June 17, 2013
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Justin Roberts opens the show by announcing Ricardo Rodriguez, who introduces the new World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio.
Alberto asks everyone how their weekend was? He wants to know why everyone is talking about Man of Steel, when they could be talking about a man of gold; the new World Heavyweight Champion. He mentions his win being controversial but argues that Dolph Ziggler attacked him while he was injured. He put up a fight but the people cheered for Ziggler. He’s not offended. He gets it. The crowd wants Ziggler. Del Rio gave us every thing and we never gave him the respect that he deserved. He’s disrespected the Mexican culture; the Mexican people. All he’s heard is U-S-A. He wants to know why they won’t cheer for him, but they cheer for a pig and a coward in Ziggler.
America is for pigs and cowards. For five months he’s fought for us and gotten nothing. Last night he fought for himself and won the title. He’s going to be the better man in this equation; he’s going to show us why he is the best. He’s going to give us a second chance to show him the respect he deserves. Alberto’s interrupted by “Cult of Personality,” and C.M. Punk makes his way out with Paul Heyman.
Punk asks how they’re doing. He says it feels like it’s been a while. Last time they were in the ring together and Del Rio was holding a title was Survivor Series 2011 and he beat him and went on to hold the WWE title for 434 days. He’s out here because Del Rio said he was the best. There’s only one best in the World, and Del Rio’s looking at him. Punk is out here to challenge Del Rio.
Heyman interrupts him by telling Del Rio his client doesn’t fight for free. Punk tries to stop him, finally does, and asks Heyman what he’s doing. Heyman says they haven’t talked about this. Punk is banged up from last night. Punk says he knows he’s banged up and Dolph deserves the first re-match for the belt, but last night he was stealing the show with Chris Jericho.
Last night Punk proved he was the best in the world and he wants to do it again tonight against Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio says Punk doesn’t want him. Punk asks Ricardo if he wants to fight when Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox excuse themselves.
Vickie says Alberto doesn’t get to make the decision, she does. She can’t think of a better way to continue Payback’s momentum by having C.M. Punk take on Alberto Del Rio tonight in the main event of RAW.
Backstage, Heyman is with Punk. Heyman is worried about him. Punk says he needs to make it clear. Last night Heyman got involved and almost cost him the match. He isn’t Brock Lesnar. He isn’t Curtis Axel. He’s not Paul’s client. He doesn’t want him at ringside for his matches. He’ll always be a Paul Heyman guy. Punk leaves and Paul looks upset.
Intercontinental Championship Match:
Curtis Axel © vs. Wade Barrett
Before this match can start, Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox excuse themselves again. The rematch is going to have to wait. Barrett’s going to face her big surprise… Christian!
Christian vs. Wade Barrett
Barrett starts off on the attack and whips Christian into the ropes. Christian tries for a cross body that Wade counters. Christian dumps Barrett to the outside, takes to the top rope and hits the cross body.
Back inside the ring, Christian tries for the top again, but Barrett trips him up and keeps him perched on the top rope. Barrett hits the running kick and gets two. Barrett applies a reverse chinlock. Barrett carries Christian to the corner. Christian fights him off, and hits a missile dropkick from the second. Christian hits a flying forearm off the ropes. Barrett charges Christian in the corner again, but runs into a back elbow. Christian hits the tornado DDT off the second rope for 2.
Christian charges, but Barrett counters with a kick to the gut. Barrett sets up Christian for the pump-handle slam, but Christian rolls over. Barrett charges Christian in the corner but crashes into the ring post. Christian hangs Barrett on the top rope and hits the Kill Switch for the 1-2-3.
2-on-1 Handicapped Match:
Team Rhodes Scholars vs. Sheamus
Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes take it straight to Sheamus, but he manages to gain control. Sheamus snapmares Cody off the second rope. Sandow grabs Sheamus by the foot, and Cody hits the Disaster Kick and they continue to double team Sheamus. Sandow hits the Elbow of Disdain and Cody covers for 2. Sandow holds Sheamus up as Cody slaps him across the face. Sheamus gets to his feet and Cody charges, but Sheamus backdrops him over the top and takes it to Sandow with forearms.
Sheamus hits a high knee and the rolling senton. Cody gets up to the apron and Sheamus catches him with the clubberin’ forearms. Sheamus hits a powerslam on Sandow. Cody gets caught off the second with the White Noise. Sheamus tries for a Brogue Kick on Cody, but Sandow rolls up Sheamus for the win.
Sandow rolls out of the ring and Sheamus nails Cody Rhodes with a Brogue Kick for good measure.
