[TV Recap] WWE Raw – August 13, 2012 (Summerslam 2012 “Go-Home” Episode)

Announced Matches:

  • [WWE Champion] CM Punk Vs. The Big Show (Non-Title Match)

Also on the Docket: Alberto Del Rio tries to get his World Heavyweight Title shot back after Smackdown GM Booker T canceled his Summerslam match against Sheamus last Friday, Shawn Michaels makes an appearance to probably get beaten up by Brock Lesnar, and Jersey Shore cast member Pauly D makes us embarrassed to be wrestling fans by acting as this week’s Social Media Ambassador (hopefully we’ll at least get a Zack Ryder TV appearance, bro).

All that and much more on this week’s Summerslam go-home edition of Raw!

Cue pyrotechnics as we begin another edition of Raw. We are live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. Michael Cole welcomes the home audience. We are wasting no time in getting to the first match. Nice change of pace. CM Punk makes his way to the ring, followed The Big Show. A recap of Show knocking out Punk and John Cena last week plays.

Match #1 (Non-Title): [WWE Champion] CM Punk Vs. The Big Show

Punk quickly goes after Show, and starts laying into him in the corner. Show quickly ends it with a headbutt. Show drives his right fist right into Punk’s midsection and chokes him on the second rope. Show pushes Punk in the corner and delivers a loud chop. Punk angrily gets up and starts fighting back with his fists. Punk hits the ropes, but Show knocks him down easily. Show steps on Punk’s back and stands there for a moment, then follows it up by standing on his head.

Show lays Punk against the ropes and delivers another chop. Show lifts Punk up by his face, and Punk steps on his foot to break him off. Punk hits a dropkick but Show retaliates and hits a bodyslam. Show jaws at the crowd while standing over Punk’s prone body. Show starts working over Punk’s left arm then walks on his back. Punk gets whipped into the ropes and connects with a kick. Punk hits a series of kicks to Show’s hamstrings and starts trying to clothesline him off of his feet. Punk tries to whip him but Show uses his power to stop it. Show rushes in the corner and misses and Punk hits a knee right into his jaw.

Punk tries to follow it up with a bulldog but Show pushes him off and hits a spear. Both men are down. All of a sudden, Daniel Bryan makes his way to ringside as the crowd chants “Yes!” against his wishes. He yells at the announcers that he should be in the match. Back to the match, Show hits a sidewalk slam and gets a 2-count. Show goes up to hit a Vader Bomb but Punk kicks him off the second rope. Punk hits a springboard clothesline and goes for the pin. 2-count. Bryan runs into the ring and attacks Punk, causing the DQ.

Winner [via DQ]: CM Punk (5:59)

  • A stall-type match between Show and Punk as they waited for Bryan to make his way out and interfere. I’m glad he did too because this was pretty damn boring. (C)

Bryan puts the No Lock on Punk, and Show hits an elbow on Punk’s back to break it off. In comes John Cena who clears the ring of Show and Bryan. Punk gets up and they stare each other. Cue the music of GM AJ Lee, who skips to the ring, past Bryan who’s still laying on the floor. Lee says Bryan will make up for ruining the Punk/Show match by teaming with Show against Punk and Cena. Lee skips out of the ring and to the back as Punk and Cena start jawing at each other in the ring.

Raw Hype: Contract signing between Triple H/Brock Lesnar for their Summerslam match.

*Commercial Break*

Backstage, JTG is complaining to Kaitlyn that he can’t get a match on Raw. AJ Lee skips by and hears JTG say “crazy”. She stops and accuses JTG of not liking her job as the GM. Lee tells JTG to get to the ring right now and she will find him an opponent. Lee asks if Kaitlyn thinks she’s unstable and Kaitlyn doesn’t think so. She walks away and Lee cocks her head all crazy-like.

  • Uh-oh, guess it’s time for JTG to get squashed for his Twitter comments.

