Raw Five-Point Preview: August 20, 2012
“The Perfect Storm” has passed, and left Triple H bereft in its wake. After weeks of angling to get Brock Lesnar into the ring at SummerSlam, The Game finally squared off against the former UFC Heavyweight Champion in the City of Angels, Los Angeles, and suffered a savage mauling at the beast’s hands. Triple H nearly snatched victory out of a seemingly hopeless scenario before Lesnar savaged him into submission with the Kimura Lock. The King of Kings left STAPLES Center under his own power, but will he ever be the same? Also, CM Punk retained his WWE Title after an opportunistic power play, and World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus left Los Angeles with his own prize still in tow. What awaits the Superstars of WWE on the first Raw after SummerSlam?
Brock changes the game?
It was not the out-and-out ravaging Lesnar had promised (The Game did look like he might prevail for a brief moment), but he made a brutal spectacle out of defeating Triple H at SummerSlam nonetheless. It’s difficult to imagine Triple H being at Raw, and if he is, he’ll likely not be in any condition to face the self-styled “wrecking machine” in just about any capacity. Expect speculation to ramp up immediately about his physical and mental well-being, and if he’ll ever be the same again. And, with Lesnar and Paul Heyman starting Raw at 8/7 CT ( WATCH: HEYMAN SPEAKS), what will the victorious fighter and his mouthpiece have to say to the WWE Universe?
CM Punk: respect his hustle
CM Punk made good on his own promise against John Cena and Big Show. Punk retained the WWE Title in a last-ditch effort that was as ingenious as it was opportunistic, hauling John Cena off of an Attitude Adjusted Big Show and scoring yet another successful championship defense ( PHOTOS). Whether Punk got his due props, however, is another matter. Afterward, Cena seemed reluctant to give The Second City Saint the respect he demanded ( WATCH) — Bret Hart (who Punk paid tribute to with his new tights) did, via Twitter, however — which seems to us a fairly good indicator that CM Punk might have a few words in store for the dynastic 10-time WWE Champion before Raw fades to black.
Highway robbery, fella
Even Jerry Lawler had to admit it: Sheamus stole one from Alberto Del Rio, clocking The Essence of Excellence with one of Ricardo Rodriguez’s immaculately shined loafers and then removing Del Rio’s foot from the ropes to retain the World Heavyweight Title after felling him with the Irish Curse ( PHOTOS). Del Rio has already filed a formal protest ( STORY), but The Mexican Aristocrat will have plenty to say about this tomorrow as well. Woe be unto any Superstar who’s slated to face him on Raw: He’ll be looking to make a statement, and it seems like words won’t do this time around.
Has the Y2J Problem been solved?
Chris Jericho finally got the monkey off his back, winning “the big one” against Dolph Ziggler in a highly hyped grudge match that saw The Showoff submit to a torturous-looking Walls of Jericho ( PHOTOS). If there’s one thing Ziggler hates, it’s getting upstaged, and The Showoff has already demanded a rematch over Tout. How will Mr. Money in the Bank respond to the humbling defeat?
Anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering
Daniel Bryan escaped with a win — and his facilities intact — after surprising Kane with a roll-up counter to the Tombstone Piledriver that handed The Devil’s Favorite Demon a shocking defeat at WWE’s summer classic ( PHOTOS). The “No!” man skidaddled from the ring with all possible speed afterward, but poor Josh Mathews must have been feeling bold, because he approached Kane for an interview while The Big Red Monster raged through the bowels of STAPLES Center in an attempt to hunt Bryan down. Kane promptly tossed Mathews through the air, leading Raw General Manager AJ Lee to cryptically tweet that she’d address the situation further when Raw reconvened. What will the red brand’s eccentric boss have in store? Tune in at 8/7 CT to find out!