Tonight’s WWE Raw’s Pre-show kicks off with Josh Mathews welcoming us as fans file into the FedExForum in Memphis, TN. Mathews is joined by Booker T, Alex Riley and Jimmy Hart. Jimmy says it’s good to be in his hometown and good to be with WWE. Big Show and Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton and Batista is announced for tonight.
The panel hypes Hulk Hogan’s announcement. We go outside to Renee Young. She’s waiting on Hogan to arrive to the building. We go back to the panel to talk about The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. We get a video package. The panel talks more about Lesnar and The Streak as Sin Cara makes his way out for a Superstars match. Alberto Del Rio is out next. The panel talks about the Sheamus vs. Christian rivalry next.
It’s revealed that Christian vs. Sheamus will take place with fans picking the stipulation tonight. We go to Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips on commentary for the Cara vs. Del Rio Superstars match. We go back to the panel for hype on the John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt feud. We come back from a WrestleMania Rewind promo. We also get a promo for the Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan feud and what happened at RAW last week.
More hype from the panel for tonight’s show and WrestleMania. We go back to Renee. She already spoke to Hogan, she says, but he didn’t have much to say about the announcement. Renee stops Sheamus and asks him about the stipulation for his match against Christian. Sheamus says it doesn’t matter because the match will end the same. We go back to more promos. The panel hypes tonight’s main event as Superstars finishes up in the ring. Michael Cole makes his way out to mostly boos. JBL comes out to a big pop and of course, Jerry Lawler comes out to a big hometown pop as the panel wraps up the pre-show. Lawler is wearing a tuxedo t-shirt tonight. The panel gives him a standing ovation. We see Hulk Hogan watching backstage as the pre-show ends.
-Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with Michael Cole welcoming us. We go to the ring and Justin Roberts introduces WrestleMania XXX host Hulk Hogan and out he comes to a big pop.
First Segment: Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with Michael Cole welcoming us. We go to the ring and Justin Roberts introduces WrestleMania XXX host Hulk Hogan and out he comes to a big pop.
Hogan talks about some of his WrestleMania matches against Randy Savage, Andre the Giant and The Ultimate Warrior. Hogan says every time he watches the match with Andre, he gets amped up and when he slams Andre, it gets crazier and the goosebumps go up and down the pythons. Hogan says he has a historic idea. An idea that was so intense, he couldn’t wait to come to RAW to tell all the Hulkamaniacs. Hogan announces an “Over The Top 30-Man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.” The winner will receive an Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy and Hogan shows us a video on the big screen of the trophy. Hogan has one question… whatcha gonna do at WrestleMania XXX when Hulkamania and the memory of Andre the Giant runs wild on you? John Cena’s music hits and out he comes to a very mixed reaction.
Cena says it’s damn good to have Hogan back in WWE. He talks about WrestleMania 3 and how he knew Hulkamania would live forever. Cena does a “whatcha gonna do…” and the fans boo. Cena says he’s going to be the first one to enter his name in the battle royal. The lights go out, the lantern lights up and out comes The Wyatt Family.
Bray Wyatt takes a seat in his rocking chair at ringside. He says pride has always been his favorite sin – it has the power to blind even the strongest men, those who claim to be immortal. Bray mocks Cena and Hogan’s catchphrases. Bray says they are both liars and their foolish pride allows them to prey upon the weak and fill them with hope. Bray says hope is dead, as will be Cena’s legacy. Bray says if Cena looks down at him, he will see an enemy, if he looks up at him, he will see a friend. If he looks straight at him, he will see a God. Bray holds his arms out. Cena says Bray talks some weird stuff. Cena says he sees a homeless man when he looks at Bray, not a God. Cena says he has 2 other bums with him and a rocking chair from Cracker Barrell. Cena tells Bray to prove that he is somebody. Cena tells Hogan he might not be able to make that battle royal. Cena challenges Bray for WrestleMania XXX and says he will get the ass whooping of a lifetime. Bray says it’s all fun and games with Cena until it’s Cena caught in the spider web. Bray drops the mic and The Wyatt Family approaches the ring. Cena and Hogan get ready for a fight with Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. We go to commercial.
