Detailed 8/22/11 Raw Recap

Aug 22, 2011 - by Jason Graening

Join the Starman as he covers WWE Raw as it happens live from the Rexall Place at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Ricardo Rodriguez is standing in the ring as he introduces the WWE Champion, Alberto Del Rio, who comes to the ring driving a Lamborghini. We are treated to a replay of last week’s main event, and we are told that Rey Mysterio will miss several months of action due to what Del Rio did to him.

Del Rio doesn’t get to say much as he is interrupted by John Cena. Cena comes out to the ring and reintroduces himself to Del Rio and says he is the guy that will take the WWE Championship and hurt Del Rio in the process.

CM Punk’s music hits as he comes down to the ring and asks if he is watching a rerun as Cena wants another title match. Punk said he has beaten Cena twice in high pressure situations and says that he should be the one getting a title shot.

Del Rio steps in and says it is his time as he is the WWE Champion. Punk says he has a problem with getting screwed by the likes of Triple H, Kevin Nash, and maybe even Jack Tunney. Punk then talks about the text message Nash received and says that Cena would have probably been taken out as well had he won the match.

Both Punk and Cena say they want to cash in on their rematch clause as the two get into an argument over who will be facing Del Rio. Del Rio says he is ignoring both of them and says he defended the title last week and that he won’t defend the title in front of Canadians.

Triple H’s music then hits as the COO makes his way to the ring. Hunter says Del Rio will be in a match tonight, but it won’t be against Punk or Cena. Triple H then tells Punk and Cena that he calls the shots and that they can’t just cash in on their rematch when they feel like it. As for who gets the rematch first, that will be decided in a match tonight between Punk and Cena with the winner facing Del Rio at Night of Champions.

Match 3: Alberto Del Rio vs. John Morrison
The match starts and Morrison goes on the attack and picks up a couple of near falls in the process. Del Rio fights back and connects with some kicks before working over Morrison’s arm. Morrison is able to block an attempt at a suplex and sends Del Rio through the ropes. Morrison then leaps down to the floor, but Del Rio is able to duck out of the way and sends Morrison hard into the guard railing as we head into a commercial break.

We return to the match and see Del Rio is still in control and is working over Morrison’s neck. Del Rio picks up a couple of near falls after hitting some power moves but Morrison is able to kick out. Del Rio then sends Morrison in the corner and Morrison sends Del Rio over the ropes and on to the floor in an act of desperation.

Morrison begins to fight his way back into the match when Del Rio returns, but it is short lived as Del Rio hits a German suplex and picks up another near fall. Del Rio then goes for his cross armbreaker but Morrison counters and nearly pins the champion. Morrison picks up another nearfall after hitting a hurricanrana on Del Rio.

Morrison then hits Del Rio with a flash kick and sets up for Starship Pain but Del Rio rolls out of the way. Del Rio then sends Morrison into the steel ring post and puts Morrison in a cross armbreaker to finally make Morrison submit to pick up the victory.

After the match Del Rio applies the cross armbreaker once again as the referee tries to break it up. Del Rio finally lets go as he poses with the title and the announce team hypes tonight main event between John Cena and CM Punk.

Kelly Kelly and Eve are seen backstage and we are told that the Divas will be in action after the commercial break.

Match 2: Nikki Bella vs. Eve
Kelly Kelly accompanies Eve to the ring for this match up. Prior to the match, we hear from Beth Phoenix and Natalya who say they don’t want to be like Eve and Kelly Kelly, but what they do want the are not going to say.

The bell rings as Nikki sends Eve out to the floor where Bree helps her sister when the referee has his back turned. Back in the ring, Eve takes Nikki down with a side suplex and a clothesline, before hitting a standing moonsault for a near fall.

Eve heads to the top rope where Bree distracts Eve as Nikki trips up Eve and sends her crashing to the mat. Nikki isn’t able to follow up, though, as Eve quickly takes Nikki down and out with a neckbreaker for the pin fall.

After the match, Kelly Kelly comes in and takes out Bree as Beth Phoenix and Natalya come out on the stage and sarcastically applaud their match.

Kevin Nash is seen walking around the backstage area as we head into a commercial break.

Vicki Guerrero comes out and introduces her next potential client, Jack Swagger. The two walk down to the ring for a rematch from last week.

Match 3: Jack Swagger vs. Alex Riley
Swagger starts out strong against Riley and slams him down hard on the mat. Riley comes back and hits Swagger with a spinebuster as Dolph Ziggler makes his way down to the ring to confront Vicki. Ziggler says she doesn’t need any more clients as he accidentally knocks her down. Swagger is distracted and goes out to the floor to confront Ziggler and pushes him. When Swagger returns, Riley rolls him up for the pin fall as Vicki and Ziggler argue up the entrance ramp.

Triple H is seen backstage talking on the phone as he will be confronting Kevin Nash in the ring, and that is up next.

Triple H makes his way to the ring and says there has been a lot of controversy over Kevin Nash’s involvement at Summer Slam and wants to explain what happened as he calls Nash out to the ring. Nash comes out to the ring as Nash says he thought he was doing Hunter a favor. Nash says he was going to apologize to CM Punk but decided against it after what Punk said last week.

