WWE Monday Night RAW Results
July 14, 2014
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
John Cena’s music hits, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion makes his way to the ring to a tremendous reception. A replay is shown of Kane trying to attack Cena last week on RAW only for Roman Reigns to take him out with a Spear. Cena and Reigns then took turns raising each other’s hands. Tonight’s main event will see John Cena team with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns to take on Randy Orton, Kane, and Seth Rollins. Cena says now that we know the main event for tonight, there’s only one thing left: The Champ is here! Cena says the crowd is feisty and ready for RAW. We’re only six days away from WWE Battleground, and he needs to say this so they all know that he told them so: if they haven’t signed up for the WWE Network, the free preview ends tonight. Go sign up. He says this because of the championship. Quite frankly, in six days at Battleground, the Champ may not be here. The Authority has put him in a Fatal Four Way match where he will square off against Kane, Randy Orton, and Roman Reigns. Reigns’ name gets the most cheers. This Sunday in the Fatal Four Way, the first superstar to get a pinfall or submission is the champion. He doesn’t even have to get pinned to lose the championship.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring through the crowd. The crowd gives him a great hand. Reigns gets in the ring, and he soaks in the cheers. Cena says Richmond, Virginia is chanting his name, so he introduces him to the crowd to a great reaction. Cena says Reigns is his partner tonight, and then they’ll face off on Sunday. Cena thanks him for helping him last week. Cena says it was a cute little stunt at the end of the show. Reigns’ message is loud and clear: he is not to be ignored. On Sunday, it’s every man for himself, but they have to make it to Sunday. He understands that Reigns doesn’t trust anybody… and Reigns says, “Get to the damn point, John.” Cena does a double take before saying they should handle The Authority tonight. If he wants, they can get Kane and Orton out of the way. Then on Sunday, we can see if Reigns thinks he’s as good as he says he is. Reigns says that sounds like a good idea. Then it’ll just be him and Cena, and we can see if Cena is really as good as HE thinks he is.
Dean Ambrose appears on the titantron. Ambrose understands the testosterone-driven competitiveness that’s going on, but enough of the “prettiest girl at the dance” fighting. They’re not dancing tonight. They’re fighting. They’ve got a six-man tag against Kane, Orton, and Triple H’s bag boy, Seth Rollins. The Authority always has a plan, but he has a plan of his own tonight. His plan is called “Operation Screw The Authority.” It starts when they stop arguing, get together, and kick their asses. Kane then appears at Ambrose’s side, as does Rollins. Orton comes in as well, and they triple-team Ambrose before throwing him into some pipes. Ambrose still runs into them, and Kane sends him into a garage door. Orton and Rollins then whip him twice into the door for good measure. Orton holds him up while Rollins and Kane take turns punching him. Rollins then sends him into the garage door one more time before they put the boots to him. Rollins throws him into a wall before Kane gives him a Chokeslam onto a crate. Ambrose takes a few moments before saying, “Is that all you guys got?” Rollins then goes on top of the crate and gives him the Curb Stomp on another crate!
Replays are shown of the assault Kane, Orton, and Rollins just perpetrated on Ambrose. The commentators question whether he’ll be able to compete in the main event.
A pre-taped promo is shown from Sheamus. He heard how the big movie star Miz is afraid to get punched in the face. Luckily for The Miz, he doesn’t like to punch people in the face. He just likes to kick the face off.
Sheamus vs. The Miz
The Miz cuts a promo as he comes to the ring. He says this Sunday at WWE Battleground on the WWE Network, he’s entering the Battleground Battle Royal, and he’ll become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion. It only makes sense that a movie star that is adored all over the world should be a champion. Tonight, his goal is going to be to keep that Brogue Kick away from WWE’s most important asset: the moneymaker. As a special perk for his legion of fans, the moneymaker will be on display on the titantron through the duration of this match. A big picture of Miz’ face appears on the titantron. The vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship is seen at ringside.
