WWE Monday Night Raw
August 4, 2014
Frank Erwin Center
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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 studios in Stamford. We see fans filing into the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. They plug tonight’s show and WWE Shop. Saxton seems a lot more relaxed this week. He leads us to a video package for Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon. Tonight we will see a contract signing between Brie and Stephanie. We get hype for Roman Regins vs. Randy Orton at SummerSlam next.
Riley predicts we will see the best Randy Orton yet at SummerSlam. They hype Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt next. Jericho will face Luke Harper tonight and if Jericho wins, Harper is banned from ringside at SummerSlam. We go to Network commercials. We get hype for John Cena and Brock Lesnar now. There will be a special look at their rivalry on RAW tonight. Riley and Booker both praise Lesnar. We go to Renee Young at the arena. She’s with Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger. Zeb cuts a promo and says they’re going Russian hunting tonight. We come back from more Network commercials and get hype for Paige and AJ Lee before wrapping up the pre-show.
WWE Monday Night Raw:
First In-Ring Segment:
Tonight’s WWE RAW kicks off with a video package. Michael Cole welcomes us and he’s joined by Jerry Lawler and JBL. We go to the ring and out comes Triple H , Stephanie McMahon, Kane, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins .
Triple H takes the mic and says we can see SummerSlam on the WWE Network for just $9.99. He says this could be the biggest SummerSlam in history. He plugs Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt and says we can see it on the WWE Network for just $9.99. He plugs Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose and yes, we can see it for just $9.99. Triple H announces a Beat The Clock Challenge for Rollins and Ambrose tonight. The winner gets to pick a stipulation for their SummerSlam match. Rollins will face Rob Van Dam. Stephanie takes the mic and gets booed.
She plugs her contract signing with Brie Bella tonight. Triple H reminds us we can see their match for just $9.99 and the crowd says it along with him. Stephanie threatens to put Brie in a hospital bed next to her husband Daniel Bryan. Triple H plugs Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena and reminds us we can see that match for just $9.99 on the WWE Network. Orton takes the mic and talks about how he will decimate Roman Reigns at SummerSlam. The music interrupts and out comes Reigns through the crowd to a big pop.
Reigns speaks from the crowd and says he took everything The Viper had last week but he’s still standing. Reigns tells Triple H he’s going to come beat Orton’s ass for free tonight. Triple H announces Kane vs. Reigns in a Last Man Standing match and tells Kane he expects to see a Demon. That match is next. Reigns makes his way to the ring and we go to commercial.
First Match: Last Man Standing Match
Roman Reigns vs. Kane
Back on Raw, the bell rings and we are underway. Reigns starts with big right hands, but Kane fights back with rights of his own. Reigns explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. Kane hits the ropes and counters Reigns with a DDT. Kane connects with an uppercut and lands some back elbows to Reigns in the corner. Reigns gets whipped across the ring and Kane connects with a splash. Kane tries again but Reigns gets an elbow up. Reigns comes off the 2nd rope with a big clothesline. Kane now rolls to the outside and Reigns gives chase. Reigns tosses Kane face first off the announce table, and then into the steel steps. The ref starts the ten count, but Kane is up at four. Reigns jumps off the steel steps and hits a big clothesline and Kane is down again. Kane gets back to his feet at six. Reigns lands a body shot and then backs Kane into the barricade. Reigns lands a right hand, but Kane whips Reigns into the steel steps. Ref starts the ten count and Reigns is up at four. Kane now tosses Reigns face first into the steel post. Kane takes the steel stairs apart. Kane sets half of them up on the ramp. Kane tries to toss Reigns into them, but Reigns lands a few right hands followed by a headbutt. Reigns now tosses Kane back first into the barricade as the ref starts the count. Kane back to his feet at 6. Kane lands a kick to the gut and tosses Reigns into the barricade. Reigns gets back to his feet at five. Kane starts looking under the ring and grabs a kendo stick. Kane lands a few big shots to the gut and the back of Reigns with the kendo stick. Kane now grabs the steel steps and hits Reigns right between the eyes with them. The ref starts the count. Reigns gets back to his feet at seven. Reigns tosses Kane into the timekeeper’s area as we go to commercial.
