WWE Monday Night RAW Results
July 7, 2014
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video kicks off the show that highlights the events from last Monday’s RAW. The Authority made its first attempt to remove the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from around the waist of John Cena by having Kane attack him and Seth Rollins attempt to cash in his Money in the Bank contract, but Dean Ambrose foiled those plans. Roman Reigns then helped clear the ring, and he stood tall at the end of the show.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a great reception. Reigns stands in the middle of ring and soaks in the massive cheers and “Roman Reigns” chants. Reigns says that unlike some people, when he comes down to the ring, he comes down with a point. Triple H says he put him in the Fatal Four Way at WWE Battleground because it’s best for business. Maybe it’s because he thinks he can neutralize John Cena because he can. Maybe Triple H thinks Kane can neutralize him, but he can’t. If all that happens, it leaves Randy Orton leaving with the title, but he won’t. He assesses and attacks. Reigns has assessed the situation a thousand times and it won’t happen. He understands that he’s a wanted man around here, but he has a hair trigger. A loud “Cena sucks” chant breaks out, and Reigns says when he’s in the house, it’s damn true. The crowd pops huge for that. He doesn’t care if The Authority is here or not because what they have to say is irrelevant. Randy Orton doesn’t matter, so he’s irrelevant as he’s a pawn in the situation. Reigns isn’t a pawn – he’s just the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Believe that!
Kane’s pyro explodes, and he makes his way to the stage. Kane simply stares at him from the top of the stage. Reigns asks if Kane is standing in for The Authority in their absence. Reigns wonders if he’s still The Devil’s Favorite Demon because lately it seems like he’s Triple H’s lapdog. Reigns then corrects himself and says Kane is Randy Orton’s bitch. Kane makes his way to the ring, and Reigns meets him at the foot of the ramp with some punches. They trade blows with Kane coming out on top. Kane sends him into the ring, and Reigns knocks him off the apron. Reigns then punches him to the barricade and clotheslines him into the timekeeper’s area. Reigns brawls with him through the crowd. Kane fights back with an uppercut before throwing him back to ringside. Kane sends him headfirst into the ring post before putting him into the ring and stomping him. Referees run down to break them up, and Kane Chokeslams one of them down. The agents then run down, and they back Reigns away. Reigns then pushes Jamie Noble away and spears Fit Finlay! Kane runs back to the apron, and Reigns takes him out with a Superman Punch! The crowd erupts as Kane backs up the ramp.
Bret “Hitman” Hart will be here live later tonight. Chris Jericho will have his first match back in a year against The Miz as well. Finally, we’ll see John Cena take on Seth Rollins. The announcers tease that Rollins could cash in after that match if Cena were to be injured.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan vs. Jimmy and Jey Uso
Luke Harper will start the match against Jey Uso. They trade punches with Harper coming out on top. Harper uppercuts him into the ropes, and Jey bounces back with some punches. Harper quickly knocks him down, but he misses a pair of clotheslines. Jey then takes him down with a running cross-body followed by some punches. Jey then kicks him in the midsection to knock him out of the ring. Jimmy Uso is tagged in, and The Usos clothesline Erick Rowan over the top rope as he attempts to interfere. Harper and Rowan regroup at ringside before Harper gets in the ring. Harper powers Jimmy to the corner, and he punches him a few times. Jimmy blocks a whip and punches him in the face. Harper then bounces back with a right hand, and he taunts the crowd. Rowan is tagged in, and he chokes Jimmy on the ropes. Rowan body slams him down before applying a neck vice. Jimmy fights up, but Rowan quickly takes him down.
