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WWE/TNA Week in Wrestling: July 1st to July 7th

Catch up on all the results from WWE and TNA television shows with the latest Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling!

Paul Heyman is still friends with CM Punk, for now at least
Paul Heyman is still friends with CM Punk, for now at least
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What happened over the last week? Find out below, Cagesiders.


Raw (July 1st)

  • Daniel Bryan said he finally proved that he wasn't the weak link by submitting Randy Orton last week on Raw and was going to ride this wave of momentum towards winning the MitB contract and winning the WWE title. Sheamus, Randy Orton, Kane, Christian and CM Punk all came out in succession to stake their claim on the briefcase. The segment ended with Orton hitting the RKO on Kane, which Bryan seemed upset about.
  • The Shield defeated Christian and The Usos when Dean Ambrose countered the Kill Switch and pinned Christian with a roll up.
  • Daniel Bryan got Kane a rematch with Randy Orton where he would be the special guest referee.
  • Dolph Ziggler pinned Jinder Mahal with the Zig Zag. After the match, 3MB tried to attack Ziggler but he escaped unscathed.
  • Triple H told Vickie Guerrero that she needs to ignore the fans and just listen to him.
  • Kane defeated Randy Orton by disqualification when Orton shoved special guest referee Daniel Bryan. However, Kane wasn't happy with such a cheap finish and demanded that Bryan restart the match. Kane then pinned Orton with a high kick when Bryan did a fast count, which pissed Kane off and he grabbed Bryan by the throat in retaliation. When he let go, Orton laid Bryan out with the RKO.
  • CM Punk told Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel that he would defeat The Prime Time Players by himself. When Heyman acted all confused about the hostility, Punk told him that he didn't trust Axel.
  • Sheamus defeated Fandango by count-out when Fandango had had enough and walked out on the match.
  • The Miz defeated Ryback when Ryback quit when Miz hit him with a dropkick to the knee, because he was hurt. After the match, Chris Jericho, who had been doing colour commentary, got in the ring, made fun of Ryback being a crybaby who quit, called him Cryback again and then gave him the Codebreaker.
  • Mark Henry cut a strange worked shoot promo about how he has earned his shot at the WWE title by being a political backstabber and called the fans puppets.
  • Vince McMahon told off Vickie Guerrero for giving away a WWE Champion vs. World Champion match for free tonight.
  • CM Punk & Curtis Axel defeated The Prime Time Players when CM Punk hit the GTS on Darren Young and Axel blind tagged in and pinned Young. After the match, Paul Heyman and Axel celebrated the win while Punk was mad with them both.
  • Kaitlyn pinned Alicia Fox with the spear. After the match, AJ Lee unveiled a photoshopped picture with Kaitlyn's head on an obese woman's torso.
  • Stephanie McMahon scolded Vickie Guerrero, which led to Vickie finally snapping about how all the McMahons tell her different things. Stephanie then announced that Vickie will have an official job performance review next week.
  • Antonio Cesaro (with Jack Swagger & Zeb Colter) pinned Cody Rhodes with the Neutralizer.
  • They showed some backstage bickering with all of the women involved on the new E! Total Divas show.
  • A Wyatt Family package aired revealing that they would debut on next week's edition of the show.
  • In a non-title match, John Cena pinned Alberto Del Rio with the Attitude Adjustment when Dolph Ziggler came out and distracted Del Rio. After the match, Mark Henry picked up the WWE title belt, came into the ring and laughed at Cena. He then teased hitting Cena with the belt and laughed when Cena flinched. He then threw the belt on the ground and as Cena went to pick it up, Henry teased making a move and Cena flinched again. Henry then laughed again and Cena was left looking very concerned.

NXT (July 3rd)

  • Bo Dallas called Antonio Cesaro the most irrelevant United States champion in history to set up the night's main event.
  • Paige pinned Alicia Fox with the Paige-turner.
  • Conor O'Brian squashed Andy Baker with a leg drop.
  • In an interview with Corey Graves and Adrian Neville, they revealed that Kassius Ohno was injured in last week's beatdown and is out of action, and appealed to William Regal to join them in their war with the Wyatt Family.
  • Xavier Woods pinned Scott Dawson with the Lost in the Woods.
  • William Regal announced that he would join Corey Graves and Adrian Neville to face the Wyatts.
  • Mason Ryan squashed Enzo Amore with a knockout punch to the face.
  • Mason Ryan then squashed Colin Cassady with a modified full nelson slam.
  • In an NXT Championship match, Bo Dallas pinned Antonio Cesaro with his belly-to-belly finisher. After the match, Leo Kruger beat down the champ, but Cesaro landed a European uppercut on Kruger so that he could beat up Bo. Dallas fought back, but Leo recovered to make it two-on-one. Sami Zayn made the save for Dallas and the two shook hands to end the show.

