Monday Night Raw: April 14th, 2014 - BJCC Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
Before Raw gets started, there is a sad atmosphere in the BJCC Arena as the entire WWE roster stand atop the stage, some wearing t-shirt and some even wearing the facepaint of the late, great, WWE Hall of Famer, the Ultimate Warrior. There's a loud "Warrior" chant in the arena, but it immediately stops as the bell rings, signalling the beginning of the ten-bell salute. After the ten bells, the WWE Universe erupt as the WWE roster, some wiping their tears, applaud the memory of the Ultimate Warrior who sadly passed away last week. Thank you, Warrior.
Michael Cole, Jerry 'The King' Lawler and John 'Bradshaw' Layfield welcome us to Raw with the reminder of last week's events that unfolded following the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. After recapping what took place when the Authority and The Shield collided, we are told that this Friday on SmackDown, the Authority awarded Christian an opportunity at Dean Ambrose's United States Championship when Captain Charisma promised that they wouldn't regret it, and a graphic is shown on the titantron.
The theme of the Chief Operating Officer, Triple H hits to an enormous amount of boos. The Game walks out onto the stage, hand-in-hand with his wife, Stephanie McMahon and the couple walk towards the ring, a stern look on both of their faces. Entering the ring, Triple H is handed a microphone from ringside and begins to speak. "Last week on Raw, three individuals collectively known as The Shield crossed the line" he explains, the WWE Universe cheering for the mere mention of their name. Triple H says that they made the biggest mistake of their lives by turning their back on the Authority and siding with Daniel Bryan. "I will make your lives a living hell, just like I have done with Daniel Bryan for the past eight months". The crowd boo as Stephanie nods her head in agreement with her husband. He hands the microphone to her and she screeches to the fans. "You people support these rebels, yet they were the ones destroying your heroes week in, week out over the past year" she says, and JBL says she's absolutely right. Triple H takes the microphone back, calling the fans "mindless hypocrites", and that they don't have a clue what they want - but he knows what they want. He says what they want is a Champion they can be proud of, but that isn't Daniel Bryan. They boo, as expected, but Triple H continues his lecture. "You people need a true Champion that you can look up to, and let's be honest - you can only look down at Daniel Bryan". Hunter and Stephanie laugh between themselves, the WWE Universe not finding humour in their quips. As Triple H goes to speak again, he is interrupted by the theme of Daniel Bryan!
Bryan makes his way down to the ring, his titles over his shoulders, chanting "Yes!" in synchronisation with the WWE Universe. He enters the ring with a big smile on his face, and he snatches the microphone from Triple H's hand, getting a big pop for doing so. "Hunter, don't you think this is getting a bit old now? I mean... I beat you at WrestleMania, I've beaten your goons, Randy Orton and Batista, I've beaten Kane, there's really nothing left for you to do to me" Bryan declares. Triple H snatches the microphone back, "Who do you think you are interrupting me? This will never be over as long as you are WWE World Heavyweight Champion". Bryan laughs and shakes his head before grabbing another microphone, "But Hunter, what do you have left? Can you not just accept that this is how it is? This was always going to happen and if you were truly looking out for what's best for business, you would see that this is exactly that!". The crowd chant "Yes!" as Triple H looks around in disgust. Bryan continues, "This needs to end, Hunter. You need to get on with your life, and I'll get on with mine. You've lost the battle, The Shield have seen the light, you can't honestly continue like this". Triple H gets visibly frustrated and starts breathing heavily. "I may have lost the battle, but I promise you - I will win the war!" he exclaims, to boos from the WWE Universe. The two come nose-to-nose, the intensity radiating off both men, when suddenly...