Triple H reminds Nash that he doesn’t work for WWE and says he can’t having him call guys out. Hunter says he can take out Punk, but he can’t do it here. Triple H then asks Nash to leave as CM Punk’s hits. Punk demands to know who sent the text message. He wonders if it could have been Kevin Nash, Triple H or maybe even Stephanie McMahon.

Punk says he is now done talking and he is going to just kick Nash’s ass right now. Triple H steps between them as Punk asks him why he is scared of Punk being the WWE Champion. Hunter tells Punk that if he crosses the line with him, he will leave him lying. Punk continues to talk trash to Hunter as Nash clubs him across the head before both Triple H and Nash leave the ring.

Triple H and Kevin Nash are seen backstage and Hunter tells Nash that he can’t be putting his hands on the wrestlers. Triple H then tells him that he needs to go as Nash says that Hunter has changed before leaving.

Match 4: Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne vs. David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty (WWE Tag Team Championship)
The match starts as Bourne and Kingston start out fast against McGillicutty. Kingston picks up a near fall after hitting a high cross body block but Otunga distracts Kingston by dragging his partner out to the floor. Kingston follows and McGillicutty takes him out from behind to turn the momentum of the match.

The tag champs begin to pick apart Kingston and isolate him to their side of the ring. McGillicutty begins to take his time, which gives Kingston an opportunity to take him down with a head scissors and make the hot tag to Bourne.

McGillicutty tags in Otunga as Bourne comes in and takes out both of his opponents. Bourne then hits the Air Bourne on Otunga to pick up the pin fall as Kingston and Bourne are new WWE Tag Team Champions. The new champions celebrate their victory as JR says he can’t wait to see how the new champions heat up the tag team division.

Josh Mathews is backstage with the new Tag Team Champions as Kofi Kingston says the last few weeks have been unbelievable. A few of the wrestlers from the undercard then come in and dump champagne on the new champs.

Triple H is walking backstage as John Laurinaitis tells Hunter that Kevin Nash has been in a car accident. Laurinaitis gives him the number to the hospital and says he can handle things while he is gone as we head into a commercial break.

Santino Marella is coming out for a match and is attacked from behind by the Miz and R-Truth. The two take him out in the ring before the Miz grabs a microphone. R-Truth says Triple H, Kevin Nash, Stephanie McMahon, CM Punk and John Cena are all in on a conspiracy. Truth says both he and the Miz were in PPV main events, but that has all changed since Triple H took over.

The Miz says R-Truth is right as he was main eventing WrestleMania and now just to do something he has to pick a fight with Jared from Subway. Miz says he is sick of seeing people like Santino on Raw and is sick of being underutilized. They say instead of waiting for opportunities, they are going to go out and make their own.

CM Punk and John Cena are seen walking backstage as the main event is coming up next.

Alberto Del Rio and John Laurinaitis are sitting around the broadcast table for the main event.

CM Punk vs. John Cena (Winner faces Albert Del Rio at Night of Champions)
In a funny moment, John Cena tosses his shirt out to the crowd and they toss at back at him in the ring. The bell sounds and the two trade off moves in the early going. Cena finally hits a couple of shoulder blocks and a sets up for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Punk rolls him up for a near fall. Punk then takes control of the match and connects with a running knee and a bulldog. Punk then heads to the top rope but Cena knocks him down to the floor as we head into a commercial break.

We return to the match to see Punk back in control of the match and takes Cena down with a back drop. Cena is able to counter Punk’s offense and goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Punk is able to hold on to the ropes. Punk takes Cena down and goes for the GTS but Cena counters and takes Punk down with a STF. Punk, though, is able to drag his way towards the ropes to break the hold.

Punk then sidesteps Cena as he hits the ring post and Punk connects with the GTS but Cena is able to kick out. Punk then heads to the top rope but takes too much time and misses with an elbow drop. Cena the climbs to the top rope and connects with a leg drop but Punk is also able to kick out.

Punk gets to his feet and Cena tries for another Attitude Adjustment but Punk elbows his way out and drops Cena with a running knee. Cena is able to kick out and takes Punk down with the Attitude Adjustment but Punk again kicks out.

Both wrestlers are slow to get up but Cena backs Punk into the corner as the two fight on the turnbuckle. Punk pushes Cena down and hits a cross body block, but Cena rolls through and picks Punk up. Punk is able to counter, though, and rolls Cena up for another near fall before dropping Cena to the mat with a kick to Cena’s head.

With Cena laid out, Punk picks up Cena as Kevin Nash comes out with a microphone and says he isn’t done with CM Punk yet. Nash begins to walk towards the ring as Cena picks up a distracted Punk and takes him out with the Attitude Adjustment to pick up the pin fall.

Kevin Nash then turns around and leaves as Alberto Del Rio quickly runs out to the ring and takes out Cena. After beating on Cena for a while, John Laurinaitis comes into the ring and pulls Del Rio off of Cena. Del Rio backs off for a moment before charging at Cena once again and hitting him with the WWE Championship. Del Rio then takes Cena out to the floor and sends him into the guard railing as Laurinaitis pulls Del Rio away again as Raw comes to a close.

Quick Results
– Alberto Del Rio defeated John Morrison by submission.
– Eve defeated Nikki Bella by pin fall.
– Alex Riley defeated Jack Swagger by pin fall.
– Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne defeated David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty by pin fall to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.
– John Cena defeated CM Punk by pin fall to earn a shot at Alberto Del Rio at Night of Champions.

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