Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, August 12th, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The Sleep Train Arena Sacramento, CA
Results by Rajah
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett
- We're shown a recap of the events that led to this match. Before the match, Raw GM Brad Maddox is announced as the surprise special guest referee and Bryan does not look happy. Barrett sends Bryan to the outside where Bryan turns the tide, attacking Barrett's leg across the ring apron. Back in the ring, he continues to work over the leg and Barrett bails to the outside where he regains the upper hand when Bryan misses a dive. Back and forth action both inside and outside. Bryan hits a suicide dive, brings it back in and kicks Barrett repatedly in the chest. The finish sees Bryan miss with a kick to the head allowing Barrett to roll him up and Maddox to count a very quick 1-2-3. After the match, an upset Bryan corners Maddox and considers beating him up but Maddox sneaks out and runs away. WINNER: WADE BARRETT
-- Later tonight on Miz TV, John Cena and Daniel Bryan will be face-to-face.
-- Also later tonight, CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman.
-- Up next, Randy Orton vs. Damien Sandow.
Damien Sandow vs. Randy Orton
- Cody Rhodes is at ringside for commentary. Cole, Lawler and JBL focus most of the match talking to Rhodes and his relationship with Sandow, how Sandow pushed him off the ladder at MITB and their upcoming match at SummerSlam. In the ring, they go to commercial with Orton in control after drop-kicking Sandow to the outside. Back from commercial, the action is back in the ring and Sandow is in control. Orton is pushed to the outside from the top turnbuckle and then back in, Sandow gets a two count. Repeated kicks to the back and the commentators are still preoccupied with all the scenarios of when Orton and Sandow will cash in their briefcases. Sandow works on Orton's back and sinks in a front face chin lock but Orton powers up to his feet but Sandow drops him and refuses to let go. Orton finally breaks free with a suplex but Sandow nails him with a swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. Orton fights back, signals for the RKO but Sandow blocks it and bails outside. Meanwhile, Cody tries to free the new-look briefcase which has been chained to the steel post by Sandow. With Sandow distracted by Cody's actions, Orton sneaks up and nails the RKO for the 1-2-3. WINNER: RANDY ORTON
-- Backstage, Rob Van Dam is shown stretching out for tonight's 20-man Royal Rumble, with the winner facing Dean Ambrose for the US championship at Summerslam.
-- Backstage, The Shield cuts a promo. They talk about being the New Generation and being hungrier and better, younger and better. Roman Reigns then says if there is any duo out there who wants to challenge them for the tag team belts, do it now. Dean Ambrose says he isn't worried about anyone in tonight's battle royal unless it's Andre the Giant's ghost.
-- We see a replay of Brock Lesnar's message to CM Punk that originally aired on Smackdown.
-- Back live, CM Punk is asked why he accepted a match against Paul Heyman so close to Summerslam. Punk says why not, there isn't anyone who is afraid of Heyman. Everything Paul does is calculated so Punk is skeptical of Heyman's motives and says he must have all his pawns ready. Punk thinks he might see Brock tonight.
The Great Khali & Natalya vs. Big E Langston & AJ Lee
- Before the match, we see a prerecorded interview with Langston, who cuts a promo on Dolph Ziggler and talks about their upcoming Summerslam match. Khali is ready to start but AJ is in the ring, skipping around Khali as the ref tries to get Khali to tag out to Natalya. AJ slaps Khali and Natalya is in and they go at it. AJ dominates and gets distracted by Hornswoggle so Natalya turns the tables and puts on a Sharpshooter. AJ taps but the referee legit doensn't see it. That was actually the finish so everyone gets confused and Natalya kind of stands beside the ref expecting her hand to be raised. Then in a bizarre series of events, she just walks over to AJ and does the same sequence with the Sharpshooter again and gets the tap out. WINNERS: GREAT KHALI & NATALYA
-- Backstage, we see Vince McMahon walking down the hall.
-- They plug the one hour pre-Summerslam Kickoff Show with guests Booker T and Shawn Michaels.
-- Vince McMahon struts down to the ring and tries to pump up the audience on his way out. He says there is some controversy regarding the earlier match between Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett. We see a replay and he orders Brad Maddox to come to the ring. Maddox - still in his ref gear - is asked why he appointed himself as the ref. Maddox said Daniel Bryan matches tend to get out of hand so he thought the WWE universe would appreciate an authority figure with the guts to make the right decision no matter how unpopular it would be. Vince asks about the fast count and Maddox said he was a little excited and a little rusty. It was not intentional and he did the very best that he could. McMahon says there's no reason to apologize if he did the best as everyone makes mistakes. Brad said he'd like a second chance. He wants to be the ref for the upcoming Summerslam match where John Cena takes on Daniel Bryan. Vince asks the audience whether they want to see this. Vince wants to know if Brad will be impartial? Would he call it right down the line despite any personal differences with either Cena or Bryan? Maddox says he would. Vince says would he call Bryan names like dwarf or a troll or make fun of his toothpick like body? Vince then makes him cross his heart and give him the Scout's honor that he will be fair, Bryan agrees, so Vince starts to make it official.
-- Triple H's music hits while Vince is in mid-sentence and he smirks and slowly walks to the ring. Vince says that if Triple H is out here to air any dirty laundry, he... (Continues on next page)