WWE Monday Night Raw Results: Evolution Destroys The Shield

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BonJclZIcAAj6d2WWE Raw
May 26, 2014
Thompson Boling Arena
Knoxville, Tennessee

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WWE Monday Night Raw Pre-Show: 

Tonight’s WWE Raw Pre-show opens up with Josh Mathews, Booker T , Alex Riley and Santino Marella as fans file into the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. The panel hypes Payback and tonight’s show. Mathews shows us video from last week’s show where Stephanie McMahon demanded that Daniel Bryan show up this week to surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Title. 

Renee Young is backstage trying to get a word with Brie Bella about what Bryan is going to do. Nikki Bella comes out instead and says Brie can’t talk right now, she’s a mess. Nikki asks Renee to respect Brie and Bryan’s privacy right now. She says everything will be revealed tonight. We go back to the panel for more talk about the title. We go to the ring where Big E is going at it with Titus O’Neil for a Superstars match. We get a look back at The Shield and Evolution from last week’s RAW. They talk about tonight’s contract signing. Riley says The Shield can now be called one of the greatest factions ever. We go to Network commercials.

Back from the break and we get a video package on John Cena and The Wyatt Family. Booker predicts Cena will get the win at Payback. Renee is backstage with Sheamus and she asks him about defending his United States Title against Cesaro at Payback. Sheamus is confident he will retain but has to face Alberto Del Rio on tonight’s RAW. Santino predicts Cesaro will capture the gold, Booker goes with Cesaro also and Riley predicts Sheamus will retain. We come back from promos and Paige vs. Alicia Fox for Paige’s Divas Title is announced for Payback. More hype for Daniel Bryan and his title as JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler make their way out. That’s it for the pre-show.

WWE Monday Night Raw: 

First In-Ring Segment:

Here’s a gloating Authority to open things up. Stephanie talks about how Bryan has to do the right thing. “Yes, you know he’ll do what he has to do.” The Authority wasn’t happy about what’s happened here and didn’t want to be right on this one. The fans want to see the champion defend the title every night but right now Daniel Bryan can’t do that.

HHH says Bryan needs to make the right choice and how there are people in every generation that adapt to become legends, but there are people like Daniel Bryan who just can’t do it. People that don’t adapt fail and those that do thrive, and that is evolution. This Sunday, the Shield will find out that you can’t stop Evolution. There’s a contract signing tonight and the Shield will have the qchance to adapt and not show up on Sunday, or sign and perish.

This brings Stephanie to Brad Maddox who needs to come out here right now. Maddox finally comes out and HHH just rips into him. Last week, HHH said only official people could be out here, so Brad made the Shield “official” commentators. Brad implies that he was beaten half to death but Stephanie doesn’t want to hear it. Here’s Kane and HHH knocks Brad down. She tells Kane to teach him a lesson and after a few seconds, Kane plants Maddox with a chokeslam. A tombstone is added as a bonus and Stephanie fires him.

First Match: Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. Rob Van Dam

Before the match begins, WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett makes his way to the stage with a mic. Barrett says today is the first day of summer but he’s got some bad news. Barrett says summer is the time everyone will dig out their old swimsuits only to find out their stomachs are hanging over the waistband. Barrett says furthermore, RVD will find out at Payback that his Indian summer is over and Barrett will retain. The bell hits and Cesaro attacks RVD from the side. Barrett comes down for commentary as Cesaro takes control. RVD fights back with a scissors takedown for a two count. RVD with another takedown and right hands.

Cesaro comes back with a big throw and an uppercut. Cesaro with a forearm shot and another uppercut in the corner. Cesaro with stomps in the corner now. Cesaro runs into an elbow. RVD nails a thrust kick and clotheslines Cesaro over the top, to the floor. RVD goes for a moonsault from the apron but Cesaro catches him. Cesaro slams RVD into the barrier and takes back control by throwing RVD into the barrier again as we go to commercial.

