Monday Night raw will emanate from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Tonight we will see all of the Money in the Bank PPV fallout as well hopefully have answers to a lot of questions. What’s next for Mark Henry? How will Dolph Ziggler handle a devastating disappointment? What will be the fallout of the apparent dissention between Paul Heyman and CM Punk? Will we hear the reasoning behind the Wyatt Family’s vicious attack on Kane? What does the future hold for Team Rhodes Scholars? We will have all these answers and hopefully more after Raw goes off the air tonight.
The pyro and fireworks start to officially kick off the show. The lights go out and we get a drum roll. When the lights come back on we see the new Raw General Manager Brad Maddox, he receive some heavy boos. He says tonight is the beginning of the Maddox Era. His first official decision is to make Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio for tonight. Maddox says Vickie Guerrero was great but he’s determined to be the greatest General Manager of all-time. The WWE Champion John Cena music’s hit and he comes out to a very mixed reaction.
[adinserter block=”1″]Cena says this is the only time during the Maddox Era where the person Maddox is in the ring with is more hated than he is. Cena says we should give Maddox a chance as General Manager. Maddox says he’s glad Cena came out and he’s admired him since he was a teenager. Maddox says he’s going to allow Cena to pick his opponent for SummerSlam. Maddox is going to bring the roster out and let Cena pick his opponent. Cena goes on and out comes Randy Orton with his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Orton says there’s a chance Cena won’t even be champion at SummerSlam. Orton says he won’t cash in tonight because he’s not going to make the same mistake Cena did. Orton believes in taking advantage of opportunities and being straight up. Orton came to tell Cena face to face that when he cashes in, Cena will never see it coming. They are face to face when Fandango’s music hits. Out he comes with Summer Rae. The fans in Brooklyn do the Fandango dance. Fandango hushes Orton. He says the WWE Universe only wants to see Cena face one person and that person is Fandango. Fandango teaches Cena how to say his name. As he finishes, Orton lays him out. Fandango fights back and they brawl as Cena leaves the ring. Fandango kicks Orton out of the ring and the fans pop. Orton runs back in with a Thesz Press and more right hands. Orton sends Fandango to the floor. Maddox stops them and calls a referee out and makes this match official right now.
Fandango vs. Randy Orton
Back from the break and Orton is stomping away on Fandango. Orton with a big uppercut but he misses the knee drop. Fandango comes back but Orton blocks him with a suplex. Fandango goes to the floor but Orton follows and knocks him down. Fandango blocks a shot into the steel steps and goes back in. He goes out of the other side of the ring and Orton meets him with a clothesline. Orton back drops Fandango on the barrier.
Orton brings it back in the ring and whips Fandango into the corner. Orton runs into a big boot. Fandango chokes Orton with the middle rope. Fandango with a big right hand from the floor. Orton fights out of a hold and beats Fandango into the corner. Orton mounts Fandango with right hands in the corner. Orton with a dropkick for a 2 count. Orton stomps on Fandango’s hands now. Orton gets caught by a kick that sends him out to the floor. Fandango whips Orton hard into the steel steps. Fandango poses on top of the steps as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Fandango catapults Orton under the bottom rope for a 2 count. Orton comes back but Fandango counters him for another 2 count. They trade shots now. Orton with a clothesline in the corner and follows it up with a t-bone suplex. Orton takes Fandango to the top for a superplex and nails it. Orton with a pair of clotheslines and a powerslam. Fandango catches Orton with a kick to the head. Fandango goes to the top for the big leg drop but Orton cuts him off. Orton rattles off a series of headbutts. Orton hits a second rope draping DDT from the second turnbuckle. The crowd is really hot tonight, will we have another crazy NJ crowd. Orton sets him up for the RKO and nails it for the win.
Winner: Randy Orton
Orton celebrates with his briefcase as we go to the Michael Cole, The King and JBL. They hype tonight’s Ziggler vs. Del Rio rematch. We see pictures from Money in the Bank showing how AJ Lee cost Ziggler the match.
We cut backstage and they show Ziggler walking when AJ catches up with him. Ziggler tells her to stop apologizing because it’s time to move on. She hugs Ziggler but he doesn’t hug her back. He says she doesn’t understand, it’s time for him to move on from her. The crowd pops. Ziggler says they’re done and walks off, leaving AJ shocked.
