WWE Monday Night RAW Results
May 4, 2015
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The crowd is buzzing as we go right into the arena. Michael Cole welcomes us to the show as Randy Orton’s music hits to a big reception. The crowd is really hot for him.
Randy Orton and Roman Reigns talk about WWE Payback
The commentators talk about how Orton will face Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins in a triple threat match at WWE Payback for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The crowd is loudly applauding Orton and chanting his name. Orton starts off by saying Payback is a fitting name for a Pay Per View. It’s fitting because Payback is exactly what he’s going to get on Seth Rollins in two weeks. Last week on RAW, the WWE Universe took it upon themselves to make this a triple threat match, which adds Roman Reigns to the fold. Reigns’ name received boos. Reigns will receive disappointment, but that’s not his problem because he’s walking out as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and there’s not a damn thing Rollins or Reigns can do about it.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring through a hostile crowd. Reigns stands in the ring as the boos pour down on him. Reigns says all the things Orton just said isn’t going down like that. If anyone is going to get Payback on Seth Rollins, it’s him. The crowd is chanting, “RKO.” Orton acknowledges them and walks around a bit. Reigns says the crowd doesn’t fight for him. Orton fumbles a line before saying he’s not going to stand by and let Reigns just get Payback on Rollins. Reigns says if Orton comes near him, he won’t be standing. The crowd loudly boos that. Orton says Reigns has obviously forgotten who he’s talking to. Reigns says Orton has forgotten about their past. Orton says he’s a 12-time World Champion and been to 12 consecutive WrestleMania’s. Reigns has only been to three and has never won a World Title. Reigns has some catching up to do. Reigns says the last time he checked, he beat Orton at SummerSlam. Reigns says he wants Payback on Rollins, but he doesn’t mind breaking Orton in half one more time and taking the championship.
The New Day’s music hits, and the WWE Tag Team Champions come out to the stage. Xavier Woods says all this negativity has to stop. A “New Day Sucks” chant breaks out. Woods says since they’re the only champions out here, they feel that the burden falls on them to spread the power of positivity. Woods says they’re both so negative. They’re talking about which of them is going to get Seth Rollins. No one cares about their “Montreal Boo Hoo-job.” Woods says, “Those days are over, and today is a New Day!” Kofi Kingston says both of them have squandered all their opportunities away (he’s interrupted by a “New Day Sucks” chant), but what’s in the past is in the past. Kingston says today is a New Day, and everybody knows New Day ROCKS. Big E tells Reigns not to let it bother him that he’s never won the big one. Big E also tells Orton to not let it tear him up inside because not only does Rollins have his number, he has it on speed dial. They keep getting knocked down over and over again, but tonight they have the opportunity to do something positive and extraordinary. They can clap with The New Day. They start clapping, and the crowd chants, “New Day Sucks.” Kingston says he knew they wouldn’t do it because they’re too hard headed. Big E says they’re going to take on the WWE Tag Team Champions… all three of them. Woods says that comes straight from the Director of Operations, Kane. Big E says, “Thanks to Kane, you two will feel the pain.” This match is going down right now.
Randy Orton and Roman Reigns vs. The New Day
Randy Orton will start the match against Kofi Kingston. Kingston quickly kicks him to the corner before whipping him to the opposite corner. Orton quickly pops out with a clothesline. Orton hits a front suplex onto the top rope and tags in Roman Reigns. Reigns suplexes Kingston back into the ring. Reigns wrenches the arm, but Kingston punches him in the face and tags in Xavier Woods. Woods applies a side headlock before Reigns whips him off for a shoulder block. Reigns hits the ropes and counters a leapfrog with a Samoan Drop. Orton is tagged in, and Reigns holds Woods up for a kick to the midsection. Orton connects with a textbook suplex for a two count. Orton prevents Woods from making the tag and stomps the spine a few times. Orton covers for a two count. Reigns is tagged in, and he kicks Woods in the ribs. Reigns hits a snapmare before hitting a running kick to the head. Reigns stomps the midsection and tags Orton back in. Orton stomps Woods’ face as the commentators talk about how well Reigns and Orton are working together. Orton stomps the midsection a few times before doing the Garvin Stomps. Woods tries to punch Orton away, but Orton kicks him in the face. Kingston distracts Orton as Woods tags in Big E. Big E catches Orton with a belly-to-belly side suplex.