We come back and Cesaro goes for four straight pin attempts in the ring. Cesaro presses RVD high above his head and slams him for another pin attempt. Cesaro with a headlock now. More back and forth and they both go down. RVD comes back and nails Rolling Thunder for a two count. Cesaro ends up going to the floor but RVD leaps out and takes him down. Barrett gets up and RVD lays him out with a big superkick to the face. Fans pop big for RVD. RVD brings Cesaro back in the ring and they trade holds. RVD with a kick to the head. RVD nails a split legged moonsault for a close two count. Cesaro fights back but RVD cuts him off. RVD kicks Barrett off the apron. Cesaro comes from behind with a German suplex for the win.

 After the match, Sheamus runs down and brawls with Cesaro. Sheamus lays him out with a Brogue Kick.

Winner: Cesaro

Second Match: Eva Marie w/Nikki Bella vs. Summer Rae

Eva takes over to start and blows kisses into the crowd. Summer hammers away in the corner but gets thrown down by the head. Eva is rammed face first into the mat a few times as the fans chant for Daniel Bryan. Cue Fandango and Layla to distract Summer, allowing Eva to grab Summer for a rollup for the pin.

Winner: Eva Marie

Batista and Randy Orton are backstage talking about the contract signing when Cody Rhodes and Goldust walk in. They’re looking for Triple H. They’re going to issue an open challenge to any tag team tonight since they’re not booked. Batista says Triple H is busy and probably wouldn’t have time for them anyway. Orton and Cody have words. Triple H walks in and asks what’s going on. Cody wants them in a match. Triple H books Orton and Batista vs. Cody and Goldust. Triple H says this won’t be any ordinary match. He asks Orton and Batista if they’re up for a workout and they are. Triple H tells Cody and Goldust to get out of his office.

Third Match: Drew McIntyre w/3MB and Hornswoggle vs. El Torito w/Los Matadores

Torito draws a line on the mat but crosses it himself. Drew tries to throw him into the air but gets caught in an armdrag. McIntyre easily slams him down and shoves Torito around the ring as this is one sided. Los Matadores break up a superplex and Drew gets slammed onto the buckle, giving Torito the fluke pin.

Post match Horny goes after Torito’s mask but settles for his tail instead. JBL: “THE HUMANITY!” Torito runs away in shame.

Winner: El Torito

Second In-Ring Segment:

First up though, it’s time to sing. Those words have never been truer because the world really is leaning on him. He only wants what’s best for everyone, but sometimes that’s not the easiest path. In this life, we all have to make sacrifices. We do that every day, just so we can feed our children while someone else tells us who to be and how to act.Someday everyone will realize how pointless that is and one day we have to receive the anti-vemon for that snake bite. Bray asks if he’s the poison or the cure. He’s the necessary evil that the world needs and in the end if you’re his brother or sister, you will stand right beside him. But if you’re his enemy, you will fall at his feet. John Cena is enemy to us all and at Payback, Bray will be the last man standing. However, Cena shouldn’t be the only man punished. A Cena chant starts up and Bray just laughs at it.

Bray says to get to the kings you have to go through the pawns. This brings Bray to Jerry Lawler of all people. “Come on Jerry. I don’t bite.” Jerry shakes his head so Wyatt sends the Family after him. Bray tells JBL not to play hero or he’ll be next. Bradshaw gets up anyway but Harper runs him over. Rowan shoves him into the discus lariat and Lawler is directed into the ring.

Jerry sits in a chair in the ring as Bray says Lawler is responsible for a lot of Cena’s fame. For years, Jerry has fed the fans all these lies about John Cena being a great man, but never once has Lawler questioned his morality. Bray asks if Lawler feels any remorse over this and it’s time to pay the penalty. The Family grabs Lawler and Bray leans over in the corner. Here’s Cena but Bray is holding Lawler in the corner. They get Cena down as Bray says he’s going to hurt Cena at Payback. First though, it’s Sister Abigail to Lawler, with Bray saying it’s all Cena’s fault. The Usos make the save before it can happen though.

