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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (04/21/14)

April 21, 2014

Baltimore, MD

The Yes Movement returns to Monday Night RAW! Daniel Bryan comes down to the ring where his new wife, Brie Bella, is waiting for him. Stephanie McMahon cuts the celebration short as she makes her way to the ring. Steph says she couldn’t resist coming out to congratulate them. She says the WWE wanted to get them a wedding present, but it’s not a traditional wedding present. At Extreme Rules, Daniel Bryan will be defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Kane.

Kane’s pyro goes off, but Stephanie tells Kane that now is not the time. Bella and Bryan slide out of the ring and Kane comes out of the crowd, grabbing Bryan by the throat. Bryan tries to fight him off, but Kane overpowers him. Kane goes after Brie, and Bryan makes the save. Bryan tries a running knee off the apron, but Kane catches him and rams him into the barricade. Kane scoops up Bryan for a Tombstone on the floor! Stephanie keeps trying to tell Kane to stop. Kane sets up Bryan for another Tombstone on the steps. Steph calls out the EMTs to check on Bryan. The EMTs situate Bryan on a stretcher, but Kane comes over and shoves the stretcher over. Kane drags Bryan over to the announce table. Kane continues to ignore Stephanie’s pleas and rolls Bryan onto the table. Kane lifts Bryan up for a third Tombstone onto the table! Stephanie calls Kane a bastard, and Kane finally heads to the back as we head off to commercial.

Back from break, and the EMTs are finally wheeling Daniel Bryan to the back. Stephanie’s standing in the ring with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belts and asks everyone for a warm round of applause.

Second Round #1 Contender’s Intercontinental Championship Tourney Match:

Bad News Barrett vs. Sheamus

Barrett has some bad news, though it’s not quite as bad as Daniel Bryan’s bad news. The luck of the Irish is running out. This is the day that Sheamus is defeated by Bad News Barrett.

Barrett takes it to Sheamus early on and backs him in the corner. Sheamus fights out and unloads on Barrett in the other corner. Sheamus sends Barrett into the buckle and hits the Rolling Senton. Sheamus climbs to the top, and Barrett’s up for the interception. Sheamus fights Barrett off and sends him down to the floor. Sheamus hits a cross body onto Barrett from the top out to the floor. Sheamus tries the 10 Beats of the Bowery. Barrett fights him off, sends him into the ring post and kicks him off the apron, and we’re off to break.

Back from commercial, and the back and forth continues. Sheamus hits a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. Sheamus starts to build momentum with a pair of forearms and a high running knee. Sheamus finally gets the 10 Beats of the Bowery and heads to the top for a battering ram. Barrett gets an elbow up as Sheamus charges the corner. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse for a 2-count. Sheamus tries for White Noise, but Barrett counters. Barrett tries a Wasteland and Sheamus counters. Sheamus misses wildly on the Brogue Kick, and Barrett hits Winds of Change for a near-fall. Barrett misses the Bull Hammer, and Sheamus hits White Noise for another near-fall. They start to trade big right hands. Sheamus heads for the ropes and tries a cross body that sends both of them out to the floor. Sheamus rolls Barrett inside. Barrett tries to bail out, and Sheamus gives chase. Barrett hits the Bull Hammer as Sheamus tries to climb out through the ropes! Barrett gets the 3-count and will advance to the finals of the tournament.

WINNER: Bad News Barrett

The Wyatts are here, and they come out for a promo. Wyatt says he remembers the first time he was struck with truth. The taste was bitter and it was so intense, but he liked it. It was something real. Free will has become man’s biggest illusion. They promise it to you just in time to take it away again. What have we become? Just a nation full of mindless sheep led by wolves and owned by pigs. He was thinking tonight would be a wonderful night for change. Tonight they have left the power in the people’s hands. Tonight, free will does exist. What fate will they choose for their knight in shining armor? Will they choose the path of less pain for their hero? Or will tonight be the night John Cena finally learns the truth? And the truth is they will stand against Cena. No matter which one it is. No matter if it’s a steel cage or inside his mind. On this night it doesn’t matter which monster has the sharpest teeth or the longest cause because one truth remains the same; the people don’t love him anymore. Every time they cross paths, Wyatt takes more brothers and sisters with him. He’s got the whole world in his hands.

3MB & Hornswoggle vs. Los Matadores & El Torrito

McIntyre and one of the Matadores start this, but the crowd wants Hornswoggle and Torrito, so they tag in. They go nose-to-nose until Hornswoggle slaps Torrito. They start to trade slaps until Hornswoggle sends Torrito into the ropes. Torrito takes down Hornswoggle with a head scissors and a springboard cross body. Hornswoggle rolls to the corner, and Torrito hits the Bronco Buster. Torrito hits a springboard moonsault, and Jinder Mahal comes in for the save. Hornswoggle makes the tag to McIntyre. McIntyre stares down Torrito and prevents a tag. McIntyre misses a big boot, and Torrito gores Slater on the apron. McIntyre lifts Torrito, but Torrito low blows him. The Matadores come in for a triple team as Torrito comes off the top, and Torrito gets the pin on Drew McIntyre.

WINNERS: Los Matadores & El Torrito

Backstage, Evolution is arriving in a limousine. They make their way to the ring following the break, and Triple H says he laughs every time he thinks about it. Imagine what it must be like to tell the world you’re the baddest guys on the planet, and then one day your daddy comes out and spanks you in front of the world. That’s humiliating and that’s humbling, and that’s just the beginning. Orton says sometimes it only takes a single spark to set the world on fire. In this case, it was one careless act by The Shield that brought on and set into motion the gears of their destruction, and that is the reformation of the fiercest and most dominant group ever, Evolution. Batista asks if everyone’s starting to get it. 31 World titles in the ring between the three of them. The Shield has no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into.

The Shield’s music hits, and they make their way through the crowd. Evolution climbs out of the ring and heads back up the ramp to the stage. Dean Ambrose picks up the mic and says he hates to break it to them, but last week wasn’t the first time they’ve been beaten up and it probably won’t be the last. They did a real number on The Shield, well done. Do they look humbled? There’s a reason Triple H hired them to protect him and Orton. They are the meanest, nastiest, dirtiest and most ruthless animals in the industry. Rollins cuts him off to calm him down. Rollins says they have every right to be angry for what Evolution did last week, Evolution and 12 other guys. He says they have every idea of what they got themselves into, they started it. Rollins says they talk about being built for dominance, but Evolution isn’t. At Extreme Rules, they’ll come face-to-face with the Hounds of Justice. When push comes to shove, Orton is looking out for himself. Batista has Hollywood obligations, so he’ll be looking out for Batista. And Triple H always does what’s best for the boss.

At Extreme Rules, they’ll rip Evolution to pieces. And the little reunion they’re so proud to have put together will come to an abrupt halt. When Triple H made the match he put the nail in his own coffin, and The Shield will be the hammer that drives it home. Roman Reigns says they gave them an ultimatum. This week, they’re giving Evolution one. They’re going to beat their asses. They have two options: Be men and try to fight. Or, be creampuffs and cower away and hide. He drops the mic and they head up the ramp. Triple H calls out all the heels on the roster. He says there’s always an option 3. You either adapt or perish, and that is Evolution.

The Usos vs. The Rhodes Brothers

Rybaxel are joining us for commentary. Goldust will start this off with Jimmy Uso. Goldust takes down Uso early on and hits an atomic drop. They trade arm drags. Uso tries to get the crowd into it, and Goldust shoves him. Uso shoves him back and they trade right hands. Goldust takes down Uso with a clothesline and tags in Cody. Cody comes in with a missile dropkick from the top. Jey tags in and Jimmy drops Cody onto the top rope and Jey hangs up on the way down. Uso tries a back suplex, but Cody counters and kicks Uso and tags in Goldust. Uso makes the tag on the other side and they utilize a double team.

Goldust drops down and hits the uppercut. Cody makes a tag as Goldust comes off the ropes. Uso does the same. Goldust takes a back body drop, and Cody tries to roll up Uso, but he’s the illegal man. Uso tries to kick Cody, but Cody catches him and spins him out. Uso kicks Goldust. Cody tries for a Cross Rhodes, but here comes the other Uso with a super kick and The Usos pick up the win.

After the match, Cody gets frustrated and storms up the ramp without his brother. Rybaxel sneak attack The Usos and Ryback takes out one of the Usos with a Shell Shocked.

WINNERS: The Usos

Emma w/ Santino vs. Layla w/ Fandango

Emma and Santino shake hands, and Fandango comes up and trips Santino off the apron. Layla takes advantage of the distraction and starts to take it to Emma. Emma powers out of a submission and tries a dropkick, but Layla hooks the ropes. Layla sends Emma to the ropes. Emma ducks a clothesline and hits one of her own. On the outside, Santino takes out Fandango with the Cobra. Back in the ring, Emma pulls her own version of a Cobra out and takes out Layla with it and gets the pin. Santino comes in and the snakes start to “flirt” with each other.

WINNER: Emma

Backstage, Renee Young is with John Cena. He says tonight his fate is in the hands of the WWE Universe. He’s always respected the fact that the Universe has the right to choose. He says if the Universe votes for him to have to face all 3 members of the Wyatts, that’s what he’s going to do. The crowd starts to chant, “let’s go Cena/Cena sucks.” Cena shakes his head but smiles and says he’s heard the same song every night since Wrestlemania, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” He’s starting to think that maybe he does. At Extreme Rules the steel cage will make sure the odds are even. Tonight the objective is simple: survive. You can try your best to put Cena down, but you should never count him out.

Second Round #1 Contender’s Intercontinental Championship Tourney Match:

Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro

Paul Heyman introduces himself and says he’s representing Cesaro and doesn’t hesitate to remind everyone that he also represents Brock Lesnar, the man who beat The Undertaker’s Streak.

The match starts, and they tie up. RVD off the ropes, and Cesaro takes him down with a shoulder tackle. Cesaro tries a vertical suplex, but Van Dam counters and lands on his feet. Cesaro scoops up RVD and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. Cesaro drops an elbow. Cesaro shoots Van Dam to the corner. Van Dam floats out and hits Cesaro with a springboard kick. RVD lands a monkey flip. Cesaro hits Van Dam with a right hand and a suplex. Van Dam drives the shoulder into Cesaro’s gut in the corner. Van Dam springboards backward and tries another tackle and misses, crashing into the corner.

After commercial break, Cesaro has RVD in a reverse chinlock. RVD battles out and tries a sunset flip, and Cesaro stomps RVD. Cesaro lifts RVD from the mat for a gutwrench suplex. Cesaro nails Van Dam with an uppercut and continues assaulting Van Dam in the corner. Cesaro heads to the second for an elbow drop. Cesaro reapplies the chinlock, and RVD battles to his feet again. Cesaro drives a pair of knees into RVD’s gut and tries to ram him into the corner. Van Dam manages to kick Cesaro in the face. Van Dam continues to battle and takes Cesaro down with a clothesline and a thrust kick, setting up Cesaro for Rolling Thunder. Cesaro reverses a whip but runs into an elbow. Van Dam takes out Cesaro from the top and heads to the top. Cesaro hops up and nails RVD with a running uppercut.

Van Dam kicks Cesaro one more time and hits the Split-Legged Moonsault for a 2-count. RVD misses a spinning heel kick and gets hung up in the corner. Cesaro nails a running uppercut in the corner. They trade big right hands. Van Dam blocks a kick and rolls up Cesaro for 2. Cesaro hits a double under hook powerbomb for a near-fall. Cesaro signals for The Swing. Jack Swagger’s music hits and he comes out with Zeb. Van Dam catches Cesaro with a kick, sending Cesaro to the floor.

Swagger and Cesaro stare down, and RVD tries to take out Cesaro from the top rope. Cesaro counters and rolls RVD back inside. Swagger rams Cesaro into the ring post and he’s barely counted out.

WINNER: Rob Van Dam

After the match, Swagger jumps Cesaro, but Cesaro dumps him over the top to the outside, leaving Zeb in the ring with Cesaro. Swagger’s just in time to make the save, but Cesaro swings Swagger instead.

Renee Young catches up with Rob Van Dam. Heyman and Cesaro walk up. Cesaro says he should thank Swagger and Zeb because everybody knows RVD couldn’t beat Cesaro on his own. Heyman says he’s surprised with RVD. The RVD he knew so well wouldn’t take a tainted victory. Heyman says he doesn’t know how RVD’ll sleep tonight. RVD says he’ll sleep just fine. He also tells Cesaro if he wants to make it, he better keep his house, his wallet and his future as far away from Heyman as possible.

Aksana vs. Paige

Paige ducks a clothesline and kicks Aksana. She rips at Aksana’s hair and tosses her across the ring a couple of times. Paige springs off the top rope and rolls up Aksana for 2. Paige knees Aksana in the face several times. Aksana tries to beg off of Paige and catches her off guard. Aksana perches Paige on the top turnbuckle and tosses her off. Aksana snap suplexes Paige and starts kicking her in the ribs. Aksana chokes Paige in the ropes. She slides to the outside and smacks Paige across the face.

Aksana applies a modified camel clutch and drops several elbows. Paige battles to her feet, but Aksana takes her down with an elbow. Aksana hits a sidewalk slam on Paige. Paige starts to mount a comeback and hits several clotheslines. Aksana whips Paige into the corner and connects on a spinebuster. Aksana drops an elbow and whips Paige to the corner again. Paige catches her this time and applies a front facelock and knees Aksana in the face. Paige forces Aksana to tap out to the Scorpion Crosslock.

