WHAT HAPPENED, THIS WEEK, @WWE RAW

Posted July 2nd, 2013 by jshannon

The Heyman Guys (C.M. Punk and Curtis Axel) were set to battle the Prime Time Players. Plus, it was a tribute to the top champions night. Lots of flashbacks to former champs as well as a Champion vs Champion match where John Cena battled Alberto Del Rio.

Vickie Guerrero opened the show, looking quite cute. Vickie explained that both top titles would be honored, tonight. Vickie thanked the McMahons for allowing her to make the Champion vs Champion match.

Roll the opening credits.

Daniel Bryan came out and got a huge pop. He is wearing his new “Respect the Beard” shirt. There was a ladder in the middle of the ring. The announcers introduced themselves and started talking about Money in the Bank. Daniel took the microphone and soaked in the love of his fans. Daniel said the Weak Link question was finally answered, last week, when Daniel made Randy Orton tap out. The answer was “NO!”. Daniel said he was ready to ride the wave of success into the Money in the Bank All-Stars match and claim the briefcase. Daniel said he wanted to follow in the footsteps of men like Bruno, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, The Rock… Daniel reminded everyone that he won Money in the Bank, two years ago, and successfully cashed in. Daniel was determined to be WWE Champion.

He was cut off by the arrival of Sheamus. Sheamus decided to share how he beat Daniel, at Wrestlemania, in 18 seconds. Sheamus felt it had been too long since he has held a championship. Daniel wanted to call 1 800 Fella and have Sheamus Brogue Kick himself. Sheamus called Daniel “a troll”.

Randy Orton then walked from the back. Orton said he hasn’t been a champion for close to two years. Orton said he was a “Starving Man” and he needed the WWE Title. Orton said he would cash it in at the first opportunity. Daniel taunted Randy about last week’s Tap Out. “You Tapped Out!” rose from the masses. Randy threatened to drop Daniel where he stood.

Add Kane to the discussion group. Kane agreed with Orton that no one was safe. Kane talked about how ruthless he has been, in the past. Kane said he would even take out his “friends” if needed. Kane said there would be no partners, no friends, only victims. Daniel and Kane got into an “I’m going to be champion” argument.

Christian decided to join the party. Christian explained that he had more experience than anyone, when it comes to ladders. Christian wanted his “One More Match” to be for the WWE Championship. Christian said he was the best guy in the match…

C.M. Punk waltzed out. Punk said he wasn’t going to come out but Christian’s words brought him from the back. Punk respected Christian but he was the best. Punk said he was the only man who has won it twice. Soon, Punk felt he would be a Three-peater. K said no one could touch him inside the ring. Punk then brought up Rob Van Dam. Punk talked directly at RVD about his plans. Daniel ended up cutting off Punk and threatened to have Punk tap out faster than Orton. That led to Orton going after Daniel. Kane stepped in and got RKO’d. The guys started bailing out of the ring, one by one.

Michael Cole sent it to the first series of video profiles. WWE Champion: Buddy Rogers. World Champion: Lou Thesz. I was recently given the title of Wrestling Historian for a film that I am working on. I was honored to get that distinction. Honestly, Thesz was probably the greatest technical wrestler of all time.

It was time for another visit from the Addams…err Wyatt Family. Bray is the leader of the group. It looks like there are three members of the family but hard to tell, tho.

The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) vs Christian, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso
Six Man Tag Team Match

I’m wondering if we might be seeing the creation of the Six Man titles in the near future? The Shield, 3MB, the Wyatt Family, maybe more? I’m just thinking out loud…The USOs will face Rollins and Reigns for the tag belts at Money in the Bank.

Seth ripped into one of the Usos. The Usos tagged out. Dean then took the tag and went after his foe. Tag to Christian. Christian worked over Dean’s arm. Kitchen Sink by Dean. He trashed talked Christian. Drop Toe Hold to put Dean in the ropes. The Shield slid out to the floor and Christian and the Usos hit triplicate Suicide Dives. Break time.

