The Shield were shown watching from a Skybox in the crowd.
Michael Cole said there were rumours circulating that Vince McMahon is in Greensboro tonight for RAW.Match 1:
Team Hell No defeated the Prime Time Players when Bryan pinned Darren Young with a reversed roll-up. Following the match, The Sheld jumped the barricade and attacked Bryan and Kane, before once again exiting through the crowd.
Sheamus and John Cena were backstage. Sheamus made a load of obscure references to the Eurovision Song contest and Father Ted.Match 2:
AJ Lee pinned Tamina Snuka with a roll-up.
CM Punk and Paul Heyman, clutching the new WWE Encyclopaedia, came out and cut a promo. Heyman said it didn't contain enough information on Punk. This segment went on for strawberry floating ages. Usual stuff. Buried the fans, buried the crowd, buried RAW itself, longest reigning champion of the modern era...blah, blah, blah.
Miz interrupted and offered Punk go on a lie-detector test later in the night. Called Paul Heyman a human walrus. Crowd chanted "walrus". CM Punk accepted.
John Cena told Stu the cameraman to get rid of his moustache/beard as November was over.Hour 2Match 3:
John Cena and Sheamus defeated Dolph Ziggler and Big Show when Sheamus hit White Noise on Show and John Cena pinned Dolph Ziggler again following an AA.
They re-aired parts of the CM Punk promo from earlier in the night. And by earlier I mean less than half an hour. Yes, really.
Damien Sandow came out & cut a promo looking for an apprentice. He picked out some guy from the crowd and asked him 3 questions. Just like on SmackDown, the 'fan' got the first two easy questions right but flunked the last. Sandow ordered him to leave the ring and the United States. Santino interrupted. 'Comedy'.Match 4:
Damien Sandow pinned Santino.
Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero were backstage. Vickie made Ziggler vs. Cena for WWE: TLC. Brad Maddox was in her office as we went to commercial...
Back from commercial and Vickie told Maddox that if he could win a match tonight then he could have a WWE Contract. Deja-vu...Match 5:
Alberto Del Rio defeated Sin Cara with the arm breaker in a 13 minute match.Hour 3
Vickie Guerrero came out and introduced Vince McMahon. It resulted in Ziggler and Cena being made into a Money in the Bank ladder match at WWE: TLC. Vickie, with much cajoling from Vince, also announced that, if it were proved Punk was lying later tonight, that Heyman would have to face Ryback next week.Match 6:
Randy Orton beat Brad Maddox in a quick match with the RKO. Afterwards, The Shield ran in and beat down Orton.
Stuff backstage with Ziggler and Vickie. Paul Heyman and Vickie, which involved them both staring at each other for an awkward amount of time. And John Cena, which involved some novelty John Cena dickie bow ties.
Teddy Long came out and changed a tag team match into a Fatal Four Way. This has to be some sort of in-joke. #RAWactive match, so fans had to vote for what title was on the line, US or Intercontinental. Not that it matters, as WWE will just do what it says in the script anyway.
Twitter users apparently chose United States Championship.Main Event:
Antonio Cesaro retained the US Championship against Kofi Kingston, Wade Barrett & R-Truth when Cesaro pinned Kingston with The Neutraliser.
They announced Randy Orton would face Wade Barrett on SmackDown. What do we do to deserve all these new matches....
They partially re-aired the Vince McMahon segment from earlier in the night.
Miz strawberry floated up where the Sheriff conducting the lie detector is from. Members of the crowd shouted that Miz sucked.
CM Punk (with Paul Heyman) came out for his lie-detector test on Miz TV. It's now 3:56 in the morning.
In a piss poor segment, the lie detector ended in a No-Contest when The Shield ran in and destroyed The Miz. Kane, Daniel Bryan and Ryback ran down and sent The Shield packing. While Punk was alone & celebrating in the ring, Ryback sneaked up on him and gave him Shell Shock. Ryback then hit Punk with a ladder and steel chair, before finally powerbombing him through a table.Hour 1
IMPACT WRESTLING LIVE! opened with a recap video.
The arena was strewn with ladders, tables and chairs set up around ringside & the entrance.
Dolph Ziggler cut a promo atop a ladder in the ring saying he was going to defeat John Cena at TLC on Sunday. Sheamus interrupted & said he didn't need to worry about cashing in against Big Show as he was going to beat him at the PPV. Big Show then came out & shouted "Blah blah blah blah blah," calling Sheamus and Ziggler both boring and delusional. Sheamus asked Show where his Christmas spirit was, botched a joke about "roasted chestnuts" & then said as he couldn't have contact with Big Show, he would with someone else tonight. Sheamus then tipped over the ladder, crotching Ziggler on the top rope. This looked brutal.
Vince McMahon was shown backstage heading towards the ring.
Big Show vs John Cena was announced for later.
Kofi Kingston and Antonio Cesaro at the announce table for commentary.
Vince McMahon, wearing a truly horrendous suit, introduced Vickie Guerrero. Followed the same format of recent weeks, where Vince makes 'suggestions' to Vickie. Vince bigged up the Cena/Show match. Also announced was Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee vs. Vickie Guerrero.Match 1:
In a quick match, R-Truth defeated Wade Barrett (who didn't get an entrance) with a roll up. Kofi Kingston then hit a flying crossbody off the top rope on Barrett.
There's RAW IS WAR, nWo and Troll Face signs in the crowd.
AJ Lee was shown excitedly bouncing down the hallway backstage. She stopped Aksana & Kaitlyn along the way to the men's locker room & John Cena. She then hugged him while he was in mid-conversation. Cena tried to act all nice. Cena said they can talk somewhere else. As AJ left, Cena mouthed an apology to everyone else in the room before leaving to find AJ again.Match 2:
Cody Rhodes (sporting an awful moustache) and Damien Sandow defeated The Prime Time Players, Primo and Epico & Jimmy and Jay Uso in a 4-Way Number 1 Contenders Elimination Tag Team match for TLC. Only Rhodes Scholars got an entrance. Rhodes got the pin on an Uso following Cross Rhodes. Highlight of the match was the crowd breaking out into a "Cody's moustache" chant.
Cole and Lawler announced that next week would be the Slammy Awards. Voting is now through the WWE App.Match 3:
Eve pinned Alicia Fox with a Neckbreaker.
CM Punk, on crutches, and Paul Heyman were shown heading towards the ring.
CM Punk and Paul Heyman came out to cut a promo on the ramp. Talked about his surgery, that it was genuine, and not a ploy as some fans had speculated to get out of a match with Ryback. They took some shots at The Rock. Heyman said that, unlike Punk, Rock has a stunt double. Punk said he would be at WWE: TLC on Sunday to watch The Shield do to Ryback what Ryback did to him.Hour 2
They recapped aspects of the McMahon/Vickie segment from earlier.Match 4:
In what was a great match, Sheamus defeated Dolph Ziggler via Disqualification when Ziggler hit Sheamus with a steel chair on the outside.
In an amusing segment, Vickie Guerrero was warming up backstage when Hornswoggle and Khali walked in. Vickie said she was tight. Vickie bent over and Hornswoggle and Khali stretched her out. Vince McMahon then walked in. Vince said that he "thought this was supposed to be a family show" before walking off in disgust. This was another take-off of the Trish Stratus/HHH/Stephanie McMahon skit, which they then spoofed on the 1000th episode. Match 5:
Alberto Del Rio beat Zack Ryder with the Cross Arm Breaker in a match that went longer than it had any right to.
AJ Lee and Vickie Guerrero came out. There was no referee in the ring.
As it turned out, Brad Maddox came out as the assigned referee.Hour 3Match 6:
Vickie Guerrero rolled up AJ Lee in an extremely quick match. AJ Lee got the pin on Vickie during the bout, but Maddox refused to count.
AJ Lee threw a massive tantrum in the ring, chucked some chairs and ladders around ringside, tore the hood off the announce table and slapped Justin Roberts. She then stormed off to the back.
AJ Lee was still having an orgasm backstage, tearing up equipment. Cena turned up to calm her down.
Antonio Cesaro came out and cut a promo slagging off New Jersey & R-Truth.Match 7:
Antonio Cesaro pinned Kofi Kingston with the Neutraliser.
Rhodes Scholars were guests on MizTV. Sandow said the only thing worse than MizTV was the people who watch it. Crowd chanted "Cody's moustache" again. Rhodes could barely keep a straight face. Miz said he had to 'Moustache Cody a question'. Sandow said Miz wasn't a very good host. Lots of back and forth. Rhodes said Miz was dressed like Colonel Sanders. In the end Rhodes and Sandow walked off. Segment just ended.
John Cena was making his way to the ring, but bumped into AJ along the way. AJ Lee said she wants to be out there with Cena in his match, but Cena supposedly convinced her otherwise.
Dolph Ziggler came out for commentary.Main Event:
John Cena and Big Show ended in Disqualification when The Shield ran in and attacked John Cena. Team Hell No, then Sheamus and lastly Ryback ran in to make the save. John Cena put Big Show through a table set up in the corner. Everyone brawled to close the show.
Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler, all suited and booted, were on commentary.Hour 1Match 1:
Show kicked off with Rey Mysterio vs. Damien Sandow. Mysterio won with the 619 and splash off the top.
In the first Slammy Award of the evening, Booker T came out to announce Most Shocking Moment of the Year. Booker was then interrupted by the return of the Boogey Man.
Following commercial, Boogey Man had vanished. The winner was about to be announced when Brad Maddox came out expecting to win, but the award went to Kofi Kingston instead for his hand-stand in the Royal Rumble match.Match 2:
In a non-title match, Kaitlyn defeated Eve with the Gutbuster.
The New Age Outlaws came out to award the second Slammy, Comeback of the Year. Billy Gunn read the nominees off his hand in a jokey manner. Jerry Lawler won for his heart attack. Lawler ran to the stage, and then joked that he shouldn't run otherwise he might give himself another heart attack. He thanked the fans in a short speech.Match 3:
In a non-title match, Kofi Kingston beat Tensai with the Trouble in Paradise in a very quick match that went about 1 minute. Crowd chanted "Albert". Following the match, Wade Barrett attacked Kingston on the top rope, ran him into the ring post on the outside and then gave him the Bullhammer.
The commentators once again told us how to download the WWE App on iPhone and Android.
Vickie Guerrero, accompanied with the usual boos, came out to announce The Kiss of the Year Slammy. All the nominees were of AJ Lee kissing everyone under the sun.
Sky 1 announced NCIS LA is back on the 6th January.
Vickie said that before she announced the award, she wanted to make clear that she'd never be nominated for this award as she'd never abuse her position like AJ. Winner was AJ Lee and John Cena. AJ came out to accept the award. Vickie said AJ needed to explain her actions at TLC. AJ said she didn't owe anyone anything, and that she no longer cared what people thought of her. Dolph Ziggler came out dressed like he'd stepped straight off the set of Grease to stop a potential altercation between the two. AJ then jumped up and wrapped her legs around Ziggler before proceeding to kiss him for ages. Strange segment, that made Vickie look like she'd been correct all along, and AJ a slag.
Great Khali came out with Natalya.
I can't believe this is still Hour 1.Match 4:
Khali pinned Otunga in a garbage outing. This went longer than the previous match.
Khali danced with Natalya.
Completely out of nowhere, and to almost zero reaction, Ric Flair's voice was heard saying "Whooooo! Superstar of the year. Whoooooo!" over the PA system.
Ric Flair returned, to a surprisingly modest pop from the crowd, and announced Superstar of the Year. John Cena won.Hour 2
John Cena came out, and got booed out of the building, though there were a smattering of cheers. Probably about 70/30 against. Most antagonistic response to Cena in quite some time. Cena thanked the fans and the loyalty of the WWE Universe. Cena said Ric Flair deserved the award more than him &, despite the fan voting, gave the award to Flair. Cena left. CM Punk and Paul Heyman then interrupted. Punk said this was ridiculous on multiple levels. He said this was possibly the worst year of Cena's life. A clearly extremely motivated Punk cut one hell of a promo here. Flair told Punk he's been watching, and that the reason Punk can't walk is because he has too much baggage (Paul Heyman). Before Punk could get in there, Flair made a joke about his 4 ex wives. Punk then said he could beat up Flair even with just the one leg. Ric Flair said he and Punk should go right now on RAW. Flair took his jacket off and made his way to the ring. As Punk followed hobbling on crutches, & Flair strutted about in the ring, the announcers speculated whether we were going to get Punk and Flair...next! Hell of a crash to break this was.
Back from commercial, CM Punk hit Flair with a crutch to the gut and then broke it over his back. As Punk was about to nail Ric again, Flair thumbed him in the eyes, and then put the Figure Four on Paul Heyman, as the crowd went nuts. Continuing to channel the very best of WCW Nitro, Flair then got on the microphone again and said that he'd told Vince McMahon that if he was going to die, he'd want it to be in the ring or with a woman from Philadelphia. Flair took a moment to tell Jerry Lawler he loved him and that they'd both be around forever. As Flair was cutting his promo, The
Shield's music hit and they made their way out through the crowd. This has been the best 20 minutes of RAW in months and months.
Back from break, Team Hell No, Flair and The Shield were brawling in and around the ring. As The Shield were about to put Flair through the announce table, Ryback's music hit and he came down and made the save. The Shield were pasted by Ryback, and then promptly made their escape back through the crowd. Team Hell No and Ryback lifted Flair above their shoulders & celebrated in the ring.
Flair and Team Hell No were backstage celebrating. They all had a "Woooo", No!", "Yes!"-off. Ron Simmons arrived and said "Damn".
Brodus Clay and the Funkettes were dancing in the ring.Match 5:
Brodus Clay pinned JTG in a quick bout.
Some kids got in the ring and danced.
Santino and Tensai, who was wearing something utterly ridiculous on his head, came out to announce LOL Moment of the Year. Santino & the announcers fake laughed. Santino called him Albert. Santino said Tensai in Japanese meant "Fat Albert". The Rock won. Santino said The Rock couldn't be there in person. Crowd booed. Santino accepted the award on his behalf. Daniel Bryan and Kane came out. Bryan shouted that this should have been his Slammy. Kane carried him out as Bryan continued to rant and rave.Match 6:
Code Rhodes & Sin Cara were already in the ring. Goofy lights are also back again. Rhodes won with Cross Rhodes.
Layla and Zack Ryder were out to announce the Trending Now #Hashtag of the Year Award. Crowd shat all over this.
Back from commercial, Layla announced #FeedMeMore as the winner. Ryder said he'd give the award to Ryback backstage. Whoo. Whoo. Whoo.
Big Show came out hobbling and clutching the "Big Show chair" from last night. Show, smiling, said he wasn't surprised the crowd were booing. He said the crowd lets him down every time he turns around. He said the crowd couldn't handle that he was the most dominant superstar. Crowd chanted "BORING". Show said the crowd would not chant boring at him. Sheamus interrupted. Sheamus said he had no regrets about the match. A clearly restless crowd chanted "What". Sheamus said he wanted to shake Show's hand. Some parts of the crowd chanted "Sheamus sucks". They shook hands. Big Show called him a potato eating Irishman. Sheamus than tackled Show and grabbed the Big Show chair and wore him out. Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick.
Dolph Ziggler ran down and was about to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Before he could, Cena ran down and attacked Ziggler, totally destroying him. Crowd were livid at that arsehole Cena.Hour 3
Dolph Ziggler was ranting at Vickie backstage. Ziggler said their relationship was over. Dolph said her jealously was getting old and plain ugly, just like her. Vickie made the main event for later: Vickie and John Cena vs Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee. Yes, really.Match 7:
Alberto Del Rio, The Miz and Tommy Dreamer defeated 3 Man Band. Crowd chanted "ECW" and "Tommy Dreamer". Dreamer hit the DDT on Slater for the win.
During the match, Jerry Lawler said that he used to be in a band called T Mobile but they kept breaking up.
Lawler said he recorded a Country song called My Old Bag Left Me Because I Got So Hefty.
Sheamus came out to announce the winner of the Newcomer Slammy. Ryback came out and accepted his second award of the night. He quoted Owen Hart by saying "Enough is enough and it is time for a change". Ryback said he was that change.
Cesaro came out and said just like US voting, this vote was rigged.Match 8:
Ryback defeated Antonio Cesaro via Count Out when Cesaro simply walked out. Crowd chanted "Goldberg".
Gene Okerlund, Ricky Steamboat and Jim Ross introduced the final Slammy Award: Match of the Year. Undertaker vs Triple H. Triple Rooooooooooooooooode accepted. Crowd chanted "We want 'Taker" & "Thank you Hunter". Triple H said we haven't seen the last of The Undertaker.
The Shield were shown assaulting Tommy Dreamer and then Ricardo backstage.
AJ Lee came out and demanded the stage hands set up a ladder in the ring.
AJ, looking Ronsealed, cut a promo atop the ladder. Vickie interrupted. I have no idea who we're supposed to be cheering. It's now 4am and the match hasn't even started.Main Event:
Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee vs. John Cena and Vickie Guerrero ended in Disqualification when AJ Lee, who had walked out on the match after being attacked by Vickie, came back out with Big E Langston, who beat up John Cena. Langston stood tall over Cena, as Ziggler looked on confused.Commentary:
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler Hour 1
Show opened with John Cena coming out, who plugged The Rock's appearence later in the night. AJ Lee, Dolph Ziggler and Big E interrupted. AJ said Cena was a "Pathetic, small man. A very small man." John Cena congratulated AJ Lee on making her first sixth-grade weiner joke. John Cena then got the crowd to do a Mexican Wave. Dolph Ziggler announced he was entering the 2013 Royal Rumble match. Cena made a joke about AJ Lee - who's now being portrayed as a whore in case you haven't yet got the message - "rubbing off" Ziggler and Big E Langston. Cena challenged Ziggler and Big E to a match. Ziggler initially refused but Big E grabbed the microphone and accepted on Ziggler's behalf. Dolph wasn't happy as they went to break.Match 1:
In a long match, John Cena defeated Dolph Ziggler (w/ AJ Lee & Big E Langston) with the AA. During the match, Big E and AJ Lee were both ejected from ringside by the referee due to repeated interference. The finish saw the referee get inadvertently knocked down by both men, which led to Big E running down and hitting his finisher on Cena (who lost a shoe in the process). Another referee ran down but Cena kicked out, quickly fought back and hit the AA 'out of nowhere'.
Cena threw his shoe at Michael Cole.Match 2:
In a Divas Championship match, Kaitlyn defeated Eve via Count-Out when Eve walked out on the match.
During the match, the WWE débuted a Twitter Ticker along the bottom of the screen, showing various fan Tweets for #RockonRAW.
Santino and Ricky Steamboat were talking backstage when Wade Barrett walked in. He said Ricky was a has-been and Santino a never was. Steamboat said he would be in Satino's corner for his match with Barrett tonight.
Randy Orton was interviewed by Matt Striker when 3MB interrupted. 3MB said they were all entering the Rumble match, and then asked Orton who he was going to face tonight on RAW. Orton picked the "front man" Heath Slater, and said rather than the air guitar, he'd be playing the harp by night's end.
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler announced tickets for the Hall of Fame 2013 from MSG would be on sale from Saturday.Hour 2Match 3:
Rhodes Scholars beat Team Hell No in a non-title match when Cody Rhodes pinned Daniel Bryan with Cross Roads after Bryan appeared to injure his knee in a move off the top, which led to Rhodes Scholars repeatedly working on the leg.
They re-aired the conclusion of Cena and Ziggler from the start of the show. Match 4:
In a surprisingly competitive match, Randy Orton pinned Heath Slater (w/Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal) with the RKO. Following the bout, the other two members of 3MB tried to attack Orton but also received RKO's for their efforts.Match 5:
Wade Barrett (who didn't get an entrance) pinned Santino (w/Ricky Steamboat) with the BullHammer elbow in about 2 minutes.
Matt Striker interviewed Sheamus. Sheamus said he probably isn't going to win the championship in 18 seconds this year. 3MB interrupted again. Sheamus sung "Danny Boy" & challenged them to see him in the ring for a match.
The Miz joined Cole and Lawler on commentary.Match 6:
Antonio Cesaro pinned Great Khali (w/Hornswoggle and Natalya) with the Neutraliser in a rematch from WWE Main Event.
Paul Heyman was backstage on the phone when Brad Maddox was heard going "Psssst" from out of shot. Brad Maddox suggested he go speak to Vickie and place himself in the TLC match as a referee. Heyman wasn't having any of it and demanded Maddox leave him alone.Match 7:
Sheamus pinned Jinder Mahal following the Brogue Kick.
They aired a PPV-style hype package for Ryback vs. CM PunkHour 3Match 8:
CM Punk defeated Ryback in a TLC match to retain the WWE Championship when the lights went out and the
Shield ran in and attacked Ryback just as he was about to grab the title. After initially fighting them off, Ryback was over-powered before being Triple Powerbombed through a table onto the steel stairs on the outside.
CM Punk and Paul Heyman were backstage when Matt Striker attempted to interview them. Punk said that he had no idea why The Shield interfered in his match. Punk said that before Rock comes out, he would drop a pipe bomb of his own in the ring later tonight.
Team Hell No were having a Yes! No!-off backstage when Vickie Guerrero arrived and said that Doctor Shelby would be on RAW 20th Anniversary next week to re-evaluate Bryan and Kane. As Vickie cackled and made her exit, Kane and Bryan couldn't decide on whether Shelby is a "monster" or a "nerd".Main Event:
In a complete squash, Big Show (who didn't receive an entrance) pinned Kofi Kingston with the Knockout Punch in 20 seconds.
CM Punk and Paul Heyman made their way to the ring. Long promo berating the fans & the company. Punk removed the WWE case on the microphone and threw it away. He said the meaning of the word "Pipebomb" has been misunderstood by WWE and the "Universe", when in actuality it stood for truth and honesty. Punk said the truth is that in WWE it doesn't matter whether you're the best in the ring, on the microphone, or at the announce table, because there is a glass ceiling and you're not allowed to break it. Punk said it was all about fan popularity. Punk said the WWE audience couldn't handle anything serious or complicated because we're all idiots. So the company gives everyone stupid gimmicks and that the likes of Daniel Bryan sully themselves with crappy catchphrases, and that wrestlers like Tyson Kidd are overlooked for people such as Brodus Clay, who's 'forced to touch filthy children' & dance like a moron. He continued that the roster are all fakes who don't care about the fans and just put on their 'happy faces' and go for cheap cheers from the crowd. Stage-hand got on the ring apron and told Punk to wrap it up as they needed to take one last commercial break. Punk said nobody in the truck tells him when to go to commercial, he
tells people when they go to commercial. WWE cut to break with Punk still rambling on...
...back from commericial, CM Punk was still in the ring talking. Punk buried the crowd to such as extent, for so long, they were barely responding. The Rock's music then hit and Rock made his way to the ring. Long back and forth which ultimately led to The Rock giving CM Punk the Rock Bottom & standing tall as the show went off the air. Rock said that while Punk may have been WWE champion for 414 days, the number he needed to remember was "20", as in 20 days, Punk has to face him at the Royal Rumble, and that when the day arrives, "Time's up".
WWE announced that The Rock would be on SmackDown this Friday for the first time in 10 years.
Location: Houston, Texas
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry "The King" Lawler; Jim Ross, JBL and Jerry Lawler.Hour 1
Show opened with a compilation of various opening video packages.
Vince McMahon was in the ring and welcomed everyone to the show. Vince said RAW was celebrating its 20 Anniversary because he's a genius, before then thanking the fans. He announced John Cena would face Dolph Ziggler again, though this time it would be inside a steel cage. Big Show interupted, demanding that the World Title situation be addressed, and that Del Rio be stripped of the championship. Vince McMahon said he didn't want to be referred to as "Vince". Alberto Del Rio came out with Ricardo and said how about they face each other tonight for the World Heavyweight Championship. Big Show refused and said he wanted the rematch on his terms at the Royal Rumble. Del Rio called him a "fat jackass" in Spanish. Del Rio said they had a present for him, and had Ricardo pick up a bucket in the corner. It turned out the bucket only contained confetti. Nonetheless, not best pleased, Show attacked Del Rio. Del Rio got the upper hand and laid waste to Big Show, as Show bailed to the outside.RAW 20th Rewind:
Bob Barker hosting The Price is RAW from 2009.
They announced Antonio Cesaro vs. Randy Orton for WWE Main Event on Wednesday.Match 1:
Wade Barrett (who once again didn't get an entrance) defeated Randy Orton with the Bullhammer elbow.
The Tweet Ticker is back again.
They said they'd name the first inductee into the Hall Of Fame Class 2013 later tonight.
Eve bumped into Teddy Long and Booker T backstage. Booker T said that if Eve tried to intentionally get counted out or disqualified, she'd lose the Divas Championship. Eve then attempted to come on to Booker, and told him that maybe they could come to some sort of 'arrangement'. Booker and Teddy then laughed in her face. Eve slapped Long before storming off.
They aired footage shot earlier in the day of Kane and Daniel Bryan meeting with Doctor Shelby, which resulted in Doctor Shelby losing it with Rhodes Scholars when they started critiquing him rather than Kane and Bryan. Dr. Shelby then ordered Team Hell No to beat them both up. The segment ended with all three of them shouting "Yes! Yes! Yes!"Match 2:
Kane (w/Daniel Bryan) pinned Damien Sandow (w/Cody Rhodes) with the Chokeslam in a quick bout.
They re-aired highlights of the opening segment with Del Rio and Big Show.
Mick Foley was announced as the first inductee into the 2013 HOF, as his music hit and he made his way out to the ring. As soon as Mick Foley got his "Right here in Houston, Texas" cheap pop out of the way, The Shield made their way out through the crowd. Before they could attack Foley, Ryback made the save, followed by Randy Orton and Sheamus, who sent The Shield packing. Ryback gave Ambrose Shellshocked.Hour 2
Josh Mathews interviewed Ryback in the ring. He said he will not rest until he gives back to the Shield what they’ve taken from him. He then shouted "Feed me Shield" like a pillock.RAW 20th Rewind:
Most Outrageous Gimmicks, featuring the likes of Gillberg, Beaver Cleavage and William Regal's "real man" skits.Match 3:
Kaitlyn (who also didn't receive an entrance) defeated Eve with a Spear to capture the WWE Divas Championship.
Cole said that Kaitlyn's journey started a "couple weeks ago on NXT".
Josh Mathews interviewed Brodus Clay backstage. They replayed Punk's comments from last week. Clay said he doesn't dance because he's told to, he does it because he was born to. He said Punk should keep his name out of his mouth, and that Punk’s pipe bomb was about to blow up in his face.RAW 20th Anniversary Rewind:
Donald Trump and Vince McMahon Contract Signing for Hair vs. Hair at WrestleMania, which resulted in Trump shoving McMahon over the table.
JBL said Brodus Clay was what would happen if Disco Inferno and Aretha Franklin had a kid.Match 4:
CM Punk (w/Paul Heyman) defeated Brodus Clay via submission with the Anaconda Vice.
Punk cut a promo saying that he just showed everyone what he does every Monday night, whereas Rock will come out later and 'do whatever he does'. He said there's opinions and then there's facts. It was a fact he had just made a 400-pounder tap out, it was a fact that he had been WWE Champion for 421 days and that it was a fact Rock wouldn't be leaving the Royal Rumble as champion.
They plugged that The Heavy's "What Makes a Good Man?" is one of the official theme song's for the Royal Rumble.RAW 20th Anniversary Rewind:
Best Vehicular Moments. They actually included Del Rio running over Santa from Christmas Eve 2012.
Mick Foley was on the phone to his kids when The Rock stopped by. Vickie Guerrero arrived and told them if they could both keep the noise down. Vickie asked Rock if he had anything to say to her. He said no, and Vickie left. Mick Foley was stunned he didn't issue her with a verbal Smack Down. The Rock told Mick to trust him.Match 5:
3MB (no entrance) defeated Sheamus in a 3 on 1 Over-The-Top Challenge. Following the match, Sheamus issued Brogue Kicks to 2 of them.
Josh Mathews interviews John Cena in his locker room. Cena said that Dolph Ziggler would do exactly what the World Wrestling Federation did ten years ago, "Get the F out."
Miz came out on the ramp and said MizTV was next. He asked the crowd if they wanted a clue as to who his guest would be. Miz strutted and went "Woooooo". Nope, no idea.
They re-aired highlights of The Shield brawling with Ryback and company earlier.Hour 3
Ric Flair came out for MizTV. Flair, who was visibly shaking, was asked what his favourite RAW moment was. He said the night after Mainia 24 when he 'retired' after losing to Shawn Michaels. RAW 20th Anniversary Rewind:
Miz tried to get Flair to utter another catchphrase, but Flair said RAW was now PG, and that having four ex-wives meant he needed this job. Finally Flair got up and wheeled out the "limousine ridin" sentence. This was not one of Flair's best promos by any stretch. Antonio Cesaro interrupted waving the American flag. Cesaro said the only thing the Four Horsemen hand sign now signified was Flair's four ex-wives. Flair & Miz then went to town on Cesaro, culminating in Miz putting the Figure Four on him. Flair then missed an elbow drop, before then knee & elbow dropping his jacket.RAW 20th Anniversary Rewind:
"Tyson and Austin, Tyson and Austin!"Match 6:
Daniel Bryan (w/Kane) defeated Rhodes (w/Sandow) via submission in about 1 minute.
They aired an interview Matt Striker had conducted with Eve earlier in the night on WWE Active where Eve announced that she was quitting the company.
They announced Alberto Del Rio would celebrate with a Championship Fiesta on SmackDown.
AJ Lee & Big E Langston was backstage and introduced...RAW 20th Anniversary Rewind:
Edge and Lita's wedding. They edited out the priest saying "Christ". Triple H & Stephanie renewing their vows in 2002. AJ Lee and Daniel Bryan's wedding on the 1000th episode. AJ Lee flipped out and said that was the best night of her life and that it was ultimately ruined by John Cena. Dolph Ziggler then rolled on in and cut a promo on Cena proclaiming victory for later.
Jim Ross came out to call the main event. Michael Cole said he'd personally invited him.Main Event:
John Cena defeated Dolph Ziggler inside a Russo steel cage match laden with copious amounts of outside interference in which Cena overcame everything. The finish saw AJ Lee climb the cage. While the referees were distracted, Big E Langston entered the ring and passed the briefcase to Ziggler. Dolph accidentally nailed Langston. With Langston dispatched, Cena hit the AA on Ziggler for the pin.Over-run
The Rock Concert IV. The Rock sung two songs, one directed at Paul Heyman, and the other at Vickie Guererro. He called out Vickie onto the stage and sung his own version of Eric Clapton's You Look Wonderful Tonight. Vickie was flattered until Rock started to change the lyrics. Vickie almost
cracked up laughing.
Following the concert, The Rock called out CM Punk & Paul Heyman. Rock had some facts of his own. Rock said it was a fact that Heyman had twinky tits. Rock said that last week Punk claimed facing him would be like "boxing with God". He said one thing was certain, and that Punk wasn't God. Punk then made his way down the ramp and Rock and Punk got into a brawl on the outside, as WWE officials & agents ran down to break them up to take RAW off the air.
Location: San Jose, California
Commentators: Michael Cole and Jerry LawlerHour 1
Show opened with Vickie Guerrero and Paul Heyman making their way to the ring together in a show of solidarity against The Rock. They both had the truck replay footage from last week of the Rock Concert. Vickie said that she's barred The Rock from entering the building tonight, and that if he enters the ring then he would be arrested. A stage-hand notified Vickie that The Rock had in fact shown up. The Rock was then shown backstage with 3 police officers, who were refusing him entry to the arena. The Rock said what they should be doing is arresting CM Punk for impersonating a champion, and Paul Heyman for not wearing a bra. He said rather than arrest Vickie, she should be asked what her intestines look like because she clearly has her head shoved straight up her ass. Rock said it's not a matter of if
he enters the arena, but when
. Back in the ring, Vickie said if Rock attempted to get in the building, the only song he would be singing tonight is Jailhouse Rock. She ended by saying "If you smell what The Vick is cooking"
It was announced that there would be a series of Beat The Clock matches tonight, with the winner getting to choose his entry number in the WWE Royal Rumble.#BeatTheClock Match 1:
Randy Orton defeated Antonio Cesaro with the RKO in 11:36.
They re-aired the Mick Foley Hall of Fame Class of 2013 induction video from SmackDown.
They aired The Shield video package/promo video running down the various people they've attacked over the last few months, such as Sheamus, Randy Orton and Ryback.
They re-aired highlights of Alberto Del Rio winning the World Title on SmackDown 2 weeks ago against Big Show.
It was announced that Big Show had demanded that his rematch with Alberto Del Rio at the Royal Rumble be another Last Man Standing match.
Eric Bischoff lookalike Brad Bradox climbed over the barricade behind the announce table and inserted himself on commentary.Match 2:
In a total squash, Big Show pinned Zack Ryder in under a minute with the Knockout Punch. Following the match, Big Show attempted to count to 10 to send a message to Del Rio, but lost it at the crowd chanting "What"
and stormed off mid-count.
Brad Maddox left the announce position.
Paul Heyman was on the phone backstage when Brad Maddox interrupted. He said just like Paul Heyman, all he wanted to be was famous. And he said there was nothing he wouldn't do. Heyman said he was wrong about Maddox, and said if he stuck with him, then he'd make Maddox famous. Match 3:
In another squash match, Ryback pinned Heath Slater (w/3MB) in 1:20.
Ryback cut a promo saying that this was his first Rumble match, and that this was a match he was made for. He said it's the match that'll lead him to the main event of WrestleMania. He then shouted "Feed me more".
The Rock was still backstage with the 3 police saying that he needed to get into the arena. One of the police officers said his family are in the building tonight watching RAW, and that he also still has his ticket. Vickie Guerrero arrived and told The Rock that she'd let him in if he apologised about what he said about her last week. The Rock refused, and proclaimed that she was still 'looking horrible tonight'. Vickie said that The Rock would have to stand outside with the police while CM Punk & Paul Heyman head to the ring next. The Rock retorted that he'd enter the ring on his own terms & told the police, who Vickie had threatened with suspension via their superior officer if they didn't do their jobs, that he had a plan.
They announced that RAW Roulette will return next week from Las Vegas.Hour 2
CM Punk, sporting massive bags under his eyes, and Paul Heyman made their way out to the ring to cut a promo. Punk put over the WWE Championship. He said that the most important thing to The Rock is to entertain the people, whereas to him the most important thing is the WWE Title. Punk vowed victory on Sunday.
Worth noting the show has been plagued by intermittent picture problems tonight.
They aired highlights of the previous week's MizTV with Ric Flair and Antonio Cesaro.#BeatTheClock Match 4:
Dolph Ziggler (w/Big E Langston and AJ Lee) defeated The Miz in 10:56.
They announced that Kane and Daniel Bryan's Anger Management Graduation was next. Randy Savage's Pomp and Circumstance theme music was playing in the background.
'Comedy' segment. Dr. Shelby, dressed in a ceremonial school graduation gown, introduced Team Hell No. Kane and Bryan came out wearing black gowns. Shelby said one of them should be valedictorian. Kane and Bryan couldn't agree on who should give the speech, so argued over it before Shelby shouted at them. Crowd broke out into a "Dr. Shelby"
chant. Dr. Shelby said everyone should hug to make them feel better. Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler hugged. Dr. Samson and Justin Roberts hugged. They then showed various fans in the crowd hugging. Dr. Shelby, Kane and Daniel Bryan finally hugged to end the segment.
They aired highlights of Kaitlyn winning the Divas Championship and Eve quitting from last week.Match 5:
Kaitlyn pinned Alicia Fox with a Spear in a non-title match.
Paul Heyman and CM Punk were walking backstage. Heyman said he'd arranged a luxury skybox for CM Punk, as he wanted him to watch while he gave a message to The Rock in the ring next.
After the break, and with CM Punk watching on from a skybox, Paul Heyman was once again in the ring. Heyman said that that he serves as Punk's friend, strategist and adviser. Heyman said he noticed most of what Punk said earlier had gone over the heads of many of the fans. He said he would therefore act as his interpretor and keep his explanation simple. Heyman said many of the fans think it's a forgone conclusion that Punk will lose at the Royal Rumble. He blamed Vince McMahon for wanting anyone to remove the championship from CM Punk. He said it just so happens that the flavour of the month is The Rock. Rock's music then hit, and clutching a ticket, he made his way down to the ring. He demanded "Twinky tits"
shut up and leave. The Rock then foccused his attention on CM Punk, and said he knows how tough and dangerous Punk is, and that he has earned the right to be called Best in the World, but that it didn't change the fact that tonight's RAW would be Punk's last episode as WWE champion. The Rock quoted Martin Luther King by saying that everyone would be "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last."
The lights then went out and upon going back up, the
Shield were in the ring putting the boots to The Rock. After a powerbomb, The Shield made their exit. CM Punk then grabbed a microphone and proclaimed that there was only one man who could be top of the mountain, and that The Rock would finally wake up from his dream. Rock was bleeding from the mouth as we headed to break.
They re-aired the previous beat-down. Michael Cole said during the break Rock was able to get back to his feet and walk out of his own accord.#BeatTheClock Match 6:
Sheamus and Wade Barrett ended in a draw when both men failed to Beat The Clock. As Sheamus was about to hit the Brogue Kick on Barrett, Dolph Ziggler and company ran down & distracted Sheamus. As Sheamus finally managed to connect with the Brogue Kick and go for the pin, time had elapsed.
Vickie was in her office when Dolph and company turned up. Ziggler and AJ Lee then snogged in front of her, as Ziggler proclaimed that AJ looked 'beautiful tonight'. Vickie then said Dolph didn't get to choose any number, rather he had to pick between Rumble Entry number 1...and 2, as Vickie walked off cackling. AJ told Ziggler she would end her.
They re-aired The Rock beat-down from earlier. 3 HOURS.
Punk and Heyman (yes, them AGAIN)
were walking backstage when they bumped into Vince McMahon. Vince said that if The Shield interferes in his match with The Rock on Sunday, Punk would be stripped of the WWE Championship.Main Event:
Alberto Del Rio pinned Tensai with a top rope moonsault that barely connected. After the match, Del Rio said it wouldn't be Big Show counting to 10 at Royal Rumble, it would be him. In Spanish. He along with the crowd then counted to 10 in Spanish.
It was announced that the second inductee into the 2013 Hall of Fame would be Bob Backlund.
John Cena came out and cut a promo. I can't even be bothered to recap it because this was total strawberry floating gooseberry fool about total random nonsense involving what 3 fans in the crowd do on a Sunday, and that they wouldn't be doing it this Sunday because it's the Rumble. He then vowed victory. Sheamus came out and also vowed victory.The Prime Time Players came out and vowed victory. You can see where this is going can't you. Randy Orton then came out. Look, lots of people came out until they ran out of microphones, and then the locker room emptied out. Ended in a big melee. Show ended.
Location: Las Vegas
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Layfield and Jerry LawlerHour 1
Show opened with Vickie Guerrero backstage in front of 3 RAW Roulette wheels: Vickie Vegas Challenge, Stipulations, and Superstars. She announced Randy Orton would take on United States Champion Antonio Cesaro in the opening bout. Vickie spun the Stipulations wheel and it landed on Special Guest referee.
An incensed CM Punk, accompanied by Paul Heyman, made his way to the ring. An evidently delusional Punk said this was Day 435 of his WWE title reign, and that he didn't lose the championship last night. Punk said Rock was a cheater who needed help to win, and that Vince McMahon had screwed him worse than he screwed Bret Hart in Montreal. Vince McMahon interrupted and said he could also crash Punk's party tonight. McMahon claimed that they'd been sent a videotape by an anonymous source showing that Punk was complicit in a scheme orchestrated by Paul Heyman involving The Shield. Heyman tried to reply, but McMahon cut him off. Vince said he and Heyman would be back in the ring later tonight for a Personal Performance Review, which may just lead to Heyman's termination. I didn't know he was ever employed...Match 1 - SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE:
In a non-title match, Randy Orton defeated Antonio Cesaro with the RKO when Special Guest Referee, The Miz, got into a verbal altercation with Cesaro, allowing Randy Orton to benefit off the distraction.
Following the match, The Miz helped Cesaro up, before giving him the Skull Crushing Finale.
