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Tonight's show will see the continuing build up of all the major feuds leading into SummerSlam including Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon, Jericho vs. Wyatt, Orton vs. Reigns, and Paige vs. AJ Lee. Also expect to see an appearance by Paul Heyman as neither Cena nor Lesnar will be in the building tonight.
Tonight's show begins with a recap of Orton's confrontation with Roman Reigns from last week's Raw that resulted in Reigns receiving a vicious beat down at the hands of Orton.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon make their way to the ring with Rollins, Orton and Kane in tow. Triple H gets on the mic and talks up SummerSlam while delivering a plug for the WWE Network. He continues to play up the Network, much to the chagrin of the crowd. He said that Rollins suggested a "beat the clock challenge" between Rollins and Ambrose. The winner will name the stipulation at their match at SummerSlam. Triple H says that Ambrose will face Alberto Del Rio, and Seth Rollins will face RVD. Stephanie gets on the mic and announces that she will participate in an official contract signing with Brie Bella. Triple H then talks about Cena vs. Lesnar and again plugs the network. Orton gets on the mic and talks smack on Roman Reigns.
Reigns music hits and he comes through the crowd. He gets on the mic while still in the crowd. He says he took everything The Viper had to dish out and is still standing. He then says that he will beat Orton for free tonight. Triple H interjects and says that Rollins will face Kane tonight in a last man standing match. He then says the match will begin now.
MATCH: Roman Reigns vs. Kane
Reigns comes out of the gate with several right hands. Kane fights back, but Reigns hits a forearm out of the corner. Kane is sent off the ropes and hits a DDT. Reigns is sent to the corner. He fights out and hits a right hand from the middle turnbuckle. The action spills outside the ring. Reigns drives Kane into the steel steps. Kane gets to his feet at the 4 count. Reigns hits a big right hand off the steel steps. Kane gets driven into the barricade. Kane reverses the whip and sends Reigns into the steel steps. Reigns gets up at 3 but Kane drives him into the ringpost. Kane sets up the steps vertically on the ramp. Reigns fights back and throws Kane into the barricade. Lane gets up at 6. Kane fights back and sends Reigns into the barricade. Kane gets a kendo stick from beneath the ring and assault Reigns with it. Kane then picks up the steps and drives them into Reigns' head. Reigns is busted open. Reigns fights back and sends Kane over the barricade.
The show returns with Kane in control. Reigns reverses and throws Kane into a steel chair propped up in the corner. Both men get up at 7. Kane reverses a whip and hits a big clothesline. Kane is draped over the bottom rope. Reigns goes to the outside and hits a dropkick to Kane's head. Kane rolls out of the ring. Reigns follows. Reigns reverses an irish whip and throws Kane into the steps set up on the ramp. Kane gets up at 6. Reigns throws Kane into the barricade. Reigns gets a table from underneath the ring. Kane fights back and throws reigns into the ring. Kane sets up the table. Reigns fights back with a Samoan drop. Kane gets to his feet. Reigns goes for the Superman punch but Kane catches him with a chokeslam through the table. Reigns gets to his feet at 9. kane grabs the steel chair from the corner. KAne goes for the Tombstone on the chair but Reigns reverses into a DDT. Kane gets to his feet and Reigns hits the Superman punch. The offical does not count while Kane is down. Kane gets up and Reigns hits the spear. Kane stays down for the 10 count.
WINNER: Roman Reigns via Pinfall
A pretaped promo from Lesnar plays.
A video package plays recapping Lesnar and Cena's rivalry.
Damien Sandow comes out dressed like an Oklahoma Sooners football player. He talks smack about The Longhorns. Mark Henry then comes to the ring.
MATCH: Damien Sandow vs. Mark Henry
MArk Henry throws up the horns. Sandow hits a right hand. Henry fights back and hits the World's Strongest Slam for the 3 count.
WINNER: Mark Henry via Pinfall
Adam Rose cuts a promo about the Oculous Mirror, a mirror that shows your evil self. He looks in the mirror and sees himself dressed as a square, or as Rose puts it, a lemon.
Dean Ambrose comes to the ring.
MATCH: Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio
Ambrose is driven to the corner. Del Rio hits a snapmare followed by a kick to the head for a 2 count. Ambrose fights back and sends Del Rio to the corner. Del Rio is sent to the mat for a 2 count. Del Rio sends Ambrose to the corner and hits an enziguri for a 1 count. Del Rio hits a snap suplex. Ambrose is sent to the corner. He fights out and hits a double leg takedown. Del Rio rolls out of the ring. Ambrose follows and is sent into the barricade. Back in the ring Del Rio goes to the top rope and hits a big right hand for a 2 count. Del Rio applies the rear chinlock. Ambrose tries to fight out but is stopped by Del Rio. Ambrose hits a small package for a 2 count. Del Rio fight back for a 2 count. Del Rio hits a kick to the back and chokes Ambrose on the middle rope. Ambrose is thrown trhough the corner and rams into the ring post. Del Rio goes outside and goes to work on Ambrose's shoulder. Outside the ring, Del Rio gets thrown in to the barricade. Ambrose hits a suplex to the floor.
