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WWE Raw Pre-Show:
Tonight’s WWE Raw Pre-show opens up with fans piling into the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. Josh Mathews, Booker T and Alex Riley are joined by Natalya. They hype tonight’s show. Booker hypes tonight’s battle royal. Riley announces that Big E will get his rematch against Bad News Barrett. Also, Bray Wyatt‘s crusade will continue. Mathews hypes Extreme Rules and we see footage from the main event. We also see footage from the post-match press conference where Daniel Bryan spoke. Natalya talks about The Authority going after Bryan and Brie Bella as 3MB comes out for a Superstars match. Booker T says Brie is with Bryan for the money. Riley brings up Sharmell and Booker says she’s ride or die. Everyone else rips on Booker for thinking that.
Mathews shows us video from The Shield vs. Evolution last night. We see the post-match press conference of The Shield speaking. The panel talks about The Shield‘s success and tonight’s battle royal. We come back from Network commercials and see how Bray Wyatt defeated John Cena at Extreme Rules. We also see Bray speaking at his post-match press conference. More talk about Cena and Wyatt before we see how Cesaro defeated Rob Van Dam and Jack Swagger at Extreme Rules. More press conference videos. The panel talks more about last night’s matches. We go backstage to The Shield. Ambrose says you don’t hang onto the US Title for one year if you can’t handle pressure. He doesn’t see the battle royal being against tough odds, he sees it as another night at the office. Ambrose says he’s going to throw punches until his arm falls off because he’s the dirtiest, meanest son of a gun walking the planet. Seth Rollins says Ambrose has this but something doesn’t feel right about the situation. Roman Reigns says they have Ambrose’s back. They walk off and we go back to the panel. We see JBL, Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole making their way out. Natalya predicts Ambrose will retain but Riley predicts a new champion. That’s it for the pre-show.
WWE Monday Night Raw
First Match: 20 Man Battle Royal for the WWE United States Championship
Dean Ambrose (c) Goldust vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Big Show vs. Zack Ryder vs. Damien Sandow vs. Mark Henry vs. Sheamus vs. Curtis Axel vs. Ryback vs. Jack Swagger vs. Xavier Woods vs. Heath Slater vs. R-Truth vs. Fandango vs. Santino Marella vs. Sin Cara vs. Titus O’Neil
The match begins in usual battle royal fashion. Big Show works Swagger in the corner. Sheamus tries to eliminate Axel but doesn’t get him over. Woods is thrown over by Big Show. Big Show and Santino work on Fandango. Ryder is then eliminated. R Truth is then eliminated. Sheamus works on Ryback in the corner while Ziggler tries to take Big Show out. Goldust and Cody work on Dean Ambrose in the corner as well. Big Show then eliminates Titus. Big Show continues his dominance eliminating Sin Cara. Fandango tries to eliminate Ziggler but Ziggler holds on. Sheamus hits 10 blows to the chest on Sandow, and the Slater eliminates Sandow. This cues in the commercial break.
We return with only Slater being eliminated at the break. Everyone tries to gang up on Big Show and Mark Henry but they both fend everyone off. The two giants then go at it. Big Show hits a chokeslam on Henry but then Big Show is hit with a Brogue Kick. Everyone then throws Big Show over the ropes, and then they throw over Henry! Ambrose then gets rid of Kofi after Kofi was trying to hold on. The Rhodes Brothers than get eliminated by RybAxel. Ziggler is then eliminated by Santino. Santino is then taken out by Curtis Axel. The final 5 is Sheamus, RybAxel, Jack Swagger, and Dean Ambrose.
Dean then fends off the double team from RybAxel, eliminating Curtis Axel. Ryback is then taken out by Ambrose, and then Ambrose throws Swagger out! But Ambrose then is turned around is hit with a Brogue Kick! Sheamus lifts Ambrose up and throws him over the rope for win!
After the match Triple H comes out and says that The Shield were lucky last night. Triple H says there luck were continue to run out as he announces that tonight The Shield will take on The Wyatt Family.
Winner: New WWE United States Championship Sheamus
We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Adam Rose who is debuting tonight on Raw.
Renee Young interviews Sheamus. She ask how Sheamus feels about winning the United States Championship. Sheamus says that he was waiting for the right moment to get back on track since returning from injury. Renee ask Sheamus what would he say to Dean Ambrose and Sheamus said sorry no hard feelings fella.
We get a recap of the match with Daniel Bryan and Kane at Extreme Rules.
Daniel Bryan was shown backstage with Brie Bella. Stephanie McMahon comes and congratulate Bryan on his victory. Stephanie McMahon advises Bryan and Brie to say in the locker room until his match later on tonight. Bryan sarcastically says thanks for your concern Stephanie. When Stephanie closed the door there was a Kane mask on the back of the door.
