Expect to see John Cena build up his rematch with Brock Lesnar at Night of Champions. Chris Jericho is also scheduled to host the Highlight Reel with special guest Randy Orton.
Tonight's show begins with The Highlight Reel. Jericho introduces Orton by saying happy Labor Day and noting that Orton hasn't worked for anything he received in WWE. Triple H's music hits and the entire Authority stable make their way to the ring. Triple H gets on the mic and mocks Jericho. Jericho fires back, cracking a joke about Stephanie getting arrested. Triple H says Jericho should be thanking him for making tonight the most historic episode of The Highlight Reel. Triple H goes on to say that he has been reviewing Cena's match from SummerSlam and it may not be best for business for Cena to have a rematch at Night of Champions. Instead, Triple H suggests that he may pick a new #1 contender. Orton and Kane say they should be the #1 contenders. Rollins and Jericho also put themselves out there.
John Cena's music hits and he comes to the ring. Cena gets on the mic and says that just because Flair and Shawn Michaels say that he can't beat Lesnar, doesn't mean he won't. Cena reminds Triple H that he invoked his rematch clause and that if Triple H denies it, Cena will sue him. Triple H responds by saying that having Cena's career end at Night of Champions isn't best for business. Rollins says that Cena should get his rematch because if he wins, he can always cash in his MITB briefcase. Orton whines that he never got his rematch from WrestleMania. Jericho says he had a million rematches and reminds him that he lost his last high profile match to Roman Reigns.
Reigns comes to the ring and talks some smack to the Authority. Reigns says his name belongs in the title picture. Triple H intercedes and sets up a six man tag match between Cena, Reigns and Jericho.
MATCH: Cesaro and Miz vs. Dolph Ziggle and Sheamus
Cesaro and Ziggler lock up. Ziggler is sent tto the mat and Cesaro mocks Ziggler with a series of elbows. Ziggler fights back with a dropkick and goes after Miz. Miz jumps off the apron to his "stunt double". Cesaro capitalizes and beats on Ziggler. Miz is tagged in and covers Ziggler for a 2 count. Miz applies a rear chinlock. Ziggler fights back with a Lou Thesz press followed by a hip toss. Miz rolls out of the ring. Sheamus is tagged in and throws Miz back in the ring. Miz fights back with right hands to the midsection. Sheamus fights out of the corner with a clubbing blow. Miz is sent to the apron and receives the Ten Beats of the Bodhran. Sheamus hits the rolling senton for a 2 count. Miz fights back and gets the tag on Cesaro. Cesaro hits a dropkick.
The show returns with Cesaro in control of Sheamus. Sheamus is sent to the corner. He fights out and goes for the battering ram but Cesaro catches him and hits a fall away slam into a bridge for a 2 count. Sheamus goes to the top rope and hits the battering ram. Miz is tagged in as well as Ziggler. Ziggler hits a big splash i nthe corner followed by a swinging neckbreaker. Miz gets rolled up for a 2 count. Ziggler reverses a powerbomb and hits a DDT. Miz rolls out of the ring and sends in Sandow. Ziggler hits Sandow with a Zig-Zag. Miz capitalizes on the distraction and hits his finisher for the 3 count.
WINNERS: Cesaro and Miz via Pinfall
A video package plays of the Bella Twins feud. Apparently Brie stole Nikki's prom date in high school.
MATCH: Naomi, Eva Marie, and Layla vs. Rosa Mendez, Cameron and Summer Rae
Rosa Mendez takes Layla to the mat for a 2 count. She hits a crossbody for a 2 count. The count is broken up by Naomi. Both aprons clear and a brawl ensues in the ring. The ref calls for the bell
A replay airs of Reigns' attack on Kane and Rollins from last week.
MATCH: Mark Henry and Big Show vs. Harper and Rowan
The match begins with Rowan getting sent to the mat by Henry. Rowan is sent to the corner. Henry mounts the first rope and pounds on Rowan. Henry then stands on Rowen's chest. Harper distracts Henry and Rowan capitalizes. Harper is tagged in and covers Henry for a 2 count.
