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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (09/08/14)

September 8, 2014

Baltimore, MD

Steel Cage Match:

Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt

The bell sounds, and they trade some offense before Wyatt takes down Jericho hard with a tackle. Jericho responds with a dropkick, taking Wyatt off his feet. Jericho stomps Wyatt and slingshots him into the bottom rope. Wyatt tries to escape though the door, but Jericho cuts him off. Wyatt regains control and whips Jericho to the corner. Jericho counters and dropkicks Wyatt’s knee. Wyatt throws a flurry of offense at Jericho and backs him into the corner. Wyatt chokes Jericho in the ropes and whips him to the other side. Wyatt splashes Jericho in the corner. Jericho starts to battle back, but Wyatt cuts him off again and whips him to the corner.

Jericho climbs the turnbuckle and tries to escape. Wyatt tries to stop Jericho, and Jericho kicks him away. Jericho makes it to the top, but Wyatt pulls him back into the ring. Jericho comes off the top with an axe handle to Wyatt’s head. Jericho charges Wyatt, but Wyatt launches Jericho into the steel. Wyatt splashes Jericho against the cage as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Wyatt levels Jericho with a crossbody for 2. Wyatt tries his hand at climbing the cage. Jericho makes it back to his feet and pulls Wyatt back. Jericho sets up Wyatt in the electric chair and falls backward. Jericho takes his time getting to his feet, and Wyatt’s not far behind. They start trading blows, and Jericho fires off several chops. Jericho nails a flying forearm and a running bulldog. Jericho hits a Lion Sault. Jericho tries for the Walls, but Wyatt flips him over. Jericho rams Wyatt into the steel.

Jericho continues to ram the back of Wyatt’s head into the steel. Jericho hits Wyatt with a dropkick, sending the back of his head into the cage again. Jericho starts to climb the turnbuckle, and he’s trying to escape the cage. Wyatt’s back to his feet and catches Jericho. They’re exchanging blows on the top rope. Jericho fends off Wyatt, but Wyatt throws several tackles into Jericho’s mid-section, and superplexes Jericho from the top. Both men are down until Wyatt pops up with his crab walk and calls for the door to open.

Jericho prevents Wyatt’s escape and tries one more time for the Walls of Jericho, and Wyatt kicks him off into the cage. Jericho walks into a side walk slam from Wyatt for a near-fall. Wyatt slingshots Jericho into the corner, but Jericho starts to climb the cage. Wyatt’s back to his feet and stalls Jericho. Wyatt sends Jericho off the turnbuckle, but Jericho lands on his feet. Jericho’s back on the top turnbuckle, hammering on Wyatt, before throwing him with a hurricanrana off the top. Jericho tries to escape the cage one more time and makes it all the way to the top. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper are waiting for Jericho to climb down. Jericho stops at the top of the cage, shrugs and leaps from the top of the cage! Jericho hits a crossbody from the top of the cage!

Jericho landed hard on his knee. Jericho’s trying to limp his way to the door to escape, using the ropes for leverage. Wyatt gets back to his feet and charges. Jericho ducks, and Wyatt crashes into the cage. Jericho’s crawling for the open door. Wyatt grabs Jericho by the boot. They’re fighting at the door. Jericho grabs the steel steps, trying to pull himself to victory. Wyatt goes after Jericho’s knee, and both men are teetering at the door of the cage. Jericho elbows Wyatt. Wyatt headbutts Jericho. Wyatt goes after the bad knee and dives out of the cage door.

WINNER: Bray Wyatt

After the match, Wyatt slams the cage door on Jericho’s injured knee. He continues attacking Jericho, and rolls him back into the ring. Luke Harper closes the door behind them, leaving Jericho and Wyatt alone in the ring. Wyatt scoops up Jericho for a Sister Abigail.

Kane is with Seth Rollins backstage. They’re excited about how we’ve kicked off the new season of RAW. Triple H walks in. He shakes Kane’s hand and says he made him proud. He says they’ve got to put on something that no one will forget when Randy Orton walks in. Orton asks how unforgettable does Triple want it to be? He says there’s only one man standing in the room in the main event; it’s him. He says he’d like to do something to Roman Reigns tonight that makes what Seth Rollins did to Dean Ambrose that looks like something that happens at just another day at Sunday school. Triple H says he has his permission, and Orton walks off.

Dolph Ziggler is in the ring. He says last week was a controversial week in Hollywood when several celebrities were leaked online. He says this invasion of privacy is reprehensible, and no one deserves to be disrespected like that. Well, maybe one D-list celebrity, the Miz. He’s not saying he hacked into his account, but he has in his possession some interesting photos of Miz, and he wants to show us. Ziggler shows a series of pictures of Miz shaving his chest, with cream on his face, etc.

Miz makes his way to the ring with Damien Sandow. Miz says it’s an invasion of privacy. Those photos were for medical purposes only. He says his people will sue anyone if they try to republish the photos. Miz tells Ziggler if he shows the last photo, he’ll make sure Ziggler never works in this town again. Ziggler says he might as well and shows the last picture, which is of Sandow giving a blurred but nude Miz a spray tan. Sandow tries to attack, and Ziggler takes him out. Dolph hits Sandow with a Zig-Zag and tries to coax Miz into the ring.

Natalya & Rosa Mendes vs. AJ Lee & Paige

Paige will start this with Natalya. Natalya takes Paige over with a side headlock. Nattie quickly counters into a head scissor. Natalya overpowers Paige into the corner and tags in Rosa. They utilize the 5-count for a double suplex. Paige slaps Rosa across the face and headbutts her. Paige mounts Rosa and headbutts her several more times. Paige teases a tag to AJ, and takes Rosa off her feet instead. Paige continues to tease a tag. Paige scoop slams Rosa. Paige tries a leg drop, but Rosa moves out of the way. Rosa refuses to make a tag, and Paige takes advantage. Paige wraps up Rosa in the ropes and knees her several times. AJ makes a blind tag and wraps up Rosa in the Black Widow, and Rosa taps out.

WINNERS: Paige & AJ Lee

After the match, Paige gets in AJ’s face. AJ steals the Diva’s title from Paige and kisses it. Paige takes it back and kisses it too before holding it up. AJ skips to the back.

Backstage, the trainer is checking on Chris Jericho’s knee. Randy Orton barges in and attacks Jericho from behind, leaving him lying in pain.

Paul Heyman is in the ring. Though he walks the valley of the C-Nation, he will fear no Thug-a-Nomics, because he is the advocate for the WWE Heavyweight Champion of the world. Heyman is here to deliver a warning from Brock Lesnar.

John Cena’s music hits. Cena makes his way down to the ring and confronts Heyman. He tells Heyman not to worry. He just didn’t want to stretch everyone’s imagination. He’s right here. Heyman says Cena was the best WWE Champion of all time up until Summerslam. He says Brock has advised him to tell Cena how he can beat Lesnar at Night of Champions. Cena says he already knows how, 3 simple words. Undertaker lost to Lesnar at Wrestlemania, and we haven’t seen him since. John Cena loses to Lesnar, and the next week he’s out here to challenge him again. He says the three words are never give up. Heyman laughs and says is it just him, or can he not help but be John Cena, and that’s his biggest problem. He lives to be John Cena. He lives for the kid that waits for the opportunity to come live event to chant at the top of their lungs, let’s go Cena! But when Lesnar steps into the ring, he only hears the referee, Paul Heyman and the suffering of his victims, like Cena suffered at Lesnar’s hands at Summerslam. But Heyman is here to give Cena a gift, to tell him how to beat Brock Lesnar. Just give in. Give in to temptation. He says the people that chant, “Cena sucks” gets to John. He says with his credentials, you have to believe him, but when the overweight, unemployed guy in the 6th row says, “Cena sucks,” what then? He asks Cena if he doesn’t want to just tap in to the hatred and turn to him and say, “Shut up!”

Heyman says they can do it together. Heyman starts shouting “Shut up” at the people in the crowd. Heyman mocks Cena. He tells Cena to lose the wristbands and the t-shirts; lose the concept of hustle, loyalty and respect. Then, he can beat the one who beat the one in 21 and one. Or, he can just be one of the many victims that fell at the hands of the conqueror, Brock Lesnar. Heyman says Lesnar doesn’t mind him telling him, but he believes in John Cena. But Brock Lesnar says Cena doesn’t have it in him. Cena steps through the ropes and looks out at the crowd. Cena steps back through the ropes and tells Heyman to shut up. He sees what Heyman’s trying to do. He says Heyman’s trying to manipulate him into turning his back on everyone that ever believed in him. He says Heyman lives in a shark-infested world where only the strong survive. If Heyman had a chance to get ahead by stabbing Lesnar in the back, he’d do it and ask for seconds. He says Heyman is talking about something he knows nothing about, living with a purpose of being. Cena gets in Heyman’s face and says, for him, it’s about being John Cena, repeat. Be John Cena, repeat. That’s who he is. He says he likes being the guy that gets a kid to do his homework early so he can come to Monday Night RAW with his kid. He has no problem with talking to the dad in the crowd that says Cena sucks and says it to his face, but thanks him for doing right by his kid anyway. He loves being the guy when a child is asked and given one wish, their answer is to hang out with Cena for a day. He tells a story about meeting a 10-year combat soldier that was wounded and a Purple Heart recipient, who he inspired to have the strength to go on in his life. Cena gets in Heyman’s face again and says Heyman should be happy because he’s seeing rage and fury. He doesn’t want to see the headlines that will read, “John Cena beats up defenseless Paul Heyman,” and he doesn’t want that. He tells Heyman to bring Brock next week, and he’ll be ready to fight. If Lesnar doesn’t show up, then Heyman better be ready, because he’s going to fight him.

Sheamus vs. Seth Rollins

Rollins gets in Sheamus’s face, and Sheamus swats the briefcase out of his hand. The bell sounds, and they tie up. Sheamus overpowers Rollins and rams him into the turnbuckle. Sheamus clotheslines Rollins, and Rollins has to roll to the floor. Rollins rolls back inside and kicks Sheamus in the gut. Rollins tries a suplex, but Sheamus counters into a front face slam. Sheamus pounds on Rollins in the corner and hits a suplex. Sheamus tears at Rollins’ face. Sheamus whips Rollins to the corner and charges. Rollins kicks Sheamus’s knee out from under him. Rollins whips Sheamus to the ropes. Sheamus reverses and ducks his head. Rollins kicks Sheamus in the shoulder. Sheamus manages a rolling senton and clotheslines Rollins to the floor. Cesaro’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage as we head to commercial.

Back from commercial, and Rollins has Sheamus in a chinlock. Rollins backs Sheamus into the corner and tackles him. Rollins charges and runs into a boot from Sheamus. Sheamus heads to the top for a Battering Ram. Sheamus charges Rollins in the corner. Rollins avoids the contact, and Sheamus crashes into the ring post. Rollins goes back to the chinlock. Sheamus rallies to his feet, and Rollins jumps on his back. Sheamus drops Rollins with a stunner, and both men are down. Both men get to a vertical base, and Sheamus rallies with a clothesline and a high running knee. Sheamus hits another big knee in the corner and follows up with the Irish Curse for 2. Sheamus lifts Rollins on his back, and gets distracted by Cesaro at ringside. Cesaro grabs the U.S. Championship. Rollins tries a roll up to Sheamus, but Sheamus kicks out at 2. Cesaro walks up the ring steps with the U.S. title in hand. They start a tug-o-war over the belt. Sheamus lets go, and Cesaro tumbles back to the floor. Rollins kicks Sheamus in the back and hits the Curb Stomp for the win.

WINNER: Seth Rollins

After the match, Cesaro drops the U.S. title, takes off his coat and climbs into the ring. Cesaro takes his shirt off. Cesaro mocks Sheamus and slaps him before hitting him with a Neutralizer. Cesaro stands over Sheamus, holding up the U.S. title.

