Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Raw live results: July. 08, 2013


In a bout between two of WWE's most vicious Superstars, it was CM Punk who came out on top once Vickie Guerrero's final match as Managing Supervisor was said and done, avenging a WrestleMania loss to hand Randy Orton another high-profile defeat. Punk started strong, but Orton steadily dismantled The Straight Edge Superstar by targeting his ribs and back to leave him writhing. Orton's sadistic tendencies got the better of him as he laid a barrage of punches on Punk's head against the turnbuckle, though, giving Punk time to writhe free and the wind to counter the RKO with a kick to the head. One Go to Sleep later and Orton's night was over. But Daniel Bryan wasn't about to leave without making a statement of his own, dissecting Punk with kicks and bulldozing Orton with a ladder before clutching the coveted briefcase for his own. Brutal? Yes. Dangerous? Certainly. But when it comes to Money in the Bank, such things are all in the game.


The last time John Cena and Mark Henry met in the ring, The Champ was left shaken by The World's Strongest Man. But with their WWE Title Match at Money in the Bank only six days away, Cena came to Baltimore with no intention of seeming vulnerable. He even went so far as to back his tough talk up after words gave way to physicality, attempting an Attitude Adjustment on the brazen No. 1 contender.But to quote Henry himself from a few weeks ago, you think it's that easy? Cena's attempt to punish Henry with the maneuver earned him the same fate as Ryback at WrestleMania when The Champ's legs gave out under the big man's weight. The resulting collapse left Cena splattered beneath Henry's mass on the mat while the No. 1 contender himself scoffed at The Champ from above before unleashing a final World's Strongest Slam. Because that's what he does.


No 18-second sob story tonight for Daniel Bryan, who slew his second Goliath in three weeks and knocked off Sheamus in the first of Vickie Guerrero's three planned bouts between the Money in the Bank All-Stars.With the WWE Title Contract hanging ominously overhead,The Celtic Warrior didn't seem like he expected to repeat his famous blink-and-you'll-miss-it feat from WrestleMania XXVII. But even he seemed taken aback by the berserker intensity of the former Tag Team Champion in a bout that was rougher than a scrap on the streets of Hamsterdam. Anticipating Bryan's head of steam, Sheamus countered his running clotheslines into the Irish Curse, but it was Bryan who won out in the end by reverseing the Cloverleaf into a cradle pin. The effort was enough to earn Bryan a hearty handshake from the Irishman himself in a genuine gesture of both respect for the beard and the man who wears it as well.


It'll take more than Tons of Funk to crack the winning ways of The Shield, as Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns rolled through the boogie-happy big men en route to their Tag Team Championship defense at Money in the Bank Kick-Off.Despite an up-and-down couple of weeks for the self-styled "Hounds of Justice" and despite an early beating at the hands of Brodus & Tensai, Rollins & Reigns were ultimately in fine form against their funky foes. Rollins took the brunt of the big men's early punishment, but Roman Reigns helped turn the tide and ultimately decided the match after Rollins kicked out of a pinfall attempt from Tensai, tagging back into the contest and cutting "Sweet T" down with a furious Spear to earn The Shield its latest victory.


Curtis Axel fancies himself as perfection, but he'll have to be a little bit better than that at Money in the Bank this Sunday after the Intercontinental Champion lost his focus - and his first match as a Paul Heyman Guy - against Chris Jericho on Raw. Axel was crisp in the early goings of the match against Y2J, countering the Codebreaker and successfully executing the Perfect Plex, but it was ultimately a mental error that led to Axel's loss.With Jericho reeling, Axel took too long to taunt his opponent and Y2J capitalized, locking in the Walls of Jericho and later throwing Axel into the commentary booth. Given that The Miz was scouting the champion from ringside, this proved to be the deciding factor as the champion jaw-jacked with his contender for too long and walked unwittingly into a second Codebreaker once he rolled back into the ring at the beat-up Heyman's frantic behest. Call it almost perfect.


Dolph Ziggler's mind games cost Alberto Del Rio a Champion vs. Champion Match last week on Raw, and The Showoff struck again this week, worming his way into the psyche of the World Heavyweight Champion and throwing Del Rio's match with Sin Cara into disarray.Though Sin Cara was in rare form against The Essence of Excellence, Del Rio was competing under no small amount of duress. Ziggler (without AJ at his side once again despite her earlier promise) had no intention of leaving the champion six days before their hotly-anticipated rematch, aping Ricardo Rodriguez's ring announcing and throwing The Mexican Aristocrat off his game. Del Rio ultimately ditched the match to tussle with Dolph, but Sin Cara quickly pounced on The Essence of Excellence, leaving a World Champion flattened for the second time in one night but concluding the bout in a double count-out.


Kane had the very definition of a mixed evening on Raw, defeating Christian in the second All-Star confrontation but also becoming the first Superstar to suffer the wrath of The Wyatt Family in the process.The Devil's Favorite Demon faced a stiff challenge in Christian, who certainly made his case for One. More. Match. by keeping Kane on the defensive for the duration of the bout. Christian's success went to his head, though, and he attempted a too-early Spear that led to a Chokeslamand that's when the lights cut out and Bray Wyatt's final dispatch played to the WWE Universe. Moments later the Wyatts themselves emerged from the darkness and laid siege to The Devil's Favorite Demon.While Wyatt watched from a rocking chair at ringside, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper decimated Kane with the steel steps Kane, leaving him in a heap before Wyatt knelt beside the fallen form of his first victimbut most likely not his last.


It's safe to assume that, once Vickie Guerrero's fate was thrown into question, that many figured Team Brickie would be dead by Raw's end. As it turns out, they were only half right. On the one hand, Vickie Guerrero is indeed fired, expelled from the Managing Supervisor's position by Stephanie McMahon herself after a record-setting WWE App vote acted as a tiebreaker between the whims of Mr. McMahon (who wanted Vickie to stay) and Triple H (who voted her gone). But while Vickie's emotional pleas to keep her job didn't exactly tug at The Chairman's heartstrings, the impulsive nature of a major business decision did propel him into an executive decision. It just wasn't the one anyone expected. "You have no idea what the right decision would be," The Chairman roared at the WWE Universe, "[So] I'm gonna make it for you ... you people deserve this." In other words, ladies and gentlemen, say hello to your new Raw General Manager: Brad Maddox, who revealed his qualifications to WWE.com as a former hall monitor, 4th grade class president, and captain of JV basketball team in 10th and 11th grade.

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