Kingston is tagged in, and he stomps away at Orton for a two count. Woods snaps Orton off the top rope before covering for a one count. The crowd starts to chant for JBL. Orton fights up from a chin lock and punches out. Orton hits the ropes and eats a dropkick for a two count. Woods applies a neck vice and tags in Kingston as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Reigns trapped in a chin lock applied by Kingston. During the commercial, Big E knocked Reigns off the apron into the barricade. Reigns powers Kingston off, but he’s quickly taken down by a dropkick for a two count. Big E is tagged in, and he clubs Reigns in the midsection. Big E claps, and the crowd chants, “New Day Sucks.” Big E connects with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Big E continues clapping, and the audience continues chanting. Big E waits for Reigns to get up before connecting with a second belly-to-belly overhead suplex for a two count. Woods is tagged in, and he hits a slingshot elbow drop for a two count. Woods taunts the crowd, and Reigns punches him in the midsection. Woods connects with a quick neckbreaker for a two count. Kingston is tagged in, and he comes off the second rope with a punch to the midsection. A “CM Punk” chant breaks out. Kingston applies a chin lock, but Reigns powers up. Kingston whips him down by the hair and tags in Woods. The crowd is now chanting, “We want Randy.” Reigns fights up from a chin lock and throws Woods off. Reigns then clotheslines him down.
Orton and Kingston are tagged in. Orton hits a pair of clotheslines before Kingston catches him with a pendulum kick in the corner. Kingston comes off the top rope into a powerslam from Orton. Big E quickly breaks up the pin. Reigns quickly takes Big E out with a Superman Punch. Woods quickly dropkicks Reigns down, and Orton throws Woods out of the ring. Orton kicks Kingston and connects with a hanging DDT off the second rope. Orton then gets the crowd going, and they are absolutely red hot for him. Woods tries to attack Orton, and he’s dropped with an RKO. Orton goes to hit Kingston with an RKO, but Reigns inadvertently spears him. Big E pulls Reigns out of the ring as Kingston pins Orton for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: The New Day
Match Rating: **
Reigns looks completely disappointed with how that went down as The New Day celebrates big time. Orton is still gasping for breath on the mat. Kane makes his way out to the stage to boos from the crowd. Kane says he would like Reigns and Orton’s undivided attention. Kane says, “There is no shame in losing to the WWE Tag Team Champions. If your evening were to end now, you could leave with your heads held high and nothing to be ashamed of… but your evening isn’t ending right now.” Kane says they have a growing dislike for each other and wants to exploit it. In tonight’s main event, Randy Orton will go one-on-one with Roman Reigns! The crowd gives that a nice reception. Kane says, “That’s what’s best for business!”
The commentators talk about the match Kane just booked for the main event.
Kane is seen walking backstage past The New Day, who are still celebrating. Kane shakes his head and keeps walking until he bumps into Seth Rollins and J&J Security. Rollins says Kane actually thinks that’ll make a difference. Kane is like the spoiled rotten kid who was bad all year long trying to be good the night before Christmas to make amends with Santa Claus. What Kane did with Roman and Randy was great, but The Authority is back, and they’ll punish Kane for what he’s done to him. Kane says he was never close with Santa. Instead of leaving milk and cookies out, he sat in the chimney with a blowtorch to roast his chestnuts. Regardless of that, Kane made those matches with Reigns and Orton because that’s what’s best for business, which brings him to Rollins. He can’t let the WWE World Heavyweight Champion do nothing while his opponents are in action. Rollins says that’s what Kane is supposed to do. Kane says last week’s main event on Smackdown was marred by outside interference. Tonight, we’ll have a rematch. It’s Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose. Just so we don’t have a repeat of last week, J&J Security is banned from ringside! Rollins flips out and says Kane was the outside interference last week. Rollins says there’s no point to that match. He’s already beaten Ambrose. The only reason Ambrose is going out there is to hurt him and make sure he’s not 100% for WWE Payback. Kane suggests Rollins could have some limbs tied or his entire body tied to the ring post. Kane says if Rollins says one word, we’ll have a new main event. Rollins angrily grunts and walks off.
