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Bellator 117 Results: Douglas Lima wins vacant title; Held and Pitbull advance to LW tournament final

Bellator 117 took place on Friday night and Douglas Lima became the third Bellator welterweight champion as he defeated Rick Hawn in the second round to win the vacant title.

From the opening bell, Lima attacked the lead leg of Hawn with kicks as Hawn attempted to counter the strikes. As the round went on, Hawn’s left leg was getting lit up by the low kicks and would eventually fall to the mat.

Lima went for the finish on the ground, but Hawn would make it to the bell. Once the second round started, Lima went back to attacking the lead leg and Hawn fell to the mat on multiple occasions. After Lima dropped him near the three minute mark of the round, Hawn’s head trainer Firas Zahabi would throw in the throw and referee Rob Hinds stopped the fight.

Hawn (26-5) has now won five fight in a row and this victory ties him with Lyman Good for the second most wins in Bellator welterweight division. This defeat marks the second time that Hawn (18-3) has lost a title fight in Bellator and he will likely drop back down to the lightweight division.

Held scores another submission, advances to lightweight final
The co-main event of the fight card was a lightweight tournament semifinal as Marcin Held scored his tenth career win by submission as he defeated Derek Anderson in the second round.

Held was able to get the fight to the ground early and immediately went for a leg lock. Anderson would be able to defend the submission attempt but he would be stuck on the ground with Held for the entire round. Anderson would be able to keep the fight on the feet at the start of the second round, but Held was able to get the fight to the ground with an awkward move. Once on the ground, he locked in a triangle choke and Anderson would tap out.

Held (18-3) now has seven wins in the Bellator lightweight division, which is second most in divisional history. While this is his tenth career win by submission, this is the first time he has won by triangle choke.

Amoussou earns first victory since 2012 with split decision over Gomez
Season six welterweight tournament winner Karl Amoussou snapped a two fight losing streak on Friday night as he defeated Bellator newcomer David Gomez by split decision.

Amoussou opened up the fight by being able to use his jab to creat distance and be the more active fighter during the opening round. He came close to a stoppage victory in the beginning of the second round as he went for a heel hook submission. Gomez would survive the submission attempt and began to land significant strikes during the middle round.

The final round would be high pace with each fighter landing several significant punches. It would be the closest of the three rounds and could have been scored for either fighter. The judges would be split on the decision and two of the three judges had the fight for Amoussou (17-6-2). This is his first victory in 638 days and may secure him a spot in the next welterweight tournament.

Pitbull advances to second lightweight tournament final
The opening bout of the main card was a lightweight tournament semifinal as Patricky Pitbull advanced to his second Bellator lightweight tournament final with a second round TKO victory.

Pitbull got off to a slow start in the fight as Campos was in control during the opening round. However, Pitbull came out quick in the second round as he dropped Campos with a right hand. Campos would be able to survive for a moment as he got back to his feet, but Pitbull would drop him once again and finish the fight on the mat.

The victory for Pitbull (13-5) gives him four tournament victories in Bellator and all of those victories have come by TKO/KO. He has now won three straight and both of his wins in this tournament have come in the second round.

The complete Bellator 117 results are below.

Main Card: (Spike TV)
Douglas Lima def. Rick Hawn via TKO (corner stoppage) – Round 2, 3:09
Marcin Held def. Derek Anderson via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:09
Karl Amoussou def. David Gomez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Patricky Pitbull def. Derek Campos via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, :52

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com)
Ryan Jensen def. Mark Stoddard via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:52
Houston Alexander def. Matt Udhe via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
Martin Brown def. Jared Downing via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Larue Burley def. Cliff Wright Jr. via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
Joe Vedepo def. Ben Crowder via verbal submission (injury) – Round 1, :48
Anthony Smith def. Victor Moreno via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, :59
Julio Cesar Neves def. Josh Arocho via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:37
Jordan Parsons def. Tim Bazer via KO (punches) – Round 2, :04

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TUF Nations Finale Results: Tim Kennedy wins fourth straight with decision over Michael Bisping

The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale took place on Wednesday night at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and the card was headlined by Tim Kennedy winning his fourth straight fight with a decision over Michael Bisping.

Kennedy opened the fight by getting the fight to the ground but Bisping was able to work his way up. As Bisping worked his way up, Kennedy kept a grip on Bisping and got the fight back to the ground. He would end up passing to the mount position and Bisping would give up his back.

He went for a rear-naked choke submission but Bisping defended the choke and Kennedy would end the round in the half guard. Bisping would have his best round in the second as he was able to keep the fight on the feet and stop the takedown attempts of Kennedy.

However, that would be the best offense for Bisping in the entire fight as Kennedy was able to get takedowns in the final ten minutes of the fight and stay away from any significant strikes from Bisping. The fight would go to the scorecards and all three judges scored the fight for Kennedy.

Kennedy (18-4) is now on a four fight winning streak and three of those wins have come in the UFC. Two of his three wins in the UFC have come by decision and he is now 4-3 when the fight goes to the judges.

Cote defeats Noke by decision in battle of TUF Nations coaches
The co-main event of the fight card was a welterweight bout between the two TUF Nations coaches as Patrick Cote scored a decision victory over Kyle Noke.

Cote got off to a great start in the opening round by getting the fight to the ground and controlling the fight on the ground. The fight would take a turn in the second round as Noke landed a knee as Cote was closing the distance. Noke would attempt to finish the fight with strikes on the ground, but Cote would be able to survive.

At the start of the third round, Noke got off to a solid start but Cote would score a takedown with two minutes left in the round and would keep the fight on the ground until the final bell sounded. All three judges would score the fight for Cote (20-8) and he has won three fights in a row.

Theodorou weathers early storms, stops Westcott in 2nd round
Elias Theodorou won the middleweight tournament of TUF Nations as he weathered the early storm of Sheldon Westcott and won the fight in the second round by TKO.

Westcott opened the fight by closing the distance and took the fight to the ground. Once on the ground, Westcott was able to get on the back of Theodorou and looked for a submission. He would be unable to get the submission and Theodorou would take the fight over. He would pick apart Westcott with his strikes for the remainder of the round.

In what would be the final round, Theodorou would take the fight to the ground three times and became clear that Westcott’s gas tank was getting close to empty. After his third takedown, he used his ground strikes to secure the victory as the referee came in to stop the fight. Theodorou (9-0) has now won six of his fights by stoppage and this is his fourth career win to come by TKO/KO.

Laprise wins TUF Nations Welterweight Tournament
Chad Laprise remained undefeated in his career as he defeated Olivier Aubin-Mercier by split decision to win The Ultimate Fighter Nations Welterweight Tournament.

The opening round would would a standup battle as Laprise would keep the fight on the feet as he stopped all three of Aubin-Mercier takedown attempts in the opening round. Aubin-Mercier would be able to get the fight to the ground early in the second round and went for a guillotine choke submission. Laprise would escape the submission and get back to his feet. The remainder of the round would be on the feet with Laprise winning the exchanges.

In the final round, Aubin-Mercier would be able to score a takedown but was unable to keep the fight on the ground as Laprise got up and kept the fight on the feet. They would battle until the final bell and Laprise (8-0) would win the fight by split decision. This is his third straight win by decision and tonight marked the first time that Aubin-Mercier had fought past the first round.

Poirier wins third straight with TKO victory
The opening fight of the main card was a featherweight bout as Dustin Poirier won his third straight fight as he stopped Akira Corassanni in the second round by strikes.

The opening round would primarily be on the feet and Corassanni would land a punch that hurt Poirier. He would not be able to capitalize on the strike and Poirier would recover. As the round was coming to a conclusion, Poirier would hurt Corassanni and went for a submission. Corassanni would survive the submission and make it to the bell.

However, the fight would only last for thirty more seconds as Poirier landed an uppercut at the second round started and finish the fight with strikes on the ground. After the fight was over, Poirier told Jon Anik that Corassanni told him that the uppercut broke his nose. Poirier (16-3) now has eight wins in the UFC featherweight division and he passes Chad Mendes for the most wins in the divisions history.

The complete TUF Nations Finale results are below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Tim Kennedy def. Michael Bisping via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
Patrick Cote def. Kyle Noke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Elias Theodorou def. Sheldon Westcott via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:41
Chad Laprise def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Dustin Poirier def. Akira Corassani via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, :42

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
K.J. Noons def. Sam Stout via KO (punches) – Round 1, :30
Sarah Kaufman def. Leslie Smith via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ryan Jimmo def. Sean O’Connell via KO (punch) – Round 1, 4:27
George Roop def. Dustin Kimura via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Mark Bocek def. Mike De La Torre via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Nordine Taleb def. Vik Grujic via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Richard Walsh def. Chris Indich via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mitch Gagnon def. Tim Gorman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (04/14/14)

April 14, 2014

Birmingham, AL

Rest in Peace Ultimate Warrior. A video package is played highlighting Warrior’s career, and all the Superstars and Divas gather on the stage. Jerry Lawler announces that the ring bell will be rung ten times in honor of the Warrior. And the Superstars and Divas join in in a Warrior chant.

Intercontinental Title Tournament Match:

Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio takes it to RVD as the bell rings with kicks. Van Dam reverses a whip to the corner and manages a monkey flip, a heel kick and a springboard cross body from the second before clotheslining Del Rio out to the floor. Del Rio sends RVD into the corner and catches him with a running enzuiguiri. Del Rio hits a suplex and rolls over for the 2-count. Del Rio slides out to the floor and kicks Van Dam’s head off the apron. Back inside, and Van Dam back drops Del Rio back to the floor and catches him with a baseball slide. Van Dam tries a springboard moonsault, but Del Rio moves out of the way and clotheslines Van Dam. Del Rio tosses Van Dam into the barricade as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and RVD is mid-Rolling Thunder. Del Rio catches RVD off-guard with a thrust kick and a DDT. Del Rio sets up RVD for a slingshot to the corner, but RVD lands on his feet and misses a thrust kick. RVD tries one more time and catches him, setting up for the split-legged moonsault. Del Rio gets his knees up and hits the Back Stabber for a 2-count. Del Rio heads to the top and Van Dam nails him in the face on the way down with a spinning heel kick. RVD heads to the top, but Del Rio is up and trips up Van Dam. RVD’s perched on the top rope, and Del Rio hits the running enzuiguiri again for a near-fall.

Del Rio gets frustrated he can’t put RVD away and signals for the Cross Armbreaker. Van Dam counters into a rollup, but Del Rio kicks out. Del Rio heads to the top and Van Dam trips him up and hits the 5-Star Frog Splash for the win.

WINNER: Rob Van Dam

A highlight of Ultimate Warrior’s win over The Honky Tonk Man at Summerslam ’88, effectively ending the reign of the longest Intercontinental Champion, is shown. 

Backstage, The Authority is with Randy Orton and Batista. Triple H says he knows they each want to be WWE World Champion, but Daniel Bryan’s not here tonight. They have a bigger problem on their hands, The Shield. And if they’re prepared to attack him based on principle, they won’t have any problems not letting Orton or Batista near Bryan. He says The Shield reminds him a lot of Evolution and he doesn’t know if anyone can stop them. Stephanie says she does, and it’s Orton and Batista. Batista says all he wants is to be champion. Orton agrees and they say it’s Triple H’s problem, not theirs.

Rybaxel vs. The Rhodes Brothers

Curtis Axel and Goldust start this off. They trade offense briefly until Goldust catches Axel off the ropes with an atomic drop. Cody tags in and they utilize the 5-count for a quick double team. Cody drops Axel with a frontface slam and rolls him up. Cody starts to work Axel’s arm and makes another quick tag. Goldust snapmares Axel and drops an elbow. Axel finds an opening and sends Goldust into the ropes, but Goldust drops down for the uppercut. Axel clotheslines Goldust and stomps away before finally making the tag.

Ryback whips Axel into the ropes and into Goldust. Ryback is right behind him with a splash. Ryback chokes Goldust in the ropes and slams him. Ryback heads to the second rope and makes the tag. Ryback hits a splash from the second and Axel follows up with a double axe handle. Axel rams Goldust into the turnbuckle and tags Ryback back in. Ryback slows things down with a reverse chinlock, and Goldust has to fight back to his feet. Ryback slams Goldust back to the mat and tightens up the hold. Goldust fights back to his feet, but Ryback sends him to the corner. Goldust hits a back elbow off the second turnbuckle and both men are down.

Goldust makes a tag, and Cody hangs Ryback off the top rope. Ryback tries to scoop up Cody, but he counters and drops down for an uppercut. Cody takes Axel off the apron and heads to the top for a moonsault onto Ryback. Ryback rolls out to the floor, and Cody hits a big move off the top onto Ryback. Cody hits Ryback with a springboard missile dropkick on his way back into the ring. Axel comes back in and sends Goldust out to the floor. Cody hits the Disaster Kick on Axel. He tries to hit one on Ryback but gets nailed with a Meathook Clothesline on the way down for the 1-2-3.

WINNERS: Rybaxel

Paige vs. Alicia Fox

These two tie up, end up in the ropes, and the referee has to split them up. Alicia tries a cheap shot and shoves Paige. Paige gets heated and starts to rip at Fox’s hair and slams her. Fox reverses an Irish Whip and takes down Paige with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Fox scoops her up for one more and a third. Paige has to roll out to the floor, and Alicia pulls her back in by the hair. Alicia hits a northern lights suplex and bridges for the pin, but Paige kicks out. Fox applies a reverse chinlock and thrashes Paige around before slamming her. Fox continues to toy with the crowd and pulls Paige up by the hair and connects on a forearm. Paige nails Fox with a superkick out of the corner. Paige starts to battle and takes down Fox with a series of clotheslines and a dropkick. Paige slaps on a Scorpion Crosslock, and Alicia Fox has to tap.