The bell rings, and they circle the ring. They lock up, and Sheamus powers him to the corner. Miz quickly puts himself through the ropes, so the referee backs Sheamus up. Miz applies a waistlock, but Sheamus soon gets a side headlock applied. Miz whips him off, but Sheamus shoulder blocks him down. Sheamus hits the ropes, and Miz goes for a hip toss. Sheamus blocks it and goes for a short-arm clothesline, but Miz ducks it. Miz then runs into a back elbow. Sheamus goes for a punch, but Miz quickly scurries out of the ring. Sheamus follows him out and throws him into the ring. Miz kicks away at him as he gets into the ring. Sheamus quickly punches him in the midsection before whipping him into the ropes. Miz holds on and pulls the top rope down to send a charging Sheamus out of the ring. Sheamus quickly grabs his feet and pulls him out of the ring. Sheamus clubs him before having a whip into the barricade reversed. Miz sends him into the ring and goes to the top rope. Miz connects with a double axe handle for a one count. Miz punches away at him before kneeing him in the face. Sheamus tries to rip at his face, but he gets away. Sheamus reverses a whip into the corner and connects with a rolling fireman’s carry. Sheamus goes for a knee drop, but Miz rolls out of the ring to protect the moneymaker.
We come back from the break to see Sheamus forcing Miz around at ringside before throwing him into the ring. Miz quickly rolls back out. Sheamus applies a side headlock, but Miz gets out and sends him into the ring post before kicking him off the steel steps. Miz sends him into the ring and covers for a one count. Miz applies a heel lock, but Sheamus kicks him away. They show all the members in the battle royal and the match cannot be seen. When that’s over, we see Sheamus block a running kick and push him down. Sheamus hits a pair of Irish Hammers before shouldering him in the midsection. Miz avoids a knee lift to the face, and Sheamus sends him to the apron. Sheamus avoids a shoulder thrust and knees him in the chest. Sheamus then hits the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán with four extras. Sheamus brings him into the ring the hard way and hits a powerslam for a two count. Sheamus grabs him, but Miz elbows him in the face. Sheamus then clotheslines him in the back of the head.
Sheamus sends him into the corner, but Miz avoids a shoulder thrust. Miz ducks a right hand, and Sheamus kicks him in the chest. Sheamus goes to the top rope, but Miz pulls him off. Miz then hits a DDT for a near fall. Miz knees away at his hamstring before attempting a Figure Four Leglock, but Sheamus kicks him away. Sheamus then connects with the Irish Curse Backbreaker for a near fall. Sheamus stands him up, and Miz kicks him in the knee. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Sheamus rolls him off. Sheamus goes for a Brogue Kick, but Miz ducks it. Sheamus gets tangled up on the top rope, so Miz rolls him up for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: The Miz
Match Rating: **
Randy Orton, Kane, and Seth Rollins are gloating about what they did to Dean Ambrose. Orton says they did their jobs well tonight. If they do it that way on Sunday, nothing will stop him from leaving Battleground with the titles. Kane asks what he means by that. Kane says he could leave with the titles. Kane says he has Orton’s back as long as he’s got his. Orton asks if Kane means that he can trust Kane only as much as Kane trusts him. Triple H walks up and says they both can trust one another because he trusts them both. What’s important is that this Sunday at Battleground, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship comes back to The Authority where it can get some stability and control. Tonight, they need to take care of business. In order to do that, there needs to be trust. They walk out. Stephanie McMahon walks in, and she says she can trust him. She loves how he handles situations like that. He’s so strong, sexy, and in control. They then begin to passionately kiss.
Dolph Ziggler’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. He’ll be in action, next.
Footage is shown of Layla and Summer Rae attacking Fandango on Smackdown, both effectively breaking away from him.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango
The bell rings, and they circle the ring before locking up. Fandango applies a side headlock before Ziggler whips him off. Fandango hits a shoulder block before doing some hip gyrations. Fandango hits the ropes, but Ziggler leapfrogs him before hitting a hip toss. Ziggler sends him into the ropes, but Fandango holds on to the ropes to avoid a dropkick. Fandango kicks him before punching him down in the corner. Fandango whips him hard into the turnbuckle for a one count. Fandango applies a chin lock, but Ziggler fights up. Fandango quickly takes him down by the hair before applying a chin lock. Ziggler fights up and out of it before hitting a diving clothesline. Ziggler goes for an avalanche, but Fandango moves. Ziggler hits his head on the ring post.
