WWE Monday Night Raw
August 18, 2014
Thomas & Mack Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
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WWE Monday Night Raw Pre-Show:
Tonight’s WWE Raw opens up with Byron Saxton, Booker T and Alex Riley at WWE studios in Stamford. We see fans piling into the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Riley plugs WWE shop. They talk about new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. We see Lesnar’s 16 German suplexes to John Cena at SummerSlam. They talk more about the SummerSlam main event. They plug the SummerSlam post-show, airing tonight after RAW. Saxton confirms The Authority will be presenting Lesnar with a new title on RAW.
We come back and they discuss Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon and Nikki Bella‘s turn. Saxton says Stephanie will be kicking off tonight’s RAW. Booker predicts someone will step up and put his name on the list to take a shot at Lesnar tonight. Riley predicts Lesnar will sign a full time contract and we’ll see him a lot more. Saxton announces, RVD, Sheamus and Roman Reigns vs. Ryback, Curtis Axel and Randy Orton for tonight. They hype tonight’s show some more and that’s it for the pre-show.
WWE Monday Night Raw:
First In-Ring Segment:
Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a video package with highlights from SummerSlam. We’re live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas with Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler. Daniel Bryan’s music hits to a big pop but out comes Stephanie McMahon doing the “yes!” chant. Stephanie gets some boos as she does the chant around the ring in her new “Steph! Steph! Steph!” t-shirt.
Stephanie thanks the fans for chanting her name. She saysSummerSlam was one of the most epic events in WWE history. She talks about the response on social media and says some fans think it was better than WrestleMania. She mentions new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and says tonight, he will be presented with a new title belt. She talks about the rest of the card but says the biggest loser of the night was Brie Bella, who learned first-hand you don’t mess with The Authority. She says The Authority always wins and we can re-live her incredible victory for just $9.99 on the WWE Network. Stephanie thanks her husband Triple H for being her rock and always standing by her side and being faithful, unlike Daniel Bryan. Stephanie rips Brie and brings out Nikki Bella.
Nikki almost trips on her way to the ring but plays it off well. She takes the mic and says it was Brie that turned on her. She gets the “what?” treatment. She says Brie didn’t become the woman she wanted her to be. She says Brie is selfish and manipulative. She says it’s been about Brie since they were kids and Brie always blamed her when they got in trouble. Nikki disses Bryan and Brie for marrying him. Nikki tells Stephanie she’s heartbroken over this situation. Nikki says she’s standing tall on her own two feet now. She could say she lost a sister but she never really had one. Nikki says she’s free now and it feels so damn good. Brie comes out to a big pop.
Nikki enters the ring and asks Nikki why she’s doing this. Brie says they are sisters for life and she loves Nikki. She says Nikki has destroyed their family. Brie says she can forgive Nikki. Nikki decks her again and knocks her to the mat. Nikki says she will never forgive Brie. Stephanie looks shocked as Brie leaves the ring in tears and fans chant “you sold out” at Nikki.
First Match: The Big Show & Mark Henry vs. The Wyatt Family
Back from the break and out comes Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Big Show is out next to a big pop with his partner Mark Henry. We see the German announce team at ringside.Rowan and Henry go at it to start the match. Rowan hits an elbow but Henry comes back with a big clothesline. Harper tags in but runs into a boot from Henry. Henry beats Harper into the corner and beats him up. Show tags in and hits Harper with big chops in the corner. Big Show with a headbutt and body shots in the corner. Show with a big scoop slam. Show keeps control until Harper hits a big elbow and makes a comeback. Show fights Rowan and Harper both off. Show tosses Harper over the top as we go to commercial.
We come back and Show is in control of Harper. Show with a splash in the corner. Rowan provides distraction and Harper dropkicks Show out of the ring. More back and forth as Harper comes back in and takes control. Harper does the gator roll on Show. Show fights up and slams Harper. Rowan comes in and knocks Show off his feet. Rowan manages to scoop slam Show easily and covers for a two count. Show finally drops Rowan and tag sin Henry. Henry runs over Rowan with clotheslines. Harper takes out Show on the floor. Henry with a splash and slam on Rowan but Harper comes in and causes Rowan to fall on top of Henry for a two count. Show stops a double team move on Henry. Harper eats a knockout punch. Henry hits the World’s Strongest Slam on Rowan for the win.
