WWE Monday Night Raw Results From April 14, 2014

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April 14,
2014
BJCC Arena
Birmingham, Alabama

RAW Pre-Show:Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show kicks off with a graphic in memory of The Ultimate Warrior We go to the panel – Josh Mathews, Booker T, Sgt. Slaughter and Alex Riley. They talk about Warrior. Slaughter talks about meeting with Warrior at WrestleMania XXX. Mathews says we will be celebrating Warrior’s life tonight. We go to the pre-show opening video and come back to the panel. Mathews introduces everyone.

We get a look at Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania XXX and then last week’s RAW. The panel talks about Triple H and The Shield now. We see Big E defeat Titus O’Neil in the ring for a Superstars match. The panel talks about the Intercontinental Title tournament that kicks off tonight. First round matches will be tonight. The tournament is being held because Christian, the #1 contender, is out with an injury still. Paige will be on RAW tonight.

John Cena  will address The Wyatt Family on RAW tonight. We go to Network commercials. We get a look at Cena vs. Wyatt from WrestleMania XXX. They also show Bray Wyatt’s promo from SmackDown. We see Los Matadores making their entrance for Superstars. Renee Young interviews Divas Champion Paige backstage about making history. We come back from more promos and the panel talks about the IC Title tournament. Renee interviews Big E backstage and he’s not worried. More hype from the panel and that’s it for the pre-show.

WWE Monday Night Raw:

Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with the entire roster on the stage in Ultimate Warrior gear. Jerry Lawler leads us to a video package on The Ultimate Warrior’s career. Michael Cole tolds us tonight The Usos will take on Randy Orton and Batista.

First Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio starts with a kick to the leg, and then begins to throw punches and beat RVD down. RVD however hits a monkey flip, and then a cross body. Del Rio then is thrown out of the ring while RVD poses in the ring. Del Rio gets back in the ring and tries to fight back, but RVD stays in control. Del Rio then reverses an Irish whip into the corner into a kick to the arm of Van Dam. Del Rio then hits a suplex and is now in complete control. Del Rio then is launched over the top rope. RVD goes for a moonsault on the apron, but Del Rio moves out of the way. RVD lands on his feet but Del Rio hits him with a clothesline. Del Rio then launches RVD into the barricade, and is in complete control as we head to commercial.

We return with RVD hitting Rolling Thunder. RVD goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Del Rio gets up and hits a kick to the gut. Del Rio then hits a DDT for a two count. Del Rio tries to catapults RVD into the corner but RVD lands on his feet and hits a kick to the head. RVD goes for the split legged moonsault but Del Rio hits his knees up. Del Rio then hits a backstabber for a two count. Del Rio then goes up top and is caught with a kick to the head. RVD goes up top and is caught with a kick to the head by Del Rio. Del Rio goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Del Rio calls for the Cross Arm Breaker but RVD reverses it into a roll up for a two count. RVD then knocks Del Rio down and goes up top and hits the 5 Star Frog Splash. RVD covers Del Rio for the three count.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

We are told Daniel Bryan isn’t here tonight as he is on his honeymoon with Brie Bella. We are then given a video package of last weeks main event between Daniel Bryan vs Triple H.

We were shown a Ultimate Warrior video of when he defeated The Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam 1988.

We return to the back with Triple, Batista, and Orton. Triple H says that they all want to be champion, but they have a bigger problem on there hands. Triple H says that no one can stop the Shield except for the 3 of them. Batista says that’s great but he just wants to be champion. Orton agrees and says he is on his own.

Second Match: Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel

Goldust and Axel start, with Goldust taking control. Cody is tagged in and goes for a roll up, which gets him a two count. Goldust is tagged in and hits an axe handle for a two count. Axel then fights back with a headbutt, but then is caught with an uppercut. Axel then takes control with a shot to the head, and in comes Ryback. Ryback hits a clothesline in the corner and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Ryback then works Goldust in his corner, and then hits a splash from the second rope. Axel is then tagged in and hits an axe handle from the second rope.

Ryback is tagged back in and begins to keep Goldust grounded. Goldust fights out and tags in Cody. Cody begins to clean house, beginning his comeback. Cody hits a moonsault, and then hits a cross body on the outside  to Ryback. Ryback is thrown back in the ring and Cody hits a springboard dropkick for a two count. Axel then takes out Goldust but is hit with a Disaster Kick. Cody then goes for a Disaster Kick on Ryback but is hit with a Meat Hook for a three count.

Winner: Ryback and Curtis Axel

Michael Cole plugs alot of original content that will be airing on the WWE Network, the replay of WrestleMania 30, WrestleMania Fallout and WWE Legend’s House.

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Bo Dallas

Third Match: Paige vs. Alicia Fox

Paige and Alicia Fox lock up, with Fox hitting a backbreaker to gain control. Fox then hits another backbreaker, and mocks the crowd. Alicia then hits a third backbreaker, with Paige struggling to gain any advantage. Alicia hits a suplex but only gets a two count. Paige then fights back with a wicket slap, and then hits three straight clothesline. Paige then hits a dropkick on Alicia.Paige then locks in a Scorpion Cross Lock, with Alicia tapping out.

Winner: Paige

Fourth Match: The Usos vs. Batista and Randy Orton

The match start with the Usos attacking Orton and Batista immediately. The Usos but fly over the top rope and nail Batista and Orton. Orton and Batista regroup, with Jimmy and Orton starting this match off. Orton starts with blows to the head, but Jimmy hits an uppercut and tags in Jey. Jey hits a forearm to the head and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Jey is then caught with a backbreaker, and Batista is tagged in. Batista throws Jey into the turnbuckle, and then hits a suplex for a two count. Batista then tags in Orton and Orton begins to stomp away on Jey. Jey tries to fight back but Orton keeps him grounded. Batista is then tagged in.

Jey is caught with a spinebuster but Jey kicks out at two. Jey then gets momentum with a samoan drop, but Orton goes to the outside and begins to attack Jimmy. The Shield then come out of nowhere and take out Orton! atista is left alone in the ring and The Shield use the numbers game to take out Batista. Orton grabs Batista and the two flee from ringside, with The Shield standing tall.

Winner: Randy Orton and Batista by DQ 

We got another Ultimate Moment showing Warrior beating Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania VI

Fifth Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. Mark Henry

Cesaro and Henry lock up, with Henry tossing Cesaro across the ring. Cesaro takes a clothesline, and then is thrown over the top rope. Heyman helps Cesaro regroup on the outside, as Henry waits. Cesaro gets in the ring and begins to hit a flurry of forearms and uppercuts. Henry tries to push Cesaro off but Cesaro keeping coming with uppercuts. Henry finally hits a clothesline but Henry is still hurting from Cesaro’s flurry. Henry goes for the Worlds Strongest Slam but Cesaro gets out and hits a second rope leaping uppercut. Cesaro then hits the Neutralizer on Henry for the three count.

