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WWE RAW Results: Vince Returns, Orton Turns and New Champion

WWE Monday Night Raw
November 3, 2014
First Niagara Center
Buffalo, New York

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WWE Monday Night Raw Pre-Show:

The WWE Monday Night Raw Pre-Show starts with a shot of the fans filing in the First Niagara Center for Raw tonight in Buffalo, New York. Byron Saxton, Alex Riley and Booker T welcomes us to the show. Tonight on Monday Night Raw Big Show will take on Mark Henry. The guys reminds us that Sheamus will defend the United States Championship against Rusev after Monday Night Raw on the WWE Network. We get a video package on the start of the Team Cena vs. Team Authority feud from last week’s Raw. The panel talks about the Team Authority vs. Team Cena angle. Riley wonders if Cena can convince the stars in the locker room to join his team knowing that joining Cena’s team may put their careers on the line. Booker T shucky ducky quack quack moment of the week is Kane and the Authority abusing their power over Dolph Ziggler on SmackDown. Booker T says that someone in the locker room has to be bold and make a name for themselves in this Survivor Series match. Booker T says being a follower doesn’t get you anywhere in this business and you have to grab that brass ring. Riley and Booker go over who may join the perspectives teams. Riley says he’s neutral in this match and Booker says that the Authority can bring the heat all they want, but at the end of the day Team Cena will prevail. We head to WWE Network promos.

We come back from break and the panel starts talking about the Big Show and Mark Henry feud. We get a replay of the heel turn from last week. We get a preview for their one on one match tonight. Renee Young interviews Mark Henry. Young ask Henry what drove him to turn his back on Big Show? Henry talks about how Big Show is jealous and he said it felt good to give him three World Strongest Slams. Henry says he will give him more tonight and it’s not about size it’s about strength. The panel talks about why Henry would turn his back on Big Show. Booker said this feud was bound to happen with both guys getting in each other’s head while trying to take down Rusev. We get a plug for the free month of the WWE Network. Tonight on Raw Dean Ambrose will take on Cesaro. We get a recap of the recent collisions between these two superstars over the last week. The panel tries to disect the reasoning behind Bray Wyatt going after Dean Ambrose. Riley talks about how Wyatt is right, you see alot of Wyatt in Ambrose. Booker talks about how he admires Ambrose wanting to be careless and wants to get dirty. Riley says that Cesaro is the best technical wrestler in the WWE. The panel starts talking about the Rusev/Sheamus match on the Network tonight. Raw bold predictions. Booker’s prediction is for everybody to tune into the Network after Raw and says Sheamus will retain the United States Championship. Riley’s prediction is that Big Show will join Team Cena and that’s a wrap for the pre-show.

WWE Monday Night Raw: 

 First In-Ring Segment: 

“No Chance” hits and out comes Vince McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon to a big pop. Vince asks if we’ve missed him and fans pop. Vince says things have been in good hands since he left but fans boo The Authority. Vince jokes it sounds like they’re under-appreciated. Vince hypes the WWE Network and plugs the current free month offer. Vince plugs Survivor Series being free. Vince plugs Team Cena vs. Team Authority but says we need to raise the stakes. Vince wants the next generation to feel what he feels and understand what true power feels like, true power you’ve earned.

Vince says he remembers when he beat the US government and that was a great accomplishment. Then there was Ted Turner, Time Warner and WCW. He beat them too, laid it all on the line. Then there was the fictional battle with God. Vince proposes Team Cena vs. Team Authority but if Team Authority loses, they will no longer be The Authority. Fans cheer. Vince says this would mean that The Authority is no longer in power if they lose. Triple H and Stephanie don’t look so sure about this. Vince asks them to take a walk and “No Chance” starts back up. As they’re leaving the ring, the music hits and out comes Dean Ambrose.

