Mick Foley talks about his WrestleMania dream vacation package which you can buy raffle tickets to (RealMickFoley.com/raffle) with all proceeds going to RAINN, all the amazing things that the winner gets, staying so busy in retirement from wrestling, some frustrations he has had with the WWE and being so public and honest about them, the current Daniel Bryan run, his comedy shows, dealing with people that interrupt him, his Santa Claus documentary and more.
Mick Foley has been critical of the WWE product when it has come to Daniel Bryan. The WWE Hall of Famer went on a rant after the Royal Rumble when Bryan wasn’t in the 30 man Rumble match. Foley has taken to his Facebook to praise the show closing angle on this past Monday’s Raw featuring Bryan, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
FOR ME, RAW WAS JUST RIGHT
Following the brutal beatdown of Daniel Bryan by Triple H on Monday’s #RAW, I received many questions on social media, asking if I thought WWE had gone too far, with many pointing out the beating’s resmeblance to the one I took at the hands of The Rock in the 1999 Royal Rumble. No, I don’t think they went too far. I think they went just far enough.
A few weeks ago, when Daniel Bryan challenged Triple H, and tried to engage the crowd in a “Yes” chant, it seemed half-hearted at best, to the point where I said out loud, in the Foley living room, “he’s trying to sell a match that no one wants to see.” Well, following Monday night, that match has gone from being simply the obstacle Daniel Bryan had to hurdle to get to the main event into a match I now I feel like I need to see.
Yes, it was brutal, yes it was tough to watch at certain points – but it served notice to all of those who had forgotten, that Triple H was one of the best bad guys of his generation – and Stephanie, with her recent work on the microphone, has become an abslolutely compelling authority figure – as effective as I’ve ever seen her; seemingly channelling her inner Vince. I’ve known Stephanie a long time, and somewhere in the McMahon/Helmsley home, she still has the pot-holder my daughter made for her many, many years, ago. No matter what happens in business, she is someone I will always consider a friend. But man, do I want to see her get what she has coming to her? Maybe a WWE Diva who might happen to have a close connection to Daniel Bryan to smack the taste out of her mouth. Any candidates?
Imagine me as Goldilocks, surveying the lay of the WWE land, looking at angles from the past – far past, and recent past, trying to figure out which one is the perfect fit when it comes to selling a match – really, truly turning a match into something that the WWE Universe feels they need to see. That Rumble I did with Dwayne The Rock Johnson with the 11 unprotected chairshots? Too much. Most of what we see in the PG era? No matter how good the wrestling (and much of it is really, really good) – it’s just a little too soft. But what I saw on Monday night? As brutal as it may have been, as tough as it may have been to watch, I thought it was just right.
Eric Gargiulo of CamelClutchBlog.com talks about his experiences with the WWE Network so far, the marketing of the network, Steve Austin’s relationship with the WWE and why we don’t see him more often, the lineup for WrestleMania 30, what he thought the card was originally going to be, CM Punk walking out on the company, memories of guys coming up through the indies and more.
Follow Eric on Twitter @CamelClutchBlog
We are three weeks away from WrestleMania 30 and it seems like the WWE is heading on a downtrend toward the biggest event of the year. Last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw scored a 2.98 rating with an average of 4.07 million viewers. The first hour averaged 4.00 million viewers, hour two averaged 4.17 million viewers and the final hour of the show averaged 4.05 million viewers. That is down from last week’s show, which scored a 3.09 rating with average of 4.37 million viewers. That is down 300,000 viewers from last week.
The first hour of the show featured the opening segment with Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista. The second hour featured the John Cena/Bray Wyatt promo and then the match between WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. The final hour of the show had The Shield/Kane segment and the show closed with HHH/Bryan promo.
Is the WWE in trouble heading into Wrestlemania or is it a blip on the radar due to the St. Patrick’s Day holiday?
It was made official last week that Daniel Bryan will battle Triple H at WrestleMania 30 on Sunday, April 6. Bryan then got the caveat of if he beats “The Game” that night he will be inserted into the main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match featuring champion Randy Orton and the Royal Rumble winner Batista.
Then on last night’s Monday Night Raw, HHH stated that if he beats Bryan then he will move into the title bout. Last night’s Raw closed with HHH addressing Bryan. Triple H told Bryan that he respected him and then Stephanie McMahon came out and ordered police to arrest Bryan for “Occupying Raw” last week.
