WWE Monday Night RAW Results
September 21, 2015
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Wyatt Family’s video flashes on the screen, and they make their way to the ring. The entire arena is illuminated by the fireflies as Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and JBL welcome us to the show. They talk about Chris Jericho being the mystery partner of Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in a losing effort last night at WWE Night Of Champions. Wyatt gets on the microphone and says he tried to warn Roman Reigns with his words, but apparently he didn’t speak loud enough. Wyatt says they weren’t able to hit hard enough. Reigns was a fool if he thought he could outrun his destiny. Last night at Night Of Champions, he reached up to Mount Olympus, grabbed the golden idol by the throat, and brought him to his knees. Wyatt says Reigns should have listened when he said they all fall down.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring through the crowd to a nice reception from the crowd. Reigns is all by himself against The Wyatt Family as he enters the ring. Reigns stares at them as a light “Roman Reigns” chant breaks out. Reigns says it’s not just about him. It’s about him and Bray Wyatt. It’s always been about them. Reigns says it started here, so they should finish it here. Reigns tells Wyatt to send his family back to the swamp and see who makes it out of Laredo tonight. Wyatt thinks about it before saying Reigns doesn’t deserve another chance. Reigns asks if Wyatt is saying in front of the whole world that he’s scared to go one-on-one with him. Reigns says they don’t need a referee. They should just fight. Reigns drops the microphone as Wyatt smirks. Wyatt whispers into the ears of Luke Harper and Braun Strowman. They clear the ring.
Reigns punches Harper as he gets off the apron before unloading on Wyatt. Wyatt reverses a whip into the ropes, but Reigns takes him out with a leaping clothesline. Reigns hits a release suplex before clubbing him in the corner nine times before connecting with a short-arm clothesline. The crowd is not red hot at all for this. Wyatt comes back with some punches before charging into a Superman Punch. Reigns starts punching Wyatt before Harper and Strowman run in. Reigns punches Harper down before Strowman grabs him by the head and slams him down. Dean Ambrose’s music hits, and he runs down to the ring. Ambrose ducks a clothesline from Strowman, gets in the ring, ducks a clothesline from Harper, and takes Harper out with a running cross-body followed by some punches. Ambrose dropkicks Strowman off the apron before connecting with a suicide dive, but Strowman doesn’t go down. Ambrose tries again and punches away at him, but Strowman doesn’t go down. Strowman takes him down with a club to the back. Reigns attacks Strowman, but Strowman overpowers him. Ambrose jumps on his back, but Strowman slams him off. Wyatt and Strowman attack Reigns as Ambrose sends Harper into the barricade. The crowd starts chanting for “Y2J.”
Strowman sends Ambrose into the steel steps as Harper puts Reigns in the ring. Harper applies a body scissor when Randy Orton’s music hits. Orton runs down and takes Wyatt down with a Thesz Press. Orton punches Harper down before hitting Wyatt with a powerslam. Orton throws Harper out of the ring before being pulled out. Orton comes back by giving Harper a back suplex on the commentary table. Orton punches away at Strowman before being head-butted back. Strowman puts Orton in the ring and grabs him. Ambrose stuns him with a missile dropkick. Orton sends him back a little more with a dropkick. Then Reigns sends him out of the ring with a Superman Punch. Wyatt is stunned as Strowman stumbles around at ringside holding his mouth.
Seth Rollins’ long night at WWE Night Of Champions is recapped. Rollins was forced to defend the WWE United States Championship and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in back to back matches. Rollins lost the US Title to John Cena before retaining the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Sting. Sheamus attempted to cash in, but Kane made his return and attacked both Sheamus and Rollins.
Seth Rollins is standing outside The Authority’s office before walking in. Rollins is stunned as he sees Kane in the office unmasked and smiling while drinking coffee. Rollins asks what he’s doing here after what he did to him last night. Kane doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Kane says he’s been recuperating since someone broke his ankle a few months ago. Rollins says Brock Lesnar broke his ankle and apologizes for what he did after. Kane says he doesn’t begrudge him that. Rollins asks where Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are. Kane says they have yet to arrive. Rollins says he feels like he should wait for them. Kane says he’s arranged for his rematch for the WWE United States Championship against John Cena to take place tonight. Rollins looks totally confused and walks out as Kane shouts, “You’re the man, Seth! Go get ‘em!”
