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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (09/01/14)

September 1, 2014

Des Moines, IA

Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel with Randy Orton. Chris Jericho is already on his way to the ring. He introduces Randy Orton, but the entire Authority comes out. Jericho says he was expecting Orton to come out by himself, not with his law firm- Sell Out, Suck Up and Schnaz. Kane tries to cut him off, but Triple H interrupts. He says ordinarily he’d enjoy swapping insults with Jericho, but tonight he has important business. Jericho says Triple H usually only has important business in the ring when his wife is in jail. Triple H makes fun of Jericho’s scarf, and Jericho responds by making fun of Triple H’s pink tie.

Triple H says this will be the most historic Highlight Reel in history because he’s been reviewing the match at Summerslam between Brock Lesnar and John Cena. He says it may not be best for business to have a rematch between Cena and Lesnar. He’s contemplating naming a new number one contender for Night of Champions. Orton chimes in and says there’s only one man that can beat Brock Lesnar, and it’s him. Kane says maybe it should be someone who puts on a mask and opens the gates of Hell on the Beast Incarnate. Seth Rollins says maybe the future has already arrived. He’s taken out Dean Ambrose and is one of the most intelligent and dangerous Superstars in the locker room. Jericho says maybe the shot should go to the first ever Undisputed Champion in the history of this business.

John Cena’s music hits. He comes out and asks Triple H what the hell he’s talking about. Just because Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels say he can’t, doesn’t mean he won’t. The same guys thought he couldn’t beat Triple H at Wrestlemania XXII, and Triple H tapped out. Cena reminds Triple H he’s the COO. He says he invoked the clause, and Triple H authorized it. He might take Triple H to court, take every penny he has and then he’ll be COO. He’s not just going to beat Brock Lesnar, he’s going to beat Lesnar’s ass. Triple H says he has a new idea for John Cena’s t-shirt: Hustle, loyalty, respect, lawsuit. Triple H says Cena is so blinded by retribution that he is threatening lawsuits. He says Cena’s being small-minded like everyone else, but he knows what his job is. No matter what, he does what’s best for business every single day. He’s the first to admit he’s not the first to think John Cena’s best for business as WWE World Heavyweight Champion anymore. But Lesnar ending Cena’s career at Night of Champions isn’t best for business at all.

Rollins chimes in and says Cena should get his rematch. He asks what’s the worst that could happen. If an opportunity should present itself, maybe there’s always plan B and he lifts up the Money in the Bank briefcase. Orton says Seth is right, Cena’s earned it. But he says he wants the winner. Whatever happened to his rematch after Wrestlemania? Chris Jericho interjects since it is still the Highlight Reel. He says Orton’s had 1,000 rematches and has never succeeded. Orton’s last big match he saw he got Superman Punched and Speared by Roman Reigns. Orton says it means nothing and Roman Reigns means nothing. He tells Jericho he would drop Reigns if he were here right now and to proceed with caution because if he makes a joke about Orton, Jericho won’t like the punch line.

Roman Reigns makes his way through the crowd. Reigns tells Orton he’s right here and tells him to drop him. He says Rollins and Kane don’t seem happy to see him, either after what he did last week to their eulogy for Dean Ambrose. He says his name belongs in the mix for number 1 contenders. Triple H says he’s going to give everybody a chance to prove himself tonight. John Cena, Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns will take on Kane, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins. Seth Rollins tries to sneak attack Reigns with the briefcase, but Reigns drops Rollins and he retreats with The Authority.

Cesaro & The Miz w/ Damien Sandow vs. Sheamus & Dolph Ziggler

Cesaro and Ziggler start this off. Cesaro gains an early advantage with an uppercut and drops Ziggler’s heart-stopping elbows. Cesaro scoops up Ziggler, but Ziggler lands on his feet and dropkicks Cesaro. Ziggler goes after Miz, and Miz drops down to the floor and sits in a chair to have his makeup checked. Cesaro takes advantage and attacks Ziggler.

Miz tags in, and Cesaro scoop slams Ziggler. Miz kicks Ziggler in the face and covers for 2. Miz continues to kick Ziggler and slaps on a chinlock. Ziggler rallies to his feet. Miz misses a clothesline, and Ziggler hits a Thesz Press. Ziggler hip tosses Miz, and Miz has to roll to the outside. Sheamus goes out after Miz and attacks. Sheamus rolls Miz back inside. Miz tries to kick Sheamus, but Sheamus blocks it and shoves him off his feet. Sheamus hits a running high knee and a clothesline. Miz catches Sheamus with several fists to the gut and backs Sheamus into the corner. Sheamus starts to fight back and tosses Miz out onto the apron. Sheamus unloads the 10 Beats…

Sheamus brings Miz in the hard way with a rolling senton for 2. Miz starts to rally as the crowd chants for Ziggler. Sheamus blocks a hip toss, and Miz covers up his face. Cesaro makes a blind tag and nails Sheamus with a big dropkick as we head to commercial break.

Back from commercial, and Cesaro has things in control against Sheamus. Cesaro drops an elbow and applies a reverse chinlock. Cesaro unloads on Sheamus in the corner, but Sheamus is unaffected and starts to fire back. Sheamus goes out to the apron and tackles Cesaro on the way back in. Cesaro picks up Sheamus for a fall away slam into a bridge for 2. Cesaro charges Sheamus in the corner and runs into a pair of boots. Sheamus skins the cat up to the top turnbuckle, but Cesaro catches him with a forearm to the face. Sheamus fights him off and hits a battering ram from the top. Both men are down. Cesaro makes a tag first, and Sheamus finally makes one as well. Ziggler comes in and unloads on Miz. Ziggler connects on a neckbreaker and tries a Fame-Asser. Miz tries to counter, but Ziggler rolls up Miz with a sunset flip for 2. Ziggler follows up with a huge DDT, and Cesaro has to make the save.

Sheamus runs in and he goes over the top with Cesaro. Ziggler misses wildly on another Fame-Asser and Miz tags in his stunt double, Damien Sandow. Sandow gets taken out by a Zig-Zag from Ziggler, allowing Miz to run in and hit Ziggler with a Skull Crushing Finale for the 3-count.

WINNERS: The Miz and Cesaro

Summer Rae, Layla & Naomi vs. Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes & Cameron

Layla and Rosa start this off. Layla tries a quick roll up, but Rosa kicks out. Rosa gains control until Layla tries another rollup and kicks Rosa in the face. Layla hits a springboard crossbody, and Cameron has to run in for the save. All of the Total Divas get in the ring and start fighting, and the referee calls for the bell. Naomi takes out Cameron with a Rear View, and Summer Rae and Layla hit a double dropkick to Eva Marie, sending her out to the floor.

WINNERS: No Contest

Mark Henry & Big Show vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan

Rowan and Henry start this off. Henry takes down Rowan easily with a shoulder tackle and backs him into the corner. Henry whips Rowan into the neutral corner and unloads some mounted punches. Henry sends Rowan into the opposite corner and splashes him. Henry steps on Rowan’s chest and chokes him with a knee. Henry headbutts Rowan. Harper tries to get involved and Henry shoves him off, but that allows Rowan a chance to regroup. Harper tags in and levels Henry with a big boot for 2 as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Rowan has Henry in a front facelock. Henry battles to his feet. Both men try big boots and miss. Rowan manages to drive Henry back into his corner and tags in Harper. Rusev makes his way out to the ring. Harper charges Henry and walks into a big boot. Henry makes a tag to Big Show. Big Show comes in and cleans house with clotheslines to Harper and a splash in the corner. Show takes out Rowan with a spinning kick. Show drops down to the floor and chases Harper. Harper clips Big Show’s knee, and Show crashes into the barricade.

The Big Show barely makes it into the ring before the 10-count, and Harper kicks Big Show several more times. Rowan tags back in and picks up where Harper left off with the stomps. Rowan crushes Big Show’s cranium between his fists. Big Show overpowers Rowan and flips him over. Rowan gets back to his feet and hits a running big boot to Show’s head. Harper tags back in and chops Show in the throat. Show chops his way out of the corner, but Harper regains control and knocks Big Show off his feet with a kick. Rowan tags back in and continues to ground Big Show. Rowan scoops up Big Show for a slam! Rowan tries another slam, but Big Show manages to counter and hits a DDT. Both men are down and both men make tags.

Henry comes in with a series of clotheslines to Harper. Harper gets a splash in the corner and a powerslam. Rowan has to come back in to break up the pin. Big Show comes in and shoves Rowan over the top with one hand. Rowan and Big Show start battling on the floor. Meanwhile in the ring, Henry scoops up Harper, and Rusev comes in and kicks Henry in the face for the DQ. Harper tries to come in with a chair, and Big Show punches it out of his hand and chases him and Rowan off.

WINNERS: Big Show & Mark Henry via DQ

Paul Heyman comes out. He says his client, Brock Lesnar, has authorized him to enlighten the people on the term, “over compensatory behavior.” Any qualified psychoanalyst would testify on his behalf that is exactly what John Cena has exhibited. His client emasculated John Cena at Summerslam. Cena has now suffered the fate of seeing the day his manhood was stripped from him. Last week John Cena didn’t listen to reason from the Hall of Fame panel. Tonight, John Cena didn’t listen to what was best for business from Triple H, who sees Cena as a cash cow. Cena is so desperate to hold on to his image of being virile. That’s why he ate the Wyatts last week. That’s why he’ll be spectacular tonight, and it won’t equal half of the dominance he’ll be subjected to at Night of Champions from Brock Lesnar.

Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Curtis Axel

They wrestler their way into the corner, and Axel gains an early advantage. Swagger gains control and hip tosses Axel out of the corner. Axel starts to attack Swagger’s injured ribs as Bo Dallas makes an appearance. Axel clotheslines Swagger from behind and continues to work Swagger’s ribs. Swagger tries to fight back again, but Axel connects with a dropkick. Swagger rolls to the outside and has to confer with Colter. Swagger hangs Axel off the top rope. Swagger follows up with a clothesline back inside the ring. Swagger tries a Swagger Bomb, and Axel tries to counter. Swagger slaps on the Patriot Lock instead, and Axel has no choice but to tap out.

WINNER: Jack Swagger

Bo Dallas interrupts the celebration. He says he wants to introduce a couple of Americans that Swagger let down by losing to Rusev. First is Richie, a farmer from Iowa who bet an entire month’s salary on Swagger and lost. He went on to bet double or nothing and lost his entire savings. The bank is taking his family’s farm. Second- Angelo is an up and coming tailor who immigrated here a couple of years ago. He was so disappointed in Swagger’s performance he failed his citizenship test and is being deported. Finally, Jennifer is the mother of a son whose favorite wrestler was Jack Swagger. After Summerslam, her son now wants to be like Vladimir Putin. Bo asks the people to get on their feet and place their hands over their hearts and say, “All you have to do is BO-Lieve!”

Adam Rose vs. Titus O’Neil w/ Heath Slater

Rose has to use his speed early on to gain an advantage and rolls around Titus. Titus walks into a boot from Rose. Rose heads to the top and dives off but gets caught in mid-air. Titus drops Rose with several backbreakers and throws him. Titus continues to attack Rose in the corner as Rose’s bunny gets involved with Slater on the outside. Slater takes the bunny off his feet. Titus goes over and says something to Slater, but the bunny takes out Slater with a double-leg take down. Rose rolls up Titus for the 1-2-3.

WINNER: Adam Rose

Rusev comes out with Lana. Lana says today is Labor Day or another day off. Which means we continue to educate our youth to be corpulent and listless. In Russia, today is the Day of Knowledge, where they celebrate and promote the education of their youth. America and Labor Day sucks.

Rusev w/ Lana vs. Zack Ryder

Ryder takes it to Rusev early on and tries a Rough Ryder. Rusev counters the Rough Ryder into a fall away slam and nails Ryder with a thrust kick. Rusev wins it with an Accolade.

WINNER: Rusev

Mark Henry comes out. Rusev bails out of the ring and retreats up the ramp with Lana. Henry grabs a mic and asks what Rusev’s scared of. He says he’s scared too, of what he might do if he gets his hands on Rusev. He’s the strongest man in the strongest country, the United States of America. He tells Rusev that if he thinks he’s invincible because he’s undefeated, he’s got another thing coming. He just opened an international wing in the Hall of Pain, and Rusev will be the first inductee.

Backstage, Triple H is with Stephanie. He says he doesn’t understand why she wants to get involved with the Bellas. She says she relates to them. She says when their employees have problems her door is always open. She also says she’s been given so much in her life, the opportunity to give back is right in front of her. Triple H tells her he’s proud of her and she says she can’t wait to see Nikki’s face when she makes the announcement.

Stephanie McMahon comes to the ring. As a principle owner of WWE and one of the most powerful female leaders in the world, it’s her duty to commend Nikki Bella to have the courage and stand up in the face of adversity and tell her story. She brings out Nikki. Nikki thanks Stephanie for the opportunity to get every thing off her chest. Stephanie says she had no idea how deep the family issues ran with Nikki. She says the audience knows what it’s like to be weak and powerless, to be in the shadow of people greater than them, people like her. As a mother, a businesswoman and a sister, herself, she’s proud of Nikki. She says Nikki is the face of the Diva’s division she’s looking for, therefore she’s officially granting her a match for the Diva’s Championship.

Brie Bella makes her way out. Stephanie orders the music cut and says it’s reserved specifically for Nikki from here on. Brie says this doesn’t concern Stephanie. Brie asks if this is what it’s all been about, a Diva’s Championship? All the lies she’s spread all night. Tearing their sisterhood down. Nikki cuts her off and says it’s always about Brie. She sees right through her. She says Stephanie does too. She’s just counting down the days her goat face husband does too. And when he does, he’ll divorce her. Nikki says she’ll be the next Diva’s Champion, and the Bella that everyone is talking about.

AJ Lee’s music hits. She skips down to the ring. She says she’s not sure if Stephanie and Triple H have forgotten about the concept of the number 1 contender. Since she’s never gotten her rematch, she says that person is her. She says she doesn’t play well with others. She suggests the Bellas work on their problems on their own time and that Stephanie should leave the Diva’s title to her.

Paige’s comes to the ring. She says with all of this talk about the Diva’s Championship, there’s only one thing missing: The Diva’s Champion. Nikki interrupts and says she can make everything simple. She says she’ll forgive Brie if she sacrifices for her what she’s sacrificed for Brie all these years. She says she wants Brie to quit. She tells Nikki to go back to the hole she goes a home and make a bunch of troll babies with Daniel Bryan. She says if Brie loves her, she’ll quit. She starts screaming at Brie. Brie turns her back to leave but stops. She turns around and shoves Nikki into Paige, and they both hit the mat. AJ picks up the belt and starts skipping around the ring. Stephanie gets into her face and orders AJ to give her the Diva’s championship. She does and skips off to the back, and Paige takes her belt back.

Bray Wyatt is backstage. He says in a week he will be locked in a cage with Chris Jericho like two wild animals. How far will a rat go to outrun its serpent? Within the steel walls the world will turns it back on Jericho. Run.

Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso vs. Goldust w/ Stardust

Goldust gets on the mic and says they want to apologize for the actions last week, but The Usos attack the Dusts. The referee finally calls for the bell and Jimmy nails Goldust with several chops. Uso heads for the ropes, and Goldust catches him with a spinebuster. Goldust tosses Uso into the turnbuckle. Goldust whips Uso to the ropes and takes him down with a clothesline. Uso gets a chance to rally and hits Goldust with a Samoan Drop and a Rikishi Splash in the corner. Goldust stumbles to his feet and Uso hits him with a thrust kick. Stardust breaks up the pin from the outside, and he gets into it with Jey Uso on the outside. Jimmy flies over the top rope onto Stardust. Goldust catches Jimmy with a running boot on the way back inside and wins it with a Final Cut.

Goldust attacks Jey Uso after the match and drops his injured knee on the apron. Stardust grabs a chair and smashes it across Jey’s knee.

WINNER: Goldust

Backstage, Mark Henry is with Big Show. Henry is frustrated about Rusev. Big Show says he understands, but they have a chance to be the most dominant tag team in WWE history. Henry says he won’t forget, but he’s got to do this first and by himself. Big Show gets into it and riles up Henry and leaves.

John Cena, Chris Jericho & Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins, Randy Orton & Kane

Orton and Reigns will start this. Reigns gains the advantage on Orton and backs him into the corner. Orton gains control with a kick to the gut. Reigns sends Orton to the ropes and takes him down with an elbow. They continue to go back and forth, and Reigns takes down Orton. Reigns takes Kane off the apron and brings Rollins in the hard way. Reigns unloads on Rollins in the corner, allowing Orton to get to his feet. Reigns fires off on Orton and sends him out to the floor. Rollins backs off and slides out of the ring as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Kane is in the ring with Roman Reigns. Reigns ducks his head, and Kane catches him with a DDT. Orton tags in, and Kane holds Reigns for him. Orton continues to attack, and Reigns tries to rally. Reigns hits a Samoan Drop for 2. Reigns clotheslines Orton in the corner and climbs to the second for mounted punches. Orton slips out and hits a backbreaker off the second rope. Orton kicks Reigns out to the floor and tags in Rollins. Rollins bangs Reigns’s head off the apron and slams him into the barricade. Rollins rolls Reigns back inside for a cover, but only gets 2. Rollins applies a modified camel clutch. Reigns powers to his feet, and Rollins turns the clutch into a sleeper hold. Reigns slams Rollins into the corner, but Rollins slams Reigns by his hair and tags in Kane.