The police handcuffed Bryan and then HHH savagely attacked Bryan and then gave Bryan a pedigree to end the show. Bryan was taken off on a stretcher and placed in an ambulance.
WWE.com released the following statement regarding the latest on the former WWE champion.
“WWE.com can confirm that Daniel Bryan suffered a shoulder injury as a result of being handcuffed and attacked by WWE COO Triple H in the final moments of last night’s Raw.
WWE medical sources confirm that, as a result of the COO’s attack, Bryan’s previous shoulder injury stemming from several matches with several Superstars was severely exasperated, including a dislocation and potential ligament tears. The level of damage cannot be determined until the swelling reduces, though Bryan has since left the hospital and will receive an MRI once that swelling has gone down.”
We will have an update when more information becomes available.
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including Triple H putting an epic beatdown on Daniel Bryan, the added stipulation to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania, Batista’s skinny jeans making a return, more buildup in the matches between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker as well as John Cena against Bray Wyatt, how the rest of the card for Mania is shaping up, if there are too many people on the show and more including your questions.
WWE Monday Night Raw takes place from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Last Monday’s Raw ended with Daniel Bryan pinning WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton.
We are 20 days away from Wrestlemania 30 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. What can we expect on tonight’s edition of Raw as we inch closer to the biggest event of the year?
On last week’s show, Bryan “Occupied Raw” and got his long awaited match with HHH at Wrestlemania, with the caveat of if he defeats “The Game”, he will go onto to the main event of the Wrestlemania 30 to face Orton and Batista. HHH stated that he will address Bryan on the show tonight. Expect some sort of confrontation with the two and possibly an appearance by Shawn Michaels. “The Heartbreak Kid” resides in San Antonio, so maybe we see him confront either guy.
The Undertaker will also be in the house tonight. Paul Heyman has stated that he is in Texas, so expect either separate promos or another confrontation like we saw last week. Brock Lesnar isn’t scheduled for tonight’s show as he will be on the show the last two weeks prior to Wrestlemania.
Orton and Batista will also be in the house as well. Would expect them to get involved with each other as Batista speared the champion during the main event tag team match. Or could they unite to try and take out Bryan? Could see both scenarios playing out to create more intrigue for the main event of Wrestlemania as both guys need to generate more of a reaction for themselves heading into the big show in about three weeks.
It was made official on this past Monday’s WWE Raw that former WWE champion Triple H will battle another former WWE champion in Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 30. The match was made official when Bryan occupied Raw and held the show hostage until he got his match with HHH. If Bryan wins, then he will be inserted into the main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Randy Orton defends against Batista.
Every week, “The Game” does a sit a weekly sit down video interview with WWE announcer Michael Cole. Cole went over what happened on Raw while waiting for HHH. The WWE COO ended up no showing the interview and Cole read an email saying that HHH will address what happened on Raw on Friday Night Smackdown.
Brian and Steve talk WWE Raw from Monday night with Daniel Bryan finally getting his match against Triple H at WrestleMania and him “possibly” being added to the championship match on the show, other matches now official for WrestleMania including the Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal, other ideas for the big event and more. Plus they talk about the TNA Lockdown PPV and your questions.
WWE Wrestlemania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6th from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. During last night’s Monday Night Raw, more matches were announced for the show. Here is the updated card:
-Batista vs Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
-Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker
-Daniel Bryan vs HHH- If Bryan wins, he will be inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
-Bray Wyatt vs John Cena
-Andre the Giant 30 Man Memorial Battle Royal- Winner receives trophy
Hulk Hogan will be the guest host of the show.
Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw takes place from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. At the end of last week’s Raw, Batista faced Daniel Bryan in the main event with Kane and HHH getting involved. Bryan was able to thwart them before before getting speared and a Batista bomb. HHH then ensued to give Bryan a pedigree to end the show.
On tonight’s show we expect to hear from Bryan regarding the attack and once again call out the WWE COO. With four weeks until WrestleMania 30, one would assume that HHH will accept Bryan’s challenge for the match.
