7/15 Powell's WWE Raw Live Coverage: Brock Lesnar advertised, The Wyatt Family week two, Money in the Bank fallout
By Jason Powell
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WWE Raw on the USA Network
Aired live from Brooklyn, New York at Barclays Center
[Q1] The opening video kicked off the show... There was a pyro display on the stage... Michael Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler checked in on commentary. Cole said there were 15,803 fans in attendance...
There was a drumroll and then Brad Maddox appeared on the stage. He noted that he's been appointed the general manager. He said the fans would be able to say they witnessed the first Raw from Brooklyn and the first night of the Brad Maddox Era. He announced Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler in a rematch from Money in the Bank.
John Cena's music interrupted Maddox and he headed to the ring with the WWE Championship in hand. Once in the ring, Cena received a lot of boos. He noted that it was the Brad Maddox era. He put his arm around Maddox and told him that this will be the only time that the person standing next to him is more hated.
Maddox said he's always admired Maddox. "Ever since I was a teenager watching you on TV," Maddox said. He spoke about his strength and the way he treats those less privileged than he is. Maddox said that for the first time ever, he's going to let the WWE Champion choose his opponent for SummerSlam. There were immediate "Yes!" chants. Cena teased the idea of picking a poor opponent. He mentioned Doc Hendrix, Dutch Mantel, and Michael Cole as possibilities.
Randy Orton's music played and he walked quickly to the ring with his Money in the Bank briefcase in hand. Orton told Maddox that there is a very good chance that Cena wont' be champion at SummerSlam. He said he didn't want to make the same stupid mistake Cena did last year.
Orton said he believes in making the most of opportunities he's given and not squandering them. He also said he believes in being straight up. He said that when he cashes in, Cena will never see it coming.
Fandango's music played and he made his entrance with Summer Rae. The Brooklyn fans Fandangoed. Orton said Fandango interrupted him. Fandango said Orton won't be cashing in his MITB contract against Cena, he will be cashing it in against him. The announcers laughed. Fandango said there's only one superstar the fans want to see Cena face and then coached Cena on how to say his name.
Orton punched Fandango in the face. Fandango fought back and actually cleared Orton from the ring for a moment, but Orton came back and threw Fandango to ringside. Maddox announced Fandango vs. Orton as the first match of the night... [C]
Powell's POV: So this is how they finally get to the Cena vs. Daniel Bryan match that has been rumored for the last two pay-per-views. It's about time. Okay, so it's not set in stone yet, but the live crowd sure seemed to believe that's where it's going. I'm all for it. Maddox still hasn't done anything heelish since becoming the general manager. In fact, Orton came off more heelish than Maddox did if you really think about it. I really liked his line that Cena would never see it coming when he cashes in. Fandango interrupting was more awkward than anything and the announcers laughing at him made me feel like he's a comedy act more than someone we're supposed to take seriously.
[Q2] 1. Randy Orton vs. Fandango (w/Summer Rae). The match was joined in progress. A Summer Rae chant broke out. Orton caught Fandango with a clothesline at ringside and then looked over the barricade at a kid in the front row. Or was it the MILF next to the kid? Well, Orton is single now. Anyway, he backdropped Fandango on the barricade too. As the wrestlers fought back inside the ring, a JBL chant broke out. Fandango took control heading into the break. [C]
Powell's POV: Great, another live crowd that wants to be the show rather than watch it. Night after WrestleMania 29 wannabes.
After the break, Fandango continued to control the offense and got a two count. They traded punches and Orton got the better of it and then performed a t-bone suplex. Orton suffered what appeared to be a minor cut on his left hand. He performed a superplex on Fandango and followed up with a powerslam.
Fandango battled back again and went to the top rope, but Orton recovered and tripped him up. Orton head-butted Fandango as he was seated on the top rope, then pulled him down to the second rope and performed the hanging DDT. Orton played to the crowd and fired them up before hitting the RKO. The crowd counted along with the three count...
Randy Orton pinned Fandango in 13:00 (of television time).
Powell's POV: The announcers went from laughing at Fandango in the verbal segment to raving about the way he hung in there with Orton during the match. Hopefully this is a sign they are going to tone down some of the comedic elements of the character in favor of presenting him as an in-ring force.
[Q3] The announcers recapped A.J.'s interference getting Dolph Ziggler disqualified at the pay-per-view... Backstage, A.J. chased after Dolph and was apologetic. He told her to stop apologizing and said it was time to move on. She thought he forgave her and hugged him. "No, you don't understand, it's time for me to move on from you," Ziggler said...