Backstage, the Roulette wheel landed on "Make Me Laugh". The camera panned back to reveal Ryback with Vickie. He then snorted at her and walked off.
Andre Agassi and his wife were shown in the front row.
Matt Striker was in the ring with Ryback and The Prime Time players for the Make Me Laugh Challenge. Crowd booed. Prime Time Players made a joke at the expense of Matt Striker. It was then Ryback's turn. He asked 'What has four eyes, 20 fingers, and is about to be unconscious'. Ryback then jumped The Prime Time players, beat them up, and gave Titus Shell Shock. Striker announced Ryback as the winner. As Striker was laughing & congratulating Ryback, Ryback then beat him up as well.
They aired a new Bob Backlund Hall of Fame 2013 induction video.
The Roulette wheel landed on Players Choice (only just, mind).
Wade Barrett was in the ring and issued his challenge to Bo Dallas, who had eliminated him the night prior in the Royal Rumble. He said his career would end at the hands of the Barrett Barrage.Match 2:
In a quick non-title match, Bo Dallas pinned Wade Barrett clean with a slam.
Cody Rhodes span the Superstar wheel, which landed on John Cena.
Cody Rhodes was in the ring as we came back from commercial, while the commentators recapped the opening hour.
John Cena was shown as the new face of Fruity Pebbles. They than had a Tale of the Tape between Fred Flinstone and John Cena.
The Fruity Pebble then made his way out.Match 3:
John Cena pinned Cody Rhodes with the AA.Hour 2
John Cena, who received a truly pathetic crowd response, cut a promo. Crowd broke out into a loud "Cena sucks" chant. Cena announced that he'd be challenging for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, despite his odds against CM Punk and The Rock not being in his favour.
The Shield's music hit and they made their way through the crowd. Cena stood his ground, but was overpowered by the 3 men. Sheamus and then Ryback attempted to make the save, but were also dismantled by the group. After giving Cena a Triple Powerbomb, they left back through the crowd.
They recapped what happened prior to the break.
Backstage, the Roulette Wheel landed on Lingerie Pillow Fight, much to everyone's immense joy. That was then swiftly kicked into touch when the camera panned back to reveal Tensai and Brodus Clay. Tensai shouted "No! No!" and stormed off. Vickie said with Vince McMahon in attendance issuing a performance evaluation, there was no way this was going to take place. She ordered Brodus to spin the Vickie Vegas wheel, which conveniently landed on Dance Off. Clay, grinning like an utter loon, said he'd notify Tensai of the change. You can see this joke coming a mile off, can't you...
They re-aired the Rumble Axxess video from last night.Dance Off:
For your weekly car crash segment, Brodus Clay and Tensai came out. Tensai was wearing lingerie. Tensai initially refused to dance, but Jerry Lawler said what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Tensai & Clay then danced together. Rob Simmons was shown watching on a television backstage. "Damn".
Tensai left in embarrassment.
Vickie and Alberto Del Rio were backstage. The Wheel landed on "Body Slam Challenge" against the Big Show.
The Body Slam Challenge never got started, as Big Show jumped Alberto Del Rio & Ricardo before the bell. Big Show duct taped Alberto Del Rio to the second ring rope, and then proceeded to destroy Ricardo as a helpless Del Rio looked on. A smattering of fans chanted "boring". Show then gave both men the Knockout Punch before leaving.Match 4:
In a Las Vegas Show Girls Match fought under Lumberjack rules & in front of a completely dead crowd, Kaitlyn and Tamina Snuka ended in a no contest when the Lumberjills entered the ring and started brawling. Michael Cole buried the match on commentary, and promised us that the show would get better after the break.
They again re-aired the The Shield attack from earlier.
To end an unbelievably atrocious three quarters of an hour, new WWE Champion The Rock came out to a big ovation. He said he'd thanked his friends and family, but he hadn't yet had a chance to thank the fans. Rock claimed that this was the proudest moment in his entire career. Rock said that tonight was going to usher in a new era: The People's Era. Rock said everyone was going partying tonight in Vegas, and that everyone was getting 'pie'.Hour 3
CM Punk interrupted. He said that after making the WWE Title mean something, Rock was proceeding to flush all his good work down the toilet. Punk said that if Rock were a man, and had any respect for himself & his father and grandfather, then he would walk down the aisle and hand back the championship he never earned in the first place. The Rock said rather than standing on the stage like a 'punk ass bitch', he should come down to the ring and face him like a man. CM Punk said he was going to grant The Rock a rematch on his own terms, and that he'd see him in 3 weeks at Elimination Chamber.
They aired a music video hyping WrestleMania 29.
Damien Sandow was in the ring. They showed the wheel landing on Tables on the WWE AppMatch 5 - TABLES MATCH:
Sheamus defeated Damien Sandow when he delivered White Noise through a table set up in the corner.
During the match, JBL asked why all Irish love to fight. Lawler said it's because everyone in Ireland is inebriated.
In another waste of time, Jerry Lawler was in the ring to announce that Zack Ryder and Great Khali were going to play WWE Karaoke. Great Khali, completely out of time to the words, sung along to Shawn Michaels' theme music. 3MB interrupted. They then got wasted at the hands of Khali, Ryder and Hornswoggle. Michael Cole for the second time tonight once again apologised for this awfulness.
Chris Jericho came out. Crowd chanted "Y2J". Jericho wheeled out his catchphrases, before thanking the fans. Dolph Ziggler, AJ Lee and Big E interrupted. Jericho asked whether the "Big E" stood for Langston's bra size. Vickie Guererro appeared on the Titantron to make the final Roulette spin of the night. It landed on Strange Bed Fellows, meaning Ziggler and Jericho would be forced to team together. Their opponents were revealed as Kane and Daniel Bryan.Main Event - STRANGE BED FELLOWS:
Team Hell No defeated Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho when Kane Chokeslammed Ziggler.
WWE announced that Trish Stratus would be inducted into this year's Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
They announced that Booker T would have a major announcement concerning the future of the World Championship on SmackDown.
Vince McMahon was in the ring for Heyman's job evaluation. Vince McMahon said everyone knows he loves to have fun, and said the best place to have fun was right here in Vegas. McMahon demanded Heyman come to the ring. Vince said if he was looking for Punk, he was escorted out of the building about ten minutes go. Vince asked Heyman if either Brad Maddox or The Shield were under contract to Heyman. Heyman said he'd lied every day of his life to survive, but tonight he swore he was going to tell the truth. He categorically said he had nothing to do with it. Vince then ordered the video footage to be played on the Tron. It showed Paul Heyman secretly meeting with Brad Maddox and his cameraman, where in a conversation he admitted everything. Maddox demanded more money. The Shield then turned up, and on Paul's instructions beat up Maddox. Back Live, Heyman attempted to weasel his way out by saying it was an impersonator. Crowd sang, in probably the best I've heard in 10 years, "Na, na, na, na Goodbye" at him. Just before Vince McMahon was about to fire Heyman, Brock Lesnar's music hit, and Lesnar made his way down to the ring. As Heyman tried to convince Brock Lesnar not to do anything stupid, Brock went nose to nose with McMahon. Vince told Lesnar not to do anything he would later regret. Brock Lesnar then picked up Vince and gave him the F5. With Vince laid out, Brock & Heyman left the ring to take the show off the air.
Location: Atlanta Georgia, Phillips Arena
Commentators: Michael Cole and Jerry LawlerHour 1
Show opened with CM Punk coming out, minus Paul Heyman. Punk grabbed Justin Roberts and demanded he introduce him as the "People's Champion". Punk said he's had a week to contemplate what happened on RAW last week. He said he didn't overreact. Punk said he's had people asking him questions about Paul Heyman and The Shield video from last week. Punk left the ring and confronted fans in the front row, before asking Michael Cole if anyone had seen him in the video. Punk said everyone has bought into Vince McMahon's version of events, and that he'd staged the entire video with actors and CGI, and that the fans are stupid enough to buy into it. Punk claimed Vince got what he deserved at the hands of Brock Lesnar, and that it was karma. Punk said everyone who's a loser in life gets what they deserve. SmackDown General Manager Booker T interrupted. Booker T, completely stumbling over his words to the point he stopped and started over, said Vickie Guerrero had allowed him onto RAW. Punk asked if he was drunk. Booker T said he was going to let the fans decide on who Punk would face tonight exclusively via the WWE App. Punk said WWE fans don't even have smart phones.
They aired a tutorial of someone who was allegedly Michael Cole using the WWE App on the iPhone.
Michael Cole said they had an epic announcement regarding the next WWE Hall of Fame inductee.
Back from commercial, they aired Matt Striker interviewing Randy Orton on the WWE App. Orton said there was no better place than here in Atlanta for him to face CM Punk. The interview was in a small box-out surrounded by overlaid iPhone and App graphics.Match 1:
Ryback defeated United States Champion Antonio Cesaro in a non-title match with Shell Shocked.
WWE once again plugged the WWE App voting.
They re-aired the John Cena beat down by The Shield from last week.
Chilli from TLC was in the front row.
Matt Striker interviewed Rey Mysterio on the WWE App. Rey said Punk was embarrassing himself, and that he was the one who took Punk's hair at WrestleMania.
They aired a video package on The Shield, including their début at Survivor Series 2012.
Jonh Cena was shown watching the TV in Vickie's office. She said she'd heard Cena was going out later tonight to confront The Shield in the ring. She asked if he had a death wish. Cena replied that he'd heard there was a guy on RAW called John Cena who thinks that The Shield needed to be stopped, and stopped tonight.
They re-aired the Trish Stratus HOF induction video from last week.
Chris Jericho was shown being interviewed by Matt Striker on the WWE App.
Booker T joined Cole and Lawler on commentary. He brought up "buyrates" and "ratings", much to the amusement of Cole and Lawler.Match 2:
Jack Swagger defeated Santino with the Patriot Act (Ankle Lock) submission.
Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio were confirmed as participants in the Number 1 Contenders Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship at Elimination Chamber on 17 February.
Michael Cole apologised that the WWE App had crashed due to 'overwhelming demand', and that fans should now go to WWE.com. strawberry floating amateur hour this is.
They aired Alberto Del Rio brawling in the parking lot with Big Show from SmackDown, along with Bhow punching out Ricardo backstage during the main event.Hour 2Match 3:
Alberto Del Rio beat Cody Rhodes with the Armbar submission in under 3 minutes.
Aberto Del Rio grabbed the microphone and said he knew he used to look down on everyone but he was wrong. Del Rio said he appreciated everyone's support. Crowd chanted "What". Del Rio said Big Show was going to pay for what he did to Ricardo. Big Show appeared on the TitanTron from a hotel. Del Rio said Show had no "cojones". Show said he wasn't scared of Del Rio, rather the reason he wasn't there was to stop himself from tearing Del Rio apart. Show demanded Del Rio sign a contract for a rematch at Elimination Chamber and send the contract over to the hotel later tonight. Show told Del Rio not to even bother attempting to find him at the hotel otherwise he'd rip him apart.
Jerry Lawler announced Live to the crowd that Chris Jericho had won with 57% of the vote to take on CM Punk in a rematch from last year's WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan and Kane were arguing backstage over their loss last week on SmackDown against Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio. Bryan said he didn't want Kane to ruin his chances to get into the Elimination Chamber, and demanded Kane stay backstage for his match tonight no matter what happens.Match 4:
Daniel Bryan defeated Rey Mysterio with the No! Lock in a good 8 minute encounter. During the match, Booker T was with Teddy Long watching on backstage deciding on whether Daniel Bryan should go into the Elimination Chamber match in 2 weeks.
Following the match, Mark Henry made his return. Upon dispatching Daniel Bryan in the aisleway, he made his way into the ring and destroyed Mysterio. Sin Cara ran down and attempted to make the save but was also taken out.
Back from break, Daniel Bryan ran up to Kane backstage demanding why he didn't come out to help him. Kane said Bryan had told him to stay backstage. Bryan said when did Kane ever listen to what he said, and that Kane should apologise. Kane said their friendship means a lot. Bryan asked him "really?"
. Kane laughed, said no, and walked off.
They aired highlights of the Vince McMahon/Paul Heyman/Brock Lesnar segment from last week's RAW.
Lawler and Cole said Vince McMahon had suffered a shattered hip, and undergone hip replacement surgery earlier today.
Big Show was on the phone with Booker T asking where the contract was as he couldn't stay in the hotel all night. There was a knock at the door. It turned out to be room service with his food. He asked for a tip. Show showed him the door and said that next time, get a better job.
They plugged in an IMPACT WRESTLING-style recap commercial that John Cena would confront The Shield tonight.
Michael Cole announced that Booker T had inserted Daniel Bryan into the Chamber match.Match 5:
Sheamus pinned Kane when Daniel Bryan ran down and jumped on the apron, allowing Sheamus to hit the Brogue Kick off of the distraction for the win.
They re-aired Brock Lesnar giving Vince McMahon the F5. The amount of recapping tonight has been beyond a joke.
The Miz was in the ring for MizTV. As The Miz was talking, Paul Heyman interupted. The Miz said he hadn't introduced him yet. Paul said he'd agreed to be on MizTV to clear his good name. Paul Heyman offered his best wishes to Vince McMahon. Miz said Heyman had to be kidding, as like he cared what happened to Vince. Paul Heyman claimed he had no idea Brock Lesnar was going to show up last week. Hour 3
Heyman claimed that if Miz watched the tape he would see Heyman was trying to call Brock off Vince. As Miz wasn't having any of Paul's bullshit, Vickie Guerrero came out and backed up Heyman's claims that he had no idea that Brock would be in Vegas. Vickie revealed that she'd actually signed Brock Lesnar to a new contract last week at RAW Roulette in an attempt to impress Vince McMahon, but that had all gone awry when Brock assaulted Vince. She broke down crying on Paul's shoulder. Wiping away fake tears, she then said both herself and Paul should pray for Vince's recovery. Miz said "Really?"
. Brock Lesnar's music hit, and he made his way to the ring. Miz shoved him, which led to Lesnar beating up Miz and throwing him to the outside. As Brock proceeded to throw the MizTV set out the proverbial window, Miz jumped back in the ring and attempted to take out Lesnar, but to no avail. As Brock was about to F5 The Miz, Michael Cole shouted to "watch the couch"
, as the upturned sofa was clearly of more importance. Paul told Lesnar "no more"
, as both men then made their way to the back.
Bo Dallas cut an inset promo.Match 6:
Randy Orton took on Wade Barrett for the 500th time. Seriously, we need some new matches around here...
Randy Orton won with the RKO.
We got a short Fandago vignette. Yes, he's back again. I wonder if this is going to turn into another Brodus Clay where he doesn't début for another 72 months, and ends up with a completely different gimmick than the one originally advertised. Except this will be in reverse, as he'll come out as a serious arse kicker rather than a Strictly Come Dancing knock-off.Main Event:
CM Punk pinned Chris Jericho with the Go To Sleep.
WWE announced that Bruno Sammartino would be inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame with a long video package. Afterwards, the crowd were shown giving a very respectable standing ovation.
Matt Striker interviewed CM Punk backstage. Punk said he wasn't mad about Rock walking around with his belt while shooting commercials, but rather that Rock was a thief who was walking around with something that belonged to him. Punk claimed the title of Champion belonged to him, and he'll prove he's the best in the world at Elimination Chamber.
They aired a video package showcasing the various press coverage The Rock has garnered in the last week.
Josh Mathews interviewed John Cena backstage. Cena said the time for joking was over. The Shield pushed him last week, so he's going to push back next.Over-run
Big Show was shown still finishing off his dinner at the hotel when there was another knock at the door. A man turned up with the contract. Show signed the contract, and ignored the man's attempted pleas to get his attention. After re-opening the door, Del Rio was standing there. Show and Del Rio brawled in the corridor, before Del Rio knocked him out with a fire extinguisher. The lift then opened and two men got out (one looking remarkably similar to the guy who'd given Big Show room service earlier). Del Rio said his friend had eaten some bad Mexican food, before riding off in the lift.
Lousy Eric Bischoff impersonator Brad Maddox was in the ring. Maddox said it was going to be him, rather than Cena, who was going to take out The Shield. Brad demanded The Shield come out and face him. The Shield's music hit and they made their way through the crowd. After dismantling Brad Maddox and giving him the Triple Power Bomb, John Cena made his entrance through the crowd, quickly followed by Ryback and Sheamus. As The Shield then attempted to retreat up the aisle, various WWE superstars blocked their exit on the ramp. In a brawl completely devoid of crowd heat, Sheamus, Ryback and Cena fought briefly with The Shield in the ring, before they managed to make their escape back through the crowd to close out RAW.WWE From The Vault:
RAW - 2 Out Of 3 falls match for the United States Championship Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler from June 2011.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Quoted Attendance: 13,000
Commentators: Michael Cole and Jerry LawlerHour 1
Show opened with Paul Heyman already in the ring. Heyman said tonight would be the last night they'd ever see him in the WWE, as he had decided to resign. Heyman said that for seven years he had sacrificed everything, including his parents fortune, to bring everyone the most ground breaking product in pro wrestling and sports entertainment history, ECW. Paul said that when he came to the WWE he saw the most physically gifted rookie of all time, and that he turned that rookie into the Next Big Thing, Brock Lesnar. Then he met a man he felt was the epitome of everything that the WWE audience would support in CM Punk. Heyman said that he can see into the future, and something really bad was going to happen to CM Punk. That the Sword of Damocles was hanging over everyone's head. Heyman said he had become a distraction, and that the sins of the mentor will end up falling upon his protégé. Punk then came out and asked Paul Heyman what he was doing. Punk said that people admire and look up to Paul Heyman. Paul responded by saying that in the land of the McMahon family, perception is reality. If Punk thought Vince was screwing him at the Royal Rumble, wait until what he does next, and that he does not want Punk to think of him as a martyr, but as his friend. Punk told Paul that on Sunday this "bad dream" that they are living in will end, as at Elimination Chamber, on Day 455 of his historic title reign, things will return to normal when he beats the Rock, and that Paul Heyman will be in his corner to see it happen. Paul Heyman, suddenly rejuvenated and convinced by Punk's pep-talk, says that Punk is right and that he will indeed beat The Rock. He will no quit, and will be there to witness greatness. Heyman and Punk then hugged, as Heyman repeatedly told Punk that he is "the best in the world". Well, that was ultimately a total waste of 15 minutes...Match 1:
Mark Henry defeated Great Khali (w/Hornswoggle and Natalya) with the World's Strongest Slam. After the match, Mark Henry returned to the ring as Hornswoggle was checking on Khali and gave him the World's Strongest Slam as well.
Michael Cole said Randy Orton would take on Mark Henry in a return match on SmackDown Friday.
It was announced John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback would take on 3MB later tonight.
Booker T and Teddy Long were talking backstage about how impressive Mark Henry is, especially beating Orton last Friday. Chris Jericho interrupted and said he wanted to be in the Elimination Chamber. He said it would be good business, and that by being in the Chamber, it would add prestige to the match. Long said he was with Chris, and that he's in. Booker T however said he couldn't just walk in. Teddy Long had an idea. Upon hearing it, Booker responded that his idea sucked. Booker said that if Chris could beat Daniel Bryan he was in. Jericho called him "Daniel Bearden" and then comically impersonated Booker T as he left...
Vickie Guerrero was on the phone in her office when there was a repeated knock at the door. Paul Heyman walked in. Vickie said she didn't have time for Heyman's BS. Paul said she needed to make time. Heyman wanted a stipulation added to the WWE Championship match on Sunday. Vickie asked if he was crazy if he thought she was doing anything to the match without Vince McMahon's approval. Vickie's phone rang. It was Vince. Paul wanted the phone. Paul then attempted to suck up to Vince on speaker, but was told to "Shuuuuuuuuuuuutup"
. Paul said Rock would try anything to retain the championship, such as intentionally getting disqualified or losing by count-out. Vince decided that should either of those things occur, Rock would lose the WWE Title. As an elated Heyman said he saw Vince like "a father figure"
, McMahon hung up. Paul Heyman said Vickie had a crappy phone (it was an iPhone) & walked off.
A Fandago vignette aired.Match 2:
Chris Jericho pinned Daniel Bryan following the Code Breaker. Will probably end up being the best match of the show.Hour 2Match 3:
In a thoroughly entertaining match in front of a hot crowd, John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback defeated 3MB in about 3 minutes when all 3 performed their finishers in unison.
Following the match, Ryback said this Sunday was a day he'd waited a long time for. It was the day that he would feast on The Shield. Sheamus then took the microphone and said for the past few months their opponents have being telling everyone to 'believe in The Shield' - well there was no reason he, Cena and Ryback couldn't get some of their own justice tonight. John Cena, receiving his usual mixed response, said that they would meet the sword tonight, and that if they want some, then they can come get some.
They replayed Del Rio's altercation with Big Show from SmackDown, in which Del Rio stole the wheels off Big Show's bus and poured orange paint/gunge over him and the bus.
They aired footage recorded earlier of Yoshi Tatsu and Alex Riley joking backstage at Big Show's expense, when Show then stormed in and knocked them both out.
Big Show made his way out to the ring to be interviewed by Matt Striker. Striker got about 3 words out before being punched in the face. Show grabbed the microphone and just walked about getting angrier and angrier at the boos from the crowd, before finally throwing the microphone down and storming out.
They re-aired the Bruno Sammartino Hall of Fame induction video from the past week.Match 4:
Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) defeated Zack Ryder with the Patriot Act.
Swagger cut a promo, introducing long forgotten gimmick from about 16 years ago, Zeb Colter. Colter, sporting an old fashioned moustache and sounding like Jim Ross spoof Oklahoma, said everyone's forgotten what's wrong with America. He said he and Swagger's father were both in Vietnam. He said he no longer sees a country he recognises. He asked where all these people came from, and how they can get rid of them. He claimed 'real' Americans know the truth. Swagger knows the truth. He said America is now the home of whoever wants to cross the border. He said he's a real Patriot, and that they're going to re-take their country. Yes, they're really doing a "strawberry floating foreigners" gimmick.
Booker T and Teddy Long were watching on backstage, and said Jack Swagger was in the Elimination Chamber. Dolph Ziggler, AJ Lee and Big E Langston interrupted. Dolph couldn't believe Swagger and Jericho are in the Elimination Chamber. AJ reminded Booker that Dolph still has his Money in the Bank briefcase. Big E Langston said that Dolph wants in on the match too, so he can have two World Title matches and get a chance at Jericho. Booker responded by saying he knows another man who wants in the Chamber. Booker said whomever wins the match later tonight can go in. Booker revealed Ziggler would have to face Kane.
They re-aired MizTV with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar last week.
Antonio Cesaro was on commentary.Match 5:
The Miz defeated Cody Rhodes via Disqualification when Cesaro ran Miz into the ring post. Following the match, Cesaro repeatedly swung Miz into the barricade.
They aired a video promoting the WWE WrestleMania Reading Challenge.Match 6:
Brodus Clay and Tensai beat Primo and Epico in a total squash. After the match, Rosa Mendes got in the face of Cameron and Naomi, and was promptly tossed over the top rope...albeit in slow motion.Hour 3
The Shield came out through the crowd and cut a promo. They said that they stand united in the ring with a sole purpose - that of shielding the WWE from atrocities. Roman said that John Cena has been the problem in WWE for the past decade. They demanded if they wanted a fight then they can come out and fight them right now. The lights in the arena went out, and upon coming back up Ryback, Cena and Sheamus were brawling in the ring with The Shield. The Shield attempted to make their escape, but were cornered on the outside. All six men fought their way through the crowd, before The Shield managed to run away up through the stands. Cena and company celebrated in the crowd.
They re-aired Paul Heyman's promo from the top of the show.
Damien Sandow cut a promo criticising country music, saying they would rather listen to songs about dead dogs than Mozart.Match 7:
Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo) tapped out Damien Sandow with the Armbar submission in a little over a minute.
Following the match Del Rio grabbed a microphone, and joked earlier tonight Big Show had given the best promo of his life. Del Rio said the time for all these shenanigans was over, and that once he'd finished with him Sunday, Big Show could take his "tool bus" and go wherever he wanted. Del Rio vowed he was taking the World Championship to WrestleMania.
Backstage, Wade Barrett was making his way out for his match when Bo Dallas jumped and attacked him. Security and referees ran in and broke them up.
We got another vignette for Fandango. Go. Go. Go.
The re-aired highlights of Wade Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston from the New Year's Eve edition of RAW.Match 8:
In their 4000th encounter, Wade Barrett pinned Kofi Kingston in roughly 3 minutes when Kofi got trapped between the ring curtain and apron, which led to Barrett hitting the Bull Hammer elbow.
After the match, Barrett shouted for Bo Dallas to come to the ring.Main Event:
Kane pinned Dolph Ziggler (w/AJ Lee and Big E Langston) to gain entry into the Elimination Chamber match. Finish saw Dolph Ziggler hit the ropes and accidentally knock AJ Lee off the ring apron, causing the distraction and leading to Kane hitting the Chokeslam for the victory.
They aired a video hyping the Elimination Chamber match.
WWE Champion The Rock came out to a big reaction. The Rock said Nashville is very special to him, and that this was going to be "story time with The Rock". Over-Run
I think he's told this story on The Jonathan Ross Show. Rock said that when he was 15 he moved to Nashville with his family. He said he didn't receive any reaction from the girls at school because they thought he was an undercover cop. Rock name dropped Jeff Jarrett. He said he bought a (likely stolen) car from a crack head in a bar for $40. CM Punk, accompanied by Paul Heyman, interrupted. Rock said the last time they were out in the ring they were attempting to re-enact a scene from Twilight. Rock claimed Paul Heyman & Vince McMahon could stack the deck and make all the stipulations they want as it didn't matter. Punk and Heyman ultimately made their way down the ramp and teased getting into the ring. After pretending he had changed his mind and was going to head to the back, he turned around in an attempt to get the jump on The Rock. They both had a rather sloppy brawl in the ring. As Rock was about to hit the People's Elbow on CM Punk, Paul Heyman tripped him from the outside, allowing Punk to recover and hit Rock with the Go To Sleep. Punk then took the WWE Championship and walked up the ramp. Punk grabbed the microphone and said story time was over. Punk said that every time Rock wants to bring it, he's just going to take it because it belongs to him. He held the title aloft to take RAW off the air.WWE From The Vault:
Alex Riley and Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz and Jack Swagger from June 2011.
Location: Cajundome; Lafayette, Louisiana
Commentators: Michael Cole and Jerry LawlerHour 1
John Cena made his way out to open RAW. He said after last night, we know the two main events for WrestleMania 29: Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger (which garnered as close to a zero reaction from the crowd as is humanly possible) and John Cena vs. The Rock. CM Punk's music then hit, and he and Paul Heyman made their way to the ring. Punk claimed John Cena was lucky in the Royal Rumble match, Rock vs. Cena is nothing more than re-run television, and that John Cena is incapable of winning the big one. Punk said Cena should do everyone a favour and leave. John was about to walk out, when he changed his mind and actually said Punk made some good points; he'd never beaten Punk or The Rock. John Cena said he was willing to prove something to himself and his critics by putting his match with The Rock at WrestleMania on the line against CM Punk. If CM Punk can beat him, then he can go on to face The Rock for the WWE Championship instead. Cena wanted it tonight, but CM Punk had other ideas, and said he'd do it on his own terms - next week on RAW.
Cole and Lawler recapped The Shield defeating Cena, Ryback and Sheamus at Elimination Chamber.
A quote from Thomas Jefferson appeared on screen.
Matt Striker interviewed Sheamus backstage. Sheamus said last night didn't go to plan. As he was talking to Striker, Ryback was pacing back and forth. Sheamus stopped Ryback and asked if he was a neanderthal. They were both about to get into it when Chris Jericho stepped in and said they shouldn't be fighting each other, but be putting all their anger towards The Shield. Jericho said he's seen the nWo, and Nexus, and these guys were even worse (stretching credibility somewhat there, Chris...). Jericho said he was going to ask Vickie that they all take on The Shield tonight.Match 1:
Mark Henry pinned Sin Cara following the World's Strongest Slam in a demolition job. After the match, Mark Henry was about to give Sin Cara another World's Strongest Slam when The Great Khali interrupted. As Khali got in the ring, Henry made his exit, mockingly danced a little and shouted to Khali "That's all you do anyway, dancing".
Cole and Lawler recapped the closing moments of Cesaro vs. The Miz from last night. They announced that both men would face each in a rematch tonight on RAW in a No Disqualification match.
They announced via a Tweet that Vickie Guererro had agreed to Sheamus, Ryback and Chris Jericho taking on The Shield later tonight.
They aired another Fandango. Go. Go. Go. vignette.
The Miz and Antonio Cesaro were already in the ring for their match. They re-aired last week's RAW beat-down by Cesaro on the Miz.Match 2:
The Miz defeated United States Champion Antonio Cesaro in a non-title, weapons-strewn No Disqualification match with the Figure Four.
They recapped The Elimination Chamber match from last night.
They aired a pre-tape from http://www.youtube.com/wethepeoplezeb
of Zeb Colter, accompanied by Jack Swagger, cutting an anti-IMMIGRATION promo about those blasted piss taking foreigners.
They showed an Abraham
Daniel Bryan was walking backstage when he bumped into Kane. Daniel Bryan said he had requested a singles match against Jack Swagger, and that he didn't want Kane coming down. Kane said in which case he was going to request a singles match tonight too, and he didn't want Bryan coming down to assist him either. Kane said he didn't deal well with snakes. The camera then panned out to reveal Randy Orton. He said Kane used to be intimidating but is now more like Barny the Dinosaur, as Kane couldn't believe what he'd just said and Daniel Bryan laughed.
Vickie Guerrero was backstage on the phone when Paul Heyman walked up to her. Vickie mockingly said the stipulations Heyman begged for in the main event last night were a great idea. Vickie told Paul that she had something that would impact on Heyman's entire career, and that they were going to do it in the ring later. Heyman said he doesn't like over-dramatic women, and that he doesn't like surprises. Vickie cackled as she walked off, while Paul had somewhat of a sly grin on his face.Match 3:
Dolph Ziggler (w/Big E Langston and AJ Lee) vs. Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo)Hour 2
Alberto Del Rio tapped out Dolph Ziggler with the arm bar.
Following the match, Big E Langston ran over Del Rio and nailed his finishing manoeuvre. Langston proclaimed Del Rio's 'time was over'. Dolph Ziggler then grabbed the Money in the Bank briefcase and was about to cash in when Ricardo stole the briefcase. Big E instantly gave chase, as Ricardo ran to the back, albeit dropping the briefcase on the ramp in the process. AJ Lee went to retrieve it. As Dolph Ziggler was distracted by AJ, Del Rio nailed him with the Enziguri kick.
They announced Kane would take on Randy Orton later tonight.
Wade Barrett was in the ring to cut a promo. He said he's about to become a huge movie star in Dead Man Down. Crowd chanted "What".
They aired the film trailer. He was in the trailer for all of 1 second. Sheamus interrupted and said Wade Barrett isn't the star of the film, his mate Colin Farrell is. Sheamus said they were now out of time, while Wade stood in the ring shouting Sheamus had ruined his big moment.
Cole and Lawler, continuing in shill mode, had the WWE Power Slammers toys on the announce table. They aired a video and played with them.Match 4:
Tensai, Brodus Clay and Naomi's arse defeated Primo, Epico and Rosa Mendes in a quick bout.
They aired highlights of the WWE WrestleMania XXX Press Conference from earlier today.
Harry S. Truman quote.
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter were in the ring for their President's Day State of the Union Address. A massively disinterested crowd could just about muster a "What"
chant. Worth pointing out however that the crowd on this show have been truly diabolical. Zeb Colter went on another IMMIGRATION rant. Del Rio and Ricardo were shown watching on backstage. Zeb said it wasn't a World Title match at Mania, but a battle for America. Daniel Bryan's music interrupted theirs for his match with Swagger.Match 5:
Jack Swagger defeated Daniel Bryan with the Patriot Lock submission.
You've seen more energy in a Post Office on giro day than from this crowd.
Vickie Guerrero was in the ring with Paul Heyman to finally wake the crowd up from their stupor. Vickie said she was going to be naming a new assistant to the Managing Supervisor. She announced it was Brad Maddox. That's all we need, more people in charge. Brad said it was his reward for his loyalty, and exposing Paul and The Shield. He said Vince was so happy with him that he'd given him the opportunity of a lifetime. Vickie and Brad got into the correct pronunciation and semantics of "Managing Supervisor". Vince McMahon appeared on the TitanTron, clutching crutches, seemingly regressing from earlier today when he didn't need them - which in a pure WCW moment had actually aired about 30 minutes ago. Vince showed Paul Heyman saying last week that he'd "do anything" for the stipulation at Elimination Chamber. Vince said he had that put in writing. Vince told Paul Heyman that he could fire him right now, but that was too good for him. Vince said that next week he'd walk to the ring on crutches and the two of them were going to have a fight. Crowd remained dead, having been told twice in one evening what they could expect on RAW from Dallas.
They aired a video promoting the WWE WrestleMania Reading Challenge.
They re-aired the opening confrontation between Punk and John Cena.Hour 3
Back in the IMPACT ZONE...Match 6:
The Shield beat Chris Jericho, Sheamus and Ryback when Ambrose pinned Jericho after Seth Rollins hit Jericho with a knee to the head off the top rope.
John F. KENNEDY. KENNEDY quote.
Damien Sandow cut a promo. He said many of his family had worked with former Presidents, and then called the crowd nitwits.
Kofi Kingston and Damien Sandow never got going as Sandow jumped Kofi Kingston before the bell. R-Truth ran down to make the save and beat the piss out of Sandow.
Josh Mathews interviewed two cast members of G.I. Joe again in the crowd.
They aired a trailer for G.I Joe.
A Fandango. Go. Go. Go. vignette aired for the 90th time.Main Event:
Randy Orton defeated Kane in a snooze fest when Daniel Bryan came out, distracting Kane and allowing Randy Orton to hit the RKO.
In what has become a staple of 2013, a promo was our final segment. The Louisiana Marching Band were on the stage and ramp to signal the entrance of The Rock. The Rock, clutching the original WWE Spinner belt, made his way to the ring, as the Marching Band played him in. The Rock unveiled the new WWE Championship title which we've seen half-finished photos of for many months.
He asked a stage hand to take the WWE Spinner title, which he said looked like a toy, to the back and make sure it ends up in the WWE Hall of Fame. Rock polled the crowd on what they thought of it. Seemingly disappointed by their reaction - quite easily the hottest they'd been all night - he needed to ask them to cheer louder 3 times. John Cena made his way out onto the ramp. Before he could do anything, CM Punk sneaked out and nailed him with the WWE Spinner championship, before dumping it on the ramp, pointing at The Rock and walking out. The Rock looked on from the ring at a downed John Cena to take RAW off the air. WWE From The Vault:
Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth vs Rey Mysterio from RAW, June 2011.
Location: Dallas, Texas
Commentators: Michael Cole and Jerry LawlerHour 1
Vince McMahon, looking better than he has in years, made his way down to the ring on crutches to kick off RAW. He demanded Paul Heyman come out. Heyman, wearing a black tracksuit, made his way out and confronted Vince in the ring. Heyman told Vince that he has as much chance of beating him tonight as Tony Romo has of leading the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl. Crowd booed. Heyman then said he wants to send him a message, before suddenly tackling Vince to the mat and nailing him with a crutch to the knee. Vince managed to get back to his feet. As Heyman was about to hit him once more, Vince grabbed the crutch and took it off Heyman. As Vince began to lay waste to Paul Heyman with one of his crutches, Brock Lesnar's music filled the arena. Before Lesnar was seemingly about to attack Vince once more in the ring, Triple H's music hit and he slowly made his way down to the ring to confront Lesnar. Brock left the ring and met Triple H in the aisleway. Both men brawled around ringside, before Lesnar was posted extremely hard into the ring post, splitting him wide open. As the camera did its best to avoid filming Brock's head, Triple H sent Lesnar over the barricade into the timekeepers bell table. Lesnar fought back and slammed HHH onto the announce table. Brock tossed Triple H back into the ring, and grabbed a steel chair. HHH countered and hit a Spinebuster on Brock, before grabbing the chair and proceeding to waylay him in the back. Lesnar exited the ring, as Triple H stood tall in the ring, and an extremely bloodied Lesnar smiled in the aisle.
Back from commercial, Michael Cole asked fans to Tout their thoughts on the prior segment.Match 1:
Ryback pinned Dolph Ziggler (w/Big E Langston and AJ Lee) with Shell Shocked despite repeated interference from AJ Lee and Big E. The "Goldberg" chant once again reared its head.
They aired a trailer for upcoming WWE Studios film The Call staring Halle Berry.
CM Punk made his way to the ring as we headed to break.
CM Punk cut a promo proclaiming he was God, and that tonight wasn't about Cena, The Rock, WrestleMania or even the WWE Championship, but rather it was all about CM Punk.
WWE announced that Donald Trump would be a "Celebrity Honouree" into the Hall of Fame class 2013.Match 2:
In a quick and hard hitting bout, Mark Henry defeated The Great Khali with the World's Strongest Slam.
They aired a clip from DVD and Blu Ray exclusive The Marine 3 staring The Miz. Coming to a petrol station near you soon.
The Miz made his way out for MizTV.Hour 2
They aired a Fandango. Go. Go. Go. vignette, with an announcement that'll he'll finally be débuting on Social Media SmackDown Friday.
Miz, Zeb Colter, Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo were in the ring for MizTV. Long segment played completely straight. There was initially a problem with the microphones, which resulted in a rather prolonged silence as they faffed about replacing it with one that worked. Zeb Colter went on a tirade about illegal and "criminal" Mexican immigrants crossing the border. He said many Mexicans see Del Rio on TV but have no hopes of reaching the same level of success. But instead of leaving and going back home when they've failed, they conveniently forget to leave America. Del Rio said Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger were nothing but bullies who hide behind the Constitution, and there's nothing he hates more than bullies. Del Rio said if they want him to leave, then why don't they do something about it right now. Swagger grabbed the microphone and said they will...at WrestleMania. He closed out by saying "We The People". Crowd were mildly more into this than in previous weeks.
They showed what happened during the break on WWE Active. Zeb Colter confronted The Miz on the ramp and said he didn't like the biased way he had conducted the interview. Miz was then blind-sided by Jack Swagger.Match 3:
In a non-title match Randy Orton defeated United States Champion Antonio Cesaro with an RKO as Cesaro was coming off the turnbuckle.
With JBL being away, it was announced Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole would be on a special 'Live' SMS SmackDown.
They announced the return of WWE: Old School RAW for next week.
Kane and Bryan were watching on backstage. Bryan said why don't they try and get along from now on. Bryan said Kane should stay in the corner tonight, and that he could beat their opponents blind folded. Kane retorted Bryan should stay in the corner and that he could beat their opponents with one arm tied behind his back. Vickie Guerrero and Brad The Mad Ox arrived and said they'd like to see exactly that. Brad called them "Team Brickie", and they announced Kane and Bryan would face the Prime Time Players later tonight.
They re-aired the John Cena and JBL movie trailer spoof from WrestleMania 21.
Sheamus, wearing a tuxedo, made his way out to present Oscar Snubs. They said they'd overlooked a great actor last night in Wade Barrett. In the third movie plug of the night, Sheamus aired a trailer for Dead Man Down. Sheamus said it was a great movie. Sheamus said he wanted to show another clip from the film. This was all at the expense of Wade Barrett, who has a blink-and-you'll-miss-him part in the film. Wade Barrett interrupted, laughing his head off. He said it's well known that the Irish love the colour green, and that it was clearly evident Sheamus was green with envy. In the ring Wade tried to cheap shot Sheamus, but Sheamus ducked and was about to hit the Brogue Kick when Wade made his escape.
Damien Sandow was on commentary as they re-aired R-Truth attacking him last week.Match 4:
R-Truth defeated Cody Rhodes. After the match, Sandow attempted to get the jump on Truth, but was quickly dispatched.
They aired a video from Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger's YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/wethepeoplezeb
on the subject of Jobs. This was funny as they were using a fan to make it look like they were doing this outside in front of a shed or something, rather than in front of a green screen indoors.Match 5:
In a non-title comedy bout, a blindfolded Daniel Bryan (who had a bag on his head) and a one armed Kane defeated The Prime Time Players when Kane Chokeslammed Darren Young for the win.Hour 3
They re-aired highlights of the opening segment. WWE once again asked fans to Tout their thoughts on it.