Jimmy avoids a leg drop, and Jey is tagged in. Jey boots him in the face and hits a clothesline that doesn’t knock him down. Jey finally dropkicks him down for a two count. Rowan reverses a whip to the corner. Jey hits the turnbuckle sternum first, and Rowan shoulder blocks him down. Rowan picks up a two count for that. Harper is tagged back in, and he double chops Jey’s chest. Harper rips away at his face before tagging in Rowan. Harper hits an exploder suplex as Rowan tags in. Rowan then hits a big splash for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Rowan pick up a near fall. Rowan then digs his fists into Jey’s temples. Jey tries to fight up, so Rowan controls him with a neck vice. Jey fights up again, but Rowan puts him in his corner and punches him down. Harper tags in, and he whips Rowan into Jey, but Jey sidesteps him. Jey then avoids a big boot from Harper. Harper tries to block Jey from making the tag with an elbow drop, but Jey avoids that as well.
Jimmy is tagged in, and he comes off the top rope with a cross-body block on Harper. Jimmy hits a pair of clotheslines before punching Rowan off the apron. Jimmy kicks him in the midsection because giving him an uppercut and a Samoan Drop. Jimmy goes for a running hip bump, but Harper pops out of the corner for a clothesline. Jimmy ducks that and hits a corkscrew senton, but Rowan breaks up the pinfall. Jey runs in, but Rowan throws him out of the ring. Rowan follows him out, but Jey gets back in. Jey then takes Rowan out with a leaping cross-body block over the top rope! In the ring, Harper blocks a kick from Jimmy and superkicks him down for a near fall. Harper gets a crazed look in his eye before going for a suicide dive, but Jey punches him in the face. Harper then stumbles into a superkick from Jimmy for a near fall! A “This is awesome” chant breaks out. Jimmy goes to the top rope, but Rowan grabs his ankle. Harper crotches him on the top rope before bringing him to the center of the ring and hitting a massive sit-out powerbomb, but Jey breaks up that pinfall!
After some miscommunication, Jey puts Harper on the apron, and The Usos superkick him off. They go for stereo dives on him, but Rowan pulls Jey out of the ring. Jimmy baseball slides Rowan down before turning into a discus clothesline from Harper. Harper picks up the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Match Rating: ** 3/4
After checking the replays, it appears that Luke Harper may have pinned the wrong Uso, but the referee is letting it go.
Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and JBL plug the free week of the WWE Network. All you need is your e-mail address to sign up. They apparently have a 90% satisfaction rate.
Dean Ambrose will take on Randy Orton later tonight in a rematch from Friday Night Smackdown.
Randy Orton is seen talking to Kane. Orton says if Reigns did one more thing to Kane he’d have been out there. He has Kane’s back just like Kane will have his back at WWE Battleground. Kane says one way or the other the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is coming back to The Authority. Seth Rollins says he likes to see the solidarity between them. Rollins says it’s important that they have each other’s backs since The Authority isn’t here. Rollins says if either of them wins, he’ll think twice before cashing in. Rollins laughs before walking off. Orton says to Kane he’s starting to hate “that kid.” Kane says he doesn’t hate Rollins as much as he’s starting to hate Orton.
Each Diva will have her arm tied behind her back for this next match. A replay is shown from WWE Payback when Brie Bella quit before slapping Stephanie McMahon in the face. Nikki Bella has had it rough ever since.
One Armed Match
Alicia Fox vs. Nikki Bella
Before the referee can tie Alicia’s arm behind her back, she attacks Nikki, whose arm is already tied. Alicia kicks her out of the ring, and Nikki lands awkwardly on her shoulder. Alicia slams her into the barricade before bouncing her head off the barricade. Alicia talks a little trash before throwing her into the ring. Nikki slaps her as she crawls over, but Alicia soon takes her over with some kicks. Alicia walks around ringside acting crazy before going under the ring. Alicia grabs some Red Bulls before drinking one and dumping the rest on Nikki’s head. Alicia stomps away and poses for the crowd.
John Cena will take on Seth Rollins in tonight’s main event.
Rusev is in the ring with Lana. Lana says Canada should just accept the leadership of Vladimir Putin. A picture of Putin is shown on the titantron.
