Raw Fusion: Beast Or Bitch?
The 13th May 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events of last week involving Kane, Daniel Bryan, The Shield, John Cena, and Ryback, and a video of the events of last week involving Triple H, Brock Lesnar, and Paul Heyman.
Jerry “The King” Lawler stands in the ring to kick off this episode of the show however, as he introduces a dance-off between Fandango (whose dance partner is NXT Diva Summer Rae once again) and Chris Jericho (whose dance partner is Edyta Sliwinska).
Fandango and Summer Rae are set to go first, however things are quickly cut short as Summer Rae appears to injure her ankle. When Edyta and Jericho show concern, Jericho is attacked by Fandango, with the attack going on to end with a shot by Fandango to Jericho with a piece of the dance floor.
Upon re-entering the ring and extending his hand to Summer Rae, the injury is revealed to have been a deceit the whole time, as she happily jumps up to her feet and leaves with Fandango.
Next, Ryback takes on “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder in a match which sees Ryder get the victory, when he hits Ryder with a Shell-Shock for the 3-count.
After a video recapping Brock Lesnar’s attack on Triple H from the 30th April 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw, “Tons Of Funk” Brodus Clay and Tensai (accompanied by “Funkadactyls” Cameron and Naomi) are pitted against “Prime Time Players” Darren Young and Titus O’Neil in a Tag Team match which sees O’Neil get the victory for his team, when he rolls up Tensai for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the events involving Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler last week, and a subsequent video from SmackDown of the kick from Swagger to Ziggler which resulted in Ziggler getting a concussion, Matt Striker interviews Teddy Long on the stage about what it means for Sunday’s World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Ladder match, with interruptions from Jack Swagger, Zeb Colter, AJ Lee, and Big E Langston.
Teddy Long says that despite Colter’s demands, he will not be stripping Dolph Ziggler of the World Heavyweight Championship, but will instead turn the match at Extreme Rules into an “I Quit” match between Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio, to determine the Number One Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship.
He also says that Langston will be having a match later on in this episode of Raw against either Swagger or Del Rio, but that it will be left up to the WWE Universe to decide which one.
After a video recapping the events involving Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston last week on Raw, and an announcement that Ambrose will be facing Kingston for the United States Championship at Extreme Rules, Kofi Kingston goes against Damien Sandow in a match which sees Kingston get the victory, when he hits Sandow with Trouble In Paradise for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the Strap match between Eddie Guerrero and JBL at the Great American Bash from 2004, a video recapping the events of last week on Raw involving Sheamus and Mark Henry, and a video recapping Mark Henry pulling a car on SmackDown, Josh Mathews interviews Mark Henry about his Strap match against Sheamus on Sunday at Extreme Rules.
Henry gives a visual demonstration with Mathews being tied to the other end of a strap, after which he calls out Sheamus. Sheamus’ music hits and he makes his way out, with the following segment resulting in both men deciding to end things right now instead of waiting until Sunday.
Sheamus grabbing a strap from underneath the ring before attacking Henry with it prompts Henry to instead bail out and decide to wait until Extreme Rules after all.
After a video recapping Brock Lesnar’s F-5 to Vince McMahon on the 28th January episode of Monday Night Raw, and a video hyping the June DVD and Blu-Ray release of the “12 Rounds II: Reloaded” movie starring Randy Orton, Randy Orton takes on Antonio Cesaro in a match which sees Orton get the victory, when he hits Cesaro with an RKO for the 3-count.
Now, Heath Slater (accompanied by fellow members of “3MB”, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre) is pitted against The Miz in a match which sees The Miz get the victory, when he applies the Figure-Four Leg Lock to Slater, forcing him to tap out.
After a video recapping the events involving Triple H and Brock Lesnar on the 25th February episode of Raw, Kane, Daniel Bryan, and John Cena go against “The Shield” Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns in a Six-Man Elimination Tag Team match.
The match sees Cena get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when an already eliminated Reigns slides back into the ring to attack Cena and interrupt his STF attempt on Ambrose. The Shield continue to attack Cena, before ending it by hitting him with a Triple Powerbomb.
Afterwards, Ryback’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he stands over the downed Cena for a few moments before apparently deciding to leave the ring once again. A few steps away from the ring however, he apparently rethinks things once again, as he grabs a steel chair and re-enters the ring. Approaching the downed John Cena, Ryback hits his ankle with the steel chair.
After photos recapping the WrestleMania 29 match between Brock Lesnar and Triple H, and Matt Striker’s interview backstage with Ryback in which Ryback says that Cena will know on Sunday that “Ryback rules”, Big E Langston (accompanied by AJ Lee) takes on the opponent picked by the WWE Universe, who is revealed to be Jack Swagger (accompanied by Zeb Colter).
The match sees Swagger get the victory as a result of a count-out, when Langston is unable to get up and back to the ring before the ten-count. Afterwards, Alberto Del Rio hits the ring and gains the upper-hand against Swagger; at one point applying the cross-armbreaker to him.
Kaitlyn and the “Bella Twins” Nikki and Brie join commentary as Natalya (accompanied by The Great Khali and Hornswoggle) is pitted against AJ Lee in a match which sees AJ get the victory, when she applies an Octopus hold (which AJ calls the “Black Widow” according to the announcers) to Natalya, forcing her to tap out.
After a video recapping Brock Lesnar’s destruction of Triple H’s office at the WWE Headquarters, and Striker’s interview of Chris Jericho about the earlier events between Jericho and Fandango, Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where a cage lowers from the ceiling.
Triple H talks about how the ring is his home and how he learned to thrive there, and he calls Brock Lesnar out to do something. Brock Lesnar’s music hits and he makes his way out onto the stage with Paul Heyman, where Heyman indicates to Lesnar that he should not walk any further.
Triple H tells Heyman to shut up before he can initially say something, and once again calls out Lesnar to make his way to the ring, but Heyman talks about how Triple H mentioned the word “hate” but that it apparently is a word that isn’t supposed to be used in the WWE.
Paul Heyman says that Brock Lesnar will teach Triple H the true meaning of the word “hate” in their match on Sunday at Extreme Rules, and that Lesnar will emerge victorious. He says that Lesnar is ready for a fight, but Triple H will have to wait until Sunday to experience it as Lesnar does not fight for free.
Lesnar and Heyman start to leave, but Triple H yells to cut the music, followed by goading Lesnar to head to the ring anyway, by saying that Lesnar isn’t a man and how Heyman can’t afford for him to do so as it would be bad for his business.
Triple H goads Brock Lesnar to head to the ring by telling him that he can either head to the ring and show that he is a beast, or stay where he is and listen to Paul Heyman, and show that he is instead a bitch.
Lesnar ignores Heyman’s calls for him to not head to the ring, but he does so anyway and enters the steel cage. A fight erupts between Lesnar and Triple H, with Lesnar initially gaining the upper-hand, but Triple H regains the upper-hand and sends Lesnar through the steel cage door, knocking Heyman down too in the process.
Heyman and Lesnar head to the stage while Triple H sits tall atop the steel cage, as Raw goes off the air.