Airdate: Monday, July 22nd, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX
Results by Michael Bluth of Sescoops.com
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
WWE RAW Results (7/22)
Tonight's episode of WWE RAW takes place from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
The show opens with a recap of Paul Heyman turning on CM Punk at Money in the Bank and last week's RAW, when Brock Lesnar returned and destroyed Punk. Also, a recap of John Cena picking Daniel Bryan and his SummerSlam opponent.
RAW opens with the light off. Justin Roberts introduces the new RAW GM in the ring, Brad Maddox. There is a set up in the ring with 2 chairs. He puts over his decision to let John Cena pick his SummerSlam opponent and says tonight, we're going to the see the official contract signing. Maddox introduces WWE Champion John Cena.
Maddox asks Cena why he chose Daniel Bryan. Cena says it's because of him (for letting him pick) and the WWE Universe (for picking). Maddox questions Cena's pick of Daniel Bryan, who he says looks like a troll and not a WWE Champion. Cena starts responding him but gets cut off by Daniel Bryan's music. Bryan comes out and the crowd chants YES! at him during his entrance and when he gets into the ring.
The crowd chants "Daniel Bryan!" as he starts to think. Maddox asks Bryan why he thinks John Cena picked him as his opponent. John Cena says Maddox should be man enough to ask him himself. Cena says Daniel Bryan's size is not a factor in their match. Cena names Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero that proved ability and passion make a WWE Champion - not just size or strength. A loud "Eddie!" chant breaks out.
Cena admits the WWE Universe loves him - but he chose him because he earned it and he deserved it. Being a WWE Champion is about facing the best possible competition at all times - and sometimes, that comes from an unlikely source. Cena says he picked him - and he expects Daniel Bryan to give him a fight. Maddox announces the match, but Daniel Bryan cuts him off. He tells him he deserves the WWE title match at SummerSlam. Maddox says he can show everybody how great he is by wrestling in a few matches tonight.
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio:
Sheamus is out first and has a NASTY bruise on his left leg. World Heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio is out next. "Brad Maddox" is trending on Twitter. Del Rio works on Sheamus' bruised thigh early with a vicious kick. Back and forth action. 1 count for Sheamus. Del Rio kicks Sheamus in the face, gets in some stiff offense and looks for cheers from the crowd. Del Rio in control.
Del Rio winds up on the outside after he tried giving Sheamus a cross armbar while standing on the apron (over the top rope), but Sheamus fought back and decked him in the face, sending him to the floor.
Back from the commercial, it's back and forth, with Sheamus eventually getting the best of Del Rio. Backstabber by Del Rio and he gets a 2 count. Del Rio wins up on the apron and Sheamus gives him 10 punches to the chest. Irish Curse by Sheamus but he only gets a 2 count. Sheamus tries going to the top, but Del Rio hits him with a running enziguri. 2 count for Del Rio. Sheamus gets Del Rio on his back and does his running tumble slam. Sheamus looks like he's warming up for the Brogue Kick but misses. Del Rio gives Sheamus a mule kick to his injured leg and attempts the cross arm breaker. Sheamus goes for White Noise but his bad leg buckles and Del Rio rolls him up for a 3 count.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio:
Footage is shown from last week of Brock Lesnar destroying CM Punk. We'll get an update on Punk later tonight.
Backstage, Renee Young asks Booker T about the recent shakeup with the General Manager situations on RAW and SmackDown. Teddy Long is there as well, and tells Renee Young that he took a ton of abuse while filling in for Booker T. Booker says Teddy knows he just had surgery. Teddy is pissed off that Vickie threw him out of the arena last week. Booker T says he'll kick him out right now. Long says maybe Mr. McMahon made the right...