Dean Ambrose tagged out to Seth. Seth stomped on one of the Usos. Seth laid him out with a Flying Forearm. Tag to Dean. Double Suplex into a two count. Dean stomped the mid-section of the contender to the tag title. Leg Lock with a Rear Chin Lock. Dean let it go and tagged to Roman. Headbutt by Roman to his cousin’s midsection (Yes, they are actually cousins). 2 count, thanks to a run in by the other Uso. Dean tagged back in and got the crowd going. Thrust Kick nearly took Dean’s head off. Tag to Seth. Seth prevented Jey from tagging out. He took out Jimmy Uso with a Dropkick. Tag to Christian. Christian with a Flying Forearm. Missile Dropkick by Captain Charisma. Corner Mount Punches into a Back Body Drop by Christian. Seth with a Rising Enziguri to Christian’s skull. Tag to Dean. Slop Drop by Christian for two. Things broke down into a Mosh Pit, big time. The tag champs and the contenders fought on the floor. Seth snapped Christian’s neck on the ropes and Dean with a simple Roll Up to take the win.

Your Winners: The Shield (Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns)
Raw Ranking: 3.0

In the back, Daniel told Kane he had something to make it up for earlier on. Daniel said he talked with Vickie and fixed a match between Kane and Randy Orton. Kane was actually happy to hear it. Kane wasn’t so thrilled to hear that Daniel Bryan would be the special guest ref.

Dolph Ziggler vs Jindar Mahal

Raw showed how Dolph crashed Fiesta Del Rio. He tore up the celebration for Alberto Del Rio and ended up injuring Ricardo Rodriguez. Dolph then planted Del Rio with a Zig Zag and then wanted to pull a Honky Tonk Man on Del Rio. Instead, he blasted Ricardo. Dolph then partied with the Mariachis.

Mahal with a hard kick to open the contest. Whip but Dolph held the ropes. Drop Toe Hold and Ride by Dolph. Side Headlock by Dolph. Shoulder Tackle by Dolph. Dolph missed a Dropkick and took a knee to the face. Butterfly Suplex by Mahal. Mahal stomped and then dropped knees on Dolph’s chest. Mahal missed a Corner Rush and got Dropkicked into the middle of next week. Scoop Powerslam by Mahal. Dolph with the Zig Zag, out of nowhere, to score the win.

Your Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Raw Ranking: 2.0

After the match, the entire 3MB group decided to attack. Dolph ended up ducking and dodging the musical group and taking them apart, one by one.

The History of the WWE and World Titles next looked at: Bruno Sammartino (WWE) and Harley Race (World). I had the pleasure of seeing Race work at the old Sportatorium, in Dallas, many years ago. While he wasn’t as flashy as say a Ric Flair or Superstar Billy Graham, Race was as solid a wrestler as anyone that I’ve seen.

Brad and Vickie chatted in the office. Brad didn’t know why Vickie is stressing out. Triple H strolled in and was ready to hear the negative comments about the McMahon Family. HHH said Vickie made great choices with her line up of matches. Vickie explained that all the McMahons were pulling her in different directions. HHH told Vickie to ignore the others and only listen to him.

A video profile of Mark Henry aired. It was basically a Henry History Lesson.

Randy Orton vs Kane
Special Guest Referee: Daniel Bryan

Randy dodged a charging Kane and kicked him. Corner kicks and punches by The Viper. Uppercut by Kane. Knee Strikes by Randy. Randy with a series of kicks and a Headbutt. Back Elbow by Kane. Snap Mare and Slider Dropkick by Kane. Neck Pinch by Kane. Randy Elbowed free and hit another Headbutt. Randy slid out of a Slam and hit a Thesz Press. JBL brought up that Lou Thesz created the Powerbomb. JBL also mentioned that Buddy Rogers created the Figure Four Leglock, which Rogers called the Figure Four Grapevine. I love trivia!