The theme of Hulk Hogan plays! The WWE Universe explode as Hulk Hogan comes out onto the stage, clad in classic red and yellow. He makes his way down to the ring, Bryan with a huge smile on his face as both Triple H and Stephanie look on in confusion. Hogan grabs a microphone of his own and begins to speak. "I think I speak for all my Hulkamaniacs, and the whole of the WWE Universe when I say that this has gone on long enough, brothers". Triple H squares up to Hogan. "What the hell do you think you're doing? You have no business out here. I brought you back to host WrestleMania and you've done that - why are you even still here?" Triple H asks, the crowd booing him even louder. Hogan tells him that he's still here because he made a promise that he had come home to the WWE, and he was here to stay. A "Hogan" chant breaks out, Bryan nodding his head in appreciation. Hogan continues to speak, "Let me tell you something, brother. I've watched as you and your Authority have made Daniel Bryan's life hell over the past year, and I think it's time that it was put to an end". Triple H tilts his head, listening to what Hogan has to say. "You see, I couldn't help but notice that there's four of your guys - you, Orton, Batista and Kane. And then there's four of these guys - Daniel Bryan and The Shield" Hogan explains, and the crowd is silent, wondering what he's getting at. "Well, brother, back in WCW, there was a little something we used to do to sort out situations exactly like this - WarGames!". The crowd erupt as Triple H's eyes widen, while Bryan's smile extends. "If you really want to settle this once and for all, what better way to do it than inside a big ass steel cage, brother?!". Triple H begin shouting into his microphone, "Who do you think you are?! Coming out and telling me what I should be doing! Hogan, you have no place getting involved in--", Bryan cuts him off. Bryan says that he actually likes Hogan's idea and thinks that if Triple H wants to settle this once and for all, it's the best way to do it. "Unless you and your cronies are scared?". The crowd gasp at the accusation, and the Game becomes visibly infuriated. He walks right up to Bryan, "You want this? Do you really want this?! You want a war?!" he shouts. Triple H looks at Hogan and then back at Bryan, "... you got it!". The WWE Universe erupt as Bryan's smirks and Hogan nods his head. Michael Cole goes crazy, explaining that we have just heard that the Authority will take on Daniel Bryan and The Shield - in WarGames! Triple H leaves with his wife as Daniel Bryan's theme plays.
Bryan shakes hands with Hogan, and Hogan raises Bryan's hand. Triple H reaches the top of the ramp before stopping and turning around. "Bryan, I forgot to mention something. Since you're already in the ring, I'm going to put you in action, right now - against Kane!". He slams the microphone down and storms off, Stephanie in tow and Bryan nods his head, seemingly okay with the match. The scene fades to black.
We return from the commercial break and we are shown a quick recap of what just happened as Hulk Hogan suggested that Daniel Bryan and Triple H settle their differences, along with their allies in a WarGames Match, which Triple H then accepted! We are shown the graphic below to confirm the match, the WWE Universe erupting as it appears.
As the scene returns to the ring, Daniel Bryan stands ready for action before a fiery explosion from the stage signals the entrance of the Director of Operations, Kane.
DANIEL BRYAN vs. KANE; The bell rings and Bryan circles Kane, trying to avoid getting caught early on. He ducks under a right hand and goes right to the legs of his former tag team partner. Kicking away, he looks to be maintaining control, but Kane being the monster he is, fights through the pain and turns around, clocking Bryan with a big right hand, knocking him to the canvas. He picks Bryan up and throws him into the corner before delivering more right hands, followed by a series of back elbows. Kane has clearly been given strict instructions to maim Bryan tonight, courtesy of Triple H. He drags Bryan out of the corner and plants him with a side slam. He hooks the leg, but Bryan kicks out at two. The WWE World Heavyweight Champion has the crowd behind him, willing him on to come back and beat the Corporate Monster. Kane grabs Bryan by the throat, looking for the Chokeslam, but Bryan escapes and drags Kane down to the mat, looking to execute the Yes! Lock. The big frame of Kane makes it incredible difficult, and he battles out, throwing Bryan across the ring. But Bryan pops right back up to his feet and hits Kane with a big roundhouse, stumbling the big man. Kane bounces off the ropes and Bryan hits him with a dropkick, sending him reeling into the corner. Bryan sees an opening and runs to the opposite side before running back and hitting a devastating kick to Kane in the corner. He does it twice more and Kane falls to the canvas. Bryan begins to prepare for the end and pumps his hands into the air with "Yes!" chants from the crowd. Suddenly, Randy Orton and Batista emerge at ringside to the boos from the crowd. Bryan turns his attention to them, trying to avoid getting hit from behind. Orton jumps onto the apron to distract Bryan and Kane runs in for a shot - but Bryan ducks and Kane hits Orton with a clothesline! Orton flies off the apron and into his Authority ally, Batista, both men falling to the floor. Kane turns around - Busaiku Knee! Bryan covers him and pick up the victory. Daniel Bryan defeats Kane!