Winner: Mark Henry & The Big Show
Still to come, The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler with the gold on the line. Also, Reigns, RVD and Sheamus vs. Rybaxel and Orton. Back to commercial.
Backstage segment with The Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Ric Flair. Ziggler tells Miz he’s not an A-lister, he’s an a-hole. Miz walks off and Flair talks with Ziggler.
Renee Young is backstage with Seth Rollins. She congratulates him on his win at SummerSlam. Rollins said he did what he told the entire world he would do. He didn’t run or hide, he stood in the ring and proved that not only is he the future WWE World Heavyweight Champion, he’s the future of the entire WWE. Renee moves as Ambrose dumps a bucket of ice water on Rollins’ back. Rollins turns around and Ambrose says that was for charity. They start brawling until officials separate them. We go to commercial.
We come back and get a replay of what just happened. Rollins storms in on Kane and Triple H talking. He says we’ve got to take Ambrose out. Triple H tells him to relax. Rollins vs. Ambrose in a rematch is made for tonight. Triple H says people like Ambrose so he’s going to let the fans pick the match. He says the blood will be on the hands of the fans when Rollins destroys Ambrose tonight. Kane wishes him good luck and Triple H tells him to finish it.
Second Match: Paige vs. Natalya
Paige talks about how much she respects and loves AJ, even dedicating the match to her. Feeling out process to start and they quickly trade backslides. Paige escapes hers though and kicks Natalya in the back of the head to take over. She crawls on top of Natalya for the pop of the night before headbutting her without seeming to make much contact. Cue AJ skipping down to the ring, allowing Natalya to get a rollup win.
AJ says that despite everything, she still respects and loves Paige. She offers to come in and shake Paige’s hand, sending Paige running to the floor.
We go to Michael Cole and announces the stipulation that you the WWE Universe, can vote on the WWE App for the Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins Match. The stipulations are No Holds Barred Match, Falls Count Anywhere Match and No DQ Match and we go to commercial break.
Second In-Ring Segment:
HHH and Stephanie, now in a very low cut black dress after being in a t-shirt and jeans earlier, are out to unveil the new title. It’s the same design that Rock introduced a few years back but with the new logo and a bit shinier. The side plates are Brock’s skull tattoo. He brings out Brock Lesnar for the presentation and shakes his hand before posing for a photo op. A loud LESNAR chant starts up as HHH raises Brock’s arm.
Heyman slowly does his intro and says Cena isn’t here this evening. That basically gets a standing ovation. Heyman says Cena can’t be here because he can’t physically appear, thanks to Brock Lesnar. Brock is sitting on a stool with the biggest grin on his face, knowing no one can touch him.Paul goes on a rant about how important Brock’s accomplishments last night were. Rock was on top for three years. Steve Austin (POP) was on top for three years. John Cena has been on top for TEN YEARS and was tough enough to stick around longer than thirty seconds last night. Heyman saw a look on Cena’s face last night and that was when he got it.
Cena’s speeches get on Heyman’s nerves but he kept coming back for more and more because he never gives up. Cena earned Heyman’s respect to the point where he would love to make John a Paul Heyman Guy. If the history of WWE was written right before Brock pinned him last night, Heyman would be the hardest fighting champion in WWE history.However, Brock doesn’t agree with these views. In Lesnar’s universe, street cred doesn’t matter. In Brock’s universe, he who dies with the most street cred still dies. The Undertaker’s career and Streak died at Lesnar’s hands and the concept of hustle, loyalty and respect and the Cenation died at Lesnar’s hands.
The same thing is happening to anyone who comes to take the WWE Title from Brock Lesnar. Heyman sums up the match last night: Suplex, repeat, suplex, repeat, suplex, repeat, suplex, repeat, suplex, repeat. Lesnar lives by the motto of Eat, Sleep, Conquer Repeat, but now it’s Eat, Sleep, Conquer John Cena. Another awesome promo here from Lesnar and they were right to not have anyone come out here.