Mark Henry is shown walking backstage in a suit as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Mark Henry is making his way to the ring. We see pictures from Henry vs. Cena at the Money in the Bank PPV. Henry says Cena came as advertised and calls him one of the greatest WWE Champions of all time, the fans boo. Henry says Cena did something he thought would be impossible – win. Henry says he gave it all he had and he took Cena to his limits. Henry says he came so close to winning the title. A “you tapped out” chant starts which Henry agrees and said yeah he did but Cena would tap each and every one of you too. Henry isn’t here to make excuses or apologies. A “sexual chocolate” chant starts next. Henry says Cena has the choice to pick his SummerSlam opponent and Henry wants to be that guy. The Shield’s music hits and out comes Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose through the crowd.
The Shield surrounds the ring but Henry doesn’t budge. Henry takes off his coat and gets ready to fight. They hit the ring and beat him down. Henry fights them off but they come back. Ambrose with a sleeper. Reigns nails a big spear while Ambrose has the sleeper locked. They beat Henry down some more and hit the triple powerbomb. A “holy shit” chant breaks out as The Shield poses over Henry.
Still to come, Ziggler vs. Del Rio. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Maddox is backstage on the phone with his mom. Apparently he still lives with his mom. Chris Jericho comes in and jokes on Maddox. Maddox thinks Jericho should impress Cena tonight so he might get the title shot. Maddox proposes Jericho vs. Rob Van Dam and the fans pop. Jericho says Maddox has a huge future if he keeps making decisions like that. Jericho tells Maddox good job and walks off.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
We go to the ring and we see the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio coming out for this non-title match. Dolph Ziggler is out next.
Del Rio strikes first and beats Ziggler down. Ziggler comes back with a dropkick. More back and forth. Ziggler drops a bunch of elbow drops and covers for a 2 count. Ziggler misses a splash in the corner but Del Rio turns it around and works him over. Del Rio takes Ziggler to the top and slams him face first. 2 count for Del Rio. Del Rio with more stomps. Del Rio chokes Ziggler with the ropes now. Fans chant for Ziggler. Del Rio misses in the corner and Ziggler hits a big clothesline. Ziggler with a kick to the face. Del Rio dumps Ziggler to the floor out of nowhere. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Del Rio is still in control. Del Rio goes for the super kick but misses. Ziggler comes back but Del Rio drops him on his face. Ziggler comes back again for a 2 count. They trade shots now. Del Rio drops Ziggler. Del Rio runs and misses the splash on the ropes, getting hung up. Ziggler with a dropkick to the shoulder and a close 2 count. Del Rio with a bunch of headbutts. Ziggler blocks the cross armbreaker but can’t get the pin. Del Rio sends Ziggler to the corner and hits a big kick to the head. Another pin attempt. Del Rio turns Ziggler upside down in the corner and works him over. Ziggler moves and Del Rio hits his shoulder on the ring post. Ziggler hits the big leg drop from the second rope and goes for a pin. All of a sudden the bell rings and distracts everyone. We see AJ at ringside with the bell. Ziggler yells at her. Del Rio lays Ziggler out with a big kick for the win.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
After the match, AJ comes in the ring and smacks Dolph. She starts wailing on him and screaming as he tries to hold her back. Ziggler turns around and gets ran over by Big E Langston. Big E hits a clothesline followed by The Big Ending and lays Ziggler out. AJ picks Ziggler’s head up, kisses him and pushes him back to the mat. AJ’s music hits as Big E looks on and stands over Ziggler. Big E and AJ leave together.
Still to come, John Cena will pick his opponent for SummerSlam. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and we see what happened during tonight’s opener.