Also on tonight’s show, The Undertaker is scheduled to appear to make an announcement. “The Deadman” was also advertised last week, but he will be in Memphis tonight. It is expected that The Undertaker will address the comments made last week by his WrestleMania 30 opponent Brock Lesnar and his manager Paul Heyman. The duo isn’t expected to be on tonight’s show.
WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan will also be in the house for tonight’s show. The guest host of WrestleMania 30 will be making a special announcement regarding the big show taking place in four weeks. What will the big announcement be?
Will Hogan make a WrestleMania match? Will it be an announcement regarding the WWE Hall of Fame? Tune into tonight’s Raw starting at 8 p.m. ET on USA to find out.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Detriot, Michigan. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
-Batista kicks off SmackDown with a promo until Daniel Bryan interrupts him. Kane ends up coming out and beating Bryan down. Big Show makes the save. Vickie Guerrero comes out and makes tonight’s main event – Kane and Batista vs. Show and Bryan. Batista had the spotlight back on him this time.
-Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler with Alberto Del Rio on commentary is next. Christian gets the win after Del Rio distracted Ziggler from the announce table.
-The Usos defeated Curtis Axel and Ryback.
-Eva Marie and Natalya defeated AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka when Natalya made AJ tap out with a Sharpshooter.
-The Shield come out and cut a promo about how they need to be The Shield again like before. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose end up hitting each other before they reunite.
-Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio with a Brogue Kick.
-Big E defeated Jack Swagger. There was more tension between Swagger and Cesaro.
-Another promo from Lana and Alexander Rusev.
-Batista and Kane vs. Big Show and Daniel Bryan is next. Show and Bryan cut a promo before the match and pick on their opponents. They’ve named their team, “Respect The Beard, Fear The Giant.” Bryan and Show get the win when Show hits a knockout punch on Kane and Bryan rolls him up. SmackDown ends with Bryan leading a “Yes!” chant while sitting on Show’s shoulders.
Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.
Brian and Steve are back for the podcast as they talk about last week’s NXT Arrival show which Brian was at and appeared on, Raw from Monday night, CM Punk not appearing on the show, the hot crowd throughout the night, the interaction between Daniel Bryan and Triple H, another great match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family, how WrestleMania 30 is looking and more including your questions.
It wasn’t a matter of if the hometown Chicago crowd was going to steal the show, but when. Luckily, WWE’s creative team was smart enough to recognize this, and they attacked the CM Punk issue head-on. As a result, Paul Heyman gave us one of the most tangible, addictive show openings in recent history. Notice that Heyman didn’t directly attack Punk… instead, he played off the hopes of the fans by coming out to Punk’s music – thus taking the proverbial wind out of the crowd – and then proceeded to blame everybody in attendance for Punk not being there. He earned their jeers. This was another “Paul Heyman Instant Classic,” and it did a great job of setting the tone for Monday Night. [Read more...]
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings Tuesday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The show will air on tonight on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the matches you will see on the show.
-Mark Henry and Big E vs. The Real Americans
-Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
-Batista vs. Dolph Ziggler
-A.J. Lee vs. Cameron
-Daniel Bryan and The Uso Brothers vs. Kane and The New Age Outlaws
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
Smackdown opened with a memorial for Nelson Frazier, Jr. (a/k/a Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V)… The Uso’s and Daniel Bryan vs. The New Age Outlaws and Kane was hyped, plus an A.J. Lee vs. Cameron rematch.
-Batista started out the show with mixed boos and cheers. Batista started off by saying “I love this business and company.” He said he did not come back to be liked. A huge C.M. Punk chant broke out. He said you don’t have to support him, but you gotta deal with it. He said it’s a fact he can destroy anyone they put in front of him. A small Daniel Bryan chant started and died quickly.
Batista asked what the hell happened to this business, the real men, the attitude. A huge Yes! chant broke out. He said if the fans honestly think their heroes are as good as him they need to get out of their fantasy world and to get out of his. He said he would destroy each of our heroes on his way to WrestleMania where he will become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Out came Dolph Ziggler. A “Let’s Go Ziggler” chant broke out. Ziggler started out by saying, “You don’t tell these people who to cheer for” and that they cheer for who they want. He said Batista is a dinosaur and sooner or later they become extinct. Ziggler said he wants a match with Batista tonight. Batista said he wanted it he would get it. Ziggler dropkicked him and walked away.