Authority Backstage Segment: 

When we return from commercial, Vince is with Triple H and Steph outside of a limo in the parking lot. He says it felt so good to be back out there. He says he knows it was a surprise to them, but he knows they can deal with it. HHH says nothing is a surprise when it comes to Vince. Vince tells HHH his tie is a little crooked. Vince says they don’t seem appreciated, but he knows that comes with the job. Steph says goodbye to dad as Vince leaves in the limo. HHH asks Steph once Vnice is gone, “what was that?” Steph says, “I don’t know. Let’s go find out.”

First Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro 

Good back and forth match until they end up on the outside. The light go out and it appears Bray Wyatt is interrupting. We go right to commercial. Back from the break and we see Wyatt watching from the stage in his rocking chair. Cesaro takes control and keeps Ambrose grounded. Cesaro ducks the big clothesline and nails a German suplex for a two  count. Cesaro with big forearm shots to the face now. Ambrose makes a comeback and Cesaro runs into a boot. Ambrose with a crossbody and right hands. Ambrose with a big forearm and a bulldog for a two count. Ambrose with more offense on Cesaro until he runs into a big boot.

Ambrose bounces right back with the big clothesline for a two count as Wyatt laughs. Cesaro counters the tornado DDT with a big uppercut for a close two count. Ambrose sends Cesaro over the top rope. Ambrose runs the ropes and dives out onto Cesaro. Ambrose points up at Wyatt. Ambrose brings Cesaro back in and goes to the top. Cesaro brings him to the mat and goes for a backslide for two count. Ambrose nails Dirty Deeds for the win After the match, Ambrose looks up at Wyatt. The lights flash again and Wyatt is gone, nothing but an empty rocking chair.

Winner: Dean Ambrose 

Second Authority Backstage Segment: 

Triple H and Stephanie are backstage. She says Vince taught her that you can’t let people see you sweat so they have to be all smiles when they go out. She’s nervous and says they have to put the best Survivor Series team together. Triple H brings up Randy Orton but Stephanie isn’t sure about it. Triple H calls Orton.

Second Match: Jimmy Uso w/Jey Uso vs. The Miz w/Damien Mizdow 

Miz takes control early on but fans chant for Sandow to come in. Miz runs into a kick but takes Uso back to the corner for a beatdown. Uso nails a Samoan Drop. Miz dodges the Rikishi splash in the corner and turns it around. Miz comes back in but gets hip tossed. Miz nails Uso with a kick. Uso ends up diving out onto Sandow and Miz. Sandow gets superkicked by Jey Uso and fans boo. This leads to Miz taking advantage and hitting the Skull Crushing Finale on Uso for the win.

Winner: The Miz 

Third Match: Sheamus vs. Tyson Kidd w/Natalya

Back from the break and Tyson Kidd is out with Natalya. We see Rusev’s challenge to Sheamus from SmackDown. Back and forth early on. Kidd with a kick to the gut. Sheamus comes back with an Irish Curse backbreaker. We see Rusev and Lana watching backstage. Sheamus drops knees now. Sheamus goes to the second rope for a big knee drop and a two count. Kidd makes a comeback and drops Sheamus for a two count. Kidd unloads in the corner.

Kidd with forearms, elbows and a big kick now. Kidd keeps Sheamus grounded. Sheamus comes back and slams Kidd on his head. Sheamus goes for the Cloverleaf submission but Kidd eventually makes it to the bottom rope. Kidd blocks a move on the apron and springboards in with a missile dropkick, sending Sheamus out the other side of the ring. Sheamus catches a kick and hits the rolling senton on the floor. Kidd still fights back and puts Natalya in between he and Sheamus as a shield. Kidd rolls in real quick and wins by count out.After the match, Sheamus comes in the ring and drops Kidd with a Brogue Kick. Natalya checks on Kidd as Sheamus leaves and we get replays.

Winner: Tyson Kidd by Countout

 Second In-Ring Segment: 

Back from the break and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler. Triple H, Stephanie, Seth Rollins, Kane, Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble are out next. We see a recap of Vince’s appearance to start the show. Stephanie cuts a promo and knocks Cena. She says they are winners and will put together the strongest Survivor Series team ever. Rollins will lead the team with Kane, she says. Triple H whispers something to her. Stephanie says their partner will be Randy Orton. Triple H tells Ziggler he’s free to side with who he wants.