A shot aired of Mark Henry walking backstage... [C]
Powell's POV: That's what I was hoping we would see from Ziggler. It's important that he did the dumping rather than look like a dope by forgiving her only to have it happen again. As much as I am bored with live crowds trying to take over shows after the recent What? and Husky Harris chants (among other things), I must say that I would rather see a rowdy crowd like this one than a flat crowd.
Mark Henry headed to the ring wearing a suit as the announcers recapped his loss to John Cena. Henry said Cena is one of the greatest WWE Champions of all time. He said he gave it all he had and took Cena to the limit. Henry said he came this close to winning the WWE Championship.
The fans responded with "You tapped out" chants. "I did tap out," Henry said. "He'll tap every single one of y'all out too." The Sexual Chocolate chants were next. Ugh. Henry said he knows Cena has the option of selecting his opponent at SummerSlam and he wants to be that guy. Henry said he took Cena to his limit once and he will do so again.
The Shield's music played and they headed out of the concourse together. They headed to ringside and surrounded the ring. Henry took off his jacket and fought the trio. They had him outnumbered, but Henry fought them off. Dean Ambrose applied a sleeper and then Roman Reigns speared him. The trio put the boots to Henry and then put him down with the Triple Powerbomb. A Holy Shit chant broke out...
The announcers hyped the Del Rio vs. Ziggler match for after the break... [C]
Powell's POV: I wasn't sure where they were going with Henry after he tapped out to Cena. Apparently, they're turning him babyface. It's hard to believe considering how heelish he was portrayed via the fake retirement angle last month, but I think it will work. He looked like a badass fighting off the trio for a bit and the crowd was very receptive. I also loved the way Henry silenced the "you tapped out" chants.
[Q4] A graphic boasted that MITB was the most socially active show last night with over 35 worldwide trends... Backstage, Brad Maddox was on the phone with his mother when Chris Jericho walked into the room. Jericho said Maddox must be feeling pressure since this is a lot for a teenager to take on.
Maddox said the best way for Jericho to become champion is to impress Cena. He suggested Jericho face another former champion in Rob Van Dam. The crowd roared. Jericho played up RVD vs. Y2J. Jericho told him that if he keeps making decisions like that he'll have a hell of a future...
2. World Hvt. Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match. There were loud "Let's Go Ziggler" chants during the match. Del Rio backdropped Ziggler over the top rope. Ziggler took a crazy face-down bump heading into the break. [C]
Del Rio continued to be the aggressor after the break until Ziggler caught him with a tornado DDT off the second rope for a two count. Del Rio regained control again, but Dolph dropkicked him off the ropes. Ziggler pinned Del Rio, who put his foot on the bottom rope at the last moment to break up the pin.
[Q5] Dolph went for the Fameasser, but Del Rio avoided it and then caught Ziggler with a kick in the corner. Del Rio covered Ziggler for two. Del Rio hung Ziggler in the tree of woe and then kicked him repeatedly. Del Rio charged at Ziggler, who sat up, causing Del Rio to crash into the corner.
Ziggler performed a Fameasser off the second rope. He went for the cover, but the bell rang. A.J. was shown in the timekeeper's area. With Ziggler distracted, Del Rio blasted him with the superkick and then covered him for the win.
Alberto Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler in 12:30.
After Del Rio left the ring, A.J. entered and slapped Ziggler. She slipped out and was slapping at him. Ziggler kept his cool, but when he turned around he ended up taking a big clothesline from Big E Langston. Ziggler took The Big Ending finisher from Langston. A.J. knelt down next to Ziggler and kissed him on the lips before shoving his head back down to the mat...
The announcers hyped that Cena will select his own opponent for SummerSlam later in the show... [C]
Powell's POV: Ziggler some some really wild bumps, which is amazing considering how hard they worked the night before. I liked the followup angle. They had to get Ziggler away from Del Rio for now. Dolph should be firmly established as a babyface and develop momentum before he goes back into chase mode. A feud with Langston isn't ideal because they both need wins, but it's logical from a storyline standpoint. By the way, the announcers have been praising the decisions of Maddox. He wasn't really heelish at the pay-per-view and he definitely hasn't been yet tonight.
A shot aired of the outside of the building. The new Barclays Center already needs to replace the lights used for the first "a" in the building name... A recap of Randy Orton telling John Cena that he'll never see it coming when he cashes in was shown...
