So That Happened: 08/12/13

Match 01: Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett

Justin Roberts announces that Brad Maddox is the Special Guest Referee.

Wade Barrett counters Daniel Bryan’s kicks with a roll up. Brad Maddox uses a fast count.

Winner: Wade Barrett

Daniel Bryan turns his attention to Brad Maddox.

Brad Maddox tries to say he’s an official, so Bryan can’t hit him. Brad Maddox manages to escape.

Match 02: Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes

Damien Sandow handcuffs the briefcase to the ringpost.

Cody Rhodes tries to steal the briefcase, but Damien Sandow and the referee catch him. Randy Orton hits the RKO on Damien Sandow.

Winner: Randy Orton

Rob Van Dam is shown stretching:

The Shield Speaks: Dean Ambrose questions how someone can be lazy, unproductive and bad at their job, yet still be brought back to work every single day (Rob Van Dam) Seth Rollins says that the old guards living off their reputations have to go and that The Shield is the new generation. They’re younger, hungrier and just better.

Roman Reigns says that no one can compete with The Shield, but challenges any two men to step up and challenge them for the Tag Team Titles at Summerslam, make your move.

Dean Ambrose talks about the U.S. Title Battle Royal and says no one in the battle royal is going to beat him because he’s the big, unbeatable champion in this company. Ambrose calls CM Punk a catchphrase then says he’s the Best In The World, then claims he’s the WWE Champion because the U.S. Title is the Championship everybody runs from. Ambrose claims if Andre The Giant’s ghost isn’t in this battle royal tonight, then he’s not losing the title at Summerslam. Ambrose ends the promo saying, “Believe That and Believe In The Shield!”

Backstage: Josh Mathews asks CM Punk about his match with Paul Heyman and why he would take a match this close to Summerslam. Punk says why not and thinks there’s a man alive that would run from this fight. Punk reminds us that Brock Lesnar told Paul Heyman to say something stupid, and he did by challenging Punk to a fight. Punk thinks Heyman isn’t stupid and that everything Heyman does is for a reason. Punk thinks Heyman’s playing a big chess game and that he’s got his pawns in order, but Punk reminds them that if you come at the King, you best not miss. Punk thinks he’ll see Lesnar tonight that Brock thinks “The Beast Is The Best,” but Punk says at the end of the day, “The Best Is The Best.”

Match 03: The Great Khali and Natalya vs. Big E. Langston and AJ

Big E. Langston says Dolph Ziggler used to beg him to be in his corner and claims he never needed Dolph Ziggler. Langston mocks Dolph for having Kaitlyn in his corner now then says he beat Dolph before and he’ll beat him again. Langston mocks Dolph’s “Show-Off” catchphrase then says “Show Over.”

AJ Lee yells at Hornswoggle.

Natalya hits the Sharpshooter on AJ Lee and she taps and Natalya breaks the hold but the referee doesn’t see it….?

Natalya puts AJ Lee in the Sharpshooter and AJ taps…for real this time.

Winners: The Great Khali and Natalya

Big E. Langston attacks The Great Khali and tosses Hornswoggle. Khali ends up chopping Big E. Langston in the head.

Mr. McMahon Speaks:

Mr. McMahon talks abut the controversy between the match with Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett. McMahon reviews the footage then says we’re due an explanation. Mr. McMahon brings out Brad Maddox

Mr. McMahon asks Brad Maddox to explain his actions. Maddox claims Daniel Bryan matches tend to get out of hand, so he thought the WWE Universe would appreciate an authority figure with the guts to make the right decision, no matter how popular it may be.

Mr. McMahon calls Brad Maddox out on a fast count and Maddox thinks it’s because he was just excited to be a referee. Maddox claims the fast count was unintentional. Mr. McMahon tells him not to apologize because he did the best he could. Brad Maddox thanks Mr. McMahon and wants a second chance. Maddox asks if he could be the referee in the John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan match at Summerslam.

Mr. McMahon asks the WWE Universe if they want Brad Maddox to be the referee. The crowd boos and chants “NO.” Mr. McMahon asks Brad Maddox if he would call the match down the line and if he would stop calling Daniel Bryan names like dwarf and troll. Brad Maddox says he’d be impartial.

Mr. McMahon is about to make Brad Maddox the referee, but Triple H’s music plays.

Mr. McMahon says if Triple H is out here to air any dirty laundry, he should go to the back. Triple H assures that’s what he’s doing, but gets cut off by a Triple H chant. Mr. McMahon tells the WWE Universe not to feed his ego. Triple H plays up the fact that he couldn’t hear Mr. McMahon since 15,000 people were calling out his name.

Triple H says that since there’s a lot on the line more than the WWE Championship, he agrees with Mr. McMahon that they need an impartial referee that will call the match right down the line and do what’s right.

Triple H doesn’t think Brad Maddox is the right guy for the job. Triple H makes himself the Special Guest Referee in the John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan match, then hits Brad Maddox with the Pedigree.

Match 04: Kane vs. Titus O’Neil

Winner: Kane

Post-Match, The Wyatt Family comes out.

The lights turn back on and Kane is not in the ring.