Kane applies a chinlock, and Reigns has to rally to his feet. Reigns suplexes Kane to break the hold. Orton tags back in and prevents Reigns from making the tag. Orton stomps the back of Reigns’s head and kicks him in the face. Reigns hits a big clothesline out of nowhere, and both men are down. Reigns finally makes a tag to Jericho. Jericho hits a pair of shoulder tackles to Rollins and takes Kane off the apron with a springboard dropkick. Jericho hits a running bulldog on Rollins and follows up with a Lionsault. Jericho slaps on the Walls of Jericho to Rollins. Orton finally saves Rollins. Reigns comes in with a Superman Punch to Orton. Kane chokeslams Reigns. Cena hits an AA on Kane. Rollins takes out Cena with a flying knee off the springboard. Jericho tries to rollup Rollins. Rollins kicks out and kicks Jericho with an enzuiguiri for another near-fall. Jericho hits Rollins with a Code Breaker as we head to another commercial.

Back from commercial, and Orton has Jericho in a chinlock. Jericho fights out. Jericho chops Orton, but Orton powerslams Jericho. Rollins tags in and unloads on Jericho in the corner. Rollins heads to the top rope and leaps, but Jericho hits him with a dropkick. Rollins makes the tag to Kane, and Kane prevents Jericho from making the tag. Kane takes down Jericho with a sidewalk slam and applies a chinlock. Jericho tries to rally and finally makes it to a vertical base. Kane runs into a boot from Jericho. Jericho comes off the second rope, but Kane hits him on the way down.

Orton tags back in, and Kane holds Jericho for him. Orton hammers Jericho in the corner and perches him onto the top turnbuckle. Orton heads to the top, looking for a superplex. Jericho fends off Orton and knocks him off the turnbuckle. Jericho heads to the top for a crossbody. Orton tags in Kane. Kane prevents Jericho from making the tag. Kane knocks Reigns off the apron and scoops up Jericho, but Jericho counters and makes the tag to John Cena. Cena cleans house on Kane and takes out Rollins. Cena walks into a chokeslam from Kane, but Jericho makes the save. Orton and Jericho battle out to the floor. Cena clotheslines Kane. Cena hits Rollins with a German suplex. Cena lifts up Kane for the AA and hits it. Cena tags in Roman Reigns. Reigns sets up for the Spear and hits it for the pin.

After the match, Cena goes out to the floor to confront Triple H and Stephanie. Seth Rollins tries to attack Cena, but Cena hits him with an AA onto the announce table!

WINNERS: John Cena, Chris Jericho & Roman Reigns

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (08/25/14)

August 25, 2014

Anaheim, CA

WWE Hall of Fame Panel Hosted by Michael Cole featuring Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels. They’re here to discuss John Cena invoking his rematch clause for Night of Champions. Cole asks HBK what Cena’s chances are to regain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Shawn says Cena’s aren’t good because it ain’t happening. He says every man comes to a crossroads in his career, and he thinks Cena is at that crossroads and it’s time to say when. Hogan chimes in and says Cena’s time isn’t up; he can still go. Cole says earlier Flair agreed with Michaels. Flair says he thinks the world of Cena; he’s the franchise and a 15-time world champion, like it or not. But he doesn’t want him going against Lesnar at Night of Champions. Hogan says he’s gotten to know Cena on a personal level. Hustle, loyalty and respect isn’t just a marketing scheme. Flair says he likes Cena. Shawn says it isn’t a personality contest, but Cena can’t win. Shawn says no one takes the beating Cena took last week and comes back the same win. Hogan says this is the rubber match and Cena will find a way to win. Shawn says that’s unbelievable.

John Cena’s music hits. Cena says everybody’s weighing in on him after Summerslam. He has the utmost respect for every man sitting at the table. He says he’s sick of the talk about what he should do. He’s here to tell everyone what’s going on with him. He’s not going to dance around 16 German suplexes. Summerslam was an ass whooping. He agrees with Shawn: a fight like that changes a man. He said when the doctor asked him what he was going to do, the answer was simple: he wants to fight Lesnar again. He says he doesn’t plan on getting beat down like that again. This rematch will be the biggest rematch of his life. He’s not going to Night of Champions to beat Brock Lesnar. He’s going to Night of Champions to beat Brock Lesnar’s ass.

Rusev w/ Lana vs. Jack Swagger

They start off trading offense. Rusev gains an advantage and backs Swagger into the ropes. Swagger starts a comeback and sends Rusev out to the floor. Swagger attacks Rusev on the way back inside. Swagger does a double-leg take down and tries for the Patriot Lock, but Rusev makes it to the ropes and rolls outside. Swagger takes down Rusev by the waist, and Rusev rolls to the floor again. Swagger goes out after him this time and bounces Rusev’s head on the announce table and again off the apron. Back inside, and Swagger tackles Rusev in the corner. Rusev shoves Swagger. Swagger charges, and Rusev drops him on the top rope. Swagger gets hung up in the ropes, and Rusev tackles him, sending him to the outside and us to commercial.

Back from break, and Rusev has things in hand with a bear hug. Swagger stomps Rusev’s foot and takes him over with a side headlock. Rusev comes off the ropes with a spinning heel kick. Rusev takes a couple minutes to taunt the crowd, allowing time for Swagger to get to his feet and take Rusev down with a belly-to-belly. Swagger starts to rally and takes down Rusev with a big boot. Swagger heads for the corner and tries a Swagger Bomb. Rusev gets a foot up, but Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock! Swagger pulls Rusev to the center of the ring. Rusev finally crawls underneath the bottom rope to break the hold. Rusev falls to the floor. Swagger goes out after him as the crowd starts to chant, “U-S-A!”

Rusev rams Swagger into the apron out of desperation. Lana calls for the crush, and Rusev tries for the Accolade. Swagger rolls up Rusev into another Patriot Lock. Rusev tries to counter. Swagger rolls up Rusev in a jackknife for a near-fall. Rusev hits Swagger with a thrust kick to the ribs. Rusev kicks Swagger’s ribs in the corner. Swagger shouts in Rusev’s face, but Rusev continues to assault Swagger in the corner, working the injured ribs. The crowd tries to rally Swagger. Rusev continues to kick and stomp on Swagger’s ribs. Rusev pulls Swagger up to his feet and kicks him hard in the ribs again. Swagger falls to the mat. Rusev continues stomping Swagger, and the referee decides to stop the match.

WINNER: Rusev w/ Lana via Referee Stoppage

Backstage, the doctors are checking on Swagger when Bo Dallas walks in. He says Swagger let his country down… again. When will Swagger realize that all he needs to do to succeed is BO-Lieve!

No. 1 Contender’s Match for the United States Championship:

Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro

Sheamus is at ringside for commentary. The bell sounds, and Van Dam tries to kick Cesaro in the face. Cesaro avoids the contact and throws a quick jab into Van Dam’s face. Cesaro kicks Van Dam in the gut and throws a few more right hands into his face. Cesaro hits an uppercut and takes a second to wave at Sheamus. Cesaro ducks his head as Van Dam comes off the ropes. Van Dam floats over and kicks Cesaro in the face setting up the Rolling Thunder, which connects for 2. Cesaro blocks a kick from RVD and knees RVD in the mid-section several times. Cesaro double stomps the neck of Van Dam and slingshots him into the bottom rope. Cesaro charges the corner, and Van Dam ducks out of the way and gets a boot up in Cesaro’s face. Van Dam hits a split-legged moonsault. Cesaro tries a powerslam, but Van Dam slips out and kicks Cesaro in the face. RVD hops up to the top for a 5-Star Frog Splash, but Cesaro rolls out to the floor. Cesaro hangs RVD off the top rope and rolls back inside for the Neutralizer and the win.

After the match, Cesaro takes Sheamus’s United States title. Sheamus calls for it back, and Cesaro throws it into Sheamus’s face.

WINNER: Cesaro

Natalya vs. Paige

Natalya tries a quick rollup, shades of last week, but Paige kicks out. Paige nails Natalya with a forearm to take her off her feet. Paige climbs on top of Natalya and head butts her several times. Paige slaps on an abdominal stretch until Nattie finally reverses it. Paige escapes and takes down Natalya with a snapmare before kicking her in the face. Paige comes off the ropes, and Natalya takes her down with a forearm of her own. Natalya throws Paige with a German suplex before slapping on the Sharpshooter. Paige finally makes it to the apron to break the hold. Paige gets back to her feet and tries a Sharpshooter of her own, but Nattie counters and tries another. Paige counters and hits the Paige Turner for the win.

AJ Lee makes her way out as Paige tries to celebrate. She skips down to the ring. Paige slides inside to avoid AJ, but turns around into a big clothesline from Natalya. Natalya leaves and AJ gets into the ring. She helps Paige up to her feet and tells her she knows she was being sincere when Paige said they were frien-emies, but not as sincere as she is. She puts the mic down and gives Paige a hug. AJ extends her hand and has to grab Paige’s to give it a kiss.

WINNER: Paige

Kane makes his way to the ring for the eulogy of Dean Ambrose. He says tonight is not a mourning for the departed; it’s a celebration for the future of Mr. Money in the Bank, Seth Rollins. Rollins comes out and says he was the leader of the most dominant group in the history of WWE, The Shield. There is a reason why he handpicked Dean Ambrose to be a member. Pain and fear were never factors for Dean Ambrose because he was a courageous fighter. But last week, he had to prove at Ambrose’s expense that The Authority always wins. He shows the clips of Ambrose getting chokeslammed and Curb Stomped on the table and then on the cinder blocks last week on RAW. Rollins starts laughing. He asks if anyone can imagine the sound of Ambrose’s head being pulverized by the cinder blocks. He asks if it donned on Ambrose if he had been outmatched, not only physically, but mentally as well. He says the cinder blocks weren’t out there on accident. The headache Ambrose will have for the rest of his life was no accident either. It saddens him that the casualty of Ambrose’s career can be summed up by two simple words: What if? What if Ambrose had known his place? What if Ambrose had recognized Rollins’s superiority? What if Ambrose had simply walked away when he had the opportunity? The real tragedy is we may never know the answer to those what ifs. As far as he’s concerned, we will never see Dean Ambrose again. He is the one who created The Shield and he is the one who has destroyed it.

Roman Reigns makes his way through the crowd. Kane goes out to meet Reigns outside, and they start brawling. Reigns sends Kane into the ring steps and turns to face Rollins in the ring. Rollins tries to attack, but Reigns quickly overpowers him and throws him into the podium. Reigns picks up the podium and rams it into Rollins’ face. Reigns clotheslines Rollins and sets up for The Spear. Kane pulls Rollins through the ropes before Reigns can inflict any more damage.

Goldust is backstage. He says they have a golden opportunity tonight. Their destiny is calling out to them. Can you hear it? Stardust says tonight the stars align. This celestial event may never come again. Tonight they become tag team champions. There will be a cataclysmic eruption of the galaxy. But after tonight, they will never forget the name of Gold… and Stardust.

Tag Team Championship Match:

The Usos © vs. Goldust and Stardust

Stardust and Jimmy Uso start this. Stardust tries a quick rollup, but Uso is quick to kick out. The Usos make a series of quick tags, utilizing the 5-count for double teams. Stardust gets an opportunity and starts to work Uso’s arm. Uso sends Stardust to the ropes, but Stardust avoids the attacks of Uso. Stardust dances in front of Uso, and Uso gets frustrated and charges. Stardust sidesteps Uso, sending him out to the floor. Goldust comes off the apron with a rolling senton. Stardust follows up by diving onto the other Uso on the apron. Stardust rolls Uso back inside for a 2-count and we’re off to commercial.

Back from break, and Stardust has Uso compromised in a reverse chinlock. Uso finally manages a spinning heel kick, and both men are down. Stardust takes Uso off his feet and tags in Goldust. Goldust returns to working the arm of Uso and whips him to the ropes. Both men leave their feet and collide in mid-air. Both guys get tags made and Uso kicks Stardust in the gut and drops down for an uppercut. Uso takes down Stardust with a dropkick and hits the Rikishi Splash in the corner. Goldust tries to get involved but takes a Samoan Drop. Jey Uso takes to the air and dives over the top rope onto Stardust on the outside! Jey seems to have hurt his knee and he’s trading blows with Stardust on the floor. Stardust rolls inside, but Uso can’t make it in before the 10-count.

WINNERS: Star and Goldust via Count Out.

Goldust grabs the mic and says this was their one shot at tag gold, and The Usos got counted out on purpose. Stardust and Goldust attack The Usos! They toss Jimmy Uso to the floor and turn their attention to Jey. They toss him into the turnbuckle, and Stardust rams his injured knee across the ring post.

Backstage, Seth Rollins is with Kane. He says they need to do something about Roman Reigns. He stuck his nose in their business where it doesn’t belong and he’s too stupid to understand what they did to Ambrose will be exactly what happens to him. Kane says tonight, Reigns will compete in a match against Seth Rollins. Rollins says it’ll be a handicap match. Kane says their business with Reigns ends tonight.

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz

Miz comes out and says this morning he went to Disney Land, but he didn’t have to wait in line. Mickey even asked him to take a picture with him. Just one of the many perks when you’re a movie star. The other is having his own stunt double, who will be taking his place tonight: Damien Miz-Dow.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Miz-Dow

Miz sits in on commentary. Ziggler nails Sandow with a dropkick right out of the gate for a near-fall. Sandow tackles Ziggler in the corner and unloads a flurry of offense. Sandow hits Ziggler with a snap suplex. Sandow head butts Ziggler. Ziggler hits a jawbreaker and comes off the ropes, but runs into an elbow. Sandow tries a knee drop, but Ziggler rolls out of the way. Sandow misses a clotheslines, and Ziggler hits a few of his own. Ziggler tries a neckbreaker, but Sandow shoots him to the ropes and takes out his knees with a dropkick. Sandow applies the Figure-Four, and Ziggler has to struggle to reverse it. Sandow grabs the ropes, and the hold is broken. Sandow misses another clothesline, and Ziggler hits a Zig-Zag for the win.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

Jerry Lawler is in the ring. He says one of the most shocking moments at Summerslam was when Nikki Bella turned on Brie and aided Stephanie McMahon in winning the match. He says hopefully tonight will be the first step in getting the Bella Twins back together and calls out Nikki, and then brings out Brie. They start arguing right away. Brie says this is about the person she cares most about in the world stabbing her in the back. She said when her mom was pregnant there were ultrasound pictures of the girls holding hands in the womb. She quit her job not knowing Nikki would be punished. She tells Nikki to forget Total Divas and to forget WWE. This is Brianna speaking to Nicole. Nikki says she doesn’t know what to say except that’s the biggest load of crap she’s ever heard. She mockingly says Brie is the beautiful, innocent woman that wants her family back together. She says Brie has always wanted the spotlight and to be loved more. She says Brie never cared about her; it’s always been about Brie. She says maybe they weren’t holding hands in the womb, maybe Brie was doing what she always does, holding her back. She says she’s sick of the fat and ugly guys in the crowd with twin fetishes. She’s over her scraggly hair, the log cabin house and Brie’s troll-faced husband. She even says Brie stole all her boyfriends when they were young. And Brie abandoned Nikki when she quit. Brie starts to cry, and Nikki starts to mock her. Lawler tries to pull Nikki back, and Nikki gets in his face and yells at him to get out of the ring. Nikki says she has no sister as far as she’s concerned and wishes Brie died in the womb. She attacks Brie from behind and slams her out of her chair. She’s pulling Brie’s hair and slamming her head into the mat. Lawler tries to pull Nikki off of Brie. Lawler gets her up, and Nikki slaps Lawler across the face! Finally the referees come in and pull Nikki off of Brie.

Two-On-One Handicap Match:

Seth Rollins and Kane vs. Roman Reigns

Kane starts this with Reigns and is quickly clotheslined over the top to the floor. Rollins tries to get involved and Reigns brings him in the hard way. Reigns unloads on Rollins in the corner. Kane comes back inside and attacks Reigns from behind. Kane tags Rollins back in and Rollins continues to attack Reigns in the corner. Another quick tag to Kane, and Kane sends Rollins into the Reigns in the corner. Reigns dumps Rollins over the top to the floor and takes out Kane with a big clothesline. Reigns drops down to the floor to attack Kane. Rollins tries to sneak up on Reigns, but Reigns rams him into the barricade and the apron. Reigns suplexes Rollins onto the apron. Kane is set up perfectly for Reigns’ flying kick from the floor. Reigns tries a Superman Punch on Kane. Kane blocks the Punch, but Reigns hits him with a Spear! Reigns goes for the cover, but Rollins is in with the Money in the Bank briefcase to break it up.

The referee calls for the DQ, and Rollins continues to attack Reigns. Rollins tosses Reigns to the floor and gets Kane back on his feet. Rollins launches Reigns into the barricade. Kane pulls up the timekeeper’s table to reveal more cinder blocks. Kane holds Reigns on the blocks. Rollins climbs onto the announce table, but Reigns starts to fight them off. Reigns hits Rollins with a Superman Punch and sends Kane into the ring post. Reigns dumps Kane over the barricade. Reigns picks up a cinder block and stalks Rollins. Rollins begs off. Reigns throws the cinder block, missing Rollins and it explodes around the ring post. Meanwhile, Kane makes it back to his feet and Reigns hits him with a Superman Punch.

