Professional Wrestling: WWE Monday Night RAW: 08/12/2013: The Road To Summerslam 2013 Begins….

Posted: August 13, 2013 in Professional Wrestling
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Here’s  RAW  in  case  you  missed  it:

From  The  Power  Balance  Pavilion  in  Sacramento,  California:

Hosted  by  John  “Bradshaw”  Layfield  (JBL),  Michael  Cole  and  WWE  Hall  of  Famer  Jerry  “The  King”  Lawler.

HOUR  1:

1.  AN  OPENING  REMATCH  FROM  SMACKDOWN!:  Wade  Barrett  vs.  Daniel  Bryan.

THE  SPECIAL  GUEST  REFEREE  FOR  THIS  MATCH:  RAW  General  Manager  Brad  Maddox.

THE  WINNER:  WADE  BARRETT!!!

NOTE:  Brad  did  a  very  quick  3-count,  which  nearly  led to  him  getting  assaulted  by  Daniel.

2.  Damien  Sandow  vs.  Randy  Orton.

THE  WINNER:  RANDY  ORTON!!!

INTERVIEW:  CM  Punk.

Josh  Matthews  asked  Punk  why  he  is  facing  his  former  friend  the  week  before  Summerslam,  and  he  stated  that  he  wants  him  before  he  gets  to  Brock  Lesnar.

3.  A  MIXED  TAG  TEAM  MATCH:  The  Great  Khali  and  Natalya  Neidhart  with  Hornswoggle  vs.  Big  E  Langston  and  WWE  Divas  Champion  A.J.  Lee.

THE  WINNERS:  THE  GREAT  KHALI  AND  NATALYA  NEIDHART!!!

HOUR  2:

WWE  Chairman  Vince  McMahon  asked  Brad  Maddox  why  he  made  himself  the  referee  for  the  Barrett-Bryan rematch.  Brad  stated  that  Daniel’s  matches  get  wild,  and  that  The  WWE  Universe  would  appreciate  an  authority  figure  in  the  ring.  He  also  stated  that  the  reasons  for  the  very  fast  3-count  was  that  he  got  caught  up  in  the  excitement,  and  that  he  hadn’t  refereed  in  a  while.  He  then  asked  Vince  to  make  him  the  referee  for  the  WWE  Championship  match  on  Sunday.  Vince  asked  him if  he  would be  fair  and  impartial,  and  not  yo call  Daniel  any  names, he  said  yes.

When  Vince  was  about  to  make  it  official,  Triple  H  (Hunter  Hearst  Helmsley)  appeared.  He  was  disgusted  by  the  idea  of  Brad  refereeing  the  match,  and  he  took  the  spot,  and  Pedigreed  Brad!!!

4.  Kane  vs.  Titus  O’Neil  with  Darren   Young.

THE  WINNER:  KANE!!!

NOTE:  After  the  match,  The  Wyatt  Family  (Bray  Wyatt,  Erick  Rowan  and  Luke  Harper)  appeared.  As  Rowan  and  Harper  were  ready  to  attack,  Kane  stood  under  the  Titantron  and  summoned  the  flames.

INTERVIEW:  The  Bella  Twins  (Brie  and  Nikki).

Josh  wanted  to  know  Brie’s  thoughts  on  being  slapped  by  Natalya  Neidhart  last  week.  As  she  was  speaking,  Natalya  appeared  and  challenged  Brie  to  a  match  on  Sunday.  Brie  decided  to  include  Nikki,  and  Eva  Marie  (Total  Divas)  decided  to  join  them.  Natalya  then  brought  in  The  Funkadactyls  (Naomi  and  Cameron)  as  her  partners,  making  it  a  Six-Divas  Tag  Team  Match.

5.  A  NON-TITLE  MATCH:  WWE  World  Heavyweight  Champion  Alberto  del  Rio  vs.  Kofi  Kingston.

THE  WINNER  VIA  SUBMISSION:  ALBERTO  DEL  RIO.

INTERVIEW:  Christian.

Renee  Young  asked  Christian  for  his  thoughts  on  facing del  Rio  for  the  title  on  Sunday,  and  he  stated  that  all  he  wants  is  one  more  match.  Much  to  the  amusement  of  del  Rio.