The Cosmic Wasteland vs. Neville and The Lucha Dragons
This is a rematch from the Night Of Champions Kickoff Show. Konnor is sporting a Kane-like contact in one eye. Konnor will start against Sin Cara. They lock up, and Konnor wrenches the arm. Cara twists through, but Konnor quickly clubs him down. Konnor sends him to the apron before running into a kick. Cara goes for a springboard move, but he crashes and burns in a classic Botchamania clip. Stardust tags in and stomps Cara. Viktor tags in, and he stomps Cara as well. The crowd chants, “Cody.” Viktor uppercuts Cara down for a one count. Konnor is tagged back in, and he stomps him for a two count. Konnor applies a chin lock and knees him in the midsection as he fights up. Stardust taunts the crowd from the apron. Konnor chokes Cara with his boot before head-butting him back. Stardust is tagged in, and he stomps Cara down before doing a cartwheel. Stardust kicks Cara before attempting an Alabama Slam, but Cara rolls through and tags in Neville.
Neville kicks away at Stardust before dropkicking him in the head. Neville takes The Ascension out with a double dropkick before doing a slingshot over Stardust. Neville does two quick flips to the corner before booting Stardust in the face. Neville goes to the top rope, but he jumps off to avoid Viktor interfering. Stardust then takes Neville out with the Disaster Kick.
We come back from the break to see Stardust drop a knee on Neville. During the commercial, Viktor viciously slammed him down. Viktor is tagged in, and he puts Neville in the corner. Konnor tags in, and he splashes Neville in the corner. Konnor applies a chin lock and sends him into the ropes, but Neville catches him with a roll-up. Viktor tags in and drops a fist for a two count. Neville fights up, but Viktor quickly punches him down for a near fall. Stardust tags in and comes off the top rope with a club to the arm. Stardust applies an inverted Gory Special before getting out. Neville avoids a splash in the corner and tries to make a tag, but Viktor is tagged in to stop him. Viktor knocks Cara off the apron before Neville tags in Kalisto.
Kalisto comes off the top rope with a cross-body block. Kalisto kicks Konnor in the head before kicking Viktor in the head. Stardust grabs him and sends him into the ropes, but Kalisto springboards off the ropes with a big kick. Kalisto takes Konnor out with a springboard twisting elbow. Kalisto then gets Konnor out of the ring with a big kick before Cara takes him out with a suicide dive. Neville tries to take Stardust over the top rope with a cross-body block, but Stardust doesn’t follow him over. Kalisto dropkicks him out of the ring before taking Konnor out with Salida del Sol for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Neville and The Lucha Dragons
Match Rating: *
John Cena will defend his newly won WWE United States Championship against Seth Rollins in a rematch from WWE Night Of Champions later tonight.
Seth Rollins is limping backstage when he bumps into Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Rollins asks where they’ve been before asking if they know what’s happening. Rollins asks why they reinstated Kane as the Director of Operations. Triple H asks what he’s talking about. Rollins says Kane is in their office saying he’s the Director of Operations. Kane invoked his rematch against John Cena for tonight. Rollins says they have to talk to Kane. Triple H tells him to relax. If what he’s saying is true and he’s facing John Cena tonight, he should focus on winning back the WWE United States Championship. Stephanie tells him to focus on winning the title, and they’ll worry about Kane.
Still photos are shown of Kevin Owens defeating Ryback to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship last night at WWE Night Of Champions. Owens raked the eyes to get the advantage at the end of the match.
Ryback makes his entrance to the ring. He’ll be in action, next.
Ryback vs. Bo Dallas
Before this match begins, Kevin Owens’ music hits. The new WWE Intercontinental Champion makes his way to the ring as Ryback stares at him. Owens takes a seat at the commentary table. Bo Dallas congratulates Owens on becoming the new Intercontinental Champion. Dallas says Ryback didn’t lose the title because he didn’t Bolieve. Ryback Bolieved he was better than Kevin Owens, but he never will be. Dallas says, “Bolieve me.”