Rusev and Lana come out. Lana says most Americans don’t know the American national anthem was written in the decrepit city of Baltimore. Lana tells the fans to shut up as they chant, “U-S-A!” She starts singing the Star Spangled Banner and changes the words to mock America. She says they will now play the real national anthem as the Russian national anthem plays and Rusev waves the flag.

Adrian Neville & Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd & Tyler Breeze

Zayn will start this off with Breeze. After some quick back-and-forth, Zayn starts to take over with a series of arm drags and an armbar. Kidd tags in and Breeze kicks Zayn in the head. Kidd unloads on Zayn in the corner and chokes him with his boot. Kidd snapmares Zayn and kicks him in the back. Kidd slaps on a chinlock. Zayn rallies to his feet and rolls through. Kidd gets an elbow up in Zayn’s face and tags in Breeze. Breeze unloads on Zayn and hits a neckbreaker. Kidd makes another quick tag, and they continue to isolate Zayn.

Zayn finally seperates himself from Kidd, but Kidd manages a tag to Breeze. Breeze tries a suplex, but Zayn lands on his feet and dives to make the tag to Neville. Neville cleans house on Breeze and takes Kidd off the apron. Neville hits a standing shooting star press on Breeze, and Kidd has to come in to break up the pin. Zayn dumps Kidd to the floor and takes him out with a senton over the top. Breeze uses his agility to take Breeze off his feet and wins it with a Red Arrow.

WINNERS: Adrian Neville & Sami Zayn

Stephanie McMahon comes out. She says it’s great to be back in Baltimore, but it breaks her heart to see a family ripped apart like the Bellas. She wrestled her father in this very building. There’s nothing more important than family. She says it’s time to bring Brie and Nikki back together, and she could only think of one man to do it. She introduces Jerry Springer.

Jerry says he’s been dealing with family dysfunction for 24 years. He was asked to come and find a resolution to Nikki and Brie’s problems, why would he say no? He brings out Brie first. They show footage from the confrontation last week, and Jerry talks about how Brie apologized the next day via Twitter. He brings out Nikki Bella. Nikki says she accepted Brie’s apology last week, but she’ll never forgive her for treating her like a second-class sister. She’s ready to move because she’s a sophisticated, classy woman. The third season of her show, Total Diva’s match debuted last night and she has a Diva’s Championship match at Night of Champions. She isn’t going to let Brie’s negativity bring her down. Jerry says this has been going on since before Summerslam, and shows clips from Total Divas showing the sisters arguing and treating each other badly. Nikki says she wouldn’t be surprised if Brie was the reason their dad left them. Jerry says they were able to track down their dad and mom, and they play footage of him a la the Jerry Springer Show. Brie gets in Nikki’s face and says it was Nikki’s fault she lost at Summerslam. Brie says JJ, their brother, is in her corner. But there’s no footage because JJ’s here tonight. Jerry brings him out.

Jerry asks JJ who he thinks is in the wrong. JJ says we all know who’s to blame. He gets in Brie’s face and teases that she’s not the victim, but then tells Nikki to get over herself. Brie and Nikki start fighting, and Jerry’s stuck in the middle. JJ tries to separate them, and all hell breaks loose. Stephanie McMahon gets back in the ring, and there’s a big dog pile. Stephanie pulls Brie off of her sister by the hair, and Nikki tackles Brie. The referees finally make it to the ring and separate everyone. Apparently Jerry Springer got hurt in the melee, and they have to wheel him out on a stretcher.

Goldust & Stardust vs. Los Matadores

Stardust will start his off with (we’ll call him) Fernando. Stardust tries to ram Fernando into the buckle, but Fernando fends him off. Fernando takes Stardust off his feet. Fernando continues to gain momentum until Stardust shoves him back into the corner and tags in Goldust. A headscissor sends Stardust out to the floor, and both Matadores take out Goldust over the top rope. The Dust Brothers quickly regain control, and Stardust wins it with Dark Matter.

WINNERS: Goldust & Stardust

After the match, Goldust and Stardust are on the stage celebrating when The Usos come out from the back and attack from behind and chase off Goldust and Stardust.

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

The bell sounds, and Titus unloads on Rose in the corner and then launches him across the ring. Titus ducks his head and Rose kicks him. Rose comes off the ropes, but Titus catches him mid-air and throws him. The bunny tries to distract Titus, and Slater dives over the steps to get involved. The bunny moves out of the way and super kicks Slater. Rose hits a Party Foul on O’Neil for the 1-2-3.

WINNER: Adam Rose

After the match, the Bunny goes to the top rope and hits a splash on Titus.

Backstage, Renee Young is with Roman Reigns. She asks him what Orton meant by saying this will be a season premier that no one will forget. He says he doesn’t know. Randy Orton may have the venom, but he’s got the antidote. Believe that.

Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns

Orton charges Reigns as the bell rings. Both men start to trade blows. Reigns gains the upper-hand and clotheslines Orton out to the floor. Reigns gives chase and tries to ram Orton into the apron. Orton blocks it and slams Reigns into the steps and rolls him back inside. Orton tries a suplex, and Reigns reverses. Orton manages to hook the tights and ram Reigns into the turnbuckle. Orton sends Reigns to the opposite corner, but Reigns explodes out with a clothesline. Orton rolls out to the floor as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Orton rams Reigns’s head into the steel steps. Back inside the ring, and Orton slaps on a chinlock. Reigns battles to his feet, but Orton fends him off and whips him to the ropes. Orton ducks his head, and Reigns hits him with a headbutt. Reigns charges Orton. Orton ducks a clothesline and clotheslines Reigns to the outside. Orton sends Reigns into the ring post and clotheslines him off his feet. Orton rolls Reigns back into the ring and tries a cover. Reigns kicks out at 2. Orton works over Reigns in the corner. Reigns sends Orton to the corner. Reigns charges, and Orton moves out of the way. Reigns hits the turnbuckle, but explodes out with a clothesline to Orton. Orton rolls to the outside again. Reigns rams Orton into the apron and the barricade. Back inside, and Orton manages to kick Reigns on the way back inside. Orton hangs Reigns off the top rope. Orton rams Reigns into the turnbuckle. Orton hits a superplex for 2, and we’re off to another commercial.

Back from break, and Orton has Reigns in a side headlock. Reigns fights to his feet, but Orton comes him off by slamming him by the hair. Orton goes back to the chinlock. Reigns battles to his feet again and overpowers Orton. They exchange right hands and kicks. Reigns hits Orton with a suplex, and both men are down. Orton gets to his feet first, but Reigns is up with a pair of clotheslines and a Samoan Drop. Reigns clotheslines Orton in the corner, but Reigns walks into a powerslam from Orton. Reigns rolls to the apron. Orton tries the DDT from the second, but Reigns picks up on it and gets out of harms way, hanging Orton off the top rope. Orton drops down across the bottom rope, and Reigns catches him with the flying kick.

Reigns climbs back inside and hits another big clothesline. Reigns backs Orton into the corner. Reigns charges, but Orton rolls up Reigns for 2. Orton hits Reigns with his backbreaker for another 2-count. Orton charges the corner and runs into a boot. Reigns heads for the second and dives off. Orton catches him with another powerslam for another 2-count. Orton kicks Reigns out to the apron and sets him up for the DDT off the second rope and hits it. Orton coils up. Orton tries an RKO, but Reigns counters and hits a Superman Punch, and both men are down again.

Kane and Rollins run down to the ring with the ring crew, and all 3 men start assaulting Reigns. Orton calls for the steel cage to be lowered. Reigns starts to fight back and sends Rollins and Kane to the outside as the cage is lowered around Reigns and Orton. Orton manages to attack Reigns from behind. Orton tries to ram Reigns into the steel, but Reigns counters and rams Orton into the walls of the cage multiple times. Reigns hits Orton with a Spear. Kane tries to come in through the door, but Reigns fends him off with the steel chair. Seth Rollins is on top of the cage and comes off with a cross body to Roman Reigns! Kane gets back into the ring and starts to attack Reigns. Kane rams Reigns into the side of the steel cage multiple times. Kane chokeslams Reigns. Orton picks up the steel chair and starts driving it into Reigns’s chest. Orton brings the chair down across Reigns’s back multiple times. Rollins makes it back to his feet and Orton holds Reigns across the chair. Reigns struggles to climb to his feet as Rollins screams in his ear. Rollins takes out Reigns with a Curb Stomp on the chair, and the Authority stands tall to end the show.

WINNER: No Contest

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

September 1, 2014

Des Moines, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: The Miz and Cesaro

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

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

WINNERS: No Contest

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

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: Big Show & Mark Henry via DQ

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

Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Curtis Axel

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

WINNER: Jack Swagger

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

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

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

WINNER: Adam Rose

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

Rusev w/ Lana vs. Zack Ryder

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

WINNER: Rusev

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNER: Goldust

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: John Cena, Chris Jericho & Roman Reigns

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

August 25, 2014

Anaheim, CA

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

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

Rusev w/ Lana vs. Jack Swagger

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

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

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

WINNER: Rusev w/ Lana via Referee Stoppage

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

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

Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro

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

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

WINNER: Cesaro

Natalya vs. Paige

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

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

WINNER: Paige

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

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

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

Tag Team Championship Match:

The Usos © vs. Goldust and Stardust

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

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

WINNERS: Star and Goldust via Count Out.

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

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

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz

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

Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Miz-Dow

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

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

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

Two-On-One Handicap Match:

Seth Rollins and Kane vs. Roman Reigns

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

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

WINNER: Roman Reigns via Disqualification

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

Los Matadores vs. Titus O’Neil and Heath Slater

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

WINNERS: Los Matadores

Kofi Kingston vs. Bo Dallas

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

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

WINNER: Bo Dallas

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

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

WINNER: John Cena via Disqualification

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

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

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

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

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

August 18, 2014

Las Vegas, NV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: Big Show and Mark Henry

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

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

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

Natalya vs. Paige

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

WINNER: Natalya

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

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

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

Intercontinental Championship Match:

Dolph Ziggler © vs. Miz

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

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

WINNER: The Miz via Countout

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

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

Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro

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

WINNER: Cesaro

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: Roman Reigns, Sheamus and Rob Van Dam

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

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

The Usos vs. Goldust and Stardust

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

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

WINNERS: Goldust and Stardust

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

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

Falls Count Anywhere:

Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

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

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

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

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

WINNER: Seth Rollins due to referee stoppage.

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

August 11, 2014

Portland, OR

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

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

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

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

Roman Reigns vs. Rybaxel

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

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

WINNER: Roman Reigns via DQ

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

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

Rob Van Dam vs. Seth Rollins

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

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

WINNER: Seth Rollins

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

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

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

Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Cesaro

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

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

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

WINNER: Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter

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

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

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

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

AJ Lee vs. Eva Marie

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

WINNER: Eva Marie

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

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

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

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

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

Heath Slater vs. Dolph Ziggler

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

WINNER: Heath Slater via Count Out

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

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

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

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

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

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

WINNER: Randy Orton

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

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

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

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

July 28, 2014

Houston, TX

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

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

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

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

Cesaro vs. John Cena

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

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

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

WINNER: John Cena

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Miz & Rybaxel vs. Dolph Ziggler & The Usos

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

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

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

WINNERS: Dolph Ziggler & The Usos

R-Truth vs. Bo Dallas

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

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

WINNER: R-Truth

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

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

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

Adam Rose vs. Damien Sandow

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

WINNER: Adam Rose

Roman Reigns vs. Kane

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natalya & Naomi vs. Alicia Fox & Cameron

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

WINNERS: Naomi & Natalya

Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins

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

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

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

WINNER: No Contest

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

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

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

July 21, 2014

Miami, FL

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

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

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

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

Two-On-One Handicap Match:

Randy Orton & Kane vs. Roman Reigns

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

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

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

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

WINNER: Roman Reigns

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

Four-on-One Diva’s Handicap Match:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bo Dallas vs. Damien Sandow

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

WINNER: Bo Dallas

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

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

The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

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

AJ Lee & Paige vs. Natalya & Emma

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

WINNERS: AJ Lee & Paige

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

Fandango vs. Zack Ryder w/ Summer Rae & Layla

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

WINNER: Zack Ryder

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

Stephanie McMahon introduces FLO-Rida, and he performs.

