John Cena starts the show off by saying he agrees with everyone else, and he’s disgusted by what happened at Summerslam. He says he told Daniel Bryan he had to earn a win and he did, so he wants to thank Bryan for bringing the best out in him. Cena says they don’t see eye-to-eye but he and Bryan live to compete, and he went into a match knowing the WWE doctors told him to get surgery and stay home. Cena mentions the large mass on his arm, and he says it’s due to a torn triceps a few weeks ago, but he’s not using it as an excuse. Cena says he was being tended to in the back when he heard about what happened to Bryan, but he needs to let them know that he is going to have surgery on his arm. He says they might be happy to see him go, but he’ll miss them and he is going to get healthy and might be gone for four to six months. Cena says he needs to introduce someone who he respects and deserves to be called champion, then Daniel Bryan comes out to meet him in the ring. Bryan comes out to a huge pop. Before he can speak, here comes Stephanie McMahon.
Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes
Back from the break and both men are in the ring for a SummerSlam rematch. Sandow knees Cody in the corner but Cody blocks a kick and sweeps his leg, then Cody kicks him a few times before hitting a middle rope elbow for two. Cody hits a front release suplex and chops Sandow in the corner, then Sandow backdrops him on the apron but Cody slams him into the turnbuckles. Cody hits a missile dropkick then clotheslines Sandow outside, then he suplexes Sandow on the floor before rolling him back in. He gets a two count pin attempt before applying a hammerlock, then Sandow breaks it and throws him outside before hitting a clothesline on the floor. Sandow rolls him in and hits a snap suplex, then he headbutts Cody and prevents him from going up top by taking him down with an armdrag.
We take a break and come back to Sandow in control. Sandow nails the Elbow of Disdain and covers for 2. Cody ends up nailing a moonsault. Cody with a backdrop and clotheslines. Rhodes with more offense and a 2 count. Sandow blocks Cross Rhodes and drops Cody for a close 2 count. Cody ends up getting the win after a roll up.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
RAW General Manager Brad Maddox is backstage. He shows us some comments Dolph Ziggler made about Triple H’s actions at SummerSlam. Maddox announces that not because of these comments but because he’s the show off. The WWE would like to see him show off tonight so Dolph Ziggler will take on The Shield in a 3 on 1 handicap match.
We see Paul Heyman walking and he has his arm in a sling. He looks to be on his way to the ring. Back to commercial.
Paul Heyman is introduced and he says last night CM Punk was beaten by Brock Lesnar, and he gave Punk a chance to prove his worth and Punk did that. He says Punk gave Brock everything he could handle, and he asks where they go from there and he says it’s time to end the family feud. Heyman says he’s been more of a father than Punk’s own father, and Brock smacked some sense into Punk last night, so Heyman says he forgives him. Heyman says Punk can apologize and they will be able to work together again, and they can put this behind them and rise even higher than before. He says he still loves Punk and will guide him to the WWE Championship, and he get Punk to the Wrestlemania main event so they can be the best in the world. He sets the mic down and exits the ring.
Cameron and Naomi are backstage stretching when The Bella Twins walk up and taunt them. The Bellas wish Cameron and Naomi good luck on the match they’re about to have. Also still to come, Randy Orton’s WWE Championship Coronation.
Cameron and Naomi vs. Layla and AJ Lee
AJ and Layla attack Cameron and Naomi from behind, then Cameron gets thrown outside and AJ screams at the ref to ring the bell. The match officially starts and AJ hits a neckbreaker, then she applies a side headlock but Naomi breaks it so AJ takes her down with a spin kick. AJ puts her in a chokehold but Naomi slams her in the corner, then AJ chokes her on the ropes and and kicks her in the corner. AJ goes to a sleeperhold and taunts Cameron, then Naomi catches her with a reverse thrust kick before Layla makes the tag. Naomi is unable to tag out as Layla kicks her, then Layla goes to pick her up but Naomi rolls her up for the surprise win.
Winners: The Funkadactyls
3 on 1 Handicap Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Shield
Dolph tries to avoid getting cornered and repeatedly hits Rollins in the corner, then he gets dropped by a stiff shot by Reigns before being choked on the ropes. Reigns throws him in the corner and stomps him a few times, then Rollins comes back in and kicks him before Ambrose applies a chinlock. Dolph comes back with a sleeperhold but Ambrose reverses it, then Dolph drops him with a jawbreaker so Reigns gets back into the match. Dolph catches him with a quick dropkick and neckbreaker, then Dolph knocks Rollins off the apron and takes Reigns down with a legdrop bulldog. He gets rid of Ambrose and almost wins it with a tornado DDT on Reigns, but Rollins breaks it up so Dolph throws him towards the barricade. Dolph turns and runs at Reigns, but Reigns spears him for the win, and they hit a triple powerbomb for good measure before leaving.