The WWE Universe erupt as Bryan is declared the winner, Kane rolling out of the ring to regroup with Batista and Orton. The Authority leave in disappointment as Bryan is victorious. They will all meet in WarGames on May 4th, along with Triple H and The Shield, but which side will spam victorious?
Renee Young is backstage and she is standing alongside Sheamus to plenty of boos from the Alabama crowd. Renee asks Sheamus why this sudden change of heart. Sheamus laughs, telling Renee that it isn't a change of heart, he's just being himself. He says that he explained himself on SmackDown and that's all he has to say on the matter - "it's time to care about Sheamus". He says that Big E should spend as much time with the Intercontinental Championship as he can, because he won't have the opportunity to do that soon. "But tonight, I'm going to do what I should have done last week - take Dolph Ziggler's head off". Sheamus leaves and Renee looks disappointed in the former fan favourite.
Both men had entered the ring and were ready to compete, when suddenly, the theme of Alberto Del Rio hit to boos from the crowd. Ziggler didn't look happy to see Del Rio as he made his way around the ring and put on a headset, sitting alongside JBL on commentary. JBL shakes hands with Del Rio and tells Cole and King that they should be grateful to be in the presence of such a talented star. They roll their eyes as the match begins.
DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. SHEAMUS; The pair lock up, and unlike last week, Sheamus takes a much more aggressive approach. He throws Ziggler around like a rag doll, throwing him into the corner and driving his shoulder into Ziggler's abdomen repeatedly before throwing him back down to the canvas. Sheamus beats his chest and shouts "Fella!", but no longer does he receive cheers for that, and all he hears is the sound of boos. But he doesn't care, smirking at the WWE Universe. He picks Ziggler up and lifts him onto his shoulder, preparing for a powerslam, but Ziggler slips off and hits Sheamus with a big superkick, taking the Celtic Warrior down. Ziggler goes for his signature elbow drops and hits nine of them in succession. He goes for the final one, but Sheamus moves and instead hits one of his own. He lifts Ziggler onto his shoulder again and this time connects with the powerslam. Hooking the leg, he looks to take the match but Ziggler kicks out. Sheamus spreads his arms out wide and backs into the corner, apparently ready for the Brogue Kick. He goes for it, but Ziggler ducks and turns around, hitting Sheamus with a dropkick right on the jaw. Both men are out on the mat. On commentary, Del Rio says that now is the time to prove why he should have won the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. He slams the headset down and grabs the now smaller trophy from ringside. He jumps onto the ring apron but the referee stops him. Del Rio argues with him, but he throws the trophy into the ring, conveniently into Sheamus' grasp. As the referee continue to argue with Del Rio, Sheamus and Ziggler get to their feet, and Ziggler has no idea - BAM! Sheamus clocks Ziggler with the tropy and quickly rolls it under the ropes. He hooks the leg and Del Rio jumps down from the apron, allowing the referee to count the pinfall. Sheamus defeats Dolph Ziggler!