The bell rings, and Ryback quickly powers him to the corner and hits some shoulder thrusts. Ryback chops the chest before sending him to the opposite corner for a splash. Ryback throws him across this ring. Dallas punches back at him before Ryback mauls him down. Ryback hits a vicious body slam before dropping a knee. Ryback hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex before looking at Owens. Dallas punches back at him before being annihilated by a shoulder tackle. Ryback connects with a suplex for a one count. Dallas goes to the apron to recover, but Ryback grabs him. Dallas snaps him off the top rope before hitting a clothesline. Dallas knees away at him before hitting the ropes for a boot to the face. Dallas picks up a one count. Dallas applies a chin lock and keeps Ryback grounded. Ryback fights up and hits a military press. Ryback connects with a spinebuster and gets the crowd going. Ryback hits a nasty Meat Hook Clothesline followed by Shell Shocked for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Ryback
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Owens immediately attacks Ryback as the crowd boos him. Owens sends him into the ropes, but Ryback takes him out with a clothesline. Ryback goes for Shell Shocked, but Owens slides off, grabs his title, and retreats from the ring.
Charlotte’s Divas Championship Celebration takes place, next.
Charlotte celebrates winning the WWE Divas Championship
Ric Flair’s music hits, and the legendary “Nature Boy” makes his way to the ring to a great pop from the crowd. Flair grabs a microphone and asks if he looks like a happy and proud father. Flair asks if he’s had fun in Laredo before. The crowd responds in the affirmative. Flair says there are times in a man’s life when things happen that are so special. A “Thank you, Ric” chant breaks out. Flair thanks the crowd. Flair continues by saying the first time you walk down the ramp and look at 10,000 people is special. Then you fall in love… maybe four times like he did. Flair said the proudest moment of his entire life is not his World Championship win in 1981 or his match against Shawn Michaels when he retired. His proudest moment was last night when his little girl won the Divas Championship. Flair said she didn’t get it because of him. She bled, sweat, cried, and paid the price. She beat a great champion in Nikki Bella. Flair then introduces his little girl, the Divas Champion, Charlotte.
Charlotte makes her way to the ring with Paige and Becky Lynch by her side. Flair holds the ropes open for Charlotte to enter the ring. Flair and Charlotte let out a “Woo!” Charlotte says she has to compose herself since she and her dad tend to cry when they’re in the ring together. Charlotte says since she was a little girl, she remembers sitting where the people sat and wanting to be him when she grew up. She says if she can make him half as proud as she is of him, she’s doing a good job. She says she loves her father, and they embrace. Charlotte says since the Diva Revolution, teaming up with Becky Lynch and Paige has been a dream of hers since day one. She’s always wanted to win the Divas Championship. In the process, she gained two best friends. Charlotte thanks Becky for always being there for her. As for Paige, they started at NXT together. Paige was the first NXT Women’s Champion. She’s followed in her footsteps ever since. Paige tries to take the microphone, but Charlotte won’t let her. Charlotte says she always wanted to be like Paige.
Paige grabs the microphone and says Charlotte is so nice. This is all so nice. Charlotte won the championship yesterday, and this whole celebration is for her. Paige says they need to think about who made this all possible. Paige says she’s that person. Paige mocks Charlotte for her interaction with Flair. Paige says Charlotte is acting like she was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Paige says she won the title on her first day. Title reigns end, and Nikki will get her rematch. They’ll take the title back, and the Divas Division will go back to where it was. There is no revolution. Charlotte is just a placeholder. Paige tells Becky to back off. Paige says Becky is the least relevant of all of them. As for Team B.A.D., they’re all flash and no substance. Summer and Lana are too busy thinking about who they’ll climb on than the Divas Division. As for Natalya, does she even work here? As for The Bella Twins, we all know the real reason they’re here. Paige says Charlotte wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her old man. Becky holds Charlotte back as Paige walks off.
The Bella Twins’ music hits, and Team Bella makes their way to the ring. Nikki Bella says Paige described her wrong, but that’s expected off a classless woman. Nikki welcomes Charlotte to her world. Everyone becomes jealous of her. Nikki says Charlotte looks like she can’t handle it. Nikki says it doesn’t get any easier. In fact, starting tonight it’s not going to be easy because she’ll lose to her sister. When they have their rematch, she’ll lose the Divas Championship as well. Nikki wishes Charlotte luck.
