Monday Night Raw – August 1

Tonight RAW is LIVE from Indianapolis

The show opens with a recap of the events surrounding CM Punk’s title victory at Money in the Bank, the firing of Vince McMahon and last weeks title match that saw John Cena become the new champion followed by the return of CM Punk.  Pyro goes off in the arena and Michael Cole tells us this is a night of “remarkable importance.”  He says that for the first time in WWE history they have two legitimate WWE champions.

Cult of Personality hits and CM Punk makes his entrance with the title around his waist.  The crowd explodes when he takes the belt off and holds it above his head.  Punk gets in the ring and grabs the mic with a big smile on his face, the crowd is completely behind him tonight.  Punk screams “The champ is here!”  He sits down in the ring while a loud chant of “CM Punk!” breaks out.  He says he is going to tell us why he came back.  He says he loves the place he works he just hates the people in charge.  He says he got the opportunity to speak his mind and he caused a little bit of change.  Vince got relieved of his duties the very next night.  He can feel the change in the air and he wants to take a little bit of credit but a lot of it belongs to the audience.  For far too long the fans have been fed scraps, they haven’t been given what they deserve and he’s here to do that.  He’s here to make this fun again for everybody.  As proud as he was about backing up everything he said he realized the voice of the voiceless needs to be heard, his voice needs to be heard by the fans.

He says he can’t do that with a megaphone, he can’t do it at Jimmy Kimmel.  He can’t change the WWE, or this industry, what it should be if he is sitting on his couch in Chicago.  He says he picked up the phone and made the call to come back and by the looks of it he timed it perfectly.  The WWE has already reverted back to John Cena being WWE champion.  He says Cena is as much WWE champion as the guy in the front row with a fake championship belt.  “Same old, same old” he says.  He tells Cena no matter what the outcome of the bogus tournament, or who thinks they deserve rematched, the one fact is that he is the one holding the title.  He says he is the best professional wrestler this world has to offer, he is the one and only WWE champion.  Triple H’s music hits.

Punk says “HHH” he’s the “CEO.”  Triple H says he wants to explain why he re-signed CM Punk.  It was good for business, the same reason why he brought back Jim Ross, the same reason he brought back John Morrison.  He says it is his job to try and give the fans exactly what they want, even if it goes against his personal feelings, the WWE Universe wanted CM Punk and so he gave them CM Punk.  Punk asks him what he meant by “going against” his personal feelings.  Triple H says he thinks that Punk is a smug, overrated, attention seeking guy that puts too much stock in his own hype.  Punk says he is glad they can be honest.  He says “Smug, overrated?  Kind of like looking a mirror Hunter.”  Punk says he wishes Triple H had just said he hated his guts.  He says Vince’s era screwed the pooch on the entire roster.  He says he let major guys go like Batista, Mick Foley, Chris Jericho, Brock Lesnar.  He says not only did they not want to see him go anywhere, WWE couldn’t afford for him to go anywhere else.  Triple H says he is a commodity, but why doesn’t he tell the truth about why he really re-signed?  He says that CM Punk re-signed for himself, because he wanted to hear his own voice.  Punk says the truth is, he’s the WWE champion.  Triple H says both Punk and Cena are the WWE champions.  He says that is a situation he will fix later tonight.  He goes to leave but Punk tells him not to leave yet.  He says he doesn’t want Hunter to think that just because he signed a contract doesn’t mean he’s going to shut up or spit out a PG doctrine.  He is here to stay and to do things his way.

Punk says “let’s talk about egos.”  He says Triple H hogged the spotlight so many times over people who deserved it.  The fact that even when he was carrying HBK’s bags he liked to push people around.  He asks how many times did he say “I just don’t think he has what it takes” while lying in bed with his wife?  He says whether he’s in his gear or a suit Triple H is  a bully who likes to throw his weight around and to be careful who he pushes because Punk likes to push back.  Triple H says this comes down to ego and he’ll admit he has a massive ego and right now that ego is telling him to slap every tattoo off Punk’s “skinny, fat” ass.  He says he won’t do that, and he took this job for the fans and that comes with certain responsibilities and certain rules.  He may not like them but he respects them and for the fans he is not going to break those rules.  He says he strongly suggests Punk doesn’t break them either.  Punk asks “or what?”  He asks if Hunter will hit him or if he has to go ask his wife permission first.  Punk drops the microphone and stares at Triple H before walking back up the ramp.

