WWE Raw results and live blog for June 25: Chris Jericho returns

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WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 25, 2012) from the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and features the return of the biggest troll in pro wrestling history, Chris Jericho.

But what will he have in store for us tonight? Who knows. He told followers on Twitter that he'll be "whatever you want me to be." So we'll see what that means, if anything.

AJ is still a big focal point on WWE television and with her seemingly crushing on Kane while also being infatuated with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan stuck in the mix as well, something has to give here soon, right?

Oh, and Triple H and Paul Heyman have some issues still left to sort out. Just don't expect to see Brock Lesnar back just yet.

All that and more.

Raw starts at 9 p.m. ET on USA, so be sure to make your way back here to chat with all your favorite Cagesiders during the show. It's always a fun time. Raw live blog after the jump.


Geno here.

Broadcast is live.

A video package opens revolving around the AJ issues with Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and Kane.

Cut to backstage and AJ is talking to three people off camera, presumably the three mentioned above.

She tells Bryan he still has feelings for her but they have to separate to grow.

She tells Kane she loses her inhibitions when she's around him and she just wants to get wild but he's not a man, he's a monster.

And finally, she tells Punk she likes to think of them as soul mates. But she doesn't think he thinks what she thinks he's thinking. In other words, she thinks it's best if they all go their separate ways.

The camera pans around and reveals she's talking to a mirror.

Cut to open.


Video replay of Big Show taking out Brodus Clay before we're told the two will have a match tonight.

Another tease for John Cena's big history making announcement.


Out comes the General Manager for tonight, Vickie Guerrero. She's getting a ton of heat while saying she expects to become the permanent Raw and Smackdown GM in four weeks on the 1,000th episode of Raw.

She announces a three-way elimination match for right now.


Daniel Bryan vs. Kane vs. CM Punk -- Not sure what the point of this match is but it should be good, so who cares.

Oh my god, they're asking for fans to tweet at WWE with hashtags who they think AJ should choose between the three guys. Ugh.

The match starts with the three brawling. Kane with the early edge but Bryan and Punk get smart and gang up on him to take him out of the equation. Punk takes control over Bryan and we're shown a shot of AJ watching the show in the back.

Cole calls her "eccentric."

Punk looks for a suicide dive but Kane drills him with an uppercut. Bryan baseball slides into him and tries to follow up with a knee off the apron but gets caught and sent into the barricade.

A commercial break stunts the action and when they come back, Kane is in control. He goes to the top rope where he is met by Bryan. Punk gets up and meets them up there as well. He picks up Bryan on his shoulders, while Kane comes off the top for the Doomsday Device. Bryan rolls through for a pinfall attempt while Kane hits air but only gets two.

That was sweet.

Punk all over Bryan, who he sends out over the top rope on Kane. He then gets all hulked up and does a suicide dive on both. Back in the ring, he springboards but is caught by Bryan. He tries the YES Lock but Punk counters, sending him into Kane, who just can't get back into the ring.

Punk covers but only gets two.

He picks Bryan up for the GTS but Kane finally gets back in to stop that with a big boot. That gets two. A side slam gets two more. Kane back up top and he gets the flying clothesline. He sets up for the chokeslam and AJ's music hits.

Yet again, she skips around the ring. No Kane get up.

Kane goes for the chokeslam but Punk counters and hits the GTS, this one good. Punk gets the pin on that and Kane is eliminated.

Bryan comes in with a big kick to the head on Punk and he gets the pin off it to win the match.


Backstage and Alberto Del Rio is playing it cool with Vickie. He brings in Ricardo with flowers but gets pissed because he doesn't have a vase, sending him off to get one.

ADR says he's the rightful number one contender to the world heavyweight title. Dolph Ziggler shows up and says he's the true number one guy.

Vickie then sets up a number one contender match tonight -- a contract on a pole match.

Ricardo comes back with the flowers in a vase and Ziggler throws it against the wall.


Brodus Clay vs. Big Show -- Cole announces that Clay is no longer banned from Raw, thanks to Guerrero bringing him back. He was originally relegated to Smackdown by John Laurinaitis while he was still in power.

They get going with this HOSS FIGHT right away. Show kicks Clay in the stomach and works him with punches to the mid-section. Clay comes back off the ropes with a headbutt that gets a knockdown. It's there that Show goes after the (kayfabe) injured knee.

Show's in control now. Clay is forced to sell the knee, which kind of makes this a squash.

