WWE Monday Night Raw
September 22, 2014
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WWE Monday Night Raw Pre-Show:
Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show opens up with a shot of fans filing into the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. Byron Saxton, Booker T and Alex Riley are at WWE studios in Stamford. Riley hypes WWE Shop and says we have a huge show coming tonight. They hype Dean Ambrose’s return tonight. We get a look back at John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar from Night of Champions and how the match ended with Seth Rollins. Riley says we saw a different side of Cena come out last night. Byron shows us Cena’s post-Night of Champions interview where he called Rollins foolish. More talk about Night of Champions, including Rusev defeating Mark Henry. They talk about how impressive Rusev has been so far. Riley says this win takes Rusev to a whole new level. We go to commercials.
We come back and they talk about Roman Reigns having emergency surgery this weekend. We see the coverage from the weekend on Reigns. They talk about the WWE Tag Team Titles next. Booker predicts The Usos will be back on top soon. Riley says he’s even more impressed with Stardust and Goldust. Saxton announces Sheamus and The Usos vs. Cesaro, Stardust and Goldust for tonight. Renee Young is backstage with The Miz and Damien Sandow. Sandow has a replica Intercontinental Title over his shoulder like The Miz. Miz cuts a Hollywood promo and gives Renee an autographed photo. Saxton announces Dolph Ziggler will get his rematch against The Miz tonight. We get more hype from the panel before bold predictions. Riley predicts Stephanie McMahon will challenge AJ Lee for the Divas Title. Booker predicts Brock Lesnar will show up tonight and have a confrontation with The Authority, leading to something with Seth Rollins. Saxton hypes tonight’s show some more and that’s it for the pre-show.
WWE Monday Night Raw:
First In-Ring Segment:
We go right to the ring and out comes Dean Ambrose to a big pop.Ambrose says he’s far from dead and WWE’s ugly stepchild is back. Ambrose says he’s been a little loopy in the head since we last saw him. He’s been replaying what happened with the cinder blocks. He shows us a replay of what happened last month with Kane and Seth Rollins. Ambrose is kind of flattered that The Authority would go to great lengths to get rid of him. Ambrose says he’s not satisfied and can hold a grudge. He say tonight, he’s The Authority and he’s not leaving the ring until he gets his hands on Rollins. Ambrose throws a steel chair in the ring and takes a seat in the middle of the ring. Fans chant his name. John Cena’s music hits after a minute and out Cena comes to a mixed reaction.
Ambrose kicks the chair out of the ring. He’s bothered and doesn’t like that Cena is standing in front of him right now. Ambrose says Cena is flying close to a flame. Cena calls him Mr. Ambrose and says they have a similar agenda. Cena says he had Brock Lesnar beat at Night of Champions until that slimy, rubber suit wearing jackass Seth Rollins showed up. Cena says he should have the WWE World Heavyweight Title right now. Cena says he’s cashing in his ass kicking in a briefcase shot on Rollins tonight and no one is going to stop him. Ambrose says he warned Cena once, don’t get in his way. Cena takes off his gear and gets ready for a fight. The music hits and out comes Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Kane, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins.
Triple H tells them to relax before they fight over something they have no control over. He says Rollins won’t be fighting anybody tonight but Cena and Ambrose will. Cena interrupts and goes up the ramp for a fight. Ambrose follows. Ambrose and Cena brawl with Kane, Orton and Rollins on the ramp. Rollins runs off through the crowd and Ambrose chases him. Ambrose catches up but Rollins runs off again. Cena also ran after Rollins. Kane and Orton look on from the ring while Triple H re-groups with Stephanie. Cameras go backstage and we see Ambrose attacking Rollins in the back of the arena. Cena joins in and Rollins is doing his best to fight them off. He runs off and decks a guy loading stuff in his car. Rollins takes the car and speeds off. Ambrose was trying to get in the back of the car and fell. Cena and Ambrose look at each other as we go to commercial.
We return with the Authority backstage. Triple H says that Kane will face Ambrose tonight, and Orton will fight Cena. Orton says to tell Rollins to stop starting fires that they have to put out.