Winner: Cesaro

We go backstage with Triple H and Stephanie telling Brad Maddox that he needs to tell the Shield they have a match in the main event tonight.

Sixth Match: Alexander Rusev w/Lana vs. Xavier Woods w/R-Truth 

Rusev starts with knees to the gut, and kicks to the leg. Rusev knocks Woods down, and then hits a modified sidewalk slam. Rusev then hits the Accolade and Woods submits.Truth comes in but gets destroyed by Rusev. Lana raises Rusevs hand in victory

Winner: Alexander Rusev

We get another Ultimate Moment showing Ultimate Warrior Steel Cage Match with Rick Rude at SummerSlam 1990 for the WWF Championship.

Seventh Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Match
Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

Sheamus and Swagger start off with Swagger hitting knees to gut of Sheamus in the corner. Swagger then hits a splash, but then takes a beating in the corner from Sheamus. Sheamus hits a clothesline and then a forearm to the face. Swagger retreats and Sheamus is distracted by Colter. Swagger then catches Sheamus with a slam on the outside. Swagger brings Sheamus in the ring and goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Swagger then hits a belly to belly for a two count. Swagger hits a clothesline but again only gets a two count. Swagger tries to keep Sheamus grounded by Sheamus begins to fight back. Sheamus hits a big clothesline and begins his comeback.

Sheamus then hits a knee to the head, and then sets up Swagger for the ten blows to chest in the ropes. Sheamus then goes up top and hits a shoulder block for a two count.Sheamus then goes for the Battering Ram but Swagger catches him into the Patriot Lock. Sheamus gets out and falls to the outside. Swagger then goes to the outside and begins to work the knee, and throws Sheamus in the ring. Sheamus then hits a Brogue Kick out of no where for the victory.

Winner: Sheamus

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Adam Rose

First In-Ring Segment: We return to the ring with Damien Sandow. Sandow says he is the most deserving person in the WWE. Big Show comes out and Sandow says he will not be silenced. Sandow says that he is a former Money In the Bank winner, and that he was seconds away from being champion. He says that every time he walks down the ramp, they should be begging to touch him. He says he deserves that and that he has earned it. Sandow asks Big Show and he says nothing. He says that he says nothing because he knows he deserves it. Show then knocks out Sandow and leaves the ring.

The Big Show will be taking on Jack Swagger on WWE Main Event.

Second In-Ring Segment: Out comes the Wyatt Family. Bray grabs a microphone and says that society has become putrid. He says that everyone just does what they are told. Bray says that he is different. He says that he sees what people don’t see. He says that he has a million names, and they can call him whatever they want, but he has never lied to them. He says one man has lied, and that is John Cena. He says he earned your trust with his smile but he isn’t just a man. He says for kids not to worry because he won’t let him lie to them anymore. He says he has him against the ropes and he just needs one more push. He says he will complete his crusade but he just wants to play. He calls Cena out.

Cena comes out and says he just wants to have some fun. He says that they tried to take the monster out of him but he doesn’t exist. Cena then makes jokes about all the Wyatt Family, saying they can be the life of the party. John then shows a picture of “Sister Abagail”, which is a picture of Bray. He then shows Bray’s mom, who is a picture of Luke Harper. He then says the Family have a new member, who is a baby Erik Rowan.

Bray says that he loves that every time there is a serious threat, all he can do is make jokes. Cena then says that he can get serious, because when he got serious, Bray got beat. Cena then says that if Bray loses again, its him against the wall. He says that without the Family, he is nothing. He says that he wants Bray Wyatt in a steel cage. Bray says that he wants to have fun then they will, and that this is his world. He then says he won’t let Cena take it from him. Bray accepts and we cut to commercial.

Eight Match: Fandango and Layla vs. Santino Marella and Emma

Fandango and Santino start off the match, with Santino hitting an arm drag. Santino hits a hip toss and goes for the cobra, but Fandango tags in Layla. Emma then locks in the DilEmma on Layla, and then goes up top. Santino takes out Fandango but Layla knocks Emma off the top and covers her for the victory

Winner: Fandango and Layla

Stephanie is talking to Kane, saying that he has not been doing a great job as well. He says that he has been failing ever since he put on the suit and she asks him where the big red machine has been. Kane then stands up in anger and looks at the mask. He takes the mask out of the box and picks it up. Kane looks at the mask, and says that he is going to eviscerate Daniel Bryan, and send him to the depths of hell.

We are shown a replay of Warriors promo on Raw last week.

Ninth Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett

Ziggler and Barrett lock up, with Ziggler putting Barrett in a headlock. Barrett fights out and Ziggler goes to the outside to get a breather. Ziggler is then taken down with a right hand, and is then thrown into the turnbuckle. Barrett hits a snap suplex for a two count. Barrett then goes for a jumping knee but misses. Ziggler then puts Barrett in a headlock again, but Barrett gets out. Barrett then whips Ziggler in the corner and goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Barrett begins to choke Ziggler in the ropes, but Ziggler gets out and hits a dropkick. Ziggler then tosses Barrett over the ropes and they then fight on the outside. Barrett then tosses Ziggler into the steel post and Barrett mocks Ziggler as we head to commercial.

We return with Barrett in control over Ziggler. Ziggler is put in a headlock, but Ziggler gets out and side steps Barrett into the turnbuckle. Ziggler then begins his comeback. Ziggler then follows it with a neckbreaker for a two count. Ziggler goes for the Fame-Asser but is caught in a Wasteland! Barrett goes for the cover but only gets a two count! Barrett goes for a pump handle slam but Ziggler gets out and hits the Fame-Asser. Ziggler goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Barrett knocks Ziggler down and then goes up top. Ziggler catches him and goes for a superplex. Barrett blocks it and pushes Ziggler off. Ziggler jumps back up and hits a facebuster from the top rope! Ziggler goes for the cover but only gets a two count!

Ziggler then goes for the Zig Zag but Barrett holds onto the ropes and is caught with the Winds of Change. Barrett then goes for the cover but only gets a two count! Barrett goes for the Bullhammer but Ziggler ducks it into a roll up! Barrett kicks out at two and launches Ziggler in the air. Ziggler then is hit the Bullhammer for the three count!

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Sheamus will take on Batista on Friday Night SmackDown

Tenth Match: The Shield vs. Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger, Fandango, 3MB, Titus O’Neil, Rybaxel, Alexander Rusev, Bad News Barrett

The Shield are ready to take on the gauntlet. Rollins and Slater start off the match. Ambrose is tagged in and take out Slater. Reigns is tagged in and begins to beat down Slater. Reigns knocks down Slater in the corner and tags in Rollins. Rollins hits a kick to the head and goes for the cover but Barrett breaks it up. Rollins is now in the opposing corner. Drew is tagged in and begins to beat down Rollins. Titus is then tagged in and hits a backbreaker. Rusev is tagged in and hits 3 elbows and a headbutt. Swagger is tagged in and continues the beat down.