Kane blasted Randy, over and over, Elbow Drops by Kane. Kane choked Randy on the top rope. Daniel was calling this right down the middle. Kane kicked Randy out to the floor. Kane went and got Randy. Randy with a Drop Toe Hold to send Kane into the corner. Corner Punches by Randy. Daniel pulled Randy back., more than once. Randy pushed the ref and Daniel called for the bell.

Your Winner (by DQ): Kane

Kane was ticked off and ordered the match to be restarted. Daniel agreed. Randy with a Dropkick. Kane went to the floor and Daniel ordered Randy to step back. He did and Raw went to break.

Kane twisted on Randy’s neck. The crowd chanted for Daniel Bryan. Orton with shots to Kane’s ribs to get free. Kane reversed a Whip and went into the Whip/Corner Clothesline combos. Kane went for the top rope Kane Klothesline but took a Dropkick to the ribs. Randy with Clotheslines and the Snap Powerslam. Randy went to the ropes to get Kane. Kane blocked the Rope Assisted DDT and Goozled Randy. Twisted Sister Backbreaker by Randy. Randy went back and hit the Rope Assisted DDT. Randy psyched himself up and went to his Special Place. Daniel stepped between Randy and Kane. Big Boot by Kane. Quick Count by Daniel. Kane was ticked off about it. Kane Goozled Daniel but just let him go. The crowd booed the Hell out of Kane. Kane just stormed to the back.

Your Winner: Kane
Raw Ranking: 2.5

Randy was still in the ring and he laid out Daniel Bryan with the RKO.

C.M. Punk, Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman were having a heated discussion, in the locker room. Punk said he trusted Paul but not Axel. Paul tried to play peacemaker. Paul said Axel was worthy of Punk’s trust. Punk and Axel will battle the Prime Time Players in a few minutes.

The next WWE/World Champion profiles were: Bob Backlund (WWE) and Dusty Rhodes (World). IF you really watch the Backlund title win match, he should never have won the belt. His opponent’s foot was clearly on the ropes.

A profile of the new Divas show ran. Even the commercial bores me. Sorry but it’s true.

Fandango and Summer Rae made their return to WWE action. The crowd started singing along with the cheesy music. Fandango will be in the World Title Money in the Bank match.

Fandango vs Sheamus

Talk about a Culture Shock battle. Fanny ducked under and started to dance. He looked like he had something that had crawled down into his drawers. Sheamus ducked under and did a silly little dance, as well. Sheamus then exploded on Fanny with hard punches and a Whip. Fanny got the boots up. Sheamus with a Suplex and a Corner Rush. Sheamus punished Fanny’s face with punches. Fanny with a kick and Knife Edge Chops. Running Elbow by Fandango, for a two. Sheamus blocked a Hip Toss nad Clotheslined Fandango. Shoulder Thrust and Million Dollar Kneelift by Hseamus. They ended up on the floor. JBL talked about Jerry Lawler beating Kerry Von Erich for the AWA World Title. Fandango with a Rising Kick to Sheaus’ head. The Celtic Warrior tried fighting back but Fandango with a Jumping Enziguri. Fandango stomped Sheamus and punched him in the face. Half Nelson with a Cross Face by Fandango. Crossface by Fandango. Sheamus went off on Fandango with hard punches. Fandango tried to run away. Sheamus caught him on the apron and tore him up with Crossfaces. Fandango pushed free and ran away, taking the Count Out Loss.

Your Winner (by Count Out): Sheamus
Raw Ranking: 2.0

Chris Jericho joined the announce team for the next match. Jericho and JBL had a nice reunion.

Ryback vs The Miz

Jericho has now renamed Ryback as “CryBack” because of Ryback’s constant complaining. Miz will battle Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Title at Money in the Bank.

The two locked up and Miz with a kick to Ryback’s knee. Ryback pushed Miz down and clubbed away. Amateur Lift/Drop by Ryback. Ryback slammed Miz’s head into the canvas. Snap Mare and Back Kick by Ryback. Miz began to fight back but got Stone Walled. Ryback stood on Miz’s throat. Ryback repeatedly drove his knee into Miz’s back. Ryback choked Miz on the middle rope. Ryback pounded on Miz’s back. Ryback drove his boot into Miz’s throat. Ryback slid out of the ring and hit Forearm Smashes.

