WWE Monday Night RAW Results
April 27, 2015
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The legacy of the King of the Ring Tournament is highlighted. It showcases past winners, such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Bret Hart, Edge, and Harley Race. The tournament returns tonight after a long hiatus.
The RAW video plays, and we’re brought into the arena with a big pyrotechnics display. Michael Cole, Booker T, and JBL welcome us to the show. The King of the Ring bracket is shown. Dolph Ziggler will face Bad News Barrett, R-Truth will face Stardust, Sheamus will face Dean Ambrose, and Neville will face Luke Harper in the quarterfinals.
Seth Rollins gloats about his victory at WWE Extreme Rules
Eden Stiles asks the crowd to welcome the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins to the ring. Rollins makes his way to the ring smiling and waving at the crowd as they boo. J&J Security and Kane accompany him. Kane was the gatekeeper in the main event last night at Extreme Rules. Rollins beat Randy Orton to retain his title in a cage match last night. The crowd is loudly booing Rollins. Rollins says, “Finally, finally last night ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton learned what the entire WWE Universe has known for a very long time: you cannot outsmart Seth Rollins.” Rollins reminds them that he is the man that single-handedly built the most dominant faction in WWE history, The Shield. He also single-handedly destroyed it. Rollins also reminds them that he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract at the most opportune time in the main event of WrestleMania when he beat Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Last night, he proved what kind of champion he’s going to be: a fighting and valiant champion. Orton thought he had Rollins where he wanted him in the cage, but he had Orton right where he wanted him. The crowd chants, “You suck.” Orton wanted him all by himself, and he beat Orton all by himself. Kane has a perplexed look on his face. Rollins says he ripped Orton apart mentally and physically. He had the advantage before the match even started by taking away the RKO. In his victory, he added the ultimate insult: he hit Orton with an SKO out of nowhere! Rollins thinks he’s clever with the SKO thing.
Rollins says every great general needs good soldiers, and he wants to take a moment to thank the best soldier of them all: Kane. The crowd boos that as Kane offers a strained smirk. Kane did what was best for business in his role as the crypt-keeper… Rollins then laughs and says the crypt-keeper is an old relic from the 1990s that no one cares about anymore. Kane is the gatekeeper and did his job so well while more talented people did the job in the ring. Kane says there was no offense taken. Kane says if it weren’t for his actions as the gatekeeper and Rollins’ illegal use of the RKO, Randy Orton would be champion now. Instead of coming out and bragging and boasting, Rollins would be finger pointing and whining like the spoiled little brat he is. Kane says, “You see, Seth, I would much rather be the WWE version of the crypt-keeper than the WWE version of Justin Bieber. Whoops, did I say that out loud?” Rollins says Kane is just jealous of him because he’s champion. Rollins says Kane should just go home. Kane says, “You’re scared because you know that you wouldn’t be champion if you didn’t have six guys helping you out.” Rollins says he’s not afraid of Kane and can wrestle circles around him.
Randy Orton’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage. Orton says he’s not the kind of guy that would come out and complain about someone cheating to win, but a man in Rollins’ own administration goes on record to say he cheated to win last night, that sounds like grounds for a rematch. Rollins says that is not what Kane said. This isn’t the Kane regime or the Orton regime – this is his time. It’s the Rollins regime. As long as he’s champion, Orton only gets one crack at the title, and he squandered it last night. Orton says, “Shut up, Catwoman, I ain’t talking to you. I’m talking to Kane.” Kane begins to say that Orton has a point…
…But he’s interrupted by Roman Reigns’ music. Reigns makes his way to the ring through the crowd to a decent reception. Reigns stands on the commentary table and poses for the crowd. Rollins wants to know what Reigns is doing out here. Reigns says he’ll tell him why he’s out there if he’ll shut the hell up. Reigns says Rollins is missing his giant because he speared him through a table like the one he’s standing on. Then he flipped another table on top of him, so Rollins can call him the Last Man Standing. Reigns says, “I’ve got to say with all due respect, Randy, you had your shot, man. So Kane, if anyone deserves a match against Seth Rollins or Justin Bieber, whatever we’re calling him today, for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (a Justin Bieber chant breaks out)… it’s me.” The crowd lightly reacts to that.
