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After another great episode of Monday Night Raw last week, what do you think we will see this week? Will we find out if The Dudley Boys get a title shot at Night Of Champions? Will Charlotte be granted her title match early like she asked for on SmackDown? There is also no doubt that Seth Rollins will have a lot to say about the shocking way Raw ended last week when we found out he will have two title matches at Night of Champions when Stephanie could not say no to Cena's rematch clause for the U.S. title, and then the main event against Sting for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Could this be the end of Seth Rollins and his partnership with The Authority?
PROMO: Seth Rollins gets the honor of opening Raw tonight. He is obviously the slightest bit upset about the actions that took place last week. He starts the promo in the most Seth Rollins way possible, as he explains that he is a "once in a lifetime" type of special. He also makes sure that no one forgets that he was the first to cash in Money In The Bank at WrestleMania, and that he "defeated" Lesnar. Rollins also says he was the one that everyone wanted to knock Cena off the mountain, when really everyone just wanted Cena gone and Hornswoggle probably would have been fine with the Universe. He then brings up that Sting stole his statue, and that he has the audacity to touch his WWE World Heavyweight Title. He explains that Sting has a chance to cement his legacy, but instead that Rollins will crush his legacy. As a beautiful "BORING" chant resonates from the crowd, Seth goes on to say that Cena politicked his way into a rematch at Night of Champions. Seth did however find a way to solve his problem.. By remembering he is Seth Rollins. Who has arguably had the best year of any superstar in quite sometime, and that fact alone will help him own Cena and Sting at NOC. He is also dead set on finding his statue by the way, because that statue reminds everyone that he is not the future, he is the now. All the sudden we hear a crow as Sting pops up on the screen with Seth's statue! He reminds Rollins that yes, he is the man. The man without a statue, and challenges Rollins to come get it himself. Here comes a surprise in the form of an angry Irishman. Mr. Money In The Bank, Sheamus, comes to get his two cents in. Sheamus goes on to tell Rollins how stupid he sounds worrying about a statue, and that Rollins shouldn't forget what that briefcase he is carrying around means. Sheamus then tells Rollins that he could indeed have three matches at NOC, the third being against him. Seth Rollins is in for a rough night at Night Of Champions.
PROMO: Backstage, Stephanie and Seth are talking about how everything is getting in Seth's head and Seth hopes that Triple H has a good plan for everything going on. Triple H then shows up and accuses Seth of saying Steph can not handle it. HHH, then reminds Seth that he is "the man" and can handle it. He also tells Seth not to worry about the statue because he will prepare for NOC by competing twice tonight. Once against Ryback, and then he will team with New Day and compete against the Prime Time Players and John Cena. Maybe his rough night will come long before Night of Champions.
MATCH: Paige(with PCB) vs. Sasha Banks(with Team B.A.D)
This is a rematch of the match they had last week that did not get enough time. The two former NXT Women's Champions start off quick. Paige just tossing Sasha across the ring multiple times, and continuing to hold the upper hand. Finally Sasha gets the double knees to the gut off the ropes to get a little bit of momentum, but it results in only a two-count.
We come back to the action with Paige regaining control with a Thesz press. She loses that momentum quickly as Sasha reverses and puts Paige in the corner, picking up her feet, and slamming her to the floor. Sasha goes for a pin, but only gets two after a big punch from Tamina. Paige gets a quick roll up off a reverse, but only a near fall. They trade near pinfalls, but then Sasha locks in a good choke hold. As PCB urges on the crowd Paige starts to fight back only to stopped in her tracks from a big punch. Paige counters with a couple big kicks, throws Sasha in the corner and uses a CM Punk like running knee. She gets another two count. Paige goes for a slam but Sasha escapes, almost gets hit with a Rampaige but escapes to the floor. Paige takes out Tamina when meaning to aim for Sasha. Paige hits a huge slam, but only gets a two-count. Paige goes for the submission but Team B.A.D uses a distraction as Sasha rolls her up with a pin.
RESULT: Sasha pins Paige
THOUGHTS: Good match! We've come to expect nothing less from this ladies though. Wish is was a clean win for a Sasha, but nonetheless an entertaining match.
