September 1, 2014
Des Moines, IA
Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel with Randy Orton. Chris Jericho is already on his way to the ring. He introduces Randy Orton, but the entire Authority comes out. Jericho says he was expecting Orton to come out by himself, not with his law firm- Sell Out, Suck Up and Schnaz. Kane tries to cut him off, but Triple H interrupts. He says ordinarily he’d enjoy swapping insults with Jericho, but tonight he has important business. Jericho says Triple H usually only has important business in the ring when his wife is in jail. Triple H makes fun of Jericho’s scarf, and Jericho responds by making fun of Triple H’s pink tie.
Triple H says this will be the most historic Highlight Reel in history because he’s been reviewing the match at Summerslam between Brock Lesnar and John Cena. He says it may not be best for business to have a rematch between Cena and Lesnar. He’s contemplating naming a new number one contender for Night of Champions. Orton chimes in and says there’s only one man that can beat Brock Lesnar, and it’s him. Kane says maybe it should be someone who puts on a mask and opens the gates of Hell on the Beast Incarnate. Seth Rollins says maybe the future has already arrived. He’s taken out Dean Ambrose and is one of the most intelligent and dangerous Superstars in the locker room. Jericho says maybe the shot should go to the first ever Undisputed Champion in the history of this business.
John Cena’s music hits. He comes out and asks Triple H what the hell he’s talking about. Just because Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels say he can’t, doesn’t mean he won’t. The same guys thought he couldn’t beat Triple H at Wrestlemania XXII, and Triple H tapped out. Cena reminds Triple H he’s the COO. He says he invoked the clause, and Triple H authorized it. He might take Triple H to court, take every penny he has and then he’ll be COO. He’s not just going to beat Brock Lesnar, he’s going to beat Lesnar’s ass. Triple H says he has a new idea for John Cena’s t-shirt: Hustle, loyalty, respect, lawsuit. Triple H says Cena is so blinded by retribution that he is threatening lawsuits. He says Cena’s being small-minded like everyone else, but he knows what his job is. No matter what, he does what’s best for business every single day. He’s the first to admit he’s not the first to think John Cena’s best for business as WWE World Heavyweight Champion anymore. But Lesnar ending Cena’s career at Night of Champions isn’t best for business at all.
Rollins chimes in and says Cena should get his rematch. He asks what’s the worst that could happen. If an opportunity should present itself, maybe there’s always plan B and he lifts up the Money in the Bank briefcase. Orton says Seth is right, Cena’s earned it. But he says he wants the winner. Whatever happened to his rematch after Wrestlemania? Chris Jericho interjects since it is still the Highlight Reel. He says Orton’s had 1,000 rematches and has never succeeded. Orton’s last big match he saw he got Superman Punched and Speared by Roman Reigns. Orton says it means nothing and Roman Reigns means nothing. He tells Jericho he would drop Reigns if he were here right now and to proceed with caution because if he makes a joke about Orton, Jericho won’t like the punch line.
Roman Reigns makes his way through the crowd. Reigns tells Orton he’s right here and tells him to drop him. He says Rollins and Kane don’t seem happy to see him, either after what he did last week to their eulogy for Dean Ambrose. He says his name belongs in the mix for number 1 contenders. Triple H says he’s going to give everybody a chance to prove himself tonight. John Cena, Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns will take on Kane, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins. Seth Rollins tries to sneak attack Reigns with the briefcase, but Reigns drops Rollins and he retreats with The Authority.
Cesaro & The Miz w/ Damien Sandow vs. Sheamus & Dolph Ziggler
Cesaro and Ziggler start this off. Cesaro gains an early advantage with an uppercut and drops Ziggler’s heart-stopping elbows. Cesaro scoops up Ziggler, but Ziggler lands on his feet and dropkicks Cesaro. Ziggler goes after Miz, and Miz drops down to the floor and sits in a chair to have his makeup checked. Cesaro takes advantage and attacks Ziggler.
