Austin, Texas
July 22, 2013
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The lights are out and a drumroll plays. Brad Maddox is in the ring to welcome us live to Monday Night RAW in Austin, Texas. There is a table set up in the ring and Maddox announces that RAW is going to kick off with a contract signing for the Summerslam Main Event.

Cena’s music hits first and he comes down to the ring and takes a seat at the table set up. Maddox asks why Cena chose Daniel Bryan when he could have chosen literally any wrestler on the active roster. Cena responds by saying that he chose Bryan because of Maddox. Cena says that Maddox gave him the choice and the crowd clearly wanted Bryan so that’s why he chose him. Maddox counters by saying that maybe Cena only chose Bryan because he knows he can beat him. Maddox tosses a few more accusations out about Bryan but then seems to lose his place. Cena tries to help him recover as Bryan’s music hits.

Daniel Bryan makes his way his way to the ring amidst the cheers of the crowd. Bryan says that the crowd clearly disagrees with Maddox. Brad asks Bryan why he thinks he was chosen. Cena doesn’t let him answer and instead gets to his feet. Cena is mad at Maddox for knocking Bryan for not being as large or strong as Cena.

Cena says that if size is a determinate then Maddox should go hand the belt to The Great Khali. Cena tosses the belt towards Maddox. Cena turns to Bryan and says that he received the Title opportunity because he deserves it. Cena says we don’t know if Bryan would have been in this match if he didn’t pick him, but that doesn’t matter because he is in the match. Gotcha.

Cena says that he is not just going to hand the Title over to Bryan. He is going to fight with everything he has. Forget how good Bryan might be, the best won’t be enough to be Cena.

Bryan starts to talk but Maddox interrupts and announces that the match is official. Bryan tells him not to interrupt. Maddox wants to know if Bryan is sure he wants to compete in the match. Maddox is going to give Bryan a match on RAW to prove to his detractors that he has what it takes. Maddox then corrects himself and says that Bryan will be in multiple matches tonight on RAW. Maddox doesn’t think Bryan will be up to the challenge. Maddox and Bryan close the segment by going back and forth shouting yes and no.


Sheamus v. Alberto Del Rio

They brawl at the start and Alberto unloads with a series of kicks. Sheamus fights back with a clothesline but is knocked to the mat. Sheamus is whipped into the ropes and receives a knee to the gut. An ad pops onto the screen that encourages the audience to buy Doritos. I’m now walking over to my cabinet and getting some.

Ah the joy of being controlled by the media. Back in the ring Sheamus is on the mat and Alberto lifts him to his feet. Alberto is looking for a tornado DDT in the corner but Sheamus fights him down. Alberto tries to apply a Cross Arm breaker against the ropes. Sheamus uses his strength to lift Rio up and punches him in the face.


Back from the break Sheamus charges after Alberto Del Rio. The referee breaks them up in the corner but Sheamus is fired up. Sheamus has a large bruise on his left leg from the Money in the Bank PPV. Alberto tries for a cover, but Sheamus kicks out. Alberto continues the attack on a grounded Sheamus and kicks him in the back of the head. Alberto uses the ropes to apply pressure as he presses his boot against Sheamus’ face. Del Rio charges at Sheamus for a slide, but Sheamus moves out of the way and Rio ends up on the apron. Sheamus seizes the opportunity and let’s loose with the clubbing blows.

Rio is able to stagger Sheamus with a few kicks but is caught with an Irish Curse Backbreaker. It’s not enough to put Del Rio away. Sheamus looks to go for White Noise but Sheamus lacks the strength in his leg to hold up his opponent. Rio counters into a roll up and quickly escapes the ring after his win.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio


There is a stunningly beautiful new interviewer backstage to interview Booker T and Teddy Long. It’s a nice visual upgrade from Matt Striker. She asks about the decision of Vince McMahon to promote Vickie Guerrero to be GM of Smackdown. Booker T says that he is shocked. Long is furious. He says that he spent three long months filling in for Booker and took a lot of abuse. Last week Vickie had him removed from the building. Booker is not amused and threatens to have Long escorted from the building. Teddy retorts that since Vince did not make Long the GM, he offers that maybe the right decision was made.


Christian v. Titus O’Neil w/ Darren Young

Christian received a mild reaction and he shows his frustration at the reception as he takes to the ramp.

Titus starts the match off with a punch at Christian. Christian flies off the second rope but is caught for a backbreaker. Titus kicks Christian in the side, which sends him rolling out of the ring. Darren Young sweeps in for a cheap shot. Titus tosses Christian into the ring from the apron and tries for a cover. Christian kicks out. Titus drops a few legs and goes for the cover. Christian kicks out. Titus stretches Christian out and applies an abdominal stretch. Christian does not tap – disappointing fans of Kayfabe: The Movie.