R-Truth, who has short hair now, made his "What's Up" entrance. He was about to play to the crowd afterward, but he was interrupted by The Wyatt Family entrance. Wyatt once again took a seat in the rocking chair and blew out the lantern. When the lights went on, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan beat up R-Truth inside the ring.
Wyatt stood up and slowly entered the ring. "They've been lying to you, man," Wyatt said over the house mic. He said there's no such thing as heroes. He said people are addicted by the illusion of what a hero is and what they do for them. He said people need someone to kiss them on the check and tell them everything is alright. "Everything is not alright!" he said.
[Q6] "What if I was to tell you that the man who made you is a liar," he said. "What if I was to tell you that your own flesh and blood turned his back on you? I will never turn my back on you." He said maybe he has been the answer all along.
R-Truth stood on the ring apron with a chair in hand. Wyatt dismissed Harper and Rowan and called Truth into the ring. He stood with his arms straight out and asked Truth what he's waiting for. Truth was distracted by Rowan and Harper at ringside momentarily. Wyatt attacked Truth with punches and then Rowan and Harper joined in.
Wyatt kissed Truth on the head before hitting his finisher. Wyatt smiled and then took the mic and said, "You are not the truth we seek. Kane, follow the buzzards"...
Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro are now The Real Americans. Yes, really. Viewers were encouraged to vote for which team would face them... [C]
Powell's POV: Damn, Wyatt can talk. He's phenomenal in this role and Rowan and Harper are awesome as his followers. The mention of Kane left me even more curious whether he will become a brainwashed member of the cult. Oh, and please tell me that Swagger and Cesaro will enter to the "Real American" song.
At ringside, the announcers spoke about Wyatt's promo, then set up a video package on the grand opening of the WWE Performance Center...
Zeb Colter lead Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger out to their usual music and cut a promo about Brooklyn being more like a porta-potty than a melting pot. He encouraged John Cena to face one of his real Americans. The Uso's got 55 percent of the fan vote, Tons of Funk got 27 percent, and the Prime Time Players received 18 percent...
3. Jack Swager and Antonio Cesaro (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Jimmy and Jey Uso. Swagger and Cesaro got the upper hand early. One of the Uso's caught Swagger with superkick, then Cesaro caught the Uso with a European uppercut. The other Uso rolled up Cesaro for the win...
The Uso Brothers defeated Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro in 2:15.
[Q7] The announcers hyped Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho for after the break... [C]
Powell's POV: Kind of a throwaway match. The Uso's got the win and keep their momentum going, but Swagger and Cesaro haven't been established enough as a duo for it to really elevate the brothers.
An anti-bullying video aired with little kids whining about being bullied online in addition to in person. What the hell are kids that age doing online? Anyway, it was the Sean Combs spot...
4. Damien Sandow vs. Christian. Before the match, Damien Sandow headed to the ring with his Money in the Bank briefcase. "There he is, the next World Heavyweight Champion," JBL said. Cole spoke about a leg injury that Sheamus suffered during the MITB match. Late in the match, Sandow caught Christian with a neckbreaker and layed to the crowd. Christian stood up and took Sandow down into a pin and got the win.
Christian defeated Damien Sandow in 3:00.
Afterward, Sandow took the mic and yelled, "And still your intellectual savior and Money in the Bank, Damien Sandow." Cody Rhodes hit the ring wearing a suit and attacked Sandow. Rhodes threw punches at Sandow until three referees intervened. Sandow left through the crowd... [C]
Powell's POV: Dot Net reader Stephen Milhane noted that Sheamus has a photo of his swollen leg on his Twitter. It's not pretty. Check it out at Twitter.com/WWESheamus/status/356939966254813184/photo/1. His left legs looks a lot like one of Rosie O'Donnell's legs. As for the match, I was surprised to see Sandow lose. It worries me when JBL refers to him as a future champion in that it makes me assume he will cash in unsuccessfully.
[Q8] The latest 1-800-FELLA commercial aired. A guy had the hiccups and an co-worker tried to help him. The guy called and Sheamus showed up and scared the guy. He still had the hiccups, so Sheamus opted to Brogue Kick him from behind, then worried whether the guy had insurance because he wasn't moving...
The announcers set up footage from earlier in the day of Vickie Guerrero trying to get fans to sign a petition to reinstate her as the authority figure...
