A member of the McMahon family will compete at SummerSlam, but which one? That and more pieces to the SummerSlam puzzle were put in place, this week.
The show opened with a look at the Stephanie McMahon vs Bellas issue, from last week. Stephanie slapped Brie Bella (who was a fan in the crowd) and got arrested.
Raw also looked at the return of Brock Lesnar and his placement into the main event against John Cena, at SummerSlam.
We are in the Lone Star State, this week. Houston is the home town of both Booker T and The Undertaker.
John Cena came out to address the WWE Universe. John got a very mixed reaction from the Texans. John acknowledged that the Houston crowd was enthusiastic. John wasn’t in a good mood, since hearing about “Plan C” aka Brock Lesnar. Cena knew he was a marked man, by the Authority. John called Brock a “Mercenary”. John felt the WW Universe might be wanting to see Brock beat the Hell out of him. “Yes!” rang out from the crowd. (Personally, I hope Cena beats Lesnar.) Cena talked about how dangerous Lesnar can be. Cena brought up the Broken Streak. Cena knew he would take the beating of a lifetime, at SummerSlam. Cena swore he would not lie down for Lesnar. He was determined to defeat The Beast, just like he did in 2012. Cena was certain no one could control Brock Lesnar.
Paul Heyman came out to counter John’s comments. He also got a mixed reaction from the crowd. Paul said Brock was ready to conquer John Cena and take the title from John. Paul didn’t think Cena understood just what he was about to face. Paul knew that Brock would turn John into a “Victim”. Paul, of course, had to bring up The Undertaker. Paul mentioned that no one has seen or heard from Undertaker since Wrestlemania. Paul explained that John was now on the defensive. Brock, on the other hand, was in offensive mode. Paul detailed how Brock was going to victimize John Cena. Paul really made it sound like John was going to be beaten to levels that he has never seen before.
John came back and wanted to get “real” with Paul. John brought up “E.C.W.” and the passion that those three letters used to bring to those involved. John claimed to have that same passion because he loves the WWE and wrestling. John knew Brock’s only passion was for himself. John said Brock had no heart. John swore he would walk in and out with the “son of a b*tch (the title)”.
Cesaro came out to speak with his former manager. He then told John not to insult his friend. Cesaro felt John was a “Big muscled up billboard”. John hopped out of the ring. Cesaro made fun of Cena’s sneakers and inability to wrestle. Cesaro challenged Cena to a wrestling match. Paul started to announce to the match but Cena cut him off. He told Cesaro to come to the ring.
John Cena vs Cesaro
The bell sounded and the two men circled each other. Knuckle Lock into a Battle of the Bulls. Cesaro got the early advantage but Cena came back to use a Side Headlock Takeover. Universal into a Cena Monkey Flip and another Side Headlock Takeover. Cesaro with a Takeover after a rope break. Push Off into another Universal. Cesaro caught John in a Tilt-a-Whirl Slam. Uppercut by Cesaro. Cesaro worked over the ribs of Cena. Cena with a Standing Hurancanrana. Cesaro with a Back Elbow to Cena’s nose.
Cesaro attacked John, on the apron. The two traded punches, over the ropes. Cesaro Shouldered Cena off the apron. Cena rushed back in the ring and started punching away on the Swiss Superman. Cesaro blocked the Running Bulldog. Cesaro punched away as Raw took a break.
Cesaro missed a Clothesline and John sent Vintage. Cesaro did counter the Proto-Bomb into a DDT. Cesaro mocked the You Can See Me hand sign. Cena countered the Cesaro Swing and eventually nailed a Powerbomb. Seeing Cena roll up Cesaro was so impressive. Cena went to the penthouse and waited. Cesaro hit the ropes and Cena landed, face first, on the top rope. Cesaro with a Superplex from the apron. Dang. 2 count. Cena with a Boot and tried for a Tornado DDT. Cesaro countered it into the infamous Cesaro Swing. Cesaro cinched in a Cloverleaf. Cena reversed the move and almost got the STF. Protobomb into the Five Knuckle Shuffle! Cesaro held the ropes to block the Attitude Adjustment. Cesaro went up the ropes and waited up top. Cena caught the flying Cesaro and lifted him up for the AA. Cesaro landed on his feet. Lift European Uppercut to get Cesaro a two count. Cesaro was so shocked that he didn’t get the three.
Cesaro wanted the Neutralizer but Cena with a Back Body Drop. Cesaro landed on his feet. Big Boot by Cena sent Cesaro to the apron. Cesaro went up top but got caught. Super-Attitude Adjustment!
