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By Richard Trionfo on 2012-07-30 23:02:55
We are live from Cincinnati, Ohio and your announcers are Jerry ‘Will Kane do anything with Pete Rose tonight’ Lawler and Michael ‘Herb Tarlek is my hero’ Cole.

Michael Cole mentions that the evening is eventful so far. Jerry Lawler mentions that there was a pyro situation where the TitanTron caught on fire. We see the footage of the fire.

It is time for a video package to remind everyone what they saw last week on Raw as the milestone of 1000 episodes of Raw was achieved. (remember that Raw 2000 will take place on September 22, 2031). We end with what Punk did to the Rock.

CM Punk makes his way to the ring. Punk says that Wrestlemania moments are what everyone talks about. They want their Wrestlemania moment. Punk says that he had a Raw moment last week that was bigger than most people’s Wrestlemania moments. Before he explains why he did what he did to the Rock last week, he wants to talk about something else.

The way that Raw 1000 went off the air, he felt uncomfortable. It ended with Jerry Lawler saying “CM Punk has turned his back on the WWE Universe.” Punk looks at Lawler and he goes to the announce table. He puts his title belt on the table and sits down in front of Lawler on the table.

Punk says that he doesn’t get it. He is used to bad overly dramatic hyperbole on commentary but not like that. Punk says that it was Lawler who turned his back on him. Rock was not the WWE Universe. The Rock is one single solitary man. He is a larger than life, extremely charismatic, delusional movie star who showed him an incredible lack of respect.

Rock interrupted him and that is something that no one should do. When he went into his tired shtick with Daniel Bryan, it was like Punk was invisible. When Rock ‘lowers himself’ to talk to Punk, he mentions that he is gifted a title match at the Royal Rumble. Rock acts like he is going to be given the title.

Punk says that he showed Rock some respect because he should have dropped Rock right then and there.

Then at the end of the night, Dwayne does what Dwayne does best. He tries to make the show all about him. Punk says that was when he showed Rock the type of person he is dealing with at Royal Rumble. Punk reminds Jerry that he is the champion.

Punk wonders what the Rock’s response is because we haven’t heard anything. When Dwayne was dealing with John Cena, we couldn’t shut him up.

Punk says that he knows what Dwayne’s silence means. Punk tells Jerry that when it comes to him and his little agenda, Jerry can say what he did or didn’t do to John Cena. The 1000th episode of Raw ended the way that every episode should end. The focus was on the WWE Champion, the best wrestler in the world.

Big Show’s music plays and he comes to the ring and Punk goes into the ring as well.

Punk says that Show is out here to steal the spotlight too.

Show says it isn’t hard to do. He says that the focus was on Punk at the end of Raw 1000, but the end of Raw 1000 was all about him. Show reminds everyone that he is the one who cost John Cena the WWE Title. He made John Cena the first man to cash in the contract and lose. Show says that Punk is the ‘best in the world’ but Show knocked out John Cena and Punk still couldn’t beat him. Punk was in the STF and would have tapped out if Show didn’t do what he did.

The only reason why Punk is still the WWE Champion is because of him. Show says that Cena vowed that he would not win Money in the Bank and Show says that he vowed that Cena would not cash in. Show vows that he will be the next WWE Champion.

Punk says that Show couldn’t beat John Cena at No Way Out and couldn’t get the briefcase at Money in the Bank. It appears that the only person who is winning is him.

John Cena’s music plays and he goes to the ring and he kicks and punches Show. Show pushes Cena away and leaves the ring.

Punk stands in the ring watching John Cena trying to steal the spotlight.

AJ Lee comes out and she says that as her first proclamation as Raw General Manager tonight’s main event will be Big Show versus John Cena. The winner of the match will face CM Punk at SummerSlam for the WWE Championship.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Cole asks Lawler what his thoughts were on CM Punk’s explanation. Cole sends out a Tout Challenge.

Daniel Bryan is walking in the back and he goes to AJ’s office door. He hesitates and then walks away.