Fandango’s music hits, and Summer Rae and Layla appear on the commentary table dancing with one another. This distracts Fandango, so Ziggler dropkicks him down. Ziggler was distracted by it as well. Fandango goes for a roll up, but Ziggler rolls through and hits the famouser for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Summer Rae and Layla get in the ring, and they continue to dance to Fandango’s music. They then dance around Ziggler before each resting on a shoulder. Fandango looks upset as he sits in the corner of the ring. They then both give him a kiss on the cheek. Ziggler puts his arms around them and gloats a bit.
John Cena is scheduled to team up with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose (if he can compete) to take on Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, and Kane in tonight’s main event.
A person is delivering some Sonic food to some people backstage. Damien Sandow comes in on skates and takes it from the delivery person. Adam Rose comes in with his rosebuds. Rose asks why he’s being such a lemon to the super nice Sonic carhop. Rose asks if he knows he’s holding an ultimate cheesy ultimate hot dog. Sandow says he was about to enjoy some cheesy goodness, and Rose isn’t invited. Rose and Sandow take turns pulling the hot dog before Sandow loses his balance on the skates. Rose says that’s how you Sonic before eating.
The Usos are making their entrance when Luke Harper and Erick Rowan attack them from behind. Rowan sends Jimmy Uso into the ring post before Harper big boots him over the barricade. They throw Jey Uso into the ring before hitting a double-team crucifix slam on him. Harper and Rowan then look out into the crowd. Replays are shown of what just happened to the Usos.
“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair will be on RAW tonight!
Rusev and Jack Swagger will have a United States-Russia Détente, next.
United States-Russia Détente with Jack Swagger and Rusev
Michael Cole welcomes Lana and Rusev, who are already in the ring. Two podiums are set up, one with a Russian Federation flag and the other with a United States flag. Cole then introduces Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. They come out to a tremendous reception with an American flag. Colter says the reason for this détente is to work toward the easing of tensions and hostilities that have plagued these nations for years. Lana has said some negative things about this country, which has led to Mr. Colter… they’re interrupted by thunderous “USA” chants. These words have led Mr. Colter to make a challenge on behalf of Jack Swagger to challenge Rusev at WWE Battleground. Cole asks if Lana wants to respond.
Lana speaks in her native tongue before saying to Colter that him and America are the same. They simply choose violence to solve all their problems. America wants to be the savior of the world, yet they can’t save themselves. They’re only showing their desperation and are stupid. The crowd is stupid, as is America. The crowd loudly boos this before chanting “USA.” Lana screams for them to shut up. She’s talking to our stupid Americans. The country at birth was so stupid that when they won their freedom from the British, they decided to fight one another in a Civil War like savages. America is so stupid. Mother Russia has always been and always will be a peace loving country. She thinks they can come to an understanding. She wants Colter and Swagger to admit their mistakes (she has to tell the crowd to shut up again) and admit the country’s mistakes. Lana demands an apology.
Zeb Colter cannot believe she wants him to apologize. They’re visitors to this country and want him to apologize. He’s going to tell her and “Bullwinkle” something. Many years ago, he laid face down in a jungle, in the mud and the muck with bullets flying over his head and mortars going off. He didn’t do that for two peg legs to come in and badmouth the country. When he went over there, he took a vow to protect the United States from enemies both foreign and domestic, which both of them are. Just so there is no misunderstanding, his answer is, “Not no, but hell no!” A loud “USA” chant breaks out. Lana says their arrogance is the reason why the USA is crumbling into pieces. There is hope. One man is the remedy to solve and help the nation’s disastrous situation. He is the world leader, Vladimir Putin. Putin’s image appears on the titantron. Colter says that is one ugly man. They have a leader as well – the President of the United States. Barak Obama’s image is shown. Whether we like him or not, he is still our president, and Real Americans always respect the Presidency of the United States.
Colter says he’s done with her. He’s here to talk to Rusev. If Rusev doesn’t understand, she can translate. Colter asks when Rusev is going to step out from behind this woman and accept Jack Swagger’s challenge for WWE Battleground. Colter says, “Is it a ‘yes’ or a ‘nyet?’” Rusev takes the microphone and speaks in his native tongue. Rusev then says, “This is war!” Colter says that sounds like a “yes” to him. Lana leads Rusev out of the ring. Colter says he’s often wondered who wears the pants or skirt in the group. Now he knows. Before this Sunday, he wants Lana to teach Rusev three words: We the people!
