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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 special guest Paul Heyman as fans pile into the Quicken Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Heyman says he’s not here to talk about basketball or hockey, he’s here to talk about RAW. Booker talks about The Authority addressing the roster at the top of the hour. Riley reveals you can use the code “preshow” for 20% off WWEShop.com if you order $25 or more. The offer is only available during the pre-show. Mathews talks about Money in the Bank.
We get a replay from last week of Stephanie McMahon‘s announcement on Daniel Bryan and the pay-per-view. We go back to the panel to talk about The Authority, Bryan and the title. We see Nikki Bella and Alicia Fox going at it for a Superstars match. Riley picks Bray Wyatt to win the ladder match. Heyman obviously goes with Cesaro and reminds everyone that Brock Lesnar ended The Streak. We go backstage to Renee Young and Vickie Guerrero. Renee asks what The Authority has in store. Vickie says she was just told to gather a certain number of Superstars. Vickie says everything is just fine with her relationship with Stephanie. The panel talks more about what the announcement could be.
We come back from Network commercials and get a video package on Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler is announced for later tonight. Sheamus vs. Bray Wyatt is also announced. The panel talks more about Money In the Bank. Heyman says he represents Brock Lesnar, represents Cesaro and represents his own interests. We go to more Network commercials. The panel talks about comedian Kevin Hart hosting tonight’s show. More talk from the panel as Rob Van Dam and Jack Swagger go at it for Superstars. Riley predicts Seth Rollins will be added to the ladder match. We see Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler making their way out. Booker brags about his Hall of Fame ring and Riley says he’s working on his, trust him. More talk from the panel and that’s it for the pre-show.
WWE Monday Night Raw:
First In-Ring Segment:
We open Raw with the entire roster on the stage. Triple H and Stephanie then come out. Triple H and Stephanie make their way to the ring for an announcement to the entire roster. Stephanie welcomes everyone to Raw. Stephanie says that they wanted everyone to come out to show that they care. Triple H then says that everyone works all year to become World Champion, and now they have that chance again. Stephanie then apologizes that they had to be represented by a B+ player. Triple H says everyone deserves better than that. He then says that someone on that stage could be our next champion. Stephanie then says that tonight everyone on the roster will get a chance to qualify in a battle royal! Triple H then says there are people who will not be in the battle royal. He says that those people are Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. He then includes Cena as well. He says Cena has to qualify by beating Kane tonight, in a stretcher match.
First Match: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler and Rollins lock up, with Ziggler taking down Rollins with a shoulder block. Rollins gets up and kicks Ziggler in the gut. Rollins then begins to get aggressive, but then gets caught with a hip toss by Ziggler. Rollins goes to the outside as Rollins tries to gain his composure. Rollins gets back in the ring and both men lock up again. Rollins gets the advantage this time, with Rollins putting Ziggler in a headlock. Ziggler gets out, but then runs into a shoulder block. Rollins then bounces off the ropes, but Ziggler then gets up and hits a dropkick. Ziggler then tries to throw Rollins in the corner, but Rollins reverses it and throws Ziggler instead. Ziggler is down and Rollins is in control as we head to commercial break.
We return with Seth in control over Ziggler. Rollins makes a cover but only gets a two count. Rollins puts Ziggler in a headlock, and Ziggler gets out with a jaw breaker. Ziggler then runs a Seth, but Seth throws him over the rope. Seth then goes for the suicide dive, but Ziggler knocks him out before jumping through the rope. Ziggler then begins his comeback, but Seth then halts it with the kick to the head. Rollins then goes for the Peace of Mind, but Ziggler gets out of the way and hits the jumping DDT! Ziggler makes the cover, but only gets a two count.
Ziggler goes for the FameAsser, but Seth catches him for a powerbomb. Ziggler reverses it into a sunset flip, but only gets a two! Rollins then tries for the Peace of Mind, but Ziggler gets out again and hits the FameAsser! Ziggler makes the cover but only gets a two count. Ziggler then tries to hit the Zig Zag, but gets hit with the powerbomb in the corner. Rollins then hits the powerbomb again, and then hits Peace of Mind. Rollins goes for the cover, but Ambrose comes in and attacks Rollins!