Ryback is tagged in and throws Rollins to the outside. Reigns spears Ryback on the outside and chaos begins. Rollins then takes out everyone

Winner: No Contest

The heels then begin to decimate the Shield in the ring, with all the heels standing tall. Out comes Evolution! Triple H calls everyone to leave and Evolution begin to decimate Rollins. Reigns tries to help but is taken out with an RKO. Reigns then is taken out with a Batista Bomb. Evolution continues the beat down on Rollins. Rollins then eats an RKO and a Batista Bomb. Ambrose then eats a Batista Bomb into an RKO. Triple H grabs the mic and begins to yell at Reigns to show him if he has more fight in him. Triple H then says to Believe in Evolution and then pedigrees Roman Reigns! Evolution stands tall to close the show!

Josh’s Grade for WWE RAW: 10/10

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From WWE Wrestlemania 30

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 took place last night from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the main event, Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton and Batista to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The show featured “The Streak” ending as Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker and John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt.

As we do after every Monday Night Raw, let’s give our the good, the bad and the dirty from the biggest wrestling event of the year.

The Good

1) The Main Event: This was the ending that everybody was wanting with 75,000 people chanting YES! The match delivered as all three guys came off really well and got the crowd behind them as they were still reeling from The Undertaker loss to Brock Lesnar. Really liked the added wrinkle of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon coming from the crowd and the stretcher spot was well executed. The only shocking thing was the fact Batista was the guy Bryan submitted, but that was the right move as it means more since that’s Batista’s first defeat since coming back in January. The Daniel Bryan Era now begins!

2) The Opening Segment featuring Hulk Hogan, The Rock and Steve Austin: This was definitely my favorite moment of the night and was the best way to open the show. You had the three biggest stars in our generation in the same ring at the same time. Was a cool moment when Austin and Hogan the staredown as goosebumps were running down my body when that happened and a great moment when they shook hands. It was very symbolic to see The Rock acknowledge what Austin and Hogan did for him at previous WrestleMania’s. Good to see all three acknowledge the current WWE stars and then do the catchphrases and drinking beer in the ring.

3) Daniel Bryan vs Triple H: We had stated all week that this match should start the show. The story building to the match was done to perfection. Thought it was a very good video package showing the career of Bryan leading into the match. The match started with a slow build and was well paced throughout. Stephanie McMahon was very good here making comments at Bryan in certain points in the match. The crowd was very into the match and was good to HHH take the pin with the buskai knee. The post-match attack was the most logical to sell the fact that maybe Bryan wouldn’t compete in the main event or at the very least not be 100% going into the match.

The Bad

4) Divas Invitational: Felt really bad for the ladies here as they had to follow the Lesnar/Taker match. The crowd was flat and really didn’t care about it whatsoever. The match was a total mess as you had 14 women in there when it would been better having four at the absolute most. The finish was at least correct with AJ Lee retaining the title.

The Dirty

5) The Streak Ending: No one and I mean NO ONE so this coming. When the referee hit the mat for the three count, it seemed like the world was ending. People were ready to stop watching WWE, wanting to break their TV’s, etc. The match wasn’t nothing to get excited about even down the stretch with the near falls as no one was believing that “The Streak” would end. At the end of the day, this was the best move for business and give WWE and The Undertaker credit for pulling the trigger on this.

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The WWE Wrestlemania 30 Set Revealed

WWE WrestleMania 30 takes place tomorrow night from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pictures have floated around all week long of how the Superdome was being constructed.

Last night WWE executives Triple H and his wife Stepahnie McMahon revealed the finished product of the arena. You can watch the video above.

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Stephanie McMahon States That Fans Will Be “Terribly Disappointed” When Triple H “Handily” Beats Daniel Bryan

The most talked about match at this Sunday’s WWE Wrestlemania 30 is Daniel Bryan vs HHH. Whoever wins the match goes on to the main event to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Batista.

In his weekly interview, Michael Cole speaks with HHH’s wife Stephanie McMahon to promote the big match. Cole asks McMahon if Bryan gave the fans hope after getting the better of HHH on this past Monday’s Raw.

“Well that’s the exact word Michael, impossible,” McMahon stated. “And regardless of any false hope that Daniel Bryan may have given his fans, I’m sorry to say but their going to be terribly disappointed at Wrestlemania when my husband HHH handily beats Daniel Bryan and then goes onto to beat Randy Orton and Dave Batista and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

You can watch the complete interview in the video above.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Up Heading Into Wrestlemania 30

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We are five days away from WWE Wrestlemania 30 from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Last night’s edition of Monday Night Raw gives the WWE some momentum heading into the biggest weekend of the wrestling year. Raw scored a 3.14 rating with an average of 4.39 million viewers. That is up from last week’s 3.07 rating with an average of 4.272 million viewers.

The first hour of the showed averaged 4.23 million viewers that featured the opening segment with Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker. The second hour averaged 4.60 million viewers and featured the Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Randy Orton and Batista segment along with John Cena attacking the Wyatt Family. The third and final hour of the show averaged 4.33 million viewers that featured a John Cena interview and the final segment with the Batista vs Orton match. That match also featured Stephanie McMahon and Triple H commentary and interference from Daniel Bryan.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From WWE Monday Night Raw

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The second to last of edition of WWE Monday Night Raw before WrestleMania 30 took place last night in Brooklyn, New York. Highlights of the show included a sitdown interview with Triple H, the opening segment with Stephanie McMahon, Batista, and Randy Orton and a John Cena vs Luke Harper match. Starting with this article, we will be giving you the good, the bad and the dirty from each edition of Raw.

The Good

1) John Cena vs Luke Harper: The more I see Luke Harper, the more he impresses me. He has a style mixed with Barry Windham and Bruiser Brody. Cena and Harper had a 15 minute plus match and showed that Cena can work with guys not named Bryan, Orton and Punk. You can tell that Cena is still injured, but is still giving his all and you can tell in this match. The ending was well done to where both guys didn’t have to take the pinfall. Was also good to see Bray Wyatt get the upperhand on Cena once again and create more doubt going into their match at WrestleMania 30.

2) Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs The Real Americans: The match started really slow, but really picked up in the last six-seven minutes when Ambrose started to make his comeback. The more I see Rollins, the more I like him as he is finally getting to show the great ring work he possesses. Rollins is very fluid in the moves that he does and gets the crowd behind him in the process. It is good to see WWE keep The Shield together and as babyface with as a lot of money can be made with them on the other side of the spectrum. The only bad thing was Cesaro taking the pin, but that can be forgotten about by the time Smackdown rolls around.