Miz tags in, and Cesaro scoop slams Ziggler. Miz kicks Ziggler in the face and covers for 2. Miz continues to kick Ziggler and slaps on a chinlock. Ziggler rallies to his feet. Miz misses a clothesline, and Ziggler hits a Thesz Press. Ziggler hip tosses Miz, and Miz has to roll to the outside. Sheamus goes out after Miz and attacks. Sheamus rolls Miz back inside. Miz tries to kick Sheamus, but Sheamus blocks it and shoves him off his feet. Sheamus hits a running high knee and a clothesline. Miz catches Sheamus with several fists to the gut and backs Sheamus into the corner. Sheamus starts to fight back and tosses Miz out onto the apron. Sheamus unloads the 10 Beats…
Sheamus brings Miz in the hard way with a rolling senton for 2. Miz starts to rally as the crowd chants for Ziggler. Sheamus blocks a hip toss, and Miz covers up his face. Cesaro makes a blind tag and nails Sheamus with a big dropkick as we head to commercial break.
Back from commercial, and Cesaro has things in control against Sheamus. Cesaro drops an elbow and applies a reverse chinlock. Cesaro unloads on Sheamus in the corner, but Sheamus is unaffected and starts to fire back. Sheamus goes out to the apron and tackles Cesaro on the way back in. Cesaro picks up Sheamus for a fall away slam into a bridge for 2. Cesaro charges Sheamus in the corner and runs into a pair of boots. Sheamus skins the cat up to the top turnbuckle, but Cesaro catches him with a forearm to the face. Sheamus fights him off and hits a battering ram from the top. Both men are down. Cesaro makes a tag first, and Sheamus finally makes one as well. Ziggler comes in and unloads on Miz. Ziggler connects on a neckbreaker and tries a Fame-Asser. Miz tries to counter, but Ziggler rolls up Miz with a sunset flip for 2. Ziggler follows up with a huge DDT, and Cesaro has to make the save.
Sheamus runs in and he goes over the top with Cesaro. Ziggler misses wildly on another Fame-Asser and Miz tags in his stunt double, Damien Sandow. Sandow gets taken out by a Zig-Zag from Ziggler, allowing Miz to run in and hit Ziggler with a Skull Crushing Finale for the 3-count.
WINNERS: The Miz and Cesaro
Summer Rae, Layla & Naomi vs. Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes & Cameron
Layla and Rosa start this off. Layla tries a quick roll up, but Rosa kicks out. Rosa gains control until Layla tries another rollup and kicks Rosa in the face. Layla hits a springboard crossbody, and Cameron has to run in for the save. All of the Total Divas get in the ring and start fighting, and the referee calls for the bell. Naomi takes out Cameron with a Rear View, and Summer Rae and Layla hit a double dropkick to Eva Marie, sending her out to the floor.
WINNERS: No Contest
Mark Henry & Big Show vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
Rowan and Henry start this off. Henry takes down Rowan easily with a shoulder tackle and backs him into the corner. Henry whips Rowan into the neutral corner and unloads some mounted punches. Henry sends Rowan into the opposite corner and splashes him. Henry steps on Rowan’s chest and chokes him with a knee. Henry headbutts Rowan. Harper tries to get involved and Henry shoves him off, but that allows Rowan a chance to regroup. Harper tags in and levels Henry with a big boot for 2 as we head to commercial.
Back from break, and Rowan has Henry in a front facelock. Henry battles to his feet. Both men try big boots and miss. Rowan manages to drive Henry back into his corner and tags in Harper. Rusev makes his way out to the ring. Harper charges Henry and walks into a big boot. Henry makes a tag to Big Show. Big Show comes in and cleans house with clotheslines to Harper and a splash in the corner. Show takes out Rowan with a spinning kick. Show drops down to the floor and chases Harper. Harper clips Big Show’s knee, and Show crashes into the barricade.
The Big Show barely makes it into the ring before the 10-count, and Harper kicks Big Show several more times. Rowan tags back in and picks up where Harper left off with the stomps. Rowan crushes Big Show’s cranium between his fists. Big Show overpowers Rowan and flips him over. Rowan gets back to his feet and hits a running big boot to Show’s head. Harper tags back in and chops Show in the throat. Show chops his way out of the corner, but Harper regains control and knocks Big Show off his feet with a kick. Rowan tags back in and continues to ground Big Show. Rowan scoops up Big Show for a slam! Rowan tries another slam, but Big Show manages to counter and hits a DDT. Both men are down and both men make tags.
