Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, July 2nd, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, TX
Results by Tony Acero
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
-We get highlights from last week's show, featuring the Jericho vs. Cena main event and the ass whooping Big Show put on Cena.
-The MITB briefcase is hanging above the ring.
-Cena & Punk vs. Jericho and Bryan is the main event, as ordered by Teddy Long. TAG TEAM MATCH PLAYA!
-John Cena will kick off the show tonight. Cena hits the ring and says the crowd is an excited bunch tonight. After seeing last week's footage, where he got beat down, he is a bit upset. He could shake his fists and be all vengeful, but instead he thanks Jericho and Big Show. Jericho said he was never in a MITB match and that Cena needed to be prepared, because anything can happen. And last week, Big Show got involved, and he got a crash course in what MITB is all about. There are only enemies out there, he gets it. He needs to be ready for anything at MITB, and he will be. He stands by what he said, he will stop Big Show from winning and he will win the match and he will cash in and become the WWE Champion.
Daniel Bryan comes out, "YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES!" He's a man of few words you see. Cena says even Bryan agrees with him. Bryan says Cena is not relevant to him, because at MITB, he will win the WWE Title. And if Cena wins MITB, then Cena will be the first man to cash in the MITB and lose. Cena says that they are strong words, and he knows someone that disagrees with him.
CM Punk now makes his way out, and says a lot more people disagree than just one. He disagrees, Cena disagrees, Jerry Lawler disagrees, the popcorn guys disagrees, this half of the crowd, and that side. Bryan cuts him off as Punk goes into a "YES" chant. Bryan is begging someone out here to have an original thought, and that will not steal his catchphrase. Bryan says AJ is the special referee at MITB for the WWE Title match, and she will count down Bryan's shoulders. And if Cena wins MITB, it all comes down to them again.
Chris Jericho now makes his way out to the ring. Jericho says an original thought is that Punk is still a wanna be. Jericho says everything is stolen from him, and Punk calls him Bon Jovi. Jericho then says Bryan should think of new catchphrases. Bryan says no one asked him to be a part of this, and Jericho tells him to SHUT THE HELL UP. Jericho welcomes us to RAW IS JERICHO! After tonight, none of the guys in the ring will never, EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVER be the same, again. Jericho then tells Cena that he needs to be better prepared, because Jericho invented MITB and he will win. He dares someone to tell him otherwise…
And here comes Kane. Kane takes the mic from Jericho, and says "otherwise."
And of course we wouldn't be complete without the Big Show making an appearance. Cena calls him on and Bryan attacks. Punk high kicks him as we have a brawl. Cena and Show now battle, but then Kane gets involved. Show drops him with a clothesline and stands tall over the fallen bodies. His music plays, so he wins.
-Cole hypes Charlie Sheen being the social media ambassador for the 1,000th Raw.
The Prime Time Players (Young and O'Neil), Cody Rhodes and David Otunga vs. Kofi Kingston, R Truth, Santino and Christian
Christian and Young to begin. Knees by Young to begin. Christian slaps him, to the corner and a boot by Christian. A 2nd rope dropkick by Christian gets 2. Tag to Truth, off the ropes and Truth dances and lands rights on Young. Kofi tags in, cross body and a cover gets 2. A clothesline follows, off the ropes and O'Neil saves Young. Kofi then hits a suicide dive to wipe both out. Young then gets a clothesline and we have a stand off on the floor, as we head to commercial @ 2:00.
Back from commercial @ 5:00 as Cody works over Kofi. Off the ropes, and a knee by Cody. Tag to O'Neil, and AW is mic'd up. O'Neil slams Kofi down and covers for 2. Kofi battles back, looks to crawl for the tag, Otunga and Santino tag in, and Santino Santino is control and gets a cover for 2. it breaks down as everyone hits the ring, O'Neil to the floor and AW and the Prime Time Players bail. Hip toss on Otunga, but Santino misses the saluting head butt. Coy then bails on Otunga, and here comes the Funkasaurus! Christian attacks Otunga on the floor, the tag champs roll him in and as he tries to escape again, Clay tosses him in, COBRA and that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Kofi Kingston, R Truth, Santino and Christian @ 9:00 via pin
-After the match, Christian nails the killswitch on Otunga. Clay then gets the big splash on Otunga. He dances with the girls and some kids from ringside.
-Teddy Long dances backstage, and Alberto Del Rio is there to kiss up to Long. Del Rio says that he wants to say he earned a world title match right after WM, but it always gets changed. That's not fair. Long doesn't think he deserves it, but the board of directors have stated that Del Rio will get a match against Sheamus at the MITB PPV. Long says he will be in a match, next. Long says he will find out who his opponent is when he gets out there.
-Raw memories, and we see Shane McMahon training Vince for his Royal Rumble appearance. This is Stephanie's favorite moment by the way.
-Cole thanks the fans for making Raw a success, and in three weeks, they go to three hours.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Sin Cara
As Cara made his entrance, Del Rio attacks him and started to beat him down. He tossed him to the floor and then beat him down more and applied the arm bar. The match did not officially start, and they finally got Del Rio to break the hold. I know I am not the only one thinking it, but, another wellness suspension, or just making Del Rio appear strong? You decide.
OFFICIAL RESULT: No Contest
-AJ gets taped up like Punk backstage, and Daniel Bryan appears to say that... (Continues on next page)