RAW Pre-Show:Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show kicks off with a graphic in memory of The Ultimate Warrior We go to the panel – Josh Mathews, Booker T, Sgt. Slaughter and Alex Riley. They talk about Warrior. Slaughter talks about meeting with Warrior at WrestleMania XXX. Mathews says we will be celebrating Warrior’s life tonight. We go to the pre-show opening video and come back to the panel. Mathews introduces everyone.
We get a look at Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania XXX and then last week’s RAW. The panel talks about Triple H and The Shield now. We see Big E defeat Titus O’Neil in the ring for a Superstars match. The panel talks about the Intercontinental Title tournament that kicks off tonight. First round matches will be tonight. The tournament is being held because Christian, the #1 contender, is out with an injury still. Paige will be on RAW tonight.
John Cena will address The Wyatt Family on RAW tonight. We go to Network commercials. We get a look at Cena vs. Wyatt from WrestleMania XXX. They also show Bray Wyatt’s promo from SmackDown. We see Los Matadores making their entrance for Superstars. Renee Young interviews Divas Champion Paige backstage about making history. We come back from more promos and the panel talks about the IC Title tournament. Renee interviews Big E backstage and he’s not worried. More hype from the panel and that’s it for the pre-show.
WWE Monday Night Raw:
Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with the entire roster on the stage in Ultimate Warrior gear. Jerry Lawler leads us to a video package on The Ultimate Warrior’s career. Michael Cole tolds us tonight The Usos will take on Randy Orton and Batista.
First Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio starts with a kick to the leg, and then begins to throw punches and beat RVD down. RVD however hits a monkey flip, and then a cross body. Del Rio then is thrown out of the ring while RVD poses in the ring. Del Rio gets back in the ring and tries to fight back, but RVD stays in control. Del Rio then reverses an Irish whip into the corner into a kick to the arm of Van Dam. Del Rio then hits a suplex and is now in complete control. Del Rio then is launched over the top rope. RVD goes for a moonsault on the apron, but Del Rio moves out of the way. RVD lands on his feet but Del Rio hits him with a clothesline. Del Rio then launches RVD into the barricade, and is in complete control as we head to commercial.
We return with RVD hitting Rolling Thunder. RVD goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Del Rio gets up and hits a kick to the gut. Del Rio then hits a DDT for a two count. Del Rio tries to catapults RVD into the corner but RVD lands on his feet and hits a kick to the head. RVD goes for the split legged moonsault but Del Rio hits his knees up. Del Rio then hits a backstabber for a two count. Del Rio then goes up top and is caught with a kick to the head. RVD goes up top and is caught with a kick to the head by Del Rio. Del Rio goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Del Rio calls for the Cross Arm Breaker but RVD reverses it into a roll up for a two count. RVD then knocks Del Rio down and goes up top and hits the 5 Star Frog Splash. RVD covers Del Rio for the three count.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
We are told Daniel Bryan isn’t here tonight as he is on his honeymoon with Brie Bella. We are then given a video package of last weeks main event between Daniel Bryan vs Triple H.
We were shown a Ultimate Warrior video of when he defeated The Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam 1988.
We return to the back with Triple, Batista, and Orton. Triple H says that they all want to be champion, but they have a bigger problem on there hands. Triple H says that no one can stop the Shield except for the 3 of them. Batista says that’s great but he just wants to be champion. Orton agrees and says he is on his own.
Second Match: Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel
Goldust and Axel start, with Goldust taking control. Cody is tagged in and goes for a roll up, which gets him a two count. Goldust is tagged in and hits an axe handle for a two count. Axel then fights back with a headbutt, but then is caught with an uppercut. Axel then takes control with a shot to the head, and in comes Ryback. Ryback hits a clothesline in the corner and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Ryback then works Goldust in his corner, and then hits a splash from the second rope. Axel is then tagged in and hits an axe handle from the second rope.
Ryback is tagged back in and begins to keep Goldust grounded. Goldust fights out and tags in Cody. Cody begins to clean house, beginning his comeback. Cody hits a moonsault, and then hits a cross body on the outside to Ryback. Ryback is thrown back in the ring and Cody hits a springboard dropkick for a two count. Axel then takes out Goldust but is hit with a Disaster Kick. Cody then goes for a Disaster Kick on Ryback but is hit with a Meat Hook for a three count.
Winner: Ryback and Curtis Axel
Michael Cole plugs alot of original content that will be airing on the WWE Network, the replay of WrestleMania 30, WrestleMania Fallout and WWE Legend’s House.
We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Bo Dallas
Third Match: Paige vs. Alicia Fox
Paige and Alicia Fox lock up, with Fox hitting a backbreaker to gain control. Fox then hits another backbreaker, and mocks the crowd. Alicia then hits a third backbreaker, with Paige struggling to gain any advantage. Alicia hits a suplex but only gets a two count. Paige then fights back with a wicket slap, and then hits three straight clothesline. Paige then hits a dropkick on Alicia.Paige then locks in a Scorpion Cross Lock, with Alicia tapping out.
