Raw results: Lawler returns, Miz joins Team Foley, and Ryback and Cena stake their claim to the WWE Title

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November 12, 2012

WWE Champion CM Punk interrupted Jerry "The King" Lawler's return to Raw

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There was no pomp and circumstance in re-introducing Jerry "The King" Lawler to the WWE Universe for his first Raw since his near-fatal heart attack nine weeks earlier, because there was no need for any. Lawler's mere presence seemed to light a fire in the WWE Universe, each and every one of whom was either on their feet or bowing in reverence when the WWE Hall of Famer made his long-awaited return, a moment that Lawler, Michael Cole and Jim Ross unanimously agreed nobody was sure would ever happen again. "I just want to say from the bottom of my heart that I appreciate it," a tearful Lawler said. "I love you all so much. It's great to be …"

Enter CM Punk.

The Second City Saint, who clearly has not been one for celebration these past few months, wasted no time in picking up where he left off in his torment of the WWE Hall of Famer. The Voice of the Voiceless' audacity knew no bounds in particular on Monday night. "It's good you left the ring when you did," Punk sneered after Lawler headed back to the announce booth, "because if you did, I would have beat you to death ... again."

Because what else should "The King" have expected, Punk said, after getting in the ring with the reigning WWE Champion and "attempting to relive his glory days"? (VIDEO) While the Superstars in the locker room talked about the number of minutes Lawler clinically left the land of the living, Punk presented a figure that he claimed "actually means something": 358, the number of days he had stood as champion, a number that officially ties him with Diesel on the all-time list.

The mockery didn't stop there, though, as Punk only paused his mockery of Lawler to aid Paul Heyman in the mad scientist's crass imitation of a heart attack. This, of course, would not stand for Mick Foley, who had been waiting in the wings during "The King's" return and saw fit to confront Punk one final time.

Because even though the two Superstars had supposedly concluded their business following the installation of Dolph Ziggler as a Survivor Series captain, Foley still had a few words for Punk's attempt to hijack Lawler's return for himself. "Let me tell you a secret about Jerry 'The King' Lawler," Foley seethed, the old Cactus Jack fury seeping from his pores. "HE WAS DEAD! And through miracles ... he's here tonight. ... You think the fact Jerry Lawler is here involves you and it DOESN'T!"

And yes, while Foley did harbor disappointment over losing Punk as a Survivor Series opponent and the opportunity to "teach him a lesson," not to mention the hole left in his ranks by Ryback's absence (to be filled by the WWE Universe via a RAWactive poll) he wasn't all that upset given the "parting gift" he'd been granted by the powers that be. For Punk's contest against Cena later in the night, Foley would serve as the Special Guest Enforcer.

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