Your Winner John Cena
Raw Ranking: 4.25 out of a possible 5
Stephanie and Triple H talked backstage. Stephanie said she could not bear the look in her kids’ eyes. HHH had a plan for his spouse to fix things. They were interrupted by the arrival of Randy Orton. He was not happy that Brock Lesnar got his spot against Cena. HHH said he would not pull Lesnar out of the match. HHH told Orton is he would have to get rid of Roman Reigns before he would get another title shot. Orton swore he would destroy Roman, tonight. Roman was set to face Kane. Randy felt he now had a problem with Kane, Roman…and Triple H. (Face turn? I think so.)
Paige skipped to the ring (mocking A.J. Lee). Raw looked back at how Paige attacked A.J., last week. Paige had the stick and wanted to set the record straight. She admitted that she let her emotions get the best of her. She still considered A.J. as her best friend. Paige admitted that she crossed the line, last week, when she attacked the woman who took her title.
A.J. then skipped down to join Paige, in the ring. She called Paige a “Casper-looking Crumpet”. A.J. wasn’t buying the apology. Lee understood why Paige was angry at her. Lee explained that she didn’t play “Little Girl Games”. Lee said she would tell people, to their face, when she had a problem. Paige swore she was Lee’s friend. She made the mistake of calling A.J. the “C” word—Crazy. Lee went to her darkest place at the mention of the word. Paige kept digging the hole deeper when she brought up mental health. Lee seemed to be cool with it but suddenly exploded on Paige and threw her to the floor. She ran Paige into the barrier and then chased after her. A huge C.M. Punk chant got going. (By the way, C.M. Punk showed off his wedding ring at a recent celebrity event…the video was on the MSN site a few days back).
Hmmm…Here’s an idea for SummerSlam. Paige vs A.J., for the Divas title, in a Straight Jacket Match! Yeah, that would work.
Triple H and Stephanie walked out together. This Hour Turner segment should be interesting. The announcers bickered about Stephanie’s arrest and then sent it back to the video footage. The fans broke out with a “Jailbird” chant. HHH talked about the moments that he has shared with the fans. Last week, he was angry and disgusted at the fans for what happened. He did not appreciate when the fans all laughed at his wife. HHH really lost his cool about how the fans treated the mother of his children. HHH wondered if the fans knew how much they hurt Stephanie. HHH said this was all about a simple misunderstanding. Stephanie was just defending herself against the verbal berating by Brie Bella. HHH said all the charges were dropped, except the Assault and Battery Charges filed by Brie. HHH explained that Stephanie asked Brie to come to the show so this could all get resolved.
Stephanie took the microphone but the crowd chants kept her from being able to speak. Finally, Stephanie asked Brie to please come to the ring. Instead, they got Chris Jericho!
Jericho stood on the ramp and smiled at The Authority. HHH screamed at Jericho for interrupting them. Jericho had a song to share. He started to sing “Bad Boys” (the theme from Cops). The fans got into it as well. Jericho said the fans sounded great. HHH really got ticked off at the joking about his wife. Jericho did think it was all fun. Jericho told Steph “Orange is the new Black”. Jericho talked about re-watching the incident, over and over, on the WWE Network. Jericho made fun of HHH’s big nose. Jericho wanted to know why HHH delayed leaving the arena, last week. Jericho felt HHH was starting to realize that Stephanie was a…
HHH cut him off, big time. HHH suggested that Jericho should focus on Bray Wyatt, not them. Jericho wanted to fight Bray, right now. HHH decided to have them fight…at SummerSlam. Tonight, Jericho would face Seth Rollins. Just before HHH said it, Seth clocked Jericho with the Money in the Bank Briefcase!
The Miz, Ryback and Curtis Axel vs Dolph Ziggler, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso
Six Man Tag Team Action
Dolph wanted to battle Miz. Miz backed off to remove his shades. Miz covered up his face and tagged out to Ryback. Ryback sent Dolph down and hit a Splash. Tag to Axel. Nice Dropkick by Axel. Rear Chin Lock by Axel. Kneelifts by Axel. Dolph tagged out to one of the Usos. Xavier Woods, Kofi and Big E watched the match, in the back. Axel got blasted and laid out with a Mr. Perfect Leg Sweep. Rikishi Run to the face. Dropkick, through the ropes, to Axel. Flying Usos took out both members of Rybaxle. Miz ran around and got cut off by Dolph. Break time.
Big E, Kofi and Woods were at ringside when Raw returned. The so need a faction name. I’ll work on it. Miz worked over one of the Usos (Jimmy, I think). Uso blasted Miz’s ribs but took a Kitchen Sink. Miz popped Dolph. Ryback came in to Double Team Uso. Axel with a Boot Choke, after a tag. Running Kneelift by Axel for a two. Miz tagged back in and stomped away. Dolph screamed at Miz to face him. Rear Chin Lock by Miz. Miz wanted the Reality Check but it was blocked. Miz took a Superkick. Jimmy tagged out to Dolph. Clothesline to Ryback, who had joined the fight. Corner Splash and Funk Neckbreaker. Ryback blocked the Famouser. Ryback powered out of the Zig Zag but fell to the DDT. 2 count led to a Mosh Pit. Flying Uso to Miz. Axel snapped the other Uso over the top rope. Miz distracted Dolph but only for the moment. Zig Zag to Ryback!
