Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, August 26th, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ
Results by H. Winston
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We are live in Phoenix, Arizona! The show starts off with The Shield standing out in front of the ring. Triple H comes out to his "King of Kings" theme. He speaks of the incident at SummerSlam, describing it as the beginning of an era. He says it was only business, nothing personal. He then shows a video of how RAW ended last week. He admits that this was personal. He says that he humiliated Bryan because of his actions. He says Bryan made it personal by insulting Triple H and his family. Triple H says he is willing to move on as if nothing happened. Triple H says that the ratings for last week's show were through the roof. All indicators say that business is booming. Triple H credits this success to Randy Orton.
Enter Randy Orton. Triple H congratulates him for breathing new life into the WWE. Triple H says he likes to reward those who have earned it. The crowd chants no, Triple H simply says yes. Triple H reveals his gift to Orton, a Cadillac Escalade. Orton thanks Triple H for the car and for having a vision for the business. Orton prepares to check out the car, but Daniel Bryan comes out before he can leave the ring. Bryan notes that the car is better than his Honda. Bryan thanks the WWE universe for supporting him, despite the fact that he isn't as pretty or fit as Orton. He also thanks John Cena for giving Bryan the opportunity to compete in the main event of SummerSlam. Lastly, Bryan thanks Triple H for ending the charade and showing his true colors. He says that Triple H is as narrow minded as Vince McMahon. The old rebel is just a sell-out in a suit. Orton tells Bryan that he needs to show the COO of the WWE and the face of the WWE some respect. Bryan says that when he gets his rematch, Orton's face will be rearranged along with Triple H's vision for the future, as Bryan will become the WWE champion. Triple H says that is a sweet fantasy. He says that Bryan is nothing more than a B at best, while Orton is an A player. Triple H makes a match for tonight between Bryan and Seth Rollins. If he makes it through Rollins, he will have a match with Ambrose. And if he makes it through Ambrose, he will have a match against Reigns. Triple H believes that this is what is best for business.
Fans can vote tonight via WWE App on the stipulation for the match between CM Punk and Curtis Axel. The options are:
a) Paul Heyman is banned from ringside
b) Paul Heyman is special guest referee
c) If Punk Wins, Paul Heyman has to step in the ring with Punk
Cody Rhodes vs Fandango
Rhodes hits a suplext on Fandango. before much can happen, Miz comes out to Fandango's music and dances on the stage. This distracts Fandango long enough for Rhodes to get the roll-up victory.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
After the match, Sandow, who had been on commentary, entered the ring to attack Rhodes. Maddox comes out to announce the following tag match:
The Miz and Cody Rhodes vs Damien Sandow and Fandango
Back from commercial, the match is already underdway. Fandango is in the ring with Rhodes. Fandango throws Rhodes into the corner and tags in Sandow. Sandow has Rhodes in an arm hold. Rhodes breaks out but Sandow hits a sidewalk sweep to get a 2-count. Sandow and Rhodes clothesline each other. Rhodes gets a tag and Miz connects with a top rope attack. Miz goes on a flurry of attacks, targeting the knee of Sandow. Fandango abandons Sandow. Rhodes trips Sandow allowing Miz to hit the skull-crushing finale to get the win.
Winner: The Miz and Cody Rhodes
A video package is shown for Los Matadores.
Josh Matthews is backstage with Christian. Christian notes that anyone who speaks ill of the new regime ends up suffering. He notes that he survived the attitude era, as well as the McMahon-Helmsley era. Orton comes in and says that Christian is upset that he lost as SummerSlam, while Orton won. Christian speaks of Triple H liking to use sledge hammers in the ring, and says that he must have found a new tool to work with. The two will have a match tonight.
Curtis Axel is backstage with Heyman complaining about the vote on WWE App. Axel says that even if the fans choose for Heyman to have to get in the ring with Punk, Punk will have to out-wrestle Axel, and he cannot do that. Axel asks if Heyman believes in him and Heyman ponders before saying "like my life depends on it."
Curtis Axel vs CM Punk
It is revealed that the fans chose option C on the app, meaning that Heyman will have to enter the ring with Punk if Punk wins the match.
Punk hits a running shoulder on Axel. Punk goes for the GTS but Axel gets out of it and exits the ring. Punk follows. Punk runs toward Heyman, Heyman bolts but Axel was able to grab Punk from behind and beat on him as they work back toward the ring. Axel is in control of the match, having Punk in a headlock, center of the ring. Punk gets to his feet and breaks out, hitting the running knee in the corner. Punk gets to the top rope to hit an elbow from the top rope but Axel rolls out of the ring. Punk dives out to hit Axel ringside.
Back from commercial, Punk is in control but is hit by a clothesline to the back of the head. Axel gets a 2-count. Punk gets to his feet and is promptly hit by a drop-kick. Heyman looks pleased as Axel holds Punk's head off of the ground and says that he is nothing. Punk hits a cross-body on Axel and gets a 2-count. JBL says that if Rihanna and Chris Brown can get back together, so can Punk and Heyman. Axel is again in control of the match. Punk gets to his feet, Axel misses a clothesline and Punk hits a spinning neck-breaker. Punk goes to the top and his the elbow. 2-count. Punk prepares for the GTS, but fails, Axel hits a neck-breaker but only... (Continues on next page)