The Shield came out from the crowd to cut a promo. They said things have got to get worse before they get better. And that things are going to get a lot worse. They said they're hear to take people out of their comfort zone, and that nobody is going to stop them from fighting and winning every single time. They said at TLC they solved the "John Cena problem". They did? They called Chris Jericho a washed up rockstar. Everyone that's stepped in front of them, they've defeated. Sheamus' music hit and he made his way onto the ramp. He said if they wanted a fight they could come up there and face him. The Shield obliged. As the other two were about to contend with Sheamus on the stage, Randy Orton snuck up on Rollins in the ring and delivered an RKO, before scarpering back through the crowd.Match 6:
Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) tapped out The Miz with the Patriot Lock submission.
Michael Cole said there's a video of him attempting to get an interview with Glen Beck earlier today on YouTube.
Jerry Lawler was eating Sonic's new popcorn chicken at the announce table. I guess he gave up waiting for the Domino's Pizza to arrive from last time.
They re-aired highlights of last week when The Rock unveiled the new WWE Championship.
They aired Triple H sending a Tout - his first ever - to Brock Lesnar.
They re-aired the opening brawl between Lesnar and HHH again.
They aired various fan Touts.
Josh Mathews interviewed Mr Jollities John Cena backstage. Basically a drawn out promo in which John Cena vowed victory.
They aired a video promoting Chris Jericho's Robot Combat League on SyFy tomorrow night.
They aired yet another movie trailer, once again for Dead Man Down.
They aired a fan video (re-uploaded by WWE as a Tout) of the Undertaker returning at a Live Event over the weekend.Main Event:
John Cena vs. CM Punk. Long match which went through 2 commercial breaks. Lots of near falls, with both men repeatedly kicking out of and reversing each others finishers. Biggest shock was CM Punk hitting a Piledriver. Finish saw John Cena perform a Hurricanrana, and then the Attitude Adjustment on Punk to retain his position as Number 1 Contender to face WWE Champion The Rock at WrestleMania.WWE From The Vault:
The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio, RAW July 2011
Location: Buffalo, New York
Commentators: Michael Cole and Jerry LawlerHour 1
Show opened with The Undertaker making his return. As he raised the lights, the WWE WrestleMania 29 logo appeared behind him on the TitanTron.
Mean Gene voiced the opening Old School RAW intro. They set the pyro off above the ring on the lighting rig.
CM Punk and Paul Heyman made their way out, followed by Randy Orton and Big Show. Sheamus then also interjected himself. All four men stated their case for wanting to face Undertaker. Vickie Guerrero interrupted and announced that they would all compete tonight against each other in a Fatal Four Way match, with the winner going on to face Undertaker at WrestleMania 29.
Ryback was shown making his way to the ring as All Together by Anthrax (RAW IS WAR) played in the background.
Antonio Cesaro cut an inset promo.Match 1:
Ryback pinned Antonio Cesaro with Shell Shocked after countering the Neutraliser.
As Ryback was making his way to the back, Mark Henry came out for his match and both men had a stare-down in the aisleway.Match 2:
Mark Henry pinned Zack Ryder in quick order.
Dolph Ziggler (w/Big E Langston and AJ Lee) were shown backstage heading towards the ring with another classic RAW theme (1995) playing in the background.
A short trailer for The Marine 3 aired.
Miz attempted to cut a promo, but the microphone wasn't working. When they finally switched it on, he introduced his mentor Ric Flair.Match 3:
The Miz (w/Ric Flair) defeated Dolph Ziggler (w/Big E Langston and AJ Lee) with the Figure Four. After the match, Miz and Flair strutted around the ring and elbow dropped thin air.Highlight of the show.
They aired a video promoting WWE Magazine's 3 Collectable WrestleMania covers featuring Cena, Rock and Brock Lesnar.
WWE Champion The Rock came out to a huge ovation.Hour 2
The Rock told a short story about the weather and a woman at the airport saying he should wear a jacket to Buffalo because it was so cold. He'd told her he didn't need a jacket because there was electricity running through him. Well as it turned out she was right, as Buffalo was absolutely freezing. John Cena's music hit and he made his way out to confront The Rock. Cena said that Rock doesn't know what it's like to fail. Cena claimed that last year's loss made him feel worthless, and sent his life to the gooseberry fools. Cena said he couldn't get over the fact he'd told everyone he was going to win but failed. Both men went back and forth proclaiming that they'd win at Mania. John Cena quoted Mike Tyson by saying "In order to be the greatest that ever lived, you have to beat everyone living". Rock then responded with a quote of his own: "Winning is about heart; you just got to have it in the right place". It turned out the person that said it was actually Lance Armstrong. Rock told Cena that Armstrong was full of crap, and so was he.
They aired a trailer for Dead Man Down.
They re-aired The Undertaker coming out at the top of the show.Match 4:
Jim Duggan (w/Sgt. Slaughter and Dusty Rhodes) defeated Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) via Disqualification when Swagger nailed everyone with Duggan's 2x4 less than a minute into the match. Having laid waist to all 3, Swagger then applied the Patriot Lock to Duggan to minimal heat.
They aired another trailer for inevitable shit-fest The Marine 3, out on Blu Ray and DVD in America tomorrow.
Kane and Daniel Bryan were shown backstage making their way towards the ring.
Michael Cole told us that during the commercial break on WWE Active, The Prime Time players had asked Ted DiBiase to ringside to manage them, but DiBiase had told them that they'd have to win their match first.Match 5:
Team Hell No defeated The Prime Time Players when Kane Chokeslammed Darren Young. After the match, Ted DiBiase shoved a cash note into the mouth of Young, which Daniel Bryan then pinched for himself.
Honky Tonk Man came out and was going to say something but was told to go back to Vegas with all the other Elvis impersonators by 3MB.Match 6:
Sweet T (Tensai) and Brodus Clay beat 3MB in about 30 seconds with a roll-up. After the match, Honky Tonky Man and 3MB strutted and danced around the ring, but were interrupted by Heath Slater, who then promptly received the obligatory guitar shot to the head.
They aired a video from from the red carpet of Dead Man Down. Really had enough of these movie trailers now...
Strictly Come Dancing spoof Fandango. Go. Go. Go came out with his dance partner for his match with Kofi Kingston. The match never started because Fandango wasn't happy with the way Ring Announcer Justin Roberts was pronouncing his name. Fandango said he wouldn't début until people could say his name right, and walked off.
They aired a recap video of last week's brawl between Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman and Triple H and Brock Lesnar.Hour 3
Triple H, sporting what looked to be a massive hole in his forehead when he first appeared, came out to cut a promo. He said last year after SummerSlam he had told everyone that he wasn't sure if he was going to return, but in truth he didn't know whether he was trying to convince the fans or himself. After training every day in the gym, he said he was in the best shape of his life, and that in reality all he needed was an excuse to come back. And that excuse came when he was in hospital with his family, watching his wife Stephanie and their kids crying beside Vince McMahon's bedside after Brock Lesnar had given Vince the F5. Triple H said last week he knew Paul Heyman would go to Lesnar for help. With only 5 weeks to WrestleMania, Hunter announced he was calling out Brock Lesnar for a match at the biggest stage of them all.
They re-aired the conclusion of Big Show vs. Randy Orton from SMS SmackDown last Friday.
They aired a pre-recorded message from The Shield. They said Undertaker wasn't the only one with an undefeated streak in WWE, and sarcastically wished Sheamus and Orton luck in their match tonight.Match 6:
In a non-title Champion vs. Champion encounter, Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo) submitted Wade Barrett with the Cross Arm Breaker. Match 7:
A returning New Age Outlaws defeated Primo and Epico (w/Rosa) when Billy Gun nailed the Fame Asser on Primo for the pin.
During the match, Jerry Lawler got a rather sheepish "puppies" reference in. Cole responded by saying he'd just made a lot of people on Twitter happy.
They re-aired highlights of The Rock and Cena confrontation from earlier tonight.
Lawler accidentally said he was going to send Stephanie McMahon a Twit.
They aired a selection of fan Touts about who Undertaker should wrestle at Mania.
There was a selection of birthday cakes lit with candles in the entrance way to celebrate Mae Young's 90th Birthday. Various WWE wrestlers, including former boyfriend Mark Henry, were out there to wish her a Happy Birthday. Gene Okerlund led the arena in singing "Happy Birthday", which was then promptly stopped by the arrival of CM Punk and Paul Heyman, who barged past everyone en-route to the ring for the main event.Main Event:
CM Punk defeated Sheamus, Randy Orton (pinfall with the GTS) and Big Show to win the right to face Undertaker at WrestleMania.
The lights went and the dong sounded, signalling the arrival of The Undertaker once more, to close RAW just as it had started.
Commentators: Michael Cole and Jerry LawlerHour 1
Proceedings got under way with Justin Roberts asking fans to rise and pay their respects to the late Paul Bearer, as they then aired a tribute video on the Tron. The bell then tolled to signal the arrival of The Undertaker, who made his way down to the ring. As 'Taker was knelt paying his respect to an urn that they'd set up in the ring, CM Punk interrupted. The crowd booed him out of the building. Punk told the crowd to "simmer down", as they had it all wrong. He was there to offer his deepest apologies to the Undertaker for his loss...at WrestleMania. CM Punk said in the eyes of Paul Bearer, Undertaker would forever be perfect. Undertaker would forever be 20-0 at WrestleMania. But in the eyes of everyone else, Undertaker would be 20-1. Punk claimed that in 50 years, everyones's grandchildren will be asking where they were when he ended The Streak.
Back from commercial, they aired what had happened during the commercial break on WWE Active. Kane came out and attempted to Chokeslam CM Punk off the stage, but Punk was able to counter and make his escape.
A furious Kane was shown smashing up the backstage area and throwing people around on the hunt for CM Punk.
They aired what had happened last week after RAW had gone off the air, with The Shield attacking Big Show and giving him the Triple Power Bomb.Match 1:
Big Show vs. Seth Rollins ended in Disqualification when The Shield attacked Show on the outside. Despite Big Show's best efforts, he was eventually out numbered, before receiving another Triple Power Bomb.
Brad The Mad Ox and Vickie Guerrero were talking backstage in their office when CM Punk turned up. Vickie said whether he intended to or not, he had disrespected the memory of Paul Bearer, and for that he would be facing Kane in a No Disqualification match later tonight.
They re-aired Ricardo throwing water all over AJ Lee on Smackdown, and then the subsequent confrontation between AJ and Daniel Bryan backstage, in which Bryan said as AJ was with Dolph Ziggler that she should be used to things lasting 18 seconds.Remembering Paul Bearer:
His début from the February 16th 1991 edition of WWF Superstars, in which he was introduced by Brother Love.
They asked fans to Tout their memories of Paul Bearer, and they'd air some of them on the show later.Match 2:
Dolph Ziggler (w/Big E Langston and AJ Lee) defeated Daniel Bryan with the Zig Zag. Bryan had the match won with the No! Lock, but Langston pulled Ziggler's foot onto the ropes as AJ Lee distracted the referee. After the match, Big E planted Daniel Bryan with his still as yet unnamed finishing manoeuvre.
They aired a video package on the Triple H and Brock Lesnar feud.
The WWE Slam of the Week was Honky Tonky Man smashing a guitar over the head of Heath Slater last week.
"Sweet T" Tensai (sporting new gear) vs. Fandango never took place as Tensai, who had demanded Fandago hurry up and get to the ring, had apparently pronounced Fandago's name wrong. This is getting seriously old.
They trailed Rock's new film, GI Joe.Remember Paul Bearer:
His return at WrestleMania XX in 2004 with the Undertaker.Hour 2
Damien Sandow said "The following interpretation was brought to you in taste and good form." Rhodes and Sandow did a phenomenal spoof-of-a-spoof of The DX Michael Buffer introduction. They were then interrupted by the Outlaws, who did it properly, and dedicated it to "Percy".Match 3:
The New Ages Outlaws and Team Rhodes Scholars ended in a No Contest when Brock Lesnar, accompanied by Paul Heyman, walked in and wasted the Outlaws with the F5. Paul Heyman then got on the microphone and said Brock Lesnar accepts Triple H's challenge for WrestleMania, but on one condition; Triple H has to agree to their match stipulations, which they won't reveal until HHH has signed the contract.Match 4:
Mark Henry pinned Kofi Kingston in a squash with the World's Strongest Slam.
The Bella twins, clearly having had zero success outside of wrestling and not fancying a career in porn, returned in a backstage skit with Rhodes Scholars and Kaitlyn. Vickie Guerrero arrived and announced as Rhodes Scholars had had their match interrupted, they'd be facing Sheamus and Randy Orton later tonight.
They aired a sneak peak of Psych staring Big Show, which Sky Sports cut from straight away, realising we'd rather watch our own commercials...Match 5:
Ryback pinned Heath Slater (w/3MB) in a 30 second squash. After the match, Drew McIntyre jumped Ryback, but was quickly out-muscled. Mark Henry then made his way into the ring, and both he and Ryback took it in turns annihilating Drew, before going face to face.
They aired a trailer for upcoming WWE Studios film The Call with Halle Berry.
They aired a seriously old-school inset promo with Alberto Del Rio. This was right out of the 80s...Match 6:
In a non-title match, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo) defeated United States Champion Antonio Cesaro with the Cross Arm Breaker.
Josh Mathews was backstage for an interview with Kane. Josh said that it must be a very troubling time for him. Kane was clutching Paul Bearer's urn. A fan then loudly shouted "SAY SOMETHING!", before Kane solemnly walked off.Remembering Paul Bearer:
Various clips of Paul Bearer introducing Kane from late September/early October 1997, including Kane's début from Badd Blood.
They aired a music video hyping The Rock vs. John Cena II. Hour 3
They re-aired Brock Lesnar beating up the Outlaws from earlier.Match 7:
Sheamus and Randy Orton defeated Rhodes Scholars when Sheamus pinned Sandow following the Brogue Kick.
They aired what had happened during the commercial on WWE Active, with The Shield attacking Sheamus and Orton on the stage.
They aired various Touts from fans remembering Paul Bearer.
Chris Jericho was out for the Highlight Reel with The Miz and Wade Barrett. They aired another bloody film trailer, this time for The Marine 3. They joked that Jericho's set had vanished, possibly due to budget cuts. Wade Barrett interrupted. They then aired another trailer for Dead Man Down. They had a "Really"-off. Michael Cole said this segment was a load of absolute gooseberry fool. This is where I left to go brush my teeth. Brad Maddox came out and rambled about something or other, as the announcers buried the whole segment and told the truck just to go to commercial break.
Wade Barrett inserted himself on commentary.Match 8:
In a Number 1 Contenders match for the Intercontinental Championship, Chris Jericho vs. The Miz ended in Disqualification when Wade Barrett interfered after Jericho threw Miz into him at the announce table and he then attacked them both. Miz and Jericho regained the upper hand and hit Barrett with the Code Breaker and the Skull Crushing Finale.
They re-aired a YouTube video of Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo dressed as Swagger and Zeb Colter from SmackDown.Remembering Paul Bearer:
Paul Bearer and Mr Fuji skit from WrestleMania XI involving current Blue Blood star Nicholas Turturro.
Zeb Colter cut a promo berating Sin Cara, and said the only reason fans cheer him is because he has a nice entrance and bounces around the ring like a Mexican Jumping Bean. Crowd began to turn on this and chanted "boring". This storyline couldn't be less over.
It was announced that due to chaos backstage, Vickie Guerrero had made a Triple Threat match for the Intercontinental Championship next week between Miz, Barrett and Jericho.Match 9:
Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) tapped out Sin Cara with the Patriot Lock. Swagger refused to break the hold, which led to Alberto Del Rio running down and the two of them got into a short, & pretty crappy, brawl.
They aired a pre-taped interview with Halle Berry about The Call. David Otunga interrupted her with a phone call, telling her that he'd 'accidentally' released her number to a load of people. This led to Kane calling her, asking why she never responds to his fan mail. She then hung up, raised her arms and set off Kane's pyro on the ring posts. This wasn't anywhere near as funny as you'd probably expect.
The WWE Rewind was from earlier in the night of Undertaker and CM Punk.
They announced Ryback will take on Mark Henry on SmackDown.
CM Punk made his way out.Over-RunMain Event:
Kane (w/Paul Bearer's urn) defeated CM Punk in a No Disqualification match after Punk was distracted by Undertaker's dong (lewd)
and Kane capitalised with a Chokeslam for the pin. After the match, Kane in the ring and Undertaker on the stage knelt and saluted each other in scenes reminiscent of January 1998 prior to the Royal Rumble. As Kane was doing so, CM Punk snuck up behind him and repeatedly nailed him with the urn. As Undertaker made his way into the ring, Punk scarpered with the urn up the aisleway, before mockingly kneeling and clutching the urn, as both men stared each other down to take RAW off the air. Just what a 3 hour show needs...an extra 15 minutes.
Commentators: Michael Cole and Jerry LawlerHour 1
Show opened with John Cena coming out. As he received his usual mixed response, Cena said fans have 20 days to pick a side, and vowed he was ready for WrestleMania. He was interrupted by, of all people, the Prime Time Players: Darren Young and Rufus "Pankcake" Patterson (Titus O'Neil in blue overalls, a silly afro wig and geeky glasses). 'Rufus' said fans don't want to see Cena at WrestleMania, but the Prime Time Players. Rufus claimed some people say Young looks like John Cena, and with Cena being on the front of Fruity Pebbles, Darren should be on the cover of Cocoa Pebbles. "Pancake" claimed he would have no problem tearing Cena limb from limb, but he has gout in his leg, and it's bingo night on Friday. He said Young however would have no problem doing so. Young took the microphone and said Cena would be crying on the ramp, just like he was at WrestleMania 28.Match 1:
John Cena pinned Darren Young with the AA.
They announced Undertaker would be here later tonight.
The recapped Ryback and Mark Henry from SmackDown and ensuing beat-down of Ryback at the hands of The Shield and then Mark Henry.
Ryback was shown making his way to the ring for a match with David Otunga.Match 2:
Ryback defeated David Otunga with Shellshocked in a total squash.
Ryback took the microphone and said he was going to tear The Shield apart at Mania. And on the way, he and Mark Henry's paths would cross again. Mark Henry then came out, quickly followed by Teddy Long and Vickie Guererro. Teddy told Henry not to go any further. Vickie announced that she was taking Ryback out of the 6 man tag match at WrestleMania with Sheamus and Randy Orton and instead Ryback would face Mark Henry. Henry pointed at the WrestleMania sign, before Ryback grabbed Otunga, shouted "THIS IS YOU" at Henry and nailed him with another Shellshocked.
They announced Triple H and Brock Lesnar would sign the contract tonight, while Jerry Lawler's theme music inexplicably played in the background.
A Fandango. Go. Go vignette aired yet again, saying he will début next.
Fandango came out and started dancing on the stage with his partner. As he entered the ring, a giant silhouette of his pose was hanging from the rafters, which then ignited Jeff Jarrett/Sid Justice style. Well...kind of.
They re-aired a confrontation Khali and Fandango had from SmackDown, in which Khali struggled to say Fandango's name.
'dango took the microphone and said as Khali was too stupid to say his name, he asked if Natalya could pronounce it. She said "Fan. DANG. Go-get-him Khali"
. Before Khali could do so, Fandango made his escape, and said people weren't going to see his debut tonight either. Crowd then turned on this big style and chanted "You can't wrestle", as a fan in the aisle shouted "Nobody cares" at him. This sucks the full 10 inches.
Damien Sandow cut a promo at the expense of his opponent R-Truth. He said the "R" in R-Truth stood for Repugnant. Truth responded with a poem that wouldn't look out of place in a Primary School.Match 3:
R-Truth defeated Damien Sandow via Count-Out when Sandow simply walked out on the match.
Cody Rhodes was watching on backstage with the Bellas, when Kaitlyn showed up. She said the Bellas could have Cody's moustache...and he could have theirs.
Undertaker, having stepped straight out of Assassin's Creed, made his entrance to the ring. They débuted a new name graphic during his entrance.
Undertaker said Punk had sealed his own fate when he chose to make this personal. He said he was going to hurt him and hurt him bad, however Punk still has one last chance to save his soul by giving him back the urn. A somewhat off Paul Bearer impersonation filled the arena, only for it to be revealed as CM Punk on the Tron. Punk was clutching Paul Bearer's urn and moving the lid as if it was talking. Punk told Undertaker no disrespect but he couldn't hit the high notes. Punk continued to mock that Paul Bearer was talking to him from the urn.Hour 2
Punk was doing various tricks with the urn, throwing it about and catching it in one hand to another. Punk said he was willing to go through hell to beat The Streak. As Punk was playing with the urn, he then 'accidentally' dropped it on the floor and said "Oh gooseberry fool" in the process, which the WWE managed to mute out.
They re-aired the closing moments of the previous segment...and forgot to bleep out Punk saying gooseberry fool.Match 4:
Team Hell No defeated Primo and Epico (w/Rosa Mendes) when Kane Chokeslammed Epico. During the match, AJ Lee came out and started skipping around ringside.
Josh Mathews was interviewing Chris Jericho backstage when Fandango interrupted. Jericho asked him to introduce himself. When he did so, Jericho started mocking his name by calling him everything under the sun. FanDumbo. FanDungo. FanJango. FanDangler. Fan Wango-TANGO....
They aired a clip of Alicia Fox and Natalya in Africa.
They showed Jack Swagger attacking Del Rio with a sneak attack on Main Event last Wednesday, costing him a match with Big Show.Match 5:
Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo) defeated Cody Rhodes with the Arm Breaker. Alberto Del Rio's got a rejigged and bouncier version of his entrance music. The crowd weren't into this match or Del Rio at all. Del Rio even received a smattering of boos.
After the match, Jack Swagger attacked Del Rio. As Ricardo tried to intervene, he was tossed to the outside. Del Rio managed to regain the upper hand and both men brawled on the outside. With Swagger down, Del Rio set his sights on Zeb Colter. Jack Swagger nailed Del Rio from behind and sent him flying over the announce table. The crowd chanted "USA, USA". Jack Swagger was about to make his way to the back, but Zeb pointed to Ricardo who was crawling on the outside. Swagger applied the Patriot Act to Ricardo, seemingly breaking his ankle in the process.
There was a Swagger = no ratings
sign in the crowd.
The Twitter Ticker has been all over this show.
They recapped the closing moments of Swagger's attack, and Ricardo being carted out on WWE Active.
They announced Booker T as the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class 2013. In what was blatantly a rib, they included his infamous "Hulk Hogan, we comin' for you..." line in his interview from WCW's Spring Stampede 1997.
They confirmed Ricardo has suffered a broken ankle.Hour 3Match 6:
Randy Orton and Sheamus defeated 3MB when Orton pinned Heath Slater following an RKO.
After the match, The Shield made their way through the crowd to ringside. Just as they were about to enter the ring, Big Show made his way down, which led to The Shield making their exit. Big Show, looking at Sheamus and Orton, then pointed at the WrestleMania sign before leaving.
They trailed GI Joe.Match 7:
Dolph Ziggler (w/Bigger Tits Than Your Girlfriend and AJ Lee) pinned Kofi Kingston when AJ Lee caused a distraction on the apron allowing Big E to interfere and attack Kingston, which led to Ziggler nailing the ZigZag for the win.
After the match, tag team champions Kane and Daniel Bryan came out on the stage and challenged Ziggler and Big E to a tag team match. AJ Lee said they'd accept on one condition: they put the titles on the line at WrestleMania. Kane and Bryan shouted "Yes! Yes! Yes!".
They re-aired the Undertaker and CM Punk segment from earlier.
They re-aired the preview video hyping John Cena vs. The Rock II from last week.Main Event:
Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett retained the championship against The Miz and Chris Jericho in a Triple Threat match. Finish saw The Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Chris Jericho and Wade Barrett roll-up Miz for the win. Was quite comfortably the match of the show.
They aired a video from the red carpet for The Call.
They aired various fan Touts on what the stipulation should be for Triple H against Brock Lesnar. There was a fan who called herself "Tout Girl", blatantly having a better idea in how to get over than half the roster...Over-runWrestleMania Contract Signing:
In a segment that went on for 90 hours and was greeted by near total silence, Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar was made official for WrestleMania 29 in a No Holds Barred match, with the added stipulation - which I swear not one person in the building reacted to - that if Triple H loses, his career is over. Triple H had his sledge hammer stuck underneath the table, which he used to keep Lesnar and Heyman at bay on the outside. Heyman brought his own security to the ring, who Triple H ultimately wasted when Heyman made derogatory remarks about Stephanie McMahon. Triple H assaulted Heyman and signed the contract, which brought out Brock Lesnar with a steel chair.
Commentary: Michael Cole and Jerry LawlerHour 1
The night's merriment and jollities opened with CM Punk and Paul Heyman making their way out to the ring. Heyman was clutching the urn, and was also sporting bruising around his left eye. CM Punk started by stating what "they" think about the urn doesn't matter, and that "they" don't know what they're talking about. CM Punk said he didn't take the urn to disrespect Paul Bearer, but because it means everything to the Undertaker. Punk said however that it doesn't mean anything to him, therefore he just dropped the urn in the ring. Punk vowed victory and that he was "the 1 in 20 and 1". Punk said he was waiting for the lights to go out and the chill to enter the arena. The lights then did go out and when they went back up Undertaker was in the ring behind Punk. Undertaker went to work on Punk with punches and body shots. As he was doing so, Punk dropped the urn and it rolled to the outside, allowing it to be promptly picked up by Paul Heyman, who quickly made his escape to the back. Punk also rolled to the floor, to be joined by a returning Heyman on the stage.
They announced both The Rock and John Cena would face a Q&A Hall of Fame Panel later tonight.
Fandango made his way out with his dancer for competitive action. After going through his "Fandango" spiel, Chris Jericho sprinted his way down to the ring and assaulted Fandango, who quickly made his escape up the aisle. Crowd were massively into this.
As Chris Jericho was already in the ring they made the decision to have his scheduled match for later tonight right now.Match 1:
Chris Jericho tapped out Dolph Ziggler (w/Big E Langston and AJ Lee) clean with the Walls of Jericho.
After the match, Big E nailed Jericho from behind and and hit his finishing move. As Jericho was laid out, Fandando returned, danced in the ring with his partner, and then attacked Jericho, before finally hitting his top rope leg drop. The crowd loudly chanted "You can't wrestle". Fandango grabbed the microphone as Jericho audibly and repeatedly told him what to do. Jericho tapped Fandango's leg and told him to 'look at him'. This almost killed it as there's no way people at home won't have heard all of this. Fandango then shouted "It's Fandango".
Matt Striker interviewed Sheamus backstage, as they re-aired highlights of the six man tag main event from SmackDown (3MB vs Big Show, Sheamus and Randy Orton). Sheamus said in the beginning he didn't trust Big Show as much as Randy Orton but after SmackDown when they were all standing tall against The Shield that changed. The Shield then ran in and began putting the boots to Sheamus, before Randy Orton came in with a steel chair. The Shield retained the upper-hand until Big Show arrived and sent all three men packing, leaving himself, Sheamus and Orton standing seemingly united.Match 2:
Mark Henry defeated Jimmy & Jey Uso in a 2 on 1 Handicap match with the World's Strongest Slam. Afterwards, he delivered a further two consecutive World Strongest Slam's on the brothers, before then hitting a splash on one of them.
It was announced that Ryback would compete later tonight in a Handicap match of his own at his request.
Ricardo came out in a cast and on crutches to introduce Alberto Del Rio.Hour 2Match 3:
In a Champion vs. Champion encounter, United States Champion Antonio Cesaro defeated World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio when Alberto Del Rio was Counted Out. Jack Swagger attacked Ricardo on the outside & went to work on his leg again during the match, which caused Del Rio to jump to Ricardo's aid and brawl with Swagger on the outside and through the crowd, ultimately leading to the referee counting him out. Del Rio went to check on Ricardo. As Cesaro was celebrating on the turnbuckle, Alberto Del Rio got in the ring and jumped him from behind. Del Rio then applied the Arm Breaker to a very muted reaction. There's no escaping the fact now that Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger and this entire storyline isn't over.
They recapped highlights of CM Punk's opening promo.Match 4:
In a non-title match, Tag Team Champions Team Hell No beat The Prime Time Players when Kane Chokeslammed Darren Young for the pin. Afterwards Kane and Bryan stared down Diggler, Big E and AJ Lee who were watching the match on the stage.
They announced all three members of The Shield would be in action tonight.
They aired a video package recapping the contract signing between Triple H and Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman.
Chief Operating Officer, The King of Kings, The Game, The Cerebral Assassin, The 13 Time World Champion Triple H came down to the ring for the shortest Triple H promo in living memory. He said that for the first time ever he is entering a situation at WrestleMania where if he loses his career is over. He said he's had a 20 year career, and every day he has fought like his career and life has depended on it. So if Paul Heyman thinks he's made some "grand coo" by adding the stipulations then he's mistaken. Triple H said he had some advice of his own for Brock Lesnar, and that's he needs to pretend that it's his career on the line.
As Triple H was making his way to the back, Wade Barrett's music interrupted and he sauntered down to the ring for his match. As he and HHH stared at each other in the aisleway, HUNTER THE GREAT DESTROYER kicked him in the gooseberries.Match 5:
In a non-title match, The Miz defeated Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett via submission with the Figure Four.
Kane and Bryan were backstage discussing their match at Mania and arguing over their previous relationship with AJ Lee. Kaitlyn walked in and said it's obvious they still haven't gotten over her. AJ Lee came in through another door and was listening to their conversation, as the other three remained completely oblivious. Kaitlyn then called AJ Lee crazy, which led to AJ losing it and wildly attacking her and throwing her into what appeared to be a steel sink on the wall. That or a drinking fountain. Yes, it's that
important. Kane and Bryan grabbed AJ and carted her off into another room. Hour 3Match 6:
The Shield defeated Justin Gabrielle, Great Khali and Zack Ryder in a nothing match.
After the match, The Shield beatdown Khali and gave him the Triple Powerbomb. Sheamus and Randy Orton came out on the stage. Big Show appeared from the crowd. All three men dismantled The Shield and sent them packing through the crowd.
They recapped Jericho and Fandango's confrontation from earlier.
Jericho was shown coming out of Vickie Guerrero's office. Josh Mathews stopped him and asked him what they had spoken about. Jericho said that Fandango was going to get his wish, as at WrestleMania it was going to be him vs. Fandango.
Team Rhodes Scholars came out. Sandow had the microphone and said they were in a city famous for its greasy sandwiches and a stadium which holds a prison inside of it. Despite that, they had a gift for Philadelphia: New Boobs. I mean The Bellas.Match 7:
In yet ANOTHER bloody rematch, Team Rhodes Scholars (w/The Bellas) beat Sweet T and Brodus Clay (w/The Funkadactyls) off a distraction when the girls got into it on the outside in another 2 minute match.Match 8:
Ryback defeated 3MB in a 3 on 1 Handicap match with a Double Stack Shellshocked on Jinder and Heath.
There was a "Steph: resign from Creative" sign in the crowd.
They announced Mark Henry will take on Ryback in a Wieghtlifting Competition on SmackDown.
The re-aired highlights of Jack Swagger breaking Ricardo's ankle from last week's RAW, and the attack from earlier tonight.
They announced Arnold Schwarzenegger will induct Bruno Sammartino into the Hall of Fame.Main Event:
In a non-title bout, AJ Lee defeated Divas Champion Kaitlyn via Count Out when AJ sidestepped a Spear and Kaitlyn crashed into the barricade.
It was now time for the Q&A Hall of Fame Panel, moderated by Jerry Lawler. They had 4 chairs, desk, 2 podiums and black carpet set up in the ring. The Hall of Famers - Booker T, Mick Foley, Dusty Rhodes and Bret Hart (who was not walking well at all) - were all individually introduced by Lawler, and given a very brief video package.
WWE Champion The Rock came out first, followed by John Cena. Over-run
Staggeringly long segment that went a quite ridiculous 35 MINUTES. It was good but this was practically the same thing extended for a ridiculous amount of time. Smattering of fans were leaving during this. Each guy on the panel asked either Cena or Rock a question, and then the other guy could then offer a rebuttal. Mick Foley opened by asking Cena if he was prepared to live with the regret if he fails to defeat Cena for a second time. Cena said if he wins he gets the WWE Championship and much needed redemption. He said last year losing wasn't an option, but he ultimately lost, so he's well aware that it is an option. Cena brought up Donovan McNabb to a chorus of boos. The WWE Universe want to invest in someone that can win the Big One. And if he doesn't, he'll carry the legacy of Donovan McNabb. Statistics said he is the greatest Quarterback to ever put on an Eagles uniform, yet the crowd still boo him. Why? Because he could never win the big one. With Philly's passion, they deserve someone that can win the big one. Cena said it may be a lot of regret but he'll be able to live with failure. Rock in comparison knows nothing of failure. Smattering of "boring" chants at this point. Rock responded with story time with The Rock. He said he had to get a mattress out of a dumpster when he was 23. He reiterated his story of how he flopped when he initially came to the WWF. Bret Hart was next and said it upset him that last year it became a Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels type situation filled with bad blood, yet this year something has seemingly changed. The Rock said he respected Cena for taking his loss last year like a man, and he didn't bitch and complain. Cena responded by saying he originally started all of this in an interview. He thought Rock was only here for "once in a lifetime", but in actual fact had kept coming back, and has proven his love for the WWE. Cena said he took his loss like a man, now we'd see how Rock would take his. Booker T followed by asking them both why John Cena is going to defeat the Rock. Cena blew it off by simply saying that "he has to". Rock asked what kind of shallow answer that was. Cena snapped back that Rock didn't beat him last year, and that he actually beat himself. He made one bad decision by attempting to hit the Rock Bottom on Rock and it backfired. He got caught up in the moment, but that won't happen again this year. Rock fired back that if he had him beat, he would have beaten him. Rock quoted Ric Flair that "to be the man...wooo...you've got to beat the man"
, and that Cena can't beat the man because he isn't the man. And finally Dusty Rhodes asked his question; What do they really want out of their match? Cena said what he really wants is for Rock to be staring up at the lights. The guy that he said would never belong in the Attitude Era, belongs. He wants the loss at Mania 29 to haunt Rock the rest of his life. Rock said Cena would be stuffing his face full of fruity pebbles asking himself how he lost to Rock yet again. Rock asked him to prove him wrong right now. Ultimately ended with Cena and Rock coming face-to-face. Cena got Rock up for the AA, but Rock reversed and hit the Rock Bottom to leave Cena laying. Show ended with Rock standing tall on the stage, and Cena in the ring with a despondent look on his face. Thank God this segment wasn't next week at 4:20...
Location: Washington, DC
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Layfield and Jerry LawlerHour 1
They announced in the opening video package that Shawn Michaels would be here tonight Live.
John Cena came out to a chorus of boos & "Cena sucks" chants to open the show. He cut a 10 minute promo vowing victory at WrestleMania, and was also greeted by a loud "boring" chant, cutting him off in his stride. Last year Cena and Rock would have come down to the ring and made fun of each other, but this year those childish games were over with. Cena proclaimed Rock as the greatest WWE Champion of all time, but on Sunday "The Rock's Time Is Up and My Time Is Now". Cena said that in Rock's very first defence of his new WWE Championship belt, he will lose it.
Cole plugged Tout, and asked fans to Tout their videos on Cena and Rock. He then filmed Lawler cutting a promo and uploaded it.
Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show were shown backstage heading to the ring.
They recapped the conclusion to Friday Night SmackDown, in which a united Sheamus, Orton and Show fought off The Shield through the crowd.Match 1:
Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show defeated 3MB when Big Show hit Jinder Mahal with the Knockout Punch for the pin.
As they celebrated in the ring, The Shield made their way through the crowd, stopping on the steps. They sarcastically congratulated them on their victory tonight, but said at WrestleMania, Orton and company would be staring up at the sky asking themselves what went wrong. Seth Rollins took the microphone and said they may have managed to convince themselves and the audience that they're on the same page, but The Shield knows that they're a phony team.
They announced Zeb Colter will face Alberto Del Rio later tonight.
They aired a pre-tape of Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter on the streets of Washington spouting his usual rhetoric.
Matt Striker interviewed Alberto Del Rio. He called Zeb Colter a Piñata with a moustache.
They showed Vince McMahon's first Tweet on the screen.Match 2:
Dolph Ziggler (with AJ Lee and Big E Langston) defeated Daniel Bryan when Bryan dropkicked Langston on the outside and Ziggler rolled him up off the distraction. After the match, Langston ran over Bryan and hit his finisher. Kane came in and regained the upper hand, but was also out-muscled and laid out by Langston with his finishing manoeuvre. Ziggler and Langston then posed with the tag titles.
Shawn Michaels' music hit and he made his way out to the ring.Hour 2
Shawn Michaels said he became concerned when Triple H put his career on the line. This immediately brought out Triple H. HHH said he thought they'd talked about this already, and that he knows what he's doing. Hunter said it's the same situation as Taker vs. Shawn. Michaels replied by saying that they couldn't be more different; he had respect for Undertaker and Undertaker had respect for him. When he lost he was heartbroken, but he knew Taker was too. Undertaker never once bragged about his victory. In contrast Lesnar has no respect for anyone, and Triple H doesn't respect him either. Shawn Michaels said that Lesnar simply does this for the money and the joy of hurting people. Michaels said he came to the realisation that he doesn't care nearly as much for wrestling as Huntor, where for him it's his life. Hunter said that if he's trying to talk him out of it to save his breath. Michaels said he wasn't, and that come Mania he'd better kick Lesnar's ass. And he will be right there in his corner to see it happen. This brought out Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Heyman kept Lesnar on the ramp. Heyman said HHH was going to have to live with the disappointment of losing, and disappointing Vince McMahon, the Board of Directors and his wife Stephanie McMahon. But he was probably used to doing that anyway. Heyman concluded by saying Triple H was about to commit "professional suicide".
They recapped highlights of Cena's promo at the top of the show & The Shield.
Miz was on commentary.
They announced Miz vs. Wade Barrett will take place on the Pre-Show 1 hour prior to WrestleMania 29.Match 3:
Wade Barrett pinned Zack Ryder with the Bullhammer Elbow.
Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox were in their office when Santino turned up and said he saw Vince McMahon storming out of his limo, and that he was mad as hell at the both of them. He then shouted "April Fools". Vickie and Brad said Santino would be in a match tonight, and that he'd be the fool.
They re-aired highlights of the Bench Press Challenge from SmackDown.Match 4:
Mark Henry destroyed Santino in about 30 seconds.
Ryback came out and confronted Henry. Henry reminded Ryback that they had a No Contact Clause, and that all they'd be doing tonight was smiling, before smiling himself from ear-to-ear. As Mark Henry was leaving the ring, Ryback picked up Santino and ran him into Henry, knocking him to the outside. He then picked up Santino and chucked him over the top rope, taking out Henry. Ryback then shouted "stupid", much to the annoyance of Henry.
Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger were shown talking backstage.
Matt Striker interviewed CM Punk backstage. Striker asked Punk if he was disrespecting the memory of Paul Bearer. Punk, still clutching the urn, said a better question was whether he gives a damn if he's disrespecting his memory. He claimed Undertaker was more interested in Paul Bearer's Streak of no longer waking up in the morning. He said he will do whatever it takes to beat the Undertaker.
They re-aired highlights of Swagger breaking Ricardo's ankle.
After the introductions, Alberto Del Rio ordered Ricardo to go backstage but he ignored him and came to ringside anyway.Match 5:
Alberto Del Rio and Zeb Colter (w/Jack Shagger) ended in Disqualification when Zeb Colter grabbed Ricardo's crutch and nailed Del Rio with it. After the 'match', Colter and Swagger wasted Del Rio with Ricardo's crutches.
They again re-aired highlights of John Cena's promo from the start of the show.Hour 3
The Rock came out and cut a catchphrase and inanimate objects up bottoms promo.Match 6:
In a long match, Chris Jericho defeated Antonia Cesaro with the Walls of Jericho. Fandango came out during the match and started scoring Jericho's performance Strictly Come Dancing style. After the match Fandango assaulted Jericho.