6. TAG  TEAM  MATCH:  The  Real  Americans  (Antonio  Cesaro  and  Jack  Swagger)  with  Zeb  Coulter  vs.  The  Usos  (Jimmy  and  Jey).

THE  WINNERS:  THE  USOS!!!

HOUR  3:

7.  MIZ  TV  with  The  Miz.

HIS  GUESTS:  Daniel  Bryan  and  WWE  Champion  John  Cena.

The  Miz  asked  them  both  for  their  thoughts  on  their championship  match  at  Summerslam,  and  Daniel  stated  that  he  was  happy  someone  stood  up  to  Vince.  Cena  stated  that  he’s  happy  Triple  H  will  referee  the  match,  because  he  knows  what  it’s  like  being  in  the  main  event.  Cena then  stated  that  the reason  why  he  chose  Daniel  is  because  he’s  great.  Daniel  stated  that  the  reason  why  he  doesn’t  watch  television  is  because  of  people  like  Cena  who  are  all  style  and  no  substance.  Cena  stated  that  he  has  his  critics,  and  that  Daniel  isn’t  the  first,  but  not  the  last.

He  then  ran  down  a  list  of  people  that  he  defeated,  to  which  Daniel  thought  that  Cena is  better  than  his  opponents.  Cena  stated  that  Daniel  is  not  in  the  same  league  as  them.  Daniel  told  him  that  next  Sunday  will  be  the  biggest  match  of  his  life.  He  also  mentioned  a  tradition  he  saw  in  Japan  when  a  wrestler  wants  to  energize  his  opponent,  he  slaps  him.  Cena slapped  him,  and  Triple  H  appeared  to  prevent  the  both  of  them  from  assaulting  each  other.

Randy  Orton  also  appeared  with  his  red  Money  In  The  Bank  briefcase  staring  at  Cena  and  Daniel.

8.  Fandango  with  Summer  Rae  vs.  R-Truth.

THIS  MATCH  NEVER  GOT  STARTED.

9.  A  20-MAN  BATTLE  ROYAL.

THE  PARTICIPANTS:  Rob  Van  Dam  (RVD),  Tons  of  Funk  (Tensai  and  “The  Funkasaurus”  Brodus  Clay),  The  3MB  (Heath  Slater,  Jinder  Mahal  and  Drew  McIntyre),  RyBack,  The  Prime  Time  Players  (Darren  Young  and  Titus  O’Neil),  Wade  Barrett,  The  Usos,  Justin  Gabriel,  The  Real Americans,  R-Truth,  Fandango,  The  Great  Khali,  Kofi  Kingston  and  “The  World’s  Strongest  Man”  Mark  Henry.

THE  REWARD:  The  winner  will  face  Dean  Ambrose  for  the  WWE  United  States  Championship  at  the  Summerslam  Kickoff  pre-show  on  Sunday.

THE  WINNER,  AND  #1  CONTENDER:  ROB  VAN  DAM!!!

NOTE:  After  the  match,  The  Shield  (WWE  United  States  Champion  Dean  Ambrose  and  WWE  Tag  Team  Champions  Seth  Rollins  and  Roman  Reigns)  surrounded  the  ring,  and  Mark  Henry  returned  to  the  ring  to  help  RVD.  Within  minutes,  The  Big  Show  appeared  and  The  Shield  retreated!!!

10.  THE  MAIN  EVENT:  Paul  Heyman  vs.  CM  Punk.

Paul  Heyman  spent  most  of  the  time  stalling  until  he  summoned  Brock  Lesnar.  He  then  called  out  CM  Punk,  and  Punk  took  a  TV  camera  and  hit  Lesnar  from  behind.  WWE  Intercontinental  Champion  Curtis  Axel  appeared  and  Punk  assaulted  him  too.

Match  #2   and  the  20-Man  Battle  Royal  are  the  highlight  matches  of  the  night!!!

Damien  Sandow,  Randy  Orton  and  the  participants  of  the  Battle  Royal  are  the  wrestlers  of  the  night!!!

The  return  of  The  Big  Show  and  the  20-Man  Battle  Royal  are  the  highlights  of  the  night!!!

ANALYSIS:  This  was  a  BIG  improvement  over  last  week,  but  the  Battle  Royal  should  have  been  the  main  event.

 

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