Your Winners: The Usos and Dolph Ziggler
Raw Ranking: 3.0
R-Truth came out doing his rap thing. Most fans think that started in WWE but I have a video in my collection showing Ron Killings (R-Truth’s other identity) singing the same tune in TNA. I seem to think it’s on Best of the Tag Teams, Volume One, but I may be mistaken.
R-Truth vs Bo Dallas
Bo explained that Truth could never be undefeated like him. He joked about how many times Truth has lost. He told Truth to Bo-Lieve.
Shoulder Tackles by Bo. Bo ran around the ring, celebrating. School Boy by Truth!
Your Winner: R-Truth
Raw Ranking: .25
The Streak is Dead! Bo was so disappointed, for the moment. Bo shook Truth’s hand. Truth and Bo stood in the ring and faced each other. Bo said it was ok, and then he attacked Truth. Corner Clotheslines by Bo. Sore Loser? Ya think? Bo just went psycho on Truth with wild shots. Double Underhook DDT by Dallas. Bo then did a Victory Lap, even though he was a loser.
Rusev and Lana came out to the ring. Rusev waved the Russian flag. Lana, of course, had to ramble on in both Russian and English. This week, she decided to attack the American Flag. We Texans can be a vocal lot. Yawn!
Thankfully,, she was cut off by the arrival of Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Jack had the US flag in hand. Zeb called Rusev a “Trained Dancing Bear”. Zeb talked about Old Glory. Zeb got a bit long-winded in his Americana speech. Zeb received a monster pop for mentioning beer. That kick-started a huge “U.S.A.” chant. Zeb brought out a deafening “We the People” chant from the fans.
Swagger rushed down to the ring and began to beat on Rusev. Rusev started to fight back. The two ended up getting in the ring. Rusev stalked Jack. Lana told Rusev to go for the Accolade but Jack piqued the ankle and cinched in the Patriot Lock. Rusev got free and backed away from the ring. I still want to see a Flag Match!
Damien Sandow came out dressed as an astronaut. Damien said “Houston, we have a problem”…the fans around him. Damien discussed Adam Rose and the Rosebuds. That brought out the Party Crowd! Adam had a cowboy hat on.
Damien Sandow vs Adam Rose
Adam called Damien a “Sour little spaceman”. Foley Pop for Houston. Damien with a Cheap Shot but Adam into the Double Leg. Damien wrestled in the astronaut suit…but not for long. Party Fowl!
Your Winner: Adam Rose
Raw Ranking: .25
Adam danced with the Bunny and a guy in a Cheeseburger suit (not to be confused with the fun wrestler, Cheeseburger, over in Ring of Honor).
Kane vs Roman Reigns
Randy jumped Roman as he came down through the crowd. The two men fought in the middle of the fans. I always hate to see that as the fans could so get hurt. Roman threw Randy into the ringside area. Kane tried to attack Roman but the big Samoan laid him out with a Samoan Drop. Randy also got in the ring. Superman Punch by Roman but Kane with the Chokeslam. Kane just left he ring and walked towards the back.
Your Winner: No Match
Raw Ranking: N/A
Randy decided to take out Roman. Stomp to the head. Randy screamed at Roman about stealing from him. Randy punched and stomped away. Randy pulled Roman out of the ring and yelled at the fans. Randy sent Roman into the ring steps, multiple times. Randy then tossed Roman back into the fans’ laps. Randy challenged Roman to fight him at SumerSlam. Randy with a DDT off the barricade. Randy took apart the ring steps and went back to get Roman. Randy slammed Roman’s face onto the top of the steps. Randy eyed the announce table and decided to partially dismantle it. Randy went back to get Roman. He slammed the Samoan’s face and screamed “You cost me my title shot”. Randy placed Roman on the announce table and then thought about what to do, next. Randy climbed up onto the table and lifted up Roman. RKO onto the table, which did not break. Randy was ticked that it didn’t give. He hit a second RKO to put Roman through the table. Randy then walked over and yelled at the fans. Randy struck the “O” pose as Raw went to break.
The medics were checking on Roman Reigns. Raw looked back at the last segment.
Fandango danced in the ring. His opponent was Diego. He had the gorgeous Senoritas, Summer Rae and Layla, with him. They were dressed in semi-traditional Spanish costumes. El Torito was there, as well.