It was announced via Twitter that Stephanie McMahon will induct Trish Stratus into the Hall of Fame at Trish's request.
They aired various fan Touts on Cena and Rock.Main Event:
The Bellas (w/Rhodes Scholars) defeated The Funkadactyls (w/Sweet T and Brodus Clay)
Undertaker made his way out, while they recapped Punk's comments from last week. Undertaker said Punk's historic title reign lasted over 400 days, but his pain at Mania will last an eternity. He said it was Punk that made this personal, and that now he would suffer as a result. Defeating him at Mania was no longer good enough, and his disrespect will cause him to the pay the ultimate price. Undertaker said that while Punk might be correct that, in his current state of mind, the Streak may end, Punk wouldn't be alive to talk about it. The Druids then made their way out, 2 of them clutching burning torches. It was apparent they were not out at the request of the Undertaker.Over-run"Oh Yes!"
then came over the PA system, as a Paul Bearer impersonator appeared on the stage clutching the urn. It turned out to be none other than Paul Heyman. The Undertaker left the ring and made his way up the ramp, befor turning his attention to the Druids. He then took one out, as CM Punk - who was dressed as one - then attacked Undertaker from behind. After repeatedly nailing him with the Urn, he unscrewed the cap and poured what was supposedly Paul Bearer's ashes all over the Undertaker. Punk then scooped up the remnants before throwing it over himself to take RAW - and a stunned crowd - off the air.
Location: Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jearsey
Commentary: Michael Cole, John Layfield and Jerry LawlerHour 1
RAW opened with them recapping the previous night's events at WrestleMania. When they showed a photo of The Rock the crowd was heard booing, which only increased when they showed John Cena.
John Cena's music hit and he made his way out to a thunderous chorus of boos. Crowd was vehemently anti-Cena. Cena opened by saying it should be every superstar's dream to win at WrestleMania, and to expect cheers. He repeated himself each time, to increasingly louder boos. Cena said he might be going out on a limb but the crowd seems a little angry. He said he's upset too. Crowd broke out into a "BORING" chant. Cena began to do a dance. Crowd booed again. He then asked them if they'd like to see Cena do a "heel turn". Get it?
Crowd cheered, before going into a "Same Old gooseberry fool" chant. Cena said he was going to defend the WWE Championship tonight. Mark Henry came out. Crowd chanted "Sexual Chocolate". Cena responded by saying it was a raucous crowd, and that they want to have sex with chocolate. After Henry mentioned beating Ryback last night, crowd then broke out into a "FEED ME MORE" chant. Cena claimed Henry had the "Breath of a thousand asses", before announcing to everyone that if Henry wants a fight then he would defend the WWE Championship tonight against him. SmackDown General Manager Booker T interrupted. Booker said that while he appreciates Cena being a fighting champ, he can't have John coming out and making matches. Booker T said The Rock was the Number 1 Contender. Crowd booed Rock out of the building. He announced due to an injury, Rock wouldn't be here tonight. Clearly not buying that for a moment, the crowd broke out into a loud "BULLSHIT" chant. However if Henry wanted to fight, then that's exactly what he'd get as he stated that should Mark Henry defeat John Cena tonight then he can face him at a later date for the WWE Championship. Crowd audibly deflated.
They announced Alberto Del Rio would take on Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger in a Handicap match tonight.
Big E Langston was shown talking with AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler backstage, as they announced Langston would be in action for the first time on RAW next.Match 1:
Big E Langston (w/AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler) defeated Daniel Bryan (w/Kane) after nailing Bryan with the Big Ending. On the way to the ring, Big E accidentally backhanded AJ Lee in the chest.
Josh Mathews interviewed Kurt Warner in the crowd, host of new reality show The Moment on the USA Network.Match 2:
In a rematch from the WrestleMania Pre-Show, and in front of a very pro-Barrett crowd, Wade Barrett (who didn't receive an entrance) recaptured the Intercontinental Championship against the Miz following the Bullhammer Elbow.
Vickie and Brad Maddox were both in their office when Sheamus walked in and demanded a match with Big Show. Maddox said if they give Sheamus the match then he owes them. Sheamus responded by saying he couldn't give a fiddlers. Vickie made the match.
Booker T was walking backstage when Randy Orton approached him. Randy Orton said he wanted a match with Big Show. Booker told Randy he couldn't as Vickie had already made Sheamus vs Big Show. Randy Orton said Booker was a proper GM and he could easily overrule her. Booker T agreed and made Randy Orton vs. Big Show for later.
Zeb Colter came out and claimed America was in bad shape, and after last night was now in even worse shape. Zeb asked the crowd for support. Crowd gave him the "What" treatment. He called Del Rio filthy. Incredibly, Zeb got the crowd to chant "USA, USA, USA".
They recapped Cena and Mark Henry from earlier.Hour 2Match 3:
Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo) defeated Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger in a 2 on 1 Handicap match. Zeb Colter was never tagged in. After the match medical personnel entered the ring to check on Del Rio's injured ankle at the hands of Swagger's Patriot Lock. Dolph Ziggler's music then hit, to a ridiclously loud pop, and instructed the referee that he was cashing in his Money in the Bank contract.Match 4:
Dolph Ziggler defeated Alberto Del Rio to capture the World Heavyweight Championship to what will most likely be the biggest crowd reaction on any RAW of this year. To quote Gorilla Monsoon, the roof literally
Undertaker made his way out. Just as he was about to speak the crowd broke out into a loud "UN-DER-TAKER!" chant. He said he dedicated last night's match to the late Paul Bearer. The Shield's music hit the PA system and they made their way out through the crowd. As they surrounded the ring, Kane's pyro went off on the ring posts and Undertaker's brother and Daniel Bryan sprinted their way out to the ring. The Shield then backed off, before making their escape back through the crowd.
They re-aired Ziggler cashing in and winning the World Title from earlier.
Josh Mathews interviewed Dolph Ziggler backstage. Ziggler said he's been too damn good for too damn long. He said that this was his WrestleMania moment, and that it was about damn time. Match 5:
R-Truth, Zack Ryder & Santino beat 3MB when Santino nailed Heath Slater with the Cobra.
In an incredibly self indulgent video, they aired highlights of various WrestleMania activities from over the past week, set to the track "We are superstars".
Orton and Sheamus were arguing backstage about how Orton misjudged Big Show, and who should be the one to face him tonight. It concluded with Sheamus telling Orton he 'had this'.
They aired the Big Show interview from the WrestleMania Post-Show. Big Show said that all he wanted was the opportunity to get that tag, but instead Orton decided to take his thunder. Show said nobody is taking his thunder ever again. I guess he's fiercely protective of those WCW tapes...
Sheamus came out and asked the crowd if they wanted to see him kick Big Show's arse. Crowd mostly booed. Randy Orton interrupted and asked the crowd the same thing, this time to cheers. We then cut to the announce table as they revealed the choice would be up to the fans on Twitter to decide by # vote. Back from commercial break, it was revealed Orton had garnered 77% of the vote. Vickie and Booker T came out and said they both had legitamate reasons for facing Big Show, and after both conferring they'd decided it would be Orton vs Sheamus with the winner facing Show. Crowd, not remotely impressed, booed. People on Twitter presumably were left wondering what the point of their voting was. Hour 3Match 6:
Sheamus vs. Orton ended in Disqualification when Big Show walked in and destroyed both men. During the match the crowd chanted for RVD, JBL, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, ECW, Randy Savage, HBK and performed a Mexican Wave, all to the complete and utter bemusement of the announcers. After the match was thrown out, Big Show KO'ed Orton in the ring, before dragging him to the outside and throwing him into the barricade, spearing him on the floor, and tossing him over the announce table. Big Show then threw two of the announcer office chairs into the ring post and ring ropes. Crowd then started chanting "We are awesome" and "One more chair". When Show failed to launch the last chair, the crowd booed.
They announced Triple H would be on SmackDown Friday.
They re-aired Undertaker being confronted by The Shield.Match 7:
Fandango vs. Kofi Kingston also ended in Disqualification when Chris Jericho ran in and dismantled Fandango. Jericho tossed Fandango around ringside, applied the Walls of Jericho and nailed him with the Code Breaker. As Justin Roberts was then announcing Fandango the winner, Fandango still found the energy to correctly say his name properly.
They aired a package highlighting Cena's multiple media appearances.
They showed Triple H having an X-Ray from last night's Post Show.
Josh Mathews was backstage interviewing Paul Heyman. Heyman said despite Lesnar getting knocked out within 3 minutes of the match, it still took Triple H a further 23 minutes to beat him. Heyman said Brock Lesnar is ready for a fight tonight, but unfortunately he doesn't let his clients fight for free. Paul then said CM Punk wasn't there tonight, and instead he'll tell us how he feels on next week's episode.Match 8:
The Funkadactyls, Sweet T and Brodus Clay defeated Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins. The crowd spent the majority of the match singing Fandango's entrance music.
They trailed The Moment on USA Network.Over-runMain Event:
John Cena defeated Mark Henry when Mark Henry was thrown into the ring steps and Counted Out. After the match, Mark Henry got back up and ran right over Cena, and gave him the World's Strongest Slam. Ryback made his way out to the ring, and he and Henry then got into it, before Ryback dispatched Henry. Ryback grabbed Cena's hand to help him up, and both men looked at each other face-to-face. As Cena was celebrating with Ryback, Cena turned around and walked straight into a Clothesline from Ryback. He then picked him up and delivered Shellshock. Ryback held up the WWE Championship, as the crowd loudly chanted "FEED ME MORE" to take an incredibly memorable RAW off the air!
Location: Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, South Carolina
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Layfield and Jerry LawlerHour 1Match 1:
Sheamus and Randy Orton defeated Big Show in a Handicap match when Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick and Randy Orton followed it up with an RKO for the pin.
They aired highlights of 3MB interrupting Triple H on SmackDown, followed by The Shield coming out and beating them up.
Josh Mathews interviewed 3MB backstage. Heath Slater said they were heading to the ring to call out The Shield next.
After the break, 3MB were all in the ring. Heath Slater claimed they were going to make an example of Triple H on SmackDown, but that "3 man cover band" came out and stole the spotlight. Drew McIntyre demanded a hand written apology. The crowd told them that they sucked. Brock Lesnar's music then hit and he made his way to the ring. Lesnar promptly destroyed all 3 men, planting an F5 on Drew and delivering a further 2 to Heath Slater onto the barricade. Paul Heyman then ran down and called Lesnar off. Heyman took the microphone and said that last week his client wanted a fight, and the fight he wants is with Triple H. Heyman said Triple H did something no other man has ever done in history, and that was knock out Lesnar at WrestleMania. He said that Triple H is one hell of a man, and that if he were here tonight on RAW he'd shake his hand because he's gained his respect. Crowd chanted for Triple H. Unfortunately Lesnar doesn't share the same opinion. They're now 1-for-1, and there can only be one dominant alpha male in the WWE. Therefore they're proposing a match for Extreme Rules. Heyman said it was time to get barbaric, in a match which is uncensored and ruthless. It's time to get extreme. The match Lesnar wants is a steel cage. "Challenge issued".
New joke character Antonio Cesaro came out and started yodelling.Match 2:
In another rematch from Friday's SmackDown, this time for the United States Championship, Kofi Kingston beat Antonio Cesaro with Trouble in Paradise to capture the United States Championship.
After the match, Kofi told Josh Mathews that he'd just brought the US Championship back home.
They re-aired the entirety of Dolph Ziggler cashing in and winning the World Title from Alberto Del Rio on last week's RAW.
World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler, girlfriend AJ Lee and bodyguard Big E Langston made their way out to the ring. Hour 2
Ziggler proclaimed that last week was the single greatest moment in the history of RAW, and it was so all because of him. Part of the crowd attempted to give him the "What?" treatment. Dolph said that there's never been someone as charismatic, or as flamboyant, and that he does it better than everyone else. He said he doesn't care if the crowd boos him, as showing off is what you do when you're better than everyone else. He said perks come with the job, before turning to AJ and kissing her. Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo, who was still on crutches, interrupted. Del Rio said that last week he congratulated him and that when the time was right he was going to invoke his rematch clause. And that time was right now. As Ziggler responded by saying that Del Rio needs to be 100% to hang with him in the ring, Vickie Guerrero interrupted. Vickie demanded that they get a ref out there as the match was indeed happening right now. Before the match could get started however, Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger came out. Zeb said Ziggler wouldn't even be champ without Jack Swagger, and the only reason Dolph won was because Jack tore him to pieces. Swagger and Del Rio got into it, before Del Rio clotheslined Swagger back out of the ring. Swagger then grabbed Del Rio from the outside and wrapped his leg around the ring post. On the outside, Swagger applied the Patriot Act ankle lock as various referees did their best to get him to break the hold.
Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo were in the trainers room.
They announced The Shield would take on Team Hell No and the Undertaker next week on RAW from London.Match 3:
In a match we've seen at least 500 times already, Team Hell No defeated the Prime Time Players after Daniel Bryan nailed Darren Young with a diving headbutt off the top rope for the pinfall victory.
Ryback cut a pre-taped promo. He said WrestleMania 29 was the highlight of John Cena's career but the worst of his. While Cena was back on top, Ryback was back at the bottom. He said there's only one place to go; Cena down, and for himself to go back up. Ryback said he wasn't going to start at the bottom all over again. Ryback called Cena a lousy friend, and said a friendship with John Cena means nothing more than living in Cena's shadow. Ryback asked when The Shield were attacking him where was Cena to help, and that he was probably off designing his latest T-Shirt. Ryback said Cena will to admit that he is the biggest threat to Cena's title, and that "Ryback rules".
They recapped Brock Lesnar destroying 3MB and challenging Triple H.
They announced a #1 Contenders Battle Royal for the Intercontinental Championship on Main Event.Match 4:
In a non-title match, R-Truth pinned Wade Barrett with a move.
Vickie and Brad Maddox were in their office discussing Del Rio's condition when Teddy Long walked in. As Del Rio can't compete tonight, Long said Jack Swagger would go one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler. Long said he's already given Swagger some "extra incentive" and he was fine with it. Vickie asked if Booker T knew about this, and Teddy responded by saying he didn't know. Vickie and Teddy told Brad to go tell someone about it.
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Rhodes Scholars cut a promo. They said "like a famed philosopher once said, we are but dwarves on the shoulders of giants". Rhodes said they believe in decency for all. Sandow followed up by saying even in a den of ignorance like south Carolina.Match 5:
Rhodes Scholars beat Santino and Great Khali when Sandow rolled up Santino.
They aired a trailer for rotten looking game Rockpocalypse on GooglePlay and iPhone. On the plus side, it is free.
Jerry Lawler was in the ring and introduced a video of various people and celebrities "Fandangoing", before introducing the man himself. Crowd, and you surely saw this one coming, weren't even remotely as into it as last week. Fandango asked him how Lawler's hips were feeling, and he told him to move his hips. Lawler replied by saying he was going to move his hips back over to the announce table.Hour 3
Fandango asked the fans if they wanted to go Fandangoing. There was a loud air horn in the crowd. He asked each side of the crowd. Only about 20% of the people seemed interested. Fandango told the crowd that before they could do that they needed to pronounce his name correctly. He said as they were incapable of doing so they could all go Fandango themselves.
Matt Striker interviewed John Cena backstage. Cena said apparently Ryback has a problem with him, but he isn't hard to find. Cena said he'd be out in the ring later, so Ryback can come find him face-to-face.Match 6:
In a non-title bout, Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) pinned Dolph Ziggler (w/AJ Lee and Big E Langston) with a roll-up.
After the match, Del Rio nailed Swagger from behind on the ramp, threw him into the WWE Sign and kicked him off the stage. Alberto Del Rio then applied the Cross Arm Breaker as Swagger hung off the side of the stage. WWE referees ran down and pulled him off. Del Rio pointed at Dolph Ziggler in the ring.
Matt Striker was about to interview Sheamus backstage when Mark Henry appeared and Speared him through the set.
Paul Heyman and CM Punk both made their way out. Crowd chanted "CM Punk". Punk said that for 434 days he was the WWE Champion he couldn't enjoy the ride because he was always looking around the corner at what was next. He said the championship meant the world to him, but he wanted the next challenge, and that he found it with The Rock, arguably the greatest of all time. Yet he still wanted more, because he's never satisfied. He always wants more. Punk said that after battling the most "electrifying man in sports entertainment" where do you go? He said he looked at the one thing bigger than The Rock, and that was Undertaker's Streak at WrestleMania. Punk claimed that he pushed 'Taker to the very limit. A few in the crowd chanted "respect", before breaking out into a loud duelling "Undertaker/CM Punk" chant. Punk then turned around, hugged Heyman, and walked out of the building, leaving Heyman shocked in the ring.
Booker T was telling Teddy Long backstage that he was overstepping his bounds. Long said Swagger is the next number one contender for the World Title. Booker disagreed and announced Swagger, Del Rio and Ziggler will face each other at Extreme Rules in a Triple Threat match. Booker then reprimanded Teddy by saying that he needs to handle his business. Booker then stormed off.Main Event:
In a non-title match, Nikki Bella beat Kaitlyn when Brie pinned Kaitlyn. The commentators spent most of the match laughing at the expense of Nikki's new "larger" breasts.
They recapped the closing moments of the Handicap match from earlier, and then Mark Henry spearing Sheamus.
They announced Sheamus and Orton will team up to face Big Show and Mark Henry this Friday on SmackDown.
John Cena made his way out to the ring, mouthing the lyrics to his theme music. Cena demanded "the Ryback" get out to the ring as well and face him. Ryback immediately obliged. Crowd chanted "Feed Me More". In a WCW moment, The Shield were accidentally shown getting ready in a hallway. Announcers didn't mention it. A few in the crowd chanted "boring". Cena said Ryback made us sit through his highlight promo earlier and quite frankly it was boring. Cena said he understood why he did what he did last week, he just didn't like how he did it. Cena said Ryback lacks the two most important things it takes to be champion: "the space between your ears and a piece between your legs".Over-run
Finally Jerry Lawler asked if the other two had seen what he had earlier, and Cole responded yes, clearly attempting to cover for the mistake with the camera. Cena said rather than hold onto the title like Ryback did last week, this week how about he make a move and see if he has what it takes to earn a championship. Ryback turned around and left. The Shield's music then hit and they made their way through the crowd and slowly into the ring. Ryback watched from the aisle as The Shield decimated Cena, and gave him the Triple Power Bomb. Crowd chanted "One More Time", as The Shield stood tall over Cena and Ryback turned around & headed to the back to take RAW off the air!
Location: The O2, London England
Commentators: Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry LawlerIn quick results...
RAW from London opened with Paul Heyman coming out and cutting a promo claiming he had received a message from Triple H saying he wasn’t going to be on the show tonight. Triple H then came out, accepted and killed Heyman with a Pedigree.Match 1:
R-Truth pinned Antonio Cesaro.Match 2:
Damien Sandow (w/Cody Rhodes) pinned Brodus Clay (w/Tensai)Match 3:
World Champion Dolph Ziggler pinned Chris Jericho with the Zig Zag, with the stipulation being that if Jericho won, he would join the World title bout at Extreme Rules, making it into a Triple Threat. Fandango's music hit to distract Jericho, setting up the finish.Match 4:
Tensai pinned Cody Rhodes.
Ryback cut a backstage promo saying the fans don't understand him. He knocked John Cena and said he would see Mick Foley in the ring later tonight.Match 5:
Big E. Langston defeated Zack Ryder.
Kane and Daniel Bryan were backstage, where Bryan was trying to explain something with a chart. Kane told Bryan not to show Undertaker, and that Undertaker didn’t carry a phone.Match 6:
The Shield defeated The Undertaker & Team Hell No in a really good, long match. Finish saw Bryan going for the Flying Headbutt but Ambrose moved and got the pinfall.
WWE aired The Rock's tweets on screen about having surgery.
Backstage, Mick Foley and John Cena discussed Ryback calling Foley out.Match 7:
Fandango defeated William Regal in a quick match. Afterwards Jericho ran in and attacked Fandango. Lots of crowd involvement.
After the match, Chris Jericho comes out and attacked Fandango. Jericho threw him off the stage and danced with Fandango’s dancer to end it.
WWE Divas champion Kaitlyn came out for commentary.Main Event:
There will be a Divas battle royal with the winner being crowned the new #1 contender for the Championship. The participants were Tamina Snuka, AJ Lee, Cameron, Naomi, Layla and The Bella Twins. AJ got the win.
Mick Foley came out with a steel chair. Foley was in good spirits and says he didn't come out here for a confrontation. Ryback comes out. They have words and Foley names off things he's done throughout his career. Foley says he won't back down from a fight. Ryback tells him to shut up. Ryback declares he will defeat "Super Cena" at Extreme Rules and become the next WWE Champion. Ryback calls Foley a "Fat pathetic lazy bastard". Cena then came out. The Shield promptly follow and its 4-on-1 for Cena. Cena backs away and begins his exit. The Shield turn and surround Ryback. Cena came back with a steel chair and chased off The Shield. Cena hit an Attitude Adjustment on Ryback to close out RAW.
Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Commentators: Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry LawlerHour 1
Everyone's favourite early morning show that isn't Babestation opened with Ricardo and Alberto Del Rio coming out to the ring.Match 1:
In a Triple Threat encounter, with the winner deciding the stipulation for the 3-way World Title match at Extreme Rules, Ricardo (w/Alberto Del Rio) defeated Zeb Colter (w/Jack Swagger) and Big E Langston (w/AJ Lee and Zolph Ziggler) when Ricardo rolled up Zeb Colter off a distraction by AJ Lee, who had entered the ring to break up a pinfall attempt.
Here on World Wish Day, they aired a touching video package of John Cena granting a wish to an 8 year old boy.
John Cena came out to the stage with 3 kids. He said it was their wishes, here on World Wish Day, to spend the day at RAW. He said WWE were making them honorary Superstars for the day. Each kid chose their 'Superstar names'.
Randy Orton was shown making his way towards the ring.Match 2:
In a long match, Randy Orton pinned Cody Rhodes following an RKO in mid-air off a Disaster Kick by Rhodes. The commentators spent a large portion of the match amusing themselves over JBL's continued use of dated references, and made comment of Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire.
Afterwards Matt Striker interviewed Randy Orton in the ring. Cody Rhodes attempted a sneak attack from behind but was hit with another RKO.
In a horribly acted segment, The Bellas were shown warming up backstage.
They aired a video package promoting WWE's new 'reality' show, Total Divas, on E!Match 3:
Brie Bella (w/Nikki) defeated Naomi (w/Cameron) when Nikki pinned Naomi. After the match, Cameron complained to the referee that the twins had switched, which resulted in the referee changing the decision to a Disqualification and awarding the victory to Naomi. The Bellas then ran back in and brawled with The Funkadactyls, gaining the upper hand.Hour 2
The Shield came out through the crowd. They said they'd dealt out justice to Ryback, The Rock, Sheamus, John Cena and now Undertaker. They recapped highlights of their attack on the Undertaker from SmackDown. 3MB interrupted, angry that The Shield had ruined their chance of beating up Triple H on SmackDown. 3MB were promptly delt with, when Kane's pyro went off on the stage and Team Hell No made their way to the ring. The Shield made their escape, leaving 3MB to be finished off by being tossed over the top rope and Chokeslammed.
John Cena was backstage getting his lower leg and foot taped up when Ryback walked in. Ryback said he could tape up all he wanted but it wouldn't matter. John Cena said he isn't injured, just hurt, and that he's probably more effective on one leg than Ryback is on two. Ryback said he couldn't take that chance and walked off.
At the announce table, Jerry Lawler ordered a Domino's pizza, and was shown tracking it using the online pizza tracker. Lets see if this one actually turns up...
They announced Antonio Cesaro will face Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Championship on Main Event.Match 4:
World Champion Dolph Ziggler (w/AJ Lee and Big E) pinned Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston with the ZigZag in a non-title bout. After the match, Ziggler ordered Big Tits Langston to inflict further damage on Kofi, nailing two Big Endings.
As Zolph was heading back up the ramp, the name plate on the World Title was hanging off.
Did You Know? WWE has over 100,000,000 Facebook fans. That's one of the more ridiculous claims in quite some time...
Zolph Ziggler, AJ Lee and Big E bumped into Kaitlyn and Natalya backstage. After a bit of back and forth, a stage hand gave AJ Lee a gift, which turned out to be for Kaityln. It was a baseball hat with gold spikes on it. There was also a note from a mystery individual expressing their love - i.e. she's got a secret admirer.
They recapped the Triple H/Brock Lesnar feud from over the past two weeks.
Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox were in their office when Ryback walked in. He said John Cena had left him to face The Shield alone for the last time. Vickie agreed and said Ryback wasn't going to be left in a Handicap match, therefore he would instead team with Kane and Bryan to face The Shield. Ryback said he'd been there done that, and didn't trust either of those guys. Ryback shouted NO! and walked off. Brad asked Vickie what he meant by No.
The commentators were checking on the progress of the pizza. The tracker said it had been delivered...to the front row of the crowd. Various people were shown eating the Pizza Hut deep pan knock off, much to the anger of the 3.
Monumental dork Zack Ryder came out and said for anyone who missed Zeb Colter getting pinned earlier, here it was again.Match 5:
Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) tapped out Zack Ryder with the Patriot Lock. After the match, Zeb punched Zack in the face.
Mark Henry was shown heading towards the ring carrying a rope.
On WWE Active, Ryback was shown apparently leaving the building.
Mark Henry was in the ring. He said he was going to prove he's the Strongest Man. He said Vickie had given him two opponents to face tonight. Sweet T came out. Jerry Lawler asked if this was going to be a Handicap match. A few in the crowd chanted "Albert". There was a rope and red line in the middle of the ring. Lawler's clearly half asleep.TUG OF WAR 1:
Mark Henry tugged off Sweet T.TUG OF WAR 2:
Mark Henry beat Brodus Clay.Hour 3
Sheamus came out and congratulated Henry. He said he knows he wanted two competitors, but how about one more. Henry declined. Sheamus asked Henry if he was afraid, at which point Henry demanded Sheamus get to the ring.TUG OF WAR 3
: Ended in a No Contest when Sheamus let go of the rope, sending Mark Henry flying backwards. He then nailed him with the Brogue Kick.
They re-aired John Cena granting the 3 wishes to the 3 kids from earlier.
Team Hell No were in Brad and Vickie's office. Kane told Brad to shut up. Kane said they were just as well off without Ryback, and that it was back to being a Handicap match. Vickie said if that's what they wanted, then they've got it. As they then left, Vickie told Brad there was one more thing she wanted him to do, before whispering something in his ear.
They aired Rock's Tweet from last week saying his surgery was a success. They also congratulated Rock on Pain and Gain being number 1 at the box office.
Brad Maddox walked in to Cena's locker room. Cena first called him Brandon Walker, and then Bad Mattress. Cena told Brad to go tell Vickie he will be in the 6 man main event tonight. Brad said he was hurt too bad. Cena said Brad would be the one hurt if he didn't go and tell Vickie he was going to be in the match.
Ricardo came out and introduced Del Rio.Match 6:
In another long match, Alberto Del Rio defeated Antonio Cesaro with the Arm Breaker. Crowd chanted "Olé! Olé! Olé!" during and after the match.
Alberto Del Rio announced that the World Title Triple Threat at Extreme Rules would be a ladder match. Well that's saved the PPV from being a pile of arse.DANCE OFF CHALLENGE:
Fandango and Summer Rae (Danielle Moinet) danced. Large majority of the crowd Fandagoed. Great Khali and Natalya danced. Jerry Lawler asked the crowd who they thought was better. Crowd cheered for Khali (who was absolutely useless, naturally). As Khali was celebrating, Fandango clipped his knee from behind and hit his leg drop off the top.
They again re-aired the beat down on 'Taker from SmackDown.
John Cena, wearing the worst T-Shirt in the history of the company, came out. Team Hell No followed.
They announced Dean Ambrose will face Kane on SmackDown.
The Shield made their way out through the crowd.Main Event:
The Shield defeated Team Hell No and John Cena. Finish saw John Cena go for the Attitude Adjustment but his leg give out, which led to Roman Reigns hitting him with the Spear for the pin.
After the match, Ryback - who was dressed like Bill Goldberg - came out onto the stage and looked on at John Cena, who was being tended to by a trainer.
This show felt loooooooooong
Location: Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia
Commentators: Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry LawlerHour 1
John Cena came out to open the show. Cena did some 'comedy'. Vickie Guererro interrupted with "excuse me"
. As the managing supervisor she said she was so excited that he was going to be at Extreme Rules. Crowd booed her out of the building. She introduced Ryback to the ring. Vickie asked Cena and Ryback what stipulations they'd like for their match. Cena instead opted to mock Ryback, joking about having a "Vickie Guerrero's granny panties on a poll match"
. I'm sure Russo thought it was a great idea. Ryback said it was extremely stupid of Cena to forgo his choice, before opting for a Last Man Standing match.
Damien Sandow sang a hilarious song replacing the lyrics of Orton's theme music, basically saying he was boring.Match 1:
Randy Orton pinned Damien Sandow following an RKO.
As the commentators were recapping the match, Big Show punched out Randy Orton off camera on the stage. After showing a replay, referees came out to Orton's aid.
Fandango and his partner (not Summer Rae) were shown dancing backstage.
Chris Jericho's pyro went off and he made his way out, as they recapped his on-going feud with Fandango. He said he'd set up a judging panel to critique Fandango's performance tonight. He introduced Sweet T and Brodus Clay. They had a table set up at ringside.
About 10 people were Fandangoing in the crowd. This thing's dead.
The judging table held up two 2's and a 1. Fandango asked who they were to judge him. He said just because Jericho was on Dancing on the Stars and failed doesn't make him an expert.Match 2:
R-Truth defeated Fandango via Count-Out when Fandango simply walked out on the match, after the judging table awarded three 10's for R-Truth's dancing.
They aired WWE employee's photos and tweets of Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar turning up at Titan Towers and storming into Triple H's office.
Josh Mathews interviewed Daniel Bryan. Bryan said it'll take more than a Shield ambush to keep him down, which is why he's challenging Ryback to a rematch from SmackDown tonight. Ryback confronted him and told him "No" because he wasn't physically ready. Kane then walked up to Ryback. Ryback said there was only one monster in WWE, and that was him.
Alberto Del Rio made his way out with Ricardo.
The commentators announced that Vickie had made Ryback vs. Kane for later. Hour 2Match 3:
Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo) vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/AJ Lee and Big E Langston) in a non title match ended in Disqualification when the referee saw Big E Langston dragging Del Rio out of the ring. Langston then intentionally threw him into Swagger, which led to Swagger going mental. Swagger then obliterated everyone with brutal looking ladder shots.
During the match, Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger came out, had a stare-down with Big E on the outside, before Zeb inserted himself on commentary.
They re-aired the opening segment with Ryback and Cena.
Kaitlyn was backstage with The Funkadactyls. She was discussing a text message she'd received from her mystery admirer. Khali turned up and Natalya convinced him to go undercover in the mens locker room. JBL burst out laughing.
The Bellas were shown backstage laughing.
They aired a video promoting their new deal with Yahoo.Match 4:
The Shield beat The Usos and Kofi Kingston when Ambrose pinned Kingston.
They continued to air employee tweets of Lesnar and Heyman at the WWE Headquarters.
They announced Randy Orton will face Antonio Cesaro on Main Event.
They showed Cesaro attacking Kingston backstage on Main Event last Wednesday.Match 5:
Antonio Cesaro pinned Zack Ryder with the Neutraliser.
Cesaro cut a promo. He asked whether Ryder was all the competition the WWE had for him. He said there was nobody in the whole company that can hold a candle to him, before throwing the microphone down.
A stage hand was shown putting a microphone on Paul Heyman, who was up next via satellite.
After the break, Paul Heyman was on the Tron from an undisclosed location. He said earlier today they took "a tour"
of the WWE HQ. Instead of flapping his gums, he wanted to just air the footage he shot oh his phone. They aired Lesnar and Heyman walking in, up the lift - where Paul started whistling the Fandango theme tune - and through to Triple H's office (which looked more like a room with a false partition in). Along the way they stopped to look at a poster of The Rock on the wall. Lesnar then totally destroyed everything in it, and managed to break a sledgehammer in the process.Hour 3
Back with Heyman Live, he said he happens to know something about "Extreme"
. He said when Brock tries to hurt someone, it's always him that pleads with Lesnar, and it's always him that has to discourage him. Then Triple H decided to predigree him, therefore he's not going to discourage Lesnar any more, rather he was going to beg him to hurt HHH inside the cage. Paul had a destroyed replica of the World title over his shoulder. Heyman claimed Lesnar would go "Further, and further and further...".
Triple H's music then hit in the building and he made his way out. Triple H joked Heyman's hair was a mess. He asked Heyman if he ever opens his mouth without crap falling out of it. HHH said he knew something about being Extreme as he launched DX, & ran through the Attitude era. He said he has two offices: the one he tore up and the one he's currently standing in; the 2nd office was more like his home, and where he became a man, something Lesnar never became. He said if Lesnar wants to say something, he should say it to his face. He said in this office, he fights back.Match 6:
Kaitlyn and the Funkadactyls defeated the Bellas and AJ Lee when Kaitlyn pinned AJ Lee. Dead crowd.
Mark Henry made his way out to the ring. He said in a few minutes Sheamus will be out acting all tough and doing all his posing. He said that's where the problem is: Sheamus acts tough, whereas he is tough. Crowd chanted "What?"
He repeated "When Sheamus"
, to ever louder "What?"
chants. He called the fans nothing but puppets. They re-aired the arm wrestling contest from SmackDown. He said if Sheamus had any guts he'd face him in a match at Extreme Rules. The "What?"
chants appeared to take him off his stride. Sheamus came out. Mark Henry said instead of waiting for Extreme Rules, how about they go tonight. As they were both about to get into it, Wade Barrett's music hit. Michael Cole questioned on commentary whether Henry knew Wade was scheduled to come out.
After the break, Mark Henry was on commentary.Match 7:
Sheamus pinned Wade Barrett in a non title match following a Brogue Kick. During the match, Sheamus levelled Henry with a Brogue Kick on the outside.
After the match, Mark Henry went at Sheamus with a belt he'd stolen off one of the WWE trainers.
They announced Fandango will face Jericho next week on RAW in a dance-off.
They re-aired highlights of Paul Heyman and Lesnar destroying Triple H's office.
They announced Ryback will be on Jericho's Hightlight Reel Talk Show on SmackDown.Over-runMain Event:
Ryback pinned Kane in a thoroughly boring match off Shellshocked.
After the match, The Shield came out through the crowd, which led to Ryback bailing to the outside. Daniel Bryan ran down, followed by John Cena. As they began dispatching The Shield, Ryback entered the ring with a steel chair. Cena got Roman Reigns up for the FU, but Ryback nailed Cena in the gut with the chair, and then waffled him in the back. Show went off the air with Ryback standing tall over Cena and shouting "Ryback Rules"
Location: BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
Attendance: Half empty.
Commentators: Michael Cole, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Jerry Lawler.Hour 1DANCE OFF:
Night’s entertainment got going with Jerry Lawler in the ring. Fandango, with Summer Rae made their way out for the Dance Off with Chris Jericho. They had parkay flooring in the ring. JBL lost no time in mentioning Wigan upsetting Man City on Saturday. Chris Jericho came out with Edyta Sliwinska from Dancing with the Stars. Long segment that went over a quarter of an hour. Lawler said a coin toss earlier had decided that Fandango would dance first. The quirky music hit and Fandango and Summer Rae got into their stances and prepared to dance. After standing there for what seemed like forever, Fandango took the microphone and demanded the crowd be quiet as he was "trying to create a masterpiece out here." They then played the music again and after another initial pause, Fandango and Summer Rae started dancing. After a few seconds, Summer Rae went down, apparently having twisted her ankle. Fandango began berating her in the corner. Sliwinska and a WWE Trainer checked on her in the corner. With Jericho also distracted, Fandango nailed him from behind, tossed him to the outside, threw him into the ring steps and threw him into the announce table. Fandango picked up a piece of the flooring in the ring and bashed Jericho with it, leaving him laying. Fandango got back in the ring, and looked at Summer Rae...who then smiled and jumped back up to her feet, revealing the whole injury to be a ruse.
The announced Team Hell No and John Cena would face The Shield in a 6 man tag team elimination match later tonight.
Ryback was shown heading towards the ring.Match 1:
Ryback defeated Zack Ryder with Shellshocked in a total squash.
The commentators implored us to download the WWE app, as Del Rio was being interviewed backstage. They showed part of the interview on screen, with the audio. Just in case this match wasn't worthless enough as it is.
They re-aired highlights of the April 30th 2012 edition of RAW when Lesnar broke Triple H's arm.
They said Triple H and Brock Lesnar would come face-to-face later tonight.Match 2:
The Prime Time Players defeated Sweet T and Brodus Clay in a nothing match that went about 2 minutes. In a TNA moment, the cameras missed the finish. It was revealed in a replay that Darren Young had hit Brodus with his hair comb and Titus O'Neil rolled him up for the victory.
It was announced Teddy Long would make an announcement concerning the World Heavyweight Championship next.
Matt Striker was on the stage and introduced Teddy Long. Striker said that with WWE.com reporting Dolph Ziggler is not cleared to defend the championship at Extreme Rules, what Teddy was going to do about it. Teddy said Vickie Guerrero had given him the power to decide on what to do. Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter came out. Zeb, stumbling over his words, said Ziggler should be stripped of the title. AJ Lee and Big E Langston interrupted, and said Jack Swagger shouldn't be awarded but fired, as he was the one who injured Dolph in the first place. Teddy told all of them to quiet down. He said Dolph will not be stripped of the title, rather at Extreme Rules Swagger and Del Rio will now wrestle in a Number 1 Contenders I Quit match. Crowd booed. Teddy then announced Big E would take on either Del Rio or Jack Swagger tonight, with the WWE Universe deciding exclusively on the WWE app. Crowd were not even remotely impressed at this.
They announced Kofi Kingston will defend the title against Dean Ambrose on PPV.
Damien Sandow came out. He said that contrary to popular demand he would not be singing tonight, and proclaimed that much like Kofi's championship reign, the song was already foolish. Sandow closed by saying Kofi's reign would soon be coming to an end.Match 3:
United States Champion Kofi Kingston pinned Damien Sandow with Trouble in Paradise in the 3rd successive quick match of the night.
There's a "I watch wrestling because I'm single" sign in the crowd.
Mark Henry was in the ring with a strap.
The showed highlights of Eddie Guererro and JBL's strap match from the Great American Bash in June 2004 and last Monday's RAW with Henry beating Sheamus with a strap. Hour 2
Josh Mathews was in the ring interviewing Mark Henry. Henry said that if we thought the whipping of Sheamus was something then wait until Extreme Rules. They then showed Henry pulling the tractor trailers from SmackDown. Mathews asked how he was going to beat Sheamus. Henry said he was going to go one better than that and show him. Mathews reluctantly put the strap on his wrist. Henry waffled Josh and then proceeded to drag him around the ring slapping each turnbuckle cover. He then took the strap off Josh and allowed him to run out of the ring "like a rat". Henry asked why wait until ER; how about Sheamus come out right now and let him finish what he started last week. Sheamus' music hit and he made his way to the stage. Sheamus mocked that Henry may be the strongest but he's not the brightest. Henry said he was doing a lot of talking but not a lot of walking. Sheamus said Henry sure was a brave man with a strap. Henry responded by calling him a coward. Sheamus said he'd just talked him into it. As Sheamus was about to get in the ring, he remembered that'd he'd got a present he'd put under the ring earlier today: another strap. Sheamus and Henry went at it in the ring, leading to Henry bailing on the outside, leaving Sheamus standing tall.
They re-aired highlights of Brock Lesnar F5'ing McMahon from January.
A trailer for 12 Rounds II with Randy Orton aired. Phone Booth, Die Hard, Speed...you know the score by now.Match 4:
In the patented MATCH WE'VE SEEN AT LEAST 900 TIMES part of the show, Randy Orton pinned Antonio Cesaro off an RKO.
I ate a Wagon Wheel.
They announced The Miz will take on Cody Rhodes on the Extreme Rules pre-show.Match 5:
The Miz beat Health Slater (w/3MB) with the Figure Four.