First Match: John Cena w/Hulk Hogan vs. Erick Rowan w/Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper
Back from the break and Rowan is in control of Cena. Hogan watches from ringside as Harper and Bray watch from the ramp. Rowan keeps Cena on the mat.Rowan with a big pumphandle backbreaker for a two count.
Cena fights back and leaps but Rowan catches him in mid-air. Rowan with a big fallaway slam as Hogan looks on. Rowan with a splash in the corner. Rowan with another two count. Rowan catches Cena again and ragdolls him in a big bear hug. Cena fights out but Rowan clubs him to the mat. Rowan with a big slam. Cena counters a move and rolls Rowan up for the quick win out of nowhere.
Winner: John Cena
After the match, Bray gets up from his chair and is very upset. Hogan celebrates with Cena and raises his arm in the ring. Bray sends Harper and Rowan to the ring. Hogan and Cena get ready for a fight. Bray calls Rowan and Harper back off the apron. Hogan talks junk to Bray about Cena’s WrestleMania challenge. The Wyatts leave as Hogan and Cena celebrate to Hogan’s music.
Cole plugs the WWE App and tells us to apply the new update so we can vote for the Sheamus vs. Christian stipulation – 2 of 3 Falls, Falls Count Anywhere or a Memphis Street Fight. Also still to come, Batista and Randy Orton vs. Big Show and Daniel Bryan plus an appearance by The Undertaker. We see The Authority heading to the ring as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes The Authority to the stage. Stephanie says Daniel Bryan attacked her husband last week and then suffered the consequences – a Pedigree. She says his actions are grounds for immediate termination but they’ve decided to lead by example. Stephanie apologizes, because that’s what is best for business. She says they recognize there is value in Bryan’s brand, not like Randy Orton or Batista or Triple H’s brand but value nonetheless. Stephanie says Bryan has a niche following. She says Bryan must return the favor and apologize to them. She says it’s time Bryan admitted that he’s wrong and not man enough to be in the ring with Triple H… not now and certainly not at WrestleMania XXX. She says Triple H is above Bryan – professionally, figuratively and literally. Stephanie says as long as Bryan can apologize tonight, they can move forward. If not, there will be severe consequences. She hopes we enjoy the rest of the show. The New Age Outlaws come out and hug The Authority on their way to the ring, in street clothes. They jump on commentary as we go back to commercial.
Second Match: The Usos vs. Rybaxel
Jey fights out of a headlock by Axel and tags Jimmy, who snaps Axel’s head on the ropes before sweeping his legs. He kicks Ryback off the apron before hitting Axel with a Samoan drop, then Jimmy splashes Axel and connects with a superkick. Jey superkicks Axel before splashing Ryback on the floor, then Jimmy heads up top and splashes Axel for the win.
Winner: The Usos
Kane is backstage with The Shield. He brings up their second loss to The Wyatt Family from last week. He says they aired their dirty laundry unprofessionally on SmackDown. Dean Ambrose asks if there’s a point. Kane says they have proven to be a valuable asset in the past but he’s taken it upon himself to light a fire under them to see if they are still an asset. He says their first cracks appeared when they lost the tag titles to Cody Rhodes and Goldust. It will be The Shield vs. Rhodes and Goldust tonight. Rollins brings up Kane getting pinned by Bryan and knocked out by Big Show. Kane says he’s giving them the chance to step up and tells them to go do it. Reigns makes a reference to taking out any demons that get in their way. We go to commercial.
Third Match: Jack Swagger vs. Big E
Back from the break and Jack Swagger waits in the ring as WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E makes his way out. We see Cesaro and Zeb Colter at ringside. Swagger tells them, “I got this.” Swagger takes Big E to the corner with knees. Big E with a big shoulder thrust, and another. Big E mounts Swagger with right hands in the corner.
Swagger lands a big slam out of the corner and a clothesline for a two count. Big E is revealed for the Andre battle royal at WrestleMania. Swagger keeps up the attack and goes for another pin attempt. Big E comes back with a clothesline and a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E runs the ropes but Swagger takes out his knee. Zeb calls for the Patriot Lock but Swagger chokes Big E on the ropes. Zeb wants Cesaro to hit a cheap shot on Big E but Cesaro won’t. Swagger is distracted, allowing Big E to roll him up for the win.
