Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
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. Santino works to his feet and then escapes and then gets dropped by a right from Del Rio. Double stomp by Del Rio, and then lays the boots to Santino. Del Rio works the arm again, but Santino fights back once again, and jabs away at Del Rio. Split by Santino and then eats a kick to the fact by Del Rio. More boots by Del Rio, misses the second rope double stomp and Santino has the cobra. Kick by Del Rio, and then sends Santino to the post. Single arm DDT, and then the arm breaker and Santino taps.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Alberto Del Rio @ 6:00 via submission
-After the match, Del Rio says he destroyed the US Champion like nothing. He says both Santino and Sheamus are beneath him, along with the fans. If it is not a world title match, he will not compete. So he will not compete until Summerslam.
-Daniel Bryan stands outside AJ’s office.
-Brodus Clay and the dancers make their way to the ring. Vickie Guerrero now makes her way out and laughs at Clay and the girls. She asks if they call that dancing. EXCUSE ME! She tells the little girls to step aside, and says the queen diva will show them how to put a step on. Vickie dances rather badly, and here comes Damien Sandow. Mr. Sandow is not impressed, and asks for our indulgence. He is out intellectual savior and a martyr, and says last week, a crime was committed. He asks them to roll the footage, and we see DX kicking his ass. He then attacks Clay, and beats him down. Vicious knees by Sandow, he continues his attack. Some boots by Sandow, and then breaks Clay’s bling.
-We see highlights of the Jericho vs. Ziggler confrontation from two weeks ago, as well as Jericho paying Ziggler a visit on Smackdown on Friday. Later, Jericho and Christian face The Miz and Dolph Ziggler.
-Daniel Bryan finally goes in to meet with AJ. She welcomes him, and he calls her insane for leaving her at the alter. She tells him to shut up and then says she is his boss now. And last week, she thinks she saw guys in white coats walking around, and it looked as if they were from a mental hospital. She says he wanted to marry her to have her committed. He says they were his groomsmen, and she says they can start with a clean slate. So he has a match tonight, against Sheamus. Bryan asks if it for the world title, to which A chants, NO, NO, NO!
-Highlights of last week’s Triple H, Heyman, Stephanie, Lesnar segment.
-We get to choose what kind of match Bryan vs. Sheamsu will be via Twitter. Street Fight, No Holds Barred or Falls Count Everywhere.
-Sheamus is happy that the fans will have the choice in what match they have.
-Daniel Bryan demands that the people stop chanting YES. Well that backfired. Bryan throws a fit, yelling NO repeatedly. It’s a shameful thing, lobster head, because Sheamus is now out for their match.
-The fans have voted for a Street Fight.
Non-Title Street Fight: Sheamus © vs. Daniel Bryan vs.
The bell rings, and a running knee by Bryan. Yes kicks follow, and Sheamus back with clubbing shots to the back. Counter by Bryan in the corner, and he then runs into a side back breaker and Sheamus covers for 2. A whip to the corner by Sheamus, Bryan with the drop toehold and then a kick to the face takes Sheamus down. Bryan works the arm of Sheamus, they now trade shots and off the ropes, clothesline and knee drops by Sheamus. Sheamus covers for 2. Bryan rolls to the floor, and Sheamus follows and slams Bryan into the barricade. And he does it again, and that had to suck. Big backdrop by Sheamus on the ramp, and they continue to brawl in the entranceway. Sheamus slams Bryan into the Raw logo and then celebrates. Bryan battles back with the basement dropkick, more YES kicks and then dropkicks Sheamus off of the stage. Sheamus to his feet, ad Bryan flies off with a flying knee to level Sheamus. We head to a commercial @ 5:00.
