Airdate: Monday, September 10th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec Canada
Results by Ken Hill
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
Live from Montreal, Lawler and Cole announcing (no Miz, damn) and we start off in great fashion with the introduction of Bret Hart to a hot ovation from the home crowd.
Bret attempts to thank the crowd for coming out tonight, but the ovation is tremendous so he lets it ride for a few minutes...and as soon as he tries to start up again, an "Ole!" chant starts up! "Only in Canada," says Cole.
He thanks the crowd for supporting him through his highs and lows, including the Screwjob, and says he stands proud and thanks everyone in Montreal, and in Canada, for their years of support...PUNK'S MUSIC HITS! And man, does the crowd sound pissed! WWE wanted Punk to get booed, well, they picked the right place and time to do it, interrupting Hart in his home country.
Punk in black, pink, and white trunks and boots as either a sincere or mocking praise to Hart, we'll find out shortly. Mocking, apparently, as Punk starts in on Bret about the 15 years he "painfully detailed" in the book he wrote himself. Bret tells him off and threatens the Sharpshooter, but Punk just laughs it off, saying he doesn't need a Vince McMahon to screw him or anyone else, and guarantees that if he'd been in Bret's shoes, he would've just jumped the "proverbial" sinking ship and headed to WCW before ever getting screwed out of his championship.
Bret touts his catchphrase, which Punk can't believe that Bret still refers to himself as, mocking Jerry in saying that just because someone calls themselves something like "The King of Memphis", doesn't mean it's true. Bret responds by bringing up last week, where Punk ambushed Cena during his match with Del Rio, mocking him in kind for claiming "Best in the World" and yet he walked out and came back just to kick Cena in the head and leaving with Paul Heyman.
Punk excuses himself, just saying he'd come back to get some things, and asks if Bret was expecting Cena to come and be his "White knight" and have his back tonight. Bret says he had been planning on interviewing Cena, respectfully, one-on-one, and that sets Punk off, as he gets in Hart's face about respect and says he plans to put Cena to sleep on Sunday. "Just like you're putting this crowd to sleep?" Bret says. OOOOH BURN! Punk calms himself and simply tells Bret that he plans on leaving Cena a broken, beaten-down shell of a man, just like Bret is now, before dropping the "pipe bomb" and leaving the ring to big-time heat.
- We get an advert touting Bret's interview with Cena later tonight
- Tonight's RawActive match features Punk against either Brodus Clay, Jerry Lawler, or Randy Orton. REAL tough choice...
All Champions Tag Match: US Champion Antonio Cesaro & IC Champion The Miz vs. WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth & Kofi Kingston
We find out before the the match that there will be a battle royal on the NOC Pre-show to determine the #1 Contender to Cesaro's US title, Miz's opponent yet to be named...sigh.
We start out fast-paced, as the tag champs take it Miz and Cesaro, sending them to the outside before flying over the ropes onto the singles champs as we go to break.
- Commercial break
We come back with Miz locking a chin lock on Truth, wearing him down before Truth comes back with a dropkick and tags in Kofi, and Cesaro for Miz. Kofi flies off the ropes onto Cesaro, as Truth takes out Miz with the Lie Detector. Cesaro pushed Kofi to the corner, missing a splash as Kofi rolls away, then nails Cesaro square in the head with Trouble in Paradise for the 3!
WINNERS: Kofi & R-Truth
We then get a recap of last week's Raw and Smackdown detailing the storyline of Sheamus's Brogue Kick being banned after Ricardo Roderiguez took the kick and "allegedly" suffered serious neck and spinal trauma. We then see Sheamus talking with Bret Hart backstage as apparently we're going to see some footage of Sheamus disputing the ban with Otunga. Riveting... :P
- A "Did You Know" Advert praising Saturday Morning Slam
- We are taken to WWE Headquarters, where Sheamus is sworn in for his case with Otunga, claiming his last name is Lipschitz *snort* regaling everyone with how his family is part Irish and Jewish...before joking about it isn't his name.
Otunga questions about the various people...