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Raw: Referee controversy continues
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Monday Night Raw: Controversy was in the air at Night of Champions on Sunday and it continued Monday on Raw with another strange ending to a match involving CM Punk and John Cena. Elsewhere, the new tag team champions defend their titles for the first time. Should be a good one!

We are LIVE! from Bridgeport, Conn. Michael Cole, Jim Ross and John "Bradshaw" Layfield are our hosts and this show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)

Paul Heyman is out to start the show. He talks about how both CM Punk and John Cena's shoulders were down last night and brings out Chad Patton to prove it. They show video that proves it. Cena comes out and says Patton was right, but having that match last night end in a draw is like having the Super Bowl end in a tie.

Cena and Heyman go on about respect, something Punk has been looking for. Cena says he wants to find out who the winner's going to be and he'll even do it with one leg. He suggests they relive Night of Champions right here tonight. Heyman says Punk will deliver his answer when he gets here, but Heyman can deliver it since he is the Voice of the Voice of the Voiceless. Before Cena gets all uppity, Alberto Del Rio comes out.

He says he never had a fair shot last night against Sheamus because of Booker T reinstating the Brogue Kick right before his title match. He says that was a problem and if someone deserves a rematch, it's the man that never lies, Alberto Del Rio.

This brings AJ out. She says speaking on behalf of Booker T, maybe both of them deserve a second chance. She says she's going to take the main events from last night and make a super main event, so it'll be Del Rio and Punk against Cena and Sheamus. She says this will go a long way to determine who might be getting a rematch.

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Michael Cole, wearing a "Long Live the King" shirt, alerts us that Jerry Lawler has come home from Montreal and he'll be interviewed next week on Raw. Joining him on commentary tonight will be JBL and Jim Ross.

Match #1 - Primo & Epico (San Juan, Puerto Rico) vs. Rey Mysterio (San Diego, Calif.) & Sin Cara (Mexico City, Mexico)

Mysterio and Sin Cara get the win after a double 619 took out the Colons and Sin Cara finished it with a swanton.

Winners via pinfall: Sin Cara & Rey Mysterio

As they are celebrating after the match, they are attacked and laid out by the Prime Time Players, who announce they want their tag team title match.

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Match #2 - Beth Phoenix (Buffalo, NY) vs. Eve Torres (Denver, Colo.)

Torres wins quickly with a rollup.

Winner via pinfall: Eve Torres

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Match #3 - Brodus Clay (Planet Funk) vs. Heath Slater (Pineville, WV)

A distraction from Antonio Cesaro allows Slater to almost pick up the win, but that doesn't last long. Slater goes to the top and runs right into a headbutt. Clay follows with a splash and that does it.

Winner via pinfall: Brodus Clay

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It's time for the debut of MizTV. He brings out his guest, the one and only Smackdown general manager Booker T.

Miz says Booker misses the spotlight. And when he offers the mic for a response, Booker doesn't say anything. So Miz goes on the offensive a bit and the crowd chants "boring." Booker takes the mic and says Miz needs a new guest. That's Ryback's cue.

Ryback hits the ring, Miz takes off and Ryback starts tearing up the set. He bench presses one of the two couches and throws it up the ramp. Awesome.

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Match #4 - Santino Marella (Calabria, Italy) vs. Dolph Ziggler (Hollywood, Fla.)

Marella gets off to a decent start, that's until Ziggler drills him with a beautiful dropkick. Ziggler goes to work from there. He stuffs the Cobra sock into Marella's mouth and is in total control, but Marella hits the hip toss and the headbutt. He looks for the Cobra but Vickie Guerrero pulls it out of the ring. He argues with her, but Ziggler hits the Zig Zag. He hits another one and ends it.

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Match #5 - Wade Barrett (Preston, England) vs. Justin Gabriel (Cape Town, South Africa)

Crowd seems more interesting in chanting for Nexus in the early going. All Barrett in the early going but Gabriel tries to fire back up but Barrett keeps working on his ribs. Gabriel with a float over into a DDT and he hits a springboard moonsault for two. Kicks land for Gabriel but Barrett ducks one and sends Gabriel flying face-first to the canvas. He hooks the nose and hits a huge right hand and that's it.

Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett

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Match #6 - WWE Tag Team Championship - (c) Daniel Bryan (Aberdeen, Wash.) & Kane (Hell, Fire & Brimstone) vs. Kofi Kingston (Ghana, West Africa) & R-Truth (Charlotte, NC)

Bryan and Kane collide early on and get into an argument on the outside.

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We're back and Kane is in control of Truth. Truth, though, goes to the turnbuckle and hits a dropkick and gets the tag to Kingston. He comes in on Kane and is rolling. He hits the big crossbody but Kane kicks out at two. Kingston lays in a big kick and follows with the Boom Drop. He wants Trouble in Paradise but Kane counters. Kingston springboards but runs right into the big uppercut.

Bryan tags himself in and he and Kane start arguing. Kingston gets the tag to Truth and he comes in and hits the Lie Detector and a sit-out suplex for two. Truth slams Kingston onto Bryan for a two count. Hammerlock for Kingston. Bryan to a vertical base but runs into a dropkick. The challengers using quick tags but Bryan with a drop-toe hold on Truth and he gets the tag to Kane.

Kane with the big top rope clothesline and then a dropkick. He hits the side slam and calls for the choke slam. Bryan wants a tag but Kane sees it. Bryan snaps Kane's arm on the rope and Truth hits his move but Bryan comes back and breaks up the pin. Kane hits the choke slam and Bryan tags himself in and puts Truth in the No Lock. He taps.

Winners via submission and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: Daniel Bryan & Kane

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Match #7 - Randy Orton (St. Louis, Mo.) vs. Tensai (Tokyo, Japan)

Tensai using his power on Orton. To be frank, this is boring. Orton, though, hits a power slam and the draping DDT. He calls for the RKO and after a quick reversal, he hits it and that does it.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

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Match #8 - Damien Sandow (Palo Alto, Calif.) vs. Zack Ryder (Long Island, NY)

Ryder with a slingshot onto Sandow but that doesn't last long. Sandow washes his face into the mat. They are too busy arguing about Twitter and big words on commentary. Side Russian leg sweep connects for Sandow and he hits an elbow for two. Ryder, though, starts to bounce back and hits a face plant. A running forearm connects and he wants the Broski Boot but Sandow rolls out of the ring.

Ryder attacks on the outside and throws Sandow back into the ring. Sandow with a shot to the midsection but Ryder comes back and this time does hit the Broski Boot but Sandow kicks out at two. They are slow to get up and Sandow grabs Ryder and hits the neckbreaker and that's it.

Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow

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Match #9 - Sheamus (Dublin, Ireland) & John Cena (West Newbury, Mass.) vs. Alberto Del Rio (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) & CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.)

Both teams have their moments in the early-going and well into the match. Sheamus hits a big Irish Curse backbreaker and both he and Del Rio are down. Both men make tags and here we go. Cena gets the best of it on Punk and wants the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Punk gets his leg up. Cena with the STF but Del Rio breaks it up. Sheamus drills Del Rio with a Brogue Kick and in the scramble, Cena hits Punk with an Attitude Adjustment. Punk, though, gets his foot on the bottom rope but the referee doesn't see it and counts it.

Winners via pinfall: John Cena & Sheamus

Punk and Heyman argue with the referee all the way up the ramp.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@gmail.com. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.