WWE Raw on the USA Network
Aired on tape delay from San Antonio, Tex.
We start off with John Cena’s confrontation with Wade Barrett and Nexus last week. Then we see footage of the systematic destruction of the WWE Superstars. But then we saw the six men who would join John Cena at SummerSlam.
We are live from San Antonio, Texas and your announcers are Michael ‘Where is the basement in the Alamo’ Cole and Jerry ‘Did Tony Parker bring his wife tonight’ Lawler.
John Cena comes to the ring and he is going to talk to the WWE Universe. John says that they are right that everything is bigger in Texas. He says that seven weeks ago, a group called Nexus, without any warning at all came to Raw and destroyed everything in its past. Nobody was safe. If Nexus wanted you hurt, then they would hurt you. That was until last Monday. Finally, the Raw Superstars said that they have had enough. They stood side by side in the ring. It did not matter if they were friends or enemies because they had a common goal. They are going to beat Nexus at SummerSlam and they are going to end Nexus. Nexus is not invincible. He says that with more power, Nexus gets more influence. The more influence they get, they will take over this show. Cena says that if that is the case, it might be the end of Monday Night Raw. Cena says that his team is not the Superfriends. He is not Superman. He says that he is more like Aquaman. He says that Edge and Jericho are like Batman and Robin. He says that Khali is not going to put on Wonder Woman’s attire.
Chris Jericho interrupts and comes to the ring. Cena mentions that Chris Jericho is on the SummerSlam team. Jericho says that he was standing backstage biding his time until Cena would say what he knew Cena would say. John Cena talked about his team. Jericho says that people told him that they were glad to see that Jericho had changed his ways to join Cena’s team. Jericho tells Cena and the hypocrites. He did not get involved in this to be part of Cena’s team. He did not do this to bask in the glory of heroes. He did not do this to pander to parasites. He did this because of the issues he has with Nexus, especially Wade Barrett, who he groomed and his teachings helped Barrett to form Nexus. Jericho says that this is his team.
John Cena says that the team can be Jericho’s.
Jericho tells Cena never to patronize him. He wants to be honest with Cena. The team lives or dies on his whims. Cena slaps the mic from Jericho.
Cena tells Jericho it is not about Jericho. It is not about him. It is about this damn business. He says that Nexus has taken over this company. Cena tells Jericho if he doesn’t like him fine, the thing is that Jericho loves the business. He says that they have to co-exist. Jericho knows Wade Barrett better than anyone. He says that Jericho is essential to this team.
Jericho picks up his mic and he tells Cena never to knock the microphone out of his hands again. Jericho then tells Cena that he knows how essential he is to this team. The only chance to beat Nexus is to have the best in the world standing beside you. Jericho says that he knows more than that because he sees the big picture. Nexus isn’t the only threat to this company. The other threat is John Cena. Cena is like Nexus. He interrupts whoever he wants and does whatever he says. However, Cena does it with the support of the drones and people that he dances around for like a puppet on a string. At SummerSlam, as soon as the threat of Nexus is abolished, he is going to take the next logical threat and turn his sights on the next threat in the company. He is going to get rid of Cena. He will either do it with the help of his team, or he will do it by himself.
Cena tells Jericho to take his best shot.
It is time for an e-mail from the General Manager. Cole says that the match at SummerSlam will be an elimination match. As a preview, Nexus will face seven men in an elimination match. Additionally, Cena and Jericho will be in a tag team match. The General Manager says that if they aren’t down for that, he has two words for Cena and Jericho.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Slam of the Week: Sheamus defeating Evan Bourne and Miz trying to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase only to be stopped by R Truth.
Sheamus comes to the announce table to join Cole and Lawler for our first match of the night.
We see footage from last week’s Triple Threat match when Randy Orton returned to the number one contender spot with a win over Edge and Chris Jericho.