Fourth Match: The Usos vs. Batista and Randy Orton
The match start with the Usos attacking Orton and Batista immediately. The Usos but fly over the top rope and nail Batista and Orton. Orton and Batista regroup, with Jimmy and Orton starting this match off. Orton starts with blows to the head, but Jimmy hits an uppercut and tags in Jey. Jey hits a forearm to the head and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Jey is then caught with a backbreaker, and Batista is tagged in. Batista throws Jey into the turnbuckle, and then hits a suplex for a two count. Batista then tags in Orton and Orton begins to stomp away on Jey. Jey tries to fight back but Orton keeps him grounded. Batista is then tagged in.
Jey is caught with a spinebuster but Jey kicks out at two. Jey then gets momentum with a samoan drop, but Orton goes to the outside and begins to attack Jimmy. The Shield then come out of nowhere and take out Orton! atista is left alone in the ring and The Shield use the numbers game to take out Batista. Orton grabs Batista and the two flee from ringside, with The Shield standing tall.
Winner: Randy Orton and Batista by DQ
We got another Ultimate Moment showing Warrior beating Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania VI
Fifth Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. Mark Henry
Cesaro and Henry lock up, with Henry tossing Cesaro across the ring. Cesaro takes a clothesline, and then is thrown over the top rope. Heyman helps Cesaro regroup on the outside, as Henry waits. Cesaro gets in the ring and begins to hit a flurry of forearms and uppercuts. Henry tries to push Cesaro off but Cesaro keeping coming with uppercuts. Henry finally hits a clothesline but Henry is still hurting from Cesaro’s flurry. Henry goes for the Worlds Strongest Slam but Cesaro gets out and hits a second rope leaping uppercut. Cesaro then hits the Neutralizer on Henry for the three count.
We go backstage with Triple H and Stephanie telling Brad Maddox that he needs to tell the Shield they have a match in the main event tonight.
Sixth Match: Alexander Rusev w/Lana vs. Xavier Woods w/R-Truth
Rusev starts with knees to the gut, and kicks to the leg. Rusev knocks Woods down, and then hits a modified sidewalk slam. Rusev then hits the Accolade and Woods submits.Truth comes in but gets destroyed by Rusev. Lana raises Rusevs hand in victory
Winner: Alexander Rusev
We get another Ultimate Moment showing Ultimate Warrior Steel Cage Match with Rick Rude at SummerSlam 1990 for the WWF Championship.
Seventh Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Match
Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter
Sheamus and Swagger start off with Swagger hitting knees to gut of Sheamus in the corner. Swagger then hits a splash, but then takes a beating in the corner from Sheamus. Sheamus hits a clothesline and then a forearm to the face. Swagger retreats and Sheamus is distracted by Colter. Swagger then catches Sheamus with a slam on the outside. Swagger brings Sheamus in the ring and goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Swagger then hits a belly to belly for a two count. Swagger hits a clothesline but again only gets a two count. Swagger tries to keep Sheamus grounded by Sheamus begins to fight back. Sheamus hits a big clothesline and begins his comeback.
Sheamus then hits a knee to the head, and then sets up Swagger for the ten blows to chest in the ropes. Sheamus then goes up top and hits a shoulder block for a two count.Sheamus then goes for the Battering Ram but Swagger catches him into the Patriot Lock. Sheamus gets out and falls to the outside. Swagger then goes to the outside and begins to work the knee, and throws Sheamus in the ring. Sheamus then hits a Brogue Kick out of no where for the victory.
We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Adam Rose
First In-Ring Segment: We return to the ring with Damien Sandow. Sandow says he is the most deserving person in the WWE. Big Show comes out and Sandow says he will not be silenced. Sandow says that he is a former Money In the Bank winner, and that he was seconds away from being champion. He says that every time he walks down the ramp, they should be begging to touch him. He says he deserves that and that he has earned it. Sandow asks Big Show and he says nothing. He says that he says nothing because he knows he deserves it. Show then knocks out Sandow and leaves the ring.
The Big Show will be taking on Jack Swagger on WWE Main Event.
Second In-Ring Segment: Out comes the Wyatt Family. Bray grabs a microphone and says that society has become putrid. He says that everyone just does what they are told. Bray says that he is different. He says that he sees what people don’t see. He says that he has a million names, and they can call him whatever they want, but he has never lied to them. He says one man has lied, and that is John Cena. He says he earned your trust with his smile but he isn’t just a man. He says for kids not to worry because he won’t let him lie to them anymore. He says he has him against the ropes and he just needs one more push. He says he will complete his crusade but he just wants to play. He calls Cena out.