Third Match: WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. The Miz
Dolph is defending after beating Miz for the title last night. This actually gets big match intros. A hiptoss puts Miz down for two and Dolph puts on a headlock. Miz goes after the knee and stomps away in the corner. He wraps the leg around the post and Ziggler is in trouble as we take a break.
Back with Ziggler getting two off a sunset flip and hitting the running DDT for the same. Miz comes right back with a shot to the knee and puts on the Figure Four. Dolph dives to the ropes and rolls outside for a breather. Miz reaches out for Dolph but gets rammed into the apron. Dolph gets kicked away though and that’s a countout
Winner: The Miz by Countout
Renee Young is backstage with Jack Swagger. He says he failed last night but America unites when times are tough. Swagger says he’s not giving up, he’s going to pick himself up and come out swinging.
Fourth Match: Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro
Cesaro starts with a gutwrench suplex on the bad ribs and it’s quickly off to the abdominal stretch. He switches off to an armbar and Swagger comes back with a big boot and the Vader Bomb. Cesaro drapes the bad ribs over the ropes but his running big boot is caught in the Patriot Lock while Swagger is still on the apron. Back in and Cesaro pokes the eye, setting up the Neutralizer for the pin.
Post match Cesaro laughs at Swagger until Bo Dallas comes out. He talks about the 318 million Americans that Jack let down. Swagger has lost everything, but he just has to Bo-Lieve to get it all back.
Renee Young talks to Chris Jericho about losing to Bray Wyatt at SummerSlam. Jericho says he isn’t dead inside. Jericho says the fans still have his back. We go back to commercial.
Tomorrow night on WWE Main Event The Big Show will take on Erick Rowan.
Fifth Match: Roman Reigns, Rob Van Dam and Sheamus vs. Randy Orton & Rybaxel
Sheamus starts things off with Axel. They go at it and Orton comes in. Sheamus blocks a backbreaker. RVD tags in as Sheamus hits a senton. RVD hits Rolling Thunder on Orton, sending him to the floor for a breather. We go to commercial.
We come back and Sheamus is handing out forearms on the apron. Axel makes the save and takes Sheamus to the corner. Orton pulls the top rope down and Sheamus lands on the floor. There are lots of “we want Ryback” and “Ryback rules” chants. Ryback is from Vegas. He tags in to a big pop. Ryback unloads on Sheamus in the corner with shoulders. Ryback whips Sheamus in the corner and he goes down on his leg. A big “feed me more” chant starts up now. Reigns and Axel tag in a the same time. Reigns hits a Samoan Drop and decks Ryback to some boos. Reigns takes out Axel and kicks his leg out. Reigns with a big clothesline on Axel. Reigns runs around the ring and hits the big dropkick on the apron.
Reigns comes back in and nails a Superman punch. Ryback also gets a Superman punch. Reigns goes for a spear on Axel but Orton sneaks up with a backbreaker. RVD tags in and nails a crossbody on Axel for two. RVD takes Axel down for a two count. RVD hits the split legged moonsault but Ryback stops the pin. Sheamus hits a Brogue on Ryback. Orton hits a RKO on Sheamus. RVD kicks Orton. Reigns spears Orton. Axel tosses Reigns into the ring post. RVD drops Axel with a kick. RVD nails the Frogsplash on Axel for the win.
Winner: Rob Van Dam, Sheamus and Roman Reigns
Back from the break and Orton is walking backstage. Ric Flair walks up and wants to talk about Reigns. Orton brushes him off, says to stay the hell away or Flair will find out why they used to call Orton the Legend Killer.
We get a backstage promo from Bray Wyatt. He tells Chris Jericho to beware and says he is the new face of salvation.
Sixth Match: The Usos vs. Goldust & Stardust
We go to the ring and out come WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Stardust is out with Goldust for a non-title match. Goldust starts off with Jey Uso and they go at it.
