WWE Monday Night Raw: Cena and Ryback in a Tables Match, SummerSlam Hype

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WWE Monday Night Raw: Cena and Ryback in a Tables Match, SummerSlam Hype
Daniel Bryan celebrates with the crowd. (Photo credit: WWE.com)

The Monday, July 29 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, which was taped from Laredo, Texas, opened with a video package recapping last week's show centered around Daniel Bryan and John Cena.

WWE chairman Vince McMahon and general manager Brad Maddox kicked things off on Raw by being introduced to the ring. Maddox spoke first, apologizing for his decision to let Cena choose his own opponent at the SummerSlam pay-per-view. 

Bryan came out to the ring and quickly turned his attention to McMahon. McMahon asked Bryan if he respected Cena and accused the WWE champion of manipulating others and being a liar. The WWE chairman told Bryan he does not have an aggressive side to his game plan. Bryan responded back, telling McMahon that although he respects his honesty, the fans should matter more for their opinions. 

As the crowd cheered for Bryan, The Shield came out for their opening match.

 

Match No. 1: The Shield vs. Mark Henry and The Usos

Your winner via pinfall: The Shield.

This was a good opening match to get Raw off on the right foot. The WWE turned Mark Henry into a babyface rather quickly after his feud with Cena by pairing him with The Usos against The Shield. Certainly, this six-man tag team match could have been a decent feature on the SummerSlam card.

Match Rating: 3.5/5.

 

Match No. 2: Rob Van Dam vs. Fandango

Your winner via count out: Rob Van Dam.

It appears to be the new norm for Fandango when it comes to getting counted out in matches. Meanwhile, Rob Van Dam continues to look in top-notch form since his return to the WWE, as this match was pretty entertaining while it lasted.

However, the WWE may be pushing too far in terms of Fandango quitting randomly during decent matches.

Match Rating: 3/5.

 

Match No. 3: Kaitlin vs. AJ Lee

Your winner via pinfall: Kaitlin.

Quickly after the match, AJ Lee suffered another breakdown inside the ring. As Lee continued to slam the mat, Dolph Ziggler came out to the entrance way and challenged Big E Langston to a match. 

Decent match at best, as the crowd clearly appeared to show little to no interest. If the WWE wants to prove it believes highly in its Divas division, this was not the match to display.

Match Rating: 2/5.

 

Match No. 4: Dolph Ziggler vs. Big E Langston

Your winner via disqualification: Dolph Ziggler.

Lee once again had another breakdown, this time attacking Ziggler and causing the disqualification. Langston dominated the majority of the match with his impressive power over Ziggler.

Despite the cheap finish, it was much more understandable than the Van Dam and Fandango match, as Lee is beginning to return to her crazy, manipulative and psychotic character. This match was pretty decent at best.

Match Rating: 3/5.

 

Match No. 5: Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio

Your winner via pinfall: Christian.

Very impressive match, as Christian was able to pull off the upset with a surprising pinfall. The match itself was the best one in the first two hours of Monday Night Raw, as Del Rio and Christian had solid chemistry inside the ring.

Hopefully, the WWE will go ahead and give Christian an opportunity to compete against Del Rio in a rematch at SummerSlam.

Match Rating: 4/5.

 

Match No. 6: Wade Barrett vs. Cody Rhodes

Your winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes.

Cody Rhodes is finally getting his chance to shine as a singles wrestler. Although this was no match to get excited over, the wins need to keep on coming for Rhodes to gain a stronger reputation during his character push.

Match Rating: 3/5.

 

Match No. 7: Daniel Bryan vs. Kane

Your winner via pinfall: Daniel Bryan.

This was a good match to keep the momentum riding for Bryan. Kane showed some signs of a potential heel turn but stopped after delivering a chokeslam to Bryan. 

Match Rating: 3.5/5.

After the defeat, the Wyatt family made their way toward the ring and attacked Kane.

 

Match No. 8: Brie Bella vs. Natalya

Your winner via pinfall: Brie Bella.

A weak match with a poor finish. This was just simply not a good night for the WWE Divas division.

Match Rating: 1.5/5.

 

Match No. 9: R-Truth vs. Curtis Axel

No-contest match.

CM Punk made an appearance by attacking Curtis Axel and went on the pursuit of manager Paul Heyman. Unfortunately for Axel, things are just not clicking for him, but the WWE appears to be willing to let his character grow with Heyman.

This match did nothing to help Axel's case.

Match Rating: 2/5.

 

Match No. 10: John Cena vs. Ryback

Your winner: John Cena.

Solid tables match main event, although the outcome was a typical Cena victory. Bryan came out afterward and had a staredown with Cena as Raw faded to black.

Match Rating: 3.5/5.

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