Ambrose unloads on Rollins but Rollins escapes the ring and heads up the ramp. Ambrose looks on and takes the mic. He says it’s not going to be over until he get his hands on Rollins’ extremely punchable face. Ambrose tells Rollins to come and fight him like a man. Triple H appears on the big screen and mocks Ambrose. Triple H has some bad news for Ambrose. Out come WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett
Winner: Seth Rollins by DQ
Second Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Bad News Barrett
Back from the break and they’re going at it. Ambrose unloads off the ropes and pummels Barrett with punches. Ambrose with a thrust in the corner and more offense. Barrett turns it around and hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Barrett drops a big elbow for another pin attempt. Barrett keeps Ambrose on the mat now.Ambrose fights out and backdrops Barrett. Barrett comes back with big kicks to the head for a two count. Ambrose unloads out of the corner with lefts and rights. Ambrose clotheslines Barrett to the floor and leaps out onto him. More back and forth. Ambrose ends up down on the floor. Barrett works him over some more and slams him on his injured arm. We go to another commercial.
Back from the break and Barrett is still in control of Ambrose outside of the ring. Barrett rams him into the apron and brings it back in for a two count. Barrett continues to work on the injured arm. Ambrose makes a comeback with one arm. Ambrose with a thrust in the corner and more shots. Barrett runs into a shoulder. Ambrose with a tornado DDT out of the corner for a two count. Barrett fights back but Ambrose drops him for another two count. Ambrose with right hands now. Ambrose runs into Winds of Change. Ambrose slides out of Wasteland and rolls Barrett up for two. Ambrose comes back with a big clothesline off the ropes. Ambrose rallies but we see Seth Rollins standing on the announcers table. Rollins gets on the apron and Ambrose knocks him to the floor. Ambrose tosses Barrett to the floor and leaps out onto them both as the crowd pops.
Rollins escapes through the crowd and Ambrose follows him while Barrett rolls back in the ring. Ambrose gets counted outAfter the bell, Ambrose comes back in and lays Barrett out from behind as the crowd pops. Ambrose nails Dirty Deeds and fans cheer as his new theme song plays.
Winner: Bad News Barrett by DQ
Roman Regins catches up with Vickie Guerrero and asks her if she can put in a good word for him to get in the battle royal. He flirts with her a little and says she might want to kiss The Authority’s butt for the rest of her career. Vickie rushes off to get creamer for The Authority’s coffee. It looks like Reigns puts something in their coffee. Reigns asks when she’s going to tell them to take the job and shove it. Vickie sneezes in their coffee and walks off as Reigns smiles
Second In-Ring Segment:
We come back and we see a ladder set up in the ring with the belts hanging from the rafters. The Wyatt Family theme hits and out they come as fans fill the arena with lights. Wyatt laughs. He says you have nothing in this world without power. Wyatt talks about how power is addicting. He says power will be the downfall of all mankind as we know it, man. Wyatt goes on and points at the titles, saying that represents all the power he could ever need. Wyatt tells the people to look at his brothers,Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. He says they are going to fight at Money in the Bank and will destroy The Usos to take their power. Bray talks more about power and influence. He says he will stand at the top of the ladder at Money In the Bank and change the world forever. Bray says his absolution, his glory and the change that we’ve been praying for is hanging above the ladder. Bray promises us he will get the title and then can truly say he’s got the whole world in his hands. Bray and the fans start singing.
WWE United States Champion Sheamus is out next to interrupt.Sheamus points out it’s bad luck to walk under a ladder. Sheamus talks as he approaches the ring and threatens to shove his boot down Bray’s throat. Bray says he likes that. Sheamus says enough talking, it’s time to fight fella.
Third Match: Bray Wyatt w/Erick Rowan & Luke Harper vs. Sheamus
Sheamus and Bray slug it out to start the match, with both men getting their blows in. Sheamus hits a couple of headbutts, and then hits a forearm to the face. Sheamus continues the beat down, until Bray drags Sheamus to the ground. Bray whips Sheamus into the corner, but Sheamus gets back in it with a suplex. Sheamus then hits a neckbreaker, but only gets a one count from it. Sheamus hits another forearm to the head, and then goes up top. Sheamus hits a diving punch from the top, and then throws Bray to the outside. Sheamus goes for Bray, and Harper and Rowan come around to corner Sheamus. Sheamus is ready to take them all on, but out comes the Usos to fend off the Family. Both teams face off as we head to commercial break.
We return with Bray in control over Sheamus. Sheamus gets up and both men begin to brawl with each other. Bray gets control again, but Sheamus gets knees up for Brays splash. Sheamus and Bray begin to go at it again with fists, and Sheamus eventually gets the advantage, beginning his comeback. Sheamus however gets taken down with that big shoulder block by Bray, but it only gets a two countSheamus however fights back and hits tens blows the the chest on Bray. Sheamus then hits a powerslam, and then calls for the Brogue Kick. Harper and Rowan catch Sheamus in the corner, causing a DQ.