WINNER: Paige

The Usos vs. Randy Orton and Batista

I think it should be noted that The Usos are wearing some sweet Ultimate Warrior face paint. The bell rings and the Usos attack Orton and Batista, sending them out to the floor for a pair of suicide dives over the top. Orton and Batista regroup and Orton will start this off with Jimmy. Orton sends Uso to the corner, and Uso slides out and tags in Jey. Jey catches Orton with a flying elbow off the double team. They trade a few blows, and Orton catches Uso with a backbreaker. Batista tags in and they utilize the 5-count. Batista ties up Uso in the ropes and starts to work his back. Batista hits a suplex on Uso. Batista drags Uso to the corner and tags Orton back in. Orton stomps Uso and pulls him to his feet. Uso starts to mount a comeback, but Orton takes him down again and tags Batista back in.

Batista ducks his head, and Uso catches him with a kick. Uso heads for the ropes and Batista catches him with a spinebuster. Uso counters a whip and hits a Samoan Drop. Orton comes in to break up the pin and takes Jimmy off the apron. Orton slams Uso into the announce table and here comes the Shield! Roman Reigns launches Orton into the barricade, and The Shield surrounds Batista in the ring. Rollins makes the first move and gets taken out. Ambrose does the same, and Reigns nails Batista with a Superman Punch as The Shield stand tall in the ring.

WINNERS: No Contest

The highlights of Ultimate Warrior beating Hulk Hogan for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania VI are shown.

Backstage, Orton and Batista run into Triple H, who just says, “I told you,” and walks off.

Paul Heyman comes out and says he knows everyone will think he will drive home the point of his client Brock Lesnar breaking The Streak. He repeats himself that Brock Lesnar defeated The Streak. He repeats himself again, and again and shows images of Undertaker’s loss at Wrestlemania. When Brock Lesnar’s advocate speaks we must listen, especially when he anoints someone knew to be the next top-tier talent. And he brings out Cesaro.

Intercontinental Title Tournament Match:

Mark Henry vs. Cesaro w/ Paul Heyman

They tie up and Henry forces Cesaro back to the turnbuckle. Cesaro walks up the turnbuckle and tries to push off, but Henry throws him down. Cesaro tries to lock up with Henry again, but Henry throws him over the top rope. Heyman pulls Cesaro off to the side for some coaching. Cesaro regroups and climbs back into the ring and catches Henry with a series of uppercuts, backing him to the corner. Henry shoves Cesaro off, but Cesaro fires back with a running uppercut. Henry shoves him off again, and Cesaro comes right back with another running forearm. Henry shoves him off again and nails Cesaro with a running clothesline.

Henry’s visibly dazed and stumbles over to Cesaro, who drops Henry across the top rope. Henry scoops up Cesaro for a World’s Strongest Slam, but Cesaro lands on his feet and takes Henry down with an uppercut off the second rope. Cesaro lifts Henry for the Neutralizer and gets the 3-count!

WINNER: Cesaro

Backstage, Triple H and Stephanie tell Brad Maddox to find The Shield to tell them they’ll be in the Main Event tonight.

Alexander Rusev vs. Xavier Woods

Rusev blocks a kick from Woods and backs him into the corner for a series of kicks. Rusev levels Woods with a big kick. Rusev hits a spinning sideslam, and Woods has to tap out to the Accolade. R-Truth runs in and attacks Rusev, and Lana has to separate them. Truth goes to Woods’s aid and Rusev takes him out with another big kick.

WINNER: Alexander Rusev

Another video package of Ultimate Warrior, this time defeating Rick Rude at Summerslam ’90 inside a steel cage for the WWE Championship, is shown.

Intercontinental Title Tournament Match:

Jack Swagger vs. Sheamus

Swagger unloads several knees on Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus manages to duck a clothesline and turn things around on Swagger. Sheamus takes down Swagger with a couple of clotheslines and sends him out to the floor. Sheamus tries for the clubbing forearms, but Zeb Colter gets up on the apron for the distraction. Sheamus dives off the apron, and Swagger catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex on the floor. Swagger applies a double chicken wing, and Sheamus has to battle to his feet. Swagger forces Sheamus into the ropes and connects on another belly-to-belly suplex. Swagger chokes Sheamus in the ropes and hits a short-arm clothesline.

Swagger goes back to the submission, and once again Sheamus battles to his feet. Sheamus comes off the ropes with a big clothesline, and both men are down now. Sheamus starts to rally with some more clotheslines and hits a tackle in the corner, followed by a running knee lift. Sheamus hits another in the corner. Sheamus snapmares Swagger over, kicks him hard in the back and drops a knee.

Sheamus finally gets the 10 Beats of the Bowery, and Swagger’s hung up in the ropes. Sheamus hits the Battering Ram off the top, and Swagger kicks out. Swagger backdrops Sheamus onto the apron. Sheamus springboards into the ring, and Swagger sidesteps and slaps on the Patriot Lock. Sheamus manages to kick Swagger off and hobbles to his feet. Swagger tackles Sheamus, sending him out to the floor. Swagger charges Sheamus, smashing in to Sheamus’s leg. Swagger sends Sheamus into the steel steps. Sheamus rolls back inside and Swagger charges again, but Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick out of nowhere for the win.

WINNER: Sheamus

Damien Sandow is in the ring and says regardless of how anybody feels about him, he’s the most deserving person in the WWE. The Big Show’s music hits, and Sandow keeps talking, saying he won’t be silenced. Show gets to the ring, and Sandow tells him to keep his thoughts to himself. He says when he comes out everyone should beg to touch him because he deserves it and he’s earned it. Sandow asks Big Show what he has to say about it. Sandow pokes Show in the chest and says Big Show knows he’s telling the truth. He says when Show looks at him, he sees a future champion and the future of the WWE and greatness. Big Show rears back and knocks out Sandow.

The Wyatts come out to the ring. Bray says society has become this vile, putrid thing. People do as they’re told so says the man. They see what they want them to see, and they feel whatever they want them to feel. He’s different. We see a black canvas, and he sees a beautiful painting. We hear silence, and he hears a symphony. He has a thousand faces and a million names: seducer, accuser, and destroyer. He has never once lied to the people. But we know who has. John Cena has made a career out of lying to everyone. He earns the trust, hidden behind his porcelain smile. He is no man. He is beast. Bray won’t let him do this to us anymore. He has Cena up against the ropes, on the edge. All he needs is that last little push. Abigail shall be his sword through the crusade, but he doesn’t wish to slay the monster, not yet. Right now, he just wants to come out and play. He calls out Cena.

John Cena makes his way out. Cena says the last thing he needs is another push because no one wants to see that. He wants to have some fun. The Wyatts always come out, looking so serious. Why so serious? Cena says the monster Wyatt wants to see doesn’t exist, and he wants to have some fun. He says if he could get the Wyatts to happy hour, they’d be the life of the party. Cena says he wanted to know if Sister Abigail was even real. So he did some research and found her on MySpace. He shows the picture and it’s Bray Wyatt dressed like an old lady. Then he found Bray Wyatt’s mom on Tinder, and it’s Luke Harper dressed like another old lady. But there’s a new member born one month ago, so he called TMZ to get the first photos, and it’s Erick Rowan superimposed on a baby’s body.

Wyatt says Cena only knows how to make jokes. Cena says if he wants Cena, Wyatt should know what it’s like when Cena gets serious; Bray Wyatt gets beat. He tells Wyatt to be careful what he wishes for, because he’s got it. He says he’s going to force Wyatt to do something he has yet to do since debuting in WWE. Cena says at Extreme Rules he wants Wyatt inside a steel cage. Wyatt laughs and says he likes it. He says John doesn’t even know it, but they’ve been playing catch with knives and sooner or later one of them will get stuck. How can John be sure it won’t be him? He says this is his world and it belongs to him. He’s got the whole world in his hands.

Santino and Emma vs. Fandango and Layla

Santino and Fandango start this off. Some brief back and forth action leads to a take down by Fandango. Santino kips up and takes down Fandango with a hip toss. Santino pulls out the Cobra, but Layla gets the tag. Emma runs in and takes down Layla. Emma slaps on the Dill-Emma. Santino takes Fandango off the apron, and Emma gets distracted and taken off the second rope by Layla. Layla picks up the 3-count.

WINNERS: Fandango and Layla

Backstage, Stephanie is talking to Kane about his work as of late. She says she thought they chose a man who could lead and take charge as Director of Operations. She says when they took a leave of absence he couldn’t take care of business or handle Daniel Bryan. Kane tries to butt in, but she yells at him to shut up. She wants to know what happened to the Devil’s Favorite Demon. Kane stands up abruptly and sees his mask sitting in a case on a table. He takes it out of the case and says he’s going to eviscerate Daniel Bryan and send him to the depths of Hell.

Intercontinental Championship Tournament Match:

Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett

Ziggler tries a waistlock take down. Barrett makes it back to his feet and throws an elbow and misses. Ziggler slides out to the floor to regroup. Ziggler comes back in, and Barrett starts to take over. Barrett hits a suplex and hits a knee drop. He tries one more, and Ziggler rolls out of the way. Ziggler applies a side headlock, but Barrett backs him into the corner and kicks him hard in the gut. Barrett chokes Ziggler in the ropes. Ziggler starts to rally with several right hands. Barrett reverses a whip. Ziggler hits a big dropkick and clotheslines Barrett over the top, and they both go to the floor. They start to trade right hands on the floor and Barrett sends Ziggler headfirst into the ring post as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Barrett retains control with a reverse chinlock. Ziggler battles out of the hold, but Barrett whips him to the corner. Barrett charges, and Ziggler moves out of the way as Barrett charges into the ring post. Barrett misses on a running clothesline, and Ziggler hits a cross body. Ziggler heads to the second for mounted punches on Barrett and follows up with a neckbreaker. Ziggler misses the Fame-Asser and runs into the Wasteland. Ziggler barely kicks out just before the 3.

Barrett tries a pump handle slam. Ziggler counters and hits the Fame-Asser, but Barrett is able to kick out at 2. Ziggler dives and misses in the corner. Barrett hops to the second rope, but Ziggler is up and catches Barrett. Barrett counters the superplex and knocks Ziggler off the ropes. Ziggler hops back up and hits a facebuster off the top rope for a near-fall. Ziggler tries a Zig-Zag, but Barrett hooks the ropes and hits the Winds of Change for another near-fall. Dolph ducks the Bull Hammer and tries a roll up. Barrett kicks out, and Ziggler tries a DDT. Barrett throws him off and nails the Bull Hammer for the win.

WINNER: Bad News Barrett

Barrett says he’s got some bad news. He is your next Intercontinental Champion.

The Shield comes down for their match against the mystery opponents. Alberto Del Rio’s music plays, followed by Jack Swagger, Fandango, 3MB, Titus O’Neil, Rybaxel, Alexander Rusev, and Bad News Barrett.

Heath Slater has the unfortunate opportunity to start this off with Seth Rollins. Rollins pulls Slater into his corner and tags in Ambrose. Ambrose comes in, makes quick of Slater and tags in Reigns. Reigns inflicts more damage and tags Rollins in. Slater gets a right in before Rollins regains control. Rollins tries a cover, but Barrett comes in to break it up and finally get Rollins in their corner. Drey McIntyre tags in and unloads before tagging in Titus. Titus manhandles Rollins and tags in Rusev. Rusev drops a series of elbows and delivers a big headbutt. Swagger gets the tag and they continue to isolate Rollins. Ryback gets a tag and presses Rollins, dropping him into a powerslam before tossing him out to the floor.

Ryback follows him out to the floor, and here comes Roman Reigns for a Spear to Ryback! All hell starts breaking loose on the floor and Rollins divers over the top onto everybody! The Shield stands tall in the ring, but here comes everyone one more time.

The numbers finally start to overcome The Shield, and here comes Orton and Batista and Triple H out to Evolution’s theme song. Triple H orders everyone out of the ring. Rollins tries to get to his feet, but Orton trips him and they start to tear him apart. Reigns gets to his feet and starts fighting, but Orton takes him out with an RKO and Batista hits him with a Batista Bomb. Orton holds up Rollins for Triple H, who unloads several right hands. Batista sends Rollins into Orton for an RKO. Batista scoops up Rollins one more time, and here comes Ambrose. But they make quick work of Ambrose as Batista hits Rollins with a Batista Bomb. Orton and Batista take out Ambrose with the Batista Bomb/RKO. Reigns tries to crawl to Triple H, and Triple H just taunts him. Orton and Batista hold up Reigns. Triple H says, “Believe in Evolution,” and Pedigrees Reigns. Evolution stands tall to end this week’s RAW.

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (04/07/14)

April 7, 2014

New Orleans, LA

A video package of Daniel Bryan’s career culminating with his championship win last night at Wrestlemania is shown until Justin Roberts introduces the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Bryan comes out to a chorus of yes chants. He stops and waits, taking in the moment. He says the fans never get tired, but it’s pretty tough to chant yes when you’re holding up two championship belts. He does it one more time and says his shoulders need a break. It’s been two years since he started doing the yes chants, and one night after he won the title, everyone’s doing it. The crowd starts chanting, “You deserve it.” Bryan says he may deserve it a little, but the people deserve it more. Last night he beat The Authority and now he’s the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

The Authority interrupts the party. Triple H says he won’t step in the ring because he doesn’t want to do something he’ll regret, at least not yet. Bryan hoists up the belts in Triple H’s face and the crowd chants. Triple H tells him to enjoy his moment because that’s all it is. It won’t last and everyone knows it. He says it won’t even make it through the night, and he’ll personally make sure of that because tonight he’ll be defending the championship against Triple H. He won’t just become the 14-time champion; he’ll put an end to the yes movement. The reality is that it’s Triple H’s show and there’s not a thing Bryan can do about it. The Authority turns to leave as Bryan continues his celebration.

