The show opens with a vignette for the Wyatt Family.
Brad Maddox and Vickie Guerrero are in the ring to kick off the live broadcast. There is a steel ladder set up in the ring. Charles Robinson and another referee are present. Vickie runs down the litany of Superstars who have made a career around the use of a ladder. Vickie claims that the ladder in the ring represents her climb over the past several years. She says that if she falls she will blame Maddox. Vickie climbs all the way to the top and JBL commentates that she is quite an athlete. Brad is behind Vickie on the ladder as the two referees sturdy the ladder. Vickie sits atop the ladder and proclaims that she has done everything on her own. She has given the fans incredible entertainment. She has not always seen eye to eye with the audience, but she says that all of her actions were to help them.
Jerry Lawler stands up at ringside and has a microphone. He says that along with her evaluation tonight, there will be a vote on the WWE App. Fans can vote if Vickie has passed or failed as the GM.
Vickie responds by saying that she views the audience as her family. They have good and bad days, but family will always stick together. Vickie announces a Face-to-Face between John Cena and Mark Henry. The participants in the Money in the Bank match will have a series of matches tonight with each other.
Daniel Bryan makes his entrance for tonight’s first match.
Daniel Bryan v. Sheamus
They lock up and Bryan is pushed into the corner. The referee breaks them apart. Sheamus locks on a side headlock and pulls Bryan to the mat. Bryan gets back to his feet and sends Sheamus into the ropes. Sheamus charges at Bryan and connects with a shoulder block. Both men look up at the suspended briefcase that they will fight for this Sunday on PPV.
Bryan gets behind Sheamus for an arm bar. Sheamus runs the ropes and Bryan connects with a clothesline. Sheamus exchanges barbs and then gets Bryan to the mat. He drops a few knees and applies pressure to the neck of Bryan. Sheamus sends Bryan to the mat and wrenches back on his opponent’s arm. Bryan gets to his feet and knees Sheamus in the gut. Bryan sets in with a series of kicks. Sheamus rakes the face of Bryan to break a submission and goes for the cover. Bryan kicks out. Sheamus slams Bryan on his side and goes for another pin. Bryan kicks out. Bryan uses a headscissors to knock Sheamus out of the ring. Bryan runs off the apron for a knee but Sheamus tosses him to the barricade headfirst.
Sheamus connects with a few knees and a spinning elbow. Bryan kicks out of the cover. Bryan is whipped to the corner and is hit with a Rolling Samoan Drop. Sheamus charges across the ring for a Brogue Kick, but Bryan sidesteps and Sheamus flies out of the ring.
Bryan follows with a suicide dive. Sheamus is rolled back into the ring and Bryan takes to the top rope. He leaps for a missile dropkick and hits his target. Cover, but Sheamus kicks out. Bryan swings for a couple kicks. Sheamus gets back control and climbs the ropes. Bryan follows up after and sets up for a Hurricarana. Sheamus holds on and Bryan falls to the mat. As Bryan gets to his feet Sheamus leaps for a shoulder block. Cover, but Bryan kicks out.
Bryan blocks White Noise and trips up Sheamus with a drop toehold. Bryan kicks Sheamus in the head and goes for the cover. Bryan climbs the turnbuckle and leaps for a headbutt. Sheamus rolls out of the way and Bryan crashes hard to the mat. Cover, but Bryan kicks out.
They brawl back and forth. Bryan counters a White Noise into a cover. Sheamus kicks out but Bryan sets up for the Submission. Sheamus uses his strength to lock on the Clover Leaf. Bryan uses his submission knowledge to counter into a roll up. Bryan takes the match.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
After the match Sheamus goes over to Bryan and shakes his hand.
Michael Cole sends us to another vignette in anticipation of the Wyatt Family.
AJ is in the back with Big E. Langston. She is worried so Langston tells her to stop bugging out. Ziggler walks up and asks Langston to give them a second. AJ asks what is wrong. Ziggler is upset that AJ has not been at ringside with him for his last couple of matches. Ziggler is mad that AJ is making things about herself and following Kaitlyn. AJ promises to do anything to ensure that they both walk out of the PPV as Champions. They embrace and share a kiss.
Video promo airs for Mark Henry
The Shield enters through the crowd for a tag team match. Dean Ambrose is with them in the crowd but does not accompany them to the ring.
Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns v. Tons of Funk
Rollins and Clay start the match. Rollins is fast at the start but gets swatted to the mat. Clay lifts him overhead and drops him to the mat. Sweet T gets the tag and smacks Rollins to the mat. Sweet T lifts Rollins up for a suplex. Clay gets the tag. Reigns comes in to spar with the Dinosaur. Rollins is brought back in and continues to exchange constant tags with his partner as they work on Clay. Eventually Reigns is the legal man and applies a modified rear headlock. Clay fights to his feet and punches his way free. Reigns connects with an elbow and brings in Rollins. Set kicks him in the gut and tosses a few fists. Reigns is legal once again and rolls Clay over for a pin. Clay kicks out. Reigns is the one with the rear headlock this time and focuses on keeping Clay grounded. Reigns uses all of his strength to lift up Clay, but Clay counters into a roll up. Reigns kicks out.
Rollins gets the tag as does Sweet T. Runs tries to jab at him but is punched away. Rollins runs at Sweet T but is tosses aside. Reigns is clotheslined and Rollins is hit with the ditch digger. Rollins sidesteps and drops T into the turnbuckle. Rollins knocks Clay off the apron and climbs to the top rope. Rollins is caught by a pin, but kicks out at the last second. Reigns gets the tag. Rollins flies out of the ring with a somersault plancha onto Brodus Clay. Reigns collapses Sweet T with a spear and this match is over.
Winners: The Shield
The Shield will defend their Titles against The Usos this Sunday on PPV.
John Cena’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. Cena grabs a microphone and puts over the crowd. Cena is in the ring and is waiting on Mark Henry. The World’s Strongest Man’s music hits and he walks down to the ring. He claims to see fear on the face of John Cena. Henry says that he wants to chill tonight. He has known Cena for ten years. Henry says that he needs the Title to validate his career. Henry knows that if he takes the belt from Cena he will be a first ballot Hall of Famer. Henry says that he will sell out his mother for the Title.
Cena responds that Henry is a man who has sold it. Cena tells Henry that he better walk out WWE Champion. If he doesn’t then 17 years will have been for waste. Henry says that he doesn’t care what the fans or Cena thinks. Henry says that the fans both hate and love Cena. But even still there are lines that Cena will not cross because of his supposed “goodness”. Cena interrupts and Henry is not pleased. Cena says he can cross the line and takes off his clothes. Henry says that he will not fight tonight. He is not fighting Cena until he is paid to fight Cena. Henry picks the microphone back up and says that fine maybe he will give Cena some now. He takes off his shirt. Henry looks to Cena and Cena flinches. Henry laughs and looks to leave the ring. He charges and punches John. Cena tries to lift up Henry but Henry’s weight proves too much and Cena falls to the mat. Henry lifts up Cena and drops him to the mat with a World’s Strongest Slam. Henry lifts up the WWE Championship as he stands over the body of his fallen foe.
Randy Orton is the back and Josh Mathews is present for an interview. He asks about his match later tonight against CM Punk. Orton says that Punk has always called himself the best in the world but Orton has never believed it to be true. He points out that he beat Punk just two years ago at Wrestlemania. Orton says that if Cena wins the Title but is hurt then Orton will not hesitate to take the Title.
The Miz has joined commentary for the next match.
Chris Jericho v. Curtis Axel w/ Paul Heyman
As Heyman and Axel make their way to the ring, Heyman has a microphone. He is wearing glasses to cover the damage from the attack his suffered on Smackdown. Heyman says he continues to be a martyr for CM Punk. Heyman introduces the Intercontinental Champion, Curtis Axel. Axel has the microphone now and puts himself over.
Jericho whips Axel into the ropes and connects with a dropkick. Axel is rolled out of the ring so Jericho goes to bring him back in. Curtis suspends Jericho from the second rope and hits a neckbreaker.
Back from the break Jericho moves out of the way of a Curtis leap. Jericho hits a few shoulder blocks and climbs the turnbuckle. Jericho trips up Axel but is kicked back towards the corner. Jericho hits a Northern Lights Suplex into a bridging pin. Curtis kicks out. Axel pushes Jericho into the corner and chops him across the chest. Jericho dodges a splash and climbs the ropes. Jericho leaps and hits a crossbody. Cover, but Axel kicks out.
Jericho hits a running bulldog to set up for the Lionsault. Jericho leaps but Axel gets his knees up for the counter. Swinging neckbreaker from Axel and a cover. Jericho kicks out. Heyman shakes his head in disbelief. Jericho sets up for another Lionsault and this time it connects. Curtis kicks out of the cover. Jericho tries for a Codebreaker but Axel counters. Curtis hits a Perfectplex and covers. Jericho kicks out. Curtis punches at the back of Jericho’s head and rubs his head against his foe. Curtis sets up for a neckbreaker but Jericho counters into the Walls of Jericho. Axel escapes but is knocked off the apron towards The Miz.