The Usos and Sheamus take out the Wyatt’s after the match, with the help of a ladder. Sheamus and the Usos stand tall in the middle of the ring and celebrate.
Winner: Sheamus by DQ
We go backstage with Vickie giving Triple H and Stephanie their coffees. She spills Triple H’s coffee, so she is told to go get him another. Stephanie drinks the coffee however, which was messed around with by Reigns. We head to commercial break.
We return with backstage Stephanie and Renee. Stephanie runs off as something is bothering her. Heyman comes in and begins to hype up the Money In The Bank ladder match. Heyman says only one man has a strategist, and that is Cesaro. Heyman says he said before Wrestlemania that Brock would break the streak, and that it was a spoiler. He then says Cesaro will win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and that it is not a prediction, but a spoiler.
Fourth Match: Rusev w/Lana vs. Heath Slater
Lana takes the mic in the ring as fans chant USA. She tells them to shut up and listen. More heat from the crowd. She says America is a nation founded by weaklings. She goes on and praises Russian President Vladimir Putin, showing his face on the big screen as fans boo. Lana says out time is fast approaching that we will be forced to drop to our knees. She shows a graphic of Mount Rushmore replaced with Putin, Rusev, Stalin and Gorbachev. Rusev cuts a promo and says he is the super athlete. We get ready for the match but Slater has something to say. Slater says week after week they come out here talking about how good Russia is and if it’s so good, maybe they should go back. Fans pop for Slater. He says he and the fans are tired of hearing it. Tonight, Rusev is going against The American Rockstar in the USA, Slater says. The bell rings and Slater unloads on Rusev.
Rusev gives Slater the massive kick to the face and then makes Slater tap to the accolade.
We see Triple H backstage checking on Stephanie. She’s shut herself in a bathroom and sounds like she’s throwing up. Triple H asks Vickie what she put in the coffee and she says nothing. Triple H sends Vickie into the bathroom to check on Stephanie but before she walks in, two huge blasts of puke hit Stephanie in the face. Stephanie comes out hunched over and she’s crying. Vickie is covered in puke and looks like she’s about to puke herself. Triple H tells her she’s in charge tonight and to make sure everything goes right with the battle royal. Vickie throws a fit and starts screaming after they leave. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Roman Regins knocks on Vickie’s door. She’s still covered in puke and upset. Reigns says most likely Stephanie is going to fire her next week but she can still do something to stand up to them and something positive. Reigns wants in the battle royal. Vickie is so upset she lets Reigns in the match. She slams the door in his face and he walks off.
Cole leads us to a trailer for Kevin Hart’s new movie Think Like a Man Two that comes out this Friday. Renee is backstage with Hart and he’s happy to be here. He plugs his movie but is interrupted by Adam Rose and his Rosebuds. Rose introduces himself and says Hart’s new movie is fantastic. Rose says Hart should stop thinking like a man and start thinking like a Rosebud. Rose invites Hart on the Exotic Express but he’s not interested. Rose tells Hart not to be a lemon and they leave humming the song. Renee wishes Hart good luck on commentary tonight and he says it will be great. Hart walks off humming Rose’s theme.
Fifth Match: Layla & Fandango vs. Summer Rae & Adam Rose
Fans start humming the Rose song as the match starts. They lock up and go to the corner. Layla tags in and slaps Rose. Summer comes in and tackles Layla. They roll around and catfight. Layla trips Summer and tags in Fandango. He runs in and hits a knee to the head on Rose. Summer chases Layla up the ramp and to the back. Rose quickly his the Party Foul for the win.
After the match, Rose parties as the Rosebuds make their way to ringside. JBL tells Kevin Hart “don’t do it!” but Hart goes in the ring to goof around with Rose. Hart and Rose fall from the apron on top of the Rosebuds and crowd surf up the ramp. JBL wonders why Kevin Hart would do something like this and can’t believe it happened.