JTG comes to the ring and the announcers talk about his controversial Twitter remarks. His opponent comes out next and it’s…Ryback. This should end well for him.

Match #2: Ryback Vs. JTG

They lock up and Ryback throws him half-way across the ring. JTG talks trash and Ryback rushes him, so JTG hides between the ropes to keep him away. “Goldberg” chant breaks out. JTG lays a couple of right into Ryback’s face but Ryback grabs him and hits a belly to belly suplex. Ryback connects with a boot to the face and smashes the back of JTG’s head into the mat. Ryback delivers a powerbomb on JTG and the crowd chants “Feed me more!”. Ryback hits a brutal clothesline and hits his finisher for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Ryback (1:53)

  • I don’t think JTG is going to tweet any more negative things. A typical Ryback squash that happened to send JTG a message: speak up and we’ll bury you. Fair enough. Or his tweets could’ve been a work… (C)

Back at the announce table, they announce that Roddy Piper will hold a Piper’s Pit tonight. #RAWactive vote on who will be his guest on the Pit tonight.

*Commercial Break*

Summerslam Hype: Santino Marella will defend his US Title against Antonio Cesaro in the pre-show.

Backstage Roddy Piper is mumbling about the upcoming Piper’s Pit. Camera pans over to Shawn Michaels who isn’t paying attention. Piper leaves and picks up his phone. He’s asking for whoever’s on the phone to “be here now” and saying that it’s not his fight (it’s Triple H, obviously). Michaels hangs up and looks worried.

Heath Slater is in the ring. He says he’s the one man band, in case you haven’t been paying attention. He says everything changes tonight and he’s going to turn it around. Before he can finish his statement, his opponent comes out: R-Truth. His partner Kofi Kingston is wrestling overseas so he won’t be here tonight so I’m sure you know where this is heading.

Match #3: R-Truth Vs. Heath Slater

R-Truth gets the easy upper hand and hip tosses Slater (who shrieks while going up). R-Truth goes for whatever his shimmy move is, and Slater moves to avoid it. Truth and Slater trade blows, but Slater ducks a clothesline and hits a neckbreaker for a 2-count. Slater puts the boots to R-Truth and applies a front facelock. R-Truth easily comes back with a series of clotheslines and a front faceslam for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: R-Truth (1:28)

  • Another squash but at least this one was a bit more entertaining due to Slater’s involvement. His shriek during the hip toss was great. (C)

Out come The Prime Time Players to interrupt R-Truth’s celebration. They rush the ring and beat R-Truth down. Titus O’Neil hits a massive sitting spinebuster slam to put the exclamation point. They celebrate over R-Truth’s fallen body and do their dance-thing. At least they didn’t suffer for A.W.‘s release…until Sunday anyway.

Summerslam Hype: Triple H/Brock Lesnar video package.

*Commercial Break*

They show a night shot of Dallas, TX. It’s not dark here (I live right outside of the area) so it’s stock footage from last night I assume.

Video Package: Mark Henry‘s Olympics trip, complete with pictures and TOUTs.

Back at the announce table, Lawler congratulates the athletes that performed at the Olympics, and Cole thanks NBC for the coverage of the Olympics.

  • Nice ass kissing but the coverage of the Olympics was wretched.

Cole and Lawler go through some of the tweets “Social Media Ambassador” Pauly D (Jersey Shore) has sent so far. I admit I tuned out. 

Video package: Sheamus/Alberto Del Rio feud, complete with Sheamus’ grand theft auto/destruction of property last week on Raw and then the goings on at Smackdown last Friday that caused Del Rio’s Summerslam title shot to be revoked by GM Booker T later that night on WWE.com (the video from the site is shown).

Alberto Del Rio responds to Booker T calling off his match via TOUT, saying he will confront Booker T this Friday on Smackdown.

  • Apparently the WWE has also given up on the Sheamus/Del Rio feud by not following it up tonight.

Sin Cara makes his way to ringside. He’s up next!