MATCH: Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns vs. The Ascension
The match starts with Ambrose and Konnor in the ring. Dean, with his unusual style, takes the upper hand early and tags his partner in quickly. As soon as Reigns gets in the ring all momentum goes to The Ascension. After being trapped in the corner, Reigns hits a Samoan Drop and rolls to the outside. Ambrose comes flying out shortly after that to hit Konnor, and Reigns gets back in the ring dominating Victor. After multiple clotheslines, Reigns hits a superman punch and tags in Ambrose. They then hit a move that reminds us all of the Road Warriors, and Ambrose pins Victor after a Dirty Deeds DDT. Then Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt show up on screen. Wyatt reminds everyone thinking of joining the former Shield brothers that the apocalypse awaits at Night of Champions.
RESULT: Ambrose and Reigns win off a Dirty Deeds DDT.
THOUGHTS: What happened to The Ascension? They should be the ones getting ready to fight The Wyatts. They were a force in NXT and fizzled to nothing on the main roster. Too bad. The match was "meh" overall. No surprise to see The Wyatts afterwards. Not a fan of Reigns and Ambrose using the Road Warriors move, but its better than a Superman punch and spear combo over and over again.
PROMO: Backstage, Renee Young is with Ryback talking about his match with Rollins. Ryback goes on to say that he is a fighting champion, and Rollins is not. Tonight "The Big Guy" has some plans for Seth Rollins. FEED ME MORE. Before the interview is over, Kevin Owens shows up to wish Ryback good luck. He reminds Ryback not to bite off more than he can chew.
They play a video package of the absolutely ridiculous BS storyline between Dolph, Lana, Rusev, and Summer. It's like they enjoy torturing us. It's almost insulting that they think this is entertaining. I hate this if you couldn't tell. Even better, they announce Summer will get her own time in the ring to apologize to Rusev.. Is it too much to ask for every mic in the building to stop working at that exact moment?
MATCH: Ryback vs. Seth Rollins
This match starts off with Seth ducking out of the ring to talk some trash to the announce team. Bring the Curbstomp back for Michael Cole maybe? As he returns to the ring, the two lock up and Ryback has the obvious strength advantage. Rollins tries to wrap Ryback up, but Ryback was having none of that and disposes of Rollins outside the ring. Seth continues to try to lock up with The Big Guy and it continues to not work out for him. Ryback throws Seth into the corner and uses the shoulder tackles and a big punch. Ryback shows some pretty good technical skills with a good submission move in the middle of the ring. Seth finally gains the upperhand with a few axe handle punches and a slap. Ryback then hits a big Thesz press reminiscent of Stone Cold. After a big slam, The Big Guy, starts the "Feed Me More" chants. Ryback again has Seth in the corner, and hits some more big slaps. Ryback then hits a beautiful delayed suplex. He gets a two-count. Seth uses some stomps to gain control of the match. Ryback out of no where hits a huge military press slam as Seth finds the outside again. Ryback gives chase as Rollins flies at him but he catches him. Seth throws Ryback into the ring post as he takes over the match.
We come back to action with Ryback going shoulder first into the steel ring post. Rollins hits a neck breaker, but only gets a two-count. Rollins, trying to wear Ryback down, uses a choke hold in the middle of the ring. Ryback gets back to his feet and uses a huge right hand. The Architect uses the ropes for a big flying knee and gets a two-count. Rollins splashes Ryback in the corner and talks a little trash afterwards. Rollins bounces off the ropes into a big back body drop. The Big Guy starts to gain some momentum. He goes for a powerbomb but Seth gets out of it, but not the second time. He kicks out at two however. Ryback, risking it all, goes to the top rope but gets met by Rollins quickly. Rollins gets knocked off, Ryback goes for a splash but misses. He kicks out at two after a cover from Rollins. Ryback rolls to the outside but Rollins jumps through the ropes and knocks Ryback into the barricade. After Ryback gets up, Rollins does it again. Rollins tried to get a count out but Ryback bounces back with a spine buster and sets up for a Meathook Clothesline and hits it. He goes for a Shellshock but Rollins avoids it with an amazing move. Suddenly Sting shows up on the big screen again with Seth's statue again urging Rollins to come get it. Ryback rolls him up on the distraction for a pin fall victory.
RESULT: Ryback pins Rollins on distraction from Sting.
THOUGHTS: Great match here as well! These two used a lot of moves, and really showed their versatility. Ryback showed more tonight than we've ever seen. If he is given time, he can really go in the ring. Big win for Ryback!