We see Rey Mysterio backstage getting ready.  Morrison comes running over and jumps over him.  They high five.  The Diva’s battle royal is up next.

[Commercial break 1]

@IAmWWEman:  Punk is RAW
@Smarkingout: JR’s voice in a video package? PERFECTION!
@TheUnratedEXP:  Here comes our hero CM Punk!
@MikeAwesome82:  I hate how the mark fans are suddenly such huge CM Punk fans. He deserves the cheers, but it still pisses me off to no end.
@CaptainKaizo: CM Punk is the fucking man
@WrestleSarcasm:  If he even attempts the Pedigree I will be pissed.

We return from commercial and Kelly Kelly has joined the commentary table.

Match 1:  Diva’s Battle Royal for #1 Contender spot: [7 minutes and 15 seconds]
The match begins with every Diva battling each other.  Melina eliminated almost immediately, followed by Gail Kim and Rosa Mendes.  Divas are falling out of the ring all over the place.  One minute in and we’re down to seven.  Alicia eliminates AJ while the Bella twins work on Natalya, eliminating her.

[Commercial break 2]

Returning from commercial it is the Bella Twins, Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox and Eve.  The Bellas are still working on Beth.  Eve is battling Alicia Fox, who eliminates herself trying to hit Eve.  Eve starts fighting both of the Bellas.  She’s hanging off the top rope in the corner and finally gets eliminated.  Beth storms over, picks both twins up onto her shoulders and dumps them both out at 7:15.

Kelly comes in the ring to congratulate Beth who then throws her out of the ring.  Beth slams her into the barricade and grabs a microphone.  She says Kelly’s days as the perky, cute, blond bimbo are officially over.  She then drops the microphone.

We see the Miz backstage taping up his wrists.  R-Truth comes walking in and asks what’s up.  Miz asks who he is talking to, he asks why he is talking to himself.  Truth says he and the Miz are basically the same.  Truth says Triple H being in control is a conspiracy.  He asks why they had to compete in a tournament if Triple H was going to bring back CM Punk anyway?  He tells the Miz to be careful or he’s gon’ get got.

[Commercial break 3] 

@BritBoJangles: Why is Melina getting buried? That shit irritated the flying fuck out of me!
@AbsolutBex: BS Divas Battle royal, faves are already out 
@WrestlingVoice: Now Natalya? Does WWE know which women can actually wrestle? If Beth Phoenix doesn’t win it’s a travesty.
@WrestleSarcasm: SAVE.US_Beth Phoenix
@FlawlessEvE1: The Bellas should have went first not Melina and Gail. WTF are they thinking??
@Uhhhhlisa: Dont pull heir hair out Beth! Extensions are expensive!!

We return from commercial and Josh Matthews is backstage interviewing John Cena.  He says Punk lives by the sword and will die by the sword.

R-Truth makes his way out to the ring followed by the Miz.  They show a clip of the Miz being on George Lopez last week.

[Commercial break 4]

Match 2:  The Miz & R-Truth vs Rey Mysterio & John Morrison: [11 minutes and 2 seconds]
The match begins with Miz and Morrison in the ring.  Morrison gets the best of Miz early on but is preoccupied with trying to get his hands on Truth which lets Miz level him with a clothesline.  Miz begins stomping Morrison and lands a nice snap suplex for a two count.  Morrison pushes Miz into the corner, trips him and then tags in Mysterio who lands a seated senton for a two count.  Both Miz and Truth get bumped outside of the ring, Mysterio lands a seated senton on Truth and Morrison hits a corkscrew dive to the outside on Miz.

[Commercial break 5]

Back from commercial and  Truth has Mysterio in the camel clutch.  Rey fights his way out of it but Truth regains control and drops a few elbows, then applies the abdominal stretch.  Rey fights his way out but Miz comes in and starts beating him down landing a massive kick to the face.  Miz puts a headlock on Mysterio but Rey fights out and lands an enziguri to the back of Miz’s head.  Both men are down but Miz catches Rey and lands a DDT for a two count before making the tag to Truth.  Rey fights back but gets caught with a flying, corkscrew elbow from Truth.  Truth tags Miz back in and Miz begins stomping Rey again.  Rey tries to race to the corner but the Miz catches him and drags him back to the center of the ring.  Miz goes for a high risk maneuver but Rey counters with a kick to the face.  Morrison is stomping on the ring apron, both men make the tag.  Morrison begins running Truth down and then the Miz.  Morrison drags Truth to the corner and sets up for the starship pain but Miz pulls Truth out of the ring.  Rey flies over the top rope and takes Miz out.  Truth gets back in the ring, misses an ax kick but Morrison kicks him into the ropes.  Mysterio goes for a 619 but Miz pulls him out of the ring and throws him over the barricade into the crowd.  Morrison knees Miz and lands a kick, knocking him out of the ring.  Truth lands his finisher and gets the win at 11:02.

