September 8, 2014
Steel Cage Match:
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
The bell sounds, and they trade some offense before Wyatt takes down Jericho hard with a tackle. Jericho responds with a dropkick, taking Wyatt off his feet. Jericho stomps Wyatt and slingshots him into the bottom rope. Wyatt tries to escape though the door, but Jericho cuts him off. Wyatt regains control and whips Jericho to the corner. Jericho counters and dropkicks Wyatt’s knee. Wyatt throws a flurry of offense at Jericho and backs him into the corner. Wyatt chokes Jericho in the ropes and whips him to the other side. Wyatt splashes Jericho in the corner. Jericho starts to battle back, but Wyatt cuts him off again and whips him to the corner.
Jericho climbs the turnbuckle and tries to escape. Wyatt tries to stop Jericho, and Jericho kicks him away. Jericho makes it to the top, but Wyatt pulls him back into the ring. Jericho comes off the top with an axe handle to Wyatt’s head. Jericho charges Wyatt, but Wyatt launches Jericho into the steel. Wyatt splashes Jericho against the cage as we head to commercial.
Back from break, and Wyatt levels Jericho with a crossbody for 2. Wyatt tries his hand at climbing the cage. Jericho makes it back to his feet and pulls Wyatt back. Jericho sets up Wyatt in the electric chair and falls backward. Jericho takes his time getting to his feet, and Wyatt’s not far behind. They start trading blows, and Jericho fires off several chops. Jericho nails a flying forearm and a running bulldog. Jericho hits a Lion Sault. Jericho tries for the Walls, but Wyatt flips him over. Jericho rams Wyatt into the steel.
Jericho continues to ram the back of Wyatt’s head into the steel. Jericho hits Wyatt with a dropkick, sending the back of his head into the cage again. Jericho starts to climb the turnbuckle, and he’s trying to escape the cage. Wyatt’s back to his feet and catches Jericho. They’re exchanging blows on the top rope. Jericho fends off Wyatt, but Wyatt throws several tackles into Jericho’s mid-section, and superplexes Jericho from the top. Both men are down until Wyatt pops up with his crab walk and calls for the door to open.
Jericho prevents Wyatt’s escape and tries one more time for the Walls of Jericho, and Wyatt kicks him off into the cage. Jericho walks into a side walk slam from Wyatt for a near-fall. Wyatt slingshots Jericho into the corner, but Jericho starts to climb the cage. Wyatt’s back to his feet and stalls Jericho. Wyatt sends Jericho off the turnbuckle, but Jericho lands on his feet. Jericho’s back on the top turnbuckle, hammering on Wyatt, before throwing him with a hurricanrana off the top. Jericho tries to escape the cage one more time and makes it all the way to the top. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper are waiting for Jericho to climb down. Jericho stops at the top of the cage, shrugs and leaps from the top of the cage! Jericho hits a crossbody from the top of the cage!
Jericho landed hard on his knee. Jericho’s trying to limp his way to the door to escape, using the ropes for leverage. Wyatt gets back to his feet and charges. Jericho ducks, and Wyatt crashes into the cage. Jericho’s crawling for the open door. Wyatt grabs Jericho by the boot. They’re fighting at the door. Jericho grabs the steel steps, trying to pull himself to victory. Wyatt goes after Jericho’s knee, and both men are teetering at the door of the cage. Jericho elbows Wyatt. Wyatt headbutts Jericho. Wyatt goes after the bad knee and dives out of the cage door.
WINNER: Bray Wyatt
After the match, Wyatt slams the cage door on Jericho’s injured knee. He continues attacking Jericho, and rolls him back into the ring. Luke Harper closes the door behind them, leaving Jericho and Wyatt alone in the ring. Wyatt scoops up Jericho for a Sister Abigail.
Kane is with Seth Rollins backstage. They’re excited about how we’ve kicked off the new season of RAW. Triple H walks in. He shakes Kane’s hand and says he made him proud. He says they’ve got to put on something that no one will forget when Randy Orton walks in. Orton asks how unforgettable does Triple want it to be? He says there’s only one man standing in the room in the main event; it’s him. He says he’d like to do something to Roman Reigns tonight that makes what Seth Rollins did to Dean Ambrose that looks like something that happens at just another day at Sunday school. Triple H says he has his permission, and Orton walks off.