Jerry Lawler said that he used to be in a cover band called The Quilts.
In a new annoyance to accompany the Twitter ticker, they've been airing partial WWE App interviews in the bottom right of the screen during the matches. Lawler said you could watch RAW on one eye and the App on another. Someone muttered what if you were Cyclops, which led to a prolonged period of silence and snorting as the commentators absolutely pissed themselves laughing. They're now regularly amusing themselves rather than calling the matches. And who can blame them...
More Lesnar/Triple H recapping.
DOWNLOAD THE APP. VOTE ON THE APP. WATCH THE APP. THE APP.
Team Hell No will defend the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Shield in a Tag Team Tornado match at Extreme Rules.
Kane vs. Seth Rollins for WWE Main Event.Match 6:
Team Hell No and John Cena vs. The Shield.
- Kane was eliminated first after kicking too much ass. The referee finally had enough when he hit Ambrose with the announce table cover.
- Daniel Bryan was eliminated by Ambrose.
- John Cena pinned Rollins with the Attitude Adjustment.
- Roman Reigns was eliminated after shoving the referee and Spearing Cena.
- John Cena defeated Ambrose via Disqualification when the other Shield members ran in and attacked Cena.
After the match, The Shield gave Cena the Triple Powerbomb. The Shield left through the crowd. With Cena down, Ryback made his way out, stood over Cena, and then appeared to leave, before changing his mind, taking a chair from under the ring and battering Cena in the ankle with it.
Matt Striker interviewed Ryback backstage. Ryback said he had played by their rules and tried to do things the right way and it got him absolutely nowhere. Time and time again he tried to do the right thing and ended up getting screwed out of the championship. He said everyone on Sunday is going to find out that "Ryback rules".
65% of the fans on the WWE App had voted for Big E to face Jack Swagger.Match 7:
Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) beat Big Titties (w/AJ Lee) via Count-Out in front of a dead crowd. Langston had his arse hanging out during the match.
After the match, Alberto Del Rio ran down and attempted to attack Swagger, but was promtly put in the Ankle Lock like a massive twat. Ricardo then nailed Swagger with his metal tin pot. Swagger booted Ricardo in the face. With Swagger distracted, Del Rio put him in the arm breaker, but that was broken up by Big E. All men had a hopeless brawl, finally ending with Del Rio standing tall in the centre of the ring. Crowd booed.
The Bellas and Kaityln were on commentary, for a 6 person clusterfuck. Kaitlyn received a Simpson's Triva cube or something from her admirer. Main Event:
AJ Lee defeated Natalya with the Black Widow submission. Match was terrible, commentary was even worse. At one point I thought AJ Lee was dead in the ring.
They aired highlights of Brock and Paul Heyman in Stamford last week.
They re-aired highlights of the Dance Off
Matt Striker interviewed Chris Jericho backstage. Striker asked him if he felt foolish. Jericho said it was his own fault as he was trying to play by other people's rules. Jericho said that there was going to be no more joking around. He's done it all, and beat them all, and on Sunday he's going to teach Fandango on how to dance Chris Jericho style.
Triple H's music hit for what is inevitably going to be a 14 hour segment. The cage began to lower as we headed to the final commercial break.
Triple said he and Brock Lesnar have been at war for a year and nothing has been settled. Until that is this Sunday, when it all finally gets settled. Hunter said he has learnt to thrive on hate. Triple H demanded Lesnar get down to the ring and try and take 'his home' from him. Heyman came out with Lesnar. As soon as Heyman started talking HHH told him to shut it and for Lesnar just to get in the ring. This didn't stop Heyman from speaking however, much to the crowd's chagrin, who clearly were not interested in chat. Heyman questioned if "hate" was on the WWE banned words list. Heyman said his client Brock Lesnar was going to teach him the true meaning of the word hate. Lesnar is a carnivore and HHH is the "biggest slab of meat in the WWE universe". Heyman proclaimed HHH was going to hate facing his family when Brock leaves him battered in the cage. Over-run
Triple H is going to have to face going down in history as the loser, and he can't imagine how much he's going to "hate" that. He said he's ready for a fight, but he's going to have to wait till Sunday as Lesnar doesn't fight for free. Triple H questioned why Lesnar won't just face him like a man, and the truth is it's got nothing to do with Lesnar but rather Heyman can't afford for him to face him, as HHH did the unthinkable in his eyes and knocked Lesnar out cold, and beat him. Heyman knows if he walks down right now and steps in the cage then he's going to kick his ass one more time and that doesn't bode too well for Heyman as a business man. Hunter said that if he beats Lesnar again, then the sounds he hears at that moment won't just be the cheers of the crowd but Lesnar's "mystique" flying out the window. He said Heyman no longer believes in Lesnar. Hunter asked whether Lesnar was going to prove he's a beast or continue standing on the stage and prove he's just a bitch. Lesnar proceeded to make his way down to the cage, as referees and Heyman tried to convince him otherwise.
Lesnar finally entered the cage and both men got into it. Triple H quickly got the upper hand, threw Lesnar into the steel and then into the door, sending Paul Heyman and numerous referees flying on the outside. Triple H told Lesnar to get back in the cage. After staring each other down, Lesnar picked up Heyman and headed back up the ramp. Show went off the air with Triple H standing tall and Heyman crying and mouthing that he 'hates him'.
Location: Sprint Center; Kansas City, MO
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry LawlerHour 1
24 hours removed from WWE Extreme Rules, RAW kicked off with an ambulance making its way into the arena with its sirens blaring. Ryback stepped out the back as they aired photos on the Tron of their Extreme Rules match. Back in the building, Ryback had made his way to the roof of the ambulance. He said last night the decision was that there was no decision. The record books state that there was no real winner. He said that while Cena walked away with the WWE Championship, he didn't walk away, he was carried away. They then aired footage from the Extreme Rules Post Show of Cena being stretchered out and refusing to be taken to the hospital. Ryback said at WWE Payback next month John Cena wouldn't be able to refuse medical assistance, nor would it matter if he couldn't stand or had a beating heart, as he was challenging him to an Ambulance match. Ryback said he's going to send Cena to the medical facility, just like the rest of the crowd. He then went on a tirade stating none of the crowd knew anything about nutrition or education, and that everyone in the crowd were "weak, weak, weak, weak, weak..."
and pathetic, and that they'd skip the hospital and just end up going straight to the morgue.
They announced that Heyman would reveal who his newest client of "Heyman Enterprises" is later tonight.
They aired a load of fans drinking Sonic milkshakes. Some interesting flavours, that's for sure...
Wade Barrett will take on Sin Cara Wednesday night on Main Event.
Wade Barrett's got new theme music.Match 1:
The Miz and Chris Jericho defeated Wade Barrett & Fandango (w/Summer Rae). Jericho somehow got busted open. Finish saw Fandango start dancing on the outside with Summer Rae, leaving Barrett to get wasted by Jericho in the ring with the Lionsault and Codebreaker. Jericho then tagged in Miz who applied the Figure Four for the submission. After the match, Jericho and Miz confronted Fandango on the outside, which led Fandango to scarper through the crowd, accidentally knocking down a fat fan in the process. Jericho then danced with Summer Rae, before blowing her off.
During the match, Josh Mathews was shown interviewing Road Dogg and Kaitlyn on the WWE App. Cos who cares about the match in the ring, right?
Vickie Guerrero came out and announced that Jack Swagger will wrestle tonight against an opponent chosen by fans of the WWE App. Choices being Great Khali, R-Truth and Randy Orton. Begging the question...what's the strawberry floating point?
Daniel Bryan was in his locker room when Kane walked in. Kane asked him if he was ready for later tonight. Bryan said that it's finally hit him: he's not the tag team champions; Kane isn't the tag team champions; They're both not the tag team champions. Kane told him to stop being so negative. Bryan responded by saying Kane was the one going around telling everyone to "embrace the hate"
. He said he felt naked without the title. Kane asked whether that had anything to do with him not wearing any pants or a shirt. Bryan didn't see the funny side. Kane said they had a rematch with The Shield and they can't show weakness, as that's what they prey on. Bryan took this to mean that Kane was implying he was the weak link. They both started arguing, as Kofi Kingston came in and broke them up. Bryan stormed off.
They showed a disheartened Mark Henry on the Extreme Rules post show telling a WWE trainer that he was "going home"Match 2:
Sheamus defeated Titus O'Neil (w/Darren Young) with the Brogue Kick in a competitive bout.
Keven Jonas was the WWE Twat of the Night or some such nonsense involving Twitter.
Paul Heyman made his way out to no entrance music. He asked what it feels like to be powerless. He said the crowd's booes wouldn't change the fact that Brock Lesnar defeated HHH last night. History doesn't record booes, rather it'll record that his client emerged victorious in the cage, and that Triple H will go down in history as a loser. While Lesnar is at home enjoying the spoils of war, HHH tucked his sledgehamer between his legs and went home to mummy. Heyman said with Lesnar fulfilling his obligations to WWE, people had questioned what he was now going to talk about. He said it's time for something different. It's time to give us that moment in time where we need to set our DVR. The Youtube clip that we'll all look back on in history and see where it "took a left turn"
. Heyman claimed that tonight we all witness history. He introduced the "newest Paul Heyman guy"
: Curtis Axel (Curt Hennig's son from NXT). Axel came out to a dead reaction. He's got a rejigged version of Mr Perfect's theme. Crowd booed. Heyman said it's the exact same reaction the crowd gave Lesnar in 2002, and the same reaction in 2006 that greeted CM Punk in the new ECW (actually they cheered). Heyman said that in the Alice in Wonderland, upside-down land of WWE, having a legacy like Curtis Axel is an albatross that sinks you to the bottom of the talent pool. He says he's playing homage to his Dad and Axe Hennig with his name, but is going to carve out his own niche. With the beard he looks like Mike Knox. Hour 2
Triple H's music then hit and came out with a smirk on his face. Hunter, clearly not giving a gooseberry fool, sarcastically said "Wow"
and blew off Hennig. HHH told Heyman that he could put any spin on last night he wanted, but not to claim he's embarrassed because he isn't embarrassed about a damn thing. He went to war and Lesnar beat him, but he'd beat him at Mania. Triple H said that Lesnar didn't walk away last night, he limped. Mr Axel then got in Triple H's face, and told him that 'The Game' had now changed. Triple H, grinning like a loon, slapped him in the face, and Axel fell to the mat like a piece of piss. Hunter said he's going to book himself in a match with Axel tonight, and once he'd got through kicking his ass, he's going to kick Heyman's.Match 3:
Big E Langston (w/AJ Lee) defeated Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo) with the Big Ending, after Langston raked Del Rio in the eyes while the referee was distracted by Ricardo's tin pot AJ Lee had rolled into the ring.
They re-aired highlights of the opening segment.Match 4:
AJ Lee beat Laya with the Black Widow. Commentators seemed to talk about everything but the match. The Bellas were shown watching on a TV backstage.Match 5:
Cody Rhodes pinned continual no-hoper Zack Ryder off the Disaster Kick. Neither man got an entrance.
After the match, Ryback made his way down to the ring and laid waste to Ryder with a Clothesline, Powerbomb and Shellshocked. Ryback then chucked Ryder to the floor, picked him up and carried him to the ambulance beside the stage. After chucking him in the back, the meat wagon reversed back out of the arena.
The Shield made their way through the crowd and took the microphone. They said that last night they took power back to the titles. They claimed they were the reason The Rock lost at WrestleMania, that Undertaker was now resting in peace, and why Ryback felt so alone and helpless that he finally snapped. He said all the fan's heroes had gone down at the hands of The Shield's justice. Rollins claimed we can now all see what a cohesive unit looks like, and said the scary part was that this was just the beginning, and that they run the yard.Hour 3Match 6:
In another great WWE six man tag, The Shield defeated Kofi Kingston and Team Hell No when Reigns Speared Kane for the pin.
Triple H was shown taping up backstage when "Larry" the trainer walked in. He told HHH that the doctor doesn't think he's able to compete. Triple H asked whether the Doc likes having a job in WWE, and if he doesn't like Hunter's decision he can find a job elsewhere. A public sign of how the inner workings of WWE work, there...
Natalya was backstage with Kaityln, who had received another text when Rhodes walked past on his phone. Natalya hugged him and Kaitlyn nabbed the phone. Cody Rhodes was posting pictures of himself on the internet, much to the derision of the two girls. Wonder if this was a rib on Matt Striker, who posted photos of his 3 inch cock on the internet...
They announced 150,000 votes have been cast on the App service.
Jerry Lawler announced to the Live crowd that Randy Orton had received 72% of the vote to face Swagger.Match 7:
Randy Orton pinned Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) with the RKO.
Re-aired highlights of Ryback from the top of the show.
Fiddly Diddly Coombs promoted bullying. Or the opposite of it.Over-runMain Event:
Triple H and Curtis Axel ended in a No Contest when Triple H, appearing blown up and disorientated, collapsed at ringside. As medical personnel checked on him, Lawler questioned whether Triple H was having a stroke. Possibly a concussion angle.
Location: Calgary, Canada
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry LawlerHour 1
Memorial Day RAW got under way with a video package thanking the troops.
WWE Champion John Cena came out and, rather than accept Ryback's challenge for an Ambulance match at WWE Payback next month, decided to tweak the stipulation. For only the 4th time in WWE history, Cena said he wants Ryback in a 3 Stages of Hell match. 1st fall a Lumberjack match, 2nd a Tables match and finally an Ambulance match. Cena said once he'd beaten him in 2 straight falls, he'd pick up Ryback and chuck him in the back of the ambulance anyway. Ryback interrupted with a big smile on his face. He said he agreed with Cena that payback should be definitive and should be hell. Some of the crowd started chanting "Goldberg"
. Ryback claimed that's what he tried to do to him at Extreme Rules when he put him through the LED board. Crowd began giving him the "What"
treatment. Ryback said he tried to take Cena to hell, and compared himself to Lucifer and Satan. As Ryback left, Paul Heyman came out. He said while Cena's saying hello to everyone, he'd like him to say hello to a future WWE Champion, and a person who defeated HHH so decisively we won't be seeing Triple H around any more. Curtis Axel came out sporting new music (yes, already
). He said both he and Heyman were watching backstage. They said as Cena was a fighting champion, he wouldn't back down from their challenge tonight: John Cena vs. Curtis Axel. Cena said Curtis shouldn't listen to a word Heyman says as he's full of more crap than a stable after a stampede. Curtis told Cena that they didn't ask for he's opinion, they asked whether he was looking for a fight. Cena said Curtis showed guts and moments of greatness, but he's already talking like he's the big dog in the yard. Cena asked how about we find out just how good Curtis really is, and accepted the challenge for later tonight.
Alberto Del Rio was shown walking backstage with Ricardo towards the ring.Match 1:
Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo) defeated Big E Langston (w/AJ Lee) with a roll-up after sending Langston into an exposed turnbuckle, which had been undone by AJ Lee earlier in the match.
Afterwards, AJ Lee and Big E had words in the ring, with AJ Lee shouting that she was trying to help.
During the match, Jerry Lawler said that he was suffering from AJHD. That is whenever he sees AJ Lee in HD he can't focus on anything else.
It was announced The Shield would defend the belts against Team Hell No tonight.
Kane and Daniel Bryan were arguing backstage again about Daniel Bryan's obsession with not being the weak link when Bret Hart walked in. He said they were better than this and they both needed to get their act together. Kane asked why when he says the same thing to Bryan he doesn't listen, yet when Hart says it Bryan suddenly pays attention. Bryan responded by saying 'that's Bret Hart, the best there is, was, and ever will be'. Whereas 'Kane is just...Kane'.
They announced Bret Hart Appreciation Night, hosted by Jerry Lawler, will take place exclusively on the WWE App after the conclusion of RAW. Because 3+ hours on Monday, and a further 3 throughout the week, just aren't enough.Match 2:
Dean Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston with his finishing manoeuvre to retain the United States Championship.
During the match on the WWE App, Sheamus and Randy Orton were shown having stilted conversation while watching on backstage.
As The Shield were celebrating Ambrose's victory in the ring, Kane's pyro went off on the stage and Team Hell No ran down and got into it with The Shield, sending them retreating to the outside.Hour 2Match 3:
WWE Tag Team Champions The Shield retained against Team Hell No when Seth Rollins nailed Kane with a flying knee off the top rope for the pin.
During the match some of the crowd chanted "JBL", "Michael Cole", and "This is awesome!".
They recapped the opening segment with John Cena.
The commentators said that according to WWE doctors, Triple H was suffering from the effects of the sledgehammer blow to the head, and wasn't supposed to compete last Monday but went against doctors orders. He was advised not to travel to RAW tonight, but that he had suffered no further damages. It was announced that all that was needed was rest, and all being well he should be cleared by the middle of the week, therefore could be at RAW next Monday.
The Miz came out to the ring. They said fans could vote now on the WWE App to decide if they wanted Miz to be Guest Ring Announcer, Guest Referee, or Guest Commentator in the next match. Jerry Lawler voted for guest commentator.
Back from break, Jerry Lawler revealed to the crowd that 85% of fans had voted for Guest Referee.
Wade Barrett and Big E Langston vs. The Miz and Del Rio for WWE Main Event Wednesday.Match 4:
Fandango (w/Summer Rae) defeated Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett in a non-title match when Miz nailed Barrett with the Skull Crushing Finale after Wade Barrett threw Miz down, having accidentally got in the way. After the match as Fandango was dancing with Summer, Miz kicked him in the head, resulting in Summer Rae falling on top of him. Miz then symbolically counted to 3.
A very beardy Shawn Michaels was backstage with John Cena. Michaels asked if he was sure he wanted to do this. Shawn said he's the voice of reason but nobody ever listens.
3MB were shown attempting to get a piece of Natayla's pink cake backstage. It ended up in Hornswoggle's face.Match 5:
Sweet T, Brodus Clay and Khali (w/Natalya, Hornswoggle and The Funkadactyls) defeated 3MB when Brodus pinned Heath off a big splash.
Jerry Lawler said he used to be in a band called The Hinges. They supported The Doors.
After the match, Khali sang Happy Birthday to Natayla. Everyone then danced.
Paul Heyman was shown backstage making his way towards the ring.
John Cena voiced a Memorial Day video package.
Chris Jericho, flashing jacket and all, came out for the Highlight Reel with Paul Heyman. The set is now simply a black carpet with a TV on a stand. Sparing no expense. Jericho called Heyman the most disingenuous and bulbous superstar in WWE history. Heyman came out. Jericho said Heyman's been called a lot of things in his time, from a genius to a walrus, however he deserves credit for aligning himself with tremendous talent. Heymen responded by saying he discovers and develops great talent, such as Chris Jericho. He claimed he gave Jericho his first big break. Jericho replied by saying while that's true, Heyman also still owes him money. Heyman said that's why he's waived his fee for tonight. He said he discovers new talent, just like he's done with Curtis Axel. Jericho said he has great potential, but he doesn't want to talk about him, rather he wants to talk about Heyman's other client. Heyman got into bigging up Lesnar before Jericho told him to shut up, as Jericho wasn't talking about him either. Rather he wanted to know about CM Punk. They re-aired Punk's comments from last month's RAW.Hour 3
Jericho said what he noticed, apart from Heyman wearing the exact same suit, was Heyman's shocked face. Heyman responded by saying he was glad he brought that up. Heyman said it's his favourite suit, which is why he's wearing it tonight. Crowd chanted "Walrus"
. Heyman reeled off Punk's accolades. He didnt have to come out and say stupid things like "best there is, best there was and best there ever will be"
. That annoyed the crowd. Jericho turned into Mr Blobby and cut Paul off with "Blah, blah, blah, blah"
. Jericho asked Heyman again where Punk was. Heyman said he would have an announcement in the coming weeks about Punk's return. Jericho was having none of it, saying Punk couldn't sit at home and still lay claim to being the best in the world. Heyman said Punk's watching right now. Jericho noted the next PPV is in Chicago, so if Punk wants to retain the title best in the world, how about Punk face him at Payback. Heyman said Jericho can't dictate to either of them. If Punk's going to stay at home, Jericho said, he's therefore going to proclaim himself as the best in the world at what he does. Heyman, now having being goaded into it, said if he wants a match with Punk at Payback then, on behalf of Punk, he accepts.
They congratulated The Rock for being Number 1 at the Box Office.Match 6:
The Bella Whores defeated Natalya and Kailtyn when Kaitlyn accidentally Speared Natalya, allowing the Bella without the boob job to pick up the pin. Kaiyln's breasts looked GREAT.
Curtis Axel was preparing backstage when Bret Hart walked in. Bret Hart said Axel should get rid of "that bum Paul Heyman". Axel said just because he knew his dad doesn't mean he knows him. Curtis told Bret to enjoy his Appreciation Night, as he was going to enjoy beating John Cena instead.
A bizarre vignette aired for Bray Wyatt and what I presume to be his relatives, possibly lifted from NXT.Match 7:
The Celtic Vipers (Randy Orton and Sheamus) beat Team Rhodes Scholars when Sheamus fed Sandow too many limes. That or a Brogue Kick.
During the match, Heyman was shown giving Curtis Axel a pep talk on the WWE App.
Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton booked for SmackDown. Not that announcing something on TV means anything these days...Over-runMain Event:
Curtis Axel defeated WWE Champion John Cena in a non-title match via Count Out. An Ambulance sped into the arena and John Cena immediately left the ring to investigate. Ryback nailed him from behind, and was about to Spear Cena through the LED panel again, but Cena reversed and was about to hit the AA when Ryback muscled out and pushed Cena off the stage, before quickly making his escape backstage. As Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman celebrated in the ring, Cena begrudgingly clapped the victory.
During the match, there was some sort of altercation or disturbance in the crowd that resulted in everyone being distracted for ages. Security appeared to be manhandling someone in the top left of the screen.
Location: XL Center, Hartford, CT
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry LawlerHour 1
They announced Triple H would face Curtis Axel in a rematch later tonight.
Monday Night RAW opened with Stephanie McMahon making her way to the ring. Stephanie said it was great to be back on RAW, but just wished it was under better circumstances.No this isn't an accidental screen grab from an episode of RAW in 2001...
She said despite doctors clearing Triple H to wrestle, she was making an executive decision and cancelling the match. Crowd booed. Steph claimed she was making the decision as an executive, wife, and mother. She said Triple H wasn't going to risk his health against Curtis Axel, who she deemed to be "beneath him". She then asked the crowd not to be selfish, which went down as well as you'd expect. "No Chance In Hell" then hit and Vince made his way out. Vince asked if the crowd were happy to see him. They cheered. Vince said he had a request, and that was for the crowd not to boo his daughter. Vince said both of them cared more about Triple H than the fans did. Crowd broke out into a loud "Triple H" chant. Vince and Stephanie were about to leave when Vince remembered something. He told the crowd that WWE is "family entertainment, not a blood sport". He asked the crowd if they wanted Triple H's heart, liver, lungs and various other parts of his body. Vince then lambasted the crowd about their reaction Friday night to Ryback putting Kofi Kingston through 3 tables. He said the crowd chanted "one more time" each time Kofi was put through a table, but there wouldn't be "one more time" for Triple H. Not now, or ever. Vince reiterated Stephanie's remarks that Curtis Axel - along with the crowd - are beneath Triple H. The Shield interrupted and made their way through the crowd, JBL imploring both the McMahon's to leave the ring, as RAW crashed to commercial.
Back from break, The Shield were in the ring, the McMahon's having left "without incident" on the WWE App.
They re-aired the conclusion to the six man tag team match from SmackDown.Match 1:
In front of a very hot crowd, The Shield defeated Randy Orton and Team Hell No in another excellent 6 man tag when Randy Orton, who was going for an RKO on Roman Reigns, was pushed off and bonked into Bryan, allowing Ambrose to nail Bryan with his finisher for the pin.
They announced Alberto Del Rio will face Big E Langston later tonight.
They also announced a CM Punk and Chris Jericho Contract Signing for Payback later.
Kane, Randy Orton, and Bryan were arguing backstage. Randy apologised for what happened in their match. Bryan said that it was his fault that they lost. Bryan said neither of them respected him. Kane said Bryan's lost touch with reality. Bryan responded by saying the reality was they think he's the weak link, and as neither of them respect him, he was going to find another way to show it to them tonight. He was going to have another match and beat someone else. Bryan then stormed off.
Triple H was shown arriving at the building and walking with his bag backstage, before asking a stage-hand where Vince's office was. In his office, Triple H told Vince he was wrestling Curtis Axel tonight. Vince said no he wasn't. Triple H said who was going to stop him. Vince asked Triple H not to do something he would regret, before leaving, as Stephanie McMahon closed the door on the cameras.Match 2:
The Uso's defeated The Prime Time Players with a Splash off the top rope onto Darren Young.
They showed some people and athletes that'll be competing in the 2014 Special Olympics in the front row.
Ricardo introduced Alberto Del Rio.Hour 2Match 3:
Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo) beat Big E Langston (w/AJ Lee) with roll up combination off the Arm Breaker.WWE REWIND:
Sheamus and Damien Sandow from SmackDown playing 3 cups 1 ball.Match 4:
Sheamus pinned Cody Rhodes off a Brogue Kick.
Damien Sandow on commentary promoted Meredith Whitney (JBL's wife) new book.
After the match, Sheamus went over to Damien Sandow at the announce table. When Damien Sandow refused to shake his hand, Sheamus punched him in the face.
Triple H was shown storming into the parking bay with Stephanie. Triple H threw his luggage into the boot of a limo and said he wasn't leaving because Vince asked him to, but rather so he didn't end up kicking Vince's arse on worldwide TV. He asked Stephanie to go tell that "crazy old bastard" he'd be in the ring at the start of RAW next week to wrestle Curtis Axel. Triple H then got in the limo and drove off, leaving Stephanie standing there.
They re-aired Ryback destroying Kofi Kingston on SmackDown.
Bryan was shown kicking over stuff backstage when he walked into Ryback, who called Bryan "a little puke". Bryan asked if he was going to do to him what he did to Kofi on SmackDown. Ryback said that because of him Kofi had surgery on Thursday. Ryback said when he had the flu his sick was bigger than Bryan. Bryan responded by saying he wasn't afraid of him, which led to Ryback saying Bryan must have lost his mind. Ryback asked why Bryan doesn't face him later tonight, so not only would Bryan be the weak link, he'd be the missing link too.
Heyman was with Curtis Axel in McMahon's locker room. Vince told Curtis that he has 'a hell of a future ahead of him'. Paul Heyman extended his hand to shake Vince's hand but Vince completely blanked him. Vince said he would have loved to see the match with Triple H tonight, but we're not going to. We're not going to see the match next week either. Heyman thanked Vince for the opportunity and said they'd see him Friday on SmackDown. Vince said Axel's going to be in action tonight against John Cena in a No Disqualification match up. Vince wished Curtis luck.
Randy Orton and Team Hell No was announced as guests for MizTV Friday night.
They re-aired Fandango beating up Khali at the conclusion of their Dance-Off a few weeks back.Match 5:
Great Khali (w/Natalya and Hornswoggle) defeated Fandango (w/Summer Rae) via Count-Out when Fandango simply walked out.
Jerry Lawler noted Khali has a chin so massive he must get fan mail from Jay Leno. Michael Cole found this hilarious.
As Fandango was heading up the ramp, Miz came out on the stage in an attempt to get Fandango to head back to the ring but Wade Barratt snuck up behind Miz and, upon turning around, was nailed with the Bull Hammer Elbow.Match 6:
The Miz submitted Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett with the Figure Four in a non-title bout. Fandango came out on the stage with Summer Rae and started dancing, distracting Barrett.
Jerry Lawler was in the ring for the Contract Signing between CM Punk and Chris Jericho. Lawler introduced Y2J first, followed by Punk's representative Paul Heyman. Lawler said they've both looked at the contract already, and all they needed to do was sign it. Paul said they could have just signed this in private backstage. As Paul was about to head into another long monologue bigging up Punk, Jericho interrupted and mockingly reeled off Punk's accolade's instead. Heyman signed the contract. He said before Jericho did so was he sure he was ready for Payback. He said while tonight he was in "a building filled with Jericho-Horlicks"
, that wouldn't be the case in Chicago. Hour 3
Jericho said Heyman might be right. Maybe they should have the match at Summerslam in LA instead. Heyman refused. Jericho then asked how about MSG in New York. Heyman responded by saying while that was tempting, it was still no. Jericho said what about tonight in Hartford Connecticut? Crowd popped big for that and chanted "Yes!"
. Heyman said "No"
once more. Crowd deflated. Jericho sarcastically said "Guess we'll just to have it in Chicago"
and signed the contract. "When you act like a jackass like Punk, you get treated like a jackass"
. Jericho asked they're now going to have to figure out where to file the contract; at Heyman's lawyers office, Jericho or WWE headquarters. Jericho said he had a good idea where the contract should be filed. Jericho told Heyman to stand up and unbutton his jacket. Y2J rolled up the contract and shoved it down the front of Heyman's trousers, before telling Heyman he'd see them in Chicago.
Sheamus Antonio vs. Antonio Cesaro announced for Main Event Wednesday. Running joke this is.Match 7:
Funkadactyls and WWE Divas' Champion Kaitlyn beat The Bellas and AJ Lee when Kaitlyn pinned a Bella off a Spear. AJ Lee refused a tag and skipped off, effectively costing them the match.
Hollywood Undead Another Way Out is the official soundtrack of Payback.
Bryan was in his locker room. Kane said this was a mistake fighting Ryback. Kane said in all the years he's been in the WWE he's never seen anyone with the will to fight like Bryan. He has nothing to prove to anyone. Bryan said he was wrong, and he always has something to prove. He said he was going to prove it without Kane. Bryan asked Kane if he understood. Kane said he did loud and clear, and that he was leaving. Kane told Bryan to call him when he's found his mind, because it's obvious he's lost it.
They showed another vignette for the Wyatt Family.
Sirens filled the arena for Ryback's entrance from the back of the ambulance. Thought Scott Steiner was coming out...Match 8:
Daniel Bryan defeated Ryback via Disqualification in a hell of a match when Ryback Powerbombed Bryan through a table.
Before Ryback could put Bryan through another table on the outside, John Cena ran down to make the save. Ryback and Cena stared each other down, before Curtis Axel's music hit and he made his way out with Paul Heyman. A WWE Trainer checked on Bryan in the ring as we headed to break.
Chris Jericho vs. Curtis Axel was announced for SmackDown.Over-runMain Event:
In a No Disqualification match, Curtis Axel (w/Paul Heyman) defeated John Cena via Count-Out when Ryback interfered and ran Cena through a table set up against the barricades on the outside. Ryback screamed "At Payback, Ryback Rules" at a fallen Cena to take RAW off the air.
Location: My living room
Attendance: Not sure. I counted about twenty before I got distracted by
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry LawlerHour One: Match One:
Triple H vs Curtis Axel. Axel entered to very little reaction, possibly due to his music changing again. Did it? I'm not sure, probably. Match was about thirty seconds long with Triple H on top when Vince's music hit and he made his way to ringside. Vince spoke to the bell-man and Justin Roberts. The bell rang and Curtis Axel was announced the winner by disqualification, which added a new finisher to Curtis's repertoire to go with the deadly Count Out. Triple H seethed and hopped out the ring, ordering Justin Roberts to restart the match. Triple H beat up on his opponent for a few seconds before Vince came back out and ordered Axel the winner by forfeit. Triple H rolled out of the ring and ordered the match be changed "by the COO of the WWE" to a 60 minute Iron Man Match. Vince returned to ringside, told Curtis he could go as he'd already won twice then stole the microphone and ring bell before leaving.
I didn't make any of that up, honest.
Ryback and Cena will be face to face later tonight on Raw. Not sure how that's any different from every other week for the past two months, but we'll have to see. They mentioned they'll hear from Kaitlyns secret admirer and then said Kane vs Dean Ambrose is up next.
Back from the break and Triple H was maaaad at Vince. Steph was almost crying, begging him not to hurt her dad. Triple H was still mad, but she controls the boob supply in his life so he asked her to go talk to Vince instead, then threw a towel to show his anger. Grr.Match Two:
Kane vs Dean Ambrose. Kane entered first while they played a recap of him and Daniel Bryan Danielson shouting at each other from Smackdown. Dean entered with the other members of the Shield, who stopped partway down the steps and retreated, possibly to go watch the match on tv, while eating some grapes. Green ones, maybe seedless, I'd imagine.
Still no bell so they just started wrestling. It was fun as Kane threw Dean about a bit and generally beat him up. It's Kane vs Dean Ambrose, you've probably already seen it a couple of times. A referee ran down with the ring bell. First mention of the WWE app after the break during this, where you can watch Randy Orton watch the match you're not watching. Rollins and Reigns ran in for the DQ as Kane was readying himself for the chokeslam, but Randall Keith Orton (Hey, that spells RKO!) and Daniel Bryan Danielson made the save to run off the dastardly hounds of justice.
Second mention of the WWE App, vote for Daniel Bryan Danielson's opponent tonight, either Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins. Randy Orton will face the remaining dude, who will no doubt feel as unloved as an AWOL order from the military or a turd in a divas bag.
Seth Rollins won the vote, to the delight of Ring of Honor fangirls (And some boys) all over the world. Kane, Randall and DBD were arguing backstage about arguing and hitting each other last week on Smackdown. Kane was attempting to mediate when BRAD MADDOX and Vickie sidled into shot. Vickie announced that this Sunday at Payback (I know, someone remembered there was a PPV Sunday!) it'll be Randy Orton and Bryan Danielson Bryan versus The Shield for the Tag Team titles. @LanceStorm christened this team RK-NO, which is just one of the best things ever. Kane was most displeased and shouted "What?" in a voice that was quite unbefitting for a monster and quite funny for me. Vickie then announced Kane would face Dean Ambrose at the PPV for the US title, so he Kane was a happy man and hugged Vickie tight. "The Miz" entered. He's a cock.Match Three:
Wade Barrett joined the gang on commentary as Cody Rhodes got the jobber entrance to face "The Miz." No-one cares about this match. "The Miz" is such a dullard. Why should I cheer for him? He has stupid hair. All of these are thoughts I'd guess the crowd who were sitting on their hands thought as "The Miz" slapped on the figure-four to win the match. Wade was quickly out of his seat to try and attack "The Miz" but was interrupted by Paul Heyman. Heyman announced that just because Fandango was injured didn't mean it wasn't going to be a triple threat match, as his place was going to be taken by Curtis Axel. His protege came out and said something forgettable that ended with the word "perfect" then left.
Mark Henry promo video played, of him generally splitting wigs and kicking asses. That's what he does. He's returning next Monday. Ad break, the more recaps of the Triple H/Vince/Steph stuff earlier for a few minutes. Because nothing makes people tune in early than the knowledge they don't need to tune in early because you'll recap it all anyway.
Hour Two: Stephanie was in Vinces office, talking to the back of his head as he refused to turn around. He did after she mentioned how proud they both were. Vince was wearing a special tie here, it really was something. Steph said Vince crushed "Paul" out there (FOURTH WALL) Vince said he was doing what was best for business, business comes first.
BREAK THE WALLS DOWN.
Don't really, it's probably structurally unsafe to do so. It's just lyrics from Chris Jericho's theme who's making his way to the ring. Jericho got a microphone and built up his upcoming match against CM Punk. He talked about how they both believed they were the best and how they had in common how they worked their way up. Good stuff. Dolph f'n Ziggler interrupted!
Dolph (With AJ and Big E in tow) talked about how'd not long got the World title before it was nearly taken from him due to a concussion. He stated that he felt nobody wanted him to have the belt so he came out and stole the show every night, and that he was going to outclass and outperform Alberto Del Rio this Sunday. Jericho challenged Dolph to a match tonight, Dolph accepted and then said Jericho would be facing Big E instead of him. Ad break.Match Four:
Chris Jericho vs Big E Langston. We came back from the adverts to find the match underway with Big E in charge. Crowd was behind Jericho the whole way with vocal support. Big E got chucked to the outside then kicked, Jericho got thrown into the steps, the WWE App was advertised again and I died a little inside. Jericho got distracted by Ziggler on the apron and got squashed by Big E when he turned around. Big E pulled down his straps to signal for the Big Ending, when a Wild Alberto Del Rio appeared and threw Ziggler towards the ring. Due to this distraction Big E turned his attention to the number one contender, allowing Jericho to roll him up for the win.Match Five:
Zeb Coulter on commentary for Sin Cara vs Antonio Cesaro, who is now German apparently. Zeb unsurprisingly hates the Mexican more, accusing him of sneaking over the border with his face covered, while at least Cesaro came to the US legally with his head held high. Cesaro no longer wears any sort of strapping or knee pads, it's a weird look. This match wasn't good until Sin Cara got off a bit of offense, ascending to the top rope and jumped off, only for Cesaro to catch him into a wonderful twisting backbreaker. Cesaro then picked him up, slapped a headlock on and swung him around without letting go of the headlock. It was awesome and has probably been giffed at least three hundred times by the time most of you read this. Cesaro hit Sin Cara with the Neutraliser and won...the match..on Raw?!?
Vince, BRAD MADDOX and Vickie were talking backstage. Thanks to Skys shoddy timing, I missed the start of this but figured out they were talking about Cena and Rybacks face to face thing. BRAD MADDOX suggested having the lumberjacks there to stop them killing each other before the PPV and that was that.Match Six:
Randy Orton came to the ring, shortly followed by Daniel Bryan Danielson. Roman Reigns w/Seth Rollin Rollin Rollin Rollin uh, entered with Ambrose appearing with them at the top of the steps before returning to the dressing room. This was an okay little brawl, but not that interesting. Orton did his spots, etc. Rollins attacked D-Bry on the outside, then ran in to attack Orton. Orton threw Rollins out to join Reigns who had bailed to the outside. Daniel Bryan Danielson dived through the ropes to take out both members of the Shield before shouting Yes as the crowd joined in. Match was ruled a No Contest.Hour Three: Match Seven:
Daniel Bryan vs Seth Rollins followed on straight from the previous match. I think you should go watch this, it was fun. If not, feel free to read on. Everybody in this crowd loved Daniel Bryan, or at least loved chanting YES everytime he punched, kicked or generally did damage to Rollins. One particular highlight was Rollins getting knocked outside and getting hit with Bryan's running knee off the apron, which he sold like he'd been hit with a strawberry floating hammer. D-Bry hooked up Seth in a surfboard dragon sleeper at one point, which looked ridiculous in the best way. D-Bry went for a dive through the ropes and I'm pretty sure Seth just punched him in the face. Daniel Bryan hit a rolling German suplex then seemingly kicked Seth in the head as hard as he could. Seriously, why are you reading these spoilers? You could be watching this match. D-Bry won when he rolled up Seth following a missed splash for the three count, then YES'd along with the crowd. Orton hit an RKO on Seth after the match, he and Daniel Bryan stared each other down for a little bit before they left.
Re-cap of the shows earlier Triple H/Vince/Stephanie stuff. It's 2013. Yeah. Kaitlyn was shown backstage getting ready to meet her secret admirer. Following the break she was in the ring waiting and asked for her secret admirer to show themself. IT WAS BIG E AUSTIN! IT WAS BIG E ALL ALONG! Out came Big E with a bunch of flowers for Kaitlyn. D'aww. Big E presented her with the bunch and asked for the microphone. Big E stated that he was more than just Dolph's heavy and how he was crazy about Kaitlyn. I'm not sure which one of these two has the bigger chest. They pulled together close and teased a kiss, Big E flung her back, then dropped her to the mat. AJ's music played. Boo, hiss! When did romance become so difficult in the wrestling world?
AJ says she was abandoned by Kaitlyn and talked about how she was hurt over the past year by men. Says the likes of D-Bryan, Cena and Punk used her, hurt her and shattered her into glass, but even shattered glass can cut pretty deep. Kaitlyn called her crazy, AJ denied this, said she was smart and laughed it up talking about how Kaitlyn was all alone and nobody cares about her. AJ talked about their match Sunday and said Kaitlyn's gonna go running back to whatever trailer park she came from when she loses. Kaitlyn snapped and attempted beat the piss out of AJ, who bailed and skipped away. Good segment.Match Eight:
Damien Sandow cut a promo as he entered, ragging on Sheamus saying he'd clearly beaten him with his intellect last week and would beat him physically this Sunday. R-Truth came out to face him and I don't think you need to be the intellectual saviour of the masses to figure out who won this one. (Sandow did. It was short.) Sheamus came out and congratulated Sandow for winning, but promised he'd kick his head off this Sunday.