Back and forth match to start. Stardust finally gets a tag but The Usos cut him off in their corner with a double team move. Usos keep control for another two count. Stardust and Goldust end up getting the non-title win.
Winner: Goldust & Stardust
This WWE Friday Night on SmackDown Rob Van Dam will take on Randy Orton.
Third In-Ring Segment:
Back from the break and out comes Rusev with Lana. She praises Rusev and says Russian President Vladimir Putin is proud of him. Mark Henry’s music hits and out he comes.
Fans chant USA and he says that’s American pride. Henry talks about representing the US in the Olympics. He says seeing the Russian flag raised made him sick. Henry doesn’t agree that America’s power is gone. Henry says he’s going to give Rusev a personal guided tour into the Hall of Pain. Henry drops the mic and they come face to face. Fans chant USA. Rusev strikes first and they trade shots. Rusev blocks a kick and hits a World’s Strongest Slam to a big pop.
John Cena will return to Raw next week to address the WWE Universe.
Seventh Match: Falls Count Anywhere Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
Lots of brawling to start. They fight up the ramp and back down to the ring with Ambrose in control. Ambrose with a big shot off the top with a steel chair in hand, after slamming Rollins on the chair. Ambrose wedges the chair into the corner. Rollins counters and sends Ambrose face first into the chair. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rollins has taken control with a kendo stick. Rollins talks trash but Ambrose blocks a shot. Ambrose takes the kendo stick but Rollins kicks him. Rollins with more offense and a two count. Rollins brings another chair in the ring. Rollins leaps in the corner but misses and drops the chair. Ambrose with a tornado DDT for a two count. Rollins blocks Dirty Deeds. Ambrose dodges a Curb Stomp. They collide in the middle of the ring and both go down.
More back and forth. Rollins beats Ambrose down with right hands. Ambrose fights back now. Ambrose brings a kendo stick back in and wails away on Rollins. Ambrose with a leg sweep for a two count. Ambrose starts throwing a bunch of chairs in the ring. Ambrose takes Rollins to the top for a superplex on top of the pile of chairs. Rollins tries to block it and fights back on the top. Rollins turns it into a big sitdown powerbomb from the top on top of the pile of chairs for a close two count. A table is brought in the ring. Rollins with another kendo shot.
Director of Operations Kane is watching from ringside now. Fans chant for the table as Rollins sets it up. Rollins puts Ambroe’s head on the table and climbs up for a super Curb Stomp. Ambrose counters and climbs up for a superplex. Ambrose superplexes Rollins through the table and they both hit hard on it. Kane gets on the apron and Ambrose decks him. Ambrose tosses Rollins to the floor. He runs the ropes and dives out onto both of them. Ambrose brings it back in and hits the big exploder clothesline. Ambrose with Dirty Deeds but Kane pulls him out before the three count. Kane decks Ambrose and takes off his tie. Kane beats up Ambrose at ringside now. Kane charges but Ambrose sends him into the steps. Ambrose backdrops Rollins into the crowd and sends Kane over the announce table. Ambrose leaps off the announce tables and takes out Rollins in the crowd. Ambrose brings Rollins back to ringside and takes apart the announce table. Ambrose takes Rollins on top of the announce table for Dirty Deeds. Kane blocks it and chokeslams Ambrose on top of the table but it doesn’t break. Rollins gets up and hits a Curb Stomp on top of the announce table. Rollins tells Kane to finish it. Kane reveals a stack of cinderblocks under a table. Kane holds Ambrose’s face on the cinderblocks. Rollins jumps off the announce table and hits a Curb Stomp on top of the cinderblocks. Charles Robinsonscreams for help. Fans chant “you sold out” at Rollins as Robinson calls for the bell.
Robinson tells Rollins they went too far. Rollins stands on top of the announce table and poses as fans boo. EMT’s come out to help Ambrose on a stretcher. Rollins’ music hits as he and Kane laugh at Ambrose. RAW goes off the air with Rollins posing.
Josh’s Grade for WWE Monday Night Raw: 9/10
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