Winner: Big E
After the match, Cesaro laughs at Swagger as he gets to his feet. Swagger goes to the floor and gets in Cesaro’s face. They have words and Zeb gets in between them. They put blame on each other. Zeb gets upset and says it’s both of their faults. Zeb says this has gone far enough, he’s sick and tired. Zeb takes off his vest and slams it. He tells them to shake hands but they won’t. They finally shake and Cesaro squeezes Swagger’s hand. Swagger tells him to let go and finally yanks his hand away.
Up next, The Undertaker. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes The Undertaker.
Taker makes his grand entrance and the fans cheer as he takes the mic. There’s a purple light over the ring. Fans chant for Taker but before he can speak, Paul Heyman appears on the stage. Heyman apologizes if his presence has updated Taker’s train of thought. Heyman introduces himself to Taker but at least calls him sir. Heyman praises The Streak. Heyman points out that Mr. WrestleMania Shawn Michaels himself could never win 2 WrestleMania victories in a row. Heyman say similar facts about Triple H, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and John Cena. Austin’s name got a big pop. Heyman praises The Streak some more. Heyman asks Taker not to step in the ring with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX because the WWE fans need to worship The Streak. Heyman says even he worships Taker and The Streak after last year. Heyman says Lesnar will end The Streak, even though he’s stepping into the unknown at WrestleMania. Heyman says it’s an unknown that Taker needs to fear, not Lesnar. Heyman says if Taker steps in the ring with Lesnar, The Streak will be conquered.
Taker tells Heyman to take a message to Lesnar about the fear of the unknown being the greatest fear of them all. Taker tells Heyman to tell Lesnar that if he shows up at WrestleMania, he will rest… in… peace. Taker’s music hits and Heyman makes his exit.
Still to come, Batista and Randy Orton vs. Big Show and Daniel Bryan. Up next, The Brotherhood vs. The Shield. Back to commercial.
Fourth Match: The Shield vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust
Rollins goes for an early suplex but Cody reverses it into a front release suplex for two, then Goldust hits him and drops a knee off the ropes. Rollins shoves him into the corner and elbows him, but Goldust knocks him down and gets the tag, and Cody whips him in the corner. Cody gets caught with an elbow before Reigns hits him in the corner, then he chokes him on the ropes and sets up a corner splash. Cody ducks and makes the tag, with Goldust hitting an uppercut off the ropes and following with a spinebuster and elbow for two. He kicks Rollins and hits both with a crossbody, then Cody sends them outside and splashes them as Goldust hits a somersault dive off the apron.
We get back from a break to see Rollins kick Goldust and apply a headlock, then he throws him in the corner and Reigns connects with a kick on the apron. Reigns hits him a few times before Rollins connects with a clothesline, then he applies a wristlock but Goldust fights out. They isolate him in the corner and Reigns charges him, but Goldust kicks him in the face and kicks Rollins away from himself. Cody gets a sunset flip attempt on Rollins off of the tag, then he Disaster Kicks Reigns on the apron before hitting Rollins with a moonsault for two. Cody sends Reigns outside and Rollins tosses Goldust, then Rollins and Cody hit heads before Reigns hits a spear and Rollins hits a straight kick after a buckle bomb for the win.
Winner: The Shield
Fifth Match: The Bella Twins vs. AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka
Tamina shoves Nikki and gets in her face, but Nikki hits her with a forearm shot and puts her in a wristlock before Brie assists with a double elbow. Tamina recovers and superkicks Brie outside, then AJ taunts her before Tamina throws her jacket at Brie and knees her in the stomach. AJ tags in and knees her in the head, then she goes for a corner clothesline but Brie hits her in the face and sends her backwards. AJ comes back with a front facelock, but Brie breaks away and kicks her in the face before Nikki hits a clothesline off the tag. Nikki clotheslines her and whips her, then AJ kicks her and goes for the Black Widow but Nikki counters it. Tamina interferes but Brie tackles her on the floor, then AJ kicks her and sets Nikki up for the Black Widow, but Nikki counters with the Rack Attack for the win.
