One day after a series controversial SummerSlam victories and one intense bout between Triple H and Brock Lesnar, the Aug 20 episdoe of RAW aired live from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Cali. Throughout the night Brock Lesnar quit World Wrestling Entertainment, CM Punk made more demands for respect and attacked Jerry Lawler, and Chris Jericho lost a match resulting in his termination.
After CM Punk defied the two to one odds of retaining his WWE Title at SummerSlam, the Second City Saint was granted the right to choose the next no. 1 contender for his championship by RAW General Manager AJ Lee. Early in the show Punk says he will call out Cena and make give him a title shot as long as he accepts Punk's conditions.
The WWE Champion goes on about how he will demand respect and doesn't show up again until the end of the program. After the night's matches ended, the Straight-Edge Superstar heads to the ring and demands an apology from Jerry "The King" Lawler, the commentator who said Punk turned his back on the WWE Universe on RAW 1000 when he attacked The Rock.
Before King had the chance to apologize or not Cena made his way to the ring to meet Punk. The WWE Champion talks about how he has fallen behind Cena, Triple H and The Rock out of respect and that he hasn't received any of it in return.
Punk goes on to say that Cena is the no. 1 contender because he has to beat him again. Cena retorts by telling the WWE Champion that holding the title isn't what gave him the people's respect; that he hasn't held the belt for nine months and he is still treated the same way because he earned his respect.
Before leaving Cena tells Punk that if he isn't the no. 1 contender he won't have any respect for Punk. The Champion then addresses King again and demanded he gets in the ring, but when Lawler won't say that Punk is the Best in the World, the Straight-Edge Superstar kicks him in the back of the head just before RAW goes off the air.
The show opened with the winner of "the perfect storm" match form Sunday's SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar. Lesnar's manager Paul Heyman accompanied him to deliver a speech about the how the former WWE and UFC Champion destroyed Triple H the night before.
Heyman claims that Lesnar is the new King of Kings - a title that Triple H goes by - and the conqueror of the WWE Universe. After defeating the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and wrestling legend that is Triple H, Lesnar feels he has no competition left in the WWE and quit over a Tout video, which aired during RAW.
Fans should expect to see Lesnar again over the next few months since he still has appearances and matches left on his contract. Odds are he will be returning for a match at Survivor Series, possibly to fight The Game one last time.
Unlike Lesnar, Chris Jericho won't be making a return anytime soon after his contract was terminated in a match against Dolph Ziggler on Monday. The stipulation of their match was that Jericho would lose his WWE contract if Ziggler won, and Ziggler would lose his Money in the Bank contract to Y2J if Jericho won.
This is something of a compensation for earlier wrong predictions about the Ziggler vs. Jericho match at SummerSlam that said Y2J would lose before going on tour with his heavy metal band Fozzy. Ultimately things came to the same end; it was just one night later.
With AJ still referencing Anger Management after Charlie Sheen's RAW 1000 appearance despite the "Two and a Half Men" star not taking part in SummerSlam, the RAW GM forced Kane to team with formal rival Zack Ryder in a match against Daniel Bryan and his former rival The Miz. The match was supposed to help Kane and Bryan deal with their anger issues, but after a back and forth resulting in Miz and Bryan leaving the ring; Kane attacked his own partner as well as the time keeper at ringside.
The night opened with a six-man tag team match featuring Tag Team Champions R-Truth and Kofi Kingston teaming with Sin Cara to face The Prime Time Players and Cody Rhodes. It seemed like WWE had been planning to put the titles on the Players before SummerSlam, but the team lost, possibly to hold off for Night of Champions in September.
During the match Rhodes continued to try and remove the mask of Cara, but was unsuccessful. The match was fast paced - like most matches including six men - and Cara and the champions took the victory over their respective rivals when the International Sensation Sin Cara pinned Cody Rhodes.
Following a questionable referee decision in the Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio match for the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam, the Mexican Aristocrat was infuriated and even filed an official complaint. Del Rio's foot had reached the bottom rope during a successful pin attempt, which should have caused the pin to be broke by the referee.
The RAW GM said she didn't have the jurisdiction to make a match dealing with the title and that Del Rio would have to deal with Booker T on SmackDown. AJ did, however, make a match with Del Rio and another possible contender, Randy Orton.
Despite the role Del Rio has been on and his more aggressive attitude that almost brought him to the World Title, Orton was victorious in their match. After a distraction from Sheamus at ringside, Del Rio walked into a coiled Viper and was hit was an RKO and pinned.
A match expected to be added to the SummerSlam card but not included due to time constraints took place on RAW between Brodus Clay and Damien Sandow. Sandow has attacked Clay on several occasions over the past few weeks, and the two finally met in an official match on Monday.
When the Clay misses a splash attempt on Sandow, the Intellectual Savior of the Masses manages to roll up the funkasaurus and get a pinfall. After the match ended, Sandow's celebration was cut short by a big suplex and a splash from Clay.
Ryback continued to dominate no-name performers in another handicap match, but was interrupted by Jinder Mahal. It appears that Ryback is finally entering into an actual feud, and even though Mahal is lower mid-card at best, it's something beyond Ryback just annihilating opponents week after week.
David Otunga made his in ring return last night. Unfortunately for the boyfriend of Jennifer Hudson, AJ Lee inferred that Otunga thought she was crazy and place the returning superstar in a match against an angry Big Show, who decimated his Harvard educated opponent and won the match.
The women of the WWE played a part on Monday's show in a Divas battle royal. The winning woman was Kaitlyn who defeated rival Eve to become the no. 1 contender for the Divas Championship.