THE RAW RANT: 29th October 2012

CM Punk sets a challenge to Mick Foley for Survivor Series, (WWE’s) AJ affair scandal develops and Michael Cole’s back on form…of being shit.


Hello and thanks for showing up to reflect on the latest episode of Monday Night Raw.

And your host for this event, hailing from a dark corner in the North East of England, currently training for the next series of The Crystal Maze, a man more blunt than a sledgehammer to the bollocks, it’s Danny Damage.

The Raw Rant, October 29th 2012

Raw opens up with the ending of the Hell in a Cell match.  I told you all they’d sneak something in there to save Ryback’s face and Punk’s title.


Michael Cole and Jim Ross at the table.  The Spanish table is set up next to them also, I wonder if this is a permanent thing or if they’re just telling us we’re getting a table spot or two tonight.

CM Punk limps out to the ring and tells everyone in attendance that they were wrong last night.  He points out many other instances where he’s proven everyone wrong.  Punk swears he had nothing to do with the referee’s crotch-shot and shrugs his shoulders at Brad Maddox’s motives.  He states that there’ll be no rematch for Ryback and this prompts Mick Foley to join them in the ring.  Foley mentions tradition Punk mentions that Survivor Series is on its way so he suggest they have a traditional Survivor Series match, Team Foley vs. Team Punk.  Foley agrees and as Punk is about to mock any decision Foley makes regarding his team, Ryback appears to stand beside Foley.  Punk flees into the crowd to avoid a pissed off Ryback, he also managed to avoid striking any fans during his escape.


Ryback squashes JTG with his usual strikes, throws and Shell-Shocked.  He manages to get a couple of sentences worth of a promo cut after the match.  Saying he’s not hurt, he’s just hungry.  Short but sweet, good stuff.

Randy Orton pins Wade Barrett after Barrett went for the Souvenir, Orton ducks it and hit the RKO.  Looks like that’s it for Barrett’s big return push.

Vickie Guerrero and AJ Lee talk backstage, Vickie tells AJ that the board have given her the option of giving AJ a contract as a performer.  She tells AJ she’ll be back later and wants to hear one reason that she should give her a job.

Dragon Fire defeat The Prime Time Players.  Kane hits Young with the Choke-slam while Bryan sneaked a tag in and made Young tap with the No Lock.  Same old Schick from the champs.

Video of Brad Maddox not seeing CM Punk’s foot on the rope last month, followed by the low blow from him at Hell in a Cell.

Vickie Guerrero waddles down the ramp and barks on about AJ being a ho’ and such.  She calls out Cena to explain his actions.  She shows a couple of videos of AJ and Cena with a new clip of Cena luring AJ into an elevator somewhere.  Cena shits a brick, the crowd jeer “You are busted” and Cena says it wasn’t in a romantic context.  Vickie trips Cena up and Dolph  Ziggler runs in to have a dig.  Cena grabs hold of Ziggler and tells him to never say his and AJ’s name in the same sentence again.  He shoves Ziggler on his arse and leaves, Vickie looks smug as she’s got what she wanted from the encounter.

Antonio Cesaro gives the crowd shit for being fat, stupid, irresponsible Americans that are additionally fat, stupid and irresponsible for loving Halloween, good stuff.  The Miz joins Cole and JR at the table, bad stuff.

Antonio Cesaro is DQ’d against Kofi Kingston when The Miz jumps Kofi.  R-Truth saves Kofi from the double team beat down.

AJ tells Vickie that she won’t admit to having a thing for Cena in return for a job.  AJ leaves but Vickie calls her back and offers her a job anyway, first match being tonight against Beth Phoenix.  AJ grins, says thanks and skips away.

Behind the music with 3MB.  Mahal informs us that he’s the funny one of the group and Slater ends the interview when they’re asked to perform their music.


3MB (Slater & Mahal) steal one from Team Cobro, McIntyre distracts Santino, Slater spins him around and finishes him off.  3MB have their own outfits and music now, looking more like a unit and not the dynamic trio they were before.