Charlotte w/ Becky Lynch vs. Brie Bella w/ Nikki Bella and Alicia Fox
We join the match in progress. Brie executes a headlock takeover and keeps the headlock applied. Charlotte fights up, but Brie takes her down with a shoulder block. Brie mocks Ric Flair as Charlotte kips up. Charlotte rolls Brie up for a one count. Charlotte knees Brie in the face, but Brie comes back with a boot. Brie connects with a missile dropkick for a two count. Brie puts her in the corner before Charlotte fights back. Brie looks to have a bloody lip. They awkwardly mill about for a moment before they wind up at ringside and Brie sends her into the steel steps. Charlotte comes back with a shoulder. Brie gives her some shoulder thrusts in the corner before yanking at the knee that was injured last night. Charlotte tries to fight back with a roll-up for a two count. Brie quickly goes to a leglock before letting go to kick away at the knee. Brie taunts the crowd dropkicking Charlotte. Brie wraps the leg around the bottom rope and kicks it. Brie repeats the move for a two count. Charlotte fights back and goes for a body slam, but Brie slides off and chop blocks her for a near fall. Brie then goes to a single leg crab. Charlotte fights up and connects with an enzuigiri.
Charlotte catches her with a backslide pin for a two count. Charlotte blocks a kick and chops her. Charlotte hits a modified neckbreaker followed by a spear. Charlotte grabs the leg, lets out a “Woo,” and applies the Figure Eight for the win.
Winner by Submission: Charlotte
Match Rating: 3/4 *
John Cena will defend his WWE United States Championship against Seth Rollins in the main event.
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry
A light “You look stupid” chant breaks out. Sheamus shoves Henry, and Henry shoves him back. Henry grabs him by the arm and clubs him before clotheslining him down. Sheamus quickly gets out of the ring to recover. Sheamus gets in the ring and kicks and clubs Henry a few times. Henry hits a body slam before clotheslining him out of the ring. Sheamus pounds the mats in frustration. Henry grabs him, but Sheamus snaps him off the top rope. Sheamus goes for the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán, but Henry blocks it. Henry brings him into the ring the hard way before going for a powerslam. Sheamus slides off and completely whiffs a Brogue Kick. Sheamus sets up in the corner and hits another Brogue Kick to crickets for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Sheamus
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Sheamus says that as far as he’s concerned, he is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. It’s just a matter of time. Sheamus holds up the Money in the Bank briefcase as his music plays.
Dolph Ziggler and The Dudley Boyz will face Rusev and The New Day later tonight.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon walk into their office to see Kane. Kane says his leg is all healed up and it’s great to be back at work. Triple H starts to talk, and Kane sheepishly asks if they’re mad he made the match with Cena and Rollins. Triple H says it’s huge and awesome, but they haven’t heard from Kane since he got hurt. Triple H says Kane showed up last night, but Kane doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Stephanie says if he wants to play mind games with Seth, that’s fine, but he shouldn’t play with them. Kane says he would never do that. Kane says he only wants to do what’s best for business. Stephanie says there’s a way for them to get on the same page. Stephanie says they’ll all be on the same page. She just needs one thing. She needs him to give it back. Stephanie puts out her hand, and Kane slaps a five. Stephanie asks for his mask. Kane asks what mask she’s talking about. Stephanie points to the empty case, and Kane says the last time he saw it, he gave it to her. Kane says he can understand that they’ll have a big problem since they’ve lost it. Kane then smiles and says he’ll find it before walking off. Triple H and Stephanie look confused.
Paige is in the back when Natalya walks up to her. Natalya says if anyone knows how it feels to be left out, it’s her. Natalya says she acted totally unprofessional. Paige says Natalya hasn’t even been around so who is she to tell her anything. Natalya says she still works her, and she has a match against Naomi. As a friend, she wants to tell Paige that the only person standing in her way is herself.
The New Day make their entrance. Xavier Woods is walking gingerly after going through the table last night. They’ll be in action, next.
