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WWE Raw results and live blog for Sept. 10: The Night of Champions go home show

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WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 10, 2012) from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and represents the go home show to the Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for this Sunday night.

That's almost secondary to the fact that Bret Hart will be returning to the scene of the crime for the first time in 15 years. That's right, folks, "The Hitman" will be back at the site of the infamous Montreal Screwjob.

At least Shawn Michaels isn't heeling it up on the roster, there to rub it in.

CM Punk will also be in town with his new running mate Paul Heyman. There are a million questions to ask but it's almost better just to sit back and wait for the answers than ever bother speculating on anything. A stable building? A way to turn Brock Lesnar babyface? Punk just asserting his backstage power to work with his friend?

Who knows. It should be fun no matter what.

Raw starts at 8 p.m. ET on USA, so be sure to make your way back here to chat with all of your favorite Cagesiders during the show. It's always a fun time. Raw live blog after the jump.


Nolan in.

Bret Hart is here, folks.

The fans are rabid for "The Exellence of Execution."

Fans have been chanting for three minutes. They break out into a hockey chant.

Bret says he is speechless after 15 years. He says the last time he was here, it was one of the darkest days of his life. But, it was also the proudest. Hart says that he thanks the fans of Montreal. He says they supported him through everything and he thanks all of them.

CM Punk is here. He is rocking the pink and black.

Taking his sweet time getting to the ring. He is receiving a mixed reaction.

He points to Bret and says that, with all due respect, everyone knows what happened 15 years ago in that encyclopedia of a book he wrote about himself. He says that if he wrote a book about himself he would call it "What If?" As in, what if Punk had faced Hart at Survivor Series 1997?

Hart says it doesn't matter, because he thinks it would have taken less than a minute to lock Punk in a Sharpshooter.

Punk says he doesn't believe Hart, and he knows Hart doesn't believe himself. He says the WWE wouldn't exist if that happened. He says he is the best in the world, and he would have beaten Hart with his own two hands. He says that it would have left a chain reaction that would lead to the fans in the arena right not being here today.

Punk says he would have beaten Hart, no screwjob needed. He would have won, then there would have been no Attitude Era, and he would have jumped ship to WCW, killing the WWE.

Hart says that he is still the "Excellence of Execution" and would have beaten the "Best in the World" because he is "The Best There Is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be."

Punk says he hates when Hart calls himself that, because it doesn't make him king. He says you can call yourself king, but it doesn't mean anything. He then taunts Lawler.

Hart says he has had history with Lawler, but he never would coward out of the ring like Punk did last week. They play the footage from last week on the Titantron.

Punk says he was in his hometown, where they treat champs with respect. He says after all of that, where was John Cena? He beat him down. He asks where Cena is tonight. He asks if Cena has Hart's back and if he will be the white knight that saves Hart.

Hart says that he asked Cena to have this spot so he could talk to the fans. "And with all due respect..."

Punk says Hart doesn't know a damn thing about respect and if he did, he wouldn't talk to him like that. He says he has held the title longer than Bret and will beat Cena at Night of Champions, becoming the best of all-time. Punk asks Bret if he heard how the fans cheered him when he came out and says he deserves that ovation in every arena he is in.

He says Hart is like Cena. He says Hart is overstated like Cena. He says Cena will go to sleep at Night of Champions.

Hart says that Punk is putting these fans to sleep.

The fans oblige with "boring" chants.

Punk says he will leave John Cena a broken shell of a man, just like Hart is.

"Asshole! Asshole! Asshole!"

Punk drops the mic and heads up the ramp.


Punk needs an opponent for tonight and a Twitter poll is in order.

Brodus Clay, Randy Orton, or Jerry Lawler are your options.


Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. The Miz and Antonio Cesaro

The five language word of the week is "prestige."

Kofi takes the back of Miz to start. Side headlock for Kofi. Kofi sent off the ropes, ducks under a clothesline, and hits a monkey flip on Miz. Nearfall.

Truth in and double Russian leg sweep. Leg drop and knee drop from the tag champs. Cesaro comes in and is downed. Miz and Cesaro are down on the outside. Truth gets down on all fours and Kofi off the ropes, uses Truth as a launching pad for a flip dive, and takes out the team.


Back and Cesaro has Truth in a sleeper. Cesaro drops Truth with a European uppercut. Miz in and Cesaro holds Truth on the second rope and Miz runs and crotch splashes him on the ropes. Nearfall. Miz roughing Truth up with punches in the corner. Signature sitting clothesline from Miz in the corner.