Titus has Christian on the ground in the corner and delivers a few kicks, blowing a whistle as he hits each move. Christian starts to fight back and connects with a missile dropkick. He connects with a few shoulder blocks and then sets Titus up on the second rope so he can jump down for a punch. Christian jumps from the second rope for a crossbody. Christian looks for the Killswitch, but Young jumps up on the apron. Christian stops the move to hit Young but Titus hits him with a high boot. Cover, but Christian kicks out. Titus tries to go for the finish but Christian reverses and hits the Killswitch.

Winner: Christian

Josh Mathews is in the back with Ryback. He asks him about his demolition of Jericho on Smackdown. He asks if he gets joy out of hurting others. Ryback says that he does. He hates average people like Josh and the WWE Universe. Whether its taking lunch money on the playground or taking whatever he wants, Ryback will continue to do it. He says that he should intimidate people.


Mark Henry’s music hits. He has recently signed a new three-year deal with the company. Henry comes out to the ring and says he is proud of the fact that he was born and raised a Texan. He also says that he is proud with the effort he put into his Championship match against John Cena. He is, however, not pleased with the attack from The Shield last week. Henry says that his heart does not pump Kool-Aid. He is not going to bore the audience so invites The Shield to come out right now.

The Shield must have sensed that Henry would call them out because they are already in position to enter from the crowd. They make their way down and surround the ring. The crowd starts to chant for Henry. The members of the Shield slowly get into the ring. Henry charges and takes the attack to them. The number game looks to catch up to Henry in the corner. The crowd begins to boo as The Shield take control.

The Usos music this and they charge down to the ring. They help Henry take back control. Henry tosses the Usos out of the way as he goes after The Shield. Roman is the last member left in the ring. He gets a double superkick. Henry hits a hard splash. The Shield is left with no option other than to escape up and through the crowd.

Daniel Bryan is in the back with John Cena. Bryan asks if Cena is here to wish him luck. Cena says that Maddox was nervous in the ring earlier and doesn’t think that Maddox is making his decisions on his own. Bryan says that he will go out and take on whatever challenges are presented. Bryan says that tonight he is going to fight and he is going to win. Bryan says that he is going to do it by himself. Bryan tells Cena that if he comes out or gets involved in any of Bryan’s matches tonight then he will know that everything Cena said in the ring earlier was crap.


Dolph Ziggler v. Darren Young

Ziggler dodges a couple blows and taunts his opponent. Ziggler hits a high dropkick and goes for the cover. Young kicks out. Young sends Ziggler into the turnbuckle with a side slam. Cover, but Ziggler kicks out. Young looks to a rear headlock. Ziggler backs Young into the corner but Young pushes back into the ring. Ziggler ultimately capitalizes with a Zig Zag that ends the match.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

After the match Big E. Langston and AJ Lee charges down to eh ring. Langston looks to go on the attack but Ziggler is having none of it. Dolph uses his speed to first toss Langston out of the ring and then jumps out himself as Langston rolls back inside.


The Miz is in the ring with a slew of Divas and welcomes us to Miz TV. He has the cast of Total Divas seated in the ring. Video promo airs for the new show.

Miz introduces the girls and then says that he wants to turn things over to Jerry Lawler. The commentator looks confused but gets into the ring. He points out that he doesn’t know a couple of the girls and is introduced to Jojo and Eva Marie. Eva says she is here to make a name for herself and then slaps Lawler across the face. Music plays and after a few moments the Divas get up and wave to the audience. So ends an abysmal and awkward segment.


Triple H walks into Maddox’s office. He is upset that Maddox thinks Bryan is small, weak and not Championship material. HHH says that it sounds like someone has put words in Brad’s mouth. HHH says he doesn’t care what the old man thinks. HHH says that he believes Bryan may be the future of the company. No matter how much is thrown at him, Bryan has the determination to succeed. HHH says that there are two trains leaving the station. One train is the future, and one is a dead end.

As Trips walks away Stephanie walks into the shot. She says that she knows that the family can be annoying but she is going to have some good ideas coming Brad’s way.


Fandango and Summer Rae dance their way down to the ring. The silhouette is again hanging from the ceiling. This time all of the pyro does light.


Fandango w/ Summer Rae v. Cody Rhodes

Damien Sandow joins commentary for this match.

Cody starts strong and attempts a pinfall. Fandango kicks out. Fandango slams Cody into the turnbuckle and goes for the cover, Cody kicks out. Fandango applies a side headlock and the crowd begins to chant for Summer Rae. Fandango releases the hold and struts before returning to the headlock. Cody fights to get back to his feet. Cody sets Fandango up in the corner and lifts him up to kick him in the gut. Cody attempts a moonsault but it does not really connect. Fandango rolls out of the ring for a moment before sliding back in. Sandow gets up on the apron with the MitB briefcase and looks for a cheap shot. Cody sees him and hits a Disaster Kick, which also connects with Fandango. Cross Rhodes connects and this match is over.