Backstage, Stephanie tells Triple H he needs to take care of business tonight. Triple H says he’s got it, and Batista and Randy Orton walk in complaining they want their rematches. Triple H says they’ll get them, just not tonight. Stephanie says they’ll be in a tag team match against The Usos. Orton says if they wanted the tag titles, they’d take them. Triple H says that when the 3 of them are on the same page, no one can stop them.

The Wyatt Family vs. John Cena, Sheamus & Big E

They all battle inside the ring before the bell rings. They clear the ring and Cena starts off with Bray Wyatt. Wyatt takes down Cena with a big boot and stomps him in the head after pulling at Cena’s face. Cena fights back and tags in Sheamus. Cena hits a bulldog, and Sheamus comes in with a battering ram. Wyatt makes a tag to Erick Rowan, and Sheamus starts to hammer on Rowan. They trade big right hands until Sheamus blocks a hip toss and hits a running forearm. Sheamus hits several punches in the corner and Rowan shoves Sheamus off. Sheamus hits a big knee and tags in Big E.

Sheamus whips Big E into Rowan in the corner. Rowan starts to battle back until Big E catches him mid-air and drops him with a series of backbreakers. Luke Harper gets a tag and takes a big shoulder tackle off the ropes. Cena gets the tag and he drops Harper with a spinning side slam and the 5-knuckle Shuffle. Cena tries for the AA, but Harper slams him on his face as we head to commercial.

Back from the break, and Cena’s trying to battle Harper out of a submission hold. Cena powers out and tries another AA, but Harper counters into a DDT. Rowan tags back in, slams Cena and drops a big leg. Wyatt tags back in and stomps away on Cena. Cena explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. Wyatt slams Cena for a 2-count. Harper tags back in and continues the assault on Cena. Cena back drops Harper and both men are down. Harper tags Rowan, and Cena makes the tag to Sheamus. Sheamus comes in and cleans house on Rowan. Sheamus hits a powerslam on Rowan and the rolling senton on Harper onto Rowan.

Sheamus comes off the top with a double battering ram to Harper and Rowan. Wyatt tries to interfere, and Harper gets sent to the outside. Wyatt comes in as Big E does on the other side. Big E hits a belly-to-belly suplex and the big splash. Big E tries a Big Ending, but Harper comes in with a superkick. Rowan takes out Cena. Harper dives through the ropes on to Sheamus. Wyatt crawls to Big E and hits Sister Abigail for the win.

WINNERS: The Wyatts

Fandango & Summer Rae vs. Santino & Emma

Fandango takes a big hip toss, and Santino teases the Cobra. Summer Rae tags in and that means Emma has to come in as well. Emma rams Summer Rae into the turnbuckle and applies the Dill-Emma. She dives at Summer Rae in the corner and then applies the Emma Lock. Fandango tries to run in, Fandango takes him out, and Summer Rae has to tap.

WINNERS: Santino & Emma

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman make their way to the ring. Heyman introduces himself and says Lesnar is the conqueror of The Streak that lasted nearly a quarter of a century. Brock Lesnar isn’t here to put smiles on people’s faces. Heyman says they’re going to shoot from the hip. He says The Undertaker collapsed when he got through the curtain last night. He says Vince McMahon road to the hospital with The Undertaker. Undertaker suffered a severe concussion and came very close to a broken neck and a cracked skull. Lesnar was prepared to do anything until The Streak was dead. Heyman points out that everyone gave Taker a standing ovation last night in spite of him being the loser. Lesnar is the only one who jumped from the ring to the octagon. Everyone else is wannabes. There are Hall of Famers, legends and Superstars that are lumped together. There’s only one that stands on his own: Brock Lesnar.

Tag Team Championship Match:

Randy Orton and Batista vs. The Usos ©

Batista will start this off with Jimmy. Batista quickly overpowers Uso and tags in Orton. Jey Uso makes a blind tag and takes it to Orton. They go back and forth until Batista tags back in. Batista and Orton continue their assault and making quick tags until Jimmy runs in to make the save. Batista rams Jimmy into the ring post and he falls to the floor. Jey gets sent to the floor as well. Batista drops one of the Usos on the barricade and Orton sends the other into the steps. Orton DDTs one off the barricade and the referee calls for the double count out. Batista hits a Batista Bomb onto one of the Usos on the steel steps. Orton and Batista stand in the ring with their arms raised.

WINNERS: No Contest

Rob Van Dam vs. Damien Sandow

Van Dam tries to taunt for the crowd but Sandow interrupts him. He knocks Sandow to the outside and tries again, but Sandow pulls him off the turnbuckle. Sandow hits a Side Russian Legsweep and drops the Elbow of Disdain. RVD hits a dropkick, taking Sandow off his feet. Sandow rolls to the apron and RVD sends him to the floor with a spinning heel kick.

RVD sets up Sandow on the barricade and connects on the spinning leg drop off the apron. Sandow misses with a clothesline and Van Dam kicks him one more time, setting Sandow up for Rolling Thunder. RVD climbs to the top for the 5-Star Frog Splash and gets the 3-count.

WINNER: Rob Van Dam

Rey Mysterio vs. Bad News Barrett

Barrett picks up the mic for some bad news, but Mysterio attacks before Barrett can get the words out. Mysterio sends Barrett out to the floor. Mysterio slides off the apron for a splash on Barrett out on the floor. Mysterio heads to the top and tries a headscissor, but Barrett kicks him in the gut on the way down. Barrett charges Mysterio in the corner, but Mysterio gets a boot up. Mysterio gets caught off the ropes with Winds of Change. Barrett perches Mysterio on the top turnbuckle and hammers him. Barrett catches Mysterio with a running high knee. Mysterio blocks a superplex and shoves Barrett to the mat. Mysterio hits a senton off the top and catches Barrett with a DDT. Mysterio sets him up for the 6-1-9 and hits it. Mysterio heads to the top again but Barrett trips him up and hits the Bull Hammer for the 1-2-3.

WINNER: Bad News Barrett

 Alexander Rusev vs. Zack Ryder

Rusev makes short work of Ryder, hitting him in the corner and nailing a jumping thrust kick. Rusev ties up Ryder in the ropes and knees him several times before hitting a fallaway slam and a spinning slam. Ryder has to tap out to the Accolade.

WINNER: Alexander Rusev

The Ultimate Warrior makes his way out. He says it’s been hard for him to find the words and puts on one of the Warrior masks. He switches into character mode and talks about inspiring others through blood. He says the fans are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior. He says the fans will make the young guys in the back into legends some day. The spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever.

AJ Lee comes out for a promo. She says it’s been 295 days since she won the Diva’s Championship; the longest reigning Diva’s champion of all time. She gave all the Divas a chance to prove she wasn’t the best and here we are 294 days later. It’s always been AJ versus the world. She overcame her 13-1 odds last night and has overcome the odds all her life. She is the savior of the Divas division.

AJ’s interrupted by Paige! Paige says she came to do what no one else would… And congratulate her. She says AJ was great last night. AJ says she doesn’t need Paige’s congratulations. She suggests Paige go run back to NXT because she doesn’t like to be interrupted. AJ says she should beat her like everyone else. Paige says she’s not ready, and AJ slaps her.  AJ says they should have a match right now and, as a treat, she’ll put the title on the line.

Diva’s Championship Match:

Paige vs. AJ Lee ©

AJ attacks Paige as the bell rings. AJ hits a back elbow as Paige comes off the ropes. AJ wraps up Paige with the Black Widow, and Paige tries to counter. She does and takes out AJ with a Paige Turner and gets the pin.

WINNER: And New Diva’s Champion, Paige

Hulk Hogan makes his way down to present the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Trophy to Cesaro.

Hogan says there were a lot of memories made at Wrestlemania last night, but the one he loved the most was the Battle Royal. He knows Andre was looking down with a smile on his face. He brings out Cesaro. Hogan congratulates Cesaro and shakes his hand and leaves.

Zeb takes the microphone from Cesaro and says he’ll take over and to let a real American talk. Zeb says he brought Cesaro into the fold as a Real American and a Zeb Colter guy. Cesaro cuts him off and says he’s not that guy. He says he’s a Paul Heyman guy! Paul Heyman comes out and says he’s now the advocate for the king of swing, Cesaro! Heyman’s first order of business is to tell JBL and the announcers how he’d like them to discuss Cesaro in the future. Then Jack Swagger comes out and nails Cesaro from behind and destroys the Andre trophy! Cesaro makes it back to the ring and takes out Swagger.

Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro

This started during the break and Cesaro catches Swagger with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Cesaro lifts Swagger for a gutwrench suplex and Swagger has to roll out to the floor. Cesaro follows Swagger to the outside and rams him into the apron. Swagger hangs Cesaro off the top rope. Cesaro connects on a back elbow and heads to the top. Swagger pops up and tosses Cesaro from the top with a superplex. Swagger hip tosses Cesaro out of the corner. Swagger slaps on the submission and hammers Cesaro’s back with a forearm. Swagger sends Cesaro into the ropes one more time and Cesaro fires back with a couple of uppercuts. Swagger manages a belly-to-belly suplex.

Swagger tries a Swagger Bomb, but Cesaro gets a boot up. Cesaro picks up Swagger from the apron for a massive superplex! Cesaro hits the running uppercut into the corner five different times. Cesaro tries for the Big Swing, and Swagger rolls out and takes the count out.

WINNER: Via Count Out, Cesaro

Backstage Stephanie McMahon is with The Shield and Kane. She says she doesn’t care about what happened between them last night. And she doesn’t care about what happened to The Undertaker last night. She says they need to be on the same page tonight. Seth Rollins pokes fun at Kane, asking him what happened to the New Age Outlaws. Kane starts yelling at The Shield. Stephanie interrupts him and reminds The Shield that they stand for injustice. She tells them what the boss wants he gets.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship:

Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan ©

Orton and Batista make their way out before Triple H even makes his entrance. They attack Bryan. Orton takes him out with an RKO and Batista hits a Batista Bomb. Kane makes his way down to the ring and orders them to back off. Then Kane pulls up Bryan to his feet and chokeslams him.

Triple H’s music finally hits and he’s dressed to wrestle. He brings referee Mike Chioda into the ring and orders him to ring the bell. The Shield’s music hits, and they come down through the crowd. They climb up onto the apron and Batista, Kane and Orton are on the other side. Triple H tells them to stand down as everyone climbs into the ring. Triple H tries to talk down Kane and Orton and Batista and turns back around and Roman Reigns hits him with a Spear! Ambrose and Rollins chase off Orton and Batista. Reigns takes out Kane with a Superman Punch. The Shield surrounds Triple H and he turns to leave, but Daniel Bryan is up and hits the running knee. Triple H rolls out. Bryan and The Shield stand tall in the ring as Batista, Orton, Kane and Triple H look on from the aisle.

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (03/31/14)

March 31, 2014

Washington, D.C.

The Undertaker comes out for his final message to Brock Lesnar prior to Wrestlemania. Undertaker says twenty-one men have stepped up and twenty-one men have been set down. He doesn’t claim to be better than his victims, but at the Showcase of the Immortals, he will go further than anyone else and that is why The Streak stays alive. Lesnar must be thinking how he’s going to break the streak. What he should be thinking about is what’s going to happen when he takes Brock out into the deep water and his feet can no longer touch the bottom. Will he try and grab Taker and drag him down with him? Or will he turn around and swim back to shore? Every opponent of his has made that decision. They have been in the same situation Lesnar will be in on Sunday and they tried to swim back to shore and none of them have made it yet. He knows Brock is dangerous, and that there are many that think Undertaker’s time will come and it’s inevitable The Streak will be broken. There are many more that believe in the things that can’t be beaten: death, taxes and The Streak. At Wrestlemania, Brock will rest in…

Brock Lesnar’s music hits and he comes out with Paul Heyman. Heyman says he means no disrespect. His client does, but he does not. He says this is a match that Undertaker must not lose. All it takes is one F-5 and three seconds later The Streak is over. When Lesnar breaks The Streak, it will be the greatest Wrestlemania moment since Hogan defeated Andre. They turn to leave, but Lesnar hesitates and turns back to the ring. Lesnar teases climbing into the ring a couple of times before Heyman distracts Undertaker, allowing Lesnar to sneak attack. Undertaker fends off Lesnar but Lesnar gains the upper hand and hits an F-5 on Undertaker.

Big E vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio takes control early on until Big E hits a shoulder tackle. Big E whips Del Rio into the corner and lands a running shoulder block. Big E presses Del Rio over his head and drops him. Big E tries another tackle in the corner, but Del Rio steps out of the way, sending him into the ring post and Del Rio starts to work the shoulder.  After a quick break, Big E is trying to mount some offense and suplexes Del Rio. Del Rio ties up Langston in the rope with a modified Cross Armbreaker. Big E catches Del Rio off the top rope with a backbreaker and starts to rally with a series of clotheslines and a belly-to-belly suplex. Del Rio counters the splash and sets up for the Cross Armbreaker. Big E ducks and launches Del Rio into the air. Del Rio counters the Big Ending into the Back Stabber, but Big E kicks out at 2. Langston counters the Cross Armbreaker with a back drop and finally hits the splash for a 2-count. Del Rio counters another Big Ending with an armbreaker and slaps on the Cross Armbreaker. Big E lifts Del Rio and slams him, but Del Rio grabs the rope to avoid the pinfall. Del Rio fends off Big E from a superplex and stomps him coming off the second turnbuckle. Del Rio nails a superkick for the win.

