Match 8: CM Punk and AJ vs. Daniel Bryan and Kane
Punk and Kane to start. Kane with a right. He sends Punk to t he corner, but Punk escapes and hits a running knee. He tries for a bulldog, but Kane hits a big boot. Bryan tags himself in and starts kicking Punk down, with some Yes! chants to boot. Bryan with a chin lock from behind. Punk and Bryand hit the ropes and Punk comes back with a heel kick, then a swinging neck breaker. Running high knee from Punk into a powerslam from Punk and a pin for 1...2..NO! Punk goes up top. He's trying to end this one fast, it appears. He's looking for the elbow. He flies and misses as Bryan rolls out of the way. Tag to Kane. Punk reaches to tag then remembers who his partner is. Kane goes for the chokeslam, but Punk fights out. Kane goes for the tombstone, but Punk floats over and Kane backs him into the Face corner. The ref calls this a tag, and Aj is in. Punk rolls ou of the ring and Aj walks in hesitantly. She gets close to Kane, then smiles. God, what a smile...
She backs away from him, then starts skipping around Kane. lol. oooookkaaaayyy. She skips behind him. He turns around and stares, then she hops atop him and locks her legs, arms and....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! She starts a heavy makeout session as the crowd chants YES! Kane pretty much no-sells it until she's done. Punk watches on from the corner as AJ dismounts. She's all smiles as Kane backs into the corner and tags in Daniel Bryan. AJ is confused as Bryan walks in. He runs towards AJ and she tags Punk in. Punk hits an elbow from the outside, then a high kick. He calls for the elbow, again, and hits it. Pin to Bryan. 1....2....3!!!
Winner: CM Punk (**)
I don't really understand how Punk can win with what is typically a transitional move. Not sure that was the right thing to do, but whatever.
AJ sits in the middle of the ring, cross-legged ala CM Punk. She's all smiles as Punk looks on. Kane is at the top of the ramp, confused as ever. Bryan is, too. This is weird, and I'm upset. This is either one of the smarter stories that the WWE has been able to tell, or it's going to crash and burn.
McMahon is here with a bunch of bodyguards. He says he's always had a warm spot for Connecticut. He mentions that he lives there and his daughter was born there. He then says it's poetic, then, to see a life end here. He introduces Ace, and here's the music of the people. He comes down with the crutch as they replay McMahon tossing the scooter off the stage like it was Stone Cold filling a Corvette with cement...it's not. Ace says that first of all, he doesn't appreciate what McMahon did for his scooter. He then says that he doesn't need all the security, he'd never think of laying his hands on him. McMahon claims that security isn't for him, it's for Johnny. These fine gentlemen are going to walk a certain someone right out of this ring, this arena and his business. Ace claims that his actions tonight speak for themselves. He wants to look at what he's done since becoming in charge. He is needed if the WWE is going to be successful, especially with RAW hitting three hours soon. He tells Vince to do the right thing by allowing Ace to stay in charge.
McMahon brings up the words "people power" calling them synonymous with Ace. He's got two words as well....John Laurinaitis.....
WELLLL IT's The Big Show! Show is here to interrupt. Show understands that Ace is giving a job review. True, he has amde a few mistakes, but the one thing he did right was that he gave Show a contract that allows him to say or do anything he wants to. He realizes that Vince could fire him. But if he fired him, he would have to pay Show millions of dollars per year, for many years to do absolutely nothing (how is that any different from the past 14 years?). Show tells Vince not to get mad at Ace, it's not his fault. They both know whose fault it is. Every stupid costume, movie, tv commercial, appearance, sportscenter with Shaq, Floyd. What's the one thing that all that has in common? Vince. He did everything that Vince asked him to do. McMahon wouldn't let him be a giant because giants are scary. He was told to smile more, to make friends. But with Show's new contract, he no longer has to be part of Vince's dog and pony show. He finally gets to be what he really is...a giant. So don't worry about firing Ace, he should be more concerned about John Cena. This gets a Cena chant going.Vince should be worried about his golden goose, because Show is going to pluck his feathers come No Way Out. At No Way Out, he's going to prove that
John Cena has had enough! Oh, Happy Cena is here today. Yay. He is here on official business. He is going to get to the bottom of this all. First, Show blamed Cena, then blamed the fans. Now he's blaming McMahon, who is next, McDonald's for putting Chicken Nuggets on sale? There's that golden humor. He says that the only person who is guilty of all this is Johnny Ace. Since he's signed Show to the lucrative contract, all we've heard is Big Show complaining. But now, he can finally be "a giant." Cena has qualms with this, apparently. He looks Show up and down then points out that Show has always been a giant. Cena figured out what make this all different. Everything revolves around The Big Show. Big Show got the contract he wanted, great. He's got management behind him, perfect. He's got the match and the opponent he wants. Look around, there's not one person that paints Cena as the favorite because Show has put himself in a match that he should win. According to Show, he's going to beat Cena so badly that he can't come back from it. But what happens if he doesn't beat Cena? If Show doesn't beat Cena at No Way Out, there's no more excuses. If he doesn't destroy Cena, there's nobody left to blame. If this doesn't happen, then everyone will look at him as the world's largest disappointment. And with that contract, Show will have to show up every... (Continues on next page)