Bret Hart kicked off Monday Night RAW to demand that Chris Jericho & Edge return to Team WWE. However, Jericho & Edge would use the opportunity to attack Hart. With Hart down, Jericho & Edge left. Natalya came down to inform Bret that The Hart Dynasty was getting attacked in the backstage area. Cameras showed The Nexus beating down Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith, knocking them out of being replacements on Team WWE. Later on in the night, The Nexus would attack another potential replacement, Mark Henry, as he was preparing to face Ted DiBiase. Nexus would knock out Henry by throwing him face first into the steel steps. Nexus would then take out The Great Khali backstage.
The first match of the night saw the United States Champion The Miz vs. Evan Bourne. Bourne put up a great fight, including catching The Miz with a hurricanrana off the second rope, getting a near-fall. Bourne would run off the ropes, but got caught with a clothesline. Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
The red carpet entrance is next. And that could only mean one thing, the return of Melina, as she faced the WWE Divas Champion Alicia Fox. Melina would execute The Last Call sunset flip to pin the champion. As a result, Melina will face Fox for the WWE Divas Championship.
WWE Champion Sheamus would call out Randy Orton, saying that he will walk out of SummerSlam still champion. However, Orton would dare Sheamus to attack him, which is something Sheamus failed to do last week. Sheamus turned his back and Orton took advantage. Orton would set up for the punt kick, but stopped. Orton would tell Sheamus that he will wait for SummerSlam. That way, he will win the WWE Championship.
The NXT Season 2 Rookies would take center stage as Husky Harris, Alex Riley, and Michael McGillicutty defeated Percy Watson, Lucky Cannon, and Kaval. Afterwards, they were all attacked by the WWE Champion Sheamus, who proclaimed that next week, he will still be WWE Champion.
The show would end with John Cena & Bret Hart vs. Chris Jericho & Edge, with Nexus as lumberjacks. Nexus would attack everyone, which led to a standoff with Cena and Hart. Morrison and R-Truth would come out to help. Then, to the crowd’s surprise and delight, Edge and Jericho would return to Team WWE, and a wild brawl would ensue. Nexus would then exit the ring, giving the fans a small taste of what they could expect at SummerSlam.
Overall, a good show to lead into SummerSlam. However, the overall card for SummerSlam seems lackluster, as only five matches have been announced for the pay-per-view that’s this Sunday.
- United States Champion The Miz def. Evan Bourne
- Melina def. Divas Champion Alicia Fox in a Non-title Match
- Mark Henry vs. Ted DiBiase ended in a No Contest
- Husky Harris, Michael McGillicutty & Alex Riley def. Kaval, Percy Watson & Lucky Cannon
- R-Truth & John Morrison def. William Regal & Zack Ryder
- The Bella Twins def. Eve & Gail Kim and Maryse & Jillian in a Triple Threat Tag Team Summertime Spectacular
- John Cena & Bret Hart vs. Edge & Chris Jericho ended in a No Contest
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