The show returns with Rowan and Henry. Rowan gains control and tags in Harper. Rusev makes his way to the ring. Harper gets distracted and Henry hits a big boot. Big Show is tagged in and takes Harper to the mat. Rowan tries to interfere but eats a kick to the face. Harper rolls outside the ring. Show follows but gets thrown into the barricade. Harper stomps Show for a 2 count. Rowan is tagged in. He continues to stomp Big Show. Rowan shoves his knuckles into Show's head. Rowan follows up with a big boot to the face. Harper is tagged in. Big Show is thrown to the corner. Harper hits a kick to the chin. Rowan is tagged in and covers Show for a 2 count. Rowan slams Big Show for a 1 count. Show fights back and hits a sloppy DDT. Mark Henry is tagged in. Harper is thrown to the corner. Harper gets slammed for a 2 count broken up by Rowan. Show throws Rowan to the outside. Harper is distracted. He turns and gets picked up by Henry. Rusev comes in and kicks Henry in the face. The ref calls for the bell.
WINNER: Big Show and Mark Henry via Disqualification
Another "Growing Up Bella" segment airs.
The show returns with a Brock Lesnar video package.
Heyman comes to the top of the ramp and cuts a promo on behalf of Brock Lesnar.
Jack Swagger makes his way to the ring accompanied by the returning Zeb Colter.
Jack Swagger vs. Curtis Axel
The match begins with Swagger getting driven to the corner. Swagger fights back and hits a big hip toss. Axel fights back and goes to work on the ribs of Swagger. Bo Dallas shows up at the top of the stage. Swagger fights back and splashes Axel in the corner. Swagger goes for the Swagger Bomb. Axel gets his foot up but Swagger counters with the Patriot Lock. Axel submits.
WINNER: Jack Swagger via Pinfall
Bo Dallas gets on the mic. He has gathered several "audience" members who were disappointed by Swagger's losses to Rusev. He goes through all their stories. One is a farmer who lost his farm because he bet a month's salary on Swagger's match with Rusev. The next is a tailor who is being deported to Italy. The third is a mother whose son's favorite wrestler was Swagger, but now he wants to be like Vladimir Putin.
MATCH: Adam Rose vs. Titus O'Neil
Adam Rose rolls around the ring. He goes for a cross body from the middle rope. O'Neil catches him and hits a backbreaker. O'neil chokes Rose with his boot in the corner. Adam Rose's bunny comes over by Heath Slater and dances by him. Slater hits the bunny to the floor. The bunny gets up and beats up Heath Slater. O'Neil is distracted and Rose rolls him up for the 3 count.
WINNER: Adam Rose via Pinfall
Another Growing Up Bella segment airs.
Rusev makes his way to the ring with Lana.
Lana cuts a promo before the match.
MATCH: Rusev vs. Zack Ryder
Rusev attacks Ryder and throws him to the corner. Ryder fights back but gets caught with a fall away slam. Rusev hits a big kick to the face. Rusev applies the Accolade for the submission.
WINNER: Rusev via Submission
Mark Henry comes to the ring to exact revenge from earlier in the night. Rusev retreats. Henry gets on the mic and asks Rusev why he's running. Henry says that he is the strongest man in the strongest country. Just because Rusev is undefeated, doesn't mean he's invincible. Henry says he just opened an international wing of the Hall of Pain and Rusev is the first inductee.
Triple H is shown talking to Stephanie backstage. Stephanie hints at some sort of announcement involving Nikki Bella.
The show returns with Stephanie McMahon coming to the ring and introducing Nikki Bella. Stephanie talks smack on Brie. Stephanie then grants Nikki a match for the Diva's Championship. Brie comes to the ring and gets on the mic. She and Nikki argue. AJ Lee makes her way to the ring. AJ gets on the mic and says she deserves to be #1 contender. Paige then makes her way to the ring. Paige and AJ start arguing. Nikki gets on the mic and says she can forgive Brie only if Brie quits. Brie shoves Nikki to the mat and exits the ring. Paige is knocked over in the altercation. AJ picks up the Diva's title and skips around the ring. Stephanie demands the belt back from AJ. AJ gives it to her and skips away from the ring.