Rusev w/ Lana vs. Rob Van Dam
RVD ducks a lock up, and he punches Rusev to the corner. Rusev blocks a whip, but RVD sidesteps an avalanche. RVD kicks him in the face before hitting a springboard thrust kick. RVD charges, and Rusev drops him to the apron. RVD quickly shoulders him in the midsection and comes into the ring with a slingshot DDT for a two count. RVD goes for the Five Star Frog Splash, but Rusev rips him off the top rope. Rusev then clotheslines him in the back of the head. Rusev stomps away at him before kneeing him against the ropes. Rusev then hits a modified fall-away slam. Rusev then applies a chin lock as they show a pre-taped promo from Zeb Colter. Colter tells Rusev to step out from behind Lana’s communist skirt and accept their challenge for WWE Battleground.
RVD fights up and gets out with a jawbreaker. RVD hits the ropes, and Rusev takes him down with a back elbow. Rusev kicks him in the spine and shoulder before connecting with one to the head. Rusev screams at him before kneeing him in the face. Rusev puts him in the corner and kicks away at his inner thighs. Rusev then applies a front face-lock. RVD fights up and punches out. RVD hits the ropes and kicks Rusev in the face. Rusev doesn’t feel that, and he catches RVD’s running cross-body attempt. RVD manages to roll him up for a very close two count. RVD knocks him down and kicks away at his chest. Rusev pushes him away and runs into a big boot. Rusev runs into some boots again, and RVD takes him down with a diving thrust kick. RVD looks into the crowd before attempting Rolling Thunder, but Rusev rolls away. Rusev then levels him with a thrust kick. Lana yells for Rusev to crush him. Rusev stomps the spine before applying the Accolade for the win.
Winner by Submission: Rusev
Match Rating: * 1/2
A giant Russian Federation flag unfurls above the ring. Rusev celebrates with his Hero of the Russian Federation medal around his neck.
Randy Orton is seen making his way to the ring. He’ll face Dean Ambrose, next.
Replays are shown from earlier in the night with the confrontation between Roman Reigns and Kane. It ended with Reigns spearing Fit Finlay down as he tried to separate him from Kane.
Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is the official for this match. Ambrose invites Orton to punch him in the face, but he doesn’t oblige. They lock up, and Ambrose powers him to the corner. They roll around until the referee demands a clean break. Orton quickly backs away and rolls out of the ring to regroup. Orton gets back into the ring, and they lock up again. Ambrose wrenches the arm and takes him down. Ambrose then digs his knee into his shoulder before applying a hammerlock. Orton quickly fights up and elbows him in the face. Orton wrenches the injured shoulder of Ambrose before applying a hammerlock. Ambrose quickly takes him down and rubs his face on the mat. Orton stumbles to the corner, and Ambrose hits a shoulder thrust. Ambrose rubs his forearm in Orton’s face before hitting a short-arm clothesline. Ambrose stomps Orton before choking him with his shinbone. Ambrose approaches him near the corner, and Orton pulls him face-first into the turnbuckle.
Orton mounts the second rope and punches, but Ambrose soon turns him and punches away at him. Ambrose rakes his face on the top rope before hitting a dropkick. Ambrose stomps the midsection before applying a death-lock. Ambrose applies a double-arm chin lock, but Orton fights out. Orton then takes him down with a big clothesline. Orton smiles at the crowd before bouncing him into the turnbuckle. Orton connects with a European Uppercut before punching him down. Orton taunts the crowd before posing for them. Orton then turns around, and Ambrose takes him down before punching away at him. Ambrose then clotheslines him over the top rope and celebrates as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Ambrose trapped in a hammerlock. On the WWE App, Orton sent Ambrose into the steel steps twice. Orton has been concentrating on Ambrose’s injured shoulder. Ambrose fights up and hits the ropes, but Orton dropkicks him down for a two count. Orton stomps away at the injured limb before applying an arm bar. Orton hits an arm breaker for a one count. Orton quickly takes him back down and reapplies the arm bar. Ambrose fights up and punches out. Orton quickly knees him in the midsection and wrenches the arm. Orton sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a DDT.