Backstage, Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox are with Triple H. Vickie thinks she’s a genius. Triple H agrees, but he wonders what the main event would’ve been if C.M. Punk hadn’t wandered out to confront Del Rio. He wants to know why Christian has been medically cleared for a month, but hasn’t been on RAW. Maddox says RVD’s re-signing was his idea. Triple H recalls it differently. H says The Shield have been running roughshod and Vickie needs to gain control. She needs to make an example out of The Shield. He mentions 3MB being added to the show was also a stroke of genius.
Elsewhere, Daniel Bryan is with Kane, getting ready for his match tonight. Kane wants to talk, but Daniel Bryan is busy. He doesn’t want to hear Kane say he told him so. Bryan thinks Kane thinks he is still the weak link, but he’s going to beat Randy Orton tonight and prove him otherwise. Kane says maybe Team Hell No should give it another shot. Daniel says it’s all about Team DB. Kane says it makes sense, because he’s acting like a DB. Daniel needs to win the WWE championship, so does Kane. Kane wants to know if they’re done? He wishes Bryan good luck and Bryan resumes the argument. Kane walks off.
Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan make their way to the ring where Jerry Lawler is waiting to announce the results of the WWE app. poll. Tonight’s match will be no disqualification.
No Disqualification Match:
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
They tie-up, and Bryan goes to work on Orton’s arm. Bryan wrestles Orton to the mat and goes after Orton’s leg. Bryan tries for a surfboard and stomps Orton’s knees into the mat. Yes! kicks send Orton to the corner. Orton headbutts his way out and kicks at Bryan in another corner.
Orton hits Bryan with a suplex, using the ropes for leverage. Orton pulls Bryan up by the air, whips him into the ropes and hits him with the Lou Thesz Press, but Bryan counters before the mounted punches into a single-leg crab. More Yes! kicks from Bryan in the corner. Orton rakes Bryan’s eyes and sends Bryan to the outside. Orton follows close and clothesline Bryan on the floor.
Back in the ring, and Orton covers for 2. Orton goes to the reverse chinlock. Bryan gets to his feet, but Orton sends him back to the corner. Orton climbs to the second for mounted-punches and stops at number 7. Orton sends Bryan to opposite corner, but flips over and out. Bryan hits the running clothesline. Orton gets up and falls into the corner, and Bryan capitalizes with running dropkicks.
Orton charges Bryan, but Bryan ducks and pulls the rope down, sending Orton toppling to the outside. Bryan tries for the suicide dive, but Orton side steps and Bryan crashes into the barricade. Orton goes under the ring and pulls out a kendo stick. Orton nails Bryan across the back with the kendo stick. He hits him one more time. He jams the kendo stick into Bryan’s gut. He rolls Bryan back inside and brings the stick with him. He covers, but only gets 2 as we head to commercial break.
Back from commercial, and Orton has Bryan perched on the top turnbuckle. Bryan tries to block a superplex, and does. Bryan hits a missile dropkick from the top, and both men are down. Bryan gets to his feet first and hits more Yes! kicks. Orton ducks one and connects with a T-bone suplex. Bryan counters the second-rope DDT into the No! lock, but Orton counters into a sling-shot that sends Bryan over the top. Bryan tries to skin the cat back in, but Orton kicks him back out to the floor.
The referee and the doctor are out to check on Bryan. Bryan rolls in and they’re going at it, but Orton throws him to the outside again. Orton side suplexes Bryan onto the barricade. The referee stops the match and Randy Orton is announced the winner.
Randy Orton comes out to help Daniel Bryan to his feet, and the doctor follows Bryan to the back.
AJ Lee’s music plays and she comes down with Big E. Langston. She says unfortunately Dolph Ziggler can’t be here because he hasn’t been medically cleared. She says she’s always been the champion, now she just has proof. She made Kaitlyn tap out. She played mind games with Kaitlyn, but she is the hero of this story. She is a woman who knows how to get what she wants, and that’s an example to women everywhere. There isn’t a woman as courageous as she is. If there’s a woman in the locker room that thinks she’s a fraction of the woman she is, she dares them to come out right now. Stephanie McMahon’s music hits and she comes out.
AJ says hi to the boss-lady and asks if she’s going to congratulate her. Stephanie says there was an entire world of Diva’s waiting to come out, but she wanted to do it first. She says AJ has a tremendous story and congratulates her on her win. What she doesn’t understand why she perpetuates a certain stereotype about women and how they are willing to tear each other down. What she did to Kaitlyn was degrading to women. It’s time to start acting like a champion.