-The Real Americans beat Big E and Mark Henry. Swagger and E started the match. Cesaro supplexed E when Cesaro was on the top rope and E was outside of the ropes. Cesaro went for the pin and Swagger came in. Cesaro was angry. Henry went for the World’s Strongest Slam on Swagger, but Cesaro kicked Henry. Swagger went for the Ankle Lock on Henry, and Cesaro tagged himself in. Cesaro hits The Neutralizer on Henry (drawing gasps from the crowd) for the win.
-Vickie Guerrero and Alberto Del Rio were shown talking backstage. Del Rio said he’s going to take the night off. In came Sheamus, who said he loves a good fight. Hs said how about he and Del Rio fight, setting up the next match.
-Sheamus beat Alberto Del Rio by DQ. Sheamus has black athletic tape on his ribs. It was basically the same match between the two. Out came Christian in a suit. He went to the announcers’ Table. It was a back and forth match but nothing special. Sheamus had Del Rio in a half crab then Christian came in and hit Sheamus for the DQ. Sheamus threw Christian out of the ring, then Brogue kicked Del Rio, and got Killswitched by Christian.
-The Shield argued backstage. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose yelled at each other like children. Enter Seth Rollins for the save. He said let’s show Bray Wyatt when you provoke the hounds you get the teeth.
-Batista beat Dolph Ziggler. Dolph with fast offense to start. Batista got in the face of a fan wearing the clown wig. A boring chant started, then a C.M. Punk chant (which I started, ha). This is a slow match. There were a couple spine busters in a row from Batista, who was generating serious heat by taunting the WWE Universe. Batista performed the Batista Bomb for the win…
-Bray Wyatt and the family come out. Wyatt preached about how we buy fancy clothing to impress women. He said women don’t even realize your wearing the mask that society tells you to wear. Everything is a bag of lies. Bray is so so amazing live. Bray said he says and does everything the society is afraid to do. He said he will slay this mighty dragon (in reference to John Cena).
-Out came The Shield. There was a stare down in the ring. Out came Triple H, who said this is enough and has too much money and time involved in them. This Monday night on Raw, the Wyatt’s will take on The shield. He said that for the time being, The Shield should stand down.
-Reigns and The Shield stepped into the ring and only Bray stepped in. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins jumped onto Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, then quickly got back into the ring. Bray left and Seth was pumped. Bray backed the family up.
-AJ Lee beat Cameron to retain the Divas Championship. AJ started fast on offense. Cameron went on the offensive and was destroying AJ. Tamina moved AJ out of the corner and Cameron missed her and rammed into the corner. Tamina got thrown out, but AJ won with the Black Widow.
A recap of the undertaker and Brock Lesnar confrontation from Raw was shown, then the pre-show commentary team spoke about Taker’s Streak.
-Daniel Bryan and The Uso Brothers beat Kane and The New Age Outlaws. There were huge Yes! chants. Out came corporate Kane. The Outlaws didn’t do their whole saying. The Uso’s and Bryan work very well together. Kane looks so stupid in a wife beater and slacks and dress shoes. A “you sold out” chant began. Kane and the Outlaws huddled outside and talked strategy. I’m so impressed with the Uso’s. I can see gold on them soon. A straight forward match early on. Nothing special. Bryan tagged in and sent a knee to Kane on the ropes. Kane got back into the match and stopped the Bryan comeback. The Uso’s double kicked Kane and sent him out of the ring. Bryan hit the running knee on Billy Gunn for the win. This match closed the show. No dark match, nor return date announced.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
Last night’s RAW kicked off big. Hulk Hogan came out, addressed his return, flexed his muscles, and got the crowd pumped. It was perfect. Hulk Hogan is a wrestling icon who looks even bigger standing in front of that large crowd only WWE can deliver. Naming him the guest host of ‘Mania makes sense. It’s great to see the Hulkster come home, and he looks better than he has in quite some time. Whatcha gonna do? [Read more...]
WWE RAW Pre-Show: Josh Matthews welcomes us to Green Bay. The RAW-Pre Show Panel consists of Booker T, Alex Riley and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Matthews asked the panel what are they most looking forward to for tonights Monday Night RAW? Riley and Booker T said they are looking forward to see Hulk Hogan returning to the WWE. Flair said he is looking forward to seeing John Cena get his retribution on The Wyatt Family.