Back on Raw, Kane is in control of Roman Reigns. Kane lands a hard right hand to Reigns as he hangs over the middle rope. Reigns comes back and tosses Kane face first into a chair that is wedged into the corner. Both men are down as the ref starts to count. Both men get up at seven. Reigns lands some right hands. Reigns hits the ropes and connects with a jumping clothesline. Reigns charges and hits a splash in the corner. He charges again and hits another one. Kane is now hanging on the 2nd rope as Reigns goes to the outside and hits his sit out drop kick. The ref starts the count and Kane rolls to the outside. Reigns gives chase but eats a big right hand by Kane. Reigns whips Kane into the steel steps that were standing on the ramp on the outside. Kane gets back to his feet at six. Reigns tosses Kane into the barricade and the ref starts the count again. Reigns pulls a table out from under the ring. Kane attacks Reigns from behind and tosses Reigns into the ring. Kane gets in the ring and sets the table up. Reigns comes out of nowhere with a Samoan Drop. Reigns calls for the Superman punch. He charges but Kane catches him by the throat and chokeslams him through the table. The ref starts the count but Reigns is up at nine Kane is now all over Reigns with hard right hands and clubbing blows. Kane sets up a chair in the middle of the ring. Kane goes for a Tombstone, but Reigns fights out and hits a DDT to Kane on the steel chair. The ref starts the count again but Kane is up at four. Reigns charges and hits the Superman Punch. Reigns calls for the spear. Reigns charges, but Kane catches him by the throat again. Reigns fights out, hits the ropes, and delivers a big spear. The ref starts the count and gets to the 10 count before Kane can get to his feet.
Winner: Roman Regins
First Video Package:
Back on Raw, we see a video and interview with Brock Lesnar. Brock says the he doesn’t respect anybody, and doesn’t care who he makes mad. He says he came back to the company to become champion, and doesn’t care who is in his way. He says inflicting pain is what makes him happy. Brock says the he enjoys hurting people. He says that everything that has been put in front of him, he has concuered. He just came back from the biggest win of his career against The Undertaker. He says that he knew he was gonna beat Taker, and so did everyone else. They just didn’t think he will happen. He says that it isn’t rock science, and there is no reason why he wouldn’t beat The Undetaker. He also says that there is no reason for him not to beat Cena at Summerlam either.
Cena now talks and says that he doesn’t wanna talk about himself or his success. He is blessed to be where he is, but he got there by looking forward. He says that Lesnar is the toughest opponent he has ever had. Cena says that the good thing with Lesnar is that he has been in the ring with him. Lesnar says that he is going to rip Cena limb for limb. Cena says he knows that he is going to get hurt at Summerslam, but he knows what it takes to beat Lesnar. Cena tells Lesnar over and over to come get some. Cena says he wants to be the one to beat the one. Lesnar says he left the company to make a name out of himself. Lesnar says that if he would have stayed here, there would be no John Cena. Cena says that there would have been no Brock Lesnar if he wouldn’t have left. Cena calls Lesnar a mercinary and calls him a hired gun. Cena says he has dedicated twelve years of his life for this company, and he isn’t going to lose, he is going to win. Lesnar says the he is going to rip Cena apart at Summerslam, and he is going to stand over Cena as the new champion. He then says he is going to leave Cena in a pile of his own blood, sweat, and vomit.
Second Match: Damien Sandow vs. Mark Henry
Back on Raw, Damien Sandow comes out dressed as an Oklahoma Sooner football player. Sandow says that the Oklahoma Sooners have dominated the Texas Longhorns in recent history. He says that at this years game, there will be no hooking of horns. He says the Oklahoma will be standing tall, victorious. He then says Boomber Sooner over and over again. Justin Roberts now introduces Texas’ own Mark Henry. Henry makes his way to the ring.
Sandow starts off with a kick to the gut, but Henry tosses him away and hits a clothesline. Henry picks up Sandow and hits the world’s strongest slam. Henry covers and gets the three count.
Winner: Mark Henry
There’s a bad backstage segment with Adam Rose, his Rosebuds and a magic mirror.
Hulk Hogan will be on Monday Night Raw next week for his birthday celebration which will also feature a special guests.
