Six nights before SummerSlam, the 1003rd edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. After hearing the ominous threat from Brock Lesnar last week that “The War Machine” would be seeing him before he is in Triple H’s corner at SummerSlam, Hall of Famer “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels will make an appearance on RAW. Also, before he defends the WWE Championship in a Triple Threat Match at SummerSlam, WWE Champion CM Punk would go one-on-one with one of his two opponents on Sunday, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, in the opening match of the night!
- Non-Title: CM Punk def. Big Show by DQ after Daniel Bryan interferes.
- Ryback def. JTG by pin following Shell Shocked.
- R-Truth def. Heath Slater by pin following the Little Jimmy.
- Sin Cara def. Tensai (with Sakamoto) by pin following a tornado DDT.
- Triple Threat Match: Non-Title: Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) def. Chris Jericho & The Miz by pinning Chris Jericho following the Zig Zag.
- Kaitlyn & Layla def. Eve & Beth Phoenix by Kaitlyn rolling up Beth Phoenix.
- CM Punk & John Cena def. Big Show & Daniel Bryan by John Cena pinning Daniel Bryan following the Attitude Adjustment.
- Damien Sandow def. Christian (with Brodus Clay) by pin following the straightjacket neckbreaker.
As promised, RAW kicks off with a non-title match as WWE Champion CM Punk went one-on-one with one of his two challengers in the Triple Threat Match for the WWE Title at SummerSlam, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show. In the middle of the match, Big Show hits CM Punk with the Spear, but both men are knocked down. With both Punk and Big Show down, the ever unstable Daniel Bryan comes out, screaming at Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler that he deserves to be in the WWE Title match at SummerSlam and, before long, Bryan would interject himself into the match. Bryan targets the WWE Champion, locking in the No Lock on CM Punk as Big Show stands by and watches his SummerSlam opponent get weakened. However, wanting a piece of CM Punk for himself, Big Show drops an elbow on Punk, which forces Bryan to let go of the hold. As both Big Show and Bryan prepare to do further damage, the third piece of the Triple Threat Match for the WWE Title, John Cena, rushes out and takes “The World’s Largest Athlete” out of the ring before Daniel Bryan makes a run at Cena, but Cena clears the ring of Bryan as well. With SummerSlam opponents CM Punk and John Cena staring each other down in the ring, RAW General Manager AJ Lee skips to the ring, saying that Daniel Bryan may have ruined the opening match, but Bryan will make up for it in the main event when Bryan teams with Big Show to face the team of CM Punk and John Cena!
Backstage, the rarely seen JTG is talking with Kaitlyn and mentions that it is “crazy” that he does not have a match on RAW. However, AJ Lee overhears JTG’s use of the word, “crazy”, and promptly puts JTG in an impromptu match.
Per the orders of RAW General Manager AJ Lee, JTG would go one-on-one with “The Sin City Cyborg” Ryback on RAW. In another dominant victory for Ryback, “The Sin City Cyborg” hits Shell Shocked on JTG en route to picking up the win.
Six nights before he and tag partner Kofi Kingston defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against The Prime Time Players at SummerSlam, WWE Tag Team Champion R-Truth went one-on-one with Heath Slater. In the end, it was R-Truth hitting the Little Jimmy on Heath Slater en route to picking up the win. After the match, The Prime Time Players target R-Truth as Darren Young & Titus O’Neil rush to the ring, attacking Truth and leaving him lying in the ring.
“The International Sensation” was in action on RAW as Sin Cara went one-on-one with the dangerous Tensai, with Sakamoto in his corner. After using his speed and a miscue between Tensai and Sakamoto, Sin Cara would hit a tornado DDT on Tensai en route to picking up the win. After the match, Tensai would take the loss out on his worshipper, Sakamoto, dropping Sakamoto with a choke bomb before flattening him with the Tenson.
WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper would make a special appearance on RAW as Roddy Piper would host Piper’s Pit and his guest was determined by the WWE fans as, via #RAWactive, the fans would choose between Chris Jericho, The Miz, and Dolph Ziggler with the fans overwhelmingly voting for Chris Jericho! Jericho would then make his way to the ring to sit down with the legendary and controversial Roddy Piper. Piper says that the last time that he saw Jericho, he was getting knocked out by Mickey Rourke, but Jericho reminds Piper that he defeated Piper at WrestleMania a few years ago. It would not take long for Jericho’s SummerSlam opponent, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Dolph Ziggler, to interrupt as Dolph and Vickie Guerrero crash Piper’s Pit. Dolph says that Piper’s Pit has become “sad” before asking Jericho how many “failed comebacks” it takes before Jericho gets the hint. Ziggler continues that, after SummerSlam, Jericho will be “finished”. Jericho admits that he was not paying attention because he was busy staring at the “bowl of spaghetti” on Dolph’s head before telling Vickie to “shut the hell up”! Jericho says that, at SummerSlam, he is going to prove that he can still win the “big one” when he defeats Ziggler. The Intercontinental Champion then interrupts as The Miz enters Piper’s Pit as Miz reminds everyone that he won the Intercontinental Title a few weeks ago, saying that he does not care who the fans voted for because he is “taking over” Piper’s Pit, telling Jericho and the Hall of Famer to get out of the ring. Miz then tries to take the microphone away from Piper, but Jericho takes exception, hitting the Intercontinental Champion with a right hand before ridding the ring of Dolph and The Miz!
