Monday, June 24, 2013
The show opened with a look at Brock Lesnar attacking CM Punk and Mark Henry attacking John Cena last week. After Michael Cole welcomed fans to the live arena, Daniel Bryan made his entrance to the ring.
Bryan talked about people looking down on him because of his size and thinking he was the weakest link. He says he's now gone toe-to-toe with Orton twice, but won't be satisfied until he makes him tap or pins him. He chants "YES" that he will do that, but Orton comes out to interrupt. Bryan goes to talk, but Orton grabs the mic and tells him to shut up and fight. They start brawling with Bryan knocking Orton to the outside, then the match starts.
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton ended as a double DQ. The fight went to the outside of the ring, with Bryan charging at Orton with a running knee, which caused the ref to get knocked down. As D-Bryan kept on fighting Orton, the ref called the match. Orton and Bryan were being held apart as Raw went to break.
Backstage, Brad Maddox was talking with Vickie Guerrero when Daniel Bryan showed up to complain about the double DQ, saying he wants another match later tonight. Maddox tells him they have a busy schedule tonight, so Bryan asks for a match against him. Vickie gives Bryan his match against Orton and he leaves. Vince McMahon shows up saying some people think Bryan doesn't deserve to be here due to his size, or that he is a downright embarrassment. Vickie asked Vince what he thought and he said he'd let the WWE Universe figure that out.
Sheamus & Christian defeated Rhodes Scholars via pinfall. In the late part of this one, Sheamus got in the ring and started to unload on Sandow. Sandow got out of White Noise to tag in Cody, but as soon as Cody got in the ring, Sheamus hit him with a Brogue Kick.
After a commercial break, Vickie walks up to CM Punk to let him know she's putting him in a match tonight. He ignores her so she yells at him. Punk yells back in her face, "Excuse me!"
Kaitlyn defeated Aksana via pinfall. Layla was at ringside to support Kaitlyn. During the match, Kaitlyn's theme music hit and out comes AJ dressed as Kaitlyn to mock her on stage. Aksana tried to use the distraction, but Kaitlyn ended up hitting a spear on her to get the win. Post-match, AJ mocked Kaitlyn some more with Big E Langston coming out with flowers to mock how Big E dumped Kaitlyn after pretending to be her admirer before. Layla has to hold Kaitlyn back in the ring.
Chris Jericho defeated Alberto Del Rio due to disqualification. Late in the match, Del Rio put the Cross arm breaker on Jericho. He struggles to make it to the bottom rope but finally does to break the hold. Jericho is able to put the Walls of Jericho on Del Rio to try to submit him. Ricardo Rodriguez gets in the ring and hit Jericho with his bucket to cause the DQ. Post-match, Ziggler runs to the ring to attack Del Rio. Jericho hits a Codebreaker on Rodriguez. Ziggler hits Del Rio with the Zig Zag. Jericho and Ziggler then are face-to-face in the middle of the ring. Jericho brushes by Ziggler, but then Ziggler hits the Zig Zag on him, before posing as his music hits.
Triple H walked in as Vickie was suggesting she should cancel the Bryan vs. Orton match. HHH said he hopes that isn't true, and then said he doesn't agree with what Vince said earlier about Bryan. He tells Vickie to over-deliver on the match and let the WWE Universe choose the stipulation. He said if she agrees, all will be right in the WWE.
Vickie and Brad Maddox came to the ring for the WWE 2K14 cover reveal. Vickie told fans they can choose the Orton vs. Bryan match stipulation: Street Fight, Lumberjack or Falls Count Anywhere. She showed off her version of the cover she designed for the video game featuring Vince, Stephanie and Triple H. Maddox shows his which has himself, CM Punk and John Cena. Lawler cut both off to show the real cover which has The Rock on it.
Ryback defeated The Great Khali via pinfall. Late into this one, Khali leveled Ryback with a clothesline. Khali hit more offense on Ryback, but Ryback made a comeback and hit Shellshocked for the win.
John Cena came to the ring and talked about being attacked by Henry last week, with Henry mocking retirements of the greats such as Shawn Michaels or Ric Flair. Cena said at MITB, he'll knock Henry's teeth down his throat. He said Henry forgot to check his calendar because they're still in the middle of "whoop ass season." He finished with "Our time is now" and "the champ is here."
The Usos defeated Tons of Funk and 3MB to become new #1 contenders for the WWE tag team titles. Late in the match, Drew was dumped out of the ring. The Usos worked on Mahal, with Tensai coming in to brawl with the Usos. Tensai went for a pinfall, but the other Uso came in to break it up. Eventually the Usos are able to get the victory, and will go to face Shield at MITB for the titles.