Match Number One: Santino Marella versus Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez)

Santino with punches but Del Rio with a clothesline and kicks to Santino. The referee warns Alberto and Santino with punches but Del Rio with a suplex. Del Rio runs Santino into the corner and he kicks Santino in the chest. Del Rio slaps Santino and chokes him in the corner. Del Rio with a kick and Irish whip.

Del Rio runs into the corner and Santino sends Del Rio onto the apron and Santino with a drop kick that sends Del Rio to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Del Rio is working on Santino’s arm. Santino with punches but Del Rio punches back to stop Santino. Del Rio leaps onto Santino’s chest and then he mocks the Cobra. Del Rio kicks Santino in the ribs and shoulder. Del Rio with an arm bar on Santino. Del Rio with a kick to the leg and a side head lock but Santino with a Saito suplex and both men are down.

Santino with punches and then he does the flip but he cannot get up and Del Rio kicks him in the chest. Del Rio with a boot to Santino’s chest. Del Rio goes to the turnbuckles but he misses a double stomp and Del Rio appears to have tweaked his knee. Santino sets for the Cobra but Del Rio was playing mongoose and then Del Rio sends Santino into the ring post and then he applies the cross arm breaker and Santino taps out.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

After the match, Del Rio stands over Santino and he says that he just destroyed the US Champion like nothing. Santino Marella is beneath him. Sheamus is beneath him. All of the people in here are beneath him. If it is not a World Title match, he will not compete. Starting today, he will not compete until SummerSlam.

We go to the hallway and Bryan tries a second time to talk to the Raw General Manager. Daniel cannot summon up the strength to knock on the door and we go to commercial.

We are back and Vickie interrupts Brodus and the Funkettes. She asks them if that is dancing and she calls it a disgrace. She tells the little girls to step aside so the Queen Diva can show everyone to put a step on. Vickie calls for her music.

Damien Sandow’s music plays and he has something to say. He begs everyone’s indulgence. Tis Damien Sandow, the intellectual savior of the masses and our martyr. A horrible crime was perpetrated last week against humanity. Damien wants the footage to be rolled at once. We see what DX did to Damien Sandow.

Damien sees Brodus laughing and he attacks Brodus. Sandow clips Clay and punches him. Sandow with knees to Clay’s head and he continues the attack with punches and kicks. Sandow whips Clay with his tear away pants and then he breaks Brodus’ gold chain.

Michael Cole mentions that Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho will be involved in a tag match later tonight. We see footage from way back at Raw 999 when Dolph Ziggler inquired of Chris Jericho’s current status only to see Jericho hit the Codebreaker.

We then see what Chris Jericho did to Dolph Ziggler on last week’s Smackdown (not even close to 1000) and the Brogue Kick from Sheamus and Codebreaker from Chris Jericho.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Daniel Bryan finally enters AJ’s office. AJ says that she is glad to see him. Bryan wants to know if AJ is insane but AJ tells Daniel to shut up and she reminds him that she is his boss. There were a few guys in white coats last week. They looked like they were from a mental hospital. AJ says that she thinks Daniel was going to marry her to get her committed.

Daniel says that he is committed to AJ. They were friends of his and they were wearing white because he was wearing white.

AJ says that she is putting Daniel in a match against one of his favorite opponents, Sheamus. Daniel asks if it is for the title and AJ says no. She repeats NO and Daniel leaves.

In case you missed the Brock Lesnar and Triple H confrontation from last week, we have highlights.

Michael Cole reminds us that Daniel Bryan will face Sheamus. The fans get to choose the stipulation. Will it be a No Holds Barred Match, a Falls Count Anywhere Match, or a Street Fight?

Sheamus is walking in the back and Josh Mathews asks Sheamus what type of match he wants. Sheamus likes that the decision is in the hands of the fans. Sheamus says that his face won’t win any beauty pageants so the rougher the better.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Daniel Bryan tells everyone to stop chanting yes. Daniel says that he is the only person who can chant ‘YES’. Daniel wants everyone to stop while he yells ‘NO’.

Jerry Lawler lets us know the stipulation and it is going to be a Street Fight.