WINNER: Roman Reigns via Disqualification

The Wyatt Family is backstage. Wyatt says Cena is a shell of a man that never really existed. After Cena’s recent run in with the Beast, he believes Cena’s shell is cracked. Cena’s stumbling through the woods like a wounded animal. What kind of man would he be if he let Cena continue to suffer and spread his disease throughout the world? By his hand, he will put Cena down. No worries, John, it’s so much nicer on the other side. Run.

Los Matadores vs. Titus O’Neil and Heath Slater

Heath Slater starts this off with Diego. Diego takes down Slater with a pair of tackles. Diego hits a springboard crossbody. Diego makes the tag and suplexes Slater. Slater hits a tackle and mocks the Matadores with an ole. Fernando takes down Slater with a headscissor. Diego tags back in and dropkicks Slater. Slater catches Diego with a heel kick off the distraction from Titus. Titus finally tags in and picks up Diego for a round of backbreakers. Titus barks and tags in Slater. Diego crawls for his corner, but Slater cuts him off. Slater slaps on a chinlock. Diego makes it to his feet and tries a sunset flip for 2. Slater regains control, and Titus makes a blind tag. Titus tackles Diego in the corner and slaps him hard across the chest. Diego fights back, but Titus brings him back to the corner and rams him into the turnbuckle. Slater chops Diego hard. Titus tags in Slater and they attempt a double team. Titus sends Slater into Diego, but Diego rolls him up for the win.

WINNERS: Los Matadores

Kofi Kingston vs. Bo Dallas

Bo offers his hand to Kofi. Kofi tries to kick it away, but Bo moves out of the way. Kofi ducks a clothesline and hits a big dropkick. Kofi takes Bo off his feet with another kick and a flying crossbody. Kofi splashes Bo in the corner. Bo explodes out of the corner with a running knee. Bo heads for the ropes again, but Kofi hits a springboard dropkick. Kofi hops up for mounted punches in the corner and connects on an uppercut. Bo charges Kofi in the corner, but Kofi gets a pair of boots up. Kofi tries another springboard, but Bo trips him up and hits the Running Bo-Dog for the win.

Bo does a victory lap and grabs the microphone. He tells Kofi he’s not like Jack Swagger; He only let himself down. Jack Swagger let down his entire country. They both need to learn to Bo-Lieve! Jack Swagger runs in and nails Bo with a belly-to-belly suplex.

WINNER: Bo Dallas

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

Cena unloads on Wyatt in the corner, but Wyatt quickly regains control. Cena hits Wyatt with a vicious clothesline. Cena hits Wyatt with a German suplex. Cena waits for Wyatt to get back to his feet and hits him with another suplex. Cena pulls Wyatt to his feet and delivers a Fisherman’s Suplex. Cena unloads on Wyatt in the corner. Wyatt tries to fire back, but Cena continues the aggression. Cena nails Wyatt with a running knee to the face and delivers another German suplex. Wyatt makes it back to his feet, but Cena takes him down hard with another running clothesline. Cena tries another German, but Wyatt elbows his way free. Wyatt splashes Cena in the corner. Cena takes down Wyatt with a double leg takedown and starts unloading fists. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan climb into the ring for the DQ and start unloading on Cena. Big Show and Mark Henry make their way down for the save as we head to commercial.

WINNER: John Cena via Disqualification

John Cena, Mark Henry and Big Show vs. The Wyatt Family

The match was set up during commercial break. Big Show is in the ring with Erick Rowan. Big Show hoists up Rowan for a slam and drops a big elbow. Big Show continues to manhandle Rowan in the corner and chops him hard across the chest. Big Show quiets the crowd and chops Rowan one more time. Mark Henry tags in and Big Show whips him into Rowan. Henry charges Rowan in the corner, but Rowan gets a boot up and clotheslines Henry. Wyatt tags in and takes it to Henry. Luke Harper tags in and steps on Mark Henry.

Harper applies a reverse chinlock. The crowd starts to rally behind Henry, but Harper knees him in the face and tags in Rowan. Rowan easily scoops up Mark Henry and slams him. Another quick tag is made by Rowan. Harper comes in and elbows Henry in the corner. Harper charges the corner again but runs into a boot from Henry, allowing Henry to make the tag to Big Show. Show comes in and cleans house on Harper. Show splashes Harper in the corner, but Harper responds quickly with a dropkick.

Rowan tags in and delivers a big boot. Wyatt makes another quick tag and hits Show with a running senton for 2. Rowan tags back in and drops a knee on Big Show. Harper tags back in and slaps Rowan across the face before sending him in to the Bi Show. Harper hits Big Show with a super kick. Wyatt tags back in after Harper can’t get the 3-count. Wyatt starts to toy with Big Show, and Big Show responds with a choke slam. Both men make tags, and here comes John Cena. Cena cleans house on Harper and Rowan. Cena applies the STF to Harper, and Harper has no choice but to tap out. Rowan tries to get involved but runs into an AA. Wyatt tries to run away, but Big Show and Mark Henry catch him and throw him to Cena back in the ring. Cena drops Wyatt with an AA. Cena picks up Harper for another AA, and Cena stands tall to end the show.

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (08/18/14)

August 18, 2014

Las Vegas, NV

Daniel Bryan’s music hits! But Stephanie McMahon walks out instead. She says she has to thank the crowd for chanting her name when she came out. She loves hearing, “Steph! Steph! Steph!” She says Summerslam was one of the most epic pay per views in recent history. She says some have said Summerslam was even better than Wrestlemania. One of the reasons was because we crowned a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and tonight, The Authority will be presenting the new belt to Brock Lesnar. She wishes John Cena a fast recovery after such a brutal beat down. She says Chris Jericho also had to recover from a lesson in humility as he lost to Bray Wyatt. Dean Ambrose learned that Seth Rollins was really the one that made The Shield. But by far, the biggest loser of the night was Brie Bella. Brie learned you don’t mess with The Authority because The Authority always wins. She wants to thank Triple H for being faithful and being her rock, unlike Daniel Bryan. She says Bryan cheated on Brie because he found out who she really is. Deep down all she really cares about is herself.

Stephanie brings out Nikki Bella. Stephanie says she wants Nikki’s point of view. Nikki says it was supposed to be the Bella Twins against the world, but it’s never been that way. She’s always cared for and loved her sister. Brie’s always been selfish and manipulative, even when they were kids. She says she won by not getting marrying first because Brie is stuck with that scraggly goat face, Daniel Bryan. She says she’s heartbroken and starts to tear up. But now she’s standing tall on her own two feet. She could say she’s lost her sister… but she’s never really had one. She says she’s now free, and it feels damn good.

Brie Bella comes out. She wants to know why Nikki is doing this. She says Nikki has destroyed their family and she doesn’t know why. She says she can forgive Nikki, and Nikki slaps her across the face! She says she’ll never forgive Brie. Brie leaves the ring, crying.

Big Show and Mark Henry vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper

Henry will start this off with Rowan. Rowan unloads on Henry, but Henry fends him off and backs him into the corner. Rowan gets an elbow up, but runs into a clothesline. Harper tags in and Henry nails him with a big boot. Big Show tags in and chops Harper across the chest. Big Show lays in a big head butt and unloads on Harper in the neutral corner. Show scoops up Harper easily and slams him. Big Show delivers another head butt, and Harper retreats to the corner. Harper tries to hit Big Show, but it just makes the giant angry. Big Show unloads on Harper in the corner. Harper gains a quick advantage and backs Big Show into his corner. Big Show fights off Harper and Rowan, sending them both to the floor as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Harper rolls to the floor. Big show pulls Harper up the apron by his head, but Harper drops Show throat-first across the top rope. Back inside, and Big Show crushes Harper in the corner. Rowan tries to get involved but backs off and, Harper nails Big Show with a dropkick, sending Big Show to the floor. Rowan tags in and drops down to the floor for a running boot to Big Show’s face. Rowan rolls Big Show back into the ring and tries a cover. Big Show kicks out and Rowan continues to attack. Big Show falls into the enemy corner, and Harper makes a tag. Show finds an opening, and they start trading blows. Harper hits a pair of uppercuts, sending Big Show back into the corner. Rowan tags back in and they utilize a double team. Harper nails Show with a thrust kick for 2. Harper slaps on the Gator Roll and rolls into a side headlock.

The crowd rallies behind Big Show and he manages a suplex to Harper, and both men are down. Rowan tags in and clotheslines Big Show, taking him off his feet. Rowan takes his time and allows Big Show to make it back to his feet. Rowan picks up Big Show for a slam and a near-fall. Rowan allows Show to get back to his feet again, but this time Show manages a DDT. Show finally makes the tag to Henry. Henry comes in and cleans house on Rowan. Luke Harper takes out Big Show on the outside as Henry splashes Rowan in the corner. Henry scoops up Rowan for a World’s Strongest Slam, but Harper runs in and kicks Henry in the face with a big boot. Harper and Rowan look for the double team, but here comes Big Show with a pair of KO Punches. Henry hits Rowan with a World’s Strongest Slam and gets the win.

WINNERS: Big Show and Mark Henry

Backstage, Ric Flair is with Dolph Ziggler. He says he’s on a roll when Miz walks in. Really? He says Dolph shouldn’t get too comfortable wearing the championship because he isn’t worthy of wearing it. Tonight, the belt comes back home to an A-lister, a multimedia superstar, the Miz. Dolph says he’s not an A-lister, just an A-hole. Flair laughs and woos as Miz walks away.

Renee Young is backstage with Seth Rollins. He says it feels good to have beaten Dean Ambrose. He did what he said he would. He didn’t run or hide. He proved that, not only is he the future WWE World Champion, but he’s the future of the entire WWE. Someone drenches him with a bucket of water from behind. Rollins turns around, and it’s Dean Ambrose. Ambrose looks surprised and says it was for charity. He throws the bucket in Rollins’s face. They start brawling and have to be separated.

Rollins confronts Triple H. He says Ambrose needs to be stopped. Triple H says Rollins will get a rematch tonight, but it won’t be a Lumberjack match. He says the problem is people like Ambrose because he’s wild and crazy. So he’s going to let the WWE Universe decide the stipulation, that way the blood will be on their hands and not their own.

Natalya vs. Paige

Paige gets on the mic and says she loves and respects AJ. She’s dedicating this match to AJ. The bell sounds. They tie up. Paige with a quick go-behind and a waist lock. Paige kind of blows in Natalya’s ear, and Nattie takes it personally. Natalya takes Paige down with a fireman’s carry. She tries a jackknife pin, and Paige has to bridge out. Natalya tries a backside, but Paige nails her in the back of the head. Paige mounts Nattie and pulls her hair and hits her with headbutts. AJ’s music hits and she skips out to the ring. Paige gets distracted long enough for Natalya to roll up Paige for the 3-count.

WINNER: Natalya

AJ grabs a mic. She just wanted to say that, despite everything, she loves and respects Paige. She dedicates her life to Paige. She says she needs to shake Paige’s hand right now. She slides into the ring, but Paige bails out and retreats up the ramp with her title.

The Authority makes their way to the ring. Triple H says it’s an historic night tonight. Last night might’ve been the greatest Summerslam in the history of the WWE. His wife returned to the ring and was victorious after ten years. But also because of a WWE Championship match of epic proportions, a match that will go down in history. They’re proud to unveil the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship that will lead them into the future.

Brock Lesnar makes his way down to the ring with Paul Heyman. Triple H and Brock shake hands and they take a time out for a photo op. The Authority leaves, and Paul Heyman takes the microphone. He says his client didn’t just beat or victimize, but he conquered the titleholder. He is the advocate for the reigning and defending WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar. He clarifies that John Cena is not here tonight. He says Cena would be here if he could, but he can’t physically appear due to Brock Lesnar. Heyman’s been in the industry since he was 14 years old. He’s never seen a Superstar take an ass kicking that John Cena took last night courtesy of Brock Lesnar. Not just any Superstar, a top superstar. Not just a top superstar, the top superstar. The Rock’s run on top lasted 3 years. Stone Cold Steve Austin’s run on top lasted 4 years. There’s been one man at the top of WWE for the last 10 years, and that man is John Cena. Any man after 30 seconds last night would’ve given up, but not John Cena. He says he could never understand why so many people love John Cena so much, but now he understands: John Cena took a tremendous beating and he came back for me. He says Cena’s earned his respect. If he had time, he might even make Cena a Paul Heyman guy. In Brock Lesnar’s world, he who dies with the most street cred still dies. Anyone who tries to defeat Lesnar and take his title awaits the same fate as The Undertaker and John Cena. The Beast will lay wreckage to any man who tries to beat him. Brock Lesnar imposed his will on John Cena. Eat. Sleep. Suplex. Repeat. Suplex. Repeat. Suplex. Repeat. Suplex Repeat… Eat. Sleep. Conquer John Cena. Repeat.

Intercontinental Championship Match:

Dolph Ziggler © vs. Miz

They go back and forth, trading offense. Ziggler leapfrogs Miz and comes down awkwardly on his knee. Miz takes advantage by dropkicking Ziggler in the knee and ramming the injured knee across the ring post before we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Ziggler tries a sunset flip and a backslide. Ziggler hits a big DDT for 2. Ziggler tries a kick, but Miz catches his boot and slaps on a Figure-Four. Ziggler has to crawl to the ropes for the referee to break the hold. Dolph rolls out to the floor. Miz tries to give chase, but Dolph trips him up off the apron. Ziggler keeps attacking Miz from the apron. Ziggler hits a superkick that knocks Miz off his feet, but Ziggler falls to the floor and the referee calls for a count out.

WINNER: The Miz via Countout

After the match, Miz goes to the outside and attacks Ziggler, ramming him into the announce table and the ring apron. He rolls Ziggler back inside, but Ziggler catches Miz with a Zig-Zag.

Backstage, Renee Young is with Jack Swagger. She wants to know how he feels after last night. He says it was the opportunity of a lifetime to defend the country he loves. He failed. But what makes America the greatest country on Earth: when things get hard, we come together. When the world’s turned upside down and times are tough, we unite and get tough. He’s not giving up. He’s picking himself up and coming out swinging because that’s “we the people.”

Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro

Cesaro takes a quick shot at Swagger’s injured ribs. Swagger catches Cesaro and unloads on him in the corner. Swagger charges the corner, but Cesaro moves out of the way. Cesaro lifts up Swagger for a gutwrench suplex. Cesaro applies an abdominal stretch and continues to attack Swagger’s ribs. Swagger manages a hip toss and charges Cesaro again. Cesaro gets a knee up and takes Swagger down before landing the double stomp for 2. Cesaro applies a seated abdominal stretch, and Swagger has to battle to his feet. Swagger gets a boot up as Cesaro comes out of the corner. Swagger hits a Swagger Bomb for 2. Cesaro tries a vertical suplex, but Swagger blocks it. Cesaro continues to work over Swagger’s ribs and drops him on the top rope. Swagger gets a couple of right hands in, but Cesaro goes back to the injured ribs and rams Swagger into the top turnbuckle. Cesaro takes off running and tries a big boot. Swagger catches him and puts him in the Patriot Lock, but the ref has to break the hold due to being in the ropes. Back inside, and Swagger gets the Patriot Lock in one more time, but Cesaro makes it to the ropes again. Cesaro gets a thumb in Swagger’s eye and wins it with a Neutralizer.

WINNER: Cesaro

Bo Dallas comes out! He says three hundred and eighteen million Americans were let down at Summerslam when Swagger lost to Rusev in the flag match. He says Swagger’s lost again tonight. He’s lost his manager and he’s lost his self-respect. He’s lost his dignity, but he can get it all back if he just BO-Lieves!

Renee Young is with Chris Jericho. He says he realized that after facing dozens of Hall of Famers, he’s never faced anyone like Bray Wyatt. But he also noticed that there was emptiness when he looked into Wyatt’s eyes. He says he, unlike Wyatt, is not dead inside. He has a fire inside that burns to push him to be the best in the world at what he does. He knows that every Jericho-holic will have his back no matter what he does. They will chant his name no matter what he does. No one on this planet will never…ever be able to take that away from him.

Randy Orton and Rybaxel vs. Roman Reigns, Sheamus and Rob Van Dam

Sheamus and Curtis Axel start this off. Sheamus takes down Axel early with a tackle and follows up with a clothesline. Axel drop-toe-holds Sheamus into the second rope and takes advantage. Randy Orton gets the tag and unloads on Sheamus. Sheamus ducks his head and Orton kicks him in the shoulder. Sheamus hits Orton with a rolling senton as RVD makes the tag. RVD hits the Rolling Thunder, and Orton has to roll to the floor.

Back from commercial, and Axel avoids a senton from Sheamus. Axel slips out to the apron, but gets caught with 10 Beats… Ryback tries to get involved but he gets caught with 10 Beats… Sheamus knocks Orton off the apron. Axel starts to unload on Sheamus. Sheamus reverses a whip and sends Axel to the corner. Sheamus tackles Axel in the corner and heads for the ropes. Randy Orton pulls the top rope down, and Sheamus spills out to the floor. Orton tags back in and suplexes Sheamus onto the barricade. The Vegas crowd is solidly behind Ryback. Orton takes a second to point at Ryback to tell him he’s getting in. Orton slams Sheamus off the apron. Orton plays it up for the crowd before tagging in Ryback.

