We are on the fast track to SummerSlam. Daniel Bryan had to prove himself, again. Also, John Cena was in a Tables Match against Ryback. All members of the McMahon family were on hand to check things out.
The show opened with a flashback to when John Cena chose Daniel Bryan to battle at SummerSlam. A lot of the “higher ups” don’t think Daniel deserves this title shot. Daniel was thrown into a Gauntlet Match, last week, to “prove himself”. Daniel took down Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro but got destroyed by Ryback. Vince McMahon pulled Brad Maddox’s strings to get him to put Daniel in the ring with Kane, this week. Also, John Cena challenged Ryback to a Tables Match for this week’s show.
Vince McMahon came out to open the (semi)-live show. Vince had Brad Maddox at his heels. Vince promised the fans “some fun tonight”. Brad apologized for allowing John Cena to pick his opponent at SummerSlam. Vince started discussing what a Troll is. Vince really seemed off his game, tonight. Vince wanted to know how Brad really felt about Daniel Bryan.
Bryan’s music hit and the number one contender for the WWE title came out to a monster pop. Daniel and Vince shook hands as the crowd broke out with “Daniel Bryan”. Daniel felt that Vince was putting the words into Brad’s mouth. Vince didn’t like that Daniel was interrupting him. He felt it was disrespectful. Daniel said the company hasn’t given Daniel an ounce of respect. Vince had to verbally smack the crowd for being too loud. Vince then asked Daniel if he respected John Cena. Daniel explained the various reasons that he respected Cena. Vince suggested that Cena lied with all the praise that he laid on Daniel. Vince asked Daniel if he believed himself a fool (for believing Cena’s hype). Vince was certain that Daniel couldn’t beat Cena, or even Kane, because of lack of “Ruthless Aggression”. Vince admitted that he didn’t want Cena to win, either. Vince hoped that both Cena and Daniel got in the ring and then spontaneously combusted. Vince mocked Daniel’s side.
Daniel said if Cena was lying to him, he’d have Hell to pay. Daniel then mocked Vince, which led to a height challenge that was slightly funny. Daniel said it didn’t matter what Vince thinks, only what “They (the WWE Universe)” thinks. Daniel believed that the fans wanted Daniel Bryan as the new champion, at SummerSlam. Daniel told Vince to listen to the WWE Universe. Daniel got a deafening “Yes!” chanted going when he asked if the fans wanted Daniel Bryan to win the WWE title.
The Shield suddenly arrived on the scene.
Seth Rollins, Deam Ambrose and Roman Reigns (The Shield) vs Jimmy and Jey Uso and Mark Henry
Before the match, Raw looked back at The Shield’s attack on Mark Henry, last week. The Usos came out to help Mark. The Shield ended up taking a powder.
Mark and Dan to open the match. The hooked up and Mark pushed Dean across the ring. Headbutt and clubbing blows b Mark. Hip Toss by Mark. Seth took the tag and Mark blocked a punch. Go Behind by Seth but nothing came of it. Hip Bump by Mark into another Hip Toss. Roman then took the tag and stared at Mark. After a long stare down, Mark waned a Test of Strength. Mark then blasted Roman and Bieled Roman into the next zip code. Mark tagged in Jey Jey stomped Roman’s chest. Jimmy joined his brother for a double team after making a tag. Flying Headbutt by Jimmy to Roman. Front Face Lock by Jimmy. Roman made it to the corner and Seth took the tag. Dean with a cheap shot and the tag. He stomped away on Jimmy. Dean ran Jimmy into the corner. Elbow rubs to Jimmy’s throat. Jimmy with a shot and tag to Jey. Flying Clothesline on Dean. Scoop Slam and then a tag to Mark. Mark missed an Elbow Drop. Dean tore into Mark and tagged to Roman. Double Side Russian Leg Sweep was blocked. Double La Bandera Clothesline by Mark. Mark then pitched Roman to the outside. Double Suicide Dive by the twin Uso brothers. Raw took a break.
Seth fought against a Sunset Flip and tagged in Roman. Roman pounded on one of the Usos. It was Jey (couldn’t see the tattoo on his chest, at first). Roman pulled back on Jey’s arm. Dean with the tag and a shot to the ribs and chest of Jey. Kneelift by Dean into a Corner Thrust. Michael Cole talked about how great Total Divas did. I suffered through the show. It’s just awful.