Winner: Cody Rhodes


CM Punk’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. He recaps last week’s episode in which Brock Lesnar attacked Punk and chucked him around the ringside area. Punk says that despite all of that he kept getting back up. Punk puts over how banged up his is and states that despite it all he keeps standing. Lesnar can beat Punk down, but he can’t keep Punk down. Punk recites the accolades of Lesnar. Punk says that Lesnar’s biggest weapon has always been about one thing – fear. Punk says that he has seen some of the toughest men he has ever shared a locker room with be in fear of Lesnar. Punk says that he is not afraid of Lesnar.

Punk then shifts the subject to Paul Heyman. CM claims that Heyman made the wrong decision and now he is going to pay for it for the rest of his life. Punk says that he is not going to stop until Lesnar goes back to the hype that he hides in. Punk says that this is his ring. He says he would defend that claim against anyone past or present. Punk addresses Heyman and says that he will get his hands on Heyman and tear him apart. Punk says he won’t pretend that Lesnar is not a monster. However, CM counters that monsters are put on this earth to be slaughtered. Punk says that he wants the match at Summerslam against Lesnar. Punk says that he wants The Best v. The Beast.

Heyman appears on the Titantron live via satellite and says that he appreciates that match Title. Punk asks if that satellite feed is real or if Heyman is backstage because he will come drag him out of the hole he is hiding in by the fat of his neck. Heyman says that neither he nor Lesnar will appear in Texas.

Show me a hero and I’ll show you a coward that has run out of options, or a fool that doesn’t know how to stay down. Heyman asks if Punk is a coward or a fool. Punk responds that he’ll let them know at Summerslam. Punk is fired up about the satellite feed and tells Heyman that he will travel to wherever he is located for the encounter. Heyman says that Punk is beat up from the attack of Brock Lesnar last week. Heyman says that the challenge for Summerslam has been accepted. Heyman does however tell Punk to stop calling it the best v. the beast – because the best is the beast. Heyman says that Lesnar is his best friend in the world.


Rob Van Dam v. Wade Barrett

They brawl at the start and the action spills outside of the ring. Wade takes the advantage as they get back into the ring. He punches at RVD in the corner. RVD is set up between the ropes and Wade connects with a kick. RVD looks to stumble out of the ring but gets caught against the top rope. Wade is now bleeding from the mouth and/or nose. Wade cinches on a headlock to regain his bearings. RVD kicks Wade and then leaps up to the top rope and bounces back with a kick. RVD hits Rolling Thunder and goes for the cover. RVD hops up to the top rope and leaps towards a standing Wade with a somersault plancha. Cover, but Wade kicks out. RVD looks for a cartwheel shoulder thrust but misses. RVD retains control as he plants Wade down to the mat. RVD leaps up to the top turnbuckle once again and connects with a 5 Star Frog Splash for the win.

Winner: Rob Van Dam


Daniel Bryan is set to be in action for an indeterminate number of matches. His music hits and he makes his way down to the ring.

The Real Americans’ music hits and Zeb Colter makes his way out with Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro. Zeb tells the history of Steve Austin, not the wrestler, but the crowd doesn’t seem to sense the difference. Zeb says that the fans that chant yes are stupid. Zeb says that Bryan is taking a handout to face Cena for the Title. Zeb says that Bryan is going to find out tonight what it is like to be in the ring with a Real American.

Daniel Bryan v. Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter & Antonio Cesaro

Swagger pushes Bryan back into the corner and then connects with some punches. Bryan punches his way free but is lifter overhead. Bryan scurries down and goes for a roll up. Swagger kicks out. Bryan is caught with a knee to the gut and hits the mat. Swagger follows with a shoulder block. Swagger places his hand over his heart and then stomps on Bryan. Swagger continues to knee Bryan in the corner. Swagger is backed off by the referee. Jack heads back towards Bryan but is knocked out of the ring. Bryan flies toward him for a suicide dive, but Swagger senses the move and punches Bryan. Swagger sticks his tongue out and throws up some gang sign before hitting a second rope splash. Swagger is looking for the finish but Bryan counters into a yes lock. Antonio and Zeb are talking and do not realize that their partner is tapping.

Winner: Daniel Bryan


Daniel Bryan v. Antonio Cesaro

Hoping to pick off where his partner left out, Cesaro starts out strong. Bryan is able to stay alive and then stands on Cesaro’s calves. Antonio gets back to his feet and drops an elbow. Cesaro sizes up his opponent. Bryan gets to his feet only to be placed in a rear headlock. Cesaro keeps him from getting up. Bryan continues to be worn out and is forced to use his elbows to escape. Bryan is whipped into the corner but flips out and hits a clothesline after running the ropes. Bryan starts to hulk up and delivers several strong kicks as the crowd chants along with each strike. Cesaro ducks a kick and tries to go back to the headlock. Cesaro is in the corner and gets caught with first one and then another charging delayed dropkick.

