We are live on tape from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and your announcers are Matt ‘Scrapple’ Striker and Todd ‘why is there a hyphen in the town name’ Grisham.
Jack Swagger comes to the ring and he has something to say but he does not live up to his last name because he lacks some swagger as well as his title belt. Jack says that last week he told us that he was going to make people suffer. He wanted to take all of the agony and suffering that was inside him and make others suffer. Jack says that he decided it was time for others to feel the pain that he felt after being cheated out of his World Title. If he can do that to the world’s largest athlete, he can do that to anyone. We go to the video from last week when Jack Swagger worked on Big Show’s ankle.
Jack wants everyone to talk about what he is capable of doing, not the Money in the Bank match at the pay per view. Jack says that it is fitting that his journey started when he won the Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania and he started on his road to becoming the biggest star in the business. Five days later, he cashed in the briefcase and became everyone’s World Champion. Jack reminds us that it all came crashing down two weeks ago. Jack says that he was cheated out of his World Title in a Fatal Four Way match. Jack says that there were no rules and nothing to protect him. He says the worst part was that his daddy was devastated. He says that his daddy can barely eat and no one cares.
Big Show comes out and he is noticeably limping. Show mocks Jack’s whining and throws out a few puns. Show says that there are more important things to be upset about. Show says that it is worse to be stuck in an elevator with Show when he has gas than losing a title. Show says that Jack should have finished things. He was surprised that Jack was able to hurt him. Show reminds Jack that he is still standing and still breathing. As long as he is standing and breathing, he will not stop. Show says that he dares Jack, but then he changes it to begging Jack to try to put him in the ankle lock one more time.
Jack says that he has nothing to prove to the Big Show. Last week, Show felt the ligament tearing from his bone. Jack says that is the same thing that Rey will feel when he wins his World Title back at the pay per view.
Show tells Swagger that he is one delusional dude. Show says that Jack cannot separate fantasy from reality. Jack thinks that everyone wants to see him as World Champion, but that is not true. Show tells Jack that he might think he can break his ankle, but that is a fantasy. Show tells Jack that it is a reality that he can break Jack’s jaw. Show tells Jack that he might as well do it now.
Show limps to the ring and he is attacked from behind by Cody Rhodes who clips Show. Swagger and Rhodes attack Show on the floor with both men working on the ankle. They move into the ring and Swagger and Cody both kick the ankle. Swagger drops an elbow on the ankle and then Cody stomps on the leg. Show starts to fight back and Rey Mysterio makes his way to the ring and he hits a seated splash on Swagger and then he gives Rhodes a tilt-a-whirl head scissors that sends Cody to the floor.
Todd and Matt talk about the Money in the Bank pay per view and we get the names of the first six participants in the match who were announced on wwe.com. Already in the match are Kane, Matt Hardy, ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes, Christian, Kofi Kingston, and Big Show. Striker talks about the differences in styles of the wrestlers and they both wonder who the final two men will be in the match.
We go to commercial.
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We have a Moments Ago Moment of the attack on Big Show by Jack Swagger and Cody Rhodes only to be interrupted by Rey Mysterio’s interference. We are told that these four men will be in a tag match tonight.
Before our first match, we see Dolph and Vickie in the back. Vickie reminds Dolph that if he wins, he gets an Intercontinental Title match. Dolph says that he has this taken care of. Dolph appears to be distracted by something and we see that it is Rosa Mendes doing jumping jacks.