Triple H points out that every time Ziggler seems to rise to the top, there’s always someone in his way. Triple H says Ziggler probably does bust his ass harder than anyone in the back but says Ziggler doesn’t get credit for it, John Cena does. Stephanie wonders where Cena is tonight. They go on and try to talk Ziggler into telling Cena no. Dolph yells that he wants all of The Authority gone, he wants them out of power. Triple H says that’s too bad, he really wanted to give the fans what they want but Ziggler won’t let it happen. Triple H books Ziggler in a title match against Rollins right now. Triple H’s music hits and we go to commercial.

Fourth Match: WWE Intercontinental Championship Match 
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins

Back from the break and the match is underway. They go to the mat and trade holds. Rollins drops Ziggler with a shoulder and takes control. Ziggler finally fights back out of the corner but Rollins nails a clothesline for a two count. Ziggler with another comeback and a dropkick for a two count. Rollins counters and hits a suplex for another pin attempt. Rollins keeps control and mocks the fans. Ziggler dodges a move and nails a dropkick. Ziggler gains momentum and hits a splash in the corner. Ziggler with more shots in the corner. He goes for the splash but Rollins drops him face first into the turnbuckle. Rollins with a two count. Rollins with a headlock now. Ziggler breaks the hold and clotheslines Rollins to the floor. Rollins drives Ziggler into the apron. Rollins drops Ziggler’s face over the apron as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and Rollins has Ziggler down on the mat. They end up colliding in mid-air. Ziggler makes a big comeback and nails a neckbreaker before dropping a big elbow for a two count. More back and forth, Rollins with a close two count after the powerbomb into the turnbuckle. Ziggler hits the Fame-asser but can’t get the pin. More back and forth. Rollins with an enziguri for a close two count. Ziggler dodges a Curb Stomp. Noble and Mercury run interference and Ziggler gets decked while the ref has his back turned. Rollins throws Ziggler into the turnbuckle and hits a Curb Stomp. Randy Orton runs in the ring from behind and drops Rollins with a RKO. Noble and Mercury jump on the apron but Orton stares them down. Orton leaves the ring and Kane asks him what he’s doing on the ramp. Kane comes in the ring to check on Rollins with The Stooges. We go to commercial.

Winner: Seth Rollins by DQ, but still WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler 

Third Authority Backstage Segment: 

Stephanie is telling Triple H about not trusting Orton. Orton comes in and wants Rollins in a match tonight. Orton isn’t down with being a co-captain with Rollins. Orton goes on and on at Stephanie until Triple H yells at him to stop. Triple H says he needs Orton on Team Authority. Triple H gives Orton the match for tonight and says they need to settle their beef and when this is over, they’re going to war together at Survivor Series.

We get a strange Luke Harper vignette.

Fifth Match: Ryback vs. Titus O’Neil 

O’Neil says that winning at Survivor Series will be spelled T.I.T.U.S, Ryback music hits and he comes out. Big feed me more chants. Ryback drags O’Neil to the corner. O’Neil hammers Ryback on the corner. Ryabck lands a series of punches. Titus gives Ryback a massive back breaker. O’Neil lands the big boot on Ryback. O’Neil a big chop. Ryback gives Titus a big spinebuster. We get a still of the Authority looking at Ryback. Ryback gives Titus the meathook clothesline. Ryback hits the Shell Shock and picks up the victory.

Winner: Ryback 

Renee Young interviews Big Show. Big Show says that if John Cena needs a tag team partner, he said he would be honor to be on Team Cena. Show talks about Mark Henry and him being close friends and can’t explain how betrayed he feels. Show says that not only he will knock Henry out, but he will also knock Henry off his life.