Rollins congratulates Reigns on winning a match. Rollins says there seems to be some common denominator between Orton and Reigns. They both lost to him. Rollins says neither of them deserves an opportunity at his WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Kane clears his throat and says both men made compelling arguments. Kane says he’ll do what’s best for business. The two of them will set aside their differences and show Roman Reigns and Randy Orton the real power of The Authority. Kane says regarding Rollins’ opponent at Payback, he’ll let the WWE Universe decide that. Rollins argues with Kane as his music hits.
Coming up next, we’ll see Dolph Ziggler take on Bad News Barrett in the King of the Ring Tournament Quarterfinals.
King of the Ring Tournament Quarterfinal Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett
A pre-taped interview with Dolph Ziggler is shown. Ziggler says it’s hard to concentrate on the King of the Ring Tournament after what Sheamus did to him last night. Last night was the most humiliating moment of his career, but payback is coming. Another pre-taped interview is shown with Bad News Barrett. Barrett says only one man is fit to be King. Only one man has the class and elegance to be King. Barrett says he will be the ruler.
The bell rings, and Ziggler starts off with some right hands. Barrett quickly levels him with a right hand and puts him in the corner. Barrett punches him in the face and midsection before sending him into the ropes for a back elbow and a one count. Barrett drops an elbow before getting him to his feet and elbowing him in the neck. Barrett stomps him a few times before shouting at the referee. Barrett punches him before sending him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Ziggler then dropkicks him out of the ring. Ziggler invites Barrett back into the ring as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler trapped in a chin lock. During the commercial, Barrett big booted Ziggler off the apron. Ziggler fights out of the chin lock and elbows him in the face. Ziggler then sidesteps Barrett, and he hits the ring post shoulder first. The semifinals and finals will be on the WWE Network tomorrow night. Ziggler punches Barrett before ducking a right hand and hitting a flying clothesline. Ziggler splashes him in the corner and goes for a neckbreaker, but Barrett pushes him off. Ziggler ducks a big boot, but Barrett counters with a Winds of Change attempt. Ziggler counters that into a crucifix pin for a two count. Barrett goes for The Wasteland, but Ziggler counters into a DDT for a near fall. Barrett blocks a superkick and catapults him into the turnbuckle. Barrett then gives him The Wasteland for a near fall. Barrett punches the mat in frustration.
Barrett pulls his elbow pad down and waits for Ziggler to get to his feet. Ziggler ducks a Bull Hammer and superkicks him down for a near fall. Sheamus makes his way to the stage with a microphone. Sheamus says he doesn’t mean to distract him, but there was a full Irish moon last night. A still photo is shown of Sheamus with his tights hiked up last night. Sheamus asks if he has the bad taste of Celtic arse in his mouth. Ziggler turns and grabs Barrett on the apron. Barrett fights him off and gives him the Bull Hammer for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bad News Barrett
Match Rating: * 1/2
Bad News Barrett advances into the semifinals of the King of the Ring Tournament, which takes place tomorrow night on the WWE Network.
Tonight’s main event will see Randy Orton and Roman Reigns team up to face Seth Rollins and Kane. The new WWE Tag Team Champions, The New Day, are clapping backstage. They’ll be in action, next.
The New Day makes their way to the ring. Xavier Woods is wearing one of the WWE Tag Team Championship belts even though he wasn’t involved in the match last night. Woods says they are the new champions. Woods shaved off his goatee. Woods wants to thank all of their clappers out there who clapped away their struggles, doubters, and wanted a New Day. Woods says since this is a celebratory moment, they want to help them with a new clap: “New Day rocks!” The crowd still chants, “New Day sucks!”
Big E w/ Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston vs. Tyson Kidd w/ Cesaro and Natalya
The bell rings, and Big E tries to get the new chant started. Kidd kicks him in the face before punching him. Big E pushes him away and knees him in the midsection before throwing him to the apron. Kidd fights him off and goes for a slingshot, but Big E nearly catches him in the Big Ending. Kidd gets out and kicks him in the face before hitting a springboard missile dropkick. Kidd kicks him in the corner to the beat of “New Day sucks.” Big E rolls out of the ring to recover. Kidd goes to the apron and kicks Big E in the face. Kidd puts him in the ring, but he runs into a clothesline. Big E covers, and Xavier Woods holds Kidd’s foot down to get the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Big E
Match Rating: 1/2 *
The New Day quickly runs off and celebrates their victory. Booker T pretends like he didn’t see it so he’s the one on the side of The New Day now.