We are back from a commercial @ 8:00 with Bryan in control and working the arm of Sheamus. Sheamus tries to fight back, but Bryan dropkicks him to the floor. Sheamus battles back and gets the fall away slam on Bryan into the barricade. Sheamus now gets the clubbering forearms to the chest of Bryan, God that has to suck. Sheamus then suplexes Bryan on the floor. Sheamus grabs Bryan, rolls him back into the ring and Sheamus grabs a chair and a kendo stick. In the ring, Bryan tosses the toys to the floor and Sheamus then clotheslines him to the floor. Sheamus follows an as he goes through the ropes, kendo stick attack by Bryan. In the ring and he starts to unload with the kendo on Sheamus. Bryan looks pissed and then goes to the floor for the chair. He wedges it in the corner, grabs the kendo and goes to hit Sheamus, caught and a head butt by Sheamus. Sheamus has the kendo and attacks Bryan with it. Sheamus misses a shot, allowing Bryan to dropkick him into the chair in the corner. Sheamus hit head first, and covers Sheamus for a close 2. Bryan to the floor to get the chair, shoulder tackle by Sheamus. He nails Bryan with the chair and then tears apart the steps. Looks to slam Bryan, escapes, and Sheamus then gets slammed into the steel post. Bryan gets the steps, and slides then into the ring, and then slams Sheamus into the barricade. Back into the ring and Bryan sets the steps where he wants them. The now fight over the kendo, Sheamus snags up Bryan, counter, brogue kick to Bryan (who lands on the steps) and that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Sheamus @ 15:00 via pin
-Highlights from the show’s opening segment.
-Back from commercial and Bryan claims to have a neck injury and says he will not leave the ring until he gets a doctor.
-Another look at the night’s opening segment with CM Punk.
-Back to Bryan in the ring, and he is still complaining. Here comes Kofi, R Truth and Little Jimmy. Truth and Jimmy are wearing suits. Kofi tells Bryan that he knows he is having a bad few weeks, but don’t take it out on all the people. Do us all a favor and get out of here. Truth says he need to skidaddle, because they have business to deal with. Bryan asks where little Jimmy is, and Truth says he is in the corner, and Bryan says hello and introduces himself. Bryan says he hears Jimmy is his biggest fan and KICKS LITTLE JIMMY TO THE FLOOR! Truth throws a fit and Bryan says that Little Jimmy does NOT exist! Bryan says Truth and Kofi need to leave, and the men in white coats arrive. AJ then comes out and says that that isn’t the person that needs help, it’s the little guy in the ring, he needs help. AJ says Bryan seems mentally unstable tonight, and to keep a safe working environment, he need a psychological evaluation. The men in white coats escort Bryan up the ramp, and he faces off with AJ. She blows him a kiss and Bryan is then escorted out.
-Vince McMahon will be on Smackdown to name the new Smackdown GM.
-GOOD NEWS! LITTLE JIMMY IS OK!
Kofi Kingston w/Truth and Little Jimmy vs. Titus O’Neil w/AW and Darren Young
Kofi goes for a cross body but gets caught and O’Neil gets a side back breaker. AW says O’Neil is like Kobe Bryant in a Colorado hotel, unstoppable. Big slam by O’Neil, and covers for 2. Rear chinlock by O’Neil, Kofi fights out but O’Neil with a slam tat gets countered into a tornado DDT. Chops by Kofi, and a dropkick follows. Big clothesline follows, and then the boom drop by Kofi. Young distracts Kofi, and Truth nails him. AW then throws a shoe at Kofi, distracts him and O’Neil gets a sky-high powerbomb and that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Titus O’Neil @ 2:30 via pin
-Punk meets with Cena backstage, and admits to taking advantage last week because the title was on the line. Punk says people think he should have done more last week, and says he has no issue with Cena and has nothing but respect for Cena. Punk says he doesn’t care who wins later, and he knows Cena is mad and is justified. Punk then says Cena is mad because he did to Rock in one night what Cena couldn’t do in a year. But then says Cena has to let that go.
-Cole apologized for the remarks by AW. I guess someone complained about the Kobe deal.
-We see highlights of Punk and Cena talking.
