The August 6th edition of Monday Night Raw kicked off with the new Raw General Manager AJ Lee. She announced several blockbuster matches, including Big Show vs. Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena and before she could say anything else, WWE champion CM Punk interrupted her. Punk came out to apologize for going too far last week with AJ. AJ accepted his apology, Punk asked AJ to cancel the triple threat match she made last week, but AJ said the match is still on. Punk continued to badger AJ about the match, even bringing up her failed proposal attempt from several weeks ago.
Before much else could be said, Cena came out. Cena said that Punk has nobody to blame for the triple threat match. Punk said he didn't get involved in the match until he was run over by Cena at the announcing table. Show then came out, but AJ said her show wasn't going to get out of hand. Punk then harassed AJ about how he should be in the main event since he is the WWE champion. AJ said that he will have a match and the WWE Universe would have a chance to decide who it would be against.
CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
Mysterio was voted into this match by the WWE Universe on Twitter, bringing back memories of their great feud from a couple years ago. This was a great opening match and possibly the best opening match we have seen on Raw in months. The finish came when Punk connected with the GTS for the pin.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian
This was a terrible match that saw Del Rio get the win after Ricardo Rodriguez distracted the referee. This allowed Del Rio to hit Christian with his boot and lock on the Cross Arm Breaker for the win. After the match, Sheamus was shown in the backstage area, stealing Del Rio's Ferrari.
Big Show vs. Randy Orton
After a great opening match, WWE failed to maintain the excitement level for their matches. This was a typical Show match that saw the World's Largest Athlete use his strength to dominate Orton, but in the end, it didn't matter as both men were counted out.
Ryback vs. Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins
Four matches, three matches wasting television time. Real great way to keep the viewers interested, WWE. Ryback wins, but was there another option?
Prime Time Players vs. Primo and Epico
The finish of the match saw the Prime Time Players trying to leaving the arena, but Kofi Kingston and R Truth came out, allowing Primo and Epico to keep the match going. Epico came up with the pin on Darren Young after the Back Stabber.
Damien Sandow vs. Brodus Clay
Before the match could even begin, Sandow again attacked Clay from behind, this time on the entrance ramp. He went after the left knee of Clay, possibly putting the Funkasaurus on the disabled list.
Kelly Kelly vs. Eve
In her long-awaited return to Raw, Kelly picked up the victory against Eve.
Shawn Michaels In-Ring Segment
Michaels was talking about, well, nothing, but was interrupted by Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Heyman said that Lesnar wasn't coming into SummerSlam to be a performer or entertainer, he said Lesnar is showing up to fight Triple H. Michaels says he will be in Triple H's corner at SummerSlam to watch his best friend beat Lesnar. Lesnar grabbed the microphone from Heyman and said that the only reason why he thinks Triple H will win is because he had never been in the ring with him until now. As Lesnar moved towards Michaels, Triple H came to the ring. Hunter and Michaels stood side-by-side in front of Lesnar. Lesnar smiled, grabbed the mic and said that he'll see Triple H at SummerSlam, and Michaels before then.
Alex Riley vs. Dolph Ziggler
The finish of the match saw Jericho begin filming Ziggler for a Tout, causing enough of a distraction for Riley to get the roll up for the pin.
Kane vs. Miz
Kane got the victory with the Choke Slam against the WWE intercontinental champion.
Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena
At least WWE sandwiched all the terrible matches with two high-quality matches. The finish of the match saw Cena get the win after connecting with the AA. After the match, CM Punk came to the ring and was showing off his WWE championship. Cena pushed Punk aside when he saw Show running to the ring. Cena went for the AA on Show, but Punk intervened for the second straight week. Punk then took a headset and said maybe it was his fault that he has been disrespected, but he said Raw will end this week the same way it has the previous two weeks, with Punk standing tall as WWE champion. Punk went in the ring and attempted a kick to the head of Show, but was caught and knocked out with the Weapon of Mass Destruction. Show then connected with the WMD on Cena and finished the show by holding Punk's world title.
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Hobson Lopes has been a fan of professional wrestling since watching SummerSlam 1992 with his father and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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