Superstars Taping Match~ Kofi Kingston vs. Damien Sandow
We go back and forth from the panel to the announcers. Kofi ends up getting the win over Sandow. Jerry Lawler interviews Kofi at the stage area after the match. Kofi said the crowd was amazing and every win counts. Kofi hopes this is the start to his Road to WrestleMania. The panel plays it up like a big deal that Kofi won. We cut to another commercial.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Back to the RAW Pre-Show Panel, it was announced that tonight Alberto Del Rio will take on Batista. Renee Young interview Brad Maddox. She asked him about the rumor of Brock Lesnar returning to the WWE. Christian and Sheamus started to argue with each other and Maddox announced that tonight Sheamus will take on Christian.
Superstars Taping Match~ 8 Man Tag Team Match
The Rhodes Brothers and Los Matadores vs. Ryback, Curtis Axel, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre.
Winner: The Rhodes Brothers and Los Matadores.
WWE Monday Night RAW
Hulk Hogan comes out to a massive pop.The music stops and a huge Hogan chant breaks out. The announcers gave Hogan a standing ovation. “Let me tell ya something, brother…” and Hogan gets another big pop. Hogan wants to let everyone know, with Green Bay as his witness, tonight marks the turning point of his career. He is officially home, brothers. Hogan talks about being a part of WrestleMania I 30 years ago. Hogan fumbles over his words and calls the WWE Network the WWE Universe but eventually gets it right. Hogan says the future of the WWE will be immortalized. He plugs some of the stuff on the WWE Network. Hogan talks about being host of WrestleMania XXX and asks what are we gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild. Hogan drops the mic, Real American hits again and the crowd cheers.
We go to the announcers to show us the WWE Network on their tablet and laptop. Still to come, Kane will take on Daniel Bryan. Also, is Brock Lesnar in the building? We’ll find out. Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio in a rematch and more. Back to commercial.
First Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Batista
Batista goes right at Alberto and punches him in the corner, then he whips him across the ring and connects with a clothesline. Alberto rolls outside but Batista throws him into the barricade, then he rolls him inside, but Alberto kicks him in the shoulder. Alberto punches him a few times but Batista clotheslines him on the floor, then he goes after him but Alberto sweeps his legs and knocks him on the apron. Alberto whips him into the ring steps as we cut to a break.
Back from the break and Del Rio has control as he stomps away on Batista. Del Rio stalls and shows off as Batista gets up. He runs the ropes and charges but Batista moves and Del Rio lands out on the floor. Del Rio drops Batista over the top rope. Del Rio goes up top but Batista cuts him off. Batista nails a superplex. They get up and trade shots in the middle of the ring. Batista with clotheslines and a big slam for a two count. Del Rio turns it around and readies for the superkick. Del Rio misses the kick and comes back with a stomp. Batista side steps again and his a spinebuster. The crowd boos. Randy Orton’s music hits and out he comes to a big pop. Del Rio takes advantage of the distraction and rolls Batista up for the win.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Orton takes the mic and apologizes for interrupting. Orton says Batista has been distracted since the days of Evolution. Orton says that loss just now was one of the funniest things he’s seen. He calls the WWE Universe’s reaction to Batista’s return funny also. Orton says the fans don’t like Batista very much. Orton bets Batista is sorry that he came back. A huge CM Punk chant starts before Batista speaks. He says Orton is wrong. Batista tells everyone to get it through their head – he loves this business. Fans boo. Something else he loves is that the fans have a voice. But so does he, he says. He says if they cheer him, he cheers back. If they boo, he boos back. It’s called being real and honest, something Orton knows nothing about. Batista says all that matters is that he goes to WrestleMania and beats the hell out of who he used to call his friend. Batista calls Orton a whiny, sniffling, kiss ass, suck up. Batista says we’re looking at the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion and to deal with it. He drops the mic and the music plays as Orton looks on from the stage with his titles in the air.
Second Match: Cesaro w/Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger vs. Big E
They lock up and Big E goes to a headlock. A “we the people” chant starts up. They run the ropes and Big E hits a big shoulder tackle. Cesaro goes to the floor.