Match Number One: Kofi Kingston versus Dolph Ziggler in an If Dolph wins, he gets a title match’ Match
Ziggler with a take down and a series of near falls as he tries for a quick victory. Kofi with a rollup of his own for a near fall. Ziggler with punches to Kofi but Kofi with a monkey flip and Ziggler lands on his hip. Kofi with a European uppercut and then he tries for Trouble in Paradise but Dolph holds on to the ropes and he goes to the floor to regroup. We go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with an arm bar and then we see footage from the commercial break when Ziggler sent Kofi into the apron. Ziggler sends Kofi to the mat and he kicks Kofi and gets a near fall. Ziggler with a snap mare and a leap frog neck snap for a near fall. Kofi with elbows and punches but Ziggler with punches to maintain control. Ziggler with another snap mare and then he hits a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler with forearms to Kofi’s head followed by an Irish whip. Kofi goes to the apron and hits a pendulum kick. Kofi goes up top for a cross body and gets a near fall. Kofi with a series of chops and a drop kick. Kofi with a leaping clothesline and then he hits the boom drop. Kofi sets for Trouble in Paradise but Dolph ducks under and Ziggler with a leg lariat to the back of the head and he gets a near fall. Ziggler shows some frustration and then he looks at Vickie. Ziggler turns around and is caught by Trouble in Paradise and Kofi gets the three count.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
After the match, Vickie leaves without Dolph after looking disappointed with his performance.
We go to the Straight Edge Locker Room and Punk tells Serena to let him handle this. Serena says that Kane will not stop and they need to admit it and everything will stop. Punk says that he has everything under control. Serena reminds Punk that he was in surgery for ten hours and they do not have control over the situation. She says that they lost control a long time ago. Punk tells Serena to calm down but Serena says that she will not calm down. Serena says that she saw Punk’s face as he went into surgery and she felt helpless. She says that it broke her heart. Punk asks Serena if she trusts him and he tells her to let them take care of it. Serena tells them if they cannot take care if it, she will. Serena leaves and Punk tells Luke that this all ends tonight. The Straight Edge Society depends on it.
We go to commercial.
We are back and the Peep Show is ready with Christian and his guest in the ring. Christian also has a bunch of ladders in the ring and a briefcase is above the ring. Christian talks about one of the most dangerous but most rewarding matches becomes a pay per view in less than three weeks. Christian mentions that some of the participants have been named and him and his guest are two of those people. Christian says that Matt has fallen off as many ladders as he has. Christian says that it has been a crazy few months for Matt. Christian mentions that Matt was just reinstated and he beat Drew McIntyre and Drew was also deported. Christian says that it was good to see Matt in the ring with Drew and not see Matt get dropped on his head. Matt wonders if that was a backhanded compliment. Matt says that during his career, he has fought an uphill battle against corporate politics, was suspended, fired, brought back, backstabbed, and he was also dropped on his head. Matt says that he kept coming back and before Matt can tell us that he will not die, Christian tells everyone that Matt will not win the Money in the Bank match.
Christian says that they both know the risks. Matt says that it is the match they put on the map and made famous. Christian points out that neither man has reaped the benefits of the briefcase hanging above the ring. Christian says that nobody deserves to win it more than either one of them. Christian says that he wanted Matt on the Peep Show tonight, Christian tells Matt that even though they both deserve it, Christian is going to win the Money in the Bank Match. Matt agrees that their careers paralleled each other. They have won tag titles, United States titles, Intercontinental Titles, and ECW titles. Matt says that they have both been unable to win the World Title. Matt mentions the briefcase and he starts to climb the ladder. Matt says that it is real that whoever brings down the briefcase and controls the contract, it will change everything. Matt says that he will be that person. Christian says that it looks like both of them are confident. Christian tells Matt that neither of them are Drew McIntyre. Neither of them are the chosen one. No one liked either of them. They have had to crawl, scratch, and fight to get everything. Christian says that he is sick of seeing people get opportunity after opportunity to be handed everything without earning it. Christian says that it is his time and he is going to win the Money in the Bank match.
Matt asks Christian if he doesn’t think that he is frustrated as well. Matt says that he has been trying his entire career to become World Champion. He says that when all is said and done, he hopes that the two men who will be battling at the end are the two people who deserve it the most and it is the two of them. Matt and Christian both say that they are going to win the match at the same time. They both drop their microphones and Christian looks like he is going to leave the ring but he returns to the center of the ring and he is punched by Matt and Matt sends Christian into the ladder.
We go to commercial.
We are back with an Alberto Del Rio video package. Alberto is reading a book and he says that a lot of people talk about his attributes and he mentions honesty. It is an attribute that all people are born with. He says that children show joy and anger, but as they grow up the lies increase. A liar is a despicable person who is looked down upon by the masses. He says that some lie more than others, but everyone is a liar. There is only one man who refuses to lie. He says that he is the one honest man.
