Airdate: Monday, June 25th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN.
Results by Tony Acero
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
Backstage, AJ is speaking...to someone. She tells Bryan that even if he doesn't want to show it, he still has feelings for her. But in order for them to grow, they will have to drift apart. Kane, when she sees him, she loses all her inhibitions and just wants to get...violent. But, we both know that he's not a man...he's a monster. And Punk...oh, Punk. She likes to think of them as soulmates, but she doesn't think that he thinks what she thinks he's thinking. Ya think? She thinks it's best if they all go their seperate ways....
The camera turns, and she's talking to a mirror. Oh shizznit!!
It's episode 996, y'all, and we're here in Indiana! They bring up the Cena tweet that sells him having a big announcement.
We are to be excused, as Vickie Guerrero is atop the stage! This week, the Board of Directors has decided to make her GM for RAW and Smackdown. The boos are heavy. She claims that she will be a shoe-in for permanent GM come Episode 1000, so I suppose that would be the end of the guest GM's. She announces a Triple Threat Elimination match to start the show, and Daniel Bryan's music hits. This crowd has started off very vocal, and already I'm pretty excited.
They want us to go vote on Twitter as to who AJ should be with.
Match 1: Daniel Bryan vs. Kane vs. CM Punk
Punk goes directly after Kane, but Kane gives him a right, sending him away. Bryan tries after, and gets met with a body slam. Kane goes for Punk, hits him with a back elbow. he goes to lift Punk, but Bryan hits him in the back of the leg, then we get alternate kicks from Punk and Kane, sending the big man down. Kane is sent to the outside and Bryan tries to sneak in a pin on Punk. He gets a 1 and a half. Both men up. Lockup into a side headlock from Punk. To the ropes, and Punk hits a shoulderblock. Ropes again, Bryan hops up, and Punk hits the Inverted Atomic Drop. Punk sets Bryan up for a variation of the Mexican Surfboard as AJ watches from the back. Cover from Punk for 2. Kane is up, and Punk dives through the ropes, right into a hard uppercut from Kane. Bryan on the apron, flies, and Kane catches him then sends him back first into the barricade. Lovin it!!
We're back, and Kane is smashing both Punk and Bryan in the corner. Both men down, and Kane is going up top. Bryan is up first, and flies towards Kane with some high back elbows. He sets up for a Superplex, but Punk is up too! The crowd chants YES so Punk says no. We're looking at a Doomsday Device, but Bryan rolls Punk up JUST as Kane flies off for 2. Kane looks for a double chokeslam, but both men kick the knees and get in a double suplex. Punk and Bryan exchange YES and NO punches, Bryan hits the ropes and Punk hits a kick, another, heel kick to the face. Clothelsine into a swinging neckbrea---nooo, he sends Bryan forward, right into a hand from Kane. Kane comes running and Punk sends him over the rope! Bryan wants Punk, and runs forward, only for Punk to send him over as well, right intto Kane! Punk looks for the suicide dive! He hits it onto both men! Punk sends Bryan into the ring, then goes up top. He flies, and Bryan grabs the arm! He's looking for the YES! Lock! Punk escapes and slingshots Bryan up and towards the ropes! Kane is on the apron, and gets sent right back out! Punk goes for the pin but Bryan's feet are on the ropes! Punk calls for the Go 2 Sleep! Kane is in the ring, though! Big Boot to Punk! Pin for 2! Kane sends Punk into the corner, then hits a sidewalk slam and a pin for 1...2...NO! Kane goes up top, he's lookin to fly! Clothesline to Punk! He calls for the chokeslam onto Punk....but here's AJ!!!
She skips around the ring, as Kane tries for a chokeslam. Punk is able to reverse, and calls for the G2S. He hits it! Pin. 1...2....3!!!
Bryan is in with a hard kick to the head of Punk. Pin for 1....2....3!!!!
Winner: Daniel Bryan (***1/2)
This was one match on fast forward. Immensely pleasureable that really only was hurt due to the time that it was given.
Backstage, Alberto Del Rio is triyng to woo Vickie with words and roses. Del Rio tells Ricardo to go get a vase. Del Rio brings up the World Heavyweight Title, and here's Dolph Ziggler. He tells Del Rio that he's going to have to get in line. All Dolph needs is....ONE.....MORE....MATCH. Haha. Vickie says she wants to be fair and impartial. There will be a World Heavyweight Championship Contract on a Pole match tonight, and that title match will be Friday on Smackdown. Ricardo brings the case of flowers in, so Dolph sends them crashing against the wall.
Match 2: Brodus Clay vs. The Big Show
Big Show starts with a kick, then some right uppercuts to the gut. He goes for a chop, but Brodus fights back and hits some rights and lefts. Show comes back with a whip, which is met with a headbutt. Show is on the ground, and he double kicks the injured knee of Brodus. Elbow drop to the same knee. Another elbow drop. Show steps on the knee. Show leaves the ring and grabs Brodus' leg, then sends it smashing against the ring post. Show looks to smash him in the corner! He gets to the second ring then hits a splash onto Brodus! Show is looking to end it, but Brodus with some fire! A headbutt, he lifts Show and possibly body slam, but the knee gives out, apparently, and Show just falls foreward on Brodus for a pin and the 1...2...3!
Winner: The Big Show (*)
I lost interest after 20 seconds, buuuut it wasn't the worst big man match in the history of big men matches. Poor Brodus.
John Cena video package letting us all know that he's a great dude, no matter what Ken Doane says!
Apparently, during the break, Brodus Clay was being helped to the back, and out of nowhere, Big Show comes up and... (Continues on next page)