WWE Ref Defends Controversial Finish To Punk-Cena, Lawler's WWE Future
– WWE referee Chad Patton was interviewed by WWE.com after the controversial finish to the CM Punk vs. John Cena match at WWE Night of Champions. For those who missed it, John Cena was originally declared the winner and new champion via pinfall, but because Cena’s shoulders were also down, the match was ruled a draw and CM Punk retained.
Patton defended his officiating to WWE.com and also tweeted this:
“I felt I made the right call….. @WWE #NOC tonite both opponents shoulders were down and I counted 1 2 3! What are your thoughts?”
– With Jerry Lawler still in the hospital recovering from a heart attack last week, PWInsider.com reports that Lawler’s job as a WWE announcer is not in jeopardy. Vince McMahon reportedly told Lawler to take as much time as he needs to get healthy and his announcing job is waiting for him as soon as he’s ready to return. That said, even though doctors told Lawler he can probably wrestle again, WWE is reportedly against the idea.
* PICTURE of RANDY ORTON Giving A Fan The Middle Finger at Night of Champions