5. Brie Bella (w/Nikki Bella) vs. Naomi (w/Cameron). Brie had Naomi locked in a weird hand on chin lock. JBL said we were seeing another side of Naomi and she is a tremendous athlete. Odd timing. She did show some flashiness with a huracanrana and then a couple of really light dropkicks. The fans amused themselves with Ole chants and Naomi won with a high cross body block...
Naomi beat Brie Bella in 4:15.
Powell's POV: Naomi uses Iceman King Parsons' butt-butt. She calls it the Rearview. I've already spent too much time thinking about that match.
Footage aired from after MITB of a WWE web team member trying unsuccessfully to get answers out of Paul Heyman regarding his attack on C.M. Punk. Heyman finally stopped and yelled, "Stay out of my persona life!"... Cole recapped the situation with Punk and Heyman from the pay-per-view... [C]
Powell's POV: It is odd that Heyman and Punk hasn't been a big topic of conversation until now considering it was such a big part of the main event.
C.M. Punk's music played and he headed onto the stage to a strong ovation from the live crowd. It wasn't clobbering time. Punk limped to the ring instead. Cole spoke about Punk requiring 13 staples after Heyman slammed the ladder into his head.
[Q9] A loud C.M. Punk chant broke out. "I know Paul Heyman is in the building," Punk said. "And I know Brock Lesnar is in the building. And I know I'm not waiting anymore, so come on out, boys." Heyman walked onto the stage with a mic in hand. "You know what I'm looking at right now?" he asked. "I'm looking at an empty ring because in my world you don't exist."
Heyman said WWE had no vision for Punk in 2005. He said Punk was a figment of Heyman's imagination. He said he took Punk in, befriended him, and martyred his entire career for him. Heyman said "we" as he spoke about Punk winning the WWE Championship, holding the title, and coming within an inch of ending Undertaker's Streak.
Heyman said that "without me there is no we." He said that without him, Punk is not the best in the world. Heyman said people have been asking him why he betrayed Punk and calling him a Judas. Heyman said the truth is a hard pill to swallow. He said Punk failed "us" when he couldn't beat Undertaker at WrestleMania. He said Punk went home and when he returned he thought he was better than Heyman.
"So I lied to you," Heyman said. "I manipulated you. I played you. Because you can never claim that C.M. Punk dumped Paul Heyman. No, history is going to write that Paul Heyman dumped C.M. Punk." Heyman said he made it as personal as he possibly could.
Heyman said Punk has no family and is estranged from his own mother and father. "All you have is them," Heyman said. The fans cheered, Lawler said it was becoming too personal. Heyman said all Punk has is the fans admiration, respect, and affirmation. The fans chanted Punk's name. "And all you want, all you crave, all you need in your life is the WWE Championship," said Heyman. "You took my best friend away from me and I took your chance at the WWE Title away from you and each and every one of them."
Heyman said Punk will find out that as bad as his reputation is in business, he's a lot worse personally. Heyman said Punk made him swear on his children. "But it was my children who made me see this so clear," he said. He recalled his kids asking why Punk doesn't listen to him and whether Brock would beat Punk. Heyman said the harshest truth of all is that he betrayed Punk because "C.M. Punk, you can't beat Brock Lesnar."
Punk looked down and touched the staples in his head. "Are you done," Punk asked while glaring at Heyman. "You want to talk about the truth? I saw firsthand last night that the truth does hurt. And maybe I should have seen it coming, but dammit, Paul, I trusted you and now all I have to show for it are these 13 staples in my head."
Punk said Heyman knows when he's lying and when he's telling the truth. He also knows that when he wants something he is the most relentless man on the planet and he won't stop until he gets it. "And the truth is Paul, I'm going to get you." Punk swore on Heyman's children that he would get him. Punk said he would get everyone who conspired with Heyman. "Your friends, your clients, your family," Punk said. He said he will rip apart and hurt anyone who gets between them.
"You want the truth?" Punk asked. "The truth is you don't have a future because I'm going to burn everything around you until you're the last man standing and I'm going to keep you alive just long enough to look you in the eye and hurt you worst of all, so tell me you son of a bitch (censored), am I lying?"
Heyman said Punk wasn't lying. He said that since he doesn't have a future, he would spell out Punk's immediate future out for him. Heyman knelt down and did Punk's "It's clobbering time" line.
Brock Lesnar's music played and he walked out with an intense look on his face as Heyman stood in the aisle. Lesnar joined Heyman in the aisle and they walked to the ring together. Lesnar shuffled at ringside while Heyman snuck around the ring and then snuck up behind Heyman and took a shot at him.