*Commercial Break*

Recap: Cody Rhodes calling Sin Cara ugly before their match last Friday on Smackdown as well as highlights from their match. I guess this is a feud, after all.

Match #4: Sin Cara Vs. Tensai (w/ Sakamoto)

Cara attempts to mount offense but Tensai is too big and keeps denying him. Tensai goes for a Vader bomb and misses. Cara hits a splash on the back of Tensai then kicks Sakamoto. Cara pushes Tensai into Sakamoto and hits a spinning DDT from the top rope for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Sin Cara (1:05)

  • Fun to watch Cara fly, but this match sucked. Another quick and pointless match. The first hour has been nothing but bad so far. Saving the best stuff for later, I guess. (C-)

Tensai throws Sakamoto into the ring and hits a Baldo bomb, followed by a running back splash.

Backstage Shawn Michaels is asking a backstage guy if he’s seen “him”. The guy hasn’t and Michaels asks him if he does to tell him. They go their separate ways.

More hype for tonight’s #RAWactive choices for the guest on Piper’s Pit. The results will be revealed next!

*Commercial Break*

Piper’s Pit w/ Chris Jericho

The ring is set up all Piper’s Pit-like, and Jerry Lawler introduces “The Rowdy One”. Piper is confused about #RAWactive shenanigans. We find out who the WWE Universe has voted to be a guest: Chris Jericho! Out comes Y2J as Cole thanks the audience for voting because the WWE Universe is just so gosh-dern special.

Piper says the last time he saw Jericho, Mickey Rourke punched his lights out. Jericho says the last time he saw Piper, he beat him and two other legends at Wrestlemania. Piper says he doesn’t remember that (I smiled). Jericho thanks the crowd for voting him on Piper’s Pit and they cheer. Piper says he and Y2J have a lot in common. Piper says the crowd is behind Jericho to win at Summerslam because Dolph Ziggler says he doesn’t have what it takes.

Piper mumbles about knowing Jericho’s father or something. Piper says it doesn’t matter what his opponents say, it matters what his fans say (gag me with a spoon). Multiple “EXXXCUUUUSE ME!” shrieks break things up and out comes Vickie Guerrero comes out to introduce her charge Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler dresses Piper down about doing the “same tired routine” for decades as he gets into the ring. Ziggler says it’s not nostalgic or groundbreaking, it’s just sad (agreed). Ziggler says it’s not about Piper and turns his attention to Jericho. He tells Jericho to hang up his obnoxious light up jacket next to Piper’s kilt after he beats him at Summerslam.

Jericho says he wasn’t paying attention to what Ziggler was saying because he was staring at Ziggler’s spaghetti hair. Guerrero tries to intervene and Jericho tells her to “SHUT THE HELL UP”. Jericho says he’s going to prove “Ziggy” wrong by beating him at Summerslam. Cue usual Y2J “NEVER EEEEEEEEEEEEEVER” schtick. Piper weakly chants “Y2J”.

The Miz comes out to stick his nose in their business. Miz puts over Ziggler for being like him and winning “the big ones”. Miz puts over his accomplishments and his recent IC Title win as he gets into the ring. Miz says he doesn’t care about the fan vote (me either) and takes over Piper’s Pit. He tells Piper and Jericho to get out of “his” ring and that Ziggler will be his guest. Miz tries to grab Piper’s mic but Piper won’t let go. Jericho clears the ring of both men and Piper raises his hand in victory.

  • Decent Jericho/Ziggler build-up but jesus christ how bad was this Piper’s Pit? Piper seemed out of it and on something, randomly mumbling nonsense and he added nothing to the situation. Piper’s Pit has been defanged for decades now, but the legacy of the talk show has been dragged through the mud even more tonight. Absolute waste of time having Piper on the show. Absolute waste of killing the legacy of Piper’s Pit. Just a waste all around. Jesus. AND WHY DID MIZ EVEN GET INVOLVED?!? Ugh none of this made sense or mattered.

