Tonight's show follows on the heels of the Battleground PPV. John Cena is reportedly going to be absent from TV as he films for an upcoming movie. This creates an interesting situation as Brock Lesnar is expected to return tonight to begin their feud leading into SummerSlam.
Tonight's show begins with Triple H making his way to the ring. He gets on the mic and says no one backstage wants to look him in the eye because of the Authority's defeat at Battleground. He admits that he is mad about it but he has options to handle it. He mockingly says that he is so angry, he is going to take to social media to vent his anger. He says he doesn't have to do that, because he always wins. He guarantees that Cena will not be champion after SummerSlam, but the only question is who will do it?
Randy Orton's music hits and he interrupts Triple H. He says that he is owed a rematch for the WWE Championship and can guarantee him that he will defeat Cena. Triple H agrees that Orton is the front runner, but he wants to give everyone in the locker room a chance to prove themselves and impress him. Orton then blames Kane for him not winning the fatal 4 way last night. Kane comes out and says he hopes that he is being considered to face John Cena. He says he is tired of babysitting Orton.
Roman Reigns' music hits and he comes down through the crowd. He gets on the mic and says he deserves to be in the conversation about the WWE Heavyweight Championship. He says that no one wants to see Cena vs. Kane, or Cena vs. Orton, but everyone wants to see Reigns vs. Cena. Reigns then punches Kane. Orton slips out of the ring. Triple H then schedules a handicap match between Orton and Kane against Reigns.
MATCH: Kane and Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns
The match begins with Reigns and Orton locking up. Orton hits a boot to the midsection. Reigns fights back with a headbutt. He sends Orton to the corner and hits him with 10 right hands. Orton throws Reigns to the mat by his hair and tags in Kane. Kane and Reigns square off. Reigns is sent to the corner. Kane hits a knee to the midsection. Reigns fights back with a Samoan drop for a 2 count. Kane drives Orton to the corner and tags in Orton. Reigns is sent off the ropes and meets a big knee to the midsection. Kane is tagged in and drops a knee for a 2 count. Kane hits a snapmare. Reigns fights back and reverses a suplex for a 2 count. Kane reverses an Irish whip to the corner. Reigns fights out with a big boot and hits a clothesline from the middle rope. Kane fights back and throws Reigns through the middle rope. Reigns reverses a whip and sends Kane into the steel steps.
The show returns with Reigns fighting back against Orton but he is quickly stopped by an elbow. ORton stomps Reigns on the mat for a 2 count. Orton tags in Kane. Kane sends Reigns to the mat for a 2 count. Orton is tagged back in and stomps Reigns. Orton hits a dropkick for a 2 count. Orton applies a sleeper hold. Reigns fights out with a headbutt followed by a Samoan drop. Orton tags in Kane and Reigns hits him with a big clothesline. Kane gets beat to the mat and hangs over the bottom rope. Reigns kicks his head from the outside. Reigns is distarcted by Orton as he loads up the Superman punch. Kane hits him to the mat and tries to tag in Orton but Orton refuses. Orton walks away from the ring. Reigns hits the Superman punch followed by a spear for the 3 count.
WINNER: Roman Reigns via Pinfall
Orton teases coming back to the ring but he decides to walk away instead.
A four on one Diva's match is announced against Nicki Bella.
The four Diva's set to take on Bella are shown backstage and given a pep talk from Stephanie.
As Nicki comes to the ring, she is shown hugging Brie in the front row of the audience. Stephanie comes out talks some smack to Brie Bella. She says Brie abandoned her sister for her husband, Daniel Bryan. She then says that Nikki's beating tonight is all her fault. Brie then calls Stephanie a bitch. Stephanie tries to eject her but Brie produces her ticket. Brie then calls Stephanie a vindictive bitch. Stephanie slaps Brie in the face and has her escorted out by security.
MATCH: Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendez, Cameron, Eva Marie vs. Nicki Bella
The four women beat up Nicki and cover her for the 3 count.
WINNERS: Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendez, Cameron, Eva Marie via Pinfall
The show returns with Bo Dallas in the ring. Damien Sandow comes out dressed up like Lebron James.
MATCH: Bo Dallas vs. Damien Sandow
Sandow hits a few right hand but quickly fights back with a back body drop and clothesline over the top rope. Sandow fights back with a back elbow and beats him on the mat. Sandow covers Dallas for a 2 count. Dallas rolls up Sandow for a 2 count. Sandow hits a clothesline for a 1 count. Sandow applies a sleeper hold. Dallas fights out but meets a running knee to the midsection. Sandow hits a scoop slam. He misses with the elbow of disdain. Dallas hits the running Bo-Dog for the 3 count.