Winners: The Shield
Back from the break and out comes World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio. Sin Cara is out next.
Sin Cara vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio has made sure that the ring has Mexican flags for all of his matches now. Del Rio strikes first and beats Cara down. Cara dives out onto Del Rio and it looks like Cara has injured himself. Dr. Sampson checks on Cara but Del Rio brings him in the ring. The bell is called for. As the doc tries to check on Cara, Del Rio stomps on him and talks trash.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio (referee stoppage)
Del Rio says at SummerSlam he proved why he’s the best World Champion in history. He says he also proved to the Latino community that they finally have someone to cheer for. Del Rio goes on but out comes Ricardo Rodriguez. Ricardo disagrees and says Del Rio is not a hero. Ricardo is happy he doesn’t have to stand by Del Rio’s side any more. Ricardo says he is proud to represent someone new. Ricardo introduces Rob Van Dam and out he comes to a big pop. RVD hits the ring and Del Rio attacks him. They go at it as the fans chant for RVD. RVD drops Del Rio with a superkick. RVD goes up top for the frogsplash but Del Rio escapes the ring.
Still to come, CM Punk will address Paul Heyman’s comments from earlier. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Zeb Colter is in the ring with Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger. Zeb praises them for standing for what’s good in this country. Zeb rips the people of Anaheim.
The Real Americans vs. The Primetime Players
Out next comes Darren Young and Titus O’Neil. Cesaro starts off with Young and goes at it. Young turns it around and Swagger tags in. A tag to Titus and some double teaming now. Cesaro comes back in and goes at it with Titus now. More back and forth action. The end comes when Darren Young drops Cesaro over his knees for the win.
Winners: Darren Young and Titus O’Neil
Renee Young is backstage with Big Show. She welcomes him back to RAW. She asks about rumors of he and Mark Henry teaming up to challenge Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Show says those rumors are true, they’re going for the WWE Tag Team Titles. Brad Maddox walks up and makes Renee leave. Maddox brings up Show’s comments against Triple H after SummerSlam. Maddox books Show vs. The Shield in a handicap match but in this one, all three members of The Shield will be in the ring at the same time. Show asks if Maddox is sure he wants to do that to The Shield and walks off. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Zack Ryder is backstage with Justin Gabriel, a Foot Locker referee and a bunch of Foot Locker gear. Summer Rae and Fandango come in dancing. Fandango takes a pair of shoes he likes and dances away with them. We get another look back at Punk vs. Lesnar and Cena vs. Bryan from SummerSlam.
Ryback confronts some guys in the locker room. He runs some off and starts bullying one guy. He throws the guys bag and keeps telling him to go get it but steps on it before the guy can pick it up. Fans chant for Goldberg. Ryback slaps the guy hard in the face. He makes the guy open up his bag and spray all his belongings with water. Ryback tells the guy to get out of his locker room and laughs.
Big Show vs. The Shield
Back from the break and here we go. Show sends Reigns out to the floor and works over Ambrose and Rollins. Show tosses Ambrose out to the floor and goes back to work on Rollins. Show sends Rollins out now. He turns around and spears Reigns from mid-air. Ambrose pulls Reigns out to safety. Ambrose locks in a sleeper but Show breaks it with a big slam. Rollins tries to attack Show but has no luck either. Show steps on Rollins now. Show tosses Rollins to the floor and goes back at it with Ambrose. Show unloads and calls for a chokeslam. Rollins takes out Show’s leg and stops the chokeslam. Ambrose with a dropkick to send Show to one knee. Rollins with a big flying knee to take Show down for a 2 count. Show tries to fight back but they get him down again. They nail the triple powerbomb on Show and all three cover him at the same time for the win.
Winners: The Shield
Still to come, CM Punk will speak. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes CM Punk. He’s pissed off and ready to fight. Punk dares a fan to come into the ring and fight him for booing. Punk calls him fatso. Punk tells the guy to be a man or be a bitch and sit down, shut his mouth. Punk says Heyman says he can get him the WWE Title and WrestleMania main event. Punk says that’s what he wants. Punk says if an apology gets him all those things, come out Paul. Here comes Heyman with Curtis Axel.