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Second Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro w/Paul Heyman
Both men lock up, with Cesaro being taken down with an arm drag. Cesaro gets up and they lock up again. Cesaro hits a shoulder block and then puts Van Dam into a headlock. RVD gets out but is caught into a backbreaker. RVD however fights back and goes up top, hitting a diving kick. RVD then hits the Rolling Thunder and Cesaro goes outside and gets advice from Heyman. Cesaro gets in the ring and takes control again, attacking the injured eye of RVD. Cesaro runs at RVD but RVD flips him over the top rope. RVD then does a flip over the ropes on Cesaro. RVD then hits a standing moonsault on the apron. Cesaro is rolled back in the ring and is hit a leg drop. Cesaro however takes control and tries to keep Van Dam grounded. Cesaro hits a clothesline over the rope on RVD. Cesaro stands tall in the ring as we head to commercial break.
We return with Cesaro in control with a headlock on RVD. RVD gets out and hits a sunset flip for a two count. Cesaro however gets a big shot on RVD but again only gets a two count. Cesaro keeps trying to gain offense but RVD keeps rolling him up. RVD then tries for a springboard cross body but Cesaro catches him with an uppercut! Cesaro goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Cesaro then hits a spinning uppercut in the corner but RVD kicks out of two. Cesaro then hits a trio of gut wrench suplexes but only gets a two count again.RVD tries to fight back but gets caught in the ropes. Cesaro then begins a ruthless attack in the corner. The referee counts to 5 and Cesaro does not stop the beat down. RVD gets the win.
After the match Paul Heyman comes over and tells Cesaro thats enough and raises his hand on the stage.
Winner: Rob Van Dam by DQ
The Bray Wyatt static hits and he tells the crowd he is here. We then go to commercial break.
First In-Ring Segment:
We return with Bray in the ring with the family. He says Abagail has always told him that he was born to lead and that he will change the world. He says he always believed her. He says the world we live in have wicked ways about it. He says they would always look down on him and that they considered him trash and a nobody. He says that they don’t know that they made tonight even sweeter because last night he became somebody. He says John Cena’s greatest fear came true at Extreme Rules. He says John can’t fool the children as they are the foundation of tomorrow and that their innocent eyes see right through him. He says that John Cena calls him a monster and he says that is true. He says that Cena tells everyone that he wants the world to burn and he is right. He says thats true because it needs to be burned down so it can be rebuilt. He then says Cena is wrong when he says that he does it for himself. He says he does it for the children, and the poor man and anyone who is treated poorly.
He says that the people will not remember him as a monster when this is all over, but people will remember him as a god. Bray then sings “The Whole World” and the Bray Wyatt static hits to end the promo.
Third Match: Cody Rhodes w/Goldust vs. Ryback w/Curtis Axel
Cody starts laying in a flurry on Ryback. Ryback however catches him and throws him neck first into the ropes. Ryback then begins to beat down Cody in the ropes, until he hits a elbow for a two count. Cody fights back and goes for a sunset flip, but Ryback reverses it and keeps Cody grounded. Ryback hits a suplex, and then follows it with a stalling suplex. Ryback goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Cody gets up and fights back, until Ryback whips Cody into the corner extremely hard. Ryback then hits a scoop slam into a splash for a two count. Cody is put into a headlock as Goldust tries to get Cody back into the match. Cody tries to fight back but is taken down with a spinebuster.
Ryback goes for a splash but Cody gets out of the way. Cody begins his comeback and hits the Disaster Kick! Cody then hits a springboard dropkick and goes up top. Axel distracts Cody and Ryback grabs Cody into the Shell Shock and Ryback hits it. Ryback goes for the cover and gets the three count
We go backstage with Brie and Bryan. The lights go out and Bryan tells Brie that they are going to get out of there. Bryan and Brie are then shown walking the halls until they are confronted by Stephanie. Stephanie says they should have stayed put and asks what is going on. Bryan says she knows exactly what is going on and she denies it. She says Brie is shaking and that she will get their car brought up into the arena so they can get out of there. Bryan looks on upset and obviously not buying what Stephanie is doing. This leads into a commercial break.
Second In-Ring Segment:We return with Los Matadores and El Torito in the ring. They say that they want to celebrate Torito’s win as well as Cinco de Mayo. Torito throws candy into the crowd until 3MB comes out. Slater says that there can not be a party unless 3MB is there. Slater then says that they want to call a truce. Drew then says its not an offer, but a demand.Torito then offers candy to Hornswoggle but they brawl instead. Los Matadores then take out 3MB and Torito takes out Hornswoggle. Los Matadores and El Torito then celebrate in the ring.
