Raw recap: CM Punk will defend the title against Ryback at Hell in a Cell

October 15, 2012|By Adam Testa

After Vince McMahon gave CM Punk the ultimatum of John Cena or Ryback as his Hell in a Cell opponent last week, one of the fine people I follow on Twitter alluded to it being a choice between "the devil Punk knows and the devil he doesn't know."

On tonight's edition of Raw, Punk himself used those very words when addressing the crowd. It was a clever tie-in with the pay-per-view poster that depicts Punk as a devil himself.

Punk's desire to toy with the crowd cost him, though, as Vince McMahon told him he was taking too long to decide, and that McMahon would make the choice for him later in the show. Punk found himself in a predicament where his fate rested in McMahon's hand. At this point, I began bracing myself for the announcement of Punk vs. McMahon at the PPV. Honestly, I wouldn't be all that opposed.

Paul Heyman warned Punk that "you can beat Vince McMahon, but you can't win."

Punk sent Heyman to convince McMahon to change his mind - or to step into a ring for a rematch. But McMahon was having none of it. He ordered a contract signing later in the show, and at that time, Punk would learn the identity of his opponent for the pay-per-view.

The contract signing started in the overrun of Raw, which is always a good sign for the viewing audience who have already sat through three hours of the show. And the result was a surprising one.

Punk will defend the title against Ryback at Hell in a Cell. Well, this is the critical point in the Ryback experiment when he'll either step up and prove himself worthy of the push or go bust.

He nailed Punk with Shell Shock to close the show with the champ laid out and the undefeated beast standing tall.

Well, we'll see what happens. This is obviously a side effect of Cena not being fully healed, and as I mentioned, it's a critical moment for WWE's latest project. I'm not sure this will pop a buyrate, but it will certainly have people talking - for better or worse.

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