AJ says she should be more like Stephanie. Maybe she’ll marry a superstar instead of dating one.
Stephanie cuts her off, saying she expected something more original. Stephanie says no one does crazy like the McMahons. She says AJ may be the champion, but she can take it all away from her, even her job.
Kaitlyn and several other Divas come out. Stephanie grabs the mic from Kaitlyn and says she’ll give her a bye this time because of what she’s been through, but not to ever interrupt her again. Kaitlyn admits AJ played her and broke her. Now it’s her turn and she runs into the ring and takes AJ down, pummeling her. Langston pulls AJ out and keeps them apart, carrying her up the ramp and into the back.
United States Championship Match:
Dean Ambrose © vs. Kane
Kane dominates early, taking Ambrose down with a right hand, a big boot and a powerslam. Kane hits a clothesline in the corner and follows up with a sidewalk slam for 2. Kane takes to the top and hits the clothesline. Here comes Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Kane takes out Reigns and grabs Rollins and Ambrose by the throat. Reigns hits Kane with the spear, and The Shield connect with the triple powerbomb.
Mark Henry is backstage in a suit talking with The Prime Time Players and Tamina Snuka. Darren Young looks upset. Titus O’Neil tells him to do his thing, and we’re off to commercial.
Backstage, The Shield run into Vickie and Maddox. Ambrose sarcastically says now there will be severe ramifications. He wonders if she’s going to spank them? She should think before she acts. Vince McMahon walks up and tells them to keep up the good work because they remind him of himself. They thank him and leave. Vince wants Vickie to take care of Kane.
Zeb Colter comes out to tell his fellow Americans to open their eyes. Our very own government is spying on us and lying to us. Everyday there are foreigners sneaking into our country like rats in the street. We are at war. War sometimes calls for unusual alliances. To prove they’re not prejudicial, they’ve chosen to work with a man who embodies the spirit Americans strive to be every day. It’s Antonio Cesaro.
Cesaro says we the people!
Antonio Cesaro vs. William Regal
Cesaro takes down Regal. Regal kips up and tosses Cesaro on his back. Cesaro forces Regal into the corner and lays in punches and kicks. Cesaro nails Regal with a European uppercut. Cesaro lifts Regal from the canvas into the gutwrench suplex. Regal bridges out of the pinfall. Cesaro kicks Regal in the gut and Regal rolls around screaming in pain.
Regal starts to fight back and takes Cesaro down with a right hand. Regal tries for a double-underhook suplex, but Cesaro counters and holds Regal above his head before slamming him. Cesaro applies the headlock and swings Regal around. Cesaro hits the Neutralizer for the win. Colter comes in and hands Cesaro a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, and they drape it over Regal.
John Cena’s music hits, and he’s on his way to the ring. We share one common interest; we love the WWE. Everyone has their favorite superstars, his are sitting in the arena. They’ve always been honest with him. There’s a group that just doesn’t like him. He admires the honesty. There’s also a group that knows every time he steps into the ring he goes to war for them. He’s speaking to that group. He had a horrible 2012 and he had to ask everyone to hang in. After disappointment after disappointment, and they did. He’s proud to say the champ is here. Skeptics and critics will always be there, but to those that believed he says thank you. Tonight is the night he tells them he feels as good as he’s ever felt and take on any challenge anybody puts in front of him.
Whether you like him or not, his eyes are focused on Money in the Bank. He’s got a message to the one who’s lucky enough to hold the contract. There will be no opportune time to cash-in on him. He will always be ready. The next person to hold the WWE title will earn it, because “our” time is now. The champ is here.
Mark Henry’s music hits. He comes out and lays his boots on the top of the ramp. He takes his time stepping into the ring. He’s all smiles. He tells Cena to put his guard down. He tells John he wants him to stay. He’s got something to tell everyone. Henry’s tearing up. He respects everybody that loves the wrestling business and all the people that work for the company, because he knows how difficult it is. He was a seasoned veteran in 2002 when John Cena came in, doing an awesome job. A big “Thank you, Henry” chant breaks out. He makes a joke about the jacket he’s wearing that is pink-colored. A “Sexual Chocolate” chant breaks out too.
Henry says John’s going to be the greatest champion of all time. He’s here to actively retire from the WWE active roster. A big “one more match” chant breaks out. He thanks the crowd. Cena hands him the WWE title and he holds it up. He hands Cena the title back because it’s something you’ve got to earn. He’s a proud, proud man. He thanks his family. He’s coming home. Cena steps back into the ring and raises Henry’s hand and Henry hits Cena with World’s Strongest Slam! He yells at Cena to tell him he’s got a lot left in the tank!
