This past Monday's (Aug. 13, 2012) episode of WWE Raw featured all the closing angles for the Summerslam pay-per-view (PPV) event set to take place this coming Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Well, not all of them. They still have to tie up the loose end with the world heavyweight championship and who exactly will be challenging for it.
That gets settled in the form of a match between Alberto Del Rio, the number one contender who was taken out of his match by an enraged Booker T, and Chris Jericho, who was already booked for a match against Dolph Ziggler.
You can probably guess where this goes.
Even so, find out exactly what you'll see this Friday, courtesy of the Wrestling Observer, after the jump.
-- Alberto Del Rio demanded his world title shot be reinstated. Booker T essentially told him no and his actions were unacceptable. Chris Jericho showed up to make a case for the shot and naturally, a match was booked between the two for the main event.
-- Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara def. The Miz and Cody Rhodes. Simple booking here and a solid match that was said to get over well live. Mysterio laid Miz out after the match. Expect a Sin Cara and Rhodes to work together at Summerslam in an unadvertised match.
-- Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks def. Local Athletes. I think. Apparently, Hawkins and Reks are working a new stripper gimmick. I guess you'll have to tune in to see what this is all about.
-- Eve Torres def. Kaitlyn. Eve's victory gives her a spot in Booker T's administration, which probably just means more humiliation and embarrassment in increasingly silly scenarios. But it also means Eve on TV in a prominent role.
-- Randy Orton def. Daniel Bryan. Kane's music played during the match to distract Bryan, which cost him the victory. It seems Kane didn't even make an appearance and this entire deal with the two having a match at Summerslam is just terrible. Whatever happened with Charlie Sheen has hurt this thing bad.
-- Antonio Cesaro def. Zack Ryder. Squash match putting Cesaro over strong leading into his Summerslam pre-show U.S. title match against Champion Santino Marella, who came out and attacked Cesaro after he beat Ryder.
-- Alberto Del Rio def. Chris Jericho. Dolph Ziggler interfered, of course, and helped cost Jericho the match. Del Rio and Ziggler proceeded to beat on Jericho afterwards until Sheamus ran out to make the save and demanded that Booker T re-book the match against Del Rio for the title at Summerslam. So he did and it's back on. Just like that.
Sounds underwhelming to me and I won't be surprised if Summerslam bombs at the box office. What do you think, Cagesiders?