Third Match: Beat the Clock Challenge Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio
Both men lock up and Del Rio backs Ambrose into the corner. Del Rio connects with a kick to the side followed by a kick to the back of the head. Del Rio covers for a two count. Ambrose now in control with right hands and forearms in the corner. Ambrose hits a snapmare and covers for a one count. Ambrose connects with a neckbreaker for a two count. Ambrose gets whipped into the corner and Del Rio charges and connects with a kick to the back of the head of Ambrose. Del Rio covers for a two count. Del Rio hits a suplex and lands a stomp to the chest of Ambrose. Del Rio connects with kicks and punches to Ambrose in the corner. Ambrose takes Del Rio down and Del Rio bails to the outside. Del Rio catches Ambrose and tosses him into the barricade. Del Rio tosses Ambrose back into the ring. Del Rio goes to the top rope. Del Rio jumps and hits a flying lariat for a two count. Del Rio locks in a rear chin lock. Ambrose fights back to his feet, but Del Rio lands a knee to the gut. Ambrose hits the ropes and rolls up Del Rio for a two count. Del Rio comes back with a big clothesline followed by a stiff kick to the back. Del Rio now chokes Ambrose on the middle rope with his leg. Del Rio tosses Ambrose shoulder first into the ring post by his bad shoulder. Del Rio now grabs Ambrose’s arm and tugs on it multiple times, trying to separate the shoulder. Del Rio grabs Ambrose’s legs and pulls him to the outside. Ambrose reverses a whip and tosses Del Rio into the barricade. Ambrose now connects with a suplex on the outside. Ambrose tosses Del Rio back in the ring. Ambrose covers and gets a two count. Ambrose locks in a shoulder lock on Del Rio. Del Rio fights back to his feet and lands a big headbutt. Ambrose charges but Del Rio moves and Ambrose goes shoulder first into the ring post again. Del Rio grabs the arm of Ambrose and hangs on it over the top rope. Del Rio comes off the top rope, but Ambrose catches him with a shot to the gut. Ambrose gains some steam and hits a few running forearms. Ambrose connects with a cross body and lands some right hands. Ambrose gets whipped into the corner but gets an elbow up. Ambrose goes for a tornado DDT, but Del Rio tosses him away. Del Rio connects with his big kick to the head. Del Rio tries to capitalize, but Ambrose rolls to the outside as we go to commercial.
Back on Raw, Del Rio is in control of Ambrose with a shoulder lock. Ambrose fights back to his feet and lands some body shots. Del Rio connects with a DDT to gain the advantage back. Del Rio slides to the outside. He grabs Ambrose and leands his head against the ring post. Del Rio tries to hit a kick to Amborse, but he moves and Del Rio kicks the ring post. Ambrose hits a suicide dive onto Del Rio on the outside. Ambrose goes to the top rope and hits a missile drop kick. Ambrose charges and hits a few shoulder tackles and right hands in the corner. Del Rio tries for his enziguri but Ambrose moves. Ambrose hits a tornado DDT and covers Del Rio for a very close two count. Del Rio pushes Ambrose shoulder first into the corner and then takes off the shoudler brace of Ambrose. Both men go to the top rope and Del Rio hits a reverse superplex. Del Rio covers and Ambrose kicks out at two. Del Rio goes for the cross arm breaker, but Ambrose rolls him up from behind. Ambrose comes off the ropes and hits a big clothesline. Ambrose covers and gets another close two count. Ambrose picks up Del Rio and goes for Dirty Deeds, but Del Rio counters and attacks the left arm of Ambrose. Del Rio goes for the cross arm breaker again, but Ambrose counters into Dirty Deeds for the three count.
Winner: Dean Ambrose~ 15:42
Fourth Match: Rusev vs. Sin Cara
Match went on the WWE App and Rusev hit the Accolade to pickup the victory.
Second In-Ring Segment:
Back on Raw, Rusev is in the ring. Lana has a mic in hand. During the break, Rusev defeated Sin Cara in a short match. Lana says that as everyone knows, the deputy of prime minister of Russia tweeted a photo of their president and the US’s president. They then show Putin with a cheetah and Obama with a dog. Lana says that the US’s president’s birthday is today. Lana says she is going to sing happy birthday to him in Russian. She then starts singing the song in Russian as she is showered with boos. She is then cut off by the music of Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. They make their way to the ring.
Lana starts talking in Russian and Zeb tells her to shut up. Zeb says he is tired of hearing her and knows why so many Russian men drink vodka. He says he is sick of hearing about Vladimir Putin and mother Russia. He is definitely tired of hearing about Rusev crush. He says that Rusev has no idea who he is fighting at Summerslam. He is fighting someone who representing his country, and fighting every real American in the country. Zeb then shows regular people on the screen and says he is fighting for them. The common people who keep the country running. He then shows the US military and says he is fighting for the men and women that protect the country. Loud “USA” chants by the WWE Universe. Zeb asks if they can hear them. He then says that the last thing Lana and Rusev are gonna see, is old glory waiving in the breeze. The only thing that is going to get crushed, is their ego. Zeb tells every real American to please rise, put their hands over their hearts, and say We the People. Loud “USA” chants by the WWE Universe again. Zeb says something to Lana and catches her attention. Rusev attacks Swagger with the Russian flag and hits him over and over again with it. Rusev charges and knocks Swagger over the top rope with the flag. Rusev turns his attention to Zeb who is still in the ring. Rusev stalks Zeb into a corner. Lana mocks Zeb by saying We the People. Rusev and Lana leave the ring.