*Commercial Break*

Match #5: Chris Jericho Vs. [WWE IC Champion] The Miz Vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero)

Miz and Ziggler gang up on Jericho early, but Jericho fights them both off rather easily. Running clothesline to Miz in the corner followed by a back suplex. Jericho follows that up with a dropkick to Ziggler who falls to the floor. Jericho connects with a suplex on Miz and goes for the pin. 1-count. Jericho chops Miz back to the mat. Jericho hits the ropes but Ziggler grabs his legs to knock him down. Ziggler rolls back in and stomps the fallen Jericho repeatedly.

Miz takes his turn to beat Jericho down. Miz holds Jericho’s arms to allow Ziggler a free shot to his abdomen. Ziggler then holds Jericho and Miz connects with a kick to his gut. Miz chokes Jericho on the second rope while Ziggler distracts the ref. Jericho starts fighting back, but Ziggler kicks him and Miz hits him from behind. Miz/Ziggler hit a double suplex on Y2J. Ziggler hits two standing elbowdrops and goes for the pin but Miz pulls him off to prevent the pinfall.

Miz and Ziggler start arguing, which allows Jericho to attack from behind. Miz gets tossed to the outside and then Ziggler gets backdropped over the top rope. Jericho is in control, and launches over the top and onto the two men. Jericho gets on the announce table and soaks in the cheers of the audience. He takes off the top of the announce table and drops it on Miz and Ziggler.

Jericho rolls Ziggler in and goes to the apron. He kicks Miz, but Ziggler knocks him off the apron and onto the floor. Ziggler stands tall as we go to commercial.

*Commercial Break*

We are back live, and Miz has Jericho in a camel clutch while Ziggler is still on the outside. Jericho breaks out and hits the ropes, but gets a knee to the midsection for his troubles. Miz chokes Jericho with his boot then slingshots Jericho throat-first into the bottom rope. Ziggler runs in to go for the cover, but Miz kicks him back out and goes for the pin. 2-count. Miz keeps smashing Jericho down as he tries to get up and applies another sort-of camel clutch.

Jericho breaks out with elbows and chops, but Miz reverses an Irish whip into the corner. However Jericho moves and Miz lands crotch-first on the second turnbuckle. Jericho hits the ropes and knocks Miz down with a series of shoulderblocks. Jericho jumps the second rope and dropkicks Ziggler back to the floor. A running bulldog on Miz, followed by the Lionsault. Ziggler runs in to break up the count and Jericho mmediately pounces. Jericho backdrops Miz onto the top rope, crotching him. Jericho drags Miz to the top turnbuckle and goes for a superplex, but Ziggler gets behind and powerbombs Jericho while he also superplexes Miz. An old-school three-way spot but a fun one.

Miz rolls to the outside, and Ziggler goes to cover Jericho. 2-count. Jericho quickly rolls him up for a 2-count. Ziggler hits a Fameasser and gets another close 2-count. Ziggler can’t believe it. Guerrero yells at ringside. Ziggler measures him for his finisher but Miz comes from behind to hit the Skull Crushing Finale. Count is broken up by Jericho. Jericho is sent chest-first into the top turnbuckle, but slips out of a hold and tries for the Walls of Jericho. Miz gets out and Ziggler clocks him. Jericho hits the Codebreaker on Ziggler and goes for the pin. 1…2…and Guerrero puts Ziggler’s foot on the ropes.

Jericho starts jawing at Guerrero and Miz rolls him up for the 1…2…KICK OUT. Jericho counters the Skull Crushing Finale and applies the Walls of Jericho. Guerrero distracts the ref as Miz taps. Ziggler comes in and hits the Zig Zag on Jericho for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Dolph Ziggler (14:15)

  • Now that was a damn good triple threat match. Started off shaky but had some great spots and action. A great preview for the Jericho/Ziggler Summerslam match and Miz didn’t get buried. Everybody wins! (B)

Backstage, CM Punk is stretching for his match later tonight. Eve Torres comes in and congratulates him on the “new CM Punk”. Punk says he hasn’t changed and talks about being the undefeated champ for 9 months. Torres says she doesn’t think anyone believes that, especially Cena. Punk says he’ll tell him that himself and walks off.