WINNER: Alberto Del Rio

The Wyatts are backstage for a promo. Bray says the world is bleeding from the inside out. It lives and breathes and just like everything else, it craves change. It is far too easy to become enamored with the gardens and turn a blind eye to the landfills. You can’t just whisper and expect people to believe in you. She said he was a child born to lead. That he would be the one to teach the difference between diamonds and dust and take everything they love and burn it to the ground and leave nothing but ashes. She said he would change the world. They’re going to cry for you, John. They won’t understand, not at first. But in time, they will forget him and he will be left with nothing and they will see him the same way that Bray sees him… as a monster.

Summer Rae vs. Natalya

Natalya takes down Summer Rae and slaps her around. Summer Rae rams Natalya into the turnbuckle and stomps her, following it up with a clothesline. Summer Rae misses a leg drop and Natalya takes her out with a dropkick and a pair of suplexes. Summer Rae slaps Natalya across the face and heads for the ropes, but Natalya takes her off her feet with another clothesline and a slap to the face. Natalya tries for the Sharpshooter, but Summer Rae kicks out. Summer Rae tries to bail out, but Natalya catches her by the hair. Summer Rae kicks Natalya in the face and gets the win.

WINNER: Summer Rae

The Authority makes their way to the ring to say farewell to the Yes Movement. Stephanie says they’re going to give everyone the opportunity to say farewell to the Yes Movement before Triple H destroys Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania. Triple H says he doesn’t know how much the fans will care because the reality of it is this generation has no loyalty. They just want to be a part of something. They don’t want to do anything because that would mean work, so they have a flavor of the day. Triple H says Fandangoing is a perfect example, and he even does it and they mock Fandango. Triple H says Fandango is a solid B+ player. Stephanie asks if they want to see Daniel Bryan, and she does the yes chant. Chant all they want, Daniel Bryan won’t be here this evening, but it’s what’s best for business. Bryan needs to rest up for his match on Sunday. Triple H says the reality is that Daniel Bryan isn’t an A+ player. He says everyone blames his success on marrying well. But the reason he has what he has is because of his dominance in the ring. It’s why he got to the top and why he stayed at the top. It didn’t matter what flavor of the week they threw at him, the same thing happened over and over again. He plays a clip, narrated by Stephanie, mocking the fans, saying how easy it is to get their attention. The clip is a who’s who of Superstars Triple H has beaten over the years. Triple H says they’re all Hall of Famers, but the reality is they were just players in the game and he IS The Game. He will beat Daniel Bryan and walk out of Wrestlemania as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Batista’s music hits and he comes out. He says he couldn’t help but notice that he wasn’t in Triple H’s video, and it’s because Triple H hasn’t beaten him. Triple H says he says the same thing over and over again. He says Triple H is the brains of the operation and Stephanie is the braun.

Randy Orton’s music plays and he comes out. He says if Stephanie’s going to slap Batista, can she wait until he gets into the ring so he can have a front row seat. He tells her not to do it after all, so he can beat some respect into him later tonight. He says he’ll be honored to defend the title against Triple H on the biggest stage of them all, but he asks Triple H to reconsider being a part of the match. Triple H says no amount of ass kissing will get him out of this and his reign as champion will be coming to an end soon if he doesn’t become “The Viper” again. Triple H says Orton’s match with Batista tonight will now be no disqualification.

The Usos & Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans & Rybaxel

Ryback and one of the Usos start this off. Ryback overpowers Uso early on and has to back off. Ryback forces Uso into the corner and shoves him. Uso fires back with a couple of chops. Uso counters a couple of slam attempts and throws a couple of chops at Ryback. Uso catches Ryback with several arm drags and tags in Jimmy for a double superkick. Ryback makes a tag to Curtis Axel. Uso tags in one of the Matadores and they utilize a double team before the other Matador tags in for another springboard double team. Axel takes a dropkick and an armdrag before Jimmy Uso makes it back in. The good guys continue to work Axel before he finally tags in Cesaro. Cesaro levels Uso with an uppercut and tags in Swagger. Swagger whips Uso hard into the corner. Uso catches Swagger off guard with a DDT and sends Cesaro and Axel off the apron. Ryback runs in and charges Uso, but Uso dumps him out to the floor. One of Los Matadores tags in and dives on to Cesaro and Axel out on the floor. Uso dives on to Ryback on the other side. Uso catches Swagger with a crossbody from the top for a near-fall. Swagger takes the other Uso off the apron.

After a break, Cesaro kicks out of rollup and resumes control on one of the Usos. Uso heads to the second and Cesaro catches him in mid-air for a backbreaker. Cesaro lifts Uso up from the mat for a gutwrench suplex. Swagger tags in and launches Cesaro into Uso in the corner. Cesaro sends Uso back to Swagger for a clothesline. Ryback tags in and drops an elbow on Uso before applying a reverse chinlock. Ryback lifts Uso, but Uso kicks the top rope and manages a bulldog and both men are down. Axel runs in and takes out Los Matadores from the apron. Uso tags in his brother and takes The Real Americans from the apron. Axel gets nailed with a spinning back elbow and a Samoan Drop.

Uso hits the Rikishi Splash in the corner, and Ryback has to break up the pin. Ryback eats a superkick for his troubles and rolls to the floor. Axel tries to roll up Uso, but Uso kicks out and sends Axel into the corner to tag in Swagger. Axel gets nailed by a superkick. Swagger nails a running boot to Uso. Los Matadores break up a cover and Cesaro tries a Big Swing on one. The action spills to the floor as Cesaro gets taken out by one of the Matadores.

Meanwhile, back in the ring, Uso counters a Swagger Bomb and hits an enzuiguiri. Uso makes the tag to one of the Matadores and Swagger catches him with a Patriot Lock on the way down from the top rope! Uso makes the save and the Matadores pull the switcheroo and roll up Swagger for the win.

WINNERS: Los Matadores & The Usos

Fandango & Damien Sandow vs. The Rhodes Brothers

Cody and Sandow start this off. Sandow backs Cody into the corner and catches him with an elbow before sending him off to the other side. Cody heads for the top, but Sandow bails out. Fandango tags in and takes a big hip toss. Fandango whips Cody hard into the corner. Sandow tags back in, headbutts Cody and stomps him on the mat. The action spills to the outside briefly and Sandow rolls Cody back inside. Fandango comes back in with a suplex. Another quick tag to Sandow, and they continue to isolate Cody Rhodes. Cody battles out of a reverse chinlock and Sandow prevents the tag. Cody finally tags Goldust and he cleans house on Sandow. Goldust drops down for the uppercut and hits an atomic drop. Fandango runs in and gets caught with an atomic drop. Goldust hits a double crossbody onto Fandango and Sandow from the second and dumps Fandango to the floor. Goldust hits Sandow with a powerslam, and Fandango has to make the save. Cody comes in and takes out Fandango on the floor. Sandow tries to rollup Goldust, but Goldust hits the Final Cut for the win.

WINNERS: The Rhodes Brothers

The Shield are backstage for a promo. Seth Rollins says he almost feels bad for Kane. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter who faces Kane tonight. Ambrose says they never disrespected Kane. Kane and the Outlaws disrespected them. They’re going to teach them a lesson about attitude. Roman Reigns says to spread the word that The Shield is not to be messed with.

Bray Wyatt vs. R-Truth

Wyatt tosses Truth to the mat and clotheslines him. Wyatt kicks Truth in the gut and pulls him to his feet. Wyatt sends Truth to the corner and Truth tries to fight out of it. Wyatt regains control and whips Truth to the other side. Truth hops over and hits a scissor kick and a splash in the corner. Wyatt comes out of the corner and nails Truth with a flying clothesline. Wyatt chokes Truth in the ropes and applies a Camel Clutch. Truth tries to mount some offense, but Wyatt tosses him out to the floor. Wyatt scoops up Truth and spins him around for a facebuster. Wyatt hits a splash in the corner. Sister Abigail wins it for Wyatt.

WINNER: Bray Wyatt

After the match, The Wyatts are celebrating in the ring when a man in a sheep’s mask comes in behind them. The man removes the mask and it’s John Cena! Cena takes out Rowan with an AA, and Wyatt barely escapes.

Lumberjills Match:

AJ Lee vs. Naomi

AJ takes a big dropkick and tries to roll out to the floor, and the lumberjills get involved to roll AJ back inside. Naomi gets knocked to the floor, and no one goes to roll her back inside and it infuriates AJ. AJ hops down to roll Naomi inside, and the Divas pounce on her. AJ hits a spinning heel kick for a near-fall. AJ rams Naomi into the turnbuckle and kicks her. AJ applies a front facelock that brings Naomi to her knee. Naomi tries to overpower her and fights out but AJ hits a neckbreaker. AJ starts screaming at Naomi, and Naomi hits a heel kick of her own. She follows up with a big dropkick and a nip up. Naomi hits a full nelson slam, and AJ rolls outside again. The Divas attack immediately, but Tamina tries to step in the way. The Divas attack Naomi and roll AJ back inside. Naomi hits the Rear View for the win.

WINNER: Naomi

Backstage, Renee Young is with John Cena. He says desperate times call for desperate measures. Wyatt continues to spread his propaganda. Be careful what you wish for, Wyatt, a man can do dangerous things when he’s forced to do things. On Sunday, you will see John Cena and John Cena will be a monster. Being a monster for a day will secure a legacy for a lifetime. Is he afraid? Yes. But the greatest thing about fear is the moment you realize you have the courage to face it. Every career has a beginning and end. He’ll be damned if his end is Sunday and if it’s at the hands of Bray Wyatt. Wyatt’s demanding change and Cena will bring him change. He’ll have to change the way he walks because Cena’s shoving his foot in his ass.

Roman Reigns vs. Kane

Kane hits a big boot early on and starts to unload on Reigns in the corner. Kane takes Reigns off his feet again with a back elbow and connects on the sidewalk slam. Kane tries a chokeslam, but Reigns overpowers Kane and starts to fire away with right hands. Reigns hits a big clothesline and another in the corner. Reigns kicks Kane in the face and Kane lands on the bottom rope, setting up the running kick on the floor. Reigns sets up for the Superman Punch, but here come the New Age Outlaws. The Shield are right behind them and a battle ensues out on the floor. Reigns hits the Superman Punch on Kane back in the ring. Ambrose and Rollins climb into the ring and they all surround Kane. They finally attack and the DQ has to go to Kane as they try to land the Triple Powerbomb, and The Outlaws have to make the save.

WINNER: Kane via Disqualification

Piper’s Pit

Piper says he was honored to be in the first main event of a Wrestlemania, and it wasn’t him that got pinned in the middle of the ring. But there was a man who had a huge role in making Wrestlemania what it is today, the 8th Wonder of the World, Andre the Giant. This Sunday is the first Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Piper’s going to bring out the odds on favorite to win.

The Miz’s music cuts off Piper. Miz says he will be the winner. He has already won a main event at Wrestlemania, unlike Piper. Sheamus’s music hits and he comes out. Miz isn’t fit to wear Piper’s kilt. He sees an Andre trophy and a pint in his future. Titus O’Neil makes his way out. He says T-I-T-U-S is going to win at Wrestlemania. Titus barks at Piper and Dolph Ziggler’s music hits. Ziggler’s thing is stealing the spotlight, which is what he’ll do on Sunday when he wins. Piper pokes Miz in the eye and everyone starts fighting and the rest of the Battle Royal entrants make their way down. Rey Mysterio’s music hits and he runs down and joins the action until Big Show’s music hits and he makes his way down. Everyone tries to take out Big Show and he throws them off easily and cleans house one by one until only Rey Mysterio is left. Big Show leaves Mysterio alone and starts to leave until Rey sneak attacks him. Show scoops up Rey and tosses him over the top onto all the other participants.

No Disqualification Match:

Randy Orton vs. Batista

The Authority comes down and joins us on commentary. Orton gains a quick advantage and rams Batista into the ring post. Batista falls to the floor and Orton rams him into the apron and again into the barricade but Batista explodes with a clothesline to Orton. Orton kicks Batista on the way back inside and stomps Batista back out to the floor. Orton whips Batista into the barricade one more time and clotheslines him into the time keeper’s area. Batista grabs a chair and rams it into Orton’s gut and brings it down across his back. Batista swings and misses, crashing into the ring post. Orton rams Batista into the announce table and suplexes him onto the barricade.

Orton picks up the chair and smashes Batista in the back with it. They make it back into the ring until Batista clotheslines Orton over the top, back to the floor. Batista rams Orton’s head off the table as Triple H gets in Batista’s face. Batista picks up Orton and rams him into the ring apron. Batista grabs another chair, but Orton has a kendo stick! Orton goes to town on Batista with the stick until Batista whips Orton into the steel steps. Orton heads for the ropes, but Batista lays him out with a spine buster. Batista tries a Batista Bomb, but Orton counters into a backbreaker.

Orton hits the second rope DDT. Daniel Bryan comes out of nowhere and attacks Triple H! Orton tries to pull Bryan off but he can’t do it. Orton finally pulls Bryan off and rams him into the steps. Orton rolls Bryan into the ring. Orton gets caught with a Spear by Batista. Bryan kicks Batista in the head and hits him with the running knee. Bryan dives through the ropes onto Triple H! Bryan is unloading on Triple H out on the floor. Bryan picks up the kendo stick and starts wailing on Triple H. Bryan takes out Orton with a running dropkick. Triple H and Stephanie have to retreat up the ramp as Bryan looks on from the ring, the entire arena chanting, “YES!”

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WSOF 9 Recap: Palhares heel hooks Carl to win title; Moraes wins bantamweight title

World Series of Fighting 9 took place on Saturday night at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Rousimar Palhares won the welterweight title with a heel hook submission in 69 seconds.