WINNER: Paige

Alexander Rusev vs. Sin Cara

Cara tries to use his quickness early and chops and kicks Rusev. He tries a springboard cross body, but Rusev catches him and knees him in the ropes before hitting a fall-away slam. Rusev continues the assault. Sin Cara tries a head scissor from the top, but Rusev catches him. Sin Cara tries a roll up, but Rusev gets a shoulder up. Sin Cara hits a springboard handspring elbow. Sin Cara gets sent to the corner and slips through the ropes to kick Rusev in the face. Sin Cara heads to the top for a missile dropkick. Rusev launches Sin Cara with a gutwrench suplex and wins it with a spinning side slam followed by the Camel Clutch.

WINNER: Alexander Rusev

John Cena comes out, and The King gets in the ring to announce which member(s) of The Wyatts Cena will face.All 3 members of The Wyatts were overwhelmingly voted to face Cena.

John Cena vs. The Wyatts

Before the bell rings, all 3 members of The Wyatts slide into the ring and attack Cena. The referee calls for the bell, and Luke Harper will start this off against Cena. Harper makes a quick tag to Erick Rowan, who scoop slams Cena. Rowan rams Cena’s head into the turnbuckle. Cena tries to fight back, but Rowan catches him with a fall-away slam. Bray Wyatt tags in and dances with Cena’s near lifeless body. Wyatt just tosses Cena to the mat and tags in Harper. Cena reverses a whip and splashes Harper in the corner. Cena comes off the ropes, and Harper flattens him with an elbow. Harper continues to attack Cena. Cena manages a belly-to-back suplex. Rowan tags back in and puts the boots to Cena. Rowan hits a pump handle backbreaker. Rowan tags Wyatt back in, and Wyatt teases a running boot but stops and tags back in Harper.

Cena starts to battle and applies the STF. Rowan quickly comes back in and breaks up the hold. Harper tosses Cena out to the floor. Rowan tries to attack Cena on the outside, but Cena fights him off and rams him into the barricade. Harper comes out to the floor and rams Cena into the steel steps, Wyatt looking on from above as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Cena’s starting to rally again and he dives at Harper, but Harper ducks and Cena falls out to the floor. Harper pulls Cena up to the top rope for a superplex, but Cena starts to fight again. Cena knocks Harper off the turnbuckle and hits a Tornado DDT. Wyatt gets the tag and comes in and slams Cena hard. Wyatt continues to attack Cena. Wyatt rolls to the floor and pummels Cena’s head with right hands with Cena’s head propped against the ring post. Wyatt charges and head butts Cena’s head against the ring post.

Wyatt tags in Rowan. Rowan takes Cena off his feet with a right hand. Rowan crushes Cena’s head between his fists. Cena tries to battle to his feet and does. Cena tries to whip Rowan. Rowan reverses and charges Cena in the corner, but Cena moves and Rowan crashes into the post. Wyatt tags in and splashes Cena in the corner and tosses him to the mat. Wyatt crab walks out of the corner. Cena comes out of nowhere with a running clothesline, and both men are down. Cena takes out Rowan and Harper on the apron. Cena hits a pair of flying shoulder tackles and the spinning side slam. Harper comes back in, and Cena dumps him over the top. Cena hits the 5-Knuckle Shuffle on Wyatt and follows up with the AA. Cena goes for the cover, and Harper and Rowan make the save and the referee finally calls for the bell.

Harper and Rowan continue to assault Cena after the match. They try to help Bray to his feet, but he shoves them off. They pull Cena to his feet, and Wyatt hits Sister Abigail. He holds Cena’s head in his lap and sings. He’s got the whole world in his hands.

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

April 14, 2014

Birmingham, AL

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

Intercontinental Title Tournament Match:

Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio

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

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

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

WINNER: Rob Van Dam

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

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

Rybaxel vs. The Rhodes Brothers

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

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

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

WINNERS: Rybaxel

Paige vs. Alicia Fox

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

WINNER: Paige

The Usos vs. Randy Orton and Batista

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

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

WINNERS: No Contest

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

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

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

Intercontinental Title Tournament Match:

Mark Henry vs. Cesaro w/ Paul Heyman

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

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

WINNER: Cesaro

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

Alexander Rusev vs. Xavier Woods

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

WINNER: Alexander Rusev

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

Intercontinental Title Tournament Match:

Jack Swagger vs. Sheamus

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

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

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

WINNER: Sheamus

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

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

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

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

Santino and Emma vs. Fandango and Layla

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

WINNERS: Fandango and Layla

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

Intercontinental Championship Tournament Match:

Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett

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

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

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

WINNER: Bad News Barrett

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 7, 2014

New Orleans, LA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: The Wyatts

Fandango & Summer Rae vs. Santino & Emma

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

WINNERS: Santino & Emma

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

Tag Team Championship Match:

Randy Orton and Batista vs. The Usos ©

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

WINNERS: No Contest

Rob Van Dam vs. Damien Sandow

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

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

WINNER: Rob Van Dam

Rey Mysterio vs. Bad News Barrett

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

WINNER: Bad News Barrett

 Alexander Rusev vs. Zack Ryder

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

WINNER: Alexander Rusev

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

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

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

Diva’s Championship Match:

Paige vs. AJ Lee ©

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

WINNER: And New Diva’s Champion, Paige

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

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

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

Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro

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

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

WINNER: Via Count Out, Cesaro

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

WWE World Heavyweight Championship:

Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan ©

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

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

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

March 31, 2014

Washington, D.C.

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

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

Big E vs. Alberto Del Rio

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

WINNER: Alberto Del Rio

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

Summer Rae vs. Natalya

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

WINNER: Summer Rae

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: Los Matadores & The Usos

Fandango & Damien Sandow vs. The Rhodes Brothers

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

WINNERS: The Rhodes Brothers

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

Bray Wyatt vs. R-Truth

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

WINNER: Bray Wyatt

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

Lumberjills Match:

AJ Lee vs. Naomi

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

WINNER: Naomi

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

Roman Reigns vs. Kane

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

WINNER: Kane via Disqualification

Piper’s Pit

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

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

No Disqualification Match:

Randy Orton vs. Batista

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

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

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

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

March 24, 2014

Brooklyn, NY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNER: Christian

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

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

Damien Sandow vs. Sin Cara

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

WINNER: Sin Cara

Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. Los Matadores

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

WINNERS: Los Matadores

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

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

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

Fandango vs. Cody Rhodes

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

WINNER: Cody Rhodes

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

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

Titus O’Neil vs. Big Show

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

WINNER: Big Show

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

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

John Cena vs. Luke Harper

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

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

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

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

WINNER: No Contest

Naomi vs. AJ Lee

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

WINNER: Naomi via Count Out

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

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

The Shield vs. The Real Americans

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: The Shield

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 17, 2014

San Antonio, TX

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Real Americans vs. The Usos

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: The Real Americans

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

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

St. Patrick’s Day Showdown:

Sheamus w/ Hornswoggle vs. Titus O’Neil

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

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

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

WINNER: Sheamus

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

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

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

No Disqualification Match:

Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton

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

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

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

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

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

WINNER: Daniel Bryan

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

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

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

Fandango w/ Summer Rae vs. Goldust

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

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

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

WINNER: Goldust

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

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

The Funkadactyls vs. AJ & Tamina

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

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

WINNERS: The Funkadactyls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bray Wyatt vs. Kofi Kingston

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

WINNER: Bray Wyatt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (03/10/13)

March 10, 2014

Memphis, TN

Justin Roberts introduces Hulk Hogan to kick off tonight’s show. Hogan says his last two weeks have been crazy. Everyone’s talking. He’s been reliving his battles from Wrestlemanias past via the WWE Network. He got so jacked up reliving his match with Andre back at Wrestlemania III that He came up with an historic idea for the thirtieth Wrestlemania. At Wrestlemania there will be an Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal where the winner will receive the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy.

John Cena’s music hits and he comes down. Cena says it’s good to have Hogan home. His favorite Wrestlemania moment was seeing Hogan slam Andre back at ‘Mania III. He can only imagine what it was like to beat a real giant. He knew then Hulkamania would live forever. Cena throws his name into the hat and the Andre The Giant Battle Royal.

The lights flicker and The Wyatts are here! Bray’s always been fascinated by pride; it’s his favorite sin. It has the power to blind even the strongest men, even those who claim to be immortal. Hey kids, take your vitamins and say your prayers all praise be to the virtues of hustle, loyalty and respect as if they can do you any good. Cena and Hogan are liars, and their foolish pride preys among the weak and fill them with hope, but hope is dead as will be Cena’s legacy. He says Cena doesn’t get it, but how could he? If he looks up at Bray, he would see a friend. If he looks down on Wyatt, he will see an enemy. If he looks him square in the eye, he will see a god.

Cena asks if Bray even listens to the crap he says. Cena doesn’t see a god, he sees a homeless guy who spent too many years wasting away in Margaritaville, but he didn’t find a shaker of salt but two goons. Now he prances out in a Hawaiian shirt, a tiki torch and a rocking chair from Cracker Barrel. He excuses himself from Hogan. He may not make the Battle Royal because he wants to issue an open challenge at Wrestlemania against Wyatt.

Wyatt says it’s all fun and games until someone gets caught in the spider’s web.

John Cena vs. Erick Rowan

This match started during the break and Cena’s mounting a comeback until he runs into a clothesline from Rowan. Rowan continues to ground Cena. Cena has to battle out but runs into a knee from Rowan. Rowan connects on a pump handle backbreaker that earns him a 2-count. Rowan drops an elbow. Rowan tries for another, but Cena rolls out of the way. Cena tries another comeback and dives for Rowan, but Rowan catches and throws Cena with a fallaway slam. Rowan splashes Cena in the corner and throws him to the mat for another cover and another 2-count.

Rowan charges Cena in the corner, but Cena moves out of the way and heads for the ropes. Cena launches himself and Rowan catches him in mid-air again with a bear hug. Cena has to power out of the hug, but Rowan puts him right back on the mat with a forearm. Rowan easily scoops up Cena for a powerslam. Rowan pulls Cena to his feet and scoops him up one more time, but Cena slips out and rolls up Rowan for a quick win.

WINNER: John Cena

After the match, The Wyatts tease an attack on Hogan and Cena. Hogan and Cena look ready, but the Wyatts back off. Hogan does his celebration for the crowd and Cena joins in.

The Authority makes their way to the stage. Stephanie McMahon says last week Daniel Bryan viciously attacked Triple H and suffered the consequences by being Pedigreed. Bryan’s actions were grounds for immediate termination. However, they have decided to lead by example, they apologize. They recognize the value in the Daniel Bryan brand. Not as much value as Randy Orton or Batista. There’s a certain niche following. They won’t fire Bryan as long as he can apologize to them. It’s time Bryan admits he’s wrong and that he’s not man enough to be in the ring with Triple H, not now nor at Wrestlemania. Triple H is above Bryan professionally, figuratively and literally. If not, there will be severe consequences.

The Usos vs. Rybaxel

The New Age Outlaws are joining us for commentary. Ryback starts this off with Jey. Jey gains the upperhand quickly with a series of chops until Ryback overpowers him with a side headlock. Uso shoots Ryback to the ropes and takes him down with a hip toss. Ryback backs Uso to the corner and tags Curtis Axel. Axel comes in and gets smacked in the face off the ropes. Axel shoots Uso to the ropes off the side headlock but takes a shoulder block. Uso heads for the ropes, but Axel tosses Uso through the ropes out of desperation.

Ryback makes another tag, rolls Uso back inside and connects on the big splash for a 2-count. Another quick tag to Axel as he comes in with a knee drop and a reverse chinlock. Uso fights to his feet and tries for a tag. Axel holds Uso back by his shorts. Axel tries a suplex, but Uso lands on his feet on the other side and dives to tag in his brother. Jimmy comes in cleaning house and hits the Samoan Drop on Axel. Ryback runs in to prevent the Splash in the corner, but Uso ducks and connects on Axel and immediately fires back with a superkick to Ryback. Ryback rolls to the floor and Axel walks into a kick. Uso takes to the air, tagging his brother on the way down onto Ryback on the floor. Jey hits the Splash from the top onto Axel for the 1-2-3.

WINNERS: The Usos

Backstage, Kane is with The Shield. Kane rehashes the events of the last week with The Shield, saying they’ve embarrassed themselves. Dean Ambrose wants to know if there’s a point. Kane says they’ve proved to be an invaluable asset. As Director of Operations, he’s taken it upon himself to light the fire and see if they’re going to remain an invaluable asset or if they’re disposable. He says the first cracks in their shield appeared when Reigns and Rollins lost the Tag Team Titles to the Rhodes Brothers. Rollins says they’ll take on the Rhodes’s anytime, but he wants to know if Kane’s trying to deflect some of the attention from himself when he lost to Daniel Bryan last week… twice. Kane warns them that they need to step up. Ambrose says they will and exercise the Shield’s demons. Reigns adds that they may exercise any demons that get in their way, implying Kane. Believe in the Shield.

Big E vs. Jack Swagger

The bell rings and they tie up. Swagger forces Big E back into the corner and unloads several knees to his mid-section. Big E reverses a whip to the corner and hits Swagger with a shoulder tackle. Big E hits one more and climbs up the ropes for the mounted punches but Swagger hooks Big E and drops him with a belly-to-belly suplex.

A short-arm clothesline finds the mark on Big E. Swagger applies a double armbar and Big E has to fight to his feet. Off the ropes and Big E ducks a clothesline, but Swagger gets him the second time around. Swagger heads to the ropes again but Big E explodes with a couple of tackles and a belly-to-belly suplex. Swagger clips Big E’s knee out of frustration. Swagger chokes Big E in the ropes.

On the outside, Zeb Colter tries to get Cesaro to interfere but Cesaro won’t do it. Swagger wants to know what’s up and that gives Big E a chance to roll up Swagger for the win.

WINNER: Big E

After the match, Swagger gets into Cesaro’s face and they start arguing. Colter says they’re driving him crazy and says it was both of their faults. Colter takes his vest off and throws it down and tries to get Swagger to shake Cesaro’s hand, but he won’t do it. Swagger finally does and Cesaro squeezes down on Swagger’s hand until Zeb finally gets Cesaro to let go.