Cody Rhodes is in the bathroom and he is making sure that his hair and eyebrows are perfect. Cody decides to interview himself. He tells himself that he looks great, but then he corrects himself to remind himself that he is Dashing Cody Rhodes. He asks himself about handling the world’s largest athlete by himself. Cody asks himself what his motivation was and he talks about the money in the bank match and then he mentions how he turned Big Show into a giant blob of mediocrity. He asks himself how will Show climb a ladder if he cannot walk. Cody tells himself that everyone will see how easy it will be for Cody to cash in the briefcase to become the first ‘dashing’ World Champion.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see highlights from last week’s Kane/CM Punk match.
Match Number Two: Kane versus Luke Gallows with CM Punk
Kane with a knee and then he connects with forearms and kicks in the corner followed by uppercuts and elbows. Kane with more kicks and then he chokes Gallows in the ropes. Kane with an uppercut followed by an Irish whip and running clothesline into the corner. Kane with a hip toss and Irish whip. Gallows with a kick and forearms followed by a clothesline. Gallows with kicks to Kane but he runs into a choke slam set up. The mystery masked man attacks Kane from behind and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Kane by disqualification
After the match, Kane choke slams the masked man and then he does the same to Gallows. Kane grabs Punk on the apron and Serena runs to the ring, begging Kane not to hurt Punk. Serena wants Kane to listen to her because Punk couldn’t have hurt the Undertaker. On the day that Undertaker was hurt, Punk was nowhere near the Undertaker. Serena says that she knows because Punk was with her and he was ‘saving’ her. Serena wants Kane to listen to her. Serena has a video to prove their alibi.
We see footage from Memorial Day when Serena was having a crisis of conscience at a local bar. We see Serena getting a little close to a patron and the Straight Edge Society enter and they force the man to leave before Punk yells at Serena and then he leaves with her trying to plead her case.
Serena wants Kane to let Punk go and Kane lets go of Punk. Serena goes to check on her saviour but Punk wants nothing to do with her. Serena tells Punk that she had to do it. Punk wants to know if Serena has any idea what she just did. Punk will not listen to her pleas for forgiveness as we go to commercial.
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Before our next match, we see footage from Kofi Kingston and Montel Vontavious Porter’s appearance at the Times Square Toys R Us.
Chavo Guerrero has a mic as he goes to the ring and he tells his Aunt Vickie that he hopes that she is watching. He says that he sees how this works. Since her little Gringo boyfriend couldn’t get it done, he says that he can get it done and he will. When he beats MVP tonight, he deserves an Intercontinental Title match.
Match Number Three: Montel Vontavious Porter versus Chavo Guerrero
They lock up and Porter with forearms but Chavo with a kick and a Liger kick and then he kicks Porter before getting a near fall. Chavo with a kick to the head. Chavo does the Guerrero shimmy and then he hits the Three Amigos. Chavo goes up top and Porter moves so Chavo rolls through. Porter with a belly-to-belly suplex followed by a clothesline and a double thrust and facebuster. Porter with the Ballin’ Elbow and then he hits the Playmaker for the three count.
Winner: Montel Vontavious Porter
We go to commercial.
We are back with This Week in WWE History: The Lex Express and his attempt to slam Yokozuna on the Fourth of July in 1993.
We see the footage from two weeks ago when Kelly Kelly defeated Layla in a non-title match.
Match Number Four: Kelly Kelly with Tiffany versus Michelle McCool with Layla
Before the match starts, Layla had a few words for Tiffany and that allows Michelle McCool to attack Tiffany and send her shoulder first into the ringside barrier. Kelly checks on Tiffany while Layla and Michelle celebrate.
