March 10, 2014
Justin Roberts introduces Hulk Hogan to kick off tonight’s show. Hogan says his last two weeks have been crazy. Everyone’s talking. He’s been reliving his battles from Wrestlemanias past via the WWE Network. He got so jacked up reliving his match with Andre back at Wrestlemania III that He came up with an historic idea for the thirtieth Wrestlemania. At Wrestlemania there will be an Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal where the winner will receive the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy.
John Cena’s music hits and he comes down. Cena says it’s good to have Hogan home. His favorite Wrestlemania moment was seeing Hogan slam Andre back at ‘Mania III. He can only imagine what it was like to beat a real giant. He knew then Hulkamania would live forever. Cena throws his name into the hat and the Andre The Giant Battle Royal.
The lights flicker and The Wyatts are here! Bray’s always been fascinated by pride; it’s his favorite sin. It has the power to blind even the strongest men, even those who claim to be immortal. Hey kids, take your vitamins and say your prayers all praise be to the virtues of hustle, loyalty and respect as if they can do you any good. Cena and Hogan are liars, and their foolish pride preys among the weak and fill them with hope, but hope is dead as will be Cena’s legacy. He says Cena doesn’t get it, but how could he? If he looks up at Bray, he would see a friend. If he looks down on Wyatt, he will see an enemy. If he looks him square in the eye, he will see a god.
Cena asks if Bray even listens to the crap he says. Cena doesn’t see a god, he sees a homeless guy who spent too many years wasting away in Margaritaville, but he didn’t find a shaker of salt but two goons. Now he prances out in a Hawaiian shirt, a tiki torch and a rocking chair from Cracker Barrel. He excuses himself from Hogan. He may not make the Battle Royal because he wants to issue an open challenge at Wrestlemania against Wyatt.
Wyatt says it’s all fun and games until someone gets caught in the spider’s web.
John Cena vs. Erick Rowan
This match started during the break and Cena’s mounting a comeback until he runs into a clothesline from Rowan. Rowan continues to ground Cena. Cena has to battle out but runs into a knee from Rowan. Rowan connects on a pump handle backbreaker that earns him a 2-count. Rowan drops an elbow. Rowan tries for another, but Cena rolls out of the way. Cena tries another comeback and dives for Rowan, but Rowan catches and throws Cena with a fallaway slam. Rowan splashes Cena in the corner and throws him to the mat for another cover and another 2-count.
Rowan charges Cena in the corner, but Cena moves out of the way and heads for the ropes. Cena launches himself and Rowan catches him in mid-air again with a bear hug. Cena has to power out of the hug, but Rowan puts him right back on the mat with a forearm. Rowan easily scoops up Cena for a powerslam. Rowan pulls Cena to his feet and scoops him up one more time, but Cena slips out and rolls up Rowan for a quick win.
WINNER: John Cena
After the match, The Wyatts tease an attack on Hogan and Cena. Hogan and Cena look ready, but the Wyatts back off. Hogan does his celebration for the crowd and Cena joins in.
The Authority makes their way to the stage. Stephanie McMahon says last week Daniel Bryan viciously attacked Triple H and suffered the consequences by being Pedigreed. Bryan’s actions were grounds for immediate termination. However, they have decided to lead by example, they apologize. They recognize the value in the Daniel Bryan brand. Not as much value as Randy Orton or Batista. There’s a certain niche following. They won’t fire Bryan as long as he can apologize to them. It’s time Bryan admits he’s wrong and that he’s not man enough to be in the ring with Triple H, not now nor at Wrestlemania. Triple H is above Bryan professionally, figuratively and literally. If not, there will be severe consequences.
The Usos vs. Rybaxel
The New Age Outlaws are joining us for commentary. Ryback starts this off with Jey. Jey gains the upperhand quickly with a series of chops until Ryback overpowers him with a side headlock. Uso shoots Ryback to the ropes and takes him down with a hip toss. Ryback backs Uso to the corner and tags Curtis Axel. Axel comes in and gets smacked in the face off the ropes. Axel shoots Uso to the ropes off the side headlock but takes a shoulder block. Uso heads for the ropes, but Axel tosses Uso through the ropes out of desperation.
Ryback makes another tag, rolls Uso back inside and connects on the big splash for a 2-count. Another quick tag to Axel as he comes in with a knee drop and a reverse chinlock. Uso fights to his feet and tries for a tag. Axel holds Uso back by his shorts. Axel tries a suplex, but Uso lands on his feet on the other side and dives to tag in his brother. Jimmy comes in cleaning house and hits the Samoan Drop on Axel. Ryback runs in to prevent the Splash in the corner, but Uso ducks and connects on Axel and immediately fires back with a superkick to Ryback. Ryback rolls to the floor and Axel walks into a kick. Uso takes to the air, tagging his brother on the way down onto Ryback on the floor. Jey hits the Splash from the top onto Axel for the 1-2-3.