Ryback unloads on Sheamus in the corner and whips him hard across to the opposite side. Ryback slaps on a front facelock to Sheamus. Sheamus battles to his feet. Ryback hoists up Sheamus for a stalling vertical suplex for 2. Ryback tags in Orton. Orton sets up Sheamus for the second rope DDT. Sheamus counters into White Noise, and both guys are down. Orton makes a tag to Axel as Sheamus makes the hot tag to Roman Reigns. Reigns hits Axel with a Samoan Drop and takes Ryback off the apron a clothesline. Reigns kicks Axel’s feet out from under him and drops to the outside. Reigns nails him with the flying kick on the bottom rope. Reigns sets up for a Superman Punch and nails Axel. Reigns hits Ryback on the apron with another. Reigns sets up for the Spear, but Orton comes in behind him with a backbreaker. RVD tags in and hits a cross body from the top onto Axel. RVD rolls up Axel for 2. Van Dam catches Axel with a kick to the face and the split-legged moonsault. Sheamus runs in and takes out Ryback with a Brogue Kick. Orton hits Sheamus with an RKO. RVD nails Orton with an enzuiguiri and Reigns hits the Spear on Orton. Axel gets to his feet and throws Reigns into the ring post. RVD kicks Axel in the face and heads to the top for the 5-Star Frog Splash, and RVD picks up the win for his team.

WINNERS: Roman Reigns, Sheamus and Rob Van Dam

Randy Orton is walking backstage when Ric Flair walks up. Orton tells Flair to back off or else he’ll know they used to call him “The Legend Killer.”

Elsewhere, Bray Wyatt is backstage. Bray says he rode a pale horse into Summerslam last night. He told Chris Jericho this would happen, and he’s a man of his word. Jericho claims when he looked into Bray’s eyes that he saw nothing, emptiness. He started thinking maybe he doesn’t have a soul. Maybe he’s here to collect souls, that they are playthings to him. Jericho won’t be able to comprehend what he is. Behold the new face of salvation. Follow the buzzards.

The Usos vs. Goldust and Stardust

Goldust will start this with Jey Uso. They trade lock ups, and Goldust barks in Uso’s face. Uso goes for a roll up. Uso shoots Goldust to the ropes. Goldust takes down Uso with a tackle and an arm drag. And Uso gets an arm drag of his own in. Jimmy tags in and heads for the top for an axe handle as Jey hangs on to Goldust. Another quick tag to Jey Uso, and another quick double team as the Usos continue to work Goldust’s arm. Another quick tag leads to another quick double team, and Jimmy comes in for the double elbow drop.

Stardust makes a tag and takes down Uso with a flying forearm. Stardust whips Uso to the corner, but Uso slides out and makes a tag to his brother. Jimmy comes in and hits Stardust with a forearm as Jey holds onto him. Uso slaps on a chinlock, and Stardust has to climb back to his feet. Uso makes another quick tag and comes in with a snapmare to Stardust. The Usos continue with their frequent tags and Uso slaps on another chinlock to Stardust. The crowd starts to rally behind Stardust, and he makes it to his feet and backs Uso into the corner. Uso suplexes Stardust. Uso goes back to the chinlock and Stardust has to rally again. Uso tries another belly-to-back suplex, but Stardust lands on his feet on the other side. Stardust dives for a tag, but Uso catches him. Stardust rolls up Uso with a sunset flip for the win!

WINNERS: Goldust and Stardust

Lana and Rusev come down to the ring. Lana says Rusev’s victory last night at Summerslam was dedicated to President Putin. She says Putin was proud as the Russian flag was raised in supremacy.

Mark Henry’s music hits, and he makes his way out. He says he’s represented America twice in the Olympic games. They’re two of his proudest moments. He’s never had a problem with anybody with their country or their beliefs, except with how Rusev and Lana do things. He admits that what happened at Summerslam got under his skin, to see that flag raised in his country. It made him sick to his stomach. He shouts at Lana. He’s not talking to her. They say the power in America is gone. But he doesn’t think so and he doesn’t think the people do either. He tells Rusev he’s going to give him a personal guided tour of the Hall of Pain. Henry throws the mic down and they’re staring down in the ring. Rusev throws several right hands, but Henry throws one back. Rusev kicks Henry in the gut and tries a thrust kick. Henry blocks it and picks up Rusev for a World’s Strongest Slam and lays him out! Henry takes him out with a big splash.

Falls Count Anywhere:

Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

The bell rings, and they start firing off on each other. Ambrose takes down Rollins with a cross body. Rollins gains the advantage and starts unloading on Ambrose. Ambrose pops back up and nails Rollins with a dropkick, sending him to the outside. Ambrose dumps Rollins over the barricade and out into the crowd. Ambrose tries a quick cover in the middle of the aisle, but only gets 2. Ambrose battles Rollins over to the stage and throws him onto it. Rollins kicks Ambrose in the guts and they trade right hands. Ambrose catches Rollins in the throat and tries a suplex on the steel. Rollins reverses and tries the running powerbomb, but Ambrose counters and hits a suplex on the steel for 2. Ambrose hits Rollins with a right, and Rollins rolls down the ramp. Ambrose rolls Rollins back into the ring. Ambrose goes underneath the ring and pulls out some chairs. Ambrose catches Rollins in the gut with the chair. Ambrose slams Rollins on the chair! Ambrose heads to the second rope with the chair in-hand. Ambrose dives off with an elbow drop onto the chair onto Rollins for 2. Ambrose props up the chair in the corner. Ambrose drives a forearm into Rollins’s face. Ambrose tries to whip Rollins into the chair in the corner, but Rollins reverses and Ambrose hits it hard. Ambrose kicks out of a pinfall attempt as we head to commercial.

Back from commercial, and Rollins has a kendo stick and is grinding it into Ambrose’s face. Rollins cracks the stick across Ambrose’s back repeatedly. Rollins pokes Ambrose with the stick. Ambrose blocks a swing and throws several rights into Rollins’s face. Rollins kicks Ambrose in the gut and hits him with a heel kick. Ambrose bounces off the ropes, but Rollins hits him with another kick for 2. Rollins grabs the chair and dives at Ambrose in the corner. Ambrose moves out of the way and lays out Rollins with a tornado DDT for a near-fall. Ambrose tries for Dirty Deeds, but Rollins counters. Rollins misses a Curb Stomp, and they both go for cross bodies and collide in mid-air. They trade forearm shots. Rollins beats Ambrose down with right hands. Ambrose comes back up and starts to unload on Rollins. Ambrose sling shots Rollins into the turnbuckle despite Rollins hitting him in the face with the kendo stick.

Ambrose nails Rollins repeatedly with the kendo stick and takes him down with a side Russian Legsweep with the stick. Ambrose rolls out to the floor and goes back under the ring. He grabs a several more chairs and sends them into the ring. Ambrose perches Rollins onto the top turnbuckle. Ambrose looking for a superplex onto the chairs, but Rollins counters. Rollins hits a running powerbomb into the chairs! Rollins covers, and Ambrose kicks out at 2.

Kane has made his way out to ringside. Rollins goes out to the floor and pulls out a table from under the ring. Rollins slides the table into the ring. Rollins hits Ambrose one more time with the kendo stick. Rollins sets up the table and puts Ambrose’s face onto it. Rollins heads to the top rope, possibly for a Curb Stomp. Ambrose is back up and superplexes Rollins through the table! Kane hops onto the apron. Ambrose shoves him off. Ambrose dumps Rollins out to the floor. Ambrose dives through the ropes onto both guys! Ambrose rolls Rollins inside, but Rollins catches him with a kick. Ambrose explodes off the ropes and flips Rollins inside-out with a clothesline. Ambrose hits Rollins with a Dirty Deeds, and Kane pulls him out before he can get the 3-count. Kane bounces Ambrose’s head off the announce table and tries to whip Ambrose into the ring steps, but Ambrose blocks it. Kane charges Ambrose, but Ambrose drops him with a drop-toe-hold into the steps. Rollins charges Ambrose, but Ambrose dumps him over the barricade. Ambrose climbs onto the announce table and runs across, diving onto Rollins in the crowd! Ambrose tosses Ambrose back over the barricade to ringside. Ambrose rams Rollins’s head off the announce table. Ambrose starts tearing up the announce table. Ambrose rolls Rollins onto the table. Ambrose looking for Dirty Deeds on the table, but there’s Kane from out of nowhere. Kane chokeslams Ambrose onto the table! Rollins climbs back up onto the table and hits Ambrose with a Curb Stomp on the table! Kane pulls up the time keeper’s table, and there’s a stack of cinder blocks. Kane holds Ambrose over the blocks, and Rollins hits a Curb Stomp onto the cinder blocks, breaking the blocks! Referee Charles Robinson finally breaks it up and calls for the bell. He calls for the doctors, and the EMTs have to cart off Ambrose as Rollins stands on top of the table, looking down on Ambrose.

WINNER: Seth Rollins due to referee stoppage.

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (08/11/14)

August 11, 2014

Portland, OR

RAW is live tonight, and it’s Hulk Hogan’s birthday!

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman make their way to the ring. Heyman introduces himself. In 6 days he’ll be the advocate for the reigning and defending WWE Heavyweight Champion of the world, Brock Lesnar. He wants to give a taste of what he does on RAW. He sells us on major events. He says if he has to explain the beating John Cena will suffer at Summerslam, we’re missing the point. Brock Lesnar wants to address fans of John Cena. Bad things happen to good people when you step into the ring with Lesnar. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. He shows pictures of Lesnar beating Undertaker at Wrestlemania. He says he predicted the looks of shock on everyone’s faces at Wrestlemania when Lesnar conquered the Streak. If you were an Undertaker fan, you wouldn’t dare have missed Wrestlemania. When Lesnar was a rookie, Lesnar got his hands on Dwayne Johnson. If you were a fan of The Rock, you didn’t miss Summerslam then. When Brock was done with The Rock, The Rock didn’t come back for 6-8 months after. When Lesnar was a rookie, he got his hands on Hulk Hogan, and no one saw Hogan for some time after that. If they had, we wouldn’t be celebrating Hogan’s birthday tonight.

This Sunday after Lesnar is done with Cena, we won’t see Cena around here anymore. He says Lesnar has gotten his hands on Cena in the past. They show pictures of Lesnar’s match with Cena from 2012. Even though Cena won the match, John Cena will tell you he lost the fight. Brock won’t make an excuse, but Heyman says Brock was still suffering from Diverticulitis, which kept Brock at 50%. The beating that awaits Cena this Sunday is that of a Shakespearean tragedy. Heyman does a rap, mocking Cena, saying Lesnar will conquer John Cena. He says he’s going to take Lesnar to dinner and he knows it’s a big night with Hogan’s birthday, and he knows Cena has something to say, but he warns not to get to out of hand, because Lesnar is coming back after dinner.

Roman Reigns make his way to the ring. Corporate Kane comes out in his suit, and says Reigns beat Kane last week, and that’s almost like beating two men. He says that The Authority wants to see if he can beat two men tonight. Kane introduces Reigns’s handpicked opponents, Rybaxel.

Roman Reigns vs. Rybaxel

Curtis Axel starts this off with Reigns. Reigns slaps on a side headlock and Axel shoots him off. Reigns takes him down with a tackle, and Axel backs off. Axel starts talking trash and shoves Reigns. Reigns shoves him right back, taking Axel off his feet again. Axel backs into the corner and tags in Ryback. Reigns goes back to the side headlock. Ryback shoots him off and Reigns tries another tackle, but Ryback doesn’t budge. Ryback tells Reigns to try again, but Reigns just clotheslines him instead. They battle into the corner, and Reigns explodes out with a clothesline. Ryback regains control and tries a vertical suplex. Reigns counters. Reigns backs Ryback into the corner and knocks Axel off the apron. Reigns goes up for the mounted-punches, but Ryback counters into a powerbomb as we head to break.

Back from commercial, and Ryback has Reigns in a chinlock. Reigns battles to his feet, but Ryback overpowers him. Ryback whips Reigns to the corner, but Reigns takes out Axel and fires back on Ryback. Reigns hits Ryback with an elbow and a big boot to send him out to the floor. Axel tries to get involved again, but Reigns is too strong and that allows Ryback to ram Reigns into the ring post. Axel picks him up and rams him into the post one more time. Ryback and Axel both throw Reigns into the post a third time, and the ref calls for the bell. They roll Reigns into the ring and continue the assault. Ryback whips Axel into Reigns, but Reigns comes back with a pair of clotheslines and a Samoan Drop to Axel. Ryback takes a clothesline, sending him over the top and Reigns nearly kicks Axel inside out. Axel drops to the bottom rope to set up the flying kick from Reigns on the outside. Reigns rams Ryback into the ring post and rolls him back inside. Reigns hits Ryback with a Superman Punch and takes out Axel with one as well. Reigns hits Ryback with a Spear and follows up with one to Axel.

WINNER: Roman Reigns via DQ

Renee Young climbs into the ring and asks if Reigns is ready to face Randy Orton at Summerslam. Reigns asks Portland if he looks ready. He admits Orton left him lying two weeks ago. Orton says that Reigns stole something from him, but he hasn’t. He says at Summerslam he’s taking everything from him. Orton claims the Viper is back. Reigns asks what a Viper is without it’s teeth? A worthless worm. Believe that.

Backstage, Randy Orton runs in to Corporate Kane. Orton says Rybaxel couldn’t get the job done tonight, neither could Kane a week ago. He says he will end Roman Reigns. Kane stops him before he walks off and says The Authority wants to make sure Randy’s ready for Sunday, so he has a match tonight against Sheamus. It’s what’s best for business.

Rob Van Dam vs. Seth Rollins

Rollins jumps RVD early, but Rollins regains the advantage with a spinning heel kick and a standing moonsault. Van Dam hops up for mounted punches in the corner, but Rollins slips out and kicks RVD’s knee. Rollins takes out RVD with a clothesline. Rollins applies a chinlock, and RVD has to battle to his feet. Rollins shoots Van DAm into the ropes, but RVD counters with a rollup. Rollins charges Van Dam in the corner and runs into an elbow. Van Dam hits a springboard kick and Rollins rolls out to the floor. RVD hits Rollins with a baseball slide. RVD perches Rollins on the barricade with a frontface slam and heads back to the apron for the spinning leg drop, but Rollins moves out of the way.

Back from commercial, and Rollins has RVD in a chinlock. The crowd rallies behind Van Dam and he makes it to his feet. Van Dam kicks Rollins in the head. Rollins charges RVD in the corner. RVD avoids the contact and starts to rally. RVD scoop slams Rollins and hits Rolling Thunder. Van Dam superkicks Rollins in the face and hits a split-leg moonsault for 2. Rollins reverses a whip and ducks his head, but RVD floats over. RVD tries a monkey flip out of the corner, but Rollins hangs on and RVD hits hard. Rollins hits the Curb Stomp for the win.

WINNER: Seth Rollins

Rollins stops at the top of the ramp on his way back to the locker room. He’s eyeing Hulk Hogan’s presents on the stage and notices a big package that’s as big as he is. He goes to the present cautiously, but shakes it off and turns to leave when Dean Ambrose pops out of the package and attacks Rollins! Ambrose chases Rollins back down to the ring and clotheslines him over the top rope. Rollins retreats through the crowd, and Ambrose grabs the mic. He tells Seth to run while he still can because there’s no running or hiding in a lumberjack match. He says for $9.99, he’s getting more than his money’s worth.

Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the ring. She says as a principal owner of WWE, it’s her mission to always do what’s best for the WWE Universe, including the fans and the Superstars and Divas. Sometimes they receive information that can negatively impact one of their employees’ lives and they are faced with the unfortunate task of intervening. She wants to introduce the woman who’s been helping Daniel Bryan recover from surgery, his physical therapist, Megan Miller. She brings her out because Megan has a message for the WWE Universe. Stephanie says Megan has something to confess. Megan says she won’t do it and tries to leave, but Stephanie says she is the victim. Megan says she’s gotten to know Daniel and Brie pretty well. Her and her boyfriend have had dinner with them several times. She works hard to make sure Daniel can get back to the ring. It’s his biggest love. She gets choked up, but Stephanie eggs her on. She says her boyfriend left her and she can’t be Daniel’s physical therapist anymore. Stephanie asks why. She said everything happened so innocently… at first. She says she’s been having an affair with Daniel Bryan. Stephanie says she’s sorry and hugs her.

Brie Bella marches out to the ring. She gets in Megan’s face, but Stephanie says Daniel used Megan. She says Megan told her that Daniel said Brie was a “Dead fish.” Stephanie asks Megan about what Daniel used to say… Yes! Yes! Brie slaps Megan and jumps Stephanie! Brie starts attacking Stephanie’s shoulder, putting her in a Yes! Lock. And here come the agents to pull them apart. Stephanie gets back to her feet and says she won’t wait until Summerslam. They’re settling this tonight.

Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Cesaro

They start off trying to out-wrestle each other until Cesaro takes down Swagger with a tackle. Swagger gets back to his feet, and the wrestling match continues. Cesaro shoots Swagger into the ring and Swagger takes him down with a tackle. Swagger lifts up Cesaro for a belly-to-belly suplex. Swagger whips Cesaro to the corner, but Cesaro goes on the attack. Cesaro lifts Swagger for a gutwrench suplex. Cesaro starts to attack Swagger’s injured ribs. Cesaro charges Swagger in the corner and hits a running uppercut. Cesaro slaps on an abdominal stretch. Cesaro relinquishes the hold and scoops up Swagger for a backbreaker. Cesaro locks in an armbar, and Swagger has to fight to his feet. Swagger backs Cesaro into the corner and hits a few tackles. Cesaro gets a boot up and takes out Swagger with an axe handle from the turnbuckle. Cesaro heads back to the top, and Swagger catches him on the way down with another belly-to-belly. Swagger hits a short-arm clothesline. Swagger tries to shoot Cesaro off the ropes, but Cesaro counters with a knee to the gut before dropping Swagger on the top rope. Cesaro takes off running and kicks Swagger off the apron onto the barricade as we head for another break.

Back from break, and Cesaro has Swagger in another abdominal stretch. Swagger picks up Cesaro and drops him with a sidewalk slam to break the hold. Swagger ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. Swagger charges Cesaro in the corner with a knee. Swagger whips Cesaro to the other side and hits Cesaro with a big boot. Swagger lands a Swagger Bomb and gets a 2-count. Cesaro tries a roll up, but Swagger kicks out. Swagger starts unloading on Cesaro in the corner. The ref has to pull him off and Cesaro hits Swagger in the throat and follows up with a big boot. Cesaro heads to the second again for a senton. Swagger rolls out to the apron, and Cesaro rams him into the turnbuckle. Cesaro tries the superplex from the apron, but Swagger counters and tries a suplex out to the floor. Cesaro lands on the apron, but Swagger clotheslines him back inside.

Cesaro ducks a clothesline, tosses Swagger into the air and drops his ribs across his knee. Cesaro hits a running uppercut as Swagger sits up in the ring. Cesaro double stomps Cesaro, but Swagger catches him and tries a Patriot Lock. Cesaro crawls to the ropes and out to the apron. Cesaro hops to the top rope, but Swagger’s up there with him and slams him off the top and turns it into a Patriot Lock, and Cesaro has no choice but to tap.

WINNER: Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter

Colter gets on the mic and says they’re in Portlandia. He says Summerslam is going to be called Deport-Landia. He tells Lana he wants her to give a message to Rusev. He wants her to tell him that everybody from Los Angeles to Chernobyl will remember one thing: The stars and bars waving proudly in the ring. Jack Swagger will own Rusev. We the…

Rusev’s music hits and a giant Russian flag unfurls over the ring.

Michael Cole hosts an interview between Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt. Cole introduces them, but Wyatt dismisses him. Wyatt asks Chris if he remembers his dreams as a child. Wyatt says he remembers a scared little boy wanting nothing more than to live up to his daddy. He asks if Chris can still see the disappointment in his father’s eyes. He says it drowned him. It left a hole so big that the only way Jericho could fill it was to become a savior himself. But he can’t even save himself. He knows a lot about Chis, and Chris knows little about Wyatt. Every time Bray tries to dream, he says, all he hears are their screams. But he’s never claimed to be a savior. The only thing he lives for in this life is to help people who can’t help themselves. You can’t just whisper words anymore. You have to scream it until their ears bleed. The only way to truly help someone is to hurt them. He’s hurt a lot of people. He’s not sorry. There are no consequences for his action. He has no conscience. He doesn’t believe in heaven or hell. He hates everything about this world. He is a monster. The human race is decimated in its lack of fortitude. There’s a pale horse on the horizon. He says his smile will be the last thing Chris ever sees.

Jericho says he’s not a savior. After 15 years in the WWE, all the things he’s done, he’s become a survivor. You never know what you’re getting with Chris Jericho. He can’t promise which Jericho Bray will see at Summerslam, but he’s going to follow the buzzards, grab them and shove them down Wyatt’s throat. He’ll be the first man to leave Wyatt speechless and shut him up for good.

AJ Lee vs. Eva Marie

They lock up, and Eva uses her size to gain control. AJ quickly regains control by taking Eva over with a side headlock. Paige’s music hits, and she skips out to the ring. AJ takes out Eva with a flying elbow, but she gets distracted by Paige at ringside and gets rolled up by Eva.

WINNER: Eva Marie

Paige grabs a mic. She says she knew when she pushed AJ off the stage, she would be mad. She says she owes AJ an apology. She says roses are red and woodchips are beige. She’s sorry she pushed her right off the stage. It’s not like she hates her. She likes her a bunch, but she just has a face she wants to punch. She’ll see her on Sunday, but this part is vital. She’ll be skipping out of Summerslam with her Diva’s title.

AJ attacks Eva Marie, who’s still at ringside.

John Cena comes out to address Brock Lesnar. He says 6 days from now at Summerslam he is to be maimed and conquered by BROCK LESNAR!…If you believe the prognosticator of prognosticators, Paul Heyman. This Sunday, Brock Lesnar will give him the beating of a lifetime. This Sunday, Brock Lesnar won’t win because for him to win, he has to make Cena lose, and he won’t lie down for Brock Lesnar. He says Lesnar doesn’t deserve the championship. He’s not saying he’s unbeatable. One day he will lose the championship, but it won’t be Sunday. Lesnar doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Behind the screen, it’s not a social club. But Brock Lesnar’s feud with this business doesn’t reward him by deserving the title. He’s been out here a lot of times. We’ve shared a lot of memories. He’s heard the cheers and the boos. He’s been told he can’t wrestle. He’s heard let’s go Cena and Cena sucks, and every week he comes out with a smile on his face.

There’s a group of people that ask when will John Cena turn? When does Cena say enough is enough? When does John Cena finally stop being about the t-shirts and ball caps? When does Cena stop being about wristbands and k-Mart shoes? When does John Cena unleash hell? This Sunday, he fights a beast. And to fight a beast you must become one. You’ll see the John Cena he’s not proud of, the John Cena we’ve never seen before, but the John Cena who does what’s necessary to keep the titles away from Brock Lesnar. Heyman said this house belongs to Brock Lesnar and the people belong to him. But any idiot with a pea brain knows that this house belongs to the WWE Universe. If this is Brock’s house, then there’s a stranger standing in his living room. Cena calls out Lesnar, but Lesnar doesn’t show. Maybe Lesnar came down with diverticulitis or hepatitis or punk-bitch-itus. He says he’s giving Lesnar the middle finger. He’s not repeating history; he’s going to make it. He’s the one that will beat the one. The Champ is here!

Brie Bella comes down for her match with Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie comes out, but she’s not dressed to fight. She says they’re going to have to wait until Summerslam, after all. If Brie can make it to Summerslam given her actions earlier. Stephanie says Megan Miller has decided to press charges against Brie for attacking her. Some detectives come out and handcuff Brie. They read her rights and carry her out. Stephanie says what goes around, comes around.

Heath Slater vs. Dolph Ziggler

The Miz comes out for commentary. The bell rings, and the fans are chanting for Slater. They lock up and Slater catches Ziggler with a back elbow. Slater hits Ziggler with another elbow off the ropes and tries a cover. Ziggler kicks out. Slater applies a chinlock, and Ziggler has to battle to his feet. Ziggler ducks a clothesline and hits a dropkick. Ziggler sizes up Slater for a Heart-Stopping Elbow. Slater tries a roll up, but Ziggler manages a kick out. Ziggler scoop slams Slater and tries another elbow. Slater moves out of the way and tries another pinfall, but Ziggler kicks out. Slater slaps on another chinlock, and Ziggler battles back. Slater hits a heel kick for 2. Slater goes back to the chinlock, but Ziggler fights back and drops Slater with a stunner. Ziggler starts to rally with a clothesline and a dropkick. Ziggler tries a splash in the corner, but Slater moves out of the way. Slater tries a neckbreaker, but Ziggler counters. Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag, and the Miz tries to get involved. Ziggler knocks Miz off the apron, and they start fighting on the outside. Ziggler tries to make it back into the ring but gets counted out.

WINNER: Heath Slater via Count Out

After the match, Ziggler climbs back into the ring. The crowd is still chanting Slater. They tease a handshake, but Slater tries to kick Ziggler. Ziggler catches the boot and spins Slater into a Zig-Zag.

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

They lock up, but neither gains an advantage. Orton forces Sheamus into the corner, and the ref has to pull him off. Orton kicks Sheamus and backs him into the corner again. Sheamus fires up and takes down Orton. Orton finds the leverage move, pulls Sheamus into the turnbuckle and follows up with a clothesline. Orton charges Sheamus in the corner, but Sheamus gets a boot up and slams Orton. Sheamus heads to the second rope for a knee drop and a 2-count. Sheamus clotheslines Orton out of the corner. Sheamus sets up for 10 Beats, and Orton fends him off and drops to the floor as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Orton has Sheamus in a chinlock. During the break, Orton back dropped Sheamus over the barricade into the timekeeper’s area. Back in the ring, Sheamus clotheslines Orton over the top to the outside. Orton gets a boot up and suplexes Sheamus onto the announce table. Orton goes back to the reverse chinlock, and Sheamus has to fight to his feet. Sheamus breaks the hold with a side suplex, and both men are down. Sheamus starts to rally with the clotheslines, a tackle in the corner and a knee lift. Sheamus suplexes Orton for 2.

Sheamus tries a rolling senton, but Orton slips out and slides out of the ring. Sheamus gives chase, but Orton kicks him in the gut. Sheamus responds by ramming Orton into the barricade and rolling Orton back inside. Orton catches Sheamus with a kick on the way back inside, possibly looking for a second rope DDT. Sheamus counters, and sets up for the 10 Beats… and gets it. Sheamus brings Orton back inside for a rolling senton. Sheamus tries an Irish Curse, but Orton counters. Orton hits a backbreaker of his own. Sheamus rolls out to the apron, and Orton gets the second rope DDT.

Sheamus rolls back to the apron again and hangs Orton off the top. Sheamus comes in with a battering ram and hits a powerslam for 2. Sheamus starts to mock Orton by coiling up. Sheamus misses wildly on the Brogue Kick. Orton tries an RKO, but Sheamus counters. Orton shoves Sheamus into the corner. Sheamus hits Orton as he charges into the corner. Sheamus heads for the top and Orton catches him on the way down with an RKO for the 1-2-3.

WINNER: Randy Orton

Mean Gene and Jimmy Hart are in the ring, and all of the Superstars and Divas come out to the stage for Hulk Hogan’s birthday celebration. Mean Gene brings out Hogan. Gene says he’s never had a birthday party like this. They play a video package tribute to Hogan. Hogan says this has been amazing, and it might be the first time he’s ever been speechless. He says he can muster up one good one since we’re in Portland… Let me tell you something, Mean Gene. He says everyone’s been giving him gifts all day. He says even Vince McMahon even gave him a birthday card with $9.99 inside. He says it’s been the greatest birthday he’s ever had. He thanks everyone. He says being 61 makes you reflect on a few things. He hopes he’s been able to touch the fans’ lives as much as we’ve touched his. He loves the Hulkamaniacs and the WWE Universe.

Ric Flair’s music hits. Mean Gene introduces Flair, and he comes down. Paul Orndoff’s music plays, and he comes down, twirling his mustache. Roddy Piper comes out next. The nWo music hits, and Scott Hall and Kevin Nash come down! Nash grabs a mic and hands it to Hall. Hey yo! He says it’s an honor to be here and show some love to Hogan on his birthday. He says Hogan looks sweet in the red and yellow, but he wants to take a survey. How many people came to RAW to see Hulk in the red and yellow? Or did you like him better in the black and white in the nWo? Hogan rips off the t-shirt and has an nWo shirt underneath! Nash grabs the mic and says he’s done a lot of things in his career, but one thing is this… He starts singing Happy Birthday… and Brock Lesnar’s music hits.

Lesnar and Heyman make their way through the Superstars and Lesnar hops onto the apron. Lesnar eyes Piper and chest bumps him. He eyes Flair and puffs in his face. He gets in Hogan’s face and says the party’s over, Grandpa. John Cena runs down and they stand face-to-face in the middle of the ring. Lesnar and Heyman back off and head back up the ramp as Cena looks on from the ring, and RAW ends.

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (07/28/1985)

July 28, 2014

Houston, TX

John Cena makes his way to the ring. He says normally he would share in Houston’s enthusiasm, but last week Plan C was revealed and it was what he’d hoped would never happen. He’s a marked man. The Authority wants the titles back so bad that they hired a mercenary in Brock Lesnar to take them from him at Summerslam. He says last week Paul Heyman spoke eloquently. He talked about those that get tucked in at night, and those that don’t. He says, maybe, a lot of people just want to see Lesnar beat the hell out of him. Lesnar destroys who he wants, when he wants. Forty men can say they were champion. One beast has defeated The Streak. At Summerslam, he will get the beating of a lifetime. There is a beast in his windshield, and he knows he’s going to get his ass kicked. But he won’t lay down. He will fight. He’ll go to Summerslam to beat Brock Lesnar, just like in 2012. He says no one realizes what will happen if Lesnar wins the championship. He doesn’t know who can stop Brock Lesnar if he wins the titles.

Paul Heyman comes out. He says at Summerslam, Brock Lesnar is going to conquer John Cena and take the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Heyman tells Cena that it’s courageous of him, but he’s about to become a victim. He asks if Cena knows what it’s like to be a victim. He says Cena’s been defeated, but never been victimized. Heyman tells Cena to ask Undertaker what it’s like to be victimized, but you can’t ask him because no one has seen or heard from him since Wrestlemania. Cena’s on the defensive, but Brock Lesnar is on the offensive; he wants to conquer John Cena. He says that Cena loves being in the WWE and being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The only thing Brock Lesnar loves is inflicting pain on his victims.

Cena says passion is the one thing he and Heyman have in common. Every once in a while it starts and it becomes larger and larger. They chant, “E-C-W.” When those that fought with Heyman and had the passion he had chant, it brings a smile to Heyman’s cold, black heart. Cena says this is his passion. He loves this place and what it represents. He says the 300-pound gorilla Heyman totes around has no passion for any of it. Lesnar may beat the hell out of him, but he’ll have to beat every last breath out of his body because he’s going in to Summerslam champion, and he’s walking out.

Cesaro’s music hits, and he walks out. He shakes Heyman’s hand and takes the mic. He says that he and Heyman have decided to go separate ways, but he won’t allow Cena to talk to his friend that way. He says Cena is just a muscled-up billboard. He says you can’t wrestle in tennis shoes. But Cena just can’t wrestle.

Cesaro vs. John Cena

The bell rings, and they start things up with a Greco-Roman knuckle lock. Cesaro gains the advantage and kicks Cena’s arm. Cesaro with a quick go-behind and Cena snapmares him over. Cesaro charges, but Cena takes him over with a side headlock. Cesaro leapfrogs Cena, and Cena monkey flips Cesaro. Cena slaps on another side headlock. Cesaro makes it back to his feet and slaps on a headlock of his own and takes Cena over. Cena shoots Cesaro off. Cesaro catches Cena in mid-air and takes him down with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. Cesaro unloads on Cena in the corner. Cesaro scoops up Cena, but Cena counters and hits a hurricanrana. Cesaro regains control and double stomps Cena out on the apron. They trade right hands on the apron, and Cesaro shoulder tackles Cena through the ropes and Cena flies out to the floor. Cena dives back in before the 10-count and clotheslines Cesaro. Cena starts to rally and tries a running bulldog, but Cesaro throws him off and we’re headed for commercial.

Back from break, and Cena ducks a clothesline and connects with the flying shoulder tackles. Cena tries the spinning side slam, but Cesaro counters into a DDT for 2. Cesaro sets up for the Big Swing, but Cena counters into a sunset flip for 2. Cena hits a powerbomb for 2. Cena starts to climb the ropes, and Cesaro dives onto the top rope, tripping up Cena. Cesaro kicks Cena in the head and suplexes him from the apron, over the top rope and into the ring for 2. Cesaro charges at Cena in the corner, but Cena gets a boot up. Cena charges out of the corner, but Cesaro gets him into the Big Swing. Cesaro applies a version of the Clover Leaf. Cena overpowers Cesaro and tries an STF. Cesaro kicks out. Cena hits Cesaro with the spinning side slam and the 5-Knuckle Shuffle. Cesaro walks into an AA, but Cesaro grabs the ropes. Cena starts to climb the turnbuckle with Cesaro on his back. Cesaro fends off Cena and dives off the top with a cross body. Cena catches him and rolls through, lifting Cesaro for an AA. Cesaro lands on his feet. Cena charges Cesaro. Cesaro tosses Cena into the air and uppercuts him on the way down.

Cesaro sets up for the Neutralizer, but Cena counters with a backdrop. Cesaro lands on his feet on the other side and hits Cena with a running big boot. Cena bounces off the ropes and hits Cesaro with a big boot. Cesaro rolls to the apron. Cena charges again, and Cesaro kicks him through the ropes. Cesaro heads to the top again, and Cena is right behind him. Cena hits a Super AA for the win.

