Raw recap: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara lead strong night of wrestling

By Adam Testa

11:24 PM EDT, September 17, 2012


Both the WWE and World Heavyweight champions walked out of Sunday's Night of Champions pay-per-view with their titles in tow.

Sheamus cleanly put away his rival Alberto Del Rio, while CM Punk retained his title after a controversial double-pin with John Cena.

But as Paul Heyman was quick to point out on tonight's Raw, in a situation like that, the champion is to be declared the winner.

Both challengers, though, laid claim to another shot at the title, so General Manager AJ Lee put all four men in a tag team match that she said could have ramifications on who could possibly get a rematch.

The teams of Punk and Del Rio and Cena and Sheamus put together a great match that was of the highest quality for a television main event. All four are top-notch workers that really click together.

The match, though, ended with controversy once again, as Punk had his foot on the rope when Cena pinned him. The referee, though, didn't see it and awarded the match to Sheamus and Cena.

The win here will hopefully be two-fold. This should finally be the end of Sheamus and Del Rio's overly long rivalry and a turning point in Punk and Cena's.

Next month's pay-per-view, Hell in a Cell, is a perfect opportunity for Punk and Cena to settle their score. Too often, that show features matches thrown together to fit the gimmick, but this is a rare opportunity.

WWE has done great work to build a rivalry to the point where it will make sense for it to escalate to a Hell in a Cell match. Punk and Cena have had a tremendous series of matches together, and that would be a great blowoff (at least for now).

There is potential for WWE to create top notch stories for the build to the Royal Rumble and Survivor Series, and Hell in a Cell will certainly be a turning point in at least one of them.

People, myself included, often complain about the same guys being at the top of the card consistently, but when guys perform at the caliber of these four, can you blame WWE for keeping it that way?


Quick Hits













Match Rundown


Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara d. Primo and Epico

Eve d. Beth Phoenix

Brodus Clay d. Heath Slater

Dolph Ziggler d. Santino Marella

Wade Barrett d. Justin Gabriel

Kane and Daniel Bryan d. R-Truth and Kofi Kingston

Randy Orton d. Tensai

Damien Sandow d. Zack Ryder

John Cena and Sheamus d. CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio


My Take


I really enjoyed this week's episode of Raw and thought it was quality from top to bottom. A lot of matches surpassed expectations and everything just seemed to click. The commentary trio of Michael Cole, JBL and Jim Ross did an outstanding job. I only wish they would all be around longer, but that's not the hand fate has dealt, as JBL has a mountain to climb - literally. WWE deserves a lot of credit for putting together a great show. After last week's situation, this was a good show for the audience. I had no issues with tonight's Raw.


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