Raw Fusion: Self High Five
The 2nd July 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events involving Chris Jericho, John Cena, and The Big Show last week on Monday Night Raw, followed by John Cena’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring to kick off the show.
John Cena says that after what happened last week, he thanked Chris Jericho and The Big Show, as he says that Jericho said something that was true last week, which was that Cena has never been in a Money In The Bank Ladder match, and that he needed to prepare for what it is all about, as anything can happen.
He says that this is exactly what happened last week too, giving him a crash course in what he will have to deal with in the match at the Money In The Bank Pay-Per-View, as in such as match, there are no friends but only enemies, but now he knows what he has to be prepared for and will be.
Cena says that he stands beside what he said last week, the first being that Show goes home empty handed, and the second being that he will grab that contract and cash it in to become the new WWE Champion.
Chants of “Yes!” mark the arrival of Daniel Bryan, as he makes his way to the ring and Cena takes it as Bryan agreeing with him, only for Bryan to tell Cena that he didn’t even realise that he was out there.
Bryan says that Cena is not relevant to him, before then revising that statement as he says that at Money In The Bank he will defeat CM Punk and become the new WWE Champion, and if Cena manages to get his hands around the briefcase hanging in the air above them, he will be the first ever person to cash in the Money In The Bank contract and lose.
John Cena says that those are some strong words, but that he can think of one person who disagrees with Daniel Bryan. CM Punk makes his way to the ring and says that he can think of a lot of people who disagree with Bryan, asking if he himself disagrees and answering “Yes!”, asking Cena if he disagrees and getting a yes from him too, and then asking Jerry “The King” Lawler and sections of the crowd whether they disagree and getting a yes from each of them too.
Daniel Bryan gets angry at his catchphrase being used, and says that he is begging for someone to stop stealing his catchphrase and have an original thought, to which Punk provides him with – that Bryan’s ex-girlfriend AJ happens to be the Special Guest Referee in their match at Money In The Bank, and she is going to count Bryan’s shoulders to the mat 1-2-3.
Turning his attention to Cena, Punk says that he guesses it comes down to the two of them again. It is at this point which Chris Jericho’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, as he tells Punk that wasn’t an original thought and says that what is an original thought is that Punk is still a wannabe.
Chris Jericho says that if Daniel Bryan is talking about people stealing his catchphrases, he wouldn’t complain about it as it happens to him all the time. He says that instead of complaining and using the same, tired, one word over and over again, he simply needs to think of some other catchphrases, as he then proceeds to list off a few of his own.
As for Cena, he says that he does need to be better prepared, but he should know that as the inventor of the Money In The Bank Ladder match, Jericho is going to win the Money In The Bank Ladder match – and he dares any of the men in the ring or anyone else to come down to the ring to tell him otherwise.
Kane’s pyro and music hits, as he makes his way to the ring and straight up to Jericho, where he simply says “otherwise”. The Big Show’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring too, but as he does so, Bryan jumps Cena from behind and starts to attack him until Punk gets involved as well.
At the end of the mêlée which has broken out between the men in the ring, The Big Show is the one left standing and then leaving.
After the announcers hype Charlie Sheen being the Celebrity Social Media Ambassador for the 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw, Titus O’Neil, Darren Young (accompanied by AW), David Otunga, and Cody Rhodes take on Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Santino Marella and Christian in an Eight-Man Tag Team match which sees Marella get the victory for his team, when Otunga’s partners leave and the appearance of Brodus Clay stops Otunga from leaving, as he throws him back into the ring and Marella hits Otunga with The Cobra for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Christian hits Otunga with the Killswitch and Clay follows it up with the jumping body splash, after which everyone dances in the ring to Clay’s music, along with kids from the crowd.
An interaction backstage involving Teddy Long and Alberto Del Rio, sees Long say that the WWE Board Of Directors decided that as of now Del Rio is the Number One Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship, and as a result will face Sheamus at the Money In The Bank Pay-Per-View, but he says that Del Rio will be in a match next, with his opponent being a surprise.
After a video recapping the events involving Vince and Shane McMahon during January 1999 on Monday Night Raw, to hype the upcoming 1000th episode of Raw, Alberto Del Rio is pitted against the surprise opponent who is revealed to be Sin Cara.
