WWE Monday Night Raw
July 21, 2014
American Airlines Arena
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WWE Monday Night Raw Pre-Show:
Tonight’s WWE Raw Pre-show opens up with Byron Saxton, Booker T and Alex Riley at WWE headquarters. They talk about Battleground and we see how the Fatal 4 Way main event ended. They talk about John Cena and Booker wonders how long he can keep pushing. They talk about Roman Regins next. They hype Triple H‘s big announcement for Cena’s SummerSlam opponent. We get a look back at Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose from Battleground. We go to commercials.
We come back and get a look at Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho at Battleground. It’s announced Nikki Bella will face Rosa Mendes, Eva Marie, Cameron and Alicia Fox in a handicap match. We get a look at when Brie Bella quit and slapped Stephanie McMahon. We get more talk from the panel about RAW and go to Renee Young, who is with Nikki Bella. She says she’s fearless and prepared for anything Stephanie throws her way. Nikki says she has a surprise of her own tonight that the WWE Universe won’t want to miss. We come back from more promos and they plug Flo Rida’s appearance on RAW tonight. We get a look back at The Miz winning the Intercontinental Title last night. Riley boldly predicts The Miz and Sheamus will unify their titles and Booker boldly predicts Roman Reigns will be WWE Champion within 6 months. There will be a Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt tonight. More hype for tonight’s show and that’s it for the pre-show.
WWE Monday Night Raw:
First In-Ring Segment:
Raw is in Miami, Florida and Triple H opens the show. We are told that Triple H will name John Cena’s opponent for Summerslam tonight. Triple H says that no one wants to look him in the eye tonight. He says everyone is worried that he is going to freak out at them because The Authority doesn’t have possession of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He says he is mad but he has options. Triple H then says that he is so mad that he is going to complain on social media. He says maybe he should just fire everyone and kick everybody out. He then says maybe he should relax and just wait because he always wins. Triple H says that he guarantees a new WWE Champion at Summerslam. Out comes Randy Orton.
Randy says that he deserves his rematch for the title. Triple H says that may be true, but everyone has a chance to be impress me. He says that he wants someone to show him that they want it more than anything else in the world. Orton says that if it wasn’t for Kane last night, Orton would be champion. Out comes Kane. Kane says that he can bring the titles back to the Authority, as long as he isn’t babysitting. Out comes Roman Reigns.
Reigns says that if they are talking about someone to be the next challenger, it should be him. Reigns says no one want to see Kane vs John Cena, and no one wants to see John Cena vs Randy Orton again. Reigns then takes out Kane. HHH and Orton retreat and Triple H says Reigns will be in action right now against Orton and Kane. We go to commercial break.
First Match: Randy Orton & Kane vs. Roman Regins
Orton and Reigns start the match off. Reigns is in control at first, hitting ten punches in the corner. Orton gets away and Kane is tagged in. Kane and Reigns lock up, with Reigns getting taken down with a right hand. Reigns gets back in it with a Samoan Drop, but Kane kicks out and pushes Reigns in the corner. Orton is tagged in . Orton hits a knee to the gut and is now in control. Kane is tagged in and hits a kick to the face. Kane puts Reigns in a headlock, but Reigns gets out. Reigns tries to build some offense, hitting a clothesline from the top rope. Reigns makes the cover for the two count. Kane gets up and throws Reigns over the top rope. Reigns fights back and throws Kane into the ring steps. Reigns is in control as we go to commercial break.
We return with Orton in control over Reigns. Orton hits stomps all over Reigns, and then makes the cover for a two count. Kane is tagged in and hits a boot to the face. Kane then hits an elbow and tags in Orton again. Orton hits a dropkick and makes a pinfall, but Reigns kicks out at two. Orton then puts Reigns in a headlock. Reigns fights out and hits a Samoan Drop. Orton makes the tag to Reigns and Reigns begins his comebackReigns then calls for the Superman punch, but Orton distracts Kane. Kane hits a boot then offers a tag. Orton refuses too and then walks away. Reigns then hits a Superman punch and a spear on Kane. Reigns makes the cover for the three count.
After the match, Orton comes back to the apron and teases getting in the ring as Reigns stares him down. Reigns’ music hits and they have words as we go to replays.
Winner: Roman Regins
Still to come, Bray Wyatt on The Highlight Reel. Also, Nikki Bella in a 4-on-1 handicap match. We see Eva Marine, Alicia Fox, Cameron and Rosa Mendes backstage. Stephanie McMahon walks up and she’s excited about tonight. She says they’re going to annihilate Nikki Bella and they like the sound of that. They walk off and we go back to commercial.