Lana yells at Colter before slapping him in the face. Swagger quickly spears Rusev down and punches him. Lana quickly pulls Swagger’s hair, which allows Rusev to punch him before sending him into a podium. Rusev avalanches him in the corner before going for a thrust kick, but Swagger counters into the Patriot Lock! The crowd erupts with “USA” chants as Rusev claws his way out of the ring.
Replays are shown of the attack on Dean Ambrose earlier tonight. The announcers mention that it doesn’t look like Ambrose will be back tonight.
John Cena walks up to Roman Reigns, who is sitting in his locker room. Cena says Ambrose is out, which means it’s just him and Reigns against Kane, Orton, and Rollins. Cena says this was an obvious set up by The Authority. Cena demands that he stand up, and he does. Cena understands that he wants to be champion on Sunday, but he has to trust him. Neither of them will be champion on Sunday if they don’t get on the same page tonight. Reigns says no one knows the numbers game like he does. They took out one of them, but they’ll take out three of them in the end.
John Cena and Roman Reigns will take on Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, and Kane in tonight’s main event. Dean Ambrose is out.
The vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship is seen at ringside.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam
The bell rings, and Del Rio quickly kicks him down before hitting a snapmare. Del Rio quickly covers for a no count. Del Rio powers him to the corner and kicks him. Del Rio has a whip to the corner reversed. RVD then connects with a monkey flip before giving him a clothesline over the top rope. RVD goes for a plancha, but Del Rio pulls the apron out causing RVD to land awkwardly. Del Rio kicks him a few times in the head before throwing him back into the ring for a two count. Del Rio then applies a chin lock, but RVD soon fights up and punches out. RVD goes for a sunset flip, and they move in slow motion as Del Rio rolls through it. Del Rio kicks him before delivering a DDT for a near fall. Del Rio does the “RVD” taunt before hitting a step-up enzuigiri for another near fall. Del Rio stomps away at him before applying a chin lock. Del Rio fights up again, but Del Rio takes him down by the hair. Del Rio goes for a running kick, but RVD ducks.
RVD hits a pair of a clotheslines before ducking one and back flipping over him. RVD then hits a hurricanrana before connecting with a thrust kick. RVD hits Rolling Thunder for a two count. Del Rio quickly comes back with a kick to the ribs. RVD quickly kicks him, but he misses a diving thrust kick. RVD then hits a step-over wheel kick. RVD goes for the Five Star Frog Splash, but Del Rio gets his knees up. Del Rio then applies the Cross Arm Breaker for the win.
Winner by Submission: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Michael Cole talks about how you can still sign up for the WWE Network for free. It expires tonight. They then air a preview of “CM Punk: Best in the World,” which will be on the WWE Network tomorrow night.
“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair will be out later tonight. Chris Jericho will be looking for answers from Bray Wyatt later tonight as well.
Nikki Bella makes her way to the ring. As she does, they show a replay of Brie Bella slapping Stephanie McMahon in the face at WWE Payback.
Stephanie McMahon’s music hits, and she comes out to the stage. She says Nikki is all alone in the ring again. She must be getting used to it by now. She almost feels sorry for Nikki because when Brie quit, she abandoned her. When she married Daniel Bryan and left WWE, she not only abandoned her career, she left her own flesh and blood. Now Nikki is left to suffer the consequences. Tonight’s match should by all rights be a tag team match, but instead, once again, Nikki will go it alone. Stephanie tells Nikki not to blame The Authority. The person she has to blame is her sister.
Nikki Bella vs. Alicia Fox and Cameron
Alicia Fox will start the match against Nikki Bella. They lock up, and Nikki hits a fireman’s carry takedown. Nikki applies an arm lock, but Alicia rolls through. Nikki executes La Magistral for a two count. Alicia quickly backs her to the corner, and Cameron tags in. Cameron kicks her before slamming her down by the hair. Cameron sends her into the ropes, but Nikki hits a face-buster for a two count. Nikki sends Cameron into Alicia before hitting an Alabama Slam. Alicia quickly breaks up the pinfall attempt. Cameron sends her into the ropes before tagging in Alicia. They hit a double-team slam before she kicks her. Cameron is tagged back in, and she stomps her in the corner. Alicia tags in again, and she hits a snapmare followed by a chin lock. Nikki fights up and powers out, but Alicia knees her in the back. Alicia goes to throw her out of the ring, but Nikki counters into a pinfall for a near fall.