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

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

Rybaxel vs. Big E & Kofi Kingston

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

WINNERS: Rybaxel

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

Rusev w/ Lana vs. The Great Khali

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

WINNER: Rusev

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

Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro

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

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

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

WINNER: Cesaro via Disqualification

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

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

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

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

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

July 14, 2014

Richmond, VA

John Cena comes out for a promo. Cena tells Richmond the Champ is here. He says they’re ready for RAW, and we’re only 6 days away from Battleground. He plugs the WWE Network. He tells people to sign up because of the WWE World Championship. The Champ may not be here after Battleground. The Authority put him in a fatal-four-way match against Kane, Randy Orton and Roman Reigns. The rules are simple: the first Superstar to get a pinfall or submission is the champion. He doesn’t have to be pinned to lose the championship.

Roman Reigns comes down through the crowd. Cena says Richmond is chanting his names so he might as well introduce him: Roman Reigns. They’re partners tonight, but this Sunday they’ll be opponents. He thanks Roman for bailing him out last week. He says they have to make it to Sunday even if it is every man for himself at Battleground. Reigns tells Cena to get to the point. Cena says alright, they should handle The Authority tonight and get Kane and Orton out of the way before Battleground and the world can see who’s the best. Reigns says they should do it and then everyone will see if Cena’s as good everyone thinks he is.

Dean Ambrose cuts them off from backstage. He says he understands the testosterone driven routine going on between Reigns and Cena, but enough of the prettiest girl at the dance routine. He says they aren’t dancing tonight; they’re fighting. The Authority always has a plan, but tonight he has a plan of his own: Operation Screw the Authority. All they need to do is get together and kick their asses. Kane, Rollins and Orton walk up behind him and jump him. They slam him multiple times into a bay door and continue to beat Ambrose down. Rollins picks him up one more time and rams him into a wall, and Kane picks him up and chokeslams him onto a crate. Ambrose rolls over and asks if that’s all they got. Rollins climbs up onto the crate and puts Ambrose down with a Curb Stomp.

Sheamus vs. Miz

They air a promo Sheamus cut earlier. Sheamus says he’s not going to hit Miz in the face because he’s going to kick it clean off his shoulders. Miz comes out with a microphone in hand and says this Sunday he’s entering the Battle Royal at Battleground to become the new Intercontinental Champion. It only makes sense that a movie star that’s adored all over the world become a champion. His goal tonight is to keep the Brogue Kick away from WWE’s most important asset. He says his face will be on display on the Titan Tron throughout the match.

The bell rings, and Sheamus forces Miz into the corner. Mike Chioda has to pull him off. Sheamus slaps on a side headlock and Miz shoots him to the ropes. Sheamus knocks him down with a pair of elbows and Miz has to roll to the floor. Sheamus chases him and rolls him back inside to his own demise. Miz starts kicking Sheamus on his way back into the ring. Sheamus gets a few right hands in. Sheamus charges, and Miz dumps him over the top. Sheamus pulls Miz to the floor and tries whipping him into the barricade. Miz reverses, sending Sheamus into the barricade and rolls him back inside. Miz comes off the top with an axe handle. Sheamus reverses an Irish whip and scoops up Miz for the rolling senton. Miz rolls to the outside one more time and we’re off to commercial.

Back from break, and Sheamus is in control. Miz manages to ram Sheamus into the ring post and shoves him off the steps. Back in the ring, and Miz tries for a quick pin. Miz starts to work Sheamus’s ankle and tries a running boot. Sheamus catches the boot and tosses Miz backwards. Sheamus rallies with a few clotheslines and a shoulder tackle in the corner. Sheamus misses a Brogue Kick, but tosses Miz to the apron. Sheamus connects with a high knee and starts hammering away with 10 Beats… before bringing Miz in the hard way. Sheamus powerslams Miz for a 2-count. Miz tries to crawl out of the ring, but Sheamus pulls him back. Miz fires an elbow and Sheamus fires back with a clothesline to the back.

Miz tries to escape again and Sheamus pulls him back in. Sheamus charges the corner, but Miz moves out of the way. Sheamus kicks Miz in the shoulder and heads to the top. Miz catches him and pulls him off the top. Miz plants Sheamus with a DDT for another close 2-count. Miz starts to work Sheamus’s knee and tries a Figure-4. Sheamus kicks him off and hits an Irish Curse for a near-fall. Miz kicks Sheamus’s knee and tries a Skull Crushing Finale. Sheamus shoves him off and misses wildly on the Brogue Kick, allowing Miz the roll up for the 3-count.

WINNER: The Miz

Backstage, Orton, Rollins & Kane are talking about how bad they beat up Ambrose. Orton says they did their job well, and if they do their job that well on Sunday there’ll be nothing to stop him from walking out of Battleground the champion. Kane says he might walk out the champion. He’s only got Orton’s back if Orton has his. Triple H cuts them off and says they should both trust each other because he trusts both of them. What’s important is this Sunday at Battleground the WWE World Heavyweight Champions comes back to The Authority for some stability. Tonight, they need to take care of business. They need to have trust. They walk out and Stephanie walks in. She says she loves how Triple H handles himself in situations like that.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango

Fandango takes down Dolph early on and stops to dance. Ziggler catches Fandango with a hip toss and misses a dropkick. Fandango backs Ziggler into the corner and unloads some right hands. Fandango whips Ziggler across into the opposite corner and applies a reverse chinlock. Ziggler fights to his feet, but Fandango slams him hard by the hair. Fandango drops an elbow and goes back to the chinlock. Ziggler fights back to his feet again and heads for the ropes. Ziggler ducks a clothesline and takes Fandango down with one of his own. Fandango avoids a splash in the corner, and Ziggler bounces off the post. Fandango’s music hits, and Summer Rae and Layla start dancing on the announce table. Ziggler nails Fandango with a dropkick, and the girls distract him. Fandango tries to attack Ziggler from behind, but Ziggler hits the Fame-Asser for the win.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

After the match, Layla and Summer Rae climb into the ring. They start dancing and want Ziggler to join them. They give Ziggler a quick kiss and leave together as Fandango looks on.

Backstage, Damien Sandow is dressed as a Sonic server. Sandow skates into the shot and wants a tray of food. Adam Rose and his crew dance into the shot. He wants to know why Sandow was being such a lemon to the Sonic girl. Rose describes the hot dog and Sandow says he was about to enjoy some cheesy goodness, and Rose wasn’t invited. Rose says Sandow doesn’t deserve it. They start a tug-o-war with the hot dog and Sandow ends up getting rolled off and crashes out of sight, leaving Rose to take a bite out of the hot dog.

The Usos come out to the ring for a match, but Luke Harper and Erick Rowan attack them from behind. Rowan rams one of the Usos into the ring post, and Harper kicks him over the barricade into the crowd. They roll the other Uso into the ring and continue the assault. Harper and Rowan hit a double-Razor’s Edge on the other Uso.

The United States / Russia Détente

Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Rusev w/ Lana

Cole says the reason for the détente is to work toward the easing of tensions that have plagued the two nations over the years. He says Lana has said some things that prompted Colter to make a challenge on behalf of Jack Swagger to talk on Rusev at Battleground. Lana says, for the people that speak the better language, and starts speaking in Russian. She says Mr. Colter and America are the same: they simply choose violence to solve all their problems. America wants to be the savior of the world yet they can’t save themselves. He’s only showing his desperation and he’s stupid. All of America is stupid. The crowd picks up a big U-S-A chant and Lana shouts at everyone to shut up. She says America at birth, when they won their freedom from the British, they decided to fight each other in the Civil War, like savages. Unlike mother Russia, which is a peaceful and loving country. Lana says they can come to an understanding if Colter admits his mistakes. Another U-S-A chant breaks out, and Lana shouts again. Lana mocks the crowd, chanting U-S-A.

Zeb gets the microphone and asks if she wants him to apologize. He says they’re visitors in this country. Years ago he laid down in the jungle with bullets flying over his head. He didn’t do that to come back for them to bad mouth this country. He took a vow to protect the US from all enemies foreign and domestic, which they are. He says their answer is not no, but hell no! Lana says his arrogance is the reason the USA is crumbling to pieces. She says there’s help. There’s one man that has the remedy to solve and help the nation’s disastrous situation, and it’s Vladimir Putin.

Zeb says Putin is an ugly man. He says we elect the President every 4-8 years, and they show Obama on the screen. And whether we like him or not, he’s our President, and real Americans always respect the President of the United States. But he came here to get answers. He tells Lana to move out of the way. He wants to talk to Rusev. He wants to know when Rusev’s going to step out from behind a woman and face Swagger at Battleground. Rusev says this is war. Lana walks Rusev out of the ring. Zeb says he’s often wondered who wears the pants or the skirt in their relationship, and now he knows. We the people…

Lana slaps Zeb across the face, and Swagger takes down Rusev. Lana pulls Swagger off by the hair and Rusev sends Swagger into one of the podiums. Rusev splashes Swagger in the corner and backs up. Rusev tries a kick, but Swagger counters into a Patriot Lock! Rusev finally gets free and has to retreat up the ramp with Lana.

Backstage, Roman Reigns is with John Cena. Cena says Ambrose is out and it’s now 3-on-2 for the main event tonight. Cena tells Reigns to stand up. He understands Reigns wants to be the Champion, but neither one of them is going to walk out on Sunday as the Champion if they don’t trust each other. Reigns says by the end of the night, they’ll take out all 3 of them. Believe that.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam

Del Rio gains control early on until RVD reverses a whip. Van Dam sends Del Rio out of the corner with a monkey flip and clotheslines Del Rio to the outside. Van Dam tries a springboard to the outside, but Del Rio traps RVD in the ring skirt and kicks him in the head. Back inside the ring, and Del Rio slaps on a chinlock. RVD rallies to his feet and heads for the ropes. RVD tries a sunset flip, but Del Rio rolls through and kicks Van Dam in the head again. Del Rio plants RVD with a DDT for a 2-count. Del Rio connects on a running enzuiguiri in the corner and stomps Van Dam repeatedly.

Del Rio applies a modified Camel Clutch. Van Dam battles to his feet, but Del Rio slams him by the hair. Del Rio misses a kick, allowing RVD to rally with clotheslines and a hurricanrana. Van Dam connects with a thrust kick and the Rolling Thunder for 2. Del Rio tries to ram RVD into the turnbuckle, but RVD blocks it and kicks Del Rio in the face. RVD misses a springboard thrust kick, but connects on a spinning heel kick. Van Dam hops to the top for a 5-Star Frog Splash, but Del Rio gets the knees up and traps Van Dam in the Cross Armbreaker for the victory.

WINNER: Alberto Del Rio

Nikki Bella comes out for a Diva’s tag team match. Stephanie McMahon comes out and says Nikki’s all alone because Brie abandoned her last month when she quit WWE. When Brie left, she left her own flesh and blood, her sister and best friend, and Nikki is left to suffer the consequences. Once again, tonight Nikki has to go it alone.

One-on-Two Handicap Diva’s Match:

Nikki Bella vs. Alicia Fox and Cameron

Nikki takes down Alicia with a fireman’s carry. Nikki starts to work Alicia’s arm and rolls her up for 2. Nikki applies a front facelock, but Alicia backs her into the corner and tags in Cameron. Cameron kicks Nikki and slams her by the hair. Cameron tries a clothesline, but Nikki counters into a face-buster. Nikki tosses Cameron into Alicia, knocking her off the apron. Nikki slams Cameron with an Alabama Slam, and Alicia Fox has to make the save. Cameron manages to make a tag to Alicia, and they utilize the 5-count for a double team. Alicia makes a quick tag, and Cameron kicks Nikki repeatedly. Alicia snapmares Nikki and applies a chinlock. Nikki fights to her feet as Alicia taunts her. Nikki overpowers Alicia until Alicia knees her in the back and tries to throw her to the floor. Nikki bounces off the ropes and tries a pin. Nikki starts to rally and knocks Cameron off the apron. Alicia trips Nikki off the turnbuckle and smashes her face into the mat for the 3-count.