Bray Wyatt cuts a promo on Chris Jericho.
MATCH: Jimmy Uso vs. Goldust
Goldust hits a spinebuster for a 1 count. He pounds on Jimmy and throws him to the corner. Goldust hits a clothesline for a 2 count. Uso fights back and sends Goldust to the mat. He follows up with a Samoan drop. Uso then hits the Stinkface followed by a kick to the face. He covers Goldust but Stardust puts his brother's foot on the rope. Jimmy takes out Stardust. Goldust capitalizes on the distraction and hits his finisher for the 3 count.
WINNER: Goldust via Pinfall
Goldust and Stardust beat up Jey Uso and assault his injured leg.
Mark Henry and Big Show are shown backstage talking about Henry's feud with Rusev.
Triple H and Stephanie make their way to ringside for the main event.
MATCH: John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Chris Jericho vs. Kane, Randy Orton, and Henry Rollins
The match begins with Reigns and Orton squaring off. Orton gets sent to the corner. Reigns hits a back elbow and sends Orton to the mat. Orton fights back but Reigns explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. Rollins interferes but is thwarted by Reigns. Reigns sends Orton and Rollins to the outside.
The show returns with Kane in control of Reigns. Orton is tagged in and stomps Reigns on the mat. Orton hits a headbutt. Reigns fights back and hits a clothesline followed by a Samoan drop. Orton is sent to the corner. He reverses and plants Reigns for a 2 count. Rollins is tagged in and follows Reigns outside the ring. He slams Reigns' head off the apron and throws him back in for a 2 count. Rollins applies a straightjacket choke. Reigns gets out of the hold but is thrown to the mat by Rollins. Kane is tagged in and applies a chinlock. Reigns fights out with a sideslam. Orton is tagged in. He stomps on Reigns for a 2 count. Reigns fights back and struggles to his corner. Jericho is tagged in as well as Rollins. Jericho clears house and plants Rollins. He follows up with a Lionsault. Jericho applies the Walls of Jericho. It is broken up by Orton. Reigns delivers a Superman punch to Orton. Kane hits a chokeslam on Reigns. Cena hits the AA on Kane. Cena is taken out by Rollins. Rollins is rolled up for 2.
The show returns with Orton in control of Jericho. Orton hits a powerslam for a 2 count. Rollins is tagged in. He sends Jericho to the corner and delivers a chop. Jericho is sent to the mat with a forearm. Rollins goes to the top but Jericho counters with a dropkick to the jaw. Jericho tries to tag Cena but Kane is tagged in and pulls him away. Kane hits a sidewalk slam for a 2 count. Kane applies a chinlock. Jericho fights out and goes to the middle rope. He is caught with an uppercut from Kane. Orton is tagged in and covers Jericho for a 2 count. Jericho is placed on the top rope. Orton goes for the superplex but Jericho fights out. Jericho hits a crossbody for a 2 count. Kane is tagged in. Jericho fights back and tags in Cena. Cena clears house. He hits a clothesline on Kane and takes out Rollins. Cena then hits an AA on Kane. Cena tags in Reigns. Reigns hits a spear on Kane for the 3 count.
WINNERS: John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Chris Jericho
Cena delivers an AA on Rollins onto the announce table right in front of Triple H.
This episode was pretty horrible. There are only a few good things to come out of this trainwreck-of-a-Raw. Obviously, the main event was exciting and a decent match. Other than that, I really enjoy the direction Stardust and Goldust are going. They make awesome heels and tonight rendered their turn complete. That's about all the good I have to say about it. Raw has been pretty good lately so one bad episode out of a handful is forgivable.
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