On tonight's show expect to see Chris Jericho in action against the Miz, along with the continuation of all the major story lines.
The show begins with a video replay of last week's confrontation between John Cena and Roman Reigns against the Authority.
Roman Reign's music hits and he makes his way through the crowd. Reigns gets on the mic and talks about the fatal 4 way match at Battlegrounds. The crowd starts chanting Cena Sucks. Reigns agrees. He says he will be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Kane's music hits and he makes his way to the top of the ramp. Kane stops and stares down Reigns. Reigns calls Kane Triple H's lap dog, and Randy Orton's bitch. Kane makes his way to the ring. Reigns attacks him before he gets to the ring. They exchange blows. Reigns clotheslines Kane over the barricade. Reigns follows him into the crowd. Kane gains controls and throws Reigns over the back over the barricade. He beats him up in the ring. Officials storm the ring. Kane chokeslams some of them. Senior officials come to the ring and separate them. Reigns spears Fit Finlay and Kane retreats up the ramp.
The commentators announce that Bret Hart is in the building.
The show returns with Harper and Rowen in the ring.
MATCH: Harper and Rowan vs. The Usos
The match begins with Jey and Harper. Harper quickly gains control with several right hands. Jey hits a kick to the midsection and sends Harper to the outside. Jimmty is tagged in. Rowan tries to interfere but is also knocked out of the ring. Harper gets in the ring and drives Jimmy to the corner. Jimmy counters the Irish whip and gets knocked to the mat. Rowan is tagged in. He hits a scoop slam and wrenches the neck of Jimmy. Jimmy dodges the leg drop and tags in Jey. Jey hits a dropkick for a 2 count. Rowan blocks the Irish whip and sends Jey to the mat for a 2 count. Harper is tagged in. He hits a pump handle slam and tags in Rowan. Rowan hits a big splash for a 2 count.
The show returns with Rowan in control. He covers Jey for a 2 count. Reigns follows up by driving his fists into Jey's head. He shoves Jey to the corner and tags in Haroer. Jey avoids the double team and a big boot from Harper. He makes the tag to Jimmy who hits Harper with a big crossbody. Jimmy ducks a clothesline and hits the Samoan drop. Jimmy goes to the top and hits the flying corkscrew. He covers Harpers but Rowan breaks it up but is sent out of the ring by Jey. Jey dives over the rope. Harper hits a superkick for a 2 count. Jimmy fights out and hits a kick for a close 2 count. Jimmy goes to the top rope but is knocked off by Harper. Harper hits powerbomb for a 2 count. Harper is sent out of the ring. The Usos go for the double dive over the top rope but are stopped by Harper. Jimmy is pulled out of the ring. Harper hits a huge clothesline for the 3 count.
WINNERS: Harper and Rowan via Pinfall
Kane and Randy Orton are shown backstage. Randy says that he always has Kane's back. Kane agrees and says that one way or the other, the belt is coming back to the Authority. Rollins shows up and hints at a cash in if one of them wins at Battlegrounds. Orton says he hates Rollins. Kane says he hates Orton.
MATCH: Nikki Bella vs. Alicia Fox
Nikki and Fox each get one hand tied behind their backs for this match at the behest of the authority. Before the ref can tie Fox's hand, she attacks Nikki and beats her up outside the ring. Nikki tries to fight back in the ring but gets beat up worse. Fox gets two can of Red Bull from under the ring and and sprays them over herself and Nikki.
The show returns with Lana and Rusev in the ring. Lana starts talking smack on Canada but is inteerupted by RVD.
MATCH: RVD vs. Rusev
RVD hits several quick blows followed by a sidekick off the middle rope. RVD is sent to the apron but fights back with a tornado DDT. RVD goes for the Five Star but is knocked off by Rusev. Rusev hits a big forearm. He hits several knees followed by a fall away slam. Rusev applies a chinlock and RVD fights out with a jawbreaker. Rusev fights back with a back elbow. RVD is sent to the mat and Rusev stomps him. RVD is sent to the corner and Rusev hits several kicks. Rusev applies the front face lock. RVD fights out and goes for a crossbody but is caught. RVD rolls up Rusev for a 2 count. RVD goes to the top rope and hits a sidekick. RVD goes for ROlling Thunder but gets caught with a superkick. Rusev applies the Accolade for the submission.
WINNER: Rusev via Pinfall
MATCH: Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose
The match begins with the 2 locking up. Ambrose drives Orton to the corner. Orton rolls out of the ring . He gets back in. Ambrose applies the armbar and takes Orton to the mat. Orton fights out. Ambrose hits a drop toehold and transitions into a chinlock. He rubs Orton's face in the mat and sends him to the corner. Ambrose hits a big clothesline. Orton fights back and sends Ambrose face first into the turnbuckle. Orton mounts Ambrose and hits several blows. Ambrose reverses. He hits a dropkick against the ropes and stomps Orton's groin. Ambrose applies a submission hold. Orton gets out and hits a clothesline. Ambrose is sent to the corner. Orton hits several right hands and stomps him. Ambrose hits a double leg take down and gets clotheslined over the top rope.