WINNERS: Alicia Fox and Cameron

Michael Cole announces you’ll receive a special character if you pre-order WWE2K15. They cut to an awesome promo of a symphony playing Sting’s music! The symphony turns to the camera all wearing Sting face paint. Awesome.

Backstage, Randy Orton confronts Triple H. He wants to talk about Kane. He says he gets a bad vibe. Triple H tells him Kane is just a pawn, their pawn. The plan is for Orton to win the WWE World Championship at Battleground. Kane will stick to the plan. Orton is the plan. Orton wants to know if Orton is the plan, then what’s the point of Plan B?

Elsewhere, Stardust is with Goldust. He says Goldust’s face is an interstellar roadmap to the cosmos. Goldust asks if it’s the Yellow Brick Road. He says they’re not in Kansas anymore. Where they’re going, all that glitters is Gold.

Cesaro vs. Big E w/ Kofi Kingston

The bell sounds, and Cesaro takes down Big E with a German suplex. Cesaro charges, but Big E catches him with a sidewalk slam and then knocks him off the apron into the barricade. On the outside, and Big E avoids being thrown into the barricade, but Cesaro sends him over the barricade and sends him into the crowd. Back inside, and Cesaro double stumps Big E. Cesaro taunts Big E, and Big E tries to fire back. They trade right hands. Cesaro comes off the ropes. Big E catches him, looking for a gorilla press, but Cesaro slips out and lands on his feet. Cesaro takes Big E off his feet with a forearm to the back and a clothesline.

Cesaro applies a side headlock, and Big E powers to his feet. Cesaro breaks the momentum with a double under-hook powerbomb. Cesaro slaps on a sleeper hold and Big E has to battle to his feet again. Big E lifts Cesaro on his back and rams him into the corner. Cesaro hops right back on to Big E with another sleeper, and Big E slams him into the corner again. Big E throws Cesaro with a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E tackles Cesaro in the corner and hits another belly-to-belly suplex. Big E lands the big splash, and the straps come down. Cesaro rolls to the floor and hangs Big E off the top rope.

Cesaro pulls a chair out and throws it at Kofi. Cesaro grabs another chair and tries to hit Big E, but Kofi blocks it and Big E hits the Big Ending for the 3-count.

WINNER: Big E

Chris Jericho comes to call out Bray Wyatt. Jericho welcomes everyone to RAW is Jericho. It feels good to be back in the WWE. This ring is home to him. He’s been working here for 15 years and he’s seen and done everything in the WWE. He’s seen Yurple the Clown, Naked Mideon, 3-Minute Warnings, 5-Second Poses, Big Boppa Pump, Big Bossman, Big Show, Shawn Michaels, Michael Hayes, Lord Alfred Hayes, and Lord Tensai. He’s seen The Under almost get burned alive by his own pyro. He wrestled John Cena in his very first pay per view. He’s been knocked out by Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke… and Bob Barker, he’ll still take you on any place. He’s a nine-time Intercontinental Champion. He beat The Rock and Stone Cold in the same night to become the first Undisputed Champion ever. He’s a six-time world champion and a musical chairs champion. He thought he had done everything, but he’s never seen anything like Bray Wyatt. Wyatt is an anomaly, a manipulator, a freak surrounded by freaks, an unstoppable force. And for some reason, Wyatt set his sights on Chris Jericho, and he wants to know why. At Battleground, it’ll be two opposites facing off for the first time, but maybe they have more in common than we know. If Wyatt wants to get nuts at Battleground, he’ll get nuts. Wyatt says he’s got the whole world in his hands, Jericho’s got the WWE Universe in his hands, and that’s a true unstoppable force.

The lights flicker, and Bray Wyatt is backstage. He laughs and asks, “why you?” He asks if Chris remembers what it’s like to be a child, full of energy and laughing, running through the grass. Children have such frail, little minds and when they’re struck by the cold hands of life, it makes them different. Why Chris? Where was Jericho when we needed him? He said he would save us. We remember every thing. He’s done a lot of bad things to people. He’s gone to war with very powerful men. Along his journey he’s noticed a constant. No matter how mean or tough they thought they were, no matter what they had been through in their lives, they all scream. So will Jericho. He asks if Chris is afraid of the dark and blows out the lantern. The lights go out in the arena. When they come back up, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper have Jericho surrounded. Jericho tries to fight them off, but he’s quickly outnumbered. Jericho ducks a big boot from Harper and slides out of the ring. Jericho backs up the ramp, and Bray Wyatt attacks him from behind. Wyatt pulls Jericho to his feet and hits him with a Sister Abigail on the stage.

AJ Lee vs. Eva Marie

Paige is joining us for commentary. AJ skips around the ring and works Eva’s shoulder. Eva overpowers AJ and snapmares her off her feet. AJ fires back with a dropkick. AJ pulls Eva’s hair and drags her around the ring as she skips. AJ hits her with a spinning heel kick and chases Eva out to the floor. AJ follows her, but Eva kicks her into the ring apron and rolls her back inside. Eva puts a knee in AJ’s back and pulls back on her arms. AJ makes it back to her feet, but Eva knees her in the gut and whips her into the corner. Eva hits AJ with a backbreaker. Eva whips her into the corner again and tries for another backbreaker, but AJ counters into a Black Widow, and Eva Marie has to tap out.

WINNER: AJ Lee

After the match, AJ skips around the ring and puts the Diva’s belt in front of JBL. She sits down on the table and takes his headset. Paige congratulates her on her win, and they start complimenting each other, and AJ leaves abruptly.

Backstage, Stephanie McMahon is with Triple H. They’re talking about FLO-Rida and Kane walks in. He says there’s a problem with Plan A. He doesn’t like or trust Randy Orton. Stephanie says working with people you don’t like is just part of business. Triple H says the WWE World Heavyweight Championship being in the Authority is best for business.

Bo Dallas is in the ring. Bo says last week he defeated El Torrito, the biggest little man in WWE. He might be tiny, but his heart is huge! He can only hope his opponent tonight has a heart as big as Torrito.

The Great Khali vs. Bo Dallas

Bo avoids Khali and tries a chop. Khali takes Bo off his feet, unfazed and sends Bo into the corner for a massive chop. Khali continues to chop Bo in the corner, and Bo falls to his knees. Bo tries more chops, but Khali throws him over the top to the floor. Khali goes to the outside to follow up, and Bo is crawling away. Bo comes back with a dropkick to the knee, and Khali hits hard. Bo climbs up to the apron and hits a Bo-Dog off the apron! Bo rolls inside, and Khali is counted out.

WINNER: Bo Dallas

Bo grabs a mic again, and tells Khali not to get himself down. He might’ve lost tonight… And Khali chops him right off his feet.

Backstage, Seth Rollins is with The Authority. He says he doesn’t think Orton and Kane can get along at Battleground and says if Cena or Reigns wins, he’ll be ready to cash in. Paul Heyman walks up and says he’s been biding his time. He says he really likes their Plan B. But just in case, if they need a guaranteed Plan C, he’s the guy they need to talk to.

Renee Young is in the ring and introduces Ric Flair. Flair looks Renee over and says they’re live in Richmond, Virginia. He’s had some fun in this city. He tells Renee that Virginia is for lovers. There’s no greater lover alive than “The Nature Boy!” WOO! She wants a prediction from Flair. Who does he think will win the Fatal-4-Way at Battleground? He says there’s only one man that can strike like a viper, and only one man that can ride through hellfire and brimstone, and one man that you can believe in, but his man is John Cena.

Roman Reigns makes his way through the crowd. He stares down Flair and then shakes his hand and Flair exits.

John Cena’s music hits, and he walks out as Flair’s leaving. Cena hands Flair the World Heavyweight Championship Flair, himself, made famous. Flair holds it up and tries to give it back, but Cena won’t take it and heads into the ring.

Two-on-Three Handicap Match:

Roman Reigns and John Cena vs. Randy Orton, Seth Rollins and Kane

Cena and Rollins start this. Rollins slaps on a side headlock and Cena shoots him off. Cena takes him down with a tackle. Rollins backs off to his corner and tags in Orton. They tie up, and Orton gets a side headlock applied. Cena shoots Orton off and gets an elbow up to take down Orton. Orton backs off and makes the tag to Kane. Cena gets a headlock on Kane, and Kane shoots him to the ropes and takes him down with a tackle. Roman Reigns makes the blind tag off Cena, and faces off with Kane. Kane kicks him in the gut and throws several rights at Reigns.

Reigns starts to fire back, but Kane gets him with a knee to the gut. Kane sends Reigns to the ropes, but Reigns gets him with a head butt. Reigns backs Kane to the corner and start to unload the mounted punches. Kane takes Reigns off his feet easily, and Reigns rolls to the apron. Reigns hangs Kane off the top rope. Reigns heads to the second and takes Kane off his feet with a right hand. Reigns nails Kane in the corner wit ha clothesline. Reigns takes Orton off the apron, allowing Kane to regroup and take Reigns off his feet and drag him into his corner. Rollins tags in and unloads on Reigns as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Reigns is still in trouble against Kane. They trade big right hands. Reigns manages a flying clothesline and both men are down. Kane tags in Rollins and Cena gets the hot tag on the other side. Cena starts to clean house on Rollins with the flying tackles, the spinning side slam and the 5-Knuckle Shuffle. Kane comes in to prevent the AA, allowing Rollins to regroup and catch Cena with a kick. Orton tags in and they double-team Cena. Orton applies a headlock, and Cena has to battle back and overpowers Orton. Cena hits Orton with a dropkick. Cena knocks Rollins off the apron but walks into a backbreaker from Orton. Orton stomps Cena’s head and tags in Kane.

Kane drops a leg on Cena for 2. Cena throws some rights at Kane and tries an AA, but Kane is too heavy and falls on top of Cena. Rollins tags back in and they utilize the 5-count for another double-team. Rollins throws a series of jabs in Cena’s face. Rollins applies a chinlock, and Cena has to battle one more time. Cena makes it to his feet with Rollins on his back and Cena throws Rollins off his back. Rollins catches Cena in the gut with a thrust kick. Rollins hits a vertical suplex, followed by a second. Rollins tries for the 3 Amigos, but Cena reverses and both men are down.

Both men manage to make tags, and Reigns takes out Orton with a flying clothesline. Reigns charges Orton in the corner with another clothesline. Reigns takes Orton down with a right hand. Orton drops to the bottom rope, and Reigns connects with the flying kick from the outside. Reigns sets up for a Superman Punch and takes out Kane. Rollins comes off the top, but Reigns avoids the contact and sends Rollins to the floor with a clothesline. Orton catches Reigns off guard, but Reigns hits him with a Samoan Drop. Reigns is looking for the Spear, and Kane takes him down from behind.

Kane and Orton start the double-team on Roman Reigns and referee Charles Robinson calls for the DQ. Cena comes back and dumps Kane to the floor. Cena and Orton are fighting. Orton tries a second rope DDT, but Cena counters and dumps Orton onto the apron. Kane tries to intervene, but Cena ducks and Kane nails Orton instead. Cena fights Kane in the corner and tries an AA on Kane. Reigns climbs back into the ring on the other side, looking to Spear Orton, but Orton side steps and Kane sends Cena into Reigns’s Spear! Kane looks around to survey the damage and walks into an RKO from Orton! Orton stands tall. Orton hops off the turnbuckle and turns around into a Spear from Reigns, and Reigns is the only one left standing as RAW ends.