WINNERS: The Usos
Backstage, Kane is with The Shield. Kane rehashes the events of the last week with The Shield, saying they’ve embarrassed themselves. Dean Ambrose wants to know if there’s a point. Kane says they’ve proved to be an invaluable asset. As Director of Operations, he’s taken it upon himself to light the fire and see if they’re going to remain an invaluable asset or if they’re disposable. He says the first cracks in their shield appeared when Reigns and Rollins lost the Tag Team Titles to the Rhodes Brothers. Rollins says they’ll take on the Rhodes’s anytime, but he wants to know if Kane’s trying to deflect some of the attention from himself when he lost to Daniel Bryan last week… twice. Kane warns them that they need to step up. Ambrose says they will and exercise the Shield’s demons. Reigns adds that they may exercise any demons that get in their way, implying Kane. Believe in the Shield.
Big E vs. Jack Swagger
The bell rings and they tie up. Swagger forces Big E back into the corner and unloads several knees to his mid-section. Big E reverses a whip to the corner and hits Swagger with a shoulder tackle. Big E hits one more and climbs up the ropes for the mounted punches but Swagger hooks Big E and drops him with a belly-to-belly suplex.
A short-arm clothesline finds the mark on Big E. Swagger applies a double armbar and Big E has to fight to his feet. Off the ropes and Big E ducks a clothesline, but Swagger gets him the second time around. Swagger heads to the ropes again but Big E explodes with a couple of tackles and a belly-to-belly suplex. Swagger clips Big E’s knee out of frustration. Swagger chokes Big E in the ropes.
On the outside, Zeb Colter tries to get Cesaro to interfere but Cesaro won’t do it. Swagger wants to know what’s up and that gives Big E a chance to roll up Swagger for the win.
WINNER: Big E
After the match, Swagger gets into Cesaro’s face and they start arguing. Colter says they’re driving him crazy and says it was both of their faults. Colter takes his vest off and throws it down and tries to get Swagger to shake Cesaro’s hand, but he won’t do it. Swagger finally does and Cesaro squeezes down on Swagger’s hand until Zeb finally gets Cesaro to let go.
The gong sounds as the lights go out and The Undertaker comes to the ring for an announcement. Undertaker doesn’t get a word out before Paul Heyman comes out to the stage. Heyman apologizes for disrupting Undertaker’s train of thought. He’s here as Brock Lesnar’s advocate. He’s here to advocate the position that Undertaker preserve the greatest streak in sports, in entertainment, and sports entertainment because so many people just casually throw the number 21-0 around to the point where it almost trivializes the magnitude of his historic accomplishment. Heyman wants to put the performance in perspective. Shawn Michaels never won two Wrestlemania matches in a row. Triple H got to 3, but couldn’t do better. Hulk Hogan got to 3. Steve Austin has 4, so does John Cena. The Undertaker has 21. That is when man becomes myth and a deity of biblical proportions, which is why he’s here to ask Undertaker not to compete against Lesnar at Wrestlemania. Brock Lesnar is the reality crashing down around the fantasy of 22-0. The Streak will be conquered by Brock Lesnar.
Undertaker says the fear of death is far greater than the death itself, but the fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all. He tells Heyman to tell Lesnar that if he shows up at Wrestlemania, he will rest in peace.
The Rhodes Brothers vs. The Shield
Cody will start this with Seth Rollins. Rollins backs Cody into the corner and Rollins kicks Rhodes in the gut before the ref can break it up. Rollins backs Cody into the other corner and continues the assault. Rollins tries a snap suplex, but Cody counters into a stalling front face slam for 2. Cody tags in Goldust and they utilize the 5-count for a quick double team.
Goldust continues grounding Rollins, Rollins manages to back Goldust into the corner. Goldust reverses a whip and back drops Rollins for 2. Cody gets another tag and heads to the top for another quick double team. Cody whips Rollins hard into the corner. Rhodes tries a slingshot out of the corner, but Rollins flips and lands on his feet and STOs Cody into the buckle in the process.
Rollins backs Cody into The Shield’s corner and stomps away before tagging in Reigns. Reigns uses the ropes to his advantage and rakes Cody’s face. Rollins tags back in and comes off the top with a double team and drops a big knee to Cody’s face before applying a modified clutch. Rhodes battles to his feet and backs Rollins into the corner, but Rollins makes a tag to Reigns.