  • Is it just me or is Eve Torres the new “Devil’s Advocate” of the WWE? Sean O’Haire would be proud. Love that she stokes the flames on Raw…too bad she’s made to look like an idiot on Smackdown. Her character is almost like night and day in that regard.

Raw Hype: Triple H/Brock Lesnar contract signing.

*Commercial Break*

We’re at the announce table, where Cole and Lawler highlight more “awesome” tweets by Social Media Ambassador Pauly D. Sigh. They then recap what happened at the beginning of the show (Bryan interrupts Punk/Show match, Cena runs in, Punk/Cena Vs. Show/Bryan signed to be tonight’s main event by AJ Lee).

Raw Hype: Punk/Cena Vs. Show/Bryan main event

Backstage, Shawn Michaels is still walking around looking all worried. He stops by the catering table and grabs a water. He’s startled by John Cena. Cena asks if he’s okay and Michaels says he’s just “distracted” before walking off. Cena turns around and there stands CM Punk. Punk says he’s not the guy who takes shortcuts and being the WWE Champion means everything to him. He says he’s not going to stab anyone in the back tonight but will make sure he will do everything in his power to remain champion at Summerslam. Punk says he’s going to make sure the end of Raw is all about him then walks off as Cena watches.

  • …Cena is going to stand tall at the end of the show, isn’t he?

*Commercial Break*

A new Wade Barrett vignette airs that highlights more of his underground fighting. After a “life of illusions”, he’s getting back to the basics. “Life is pain” and such.

  • I’m starting to like this new Wade Barrett. Can’t wait to see him come back.

Match #6: [WWE Divas Champion]Layla/Kaitlyn Vs. Eve Torres/Beth Phoenix

Layla and Phoenix start off. Phoenix goes for a bodyslam but Layla rolls her up for a 2-count. Phoenix moves her to her team’s corner and Torres tags in. Torres whips Layla in the ring, who rolls her up for a 2-count. Layla kicks her and hits a cross-body for a 1-count. Layla applies a side headlock. Layla randomly starts dancing then hits Torres in the face with her butt. That was stupid.

Layla hits another move and gets a 2-count. Kaitlyn tags and hits a backbreaker for a 2-count. Kaitlyn goes for another cover and gets another 2-count. Torres reverses an Irish whip but gets hit with an elbow. Torres rips Kaitlyn off the second turnbuckle and onto the canvas. Torres gets on top and hits a series of punches. Pin by Torres. 2-count.

Phoenix tags back in and kick Kaitlyn right in the gut before stepping on her head. Phoenix whips Kaitlyn into the corner and cheap shots Layla. Layla runs in and distracts the ref while Torres/Phoenix double-team Kaitlyn. Phoenix charges the corner and Kaitlyn catches her with a boot. Phoenix easily fights back and picks her up on her shoulder. Kaitlyn escapes and throws Phoenix into Torres. Kaitlyn rolls up a stunned Phoenix for the 1…2…3!

Winners [via Pinfall]: Layla/Kaitlyn (4:17)

  • Inoffensive Divas match thanks to the involvement of Phoenix. Did do a decent job of building up the offensive “Winner Gets to Be Booker T’s assistant” match this Friday on Smackdown. Layla is ridiculously annoying though. (C+)

Summerslam Hype: Recap of Brock Lesnar breaking Triple H’s arm a few months back followed by Triple H challenging Lesnar for Summerslam. Yet another recap of Paul Heyman getting goaded into accepting the match on Lesnar’s behalf courtesy of a Stephanie McMahon slap. A recap of Shawn Michaels saying he’ll be in Trips’ corner. Ends on Lesnar’s threat of seeing HBK before Summerslam.