Miz started to punch away but Ryback with another clubbing shot. Ryback slapped Miz in the head and Miz began to throw wild Haymakers. Miz Dropkicked Ryback’s leg. Million Dolalr Kneelift and a Big Boot into the Full Body Clothesline. Miz with a Extended Kneebreaker. Miz wanted the Figure Four. Miz didn’t get it but did mange to drive a knee into the back of Ryback’s leg. Miz with a Dropkick to Ryback’s leg. Ryback asked the ref to call off the match. Ryback submitted! Really?

Your Winner: The Miz
Raw Ranking: 2.0

Chris Jericho rushed the ring and laid out Ryback with the Code Breaker!

The next Championship profiles were: Hulk Hogan (WWE) and Ric Flair (World).

Mark Henry’s music went off and out came The World’s Strongest Man. He has a new t-shit. I kind of like it. Would love to get a few for some of my buddies that are into weight-lifting.

Mark said he was a strong kid and he began breaking records, early on. Mark said he never lost the title of World’s Strongest Man over the last 17 years. Mark accused the WWE of being filled with jealousy, politics and back-stabbing. Mark felt some of the injuries weren’t accidents. Mark complained about all the time he spent away from home and all the years he had to pretend to “Like the Boys”. Mark said playing nice got him nowhere. Mark was certain that he deserved to be the WWE Champion. Mark was sure he had earned the right to be champion. Mark said no one would keep him down, anymore. Mark was going to do the right thing…for himself. No one would be able to deny that Mark deserved the WWE title. Mark wanted something to sink in…”John Cena, at Money in the Bank, I’m Going to Beat Your *ss”. Mark then walked off.

Vickie and Brad discussed Mark. Vince McMahon came up and slid his arm around Vickie’s shoulder. Vince reminded Vickie what he said about Daniel Bryan. Vince felt Vickie and Brad weren’t listening to him. Vince thought the Main Event was awesome but he didn’t understand why Vickie would put something that great on free TV. He thought the match should be on Pay Per View. Vince said his family, Vickie and Brad didn’t understand good business. Vince brought up the subject of people that wee thrown out or fired from the WWE, because they wouldn’t listen to Vince.

C.M. Punk and Curtis Axel vs Darren Young and Titus O’Neil (The Prime Time Players)

Punk brought back a classic t-shirt for this encounter. It was the fist clutching a lightning bolt. Raw looked back at the attack by the Prime Time Players, last week. Axel came down to save Punk, which irritated Punk. Punk and Axel made their own entrances. Interesting that Heyman came out with Axel, not Punk.

Punk wanted to start he match. Axel stepped out nad then tagged himself into the contest. Punk looked aggravated by the cocky move. The two argued, for a moment, and then Punk stepped out. Darren and Axel to start. Arm Drag by Axel. Punk ordered a tag, but Axel ignored him. Axel with hard punches on Darren. Axel no-sold a Kneelift. Darren reversed a Whip but Axel came back with a Clothesline. Axel still wouldn’t tag out. Titus did tag in. “We Want Punk!” echoed off the walls.

Axel with a Dropkick that rocked Titus. Axel took a Clothesline when he got distracted by Punk’s demand for a tag. Modified Pumphandle Drop by Titus. Titus mocked Punk and tagged out to Darren. Titus with a Front Drop Suplex tat put Darren onto Axel. 2 count.

Titus tagged back in and put Axel in the Abdominal Stretch. Axel attacked the knee to get free. Axel actually tried to tag but Titus held him back. Axel got the knees up as Heyman screamed for a tag. Axel used the ropes to drag to the corner. Punk with the tag and Springboard Clothesline. Leg Lariat and Rolling Neckbreaker by Punk. Elevator Knee into a Short Arm Clothesline by Punk. Savage Elbow by Punk. Punk wanted the Go To Sleep and he got it. Punk threw Titus out of the ring. Axel took the tag and covered Darren Young. Really?