Henry comes in with a series of clotheslines to Harper. Harper gets a splash in the corner and a powerslam. Rowan has to come back in to break up the pin. Big Show comes in and shoves Rowan over the top with one hand. Rowan and Big Show start battling on the floor. Meanwhile in the ring, Henry scoops up Harper, and Rusev comes in and kicks Henry in the face for the DQ. Harper tries to come in with a chair, and Big Show punches it out of his hand and chases him and Rowan off.
WINNERS: Big Show & Mark Henry via DQ
Paul Heyman comes out. He says his client, Brock Lesnar, has authorized him to enlighten the people on the term, “over compensatory behavior.” Any qualified psychoanalyst would testify on his behalf that is exactly what John Cena has exhibited. His client emasculated John Cena at Summerslam. Cena has now suffered the fate of seeing the day his manhood was stripped from him. Last week John Cena didn’t listen to reason from the Hall of Fame panel. Tonight, John Cena didn’t listen to what was best for business from Triple H, who sees Cena as a cash cow. Cena is so desperate to hold on to his image of being virile. That’s why he ate the Wyatts last week. That’s why he’ll be spectacular tonight, and it won’t equal half of the dominance he’ll be subjected to at Night of Champions from Brock Lesnar.
Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Curtis Axel
They wrestler their way into the corner, and Axel gains an early advantage. Swagger gains control and hip tosses Axel out of the corner. Axel starts to attack Swagger’s injured ribs as Bo Dallas makes an appearance. Axel clotheslines Swagger from behind and continues to work Swagger’s ribs. Swagger tries to fight back again, but Axel connects with a dropkick. Swagger rolls to the outside and has to confer with Colter. Swagger hangs Axel off the top rope. Swagger follows up with a clothesline back inside the ring. Swagger tries a Swagger Bomb, and Axel tries to counter. Swagger slaps on the Patriot Lock instead, and Axel has no choice but to tap out.
WINNER: Jack Swagger
Bo Dallas interrupts the celebration. He says he wants to introduce a couple of Americans that Swagger let down by losing to Rusev. First is Richie, a farmer from Iowa who bet an entire month’s salary on Swagger and lost. He went on to bet double or nothing and lost his entire savings. The bank is taking his family’s farm. Second- Angelo is an up and coming tailor who immigrated here a couple of years ago. He was so disappointed in Swagger’s performance he failed his citizenship test and is being deported. Finally, Jennifer is the mother of a son whose favorite wrestler was Jack Swagger. After Summerslam, her son now wants to be like Vladimir Putin. Bo asks the people to get on their feet and place their hands over their hearts and say, “All you have to do is BO-Lieve!”
Adam Rose vs. Titus O’Neil w/ Heath Slater
Rose has to use his speed early on to gain an advantage and rolls around Titus. Titus walks into a boot from Rose. Rose heads to the top and dives off but gets caught in mid-air. Titus drops Rose with several backbreakers and throws him. Titus continues to attack Rose in the corner as Rose’s bunny gets involved with Slater on the outside. Slater takes the bunny off his feet. Titus goes over and says something to Slater, but the bunny takes out Slater with a double-leg take down. Rose rolls up Titus for the 1-2-3.
WINNER: Adam Rose
Rusev comes out with Lana. Lana says today is Labor Day or another day off. Which means we continue to educate our youth to be corpulent and listless. In Russia, today is the Day of Knowledge, where they celebrate and promote the education of their youth. America and Labor Day sucks.
Rusev w/ Lana vs. Zack Ryder
Ryder takes it to Rusev early on and tries a Rough Ryder. Rusev counters the Rough Ryder into a fall away slam and nails Ryder with a thrust kick. Rusev wins it with an Accolade.
