With John Cena nowhere to be found on RAW this week, as he is nursing an elbow injury, all of the focus was once again on WWE Champion CM Punk. Fans have been calling for more focus to be placed on the company's primary titleholder for quite some time, and that has finally come to fruition over the past several weeks.
Punk furthered his heel persona by bullying Hall-of-Fame announcer Jim Ross on his own appreciation night in front of his hometown fans a week after attacking Mick Foley on RAW. Punk was once again foiled by Ryback, however, as the insatiable monster escorted JR back to the ring and scared Punk off.
RAW wasn't the only WWE show to make headlines this week, though, as Main Event debuted on Wednesday on ION Television. It featured a highly-anticipated champion vs. champion match between Punk and World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, and it received favorable reviews as well.
Although faltering RAW ratings would suggest that the product hasn't been good, things feel a lot fresher now than they have in quite a while, so I'm looking forward to the continued build toward Hell in a Cell.
Here are the biggest news pieces and rumors regarding the WWE for the week beginning on Sept. 30.