Cena and company clear the ring and John grabs the mic. Bray shouts that he’s a god and Cena wants to know if Bray thinks about this stuff. He quotes Abraham Lincoln by saying you can test a man by giving him power. Bray has been given power and it’s made him sick. Wyatt tried to hurt a sick man because they don’t agree on something. That’s not a necessary evil but just pure evil. A Cena chant breaks out as Cena says he believes in what he does. If the Wyatt Family likes it or not, Bray Wyatt needs to be stopped. Payback is about being the last man standing and John will bring Bray to justice.

Fourth Match: Alexander Rusev w/Lana vs. Zack Ryder

Ryder brings out an American flag to make the squash all the more painful. Before the match, Lana talks about how American patriots are embarrassing and require disciplinary actions. Zack tries to hammer away but is taken down by a single shot. Lana almost immediately says crush and the Accolade ends Ryder. 

Big E. runs out for another save attempt but gets stomped down in the corer. This time though Big E. fights back with the running body attack and clotheslines Rusev to the floor. The Stars and Stripes are waived for the feel good moment.

Winner: Alexander Rusev.

We see Stephanie McMahon backstage talking to Alberto Del Rio

Fifth Match: Batista & Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust

Batista drives Cody into the corner to start before doing the same to Goldust. Off to Orton who gets rollup for two before it’s back to Cody. Randy takes him into the corner with ease and hammers away before it’s back to Batista as Evolution takes over. A big elbow to the jaw puts Cody down but he escapes a powerslam and dives to the corner for a tag. Goldust tries to fight back but Randy gets in a shot from the apron, allowing Batista to nail a spinebuster for two.

Batista drives Cody into the corner to start before doing the same to Goldust. Off to Orton who gets rollup for two before it’s back to Cody. Randy takes him into the corner with ease and hammers away before it’s back to Batista as Evolution takes over. A big elbow to the jaw puts Cody down but he escapes a powerslam and dives to the corner for a tag. Goldust tries to fight back but Randy gets in a shot from the apron, allowing Batista to nail a spinebuster for two.

Back from a break with Batista working on Goldust’s back until Goldie nails some right hands to both villains. Not that it matters much as Big Dave takes him down with a big clothesline for two. Goldust nails a cross body and makes the tag off to Cody as things speed up. A springboard missile dropkick gets two on Orton and Batista gets dropped as well, but Orton catches the Disaster Kick with an RKO to knock Rhodes silly. Another RKO is good for the pin on Cody.

Winner: Batista & Randy Orton

Sixth Match: Handicap No Holds Barred Match
Batista & Randy Orton vs. Goldust

Actually we’re not done yet because this is an elimination match, meaning it’s now Batista/Orton vs. Goldust. It’s also no holds barred to make it even more fun. Goldust is surrounded on the floor but comes up swinging. That goes about as well as you would expect and Evolution starts taking their time. Goldust backdrops Orton to the apron but walks into a spear. The RKO lays Goldust out again and a Batista Bomb is good for the pin.

Winner: Batista & Randy Orton

Seventh Match: Bo Dallas vs. Sin Cara

JBL is back on commentary and says he’s never been hit that hard in his life. Bo takes over with a headlock and goes outside to celebrate. Back in and a hard whip into the corner gets two on Cara and some knees to the face lead to another celebration. An enziguri puts Dallas down and that snap Angle Slam looks to set up the Swanton. Bo is up quickly though and hits the Bodog out of the corner for the pin.

Bo says you get satisfaction from trying and you all need to BOLIEVE!

Winner: Bo Dallas

The Usos will take on Erick Rowan & Luke Harper on WWE Main Event tomorrow night.

Third In-Ring Segment:

Here’s Stephanie to say the future of the WWE Title has to be decided but first of all, we need Daniel out here to do the right thing. Bryan comes out with his neck in a soft brace as Stephanie says that Bryan needs to do the right thing. He can’t defend the title right now and that’s what the fans deserve, so do what needs to be done. Bryan says that winning the title means the world to him but Stephanie has a point.