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

July 7, 2014

Montreal, QC

Roman Reigns makes his way through the crowd for a promo. He says he comes down to the ring for a point. He says Triple H put him into the Fatal 4-Way at Battle Ground because it’s best for business. Maybe Triple H thinks he can neutralize John Cena, which he can. Maybe Triple H thinks Kane can neutralize him, but he won’t. Maybe Randy Orton can walk out WWE Champion, but he won’t. He understands he’s a wanted man, but he’s got a hair trigger. The crowd starts to chant “Cena sucks!” Reigns looks around and says they’re damn right. When he’s in the ring, Cena sucks. He says he doesn’t care if The Authority is here or not because what they have to say is irrelevant. What Randy Orton wants is irrelevant because he’s just a pawn in the game. Roman Reigns isn’t a pawn, he’s the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion; believe that.

The pyro goes off and Kane makes his way out to the ramp. Reigns asks him if he’s standing in for The Authority tonight. Is he no longer the Devil’s Favorite Demon? Or is he just Triple H’s lapdog? Lately he’s looked like Randy Orton’s bitch. Kane makes his way down to the ring. Reigns doesn’t wait for Kane to get to the ring and goes after Kane. Kane gains control and rolls Reigns inside the ring. Reigns fights him off and clotheslines him over the barricade. The fight spills out into the crowd and Reigns bounces Kane’s head off a table. Kane fights him off again and throws Reigns back over the barricade. Kane rams Reigns into the ring post and rolls him back inside. Kane starts stomping Reigns and the referees come down to break it up. Kane chokeslams one of the refs and Reigns gets back up and sends Kane back to the outside. Finley and Jamie Noble manage to hold Reigns back until Kane shoves Noble off and Spears Finley. Kane hops up onto the apron and Reigns catches him with a Superman Punch. Dean Malenko, Mike Rotundo and Joey Mercury have to step in front of Kane with the referees to keep them separated.

Luke Harper & Erick Rowan vs. The Usos

Harper will start this with Jey Uso. Harper gains control early and uses his size until Jey hits him with a cross body and a super kick to the gut, sending him to the outside. Jimmy tags in and they hit Rowan with a double clothesline, sending him out to the floor. Harper makes his way back into the ring and forces Jimmy into the corner. Harper tries to whip Jimmy across, but Jimmy slides on his knees, but Harper takes him down quickly and chokes him with a knee before tagging in Rowan.

Rowan ties up Uso in the ropes and rakes his eyes. Rowan scoop slams Uso and twists Uso’s neck and rakes his face again. Rowan comes off the ropes for a big leg drop and misses. Jey gets the tag and tries to take Rowan off his feet and finally does with a dropkick. Uso tries to whip Rowan, but Rowan stands his ground, reverses and tackles Uso. Harper tags back in and chops Uso on the double team. Harper tears at Jey’s face. Harper makes another tag and hits a pump-handle fall away slam, allowing Rowan to land a big splash off the ropes as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and the Wyatts still have control. Rowan crushes Jimmy Uso’s head with his fists. Uso battles back and makes it to a vertical base, but Rowan shoves him back into the corner and tags in Harper. Harper sends Rowan into Uso in the corner, but Uso avoids the contact and Rowan crashes into the turnbuckle. Harper tries a running boot, but Uso moves again and Harper crashes into the rope and falls to the floor. Harper tries to prevent the tag, but Jey makes the hot tag to Jimmy. Uso comes off the top with a cross body and starts to clean house on Harper with a series of clotheslines. Uso takes Rowan off the apron and hits Harper with a Samoan Drop.

Uso charges, ducks a clothesline and hops to the top rope for a corkscrew senton. Rowan breaks up a pinfall and sends Jey Uso out to the floor. Rowan tries to follow him, but Jey slides right back in and takes out Harper with a huge dive over the top rope. Back inside, and Harper blocks a kick from Jimmy and levels him with a kick of his own for a near-fall. Harper tries to attack Jimmy from inside the ring, and he takes a kick to the face. Harper turns and walks into a kick from Jey for another close call.

Jey heads to the top, but Rowan throws Jimmy into the same ring post from the outside, tripping up Jey. Harper gets a chance and trips up Uso on the top rope. Uso lands hard on the mat, and Harper crushes him with a sit-down powerbomb, and Jimmy Uso has to make the save. Jimmy sends Harper out to the floor. Harper hops onto the apron and eats a double super kick from the Usos. The Usos head for the ropes, but Rowan trips them up on the other side. Uso (honestly, I’ve lost track of which one) turns into a massive clothesline from Harper, and the Wyatts get the pinfall.

After the match the Usos are arguing with the referee that Harper pinned the illegal man, so at least I don’t feel so bad about getting them confused.

WINNERS: The Wyatts

Backstage, Randy Orton is with Kane. Orton asks how Roman Reigns has the nerve to put his hands on Kane. Orton says if Reigns had done one more thing to Kane, he’d have been out there in a second to help him out. Orton says he knows Kane will help ensure he wins the title at Battle Ground. Kane says the title will definitely be coming back to The Authority. Seth Rollins walks in and says he loves to see the solidarity. He says The Authority isn’t here tonight and that’s why it’s extra important they have each other’s backs tonight. He says no matter who wins between Orton and Kane at Battle Ground, he’ll think twice about cashing in on them. Rollins leaves, and Orton says he’s really starting to hate the kid. Kane says he is too, but not nearly as much as he’s starting to hate Orton and walks out.

One-Arm-Tied-Behind-Their-Back Match:

Nikki Bella vs. Alicia Fox

The referee ties Nikki up and goes to Alicia. Alicia gives the referee a hard time and attacks Nikki while she’s tied up and eventually knocks her out to the floor. Alicia hops down and rams Nikki into the barricade repeatedly. Alicia tosses Nikki back inside and Nikki manages a slap to Alicia’s face. Alicia fires back with several more kicks and runs around on the outside. She goes under the ring and pulls a couple of Red Bulls out and starts dousing Nikki with them before storming off.

WINNER: No Contest

Rusev and Lana are in the ring. Lana says if Canada would just accept the leadership of Vladimir Putin… Rob Van Dam’s music cuts her off before she can finish.

Rusev w/ Lana vs. Rob Van Dam

RVD unloads with punches, kicks and forearms, sending Rusev into the corner. RVD tries to whip Rusev, but Rusev counters and sends RVD back into the corner. Rusev charges, but Van Dam moves out of the way and catches Rusev with a kick to the face and a springboard thrust kick. RVD charges Rusev, but Rusev backdrops him onto the apron. Van Dam catches Rusev with a tornado DDT. Van Dam hops up to the top rope, but Rusev catches him and tosses him off. Rusev clotheslines Van Dam from behind and stomps away. Rusev scoops up RVD and knees him in the ribs before tossing him with a fall-away slam.

Rusev slaps on a rear chinlock as we cut to a promo from Zeb Colter. Zeb says Rusev and Lana haven’t responded to the Real American’s challenge yet. RVD hits Rusev with a Stunner and heads for the ropes, but Rusev takes him off his feet with an elbow. Rusev continues to keep Van Dam grounded and shouts in his face. Rusev tosses Van Dam into the corner and kicks him several more times, before slapping on a front facelock. Van Dam tries to battle to his feet and does. Van Dam tries a cross body, but Rusev catches him mid-air. Van Dam rolls him up, but Rusev kicks out at 2. Van Dam throws several kicks at Rusev, but Rusev catches him. Rob Van Dam manages to get a boot into Rusev’s face and hops up to the top again.

RVD comes off the top with a kick and tries Rolling Thunder. Rusev rolls out of the way and Van Dam lands on his feet before Rusev nails him with a leaping thrust kick. Lana yells at Rusev for the crush, and Van Dam taps out to The Accolade.

WINNER: Rusev

Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose

They circle each other before tying up. Ambrose forces Orton into the corner, and referee Charles Robinson has to pull him off. Orton rolls out to the floor to regroup. Ambrose wrestles Orton off his feet and works an armbar. Orton fights to his feet and elbows Ambrose in the face. Orton starts to work Ambrose’s injured shoulder, but Ambrose quickly regains control and rubs Orton’s face into the met.

Orton retreats to the corner, and Ambrose attacks him with a shoulder tackle. Ambrose clotheslines Orton, stomps him and drops a knee into his throat. Orton manages to drop-toe-hold Ambrose into the turnbuckle and hammers Ambrose with several right hands. Ambrose counters as Orton panders to the crowd and unloads with right hands. Ambrose rakes Orton’s eyes off the top rope and takes him down with a dropkick. Ambrose stomps Orton hard in the gut and ties him up in a modified STF. Ambrose turns it into a modified straight-jacket clutch, but Orton rolls through and nails Ambrose with a clothesline. Orton backs Ambrose into the corner and starts to find his rhythm and really unload. Orton stops to pander to the crowd, and that allows Ambrose time to rest and take Orton off his feet before clotheslining him out to the floor, and we’re off to another commercial.

Back from break, and Orton has control, working Ambrose’s injured shoulder. During the break Orton rammed Ambrose into the steel steps a couple of times. Ambrose, meanwhile, is fighting to his feet, but Orton takes him out with a patented dropkick. Orton continues to work Ambrose’s shoulder with an armbar. Orton drops a knee on Ambrose’s shoulder and continues to attack. Ambrose finally fights out of the armbar. Orton yanks on Ambrose’s arm. Ambrose comes off the ropes, and Orton ducks his head, allowing Ambrose to hit a DDT.

They make it to their feet and start trading fists. Ambrose starts to rally with running clotheslines. Ambrose unloads on Orton with kicks in the corner. Orton counters a whip and tries the backbreaker, but Ambrose counters, trips up Orton and applies the Figure-Four. Orton finally makes it to the ropes, breaking the hold. Ambrose climbs to the top. Ambrose leaps off and lands awkwardly, allowing Orton to hit another dropkick. Orton takes more time to gloat for the crowd. Orton hits Ambrose with an uppercut. Ambrose bounces off the ropes and takes out Orton with a clothesline. Ambrose tries Dirty Deeds. Orton shoves him off. Orton charges Ambrose. Ambrose ducks, and Orton tumbles out to the floor.

Ambrose sends Orton into the barricade and starts throwing chairs into the ring. Ambrose rolls Orton back inside. Orton rolls right back to the floor. Ambrose starts chasing Orton, but Orton kicks him in the gut and rams Ambrose into the post shoulder-first. Orton sends Ambrose over the barricade into the timekeeper’s area. Orton drags Ambrose up to the barricade and hits the hanging DDT off the barricade onto the floor. Ambrose slides in just before he’s counted out. Orton stomps on Ambrose. Things start moving quickly as Ambrose tries to roll up Orton and Orton kicks out. Ambrose tries a backslide and Orton kicks out. Orton kicks Ambrose in the face. Ambrose bounces off the ropes, and Orton hits Ambrose with an RKO out of nowhere for the win.

WINNER: Randy Orton

Renee Young is with John Cena. She wants to know how he feels about facing Seth Rollins later tonight. Cena says he’s the biggest target in the WWE. He has a briefcase hanging over his head and he has a match at Battle Ground where he doesn’t even have to lose to lose. But that’s what being champion is about. A lot of people talk about what’s best for business. He says the championship is about handling business. He’s handled business since he started in the WWE. Roman Reigns walks in and tells Cena good luck tonight. Cena says he doesn’t need it. Reigns says he’ll need a ton of it at Battle Ground when he faces him.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler

Fandango is joining us for commentary and announces his entrance into the Battle Royal at Battle Ground. The bell rings, and Del Rio starts things off with a side headlock. Ziggler shoots him into the ropes, and Del Rio takes him down with a tackle. Ziggler hits a neckbreaker and drops an elbow. Ziggler clotheslines Del Rio over the top to the floor. Ziggler tries a baseball slide out to Del Rio, but Del Rio tangles Ziggler up in the ring apron and lays him out with an enzuiguiri!