Fandango vs Diego
Fandango screamed at the girls. Go Behind by Diego. Knife Edge Chops by Fandango. Back Body Drop by Fandango. Diego with a Knife Edge Chop and punches. Dropkick by Fandango into a Snap SUplex. Fandango went up top but Torito distracted hi. Diego Springboard Sunset Flip by Diego to take the win.
Your Winner: Diego
Raw Ranking: 1.25
Fandango screamed at the girls and got Gored by El Torito. The girls kissed the Little Bull and he passed out.
Backstage, Stephanie walked up to the Divas Locker Room. Nikki came out. Stephanie wanted to see Brie. Nikki said Brie would be along, later. Stephanie wanted to express herself but Nikki cut her off. Stephanie hoped Brie would be reasonable. Nikki insulted Steph and went back into the locker room.
Goldust and Stardust were talking space and stars and such. Stardust wanted to find the Cosmic Key. Goldust knew where it was. I think they may be talking about the tag team titles.
Alicia Fox and Cameron vs Naomi and Natalya
Nattie and Fox to open. Side Headlock reversed by Nattie. Universal into a Head Scissors by Fox. Snap Mare and Back Run by Nattie. Dropkick brought Nattie a two. Tag to Naomi. Atomic Drop by Naomi. Fox kicked Naomi. Naomi with a weak flip up over the ropes. Naomi went after Cameron, on the floor. Fox came out and got Naomi. Scissors Kick to get a two. Fox pulled her up. Cameron took the tag and talked trash to her former partner. Snap Mares by Cameron into a Corner Run. 2 count. Cameron punched and slapped at Naomi. Leg Scissors submission move. Cameron tapped out to the Knight-Mare.
Your Winners: Naomi and Natalya
Raw Ranking: 1.5
Chris Jericho vs Seth Rollins
The fight started on the floor. Jericho with Chops and punches. Seth gave as good as he got. Seth slid in the ring and kicked Chris off the apron. Seth went for a Suicide Dive but took a shot to the face. Jericho kicked away and hit a nice Suplex. Seth stomped at Jericho’s chest and then Whipped him out of the corner. Float Over into the Step-up Enziguri by Jericho. Chris choked Seth on the middle rope. Jericho broke the hold and then kicked the ribs. Seth came back and blasted Chris in the skull. Whip but Jericho held the ropes. Chris flipped Seth onto the apron. Springboard Shoulder Block, over the ropes. Time for another break.
Seth had Jericho trapped in a modified Kokina Clutch. Jericho rolled over to get to his knees. Jericho Elbowed free but Seth pulled Chris down by the hair. Corner Flying Forearm by Seth. 2 count. Seth bit Chris’ forehead. Whip by Seth but Jericho side stepped the Splash. Shoulder Tackles by Jericho. Jericho went up top and hit the Single Arm Ax Bomber. Seth surprised Jericho with the Rolling Neckbuster Drop. Seth with a series of Headbutts. Chris began to fight back with Knife Edge Chops. Jericho charged the corner but there was no water in the pool. Jericho tripped Seth and went for a Superplex. Seth blocked the move and punched the ribs. Headbutt by Seth into a Super Sunset Flip attempt. Jericho turned it into a massive Back Body Drop. Chris followed up with a Top Rope Crossbody.
The two traded hard punches. Seth threw in a Spin Kick. Back Elbow by Chris. Lionsault missed. Buckle Bomb by Seth. Jericho rolled up Seth for two after avoiding the Curb Stomp. Seth fought out of the Walls of Jericho and flipped up to his feet. Enziguri by Seth. Seth with a Springboard but Jericho nailed the Code Breaker.
The lights went out and came back up. All three members of the Wyatt Family were in the ring. Jericho got mauled by Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Bray then stepped in and hit Sister Abigail.
You Winner (by Disqualification): Chris Jericho
Raw Ranking: 3.25
HHH was walking with his wife. Stephanie would talk with Brie, next.
Stephanie asked Brie to come out. Brie wasn’t accepting of the idea of dropping the charges, at first. After some back and forth negotiations, Brie said she would drop the charges if a few demands were met. First, Nikki gets a raise and Stephanie gets off her back. Stephanie was cool with that. Second, Brie wanted her job back. Stephanie didn’t like the idea but when Brie started to leave and continue the legal actions, Stephanie gave in. The final request was that Brie would have a match at SummerSlam. Stephanie was cool with that…until she learned who Brie wanted to fight…Stephanie McMahon! Stephanie initially refused but when Brie said she was off to the lawyers, Stephanie finally gave in and accepted the match! Stephanie then attacked Brie and the catfight was on. Jamie Noble, Finlay and Joey Mercury rushed down to keep the girls apart. HHH joined the party, as well. Stephanie screamed that she would make Brie her “B*tch”.