July 21, 2014
Justin Roberts introduces Triple H. He says no one wants to look him in the eye. Everyone’s scared he’ll blow a gasket after last night because the WWE Championship didn’t come back to The Authority and stayed with John Cena. He admits he’s madder than he’s been in a long time, but he has options on how to handle this. He’s so mad, he says he’s going to Tweet his displeasure! He might even send an Instagram or a Vine. He mocks the crowd, saying he’s going to riot if he doesn’t get what he wants, and he and his friend Mark are going to stop watching. He says he might fire everyone and throw all the people out on the street. Or he can just relax, knowing sooner or later he always wins. If he has to wait until Summerslam to win, then so be it. But as a true genius once said, he can guaran-damn-tee John Cena will no longer be WWE Heavyweight Champion. The question is who gets the opportunity.
Randy Orton’s music hits. Orton asks why they’re talking about this. He’s been waiting since Wrestlemania for his one-on-one rematch. He guarantees he’ll beat John Cena if he’s in a match with him at Summerslam. Triple H appreciates Orton’s confidence. Triple H says Orton is the frontrunner, but he hasn’t made up his mind. Tonight, the entire roster will get a chance to impress him and convince him. Orton says if Kane had done his job, he’d be standing in the ring with the titles around his waist.
The pyro explodes, and here comes Kane. He hopes he’s being considered to face Cena. He knows that he can beat John Cena and be the one to bring the title back to The Authority as long as he’s not acting as Orton’s protector. He’s tired of babysitting.
Roman Reigns makes his way through the crowd. He says his name belongs in this conversation. Last time he checked, no body wanted to see John Cena versus Kane or Orton. He says everyone wants to see John Cena versus Roman Reigns. Believe that. He dives at Kane and hits him with a Superman Punch, and Orton bails out. Triple H says he believes that, right now, Roman Reigns is going to have a match against Kane and Randy Orton.
Two-On-One Handicap Match:
Randy Orton & Kane vs. Roman Reigns
Orton starts this off against Reigns. Orton kicks reigns in the gut and goes to work. Orton shoots Reigns to the ropes, but Reigns hangs on and forces Orton into the corner. Reigns climbs up to the second for the mounted punches. Reigns ducks his head, and Orton slams him. Kane tags in, and they lock up. Reigns shows his strength, but Kane knees him in the gut and hits a Samoan Drop. Kane forces Reigns into the corner and makes the tag. Orton fires off, but Reigns starts to rally. Off the ropes, and Orton gets a knee up to take Reigns off his feet. Kane tags back in and nails Reigns in the face with a dropkick.
Kane unloads on Reigns in the corner. Kane snapmares him out and applies a nerve hold, and Reigns has to climb back to his feet. Kane tries a vertical suplex, but Reigns reverses for 2. Reigns tries a whip, but Kane reverses and clotheslines Reigns in the corner. Kane whips Reigns one more time, but runs into a boot. Reigns comes off the second with a clothesline. The action spills out to the floor, and Reigns counters a whip, sending Kane into the steel steps as we head to commercial.
Back from break, and Orton has things under control with a side headlock. Reigns starts to battle back, sending Orton to the ropes. Orton reverses and gets an elbow up. Orton stomps Reigns and makes the tag. They utilize a quick double team. Kane takes Reigns down with a clothesline. They make another quick tag and Kane holds Reigns as Orton stomps him. Orton pulls Reigns to his feet and connects with a dropkick for another 2-count. Orton goes back to a submission with a reverse chinlock. Reigns struggles to his feet and fights out. Reigns hits another Samoan Drop, and both men are down.
Kane gets a tag and misses with a clothesline. Reigns hits one of his own and another in the corner. Reigns continues to charge Kane in the corner and knocks Kane onto the bottom rope. Reigns slips to the floor and hits the running kick. Reigns sets up for the Superman Punch, and Orton tries to get involved. Reigns takes out Orton. Reigns tries another Samoan Drop, but Kane’s too heavy this time and slips out. Kane lays out Reigns with a big boot, and offers a hand to tag Orton. Kane grabs Orton around the throat! Reigns hits Kane with a Superman Punch and Spears Kane for the win.
WINNER: Roman Reigns
Backstage, Cameron, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes are talking when Stephanie McMahon walks up. She says it’s a glorious night because they’re going to annihilate Nikki Bella.