Reigns whips Rhodes to the corner, where Cody avoids a splash. Cody makes a tag to Goldust. Goldust takes down Reigns with a clothesline. Goldust off the ropes and drops down for the quick jab. Goldust takes Rollins off the apron and hits a spinebuster on Reigns. Reigns reverses a whip to the corner. Reigns charges, but Goldust gets an elbow up. Goldust heads to the top for a moonsault onto The Shield. Reigns charges Goldust. Goldust drops down and Reigns topples out to the floor. Rollins charges and Goldust back drops him over the top onto Reigns! Cody takes to the air for a Disaster Kick out to the floor, taking out Reigns and Goldust flies onto Rollins. Ambrose looks to get involved but backs off and we’re off to commercial.
Back from break, and Reigns is trying to keep Goldust grounded and does with a suplex. Reigns continues to toy with Goldust as he tags Rollins back in. Rollins snapmares Goldust over and applies a reverse chinlock. Goldust fights to his feet, but Rollins whips him to the corner and hits a flying forearm. Reigns takes out Goldust with the running kick on the floor. Reigns takes his time capitalizing on Goldust’s situation, and Goldust tries to make a comeback that Reigns flattens in no time.
Rollins tags back in and connects with a clothesline to Goldust. Rollins smashes Goldust’s face with his boot. Goldust fights back to his feet, but Rollins takes him out with a dropkick and tags Reigns back in. Reigns pulls Goldust to his feet and rams him into the corner. Reigns lays in several kicks and the referee has to back him off. Reigns crushes Goldust in the corner. He tries it one more time, but Goldust counters with a powerslam. Rollins tags in and hooks Goldust’s leg to prevent the tag. Goldust kicks him off and he finally makes a tag to Cody.
Cody comes in and cleans house and tries to roll Reigns up for 2. Cody drops down for his jab. Cody takes out Reigns with the Disaster Kick on Reigns on the apron. Cody hits Rollins with a moonsault for a 2-count. Cody charges Rollins in the corner, but Rollins gets a boot up. Cody blocks the boot and slaps Rollins in the face. Cody sets up Rollins on the top turnbuckle and positions him on his shoulders for a fisherman’s drop. Rhodes covers, but Roman Reigns runs in for the save. Goldust takes out Reigns. Cody and Rollins bump heads off the ropes. Reigns runs in and Spears Goldust. Cody takes out Reigns. Rollins counters a Cross Rhodes. Cody tries a Disaster Kick, but Rollins catches him and powerbombs him into the corner before stomping Rhodes’s face for the win.
WINNERS: The Shield
AJ Lee & Tamina vs. The Bellas
Natalya is joining us for commentary. Nikki will start this with Tamina. They tie up and end up in the ropes and the ref has to break them up. Tamina shoves Nikki several times and Nikki responds with a few forearms. Nikki applies waistlock and starts to work the arm before tagging in Brie. They utilize the double team and Nikki hits Tamina with an elbow and Brie connects with a running knee to Tamina’s face. Brie heads to the second rope, but AJ’s up for the distraction. Tamina nails Brie with a hard kick that sends Brie to the floor. Tamina attacks Brie on the floor and rolls her back inside.
Tamina applies a modified clutch and Brie has to battle to her feet. Tamina regains control with a series of headbutts, sending Brie back into the corner. AJ tags in and Tamina sets up Brie for a spinning heel kick from AJ. AJ prevents a tag. AJ charges Brie in the corner, but Brie gets an elbow up. AJ uses the ropes to apply a front facelock and wraps her legs around Brie. AJ rolls up Brie. Brie rolls through and kicks AJ in the face. Brie manages a tag to Nikki. Nikki comes in and cleans house on AJ. Nikki sends AJ to the corner and connects with a splash. Nikki charges AJ on the other side, but AJ gets a pair of boots up. AJ takes off and Nikki hits a stunner. Nikki goes for the cover, but Tamina breaks up the pin.
Brie attacks Tamina on the outside. AJ dropkicks Brie through the ropes and applies the Black Widow to Nikki, but Nikki reverses into the backbreaker for the win.