Xavier Woods looks like he’s going to cry as the crowd lightly chants, “New Day Sucks.” Woods holds up a bag with a table fragment in it. Woods says when the Dudley Boyz put him through a table, the WWE medical team had to remove it from his buttocks. Kofi Kingston says Woods is hurt. How many people must suffer before they say enough? The Dudley Boyz are a menace to society and must be stopped. Big E says they need to build a wall around Dudleyville. It has to be a strong, high, and beautiful wall. The wall will protect their laws, values, and furniture. Woods says the wall keep the Dudley’s away from them and their tables. Kingston says everyone has a voice. That means the crowd can help them. Together, they can make WWE great again. Together, they can save the tables. They start a “Save The Tables” chant.
The New Day and Rusev vs. The Dudley Boyz and Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler will start the match against Kofi Kingston. They circle the ring and lock up. They exchange holds before giving a clean break. They lock up again, and Ziggler applies a side headlock. Kingston takes him down with an overhead wristlock. Ziggler fights up, and Kingston sends him into the ropes. Ziggler hits a shoulder block before hitting the ropes. Kingston leapfrogs him a few times before Ziggler goes for a roll-up. Ziggler counters a monkey flip by landing on his feet. Ziggler then hits a monkey flip. D-Von Dudley is tagged in, and he clubs Kingston. D-Von hits a body slam before dropping a leg. D-Von punches away at him before Kingston fights back. Kingston sends him to the corner, but D-Von moves. D-Von then hits a neckbreaker off the second rope. Bubba Ray Dudley is tagged in. Big E is also tagged in. The Dudley Boyz hit Big E with 3D II. The Dudley Boyz and Ziggler clear the ring as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler dropkick and splash Big E. Woods gets on the apron and plays the trombone. Ziggler then eats a clothesline. Rusev is tagged in, and he stomps away at Ziggler. Rusev punches Ziggler in the corner. The New Day take turns tagging in as Woods plays scales on the trombone. Kingston then gives Ziggler a dropkick. Woods plays Rusev’s theme as he suplexes Ziggler and drops a head-butt for a near fall. Ziggler fights up, but Rusev grounds him with a back elbow. Ziggler tries to make a tag, but Rusev stops him. Big E is tagged in, and he attacks Ziggler. Big E taunts The Dudley’s before applying an abdominal stretch. Ziggler fights out and connects with a famouser. Kingston is tagged in, and he stops Ziggler from making a tag. Kingston punches away at Ziggler before knocking Bubba off the apron. Kingston continues attacking Ziggler for a two count. Kingston applies a chin lock, but Ziggler fights up. Kingston takes Ziggler out with a dropkick for a near fall. Rusev is tagged in, and he sandwiches Ziggler with Big E. Rusev talks trash to Ziggler before kicking him in the ribs. Rusev screams that Lana belongs to him. Ziggler then sidesteps a splash in the corner. The crowd is completely dead. Ziggler lays Rusev out with a big DDT.
Bubba and Kingston are tagged in. Bubba hits a shoulder tackle and a clothesline. Bubba hits a big back body drop before splashing him in the corner. Big E tries to interfere, but Bubba clotheslines him off the apron. Bubba ducks a clothesline and hits a nasty sidewalk slam. Bubba sends him to the corner and ducks a springboard move. Bubba then hits a one-armed slam for a near fall broken up by Big E. Bubba big boots Big E down. Rusev is tagged in, and Bubba takes him out with a right hand. D-Von is tagged in, and they hit a double-team suplex. Ziggler is tagged in, and they hit “Wassup?” Bubba and D-Von clothesline Kingston and Big E out of the ring. Ziggler nearly runs into Woods’ trombone, so he superkicks him off the apron. Rusev then superkicks Ziggler for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The New Day and Rusev
Match Rating: * 1/4
The commentators talk about how The Dudley Boyz will get a WWE Tag Team Championship opportunity against The New Day at the Madison Square Garden show next Saturday on the WWE Network.
Replays are shown of Seth Rollins running into Kane, who had no idea he attacked him last night at Night Of Champions.
John Cena will face Seth Rollins with the WWE United States Championship on the line in tonight’s main event.
