WWE Monday Night Raw
July 28, 2014
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WWE Monday Night Raw Pre-Show:
Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show opens up from the WWE studios in Stamford with host Byron Saxton, Booker T and Alex Riley. We see fans filing into the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Riley jokes that Booker is sad that he’s not in his hometown tonight. Riley reveals that tonight’s WWE shop special is buy 1 t-shirt, get one 50% off and free shipping. The code is PRE50 and it’s only valid during the pre-show. Saxton leads us to video from last week of Triple H naming Brock Lesnar as John Cena‘s SummerSlam opponent. Riley says this is going to be a helluva match at SummerSlam. Booker says Triple H has learned from the best, Vince McMahon, in that he’s let bygones be bygones and brought Lesnar back again. Saxton leads us to video of Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella‘s segment last week.
Saxton says Stephanie will return tonight. He shows us Brie’s tweet from this weekend about being on RAW tonight. We go to Network commercials. We come back and get a look at the Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho feud. We also get a look at the feud between AJ Lee and Paige. We go to Renee Young at the arena with Paige. Paige says she still considers AJ her best friend for life. She says girlfriends have their disagreements but just go back to being friends the next day. We go back to the panel for more talk and Network commercials. More hype from the panel when we come back. It’s bold prediction time – Booker says Stephanie will say something shocking and Riley predicts Brock Lesnar will destroy John Cena. Saxton reveals Cena will kick off RAW and that’s it for the pre-show.
WWE Monday Night Raw:
First In-Ring Segment:
Michael Cole is joined by JBL and Jerry Lawler as he welcomes us to RAW. WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena makes his way to the ring.
Cena takes the mic and gets a mixed reaction from the crowd. Cena calls them a very lively bunch. Cena says he hoped Brock Lesnar would never happen. Cena says he is a marked man by The Authority and they want the title off his neck so badly they hired a mercenary. Cena says his opponent at SummerSlam is The Brock Lesnar. The crowd pops. Cena brings up fans possibly wanting to see Lesnar beat the hell out of him and they start cheering big time. A “yes” chant starts up also. Cena says Lesnar is the most devastating force in WWE. Cena puts over Lesnar and says he knows he will get the beating of a lifetime at SummerSlam. More pops from the crowd. Cena says he knows he’s going to get his ass kicked. Cena says he will not lay down, he will fight. Cena says he’s going to SummerSlam to beat Lesnar just like he did in 2012. Cena says we don’t understand what will happen to the title is Lesnar gets it. Cena says nobody can control Lesnar – not the fans, The Authority or Paul Heyman. We hear a “ladies and gentlemen…” and out comes Heyman to a mixed reaction also.
Heyman introduces himself and says his client will conquer Cena at SummerSlam to take the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Heyman says Cena is saying some mighty big words for a man that’s about to be turned into a victim. Heyman goes on and brings up The Undertake getting taken out. Heyman says Lesnar isn’t going to just F5 and pin Cena, he’s going to victimize Cena ruthlessly and mercilessly. Cena comes back and says they share passion. Cena says this is his friggin’ life and he works his ass off because he loves this place and loves what it represents. Cena gets a pop. Cena says Lesnar will have to beat the hell out of him because he’s going to SummerSlam and he’s leaving with this son of a b—h.
Cesaro’s music hits and out he comes. He hugs Heyman and takes the mic. Cesaro says even though he and Heyman have gone their separate ways, he won’t allow Cena to insult his friend. Cesaro says Cena is a big muscled up walking billboard, not a wrestler. Cena drops the title and exit the ring. Cesaro tells him to stay put. He asks if Cena got his shoes at Kmart. Cesaro says you can’t wrestle in sneakers. Oh wait, you just can’t wrestle. Cesaro challenges Cena. Heyman says we get a bonus impromptu match… Cena tells him to shut up. Cena says it will be his honor to wrestle circles around Cesaro. Cesaro’s music hits and he heads to the ring. We go to commercial.