As the fight opened, Carl came out looking for the knockout and Palhares was able to score a takedown. Once on the mat, Palhares would go for the heel hook and Carl would tap out.

Palhares would let go of the hold after Carl appeared to tap twice and referee Yves Lavigne came in to break the hold. While it was not like the situation he had with Pierce, it can be argued that he should have let go of the submission quicker than he did.

Moraes dominates Rettinghouse to win inaugural bantamweight title
The co-main event of the card was for the inaugural bantamweight title and Moraes dominated Rettinghouse from the opening bell to win the title by unanimous decision.

Moraes would nearly score a stoppage victory in the opening round with his strikes, but Rettinghouse would be able to make it to the second round. Moraes would land his leg kicks at will and Rettinghouse struggled to mount much offense and it appeared that he would not be able to continue after the third round.

He would be able to continue and Moraes would crush in the championship rounds to secure the victory by decision. All three judges had the fight 50-44, which means every judge had one 10-8 round. Moraes (13-4-1) has now won seven fights in a row and five of those wins have come in the World Series of Fighting.

Okami submits Savov for first submission victory since 2006
Former UFC title challenger Yushin Okami made his World Series of Fighting debut on Saturday night and he submitted Svetlozar Savov in the second round.

Okami dominated the entire fight as he scored takedowns in both rounds. During the opening round, he used a trip to get the fight to the ground and worked in the mount position for a good portion of the round. Savov would survive the ground attacks of Okami and make it to the second round.

Savov opened the second round by throwing spinning strikes but Okami would be able to secure a takedown. He would immediately get in the mount position and worked him strikes from the position. As the round was coming to an end, he went for an arm triangle choke and Savov tapped. Okami (30-8) now has five career wins by submission and he has won four of his last five fights.

Burkman stops Stinson in first round by knockout
Josh Burkman stepped into the cage for the first time since being defeated by Steve Carl in October and stopped Tyler Stinson in the first round with a knockout victory.

After a brief feeling out process, the fighters began to find their range and Burkman would land a right hand that would drop Stinson. He would foliow up the right by landing one more punch on the ground before referee Jason Herzog came in to stop the fight. Burkman (27-10) has now won four of his five fights in the World Series of Fighting and three of those victories have come in the first round.

The complete World Series of Fighting 9 results are below

Main Card: (NBCSN)
Rousimar Palhares def. Steve Carl via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:09
Marlon Moraes def. Josh Rettinghouse via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)
Yushin Okami def. Svetlozar Savov via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 2, 4:46
Josh Burkman def. Tyler Stinson via KO (punches) – Round 1, 2:15
Johnny Nunez via Ozzy Dugulubgov via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (NBCSports.com)
Mike Corey def. Shane Kruchten via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:59
Bryson Hansen def. Sean Cantor via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, :46
Chris Gruetzemacher def. John Gunderson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Brenson Hansen def. Boostayre Nefarios via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Danny Davis def. Phil Dace via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jimmy Spicuzza def. Gil Guardado via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:14

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Bellator 114 Recap: Shlemenko retains title; Weichel, Green, Cooper advance to tournament finals

Bellator 114 took place on Friday night at the Maverik Center in West Valley Center, Utah and Alexander Shlemenko retained the Bellator middleweight title with a second round guillotine choke submission over Brennan Ward.

In the opening round, the fighters exchange strikes before Ward was able to get the back of Shlemenko. After a lack of action, referee John McCarthy separted the fighters but Ward be able to get the fight back to the ground.

Once on the ground, he got on the back of Shlemenko again and began to look for a rear-naked choke. He would be unable to secure a submission and the round would come to an end.

As the second round opened, they started to have a back and fourth striking battle before Shlemenko went for a guillotine choke and Ward would immediately tap out to the submission.

Shlemenko (50-7) now has the most wins in Bellator history with twelve and he becomes only the second Bellator champion in history to make at least three successful title defense.

Weichel wins fifth straight, advances to tournament final
Daniel Weichel continued his winning streak on Friday night as he defeated Matt Bessette for his fifth straight victory.

Weichel was able to get the fight to the ground early in the fight and would keep it there for a majority of the round. Bessette would get back to his feet with one minute left in the round and the fight moved into the second round.

The best round for Bessette would come in the second as he was able to keep the fight on the feet and score with his punches. However, Weichel would get the fight to the ground in the final round and Bessette was unable to get back to his feet. All three judges would score the fight for Weichel (33-8) and he has won ten of his last eleven fights.

Green advances to tournament final with decision victory
Desmond Green secured his spot in the season ten featherweight tournament final as he defeated Will Martinez by unanimous decision.

Green was able to score early with his takedowns as he scored three of his five takedowns in the opening round. He would continue to control the fight in the second round as he used the aggressive style of Martinez to take the fight to the ground and keep it there.

In the final five minutes, Martinez attempted to get Green to exchange in a striking battle but Green would stay away from any wild exchanges and would win the fight on the scorecards. Green (12-2) has now won three of his four fights in Bellator and both of his wins in this tournament have come by unanimous decision.

Cooper advances to middleweight final
The opening bout of the main card was the first middleweight tournament semifinal as Brett Cooper scored a come from behind victory as he knocked out Kendall Grove in the second round.

Grove had a tremendous opening round as he got the fight to the ground and got on the back of Cooper. He would attempt a rear-naked choke three times, but Cooper would defend the attempts. As the opening round came to an end, Grove nearly scored a stoppage but Cooper made it to the bell.

In the second round, the fight would stay on the feet and Cooper would land a right hand that dropped Grove. He would land multiple strikes on the ground before referee John McCarthy came in to stop the fight. Cooper (20-9) advances to the middleweight tournament final and will have to wait one week to see who he faces as Dan Cramer meets Jeremy Kimball next week at Bellator 115.

The complete Bellator 114 results are below.

Main Card: (Spike TV)
Alexander Shlemenko def. Brennan Ward via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 1:22
Daniel Weichel def. Matt Bessette via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Desmond Green def. Will Martinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Brett Cooper def. Kendall Grove via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:33

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com)
Rad Martinez def. Edson Berto via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Justin Wilcox def. Jason Fischer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bubba Jenkins def. Sean Powers via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Linton Vassell def. Trevor Carlson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:54
Gavin Sterritt def. Mike Estus via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:29
Joe Rodriguez def. Eric Wahlin via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:06

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (03/24/14)

March 24, 2014

Brooklyn, NY

Justin Roberts introduces Stephanie McMahon to start the show. She thanks everyone for coming. Unfortunately Daniel Bryan won’t be here tonight. She says the Yes Movement will lead everyone down the path to self-destruction. The only way to get Bryan to listen was to take drastic measures. As leaders, their decisions won’t always be popular, but that’s what leadership is. People like us need to be lead by people with intellect and character by people like her. She didn’t ask for her power, she was born into it. Last week Bryan was reminded that Triple H is really “The Game,” and “The Cerebral Assassin.” Triple H will beat Bryan and then go on to be the new WWE World Champion.

Randy Orton’s music hits and he walks out. Orton says he’s not out here to disrespect her tonight or argue with her. He respects her and Triple H too much to do what he will ultimately have to do if Triple H beats Bryan at Wrestlemania. Stephanie interrupts Orton to address the crowd and tell them Daniel Bryan won’t be here tonight. Everyone will witness Orton beat Triple H and Batista to a pulp at Wrestlemania. He thinks Triple H should beat Bryan to a pulp, but he thinks Stephanie should make her husband walk away from the WWE Championship match.

Batista’s music hits and he comes out. He says everyone’s missing the point. They’re looking at the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He doesn’t care who it is; nothing will change the fact that he’s walking out of Wrestlemania XXX as the Champion. Batista’s mic starts to short out, and Stephanie cuts him, saying she can’t hear a word he’s saying and hands him a new one. Batista reminds her that Triple H has never beaten him and he won’t beat him at Wrestlemania, if he makes it to the match. He tells Orton he’s making him sick, sucking up to Triple H and Stephanie, drooling all over Stephanie. Batista says that she’s already been drooled on… a lot.

Stephanie starts to chime in, but smacks Batista his sunglasses right off his face instead, and Orton falls down laughing as Stephanie walks out. Batista turns around and Spears Orton.

Fatal Four Way No. 1 Contender’s Match for the Intercontinental Title:

Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus

Big E is ringside for commentary. Christian and Sheamus go out to the floor and battle, leaving Del Rio and Ziggler inside. Sheamus slingshots himself into the ring into Del Rio and he rolls out. Ziggler tries to roll up Sheamus, but only gets 2. Sheamus takes down Ziggler with a clothesline and drops a knee. Ziggler catches Sheamus with a dropkick and Del Rio and Christian slide back in. Sheamus charges Christian, but Christian ducks and dumps Sheamus to the floor. Christian tries a springboard, but Sheamus catches him on the floor and tosses him with a fallaway slam into the barricade.

Del Rio gets caught with a dropkick from Ziggler on the apron, sending him out to the floor. Sheamus tries for the clobbering forearms, but Del Rio interferes, trying a running enzuiguiri but misses. This gives Ziggler some time and he hangs Sheamus over the top rope. Ziggler goes to work on Del Rio and nails him with another dropkick. Sheamus clotheslines Christian into the timekeeper’s area and he goes over the barricade with him as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Del Rio launches Ziggler into the air, sending him crashing into the mat. Del Rio gets dragged to the outside by Sheamus, and Sheamus drops him with a rolling senton on the floor. Christian finds an opening and sends Sheamus into the ring post. Christian heads to the top for a splash onto Ziggler, but Ziggler rolls through for a near-fall. Christian tosses Ziggler over the top to the floor, but here comes Sheamus. Sheamus takes down Christian with multiple clotheslines and a tackle in the corner.

Del Rio runs in but gets caught with the Irish Curse from Sheamus. Sheamus sends Christian to the outside and unloads the forearms on Del Rio. Sheamus heads to the top, but Ziggler catches him with a top rope face buster and Sheamus barely kicks out before 3.  Ziggler unloads the mounted punches on Christian and connects on the neckbreaker. Del Rio tries a running enzuiguiri, but Ziggler catches him with a DDT. Christian hops onto the apron and hangs Ziggler over the top rope.

Ziggler tries a Fame-Asser, but Christian catches him with a sit down powerbomb and Del Rio has to break up the cover. Sheamus applies a Cloverleaf to Del Rio. Sheamus lets it go to powerslam Christian. Sheamus tries for a Brogue Kick to Christian, but Del Rio intervenes and slaps on the Cross Armbreaker on Sheamus. Sheamus overpowers the hold, lifting Del Rio into the air, and Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag on Sheamus! Christian comes up behind Ziggler and nails the Killswitch for the win!

WINNER: Christian

The lights flicker, and Bray Wyatt has something to say. People don’t usually believe in things they can’t see or touch. It’s human nature. But in the case of John Cena, we all see him. How can you miss the billboards and the info-mercials. We see you. Wyatt was wondering if Cena has taken the time to see him for who he really is. He is the way into the city of woe, into eternal pain, the way to go among the lost. Beyond time he stands. What could Cena do to harm somebody that just can’t feel? He can hear Cena whispering. Now, they’re coming to find him. Run.

The Scooby Doo Mystery Machine pulls up, and Sin Cara and Scooby Doo pop out.

Damien Sandow vs. Sin Cara

Sin Cara takes out Sandow with a springboard flying forearm and a tilt-a-whirl headscissor. A springboard elbow finds the mark on Sandow and earns Sin Cara a 2-count. Sin Cara rolls out to the apron and Sandow charges. Sin Cara kicks Sandow in the head and heads to the top for a Swanton and the quick victory.

WINNER: Sin Cara

Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. Los Matadores

Axel starts this off with one of the Matadores. Axel hits a dropkick after being taken down with a headscissor. Axel is laying in the boots when The Shield comes down through the crowd. Axel goes down to a roll up from one of the Matadores.

WINNERS: Los Matadores

After the match, The Shield surrounds the ring. Rollins and Ambrose take on Ryback inside the ring, and Reigns pulls Axel out to the floor. Reigns launches Axel into the barricade and then comes in to take out Ryback with a Spear. They hoist up Ryback for the Triple Powerbomb.

Michael Cole brings out Triple H to the ring for a special sit-down interview. Cole shows the replay of Triple H’s attack on Daniel Bryan last week. Cole wants to know how Triple H can justify the attack. Triple H asks if he wants him to ask as the COO of WWE or the competitor at Wrestlemania. Bryan was clear about what he was asking for, after all. The fans were clear what they were asking for, after all. And they got exactly what they were asking for. He asks Cole if he’s ever been put in a situation where he had no choice but to do what somebody else wanted. He’s not referring to Bryan being handcuffed and defenseless as Cole assumes, but when Bryan occupied RAW two weeks ago.

Bryan put the fans in harms way in an attempt at a coup. Daniel Bryan asked for “The Game.” They got exactly what they asked for, and Daniel Bryan got exactly what he deserved. And now everyone’s going to cry about it. Triple H used to stand in the ring and do despicable things to people. And he would look out into the fans eyes and see the same desire he had. He would see lust. Now what he sees is soft apathy and pathetic. He sees little people with no power, no desire. Now everyone’s crying about it. Maybe it’s on Triple H to change the future and decide where the whole thing goes. Maybe he starts the Reality Era. That means at Wrestlemania he ends Daniel Bryan’s supposed run at the top, and he ends the Yes Movement. And at Wrestlemania, no one will stop him from winning the triple threat for the WWE World Championship. The reality is that he will walk out of Wrestlemania as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Fandango vs. Cody Rhodes

Cody tries a roll up early on, but Fandango kicks Cody in the face. Fandango throws Cody with a single hook suplex and continues to work Cody’s arm. Cody finds an opening with a pair of clotheslines and a springboard missile dropkick. Both men bump heads in the ring, and Goldust starts to mock Summer Rae out on the floor. Summer Rae spins and twists her ankle as Cody hits the Disaster Kick on Fandango back in the ring for the win.