WINNER: John Cena

Backstage, Stephanie McMahon is talking with Triple H. She says she’s been keeping up appearances all week. She can’t go back to her daughters’ eyes, and the disappoint she saw they had for her daughter. She tells Triple H this better work. Randy Orton walks in. He says the original plan was for him to face Cena at Summerslam. Roman Reigns attacked him from behind and all of the sudden Lesnar is facing Cena at Summerslam. Triple H says as long as Roman Reigns is around, Orton will never have a chance to be in a championship match. He says if Orton takes out Reigns, he can have his match. Orton says he wants to do it tonight, but Triple H says Reigns is taking on Kane tonight. Orton says it looks like he now has a problem with Kane, Roman Reigns… and Triple H.

Paige comes out. She wants to set the record straight. She’s young so sometimes her emotions get the better of her. She still considers AJ her best friend. What she did last week was deplorable. She didn’t think of her as her friend, but someone that took her title. She promises to never act that way again.

AJ’s music plays, and she skips out to the ring. She calls Paige a Casper-looking crumpet. Paige tries to explain, but AJ cuts her off. She says she knows exactly what it’s like to have a title taken away from you in an instant. She says it’s fine if Paige wants to imitate her, that’s fine. But if she really wants to do it, she needs to do it. If she’s going to talk crap about someone, it’s to her face, like a real woman. Paige swears she is AJ’s friend, and if she doesn’t believe her, then she’s crazy… AJ takes offense to being called crazy. Paige says she didn’t mean it how it sounded. AJ tackles Paige and unloads on her before tossing her out of the ring. AJ rams her into the barricade on the floor. She tries to throw her into the steps, but Paige hops over and yells at AJ to calm down. Paige backs off up the ramp as AJ climbs back into the ring.

The Authority makes their way to the ring. The crowd starts chanting, “Jailbird.” Triple H says we’ve all shared a lot of moments over the years. But he’s never been more disappointed in the fans as he was last Monday. He’s disgusted and angry. They laughed at his wife when she was arrested last week. Stephanie’s getting upset. Triple H says he’ll never forgive us for laughing at singing as his wife was carried away like a common criminal. He says the whole world knows Brie Bella antagonized Stephanie. Stephanie was defending herself. He says Brie Bella was asking for it. He also says the charges were dropped with the exception of the assault and battery charge Brie has against Stephanie. They’ve invited Brie in an effort to put the whole thing behind them. Triple H tries to console Stephanie. Stephanie asks Brie to come out so they can get this over with.

Chris Jericho comes out! Triple H says they’re in the middle of something. Jericho apologizes for interrupting. He says he feels so bad about what happened to Stephanie last week. So he decided to come out and show his sympathies with a song and starts to sing the theme song from Cops. He says this is 2014. Orange is the new black, and it’s all right to be a jailbird. These are the moments why the WWE Network was created, so we can watch Stephanie get arrested over and over again. He says he has to give Triple H credit because he stood by Stephanie. But Chris wants to know why Triple H didn’t leave the arena with her when she was arrested. Jericho says he has the answer. And it’s because Triple H is starting to realize the same thing he’s known for over ten years, and that is that Stephanie is nothing more than a filthy, dirty, brutal, bottom-feeding, trash bag…. Triple H tells Jericho to shut up. He should focus more on Bray Wyatt. But that’s the real reason why Jericho is out here. He wants Wyatt in the ring tonight. Triple H says Jericho has to wait until Summerslam. But tonight…

Seth Rollins attacks Jericho from behind. Triple H says tonight, Jericho has to face Rollins.

The Miz & Rybaxel vs. Dolph Ziggler & The Usos

Ziggler and Miz start this off. Ziggler goes after Miz before he can even take his sunglasses off. Miz makes a tag to Ryback who takes down Ziggler. Ryback splashes Ziggler and tags in Curtis Axel. Axel nails Ziggler with a dropkick and slaps on a chinlock. Axel dives at Ziggler in the corner, but Ziggler moves out of the way. Ziggler makes a tag to one of the Usos. Uso takes it to Axel and kicks his legs out from under him before hitting the Rikishi splash in the corner. Axel rolls to the floor, and Uso hits him with a baseball slide. Ryback tries to get to Axel’s aid, and the other Uso comes off the top onto Ryback. Miz comes over, and Ziggler chases him off as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Ryback tags in. Kofi Kingston and Big E have joined the action on the outside with Xavier Woods. Miz tags in and applies a clutch to Uso. Uso rallies to his feet, but Miz puts him back down. Miz hits Ziggler, who comes in. Axel and Miz utilize the double team while the ref’s back is turned. Axel continues to take it to Uso and tags Miz back in. Uso tries to rally, but Miz hits him with a backbreaker. Uso counters a neckbreaker, but Miz fires back with a kick to the gut. Uso tries to make a tag, but Miz holds him back. Uso kicks Miz off and makes a tag to Ziggler. Ryback gets a tag on the other side and Ziggler’s hitting everybody. Ziggler hits a neckbreaker on Ryback and drops the heart-stopping elbow. Ryback ducks a Fame-Asser. Ryback catches Ziggler in mid-air. Ziggler rolls through. Ziggler tries a Zig-Zag, but Ryback counters. Ziggler hits a big DDT for a near-fall.

Uso chases Miz off. Axel chases off one of the Usos. The other Uso clotheslines Axel out to the floor. The Usos start flying. Miz hops up and hangs one of the Usos off the top rope. Ziggler turns around and Ryback lifts him up for a powerbomb. Ziggler slips out the back door and hits the Zig-Zag for the 3-count.

WINNERS: Dolph Ziggler & The Usos

R-Truth vs. Bo Dallas

Before the match, Bo says that everyone knows Truth can’t be undefeated… Actually, he’s lost a lot of matches in his career. He knows one day Truth will be victorious. All he has to do is BOLieve!

The bell rings, and Dallas gains a quick advantage with a pair of shoulder tackles. Bo drops out to the floor for a victory lap. Dallas makes his way back inside, and Truth rolls him up for the pinfall.

WINNER: R-Truth

Bo grabs the microphone. He says he can’t BOlieve Truth was the first to beat him, but it’s OK. He nails Truth with the microphone and starts attacking him in the corner. Bo drags Truth over to the apron. He puts the ring skirt over his head and continues to assault Truth. Bo hits Truth with a double-arm DDT back inside the ring. He takes his victory lap around the ring and leaves.

Lana and Rusev come out for a promo. Lana talks about how our country and our president are weak, until Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger cut them off. Zeb says our flag represents the United States. It represents a family sitting around the table on Thanksgiving; sharing their thanks they’ve survived another year. It represents the Americans surrounding a TV, watching a football game. It represents pick-up trucks, pretty girls and beer. It represents the brave men and women who’ve died to protect that flag and preserve our freedom. Swagger charges the ring and starts attacking Rusev on the outside. Rusev starts slamming Swagger into the barricade and rolls him into the ring. Rusev tries to put Swagger in the Accolade, but Swagger rolls him up into the Patriot Lock. Rusev manages to kick Swagger off. Swagger kicks him out to the apron and clotheslines him to the floor, and Rusev retreats.

Damien Sandow comes out dressed as an astronaut. He mocks the Houston crowd, and Adam Roses comes down. Rose calls Sandow a sour spaceman. Don’t be a lemon, be a rosebud. Sandow says no one can hear you scream in space, let’s see if it’s true on Earth, and he attacks Rose.

Adam Rose vs. Damien Sandow

The bell rings, and Rose quickly hits the Party Foul for the win.

WINNER: Adam Rose

Roman Reigns vs. Kane

Reigns makes his way down through the crowd, and Randy Orton attacks him. They battle through the crowd, and Reigns tosses Orton over the barricade. Kane tries to get involved, but Reigns takes him down. Kane pops back up as Reigns continues to attack Orton. Back in the ring, and Reigns hits Kane with a Samoan Drop. Orton climbs into the ring and attacks Reigns from behind, but Reigns hits him with a Superman Punch. Kane gets to his feet again and chokeslams Reigns. Kane leaves, and Orton kicks Reigns in the face. Randy unloads on Reigns, screaming at him about stealing from him. Orton pulls Reigns out to the floor and throws him into the steps repeatedly. Orton tosses Reigns over the barricade and DDTs him off the barricade. Orton bounces Reigns’s head off the ring step. Orton drags reigns to the announce table and RKOs him on it, and it doesn’t break! Orton pulls Reigns up one more time and finally RKOs him through the table.

Fandango vs. Diego w/ El Torrito, Summer Rae & Layla

Fandango hits a backdrop and a knee drop. Summer Rae and Layla take a chance to distract to Fandango, but he comes back with a dropkick and a suplex. Fandango heads to the top, but El Torrito hops up on the other side. Fandango hops down, and Diego hits a springboard sunset flip for the quick pin.

WINNER: Diego w/ El Torrito, Summer Rae & Layla

After the match, Torrito gores Fandango with a low blow, and the girls take turns giving him kisses.

Backstage, Stephanie McMahon knocks on the Divas locker room door. She asks Nikki Bella if her sister will be there, and Nikki says Brie will be there soon. She says Brie will have plenty to say, and Stephanie tries to apologize, but Nikki says Stephanie doesn’t have to eat crap a lot, but she hopes she likes the taste of it.

Natalya & Naomi vs. Alicia Fox & Cameron

Natalya reverses a whip and kicks Alicia in the back. Naomi hits an atomic drop and tries to hit Cameron on the apron. Alicia whips her Naomi, but Naomi hops over the top rope and kicks Alicia in the face through the ropes. Naomi dives over the apron onto Cameron and unloads. Alicia pulls her off and throws her in the ring. Alicia hits a scissor kick for 2. Cameron wants the tag and gets it. She pulls Naomi’s hair to snapmare her over a couple times. Cameron slams Naomi in the corner. Naomi reverses the mounted punch by Cameron into a headscissor submission, and Cameron has no choice but to tap out.

WINNERS: Naomi & Natalya

Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins

They tie up and Jericho knees Rollins repeatedly in the face. Rollins backs into the corner and Jericho chops him. Rollins hooks the ropes on a whip and rolls to the floor. Jericho gives chase and rams Rollins into the barricade. Rollins chops him back, but Jericho rolls him back inside. Rollins kicks Jericho in the face on the way in, knocking him back to the floor. Rollins tries to dive through the ropes, but Jericho catches him in the face. Jericho suplexes Rollins. Rollins gets a kick to the gut of Jericho and kicks him in the corner. Rollins sends Jericho to the opposite corner, but Jericho manages an enzuiguiri and a 2-count. Jericho chokes Rollins in the ropes. Jericho comes off the ropes, but Rollins throws a dropkick, taking Jericho down. Jericho dumps Rollins onto the apron and hits a springboard tackle, and we’re off to another commercial.

Back from commercial, and Rollins has Jericho in a modified Cobra Clutch. Jericho tries to make it to his feet and does, but Rollins slams him. Rollins hits a tackle in the corner. Rollins bites Jericho. Rollins tries another diving tackle into the corner. Jericho moves out of the way and hits Rollins with a pair of shoulder tackles. Jericho heads to the top for an axe handle. Rollins avoids the running bulldog, hits a spinning neckbreaker, and both guys are down. Rollins taunts Jericho, but Jericho hits him with a series of chops. Jericho charges Rollins, and Rollins catches him with an STO into the second turnbuckle. Rollins heads to the top as Jericho makes it to his feet. Jericho trips up Rollins, and Rollins blocks a superplex from Jericho. Rollins tries a high-risk move from the top, but Jericho back drops him into the ring and hits a cross body for a near-fall.

Jericho catches Rollins with an elbow, turning him inside out. Rollins avoids a Lion Sault and powerbombs Jericho into the corner. Jericho avoids the Curb Stomp and rolls up Rollins. Rollins kicks out. Jericho tries a Walls of Jericho, but Rollins makes it to the ropes and Jericho flips him up onto his feet, allowing Rollins to hit an enzuiguiri. Rollins tries a springboard, but Jericho catches him with a Code Breaker on the way down. The lights flicker and come back, and the Wyatts are in the ring. Harper and Rowan attack Jericho. They beat Jericho down, and Wyatt scoops up Jericho and takes him out with a Sister Abigail.

WINNER: No Contest

Stephanie comes out to confront Brie Bella. She says she’s humbled after last week. She’s the principle owner of WWE, representing four generations of McMahons. She represents their business partners and share holders. They can’t look at her in the eye without thinking she’s nothing more than a common criminal. She’s been affected professionally and personally. Her daughters can’t understand why their mother was arrested and taken to jail. They are scarred for life.

Brie comes out through the crowd, escorted by security. She says she’s heard enough. She wants to get to the point. Or is Stephanie going to stand there like a whining, spoiled, rich bitch. Stephanie wants her to drop the charges. She says no one deserves this. Brie says Stephanie deserves to go to hell. Stephanie admits she took advantage of Nikki. She says she won’t do it anymore. Brie says Stephanie is being insulting. Stephanie suggests a raise for Nikki. Brie says, OK, but she has some more demands. She wants her job back. Stephanie says one Bella is enough for the WWE. Brie says she’ll see her in court and starts to walk away. Stephanie stops her, and says if she gives her her job back, she’ll drop the charges. Brie says OK. But there’s one more thing. She wants a match at Summerslam. Stephanie gets excited and offers her a Diva’s title match or a Total Diva’s Spectacular. But Brie wants a match with Stephanie. Stephanie says it’s been over ten years since she competed in the ring. She’s a dedicated businesswoman, wife and mom. Brie says she won’t drop the charges unless she gets to face Stephanie at Summerslam. Stephanie starts to break down in the ring. She says she can’t lower herself to get into the ring. Stephanie starts crying and agrees to the match if Brie will drop the charges. Brie says OK, but Stephanie says she has one more thing Brie needs to understand… At Summerslam… She slaps Brie across the face, knocking her off the apron. She says at Summerslam, she’ s going to make Brie her bitch. Brie dives back into the ring and they start fighting! They have to be pulled apart by agents and Triple H.

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UFC on FOX 12 Recap: Robbie Lawler secures rematch with Johny Hendricks; Anthony Johnson makes a statement

UFC on FOX 12 took place on Saturday from the SAP Center in San Jose, California and Robbie Lawler defeated Matt Brown by unanimous decision in a five round striking battle.

As advertised, the fight started with the fighters swinging away and Lawler was landing the more significant strikes in the opening minute. At the ninety second mark of the round, Brown would land a right hand that stunned Lawler, but he would be able to recover. Brown would end up scoring a takedown and looked for a d’arce choke. Lawler would defend the submission and get back to his feet.

They would clinch against the fence and Brown would land a few elbows. Lawler would come back with his own elbow and landed a flurry of punches. Brown would be able to get away and the fight would move into the second round. In the second round, they started with a fast pace, just like the first round and Brown looked very patient with his strikes. Brown would take the fight to the ground at the two minute mark, but Lawler would be able to get back to his feet. The remainder of the round would be on the feet with Brown landing the more significant strikes.

Brown looked to take the fight to the ground and Lawler would make him pay for looking for the takedown. He landed several strikes that would open up a cut and Lawler broke away. At this point, Lawler began to attack the body of Brown and this would set up other strikes for him. Lawler would end up landing a kick to the body that at first, appeared to be low. Referee John McCarthy would pause the fight but the replay showed that it was a legal strike. The fight would be restarted and they would battle on the feet until the end of the round.

At the start of the fourth, Lawler was able to get the fight to the ground. He would work his top game and Brown attempted to wall walk to get back to his feet. It appeared he was up, but Lawler would slam him back to the ground. However, Lawler would not keep it there as Brown got to his feet. The fight would move into the fifth round and they slugged it out at the start of the round. Brown would began to pour it on and after landing a right hand, Brown shook his hand. Lawler would end up landing his own flurry of punches and both guys would throw a spinning back fist that would miss.

The would battle until the final bell and Lawler (24-10, 1NC) would win by unanimous decision. He wil now get his rematch against current welterweight champion Johny Hendricks once the champion recovers from his injury.

Johnson makes statement with vicious knockout
The co-main event was a light heavyweight bout as Anthony Johnson made a huge statement as he scored a brutal knockout of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the 44 second mark of the first round.

Johnson would be able to take control of the octagon and would land a series of punches against the fence. He would land a right uppercut that rocked Nogueira and would throw a couple of more punches before the referee came in to stop the fight.

Johnson (18-4) now has twelve career wins by knockout and this is his eighth straight win. The defeat snaps a two fight winning streak for Nogueira (21-6) and this is his second career knockout defeat.

Bermudez submits Guida to extend winning streak to seven
Ultimate Fighter alum Dennis Bermudez continued his winning streak on Saturday night as he defeated Clay Guida by submission in the second round.

As expected, the fight started with a high pace and Guida would connect with a significant right hook. Bermudez would look for a takedown, but the attempt would be unsuccessful. With the fight remaining on the feet, Bermudez stalked down Guida and ended up getting the fight to the ground.

Guida would work back to his feet after taking several short shots, including a knee as he broke away. Once again, Bermudez would close the distance and was able to get on the back of Guida. He went for a rear-naked choke but would be unable to get the finish and the fight moved into the second round.

The second round would open up just like the first round with a high pace and Guida would land a solid combination in the opening twenty seconds. They would briefly grapple against the cage before they moved back to the center of the octagon.

Guida would land a series of punches that stunned Bermudez, but Bermudez would be able to close the distance and get the fight to the ground. He would immediately get on the back of Guida and would finish the fight with a rear-naked choke submission.

