

Match #3: JTG vs. Titus O’Neil

-Titus whips JTG and drops him with an elbow strike. Titus forces JTG into the corner and throws him right back out. Meanwhile, Hornswoggle goes over and gives Maryse a note. It says “I love you. Do you love me?” with boxes marked Yes, No, and Maybe. JTG is back in control with a scoop slam. He then hits a back suplex which JTG modifies into a neckbreaker. JTG applies a chinlock as Titus gets to his feet. JTG switches to a front headlock, but Titus just flips JTG over. Titus hits a clothesline and a shoulder block, then whips JTG into the corner and hits a powerslam. Titus whips JTg, but he catches the ropes and rolls out. JTG looks at Hornswoggle, and Hornswoggle goes up onto the apron and starts taunting and gesturing. Titus pulls JTG up into the ring and hits Clash of Titus for the win.

Winner: Titus O’Neil

-Hornswoggle gets up on Titus’ shoulders and they celebrate. Maryse stands up with her note and rips it in half. Hornswoggle’s smile disappears and he gets off of Titus’ shoulders. Maryse yells at Hornswoggle and he and Titus leave the ring.


We are back with the Raw Rebound. Guess what part of the show they are going to recap? Todd talks about the indefinite suspension of CM Punk and that Vince McMahon might be at Raw on Monday.

We go to ringside where Maryse and Matt Striker preside over the fourth elimination. Matt says that they have shown everything that they had.

Matt reminds us that the redemption points will resolve any ties. Titus O’Neil has 22 Redemption points. Darren Young has 7 Redemption points. Conor O’Brian has 3 Redemption points.

It is time to go to the RedemptTron 2011-5 and the eliminated rookie is Conor O’Brian.

Conor is asked for some parting words.

Conor thanks everyone who voted for him and supported him. He thanks Vladimir for being his pro and for being a good friend. Conor has a message for Hunter and he says that he was never good at the game of Life or Monopoly, but he is looking for a chance to play the game.

Matt reminds everyone what the winner gets and Matt says that they will be joined by someone in the finals. Derrick Bateman comes out with his pro Daniel Bryan.

We go to credits.


Coming out of last night’s RAW tapings for the fourth of July, here’s what looks to be the updated card for WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view.

WWE did a #1 contender’s match earlier in the tapings where Alberto Del Rio won the right to face John Cena for the WWE Title at Money in the Bank, since CM Punk was suspended. However, it was announced later in the tapings that Punk was re-instated and will compete at Money in the Bank.

WWE Title Match
CM Punk vs. John Cena
If Punk wins, Cena is fired.

RAW Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Rey Mysterio vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger vs. Evan Bourne vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth vs. Alex Riley vs. The Miz

SmackDown Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Participants TBA

WWE Divas Title Match
Brie Bella vs. Kelly Kelly


 Sources report that CM Punk’s entire promo at the end of RAW this week was improvised by Punk and not scripted. Nobody in the back knew what Punk was going to say until he said it live on RAW.

WWE officials told Punk to go out and say in his own words why he was leaving the company, why he wanted the WWE Title and why he wanted to leave with it in his possession. There was a discussion that when officials felt Punk was going too far, they would pull the plug on the segment and cut his mic.

It’s said that Punk was upset months ago when Triple H came back to feud with The Undertaker and while some of his comments on RAW towards Vince McMahon were well thought out to appear not as a shoot to the average viewer, most believe that Punk’s comments towards Triple H and John Laurinaitis were strictly a shoot.

Word also is that Punk had some notes for his speech jotted down on his wrist tape.

As far as his contract status, Punk’s deal apparently expires the second week of July but he signed an extension to work through Money in the Bank. Still with last night’s new storyline development, sources maintain that Punk is leaving at Money in the Bank.