Second Match: Eva Marie, Alicia Fox, Cameron and Rosa Mendes vs. Nikki Bella
Back from the break and out comes Eva, Cameron, Alicia and Rosa. Nikki Bella is out next. She stops at ringside and hugs Brie Bella, who is watching as a fan.
Stephanie’s music hits and out she comes. She taunts Brie and calls her a quitter. She says Nikki faked like she was surprised to see Brie. Stephanie says Brie went being one of the biggest Divas to just another face in the crowd because she abandoned her sister for her her husband, the B+ player Daniel Bryan. This gets a “yes!” chant going and Brie smiles at Stephanie. Stephanie blames what happens to Bryan and Nikki on Brie. Stephanie walks off and Brie calls her a b—h. Stephanie asks for security to escort her out. She presents a ticket. Stephanie tells her she’s blocking the view of other fans and tells her to sit down. Brie snatches the mic and says she’s doing this out of spite because Brie left her hand print on Stephanie’s face. Brie calls her a vindictive b—h. Stephanie slaps her. Brie tries to come over the barrier but security holds her back. Stephanie tells them to get her out of her and calls her a loser and a quitter. She calls for the bell.
The match starts all four divas attack Nikki then Alicia Fox gives Nikki the Scissor Kick for the victory. After the match Stephanie continues to taunt Nikki and says you will end up like your sister a quitter and then walks away.
Winner: Eva Marie, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Cameron
Third Match: Bo Dallas vs. Damien Sandow aka Lebron James
We go to the ring and Bo Dallas is finishing his entrance. Damien Sandow is out next and he’s dressed as LeBron James, which gets some heat. He cuts a promo about going back to Cleveland and tells Bo he should do the same – leave. They go at it and Bo unloads. Bo sends Sandow out to the floor. Sandow comes back in the ring and takes control. Fans start a “let’s go Heat” chant. More offense from Sandow as he keeps Bo grounded.
Sandow misses his elbow and Bo turns it around, hitting the running Bo-dog for the win.
Winner: Bo Dallas
Second In-Ring Segment:
We come back from a commercial break and the announcers say we’re supposed to have The Highlight Reel but Chris Jericho was attacked by The Wyatt Family on the WWE App while he was being interviewed. Bray Wyatt appears on the big screen, gets a big pop from Miami and makes his way out with Erick Rowan and Luke Harper while the arena lights up with phones.
Bray welcomes us to The Highlight Reel and says our host can’t be here because he’s indisposed. Bray shows us video of them beating Jericho down backstage on the WWE App. Bray hit Sister Abigail into a locker room wall and laid Jericho out. Bray told Jericho that sooner or later, they all fall down. We come back to the ring. Bray says a loss in a battle means nothing to him because the war is what counts. Bray says war is his game, he created war. Bray goes on and says he’s forever.
We go backstage and trainers are checking on Jericho. R-Truth is also there. Jericho is bleeding from his ear and trying to come to. We go back to the announcers. Still to come, Triple H’s big decision for SummerSlam. We see Flo Rida and his entourage walking backstage. He stops and greets Big E, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Emma and Naomi.
Fourth Match: The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
The match starts with Miz taunting to the crowd on the outside. Ziggler ends up chasing Miz down, throwing him into the barricade. Ziggler gets back in the ring with the Miz, and Ziggler stays in control with a hip toss. Ziggler then hits nine straight elbows, before Miz gains some space, and makes a move to get control of this match. Ziggler gets out and both begin to brawl on the apron. Miz ends up throwing Ziggler to the outside and Ziggler appears to be out. Miz is in control as we go to commercial break.
We return with Miz in control over Ziggler. Ziggler tries to fight back, but Miz continues to beat Ziggler down. Miz hits a snap suplex and makes the cover, but only gets a 2 count. Miz then begins to rake the face of Ziggler. Ziggler fights back and rolls Miz up, but only gets a two count. Ziggler then dodges Miz’s clothesline, with Miz getting caught up in the turnbuckle. Ziggler then begins his comeback. Ziggler and Miz both exchange roll ups before Miz takes advantage again. Both men then begin to exchange reversals, with Ziggler finally hitting the jumping DDT. Ziggler makes the cover but Miz kicks out at two. Miz then fights back with a DDT of his own, but Ziggler kicks out.