WINNER: Cody Rhodes

Hulk Hogan makes his way down to the ring for his segment with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Manganiello. Brooklyn loves the Hulkster. Let me tell you something, brother. Wrestlemania is less than two weeks away. It was in this city, maybe in a different borough, but history was made when he teamed up with Mr. T. Hogan points to the Wrestlemania sign and says he’s really excited for Wrestlemania and he’s really jacked up for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. And he’s real jacked up for tonight’s guests. He brings out Arnold and Manganiello. Arnold says it’s wonderful to be back. One year ago he had the honor of inducting Bruno Sammartino into the Hall of Fame. Today he can’t believe he’s standing in the ring with another great hero of his, Hulk Hogan. Look at the biceps, the triceps, the deltoids, and the pectorals. Joe says he’s pumped to be hosting his first RAW right here in Brooklyn. He’s even more pumped to be in the ring with two legends, the greatest action movie star ever and the greatest WWE Champion ever. Arnold wants to know if Hulk has room for two more athletes in the Battle Royal at Wrestlemania.

The Miz’s music cuts Hogan off. Really? Miz asks if the people want to see Arnold and Joe in the Battle Royal. Miz says they’re just actors that play tough guys. Miz is the opposite. He is a tough guy and acts on the side. He will win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Hogan cuts him off and says Miz is standing in the middle of Hogan Country, brother. Miz says people are still talking about him defeating John Cena in the main event of Wrestlemania XXVII. He says Joe and Arnold don’t belong here. And Hogan doesn’t belong here either. Manganiello steps in and tells Miz to try and make them leave. He shoves Miz. Miz turns around but then turns back and tries to hit Joe. Joe blocks the right hand and hits him in the gut. Arnold backhands Miz, and Hogan tosses him over the top.

Titus O’Neil vs. Big Show

Big Show quickly overpowers Titus and chops him hard in the corner. Titus kicks Show in the face and avoids a splash in the corner and starts to lay in the boots. Titus follows up with a big leg drop, but can’t keep Show down for 3. Titus lands a few splashes in the corner. Titus tries a whip to the opposite corner, but Big Show reverses. Big Show misses a splash in the corner, and Titus takes him down with a flying shoulder tackle. Titus continues to take it to Big Show and almost knocks him over the top. Titus tries to clothesline him over the top again, but Big Show takes him down with a Spear and a KO Punch for the win.

WINNER: Big Show

Backstage, The Authority meets with The Shield. Rollins wants to know where Triple H was last Friday. Ambrose wonders where they stand. Triple H says what’s going on between them and the Outlaws and Kane, is between all of them. Stephanie says if it’s vengeance they’re looking for, then what about a match between them at The Real Americans and then they can sit down and discuss things.

Elsewhere, John Cena is preparing for his match with Luke Harper in the locker room. He’s washing his face in the mirror and Erick Rowan’s sheep mask appears in the reflection. Cena turns to find that it’s gone.

John Cena vs. Luke Harper

Harper takes it to Cena early on, backing him into the corner. Cena tries to gain some momentum and heads for the ropes, but Harper catches him with a backbreaker. Harper assaults Cena in the corner until Cena tosses Harper into the corner and splashes him. He tries another splash, and Harper takes him down. Harper hits a pump handle fall away slam on Cena for a 2-count. Harper tosses Cena out to the floor. Harper bounces Cena’s head off the apron and rolls back inside. Cena climbs back onto the apron and hangs Harper over the top rope. Cena rolls back inside and runs into a back elbow from Harper as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Cena is trying to gain some momentum, but Harper cuts him off with a big boot. Harper misses an uppercut, and Cena connects with a German suplex. Cena tries an AA, but Harper slips out and levels Cena with a thrust kick. Harper tries a big clothesline, but Cena counters into the spinning side slam. Cena looks for the 5-Knuckle Shuffle but Harper kicks him in the head. Harper scoops up Cena for a Michinoku Driver, and Cena kicks out at 2. Harper lifts Cena for a powerbomb, but Cena counters into a hurricanrana. Cena tries for the STF, but Harper kicks him off and to the floor. Harper dives through the ropes onto Cena!

Back inside, and Cena rolls up Harper into the STF. Harper rakes Cena’s eyes to break the hold. Harper with a DDT on Cena and goes for the cover. Cena kicks out at 2. Harper lifts Cena onto the top turnbuckle and knocks him off. Harper pulls Cena back up to the top, looking for a superplex. Cena overpowers Harper and takes him off the top with a couple of right hands. Cena hits the leg drop from the top. Cena goes for the cover, but Harper kicks out at 2. Cena ducks a clothesline and hits the spinning side slam one more time. This time, Cena connects on the 5-Knuckle Shuffle. Cena tries another AA, but Harper counters again and slams Cena on his face for another near-fall.

Harper waits for Cena to get back to his feet, possibly looking for the big clothesline. But Cena explodes out of the corner with a clothesline of his own, taking Harper off his feet. Cena lifts Harper for the AA a third time, but the lights flicker and go out. When they come up again, Cena is tied up in the ropes with the sheep’s mask covering his face and the Wyatts standing over him.

WINNER: No Contest

Naomi vs. AJ Lee

AJ takes a minute to mock Naomi, who’s wearing an eye patch, but Naomi takes her out with a dropkick. AJ reverses a whip, and Naomi slides under the bottom rope, out to the apron. Naomi kicks her in the face and tries for a Rear View, but AJ slides out to the floor. AJ picks up her Divas Title and walks off, taking the count out.

WINNER: Naomi via Count Out

After the match, Vickie Guerrero comes out. She says AJ made some comments about her that were uncalled for and inaccurate. They have history together. She got AJ fired from RAW. She stole Vickie’s boyfriend. Vickie’s willing to forget all that. The one thing she wants to tell her is that AJ’s a real bitch! So at Wrestlemania, she will compete in the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational against Naomi, Cameron, Brie and Nikki Bella, Natalya, Eva Marie, Emma, Aksana, Summer Rae, Rosa Mendez, Layla, Alicia Foxx, and Tamina.

Razor Ramon was announced as the newest inductee into the Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

The Shield vs. The Real Americans

The Shield goes after Cesaro and Swagger before the bell even rings. All four men are fighting on the floor. Ambrose and Cesaro finally start off in the ring. Ambrose unloads on Cesaro in the corner until Cesaro turns Ambrose into the corner. Ambrose quickly turns that back around and picks up where he left off. Ambrose rakes Cesaro’s eyes across the top rope. Cesaro gets a knee up and heads for the rope. Ambrose makes a quick tag, and Rollins comes in for the double neckbreaker.

Cesaro picks up some momentum and manages a tag to Swagger. Rollins hits the Three Amigos on Swagger but makes the tag to Ambrose for number 3. Ambrose ties Swagger up into the ropes and hits a running dropkick. Rollins tags back and they utilize the 5-count as Ambrose holds Swagger for Rollins’s dropkick. Rollins unloads on Swagger in their corner. Ambrose tags back in and takes out Swagger with a clothesline. Swagger applies a modified STF, pulling back on Swagger’s hair. Cesaro tries to get involved and that gives Swagger to hit a belly-to-belly suplex on Ambrose and make the tag.

Cesaro backs Ambrose into the corner with European Uppercuts and hits a double stomp. Swagger tags back in and connects on another belly-to-belly suplex. Swagger Bomb finds its mark and Cesaro tags in on the way down for another double stomp. Cesaro applies a reverse chinlock. Ambrose battles to his feet, but Cesaro whips him hard into the corner and makes another tag to Swagger. Swagger tries another Swagger Bomb, but Ambrose gets a pair of boots up. Cesaro gets taken off the apron and Ambrose leaps from the second for a back elbow and both men are down. Cesaro runs in and kicks Rollins off the apron to prevent a tag.

Ambrose back drops Cesaro, but Cesaro rolls through for the Big Swing. Cesaro tries for the pin, but Rollins runs in for the save. Cesaro sends Ambrose out to the floor and makes the tag to Swagger. They swing Ambrose into the barricade as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Cesaro makes a tag and slaps on a front facelock to Ambrose. Ambrose makes it to his feet and wraps up Cesaro in a backslide. Cesaro slaps Ambrose across the face a couple of times. And Ambrose sits up and tells Cesaro he wants one more. Ambrose gets fired up, but Cesaro hits him with a running boot, sending him into the ropes and Ambrose fires back with a quick clothesline.

Both men make tags and Rollins comes in on fire. Rollins knocks Cesaro off the apron and unloads on Swagger. Rollins catches Swagger with a heel kick and a flying forearm in the corner. Rollins hits the STO into the second turnbuckle. Cesaro tries to run in, but Rollins monkey flips him over the top rope. Rollins clotheslines Swagger out to the floor. Rollins dives through the ropes on the other side onto Cesaro! Rollins slides back in and dives over the top with a senton onto Swagger! Rollins hits the springboard knee right in Swagger’s face and Cesaro has to break up the pin. Ambrose is on top of Cesaro. Cesaro suplexes Ambrose to the outside! Rollins dumps Cesaro. Swagger applies the Patriot lock to Rollins and Rollins has to crawl to the ropes. Swagger tries to sling shot Rollins, but Rollins lands on his feet and kicks Swagger in the face. Rollins gets the pin after the face stomp.

WINNERS: The Shield

After the match, Cesaro runs in and takes out Rollins. But Roman Reigns comes in out of nowhere and nails Cesaro with a Superman Punch and then Spears him out on the floor. Ambrose and Rollins start rearranging the furniture on the outside, and it’s time to put Cesaro through the announce table with the Triple Powerbomb.

Kane’s music hits, and he comes out with the New Age Outlaws to announce The Shield will be in a match at Wrestlemania against them.

Brock Lesnar makes his way to the ring with Paul Heyman. Heyman says The Undertaker’s Streak is one of the most staggering accomplishments in sports entertainment. At Wrestlemania when Lesnar defeats The Undertaker, this will take nothing away from the enormity of the accomplishment of twenty-one consecutive victories at Wrestlemania. To put it in perspective, John Cena could not do better. Andre the Giant could not do better. Not even Brock Lesnar could do better. The one guaranteed ticket to immortality at Wrestlemania is to break the streak. Lesnar grabs the mic from Heyman and says, “enough.” He’s not here to promote. He’s here to fight. He says The Undertaker’s here and he’s here, so let’s do this.

The lights go down, and here come the druids and a casket as smoke fills the arena. The druids push the casket to the ring and walk away, leaving Lesnar and Heyman to wonder what’s inside. Lesnar stomps on the casket and backs off. Paul Heyman doesn’t like it, and says they should leave. Lesnar finally opens the casket, and nothing is inside. The druids line the aisle, and Lesnar starts to go after them. Lesnar slams the casket lid shut and climbs back into the ring. He says he’s not here to play games. Heyman says that’s typical and it’s the game he wants Lesnar to play. The casket pops open again, and The Undertaker is lying inside this time, motionless He sits up! Lesnar tries to strike first, but Undertaker counters and unloads on Lesnar. Undertaker clotheslines Lesnar over the top onto the coffin and out to the floor.

Lesnar backs up the ramp and looks on from the stage as Undertaker stands tall in the ring, and RAW goes off the air.

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UFC Fight Night 38 Results: Dan Henderson wins rematch with Shogun Rua by TKO in 3rd Round

UFC Fight Night 38 took place on Sunday evening at the Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil and was headlined by Dan Henderson stopping Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the third round by TKO.

The fight started with both fighters being tentative at the start and Henderson would rock Shogun in the final minute of the opening round. Shogun would quickly recover and then he dropped Henderson with punches.

Shogun would attempt the fight on the ground, but the round ended before he was able to get the finish. As the second round opened, it appeared that Henderson was still in recovery mode from the strikes at the end of the round and Shogun would drop him with an uppercut. The fight would remain on the mat for the remainder and Henderson was able to recover from the uppercut.

In what would be the final round, Henderson would land a right hand that dropped Shogun and went for the finish on the ground. After throwing a flurry of punches on the ground, referee Herb Dean came in to call the fight at the 1:31 mark of the round.

The victory for Henderson (30-11) snaps a three fight losing streak and this is his first win since defeating Shogun (22-9) at UFC 139 in 2011. Also, this is his first TKO/KO victory since defeating Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce in 2011.

Dolloway stops Ferreira in 39 seconds
The co-main event of the fight card was a middleweight bout as C.B. Dolloway stopped Cezar Ferreira in 39 seconds by TKO and he has now won three of his last four fights.

The action started quickly with the fighters throwing punches and Ferreira would have Dolloway on his heels. With Dolloway’s back against the fence, he landed a right hand, followed by a left hook that dropped Ferreira and he finished the fight on the ground with strikes.

Dolloway (14-5) is now 2-0 in Brazil against fighters from the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil” and this is his sixth career win to come by TKO/KO.

Santos and Parke fight to a majority draw due to point deduction
In a lightweight bout of recent Ultimate Fighter winners, Leonardo Santos and Norman Parke fought to a majority draw due to Parke being deducted a point in the second round for grabbing the shorts of Santos.

The opening five minutes of the fight would be a striking battle that Parke would land more strikes but Santos landed the more significant strikes. In the second round, as Parke was looking for a takedown, he grabbed the short of Santos and referee Wernei Cardoso deducted a point from Parke without an warning.