Bermudez (14-3) has now won seven in a row and now has the longest current winning streak in the UFC featherweight division and this is his third career win by submission.

Green upsets Thomson, wins eighth straight
The opening bout of the main card was a lightweight bout as Bobby Green scored an upset as he defeated Josh Thomson by split decision.

The fight opened with the fighters exchanging strikes and anytime Thomson landed a strike, Green would talk to him. At the three minute mark of the round, Green would accidtally poke Thomson in the eye and the fight was stopped for a moment.

Thomson would be able to continue and they would continue their striking match until the final bell of the round sounded. As the second round started, Thomson would be the aggressor and the fighters continued to talk to each other throughout the round.

Green would be able to take control of the octagon and they continued to exchange strikes. Thomson would rush in and score a takedown in the final minute of the round, but Green would be able to get back to his feet with twenty seconds left in the round.

The fight would move into the third round and Thomson just missed a spinning back fist in the first thirty seconds of the round. Green would attempt a flying knee, but Thomson would catch it. However, he would be unable to get the fight to the ground and they continued to strike with each other.

After each fighter landed significant strikes, Green would take the fight to the ground but he would give up the position after Thomson landed several short strikes. They would remain on the feet until the final bell and the judges would decide the winner.

Two of the three judges scored the fight for Green (23-5) and he has now won eight in a row. Thomson (20-7, 1NC) has now dropped back to back fights for the first time in his career.

The complete UFC on FOX 12 results are below.

Main Card: (Fox)
Robbie Lawler def. Matt Brown via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-36, 48-47)
Anthony Johnson def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, :44
Dennis Bermudez def. Clay Guida via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:57
Bobby Green def. Josh Thomson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Fox)
Jorge Masvidal def. Daron Cruickshank via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Patrick Cummins def. Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24)
Tim Means def. Hernani Perpetuo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Brian Ortega def. Mike De La Torre via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:39

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Tiago Trator def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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Bellator 122 Recap: Andrey Koreshkov and Brandon Halsey secure title shots

Bellator 122 took place on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California and was headlined by Andrey Koreshkov winning the season ten welterweight tournament with a decision victory over Adam McDonough.

As the fight opened, Koreshkov was able to take control of the cage and McDonough ended up shooting for a takedown. The attempt would be unsuccessful and they would continue to strikes with each other.

Koreshkov would continue to be the aggressor in the opening round as he landed 21 strikes, compared to the 10 of McDonough. The fight would move into the second round and McDonough would open up the round with a failed takedown attempt.

Koreshkov maintained control of the cage and landed a spinning back kick that put McDonough on the mat. He would survive the strike and get the fight back to the center of the cage. Koreshkov would land a series of punches in the final minute of the round and the fight moved into the final round.

The striking battle would continue for the first ninety seconds of the round before McDonough went for a takedown. Once again, the takedown would be unsuccessful and Koreshkov briefly looked for a guillotine on the ground. They would return to the feet and once again, McDonough looked for a takedown. Koreshkov would stop the attempt and he would end up in top position on the ground. After a lack of action, referee John McCarthy would stand the fighter up with thirty seconds left and the judges would decide the winner.

All three judges would score the fight for Koreshkov (17-1) and he joins Paticio Pitbull, Douglas Lima, Alexander Shlemenko, and Alexander Volkov has two-time tournament winners in same weight class.

Halsey remains undefeated, wins middleweight tournament
The co-main event of the fight card was the final of the season ten middleweight tournament as Brandon Halsey submitted Brett Cooper in the first round by armbar.

It would only take thirty seconds for Halsey to get the fight to the ground and he would end up going for an armbar submission. Cooper would be able to defend it at first, but Halsey continued to work for it and Cooper would end up tapping out to the submission.

Halsey (7-0) now secures his title shot against current Bellator champion Alexander Shlemenko and this is his third career win by submission.

McGeary with another first round victory
Just like his previous four Bellator fights, Liam McGeary scored a first round victory as he defeated Egidijus Valavicius by TKO in the first round.

Early in the fight, Valavicius landed a significant right hand and McGeary immediately looked to clinch. They would end up separating and McGeary began to tae the fight over. He would land multiple strikes near the fence and after several unanswered strikes, the referee came in to stop the fight.

McGeary (8-0) is now tied with Attila Vegh for the second most wins in Bellator light heavyweight division and now owns the record for the most TKO/KO wins in the division.

Parisyan wins second straight fight by knockout
The opening fight of the main card was a welterweight bout as Karo Parisyan scored his second straight victory by knockout as he defeated Phil Baroni in the first round.

The entire fight would be on the feet and Parisyan would land a right hand that would drop Baroni to one knee and he would begin to land punches on the ground. After a series of punches, referee John McCarthy saw enough and called the fight.

Parisyan (24-10, 1NC) has now won four of his last five fights and has won back to back fights in Bellator. Baroni (15-18) drops his third straight fight and has been defeated in five of his last six fights.

Anundson advances to the finals after Lins suffers knee injury
The first light heavyweight tournament semifinal bout took place on the preliminary card as Kelly Anundson advanced to the final after Philipe Lins suffered a left knee injury.

Anundson was able to get the fight to the ground early, but Lins would be able to work back to his feet. During a striking exchange, Lins would attempt to throw a power right hand and his left knee gave out on him.

Referee John McCarthy witnessed the injury immediately and came in to stop the fight at the 1:40 mark of the opening round. Anundson (9-2) has now won six fights in a row and he will face McGeary in the tournament final.

The complete Bellator 122 results are below.

Main Card: (Spike TV)
Andrey Koreshkov def. Adam McDonough via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brandon Halsey def. Brett Cooper via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:09
Liam McGeary def. Egidijus Valavicius via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:10
Karo Parisyan def. Phil Baroni via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:06

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com)
Linton Vassell def. Virgil Zwicker by submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 1:07
Augusto Sakai def. Matt Frembling via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:32
Bubba Jenkins def. Poppies Martinez via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:10
Kelly Anundson def. Philipe Lins via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 1:40
Fernando Gonzalez def. Karl Amoussou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Saad Awad def. Joe Duarte via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:18
Sergio Rios def. Stephen Martinez via KO (strikes) – Round 2, :20

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (07/21/14)

July 21, 2014

Miami, FL

Justin Roberts introduces Triple H. He says no one wants to look him in the eye. Everyone’s scared he’ll blow a gasket after last night because the WWE Championship didn’t come back to The Authority and stayed with John Cena. He admits he’s madder than he’s been in a long time, but he has options on how to handle this. He’s so mad, he says he’s going to Tweet his displeasure! He might even send an Instagram or a Vine. He mocks the crowd, saying he’s going to riot if he doesn’t get what he wants, and he and his friend Mark are going to stop watching. He says he might fire everyone and throw all the people out on the street. Or he can just relax, knowing sooner or later he always wins. If he has to wait until Summerslam to win, then so be it. But as a true genius once said, he can guaran-damn-tee John Cena will no longer be WWE Heavyweight Champion. The question is who gets the opportunity.

Randy Orton’s music hits. Orton asks why they’re talking about this. He’s been waiting since Wrestlemania for his one-on-one rematch. He guarantees he’ll beat John Cena if he’s in a match with him at Summerslam. Triple H appreciates Orton’s confidence. Triple H says Orton is the frontrunner, but he hasn’t made up his mind. Tonight, the entire roster will get a chance to impress him and convince him. Orton says if Kane had done his job, he’d be standing in the ring with the titles around his waist.

The pyro explodes, and here comes Kane. He hopes he’s being considered to face Cena. He knows that he can beat John Cena and be the one to bring the title back to The Authority as long as he’s not acting as Orton’s protector. He’s tired of babysitting.

Roman Reigns makes his way through the crowd. He says his name belongs in this conversation. Last time he checked, no body wanted to see John Cena versus Kane or Orton. He says everyone wants to see John Cena versus Roman Reigns. Believe that. He dives at Kane and hits him with a Superman Punch, and Orton bails out. Triple H says he believes that, right now, Roman Reigns is going to have a match against Kane and Randy Orton.

Two-On-One Handicap Match:

Randy Orton & Kane vs. Roman Reigns

Orton starts this off against Reigns. Orton kicks reigns in the gut and goes to work. Orton shoots Reigns to the ropes, but Reigns hangs on and forces Orton into the corner. Reigns climbs up to the second for the mounted punches. Reigns ducks his head, and Orton slams him. Kane tags in, and they lock up. Reigns shows his strength, but Kane knees him in the gut and hits a Samoan Drop. Kane forces Reigns into the corner and makes the tag. Orton fires off, but Reigns starts to rally. Off the ropes, and Orton gets a knee up to take Reigns off his feet. Kane tags back in and nails Reigns in the face with a dropkick.

Kane unloads on Reigns in the corner. Kane snapmares him out and applies a nerve hold, and Reigns has to climb back to his feet. Kane tries a vertical suplex, but Reigns reverses for 2. Reigns tries a whip, but Kane reverses and clotheslines Reigns in the corner. Kane whips Reigns one more time, but runs into a boot. Reigns comes off the second with a clothesline. The action spills out to the floor, and Reigns counters a whip, sending Kane into the steel steps as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Orton has things under control with a side headlock. Reigns starts to battle back, sending Orton to the ropes. Orton reverses and gets an elbow up. Orton stomps Reigns and makes the tag. They utilize a quick double team. Kane takes Reigns down with a clothesline. They make another quick tag and Kane holds Reigns as Orton stomps him. Orton pulls Reigns to his feet and connects with a dropkick for another 2-count. Orton goes back to a submission with a reverse chinlock. Reigns struggles to his feet and fights out. Reigns hits another Samoan Drop, and both men are down.

Kane gets a tag and misses with a clothesline. Reigns hits one of his own and another in the corner. Reigns continues to charge Kane in the corner and knocks Kane onto the bottom rope. Reigns slips to the floor and hits the running kick. Reigns sets up for the Superman Punch, and Orton tries to get involved. Reigns takes out Orton. Reigns tries another Samoan Drop, but Kane’s too heavy this time and slips out. Kane lays out Reigns with a big boot, and offers a hand to tag Orton. Kane grabs Orton around the throat! Reigns hits Kane with a Superman Punch and Spears Kane for the win.

WINNER: Roman Reigns

Backstage, Cameron, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes are talking when Stephanie McMahon walks up. She says it’s a glorious night because they’re going to annihilate Nikki Bella.

Four-on-One Diva’s Handicap Match:

Cameron, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes vs. Nikki Bella

As Nikki walks out, Brie Bella is sitting front row and they hug. Stephanie comes out and says the quitter, Brie Bella, is here. Stephanie says Brie went from being a world famous Diva to just another face in the crowd because she abandoned her sister for Daniel Bryan. She reminds everyone that Bryan was stripped of the title and has been injured ever since Brie quit. Stephanie gets in her face and says she hopes Brie enjoys watching her sister get annihilated by four Divas. Steph walks away, and Brie calls her a bitch as she walks away. Stephanie calls for security, but Brie has a ticket. Stephanie tells her to sit down, but Brie grabs the mic out of her hand and calls her a vindictive bitch. Stephanie slaps her, and Brie tries to fight her, but security drags Brie off.

The bell rings, and all of the Divas gang up on Nikki. Cameron pulls her up by the hair and holds her as Alicia Fox hits her with a scissor kick and earns the pinfall.

WINNERS: Cameron, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes

Stephanie gets back on the mic, and says that, sooner or later, Nikki will quit just like her sister.

Bo Dallas is in the ring when Damien Sandow comes out dressed in a LeBron James jersey. Sandow says he took his talents home to Ohio. He speaks from experience when he says, if Bo were smart, he should do what he did and leave.

Bo Dallas vs. Damien Sandow

Sandow gets an early edge, but Sandow rallies back with a clothesline and a back drop. Bo clotheslines Sandow to the floor and starts jumping up and down in the ring. Dallas heads for the ropes, but Sandow flattens him with an elbow and starts unloading with right hands. Sandow hits a vertical suplex. Sandow tries another suplex, but Dallas rolls him up with an inside cradle. Sandow kicks out and takes him down with another clothesline. Sandow applies a reverse chinlock and Dallas battles to his feet. Bo heads for the ropes but runs into a knee from Sandow. Sandow scoop slams Bo and tries an Elbow of Disdain. Bo rolls out of the way and hits a running Bo-Dog for the win before taking a victory lap around the ring.

WINNER: Bo Dallas

The Wyatts are here. During the break, apparently the Wyatts attacked Chris Jericho before he could come out to host the Highlight Reel. Wyatt says Jericho is indisposed. They show the clip of the Wyatts jumping Jericho, and Wyatt hitting the Sister Abigail on Jericho into the wall. He says sooner or later, they all fall. Wyatt says Jericho ain’t here, but he is; Just like he has been every day since he’s been around. He says he can read people’s thoughts. He knows that people are thinking that since Jericho won at Battleground, that they believe he is a better man than Wyatt. He asks if they believe he would burden himself with such petty things. He says a loss in battle is nothing to him; it is the war that counts. The war is his game. He created war. It wasn’t long ago that the Wyatts entered a WWE ring for the first time. They’ve dismantled giants and destroyed monsters and brought heroes to their knees. He is Bray Wyatt, the eater of worlds, every bit the monster they don’t think he is. Jericho will find that you can’t measure Wyatt like a normal man. He says you can not measure him by the amount of dollar bills in his pocket because society is his plaything. Time is irrelevant to him. He lives 100 years a day, man. Ever since last night, it’s been recurring in his head, and it’s something Abigail used to say to him: “Be careful chasing vengeance, because if you do, you’ll need to dig two graves. He is forever.

Backstage, R-Truth and Zack Ryder are with the doctor, checking on Chris Jericho. he is bleeding and not responding.

The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler

The bell rings, and Ziggler chases Miz to the outside. Miz tries to slide inside, but Ziggler chases him out again. Miz finally makes it to the apron, but Ziggler chases him off again.     Ziggler finally goes out after him. Miz tries a clothesline on the way back inside, but Ziggler ducks and hits a Thesz Press. Miz rolls to the outside again, and Ziggler baseball slides him, sending him face-first into the barricade. Dolph goes out after him and chops him before trying to send him into the ring steps. Miz blocks it and struggles to hold Ziggler. Ziggler hits him in the gut and rolls him back inside. Miz kicks Dolph on the way back inside and starts stomping. Miz tries a back suplex, but Dolph counters and rolls up Miz.

They exchange rollups. Miz heads for the ropes and Ziggler hits a big hip toss before dropping the Heart-Stopping Elbows. Miz rolls to the ropes before number 10 and elbows Ziggler in the face. Miz slaps on a chinlock, and Dolph has to battle to his feet to reverse. Ziggler takes Miz down with a shoulder block. Miz tries a hip toss, but Ziggler blocks and tries a dropkick. Miz catches Ziggler and sling shots him over the top rope. Ziggler holds on and back drops Miz to the apron. Ziggler tries to hit Miz in the face, but Miz kicks him in the gut and rams him into the post and we’re off to commercial.

Back from the break, and Miz is in control. Ziggler tries to fight back, but Miz gets a knee into Ziggler’s gut and stomps Ziggler under the ropes. Miz hits a suplex and covers for 2. Miz rakes Ziggler’s face and goes back to the chinlock. Ziggler battles to a vertical base and heads for the ropes. Dolph tries a rollup, but only gets 2. Miz fires back with a clothesline. Miz tries his running clothesline into the corner, but Dolph moves out of the way and Miz lands awkwardly. Miz misses on a clothesline, and Ziggler hits a few of his own. Ziggler splashes Miz in the corner and hits a neckbreaker. Ziggler misses the Fame-Asser, and Miz rolls him up for 2. Ziggler gets a backslide, but Miz kicks out. Miz hits a Side Effect for another near-fall. Miz charges the corner, and Dolph gets a boot up. Miz catches the boot, but Dolph kicks him off. Dolph tries a Rough Ryder, but Miz catches him and tries a powerbomb. Ziggler counters and rolls through. Miz tries to slap on a Figure-Four, but Dolph kicks him away. Ziggler hits a big DDT for 2.

Miz tries a DDT of his own and only gets 2. Miz starts work Ziggler’s leg and tries another Figure-Four, but Ziggler rolls him up for a near-fall. Ziggler gets an elbow up and tries a superkick. Miz counters and gets a hold of Ziggler with a Figure-Four. Ziggler manages to crawl to the bottom rope, breaking the hold. Miz tries another Figure-Four, but Ziggler kicks him off and hits a Fame-Asser! Ziggler hooks the leg, and Miz barely kicks out. Ziggler tries a Zig-Zag, but Miz shrugs him off. Miz catches him with a big boot and tries for the Skull Crushing Finale. Ziggler counters and hits a Zig-Zag for the 1-2-3.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Backstage, Triple H tells Seth Rollins he shouldn’t face John Cena at Summerslam. He says Rollins should play his cards when the time is right. Rollins says Ambrose won’t let him and they need to shut him down. Cesaro walks into the shot. He says if anyone should face Cena at Summerslam, it should be him. He’s a walking Money in the Bank briefcase. He says he’s made a business decision, and he’s no longer a Heyman guy. He wants to be Triple H’s guy. Rollins says he already has a guy, him. Triple H says Cesaro should finish the business of Dean Ambrose tonight in a match, and if he does, that’s something that would impress him.