After the match, Del Rio slides into the ring and starts stomping down on Ziggler. Sheamus gets to his feet and he joins the attack, the crowd booing as Ziggler is beaten down by these two relentless individuals. But suddenly, the Intercontinental Champion, Big E bursts out from the stage and bolts down the ramp. He slides into the ring but unfortunately, Sheamus and Del Rio jump out of the ring before he can get his hands on them. Del Rio runs up the ramp, but Sheamus slowly backs away with a grin on his face, pointing at Big E and then motioning around his waist, suggesting that he wants to be Intercontinental Champion. Big E looks out with a scowl.
We go backstage into the official of the Authority. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are stood talking to Kane, Batista and Randy Orton. "What happened out there tonight can not happen again, do you understand me?" Triple H declares, "We cannot let Daniel Bryan do this to us". He looks at Batista and Orton, "You two are going to be in action tonight against Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, and I want them taken out, understand?". Batista responds, telling Triple H that he doesn't need telling to end someone, he just does it. Orton says that they'll get the job done. They leave and Kane remains stood in front of Triple H, holding his jaw from earlier. "And you, I don't know what's wrong with you, but this can't happen again. What happened to you?" asks the Game, Kane looking on in confusion as to what he means. "The old Kane wouldn't have let that little troll get one over on him like that. If we're going to do this WarGames thing, then I need the monster back, not this washed up joke". The crowd gasp as Kane becomes angry. He gets right in Triple H's face before responding with rage, "You want to see the monster? I'll give you the monster. Mark my words, Daniel Bryan will not get away with this again!". Kane storms out of the room and both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon look at each other before looking back out of the door.
A replay airs, showing what took place this past Friday on SmackDown when Rob Van Dam was about to defeat The Miz, but Bad News Barrett emerged, distracting the former World Champion and ended up costing him the match. Tonight, Barrett will once again be in action as he teams with The Miz to take on Rob Van Dam and Kofi Kingston.
ROB VAN DAM & KOFI KINGSTON vs. BAD NEWS BARRETT & THE MIZ; Rob Van Dam and The Miz kick things off, revisiting their SmackDown match. Miz takes the advantage, grabbing RVD in a headlock and dragging him down to the canvas. Miz works over his opponent, keeping him grounded, knowing what RVD is capable off when he gets the chance to leave the ground. Miz tags in Barrett and he goes right to work on RVD, beating him down, looking for some physical revenge after last week on Raw when RVD beat him. He clubs down on RVD, showing his brawling side and bounces RVD off the ropes. He goes for a big clothesline, but RVD ducks under and instead hits Barrett with a big heel kick! The crowd pop as they will RVD towards his corner to tag in Kofi Kingston. He manages to reach Kingston who springboards in, taking The Miz down with a big crossbody who had just tagged into the match himself. Kingston hits a big dropkick on Barrett who runs towards him and starts building up some serious momentum. Barrett rolls out of the ring and waves his hands, leaving ringside to the confusion of the WWE Universe. The Miz goes towards his corner, but he sees that Barrett has left. RVD watched Barrett walk around the ring and he's about to walk up the ramp when RVD runs across the apron and hits him with a big somersault plancha! The crowd cheer as Kofi Kingston slaps his hands and prepares for Miz to turn around. He goes for the Trouble In Paradise - but The Miz ducks underneath and instead grabs Kingston for the Skull-Crushing Finale. But Kingston reverses it himself, spinning around - S.O.S! He keeps the legs hooked and scores the pinfall. Rob Van Dam & Kofi Kingston defeat Bad News Barrett & The Miz!
Kingston celebrated the victory as RVD joins him in the ring. Barrett quickly retreats up the ramp, a scowl on his face after being caught by RVD. The Miz rolls out of the ring and the two high-flyers celebrate their victory with the WWE Universe.
John Cena is shown making his way down a backstage corridor and Michael Cole tells us that John Cena is on his way to the ring to address the Wyatt Family. What will he have to say to the men who have tried so hard to get him to embrace his anger?