The gong sounds as the lights go out and The Undertaker comes to the ring for an announcement. Undertaker doesn’t get a word out before Paul Heyman comes out to the stage. Heyman apologizes for disrupting Undertaker’s train of thought. He’s here as Brock Lesnar’s advocate. He’s here to advocate the position that Undertaker preserve the greatest streak in sports, in entertainment, and sports entertainment because so many people just casually throw the number 21-0 around to the point where it almost trivializes the magnitude of his historic accomplishment. Heyman wants to put the performance in perspective. Shawn Michaels never won two Wrestlemania matches in a row. Triple H got to 3, but couldn’t do better. Hulk Hogan got to 3. Steve Austin has 4, so does John Cena. The Undertaker has 21. That is when man becomes myth and a deity of biblical proportions, which is why he’s here to ask Undertaker not to compete against Lesnar at Wrestlemania. Brock Lesnar is the reality crashing down around the fantasy of 22-0. The Streak will be conquered by Brock Lesnar.

Undertaker says the fear of death is far greater than the death itself, but the fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all. He tells Heyman to tell Lesnar that if he shows up at Wrestlemania, he will rest in peace.

The Rhodes Brothers vs. The Shield

Cody will start this with Seth Rollins. Rollins backs Cody into the corner and Rollins kicks Rhodes in the gut before the ref can break it up. Rollins backs Cody into the other corner and continues the assault. Rollins tries a snap suplex, but Cody counters into a stalling front face slam for 2. Cody tags in Goldust and they utilize the 5-count for a quick double team.

Goldust continues grounding Rollins, Rollins manages to back Goldust into the corner. Goldust reverses a whip and back drops Rollins for 2. Cody gets another tag and heads to the top for another quick double team. Cody whips Rollins hard into the corner. Rhodes tries a slingshot out of the corner, but Rollins flips and lands on his feet and STOs Cody into the buckle in the process.

Rollins backs Cody into The Shield’s corner and stomps away before tagging in Reigns. Reigns uses the ropes to his advantage and rakes Cody’s face. Rollins tags back in and comes off the top with a double team and drops a big knee to Cody’s face before applying a modified clutch. Rhodes battles to his feet and backs Rollins into the corner, but Rollins makes a tag to Reigns.

Reigns whips Rhodes to the corner, where Cody avoids a splash. Cody makes a tag to Goldust. Goldust takes down Reigns with a clothesline. Goldust off the ropes and drops down for the quick jab. Goldust takes Rollins off the apron and hits a spinebuster on Reigns. Reigns reverses a whip to the corner. Reigns charges, but Goldust gets an elbow up. Goldust heads to the top for a moonsault onto The Shield. Reigns charges Goldust. Goldust drops down and Reigns topples out to the floor. Rollins charges and Goldust back drops him over the top onto Reigns! Cody takes to the air for a Disaster Kick out to the floor, taking out Reigns and Goldust flies onto Rollins. Ambrose looks to get involved but backs off and we’re off to commercial.

Back from break, and Reigns is trying to keep Goldust grounded and does with a suplex. Reigns continues to toy with Goldust as he tags Rollins back in. Rollins snapmares Goldust over and applies a reverse chinlock. Goldust fights to his feet, but Rollins whips him to the corner and hits a flying forearm. Reigns takes out Goldust with the running kick on the floor. Reigns takes his time capitalizing on Goldust’s situation, and Goldust tries to make a comeback that Reigns flattens in no time.

Rollins tags back in and connects with a clothesline to Goldust. Rollins smashes Goldust’s face with his boot. Goldust fights back to his feet, but Rollins takes him out with a dropkick and tags Reigns back in. Reigns pulls Goldust to his feet and rams him into the corner. Reigns lays in several kicks and the referee has to back him off. Reigns crushes Goldust in the corner. He tries it one more time, but Goldust counters with a powerslam. Rollins tags in and hooks Goldust’s leg to prevent the tag. Goldust kicks him off and he finally makes a tag to Cody.

Cody comes in and cleans house and tries to roll Reigns up for 2. Cody drops down for his jab. Cody takes out Reigns with the Disaster Kick on Reigns on the apron. Cody hits Rollins with a moonsault for a 2-count. Cody charges Rollins in the corner, but Rollins gets a boot up. Cody blocks the boot and slaps Rollins in the face. Cody sets up Rollins on the top turnbuckle and positions him on his shoulders for a fisherman’s drop. Rhodes covers, but Roman Reigns runs in for the save. Goldust takes out Reigns. Cody and Rollins bump heads off the ropes. Reigns runs in and Spears Goldust. Cody takes out Reigns. Rollins counters a Cross Rhodes. Cody tries a Disaster Kick, but Rollins catches him and powerbombs him into the corner before stomping Rhodes’s face for the win.

WINNERS: The Shield

AJ Lee & Tamina vs. The Bellas

Natalya is joining us for commentary. Nikki will start this with Tamina. They tie up and end up in the ropes and the ref has to break them up. Tamina shoves Nikki several times and Nikki responds with a few forearms. Nikki applies waistlock and starts to work the arm before tagging in Brie. They utilize the double team and Nikki hits Tamina with an elbow and Brie connects with a running knee to Tamina’s face. Brie heads to the second rope, but AJ’s up for the distraction. Tamina nails Brie with a hard kick that sends Brie to the floor. Tamina attacks Brie on the floor and rolls her back inside.

Tamina applies a modified clutch and Brie has to battle to her feet. Tamina regains control with a series of headbutts, sending Brie back into the corner. AJ tags in and Tamina sets up Brie for a spinning heel kick from AJ. AJ prevents a tag. AJ charges Brie in the corner, but Brie gets an elbow up. AJ uses the ropes to apply a front facelock and wraps her legs around Brie. AJ rolls up Brie. Brie rolls through and kicks AJ in the face. Brie manages a tag to Nikki. Nikki comes in and cleans house on AJ. Nikki sends AJ to the corner and connects with a splash. Nikki charges AJ on the other side, but AJ gets a pair of boots up. AJ takes off and Nikki hits a stunner. Nikki goes for the cover, but Tamina breaks up the pin.

Brie attacks Tamina on the outside. AJ dropkicks Brie through the ropes and applies the Black Widow to Nikki, but Nikki reverses into the backbreaker for the win.

WINNERS: The Bellas

Daniel Bryan comes out to respond to the Authority. He says the Yes Movement! Is alive in Tennessee. He asks if anyone thought Stephanie’s apology earlier was sincere. The Authority wants to scare him into falling in line and apologize for kicking Triple H in the face. But Hunter can’t have it both ways. If he wants to be COO and corporate, that’s fine. But if he wants to attack Bryan and get in his face, he won’t back down. If they want Bryan to apologize for standing up for himself, he doesn’t have two words for them, he’s got one: NO! Bryan says it ends tonight because we’re tired of Triple H. He’s not listening to anyone. Tonight, we’re going to make it so he has to listen to us. Tonight, the Yes Movement is in full effect and we are going to occupy RAW. He’s not leaving until he gets what he wants; a match with Triple H at Wrestlemania. He’s not alone. He’s going to fill the ring and the arena with the Yes Movement! He talked to some members of the Yes Movement! And he wants them to come to the ring. A bunch of fans in Bryan shirts start to fill the ring and we’re off to commercial!

Back from break, and there are Daniel Bryan fans everywhere! Bryan keeps telling The Authority to come out and answer his challenge. Triple H and Stephanie finally walk out. Triple H congratulates Bryan for his occupy movement. Now is the part where reality comes crashing down on them. They have 30 seconds to get out of their ring before they call security and have them arrested. Triple H checks his watch while all the people in and around the ring chant, “NO!”

Bryan asks what it would be like if everybody in the arena walked out and they set up a ring outside and they can finish RAW in the empty arena. Triple H calls out security, and two guys in suits come out. They take one look at the crowd of people and turn back around. Stephanie orders security to clear the ring. She says Daniel Bryan is the wrong horse to back. She asks if it’s worth it. Bryan says they underestimate the power of all these people. Bryan says they don’t own any of it, not the people, not the arena, not the ring and not Bryan.

Triple H says it ends now. Get the show back on the road.

Damien Sandow comes out for his match and stops in the aisle. Bryan invites him into the ring. Sandow turns and heads back up the ramp. Triple H tries to stop him but Sandow won’t go. Stephanie comes back and tells Sandow not disrespect her husband and her family. She says when she was born it all became hers. She owns all of it. She screams at them to get out. Bryan says they can end it right now, all they want is a match at Wrestlemania.

Triple H says the truth is that he likes Bryan. He saw something in him. He took it upon himself to protect him so he would be successful. He protected him at Summerslam and ever since. He wouldn’t agree to fight him at Wrestlemania because he won’t stop at Wrestlemania, it’s how he operates. If Bryan wants a fight at Wrestlemania, he’s got it. Triple H turns to leave, but Bryan stops him. He misspoke earlier. That’s not all he wants. As much as the people want to see him fight Triple H, what they really want is to see Bryan fight for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. So if he beats Triple H at Wrestlemania, he gets added to the Championship match.

Triple H rips off his coat and tries to charge the ring and security has to stop him. Triple H screams at Bryan he’ll get all of it at Wrestlemania!

Memphis Street Fight:

Sheamus vs. Christian

Christian goes on the offensive early, but Sheamus quickly turns it around. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick early, but misses. Sheamus sends Christian to the outside and rams him into the barricade and the announce table. Sheamus picks up one of the guitars at ringside and smashes it into the ring post as Christian avoids the contact. Christian picks up one of the guitars and rams it into Sheamus’s gut. Christian tosses Sheamus into more of the guitars lying around ringside. Sheamus reverses a whip, sending Christian into the ring steps.

Christian tries to leave and Sheamus tackles him on the ramp. Christian shoves Sheamus off the ramp onto the concrete. Christian kicks Sheamus in the head and hits a Tornado DDT off the stage to head to commercial!

Back from commercial, and Christian grabs a kendo stick from under the ring and rams it into Sheamus’s mid-section. Christian starts to unload on Sheamus with the stick. Christian tries for a cover, but Sheamus kicks out at 2. Christian continues his assault with the kendo stick in the corner. Christian charges, but Sheamus ducks the attack. Sheamus tries to rally back with some right hands. Christian whips Sheamus to the ropes and catches him with a knee.

Christian goes out to the floor and grabs another stick from under the ring. Christian climbs the turnbuckle and leaps from the second, but Sheamus hits him on the way down. Sheamus blocks a right from Christian and clotheslines Christian off his feet. Sheamus starts to rally and tackles Christian in the corner. Off the ropes, and Sheamus hits a running knee and another clothesline. Sheamus picks up the kendo stick and charges, but Christian gets a boot up. Christian leaps from the second again and gets caught in mid-air for a rolling senton. Christian rolls out to the apron. Sheamus looks to go clubbin’, but Christian hangs him off the top rope. Christian tries for the kendo stick, but Sheamus is there too.

Sheamus kicks Christian and has the kendo stick. Sheamus repays the favor with a few shots of the stick and hits White Noise for a near-fall. Christian rolls out to the apron and Sheamus unloads the clubbing forearms. Sheamus scoops up Christian and powerslams him into the ring. Sheamus sets up for the Brogue Kick but Christian bails out to the floor. Christian trips up Sheamus from the outside, and Sheamus pulls him into the ring post. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse off the steps and rolls Christian back inside.

Sheamus pulls a bunch of chairs out from under the ring and grabs the bass drum from ringside. He tries to send Christian into the bass drum, but Christian counters. Christian grabs a chair and takes out Sheamus. He drapes a chair across Sheamus’s chest and heads to the top. Christian connects with a frog splash from the top onto the chair! Christian goes for the cover, but Sheamus kicks out at 2. Christian grabs the bass drum and Sheamus Brogue Kicks him through the drum for the 1-2-3.

WINNER: Sheamus

Backstage, Brad Maddox is with Batista when Randy Orton walks up. Orton wants to know if Triple H has gone insane. Maddox says the Authority has left, but they want their A+ players to take care of business and settle their differences tonight. Orton says he’s willing to make it work if Batista is. Batista walks off.

Lana comes out to introduce Alexander Rusev.

The Wyatts are backstage for a promo. Harper says Cena made a big mistake. It’s a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the reaper. Wyatt says he’s not of this world and laughs. It’s such a euphoric experience for him seeing Cena stand with Hogan. It was as if he was looking at Cena’s future. Two men so self absorbed that they refuse to let it go. Do you see yourself in Wyatt? It would take a lot for Cena to admit that he is every bit a monster as Wyatt is. Wyatt has a thousand faces and a million names. If he wants to see him as a vicious beast, so he will be. If he wants to see him as a smiling child, so he will be. Wrestlemania XXX, he accepts. Cena is the one with every thing to lose. Cena’s time is up but Wyatt is forever. Time is on his side. Run.

Big Show & Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton & Batista

Bryan will start this with Orton. Orton takes it to Bryan early on and rams him into the corner. Bryan reverses a whip, ducks his head but takes a boot to the head. Bryan drops Orton over the top rope and flies through the ropes onto Orton as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Bryan has Orton reeling. Orton reverses a whip and knees Bryan. Batista gets the tag and rams Bryan into the buckle. Batista continues to attack Bryan in the corner and whips him back into the corner and hits him with a tackle. Batista continues the assault and chokes Bryan in the corner and tags in Orton. Bryan tries to fend off Orton, but that just seems to irritate Orton. Orton catches Bryan off the ropes with a powerslam. Orton stomps Bryan’s face and tags Batista back in.

