Airdate: Monday, August 27th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI
Results by Tony Acero
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
-Cole and Lawler welcome us to the show. They discuss what happened with Punk last week, and King heads to the ring. Lawler grabs a mic, and Lawler says this is not the way the show usually starts. He needs to discuss what has happened recently. At Raw 1000 he made a remark that CM Punk did not like, and Lawler says he may have misspoken. So last week when Punk wanted an apology, he would do so in respect of the WWE Title. And then, he got kicked in the head from behind. So this week, he wants an apology from CM Punk.
Punk's music hits and here comes the Champ. Punk questions the fact that Lawler wants an apology. Punk reminds us that Lawler says he turned his back on the WWE Universe for justifiably attacking the Rock for his lack of respect. Lawler then sat in his little chair and make out Punk to be the bad guy. Punk says Lawler slandered the WWE Champion, and attacked him due to a lack of respect. Punk will put down anyone that shows his a lack of respect. Punk is sorry, sorry that all it takes to get into the WWE HOF is to beat nobodies in Memphis, slap a Hollywood actor and to act like a juvenile. He knows Lawler is jealous because he was never WWE Champion, and sorry he couldn't beat Michael Cole in his big WrestleMania moment. He calls Lawler a circus seal, and then says he is sorry about the man Lawler has become. Punk asks if he is upset, and wants to know if Lawler wants to fight. He says Lawler is just a commentator, they paid to see Punk and everyone knows Punk would embarrass him. Lawler says he wanted an apology, not a fight. He knows Lawler wants to bow up, but what would happen? Punk asks if Lawler thinks he is the best, and Punk says he will fight him. By the end of tonight, Lawler will leave embarrassed. He will either leave a coward or leave embarrassed because Punk beat him down. Punk bails and yells respect at the crowd. Lawler says he will think about it.
Jack Swagger vs. Ryback
And here we go. Lock up and knees by Swagger. Knees by Ryback, off the ropes and a big boot by Ryback. Slams Swagger to the mat repeatedly, and is in control until Swager trips him into the ropes. A big slam by Swagger, and then the Vader splash countered, but Swagger tries an ankle lock. Ryback slams Swagger to the corner, and then dumps Swagger on his head. Some punches by Ryback, and then a vicious clothesline by Ryback follows. Fisherman's buster by Ryback and that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ryback @ 2:00 via pin
-Swagger sits on the floor yelling, "That is it!"
-Cole and King speculate that Triple H's career maybe over. We will hear from Triple H tonight.
-John Cena faces The Miz tonight.
-Before the next match, Vickie Guerrero says the match needs to end quickly because she has an announcement to make.
Non-Title Match: Natalya vs. Layla ©
Natalya takes Layla to the mat. To the feet and Natalya tosses Layla back down. Off the ropes, a roll up by Layla for 2. Springboard cross body by Layla gets 2. Layla slams Natalya to the mat, and then dances. Ass to the face style by Layla, and Natalya rolls to the floor. Counters a baseball slide, and Natalya then beats her down. Back into the ring they go, and clubbing shots to the back by Natalya. Natalya looks for a sharp shooter, countered and Natalya back with a boot to Layla. Layla counters a suplex into a roll up of sorts for 2. Layla with a kick to the head of Natalya and that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Layla @ 2:40 via pin
-Vickie is in for her announcement and tells Layla to leave. Vickie says that she has something to say. Last week, AJ made a match between Ziggler and Jericho. Ziggler won and Chris Jericho is now gone from WWE. She feels that it was an abuse of power, and she will speak up to AJ. If the board of directors are watching, she is begging that it is time for Raw to be controlled by an adult like her. And not a mentally deranged child like AJ. AJ now comes skipping out to the ring, and does her little cute routine and asks for the mic. She then slaps Vickie and attacks her. CAAAAAAAAAAT FIIIIIIIIIIGHT! Vickie bails and AJ looks deranged, yet happy. Crowd replies with YES chants.
-Cole discusses Triple H's accomplishments in WWE, and we get a DX themed video package about Triple H.
-Daniel Bryan and Kane will be attending Anger Management Therapy. We see clips of them in group therapy, and we see Daniel Bryan refusing to admit that he has issues, like the losers there. The leader says they are waiting on one more person. A little kid in a goat mask shows up, and Daniel gets pissed. He asked who did this, and he says he is handsome. Daniel yells at the kid, and the leader says it is his kid, who is playing a goat in a play at school. The poor little guy was upset.
-Punk has Tweeted that he is offering the first punch to Lawler if he accepts their match tonight. Lawler grabs a mic and says Punk accused him of beating nobodies in Memphis. Lawler says he beat Briscoe, Venture, Superstar Graham and more. Lawler says he may act like a fun loving child and that he beat up a comedian in Memphis. Lawler says he respected Andy Kaufman. But Punk said Lawler was a WWE Hall of Famer, and that was true. Lawler says he has to stand up for himself, even if Punk is younger and in the prime of his life. Lawler admits he is not the best, but says Punk isn't either. So tonight, he will not back down, and he agrees to fight Punk tonight. Lawler heads to the back to prepare.
-John Cena makes his way to the ring.
Non-Title Match: The Miz © vs. John Cena
Lock up to begin, and a side headlock takedown by Miz. Cena to his feet, off the ropes and Cena back with the side headlock takedown after some counters. Miz to his feet, off the ropes and Cena... (Continues on next page)