Match Number Two: Sheamus versus Daniel Bryan in a Street Fight

Bryan with a running knee to Sheamus followed by kicks of Yes around the ring. Sheamus with forearms to Bryan followed by a punch to the midsection. Sheamus with an Irish whip and Bryan flips over Sheamus. Sheamus with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker to Bryan followed by knees to the head in the corner.

Sheamus with an Irish whip but Bryan with a drop kick to the knee and Sheamus goes into the turnbuckles. Bryan with a knee to the back of the head and then he works on the wrist and hand. Sheamus and Bryan exchange punches and kicks. Sheamus with a back elbow. Sheamus with a series of knee drops for a near fall.

Bryan falls to the floor and Sheamus follows after him. Sheamus sends Bryan into the ringside barrier. Sheamus sends Bryan into the ringside barrier again. Bryan with a kick but he charges at Sheamus and Sheamus with a back body drop onto the ramp.

Sheamus sends Bryan into the logo on the stage. Bryan with a drop kick to the knee followed by kicks of Yes to the chest against the edge of the stage. Bryan with a running drop kick and Sheamus gets sent to the floor and Sheamus is limping. Bryan with a knee off the stage and we go to commercial.

We are back and they have returned to the ring and Bryan with an arm bar. Sheamus with forearms but Bryan with a kick and a drop kick that sends Sheamus to the floor. Bryan goes to the apron and tries for a cross body but Sheamus catches Bryan and hits a fallaway slam into the ringside barrier.

Sheamus puts Bryan against the ringside barrier for the forearms of ten. Sheamus suplexes Bryan from the ring announcer and bell pit to the ringside area. Sheamus sends Bryan back into the ring and he gets a chair and kendo stick and sends them into the ring. Bryan grabs them and throws them to the floor.

Bryan is clotheslined over the top rope to the floor right next to the cane and chair. Sheamus goes to the apron and Bryan hits Sheamus in the leg with the kendo stick. Bryan with a series of kendo stick shots to Sheamus. Bryan gets the chair from the floor and he puts it in the corner between the top and middle rope.

Sheamus blocks a kendo stick shot and he connects with a head butt. Sheamus swings for the fenses and then Bryan with a drop kick that sends Sheamus’ head into the chair. Bryan gets a near fall on Sheamus.

Bryan grabs the chair but Sheamus with a running shoulder tackle to knock the chair out of his hands. Sheamus hits Bryan with the chair and then he picks up the ring steps and moves them out of the way. Sheamus tries to use the steps but Bryan escapes. Bryan sends Sheamus into the ring post and both men are down.

Bryan picks up the steps and puts them into the ring. Bryan with a hard Irish whip into the ringside barrier and then he sends Sheamus into the ring. Sheamus grabs the kendo stick and it is time for a tug of war. Sheamus picks up Bryan and climbs onto the steps for White Noise but Bryan escapes. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick that sends Bryan onto the steps and Sheamus gets the three count.

Winner: Sheamus

We take a look back at what CM Punk said about Dwayne during ‘Story Time with Jerry’ at the start of Raw.

We are back and Daniel Bryan says that he is not leaving the ring until he gets a doctor. Bryan screams NO and that allows us to see what Punk said earlier tonight.

Daniel Bryan is still in the ring and he refuses to leave the ring.

Kofi Kingston’s music plays and he is joined by R Truth and Little Jimmy. Kofi says that he knows that Daniel is having a bad day and a few bad weeks. Kofi tells Bryan to get out of the ring.

Truth tells Bryan that there is no place for him and he needs to skedaddle. Truth says that him, Kofi, and Little Jimmy have some business to take care of.

Bryan asks where Little Jimmy is and he introduces himself to Daniel Bryan. Daniel kicks Little Jimmy over the top rope to the floor and Truth checks on him.

Bryan says that Truth is consoling an invisible child and they wonder what is wrong with him. Bryan says that Truth is out of his mind and he does not belong here.

Daniel’s wedding party comes out and they are here to take Truth away.

AJ’s music plays and she comes out. She tells them that Truth isn’t the person who needs the help. The little guy in the ring needs the help. She tells Daniel that he seems a bit mentally unstable tonight. AJ says that in the interest of a safe working environment, Daniel needs to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

We go to commercial.

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