Tonight's show begins with Dean Ambrose cutting a promo about Hell in a Cell. He says he is going to beat John Cena and go on to give Rollins what he deserves. Cena comes to the ring and gets on the mic. Cena tells Ambrose to shut up and get ready for the biggest match in his life. Ambrose responds. Cena eggs on Ambrose and tries to get him to take a swing. Triple H and Stephanie come out and schedule a triple threat tag team match between Ambrose and Cena vs. The Usos vs. Gold and Stardust.
MATCH: John Cena and Dean Ambrose vs. The Usos vs. Gold and Stardust
The match begins with Jimmy and Ambrose locking up. Ambrose hits a hip toss and tags in Cena. Cena applies an armbar. Cena hits a bulldog for a 2 count. Ambrose is tagged in. The double team Uso and Ambrose drops an elbow for a 1 count. Jimmy fights back and tags in Jey. Ambrose applies a straightjacket choke followed by a clothesline. Cena is tagged in. Jey fights back and goes for a crossbody but Cena rolls through. He goes for the AA but Jey fights out and hits a superkick for 2. Jimmy is tagged in and hits a right hand in the corner. Jimmy applies an armbar. Cena fights out and hits a dropkick. Jimmy hits a Samoan drop for 2. Jey is tagged in and applies an armbar. Jey hits a dropkick and goes for the splash in the corner but Cena moves. Jimm and Ambrose are both tagged in. Ambrose hits a crossbody and hammers Jimmy with a right hand. Ambrose is sent off the ropes and bounces off with a clothesline.
The show returns with Stardust and Jey with Stardust in control. Goldust is tagged in. They hit a double team stomp for a 1 count. Jey fights back but is quickly stopped by Goldust. Stardust us tagged back in. He drives a knee into Jey's back and applies an abdominal stretch. Goldust is tagged in and beats Jimmy in the corner. Goldust is sent outside the ring. Jey goes for a tag but Goldust pulls Jimmy from the apron. Goldust is taken out by Ambrose. Cena is tagged in and takes out Stardust. Cena goes for the AA but Stardust lands on his feet. Goldust interferes and hits a power slam on Cena. Goldust and Stardust are sent outside. They are taken out by the Usos. Cena hits a crossbody to the outsid eon all 4. Ambrose hits a back elbow on all 5. Back in the ring, Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds and Cena hits the AA for the 3 count.
WINNERS: Ambrose and Cena via Pinfall
Triple H comes out and sets up a "Contract on a Pole" match between Cena and Ambrose for later tonight.
A replay airs of Big Show and Rusev's match from 3 weeks ago in which Big Show knocked out Rusev.
MATCH: AJ Lee and Layla vs. Alicia Fox and Paige
AJ and Fox aquare up. AJ its a kick to the face. Fox reverses a whip and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. Paige is tagged ub and mocks AJ. AJ chases Paige outside the ring. Paige runs back in the ring and tags in Alicia. AJ is thrown into the corner. Alicia goes for a boot in the corner. AJ goes for a tag on Layla, but Layla jumps off the apron and heads up the ramp. Alicia tries to roll up AJ but AJ holds onto the ropes. AJ hits a shining wizard for the 3 count.
WINNER: AJ Lee and Layla via Pinfall
After the match, AJ attacks Layla on the ramp.
The show returns with Rnady Orton backstage with Stephanie and Triple H. He asks for a Hell in the Cell match against the loser of the Cena vs. Ambrose match. Triple H and Stephanie Agree.
A Wyatt Family vignette plays.
MATCH: Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler
The 2 lock up. Ziggler is driven to the corner. They lock up again and Orton is driven to the corner. Ziggler hits several right hands. Orton rolls out of the rings. Orton tries to through Ziggler into the steps. Ziggler blocks and sends Orton into the steps. Back in the ring ORton is sent to the corner. Ziggler hits a big splash. Ziggler goes for the elbow. Orton moves but Ziggler catches himself and applies a headlock. Orton reverses with a back suplex. Orton brings the boot down on Ziggler. Ziggler fights back and hits a dropkick for 2. Orton slams Ziggler into the middle turnbuckle. Orton drops Ziggler onto the top rope. Ziggler is sent to the apron. He drops Orton's neck onto the tope rope. The action pours outside the ring. Orton is sent into the barricade.Ziggler throws Orton into the ring for 2. Orton reverses an Irish whip and sends Ziggler into the ringpost. Orton goes for the DDT off the second rope. Ziggler fights out and sends Orton to the apron. Ziggler hits a dropkick and sends Orton to the outside. Rollins shows up at the top of the ramp.
