WWE Raw: Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Randy Orton beat Shield by DQ
Last Updated: 09/08/13 8:31am
Bryan (L) evaded McMahon's attempts to shear his beard
A beard was sheared on Monday Night Raw - but it wasn't Daniel Bryan's.
Bryan underwent a Stephanie McMahon-instigated corporate makeover prior to the show in Green Bay, Wisconsin, swapping his regular t-shirt and scruffy locks for a dapper suit and a combed-back hairdo.
However, when Vince McMahon tried to force the submission specialist to shave off his facial hair, Bryan went berserk, pinching the razor from the man charged with removing his beard, Wade Barrett - and then cutting strips out of the British brawler's closely-cropped stubble!
The number one contender to John Cena's WWE Championship at SummerSlam reappeared later in the night, too, firstly helping Cena and Randy Orton fend off an attack from The Shield, before teaming with the Cenation Leader and The Viper to wrestle the black-clad renegades.
The Bryan-Cena-Orton tandem registered victory over the former NXT mob via disqualification, when Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns rushed to the ring as their comrade, Seth Rollins, seemed set to submit to the bearded one's "Yes!" Lock.
But the carnage continued, with Orton levelling Cena and Bryan with RKOs once The Shield had been dispatched and then threatening to use his Money in the Bank contract on the fallen champion - only to be thwarted by Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns.
The Viper - who collected his case during a high-octane Ladder Match in Philadelphia - slithered to the stage to evade the destructive trio, who then dished out beat-downs to Cena and Bryan just under two weeks before their big SummerSlam showdown.
Elsewhere, Alberto Del Rio gave his personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez a walloping after he had unintentionally cost him his clash with Rob Van Dam, while Christian, The Real Americans and Kofi Kingston were victorious, overcoming Heath Slater, The Usos and Fandango respectively.
The bout between CM Punk and Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel, however, was rendered a no-contest when The Second City Saint attacked former friend and current foe Paul Heyman.
The scuffle brought Brock Lesnar, who Punk will go one-on-one with at SummerSlam, stomping to the ring and the Beast Incarnate flattened the Chicagoan with an F5 and a flurry of chair shots.
Heyman seemed delighted with the outcome during a backstage interview moments later and challenged Punk to a fight on next week's edition of Raw in Sacramento, California - and the Voice of the Voiceless, never one to back down, swiftly accepted.
Wyatt Family members Luke Harper and Erick Rowan knocked off Tons of Funk - before Kane appeared on the TitanTron to reveal that he would face Bray Wyatt in a Ring of Fire match at SummerSlam.
Plus, Mark Henry bested fellow big man Ryback via count-out after The Human Wrecking Ball walked away from the ring, while Layla beat Kaitlyn thanks to AJ Lee's distraction, and Big E Langston vanquished Dolph Ziggler after the Showoff's eyes were diverted towards AJ and Kaitlyn's brawl.
WWE SummerSlam Booking details
WWE SummerSlam will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 743) and in high definition on Sky Sports HD Box Office (channel 752) at 1am on Sunday, August 18 (Monday morning).
WWE SummerSlam will be repeated on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 743) - but NOT on Sky Sports HD Box Office (channel 752) - between 9am on Monday, August 19 and 9pm on Saturday, August 24. Repeat showings will last for three hours.
The event is priced at £14.95 for UK customers, €21.95 for customers in the Republic of Ireland.
You can order WWE SummerSlam from Friday, August 9 by pressing the Box Office button on your remote. Select 'sports & events' and follow the on-screen instructions.
Viewers will be able to call 08442 410 888 to book WWE SummerSlam from Friday, August 9. (There may be an additional charge for telephone bookings).
You can also book WWE SummerSlam online from Friday, August 9 by visiting this link: https://my.sky.com/orderboxoffice/
Cable customers should contact their local cable operator.