 Sixth Match: Big Show vs. Mark Henry 

Show takes Henry to the corner and unloads. Show whips Henry hard into the corner and he goes down. Show continues but runs into an elbow. Henry with a big splash in the corner now. Show drops Henry with a big kick. Show with an elbow drop and a two count. Show kicks Henry out of the ring. Show follows and Henry rams him into the ring post twice. Show comes right back with a big spear and they both go down on the floor. Show brings Henry back in and drops big elbows to the back. Show with a leg submission now. Henry manages to get the bottom rope and break it. Show with big chops now. More back and forth. Henry takes Show down for a two count as we see The Authority watching backstage. Henry hits a World’s Strongest Slam for a two count. Henry kicks Show out of the ring and throws him into the steel steps. Henry nails Show in the head with the steps for the disqualification. After the bell, Henry grabs Show and drops him on top of the steel steps with a World’s Strongest Slam.

Winner: Big Show by DQ

Fourth Authority Backstage Segment: 

Triple H and Stephanie send Kane to check on someone and see where his head is at. Triple H is confident Rollins and Orton will be on the same page after tonight. We go to commercial.

Seventh Match: Nikki Bella w/Brie Bella vs. Emma 

Back from the break and WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee is out for commentary. Renee Young is backstage with Brie Bella. Nikki Bella interrupts and didn’t give Brie permission to do the interview. Nikki taunts Brie. Nikki yells at Brie to go to the ring. Renee goes to end the segment but Erick Rowan appears. He grabs some of Renee’s hair and twirls it. He lifts the sheep mask and says “pretty.” Renee thanks him and hurries off. Rowan pulls the mask back down and we go to the ring. The match starts and we get some CM Punk chants. Nikki ends up cutting Emma off and hitting a spinebuster for a two count. Emma finally makes a comeback with clotheslines and a crossbody. Emma dodges in the corner and sends Nikki into the turnbuckle. Emma with her submission on the ropes. Emma charges but runs into a dropkick. Nikki with the Rack Attack for the win. After the match, Nikki has Brie go over and slap AJ. AJ drops Brie and runs in the ring for Nikki but Nikki escapes to the stage. AJ stands in the ring as CM Punk chants start but so does her music. We go to replays.

Winner: Nikki Bella 

We get a vignette for WWE Superstar Xavier Woods

Eight Match: Rusev w/Lana vs. Zack Ryder 

Rusev destroys Ryder in minute and 30 seconds and puts him in the Accolade to pickup the victory. Lana says tonight Rusev will honor Vladimir Putin. She says his order is to bring the United States Championship. Rusev says that Sheamus isn’t different from the other opponents Rusev face. Rusev says that Sheamus will be destroyed. Sheamus comes out. Sheamus says that he takes big amount of pride in being the US Champion. Sheamus says that Lana and Rusev are delousional. Sheamus says that Rusev will be in the fight of his life.

Winner: Rusev 

Stephanie McMahon was shown backstage offering Rusev a position to be on Team Authority. Lana tells Stephanie that they will get back to her.

Ninth Match: Stardust w/Goldust vs. Fernando w/Diego and EL Torito 

Stardust hits Fernando a few times and applies a headlock, but Fernando tries to break out so Stardust sends him out to the floor. Fernando makes a comeback but Goldust jumps on the apron, then Diego gets involved and Torito kicks him in Miz and Sandow at commentary. Miz and Sandow argue with Goldust at ringside, and Fernando ends up using the distraction to roll Stardust up for the win.

Winner: Fernando 

This Friday Night on SmackDown, Goldust and Stardust will defend the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Usos in a Steel Cage Match.