Punk says he’s sorry… sorry he took his eyes off Lesnar last night and sorry he didn’t do more to Heyman. Punk has harsh words for Heyman. Heyman says he is sorry… sorry for what is about to happen. Heyman tells Axel to go tape up his fists for a fight. Heyman says if Punk is still in the ring after commercial, Axel is going to be sent to the ring to finish the job Lesnar started. We go to break.
Back from the break and Punk is in the ring still. Axel hits the ring and Punk goes at it with him. Punk drops Axel over the chair and hits him with it. Punk tosses Axel to the floor and follows. Axel turns it around on the floor and beats Punk down. Axel works Punk over around the ringside area as Heyman looks on and smiles. Punk comes back and knocks Axel into the barrier. Punk smashes Axel with a production case. He grabs the ring bell and smacks Axel in the gut with it. Punk brings it back in the ring and Axel takes Punk’s leg out. Axel works on Punk’s injured leg.
Axel drives the steel chair down into Punk’s leg a few times. Axel with a modified neckbreaker. Heyman orders Axel to break Punk’s leg. Axel goes for a stomp on the chair but Punk moves. Punk fights back with the chair but is hobbling around. Punk with chairshots to the back. Punk takes Axel back to the floor and throws him into the steps twice. Punk beats up Axel and stares at Heyman as his music plays. Heyman backs up the ramp, still staring back at Punk.
Still to come, Randy Orton’s WWE Championship Coronation. Up next, Bray Wyatt will be in action. Back to commercial.
R-Truth vs. Bray Wyatt
Back from the break and out comes R-Truth. The lights go out, the lantern is lit and here comes Bray Wyatt with Erick Rowan and Luke Harper – The Wyatt Family. The bell rings and Bray attacks. Truth tries to fight him off and dances around a few moves. Truth drops Wyatt and hits Harper but Bray comes back and runs him over. Bray with more offense. He yells is he not everything he said he was going to be and that he is the new face of fear. Wyatt hits his finisher on Truth for the win.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
After the match, The Wyatt Family poses over Truth before we go to commercial.
Back from the break and we get a matador vignette for Primo and Epico, apparently under new names. Los Matadores will be coming soon.
Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal vs. The Usos
Jey puts Slater in a waistlock but Slater reverses it, then Jey armdrags him and punches him before tagging Jimmy, who assists him in a tandem elbow smash. Jimmy chops him and whips him into the ropes, then he hits a diving forearm before Slater rolls outside and tries to get away. Jimmy pulls him by the hair and the ref tries to break it up, then Drew kicks Jimmy behind his back and Jinder comes in and hits a neckbreaker. Jinder connects with some kneedrops for two, then he applies a headlock before Slater tags in and kicks Jimmy in the face to earn a near fall. Slater taunts the crowd and punches Jimmy, then Jimmy counters a scoop slam with an enziguiri before tagging Jey, who clotheslines Jinder before hitting a thrust kick. Jey splashes him but Slater breaks up the pin, then Jimmy throws him outside and kicks him into Drew on the floor. Jey superkicks Jinder and hits the ropes, making the tag midair as he splashes Drew and Slater, then Jimmy hits a Superfly splash for the win.
Winners: The Usos
Still to come, Orton’s coronation. Back to commercial.
Wade Barrett vs. The Miz
Wade applies a side headlock and hits a shoulder block, then Miz flapjacks him and hits a flying corner clothesline and heads up top. Wade ducks and hits a big boot for two, then he punches Miz in the back and knees him on the apron. He ties Miz in the ropes and kicks him in the face, then he brings Miz back in the ring and gets a near fall before applying a side headlock. Miz gets a quick rollup for two before Wade elbows him, then he throws him in the corner and punches him a few times.
Wade takes him down with a snapmare and goes back to a headlock, then Miz breaks it and hits a flying forearm and a running knee. Miz clotheslines him and dropkicks Wade’s thigh, then he goes for a Figure Four but Wade kicks him into the corner. Wade hits him a few times and sets him on the turnbuckles, then he charges Miz but Miz catches him with a sunset flip and transitions into a Figure Four. Miz rolls over and tries to get him to tap out, but Fandango runs out and hits a top rope legdrop and dances on his way out.
