"The Cenation leader falls a spot after failing to capture the coveted WWE Title against WWE Champion CM Punk and Big Show at The 25th Anniversary of SummerSlam. Despite the loss, Cena remains steadfast in his unwillingness to declare Punk the “Best in the World."
WWE: “WrestleMania 28 Rock vs. Cena” to premiere on NBC this Saturday 8/25/2012
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and John Cena’s “Once in a Lifetime” Match from WrestleMania XXVIII will make its world television premiere this Saturday, Aug. 25, at 9/8 CT on NBC.
The one-hour broadcast of "WrestleMania 28 – Rock vs. Cena" will take the WWE Universe inside The Grandest Stage of Them All as two of the most celebrated Superstars in history battled each other in a colossal main event. The program will chronicle the yearlong, epic journey to this faceoff, including exclusive, never-before-seen footage, and will showcase the entire Rock vs. Cena match for the first time ever on broadcast television.
WrestleMania XXVIII, held this past April 1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, was viewed on pay-per-view by 1.3 million households – a new record for pay-per-view. The event brought together 78,363 fans from all 50 states and 36 countries, and in total, The Show of Shows was seen and heard in more than 105 countries and 20 languages.
The broadcast this Saturday will mark the fourth consecutive year that WWE has joined forces with NBC to bring WrestleMania to network television, allowing WWE fans to relive moments from the most watched WrestleMania of all time.
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WWE Monday Night RAW Results: 8/20/2012 in FRESNO, Calif.
WWE Champion CM Punk confronts Jerry "The King" Lawler and John Cena
On Raw 1,000, Jerry "The King" Lawler said that CM Punk turned his back on the WWE Universe. Twenty-four hours after retaining the WWE Title in a Triple Threat Match against Big Show and John Cena at SummerSlam, WWE Champion CM Punk demanded an apology from the WWE Hall of Famer. But before Punk could get his apology, John Cena made his way to the ring.
The Straight Edge Superstar was clearly unhappy with Cena's interruption, claiming that since WrestleMania, the champion has taken a "back seat" to Cena, The Rock, Brock Lesnar and Triple H. Punk explained to Cena that he didn't mind out of respect. The WWE Champion reminded Cena and the WWE Universe how many times he has defeated the Cenation leader. With that in mind, CM Punk named his one condition for accepting the match: Cena must admit that The Second City Saint is the “Best in the World.”
Cena retorted that despite nine months of not being the WWE Champion, the Cenation was still strong because of the one thing CM Punk desired: respect. Cena refused to adhere to Punk's demand, because in his heart, he is the best.
The 10-time WWE Champion highlighted the stark contrasts between himself and the current champion and how he never demanded anything from anyone. Willing to sacrifice the No. 1 contendership, Cena would not give Punk what he wanted. Cena reminded The Straight Edge Superstar that if he wanted to prove he was the best once and for all, he must face Cena at Night of Champions.
After the Cenation leader left the ring, CM Punk once again turned his attention to Jerry Lawler, calling the WWE Hall of Famer into the ring to once again demand an apology. Lawler apologized, but the WWE Champion was still not satisfied and wanted "The King" to declare him the “Best in the World.”
The Memphis, Tenn., native refused and tried to return to the announce table only for CM Punk to kick him from behind. As Raw came to a close, the WWE Champion, still lacking whatever respect he felt was deserved, silently looked down at Lawler and to the WWE Universe.
LOS ANGELES – Three men entered, three men collided and three men fought. When the dust was settled and all was said and done, CM Punk — on the 274th day of his reign — was still standing tall as the WWE Champion, defeating John Cena and Big Show in a Triple Threat Match at The 25th Anniversary of SummerSlam.
For weeks, the embattled champion had been insisting that WWE had not been affording him due respect as its standard-bearer. He made a particular point of telling Raw General Manager AJ Lee that a Triple Threat Title Match — a contest where Punk would not even have to be pinned to lose his championship — was an extension of that mindset. And when Cena refused to shake Punk’s hand earlier in the week on Raw, The Second City Saint seemed to be in a particularly foul mood heading into WWE’s summer classic.
He was also in a particularly confident one, insisting that he would retain no matter who was in the ring with him. The Voice of the Voiceless proved to be a man of his word, although he had to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat to accomplish the task.
Punk began the match appropriately, storming into the City of Angels like a jilted, tattooed typhoon and opening the match with a bold strike against Big Show that, unfortunately, didn’t pay dividends. The World’s Largest Athlete had an early hand in the contest, manhandling Cena and Punk with minimal difficulty, backing up his own prediction that he, not Cena, would be the biggest threat to Punk’s title. Show made a methodical spectacle of his opponents, delivering thunderous, open-handed slaps — with his hubcap-sized hands — to the bare chests of both Punk and Cena that left the two men reeling and breathless on the apron.
Punk was the first to stop the giant’s onslaught, forcing Big Show to his knees and delivering a barrage of kicks to his tree-trunk torso. Punk then attempted a Go to Sleep that failed when he found himself unable to support the giant’s weight. Cena was next, hoisting Show up for an Attitude Adjustment that went sour when Punk interfered, sending Cena tumbling to the mat.
Show’s game plan — keep Cena neutralized and make it a one-on-one contest against Punk — seemed to be going well after the giant reversed a Punk crossbody to set him up for the WMD, but Cena’s re-emergence threw a slight wrench into Show’s plans.
The World’s Largest Athlete rallied quickly, though, stalking Punk outside the ring and hurling him like a rag doll into the ropes. Cena seemed to gain the upper hand briefly, felling the giant and nearly landing a Five Knuckle Shuffle before Punk caught the Cenation leader with a flying clothesline and hurling him out of the ring.
Punk made a play for victory next, locking Show in the Koji Clutch and attempting to make the giant submit. But Show rallied and broke the hold, opening the window for Cena to administer the STF. The World’s Largest Athlete powered out of that as well, stunning Cena with a powerslam and creating the opportunity for Punk to strike. Three running knees to the giant stunned him sufficiently enough for Punk to administer the Koji Clutch, while Cena locked the STF in again.
And then, the unthinkable happened: trapped in both holds and unable to escape, Big Show tapped.
But the night was not over.
With the result unsure, Punk and Cena livid in the ring and the referee unable to determine a winner, Raw GM AJ Lee made her presence known and demanded the contest be restarted.
Show struck quickly, stunning both men with a double chokeslam, though he was unable to pin either. The giant then readied the WMD for Cena, who had risen to his feet, but Cena rallied and finally, after weeks of failed efforts, executed the Attitude Adjustment on The World’s Largest Athlete.
And that’s when CM Punk made his move. The champion tossed Cena out of the ring and covered the prone giant himself, securing an opportunistic — if undeniable — victory and extending his reign even further.
So, as promised, the championship remains around CM Punk’s waist. Whether respect comes with it, however, remains to be seen.