Lesnar pulled Punk to ringside and went for the F5, but Punk slipped away from him. They exchanged shots and Lesnar got the better of it and whipped Punk to the ground. Punk got up and threw more punches at Punk, but Lesnar tossed him over the announcers' table. Punk got up and dove onto Lesnar, who caught him and then drove him into the ring post.
Lawler expressed concern that Punk was hurt. JBL said Brock has no heart. Lawler called out for Heyman to tell Lesnar that was enough.
[Q10] Lesnar picked up Punk and performed an F5 onto the announcers' table. Punk bounced off the table and fell to the floor behind the table. Lesnar climbed onto the table and looked down at Punk. Heyman and Lesnar headed up the ramp. Punk got back to his feet, held his neck, and pushed the trainers aside as he tried to get to his feet. He sat down and held his neck as they went to break... [C]
Powell's POV: Goddamn!!! Red hot angle. I guess it didn't have to be the topic of conversation earlier in the night since it would end up stealing the show. Punk and Heyman were great. I know that's pretty much par for the course with them, but they actually outdid themselves here. Great intensity, great verbiage, and great delivery from both men. Lesnar looked like a badass and Punk looked like the babyface who won't quit. This was fantastic.
The announcers spoke at ringside about the previous angle. Lawler spoke about how it became too personal too quickly. JBL said Lesnar has no conscience or heart. Cole said Lesnar is the man standing between Punk and Heyman. They set up a video for Total Divas...
Powell's POV: The announcers really did a good job during the segment and in the recap. As great as Punk and Heyman were, the announcers enhanced it.
Backstage, The Great Khali approached John Cena and spoke to him in his native tongue. Cena spoke back in the same language and they went separate ways...
Backstage, Stephanie McMahon spoke with Brad Maddox about his first night on the show. "What do you think?" she asked. He started to answer, but she said she wasn't talking to him. Triple H was shown. They agreed he was doing it a good job, but asked if he spoke with Vince. He said he wanted to.
Triple H and Stephanie questioned Maddox allowing Cena to pick his opponent on their "second biggest show of the year." They made it seem like they love the idea, but Vince won't be too happy. Hunter said Maddox was picked for the job because he was the only person standing there. They said they thought it would work out great, then Hunter wished him the best of luck "in your future endeavors" and they walked away...
Rob Van Dam made his entrance for the match against Chris Jericho. RVD got another big reaction...
Powell's POV: More of the same with the McMahon family pulling their authority figure in different directions and intentionally making the authority figure uncomfortable. For those not watching, Hunter's line was a joke, not a case of him actually firing Maddox.
[Q11] [C} Chris Jericho made his entrance. Cole said RVD would have his first match on Raw in six years...
6. Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho. Van Dam performed a standing moonsault early on. Jericho came back and caught Van Dam with a nasty looking kick to the back of the head at 2:45. The fans had been in RVD and ECW chant mode, but they chanted Y2J while Jericho played to them and perhaps allowed Van Dam to recover from the kick. [C]
After the break, Jericho went for the Walls of Jericho. He couldn't roll Van Dam over, so he opted to slingshot him into the ropes instead. Later, they jockeyed for position while going for a suplex. They ended up on their feet and Van Dam blasted Jericho with a kick to the chops. Jericho came back with a powerbomb that left Van Dam holding the back of his head. A "this is awesome" chant broke out.
Jericho missed a dropkick and RVD went for Rolling Thunder, but Jericho rolled to ringside. Van Dam went to the apron and moonsaulted Jericho on the floor heading into the commercial break.
[Q12] [C] After the break, Van Dam threw a couple clotheslines and Jericho came back with two shoulder blocks. Jericho went to the rope rope and came off with a double ax handle. Jericho delivered a running bulldog and then missed a Lionsault when RVD rolled out of the way. Van Dam came back with Rolling Thunder and got a two count.
RVD missed a kick off the second rope and Jericho DDT'd him for a two count. Jericho went for the Walls of Jericho, but RVD twisted out of it and then caught Jericho with a kick. The cut on RVD's head from MITB started to trickle a little blood. Jericho went for a bulldog, but RVD pushed him off into the corner. Van Dam missed a split-legged moonsault. Jericho came back with a Lionsault for a good near fall.
Van Dam came back with another kick to the head and then went to the top rope. Jericho caught him on the ropes and crotched him. Jericho went for a superplex, but Van Dam fought him off and head-butted him off the ropes. Van Dam sommersaulted onto Jericho and covered him for a really good two count. Many of the fans were on their feet.