Batista suplexes Bryan and drags him to the apron. Batista drives a couple of elbows into Bryan. Bryan falls to the floor and Batista drives him into the apron before rolling him back inside. Batista whips Bryan into the corner but runs into a boot. Bryan flies out of the corner but runs into a clothesline. Orton tags back in and Batista gives him a free shot. Orton headbutts Bryan. Bryan stomps the gut of Bryan and drops a knee, but Bryan rolls out of the way and finally makes a tag to Big Show. Batista tags in and Big Show makes short work of him with a splash in the corner and a sidewalk slam.

Orton attacks Big Show from the apron, but it doesn’t faze Show. But it gives Batista enough time to regroup and take Show off his feet. Orton tags back in and stomps Big Show’s leg and starts to work his knee. Another quick tag to Batista, and Orton and Batista are seemingly on the same page. Big Show manages a chop, but Batista takes Show down with a tackle. Batista tries for a Batista Bomb, but Big Show powers out and has to crawl to tag in Bryan.

Orton gets a tag on the other side and Bryan unloads the right hands. Orton tries to whip Bryan to the corner and Bryan flips over and out and takes out Orton with the flying clothesline. Yes! Kicks from Bryan. Bryan takes out Orton and goes for the cover, but Orton kicks out at 2. Bryan heads to the top. Batista tries to fight him off, but Bryan kicks him off. Bryan misses the flying headbutt from the top. Orton tries a roll up, but Bryan kicks out and applies the Yes! Lock. Batista is in for the save. Big Show takes out Batista and Orton takes out Show with the RKO. Bryan’s climbing to his feet, but Orton’s right behind him. Batista takes off, looking for a Spear but Bryan moves and Batista nails Orton. Bryan hits Batista with a flying knee.

Bryan charges Orton in the corner, but Orton avoids the contact. Orton drops Bryan with the second rope DDT. Orton tries for the RKO on Orton, but Bryan counters into a backslide. Orton kicks out and Bryan explodes with a running knee for the win!

WINNERS: Daniel Bryan & Big Show 

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

March 3, 2014

Chicago, IL

“Cult of Personality” hits and Chicago erupts! But Paul Heyman comes out instead. Heyman holds out the microphone for the crowd as they’re chanting CM Punk. Heyman says he deserves louder than that, and Chicago obliges him. Heyman sits down a la CM Punk in the center of the ring. He came tonight to tell the story of a Paul Heyman guy, the guy that was never truly wanted in WWE. The guy the WWE thought was too small to main event Wrestlemania and didn’t have the corporate look and had too many tattoos. The guy who would rebel against the system and The Authority, and the WWE didn’t want him from day one and they don’t want him right now. He’s here to tell the story of the Heyman guy that had the balls to say what no body else had to say. The guy that was born and raised and lives in Chicago.

This is Heyman’s pipe bomb about CM Punk… who is not here this evening. Heyman pauses as the crowd starts to chant for Punk again. He says if Punk were here tonight he would be doing what he always did and proving his detractors in the world and proving why he is the best in the world. Why isn’t he here? Why won’t anyone talk about CM Punk anymore? There is someone to hold accountable. He’s here to risk his job security and point the figure of blame… at each and every person in the crowd.

When Punk was with him, Punk was the longest reigning WWE Champion in the last 25 years. Then all the people took Punk from Heyman. They said they would give Punk their love, their respect, their affirmation. How far did it get them? They didn’t just take Punk away from Heyman, but themselves. He also blames someone else. He blames The Undertaker. The downward spiral began when they couldn’t beat the streak at last year’s Wrestlemania. Paul Heyman wants revenge. How do you get revenge against The Undertaker? How do you kill what’s already dead? He wants to see the streak taken away from The Undertaker, and there’s only one man on the face of this planet that can do it, his best friend in the world, the beast incarnate, Brock Lesnar.

Brock Lesnar makes his way to the ring. Heyman wants to show us what The Undertaker is capable of and shows the replay of the contract signing last week. Lesnar calls for the mic and says unlike some people he doesn’t make claims he can’t back up. He believes Undertaker is scared of him and that’s why he attacked him last week. Shawn Michaels, Triple H and CM Punk couldn’t beat the streak. At Wrestlemania XXX, Lesnar conquers the streak.

Mark Henry’s music plays as Brock and Heyman try to make their way to the back. Henry backs them down the ramp, but Lesnar leaps off the stairs onto Henry. Henry counters and takes it to Lesnar until Lesnar rams Henry into the steps. Lesnar hits Henry in the head with the steps. Lesnar’s destroying the announce table as Henry tries to climb to his feet. Lesnar scoops up Henry for an F-5 through the table!

Tag Team Championship Match:

The Usos vs. The New Age Outlaws ©

Jey and Roaddogg will start this off. Roaddogg takes it to Jey early on and tries to slam Uso’s head into the turnbuckle, but that doesn’t work so well. Jey gains some momentum, but Roaddogg avoids the contact in the corner and sends Uso crashing into the buckle. Roaddogg tries a cover, but only gets 2 and tosses Uso outside and makes the tag to Billy Gunn.

Billy rolls Jey back inside and continues to ground Uso. Another quick tag made by the Outlaws and Roaddogg backs Uso into the corner. Uso turns the tide on Roaddogg and fires off on him. Roaddogg reverses a whip into the corner and takes out Uso with a clothesline. Roaddogg tosses Uso into his corner and tosses Jey over the top to the floor as we head to commercial break.

Back from commercial, and Jey Uso  is battling to his feet. Roaddogg makes a quick tag off the ropes as Jey tries a sunset flip, and Billy kicks Jey right in the face. More quick tags from the Outlaws as they continue to isolate Jey Uso. Jey tries an enzuiguiri and misses but lands on his feet and catches Roaddogg on his second try, and both men are down. Both men manage tags and Jimmy Uso comes in to clean house. Billy reverses an Irish whip. Uso ducks a clothesline and kicks Gunn in the mid-section. Gunn reverses another whip, but Uso takes Roaddogg off the apron.

Uso catches Gunn with a Samoan Drop. Roaddogg tries to run in, but Uso nails him with a butt buster. Roaddogg falls back to the corner and Uso nails him with a Rikishi splash. Gunn tries to attack out of the corner, but Jimmy ducks a clothesline and heads to the top for a spinning senton and a near-fall.

Uso heads to the top, but Roaddogg is up for a distraction. Uso takes Roaddogg off the apron. Gunn tries to roll up Uso and hooks the tights, but only gets 2. Uso heads for the ropes, but Gunn catches him with a tilt-a-whirl slam and another near-fall. Gunn pulls Jimmy to his feet and tries for a Fame-Asser. Uso avoids the Fame-Asser and tags in Jey off the ropes as he flies over the top onto Roaddogg. Gunn misses a big boot. Jey nails Gunn with a Superkick and heads to the top. Uso hits the Splash for the 1-2-3!

WINNERS: And New Tag Team Champions, The Usos!

Cesaro vs. Big E

The bell rings and they lockup. E sends Cesaro to the ropes, drops down and tries a leapfrog but Cesaro catches him and hits him with a back breaker. Cesaro nails with a series of uppercuts and tries to send Big E into the corner. Big E reverses the whip and tackles Cesaro and catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E heads for the ropes, but Cesaro launches him over the top. Swagger tries to attack out on the floor, but Big E hits him with a right. Back inside, and Cesaro sends Big E swinging. Swagger runs in out of nowhere and hits Big E with a Swagger Bomb for the DQ.

WINNER: Big E via Disqualification

After the match Big E hits Cesaro with a Big Ending as he argues with Zeb and Swagger.

Six Man Tag Team Match:

The Shield vs. The Wyatts

The match hasn’t even started and the crowd is chanting, “This is awesome!” Dean Ambrose dives through the ropes onto Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Roman Reigns nails Bray Wyatt with a Samoan Drop and tosses him to the floor. Meanwhile, Seth Rollins dives at Harper in the corner as the bell finally rings. Harper trips up Rollins on the second rope and tries a superplex, but Rollins 360s and lands on his feet! Rollins sends Harper to the outside and takes Rowan off the apron. Rollins takes out Harper over the top on the outside and runs back inside to take out Rowan on the other side! Harper tries to attack Rollins through the ropes, but Rollins kicks him in the face from the floor.

Rollins heads to the top. Wyatt tries to intervene, but Ambrose comes in for the save but it’s knocked Rollins from the top. Harper follows Rollins out to the floor and rams him into the barricade as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Harper has Rollins on the mat with a side headlock. Rollins battles to his feet but Harper levels him with a forearm off the ropes. Harper takes a little too much time to taunt The Shield on the apron and Rollins nails Harper with a heel kick. Ambrose and Wyatt are about to get into it on the floor and Reigns has to separate them and Rollins has no one to tag.

Rowan splashes Rollins in the corner. Rollins hits Rowan with an STO into the turnbuckle out of desperation and both men are down. Harper runs in and takes out Reigns with a big boot. Rollins makes a tag to Ambrose who takes down Rowan and unloads. Rowan catches Harper off the ropes with a clothesline. Ambrose ties up Rowan in the ropes and dropkicks his knee. Ambrose takes down Harper wit ha dragon leg screw and applies a Figure Four. Harper runs in and double stomps Ambrose to break up the hold.

Roman Reigns runs back in and takes out Harper. The action spills to the floor and Reigns launches Harper into the crowd. Back in the ring, Wyatt flattens Ambrose with a chokeslam and unloads several right hands and stomps his face. Wyatt tosses Ambrose into his corner and tags in Harper. Harper unloads on Ambrose in the corner and nails him with a dropkick. Harper stomps and smothers Ambrose’s face with his boot in the corner and tags Rowan back in, who picks up where Harper left off.

Rowan drops Ambrose with a pump handle backbreaker and goes for the cover, but only gets 2. Rowan applies a skull crusher to Ambrose, and Ambrose has to pull Rowan’s beard to make it back to his feet. Rowan sends Ambrose to the ropes and connects on a sidewalk slam for a 2-count. Harper tags back in and knocks Ambrose into the ropes with an uppercut. Harper hits him with another and a third, but Ambrose fires back with a clothesline and both men are down.

Bray Wyatt tags in and takes Reigns off the apron, but that gives Ambrose some time to regroup and DDT Wyatt. Ambrose crawls to his corner, looking for a tag and Seth Rollins hops off the apron and walks away! Reigns tries to bring Rollins back and Rollins is pissed about not having anyone to tag. Wyatt crushes Ambrose with a splash in the corner and a running cross body. Wyatt covers and Reigns is back in for the save. Reigns sends Wyatt to the floor and hits the Samoan Drop on Rowan. Harper tries to run in and a Superman Punch connects on Harper.  Reigns takes out Wyatt one more time from the apron with a Superman Punch. Rowan regains his composure, but Ambrose is back up. Reigns clotheslines Rowan over the top. Ambrose drop-toe-holds Harper into the second rope and holds him for Roman Reigns who nails him with the dropkick from the floor.

Ambrose starts to unload on Wyatt with rapid fists and Roman Reigns spears Rowan onto the announce table! Harper is back inside and flattens Ambrose. Harper heads for the ropes and dives through the ropes onto Reigns! Ambrose dives onto Harper, and Wyatt pulls him off and sends him into the ring post. Wyatt rolls Ambrose back inside as Seth Rollins watches from the stage. Sister Abigail connects on Ambrose and gives the Wyatts the win.

WINNERS: The Wyatts

Backstage, Renee Young is with Batista. She wants to know how he’s going to contend with Daniel Bryan tonight. He says the Yes Movement is the dumbest thing he’s ever experienced. He says it’s amazing who’s passing for a Superstar these days. Too many fans read too many comics and watch too many movies and think someone like Bryan can beat him. Guys like Bryan can never beat guys like him.

Fandango & Summer Rae vs. Santino & Emma

Fandango and Santino will start this off. They change their minds, and Summer Rae comes in. Santino tags back in and they keep switching back and forth until finally Fandango blasts Santino from behind. Santino starts to rally back and tries to send Fandango to the ropes. Fandango reverses and catches Santino with a spinning heel kick and a snap suplex. Fandango heads to the top for the leg drop. Santino rolls out of the way and Fandango rolls through. Santino hits a right hand and a stunner. Both men make tags and here come the ladies.

Emma catches Summer with a couple of clotheslines and a tackle. Summer reverses a whip into the corner. Summer charges, but Emma moves out of the way. Emma hooks Summer in a Tarantula in the ropes. The ref has to break the hold. Emma charges Summer in the corner and splashes her. Santino chases off Fandango as Emma applies her submission and earns the win for her team.

WINNERS: Santino & Emma

Sheamus vs. Christian

Christian slaps Sheamus across the face. Sheamus chases Christian to the outside and around the ring, but catches him by the foot and drags him back to the floor and rams him into the barricade. Sheamus hits an uppercut and rams Christian into the barricade one more time before rolling him back inside. Sheamus chokes Christian with his boot. Scoop slam by Sheamus. Sheamus drops a knee on Christian, hooks the leg but only gets 2. Christian reverses a whip and takes down Sheamus with a knee lift. Christian chokes Sheamus in the corner with his boot. Christian pops Sheamus with a right, but Sheamus fires back and clotheslines Christian off his feet.

Christian slaps Sheamus one more time and heads for the ropes. Sheamus catches Christian off the ropes with an Irish Curse for a 2-count. Sheamus tries to send Christian to the ropes, but Christian reverses and ducks his head. Sheamus nails Christian with a kick. Sheamus charges, but Christian ducks and back drops Sheamus over the top. Christian takes out Sheamus with a big baseball slide through the ropes. Christian tries a plancha over the top, but Sheamus just steps away and Christian crashes into the floor.