AJ Lee & Paige vs. Natalya & Emma

Emma will start this off with AJ. AJ starts to work Emma’s arm, but Emma elbows her in the side of the head. Emma tries a roll up, and AJ counters. AJ hits a flying clothesline. AJ skips around the ring with Emma in tow and makes the tag to Paige. Paige hits a headbutt and charges the corner. Emma moves out of the way and ties up Paige in the Emma Lock in the ropes. Natalya gets a tag and takes out Paige with a drop kick and tries a jackknife rollup. Paige bridges out of the bin and tries a backslide. Paige shoves Natalya into Emma, sending her off the apron. Natalya hits a German suplex and slaps on the Sharpshooter. Paige crawls to the corner and makes the tag, and AJ comes in with a Shining Wizard. Natalya taps out to the Black Widow.

WINNERS: AJ Lee & Paige

After the match, Paige is celebrating in the ring with AJ and she attacks her from behind. She throws out to the floor and rams her into the barricade. She pulls AJ up by her hair and throws her into the ring post and starts screaming at AJ. She pulls her up and tosses her across the announce table. Paige crawls up onto the table and says this is her house before skipping off to the back.

Fandango vs. Zack Ryder w/ Summer Rae & Layla

Fandango takes out Ryder with a dropkick and a clothesline. Fandango applies a chinlock. Ryder starts to fight back, but Fandango puts him down. Ryder hits a face buster and heads for the corner. Fandango charges, but Ryder gets his knees up. Ryder tries a missile dropkick, but Fandango side steps him. Fandango sends Ryder into the corner and charges, but Ryder moves out of the way and hits the Rough Ryder. Zack Ryder gets the 3-count!

WINNER: Zack Ryder

Renee Young is interviewing FLO-Rida, when Heath Slater walks in. Slater asks if he remembers him. FLO says no, and Slater says at Wrestlemania XXVIII, he put his hands on him and he’s here to repay the favor. He tries to attack, but FLO-Rida shoves him down.

Stephanie McMahon introduces FLO-Rida, and he performs.

Still at ringside, and Stephanie is approached by guys in suits. They pull out badges. What they’re saying can’t really be heard, but it’s pretty obvious they’re trying to arrest her. The cameras get in close and the crowd is chanting, Yes! pretty loudly. They mention Brie Bella, and apparently she is pressing charges against Stephanie for slapping her earlier. They put Stephanie in handcuffs and the crowd is really into it. Brie comes out of the crowd and they start screaming at each other. As the detectives take Stephanie away, security takes Brie away. Backstage, Triple H tries to get involved, but can’t really do anything. She’s pretty much in tears and they’re trying to threaten the officers as they put Stephanie in the back of the car and drive away.

Back from commercial, and Triple H is scrambling backstage. Joey Mercury wants to know who’s going to be Cena’s opponent for Summerslam before Triple H leaves. He says family comes first. Triple H stops and says they’re going to have to process her and that takes time. He tells Joey to have the car stand by, and he’ll go down to the police station after he’s made his decision.

Rybaxel vs. Big E & Kofi Kingston

Ryback and Big E start this off. They try to overpower each other, and Ryback gains an advantage until Big E takes him off his feet with a shoulder tackle and a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E tries a big splash, but Axel gets in the way. Big E clotheslines Axel off the apron and turns around into a spinebuster from Ryback. Ryback tags in Axel, and they put the boots to Big E. Ryback tags back in and suplexes Big E. Big E tries to make the tag, but Ryback beats him down. Ryback throws Big E with a belly-to-belly and sets up for the Meathook. Big E explodes out of the corner with a clothesline, and both guys are down. Kofi tags in and takes out Ryback with a springboard. Kofi takes Axel off the apron and hits a dropkick to Ryback. Kofi hits the SOS on Ryback, and Axel has to come in for the save. Axel and Big E topple out to the floor, and Kofi hits a crossbody on Ryback from the top rope. Ryback rolls through and gets the pinfall.

WINNERS: Rybaxel

After the match, Xavier Woods climbs into the ring wearing a suit and glasses. He says you can’t move ahead in this company by doing what you’re told. He says it’s their time, their place. It’s time for them to find focus and order. They can find purpose. They won’t ask any longer. Now, they’re taking. Kofi and Big E nod.

Rusev w/ Lana vs. The Great Khali

Khali gets Rusev into the corner and chops him. Rusev manages to back Khali into the corner and unload some shoulder tackles. Khali gets a boot up and rams Rusev into the turnbuckle. Khali hits him with a few more chops. Rusev stuns Khali, but walks into a big chop from Khali. Rusev tries to bail out to the floor, but nails Khali with a kick, taking him off his feet. Rusev hits a thrust kick to the face of Khali and forces him to tap out to Accolade.

WINNER: Rusev

Stardust is quoting Willy Wonka when Goldust comes in. He tells Stardust to slow down. He says they can be the brightest, most bizarre… They start jumping up and down about a cosmic key, but “they” have it. It calls their name.

Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro

Ambrose unloads a fury of offense and clotheslines Cesaro to the floor. Ambrose dives off the apron onto Cesaro and rams him into the barricade. Back inside, and Cesaro catches Ambrose on the way back in and throws him into the ring post. Cesaro goes out to the floor and suplexes Ambrose off the second rope out to the floor. Cesaro starts to work Ambrose’s injured shoulder with an armbar and a wristlock. Ambrose tries to battle back, but Cesaro slams him and resumes the wristlock. Ambrose breaks free, but Cesaro hits him with a right. Ambrose falls into the corner. Ambrose pulls himself up and takes down Cesaro and throws him to the floor. Ambrose tries a springboard plancha, but Cesaro nails him with an uppercut on the way down as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Cesaro has another armbar on Ambrose. Ambrose drops Cesaro with a jawbreaker. Cesaro hits him with another right and Ambrose bounces off the ropes, but walks into a German Suplex for 2. Cesaro perches Ambrose onto the top turnbuckle and hits him with a running boot. Cesaro climbs up for a superplex, but Ambrose holds on and headbutts Cesaro. Cesaro falls, and Ambrose hits him with a missile dropkick. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and hits a cross body. Ambrose tackles Cesaro in the corner. Cesaro reverses a whip and charges. Cesaro runs into an elbow from Ambrose, setting up a tornado DDT. Cesaro tries a cross face chicken wing, but Ambrose rams him into the corner. Ambrose tries a rollup, but Cesaro kicks out and Ambrose dumps him to the outside.

Ambrose dives through the ropes on to Cesaro. Back inside, and Ambrose walks into a boot from Cesaro but bounces off the ropes again with a clothesline. Cesaro hangs Ambrose’s arm over the top rope and hits a clothesline of his own. Cesaro charges the corner and runs into a boot. Ambrose climbs the turnbuckle, and Cesaro shoves him. Ambrose falls down into the Tree of Woe, and Cesaro stomps away. Cesaro tries to throw Ambrose into the post again, but Ambrose counters and sends Cesaro into the post a couple of times. Ambrose slides out to the floor and grabs a chair. Ambrose nails Cesaro’s arm with the chair and gets DQ’d. Ambrose starts throwing chairs into the ring.

WINNER: Cesaro via Disqualification

Backstage, Triple H is with Renee Young. He says he’s on his way to make his decision, and she asks if he shouldn’t be with his wife right now. He just looks at her and walks away.

Triple H makes his decision for John Cena’s Summerslam opponent. Randy Orton’s music hits and he walks out. He’s about to climb into the ring when Roman Reigns comes out and attacks him. Reigns throws Orton into the crowd and chases him off.

Paul Heyman walks out. He says he has so much respect for Triple H, and he hates to point out the obvious, but Plan A isn’t working. Plan B is great. Seth Rollins is great. But every time Rollins tries to cash in, Dean Ambrose is going to stop him. Heyman says he should implement Plan C, and Brock Lesnar’s music hits. Lesnar walks to the ring. Triple H pauses then smiles. He shakes Heyman’s hand and then Lesnar’s! Heyman gets on the mic and introduces himself. He says his client, Brock Lesnar, conquered The Undertaker’s Streak at Wrestlemania, which is why at this moment his client hereby officially announces his intention to conquer John Cena and take the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam. He says Lesnar acknowledges the divide within the WWE Universe. There are those that wear their green shirt and cheer, “let’s go Cena!” Then, there are those that offer the contrarian opinion, those whose mommy’s don’t tuck them in at night, and they chant, “Cena sucks!” It doesn’t matter to Lesnar which side of the fence you want to ride on. The malpracticing Doctor of Thug-a-Nomics is in for the beating of his life. Heyman says he doesn’t just spew hype and hyperbole; he exploits historical facts to shove his points down our throats. He asks what happened the last time Lesnar zeroed in on someone and decided to give them a beating.

They show a clip of Wrestlemania and Lesnar beating The Undertaker and ending The Streak. He says beating The Undertaker at Wrestlemania wasn’t enough. He says Vince McMahon had to ride with The Undertaker to the hospital because the heartless chairman was so concerned for his life. The same beating awaits John Cena. Brock Lesnar won’t offer the chance for Cena to surrender the title. At Summerslam, Brock Lesnar will take down Cena. Cena will be hurt by Brock Lesnar. When Cena is mangled by Lesnar then, and only then, will Brock F-5 Cena and strip him of the dignity of being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The same way Lesnar exposed The Undertaker’s Streak as being a myth, the same myth surrounding John Cena being the greatest WWE Champion of all time. 15 World titles in 10 years sounds like something worth conquering. He pledges allegiance to the greatness of the conqueror who stands before him. And to his dominance, for which he stands, one Cenation under John now divisible with no more hustle, loyalty or respect for all. He’s the one behind the one in twenty-one and one. At Summerslam, Brock Lesnar will beat John Cena and become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

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UFC Fight Night 46 Recap: Conor McGregor stops Diego Brandao in first round

UFC Fight Night 46 took place on Saturday at the O2 in Dublin, Ireland and was headlined by Conor McGregor stopping Diego Brandao in the first round as he won by TKO.

The fight started off with a fast pace and Brandao attempted to get the fight to the ground. McGregor would defend the attempt and the fighters clinched against the fence.

They would end up going to the ground and McGregor would have top position. He would get out of the guard of Brandao and threw strikes while standing over him. Brandao would search for the leg of McGregor but he would not be able to get the submission.

After a brief period of striking, McGregor would land a combination that would put Brandao back on the mat and would finish the fight with strikes on the ground. McGregor (15-2) is now 3-0 in the UFC and this is his 13th career win by TKO/KO.

Nelson remains undefeated, earns 9th submission victory
The co-main event of the fight card was a welterweight bout and Gunnar Nelson remained undefeated as he submitted Zak Cummings in the second round.

There was an extended feeling out process between the fighters and Cummings ending up looking to take the fight to the ground against the fence. Nelson would defend the attempt and they went back to a striking contest in the middle of the cage. They would continue to battle on the feet for the remainder of the round and Cummings would land eight more strikes in the round. As the second round opened, Cummings would close the distance and clinch with Nelson.

At the three minute mark of the round, Nelson would land a sharp right but he would be unable to follow it up. Cummings would catch a kick of Nelson, but Nelson would take the fight to the mat and looked for a rear-naked choke. He would soften up Cummings with strikes before locking in the submission and Cummings would tap out.

Nelson (13-0-1) is now 4-0 in the UFC and this is his ninth career win to come by submission. Three of his four wins in the UFC have come by submission and two of those have come by rear-naked choke.

McCall scores decision over Pickett
In a battle of top ten UFC flyweight contenders, Ian McCall scored his second win in the UFC as he defeated Brad Pickett by unanimous decision.

The fighters opened the fight with a feeling out process of around one minute and would clinch against the fence. While in the clinch, Pickett would land an illegal knee to the groin and the fight was stopped momentarily. After the fight was restarted, they would end up back in the clinch and Pickett would end up breaking away. They would battle on the feet for the remainder of the round and McCall would land 21 more total strikes in the round.

At the start of the second, McCall was able to use the aggressiveness of Pickett to score a takedown. However, Pickett would get up but once again, McCall would take the fight to the ground. He would have the half guard position but once again, Pickett would work his way back to his feet. They continued to battle on the feet and Pickett looked for a takedown at the end of the round, but McCall would stop the attempt and the fight moved into the third round.

Pickett looked to take the fight to the ground at the two minute mark of the final round and would be unsuccessful in his attempt. They would continue to strike and McCall would get the fight to the ground with ninety seconds left in the fight. The fight would remain on the ground until the final bell and McCall (13-4-1) would win by unanimous decision. He is now 2-2-1 in the UFC and all of his fights in the promotion have gone the distance.

Parke remains unbeaten in UFC with second round victory
In the opening bout of the main card, Norman Parke scored his first stoppage victory in the UFC as he defeated Naoyuki Kotani by TKO in the second round.

As the fight opened, Parke was able to take control of the age and Kotani looked to take the fight to the ground. Parke would be able to defend the attempt and they would exchange strikes before clinching against the fence. Parke would land a short elbow as he backed out of the clinch and the fight moved back to the center of the cage. Once again, Kotani would look to take the fight to the ground and Parke would stop the attempt.

They would continue to battle on the feet before a failed takedown attempt by Kotani gave Parke control on the ground. Parke would land several significant short strikes as the round concluded and the fight moved into the second round. Parke continued to be the aggressor at the beginning of the second round and would end up taking the fight to the ground at the one minute mark of the round. Parke landed short elbows in the side control position but Kotani would go for a leg lock. Parke would immediately escaped and they got into the clinch position against the fence.

Once again, Parke would take the fight to the ground and land multiple strikes. Referee Marc Goodard would end up coming in to stop the fight when Kotani was not defending himself. Parke (20-2-1) is now 4-0-1 in the UFC and this is his first TKO victory since 2012.

The complete UFC Fight Night 46 results are below.

Main Card: (Fight Pass)
Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:05
Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:48
Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30, 27, 29-28)
Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:41

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:07
Neil Seery def. Phil Harris via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cathal Pendred def. Mike King via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:33
Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:57
Paddy Holohan def. Josh Sampo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:06

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UFC Fight Night 45 Recap: Donald Cerrone wins fourth straight with head kick knockout

UFC Fight Night 45 took place on Wednesday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and in the night’s main event, Donald Cerrone knocked out Jim Miller with a highlight-reel worthy head kick.

The fight started with a fast-paced, back-and-forth round that saw Miller slightly get the better of Cerrone on the feet with his boxing and score a takedown.

Cerrone started to control the contest in the second round eventually dropping Miller with a clean body kick. Referee Dan Miragliotta interpreted the kick as groin shot and incorrectly gave Miller time to continue. Once the fight resumed, Cerrone kept his foot on the accelerator and eventually placed his right foot on the temple of Miller, knocking him out.

Cerrone (24-6, 1 NC) has now finished his last four opponents within the first two rounds. Miller (24-5, 1 NC) suffered the first knockout loss in his career.

Barboza showcases kicking power
Midway through the first period of his lightweight bout against Evan Dunham, Edson Barboza dropped Dunham with a thunderous right kick to the body and pieced together a few more strikes until referee Keith Peterson halted the contest.

Barboza defended attempts from Dunham to bring the to the ground and was able to ultimately finish the fight inside the first frame. For the tenth time in his sixteen fight career, Barboza (14-2) finished a fight with strikes. Dunham (14-6) has now dropped four of his last five fights.

Story taps Mafra in the second
Rick Story earned a much-needed victory when submitted Leonardo Mafra in the second round with a head-and-arm choke.

As is usually the case in his fights, Rick Story utilized his wrestling and top position game to take Mafra out of his comfort zone and eventually obtain the victory. With the submission victory, Story (17-8) now has eight finishes on his resume, nearly matching his nine victories by decision. Mafra’s (11-2) return to the UFC was unsuccessful as he is now 0-2 in the promotion.

Lineker puts away Ozkilic late
With just nine seconds left in the fight, John Lineker put an exclamation point on his performance against Alptekin Ozkilic, finishing the Turkish flyweight with a barrage of punishing rights and ground strikes that forced referee Keith Peterson stop the bout.

Throughout the entire fight, Lineker dictated the pace with his boxing, punishing Ozkilic with an array of hooks and uppercuts. Although Alptekin Ozkilic was able to mount offense throughout the fight and keep it competitive, he was unable to completely match the heavy output of strikes from his Brazilian opponent.

Lineker (24-7) rebounded after his second loss in the UFC with an impressive victory that should vault him back up the flyweight ranks. His opponent, Ozkilic (9-3), has now lost consecutive fights for the first time in his MMA career.

The complete UFC Fight Night 45 results are below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Donald Cerrone def. Jim Miller via KO (head kick) – Round 2, 3:31
Edson Barboza def. Evan Dunham via TKO (kick and punches) – Round 1, 3:06
Rick Story def. Leonardo Mafra via submission (head-and-arm choke) – Round 2, 2:12
Joe Proctor def. Justin Salas via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:27
John Lineker def. Alptekin Ozkilic via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:51
Lucas Martins def. Alex White via KO (punches) – Round 3, 2:08

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Gleison Tibau def. Pat Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Leslie Smith def. Jessamyn Duke via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:24
Aljamain Sterling def. Hugo Viana via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:50
Yosdenis Cedeno def. Jerrod Saunders via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 5:00

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Claudia Gadelha def. Tina Lahdemaki via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

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