WINNER: Bo Dallas via Pinfall
The show returns with The Wyatt making their intro and coming to the ring. They host an episode of Jericho's in ring show, The Highlight Reel. A video is shown of The Wyatts beating up Jericho backstage. Wyatt gets on the mic and says that most think that Jericho's victory last night proved he is the better man. Wyatt says that he unconcerned about the outcome of a battle because it is the war that matters. He then tells Jericho that he is forever.
Jericho is shown backstage bleeding from his ear.
Flo Rida is shown arriving to the arena.
The Miz makes his entrance.
Match: The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
The match begins with Miz rolling out of the ring. He gets back in but quickly goes back outside. Ziggler chases him around the ring. Back in the ring. Ziggler hits a Lou Thesz press and slides out the ring again. Ziggler hits a slide kick and bashed Miz's head against the stairs. Miz gains the advantage back in the ring. Ziggler reverses and rolls up Miz. Ziggler hits a hip toss and follows up with a series of elbows. Miz fights back with an elbow and applies a sleeper hold. Ziggler reverses and sends Miz to the mat. Ziggler blocks a hip toss. Miz tries to catapult Ziggler rover the ropes but Ziggler catches himself. Miz gains the upper hand and sends Ziggler into the ringpost.
The show returns with the Miz in control. Ziggler fights back but Miz hits a knee to the midsection. Miz stomps him on the mat and hits a suplex for a 2 count. Miz applies a noseclip but gets broken up by the ref. Miz applies a sleeper hold. Ziggler fights out and rolls up Miz for a 3 count. Miz fights back and goes for a bronco buster but Ziggler moves. Ziggler hits a clothesline and a big splash in the corner. Ziggler hits a neckbreaker. Miz rolls up Ziggler for a 2 count. Ziggler hits a backslide for a 2 count. Miz plants Ziggler for a 2 count. Ziggler fights out of the corner, Miz goes for the figure 4 but Ziggler fights out and hits a DDT for a 2 count. Miz returns the DDT for another 2 count. Miz goes to work on Ziggler's knee. Miz goes for another figure 4. Ziggler rolls him up. Miz fights out and applies the figure 4. Ziggler gets to the bottom rope and breaks the hold.
Ziggler hits the famouser for the 2 count. Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag but Miz counters and hits a big boot. Miz goes for his finisher but Ziggler counters and hits the ZigZag for the 3 count.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler via Pinfall
Rollins is shown backstage airing his frustration about Dean Ambrose. Cesaro shows up and tells Triple H that he can take out Cena. Cesaro then says that he is no longer a Paul Heyman guy, because he wants to be a Triple H guy. Triple H then tells Cesaro if he could take out Dean Ambrose, then he will be impressed.
MATCH: Paige and AJ Lee vs. Emma and Natalya
AJ and Emma tie up. Emma takes down Aj and rolls her up for a 1 count. AJ fights back and rolls up Emma for a 2 count. AJ drives Emma to the corner and tags in Paige.Emma applies the Emma lock and tags in Natalya. Paige and Natalya exhange holds. Natalya is driven to the corner. Natalya fights back and hits a German suplex. Natalya applies the sharpshooter. Paige drags herself to the corner and AJ gets the tag. AJ hits a shining wizard and applies the Black Widow for the submission.
WINNERS: Paige and AJ Lee via Submission
Paige and AJ celebrate after the match. Paige attacks AJ and pulls her to the mat by her hair. She throws her to the outside and continues the assault outside the ring.
MATCH: Fandango vs. Zack Ryder
Ryder opens up with several right hands but Fandango hits a dropkick. He plants Ryder for the 2 count. Fandango applies the sleeper hold. Ryder fights out and plants Fandango. Fandango steps out of the way of the missile dropkick and gains the advantage. Ryder hits the Rough Ryder and covers Fandango. Fandango gets his foot on the bottom rope but Layla knocks it off for the 3 count.
WINNER: Zack Ryder via Pinfall
Flo Rida is interviewed backstage. Flo Rida is interrupted by Heath Slater. Heath Slater pushes Flo Rida but Flo Rida shoves him to the ground.
Flo Rida performs.
Stephanie is shown being questioned by detectives, presumably for slapping Brie Bella earlier in the night. They apprehend her and arrest her for battery. She is escorted out of the arena in handcuffs. They load her in a cop car as Triple H hurls threats and insults. The lights go on and they drive away.
MATCH: Rybaxel vs. Big E and Kofi Kingston
The match begins with Big E and Ryback locking up. Ryback gains the advantage. Big E ducks a clothesline and hits a belly to belly. Big E knocks Axel off the apron but turns into a spinebuster from Ryback. Axel is tagged in and they stomp Big E. Ryback is tagged back in and hits a suplex. Ryback applies a front facelock and follows up with a belly to belly suplex. Ryback loads up the meathook but Big E hits a huge blow. Kofi is tagged in and hits a dropkick to Ryback. Kofi hits the S.O.S and covers Ryback but it gets broken up by Axel. Big E takes out Axel. Kofi hits a crossbody and covers Ryback. Ryback reverses the cover for the 3 count.
