Ask & You Shall Receive.
One night after a brutal and shocking Money-in-the-Bank, the 1051st edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, for the first time ever, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. On a night full of surprises, two men can now call themselves “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” as nine-time former World Champion Randy Orton overcame CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Christian, and the returning Rob Van Dam to win the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase for a guaranteed WWE Title match, while “The Intellectual Savior of the Masses” Damien Sandow betrayed his so-called “best friend” Cody Rhodes to secure the other Money-in-the-Bank briefcase, earning himself a future shot at the World Heavyweight Championship! Also at Money-in-the-Bank, John Cena overcame a determined Mark Henry, forcing “The World’s Strongest Man” to tap out to retain the WWE Championship, but with Randy Orton now lurking in the shadows, is Cena’s time as WWE Champion coming to an end? One of the more controversial occurrences at Money-in-the-Bank revolved around AJ Lee as the Divas Champion blatantly cost her boyfriend, Dolph Ziggler, the World Heavyweight Title by smashing Alberto Del Rio with the Divas Title! What does this mean for Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee? Another shocking betrayal came at the hands of Paul Heyman as, with CM Punk all but poised to become a three-time Money-in-the-Bank winner, Heyman used a ladder to annihilate his former client, leaving Punk bloodied and, no doubt, furious. What explanation will Paul Heyman have for screwing CM Punk over? How will CM Punk react to Heyman’s betrayal?
- Randy Orton def. Fandango by pin following the RKO.
- Non-Title: Alberto Del Rio (with AJ Lee) def. Dolph Ziggler by pin following a straight kick to the head.
- Christian def. Damien Sandow by roll-up.
- Naomi def. Brie Bella by pin with a high cross body.
- Rob Van Dam def. Chris Jericho by pin following the Five-Star Frog Splash.
RAW kicks off with a drumroll as the brand new General Manager of RAW, Brad Maddox, makes his way to the ring and wastes no time in announcing a big rematch for RAW as, one night after AJ Lee got Dolph Ziggler disqualified in his World Heavyweight Title match against champion Alberto Del Rio, “The Show-Off” will go one-on-one with the World Heavyweight Champion on RAW! Before the new GM can continue, he is interrupted by the man who made Mark Henry tap out at Money-in-the-Bank to successfully retain the WWE Championship, John Cena. Cena tells the GM that this is the only time of the “Maddox Era” that he will be the second most hated man in the ring. The WWE Champion says that everyone should give Brad Maddox the “chance” to be a good General Manager. Maddox says that he “admires” how Cena treats those “less privileged” than himself and that is why he is going to allow Cena to hand-pick his new #1 Contender for the WWE Title at SummerSlam. Cena says that is a “stupid” decision, saying that he could literally pick anyone he wants, from Doc Hendrix to Dutch Mantel to even Michael Cole!
However, John Cena is interrupted by the new “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Randy Orton, who warns Brad Maddox that Cena may not even be the WWE Champion come SummerSlam. Orton continues, saying that he is not going to cash in his title shot tonight because he does not want to make the same “stupid mistake” that Cena did last year when Cena let CM Punk know a week ahead of time that he was cashing in his title opportunity, ultimately failing to win the title. Orton then says that he believes in being “straight-up”, telling Cena that, when he decides to cash in Money-in-the-Bank, the WWE Champion will “never see it coming”! This is followed by an unexpected interruption as Fandango, with Summer Rae in tow, prances his way to the ring, telling Orton that he will be cashing in Money-in-the-Bank against him, not John Cena! Fandango then claims that there is only one man that the world wants to see Cena defend the WWE Title against at SummerSlam and that is Fandango. Not known for his patience, Randy Orton pops Fandango with a right hand, sparking a brawl between Orton and Fandango with Orton ultimately getting the better of Fandango, tossing the dancer to the outside! This prompts Brad Maddox to make an impromptu match between Randy Orton and Fandango as the GM calls for a referee to start the match!
Following a brawl between the two moments earlier, the opening match of the night would see the new “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”, Randy Orton, going one-on-one with “The Dancing Enigma” Fandango, with Summer Rae in his corner. Despite an impressive outing from Fandango, Randy Orton would overcome, dropping Fandango with the RKO en route to picking up the win.
Backstage, AJ Lee catches up with Dolph Ziggler and Ziggler tells AJ to stop apologizing about what she did at Money-in-the-Bank because it’s time to “move on”. AJ says that she is glad to hear that, hugging Dolph Ziggler, but Dolph elaborates, saying that it is time for him to “move on” from her, sternly telling AJ that they are through!
