WWE Monday Night Raw Aug. 22, 2011, Results: Top 5 Moments of the Night
It was another memorable night of action on WWE Monday Night Raw on Aug. 22, 2011.
We're here to break down the top five moments of the night, and there was plenty to work with on what should be considered a very solid show.
The promotion of this episode of Raw told us that we'd get answers, and although they didn't quite give us those answers, they certainly gave us a ton of action, and a pay-per-view quality main event.
Alberto Del Rio def. John Morrison via Submission
Eve Torres def. Nikki Bella via Pinfall
Alex Riley def. Jack Swagger via Pinfall
Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne def. Otunga & McGillicutty, becoming the new WWE Tag Team Champions
John Cena def. CM Punk via Pinfall, becoming the #1 Contender for the WWE Championship
Not only was the night full of quality action in the ring, Kevin Nash once again confronted CM Punk, John Laurinaitis pulled some strings, and two major heels discussed conspiracies.
See what made my top five moments of the night in the following slide show, and feel free to sound off with a top five of your own in the comment section!
Alberto Del Rio Is Confronted by CM Punk and John Cena, Faces John Morrison
To kick off the show, WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio made his way to the ring, and was ready to introduce himself to the WWE Universe once again.
John Cena cut him off, and confronted him in the ring with a mic. The emotions Cena has put forth since Del Rio became champion have been far more entertaining than his clean-cut shtick.
Cena was in the midst of verbally ripping Del Rio apart, claiming that he would hurt Del Rio when he challenged for the title, when CM Punk made his way to the ring to throw in his two cents...in typical CM Punk fashion.
It came down to Cena and Punk wanting their WWE Championship rematch, with Del Rio refusing to give either man a shot. WWE COO Triple H came out, and settled the argument.
Triple H determined that Del Rio would wrestle John Morrison, with John Cena and CM Punk facing each other in the main event to determine the next number one contender for Del Rio's title.
This segment was topped off with a match between Del Rio and John Morrison, where Morrison was built as a legitimate threat in the title picture, despite losing to Del Rio.
I couldn't leave Morrison hanging two weeks in a row, so I'll toss him in at No. 5 along with the show opening promo.
The Miz and R-Truth Crush Santino and State Their Case
With the tag team division getting shaken up (more on that later), it looks like we may have our first mega-heel tag team, with The Miz and R-Truth.
Santino was apparently scheduled for a match, but was jumped on his way to the ring by Miz and Truth.
After the beat down, the two grabbed a pair of microphones, and claimed that there was a conspiracy against them ever since Triple H became COO.
The Miz complements R-Truth's brand of crazy quite well, and they had some killer heat with the crowd.
This moment may have been higher up on the list if it weren't for the duo rapping a remix of "What's Up," titled "You Suck." The rapping can stay gone, but if it was a one-time thing, I'm okay with it.
CM Punk's Search for Answers Gets Him Punched by Kevin Nash
Before his main-event bout with John Cena, CM Punk crashed the party between Triple H and Kevin Nash, who were attempting to clarify the SummerSlam text situation.
Punk came out saying that he wanted answers, specifically, who sent the text to Kevin Nash from Triple H's phone.
Triple H had been telling Nash that Nash couldn't call out Punk or fight him on air because Nash isn't currently employed by the WWE. Nash was adamant about putting the feud between him and Punk to rest, and intended on it getting physical.
The meeting between the three came to a head as Triple H held Punk back from Nash, and Punk aimed his assault towards the WWE COO, insulting his wife, Stephanie.
As Punk let out his final insult, where he said Triple H kept his reproductive organs in Stephanie's purse along with his cell phone, Nash blindsided Punk, dropping him.
Triple H left the ring with Nash, and forced him to leave the arena shortly after.
Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne Become the WWE Tag Team Champions
It's a sad state of affairs when the tag team division's champions are as bland as they come. Thankfully, times are changing.
Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne had an excellent tag team match against now former champions David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty. Even the former New Nexus (huh?) members showed some improvements when it came down to actually being a team.
During the match, which was eventually won by Kofi and Evan, the announce booth claimed that the two were looking to come up with a name for their team. With the matching colors, similar skill set, and now tag team titles, the tag team division has seen a significant increase in relevancy overnight.
What happens for the new champions next remains to be seen, but I wouldn't be shocked to see them feud with R-Truth and The Miz leading up to Night of Champions.
What should these two call their team???
CM Punk vs. John Cena Put on Another Quality Main Event
Even the stoutest of haters, on both sides of this feud, can't deny that John Cena and CM Punk have some serious chemistry.
The main event felt as though it was one of their two pay-per-view main event classics, in fast forward. The quality took only a minor hit, and was a great finish to Raw.
Back and forth the two former champions went, neither man willing to give an inch to the other. With Alberto Del Rio and John Laurinaitis at ringside though, a screwjob was imminent, and we all knew it.
Laurinaitis informed Triple H earlier in the night that Kevin Nash was in a car accident after leaving the arena, and Triple H went to the local hospital to check on his friend. As expected, Nash was in perfect health, and still in the arena during the main event.
As Punk looked to hit the Go to Sleep and secure his No. 1 contender spot, Nash called to Punk from the ramp, distracting Punk. Cena waited for Punk to turn around, and hit the Attitude Adjustment, then secure the pin.
After the match, Del Rio attacked Cena, and Laurinaitis had to pull him off...or at least attempt to.
A final question coming out of the main event that I pose to you readers:
John Cena told Alberto Del Rio that he had no integrity, winning the WWE Championship the way he did, cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase as Punk lay defenseless after being attacked by Kevin Nash at SummerSlam.
Is the way John Cena took advantage of Nash's distraction of Punk tonight any different?