First Match: John Cena vs. Cesaro
Cesaro and Cena lock up and have a test of strength, with Cesaro gaining the edge. Cena however counters immediately and takes Cesaro down with a monkey flip. Cena then puts Cesaro in a headlock, but Cesaro gets out and puts one in of his own. Cena gets out and goes for a shoulder block, but Cesaro counters it into a tilt a whirl slam. Cesaro then begins to beat down Cena in the corner. Cesaro goes for a powerslam but Cena reverses it into a hurricanrana for a two count. Cesaro however gets up and hits an uppercut, and then follows it with a double footstomp. Cesaro then knocks Cena to the outside, and then tells to the referee to count. Cena gets in at five and then goes right after Cesaro. Cena goes for a bulldog but Cesaro pulls off last minutes. Cesaro is in control as we go to commercial break.
We return with Cesaro in control over Cena. Cena however fights back and begins his comeback. Cesaro then counters the back suplex into a DDT. Cesaro makes cover but Cena kicks out at two. Cesaro then goes for the Swing, but Cena gets out and hits a powerbomb! Cena makes the cover but Cesaro kicks out. Cena then goes to the top rope, but Cesaro knocks him off. Cesaro then goes to the second rope and hits a superplex! Cesaro makes the cover but Cena kicks out at two. Cesaro then catches Cena and hits the Swing! Cena then gets out of a submission and hits the back suplex. Cena then hits the five knuckle shuffle, and then goes for the AA. Cesaro holds onto the ropes, and Cena goes on top with him! Cesaro however gets out and hits a cross body! Cena rolls through and lifts him up for the AA! Cena hits it but Cesaro lands on his feet! Cesaro then hits the lifting uppercut but Cesaro only gets a two count!
Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer, but Cena gets out and both men hit boots to the face. Cesaro gets the upper hand and goes up top. Cena however runs up and hits the AA from the top rope! Cena makes the cover and gets the three count.
Winner: John Cena
We go backstage to Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. She says she can’t go back to jail and see the look of utter disappointment in their daughter’s eyes. Triple H consoles her but Randy Orton interrupts. He says Brock Lesnar wasn’t the original plan last week, he was. Orton isn’t happy about Roman Regins messing everything up. Triple H says plans change. He could change the match at SummerSlam but he’s not going to because as long as Reigns is in the picture, Orton won’t get a shot. Triple H says Reigns cost Orton the title shot and a lot more. Triple H says if Orton wants another shot he has to take out Reigns. Triple H reveals it will be Reigns vs. Kane tonight. Orton says now he has a problem with Kane, Reigns and Triple H. Orton walks off. We go to commercial.
Second In-Ring Segment:
Back from the break and out comes Paige. We get a look back at her turn last week. Paige says sometimes her emotions get the best of her but AJ Lee is still her best friend in the whole wide world. She says what she did last week was deplorable. Paige says she saw AJ not as a friend but as someone who took her title. She promises she will never act that way again. AJ’s music hits and out she comes with the Divas Title.
AJ hits the ring and CM Punk chants start. AJ speaks but Paige interrupts. AJ says she isn’t done. AJ says she knows what it’s like to have the title taken away in an instant. AJ says she doesn’t play little girl games. If she has a problem or doesn’t like you, it’s going to be to your face. Paige says he is AJ’s real friend and if she doesn’t believe her, then AJ is crazy. AJ asks what Paige just called her. Paige apologizes for calling her “that” and says she would never make fun of AJ’s mental health. AJ says she understands but attacks Paige out of nowhere. AJ tosses Paige out of the ring and rams her into the barrier. Paige retreats and asks AJ why she had to be like that. Fans chant for CM Punk as AJ hits the ring to pose with her title.