-Heath Slater is out. We get highlights from Raw 1,000. Slater says that now that the legends have gone back to the retirement home, he can get his career back on track. He challenges any current star to come out and lose to the one-man band baby. Welcome back Randy Orton.
Heath Slater vs. Randy Orton
And here we go. Boot by Slater, slams Orton to the corner and lays in the rights. More boots as the ref tries to separate them. Clothesline by Orton. Another. Snap slam follows. Orton nails the hangman’s DDT, pounds the mat, RKO and that is all for the one-man band.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Randy Orton @ 1:00 via pin
-Bryan is backstage and says his neck hurts. He says the people need metal help, and while AJ is his boss, he doesn’t want to answer the questions. A doctor asks him questions, all simple at first, and then asks about the marriage last week. He starts to repeat YES to the doctor, and looks rather insane while doing so.
The Miz and Dolph Ziggler w/Vickie Guerrero vs. Christian and Chris Jericho
And here we go, as Christian and Ziggler start things off. Ziggler tries to out wrestle him, gets slapped and Christian covers for 2. Tag to Miz, Christian takes him down and lays in rights, and Miz bails and tags Ziggler back in. Jericho tags in, so Ziggler bails and Miz back in. Hip tosses by Jericho, clothesline and a cover for 2. Elbow drop by Jericho and a cover again for 2. Chops follow, to the corner and a boot by Miz. Miz lays the boots to Jericho, slams him to the corner and tags Ziggler in. Off the ropes and a shoulder block by Jericho. Ziggler sends Jericho to the apron, up top and a double axe handle and Jericho tosses Ziggler and Miz to the floor. Christian up top with a cross body onto both and the faces stand tall as we head to a commercial @ 3:00.
We are back from commercial @ 6:00, with Miz in control of Jericho with a rear chinlock. Jericho fights back with chops, but a clothesline form Miz levels Jericho, and Miz covers for 2. Jericho battles back with the backdrop suplex, and both men are down. Tags to Ziggler and Christian, Christian in control and a right to Ziggler from the floor. Second rope back elbow and Christian tries to fire up the crowd. Sunset flip from Christian gets 2. Christian fights off Miz and Ziggler, but then eats a dropkick and Ziggler covers for 2. Miz tags in, takes control and chokes out Christian. Christian looks to fight back, works to his feet, and tosses Miz to the floor. Christian works for a tag, but Miz pulls Jericho to the floor to stop that. Miz lays the boots to Christian, and covers for 2. Tag back to Ziggler, he celebrates and gets an elbow drop to Christian for 2. Side headlock applied by Ziggler, does a head stand to show off, and remains in control. Neck breaker by Ziggler, and he sets, misses the famasser, not sure what the hell happened there and starts to kick away at Christian. Whoops. Rights by Ziggler, boot, fameasser now countered into a powerbomb, we got it right that time. Tags to Miz and Jericho, shoulder blocks by Jericho and a springboard kick to Ziggler. Bulldog to Miz, lionsault to Miz connects and a cover gets 2 as Ziggler makes the save. SPEAR by Christian on Ziggler! Miz sends Christian to the post, Miz escapes the walls and kicks Jericho in the face. Christian with the thumb to the eye of Miz, and a code breaker by Jericho gets the win. Nice retaliation for Smackdown by Christian.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Christian and Jericho @ 14:00 via pin
-After the match, Ziggler lays out Jericho with the MITB briefcase.
-They discuss the pre-show fire.
-Bryan is with the doctor, and they do a Rorschach inkblot test. The doctor has a goat face, and Bryan snaps again. Bryan asks if Charlie Sheen is behind this, and starts to speaks to Sheen, and says he is winning.
-Cole and Raw talks about being interactive.
-Tensai is already in the ring.
-Tyson Kidd gets entrance music.