Ziggler then goes for the superkick but Miz reverses it into the figure four! Ziggler screams in pain but finally gets to the ropes. Ziggler then gets up and hits the Fame-Asser and makes the cover, but Miz kicks out! Ziggler gets up and goes for the Zig Zag, but Miz holds onto the ropes. Miz then goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Ziggler rolls out of it. Ziggler then goes for the super kick, and Miz turns around and covers his face. Ziggler takes advantage and hits the Zig Zag! Ziggler makes the cover for the three count!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
We go backstage to Triple H and Seth Rollins. Apparently Rollins wanted the SummerSlam title shot. Triple H says there’s no reason for him to because he has the briefcase. Rollins says every time he tries to cash in, Dean Ambrose screws it up. He says Ambrose won’t stop until they shut him down for good. Cesaro walks in and makes his case for the title shot. Cesaro says as of right now, he’s no longer a Heyman Guy. He wants to be Triple H’s guy. Rollins steps in and they have words. Triple H says if Cesaro takes care of Ambrose, that would impress him. Cesaro says consider it done and shakes hands with Triple H before walking off.
Fifth Match: Paige & AJ Lee vs. Emma & Natalya
Emma and AJ start the match. Emma hits an elbow, and then takes AJ down. Emma rolls AJ up but AJ kicks out at two. AJ takes control and tags in Paige. Emma gets some space and tags in Natalya. Natalya then hits a German Suplex, and locks the Sharpshooter in! Paige is able to reach AJ and make the tag! AJ then hits the Shining Wizard, and locks in the Black Widow. Natalya taps out and AJ wins.
AJ celebrates with Paige, and as AJ turns around, Paige grabs AJ’s hair and throws her to the ground. Paige begins to beat down AJ on the outside, and then rams her into the post. Paige screams that this is her house, and then throws her over the announce table. Paige stands tall and skips away.
Winner: Paige & AJ Lee
Sixth Match: Fandango vs. Zack Ryder
Back from the break and Fandango is wrapping up his entrance. Zack Ryder comes out and stops on the stage. He brings out Summer Rae and Layla. They dance and head to the ring with Ryder.
The bell rings and Fandango goes to work. They trade shots but Fandango nails a dropkick. Fandango Ryder over for a pin attempt and applies a headlock. Ryder tries to fight free but Fandango keeps up the attack. Ryder slams Fandango’s face into the mat. Ryder goes to the top and Fandango runs into knees. Fandango blocks a missile dropkick and unloads on Ryder. Ryder nails a Rough Ryder for the pin and Fandango gets his foot on the bottom rope but Layla knocks it off, allowing Ryder to get the win.
Winner: Zack Ryder
We go backstage with Flo Rida and Renee Young. Flo Rida says that he hopes that his performance impresses Triple H enough to choose him to face Cena at Summerslam. Slater comes in and says he wants to return the favor for pushing him at Wrestlemania. Slater pushes Flo Rida and Flo Rida shoves him to the ground.
Tomorrow night on WWE Main Event Sheamus will take on Rusev.
1.) Good Ones
2.) Wild Ones
3.) Let the Good Times Roll
Third In-Ring Segment:
We come back and Stephanie McMahon is in the ring. She introduces Flo Rida. He performs some of his songs on the stage. He finishes and Stephanie asks the crowd for one more pop. The announcers plug the show until we see a situation developing at ringside. It appears detectives are trying to take Stephanie away but a member of security is trying to stop them. Fans chant “yes!” and then sing “goodbye” to Stephanie. The cop asks Stephanie if she understands her rights. One of the cops mentions an “allegation” that Stephanie assaulted Brie, something we all saw on live TV. He says that’s battery in the state of Florida. They put Stephanie in handcuffs as the crowd pops. Brie appears at the barrier and they scream at each other. Security takes Brie away and the detectives take Stephanie away in handcuffs. Stephanie argues with the police as they take her away. Cole plays up the seriousness of the situation. Triple H confronts them backstage. He asks to see their badge. Stephanie starts crying and says it was self defense. Triple H yells to get Jerry on the phone, referring to WWE’s lawyer. Triple H tells the police they better be sure of this. They put Stephanie in the back of the car and Triple H tells her to calm down. Triple H tells Jerry is on the phone and she will be out in 5 minutes. They drive away with lights on. We go to commercial.
We come back and get replays. Joey Mercury approaches Triple H backstage about the SummerSlam title shot. Triple H says family comes first, it’s his wife. He goes to leave but stops. He says she has to get processed, the lawyers are already on their way and he’s probably got enough time. He tells Mercury to tell them he will be there as soon as he makes his decision.
Seventh Match: Big E & Kofi Kingston vs. Rybaxel
We go to the ring and Ryback waits with Curtis Axel while Big E and Kofi Kingston make their way out.