Third In-Ring Segment:
We return to Raw and out comes Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Triple H says that they have had a lot of moments together, but he has never been more disappointed with the fans then he was last week. He says they thought it was funny that his wife was arrested, and that he isn’t going to stand for it. He says he will never forgive them for that. He says that it was all a misunderstanding as Brie Bella antagonized Stephanie. She said Brie was asking for it. Triple H says that the reality is that almost all the charges have been dropped. He then says Brie still has the charges put on Stephanie, and that they are here to fix this. Triple H then gives the mic to Stephanie and she asks Brie to come out.
Out comes Chris Jericho! Jericho says that he apologizes for interrupting but he wants to show how bad he feels by singing them a song. He then sings bad boys with the crowd and then Triple H asks if this is funny. Jericho says it is funny and that Stephanie shouldn’t feel bad as orange is the new black. He then says moments like last week is the reason why the WWE Network was made. Jericho then asks if Stephanie has asked him why he didn’t leave with Stephanie. Jericho says he knows why, and Jericho begins to slander Stephanie. Triple H says Jericho should worry about Bray Wyatt, and Jericho says that is the real reason he came out here. Jericho says he wants him tonight, but Triple H says that he has to wait until Summerslam. Triple H says Jericho has to worry about something else tonight, and Rollins comes out and attacks Jericho from behind. Rollins vs Jericho is officially announced.
Second Match: The Usos & Dolph Ziggler vs. Rybaxel & The Miz
Ziggler and Ryback start the match. Ziggler gets distracted by Miz, and Ryback gains control right away. Axel is tagged in and hits a dropkick. Ziggler is pinned but kicks out at two. Ziggler is then put into a headlock. Ziggler gets out and makes a tag to Jimmy. Jimmy then begins to take out Axel. Axel galls to the outside, and The Usos take out RybAxel. Miz then comes in and Ziggler goes to attack Miz. Miz ducks and gets out of the way, as the Usos and Dolph are in control right before the commercial break.
We return with Miz in control. Big E, Kofi, and Woods are now at ringside. Miz puts Jimmy in a headlock as the crowd chants for Ziggler. Miz then hits a knee to the gut, and then follows it with a cheap shot to Ziggler. Axel is tagged in and begins to choke Jimmy in the rope. Axel then makes a tag to the Miz. Miz then locks in another headlock. Jimmy fights out and tries to make a tag but Miz holds him off. Miz is pushed off again and both men make a tag. Ziggler and Ryback are in, and Ziggler starts his comeback. Ziggler ends up hitting the jumping DDT, and he makes the cover but Miz breaks it up. Everyone then goes at it and Ziggler and Ryback are the only ones left standing. Ryback catches Ziggler for a powerbomb, but Ziggler gets out and hits the Zig Zag for the three count!
Winner: The Usos & Dolph Ziggler
Third Match: R-Truth vs. Bo Dallas
Back from the break and R-Truth is making his way out rapping. Truth tells Houston to make some noise and gets a big pop. Bo Dallas is out next. Bo says Truth can never be undefeated like him because he’s lost a lot of his matches in his career. A lot. Bo says Truth will be victorious one day, if he just Bo-lieves.
The bell rings and Bo takes Truth down. Bo takes a victory lap around the ring, comes back in and gets pinned.
Bo’s streak is over. Bo takes the mic and can’t Bo-lieve that Truth was the first to beat him. Bo says but that’s OK and decks Truth with the mic. Bo beats Truth up in the corner and hits a bunch of clotheslines. Bo traps Truth in the apron and unloads on him. Bo brings Truth back in the ring and nails his DDT. There was a “we Bo-lieve” chant going on. Bo snaps back to normal, raises his arms and takes another victory lap as his music hits.