Jawbreaker by Jey. Jey dodged a charging Dean. Dean stuck the post. Seth took the tag and he prevented Jey from reaching his corner. Seth with a Cheap Shot on Jimmy. Tag to Mark after a Back Body Drop. Mark took out Dean with a Powerslam and then Brick Walled Seth. Spear by Roman. Tag to Jimmy. Crossbody to Dean. 1-2-no. Superkick to Seth. Samoan Drop to Dean. Jimmy went up top and flew…into Dean’s knees. Dean with his Faceplant Finisher to take the win.
After the match, Mark Henry blasted all three members of The Shield.
Your Winners: The Shield
Raw Ranking: 3.0 out of a possible 5
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler talked about Ryback. They sent it to a video package of Ryback bullying people at the food station, in the back. Ryback went off on some guy who was trying to get food. Ryback slapped the guy and then threw food in his face. Ryback threatened to put the guy through the table. Glad that wasn’t me. I might have gotten my butt kicked but I don’t back down from cowardly bullies. Ryback put the kid through the catering table. Jerk.
The announce team took a look at The Wyatt Family. For some reason, JBL wasn’t at Raw, this week. The Wyatts have the best entrance music since Badstreet USA.
Brad talked with Kane, in the office. Kane wanted to know where the Wyatts were. Brad said they were not there. Brad told Kane to send a message to the Wyatts, then he should just destroy Daniel Bryan, tonight.
Rob Van Dam vs Fandango
Raw looked at RVD’s loss to Alberto Del Rio, on Smackdown. ADR with a cheap shot to get the win.
Fandango came out in a seriously ugly outfit. It was gray and moldy looking. The crowd was 100% behind RVD. Fandango with a Tackle. Kick by RVD into a Body Scissors. 2 count. Side Headlock by Fandango. Push Off by RVD. Shoulder Tackle by Fandango. Cartwheel by Fandango but he took a Thrust Kick to the jaw. RVd with a Moonsault off the apron. Fandango with an Enziguri into a Springboard Legdrop. 2 count. Knee Strikes by Fandango. Rear Chin Lock by Fandango.
Fandango with strikes and a Crescent Kick that laid out RVD. 1-2-no. Fandango flew off the ropes but there was no water in the pool. RVD with a Scoop Slam into Rolling Thunder. Rolling Monkey Flip by RVD. RVD with the Spinning Crescent Kick into a Leg Lariat. Fandango rolled out of the ring to avoid the Five Star Frog Splash. Summer Rae blocked RVD’s flight path. Fandango stayed on the floor and took the count-out loss.
Your Winner (by Count Out): Rob Van Dam
Raw Ranking: 2.5
Fandango took the microphone and told everyone how to pronounced his name. I’m think change the name to ‘Big Chick N”.
A.J. Lee rambled, backstage. She went off on Big E Langston for not coming to her aid. A.J. thought Big E “liked” her. A.J. said people never know what she is going to do next. Lawler chanted “Cuckoo” as Raw went to break.
A.J. Lee vs Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn blasted A.J.. Lee worked the arm but Kaitlyn smacked the Divas champ. A.J> snapped Kaitlyn’s arm over the ropes. A.J. focused on the hurt arm of Kaitlyn. Snap Mare by A.J. Hammer Lock into a Flip Bridge. Kaitlyn would not submit. Kaitlyn got to the ropest o force the break. A.J. ran Kaitlyn into the corner and kicked away. A.J. wasted time showing off. Roll up by Kaitlyn but A.J. rolled through. Knee Strike by Lee. Modified Cravat by Lee. Kaitlyn with a Back Elbow and Clothesline. Backbreaker by Kaitlyn. Knee Strike by Lee. 2 count. God, this is boring. Arm Bar by Lee. The two traded shots. Kaitlyn with a Thrust Shot to the face. Flying Arm Bar by Lee. 2 count. The crowd was booing this match for being so bad. Clothesline by Kaitlyn. Spin Kick by Lee. Spear!
Your Winner: Kaitlyn
Raw Ranking: .25 (worst match in months)
A.J. had a major meltdown/hissy fit in the middle of the ring. Get the hook, will ya? Better yet…Dolph Ziggler strolled out to rub salt in the wound. He congratulated her on losing. Dolph said Big E could be the shoulder for her to cry on. Dolph demanded a match against Big E. So much for saving that for SummerSlam. Big E told Dolph to bring it on. Hmmm…I smell a mixed tag match at S-S. Break time.
