WWE Raw 7/30/12 Results: Three hour era begins
Did CM Punk explain himself?
By JGeorge Estrella
WWE Monday Night Raw (No longer SuperShow) live on USA Network
U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio
July 30, 2012
Welcome everyone to RAW 1001!!
Raw hastily kicks off with Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler announce that the titantron had caught fire prior to the show starting. We go to a recap of last week's Raw 1000.
We begin with the WWE Champion CM Punk coming out. He mentions WrestleMania moments....How it is all everyone talks about in the back. Well, Punk says he had a Raw moment. Brings up Jerry Lawler saying that Punk had turned his back to the WWE Universe. Punk looks at Lawler disapprovingly, goes over to the announce table and sits Native American style. Punk says that last time he checked, The Rock does not account for the WWE Universe. Goes on to say that The Rock or Dwayne Johnson showed him a serious lack of respect, when he did his tired old shtick and Rock Bottomed Bryan whilst acting like Punk wasn’t even there. He would have dropped him right then and there, but it was towards the end of the night that broke the camel's back when Dwayne came out and tried to make the show all about him. Punk sums this up by saying that last week ended the way Raw should always end with the focus on the WWE Champion.
Punk says he is the best wrestler in the world. The Big Show Paul Wight (yeah, I used his real name #BreakingKayfabe) comes out and promos on about how he made history by making Cena the first person to unsuccessfully cash in their Money in the Bank contract, and that Punk would have lost the match had it not been for his interference.
Former WWE Champion John Cena comes out and delivers some big shots to the giant.
The new General Manger AJ Lee comes out looking like a modified Stephanie McMahon. She makes her first “proclamation” as GM by booking Big Show vs. John Cena--the winner faces Punk at Summerfest..er SummerSlam.
Lawler and Cole plug Tout LOL. Keep trying, guys. Keep trying.
Daniel Bryan walking in the back seems angry and agitated.
1. U.S. Champion Santino Marella vs. Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match.
They confirm Del Rio vs. Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship will take place at SummerSlam. Poor Santino got demolished. I like Santino and all but that belt needs to get off of him ASAP. Del Rio comes out with new black trunks and no car.
We come back to Santino attempting to mount a comeback, only for Del Rio to take control as he works the arm of Santino. Santino comes back with a Saito Plex. Del Rio still regains control of the match however blocking a Cobra attempt. Cross Armbreaker for the win.
Winner: ALBERTO DEL RIO
Where does this Sheamus-ADR feud leave Rey Mysterio? Del Rio gets on the mic and says he destroyed the U.S. Champion like he was nothing, says everyone is beneath him. He also goes on record to say that he will not compete until Summerslam. Daniel Bryan paces back and forth in front of AJ’s office.
John Cena vs. Big Show still to come tonight.