Fourth In-Ring Segment:
Back from the break and Justin Roberts is introducing Rusev. Rusev waves the Russian flag as Lana looks on. Fans chant USA and Lana tells them to shut up. She disses the American flag and cuts another anti-American promo. She says Russia continues to prove its might and is commanded by the fearless leader Vladimir Putin, who we see on the big screen. She knocks President Obama for waving his finger at Russia, threatening them for their “peace actions.” She calls Obama a laughable leader. The music interrupts and out comes Jack Swagger with Zeb Colter. Swagger has an American flag. Zeb cuts the music and rips Lana. Swagger raises the flag and Zeb says this is a real flag. Zeb goes on and does the “we the people.” Swagger runs to the ring and Rusev meets him. They brawl at ringside. Rusev slams Swagger into the barrier and tosses him hard into the other side. Fans chant USA. Rusev rolls Swagger in the ring. Lana tells Rusev to crush but Swagger counters and goes for the Patriot Lock. Rusev counters and Swagger kicks him to the apron and then sends him to the floor. Fans chant USA and Swagger’s music plays as he and Rusev wave their flags.
Fourth Match: Damien Sandow (Neil Armstrong) vs. Adam Rose
Back from the break and Houston, we have a problem. Damien Sandow comes out dressed as an astronaut and says no, we have thousands of problems in the form of the fans in the arena tonight. Out next comes Adam Rose and his Rosebuds.
Rose cuts a promo and tells Sandow to be a Rosebud, not a lemon. They go at it and the bell rings. Rose quickly nails the Party Foul for the easy win.
Winner: Adam Rose
Tomorrow night on WWE Main Event Dean Ambrose will take on Alberto Del Rio.
Fifth Match: Roman Regins vs. Kane
We come back and Kane makes his way out. Roman Reigns is next, coming through the crowd and getting a big pop.
Before Reigns can make his way out, Randy Orton attacks him in the crowd. They brawl back to ringside and Reigns takes Orton out. Kane makes the save and brings Reigns in the ring. Reigns nails a Samoan Drop and takes him to the corner. Orton comes back in but Reigns nails a Superman punch. Kane chokeslams Reigns. Kane leaves and Orton stomps on Reigns. Orton mounts Reigns with right hands and stomps again. Orton with kicks now. Orton sends Reigns to the floor and taunt him some more. Orton throws Reigns face first into the steel steps. Orton continues the assault on the floor and nails a draping DDT from the top of the barrier. Orton sends Reigns back into the steps and takes apart the announcers table. Orton takes his time and drops Reigns on top of the table with a RKO. Orton goes back for more and hits another, this time the table breaks. Orton taunts Reigns some more and poses as we go to commercial.
Winner: No Contest
Sixth Match: Fandango vs. Diego w/Layla & Summer Rae
Fandango waits in the ring as Diego makes his way out with Summer Rae and Layla dressed in Los Matadores attire. El Torito makes his way out with them.
Fandango is upset and works Diego over to start the match. Fandango gets distracted by Summer and Layla. Fandango counters and nails a dropkick for a two count. Fandango with a suplex. Fandango goes to the top but El Torito is standing on the opposite corner. Fandango drops down as does Torito. Torito, Summer and Layla distract Fandango, allowing Diego to get the win.
After the match, Layla and Summer dance in the ring with Diego and Torito. Fandango gets on the apron and Torito gores him off.
Stephanie McMahon is backstage. She knocks on Nikki Bella’s dressing room. Stephanie says she’s looking for Brie and Nikki says she will be here soon. Stephanie hopes Brie will be reasonable and hear what she has to say. Nikki says there’s not a lot of times when people like Stephanie eat a plate of crap, she just hopes Stephanie likes the taste of it. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and we get another bizarre backstage segment with Stardust and Goldust.
Seventh Match: Natalya & Naomi vs. Cameron & Alicia Fox
Natalya and Alicia start, with Natalya gaining control. Naomi is tagged in and gets distracted by Cameron. Alicia takes control, but Naomi fights back. Naomi then goes on the outside and attacks Cameron. Alicia throws Naomi back in the ring and hits a scissors kick. Cameron is then tagged in. Cameron begins to beat down Naomi, but Naomi fights out and puts Cameron in a leg scissors, where Cameron taps out.
