RAW is WAR Episode 25
Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, South Carolina
JR: Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to RAW is WAR! We are 24 hours removed from King of the Ring, and I’m proud to say that a RAW guy, Austin Aries, won the King of the Ring Tournament, and will face Chris Jericho at The Great American Bash!
King: What a win and match that will be, two of the best on the RAW roster, including the Best in the World, Chris Jericho. He once again beat CM Punk to retain his title, and CM Punk can no longer receive a WWE title shot while Jericho is champion, which means we won’t be seeing CM Punk near the WWE Championship for a long time.
JR: Well what’s a Pay-Per-View without controversy and boy was it there last night. In the supposed tag match between Cody Rhodes and Sheamus and the United Kingdom, Sheamus turned on Rhodes, not the other way around, and joined the United Kingdom, and I’m disgusted.
King: Sheamus did to Rhodes, what Rhodes was bound to do to him
JR: I don’t think so King, for weeks we saw Regal and McIntyre warn Sheamus about the danger of Cody Rhodes, but something tells me this was planned all along, so Cody wouldn’t think about the potential danger of Sheamus. And all along people were saying Cody’s new attitude wouldn’t hold but it turned out to be Sheamus’ attitude that was the one to watch out for, this sickens me.
King: Well you know what sickens me? People saying All American Perfection doesn’t deserve the Tag Team Titles, and on top of all of that those two Indy nobodies tried to upstage All American Perfection! The audacity of some.
The ring is decorated with streamers hanging from the ropes, balloons floating in the corner, and a pedestal in the center of the ring with a crown on it.
JR: The audacity, do you not see the ring set up?
King: What about it? It is a coronation for the King, King Aries!
Austin Aries comes out from the back to a big reaction, some boos, some cheers, as he walks down the ramp and into the ring. He turns, climbing a corner and poses, as flash photography goes off. Aries steps down, smiling, as he is handed a mic through the ropes. He turns back, standing infront of the pedestal, as the music fades.
Aries: I did it....I came out to this ring, I gave it all I had....and I did it....I can't believe I did it....
Aries lowers the mic for a moment...
Aries: I'M KING OF THE RING!
The fans pop for this, but a few boos can still be heard.
Aries: Despite all the nay sayers, Jericho on Raw, Lesnar on Nitro, and each man in the tournament, I proved them all wrong. I proved to them that I'm not just some indy guy that got lucky in ROH and TNA. People consider the WWE the big leagues, well, I'm now the king of the big leagues, and come the Great American Bash, I will be the new WWE Champion!
The fans are cheering
Aries: Hey...hey...shhh I'm not doing talking. Now, the Great American Bash isn't for a few weeks, and this moment right here, is my chance to come out here, put this crown on, and proclaim about how people need to refer to me as King Aries, and I'll have royal servants. Well guess what......fuck that!
Aries grabs the crown, and breaks it in half. The fans are now chanting attitude, as Aries grins, throwing one half to one side of the fans, and another half to the other side. He comes back, grabbing the pedestal, throwing that out of the ring too.
Aries: You see, I'm not going to be one of the jack offs that come out here thinking I'm from a royal family just because I won King of the Ring. No, I'm more of an ass kicker. That's what I do best. That's what I did to win the tournament. So, Jericho, pay close attention, because between now and the Great American Bash, when I do..not if...but when I do take that championship from your waist, it'll be because I kicked your ass! Now..
The fans are confused as to who this new theme belongs to until the cheers are drawn to the stage qt the sight of C.M. Punk. Today in his regular clothes.
He circles the ring silent as can be before a mic placed on the steep ring steps for him and enters the ring never leaving eye contact with Aries before genuinely applauding as the crowd joins in little by little till a large section of the crowd commend Aries on his win and now urges to stop as he is about to speak.....
Punk: Well congratulations, Aries. You are the new King of the Ring and rightful #1 contender to the WWE Championship. You've earned it, alongside the respect of many in the back, these fans and those who doubted you could be just as they must have doubted Black, who gave his heart out alongside you to make that match one to remember and I'm sure they in some way are doubting what The Kings of Wrestling can do, after they debuted at King of the Ring but I know through one single act what we are capable of....
Punk extends his right hand out. As Aries looks on to Punk not knowing whether to extend his hand as well. The crowd is electric and tells him to do it but still he hesitates but a moment with Punk in which Punk only nods in a very trusting way is when Aries knows he can trust him and extends his hand and firmly completing the handshake in the middle of the ring.
Punk: You see this moment right here? You know what it stands for...Honor.
Punk releases the hold and moves around the ring.
Punk: Honor is a thing lost in the world of professional wrestling whether it is done intentionally or it was lost along the way looking for that which at one time you felt better. Like myself clamoring to be The Best in the World rather proving it and being able to say I did so with honor.
I could not and try as I may I still can't. I need to restore honor to myself and to the wrestling world even if it's by such a small act as you trusting me to shake my hand.
I know the kind of man that you are Aries, Jericho does not and therefore he underestimates you and considers you just another challenger in his reign. He's wrong. Cocky and rude as you may be, you have honor and that's what separates you from any other challenger he'll have right now. It makes you better than him and in a sense better than me.
You need to know that no matter what happens at The Great American Bash, win, lose or draw you can't forsake that honor.
Fans cheer Punk on as he continues to speak.
Punk: If you do. You'll be no better him. You need to better, smarter and more cunning than he will through having honor in knowing you'll go toe to toe with with the WWE Champion and that you'll go through anything he has to offer and then some to be the new WWE Champion.
I know you can do what I couldn't and so do these fans whether you care to acknowledge it or not. They helped me get through some of worst moments in my career and for that I honor them by changing myself for the better. To change myself for the better. Those words are the only keeping me going and as difficult it may be for some time to come...I will honor the ruling of not being able to challenge for the WWE Championship so long as Jericho is the champion but don't take this as a I want you to beat Jericho just so I can get another shot at the gold. I'm over and under that.
No, no. I only want to install within you that which I know is there inside you Aries....that honor. That which only a few of us know by heart since our ROH days and didn't you feel like you could take on the world?
Aries ponders at Punk's words
Punk: So why not create here in the WWE?
Fans cheer and chant C.M. Punk repeatedly as well as cheers for Aries and even some ROH chant can be heard across the crowd.
Punk: That is my purpose now, to ensure honor is still alive in the wrestling world and I know I can do it. Starting with you. I want to you to go against Jericho and go for it all with honor. We should all be as lucky but luck is not what get thing done in this business. Just like you earned your shot at the WWE Championship so will I and should we meet in this ring to fight it out in a match for the ages with the WWE Championship on the line, then may the fans prepare for a one of the greatest their eyes will ever see because that will be one fought with honor. Win, lose or draw at the end I hope to be able to reach out to you as I did tonight and the same result be given...
Punk reaches his hand outwards once more....Aries now more troubled than ever as to whether he should shake Punk's hand but once again Punk simply looks at Aries, full of sincerity in his actions and Aries slowly but surely takes Punk's hand and shakes it, before Punk lets go and raises Aries arm to the roar of the crowd.