More pieces of the Money in the Bank puzzle fell into place. Plus, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan went at each other, one more time.
I want to begin by thanking everyone that came out to New England Pro Wrestling’s Fan Fest 3. From what I’ve heard, everyone had a good time. Maybe I’ll get to join you all at Fan Fest 4.
The show opened with a look back at C.M. Punk’s return. Punk asked Paul Heyman to stay in the back. After his match, Punk was attacked by Brock Lesnar. From there, Raw looked at Mark Henry’s “retirement speech” and attack on John Cena.
Welcome to Charleston, SC. Daniel Bryan came out to open the live show.
Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton
Daniel took the microphone but waited to soak up the love of his fans. Daniel said people thought he had some kind of complex. People accused Daniel of being struck with the “Little Man Syndrome”. Daniel said he was not an extra in The Hobbit (too funny). People may call Daniel a “Weak Link” but those people are morons. Daniel talked about his battles with Randy Orton. Daniel said he would not be satisfied until he beat Randy or made Orton tap out. Daniel was confident that he was going to do that, tonight.
Randy came out and stopped Daniel from talking. Randy told Daniel “Shut up and Fight!” I like it. Randy took a shot at Daniel. The refs kept the two men apart but only for a second. The two tore into each other with punches and kicks. Randy threw Daniel to the outside and laid him out with a nasty Clothesline. The two ended up fighting around the announce table. Charles Robinson called for the bell as this was totally out of control.
Your Winner: Double Disqualification
Raw Ranking: 1.0
It took four refs to keep the buys apart. Raw went to break.
Brad and Vickie were talking. Daniel Bryan rushed in and said he wanted this feud to end, tonight. Daniel said he didn’t care what the stipulations are. Brad refused the match. Daniel said either he gets to fight Randy Orton or he will fight Brad Maddox. Vickie laughed at the panic in Brad’s face as she set the match against Randy Orton. Vince McMahon then came in and suggested that Daniel was an embarrassment.
Team Rhodes Scholars were in the ring as Sheamus came out for the next match.
Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes vs Sheamus and Christian
Glad to see Captain Charisma back in action. Cody and Christian with a Collar and Elbow. Steam Roller by Cody. Cody with a kick and Forearm shots. Shoulder Tackles by Christian. Christian with a sharp punch. Christian flipped over the ropes and got distracted by Sandow. Cody threw Christian into the ring steps. Cody slid back in the ring.
The announcers brought up the passing of the late, great Jackie Fargo. Lawler called Fargo a “Father Figure” to him. He was a great man that brought a lot of fantastic entertainment to millions of fans. May his soul rest peacefully.
Sandow with a tag and Knee Drops to the ribs. Crossface bySandow as the crowd rallied. Side Russian Leg Sweep into the Elbow of Distain. 2 count. Cody with the tag and a kick to the ribs. Cody with a Clothesline. Cody with a Stall Front Drop Suplex. 2 count. Cody taunted Christian, telling him that he shouldn’t have come back. Cody with a low kick, in the ropes. Christian avoided the Alabama Slam. Double Clothesline put both men down. Tags on both sides. Shoulder Thrusts by Sheamus into the Million Dollar Kneelift. Crossfaces, in the ropes, by Sheamus. Quick tag to Cody. Brogue Kick!
Your Winners: Christian and Sheamus
Raw Ranking: 2.5
C.M. Punk was texting, backstage, when Vickie Guerrero walked up. Punk wanted to know if Paul Heyman or Brock Lesnar were in the building. Vickie said she was putting Punk in a match, tonight. Punk tried his best to ignore her. Punk wanted to know if Paul or Brock were to show up.
Aksana vs Kaitlyn
These two started feuding on last week’s Smackdown. Layla was in Kaitlyn’s corner. Aksana with a series of hard kicks and a slap. Whip by Aksana. Shoulder Tackle by Kaitlyn. Suddenly, Kaitlyn’s music went off and distracted Kaitlyn. A.J. came out, dressed as Kaitlyn. She mocked the muscular ex-champ with a muscle suit. Aksana tried for a Pearl Harbor Roll Up but Kaitlyn got free and nailed The Spear.
Your Winner: Kaitlyn
Raw Ranking: .5
A.J. cut a goofy promo, as Kaitlyn. Lee brought out Big E to further insult Kaitlyn. Big E had flowers for Fake Kaitlyn. Big E sounded like he was doing High School Shakespeare. Lee made fun of Kaitlyn’s deep voice, large legs and an Adam’s Apple. This is just a stupid waste of time. Layla did her best to keep Kaitlyn from rushing u to attack Lee.