After a break, Paul Heyman comes out to introduce himself, saying for the past week everyone's asked him about Brock attacking Punk. He said the best way to handle this is face-to-face. Punk's music hit and he came out to face Heyman.
Punk talked about how John Laurinaitis wanted Punk to go to OVW in 2005 for WWE developmental. Punk said at the time Heyman was in charge of developmental, and everyone wanted to get rid of him, including Vince McMahon, but Heyman refused to fire him. He talked about being Heyman's first draft pick for ECW when it came back. Punk said he's saying this because he's the best wrestler on the planet and Heyman knows it. He said Brock doesn't have the balls to be there tonight. He then said he's going to bring Heyman's beast down.
Punk asks Heyman to tell him the truch, if he ordered the attack last week. Heyman tells him that Lesnar fulfilled his contractual obligations to WWE at Payback, and that he didn't know Lesnar would be on Raw. He said professional jealousy between Punk and Lesnar has run deep for a while now. Heyman says that he won't represent anyone against Punk since he loves him and he's his best friend. Heyman said the fans want Punk to drop him tonight, but that's what everyone wanted Heyman to do to Punk back in 2005-06. A "GTS" chant started up, but Punk apologized for doubting Heyman and hugged him. Punk's music hit to close the segment.
Punk defeated Darren Young via submission. Late in the match, Young countered a GTS attempt, and hit a GTS of his own on Punk. Punk got out of a 2 count, then is able to put the Anaconda Vice on to make Young tap out. Post-match, Titus O'Neil comes in and goes at Punk. Young helps him and they beat down Punk. Curtis Axel runs down to make the save. Punk and Axel clear the ring. Heyman comes out and it seems he is the one who sent Axel to save Punk.
The Bella Twins were out ringside handing out WWE magazines and other items to fans. Stephanie McMahon announced the WWE championship ladder match competitors for Money in the Bank: CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Christian, Kane and Rob Van Dam.
Backstage, Vickie was with Maddox saying Stephanie did a great job out there. Maddox talked about how he was working with Stephanie earlier on the competitors for MITB. Ryback showed up demanding Vickie cancel Cena vs. Henry at MITB, and put him in the title match instead. Chris Jericho showed up, saying he was attacked by 3 guys earlier and then wasn't put into the MITB match. Ryback told Jericho he interrupted him and that he could eat him alive. Jericho got in his face. Vickie eventually got in between them to yell "Excuse Me!" and then told them they'll fight, at Money in the Bank PPV.
After break, CM Punk was in the locker room getting ready with Paul Heyman talking to him. Punk was upset about being jumped earlier. Heyman suggested that he could have Curtis Axel come help him tonight. Punk said he doesn't need Axel's help. Heyman said he went to Vickie earlier and arranged for Prime Time Players against Punk/Axel next week. Punk said he's going to go out now and handle things on his own, and show he doesn't need Axel's help. He told Heyman to tell Brock Lesnar he's coming for him, then he's going to win MITB and become WWE champion again.
Mark Henry came to the ring in a suit, talking about how he fooled everyone last week. He said the WWE Universe are just like his puppets, that he makes dance. He said he's coming home, but with the WWE Championship after Money in the Bank PPV.
Jerry Lawler was in the ring and revealed the match stipulation voted on by fans on the WWE App. It was 50% in favor of Street fight. D-Bryan came out first to the ring and "Yes" chants broke out for him. Orton was out next.
Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton via submission in a street fight. Late in the match, Orton started to gain momentum, using the Kendo Stick on Bryan. With Bryan down on the apron, Orton dropped down to start pounding the mat in preparation for the RKO. As Orton went for the move, Bryan slipped out and did a backslide pinfall on him. Orton escaped that, so a frustrated Bryan grabbed a Kendo stick and began smashing it on Orton with kicks. He eventually locked on the Yes Lock, with Orton struggling. Orton reached a nearby Kendo Stick and tried to use it to hit Bryan with. He got in one shot, but Bryan took the stick and then used it as part of the No Lock. JBL said he could break Orton's shoulder. Orton finally tapped out, giving Bryan the win.
Post-match, Bryan was celebrating with the "Yes" chant in the ring with fans. Orton got up holding his side and walked over to face Bryan. Bryan stopped, and Orton extended his hand to shake with Bryan. JBL called it a "class act." As Raw went off the air, Bryan was down on his knees in the ring, with Cole saying he has finally proven he's not the weak link.