The show returns with Orton in control. Ziggler fights out but Orton takes him down and hits a catapult int the corner for 2. Ziggler is placed on the top rope. Orton goes for a superplex but Ziggler fights out. Orton is knocked off the ropes. Orton gets up and shakes the top rope. Orton hits the superplex for 2 count. Ziggler fights back but is quickly stopped by Orton. Ziggler continues and hits a splah in the corner followed by a neck breaker. Ziggler drops an elbow for a 2 count. Ziggler goes for a superkick but Orton counters with a superplex. Orton goes for the RKO but Ziggler rolls up Orton for 2. Ziggler hits a superkick for another 2 count. Ziggler goes for another famouser but Orton counters and hits the RKO for the 3 count.
WINNER: Randy Orton via Pinfall
After the match, Rollins curb stomps Ziggler.
MATCH: Seth Rollins vs. Jack Swagger
The match begins with Swagger throwing Rollins to the corner. Rollins sidesteps Swagger. Swagger is sent off the ropes. He catches Rollins but Rollins slides out. The 2 lock up. Rollins applies a hammer lock. Swagger reverses an Irish whip. Rollins rolls out of the ring. Back in the ring Swagger hits a shoulder block. Rollins rolls to the apron. Swagger tosses him over the top rope. Swagger goes for a superplex but Rollins reverses an wrenches Swagger's arm off the top rope. Rollins continues going to work on the left arm of Swagger. Rollins applies an armbar. Swagger fights back and hits a belly to belly followed by a hip toss. Rollins rolls out of the ring. Swagger follows and plows through Rollins. Orton shows up at the top of the ramp. Swagger is distracted and Rollins hits a suicide dive.
The show returns with Swagger in control. Rollins reverses and hits an enziguri for 2. Rollins drops a series of knees on Swagger. Swagger tries to fight back but Rollins hits a snapmare followed by a kick to the back. Rollins applies an armbar. Swagger fights back with a German suplex. Swagger hits a clothesline followed by a back body drop. Swagger hits a Swagger bomb for 2. Swagger goes for a power bomb but Rollins fights out. Rollins goes off the top rope but Swagger hits a big slam for 2. Swagger takes Rollins down by the knee and applies the patriot lock. Rollins counters and tries to roll up Swagger. Swagger rolls through but eats a superkick to the face. Swagger fights back and applies another Patriot lock. Rollins gets to the bottom rope. Swagger goes for a wheel barrow slam but Rollins rolls up Swagger for a 3 count.
WINNER: Rollins via Pinfall
Orton comes in the ring after the match and hits an RKO on Ziggler.
The show returns with Dean Ambrose getting interviewed backstage about Hell in a Cell.
Big Show is interviewed backstage about his match tonight with Rusev. He says that Rusev has a glass jaw, and tonight he is going to break it.
MATCH: Rusev vs. Big Show
Big Show starts the match with a big boot followed by a clubbing blow. Rusev is thrown outside the ring. Rusev is thrown off the announce table and then into the barricade. Back in the ring, Big Show hits a head butt followed by a chop. Rusev is thrown back outside the ring. Big Show again throws Rusev into the barricade. Back in the ring Big Show hits a headbutt followed by an elbow drop. Big Show hits another chop to the chest. He then stands on Rusev. Rusev is driven to the corner. Big Show goes off the ropes but Rusev counters with a dropkick. Rusev stomps Big Show on the mat. Big Show tries to fight back but gets clotheslined to the outside.