Dolph Ziggler vs Big E. Langston
Special Challenge Match
Dolph with wild shots. Big E threw Dolph into the corner. They went to the floor and back in the ring. Brick Wall by Big E. Big E went all Diesel by screaming it was his time. Back Elbow and Double Boots by Dolph. Dolph went for a Corner Splash but got planted with a Belly to Belly Suplex. Huge Splash by Big E. 2 count, only. Big E cranked on Dolph’s face. Bear Hug by Big E. Crossbody by Dolph ended up getting him placed in multiple Backbreakers. Big E went to the Rear Chin Lock. Big E with hard, clubbing blows. Shoulder Thrust into the corner, by Big E. Big E choked Dolph on the bottom rope. Big E worked over the ribs of the Show Off. Big E charged and ended up striking the ring post.
Dolph started punching away and hit an excellent Dropkick. Big E went for a Slam but Dolph escaped and Low Bridged the ropes. A.J. rushed the ring and attacked Dolph. Dolph was trying not to hit her. Dolph finally got out of the ring.
Your Winner (by DQ): Dolph Ziggler
Raw Ranking: 1.0
Big E went off on A.J. for costing him the match. Trouble in Paradise? Dolph slid back in the ring and hit the Zig Zag.
John Cena was on the phone when Daniel Bryan walked in. Daniel wanted to know if what Vince said was true. John told Daniel not to believe a word that Vince says. Daniel said Vince has always been honest with him. Cena wanted to know if Daniel was calling him a liar. Daniel did not answer.
Christian vs Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio will pick his SummerSlam opponent on Smackdown. The two locked up and went to the corner. Clean break. Del Rio with a kick and punches. They ended up in the corner and Del Rio nailed several Kneelifts. Del Rio took Christian down with the Side Headlock. Universal into a shot by Christian. Side Headlock Takeover by Christian. Del Rio with several Corner Kicks. Del Rio with a Float Over Suplex for two. Christian began to punch away. Del Rio sent Christian to the ropes and took him down with a Back Elbow. Christian hopped over the ropes but Del Rio avoided the Big Punch. Superkick to Christian’s ribs. Christian flipped Del Rio over the ropes and to the floor.
Christian slid out of the ring. Del Rio sent Christian into the steel steps. Del Rio Dropkicked Christian’s arm into the steps. The announcers thought Christian might have a broken arm. Raw took a commercial break.
Del Rio stomped away on Christian. Del Rio sat on the top rope and waited. Backsplash Senton by Del Rio. 2 count. Del Rio stomped on the hurt shoulder to weaken it further. Del Rio put Christian in the Sullivan Tree of Woe and kicked away. Del Rio lifted Christian and ripped at Christian’s face. Del Rio wanted the Reverse Superplex but Christian fought free. Huge Tornado DDT by Christian! 2 count. Christian rallied the crowd. The two traded punches and kicks. Repeated Headbutts by Del Rio. Flying Forearm by Christian into the Missile Dropkick. 1-2-no.
Del Rio begged off, only to throw Christian into the corner. Flying Sunset Flip out of the corner. 2 count for Christian. Del Rio with multiple Headbutts. Del Rio kicked Christian in the face. Scoop Slam by Del Rio. Del Rio pitched Christian over the ropes but Christian landed on the apron. Christian snapped Del Rio’s spine over the top rope. Del Rio came back with the Tilt-a-Whirl Backbreaker. 2 count. Del Rio stood on Christian’s chest. Del Rio then headed up for another Backsplash Senton but missed. Christian called for the Spear but Del Rio bailed out. Christian went after him. Superkick toth e side of Christian’s face. Could be…might be…no! Del Rio missed the Step Up Enziguri. Christian went for the KillSwitch but didn’t have the arm strength. Del Rio went for the Cross Armbreaker but Christian rolled through and pinned Alberto Del Rio!
Your Winner: Christian
Raw Ranking: 3.25
Cole and Lawler gave us a history lesson as to how this week’s Tables Match came to be.
Wade Barrett vs Cody Rhodes
Cody actually got a good pop from the crowd. Raw looked back at the issues between Damien Sandow and Cody from Smackdown. Cody stole Damien’s blue Money in the Bank briefcase. He later threw it into the Gulf of Mexico.
Back to tonight’s action…
Collar and Elbow and Cody with the Keylock. Wade threw Cody down. Wade clubbed away on Cody and then went for a Suplex. Cody flipped out and hit the Goldustin Uppercut. La Bandera Clothesline by Wade. Wade attacked Cody, on the floor. Back in the ring, Wade with a Butterfly Suplex. Wade ran Cody into the corner and rubbed Cody’s face into the top turnbuckle. Slingshot Backbreaker by Wade. Wade with a Rear Chin Lock.
