Monday Night Raw
Date: August 8, 2011
Location: HP Pavilion Arena, San Jose, California
Commentators: Jim Ross, Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler
It’s the go home show for Summerslam and we have four matches scheduled. I’d expect a BIG push towards Cena vs. Punk which is really the only thing that has been built on the entire show. That’s something this show needs though: a single match to build the whole thing around. Hopefully the card gets some meat on it tonight. Let’s get to it.
Here’s HHH to open the show. He says the usual stuff about Sunday: it’s a huge match, it’ll change WWE forever, he can only be trusted so he’s the referee….all that jazz. Tonight we’ll get the contract signing for the match at Summerslam. Both guys are in action tonight and Cena is up first.
John Cena vs. Jack Swagger
We get some clips of Cena talking to HHH during the entrance, saying that it’s an ego thing. HHH says whatever he wants to happen in the ring on Sunday will happen. Swagger takes it to the mat quickly but stops to do his run around the ring. Cena proves to be smarter than the rest of Jack’s opponents and levels him as he does it. The champ busts out a Stinger Splash in the corner and a dropkick for two.
Swagger takes over with a shoulder block and we hit a double chickenwing. Cena wakes up and takes Swagger down. The STF doesn’t work so Cena starts up his finishing sequence instead. Not that any of that matters as he casually picks Swagger up for the Attitude Adjustment to end this clean at 5:30.
Rating: C-. This was fine if not a little boring. Cena was supposed to look solid here and that’s what he did. With Punk being in action later I’d assume we’ll see him in action against Kofi which should be fine. Not much of a match here but that was the point for the most part: making Cena look dominant.
Rey vs. Punk later on.
The Wrestlemania Recall is Bret vs. Perfect in their classic from 1991.
Surprisingly enough it’ll be Alberto facing Punk tonight. He talks about how Punk ran from him to end MITB so tonight we’ll see what would have happened.
We recap Truth vs. Morrison which is what sent Truth over the edge. In the back Truth says he’s a good R-Truth and Josh asks him why he would take advantage of Morrison. Truth says why a lot. Why do hot dogs come 8 to a pack when buns come 6 to a pack? Why does he hate spiders? He’s glad Josh asked that. He hates them because they’re small and silent. No one is friends with spiders. STOP WHATING ME! Truth talks about his grandmother getting vegetables together and making spider stew, but only Little Jimmy would eat it. Truth is crushing a spider later.
Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz
Miz jumps him during the entrance and beats him down. He throws him into the big WWE logo and kicks Rey’s head into it. Referees take Rey out and Miz comes to the ring. Cole talks to Miz about what happened and there’s no match. Miz wants to talk about his match on Sunday but he doesn’t have one and he isn’t happy. He’s all over mainstream TV right now but he’s got nothing going on Sunday. He wants to know why but he also wants a referee to come down here right now and declare him the winner by forfeit.
A referee comes out but won’t raise the hand. Apparently HHH has made a new match.
The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston
Basics to start until Kofi gets a dropkick for two. Miz beats him down into the corner as Cole talks about how great Miz is. Ross talks about having diet cookies with skim milk and barbecue sauce. Kofi gets a Thesz Press and then a suicide dive to Miz on the floor. We take a break with Kofi being all fired up.
Back with Miz holding a chinlock. They trade some strikes and Kofi gets some near falls. Miz goes up and hits a double axe off the top. Kofi tries to speed up and tries a splash in the corner. Miz moves so Kofi jumps to the top and hits a spinning cross body for two that looked sweet. Miz tries a superplex but Kofi counters into a sunset bomb for two. This has gotten a lot better after the break. Trouble in Paradise misses but Miz can’t hit the Finale. Miz drapes him over the top and hits the Finale to win at 10:45.
Rating: C+. This got a lot better after the break once they got into a rhythm. This was some nice back and forth stuff and Miz got a win that he needed. Kofi’s cross body was really impressive too. Again though, can we please get Kofi some direction? He just stumbles around the show all the time and has been for over a year.
Punk says HHH needs to keep his nose out of the match and is doing this for his own ego. Punk beating Cena again is good for business. Oh and he’ll beat Alberto.
Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk
Punk is almost turning face before our eyes. The fans are all behind him here even though they’re on all sides of him. Feeling out period to start until Punk charges in the corner and hits his shoulder against the post. Alberto works on the arm as is his custom and the fans are still totally behind Punk. Del Rio tries something off the ropes but slips to the floor.
Punk gets going and hits the springboard clothesline for two. He tries the GTS but Alberto reverses and sends his shoulder into the post again. Alberto tries the cross armbreaker which is reversed into a big old kick upside his head. GTS hits and we’re done clean at 4:45. Kind of surprised it ended that fast.
Rating: C-. Eh this was ok. Punk did almost the same thing as Cena earlier and that’s a nice touch on the show. I’m not sure what to expect on Sunday but this was pretty expected here. Punk’s reactions from the crowd are getting harder to ignore and it’s going to be very interesting to see where they go post Cena feud.
Beth Phoenix vs. Eve Torres
I wouldn’t bet on this lasting long. Eve has a remix of her song which sucks. She does look good in green though. Beth beats on her a lot until Eve gets in a kick to the back. That gets her nowhere but a kick off the middle rope does. Eve goes up but gets dropped. Glam Slam and we’re done at 2:56. Not long enough to rate but Beth looks good in black and Eve has great legs so this was far from a failure.