Still photos are shown of the Russian Chain Match between John Cena and Rusev last night. They show Rusev kicking Lana out of the ringside area for posing for the crowd. Cena beat Rusev in that match. Rusev then had Lana get Cena in an “I Quit” match for WWE Payback. John Cena will host an open challenge with the WWE United States Championship on the line later tonight.
Ryback’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. Ryback is in action, next.
Bo Dallas will be Ryback’s opponent. Dallas says Ryback’s actions at Extreme Rules were reprehensible. Tonight, he’ll give Ryback the chance to clear his name in front of these disgusting cheeseheads. He’ll give him an opportunity to walk away. A “Go Pack go!” chant breaks out. Dallas says all Ryback had to do was Bolieve.
Ryback vs. Bo Dallas
They lock up, and Ryback powers him down. Ryback sends him into the ropes, misses a clothesline, and hits a back elbow. Ryback smothers him in the corner until the referee backs him up. Dallas kicks him in the knee before clotheslining him in the back of the head. Dallas puts the apron over him and clubs away at him. Dallas puts him in the center of the ring and covers for a one count. Dallas clubs him and covers again for a one count. Dallas applies a chin lock, but Ryback fights up. Ryback gets him on his back and slams him off. Dallas elbows him in the face and jumps off the second rope, but Ryback catches him and delivers a spinebuster. Ryback sets up in the corner and flattens him with a Meat Hook Clothesline. Ryback then annihilates him with Shell Shocked for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Ryback
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Bray Wyatt’s video flashes on the screen, and the lights go out. When the come back on, Bray Wyatt is in the ring behind Ryback. Ryback slowly turns around, and Wyatt gives him Sister Abigail. Wyatt does the crabwalk and hovers over him before kneeling next to him and extending his arms.
John Cena’s open challenge for the WWE United States Championship is next.
John Cena makes his way to the ring to his usual mixed reception. Cena says he doesn’t know why they’d miss it, but in case they missed Extreme Rules live on the WWE Network last night, The Champ is here! Cena would love to talk about how brutal the Russian Chain Match was last night, but he didn’t have time to catch his breath when he saw Rusev barking orders at Lana with a crazy plan. Ten minutes later, she walked out of the office with another rematch. Cena says he’ll give Rusev the respect he deserves. Rusev keeps his pimp hand strong. Cena says he’s kidding. Cena respects Rusev because he refuses to quit, but that’s until Payback. Cena says, “Be careful what you wish for, Rusev, because our match at Payback is an ‘I Quit’ match.” Cena says a man like Rusev will never make him quit on American soil for the United States Championship. Cena says he’ll defend the championship no matter what the cost may be. Cena says he’ll never surrender. Payback will be the final chapter between him and Rusev. If Rusev can make him say “I Quit,” then he’ll have disgraced all proud Americans, this nation, and the United States Championship. In no way will he deserve a rematch. If Rusev wins the United States Championship at Payback, you’ll never see him again.
It sounds simple, but there’s a statue outside of Vince Lombardi. Lombardi once said, “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” Ever since he’s won this championship, he’s worked hard to make it the symbol of excellence and opportunity. Tonight, while Rusev chooses to rest, he chooses to provide opportunity. Everyone knows that Green Bay is the place to be tonight. Cena says he is the man to beat, so the John Cena US Open Challenge starts now. Cena says, “You want some? Come get some!”
Heath Slater answers the challenge. Slater comes out with a microphone shouting, “Wait a minute!” Not only will he take advantage of a crushed John Cena, but he’s about to become the new United States Champion of the world. He’ll start his own “Discount Slater Check,” which is kind of like the “Discount Double Check” but with someone much better looking than Aaron Rodgers. Slater says, “Johnny Boy – Randy Orton isn’t here…” Rusev attacks him from behind and superkicks him off the stage. Lana joins him on stage to a huge pop, and she poses for the crowd. Rusev barks at her and sends her off to the back. A loud “We want Lana” chant breaks out. Rusev shouts at the crowd in his native tongue. Rusev says these people are all quitters. They have given up already. They quit on their dreams a long time ago and quit on themselves. At Payback, Cena will be like the stupid Americans. They will not be saying, “God Bless America.” They’ll be saying, “I quit!” The flag of the Russian Federation unfurls above the ring as Rusev’s music plays. Cena stares at Rusev as he celebrates on the stage.