After the match the Miz gets in the ring and lands the skull crushing finale on Morrison.  Truth comes in with a bottle of water while Miz holds John up.  Truth hits Morrison in the head with the bottle.   Michael Cole says Mysterio and Morrison “just got got.”

@typicalROHfan: JOHN CENA WEARS CLOTHES?
@iHartWrestling: The awesome one on raw!!! …no not me *smirk …the Miz!!
@nuer0tica: I really could have done without Rey on my TV.
@BreakingKayfabe: Still waiting for an amazing Miz/Morrison feud utilizing their amazing backstory. Mania 28? Please?
@OrdinaryLullaby: When is there a Match where Rey is not taking most of the offence?
@MelinaFan20:  That was a pretty good match
@FearlessRiOT: WWE is not giving John Morrison a good comeback here. He’s only been back a week and he’s lot twice

Backstage we see Josh Matthews with Triple H, he asks about the altercation between him and Punk earlier.  Triple H says he’s been in the business for twenty years, this isn’t his first barbeque.  Talking about his wife has been done before and it doesn’t bother him one bit.  Triple H says if Cena wants to know what he has to say he can come out when he announces his decision tonight.  He recommends that Cena should keep it strictly business.

[Commercial break 6]

Back from commercial and Dolph Ziggler comes walking out with Vickie Guerrero.  Vickie says Dolph is far more superior than CM Punk or John Cena.  Ziggler says no one will ever have his skills, techniques, talents or his charisma.  Says he is more of a man than anyone in the arena or back in the lockeroom.  Alex Riley’s music hits.  Riley asks if Ziggler is such a man, why does he always hide behind a woman?  Vickie grabs the microphone and says thanks to her Dolph is a former world heavyweight champion, intercontinental champion and is the current United States champion.  Riley steps into the ring and says “excuse me.”  Riley asks Dolph when the last time was that he accomplished anything on his own, he tells Dolph that he is hiding behind Vickie.  He says with her, Dolph would be exposed for being a bleached blond, arrogant fraud.  Ziggler tells Riley he doesn’t belong out there with him and then takes his jacket and belt off.  He gets ready but rolls out of the ring.  Riley challenges him, but Ziggler backs away.

@TheUnratedEXP: A feud between Alex Riley and Dolph Ziggler for the United States Championship can be something good to watch.
@VixenTye: Riley sucks over all.. bad mic skillys, looks like a reject Lex Luger with a bad crew cut with hermit crab eyes..can’t wrestle eck
@ShotgunRadio1: Riley is good on the mic, miz taught him well

Next up will be David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty vs Zack Ryder and Santino.

[Commercial break 7]

Match 3:  David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty vs Zack Ryder & Santino: [2 minutes and 24 seconds]
The match starts with McGillicutty destroying Santino.  He tags in Otunga and they double team him in the corner.  A big “we want Ryder” chant breaks out while Otunga is working Santino on the mat.  Santino begins fighting back and lands a stone cold stunner on Otunga before tagging in Ryder.  Ryder mows McGillicutty down and then kicks Otunga out of the ring.  He lands a boot in the corner and gets a two count which is interupted by Otunga.  Santino interferes but Otunga throws him out of the ring.  McGillicutty takes advantage of Ryder, tags in Otunga who lands a big elbow for the pin at 2:24.

@BreakingKayfabe: Horrible new theme song for a horrible tag team.
@StarryEyes89: OH RADIOOOOOOOOOOO
@DavidHerro: Wow… I forgot the WWE had tag team champions…
@ShotgunRadio1: Ryder should walk out with his new Internet Wrestling Title that he debuted this week. Woo Woo Woo

[Commercial break 8]

Back from commercial and they air a little recap of the opening segment of the show between CM Punk and Triple H.  We then see Punk backstage with Josh Matthews.  Punk says he’s waiting around to see what Triple H’s decision is going to be, that earlier in the ring he was just testing him to see if their relationship would be purely business.  Punk says he beat Cena at Money in the Bank and so he is the champion.

