Airdate: Monday, August 6th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas
Results by Tony Acero
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
-Video recap of last week's show.
-AJ comes to the ring to kick off the show. She welcomes us to Monday Night Raw. Tonight we will see Randy Orton vs. Big Show. Also, Daniel Bryan will face John Cena. Before she can announcer next match…
CM Punk makes his way to the ring. Punk has a mic and says he is a man that lives his life with no regrets. He is also man enough to know when he made a mistake, and he will right a wrong. Last week he did something he is not proud of and cannot take back. He stepped out of line, and is here apologize to AJ. Last week he yelled at the Raw GM, and she does not deserve to be disrespected. Just like he does not deserve to be disrespected. He says he is sorry. She accepts the apology. So now, he hopes they can be friends, and she has a ton of responsibility, and she will make mistakes like she did last week, when she put him into a triple threat match at Summerslam. He suggests that they cancel that match, and AJ says he is right. She is new at this and will make mistakes, but the match is not a mistake. Her decision will stand. Punk says he gets it, so this is her getting back at him since he humiliated her when he refused to marry her. Punk asks if she will be the evil GM who sticks it to the guy everyone likes just because she got rejected. He says he will wrestle a singles match at Summerslam, but not the triple threat.
John Cena now makes his way to the ring. Cena says that Punk has become one of those guys, and he is the last person this would happen too. Punk is demanding respect, you don't demand it, you earn it. Split chants for Cena, who says he has 11 titles, but he still has to fight for respect. So, if you want to play the blame game, the triple threat match was all because of Punk. Cena then tells AJ she smells great and hits on her. Punk says he has not become anything, Cena turns a blind eye to facts, so boo hoo if you do not like it. Punk says that Cena got involved with Punk's commentary. Cena put his hands on him, and he is the WWE Champion, and he will not be disrespected by anyone. Punk says Cena isn't strong enough to AA Big Show, his knees were wobbly, and his back is not what it used to be. Cena then says champions do not do well in triple threat matches, and Punk will likely not be the champion. Punk reminds Cena that he beat him last year at Summerslam.
And here comes the Big Show. AJ says to stop this, and says things will not get out of hand on her show. Save the tension for later. Punk says that the champion doesn't get a match, and that isn't fair, he deserves the main event. AJ says he does have a match tonight, but she hasn't decided against who it will be. The WWE Universe will pick. She was about to announce it before he interrupted. It will be a Twitter vote between Miz, Kane or Rey Mysterio. And actually, voting starts right now, because his match is next.
-We get a video package of Brock Lesnar breaking Triple H's arm. They are both in the building tonight.
-The WWE Universe selected Rey Mysterio to face CM Punk, with 47% of the vote.
Non-Title Match: CM Punk © vs. Rey Mysterio
And here we go, lock up to begin and to the corner, and a clean break. Rey shoots for a leg, drops in and scissors the leg. Punk escapes into an arm lock, Ray to his feet and snap mares out of the hammerlock. Leg kicks by Rey, a whip to the corner and Rey misses a charge and he eats the post. Punk with the roll up for 2. Slam by Punk, leg drop follows and another cover gets 2. Punk with the figure four lock around the head, Rey escapes and shoots off the ropes, back breaker by Punk gets 2. Punk up top, dropkick by Rey and that sends Punk to the floor. Rey off the apron with a Thesz press, and we head to a commercial @ 3:00.
We are back from a commercial @ 7:00, with Rey heading to the apron. He climbs up top and pulls Punk up with him. Punk battles back and looks for a superplex and gets it. Punk covers and gets 2. Punk locks in the body scissors, and tries to ground Rey. Back elbows by Rey, but clubbing shots by Punk slows that down. Punk now works a chinlock, Rey bites his hand and that will allow him to escape. Punk tosses Rey to the floor, but he is back up and up top. Thesz press connects, sunset flip and roll through, kick to the head by Rey and a cover gets 2. To the corner, boot by Rey and then Punk grabs him onto his shoulders, escape and into the ropes. 619 connects! Rey up top and eats knees on the splash try. GTS by Punk and that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: CM Punk @ 10:00 via pin
-Punk celebrates his victory.
-Later tonight, Orton vs. Big Show and Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena.
-Alberto Del Rio arrives backstage. He has a special parking spot, right by the bathrooms.
-We get a video package for the return of Wade Barrett! They play up his bare knuckle fighting background and show that he went back to his roots to get his fire back. The Barrage has just begun!
-Alberto Del Rio comes to meet with AJ. He says she is doing a fantastic job as the Raw GM, much better than Booker T on Smackdown. He says she knows he should not compete until Summerslam, and she says he's not scheduled. He mentions that he was afraid that she would do something crazy, which pisses her off, and now he is in a match next. Del Rio makes Rodriguez run off to get his gear.
-Shawn Michaels will join us LIVE tonight.
-Christian is already in the ring, with the "coming back from commercial jobber's entrance."
-Rodriguez has to run out to do the introduction, and Del Rio is still shedding clothes as he comes to the ring. Nice continuity from the last segment.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian
They start brawling at the bell, and to the floor they go. Del Rio slams Christian... (Continues on next page)