Post match Beth says she’s going to change the Divas division, basically threatening to take out the sexuality. We’re ignoring her MASSIVE cleavage here I guess. Kelly jumps her and stares her down.
Package on Miz and Cena at the Teen Choice Awards.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alex Riley
Riley insults Vickie’s breath pre match. Riley takes over quickly and gets a fast two. Vickie is SCREECHING. There’s a sleeper very quickly but Alex breaks it. There’s a spinebuster but Vickie is in the ring. She yells at him a lot and slaps him for the DQ at 1:30. That should set up a rematch for the title on Sunday.
Post match Alex punches Dolph, knocking him into Vickie.
Long recap of Punk vs. Cena, including a narrator about the things at MITB.
We run down the Summerslam card and there are still just four matches.
R-Truth vs. John Morrison
Morrison starts hammering away to start and the C4 hits a few seconds in. Morrison sends him to the floor and hits a big corkscrew plancha to the floor, taking out the referee in the process. This has been more of a beating/brawl than a match. John goes into the crowd and tries to climb onto the barrier.
Truth sweeps the leg and Morrison crashes onto the bacrricade on the back of his neck. Morrison dives in at the last second and is stomped down even more. Off to a chinlock which makes sense in this case. Jump downward spiral misses and here comes Jomo. The second attempts at the jumping spiral (NAME IT ALREADY) hits though and we’re done at 4:00.
Rating: C. Not bad here and Morrison’s dive was cool. The neck work made sense here so I can’t complain on that regard. I’m rather surprised that this didn’t go down on Sunday but maybe it will in a gimmick match or something. Nothing too good but it was fine for what they could do in four minutes.
Next week Rey is using his rematch clause to face whoever the undisputed champion is in his hometown of San Diego.
Here’s Christian to hype the world title match at Mania. Both of them will be fighting on Friday. Christian has an announcement on Friday and says it would be good for HHH to be there.
Time for the contract signing. Punk cuts HHH off by saying this is all for show. We might as well cut to the chase and flip the table over and brawl. He feels like he’s on Conan O’Brien or something and is about to have a clip from his latest movie. He does however have a movie star to explain why he hates Cena. A real movie star that is, not the guy from the Chaperone.
It’s a Rock promo which was released a few weeks ago. He basically makes fun of Cena’s clothes and his entrances plus the dueling chants. Rock calls Cena a phony in this. After the clip, CM says that Dwayne is just as phony as Cena. Cena talks about how he likes it when guys like Rock and Punk talk about him.
Now it’s time for some truth. Rock is a legit star and he has his millions. No matter what Cena says or how long they battle it out, he’ll never win over the millions. He talks about how people say he needs to increase his workrate or add to the 5 moves of doom (his words not mine) or he needs to let his heel persona shine out. Cena talks about the Yankees line that Punk said last week and how he likes it now because it gets a reaction no matter what. He talks about Punk asking for all of those perks and says if he wants to see a phony, just look in the mirror.
HHH gets in on this and says that Punk more or less held out for more money and a few perks right? Punk goes off on Johnny Ace (he was here too by the way) and asks about the four releases on Friday, asking if any of those were to his face. Punk talks about winning his first title (ECW Title) and having Cena say good job and he had almost give up on Punk. This is an insult somehow.
Yes, Punk held the company up for more perks but everyone else would have also. Cena won his first title in Los Angeles and this Sunday he’ll lose the WWE Championship. He’ll still be a big star and have his fight with Dwayne, but he’ll have nothing. Punk signs and Cena looks at him. He asks if Punk knows how much pressure is on him on Sunday. Punk won one match in Chicago.
Cena wants to know if Punk has thought about what happens if Punk loses at Summerslam. Punk isn’t happy. Cena says win lose or draw he’s facing The Rock at Mania. Punk however needs this match because now everyone is watching him. Everyone is listening to him now because that mic in his hands is a pipebomb. However if he loses, he’s a one hit wonder.
He’ll be known as Buster Douglas, Yahoo Serious (who?) and Milli Vanilli. If Punk loses, it’s all gone. Cena signs and says good luck. Punk says luck is for losers and he’d rather be a one hit wonder than a phony. Cena says the talking is wearing a bit thin and both guys stand up. There go the belts and there goes the table. Johnny Ace splits them up so Punk fires a kick which hits Ace. HHH tries to split them up and Cena accidentally hits/shoves him down. HHH isn’t happy and Punk leaves. Punk wants to know if the fix is in.
Overall Rating: B-. I wasn’t all that into this one but the last segment helped it a lot. This was supposed to build to Summerslam and we started with a card of four matches and left with only a referee added to that. Punk vs. Cena was pushed but nothing happened that made me want to see it more. Some of the wrestling was good but overall this just pushed one match. That’s fine when most of the card is filled out but that isn’t the case here. Kind of a misfire here but nothing was horrible so we’ll call it ok.
John Cena b. Jack Swagger – Attitude Adjustment
The Miz b. Kofi Kingston – Skull Crushing Finale
CM Punk b. Alberto Del Rio – GTS
Beth Phoenix b. Eve Torres – Glam Slam
Alex Riley b. Dolph Ziggler via DQ when Vickie Guerrero interfered