Dolph Ziggler is in the ring. He says last week was a controversial week in Hollywood when several celebrities were leaked online. He says this invasion of privacy is reprehensible, and no one deserves to be disrespected like that. Well, maybe one D-list celebrity, the Miz. He’s not saying he hacked into his account, but he has in his possession some interesting photos of Miz, and he wants to show us. Ziggler shows a series of pictures of Miz shaving his chest, with cream on his face, etc.
Miz makes his way to the ring with Damien Sandow. Miz says it’s an invasion of privacy. Those photos were for medical purposes only. He says his people will sue anyone if they try to republish the photos. Miz tells Ziggler if he shows the last photo, he’ll make sure Ziggler never works in this town again. Ziggler says he might as well and shows the last picture, which is of Sandow giving a blurred but nude Miz a spray tan. Sandow tries to attack, and Ziggler takes him out. Dolph hits Sandow with a Zig-Zag and tries to coax Miz into the ring.
Natalya & Rosa Mendes vs. AJ Lee & Paige
Paige will start this with Natalya. Natalya takes Paige over with a side headlock. Nattie quickly counters into a head scissor. Natalya overpowers Paige into the corner and tags in Rosa. They utilize the 5-count for a double suplex. Paige slaps Rosa across the face and headbutts her. Paige mounts Rosa and headbutts her several more times. Paige teases a tag to AJ, and takes Rosa off her feet instead. Paige continues to tease a tag. Paige scoop slams Rosa. Paige tries a leg drop, but Rosa moves out of the way. Rosa refuses to make a tag, and Paige takes advantage. Paige wraps up Rosa in the ropes and knees her several times. AJ makes a blind tag and wraps up Rosa in the Black Widow, and Rosa taps out.
WINNERS: Paige & AJ Lee
After the match, Paige gets in AJ’s face. AJ steals the Diva’s title from Paige and kisses it. Paige takes it back and kisses it too before holding it up. AJ skips to the back.
Backstage, the trainer is checking on Chris Jericho’s knee. Randy Orton barges in and attacks Jericho from behind, leaving him lying in pain.
Paul Heyman is in the ring. Though he walks the valley of the C-Nation, he will fear no Thug-a-Nomics, because he is the advocate for the WWE Heavyweight Champion of the world. Heyman is here to deliver a warning from Brock Lesnar.
John Cena’s music hits. Cena makes his way down to the ring and confronts Heyman. He tells Heyman not to worry. He just didn’t want to stretch everyone’s imagination. He’s right here. Heyman says Cena was the best WWE Champion of all time up until Summerslam. He says Brock has advised him to tell Cena how he can beat Lesnar at Night of Champions. Cena says he already knows how, 3 simple words. Undertaker lost to Lesnar at Wrestlemania, and we haven’t seen him since. John Cena loses to Lesnar, and the next week he’s out here to challenge him again. He says the three words are never give up. Heyman laughs and says is it just him, or can he not help but be John Cena, and that’s his biggest problem. He lives to be John Cena. He lives for the kid that waits for the opportunity to come live event to chant at the top of their lungs, let’s go Cena! But when Lesnar steps into the ring, he only hears the referee, Paul Heyman and the suffering of his victims, like Cena suffered at Lesnar’s hands at Summerslam. But Heyman is here to give Cena a gift, to tell him how to beat Brock Lesnar. Just give in. Give in to temptation. He says the people that chant, “Cena sucks” gets to John. He says with his credentials, you have to believe him, but when the overweight, unemployed guy in the 6th row says, “Cena sucks,” what then? He asks Cena if he doesn’t want to just tap in to the hatred and turn to him and say, “Shut up!”