WINNERS: The Bellas
Daniel Bryan comes out to respond to the Authority. He says the Yes Movement! Is alive in Tennessee. He asks if anyone thought Stephanie’s apology earlier was sincere. The Authority wants to scare him into falling in line and apologize for kicking Triple H in the face. But Hunter can’t have it both ways. If he wants to be COO and corporate, that’s fine. But if he wants to attack Bryan and get in his face, he won’t back down. If they want Bryan to apologize for standing up for himself, he doesn’t have two words for them, he’s got one: NO! Bryan says it ends tonight because we’re tired of Triple H. He’s not listening to anyone. Tonight, we’re going to make it so he has to listen to us. Tonight, the Yes Movement is in full effect and we are going to occupy RAW. He’s not leaving until he gets what he wants; a match with Triple H at Wrestlemania. He’s not alone. He’s going to fill the ring and the arena with the Yes Movement! He talked to some members of the Yes Movement! And he wants them to come to the ring. A bunch of fans in Bryan shirts start to fill the ring and we’re off to commercial!
Back from break, and there are Daniel Bryan fans everywhere! Bryan keeps telling The Authority to come out and answer his challenge. Triple H and Stephanie finally walk out. Triple H congratulates Bryan for his occupy movement. Now is the part where reality comes crashing down on them. They have 30 seconds to get out of their ring before they call security and have them arrested. Triple H checks his watch while all the people in and around the ring chant, “NO!”
Bryan asks what it would be like if everybody in the arena walked out and they set up a ring outside and they can finish RAW in the empty arena. Triple H calls out security, and two guys in suits come out. They take one look at the crowd of people and turn back around. Stephanie orders security to clear the ring. She says Daniel Bryan is the wrong horse to back. She asks if it’s worth it. Bryan says they underestimate the power of all these people. Bryan says they don’t own any of it, not the people, not the arena, not the ring and not Bryan.
Triple H says it ends now. Get the show back on the road.
Damien Sandow comes out for his match and stops in the aisle. Bryan invites him into the ring. Sandow turns and heads back up the ramp. Triple H tries to stop him but Sandow won’t go. Stephanie comes back and tells Sandow not disrespect her husband and her family. She says when she was born it all became hers. She owns all of it. She screams at them to get out. Bryan says they can end it right now, all they want is a match at Wrestlemania.
Triple H says the truth is that he likes Bryan. He saw something in him. He took it upon himself to protect him so he would be successful. He protected him at Summerslam and ever since. He wouldn’t agree to fight him at Wrestlemania because he won’t stop at Wrestlemania, it’s how he operates. If Bryan wants a fight at Wrestlemania, he’s got it. Triple H turns to leave, but Bryan stops him. He misspoke earlier. That’s not all he wants. As much as the people want to see him fight Triple H, what they really want is to see Bryan fight for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. So if he beats Triple H at Wrestlemania, he gets added to the Championship match.
Triple H rips off his coat and tries to charge the ring and security has to stop him. Triple H screams at Bryan he’ll get all of it at Wrestlemania!
Memphis Street Fight:
Sheamus vs. Christian
Christian goes on the offensive early, but Sheamus quickly turns it around. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick early, but misses. Sheamus sends Christian to the outside and rams him into the barricade and the announce table. Sheamus picks up one of the guitars at ringside and smashes it into the ring post as Christian avoids the contact. Christian picks up one of the guitars and rams it into Sheamus’s gut. Christian tosses Sheamus into more of the guitars lying around ringside. Sheamus reverses a whip, sending Christian into the ring steps.
Christian tries to leave and Sheamus tackles him on the ramp. Christian shoves Sheamus off the ramp onto the concrete. Christian kicks Sheamus in the head and hits a Tornado DDT off the stage to head to commercial!
Back from commercial, and Christian grabs a kendo stick from under the ring and rams it into Sheamus’s mid-section. Christian starts to unload on Sheamus with the stick. Christian tries for a cover, but Sheamus kicks out at 2. Christian continues his assault with the kendo stick in the corner. Christian charges, but Sheamus ducks the attack. Sheamus tries to rally back with some right hands. Christian whips Sheamus to the ropes and catches him with a knee.
Christian goes out to the floor and grabs another stick from under the ring. Christian climbs the turnbuckle and leaps from the second, but Sheamus hits him on the way down. Sheamus blocks a right from Christian and clotheslines Christian off his feet. Sheamus starts to rally and tackles Christian in the corner. Off the ropes, and Sheamus hits a running knee and another clothesline. Sheamus picks up the kendo stick and charges, but Christian gets a boot up. Christian leaps from the second again and gets caught in mid-air for a rolling senton. Christian rolls out to the apron. Sheamus looks to go clubbin’, but Christian hangs him off the top rope. Christian tries for the kendo stick, but Sheamus is there too.