We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Bo Dallas
Fourth Match: Kofi Kingston vs. Alexander Rusev w/Lana
Kofi starts with a flurry of kicks, but Rusev stops the early attack. Rusev then hits headbutts in the corner, but Kofi tries to fight back with a chop. Rusev instead throws Kofi across the ring and then lays in multiple elbows onto Kofi from the ground.Kofi however fights back and hits a dropkick. Kofi then ducks a clothesline and hits a diving cross body for a two count. Kofi goes for another cross body but is caught. Kofi gets out and goes for a cross body from the top but is caught again. Rusev hits the fallaway slam and then a modified power slam into the Accolade. Kofi has no choice but to tap.
Winner: Alexander Rusev
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We go backstage with Brie and Bryan. Brie and Bryan are about to leave until Stephanie says that he can’t leave until he competes in his match. Bryan is told that if he doesn’t compete he will be stripped of his championship. Bryan tells Brie to come with him. Bryan is told that his match is next. We head to commercial break.
Fifth Match: Daniel Bryan w/Brie Bella vs. Alberto Del Rio
Both men lock up, with Del Rio hitting a shoulder block. Bryan gets up and takes Del Rio down, and then puts him into the corner. Bryan hits a flurry of kicks, until Del Rio takes him down with a kick of his own. Bryan is put in a headlock and Bryan begins to fight out. Bryan hits a couple of punches, but then runs into a backbreaker for a two count. Del Rio then begins to choke Daniel Bryan in the ropes. Bryan tries to fight back, and does this by throwing Del Rio in the corner and begins hitting his kicks. Bryan then begins his comeback, doing his corner flip, into a running elbow. Bryan then goes for a kick to the head but Del Rio ducks and hits a backstabber. Del Rio then throws Bryan to the outside.Del Rio then whips Bryan into the barricade in front of Brie. Del Rio stands tall as we go to commercial.
We return in the ring with Del Rio in control over Bryan. Bryan tries to fight back but Del Rio hits a German Suplex for a two count. Del Rio then hits the high kick to the head in the corner, and the ref tries to hold Del Rio off as he attacks Bryan in the corner. Del Rio then locks in the arm breaker in the ropes, and breaks the hold at 4. Bryan however reverses a double axe handle with a chop to the chest. Del Rio is covered but Bryan only gets a two count. Bryan then begins to attack the leg in the ropes. Bryan throws Del Rio to the outside, but Del Rio attacks Bryan on the outside, slamming Bryan into the barricade. Bryan is able to get back into the ring at 9.
Del Rio goes for the super kick but Bryan ducks it and hits a kick to the head of his own. Both men get up and they begin to trade blows. Bryan wins the encounter and then begins his flurry of kicks. Del Rio then hits a kick of his own and then begins to hit shoulder tackles in the corner. Del Rio then hits a clothesline in the corner and then lifts Bryan onto the top rope. Del Rio goes for a superplex but Bryan fights him off. Bryan throws him off and hits the headbutt! Bryan goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Bryan then hits two dropkicks in the corner, and follows it with a Suicide Dive on Del Rio! Del Rio is brought into the ring and Bryan goes up top, but Del Rio hits an enzaguri from the top rope on Bryan. Del Rio calls for the cross arm breaker but Bryan gets out and hits a hurricanrana into the Yes Lock! Del Rio tries to get out but can’t, and has no choice but to submit.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Kane’s music hits and Bryan and Brie run off. They get in the car but it won’t start. Bryan gets out and checks under the hood, saying a wire is unplugged. He gets it working and closes the hood. When the hood closes, Kane is seen in the back seat! Bryan grabs Kane out of the car and they begin to brawl. Bryan fends him off and gets in the car. Kane tries to get him through the roof of the car but Bryan drives off, throwing Kane off the car. Bryan stops and gets out to look at the knocked out Kane. Kane sits up and Brie tells him to get in the car and he does. Bryan drives off as Kane looks on. We head to commercial.
Sixth Match: WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Bad News Barrett (c) vs. Big E
Barrett and Big E lock up, with Big E hitting a big slam immediately. Big E then hits a trio of back breakers for a two count. They both go on the outside, with Big E slamming Barrett on the apron. Big E then hits a spear on Barrett on the outside on the steel steps. Big E puts Barrett in the ring, but then brings him back to the outside. Big E then goes for a spear on the apron but Barrett dodges it and and Big E hits the steel post. Barrett then hits a clothesline on the outside, and then hits an elbow drop onto Big E from the apron. Barrett gets in the ring and stands tall as Big E tries to make the count. Big E gets in the ring at 8 and Barrett immediately attacks him. Barrett’s attack on Big E leads us into a commercial break.