The announcers discussed the Wyatt Family and then sent it to another video of the strange little family.
Raw flashed back to last week, when Mark Henry appeared to retire. It was an elaborate hoax. At the end of the speech, John Cena went to hug Mark Henry. Mark snatched up John and delivered a World’s Strongest Slam! Mark then challenged John Cena for his WWE Title. They will meet at Money in the Bank.
Chris Jericho vs Alberto Del Rio
Ricardo Rodriguez mocked the crowd with a fake Southern Twang to his voice. He then brought out Alberto Del Rio. Dolph Ziggler has now been medically cleared so he will get his World title rematch at Money in the Bank.
Collar and Elbow into a Side Headlock Takeover by Del Rio. Jericho quickly escaped. Side Headlock by ADR but Push Off by Jericho. Shoulder Tackle by ADR but Chris with a Dropkick. Y2J with Knife Edge Chops that brought out the Wooos in force. Jericho with a hard kick into a Suplex. 2 count. ADR threw Jericho into the corner and punched and kicked at Y2J. ADR with a Flying Enziguri to the side of Jericho’s face. Jericho blocked part of it. Jericho with a kick and then another to drop ADR. Jericho flipped Del Rio all the way out to the floor.
Jericho went for the Springboard Dropkick but ADR with the Low Bridge to send Jericho to the floor. He then sent Jericho into barricade. Raw went to break.
Small Package by Jericho for a two. Kitchen Sink by Jericho. Step Up Enziguri by Jericho for another 2 count. Knife Edge Chop and Whip by Jericho. ADR reversed the Whip bit got Shoulder Tackled, twice. Jericho went over the ropes and got blasted with an Enziguri, on the top rope. Jericho fell all the way to the floor. Jericho got in at the count of 9. ADR with stomps and a Snap Suplex. 2 count, yet again. ADR pulled back on Jericho’s neck with the knee planted in the back. Jericho with hard shots to move ADR to the ropes. ADR answered with shots of his own. ADR avoided a Dropkick. Snap Mare into a Yakuza Kick and Rear Chin Lock by ADR. Jericho turned under to relieve the pressure. Jericho tried to fight out but ADR with repeated Headbutts and a Hammer Throw into the corner. ADR attacked Jericho’s neck with punches and kicks. ADR put Jericho on the top rope and went for a Reverse Superplex. Jericho fought free and ADR fell off the ropes. Flying Crossbody, from the top, for two.
ADR reversed a Whip but ate a Forearm. Bridging Back Suplex by Jericho for two plus. ADR with a Back Kick and toss into the corner. ADR charged and ended up striking the ring post. ADR blocked the Code Breaker but Jericho rolled over Del Rio and tried for the Walls of Jericho. ADR flipped Jericho over and hit a Superkick for two. Del Rio went for the Cross Armbreaker but Jericho with the Running Bulldog. Del Rio got the knees up to counter the Lionsault. Cross Armbreaker but Jericho would not submit. Jericho inched his way across the canvas until he could use the ropes to flip over and lock in the Walls of Jericho! Awesome! Ricardo rushed in the ring and smacked Jericho with the bucket. Dolph Ziggler hit the ring and pounded away on Del Rio. Jericho with a Code Breaker to Ricardo. Dolph laid out Del Rio with the Zig Zag. I like Dolph’s new scruffy look. He doesn’t look quite so uppity. Dolph and Jericho with a stare down, mid ring. Dolph surprised Jericho with a Zig Zag as Y2J started to leave. That was payback for a Code Breaker on Smackdown.
Your Winner (by DQ): Chris Jericho
Raw Ranking: 4.0
Brad and Vickie were talking. Vickie decided to cancel the Daniel vs Randy match. Triple H walked in and said he heard that he heard a rumor that Vickie was thinking about canceling the Daniel v Randy match. HHH didn’t agree with thoughts about not having the match. HHH said the WWE Universe waned the match. HHH thought it would be great if Vickie would give the WWE Universe the match stipulation choice. Vickie agreed to HHH’s idea. HHH made fun of Brad’s purplish shirt.
WWE2K14 is about to be released. The cover will be shown, next.
They ran a fun Sheamus commercial. 1 900-Fella had Sheamus save a cat by Brogue Kicking a tree. The old lady then tried to pull a Mae Young on ol’ Sheamus. Grin.