R-Truth makes his way to the ring when he’s cut off by the Wyatt Family, and Bray leads them to the ring and blows his lantern out, then sits in his rocker. The lights come on and Erick Rowan Luke Harper beat Truth up, then Bray gets in the ring and says there are no heroes, and they are addicted to the illusion. Bray says they all think they need someone to comfort them, but nothing is alright and the man who made them is a liar. He says he could tell them their flesh and blood turned on them, but he’d never do that, because he’s the eater of worlds and he’s always been the answer. Wyatt goes on about heroes and what we believe in. Wyatt says everything is not alright. Truth comes back to the apron with a steel chair. Wyatt opens his arms and says he’s waiting. Rowan and Harper begin to surround Truth. Wyatt asks Truth what he’s waiting on. Truth gets distracted and Wyatt beats him down. Rowan and Harper join in. Wyatt grabs Truth, kisses him on the forehead and drops him with a swinging reverse STO. Wyatt laughs as most of the crowd cheers. He says Truth isn’t the answer they are looking for, and then he tells Kane to follow the buzzards and laughs maniacally before dropping the mic and raising his arms. The Wyatt Family poses as the lights go out and we go to a promo for the WWE App. Fans can vote on opponents for Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro.
Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro (w/ Zeb Colter) vs. The Usos
Jey holds Cesaro while Jimmy splashes him, then he goes after Swagger on the apron but Cesaro takes him down with a gutwrench slam before tagging out. Swagger kicks him and hits a Swagger Bomb, then he distracts the ref so Cesaro can kick Jimmy, then Cesaro tags in and double stomps him. Cesaro puts him in a headlock and throws him in the corner, then he hits him a few times but Jimmy dives over his shoulder. Jimmy reaches for a tag as Cesaro catches him, then Jey gets in and Cesaro kicks Jimmy, then he sets up a Neutralizer but Jey counters with a sunset flip to take the win.
Winners: The Usos
Still to come, Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho and we go back to commercial.
Damien Sandow vs. Christian
Christian whips Sandow into the ropes but Sandow rolls outside, and then he punches Christian a few times as they get back in the ring. Christian tries to set up a tornado DDT but Sandow shoves him backwards off the turnbuckles, then he punches him a few times on the floor and rolls him in. Sandow sends him in the corner but Christian comes back with a tornado DDT, then he connects with some mounted punches and a drop toe hold into the ropes. Christian floats over the ropes and punches him, then Sandow charges him but Christian rams him with his shoulder and hits a crossbody for two. Sandow goes for a neckbreaker but Christian counters with an uppercut, and then he hits an elbow off the ropes and sets up the Killswitch. Sandow counters with an elbow to the head and a side Russian legsweep, then he goes for the Elbow of Disdain but Christian rolls him up for the win.
Sandow takes a mic and says he’s still the savior of Money in the Bank, and then Cody Rhodes runs out and tackles him, and gets a few punches in before referees separate them. Still to come, Cena will pick his SummerSlam opponent. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and we get a 1-800-FELLA commercial where Sheamus Brogue Kicks the hiccups out of some office worker.
We see footage from earlier tonight where Vickie Guerrero was at the Barclays Center wanting fans to vote for her and sign a petition.
Brie Bella (w/ Nikki Bella) vs. Naomi (w/ Cameron)
Naomi elbows Brie a few times and gets a near fall, and then she slides outside and hits Brie on the apron before throwing her to the floor. Brie gets up and sweeps her legs, and then she goes for a pin attempt before kicking Naomi in the back. Brie picks her up and slams her on the mat, and then she chokes her on the ropes and slams her head down for a near fall. Brie puts her in a chinlock but Naomi elbows her way out, then she hits the ropes and gets a two count after a sunset flip attempt. Brie gets up and hits a shoulder tackle, then she goes for a side suplex but Naomi floats over and takes her down with a hurricanrana. Naomi hits a few dropkicks and the Rear View, and then she charges the corner and hits an elbow and a crossbody for the win.
We see footage of Paul Heyman ignoring a WWE.com reporter’s questions about CM Punk last night. Back to commercial. Back from the break and out comes CM Punk to a huge pop.
Punk says he knows Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar are in the building tonight. Punk also knows he’s not waiting anymore. He tells them to come out. Heyman comes out and speaks from the stage. He says he’s looking at an empty ring because in his world, Punk doesn’t exist. Heyman talks about how he saved Punk’s career in 2005. He talks about what they’ve done in the past year or so. Heyman says they were the best in the world. He says without Heyman, Punk isn’t the best in the world.