Cody punched his way free. Wade reversed an Irish Whip. Cody with a Back Elbow and Double Boots. Moonsault by Cody to take down Wade. Both men were stunned. Cody punched away. Cody with a Boot off the Whip. Holly Upperkick. 2 count. Cody missed the Disaster Kick. Wade with a Thrust Kick. Cody converted the Pumphandle Slam into CrossRhodes. Nice.
Your Winner: Cody Rhodes
Raw Ranking: 3.0
Damien Sandow came out and went off on Cody for throwing the briefcase into the Gulf of Mexico. Damien made fun of Cody’s family. Damien said “Carny folk are beneath him”.
Backstage, Kane walked towards the ring entrance. Daniel Bryan was also walking. The two would square off…next.
Daniel Bryan vs Kane
Special Challenge Match
Both men didn’t seem happy about this match. Daniel with Flying Knees and kicks. Kane came back with an Uppercut. Daniel with more kicks. Kitchen Sink by Kane. Heel Trip into the Single Crab by Daniel. Kane would not submit. Kane rolled over and kicked free. Kane threw hard punches. Bryan ran the ropes but took a boot to the face, after coming off the ropes. Uppercut by Kane. Kane stomped his former tag partner. Kane with a nice Suplex but only scored a two. Neck Crimp by Kane.
Daniel battled free and threw punches to Kane’s neck. Kane slammed Daniel and then hit the Slider Dropkick for a two. Elbow Drops by Kane to get a 2. Kane twisted Daniel’s neck. Daniel punched and kicked his way free but Kane slowed Daniel down with a clubbing blow. Daniel with kicks and a Flying Clothesline. Double Boots by Daniel. Goozle by Kane. Daniel escaped the Chokeslam and then flipped Kane out to the floor. Flying Knee Tremble! Raw took a break, again.
Back Elbow on Daniel Bryan as Raw returned. Neck Twist by Kane. Kane with a hard Whip into a Corner Clothesline. On the second attempt, Daniel with the Drop Toe Hold. Daniel with a wicked kick. Missile Dropkick by Daniel. Corner Dropkicks by Daniel…3 in total. 1-2-not quite yet. Daniel went back to the top rope. Kane with an Uppercut on the Down Fly. Kane with the Side Slam off a whip to the corner. 2, again. Kane went up top and nailed the Kane Klothesline. Daniel countered the Goozle nad tried to lock in the Yes Lock. Kane fought out of it. Low Dropkick by Daniel. Daniel with a series of body-rocking kicks. Daniel Bryan with a Roll Up off the Chokeslam.
Your Winner: Daniel Bryan
Raw Ranking: 3.0
Kane blasted Daniel Bryan, after the match, with the Chokeslam. Suddenly, the Wyatt Family returned to attack Kane. Kane almost got ahold of Bray Wyatt but the other two jumped him. Kane fought valiantly but the numbers were just too much. Bray watched his followers destroy the Big Red Machine. Bray then got in the ring to deliver what Lawler is now calling The Kiss Goodbye. Bray then took the microphone and rambled on about devils and demons. Bray then screamed “Follow the Buzzards!” Whatever.
Brie Bella vs Natalya
Raw showed an earlier segment where the Bellas and Nattie talked. They called Nattie the “Ugly Duckling”. Nattie with a Side Headlock but Brie bailed out to the ropes. Nattie threw Brie to the mat and then Suplexed her. Brie snapped Nattie’s neck on the top rope. Dropkick by Brie. Brie stomped on Nattie’s back, several times. Rear Chin Lock by Brie. Brie took Nattie down by the neck and got a two. Legdrop by Brie. Brie went back to the Rear Chin Lock. Yawn. Nattie slapped on an Abdominal Stretch. Brie fought free and hit a weak DDT. 2. Brie tore at Nattie’s face and went right back to the Rear Chin Lock. I love these little nap moments. Nattie kicked and slapped Brie. Spinning Scoop Slam by Nattie. Discus Clothesline by Nattie for a two. Brie started to slap on the Sharpshooter but Nikki Bella came out with a Duck Call to distract Nattie. Roll Up by Brie. That was just stupid.
Your Winner: Brie Bella
Raw Ranking: .26 (only a tiny better than the earlier Divas mess err match)
Paul Heyman gave Curtis Axel a pep talk. Axel will be in action, after the break.