Jerry Lawler was in the ring with Vickie and Brad. It was time to look at the new game. The fans will get to design the cover. Go to wwe.2k.com to find out how. Vickie then forced her way into taking over. Vickie really lost it as the crowd booed her. They drowned her out as she tried to explain the stipulation choices:
1. Lumberjack Match
2. Street Fight (No-Disqualification)
3. Falls Count Anywhere
Vickie said she had designed a cover for the video game. She showed her cover, which had the McMahon family on the cover (Vince, Stephanie and HHH). Brad also had his own cover. His cover had John Cena, C.M. Punk and Brad Maddox on it. Jerry then showed the real cover. The real cover has The Rock in the center doing his “Finally” pose. The game comes out in October. Michael Cole talked about how well Rock’s movies have done, recently.
Ryback walked in the back and he was not happy.
Ryback vs The Great Khali
Hornswoggle and Natalya was with Khali. Collar and Elbow and Khali moved Ryback backwards. Khali with an Open Hand Slap and Headbutt before some weak looking kicks. Ryback came back with Shoulder Thrusts, in the corner. Back Elbow by Khali into a Big Boot. Ryback began to punch back but got decked by a Clothesline. Elbow Smashes by Khali. Khali with a huge punch to Ryback’s head. Ryback fought out of the Khali Plunge. Ryback with the Shell Shocked! Really?
Your Winner: Ryback
Raw Ranking: 1.0
John Cena came out to talk about the Mark Henry situation. Cena showed off his The Champ is Here shirt as Cole talked about Cena vs Mark Henry at Money in the Bank. Cena got a bit of a mixed reaction from the crowd. Cena acknowledged that the crowd was rowdy. Cena explained that only 43 men have held the belt. Cena started rambling about respect. Cena got a shout out to Ted DiBiase, Sr when he mentioned someone trying to buy the title. Cena even reminded everyone how Vince McMahon once tried to win the title. Cena then talked about how Mark Henry disgraced his family just to try to get the belt. Cena discussed real retirement speeches that were mocked by Mark Henry’s actions. Cena felt Mark Henry knew that the door was closing on his career and Mark needed this time to cement his legacy. Cena then introduced himself to Mark Henry. Cena reminded Mark that he would have to earn the WWE title. Cena said they were in the middle of Whoop *ss Season and Cena was ready to unleash on Mark Henry. The Champ is Here!
Another promo for RVD aired.
Tons of Funk came out with Scotty Campbell, who won an auction to help Sandy victims. Scotty got to be ToF’s manager for the night and got to dance with them and the Funkadactyls. Raw took a quick break before a Triple Threat Tag Match to determine the number one contenders to the tag titles.
Brodux Clay and Sweet T/Tensai (Tons of Funk) vs The Usos vs Drew McIntyre and Jindar Mahal (3MB)
Triple Threat Tag Team Match
Jindar attacked on of the Usos. The Usos worked together to take out Jindar. Tensai got the tag but was stopped with a Headbutt by one of the Usos. Clutch Powerbomb by Tensai. Brodus pitched out both of 3MB’s representatives. Clay sort of flew into 3MB. Tensai thought he got the pin but didn’t Samoan Drop into a Superfly Splash by the Usos to earn their spot against The Shield at Money in the Bank.
Speaking of The Shield, the rogue trio made their way through the crowd. The Brothers Uso told Shield to bring it to the ring.
Your Winners: Jimmy and Jey Uso
Raw Ranking: 1.25
A preview of The Call ran. The movie hits the streets on Tuesday. Can’t say that I am going to rush out and get that one.
Paul Heyman made his way to the ring. The crowd was big time hostile towards The Walrus. Raw showed the attack on C.M. Punk by Brock Lesnar. Paul introduced himself to the crowd. Paul said everyone has been asking about the Lesnar thing. Paul said he was ignoring Punk for the last week. Heyman wanted to handle this, in public. Paul asked Punk to join him in the ring.
After a brief pause, Punk came out. Punk looked all around to make sure there wasn’t a sneak attack in waiting. Paul looked very nervous. Punk couldn’t believe that Paul wanted to air Dirty Laundry in public. Punk said he needed to explain why he was a Paul Heyman Guy. Punk said he joined the WWE in 2005. Punk had to deal with John Laurinaitis, who put him in the developmental system. At the time, Paul was in charge of the developmental system. Punk was not supposed to succeed because “Higher Ups” (including Vince McMahon) who said Punk wasn’t WWE Material. Paul was told never to bring Punk to Raw or Smackdown. Punk said Paul refused to fire C.M. Punk, no matter how much he was pressured to do so. Punk said Paul picked him, first, for the reborn ECW.