Nikki ducks a clothesline and hits a dropkick. Nikki follows up with a back body drop. Alicia reverses a whip into the corner, but Nikki punches her away. Nikki goes to the second rope and kicks Cameron off the apron. Alicia quickly pulls her off the ropes before hitting a modified leg lock face-buster for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Alicia Fox and Cameron
Match Rating: *
They announced during the match that Naomi would face Cameron on the WWE Payback Pre-Show.
John Cena and Roman Reigns will take on Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, and Kane in a 2-on-3 Handicap Match. Cole talks about how John Cena will be on the cover of the WWE 2K15. If you preorder, you’ll get a certain legend as a downloadable character. They then air a commercial for Sting in the WWE 2K15 video game, and the crowd is audibly receptive to this.
They plug the WWE Network and the free trial once again.
Triple H is checking something on a clipboard when Randy Orton walks in. Orton wants to talk about Kane. Triple H wonders what happened. Orton says nothing happened, but he gets a bad vibe from him. Triple H tells him to forget about Kane. Kane is just a pawn, but he’s their pawn. The plan is for Orton to walk out of Battleground as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Kane will stick to the plan – Orton is the plan. Orton says if he’s the plan, then there’s no need for a Plan B. Triple H simply says, “Right.”
Stardust is seen backstage, and Goldust is looking shocked. Stardust dances around him before saying the stars are like a roadmap. Goldust asks if it’s like the Yellow Brick Road. Goldust says they’re not in Kansas anymore. Goldust says they need to go to the most bizarre place in the universe where all that glitter is… Stardust then blows stardust into his face. Goldust chomps at him, so Stardust hisses.
Cesaro makes his way to the ring without Paul Heyman. Jerry “The King” Lawler says he heard a rumor that Paul Heyman was fired. JBL says he heard that Heyman quit. Cesaro will be in action, next.
Sheamus will face The Miz tomorrow night on WWE Main Event, exclusively on the WWE Network.
Cesaro vs. Big E w/ Kofi Kingston
A replay is shown of Cesaro viciously attacking Kingston two weeks ago following a loss. Kingston defeated Cesaro last week as well.
The bell rings, and Cesaro connects with a German Suplex on Big E. Cesaro goes for a running European Uppercut, but Big E slams him down. Big E then knocks him off the apron. Big E punches him at ringside before having a whip into the barricade reversed. Big E puts the brakes on, but Cesaro quickly catches him with a flapjack into the barricade. Cesaro gets in the ring and taunts the crowd. Big E gets in the ring before being counted out. Cesaro hits a double stomp before slapping him a few times. Cesaro punches him in the face a few times before Big E goes for a military press slam. Cesaro gets out and forearms him in the back. Cesaro hits the ropes and hits a clothesline for a two count. Cesaro applies a chin lock, but Big E fights up and elbows out. Cesaro hits a double under-hook powerbomb for a near fall. Cesaro covers for another two count. Cesaro punches him before taunting the crowd. Cesaro punches him before reapplying the chin lock. Big E fights up with him on his back and slams him in the corner. Cesaro jumps on his back, so Big E slams him in the corner again. Big E comes back with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Big E hits a running shoulder thrust before hitting a belly-to-belly side suplex. Big E hits a big splash before pulling the straps of his singlet down. Cesaro then gets out of the ring to recover. Cesaro grabs a chair and throws it at Kingston. Cesaro takes another chair and goes to hit Big E, but Kingston rips the chair out of his hands. Big E then hits the Big Ending for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Big E
Match Rating: *
They talk about the Battleground Battle Royal for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship. Bad News Barrett will be on hand to crown the new champion.
Footage is shown of Chris Jericho returning two weeks ago on RAW. The Wyatt Family then promptly attacked him.