“Beyond Perfection” Curtis Axel vs R-Truth
Paul introduced himself to the crowd. Paul tooted his own horn about how great he is as a manager. Paul brought up Brock Lesnar. Brock is going to fight C.M. Punk at SummerSlam in a match known as “The Best vs The Beast”. Paul then talked about how perfect Axel was. Curtis then took the stick and talked about his dad (Curt Hennig) winning the I-C title in Texas. Axel said he was already “More Perfect than Perfect”.
Axel kicked and punched away on Truth. Truth reversed a Whip and nailed a Flying Leg Lariat off the Universal. Front Drop Suplex by Truth for two. Truth missed the Ax Kick and Axel with the Clothesline to the back of Truth’s head. Kick to Truth’s ribs. Axel stomped and punched away. Truth with punches and kicks. Axel with a nice Dropkick. Funk Neckbreaker variation by Axel.
C.M. Punk rushed down and attacked Curtis Axel. Punk took out Axel and then went after Heyman. Punk caught Heyman but Axel stopped Punk from destroying the Walrus-like manager. Heyman waddled off as Punk laid out Axel.
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H (Happy Birthday) walked backstage. . The Tables Match was up next and the whole McMahon family wanted to watch this craziness.
Triple H chatted with his father-in-law, Vince, in the office. HHH accused Vince of pulling Brad’s strings and putting Daniel through too much. They argued about if Daniel was able to beat John Cena. Vince wanted a younger version of HHH to go after Cena. Stephanie stepped in and told her dad not to throw age insults. Stephanie said Daniel could use a “Corporate Makeover”. Say goodbye to the beard, I guess. Vince didn’t like it but HHH was willing to go along with the idea.
John Cena vs Ryback
There was a lot of trash talking until Ryback nailed a hard kick and clubbing shots. Cean came back with wild Haymakers and a La Bandera Clothesline. Cena went out to get Ryback. He threw him into the barrier and went to find a table. Ryback jumped Cena from behind and punched John in the face. Ryback fed off the crowd. Ryback rushed at John with a table. Ryback ended up breaking the table in half, by hitting the ring post. Raw took an unexpected break.
Ryback with a Belly to Belly Overhead Release Suplex. Cena rolled out to the floor. Ryback kicked and clubbed Cena and then screamed it was Powerbomb Time. Ryback moved a few tables around and went for the Powerbomb. Cena slid over the top and punched away. Ryback whipped Cena into the ring steps. Ryback threw a section of the ring steps into the ring. Cole reminded the audience that this was a no-DQ match. Cena ran Ryback’s back int o the barrier and ring apron. Cena found another able and set it up between the apron and the other section of ring steps. Cena tried to Suplex Ryback but it was blocked and reversed. Ryback brought another table out from under the ring. He slid it inside and then threw Cena in after it. Drop Toe Hold into the STF by Cena. Ryback crawled over to tumble to the outside. Ryback slid under the ring to avoid being hit by a flying table. The table seemed to catch Ryback’s calf. Ryback came out the other side and Speared Cena. Ryback dismantled the other section of ring steps and blasted Cena in the face. Ryback set up another Leaning Tower o’ Table, like Cena did earlier. Ryback then pulled at Cena’s legs but Cena kicked away. Ryback struck a sensitive male area on the announce table. Ryback and Cena fought between the two tables. Cena went for the Attitude Adjustment but Ryback escaped. Ryback and Cena punched away. Ryback lifted Cena for a Powerslam but threw Cena too far. Ryback picked up a section of the ring steps and destroyed a table. Cena picked up another section and the two threw the steps at each other. The steps bounced off each other. Cena slid in the ring and the two fought in mid-ring. Proto-Bomb on the ring steps that were in the ring. Five Knuckle Shuffle.Cena slid another table into the ring as Ryback tried to recover. Ryback with the Clutch Jawbreaeker. Ryback actually broke the leg on the table while trying to put it in place. He ended up propping it in place. Meat Hook Clothesline by Ryback. Ryback waited for Cena to get up to hit a 2nd Meat Hook. Cena dodged it and put Ryback through the table with the Attitude Adjustment.
Your Winner: John Cena
Raw Ranking: 3.5
Daniel Bryan bounced around the ring and took the WWE title belt. Daniel slid in the ring and John was ready for a fight. Daniel simply handed the belt to his SummerSlam opponent. Psych. Daniel pulled it back and told Cena “This will be mine”. The crowd broke out in a “Yes!” chant. Cena told Daniel he had a long way to go before he would get the belt. Daniel started another “Yes!” chant.