WINNER: Rybaxel via Pinfall
Xavier Woods comes out after the match dressed in a suit. Woods gets on the mic and says they should no longer ask, it is time to take.
The show returns with Rusev making his way to the ring. Lana starts talking but gets interrupted by The Great Khali's music. Khali comes to the ring.
MATCH: Rusev vs. Great Khali
Rusev hit several kick to the back of Khali. Khali hits a big right hand followed by a chop. Rusev drives Khali to the corner. Khali misses with a big boot, hits a right hand then hits the big boot. Rusev is sent to the corner and Khali chops him several times. Khali hits a chop to the head. Rusev hits a high kick to Khali and brings him to the mat. Rusev kicks Khali in the face and applies the Accolade for the submission.
WINNER: Rusev via Submission
Stardust and Goldust cut a bizarre promo backstage.
Ambrose makes his way to the ring.
MATCH: Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro
Cesaro gains the early advantage. Ambrose fights back. Cesaro blocks the suplex but meets a knee to the midsection and clotheslines Cesaro over the top rope. Cesaro is slammed into the barricade. Back in the ring, Cesaro hits a big blow and drives Ambrose's injured shoulder into the the ringpost. He then tosses Ambrose from the apron to the outside of the ring. Back i nthe ring Cesaro stomps Ambrose and goes to work on the shoulder of Ambrose. Ambrose tries to fight back but Cesaro drives him to the corner. Ambrose hits a double leg takedown and hits a flurry of blows. Cesaro rolls out of the ring. Ambrose goes for the suicide dive but eats a big European uppercut through the middle rope.
The show returns with Cesaro in charge. Ambrose hits a jawbreaker. Ambrose bounces off the ropes but runs into a German suplex for a 2 count. Cesaro sits Ambrose on the top rope and hits a big boot. Cesaro goes for a superplex but Ambrose block it and sends Cesaro to the mat. Ambrose hits a missile dropkick. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and hits a crossbodt. He sends Cesaro to the corner. Ambrose hits a tornado DDT for a 2 count. Cesaro fights back but gets driven into the turnbuckle. Cesaro gets rolled up for the 2 count. Ambrose sends him out of the ring and hits the suicide dive. Back in the ring Cesaro hits a big boot. Ambrose bounces off the middle rope and hits a huge clothesline for a 2 count. Cesaro fights back with a clothesline of his own for a 2 count. Ambrose fights back and goes to the top rope. Cesaro knocks him off and stomps him as he hangs from the top rope.
Ambrose reverses and sends Cesaro into the ring post repeatedly. Ambrose gets a chair and hits Cesaro's shoulder against the ringpost. The ref calls for the bell.
WINNER: Cesaro via Disqualification
Triple H comes to the ring. He says he made a decision on who will face Cena at SummerSlam. Orton comes to the ring and gets attacked by Roman Reigns. Reigns chases Orton through the crowd.
Paul Heyman comes out and says that Plan A and Plan B haven't worked out so it is time to implement Plan C. Brock Lesnar's music hits and he comes to the ring with Heyman. Triple H shakes hands with Heyman and Lesnar. Heyman gets on the mic. He reminds the crowd of what Lesnar did at WrestleMania. He then says that Lesnar is announcing his intention to conquer John Cena. Heyman then plays on the riff in the WWE Universe between Cena fans and Cena haters. Heyman says it doesn't matter which side you're on, because Cena is in for the beating of a lifetime.
A video package from Lesnar's match against the Undertaker plays. Heyman says that Cena is in for the same beating and that Cena will not be able to escape. Heyman then says that 15 world titles sounds like something worth conquering.
Tonight's RAW was either great or just down right silly. Triple H cut a great promo to begin the show. The whole bit with Stephanie and Brie Bella was a bit long winded, but overall it was definitely a hit. Ambrose and Cesaro had a great match, as did the Miz and Ziggler. As far as that match went, I don't understand why Miz would win the IC title one night, then lose his first night as champion. It was a good performance, regardless, and I hope to see Ziggler hold the belt in the near future.
Lesnar's return was a bit lack luster. All he did was walk out. I would have like to see him get into some action and make a real show stopping return. It was definitely a missed opportunity to make a memorable Raw moment. Paul Heyman, on the other hand, was on fire tonight and proved why he considered one of the greatest managers of all time. So overall, this episode definitely wasn't a homerun, but it was definitely a ground rule double.
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