Naomi w/ Tamina and Sasha Banks vs. Natalya
They circle the ring, and Naomi shoves her. Natalya applies a side headlock before Naomi whips her off. They leapfrog each other and go for dropkicks before kipping up at the same time. Natalya takes her down with a leg sweep before Naomi gets to the bottom rope. Natalya grabs her, but Naomi kicks her in the face. Naomi kicks her in the chest for a one count. Naomi clubs away at her before slamming her down by the hair for a two count. Paige is seen watching backstage. Naomi applies a chin lock, but Natalya fights up. Naomi hits a running bulldog into the turnbuckle. Naomi does a little dance before Natalya slaps her and rolls her up for a two count. Naomi ducks a clothesline and hits a flipping clothesline for another near fall. Naomi hits a body slam followed by a leg drop for a two count. Naomi chokes her on the second rope before taunting the crowd. Natalya shoves Naomi to the corner and slams her on her backside. Natalya steps on her head and dropkicks her. Natalya hits a discus clothesline and knocks Tamina off the apron. Sasha Banks distracts Natalya. Naomi connects with the Rear View for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Naomi
Match Rating: *
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are talking backstage when Seth Rollins walks in. Rollins asks what their plan is. Stephanie says they think Kane got all his aggression out last night. Kane is ready to get back to his corporate responsibilities. Rollins says Kane is crazy. Kane could slaughter them all. Triple H says they will handle Kane. Triple H advises him to worry about John Cena. Rollins looks defeated and walks off.
Replays are shown of Big Show knocking Cesaro out two weeks ago on RAW.
Big Show vs. Cesaro
Cesaro ducks a clothesline and uppercuts him a few times. Big Show tosses him to the corner, but Cesaro boots him. Cesaro comes off the second rope into a chop. Big Show chops the chest again before sending him hard into the opposite turnbuckle. Big Show hits a body blow and taunts the crowd. Cesaro punches back at Big Show before hitting the ropes. Big Show runs him over with a shoulder block. Big Show hits another body blow before viciously chopping the chest. Big Show puts him in the corner and throws him across the ring. Big Show shouts that this is his ring. The crowd quietly boos him. Big Show chokes him on the second rope before stomping him. Big Show stomps him down in the corner before hitting a Final Cut. Big Show applies a chin lock, but Cesaro fights up. Big Show immediately powers him down and goes for an elbow drop, but Cesaro moves.
Cesaro uppercuts Big Show a few times before hitting a running uppercut in the corner. Cesaro runs into a goozle, but Cesaro dropkicks him out of the ring. Cesaro hits a running uppercut before diving off the commentary table. Big Show catches him and drives him spine-first into the ring post. Cesaro uppercuts Big Show on the apron and goes to suplex him into the ring. Cesaro kicks away at him before trying it again. Big Show doesn’t budge. Cesaro takes a moment to recover before suplexing him into the ring. Cesaro clutches his injured back in pain. The commentators talk about how that hurt Cesaro more than it hurt Big Show. Big Show annihilates Cesaro with a Knockout Punch for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Big Show
Match Rating: *
Big Show grabs a microphone and tells the crowd to boo him all they want. Big Show then invites them to boo him. They barely register a loud boo. Big Show points to Cesaro and says this will be Brock Lesnar next Saturday. Big Show says he’s the greatest giant this business has ever seen. At Survivor Series 2002, he was the first guy to pin Lesnar. Not only did he pin him, he took the WWE Championship from him. They have a long history together. Lesnar knows he can’t stand him. A light “Suplex City” chant breaks out. Big Show says there’s no way his big ass is going there. What’s going to happen is Lesnar is going to sit at home and think Big Show isn’t a challenge. Big Show says he’s been in the business for so long because he’s a threat every time he gets in the ring. When he punches Lesnar in the face on his Go To Hell Tour, he’ll wish he were in Hell. Big Show walks off.
John Cena is backstage preparing for his match against Seth Rollins. That match is next.
Ryback and Dolph Ziggler will face Kevin Owens and Rusev on Thursday Night Smackdown.
Replays are shown of the long brawl that kicked off the show with The Wyatt Family versus Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Randy Orton.
Bray Wyatt’s video flashes on the screen. Luke Harper says Randy Orton hears voices in his head, but he does as well. Wyatt saved him and taught him to learn from his mistakes. Apparently Orton hasn’t. Braun Strowman says he caught a snake once. Strowman says he skinned it and drank its blood. It’s in a better place now. Wyatt says they all fall down. Soon, so will Orton. Wyatt snickers before the video flashes away.
John Cena makes his entrance to the ring. The main event is next.