Winner: The Bella Twins
Cole shows us a preview for USA Network’s NCIS:LA. Renee Young is in the crowd with LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell. They talk about being at RAW. She asks if they could recruit one star to join the cast, who would it be and O’Donnell says Cena, LL Cool J says Undertaker or The Bella Twins. They plug the show some more and we go back to commercial.
We go to the ring and out comes Daniel Bryan. Bryan says the Yes Movement is alive right here in Memphis. He talks about Stephanie apologizing earlier and the crowd boos. Nobody believed it was sincere. Bryan says The Authority wants to scare him into falling in line. He says he should have kicked Triple H in the face a long time ago. Bryan says he will not back down and will fight. Bryan says if they want him to apologize for standing up for himself, he’s got one word for them… no! A “no!” chant starts up. Bryan says it ends tonight. He says everyone is tired of Triple H. He says Triple H doesn’t listen to anyone but tonight, they’re going to make it so Triple H has to listen. Bryan says the Yes Movement is going to occupy RAW tonight. A “yes!” chant breaks out. Bryan says he’s not leaving the ring until he gets what he wants – the WrestleMania match with Triple H. Bryan says says he’s not alone, he’s got the Yes Movement. Bryan says it’s unlawful, dangerous and subject to prosecution but he doesn’t care. Bryan says he talked to members of the Yes Movement earlier today and wants them to come down. A bunch of fans in Bryan t-shirts start coming over the barrier and into the ring. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and the whole ringside area and the entire ring i filled with Bryan fans wearing his t-shirts. Bryan gets a big “yes!” chant going. Bryan says The Authority can’t ignore them forever. He tells Triple H to come out and answer the challenge. Stephanie and Triple H come out to the stage and the “no!” chant starts among the fans Bryan has with him. Triple H congratulates Bryan on having his own occupy RAW movement and insults them. Triple H says this is the part where reality comes crashing down. He says they all have about 30 seconds to get out of the ring before they’re arrested. They chant “no” and Triple H counts down on his watch. Triple H picks on one of the guys for being fat and calls them losers. He calls for security. Bryan asks Triple H what if everyone in the arena walked out in the parking lot right now. He says Triple H could have RAW in front of an arena of empty chairs and they will set up their own ring in the parking lot. Triple H tells security to throw them all out. It’s two guys. They walk down to the crowd and turn back around. Stephanie yells at them to clear the ring. She says all of the fans are being manipulated by Bryan. They continue to chant “no” as she yells. Stephanie says they’re wrapped up in a power trip and power can go to your head. She tells them Bryan isn’t worth it. Bryan says they underestimate the power of the people. Bryan says Stephanie doesn’t own anything. Bryan says they own the ring, not her. Fans chant “yes” now. Triple H says this ends now. He says to get the next match ready, hit someone’s music and let’s go.
Damien Sandow’s music hits and he immediately comes out but the fans are chanting “no” and blocking the ring. Bryan tells Sandow to come on and join the Yes Movement. Sandow turns around and out comes Triple H. Triple H yells at Sandow to go to the ring. Stephanie comes out and tells Sandow not to disrespect her husband. She tells Bryan not to disrespect her family name. She says this became hers when she was born and she does own Bryan. Stephanie yells for them to get out. She loses it and screams at them. Bryan says no, we are not leaving until we get what we want – a match with Triple H at WrestleMania. Fans chant “yes” now. Bryan says they won’t get the show back until he agrees. Triple H says the truth is, he actually likes Bryan. Triple H says he tried to protect Bryan from everything that would happen when he was successful. Triple H says he’s protected Bryan since SummerSlam and now this happens. Triple H says he’s not fighting Bryan at WrestleMania for his own good because he will end Bryan. Triple H tells Bryan to be careful for what he wishes for and accepts the challenge. Triple H tells Bryan to shut up and get out of his ring and walks off. Bryan stops him. Bryan says he misspoke. That’s not all he wants. Bryan says the people really want to see him compete for the title. He proposes that if he beats Triple H, he gets added to the Batista vs. Orton main event. Triple H charges the ring but security holds him back. He agrees to Bryan’s demands.
