WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 5, 2013) from the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, featuring the return of "THE BEAST" Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan getting a corporate makeover from the McMahon family, and much, much more.
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR AUG. 5
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Stephanie McMahon gives us the new and improved Daniel Bryan. He is out in a suit and tie with his hair tied back. Bryan says that WWE doesn't want him, they want John Cena.
He calls Cena an entertainer, and himself a wrestler. He promises to make Cena tap out at SummerSlam and here comes Vinnie Mac.
McMahon says that even if doesn't think Bryan is the ideal champ, he is willing to help him out. He wants Bryan to shave the beard and brings out a barber's chair for it.
McMahon brings Barrett out to be the barber and Bryan beats the ever living hell out of him before heading to the top of the ramp. He grabs a mic and says that he won't change and unveils his "The Beard is Here" shirt."
RVD vs Alberto Del Rio
In a largely unspectacular match, RVD was able to get the pin on the World Heavyweight Champion. Christian was watching in the back and the Miz was on commentary.
The biggest impact came from the post-match antics of ADR. After the match, Del Rio turned on his long time friend- Ricardo Rodriguez, and demolished him. The assault ended with Del Rio drop kicking the steel steps into a trapped and hopeless Ricardo.
Cody Rhodes out to the ring. He shows us the recap of Cody stealing the briefcase and tossing it into the Gulf of Mexico. Rhodes has a package with him that is leaking and Rhodes reveals he made sure to have the case recovered.
Sandow comes out and tells him to put the case down and just leave. Rhodes obliges until Sandow tries to go for the case and Rhodes pounces. He forces Sandow to retreat to the back.
The Ryback vs Mark Henry
In what was sure to be a fantastic match, ended because the Ryback decided to pull the walk out dq. WWE really needs to stop running with that finish.
Not that I should complain about this match ending early.
The Bellas and Eva Marie talk about some Total Divas.
Natalya comes in and slaps one of the Bellas. Thank you Natalya
John Cena comes out to the ring and he says that he is used to being a target. He is on fire out there. He addresses everything that Bryan hit upon early and the criticisms that people have of him. Fanatastic promo and is really setting a great tone for SummerSlam.
Randall Orton decides to make his presence known. He cuts a typical I have the briefcase match and out comes the Shield. They swarm the ring and Bryan comes to makes the save.
Mexican stand off and Maddox comes out to make a six man tag match for later in the day.
Wyatt Family (Harper and Rowan) vs Tons of Funk
Tons of Funk doesn't last long. They are easily demolished by the Wyatt Family.
After the match, Wyatt enters the ring hits the Sister Abigail. He takes the mic and cuts a promo.
As he calls out Kane, the pyro hits and Kane appears on the titantron. He says he sees through the tactics of Wyatt, because he understands him. Kane does the things Wyatt does, for his own personal amusement and not to spread a message. Kane challenges Wyatt at SummerSlam to an Inferno Match and hits the ring pyro, Wyatt drops to his knees in celebration. He was smiling the whole damn time.
Matthew in the back with Punk. Punk continues to sell us on the Best vs the Best.
Layla vs Kaitlyn
After a very boring match, AJ provides the distraction that gets Layla the win. I can't wait for the NXT women wrestlers to be ready for the main roster. They are 20x better
Heath Slate vs Christian
In a fun little squash, Christian got the victory over Slater. Slater seemed to be on his way to victory but unfortunately it wasn't to be.
CM Punk vs Curt Axel
Before the bell can ring, Punk raced up the ramp to go after Axel. Axel ended up on the better end of the exchange as they brawled their way to the ring for the start of the match.
Punk and Axel have a very strong back and forth match. Heyman went for the interference but Punk got a hold of him and out comes Lesnar. Punk goes straight for a chair but Lesnar tosses it aside quickly. After a quick assault from Lesnar, Punk takes control. Strong elbows from Punk and then a clothesline off the announce table. Lesnar recovers and hits a belly to belly on the outside.
Lesnar tosses Punk into the ring and then goes for the F5. Punk escapes and nails Lesnar with the chair! Lesnar recovers though and just lays out Punk to end this round as the victor.
Renee Young with Lesnar, Heyman, and Axel in the back.
Lesnar speaks! He is not impressed with the best of the best and wants Heyman to say something stupid.
Heyman says that Punk may not make it to SummerSlam.
Fandango vs Kofi Kingston
In a match that was largely controlled by Fandango, Kingston pulled off the victory in his return match at the last minute.
Stephanie cries to HHH in the back about her dad biting her head off. HHH goes off and says that he won't let Vince take down the ship.
Real Americans out to the ring and Colter does his thing on the mic and trashes the Packers. It was great.
Usos coming out for a match.
Real Americans vs the Usos
In a very entertaining and well balanced match, the Real Americans snatchedvictory from the Usos when Colter distracted the ref and Swagger was able to get a cheap shot in.
Ziggler vs Big E
Ziggler and Big E are having a solid match when Kaitlyn comes out to attack AJ. They start to brawl in the ring and that gives Big E the distraction necessary to seal the victory with a Big Ending.
Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, and John Cena vs The Shield
A very good match ends with Bryan locking in the Yes Lock on Rollins but Ambrose and Reigns attack Bryan to get disqualified. Post-match, Orton RKOs Bryan and the RKOs Cena after they fend off a secondary Shield attack.
Orton then gets a hold of the briefcase and is teasing a cash in when the Shield makes their way back to the ring. Ambrose stares down Orton as Reigns hits a spear on Cena. Shield then stomp on Bryan and hit him with the Triple Power Bomb.