Returning from the commercial break, the theme of John Cena hits to a mixed reaction here in Alabama. He makes his way to the ring in regular fashion and enters the ring, grabbing a microphone from ringside. As he lets the crowd noise die down, he begins to speak. "At WrestleMania, I wasn't able to overcome the Wyatt Family. And for the first time in my life, I let someone get into my head" Cena explains. He says that Bray Wyatt has found a way inside his head, something nobody else has ever done. Cena talks about the wars he has had with guys like Randy Orton, Triple H, Edge, Kane and The Rock, but says that nobody compares to what Bray Wyatt is. He says that Wyatt is a whole different person, and one that even he doesn't know if he can overcome. The crowd are in shock that John Cena, possibly for the first time, is doubting himself. "But I'll be damned if that means I'm gonna stop trying!" he shouts, the crowd popping as they see the intensity in his eyes. He says that Bray Wyatt may have found a way into his head, and he may have beaten him both physically and mentally, but he has never backed down from a fight. He has never given up. "And so help me, I will not give up this time!". There's a "Cena" chant in the crowd as he stares into the camera. "Bray Wyatt - I'm calling you out. We've got some unfinished business, dog". The crowd erupt and Cena looks ready to go. Suddenly, there's the signature flicker of footage and the lights shut off, the crowd going wild. The titantron switches on and Bray Wyatt is stood alongside both Erick Rowan and Luke Harper with the usual sadistic smile on his face.
"John, John, John... I am different. You're right. But so are you, my friend. You see, we know tht in the dark depths of your soul... there's a monster waiting to be freed, hahahaha. And that monster will be freed, John. That monster will be freed in due time, because you cannot fight the truth, John. You cannot fight the truth that lies within you. You are not a man, John... you are a monster... like me. We are the same... you and I... haha... but the difference is... I accept my true self. I embrace the role as the creator of the new world... and you, John... you can embrace that role too. You can join the legion of followers that too see the light, and you can be better, John. At WrestleMania, hahahahaha, the process was only just beginning. You are growing weaker, John... and soon you will no longer be able to fight it. It's only a matter of time..."
"Cut the crap, you freak!" exclaims Cena, the crowd erupting as he cuts Wyatt off. "I didn't come out here to get a lecture from your creepy ass, so listen up. You got the better of me at WrestleMania, and maybe you're right. Maybe there is a monster within me. And if there is, you got a date with it at Extreme Rules because I am gonna kick your ass!". The WWE Universe are deafening as Cena appears to have made a challenge to Bray Wyatt, who laughs on the titantron. "How about you bring your circus show to Extreme Rules on May 4th and we'll see just how much fight you got in you - in a Last Man Standing Match!". The roof comes unglued in the BJCC Arena as Cena lays it out for Wyatt. Wyatt looks down from the titantron with a sadistic smile on his face.
"You've got yourself a deal, John... hahahaha... I'll see you then, my friend. He's got the whooooooole world... in his hands, he's got the whole world... in his... hands". The titantron shuts off and Cena looks on with a stern look on his face. "I promise each and every one of you, that if I'm going to go down at the hands of Bray Wyatt... I'm taking him with me" declares Cena as he slams the microphone into the mat and leaves to his theme. The commentary team discuss the carnage that may ensue when John Cena collides with Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing Match. That's in just three weeks at Extreme Rules!
Before the match, we are shown a replay of last week when NXT Diva, Paige made her Raw debut, challenging AJ Lee to a match for her Divas Championship. But of course, AJ Lee claimed that Paige "wasn't worthy" and so put Tamina Snuka in the match with her instead. Paige shocked the world (and AJ Lee) when she beat Tamina in the middle of the ring, showing that she had what it takes to go far here in the WWE. Tonight, Paige is in action against Alicia Fox, but suspiciously, the Divas Champion and her muscle are at ringside on commentary.
