|By Marc Middleton | August 21, 2012 | Comments|
Ziggler comes right back with a DDT for a 2 count. Jericho blocks Zig Zag and goes for the Walls of Jericho but it's countered. Jericho rolls him up for 2. Jericho with a clothesine. More back and forth until Jericho hits a bulldog. Ziggler blocks the Lionsault with his knees and hits Zig Zag for the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
- After the match, Ziggler grabs the briefcase and celebrates in the ring with Vickie. We go to replays as Jericho recovers. Dolph runs around and poses on the turnbuckles as Jericho sits there. Jericho grabs the briefcase from Vickie and hits Dolph in the gut with it, then over the back. Jericho hits a Codebreaker and his music hits as Vickie yells at ringside. Jericho waves to the fans as we get another replay. Jericho shakes his head and greets a few fans at ringside on his way up the ramp. Jericho stops and looks back at the crowd as we go to a preview of The Day.
- CM Punk is shown walking backstage as we get another commercial.
- Back from the break and out comes WWE Champion CM Punk. Punk stops and comes out in front of Jerry Lawler. Punk remembered how Lawler said he turned his back on WWE a few weeks ago. Punk wants Lawler to go ahead and admit that was a lie. Lawler said he meant no malice at all and felt at that moment that he turned his back. Punk wants an apology from Lawler. John Cena's music hits and out he comes.
Cena hits the ring to a mixed reaction as Punk looks on. Punk asks if Cena could have waited until he called him out. Punk says he has been taking a backseat to Cena, Triple H and The Rock out of respect but respect is a two-way street and it's never been reciprocated how it should be to him. Punk says people always ask him why he's not in the main event. Punk says out of respect he has let Cena go on last. Punk says taking a backseat no longer makes any sense. Punk points out he beat Cena last year for the title.
Punk says Cena is the #1 contender because he has to beat him again, because he is going to beat him again. Punk says all Cena has to do is admit Punk is the best in the world. Punk wants Cena to tell the truth. Cena talks about how he hasn't been WWE Champion in 9 months and how people stick with him through everything and have respect. Cena talks about the city of Fresno and gets them to pop. Cena says he's not going to let everyone down and won't be calling Punk the best in the world. Cena says to succeed, he has to believe in his heart that he's the best. Cena talks about how he didn't think he would lose to The Rock at WrestleMania and if he gets another chance, he will. Cena goes on and congratulates Punk on his title reign but points out he held it for well over 300 days straight. Cena says during that time he never came out and demanded anything from anyone, inside or out of the ring. Cena says Punk has been WWE Champion for over 270 days and all anyone remembers of him is the night he blew a kiss to Vince McMahon and left town. Cena says he isn't here to stroke Punk's ego. Cena offers Punk vindication and tells him to prove it. Cena says he can live with it if Punk doesn't choose him as #1 contender because he's confident he can get another title shot. Cena points out that Night of Champions is in his hometown. Cena says if Punk can walk out WWE Champion, that will defy his existence. Cena says the choice is Punk's.
Cena says if Punk doesn't choose him, he has no respect for the WWE Title or himself. Cena drops the mic and walks off to the back. Punk turns right to Jerry Lawler and demands the apology again. Punk calls Lawler to the ring for a conversation. Punk says Lawler went too far with what he said and owes him an apology. Lawler says this is all a misunderstanding but if Punk wants him to, he apologizes. Lawler turns to leave but Punk stops him. Punk says if Cena doesn't want to say it, then he wants to hear Lawler say he is the best in the world. Lawler says he can't do that and the crowd pops. Lawler goes to leave and Punk kicks him in the back of the head. Punk grabs the WWE Title and kneels down in front of Lawler. Some of the fans boo as Punk just stares at Lawler and RAW goes off the air.
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