Stephanie was shown backstage sending one guy to tell Vince to meet him in her office and one to tell Triple H to meet her there. Ad break. Lumberjacks entered the arena and began surrounding the ring. Ad break. Back from the break to the office where Steph is there with Triple H and Vince arguing. She storms out and tells them to work it out. They shout some more, Vince puts over Triple H saying he's above a match with Curtis Axel (
) and that he wants him to be a legend, saying he wants him to be the guy behind the desk. Vince then says he's got the match with Curtis Axel. Triple H says he doesn't want the match so they start arguing again. Stephanie comes back and makes them all hug. I'm starting to question how much of this I'm actually seeing or just making up at this point.
Cena comes out, weeks old yellow shirt, eight year old routine. SCOTT STEINER IS IN THE HOU-Oh it's just Rybacks ambulance. Ryback stands at the top of the ramp while Cena talks. Cena says he needs to come down to the ring otherwise this isn't a face to face. Ryback tries to talk but gets interrupted. Cena says Ryback doesn't deserve to be champ. Ryback says he should've been three times over. Cena starts shouting. He's still shouting. Please, won't he stop shouting? Cena shouts over a guy and calls him names. Cheer! Ryback makes reasoned points. Boo! Cena says this Sunday Paybacks a bitch! He attempts to roll out of the ring but is thrown back in several times by the lumberjacks. Ryback comes down to the ring and gets thrown in. They attempt to brawl but the lumberjacks stop them. I don't know what the lumberjacks were trying to do here. Both men are trapped in the corners by the other wrestlers as Raw goes off the air.
Location: Van Andel Arena; Grand Rapids, Michigan
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry LawlerHour 1
Less than 24 hours removed from WWE Payback, RAW opened with Ricardo announcing new World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio. Crowd started booing Ricardo and then Del Rio as soon as they came out on stage. Alberto Del Rio asked the crowd how their weekend was, and asked why they were talking about the Man of Steel movie when the real Superman was right here. Del Rio said some people thought his win last night was controversial, yet when Ziggler cashed in the night after WrestleMania when he was injured they all cheered. Del Rio continued that he 'always gave everything but was never shown any respect'. Del Rio accused the fans of disrespecting Mexicans, who would rather chant "USA, USA" along with a pig like Jack Swagger and Colter. "I guess that's what America is all about: pigs and cowards"
. Del Rio said however he would give the fans one more chance to show him some respect. Crowd booed. CM Punk's music then hit and he made his way out along with Paul Heyman. Punk said he wasn't out here because he was berating the crowd, rather that he said he was "the best". Crowd broke out into a "CM Punk" chant. Punks said there is only one best in the world, and the reason he was out was to challenge him. Paul Heyman intervened and said his clients don't fight for free. Punk asked Heyman what he was doing. Heyman said he's banged up from last night and the title wouldn't even be on the line. Punk said he knows he's banged up and knows Ziggler deserves a title rematch, but he was stealing the show at Payback with Chris Jericho. Punk said how about he prove once again he's the best in the world and do it tonight against Alberto Del Rio. Vickie Guerrero, accompanied by Brad Maddox, interrupted. She said she'd like to continue the momentum from last night's PPV so was therefore making CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match official for tonight's RAW main event.
They showed a graphic on the screen saying Vickie Guerrero would have a big surprise for the McMahon family and the rest of the WWE Universe later tonight.
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan was announced for later.
Wade Barrett was shown heading towards the ring for a Intercontinental Championship rematch against Curtis Axel.
Paul Heyman was backstage with CM Punk apologising for jumping the gun earlier. CM Punk said he doesn't need Heyman's help to win matches, and that he almost cost him the match against Chris Jericho at Payback. He said he isn't his client and didn't want him at ringside any longer for his matches. Punk said however he'd always be a "Paul Heyman guy" before walking off.
Vickie Guerrero, once again flanked by Brad Maddox, came out and said Barrett's title rematch would have to wait, as he would have to face someone else instead: Christian.Match 1:
Christian defeated Wade Barrett (who didn't receive an entrance) with the Kill Switch.
Michael Cole said that Vickie Guerrero had decided to allow fans on the WWE App to vote on whether tonight's match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton would be No Disqualification, No Count Out, or 2 out of 3 falls.
A Wyatt Family vignette aired.Match 2:
Team Rhodes Scholars (who didn't receive an entrance) defeated Sheamus in a 2-on-1 Handicap match, not fought under tag rules, when Sandow rolled up Sheamus. After the match, Sheamus Brogue Kicked Cody Rhodes while Sandow was celebrating in the aisle.
They showed a graphic on-screen posing the question on whether Mark Henry would announce his retirement later.
A video package aired promoting the return of oVeRrateD at Money in the Bank next month.
Vickie and Brad Maddox were in their office with Triple H. Vickie said she wanted to do something to make Triple H proud. Hunter said her choice of main event tonight was "genius", and it was great to see Vickie thinking on her toes. He then asked had Punk not come out what the main event would have been. Vickie quickly moved on to the return of Christian. Triple H asked why it took them so long to bring him back when he's been cleared for a month and half. Vickie again quickly moved on to RVD. As Vickie and Brad went back and forth as to who had come up with the idea to resign him, Triple H said he didn't remember either of them on the phone. Triple H then said that Vickie needed to get The shield under control as they've been running roughshod through WWE. Hunter said if they get involved in any matches tonight that they need to be made an example of. Triple then said putting 3MB on the show was also a stroke of genius. Brad thanked him as Hunter left, before Vickie told Brad he was being sarcastic...
Bryan was warming up backstage when Kane walked in. Kane asked whether they could talk. Bryan said he was busy, and if he was only going to say 'told you so' then he wasn't interested. Kane said he wasn't glad of anything, and said that perhaps the fact they both lost at Payback was a sign that they should both give it another shot as a team. Bryan said he would never be able to prove himself, and that the only Team was Team DB. Kane said Bryan was "acting like a DB"
. Bryan said he needs to win the WWE Champ. Kane said he was thinking same thing in regards to himself too. Kane pondered whether they were now done and whether this was it for them as a team. Kane wished Bryan luck, which only led to Bryan asking whether he was only wishing him luck because he thinks he's the weak link. Kane stormed off...
Voting for Bryan vs. Orton opened.
They showed an interview with Randy Orton from the WWE App. He said it was down to Bryan that they lost at Payback, and Bryan was the weak link, and he was going to prove it tonight.
Jerry Lawler entered the ring and revealed the WWE App voting had decided the stipulation for Bryan and Orton would be No DQ, with 54% of the vote. Hour 2Match 3:
Randy Orton defeated Daniel Bryan via stoppage when the WWE Doctor called the match off due to Bryan suffering some sort of injury. This appeared to be legit, as at one point Orton was heard asking the referee "what the strawberry float is going on?"
, as WWE desperately attempted to mute the audio. Randy Orton checked if he was okay and along with the trainer helped Bryan to the back.
They recapped the opening segment.
They aired Kaitlyn crying from last night after losing the WWE Divas' title.
AJ Lee, accompanied by Big E Langston made their way out. AJ grabbed the microphone and said "So this is what it feels like to have it all"
. She announced Ziggler wasn't there, much to the crowd's disappointment. AJ said that she's always been the champion, but now just has the proof. She said that she had employed mind games to crush the spirit of Kaitlyn. AJ said she was the hero of this story, and that she's a women that knows exactly how to get what she wants, and that there isn't a woman anywhere as strong, brilliant or courageous as her, and if there was for them to come out right now. Stephanie McMahon's new music hit and she made her way out. Stephanie said there was a whole line of Divas willing to challenge AJ Lee. Stephanie The Feminist then asked why AJ Lee feels the need to perpetuate this stereotype that women need to tear each other down instead of building each other up. Stephanie said the way AJ treated Kaitlyn was degrading to women everywhere. Crowd chanted "We want puppies". Stephanie said AJ needs to act more like a champion. AJ responded by saying that maybe she does need to be thinking and acting more like Stephanie. Perhaps rather than dating superstars, maybe she should marry one instead. Crowd went "Oooooh". AJ then went on about Stephanie having Daddy issues. Mrs McMahon then said she would have expected something more original. She said if AJ wants to give her the crazy eyes, then she needs to remember there's nobody more crazy than the McMahons. Steph said AJ needs to remember that she can take everything away from AJ and could easily fire her. Kaitlyn interrupted on the ramp with the rest of the Divas locker-room. Stephanie walked up the ramp and told Kaitlyn and the rest of the Divas' never to interrupt her again. Kaitlyn said AJ broke her emotionally, before heading into the ring and brawling with AJ. AJ made it to the outside with Big E Langston then carrying AJ to the back.Match 4:
In a rematch for the United States Championship, Kane defeated Dean Ambrose via Disqualification when The Shield ran-in almost immediately and assaulted Kane.
Mark Henry was backstage shaking hands and hugging with Tamina Snuka and some tag team I can't remember the name of. The one with the comb and looks like John Cena. Ah, who strawberry floating cares anyway...
The Shield were walking backstage, before being confronted by Vickie and Brad. The Shield mocked what Vickie was going to do about their actions. Just as Vickie said "You're..." Vince McMahon turned up to congratulate The Shield, saying it reminded him of himself, and that they were showing "Ruthless aggression". Vince said he never liked that Halloween mask wearing freak anyway, said Vickie looked nice, and walked off.
Another vignette for the Wyatt family aired.
Zeb Colter came out and cut a promo about the US government spying on its citizens and foreigners sneaking across the border. To show neither Jack Swagger or himself are prejudicial, they were joining forces with Antonio Cesaro. Cesaro came out and did Swagger's "We the people" line. Michael Cole called them hypocrites.Match 5:
Antonio Cesaro (w/Zeb Colter) pinned William Regal off of the Neutraliser. After the match they draped a yellow "Don't tread on me" yellow flag over Regal.
John Cena was shown heading towards the ring.
Back from break, WWE Champion John Cena came out in what is fast becoming a night of promos...
The commentators said Ryback refused to go to the hospital last night, but had not been medically cleared to compete on RAW. Usual mixed response for Cena. Cena was grinning from ear to ear like a complete loon.Hour 3
Cena said he "loves this"
. Crowd booed the INSUFFERABLE BASTARD. Cena said his favourite superstars were the WWE Universe, because they were always honest. He said every time he steps in the ring he goes to war for the group of fans that support him. Cena said he had a horrible 2012, and that he would come out and ask his fans to hang on in there. Cena said sceptics and critics would always be there, but for those that stood by him "thank you"
. Cena said he could take care of any challenge that is put in front of him. I blame the writers. Cena said at MITB he would know where his next challenge would come from. There would be no opportune time to cash in as he will always be ready. Cena said "our time is now because the champ is here"
. Mark Henry's music interrupted and he made his way out smiling clutching a pair of boots. He left them on the stage and made his way into the ring. Henry's wearing a pink blazer. He asked Cena to stay and listen to this. Henry, who was crying, said he was retiring. Crowd chanted various "Thank you Henry"
and "One more match"
at him. He thanked his family, and said they'd be seeing a lot more of him now, whether they wanted to or not. Someone in the crowd shouted out "Mae Young"
which Henry acknowledged. As Cena passed the WWE Title to Henry and went to hug him, Mark Henry then picked him up and gave Cena the World Strongest Slam in the SWERVE OF THE DECADE. Mark Henry shouted "You think it's that easy?"
at a downed Cena. Henry walked up to the stage, as he turned around and shouted "that's what I do"
Backstage Mark Henry was approached by Renee Young. Henry said he had everyone fooled and we're all a bunch of puppets. He said the WWE Championship is the only title he hasn't held and he's challenging Cena for it right now.Match 6:
Chris Jericho pinned Heath Slater (w/3MB) off the Codebreaker. After the match the other 2 members of 3MB ran in but were immediately dispatched with Codebreakers.
Heyman was telling Axel backstage to pick his moment when Matt Striker interrupted. Heyman said couldn't they see they were both talking. Striker asked if there was any more to Punk and Heyman splitting. Heyman responded by saying that true friends know when to give each other space, and why Striker wasn't asking about the Intercontinental Champion instead.
The Miz was on commentary.Match 7:
Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel (w/Paul Heyman) defeated Sin Cara in a non-title bout with a DDT. Seriously, this is their third match in the last month. And those stupid lights are back again. The lights that were so epically gooseberry fool in 1997 when Kane débuted they immediately got rid of it.
They announced Daniel Bryan was scheduled to face Dean Ambrose on SmackDown.
Vince McMahon was backstage with Vickie and Brad saying they were both doing a good job. Vince said that Henry sucked him in and had him crying, and what they were going to do about it. Vickie said she was giving Henry his Championship match at Money in the Bank. Stephanie walked in and said the show was out of control and Vickie needed to reassert her authority. Stephanie called the show a "disaster"
. Triple H then walked in and said he had ordered Vickie to do something about The Shield, before demanding Vickie start listening to him. Triple H left and Vince said not to worry about it, and instead listen to him. When he walked out, Stephanie put her arm around her and said not to listen to either of them two and rather listen to her. Vince McMahon or a stage-hand was then heard off screen wrapping the segment.
Paul Heyman ran over to Punk backstage as he was heading to the ring and said he understood his decision. Heyman said he loved Punk and told him to "go get 'em"
. They hugged and as Punk walked off Heyman shouted that he was the "best in the world"
CM Punk ended in Count Out when Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo) simply walked out on the match.
Michael Cole announced on commentary during the match that Daniel Bryan had only suffered a "stinger", and had also been in some form of verbal altercation with Triple H backstage, with footage now on WWE.com.
Dolph Ziggler then appeared and jumped off the stage attacking Ricardo and Del Rio on the floor. Ricardo and Del Rio fled to the back, with Ziggler in hot pursuit.
Meanwhile, with CM Punk still in the ring, Brock Lesnar's music hit and he made his way down to the ring. Lesnar grabbed the microphone, stood in front of Punk, smirked, and then suddenly gave him the F5. Lesnar then laughed and left, leaving Punk out in the ring to take RAW off the air.
Location: North Charleston Coliseum; North Charleston, South Carolina
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry LawlerHour 1
Monday Night RAW kicked off with Daniel Bryan making his way to the ring. Bryan said that before he starts his match, there have been some people that have accused him of having some sort of "complex"; a walking example of "little man syndrome". He said there were some people asking him whether he was an extra in The Hobbit. To which he replied by saying that he is, in fact, "not an extra in the hobbit". Bryan said that whether he was teaming with Kane or when he was on NXT, some people have accused him of being the weak link. Those people are morons, he claimed, as he's gone toe-to-toe with Orton. Bryan said SmackDown wasn't good enough, and he won't be satisfied until he beats Orton either via pinfall or submission. Bryan then shouted "YES"
, which brought out Randy Orton. As Bryan said he was glad he came out, Randy grabbed the microphone and told him straight to his face that he should just shut up and fight.Match 1:
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan ended in a Double Disqualification when Daniel Bryan accidentally knocked the referee down on the outside. As both men continued to brawl on and around the announce table, more referees came down to break them up as we crashed to break.
Vickie and Brad Maddox were talking in their office when Daniel Bryan walked in complaining about his match with Orton ending in a Double Disqualification. He demanded a rematch for later tonight, but Brad said that they already have a very full show, and that he had already had his match. Daniel told them that they either give him a match with Randy or he'll face Brad Maddox instead. Vickie told Bryan he had his match...against Randy Orton. As Vickie cackled away at the look on Brad's face, Vince McMahon walked in. Vince said some people think Bryan has issues and is too small to be a WWE Superstar. Vickie asked Vince what he thought. McMahon told Vickie to figure it out herself.
They announced Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow in a "Dublin Street Fight" for SmackDown Friday.Match 2:
Sheamus and Christian defeated Team Rhodes Scholars when Damien and Cody had a miscommunication when making a tag, leading to Sheamus nailing the Brogue Kick on Cody Rhodes for the pin.
In a rematch from SmackDown, they announced Alberto Del Rio vs. Chris Jericho for later tonight.
CM Punk was backstage on his phone when Vickie walked up to him. Punk asked whether Heyman or Brock Lesnar had arrived at the building yet? Vickie said she hadn't seen either of them. Vickie told Punk she was putting him in a match tonight. Punk ignored her and continued playing on his phone. Vickie responded by shouting "Excuse me"
, which only led to Punk shouting "EXCUSE ME"
back at her even louder. Punk told Vickie to come find him when they both arrive and left.
They recapped Kaityln and Aksana's altercation from SmackDown, which led to other Divas attempting to separate them.Match 3:
Kaitlyn (w/Layla) pinned Aksana off a Spear. During the match AJ Lee came out dressed as Kaitlyn on the ramp in an attempt to distract her, but to no avail. A small section of the crowd chanted "We want puppies"
during the match.
AJ Lee, sporting comedy muscle arms, mocked Kaitlyn on the microphone, which led to Big E Langston coming out with flowers and giving them to AJ. Lee, playing Kaitlyn, said she has the voice of a man, legs of a man and an Adam's apple. As Layla held Kaitlyn back in the ring, AJ Lee said Kaitlyn would never again be Divas' champion.
A Wyatt Family Vignette aired.
They re-aired highlights of Mark Henry's swerve retirement from last week.
Ricardo came out and asked how the crowd was doing in a stupid Southern/hick accent.
They announced Dolph Ziggler will get his rematch for the World Title at Money in the Bank against Del Rio.Match 4:
Chris Jericho defeated Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo) by Disqualification when Ricardo entered the ring and waffled Jericho with a steel bucket while he had Del Rio in the Walls of Jericho.Hour 2
Zolph Ziggler ran down to make the save. After dispatching of Del Rio and Ricardo, Ziggler and Jericho stared each other down. When Jericho turned around, Ziggler hit him with the ZigZag.
Vickie and Brad were in the office saying they were "going to cancel it", when Triple H walked in saying he had heard a nasty rumour that they'd thought about cancelling the Bryan/Orton match tonight. Vickie said she agreed with Vince and that Bryan was too small, and had too many psychological issues. Hunter responded by saying while some people may think that, he doesn't, and the WWE Universe want to see the match. HHH told Vickie it would be a good idea to give the fans a choice on the match stipulations. Triple H then told Brad that he was wearing a spectacular shirt, and whether it came in mens size.
1-800 FELLA commercial.
Jerry Lawler introduced Vickie and Brad in the ring to announce the launch of WWE 2K14. Crowd went mild. Crowd booed Vickie out of the building. She said the stips for the Bryan/Orton match would be Street Fight, Lumberjack match or Falls Count Anywhere. Crowd were booing so loudly that she had to shout at the top of her lungs. Vickie said she had made a cover of her own. It was the McMahon family. Brad had one too, which was himself along with John Cena and CM Punk. As Vickie and Brad then started arguing amongst themselves, Lawler took control and asked the crowd if they wanted to see the real cover. This time the crowd cheered. Some pyro went off on the rig above the ring, and the cover unravelled. It was,
SURPRISE, The Rock.
Ryback was shown heading towards the ring backstage.Match 5:
In a horrible match that led to a smattering of "Boring" chants, Ryback beat Khali (w/Hornswoggle and Natalya) with Shellshocked. Referee was talking to Khali in the background, so he may have been hurt off of this.
WWE Champeen (#TAZ)
John Cena came out. Autopilot promo. Vowed victory. WWE title is very important. Champ is here. All that 'good' stuff. Left.Match 6:
In a Number 1 Contenders match for the Tag Team Championship, The Usos defeated Sweet T and Brodus Clay (w/Sandy Relief auction winner EMT Scotty Campbell and the Funkadactyls) and 3MB.
After the match, The Shield's music hit and they stood in the crowd and looked down on The Usos.
Worth noting this show alone has probably had more pyro on it than WWE have used in months.
They aired a trailer for The Call...featuring David Otunga (remember him?) and Kane.
Paul Heyman was shown walking at pace through the backstage area towards the ring.
Paul Heyman made his way out to the ring, as they re-aired highlights of Lesnar attacking Punk last week. Heyman said that for the last 7 days he's been dogged by Lesnar's actions last week. He said as they live their lives so much in public, the only place to address this situation was in public. Punk wanted answers, and he was going to get them. Heyman invited CM punk to come down to the ring. Punk's music hit and a quizzical looking Punk made his way down. The commentators, unconvinced, said they smelt a rat. Punk said the public needed to be brought up to speed on their relationship dating back to 2005. Punk said John Laruintis sent him down to developmental where Heyman was in charge. Punk claimed that WWE didn't want him to succeed, and upper management used to send emails to Heyman telling him not to even consider him for the main WWE roster. But because Heyman saw something in him, he refused to fire him. When ECW was resurrected, Heyman's first pick was CM Punk. With that out of the way, Punk said he wants Heeman to tell Brock he's coming for him. He doesn't care if he's bigger or stronger, he isn't better. Brock doesn't have the balls to be on RAW tonight, so he's telling it to Heyman. Let Lesnar know that Heyman's "beast incarnate" is going down. Hour 3
Punk then asked Heyman what happened last week, and whether he told Lesnar to attack him or if Lesnar did it of his own accord. Punk questioned if Heyman saw the writing on the wall after Payback and sent Lesnar after him. Punk demanded Heyman to look him in the eye and tell the truth for the first time in his life. Heyman buried his head, looked up at the ceiling and then told Punk he never wanted it to be this way between them. Paul said as Punk is his best friend, he deserves the truth. Heyman claimed, on his children's life, he didn't know Lesnar would be there last week. Crowd booed. Heyman said that was the same response WWE used to give him. He said it's a fact Lesnar had fulfilled all contractual obligations with WWE. Heyman told Punk that when he said Lesnar needed Heyman's help last week, he effectively picked a fight with Lesnar. Heyman said the reason we never saw a Lesnar & Punk Tag team was because of professional jealously between the two, and that's why he kept them apart. Heyman said he and Punk would once again walk down the aisle again together. He professed that Punk was his best friend and that he "loves him". Heyman claimed he would never screw that up, and he would never represent someone against Punk. He told Punk, what with everyone telling CM Punk to dump Heyman, their fate is in Punk's hands. After long contemplation, and the crowd chanting for a "GTS", Punk said he was sorry he ever doubted Heyman and they both hugged. Match 7:
CM Punk tapped out Darren Young (w/Titus O'Neil) with the Anaconda Vice. The crowd didn't give a gooseberry fool about this whatsoever.
After the match, the Prime Time Players both attacked Punk and the 3 men got into a really piss poor brawl, before Curtis Axel ran down to make the save. Afterwards, Heyman got in the ring and told Punk they'd talk about it later, saying "there was no other way; it was two-on-one", with Punk clearly not happy he'd received help.
During the match, JBL brought up Wimbledon and Nadal's loss, which led to Michael Cole responding with "tennis?"
. Jerry Lawler then said JBL had the personality of lint. Vince McMahon, clearly not a fan of tennis...
Vickie Guerrero was on the phone leaving what was apparently the 10th message to Brad Maddox on where he was. Stephanie McMahon walked in and reminded Vickie she still hadn't revealed the participants for Money in the Bank, and that if Vickie was apparently too busy, she'd go out and announce it herself.
The Bellas were handing out copies of WWE Magazine to the front row. People still buy this thing?
Stephanie McMahon came out on the stage and announced, as Vickie was seemingly too busy, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Randy Ort'en
, Christian, Kane and a returning RVD would be competing in this year's MITB match. Cameras then panned to a fat woman in the crowd.
Back in the office of Brad and Vickie, Brad said he'd already been in talks with Stephanie about the MITB match. Vickie wasn't happy when Ryback walked in. Ryback blamed the cheap ambulance roof for costing him the match. He told Vickie he deserved better and to cancel Mark Henry and Cena and give him the title match instead. Jericho then interrupted and, talking of deserving better, said he should be in the MITB match. Ryback told Jericho to go cry himself a river. Vickie got inbetween them, and after chastising them both, made the match for the PPV.
Mark Henry was shown heading towards the ring.
Paul Heyman and CM Punk were backstage. He said he doesn't need Axel or anybody to help him fight his battles. Heyman said he'd been into Vickie's office and made the Prime Time Players vs. Punk and Curtis Axel for next week. Punk, not happy, said he'd do it but after that he was going to take out Lesnar and win the Money in the Bank.
Voting on the App opened for Bryan and Orton.
Mark Henry made his way out with a big smile on his face. Henry said he fooled every single person last week. He saw all the crowd's signs, heard all the chants and saw them cry, and because of his spectacular performance, he'd been nominated for an Academy award. He claimed the likes of Tarantino and Spielberg had been reaching out to him. Henry said while that was great, that isn't what he wants or deserves. Crowd went into overdrive in giving him the "What"
treatment. He called them all puppets. Last week he said "Honey, I'm coming home"
. Henry said he's coming home, but he's coming home WWE Champion.
Another Wyatt vignette aired.
They announced Fiesta Del Rio celebration for SmackDown. Deja vu...
Lawler announced to the Live crowd the WWE App fan voting had decided Bryan and Orton would be a Street Fight, with 50% of the votes.Over-runMain Event:
Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton by submission in a weapons-strewn bout that featured chairs, tables and kendo-sticks. After the match, Orton shook Bryan's hand.
There were people in the crowd leaving during this match, and as soon as it had finished large parts of the arena were already empty. Dunno what that was all about...
Location: Tyson Events Center; Sioux City, Iowa
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry LawlerYOU DON'T NEED TO WATCH THE FIRST TWO HOURS BECAUSE NOTHING HAPPENED.Hour 1
With less than two weeks until Money in the Bank, Monday Night RAW opened with Vickie Guerrero in her office announcing WWE Champion John Cena would face World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match later tonight, before thanking the McMahon's.
After the return of the RAW intro, Daniel Bryan made his way out to the ring. There was a ladder set up in the ring, with the Money in the Bank briefcase hanging above. This was one of those long drawn out segments in which all the competitors for the match come out and interrupted each other, each vowing victory. Daniel Bryan said he wants to be WWE champion, and follow in the footsteps of Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan (who received a reaction not heard since the dying days of Hulkamania in 1996), Steve Austin, and The Rock (who received a mixed response). Sheamus interrupted. Randy Orton interrupted. Kane interrupted. Christian interrupted. CM Punk interrupted. In a line clearly designed to mock the increasing predictability of these segments, Punk said he had promised himself he wasn't going to interrupt, but then he heard the word "best" from Christian and felt compelled to come out and set the record straight. As Punk was about to go through the reason he was better than each of his opponents, Bryan cut him off, predicting that's exactly what Punk was going to do. Bryan said he will make Punk tap out quicker than he did Orton on RAW last week. As Randy was about to get in the face of Bryan, Kane stepped in. Bryan shouted at Kane that he doesn't need him to fight his battles on his behalf...which led to Randy Orton dropping Kane with an RKO.WWE Champion/World Champion Retrospective:
Buddy Rogers and Lou Thesz.
A vignette for the Wyatt Family aired.
They re-aired highlights of The Shield losing to Christian and The Usos on SmackDown.
They announced The Usos will challenge for the Tag Titles against The Shield on the Money in the Bank pre-show.Match 1:
In a rematch from Friday Night SmackDown, The Shield defeated The Usos and Christian when Ambrose rolled up Chrisitan after being knocked off the turnbuckle neck first onto the ropes by Rollins.
Kane was in his locker room when Daniel Bryan walked in. Bryan apologised for earlier and said he had seen Vickie and had made it up to Kane. Kane demanded Bryan stay out of his business. Bryan announced having met with Vickie he'd got Kane a rematch with Randy Orton tonight. Kane, pleasantly surprised, thanked his pal Bryan. Bryan then revealed he'd been named Special Guest Referee, before walking off and leaving Kane fuming.
They recapped Fiesta Del Rio from SmackDown, in which Ziggler interrupted and put the beating on Del Rio and Ricardo.Match 2:
In a match nobody asked for and nobody wanted to watch, Dolph Ziggler pinned Jinda Mahal (w/3MB) off the ZigZag. During the match, the crowd chanted "JBL"
and "Jerry, Jerry"
. Lawler asked if they were in Canada.
After the match, the other 2 members of 3MB got in the ring & attempted to attack Ziggler, but he was able to escape to the outside, in which he quickly outsmarted them by leapfrogging the steel steps and laying all of them out. Ziggler then celebrated by climbing on top of the announce table, as Professor Michael Cole was caught reading off his script.WWE Champion/World Champion Retrospective:
Bruno Sammartino and Harley Race. These short videos are probably going to be one of the highlights of the entire night.
Vickie and Brad Maddox were in their office. Vickie was mocking the McMahon's for constantly getting involved when Triple H snuck up from behind. Triple H told Vickie to continue. Vickie began backtracking. Triple H said she was doing a great job listening to the fans and making great matches tonight. Vickie said she keeps receiving mixed messages from the McMahon family. Hunter responded by telling her that you listen to everything the McMahons say, and when they've got it all out, ignore everything and just do everything he says instead.
In a weighted Mark Henry Career video retrospective, they did a great job of making Henry out to be a monster. The fact he was a joke throughout the entirety of the 90s? Yeah, they don't want us to remember that...Hour 2Match 3:
With Daniel Bryan as Special Guest Referee, Kane initially defeated Randy Orton via Disqualification when Orton shoved Bryan and he threw the match out, awarding the victory to Kane. After neither man wanted things to end that way, Daniel Bryan restarted the match.Match 3 continued:
Kane pinned Randy Orton off a big boot when Bryan fast counted the fall. Kane got into a face-off with Bryan, before grabbing Bryan around the neck and teasing a Choke Slam. Cooler heads prevailed, and Kane stormed off, muttering that Bryan was "unbelievable"
. As Bryan was still in the ring, Randy Orton spun him around and planted him with an RKO.
Punk, Heyman, and Curtis Axel were talking in their dressing room. Punk told Heyman that he would beat the Prime Time Players by himself, and all Curtis Axel had to do was stay on the apron. Punk said while he trusted Paul, he didn't trust Axel. Heyman asked Punk why he would say something like that when Paul Heyman's judgement was correct in 2006 with Punk, therefore all he needed to do was trust his judgement now.WWE Champion/World Champion Retrospective:
Bob Backlund and Dusty RhodesMatch 4:
Sheamus beat Fandango (w/Summer Rae) by Count-Out when Fandango walked out.
Chris Jericho came out for commentary.Match 5:
The Miz defeated "Cryback" in a crappy encounter when he asked the referee to stop the match due to injury. Jericho then got up from the announce table, got in the ring, and nailed "Cryback" with the Code Breaker. Ryback's now officially a midcard act.WWE Champion/World Champion Retrospective:
Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.
Mark Henry made his way out onto the stage. Crowd gave him the "What"
treatment. This made Henry stumble over his words a bit. Henry said "they" never gave him a chance. Henry said that doing the right thing never got him anywhere, and that he only pretended to like "the boys" backstage. He said after all the years he's given "this organisation" (there's a WCW line) & to the fans he deserves to be Champion. He said after he's beaten John Cena nobody will be able to deny him, and that he'll have earned the WWE Championship. Henry told the cameraman to look right into his face, as at Money in the Bank he was going to "kick Cena's ass".
Vickie and Brad were in their office when Vince 'Robert Lindsay' McMahon walked in. Vince asked Vickie if she remembered what he had told her about Bryan last week. Vince chastised them both for giving a main event of such magnitude away for free (I know right? What do they think this is, Nitro or something...)
. Vince then told them there's a long line of people that have failed to listen to him that have ended up fired. Vince told them to enjoy the rest of the night, and left.Hour 3Match 6:
Curtis Axel and CM Punk (w/Paul Heyman) defeated The Prime Time Players when Punk hit the GTS on Darren Young and, after Punk had also dispatched of Titus O'Neil over the top rope, Curtis Axel tagged himself in and stole the pin. As Heyman and Axel celebrated, Punk had words with Heyman before storming off up the aisleway.WWE Champion/World Champion Retrospective:
Steve Austin and Sting.Match 7:
Kaityln (w/Layla) pinned Alicia Fox with a Spear. The commentators were so disinterested they started talking about Wimbledon again, as Lawler pretended to snore.
After the match, Divas' champion AJ Lee and Big E Langston came out. AJ Lee said those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. AJ said before Kaitlyn had come to WWE, when she was broke and desperate, she had taken part in some unsavoury modelling photo shoots (well, wasn't expecting PG WWE to mention those. They're on page 1 by the way...
) and she'd managed to get hold of one (figured out how to use Google, I see). They then put up a doctored photo on the Titan Tron of Kaitlyn weighing the same amount as Bertha Faye.
Vickie and Brad were still in their office, as Brad was attempting to send an email on his phone Stephanie walked in. She told Vickie that she had personally asked her to see to the AJ situation and she hadn't, just like she hadn't bothered with announcing the MITB participants last week. Stephanie said they were too busy attempting to send an email instead of actually watching the show. Vickie lost it and said she couldn't keep up with attempting to please the McMahons. Steph cooled and said she understands how hard the job can be sometimes, especially when there's mixed messages at the top of the company (LOL). Vickie then started mocking Triple H and Vince. Stephanie then turned on her again and asked when they both became girlfriends, and she doesn't appreciate Vickie slagging off her family. Stephanie told them that next week they're all going to have an official job evaluation in the ring - Vickie could either get promoted or fired. Stephanie said that was one of the great things about RAW, in that it's unpredictable and you never know what's going to happen. I guess she hasn't been watching this show either...
A RVD highlight reel aired. Back in the arena, the crowd chanted "RVD".
Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes cut a promo on the Money in the Bank match, and that the match won't come between their friendship.
Zeb Colter came out with Antonio Cesaro and cut an anti-government promo and introduced a returning Jack Swagger. Crowd didn't give a gooseberry fool, with a few half heartedly chanting "USA".Match 8:
The night of boring matches devoid of crowd heat continued as Antonio Cesaro pinned Cody Rhodes with the Neutraliser. After the match, Sandow got in the ring and looked rather annoyed Rhodes had lost so quickly.WWE Champion/World Champion Retrospective:
Triple H and Booker T.
There was some rottenly acted segment backstage with the Divas' (two of which brand new, one being a gorgeous dye-jobbed red-head named Eva Marie) promoting Total Divas on E!
They announced CM Punk would be making a "special appearance" on SmackDown Friday.Over-runMain Event:
WWE Champion John Cena (wearing red and yellow underpants, brother
) defeated World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio with the FU in a non-title match. Dolph Ziggler came out and climbed onto the turnbuckle, distracting Del Rio for the finish.
After the match, Mark Henry grabbed the WWE Championship and got in the ring with John Cena. He teased striking Cena with it, but then dropped it and walked out.
In another move reminiscent of WCW Nitro, the cameras went back to the announce table, as Michael Cole told us on next week's RAW the Wyatt Family will début. They showed a video of a rocking chair going back and forth, with a voice over to take the show off the air.
Location: 1st Mariner Arena; Baltimore, Maryland
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Jerry LawlerHour 1
The final RAW on the road to Money in the Bank kicked off with Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox already in the ring, where a ladder was also set up. Vickie said that the ladder was associated with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon and the "the one and only" Triple H. Vickie said each rung represented her climbing the company ladder. Vickie began climbing the ladder all the way to the top. Jerry Lawler then interrupted, saying the McMahon's had chosen to allow the WWE fans to give their opinion on Vickie's job performance by voting exclusively on the WWE App, with the choice of either PASS or FAIL. Vickie quickly went on to say how much she loved the WWE fans. She announced she had booked spectacular matches for tonight, with Mark Henry having a Face-Off with John Cena, Christian taking on Kane, Randy Orton facing CM Punk and Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan, next.RVD Flasback:
RVD winning the Money in the Bank from WrestleMania 22 April 2nd 2006.Match 1:
In a great match in front of an energetic crowd, Daniel Bryan defeated Sheamus when he reversed Sheamus' Texas Cloverleaf into a roll-up. After the match, both men shook hands.
A video aired of a WWE.com reporter asking some strange individuals in the woods for directions to the Wyatt Family's base camp.
AJ Lee was backstage with Big E Langston, discussing how they made it out of SmackDown in one piece. Big E started laughing & asked why AJ Lee was "bugging out"
over Kaitlyn. Dolph Ziggler then walked in and asked Big E to give them a second. AJ Lee asked what's wrong. Dolph said more like what's right, as she's been so concerned with Kaitlyn she's missed his last few matches. AJ Lee cuddled up to Dolph, and said that their first priority should be that they both walk out of MITB as champions, and she would do anything to make sure that happens. AJ asked Dolph if he wanted to go "all the way"
. Dolph responded by saying he does...all the way to his third World Championship. They then kissed.
A video package aired hyping Mark Henry (same as last week).
They announced that the Tag Team Championship would be on the line against The Usos on the Money in the Bank Kick Off Show.RVD Flashback:
Winning the Intercontinental Championship in a Ladder match against Eddie Guerrero on the May 27th 2002 episode of RAW.Match 2:
In a contest that was longer and more competitive than it had any right to be, Tag Team Champions The Shield defeated Tons of Funk (w/The Funkadactyls) in a non-title match when Reigns Speared Sweet T for the pin.
A WWE.com reporter was still on the hunt for the Wyatt's, this time turning up at a seemingly derelict house in the middle of nowhere. The camera then noticed one of them in the garden, as another of the Wyatt's then appeared at the door, asking the camera man to follow him.
WWE Champion John Cena made his way out to the now obligatory mixed reception. Cena said Mark Henry wanted him to come out to the ring to 'talk'. John Cena said he was here and ready. This brought out Henry.Hour 2
Mark Henry said Cena had the same look on his face as last week, and that was a look of fear. Cena responded by saying he was standing right there and wasn't afraid. Henry said he should be, as for 17 years he has starved. John Cena quipped that he wasn't out there for him to talk about a damn Snickers bar. Henry said Cena was just like the people, "a puppet"
. Henry claimed he needed to win the WWE title to validate his careerer, and that winning it would make him a first ballot Hall of Famer. "I would sell out my own momma to have that"
. John said Henry had better win on Sunday, as he had won and lost it, but had done so with respect. Whereas when he looks in Henry's eyes and all he sees is a desperate man. Cena told Henry he had better walk out as champ, because if he doesn't he'll have lost the respect of everyone and he get nothing. Henry said he doesn't care what anybody thinks, and while Cena cares he doesn't. The crowd chanted "Cena sucks"
, which led to Cena asking how he couldn't care for this. Henry told Cena that if he interrupted one more time then Money in the Bank would start tonight. With that Cena took his shirt off and asked Henry to cross the line right now. Henry said he wasn't doing it for free, and that he had taken a 50% pay cut before, and wasn't losing money again. Henry then said he had changed his mind and would give Cena a small sample. Henry teased fighting Cena, but then backed off and was about to leave. Henry then cheap-shotted Cena. Cena regained the upper hand and went for the AA, but he couldn't pick up Henry, and he fell on top of him. Henry muscled up Cena and gave him the World's Strongest Slam, before picking up the championship and, with one foot rested on Cena, held the title aloft.
Sky Sports temporarily lost the feed.
Randy Orton was watching on backstage when Josh Mathews walked in and asked for his thoughts on facing CM Punk later tonight. Orton said Punk has always called himself the best in the world, but he's never believed it, having beat him before. Orton said that if Cena retains on Sunday and finds himself in a vulnerable state, he won't hesitate to cash it in.
They claimed they had received a record 174,000 votes on the WWE App.
Miz came out for commentary.
They re-aired highlights of the conclusion and aftermath to the Ryback and Chris Jericho match from last week's RAW.
Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman, sporting ridiculous sun glasses due to a black eye he'd received at the hands of Del Rio on SmackDown, came out. Heyman said he wasn't on RAW to act as a martyr for CM Punk, instead he was here to "bask in the glory of perfection...perfection in the form of Curtis Axel"
. Axel said Jericho calls himself the best in the world at what he does, and walks around with a jacket with Christmas lights all over it to tell people he's walked through the door, but all he needed was the Intercontinental title, and he wasn't going to let Miz or Jericho get in the way of perfection.Match 3:
Chris Jericho pinned Curtis Axel (w/Paul Heyman) off the Codebreaker, after Curtis Axel got distracted by Miz at the announce table. RVD Flashback:
RVD defeating Christian in a Ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship on the September 29, 2003 RAW.
