Even a fire at U.S. Bank Arena couldn’t stop Raw from marching on to episode 1,001.Following a minor pyrotechnic incident involving the Raw set, the show took to the air at its normally scheduled time, and what a night it turned out to be for Raw General Manager AJ Lee’s first night on the job. Find out what WWE Champion CM Punk had to say about his shocking attack on The Rock last week, how AJ spoiled The Straight Edge Superstar’s plans after the main event, and much more in WWE.com’s complete results of the action-packed three-hour Raw. (WATCH HIGHLIGHTS)
WWE Champion CM Punk showed no remorse for his GTS on The Rock
WWE Champion CM Punk opened Raw by addressing the WWE Universe. The Straight Edge Superstar proclaimed that the end to Raw’s 1,000th episode left a bad taste in his mouth, and then confronted commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler face to face from atop the announce table. Telling Lawler that he was wrong to say Punk turned his back on the WWE Universe, The Straight Edge Superstar boasted that The Rock showed an incredible lack of respect to him last week, so he dropped him with the Go To Sleep to show him exactly what he has to look forward to when they square off at the 2013 Royal Rumble. (PHOTOS | VIDEO)
Big Show came out to the ring and told Punk that the 1,000th episode of Raw was all about him costing Cena the WWE Title, not Punk’s attack on The Rock. The World’s Largest Athlete vowed that he will be the next WWE Champion, to which Punk shot back that Big Show wasn’t able to beat Cena at No Way Out or win a Money in the Bank contract.
John Cena’s music suddenly hit and the Cenation leader promptly unloaded on Big Show with a series of rights and lefts, clearing him from the ring as the crowd erupted. In her first official act as the new Raw General Manager, AJ Lee emerged from the back to announce that Cena will face Big Show in tonight’s main event, with the winner advancing to face Punk for the WWE Title at SummerSlam!
John Cena vs. Big Show ended in a No Contest
With WWE Champion CM Punk joining in on commentary (and verbally sparring with Jerry “The King” Lawler), John Cena and Big Show held nothing back in a fierce clash to determine the No. 1 contender for the WWE Title. (PHOTOS | VIDEO)
Big Show took Cena off his feet early with a big headbutt and a splash in the corner, but the Cenation leader found a way to take some energy out of The World’s Largest Athlete with a sleeper hold. A relentless Cena applied the hold a second time, making Big Show temporarily pass out, though it wasn’t enough to get a three-count as he was flung straight out of the ring.
After wearing down Cena with a crushing bearhug, The World’s Largest Athlete went for the chokeslam, but Cena pulled off a remarkable counter into a DDT. Cena also rolled out of the way right as Big Show delivered a mighty splash off the second rope, giving him an opportunity to rally against the fazed giant. Back and forth, Cena and Big Show tried to gain the decisive edge to no avail. Cena hit the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, but Big Show bounced back up almost immediately. The 7-footer responded with a towering chokeslam, and Cena somehow kicked out at the two-count.
As the action spilled to the outside, Big Show catapulted Cena over the announce table and into Punk, leaving the WWE Champion strewn across the arena floor. After narrowly beating the 10-count back into the ring, Cena then ducked Big Show’s WMD and lifted The World’s Largest Athlete above his head, setting him up for the Attitude Adjustment. However, Cena never got a chance to finish the maneuver as The Straight Edge Superstar stopped him with an axe handle to the back, followed by a vicious kick to the head of Big Show. Grabbing the microphone after his attack, Punk declared: “And your winner of this contest is … nobody. They’re both losers.”
Punk walked with his WWE Title straight to the back, but the new Raw General Manager wasn’t about to let The Voice of the Voiceless have the final say. AJ Lee told the WWE Universe, “Actually, CM Punk is wrong … they’re both winners,” and announced that Punk will defend his WWE Title against both Cena and Big Show in a Triple Threat Match at SummerSlam (MATCH PREVIEW). The revelation did not make Punk a happy camper as he defiantly marched back out and demanded that AJ show him some respect. AJ just smiled and Punk continued to let loose on the new GM as Raw went off the air.