Mark Henry comes out. Rusev bails out of the ring and retreats up the ramp with Lana. Henry grabs a mic and asks what Rusev’s scared of. He says he’s scared too, of what he might do if he gets his hands on Rusev. He’s the strongest man in the strongest country, the United States of America. He tells Rusev that if he thinks he’s invincible because he’s undefeated, he’s got another thing coming. He just opened an international wing in the Hall of Pain, and Rusev will be the first inductee.
Backstage, Triple H is with Stephanie. He says he doesn’t understand why she wants to get involved with the Bellas. She says she relates to them. She says when their employees have problems her door is always open. She also says she’s been given so much in her life, the opportunity to give back is right in front of her. Triple H tells her he’s proud of her and she says she can’t wait to see Nikki’s face when she makes the announcement.
Stephanie McMahon comes to the ring. As a principle owner of WWE and one of the most powerful female leaders in the world, it’s her duty to commend Nikki Bella to have the courage and stand up in the face of adversity and tell her story. She brings out Nikki. Nikki thanks Stephanie for the opportunity to get every thing off her chest. Stephanie says she had no idea how deep the family issues ran with Nikki. She says the audience knows what it’s like to be weak and powerless, to be in the shadow of people greater than them, people like her. As a mother, a businesswoman and a sister, herself, she’s proud of Nikki. She says Nikki is the face of the Diva’s division she’s looking for, therefore she’s officially granting her a match for the Diva’s Championship.
Brie Bella makes her way out. Stephanie orders the music cut and says it’s reserved specifically for Nikki from here on. Brie says this doesn’t concern Stephanie. Brie asks if this is what it’s all been about, a Diva’s Championship? All the lies she’s spread all night. Tearing their sisterhood down. Nikki cuts her off and says it’s always about Brie. She sees right through her. She says Stephanie does too. She’s just counting down the days her goat face husband does too. And when he does, he’ll divorce her. Nikki says she’ll be the next Diva’s Champion, and the Bella that everyone is talking about.
AJ Lee’s music hits. She skips down to the ring. She says she’s not sure if Stephanie and Triple H have forgotten about the concept of the number 1 contender. Since she’s never gotten her rematch, she says that person is her. She says she doesn’t play well with others. She suggests the Bellas work on their problems on their own time and that Stephanie should leave the Diva’s title to her.
Paige’s comes to the ring. She says with all of this talk about the Diva’s Championship, there’s only one thing missing: The Diva’s Champion. Nikki interrupts and says she can make everything simple. She says she’ll forgive Brie if she sacrifices for her what she’s sacrificed for Brie all these years. She says she wants Brie to quit. She tells Nikki to go back to the hole she goes a home and make a bunch of troll babies with Daniel Bryan. She says if Brie loves her, she’ll quit. She starts screaming at Brie. Brie turns her back to leave but stops. She turns around and shoves Nikki into Paige, and they both hit the mat. AJ picks up the belt and starts skipping around the ring. Stephanie gets into her face and orders AJ to give her the Diva’s championship. She does and skips off to the back, and Paige takes her belt back.
Bray Wyatt is backstage. He says in a week he will be locked in a cage with Chris Jericho like two wild animals. How far will a rat go to outrun its serpent? Within the steel walls the world will turns it back on Jericho. Run.
Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso vs. Goldust w/ Stardust
Goldust gets on the mic and says they want to apologize for the actions last week, but The Usos attack the Dusts. The referee finally calls for the bell and Jimmy nails Goldust with several chops. Uso heads for the ropes, and Goldust catches him with a spinebuster. Goldust tosses Uso into the turnbuckle. Goldust whips Uso to the ropes and takes him down with a clothesline. Uso gets a chance to rally and hits Goldust with a Samoan Drop and a Rikishi Splash in the corner. Goldust stumbles to his feet and Uso hits him with a thrust kick. Stardust breaks up the pin from the outside, and he gets into it with Jey Uso on the outside. Jimmy flies over the top rope onto Stardust. Goldust catches Jimmy with a running boot on the way back inside and wins it with a Final Cut.
Goldust attacks Jey Uso after the match and drops his injured knee on the apron. Stardust grabs a chair and smashes it across Jey’s knee.