We return with Barrett in control, until Barrett misses a big boot. Big E then gets up and begins his comeback. Barrett gets his knees up for the splash however, and then begins to work on Big E again. Big E however catches Barrett for the Big Ending, but Barrett gets out and hits the Winds of Change! Barrett then goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Big E then throws Barrett onto the apron. Big E goes for the spear but Barrett hits him with a knee! Barrett goes for the Bullhammer but Big E ducks hit and knocks Barrett onto the apron. This time Big E hits the spear and both men fall to the outside! Barrett is thrown into the ring and Big E makes the cover, but only gets a two count. Big E hits a belly to belly and then sets up Barrett for the Big Ending. Barrett gets out and rakes the eyes when the ref wasn’t looking, and hits the Bullhammer! Barrett goes for the cover and gets the three count.
Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett
John Cena will address Bray Wyatt on WWE Main Event
Second In-Ring Segment:
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter come to the ring. Zeb Colter talks about how the only Americans who celebrate Cinco de Mayo only want to get drunk. Zeb then says that it makes him sick how many immigrants get into America, and especially in the WWE. He then gives us his deportation list. He says that Sheamus, Paige, Santino, Emma, Heyman, and Cesaro should be deported. Out comes Adam Roses party buddies.
Adam Rose tells Zeb to be Rosebud, and Swagger goes to attack him. Swagger is thrown over the top rope, and everyone gets in the ring and celebrates with Adam Rose.
Seventh Match: The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
The Shield and Wyatts begin to attack each other, with Ambrose and Rowan starting the match. Ambrose attacks the leg and tags in Rollins. Rollins takes a knee to the gut, and then an elbow to the face. Harper is tagged in and and goes for a suplex, but Rollins lands on his face. Ambrose is tagged in and they hit a double suplex on Harper. Reigns is tagged in and begins to beat Harper down in their corner. Rollins is tagged in and hits a double axe handle. Harper fights back and throws Rollins in his own corner. Harper hits an uppercut, and then hits a suplex. Bray is tagged in and hits a big kick to the gut on Rollins. Bray throws Rollins to the outside, and Bray follows. Bray puts Rollins back in the ring and tags in Rowan. Rowan takes a shot on Rollins in the corner, but Rollins gets his foot up, and goes for a cross body. Rowan catches him but Rollins gets out and hits a kick to the head. Rollins tags in Ambrose and Ambrose begins his comeback.
Ambrose takes out Harper by taking him out on the outside, and then gets in the ring and hits a figure four on Rowan. Both Wyatt members come in the ring but so do the Shield members. Ambrose gets out of the hold and both teams have a stare down as we head to commercial break.
We return with Harper in control over Ambrose. Ambrose tries to fight back but Harper halts it by throwing Ambrose face first into the mat. Bray is tagged in and hits a kick to the head on Ambrose. Rowan is then tagged in and hits a elbow to the head on Ambrose. Ambrose is then thrown into the corner. Ambrose gets his feet up, and then throws both Harper and Rowan over the rope. Rollins is then tagged in and flips over the top rope and takes out both Harper and Rowan! . Harper is thrown into the ring and is taken down by Rollins. Rollins goes for a moonsault but lands on his feet. He then hits a shooting star instead from his feet. Rollins then goes for a springboard but Harper pushes him to the outside. Harper then hits a Suicide Dive on Rollins!
Harper then gets Rollins in the ring and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Bray is then tagged in and hits a big splash in the corner for a two count. Harper is tagged in and hits a cheap shot on Reigns from the apron. Rollins tries to fight back but is hit with a super kick. Harper goes for the cover but it is broken up by Ambrose. Ambrose then takes out Rowan but the Wyatts take care of Dean. Rollins is then put to the top rope by Harper, and Harper goes up with him. Rollins fight back and pushes Harper off. Rollings gets the knee to the head and Reigns is tagged in. Bray is also tagged in. Roman Reigns then begins his comeback, hitting the big kick from the outside on Bray.Reigns then hits a clothesline on Harper and goes for a Superman punch, but Rowan stops it. Dean and Rollins take out Harper and Rowan, and Reigns then hits a Superman Punch on Bray! They set up for the Triple Powerbomb but out comes Evolution!
The Shield take out Evolution and then Triple H gets a Superman Punch from Reigns. Reigns was distracted and eats a big body shot from Bray. Bray then hits the Sister Abagail for the three count.
Evolution then begins to beat down The Shield. Rollins eats a DDT, and Ambrose takes a spinbuster on the steel steps. Triple H goes for a pedigree, but Reigns gets out! Orton however immediately hits an RKO, and then Triple H hits the Pedigree. Evolution gives Roman Regins the triple powerbomb.
Winner: The Wyatt Family
Josh’s Grade for Raw: 7/10
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