Kane is pacing in the office when Seth Rollins walks in. Rollins says he’s not mad and wants clarification about what Kane said about his title defense at Payback. Kane begins to talk, but Rollins cuts him off. Rollins says he beat Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania and then beat Randy Orton at Extreme Rules. They don’t deserve a shot at his title. Rollins asks if Kane is out of his mind. Rollins wonders if Kane is too stupid to care about what Triple H and Stephanie McMahon will think when they find out. Kane says Rollins likes to carry himself around here like he’s the man. Kane figured letting the WWE Universe pick his opponent would be something Rollins could handle. If Rollins is going to threaten to be a tattle tail and insult his intelligence, then he’ll add a third option. Kane says the WWE Universe can vote on the WWE App if Rollins will face Roman Reigns or Randy Orton or Roman Reigns AND Randy Orton. Kane says they’ll find out whom he’ll face after their match!
King of the Ring Tournament Quarterfinal Match
R-Truth vs. Stardust
A pre-taped promo is shown with R-Truth. R-Truth says if he becomes King of the Ring, he’ll get rid of all spotters. A pre-taped promo is then shown with Stardust, and he says it’s written in the stars that he’ll sit on the throne. Stardust says the path of his reign will be glorious.
The bell rings, and R-Truth blocks a kick and rolls him up for a one count. R-Truth gets a jackknife cover for another one count. Stardust quickly punches him and connects with a bulldog for a one count. A “Cody” chant breaks out. Stardust stomps him before hissing at him. Stardust then taunts the crowd before applying a modified chin lock. R-Truth fights up and rolls him up for a two count. Stardust boots him in the face for a one count. R-Truth punches him, but Stardust punches him, drops down and kicks him in the head for a two count. Stardust stomps him and reapplies the chin lock. Stardust then rakes the eyes. Stardust kicks him in the shoulder before reapplying the chin lock for a third time. Stardust growls in his ear before R-Truth fights him off. Stardust slams him down by the hair and does a cartwheel. Stardust shouts that he’s the king to Booker T. Stardust punches him in the corner and whips him across the ring to the opposite corner. R-Truth elbows him and hits a pair of clotheslines. R-Truth goes for a Scissor Kick, but Stardust sidesteps it and rolls him up for a two count. R-Truth quickly comes back with a jumping heel kick for a two count. Stardust comes back with a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. R-Truth counters into a pin of his own for a two count. They trade punches before Stardust reverses a whip and kicks him in the face. Stardust goes for the Disaster Kick, but R-Truth counters into the Lie Detector for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: R-Truth
Match Rating: *
R-Truth will face Bad News Barrett in the semifinals of the King of the Ring Tournament tomorrow night on the WWE Network.
Roman Reigns and Randy Orton will team up to take on Seth Rollins and Kane in the main event. You can vote on whether Seth Rollins will face Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, or both of them at WWE Payback right now.
The commentators run down the upcoming schedule for the WWE Network this week.
Adam Rose vs. Fandango
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is the official for this match. They lock up, and Rose applies a side headlock. Fandango whips him off, but Rose comes back with a shoulder block. Rose hits the ropes, and Fandango dropkicks him down. Rose rolls out of the ring to recover, and he sweeps Fandango’s feet. Rose puts him on the middle rope and chokes him before hitting some forearms. Rose mocks “Fandango-ing” before Fandango chops him. Rose hangs on to the ropes, but Fandango clotheslines him out of the ring. Fandango then takes Rose and some Rosebuds out with a summersault senton. Rosa Mendes comes to ringside and dances for him in a Rosebud outfit. Fandango is confused. Rose comes up from behind and hits Party Foul for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Adam Rose
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Rosa gets in the ring and grabs a microphone. Rosa says she can’t believe Fandango chose the fans over her. Fandango doesn’t deserve to dance to that music. Now she found someone to treat her like the sweet flower that she is. Rosa and Rose kiss in the ring. Rose falls down and Rose lies on top of him.
The commentators talk about the health of Daniel Bryan. Michael Cole says Bryan was pulled from Extreme Rules last night because he’s not medically cleared to compete. Bryan is not at RAW tonight. Renee Young is backstage with Bryan’s wife, Brie Bella. Renee says Brie has had an emotional 24 hours. Her sister retained her Divas Championship, but her husband was not medically cleared to compete at Extreme Rules. Renee asks when Bryan will get back in the ring. Brie says this is such a heart-wrenching time for Bryan. Bryan’s dream came true last year. Every day he’s out weighs on him, and it kills her because she knows how badly her husband wants to be here. Only time can tell. They feel grateful because the WWE Universe cares so much about her husband, and he cares about them. Naomi comes up from behind and face plants her. Naomi says no one cares about Brie or her husband.