The Bad

1) Opening Segment featuring Stephanie McMahon, Batista and Randy Orton: The segment started good with Stephanie McMahon addressing the fact that Daniel Bryan wouldn’t be on the show due to last week’s beatdown by Triple H. That changed quickly when Orton came out and cut a bland promo about how he respects The Authority and doesn’t disagree with anything she said, but then says he will take no prisoners if HHH gets by Bryan at WrestleMania. Batista was no better when he came out especially when his microphone went and did a mic check. Batista is really missing something with his promos as he can’t pronounce WWE and is lacking emotion when he is out there. Orton taking another spear does nothing to believe that he has any chance of walking out of Mania with the title. Let’s be thankful that this match isn’t a singles match as the WWE would be in a lot of trouble.

2) Titus O’Neil vs The Big Show: Very confusing as to why this match was even happening. If WWE was putting on the match because Show was facing Bray Wyatt in the main event of Friday Nigh Smackdown, then it could have just been advertised and left at that.

The Dirty

1) Final Segment featuring Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker: This segment did nothing to get me interested whatsoever and I don’t fault Paul Heyman. He has done everything in his power to get the match over, but he can only do so much. You would think that since Lesnar and Taker haven’t been in the same ring together in almost a month, you would think Lesnar would get his revenge for Taker putting him through a table. But we got druids bringing out a casket and Lesnar kicking at it a few times before it opened and Taker rose from it. Made no sense whatsoever for Taker to one up Lesnar once again as it seems like the WWE is trying to get by on the fact that the old school and hardcore fans will want to see the match. WWE better do something next week to get the fans more interested or they will be in a lot of trouble heading into a match that you should have been easy to book.

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WWE Raw Recap: Batista Gets Slapped, Brock Lesnar Sees Dead People

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Mick Foley Says That Monday’s Raw Was “Just Right”

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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.

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WWE States That Daniel Bryan Has A Shoulder Injury Due To Savage Attack By Triple H

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.

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Chael Sonnen Posts The Cell Phone Number of Stephanie McMahon In Interview

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Chael Sonnen is scheduled to face Wanderlei Silva on May 31 at a UFC Fight Night event in Brazil. Sonnen was on TSN’s “Off The Record” in Canada that aired today to promote “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3″, coaching opposite Silva.

Near the end of the interview, host Michael Landsberg asked Sonnen if he thought that CM Punk, who is a good friend of Sonnen’s would wrestle at WrestleMania 30. Sonnen said he didn’t know, but said he knows someone who does and that’s WWE executive Stephanie McMahon. Sonnen had McMahon’s “personal and private cell phone number” on a card and flashed it in front of the camera. The number ended up being blurred out and not shown due to the interview being taped yesterday.

After the interview, Landsberg said that his crew had called the number and it was actually McMahon’s number.

You can watch the interview here.

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WWE Monday Night RAW Results From February 17, 2014

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February 17, 2014
Pepsi Center
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First Segment: John Cena comes out to start tonights Monday Night RAW. They show a highlight package of Cena beating Randy Orton in main event of last weeks RAW. Cena says that you can tell by the energy in the building that tonight is Monday Night RAW. Cena mentions Orton’s big losing streak. Cena says this sunday there will be a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Zeb Colter and Cesaro come out and interrupt John Cena. Colter says we’re looking at the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Cesaro takes the mic and says he will become the new face of WWE and the new face of America. Cesaro enters the ring and gets in the face of John Cena. Cena says Cesaro beat Orton on SmackDown, but that doesn’t mean Cesaro is on a winning streak, it means Orton is on a losing streak.

Sheamus comes out and interrupts John Cena and Cesaro. Sheamus says he’s going to Brouge kick both of their teeth in at the Chamber but he’s saving his Brouge for Randy Orton tonight. Christian music hits and forgives Sheamus for Brouge Kicking him on SmackDown, and says what happens to Sheamus in the Chamber Match won’t be a accident. Randy Orton comes out and thanks The Authority for giving him the opportunity to beat everybody in the Chamber Match. Orton admits he underestimated Cesaro on SmackDown, but says that won’t happen again. Orton enters the ring and was interrupted by Daniel Bryan who gets a massive pop.

Bryan says everyone came out to do a bunch of talking, but the fans are doing the talking for him. Bryan says the winner of the chamber leads them to the main event of WrestleMania XXX. Bryan says he’s worked too hard to let this opportunity slip through his fingers. Bryan says there will be one chant after the Chamber Match is over and that chant is YES!. Pyro hits and Corporate Kane comes out. Kane says that The Authority has given him a chance to rectify the mistakes he’s made in the last couple of weeks by making him in charge of Monday Night RAW tonight. Kane announces that Sheamus will take on Randy Orton, Cesaro will take on John Cena, and Daniel Bryan will take on Christian. Kane announces that the match between Christian and Bryan will start now. Christian attacks Daniel Bryan before the bell rings as we head into commercial break.

Also announced for tonights Monday Night Raw, Mark Henry will take on Roman Reigns and The Wyatt Family will take on Sin Cara and Los Matadores.

First Match: Christian vs. Daniel Bryan

Back from commercial break Christian continues to work on Bryan’s injured shoulder. Bryan turns it around with a knee to the gut. Byran gives Christian a couple of uppercuts. Bryan knocks  Christian out of the ring and goes for the suicide dive, but Christian stops his momentum by landing a big right hand as Bryan was in the air. Christian slams Bryan to the mat and continues to work on Bryan injured arm.

Christian hits Bryan with a shoulder block and goes for a pin, but Bryan kicks out at 2. Christian mocks Bryan and continues working on the injured shoulder. Christian lands another shoulder block and goes for another pin attempt and Bryan kicks out at 2. Christian mounts Bryan with right hands and Bryan turns it around and gives Christian a half-crab, but Christian rolls through and takes cotrol of the match again. Bryan gets back up and hits a big dropkick on Christian. Bryan goes for another dropkick, but Christian lands a big boot. Christian hits Bryan with a elbow off the second rope. Bryan blocks the Killswitch attempt by Christian. Bryan tries to lock Christian in the Yes Lock, but Christian breaks out of it. Christian shoves Bryan into the corner, but as he was going for another Killswitch attempt Bryan blocked it again and rolls up Christian to pick up the victory.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

After the match Kane congratulates Bryan for victory over Christian. Kane regrets to inform Bryan that he has another match tonight and its against Kane.

Second Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Kane

Back from commercial break  Kane is beating up Bryan around the ring. Kane lands a big suplex on Bryan from the ring apron. Kane keeps control of the match and whips Bryan arm first into the corner. Bryan comes back and hits a missile dropkick. Bryan tries to fight back, but Kane pushes him over the top rope. Kane goes out and whips Bryan into the barrier. Kane wraps Bryan’s shoulder around the ring post and won’t let go. Kane gets disqualified. After the match Kane continues his assault on Bryan and grabs the mic and says he knows that he got disqualified.

Winner: Daniel Bryan by DQ

Renee Young was shown backstage interviewing The Shield.She asks Reigns about Mark Henry, but Dean Ambrose speaks up and is surprised Henry showed up tonight after the beating he gave him last week. Reigns says Ambrose lost. Ambrose says he softened Henry up for Reigns. Ambrose says Reigns acts like he can do better. Reigns says he can. Rollins says they are always on the same page and will beat The Wyatt Family because they are made for war. Ambrose says The Wyatts are an illusion. Reigns says they don’t experience fear and they don’t back down.