Four-on-One Diva’s Handicap Match:
Cameron, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes vs. Nikki Bella
As Nikki walks out, Brie Bella is sitting front row and they hug. Stephanie comes out and says the quitter, Brie Bella, is here. Stephanie says Brie went from being a world famous Diva to just another face in the crowd because she abandoned her sister for Daniel Bryan. She reminds everyone that Bryan was stripped of the title and has been injured ever since Brie quit. Stephanie gets in her face and says she hopes Brie enjoys watching her sister get annihilated by four Divas. Steph walks away, and Brie calls her a bitch as she walks away. Stephanie calls for security, but Brie has a ticket. Stephanie tells her to sit down, but Brie grabs the mic out of her hand and calls her a vindictive bitch. Stephanie slaps her, and Brie tries to fight her, but security drags Brie off.
The bell rings, and all of the Divas gang up on Nikki. Cameron pulls her up by the hair and holds her as Alicia Fox hits her with a scissor kick and earns the pinfall.
WINNERS: Cameron, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes
Stephanie gets back on the mic, and says that, sooner or later, Nikki will quit just like her sister.
Bo Dallas is in the ring when Damien Sandow comes out dressed in a LeBron James jersey. Sandow says he took his talents home to Ohio. He speaks from experience when he says, if Bo were smart, he should do what he did and leave.
Bo Dallas vs. Damien Sandow
Sandow gets an early edge, but Sandow rallies back with a clothesline and a back drop. Bo clotheslines Sandow to the floor and starts jumping up and down in the ring. Dallas heads for the ropes, but Sandow flattens him with an elbow and starts unloading with right hands. Sandow hits a vertical suplex. Sandow tries another suplex, but Dallas rolls him up with an inside cradle. Sandow kicks out and takes him down with another clothesline. Sandow applies a reverse chinlock and Dallas battles to his feet. Bo heads for the ropes but runs into a knee from Sandow. Sandow scoop slams Bo and tries an Elbow of Disdain. Bo rolls out of the way and hits a running Bo-Dog for the win before taking a victory lap around the ring.
WINNER: Bo Dallas
The Wyatts are here. During the break, apparently the Wyatts attacked Chris Jericho before he could come out to host the Highlight Reel. Wyatt says Jericho is indisposed. They show the clip of the Wyatts jumping Jericho, and Wyatt hitting the Sister Abigail on Jericho into the wall. He says sooner or later, they all fall. Wyatt says Jericho ain’t here, but he is; Just like he has been every day since he’s been around. He says he can read people’s thoughts. He knows that people are thinking that since Jericho won at Battleground, that they believe he is a better man than Wyatt. He asks if they believe he would burden himself with such petty things. He says a loss in battle is nothing to him; it is the war that counts. The war is his game. He created war. It wasn’t long ago that the Wyatts entered a WWE ring for the first time. They’ve dismantled giants and destroyed monsters and brought heroes to their knees. He is Bray Wyatt, the eater of worlds, every bit the monster they don’t think he is. Jericho will find that you can’t measure Wyatt like a normal man. He says you can not measure him by the amount of dollar bills in his pocket because society is his plaything. Time is irrelevant to him. He lives 100 years a day, man. Ever since last night, it’s been recurring in his head, and it’s something Abigail used to say to him: “Be careful chasing vengeance, because if you do, you’ll need to dig two graves. He is forever.
Backstage, R-Truth and Zack Ryder are with the doctor, checking on Chris Jericho. he is bleeding and not responding.
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
The bell rings, and Ziggler chases Miz to the outside. Miz tries to slide inside, but Ziggler chases him out again. Miz finally makes it to the apron, but Ziggler chases him off again. Ziggler finally goes out after him. Miz tries a clothesline on the way back inside, but Ziggler ducks and hits a Thesz Press. Miz rolls to the outside again, and Ziggler baseball slides him, sending him face-first into the barricade. Dolph goes out after him and chops him before trying to send him into the ring steps. Miz blocks it and struggles to hold Ziggler. Ziggler hits him in the gut and rolls him back inside. Miz kicks Dolph on the way back inside and starts stomping. Miz tries a back suplex, but Dolph counters and rolls up Miz.