Josh Mathews interviewed Rhodes Scholars backstage. He asked whether they were concerned about it affecting their friendship. We The People then turned up, followed by Wade Barrett and finally Fandango, who attempted to utter his name, but was repeatedly told not to do it by everyone. Just as he was about to get the "go" out, Barrett punched him in the face. They then all had a stare-down.
The WWE.com Reporter was now being shown into the Wyatt house, as he was told not to stray from his designated route. A light flickered in the hallway. Bray Wyatt then appeared out of nowhere and led him into a another part of the house. Like a horror movie. Well, a PG one, but still...Match 4:
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Sin Cara ended in a seeming No Contest when Dolph Ziggler came out during the match and started cutting a promo on Del Rio, implying he had a tiny cock and was going to lose on Sunday. This led to both men brawling in the aisleway, before Sin Cara took out Del Rio with a move off the top.
Vickie and Brad were shown making their way backstage towards the ring for the Job Evaluation.
Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens was shown in the crowd.
They recapped Cena and Henry from earlier.
Vickie was shown sitting on a stool in the ring beside Brad, where a table and chairs were set up. The McMahon's made their way out to No Chance in Hell, and sat behind the desk. Steph said they were here to evaluate her performance. She thanked the fans for voting, and the voting would be factored in. Vickie thanked the McMahons to a chorus of boos. Steph told her to sit back down. Vickie said she has always loved the McMahon's and the fans, and always took pride in producing great programming. She then reminded them how she took over from the mentally unstable AJ, and how many new superstars have returned under her watch, one of which was inspiring the return of Undertaker at WrestleMania.Hour 3
Stephanie found this preposterous, and then brought up Brock Lesnar, who she reminded Vickie had taken out members of her family. Steph asked if Vickie thought bringing him back was a good idea. Vickie responded by saying she believes in doing the right thing for business, and she had no idea Brock would attack the McMahon family. Vince, who has reverted back to his old man haircut again, took the microphone and said Vickie had no need to apologise because signing Brock was a stroke of genius. Vince claimed the whole world believes Vickie is highly entertaining, and while she may have made a few bone headed decisions, she always had the interests of wholesome family entertainment at heart. Triple H intervened and said he would be the first to admit that Vickie could be unintentionally entertaining, but she was rotten at her job. As an example she was supposed to come out and promote WWE 2K14 but messed it up, and nobody could hear the announcement as the whole crowd were booing her out of building. Hunter said there was good reason why the golden girls aren't on TV any more. He said the WWE Universe deserves better than Vickie, and that she possess the most annoying voice in the history of TV. Vince piped up that while she does have a 'unique voice', she has qualifications others don't. She's broken through male dominance in a corporate structure. Vince said he believes she should be the permanent General Manager. Triple H said if he could speak for the short-sighted at the table, but alas no matter what anyone said, Vince is going to do what he wants anyway; put some spineless puppet in power that strokes his ego and kisses his ass. Hunter said he doesn't want to believe that, but he proposes as Steph called the meeting, she should be the one to decide. Vince replied by saying he had no problem with "daddy's little girl"
making the choice. Triple H also said he doesn't have a problem with 'his wife, mother of his children and the person who would have to put up with him at home' making the decision either. Steph said this has escalated further than anyone could have expected (really?)
, so she's going to leave it up to the App vote. It was revealed 75% had voted FAIL. Steph said the Universe had spoken. Vickie pleaded that she can't listen to these people, before losing it and screaming. Steph said she had two words for her, in the immortal words of her father, "You're fired"
. crowd sang "nah , nah, nah , nah goodbye"
. Vickie threw a massive fit in the ring, begging on her knees, before climbing onto the table itself. Stephanie and Triple H made their way to the back, leaving Vince to take the microphone and asking the crowd whether they were happy. Vince said we've broken Vickie's heart, and Vickie didn't fail, rather each and everyone of us failed instead. Vince said he was going to make the right decision and appoint a new General Manager. He therefore was making Brad Maddox the new GM of RAW. Brad stood there stunned. Vince then helped an upset Vickie to the back. JBL said "Welcome to the Titanic"
TLC match from the October 7 2002 RAW
Vince was attempting to comfort Vickie backstage. Vince said he would make it right. Brad turned up and apologised, and extended his hand to Vince. He had it extended for ages, leading to Vince asking how long he was going to stand there with his hand extended. Vickie then went nuts and started slapping Brad, running him off. Vince said Vickie had ruined his jacket, and walked off, leaving Vickie to slump to the floor sobbing.Match 5:
Kane defeated Christian with the Chokeslam.
After the match, a video aired on the TitanTron of the Wyatt Family, signalling their arrival. As the lights went out in the arena, the group made their way out, with Bray Wyatt clutching a lantern. He sat down in his rocking chair and blew out the flame, leading to the lights going back up and the two other Wyatt's putting the beating on Kane. They then dragged Kane to the outside and positioned him on one half of the ring steps, bashing his head inbetween the two stairs. Bray Wyatt got up, threw his hat off, and made his way over to a downed Kane, kneeling beside him, as the crowd then broke out into a loud "Husky Harris"
chant, leading RAW to a commercial break.
Vickie was shown carrying her stuff backstage in a box when she walked into Ryback. Ryback took the box and placed it on the floor, telling her she deserved better and that it was going to be all okay. They then hugged.
The Bellas were on commentary, and were absolutely awful.Match 6:
AJ Lee and Alicia Fox (w/Big E Langston) vs. Layla and Kaitlyn ended in a another apparent No Contest when Kaitlyn's music started playing after Spearing AJ Lee on the outside.
Josh Mathews interviewed CM Punk backstage, as the Bellas could be heard in the background. Punk said he knows holding the title longer than anyone in the modern era makes him the best in the world, as will defeating Orton tonight.
Notice how they've now stopped promoting Tout?RVD Flashback:
ECW One Night Stand June 11 2006, in which he defeated John Cena for the Championship.Over-runMain Event:
CM Punk defeated Randy Orton with the GTS.
After the match, Daniel Bryan ran down and attacked CM Punk, throwing him shoulder first into the ring post. Bryan then went to the outside and grabbed a ladder from underneath the ring, before running it into Orton. Bryan then scaled the ladder and grabbed the red Money in the Bank briefcase hanging above the ring to take RAW off the air.
Location: Barclays Center; Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 15, 803
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, and Jerry "The King" LawlerHour 1
Less than 24 hours removed from Money in the Bank, Monday Night RAW opened with the return of the opening titles and BALLYHOO. After all the bombs had gone off, the lights went out in the arena and the sounds of a drum roll filled the building, to signal the arrival of new RAW General Manager Brad Maddox. Brad announced that later tonight Dolph Ziggler would face off against Alberto Del Rio in a Money in the Bank rematch. WWE Champion John Cena's music then interrupted and he made his way out. Cena joked that this would be the only time Maddox would be in the ring with someone more hated than him. Maddox wasn't very happy at that remark, but Cena said he meant no disrespect by it, and that he would give the "Brad Maddox Era"
the benefit of the doubt. Maddox thanked him and lavished praise on the WWE Champion. Brad Maddox announced he was going to do something that had never been done before, and that was allow John Cena to choose his opponent for SummerSlam. Crowd broke out into a very loud "Yes!"
chant, clearly ahead of the curve. John responded by saying Brad must be stupid, because he could pick someone like Dok Hendrix, Dutch Mantell (cough), or Michael Cole. Randy Orton, clutching his newly won Money in the Bank briefcase, made his way out to a big reaction. Orton told Brad Maddox not to get ahead of himself because there's a chance John Cena won't even make it to SummerSlam as champion. Orton told Cena he wasn't going to make the same stupid mistake he did by announcing ahead of time when he was going to cash it in. Orton promised Cena he would never see it coming. This brought out Fandango and Summer Rae of all people. Fandango told Orton to "Ssssssh"
, and said Orton would not be cashing in against Cena, rather against Fandango. As Fandango attempted to get his name out, Orton punched him in the face. Incredibly Fandango got the upper hand and tossed Randy out of the ring. Randy quickly got back in however and did exactly the same to Fandangooo. This led to Brad Maddox announcing Orton vs. Fandango would be the opening match on RAW.Match 1:
Randy Orton defeated Fandango (w/Summer Rae) with the RKO in a thoroughly entertaining match-up in front of a [Doritos] jacked crowd. During the match the crowd performed a Mexican Wave and chanted for "Randy Savage"
They recapped last night's World Heavyweight Championship match between Del Rio and Dolph Zigger.
Dolph Ziggler was walking backstage when AJ Lee ran up behind him, sorry for what happened at MITB. Ziggler told her to stop apologising, and move on. AJ Lee hugged him. Dolph told her however that she didn't understand. By moving on he meant it was "time to move on...from you"
. He then told her that they were finished, before walking off, leaving an upset AJ Lee to take it in. The crowd meanwhile broke out into a chant of "Yes!"
Mark Henry was shown heading towards the ring.
Back from commercial, a suited Mark Henry was in the ring. Henry said that last night John Cena came as advertised, and he is no doubt one of the best champions of all time. He did something he thought was going to be impossible, and that was beat him. Henry said he gave it all he had, and pushed Cena to his limits. Crowd chanted "You Tapped out"
. Henry agreed, saying he would have tapped out all of the crowd too. Crowd started chanting "Sexual chocolate"
, which Henry ignored. Henry said he wants to be the guy Cena picks tonight for SummerSlam. The Shield's music then hit and they made their way through the crowd. They circled the ring, as Mark Henry stood his ground. After initially fighting them off, The Shield gained the upper hand with a Spear from Reigns, before picking him up and delivering a Triple Powerbomb. Crowd loudly chanted "Holy gooseberry fool!
Brad Maddox was in his office on the phone to his Mum, telling her of course he was doing a great job on his first night. Jericho walked in. After mocking Brad's tight T-shirt (didn't Triple H do that gag a few weeks ago?), Brad said he thinks Chris Jericho can get a chance at being WWE Champion, and what better way to impress John Cena then to have a match tonight against someone like RVD. Crowd cheered. Jericho said if Brad kept making popular decisions like that he would have one hell of a future.Hour 2Match 2:
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match. Ziggler appeared to have the match won, but just as he was going for the pinfall the bell sounded, stopping the referee's count. With AJ Lee revealed as the culprit, and both the referee and Ziggler distracted, Del Rio hit Ziggler with a kick to the side of the head for the win.
After the match, AJ Lee got in the ring and began slapping Ziggler. Upon turning around he was ran over by Big E Langston. Langston then hit the Big Ending, while AJ Lee sat legs crossed in the corner of the ring crying uncontrollably. AJ got up and kissed a downed Ziggler on the lips.
They recapped the opening segment.
R-Truth came out rapping when the lights suddenly went out and the Wyatt Family interrupted to a big pop. With Bray Wyatt sat in the rocking chair, R-Truth was quickly dispatched of. Bray Wyatt made his way into the ring and cut his usual philosophical rambling promo about nothing in particular, as the crowd gave him the dreaded "What"
treatment. R-Truth grabbed a chair and stood on the apron, demanding Bray Wyatt be left in the ring alone. They obliged. R-Truth like a complete idiot took so long dawdling he was quickly jumped on and taken out by all three men. Bray took the microphone again, saying R-Truth was not the truth they seek, and Kane should "seek the buzzards"
. Bray cackled to himself, as the screen cut to black. Crowd interest waned dramatically during the course of this segment.
Immediately following this, Michael Cole announced that voting on the WWE App was now open for who we wanted The Real Americans to face - The Usos, Prime Time Players or Tons of Funk.
They aired a video on the opening of the WWE Performance Center.
The Real Americans made their way out, as Zeb cut a promo bemoaning the lack of English speaking people in Brooklyn. Zeb said Cena could right a wrong and choose one of two real Americans to face him at SummerSlam.
Jerry Lawler announced to the Live crowd fans had decided The Usos on the App Vote, with 55%.Match 3:
The Usos beat The Real Americans. This was a nothing match that went about 2 minutes.
Damien Sandow with his World Heavyweight MITB briefcase came out. Match 4:
Christian pinned Damien Sandow after countering The Elbow of Disdain.
After the match, Sandow grabbed the microphone and told the crowd he was still Money in the Bank, which led to Cody Rhodes running in and and tackling Sandow to the mat, putting the beating on him. As the crowd chanted "Cody
", marking this the most over he's been in his entire career, referees got in the ring to break them up, allowing Sandow to retreat through the crowd.
A skit aired for 1-800-FELLA, in which some bloke in an office couldn't stop his hiccups. Sheamus turned up with a solution...a Brogue Kick to the back.
They aired footage from earlier in the day of Vickie Guerrero in the lobby of the arena wearing a "Vote for Vickie" advertising board, and attempting to get fans to sign a petition. For those keeping score since her firing, she's continued to be on all of their main shows...Match 5:
Naomi (w/Cameron) pinned Brie Bella with a Cross Body off the top. The crowd loudly chanted "We Want Puppies"
...which led to WWE quickly turning down the crowd microphones.
They aired a WWE.com reporter attempting to get a word with Paul Heyman from last night. Heyman demanded he "Stay out of my personal life"
CM Punk hobbled out to kick off the final hour. Crowd chanted "CM Punk"
. He said he knew Paul and Lesnar were both in the building, and said he wasn't waiting any longer, demanding thy both come out right now. Heyman walked onto the stage, and told Punk he was looking at an empty ring, as Punk no longer exists in his world. In 2005 WWE had no vision for Punk, and was just a figment of Heyman's own imagination. Heyman claimed that he took him in and trained him, and martyred his entire career for Punk. Heyman said that they both reached the holy grail together. Heyman continually emphasised "We"
; "We were the longest reigning champion"
, and they both came within an inch of breaking Undertaker's WrestleMania streak. Heyman said that without him there is no "We"
, and without him Punk is no longer the Best in the World. Heyman said the crowd could boo all they wanted, and they could say what they wanted because his aversion to the truth was built on the fact it's a lot harder to swallow. Heyman said Punk went away after losing to Undertaker and when he came back he thought he was better than him. Heyman claimed it was because of this that he decided to lie and manipulate Punk; that he would be unable to to say he dumped Heyman, rather it would be forever known that Heyman dumped Punk. Heymen told Punk that he didn't want a business relationship, he wanted a personal relationship, therefore he has now made it personal. Heyman then brought up that Punk has no family, no wife, no children, and has become estranged from his Mother. All he has left is the WWE Universe. Crowd chanted "CM Punk"
. All Punk wants, craves, and needs in his life is the WWE Championship. Heyman said as bad a reputation he has in business, he's a whole lot worse personally. Heyman said his children had asked him why Punk doesn't listen like Brock Lesnar does. Heyman claimed the reason he double crossed him last night was because he knows he can't beat Brock Lesnar. Punk asked if Heyman was finished. He saw first hand that the truth hurts last night, and all he has to show for it is 13 staples. Truth is Heyman knows Punk better than anyone, and the truth is he's going to get him, and this time he swears on Heyman's children. Punk said that every person that had conspired and had knowledge of Heyman's double cross - friends, family, clients - he will get his hands on and rip apart. Punk called Heyman a "Son of a bitch" (which WWE muted). Heyman said if he doesn't have a future, he may as well spell out Punk's immediate future. Heyman got on his knees, tapped his watch and shouted "It's clobbering time."
This brought out Brock Lesnar. With Punk's attention on Lesnar, Paul Heyman snuck in the ring and nailed Punk from behind. Punk instantly fought back however and both he and Lesnar brawled around ringside, leading to Lesnar throwing Punk over the announce table, and sending him back first into the ring post. Lesnar finally picked Punk up and gave him the F5 onto the announce table. Heyman shouted that Punk stay out of his life, before leaving with Lesnar. WWE trainers attempted to help Punk up but he declined.
They trailed Total Divas' on E!.
John Cena was walking backstage when he bumped into Great Khali. Khali, speaking in his native tongue, appeared to be stating his case for a title match for SummerSlam. John Cena responded in Punjabi.
Brad was in his office texting on his phone, when he noticed Stephanie McMahon...also speaking to someone on the phone too. Steph asked how he thought it was going. Brad said it's going really well. Stephanie said she wasn't talking to him. This brought in Triple H. They both said he's doing a great job so far. They asked if Brad had talked to Vince today. Brad said he'd tried but no, he hadn't as he couldn't find him. Triple responded by saying "that's typical"
. Hunter said that they are concerned that if Cena picks who they think he will pick, Vince won't like it. Hunter said the only reason Brad was picked to be GM was because he was the only man standing in the ring at the time. HHH wished him well in his "future endeavors"
, before leaving with Steph.Main Event:
RVD pinned Chris Jericho off the Five Star Frog Splash in a very long match. A lot of crowd chants, such as "ECW" and "This is awesome". Crowd were flat in parts, clearly proving even the best RAW's are tiring...
Michael Cole: "Does anyone get any higher than RVD?"
They announced Paul Heyman would be on MizTV Friday on SmackDown.Over-run
The majority of the roster - including the Brooklyn Brawler - was on the stage as John Cena came out to announce who he would be defending the WWE Championship against at SummerSlam. Cena said he had had various superstars coming up to him all night, but he was unable to come to a decision. Therefore he was going to leave it up to the WWE Universe to decide. Crowd chanted "Yes!". In a ridiculously drawn out segment, Cena went through a load of names on the stage, asking the Live crowd who they wanted to see. Having gone through a number of names, including 3MB, Ryback, Del Rio, Khali and RVD, he asked if he has forgotten anybody. Crowd once again broke into a "Yes!"
and "Daniel Bryan"
chant. John Cena mulled it over for a bit and then, SURPRISE, settled on Daniel Bryan. Bryan then appeared from the mass on the stage and got into the ring and celebrated, as the crowd continued to chant "Yes!" to take RAW off the air.
Location: Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, TX
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry "The King" LawlerHour 1
RAW kicked off with a contract signing between John Cena and Daniel Bryan. General Manager Brad Maddox - who was sporting a ridiculous grey suit (with elbow pads) and blue trousers combo - introduced both of them to the ring, where they had a table set up. John Cena came out first. Brad asked why he chose Bryan. Cena said he did so because of Maddox and the WWE Universe. Brad asked whether the real reason he chose Bryan was because he thought he was an easy opponent who looks more like a Troll than a future WWE Champion, not to mention someone who is unstable and suffers from relationship issues. This led to Daniel Bryan making his way out. Crowd broke out into a loud "Daniel Bryan"
chant. Brad asked Bryan why he thinks Cena chose him, but before Bryan could say anything Cena interrupted and said Maddox, and the "dumbasses he works for"
, regularly ignores God-given talent when it's "hidden behind a beard"
. Cena then tossed his title belt across the table, which then slid off and landed on the floor, and said if it's just about size, then Brad may as well take the title and hand it to the Great Khali. Cena said Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio, and the late Eddie Guerrero proves it's not just about size or strength. Crowd started a loud "Eddie, Eddie"
chant. Cena said the audience loves Bryan and he's proud of that, but he picked Bryan because he deserves it. Brad cut Bryan off before he could respond, leading to Bryan shouting "No"
and saying he had no right to cut him off and he deserves a championship match. Brad then told Bryan that Cena may think so, along with a "vocal minority"
of the audience, but not everyone does. Which is why he will give Bryan a chance to prove his critics wrong by competing in multiple matches tonight on RAW. Brad then shouted "No!"
while the crowd fired back with "Yes!"
. In humorous fashion, Brad's extremely tight fitting jacket rode up leading him to unbutton it.
Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio were both shown heading towards the ring. Sheamus was shown to have a really nasty looking bruise on his leg.Match 1:
In a non-title match, World Champion Alberto Del Rio defeated Sheamus. Sheamus had Del Rio up for White Noise but his leg gave way, allowing Del Rio to roll him up for the pin.
They announced "the cast" of Total Divas (so the Divas' roster then) will be on MizTV later tonight. Christ.
Renee Young interviewed Booker T and Teddy Long backstage. Booker T said while he respects Vince's decision, after last week he was still left a bit shocked by the whole situation. Teddy Long interrupted and said he had filled in for 3 long months, and he was the one who received all the abuse, while Booker was just sitting at home in his La-Z-Boy. Booker said if he keeps running his mouth he'll throw him out of the building himself. Teddy told Booker there he went again with his threatening behaviour, and if he couldn't be GM, maybe Vince had made the right decision after all, before walking off.Match 2:
Christian pinned Titus O'Neil (w/Darren Young) off the Kill Switch.
During the match the commentators started talking about the Royal Baby.
They recapped Ryback's beatdown of Chris Jericho from SmackDown.
Josh Mathews interviewed Ryback backstage. Josh said that some people feel that Ryback enjoys intimidating others. Ryback said he does, and started doing just that to Josh. He then went on some metaphor about animals eating other weaker animals.Hour 2
Mark Henry came out and challenged The Shield to come out and face him. This brought them out through the crowd and they got into it in the ring. The Shield gained the upper hand, which brought out The Usos to the make the save. All three sent The Shield packing through the crowd.Match 3:
Dolph Ziggler defeated Darren Young with the ZigZag.
After the match, Big E Langston ran in and attacked Ziggler. Ziggler was able to dispose of him over the top rope, allowing him to make his escape back out of the ring, as Big E got back in. AJ Lee demanded Big E go after him but he instead opted to stay in the ring staring down Ziggler in the aisle.
Daniel Bryan was in his locker room when John Cena walked in. Bryan told Cena not to worry about his matches with three mystery opponents tonight and that he'd be fine on his own. Cena replied that he just wants Bryan to make it to Summerslam in one piece. Bryan asked Cena not to deprive him of this opportunity, and that if Cena does come out there during his matches tonight, it will prove that everything Cena said earlier was false. Bryan left, leaving Cena standing there.
Miz was in the ring for the Total Divas interview. "This is gonna be good"
said Lawler. Naturally this was total gooseberry fool, but you knew it would be the moment it was announced. Miz said he was going to be the host for SummerSlam. Crowd didn't give a strawberry float. They showed a clip of Total Divas. Crowd booed. Miz introduced all the divas. Crowd shat on everyone bar Natalya. Miz then asked Lawler to MC. Lawler seemed genuinely surprised by this. Lawler got in the ring and introduced himself to the new Divas. One shook his hand. The redhead slapped him in the face. Lawler said that was his cue to leave. One of the Bellas tits fell out of her dress. Miz plugged Total Divas starting on E! and then the segment ended, as everyone waved. If this was designed to get people not watching Total Divas it was a monumental success.
Brad was in his office when Triple H walked in. Triple H chastised Brad about his opinions on Daniel Bryan. He said it sounds like someone has been putting words in his mouth. Triple H said he didn't care what "the old man" thought anyway as he thinks Bryan could be the future of the WWE. Hunter told Brad that there are two trains leaving the station; one train is the future, the other is a dead-end. As Hunter left Stephanie McMahon walked in and said she feels for Brad. Steph said she has an idea, but she hasn't thought it through yet. Brad said he was on board. The train, that is...
They recapped the Wyatt Family.
Damien Sandow was on commentary. They recapped Cody Rhodes and Sandow's altercation from SmackDown.Match 4:
Cody Rhodes defeated Fandango (w/Summer Rae) off Crossroads after Sandow attempted to interfere and it backfired.
CM Punk hobbled out. They recapped the Lesnar beat down.
Punk said last week he got his ass handed to him. But despite being thrown around and how much he got beat down he still got back up. Despite feeling like he was in a car accident he's still standing. Punk said Lesnar is a former NCAA champion and, most importantly of all, a former UFC champion. He's broken the Undertaker, Triple H and John, but through all his matches his biggest strength is fear. Punk said he wasn't afraid of him, of "Paul Heyman's monster"
. Punk said he's seen some of the toughest men he's ever shared a locker room with feel fear. Hour 3
Paul Heyman had a decision to make, and he made the wrong one, therefore he's going to regret it everyday of his miserable life. Punk claimed that no matter what Lesnar or Heyman thinks, this is his ring. Crowd started chanting "CM Punk"
. Punk vowed he'll get his hands on Heyman. Punk demanded a match with Lesnar at SummerSlam. Heyman appeared on the Tron "via satellite". Punk asked if that claim was correct, otherwise he was coming back there and dragging him to the ring right now. Heyman buried Texas. Heyman asked whether Punk was a coward or a fool. Crowd told Heyman that he sucked. Punk said he'd give him and Lesnar the answer at SummerSlam. Heyman said Punk was all beat up from MITB and last week's RAW. Heyman then accepted the challenge for the PPV.
They announced RVD vs. Alberto Del Rio for SmackDownMatch 5:
RVD beat Wade Barrett with the Five Star Frog Splash.
The Real Americans came out and Zeb Colter cut an anti Texas promo, and said all they do is chant "yes!" like a bunch of idiots.Match 6:
Daniel Bryan defeated Jack Swagger with the Yes! Lock in about 3 minutes.Match 7:
In an excellent match that made up for the previous nothing bout, Daniel Bryan defeated Antonio Cesaro with a roll-up.
Brad Maddox was in his office with Alex Riley (remember him?). He said it was impressive, but lets see how he does against his next opponent. Maddox smirked as we cut to break. Over-runMain Event:
Daniel Bryan defeated Ryback via Disqualification when Ryback Powerbombed Bryan through a table set up at ringside.
After the match John Cena ran down to make the save and sent Ryback retreating up the ramp. John grabbed the microphone and said how about he attempt to put him through a table instead. Cena then challenged Ryback to a tables match. Ryback responded by saying if that's what he wants, that's what he'll get.
Backstage, Brad Maddox was in his office when Vince McMahon walked in. Brad made Cena vs. Ryback official for next week. Vince asked about Daniel Bryan, and whether Brad was going to deny him competition and the chance to once again prove himself. Vince said he should face someone bigger and stronger than he is. Someone who will bring out the vicious side of Daniel Bryan...perhaps a friend? Brad made Daniel Bryan vs. Kane for next week, as Vince proclaimed "Damn right"
Back in the ring, Bryan was celebrating with the crowd, oblivious to the match just signed with Kane, to take RAW off the air.[JULY 29TH WWE RAW WAS A TAPED SHOW FROM THE UK]
Location: Resch Center; Green Bay, Wisconsin
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry "The King" LawlerHour 1
After the opening titles and ballyhoo, Monday Night RAW kicked off with Executive VP of Creative Stephanie McMahon in the ring. Yes, they actually put that on TV. Stephanie said it was no secret that Vince McMahon doesn't think Daniel Bryan is championship material. She then introduced a video package on the Tron of Bryan getting a spa treatment on his face - cucumbers, face scrubs, the whole nine yards - going for a suit fitting, working out in the gym, and eating a piece of steak at a Steakhouse. Back in the arena, the crowd booed and chanted "No!"
. Daniel Bryan came out wearing a suit and tie, with his hair in a ponytail. Stephanie told Bryan he looked "sharp"
, passed the microphone to Bryan, repeatedly patted him on the back, before leaving. Bryan asked the crowd if they liked the new look, to an obvious response. Bryan said it was funny because he didn't think this is what WWE wanted, rather the company wanted someone who was jacked up (roids?), someone who wears cargo shorts and a bright yellow t-shirt. Bryan said what they need is someone who will sell a load of merchandise that people don't actually need. Bryan said he respected John Cena because he picked him as his opponent, but Cena is a 'Superstar' who sells movies and breakfast cereals. Whereas Bryan is 5'8 with a beard and from the middle of nowhere. Bryan said the difference was John Cena is an entertainer, and he's "a wrestler"
. Cena has been in sold-out arenas, he has never crawled out of holes and filth. Bryan said if Cena were to get fired tomorrow, he would go back to his mansion and 20 cars and never wrestle again. Bryan said however he would be in a gym, or any old dirtbox which had a ring because he loves wrestling. Bryan asked the crowd to make a deal. He dress up in this suit for now because at SummerSlam he'll do what they want and make Cena tap out. This brought out Vince McMahon. McMahon said he doesn't want Cena to be champion, but he definitely doesn't want Bryan. McMahon said if Bryan were to win, it would be the first time a dwarf, a man as muscular as a toothpick, had been champion. McMahon said Bryan looked like a miniature Mick Foley. He told Bryan he should listen because he has considerable influence over the WWB Title situation at SummerSlam. McMahon then told Bryan that if he really wants to be WB Champion he needs to shave the beard. McMahon then asked for a barbers chair to be brought out. McMahon told Bryan that if the people truly want him to be WWB Champion, then he will do what he says. Bryan hesitantly got in the chair set up on the outside. Vince called for a barber. This brought out renowned barber...Wade Barrett. Vince McMahon attempted to dance to Barrett's theme music like this was "Somebody call my Mamma". Barrett took ages assembling his tools on the table as McMahon momentarily contemplated what they call Barbers in the UK. Barrett approached Bryan to shave his beard, but Bryan head-butted him before slamming Barrett into the barber's chair. Bryan then shaved off one side of Wade's beard. As McMahon did his nut inside the ring, Bryan chucked Barrett back into the chair, continued shaving, then tossed Barrett over the guardrail. On the stage, Bryan asked McMahon if he wants him to change, to which he responded with "No!"
. Bryan then ripped off his shirt to reveal a "THE BEARD IS HERE!" t-shirt with an arrow pointing to his beard, spoofing Cena's WWE Title version. Bryan's music played as McMahon threw a fit inside the ring, chucking Bryan's jacket into the crowd. This whole segment went 20 minutes.
RVD and Alberto Del Rio, with a returning Ricardo, were shown walking backstage heading towards the ring for their match.
SummerSlam Host The Miz (groan) came out for commentary.
They aired the closing moments of RVD vs. Del Rio from SmackDown 2 weeks ago.Match 1:
RVD defeated World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo) in a non-title match when RVD sent Del Rio head first into a bucket set up in the corner turnbuckle by Ricardo and rolled him up for the pin.
Following the match, and in a complete shocker, Del Rio kicked Ricardo in the face and wore him out with the steel bucket. Del Rio then threw Ricardo to the outside, before wedging his head in-between the ring steps and the post, and performing a drop kick on the stairs. As the commentators requested help for Ricardo, Del Rio celebrated on the ramp and shouted "Mexico"
and pointed to a tattoo over his left shoulder. Can't help but get the feeling Ricardo's getting future endeavoured...
They announced CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel for later.
Cody Rhodes was in the ring. He said there was a great Oscar Wilde quote saying "true friends stab you in the front"
, therefore perhaps Damien Sandow wasn't a true friend to begin with. He then pointed to the Tron as they re-aired the video package from last week of Rhodes sending Sandow's briefcase flying into the Gulf of Mexico. There was a cardboard box in the ring. Rhodes pulled out the damaged Money in the Bank briefcase which was covered in seaweed, saying he had spared no expense in getting it back. He said if Sandow wanted it back he could come out and get it. Damien Sandow walked down the ramp and said he wasn't falling for it, and demanded Rhodes drop the briefcase in the ring and leave, which is exactly what Rhodes did. As Sandow got in the ring to grab the case, Rhodes jumped back in and assaulted Sandow. With Damien back on the outside of the ring, Rhodes opened up the case and a load of sea-related crap fell out. He took the sodden contract and threw the briefcase up the aisle, as a fuming Sandow looked on. The crowd weren't into this segment at all.
They announced Mark Henry vs. Ryback next in a Mania rematch.Match 2:
Mark Henry defeated Ryback via Count Out in about 2 minutes when Ryback simply walked out. This finish is seriously getting old now...
Total Divas related gooseberry fool backstage which resulted in one of the Bella's getting slapped in the face by Natalya.
John Cena came out to kick off the second hour...Hour 2
John Cena said it was that time again, as he received the usual mixed response from the crowd. Cena said he was used to being a target. Cena continued, saying because Daniel Bryan is a fan favourite, it means the WWE Universe had to choose, and a lot of people were choosing to cheer Bryan. Cena claimed that earlier tonight Bryan spoke a lot of truth, but also showed lot of ignorance. By judging him, he had made himself the same as the likes of The Rock and CM Punk. Cena said he wasn't changing for anyone. Cena said Bryan glorified wrestling in a gym because that's where he'd rather be. Cena said Bryan was right in that he would never wrestle again if he was fired by the WWE, because he'd never tarnish the WWE Championship or the company. Cena said the WWE is the NFL, and Bryan should stop glorifying other wrestling promotions and past achievements, as that was the equivalent of saying he was the 'All-Star of the Arena Football League'. Cena said that claiming he can't wrestle was "very original"
. Cena said the crowd have chanted it all the time yet he's held the Championship 11 times, and that he shouldn't be underestimated, just like people in the crowd had done for years. Crowd then broke out into a "BORING"
chant. Cena tried to cover by saying that it sounded like the people wanted to see Bryan and him fight right now. Crowd chanted "Yes!"
. Cena claimed that Bryan doesn't realise the opportunity, but if he loses then he's got to admit to himself that he just wasn't that good. Cena came off as a but of a prick here. Randy Orton interrupted, as the commentators questioned whether Orton was coming down to cash in his briefcase. Orton said Cena never ceases to amaze him, as he sees everything but what's staring him right in the face. Orton said it didn't matter who leaves WWE Champ at SummerSlam, as he is guaranteed to win, and the point is the real champ is here. The Shield's music then hit and they made their way through the crowd. Daniel Bryan then ran down to even things up. General Manager Brad Maddox came out and said, seeing as nobody could seemingly get along tonight, he was making a 6 man main event for tonight's main event.
Tons of Funk were dancing in the ring, when the lights went out and The Wyatt Family made their way out to the ring.Match 3:
In the 3rd consecutive rematch, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan defeated Tons of Funk in a nothing match.
Afterwards, Bray Wyatt got in the ring and inflicted more damage on Brodus Clay. After rambling about Kane and the buzzards again, the lights went out and the pyro exploded on the ramp. Kane appeared on the TitanTron and said at SummerSlam nobody would be able to save Bray from a ring of fire, as the pyro on the ring posts went off. Looks like we're getting the return of the Inferno match...
Josh Mathews interviewed CM Punk backstage. Punk said Curtis Axel's Dad Mr Perfect had Bobby Heenan as his manager, but the difference was Mr Perfect could still think for himself, something Axel is incapable of. Punk said if Brock loses at SummerSlam, then Heyman also loses everything.
They recapped Layla's heel turn on SmackDown.
In an inset promo, Layla said the reason she turned on Kaitlyn was because she wanted attention.Match 4:
Layla pinned Kaitlyn (who was wearing rather conservative attire by her standards) with a kick to the head off a distraction from AJ Lee.
Layal and AJ Lee held hands and skipped around together.
Big E Langston vs. Ziggler was announced for later.
They re-aired highlights from earlier between Rhodes and Sandow, as JBL asked why Rhodes hasn't been arrested.Match 5:
Number 1 Contender to the World Title Christian pinned Heath Slater (w/3MB) off a Spear.
Some hobo was shown backstage walking towards the ring. Honestly, Punk looked atrocious.Hour 3Match 6:
In a non-title match, CM Punk and Curtis Axel ended in Disqualification when Punk grabbed Heyman on the outside and attempted to drag him into the ring. Yes, really.
Brock Lesnar's music hit and he made his way out. Punk nailed the GTS on Axel on the outside, and Lesnar and Punk then got into it. This was almost ruined by some of the worst camera work I've ever seen from the WWE. You could have easily done a better job with a Handycam this was so (intentionally) unstable. Back in the ring, Punk regained the upper hand as Lesnar was about to hit the F5. Punk waffled Lesnar with a chair to the back, his focus turned to Heyman in the ring. Before he could do anything however, Lesnar struck from behind and hit the F5. Brock then went to work on a downed Punk with the steel chair.
They recapped the prior brawl.
Renee Young interviewed Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel (who actually didn't say anything). Brock said he was the "Best of the best of the best of the best this world has to offer; The Beast and the best in the world." Lesnar then told Heyman to say something stupid. Heyman got in the face of Renee and said she should take the microphone and go tell Punk he may not make it to SummerSlam, as next week he was challenging him to a fight: CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman. Match 7:
Kofi Kingston (sporting tights instead of trunks) defeated Fandango (w/Summer Rae) with the Trouble In Paradise. In a staple of a dead crowd, you could hear the arena fan, especially right at the start of this one.
Triple H was on the phone when Stephanie walked in crying. Stephanie said Vince bit her head off about the opening segment being a total disaster. Triple H responded by saying that Vince has finally lost it. The 'once great creative genius is gone', and that he wasn't going to watch Vince destroy SummerSlam and watch "this ship go down"
(Oh Christ, it's TNA...the company openly needs turning around). Stephanie then looked at Hunter like she either wanted to strawberry float him or something. Triple H then stormed off.
They recapped Del Rio's beat down of Ricardo.
Zeb Colter cut a short promo about cheese clogging arteries and Real Americans.Match 8:
The Real Americans (w/Zeb Colter) defeated The Usos when Antonio Cesaro got the pin off the Neutraliser.Match 9:
As rematch Monday rolled on, Big E Langston (w/AJ Lee) pinned Dolph Ziggler off the Big Ending. During the match, Kaitlyn walked down and got into a fight with AJ Lee on the outside, which then made its way into the ring, distracting Ziggler.
They plugged a video for Summer Camp on USA Network.
They announced Big E Langston and AJ Lee on MizTV Friday. Josh Mathews then interviewed two female "campers" in the front row. Hi-de-fucking-hi.
They recapped Punk and Lesnar again.
They announced Punk had accepted the challenge against Heyman for next week.Over-runMain Event:
John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton vs. The Shield ended in Disqualification after about 4 and a half minutes when The Shield entered the ring together and put the beating on Bryan while he had Rollins in the Yes Lock.
As The Shield were then promptly dispatched of, Orton snuck up on a celebrating Bryan and nailed him with an RKO. The Shield then re-entered the ring, but were taken out once more by Orton and Cena. As Cena turned around, Randy Orton also hit Cena with an RKO. Orton then motioned he was going to cash in the briefcase, but before he could do so The Shield made their way back down the aisle and into the ring. Orton stayed on the outside, as The Shield continued to assault Cena and Bryan, repeatedly putting the boots to Bryan and delivering a Triple Power Bomb, leaving Orton to stare at his briefcase on the stage, while The Shield were left celebrating in the ring to take RAW off the air.
Location: Sleep Train Arena (never has anything in history been more apt than the name of this building)
; Sacramento, California
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry "The King" Lawler.Hour 1
The final RAW before SummerSlam opened with Daniel Bryan making his way to the ring, holding a towel with "Yes" written on it. A load of people in the crowd were also holding up theirs, having probably been giving it.Match 1:
In a SmackDown rematch (never...)
Wade Barrett defeated Daniel Bryan with a roll up when Guest Referee, RAW General Manager Brad Maddox, fast counted the fall. After the match, Bryan teased attacking Brad, but he escaped under the bottom rope and made his way backstage.
They announced Daniel Bryan and John Cena would both be on MizTV tonight; with Money in the Bank winners Randy Orton taking on Sandow next.
Cody Rhodes joined the announce position, while Sandow handcuffed his new briefcase to the top turnbuckle.Match 2:
Randy Orton defeated Damien Sandow with the RKO in 14 minutes, when Rhodes attempted to unlock the briefcase, distracting Sandow.
RVD was going through his "unique pre-match ritual" backstage, with Michael Cole announcing he would be in a 20 man battle royal tonight to decide the Number 1 Contender for the United States Championship.
The Shield interrupted from what appeared to be an underground war bunker or something. Ambrose and Reigns said that the "old guard" needed to go, and for a new generation to rise up. Roman Reigns challenged a team to step up and attempt to take the Tag Team titles off them. Dean Ambrose stated that unless Andre the Giant's ghost was in this Battle Royal, he wasn't losing the United States Championship at SummerSlam.
They re-aired Brock Lesnar's video promo from SmackDown. This was exceptionally good.
Josh Mathews interviews CM Punk in his locker room. Josh asked why he'd take a match so close to SummerSlam. Punk responded by saying that there isn't a man alive afraid of Paul Heyman. However Paul Heyman is anything but stupid, and tonight was nothing but a chess game, with Paul manoeuvring his pawns into place. Punk said he had a good feeling he'd be seeing a bit of Brock Lesnar later tonight.