Back inside, and Del Rio unloads on Ziggler. Del Rio applies a reverse chinlock. Ziggler battles to his feet and misses a dropkick. Del Rio misses a clotheslines and Ziggler capitalizes with a cross body. Ziggler tries the punches in the corner, but Del Rio counters and shoves Ziggler. Ziggler’s perched on the top turnbuckle, and Del Rio connects with an inverted superplex.

Del Rio misses a superkick. Ziggler tries a DDT, but Del Rio counters. Del Rio tries for a Cross Armbreaker, but Ziggler counters into a DDT for a 2-count. Ziggler tries a Zig-Zag, but Del Rio hooks the ropes. Del Rio tries a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, but Ziggler lands on his feet and nails Del Rio with a dropkick. Del Rio manages an armbreaker and tries a running enzuiguiri in the corner. Ziggler ducks and hits a Fame-Asser for a near-fall. Fandango’s music hits and he starts dancing on the announce table. Del Rio takes advantage of the distraction and nails Ziggler with a superkick for the win.

WINNER: Alberto Del Rio

Stardust is Backstage. He wants to know what Goldust’s sign is. He says he knows the roads they are traveling and he knows where they’re going. They’re going to require something bizarre. Goldust pops into the shot and says there’s nobody more bizarre than them. Where they’re going, they don’t need roads! He says it’s written in the stars. Stardust says time isn’t linear; it’s a celestial, cosmic clock. Goldust says they’ll never forget the name Goldust. Stardust hisses and says, Starrrdust.

Elsewhere, Fandango is walking. Layla walks up and wants to know what he was doing out at the ring. Was he jealous Summer kissed Dolph last week? He says he only has eyes for her. He says Dolph embarrassed him last week and that’s an insult to their love. She doesn’t know what she’d do if he still cared for Summer. He says their dance is so beautiful no one will ever cut in. The camera pans over, and Fandango is staring at Summer Rae.

Jerry Lawler is in the ring. He says last time he was here, he wasn’t sure if he’d ever be back. He thanks all the people that revived him from his heart attack. He says that last time was a damper on what was supposed to be a celebration of two great Canadians: Bret Hart and Pat Patterson.

Bret Hart makes his way to the ring! Bret thanks the crowd in French. He says no matter what happened here in the past, it’s always an honor to be back in Montreal. He speaks from the heart when he says he could have just one more match, lace up his boots one more time, it’d be in Montreal. He’s getting goose bumps. He’s getting the same rush when he was the WWE Champion: The Best There Is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be… He gets cut off by his own music.

Damien Sandow comes out dressed like Bret Hart. He says he’s the true Best There Is, Best There Was and Ever will be, Damien Sand-hart. He’s reminded of the regret he’s had in his career. But he’s not talking about how he tapped out to his own submission hold to his own idol right here in the building. He says he was so embarrassed that he lost, he pretended it was an elaborate screwjob and everyone bought into it. His one regret was that throughout his whole career was that he was proud to be from a third world country like Canada. He has another regret that he never stood in the ring with the greatest performer in the WWE, Damien Sandow. He says that talking hasn’t been Bret’s strong suit… And Bret nails him with a right hand, sending Sandow out to the floor. Bret finishes Sandow’s thought and says that punching was.

Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow

The match started during the break. Sandow is on the outside and pulls Sheamus out to the floor and swings him into the barricade. Sandow rolls Sheamus inside and tries for a cover, but Sheamus kicks out quickly. Sandow applies a reverse chinlock, and Sheamus has to battle to his feet. Sheamus comes off the ropes, and Sandow gets a knee up. Sandow hits a Side-Russian Legsweep and hits a knee drop from the second rope. Sandow tries to put Sheamus in the Sharpshooter, but Sheamus grabs a hold of Sandow’s beard and counters. Sandow tries to kick Sheamus, but Sheamus catches his boot and shoves him. Sandow rolls to the apron, and Sheamus catches him with the 10 Beats… Sheamus wins it with Brogue Kick.

WINNER: Sheamus

Backstage, Renee Young is with The Miz. He says he has something more important than Renee’s outstanding question, a letter from a fan. He reads the letter and it says it’s from his biggest fan. Last week when the fan heard that a multi-media Superstar would be on RAW, they said a little prayer hoping it would be Miz. But then that rat-faced, tattooed rock star, Chris Jericho viciously attacked Miz when he wasn’t looking. Part of the guy died inside. The fan begs Miz to put Jericho in his place and resume his track to main event Wrestlemania. Miz asks what would happen to The Marine 4 and the WWE if something happened to his face, the moneymaker. What would the fans lose? He tells little Johnny not to worry and says that Chris Jericho is ready for his close up with his fist.

The Miz vs. Chris Jericho

Miz takes Jericho off his feet with a tackle and stomps away. Jericho gets back to his feet and chops Miz. Jericho threatens a fist, and Miz backs off, allowing Jericho to clothesline Miz over the top to the floor. Miz climbs back to the apron and Jericho nails him with a dropkick off the top rope. Jericho tries to ram Miz into the ring post, but Miz blocks it. Jericho hits him in the gut and rolls him back inside for a running bulldog. Jericho tries for a Lion Sault, but Miz has it scouted and shoves Jericho over the top rope.

Miz rams Jericho into the apron and rolls Jericho back inside. Miz throws a couple of right hands into Jericho’s face. Miz comes off the ropes with a running boot. Miz rakes Jericho’s face and applies a reverse chinlock. Jericho rallies to his feet and chops Miz. Miz reverses an Irish whip, but Jericho hits him with a flying forearm and a shoulder tackle. Miz tosses Jericho over the top, but Jericho lands on the apron and heads to the top for a double axe handle. Jericho gets the crowd on their feet and tries for Walls of Jericho. Miz counters and kicks Jericho in the face. Miz tries a running clothesline in the corner, but Jericho hits an enzuiguiri instead. Miz reverse a whip into the corner. Jericho leaps over Miz as he charges in. Miz kicks Jericho’s knee and hits a DDT for a 2-count.

Miz misses with another running big boot, and Jericho rolls him up for 2. Jericho tries a dropkick, but Miz avoids it and puts Jericho into the Figure-Four. Jericho finally makes it to the ropes and The Miz lets go. Miz stomps Jericho’s weakened knee. Jericho catches Miz in the face with a right hand and slaps on The Walls of Jericho, and Miz has no choice but to tap out.

WINNER: Chris Jericho

The lights flicker, and Bray Wyatt is at ringside. He says we’re all waiting for Chris to come and save us. He was wondering how is it that Jericho plans on saving an entire universe when he can’t even save himself. Does he think it’ll be his words that will protect him from Wyatt? Last week Wyatt proved actions speak much louder than words. Actions scream eternities to a generation with no tongue. Chris can go on and say what he thinks he needs to say, but Wyatt will hold every word against and he will never… EVER let Jericho forget. He asks him to look at the people he used to call Jerichoholics, now they sing a different tune. Jericho cuts him off and tells him to please shut the hell up. He says Wyatt doesn’t have to say anything because he’s actually right. Actions do speak louder than words. He says since it’s just the two of them he’s going to go ahead and beat Wyatt’s ass. The lights flicker again and Harper and Rowan are standing beside Wyatt.

The Funkadactyls vs. Paige and AJ Lee

Paige says she’s going to introduce her tag team partner and does. The bell rings and Paige starts this with Naomi. Naomi hits Paige with a knee drop for 2. Naomi tries to tag Cameron, but Cameron won’t tag her. Naomi tries to roll up Paige, but Paige kicks her in the face. Paige backs Naomi into her corner and tags in AJ. AJ kicks Naomi in the gut and takes her down with a tilt-a-whirl headscissor and a spinning heel kick. AJ applies a front facelock. Cameron is on the apron painting her fingernails as Naomi tries to make a tag. Paige tags back in and takes a kick to the shoulder. Both girls go for clotheslines and both go down. Cameron makes a blind tag, but Paige takes her out quickly with a Paige Turner for the win.

WINNERS: AJ Lee and Paige

After the match, Cameron and Naomi start arguing. They start shoving each other and the catfight breaks out.

Paul Heyman is in the ring with Cesaro. He’s the one behind 21-1. He serves as the advocate for Brock Lesnar, who conquered The Undertaker’s Undefeated Streak at Wrestlemania. He’s also pleased to represent… Cesaro stops Heyman and says he can’t talk to these people in English. They’re French Canadians. He says they don’t even speak French; they speak their own version of it. The French can’t stand them and neither can the rest of Canada. He says something in French and everyone boos.

Cesaro w/ Paul Heyman vs. Kofi Kingston

Kofi charges with a dropkick, sending Cesaro out to the floor. Cesaro tries to climb back inside, and Kofi dropkicks him again. Kofi rams Cesaro’s head off the announce table and again on the ring apron. Cesaro back inside, and Kofi heads to the top. Cesaro shoves Kingston off the top and Kofi falls to the floor. Cesaro comes off the apron with an axe handle across Kofi’s back. Cesaro scoops up Cesaro and gutwrench suplexes him into the apron. Cesaro whips Kofi into the corner and charges, but Kofi gets a boot up. Kofi tries a springboard, but Cesaro catches him. Kofi tries another victory roll, but Cesaro blocks it. Kofi tries a sunset flip, and Cesaro blocks it. Cesaro military presses Kofi over his head and drops him down across his knee. Cesaro charges Kofi in the corner, but Kofi rolls him up and gets the 3-count!

WINNER: Kofi Kingston

After the match, Cesaro attacks Kofi from behind. Cesaro rams Kofi into the ring post repeatedly until Big E comes down and chases off Cesaro.

Backstage, John Cena is in his locker room when Seth Rollins walks in. Rollins says just because they have a match tonight, doesn’t mean they can’t have a civilized conversation. He admits he nearly cashed in Money in the Bank last week, but that was last week. Tonight’s about who is the best. When he beats Cena, the greatest champion of all time, the measuring stick and he’ll prove he’s the best, maybe then he’ll cash-in. God forbid John get hurt, maybe he’ll cash in then. Cena says Rollins is full of crap. He says Rollins is damn good and he knows what The Authority sees in him. He reminds Seth about the days when he dressed under the bleachers, fighting and scrapping for every opportunity. Times have changed. He says Rollins walks around like a kid who signed a big contract. The only guarantee Rollins has is that tonight he has a match with the champion, which means a guaranteed fight of his life.

El Torrito vs. Bo Dallas

Before the match, Bo says he never ducks out of a challenge. He’ll take on all challengers any time, any place because he BO-LIEVES! The bell sounds, and Torrito circles Bo. Bo gets on his knees and challenges Torrito. Torrito whips his tail in Bo’s face. Torrito catches Bo with an inadvertent low blow and one that wasn’t so inadvertent. Bo chases Torrito to the floor and Torrito slaps him. Bo shoves one of the Matadores into the steps and nails Torrito as he’s coming through the ropes. Bo picks up Torrito for the Running Bo-Dawg and picks up the victory.

WINNER: Bo Dallas

John Cena vs. Seth Rollins

They tie up, and the advantage goes to Rollins. Cena gets vertical and shoots Rollins to the rope, drops down, leap frogs and hip tosses Rollins. Cena shoots Rollins into the corner and misses a running bulldog. Rollins kicks Cena and hits a neckbreaker and we’re off to commercial.

Back from break, and Rollins has Cena tied up in an armbar. Cena lifts Rollins and slams him. Cena charges Rollins in the corner, but Rollins moves and Cena crashes into the corner. Rollins hits Cena with an inverted blockbuster and stomps Cena into the corner. Rollins rolls out to the floor to continue the damage. Rollins climbs back inside, and Cena catches Rollins with a side slam. Cena tries an AA, but Rollins counters with a DDT. Rollins taunts Cena and kicks his face. Rollins slaps Cena in the face as he clibms to his feet. Rollins tries an enzuiguiri, but Cena ducks and tries an STF. Rollins fends him off, but Cena lifts him for a sit-down powerbomb.

