Last night’s 1,000th episode of WWE’s Money Night RAW comes from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri with Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler on commentary.
The show kicks off with a new intro. Another video then plays that looks back at some of the memorable moments from the past 1,0000 episodes, including some of the saddest moments in the history of the show such as Eddie Guerrero’s tribute night. The video plays for four minutes with lots and lots of clips.
Vince McMahon kicks off the show from the middle of the ring. A “thank you Vince” chant starts and Vince welcomes us to Monday Night RAW and then introduces D-Generation X and the music plays as Shawn Michaels and Triple H comes to the ring.
Michaels says he needs to catch his breath from all the running around. HBK says something feels missing and HHH agrees that they should do some DX comedy. Triple H says there was once more of them. The DX music hits again and out comes X-Pac, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn riding the Army tank from the WCW invasion years ago. DX reunites in the ring for a huge pop.
They do the crotch chops as the X pyro goes off across the ring. Road Dogg hits the mic and does the famous catchphrases routine for the New Age Outlaws. Triple H does his and asks if everyone is ready. Triple H says he will see everyone at RAW 2,000th and tells everyone to get ready to suck it! They are eventually interrupted by Damien Sandow!
Sandow walks to the ring and Shawn tells the guys to let him talk. Sandow says this is what WWE and society has turned into – degenerates. Sandow runs them down some more but does acknowledge that DX could beat him down and dispose of him like trash. Sandow says he won’t be a victim if they do, he would be a martyr for anyone who appreciates a sophisticated mind. DX discusses this as a group and Sandow looks on. HBK connects with the Sweet Chin Music and Triple H delivers the Pedigree. They celebrate some more as their music plays. They disrobe Sandow and toss him out of the ring.
Hype for The Rock’s return to RAW plays next. They also plug Brock Lesnar’s answer to Triple H’s SummerSlam challenge and the wedding for AJ and Daniel Bryan, along with the WWE Title main event.
After a commercial, Jim Ross joins Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler on commentary.
1) Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio & World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus defeated Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio when Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Y2J for the victory.
Jim Ross has now left commentary after the break. Apparently he shouldn’t be around when Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are talking to Charlie Sheen via skype. This looks like it will be a regular segment with Cole and Lawler going back to him.
Cole then leads us into a video package chronicling the Daniel Bryan proposal to AJ last week. She is backstage getting ready, thinking it is going to be a private wedding. She is talking to Layla who looks confused and asks her if she is sure about going through with this. AJ talks about WWE being unstable and then her dressing room opens and we see Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Then Roddy Piper and R-Truth playing with Little Jimmy. Mae Young then appears with a man dressed up like a large hand. This is her son that was born on RAW years ago. Gotta give props to whomever came up with that idea. Layla wishes AJ good luck and walks off.
A Sonic waitress then comes down on roller skates through the crowd and gives some smoothies to Cole and Lawler.
2) Brodus Clay defeated Jack Swagger in a quick squash victory.
Before the match started, Clay introduced Dude Love who watched the match from ringside. After the match, Dude gets in the ring to dance with Clay. Swagger attempts to attack but just ends up getting a tie-dyed Socko in his mouth! Clay, Love and the dancers bust some more moves.
Trish Stratus is shown backstage with Triple H. She is showing him some of her Stratusphere Yoga moves. She has him bent over as the rest of DX walks in. They leave but X-Pac sticks around to flirt with Trish but she ain’t having it.
Daniel Bryan is backstage with odd looking groomsmen who aren’t dressed in tuxedos!
Jerry Lawler is in the ring for tonight’s wedding. He introduces the reverend for the ceremony tonight and it is WWE Legend Slick. He does a promo and out comes the groom Daniel Bryan. He chants “YES, YES, YES!” as he comes out in a white tux. “Here Comes The Bride” as AJ makes her way to the ring in her stunning wedding dress.
Slick then begins his speech about marriage and inevitably gets “What” at everything he says. He asks if anyone can show just cause as to why these two should not be married. The crowd boos but nobody comes out from the back to interrupt. Slick gives Bryan the ring… he admits they have had their ups and downs but through it all he loves AJ and always will. Bryan says this will start a new chapter for the both of them and he can finally have everything he wanted. Bryan slips the ring on her ringer. Slick asks Bryan if he takes AJ to be his wife and he says YES! Slick can’t finish his sentence before AJ says yes but then she stops him. She says she wasn’t saying yes to Daniel Bryan but someone else – another man. A man who proposed to her earlier tonight.