Winner: Adam Rose & Summer Rae
Sixth Match: Battle Royal to qualify to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match
Roman Regins vs. Big E vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Los Matadores vs. Ryback vs. Curtis Axel vs. Zack Ryder vs. Bo Dallas vs. Rusev vs. Xavier Woods vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Bad News Barrett vs. Jack Swagger vs. Damien Sandow vs. Sin Cara vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Fandango vs. Santino Marella
The match starts with Sandow getting eliminated right away. Santino tries to eliminate Axel, but can’t. Bo comes from behind and eliminates Santino. Kofi tries to eliminate Swagger, but can’t get him over. Both Matadores get eliminated by Rusev, and then Woods is taken out. Big E almost gets eliminated by RybAxel. Titus gets thrown over by Reigns, and then Swagger eliminates Sin Cara. Rusev tries to eliminate Ziggler, but Ziggler kicks him off. Kofi almost flips Swagger over, but Swagger regains his balance. Kofi then tries again and gets it done! We head to commercial break.
We return with Kofi eliminated from the battle royal by RybAxel. RybAxel then eliminates Ziggler. RybAxel tries to eliminate Reigns, but Reigns spears them both. Reigns eliminates Fandango and RybAxel! Reigns gets taken down with a super kick, and both big men are down. Bo Dallas then eliminates Rob Van Dam. Reigns eliminates Barrett, and Bo eliminates Big E. Bo gets speared, and thrown over the top. The two big men are the last two left.Rusev has a flurry, but Roman gets him over the top onto the apron. Rusev shoves Reigns away, but Reigns hits the Superman punch for the win!
Winner: Roman Regins
Renee is backstage with John Cena for his reaction to what just happened. Cena says at RAW, anything can happen. Cena talks about the Stretcher Match and cuts a promo on The Authority. Cena says he’s going to Money In the Bank because that’s best for business. Back to commercial.
Seventh Match: Cameron w/Naomi vs. Paige
The bell rings and they have words. Paige takes Cameron down for a quick pin attempt. Paige tosses Cameron around by her hair and headbutts her. Paige with knees to the face now. Paige with another pin attempt. Paige takes Cameron to the corner for back elbows now. Paige has been very aggressive so far. Cameron goes to the floor and Paige chases her around and back in. Cameron asks Paige to slow down and take a time out.
Cameron gets in a cheap shot and takes control. She claps Paige again and tries for a few pin attempts. Cameron tries to unload on Paige and screams in frustration for another pin attempt. Paige counters with a suplex. Cameron pleads for Paige to back off and gets in another cheap shot. Paige fires back with clotheslines. Paige with a dropkick. Paige gets the non-title win with the PTO right in front of Naomi.
We go backstage with Byron Saxton and Goldust. Goldust says that he met his partner, and that everything Cody Rhodes said was true.
Eight Match: Rybaxel vs. Goldust & StarDust
Stardust and Goldust start on the offensive right away. Stardust hits an axe handle on Axel. Stardust hits a modified stunner for a three count!
Winner: Goldust & StarDust
This Friday on WWE SmackDown Roman Regins will take on Alberto Del Rio. Tomorrow on WWE Main Event The Wyatt Family will take on Sheamus & The Usos.
Ninth Match: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Qualifying Stretcher Match
John Cena vs. Kane
Kane starts with a heavy throw into the corner. Kane hits an uppercut and Cena falls to the outside. Kane puts Cena on the stretcher, but Cena fights off. Cena then uses the stretcher as a weapon. Kane then throws Cena into the steel steps. Cena and Kane then begin to brawl. Kane tries to get Cena on the stretcher again. Kane tries to push Cena, but Cena falls off. We go to commercial.
We return with Kane in control. Kane begins to use the chair on Cena. Cena is then thrown back into the ring, and then uses the chair on Kane. Cena goes up top but gets caught with a chokeslam. Cena then reverses Kane, which makes Kane fall on the steel steps. Cena goes for the AA, but Kane gets out and hits a DDT on the steel steps. Kane then puts Cena on the stretcher, but Cena falls off again. Cena then fights back and throws Kane on the steel post. Cena then puts Kane through the table with an AA. Cena then carries Kane too a stretcher. Seth Rollins and Randy Orton come out of no where and begin to attack Cena. Orton hits an RKO on Cena in the middle of the ring. Rollins then goes out and grabs a chair.
Ambrose comes out however and makes the save! Ambrose takes out Orton and Rollins, but then is chokeslammed by Kane. Cena then throws Kane over the ropes, and then throws the steel steps on him from the ring. Cena then gets Kane on the stretcher.Cena drags Kane to the finish line, but Kane sits up. Kane tries to chokeslam Cena, but Cena hits the AA on Kane onto the stretcher. Cena then pushes Kane over the line to win the match.
Winner: John Cena
Josh’s Grade for WWE Raw: 9/10
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