Renee Young interviews Ryback in the ring
Renee Young is in the center of the ring, and she introduces Ryback to the ring. Ryback comes out to a lukewarm reception. Replays are shown of Ryback beating Bo Dallas last week on RAW before being attacked by Bray Wyatt. Ryback says Montreal sounds hungry, and they don’t react much aside from a light boo. Renee says he was viciously attacked by Wyatt last week and asks why he would be his target. Ryback says Wyatt made a very stupid decision. The self-proclaimed new face of fear thinks he can scare him. Ryback says he’s no stranger to facing fear, which he’s done all his life. A “Goldberg” chant breaks out, and Ryback says, “The Big Guy loves you too.” Ryback says if you ignore it, they’ll just keep doing it. A big “Feed Me More” chant breaks out now. Ryback says during his career in WWE, he’s had a number of severe injuries, including breaking his ankle in three places. Doctors said he’d never wrestle again. Ryback says he’s faced fear his entire life, but he takes fear and negativity and eats it to turn it into a positive. Ryback wakes up thankful and hungry to succeed and be his best. Ryback is hungry to help others and be a hero to the kids in the audience and at home. Ryback says he wakes up to perform every Monday and chant with the crowd, “Feed Me More.” Ryback says this is why he does what he does. It’s about taking chances and living life. If Wyatt wanted his attention, he’s got it. Wyatt doesn’t scare him, and he never will. Wyatt woke him up, and he’s starving. Ryback says, “Bray Wyatt, talking time is done. It’s feeding time.”
Bray Wyatt’s video flashes on the screen, and he’s seen in an unknown location. Wyatt says this inhuman world makes human monsters. Ryback paints himself as this untouchable force, but he can see beneath the surface that he’s a scared little boy afraid people will see through his façade and expose his failures. It is the fear that molds us all. We fear the dark and the unknown. It causes us to pledge allegiance to higher powers as if they could save you. Wyatt says everything Ryback loves and is afraid to lose is all going to fade away. Wyatt says, “In time, friend, so will you. Run!”
Tyson Kidd and Cesaro w/ Natalya vs. The Ascension
A pre-taped promo with The Ascension is shown. Viktor says Tyson Kidd being married to a Hart doesn’t make him a part of the Hart Dynasty. It makes him a wannabe. Konnor says they’ll rip out their hearts and shove it down their throats. Tonight, Kidd and Cesaro will face the greatest tag team of the future.
The Ascension attacks both Kidd and Cesaro as the bell rings. The referee is distracted as Viktor whips Kidd into a clothesline from Konnor. Viktor and Konnor take turns attacking Kidd before smothering him in the corner. Viktor is tagged in, and he punches Kidd before body slamming him down. Viktor drops a fist for a two count. Viktor applies a chin lock, but Kidd fights up. Viktor clubs him down, and Konnor tags in. Konnor hits a suplex for a two count. Viktor tags back in, and Konnor whips Kidd into a missile dropkick from Viktor. Cesaro breaks up the pin. Konnor tags in, and he body slams Kidd down before missing an elbow drop. Viktor is quickly tagged in, but Kidd gets out of a body slam and tags in Cesaro. Cesaro hits Viktor with a back body drop before big booting Konnor off the apron. Cesaro sends Viktor to the corner and hits multiple running uppercuts (at least ten) before hitting a short-arm clothesline for a two count. Cesaro deadlifts him up for a gutwrench suplex. The crowd gives Cesaro a nice hand. Konnor runs in, and Cesaro clotheslines him over the top rope. Viktor quickly takes Cesaro down with a high knee. Kidd takes Konnor out with a summersault senton through the second rope. Cesaro then catches Viktor with the Cesaro Swing, and Kidd dropkicks him in the head for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
Match Rating: * 1/4
A replay from the turnbuckle camera finally shows something cool as it shows Cesaro hitting the multiple corner whip/uppercut combination on Viktor.
Seth Rollins is seen walking backstage. Renee Young stops him and asks about his reaction to facing Dean Ambrose tonight. Rollins says there is no point to having this match. Secondly, Kane is a moron. This match is next.
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
J&J Security has been banned from ringside. Before the match begins, Kane’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage. Kane says he’d like Rollins to know that he’s taken his sentiments to heart. Per Rollins’ idea, he claimed there was no point to this match. Kane is about to rectify that. If Ambrose beats Rollins, he’ll be added to the Payback match, which will make it a Fatal Four Way Match! Rollins says Kane can’t do that. Last week, we had an App vote, and the WWE Universe voted 78% for that. Ambrose grabs the microphone out of Rollins’ hand and says it’s a great idea. Ambrose asks if anyone has a problem, and the crowd responds that it’s fine. Rollins says it doesn’t matter what anyone in Canada thinks. Kane says he’s overruling Rollins. The match and stipulation are on!