Sheamus tosses Christian into the steps. Sheamus scoops Christian up, looking to ram him into the post, but Christian slips out and takes refuge behind the announce table as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Christian’s headed to the second rope. Sheamus counters and sends Christian crashing to the mat. Sheamus heads to the top and Christian shoves him off and out to the floor. Christian heads out to the floor and sends Sheamus over the barricade, into the timekeeper’s area. Christian rolls Sheamus back inside for a quick cover, but only gets 2. Christian stomps away on Sheamus. Sheamus rolls to the apron, makes it to his feet and Christian clotheslines him. Christian starts to toy with Sheamus by choking him with his boot.

Sheamus starts to battle back, but Christian connects with a side suplex. Christian heads to the top for a Frog Splash, but Sheamus rolls out of the way. Sheamus shoves Christian into the corner. Christian kicks Sheamus and heads to the second and leaps. Sheamus catches Christian and hits a fireman’s roll. Sheamus throws a series of rights at Christian and takes him down with a forearm. He misses a second and tackles Christian in the corner. Sheamus misses a Brogue Kick. Christian charges and ends up on the apron for the clubberin’ forearms but Christian fights out. Christian rams Sheamus headfirst into the turnbuckle. Christian heads to the top and leaps, but Sheamus catches and drops him on the top rope.

Sheamus finally catches Christian for the clubbing forearms. Sheamus hits a pair of running high knees. Christian begs off of Sheamus and hits an inverted DDT. Christian heads to the top and connects on the Frog Splash, but Sheamus kicks out at 2. Christian tries the float over right hand, but Sheamus blocks it and brings Christian in the hard way for White Noise. Sheamus charges Christian in the corner. Christian slips through the ropes and kicks Sheamus in the head and Sheamus falls out to the apron. Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick from the apron for the quick pinfall.

WINNER: Sheamus

Backstage, Renee Young is with Sheamus when Christian attacks him, ramming his head into a steel backdrop.

The Bellas vs. Aksana and Alicia Foxx

Aksana and Brie Bella will start this off. They exchange waistlocks util Brie manages a snap mare and kicks Aksana in the back. Nikki tags in and slams Aksana’s head on the mat before tagging Brie back in. Brie heads to the second rope, gets distracted by Alicia from the apron, and Aksana capitalizes. Aksana makes a tag to Alicia. Alicia repeatedly slams Brie’s head off the mat and tags in Aksana. Aksana slams her head onto the mat and slaps at Brie’s face. Alicia makes another quick tag. Brie starts to rally and knocks Aksana off the apron until Alicia regains control. Aksana tags back in and stomps Brie in the corner. A big double slam out of the corner from Alicia and Aksana leads to Alicia tagging back in. Alicia applies a modified clutch and Brie has to fight out and take Alicia over with a snapmare.

Brie tries to make a tag. They exchange roll ups and Nikki finally tags in and cleans house. Nikki takes Alicia out with a Stunner and a back body drop. Nikki tries for a cover, but Aksana runs in to break up the fall. Brie Bella comes in with a missile dropkick off the second to Aksana. Nikki avoids a running boot from Alicia and takes her out with a Torture Rack backbreaker for the win.

WINNERS: The Bellas

Daniel Bryan comes out and says he loves Chicago because the people have a voice. He says, tonight, we are going to hijack RAW. He’s not leaving until one of two things happens. Either Batista comes down to fight or Triple H comes down to respond to his challenge.

The Authority comes out. Triple H plays the crowd as they chant, “CM Punk!” Stephanie admits she admires Bryan’s tenacities. After all of his losses, she wouldn’t be hijacking RAW, she’d be flat out embarrassed. Bryan says for the last six months he’s been screwed over. Bryan stands unbroken with the people behind him. Bryan wants Triple H at Wrestlemania. Triple H says it’s not going to happen. He wants to know why Bryan can’t accept his failure and his inadequacies. He says he’s going to call it the excuses era. No one says they just weren’t good enough. They blame everyone else and make excuses. The reality is that anyone who failed here is that they just weren’t good enough. Bryan’s reality is he is a B+ player. He doesn’t know why it angers people. B+ is pretty damn good. He says it’s a good spot for Daniel. It’s going to take a lot more than a B+ player to get him to lace up his boots at Wrestlemania.

Bryan says the people understand. Triple H can deny holding anyone down but the people see through his lies. That’s why they chant. He says he does what’s best for business and it’s for the WWE Universe, but they don’t listen to the people. They don’t want to see Bryan or people like him succeed. The only way anyone will get to see it is if Bryan beats the crap out of Triple H at Wrestlemania.

Stephanie pipes up again, saying he’s compelling. Why would anyone listen to the sea of inadequacies. What Bryan doesn’t realize is that they will turn on him on a dime. The only people that won’t, are her and Triple H. Without her and her family none of this would happen. All of this is for him and provided by them. Without them there is no Yes Movement, no t-shirts, no underdog persona. They made him.

Bryan says her delusions of self-importance are admirable. Bryan says she should put on Triple H’s trunks and he can put on Stephanie’s skirt and he and Steph can wrestle while Triple H watches. Triple H says she would whip his ass, too. Triple H says that match at ‘Mania isn’t going to happen. Triple H says he won’t take the bait. Wrestlemania is the showcase of the immortals. Bryan doesn’t measure up. Triple H orders Bryan out of the ring. Bryan says it isn’t his ring. This is the fans’s ring. Triple H clarifies that every thing in the arena, including the people and Bryan, belongs to them. He orders Bryan out one more time. Bryan gets in his face and tells him to make him. Stephanie calls out Kane.

Kane comes down to the ring, but Bryan dives through the ropes on top of him! Stephanie calls out security, and the referees and security come out of the back to pull Bryan off of Kane.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul drives Ziggler to the ring in a new Mustang. Aaron Paul joins us for commentary as Del Rio attacks Ziggler. Del Rio launches Ziggler into the air for a big flapjack. Del Rio takes a minute to mock Ziggler before a double stomp. Del Rio stomps away on Ziggler in the corner. Del Rio charges and Ziggler moves out of the way. Ziggler dives onto Del Rio and unloads several fists and hits the neckbreaker. Ziggler misses a Fame-Asser and Del Rio connects on the tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio misses a running enzuiguiri and Ziggler hits a big DDT.

Del Rio hits an armbreaker and a super kick to Ziggler’s face. Aaron Paul hops up on the table to hype up the crowd and distract Del Rio. Del Rio goes back to Ziggler for Cross Armbreaker, but Ziggler counters into a Zig-Zag for the pin.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

Paul Bearer is announced as the latest inductee into the 2014 Hall of Fame class.

Big E vs. Jack Swagger

The bell rings and Cesaro runs in immediately and hits Big E with a Neutralizer to cost Swagger the match!

WINNER: Big E via Disqualification

After the match, Swagger and Cesaro start to argue and Swagger shoves Cesaro. Cesaro tells Swagger they’re even, but Swagger shoves Cesaro again. Cesaro takes down Swagger and starts to do the Swing until Zeb stops him. Cesaro teases the Swing, but Colter tells him to ignore the fans, not to do it to his brother. He lets go and Zeb tells him to help Swagger to his feet. Cesaro pulls him up and Colter wants to cool things down by having them hug it out. They resist and Zeb insists they’re all brothers. They finally hug. We the people.

John Cena comes out to address The Wyatts. Cena starts off by thanking the fans for the warm Chicago welcome. Last week he was injured by the Wyatt Family. After that, the doctors have ordered him not to have a match tonight. Even though he’s not competing, he wanted to come out. The All State Arena has always had a special place in his heart. He’s competed in Wrestlemanias here. Brock Lesnar kicked the crap out of him in this arena. And it wasn’t too long ago that a special someone had a special match with him in this arena. Chicago and him haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. But he’s big on respect and respects the hell out of this city. Even if they boo him out of the arena, he always hears them. He always knows they’re honest. He’s damn sure they’re loud. He’s been listening to the hijack business. He understands and hears them. The WWE Universe wants change. But they need to respect that success in this company is earned and it goes through him. If anyone thinks they’re in the driver’s seat, they’re dead wrong, especially Bray Wyatt. Cena’s given the last 12 years of his life to the business. Ironically, he’s in the same place that he started. He’s doing the same thing now that he did then, standing tall.

The lights flicker, and the Wyatts are backstage. Bray says Cena’s standing out there all alone. He built an empire all around him. Can he feel the energy? Can he feel the people? Cena reminds him of a championship thoroughbred horse that’s been running for a long time. One day the horse starts to slow down and the reality sets in. Instead of waiting for the next finish line, he’s laid out on a slab in the back of a barn. When will the reality set in for John Cena? Mercy is calling him by name. They’re the reaper, and he’s going to put Cena down. He knows what Cena’s really afraid of. The loneliest man on earth is the man who sits alone atop his empty castle. Who will be left for Cena when Wyatt takes it all away? Follow the buzzard.

Lana introduces Alexander Rusev. He stands on his podium and speaks in Bulgarian.

Daniel Bryan vs. Batista

Randy Orton’s going to join us at ringside. The bell rings and Batista easily shoves Bryan across the ring. They tie up and Bryan slaps on a waistlock until Batista elbows his way out. Off the ropes, and Batista hits Bryan with a shoulder, taking him off his feet. They tie up one more time and Batista slaps on a side headlock. Bryan shoots Batista into the ropes and dropkicks his knee. Bryan starts to work Batista’s knee and kicks him while he’s down. Bryan chokes Batista and rams him into the corner to unload more kicks. Bryan ties up Batista’s leg in the rope and hits him with a running dropkick.

Bryan applies a single leg Boston crab on Batista. Batista fights out and kicks Bryan off. Bryan unloads a series of uppercuts and we’re off to commercial.

Back from break, and Bryan battles to his feet. Batista whips Bryan to the corner, but Bryan flips over and out and hits the flying clothesline. Bryan hits a running dropkick on Batista in the corner. He follows it up with one more. Bryan tries for one more, but Batista rolls out to the floor. Bryan heads for the ropes and dives through onto Batista on the floor.

Bryan rolls Batista back inside and hits a missile dropkick. Bryan kips up and starts to unload the Yes! Kicks and lays out Batista. Bryan heads out to the top, but here comes The Authority. Batista trips up Bryan, and he falls out to the floor. Batista follows him to the outside and sends Bryan into the steps. Batista launches Bryan into Orton, seated at ringside. Batista pulls Bryan up to his feet and Bryan nails him with a kick to the head. Here comes Orton and he takes out Bryan for the DQ. Orton’s looking for Batista with an RKO. Batista shoves Orton into Bryan’s running knee! Bryan nails Batista in the corner with a running dropkick. Bryan takes Kane off the apron. Bryan takes to the ropes but Batista is up with a Spear!

Here comes Kane and Triple H. Triple H keeps Kane off of Bryan. Triple H has the mic and tells Bryan he’s tired of his crap and Bryan nails Triple H with a big kick. Batista comes back and lays out Bryan with a Batista Bomb. Triple H hits Bryan with a Pedigree. The show ends with The Authority standing over Bryan.

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (02/24/14)

February 24, 2014

Green Bay, WI

Hulk Hogan’s music hits and we are off to the races on the Road to Wrestlemania! The Hulkster wants to tell us something, brother. Tonight marks the turning point of his career. He is officially home. 30 years ago he was part of something very special that turned into a global phenomenon, the first Wrestlemania. History was made that day and it’s being made right now with the launch of the WWE Network. He can watch the legends of the past and he can watch the future, and the future lies with Wrestlemania XXX. He says he is the official host of Wrestlemania XXX. Whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania, the WWE Network and Wrestlemania XXX runs wild on you, brother?!

Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio

The bell sounds and Batista takes it right to Del Rio, backing him in the corner. Batista whips him to the opposite card and Del Rio hits hard. Batista clothes Del Rio, and Del Rio rolls out to the floor. Batista gives chase and attacks Del Rio out on the floor.

Back inside, and Del Rio kicks Batista in the face and starts to go to work. Del Rio tries a suplex, but Batista counters and knocks Del Rio to the floor again. Del Rio trips Batista on the apron and rams him into the steps as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Del Rio retains control and stomps away on Batista. Del Rio heads for the ropes, but Batista avoids the contact and Del Rio spills out through the ropes and out to the floor. Del Rio hangs Batista across the top rope on his way back into the ring. Del Rio climbs the turnbuckle, but Batista trips him up and connects on the superplex and both men are down. They make it to their feet and start to trade bombs. Batista gains the advantage until Del Rio catches him with a kick to the mid-section. Del Rio heads for the ropes, but Batista clotheslines him not once but twice and hits him with a powerslam for a 2-count.

Del Rio catches Batista with an armbreaker. Del Rio backs to the corner, looking for a superkick. Batista ducks it, but Del Rio stomps him on the head. Del Rio charges the corner, but Batista moves out of the way and hits Del Rio with a spinebuster. Randy Orton’s music hits and Batista turns his attention to the ramp. Del Rio rolls up Batista for the 1-2-3.

WINNER: Alberto Del Rio

Orton says Batista and he go way back, but Del Rio beating him in that fashion is one of the funniest things he’s seen. Orton says what’s also funny is how the fans have treated Batista’s triumphant return. They don’t like him and they’ve been booing the hell out of him and he bets that Dave is sorry he even came back.

Batista grabs a mic and says Orton couldn’t be any more wrong. He says he loves this business and the crowd boos. He loves that the WWE Universe has a voice. If they cheer him, he cheers them. If they boo him, he boos them back. It’s real. It’s honesty, something Orton knows nothing about. He says what matters is that he’s going to Wrestlemania to beat the hell out of someone he used to call his friend, who’s now a whining, sniveling, suck up. He says we’re looking at the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion and to deal with it.