First Match: WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
The Miz (c) w/Damien Mizdow vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler starts off with a quick roll up, but Miz kicks out at one. Both men lock up, with Ziggler gaining the advantage. Ziggler then hits a clothesline and an elbow drop. Ziggler makes the cover but Miz kicks out at two. Miz however gets back in it, hitting a shoulder block, and then following it with a knee to the gut. Miz then hits a knee to the back, and then puts Ziggler in a headlock. Ziggler gets out, but then gets taken down again. Miz goes for the Figure 4, but Ziggler gets out, and then begins his comeback. Miz however counters a neckbreaker, and then hits one of his own on the edge of the mat. Ziggler falls to the outside as Miz is now in control. We go to commercial break.
We return with Miz still in control over Dolph. Miz goes for a his running clothesline in the corner, and he connects. He then goes to the top rope, and goes for the double axe handle. Ziggler however hits a dropkick in mid air! Ziggler then gets on his feet, and then begins his comeback for the second time. Ziggler ends up hitting the jumping DDT, but Miz kicks out at two! Ziggler and Miz then have a fiery sequence that leads to Miz locking in the Figure 4! Ziggler is able to crawl to the ropes, but the leg appears to be injured.Ziggler ends up taking out Sandow, but then gets caught with the Skull Crushing Finale! Ziggler however kicks out at two! Ziggler gets back up and hits the Fame-Asser! Miz however also kicks out! Ziggler then superkicks Sandow off the ropes, but gets rolled up. Ziggler then continues the momentum and rolls up Miz for the three count!
Winner: NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler
Second Match: Bo Dallas vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter
The match starts with Bo getting in a lot of offense. Bo hits a clothesline and then a couple of knees on Swaggers head. Bo makes the cover but Swagger kicks out at two. Swagger fights back, but Bo slows it down again and then puts Swagger in a headlock. Swagger fights out and then begins his comeback. Swagger hits a Swagger Bomb, and then goes for the cover. Bo kicks out, and then is put in the Patriot Lock. Bo immediately taps out.
Colter grabs the mic and tells Bo that he Bolieves that he just tapped out to Swagger. Swagger then begins to celebrate with the crowd.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Third Match: Summer Rae w/Layla vs. Natalya w/Rosa Mendes
Natalya immediately goes after Summer, but Summer takes advantage and takes down Natty with a clothesline. Summer puts Natty in a waist lock to keep her grounded. Natty powers out, and then hits a scoop slam. Natty hits a low dropkick, and then begins to attack Summer in the corner. Natty then locks in the sharpshooter. Summer has no choice but to tap out.
Fourth Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Kane
Dean starts off immediately going after Kane. Kane gets pushed into the corner, but Kane shoves Ambrose away. Dean however keeps the offense going, hitting a diving elbow off the second rope. Kane gets up and hits a shoulder thrust in the corner on Dean. Dean gets some space, and then hits a dropkick. Dean throws Kane to the outside, and then hits a suicide dive! Ambrose then begins to look under the ring for weapons! Dean however turns around into a big boot, and is then thrown into the steel steps.
Dean is thrown back into the ring, and is taken down with a big uppercut. Kane then begins to work on the shoulder. Ambrose however fights back and then begins his comeback sequence! Dean gets caught with a choke hold, but Dean reverses it into Dirty Deeds! Ambrose goes for the cover but Rollins comes out of no where to break the pinfall.
Rollins continues to beat on Ambrose as the bell rings. Rollins brings a chair in the ring but Ambrose tackles him and works him over. Ambrose dumps Rollins to the floor. Ambrose runs the ropes for a dive but Kane jumps up on the outside with a big right hand. Kane comes back in and chokeslams Ambrose. Fans boo as Rollins and Kane head up the ramp together. Rollins stops and goes back towards the ring. He stops when Ambrose is waiting with a chair. Rollins backs up the ramp and Ambrose’s music hits.