Third Match: Fandango w/Summer Rae vs. Santino Marella w/Emma

They show us a video package of Emma’s history in NXT. A very short match, Santino jokes around the ring with Fandango and Summer Rae and Emma get into a argument. Emma gives Summer Rae a airplane spin and drops her down to the mat. Santino checks on Emma who’s dizzy at ringside they start flirting with each other. Fandango brings Santino back into the ring and hits the encore to pickup the victory.

Winner: Fandango

Renee Young was shown backstage interviewing Mark Henry. Young ask Henry how he feels about being screwed out of the United States Championship last week. Henry says he should be the United States Champion right now. Young ask Henry for his opinions on tonights match with Roman Regins. Henry says this match isn’t bout winning or losing, its about inducting Regins into the Hall of Pain.

Fourth Match: Roman Regins vs. Mark Henry

Reigns starts the match with right hands and headbutts. Henry sends Reigns to the corner and splashes him. Reigns turns it around and takes Henry to one knee. Henry fights to his feet but Reigns nails a big Samoan Drop for a 2 count. Reigns hits the Superman Punch and hits the Spear to pick up the victory. After the match The Wyatt Family are shown on the titantron.

Bray Wyatt cuts a promo and says the clock is ticking. He says their bones will pave the streets of his kingdom. Harper asks if they’re willing to die for this. Bray says if they’re not, they’ve already lost. He laughs some more and turns his back. Reigns tells them to come out here and talk that noise. Wyatt says they were thinking the exact same thing. Rowan tells them to run. The lights go out again and the music hits.

The Wyatts enter the ring and they have a big stare down with The Shield. The Wyatt Family back off and got out of the ring.

Winner: Roman Regins

Back from commercial break Michael Cole announces that on the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show The Rhodes Brothers will take on Curtis Axel and Ryback. The Rhodes Brothers were shown backstage playing around with some WWE action figures and the new WWE Stack Down play set. Bad News Barrett comes out and kicks the toys off the table he laughs at The Rhodes Brothers then leaves.

Fifth Match: Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

Swagger starts the match mauling Kingston and sends him to the corner. Kingston tries a counter in the corner, but Swagger dumps him into the mat for a 2 count.Kofi tries to make a comeback but Swagger whips him hard into the corner and nails a Swagger Bomb for a 2 count. Swagger lands more big power moves on Kofi. Kofi nails a missile dropkick from the corner. Kofi with a kick to the head and a big springboard clothesline. More back and forth. Kofi nails a SOS but Swagger’s foot hits the bottom rope to break the pin. Kofi lands a big crossbody for another 2 count. Swagger rolls through and makes Kofi tap with the Patriot Lock.

Winner: Jack Swagger

Sixth Match: Big E vs. Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre

Big E hits Mahal a few times, then McIntyre joins in and Zeb stays at ringside with Swagger and starts to talk trash on the mic. Big E whips McIntyre outside and drops Mahal with a backbreaker, then McIntyre kicks Big E in the face and drops a knee. Big E takes a bit more punishment after some knees and a double suplex, then McIntyre whips him and Mahal kicks him in the face for a near fall. Big E shoves them back and backdrops Mahal, then he throws McIntyre on the floor and clotheslines Mahal. Big E follows with some more clotheslines and a belly-to-belly, then he splashes them both and tackles McIntyre in the corner. Big E goes to the opposite corner and tackles Mahal, then he suplexes Mahal into McIntyre and hits both with a Big Ending for the win.

Winner: Big E

Back from commercial break they show us a history package of WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons in honor of Black History Month. They also shows us a history of the Elimination Chamber Video Package.

Renee Young was shown backstage interviewing John Cena. Cena talks about the Elimination Chamber Match and also talks about the change thats coming to the WWE. Cena says tonight we’ll find out what Cesaro is made out of as their match is up next.

Seventh Match: Cesaro vs. John Cena

The bell rings and they lock up. Cesaro quickly rolls up Cena. They lock up again and trade holds and go to the mat.More back and forth action between Cesaro and Cena. Cesaro takes Cena down with a headlock. Cena overpowers Cesaro and slams him. Cena charges but Cesaro dumps him over the top and to the floor. Cesaro tosses Cena into the barrier. Cena comes back in the ring and drops Cesaro’s neck over the top. Cena runs into a big dropkick and Cesaro cover for 2. Cesaro with another 2 count. Cena fights out of another headlock. Cena slides off his shoulders and drops Cena’s neck over the top rope now. Cena with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Cesaro whips Cena hard into the corner and he goes down. Cesaro kicks Cena out of the ring. We go to commercial with Cesaro in control.

Back from commercial break Cesaro and Cena land a couple right hands.Cesaro hits a big fallaway slam on Cena. Cena fights back but Cesaro applies a sleeper hold. Cesaro ends up running over Cena with a big clothesline for 2. Cena comes back with shoulder tackles and the crowd boos. Cesaro counters the big slam for a 2 count. Cesaro goes for the Cesaro Swing but Cena turns it into a STF and the crowd boos. Cesaro counters it and hits a gutwrench slam for a 2 count. More back and forth. Cena with the big slam and the Five Knuckle Shuffle as fans boo. Cesaro slides out of an Attitude Adjustment and nails the big uppercut in mid-air. Cena kicks out at 2. Cesaro grabs Cena for a Cesaro Swing but Cena counters and turns it into a DDT for a 2 count. Cena goes to the top but Cesaro runs up and knocks Cena to the floor with a big uppercut.

Cesaro suplexes Cena from the apron, over the turnbuckles and nails a big superplex for a 2 count.  Cesaro finally hits a Cesaro Swing on Cena and drops him for a close 2 count. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer but Cena counters as the fans boo. Cesaro lands on his feet from the AA and runs over Cena. Cesaro runs again but Cena nails a big clothesline. Cena rolls over and stands up with Cesaro on his shoulders. Cena nails the AA for the win.

Winner: John Cena

Back from commercial break Randy Orton was shown backstage talking to Triple H. Orton says he appreciates everything that the Authority has done for him over the years. Orton tells Triple H “Can you picture Batista being the face of the WWE?” Batista was standing right behind Orton. Batista says Orton isn’t the face of WWE, he’s the ass. Orton storms off. Alberto Del Rio walks up wearing a neck brace. He’s going to make Batista pay on Sunday. Del Rio says he’s going to break Batista’s arms and rip them off. Batista shoves Del Rio into a scissor lift. Triple H looks pissed off and Batista storms out.

Renee Young is backstage and reveals Darren Young will take on Titus O’Niel at Elimination Chamber. Titus comes over and plays the heel role. Titus says Darren has been a roadblock in him becoming champion. Titus says he will drop that dead weight on Sunday.