Tensai vs. Tyson Kidd
After video of Kidd beating Tensai, we get our match. Leg kicks by Kidd, enziguri follows. Big shoulder block by Tensai, corner splash connects as well. Catapult into the ropes onto Kidd, and then an elbow drop by Tensai. Shots to the back of the head by Tensai, and the nerve pinch to the shoulder of Kidd. Kidd fights to his feet, elbows out and then a spin kick to Tensai. Roll up out of the corner by Kidd gets 2. Up top and a blockbuster connects and Kidd gets a close 2. Tensai gets the big tree slam, and then the senton back splash and that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Tensai @ 2:00 via pin
-Tensai bets down Kidd after the bell, and then gets the dropping back breaker. The referee reverses the decision.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Tyson Kidd @ 2:00 via DQ
-Referees put a stop to the madness and then Tensai decides to beat on Sakemoto once again.
-The doctor says Bryan is easily angered, bitter and has an unhealthy obsession with Charlie Sheen, but he is sane. Bryan is free to go, and then the lights turn red. Kane arrives for some anger management, and beats down Bryan.
-Triple H vs. Lesnar is official for Summerslam, we get video of last week’s angle.
-CM Punk now makes his way to the ring. Looks like some special commentary from Punk for the main event.
-Who do you guys think will be the Smackdown GM? Simply back to Teddy Long, or someone new and fresh?
-We are back from commercial and it is now time for Show and Cena to make their entrances for the main event.
-Punk even apologizes for what he said to Lawler earlier n the show.
#1 Contenders Match: John Cena vs. Big Show
And here we go with our main event of the evening. John Cena tries to attack early, and Show drops him with a shot to the back. Another big right by Show and he takes early control. To the corner, a whip and a corner splash by Show. Show taunts Cena a bit, and then delivers body shots to keep Cena down. Slow and methodical start by Show, as they focus on Punk explaining things on commentary. To the corner and chops by Show. Cena tries to fight back, gets a sleeper, rides on Show’s back trying to get him down, but Show slams him to the corner. Cena again gets the bear hug, Show struggles and drops to a knee. Show is fading, and down. Cena covers but only gets 2 as Show launches Cena to the floor on the kick out. We head to a commercial break @ 4:00.
We are back from a commercial @ 7:00, as Show is back in control of the match. Cena tries to battle back, but leaps into Show and falls to the mat. Show walks over Cena’s chest, which is rude, but effective. Show whips Cena to the corner and lands the corner splash, and yells at Punk, asking how he will stop him. Show yells that this is easy, and Cena then fights back and gets a bulldog on Show. BOTH men are down as Punk discusses how important being WWE champion is. Cena with rights to Show, off the ropes and leaps into a bear hug. Cena fades, Show maintains the hold. Cena then begins to elbow out, but Show crushes him as Cena tries a slam and covers for 2. Show calls for the chokeslam, grabs Cena and lifts him, counter and Cena gets a DDT. Both men are down again. Side slam by Show as they got to their feet, and Show takes back control. Banzai drop try by Show, Cena escapes and Cena fights back, proto bomb (kinda) and the five-knuckle shuffle. Show battles back with a chokeslam and gets a cover for only 2. Cena rolls to the floor, Show follows and rolls Cena back in. Body shots follow and Cena rolls to the floor again. Cena counters a slam and sends Show into the post. Cena gets side stepped and flies into Punk at the commentary table. Cena beats the count, while Punk is down on the floor. Show looks to finish Cena, misses the punch, AA by Cena is stopped by Punk!
OFFICIAL RESULT: No Contest @ 16:00
-Both men are down after Punk kicks Show in the head, and he heads to the floor gets his belt and mic. Punk then proclaims the winner as nobody, because they are both losers.
-Punk bails as AJ comes out, and says Punk is wrong. They are not losers, instead both winners. So at Summerslam, Punk defends against The Big Show…and John Cena. Punk is out and is pissed, and they argue about the decision. Punk says that he is the champion, and she should show respect. That ends RAW.
Credit: Tony Acero