One night after the briefcases were won at WWE “Money in the Bank,” the build-up to “SummerSlam” was on as the end of the summer pay-per-view is now on the way. The evening of Monday, July 15, 2013, brought forth WWE “Monday Night Raw” and it was time to clear things up, start new feuds, and see who John Cena would pick for his “SummerSlam” opponent.
The night began with new “Raw” General Manager Brad Maddox coming out and ordering a rematch between Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler. John Cena interrupts and is told that he can choose his “SummerSlam” opoonent.
Randy Orton and Fandango came out to say a few things, and that set up the first match.
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~ Randy Orton defeated Fandango with an RKO. The match was a lot better than it had any right to be and a great opener for the night. Fandango got in some good offense, but Orton was just too much.
~ Backstage, Dolph Ziggler ended it with AJ Lee.
~ Mark Henry came out to give credit to John Cena, and wants a rematch. The Shield came out and attacked Henry and give him a triple-powerbomb. Mark Henry is now officially a babyface.
~ Alberto Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler in a rematch from “Money in the Bank.” They had a really good match going until AJ Lee came out and rang the bell to distract Ziggler. Del Rio got the upper-hand and the win. The tension continues and it looks like crazy AJ is back.
This was when AJ Lee jumped into the ring and began slapping Ziggler. EJ Langston came out to the ring, clotheslines Ziggler, and hit him with the “Big End.”
~ R-Truth came to the ring to rap, but was interrupted by the Wyatt Family. They all attacked Truth and then Bray Wyatt got a mic to run down any type of heroes. This was a great cult-like promo that still focused on Kane and kept the Wyatt Family in the dark spotlight.
~ Zeb Colter came out with the Real Americans, and the Usos were chosen by the fans as their opponents. Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger took control in the early-going, but then the Usos rolled up Cesaro for the win.
~ Christian defeated Damien Sandow with a roll-up. This was a really short, but good match which saw Sandow try to hit the Elbow of Disdain, but Christian rolled him up for the pinfall. Afterward, Sandow tried to preach but Cody Rhodes came out to attack him and the crowd popped huge for him.
~ In order to promote the upcoming debut of “Total Divas,” Naomi defeated Brie Bella in a pointless match.
~ CM Punk entered the ring to call out Paul Heyman, and he got his wish. They promo back and forth with some great stuff and then Heyman says he turned on Punk at “Money in the Bank” because he can’t beat Brock Lesnar. After some more back and forth, Lesnar comes out for a stare down with Punk.
Heyman ends up hitting Punk from behind. That was when it broke into a brawl between Punk and Lesnar all around the ringside. Lesnar ended up catching Punk in mid-air, slamming him into the ringpost, and then giving him an F-5 on the announce table. Phenomenal segment.
~ Rob Van Dam took a victory over Chris Jericho in an incredibly great television match. It was back and forth the entire match and eventually saw RVD get to the ropes to break up the Walls of Jericho. RVD hit a spinning heel kick and then a five-star frogsplash for the pinfall. RVD looks great so far in his first two return matches and Jericho is going on tour soon so the loss isn’t big.
~ John Cena comes out to the ring, and the roster comes out on the stage. Cena goes through different names for who he should face at “SummerSlam.” The crowd has mixed emotions about some of them, but then he gets to wondering if there are any more and the crowd chants “YES YES YES YES!”
Cena stalls and finally selects Daniel Bryan as his opponent. The crowd goes nuts, Bryan heads to the ring chanting “YES,” and the show ends with the crowd chanting right along with him as Cena just stares on.
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