The neck injury is worse than he thought and a large part of that is due to Kane. However, Bryan finds it interesting that Stephanie claimed she had no power over Kane but earlier tonight she was able to tell him what to do with ease. Bryan says he’ll be back and there’s no shame in handing the title over. However, Stephanie has been wanting to do this since he won the title and handing them over would just prove her right.

Daniel says it would throw everything he’s worked for out the window and be an insult to everyone who ever changed YES. Therefore, he says NO, he won’t hand her the title. Stephanie shows us a clip of Brie Bella shoving Stephanie a few weeks ago. That’s not ok with Stephanie, so if Bryan doesn’t surrender the title on Sunday, Brie is fired.

Eight Match: Alicia Fox vs. Emma

Fox is getting the title shot on Sunday. Emma sends her into the corner to start for the Emma Sandwich and Fox rolls outside. She says she doesn’t need this and goes to leave but nails Emma as she goes after Fox. Emma gets draped over the apron and caught by the ax kick for two. Fox misses a charge into the corner and gets pinned.

Fox beats up Emma post match and shouts that she isn’t a loser. This week she rings the bell a lot and shouts about it again. A tech guy gets beaten up and Alicia rips his underwear up. This just kind of keeps going as Fox pulls some sodas out from under the ring. She shakes them up and a few drops get on the tech guy. Fox pours a soda on herself and kisses the tech guy she went after earlier.

Winner: Emma

El Torito will take on Hornswoggle on the Payback Pre-Show in a Mask vs. Hair Match.

Ninth Match: Davey Crockett/Damien Sandow vs. Adam Rose w/The Rosebuds

This is Rose’s in ring debut in WWE. Sandow is wrestling in a coonskin cap and sends Rose into the ropes. Adam leans back and kicks his feet forward so Sandow can’t come near him. Here are Colter and Swagger, who have kidnapped the lemon from Rose’s party. The distraction doesn’t work though and Sandow gets caught in the Party Foul Diamond Cutter driver  for the pin. 

After the match Adam Rose attacks Jack Swagger.

Winner: Adam Rose

Sheamus will take on Bad News Barrett on SmackDown this Friday.

Tenth Match: Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio

Sheamus takes over to start and gets an early one off a middle rope knee. There are the ten forearms to the chest and the fight heads outside. That goes nowhere at all so Del Rio catches Sheamus with a few boots as he comes back in and we take a break. Back with Del Rio jawing with the referee before Sheamus fights back with right hands. The running ax handles drop Alberto but Sheamus goes shoulder first into the post.

A hard kick to the head has Sheamus in trouble but he comes back with the Irish Curse for two. Del Rio kicks him in the head again but gets caught in White Noise. He loads up the Brogue Kick but stops to hold his head. Del Rio hits the corner enziguri and the low superkick for two. The armbreaker is countered and the Brogue Kick is good for the pin

Post match Heyman pops up and says that wasn’t an important win (but it was when Brock Lesnar conquered the Streak). Sheamus goes after him but Cesaro comes back and destroys Sheamus with hard shots to the head. Sheamus can’t even stand up and is finally kept down with the Neutralizer.

Winner: Sheamus

Fourth In-Ring Segment:

Here’s Shield for the contract signing. Ambrose says this isn’t going to be a normal contract signing as Reigns is throwing the chairs and table out of the ring. Evolution comes out and HHH reminisces about Shield signing their first contracts here. HHH thinks they shouldn’t sign because it’s their death warrant. Shield of course signs and throws the contract to Evolution who does the same. HHH says Shield is just going to be a statistic but Reigns shushes him. “Get in the ring and fight.”

The war is about to start but Shield easily sends them to the floor. Rollins hits his flip dive but Batista takes Ambrose down. That only gets him the Superman Punch but HHH gets in a sledgehammer shot to prevent the spear. More sledgehammer shots put Reigns on the floor and his teammates are put down as well. A TripleBomb puts Reigns through the table and Evolution stands tall to end the show.

Josh’s Grade for Raw: 8/10

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