WWE Monday Night Raw: Heyman Explains Himself, Orton and Bryan Street Fight
The Monday, June 24 edition of WWE Raw, which aired live from North Charleston, S.C. began with a video package recapping the latest events centered around CM Punk's return to the ring and Mark Henry's fake retirement speech.
Match No. 1: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
No-contest match via disqualification.
Complete chaos to begin Monday Night Raw, as Bryan and Orton brawled throughout ringside before the referee threw out the match. An effective way to boost the feud between Bryan and Orton.
Match Rating: 2/5.
After a commercial break, Bryan stormed backstage and demanded a rematch against Orton. After teasing a match with Brad Maddox instead, Raw managing supervisor Vickie Guerrero accepted Bryan's proposal and booked another match with Orton on Raw.
Match No. 2: Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow vs. Sheamus and Christian
Your winner via pinfall: Sheamus and Christian.
Good to see Christian return to the ring, as he looked sharp throughout the match. Sheamus and Christian make an interesting pair but performed well against Rhodes and Sandow, who lost the match thanks to a lack of team chemistry toward the tail end of the battle.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.
Match No. 3: Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio
Your winner via disqualification: Chris Jericho.
Very competitive match with most of the intensity happening toward the end. After Ricardo forced the disqualification, Dolph Ziggler rushed toward the ring to assist Jericho. Quickly afterward, Ziggler attacked Jericho.
Match Rating: 4/5.
Jerry Lawler, along with Guerrero and Maddox, were standing in the ring. After Lawler announced new details about the upcoming WWE 2K14 video game, Guerrero took control of the microphone and interrupted to a very loud chorus of boos. Guerrero and Maddox revealed their covers for the WWE 2K14 game.
Lawler revealed the actual video game cover, which featured The Rock.
Match No. 4: Ryback vs. The Great Khali
Your winner via pinfall: Ryback.
Ryback showed his true strength when he lifted The Great Khali and landed the shell shock to perfection. It was an unmemorable match, but the finish was impressive.
Match Rating: 2.5/5.
John Cena came out to the ring and began to discuss about Henry's fake retirement last week on Raw. Cena reassured Henry that he has no plans to back down and will go up against Henry.
Match No. 5: Brodus Clay and Sweet T vs. Jimmy and Jey Uso vs. 3MB
Your winners via pinfall: Jimmy and Jey Uso.
Quickly after the match, The Shield stood along with the crowd and stared down the Usos. Disappointing Triple Threat Tag Team match, as there was not enough time given to make this battle significant.
Match Rating: 2.5/5.
Paul Heyman walked out toward the ring and introduced himself. Heyman invited Punk to join him in the ring. Punk gave Heyman credit for always believing in his potential. The former WWE world heavyweight champion asked Heyman if he was behind Brock Lesnar's surprising attack last week on Raw.
Heyman denied his involvement with Lesnar's attack on Punk. After hearing Heyman talk extensively, Punk paused briefly then proceeded to hug his former manager.
Match No. 6: Darren Young vs. CM Punk
Your winner via submission: CM Punk.
After the match, Curtis Axel stormed to the ring to save Punk from a two-on-one attack by Titus O'Neil and Young. Punk showed frustration and confusion to Heyman after Axel made the save. The WWE really did a good job on giving a new extended life to the Punk and Heyman saga.
Match Rating: 3/5
Stephanie McMahon came out to the entrance way and introduced the competitors for the Money in the Bank ladder match. Those competing included Punk, Bryan, Sheamus, Orton, Christian, Kane and Rob Van Dam.
Afterward, Henry arrived to the ring and began to discuss about his actions last week. Henry felt proud of his acting performance and how he fooled many people who believed his retirement was a real announcement.
Match No. 7: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton in a Street Fight
Your winner via submission: Daniel Bryan.
What a terrific main event to close out Monday Night Raw. Orton and Bryan certainly brought tons of energy to this match. After the match, Orton shook Bryan's hand before exiting to the backstage area as Raw faded to black.
Match Rating: 4.5/5.
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