PAIGE vs. ALICIA FOX; Alicia Fox doesn't seem too impressed with Paige, flicking her hair at the NXT Diva, but Paige put that to an end, delivering a spear to Fox, taking her to the canvas. Paige continued to beat down on Alicia, showing her dominance, clearly trying to send a message to AJ Lee and the WWE Universe loved it. Although, while Paige couldn't hear it, AJ was saying how Paige shows such inexperience in the ring and couldn't even hold a candle to her. AJ says that Paige's victory over Tamina was a fluke and that she still hasn't proved anything. Alicia Fox starts to battle back and even prepares to put an end to the match with her signature Axe Kick, but Paige avoids the shot and instead drops Alicia right on her head with the Paige Turner and hooked her leg for the three. Paige defeats Alicia Fox!
Following her victory, Paige immediately walked over the ropes and pointed to AJ Lee, making sure she knew that she still had every intention of taking her on for the Divas Championship, but AJ completely blanked Paige, leaving ringside with Tamina without even looking up at the NXT Diva. AJ and Tamina left up the ramp, the referee raising Paige's hand, but Paige wasn't happy at being ignored. Perhaps AJ should pay a little more attention to this rising Diva.
As most in the WWE Universe will already be aware, this past week, the world lost a legend in the Ultimate Warrior. Tonight's broadcast is dedicated to Warrior and his legacy. We see a video package highlighting his illustrious career in the WWE, including his big victory over Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania to capture the WWE Championship for the first time. The package ends on a shot of him being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this past WrestleMania weekend. As the package fades, there's a "Warrior" chant in the BJCC Arena, and Michael Cole simply says "Thank you, Warrior" as the scene fades to black.
We are shown The Shield backstage to a huge pop from the WWE Universe. They are preparing for their matches tonight. Ambrose says that WarGames will be the perfect way to get their hands on the Authority and pay them back for all the orders they've had to follow the past eight months. Rollins agrees, saying that they will finally get the chance to redeem themselves. Reigns says that he's going to break them all in half when they're locked inside that cage together. Rollins asks Ambrose if he's ready to defend his United States Championship later, and Ambrose says that he knows the Authority have given Christian the shot to throw him off, but he promises he will leave tonight with the title still in his possession. They all put their hands in the middle of their little circle and both Rollins and Reigns leave as their match with Batista and Randy Orton is next.
The WWE Universe are ready for more Raw action and they erupt as Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns of The Shield make their entrance. We are reminded that last week, The Shield stuck it to the Authority and sided with Daniel Bryan to even the odds. We are also reminded that earlier tonight, Triple H accepted Hulk Hogan's suggestion that he and the Authority should take on Daniel Bryan and The Shield in a WarGames Match at Extreme Rules. This next match will be the perfect way to build some momentum for either team.
BATISTA & RANDY ORTON vs. SETH ROLLINS & ROMAN REIGNS; Seth Rollins and Randy Orton start the match, and having faced each other on SmackDown this past Friday, they didn't waste any time in kicking it off, trading right hands straight away. Orton takes control, dropping Rollins with a clothesline and stomping down on the architect of The Shield. Orton tags in Batista who comes in and powers his way through Rollins. Batista gives a look over to Roman Reigns and smirks at him, causing Reigns to try entering the ring, but the referee stops him. Orton uses this opportunity to jump in himself and beat down on Rollins with Batista. Orton quickly hops back out of the ring as the referee turns back around, oblivious to what had happened. Batista throws Rollins into the corner nad hits him with some big shoulder blocks to the gut. The Animal throws Rollins into the center of the ring with a big hip toss and covers him, but Rollins kicks out. Batista tags Orton back in and the Viper goes to work on the limbs of Rollins, targeting every one to try and completely incapacitate him. Orton picks Rollins up, but he begins too fight back with forearms. Rollins runs towards his corner, but Orton drags him down viciously by his hair. He quickly drags Rollins back to his own corner and tags in Batista. Evolution are reliving the glory days as they isolate Rollins and maintain control. But suddenly, Rollins explodes with a big superkick to Batista, dropping him to the canvas. Rollins crawls with every last breath to his corner, but Batista grabs his leg. Rollins hits him with big enziguiri and leaps forward - tagging in Roman Reigns! Reigns explodes into the match as the crowd go nuts, he clotheslines Batista and follows through, knocking Orton off the apron. Reigns roars and slams his fist into the canvas, preparing to hit the Superman Punch on Batista, but Orton grabs his leg from the outside. Rollins gets on the apron and runs, leaping off and taking Orton out with a big knee off the apron! Reigns returns his focus to Batista and goes for the Superman Punch, but Batista avoids it and bounces of the ropes - Spear by Batista! Batista spears Reigns! Batista does the thumbs down and picks Reigns up for the Batista Bomb, but Reigns runs him into the corner to escape. However, Reigns doesn't see Orton jump onto the apron and blind tag Batista. He pulls Batista out of the corner, bounces him off the ropes - Spear by Reigns! He drills Batista with the Spear and hooks the leg, but the referee tells Reigns that Batista isn't the legal man. He gets to his feet asking what the referee means and turns around - RKO! Orton hooks the leg - 1 - 2 - 3! Batista & Randy Orton defeat Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns!