Kane does his explosion trick and the ringpost goes up in flames.

Backstage: Josh Mathews asks The Bella Twins about Natalya smacking Brie Bella last week and asks if tensions are rising in the Divas Lockeroom. The Bellas claim they’re in complete control of The Divas Division until Natalya interrupts and challenges Brie Bella to a match at Summerslam to prove who is the Queen of The Divas Divison. Natalya tells Brie Bella that she can bring Nikki Bella and Jessica Rabbit (AKA Eva Marie, who shows up out of nowhere)

Natalya tells Brie Bella that she’s bringing friends of her own, the Funkadactyls, Cameron and Naomi, who show up and say sassy catchphrases. Natalya tells Brie Bella that her makeup looks nice today and that you can barely see the welt Natalya left on Brie’s face from the slap last week. Brie says that she can see Natalya’s then delivers a slap of her own to Natalya. The Bellas and Eva Marie leave while The Funkadactyls hold Natalya back.

Match 05: Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston

Kofi puts up a valiant effort, but still loses.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

Backstage: After watching a Christian Video Package, Renee Young asks Christian about his video package and facing Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Champion. Christian says this Sunday, he’ll beat Alberto Del Rio at Summerslam and become World Heavyweight Champion and prove all he needed was One. More. Match. Alberto Del Rio walks up and laughs at him and says something in Spanish. Del Rio taunts Christian with the belt then walks off.

Match 06: The Real Americans vs. The Usos

Zeb Colter rants about Sacramento California.

Winners: The Usos

MizTV with Daniel Bryan and John Cena:

The Miz introduces Daniel Bryan, then John Cena.

The Miz tells John Cena and Daniel Bryan that Triple H will be the Special Guest Referee and asks for their thoughts. Bryan says that he thinks it’s great that someone stood up to Mr. McMahon and now he and John Cena can have the match that the WWE Universe wants to see. John Cena makes fun of MizTV then says that Triple H is competitor and that he can’t think of a better person to make sure this match will be called right down the middle.

The Miz brings up John Cena and Daniel Bryan’s rivalry going from friendly to personal. Miz asks Cena what are his real issues with Daniel Bryan. Cena claims it’s not like there and that for once there’s no underlying theme and that the issue is simply the WWE Championship. Cena says he hand-picked Daniel Bryan because he’s an athlete, competitor, and will put up one hell of a fight. The Miz tells Daniel Bryan that one “hell of a fight” is John Cena Code for he’s gonna lose.

The Miz tells Daniel Bryan that it’s obvious that John Cena picked Daniel Bryan as his opponent because he wanted to ride Daniel Bryan’s momentum and give himself an easy win and it’s Daniel Bryan says it’s obvious that if The Miz doesn’t stop talking in 2 seconds, Daniel Bryan will punch him in the face.

Daniel Bryan tells John Cena that he doesn’t get why Cena and people like Cena think that the best he can do is put up a hell of a fight. Cena tries to correct himself, but Bryan screams “DON’T INTERRUPT ME!” Bryan says last week, John Cena came out here and did what he did best: Make explosive remarks to get the WWE Universe on their feet, regardless of them cheering or booing him. Bryan says that Cena saw that the red light was on and decided to grab the spotlight. Bryan tells Cena that the reason he doesn’t watch television is because of John Cena and people like Cena, in it for the glory and fame, but not the wrestling.

Daniel Bryan points to “The Beard Is Here” shirt and tells John Cena that the shirt of a parody of him because he thinks Cena is a parody of wrestling. Daniel Bryan says he doesn’t want to be a parody. He wants to be WWE Champion not for the fame or glory, but for one reason and one reason only. It proves that when he steps foot in this ring, there is nobody better than Daniel Bryan.

John Cena takes his shirt off….

John Cena says Daniel Bryan almost got him with the “parody” line. Cena says he’s not a parody and the reason he’s out here is the same reason Daniel Bryan is out here. Cena tells Bryan that he thought Daniel Bryan would be smart enough to understand all the people chanting “YES!” or “NO!” are doing it because they believe in Daniel Bryan. Cena says when the fans believe in you, all it makes you wanna do is go out to the ring, sick, tired or hurt and put your body on the line as a way to say “I believe in you as much as you believe in me.”

John Cena tells Daniel Bryan that the WWE is not about a spotlight, it’s about the people being able to come in, choose their favorite Superstar and have moments with their favorite Superstar. Cena brings up Daniel Bryan commenting on his t-shirt, then says that’s like saying the American Flag is just a cloth. Cena says that the t-shirt is about what the shirt represents: Loyalty. Cena says he’s been in hostile environement and that he has his critics, but as long as he has people who are there for him, he’ll fight for them and he’ll be loyal to them.

John Cena brings up the term parody again then calls Daniel Bryan out on calling him a parody and acting like the first person who’s made fun of the way Cena walks, talks and wrestles. Cena brings up some of his classic insults then says this has been going on for years and that Daniel Bryan won’t be the first and won’t be the last.

John Cena says he’s showed up every day for the past 12 years and busted his ass, not for people ike Daniel Bryan who don’t respect him, but for the kid in the front row, for his Dad, for the 7 year old Make-A-Wish Child, Dakota, then tells a story about the Make-A-Wish kid.