A shot of the parking lot as Lawler says Triple H isn’t here tonight but will be here to sign the contract.

Raw Hype: Punk/Cena Vs. Show/Bryan which is next (WAIT WHAT?).

*Commercial Break*

Show/Bryan make their way out followed by Punk/Cena. Cena was the last one announced, which is a nice touch. Cena throws his t-shirt out to the crowd, followed by Punk.

Match #7: John Cena/[WWE Champion] CM Punk Vs. Daniel Bryan/The Big Show

Cena and Bryan start the match off. Cena gets a shoulder block and Punk tags himself in. Dueling Cena/Punk chants. Punk takes Bryan down with a headlock and Bryan throws him into the ropes. Bryan goes down to a shoulder block and tries for a hip toss but Punk reverses it for one of his own. Cena then tags himself in as payback.

Show tries to tag in, and he and Bryan have dueling “Yes!” and “No!” chants. The crowd starts chanting “Yes!”. Bryan grabs a side headlock on Cena, but Cena gets a hip toss followed by a dropkick. Punk tries to tag himself in again but Cena moves out of the way. Show tags in and immediately goes on the offensive with headbutts and fists. Show whips Cena into the corner so hard Cena immediately ends up on the mat.

Cena starts fighting back but Show shoulder blocks him down to the mat. Show picks up Cena, but we don’t know what he does because it’s time for a commercial!

*Commercial Break*

We’re back live and Cena is trying to pick himself up in the corner. Show runs in and hits a back splash. Show jaws at his partner which allows Cena to fight back. Cena hits the ropes and jumps at Show. Show catches him in a bear hug. Bryan tags himself into the match and Bryan yells at him to get out and they start arguing. Bryan tries to hit a move in the corner but Cena moves out of the way. Cena rolls over and Punk tags himself in. He hits a series of high-impact moves on Bryan and goes for the pin but Show breaks it up.

Punk goes for a tag but Cena is out on the floor. Punk looks mad, and Bryan drags him to his corner. Show tags in and hits a body shot. Cena is back up on the corner. Show lays Punk on the ropes and chops him. Punk starts fighting back with body shots but Show catches him in a bear hug. Punk elbows his way out of the hold and hits the ropes but Show back bodydrops him. Punk seems to be almost out cold. Show steps on his back then jaws at Cena.

Punk gets up and elbows Show before elbowing Bryan. Show catches Punk with a bodyslam. Bryan tags himself in and he and Show start yelling at each other. Show leaves the ring and decides to sit ringside. Bryan hits a series of “No!” kicks and goes for the finish, but Punk ducks and he hits a move of his own. Punk refuses to tag Cena and knocks Bryan down with a series of shoulder blocks and a side slam. Punk goes to hit a Five Knuckle Shuffle but Cena tags in. Cena hits a high knee and a bulldog on Bryan to mimic Punk right back. Punk gets off the apron and tells Cena to finish it. Cena ducks a clothesline and hits the Attitude Adjustment for the 1…2…3!

Winners [via Pinfall]: John Cena/CM Punk (13:09)

  • A decent tag team match made even better by the tension between the two teams. The end sequences of Cena and Punk emulating each other’s signature moves was great, and Bryan/Show having their issues was fun to watch as well. Very entertaining, and a good build between Cena/Punk. Not so much for Show. Bryan is just always amazing so he gets a pass for his lack of character development/build to his match against Kane. (B)

Show goes in to attack a celebrating Cena, but Punk hits him with his belt. Cena and Punk stare down as Punk contemplates hitting him as well. Punk instead extends his hand and Cena doesn’t do so, so Punk leaves the ring in disgust. Cena is confused by Punk’s actions as he watches the champ leave to the back.