Parke would control the final round by closing the distance and fighting in the clinch. He would have a 35 total strikes landed advantage in the final round and the fight went to the scorecards. The fight would be declared a majority draw as one judge had the fight for Santos, while the other two judges had the fight a draw.

After losing opening round, Maldonado comes back to win by decision
Gian Villante was able to control Fabio Maldonado in the opening round, but Maldonado was able to come back in the second and third rounds to win by unanimous decision.

Villante got off to a great start in the first round by scoring two takedown attempts and having control for nearly the entire round. As the second round opened, he looked for another takedown attempt and ended up landing a knee in the clinch that opened up a cut on the forehead of Maldonado. However, that would be the moment that the fight turned as Maldonado broke away and began to land his jab.

Maldonado would begin to land his jab and body punches at will and Villante appeared to be gassing out. During the second round, Maldonado would land 70 total strikes and appeared that he would score a stoppage in the final round. He would dominate Villante in the final five minutes as he landed 78 total strikes but Villante would make it to the final bell. All three judges would score the fight for Maldonado (21-6) and he has now won three straight fights in the UFC.

Taisumov deducted two points, Prazeres wins by decision
In a fight that will be remembered for the point deductions of Mairbek Taisumov, Michel Prazeres won his second straight fight in the UFC as he won by unanimous decision.

After a feeling out process to start the fight, Prazeres scored a takedown and immediately got the full mount position. He would end up losing the position and looked for a north-south choke. He would be unable to get the submission and the fight went back to the feet. Prazeres would look for another takedown and Taisumov stopped the attempt at first by grabbing the fence.

However, Prazeres would still get the fight to the ground. Once again, he would get the mount position but Taisumov got off the mat. With Prazeres still on the mat, Taisumov landed an illegal kick and referee Mario Yamasaki deducted a point. The round would come to an end and Taisumov would be deducted another point in the second round, this time for a fence grab.

In the final round, Taisumov would be able to stop seven of the eight takedown attempts by Prazeres but was unable to mount any offense that could end the fight. The fight would be decided by the scorecards and all three judges had the fight 30-25 for Prazeres (18-1), who has won back to back fights since losing his UFC debut.

Jason stops Siler in first round after early stoppage
The opening bout of the fight card was a featherweight bout as TUF Brazil winner Rony Jason scored a TKO victory in the first round over Steven Siler.

The fight opened with Siler throwing multiple leg kicks but Jason would end up stunning him with a right hand and dropped him with a left hook. Once Siler fell to the mat, the referee immediately came in to stop the fight, even though Siler was throwing an up kick as the referee stopped the fight.

Jason (14-4) has now won four of his five fights in the UFC and this is his second win to come by TKO in the UFC. The defeat for Siler (23-12) is his second straight defeat and this is his first defeat to come by TKO/KO since 2009.

The complete UFC Fight Night 38 results are below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Dan Henderson def. Mauricio Rua via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 1:31
C.B. Dollaway def. Cezar Ferreira via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, :39
Leonardo Santos vs. Norman Parke declared a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Fabio Maldonado def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Michel Prazeres def. Mairbek Taisumov via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)
Rony Jason def. Steven Siler via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:17

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Thiago Santos def. Ronny Markes via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, :53
Jussier Formiga def. Scott Jorgensen via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:07
Kenny Robertson def. Thiago Perpetuo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:45
Hans Stringer def. Francimar Barroso via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Godofredo Pepey def. Noad Lahat via KO (flying knee) – Round 1, 2:39

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (03/17/14)

March 17, 2014

San Antonio, TX

A video package highlighting last week’s Occupy RAW segment is shown before we start the show, and Triple H is already in the ring. He says he wants us to understand that when it’s all said and done, it’s our fault. All of this is our fault. It didn’t have to come to this, but now he’s going to crush our dreams and end the yes movement and end Daniel Bryan and it’s on us because we forced his hand. He’s not upset about it. He’s had a week to calm down and think about things. Honestly, at Wrestlemania he’s going to do what he does in the ring, cold and calculating and without remorse, just like always.

Batista’s music interrupts. He comes out and says Triple H may have problems with Daniel Bryan, but he has bigger problems with him. He wants to know what Triple H is thinking giving Bryan an opportunity. It’s not what he signed up for. He came back to win the WWE Championship and he got that shot by winning the Royal Rumble. He didn’t come back to be in a match where he doesn’t even have to lose. Triple H asks if Batista thinks Bryan has a chance of beating him.

Randy Orton’s music hits and he makes his way down. He apologizes to Triple H, but he’s with Batista. Triple H fires back and asks if he thinks there’s a possibility that Bryan can beat him. Triple H says it won’t happen. He asks if Bryan’s gotten into their heads. Batista says not as much as he has gotten into Hunter’s. Orton wants a No Disqualification match with Bryan tonight to prove to Triple H he can handle things and take care of what Big Dave couldn’t handle.

Orton tells Batista the people are chanting for Bryan because they don’t believe in him. Orton says no one cared when Batista left and they cared even less when he returned. Batista says Orton sucks as WWE World Champion, and that’s why the crowd likes Bryan. They start to bicker and Triple H has to step between them and finally walks away. Batista stops him, ordering him to fix this.

Triple H says he’s sick of everything around here, sick of troll faces like Bryan and sick of the fans cheering him. He’s also sick of Hollywood movie stars thinking they can tell him what’s right for the business. He’s sick of technically gifted guys who are so screwed up they can’t win a match without him holding their hand. Triple H says the Old Man was right. The only one you can trust is yourself. He says there will be a guaranteed Triple Threat at Mania, but it won’t be Bryan who’s in it. It’ll be him. Triple H walks out as Batista and Orton complain until Batista turns into an RKO.

Backstage, Batista has his back and Renee Young asks him for his reaction. He says coming back was a big mistake and he’s out of here.

The Real Americans vs. The Usos

Jack Swagger will start this off with Jimmy Uso. Swagger counters a tie up into a waistlock and takes down Uso. Uso is back to his feet with a side headlock. Into the ropes, and Uso takes down Swagger with a tackle. Uso heads for the ropes and catches Swagger in the air for a spinebuster and a leg drop between the legs. Uso chops Swagger back into his corner, and here comes Jey for a double team. Swagger avoids the pinfall and Uso starts to work the arm. Swagger backs Uso into his own corner, and Cesaro gets a tag. They trade blows in the corner and Cesaro catches Uso with an uppercut. Cesaro sends Uso to the far corner. Uso slides on his knees and nails Cesaro with a forearm. Uso rams Cesaro into the turnbuckle and makes another tag. Jimmy comes back in and catches Cesaro with a right and a scoop slam. Diving head butt from Jimmy finds the mark, and Cesaro kicks out at 2.

Jey tags back in gets caught in mid-air for a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Cesaro headbutts Uso into the corner and makes a tag to Swagger. Swagger puts the boots to Uso and applies a reverse chinlock. Uso battles to his feet. Swagger shoves Uso into the corner. Swagger charges the corner, but Uso gets a boot up and tags Jimmy. Jimmy comes in as the pace picks up and nails Swagger with a heel kick. Swagger tries to send Jimmy to the corner, but Uso climbs the turnbuckle for a spinning senton. Uso takes out Cesaro on the apron, but that allows Swagger to get back to his feet and flatten Jimmy Uso, sending him to the outside and we’re off to commercial.

Back from break, and Cesaro has Uso in the reverse chinlock. Uso tries to battle out and finds himself in the wrong corner as Swagger tags in. Uso continues to fight and Swagger drops him with a belly-to-belly. Swagger Bomb finds its mark as Cesaro tags in for the double stomp and a 2-count. Cesaro continues to stomp Uso, but Uso tries to fight back. Cesaro nails him with a couple of uppercuts. Tag to Swagger and they try a double team. Uso into the ropes and he nails Swagger with a kick and dumps Cesaro to the floor. Uso’s about to make a tag when Swagger catches him by the boot. Uso nails him with an enzuiguiri and both men are down.

Both men make tags, and Cesaro gets a flying tackle for his troubles. Jey hits the Umaga Splash in the corner for a 2-count. Cesaro trips up Uso, looking for a Big Swing when Jimmy runs back in to break it up. Swagger runs in and they send him out to the floor. A double Samoan Drop finds Cesaro in a precarious position but he manages a kick out at 2. Jey heads to the top for the Splash as Swagger pulls Cesaro out to the floor. Swagger runs in and gets hit with a huge kick. The Usos head to the air and take out Swagger on the floor. Cesaro looks to be next on the list as he hops up onto the apron for a huge uppercut and the Neutralizer for the win.

WINNERS: The Real Americans

Backstage, The Shield are interrupted by Kane. Kane says things got out of hand last Friday and things got out of hand and they all made regrettable decisions that can hold long-term consequences. Ambrose agrees… for Kane. The Authority has given Kane a mission, and he needs a united Shield by his side. If he can’t count on him that means the Authority can’t count on them. And if they can’t be relied on, they become a liability. He wants to know if he can count on them. Rollins says they’re united. Reigns says believe it. Kane warns them that they might find out how replaceable they truly are.

Meanwhile at Ringside, Hornswoggle is handing out St. Patrick’s Day stuff and Bad News Barrett makes an appearance. Barrett says that Hornswoggle is a real life leprechaun in the building celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The legend goes that Patrick chased all of the snakes from Ireland. But he’s got some bad news. Everyone spends the stupid holiday getting inebriated and regretting everything they’ve done for the rest of their lives.

St. Patrick’s Day Showdown:

Sheamus w/ Hornswoggle vs. Titus O’Neil

Christian is joining us at ringside for commentary. The bell rings and Titus tries to gain the upper hand but all he does is irritate Sheamus. Sheamus starts to unload. Titus sends Sheamus to the ropes but eats a clothesline instead. Sheamus backs Titus into the corner, but Titus regains some momentum. Titus ducks his head as Sheamus hits the ropes and takes a kick to the shoulder. Sheamus clotheslines Titus to the outside. Sheamus follows Titus out to the floor with a shoulder tackle off the apron.

Titus manages a spinebuster into the ring post. Titus scoops up Sheamus with a backbreaker and tosses him to the side. Titus rolls Sheamus back inside for some mounted punches and a cover, but only gets 2. Titus kicks Sheamus in the gut and tosses him with a fall away slam. Sheamus rolls out to the floor and Titus follows him out. Titus grabs Hornswoggle and starts to smack him around. Titus rolls Hornswoggle into the ring and continues to slap him around. Titus scoops him up and tosses him with a fall away slam, but Sheamus catches him and rams him into Titus!

Titus rolls to the apron and Sheamus pulls him to his feet for the forearms. Sheamus brings Titus in the hard way with a powerslam. A Brogue Kick finds the mark and Sheamus gets the 1-2-3.

WINNER: Sheamus

Renee Young climbs into the ring to talk to Sheamus. He wishes everyone a happy St. Patty’s Day and throws his name into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania. Sheamus starts to leave as Christian hops up from the table and rams Sheamus from behind. Christian tosses Sheamus into the steel steps and hits the Killswitch on the floor!

John Cena makes his way to the ring to address The Wyatt Family. Cena says he’s had over 3,500 matches. He’s spent a lot of time with us and we with him; we’re like an old married couple. But he’s afraid of Bray Wyatt, what he is and what he stands for. His biggest fear is that people are listening to what Wyatt says. He’s different than everyone Cena’s faced. The object has always been who is best in the ring and to get in and prove it. Wyatt doesn’t care about being the best. All he wants is to destroy. He’s been trying to convince everyone that the last 12 years have been a lie and that Cena is evil. And Cena says to hell with that. He’s afraid, but he believes. He believes in everything he stands, everything he’s done and everything he will do. Wrestlemania is not about fighting Wyatt. Wrestlemania is about fighting for every scar he has, every injury he has had to come back from and for every man, woman and child who’s ever believed what he’s said. He will fight for everything at Wrestlemania and fight for his legacy.

The lights flicker, and The Wyatts are backstage. Bray is sporting John Cena gear and says children believe in superheroes. They wear masks and costumes because they want to believe the world is good. They haven’t lived long enough to understand that everything is a lie. His childhood wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies. He’s got a few scares and the world gave them to him. It was his birthright. They’ve taught him that everything will whither away and die. He can be just like Cena, sign autographs, kiss babies and make sure everyone buys his merchandise. He could go home to his plastic girlfriend and his castle. He could hide behind laughter and tell jokes and make sure he feels better about himself. But Cena was right about one thing. He is different than anyone Cena’s ever faced. At Wrestlemania, he doesn’t care if he ever leaves or if he dies as long as the world sees him the way he does. Follow the buzzards.

No Disqualification Match:

Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton

The bell rings and Orton unloads on Bryan. Orton backs Bryan into the corner and continues the assault. Bryan finally gets a chance and backs Orton into a corner. Off the ropes, and Bryan connects with a knee lift. Bryan drags Orton over to the ring post and rams his knee across it. Bryan continues to attack Orton on the outside, using the ring post. Bryan slides back in and hits a running dropkick, but Orton is back on the offensive and drags Bryan out to the apron.

Orton slides back in and throws several uppercuts at Bryan. Bryan reverses a whip and takes Orton out with a dropkick, sending Orton out to the floor. Bryan dives through the ropes onto Orton. Bryan goes to pick up Orton, but Orton has a kendo stick from under the ring and clocks Bryan with it. Orton taunts the crowd and then suplexes Bryan onto the announce table and we’re off to commercial.

Back from break, and Orton continues to hammer Bryan with the kendo stick. Back to the outside, and Orton suplexes Bryan onto the barricade. Orton rolls Bryan back inside and tries for a cover, but Bryan manages to kick out. Bryan rolls to the outside, but Orton lifts him up and drives him groin-first into the ring post. Bryan clutches the ring post and Orton uses it as leverage for the Orton backbreaker on the floor. Orton pulls Bryan to his feet and rolls him back inside. Orton covers, but Bryan kicks out at 2. Orton tries again, and Bryan kicks out again.