The bell rings, and Ambrose rolls Rollins up for a two count. Ambrose punches away at Rollins before chopping the chest a few times. Ambrose sends him into the ropes, but Rollins holds on and gets out of the ring to recover. Ambrose follows him out and attacks him at ringside. Ambrose chops the chest, but Rollins kicks him in the midsection. Rollins punches him in the midsection and goes to throw him into the ring, but Ambrose rebounds and clotheslines him on the floor. Ambrose throws him into the ring and rips at his face. Ambrose kicks him in the back of the head before sending him into the ropes for a back elbow. Ambrose drops a quick elbow for a one count. Ambrose applies a deathlock and rips at his face. Ambrose hits a suplex and floats into the cover for a one count. Rollins elbows him in the face and kicks him in the corner. Rollins puts him in the other corner and punches and elbows him. Rollins hits a snapmare and kicks him in the spine. Rollins stands on the second rope and punches away at him. Ambrose turns him around and wildly punches away at him. Ambrose sends him hard into the corner, and Rollins rolls up the turnbuckle a la Ric Flair or Shawn Michaels (take your pick). Ambrose then chops Rollins down for a two count. Ambrose wrenches the arm, but Rollins punches him in the face. Rollins knees him in the midsection and body slams him before dropping a knee for a one count. Rollins quickly goes to the chin lock, but Ambrose fights up. Rollins pulls him back down and yells at the referee before hitting a short-arm clothesline. Rollins goes back to the chin lock, but Ambrose fights up. Rollins whips him off, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Ambrose then gives Rollins a back body drop out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Ambrose trapped in a neck vice. Ambrose fights up and punches out of it. Ambrose hits an arm drag, but Rollins catches him with a reverse STO into the turnbuckle. Rollins goes to the apron and goes for a springboard flying knee, but Ambrose avoids it. Ambrose boots him in the face and hits a terrific tornado DDT that spikes Rollins on his head! Ambrose is too injured to really capitalize on that.
Ambrose starts punching, jabbing, and chopping away at Rollins before slapping him in the face. Ambrose hits a pair of clotheslines followed by a running forearm in the corner followed by a bulldog. Ambrose goes to the top rope and misses a flying knee. Rollins gets out of the ring, and Ambrose takes him out with a suicide dive. A “Holy sh!t” chant breaks out. Ambrose puts Rollins in the ring and goes for a rebound clothesline, but Rollins ducks. Ambrose ducks a spin kick and hits a wheelbarrow sit-out face-buster for a near fall! The crowd chants, “This is awesome.” Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Rollins twists out and goes for a turnbuckle powerbomb, but Ambrose counters with a back body drop. Ambrose avoids a splash in the corner and comes off the top rope with a flying elbow for a near fall! An “Olé” chant breaks out. Rollins snaps Ambrose off the top rope and kicks him in the head. Rollins catches him with a springboard flying knee for a near fall! Ambrose looks out of it. Rollins is talking trash to him. Ambrose slaps him in the face, and Rollins superkicks him in the face for another near fall! Rollins cannot believe it and argues with the referee.
Rollins goes for a turnbuckle powerbomb, but Ambrose fights out. They trade punches before Rollins kicks him in the midsection. Ambrose quickly knees him in the midsection and hits him with a clothesline that sends them both over the top rope. Rollins tries to throw him back into the ring, but Ambrose rebounds and goes for a clothesline, which Rollins ducks. Rollins then catches him with a release powerbomb into the barricade! Rollins gets in the ring and wants a count-out as the crowd chants, “Holy sh!t” again! Ambrose slowly gets to his feet and beats the count at nine! Rollins stomps away at him in the corner before hitting a running forearm. Rollins hits the corner, and Ambrose catches him with a running forearm as well! Rollins catches him with a quick enzuigiri, but Ambrose rebounds off the ropes with a clothesline that turns Rollins inside out! Ambrose grabs him, and J&J Security runs down. Ambrose quickly gets them out of the ring and counters a roll-up from Rollins into a roll-up of his own for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: ****
Dean Ambrose is entered into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WWE Payback. It will now be Seth Rollins defending against Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose. Rollins cannot believe what just happened. Ambrose sits at the top of the ramp and laughs before celebrating with the crowd. Rollins is absolutely shaking with anger.
The commentators talk about what just happened and how Kane influenced all these events. Replays are shown of The New Day defeating Randy Orton and Roman Reigns in tag team action. Randy Orton will face Roman Reigns in the main event.
Replays are shown of Dean Ambrose pinning Seth Rollins in a non-title match to be added to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WWE Payback.
Kane is talking on his cellphone in his office when Seth Rollins barges in with J&J Security. Rollins threatens violence against Kane. Kane says the WWE Universe turned the match into a triple threat, and it was Rollins that turned it into a Fatal Four Way when he lost to Dean Ambrose. Maybe Rollins wants him to keep adding people to the match. Maybe seven, eight, or nine? Kane says he knows Rollins is upset, but this is all about making Rollins better. Rollins needs to overcome adversity so he can become the champion that they need him to be. Kane assures him that he has a plan, and he walks off. Rollins scoffs and doesn’t think he actually has a plan.