Winner: Natalya & Naomi
Eight Match: Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins
Back from the break and out comes Seth Rollins with his briefcase. The bell rings and they lock up. Jericho beats Rollins into the corner and unloads with kicks. Rollins blocks and rolls to the floor for a breather. Jericho follows and sends Rollins into the barrier. They trade chops. Jericho rolls Rollins back in but Rollins kicks him off the apron. Rollins runs the ropes and goes to dive out but runs into a right hand. Jericho comes in and hits a suplex for a two count. Rollins turns it around with a kick and stomps away in the corner.
Jericho with an enziguri for a two count. More back and forth. Rollins nails a dropkick. Rollins works Jericho over but misses a kick. Jericho dumps him to the apron. Jericho jumps from the corner to the apron and knocks Rollins to the floor. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rollins has Jericho grounded on the mat after a big dive outside of the ring during the commercial. Jericho tries to fight back but Rollins sends him back to the mat. Jericho finally makes a comeback. Jericho goes to the top and comes crashing down with a big right hand. Fans pop as Jericho gets fired up. Rollins counters the bulldog and drops Jericho for a two count. Rollins with headbutts and more shots now. Jericho fights back with chops into the corner. Rollins counters and drops Jericho face first into the turnbuckle.
Rollins goes to the top but Jericho cuts him off. Jericho goes for a superplex but it’s blocked. Rollins headbutts Jericho. Rollins goes for a super powerbomb but Jericho backdrops him to the mat. Jericho climbs up and hits a crossbody for a two count. More back and forth. Jericho misses a Lionsault. Rollins powerbombs Jericho into the turnbuckles. Rollins misses the curb stomp and Jericho rolls him up for two. Rollins fights off the Walls of Jericho and hits a big kick to the face. Rollins springboards in but Jericho catches him with a Codebreaker in mid-air. The Wyatt Family graphic flashes to a big pop. The lights come back on and The Wyatt Family is in the ring, Rollins is out. They beat Jericho down.
Winner: Chris Jericho by DQ
This Friday Night Chris Jericho will take on Erick Rowan on WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
Fifth In-Ring Segment:
Back from the break and out comes Stephanie McMahon. She’s down and talks about how she represents WWE but nobody can look her in the eye without thinking she’s a common criminal now. This experience has hurt her professionally and personally. She says her daughters can’t understand why their mother was taken to jail. Her kids are getting teased at camp, their friends’ parents won’t let them come over and they are scarred for life. Brie Bella comes walking to the ring and they hit her music late.
Brie says she’s heard enough. She tells Stephanie to get to the point or keep standing there like a whining rich b—h. Stephanie wants her to drop the charges. Brie says she deserves to go to hell. Stephanie says she may have taken advantage of Nikki Bella in some regards but that will not happen again. Brie says she’s being insulting. Stephanie offers to give Nikki a raise and Brie accepts that, as long as Stephanie agrees to all of her demands. Brie wants her job back and fans chant “yes!” Stephanie tells her to be reasonable. She says one Bella is enough for WWE. Brie tells her she will see her in court and walks away. Stephanie stops her. She asks if she agrees to re-hire Brie, will Brie drop all charges? It’s a done deal and Stephanie goes to leave. Brie stops her. She also wants a match at SummerSlam against Stephanie. Stephanie says she hasn’t been in the ring in over 10 years and she’s dedicated her life to being a mom. Stephanie says she can have any other match and her job back, and the raise for Nikki. Brie says she will see her in court and goes to leave again. Stephanie says this isn’t fair.
She starts crying and fans cheer. Stephanie refuses to do the match and says she won’t lower herself to get in the ring with Brie. Brie threatens court again. Stephanie stops her again. Stephanie finally agrees to the match. She plays sad again but slaps Brie out of nowhere. Stephanie says she will make Brie her b—h at SummerSlam and she’s fired up. Brie comes back and interrupts Stephanie’s celebration and they start brawling. WWE agents and Triple H rush out to break it up. The crowd is on fire as they have words and RAW goes off the air.
Josh’s Grade for WWE Monday Night Raw: 9.5/10
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