Brie Bella w/ Nikki Bella vs. Naomi
The bell rings, and Brie takes her down with a Lou Thesz Press. Naomi fights her off, but Brie comes back with a spear and some right hands. Naomi turns her over and punches away at her. Brie ducks a clothesline, but Naomi puts herself through the ropes to keep her away. Naomi takes her down with a forearm to the face before pushing her. Naomi hits a running bulldog into the turnbuckle. Naomi hits a backbreaker for a two count. Naomi applies a knee-to-the-back chin lock, but Brie fights up and knees her in the midsection. Brie hits the ropes, but Naomi connects with a rolling wheel kick. Naomi taunts the crowd before dropping a leg for a two count. Naomi reapplies the chin lock, but Brie fights up and flips her off. They then take each other down with a flying hair pull. They get to their feet, and Brie hits a clothesline before connecting with a dropkick. Brie knees her in the midsection and hits a running knee to the face. Brie takes her down with a missile dropkick for a two count. Naomi quickly kicks her in the face and gets her with an inside cradle for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Naomi
Match Rating: * 1/4
Randy Orton and Roman Reigns will face Seth Rollins and Kane in tonight’s main event. Voting for Seth Rollins’ WWE Payback opponent(s) is open on the WWE App right now.
Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring. He’ll face Sheamus in the King of the Ring Tournament, next.
Still photos are shown of the wild brawl between Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper from last night’s Extreme Rules PPV. A pre-taped promo is shown with Dean Ambrose. Ambrose says if he becomes King, he’ll waive all tariffs on ale, ban pop country, and all legal matters will be settled in street fights. Still photos are shown of Sheamus losing to Dolph Ziggler last night in a “Kiss Me Arse” Match at Extreme Rules. Sheamus attacked Ziggler and rubbed his face on his backside for good measure. A pre-taped promo is shown with Sheamus. Sheamus says he’s been dreaming of a real fight in tonight’s tournament. That’s the one thing that entertains him. He’s been King of the Ring before, and he’ll win it again. When he wins, just like Dolph Ziggler, everyone will kiss his arse.
King of the Ring Tournament Quarterfinal Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus
They circle the ring and lock up. They tussle to the corner before pushing each other away. They circle the ring again, and Ambrose takes him down with an arm bar. Sheamus applies a front face-lock and gets Ambrose in the corner. Sheamus shoves his head, and Ambrose shoves him back. Ambrose quickly catches him with a headlock takeover, but Sheamus quickly gets him in a side headlock. Ambrose whips him off, but Sheamus takes him down with a shoulder block. Ambrose fakes a test of strength and goes for a drop-toe-hold, but Sheamus rakes the face. Ambrose manages to take him down by the leg and applies a deathlock. Ambrose rakes the face before kicking him in the back of the neck. Ambrose rakes his forearm on his face before Sheamus punches him in the face. Sheamus forearms him down before hitting an uppercut. Sheamus digs his forearm into Ambrose’s face before Ambrose comes back with some chops. Sheamus punches him in the midsection before having a whip to the corner reversed on him. Ambrose hits a running forearm smash before attempting a bulldog, but Sheamus holds him up. Ambrose then knocks Sheamus out of the ring. Ambrose goes for a suicide dive, but Sheamus avoids it. Ambrose manages to put the brakes on at the last moment.
We come back from the break to see Ambrose trapped in a chin lock. Ambrose fights up and punches out. Ambrose hits the ropes, but Sheamus catches him with a knee to the midsection. During the commercial break, Sheamus sent him face-first into the ring post. Sheamus then catches him with a suplex toss before posing for the crowd. Sheamus shouts, “Are you not entertained?” Sheamus peppers him in the head with kicks and slaps before punching him into the ropes. Sheamus rips at his face before punching him down. Sheamus talks some trash and punches him, but Ambrose rebounds off the ropes and clotheslines him down.