Match Number One: Randy Orton versus Jey Uso with Jimmy Uso and Tamina
They lock up and Orton with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Orotn looks at Sheamus before returning to Jey and kicks and punches him. Orton slingshots Jey into the bottom rope. Orton with a forearm across Jey’s chest. Jey drops Orton across the top rope and then Jey kicks Orton in the chest. Jey with a diving head butt for a near fall. Uso with a chin lock as Orton gets back to his feet. Orton with punches but Jey responds with punches of his own. Orton with a knee and clotheslines. Orton with a power slam and then he punches Jimmy off the apron. Orton sets for the IEDDT and he hits it. Orton punches the air before twisting into the RKO push ups. Orton with an RKO for the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
After the match, Jimmy attacks Orton but Orton punches Jimmy and kicks him. Sheamus tries to attack Orton from behind but Orton moves and Sheamus hits the pump kick on Jimmy. Orton with an RKO to Sheamus.
Miz comes out and he has his referee and briefcase. We are going to have our Money in the Bank match . . .
Before the referee calls for the bell, Orton hits an RKO on Miz.
Edge is in the back and he says that on the one hand he can’t wait for SummerSlam to get his revenge. He tells Ted DiBiase that he would rather have Ted on the team than Khali. Cena told him that he had an unstoppable team and Khali was on it. He says that Khali is clumsy and uncoordinated.
Ted says that when he beats Morrison tonight, Cena will see that he deserves to be on the team. Edge says that he might have to force his hand and face the Great Khali himself.
Edge walks away from Ted and Maryse and we see Runjin Singh. Will he tell Khali what he heard?
We are back and Sheamus and Miz are in the ring and they are arguing. Miz is holding his head while we get an e-mail.
The General Manager has found the team to face John Cena and Chris Jericho. It will be a team of champions, The Miz and Sheamus.
Sheamus and Miz decide to talk some strategy in the ring before we go to Cole and Lawler.
It is time to take a look at a SummerSlam Moment: From 1988, Ultimate Warrior versus Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Title.
Edge is on the phone and he says that they are going to see things his way. Great Khali comes in and he yells something at Edge. Runjin says that he heard what Edge said earlier and he told Khali. Edge says that he has nothing but the utmost respect for Khali. Khali calls Edge obnoxious, delusional, and a complete nincompoop. He challenges Edge to a match right now.
Edge tells Singh to translate that if Khali loses, he is off the team. We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that a lot more people watch Raw than Baseball on Monday Nights.
Cole tells us that Jerry Lawler is part of the team that will face Nexus tonight.
Match Number Two: Great Khali with Runjin Singh versus Edge in an If Edge wins, Khali is out of the main event at SummerSlam Match
Edge backs up into the corner and then he escapes Khali. Edge with a punch and Khali does not feel it. Khali sends Edge into the corner and he chops Edge. Khali with a hard Irish whip. Edge punches Khali but Khali with a short arm clothesline. Khali misses a leg drop.
Nexus come to the ring and Edge leaves through the crowd. Nexus circle the ring and they get on the apron. Nexus enter the ring and they circle Khali and then they give him the chance to leave and Khali leaves the ring.
We see the team that will face Nexus tonight as we go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Nexus versus Jerry Lawler, David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd, Mark Henry, Yoshi Tatsu, Goldust, and Evan Bourne in an Elimination Match
Yoshi and Tarver start things off and they lock up. Tarver with a clean break but Yoshi with chops. Tarver with a kick and he works on the shoulder. Yoshi with kicks to Tarver but Tarver with a kick of his own. Tarver with an Irish whip but Yoshi with a kick. Tarver with a power slam to pin Yoshi.
Yoshi Tatsu eliminated
Bourne comes in and Tarver kicks him. Gabriel tags in and he punches Bourne. Bourne back body drops Gabriel and Lawler is tagged in. Jerry punches Gabriel and then hits a drop kick. Lawler goes to the turnbuckles and hits the fist drop but he can only get a two count. Barrett pulls Gabriel out of the ring so they can discuss strategy.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Kidd with a side head lock on Slater. We see Lawler get eliminated during the break by Slater. Kidd kicks Slater in the corner and the referee pulls him off. Smith tags in and he hits a delayed vertical suplex on Slater and gets a near fall. Smith with a back breaker on Slater followed by a leg drop. Smith with a punch and kick in the corner. Smith with a forearm to Slater followed by an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Smith with a forearm to Slater who does to the turnbuckles. Smith tries for a power slam but Slater escapes and then Slater pins Smith with Sweetness.
