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TONIGHT: WWE has advertised a contract signing between CM Punk and John Cena for their Summerslam match tonight. Plus, both men will be in action against opponents who have yet to be named. Once again, don’t forget that I’ll be Tweeting live during the major TV shows (schedule permitting) and PPVs, @gregmparks.

-WWE Open.

- Cold open to Michael Cole welcoming us to Monday Night Raw. No pyro or music…oh, there’s Triple H’s theme. He walked out in a suit. Cole, Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross were shown on camera, with Ross being the one to plug Summerslam, of course. He’s a pro. Triple H said six nights from now will be a historic night for the company, one where the entire landscape of the business changes. He said it would be WWE Champion John Cena (lots of boos) against WWE Champion CM Punk (more cheers than Cena, but lots of boos too). Hunter said he’d rectify the two champions conundrum this Sunday at Summerslam. He asked how you determine who should be WWE Champion. He answered his own question by saying that you empower someone whose authority will be respected and absolute. He said that man is larger than life, casting a shadow over John Cena and CM Punk, as well as the rest of WWE. That man, of course, is himself. Hunter said he’s the only guy he can trust. He said he would be the official for the contest, and he’ll call it like he sees it. But tonight, the official contract signing for that match will take place.

Before that, however, both men will face individual competition tonight. He said Cena’s match will take place right now. Cena’s music then hit and he charged out from the back. As he got to the ring, he had a few words with Triple H off-mic while his music still played. Cena questioned Triple H’s decision to put himself in the match, but Triple H defended himself. He left after finishing the animated discussion.

- The contract signing is still to come tonight.

[Commercial Break]

- Jack Swagger came out as Cena’s jabroni…I mean, opponent for tonight.

(1) John Cena vs. Jack Swagger
During Swagger’s entrance, they replayed Cena’s comments to Hunter before the break. Swagger celebrated an early advantage, and was shoulderblocked for his troubles. Sure, make him look like an idiot AND job him out. Cena was aggressive and focused against Swagger, hitting a dropkick for a near-fall, then working the arm. Belly-to-belly then a Swagger bomb for two. Crowd alternated between chanting for Cena and Punk. Gutwrench suplex by Cena and both men were down at 3:11. Missed splash in the corner by Cena, then a running shoulder tackle by Swagger for two. Running dive at Cena’s knee by Swagger, and he did MORE celebrating. He went for the ankle-lock, and Cena countered. Cena began his finishing routine at about 4:45. AA FTW.

Winner: Cena, at 5:24. Swagger got a little more in than I expected, but still, not promising for his immediate future.

- Cole plugged a WWE.com poll where you can go vote on who will win the WWE Title match at Summerslam.

- Once again, there’s a contract signing between Punk and Cena tonight.

- The main event tonight features The Miz taking on Rey Mysterio.

[Commercial Break]

- The Summerslam Recall, and a long one: Mr. Perfect (w/The Coach!) vs. Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship. I wonder if some fans are wondering why that title doesn’t mean that much today.

- Scott Stanford was backstage with…well, Ricardo Rodriguez interrupted and introduce Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio called Punk a coward for escaping when Del Rio tried to cash in his MITB at the last PPV.

- The announcers talked about what happened four months ago, when R-Truth turned heel and attacked John Morrison. They even showed clips of the attack.

- Truth was backstage and he did the rubber-faced “I’m a good R-Truth” routine. Josh Mathews walked in and asked why he attacked Morrison. Truth asked some rhetorical “why” questions of his own, like why do hot dogs come in different numbers than hot dog buns, and why did God create spiders? He talked about spider stew, then said tonight, he’d crush a spider named John Morrison.

- Up next, The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio. I guess I mis-heard and this isn’t the main event. It’s not even the main event of the first hour!

[Commercial Break]

- Cee Lo Green will be performing live at Summerslam on Sunday.

- As Rey Mysterio came out for his match, he was attacked from behind by Miz. Miz threw him into the WWE logo that stands atop the ramp, and he did so several times. Referees came out to help Rey, but Miz got one running kick to the head in. More refs came out, and Miz walked to the ring. Michael Cole said he was going to find out what’s going on, so he went into the ring with a mic. He said that was a display of audacity out there. Miz complained that he doesn’t have a match at Summerslam, which is a crime for the most must-see champion in WWE history. He screamed that he’s been all over the media lately, and if he has to do that to Rey to get some attention, so be it. He asked for a ref to declare him the winner of the match, by forfeit. Chad Patton came out and discussed something with Miz, then whispered to ring announcer Justin Roberts. He said that, by order of Triple H, Miz will have to compete in a match with someone else. So Kofi Kingston came out to take Rey’s place.