Winner: Dean Ambrose by DQ
Back from the break and Triple H confronts Seth Rollins and Kane backstage. Dean Ambrose runs up and attacks Rollins as Triple H gets out of the way. Ambrose nails Kane and goes back to work on Rollins. Security breaks them up and Triple H tells them to take him out of the building. Stephanie appears and they lock Ambrose in a room. Stephanie says if they throw him out, he will come back. At least now they have him under control. Triple H tells security to watch the door.
Fifth Match: Sheamus & The Usos vs. Cesaro, Goldust and Stardust
Jey and Goldust start the match. Jey gets control at first, and then tags in Jimmy. Jimmy hits a back drop, which leads to Stardust getting tagged in. Stardust gets taken down with a clothesline, and then goes to the outside to take a breather. Cesaro gets tagged in, and then asks for Sheamus. Sheamus gets tagged in and both men begin to beat e hell out of each other. Cesaro is able to gain the advantage and tag in Goldust. Sheamus fights back with a big clothesline, and then tags in Jey. Stardust is able to make a tag, and then begins a beat down on Jey in the corner. Jey fights out and then gets a tag to Jimmy. Jimmy tries to keep Stardust away from his corner, but Goldust is able to make a tag. The double team begins, and in comes Stardust again. We go to commercial.
We return with Stardust in control. Sheamus however is able to get a tag in the match and then begins his comeback! Cesaro is able to the make the blind tag, and then takes out Sheamus to the outside. Cesaro puts Sheamus back in the ring, and then makes a cover for a two count. Sheamus tries to fight back, but Cesaro then hits a flurry of uppercuts. Goldust is tagged in, and then beats down Sheamus in the corner. Goldust puts Sheamus in a headlock. Stardust ends up tagging in, and then tries to isolate Sheamus from the corner. Sheamus however gets back in it with a big forearm. Sheamus makes a tag to Jey, while Goldust is tagged in as well. Jey begins his comeback, and tags in Jimmy in the process. Jimmy takes out Goldust but Cesaro breaks up the pin. The Usos then take out Cesaro. Goldust comes back and hits the Final Cut, but Sheamus breaks up the pin. Jey then makes a tag and hits the splash on Goldust for the three count.
Winner: Sheamus & The Usos
Randy Orton is backstage when Seth Rollins walks up. Rollins appreciates that Orton is facing John Cena tonight. Rollins says he may have a little surprise waiting for Orton at ringside tonight. Rollins says he and Kane will be watching from ringside as well.
We see Mark Henry walking backstage. Cole shows us the new WWE 2K15 gameplay trailer.
Second In-Ring Segment:
We go to the ring and out comes Mark Henry. Henry looks disappointed and we see stills from his match against Rusev at Night of Champions.
Henry apologizes and says he feels like he let his country down. Henry says he’s not 100% physically but he also feels heartbroken. He says fans are entitled to pick on him tonight. He gets the “what?” treatment and acknowledges it. He says he’s sorry. Rusev’s music hits and out he comes with Lana.
Lana says everyone here is so pathetic an apologetic like Henry. A USA chant starts and Lana tells fans to shut up. Lana says fans want to see another match between the two. Henry accepts the challenge and says he will be happy to destroy Rusev tonight. Lana tells Rusev to crush Henry and they march to the ring.
Tomorrow night on WWE Main Event Dean Ambrose will be the special guest on Miz TV.
Sixth Match: Mark Henry vs. Rusev w/Lana
Rusev starts the match off in control. Rusev hits a couple of shoulder tackles, and then begins to beat down Henry in the corner. Rusev hits a running splash, and then throws Henry to the ground. Rusev then puts Henry in a headlock. Henry tries to get but Rusev keeps the hold locked in. Henry tries to fight out, but Rusev lets go and hits a dropkick instead. Rusev then puts the headlock back in on Henry. Henry finally gets out and then begins his comeback. Henry hits a headbutt, and then goes to the second rope. Rusev however grabs Henry’s leg and then slams him straight to the ground.Rusev then locks in the Accolade. Henry doesn’t tap out but he does pass out.