Jerry Lawler returns in two weeks time.

AJ Lee upsets Beth Phoenix with an inside-cradle pin.  Vickie Guerrero distracts AJ after the match, causing Beth to jump her and Vickie restarts the match.  A Glam Slam is enough to put AJ down for the count.

Sheamus puts on a happy face and says he’s happy with how he stood against The Big Show.  He says he enjoyed the fight and that he’s looking forward to fighting the big fella again.  Big Show heads out with his new title and a grin of his own.  Show tells Sheamus to drop the smile and accept it’s over, he gave his all and came up short.  Sheamus hits The Big Show with White Noise and marches off.  The main thing that’ll be keeping me on the edge of my seat for this feud is the……….Ziggler.

Cena and AJ part ways with smiles backstage while Vickie Guerrero lurks in the background.  Beth Phoenix approaches her and thanks her for restarting her match earlier,  Vickie points out that she wouldn’t have needed to do that if Beth had done her job in the first place and fires her on the spot.

Rhodes Scholars are victorious over Sin Cara & Rey Mysterio.  Sin Cara missed the Senton but Rhodes pulled Sandow out of the way, The Terminus is enough to finish Sin Cara.

Mick Foley is backstage enjoying the new WWE ’13 game when he’s interrupted by Paul Heyman.  Foley says his team is all lined up and plenty of people jumped at the chance.  Heyman lets Foley know that Punk has now put a target on him and he’s going to victimise him and remind him that he’s the best in the world.

Vince McMahon introduces John Cena to talk about the Susan G Colman for the Cure campaign.  Cena unveils a cheque for a million dollars and points at breast cancer survivors in the crowd.  Organisers of the charity thank Cena and everyone and that appears to be that for the October campaign.  I didn’t catch if that’s a separate amount from merchandise sales or if it’s on top of that, but a great contribution either way.

Alberto del Rio taps out Justin Gabriel with the Cross Arm-breaker.  Gabriel gets a couple of flashy moves off, but ADR’s energy-sucker manages to drain any potential for the match to be entertaining at all.  Sadly, the maths didn’t add up at Hell in a Cell and the double-negatives of ADR and Orton didn’t make a positive.  A truly awful, sloppy match.

Paul Heyman introduces CM Punk to the ring.  Punk’s WWE ’13 cover drops down from the scaffold like it did a few months ago.  Heyman thanks Punk for the privilege to pick a team for Survivor Series.  Heyman brings out The Miz, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow and Alberto del Rio.  Punk says he looks forward to putting Foley in his place and teaching him about survival.


Mick Foley comes out and shows off his team; Kofi Kingston, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Ryback.  Everyone but Punk and Ryback start to brawl and Team Foley get the upper hand.  Punk backs up the ramp away from Ryback, who hits Cody with a Shell-shocked as a message to the champion.


Well, one night after the PPV and we’ve already got the main event for Survivor Series setup.  There’s plenty of wiggle room with it being so far away though, just in case something happens or they change their mind on a couple of the boring guys that are in there.  It amuses me how “coincidental” the team choices were, matching up to the current feuds we’ve got.  Borton and ADR can fuck off and I’d actually prefer to see Foley and Ricardo on the teams.  Christ, Ziggler and Cena would pain me less than Randy and Berty again.

Let it be known, Michael Cole  is back on my shit-list.  He’s sticking with the complacent face attempt in Lawler’s absence and in JR’s company, much to my disapproval.  The commentary on Smackdown at the minute is the best it’s been for a long time.  Cole not being there to spew statistics and not call the matches gives Josh Matthews the chance to read a fraction of those numbers while still calling the action and engaging JBL with a bit of “he’s bad/he’s good” back and forth with JBL coming out on top each time.  Cole’s better at his job when there’s someone on his case.  Jerry Lawler didn’t really give him a great deal of grief unless he was asking for it, Jim Ross is even more reserved with expressing his opinion on Cole, but JBL is the man when it comes to pushing that jowly little shit’s buttons.  Cole can be very quick witted at times and comes back with the odd cheeky remark that you can hear JBL sneering at.  JR sits back at PPVs and lets these two heckle each other until it’s his time to step in and bring them both back to point, it’s good stuff.  I understand that they can’t have the trio full time and that Lawler is on his way back, but I’m hoping they take note of the alternatives they have for making a better effort with the chemistry between and the roles of the guys at the table.  I’m still pushing to get William Regal on the main shows.