(2) The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston
Collar-and-elbow tie-up, then into the corner they went. Kofi kicked at Miz, but Miz grabbed a headlock. Miz hit the ropes, then was hit with a dropkick for a two-count, 49 seconds into the match. Whip into the buckle by Miz. Just a look to the crowd elicited boos. Kofi took Miz out at ringside, where they went to break.

[Commercial Break]

Miz was on offense out of break, and they showed via replay just how that happened. Roll-up by Kofi, but Miz rolled through. Another roll-up, this time for two, but as both men got to their feet, Miz took Kofi down. Patented Miz corner clothesline. Near-fall for Miz at 6:52 of the match. Arm-drag by Kofi, then another roll-up for two. Hard chops put Miz down. Counter by MIz into a back-breaker, but the neck-breaker was countered. Top rope high cross-body for two. Short DDT by Miz for a two-count at 8:44. Flip kick in the corner by Kingston. He slowly went to the top, too slow in fact, as Miz stopped him. He went to suplex Kingston to the mat, but Kofi turned it into a sunset flip/powerbomb. Cover got two. Kofi signaled for his finish, but he missed and Miz locked his finisher in, Kofi countered, but Miz was hung out to dry over the top rope after climbing on Miz’s shoulders. Skull Crushing Finale ended it.

Winner: Miz, at 10:42. Nice TV match. Both men looked sharp.

- Mathews caught up with a walking CM Punk. He asked for Punk’s reaction to Triple H inserting him into Punk’s match with Cena. Punk said it’s just Hunter looking for the spotlight again and that him winning at Summerslam would be good for business. He said he’s on his way to face Alberto Del Rio, and he’ll show Del Rio what really would’ve happened at MITB if Del Rio had been able to cash in his briefcase.

[Commercial Break]

- Ricardo Rodriguez introduced Alberto Del Rio.

(3) Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk
Del Rio dodged a kick as Cole asked Lawler if the cheers for Punk tonight surprise him. Has he not been in EVERY other arena where the fans have been behind him? Del Rio worked the arm early on with an arm-bar and a fish hook thrown in for good measure. Cole reset the show at the top of the hour and we got another “CM Punk” chant. Hard right hand by Del Rio, but he missed a…well, I don’t know what that would’ve been, and ended up diving feet first through the ropes. Bulldog out of the corner by Punk with ADR back in the ring, then a springboard flying clothesline. Punk got Del Rio up for the Go To Sleep, but Del Rio directed Punk shoulder-first into the ring post. Back-stabber by Del Rio for two. Punk fired back with a kick to Del Rio’s head, then a taunt, shouting “destinyyyy!” at his opponent. GTS finished it.

Winner: Punk, at 4:38. Del Rio didn’t really look like a title contender there.

During Punk’s celebration, Cole once again plugged WWE.com’s poll as to whether or not Punk or Cena will be champion after Summerslam.

- JR plugged the Cena-Punk contract signing.

[Commercial Break]

(4) Beth Phoenix vs. Eve Torres
Cole plugged Beth vs. Kelly at Summerslam. Back elbow by Phoenix, then a one-legged dropkick by eve. Eve landed on the apron after being sent over the top, and was then elbowed to the floor. Beth whipped Eve into the barricade by her hair. Back in the ring, cover by Beth got two. She worked over Eve by the hair. Elbow to the abdomen by Beth for only one. Eve with a counter, then an ugly kick to Beth’s back. She caught Beth in the mouth with another kick, then a springboard kick to the back of the head. Eve went to the top for a moonsault, but Beth tripped her up. She pulled Eve off the ropes, then gave her the Glam Slam for three.

Winner: Phoenix, at 2:56. A marathon by Divas standards. Wasn’t as good as I expected.