Heyman says they can do it together. Heyman starts shouting “Shut up” at the people in the crowd. Heyman mocks Cena. He tells Cena to lose the wristbands and the t-shirts; lose the concept of hustle, loyalty and respect. Then, he can beat the one who beat the one in 21 and one. Or, he can just be one of the many victims that fell at the hands of the conqueror, Brock Lesnar. Heyman says Lesnar doesn’t mind him telling him, but he believes in John Cena. But Brock Lesnar says Cena doesn’t have it in him. Cena steps through the ropes and looks out at the crowd. Cena steps back through the ropes and tells Heyman to shut up. He sees what Heyman’s trying to do. He says Heyman’s trying to manipulate him into turning his back on everyone that ever believed in him. He says Heyman lives in a shark-infested world where only the strong survive. If Heyman had a chance to get ahead by stabbing Lesnar in the back, he’d do it and ask for seconds. He says Heyman is talking about something he knows nothing about, living with a purpose of being. Cena gets in Heyman’s face and says, for him, it’s about being John Cena, repeat. Be John Cena, repeat. That’s who he is. He says he likes being the guy that gets a kid to do his homework early so he can come to Monday Night RAW with his kid. He has no problem with talking to the dad in the crowd that says Cena sucks and says it to his face, but thanks him for doing right by his kid anyway. He loves being the guy when a child is asked and given one wish, their answer is to hang out with Cena for a day. He tells a story about meeting a 10-year combat soldier that was wounded and a Purple Heart recipient, who he inspired to have the strength to go on in his life. Cena gets in Heyman’s face again and says Heyman should be happy because he’s seeing rage and fury. He doesn’t want to see the headlines that will read, “John Cena beats up defenseless Paul Heyman,” and he doesn’t want that. He tells Heyman to bring Brock next week, and he’ll be ready to fight. If Lesnar doesn’t show up, then Heyman better be ready, because he’s going to fight him.
Sheamus vs. Seth Rollins
Rollins gets in Sheamus’s face, and Sheamus swats the briefcase out of his hand. The bell sounds, and they tie up. Sheamus overpowers Rollins and rams him into the turnbuckle. Sheamus clotheslines Rollins, and Rollins has to roll to the floor. Rollins rolls back inside and kicks Sheamus in the gut. Rollins tries a suplex, but Sheamus counters into a front face slam. Sheamus pounds on Rollins in the corner and hits a suplex. Sheamus tears at Rollins’ face. Sheamus whips Rollins to the corner and charges. Rollins kicks Sheamus’s knee out from under him. Rollins whips Sheamus to the ropes. Sheamus reverses and ducks his head. Rollins kicks Sheamus in the shoulder. Sheamus manages a rolling senton and clotheslines Rollins to the floor. Cesaro’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage as we head to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Rollins has Sheamus in a chinlock. Rollins backs Sheamus into the corner and tackles him. Rollins charges and runs into a boot from Sheamus. Sheamus heads to the top for a Battering Ram. Sheamus charges Rollins in the corner. Rollins avoids the contact, and Sheamus crashes into the ring post. Rollins goes back to the chinlock. Sheamus rallies to his feet, and Rollins jumps on his back. Sheamus drops Rollins with a stunner, and both men are down. Both men get to a vertical base, and Sheamus rallies with a clothesline and a high running knee. Sheamus hits another big knee in the corner and follows up with the Irish Curse for 2. Sheamus lifts Rollins on his back, and gets distracted by Cesaro at ringside. Cesaro grabs the U.S. Championship. Rollins tries a roll up to Sheamus, but Sheamus kicks out at 2. Cesaro walks up the ring steps with the U.S. title in hand. They start a tug-o-war over the belt. Sheamus lets go, and Cesaro tumbles back to the floor. Rollins kicks Sheamus in the back and hits the Curb Stomp for the win.
WINNER: Seth Rollins
After the match, Cesaro drops the U.S. title, takes off his coat and climbs into the ring. Cesaro takes his shirt off. Cesaro mocks Sheamus and slaps him before hitting him with a Neutralizer. Cesaro stands over Sheamus, holding up the U.S. title.
Rusev and Lana come out. Lana says most Americans don’t know the American national anthem was written in the decrepit city of Baltimore. Lana tells the fans to shut up as they chant, “U-S-A!” She starts singing the Star Spangled Banner and changes the words to mock America. She says they will now play the real national anthem as the Russian national anthem plays and Rusev waves the flag.