Miz up top and a double axehandle. Nearfall. Miz locking in the chinlock on Truth. Truth tries to fight out, but gets a knee to the gut. Miz off the ropes and he eats a Truth dropkick.

Kofi in and Cesaro in. Springboard forearm from Kofi. He gets a few clotheslines and a dropkick. Boom Drop from Kofi. He dropkicks Miz off the apron, but Cesaro counters with a punch to the stomach. Whips Kofi into the corner, but Kofi with the pendulum kick.

Crossbody from the top from Kofi. Nearfall broken up by Miz. Corkscrew forearm from Truth levels Miz. Cesaro rolls up Kofi and gets some tights, but only a nearfall.

Back to the feet and Kofi drops Cesaro with a Trouble in Paradise. Pin and victory to the tag champs.


Recap of RAW last week that focuses on Sheamus Brogue Kicking Ricardo.

Smackdown recap showing Booker T banning the Brogue Kick.

Sheamus shown talking to Bret Hart backstage.


Footage from a court-ordered deposition between David Otunga, Ricardo Rodriguez, and Sheamus.

Otunga asks Sheamus' last name, who says it is "Lipshitz." His parents were Irish and Jewish, and he goes on to tell a long, unfunny, racist story.

Otunga asks Sheamus if he Brogue Kicked Rodriguez, to which he replies "si, senor!"

More racist humor. Classic...

Otunga then shows Sheamus a list of past opponents and victims of the Brogue Kick. Bryan, ref Chad Patton, etc. Otunga asks if Sheamus knows the physical and mental aftereffects of the Brogue Kick.

Sheamus takes umbrage to all this and ends up Brogue Kicking the camera.

He starts singing a Jewish tune.

Yep, Vince McMahon loved all that.

Otunga facing Sheamus tonight.


Layla, Kaitlyn and Eve vs. Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and Alicia Fox

Let me just point out that this makes no sense. But, it is the Divas division. So who cares? Well, I guess I have to since I am live blogging it.

I digress as Kaitlyn and Beth Phoenix lock up. Phoenix pushes Kaitlyn into the corner. Kaitlyn reverses and gets shoulder bumps and strikes. Phoenix whips Kaitlyn into the corner, but she turns and clotheslines Phoenix. Shoulder block from Kaitlyn. Uppercut from Kaitlyn sends Beth to her own corner.

Natalya tags herself in. Nearfall. Smacks Kaitlyn and sends her off the ropes. Fox with a kick to the back and Kaitlyn eats a lariat from Natalya. Nearfall.

Alicia in and a Northern Lights suplex.

Kaitlyn escapes to tag in Layla. Layla bringing the offense, resulting in her springboard crossbody in the corner. Alicia Fox setting up for a back bodydrop, but Layla kicks her in the face.

Eve tags herself in.

She hits a neckbreaker and steals the pinfall victory for her team.

Eve celebrates while her teammates are in WTF mode.


Punk talking to AJ backstage.

He is mad that Cena doesn't have a match tonight and he does. He wonders why AJ is doing this, whether it be because he rejected her or because of her episode last week.

AJ says it could be worse, because she could make him fight Sheamus. But, she says since he walked out on the people, they'll decide his fate tonight.

Punk makes faces as AJ walks away.

Brodus Clay is behind Punk and greets him with a smile. Punk gives him a pissy look and walks away.


CM Punk vs. Randy Orton

Lockup and Punk with a side headlock. Off the ropes and Punk with a shoulder block. Another lockup and Punk off the ropes again, and another shoulder block. Punk goes off the ropes and hops over Orton, only to get hip tossed.

Lockup and this time Orton gets the side headlock. Punk drives him into the corner and gets a knee to the gut. Then a few more for good measure. Punk with a backbreaker for a nearfall. Punk locking in the sleeper on Orton.

Orton tries to fight out, but he gets knees to the gut. STO from Punk and he gets the sleeper again. Orton fights out and lands a headbutt that puts Punk in the corner. Strikes in the corner from Orton. Whips Punk into the opposite corner, Punk floats over, and almost eats an RKO for good measure.

Punk to the outside. He stares at Orton for a while, then decides to walk out.

Orton takes chase and meets Punk at the top of the ramp. Orton brawls down the ramp, leveling Punk with punches. He puts Punk back in the ring and gets to the apron, only to get a baseball slide kick to the leg and a face full of ring apron.

