World’s Largest WWE Champion?
Thirteen nights before SummerSlam, the 1002nd edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. The San Antonio crowd would be treated to a rare surprise as WWE Hall of Famer and San Antonio’s own “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels would make an appearance in front of his friends and family! As if in an appearance by the incomparable HBK was not enough, SummerSlam opponents Brock Lesnar and Triple H would be in the AT&T Center just under two weeks from their first ever one-on-one meeting at “The Biggest Event of the Summer”!
- #RAWactive Match: Non-Title: CM Punk def. Rey Mysterio by pin following the GTS.
- Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) def. Christian by submission to the cross armbreaker.
- Randy Orton and Big Show fight to a double count-out.
- 2-on-1 Handicap Match: Ryback def. Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks by pinning Curt Hawkins following Shell Shocked.
- Primo & Epico (with R-Truth & Kofi Kingston) def. The Prime Time Players (with AW) by Epico pinning Darren Young following the Back Stabber.
- Kelly Kelly def. Eve by hurrincanrana roll-up.
- Alex Riley (with Chris Jericho) def. Dolph Ziggler by roll-up.
- Non-Title: Kane def. The Miz by pin following the chokeslam.
- John Cena def. Daniel Bryan by pin following the Attitude Adjustment.
After her stellar first night as RAW General Manager last week, making the Triple Threat Match for the WWE Title at SummerSlam, AJ Lee kicks the show off. The GM starts her second week off by announcing some big matches for RAW as Big Show will go one-on-one with Randy Orton and, for the first time ever on RAW, Daniel Bryan will face John Cena! Before AJ can finish her announcements, she is interrupted by the WWE Champion, CM Punk, who says that he lives his life with “zero regrets” and he is man enough to admit his mistakes. The champion continues that he regrets his actions last week, saying that, although he was “justified” in shouting at AJ, the General Manager does not deserve to be disrespected, just like the WWE Champion does not deserve to be disrespected. Punk then tells the GM that he is “sorry” and AJ accepts the apology before Punk continues that, while they are both out there, AJ should just “cancel” the Triple Threat Match for the WWE Title at SummerSlam! The General Manager says that she is likely to make mistakes as the GM, but the Triple Threat Match is not one of them, proclaiming that her decision stands. The champion then makes things personal, saying that AJ should not be the “evil” General Manager just because he refused her marriage proposal several weeks ago and “humiliated” her in front of the world. Punk continues that the GM should not “stick it” to the guy that everybody likes all because he rejected her, again requesting that AJ cancel the Triple Threat Match.
One of CM Punk’s two challengers at SummerSlam, John Cena, then interrupts, saying that Punk has become “one of those guys”. Cena explains that Punk is one of those guys who come out and “demand” respect, saying that you don’t demand respect, you earn it. Cena continues that, just because CM Punk is the WWE Champion, it does not mean that he automatically gets respect, saying that he has held the WWE Title a record ten times in his career and he still fights for respect each and every night. Cena then says that Punk should blame himself for the Triple Threat Match since Punk got involved in the #1 Contender’s match last week, leading to both Cena and Big Show being named the challengers at SummerSlam. Punk says that he did not stick his nose in the #1 Contender’s match, saying Cenae got involved in his commentary last week. Punk continues that he will not be “disrespected” by anyone and he “saved” Cena last week as Cena was not going to be able to deliver the Attitude Adjustment to Big Show. Cena then says that the champion rarely fares well in a Triple Threat Match, saying that Punk is not likely to retain the title. Punk then reminds Cena that he was the winner at last year’s SummerSlam before Big Show interrupts the argument. However, AJ Lee was not going to let RAW get out of control on her watch, reminding both Cena and Big Show that they should be getting ready for their respective matches. Punk then demands that he be in the spotlight and the General Manager agrees, announcing that the WWE Champion will be in action, but AJ Lee says that the fans will determine Punk’s opponent as, depending on how the fans vote on Twitter, Punk will face Kane, The Miz, or Rey Mysterio!
The opening match of the night saw WWE Champion CM Punk go one-on-one with an opponent selected by the WWE fans as Punk went one-on-one with “The Master of the 619” Rey Mysterio in a non-title match. In the end, it was CM Punk hitting the GTS on Rey Mysterio en route to picking up the win.
Backstage, Alberto Del Rio meets up with RAW General Manager AJ Lee as Del Rio says that AJ understands that he does not wish to compete until SummerSlam. The GM says that she does not have anything scheduled for Del Rio, but after AJ exits, Del Rio mentions that he was worried that AJ would do something “crazy”. Sensitive to the term, AJ changes her mind, putting Del Rio in an immediate match on RAW!
Thirteen nights before he challenges Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Title at SummerSlam, “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio, with Ricardo Rodriguez in his corner, went one-on-one with “Captain Charisma” Christian. During the match, Ricardo Rodriguez would distract the referee, allowing Alberto Del Rio to hit Christian with his boot before Del Rio locks in the cross armbreaker on Christian, forcing “Captain Charisma” to tap out. After the match, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus appears on the Tron as Sheamus discovers that Ricardo Rodriguez left the keys in Del Rio’s personal Ferrari. Sheamus then gets in the expensive automobile, saying that he is going to do some sight-seeing in San Antonio before the World Heavyweight Champion takes off in Del Rio’s ride!
Before he joins John Cena and WWE Champion CM Punk in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Title at SummerSlam, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show went one-on-one with “The Viper” Randy Orton. During the match, the fight would spill to the outside with Randy Orton trying to strike with the RKO, but Big Show would dodge it before hitting the Spear on “The Viper”. However, neither man would be able to get back into the ring nor the match would end in a double count-out. After the match, Big Show would toss Orton back into the ring, sizing Orton up for the W.M.D., but “The Viper” would duck the shot before hitting the RKO on “The World’s Largest Athlete”.
Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks would resume their determination to defeat Ryback as the team would face “The Sin City Cyborg” in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. Despite the best efforts of Reks & Hawkins, Ryback would hit Shell Shocked on Curt Hawkins en route to notching another win in his undefeated streak.
The Prime Time Players were in action on RAW as Darren Young & Titus O’Neil, with AW in their corner, faced Primo & Epico. During the match, AW would try to get The Prime Time Players to walk out on the match, but WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth & Kofi Kingston come out, leaving no escape for The Prime Time Players as Primo & Epico get Darren Young & Titus O’Neil back in the ring moments before Epico hits the Back Stabber on Darren Young en route to picking up the win for himself and Primo.
After assaulting Brodus Clay last week, “The Funkasaurus” was set to face “The Intellectual Savior of the Masses” Damien Sandow, but Sandow would attack Brodus Clay from behind on the staging area, pummeling Brodus before focusing on the already injured knee of Clay. Sandow then props Clay’s leg up on the steel ramp, delivering two vicious stomps to the knee before pulling and tearing at the knee. Several referees are then finally able to pull Damien off of Brodus, but the damage was already done to “The Funkasaurus”.
Backstage, General Manager AJ Lee is talking with Daniel Bryan, saying that she still believes that Bryan is not of his right mind. Bryan tells the GM that, after he defeats John Cena, AJ will have no choice but to add him to the WWE Title match at SummerSlam, but AJ informs Bryan that he already has a match at SummerSlam against Kane!
For the first time since May, Kelly Kelly was in action on RAW, going one-on-one with Eve. In the end, it was Kelly Kelly rolling Eve up with a hurrincanrana roll-up to pick up the win.
As promised, the hometown hero, the Hall of Famer, “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels appeared live on RAW in his hometown of San Antonio! Michaels first thanks the fans for RAW 1,000 a couple of weeks ago before saying that he is content with just sitting at his ranch, watching the world go by, but he could not miss the opportunity to be a part of RAW in San Antonio. HBK continues that everyone in the back is clamoring about the much-anticipated match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, but the Hall of Famer is then interrupted by the arrival of “The War Machine” himself, Brock Lesnar, and his legal representative, Paul Heyman! Heyman says that it is no surprise that everyone wants to know Michaels’ opinion about Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar and Michaels has the right to weigh in, saying that HBK is the greatest “entertainer” in WWE history. Heyman continues that Lesnar is not heading into SummerSlam as an “entertainer” as Lesnar does not care about entertaining and he will “fight” Triple H at SummerSlam, adding that Brock is the “baddest dude on the planet today.” Michaels says that he is not there to dispute Brock’s accomplishments, saying that, at any other time with any other guy, Lesnar would have an advantage. HBK continues that Lesnar and Heyman have made things “personal” with Triple H, turning Triple H into a man he has not seen before. The Hall of Famer then says that, at SummerSlam, Triple H will defeat Brock Lesnar. Michaels then makes the blockbuster announcement that he will be in the corner of Triple H at SummerSlam! Heyman says that it is bad enough that Triple H’s wife and children will have to witness his demise, but Lesnar takes the microphone from Heyman, saying that the only reason that Michaels believes that Triple H will win is because, until now, HBK has never been in the ring with Brock. As Lesnar closes in on Michaels, Triple H interrupts and makes his way to the ring, taped up and ready for a fight. However, Brock Lesnar just laughs at Triple H before grabbing a microphone and offering the ominous warning that he will see Triple H at SummerSlam and he will see Shawn Michaels “before then”. Lesnar and Heyman then make their exit as Triple H does not take his eyes off of “The War Machine”.
With Chris Jericho a guest on commentary, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Dolph Ziggler, with Vickie Guerrero in his corner, went one-on-one with Alex Riley. During the match, Chris Jericho would stand up on the announce table to record a Tout of Dolph Ziggler, distracting Ziggler long enough for Riley to roll Dolph up and pick up a huge upset!
Per the orders of RAW General Manager AJ Lee, the two men who did not get voted into the #RAWactive Match earlier in the evening would go one-on-one as “The Big Red Monster” Kane faced Intercontinental Champion The Miz in a non-title match. In the end, it was Kane planting The Miz with a chokeslam en route to pinning the Intercontinental Champion.
Then it was time for the main event as, for the first time ever on RAW, one of the two challengers for the WWE Title at SummerSlam, John Cena, would go one-on-one with Daniel Bryan. In the end, it was John Cena fighting out of the No Lock and planting Daniel Bryan with the Attitude Adjustment en route to picking up the win. After the match, WWE Champion CM Punk would make his way to the ring as Punk and Cena faced off, but Big Show made his way to the ring and Cena shoves CM Punk to the side and takes it to Big Show. However, when Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment on Big Show, CM Punk strikes again, taking both Cena and Big Show down. The WWE Champion then exits the ring and puts a headset on at ringside, telling Jerry “The King” Lawler that maybe it is his fault that he has been disrespected because he has let himself get disrespected. Punk continues that he has been trying to make everyone happy and has let everyone walk all over him. Punk then vows to do what he does best, saying that RAW will end the same way it has ended the past two weeks with him holding his WWE Title high. Punk then concludes that anyone who stands in his way will be lying on the mat just like Cena and Big Show. The WWE Champion then heads back into the ring and tries to deliver a kick to Big Show, but Big Show catches Punk’s foot before leveling Punk with the W.M.D.! Big Show then measures John Cena before knocking Cena out with the W.M.D. as well and Big Show is the one left standing in the ring holding the WWE Title.
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