Backstage, Mark Henry is with Big Show. Henry is frustrated about Rusev. Big Show says he understands, but they have a chance to be the most dominant tag team in WWE history. Henry says he won’t forget, but he’s got to do this first and by himself. Big Show gets into it and riles up Henry and leaves.
John Cena, Chris Jericho & Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins, Randy Orton & Kane
Orton and Reigns will start this. Reigns gains the advantage on Orton and backs him into the corner. Orton gains control with a kick to the gut. Reigns sends Orton to the ropes and takes him down with an elbow. They continue to go back and forth, and Reigns takes down Orton. Reigns takes Kane off the apron and brings Rollins in the hard way. Reigns unloads on Rollins in the corner, allowing Orton to get to his feet. Reigns fires off on Orton and sends him out to the floor. Rollins backs off and slides out of the ring as we head to commercial.
Back from break, and Kane is in the ring with Roman Reigns. Reigns ducks his head, and Kane catches him with a DDT. Orton tags in, and Kane holds Reigns for him. Orton continues to attack, and Reigns tries to rally. Reigns hits a Samoan Drop for 2. Reigns clotheslines Orton in the corner and climbs to the second for mounted punches. Orton slips out and hits a backbreaker off the second rope. Orton kicks Reigns out to the floor and tags in Rollins. Rollins bangs Reigns’s head off the apron and slams him into the barricade. Rollins rolls Reigns back inside for a cover, but only gets 2. Rollins applies a modified camel clutch. Reigns powers to his feet, and Rollins turns the clutch into a sleeper hold. Reigns slams Rollins into the corner, but Rollins slams Reigns by his hair and tags in Kane.
Kane applies a chinlock, and Reigns has to rally to his feet. Reigns suplexes Kane to break the hold. Orton tags back in and prevents Reigns from making the tag. Orton stomps the back of Reigns’s head and kicks him in the face. Reigns hits a big clothesline out of nowhere, and both men are down. Reigns finally makes a tag to Jericho. Jericho hits a pair of shoulder tackles to Rollins and takes Kane off the apron with a springboard dropkick. Jericho hits a running bulldog on Rollins and follows up with a Lionsault. Jericho slaps on the Walls of Jericho to Rollins. Orton finally saves Rollins. Reigns comes in with a Superman Punch to Orton. Kane chokeslams Reigns. Cena hits an AA on Kane. Rollins takes out Cena with a flying knee off the springboard. Jericho tries to rollup Rollins. Rollins kicks out and kicks Jericho with an enzuiguiri for another near-fall. Jericho hits Rollins with a Code Breaker as we head to another commercial.
Back from commercial, and Orton has Jericho in a chinlock. Jericho fights out. Jericho chops Orton, but Orton powerslams Jericho. Rollins tags in and unloads on Jericho in the corner. Rollins heads to the top rope and leaps, but Jericho hits him with a dropkick. Rollins makes the tag to Kane, and Kane prevents Jericho from making the tag. Kane takes down Jericho with a sidewalk slam and applies a chinlock. Jericho tries to rally and finally makes it to a vertical base. Kane runs into a boot from Jericho. Jericho comes off the second rope, but Kane hits him on the way down.
Orton tags back in, and Kane holds Jericho for him. Orton hammers Jericho in the corner and perches him onto the top turnbuckle. Orton heads to the top, looking for a superplex. Jericho fends off Orton and knocks him off the turnbuckle. Jericho heads to the top for a crossbody. Orton tags in Kane. Kane prevents Jericho from making the tag. Kane knocks Reigns off the apron and scoops up Jericho, but Jericho counters and makes the tag to John Cena. Cena cleans house on Kane and takes out Rollins. Cena walks into a chokeslam from Kane, but Jericho makes the save. Orton and Jericho battle out to the floor. Cena clotheslines Kane. Cena hits Rollins with a German suplex. Cena lifts up Kane for the AA and hits it. Cena tags in Roman Reigns. Reigns sets up for the Spear and hits it for the pin.
After the match, Cena goes out to the floor to confront Triple H and Stephanie. Seth Rollins tries to attack Cena, but Cena hits him with an AA onto the announce table!
WINNERS: John Cena, Chris Jericho & Roman Reigns
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