Fifth Match: Cesaro vs. Dolph Ziggler
Cesaro starts off quickly with a big boot and covers for a quick two count. Cesaro starts toying with Ziggler by kicking him in the head. Cesaro lands a hard right hand and Ziggler is down again. Cesaro now locks in a rear chin lock. Ziggler fights back to his feet and hits a standing drop kick. Ziggler charges but Cesaro catches him and hits a tilt a whirl back breaker for a two count. Ziggler tries a roll up, but Cesaro stops it and lifts Ziggler up for a stalling suplex. Ziggler fights out and hits the Zig Zag for the three count.
After the match, The Miz climbs in the ring. Miz holds up the WWE Intercontinental Champion in the face of Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler goes for a superkick, but Miz falls to the ground and covers up his face. Ziggler smiles and walks away. Ziggler tells him that his time is coming on Sunday.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
We get a look back at SmackDown when Paige threw AJ Lee off the stage. Tom Phillips is backstage with Paige. Paige wishes AJ a speedy recover. Paige it’s a dream to be facing her idol at SummerSlam. Paige says she misses AJ and skips away.
Sixth Match: Stardust & Goldust vs. Rybaxel
Goldust starts off with Ryback. They go at it and Axel trips Goldust before tagging in. Axel nails a dropkick and a two count. Ryback tags in again and hits a suplex for another two count. Goldust fights them both of but goes down. Axel tags back in for some double teaming. He beats Goldust down some more for a two count. Stardust tags in and unloads on Axel. Stardust with a hip toss and a low dropkick. Stardust drops Axel for a two count as Ryback broke the pin. Goldust comes in and sends Ryback into the ring post. Stardust hits his finisher on Axel for the win.
Winner: Stardust & Goldust
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are backstage. Kane walks in and takes off his mask, without showing us his face. He hands the mask to Stephanie and walks out.
Seventh Match: Chris Jericho vs. Luke Harper
Harper starts by backing Jericho into the corner and landing some right hands. Harper connects with a big uppercut followed by a headbutt. Harper hits another uppercut and chokes Jericho with his boot. Harper connects with a double chop to Jericho in the corner. Jericho fights back with chops of his own, but Harper pushes him away and hits a clothesline. Harper drives multiple elbows into the shoulder of Jericho and covers for a two count. Harper locks in a front face lock and then transitions into a side head lock. Jericho fights back to his feet and lands some more chops. Jericho gets whipped into the ropes but connects with an enziguri followed by multiple kicks to the chest. Harper catches Jericho and hits a falcon arrow for a close two count. Jericho gets whipped into the corner and Harper connects with a running back elbow.
Harper puts Jericho on the top rope and lands a big right hand. Harper gives chase, but Jericho knocks him back. Jericho comes off the top, but Harper catches him with a big boot. Harper lifts Jericho up and hits a big sit out powerbomb for another close 2 count. Harper connects with an uppercut. Jericho gets whipped into the corner, but Jericho gets an elbow up. Jericho connects with a bulldog, and then knocks Rowan off the apron. Jericho rolls up Harper but Harper gets up at two. Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho and locks it in. Before Harper taps, the lights go out. The lights come back on and Bray is standing by the ring. Jericho has let go of the hold and is jawing at Jericho. Jericho turns around and hits a Codebreaker on Rowan. Harper tries to attack from behind, but Jericho catches him with a codebreaker as well. Bray now slides in the ring and hits Jericho in the throat. Bray grabs Jericho and connects with Sister Abigail. Bray drags Jericho to the center of the ring and tells everyone to follow the buzzards.
Winner: Chris Jericho by DQ
Tomorrow night on WWE Main Event AJ Lee Returns.
Eight Match: Diego w/El Torito, Summer Rae and Layla vs. Fandango w/Hornswoggle
Fandango starts off quickly with right hands and chops to Diego. Diego hits the ropes and connects with a drop kick. Fandango tries to attack Diego from behind, but Diego moves and Fandango knocks Hornswoggle off the apron. Diego connects with a back stabber and pins Fandango for the three count.
After the match, Hornswoggle dances with Diego, El Torito, and the ladies. Fandango grabs Hornswoggle and tosses him to the mat. Diego attacks Fandango with right hands and then El Torito comes off the top with a cross body. Everyone celebrates as Fandango lays in the middle of the ring.
Renee Young is backstage with Randy Orton. Orton shows us footage of his attack on Roman Reigns last week. Orton cuts a promo on Reigns and threatens to kick his head off.