Seventh Match: Adam Rose & Bunny vs. Slater Gator
Titus and Rose start the match off. Titus hits a clothesline, and then follows it with a backbreaker. Slater is then tagged in and puts Rose in a headlock. Rose begins to fight out, but Slater keeps him grounded. Rose fights out again, but Titus is tagged in and stops Rose again. Rose however attacks Titus and makes the to the Bunny. Slater is tagged in and the Bunny cleans house. Rose is tagged back in and hits the Party Foul for the three count.
Winner: Adam Rose & Bunny
Third In-Ring Segment:
Nikki Bella comes to the ring and talks about needing her sister’s support before her big match at Night of Champions but Brie’s hurtful words are what caused her to lose the Divas Title match. Nikki says she is going to take matters into her own hands and calls Brie Bella to the ring.
Brie comes out and they have words. Nikki insults Brie and says she’s a disgrace to the Bella name. Nikki wants Brie to give her the Bella name. Nikki wants to be known as The Nikki Bella from now on. Brie says she will not give up the Bella name. Nikki asks why Brie hasn’t taken Daniel Bryan’s last name. Nikki calls Bryan an ugly, beaten down troll. Brie slaps Nikki and goes for the Yes Lock but Nikki scrambles out of the ring. Brie tells Nikki to come back in and fight. AJ Lee’s music hits and out comes the new WWE Divas Champion. She skips past Nikki and enters the ring. We go to commercial.
Eight Match: AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella
AJ starts off hitting a hurricanrana, and then follows it with multiple neckbreakers. AJ then runs at Nikki but takes a clothesline instead. Nikki then goes to the outside, and throws AJ into Paige, who is at commentary. Nikki then puts AJ in a headlock. AJ gets out but Nikki hits a big boot, and then makes the cover. AJ kicks out, but Nikki hits an Alabama Slam. AJ kicks out again, and Nikki continues her assault. AJ however makes a comeback and locks in the Black Widow. Nikki tries to grab the ropes but she taps out.
Winner: AJ Lee
The 15th Anniversary of SmackDown will take place on October 15, 2014. This Friday Night on SmackDown there will be a WWE Night of Champions rematch as Goldust & Stardust will defend the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Usos.
Ninth Match: John Cena vs. Randy Orton w/Seth Rollins & Kane
The match starts off with Cena getting taken down with a shoulder block. Cena however gets up and then does the very same to Orton. Orton then begins to unload a flurry of shots to Cena, and then begins to stomp away in the corner. Orton begins to flaunt to the crowd, and Cena takes advantage. Orton however takes control again right before we head to commercial.
We return with Orton in control over Cena. Cena is taken down and Orton makes a cover for a two count. Cena gets up and tries to make his comeback, but Orton ducks the shoulder block. Orton then drives Cena shoulder first into the steel steps. Orton then hits a backdrop on the announce table. Cena is put back in the ring and is set up for the hanging DDT. Cena however sends Orton over the top rope instead. Both men get on their feet in the ring, and then they begin to trade blows. Orton however gains the advantage with a backbreaker. Orton makes the cover but Cena kicks out at two. Cena tries to get back in it again, but Orton locks in a sleeper. Cena finally gets out and begins his comeback. Cena however gets caught again with a powerslam. Orton then goes for the hanging DDT, but Cena gets out. Orton keeps control however with a running clothesline.
Orton goes to the top rope, and tries for a superplex. Cena however blocks it, and then pushes Orton off the top rope. Orton gets right back back and then grabs the ropes, making Cena lose his balance. Orton then hits the DDT from the top rope. Orton makes the cover but Cena kicks out at two. Orton then calls for the RKO, but Cena reverses and locks in the STF. Rollins and Kane then interfere and take out Cena.
Cena ends up eating a chokeslam, and then Kane reveals the cinder blocks, but instead underneath the box is Dean Ambrose! Dean Ambrose begins to take out everybody!
Winner: John Cena by DQ
Josh’s Grade for WWE Monday Night Raw: 8/10
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