Before the match can take place however, Del Rio attacks Cara as he enters the ring, with the attack ending with a cross-armbreaker being applied to Cara by Del Rio at ringside, until the referees are able to get Del Rio to let go.
After an interaction backstage involving AJ and Daniel Bryan, in which Bryan claims to care about AJ but she sees right through, and a video recapping Triple H’s challenge from No Way Out to Brock Lesnar for SummerSlam and the events involving Paul Heyman and Triple H two weeks ago, Paul Heyman appears live via satellite.
Paul Heyman says that Brock Lesnar has come to a decision regarding Triple H’s challenge for SummerSlam, and that Lesnar will tell Triple H to his face on the 1000th episode of Raw. He suggests that Triple H only made the challenge so that Lesnar can end Triple H’s in-ring career and Triple H will never have to step into the ring again.
Now, Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler go against AJ and Sheamus in a Mixed Tag Team match which sees AJ get the victory for her team, when she hits Vickie with a Shining Wizard for the 3-count.
Afterwards, AJ interrupts Justin Roberts announcement of the winner by taking his microphone and chanting “Yes!” as she leaves. Backstage, AJ seeks out Punk to get his thoughts on her match, but it is revealed that Punk never saw the match as he was on the phone to his sister – a call which was still in progress until AJ interrupted it and led him to decide to call his sister back afterwards.
After a video recapping the events of the past few weeks involving WWE Superstars of the past and Heath Slater, Heath Slater is in the ring and asks if the crowd find it funny. He says that it is not funny, and he is not a clown – and as he repeats that, Doink The Clown’s music hits, as he is revealed to be Slater’s opponent this week.
The match sees Slater get the victory, when he hits Doink with a running neckbreaker for the 3-count. Afterwards, Slater only has a few moments to celebrate, as Diamond Dallas Page’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
DDP encourages Slater to try a self high five taunt for himself, as Slater then does and DDP then shakes his hand. It is when Heath Slater tries to pull away from the handshake that a problem is apparent – DDP doesn’t let go, and instead pulls Slater towards him, where he hits him with a Diamond Cutter and then leaves.
After a video hyping the release of “No Holds Barred” on DVD tomorrow, Kane takes on The Big Show in a No Disqualification match which sees Show get the victory, when he hits Kane with a chokeslam onto a steel chair for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Teddy Long and Eve Torres, an interaction involving Eve and AJ, in which AJ says that she is going to show Eve and everyone else how to get attention, a video recaps the Degeneration-X’s invasion of WCW on the 27th April 1998 episode of Monday Night Raw, to hype the upcoming 1000th episode of Raw.
Next up, Tyson Kidd is pitted against Tensai (accompanied by Sakamoto) in a match which sees Kidd get the victory, when he rolls Tensai up for the 3-count. Afterwards, Tensai takes out the frustration of his loss out on Sakamoto by attacking him.
After an interaction backstage involving Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan in which Bryan chants “Yes!” and Jericho repeats his “never eevvvvvveerrr again” catchphrase, and an interaction involving CM Punk and John Cena in which Punk suggestions that Cena follow his lead and Cena agrees, Josh Mathews interviews Tyson Kidd about his victory against Tensai – until Tensai interrupts, attacking Kidd and leaving him on the floor of the locker room.
Back in the arena, Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan go against CM Punk and John Cena in a match which sees the fight between Cena and Jericho head up the ramp while Bryan and Punk continue to in the ring.
The match also sees no victor officially being declared, as AJ’s music hits during the match and she skips around the ring – unlike other times she has tried it however, neither competitor in the ring take any notice, and instead continue fighting.
AJ makes her way around ringside while looking underneath the ring apron for something, which she finds on the side of the ring with the announce table, as she pulls out a table from underneath the ring and sets is up.
She then climbs the steel steps and then the turnbuckle as she faces the table, with things uncomfortably looking like she intends to put herself through the table in an attempt to get the attention she mentioned earlier.
Daniel Bryan stands in front of the table and tries to dissuade her from her course of action, as does CM Punk by standing on the other side of the same turnbuckle. She pulls Punk into a kiss, and quickly follows it up by pushing Punk backwards, which results in both Punk and Bryan going through the table.
Afterwards, AJ looks down at her handiwork from her position on the turnbuckle, chanting “Yes!” with arm movements, as Raw goes off the air.