They exchange rollups. Miz heads for the ropes and Ziggler hits a big hip toss before dropping the Heart-Stopping Elbows. Miz rolls to the ropes before number 10 and elbows Ziggler in the face. Miz slaps on a chinlock, and Dolph has to battle to his feet to reverse. Ziggler takes Miz down with a shoulder block. Miz tries a hip toss, but Ziggler blocks and tries a dropkick. Miz catches Ziggler and sling shots him over the top rope. Ziggler holds on and back drops Miz to the apron. Ziggler tries to hit Miz in the face, but Miz kicks him in the gut and rams him into the post and we’re off to commercial.
Back from the break, and Miz is in control. Ziggler tries to fight back, but Miz gets a knee into Ziggler’s gut and stomps Ziggler under the ropes. Miz hits a suplex and covers for 2. Miz rakes Ziggler’s face and goes back to the chinlock. Ziggler battles to a vertical base and heads for the ropes. Dolph tries a rollup, but only gets 2. Miz fires back with a clothesline. Miz tries his running clothesline into the corner, but Dolph moves out of the way and Miz lands awkwardly. Miz misses on a clothesline, and Ziggler hits a few of his own. Ziggler splashes Miz in the corner and hits a neckbreaker. Ziggler misses the Fame-Asser, and Miz rolls him up for 2. Ziggler gets a backslide, but Miz kicks out. Miz hits a Side Effect for another near-fall. Miz charges the corner, and Dolph gets a boot up. Miz catches the boot, but Dolph kicks him off. Dolph tries a Rough Ryder, but Miz catches him and tries a powerbomb. Ziggler counters and rolls through. Miz tries to slap on a Figure-Four, but Dolph kicks him away. Ziggler hits a big DDT for 2.
Miz tries a DDT of his own and only gets 2. Miz starts work Ziggler’s leg and tries another Figure-Four, but Ziggler rolls him up for a near-fall. Ziggler gets an elbow up and tries a superkick. Miz counters and gets a hold of Ziggler with a Figure-Four. Ziggler manages to crawl to the bottom rope, breaking the hold. Miz tries another Figure-Four, but Ziggler kicks him off and hits a Fame-Asser! Ziggler hooks the leg, and Miz barely kicks out. Ziggler tries a Zig-Zag, but Miz shrugs him off. Miz catches him with a big boot and tries for the Skull Crushing Finale. Ziggler counters and hits a Zig-Zag for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Backstage, Triple H tells Seth Rollins he shouldn’t face John Cena at Summerslam. He says Rollins should play his cards when the time is right. Rollins says Ambrose won’t let him and they need to shut him down. Cesaro walks into the shot. He says if anyone should face Cena at Summerslam, it should be him. He’s a walking Money in the Bank briefcase. He says he’s made a business decision, and he’s no longer a Heyman guy. He wants to be Triple H’s guy. Rollins says he already has a guy, him. Triple H says Cesaro should finish the business of Dean Ambrose tonight in a match, and if he does, that’s something that would impress him.
AJ Lee & Paige vs. Natalya & Emma
Emma will start this off with AJ. AJ starts to work Emma’s arm, but Emma elbows her in the side of the head. Emma tries a roll up, and AJ counters. AJ hits a flying clothesline. AJ skips around the ring with Emma in tow and makes the tag to Paige. Paige hits a headbutt and charges the corner. Emma moves out of the way and ties up Paige in the Emma Lock in the ropes. Natalya gets a tag and takes out Paige with a drop kick and tries a jackknife rollup. Paige bridges out of the bin and tries a backslide. Paige shoves Natalya into Emma, sending her off the apron. Natalya hits a German suplex and slaps on the Sharpshooter. Paige crawls to the corner and makes the tag, and AJ comes in with a Shining Wizard. Natalya taps out to the Black Widow.
WINNERS: AJ Lee & Paige
After the match, Paige is celebrating in the ring with AJ and she attacks her from behind. She throws out to the floor and rams her into the barricade. She pulls AJ up by her hair and throws her into the ring post and starts screaming at AJ. She pulls her up and tosses her across the announce table. Paige crawls up onto the table and says this is her house before skipping off to the back.