Eight Match: Los Matadores and Sin Cara vs. The Wyatt Family

Short match The Wyatt Family was controlling the entire the match. Bray Wyatt hits the Sister Abigail on Sin Cara to pickup the victory

Winner: The Wyatt Family

Ninth Match: Jey Uso vs. Billy Gunn

Back from commercial break and the WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws are out. Jimmy Uso and Road Dogg are on commentary. Back and forth to start the match. Jey sends Gunn out to the floor and Road Dogg runs to check on him. Gunn runs over Jey with a big clothesline and covers for a 2 count.Gunn keeps control of the match and has Uso grounded with a headlock. Uso ends up getting the win with a roll up.

Winner: Jey Uso

- After the match, Jimmy lays Road Dogg out with a kick. The Usos lay The Outlaws out at ringside.

- Byron Saxton is backstage with Sheamus. Sheamus talks about his aggressive side and says Orton will get to see that side tonight. Back to commercial.

Tenth Match: Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

They lock up and go to the corner.Orton comes back in but Sheamus sends him right back out for another breather. Orton comes back in and strikes, taking Sheamus to the corner with an uppercut and a headbutt. Sheamus fights back with right hands and uppercuts of his own. Sheamus drops Orton and keeps up the attack in the corner. Sheamus hits a suplex. Orton goes back to the floor for another breather.

Sheamus comes out and they brawl on the floor. Sheamus slams Orton’s face into the announcers table. They come back in and Sheamus drops knees on Orton’s head. Sheamus with another uppercut. Sheamus misses a Brogue and lands on the top rope. Orton takes control and sends Sheamus flying into the ring post. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and Orton is in control but Sheamus fights out and sends him to the floor. They brawl on the floor again. Orton gets sent into the barrier. Orton turns it back around and brings it in the ring. Orton stomps away on Sheamus. Orton climbs up for a superplex but Sheamus knocks him to the mat. Sheamus nails a battering ram. Orton goes out for a monitor from the announce table but Sheamus follows. Orton sends Sheamus crashing through the announce table and a “holy s–t” chant breaks out.

Sheamus makes it back in at the 9 count but Orton starts stomping. Orton lands big powerslam and goes for another pin attempt. Orton goes for the second rope draping DDT but Sheamus dumps him to the apron. Sheamus with the big forearm shots to the chest now. Sheamus still can’t get the pin. Orton with the second rope draping DDT now. Sheamus blocks the RKO and hits the Irish Curse backbreaker, and another, and a third. Sheamus readies for a Brogue Kick but The Shield hits the ring and beats him down for the disqualification.

Winner: Sheamus by DQ

After the match a massive brawl breaks out with all the members of the Elimination Chamber Match and the 6 Man Tag Team Match as Raw goes off the air.

JPOV: WOW! Raw really delivered with this being the last Raw before Elimination Chamber. Alot of progression for storylines heading into the chamber and couple of new matches booked for the ppv that have to do with the current storylines. 10 wrestling matches tonight on RAW there was only 2 matches I didn’t like so thats telling something. Cesaro and Cena match was awesome. Just another fun night of wrestling.

Josh’s Grade: 10/10

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WWE Monday Night Raw Viewership Up From Last Week

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A lot of hype was surrounding last night’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw. The main event of the show was WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton facing John Cena. The show was also highlighted by TV star Betty White being the guest host of the show.

The difference was noticeable as Raw scored a 3.14 rating with an average of 4.33 million viewers. The rating is slightly down from last week as the rating was a 3.15, but the viewership was up as the show from last week averaged 4.21 million viewers.

The first hour averaged 4.50 million viewers that was highlighted by the opening segment featuring Betty White and then Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. The second hour averaged 4.34 million viewers that was featured by a tag match with Christian and Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler, which featured a post-match attack by Batista.

The final hour of the show averaged 4.15 million viewers, which was featured by the aforementioned main event of Cena vs Orton.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From February 10, 2014

RAW_1081_Photo_019WWE RAW
February 10, 2014
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California

First In Ring Segment: RAW starts off with Betty White and Big Show coming out to a big pop. Betty White says she can’t express how excited she is to be a guest star on Monday Night RAW. Big Show ask her what is going to happen tonight and she said she is going to kick some ass. The Authority come out and interrupt Betty White and The Big Show.

Triple H says he would like to clarify a few things that happen on Raw last week. Triple H says that they would have to reconsider if Daniel Bryan, Christian, Sheamus, Antonio Cesaro or even John Cena will be the face of the WWE.Randy Orton comes to out interrupt the Authority. Stephanie McMahon says Randy Orton should go back and prepare for his main event match tonight on Raw. Randy Orton says he needs to bring back The Viper for the remainder of his title regin. Stephanie McMahon ask Randy if the Authority can trust him anymore? A massive Daniel Bryan and CM Punk chant starts from the Los Angeles crowd.

Randy Orton says he is the heart and soul of the WWE. Daniel Bryan comes out to interrupt Randy Orton. Daniel Bryan ask Orton if he is the heart and soul of the WWE. Stephanie McMahon says she doesn’t appreciate Orton or Bryan coming out and interrupting her and HHH especially on live TV. Stephanie says for the ongoing future all superstars will have to make an appointment with the Director of Operations. Daniel Bryan says thats the reason why he is out there and he wants to fight Kane tonight on Raw. Daniel Bryan says Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are the combination of ignorance and stupidity. Randy Orton tells Bryan to give them respect that they deserved. Orton ask permission to punt Bryan all the way to Seattle.

Triple H says that tonight Daniel Bryan will get a well deserved night off. Daniel Bryan says no to the Authority. Triple H says it doesn’t matter what the fans want.

It was shown that Mark Henry will return tonight. Coming up next The Rhodes Brothers and Rey Mysterio will take on The Wyatt Family.

1.) Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Wyatt Family

Erick Rowan and Cody Rhodes will start this match. Rowan starts clubbing Rhodes. Rhodes dragged Rowan to the corner and tag in his brother Goldust. Erick Rowan starts throwing Goldust around the ring and tags in Luke Harper. Harper starts charging towards Goldust, but Goldust ducks out of the way and tags in Cody Rhodes. Cody Rhodes hits a missle drop kick to Luke Harper. Cody sends Harper to the floor. Cody sends Rey flying out onto Harper. The Wyatt Family gets frustrated and we go to commercial break.

Back from commercial break Erick Rowan apply a chinlock on Goldust. Rowan continues to club Goldust and tags in Harper. Harper and Rowan double team Goldust. Luke Harper tags in Bray Wyatt he slaps Goldust and starts taunting him. Bray Wyatt and Goldust start exchanging blows and Wyatt tags in Erick Rowan who throws Goldust to the turnbuckle and falls down. Rowan steps on Goldust face and then gives him a headbutt. Goldust tries to make some seperation from Rowan he runs towards Cody and Rowan catches Goldust. Rowan starts charging to Goldust, but Goldust pulls down the rope and Rowan falls down. Rowan tags in Harper and Goldust make the sepeartion and tags in Rey Mysterio.