Orton down and out on the arena floor as we go to commercial.

Back and Punk has an abdominal stretch on Orton. Orton with a hip toss out of it. He misses a knee drop on Punk. Punk with a knee to the gut of Orton. Stomps on Orton. Punk goes to the top and he does a Bret Hart elbow drop. Nearfall.

Bodyslam and leg drop from Punk for another nearfall.

Punk going up top for the Randy Savage elbow drop, but Orton crotches him on the ropes. Orton with a few punches before he goes up to. Superplex attempt and Orton gets it. Nearfall.

Both men slow to get up here. On their knees, both men exchanging right hands and forearms. Orton gets the advantage and goes off the ropes, but Punk with the spinning back kick. Orton with a few clotheslines and gets a huge back bodydrop on Punk.

Punk on the apron and Orton going for the rope-assisted DDT. Punk with a high kick over the top rope. Springboard clothesline from Punk for a nearfall.

GTS time. Orton goes up, but he elbows out. RKO, but Punk sends him into the ropes. Orton ducks under a Punk attack and hits his backbreaker. Orton now going for the rope-assisted DDT. He converts.

The Viper is coiled.

Ziggler comes in. He almost eats an RKO, but sends Orton into Punk, who clotheslines Punk to the outside. Ziggler off the ropes and he gets a powerslam. Punk comes in, but he gets a powerslam, too.

Punk in a bad way as Orton has the RKO ready for him. Ziggler attacks Orton from behind and Punk gets in on it, too.

Jerry Lawler ain't having this and he punches Punk out of the ring.

Orton goes after Ziggler on the outside, while Lawler goes after Punk.

Unexpected commercial.

So, Orton by DQ, I guess?


CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler vs. Jerry Lawler and Randy Orton

AJ made this match during commercial.

Orton working the legs and body of Ziggler, after being beaten up for a while.

Lawler in and he drops Ziggler. Flying fistdrop from Lawler. Ziggler stops all this with a dropkick and he knocks Lawler down with a punch. Jumping elbow drop from Ziggler for a nearfall. Bulldog choke/side headlock from Ziggler. Lawler fights out, but he eventually gets dropped by Ziggler.

Ziggler grinds Lawler's face with his boot. Ziggler taunting Lawler by reaching Lawler's hand out towards Orton. Ziggler cracking a kneeling Lawler with punches.

Ziggler taunting Orton relentlessly.

Elbow drop from Ziggler and a nearfall. Sleeper in for Ziggler. Lawler fights out with a side suplex and both men are down.

Hot tag to Orton.

Orton with his two clotheslines and a powerslam on Ziggler. Orton setting up Ziggler for a rope-assisted DDT, but Ziggler gets in and back bodydrops Orton over the top to the outside.

Paul Heyman is here, folks.

"ECW!" chants.

Heyman and Punk are chatting about something, while Vickie yells at them both. "Excuse me! There's a match going on!" They ignore her.

Heyman and Punk are chatting about restaurants and what not.

Back in-ring and Orton apparently got a pinfall and the victory. The cameras were on Punk and Heyman the entire time.


Matt Striker catches up with Paul Heyman and CM Punk and asks what the nature of this relationship is.

Punk simply states that he is a "Paul Heyman guy."


Recap of Kane/Daniel Bryan's recent drama, including the good, ol' fashioned hug it out moment.

Daniel and Kane backstage. They both were told that they had something to say to each other, but neither has anything to say.

Kane says something to someone off-screen, saying that he is the most sadistic monster he has ever met.

Dr. Shelby is here.

Daniel wonders what he is doing here.

AJ comes in and says she invited him.

Dr. Shelby says that he has an idea that will either lead them to a breakthrough, or send them into an abyss they'll never recover from. Either way, it depends on how the two trust each other.

Kane and Bryan stare at each other with disgust as we go to break.


Heath Slater vs. Ryback

Slater says Ryder did something he has never done with a woman last week, and that was "get lucky." He wants his rematch.

Ryder on the Titantron and says Slater's opponent isn't "Ry-der, but it is close enough.

Enter Ryback.

Side headlock for Slater, but Ryback chucks him out of the ring.

Slater back in and he eats a shoulder block. Slater gets up and punches Ryback. Ryback drops him. He pummels Slater in the corner, but Slater mounting some offense.