Ambrose rolls his shoulder around before trading punches with Orton. Ambrose comes out on top before hitting the ropes, ducking a clothesline, and hitting a running forearm. Ambrose hits a second one before hitting a running cross-body. Ambrose punches away at him before stomping him down in the corner. Orton counters a whip into one of his trademark backbreaker attempts, but Ambrose gets out. Ambrose then takes him down and applies the Figure Four Leglock, which elicits loud “WOOs” from the crowd. Orton tries to punch out, but Ambrose keeps it applied. Orton then claws to the bottom rope and gets a break. Ambrose goes to the top rope and leaps. There was some major miscommunication. Orton probably should have dropkicked him out of mid-air. Instead Ambrose landed short. Orton then turned around dropkicked him.
Orton taunts the crowd before looking at Ambrose. Orton uppercuts him into the ropes, but Ambrose bounces back with a clothesline. Ambrose slaps himself in the face a few times before going for Dirty Deeds. Orton pushes him away and charges, but Ambrose pulls the top rope down to get him out. Ambrose sends Orton into the barricade before throwing five steel chairs into the ring. Orton escapes before sending Ambrose face-first into the ring post. Orton throws him into the timekeeper’s area before hitting a hanging DDT onto the floor. Orton gets into the ring, and the referee begins counting him out. Ambrose gets into the ring at nine and a half, and Orton cannot believe it. Orton stomps him before going for another hanging DDT, but Ambrose counters into a roll up for a near fall. Ambrose connects with a backslide pin for another near fall. Orton quickly hits a big boot. Ambrose goes for a rebound clothesline, but Orton counters into an RKO for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Randy Orton
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Bret “Hitman” Hart will be out later tonight.
Renee Young is backstage with the WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena. The crowd loudly boos. Renee asks how he feels about facing Seth Rollins who put Cena in his targets. Cena says he has a 40-pound medallion around his neck that makes him officially the biggest target in the WWE. He has a briefcase over his head, he’s in a match at WWE Battleground where he doesn’t have to lose to lose, and he needs to have his head constantly on a swivel. Cena says his title is a symbol of handling business. Hate it or love it, ever since he’s been in WWE, he handles business. Roman Reigns walks up and wishes him luck. Cena says Reigns had some strong words earlier, but he doesn’t need luck. Reigns says he’ll need it when he faces him in the Fatal Four Way match.
Fandango is on commentary for the next match. He announces he’ll be in the WWE Battleground Battle Royal for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
They circle the ring and lock up. Del Rio applies a side headlock, but Ziggler whips him off. Del Rio hits a shoulder block and hits the ropes. Del Rio hangs on to the ropes before Ziggler could leapfrog him. Ziggler blocks a right hand and hits a neckbreaker. Ziggler drops a big elbow before clotheslining him over the top rope. Del Rio quickly ties him up in the apron as he attempted a baseball slide. Del Rio then connects with a step-up enzuigiri. The winner of this match will face Sheamus for the WWE United States Championship. Del Rio picks up a two count. Del Rio continues to punch away at him before applying a chin lock. Ziggler fights up, but he misses a dropkick. Ziggler then ducks a clothesline and hits a running cross-body block before punching him. Ziggler goes to the second rope, and Del Rio pushes him down. Del Rio hits an inverted superplex for a near fall.
Del Rio goes for a running kick to the temple, but Ziggler avoids it. Ziggler goes for a spike DDT, but Del Rio counters into a Cross Arm Breaker attempt, but Ziggler gets out. Ziggler then hits the spike DDT for a near fall. Del Rio counters a Zig-Zag by hanging on to the ropes. Ziggler counters a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and dropkicks him down for a two count. Ziggler gets to his feet, and Del Rio hits a double-knee arm breaker. Ziggler ducks a step-up enzuigiri and hits the famouser for a near fall. Fandango then gets on the commentary table and begins to dance to his music. The Montreal crowd begins to sing along. Del Rio kicks Ziggler in the skull for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: * 1/2
Alberto Del Rio will face Sheamus tomorrow night for the WWE United States Championship on WWE Main Event, exclusively on the WWE Network. Fandango continues to dance as the crowd sings along.