Sheamus is the first one to his feet, but Ambrose quickly pops up. Ambrose punches and chops him before hitting the ropes. Sheamus quickly catches him with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam before pulling at his hair. Sheamus goes to the corner and poses before signaling for the Brogue Kick. Ambrose sidesteps a Brogue Kick and rolls him up for a near fall. Ambrose then sidesteps him and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Ambrose then takes him out with a suicide dive. Ambrose throws him into the ring and goes to the top rope. Ambrose jumps over him, but Sheamus catches him with a modified over the shoulder backbreaker for a near fall. Sheamus goes for White Noise, but Ambrose rolls him up for a near fall. Ambrose kicks him in the midsection and goes for Dirty Deeds, but Sheamus counters into the Cloverleaf. Ambrose claws his way to the bottom rope, and Sheamus holds it on for a few more seconds. Ambrose sits on the apron to recover, but Sheamus pulls him up and goes for the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán. Ambrose elbows him back and snaps him off the top rope. Ambrose goes to the top rope and connects with a standing elbow drop for a near fall!
Sheamus rolls out of the ring to recover, but Ambrose chases him out. Sheamus hip tosses him onto the commentary table, but Ambrose fights him back. Ambrose then takes him out with a flying forearm off the commentary table. Ambrose throws him into the ring post, but Sheamus soon catches him with a Brogue Kick on the floor! Dolph Ziggler then attacks Sheamus, and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification: Sheamus
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Sheamus quickly runs into the crowd to escape him. Sheamus will be in the semifinals of the King of the Ring Tournament against either Neville or Luke Harper tomorrow night on the WWE Network. Ambrose flips out when he hears the referee’s decision.
Voting for Seth Rollins’ WWE Payback opponent(s) is taking place right now. Randy Orton and Roman Reigns will face Seth Rollins and Kane in the main event.
Replays are shown of The Miz defeating Damien Mizdow in a match to determine who gets “The Miz” brand after Summer Rae turned on Mizdow.
Damien Sandow addresses his loss to The Miz last week
Damien Sandow is in the ring in a plain black t-shirt. Sandow gets a nice hand. Sandow says, “Allow me to beg your indulgence for one moment. My name is Damien SANDOW, and one thing I am never going to do is come out here and lie to you. Three years ago I came to the WWE in a blue bathrobe and the idea that I was going to enlighten everybody. Needless to say, we all know how that one ended. After that, I was actually told to my face that I was not entertaining enough. You said it, not me. What followed, some people think that he was losing his mind, but it was actually a quest to entertain. You may remember Bret “The Hitman” Sandow. Then there’s what I like to call the Magneto incident. Then there was the time I showed you all my ill skill on the real as LeBron James. Then, of course, who could forget WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon? And then came Damien Mizdow. Again, I said I’m going to be honest with you: Mizdow caused me to lose a lot of respect with my peers, but I gained something that means much more to me than that. I gained the respect of the WWE Universe. And that connection that we have is the most valuable thing as a WWE Superstar I could personally ever have. Thank you.” The crowd gives him a nice hand. Sandow says without them, he wouldn’t be in the WWE right now. The crowd chants, “Thank you, Sandow!” Sandow says, “You’re welcome.”
Sandow goes to talk about where he goes from here, but Curtis Axel’s music hits. Axel says, “Don’t change the channel because AxelMania is running wild!” Axel says if there is one thing he can’t stand, it’s a guy who doesn’t know who he is and tries to be someone else. Sandow points at Axel and says, “Him.” Axel goes to do Hulk Hogan’s, “Whatcha gonna do?” line, and Sandow mimics him. Axel asks what he’s doing, and Sandow imitates him. Axel asks him to stop it, and Sandow continues to imitate him. The crowd is getting some good chuckles out of this. Axel asks if Sandow thinks this funny, and Sandow again imitates him. A “YES” chant fires up. Axel goes to the ropes and holds them open. Axel says, “Get out of the Axman’s ring now!” Sandow poses as if he’s holding the ropes and imitates the line. Axel goes to punch him, but Sandow punches him back and big boots him down. Sandow then does the Hulk Hogan taunt before dropping a Cubito Aequet and a Hogan Leg Drop. Sandow kicks Axel out of the ring, and his new music plays.
The New Day will defend the WWE Tag Team Championships against Tyson Kidd and Cesaro on Thursday Night Smackdown in an Extreme Rules rematch.
Bray Wyatt’s video flashes on the screen. Wyatt says, “Everything changed the night a caveman learned to play with fire. Tell me, friend, what you have learned. Will you ever realize who you truly are or will you always be a man obsessed with his own vanity? You may not know yourself, but I know you. I can see right through you. You’re transparent. I know what drives you. I know what motivates you, and I know what scares you. What you witnessed tonight was only the beginning. Open your eyes, friend. Run!”