Chris Jericho’s pyro explodes, and he makes his way to the ring to a great reception. He’ll be looking for answers from Bray Wyatt, next.
Footage is shown from Friday Night Smackdown when Randy Orton defeated Chris Jericho following a distraction from The Wyatt Family’s music.
Chris Jericho seeks answers from Bray Wyatt
Jericho says, “Welcome to RAW is Jericho!” Jericho says it feels good to finally be able to say that and be in the WWE. He grew up here. This ring is home to him. He’s been working here for fifteen years. He’s seen and done it all in WWE. He’s seen Yurple the Clown, Naked Mideon, 3 Minute Warnings and 5-Second Poses. He’s seen Big Poppa Pump, Big Boss Man, Big Show, Shawn Michaels, Michael Hayes, Lord Alfred Hayes, and Lord Tensai. He’s seen them all. A “Y2J” chant breaks out. He’s seen the Undertaker almost get burned alive by his own pyro, he wrestled John Cena in his first PPV match, he’s been knocked out by Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, and Bob Barker, but he’ll still take you on anytime, any place, and anywhere. He’s a nine-time Intercontinental Champion, but most importantly he defeated The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin to become the first Undisputed WWE Champion ever. He’s a six-time World Champion and a musical chairs champion.
Jericho says he’s seen and done it all in WWE, well at least he thought he has because he’s never seen anything like Bray Wyatt. Wyatt is an anomaly. He’s a manipulator. An ominous presence; a shadow in the dark; a freak surrounded by freaks. He’s a seemingly unstoppable force. For some reason, Wyatt has set his sights on him, and he doesn’t know why. Jericho asks why Wyatt is coming after him. He doesn’t know, but he does know that at WWE Battleground, Jericho versus Wyatt, for the first time ever, maybe they’ll find that they have more in common than he knows. Jericho says if Wyatt wants to get crazy at Battleground, he can. The crowd chants, “Let’s get crazy.” Jericho says Wyatt says he has the whole world in his hands, but he’s got the whole WWE Universe in his hands. That is a true unstoppable force.
Bray Wyatt’s video flashes, and we see him laughing backstage. Wyatt asks if Jericho remembers what it’s like to be a child. To be so full of energy and hope, running through the grass with no worries about what tomorrow may bring. What changes a man? Children have such frail little minds. When the cold hands of life strike these frail little minds, it makes them different. Where was Jericho when we needed him? Jericho said he would always be there and save us. Wyatt says, “We remember everything.” Wyatt says he’s done a lot of bad things to people. He’s gone to war with very powerful men. Along his journeys, he noticed something about them. There’s a constant. No matter how tough they thought they were, they all scream. The video flashes away.
Jericho is seen in the ring, and Wyatt appears on the titantron with a lantern. Wyatt asks if he’s afraid of the dark before blowing it out. The lights go out. When they come back on, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are in the ring. Jericho takes a few moments to assess his situation. Jericho attacks before quickly getting out of the ring. Harper and Rowan go to follow him. Jericho backs up the ramp with his back to the stage. Bray Wyatt then clotheslines Jericho in the back of the head. Wyatt kicks him before staring at his family. Wyatt then connects with Sister Abigail on the stage! Wyatt kneels by him, and we see that he has a black eye. Wyatt says, “Follow the buzzards!”
The commentators try to decipher what Bray Wyatt was talking about. Michael Cole then mentions that Dean Ambrose will not be participating in the main event. A replay is shown of Kane, Randy Orton, and Seth Rollins attacking Ambrose earlier tonight.
John Cena and Roman Reigns will face Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, and Kane in a 2-on-3 Handicap Match in the main event.
Paige will be on commentary for the next match. She’ll be watching her opponent on Sunday compete, AJ Lee. A replay is shown of AJ Lee goading Paige into giving her a rematch two weeks ago on RAW. AJ then rolled her up to win the WWE Divas Championship.
Eva Marie vs. AJ Lee
The bell rings, and “CM Punk” chants break out. AJ wrenches the arm, but Eva soon wrenches back. Eva takes her down before arguing with the referee. AJ dropkicks her down before skipping around with her. AJ sends her into the ropes before hitting a crescent kick. Eva rolls out of the ring to recover. Eva kicks her into the apron before sending her into the ring for a two count. Eva applies a surfboard stretch, but AJ fights up. Eva knees her in the midsection before hitting a backbreaker. Eva sends her into the ropes and goes for another backbreaker, but AJ counters into the Black Widow for the win.