Punk said he had two things to say. Punk warned Paul that he was coming for Brock Lesnar. Punk said Brock was not better than him. Punk reiterated that he was the Best in the World. Punk said Brock didn’t have the b*lls to be there to hear that Punk was going to do whatever he had to do to take down the Beast Incarnate. Punk said Paul had never done him wrong, before last week. Punk wanted to know if Paul sent Brock after Punk. Punk demanded the truth. Paul took his time to think things over before he said anything. “Tell the Truth” rang out from the crowd. Paul said he never wanted it to be this way. Paul said Punk would be able to see through any lies. Paul swore on his children that he didn’t know that Brock was going to be in the building, last week. Paul said Punk picked a fight with Brock when he said Brock needed Paul’s help. Paul brought up the professional jealousy between Punk and Lesnar. Paul said he could never pair the two as a tag team because of egos. Paul said he would return to Punk’s side, one day. Paul said it was his dream to walk to the ring with Punk at Wrestlemania. Paul claimed Punk was his best friend in the world and he loved him. Paul said he would never represent anyone against C.M. Punk. Paul said everyone was telling Punk to dump Heyman. Paul put his fate in Punk’s hands. This reminds me of Chris Adams and Gary Hart, back in the 80s.
Lawler knew that Heyman was lying through his teeth. There was an uncomfortable long pause as Punk thought things over. JBL figured Punk would hit a GTS on Heyman. Punk said he was sorry that he doubted Heyman. The two then hugged. That kills Punk’s face push, at least for the moment.
The Prime Time Players came out for the next match. Darren Young was set to be in action.
Darren Young vs C.M. Punk
Darren has to be the most underrated performer on the current WWE Roster. Darren tried to go after Punk’s legs but couldn’t connect. Amateur takedown by Punk. Rear Chin Lock by Punk. Knee Strikes and Foreearms by Darren, which were answered by Punk’s own. Suplex by Punk, for a one count. Punk with Corner Stomps. Punk with a Spinning Toe Hold variation. Darren collapsed on a Whip. It was a ploy. Knee Strikes by Darren. Hard Whip by Punk into a series of stmps. Darren with a Running Clothesline off a Whip. 1 count. Rear Chin Lock by Darren. Darren pulled on Punk’s nose.
Cravat by Darren. Punk punched the ribs, over and over. Belly to Belly Throw by Darren. Rear Chin Lock by Darren, who went back to the nose. Darren stomped on Daren’s hand. Forearm Shots and a hard Whip by Punk. Punk missed a Corner Splash. Darren Paintbrushed Punk and threw his butt into Punk’s face. Darren went back to the Rear Chin Lock. Back Drop Suplex by Punk. Elevator Knee by Punk. 2 count. Punk went to the top but got caught. Darren snapped Punk’s face on the top turnbuckle. Springboard Clothesline after blasting Darren from the apron. 1-2-no. Punk called for the Go To Sleep. Punk lifted Darren but Young escape. Darren with his Flying Gutbuster but only got a two. Punk with a hard Roundhouse Kick and locked in the Anaconda Vise. Instant Tap Out. Titus hit the ring to double team Punk. Curtis Axel suddenly rushed down to attack Darren and even the sides. The Heyman Guys took the fight to the Prime Time Players, sending them scrambling. Paul Heyman got in the ring and said they would talk about it.
Your Winner (by Submission): C.M. Punk
Raw Ranking: 3.75
Vickie was talking to Brad. She couldn’t find him. She ended the call when Stephanie McMahon walked up. Stephanie said that since Vickie hadn’t announced who was in the WWE Title side of Money in the Bank Ladder Match, she would.
The Bellas were giving out issues of the All-American issue of WWE Magazine. The Bellas are on one side of the poster and the entire current WWE Roster was on the other side.
Stephanie McMahon came out to announce the participants in this year’s WWE Title side of the Money in the Bank Match. The men involved would be:
1. C.M. Punk
2. Daniel Bryan
4. Randy Orton
7. Rob Van Dam
Vickie praised Brad for her amazing job. Brad told Vickie that he had been working with Stephanie to pick the 7 guys for the match. Ryback then came in and demanded that the match between John Cena and Mark Henry be cancelled and the shot at Cena should go to him. Ryback said he deserved better. Chris Jericho came in and went off on Vickie for not being a part of Money in the Bank. Jericho said he deserved to be in Money in the Bank. Ryback had no sympathy for Jericho. Ryback said he could eat Jericho alive. Brad tried to play peacemaker but Vickie ripped into both Jericho and Ryback. Vickie pitted Ryback vs Jericho at Money in the Bank. She then kicked them both out of her office.