Heyman goes on and says Punk failed them when he couldn’t beat The Undertaker. Heyman says Punk returned and now thinks he’s better than Heyman. Punk is getting angry in the ring. Heyman laughs at the idea of Punk being better than him. Heyman says he lied and manipulated Punk, he played Punk. Heyman says history is going to show that Heyman dumped Punk, not the other way around. Heyman says Punk wanted to keep it personal so he made it as personal as he could. Heyman says Punk has no family; he’s estranged from his mother and father. Heyman says Punk has no wife or kids, all he has is the fans. Fans cheer. Heyman says all Punk has is the fans respect and admiration. Fans start chanting for Punk now. Heyman says Punk took away his best friend so he took away Punk’s shot at the WWE Title. Heyman goes on and says he betrayed Punk because Punk can’t beat Brock Lesnar. Punk takes his hoodie off and fans chant his name. Punk asks Heyman if he’s done. Punk says maybe he should have seen it coming but he trusted Heyman. All he has to show for it is 13 staples in his head. Punk says Heyman knows him better than anyone so Heyman knows he won’t stop until he gets what he wants. Punk says he’s going to get Heyman. This time, Punk swears on Heyman’s kids that he’s going to get him. Punk says he will get every one of Heyman’s associates, whoever profited or enjoyed what happened to him… Heyman’s friends, clients and family – Punk is going to hurt them all. Punk says Heyman has no future because he’s going to burn down everything around him until he’s the last man standing. Punk calls Heyman a son of a bitch. Heyman does the “it’s clobbering time” mock and out comes Brock Lesnar.
Heyman and Lesnar head towards the ring. Lesnar and Punk staredown while Lesnar is outside of the ring. Heyman enters the ring and attacks Punk from behind. Punk tumbles into Lesnar and they start brawling around the ring. Punk tries to keep up but Lesnar beats him around. Lesnar tosses Punk across the floor. Punk fights back with forearms and right hands but Lesnar just tosses him over the announcers table like it’s nothing. Punk leaps off the announce table but Lesnar grabs him and rams him into the ring post. Heyman tells Lesnar to beat Punk up some more. Fans start chanting for Punk. Lesnar drops Punk on top of the announce table with a F5. Lesnar climbs on top of the table and looks down at Punk. Lesnar’s music hits. He and Lesnar embrace before leaving together. Trainers are checking on Punk. He clutches his neck and pushes them away. Punk finally gets to his feet and the fans chant his name. Punk goes back down, clutching his neck. We go back to commercial.
Back from the break and we see what just happened with Punk and Lesnar.
We get a promo for Total Divas.
WWE Champion John Cena is walking backstage. The Great Khali approaches him and says something we can’t understand.
Stephanie McMahon walks into Brad Maddox and puts over his new role, then Maddox answers her back but she says she wasn’t talking to him. Triple H is shown behind him and says hi to his wife, then Triple H says he likes Maddox and asks if he talked to Vince before he made his new decisions. Maddox says he wasn’t able to find him, then Triple H says it’s a big deal to let John Cena pick his Summerslam opponent and it should work out. Stephanie says she agrees and tells Maddox not to worry, then they talk about knowing who Cena would pick and tell him not to worry.
Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho
RVD plays to the fans and Jericho kicks him, then he chops him in the corner and sends him into the ropes, but RVD leapfrogs him and tries to kick him. Jericho slows him with some punches, then he whips him again but RVD hits a roundhouse kick, then he monkey flips him out of the corner and hits a standing moonsault for two. Jericho sends RVD into the corner and hits a side suplex, then he dropkicks the back of his head as we go to a commercial break. We get back to see Jericho fight out of a grounded bodyscissors, then he goes for Walls of Jericho but RVD blocks it, so Jericho slingshots him into the turnbuckles.
Jericho slingshots RVD throat first into the bottom rope, then he dropkicks RVD under the ropes and sets up a suplex on the apron. RVD blocks it and tries to reverse it, then Jericho lifts him up but RVD floats over and kicks him in the face, getting a two count near fall as a result. RVD puts him in a grounded bodyscissors but Jericho rolls over and tries to pin him, then RVD kicks out so Jericho deadlifts him and powerbombs him. Jericho gets another near fall before he chops him a few times, then he sends him into the ropes but RVD avoids a dropkick and goes for Rolling Thunder. Jericho rolls outside so RVD leaps to the apron, then he connects with a moonsault to the floor as we go to a break.