Winner by Submission: AJ Lee
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Paige stands up and claps for AJ Lee. AJ skips around with the title at ringside. AJ puts the title down on the commentary table and takes JBL’s headset. AJ asks how Paige is. Paige says she loves AJ’s hair while congratulating her on the win. AJ stares at her before saying, “OK, bye!” AJ then skips away.
Triple H is backstage with Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie is talking about Flo Rida being on RAW next week. Kane walks in, and he says that Plan A has a serious problem. He doesn’t trust or like Randy Orton. Stephanie says this is a part of business. Sometimes you have to work with people you don’t like. They work with a ton of people they don’t like. You just have to do that. Triple H says what’s best for business is the WWE World Heavyweight Championship coming back to The Authority. Triple H tells Kane to do what he has to do on Sunday and get it done.
Bo Dallas is in the ring. Dallas says he defeated El Torito last week, the biggest little man in WWE. El Torito may be tiny, but his heart is huge. He can only hope that his opponent tonight has a heart as big as Torito.
Bo Dallas vs. The Great Khali
The bell rings, and Dallas chops him. Khali quickly clubs him down before putting him in the corner for a big chest chop. Khali does it again as Dallas screams for mercy. Khali does it a third time. Dallas comes back with a bunch of wild chops that Khali doesn’t feel. Dallas yells, “Bad giant!” Khali then throws him out of the ring. Khali goes to get him, and Dallas dropkicks him in the knee. Dallas then gives him a Running Bo-dog on the floor. Dallas gets in the ring, and Khali is counted out. 15 and Bo!
Winner by Count-Out: Bo Dallas
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Bo Dallas goes to do a victory lap, but he stops in front of Khali. Dallas says, “Hey there, big buddy.” Dallas goes to give him an inspiration speech, but Khali gives him a Brain Chop. Dallas then staggers away from him.
They run down the list of superstars in the Battleground Battle Royal for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
They air a preview for The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro, which will air immediately after RAW in the final hour of the free week of the WWE Network.
Seth Rollins is talking with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon about how Randy Orton and Kane cannot get along. If they can’t get the job done, then he’ll be Plan B. Rollins then walks off. Paul Heyman then comes into their office. Triple H asks where Heyman has been. Heyman says he was picking his spots and making his moves. Heyman says he likes their Plan B, but if they need a Plan C, then he’s the guy they should talk to.
“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair is seen walking backstage. He’ll be out, next.
Flo Rida will be on Monday Night RAW next week.
“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair is interviewed by Renee Young
Renee Young is in the ring. She introduces “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, who comes out to a tremendous reception from the Richmond crowd. Flair gets in the ring and looks at Renee Young. Flair says, “My darling Renee, do you know where we are? We’re live in Richmond, Virginia! WOO!” Flair says he’s had some fun in this city; just ask your mothers and fathers. A “Nature Boy” chant breaks out. Flair asks if Renee knows what they say about Virginia. They say Virginia is for lovers. Flair struts around her. Flair says there is no greater lover alive than the Nature Boy! Flair does some WOOs, and the crowd responds.
Renee asks who Flair thinks will walk out as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion in the Fatal Four Way at WWE Battleground. Will it be John Cena, Randy Orton, Kane, or Roman Reigns? Flair says there is only man who can strike like a viper and one man who can rise through hellfire and brimstone. There’s also only one man he’ll believe in. The man who’s going to be the man in the WWE is his man, John Cena! WOO!
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring through the crowd. Flair looks at him before walking off to his music. When Flair gets to the top of the ramp, John Cena’s music hits. He gives Flair the World Heavyweight Championship and hugs him. Cena leaves that part of the title with him before hitting the ring. The main event is next.
Chris Jericho will face Luke Harper of The Wyatt Family this Friday on WWE Smackdown.