WWE United States Championship Match
John Cena (c) vs. Seth Rollins
As Lilian Garcia does the in-ring introductions, Rollins blindsides Cena with a clothesline. Rollins stomps away at him before the referee backs him up. Cena says he’s ok, and the referee calls for the bell. Rollins hits a weak clothesline for a two count. Rollins covers again for another two count. Rollins connects with a neckbreaker for another two count. Rollins punches him in the face before choking him on the middle rope for a two count. Rollins punches Cena down before dropping a knee that misses by a mile for a two count. The camera are getting the worst angles tonight. Rollins goes for a Pedigree, but Cena counters out with an STF attempt. Cena pulls Rollins up, and Rollins floors him with an enzuigiri for a two count. Rollins hits Cena with a running forearm for another two count. Rollins backs up and charges into a clothesline. Cena goes for an Attitude Adjustment, but Rollins kicks him in the midsection and connects with a DDT for a near fall. Cena rolls out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Rollins standing over Cena. This is the loudest the crowd has been all night. Rollins applies a chin lock, but Cena gets up with him on his back. Cena drives him into the corner to get out of the hold. Rollins quickly comes back with a Sling Blade for a two count. Rollins punches Cena in the head and staggers him. Rollins applies a side headlock and punches him again. Cena shoves him into the ropes and hits a pair of shoulder tackles followed by a back suplex powerbomb. Cena connects with the 5 Knuckle Shuffle. Rollins quickly rolls out of the ring to try and leave. Cena follows him out and throws him into the ring. Cena goes to the top rope, but Rollins quickly cuts him off and goes for a superplex. Cena fights Rollins off and hits a cross-body block for a near fall. Rollins rolls through and picks up a two count. Rollins kicks him in the midsection and the face for another near fall. Cena goes for an AA, but Rollins rolls him up. Rollin then transitions into an STF! Rollins then changes that into a crossface. Cena powers up and drops Rollins on the apron. Rollins hits a springboard flying knee to the face for a near fall.
Rollins takes a few moments to recover before attempting a Pedigree. Cena counters into a catapult, but Rollins lands on the second rope. Cena quickly gets him with an electric chair facebuster for a near fall. Cena elbows Rollins in the back. They then start trading punches. Cena goes for an AA, but Rollins gets out and goes for a Pedigree. Cena counters into an AA, but Rollins again slides off and attempts a Pedigree. Cena goes for a back body drop, but Rollins lands on his feet. Cena goes for a hurricanrana, but Rollins counters into a turnbuckle powerbomb. Rollins immediately follows up with a sit-out falcon’s arrow for a near fall. Rollins cannot believe Cena kicked out. Rollins sets Cena up in the corner and goes for a Phoenix Splash, but Cena rolls out of the way. Rollins lands on his feet, and Cena quickly catches him in the STF. Rollins claws his way to the bottom rope to break the hold. Rollins stays on the apron to recover. Rollins catches Cena with a kick to the head. Rollins goes to the top rope and connects with a frog splash, but Cena rolls through and connects with an AA for the win.
Winner and still WWE United States Champion: John Cena
Match Rating: ** 3/4
John Cena celebrates his win by giving a sick child his wristbands. Seth Rollins is furious in the ring. Kane appears on the titantron with a cheesy smile. Kane says it’s his first night back. As Director of Operations, he advises him to be the best possible WWE World Heavyweight Champion he can be. Rollins needs to remember there are a lot of people looking to take the title away from him. People who Rollins wouldn’t even imagine in his worst nightmares want the title. Kane makes a menacing face before the video goes away. Kane’s pyro explodes on the stage, and Kane appears in a hole in the ring. Rollins tries to get away from him, but Kane eventually pulls him under the ring. Smoke plumes come out of the hole as JBL correctly says, “This was one weird night.”
Quick Match Results
Neville and The Lucha Dragons def. The Cosmic Wasteland
Ryback def. Bo Dallas
Charlotte def. Brie Bella via Submission (non-title)
Sheamus def. Mark Henry
The New Day and Rusev def. The Dudley Boyz and Dolph Ziggler
Naomi def. Natalya
Big Show def. Cesaro
John Cena def. Seth Rollins to retain the WWE United States Championship
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