Bryan fights back to his feet and heads to the top turnbuckle. Swagger jumps up for a distraction. Bryan flies into the ring but is hit with a hard uppercut. Cover, but Bryan kicks out.


Back from the break Bryan tries for a quick pin. Cesaro kicks out. Bryan is lifted up with a gutwrench and falls hard to the mat. Bryan is back on his feet with a slew of punches. Cesaro responds by lifting up Bryan for a high slam. Cesaro charges at Bryan in the corner but is blocked. Bryan hits a huge German Suplex and looks for the cover. Cesaro kicks out. They continue to fight back and forth until Bryan is set up on the top turnbuckle. Cesaro attempts to suplex Bryan but Bryan is able to fight him off. Cesaro tries again but Bryan moves out of the way. Cesaro is caught in a tree of woe. Bryan charges from across the ring and hits a dropkick. Bryan sets Cesaro up and attempts an overhead suplex, but Cesaro counters as they hit the mat. Cover, but Bryan kicks out.

Both men are on their feet and exchange uppercuts. Cesaro starts to absolutely unload on Bryan with uppercut after uppercut. Cesaro delivers one final arm lariat that flips Bryan inside out. Cover, but Bryan kicks out. The crowd begins to chant, “this is awesome”. Cesaro tries to lift up Bryan for a Neutralizer, but Bryan flips him overhead. Antonio goes back to the uppercuts. Bryan gets in a few shots of his own. He locks up Antonio’s legs and hits a string of hard punches. Cesaro rolls out of the ring to confer with Swagger. Bryan flies out at both with a suicide dive. Cesaro is sent back into the ring. Bryan looks for a leap but Cesaro moves out of the way. Antonio tries to hit an uppercut but Bryan spins through to counter and gets the pin.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Brad Maddox is in his office with Alex Riley. Where the hell did Alex Riley come from? Riley says that Bryan has survived his matches tonight. Maddox smugly grins and says we have to wait to see if he will beat his next opponent.


Daniel Bryan v. Ryback

Bryan charges at Ryback but is pushed back. Bryan again goes after his opponent and hits an uppercut. Ryback fights back and then grabs Bryan and chucks him across the ring. Ryback stands over his foe and yells for him to get up. Ryback tells Bryan that he is a little man in a big man’s world. Ryback whips Bryan hard into the corner and he takes it sternum first. The crowd chants, “you can’t wrestle” at Ryback. Cover, but Bryan kicks out. Ryback applies a rear headlock and says that this is too easy. Ryback runs the ropes but is caught in a Boston Crab. Ryback is able to make his way to the bottom rope. The crowd has died as Ryback has taken control. Cover, but Bryan kicks out.

Ryback is looking for the Meathook. Bryan counters with a knee to the jaw. Bryan charges towards Ryback and connects with a dropkick. Bryan follows with another. Ryback responds with a clothesline. Cover, but Bryan kicks out. Ryback heads out of the ring and sets up a table on the outside. Bryan flies out of the ring and clears the table as he crashes into Ryback. Bryan tries to lift Ryback to his feet but is tosses into the steel steps. Ryback looks back at the table and sets it up right where he wants it. Bryan rolls back into the ring and Ryback follows.

Bryan unloads with several kicks on Ryback as the crowd gets back into the match. Bryan is lifted up for a Powerbomb but counters into a roll up. Ryback kicks out. Bryan looks for the Yes Lock but Ryback lifts him off by the hair. Bryan heads up to the top rope. Ryback counters the move but Bryan cinches on a Yes Lock. Ryback is in the middle of the ring. Ryback is eventually up to fight his way free and heads out of the ring. Bryan runs off the apron at him but is powerbombed to the outside. Ryback lifts Bryan back up into the air and then slams him through the table.

Winner via DQ: Daniel Bryan

After the match ends John Cena charges down to the ring. Cena goes after Ryback and chases him towards the back. Cena grabs a microphone and scolds Ryback for tossing Bryan through a Title after he has been fighting for the past half hour. Cena challenges Ryback to a tables match next week on RAW.

Brad Maddox is in the back as Vince McMahon walks out. He says he is going to grant that match for next week. Vince asks what he is going to do about Daniel Bryan. Vince says that Maddox cannot let Bryan go without fighting next week. Vince tells him to have Bryan face a friend. Brad announces that next week we will see Daniel Bryan versus Kane.

The camera cuts back to the ring as the audience chants along with Bryan. Cena looks on from the outside.