Cesaro comes back in and slams Big E. They trade shots. Cesaro with uppercuts and knees to the gut of Big E. More back and forth action. Big E hits two big throws and a shoulder thrust in the corner and Big E goes for a two count. Cesaro turns it around with uppercuts and a big boot to the face. Big E catches Cesaro and drops him over the knee three times for a two count. Big E works on the arm now. Cesaro catches Big E in a big tilt-a-whirl slam and covers for a two count as we go to commercial break.
Back from the break and Cesaro is in control. They trade shots. Big E with a big slam. Cesaro moves and Big E runs into the ring post. Cesaro covers for a two count. Cesaro hits a big running uppercut in the corner and takes Big E down with a headlock. More back and forth. Cesaro with the gutwrench slam for another two count. They trade shots in the middle of the ring again. Cesaro with a sleeper hold. Big E tosses him off but runs into an elbow. Big E with a pair of clotheslines and a belly to belly suplex. Cesaro blocks the Big Ending and hits a huge uppercut in mid-air. Cesaro with a two count. Big E blocks the Cesaro Swing and catches Cesaro in a big Rock Bottom out of the corner for another two count. Another “we the people” chant starts. Cesaro sends Big E out to the floor.
Big E ducks a clothesline from Swagger on the floor and lays him out. Big E comes back in and Cesaro hits the Cesaro Swing on him. Swagger comes in and grabs Big E, putting him in the Patriot Lock. Cesaro is upset as he gets disqualified.
Winner: Big E by DQ
After the match, Cesaro has words with Swagger. Zeb comes in and gets in the middle of them. They turn their backs and Big E attacks Swagger from behind. Cesaro makes the save and hits the Neutralizer on Big E. Cesaro does “We The People” as his music plays and Swagger tries to plead with him.
Second In-Ring Segment: Cena says it’s spectacular to see Hulk Hogan back in WWE. Cena hypes the WWE Network and says our future is now. Cena’s been talking hard and sending a message to any Superstar that can listen about having to come through him if they want to carry WWE into the future. Mixed reaction for Cena. Cena says he knew eventually he would come face to face with The Wyatts but didn’t think it would be in the Chamber. Cena says they cost him a match at WrestleMania XXX. Cena calls Bray Wyatt to the ring.
The lights go out, the lantern lights up and out comes Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Bray takes a seat in his rocking chair at ringside. He asks what would the world be without its hero, its knight in shining armor to save the day. Bray says Cena is hollow, full of empty promises. He promises to save the people and keep them safe. Cena tells them everything will be alright as long as he is around, Bray says. Bray calls Cena a liar. He says it’s a terrible world, a cold and dark place. Cena stands for illusions, Bray stands for everything that is real. Bray says if Cena says the future has to come through him first, he couldn’t agree more. Bray properly introduces himself to Cena. He says they are the reapers that bring death to this era of lies.
Cena takes the mic and introduces himself. Cena says if one of them come into the ring, they’re starting something they may not be able to finish. Cena says if they make that move, it’s go time, jack., Cena readies for a fight as The Wyatts surround the ring. Harper charges but gets dropped as does Rowan. Bray hits the ring and all three of them beat Cena down now. Bray holds back Harper and Rowan. Fans chant “Yes!” as Cena gets up in the corner. Cena hobbles on one leg and tackles Bray but he gets beatdown again. Cena struggles to get up on one leg and is selling a leg injury. A small CM Punk chant starts. Cena charges Rowan but Rowan backs off and Bray runs over Cena from the side with Sister Abigail. Bray poses over Cena and yells “Follow the Buzzards” as the lights go out and we go to commercial.
