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- Tonight's WWE RAW kicks off with a look at the problems between CM Punk and Paul Heyman, plus Brock Lesnar's return last week. We get a look at John Cena choosing Daniel Bryan as his SummerSlam opponent. The Road to SummerSlam begins tonight.
- We're live from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The drum roll starts up and the lights come on as General Manager Brad Maddox waits in the ring. Maddox talks about his decision to let Cena pick his opponent last week. There will be an official contract signing tonight. The ring is already set up for a contract signing as WWE Champion John Cena comes out to a mixed reaction.
Cena takes a seat and lets Maddox speak. They talk about why Cena chose Bryan and Bryan's music hits. Here he comes to a bigger pop than Cena. Bryan goes to speak but the fans start chanting his name. Maddox asks if Bryan thinks he's earned or deserves a title shot. Cena says he chose Bryan because sometimes the people in charge are afraid to see talent even when the beard is staring them in the face. Cena names Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero as people who proved ability and passion make a WWE Champion, not just size and strength. A chant for Eddie breaks out. Cena says Bryan has earned and deserves this title shot. Cena says he picked Bryan to compete. Cena says he will not be handing Bryan the title. Cena signs the contract and says he's going to SummerSlam to defend the WWE Title. Cena calls Bryan the best competition right now but he will prove that even the best isn't enough. Some boos for Cena. Bryan chants start up again. Bryan signs the contract. Bryan goes to speak but Maddox interrupts him and announces the match. Bryan yells at Maddox for interrupting him. Bryan says he's proved he deserves this. Maddox questions that. Maddox is putting Bryan into multiple matches tonight. Maddox doesn't think Bryan will prove himself worthy tonight. Maddox chants no but the fans chant yes. The announcers hype the match.
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
Back from the break and out first comes Sheamus. World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio is out next for this non-title match.
They go at it and Del Rio starts kicking the huge bruise on Sheamus' leg. Sheamus comes back with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Del Rio uses the ropes to choke Sheamus. Del Rio with more offense in the corner. Sheamus comes back and drops Del Rio for a 2 count. Del Rio takes out the leg again. Kick to the head by Del Rio. Del Rio with stomps now. Del Rio with a submission on the ropes. Sheamus drops him to the floor with a huge right hand. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Del Rio with a 2 count. During the break, Sheamus got thrown into the steel steps. Del Rio keeps working on the leg now. Sheamus hits a big powerslam out of nowhere. We see Damien Sandow backstage watching with his briefcase. Del Rio and Sheamus go at it now. Sheamus unloads in the corner. More offense from Sheamus and a 2 count. Del Rio with more kicks to the leg. Del Rio hits a backstabber for 2. Sheamus comes back an hits the forearms on the apron. Del Rio counters and comes back in but gets caught by the Irish Curse backbreaker for a 2 count. Sheamus goes to the top but Del Rio hits an enziguri for a close 2 count. Sheamus hits the rolling senton. Sheamus misses a Brogue Kick and Del Rio goes back to his leg. Sheamus blocks the cross armbreaker. He goes for White Noise but his leg gives out. Del Rio rolls through and gets the pin.
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