We don’t need another affair storyline in wrestling at the moment, thanks.  I know they will inevitably rear their ugly heads at some point and linger like the smell of month old tripe, but with the disastrous effort that TNA made VERY FUCKING RECENTLY, I feel we don’t really need this.  I make somewhat of an attempt to defend wrestling to many a nay-sayer.  Having to try and claim that the “soap storylines aren’t that bad” and that “there’s plenty of action to enjoy around that shit” make me look a bit stupid when story arcs from Eastenders keep jumping up and down in the ring.

Good news for you parents at least, now that Vince is done flogging the Susan G Colman T-Shirts there’ll be a new John Cena T-Shirt on sale soon for you to buy all of your kids.

Digest and discuss! You can follow me on Twitter for additional nuggets of wisdom or find my Mid-card Manifesto over on PRO-WRESTLING POWERHOUSE – Thanks for reading, take care and I’ll see you next week.

Danny Damage
@BluntDamage (twitter)


    • Enjoyed. Cesaro’s cheap heat shots actually sounded convincing rather than just “you guys suck for being from here” (maybe just because I’m English). On the same note, I have no idea if 3mb are unlikeable in the heel sense, or just terribly shit.
      I totally agree with you on the announce dynamics – Matthews plays the JBL’s bitch role whilst being able to garner sympathy, whereas every time Cole tries to do it, he looks like a fuckwit who’s not up to scratch.

  1. There was a lot of plugging for a game that was released on Tuesday in the states, can’t remember what it was, there was a giant poster and punk was wearing a hoodie and- oh I got it! It was ASSASSIN’S CREED III !

    3 weeks til the next ppv, you know what that means “We gotta rush this shit….for some reason”, at least try not to make it seem like that!

  2. You know this year’s Survivors Series will be a disrace: Punk won’t defend the WWE title.

    WWE, do you really want me to take that joke seriously (yes, oxymoronism) by not making him defend the title  and continue his year long defense/defence? He’s not that good despite the claims of many internet fans who swear he is after watching the pre-Feinstein FBI nab ROH DVDs.

    • Nice trolling

      Also; Team Foley…. not featuring Mick Foley :/ I know he’s old and out of shape, but I’d much rather see a two minute Cactus/Punk cameo than Orton RKOing everyone

      •  What’s with the trolling crap people label me with? Oh, can’t stand that I’m not a Punk fan?

        • You and I both know of a high level of CM Punk ass kissers out there, where no matter what he does “It’s the greatest thing in wrestling!” to them. Although, it should be noted that I do think Punk is pretty damn good.

          I’m going to get flamed by someone, I know it.

          •  I never denied Punk’s skills, but never inflated them to Bret Hart lever unlike the ones here disliking me. It’s just that I call it bullshit that Punk gets a full year with no title defense match on Survivor Series. It’s proof enough that Punk’s the “top man” in the company because the WWE doesn’t bother working on and pushing people who are probably superior to Punk in terms of in-ring skill and avoids botching moonsaults and promos.

        • No, not because you’re not a Punk fan, because you’re calling the PPV a disgrace because there’s no title match. Why does there need to be a title defense at every PPV? Gets very dull and you end up with pointless gimmick matches just to try and make things interesting.

    • It is a traditional Survivor Series match … that means the titles don’t get defended, they are stuck in Survivor Series matches. It was only a ways into the run that matches with less than 8 people started showing up on the PPV.