Cena climbs up to the top rope, but Rollins nails him with a kick to the head. Rollins gets a 2-count and gets up to argue with referee Mike Chioda. Rollins takes off running and misses a knee drop. Cena rallies with the flying shoulder tackles and the spinning sideslam. 5-Knuckle Shuffle connects, and Rollins is up for an AA. Rollins lands on his feet. Cena trips up Rollins and slaps on the STF. Rollins is close to the ropes, but Cena pulls him back toward the middle of the ring.

The pyro goes off, and here comes Kane. Randy Orton comes out of the crowd and attacks Cena from behind. Kane and Orton double-team Cena until Roman Reigns’s music hits. Reigns comes down the aisle and nails Kane with a Superman Punch. He hits Orton with a Superman Punch. Seth Rollins is back to his feet and nails Reigns from behind with the briefcase. Rollins takes out Cena with the briefcase as well. Rollins signals for a ref. Rollins wants to cash in and here comes Charles Robinson. Dean Ambrose comes out of the crowd and tackles Rollins, and they’re brawling all over the place and head toward the back. Orton climbs back into the ring for Cena. Cena pops up and hits Orton with an AA. Kane is back and threatens Cena with a chokeslam. Roman Reigns runs in and takes out Kane with the Spear. Reigns and Cena stand face-to-face, and the crowd is calling for a spear. Cena raises Reigns’s arm instead. They stare at each other until Reigns raises Cena’s arm and RAW goes off the air.

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (06/30/14)

June 30, 2014

Hartford, CT

The Authority makes their way out to kick off the show. Stephanie says it’s been a great homecoming. They’re privileged to be out here tonight celebrating last night’s Money in the Bank. She reminds everyone that Daniel Bryan’s recovery is going to take longer than expected. Last night, Seth Rollins made history when he defeated six other competitors and winning the Money in the Bank contract. Triple H says Rollins is the future of the WWE. But that wasn’t the only historic thing that happened last night. For the first time, the WWE World Championship was decided in an 8-man ladder match. Triple H says the man that won is an A+ player, and brings out John Cena.

John cuts off Stephanie before she can get started. He says Daniel Bryan will get an opportunity as soon as he’s ready. Stephanie says she has a question. She wants to know how many people in the audience are gamers. She says to commemorate John’s 15th WWE Championship he’ll be featured on the cover of the new WWE 2K15 game. A giant banner unfurls from the rafters showing the cover. John says it’s a great honor. But this isn’t right. He says they’re being way too nice too soon. He was at Money in the Bank and the second the match ended he saw a different look on their faces. He shows the picture, and Steph tries to justify it. She says they were concerned for Orton. And Cena says of course, Orton’s in their back pocket. Triple H starts to mock Cena, talking thug and with a Massachusetts accent. Cena says he can drop the “R” and kick Triple H’s ass down I-95.

Triple H says he has no problem with Cena being on the cover of video games, being in movies or even being the champion, as long as he does it with respect. He says it can all go away just like that. Cena can do things the easy way, or the hard way. Cena says he’ll do things he’s always done them; the hard way. Triple H says he’d be disappointed if John had said anything different. Hard way is John’s choice, hard way it’ll be. Triple H says Cena will be defending his title at Battle Ground in a Fatal 4-Way match. Cena wants to know who’s in it. Triple H says two of the guys in it, he’ll be facing tonight: Randy Orton and Kane. But not to worry, Cena will have a partner against those two. His partner will be the fourth man he’ll be competing against at Battle Ground: Roman Reigns. Cena starts to leave, but Triple H stops him. He says if Cena survives at Battle Ground there’s always a plan B. Seth Rollins’s music hits and he comes out.

Seth Rollins vs. Rob Van Dam

They battle back and forth until Rob Van Dam hits a monkey flip, and Rollins has to roll to the floor. Rollins climbs back inside and starts to attack Van Dam’s leg. Rollins misses an elbow and rolls outside again. Back inside again, and Rollins continues to go after RVD’s leg. Van Dam manages an enzuiguiri and Rollins backs off into the corner. Van Dam tackles Rollins in the corner multiple times and catches him with another spinning heel kick. RVD hits a standing moonsault on Rollins for 2. RVD unloads on Rollins in the corner again. Van Dam tries a monkey flip out of the corner, but Rollins counters. RVD slaps on an abdominal stretch on Rollins, putting Rollins on his back. Rollins has to roll outside again, but RVD gives chase this time and walks into a clothesline on the floor and we’re off to commercial break.

Back from commercial, and Rollins is in control. Van Dam finds an opening, but Rollins takes down RVD with a single leg crab. RVD grabs the ropes, but Rollins pulls him back to the center. RVD flips Rollins onto his back using his leg strength. Rollins catches a kick from RVD and RVD rolls up Rollins. RVD rallies with several clotheslines and a heel kick. Van Dam connects on Rolling Thunder for a 2-count. RVD with a backbreaker, setting up Rollins for a split-legged moonsault and another 2-count. Rollins catches a kick from RVD and takes him down with a dragon leg screw.

Rollins scoops up RVD for a powerbomb in the corner, but RVD counters and sends Rollins into the buckle. Van Dam hops up top for the 5-Star. Rollins rolls out to the floor, but Van Dam takes him out with a huge cross body. Back inside, and Rollins ties up RVD in the ropes. Rollins uses the ropes for another dragon screw leg takedown. Rollins comes off the ropes and nails the Curb Stomp for the win.

WINNER: Seth Rollins

Renee Young climbs into the ring to interview Rollins. Rollins tells her if she’s going to introduce him, she’d better do it right. It’s Mr. Money in the Bank, Seth Rollins to her. He says the people think it’s arrogance, but it’s not arrogance if you can back it up. In his opinion, everyone’s just bitter that he was right and they were wrong. He says the briefcase is his golden ticket. Dean Ambrose cuts him off from backstage and asks if Rollins really thinks that it’s over. Ambrose says Rollins’s plan-A failed miserably and his daddy, Triple H, had to send out Kane to Seth’s aid. Every time Rollins thinks about cashing in the case, Ambrose will be right there. The case is loaded with dynamite ready to explode every time he wants to cash-in. Believe that.

Rusev and Lana come out. Lana says Rusev’s last opponent was a failure. But that’s OK, because America is accustomed to failure. It’s woven in our culture. She mocks the crowd, chanting U-S-A. She says that Americans teach their children it’s about participating, not winning and losing. We lie to our children, saying America is the greatest nation in the world. She says there’s only one superpower in the world, lead by Vladimir Putin. No one can stop the onslaught of Russia or Rusev. She asks whom the next failure will be to compete against Rusev. Rusev gets on the mic and says some stuff in Russian. The crowd starts chanting U-S-A, and Jack Swagger’s music hits.

Zeb Colter says he’s sick and tired of them coming out week after week and slamming his country. He tells Lana to shut the hell up. He asks her if she knows why you’re allowed to say the things she says and it’s because of the freedom of speech. But it also works in his favor. He says they can’t go to her country and spread a pack of lies like she can here in America. He says she said something peeked their interest, that nothing can stop Rusev. He says a Real American can stop it. He says Jack Swagger can stop it. We the people…

Swagger and Rusev stare down in the ring, and Lana has to prevent Rusev from making a move. Rusev finally attacks, but Swagger takes down Rusev with several arm drags and Rusev has to retreat!

The Usos and Sheamus vs. The Wyatt Family

Erick Rowan and Jey Uso start this off, and Rowan uses his size to overpower Uso early on. Jimmy makes a blind tag off the ropes. The Usos try to double team, but Rowan shoves them off. The Usos regain their composure and clothesline Rowan to the floor, and we’re off to another commercial.

Back from break, and Rowan has regained control with a submission. Jimmy Uso battles to his feet, but Rowan slams him hard by the hair. Rowan rakes the face of Uso and backs him into the corner. Bray Wyatt tags in and splashes Uso in the corner. Wyatt makes the quick tag to Luke Harper. Harper sends Uso to the corner and runs into an elbow. Uso climbs to the top for a diving corkscrew senton. Uso connects and makes the hot tag to Sheamus. Sheamus cleans house on Rowan and takes Wyatt off the apron. Sheamus tries to scoop up Rowan, but Rowan counters and Sheamus dumps him out to the apron. Sheamus hits 10 Beats… on Rowan.

Luke Harper manages to pull Rowan off the apron, and Sheamus climbs to the top and dives off onto Rowan and Harper! Back inside, and Sheamus scoops up Rowan for a powerslam. Wyatt is up for a distraction, and Rowan levels Sheamus, sending him out to the floor. Luke Harper makes the tag and crushes Sheamus with a big boot out on the floor. Back inside again, and Wyatt makes a quick tag. Wyatt hits a running senton on Sheamus for a 2-count. Wyatt starts to unload a fury of fists to the back of Sheamus’s head. Rowan tags back in and scoop slams Sheamus. Rowan hits the ropes for a big splash and another 2-count. Rowan applies a clutch to Sheamus’s head.

Sheamus has to rally to his feet, but Rowan manages to wrestle Sheamus back to the meet and drops a knee across his chest. Rowan backs Sheamus into his corner and makes the tag to Wyatt. Wyatt continues the assault on Sheamus and rams Sheamus head-first into the buckle. Wyatt takes off from across the ring, but Sheamus gets a boot up. Sheamus tries to climb to the top rope, but Wyatt nails him with a right hand, sending him down to the floor. Harper tags back in and drops down to the floor, chopping Sheamus. Sheamus starts to battle back and they trade blows until Harper rams Sheamus into the ring post and kicks him in the face.

Back inside, and Harper hesitates. Sheamus tries to lift Harper, but Harper avoids it and catches Sheamus with a superkick for 2. Harper gets in the faces of the Usos, turns his attention back to Sheamus, and walks into an Irish Curse. Both men are down, and Sheamus makes a tag to Jey Uso. Jey comes off the top onto Harper wit ha cross body. Uso hits a dropkick, sending Harper to the outside. Uso takes off running and dives onto Harper on the outside. Back inside, and Uso heads to the top. Harper avoids the tackle, but Uso catches him with a spinning heel kick. Harper pops right back up and Uso nails him with a superkick of his own. Rowan comes in for the save, but Sheamus takes him out with a Brogue Kick. Jimmy Uso dives out onto Rowan on the floor. Sheamus turns around and walks into a Sister Abigail from Wyatt. Harper nails Uso with a huge clothesline and gets the win.

WINNERS: The Wyatt Family

Backstage, Tom Philips is with Nikki Bella. He asks Nikki about Brie being thrown out of Money in the Bank last night. She says she didn’t think she was making a mistake. Stephanie walks into the shot and says the Bellas will be facing the Funkadactyls tonight. But Brie doesn’t work here anymore so she has to go it alone. And it’s next.

Justin Roberts announces the inspiration to us all, Bo Dallas. Bo thanks everyone and asks for them to join him in 60 seconds of silence for two great Superstars who are physically unable to compete these days: Bad News Barrett and Daniel Bryan. Bo kneels and takes the 60 seconds. Bo gets up and says he was the voice of inspiration for Daniel Bryan. He was also the bigger man. He shows the footage from the Money in the Bank pre-show where he interrupted Daniel Bryan. Bo says don’t stop BO-LIEVING!

Nikki Bella vs. The Funkadactyls

Cameron starts this with Nikki. She goes after Nikki’s hair and takes her down. Nikki starts to throw some forearms at Cameron, but Cameron whips her into the corner. Cameron charges, but Nikki manages an elbow to Cameron’s face. Nikki slams her off the ropes. Cameron kicks Nikki off and scoots to the corner, where Naomi makes a blind tag. Naomi kicks Nikki in the head and hits a cross body from the top. Naomi wins it with the inverted DDT.

After the match, Cameron gets in Naomi’s face. Cameron shoves Naomi, and Naomi shoves her back. Cameron walks off.