Orton hammers Bryan with right hands and stomps him continuously. Bryan uses the ropes to get to his feet, and Orton goes right back to work. Orton taunts the crowd and whips Bryan to the corner. Bryan flips over and out and hits the running clothesline. Bryan starts to rally and hits a running dropkick in the corner. Bryan drags Orton to the top and hits a hurricanrana for a 2-count. Bryan has the kendo stick now. Orton begs off. Bryan hits Orton with the stick and kicks him and continues switching off. Bryan takes a big swing and kicks Orton in the face.

Bryan heads to the top, and Orton makes it to his feet. Orton trips up Bryan on the top turnbuckle. Orton grabs Bryan by the beard and heads to the top, Bryan in tow. Orton hits the superplex, but it’s not enough to put Bryan away. Orton stomps away on Bryan and sets him up for the second rope DDT and connects. Orton takes more time to pander to the crowd and coils up. Bryan rolls to the floor and grabs the kendo stick. Orton goes out after Bryan, but Bryan nails him with the stick. Bryan pulls Orton out to the floor and nails him several more times with the stick. Bryan takes off and hits a running dropkick on Orton, sending him into the timekeeper’s area. Orton makes it back to his feet and hangs Bryan over the barricade. Orton has a chair and nails Bryan in the gut. He nails Bryan one more time across the back. Orton rolls Bryan inside, but here comes Batista with a spear out of nowhere to Orton! Bryan hits Batista with the running knee. Bryan covers Orton for the win!

WINNER: Daniel Bryan

Bryan stands at the top of the ramp, celebrating, as Batista hits Orton with a Batista Bomb.

Paul Heyman makes his way to the stage. Heyman introduces himself and says he came here to illustrate the point that The Undertaker’s last several Wrestlemania victories were against challengers the Phenom barely survived. Brock Lesnar has conquered and victimized the very same opponents. He shows footage highlighting The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak but argues that Undertaker’s struggling with his own mortality and his battle with Father Time. The footage then turns to Brock Lesnar destroying all of those that The Undertaker has struggled against in recent years. Heyman says The Undertaker’s streak shall rest in peace.

Backstage, The Authority is talking things over. Stephanie’s questioning Triple H’s motives about “Talking to Daniel Bryan” tonight. She says he’s forgotten that Bryan disrespected their authority and her family last week. Triple H hasn’t forgotten anything. He says the match is made and he’s just going to talk to Bryan tonight. She questions his motives again, asking him if he’s been thinking. He says he may be thinking the clearest he has in a long time. He says he’ll take care of it. She says he better.

Fandango w/ Summer Rae vs. Goldust

Goldust starts to crawl toward Fandango, and it seems to be freaking him out. Fandango tries to sneak attack Goldust as he looks over at Summer Rae. Goldust prevents a boot to the gut and spins him around. Off the ropes and Fandango nails a shoulder block, taking Goldust off his feet. Off the ropes again, and Goldust connects on a hip toss. Goldust follows up with a pair of atomic drops and dances a little for Fandango. Goldust drops down for the jab and taunts the crowd. Summer Rae hops up on the apron and Goldust dances for her and barks in her face. Fandango nails Goldust from behind, knocking Summer Rae off the apron into Cody’s arms.

Fandango starts to gain control and notices Summer Rae enjoying Cody’s embrace a little too much as Cody tosses her away. Fandango rams Goldust into the turnbuckle hard. Fandango applies a chinlock, and Goldust has to battle to his feet but Fandango puts him back down. Goldust makes it to his feet again and rolls through with an arm drag and throws a few rights at Fandango. Fandango reverses a whip and sends Goldust into the buckle and goes back to the chinlock.

Fandango sends Goldust into the corner and tries to follow up, but runs into a boot. Goldust takes Fandango down with a hurricanrana, and now both men are down. Fandango takes down Goldust with a snap suplex and heads to the top rope. Goldust avoids the top rope leg drop and hits the Final Cut for the win.

WINNER: Goldust

Corporate Kane makes his way to the ring. Kane says as the Director of Operations, it’s his job to execute the vision of the Authority. The ring is a place for action, but there are some actions that don’t have a place in the ring, like last week’s Occupy RAW. It was dangerous and unsafe. On behalf of the Authority, he’s investigating last week’s debacle and he’s concluded Daniel Bryan couldn’t have succeeded on his own. One man helped Bryan, a man native to Memphis, Tennessee. This man used his hometown connections to allow the Yes movement to join Bryan in and around the ring. For that, Kane is taking action, the kind of action that does have a place in the ring. Kane calls out Jerry Lawler. Lawler doesn’t move from the table, and Kane brings out The Shield.

The Shield comes down and surrounds Lawler. They force Lawler into the ring as Kane takes off his coat and tie. Kane says they’ve known each other for a long time. And they both know he’s not in fighting shape, and he’s not going to enjoy what he has to do. He asks King if he has anything to say for himself. Seth Rollins has a mic and says he can see the look in Lawler’s eyes. But he has a good feeling that Daniel Bryan isn’t coming to save him because The Shield always does what’s best for business… They stop and turn from Lawler to Kane. Kane gets in their faces and starts pointing at them. Kane tries to attack first, but The Shield quickly overpowers him. Kane starts to fight back, but Rollins catches him with a big heel kick and Roman Reigns takes him down with the Spear. They lay him out with a Triple Powerbomb.

The Funkadactyls vs. AJ & Tamina

Cameron and Tamina start this off. Cameron takes her down early with an armdrag. Cameron charges Tamina in the corner, and Tamina easily throws her off and goes to work. Tamina drops a pair of knees into Cameron’s throat and chest. Tamina throws her vest at Cameron and makes a tag to AJ.

AJ kicks Cameron as Tamina holds her up. AJ tries for a cover but only gets 2. AJ applies a chinlock and uses her legs for waistlock. Cameron battles to her feet, but AJ takes her down and tags Tamina back in. Tamina scoops up Cameron and slams her for a 2-count. Tamina lifts her up for a Samoan Drop, but Cameron slips out and hits a heel kick. Both girls make tags and Naomi cleans house on AJ. Naomi takes out Tamina from the apron and hits AJ with a full nelson buster. Tamina runs in to break up the pin and Cameron tries to fight her off. Cameron gets dumped to the floor. Naomi takes out Tamina. AJ applies a front facelock, but Naomi manages a counter and slams AJ. Naomi hits the Split Leg Moonsault for the pin.

WINNERS: The Funkadactyls

After the match, AJ gets into Tamina’s face for always losing until Tamina just shoves AJ down.

Mr. T is announced as the newest member of the 2014 Hall of Fame as part of the Celebrity Wing.

Ryback, Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow & Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Big E & Mark Henry

Big E and Ryback start this off in a tie up. Ryback finally gains the advantage and sends Big E into the corner. Ryback stomps away on Big E. Ryback heads for the ropes. Big E drops down and hits the leap frog and nails Ryback with a shoulder tackle. Big E hits a tackle in the corner. Big E hits another tackle in the opposite corner and takes down Ryback with the belly-to-belly off the ropes. Mark Henry gets a tag and he picks up where Big E left off. Ryback tags Axel, and Axel runs into a big clothesline from Henry as well as a big boot.

Ziggler tags in and connects on the neckbreaker. Axel starts to comeback and rams Ziggler into the buckle before tagging Ryback back in. Ryback scoop slams Ziggler. Ryback battles Ziggler into the corner and whips him across to the opposite side. Ryback follows right behind, but Ziggler hops over and hits a dropkick to the back. Ziggler takes out Del Rio and hits Ryback with a second. The heels try to run in, but the good guys chase them off and we’re heading for commercial.

Back from break, and Del Rio bounces Ziggler off the announce table. Back inside, and Sandow gets the tag and unloads on Ziggler and chokes him with his boot. Sandow continues to show his aggression and headbutts Ziggler into the corner. Ryback gets another tag and hoists Ziggler up for the stalling vertical suplex, but Ziggler counters into an inside cradle. Ryback kicks out and is right back on the offensive. Axel makes another tag and they utilize a quick double team. Axel drops an elbow into the back of Ziggler’s head. Axel continues to taunt Ziggler. Ziggler avoids a right and plants him with a DDT.

Sandow tags in and prevents Ziggler from making a tag. Sandow applies a chinlock. Ziggler battles to his feet, but Sandow manages to retain control. Ziggler ducks a right from Sandow, but Sandow trips him up and slingshots him into the corner. Ziggler avoids an attack in the corner, and Sandow crashes into the buckle headfirst. Ziggler dives and finally makes a tag to Big Show. Big Show comes in clotheslining Sandow and sends him flying with a back body drop. Show crushes Sandow in the corner and takes him out with a tackle. Axel tries to run in and gets nailed for his trouble. Ryback runs in and takes down show. Big E takes out Ryback. Del Rio comes in with a running enzuiguiri to Big E, and he dumps him to the outside. Ziggler hits Del Rio with a Fame-Asser and he dumps Del Rio over the top. Axel rams Ziggler into the steel post, sending him out to the floor. Big Show gets rid of Axel with ease. Sandow tries to attack Big Show from behind but gets squashed with a Chokeslam.

WINNERS: Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Big E & Mark Henry

Backstage, Renee Young catches up with Batista again as he’s leaving. She asks him if it’s safe to assume he didn’t quit earlier. Batista says he’s never quit anything in his life. He doesn’t care who he has to beat, but winning the WWE World Championship at Wrestlemania is why he came back.

Bray Wyatt vs. Kofi Kingston

Wyatt starts to make short work of Kofi until Kofi manages a dropkick. Kofi continues the offense as Wyatt laughs at Kofi until Wyatt pops Kofi in the mouth. Wyatt starts screaming at Kofi, pulling his hair. Wyatt whips Kingston into the corner and charges, but Kofi avoids the contact. Wyatt tries one more time and Kofi slips through the ropes for the double boot. Kofi takes to the top, but Wyatt avoids the contact and levels Kofi with a flying back elbow. Wyatt continues to toy with Kingston and unloads several right hands. Wyatt drills Kingston with a spinning facebuster. Kofi tries to battle back, but Wyatt splashes Kofi in the corner. Sister Abigail ends it for Wyatt.

WINNER: Bray Wyatt

Triple H makes his way out to confront Daniel Bryan. Bryan makes his way down, too. Triple H thanks him for coming out. He wants to get a couple things off his chest. He wants to look him in the eye like a man. A lot of things have led to this moment. Since Summerslam a lot has gone on. Everything he’s done he has done because he believes it is best for business. None of it is personal. He wants him to understand that none of it was personal, but what is best for the WWE. He may not understand it and he won’t debate it. He can’t expect anyone to understand the burden of the decisions he has to make for what is best for the company. Last week, Bryan crossed a line you can’t come back from.

He’s willing to let it go and be water under the bridge. He feels like it was supposed to happen this way. In 3 weeks, Bryan and Triple H are going to get into the ring and Triple H won’t apologize to Bryan, nor should Bryan apologize to him for what happens in the ring. They are going to do what they do best at Wrestlemania. When it’s all said and done Bryan crossed a line and he has no choice but to put an end to all this. He doesn’t want to, but he has no choice. He has to end the Yes Movement and shut it down, even if it means ending Daniel Bryan. It’s what’s best for business, and if it is he’ll do it every single time. As a man, he wants to let Bryan know, no hard feelings. May the best man win. He throws his hand out for Bryan to shake and Bryan says no. Triple H says he’d probably do the same thing, probably worse. Triple H has done a lot to Bryan since Summerslam and Bryan is still standing. Triple H says the people respect him. They’ve seen him go through it all. They’ve seen him walk through the mountain of crap he has dumped on him. Anyone else would’ve taken their ball and gone home. Triple H says Bryan has earned his respect and turns to leave.

Stephanie McMahon walks out and says what Bryan did last week was illegal. Every thing Bryan did last week put people in danger and she is physically pressing charges. She brings out cops to arrest Bryan. Stephanie and Triple H argue on the ramp as the cops surround Bryan in the ring. They tackle Bryan and handcuff him in the middle of the ring and hold him down with batons. Triple H hops into the ring and tells them to get off Bryan. It’s not what he wants. Triple H says they’re not even real cops.

They back off and leave the ring. Triple H says he’s been looking forward to doing this himself and Triple H kicks Bryan in the head! Triple H starts stomping a defenseless Bryan. Bryan rolls out to the floor and Triple H pulls him to his feet and rams him into the steps. Triple H drags Bryan around the ringside area and rams him into the announce table. Bryan tries to fight back, but Triple H rams him into the apron and slams him on the table. Triple H starts slapping Bryan and rams him into the barricade. Stephanie gets into Bryan’s face and starts mocking him.

Triple H starts hammering Bryan with right hands and rams him into the barricade one more time. Bryan tries to kick Triple H, but Triple H counters it and continues assaulting Bryan. Triple H rips Bryan’s shirt from his back and front face slams him onto the table. Triple H mocks Bryan some more and holds him up so Stephanie can smack him across the face. Bryan starts screaming at Stephanie, and she hits him again. Triple H rolls him into the apron and grabs a chair. He hits Bryan in the head with the chair and the back of Bryan’s head smacks into the ring post. Stephanie whispers into Bryan’s ear, “That’s what you get.”

Triple H drags Bryan to the center of the ring and Pedigrees him. Triple H grabs the mic. And says it’s his ring, their ring, their house. There is no Yes Movement. The Authority stands tall over Bryan as RAW goes off the air.

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