Fandango vs. Zack Ryder w/ Summer Rae & Layla
Fandango takes out Ryder with a dropkick and a clothesline. Fandango applies a chinlock. Ryder starts to fight back, but Fandango puts him down. Ryder hits a face buster and heads for the corner. Fandango charges, but Ryder gets his knees up. Ryder tries a missile dropkick, but Fandango side steps him. Fandango sends Ryder into the corner and charges, but Ryder moves out of the way and hits the Rough Ryder. Zack Ryder gets the 3-count!
WINNER: Zack Ryder
Renee Young is interviewing FLO-Rida, when Heath Slater walks in. Slater asks if he remembers him. FLO says no, and Slater says at Wrestlemania XXVIII, he put his hands on him and he’s here to repay the favor. He tries to attack, but FLO-Rida shoves him down.
Stephanie McMahon introduces FLO-Rida, and he performs.
Still at ringside, and Stephanie is approached by guys in suits. They pull out badges. What they’re saying can’t really be heard, but it’s pretty obvious they’re trying to arrest her. The cameras get in close and the crowd is chanting, Yes! pretty loudly. They mention Brie Bella, and apparently she is pressing charges against Stephanie for slapping her earlier. They put Stephanie in handcuffs and the crowd is really into it. Brie comes out of the crowd and they start screaming at each other. As the detectives take Stephanie away, security takes Brie away. Backstage, Triple H tries to get involved, but can’t really do anything. She’s pretty much in tears and they’re trying to threaten the officers as they put Stephanie in the back of the car and drive away.
Back from commercial, and Triple H is scrambling backstage. Joey Mercury wants to know who’s going to be Cena’s opponent for Summerslam before Triple H leaves. He says family comes first. Triple H stops and says they’re going to have to process her and that takes time. He tells Joey to have the car stand by, and he’ll go down to the police station after he’s made his decision.
Rybaxel vs. Big E & Kofi Kingston
Ryback and Big E start this off. They try to overpower each other, and Ryback gains an advantage until Big E takes him off his feet with a shoulder tackle and a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E tries a big splash, but Axel gets in the way. Big E clotheslines Axel off the apron and turns around into a spinebuster from Ryback. Ryback tags in Axel, and they put the boots to Big E. Ryback tags back in and suplexes Big E. Big E tries to make the tag, but Ryback beats him down. Ryback throws Big E with a belly-to-belly and sets up for the Meathook. Big E explodes out of the corner with a clothesline, and both guys are down. Kofi tags in and takes out Ryback with a springboard. Kofi takes Axel off the apron and hits a dropkick to Ryback. Kofi hits the SOS on Ryback, and Axel has to come in for the save. Axel and Big E topple out to the floor, and Kofi hits a crossbody on Ryback from the top rope. Ryback rolls through and gets the pinfall.
After the match, Xavier Woods climbs into the ring wearing a suit and glasses. He says you can’t move ahead in this company by doing what you’re told. He says it’s their time, their place. It’s time for them to find focus and order. They can find purpose. They won’t ask any longer. Now, they’re taking. Kofi and Big E nod.
Rusev w/ Lana vs. The Great Khali
Khali gets Rusev into the corner and chops him. Rusev manages to back Khali into the corner and unload some shoulder tackles. Khali gets a boot up and rams Rusev into the turnbuckle. Khali hits him with a few more chops. Rusev stuns Khali, but walks into a big chop from Khali. Rusev tries to bail out to the floor, but nails Khali with a kick, taking him off his feet. Rusev hits a thrust kick to the face of Khali and forces him to tap out to Accolade.
Stardust is quoting Willy Wonka when Goldust comes in. He tells Stardust to slow down. He says they can be the brightest, most bizarre… They start jumping up and down about a cosmic key, but “they” have it. It calls their name.
Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro
Ambrose unloads a fury of offense and clotheslines Cesaro to the floor. Ambrose dives off the apron onto Cesaro and rams him into the barricade. Back inside, and Cesaro catches Ambrose on the way back in and throws him into the ring post. Cesaro goes out to the floor and suplexes Ambrose off the second rope out to the floor. Cesaro starts to work Ambrose’s injured shoulder with an armbar and a wristlock. Ambrose tries to battle back, but Cesaro slams him and resumes the wristlock. Ambrose breaks free, but Cesaro hits him with a right. Ambrose falls into the corner. Ambrose pulls himself up and takes down Cesaro and throws him to the floor. Ambrose tries a springboard plancha, but Cesaro nails him with an uppercut on the way down as we head to commercial.