Sheamus kicks Christian and has the kendo stick. Sheamus repays the favor with a few shots of the stick and hits White Noise for a near-fall. Christian rolls out to the apron and Sheamus unloads the clubbing forearms. Sheamus scoops up Christian and powerslams him into the ring. Sheamus sets up for the Brogue Kick but Christian bails out to the floor. Christian trips up Sheamus from the outside, and Sheamus pulls him into the ring post. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse off the steps and rolls Christian back inside.
Sheamus pulls a bunch of chairs out from under the ring and grabs the bass drum from ringside. He tries to send Christian into the bass drum, but Christian counters. Christian grabs a chair and takes out Sheamus. He drapes a chair across Sheamus’s chest and heads to the top. Christian connects with a frog splash from the top onto the chair! Christian goes for the cover, but Sheamus kicks out at 2. Christian grabs the bass drum and Sheamus Brogue Kicks him through the drum for the 1-2-3.
Backstage, Brad Maddox is with Batista when Randy Orton walks up. Orton wants to know if Triple H has gone insane. Maddox says the Authority has left, but they want their A+ players to take care of business and settle their differences tonight. Orton says he’s willing to make it work if Batista is. Batista walks off.
Lana comes out to introduce Alexander Rusev.
The Wyatts are backstage for a promo. Harper says Cena made a big mistake. It’s a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the reaper. Wyatt says he’s not of this world and laughs. It’s such a euphoric experience for him seeing Cena stand with Hogan. It was as if he was looking at Cena’s future. Two men so self absorbed that they refuse to let it go. Do you see yourself in Wyatt? It would take a lot for Cena to admit that he is every bit a monster as Wyatt is. Wyatt has a thousand faces and a million names. If he wants to see him as a vicious beast, so he will be. If he wants to see him as a smiling child, so he will be. Wrestlemania XXX, he accepts. Cena is the one with every thing to lose. Cena’s time is up but Wyatt is forever. Time is on his side. Run.
Big Show & Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton & Batista
Bryan will start this with Orton. Orton takes it to Bryan early on and rams him into the corner. Bryan reverses a whip, ducks his head but takes a boot to the head. Bryan drops Orton over the top rope and flies through the ropes onto Orton as we head to commercial.
Back from break, and Bryan has Orton reeling. Orton reverses a whip and knees Bryan. Batista gets the tag and rams Bryan into the buckle. Batista continues to attack Bryan in the corner and whips him back into the corner and hits him with a tackle. Batista continues the assault and chokes Bryan in the corner and tags in Orton. Bryan tries to fend off Orton, but that just seems to irritate Orton. Orton catches Bryan off the ropes with a powerslam. Orton stomps Bryan’s face and tags Batista back in.
Batista suplexes Bryan and drags him to the apron. Batista drives a couple of elbows into Bryan. Bryan falls to the floor and Batista drives him into the apron before rolling him back inside. Batista whips Bryan into the corner but runs into a boot. Bryan flies out of the corner but runs into a clothesline. Orton tags back in and Batista gives him a free shot. Orton headbutts Bryan. Bryan stomps the gut of Bryan and drops a knee, but Bryan rolls out of the way and finally makes a tag to Big Show. Batista tags in and Big Show makes short work of him with a splash in the corner and a sidewalk slam.
Orton attacks Big Show from the apron, but it doesn’t faze Show. But it gives Batista enough time to regroup and take Show off his feet. Orton tags back in and stomps Big Show’s leg and starts to work his knee. Another quick tag to Batista, and Orton and Batista are seemingly on the same page. Big Show manages a chop, but Batista takes Show down with a tackle. Batista tries for a Batista Bomb, but Big Show powers out and has to crawl to tag in Bryan.
Orton gets a tag on the other side and Bryan unloads the right hands. Orton tries to whip Bryan to the corner and Bryan flips over and out and takes out Orton with the flying clothesline. Yes! Kicks from Bryan. Bryan takes out Orton and goes for the cover, but Orton kicks out at 2. Bryan heads to the top. Batista tries to fight him off, but Bryan kicks him off. Bryan misses the flying headbutt from the top. Orton tries a roll up, but Bryan kicks out and applies the Yes! Lock. Batista is in for the save. Big Show takes out Batista and Orton takes out Show with the RKO. Bryan’s climbing to his feet, but Orton’s right behind him. Batista takes off, looking for a Spear but Bryan moves and Batista nails Orton. Bryan hits Batista with a flying knee.
Bryan charges Orton in the corner, but Orton avoids the contact. Orton drops Bryan with the second rope DDT. Orton tries for the RKO on Orton, but Bryan counters into a backslide. Orton kicks out and Bryan explodes with a running knee for the win!
WINNERS: Daniel Bryan & Big Show
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