Your Winners: C.M. Punk and Curtis Axel
Raw Ranking: 2.75

Time to look at some former great champs: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (WWE) and Sting (World). How bizarre to see them pay tribute to a guy that never ONCE stepped foot into a WWE ring. Even the final episode of WCW saw Sting inside a WCW Ring (even though the ring was owned by WWF/E).

A profile for The Call ran. It’s out on DVD and Blu-Ray. Not on the top of my list, to be honest.

Alicia Fox vs Kaitlyn (w/Layla)

Tie up went to the ropes. Kaitlyn blocked a Big Boot and Clotheslined Fox. The fans were very bored. Jackknife Pin for tow. Dropkick by Fox. Fox rushed Kaitlyn to the corner. Back Elbows into a Bridging Suplex by Fox. 2 count. Kaitlyn dodged a Senton and nailed the Spear.

Your Winner: Kaitlyn
Raw Ranking: .5

A.J. Lee came out with Big E Langston. Lee taunted Kaitlyn by showing a doctored photo of Kaitlyn in a “fat suit”. That was so offensive. Kaitlyn has curves, while A.J. just has angles. I hate skinny chicks.

Vickie and Brad were talking business when Stephanie McMahon came up. She gave Vickie Hell for not watching the show. Stephanie said to Vickie that she (Vickie) should be doing her job. Vickie finally cut loose about having to juggle all three “McMahons”. (Vince, Stephanie and HHH). Steph did understand the difficulties. Vickie went too far when she suggested that Vince and HHH were a bit loony. Stephanie didn’t like Vickie’s attitude. Stephanie said Vickie would endure a public job evaluation, next week. Stephanie said Vickie might get promoted to General Manager or she might get fired. Vickie was on the verge of a breakdown.

A new Rob Van Dam video aired. Why am I just not all that excited about his return?

Cody Rhodes vs Antonio Cesaro

Damien Sandow was out with Cody. Sandow talked trash about the fans, as usual. Cody and Damien said they would not allow Money in the Bank to divide their friendship. Sandow was going to be at ringside for this match. Michael Cole ran down the men involved in the World Money in the Bank match. Cesaro came out with Zeb Colter. He spewed his vile rant about immigration, gay marriage and other assorted topics. Shut the Hell Up and Wrestle…Will Ya? Zeb brought out the returning Jack Swagger. Oh, Joy. Now there are three of them. Zeb said they were ready for the revolution.

Collar and Elbow and the two danced around the ring. Cody with a Face Wash. Cesaro answered in kind. Gut Wrench Throw by Cesaro. Damien talked strategy, in the corner. Side Headlock by Cody. Universal into a GolDustin Uppercut by Cody. Cody with a kick and Side Headlock. Cody rolled through a Back Drop Suplex. Cesaro stomped on Cody’s chest. Cody tried to use the rope for a pin. Cody was rocked with an Uppercut and Cody hit the floor. Cesaro came out and threw him back in. Neutralizer!

Your Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Raw Ranking: 2.5

Damien was visibly upset that Cody lost. I smell an upcoming feud.

Time for another tribute to former champions video package: Triple H (WWE) and Booker T (World). I remember seeing Booker T and Stevie Ray during their first year in wrestling, back home in Dallas. Very nice gentleman that I got to meet as part of a large group. No way would either of them remember me but I definitely remember what professionals they were.

The Bellas talked with a couple of new Diva Prospects. The Funakdactyls and Natalya walked up and it got quite catty. The Bellas said they were carrying the Diva division. Nattie thought the twins were just into self-promotion. Yawn.

Speaking of female wrestling, I’ve gotten several e-mails about the passing of Lynn Braxton aka Big Bad Mama from GLOW. I’ve seen mention of it on another wrestling website but I have yet to be able to confirm it through any of my normal main stream news/entertainment sources. I mean no disrespect to that other site but I don’t want to state that she has passed until I can 100% confirm it.

