WWE Raw: Live Results, Reaction and Analysis for August 12
Welcome to the Bleacher Report live coverage for Monday Night Raw airing August 12, 2013. This is the go-home show for Raw heading into SummerSlam, so expect some last-minute pushes from WWE to sell certain feuds.
The big story heading into Monday's show is CM Punk and Paul Heyman having some kind of a match. This will obviously be a ploy to bring out Lesnar for one last beating on Punk, but Punk might have a trick or two up his own sleeve.
We also have the on-going Daniel Bryan/John Cena/McMahon family feud. Bryan and Cena seem to be on good terms, while neither of them are on good terms with Vince McMahon. It should make for an interesting ending to the storyline.
Both the IC and US champions are without matches at SummerSlam, so it is possible we could see one final title match added to the show.
Will Brock Lesnar get the better of Punk again?
What does Paul Heyman have planned for Punk during their match?
Will either Money in the Bank winner pick Raw to cash in?
And lastly, will The Wyatt Family have any last words for Kane?
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!
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This was a good show in terms of putting finishing touches on all the feuds and matches heading into SummerSlam. Dean Ambrose facing RVD for the US title on the pre-show is a great way to kick things off.
The Tag titles are still up in the air, so we might find out on Main Event, SmackDown or at SummerSlam who their opponents will be.
Big Show's return certainly makes the match of Show and Henry facing The Shield a possibility.
We still have Main Event and SmackDown for any last minute developments, so hopefully WWE has something good planned.
Heyman says he wants the match to be a handicap match with Lesnar and Heyman against Punk. Heyman says Punk is either a stupid hero or a smart coward.
Punk's music hits, but he comes out of nowhere with a camera attacking Lesnar. Punk takes out Lesnar with a suicide dive and then he grabs a steel chair.
He hits Lesnar in the back with the chair a couple times while Lesnar watches from the ring. Punk goes after Heyman, but Axel comes out and gets in his way.
Punk gives Axel a GTS on the stage while looking right at Lesnar, who is still down outside the ring. The show ends with Punk celebrating on the stage.
Heyman is out first after the break for the final match of the night. He has no entrance music, and even still has his suit vest on.
Heyman gives a promo before the match saying how he hates the WWE universe for taking CM Punk away from him. He brings out Lesnar before Punk has even come out to the ring yet.
Heyman shows a video package for Lesnar that he had made. The show is officially over and the match hasn't even started yet.
Henry comes back in the ring and congratulates RVD. The Shield's music hits and he stays to stand by RVD. Big Show's music hits and he comes out to even the odds.
Could Henry and Show step up to challenge The Shield for their titles at SummerSlam?
We are down to about half the participants when we return. We get down to The Real Americans, RVD, Kofi, Henry and Barrett.
Kofi holds onto Cesaro to keep himself in the match in a very original way. Kofi ends up being taken out by both Swagger and Cesaro.
Henry takes out both Real Americans and we are down to 4, until Henry throws out Henry to make it himself, RVD and Ryback.
Ryback ends up being eliminated by both RVD and Henry. RVD low bridges Henry and wins the battle royal to become the No. 1 contender for the Us title.
Ryback takes out Gabriel and Tensai pretty quickly, 3MB take out one of the Usos and Fandango gets taken out by Truth, only to see Fandango come back in and throw Truth out.
We head to a break with a lot of people still in the ring.
Ah, didn't see Kofi there.
RVD is out after the break for the 20-man battle royal for the US title shot at SummerSlam.
Updates will come throughout the match as people are eliminated. The participants are RVD, Tons of Funk, 3MB, Ryback, The Usos, Truth, Khali, Justin Gabriel, Fandango, Prime Time Players, The Real Americans, Wade Barrett and Mark Henry. Unless I missed someone, I only count 19 people.
Fandango vs. R-Truth
Fandango shows off his skills to Truth before the match, and it inspires a dnace-off. Fandango attacks Truth while he is dancing, but Truth comes back and sends Fandango running. The match never even starts.
Fandango, while down outside the ring, grabs a mic and says his name while looking up at the lights.
Before Trips can even says anything, Orton comes out with his briefcase in hand. He holds it high as he stands on the ramp. Triple H and Orton never say a word. Trips just keeps Cena and Bryan apart while Orton watches.
Nothing new is said in this interview that we have't heard in previous weeks. Bryan does threaten to punch Miz in the face, so that's something.
Bryan calls Cena a parody, and he says he wants to be WWE champion so everyone knows that Daniel Bryan is the best.
Cena talks about loyalty to the WWE universe and runs down a list of the legends he's beaten.
Bryan says Cena isn't a wrestler so Cena drops the mic and slaps Bryan in the face, challenging him to hit him back. Bryan says Cena doesn't deserve it.
Triple H's music hits and he makes his way out.
much like cena with wrestling school, DB was not in that class... #RAW i didnt forget about u miz??? jk jk i did— Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) August 13, 2013
Was the crowd chanting DUI at one point?
The Real Americans vs. The Usos
Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger take control of Jey Uso early on. Cesaro leap-frogs Swagger and lands on Uso for a near fall.
Swagger and Cesaro use quick tags to keep Uso in their corner. Swagger propels Uso up for a European uppercut from Cesaro that looks absolutely brutal.
Jimmy Uos finally gets the hot tag and he takes out both members of The Real Americans. The Usos go over the top rope to take out both men.
Colter tries to cause a distraction, but The Usos still win with a roll up.
Winners: The Usos
A video package is shown for Christian. He is interviewed by Renee Young backstage, and he says he will win the title on Sunday.
Del Rio walks up and laughs at him, says something in Spanish, and then backs away holding the title up in front of him.
The Real Americans come out next.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
Del Rio takes control right away, and keeps it for quite some time as he puts Kofi through the ringer. Del Rio hits a reverse superplex for a near fall.
Kofi starts to build a head of steam at one point, even getting as far as trying for a Trouble in Paradise, but Del Rio counters with a backbreaker.
Kofi hits the SOS for a near fall. Del Rio counters a sprinboard crossbody and ends up locking in the Cross Armbreaker for the pin and the win.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Mark Henry is shown preparing for the US title No. 1 contender match as we head to a break.
oh good.....here comes the world champ, you know the guy who beat me
The Bellas are backstage to talk about what happened with Natalya last week. Natalya comes up and challenges Brie to a match at SummerSlam, which she accepts.
We go out to the ring where Del Rio is out for a match with Kofi Kingston.
Kane vs. Titus O'Neil
Sign of the night- "I AM EVIL HOMER"
Kane takes control right away, cornering Titus. Titus fight back for a bit, but Kane hits a big boot to take back control. He follows up with a pair of corner clotheslines and a sidewalk slam.
Kane grabs Titus and hits a Chokeslam for the quick pin and the win.
Bray Wyatt and his Brothers come out after the match. When the lights come back up, Kane is on the ramp instead of in the ring.
Wyatt seems amused as Kane hits his pyro to send us to a commercial.
Kane is out after the break to face Titus O'Neil.
Triple H talks for a bit before he gives Maddox a Pedigree. McMahon leaves looking pissed off. It looks like Triple H will now be the special guest ref for the WWE title match.
I wonder who gets screwed over, Cena or Bryan?
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