Raw Fusion: Light It Up
The 30th July 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video of the Titantron on fire earlier on, followed by a video recapping the highlights of last week’s 1000th episode of Raw (click here for our Raw report) and CM Punk’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring.
CM Punk talks about how everyone talks about wanting a WrestleMania moment, but last week he had a Raw moment that was bigger than most people’s WrestleMania moments, but he will address that afterwards as he says that the way that Raw ended left a bad taste in his mouth.
Talking about how Jerry “The King” Lawler said that Punk had turned his back on the WWE Universe, Punk sits on the Announcer’s table in front of Lawler, and he asks how he jumps to such a conclusion as if anything, it was Lawler who turned his back on Punk, because the last time he checked, The Rock was not the WWE Universe.
He says that The Rock is one man, a larger-than-life, charismatic and delusional movie star, who showed him a complete lack of respect. Punk says that The Rock talked to him as if he is going to just take his title at the Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View, but he says that The Rock is lucky that he didn’t just drop him right on the spot but instead showed him the respect he wasn’t being shown himself.
Punk says at the end of the night, The Rock tried to do what he does best and make everything about him, so that is exactly when he showed him what kind of man he is dealing with at Royal Rumble, because this is not a popularity contest or ballet, it is the WWE and CM Punk is its Champion.
He talks about how The Rock has stayed silent and he knows what that means, but he tells Lawler that the end of last week’s Raw ended the way that every episode should – with the spotlight on the WWE Champion, the best wrestler in the world.
The Big Show’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, which prompts Punk to re-enter the ring too. Punk asks if Show is out to steal the spotlight too, but Show says that it is not hard to do, as although it is partly true that Punk had the spotlight on him at the end of Raw last week, it was mostly on him as he made John Cena the first person to cash in the Money In The Bank contract and lose.
As for CM Punk being the best in the world, he says that he knocked John Cena out and Punk still couldn’t get the win, and in fact got himself stuck in the STF and would have tapped out if it wasn’t for Show.
Show says that Cena vowed that he wouldn’t win Money In The Bank, so he vowed that Cena wouldn’t win his WWE Championship match, and now Show has another vow – he will be the next WWE Champion.
CM Punk says that The Big Show couldn’t beat John Cena at No Way Out and couldn’t secure a briefcase at Money In The Bank, so the only one that is winning anything around there is Punk. John Cena’s music hits at this point, and he makes his way to the ring with a bee-line to The Big Show as he starts to attack him until Show quickly exits the ring.
Justin Roberts then introduces the new General Manager of Raw AJ Lee, and she makes her way out onto the stage where she says that her first act is to announce the main event of this episode of Raw, which will be John Cena facing The Big Show, with the winner facing CM Punk for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam.
After Daniel Bryan is shown being about to knock on AJ’s door backstage, before he changes his mind and leaves without doing so, Santino Marella takes on Alberto Del Rio in a match which sees Del Rio get the victory, when he puts Marella in the cross-armbreaker, forcing him to tap out.
Afterwards, Del Rio says that he just destroyed the United States Champion like nothing, and that both Marella and Sheamus are beneath him, as are the fans, and that he isn’t going to compete from now on unless it’s a World Heavyweight Championship match, thus meaning that he won’t compete until SummerSlam.
After Daniel Bryan is shown outside AJ’s door backstage once again, “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay makes his way to the ring with Cameron and Naomi, and they all dance in the ring until Vickie Guerrero’s “Excuse Me!” interrupts the fun.
Vickie isn’t impressed with their dancing, and makes her way to the ring where she shows off her own so-called dancing skills – until the proceedings are interrupted by Damien Sandow’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring.
Sandow says that last week a horrible crime was perpetrated against all of humanity, as footage is then rolled of Degeneration-X taking out Sandow last week, and he follows this up by suddenly attacking Brodus Clay.
After a video recapping the events involving Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler on Raw two weeks ago as well as last week on SmackDown! (click here for our SmackDown! report), an interaction involving AJ Lee and Daniel Bryan backstage in which she makes a match between Bryan and Sheamus, and a video recapping the events last week involving Triple H, Paul Heyman, Stephanie McMahon, and Brock Lesnar that led to a match between Triple H and Lesnar being agreed for SummerSlam, Josh Mathews interviews Sheamus about his match with Daniel Bryan which the fans are choosing the stipulation for.