Orton quickly rolls out of the ring, dragging Batista with him and the Evolution team mates retreat up the ramp. Rollins slides into the ring and tends to his fallen partner, looking up the ramp in anger. The Authority have just levelled the playing field tonight against their Extreme Rules opponents. We are reminded that later tonight, Dean Ambrose will defend his United States Championship in a match authorised by Triple H against Christian.
Before the next match, we are told that this Friday on SmackDown, the respective partners of Jey Uso and Cesaro will take each other on as Jimmy Uso goes head-to-head with Jack Swagger.
JEY USO vs. CESARO; After their victory last week on Raw, the Real Americans earned the right to be number one contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships. Tonight, Jey Uso takes on Cesaro in one of two matches between the two teams this week. Before the bell, Cesaro extends a hand to Jey Uso and after a bit of hesitation, Jey Uso takes it. On the outside, Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter ask Cesaro what he thinks he's doing, but he shrugs his shoulders at them before locking up. Cesaro gets the opening advantage, using his strength to keep hold of the Uso. Cesaro ends up throwing Jey to the outside, and Swagger approaches him. The referee warns Swagger to stay away and he raises his hands in the air, apparently saying he wasn't going to do anything. But Zeb Colter starts arguing with the referee distracting him, and Swagger drills Jey Uso with a huge boot to the skull. The crowd boo, but they cheer as Jimmy Uso runs around the ring and takes Swagger out with a flying forearm! Cesaro leaves the ring amidst the carnage and throws Jey back into the ring. He picks him up and bounces him off the ropes. Catapulting Jey into the air, he looks to go for the Very European Uppercut, but Jey somehow manages to manoeuvre himself mid-air and drops down on Cesaro with a big dropkick. Jey gets back to his feet and waits for Cesaro to get up as well. He goes for a Superkick, but Cesaro catches his leg, trips him up and the crowd erupt as he begins to Cesaro Swing Jey round and round at least fifteen times. Outside the ring, Jack Swagger beats down on Jimmy Uso, bouncing his head off the announce desk. Cesaro sees this and leans over the ropes, shouting at Swagger to stop. Swagger shouts "Get on with the match!" at Cesaro who shakes his head and turns back around - Superkick from Jey Uso! He hooks Cesaro's leg and picks up the victory! Jey Uso defeats Cesaro!
Jack Swagger suddenly stops assaulting Jimmy Uso and stares into the ring, realising Cesaro had just lost. He and Zeb Colter get in the ring as Jey Uso grabs his brother and helps him up the ramp, their titles in their grasp. Cesaro gets to his feet looking disappointed and Colter shouts at him. "What was that?!" he screams, and Cesaro doesn't respond. Colter and Swagger storm off, Cesaro following shortly after.