Third Match: Sheamus vs. Christian
They lock up and go to the corner. Sheamus tosses Christian out to the floor. Christian comes back in with big right hands. Sheamus fires back with kicks and takes him to the corner for a beatdown. Christian looks to make a comeback but Sheamus clotheslines him to the floor. Christian gets pulled face first into the ring post. Sheamus rolls him back in and drops a knee to the face. Sheamus with another knee and a running knee drop. Sheamus goes for the forearms on the apron but Christian fights him off and drops him over the top rope. Christian comes back in and nails a missile dropkick from the corner for a two count. More back and forth action on the apron. Sheamus dumps Christian back to the floor. Sheamus lands a big shoulder tackle from the apron as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and we get more back and forth action. Sheamus fights out of a hold and starts hitting high knees. Christian shoves him back to the floor. Christian charges but misses. Sheamus lands a knee to the face. Sheamus delivers the forearm shots to the chest on the apron now. Sheamus with a big battering ram tackle for a two count. Christian goes to the top, but Sheamus brings him to the mat. Sheamus with the Cloverleaf submission. Christian breaks the hold by getting to the ropes. Sheamus chases him around the ring and back in. Christian stomps away now. Sheamus blocks Killswitch. Christian blocks White Noise and rolls Sheamus up for a two count. Sheamus with a big powerslam for a two count. Christian ducks a Brogue kick and kicks Sheamus in the face. Christian comes off the top rope but Sheamus hits a Brogue in mid-air for the win
We see footage from earlier of The Authority arriving and Renee Young talking to them about WrestleMania. Daniel Bryan ran up and started yelling about how he keeps getting screwed. Bryan said he would fight Triple H right now. Triple H said they’ve already had this talk about A+ players. Triple H said he would try and find Bryan a spot on the card. Stephanie told Bryan he should focus on tonight’s match against Kane.
We get a Black History Month video for Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson.
The Shield are backstage. Seth Rollins and Roman Regins want to know where Dean Ambrose was last night. Ambrose is tired of explaining himself he says. He says something about them not trusting him. He walks off. Rollins talks about how it keeps happening with Ambrose. The Wyatt Family walks up. Reigns challenges Bray to a match, one on one with nobody else at ringside. Bray calls him an interesting creature and accepts the challenge. Reigns and Rollins walks off as Bray laughs.
We go to Josh Mathews, Ric Flair and Booker T at the pre-show panel. No Alex Riley this time. They talk about what’s happened so far tonight. Flair gets a “yes!” chant going when talking about Kane vs. Bryan.
Fourth Match: Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
Back from the break and out comes Kane in pants and a wifebeater, but with pyro. The bell rings and Bryan attacks. He unloads with kicks into the corner and beats Kane down. Kane works on his injured arm. Bryan is taped up once again. Kane with shots in the corner before throwing Bryan into the turnbuckles. Bryan turns it around with more kicks. Bryan works on Kane’s leg as the fans chant his name.Kane turns it around and beats Bryan down. Kane keeps Bryan on the mat and works on his shoulder. Bryan goes for a dive through the ropes but runs into a big right hand. Kane sends Bryan shoulder first into the steel steps. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Bryan is kicking away at Kane. Kane goes back for the shoulder and covers for a one count. Kane with a clothesline in the corner and another pin attempt. Bryan comes back with a dropkick. Fans chant “Yes” as he clutches the shoulder. Kane goes to the top but Bryan cuts him off. Bryan climbs up and sends Kane flying to the mat. Bryan with two big dropkicks in the corner. Kane blocks the third with a right hand. Kane charges but Bryan sends him out to the floor. Bryan nails a dive through the ropes. Bryan with a big dropkick into the barrier. They come back into the ring and Bryan hits kicks and the roundhouse for another two count. Bryan goes to the top for the big headbutt but Kane grabs him for a chokeslam. Kane covers for a close two count. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock but Kane counters. Bryan counters another chokeslam but Kane fights the Yes Lock off. Bryan with the flying knee for the win.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
After the match, Bryan takes the mic and mentions how he confronted The Authority earlier today. Bryan calls Triple H a coward. Bryan yells it again. Bryan says he challenged Triple H to a match at WrestleMania and he hid behind his Stephanie’s skirt. Bryan says Triple H has ignored what the fans want ever since he put on the suit. Bryan tells the people to make their voice heard and a “Yes” chant starts. Bryan asks if Triple H is listening. Bryan tells Triple H to make the match – Bryan vs. HHH at WrestleMania XXX. Bryan’s music hits as the fans chant.
Still to come, Reigns will take on Bray Wyatt. Also, Brock Lesnar is now confirmed to appear. We see Summer Rae and Fandango dancing in the back. Back to commercial.
Fifth Match: Emma w/Santino Marella vs. Summer Rae w/Fandango
Emma dances around so Summer shoves her, then Emma hits her back so Summer tackles her and mocks her with a dance. Summer charges the corner but Emma sidesteps her, then Summer connects with a spinning heel kick and kicks her in the back. Summer chokes her on the ropes and screams at Santino, then she goes for another spinning kick but Emma ducks and makes her tap to the Emma Lock.