      Punk is holding the title until the Rumble at the very least, so if he’s going to be in a filler feud (see: Cena vs. Kane around this time last year), might as well not even bother having it be for the title. Or, they can burn through a PPV without defending the title and set up someone other than Cena as a challenger for the December PPV. [Prediction: Either Ryback gets a non-title win, setting up another title match at TLC, or they give Foley a match])

      •  That’s just bullshit. So Punk can win the title last year but not this year? Fucking advocates of the Devil.

        • It’s survivor series. A few years back they would have the Raw team vs Smackdown team fight there and there would be 2 titles that weren’t on the line.
          And what’s so bad about Punk getting his full year this way? It’s not like a full year is beating any records, several title reigns are still longer. Cena still has had a longer title reign then Punk.
          Punk is nothing special to write home about, true but he has earned his time in the spotlight and he has the charisma and skill to be there just like Cena.
          Why get so pissed about it? Are you going to explode when Cena, who you probably think is worse, is inevitably going to win the title back?

          • All the WWE’s championships have jokers holding them. Whether Cena or Punk holds the WWE title it makes no difference.

  3. They need to rename the main event to team Should get a better push vs team Flavour of the week

    • The author was trolled so badly (i.e. threats made against his family), he decided to stop making them.

      Trolls: why we can’t have nice things. 🙁

  4. I can only hope that Cena vs. Ziggler will be a nice way to finally backburner Cena and let Punk actually be in the main event. It sucks that Foley isn’t even in the match (although I’m sure that Foley and Paul and Ricardo at ringside will have some fun things to do. While not feasible, you’d almost think that Rock and Brock would have entered the conversation considering Heyman and Foley are involved. By delaying the picks, they would have had a chance to have speculation about Rock and Brock without having to pay it off, and they didn’t need the match to continue the various feuds that already exist. Perhaps Rock will become tangentially involved if the Punk/Foley thing continues, giving Rock a bit more than just the title to be motivation in his Rumble match. Punk still needs to kill time through … TLC is the December PPV right? He and Foley can have a chair match (bringing to mind the Foley/Rock match at the Rumble), or something.

  5. This is the worst part of the website, your average guy on the UKFF, has much more interesting opinions, and a far stronger understanding than this guy. Nowhere near up to par with Maffew’s sence of humour either, really suprised he is allowing this on his website. Also whenever someone tries to question him, he attempts to bury them. And who the fuck are Dragon Fire?

    • Not sure if you’re trolling or are actually that stupid it’s his OPINION at the end of the day you don’t have to read it if you don’t like it don’t read it simple as that my friend and for the record Dragon Fire is what he calls Team Hell No which I think is a much cooler name

      • Sure, but when you have have never been involved in the business, your opinion is about as valid as a youtube comment. He’s got the name of an independent death match wrestler, but by the sounds of things lacks the IQ of one. And Dragon Fire is just a smarky name, Daniel Bryan is never referred to as The American Dragon on TV, and “No!” is the phrase they are trying to get over and where they feel money is, so why would they give them a name like that? Oh cause it sounds cool? Okay.

  6. Michael Cole is the best commentator they have and John Layfield is absolutely dreadful, you are an idiot man, lawls!

  7. Maybe Punk WILL… how about Mr. Money in the Bank Dolph Ziggler coming out AFTER the match, with Punk all beat up after Ryback beats the heck out of him…cashing it in…and winning the belt… could happen?!!?!

    • Ziggy’s briefcase is for the world heavyweight title and Cena’s was for the wwe title.

  8. That big WWE’13 canvas reminds me of the TNA Mexican Flag where the crowd chanted “We can’t see shit”. You pay £60 to see RAW and end up missing the in ring action because there’s a big fucking tarpaulin in the way!

  9. dragon fire is brilliant. dont like the addition of “team” of any sort. good on you dd

    • So you want to aim the team at the 5% of the crowd that watched ROH and alienate everyone else? Even though that 5% die hard group would be going to every show anyway…

      • was going to ask if you ever thought about training, cause you don’t seem to have too many other interests in your life, but then i saw your photo.

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