Slater kicks Ryback in the back of the head and hits a DDT. He taunts a bit, but Slater gets dropped with a clothesline. Powerbomb from Ryback.

Shell Shocked finisher for Ryback.

Pinfall and victory for Ryback.


AJ backstage.

The Prime Time Players show up and wonder why AJ wanted them. For bonus money? To congratulate them on being the number one contenders?

Nope. AJ says they aren't the number one contenders.

O'Neil has a whistle and calls a personal foul on AJ.

They wonder what she means. They say they are the only team on the roster worth #millionsofdollas!

She says that they'll be facing Kane and Bryan and they look dejected.


Daniel Bryan and Kane vs. The Prime Time Players

"OUI!" chants. Money.

Kane and O'Neil start. Kane outmuscling and pushing Titus into the corner. Unloading with strikes.

Kane tags Bryan in with a slap on the chest. Bryan with kicks to the chest of Titus in his corner. Bryan ducks under a Titus clothesline and tries a sunset flip.

Young with a blind tag and clotheslines Bryan. Goes for two pinfalls and gets nothing. Titus back in and they whip Bryan into a double shoulder block.

Bodyslam from Titus. Stomps to Bryan. He puts Bryan in their corner and clobbers Bryan with strikes. Ref admonishes him and Young boots Bryan's face.

Young back in. Northern Lights suplex into a bridging pin. Nearfall. Neck crank from Young. Bryan fights out, but he runs into a Darren Young elbow.

O'Neil in and he front suplexes Young onto Bryan. Titus choking Bryan on the second rope. Bryan fights out of the corner with punches and leg kicks, but Titus gets a backbreaker for a nearfall. Titus punishing Bryan with stomps while chanting "YES!"

Titus locking in the sleeper and fishhooking the nose. Young in and he lights Bryan with punches. Bryan gets a few of his own, but Young gets a sleeper.

Crowd has their attention on the announce table and the arena is dead silent.

Bryan misses a flying headbutt. Young gets a sleeper.

Lawler is gone from the announce table, for some reason.

The arena is dead silent.

Bryan with a clothesline. Bryan with the kicks to the chest of Young. He knocks Young down.

Kane in and apparently Lawler collapsed at ringside. Seriously distracting.

Sidewalk slam from Kane on Young. Kane going up top and hits his clothesline. Chokeslam from Kane. Titus in, but Kane throws him over the top.

Bryan tags himself in. Kane isn't pleased and chokeslams Bryan on top of Darren Young.

Bryan out on Young and gets the pinfall for the victory.

Bryan and Kane are the number one contenders for the Tag Team Championships.


Cole going into a recap of Hart/Punk.


Lawler taken out on a stretcher, not acknowledged on camera. Looking like a heart attack from Twitter info, but this is not confirmed at all.

Good luck, King.


Ricardo Rodriguez introduces Alberto Del Rio.

Tyson Kidd vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio working Kidd with strikes. Del Rio eats a spinning back kick to the head. Kidd looking for a sharpshooter, kicked off. Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker.

Del Rio working back strikes and now a chin lock. Kidd struggling to get out. Tries to work the body of Del Rio, but gets dropped with a headbutt. Kidd down near the ropes. Del Rio rushes, but misses and goes through the ring ropes. Kidd on the apron and cracks him with a kick to the face.

Back in-ring and Kidd working for a springboard flying elbow. Misses. Del Rio wants to do a Sharpshooter. Kidd reverses out of it and locks in his Sharpshooter.

Del Rio fights out and gets to the rope.

Kidd looking for an over-the-top leg drop onto ADR on the apron, but misses. Del Rio chokes Kidd with his legs on the bottom rope.

Del Rio converts the Cross Armbreaker. Kidd taps and ADR wins.

ADR says that Sheamus needs to see what he did to this Canadian peasant. He says Sheamus lost the Brogue Kick, now he needs to lose the title.


Cole telling us about Jerry Lawler collapsing at ringside.

He is having CPR performed on him backstage.

This doesn't sound good, but we hope for the best. Cole is choked up as we go to commercial.


Sheamus vs. David Otunga

Otunga attacking Sheamus brawling.

Crowd is still dead silent and no one is doing commentary.

Otunga smacking Sheamus in the face.

Sheamus dropping knees and kicks to Otunga.

Forearms to the chest.

Sorry, folks. A little distracted.

Texas Cloverleaf and David Otunga taps.

Sheamus wins.

Sheamus comes back to the ring after going half-way up the ramp. He wants the Brogue Kick. Otunga eats a Brogue Kick.