Vince McMahon’s music hits!!!
He comes out and says no, it’s not that kind of proposal. It was a business proposal. He says she is the new RAW General Manager and AJ smiles. Bryan looks shocked and the crowd gets riled up. AJ Hands Bryan the flower back and she skips around him in the ring as her music plays. She leaves up the ramp as Bryan gets upset in the ring. AJ chants “YES” from the top of the stage as Bryan chants “NO” in the ring. She has left him at the altar and he destroys the wedding set.
After a commercial, Bryan is still throwing things around the ring. WWE Champion CM Punk’s music plays.
Punk comes out and mocks Bryan for getting left at the altar. He says with AJ as General Manager, that can’t be good for Bryan’s luck. He tells Bryan to continue throwing fits whilst Punk continues to be the best in the world. Bryan goes off and yells that he is the greatest of all time. The Rock’s music hits and he comes out to huge pop.
The Rock hits the ring and the crowd chant his name. He says Bryan doesn’t get to say who is the greatest of all-time because the fans do. More chants for The Rock. Bryan goes to cut off The Rock but Bryan isn’t having it. The crowd chants Boots To Asses as WWE Champion Punk looks on from the side. The Rock points out that he won his first WWE Title in St. Louis and the crowd pop some more. He says he is here to talk about being WWE Champion again. He announces that whoever the WWE Champion is when Royal Rumble comes around in January will face The Rock that night with their title on the line. Punk says The Rock is looking at the man who that will be when he beats Cena tonight and if Rock wants a match at the Royal Rumble, he wishes it was tomorrow. Punk says The Rock vs. Punk sounds good to him.
The Rock declares that he will be the next WWE Champion at the Royal Rumble. Bryan chants “NO” and the crowd respond with “YES’. Bryan says this is supposed to be about him, this was supposed to be the greatest night of his life. Bryan gets in The Rock’s face and says someway, showhow, The Rock will fight him at the Rumble. Bryan says he will be the face of the WWE but Rock says he is just what would happen if a homeless lumberjack banged an oompa loompa. Rock wishes Punk good luck tonight. He says he has a wedding gift for Bryan… drops him with the Rock Bottom.
After the break, Justin Roberts introduces WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart who is the special ring announcer and timekeeper for the next match. He comes out to a big pop and says one of his favourite moments in the ring was when he won the WWE Intercontinental Title from Mr. Perfect Curt Henning. He says it is an honor to be here and he does the introductions.
3) The Miz defeated WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz to become the NEW Champion when Christian missed a move and landed on his knee awkwardly. The Miz took advantage and hit the Skull Crushing Finale.
Cole and Lawler are talking to Charlie Sheen on skype. He says he is happy to see The Rock back and he talks about Bryan and AJ’s wedding. We will be going back to Sheen later on.
Back to the ring and out comes Triple H again, still dressed in his DX attire. We see the Slam of the Week which is actually when Triple H and Lesnar went at it three months ago.
HHH says he has had so much fun tonight with his old pals but it is time now to pick up the intensity. He knows Lesnar is here and calls him out. Triple H wants to fight him at SummerSlam and he wants his answer right now. Lesnar’s music hits but it is Paul Heyman who comes out.
Triple H says he wanted the horse’s head and not his ass. Heyman admits that Lesnar is here tonight but Lesnar has authorised Heyman to answer his question right now. Lesnar’s answer is no. Triple H says he is tired of this crap and says maybe he will go backstage to find Lesnar himself. Heyman wonders if that is really the best for business but HHH doesn’t care at this point. HHH calls Lesnar a coward and a little bully. He thinks Lesnar must be afraid of him. Heyman mocks Triple H for resorting to name calling. Heyman asks if that’s what Triple H teaches his children. Triple H backs Heyman up and says do not talk about his family or kids. Heyman says he feels sorry for Triple H’s children. HHH moves in but it is Stephanie McMahon who comes out.