Jericho applied the Walls of Jericho. Van Dam struggled and reached the ropes to break the hold. Van Dam came back with another kick to the face. RVD went to the top rope and hit the Five Star Frog Splash for the win. The announcers raved about the match afterwards...
Rob Van Dam pinned Chris Jericho in 21:35.
The announcers hyped John Cena selecting his SummerSlam opponent for after the break... [C]
Powell's POV: A highly entertaining and crowd pleasing match. They set out to deliver a memorable match and they came through. They'll both be feeling it tomorrow. Van Dam keeps his momentum going and Jericho has another passage for a future best seller.
Cole hyped Miz TV with special guest Paul Heyman for Smackdown...
The WWE wrestlers stood on the stage. The announcers noted that Brock Lesnar, C.M. Punk, and Mark Henry were absent (as were The Shield and the Wyatt Family). Hell, even Brookyn Brawler, who worked a Superstars match, was out there, as were Chris jericho and Rob Van Dam.
[Overrun] John Cena made his entrance and walked through all of the wrestlers on the stage before heading to the ring. Cena received a lot of boos once his music stopped. He said it was time for him to announce who he has selected to challenge him at SummerSlam. Cena said he couldn't do it because he hadn't made up his mind. The fans booed.
Cena said superstar after superstar have told him all night why they should face him at SummerSlam. He said he left out the most important voice - the WWE Universe. He said they don't always see eye to eye and "sometimes you're a little bit tough on me." Cena said he respects their honesty and he would like to see a match they want to see.
"For a decision this historic, I need your help," Cena said. There were a lot of fists pumping along with "yes" chants. Cena said the fans were getting the hang of it. He pointed to all of the wrestlers on the stage and said he would say some names and then the fans could tell him how they feel about that person facing him.
Cena pointed out he birthday boy in Heath Slater, who received loud boos. "No dice on Heath Slater," Cena said. "How about any of 3MB?" More boos. He brought up Randy Orton, who received more boos than cheers. Cena brought up The Great Khali, who was booed. Cena pointed out Alberto Del Rio, who was also booed.
Cena pointed to Chris Jericho, who received a nice ovation that faded. Cena pointed to Jericho's opponent Rob Van Dam, who received a reaction similar to the one Jericho received, only followed by a faint RVD chant. "He can fly, but can he dance?" Cena said before pointing to Fandango, who was booed. Cena said he doesn't have his own hotline, but Sheamus does. The fans booed.
Cena said he saw Ryback breathing heavy. More boos. Cena asked if there was anyone he was forgetting. The "yes" chants started. Cena asked again and said they were good. He said there were a bunch of great selections, but he made his decision. A loud "Daniel Bryan" chant broke out. Cena stopped what he was saying to let the chant grow.
"Hey, guys, I respect the beard, trust me," Cena said. "This is a guy who deserves this decision. This a guy who deserves this match and I think it's a guy whose going to make SummerSlam an awfully special occasion." Cena announced Daniel Bryan as his opponent for SummerSlam. The wrestlers on the stage looked a little surprised.
Bryan emerged from the pack pumping his fists in the air and raced to ringside to lead a "Yes" chant while standing on the ropes. Bryan entered the ring and looked at Cena, then did the "Yes!" chant while standing face to face with Cena. Bryan continued to play to the crowd while Cena watched. Bryan stood on the ropes leading the "Yes!" chant to close the show...
Powell's POV: I like the end result of Cena's selection segment, but I don't think it was a bright move for WWE set up so many of their top wrestlers to be booed or receive mediocre fan responses. I really didn't like Alberto Del Rio being out there since he's World Hvt. Champion and should be kept away from something like this if he's not getting it. Again, though, I like the end result and I'm really looking forward to SummerSlam with Cena vs. Bryan for the WWE Championship, and Lesnar vs. Punk in the top two slots.
Overall, this was a quality followup to the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. It was a big draining because they threw a lot at viewers tonight. The Punk and Heyman segment alone was worth the three-hour investment, the Wyatt Family had a good followup, and RVD vs. Jericho was a lot of fun. I will have more to say about the show tonight in my audio review that will be available exclusively for the Dot Net Members, and in the WWE Raw Hit List on Tuesday. Thanks for watching along with me.
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|3/24 Powell's WWE Raw Live Coverage: Undertaker and Brock Lesnar confrontation, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Manganiello serve as guest hosts, Scooby Doo and the Mystery Machine, WrestleMania 30 build