One night after failing to win the WWE Championship from John Cena at Money-in-the-Bank, “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry appears in suit and tie on RAW, saying that he took Cena to the limit and he came closer than ever to winning the WWE Championship. Henry continues, saying that he is not out there to make “excuses” and he is definitely not out there to “apologize”, but he knows that John Cena can pick anyone to face at SummerSlam and he wants to be that guy, saying that he took John Cena to the limit once and he will do it again. In an unexpected interruption, the dangerous trio known as The Shield makes their way to the ring as United States Champion Dean Ambrose and WWE Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns surround the ring. “The World’s Strongest Man” does not back down, however, as Mark Henry knocks Roman Reigns off of the ring apron, but the three-on-one advantage overwhelms Mark Henry and, despite holding his own at several points, Reigns changes things with a massive Spear to “The World’s Strongest Man”. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns then manage to hoist up the super heavyweight, dropping Mark Henry with a ring-rattling three-man powerbomb!
Backstage, RAW General Manager Brad Maddox makes a huge match as he pits “Y2J” Chris Jericho against the man who made his grand return at Money-in-the-Bank, “The Whole Damn Show” Rob Van Dam!
In a non-title rematch from Money-in-the-Bank, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio would go one-on-one with “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler. During the match, Dolph Ziggler hits the Fameasser on Alberto Del Rio, but as Dolph goes for the pin, the bell rings! It is then revealed that AJ Lee rang the bell and the confusion distracts Ziggler long enough for Del Rio to catch Dolph with a straight kick to the skull en route to picking up the win! After the match, the crazed AJ Lee enters the ring, waylaying Dolph Ziggler with several slaps before Big E. Langston comes in out of nowhere with a huge clothesline to Dolph, followed up by the Big Ending! With Dolph unable to defend himself, AJ kisses the unconscious Ziggler!
R-Truth was set for action on RAW, but that is when The Wyatt Family would make their presence known as Bray Wyatt leads Luke Harper & Erick Rowan to the ring and, after sitting in his signature rocking chair, Bray Wyatt sits back and watches as Harper & Rowan lay waste to R-Truth, pawing and clawing at Truth before tossing him out of the ring. With the damage done, Bray Wyatt enters the ring to stand with his charges. Wyatt says that there is “no such thing as a hero” and the fans have become “addicted to the illusion” of what a hero is and what a hero does and they need a hero to tuck them in and tell them that everything is “going to be alright”. Bray then says that the man who made them have been lying to them and, maybe, he has been the “answer” all along. However, an angry R-Truth gets on the apron with a steel chair in hand and Bray Wyatt stands in the ring as Luke Harper & Erick Rowan wait on the outside, but when Truth turns his attention away from Bray Wyatt for a split second, the big man strikes, waylaying R-Truth with lefts and rights, joined shortly by his two followers. The heinous assault then concludes with Bray Wyatt hitting a snap neckbreaker on R-Truth in the center of the ring before Bray Wyatt has a message for Kane, telling their victim from last week to “follow the buzzards”.
After failing to win the WWE Tag Team Titles from Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns on Money-in-the-Bank Kickoff, Jimmy & Jey Uso would face The Real Americans, Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro, with Zeb Colter in their corner. In the end, it was Jimmy Uso catching Antonio Cesaro with a roll-up to pick up the win for himself and his brother.
After betraying his tag team partner, Cody Rhodes, to win the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase for a future World Heavyweight Title match, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” was in action on RAW as Damien Sandow went one-on-one with “Captain Charisma” Christian. In the end, it was the veteran Christian surprising Damien Sandow with a roll-up to pick up the win! Damien Sandow’s night would go from bad to worse after the match, however, as Cody Rhodes rushes the ring, pummeling his former tag team partner!
The Divas were in action on RAW as Brie Bella, with Nikki Bella in her corner, would go one-on-one with Naomi, with Cameron in her corner. In the end, it was Naomi hitting a high cross body on Brie Bella en route to picking up the win.
With thirteen staples in his head due to a heinous betrayal by Paul Heyman at Money-in-the-Bank, a battered and hurting CM Punk appears on RAW, solemnly stating that he knows Paul Heyman is in the building and he knows that Brock Lesnar is in the building, telling both men that he is not waiting any longer! This brings out Paul Heyman, who says that, in his world, CM Punk does not “exist”. Heyman then says that, in 2005, CM Punk was a figment of Paul Heyman’s imagination, so he martyred his entire career for Punk, saying that, together, they were the longest reigning WWE Champion of the last 25 years and they came within an eyelash of beating The Undertaker at WrestleMania and, together, they were the “best in the world”. Heyman continues, saying that, without him, CM Punk is “not the best in the world”, saying that Punk “failed” both of them when he did not defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Heyman then says that, when CM Punk returned, Punk thought that he was “better” than Heyman, so he “manipulated” Punk so that the history books will read that he “dumped” Punk, not the other way around. Heyman continues, telling CM Punk that he has “no family” as he is estranged from his mother and has no wife and has no children, so all he has is the “admiration” and the “respect” of the WWE fans. Heyman then says that Punk took his best friend away from him, so he took Punk’s title opportunity away, saying that, as tough as he is to deal with in business, he is even more difficult to deal with on a personal level. Heyman continues, saying that his children asked him why CM Punk never listens to him and why Brock Lesnar always listens to him before he says that the true reason he betrayed Punk at Money-in-the-Bank is because he knows that Punk cannot defeat Brock Lesnar!
