Airdate: Monday, July 30th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH
Results by Tony Acero
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
-Cole and Lawler welcome us to the show. Cole mentions that it has been an eventful evening, and they discuss the pyro rehearsal going wrong. The TRON caught on fire, and we get footage of the incident. Thankfully no one was injured.
-We get the fancy video package to recap Raw 1,000.
-CM Punk now makes his way to the ring, to a pretty big ovation. Punk says that people always talk about their WrestleMania moment, well last week, he got his Raw moment. A Raw moment that was bigger than most WrestleMania moments. But before he explains some things, he wants to shed some light on a few things. He was uncomfortable with the way the show went off the air. It was with Jerry Lawler saying that CM Punk turned his back on the WWE Universe. Punk stares down Lawler, and then heads to the floor. He lays the title on the table and then sits on it, staring down Lawler. Punk says he is bad to bad commentary, but that was bad even for Lawler. How can he jump to such a conclusion? If anything, Lawler turned his back on him. Rock is not the WWE Universe. The Rock is one man, he is a larger than life and charismatic man, and a delusional movie star that showed the WWE champion a lack of respect. First of all he interrupted him, and when he went into his deal with Bryan, he acted as if he wasn't even there. And then when he talked to him, he said he was gifted a WWE title shot, acting like he will just take it from Punk. He showed Rock respect by not dropping him on the spot. And then, at the end of the night, Dwayne did what he does best, make Raw all about him. And that is when Punk showed Rock what he will deal with at the Royal Rumble. This is the WWE, and Punk is the champion. Do you understand that Jerry? And what is Rock's response? Nothing, when he battled with Cena, we couldn't shut him up. But now he is silent, and what that means is that however Lawler wants to spin this, is fine. The 1,000th Raw ended with how Raw should end, with the focus and spotlight on the WWE Champion. The best wrestler in the world.
The Big Show now makes his way out. Show enters the ring, and Punk says now Show is here to steal the spotlight. Show says that Punk is sort of right. The focus was on Punk, but history will prove that the event was all about Big Show. He cost Cena the WWE title. He made Cena the first man to fail at cashing in the MITB. And Punk is supposedly the best, well Show knocked out Cena and Punk still could not win. In fact, Punk was about to tap out if Show didn't save him. Punk is only champion due to what Show did last week. Cena may have stopped him from winning MITB, but he vowed Cena would not cash in. Show also says he will be the next WWE Champion. Punk seems amused at this, and says he could not beat Cena and could not win MITB, and the only winner here is Punk.
Cena rushes the ring and attacks Show, who bails as Punk lays back and watches.
Justin Roberts now announces the new GM, AJ. AJ is wearing a little business suit, and says as her first proclamation; she will announce the main event. Big Show vs. John Cena. And, the winner of the match will face CM Punk at Summerslam for the WWE Title.
-Cole and King welcome us back and Lawler discusses what Punk had to say. Lawler says Punk is sticking to his story.
-Daniel Bryan contemplates meeting with AJ backstage.
Non-Title Match: Santino © vs. Alberto Del Rio
No car entrance for Del Rio tonight. They say it is due to the fire earlier tonight. Santino attacks, but Del Rio kills him with a clothesline, and then lays the boots to him. Rights by Santino, but a suplex by Del Rio stops that. To the corner and kicks by Del Rio. He slaps Santino, and then works the arm in the ropes. A whip to the corner, and Santino sends Del Rio to the apron and then to the floor. We head to a commercial @ 2:00.
We are back from commercial @ 5:00, with Del Rio working the arm....