Stardust is backstage talking about zodiac signs. Stardust talks about how they need something bizarre. Goldust says they are all the bizarre they need. Goldust puts his wig on and says they’ll never forget the name of Goldust. Stardust then hisses like a cat and says his own name.
Chris Jericho will face The Miz later tonight. Bret “Hitman” Hart will be out, next.
Fandango is walking backstage when Layla catches up with him. She asks what he was doing out there. She asks if he is jealous because Summer Rae kissed Dolph Ziggler. Fandango says Ziggler embarrassed him. Layla says she doesn’t know what she’d do if she knew he still cared for Summer. Fandango says their dance is so beautiful no one can cut in. Fandango kisses her on the head and looks up to see Summer Rae looking at him seductively.
Jerry “The King” Lawler is in the ring. Lawler says the last time he was in this arena it didn’t look like he’d ever be back. Lawler says thanks to the company doctors and the staff at the Royal Victorian Hospital in Montreal, and their thoughts and prayers, he’s back. A loud “Jerry” chant breaks out. What happened that night put a damper on what was supposed to be a very special night for two great men – Pat Patterson and Bret “Hitman” Hart. Tonight, it is his honor to bring out a true Canadian legend and Hall of Famer, the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be, Bret “Hitman” Hart!
Bret “Hitman” Hart makes his way to the ring to a tremendous reception from the crowd. Hart gets in the ring, and a thunderous “Thank you Bret” chant breaks out. He goes to speak, but they cheer louder. Hart says no matter what happened here in the past, it’s always an honor to be back in Montreal. He speaks from his heart when he says if he could just have one more match, it would be right here in Montreal in front of the greatest fans in the world. In fact, he’s getting goosebumps right now. He’s getting the rush he used to have when he was the WWE Champion, the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.
Bret Hart’s music hits, and Damien Sandow makes his way to the ring dressed as Hart. Sandow says he’s Bret “The Hitman” Sand-Hart. Being in Montreal, he’s reminded about a regret he has in his career. He’s not talking about the fact that he tapped out to his own submission hold to his idol Shawn Michaels or the fact that he was so embarrassed that he pretended it was an elaborate screw job everyone bought into. His one regret is that for his whole career, he was proud to be from a third world country like Canada. His other regret is that he never stood in the ring with the greatest performer in WWE, Damien Sandow. Sandow says he knows that talking has never been Hart’s strong suit – and Hart punches him right in the jaw. Hart says punching was his strong suit. Hart’s music plays, and the crowd loudly cheers him.
Sheamus’ music hits, and he comes out to the ring. Sheamus fist bumps Hart and hugs him. Sheamus will face Damien Sandow, next.
Damien Sandow vs. Sheamus
We join this match in progress. Sandow is walking around ringside to collect himself. Sheamus reaches out to grab him, but Sandow rips him out of the ring! Sheamus lands with a thud. Sandow sends Sheamus into the barricade before putting him in the ring for a one count. Sandow applies a chin lock, but Sheamus fights up. Sheamus hits the ropes, and Sandow turns him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Sandow hits a Russian Leg Sweep before dropping a Hart-like elbow off the second rope. Sandow goes for the Sharpshooter, but Sheamus pulls his beard. Sheamus blocks a kick and pushes him to the apron. Sheamus punches him before hitting the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán, except he hits like 16 shots this time. Sheamus sets up in the corner and connects with the Brogue Kick for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Sheamus
Match Rating: 1/2 *
JBL screams, “Not again! Bret screwed Bret!”