Big E Langston cut an inset promo, claiming he was always better than Dolph & vowing victory at SummerSlam.Match 3:
In a strawberry floating awful match that must have been booked by someone as high as a kite at the time, Khali and Natayla (w/Hornswoggle) defeated Big E Langston and AJ Lee when Natalya put AJ Lee in the Sharpshooter. Twice. The referee completely messed up the original call. AJ Lee tapped, and Natayla let go of the hold. Everyone then stood around for a while, and nobody knew what the hell was going on. Natayla then reapplied the hold and AJ Lee tapped out...again, with the inept official finally calling for the bell. The commentators then buried the referee.
After the match, Khali chopped down Big E and left him laying.
Vince McMahon, wearing a HILARIOUSLY bright suit, was shown strutting backstage towards the ring.
They announced the SummerSlam pre-show would be an hour long, with Shawn Michaels and Booker T being the guest panellists.
Vince McMahon made his way out. Vince said there was quite a lot of controversy over the opening bout. They recapped the conclusion on the Tron. Vince said we were all due an explanation, so it was time for RAW GM Brad Maddox to get out to the ring. Brad came out, still wearing his referee shirt. Vince asked why Brad appointed himself referee. Brad claimed Daniel Bryan matches tend to get out of hand, so therefore he thought the WWE fans would appreciate an authority figure such as himself. Vince said even he would have to to admit that was a pretty fast count.Hour 2
Brad said he may be a little rusty, and may have got a little excited. Brad apologised. Vince said there was no need to apologise, as everyone makes mistakes. Brad asked for a second chance to referee Cena vs. Bryan at SummerSlam. Vince asked whether he would be impartial, to call it right down the line, no matter personal differences. Brad said he would. Vince asked him to cross his heart, and on scouts honour. Brad promised. Therefore Vince announced Brad as the Special Referee for Sunday. This instantly brought out COO Triple H. Vince muttered to Brad off mic that HHH has never been the same since he cut his hair. Crowd chanted "Triple H", which led to Vince telling the crowd not to feed his massive ego. Triple H responded by saying he couldn't hear as 15,000 fans were screaming his name (exaggerating big time...this building is far from sold out)
. Triple H said he agrees with Vince in that SummerSlam does need someone impartial to call the match right down the line. It needs someone with the guts to not be intimidated by anyone or anything...he just doesn't think Vince is referring to Brad Maddox. More to someone like...Triple H. He then kicked Brad in the gut and nailed him with the Pedigree. Vince then dropped the microphone and stormed out.
They aired a graphic for Kane vs. Bray Wyatt's Ring Of Fire match for SummerSlam, using footage of the ring from the RAW IS WAR Inferno match in 1999. Cole made sure to note nobody would be getting set on fire on Sunday, rather it would be to keep out interference.Match 4:
Kane pinned Titus O'Neil (w/Darren Young) off the Chokeslam.
After the match, the lights went out and the Wyatt's made their way out. As the lights came up, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan were in the ring ready to attack Kane, but he had vanished. The camera then revealed he was on the stage. Kane then symbolically set off the pyro on the ring posts.
Josh Mathews interviewed Nikki and Brie Bella on Total Divas. Natalya turned up, along with the red head and the Funkers. This led to Natalya vs. a Bella, with friends in each corner for SummerSlam. Natalya then got slapped in the face by a Bella.Match 5:
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio beat Kofi Kingston in a non-title match with the Cross Arm Breaker submission.
They aired a music video looking at the career of Christian.
Renee Young interviewed Christian backstage. He said all he needed was "One. More. Match." Absolutely nobody chanted along. Del Rio then walked in, said something in Spanish, and held up the World Title.
As this 15 hour RAW rolled on, The Real Americans came out. Zeb Colter slagged off Sacramento and went through his usual anti immigration ramblings.
SummerSlam Press Conference at 2pm US time tomorrow.Match 6:
In another rematch of a rematch, The Usos defeated The Real Americans (w/Zeb Colter) when Swagger was rolled-up.
Miz was in the ring for MizTV to a lukewarm reaction. He called out Daniel Bryan and John Cena to the ring. Bryan said it was great someone had finally stood up to Vince in regards to Triple H making himself referee. Bryan said the fans can now get the match they deserve. Hour 3
Cena said Miz has to love this, as MizTV is usually a "trainwreck of a segment". Miz asked Cena what his real issues were with Daniel Bryan. Cena claimed that there weren't any, with the only issue between the both of them the WWE Championship. Simply put, Daniel wants to be the champion and John is the champion. Cena said he picked Daniel because he deserves the opportunity and he will put up a hell of a fight. Miz then asked Daniel Bryan if he understood that as code for 'Bryan is going to lose'. He said Bryan was selected because Cena wants to ride the sudden wave of popularity while securing an easy victory. Bryan then cut Miz off, telling him that if he didn't shut up, he would punch him in the face. [SKY CUT OUT HERE AS, ONCE AGAIN, THEY DECIDED TO UPDATE THE BOX]
Back from the interruption, John Cena slapped Bryan in the face, and it looked like the two of them would get into it. This brought out Triple H for the second time tonight, as he tried to calm the situation. Randy Orton then came out, and held the MITB briefcase above his head on the stage. Long segment that went 20 minutes.
Fandango (w/Summer Rae) vs. R-Truth never got started, as they both brawled following a dance-off. On the floor while laying next to the barricade, Fandango grabbed a microphone and uttered his name.
Paul Heyman told Curtis Axel in their locker room he was starting to have second thoughts about his match with Punk.Match 7:
RVD won a 14 minute 20 man Battle Royal, eliminating Mark Henry when he low-bridged the top rope to gain a shot at the United States Championship on the SummerSlam Pre-Show.
After the match, Henry and RVD fist bumped out of respest. As Henry was about to leave, The Shield's music hit and they made their way through the crowd. Was amusing watching RVD making out he didn't know where in the crowd they were coming from, when they always come from opposite the hard camera down the middle stairs. Before The Shield could enter the ring however, Big Show made his way out sporting jeans straight out of the 90s. RVD, Show and Henry stood tall in the centre of the ring.
Paul Heyman wearing a suit and taped up wrists, sans entrance music, made his way out.Over-run
Heyman asked Punk if he heard his "worshippers" asking for their hero. Heyman said he doesn't blame Punk, rather he blames the WWE Universe. Punk used to live for Heyman's respect and love, rather now he lives for the fans acceptance. Heyman said the fans took Punk away from him, so tonight he's going to take the fans worship of Punk away from them. Heyman said that all he had been hearing was people claiming he'd just set a trap for Punk to walk into. Heyman said he sure had - but he hadn't done it alone, rather he'd had a conspirator. This brought out Brock Lesnar. Heyman said he had prepared a little something to show him. A video aired on the Tron of Lesnar destroying Punk over the last few weeks. Heyman said he was prepared to face CM Punk tonight on one condition: Punk would have to face Lesnar tonight as well. Cult of Personality filled the arena, as Lesnar and Heyman turned their attention to the stage. Unbeknownst to them, Punk had come through the crowd and grabbed a television camera. As Lesnar turned around, Punk waffled him in the head with it, and then continued to wear him out. Lesnar rolled to the outside, leaving Punk to grab a chair and hit Lesnar over the back. Punk then set his sights on Heyman, chasing him up the ramp. Curtis Axel ran down to make the save, allowing Heyman to make his exit backstage. Punk however nailed Axel with a chair to the gut, followed up by a GTS on the stage. Punk then stared down a fallen Lesnar to take RAW off the air.Main Event:
CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman never got started
Location: Honda Center; Anaheim, California
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" layfield and Jerry "The King" LawlerHour 1
Less than 24 hours removed from SummerSlam, Monday Night RAW opened with Mr strawberry floating Jollities John Cena coming out grinning like a loon. Cena said he was disgusted about what happened last night. Crowd told him he sucked anyway. Cena thanked them all for the 'warm welcome'. Cena mentioned how he had previously said the next person to hold the WWE Title would have earned it, and Bryan did just that. Crowd chanted "YES!"
. Cena thanked Bryan for bringing out the best in him, and that people in WWE should be judged on their excellence in the ring, rather than their race or creed. Cena then showed off his weird looking tennis ball elbow, the results of a torn triceps. Cena said that WWE had told him to go home and they'd cancel the Championship match at SummerSlam, but he had refused. Cena said he wasn't using it as an excuse for his loss, as Bryan had won it in a clean fight and was the better man. Cena said last night that some yokel told him while he was backstage that Triple H had just handed the title to Randy Orton, which disgusted him. Cena moved back to the subject of his elbow, and said that he can't put off surgery any longer and therefore would be leaving the WWE for 4-6 months. Crowd chanted "YES!"
However before he goes, he wants to introduce someone who has earned his respect, and a man who has earned the right to be called WWE Champion. Daniel Bryan made his way out to a huge ovation. Cena and Bryan shook hands, as Cena left. Crowd erupted into a loud "Daniel Bryan" chant. Before Bryan could speak, Executive Vice President of Creative (kayfabe) Stephanie McMahon made her way out. Steph apologised for last night. She told Bryan he won the title in the middle of the ring, and didn't deserve his dream snatched away. However, Triple H was only doing what was best for business. Crowd chanted "NO!"
. Bryan said he expects that from Vince and Stephanie, but not from a renegade like HHH. But now he's wearing a suit and a corporate haircut. Bryan said when you lie down with trash, sooner or later you start to stink, quite clearly talking about Stephanie. Stephanie said she was going to let it slide. Bryan sarcastically said that was great. Bryan asked what she was going to do, fire him? Bryan said he wasn't afraid of wrestling elsewhere, but before he leaves, he's going to get his monies worth, and actually give the company a reason to fire him. Steph said he was clearly worked up, and his anger issues were rearing their head again. Stephanie told Bryan that he just needs to manage his expectations, as not everyone can be the face of the company. Bryan has a place here; maybe not as an A, but a "solid B+"
. Bryan said that was funny, as she was reminding him of a word that begins with a B right now. Some in the crowd called Stephanie a "Bitch"
. Bryan said he will be WWE Champion, and he doesn't care what she thinks. He than smashed the microphone out of her hand as she tried to speak. She got another one, and demanded Bryan calm down, and she wasn't going to be intimidated. Because of Bryan's actions, she demanded security come down to the ring. She claimed Bryan had forced her hand, and wanted security to escort him from the building. She told Bryan he had no one to blame but himself.Match 1:
In a rematch from last night, Cody Rhodes pinned Damien Sandow. Neither received an entrance.
RAW General Manager Brad Maddox announced that Dolph Ziggler would be in a 3 on 1 Handicap match tonight against The Shield. They showed a transcript of Ziggler's remarks on WWE.com about never trusting Triple H. Maddox said the match tonight had nothing to do with that though.
Paul Heyman was shown walking backstage with his arm in a sling, apparently heading towards the ring.
Paul Heyman was standing in the ring after the break. Heyman said he was going to give everyone a lesson in life. Like rebellious children, Punk had to fly the nest to prove his worth. Heyman said he'll admit Punk gave everything Lesnar could handle, so where do they go from here. He said it was time for Punk and himself to end their family feud. He said he's been more of a father figure than Punk's real father. Heyman claimed this was no longer a time for retribution. Heyman said he forgives Punk for his actions, so when Punk apologies to him, he'll take him back into the Heyman stable. He claimed Punk was far better with him than without, and they'll both reach bigger heights than ever before. Heyman said he still loves him, and therefore was willing to put all this behind them. Heyman said he'll guide him back to the WWE title and to the main event of WrestleMania. Together, "We will be the best in the world."
The Funkadactyls were stretching backstage, when the Bella's turned up. The Bella's told Cameron and Naomi that they hoped they'd be more interesting in their match tonight than on Total Divas.
They announced Randy Orton's Coronation would be later tonight.Match 2:
The Funkadactyls defeated Layla and Divas' Champion AJ Lee when Layla was rolled up.
They recapped the opening segment.Hour 2Match 3:
The Shield defeated Dolph Ziggler when Roman Reigns hit the Spear for the pin. Seth Rollins appeared to injure his knee and was limping quite badly.
Sky HD DIED. I've opened a beer.
There were small Mexican flags on the corner ring posts. Match 4:
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio - who looks an absolute mess - defeated Sin Cara in a non-title match via ref stoppage in about a minute when Sin Cara injured his hand or wrist. Del Rio seemed legitimately pissed off at this, resulting in the audio being muted as he swore his head off. The referee was telling Del Rio to lay off kicking Sin Cara, in a more animated and vocal way than you'd imagine.
Del Rio took the microphone and said he represents the Mexican people as they don't have a hero. A returning Ricardo interrupted. Ricardo said Del Rio wasn't a hero to him or the people, and especially the Latino community. He said he was very happy he no longer had to represent Del Rio, but he does now represent someone else. Someone that does stand up for the people. Rob Van Dam. Nope, didn't see that one coming either...
Zeb Colter cut a promo about the illegal scummers. Crowd chanted "What"
because NOBODY GIVES A gooseberry fool. We The People
is surprisingly over though.
There was a FAT SWAGGER sign in the crowd.Match 5:
Prime Time Players beat The Real Americans when Darren Young pinned Antonio Cesaro with the Gut Check. Contrived.
Renee Young interviewed the Big Show backstage. She said there had been rumours that Show and Henry were going to team up to challenge for the Tag Team Championship. Show confirmed these rumours to be true. Brad Maddox turned up and told Renee to "shooo, shooo"
. Brad said Show had made some disparaging remarks about the COO. Show responded by saying this was America, land of free speech. Brad said WWE were advocates of free speech, but he was going to allow him to express himself a different way - in a handicap match against The Shield. Compared to earlier however, all three will be allowed in the ring at the same time.
In the most blatant product placement ever for Footlocker, some bloke from the company was plugging the product to two WWE jobbers when Fandango and Summer Rae danced in and took the shoes. Needless to say, this won't make the Sky edit.
They re-aired the opening video package for the SummerSlam main events.
Ryback told some dude backstage that this was his locker room. They then went into the shower together and strawberry floated. Not really. Ryback demanded the guy turn the shower on and get soaking wet. He then told him to turn the shower off and leave, and take his wet bag with him. Ryback then laughed. Was half expecting Heidenreich to walk in.Match 6:
The Shield defeated Big Show in a 3-on-1 Handicap match when all three pinned Show following a Triple Power Bomb.Hour 35
CM Punk, hobbling, made his way out to a loud reaction from the crowd. Punk said he wasn't sure what to say. Punk then told some poor guy in the crowd to stop booing him, and challenged him to get in the ring. Called him a fatso, and to step in the ring if he had the balls, then called him a son of a bitch. WWE turned the audio off completely. Punk told Heyman to come down if it's an apology he desires, as he may just get what he wants. WWE, clearly having had enough, were now bleeping the word ass. Punk said he was sorry he didn't break his arm and take it home with him, and break his face. Punk vowed to get his hands on Heyman. Punk then asked Heyman to have more guts than the fat guy in the crowd. Crowd chanted "CM Punk"
. Heyman said sorry...sorry for what was about to happen to him. Heyman told Axel to go tape up for a fight. Heyman said he wasn't the fat guy sitting in the front row, rather the worst nightmare Punk was going to face. BE A STARR.
After commercial break, Punk and Curtis Axel got into a brawl in and around the ringside, which resulted in Punk standing tall and leaving Axel laying. Punk and Heyman then stared each other down.Match 7:
In a match that somehow managed to be terrible despite going under 2 minutes, Bray Wyatt (w/The Family) pinned R-Truth. Some of the crowd chanted for Daniel Bryan.
A vignette aired promoting Los Matadors. It's Primo and Epico.Match 8:
The Usos beat 3MB, as people worldwide picked up their TV remotes and changed the channel.Main Event:
The Miz defeated Wade Barrett by Disqualification when Fandango nailed Miz with a top rope leg drop while Miz had Barrett in the Figure Four. Crowd then Fandango'd. It's been that type of crowd.
Brad Maddox bumped into Stephanie McMahon backstage and told her he'd been notified by building security Daniel Bryan was back in the arena. Stephanie said "good", as she entered Mr. McMahon's office.
The McMahon's were in the ring, as the entire WWE roster had made their way onto the stage, with The Shield standing just in front of the ring. Vince told everyone to "give it up for The Game"
. Vince said this had been a wonderful night. Vince McMahon said he was proud of his son in law for doing the right thing. They both hugged. Crowd chanted "You sold out"
. Triple H called the crowd short sighted. Triple H said he did it to ensure the future of the WWE. He did it for the fans, everyone standing on the ramp, Vince McMahon and his father, his wife and for his children. Triple H said he likes Daniel Bryan and considers him a friend. He said Bryan deserved to win. But to be honest, Daniel Bryan as WWE Champion? The face of the WWE? Crowd chanted yes. Triple H said No. Triple H said the fans deserved better than that
. The complete package. A+, not B. That's why he gave us all A+ last night. Over-run
Triple H said personally he didn't want to throw away the 15 years of blood, sweat and tears that Bryan had endured. It hurt him to do that to Bryan. Triple H said there was no love lost, and a lot of bad blood between him and Orton. He buried his personal feelings however for what was right for the fans, and right for business. Hunter said Daniel Bryan stood out here earlier saying he had a personal problem, but he doesn't care. Triple H called his attitude selfish, as it's not all about Bryan. Triple H told Bryan that he needed to check his ego at the door, just as he does every day. "I'm going to bury you, you, you, you, I don't even know who you are, you, you, you...."
Triple H then introduced the new Champion Randy Orton. Randy Orton shook everyone's hand and extended his hand to Stephanie. After a pause, they hugged. Orton said he told the fans so. Orton reminded everyone he had said that when he cashed in people wouldn't see it coming, and now for the 10th time he stands as Champion. Orton said he wasn't one for thank yous, but he'll make an exception, as he owes everything to Triple H. They then shook hands again. Orton said everyone in the building should show HHH the respect he deserves. Trips retook the microphone, and seeing as they own the place, they have eyes and ears everywhere, so he knows Bryan is in the arena. Triple H requested he come to the ring. HHH said The Shield are a little intimidating, so maybe they should move so Bryan isn't so scared. Hunter asked the crowd to make him feel at home, so play his music. He mockingly asked the crowd to chant Yes. Bryan came out from beside the stage. The Shield then jumped him from behind. Stone Cold Bryan then beat them all up. Reigns then blindsided Bryan with a Spear, and The Shield destroyed him. Triple H told them to stop, as Bryan clearly had something to say. As Triple H goaded a beaten Bryan into the ring, Orton then nailed Bryan with an RKO. The McMahon's and Orton celebrated in the ring to take RAW off the air, as the crowd watched on deflated. Jerry Lawler proclaimed this as a black day for WWE.
Location: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Jerry "The King" LawlerHour 1
Monday Night RAW EXPLODED ONTO THE AIR (Look, I'm running out of interesting ways to start these things...)
with The Shield surrounding the ring. THE KING OF KINGS sounded to bring out COO Triple H to a pretty big ovation. Triple H said he wanted to take us all back to the beginning of a new era. The conclusion of SummerSlam aired on the Tron. Hunter said that was just business, with nothing personal about it. They then aired the conclusion of last week's RAW. Michael Cole noted none of the Superstars on the stage intervened because they were fearful of repercussions. HHH said that was personal. Hunter told us the reason he embarrassed Bryan was because his actions at the start of RAW last week made it personal. He walked into the ring and insulted his wife and his family. Triple H said he was willing to be the bigger man however, and move on like none of this ever happened. Triple H claimed he was willing to become a business man with Bryan. Triple H then asked if anyone had seen the ratings - they're through the roof (cough). Oh, there's a massive social media buzz and EVERYTHING. Triple H claimed business was in fact booming. No really, he implored us to check them out. He then introduced the reason why: Randy Orton. Hunter congratulated Orton into breathing new life into the WWE and WWE Championship. Triple H said he likes to reward people that grab the brass ring and run with it. Crowd chanted "No"
. HHH responded with a mocking "Yes"
. Hunter revealed he had personally bought Orton a Cadillac Escalade. Triple H has morphed into Eric Bischoff blowing smoke up Hogan's arse in the nWo (remember when he got Hogan a load of presents on nWo Nitro?). Someone drove the car into the building. Randy Orton thanked HHH for the "very generous gift"
. Orton then thanked Triple H for having the vision and business acumen. Hunter implored Orton to check out the car. Before he could however, Daniel Bryan interrupted. "Sweet ride Randy"
. Bryan said it was way nicer than his Honda. Bryan said he had a few thank you's of his own to make, as the crowd erupted into a "Daniel Bryan"
chant. Bryan thanked every person in the WWE Universe for believing in him. Bryan claimed he isn't the strongest, biggest or prettiest, but despite all that, the people have supported him. He then thanked John Cena...crowd viciously booed. He's praised Cena 3 times now in as many shows. Thanked Cena for allowing him to be able to wrestle in the main event of SummerSlam. Crowd didn't like this at all. Finally, he thanked Triple H, for finally ending this charade and showing his real view. Bryan called Triple H as narrow minded and misguided as Vince McMahon. Hunter has gone from the rebel in the leather jacket to the sell out in a suit, who thumbs his rather large nose at the WWE Universe. Orton told him he needed to remember who he was speaking to, and show both of them some respect. Orton proclaimed to be the face of the WWE. Bryan interrupted and vowed at Night of Champions that face is going to be rearranged, as was Triple H's vision of the WWE. Crowd chanted "YES"
. "Sweet little fantasy Jimminy Cricket"
fired back Triple H, who then BURST INTO SONG - "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are"
. Hunter said in the real world, it makes all the difference in the world. Bryan is not an A player, rather nothing more than a B at best. Hunter said if he wants to prove himself, he'll give himself an opportunity to live his little fantasy, as Bryan will be going one-on-one with Seth Rollins. And then if he makes it past Dean Ambrose, he'll then have to face Roman Reigns. Triple H told Bryan he was giving him the gift that keeps on giving. Triple H sarcastically told Bryan he believes in him, and also believes in what is best for business. BOW DOWN TO THE GAME filled the arena once more.
The commentators talked some more about the HUGE RATINGS. Which are...the same as normal.
They recapped the brawl Punk had with Axel last week.
They announced the fans could choose the stipulation for Punk's match with Curtis Axel tonight. The options were A) Heyman banned from ringside B) Heyman as Guest Referee and finally C) if Punk wins, Heyman has to step into the ring with him. The option is so obvious, why bother...
Damien Sandow was on commentary, with the briefcase.Match 1:
Fandango (w/Summer Rae) vs. Cody Rhodes ended in Disqualification after about a minute when Fandango's music started playing and The Miz, wearing Fandango's tights, came out and danced with Rosa Mendes. Sandow ran in and attacked Rhodes, followed by The Miz, and all four men got into it.
Brad Maddox came out and made it a tag team match.Match 2:
The Miz - who is now sporting a haircut of a child - and Cody Rhodes defeated Fandango and Damien Sandow when Miz pinned Sandow with the Skull Crushing Finale. Fandango walked out on the match.
Fandango took the microphone on the stage and proclaimed that "It's Fan...DANG....go"
. During the match Lawler said Rosa Mendas was dancing on the outside like Miley Cyrus. She wasn't, fortunately. And even if she was, her arse is infinitely better. Then again, so would be a bent ruler.
Los Matadores vignette.
Christian was asked about the direction of the WWE by Josh Mathews. Christian said it seems like any time someone says something about this new regime, they suffer dire consequences. Christian said he was around during the Attitude era and remembered the McMahon-Helmsley era, and he still has the battle scars to prove it. He said those that don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Orton turned up and said history is going to repeat itself, as just like SummerSlam, he's going to win & Christian is going to lose. Christian said Triple H likes to play with sledgehammers, and it seems like he's found himself a new tool to play with. Orton told him he'd see him in the ring.
Michael Cole showed everyone how to use the Tout App. Apparently Paul Heyman had posted something.
Renee Young interviewed Punk on the WWE App. He said he wasn't going to attempt to try and sway the audience, but if they want Heyman in a ref shirt then "more power to them"
, but he wanted Heyman in the ring.
Heyman and Curtis Axel were in their locker room. Heyman said Punk was like a deranged politician begging for votes. Heyman was upset that the WWE were going to subject his health to the whims of the audience. Axel told him not to worry as he had this. Axel asked if Heyman believed in him. Heyman responded by saying like his life depended on it.
I opened a bag of Frisps. Haven't eaten these in a while...
Jerry Lawler revealed to the Live crowd 81% had voted for option C on the App. Michael Cole laughed his head off.Hour 2Match 3:
CM Punk pinned WWE Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel in a non-title match with the GTS.
Per the stipulations, Punk now got Heyman alone in the ring. However before he could do so, Heyman made his exit backstage...but was promptly ushered back out by two referees. Punk left the ring and headed up the ramp, but Heyman made his escape backstage once more...only to be dragged back out by multiple security. In the ring, Punk was about to take out Heyman in the corner but was nailed by Curtis Axel with a low blow. With Punk down, Heyman pulled out a pair of handcuffs from his pocket and slapped them on Punk. Heyman began goading Punk, who managed to get to his feet and knocked out Axel with a kick to the head. He then went to work putting the boots to Heyman. Axel returned and hit him in the back with a chair. Axel then grabbed a Kendo stick from under the ring and passed it to Heyman, who then went to town beating the hell out of Punk. Heyman repeatedly shouted at Punk that he loved him and that he had fathered him. Heyman continued wailing away on Punk out in front of the announce table. After the brutal beating, Heyman was shown visibly upset at his actions.
After the break, Punk was shown walking back up the ramp still handcuffed, his back covered in blood.
JoJo was announced special guest ring announcer by Justin Roberts.Match 4:
Brie Bella (w/Nikki and whatever the red head is called) pinned Natalya (w/The Funkadactyls) off the X-Factor in a crappy match that went just over a minute.
WWE Divas' Champion AJ Lee came out on the stage and totally buried Total Divas and everyone in and around the ring to such an extent the crowd broke out into a loud "AJ" chant. AJ Lee told them that she didn't get where she is in the WWE because she came from a famous wrestling family or SUCKED...up to the right people (she meant COCK
), but because she is good. AJ called them a bunch of cheap, interchangeable, useless women who have turned to reality TV because they aren't good-enough to be actresses or WWE Divas' champion. This was a GREAT burial of an entire, shitty division, which turned her Face in the eyes of the crowd. Made everyone in the ring look like worthless gooseberry fool. To add further insult, JBL on commentary said "crazy just spoke some truth."
Ricardo introduced RVD. This doesn't work at all.Match 5:
RVD pinned Alberto Del Rio with a roll-up. Del Rio was distracted by Ricardo, who was cheer-leading on the announce table.
It was announced on commentary RVD would get a title shot at Del Rio in 3 weeks on PPV.
They re-aired hightlights of John Cena's promo last week that opened RAW. They removed the bit where everyone cheered that he'd be out 6 months.
Josh Mathews interviewed "The Big Guy" Ryback. Crowd chanted "Goldberg". WWE appeared to turn the audio down. Ryback grabbed Josh around the neck and mouth and bullied him, shoving him to the floor.
They re-aired the Punk beat-down from earlier.
Heyman was walking backstage with Axel when Renee Young caught up with them both. Heyman had bloodshot eyes, having obviously been crying. Heyman told Renee that Punk is like a petulant child that needs to keep being punished. Heyman said he feels like a man that put a prodigal son in his place, beaten by his own father figure. Both of them then left in their car.Hour 3Match 6:
In a non-title match, and for what feels like the 400th time, WWE Champion Randy Orton pinned Christian off a thumb to the eye and an RKO. Good match, but you've seen it all before. Christian had a very nasty fall onto the ring apron. Was brutal as hell.
Stone Cold Bryan appeared on the Tron, sitting on Randy Orton's new car. He'd spray painted "Yes" repeatedly all over it in orange. Cole joked it was now a Cadillac Yescalade. Randy Orton was left enraged in the ring. This night isn't going to end well again for Bryan...
Brad Maddox, Randy Orton and Triple H were all looking at the vandalised car. Triple H demanded Maddox march every Superstar and Diva out to the stage tonight, as they're all going to watch Bryan's match. Anyone that interferes is going to get personally fired - every single last one of them. Orton then told Triple H Bryan was going to pay for his actions.
Zeb Colter came out and cut a promo. Zeb told benefit scum that "if you can't feed them, don't breed them"
Titus O'Neil (w/Darren Young) pinned Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter and Antonio Cesaro).
Brey Wyatt cut a promo lifted from WWE.com.
They recapped the opening segment, and then of Bryan destroying the car.
Punk was in Maddox's office demanding a match with Paul Heyman. Maddox gave him Heyman and Axel in an elimination match at Night of Champions. If Heyman tries to escape, we'll never see him again.
The locker room emptied out onto the stage. Renee Young attempted to interview the various Superstars on the stage. None of them said a damn thing.Main Event - Gauntlet Match
Match 1: Daniel Bryan defeated Seth Rollins with what I presume was a knee to the face because Dunn was too busy filming the crowd (who were going crazy) and MISSED THE strawberry floating FINISH.
Match 2: Daniel Bryan defeated Dean Ambrose by Disqualification when Roman Reigns ran in and put the beating on Daniel Bryan.
All 3 Shield members entered the ring and destroyed Bryan, giving him the Triple Power Bomb. Triple H came out on stage, and faced off with an increasingly agitated Big Show. Randy Orton came out, and then headed into the ring. As The Shield picked up a lifeless Bryan, Orton gave him the RKO. The crowd chanted for "Big Show"
, as Orton and Triple H left, leaving The Shield to stand tall over a dismantled Daniel Bryan to take RAW off the air!
Location: Wells Fargo Arena; Des Moines, IA
Commentators: Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry "The King" LawlerHour 1
The final RAW before the NFL Season crashes the party kicked off with COO Triple H in the ring. He immedieatly introduced "the face of the company"
WWE Champion Randy Orton. Members of The Shield were once again surrounding the ring. Michael Cole noted on commentary he had spoken to one anonymous superstar who had told him the past 7 days in the locker room has been a "Reign of Terror". Orton opened by saying, as the face of the WWE, protecting the company was his number one priority. Therefore, anyone that disrespects him, disrespects all of WWE. Crowd chanted "No!"
. Orton said that last week, Bryan defaced his new car, so he had no choice but to deface Daniel Bryan. Orton then played Bryan's Yes/No game with the crowd. Orton first asked the crowd if Bryan should receive a Championship match at Night of Champions. Crowd chanted "Yes!"
, Orton said "No!"
Orton asked whether Bryan has the slightest chance of defeating him at Night of Champions. Crowd said Yes...Orton said No. Orton questioned whether Bryan will ever amount to anything in WWE. Crowd said Yes. Orton said No. Worked this one out yet? Finally, Orton asked if Bryan should give up his chance at NOC? Yes from the crowd, and another No from Orton. Triple H then took the microphone once more and told everyone that as COO, it was his responsibility to put on the best product each and every week, as that's what we all deserve. Hunter said his other job is to ensure the health and well-being of all the Superstars. With that in mind, he said he's been worried about the health of Daniel Bryan, whose ego keeps getting him into bad situations. Hunter told the crowd that they were not helping because Bryan looks around and all he sees is them standing up, throwing their arms in the air, and chanting, "Yes!"
HHH said that was a problem, as they are causing Daniel Bryan to confuse popularity with what is best for business. One similar example from a few years ago was a wrestler named Doink the Clown. Hunter said Doink was wildly popular and everyone loved him, but there was a big reason he was never WWE Champion, and that's because it would have been bad for business. Hunter said he could come up with other goals for Bryan to achieve in WWE - Hunter mockingly stated they could bring back the Cruiserweight or European Championships, because those are 'good, little goals'. Daniel Bryan interrupted on the stage. JBL said there's the next Cruiserweight Champion. Bryan said, while he is thrilled to be compared to Doink the Clown, he's not sure there was a loud Doink chant in 1992 and that the only clowns he sees right now are the two standing in the ring. Bryan said he understands that Hunter wants him to give up his Championship match, as Hunter gave up being a man when he cut his hair, put on a suit, and became a corporate sell-out. Bryan then wondered whether Orton was more masculine than Stephanie McMahon. "No!"
being the response to that. Orton was all angry, until Hunter interrupted and called Bryan a short, angry troll. He said he shouldn't be angry at the both of them, but rather one man - The Big Show, who, despite having an iron-clad contract, just stands by with a tear in his eye while Bryan gets beaten up. Triple H announced Bryan would take on Big Show in tonight's main event.
Triple H and Randy Orton were walking backstage joking that Big Show was probably off in a corner somewhere crying. They bumped into Cody Rhodes. They shook hands. Rhodes said it was good for business for Orton to defend the Championship against Bryan. Triple H said last time he checked he was deciding what was best for business, and that Rhodes' view was probably clouded and he no doubt had a lot on his mind, what with a wedding coming up (guess everyone just forgot to notify us). HHH asked Orton if he had an invitation. Orton replied and said he hadn't. Hunter said he didn't get one either. Hunter made a match with Randy Orton tonight, and then told Cody if he didn't win, he wouldn't be with the company much longer.Match 1:
The Miz defeated Fandango (w/Summer Rae) with a shitty, shitty, shitty
Figure Four. During the match, Fandango apparently broke his nose.
Bryan was preparing backstage in his locker room when Booker T walked in. Booker told Bryan that going against the McMahon's is not in his best interest, and that he should consider giving up his title match. Bryan responded by saying Booker's catchphrase, before saying this wasn't about money, but his own life. Booker said he was behind him, but he needed to tread lightly.
They recapped the Punk/Heyman segment from last week.
Dolph Ziggler came out. Following the commercial break, he was ambushed by Dean Ambrose in the ring and sent into the corner turnbuckle. Ambrose told Ziggler he needed to learn to respect the business.Match 2:
Ryback pinned Dolph Ziggler off the Shellshock in a quick match. Crowd loudly chanted "Goldberg"
and "You can't wrestle"
Stephanie and Triple H were in their office looking on approvingly of Ryback's actions when RAW General Manager Brad Maddox walked in. He said Big Show was refusing to fight Daniel Bryan tonight. Brad pointed Stephanie in the direction of Big Show's locker-room. Stephanie walked off, but not before telling Brad this wasn't going to be a private affair. Triple H smiled as we headed to break.Hour 2
Stephanie McMahon made her way to the ring. I'm bored of the McMahon's already. Stephanie said she would like to introduce someone who helped teach her a lot of life lessons along the way growing up in the business. Out came Big Show to the ring. They hugged. Stephanie said she's the 12-year-old girl who Show helped out back in the day. Funny, I don't remember Stephanie being 12 in 1999
. Stephanie heard Big Show didn't want to face Bryan. Stephanie said Big Show is broke, having made poor investments, something about a STRIP MALL going belly-up, and that he now has nothing. Steph said his iron clad contract is only if he performs, otherwise he is in breach. Stephanie told Show that he has no other alternatives to WWE. 'What are you going to be, the world's largest gas attendant?'
Steph asked Show if he was really going to risk his career for one match? Stephanie then said giants don't usually live as long as other people, so he needs to think about his family. Big Show was blubbering. Steph said she was sorry he was hurting, but the only person hurting more was her. She then hugged him. Someone in the crowd shouted "Horse gooseberry fool"
as she left. Then they started chanting "Y2J"
& "Cody's moustache"
. This was atrocious as nobody believed it.
Big Show was shown smashing up stuff backstage.Match 3:
Titus O'Neil defeated 3MB in a match where everyone except me changed the channel.
They announced Edge will return to RAW next week from Canada.
Brad Maddox was on the phone in his office when Heyman walked in and told Maddox to "call him back"
. Heyman was angry Maddox put him in a match at NOC. Hunter walked in. Triple H said he approved that match. Heyman asked why. Hunter said he's a huge fan, having watched Heyman manage to weasel his way out of every situation. Hunter said he doesn't see an out of this situation. Triple H said Punk might give Heyman the beating he so richly deserves. Triple H was a complete Face in this segment for those wondering.
Some promo from the Wyatt's on Kane. Just magic up some rambling nonsensical bollocks in your head.Match 4:
Randy Orton pinned Cody Rhodes off an RKO in an apparent Loser Leaves Town match. Crowd were really into it in the closing 5 minutes.
Randy Orton celebrated on the stage. MCMAHON-O-MANIA continued as Triple H made his 9000th appearance of the night. Hunter said while he respects him, this is business. He has to do what is right for everyone in the locker room. Triple H then fired him. The commentators contemplated what Rhodes does now, especially with a wedding coming up. Crowd chanted "Cody Rhodes"
to head to break.Hour 3
CM Punk came out to the ring carrying a Kendo Stick. Punk promised no more empty threats, and no more talking...while continuing to talk. He said everything he needed to say had been heard. Here he is dressed to compete, but he isn't going to wrestle, he wants to fight Paul Heyman. And if he has to fight Axel to do it then so be it. He would fight them right now but he knows they wouldn't come out. I thought he said he was done talking. Punk said he wasn't going to convince anyone of the biblical ass beating he's going to give Heyman, rather he has something to say to the audience watching RAW tonight. Punk said he guarantees he's going to get past Axel and get his hands on Paul Heyman, and that if we order Night of Champions - which we're not - we're all going to see a new side to CM Punk, and that we may not like it. Last week Heyman said Punk broke his heart, but at night of champions he's going to break Heyman's face.
They recapped the Punk/Heyman/Axel segment from last week again.
As the backstage shenanigans continued, Big Show told Bryan that he didn't want to do this, but he's under a lot of pressure. Bryan said he doesn't care, as he does what he has to do no matter what obstacles WWE throw in his way. Show asked Bryan if he had seen what happened to Cody Rhodes earlier tonight, as things are getting real around here. Show said he was in a no win situation. Bryan said yes he was, as he was going to beat Show tonight just like he did for his first Championship. Bryan then walked off leaving Show standing there looking sad. Bryan was totally unsympathetic to Big Show's apparent plight, and the crowd were silent.
WWE Rewind with AJ Lee from last week.
AJ Lee came out and inserted herself on commentary.Match 5:
Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Brie Bella in a Number 1 Contender's match for the Divas' Championship ended in a No Contest when AJ Lee ran in. They then all beat up AJ Lee and left together. This whole thing was a pile of gooseberry fool.
Ricardo came out and introduced Number 1 Contender to the World Championship RrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrVD.Match 6:
RVD pinned Damien Sandow with the Five Star Frog Splash. Alberto Del Rio came out on the ramp and raised the belt. Crowd were massively into RVD throughout the match.
MCMAHON-O-MANIA rumbled on as Stephanie and the Divas were in the office arguing about AJ Lee. Stephanie ended up making a Fatal Four Way for the Divas' title at Night of Champions. This aired "exclusively" on the App. Except we just saw it all again right here.
They ra-aired Triple H firing Cody Rhodes from earlier.
Security were escorting Cody Rhodes out of the building when Josh Mathews turned up to ask if he had any parting words. Rhodes said for 2 decades the McMahon's have hated the Rhodes: Dusty lit Florida on fire, then the McMahon's put him in polka-dots and made him dance. Then, WWE put his brother, "The Natural," in gold paint and he's never been the same since. Josh asked Rhodes if he's talked to his fiancée since being fired. Rhodes just stared at him, before leaving through the exit.
The roster made their way out onto the stage again.Main Event:
Big Show vs. Daniel Bryan ended in a No Contest when Big Show walked out and refused to give Bryan the Knock Out punch. Throughout the match Show was begging Bryan not to do this, as he didn't want to fight him. However Bryan refused to heed Show's advice, and repeatedly kept charging at him. Crowd spent most of the match muted, only popping for Bryan's repeated "Yes!" kicks.
The Triple H show continued as his music then hit and he made his way out with The Shield. The Shield then put the beating on Bryan yet again and gave him the Triple Power Bomb. Big Show ran back into the ring but was held back by Triple H. As The Shield picked up a completely lifeless Bryan, Hunter ordered Show to give Bryan the KO punch or be fired. A weeping Show couldn't do it however, and he left the ring. Over-run
Before he could make his way to the back however, Stephanie McMahon interrupted and told Show to do what is best for his family. She then led Show back into the ring, as The Shield once more picked up Bryan. After some cajoling, Big Show Knocked Out Bryan. Stephanie and Triple H both told an upset Show than he did the right thing. Randy Orton came out and got into the ring. After rolling Bryan's limp body over onto his back, he put his foot on his chest and raised the WWE Championship, to take RAW off the air, leaving Bryan destroyed...for the 6th straight show.