The show returns with Rusev still in control. Big Show tries to fight back but Rusev hits a knee followed by a splash to the corner. Rusev applies a front facelock. Big Show fights back with a headbutt. Big Show goes for an elbow off the middle rope. Rusev applies a headlock but Big Show slams Rusev. Big Show goes for the KO punch. Rusev counters and applies the Accolade. Mark Henry shows up to the side of the ring. Rusev breaks the hold and knocks Henry off the apron. Rusev applies the Accolade again. Henry gets in the ring and breaks the hold. The ref calls for the bell.
WINNER: Rusev via Disqualification
After the match, Big Show knocks out Rusev.
MATCH: Miz vs. Sheamus
Sheamus chases Miz outside the ring. They get back in and Miz kicks Sheamus into the corner. Sheamus fights back and hits a hip toss. Miz gets thrown into Sandow outside the ring. Miz gets back in the ring. He kicks Sheamus in the knee and stomps him in the corner. Miz hits a clothesline. Miz covers Sheamus for a 2 count. Miz applies a rear chinlock. The crowd chants for Sandow. Sheamus fights back with a axehandle blow followed by a knee. Miz reverses for a 2 count. Sheamus catches a boot and sends Miz over the top rope. Miz tries to climb under the ring. Sandow tries to interfere but eats a Brogue Kick. Miz rolls back in the ring and Sheamus gets counted out.
WINNER: Miz via Count Out
MATCH: Natalya, Brie Bella and Naomi vs. Summer Rae, Cameron and Nikki Bella
Natakya and Cameron start things off. Cameron slaps Natalya in the face. Nikki is tagged in. She takes down Natalya for a 2 count. Natalya rolls up Nikki for 2. Nikki applies a front facelock. She hits a knee and throws Natalya inro rhe corner. Summer Rae is tagged in. She goes for an elbow drop but misses. Brie is tagged in. Brie is distracted by Nikki. Summer Rae rolls her up for 2. Brie fights back for a 2 count. Summer Rae fights back and tags in Nikki. Brie reverses and hits a face buster for the 3 count.
WINNERS: Natalya, Brie Bella and Naomi
John Cena is cuts a promo backstage about his match with Ambrose.
Another Wyatt vignette plays.
Before the main event, the entire Authority shows up at ringside.
MATCH: John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose
Both men go for the contract. Ambrose takes Cena down and hits him with a flurry of right hands. Cena is driven to the corner and stomps him to the mat. Ambrose climbs the corner but Cena stops him with a back suplex followed by a snap suplex. Cena goes for a bulldog but Ambrose sends him out of the ring. Ambrose beats Cena up the ramp. Cena goes for the AA but Ambrose counters and hits a snap suplex. Ambrose foes back to the ring and goes for the contract. Cena stops him and plants him. Cena goes for another AA but Ambrose reverses and hits a clothesline. Cena hits a drop toehold but Ambrose bites his hand to escape. Ambrose hits a dropkick and sends Cena out of the ring. Ambrose hits a suicide dive. Cena slams Ambrose off the steel steps. Ambrose fights back and throws Cena into the barricade. Ambrose is distracted by the Authority and Cena hits him from behind. Ambrose is thrown into the Authority. Cena Climbs the poll but is stopped by Orton. The rest of the Authority interferes. Ambrose climbs the poll and gets the contract.
WINNER: Ambrose via Climbing the Poll
This Raw wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. There was very little filler and a ton of wrestling (more than your average episode of Raw) but most of the matches were either boring or pointless. For example, why did Ziggler have to face Orton and go under? There are more than a few wrestlers who could have been put in that situations that weren't title holders. Instead of Cesaro being on commentary, he could have wrestled Orton and put on an equally show stealing match. Cesaro already beat Orton a few months ago, so it could have set up a side feud where each man has one win over each other. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that WWE needs to stop putting their midcard title holders under in throw away matches. Ziggler has been building momentum over the past few weeks and having him lose kinda killed it. If Ziggler would have went over, it would have made the IC Champion look like a formidable competitor while building Orton's frustration going into Hell in a Cell.
The main event started out good and could have been a decent match, but ended with a fluke victory on the part of Ambrose. I hoping we'd finally see Cena show signs of a heel turn by attacking Ambrose after the match but I guess that's never going to happen. Tonight's episode proves that the talent on the roster is all there, but WWE creative just doesn't know how to utilize it.
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