Renee Young is backstage with The Miz. The Miz cuts her off before she can ask a question. Miz has a letter from a fan. “Dear Miz, you are far and away my favorite WWE Superstar and movie star. Last week when I heard a former champion and multimedia star was coming to RAW, I said a little prayer hoping it would be you, and I wasn’t disappointed. But then you were interrupted by that rat-faced, tattooed rock star Chris Jericho. When he viciously attacked you without you looking, part of me died inside. Please put him in his place and continue your climb to headline WrestleMania once again.” Miz says he gets thousands of these letters. His face is his livelihood. Think about what could have happened to the Marine franchise and hits company. Miz tells the fan not to worry. When it comes to this fist, Chris Jericho is ready for his close-up.
Chris Jericho will face The Miz, next.
The commentators run down the schedule for the WWE Network this week.
Sheamus will face Alberto Del Rio for the WWE United States Championship tomorrow night on WWE Main Event. We’ll also see Chris Jericho host a Highlight Reel with Bret “Hitman” Hart as his guest.
A replay is shown of Chris Jericho interrupting The Miz last week on RAW. The Wyatt Family then took him out.
Chris Jericho vs. The Miz
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is back for another match. A loud “Y2J” chant breaks out. They lock up, and Miz applies a side headlock. Jericho whips him off, but Miz shoulder blocks him down before stomping away at him. Jericho fights back with some chops before sending him to the ropes. Miz ducks a clothesline and avoids a right hand like he’s scared for his face. Jericho then clotheslines him out of the ring. Miz gets on the apron, and Jericho hits a springboard dropkick. Jericho gets the crowd going as Miz recovers. Jericho goes to send him into the ring post, but Miz blocks it. Jericho throws him into the ring and kicks him. Jericho hits a face-buster before going for a Lionsault, but Miz pushes him over the top rope. Miz frantically checks his face to make sure everything is in order.
Miz goes outside and slams Jericho into the ring apron. Miz puts him in the ring and punches away at him. Miz boots him in the skull for a two count. Miz then rips at the face, but Jericho fights out. Jericho chops the chest, but he has a whip reversed. Jericho hits a running forearm and a shoulder block. Miz throws him to the apron, but Jericho quickly goes to the top rope and hits a double axe handle. Miz counters a Walls of Jericho attempt before hitting a big boot for a two count. Miz goes for his patented corner clothesline, but Jericho moves and hits a step-up enzuigiri for a two count. Jericho is bleeding from the ear, and he gives Miz a stiff kick and chop. Miz reverses a whip. Jericho slingshots over him, but Miz kicks him in the knee and hits a DDT for a near fall. Jericho ducks a running boot and rolls him up for a two count. Miz avoids a dropkick and applies a Figure Four Leglock, but Jericho gets to the bottom rope. Miz stomps him a few times before the referee backs him up. Jericho then punches him in the face, and Miz sells it like he ripped his nose off. Jericho then applies the Walls of Jericho for the win.
Winner by Submission: Chris Jericho
Match Rating: * 3/4
The Wyatt Family’s video flashes on the screen. The lights go out. Bray Wyatt is then seated in his rocking chair at the top of the ramp. Wyatt says they’re waiting for Jericho to save everyone. Wyatt was wondering how Jericho will save an entire universe when he can’t even save himself. Does Jericho think his words will protect him? Wyatt proved last week that actions speak louder than words. Actions speak eternities to a generation with no tongue. Jericho can say whatever he thinks he needs to say, but he needs to know that he will hold his words against him. Wyatt will never, eeever let him forget. These people used to be Jerichoholics, but they sing to a different tune.
Jericho then says, “Wyatt, would you please SHUT THE HELL UP?” Jericho tells Wyatt to be quiet because he agrees with him. Actions do speak louder than words. Since it’s just him and Wyatt, he’s going to walk up the ramp and beat his ass. The Wyatt Family video flashes and the lights go out. When the come back on, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are standing by Wyatt. A loud “Y2J” chant breaks out.
A replay is shown of AJ Lee making her return to Monday Night RAW last week. AJ goaded her into putting the title on the line, and she pinned Paige to become the new WWE Divas Champion.
The Funkadactyls vs. Paige and AJ Lee
As AJ Lee makes her way to the ring, Paige insists on doing AJ Lee’s ring introduction. She smiles and shakes hands with AJ.