After the match, Beth got the mic. She said she’s sick of Divas liker he and Kelly Kelly making a mockery of the Divas division. No more booty popping, no more splits, no more stink-faces. Beth walked to the bottom of the ramp and said she meant to ask Eve something…then Kelly came down and nailed her from behind. She went into the ring and stood beside Eve, then held her title in the air. They played her music.

- R-Truth vs. Morrison is yet to come tonight.

[Commercial Break]

- They showed clips of Cena and Miz giving out a Teen Choice Award the other night. Hey, there’s Joel McHale!

(5) Dolph Ziggler vs. Alex Riley
JR called Vickie Guerrero “the Drew Rosenhaus of WWE.” Before the match, Vickie got between Riley and Ziggler. Riley got the mic and insulted Guerrero’s breath. So of course, Vickie shouted at him even more. “You’re a dead man!” Ziggler shouted at him. Running clothesline by Riley for a one-count. Vickie stayed on the apron until the ref told her to get down. Ziggler laid in the boots, but Riley came back with an elbow. Sleeper locked in by Dolph. Riley tried to get to the ropes, but Vickie pulled the rope away. Big spinebuster by Riley, but Vickie walked into the ring and stood in front of Ziggler. No bell yet. Vickie then slapped him for the disqualification.

Winner: Riley, via DQ, at 1:26.

Ziggler argued with Vickie, then he punched Riley. Riley punched Ziggler, who was sent back into Vickie. The two continued arguing in the ring. Vickie waved goodbye and Ziggler stayed in the ring.

- Once again, the contract signing between Cena and Punk will take place later tonight.

[Commercial Break]

- The announcers talked on camera about Punk vs. Cena. JR sent it to a video package of their MITB match and the subsequent follow-up. They even had a voice-over dude and music that made it sound like they were reviewing a classic NFL game.

- The announcers discussed the Summerslam card thus far.

- R-Truth came out for his match with John Morrison. It’s next.

[Commercial Break]

- Crowd was all over Truth back from break. And he was certainly egging them on.

(6) R-Truth vs. John Morrison
C4 by Morrison on Truth. Truth bailed to ringside before he could suffer anymore at the hands of Morrison. Instead, Morrison did a corkscrew over the corner ringpost and onto Truth. Impressive! Truth was thrown into the barricade, but Morrison made the mistake of climbing the barricade. Truth tripped him up and Morrison came down on the back of his neck. Brutal-looking. Truth tried his finish in the ring, but Morrison held the ropes. Morrison whipped Truth into the buckle and seemed to anticipate Truth coming out…but he didn’t. So Morrison went after him. It turned out to be a mistake, as Truth hit his finisher for the win.

Winner: Truth, at 4:02. They are not giving Morrison ANYTHING upon his return.

- John Laurinaitis and Triple H were going over the Cena vs. Punk contract backstage. The signing is next.

[Commercial Break]

- Rey Mysterio has invoked his rematch clause and will face either Punk or Cena for the WWE Championship next week, live in San Diego.

- Checking out the poll, Cena 54% and Punk 46%. The announcers pointed out that it’s the same numbers when they asked last week who DESERVES to be champion. Cole chastised Lawler and JR for not being exciting enough.

- They went backstage to Christian for some reason. Christian said he has an announcement to make on Friday night and said it would behoove Triple H to show up live (really, live?) on Friday night, because he’ll be interested in what Christian has to say.

- Triple H and John Laurinaitis were in the ring for a contract signing. CM Punk came out first, then John Cena. Punk and Cena took their seats. Punk interrupted Triple H and said this match is already pretty much official. He asked why they were out there…just for show? He asked the last time a contract signing didn’t end in horrible, physical calamity. Punk said if they wanted to cut to the chase, he could flip the table over and get things started. He said he feels like he’s on Conan O’Brien and is about to flip it to a clip of a movie star that sums up how he feels about Cena. And Punk said Triple H wasn’t the star he was talking about. Hunter asked Punk how his movie did, and Punk said it went straight-to-video just like Hunter’s. Punk told Dwayne to take it away.

They showed the video of Rock ranting about Cena from Rock’s Facebook page. It was clips of the video, with Rock making fun of Cena’s clothing and his music. Rock said Cena hearing “Let’s Go Cena/Cena sucks” will drive him nuts. Rock said men don’t like Cena because they can smell a phony a mile away. Fans actually applauded that when Rock was done. Punk said he disagreed with a bit of that video, but said Cena gets the gist of it. Punk also took a subtle dig at Rock for sending it in from his Facebook page. Then he made an obvious dig, saying Rock is just as big a phony as Cena is.