David Hart Smith eliminated
Goldust comes in and Goldust with a clothesline and reverse atomic drop followed by a punch. Otunga tags in and he punches Goldust but Goldust with the drop down uppercut. Young interferes and then Otunga with the World’s Most Dangerous Spinebuster on Goldust.
Mark Henry presses Otunga over his head and drops him. Slater comes back in and Henry with a clothesline. Henry slams Slater and Young tags in. Henry with a clothesline and boot to the head. Sheffield tags in and he kicks and punches Henry. Sheffield tries for a clothesline but Henry with a slam. Henry with a second slam and then he brings Gabriel into the ring. Henry with a splash into the corner but Sheffield with the clotheslines from Hell Junior to get the three count.
Mark Henry eliminated
Sheffield charges into the corner and Kidd and Bourne with kicks. Kidd tries for a springboard move but Sheffield with a clothesline. Young tags in and pins Kidd.
Tyson Kidd eliminated
Wade Barrett comes in and he misses a clothesline but Bourne with a knee and then he goes after the rest of Nexus. Barrett with a fireman’s carry slam for the three count.
After the match, they pick up Bourne and it is time for Sheffield to hit the Clothesline from Nexus. It is them time for Otunga to his the World’s Most Dangerous Spinebuster. Justin Gabriel goes up top for his delayed 450 splash.
Wade Barrett says that what we just saw was an act of total domination. The Nexus have always been 100% behind a common purpose. John Cena’s team . . . or Chris Jericho’s team already has cracks. It is because of their individual egos and agendas. Wade says that at SummerSlam those cracks will destroy the foundation of that team.
Skip says that Cena has a team of individuals who do not have a singular focus. No member will sacrifice themselves for the betterment of the group. That is what they have done. Skip says that what you see is the Nexus. They are unbreakable.
Michael Tarver says that SummerSlam will be no different. They will eliminate each member until they are down to one member. Tarver says that he hopes it will be Cena so they can treat him like a piece of meat and sink their teeth into Cena’s flesh.
They leave the ring.
Miz is in the locker room and he is staring at his Money in the Bank briefcase. Sheamus enters and he tells Miz that it has been two weeks that he has tried to cash in the briefcase. Sheamus tells Miz it will never happen. There is no way that Miz can beat him. Sheamus tells Miz to name the time and place and he will leave Miz black and blue.
Miz suggests that they do it tonight after they beat Cena and Jericho. He will put Sheamus back in the ring so Cena can hit the Attitude Adjustment and Jericho will put Sheamus in the Walls of Jericho. Then Sheamus will be screaming and saying to make the pain stop because you can’t take it any more . . . fella. Then he cashes it in and hits the Skull Crushing Finale to become the WWE Champion.
Sheamus tells the fella to stop it or he will make him regret it. Sheamus punches the briefcase and leaves.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Jerry Lawler is back at the announce table.
Match Number Four: Brie Bella with Nikki Bella versus Alicia Fox
Alicia sends Brie into the turnbuckles and works on the back. Alicia with a hard Irish whip and then she kicks Brie in the corner. The referee warns Alicia and Nikki tries to switch but Jillian stops her. Brie with a rollup for a near fall. Alicia with a kick and scissors kick for the three count.
Winner: Alicia Fox
After the match, Jillian congratulates Alicia for her win. She says that the twins finally got what they deserved. He has a gift for Alicia. She is going to sing for Alicia. Alicia kicks Jillian and hits the scissors kick before leaving the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and R Truth is rapping at ringside. We see footage from last week when Maryse claims she was robbed only to see John Morrison attack Ted DiBiase.
Match Number Five: Ted DiBiase with Maryse versus John Morrison
They lock up and Ted backs John into the corner and then Maryse grabs John’s foot to allow Ted to attack Morrison. Ted with punches to John and then he gets a near fall. Ted gets another near fall on Morrison. Ted with a reverse chin lock but Morrison with punches. Ted with a knee and punch to stop Morrison’s come back. Morrison with forearms and punches to DiBiase followed by a clothesline. Morrison with a single leg lariat and Ted backs into the corner. Morrison runs into a boot but Morrison with an enzuigiri. Morrison thinks about the corkscrew split legged moonsault but Maryse distracts him. DiBiase with a rollup and he tries to use the ropes but Truth pushes his feet off as Morrison kicks out. DiBiase with a drop toe hold that sends Morrison into Truth and DiBiase gets the three count.