Show gets heat from the crowd while working the knee. The cameras periodically break away to the Funkadactyls, who look like they are going to cry. Show hits a Vader Bomb. He picks up Clay by his mohawk for the WMD but the Funkasaurus battles back with a headbutt and punches. He tries to pick Show up for a slam but ends up collapsing underneath Show and that's where the match ends, with Show picking up the pinfall victory.

After a commercial break, they show Clay being helped to the back. Suddenly, Show comes back out and hits him with the WMD.


Extended video replay showing Triple H and Paul Heyman going back and forth.

They're now advertising that Lesnar will have an answer for Triple H next week on Raw.


AJ is backstage talking to Kane. He says she's made him feel things he never thought possible. And that's not a good thing.

"This may come as a shock to you but I'm not exactly boyfriend material." She says that's fine because they don't have to have a conventional relationship. He says he doesn't do relationships. He's a monster who wears a mask. And even HE finds her mentally unstable.

So he thinks it's best if they stay away from each other.

He then says goodbye and walks off.

She laughs while crying.


Jack Swagger in the ring coming back from break and Michael Cole says he's "floundering" and really needs to pick up a win tonight.

He's floundering so bad he'll get a U.S. championship match!

Jack Swagger vs. Santino Marella -- Not surprisingly, Swagger takes control early by tossing Santino into the corner and unloading on him. It sounds like a dueling Swagger chant just broke out.

That settles it. Those chants are meaningless.

Marella makes a brief comeback but Swagger powers back and hits a slam for two. It isn't long after that Santino comes back again and hits a big DDT before breaking out the Cobra to get the pinfall and the victory.

Man, Swagger has fallen so very far. "Jack Swagger's bad stretch gets much, much worse," Cole says.


John Cena comes out to a big pop.

He starts by talking about the big tweets he sent out teasing something big. Then he goes into his comedy bullshit by using Star Wars to recap what's been going on with him over the past few weeks. Called himself "John Cenawalker." He's doing his best to make as many bad jokes as possible.

God. This is terrible. The kids are probably loving it. The ones that know anything about Star Wars at least.

He finally finishes up, or tries to. Once he gets to his "historic announcement" the lights go out and Chris Jericho's music hits.

He's back!

He comes out with a new jacket, wearing street clothes.

As usual, returning superstars get the babyface treatment, no matter the situation.

"Cena ... what in the hell are you talking about? Instead of wasting time out here, make your historic announcement, then shut the hell up and get out of my ring. This is my night tonight."

That's great. Cena still works the goofy crap and tells the crowd to give him his due.

He continues by saying Show is moving on to the Money in the Bank ladder match to win the contract and become the new champion. So in order to stop Big Show, Cena says he's putting himself in the MITB ladder match for the first time.

Called it!

Cena says he's going to win "the whole fudging thing." Jericho responds,"Fudging? What are you nine?"

"Most of our viewers are."

That's not true at all, John. Learn your demographics, dum dum.

Jericho goes on to say the MITB match is his invention in 2005 and he's been in three of them.

Cena interrupts to say he hasn't won even one of them, so what's his point.

Jericho calls him smug and says the MITB match isn't a joke. It's not something you do for fun. If you want fun, go into a bouncy house or cut another Star Wars promo, cause that's fun.



Jericho working hard to put over the MITB ladder match as a huge deal, calling it a career ender. He says Cena shouldn't worry so much about stopping Big Show because as of right now, he's entering himself into the MITB ladder match as well.

Serious star power in this thing this year. Awesome.

Vickie Guerrero interrupts. She wants to make a few things clear. Is having trouble talking over the nuclear heat she's getting.

Vickie says there will be two MITB matches, one for the WWE title and one for the World title. And these two can't just put themselves into matches. Jericho talks but Vickie shuts him down. He says, "Sorry but what are you going to do, suspend me?"

Har har.

Vickie says the WWE MITB match is going to be exclusive to former WWE champions. Kane, Big Show, Jericho and Cena so far.

Cena jumps him and says she's not too bad as GM. As long as she takes the Board of Directors advice and doesn't actually make any decisions of her own.

She responds by saying it's been nearly two years so for the first time ever, Cena will go one-on-one with Jericho in the main event of the evening.


They announce a former Raw main eventer will be in action next. Lilian Garcia is interrupted by Heath Slater. I guess he's the designated squash guy for matches like these.

He comes rolling down with that big goofy grin.