After the match Sting puts a Sting paint mask on Rollins' statue,
PROMO: We come back to Seth searching for Sting in the back only to be confronted by his partners later in the evening, New Day. They tell him to focus on their match tonight as Edge and Christian show up! Edge reminds Seth the last time they saw each other, he threatened to paralyze him. Edge tells him he did not get the job done, and he should try right now. Seth quickly leaves. Xavier Woods then "battles" Christian to a music battle with his trombone. Christian wins with his kazoo however, as the Dudleys show up! Bubba tells them they just spoke to The Authority and that they have a title match next week onn Raw against Prime Time Players, and the winner will face them at Night of Champions.
PROMO: Oh no.. Here comes Summer. Buckle down. I feel as if this might be painful as she is quite the step down from listening to Paul Heyman. This feels like 50 Shades of Grey's little step brother that no one cares about. She says this week has been the worst week of her life. She says that Rusev is the true victim and that she is sorry and wants him to come talk to her, and out comes Rusev. I can't tell if he is sad or not because his face doesn't really change. Summer then spits out all the love clichés like "my guiding light" to describe what Rusev is to her. Also puts in a good spot for her magazine photo shoot. She then states that she feels terrible, and that Dolph has been seducing her for months. Then describes Dolph in the shower.. Remember the 50 Shades of Grey thing I said? The "BORING" chants from the crowd could never show how bad this truly is. Summer the says sorry about 90 times as Rusev finally stops her and says "You betrayed me, but I accept your apology." He says its not her fault and it never was her fault. It is Dolphs, and that she is truly the victim here. He also says that Lana is a victim as well. He said that he would never cheat on Lana, but out comes Ziggler. Ziggler says no one is buying in the lies, and Lana is not buying it either. Ziggler then superkicks Rusev as a short brawl insues and Rusev leaves the ring and heads up the ramp.
They show Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns talking in the back. Potential third member to help against the Wyatts?
MATCH: Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
I believe this is the 90,656th time we have seen this match, but they always seem to deliver. This match starts off with The Viper gaining the upper hand. That's quickly stopped by Sheamus. Orton gets a headlock in the middle of the ring but Sheamus fights to the ropes and leaves the ring. Sheamus locks in a headlock of his own, but is countered to another headlock by Orton. Orton bounces off the ropes for a couple shoulder tackles and Sheamus regroups outside the ring. Sheamus returns to the ring quickly taking control, but gets side tracked by the crowd and grabs a mic. He tells the Universe that he does not look stupid. Which is false. And then Orton slams him spine first off the barricade. Randy then puts him in the corner for some punches and a big drop kick. Sheamus again exits the ring. Orton gives chase, misses a clothesline, and then hits an Irish Curse back breaker ti take control.
We come back to Sheamus in full control with a choke hold in the ring. Finally, Orton fights back to his feet but Sheamus quickly puts an end to that. Orton reverses and irish whip and starts hitting some upper cuts and clotheslines, and then hits his patented power slam. Randy gets a two-count. Sheamus rolls to the apron, and Orton goes for his DDT, but instead Sheamus goes for his punches. After Orton reverses that, Sheamus goes to the top rope and hits a shoulder tackle for a two-count. He hits his high running knee but Orton again hits the power slam for a two-count. Orton bounces off the ropes, but Sheamus catches him and plants him. Sheamus then puts Orton in the cloverleaf submission looking for a tap out, but Randy gets the ropes. They both end up on the top rope after a series of whips, and Orton hits a superplex. Sheamus barely gets his shoulder up at two. Sheamus rolls back to the apron as Orton goes for and successfully hits his DDT. Sheamus is able to counter an RKO attempt into a white noise for a two-count again. Sheamus goes for a Brogue Kick, Randy reverses and goes for an RKO, Sheamus reverses that but Orton hits an RKO outta nowhere for the win!
RESULT: Orton pins Sheamus with an RKO
THOUGHTS: A good match, but seemed really long. These two have amazing chemistry after so many matches together, and it shows. Good, smooth match!
After the match Orton is surrounded by The Wyatts as they mercilessly beat him. Luke Harper throws Orton in the ring to Braun Strowman. Strowman chokes Orton out making Randy look like a doll. He then picks Randy up and finishes him with his shoulder slam. Looks like we have found the third member to Ambrose and Reigns team for Night of Champions.
MATCH: The Dudley Boys vs. Los Matadores
This match starts off with Bubba Ray and Diego. Diego hits a wristlock on Bubba to start off with some good chain wrestling. After a couple of slams, Diego reverses and puts Bubba in the corner. Bubba moves as Diego accidentally hits his partner. After a scuffle with El Torito he turns right into a Dudley Death Drop and gets pinned. After the match Diego explodes on his team and beats El Torito and The Dudley's do not approve. Bubb sets up a table in the ring, and they put him right through it!