Ninth Match: Bo Dallas vs. R-Truth
Both men lock up and Bo backs Truth into the corner. Truth slides out and lands some right hands. Truth connects with a back body drop, but Bo fights back with right hands. Bo hits the ropes and Truth catches him with a back elbow. Truth charges and hits a big splash in the corner followed by right hands. Bo gets a boot up, but Truth connects with a back heel kick. Truth goes for a scissor kick, but Bo moves and rolls up Truth. Bo grabs the tights and gets the three count.
After the match, Truth grabs Bo and tosses him multiple times into the barricade. Truth lands some hard right hands, but Bo pushes Truth back first into the steel steps. Bo connects with the Bo-Dog on the outside.
Winner: Bo Dallas
Back on Raw, we go to the back and see Bray Wyatt. Bray asks why a man does what he does, and a man says what he says. He asks why he is different. He says at Summerslam, he enters battle without his brothers. He says he is never alone, and her hand guides him. Bray asks Chris how he can save what is already dead. He asks Chris what he is. He says he is Bray Wyatt, and he is the nightmare at the end of his dreams. He says he stands behind time. Bray then sings “He has the whole world in his hands.”
Tenth Match: Beat the Clock Challenge Match
Seth Rollins vs. Heath Slater
Before the match starts, Rollins asks Slater to walk away Slater turns around and lands some right hands. Rollins comes back with right hands and stomps to Slater in the corner. Dean Ambrose makes his way to ringside and tells Seth he is just watching the match. Rollins charges at Slater, but Slater moves and hits a neckbreaker to Slater or a two count. Rollins mounts Slater and lands some hard right hands. Ambrose grabs Rollins’ briefcase and puts it on the announce table. Rollins hits a scoop slam to Slater in the ring and covers for a two count. Ambrose grabs Rollins’ contract and rips it in half right in front of him. Rollins turns around right into a jumping calf kick by Slater for a two count. Rollins slams Slater down and covers for a two count. Ambrose opens up Rollins’ briefcase and pours a soda into it. Ambrose grabs a fan’s popcorn and starts eating it on the outside. In the ring, Rollins lands some hard right hands to Slater in the ring. Rollins keeps looking over at Ambrose. Ambrose steals JBL’s hat and puts it in the briefcase. Slater rolls up Rollins from behind and pins him for the three count.
After the match, Rollins goes over and grabs his briefcase and dumps everything out of it. Rollins is very angry and trashing the ringside area.
Winner: Heath Slater
This week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown will have Dean Ambrose revealing his SummerSlam stipulation.
Third In-Ring Segment:
Back from a break and Stephanie McMahon comes out with Triple H for a contract signing. Michael Cole is also in the ring. The Bella Twins are out next.
Triple H says he has to excuse himself from this and that’s why he has Cole here. Triple H says he stands here not as Triple H, the COO or The Game, but as a proud loving husband. Brie Bella tells them to get to it before everyone starts throwing up. Stephanie asks where her puny little hippie dippie husband is and asks if he’s recovering, still. Brie says he is but asks if Stephanie has recovered from this… we see her arrest from two weeks ago. Brie says she’s going to send a message to the whole world, that Stephanie is nothing but a fraud, a failure, an embarrassment to the McMahon family. She says this isn’t just for her or her sister Nikki or her husband Daniel.
She says this is for Vickie Guerrero, Big Show, the Rhodes family and for every other person that Stephanie has tortured week after week. A big CM Punk chant starts up. Stephanie fires back and calls Brie a wannabe reality star. Stephanie calls her a selfish, conceited shell of a woman and a piece of trash. Stephanie says she’s already embarrassed just standing in the ring with Brie. She’s going to put an end to Brie’s pathetic attempt at making history at SummerSlam. The contracts are signed. Stephanie yells that she’s going to tear Brie’s heart out at SummerSlam. They stare at each other. Stephanie decks Nikki and she goes down. Triple H pushes the table against Brie in the corner, trapping her. He stands guard. Stephanie grabs Nikki and drops her with a Pedigree as Brie yells for her sister. Stephanie and Triple H mock the “yes!” chant. Brie slaps Triple H. Stephanie slams Brie’s face into the table and pulls her over it. Stephanie with a Pedigree on Brie next as Triple H cheers her on. Stephanie kisses Triple H before they pose over The Bella Twins. Stephanie blows a kiss to Brie and mocks the “yes!” chant again. RAW goes off the air with Stephanie posing.
Josh’s Grade for WWE Raw: 7.5/10
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