Sixth Match: Memphis Street Fight
Sheamus vs. Christian
The WWE crew sets up a set of drums and other instruments at ringside. Christian strikes first but Sheamus takes him to the corner. Sheamus ends up sending Christian over the top. Sheamus follows and sends him into the barrier. Sheamus slams Christian’s face into the announce table and sends him into the ring post. Sheamus grabs a guitar but Christian ducks and it smashes on the ring post. Christian with right hands. Christian grabs a guitar and jabs it at Sheamus. Christian gets sent over the steel steps. Sheamus continues and chases Christian up the ramp.
Christian shoves Sheamus off the ramp down to the floor. Christian goes to the stage and hits a big tornado DDT on the concrete. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and they’re in the ring now. Christian with kendo stick shots. Christian with a two count and more kendo stick shots. Sheamus finally fights back but Christian hits a knee to the gut and takes him down. Christian comes off the second rope with a kendo stick but Sheamus knocks him out of mid-air. Sheamus with a big clothesline and another, and a third. Sheamus with a thrust in the corner and a high knee. Sheamus keeps up the attack and grabs a kendo stick. Christian blocks it and comes off the top. Sheamus catches him and drops him for two count. Christian turns it around on the apron. They struggle for a kendo stick. Sheamus takes it and unloads on Christian with it. Sheamus nails White Noise for a two count. Sheamus with forearms to the chest on the apron now. Sheamus brings Christian back in with a powerslam and readies for a Brogue Kick. Christian rolls out of the ring and pulls Sheamus but gets yanked into the ring post. Sheamus with an Irish Curse backbreaker off the steel steps. Sheamus rolls Christian in the ring and tosses some steel chairs in. Sheamus grabs a bass drum from the set and brings it in. He puts that in the corner and tries to throw Christian into it but he’s blocked. Christian grabs a chair and hits Sheamus with it. Christian stacks a few chairs on Sheamus and hits a frogsplash. Christian with a two count. Christian grabs the bass drum but Sheamus nails a Brogue through it for the win.
Cole talks more about the WWE App and the WWE Network.
Brad Maddox is talking with Batista backstage when Randy Orton walks up. The Authority has left the building but they instructed Batista and Orton to put aside their differences for tonight. Orton says he’s willing if Batista is. Batista smirks and walks off. We go to commercial.
Bray Wyatt says John Cena’s challenge for Wrestlemania is foolish, and he has many faces that he can put on, but he does accept the match. He says Cena is the one with everything to lose and his time is up, then he starts singing to himself and walks away as Rowan looks at the camera and says ‘run’.
Seventh Match: Daniel Bryan and Big Show vs. Batista and Randy Orton
Orton knees Bryan and whips him, but Bryan sends him outside and hits a suicide dive as we go to a break. We get back to see Batista whip Bryan in the corner and tackle him, then he chokes him with his boot and tags Orton into the match. Orton headbutts Bryan a few times, then he hits a spinning powerslam for two before Batista gets back into it. Batista suplexes him and elbows him on the apron, then he slams Bryan backfirst into the apron before rolling him back in. He whips Bryan into the corner but gets a boot in the face, then Orton stomps Bryan and goes for a kneedrop. Bryan rolls away and makes the tag, then Show clotheslines Batista a few times and splashes him in the corner. Show hits a sidewalk slam for two, then Orton tries to attack but Show grabs him by the throat and chokes him on the apron.
Batista hits him from behind and they target Show’s knee, then Orton kicks him in the face before Batista spears him. Batista lifts him up but Show counters a Batista Bomb with a backdrop, then Bryan gets the tag and he punches Orton several times before leapfrogging him and hitting a clothesline. Bryan dropkicks Batista off the apron and repeatedly kicks Orton in the chest and head, getting a two count before heading up top. Batista runs at him but Bryan kicks him away, then Orton avoids a diving headbutt but Bryan roll through into a YES Lock. Batista runs in but Show cuts him off, then Orton connects with a quick RKO before setting Bryan up for one. Batista also goes for a spear but Bryan sidesteps him and Batista hits Orton, then Bryan goes for a running dropkick but Orton throws him into the turnbuckles. Orton hits a hangman’s DDT and points at the Wrestlemania sign, then he goes for a RKO but Bryan counters with a running knee for the win.
Winner: Daniel Bryan and Big Show
Josh’s Grade for Monday Night Raw: 10/10
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