Back from break, and Cesaro has another armbar on Ambrose. Ambrose drops Cesaro with a jawbreaker. Cesaro hits him with another right and Ambrose bounces off the ropes, but walks into a German Suplex for 2. Cesaro perches Ambrose onto the top turnbuckle and hits him with a running boot. Cesaro climbs up for a superplex, but Ambrose holds on and headbutts Cesaro. Cesaro falls, and Ambrose hits him with a missile dropkick. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and hits a cross body. Ambrose tackles Cesaro in the corner. Cesaro reverses a whip and charges. Cesaro runs into an elbow from Ambrose, setting up a tornado DDT. Cesaro tries a cross face chicken wing, but Ambrose rams him into the corner. Ambrose tries a rollup, but Cesaro kicks out and Ambrose dumps him to the outside.
Ambrose dives through the ropes on to Cesaro. Back inside, and Ambrose walks into a boot from Cesaro but bounces off the ropes again with a clothesline. Cesaro hangs Ambrose’s arm over the top rope and hits a clothesline of his own. Cesaro charges the corner and runs into a boot. Ambrose climbs the turnbuckle, and Cesaro shoves him. Ambrose falls down into the Tree of Woe, and Cesaro stomps away. Cesaro tries to throw Ambrose into the post again, but Ambrose counters and sends Cesaro into the post a couple of times. Ambrose slides out to the floor and grabs a chair. Ambrose nails Cesaro’s arm with the chair and gets DQ’d. Ambrose starts throwing chairs into the ring.
WINNER: Cesaro via Disqualification
Backstage, Triple H is with Renee Young. He says he’s on his way to make his decision, and she asks if he shouldn’t be with his wife right now. He just looks at her and walks away.
Triple H makes his decision for John Cena’s Summerslam opponent. Randy Orton’s music hits and he walks out. He’s about to climb into the ring when Roman Reigns comes out and attacks him. Reigns throws Orton into the crowd and chases him off.
Paul Heyman walks out. He says he has so much respect for Triple H, and he hates to point out the obvious, but Plan A isn’t working. Plan B is great. Seth Rollins is great. But every time Rollins tries to cash in, Dean Ambrose is going to stop him. Heyman says he should implement Plan C, and Brock Lesnar’s music hits. Lesnar walks to the ring. Triple H pauses then smiles. He shakes Heyman’s hand and then Lesnar’s! Heyman gets on the mic and introduces himself. He says his client, Brock Lesnar, conquered The Undertaker’s Streak at Wrestlemania, which is why at this moment his client hereby officially announces his intention to conquer John Cena and take the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam. He says Lesnar acknowledges the divide within the WWE Universe. There are those that wear their green shirt and cheer, “let’s go Cena!” Then, there are those that offer the contrarian opinion, those whose mommy’s don’t tuck them in at night, and they chant, “Cena sucks!” It doesn’t matter to Lesnar which side of the fence you want to ride on. The malpracticing Doctor of Thug-a-Nomics is in for the beating of his life. Heyman says he doesn’t just spew hype and hyperbole; he exploits historical facts to shove his points down our throats. He asks what happened the last time Lesnar zeroed in on someone and decided to give them a beating.
They show a clip of Wrestlemania and Lesnar beating The Undertaker and ending The Streak. He says beating The Undertaker at Wrestlemania wasn’t enough. He says Vince McMahon had to ride with The Undertaker to the hospital because the heartless chairman was so concerned for his life. The same beating awaits John Cena. Brock Lesnar won’t offer the chance for Cena to surrender the title. At Summerslam, Brock Lesnar will take down Cena. Cena will be hurt by Brock Lesnar. When Cena is mangled by Lesnar then, and only then, will Brock F-5 Cena and strip him of the dignity of being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The same way Lesnar exposed The Undertaker’s Streak as being a myth, the same myth surrounding John Cena being the greatest WWE Champion of all time. 15 World titles in 10 years sounds like something worth conquering. He pledges allegiance to the greatness of the conqueror who stands before him. And to his dominance, for which he stands, one Cenation under John now divisible with no more hustle, loyalty or respect for all. He’s the one behind the one in twenty-one and one. At Summerslam, Brock Lesnar will beat John Cena and become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
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