The Big Show Is Going to Cry Again...or Is He?
Monday night saw Big Show lose control of his emotions and threaten to knock out Triple H. He stomped into the COO's office, ordered Brad Maddox to go get the boss, then waited in said office for The Game to make an appearance.
As Show stewed, pacing back and forth, he was approached by a number of Biloxi's finest. The police officers were prepared to take the giant into custody for making threats against Triple H, but Stephanie McMahon intervened.
She brought back into focus the monetary issues Big Show was having in a very back-handed manner, humiliating him in front of the officers. To really humble him, she mentioned a conversation she had with Big Show's wife, who confided in her that he was not measuring up in other aspects of his personal life, either.
Having been embarrassed in front of complete strangers by one of his bosses, he sat down and began to tear up. Rather than feeling bad for himself, however, he rose from the sofa and walked across the room. He stared into a promotional poster for Triple H's new DVD release, then punched a hole in it and the wall behind it.
For the first time since becoming the sympathetic giant forced into acts of violence he wants no part of, Show became fed up with his abuse at the hands of his power-hungry bosses and let his emotions boil over.
He showed fire for the first time in a while and teased that his days of being the oversized toy for Stephanie and Triple H to manipulate are coming to an end.
CM Punk Feigns Injury, Canes Heyman
Following what was one of the more surreal moments in recent Raw history, that being Paul Heyman's proposal to Ryback that the massive Superstar become a Heyman Guy, CM Punk's music played and the Best in the World entered the arena through the crowd in an attempt to catch both his former friend and Ryback off guard.
As he hopped the guardrail, however, he crumbled in pain, apparently injuring his knee. He hopped around ringside but exhibited no ability to stand or walk on the inured body part. The ringside physician checked on Punk.
The crowd fell silent as there was legitimate concern as to the well-being of the former WWE champion. Even Heyman, who seemed hesitant to believe the injury at first, approached with caution. He could be seen asking the doctor what was wrong.
Then, without warning, Punk popped up, grabbed a kendo stick from underneath the ring and struck Heyman with it. He did the same to Ryback, then to Curtis Axel, who hit the ring after Punk began his assault.
After a stiff cane shot to the face of the intercontinental champion, he delivered Go To Sleep.
It was a great way to build to Punk and Ryback's match on Sunday as it created more interest and introduced a little more heat for a match that, even on the heels of last week's Raw, was beginning to feel like an afterthought.
It was announced over the weekend that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon had invited Cody, Dustin and Dusty Rhodes to appear on Raw. They promised a proposal that would make up for what many consider to be the unfair termination of the youngest in the bunch.
Triple H and Stephanie made their way to the ring and called out Cody, Dustin and Dusty. They offered Cody and Dustin the opportunity to gain employment Sunday night at Battleground, but only if they defeated Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
Too hurl even more pressure the Rhodes' way, Triple H added that, if the brothers lose, they will never work for WWE again.
Dusty Rhodes spoke up for his boys and promised to be in their corner for the match.
The segment ended with Cody, Dustin and Dusty falling prey to a beatdown at the hands of The Shield.
The Rhodes family saga has resulted in dramatic television in the past few weeks. Cody will be a star coming out of the ordeal, and the match with The Shield on Sunday should be one of the more fun bouts of the evening.
On a card lacking must-see matches, the added stipulations will go a long way in delivering a few extra pay-per-view buys.