BAck in the ring Ambrose gets a 2 count. Ambrose applies an armbar. Del Rio fights out and throws Ambrose into the ringpost. Del Rio goes to the top rope but Ambrose counters. Ambrose hits a crossbody for a 2 count. Ambrose is thrown to the corner but fights out. He goes to the middle rope but gets tossed off. Del Rio hits a huge kick for a 2 count.
The show returns with Del Rio in charge. Del Rio applies an armbar. Ambrose tries to fight out but gets planted with a DDT. Del Rio rolls to the outside and tries to kick Ambrose's shoulder against the ringpost. Ambrose moves and hits a suicide dive on Del Rio.. Back in the ring Ambrose goes to the top rope and hits a missile dropkick. Del Rio is driven to the corner and Ambrose unloads. Del Rio throws Ambrose to the opposite corner. Del Rio goes for the enziguri but Ambrose ducks and hits a tornado DDT. Ambrose gets a close 2 count. Del Rio fights back and hits a kick to the ribs. Del Rio tears the bandage off Ambrose's shoulder. Ambrose is set on the top rope and gets planted from the top. Del Rio goes for the cross armbreaker but gets rolled up for the 2 count. Ambrose bounces off the ropes and hits a clothesline for the 2 count. Ambrose goes for his finisher but Del Rio reverses. Del Rio wrenches Ambrose's arm over the top rope. Del Rio sets up Ambrose for the armbreaker again but Ambrose reverses and hits the dirty deeds for the 3 count.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose via Pinfall
Avideo recap plays of Stephanie and Brie Bella's rivalry. \
Rusev and Lana come to the ring.
Lana talks smack on Obama and the US. She sings Happy Birthday in Russian to Obama. Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter make their way to the ring. Colter gets on the mic and tells Lana to shut up. He says he is sick and tired of hearing about Putin, Mother Russia, and Rusev. He says at SummerSlam, Swagger will be fighting not only for the flag, but for all the Real Americans in the world. He then runs a slideshow showing the working people and veterans Swagger will be fighting for. He then assures them that Swagger will win at SummerSlam. He and swagger then do the We the People salute. Rusev and Lana pretend to leave the ring but Rusev blindsides Swagger with the Russian flag and beats him on the mat.
Miz sits down on commentary.
MATCH: Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro
Del Rio sends Miz to the mat. HE chokes him on the mat with his boot. Cesaro applies and rear chinlock. Ziggler fights back with a dropkick but gets planted with a backbreaker by Cesaro. Cesaro goes for a one handed Suplex, but Ziggler counters and hits a Zig Zag for the 3 count.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler via Pinfall
Ziggler and Miz stare each other down after the match. Ziggler hits Miz and leaves the ring.
A replay from Friday's Smackdown when Paige attacked AJ Lee and injured her.
Paige is interviewed and mockingly says she misses AJ.
MATCH: Goldust and Stardust vs. Rybaxel
Ryback and GOldust start things off. Goldust hits an atomic drop. Axel makes the blind tag and he and Ryback double team Goldust. Axel makes the cover for 2. Ryback is tagged in and hits a suplex for a 2 count. Axel hits a cheapshot from the apron. Axel is tagged in and makes the cover for a 2 count. Goldsust fights back and tags in Stardust. Stardust hits a hiptoss followed by a low dropkick. Axel gets planted for a 2 count. Ryback tries to interfere but is stopped by Goldust. Stardust hits his finisher for the 3 count.
WINNERS: Goldust and Stardust via Pinfall
Kane approaches Triple H and Stephanie backstage and hands them his mask.
Match: Chris Jericho vs. Luke Harper
Jericho is driven to the corner. Harper hits a series of European uppercuts. Harper chokes Jericho on the mat. Jericho fights out of the corner but is quickly sent to the mat. Harper makes the cover for 2. Harper hits the gator roll and transitions into a side headlock. Jericho fights back with a boot and several chops. Jericho hits an enziguri for the 2 count. JEricho goes for the crossbody but gets caught and slammed for the 2 count. Jericho is sent to the corner and eats an elbow. Jericho is sat on the top rope. JEricho fights back. Harper side steps him and hits a big boot. Harper follows up with a sitout powerbomb. JEricho is sent to the corner but fights out with an elbow. Rowan tries to interfere but gets knocked off the apron. He plants Harper and applies the walls of Jericho. Harper is about to tap when the lights go out. The lights come back on and Bray Wyatt is at ringside. Rowan tries to interfere but meets a codebreaker. Harper tries to capitalize on the distraction but also meets a codebreaker. Wyatt comes in the ring and delivers a blow to Jericho. The ref calls for the bell.
WINNER: Chris Jericho via Pinfall
After the match, Wyatt beats up Jericho and delivers the Sister Abigail.
