Raw Fusion: Mind & Power Games
The 10th June 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events involving Triple H on Extreme Rules, the Monday Night Raw from two weeks ago, and last week’s episode of Monday Night Raw, followed by Triple H taking on Curtis Axel (accompanied by Paul Heyman) in a match to kick off the show.
The match sees Axel get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when Vince McMahon makes his way to ringside and actions the disqualification himself. McMahon leaves immediately after doing so, prompting Triple H to exit the ring and order the match to be restarted using his authority as the COO of WWE.
After the bell is rung to restart the match, Vince McMahon makes his way back out to ringside and ends the match once again, this time giving Curtis Axel the victory as a result of a forfeit. Triple H is obviously unhappy at this, so restarts the match once again, but this time as a 60-Minute Iron Man match.
Unsurprisingly, McMahon heads back to ringside yet again as a result of this, and after telling Axel and Heyman to leave, he confiscates the microphone and ring bell, and then leaves with them.
After an interaction backstage involving Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, and a video recapping the events involving Kane on SmackDown, Kane is pitted against Dean Ambrose in a match which sees Kane apparently get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns hit the ring and attack him. Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan hit the ring to even up the odds, prompting The Shield to leave.
After Jerry “The King” Lawler reveals that as a result of a fan vote via the WWE App, Daniel Bryan will be facing Seth Rollins and Randy Orton will be facing Roman Reigns, a video recapping the events involving Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan on SmackDown, an interaction backstage involving Kane, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Vickie Guerrero, and Brad Maddox sees Vickie announce that Bryan and Orton will face Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns for the WWE Tag Team Championship on Sunday at WWE Payback, and Kane will face Dean Ambrose for the United States Championship there too.
After we are informed that Fandango will not be allowed to compete at Payback due to a management decision in interest in his safety, Wade Barrett joins commentary as The Miz goes against Cody Rhodes in a match which sees The Miz get the victory, when he applies the Figure-Four Leg Lock to Rhodes, forcing him to tap out.
Afterwards, Wade Barrett gets up from the announcers’ table and heads to the ring, but before he can do anything, he is interrupted by Paul Heyman making his way out onto the stage, and announcing that Vickie Guerrero has authorised him to inform us that although Fandango will not be competing, there will still be a Triple Threat match for the Intercontinental Championship, and that the third man will be Curtis Axel, who then makes his way out onto the stage.
Curtis Axel says that the perfect ending to the match on Sunday will be him, Curtis Axel, as the new Intercontinental Champion.
After a video hyping the return of Mark Henry next week, an interaction backstage involving Vince and Stephanie McMahon, and a video recapping the match between Chris Jericho and Curtis Axel on SmackDown, Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring.
Chris Jericho talks about the previous matches between himself and CM Punk, and how he has to beat Punk at Payback, but he also says that afterwards, neither one of them will ever be the same again.
He is interrupted from talking further however, by Dolph Ziggler’s music hitting and him making his way out onto the stage with AJ Lee and Big E Langston.
Dolph Ziggler talks about how the nameplate was barely on his World Heavyweight Championship before it was almost taken away from him due to a concussion, as he says that it was pretty obvious that nobody ever wanted him to have it, so he went out every night and stole the show to earn it.
He says that at WWE Payback, he will prove to the world and Alberto Del Rio that the second he steps in the ring, he is outclassed in every single way. Jericho says that Ziggler is stepping ahead of himself, as that is six days away and this is Monday Night Raw, so he suggests that Ziggler have a match with him right now.
Ziggler agrees to a match – but says that Jericho’s match will be against Big E Langston. The match sees Jericho get the victory, when Jericho takes advantage of the distraction caused by Alberto Del Rio attacking Dolph Ziggler from behind, and hits Langston with a Codebreaker for the 3-count.
Next, Zeb Colter joins commentary as Sin Cara takes on Antonio Cesaro in a match which sees Cesaro get the victory, when he hits Cara with a Neutralizer for the 3-count.
After a video hyping the début of Bray Wyatt and his family, an interaction backstage involving Vince McMahon, Vickie Guerrero, and Brad Maddox, Randy Orton (accompanied by Daniel Bryan) is pitted against Roman Reigns (accompanied by Seth Rollins) in a match which is ruled a No Contest, when Seth Rollins attempts to interfere and Daniel Bryan then evens up the odds.