After a video recapping the events of last week involving AJ Lee, Daniel Bryan, and Vince McMahon, and a video recapping the events involving Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, and Ricardo Rodriguez four weeks ago on SmackDown!, Sheamus is pitted against Daniel Bryan in a match with the stipulation chosen by the fans revealed to be a Street Fight.
The match sees Sheamus get the victory, when he hits Bryan with a Brogue Kick onto the steel ring steps for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Daniel Bryan refuses to leave the ring with the referees without getting a Doctor as he claims that he has hurt his neck. A Doctor appears as Kofi Kingston’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with R-Truth, where Kingston suggest that Bryan do everyone a favour and leave.
Truth echoes the sentiment and says that he has business to handle, but when he shows Bryan that Little Jimmy is next to him in the corner of the ring, Bryan attacks the invisible child and supposedly throws him out of the ring, causing Truth to attempt to console Little Jimmy outside the ring.
Bryan says that there is nothing wrong with him, but that there is obviously something wrong with R-Truth as he is consoling an invisible child, someone that doesn’t even exist, and some men in white make their way down the ramp as Bryan says that they have come to take Truth away as they deserve.
AJ’s music hits and he makes her way out to the stage, where she tells the men in white that the person that they need to help is not R-Truth, but the person in the ring, Daniel Bryan. She says that Bryan seems to be mentally unstable, and in the interest of a safe working environment, she thinks that he needs to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, as she then asks the men to escort Bryan out of the ring.
Now, Kofi Kingston (accompanied by R-Truth) goes against Titus O’Neil (accompanied by Darren Young and AW) in a match which sees O’Neil get the victory, when he takes advantage of the distraction provided by AW and hits Kingston with a spinebuster for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving John Cena and CM Punk, in which Punk says that he did in one night to The Rock what Cena couldn’t do in one year, and a video recapping the events of last week involving Heath Slater, Lita, and various Raw Legends, Heath Slater challenges any current WWE Superstar to lose to him, and his challenge is accepted… by the returning Randy Orton.
The match sees Orton get the victory, when he hits Slater with an RKO for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Daniel Bryan and the Doctor evaluating his psychological state, a video recapping the events involving Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler last week on SmackDown!, and a video recapping the match between Christian and The Miz last week on Raw, Chris Jericho and Christian take on The Miz and Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) in a tag team match.
The match sees Jericho get the victory, when Christian hits The Miz with a thumb to the eye without the referee noticing, and Jericho follows it up with the Codebreaker for the 3-count. Afterwards, Ziggler attacks Jericho with his Money In The Bank briefcase.
After a video recapping the Titantron fire before going on the air, a backstage interaction between the Doctor and Daniel Bryan which involves a Rorschach’s Blot test, and a video recapping Tyson Kidd’s defeat of Tensai last month, Tyson Kidd is pitted against Tensai in a match which sees Tensai get the victory, when he hits Kidd with a jumping back-splash for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Tensai continues his attack on Kidd, ignoring the referees calls to stop, and resulting in the referee reversing his decision, proclaiming Kidd as the winner as a result of a disqualification, causing Tensai to knock Sakamoto down and out of the ring.
After an interaction involving the Doctor evaluating Daniel Bryan, which sees the Doctor proclaim Bryan to be sane and free to go, but which then sees Kane appear and call himself Bryan’s anger management therapist before he then attacks him, CM Punk joins commentary as The Big Show goes against John Cena to determine the number one contender to face Punk at SummerSlam.
The match sees the referee call for the bell and end in an apparent no contest, when Punk interferes in full view of the referee when Cena has Show on his shoulders ready for the Attitude Adjustment, as Punk pushes Cena over and follows it up with a kick to the head of Show.
Afterwards, CM Punk says that the winner of the match is nobody, as both men are losers, and he then starts to leave the arena, though AJ makes her way out onto the stage as he passes her. She says that Punk is wrong as both men are winners, which is why Punk will defend his WWE Championship at SummerSlam against both men in a Triple Threat match.
CM Punk makes his way back out onto the stage and yells that she can’t do this to him, and he yells at her to show him some respect, while she simply smiles back at him as Raw goes off the air.