AJ out.

Booker T follows.

Booker T says he will strip Sheamus of the World Heavyweight Championship if he uses the Brogue Kick one more time before Booker's investigation is done.


Hart talking to Rey Mysterio backstage.


Touts and such.


Dr. Shelby backstage with Kane and Daniel Bryan.

Dr. Shelby said the two came together to work as a team.

Bryan says he doesn't appreciate the chokeslam, but he is happy they won the match. He said he can get used to Daniel Bryan and Kane.

Kane says that he thought he meant Kane and Daniel Bryan.

The two argue over the name, with Dr. Shelby suggesting Team Friendship.


The two bicker over the name as they walk out of the room.


Cole giving us an update on Jerry Lawler.

They have taken him to a local hospital and is being given oxygen, but he is breathing on his own.

There will be no further commentary from Cole tonight, out of respect for Jerry.


Rey Mysterio out.


Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes

Cody locks up and Rey off the ropes. Ends with Mysterio stomping on Rhodes. Rhodes with a slap to the face from his back. Cody working Rey in the corner.

Knee to the gut of Rey. Cody with a running knee for a nearfall. Right hand from Cody drops Rey. Cody with a front suplex. Stomp to the face of Rey. Cody gouging the eyes of Rey.

Rey fighting back with leg kicks. Cody going for an inverted DDT, but Rey fights out. Holds down the top rope and Cody falls over. Rey on the apron and gets a head scissors takeover on Cody.

Rey trying to float over but Cody catches. Cody's signature springboard kick gets a nearfall. Cody stomping on Mysterio.

Cody runs into the ring post shoulder-first. Rey off the ropes and a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Bulldog from Rey onto Cody. He leaps over Cody running ropes and punts his head.

Rey going to the top. Seated senton. Rey gets a kick to the gut and Cody looking for a powerbomb. Rey cracks Cody and goes for the 619.

Miz out and Rey kicks him off the apron.

Cody with a Cross Rhodes and he gets the pin on Mysterio.

Miz gets a Cross Rhodes, too.


Cole has an update.

Jerry Lawler is more responsive as we speak and he is reacting to light. He is in isolated ER and is awaiting a CAT scan.

Keep fighting, Jerry. We all have you in our thoughts.


Bret Hart here.

John Cena here.

Hart asks what the deal is between Cena-Punk, comparing it to HBK-Hart.

Cena says thank you for mentioning him in the same sentence as the two. Cena says he is a legend and he couldn't have laced his boots.

Cena says Punk is delusional and when Michaels was a jerk, he owed up to it.

Hart asks what Cena will to do shut this phony punk up.

Punk here and says he didn't quite hear Hart right.

Cena says he is calling Punk a phony, too. And he should come do something about it.

Punk says it is ironic that the biggest phony in WWE history is calling him a phony. Punk says he doesn't need to defend his honor.

Punk says Hart and Cena can pat each other on the back, but they neglect that they were both best. Punk says he is better than Cena. Punk says Michaels was better than Hart.

Punk says he is better than Stone Cold and The Rock. He says he did what Cena couldn't do in one night in a few seconds.

Punk says he is the best all-around. He says he says it because he is it. He says he isn't a phony.

Cena says that he is right. Cena says he is gonna tell Punk the truth. For 300 days, Punk has been champ. For 300 days, it has been irrelevant. He says that the night he made a lot of noise, his mic was cut off. Cena says all Punk talked about was change and he lied to the fans.

He says change wasn't ice cream bars or new talent. He says all it meant was make CM Punk a star. Cena said he went from underdog to odds-on favorite, he did it as me. Cena says he has done all of this as him.

Cena says Punk rattles on and doesn't know who he is. He stole Savage's elbow. He says he isn't justified respect for the title. He says at Night of Champions, CM Punk will need to find a new identity because he will be losing his title.

Cena starts speaking in French.

Punk says don't lower himself to the people's level.

Cena says Punk is an ignorant son of a bitch and that what he said is that he was gonna whip Punk's ass at Night of Champions.

Punk went to attack Bret Hart, but Cena blocked his punch.

Folks, this segment is absolutely amazing and I am sorry if I don't do it justice.

Punk goes to attack Hart again, but Hart drops him with a punch.

Hart's music hits and everyone jocks for the crowd.


Cole ends the show with news that Jerry Lawler is now in stable condition.

Thank you.



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