The referee then starts the match between Seth Rollins and Daniel Bryan, which sees Bryan get the victory when he rolls up Rollins into a small package for the 3-count. Afterwards, Rollins attempts to attack Bryan during his celebration, only to receive a kick to the head from Bryan, which is followed up by Orton hitting Rollins with an RKO.
Now, Kaitlyn stands in the ring and says that she feels silly, but asks her Secret Admirer to show himself. Big E Langston’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with some flowers, which he hands to her before telling her that people only see him as Dolph Ziggler’s heavy who only cares about beating people up, but he says that he cares about more than that – he cares about Kaitlyn.
Langston says that since he first laid eyes on Kaitlyn, she was all he could think of, and he didn’t know how to tell her until now. He grabs her and starts to dip her as if he is going to kiss her, but after getting close he drops her instead, and backs away as AJ Lee’s music hits and she makes her way to the ring.
AJ asks Kaitlyn how she is feeling right now, as it is exactly how she felt herself when Kaitlyn abandoned her. She claims that she was being hurt and used by Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, and John Cena, and shattered like glass, while her supposed friend was chasing the Divas Championship.
She says that even shattered glass can cut you pretty deep if handled wrong however, and in response to Kaitlyn’s exclamation of AJ being crazy, she says that she is actually smart, and that she can beat Kaitlyn in the mind.
AJ calls Kaitlyn weak, pitiful, and trash, saying that she has no friends and that the fans don’t give a damn about her, and that the only thing that is worth anything is the Divas Championship – which she won’t have after Sunday, as AJ is going to beat her.
She keeps insulting Kaitlyn until Kaitlyn finally has enough and attacks AJ, prompting AJ to bail out of the ring as quickly as possible. Once getting to her feet outside of the ring however, AJ laughs and blows a kiss to the upset Kaitlyn, and then skips away up the ramp.
Next up, Damien Sandow goes against R-Truth in a match which sees Sandow get the victory, when he hits Truth with a Sitout side slam (which Sandow calls “The Silencer”, according to the announcers) for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Sheamus’ music hits and he makes his way out onto the stage, where he congratulates Sandow and talks about how kicking Sandow’s head off in their Kickoff to Payback (the name of the Pre-Show) match is the perfect start.
After Stephanie McMahon is shown backstage ordering one person to ask Vince McMahon to meet her in her office and another person to ask Triple H to meet her in her office, a video recapping the events involving John Cena and Ryback since Extreme Rules, and an interaction backstage involving Triple H, Vince McMahon, and Stephanie McMahon, Superstars surround the ring for the upcoming confrontation between John Cena and Ryback.
John Cena’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, but when Ryback makes his way out – once again by climbing out of the back of an ambulance – he only goes as far as the ramp. John Cena talks about their match at WWE Payback, and how the Lumberjacks will be there to stop what Ryback is doing right now – standing there, too scared to face Cena.
Ryback says that he could tear through everyone there, but Cena says that if Ryback’s message is that Ryback can do damage, then he understands that, but if he thinks that he should be the WWE Champion…
Ryback interrupts Cena and says that he should indeed be the WWE Champion, three times over at that, but that every time he got close, something happened, which he blames on John Cena doing damage control due to Ryback becoming too big, too fast, and thus a threat to Cena.
He says that Cena left him high and try when he needed help, but Cena says that no man who has been good enough to be WWE Champion has had a guardian angel watching their back, so Ryback can use all the excuses he wants, but on Sunday Cena will walk into hell and walk out saying “The Champ is here”.
Ryback says that John Cena is full of crap, and that he is not going to back down on Sunday, as the Legend of John Cena will end when he beats him in their Lumberjack match, puts him through a table, and loads him into an ambulance to become the WWE Champion.
He says that he will take Cena’s spot, but Cena’s response is that he thinks that on Sunday for one of them, Payback is a bitch. He exits the ring, but is thrown back inside it by the Superstars surrounding the ring – twice.
Ryback hits the ring and makes a bee-line for Cena, only to be sent over the top rope by Cena, and then thrown back into the ring by the Superstars too. Both men are then separated inside the ring by the Superstars, as Raw goes off the air.