John Cena tells Daniel Bryan that he will always have critics and he should be proud of every single thing he accomplished here, but Bryan should be smart enough to know that John Cena is proud of what he’s done, who he is and what he’s come. John Cena say he’s become a man that’s spent the last 12 years wrestling all around the world. Cena says that sometimes they cheer and sometimes they boo, but he’s stood in front of those hostile environments in front of the biggest crowds and biggest Superstars, but the difference between Cena and Bryan is not parody, it’s that every one of those matches, Cena did it as the WWE Champion.

John Cena tells Daniel Bryan to keep thinking that he’s a parody and a joke because that’s what every one of Bryan’s peers thought, but he’s wrestled and beaten them all. Cena says he’s beaten Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Batista, Randy Orton, CM Punk and The Rock, but Daniel Bryan cuts him off saying that Cena talks about these people lke they are so much better than him. Cena tells Bryan that he’s on his way to greatness, but he can’t put Daniel Bryan in that class because he doesn’t BELONG in that class.

John Cena brings up Daniel Bryan’s “Respect The Beard” catchphrase, then says that respect isn’t given out, it’s earned. Cena tells Bryan that if he’s good enough to hold the WWE Championship Sunday, then and only then, will he earn John Cena’s respect. Daniel Bryan calls John Cena out on not only disrespecting him, but not treating this match as seriously as he did with Shawn Michaels or The Rock, because Cena respected those men. Bryan says John Cena held the WWE Championship 11 times so he can’t understand the desire or hunger that Bryan has for holding the WWE Championship just ONCE. Bryan says that for Cena, this is just another Summerslam, but for Bryan, this is the biggest match of his life.

Daniel Bryan tells John Cena about a custom he used to do in Japan to hype the wrestlers up for big matches. It was a custom used to light the wrestler up so that they’d bring everything they had to that fight. Bryan says they’d take their hand and as hard as they can, they’d slap the wrestler in the face.

Daniel Bryan says he wishes he could do the custom to John Cena right now, but he can’t because John Cena is not a wrestler and he doesn’t deserve it.

John Cena slaps Daniel Bryan in the face then asks for Bryan to slap him. Daniel Bryan says John Cena doesn’t deserve it, but they’re interrupted by Triple H’s music. Randy Orton comes out next.

Randy Orton holds up the briefcase as John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Triple H stare at him.

Match 07: Fandango vs. R-Truth

R-Truth and Fandango get into a dance-off. Fandango attacks R-Truth.

R-Truth and Fandango brawl.

Winner: No Contest

Post-Match, Fandango says his name.

Backstage: Curtis Axel asks Paul Heyman if he’s nervous. Paul Heyman says he’s having second thoughts about this.

Match 08: #1 Contendership Battle Royal (Winner faces Dean Ambrose)

Kofi Kingston tries not to get eliminated in traditional Kofi fashion.

Kofi Kingston gets eliminated. The Real Americans turn their attention to trying to eliminate Mark Henry, but fail. The Real Americans have been eliminated.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

Post-Match, Mark Henry and Rob Van Dam fist bump. The Shield’s music plays and they show up.

Mark Henry gets back in the ring.

Suddenly, The Big Show’s music plays and Big Show makes his return!

The Shield flees the scene.

Match 09: Paul Heyman vs. CM Punk

After mocking CM Punk chants, Paul Heyman says that Punk’s followers are calling for him. Heyman says that doesn’t blame CM Punk for the way he’s been acting. He blames the WWE Universe. Heyman claims Punk used to live for his love and adulation, but now CM Punk gets that from the WWE Universe. Heyman says the WWE Universe took CM Punk away from him, so he’s going to do the same to the WWE Universe.

Paul Heyman talks about the rumors of him setting a trap for CM Punk. Heyman admits he’s setting a trap. Heyman says that he didn’t think of the trap all by himself and that this is a conspiracy. Heyman says he had a co-conspirator and introduces him, his best friend in the world: Brock Lesnar.

Brock Lesnar comes out then Paul Heyman shows a videopackage of Brock Lesnar then admits that he’ll face CM Punk tonight IF Punk plays the hero and fights Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar. Heyman tells Punk that it’s a guaranteed beating for him if he plays the hero and does this. Heyman says that heroes are stupid because they don’t want to play the hero, but they do it anyway. Heyman says CM Punk has a choice. He could either come out or disappoint the WWE Universe and fight Brock Lesnar at Summerslam instead instead.

Paul Heyman asks CM Punk if he’s going to be the smart coward or stupid hero. CM Punk’s music plays but Punk doesn’t come out. CM Punk, dressed s a cameraman, attacks Brock Lesnar from behind with the camera!

CM Punk beats Brock Lesnar with a camera, then hits him with a Suicide Dive.

CM Punk turns his attention to Paul Heyman. Paul Heyman runs for his life. Curtis Axel tries to save him, but CM Punk attacks him then gives him the G.T.S. Afterwards, CM Punk has a staredown with Brock Lesnar.

So That Happened:

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