Cena said Rock is a future hall-of-famer, Wrestlemania main-eventer and bona fide movie star. He said there’s no reason for Rock to be mad at anything, so he doesn’t understand why he gets upset at him. Punk said he didn’t show the clip so Cena could go off on Rock. Cena said Punk has issues with him too, that he’s a product of the system, too PG, or the modern day Hulk Hogan. Cena acknowledged that he’d never win over the audience. Cena said he could “increase my workrate” or “let my heel persona shine through.” He did it in Comic Book Guy voice. Cena said Punk’s comparison of him to the NY Yankees is apt. Cena said his fans, the ones he cares about, are with him through thick and thin, and there’s nothing phony about that. Cena brought up the ice cream bars and said Punk is phony for being some “underground voice of the voiceless.” Triple H said Cena has a point, as at the end of the day, Punk only held out for money and perks. And he didn’t have the guts to negotiate face-to-face, instead doing it over the phone.

Punk asked who fires people, Triple H or “Funk-man” Johnny Ace. Punk asked if Hunter if he personally fired Vlad Kozlov on Friday. Or if he flew down to Florida to let Harry Smith go (acknowledging his persona of DH Smith not being his real name). Or if he called Chris Maters, who has improved over the past few years, to give him the excuse of budget cuts and wish him best of luck on his future endeavors. Punk reminisced about winning the ECW Title and having Cena pat him on the back when he won, saying, “I almost gave up on you.” Punk said Cena gave up when he went into bodybuilding in California because he couldn’t hack it. Punk said he made it as a professional wrestler and yeah, he held WWE up for the opportunities that Cena was just given. Crowd chanted for Punk. Punk said Cena won his first title in Los Angeles. But this Sunday, he’s walking out with nothing. Punk said Cena will be a big star, maybe in the Marine 4, or fighting with Dwayne, and he’ll have his legion of fans who will pee in their pajamas when they think about him. But he won’t be WWE Champion; Punk will.

Cena said that was a fine speech and asked Punk if he knows how much pressure is on him on Sunday. Cena said Punk beat him in Chicago and he deserves to be champion. He asked Punk what will happen if he loses at Summerslam. Cena said if Punk doesn’t back it up on Sunday, then he’s nothing more than a loudmouth one-hit wonder. He said Punk will be known as Buster Douglas, Yahoo Serious, Milli Vanilli. Cena wished Punk good luck. Punk said he’d rather be a one-hit wonder than a phony. Cena said they’ve been talking quite a while now, but it’s wearing a bit thin. He took the title off the table and tossed it aside. Surprised Punk didn’t mention how poorly Cena treated the title. Well, Punk did the same thing with it and flipped the table. Laurinaitis got in between them, and got caught in the back of the head by a Punk kick. Hunter then tried to separate them, but Cena laid in a punch to Punk which also took out Hunter. Hunter got up and shoved Cena. From outside the ring, Punk asked Triple H and Cena if the fix was in for Sunday. Lawler gave the final pitch as they went off the air.




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Hearing the words "workrate" or "heel persona" or "Five Moves of Doom" on a WWE show are just bizarre.

No mention of Melina or Gail Kim being fired.

I believe it was Cole who called Punk "the second city saint."

Highlight of the night was the NFL Films music in the Summerslam video package.

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Voice of the voiceless, indeed. I wondered why Laurenitis was out there again, but that's as good a purpose as any. These dueling promos aren't even close. Punk just outclasses Cena in every single way. The only downside is, inserting Hunter as the referee and giving Johnny Ace this much TV time almost ensures a screwy finish at SummerSlam and that's a damn shame. Cena and Punk deserve a lot better than that.

John Morrison (0-4) is done being relevant. I thought he'd receive a post-match beatdown to set up a SummerSlam rematch, but he got absolutely nothing and was treated as a total afterthought. The fact that they just went from the R-Truth clean win to the backstage segment without anything further speaks volumes. Nothing speaks louder than apathy. It was a good run, but it's over for John Morrison. The sad thing is, was he ever really relevant to begin with?