CM Punk says that he should have seen Paul Heyman’s betrayal coming, saying that Heyman knows for a fact that, if he wants something bad enough, he does not stop until he gets it. Punk then swears on Heyman’s children that he is going to “get” Heyman and he is going to get everyone who has knowledge of Heyman’s betrayal, anyone from Heyman’s clients to Heyman’s family. Punk continues, saying that anyone who gets in between him and Heyman will be taken out, vowing to “rip apart and hurt” Heyman or anyone else who stands in his way. Punk then tells Heyman that Heyman has “no future” because he is going to burn down everything that surrounds Heyman until he is the last man standing and he is going to keep Heyman alive just long enough to tell him how bad he is going to hurt him, daring Heyman to tell him if he is lying! A nervous Heyman says that Punk is not lying before saying that he knows what Punk’s “immediate future” will be, mocking Punk before shouting “it’s clobbering time”. With this declaration, “The Best” Brock Lesnar makes his way to the ring with Paul Heyman in tow. However, with Punk’s focus solely on Lesnar, Heyman gets a cheap shot in on Punk from behind before Lesnar drags Punk to the outside, but Punk fights back against the monster. However, Punk’s injuries from Money-in-the-Bank would hinder Punk as Brock would repeatedly overcome Punk’s onslaught, tossing Punk over the announce table! Punk then climbs to the announce table, launching himself at “The Beast”, but Lesnar catches Punk, driving him spine-first into the steel ring post. Even then, Heyman demands more and Brock complies, hoisting Punk up and slamming the carcass of CM Punk onto the announce table with a sternum-crushing F-5! Heyman then shouts at a helpless Punk to stay out of his life before leaving with his hired gun. WWE’s medical personnel rush to aid CM Punk, but Punk refuses any medical attention, holding his ribs and his neck, unable to leave the ringside area on his own.
Backstage, RAW General Manager Brad Maddox is confronted by WWE COO Triple H & WWE Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon, who grill the new GM on if Maddox has spoken to WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon yet. The GM admits that he has not been able to get ahold of the Chairman, which Triple H comments is common on a Monday night. WWE’s premiere power couple then take issue with Maddox’s decision to allow John Cena to select his opponent for SummerSlam, saying that Mr. McMahon may have a lot of negative things to say about Cena’s pick, assuming that the WWE Champion is going to pick who they think he is going to pick. Triple H then tells Maddox that the reason that he was hired as the new GM is because he was the only guy standing there at the time! The COO then says that he thinks everything is going to go great, wishing Maddox well on his “future endeavors”!
Making his first appearance on RAW in six years, the man known as “Mr. Monday Night”, Rob Van Dam, would go one-on-one with “Y2J” Chris Jericho on RAW! In an incredible, back-and-forth war worthy of “match of the year” status, it would end with Rob Van Dam finally hitting the Five-Star Frog Splash on Chris Jericho, which would secure the hard-fought victory for “Mr. Monday Night”!
Then it was decision-making time for John Cena as the WWE Champion must reveal who he has hand-selected to be his next challenger at SummerSlam. With nearly every WWE Superstar on the roster standing on the stage, including World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Randy Orton, Ryback, Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam, Brodus Clay, Tensai, 3MB, Sheamus, Cody Rhodes, The Miz, Christian, The Great Khali, Wade Barrett, The Prime Time Players, Jimmy & Jey Uso, Jack Swagger, Antonio Cesaro, and even The Brooklyn Brawler, WWE Champion John Cena would make his way to the ring to make his decision. However, John Cena admits that he has not made his decision yet and, while he has heard from a ton of Superstars on why they should be the #1 Contender, he has left out the most important voice and that is the voice of the WWE fans. Cena then says that he is going rattle off some of the Superstars and the fans will let him know who they want to see Cena face at SummerSlam. The champion presents Heath Slater as an option, but Slater, as well as 3MB get an overwhelming “no” from the crowd. Cena then brings up the holder of the Money-in-the-Bank contract, Randy Orton, but Orton gets a lukewarm response from the crowd. Cena then moves on to the biggest man on the stage, The Great Khali, who the fans boo as well. The fans also refuse to pick Alberto Del Rio, but when Cena mentions Chris Jericho, the crowd cheers and even more so when Cena brings up Rob Van Dam! The fans then react negatively towards both Fandango and Sheamus and also boo Ryback out of contention. The WWE Champion then asks if there is anyone else out there worthy of a title shot at the crowd erupts in a “yes” chant, followed shortly by a “Daniel Bryan” chant. John Cena then says that, if the individual he is going to select wants the title match, then he can have it. With that, the WWE Champion then reveals that, at SummerSlam, he is choosing to face Daniel Bryan with the WWE Championship on the line! This brings Daniel Bryan out, who leads a “yes” chant all the way down the ramp and into the ring and, after chanting “yes” in the face of the WWE Champion, an ecstatic Bryan continues to lead the Brooklyn crowd, who overwhelmingly support Daniel Bryan getting the title shot at SummerSlam!
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