The commentators run down the schedule for the WWE Network this week once again. A video shows some of the video submissions for “WWE Tough Enough” are shown.
King of the Ring Tournament Quarterfinal Match
Neville vs. Luke Harper
A pre-taped promo is shown with Neville. Neville mentions formers winners like Harley Race, Booker T, and Owen Hart. All three defied the odds to ascend to the throne. Tonight, he’ll defy the odds and gravity to get the crown. Another pre-taped promo is shown with Luke Harper. Harper says when he wins, he’ll sit on his throne made of barbed wire and twisted steel and rule through pain and suffering. His reigns of terror is coming to WWE. Harper says, “Long live the king!”
The bell rings, and Harper quickly picks him up, but Neville counters into a roll-up attempt. Harper doesn’t go down and tosses him. Neville slides through his legs, ducks a pair of clotheslines, and hits a head-scissor takeover that knocks him out of the ring. Harper gets on the apron, and Neville dropkicks him off. Neville goes for a baseball slide, but Harper sidesteps it. Harper throws him into the ring, but Neville immediately slides back out and goes to the apron. Neville then hits a beautiful flying hurricanrana on the floor! Neville puts him in the ring and punches him back. Neville springboards off the top rope, and there appears to be some miscommunication. Harper covers for a two count. Harper connects with an uppercut as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Neville trapped in a chin lock. Neville punches out, but Harper chops the chest. Neville kicks him in the face and sidesteps him to get him out of the ring. Harper gets back in the ring and avoids a running big boot. Harper flies over the top rope and recovers. Neville kicks him in the face and hits a big springboard moonsault and sticks the landing! Neville puts him in the ring and springboards off the top rope with a missile dropkick. Neville hits a standing shooting star press for a near fall. Neville puts him in the corner and goes to the apron, and Harper gets to his feet. Neville forearms him in the face and flips over him. Neville hits the ropes, and Harper hits him with a superkick. There was some miscommunication there again, and Neville doesn’t go down. Harper then turns him inside out with a half nelson suplex for a near fall. Harper goes for a powerbomb, but Neville gets out of it. Neville catches him with a quick German Suplex before hitting a step-up enzuigiri. Neville hits the ropes and goes for a hurricanrana, but Harper counters into a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall.
Harper picks him up by the hair and signals for the end. A light “This is awesome” and “NXT” chant breaks out. They trade punches before Harper puts him in the corner and punches him. Harper puts him on the top rope and goes to the second rope. Neville clubs away at him before falling to the apron. Neville kicks him in the face and connects with a modified sunset flip powerbomb! Neville goes to the top rope and connects with the Red Arrow for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Neville
Match Rating: * 3/4
Neville will face Sheamus in the King of the Ring Semifinal Match tomorrow night on the WWE Network. Bad News Barrett will also face R-Truth.
Voting for Seth Rollins’ WWE Payback opponent(s) is still open. Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring. The main event is next.
The King of the Ring Tournament will conclude tomorrow night at 8 PM EST on the WWE Network. Added to the WWE Network’s on demand library immediately after RAW will be “Jerry Springer Presents WWE Too Hot For TV.”
Roman Reigns and Randy Orton vs. Kane and Seth Rollins w/ J&J Security
A loud “Justin Bieber” chant fires up for Seth Rollins. Roman Reigns will start against Seth Rollins. Rollins applies a waistlock and clubs away at him. Rollins applies a side headlock before wrenching the arm. Rollins goes back to the headlock, but Reigns whips him off. Rollins quickly wrenches the arm again, but Reigns comes back with a wrench that turns him inside out. Rollins rolls out of the ring to talk strategy with J&J Security and Kane. Rollins says he can outwrestle Reigns. Rollins gets in the ring and kicks away at Reigns. Rollins hits the ropes, and Reigns floors him with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. Reigns puts him in the corner and tags in Randy Orton to no reaction. Orton kicks him in the midsection and hits a front suplex on the top rope. Orton stomps the midsection and stands on him before dropping a knee. Orton uppercuts him and tags Reigns back in. Reigns and Orton take turns hitting Rollins. Reigns goes for a slam, but Rollins slides off and escapes the ring. Rollins gets back in and tags in Kane. Kane and Reigns circle the ring. Kane applies a side headlock, but Reigns takes him down with a back suplex. Reigns uppercuts him before tagging Orton back in. Orton stomps Kane’s foot and punches him. Orton puts him in the corner and hits him. Kane reverses a whip and big boots him down. Kane punches him in the corner before tagging Rollins in. Rollins stomps him before throwing him out of the ring. J&J Security quickly attack Orton, which is completely ignored by the commentators, as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Orton trapped in a chin lock applied by Rollins. Orton fights up and punches him. Orton sends him into the ropes, but Rollins takes him down with a modified reverse STO for a two count. Rollins covers again for a one count. Rollins chokes him on the bottom rope before hitting a weak looking short-arm clothesline. Rollins hits a second one, and Kane applauds him on the apron. Rollins picks Orton up, and Orton comes back with a T-bone suplex.