(Of course, the other theory is that they're sending a pre-emptive message to Morrison to show what'll happen if he starts getting pissy backstage about Melina's release. But the WWE would never use precious TV time to send a petty political message, right? Right?)

I hate using phrases like this, but wow...Alex Riley is SO not over. His reactions are non-existent and if you can't get a reaction against Vickie Guerrero, you've failed as a babyface.

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one of my friends we will get the SS 98 finish with Punk as heel champ.

I think we get Alberto as champ at tne end of the PPV with heel hhh.



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Is Morrison leaving the company? The really sad part is he came back way too early so he could be on SummerSlam in LA.
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-Morrison is on his way to future endeavorland.

-I'm begging someone to call out Cena on smiling at EVERYTHING. Rock trashes him, yay! Punk lays into him, goodie!

-I'm getting a nagging dread of a screwjob where HHH screws Cena and unites with Punk.

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Punk has done almost everything right these last few months except for one thing, the guy should have never changed his music. I get why he did it and I get the song choice, but his entrance has a lot less electricity than it had before.

Cena actually looked a little hurt by some of Punk's comments tonight. Punk is a fantastic talker, it is a shame his rise came after the HBK era.


    John Morrison (0-4) is done being relevant. I thought he'd receive a post-match beatdown to set up a SummerSlam rematch, but he got absolutely nothing and was treated as a total afterthought. The fact that they just went from the R-Truth clean win to the backstage segment without anything further speaks volumes. Nothing speaks louder than apathy. It was a good run, but it's over for John Morrison. The sad thing is, was he ever really relevant to begin with?


Why is everyone running around saying the sky is falling for Morrison? His skill set is too valuable to release and there shouldn't be any shame in losing to Truth. Not everyone can be on the upswing at once and sometimes you have to take your lumps for being a dick. His stock will rise again

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    Originally posted by geemoney

    - The Summerslam Recall, and a long one: Mr. Perfect (w/The Coach!) vs. Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship. I wonder if some fans are wondering why that title doesn’t mean that much today.



The World Heavyweight Championship has taken it's place.

Liked what I watched tonight.

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    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    -I'm getting a nagging dread of a screwjob where HHH screws Cena and unites with Punk.




I'm thinking the same, especially after Cena accidentally nailed HHH when going after Punk.
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    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    Why is everyone running around saying the sky is falling for Morrison? His skill set is too valuable to release and there shouldn't be any shame in losing to Truth. Not everyone can be on the upswing at once and sometimes you have to take your lumps for being a dick. His stock will rise again


I think there is a difference between Morrison's situation and another random wrestler.

Morrison came back about two months early because they pressured him to. That would suggest that they had something urgent that they really really needed him to come back soon to do. Turns out, that was to job him for a month straight and cause his stock drop fast. No great "OMG IT'S JOHN MORRISON AND HE WANTS REVENGE!!" moment for him. No sign of a push coming off an injury return that most midcard-upper level guys get when they come back. They insisted on him coming back early and risking long term injury so that they could make him look worse than they did with him before.

This is also a company that seems to have OCD with regards to keeping everyone's win-loss record even (except for Cena and Orton). Were it anyone but Morrison, it's not a stretch to assume that he would have won a match or two to keep pace with R-Truth.
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Cena wasn't smiling at Punk because he was happy-go-lucky, he was smiling because he found Punk hypocritical in his criticism of him.


    Why is everyone running around saying the sky is falling for Morrison? His skill set is too valuable to release

What skill set is that? Jumping & flipping? He's a white Shelton Benjamin. What are they going to lose by releasing him?



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    Originally posted by Spaceman Spiff

      Why is everyone running around saying the sky is falling for Morrison? His skill set is too valuable to release

    What skill set is that? Jumping & flipping? He's a white Shelton Benjamin. What are they going to lose by releasing him?


He's a very very pretty man.



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Hey, HHH *just* resigned John Morrison. John's not going anywhere. I think there are big plans for JoMo. No, seriously. I think he was part of the conspiracy to oust McMahon (which I didn't get around to finishing in the other thread).

Up until the very end, Punk was Voice of the Reactionless.

When Cena tried to psyche Punk out by comparing him to one-hit wonders, he should've used Living Colour.




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    Originally posted by Spaceman Spiff
    Cena wasn't smiling at Punk because he was happy-go-lucky, he was smiling because he found Punk hypocritical in his criticism of him.