The show returns with Orton in control. Ambrose tries to fight back but Orton hits a big dropkick for a 2 count. Orton applies a submission hold and Orton coninues to work on Ambrose's shoulder. Ambrose fights back but is stopped but Orton. He is sent off the ropes and hits a DDT to change the momentum. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and sends Orton to the mat. He takes Orton to the corner and stomps him to the mat. Orton reverses the Irish whip but Ambrose counters with a figure 4 leglock. Orton makes it to the bottom rope. Ambrose goes to the top rope but comes up short. Orton takes Ambrose to the mat. Orton goes to the middle rope and poses. He picks Ambrose up and hits a European uppercut. Ambrose bounces back with a big clothesline. Orton is sent over the top rope and driven into the barricade. Ambrose begins throwing chairs into the ring. Orton fights back and drives Ambrose into the ringpost. He throws Ambrose over the barricade.
Orton hits the DDT off the barricade and the ref begins counting to ten. Ambrose gets in the ring just in time. Orton goes for the DDT again but Ambrose fights out. Ambrose rolls up Orton for a 2 count. Orton hits a big boot. Ambrose bounces off the ropes but gets caught with the RKO for the 3 count.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose via Pinfall
John Cena is interviewed backstage. Cena acknowledges that he is a marked man. He is interrupted by Roman Reigns. Reigns wishes Cena luck tonight. Cena says he doesn't need it. Reigns says he will need it at Battleground.
The show returns with Fandango sitting on commentary.
MATCH: Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
The match begins with Del Rio applying a headlock. He sends Ziggler to the mat with a shoulder tackle. Ziggler fights back with a neckbreaker and sends Del RIo to the outside. Ziggler slides out of the ring but Del Rio catches him with the ring skirt. Del Rio hits an enziguri and sends him back in the ring for a 2 count. Del Rio applies a sleep hold. Ziggler fights out and goes for a dropkick but Del Rio moves. Ziggler fights back with a crossbody, Del Rio fights back and hits a huge slam off the top rope. Del Rio goes for a superkick but Ziggler counters with a DDT for the 2 count. Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag but Del RIo holds onto the ropes. Ziggler hits a dropkick for a 2 count. Del Rio fights bck and sends Ziggler to the corner. Ziggler ducks the enziguri and hits the famouser for a 2 count. Fandango distracts Ziggler by dancing on the announce table. Del Rio capitalizes and hits a big kick to the head for the 3 count.
WINNER: Alberto Del Rio via Pinfall
Stardust and Goldust cut a heady promo backstage.
Fandango is shown backstage. He meets up with Layla. She asks if he was jealous of Ziggler and Summer Rae. Summer rae is shown lurking in the background.
Jerry Lawler is in the ring and references his heart attack last time he was in Montreal. He introduces Bret Hart to the ring. Hart gets on the mic and says that if he could have one more match, he would want it to be in Montreal. Hart is intterrupted by Damien Sandow dressed up as Bret Hart. He gets on the mic and refercnes the Montreal screwjob. He talks some smack on Bret Hart and says that talking never was his strong suit. Bret Hart decks Sandow.
Sheamus makes his way to the ring.
MATCH: Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow
The show returns with the match already under way. Sandow pulls Sgeamus out of the ring and slams him into the barricade. He throws Sheamus back in the ring for a 2 count. Sandow applies a sleeper. Sheamus fights out but Sandow hits a side russian leg sweep. Sandow goes for the Sharpshooter but Sheamus fights out. He is thrown to the mat. Sheamus sends Sandow to the apron and hits the 10 Beats to the Bodhran, Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick for the 3 count.
WINNER: Sheamus via Pinfall
The Miz is interviewed backstage. He ignores Renee Young and reads a fan letter instead.
MATCH: Chris Jericho vs, The Miz
The match begins with the 2 locking up. Mi is sent off the ropes and takes Jericho to the mat with a shoulder block. Jericho fights back with several chops. He clotheslines Miz over the top rope. Jericho hits a dropkick from the second turnbuckle and knocks Miz off the apron. Jericho sends miz back in the ring and hits a bulldog. Jericho goes for the lionsault but Miz dumps him over the top rope. Miz drives Jericho into the apron and sends him back in the ring. Miz stomps Jericho's head for a 2 count. Miz applies the sleeper hold. He chops Miz into the ropes. Jericho is sent to the apron, Jericho climbs the ropes and hits the double axehandle. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho. Miz counters for a 2 count. Jericho sidesteps Miz and hits a pele kick. Jericho goes up and over the Miz in the corner. Miz counters and plants Jericho for a 2 count. Jericho ducks a boot and and rolls up Miz for a 2 count. Miz dodges a dropkick and applies the figure 4. Jericho gets to the bottom rope. Jericho hits a right hand followed by a double leg takedown. He applies the Walls of Jericho for Submission.