Cesaro vs. Big E

They circle each other as the bell rings and Big E slaps on a side headlock before shooting Cesaro to the ropes and taking him out with a tackle. Cesaro decides to roll to the floor for a breather. Cesaro climbs back inside and teases a tie up, but goes for the waistlock and takes Big E down. Cesaro tries another, but Big E just overpowers him. Cesaro starts to dish out several knees to the chest of Big E and some uppercuts. Big E catches Cesaro off the ropes with a big belly-to-belly suplex. Big E sends Cesaro across the ring with another belly-to-belly. Big E chases Cesaro down and unloads a big shoulder tackle in the corner. Big E whips Cesaro across to the other corner and applies an armbar.

Cesaro forces Big E to the ropes and connects with a right hand to the gut of Big E. Cesaro hits him with an uppercut and sends him to the ropes and takes out Big E with a big boot to the face. Cesaro continues to ground Big E. Big E has to fight to his feet, but Cesaro is right on top of him. Cesaro elbows Big E out of the corner. Cesaro leaps from the second, but Langston catches him with a series of backbreakers.

Big E applies an armbar, and Cesaro headbutts his way out of it and takes Langston over with a side headlock. Big E fights to his feet again and shoots Cesaro into the ropes. Big E drops down and leaps at Cesaro. Cesaro catches Big E in mid-air with a massive tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a 2-count, and we’re off to another commercial.

Back from break, and Cesaro is still in control with a modified sleeper hold. Big E fights his way out and they start trading bombs until Cesaro starts with the uppercuts. Big E lifts Cesaro out of nowhere for the Gorilla Press. Big E charges the corner, but Cesaro moves and Big E crashes into the post. Cesaro starts to unload more uppercuts on Big E in the corner and takes him off his feet with a running uppercut.

Cesaro applies a reverse chinlock and Big E has to fight his way back to his feet again. Cesaro takes off for the ropes. Big E catches Cesaro and tries to turn it into a tilt-a-whirl of his own, but Cesaro counters and powerslams Big E for a 2-count. Cesaro lifts up Big E, looking for a gutwrench, and he tosses Big E with ease and goes back to the chinlock. Langston fights to his feet again and breaks the hold. They trade more bombs and Big E gains the upperhand and sends Cesaro to the ropes. Cesaro reverses the whip and applies a sleeper hold. Big E rolls through the sleeper and charges the corner but runs into a back elbow from Cesaro.

Big E starts to gain momentum and catches Cesaro with a belly-to-belly suplex and the big splash. Cesaro kicks out at 2. The straps come down, and Big E’s looking for the Big Ending. Cesaro slips out and sends Big E to the ropes. Cesaro tosses Big E into the air and hits him with the uppercut on the way down! Cesaro calls for the Cesaro Swing, but Big E kicks him off. Cesaro charges Big E, but Big E catches him with a sidewalk slam out of the corner for another near-fall.

Cesaro tosses Big E through the ropes out of desperation. Jack Swagger tries to get involved, but Big E takes him out. Big E hits Cesaro with a tackle on his way back into the ring. Cesaro catches Big E off the ropes with a Big Swing! Swagger rolls into the ring and slaps Big E in the Patriot Lock to earn Cesaro the DQ. Swagger and Cesaro have words after the match, and Big E tries to attack Swagger, but Cesaro takes him out with a Neutralizer.

WINNER: Big E via Disqualification

John Cena makes his way out to the ring to address the Wyatts. He wants to first address the kid in him and says he’s glad to see Hulk Hogan back in the WWE. He’s been talking hard over the last few weeks, sending a message to the future stars. They have to go through him to prove themselves. He says he’s made himself a big target. Enter Bray Wyatt. A misunderstood monster who’s caused a big stir in the WWE. He says he knew it was a matter of time before they crossed paths but didn’t think it would be in the Elimination Chamber. The shirt comes off, and he calls out Bray Wyatt.

The lights flicker, and the Wyatts are here. Bray sits down in his chair and says this world has an infection. The virus is the human race. It makes all the sense that Cena would put himself in the middle. What would the world be without its hero? But people like John are hollow, full of empty promises. He promised to save these people and keep them safe. Everything’s all right as long he’s around. Cena’s a liar. This world is a terrible, cold, dark and lonely place. Bray Wyatt stands for everything that is real. The future has to come through Cena first and Wyatt couldn’t agree more. He is Bray Wyatt, and they are the reapers that bring death to this era of lies.

Cena says his name is John Cena. He promises if one of them slides under the rope, they’re starting something they won’t be able to finish. If they make the move, they need to remember it’s go time. Harper and Rowan are first to make moves. Cena tries to fight them off but eventually the numbers overcome him. Bray pulls Harper and Rowan off of Cena as he rolls into the corner. Cena lunges for Wyatt, but it doesn’t make much difference. The Wyatts leave as Cena tries to get to his feet and it looks like he’s injured his leg. Erick Rowan distracts Cena as Bray Wyatt comes in and takes him out with a tackle. Follow the buzzards.

Christian vs. Sheamus

Sheamus backs Christian into the corner early on, and the referee has to break it up. Sheamus tosses Christian to the outside following another tie up. Christian regroups and climbs back inside and smacks Sheamus across the face a couple of times. Sheamus gets fired up and charges Christian and just starts to pummel him in the corner and takes him down with a clothesline. Sheamus applies a submission, and Christian has to fight to his feet and does and smacks Sheamus across the face again. Christian tries to whip Sheamus to the ropes, but Sheamus reverses and clotheslines Christian back out to the floor.

Christian trips up Sheamus and tries to ram his leg into the post, but Sheamus pulls him head-first into the post instead. Back inside, and Sheamus drops a couple of knees on Christian. Sheamus tears at Christian’s face and pulls him to his feet, looking to go clubbering. Christian fends him off and hangs Sheamus across the top rope. Christian heads to the second rope and connects with a missile dropkick. Sheamus fires a couple of rights at Christian. Christian reverses an Irish whip and knees Sheamus in the gut. Christian tears at Sheamus’s face now and tries to ram him into the turnbuckle. Sheamus counters and dumps Christian over the top rope. Sheamus takes out Christian from the apron with a battering ram as we head to commercial.

Back from commercial, and Christian hangs up Sheamus on the top turnbuckle. The action spills to the outside and Christian rams Sheamus into the steps before rolling him back inside. Christian starts to unload on Sheamus in the center of the ring. Sheamus rolls into the corner and Christian continues his assault, working on Sheamus’s injured ribs. Christian applies a bear hug that takes Sheamus off his feet. Sheamus has to fight his way out, but Christian applies an abdominal stretch.

Sheamus has to elbow his way out of the hold and whips Christian to the ropes. Sheamus ducks his head and takes a boot to the shoulder. Christian drop-toe-holds Sheamus into the second rope. Christian floats over and pops Sheamus in the face with a right hand. Christian heads to the top for a cross body, but Sheamus moves out of the way. Sheamus scoops up Christian and slams him into the turnbuckle. Sheamus comes off the ropes with a high running knee and several forearms. Sheamus tries to scoop up Christian one more time, but Christian slips out and shoves Sheamus to the floor.

Christian tries to attack Sheamus as he climbs up to the apron, but Sheamus catches him with a huge knee to the jaw. Sheamus sets up Christian to go clobbering and launches himself with a battering ram from the apron. Sheamus tries to apply the Cloverleaf, but Christian fights him off. Christian heads to the second rope, but Sheamus trips him up and applies the Cloverleaf. Christian makes it the ropes and the referee has to break the hold.

Christian rolls to the outside, but Sheamus chases him around the ring. Christian stomps Sheamus on his way back into the ring and starts to regain control. Christian tries for a Killswitch, but Sheamus counters into White Noise. Christian counters into a rollup for a near-fall. Sheamus scoops up Christian for a powerslam and another 2-count. Sheamus signals for the Brogue Kick, but misses. Sheamus charges the corner, but Christian slips through the ropes and kicks Sheamus in the face. Christian heads for the top and leaps, but Sheamus hits him with a Brogue Kick on the way down and picks up the pinfall!

WINNER: Sheamus

Earlier tonight Renee Young caught up with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon as they were arriving to the building when Daniel Bryan stormed up and challenged Triple H at Wrestlemania! Triple H said they’ll try to find him a place on the card, but Wrestlemania is for A-listers. Bryan said he’s beaten all of Triple H’s A+ players. Stephanie stepped in and said Bryan should focus his aggression on someone who deserves it: Kane.

Backstage, Dean Ambrose is pleading his case to Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. He says he’s been repeating himself for twenty-four house and he’s getting sick of explaining himself and them ganging up on him. He’s out of here and walks out. The Wyatts walk up and pardon their interruption. Roman Reigns challenges Bray to a match one-on-one.

Daniel Bryan vs. Kane

Bryan goes right after Kane with kicks, backing him into the corner. The referee has to pull Bryan off and that allows Kane to attack Bryan’s weakened shoulder. Kane whips Bryan into the corner, further injuring the shoulder. Kane rams Bryan into the opposite corner. Kane charges, but Bryan drop-toe-holds Kane into the buckle. Bryan starts to kick at Kane and wraps up his leg in the ropes. Bryan takes off for the ropes and hits a running dropkick to Kane’s knee, tied up in the ropes.

Bryan continues to work Kane’s knee and applies a leglock. Bryan drops a knee across Kane’s knee. Bryan chop blocks Kane’s knee several times and applies a single-leg Boston crab. Kane makes it to the ropes and Bryan has to break the hold. Kane hangs Bryan’s arm over the top rope and rams Bryan’s shoulder into the corner. Kane repeatedly stomps Bryan’s injured shoulder and ties him up in the ropes.

Kane slams Bryan hard on his shoulder and tries for a cover, but only gets 2. Kane continues to work Bryan’s arm and shoulder. Bryan has to fight to his feet and elbows Kane in the head several times until Kane throws him out to the floor. Bryan slides back inside as Kane rolls to the floor. Bryan heads for the ropes, looking for a suicide dive, but Kane nails him and pulls him out to the floor to ram him into the steps. And we’re off to commercial.

Back from commercial, and Bryan is rallying until he runs into a big boot from Kane. Kane continues to assault Bryan’s injured arm and wraps it up in the ropes. Kane whips Bryan into the corner and follows up with a clothesline. Kane applies an armbar, and Bryan has to rally to his feet. Bryan starts to the throw several rights into Kane’s gut, but Kane fights him off. Kane whips Bryan to the corner, but Bryan flips over and out and hits the running clothesline off the ropes. Bryan starts to deliver the yes! Kicks. Bryan winds up and misses a big one. Bryan heads for the ropes and walks into a sidewalk slam from Kane.

Kane heads to the top rope, but Bryan is up to hang up Kane. Bryan continues to work Kane’s knee and leg and climbs for a hurricanrana. Bryan goes for the cover, but Kane manages to kick out. Bryan takes off for a running dropkick, not once but twice. Bryan tries for a third, but Kane lays him out with a right hand. Kane charges at Bryan, but Bryan ducks and Kane spills over the top. Bryan takes off and flies through the ropes onto Kane. Bryan hits Kane with a running dropkick out on the floor and rolls him back inside.

Bryan heads to the top and hits Kane with a missile dropkick, but Bryan lands hard on his shoulder. Bryan kips up! Bryan hits Kane with a big Yes! Kick and goes for the cover, but only gets 2. Bryan heads to the top again and leaps, but Kane catches him by the throat and chokeslams Bryan! Kane goes for the cover, and Bryan barely kicks out at 2.

Kane starts to look frustrated. Kane tries to pull Bryan up by the throat again, but Bryan nearly counters into a Yes! Lock. Kane counters and tosses Bryan off. Bryan takes off running and hits Kane with the running knee out of nowhere for the win!

WINNER: Daniel Bryan

After the match, Daniel Bryan grabs a microphone and says that he confronted the Authority today. He says Triple H is a coward. He challenged Triple H to a match and he hid behind his wife’s skirt. Ever since Triple H put on the suit, he’s ignored what everyone wants. Bryan tells the people to make their voice heard and everyone is chanting, YES!

Summer Rae w/ Fandango vs. Emma w/ Santino

Emma starts off dancing, but Summer Rae shoves her. Emma shoves her back hard. Summer Rae jumps at Emma and applies a headlock and rolls through, pulling Emma’s hair and slamming her head. Summer Rae dances some more and whips Emma into the corner. Summer Rae charges, but Emma slips through the ropes and kicks her and tries a rollup. Summer Rae spin kicks Emma and tries for a cover, but only gets 2. Summer Rae stomps Emma and pulls her up to choke her in the ropes. Summer Rae taunts Santino on the outside as she continues to punish Emma. Summer slams Emma and tries for another cover, but only gets 2.

Summer slaps on a Clutch and Emma has to battle to her feet, but Summer slams her back down again. Emma fights to her feet again. Summer Rae tries to dance her way around a move and Emma takes her down and applies the Emma Lock and Summer Rae has to tap out.

WINNER: Emma

The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos

The bell rings, and Roaddogg makes sure they get their intro in and ask The Usos to leave the ring. Roaddogg gets through his part, but turns around into a superkick and Billy gets clotheslined to the outside. One of the Usos takes to the air and takes out Billy Gunn on the outside. The other Uso hits the splash from the top on Roaddogg for the quick win.

WINNERS: The Usos

Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt

Reigns stares down Wyatt as Wyatt circles Reigns. Wyatt finally pops Reigns and Reigns fires back and Wyatt rolls out to the floor. Wyatt steps back inside and charges toward a lockup with Reigns. Reigns forces Wyatt into the corner, but Wyatt kicks Reigns and starts to go to work. Wyatt heads for the ropes, but Reigns levels him with a shoulder tackle and drops a big elbow. Wyatt tries to retreat to the ropes, but Reigns is right on top of him and nails him and Wyatt falls out to the floor.