MATCH: Diego w/El Torito, Layla, and Summer Rae vs. Fandango w/Hornswoggle
Fandango comes out strong. Deigo gains the advantage with a dropkick. Hornswoggle dances on the apron. Diego gets distracted. Fandango runs towards Diego, but Diego sidesteps him and Hornswoggle is knocked off the apron. Diego hits a backbreaker for the 3 count.
WINNER: Diego via Pinfall
Orton is interviewed backstage about Kane. He stops the interview shows the footage from his beat down on reigns from last week. Orton says that while Kane is a destructive wrestler, he is nowhere near as ruthless or dangerous as The Viper.
Bo Dallas comes to the ring.
MATCH:: Bo Dallas vs. R Truth
The 2 lock up. R Truth reverses and pound Dallas in the corner. Dallas delivers several right hands. Truth reverses and pounds him on the mat. Truth hits a big splash in the corner followed by a big boot. Dallas fights back and rolls up Truth. Dallas grabs a handful of tights for the 3 count.
WINNER: Bo Dallas via Pinfall
After the match, Dallas celebrates outside the ring. Truth attacks Dallas. Dallas fights back and drives Truth into the steps. He hits the Running Bo Dog off the steps and to the floor.
Bray Wyatt cuts a promo about Jericho as the show returns.
Another video package plays highlighting Cena vs. Lesnar.
RVD comes to the ring.
Seth makes his way to the ring. The ring announcer announces that RVD will not be Rollins opponent. Instead it will be Heath Slater.
MATCH: Heath Slater vs. Seth Roliins
Seth Rollins talks some smack and invites Slater to walk away from the match. Slater turns around and beats Rollins with a series of right hands. Slater is sent to the corner and Rollins stomps him down. Dean Ambrose shows up at ringside. Rollins has some words with him. Rollins goes for the splash but Slater side steps him. Slater hits a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Rollins fights back, Ambrose tears up Rollins' contract outside the ring. Alter captalizes on the idstarction and hits superkick for a 2 count. Rollins fights back but is again distracted as Ambrose pours coffee and popcorn in the contract briefcase. Ambrose puts on JBL's hat and parades around the ring. Rollins continues to be distracted. Heath Slater rolls up Rollins for the 3 count.
WINNER: Heath Slater via Pinfall
Stephanie comes to the ring with Triple H. Brie comes to the ring with Nikki. Triple H gets on the mic and says that he cannot be involved in the signing because of personal interests at stake. Micheal Cole is appointed to reside over the contract signing. Stephanie McMahon talks smack on Brie and Daniel Bryan. She asks if Bryan is still recovering. Brie says yes, but asks if Stephanie has recovered from her arrest. A replay then airs showing Stephanie being arrested. Brie says that she is not only going to beat Stephanie, she is going to embarrass her in front of the whole universe. Brie says that she wants to prove that Stephanie is a fraud. Brie then says that she is going to do it for all the superstars that get tortured week after week. She then signs the contract.
Stephanie mocks what Brie Bella just said. She says that Brie is just us her to make a name for herself. She says that she is going to put an end to Brie's pathetic attempt to make history and that at SummerSlam, she is going to tear Brie's heart out. Stephanie then cheapshots Nikki Bella. Triple H pins Brie in the corner with the contract desk. Stephanie delivers a pedigree to Nikki. Brie slaps Triple H. Stephanie attacks Brie and delivers her a pedigree as well. Triple H and Stephanie make out in the middle of the ring.
Well, the first 2 hours of this episode were pretty awesome, but once again the 3rd hour proved to be the breeding ground of filler matches and irrelevancy. Kane and Roman Reigns put on a decent match to open things up. I was skeptical when they announced a last man standing match for Raw, but in my opinion, these two really delivered with a brutal back and forth battle. The only thing that hindered this match was both men's limited arsenal of moves. There's only so many time you can see flying clotheslines and reversed irish whips into the barricade before it gets old.
Ambrose and Del Rio probably put on the best match of the night. Del Rio catches a lot of heat from the IWC, but I think he is a decent worker and tonight proved that. As far as pure in-ring work goes, Del Rio can put on a solid match against just about anybody. I'm not saying that he puts on show stoppers, but at least he is consistent. Ambrose is easily the most talented all around wrestler among The Shield alumni. His whole character is spot on. From his mic work, to his move set, to the way he carries himself, Ambrose is completely engrossed in his character and doesn't seem to be playing a part at all. He reminds me of a mix between Steve Austin and Roddy Piper and I can definitely see big things for him in the future.
The contract signing between Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon was surprisingly well done. While Bella's acting was a bit painful at times, it was cool how she stuck up for all the wrestlers that are consistently embarrassed by WWE. On a side note, despite what little kids on the internet might say, Triple H really has his finger on the pulse of the wrestling community. For a few weeks now he has cut promos that reference things that fanboys consistently complain about. His schtick about the network tonight was hilarious and very relevant. I used to yawn when the authority came out, but Triple H has been on fire on the mic lately and I hope he keeps it up.
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