WINNER: Chris Jericho via Pinfall
The Wyatt's intro plays and Bray Wyatt appears at the top of the ramp. Wyatt cuts a promo talking about how Jericho can't save the WWE Universe. Wyatt says that the audience used to be Jerichoholics, but now they sing a different tune. Jericho tells Wyatt to shut the hell up and tells him he is going to walk up the ramp and beat his ass. The lights go out and Harper and Rowan appear at Wyatt's side.
MATCH: AJ Lee and Paige vs. Funkadactyls
The match begins with Naomi taking Paige to the mat for a 2 count. Naomi goes for the tag bu Cameron ignores her. Paige capitalizes and rolls up Naomi for the 2 coutn. AJ is tagged in and hits a headscissor followed by a kick to the face for a 2 count. AJ applies the front facelock. Cameron again ignores Naomi's tag. Paige is tagged in. Naomi and Paige catch each other with a double clothesline. Cameron finally gets tagged in. Paige hits the Paige Turner for the 3 count.
WINNERS: Paige and AJ Lee via Pinfall
Naomi and Cameron brawl after the match.
The show returns with Cesaro and Heyman in the ring. Heyman begins talking but Cesaro interrupts. He says that you have to speak to Quebeckers in Québécois. He then says an insult in French.
MATCH: Kofi Kingston vs. Antonio Cesaro
The match begins with Kofi Kingston dropkicking Cesaro out of the ring and slamming him into the announce table. Cesaro fights back in the ring and knocks Kungston out of the ring. Kingston gets slammed into the apron. Back in the ring, Cesaro catches Kingston off the top rope. He hits a gorilla press into a gut buster for a 2 count. Kingston rolls up Cesaro for the 3 count.
WINNER: Kofi Kingston via Pinfall
Cesaro tries to beat up Kingston after the match, but Big E runs in to make the save.
Rollins and Cena have a confrontation in the locker room. Rollins talks some smack. Cena tells Rollins he is in for the fight of his life tonight.
MATCH: Bo Dallas vs. El Torito
Torito runs around Dallas. Dallas gets on his knees to fight Torito. Torito swats Dallas with his tail. Torito rolls out of the ring to avoid Dallas. Dallas knocks Diego into the stairs. He hits Torito with a big forearm. He gets back in the ring and hits the running Bo Dog for the 3 count.
WINNER: Bo Dallas via Pinfall
MATCH: John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
The match begins with the 2 locking up. Rollins applies a headlock. Cena hits a hip toss and send Rollins into the corner. Rollins avoids the bull dog and pulls Cena to the mat for a 2 count.
The show returns with Cena powering out of a hold from Rollins. Rollins fights back and plants Cena for the 2 count. Rollins stomps Cena into the corner. Cena hits a side slam. He goes for the AA but Rollins fights out for a 2 count. Cena catches a kick fir Rollins and follows up with a powerbomb for a 2 count. Cena goes to the top rope but gets caught with a kick from Rollins. Rollins makes the cover for a 2 count. Rollins goes for a splash but Cena moves. Cena plants Rollins and hits the 5 knuckle shuffle. John Cena goes for the AA but Rollins fights out. Cena regains control and goes for the STF. Rollins is about to tap when Kane's music hits. Cena is distracted and gets atacked by Orton from behind. They beat up Cena until Reigns comes out to make the save. Rollins takes out Reigns and Cena with the briefcase. Rollins calls for a ref and goes to cash in his contract but is stopped by Dean Ambrose. Cena gets to his feet and hits the AA on Orton. Reigns takes out Kane. Reigns and Cena stare each other down in the middle of the ring. Cena raises Reigns' hand in a show sportsmanship. Reigns does the same to Cena.
Overall, this was a very solid episode of Raw. The in ring action was the main focus of the show which I hope is a trend going forward. There is very little to complain about with this episode besides the obvious filler crap matches. If anything, tonight proves why a 2 hour program format is superior. If Raw were still 2 hours, there would have been no need for any the silly matches such as the Nikki Bella fiasco, or the El Torito match. Instead, we would have had a very exciting, action packed show that was not a struggle to watch. Like I said, this was a very good episode, but 3 hours is very hard to get through sometimes.
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