Wyatt climbs back in again and kicks Reigns. Reigns fires back with several right hands until Wyatt catches him in the throat and kicks him off his feet. Wyatt rakes Reigns’s eyes across the top rope continues to attack in the corner. Wyatt clotheslines Reigns out of the corner. Wyatt applies a reverse chinlock. Reigns fights to his feet, but Wyatt takes him out with a tackle. Wyatt continues to attack Reigns in the corner. Wyatt whips Reigns to the corner, but Reigns reverses and then tosses Wyatt to the floor. Reigns takes out Wyatt with a running clothesline on the floor, and we’re off to commercial.

Back from break, and Wyatt has Reigns in a front facelock and scoop slams him. Wyatt hits a running senton. Wyatt kicks Reigns off the ropes and hits him with a falling headbutt. Wyatt continues to unload on Reigns and chokes him in the ropes. Reigns finally fires back with several right hands, but Wyatt catches him with a boot to the gut and a suplex. Wyatt applies a side headlock, and Reigns has to fight to a vertical base. Reigns breaks the hold and heads for the ropes. Reigns ducks a clothesline, but Wyatt takes out Reigns with a huge tackle. Wyatt covers, but only gets 2. Wyatt slams Reigns into the turnbuckle and connects with a big splash. Wyatt tries another splash, but Reigns sidesteps the collision.

Wyatt charges Reigns, but Reigns tries to kick him. Wyatt catches Reigns’s boot. Reigns shoves Wyatt off and connects with the flying clothesline. Reigns clotheslines Wyatt in the corner and unloads several right hands. Reigns slips to the outside and nails Wyatt with a running dropkick as he’s draped across the bottom rope. Reigns rolls back inside and slams Wyatt for a 2-count. Reigns sets up in the corner and the lights flicker. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are outside the ring and Reigns looks desperate. Seth Rollins comes out of the crowd and is diving into the ring and over the top rope and takes out the remaining members of the Wyatts!

Bray Wyatt tries to roll up Reigns to no avail. Reigns nails Wyatt with a right. Reigns charges, but Wyatt sidesteps and Reigns crashes into the post. Harper and Rowan are trying to take out Rollins, but here comes Dean Ambrose from the back and they’re all fighting. Reigns nails Wyatt with a Superman Punch! Ambrose runs into the ring and starts attacking Wyatt, which is going to give Reigns the DQ. The Shield manages to clear the ring of the Wyatts.

WINNER: Bray Wyatt via Disqualification

Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar are backstage. Heyman tells Lesnar not to tear up anything or anyone. They make their way out to the ring, and Paul Heyman introduces himself. He says Lesnar is the obvious number 1 contender and should be headlining Wrestlemania. Tonight is a history-making night, but it falls upon him tonight to break the news that Brock Lesnar is not in a good mood. It’s become apparent to everyone that Orton and Batista should get their match out of the way and the winner should fight Lesnar. He says Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have offered Lesnar an open contract for Wrestlemania, meaning he can choose any other opponent. It’s a consolation prize.

In WWE, you can have anything you want except what you want the most. Brock Lesnar has conquered all of his goals in his lifetime. Triple H and Stephanie won’t let Brock conquer his new goal of winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Brock Lesnar wants to make history. Heyman says they’ll have Wrestlemania without Lesnar because he doesn’t choose his partner. The Undertaker’s gong hits and the lights go out! The Undertaker makes his way out to the ring. Lesnar and The Undertaker stare down in the center of the ring. Undertaker stares at the sign, and it looks like Lesnar’s going to make a move but Undertaker seems to challenge him. Heyman opens up the contract on the table and Lesnar signs it. Lesnar puts his finger on Undertaker’s chest, and Undertaker simply removes it. Heyman tells Undertaker he can sign the contract. Lesnar pounds on the table, and Undertaker jams the pen into Lesnar’s hand and then chokeslams him through the table!

The lights go down and the Undertaker is standing tall over Lesnar as RAW heads off the air.

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (02/17/14)

February 17, 2014

Denver, CO

John Cena’s music hits and he makes his way out to kick things off tonight. Cena says he can tell that it’s RAW and we’re live in Denver. Energy is here because in 6 days the WWE World Championship will be decided in the Elimination Chamber. A match so physical it can end the career of a WWE Superstar. Nothing is gained without sacrifice. The survivor of the chamber gets a guaranteed shot at Wrestlemania XXX against Batista. He’s been on the road to Wrestlemania many times. Many are riding with him and others want to kick him out of the car. Randy Orton is the only one without any momentum going into this match. In the past few weeks Orton was beaten by Daniel Bryan, John Cena, and that means the odds prove that their will be a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Cesaro’s music hits and he comes out with Zeb Colter. Zeb says we’re looking at the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Cesaro reminds everyone that Cena wasn’t the only one who beat Orton last week. Come Sunday, he’ll be the new champion. Not only will he be the new face of the WWE, but he’ll become the new face of America.

Cena calls Cesaro into the ring to face him like a man. Cena congratulates Cesaro for beating Orton, but it doesn’t mean he’s on a winning streak, but Orton’s on a losing streak. This Sunday, Cesaro has to face Orton, Christian, Sheamus, Bryan and Cena in a match he’s never been in, the Elimination Chamber.

Sheamus’s music hits and he makes his way out. He’s been in the Chamber before, and there’s nothing like it. He doesn’t care about being the face of the WWE. After this Sunday, speaking of faces, both of theirs will look pretty funny when he kicks their teeth in.

Christian cuts him off and comes out next. Christian says Sheamus should’ve saved his Brogue Kick for Dean Ambrose, but it’s ok, he knows it was an accident. But this Sunday he’s going to plant Sheamus in the mat with a Killswitch, and that won’t be an accident.

Randy Orton makes his way out, thanking the Authority for the opportunity to be in the Chamber. He underestimated Cesaro last week and it won’t happen again. Cena can’t beat Orton when it counts. He’s had some of the incredible matches of his career with Christian, but he’s won each and every one. Sheamus’s Brogue Kick won’t get close tonight.

Daniel Bryan’s music cuts him off and he makes his way out to a chorus of yes chants. Bryan says he knows everyone’s done a lot of talking, but the people are doing his talking for him. The Elimination Chamber is important because it leads to Wrestlemania. He’s worked too hard to let this opportunity slip through his fingers, and there will be an entire arena of people chanting YES!

The pyro explodes, and Kane makes his way out. The Authority has given him the chance to rectify mistakes he’s made recently. A huge “you sold out” chant breaks out from the crowd. He’s in charge tonight. Not only will Orton be squaring off against Sheamus, but Cesaro will face Cena and Christian will be taking on Daniel Bryan.

Kane is on the apron and Christian attacks Bryan from behind. Christian tosses Bryan to the outside and lays in the attack as Kane looks on with a smile. Christian rams Bryan into the ring steps and we’re off to commercial.

Daniel Bryan vs. Christian

Bryan tries to take it to Christian, but Christian gains the upper hand by working Bryan’s injured shoulder. Bryan catches Christian with a knee lift and goes back to the Yes kick and a series of uppercuts. Christian rolls out to the floor and it looks like Bryan’s going to take to the air. Christian nails Bryan on his way through the ropes and climbs back inside. Christian resumes working Bryan’s injured shoulder and applies an armbar.

Bryan struggles to his feet, shoots Christian to the ropes but Christian tackles him. Christian slips out to the apron and drops Bryan’s injured arm across the top rope. Christian starts to mock Bryan’s yes chant before stomping Bryan’s arm. Christian wraps up Bryan’s arm and scoop slams him. Christian applies an armbar and Bryan has to fight to his feet. Bryan off the ropes, and Christian elbows him in the face. Christian throws several rights into a downed Bryan’s face. Bryan tries to roll up Christian in a half crab, but Christian fends him off.

Christian heads to the second rope for a Tornado STO. Christian covers, but only gets a 2-count. Christian headbutts Bryan’s shoulder several times. Christian slaps Bryan across the face and he’s holding on to the ropes. Christian charges Bryan, but Bryan side steps him and tosses Christian out to the floor. Bryan heads for the air and dives through the ropes onto Christian, but both men are down as we head to another commercial break.

Back from break, and Bryan tries to battle Christian. Christian backs Bryan into the corner. Christian whips Bryan to the opposite corner and Bryan flips over and out and connects on the running clothesline. Bryan kicks Christian as he tries to make it to his feet. Bryan lays out Christian with a final kick and tries for the cover, but Christian kicks out before 3. Bryan heads to the top rope, but Christian gets his knees up. Christian covers, but Bryan kicks out. Christian wraps up Bryan’s injured arm in the corner and continues to unload the punishment. Christian starts to grow frustrated with the crowd and charges Bryan. Bryan avoids the contact and starts to unload more kicks into Christian.

Bryan takes off across the ring for a running dropkick. He tries for a second, but Christian gets a pair of boots up. Christian catches Bryan with a back elbow off the second rope. Christian tries for a Killswitch, but Bryan tries to counter into the Yes! Lock. Christian fights out due to Bryan’s injury. Bryan tries to kick Christian and misses and Christian rams Bryan into the corner. Christian tries another Killswitch, but Bryan counters into a rollup for the win!

WINNER: Daniel Bryan

After the match, Kane congratulates Bryan on his win but he forgot to mention Bryan has one more match tonight… against him!

Daniel Bryan vs. Kane

Bryan attacks Kane as he enters the ring. Kane fights him off and sends him to the outside and Bryan lands hard on his shoulder as we head to another break.

Back from commercial, and Kane is having his way with Bryan, stomping Bryan’s injured shoulder. Kane drags Bryan to his feet and puts him right back down with a tackle. Kane chokes Bryan with his shoe and the referee has to break it up. Bryan tries to hang Kane across the top rope, but Kane holds on to Bryan’s hair and brings him back in the ring the hard way. Kane continues to punish Bryan’s injured arm and shoulder and rams Bryan shoulder first into the ring post repeatedly.

Bryan finally catches Kane and hangs him across the top rope. Bryan heads to the top for a missile dropkick that connects on Kane. Bryan starts to send out the Yes! Kicks, but Kane catches Bryan by the throat and tosses him over the top to the outside. Kane rams Bryan into the barricade. Kane wraps Bryan’s arm around the ring post and the referee has no choice but to disqualify Kane after he failed to respond to the 5-count.

WINNER: Daniel Bryan via DQ

After the match Kane continues to assault Bryan and kicks the steep steps into Bryan’s arm. Kane picks up the microphone and says he knows he’s disqualified.

Backstage, The Shield are with Renee Young. Tonight, Roman Reigns will be taking on Mark Henry. Dean Ambrose is surprised Henry showed up after the beating he gave him last week. Reigns asks Ambrose what he’s talking about. Ambrose admits that Henry’s no walk in the park, but Reigns will find that out for himself tonight. Ambrose asks Reigns if he thinks he can do better. Reigns knows he can. Renee Young intervenes saying they should be on the same page for the Wyatts this Sunday. Seth Rollins chimes in, saying they’re always on the same page. The Shield was born and bred for war. Ambrose says The Wyatts are an illusion and their mind games aren’t real. The Shield is real. Reigns says they don’t experience fear, and they don’t back down. Believe in The Shield.

Fandango w/ Summer Rae vs. Santino w/ Emma

Fandango gains the early advantage. Fandango takes a second to pander to the crowd and picks Santino off the mat for a clothesline. Fandango tries a knee drop, but Santino rolls out of the way and stunners Fandango. Fandango charges, but Santino drops down with a split and hip tosses Fandango. Santino head butts Fandango and pulls out the Cobra. Summer Rae comes up for the distraction, but Emma is up for the save and airplane spins Summer Rae. Santino gets distracted by Emma and it looks like they’re going to share a kiss when Fandango comes out of nowhere with a baseball slide through the ropes. Fandango rolls Santino back inside and hits him with a Michinoku Driver for the win.

WINNER: Fandango

Backstage, Renee Young catches up with Mark Henry. She wants to know how he thinks he’s going to fare tonight against Roman Reigns. He says he should’ve won the U.S. Title last week against Dean Ambrose. Tonight, it’s not about winning or losing or titles. It’s about inducting someone into the Hall of Pain. That’s what he does.

Roman Reigns vs. Mark Henry

Reigns takes it to Henry following the bell and tries to whip Henry into the ropes. Henry counters and sends Reigns to the ropes and nails him with a big boot. Henry splashes Reigns in the corner and continues to assault Reigns. Reigns starts to battle back and applies a chinlock, bringing Henry to his knees. Henry battles out, but Reigns catches Henry with a Samoan Drop! Reigns covers, but only gets a 2-count. Henry starts to regain his offense with a JYD headbutt and splashes Reigns in the corner again. He tries another, but Reigns gets a boot up and kicks Henry out of the corner! Superman Punch finds the mark on Henry, taking Henry off his feet. Reigns heads to the corner, looking for the Spear and he nails it for the 1-2-3.

WINNER: Roman Reigns

After the match Rollins is cheering on Reigns, but Ambrose doesn’t look too pleased and starts to attack Henry. Henry rolls out to the floor and Reigns just looks at Ambrose, asking him what he’s doing. Then the lights flicker and Bray Wyatt is backstage with a promo. He’s got the joy down in his heart. He can’t help but feel the excitement build up in him. The clock is ticking. The Shield’s defeat will not come in vain. Their shattered bones will pave the streets of their kingdom. From his throne, he will turn them all. He must ask, in the end was all of this worth it? Luke Harper asks if they’re willing to die for this. Wyatt says if they’re not, they’ve already lost. Reigns chimes in and says they should come out to the ring. Bray Wyatt says they were thinking the same thing. Run.

The Wyatts make their way down to the ring and stop in the aisle as The Shield wait inside. The Wyatts climb up to the apron, and Bray is the first one to climb inside. Reigns steps forward, but here come the other Wyatts and The Shield steps forward. The Wyatts leave instead to the dismay of the crowd.

Backstage, Goldust and Cody Rhodes are checking out the new Stackdown toys when Wade Barrett comes in and wrecks what they’ve built.

Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston

The bell sounds, and Swagger takes it straight to Kingston. Kofi starts to fire back and whips Swagger to the corner, but Swagger reverses. Kingston tries to catch Swagger as he comes in behind him, but Swagger overpowers Kingston with a flapjack. Swagger continues to pummel Kingston in the corner and levels him with a short-arm clothesline for a 2-count. Swagger applies a submission, and Kingston has to fight to his feet. Kofi takes off for the ropes, tries to slide under Swagger but Swagger catches him and rams him into the corner. A Swagger Bomb connects, but only earns him a 2-count.

Swagger continues to overpower Kingston with his size advantage. Swagger whips Kofi hard into the corner, taking him off his feet. Swagger whips Kingston to the corner, but Kingston counters with a springboard missile dropkick. Swagger charges the corner, but Kingston slips through the ropes and kicks Swagger in the head. Kingston heads to the top for a big chop. Kofi starts to build some momentum. Swagger catches Kingston in mid-air, but Kingston rolls through for a sunset flip. Kingston catches Swagger off guard with a splash. Swagger tries to throw Kingston to the outside, but Kofi hangs out and hits the SOS! Kofi covers, but Swagger manages to get his foot on the rope at the last possible second.

Kofi charges again, but Swagger drop-toe-holds him through the ropes. Kingston hops back to the apron for a springboard crossbody. Swagger rolls through and applies a Patriot Lock. Kingston crawls to the ropes, but Swagger tightens up and pulls Kingston back to the center of the ring, and Swagger has to tap.

WINNER: Jack Swagger

2-on-1 Handicap Match

Big E vs. 3MB

Big E makes quick work of Drew McIntyre and tosses him to the outside and powerslams Jinder Mahal. Zeb Colter gets on the mic as E continues to wrestle. 3MB begins to overpower E. E finally regains his composure and tosses McIntyre to the outside and nails Mahal with a shoulder tackle. E catches Mahal with a backbreaker, but McIntyre is back up and dropkicks Big E in the face. Mahal drops a knee on Big E as Colter is on the outside still on the microphone.  A double suplex connects from 3MB. McIntyre whips Big E into Mahal’s running knee. Big E overpowers them again and takes out Jinder with a backdrop. Big E tosses McIntyre over the top to the outside. Big E catches Jinder with a belly-to-belly suplex, and McIntyre gets one as well. McIntyre lands on Mahal and splashes both of them. Big E spears McIntyre in the corner, and Mahal in the other. Big E suplexes Mahal one more time and he hits McIntyre on the way down. Big Ending connects on Mahal. McIntyre tries to fight him off, but gets hit with a Big Ending for his troubles.

WINNER: Big E

Big E grabs the mic and calls out Zeb. He hopes that they make diapers Zeb’s size, because this Sunday his mouth won’t be the only thing full of crap.

Ron Simmons is recognized for Black History Month. He was the first African-American World Champion. Damn!

Renee Young welcomes John Cena. Tonight he faces Cesaro. She wants his thoughts heading into the match. Last week, he says he made a statement to the roster. The roster is full of future stars, but they have to go through him to prove themselves. Tonight, we get to see what Cesaro is made of.

John Cena vs. Cesaro

The bell rings, and these two size each other up. They tie up and Cesaro tries to roll up Cena. They tie up again and Cesaro applies a hammerlock and turns it into a side headlock. Cena counters and takes over Cesaro with a side headlock of his own. Cesaro makes it to his feet and shoots Cena to the ropes. Cena takes him down with a tackle. Cesaro leapfrogs Cena, but Cena hip tosses Cesaro and Cesaro has to roll to the floor. Cesaro climbs back inside. They tie up again and Cena manages to overpower Cesaro, bot not for long.  Cesaro nips up and takes over Cena with a side headlock.

Cena gets back to a vertical base and sends Cesaro to the ropes. Cesaro hits a tackle. Cesaro catches Cena in mid-air with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker! Cesaro takes Cena off his feet with an uppercut. Cesaro double stomps Cena and looks for the cover, but only gets 2. Cesaro applies an armbar. Cena manages a hip toss to break the hold, but Cesaro dumps Cena over the top out to the floor. Cesaro follows Cena to the outside and rams him into the barricade. Cesaro rolls back inside. Cena climbs to the apron and catches Cesaro by hanging up on the top rope.

Back inside, and Cesaro dropkicks Cena right in the face. Cesaro applies a reverse chinlock. Cena has to battle to his feet. Cena tries for an AA, but Cesaro hooks the ropes and hangs Cena over the top rope. Cesaro hits an elbow drop from the second rope that earns him a 2-count. Cesaro stomps Cena. Cesaro misses a big right hand, and Cena catches him with a big neckbreaker. Cena whips Cesaro to the corner, but Cesaro reverses and Cena crashes into the buckle. Cesaro dropkicks Cena out to the floor as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Cena’s battling Cesaro’s submission. Cena catches Cesaro with a hurricanrana. Cesaro catches Cena in mid-air and launches him with a fall-away slam for a near-fall. Cena starts throwing a series of right hands and whips Cesaro. Cesaro reverses and catches Cena with a sleeper hold. Cena tries to lift Cesaro on his back and rams him into the buckle. Cesaro is barely fazed and nails Cena with a clothesline and applies another reverse chinlock.

Cena tries to fight to his feet and does, lifting Cesaro on his back in the process. Cena drives Cesaro into the corner again. Cena ducks a clothesline and hits a couple of flying tackles. Cena tries to spinning side slam, but Cesaro counters into a sunset flip and turns it into the Big Swing. Cena counters, looking for the STF! Cesaro counters and hits the gutwrench suplex.

Cesaro whips Cena into the corner and follows up immediately with a running uppercut. Cesaro tries again, but Cena avoids the contact and catches him with the spinning side slam. Cena looking for the 5-Knuckle Shuffle and connects. Cena tries for an AA. Cesaro counters and pushes Cena into the ropes, throws him into the air and hits him with an uppercut on the way down for a near-fall.

Cesaro signals for the Big Swing. Cena counters into a DDT! Cena hooks the leg, but only gets 2. Cena heads to the top rope, taking his time. Cesaro is up with a running uppercut again and it connects, sending Cena out to the floor. Cesaro grabs Cena and as he’s climbing onto the apron and superplexes him from the apron! Cesaro hooks the leg and only gets 2. Cena slaps on the STF out of nowhere. Cesaro’s close to the ropes, but Cena tries to bring him back to the center. Cesaro counters into the Big Swing. Cesaro falls on to Cena for the pin, but Cena kicks out at 2. Cesaro tries for a Neutralizer, but Cena counters into the AA. Cesaro lands on his feet! Cesaro kicks Cena in the face. Cesaro heads for the ropes again, but Cena’s up with a shoulder tackle. Cesaro tries to roll up Cena, but Cena rolls through and turns it into an AA for the win.

WINNER: John Cena

Backstage, Randy Orton is with Triple H. He says he appreciates everything the Authority has done for him. Triple H says he was worried that Orton was letting the pressure getting to him, but clearly he’s been working on it in spite of losing over the last few weeks. Orton cuts off Triple H, saying they go way back all the way to Evolution and they carried Batista the whole way. Batista is right behind him and says Orton’s not the face, but the ass of the WWE.

Alberto del Rio walks up in a neck brace. He says he knows Batista is the Animal now. But he is a man, and he will make Batista pay. One last thing, he hopes Batista doesn’t plan on using his arms at Wrestlemania because he plans on breaking them at Elimination Chamber. Batista shoves Del Rio into some equipment nearby and Triple H just kind of shrugs.

Renee Young is elsewhere, and announces Titus O’Neil will take on Darren Young at Elimination Chamber. Titus walks up and introduces himself. He came here to become a champion. He asks Renee if she can spell champion, and he cuts her off. T-I-T-U-S, champion. He says Darren Young has been a roadblock for him for over 700 days. This Sunday, the roadblock gets bulled over. The entire locker room will have to witness the rise of Titus O’Neil.

Los Matadores & Sin Cara vs. The Wyatt Family

Erick Rowan will start this off with one of the Matadores. He makes quick work of him before tossing him out to the apron. Matadore comes firing back, but Rowan levels him with a tackle and tags in Luke Harper. Harper continues the attack and slams the Matadore hard. Harper covers, but only gets a 2-count. Bray Wyatt tags in and assaults the Matadore. Wyatt slams him across the crowd and tags in Rowan. Rowan slams him again and crushes his skull between his fists. Rowan drops a big elbow, covers, but only gets a 2-count. Harper gets another tag, and they continue their dismantling. Harper applies the Gator Roll and applies a reverse chinlock. Matadore Stunners Harper and hits him with an enzuiguiri and finaly makes a tag to Sin Cara.

Sin Cara comes off the top to take out Harper. Sin Cara unloads several kicks and hits him with a cross body. Sin Cara takes Harper down with a head scissor and takes Wyatt off the apron. Harper reverses an Irish whip, and Sin Cara takes him down with a back handspring elbow. Sin Cara makes the cover, but Rowan makes the save. Sin Cara sends Rowan to the outside. El Torrito tries to get involved, but Rowan catches him on the floor. Rowan tosses him off, but he lands on the apron and los Matadores take out Rowan on the floor.

Sin Cara tries a rollup on Harper, but only gets 2. Harper tries a powerbomb, but Sin Cara counters into a springboard hurricanrana. Harper charges Sin Cara, but Sin Cara gets through the ropes and kicks Harper. Harper levels Sin Cara with the clothesline and tags in Wyatt. Sister Abigail ends this one.

WINNERS: The Wyatt Family

Billy Gunn vs. Jey Uso

Roaddogg and Jimmy Uso will be joining us on commentary. Billy and Jey tie up in the ring, and Billy shoves him back to the corner. Jey manages to outsmart Billy and escape and play to the crowd. Billy comes up and kicks Jey, backs him into the corner and throws a jab into Jey’s face. Billy tries to whip Jey, but he slides across the ring. Billy charges and hits the buckle. Jey takes down Billy with a pair of hip tosses, and Billy has to roll out to the floor.

Jey chases Billy back inside the ring and heads to the top. Gunn avoids the high-risk move and flips Jey inside out with a clothesline. Gunn goes for the cover, but only gets 2. Billy continues the offense and applies a reverse chinlock. Billy chokes Jey with his boot. Billy continues to take the offense to Jey. Most of the match has been focused on the commentary at ringside. Billy tries a Fame-Asser, but Jey counters and rolls up Billy for the 1-2-3.

The Outlaws try to jump Jey and Jimmy, but the Usos get the better of the champions and clear the ring.

WINNER: Jey Uso

Backstage, Sheamus is with Byron Saxton. Sheamus says the reward is worth the sacrifice at Elimination Chamber. He says earlier Christian showed his aggressive side, but Sheamus has never had a problem showing his aggressive side. It’s his best side. Orton’s going to see it first-hand tonight.

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

They tie up and Sheamus gains a quick advantage that forces Orton to the outside to regroup. Back inside, and Orton backs Sheamus into the corner but the referee has to separate them. They tie up again, and Sheamus applies a side headlock. Orton shoots him into the ropes, and Sheamus takes him down with a tackle. Orton has to roll outside again.

Back inside, and Orton catches Sheamus with a kick to the gut. Orton backs Sheamus into the corner and starts to unload. Sheamus starts to fire back and takes Orton down. Orton backs into the corner and Sheamus continues to attack. Sheamus suplexes Orton, and again, Orton has to roll out to the floor.

Sheamus gives chase this time, but Orton kicks him and rams him into the steel post. Sheamus battles back and rams Orton into the announce table. Sheamus rolls Orton back inside and drops a series of knees. Sheamus whips Orton to the ropes, but Orton holds on. Sheamus tries a Brogue Kick, but Orton moves and Sheamus lands uncomfortably on the top rope and he topples out to the apron. Orton rams Sheamus into the ring post as we head to commercial.

Back from commercial, and Orton is in control with a reverse chinlock. Sheamus manages to make it to his feet and suplexes Orton to break the hold. Sheamus clotheslines Orton over the top, out to the floor. Sheamus follows Orton out to the floor and rams Orton into the barricade several times. Sheamus tries one more time, but Orton counters and sends Sheamus into the steps. Sheamus climbs back into the ring, and Orton stomps Sheamus in the corner.

Orton perches Sheamus on the top turnbuckle and continues to hammer away. Orton looking for a superplex, but Sheamus fends him off. Sheamus takes off from the top and catches Orton with a Battering Ram. Orton rolls out to the floor again. Sheamus gives chase again, and Orton kicks him in the gut and suplexes Sheamus through the announce table!

Orton stops to pose for the crowd as Sheamus tries to make it back to the ring before being counted out. He makes it in just before 9, and Orton is right on top of him with the Garvin Stomp. Sheamus starts to battle back, taking down Orton with several forearms. Orton catches Sheamus off the ropes with a powerslam. Orton covers, but Sheamus gets a shoulder up before 3. Orton sets up Sheamus for the second rope DDT, but Sheamus counters and back drops Orton out to the apron. Sheamus unloads the clubbing forearms and brings Orton back into the ring. Orton slips out of Sheamus’s grasp and catches him with a backbreaker.

Orton tries one more time for the second rope DDT, and he gets it this time. Orton coils up as Sheamus tries to get to his feet. Sheamus blocks an RKO. Sheamus hits Orton with an Irish Curse backbreaker and a second and a third. Sheamus sets up for the Brogue Kick. But here comes The Shield to attack Sheamus! John Cena and Daniel Bryan make their way down to the ring to make the save. Here comes Cesaro as well, hitting everyone. Christian makes his way down as well. The lights flicker, and The Wyatts are in the ring. They start fighting with The Shield! Everyone is fighting as we head off the air!

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