Paige will start the match against Naomi. They lock up, and Naomi takes her down with an arm drag. Naomi hits a snapmare before hitting some running knees for a near fall. Naomi goes for a tag, but Cameron simply yawns. Paige rolls her up for a one count. Naomi goes for a roll up, but Paige rolls through and kicks her for a one count. Paige head-butts her before stomping her in the corner. AJ Lee tags in, and she skips around the ring before ducking a clothesline and hitting a kick to the midsection. AJ hits a head-scissor takedown before connecting with a crescent kick for a near fall. AJ applies a front face-lock, and the cameras show Cameron looking utterly bored. Naomi powers up and goes for a tag, but Cameron is putting lip-gloss on. Paige tags in, and Naomi kicks her in the face. They then take each other out with a double clothesline. Cameron forcibly tags herself in and talks a little trash. Paige then hits her with the Paige Turner for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Paige and AJ Lee
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Naomi and Cameron argue in the ring, and Cameron jabs her in the face with her finger a few times. They shove each other before having a catfight. Naomi takes her down, and they pull each other’s hair. The referee tries to break them up, but they continue fighting. They roll out of the ring before the referee finally breaks them apart. Cameron throws a pompom at her and walks off.
John Cena will take on Seth Rollins in tonight’s main event.
A replay is shown of Cesaro viciously assaulting Kofi Kingston after being defeated by him last Monday on RAW.
Paul Heyman is in the ring with Cesaro. Heyman says his name before saying he’s the one behind the one in 21-1. He serves as the advocate for Brock Lesnar, who conquered the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Cesaro says you can’t talk to these people in English. They’re French-Canadians, but they don’t even speak French. The French can’t stand them and neither can the rest of Canada.
Cesaro w/ Paul Heyman vs. Kofi Kingston
Kingston’s ribs are taped up. The bell sounds, and Kingston immediately dropkicks Cesaro out of the ring. Kingston hits a baseball slide before bouncing him off the commentary table and the apron. Kingston throws him into the ring before going for a springboard, but Cesaro knocks him down. Kingston hits the ropes with his ribs. Cesaro knocks him to the floor before hitting a diving sledge to the injured ribs. Cesaro hits a deadlift gutwrench suplex onto the apron. The crowd chants something in French as Cesaro sends him into the corner. Cesaro runs into his boots. Kingston goes for a cross-body block, but Cesaro catches him. Cesaro blocks a roll up before hitting a military press gut-buster for a near fall. Cesaro hits a nasty double stomp for another near fall. Cesaro goes for a running European Uppercut, but Kingston ducks and rolls him up for the surprise win.
Winner by Pinfall: Kofi Kingston
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Cesaro grabs Kingston and sends him shoulder first into the ring post. Big E runs in and takes him down with an avalanche. Cesaro and Heyman retreat up the ramp as Big E’s music hits. Big E shakes hands with Kingston.
John Cena is backstage when Seth Rollins walks up to him. Rollins says just because they have a match tonight doesn’t mean they can’t have a civilized conversation. Last week he considered cashing in his contract, but it’s not about that tonight. Tonight is about who is the best. When he beats the greatest WWE Champion of all time and proves he’s the best, maybe then he’ll cash in. God forbid he gets hurt, maybe then he’ll cash in. Regardless, Cena’s days are numbered. Maybe it’ll be Kane or Randy Orton. Cena says, in the most civilized way possible, that Rollins is full of crap. Cena thanks him for the backhanded compliment. Cena pays him a real one by saying Rollins is damn good, but he needs to think. All those days he dressed with The Shield fighting for every opportunity, times have changed. Rollins walks around like he signed a big contract with a briefcase that guarantees an opportunity to be champion. The only guarantee Rollins has is that he has a match with a champion tonight. That means he’s in the fight of his life. Rollins says he’ll see him out there.
Rusev will take on Roman Reigns this Friday on Smackdown!