The referee holds Kelly back before the bell so Michelle can get into the ring. The bell rings and Michelle goes to the floor immediately. The referee starts the count and then Kelly kicks Michelle as she comes into the ring. Michelle with a kick and European uppercut. Michelle works on Kelly’s back and elbow to the upper back. Michelle throws Kelly to the mat and she kicks her. Tiffany holds her right shoulder on the floor while Michelle sends Kelly into the turnbuckles and Michelle chokes Kelly. Layla deodorizes Kelly while Michelle spends time with the referee. Tiffany with a clothesline to Layla on the floor and then Michelle goes after Tiffany but Kelly with a rollup for the three count.
Winner: Kelly Kelly
It is time for the Raw Rebound.
We go to commercial.
We are back with more from Alberto Del Rio. He walks down some stairs and he talks about inspiration. He says that it is an admirable quality to possess. He rhetorically asks how someone inspires someone. He says that you cannot show an ounce of fear. He says that you can always accomplish the impossible. He says that it is a natural gift that is unachievable by others. That is what makes you the embodiment of inspiration.
Rey Mysterio comes to the ring to address the WWE Universe. Rey holds up the title belt and he says that it feels great. He says some words in Spanish and then says that it feels great to be reliving his dream. It feels great to once again be the World Champion. Rey says that he knows that being World Champion brings new obstacles but he is ready. It has taken him his entire career to fight to the top and he says that he is not going to let one superstar, especially not Jack Swagger, take it away from him. Tonight, he is going to show Jack Swagger and ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes that while he is champion, he is not only competing against Rey Mysterio, but he is competing against the entire 619.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Rey Mysterio and Big Show versus Dashing Cody Rhodes and Jack Swagger
Rey and Rhodes start things off and Cody checks with Swagger for some strategy. Rhodes with a kick and then he works on the arm. Rey with a flip using the ropes and then he kicks Rhodes. Rey with a kick to Rhodes and Show tags in. Show with a punch to Rhodes followed by chops. Show with an Irish whip that sends Rhodes into Swagger and knocks him off the apron. Show presses Rhodes and slams him onto Swagger on the floor as we go to commercial.
We are back and Rhodes with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Rey goes up top for a moonsault but Rhodes trips Rey and Rey is in the tree of woe. Rhodes tries for a dashing belly-to-back superplex but Rey with elbows that knock Cody off the turnbuckles. Rey with a seated senton for a near fall. Rey with a forearm and kick. Swagger makes a blind tag and Rey sends Rhodes into the ropes for the 619. Rey turns around into a big boot from Swagger. Swagger with a double sledge to the midsection. Swagger with shoulders to Rey in the corner. Swagger with a biel out of the corner and then he puts Rey in a bear hug and runs Rey into the corner. Rhodes tags in and he hits a gourdbuster followed by the Ric Flair rolling knee drop and he gets a near fall. Rhodes holds out Rey’s hand to make the tag and then Rhodes turns it into a surfboard. Rhodes charges into the corner and Rey floats over. Rhodes with an elbow and a springboard roundhouse kick for a near fall. Swagger tags in and Rhodes with a slam and Swagger with the double jump Swagger Bomb for a near fall. Swagger with a body scissors and he adds a chin lock to add extra pressure for a moment. Rey gets out of the hold and he kicks Swagger. Rey with a springboard moonsault but Swagger catches him. Swagger tries to spin Rey but Rey turns it into a DDT counter. Show tags in and he hits clotheslines on Show followed by an Irish whip and a running butt splash into the corner. Show with a shoulder tackle and then he sets for the choke slam but Swagger tries for the victory roll into the ankle lock and he turns it into a wheelbarrow suplex. Rey tags in and he hits the springboard leg drop but Rhodes breaks up the cover. Rhodes with a drop kick to Show’s knee and then Rhodes goes after Show’s ankle on the floor. Back in the ring, Rey pushes Swagger into the rope and he assumes the position. Rey tries for the 619 but Swagger blocks it and puts Rey in the ankle lock in the ropes. Swagger refuses to release the hold and the referee calls for the bell.
Winners: Rey Mysterio and Big Show by disqualification
After the match, Swagger keeps the ankle lock on Rey and then Show gets into the ring and he pulls Rey to the floor. Swagger eventually lets go of the hold and leaves Rey on the ground holding his ankle.
We go to credits.