We get back to see RVD hit some shoulder blocks, then Jericho comes back with a few before RVD throws him out to the apron. Jericho lands on the apron and runs up the turnbuckles, and he hits an axehandle smash before setting up a Lionsault, but RVD rolls away and hits Rolling Thunder. Jericho reverses an Irish whip and ducks a side kick, then he connects with a DDT for two before he calls for RVD to get up. He sets up Walls of Jericho but RVD kicks him away, then Jericho goes for a bulldog but RVD throws him in the corner and attempts a split-legged moonsault.
Jericho moves and hits a Lionsault for two, then he takes RVD to the corner but RVD kicks him in the head and heads up top, only to have Jericho crotch him on the ropes. Jericho sets up a superplex but RVD shoves him back, then he hits a front flip back splash for a close near fall. RVD goes for a standing hurricanrana but Jericho counters with Walls of Jericho, then RVD pulls himself to the ropes to break the hold. Jericho stomps him a few times until the ref backs him up, then RVD punches him and hits a stepover kick to the head before hitting a Five Star Frog Splash for the win.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
[adinserter block=”2″]Still to come, Cena will pick his SummerSlam opponent. Back to commercial.
The WWE locker room waits on the stage as John Cena comes out to make his decision, and he says he can’t tell them his pick because he hasn’t made one. Cena says he listened to all the Superstars, but he needs to hear from the fans because they may be tough of him, but they are honest. Cena says he wants to pick a match they want to see, then they start chanting for Daniel Bryan and Cena says he knew they’d get the hang of it. He says he’ll say a few names and the fans can voice their opinions, then he asks about Heath Slater and 3MB, and they get booed. Cena several Superstars to which the fans boo or cheer, then he says he made his decision and he is picking someone who deserves it. Cena acknowledges the Daniel Bryan chants and says he respects the beard, then he picks Bryan and Bryan runs to the ring and does a YES chant in Cena’s face as the show ends.
3 Things that I Liked:
- The Brad Maddox Era. I feel like this could be a character that the WWE Universe can learn to love to hate. I personally believe that the GM spot unless given to a legend or someone from the past, whoever gets the GM position will be booed in the beginning. Brad Maddox will be booed by the WWE Universe but everyone will learn to love the decisions he is making. If you start hating on him to much just ask yourself would you rather have Maddox or go back to Vickie?
- The Wyatt Family. Everything that this group has done thus far has been GOLD. Bray Wyatt will be a star and I mean star in the WWE in 3 months top. I could easily see him as a perfect pure evil character to compete against John Cena. This could be a feud that carries the WWE into different stratospheres. Bray Wyatt will be a staple of the WWE for many years to come as well as this group.
- Hot Crowds. I don’t think that the WWE or maybe they are just starting to realize this. I feel like hot crowds and crowds that are actually interested in what’s going on in the ring and on the show helps the product by far. I feel like at least WWE Raw and PPV’s needs to be broadcasted only from the hot cities like Philly, NY/NJ and Chicago crowds. There’s nothing that hurts a match more than the lack of interest from the WWE Universe in attendance. So if they have shows in those hot cities then even if the show isn’t that good at least the crowd will be interested in it either for good or for bad.
3 Things that I Hated:
- AJ Lee. What exactly was the purpose of splitting AJ from Dolph? I was okay with the idea that AJ would turn on Ziggler and garner heat from the WWE Universe then she could ally herself with Del Rio so maybe, just maybe Del Rio will get some heat. But what exactly was the purpose of the split just so AJ would side with Big E. Is this going to lead into a feud at Summerslam between Ziggler and Big E? Then who is there for Del Rio to face, Sandow can’t cash in already and even if he did a Del Rio vs. Sandow title match at Summerslam doesn’t make sense and it doesn’t sell, at least not yet. When will AJ’s storylines end in something other than backstabbing someone?
- The McMahon Storyline. What is the purpose of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon burying Brad Maddox? Why keep bringing up that he’s doing a good job “so far” and “best of luck in your future endeavors”. I feel like this is only going to further the storyline of the power struggle between the McMahons.
- WWE Active Polls. I don’t understand all the promoting this. I know half of my experience of using it; I can sense the staging of the polls and no legitimacy. I don’t like seeing this every week and I wish they would just do away with this. It could really help the product, in my opinion.
Segment of the Night: CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman
Match of the Night: Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho
Overall Grade: A-
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