Big Show came out to the ring and told Punk that the 1,000th episode of Raw was all about him costing Cena the WWE Title, not Punk’s attack on The Rock. The World’s Largest Athlete vowed that he will be the next WWE Champion, to which Punk shot back that Big Show wasn’t able to beat Cena at No Way Out or win a Money in the Bank contract. John Cena’s music suddenly hit and the Cenation leader promptly unloaded on Big Show with a series of rights and lefts, clearing him from the ring as the crowd erupted. In her first official act as the new Raw General Manager, AJ Lee emerged from the back to announce that Cena will face Big Show in tonight’s main event, with the winner advancing to face Punk for the WWE Title at SummerSlam!
With WWE Champion CM Punk joining in on commentary (and verbally sparring with Jerry “The King” Lawler), John Cena and Big Show held nothing back in a fierce clash to determine the No. 1 contender for the WWE Title. Big Show took Cena off his feet early with a big headbutt and a splash in the corner, but the Cenation leader found a way to take some energy out of The World’s Largest Athlete with a sleeper hold. A relentless Cena applied the hold a second time, making Big Show temporarily pass out, though it wasn’t enough to get a three-count as he was flung straight out of the ring. After wearing down Cena with a crushing bearhug, The World’s Largest Athlete went for the chokeslam, but Cena pulled off a remarkable counter into a DDT. Cena also rolled out of the way right as Big Show delivered a mighty splash off the second rope, giving him an opportunity to rally against the fazed giant. Back and forth, Cena and Big Show tried to gain the decisive edge to no avail. Cena hit the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, but Big Show bounced back up almost immediately. The 7-footer responded with a towering chokeslam, and Cena somehow kicked out at the two-count.
As the action spilled to the outside, Big Show catapulted Cena over the announce table and into Punk, leaving the WWE Champion strewn across the arena floor. After narrowly beating the 10-count back into the ring, Cena then ducked Big Show’s WMD and lifted The World’s Largest Athlete above his head, setting him up for the Attitude Adjustment. However, Cena never got a chance to finish the maneuver as The Straight Edge Superstar stopped him with an axe handle to the back, followed by a vicious kick to the head of Big Show. Grabbing the microphone after his attack, Punk declared: “And your winner of this contest is … nobody. They’re both losers.” Punk walked with his WWE Title straight to the back, but the new Raw General Manager wasn’t about to let The Voice of the Voiceless have the final say. AJ Lee told the WWE Universe, “Actually, CM Punk is wrong … they’re both winners,” and announced that Punk will defend his WWE Title against both Cena and Big Show in a Triple Threat Match at SummerSlam (MATCH PREVIEW). The revelation did not make Punk a happy camper as he defiantly marched back out and demanded that AJ show him some respect. AJ just smiled and Punk continued to let loose on the new GM as Raw went off the air.