Slater starts talking about wanting to be one of the top superstars on Raw and he rules the world. Finally, Sycho Sid's music hits and he comes rolling out looking surprisingly decent for his age.

Cole says Sid hasn't been on Raw since June 9, 1997. Wow.

Heath Slater vs. Sycho Sid -- Collar and elbow tie up and they go to the corner. Slater breaks free and yells in his face that he's the one man band. Sid slaps him silly.He puts him up on the second rope and slaps him again before a pick up slam.

Slater makes a brief comeback by attacking the leg but Sid recovers and hits a leg drop. He calls for the powerbomb, hits it and gets the pin for the victory.



Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio -- Ziggler rushes for the contract and gets caught and sent off. Del Rio does the same.

And we're having serious technical difficulties on the site. Apologies, folks.

Both men apparently have the contract but no one has "control" of it, so no one is the winner. The contract gets sent to the outside of the ring and they play human tug of war trying to get there, as Cole calls it. They end up tumbling out and Ziggler hits his head.


Sheamus comes out suddenly and says they don't even need to have this match because Vickie says they're going to have a triple threat match for the title on Smackdown.

That makes no sense at all.


They give the results of the poll on who the fans think AJ should be with. 14-percent said "all three." Sick fucks.

CM Punk got over 50-percent with Kane coming in second and Bryan bringing up the rear with just 8-percent.

This leads to a video replay of earlier in the night.

Bryan winning over Punk leads to Cole announcing Punk vs. Bryan at MITB for the WWE championship.


Backstage and Punk is talking on a cell phone. AJ shows up and does the "guess who" game. She's wearing a white robe. Says she wants to make things up to Punk for things not going his way earlier. So she'll dedicate her match in the Diva's battle royal to him.

He says they need to talk after that. A serious talk.

She says that's cool because she knows he wants to talk about taking things to the next level and that sounds good to her. But first she has to win the Divas battle royal.

He sighs as she runs off.


Divas summer time battle royal -- All the ladies are wearing bikinis and are already in the ring. Vickie comes waltzing down and she's in a robe. She gets in and messes with all the ladies before disrobing to reveal a leopard one piece. All the girls look at her and act like she's the worst looking woman ever.

They all attack when the bell rings, too.

Eliminations for the ladies occur when they go through the ropes. Women are flying out quick, too. I see Alicia Fox is gone, so is Kaitlyn, so is Rosa Mendes. Tamina Snuka gets tossed. Natalya ends up out after Beth Phoenix accidently hits her while going for Layla.

Layla then kicks her out, leaving her, AJ, and Vickie. AJ sends Layla out. But then Vickie tries to send her out. AJ stays in, though, while Lawler says Vickie has "the end to end all ends."

Vickie slaps AJ before they brawl. Vickie starts climbing out and AJ kicks her to win the match.

And she looks so very foxy in her bikini. After winning, she starts doing the YES! chant.

I'm in love.


Chris Jericho vs. John Cena -- Collar and elbow tie up to start. Hip toss into a headlock from Cena and they break quickly thereafter. Dueling chant starts and screw this crowd because they did the same for Jack fucking Swagger.

Jericho smacks Cena, leading to the fruity pebble picking Jericho up for an Attitude Adjustment (AA). The first one never hits, though, and Jericho bails out of the ring so WWE can pay some bills real quick.

Back from break and Jericho is in control. He works over Cena with kicks and punches and the usual low rent offense. Cena blocks a straight suplex before hitting one of his own. He sends Jericho into the ropes and eats a kick when he ducks down on the comeback.

Always a fun spot.

Cena teases another comeback but eats an elbow. Looks for the Lionsault but Cena goes into his five moves of doom. Shoulder block, shoulder block, suplex, you can't see him, blah. Jericho gets up at the five knuckle shuffle, though, and looks for the Walls of Jericho. Cena kicks out and looks for the AA before Jericho gets out. He gets slammed anyway and hit with the five knuckle shuffle.

Big Show's music hits and distracts Cena. He picks Jericho up for the AA and Jericho reverses into the Walls of Jericho.

Show gets in the ring and comes off the ropes to hit a leg drop on Cena while he was in the Walls of Jericho.

Show and Jericho stare each other down. "You want something, Chris?"

Nope. Off goes Jericho.

That leaves Show in the ring with Cena. Choke slam follows.

Instead of ending it there, Show locks in the Colossal Clutch and screams for the fans to smile for him. Cena passes out but Show won't break the hold. Finally, he does, and that's how it ends.

Fade to black.

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