Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, July 16th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV
Results by Tony Acero
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We are LIVE in....where the hell are we? Oh shit, we in Vegas. CM Punk is here! The WWE Champion makes his way out, much to the pleasure of the crowd! Cole and King talk about AJ's presence in the ring last night. He says this might sound somewhat strange, considering he's straight edge, but he loves Las Vegas. he's got a lot of great memories. It was a year ago he sat upon that stage and dropped a pipe bomb. He spoke his mind. He said he was the best and he has proven that he is the best in the world. He has beaten everyone. He then moves to AJ. This all began a year ago, right here in Vegas. Next week, RAW celebrates 1000 episodes, and he automatically thinks of the first episode of RAW, because back then a man like him wouldn't even be on this show in the midst of his eighth month as WWE Champion. He plans on standing in this ring, as the WWE champion. Homeboy gets interrupted by The Big Show, though.
Boos shower the Big Show. He says that Punk's story was really touching. The conquering hero. Whatever, Show says. He was inches away from grabbing the briefcase. Show claims he has a point he is trying to make here, geez. That briefcase was in his grasp, and as usual, John Cena was in the right place at the right time when the handle broke on the briefcase. if he had that briefcase, he'd cash it in right now. He tells Punk he wouldn't be walking out of here at all. Punk says yes, that's what Show does. He talks about almost winning the Money in the Bank contract. He tells Show that he did what he always does...beats the crap out of everyone, leave destruction in his wake...then loses. Punk says Show is probably right, he should be Mr. MITB but he lost. Punk says he has the respect of all these people, and the WWE. Show claims that the crowd doesn't respect him, they don't even respect themselves. Seriously, think about it. if Punk left the WWE tomorrow, he gives these people about a week before they move on to the next new thing. Show calls Punk just another cog in the machine. Punk says he is the WWE Champion, and Show is not. What he is is a bitter, underacheiving shell of a man who just happens to be a giant. Show calls that Punk's opinion, but as it relates to Punk's championship, Cena is Mr. Money in the Bank. After Punk loses to Show tonight, it's a possibility he could lose the Championship to John Cena...he then drops the mic like a pipe bomb as we go to break.
Match 1: WWE Tag Team Championship Match
R-Truth and Kofi Kingston vs. Primetime Players
AW is calling Young and Titus the greatest of all time. Titus barks. Kofi and Titus to start. Lock up and Titus backs him in the corner with ease. A shot to the gut and a back elbow to the face is followed by another, then an uppercut. tag to Young and we get Young kickign him in the corner, then smashing his head into the turnbuckle. The ref breaks it up, Young yells, and Kfoi takes the opprotunity to kick him then tag in Truth. double arm drag. Truth, the legal man, pop locks and leg drops it. He lifts Young up and tags in Kofi. cross body from Kofi. Titus rolls in and Kofi dropkicks him. Both guys are down, so Kofi and Truth baseball slide them to the outside, then Kofi hops over and suicide dives atop both of them as we go to break.
Winners: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth (**)
It's obvious who carried this match, but the PTPs are growing.
Zack Ryder vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio is NOT happy. He starts with a high knee to Ryder, sends him into the corner, and kicks the mid section for a bit. He runs right into a back elbow from Ryder, then a kick to the face. Some right hands, but Dl Rio is able to grab the arm of Ryder and mess it up by dropping it on his knees. Del RIo sends Ryder to the outside, then grabs the left arm and smashes it against the steps. He sends Ryder to the barricade, bck first, then tries to suplex him, but Ryder sends him to the apron and rolls in the ring. Del RIo comes in the ring and sends Ryder shoulder first into the turnbuckle. Cross Arm Breaker from Del Rio, and Ryder taps out.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio (**1/2)
After the match, he locks the armbreaker in once again, when from nowhere.... Rey Mysterio's music hits, and he is here! BOOYAKA, cabron!!! He rolls down the ramp and into the ring, only for Del Rio to stomp him down over and over. He stops for a second, grabs his head, and Mysterio makes the comeback face, ducking a clothesline and hitting a hurricanrana toss into the second rope. 619! Del Rio heads out of the ring and up the ramp, as the crowd welcomes Rey Mysterio bak to the show.
A video package of Heath Slater and all of his legend interactions are brought up.
Match 3: Heath Slater vs. Rikishi
heath with the go behind and a slap and laughs it off a bit only to turn into a superkick from Rikishi and....STINK FACE!!! Kish has the thumb up and thrusts it to the throat. Rikisi is on the second rope, and Kishi with the splash. 1..2...3!!!
Winner: Rikishi (NR)
Rikishi breaks it down a bit in the middle of the ring. I wonder if...nope, I thought it was something else, but instead we get Jimmy and Jey Uso to dance alongside their father. This moment probably doesn't mean much to some, but it's actually pretty cool to watch.
Eve has the mic, and she's here to introduce her partner. He's awesome, by the way.
Match 4: Daniel Bryan and AJ vs. The Miz and Eve
Miz's new hairstyle doesn't match his scowl. AJ gets to come out last. haha. Awesome. Bryan and Miz to start. Lockup into a side headlock from Bryan. Miz sends him into the corner. Miz swings and misses, so Bran starts in with the kicks. Bryan gets sent to the ropes, and Miz hits a high knee. Miz attacks with a kick and Bryan rolls to the corner. AJ tags herself. Lockup... (Continues on next page)