August 15, 2011
Raw: Del Rio and Rey main event
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
We start off Raw with a still-picture look back at the crazy ending to Summerslam before going into the show. Yep, Iím as confused as the rest of you are.
As has now become the tradition on WWE TV, Triple H comes out to start the show. Seriously, I donít get to watch NXT but does he start each episode there too?
Trips quickly goes into soliloquy and says he mistakenly counted John Cena for the pinfall before asserting that he had nothing to do with how the match ended involving Kevin Nash. He has, however, asked Nash to come to Raw tonight to explain what happened.
This leads to Trips introducing the new WWE Champion, Alberto Del Rio. ADR then comes down to the ring and says he didnít intend to cash in the Money In The Bank briefcase at Summerslam, the opportunity just presented itself. He then says he will represent the WWE Universe well, and says he will sign autographs and take pictures with kids in the arena, along with taking on Rey Mysterio for his first title defense. He then heavily sucks up to the crowd in San Diego before turning around.
Match 1 - R-Truth vs. John Morrison (Falls Count Anywhere Match)
Very, very annoyed that Truth has music again.
The action very quickly spills to the outside and we get some good back-and-forth action. Truthís work, however, is just as if not more vicious than we have seen from him since his heel turn. At one point, Truth brings out one of the cushy broadcasting chairs and is suplexed into it, which leads to a hard knee from Morrison for the duke.
Winner: John Morrison
Miz is up next live in the ring and says heís out here to say hi to Jared from Subway. Really? We still care about this guy? Really?
The interaction between Miz and Jared results in the WWE Universe chanting "Subway sucks" as Mike plugs a new Subway sandwich while also promising heíll be WWE champ again. Great waste of time in my opinion.
We then see Kevin Nash arrive by limo. Watch out for the Hummer!
Match 2 Ė Kelly Kelly/Eve Torres vs. Los Bellas
Really? Not Beth Phoenix and Nattie Neidhart? This Raw just gets more and more disappointing.
Kelly evokes the spirit of Torrie Wilson at one point with the Stinkface, and really, the similarities between the two only build from there. Seriously.
One of the Bellas then pulls off an impressive submission maneuver, literally bending Kellyís leg up to her mouth. Eveís eventually tagged in and hits the Moonsault for the duke.
Winners: Kelly Kelly/Eve Torres
Post-match, Phoenix and Nattie come out... wearing dresses? They "applaud" from the ramp, rather than come down and kick some tuchus. Shame.
Back from break, Nash comes out (no music, which Iím sure wonít last long). Nash thanks Triple H for letting him come out tonight and giving him tickets for Summerslam. Nash says that just before the main event, he got a text asking him to "stick" the winner from a friend. He tells Punk it was plain and simply business. Nash then implies it was Trips who sent the text.
Punk then comes out and rips into Nash and his trust in Trips. The two then start to go back and forth in a pretty damn good verbal battle which includes shots by Punk at The Game before it gets pretty damn personal between Nash and Punk. Eventually, security comes between the two which Punk takes to have been enacted by Triple H.
Backstage, Johnny Ace and Nash chat in Triple Hís office about CM Punk before the two go for a more "private" chat. You know what that means, contract negotiations.
Match 3 Ė Jack Swagger vs. Alex Riley
As Alex Riley enters the arena, we hear Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler argue on commentary. The commentary completely distracts from the match. Michael Cole even begins ripping on Vickie. Eventually Vickie gets off the headset and grabs JRís hat, which is odd since heís the only one who didnít say anything about them. She then causes a distraction in the ring, which leads to Jack Swagger getting the duke after two botched attempts at the Gutwrench Powerbomb. Looks like Swaggerís joining this little stable.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Post-match, Ziggler stomps on JRís hat. Dumb.
Backstage, Swagger thanks Vickie for her assist and then proposes formally that she manage him.
We then head into a summary of Summerslam Week.
Next is a Stephanie McMahon/CM Punk segment, with Steffi getting a hit verbally on Punk. This ainít over, not by a longshot.
Match 4 Ė Kofi Kingston/Evan Bourne vs. David Otunga/Michael McGillicuty
Kofi and Bourne pull off some creative moves as we shift into the standard WWE Tag Team Match Formatģ. Oh, and during the commentary, Cole calls out Swagger for the botch on his finisher.
The jawing from Cole then shifts to JR as the match continues on with little acknowledgement from anyone except Ross.
Backstage, we see Mysterio get prepped for the match against Del Rio.
Match 5 Ė Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio (Undisputed WWE Championship Match)
Del Rio and Rey start to put on their usual spectacular match with several near pinfalls mixed in. At one point, ADR gets extremely close to tearing Mysterioís mask off and later, Rey Jr. hits a picture perfect Asai Moonsault. ADR then tops him by hitting an enziguri while Rey was perched on the top rope. Awesome.
The back and forth action continues until Rey tries the Missile Splash, which Del Rio counters into a roll-up for the victory. Awesome.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Post-match, ADR puts a major hurt on Rey, snapping his arm across the bottom rope and then slams it on the announcerís desk before applying the Cross Arm Breaker. Eventually Cena comes out and waylays Del Rio. Cena then goes off on the mic, saying heís pissed off at ADR for cashing in the briefcase, saying he went into business for himself. Cena continues to go off on Del Rio basically until the end of the show.
Cena was damn hot here, and probably won over some fans from the adult male side. Weíll see if he can truly keep this up or if we go back to happy-go-lucky Cena in a week. See you next week.