Tenth Match: Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins 

Orton dominates early on and they end up on the floor as we take a commercial. Back from the break and Orton makes his way into the ring where Rollins is. Rollins attacks and sends Orton right back to the floor. Rollins launches himself out but Orton dodges it and sends Rollins to the floor. They come back in and go to the corner. Orton with a right hand and a big clothesline. Orton runs into an uppercut. Rollins drops him into the turnbuckle. More back and forth. Orton dumps Rollins to the floor and slams him into the announce table. Orton back drops Rollins on top of the table. Orton takes apart the announce table and Triple H tries to talk him down. They fight back in the ring and Rollins goes to the top but Orton cuts him off. Orton nails a superplex for a two count. Rollins dumps Orton back to the floor and nails a dive through the ropes right in front of Triple H. Rollins brings it back in the ring and springboards in with a knee to the face. Rollins with a two count. Rollins goes for the powerbomb but Orton backdrops him. Rollins comes right back with an enziguri. Orton blocks a Curb Stomp with a powerslam for two count.

Orton nails the second rope draping DDT. Rollins counters the RKO with a backslide for the win out of nowhere. After the match, the Stooges and Kane hit the ring. Mercury and Noble try to be on normal terms with Orton. Triple H and Stephanie clap from ringside as Kane shakes Rollins’ hand. Orton has words with Triple H and he’s upset. Triple H tries to calm Orton down. Orton shakes Noble’s hand first, then Mercury’s and Kane’s. Fans chant for a RKO next. Rollins tries to calm things down with Orton. He apologizes and they shake hands. Orton says he’s sorry too and drops Rollins with a RKO. Orton tosses the Stooges and Kane out of the ring. Orton goes for a punt kick on Rollins but Triple H runs in between them and tells Orton to stop.

Triple H tells Kane and the Stooges to back off. He tries to calm Orton down in the middle of the ring. Orton walks past Triple H and bumps his shoulder. Triple H stops him and gets dropped with a right hand. The Authority attacks Orton and they beat him down. Orton fights off the Stooges and Kane, clearing the ring. Orton goes out of the ring and attacks Rollins on top of the announce table. Orton drops Mercury with a RKO. Kane and Noble hold Orton while Rollins nails a Curb Stomp on top of the announce table. Triple H comes back over and tells them all to stop. Stephanie tells Triple H to finish Orton. We see Orton’s forehead is busted open. Rollins tells Triple H they don’t need Orton any more. Triple H tells them to finish Orton. The Authority positions part of the steel steps as Triple H and Stephanie walk off. They lay Orton over the steel steps and Rollins nails a Curb Stomp from the top of the announce table. RAW goes off the air with Rollins standing over Orton.

Winner: Seth Rollins 

11th Match: WWE United States Championship Match
Sheamus (c) vs. Rusev w/Lana

They lock back up and end up in the corner. Sheamus ends up hitting the forearms on the apron but Rusev blocks the second half. Sheamus with headbutts. Sheamus knocks Rusev off the apron. Sheamus goes for the battering ram off the apron but Rusev catches him and slams him on the floor. They come back in and Rusev keeps Sheamus down. Rusev ends up dropping Sheamus with a heel kick to the jaw. Rusev takes control and beats Sheamus up now. Sheamus finally catches Rusev with a big slam and they’re both down. They get up and trade blows in the middle of the ring. Sheamus staggers Rusev and knocks him to one knee. Rusev charges but Sheamus runs him over twice. Sheamus with a shoulder in the corner and a high knee. Sheamus with more offense. Sheamus gets dumped to the apron but nails the forearms to the chest again. Sheamus nails the Battering Ram for a close two count.

Sheamus goes to the top but Rusev throws him to the mat. Rusev with a big charge in the corner and a fallaway slam. Rusev covers for two count. Rusev stomps on the back and applies The Accolade. Sheamus fights the hold but Rusev re-applies it. Sheamus fights to his feet and breaks the hold. Sheamus nails White Noise for a two count. Fans chant “this is awesome” now. They slowly get up. Sheamus calls for a Brogue Kick but Rusev moves and Sheamus gets hung up on the top rope. Rusev nails a kick to the back of the head and another, sending Sheamus to the mat. Rusev stomps on the back and applies The Accolade for the win after Sheamus fought it but passed out in the hold.

Winner: NEW WWE United States Champion Rusev

Josh’s Grade for WWE RAW: 9.5/10

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