Miz gets up and starts to take off his clothes. That’s how people threaten each other in the WWE after all. Curtis rolls back into the ring before the count can finish. Jericho capitalizes with a Codebreaker and looks for the cover. Axel has lost for the first time since being the client of Paul Heyman.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Josh Mathews is in the back interviewing Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. He asks if it will affect their friendship. Sandow says that they will not break apart. Rhodes tries to talk but Sandow cuts him off. Zeb Colter walks up with Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro. Zeb tells Rhodes that as the son of the American Dream he should see what is happening to this country. Wade walks up to counter inject. Zeb says he can’t understand him. Fandango walks up and the others are not amused. He starts to say his name and everyone tries to get him to stop. He attempts to complete his name so Wade punches him I the face. The rest of the men stare each other down.
Vignette airs for the Wyatt Family
Sin Cara v. Alberto Del Rio
Alberto backs Cara into the corner. Sin Cara lighting is in effect for this match. Cara flips around for an arm drag. Del Rio backs him into the corner and attacks with shoulder thrusts. Rio charges but Cara moves out of the way. He hits a headscissors and signals for Rio to get back to his feet. Cara kicks him and tries for a pin. Rio kicks out. Cara climbs to the top turnbuckle but Del Rio hits an enziguiri and goes for the cover. Cara kicks out. Rio pulls at the mask of Cara. Rio charges for another enziguiri and over. Cara kicks out once again. Rio has Cara in a hold when the match is interrupted.
Ziggler’s music hits and he walks down the rope. Cara tries for a roll up but Rio pushes him away. Ziggler walks down the ramp and has a microphone. He says that he feels bad for taking out Ricardo Rodriguez so he is delivering an introduction of his own.
The action continues in the ring as Ziggler continues on with his promo. Cara continues to try and capitalize but Rio stays on the offensive. He nails Cara in the jaw with a kick. Ziggler is starting the introduction of Rio’s name but Rio runs out of the ring and attacks. Cara climbs to the top rope and leaps to the outside with a crossbody. Ziggler escapes up the ramp as Cara is flattened. The match never really ends.
Vickie Guerrero is in the ring with Brad Maddox. A table is set up with three seats for the McMahon family. Vince’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring with Stephanie McMahon and HHH.
Stephanie opens the segment and then hands the floor to Vickie Guerrero. She begins to speak but is told to sit down on her stool. Vickie offers some of her own accolades and even takes credit for several big changes in the company. Vickie even claims that she inspired The Undertaker to fight at WrestleMania. Stephanie is not amused that she is taking credit for things she had little to do with while dismissing the one person she did sign – Brock Lesnar. That is the man who took out both her father and husband. Stephanie asks if it was the right decision to hire Brock Lesnar. Vickie says she had no way of knowing what would happen. She apologizes for the signing. Vince stands up and says that she has no reason to apologize. Vince doesn’t’ blame her for the attack and says that it was genius to bring back Lesnar. Vince says that everyone will agree that Vickie is very entertaining. Vince says that Vickie has made stupid decisions, but most people do. Vickie made her decisions in the interest of wholesome family entertainment.
HHH has the microphone to speak and says that he will be the first to admit that Vickie can be accidentally entertaining. HHH says they cannot dismiss that Vickie is terrible at her job. Triple H offers the unveiling of the WWE videogame as an example of Vickie being a disaster. HHH says that there is a reason that the Golden Girls are no on TV anymore. Trips believes that the audience wants and deserves someone better than Vickie Guerrero. Hunters offers up that on the positive side Vickie does possess the most annoying voice in the history of broadcast television.
Vince stands back up and says that while Vickie does have a unique voice she also has qualities that no one else has. Vince says that Vickie broke through the glass ceiling of the male driven corporation. Vince believes that Vickie should be named permanent GM. HHH responds by saying that no matter what happens Vince is the CEO, which means no matter what anyone says the final decision is up to Vince. Triple H says that Vickie is in power because she kisses Vince’s ass and does whatever he tells her to. HHH proposes that since Stephanie called for this meeting she should make this decision. Vince replies that he has no problem giving that decision to daddy’s little girl. HHH says that he has no problem letting his wife, mother of his children, and the woman who has to put up with his tonight, making this decision.
Stephanie gets to her feet and declares that she wants nothing to come in between her family. Stephanie decides that the decision will be up to the WWE Universe. The vote is revealed and 75% of the audience voted that she failed in her duties.
Vickie is furious and is screaming into the microphone. HHH starts laughing. Vickie pleads and pleads but there is no recourse. Stephanie declares that in the words of her father, Vickie is fired. Vickie is creaming and will not go quietly. Vickie eventually climbs onto the table as the McMahons walk away. Vince stays in the ring and asks if the audience is happy. They have broken the heart of Vickie Guerrero. Vickie continues to scream as Vince talks. He says that RAW needs a new GM and looks to Brad Maddox. The snarky assistant looks shocked as Vince McMahon announce that the newest GM will in fact be Brad Maddox. Vickie goes hysterical. Vince helps Vickie to the back.