Winner: The Miz (DQ)
The locker room fills the arena as Vince McMahon introduces Triple H to the crowd, then Vince says it’s a wonderful night because they will coronate a proud champion. Vince says he’s most proud of his son-in-law, and he had his doubts but HHH saw the light and did the right thing for business. They hug and HHH says they probably want an explanation, and it makes him laugh that the fans say he is throwing away the future. HHH says he acted last night to ensure the WWE’s future, and he did it for everyone there, from the fans to the wrestlers and Vince himself. He says he did it for Vince’s grandfather and father, and he did it for his family because he wants the WWE to prosper for a very long time.
HHH says he should check his ego because it’s about the fans, then he introduces the ‘coal who became the diamond’, your new WWE Champion, Randy Orton. The roster parts on the stage as Orton makes his way out, then he hugs the McMahons and says he told them all it would happen. Orton says he owes it all to HHH for last night, then he says they should all stand and show HHH the respect he deserves. HHH says they know Bryan is back in the building, and he says they should get this personal issue over with and Bryan should face him in the ring. He says Bryan should do whatever he needs to move on, then he says no one should touch Bryan if he comes out and he asks for Bryan again and starts a YES chant.
Bryan finally makes his way out but The Shield jump him on the floor, then Bryan makes a comeback and throws them into the steps before they overpower him. Bryan takes Rollins and Reigns out on the ramp and HHH tells him to talk it out, then Bryan walks towards the ring but Reigns takes him out with a spear. Rollins and Ambrose join in and beat him on the floor, then they set up a triple powerbomb but HHH tells him to stop. HHH tells Bryan to get in the ring and talk to them, then Bryan pulls himself in the ring but Orton drops him with a RKO and they stand over him and raise each other’s arms.
3 Things that I Liked:
- John Cena away for 4-6 months. I don’t think that Cena ever got more cheers then when he said he was leaving! I don’t wish injury on anyone even on someone I hate like John Cena. But I think these 4-6 months will be a great new fresh of air. I think he’s great at what he does but his character needs some tweaking and maybe after this time he’ll make the change. Until then I’ll be a real happy man covering Monday Night Raw without Cena. Get well soon Cena.
- Dolph Ziggler. I can see his character changing into this badass rebel. He isn’t going to pull any punches and he’s going to say what he feels. He may not win the matches that he gets put into but this is a great change for his character. He will for sure put on great matches and he won’t need to be in the main event. I could see him in the rebel role and he can be an anti-authority figure. Much like we’ll be seeing from Daniel Bryan in the coming months.
- CM Punk-Paul Heyman. I am a big fan of the story that is unraveling between these two. And I was ecstatic to see that this program is going to continue. The promos between these two are groundbreaking material and the personal stories that are being told are second to none. I feel like this feud will continue until around October or around the new year. I feel like after this CM Punk needs to move on. I am a big fan of this and it’s a must watch every Monday Night or whatever show they are continuing it on. This could easily be the feud of the year and they haven’t ever had a match. Think about the last time that ever happen!
3 Things that I Hated:
- Summerslam rematches. If I ordered the PPV I would be pretty pissed off that I ordered the PPV and the next night on Raw I see the same matches. I get that some feuds aren’t over at whatever PPV it was and this is the way to continue their program. I just don’t think it makes people order their PPV’s. Why pay however much to pay for the PPV when you can watch the same matches the next night on Raw, in most cases.
- WWE insulting our intelligence. Are we to believe that Brad Maddox forgot that Triple H just pedigreed him last week? Why was Brad Maddox all smiles when he spoke about Triple H? Shouldn’t he be upset that he pedigreed him and embarrassed him? Or is it the case that Triple H has more stroke in the company and Brad Maddox feels like he should just suck it up and take the medicine. Why do they think we are stupid!?
- Zeb Colter. It’s the same thing week after week. People sneaking across our borders. He needs to bring some new material soon; people are sneaking across the border so they don’t have to hear from him again. I hate his character now and they need to lose him real quick!!
Segment of the Night: Poor Fat Guy! CM Punks answer to Paul Heyman!!
Match of the Night: The Shield vs. Dolph Ziggler
Overall Grade: B –
This concludes my live coverage of tonight’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw. As always I want to hear your thoughts on Raw! What did you like or hate? What was your match and segment of the night? What would you grade tonight’s Raw as? Use the comments section below…
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