Byron Saxton is backstage with Lana. Saxton asks how it feels to get such a positive reaction from the WWE Universe. Lana says she doesn’t think about it. Fandango cuts her off and says she has to feel it and let it flow because the ecstasy of the WWE Universe accepting her is euphoric. Fandango then walks off. Rusev walks up and angrily shouts in his native tongue. Rusev will face Fandango, next.
Fandango vs. Rusev w/ Lana
Rusev kicks and punches Fandango down in the corner at the sound of the bell. A “We want Lana” chant breaks out. Rusev hits Fandango with a thrust kick and yells at the audience. Rusev puts him in the corner, but he misses an avalanche. Fandango punches away at him before Rusev knees him in the midsection and throws him over the top rope. Fandango looks at Lana and approaches her. Fandango then gets her to do the “Fandango” dance, which gets a MASSIVE pop from the crowd. Rusev attacks Fandango from behind before he yells at her and sends her to the back. The crowd loudly boos that. Fandango attacks Rusev from behind and sends him into the ring post twice. Fandango puts him in the ring and hits a pair of dropkicks. Fandango chops him in the corner before punching away at him. Rusev pushes him away and hits a vicious thrust kick. Rusev hits three stomps to the spine before applying the Accolade for the win.
Winner by Submission: Rusev
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Randy Orton will face Roman Reigns in tonight’s main event. We’ll take a look at some WWE Tough Enough video submissions, next.
A clip of the E:60 documentary “WWE: Behind The Curtain” is shown. It’ll air tomorrow night on ESPN at 8 PM EST.
The commentators talk about WWE Tough Enough before showing some video submissions. Some are decent, but a lot of them are pretty unimpressive.
R-Truth vs. Stardust
A pre-taped promo is shown with Stardust. Stardust says he was meant to be king, but R-Truth took it away from him. The void will be filled with suffering as he exacts revenge against him. Stardust says he knows exactly how he’ll do it before hissing.
The bell rings, and R-Truth rolls him up for a one count. R-Truth applies a side headlock before wrenching the arm. Stardust elbows him in the face before R-Truth reapplies the side headlock. Stardust whips him off, but R-Truth shoulder blocks him down. R-Truth goes for a suplex, but Stardust counters into a front suplex. Stardust caws before grabbing a black bag with stars on it. R-Truth punches him away and goes for the bag. Stardust attacks him and hits a Russian leg sweep before doing a cartwheel. Stardust stomps him before angrily looking at the crowd. The crowd chants, “Cody,” which angers him. R-Truth punches him back before hitting the ropes. They then take each other out with a sloppy double cross-body block. The crowd is looking at something else and cheering. R-Truth clotheslines him and hits a jumping heel kick. R-Truth kicks him in the midsection and hits a sit-out front suplex for a near fall. R-Truth stares at the bag in the corner and picks it up. R-Truth elbows him back. R-Truth opens the bag and rubber spiders fall out. R-Truth freaks out and is pinned by Stardust.
Winner by Pinfall: Stardust
Match Rating: -*
R-Truth acts like the spiders are all over him and runs off screaming. Stardust laughs and stares at the spiders.
John Cena will have an open challenge for the WWE United States Championship, next. A preview is shown of “Roman Reigns: Never Alone,” part of the WWE 24 series on the WWE Network. That will premiere exclusively on the WWE Network after RAW.
The contract signing for the WWE Payback Fatal Four Way match will take place this Thursday on Smackdown.
John Cena’s music hits, and he makes his way to the stage with the WWE United States Championship. The crowd loudly sings, “John Cena sucks” to the tune of his theme song. They continue singing it even after the song is turned down. Cena goes to speak, but he can’t get a word in. Cena puts the title on his shoulder and says, “I quit.” The crowd loudly cheers that. Cena says those words have meaning now. An “Olé” chant now breaks out. Cena just looks at the crowd perplexed. Cena says it sounds like there are a lot of people in Montreal who want him to quit, give up, and walk away. A loud “YES” chant breaks out. Cena says, “But you know me. You know I’ve dealt with this type of adversity for years and years and years.” Cena says Montreal knows that he’ll never give up. In two weeks at WWE Payback, he’ll fight Rusev for the last time whether he’s the United States Champion or not. If Rusev can make his quit, he doesn’t deserve a rematch. Another “Olé” chant breaks out. Making him say, “I quit” is more difficult than getting the crowd not to sing. It’s not going to happen. This match at Payback is brutal and punishing (a “Sami Zayn” chant breaks out). Cena says they are a passionate people. That’s the difference between him and Rusev. Rusev just wants to win the title and crush him. Cena says he will not go quietly into the night. Cena asks the crowd if their backs are against the wall and someone puts a microphone in their face, will they quit? Cena expertly turns the crowd around with local sports team references. Cena says we fight for what we believe in. Cena says he’s proud of this championship and is proud to be known as the man who never gives up. In two weeks, he’ll proudly say, “The Champ is here!”