Heyman and Punk were chatting in the locker room. Punk explained that he didn’t need Paul’s help. Paul explained that Punk was jumped by two guys. Punk said he didn’t need Curtis Axel’s help. Paul said he set a match for next week. The Prime Time Players will battle Curtis Axel and C.M. Punk. Punk said he would do it but he didn’t need anyone’s help. Punk said he was going after Brock and he was going to win Money in the Bank. Paul had an interesting look in his eyes.
Mark Henry walked out to answer to his actions of last week. Lawler accidentally called Mark “Paul Henry”. Cole corrected him. Mark said he fooled each and every last one of the WWE Universe. Mark said he saw the signs and heard the chants. Mark said he saw a lot of people cry. Mark said he was up for an Academy Award for his acting. Right. He started talking about great directors that were reaching out to him. Mark said he didn’t want acting roles. He wanted and deserved the WWE Title. Mark knew that people were angry with him for using his friends, family and other WWE Superstars. Mark said he would not apologize to anyone. Mark has listened to everyone, his whole life, telling him how he should behave. Mark said, at Money in the Bank, a really nasty version of Mark Henry was going to show up. He called the fans “Puppets”. Mark said he was coming home. He talked about how great he looked. Mark said he was coming home as the WWE Champion. His music hit and The World’s Strongest Man exited the ring.
Yet another Wyatt Family video aired.
Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton
Street Fight Match
Lawler made it official as the Street Fight option got 50 % of the vote. The two battlers then came out to destroy each other. Daniel with hard punches and kicks. Randy went to the eyes. Randy with measured punches. He then threw Orton to the outside. Daniel ducked a Running Clothesline and began to pound on Orton’s head. Randy ran Daniel into the steps and then the barricade. Randy threw Daniel in the ring and Daniel nailed a Dropkick to Randy. Daniel went for a Suicide Dive but Randy cracked him in the face with a chair. JBL talked Skinnerism (no not the Gator chasing wrestler from the 90s). Raw took a break.
Randy and Daniel were fighting on the apron and floor. Randy went looking under the ring for “toys”. During the break, Randy Back Dropped Daniel on the stage ramp. Randy brought a table in the ring. Daniel with a flurry of kicks. Headbutt and drop over the top rope by Randy. Orton put the table up in the corner. Daniel prevented Randy from sending him into the table. Daniel ran the ropes and hit a Flying Clothesline. Daniel with a Hesitation Dropkick to Randy’s face, followed by a series of hard kicks. Randy threw a chair at the charging Daniel. 2 count.
Randy choked Daniel on the middle rope. Randy wanted to Suplex Daniel over the ropes and through a table. Daniel blocked it and tried to Dropkick Orton off the apron, twice. Finally, Daniel slid under and Powerbombed Orton through the table. Daniel got a kendo stick and walloped Randy. In between stick shots, Daniel hit Crescent Kicks. Randy caught Daniel and Suplexed him through the table, which was set in the corner.
Daniel kicked out at two. Randy with another set of punches to the head. Daniel answered with his own. They traded Headbutts. The two went fists a fire. Randy with a solid Dropkick. Randy Suplexed Daniel onto the top turnbuckle. Daniel fought out of the Superplex. Randy fell off the ropes and Daniel flew…into a Powerbomb! 2 count only. Randy with more punches to the face of Daniel Bryan. Daniel went for the no Lock and he got it. Randy slid over and got the kendo stick. He just beat the crap out of Daniel with the bamboo cane. Those shots hurt like all Hell, trust me. Randy just wore out Daniel with the kendo stick before tossing it aside. Randy rallied the crowd and then hit the Rope Assisted DDT. Daniel blocked the RKO into a Backslide. Randy kicked out and Daniel blith-whapped Orton with the kendo stick. Daniel locked in the No Lock, yet again. Randy got the kendo stick but Daniel grabbed it and incorporated it in the No Lock. Randy Orton Tapped Out!
Your Winner (by Submission): Daniel Bryan
Raw Ranking: 4.25
After the match, Randy shook Daniel’s hand in a great show of respect. Randy then exited the ring and let Daniel have his moment. Daniel got a “Yes!” chant going.
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