Aug 12, 2013 - by Stephanie Sias
Raw kicks off with Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett with Brad Maddox as the special guest referee. Wade picks up the win with a quick 3 count by Maddox.
Next we have Mr. Money in the bank vs. Mr. Money in the Bank, Randy Orton vs. Damien Sandow with Cody Rhodes on commentary. Sandow hits the elbow of distain and Orton kicks out at two. Cody once again tries to steal the briefcase that is handcuffed to the ring, Orton hits the RKO off the distraction for the win.
The Shield say it is time for the “Old Icons” to go. They believe that it is time for the younger generation to step up. Ambrose says the US title is the title everyone runs from. He said he can take on anyone in the battle royal later tonight and that there is no way he is losing his title at summer slam.
Brock appears in a backstage promo. He tells us that this match at summer slam is personal. He claims that the “beast” is the best. CM Punk has never faced a guy like him, because there is no one like him and that size does matter. CM Punk then appears and says he that even though Brock says “The beast is the best”, CM Punk believes that “The best is the best”.
The Great Khali and Natalya are in mixed tag action against Big E Langston and the Divas Champ AJ Lee. Big E claims he will defeat Ziggler at summer slam, no problem. AJ makes a quick tag into the match. Dolph and Kaitlyn look on backstage. AJ gets mad at Hornswoggle, allowing Natalya to lock in a sharp shooter. AJ taps but the ref didn’t see. Natalya quickly locks in the sharp shooter one more time, this time the ref sees AJ tap. Big E attacks Khali from behind, but Khali counters knocking Big E out of the ring.
Mr. McMahon makes his way to the ring. He wants an explanation for the quick count in the kick match and asks Brad Maddox to come to the ring. Brad claims the quick count was just because he was a little excited to have the ref shirt on and he tried his best. Brad then goes on to ask to be the Guest Referee in the Summer Slam match with John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan. Mr. McMahon announces Brad as the referee. Triple H makes his way to the ring. The crowd begins a “Triple H” chant, and McMahon yells at them to not feed his ego anymore. Triple H agrees that there does need to be a ref that will call it down the middle and that it should be him. Triple H hits Maddox with the pedigree.
Next we have Kane vs. Titus O’neil. Quick Match. Kane hits the choke slam and picks up a win. The Wyatt family shows up. Kane however was not in the ring like they expected. Bray Wyatt turns around to see Kane at the top of the ramp. Fire emits from the ring posts.
Josh Matthews interviews the Bellas backstage. The Bellas claim to be in control of the divas division. Natalya challenges Brie to a singles match at summer slam, her vs Brie Bella. Brie will be accompanied by Nikki and Eva Marie, while Natalya will be accompanied by the Funkadactyls.
Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston. Del Rio hits a suplex off the top rope. Kingston kicks out at 2. Kingston gains momentum and hits the SOS but Del Rio kicks out at 2. Kingston attempts a Trouble in Paradise and misses. Del Rio locks in the cross arm breaker and Kingston taps. The World Champ picks up a win.
Christian video package. Renee Young interviews Christian back stage. He tells Del Rio that he WILL beat him at summer slam and become the world champ for the third time. Del Rio interrupts and says something to Christian in Spanish.
The Real Americans, accompanied by Zeb Coulter, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro come out and Zeb, as usual has something bad to say about the state that they are in. Swagger and Cesaro vs. The Usos. The Usos pick up the win over the Real Americans. Zeb is not happy.
Miz TV with special guests Daniel Bryan and the WWE champion John Cena. The Miz tells Bryan that John Cena will beat him. Bryan then tells the Miz that if he doesn’t shut his mouth, he will punch him in the face. Bryan says that Cena is just in it for the fame and the glory and not for the wrestling like he is. Bryan tells Cena that he thinks Cena is a parody of wrestling. John Cena gets heated. Bryan says “For you this is just another summer slam, but for me, this is the biggest match of my life”. Daniel Bryan tells Cena he isn’t a wrestler. Cena slaps Daniel Bryan. Triple H enters. Randy Orton enters and holds up the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Backstage, Curtis Axel asks Paul Heyman if he’s getting nervous. Heyman says that he is having second thoughts.
20 man battle royal. The winner gets a US Title shot at summer slam. First to the ring, RVD. Accompanied to the ring by the Funkadactyl’s, Tons of Funk. 3MB to follow. Ryback and cut to commercial. Last to the ring, Mark Henry. First to go, Justin Gabriel. Ryback has easily eliminated 3 people already. Mark Henry eliminates the Real Americans simultaneously. RVD and Mark Henry are the last two standing. RVD eliminates Mark Henry and wins a US title match at the Summer Slam pre show.No Surprise, the Shield comes to the ring. The Big Show makes his overdue return. The shield retreats back into the crowd.
Paul Heyman makes his way to the ring. Paul claims that the WWE universe took CM Punk away from him, but tonight Paul will take CM Punk from them. Paul also admits that this is a trap. Paul reveals Brock Lesnar as his co-conspirator. Paul shows a Brock Lesnar video package. Paul Heyman announces that CM Punk will now have to fight against Heyman and Lesnar in a handicap match. Paul asks if Punk is going to play the smart coward, or the dumb hero. Punks music plays and Punk attacks Lesnar and Heyman from behind. Punk gets a chair and beats Lesnar with it. Punk has his sights set on Heyman and Heyman runs like a dog with his tail between his legs out of the ring. Axel comes from back stage and Punk proceeds to attack him as well. The show ends with Punk yelling “I am the best in the world”.