Per the orders of RAW General Manager AJ Lee, “Y2J” Chris Jericho, Intercontinental Champion The Miz, and “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Dolph Ziggler, with Vickie Guerrero in his corner, would face off in a non-title Triple Threat Match. During the stellar match, Chris Jericho would hit the Codebreaker on Dolph Ziggler, but Vickie Guerrero would put Dolph’s foot on the rope, saving the match for her client. Shortly after this, Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho on The Miz, but Vickie distracts the referee, who does not see Miz tap out. Vickie’s distraction would pay dividends as Ziggler would hit the Zig Zag on Jericho en route to picking up the win.
Before she faces Eve for the job as Booker T’s assistant on SmackDown, Kaitlyn would team with Divas Champion Layla to face Eve & Beth Phoenix. In the end, it was Kaitlyn rolling up Beth Phoenix to pick up the win for herself and Layla.
Before he defends the WWE Championship in a Triple Threat Match at SummerSlam, WWE Champion CM Punk would team with one of his two challengers, John Cena, to face his other challenger, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show and Daniel Bryan. During the match, Big Show would grow tired of being bossed around by Daniel Bryan and would step off of the apron to watch the match from the outside. Later on in the match, CM Punk would mock John Cena, doing the Five Knuckle Shuffle and Cena would respond by doing Punk’s patented running bulldog! CM Punk would then abandon Cena as Cena would hit the Attitude Adjustment on Daniel Bryan en route to picking up the win for his team. After the match, CM Punk would hit the ring, blasting Big Show with the WWE Title belt. Instead of attacking Cena, however, Punk would extend his hand to Cena but would ultimately pull it away before walking away from the ring.
After taking Brodus Clay out last week, “The Intellectual Savior of the Masses” Damien Sandow went one-on-one with “Captain Charisma” Christian. During the match, Damien Sandow would look to be in control of the match, but Brodus Clay would come out. This distracts Damien Sandow long enough for Christian to get a roll-up on Sandow, but Sandow was able to kick out before hitting the straightjacket neckbreaker on Christian en route to picking up the win.
Before they go one-on-one at SummerSlam, the epic match would be made official as “The War Machine” Brock Lesnar, with Paul Heyman in tow, would go face-to-face with “The Game” Triple H, with Shawn Michaels in tow, as both ring warriors would take part in the official contract signing for their SummerSlam match. With Triple H rumored to not be in the arena, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman come to the ring as Heyman states that Triple H is not there due to flight delays and Lesnar believes that this is a legitimate reason. Heyman continues that Triple H “needs” the SummerSlam match because Triple H’s “personal dignity” is on the line when he faces Brock Lesnar. Heyman then reveals that he wants Triple H and Brock Lesnar to sign an agreement that will rid Lesnar of any and all responsibility for what happens at SummerSlam. Heyman continues that, at SummerSlam, Triple H will “suffer” at the hands of Brock Lesnar and Brock will end Triple H’s career. Heyman then says that Shawn Michaels disagreed with Heyman’s predictions last week, saying that, if HBK still thinks that Lesnar will lose at SummerSlam, then the Hall of Famer is welcome to come to the ring and tell Brock to his face. Heyman says that Michaels will not come out there, but there is no “shame” in being “afraid” of Brock Lesnar. However, Heyman continues to poke and prod at Michaels, even insulting HBK’s home state of Texas.
Shawn Michaels then reluctantly makes his way to the ring as Paul Heyman encourages HBK to sign on Triple H’s behalf, but before Michaels is forced to make a decision, Triple H arrives on the scene as “The Game” makes his way to the ring, ready to fight. The COO then looks in the eyes of Brock Lesnar as Triple H signs his part of the deal for the SummerSlam match. As Heyman repeatedly reminds Brock that it is just a “contract signing”, Brock signs the contract as well, tossing it at Triple H before he and Heyman walk out of the ring and out of the arena.
After the contract signing went off without incident, Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels is backstage with his friend, Triple H, as HBK advises Triple H that, even though he will be in the COO’s corner, Triple H will have to defeat Brock Lesnar on his own.
Backstage, an interview with Big Show is interrupted by the screeching of tires as Paul Heyman has apparently blocked Shawn Michaels’ exit from the arena. Brock Lesnar then pulls Shawn Michaels out of his car and Brock knocks the camera out as the sounds of a severe beating can be heard with Heyman shouting at Michaels to “tell Triple H”. Shortly after this, Triple H storms to the backstage area where “The Game” surveys the totaled car of Shawn Michaels before asking every Superstar and Diva on the scene where Michaels is with RAW General Manager AJ Lee informing the COO that Brock took Michaels! It was not long after this that Lesnar would walk to the ring with the Hall of Famer on his shoulders. Lesnar then drops HBK with the F-5 in the middle of the ring before Brock locks in the Kimura Lock on Michaels. Triple H then rushes out to save his friend, but Paul Heyman keeps “The Game” where he is at, threatening to make Brock break HBK’s arm if Triple H gets any closer. Despite Triple H’s compliance, Lesnar would shock everyone, including Heyman, as Brock uses the Kimura Lock to break Michaels’ arm anyways! Triple H then chases Lesnar away before “The Game” assists paramedics in tending to Shawn Michaels and an irate Triple H tells Brock to get back in the ring, but Brock stays back with a sick smile on his face, having crippled “The Heartbreak Kid”.
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