WWE RAW – August 22, 2011 – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Announcers: Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler & Michael Cole
[ REVIEWED BY BRAD DYKENS ]
IN THE RING
WWE champion Alberto Del Rio w/Ricardo Rodriguez + John Cena + C.M. Punk + Triple H: Alberto came out to his usual introduction but before he could speak he was interrupted by John Cena. The Canadian fans mostly booed Cena. Cena said everyone knows who Alberto is, but he was there to re-introduce himself. Cena said “Hi I’m John Cena, I’m the guy who’s gonna take the WWE championship off that waist!” Cena said he would hurt Alberto and send him back to his parents place. Cena said he was a nice guy, but Alberto caught a nice guy on a bad day. Cena said there was only one man in the WWE who could go toe-to-toe with him. Cena said Alberto is not C.M. Punk, who when they face each other he will whip Alberto’s ass. C.M. Punk must have heard the compliment, because he came out next. The crowd loved him, not unlike most crowds lately. Punk said Cena wanted a rematch and called it a rerun. Punk said it wasn’t going to happen because he beat Cena twice in high pressure situations, so if anyone is getting a title shot it’s him! Cena and Punk started bickering and Alberto said it was his time! Punk said he didn’t have a problem with Alberto cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase, because he’s done it before. Punk said he does have a problem with Alberto, Triple H, Kevin Nash, and maybe Jack Tunney trying to screw him. Punk told Cena to pay attention to the past or he will be doomed to repeat it. Punk said both of them have had problems with Triple H in the past. Punk said he insulted HHH’s wife and magically Kevin Nash got a text to attack C.M. Punk. Punk said if Cena won the match, the text would have been to attack Cena. Punk pointed out that someone wants Alberto to be champion really bad. Alberto said that it was destiny! Punk said he was officially cashing in his rematch for the WWE title. Cena said he was cashing in his rematch clause for the WWE title tonight! Punk said Cena’s rematch clause exists as much as Santa Clause. They argued over who was going to get their rematch, while Alberto said he was officially ignoring both of them. Alberto said he defended his title last week so it was time to celebrate. Alberto told Punk to stop crying like a little girl. Suddenly Triple H came out to the ring to give his two cents. HHH told Alberto he was not out there to protect him. HHH said Alberto has a match tonight and it’s next so don’t go anywhere. HHH told Cena & Punk that rematch clauses are not like Money in the Bank. HHH said they can’t cash them in whenever they want, because he makes the matches. HHH set up a number one contenders match between Cena and Punk tonight.
NON (WWE CHAMPIONSHIP) TITLE MATCH
WWE champion Ricardo Rodriguez defeated John Morrison by submission: After the match, Alberto further assaulted Morrison’s arm!
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT: Eve Torres preparing for her match talking to WWE Diva’s champion Kelly Kelly.
WWE DIVAS MATCH
Eve Torres w/Diva’s champion Kelly Kelly defeated Nikki Bella w/Brie Bella:
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT: Kevin Nash arrived at the building..
Alex Riley defeated Jack Swagger w/Vickie Guerrero: Vickie came out and introduced her “next potential client” Jack Swagger. When the match started, Dolph Ziggler came down and told Vickie she didn’t need any more clients. Dolph accidentally knocked Vickie down during the arguement, so Jack Swagger came to her rescue. Swagger shoved Dolph and went back to the match only to be rolled up by Alex Riley!
IN THE RING
Triple H + Kevin Nash + C.M. Punk: Triple H said there was a lot of controversy at SummerSlam surrounding Kevin Nash, and he talked to Nash this week. HHH said they wanted to talk about it again to let the fans know where they stand. Nash came out and shook hands with HHH. HHH said Nash got a text on his phone, and wanted Nash to admit that it wasn’t from him. Nash said he was going to come out and apologize to C.M. Punk, but after the crap he’s been talking he changed his mind. Nash asked HHH not to ask him not be a man. HHH said Nash can’t be calling guys out because he doesn’t work here. HHH asked Nash to just leave. C.M. Punk came out and wanted to know who sent the text. Punk suspected that it was Stephanie McMahon. Punk said he was done talking. Punk said Nash got off easy last week, this week he’s kicking his ass. Punk charged Nash, but HHH got in the middle. Punk said HHH has never liked him and always wanted to screw him. Punk asked why HHH was so scared of him being champion? Punk wanted to know who was pulling the strings; him, Nash, or his bean-headed wife? HHH said he promised the board that he wouldn’t get involved physically, but he is the same damn guy he’s always been. HHH said if Punk crosses a line with him, he will leave him laying. Punk said he wouldn’t want HHH to take off his suit and put it in his wife’s purse, where he keeps his cell phone along with his balls. Suddenly Kevin Nash snapped and attacked Punk! HHH pulled Nash out of the ring and they left together with HHH yelling at Nash. Punk at in the ring grinning over what happened.
Triple H & Kevin Nash: Kevin Nash confronted Triple H and said he never thought he’d say it but HHH changed.
WWE TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne defeated David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty to win the WWE Tag Team titles:
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT: Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne celebrated their title victory.
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT: John Laurenitis caught up to Triple H and told him that Kevin Nash was in a car accident and was taken to the hospital. HHH left the building with John Laurenitis in charge.
IN THE RING
Santino Marella + R-Truth & The Miz: Santino was coming out for his match, when he was attacked by R-Truth & The Miz! Truth talked about another conspiracy right here in the WWE. Truth said HHH, Kevin Nash, Stephanie McMahon, John Cena, and C.M. Punk were in on it together. Truth said he used to main event PPVs but ever since HHH took over it’s no longer about the Truth – and it’s no longer about the Miz. The Miz agreed with the Truth’s conspiracy theory. Truth & Miz went on for a while threatening to GET GOT some people!
#1 CONTENDERS MATCH
John Cena defeated C.M. Punk: After another long amazing match, Kevin Nash walked down and yelled at C.M. Punk that it wasn’t over yet! Punk got up and was distracted by Nash long enough for Cena to hit the Attitude Adjustment for the win! Moments after the pinfall, Alberto Del Rio attacked John Cena! John Laurenitis got in the ring and pulled Alberto off of Cena. Alberto broke loose and re-attacked Cena. Laurenitis again pulled Alberto off and held him back. Alberto broke loose and bashed Cena in the head with the WWE championship belt!