Vince is in the back with a subbing Vickie. She cries out that she loves her job. Brad walks into the shot and apologizes to Vickie. He holds out his hand to Vince and says that this is a decision he won’t regret. Brad says that everyone will miss Vickie but he is thrilled to be the new GM of RAW. Vince asks how long Brad is going to hold his hand out for a shake. Vince tells him to put it away. Vickie starts to slap at Maddox. Vince says that the fans got what they deserved. Vickie is screaming once again as Vince walks away and she falls to the ground.
Kane v. Christian
They square off and Christian claps his hands together to get the crowd in the match. A drop toehold on Kane allows Christian to get in a straight punch. Christian sends Kane out of the ring and then climbs up to leap for a crossbody.
Christian dodges under Kane but is sent to the mat. Kane climbs the turnbuckle and leaps for an arm lariat. Christian moves out of the way. He charges for a spear but Kane blocks and hits a chokeslam. This match is over.
Vignette airs for the Wyatt Family.
The vignette ends with Bray Wyatt announcing that they are here. The lights are still out in the arena, as a lantern is shown lit. Bray Wyatt walks towards the ring with the rest of the family around him. He takes a seat and blows out the lantern. The lights come back on and the two other members of the Wyatt Family are in the ring and attack Kane. They are both taller than the Big Red Machine and brawl with him in the ring. Bray is seated in a rocking chair on the ramp. The family continues the onslaught to Kane outside of the ring. They set up Kane head against the steel steps and slam the other set of steps into his head. Bryan comes over to join his family. He drops down to Kane and extends his arms. The crowd chants, “Husky Harris”.
A sad looking Vickie Guerrero is walking through the back with her belongings. Ryback sees her and says that she deserves better. Ryback gives her a big hug.
AJ Lee & Alicia Fox v. Kaitlyn & Layla
The Bella Twins are on commentary for this match.
The match ends after AJ is demolished by a spear on the outside from Kaitlyn.
Josh Mathews is in the locker room with CM Punk. He asks him about the ladder match and his opponent for tonight – Randy Orton. Punk says that Orton may not think he is the best in the world, but Punk has no problem proving his value.
Randy Orton v. CM Punk
They square off and exchange jabs back and forth. Punk is whipped to the ropes and drops Orton for a quick cover. Orton kicks out. They stand to their feet and look each other up and down. Orton throws Punk to the mat and looks to drop a knee. Punk gets to his feet and hits a kick to the midsection. Orton hits a dropkick to the face of Punk. Orton stomps on the feet of Punk. They exchange a few more pin attempts but neither man can gain enough of an advantage over their opponent. Orton has Punk up on the apron and looks for the suspended DDT. Punk counters and sends Orton out of the ring. Punk runs the ropes and leaps for a suicide dive. The move connects as RAW heads to its last commercial.
Back from the break Punk is caught in a headlock from Orton in the middle of the ring. Orton lifts Punk to his feet and hits a T-Bone Suplex. Cover, but Punk kicks out. With both men back on their feet Punk whips Orton into the ropes and hits a spinning heel kick. Punk is fired up as he walks towards Orton. Randy responds with a couple of clotheslines. Orton looks for the scoop slam but Punk dodges and tries a roll up. Orton kicks out. Punk hits a neckbreaker and another cover. Orton kicks out again.
Punk looks for the end and climbs to the top rope. He points to the sky and leaps for a huge elbow. Punk signals for the Go to Sleep. Punk tries to lift up Orton but Orton counters. He pushes Punk to the apron and hits the suspended DDT. Cover, but Punk kicks out. Orton counters another Punk attack and looks for the pin, but Punk kicks out. Orton sets Punk up in the corner and starts the ten count for punches. Punk escapes and hits a high knee.
Punk lifts up for a GTS but Orton attempts an RKO. Punk counters with a kick. Orton is dazed as Punk finishes him off with the GTS.
Winner: CM Punk
After the match Daniel Bryan runs down to the ring and attacks CM Punk. He tosses Punk out of the ring and then grabs a ladder. Bryan slides the ladder in the ring and follows after. He grabs the ladder and knocks Orton out of the ring. Bryan sets it up in the middle of the ring and looks to climb. Daniel Bryan climbs the ladder and grabs the Money in the Bank briefcase from above the ring.
RAW closes as Daniel Bryan holds the briefcase overhead and leads the crowd in a chant. Yes!
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