She gets in Heyman’s face and tells him to never speak about her kids again. She says the lawsuits are personal and she brings up his past failures in WCW, ECW And WWE. She says when it comes to being a visionary in this business, Heyman is looking in the rear-view when compared to her father, Vince. Stephanie says Heyman’s own kids are ashamed of him because he is a professional parasite. Stephanie slaps Heyman who gets upset and says it’s on. Triple H vs Brock will happen at SummerSlam. Heyman applauds and says Steph did it again. He fell for it – she always gets her way. He brings up the kids again and Stephanie tackles Heyman and unloads on him when Lesnar’s music hits and out he comes.
Stephanie rolls out of the ring. Brock enters the ring and spears HHH into the corner. They brawl back and forth throwing big shots. Triple H knocks Lesnar out of the ring and the crowd goes crazy. Brock and Heyman look on from the ramp and HHH stands in the ring. Lesnar yells for him to “f” off which is bleeped out.
Back from the commercial, WWE United States Champion Santino Marella and Hornswoggle are there. WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel is the special guest ring announcer. Heath Slater is out next. He takes the mic and says what has happened in the past doesn’t matter. Only tonight is what counts. He challenges any of the Legends to a NO DQ, No Countout match. The music hits and Slater’s opponent is Lita!
4) Lita defeated Heath Slater in a squash match, with some help from the WWE Legends.
She had the APA come out to protect her (JBL and Ron Simmons) and at ringside were all the Legends Slater had faced in the past few weeks – Animal, Sid, Vader, Rikishi, Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper, Diamond Dallas Page, Doink the Clown and Bob Backlund. JBL hit the Clothesline from Hell on Slater which led to Lita’s victory.
All the Legends celebrate with Lita when everything stops and Simmons does a “DAMN!” on Slater.
Former announcer Sean Mooney is backstage with Daniel Bryan. He says his not happy about what went on tonight or being insulted by Charlie Sheen.
Zack Ryder is backstage with Mean Gene Okerlund and John Cena. Ryder says Gene was behind GTV, that old angle from years ago. The Rock walks up so Gene and Ryder leave. Cena says it’s been a long time. Rock wishes Cena good luck tonight and Cena brings up the Rumble. Cena says cashing in his Money in the Bank tonight will lead him to becoming the WWE Champion once more. Rock says he is looking forward to facing him at the Rumble.
Kane comes out to the ring but is interrupted by Jinder Mahal before he can hit the pyro. Jinder comes out Tyler Reks, Curt Hawkins, Camacho, Hunico and Drew McIntyre. They surround Kane before The Undertaker’s music hits. Taker makes his entrance and takes off his hood to reveal that same hairstyle he had at WrestleMania. Kane and Taker stare at each other. The heel jobbers hit the ring but Taker and Kane fight them off. Hawkins and Hunico get chokeslammed at the same time. They do the cuthroats and hit them both with Tombstones. The crowd chant “this is awesome” as Taker and Kane clear the ring. Taker drops to one knee and poses whilst his music starts and Kane does his pyro.
Another Charlie Sheen segment on Skype. They talk about the Daniel Bryan situation some more and his threats to Sheen earlier. Cole seems to tease that there could be a Bryan vs Sheen confrontation at SummerSlam.
5) John Cena defeated WWE Champion CM Punk by DQ when Big Show interfered. Title doesn’t change hands.
Cena had Punk beat with the Attitude Adjustment but there was no refree to count the victory as he had been knocked down. Big Show came out and speared Cena. Show dropped Cena with a knockout punch and leaves the ring. Punk watches and doesn’t know what to do. He gets the ref and brings him back to the ring and decides to cover Cena… but he kicked out in 2.
Punk picks Cena up for the GTS but Cena blocked it and locked in the STF. Big Show comes back in and breaks the hold with a big elbow drop for the DQ.
After the bell, Show unloads on Cena as Punk just looks on. Eventually The Rock’s music hits and he fights off The Big Show and takes him down with a spinbuster. He goes for the People’s Elbow but Punk stops him with a clothesline. Mixed reaction from the crowd. Punk waits on Rock to get up and he hits him with the GTS. More boos for Punk growing. He walks off with the WWE Title as Rock tries to recover and Punk gets full on boos now as RAW goes off the air.