Raw results: CM Punk demands respect, Bret Hart returns to Montreal

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September 11, 2012

WWE Champion CM Punk confronted WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart

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MONTREAL – Fifteen years later, Bret "Hit Man" Hart finally came home, returning to the site of his most infamous match as Raw descended upon Montreal's Bell Centre. And for a minute, the WWE Hall of Famer's presence was all the WWE Universe needed, as they showered the humbled "Hit Man" with cheers and praise (and more than a few "Thank you Bret" chants) while he thanked the people of Montreal for their unwavering support in the 15 years since Survivor Series 1997 (WATCH: RAW HIGHLIGHTS | EXCLUSIVES)

And while the people of Montreal cheered their hometown hero, WWE Champion CM Punk took the opportunity to make his presence known.

"With all due respect," Punk began with boos raining down before he slyly began to belittle the "Hit Man." Punk crassly implied that, had he been the one to face Hart at the '97 Survivor Series instead of Shawn Michaels, he would have altered the course of history, negated the Attitude Era and caused WCW to win the Monday Night War when he took Hart's place as the one to "jump the sinking ship."

Hart was unmoved, matching The Second City Saint quip for quip and berating his decision to leave the Allstate Arena in Chicago last week before his planned match with Sheamus. Punk retaliated with fire, getting right into the "Hit Man's" face as he reiterated his demands for due respect and vowing that he would cement his legacy as the best WWE Champion ever by "[putting] John Cena to sleep."

"Just like you're putting all these people to sleep right now," Hart retorted. 

It took The Voice of the Voiceless a few seconds to find his words after that, but when he did, they were full of venom.

"At Night of Champions, I'm going to turn John Cena into a beaten, broken down shell of a man, just like you are," Punk said. Boom goes the “pipe bomb.”

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