Sixth Match: The Usos vs. The New Age Outlaws
Road Dogg asks for the floor and says there’s no hurry, then he cuts their traditional DX promo, but Jimmy superkicks him and Jey throws Billy outside. Jey splashes Billy on the floor, then Jimmy splashes Road Dogg and makes the cover.
Winner: The Usos
Seventh Match: Roman Regins vs. Bray Wyatt
They lock up and go at it after Reigns starts with the upperhand. Bray beats Reigns down and drops him with a right. Reigns tries to fight back but Wyatt keeps control. Reigns ends up coming back and tossing Bray to the floor. Reigns follows and hits a huge clothesline as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Bray is in control. He hits the big splash as fans cheer for Jerry Lawler. During the break, Bray sent Reigns into the steel steps. Bray drops a knee and hits Reigns with right hands. Bray chokes Reigns on the ropes now. More back and forth. Bray knocks Reigns out of the air and covers for a two count. Fans start chanting for Undertaker now. Bray splashes Reigns in the corner. Reigns dodges the next splash and Wyatt goes down.
Reigns lands a big flying clothesline and one in the corner. Reigns beats Bray down in the corner. He runs out of the ring and hits the big dropkick on the apron. Reigns with a big slam for a two count. The lights go out and when they come back on, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper are at ringside. Seth Rollins runs out of nowhere and leaps out of the ring, taking out Rowan and Harper. Bray rolls Reigns up for a two count. Reigns misses a spear in the corner and hits the ring post. Harper and Rowan beat Rollins down at ringside now. Dean Ambrose finally runs down and saves Rollins. He brawls with Harper. Reigns with a Superman punch on Wyatt. Reigns knocks Harper off the apron. Ambrose rushes the ring and attacks Bray for the disqualification.
Winner: Bray Wyatt by DQ
Final In-Ring Segment
We go to the ring with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar. The apron is black and there’s a couch. Heyman introduces them and refers to Lesnar as the #1 contender. He says Lesnar is not in a good mood tonight. Heyman says Batista and Randy Orton need to get their match out of the way now so the winner can fight Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX. Heyman says The Authority have offered Lesnar an open contract for WrestleMania. He can name any opponent for his choosing. Heyman says Lesnar wants history to conquer.
Heyman talks about how Lesnar has conquered everything, including UFC, and says Lesnar wants to win the titles at WrestleMania but Stephanie and Triple H won’t put it in front of him to conquer. Heyman says the open contract doesn’t mean a thing to Lesnar. Lesnar wants to make history. Heyman tells The Authority “no thank you” to the contract. They can have WrestleMania all they want but they can’t have it with Lesnar. Heyman demands they give him history to conquer. They go to leave the ring and the lights go out. The bells go off and The Undertaker entrance begins.
Taker comes out to a big pop and stares at Lesnar as he makes his way to the ring. Taker walks around the table and comes face to face with Lesnar as the crowd pops. A big chant for Taker breaks out. They keep staring until Taker looks up at the WrestleMania sign and back at Lesnar. Lesnar shakes his head yes. Lesnar signs the contract and jabs the pen at Taker. Heyman laughs. Heyman says if Taker wants to sign it, he can have the match with Lesnar at WrestleMania. Taker slams down on Lesnar’s arm and chokeslams him through the table. Fans chant “holy s–t” and Taker’s name as he looks up at the WrestleMania sign and poses. The match is official. RAW goes off the air with Taker making his exit.
JPOV: Awesome edition of Monday Night RAW. Loved the matches that involved~ Daniel Bryan vs. Kane, Sheamus vs. Christian, and Roman Regins vs. Bray Wyatt. Loved the promo from Daniel Bryan. The low point for me with this Raw was the commentary from JBL. I thought Batista had a better match with Del Rio then they did at the Elimination Chamber. Enjoyed the interaction with The Wyatt Family and John Cena. This show needed more of The Authority. You can’t go wrong with the return of Hulk Hogan just a great moment for the WWE. Of course the last segment right there with Brock Lesnar and Undertaker that was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
Josh’s Grade for Monday Night RAW: 9.5/10
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