Main Event (July 3rd)

  • Christian pinned Damien Sandow with the Kill Switch.
  • Zeb Colter cut a promo on Sin Cara and the upcoming Independence Day.
  • Jack Swagger submitted Sin Cara with the Patriot Lock.
  • Big E. Langston squashed Curt Hawkins with the Big Ending.

Superstars (July 4th)

  • Wade Barrett pinned Zack Ryder with the Bull Hammer elbow.
  • Natalya submitted Naomi with the Sharpshooter.

Smackdown (July 5th)

  • CM Punk cut a promo about Independence Day and was interrupted by Alberto Del Rio, whom he took to task for being a phony working the Mexican who loved the USA gimmick that he was using as a babyface against Jack Swagger. Teddy Long then naturally appeared to book the two in a match for the main event.
  • Paul Heyman tried to weasel his way back into being CM Punk's manager, but he was having none of it.
  • The Usos defeated The Rhodes Scholars when Damien Sandow was pinned after a double Superly Splash by both twins. After the match, The Shield cut a promo bashing The Usos and Christian. Dean Ambrose claimed that he would win the Smackdown Money In The Bank briefcase too.
  • Alicia Fox pinned Kaitlyn with a roll up after Kaitlyn had been distracted by AJ Lee and dropkicked her off the apron. After the match, Kaitlyn chased AJ up the ramp all the way backstage, where the Bella Twins stopped Kaitlyn and Big E. Langston laughed at her.
  • Randy Orton pinned Christian with the RKO.
  • Teddy Long told a reluctant Paul Heyman that he had to commentate on the CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio main event.
  • Dolph Ziggler pinned Drew McIntyre with the Zig Zag. They did the same angle they did on Raw after the match where 3MB tried to overwhelm him but he made them look like geeks.
  • Fandango squashed Justin Gabriel with the top rope leg drop.
  • Zeb Colter did another Independence Day themed promo where he promised that one of Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger would win the Smackdown Money In The Bank briefcase.
  • Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk went to a double count-out when Del Rio attacked Heyman at the announcer's table, Punk saved Heyman, and they continued to brawl outside until they were both counted out of the ring. Afterwards, Punk hit the GTS on Del Rio and consoled an apologetic Heyman.


Impact Wrestling (July 4th)

  • Hulk Hogan came out to reveal TJ Perkins is no longer using the Suicide gimmick, instead working as a character named "Manik" and announced that the main event would be an X-Division title match pitting Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin vs. Manic.
  • In a Bound For Glory Series match, AJ Styles submitted Kazarian with the Calf Killer.
  • Mickie James cut a promo on a ladder announcing next week's Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim ladder match for the number one contendership to her Knockouts title.
  • Adam Ohriner was eliminated from Gut Check despite the fact that he won his match with Ryan Howe.
  • In a Bound For Glory Series match, Hernandez pinned Jay Bradley when Chavo Guerrero tripped Bradley from outside the ring in retaliation for a thumb to the eye.
  • An Aces & 8s pre-tape aired where Wes Brisco was wanting to know what's up with Bully Ray's "wife" Brooke Hogan getting engaged to another man. Ray quickly changed the subject to vowing that his crew would take out Austin Aries in the main event.
  • GunStorm (Gunner & James) defeated Bro-Mans when Storm and Gunner combined for a double-team neckbreaker/bodyslam on Jessie for the pin.
  • Magnus was revealed as the latest member of the new Main Event Mafia. They promised that they would make sure that Aces & 8s wouldn't interfere in the main event.
  • In a Bound For Glory Series match, Jeff Hardy defeated Joseph Park by disqualification after they did the gimmick where Park saw his own blood, snapped, turned into Abyss and took out the referee with the Black Hole Slam.
  • Ryan Howe was denied a Gut Check contract by Al Snow and Bruce Prichard voting no.
  • In an X-Division title match, Chris Sabin defeated Austin Aries and Manik when Sabin pinned Aries with the Hail Sabin to win the championship. During the match, DOC took out Manik with a powerbomb on the arena floor, but the Main Event Mafia surrounded the ring to prevent any further interference. After his victory, Sabin vowed to cash the title in at Destination X on July 18th for a shot at Bully Ray's TNA Heavyweight title.

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