The Aug. 6 episode of RAW pushed the WWE Championship toward the spotlight with title holder CM Punk moving closer to heel status, and Big Show knocking out both of his SummerSlam opponents, Punk and John Cena. Broadcasting live from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, the show also featured an appearance from Shawn Michaels and the first Divas match in weeks, along with the announcement of a new SummerSlam match.
The Big Show holding the WWE Title that he will compete for on Aug. 19 at SummerSlam while standing over his opponents John Cena and current champion CM Punk.
Punk, Cena and Show started off RAW with General Manager AJ Lee announcing that the three men had seperate matches. CM Punk vs. a wrestler that the audience would vote for through Twitter was booked, and fans chose Rey Mysterio.
After a stylized and high-flying exchange between the current WWE Champion and former World Champion, the bout ended after Punk blocked the 619. The Straight-Edge Superstar then hit Mysterio with a GTS and covered him for the win.
Big Show was set to fight Randy Orton in Orton's first high-profile match on RAW since his return, after he squashed Heath Slater last week. The match ended in a double count-out after Big Show Speared Orton outside of the ring and neither man could get back in before the 10 count.
After the match was over, Big Show tried to hit a knockout punch on Orton to show his dominance. The plan backfired when Randy Orton hit the RKO on The World's Largest Athlete.
At the end of the show, John Cena faced Daniel Bryan in singles match. The audience was boisterous being that Cena is the biggest face in the company and Bryan seems to be the biggest heel.
Eventually, John Cena overpowered Bryan and hit him with an Attitude Adjustment for the win. This adds to Bryan's loss record that has been growing since he lost the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania in April.
After Bryan and Cena's match ended, CM Punk made his way to the ring to brandish his WWE Title, followed by Big Show. After an exchange of words between Punk and Cena, Show knocks both men out and holds up the WWE Championship belt as the show ends.
Despite local advertisements claiming the Aug. 6 RAW would be dubbed Shawn Michaels' Appreciation Night that was not the case on the televised program. Michaels did appear to help promote the match between Lesnar and Triple H at SummerSlam, but that was the extent of his time on the broadcast.
Even though Daniel Bryan was in a match with John Cena, who is in the main event at SummerSlam, he was denied a spot in their pay-per-view match for the WWE Championship by AJ because she already booked him a match against Kane. Bryan and Kane have had dynamic matches in the past due to their size and style differences, and the two men have been building an anger management related feud to tie in Charlie Sheen and his new sitcom "Anger Management."
Despite declaring that he would abstain from wrestling until SummerSlam, Alberto Del Rio defeated Christian in a match. His SummerSlam opponent Sheamus spoiled the victory by driving off in Del Rio's Ferrari.
For the first time in weeks World Wrestling Entertainment officials set a Divas match for Monday Night RAW. The match featured Eve Torres, who has been open on Twitter about her frustrations with the lack of women's matches, and a returning Kelly Kelly who won the match after she and Eve had a brief back and forth.
The monstrous Ryback won another squash match, this time against the team of Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins. The two men put up more of a fight than in a usual Ryback match, but overall put him over as an unstoppable opponent.
WWE continued their efforts to build rivalries in the tag division with The Prime Time Players Titus O'Neil and Darren Young in a match against Primo and Epico. In an upset victory after the winning streak O'Neil and Young have been on in singles matches against the tag team champions, Primo and Epico managed to pick up a victory after a distraction from Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.
Chris Jericho, who was recently confirmed for a SummerSlam performance, joined the commentary team for a match with Dolph Ziggler against Alex Riley. A-Ry managed to rollup Ziggler and gain an unlikely victory against the Money in the Bank winner, with Jericho taunting Ziggler at ringside.
Kane and The Miz also had a match with Kane defeating the Intercontinental Champion. Despite Miz's champion status, WWE is apparently trying to put Kane over before his match against Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam.
The tension between Brodus Clay and Damien Sandow was also touched upon. Sandow attacked Clay on the entrance ramp before their match could start. Clay appeared to have an injured leg - within the storyline -- following the brutal assault.
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