Cena says the champ is here right now. Judging by the noise, Montreal is the place to be. Cena says he is the man to beat, and the crowd boos that. The John Cena US Open Challenge officially starts now. Cena says, “You want some? Come get some!”
Bret Hart’s music hits, and the WWE Hall of Famer makes his way to the ring to a massive reception! Hart stands in the ring, and the crowd showers him with applause. Hart says he’s here for one reason: he’s here to introduce a great wrestler. Hart goes to say who it is… but Heath Slater’s music hits. Slater comes out to the stage, and the crowd boos him. Slater says he will not let his moment to become the United States Champion get stepped on again, especially here in Montreal. Slater says in the United States, they refer to Montreal as incompetent. First, Slater got an RKO out of nowhere. Then Rusev wanted to attack him from behind out of nowhere. Slater gets in the ring and says he’s sick and tired of getting attacked out of nowhere! Hart clocks him in the head with the microphone, and Slater goes down like a sack of potatoes. Hart says he’s here to introduce a hometown boy from Montreal, Canada. Hart says he can’t wait to see Cena face one of NXT’s hottest superstars: Sami Zayn! The crowd absolutely explodes! Zayn comes to the ring and shakes hands with Hart. Hart shakes hands with Cena and gets out of the ring.
WWE United States Championship Match
John Cena (c) vs. Sami Zayn
We join the match in progress, and Zayn dropkicks Cena out of the ring. Zayn goes for a plancha, but Cena moves. Zayn bounces off the ropes and lands on his feet in the center of the ring. Cena gets back in the ring, and an “Olé” chant breaks out. Cena connects with a back suplex for a two count. Cena applies a chin lock, but Zayn fights up. Cena connects with a second back suplex for another two count. Cena gives Zayn room to get back to his feet. A doctor comes into the ring and checks on Zayn’s left shoulder. Zayn stretches the shoulder and continues the match. Zayn sidesteps Cena and frustrates him. Cena kicks and punches him in the corner as the crowd boos. Cena punches him before hitting the ropes, but Zayn catches him with a clothesline before shaking his left arm. Zayn punches away at him before sending him into the ropes. Cena ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of shoulder tackles followed by a back suplex powerbomb. The crowd boos Cena as he goes for a 5 Knuckle Shuffle, but Zayn surprises him with a roll-up for a two count. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Zayn holds the top rope. Zayn catches him with a back elbow and a cross-body block for a two count. Cena rolls out of the ring to recover. Zayn hits the ropes and takes Cena out with a flipping senton to the floor!
Zayn puts Cena in the ring, and Cena catches him with the STF. Zayn claws his way to the bottom rope to break the hold. Zayn quickly comes back with a reverse STO followed by the Koji Clutch! Cena powers out and rolls over before coming up with Zayn on his shoulders. Zayn gets out and rolls him up for a two count. Rusev and Lana are seen watching backstage. Zayn goes back to his shoulder and rubs it. Zayn hits the ropes, and Cena floors him with a clothesline. Cena goes for the AA, but flips, but lands on his tailbone. They hit the ropes and take each other out with a double clothesline. Cena rolls out of the ring to recover. Zayn rolls out of the ring as well. Zayn charges, dives through the bottom and middle turnbuckle, and plants Cena on the floor with a tornado DDT! Zayn deadlifts an unconscious Cena into the ring and gets in. Cena immediately pops up and catches him with the AA for a near fall! Cena gets in the referee’s face and cannot believe he kicked out! Cena gets Zayn to his feet and sends him into the ropes. Zayn springboards over Cena and connects with the Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall! The crowd chants, “This is awesome!” They slowly get to their feet, and Zayn punches him. Cena punches back harder, ducks a clothesline, and hits a springboard stunner. Cena follows up with an AA for the win.
Winner and still WWE United States Champion: John Cena
Match Rating: ***
Zayn is down in the corner clutching his shoulder. Cena extends his hand and pulls Zayn up. They shake hands, and Cena raises Zayn’s arm for the crowd. The crowd gives Zayn a tremendous show of gratitude, and Cena leaves the ring to allow him to soak it in. Zayn stands in the ring, and the crowd gives him a standing ovation.