Good back and forth tag match. The end comes when Axel and Big E tumble out to the floor and Kofi looks to be putting Ryback away but Ryback eventually gets the pin.
After the match, there appears to be tension between Kofi and Big E. Xavier Woods appears in a red and white suit. He says you can’t move ahead by shaking hands and kissing babies. He says tis is their time. He says it’s up to them to find order and to find purpose. Xavier says they do not ask any longer. Now, they take. Kofi and Big E nod in agreement.
Eight Match: Rusev w/Lana vs. The Great Khali
Khali gets a couple of chops in before Rusev beats down Khali in the corner. Khali fights back with more chops, knocking Rusev down. Rusev however hits a kick to the head, and then locks in the Accolade. Khali taps out.
Another bizarre backstage promo with Stardust and Goldust.
Ninth Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro
We come back and get another replay of Stephanie and Brie. Renee is backstage with an update and Stephanie has been taken downtown. We go back to the ring. Cesaro and Ambrose go at it brawling. Ambrose ends up dumping Cesaro to the floor and leaping out onto him. Ambrose sends Cesaro into the barrier and back in the ring. Cesaro takes control and works Ambrose over. We see Rollins, Orton and Triple H watching backstage. Cesaro suplexes Ambrose on the floor. Cesaro brings it back in and works on the injured shoulder.
Ambrose fights back to his feet but Cesaro drops him with a big shot to the jaw. Cesaro with more stomps. Ambrose grabs him and turns it around out of nowhere. Ambrose tosses Cesaro out of the ring and leaps out on him but leaps onto an uppercut instead. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cesaro is working on the shoulder. Ambrose breaks free and they trade shots. Cesaro ducks a clothesline and nails a German suplex for two. We see The Authority looking on again. Triple H is on the phone. Ambrose gets crotched on the top and hit with a big kick. Cesaro climbs up for a superplex but Ambrose blocks it. Ambrose headbutts Cesaro to the mat. Ambrose nails a dropkick. Ambrose with a cross-body and punches. Cesaro runs into an elbow. Ambrose goes to the top and hits a tornado DDT for a two count.
More back and forth. Ambrose sends Cesaro to the floor and leaps out onto him. Ambrose nails a big clothesline for another 2 count. Cesaro hits the shoulder and another clothesline. Cesaro with a two count now. Cesaro gets Ambrose upside down in the corner and unloads away until the referee backs him off. Ambrose throws Cesaro’s shoulder into the ring post a few times. Ambrose goes outside for a steel chair and the crowd pops. Ambrose swings it at Cesaro’s shoulder up against the ring post and gets disqualified.
After the bell, Ambrose tosses another chair in the ring but Cesaro has already left.
Winner: Cesaro by DQ
Renee is backstage with Triple H. He’s going to the ring for his announcement. She asks if he should be with his wife right now and he glares at her. Back to commercial.
This Friday on WWE Friday Night SmackDown Roman Regins will take on Alberto Del Rio.
Fourth In-Ring Segment:
Back from the break and Triple H is in the ring. He brings out John Cena’s SummerSlam opponent – Randy Orton. Orton approaches the ring and Roman Regins beats him up. Reigns fights hi off into the crowd and they disappear. Fans chant for Lesnar. Triple H looks frustrated. Paul Heyman appears and says Triple H should implement Plan C. He brings out Brock Lesnar to a big pop.
Lesnar marches to the ring with Heyman. Triple H shakes his hand, making the match official. Heyman cuts a promo and says Lesnar intends to conquer Cena and take the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Heyman goes on praising Lesnar and reminds us he ended The Streak. Heyman shows us a replay of The Undertaker’s loss. Heyman tells us that Lesnar beat Taker so bad that Vince McMahon had to ride to the hospital with him because he was worried for his life. Heyman says the same beating awaits Cena. Heyman says Cena can’t escape this beating. Heyman declares that Lesnar will take Cena down at SummerSlam and punch his face in. Heyman says Cena is going to be hurt and injured. Lesnar is going to mangle Cena and then, and only then, Lesnar is going to F5 Cena and strip him of the dignity he has being WWE World Heavyweight Champion, the same way he stripped The Undertaker of his dignity. Heyman says 15 world titles in 10 years sounds like something worth conquering. Heyman pledges allegiance to the conquer that stands before him. Heyman wraps an awesome promo. He introduces himself and says his client will beat John Cena at SummerSlam to become the WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World. Lesnar’s music hits and RAW goes off the air with him smiling.
Josh’s Grade for WWE Raw: 10/10
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