RESULT: The Dudleys pin Los Matadores
THOUGHTS: Short match just trying to build up the Dudley's. Love having them back!
MATCH: Cesaro vs. The Miz
This match starts off with Cesaro getting the upper hand with a takedown. He continues to manhandle Miz with a pumphandle slam. He catches Miz in mid air and turns it into a back breaker, and then takes Miz to Uppercut City! Miz then rolls to the outside, but gets to eat another uppercut regardless. Miz takes action back to the ring with a couple kicks to regain control. The A-Lister hits a big boot in the middle of the ring for a two-count. He whips Cesaro into the ropes but he flips over them and hits a boot. Cesaro gets reversed to the outside and Miz chucks him into the barricade. The out comes The Big Show to chase after Miz. This results in a count out as Miz leaves due to The Big Show. Before leaving, The Big Show hits a massive knock out punch on Cesaro.
RESULT: Match ends in no decision via double count out.
THOUGHTS: Why can't Cesaro get a clean win? Massive talent getting screwed over here lately. Should have been a clean win, but looks like he just got thrown in with Big Show and Miz.
PROMO: Out comes Nikki Bella.. Yay.. Of course she is joined by Alicia Fox and Brie, Team Bella. Alicia Fox introduces the "fearless leader of the diva's division", Nikki Bella. Nikki then asks if we can feel the excitement in the air as she approaches becoming the longest Diva's Champion ever as she brings back "The Bellatron". She also announces that next week they will have a "Bellabration" to celebrate the occasion. Then out comes Charlotte and Team PCB. Charlotte says that Team PCB was not invited to the party, so The Authority granted her early petition to have the Diva's Championship match she won last week, next week on Raw to beat the clock. Then Team PCB clears the ring of Team Bella and Charlotte makes Nikki tap out to the Figure Eight.
MATCH: The New Day and Seth Rollins vs. The Prime Time Players and John Cena
This match starts with Cena and Rollins. Rollins quickly tags out to Big E. Big E starts his dancing and clapping, and then a lock up as he has clear size and strength advantage over Cena. Big E hits a big shoulder tackle much to the surprise of Cena. I think I could listen to Xavier Woods talk trash outside the ring all day. Big E continues to have the upper hand on Cena, and does not seem to be slowing down. Finally Cena hits a shoulder block, tries a cross body, gets caught, and then slammed to the ground. Rollins gets tagged in, gets a few hits off, and then tags Big E back in. All of this is happening while Xavier Woods is playing the trombone outside the ring.. I love these guys.
We come back to the action with Kofi hitting a huge cross body! He keeps John down for a while, but even when John fights back Kofi hits him with a huge kick. Cena finally gets an opening after throwing Big E over the top rope. Rollins however hits a big flying knee, Rollins goes for a pin but Darren Young breaks it up. Cena again finds himself being mauled in the corner. Big E Irish whips him into the corner and hits a sidewalk slam for a two-count. Cena still has not been able to tag out. Big E hits a big delayed suplex, and gets another two-count. Xavier is literally playing tunes to the moves his partners are doing.. Entertainment at its finest. Cena dodges a big splash and finally gets Titus in the match. Titus just wrecks everyone and Darren Young takes care of Seth Rollins. Titus hits Big E with a splash. Young hits Woods, Kofi hits Young, Titus hits Kofi, Big E slams Titus. Both competitors tag to Cena and Rollins and Cena gets the STF locked in. Rollins fights out and tags to Kofi who gets hit with an AA as Cena wins it.
RESULT: Cena pins Kofi via AA
THOUGHTS: In my opinion, anything with The New Day is great. These guys are the most entertaining thing WWE has had in ages. They are winners even when they lose because their entertainment value is that high. It was a good match all around with some great spots for all competitors. Good main event no doubt!
PROMO: Of course the show can not end without Sting. Sting says that Seth has had a rough night and forgot his statue. The lights turn on for in the back for Sting as a trash truck appears right behind the statue. Sting then, of course, pushes the statue right into the trash truck as it gets destroyed. He rides the trash truck into the night doing the Stinger call!! The entire night was rough for Seth Rollins. Two loses and a destroyed statue as he throws a temper tantrum and leaves.
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