Winner: Ted DiBiase
After the match, Morrison and Truth talk about what just happened and Morrison walks away. Truth stops Morrison on the ramp and John Cena is watching his team potentially implode as we go to commercial.
We are back with a video package from last week’s show when John Cena announced his Super Team for SummerSlam.
Cole talks about how good Nexus looked while Cena’s team is falling apart from within.
Josh Mathews is in the interview area with Randy Orton. Josh asks Randy about what he did to prevent Miz from cashing in the briefcase. Josh wants to know if Randy has chosen who he wants to face at SummerSlam. Orton says that before he RKOed Miz, he did the same thing to Sheamus. Orton says that he sent a clear message. It does not matter who the champion is going into SummerSlam does not matter because they will be answered with an RKO.
Match Number Six: The Miz and Sheamus versus John Cena and Chris Jericho
Jericho and Cena argue over who is going to start the match and so do Miz and Sheamus. Miz goes after Cena but Cena moves. Cena with a bulldog and Miz goes to the floor. Miz returns to the ring and he tags in Sheamus. They lock up and Sheamus with a side head lock on Cena but Cena takes Sheamus down and applies a side head lock of his own. Cena with a shoulder tackle and he punches Sheamus. Jericho tags in and he punches Sheamus. Jericho with more punches in the corner but Sheamus with punches and kicks of his own. The referee warns Sheamus. Jericho with forearms and a drop kick followed by one to the back and Jericho chokes Sheamus on the apron. Sheamus kicks and punches Jericho. Jericho drops down and Sheamus goes to the floor when he charges at Jericho. We go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus with a clothesline to Cena and he backs into Sheamus’ corner and Miz tags in. Miz with kicks to Cena. Cena with punches and a suplex for a near fall. Jericho tags in and connects with a knee lift. Jericho with a rollup and then he tries to put Jericho in the Walls of Jericho. Miz escapes but Jericho with a drop kick to Sheamus on the apron. Miz with a kick to Jericho. Miz with a front face lock and kicks to the chest in the corner. Sheamus tags in and he kicks Cena in the corner. Miz chokes Jericho while Sheamus distracts the referee. Sheamus with a short arm clothesline to Jericho for a near fall. Sheamus with an arm bar and chin lock on Jericho. Jericho gets to his feet and Jericho punches Sheamus. Sheamus with an uranage back breaker for a near fall. Sheamus punches Jericho but Jericho punches Sheamus as well. Miz tags in and he kicks Jericho in the back. Miz with elbows to Jericho and a punch to the neck. Miz chokes Jericho in the ropes and then he hits a running splash to the back. Miz gets a near fall and Jericho gets to the ropes. Jericho with a kick to Miz’s chin. Jericho goes to the turnbuckles and hits a missile drop kick and both men are down. Sheamus tags in and he keeps Jericho from making the tag. Sheamus with a camel clutch and then he puts Jericho in a reverse chin lock. Jericho with elbows but Sheamus with a knee. Miz tags in and he connects with a forearm to the kidneys. Miz kicks Jericho in the corner and he punches him. The referee pulls Miz out of the corner and Miz yells at the referee. Miz misses the clothesline into the corner.
Cena and Sheamus tag in and Cena hits the two flying shoulder tackles followed by the Blue Thunder Bomb and then it is time for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Jericho gets behind Cena and Jericho with a Codebreaker while Miz distracts the referee. Miz makes the blind tag and gets the three count.
Winners: Miz and Sheamus
After the match, Chris Jericho returns to the apron and then gets back into the ring. Jericho puts Cena in the Walls of Jericho. Cena reverses and he puts Jericho in the STF and Jericho taps even before Cena locks in the hold.
Great Khali comes out to play peacemaker but Edge with a spear to Khali. Cena and Edge argue. R Truth and John Morrison come in the ring and all six men are arguing. Khali chops Morrison and Edge as we go to credits with Jericho arguing with anyone he can talk to in the ring.