Rey Mysterio comes off the hot tag and puts Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper in position for the 619. Rey Mysterio hits the 619 on Harper, but Bray knocks down Mysterio. Cody Rhodes comes in and hits a suicide dive on Bray Wyatt. Bray Wyatt gets back up and tags into the match himself as Rey Mysterio was attempting the 619 he catches him and hits the Sister Abigail on Mysterio to pick up the victory for The Wyatt Family.

After the match Bray Wyatt says that The Shield are like little toy solidiers fighing in the war they want no part in. Wyatt says that the Shield will fall and then concludes by saying “Follow the Buzzards.”

Winner: The Wyatt Family

Back from commercial break Michael Cole shows us a highlight package of Roman Regins record breaking performance from this years Royal Rumble Match where he eliminated 12 men from the match a new Royal Rumble Match record.

Renee Young is backstage with The Shield and ask them if The Wyatt Family words are getting in the head of The Shield. The Shield says action speaks louder than words. Renee mentions that its been awhile since Dean Ambrose has defended his United States Championship and ask if he had any thoughts about that. Dean says he will put out a open challenge to anybody in the locker room that will step up and face him for the United States Championship.

Betty White is shown backstage with the stars of “Total Divas”, Vickie Guerrero tells Betty White from one cougar to another she welcomes her to Monday Night RAW. The WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws interrupted the girls and tells Betty White they will like to have a cup of tea with her.

2.) Santino Marella w/Emma vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae

Santino and Fandango lock up and go at it. Fandango drops Santino from behind and goes to work on him. Fandango ends up going to the top but Santino climbs up. Fandango knocks him to the mat and nails the big leg drop for the easy win.

Winner: Fandango

Sheamus was shown backstage being interview by Byron Saxton. Sheamus says he doesn’t care who gets in his way, he will Brouge kick them and go on to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

3.) Christian and Sheamus vs. The Real Amercians

Zeb cuts a promo on Sheamus, Christian and the fans. Cesaro speaks and says he will be the first Real American to win the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Christian and Antonio Cesaro start off the match.Cesaro takes control of Christian. Swagger tags in. Christian blocks a double team and rolls Swagger up for 2. Christian nails a big missile dropkick for another 2 count. Sheamus tags in and goes at it with Swagger. Sheamus with a nice suplex for a 2 count. Swagger turns it around with a big knee to the gut and tags in Cesaro. Sheamus counters a move from Cesaro and nails a big clothesline for 2.

Cesaro comes back and unloads on Sheamus with several uppercuts. Sheamus fights back with right hands. Sheamus ends up going to the top for a big battering ram and a 2 count. Swagger grabs Sheamus, allowing Cesaro to hit a big boot to the face that sends Sheamus off the apron. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and they’re going at it. Christian with the back elbow on Cesaro. Cesaro blocks Killswitch but Christian blocks that. Cesaro with a huge uppercut for a close 2 count. Cesaro with another pin attempt. Swagger tags in and stomps away on Christian. Swagger works him over and goes for another pin attempt. More back and forth. Cesaro tags in for some double teaming and another 2 count on Christian. Cesaro hits the Cesaro Swing on Christian.Christian comes back in but Cesaro covers for 2. Swagger comes back in for another nice double team move and pin attempt. Cesaro comes in and misses a double team move.

Swagger gets sent to the floor. Sheamus and Swagger tag in. Sheamus unloads and hits a high knee. Sheamus with a close 2 count. Sheamus with the forearm shots to the chest on the apron. Sheamus with a running powerslam on Swagger. Sheamus readies for the Brogue but Cesaro decks him. Cesaro takes forearm shots now until Swagger makes the save. Swagger with the Patriot Lock on Sheamus. Christian leaps off the top with a crossbody. Christian drops Cesaro on the floor now. Sheamus nails a Brogue on Swagger for the win.

Winner: Sheamus & Christian

Renee Young interviews John Cena. John Cena says change is coming soon with the WWE Network launching in two weeks. Also tonight he will close his rivalry with Randy Orton tonight.

4.) Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio

Alberto Del Rio kicks the leg of Dolph Ziggler and throws a couple punches to Ziggler face. Dolph Ziggler gains momentum of the match. He lands 10 elbows to the chest of Alberto Del Rio. Dolph Ziggler attempts to hit the Zig Zag, but Del Rio counters. Alberto Del Rio lands a vicious kick to the head of Dolph Ziggler to pick up the victory. After the match Del Rio goes back in the ring and puts Ziggler in the cross arm breaker.

Batista comes out and starts brawling with Alberto Del Rio. Batista throws Del Rio to the barricade. Batista gives Del Rio the Batista Bomb through the announce table.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

The Bella Twins show us how to use the WWE Network. Announcement for the third member joining the Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts in this year WWE Hall of Fame will come next.

Back from commercial break it was announced that Lita will be inducted in this year WWE Hall of Fame.

Betty White is having tea with The Outlaws. She seems suspicious of them. Road Dogg has his own recipe of tea. Betty admires the tag titles. The Outlaws go to get some lemons and she switches their tea. They come back and everyone drinks up.

5.) Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. The Usos

Jey Uso and Curtis Axel lock up to start the match. Jey Uso throws a couple blows to Axel. The Usos double teams Axel. Curtis Axel regains momentum and tags in Ryback. Ryback sends Jey Uso to the corner and tags in Curtis Axel. Curtis Axel starts grounding Jey Uso and tags in Ryback.

Axel comes back in and nails a big running knee to the head. Axel with a knee drop and tag to Ryback. Fans chant “Goldberg” as Ryback takes control. Ryback takes Uso to the top and climbs up. Uso fights him off and sends Ryback to the mat. Uso with a big corkscrew move. Jey Uso tags in and unloads on Axel. Uso with a big clothesline and a Samoan Drop for a 2 count as Ryback breaks it up. He sends Ryback into the ring post and they double team Axel. Jey tags in Jimmy and dives out onto Ryback. Jimmy nails a Superfly Splash for the win.

Winner: The Usos

6.) WWE United States Championship Match

Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Mark Henry

Mark Henry starts throwing Ambrose around the ring to start the match. Dean Ambrose gets back in the ring and charges toward Mark Henry, but he countered and give him the big boot. Mark Henry throws Dean Ambrose arm first to the ring post. Dean Ambrose tries to attack the injured arm of Mark Henry. Mark Henry launches Dean Ambrose outside of the ring and we go to commercial break.

Back from break Ambrose continue to work on Henry injured arm. Mark Henry makes a comeback and catches Dean Ambrose and hits the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry goes for the pin but Seth Rollins breaks it up. Ambrose would be disqualified, but still retains his championship. After the match there was a staredown with The Shield and The Wyatts.