WINNERS: The Funkadactyls

Michael Cole talks about Bad News Barrett and the injury he sustained last week. Barrett suffered a dislocated shoulder and will require surgery to repair it. He says at Battle Ground there will be a Battle Royal to determine the new Intercontinental Champion.

Paul Heyman comes out and introduces himself. He’s the one behind the one in 21-1. He earned the distinction when Brock Lesnar conquered The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. He’s also the recipient of great news: Bad News Barrett is injured and will require shoulder. He’s also the 1 behind the 1 who won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania. He says his client is the number 1 seed as a result, Cesaro.

Cesaro w/ Paul Heyman vs. Kofi Kingston

Cesaro overpowers Kofi early on, but Kofi doesn’t go out without a fight. Cesaro launches Kofi with a gutwrench suplex. Cesaro slaps Kofi around in the corner. Cesaro whips Kofi across the ring. Kofi slips through the ropes and kicks Cesaro in the face. Kofi hops to the top for a cross body and a 2-count. Kofi sends Cesaro through the ropes off a modified monkey flip. Kofi takes out Cesaro with a senton over the top rope out onto the floor.

Back inside, and Kofi goes for a cover but Cesaro kicks out at 2. Kofi goes to the apron and tries another springboard cross body, but Cesaro catches him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Cesaro unloads on Kofi in the corner and delivers a suplex. Cesaro slaps on a chinlock, and Kofi has to battle to his feet. Kofi heads for the ropes and Cesaro catches him with a clothesline. Cesaro double stomps Kofi as Heyman laughs from the outside. Cesaro slams Kofi. Cesaro signals for The Swing, but stops and stomps Kofi instead.

Cesaro applies a modified Camel Clutch, and that turns into a chinlock. Kofi battles out. Kofi counters a clothesline into a hurricanrana. Kofi hooks up Cesaro’s leg for 2. Cesaro charges Kofi in the corner, catches Kofi by the feet, spins him around and connects with an uppercut to the back, sending Kofi out to the floor and us to commercial.

Back from the commercial, and Kofi managed to roll up Cesaro and win during the break. Cesaro attacks Kofi from behind. The fight spills out to the floor and Cesaro sends Kofi into the steps. Kofi runs over the steps and turns around and dives at Cesaro. Cesaro catches Kofi with an uppercut on the way down. Cesaro rams Kofi into the steps and tosses him over the announce table. Cesaro throws a chair and hip tosses Kofi back over the announce table. Cesaro press slams Kofi over the barricade and into the crowd! Cesaro goes out after him and slams Kofi into another barricade. Cesaro drags Kofi by the hair back towards ringside and hip tosses him back over the barricade. Heyman is looking on from one of the chairs at ringside as Cesaro repeatedly rams Kofi into the ring post. Cesaro turns Kofi inside out with a clothesline as the referees start to try and break it up.

WINNER: Kofi Kingston

Backstage, Santino is talking to the Cobra. He’s upset no one showed up to his party. Adam Rose walks in with a Twisted Tea and says that’s what Santino’s missing. The Rosebuds come in and dance with Santino.

Damien Sandow comes out dressed as Vince McMahon. He welcomes everyone to RAW and says he’s the creative genius and the Genetic Jackhammer, Vince McMahon-dow. He’s created talent like Hulk Hogan, Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin and the most talented individual to ever set foot in the ring, Damien Sandow. He’s officially entering Damien Sandow into the Intercontinental Battle Royal at Battle Ground. Stephanie McMahon pops up on the Tron. She wants to know who he thinks he is, impersonating her father. The McMahon family has broken their back for generations building the foundation of the WWE. How dare he make fun of her father? Her father built this business toppling giants. She says he has a match right now against one of the other combatants in the Battle Royal, and it’s now.

Damien Sandow vs. The Great Khali

The bell rings and Khali nails Sandow with a chop and gets the pin.

WINNER: The Great Khali

Justin Roberts welcomes back the former WWE Champion everyone’s been waiting for: The Miz. Miz says he’s back and asks if we missed him. He’s been gone shooting Marine 4. He was tempted to stay longer. Movie execs were begging him to stay and perfect his craft. They said he was better than the WWE. He could be Hollywood’s biggest movie star. So why is he back? The answer is the WWE Universe. Unlike Hollywood, the WWE Universe doesn’t realize the A-List talent that he is. They look at him as a fluke and take him for granted. The guy that main evented Wrestlemania only to stop main eventing. He’s here to tell everyone they’re all wrong. He won’t leave the WWE until he’s main eventing Wrestlemania once again and everyone shows him the respect he deserves and everyone’s on their knees begging him not to go.

The pyro goes off and Chris Jericho’s music hits! Jericho makes his way down to the ring and the crowd breaks out into a big “Y-2-J!” chant. Miz asks if Chris is bringing him a lifetime achievement award. He asks if it’s 2012 again where he doesn’t say a word, wearing his stupid Lite Brite jacket. Jericho takes the jacket off. Miz asks how dare he rob the people of this moment for him to shine. He’s an actor and a box office draw! Jericho cuts him off and nails him with a Code Breaker. He picks up the mic and says, “Damn, that felt good!” He’s been waiting a long time to say, “Welcome to RAW is Jericho!”

The lights flicker, go out and come back and The Wyatts are in the ring surrounding Jericho. They’re all staring down and the crowd starts chanting, “This is awesome!” Jericho tries to fight, but the numbers overcome him quickly. Harper whips Rowan into Jericho, and Rowan sends Jericho into Harper’s massive big boot. Harper and Rowan pull Jericho to his feet and set up Sister Abigail for Wyatt.

Fandango vs. Dolph Ziggler

The bell sounds and Ziggler nails Fandango with a dropkick. Fandango throws Ziggler into the ring post, shoulder-first. Fandango continues to kick and stomp Ziggler and stops to pander to the crowd. Ziggler finds an opening, but Fandango catches him with a flapjack. Layla climbs up onto the apron to give Fandango a kiss, allowing Ziggler to gain some more momentum. Ziggler hits a neckbreaker and the Heart Stopping elbow. Summer Rae walks into the ring out of nowhere and kisses Dolph! Fandango starts to argue with Summer, and Ziggler pulls her in for more. Fandango continues to argue with her, but she leaves instead and Ziggler catches him with a Zig-Zag for the 1-2-3.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

Rybaxel vs. Stardust & Goldust

Curtis Axel and Goldust start this off. Axel attacks as the bell rings. Goldust reverses a whip and catches Axel with an atomic drop. Ryback gets a tag and attacks Goldust from behind and unloads with several right hands. Ryback hits a suplex for 2. Ryback resumes control and battles Goldust into the corner. Goldust comes off the ropes and Ryback catches and throws him. Ryback takes his time, and Goldust lands a spinebuster and both men are down. Stardust and Axel both get tags and Stardust makes easy work of Axel. Stardust drops down for a kick to the head. Axel dives at Stardust, but Stardust moves and Axel crashes into the top rope. Stardust hits a springboard axe handle from the apron. Stardust connects with a DDT. Ryback tries to get involved, misses Stardust, and Goldust hangs him off the top rope. Stardust hits a clothesline from the second rope on Ryback. Axel kicks Stardust in the gut and tries a neckbreaker. Stardust counters and hits a version of the STO for the win.

WINNERS: Stardust & Goldust

Paige comes out. She says she’s a woman of a few words. Usually she lets her actions speak for her. But now she knows there are a few people out there that feel she doesn’t deserve to be a champion; that she should go back to NXT. She says over the last few months she’s proven that she’s here to stay.

AJ Lee’s music hits! AJ comes skipping down to the ring. AJ gets a microphone and says she wanted to come out and say Paige is right. It’s not easy to say, but Paige is right. She did what no one could do in almost a year and proved AJ wrong. She proved everyone wrong. AJ knows the kind of person she became and let success go to her head. Granted, she was the longest-reigning Diva’s champ of all time. But she shouldn’t have rubbed it in everyone’s face and thought she was untouchable. Paige gave her the slap of reality that she needed. AJ wants to return the favor and say thank you and congratulations.

Paige wants to know how stupid AJ thinks she is. She’s doing the same thing Paige did after Wrestlemania. But there’s a problem, it’s not going to happen. She won’t make the same mistake AJ did. Besides, she doesn’t think anyone in the arena wants to see her defend the championship tonight. AJ calls Paige a crumpet and says she should let the people decide. The crowd starts chanting, “Yes!” Paige says OK.

Diva’s Championship Match:

Paige © vs. AJ Lee

AJ jumps on Paige and unloads. Paige shoves her off and kicks her in the face. Paige starts to unload a few headbutts. Paige whips AJ into the corner. AJ gets a pair of boots up, but Paige takes her down with a clothesline. Paige screams at AJ, telling her it’s her house now. AJ rolls up Paige with an inside cradle for the win.

WINNER: And New Diva’s Champion, AJ Lee

Kane & Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns & John Cena

Triple H is joining us for commentary. Orton and Cena start this off. They go back and forth. Orton finally gets a hip toss on Cena. Cena gets back to his feet quickly, and makes a tag to Roman Reigns. Orton takes a step back and tags in Kane. They start firing rights at each other. Reigns gains the upper hand and tosses Kane over the top to the outside and we’re off to commercial.

Back from break, and Orton is in and has Reigns in a chinlock. Reigns is battling, but Orton slams Reigns off the ropes. Orton backs up and drops a big knee on Reigns. Kane tags in and they utilize the 5-count for a quick double team. Kane hammers Reigns back into the corner and tags Orton back in. Orton snapmares Reigns out of the corner and slaps on another chinlock. Reigns fights to his feet and shoots Orton to the ropes. Orton reverses, but Reigns hits a big clothesline. Orton takes a clothesline in the corner and a big right hand from Reigns. Reigns goes to the floor, possibly looking for the flying kick, and Kane steps in his way. Reigns slams Kane into the barricade, but Orton comes down and hits Reigns with a clothesline.

Back inside, and Kane gets the tag as they continue to double-team Reigns. Kane sends Reigns to the ropes and hits a big boot. Kane applies a chinlock. Reigns battles back. Kane whips Reigns to the corner, and Reigns explodes out with a clothesline. Orton gets a tag and prevents Reigns from tagging in Cena. Orton stomps Reigns. More frequent tags between Orton and Kane as they continue to dominate Reigns. Kane charges Reigns in the corner, but Reigns gets a boot up. Kane tries a chokeslam on Reigns, but Reigns fends him off. Reigns catches Kane with a Samoan Drop, and both men are down.

Reigns finally tags Cena as Orton gets the tag on the other side. Cena hits the shoulder tackles and the side slam. Cena hits the 5-Knuckle Shuffle. Cena scoops up Orton for an AA, but Orton slips out and tags Kane. Cena catches Kane with a side slam and a 5-Knuckle Shuffle. Orton slides back into the ring and hits an RKO on Cena. Reigns comes in and sends Orton to the outside. Reigns hits Kane with a Superman Punch. Reigns goes after Orton on the floor. They’re fighting towards the back. Kane tosses Cena into the steel steps on the outside. Kane starts rearranging furniture on the floor and rams the steps into Cena’s face! Triple H is directing traffic and tells Kane to finish it.

Kane rolls Cena back inside and pulls him to his feet. Kane scoops up Cena and hits a Tombstone as Triple H looks on with a smile. Triple H climbs onto the apron as the trainers slide into the ring to check on Cena. Triple H is waving someone to come to the ring.

Seth Rollins’s music hits! Seth Rollins has the briefcase! But here comes Dean Ambrose! Ambrose attacks Rollins. Ambrose chases Rollins out to the floor and clotheslines him over the barricade. The fighting spills out into the crowd and Ambrose chases Rollins off. Kane and Triple H climb back into the ring. Kane has a chair, but here comes Roman Reigns! Reigns spears Kane! Reigns and Triple H stare down. The crowd is chanting, “This is awesome!” and Triple H finally backs off as RAW goes off the air.

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