On a much happier note, since this recap will post on July 2nd, I want to send a special Happy Birthday out to Bret Hart. Bret shared his birthday with my late step-father, James. Bret turns 56 on 7/2. And speaking of the Hart Family, Best Wishes go out to Nattie Neidhart (Natalya) and T.J. Wilson (Tyson Kidd). The couple were recently married after a lengthy and loving relationship that extended close to a decade. I hope for them a long and happy life together filled with memories and a growing family.

Michael Cole mentioned that the Wyatt Family will make their debut, next week. That led to another bizarre Wyatt Family video.

Alberto Del Rio vs John Cena
Champion vs Champion

The announcers played up that Ricardo Rodriguez was out due to being injured. After a little research, I’ve learned that Ricardo ran afoul of the Wellness Program and is on a 30-day Suspension.

After the introductions, which spanned a commercial break, it was time to get down to business. Justin Roberts did the official introductions. Collar and Elbow into a Side Headlock Takeover by ADR. Cena powered up to his feet and sent ADR into the ropes. Universal into a Hip Toss by Cena. Side Headlock Takeover by Cena. Push Off into a Shoulder Tackle by Cena. Another Universal with an ADR hip Toss. Cena wanted the Attitude Adjustment but ADR slipped free and bailed out to the floor.

Del Rio got back in the ring and we got going again. Kick to Cena’s thighs. ADR with a Running Kick to Cena’s ribs. Cena with a wicked Suplex. Cena then hit a Bulldog off an Irish Whip. Cena charged and struck the ring post. Cena tumbled out to the floor. ADR whipped Cena into the barricade. ADR threw Cena back in the ring and then went up top. ADR with a variation of an Ax Bomber mixed with a Crossbody. 2 count. ADR charged and ended up sliding between the ropes. He struck the floor, hard, as Raw went to break.

Del Rio had Cena in a Seated Rear Chin Lock. Cena spun under to relieve the pressure. The Split Chant for/against Cena rang out. ADR blasted Cena in the back of the head. ADR went up to the top rope, yet again. Cena with a version of a Dropkick as ADR flew. Cean wetn Vintage on ADR but ADR avoided the second Flying Shoulder Tackle. Cena ended up falling to the outside.

Cena snapped ADR’s neck over the top rope. Cena tried going Vintage again, and succeeded, almost. Cena flipped out of the Protobomb and connected with the Back Stabber. 1—2—no. Del Rio called for the Cross Armbreaker. Cena avoided it and hit the Protobomb. Five Knuckle Shuffle into an AA Attempt. Del Rio escaped and hit a Bridging Waistlock Suplex. Belly to Belly Suplex by Cena. Both got two, no more. Rope Run Enziguri by Del Rio to rock Cena. Cena was looking for the Guillotine Leg Drop but ADR stopped him cold. Cena tried to go for the STF but ended up being blasted by a Tilt-a-Whirl Backbreaker. A loud “USA” chant erupted.

Del Rio trapped Cena in the Sullivan Tree of Woe. Cena did a Sit Up to avoid the charging Del Rio. ADR struck the ring post. Cena with a Top Rope Crossbody. Could be…might be…no. Cena went for the AA but Del Rio spun through for the Cross Armbreaker. Cena continued to roll and locked in the STF. Mark Henry came out for a distraction. Mark just strolled around the ring. ADR with a Roll Up but only a two. Superkick by ADR for a two. Dolph Ziggler came out to distract Del Rio. Attitude Adjustment!

Your Winner: John Cena
Raw Ranking: 4.0

Mark Henry picked up the WWE title and got in the ring. Mark threatened to clock Cena with the belt but just dropped it for Cena to retrieve. Mark played mind games as Cena went for the belt. Mark then just left the ring as Cena continued to consider whether he should get the belt. He did pick it up as Mark walked down the ring steps and headed for the back. JBL thought he saw fear in Cena’s eyes.

To end the show, the announcers talked about the Wyatt Family and sent it to a final video of the oddball group. It ended abruptly.

Peace

Jay Shannon
WordSlingerJay @Gmail.com
Twitter: #jayshannonnv

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