Winner: Mark Henry

7.) 6 Diva Tag Team Match

The Bella Twins and Cameron w/Eva Marie vs. AJ Lee, Aksana, and Alicia Fox

Typical Divas match a bunch of quick tags with both teams. Cameron came in off the hot tag and hit the girl bye DDT on Aksana to pick up the victory.

Winner: The Bella Twins and Cameron

In Ring Segment: Kane comes out and says he fully accepts the punishment The Authority gave to him. Kane says it was ill advised when he came out during Bryan’s match last week. Bryan comes out and starts brawling with Kane. Bryan hits the suicide dive on Kane and sends him over the barricade. Kane starts running away and Daniel Bryan leads the Los Angeles crowd in a YES! Chant.

It was announced on SmackDown there will be a big eight man tag team match pinning Rybaxel vs. The Usos vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws. WWE World Heavyweight Champion will take on Antonio Cesaro.

8.) Randy Orton vs. John Cena

Orton starts off with a headlock. They run the ropes and Cena hits a hip toss for a 2 count. Orton goes to the floor for a breather. Cena with a headlock now. They trade holds and Orton goes back to the floor. Orton walks half-way up the ramp before heading back to the ring. Orton comes back in and beats Cena down. Cena fights back and hits a bulldog for a 2 count. Cena runs the ropes but Orton drops him with an elbow. Orton shows off.

Orton stomps on Cena. Cena with a suplex. Cena charges in the corner but Orton moves and Cena goes down. A CM Punk chant starts up but doesn’t get far. Orton beats Cena to the floor and slams his face into the announcers table, which they finally got fixed. Orton backdrops Cena onto the barrier. Orton brings Cena back in for a 2 count. Orton with right hands and a knee drop. Orton poses again as we go back to commercial.

Back from commercial break, Cena gives Randy Orton a body slam. Orton and Cena exchange blows. Orton puts Cena on the apron and gives him a suplex. Orton gives Cena the chin lock. Orton plants a vicious DDT on Cena. Orton gives the stomps to Cena. Cena comes from behind and school boy him for a 2 count. Cena goes for the 5 moves of doom and lands the five knuckle shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Orton counters. Cena launches Orton over the top rope.

Cena powers Orton for the Attitude Adjustment and once again Orton countered it. Orton puts Cena on the top rope and attempt the top rope suplex, Cena knocks Orton then Orton knocks Cena down and gives the vicious DDT from the top turnbuckle. Orton sets up the RKO and Cena counters and puts Orton in the STF and Orton gets back to the ropes to break up the submission. Orton gets back up and sets up the punt and Cena countered and try to give Orton the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton countered and gives Cena the RKO and Cena kicks out at 2.

Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Orton, but Orton kicks out at 2. Cena puts Orton on the top rope and attempts a top rope Attitude Adjustment. Cena hits a top rope leg drop and hits the Attitude Adjustment on Orton to pickup the victory.

Winner: John Cena

JPOV: A very good edition of Monday Night RAW. Alot of progression in storylines heading into the Elimination Chamber PPV. I enjoyed the six man tag team match with The Wyatt Family taking on Rey Mysterio and The Rhodes Brothers. Two other great tag team matches tonight with Sheamus and Christian beating Real Americans and The Usos beating Rybaxel.

Betty White as a guest star was really funny tonight one of the better celebrities that’s been on RAW in the last couple of years. Good to see Daniel Bryan getting more promo time tonight with The Authority. I’m excited to see the Daniel Bryan and Kane match. Good outing for Batista who shine tonight with his attack on Alberto Del Rio. Like seeing Batista being the big destructive monster instead the casual jacked up guy thats talk each time he comes out.

The John Cena and Randy Orton match wasn’t that bad either even though the fans in Los Angeles were trying to get their selves over. Overall a fun night on RAW which was needed on this road to the Elimination Chamber. Also congratulations to Lita who will be in the WWE Hall of Fame this year joining the Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

Josh’s Grade for RAW: 9/10

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WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young Passes At The Age Of 90

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It has been confirmed that WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young has passed away at the age of 90. Media outlets had reported on Thursday that Young had passed away but the reports had turned out to be false. The Hall of Famer’s passing was confirmed by WWE executive Stephanie McMahon on Twitter.

Young had been under hospice care at her home as her kidneys had been starting to fail. WWE.com released a statement acknowledging the passing of Young.

“WWE is greatly saddened by the news that WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young, beloved member of the WWE family and oldest living squared circle personality, has passed at the age of 90,” the statement begins. “Johnnie Mae Young was truly one of the greatest female competitors to ever lace up a pair of boots. A proud competitor for three quarters of a century and valued part of WWE to her last day, Young truly blazed a path for future female grapplers beginning in the 1940s.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Young and her family.

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The Announcement Of The WWE Network (Audio)

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The WWE last night made the long awaited announcement of the WWE Network. The network will debut on February 24. You will hear from Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and John Cena. Listen in as the announcement is made, when the Network will debut and much more.

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Watch The “Groundbreaking” WWE Announcement On BetweenTheRopes.com At 9:30 PM ET

The WWE will be making a “Groundbreaking Announcement” tonight from the Wynn Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas At the CES Convention at 9:30 p.m. ET. It is expected that the announcement will be the launch of the WWE Network. Expected to be there are Vince and Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austion, John Cena and Shawn Michaels.

You can watch on the video stream above and BetweenTheRopes.com will be updating you throughout the announcement and the aftermath.

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Triple H Promises Big Surprises In Tonight’s Groundbreaking Announcement

The WWE released today Triple H’s weekly sitdown video interview with Michael Cole. Cole tried to pry what the big announcement that will be taking place tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET in Las Vegas at the CES convention. It is expected that the announcement will be the launch of the WWE network.

HHH stated that he will be there with his wife Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin and John Cena. Cole tried to get HHH to divulge the news. All HHH would say is that big surprises will be revealed and this will change the WWE forever.

We will have live coverage of tonight’s announcement on BetweenTheRopes.com at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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Randy Orton Defeats John Cena To Become The WWE World Heavyweight Champion

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In what was announced as the biggest match in the history of the WWE, Randy Orton defeated John Cena to unify the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the TLC pay-per-view.

The match was billed as a tables, ladders and chairs match and the match lived up to the billing as Cena and Orton throughout the match used the weapons that were as advertised. The ending of the match was when Orton was able to handcuff Cena to the bottom rope of the ring. Orton grabbed the ladder and slowly went up the ladder and Cena was able to rip the rope off. Cena was able to go up the ladder and try to stop Orton and was able to land some punches. Orton was able to bounce back and knock Cena off the ladder, who went through the table. After a few moments, Orton unhooked the belts to win the match.

The match ended and then Vince McMahon’s music hit and he came out with The Authority to head to the ring. They entered the ring and clapped for Orton, with Stephanie giving him a hug and receiving a handshake from HHH. The show ended with Orton raising both belts and Cena looking towards him.

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