Roman Reigns and John Cena vs. Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, and Kane
Charles Robinson, quite possibly the greatest referee of all time, and my personal favorite, is the official for this match. John Cena will start the match against Seth Rollins. A “Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks” chant breaks out. They lock up, and Rollins applies a side headlock. Cena whips him off and hits a shoulder block. Randy Orton is tagged in, and he slowly comes into the ring. They lock up, and Orton applies a side headlock. Cena whips him off and leapfrogs him before hitting a back elbow. Orton then tags Kane in. Kane enters the ring, and Cena applies a side headlock. Kane whips him off and hits a shoulder block. Cena quickly rolls away, and Roman Reigns tags himself in. Cena looks shocked. Reigns and Kane circle the ring before Kane kicks him in the midsection. Kane uppercuts him, but Reigns comes back with some right hands. Kane quickly kicks him in the midsection before sending him into the ropes. Kane lowers his head, and Reigns head-butts him. Reigns goes to the second rope and punches him. Kane pushes him off and hits an uppercut that takes him down. Kane grabs him by the apron, and Reigns snaps him off. Reigns then comes off the second rope with a clothesline. Reigns then sends him to the corner for a clothesline. Reigns then punches Orton off the apron. Rollins quickly scurries away. Kane then explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. Rollins is tagged in, and he kicks Reigns as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Reigns trapped in a chin lock applied by Kane. Reigns fights up and punches out. They trade punches until Kane pushes him into the ropes. Reigns then hits a leaping clothesline.
Cena and Rollins are tagged in. Cena ducks a clothesline before hitting a pair of shoulder blocks. Cena hits a back suplex powerbomb before doing the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Kane distracts him. Rollins then hits an enzuigiri. Rollins powers him to the corner, and Orton tags in. Orton punches away at him in the corner before pushing him down for a two count. Orton applies a chin lock, but Cena powers up and dropkicks him down. Cena punches Rollins off the apron and turns into a trademark backbreaker from Orton for a two count. Kane is tagged in, and he drops a leg for a two count. Cena punches back and goes for an AA, but he can’t hold him up. Kane lands on top of him and covers for a two count. Rollins is tagged back in, and he punches Cena a few times. Rollins kicks him in the ribs for a two count. Cena fights up, so Rollins jumps on his back. Cena pulls him off, but Rollins quickly kicks him in the midsection before going for the Three Amigos, but Cena counters the third with one of his own. An “Eddie” chant breaks out. Cena then makes the tag to Reigns as Rollins tags Orton.
Reigns clotheslines Orton down before punching Kane off the apron. Orton reverses a whip into the corner, but Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits a leaping clothesline. Reigns clotheslines him in the corner before punching him down. Reigns goes outside and catches Orton in the head with a running dropkick. Reigns connects with a Superman Punch on Kane. Rollins comes off the top rope, but Reigns sidesteps him. Reigns clotheslines him out of the ring. Rollins may have blown his knee out. A ringside doctor runs over to him. Orton quickly attacks Reigns and punches him down. Orton hits the ropes and runs into a Samoan Drop. Reigns goes for a Spear, but Kane attacks him from behind. Orton and Kane double-team Orton until the referee has no choice but to disqualify them.
Winners by Disqualification: Roman Reigns and John Cena
Match Rating: **
Cena runs in and pulls the top rope down to get Kane out of there. Cena punches away at Orton. Orton goes for a hanging DDT, but Cena counters by dropping him on to the apron. Cena then sidesteps Kane, who accidentally punches Orton. Cena punches Kane before going for the AA. Kane gets out and pushes Cena into Reigns as he went for a Spear on Orton! Reigns spears Cena! Kane then punches Reigns out of the ring. Kane then turns into an RKO from Orton! Orton poses on the turnbuckle before getting down and turning into a Spear from Reigns! Reigns celebrates as his music plays. Cena is seen looking at him cautiously while laying in the corner. Reigns gets on the turnbuckle and poses for the crowd.
Quick Match Results
The Miz def. Sheamus (non-title)
Dolph Ziggler def. Fandango
Alberto Del Rio def. Rob Van Dam via Submission
Alicia Fox and Cameron def. Nikki Bella
Big E def. Cesaro
AJ Lee def. Eva Marie via Submission (non-title)
Bo Dallas def. The Great Khali via CO
Roman Reigns and John Cena def. Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, and Kane via DQ
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