Adrian Neville & Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd & Tyler Breeze
Zayn will start this off with Breeze. After some quick back-and-forth, Zayn starts to take over with a series of arm drags and an armbar. Kidd tags in and Breeze kicks Zayn in the head. Kidd unloads on Zayn in the corner and chokes him with his boot. Kidd snapmares Zayn and kicks him in the back. Kidd slaps on a chinlock. Zayn rallies to his feet and rolls through. Kidd gets an elbow up in Zayn’s face and tags in Breeze. Breeze unloads on Zayn and hits a neckbreaker. Kidd makes another quick tag, and they continue to isolate Zayn.
Zayn finally seperates himself from Kidd, but Kidd manages a tag to Breeze. Breeze tries a suplex, but Zayn lands on his feet and dives to make the tag to Neville. Neville cleans house on Breeze and takes Kidd off the apron. Neville hits a standing shooting star press on Breeze, and Kidd has to come in to break up the pin. Zayn dumps Kidd to the floor and takes him out with a senton over the top. Breeze uses his agility to take Breeze off his feet and wins it with a Red Arrow.
WINNERS: Adrian Neville & Sami Zayn
Stephanie McMahon comes out. She says it’s great to be back in Baltimore, but it breaks her heart to see a family ripped apart like the Bellas. She wrestled her father in this very building. There’s nothing more important than family. She says it’s time to bring Brie and Nikki back together, and she could only think of one man to do it. She introduces Jerry Springer.
Jerry says he’s been dealing with family dysfunction for 24 years. He was asked to come and find a resolution to Nikki and Brie’s problems, why would he say no? He brings out Brie first. They show footage from the confrontation last week, and Jerry talks about how Brie apologized the next day via Twitter. He brings out Nikki Bella. Nikki says she accepted Brie’s apology last week, but she’ll never forgive her for treating her like a second-class sister. She’s ready to move because she’s a sophisticated, classy woman. The third season of her show, Total Diva’s match debuted last night and she has a Diva’s Championship match at Night of Champions. She isn’t going to let Brie’s negativity bring her down. Jerry says this has been going on since before Summerslam, and shows clips from Total Divas showing the sisters arguing and treating each other badly. Nikki says she wouldn’t be surprised if Brie was the reason their dad left them. Jerry says they were able to track down their dad and mom, and they play footage of him a la the Jerry Springer Show. Brie gets in Nikki’s face and says it was Nikki’s fault she lost at Summerslam. Brie says JJ, their brother, is in her corner. But there’s no footage because JJ’s here tonight. Jerry brings him out.
Jerry asks JJ who he thinks is in the wrong. JJ says we all know who’s to blame. He gets in Brie’s face and teases that she’s not the victim, but then tells Nikki to get over herself. Brie and Nikki start fighting, and Jerry’s stuck in the middle. JJ tries to separate them, and all hell breaks loose. Stephanie McMahon gets back in the ring, and there’s a big dog pile. Stephanie pulls Brie off of her sister by the hair, and Nikki tackles Brie. The referees finally make it to the ring and separate everyone. Apparently Jerry Springer got hurt in the melee, and they have to wheel him out on a stretcher.
Goldust & Stardust vs. Los Matadores
Stardust will start his off with (we’ll call him) Fernando. Stardust tries to ram Fernando into the buckle, but Fernando fends him off. Fernando takes Stardust off his feet. Fernando continues to gain momentum until Stardust shoves him back into the corner and tags in Goldust. A headscissor sends Stardust out to the floor, and both Matadores take out Goldust over the top rope. The Dust Brothers quickly regain control, and Stardust wins it with Dark Matter.
WINNERS: Goldust & Stardust
After the match, Goldust and Stardust are on the stage celebrating when The Usos come out from the back and attack from behind and chase off Goldust and Stardust.
Titus O’Neil w/ Heath Slater vs. Adam Rose
The bell sounds, and Titus unloads on Rose in the corner and then launches him across the ring. Titus ducks his head and Rose kicks him. Rose comes off the ropes, but Titus catches him mid-air and throws him. The bunny tries to distract Titus, and Slater dives over the steps to get involved. The bunny moves out of the way and super kicks Slater. Rose hits a Party Foul on O’Neil for the 1-2-3.
