WWE Raw: Live Results, Reaction and Analysis for July 22
Welcome to the Bleacher Report live coverage for Monday Night Raw airing July 22, 2013.
We are just under four weeks away from SummerSlam, and with only one match officially announced so far, you can expect WWE to move forward on some other storylines on Raw.
Two men are still walking around with briefcases holding title shots, which makes every show capable of seeing a new champion crowned.
Will Brock Lesnar make an appearance?
Who will be the first to cash in their Money in the Bank briefcase?
Will AJ Lee continue to cost Dolph Ziggler matches?
Can Daniel Bryan and John Cena wait until SummerSlam to have a confrontation?
And lastly, will Brad Maddox be able to handle the pressure of being GM, or will Triple H and the McMahons be too much for him?
Make sure to bookmark this page, and come back on Monday at the start of WWE Raw for answers to all these questions and live coverage of all the action as it happens.
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Ending the show with Daniel Bryan going through three opponents is a great idea to build him up as a more viable candidate for WWE champion.
Bryan and Cesaro stole the show with their match, with everything else being pretty average.
The lack of anything involving the Wyatt Family is a bit surprising, but WWE might be holding off until Kane faces Bryan next week to set up a Kane vs. Wyatt match at SummerSlam.
WWE has been producing at least one great match on every show for several weeks, and it is a trend I have been enjoying very much.
Hopefully we get more developments for SummerSlam on this week's SmackDown.
Cena challenges Ryback to a tables match and Ryback appears to accept. Cena and some officials tend to Bryan as he lays outside the ring.
Vince McMahon is backstage with Brad Maddox. They make Daniel Bryan vs. Kane for next week.
Back in the ring we see Bryan getting a standing ovation as the crowd chants Yes with him.
Daniel Bryan vs. Ryback
Bryan is aggressive right out of the gate, but Ryback quickly takes control of the winded Bryan. Bryan keeps fighting back, and Ryback keeps putting him back down.
Ryback whips Bryan across the ring by his beard while talking trash to him. Bryan takes a hard Irish whip into the corner as a You Can't Wrestle chant breaks out for Ryback.
Bryan counters a Thesz Press into a half Boston Crab, but Ryback is able to crawl to the ropes and break the hold.
Bryan kicks out of a Meat Hook after another flurry of offense that ends with Bryan on the mat. Ryback goes outside the ring and grabs a table. He sets it up outside the ring as Bryan comes through the ropes with a suicide dive.
Ryback hits the announce table really hard, but he gets a measure of revenge by shoving Bryan into the steel steps.
Bryan nails a missile dropkick from the top rope for a near fall. He puts Ryback in the Yes Lock in the middle of the ring.
Ryback fights his way to the ropes to force the break. Bryan follows him to the outside and ends up being powerbombed (accidentally) on the floor and (on purpose) through a table.
Winner by DQ: Daniel Bryan
Cena comes out after the match and starts going after Ryback.
It looks like Ryback is Bryan's third opponent. This could be very interesting, or very sad.
Brad Maddox reminds me of an evil cartoon character, with Alex Riley as his bumbling sidekick.
Bryan vs. Cesaro Part 2
Cesaro is in control when we return, hitting a gutwrench for a two count. Bryan starts to fight back with elbows to the face, but Cesaro picks him up and slams him down for a two count to put a stop to his flurry of offense.
Bryan ends up throwing Cesaro with a German suplex and then following up with a huge roundhouse to the head to get a two count on Cesaro.
The crowd chants This is Awesome. Bryan and Cesaro end up on the top rope, but Bryan manages to escape and drop Cesaro in the tree of woe.
He nails Cesaro with kicks to the chest before lining up and hitting a running dropkick. Cesaro counters a side superplex, but it isn't enough to keep Bryan down for the three count.
Cesaro and Bryan start trading uppercuts, but Cesaro gains the upper-hand and nails a few dozen uppercuts before a huge clothesline for a close near fall.
More This is Awesome chants fill the arena. Cesaro tries for the Neutralizer, but Bryan back drops him to counter. Bryan ties up Cesaro's legs and starts dropping elbows on him.
Bryan ends up taking out both Real Americans outside the ring with a suicide dive. Bryan ends up winning with a rollup out of nowhere.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
WHAT A MATCH!
Daniel Bryan vs. Antonio Cesaro Part 1
Cesaro is firmly in control when we return. Bryan counters a few times and ends up putting Cesaro's knees into the mat the hard way.
Cesaro hits a vertical suplex before mounting Bryan for several forearms to the face. He grounds Bryan with a headlock for a bit, but eventually Bryan gets out of it and starts building a head of steam.