Backstage, Josh Matthews interviews CM Punk. Punk says Cena went into business for himself, and says he disrespected him by not shaking his hand (it’s “the ultimate sign of disrespect where he comes from”, which sounds like a reference the Code of Honor that is a staple of Ring of Honor, his old stomping grounds). Punk says he’s going to teach everyone about respect at Summerslam.

*Commercial Break*

We see photos of WWE’s overseas Asia tour.

We see Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman talking to one another backstage.

Damien Sandow makes his way to the ring for the next match (is this the main event?), and we see clips of his attack on Brodus Clay last week. Awesome. Out comes his opponent Christian and they hype the Summerslam pre-show match between Santino and Cesaro for the U.S. Title.

Match #8: Christian Vs. Damien Sandow

Sandow quickly goes on the attack and whips him into the corner. He goes right for the ribs of Christian, which got injured on Smackdown courtesy of Antonio Cesaro. A Russian legsweep by Sandow followed by an elbow drop. Sandow goes for the pin. 2-count. Sandow whips him in the corner again but gets a boot to the face. Christian goes to the second rope and leapfrogs Sandow. He gets a series of strikes followed by a clothesline. Christian goes to the second rope again and gets a flying elbow. Christian sets up for the Killswitch but Sandow rolls out to the ring. Christian follows and Sandow throws him into the ring steps. Sandow rams Christian into the ring steps and throws him back into the ring.

All of a sudden, the music of Brodus Clay hits and out he hobbles. Christian gets a roll-up but only gets a 2-count. Sandow hits a reverse neckbreaker for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Damien Sandow (2:10)

  • It was what it was. I guess Christian is now the “name” guy assigned to putting over the new talent. I’m okay with that. Especially since it was Sandow. Plus even though it was 2 minutes, it was still pretty good. (C+)

Sandow does a cartwheel in celebration and stares at Clay.

Shawn Michaels is still cautiously walking backstage. He looks behind a piece of equipment and no one is there. He turns around and runs into Brock Lesnar. Lesnar just stares as Michaels walks away scared.

  • HBK faced down The Undertaker, dammit, an MMA fighter should be nothing. I appreciate what they’re doing though.

Raw Hype: Contract signing is up next, but Triple H still isn’t at the building yet.

Recap from last week where HBK announced he’ll be in Trips’ corner for his match at Summerslam. Ends with Lesnar’s ominous threat to HBK.

Summerslam Contract Signing: Triple H/Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar‘s music hits, which brings the man out along with his manager Paul Heyman. Heyman says he believes Triple H’s story about having airline problems because Triple H needs this match. Heyman puts over the Summerslam match wonderfully, saying Triple H is putting his dignity as well as the dignity of the WWE on the line. Heyman thanks the crowd for their “irrelevant” boos. Heyman holds the contract in his hand and he says he won’t let Lesnar be held legally responsible for what happens Sunday. Heyman says Triple H/Lesnar won’t be a wrestling match; it’ll be a beatdown by Lesnar that will put an end to Triple H.

  • I can’t recap this as well as Heyman is saying it. He is doing an amazing job of hyping this match up.

Heyman says “1 person didn’t agree” that Lesnar will win Sunday and that’s Shawn Michaels. He asks Lesnar if HBK is in the building and he says yes. Heyman calls HBK out to say that to Lesnar’s face again. Heyman says he doesn’t expect HBK to come out because there’s no shame in being afraid of the monster that is Brock Lesnar. Heyman runs down Texas for being “yellow”.

Heyman is cut off by the music of “The Heartbreak Kid”. Shawn Michaels heads to the ring, looking pretty damn nervous. He gets into the ring and grabs the mic. Heyman says he’ll accept HBK signing in place of Triple H. As they stare down, “Time to Play the Game” hits and finally out comes Triple H. He takes off his sportcoat at the entrance way then heads to the ring.