El Torito w/ Diego vs. Bo Dallas
A replay is shown from Smackdown when Bo Dallas assaulted El Torito following his match against Diego. Bo Dallas says he never ducks out of a challenge and takes on all comers. Anytime and any place because he simply Bolieves!
Charles Robinson, the best ever, is back for a third match! El Torito runs around the ring, and Dallas goes to his knees to be fair. El Torito rubs his tail in Dallas’ face before hitting a wheel kick to the groin. El Torito twerks before getting out of the ring. Dallas grabs him and says, “Bad bull!” El Torito slaps him and gets in the ring. Dallas shoves Diego into the steps and forearms El Torito in the face. Dallas hits a low angle Bo-dog for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Bo Dallas
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Bo Dallas does a victory lap and “accidentally” knocks El Torito over. Dallas thanks the crowd and raises his arms up.
John Cena will face Seth Rollins, next.
A small preview of “The Monday Night WAR: WWE vs. WCW” is shown. The big preview will happen on the WWE Network at 11 PM EST.
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
The bell rings, and the crowd is buzzing big time. They circle the ring and lock up. Rollins applies a side headlock, but Cena whips him off. Cena catches him with a hip toss. Cena sends him into the corner, but Rollins avoids the bulldog attempt. Rollins kicks him in the midsection before kicking him in the face. Rollins hits a spinning headlock slam for a two count.
We come back from the break to see Cena power Rollins up with one arm and slam him down. Rollins avoids a splash and hits the Skywalker for a near fall. Rollins stomps him before leaving the ring to punch him. A “Fruity Pebbles” chant breaks out. Rollins gets in the ring, and Cena catches him with a sidewalk slam. Cena goes for an Attitude Adjustment, but Rollins counters into a DDT for a two count. Rollins talks a little trash about how he’s the best. Rollins slaps his head a few times before having a kick blocked. Cena goes for an STF, but Rollins scurries away. Cena then powers him up for a sit-out powerbomb for a two count. Cena goes to the top rope, but Rollins kicks him in the head. Cena falls to the mat, and Rollins picks up a two count. Rollins goes for a splash, but Cena moves. Cena hits a pair of diving shoulder blocks before hitting a back suplex powerbomb. Cena hits a Five Knuckle Shuffle before going for the AA, but Rollins lands on his feet. Cena quickly takes him down and applies the STF. Cena pulls him away from the bottom rope and reapplies the STF. Kane’s pyro hits, and he slowly makes his way to the ring. The referee leaves the ring so the match appears to be over.
Match Rating: * 1/2
Randy Orton then attacks him from behind. Kane and Orton double-team him with stomps and punches. Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he makes his way down to the ring. Reigns takes Kane out with a Superman Punch at ringside. Reigns then gets in the ring and hits Orton with a Superman Punch as well. Rollins hits Reigns in the head with the briefcase before hitting Cena with it as well.
Rollins calls for a referee to come down as he’s going to cash in. Charles Robinson comes down, and Rollins begins to hand him the briefcase. Dean Ambrose then spears him down before putting him in the ring and clotheslining him over the top rope. Rollins and Ambrose fight up the ramp. The bell never rang so Rollins still has the contract. In the ring, Cena comes to as Orton gets in the ring. Cena then pops up and hits him with the AA. Kane gets in the ring and goes to Chokeslam him, but Reigns spears him down. Reigns raises Cena’ arm, and the crowd loudly boos. They chant for a spear, but Cena raises Reigns’ arm as well. Reigns nods at Cena before staring at him. Reigns raises his arm up as the show goes off the air.
Quick Match Results
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan def. Jimmy and Jey Uso (non-title)
Rusev def. Rob Van Dam via Submission
Randy Orton def. Dean Ambrose
Alberto Del Rio def. Dolph Ziggler
Sheamus def. Damien Sandow (non-title)
Chris Jericho def. The Miz via Submission
Paige and AJ Lee def. The Funkadactyls
Kofi Kingston def. Cesaro
Bo Dallas def. El Torito
John Cena NC Seth Rollins (non-title)
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