[Commercial break 9]

Match 4:  Alberto Del Rio vs Evan Bourne: [3 minutes and 40 seconds]
The match begins with Evan getting in offense but Del Rio quickly turns it around and takes control.  Del Rio starts working on the left arm, wrenching it on the middle rope.   Del Rio takes Bourne down to the mat and works the arm some more.  Bourne begins fighting out but Del Rio catches him with a tiltawhirl back breaker.  Del Rio slams Bourne down with his arm behind his back and then puts an arm bar on.  Bourne throws a few kicks but Del Rio takes him down again.  He goes for a suplex but Bourne lands a few knees, followed by a few kicks and then a high knee takes Del Rio down.  Bourne climbs to the top rope but Del Rio lands a massive top rope enziguri.  Del Rio locks in the cross arm breaker for the win at 3:40.

After the match Del Rio puts the hold back on, Kofi Kingston comes running out to save Bourne.  Del Rio jumps out of the ring, he and Kofi exchange words.

We see Triple H walking backstage, he will address the WWE Universe next.

[Commercial break 10]

@LoneEnigma77:  Raw is CM PUNK & ALBERTO DEL RIO!!!
@Rated_M_Andraya: I have no idea how I would act if I eve me Del Rio, probably the same way I would when I met Wade Barrett…hide in a corner..
@OrdinaryLullaby: Does the briefcase come with a feud o keep you relevant?
@Cherrrybomb: Evan Bourne!!!!!! Wooohooo!!!!
@AbsolutBex: ADR has a very mice manicure don’t know why I noticed that but there ya go. 

We return from commercial and they show us a poll where apparently 54% of voters think Cena should be champion.
Triple H makes his entrance and climbs in the ring, grabbing the mic.  He says for the first time there are two WWE champions.  Suddenly John Laurenitis’ voice interrupts Triple H.  He says he is the executive vice president of talent relations, a job he took over from Jim Ross.  He says it is his job to sign talent and manage their contracts.  Triple H says if he needs to sign a new talent he’ll give him a call, and he asks what he wants.  He tells Triple H he should strip the WWE title from John Cena, at which point Cena’s music hits.

Cena runs to the ring and grabs a microphone.  He says the crowd is interesting tonight as they boo the living hell out of him.  He says this decision is big.  He says Johnny Ace has never thought before and he is the yes man that CM Punk was talking about.  Cena says at Money in the Bank he knocked Johnny’s teeth out.  He says if the championship is legitimate he would be fine losing it in a match but he will not have it stripped because a goon in a suit doesn’t like him.  Cena does an impression of Laurenitis.  Johnny says Cena is out of line, he says he didn’t make his decision based on Cena’s unprofessional behavior, he made it because CM Punk beat him.  Cena says he is going to punch him in the face again, Triple H says he doesn’t have a problem with that.  Laurenitis hops out of the ring.  Cena asks Triple H if he is going to listen to Ace.  Triple H says he isn’t going to strip Cena of anything, his claim to the title is legitimate.  He says he didn’t hear from Punk until the match between Cena and Mysterio took place, so his title is legitimate.  CM Punk’s music hits.

Punk asks if Triple isn’t going to strip Cena of his “paper championship” if he’s going to strip him when he beat Cena at Money in the Bank?  Triple H says both of them need to stop whining like little girls.  He tells Cena it’s not “Hunter.”  He says “I’m your boss.”  He says no one is going to get stripped of anything.  Summerslam, John Cena vs CM Punk for one undisputed WWE champion.  Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way back to the lockeroom.  Punk and Cena stand in the ring staring at each other.  Punk drops his microphone and holds his title up, the crowd cheers for him and his music hits.  Cena holds his title up and the crowd cheers, his music hits.  Both men get up on the top rope and repeat the same action.  Punk laughs and tells Cena he can see him.  The show goes off the air with Cult of Personality playing.

@CamelClutchBlog: Wow the WWE Universe is officially full of idiots for that poll whether that was worked or not.
@WrestlingVoice:  I want Punk but he relinquished the title when he left the company. So technically it is Cena but we’ll get a unification match
@ThingsColeSays: Johnny Ace sounds like he smokes about three fucking packs a day.
@Rated_M_Andraya: YES please take it from Cena!! PLEASE!
@PinfallMagazine: Johnny Ace should be replaced by Super Dave.
@WEFWrestling: Here comes CM Punk now thing are about to pick up
@Melinafan20:  I hope their match at SummerSlam will be as good as their last match or better.
@Ringsiderants: This could have done without the dueling theme songs

Special thanks to @AprilAnn_ for being awesome! 

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