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.
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.
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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