Here’s RAW in case you missed it:
From The Frank Erwin Special Events Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) in Austin, Texas:
Hosted by John “Bradshaw” Layfield, Michael Cole and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler.
This week begins with RAW General Manager Brad Maddox observing the contract signing between WWE Champion John Cena and Daniel Bryan for their championship match at Summerslam. Maddox felt that Daniel wasn’t a good opponent for Cena, but Cena thought otherwise. Maddox then booked Daniel into a main event Gauntlet Match against three opponents of his choice (Maddox, not Daniel).
1. A NON-TITLE MATCH: Sheamus vs. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Alberto del Rio.
THE WINNER: ALBERTO DEL RIO!!!
INTERVIEW: Former SmackDown! General Manager/WWE Hall of Famer Booker T and Former SmackDown! Senior Adviser Theodore R. “Teddy” Long.
Renee Young wanted to know their thoughts on the aftermath of what happened last week on SmackDown!. Booker stated that in spite of him being replaced after returning from triceps surgery, he respects WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s decision. Teddy, was furious.
2. Christian vs. Titus O’Neil with Darren Young.
THE WINNER: CHRISTIAN!!!
Josh Matthews wanted to know the reason behind RyBack’ vicious assaults, and RyBack stated that he is following the laws of the jungle.
“The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry spoke of how proud he is to be a Texan, and called out The Shield (WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose and WWE Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns). Henry and The Shield fought until The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) ran out to help Henry.
3. Darren Young vs. Dolph Ziggler.
THE WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER!!!
NOTE: After the match, Big E Langston attacked Dolph Ziggler while WWE Divas Champion A.J. Lee watched. Ziggler fought back, and then slid out of the ring.
4. MIZ TV with The Miz.
HIS GUESTS: The cast of the E! Entertainment Network’s newest show called Total Divas: The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki), Natalya Neidhart, The Funkadactyls (Naomi and Cameron), Eva Marie and Jo-Jo.
The Miz decided to let Jerry “The King” Lawler host the segment, but as he introduced himself to Eva Marie, she told him, “I don’t like the way you’re looking at me!”. She then told everyone “I’m here to make a name for myself!” and slapped Lawler (THAT WAS BEYOND DISRESPECTFUL!!!!!).
5. Fandango with Summer Rae vs. Cody Rhodes.
THE SPECIAL GUEST COMMENTATOR FOR THIS MATCH: Damien Sandow.
CM Punk spoke about how he was manhandled by Brock Lesnar last week. He mentioned how in spite of the injuries that he suffered, he’s still standing and that Lesnar can’t keep him down. He vowed that at Summerslam, Lesnar and Paul Heyman will be slaughtered. Heyman appeared on the Titantron via satellite, and stated that Punk was doing nothing pandering to everyone, and accepted Punk’s challenge.
6. Wade Barrett vs. Rob Van Dam (RVD).
THE WINNER: ROB VAN DAM!!!
7. A MAIN EVENT GAUNTLET MATCH.
MATCH #1: Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger with Antonio Cesaro and Zeb Coulter.
THE WINNER VIA SUBMISSION: DANIEL BRYAN!!!
MATCH #2: Daniel Bryan vs. Antonio Cesaro.
THE WINNER: DANIEL BRYAN!!!
THE FINAL MATCH: Daniel Bryan vs. RyBack.
THE WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: DANIEL BRYAN!!!
NOTE: The disqualification happened when RyBack powerbombed Daniel Bryan through a table. John Cena ran out, fought RyBack, and challenged him to a Tables Match next week!!!
Match #1 and the main event are the highlight matches of the night!!!
Sheamus, Alberto del Rio, Daniel Bryan and Antonio Cesaro are the wrestlers of the night!!!
Rob Van Dam and Daniel Bryan are the highlights of the night!!!
ANALYSIS: Let’s face it, Daniel Bryan saved the show!!!
Total Divas premieres on the E! Entertainment Network on Sunday, July 28 2013 at 10PM ET/9PM CT/8PM MT/7PM PT.