Cena comes out and says he just wants to have some fun. He says that they tried to take the monster out of him but he doesn’t exist. Cena then makes jokes about all the Wyatt Family, saying they can be the life of the party. John then shows a picture of “Sister Abagail”, which is a picture of Bray. He then shows Bray’s mom, who is a picture of Luke Harper. He then says the Family have a new member, who is a baby Erik Rowan.
Bray says that he loves that every time there is a serious threat, all he can do is make jokes. Cena then says that he can get serious, because when he got serious, Bray got beat. Cena then says that if Bray loses again, its him against the wall. He says that without the Family, he is nothing. He says that he wants Bray Wyatt in a steel cage. Bray says that he wants to have fun then they will, and that this is his world. He then says he won’t let Cena take it from him. Bray accepts and we cut to commercial.
Eight Match: Fandango and Layla vs. Santino Marella and Emma
Fandango and Santino start off the match, with Santino hitting an arm drag. Santino hits a hip toss and goes for the cobra, but Fandango tags in Layla. Emma then locks in the DilEmma on Layla, and then goes up top. Santino takes out Fandango but Layla knocks Emma off the top and covers her for the victory
Winner: Fandango and Layla
Stephanie is talking to Kane, saying that he has not been doing a great job as well. He says that he has been failing ever since he put on the suit and she asks him where the big red machine has been. Kane then stands up in anger and looks at the mask. He takes the mask out of the box and picks it up. Kane looks at the mask, and says that he is going to eviscerate Daniel Bryan, and send him to the depths of hell.
We are shown a replay of Warriors promo on Raw last week.
Ninth Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett
Ziggler and Barrett lock up, with Ziggler putting Barrett in a headlock. Barrett fights out and Ziggler goes to the outside to get a breather. Ziggler is then taken down with a right hand, and is then thrown into the turnbuckle. Barrett hits a snap suplex for a two count. Barrett then goes for a jumping knee but misses. Ziggler then puts Barrett in a headlock again, but Barrett gets out. Barrett then whips Ziggler in the corner and goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Barrett begins to choke Ziggler in the ropes, but Ziggler gets out and hits a dropkick. Ziggler then tosses Barrett over the ropes and they then fight on the outside. Barrett then tosses Ziggler into the steel post and Barrett mocks Ziggler as we head to commercial.
We return with Barrett in control over Ziggler. Ziggler is put in a headlock, but Ziggler gets out and side steps Barrett into the turnbuckle. Ziggler then begins his comeback. Ziggler then follows it with a neckbreaker for a two count. Ziggler goes for the Fame-Asser but is caught in a Wasteland! Barrett goes for the cover but only gets a two count! Barrett goes for a pump handle slam but Ziggler gets out and hits the Fame-Asser. Ziggler goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Barrett knocks Ziggler down and then goes up top. Ziggler catches him and goes for a superplex. Barrett blocks it and pushes Ziggler off. Ziggler jumps back up and hits a facebuster from the top rope! Ziggler goes for the cover but only gets a two count!
Ziggler then goes for the Zig Zag but Barrett holds onto the ropes and is caught with the Winds of Change. Barrett then goes for the cover but only gets a two count! Barrett goes for the Bullhammer but Ziggler ducks it into a roll up! Barrett kicks out at two and launches Ziggler in the air. Ziggler then is hit the Bullhammer for the three count!
Winner: Bad News Barrett
Sheamus will take on Batista on Friday Night SmackDown
Tenth Match: The Shield vs. Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger, Fandango, 3MB, Titus O’Neil, Rybaxel, Alexander Rusev, Bad News Barrett
The Shield are ready to take on the gauntlet. Rollins and Slater start off the match. Ambrose is tagged in and take out Slater. Reigns is tagged in and begins to beat down Slater. Reigns knocks down Slater in the corner and tags in Rollins. Rollins hits a kick to the head and goes for the cover but Barrett breaks it up. Rollins is now in the opposing corner. Drew is tagged in and begins to beat down Rollins. Titus is then tagged in and hits a backbreaker. Rusev is tagged in and hits 3 elbows and a headbutt. Swagger is tagged in and continues the beat down.
Ryback is tagged in and throws Rollins to the outside. Reigns spears Ryback on the outside and chaos begins. Rollins then takes out everyone
Winner: No Contest
The heels then begin to decimate the Shield in the ring, with all the heels standing tall. Out comes Evolution! Triple H calls everyone to leave and Evolution begin to decimate Rollins. Reigns tries to help but is taken out with an RKO. Reigns then is taken out with a Batista Bomb. Evolution continues the beat down on Rollins. Rollins then eats an RKO and a Batista Bomb. Ambrose then eats a Batista Bomb into an RKO. Triple H grabs the mic and begins to yell at Reigns to show him if he has more fight in him. Triple H then says to Believe in Evolution and then pedigrees Roman Reigns! Evolution stands tall to close the show!
Josh’s Grade for WWE RAW: 10/10