The commentators talk about how Sami Zayn will face Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship in two weeks at the upcoming NXT special on the WWE Network. They then plug the WWE Network and its lineup of shows.
Replays are shown of Roman Reigns accidentally spearing Randy Orton during their tag team match against The New Day earlier in the night, which cost them the match. Orton and Reigns will face each other in the main event.
The Bella Twins are walking backstage. They walk by The New Day, who are still celebrating their victory. The Bella Twins will be out, next.
Renee Young is backstage hoping to get a word with Sami Zayn, but The New Day comes up. Kofi Kingston can’t believe she’d want to talk to anyone but them. They were victorious once again. They then sing, “Victorious.” Xavier Woods says The New Day is shining. Big E says the whole world will sing with them, “New Day Rocks!” Cesaro and Tyson Kidd walks up to them. Cesaro can’t believe Woods has a PhD and can’t hear the crowd say, “New Day Sucks!” Natalya says they only won because Roman and Randy hate each other. Tyson Kidd says everyone on Planet Earth hates them. Woods calls Kidd a “catastrophe of a Canadian.” Big E says their negativity won’t keep them down. Kidd agrees with the fact that “New Day sucks!” Cesaro, Kidd, and Natalya chant that as The New Day walks off.
The Bella Twins make their way to the ring, but Naomi and the returning Tamina Snuka attack them from behind! Naomi holds Nikki up, and Tamina superkicks her! Tamina picks Brie up, and Naomi slaps her before hitting a step-up enzuigiri on the floor! The crowd loudly boos them. Naomi grabs a microphone and says their reign of dominance over the Divas Division is over. Naomi says, “This is what family is all about!” Naomi is related to Tamina through her marriage to Jimmy Uso. Someone says to Naomi as she’s leaving, “No one wants to hear you,” and she responds with, “Well ya just did!” Replays are shown of the vicious attack by Naomi and Tamina.
Still photos are shown of the King of the Ring Tournament Finals between Bad News Barrett and Neville. Neville lost after eating a Bull Hammer from Bad News Barrett.
King Barrett is introduced to the ring, and he comes out to the ring with a crowd, cape, and a scepter. Barrett says, “Hear ye, hear ye. Gather round, ya filthy commoners. What a week for the royal family! The birth of Princess Charlotte and the crowning of King Barrett!” Barrett says he’ll be ruling his kingdom with an iron fist. Woe will be on anyone who disobeys his law because they will be dealt with a Bull Hammer. Barrett tells the crowd to get used to these next four words because they’ll be hearing it forever: “All hail King Barrett!” Barrett will team with Sheamus to face Neville and Dolph Ziggler, next.
Sheamus’ right eye has a green bruise from the four stitches he received during a brawl with Dolph Ziggler at the King of the Ring Tournament special on the WWE Network.
Bad News Barrett and Sheamus vs. Neville and Dolph Ziggler
A pre-taped promo is shown with Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler says King Barrett and his court jester Sheamus are running around being bullies, but he didn’t see Sheamus smiling when he dotted his eye last week.
Barrett will start the match against Ziggler. Sheamus throws a punch at Ziggler from the apron. Ziggler throws a punch at Sheamus, and Barrett quickly takes him down. Barrett puts him in the corner and stomps him. Barrett lays him across the top rope in the corner and clubs him before taunting the crowd. Barrett then kicks him in the ribs for a two count. Barrett taunts Neville before kneeing Ziggler in the midsection. Barrett sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Ziggler then drops him with a big spike DDT. Sheamus goes to get in the ring, but Neville joins Ziggler’s side to keep him back. Barrett is outside trying to recover.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler trapped in a chin lock applied by Sheamus. It’s 10:50 PM EST, and we still have the main event to go. Ziggler fights up and punches out. Ziggler punches and kicks him down before running into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Sheamus shouts, “Are you not entertained?” Sheamus talks a little trash to Ziggler before blocking a right hand. Ziggler then superkicks him down. Barrett and Neville are tagged in. Neville springboards over him, slides through his legs, ducks a clothesline, and hits a head-scissor takeover that sends him from the ring. Neville then takes him out with a twisting senton to the floor, and he sticks the landing! Neville puts him in the ring and springboards off the top rope with a missile dropkick. Neville connects with a standing shooting star press for a near fall. Barrett reverses a whip, but Neville attempts to catch him with a slingshot. Barrett kicks him in the ribs and goes for the Bull Hammer, but Neville ducks it. Neville hits a step-up enzuigiri and hits a German Suplex for a near fall.