Triple H and Lesnar stare each other down, with the table standing between them. The crowd chants Triple H’s name. Triple H signs the contract while keeping his eyes on Lesnar, then passes it over to him. Heyman yells “it’s just a contract signing!” to stop him from doing something stupid. Lesnar signs the contract then throws it at Triple H. Lesnar immediately goes to the outside and starts walking to the back with Heyman. They stare each other down and Lesnar sort of smiles. Triple H and HBK are still in the ring as we go to commercial.

  • Excellent work by Paul Heyman tonight; he has made this Summerslam match seem like the important encounter the WWE wants it to be. Great build-up, and with 10 minutes to go in the show I don’t think we’re done yet.

*Commercial Break*

Recap from Smackdown and Booker T‘s cancellation of Sheamus/Del Rio’s Summerslam match. Cole and Lawler shows us some TOUTs from fans about Booker cancelling the match. The TOUTs are harmless, and the last one is very rehearsed.

Triple H and Shawn Michaels are now backstage. HBK says Brock Lesnar is on a different level than the men he’s faced. HBK says Triple H will have to beat him alone. He then heads to the boiler room (or parking lot I guess?). He’s going somewhere.

Back at the announce table, Cole and Lawler recap the Cena/Punk Vs. Show/Bryan tag match from earlier tonight. They have run out of things to do.

Backstage, Matt Striker interviews The Big Show. Show says Punk took a cheap shot and he got lucky. They are interrupted by a car crash between HBK and Paul Heyman. Brock Lesnar pulls HBK out of the car and knocks out the camera. We hear Lesnar beating him up with terrible sound effects as Heyman starts yelling.

  • Well, we sort of got a beatdown. Kind of cool they went that route instead of in the ring. Also poor Big Show for getting interrupted; as if we didn’t already know he has no point in the triple threat on Sunday, they drove the point home once again.

*Commercial Break*

We are at the crime scene where Lesnar attacked HBK. HBK’s windshield is busted and he is missing. Triple H surveys the damage and starts asking everyone what happened. He asks AJ Lee where Shawn is and she says he dragged him away. Triple H punches the car and runs off.

Brock Lesnar comes to ringside carrying Shawn Michaels. He rolls him into the ring and jumps to the apron. Lesnar gets in and circles the beaten down HBK. Lesnar picks him up and delivers the F-5. Lesnar stares at the fallen HBK and smiles. HBK tries to pick himself up using Lesnar and Lesnar applies the Kimura Lock. Triple H runs to ringside, but Paul Heyman says he’ll break HBK’s arm if he takes another step. Lesnar breaks it anyway and Triple H runs to ringside. Lesnar makes a hasty retreat and Triple H checks on his fallen friend. Lesnar stares at the carnage and smiles while Heyman screams “OH MY GOD, YOU BROKE HIS ARM!” in disbelief.

Triple H apologizes to HBK and HBK yells “GET AWAY FROM ME!” as officials tend to him. Lesnar comes back out and Triple H stares him down. Fade to black.

  • …Sh*t. Well-done. A very compelling way to end the show, and it sold the Triple H/Brock Lesnar Summerslam match way better than anything else they’ve done. Save the best for last I guess. All in all this was a decent show; the first hour was wretched but once the triple threat match happened it took a turn for the better. Great builds for the two main events but not much going on otherwise. All the squash matches were unnecessary. But at least we can say Damien Sandow headlined Raw and that is awesomeSummerslam will break my 7 year dry spell when it comes to ordering PPV’s and it has definitely earned it.

Overall Show Grade: B-

  • Favorite Match: Chris Jericho Vs. The Miz Vs. Dolph Ziggler (Great match, great spots, great build for Jericho/Ziggler)
  • Least Favorite Match: Sin Cara Vs. Tensai (The most pointless of the squash matches)
  • Favorite Segment: Triple H/Brock Lesnar Contract Signing/Aftermath (Really compelling television)
  • Worst Segment: Piper’s Pit (seriously, how f*cking wretched was that? I almost changed the channel.)
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