WINNER: Adam Rose
After the match, the Bunny goes to the top rope and hits a splash on Titus.
Backstage, Renee Young is with Roman Reigns. She asks him what Orton meant by saying this will be a season premier that no one will forget. He says he doesn’t know. Randy Orton may have the venom, but he’s got the antidote. Believe that.
Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns
Orton charges Reigns as the bell rings. Both men start to trade blows. Reigns gains the upper-hand and clotheslines Orton out to the floor. Reigns gives chase and tries to ram Orton into the apron. Orton blocks it and slams Reigns into the steps and rolls him back inside. Orton tries a suplex, and Reigns reverses. Orton manages to hook the tights and ram Reigns into the turnbuckle. Orton sends Reigns to the opposite corner, but Reigns explodes out with a clothesline. Orton rolls out to the floor as we head to commercial.
Back from break, and Orton rams Reigns’s head into the steel steps. Back inside the ring, and Orton slaps on a chinlock. Reigns battles to his feet, but Orton fends him off and whips him to the ropes. Orton ducks his head, and Reigns hits him with a headbutt. Reigns charges Orton. Orton ducks a clothesline and clotheslines Reigns to the outside. Orton sends Reigns into the ring post and clotheslines him off his feet. Orton rolls Reigns back into the ring and tries a cover. Reigns kicks out at 2. Orton works over Reigns in the corner. Reigns sends Orton to the corner. Reigns charges, and Orton moves out of the way. Reigns hits the turnbuckle, but explodes out with a clothesline to Orton. Orton rolls to the outside again. Reigns rams Orton into the apron and the barricade. Back inside, and Orton manages to kick Reigns on the way back inside. Orton hangs Reigns off the top rope. Orton rams Reigns into the turnbuckle. Orton hits a superplex for 2, and we’re off to another commercial.
Back from break, and Orton has Reigns in a side headlock. Reigns fights to his feet, but Orton comes him off by slamming him by the hair. Orton goes back to the chinlock. Reigns battles to his feet again and overpowers Orton. They exchange right hands and kicks. Reigns hits Orton with a suplex, and both men are down. Orton gets to his feet first, but Reigns is up with a pair of clotheslines and a Samoan Drop. Reigns clotheslines Orton in the corner, but Reigns walks into a powerslam from Orton. Reigns rolls to the apron. Orton tries the DDT from the second, but Reigns picks up on it and gets out of harms way, hanging Orton off the top rope. Orton drops down across the bottom rope, and Reigns catches him with the flying kick.
Reigns climbs back inside and hits another big clothesline. Reigns backs Orton into the corner. Reigns charges, but Orton rolls up Reigns for 2. Orton hits Reigns with his backbreaker for another 2-count. Orton charges the corner and runs into a boot. Reigns heads for the second and dives off. Orton catches him with another powerslam for another 2-count. Orton kicks Reigns out to the apron and sets him up for the DDT off the second rope and hits it. Orton coils up. Orton tries an RKO, but Reigns counters and hits a Superman Punch, and both men are down again.
Kane and Rollins run down to the ring with the ring crew, and all 3 men start assaulting Reigns. Orton calls for the steel cage to be lowered. Reigns starts to fight back and sends Rollins and Kane to the outside as the cage is lowered around Reigns and Orton. Orton manages to attack Reigns from behind. Orton tries to ram Reigns into the steel, but Reigns counters and rams Orton into the walls of the cage multiple times. Reigns hits Orton with a Spear. Kane tries to come in through the door, but Reigns fends him off with the steel chair. Seth Rollins is on top of the cage and comes off with a cross body to Roman Reigns! Kane gets back into the ring and starts to attack Reigns. Kane rams Reigns into the side of the steel cage multiple times. Kane chokeslams Reigns. Orton picks up the steel chair and starts driving it into Reigns’s chest. Orton brings the chair down across Reigns’s back multiple times. Rollins makes it back to his feet and Orton holds Reigns across the chair. Reigns struggles to climb to his feet as Rollins screams in his ear. Rollins takes out Reigns with a Curb Stomp on the chair, and the Authority stands tall to end the show.
WINNER: No Contest
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