Backstage, the interview girl whose name I don’t know confronts Mark Henry. He says everyone was convinced. Everyone believed like a bunch of puppets. The WWE title is the only thing he hasn’t held, and he is challenging John Cena for it right now. He’s going to leave one of those boots in Cena’s rear end.
Heath Slater vs. Chris Jericho
Some brief back and forth eventually leads to Slater hitting a calf-kick for 2. Jericho hits an axe handle from the top. Running bulldog from Jericho and he goes the Lionsault, but 3MB is up for the distraction on the ref. McIntyre hits Jericho as he hits the ropes for the Lionsault. Slater stomps away on Jericho. Scoop slam on Jericho. Slater misses a splash from the top and Jericho hits the running bulldog again and connects with the Lionsault. Codebreaker gets the win for Jericho. 3MB runs in after the match, and Jericho takes them out.
Backstage, Paul Heyman is with Curtis Axel when Matt Striker interrupts them. Heyman wants to know why Striker hasn’t asked about the new Intercontinental Champion, Curtis Axel and they leave.
Sin Cara vs. Curtis Axel
The Miz is out for commentary for this one. Axel takes it straight to Sin Cara in the corner. Axel hits Sin Cara with a backbreaker. Sin Cara dropkicks Axel and sends him to the outside. Sin Cara tries for a high-risk move, but Axel slides back in and clotheslines him. Axel hits him with a side suplex for 2. Sin Cara hits a heel kick from the apron and goes to the top for a senton bomb, but Axel moves. Curtis Axel wins with a DDT. Axel stares down Miz, holding up the IC title.
Backstage, Vince McMahon is with Vickie and Maddox. Vince wants to know what they plan to do about John Cena and Mark Henry situation. Vickie says they’ll go one-on-one at Money in the Bank. Stephanie and Triple H come in to air the grievances. Triple H says Vickie needs to start listening to him. Vince tells Vickie she’ll be fine if she listens to him. Stephanie says not to listen to either one of them, implying she should listen to her.
C.M. Punk is backstage and Paul Heyman stops him. Heyman says he understands everything. He says he loves Punk and he’s the best in the World.
Alberto Del Rio vs. C.M. Punk
The bell rings, and C.M. Punk takes it to Alberto Del Rio, chasing him out of the ring. Del Rio tries to get back into the ring, and Punk goes right back to the kicks, sending Del Rio packing again. This time Punk chases after him and brings him back in. Del Rio gets a chance to take control by attacking Punk and laying the boots to him. Superkick from Del Rio gets a quick kickout from Punk.
Del Rio hits a nice suplex for another near-fall. Del Rio backs Punk into the corner, but Punk fights out and attacks with a series of knees to Del Rio’s mid-section. Del Rio turns the tides and puts Punk back in the corner. Del Rio hits the running enzuiguiri in the corner and uses the ropes to work on Punk’s arm.
Punk starts to battle back and tries for the GTS, but Del Rio counters and rolls to the outside again. Punk takes out Del Rio with a suicide dive on the outside. Punk rolls Del Rio back in, but gets distracted by Ricardo on the outside and Del Rio kicks Punk back to the floor as we head to commercial.
Back from break, and Del Rio continues to work over Punk’s arm. Punk tries to fight back now. Punk charges out of the corner, and gets hit with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker that earns Del Rio a two-count. Del Rio goes to the top rope and Punk catches him with a right hand off the top.
Punk catches Del Rio with a heel kick and several right hands. Punk tries for another spinning kick, but Del Rio ducks and hits an armbreaker. Punk slides out to the apron, and Del Rio ties him up in the ropes. Del Rio hits him with kidney shots and the Backstabber off the ropes for 2.
Punk rolls up Del Rio for 2, but Del Rio answers with another superkick for 2. Del Rio tries for the Cross Armbreaker, but Punk counters and shoves Del Rio into the corner. Punk hits the high knee and the GTS, but Del Rio rolls out to the floor as the referee begins the count. Ricardo picks up Del Rio and they’re going to take the countout loss. Dolph Ziggler comes out of nowhere and dives off the stage onto Ricardo and Del Rio. Ziggler is laying into Alberto Del Rio, and the referees are out to separate them. Ziggler chases Del Rio to the back as C.M. Punk is announced the winner.
Brock Lesnar’s music hits and he walks out. Lesnar and Punk stare down in the ring as Lesnar circles Punk. Lesnar has a microphone. Lesnar grabs Punk and nails him with the F-5 without saying a word!