Ziggler runs in to stop Sheamus from attacking. Ziggler spears him out of the ring. Sheamus then body slams him into the timekeeper’s area. In the ring, Neville sidesteps an avalanche in the corner and kicks Barrett in the face. Neville goes to the apron and dropkicks Sheamus down. Neville jumps off the top rope into a Bull Hammer for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Bad News Barrett and Sheamus
Match Rating: * 1/2
Bad News Barrett puts his crown on and grabs his scepter. Barrett and Sheamus pose on the turnbuckles.
The commentators plug the WWE:24 documentary “Roman Reigns: Never Alone.” Reigns’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring for the main event. Randy Orton is out next, and the main event is next.
Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton
Orton and Reigns are squaring off ready to go, but Kane’s music hits. Kane comes out dressed to compete with Seth Rollins and J&J Security flanking him. Jamie Noble takes a microphone and stands on the commentary table. Noble says the special guest ring announcer is him, the secret weapon of The Authority. The special guest timekeeper (Noble says “bell keeper”) is Joey Mercury. Kane is the special enforcer. The future, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins is the guest commentator. Michael Cole says, “Thank you, Mayor of Munchkin City.”
The bell rings, and Reigns points at The Authority at ringside. Reigns tries to talk strategy, but Orton goes for an RKO. Reigns pushes him off and shakes his head. Reigns kicks and punches him. Orton punches back, but Reigns punches him to the ropes. Orton reverses a whip and gives him a back elbow. Reigns punches back at him and sends him to the opposite corner, but Orton pops out with a clothesline. Orton stares at Rollins and the rest of his cohorts. Orton attacks Reigns, but Reigns catches him with a Samoan Drop. Reigns stomps him a few times before throwing him out of the ring. Orton kicks him at ringside and gives him a back suplex on the barricade. Jamie Noble distracts Orton, and Reigns punches away at him. Reigns then floors Noble with a right hand. Orton then clotheslines Reigns down as Kane and Mercury get Noble to his feet. Orton slams Reigns against the barricade before giving him an uppercut. Orton throws him into the ring and stares at Kane and J&J Security. Kane talks a little trash before Orton gets in the ring.
Reigns catches Orton with a leaping clothesline. Reigns picks him up, and Orton punches away at him. Reigns stops him with a right hand before hitting the ropes, but Orton floors him with a clothesline. Orton hits a second clothesline, ducks one, and goes for a powerslam, but Reigns hangs on to the ropes. Orton runs into a back elbow, and Reigns goes for a Samoan Drop, but Orton counters into his patented backbreaker. Orton goes for a hanging DDT, but Reigns snaps him off the top rope. Reigns stares at Rollins before hitting Orton with an apron dropkick. Reigns stares at Rollins before setting up in the corner. The crowd lightly boos him. This match is missing a lot of heat. Orton sidesteps a Superman Punch and connects with a powerslam. Orton connects with a hanging DDT and gets the crowd going a bit with a pose. Orton drops down and goes for an RKO, but Reigns pushes him off and connects with a Superman Punch. The crowd boos this. Orton rolls out of the ring to recover. Reigns goes for an over-the-top-rope dive, but Kane grabs his leg.
Match Rating: *
Kane pulls Reigns out of the ring and attacks him. Rollins, Kane, and J&J Security beat Orton down at ringside before Reigns stops them with an over-the-top-rope dive. Rollins quickly grabs Reigns and sends him into the ring post. Rollins throws Orton into the ring. Orton tries to fight them off, but he’s overwhelmed. Dean Ambrose’s music hits, and he runs down to the ring to a huge reception! Ambrose, Orton, and Reigns clear the ring of Kane and J&J Security. Rollins is in the ring with all three of them, and he looks terrified. He tries to run out, but he runs into a spear from Reigns! Orton then drops Reigns with an RKO! Orton talks a little trash before Ambrose turns him around and connects with Dirty Deeds! Ambrose celebrates with the crowd as the show ends!
Quick Match Results
The New Day def. Randy Orton and Roman Reigns (non-title)
Tyson Kidd and Cesaro def. The Ascension
Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins (non-title; Ambrose added to Payback WWE Title Match)
Rusev def. Fandango via Submission
Stardust def. R-Truth
John Cena def. Sami Zayn to retain the WWE United States Championship
Bad News Barrett and Sheamus def. Neville and Dolph Ziggler
Roman Reigns NC Randy Orton
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