Bryan misses with a big kick to the head, but he ends up hitting a pair of dropkicks in the corner for a two count. This has been a pretty fun match thus far.
Swagger ends up pushing Bryan off the top rope while the ref is distracted, but Bryan is able to kick out of the huge uppercut he falls into.
We head to a break with Cesaro yelling at the ref.
Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger
Swagger backs Bryan into the corner right away, but Bryan comes out fighting with kicks and punches. Swagger hits a low shoulder block to take out Bryan's knee.
Swagger hits knee after knee to the stomach of Bryan until the ref pulls him back. Bryan takes some more punishment until he is able to apply the Yes Lock out of nowhere to get the submission win.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Antonio Cesaro is announced as the second opponent as we head to a commercial.
So @CMPunk 's promo skills remind me of someone from a while back, can't put my finger on it, ( Me ) its on the tip of my tongue( me ) nm!— Brian G. James (@WWERoadDogg) July 23, 2013
RVD vs. Wade Barrett
RVD gets caught playing to the crowd, but he quickly turns things back to his favor with a kick to the face of Barrett.
Barrett pulls RVD to the outside and runs him into the ring apron before rolling him in for a two count. Barrett grounds RVD and slows the pace down.
RVD ends up hanging by his feet off the apron after Barrett hits a big running kick. The crowd chants RVD's name as he fights up out of a headlock.
RVD uses his quick feet to turn things around. He hits Rolling Thunder for a two count. Barrett hits his trademark back kick, but RVD is right back on him with kicks to the head.
RVD goes to the top rope and hits the Five-Star Frog Splash for the pin and the win.
I am really curious to see what WWE does with RVD. He needs a big feud for SummerSlam since he didn't win MITB.
Punk talks about being able to take the beating Brock Lesnar gave him last week. Punk puts over Lesnar before talking about how Lesnar uses fear as a weapon.
He says he isn't afraid of Lesnar and Paul Heyman will regret turning on him. Punk gets heated while yelling that he owns the ring he is standing in.
Punk lays out a challenge for SummerSlam. Heyman comes on the titantron and insults Texas. Heyman eventually accepts the challenge.
Fandango vs. Cody Rhodes
Sandow is on commentary for this match. Rhodes hits a nice dropkick early on to take control.
Fandango and Rhodes trade chops, which all get Woos from the crowd. Fandango picks up the aggresson as he beats Rhodes all around the ring.
Fandango and Rhodes almost messed up a moonsault that could have killed Rhodes.
Sandow gets on the apron, but Rhodes is able to take out Sandow and Fandango with a Disaster Kick. He pins Fandango to pick up the win as Sandow retreats up the ramp.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
This was another match that had a decent pace, but was overshadowed by someone outside the match getting involved.
It's Fandangos birthday. We saved so much on the party. He was the exotic dancer AND the guest of honor.— Kaitlyn (@KaitlynWWE) July 23, 2013
Fandango makes his way out with Summer Rae for the next match.
Buy my merch— Fandango (@WWEFandango) July 21, 2013
After Brad Maddox has his head messed with by Triple H and Stephanie we get another video for The Wyatt Family.
The crowd boos the clip of Total Divas that Miz shows before introducing all the Divas who will be on the show.
Miz invites Jerry Lawler in the ring for some reason. Eva Marie slaps Lawler and Lawler leaves.
What was the point of any of that?
Darren Young vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler does a little showing off early in the match. He nails a hard dropkick for a two count. Young drops Ziggler on the top turnbuckle to gain control, and the match slows down significantly.
Ziggler avoids Young in the corner, and Young hits his shoulder into the ring post at full speed. Ziggler gets dropped on his face by Young for a two count.
Young talks some trash before Ziggler hits the Zig Zag out of nowhere for the pin and the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Big E Langston and AJ come out and attack Ziggler after the match, but Ziggler is able to turn the tables and escape.
The match had a good pace, with both men hitting a few nice moves, but the quick after-match segment is what will have people talking.
Did Dolph just do twin magic with Big E?! #raw— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) July 23, 2013
Mark Henry is out after the break. He gets a modest reaction. I think some people are still confused as to whether or not he is a babyface.
Henry says he is proud to be from Texas, which gets a pop. I guess he is a babyface after all.
Henry basically challenges The Shield to come and get him, and their music hits right away. They make their way through the crowd as Henry looks in from the ring.
They surround the ring as the crowd starts to chant for Henry. They rush Henry and eventually corner him for a beatdown. The Usos come down to help even the playing field.
The Usos and Henry clear the ring and leave through the crowd. Henry's music plays as he and The Usos stand tall in the ring.
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