Reigns and Kane are tagged in to a very light reaction. Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits a leaping clothesline. Reigns hits some clubs in the corner before giving him an uppercut. Reigns goes to the second rope and hits a diving clothesline. Rollins runs in, but Reigns catches him with a Samoan Drop before clotheslining him out of the ring. Reigns then pulls the top rope down to get Kane out of the ring. Reigns hits the ropes, but Joey Mercury grabs his foot. Reigns goes outside and runs into an uppercut from Kane. Kane then throws him spine-first into the ring post. Kane repeats the move and throws him into the ring. Kane whips him hard into the corner and tags Rollins in. Rollins drops a knee and punches him. They trade punches, and Rollins takes him down with a step-up enzuigiri for a near fall. Rollins puts him in the corner and tags Kane in. Kane whips Rollins into Reigns before hitting a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Kane applies a bear hug, but Reigns soon begins to elbow out. Kane reverses a whip, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Kane quickly comes back with a clothesline for a near fall. Rollins tags in, and he stomps away at Reigns before talking some trash. Rollins says neither Orton or Reigns will get a shot at the title. Kane tags in and trades punches with Reigns. Kane knees him in the midsection a few times before going for a suplex. Reigns blocks it and connects with his own suplex. Rollins is tagged in, and he stops Reigns from making a tag. Rollins whips him to the corner, but Reigns sidesteps him and rolls him up before giving him a powerbomb.
Orton is tagged in, and he punches away at Rollins before connecting with a pair of clotheslines. Orton goes for a powerslam, but Rollins holds the ropes. Rollins elbows him and springboards off the second rope into a powerslam. Kane breaks up the pinfall. Reigns punches Kane before punching Jamie Noble off the apron. Kane goes for a Chokeslam on Reigns, but Reigns powers out of it. Reigns then sidesteps a Rollins dropkick, and Kane eats it. Reigns takes Rollins down before giving Joey Mercury a Superman Punch. Mercury flies into Kane. Rollins then takes Reigns out of the ring with a knee to the back. Orton spikes Rollins on his head with a hanging DDT, and the crowd finally comes to life. Orton goes for an RKO, but Rollins rolls him up for a two count. Rollins then superkicks him in the face, and Orton rolls out of the ring. Rollins hits the ropes and comes up very short on a suicide dive on Kane, who wasn’t his intended target. Rollins throws Orton into the ring. Kane throws Mercury and Noble over the commentary table before giving Rollins an uppercut. Kane throws him into the ring. Rollins takes a Superman Punch from Reigns, and Orton immediately follows up with an RKO for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Roman Reigns and Randy Orton
Match Rating: **
Kane looks livid at ringside as we see replays of what just happened. Orton celebrates going up the ramp. Rollins is still down in the ring with Reigns sitting in the corner. Kane says it’s time to find out who will face Seth Rollins at WWE Payback. Will it be Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, or both of them? A triple threat match wins with 78% of the vote. Rollins cannot believe it. Rolling then turns into a spear from Reigns. Kane is trying to suppress a smile as Reigns poses for the crowd.
Quick Match Results
KOTR Quarterfinal: Bad News Barrett def. Dolph Ziggler
Big E def. Tyson Kidd
Ryback def. Bo Dallas
KOTR Quarterfinal: R-Truth def. Stardust
Adam Rose def. Fandango
Naomi def. Brie Bella
KOTR Quarterfinal: Sheamus def. Dean Ambrose via DQ
KOTR Quarterfinal: Neville def. Luke Harper
Roman Reigns and Randy Orton def. Kane and Seth Rollins
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