      Why is everyone running around saying the sky is falling for Morrison? His skill set is too valuable to release

    What skill set is that? Jumping & flipping? He's a white Shelton Benjamin. What are they going to lose by releasing him?


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    Originally posted by Tribal Prophet
      Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
      Why is everyone running around saying the sky is falling for Morrison? His skill set is too valuable to release and there shouldn't be any shame in losing to Truth. Not everyone can be on the upswing at once and sometimes you have to take your lumps for being a dick. His stock will rise again


    I think there is a difference between Morrison's situation and another random wrestler.

    Morrison came back about two months early because they pressured him to.


The impression the Meltzer's have given is that it was Morrison pushing to come back early, because he wanted to be on SummerSlam. That's the more curious thing here - not that Morrison lost, but that they did this six days early when they still need 3-4 matches for a PPV anyway. WWE doesn't always operate on reason, so it may just be random, but the only reason to do this on Monday is if Morrison isn't going to be around by Sunday.



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So we're five days out from SummerSlam, and there's four matches announced? I guess they're waiting to see if Rey can go, with Kofi as a backup opponent for Miz.

Credit Where Credit is Due Dept: Michael Cole for turning his heel down a good four notches (aside from any time Miz is on screen), the booth went from a 10 on the annoyance scale to about a 2.

Bad Exposure Dept: The crew was right not to show Miz kicking the STEEL right next to Rey's head, you don't want to give away the work. But then don't show super slow-mo of Morrison landing on his arm when you're trying to sell a devastating blow to the neck. (Unless you're really trying to bury Morrison.)

Cena's wrong about never winning over the men that boo him now - he had us at Thugonomics. If they let him have a personality again, and stopped pushing him like Hogan in the 80's, I'm sure he'd be able to connect more broadly. (But that's not necessarily in the best interests of the company.)

So Cena agrees that he's the Yankees. Hulk Hogan is the Babe Ruth of Professional Wrestling. Now I want to know who the DiMaggio, Mantle, Reggie Jackson and Mattingly were.

It's like having a Powerball ticket all week, there's so many possibilities they can go from here with the main event. If you want to believe the report that the post Slam cards are advertising Cena/Del Rio and Punk/HHH, I think the way you do that is have Punk go over, but Del Rio cash in. And the event's in LA, so Rock might even stick his nose in here. Rock screws Cena, Punk wins, H screws Punk to allow Del Rio in as a champion who won't disrespect the new boss. And then you have Johnny Ace, who is working for HHH, but may turn out to be a sleeper agent for Vince.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.20
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    Not everyone can be on the upswing at once


People doing injury comeback revenge stories should be though.

    Originally posted by TheOldMan
    So we're five days out from SummerSlam, and there's four matches announced?


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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73

Fairly weak show until the end seg. They sure cut away from that "CM Punk = Attitude Era" sign real quick. Triple H seemed to rein in his douchebaggery a tad bit tonight, which is a relief after "skinnyfat" and "I can slap harder than you". I'd still bone Eve. Morrison...My gut says he brings a skillset that is rare. Yes, they have Kofi, but who else do they really have that can fly like that? That isn't on a Wellness suspension? Rey is increasingly hobbled. Their roster depth at this point is really not that good, and you can't put Morrison in the same category with all the people on that list of recent releases. Oh, speaking of Kofi, that springboard twisting moonsault was the prettiest move I've seen in ages. That should go in the starting. Also: are the tag-Champs SD exclusive? Can't remember the last time I saw them on RAW.





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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.63
I didn't get to watch this week but some of the C.M. Punk vs. Cena story reminded me of something from UFC.

Punk left as champion, had tournament for new champion. Rey wins belt, Cena defeats Rey for belt by end of the night & then C.M. Punk makes his "shocking" return.

Except they should have played it out like UFC does...

My point, its "interim" champion vs real champion for unification of the currently splintered WWE Championship.





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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.00
I was really bored with this show at first, but man, what a final segment. I hated the past two shows and almost gave up on the Punk storyline (not on him as a performer), but now I think differently. Possibly the greatest contract signing ever.

As far as Punk outshining Cena in every way is concerned, I have to disagree. Cena did a good job here and he almost always does in situations like these. Only thing I would criticize, like most of you, is the smiling thing.
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