Returning from a commercial break, the Real Americans are backstage, arguing about what just happened. Cesaro says that there was no need for Swagger to attack Jimmy Uso like that, but Swagger says that Cesaro has lost his ruthlessness ever since the fans started cheering for him. "Have you forgotten why we do this, Cesaro? Have you forgotten that I took you under my wing because I saw potential in you?" asks Colter, and Cesaro tells him he hasn't. "Good" replies Colter, and tells Cesaro and Swagger to pull their heads together because they have WWE Tag Team Championships to win. He pats them both on the back and leaves, Cesaro and Swagger staring into each other's eyes. "I'll show you how to get it done on SmackDown" says Swagger, before leaving. Cesaro looks on, sighing to himself.
A replay from SmackDown is shown, Alexander Rusev dismantling the World's Largest Athlete, the Big Show, completely unprovoked. The Bulgarian Brute beat down the giant and left him laying, something very few men have ever been able to do in the history of the WWE. Tonight, Rusev is in action against Zack Ryder.
ALEXANDER RUSEV vs. ZACK RYDER; After witnessing such a vicious beat down on the Big Show, it's safe to say that Zack Ryder was a little nervous going into tonight's match. But he has never been one to back out of a fight. The Long Island Iced Z went right on the attack, delivering some hard rights to Rusev after the bell and looked to be in good stead, but it wasn't long before the brute force of Rusev came into play as he delivered a thunderous headbutt, Ryder dropping to the canvas. From then on, Rusev dominated the match, throwing Ryder around the ring like he was a child. He threw Ryder into the corner and followed it up with a huge avalanche splash, crushing the former United States Champion. He then bounced Ryder off the ropes before throwing him high into the air and planting him with a vicious Samoan drop. Rusev rolled Ryder onto his front and raised his hands in the air to a ton of heat from the WWE Universe. He then squatted over the back of Ryder and locked in the camel clutch that he calls the Accolade, and Ryder had absolutely no choice but to submit. Alexander Rusev defeats Zack Ryder!
Lana entered the ring and applauded her client, shouting Russian at the WWE Universe, only creating more boos. But suddenly, the arena erupted as the theme of the Big Show hit and the World's Largest Athlete rushed to the ring. Rusev prepared himself as the giant slid into the ring and he went right on the attack, just like on SmackDown. But this time, Big Show was prepared and as Rusev ran towards him, Show stood his ground and the two behemoths collided in the center of the ring, neither man moving an inch, almost shaking the very foundations of the building with the impact of their clash. Show and Rusev stand face-to-face with intensity in their eyes. But suddenly, Rusev backs away and leaves the ring to countless boos. He and Lana leave up the ramp as Big Show stands in the ring looking ready for a fight. Will these two clash in the ring in the near future?
On commentary, Michael Cole informs us that tomorrow night, live on the WWE Network, John Cena will be in action against Wyatt Family member, Luke Harper on WWE Main Event! The crowd go wild as the graphic below is shown on the titantron and on our screens. John Cena will get his opportunity to get his hands on at least one Family member before he takes on Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing Match at Extreme Rules, as we learned earlier tonight on Raw.
"The Energy" by Shinedown begins to play as we see the United States Champion, Dean Ambrose leaving his Shield partners behind on the left hand side of the screen, while on the right hand side, a very desperate Christian slaps his face, pumping himself up for tonight's big main event. That's next!
As Raw returns, we are reminded that Christian practically begged the Authority for this match, unashamed that he is indeed desperate for a win and will do whatever it takes. The bell rings and the match gets under way.
The crowd boo as loud as they can as Christian rolls out of the ring and his handed the United States Championship. Triple H quickly retreats up the ramp alongside Batista, Randy Orton and Kane who escape the clutches of their rivals. Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns all enter the ring to check on Ambrose. Triple H raises the hand of Christian to an enormous amount of heat, but Christian is ecstatic. He clutches the title to his chest and is close to tears, having finally won something for the first time in a long time. The Authority have just got one over on Bryan and The Shield, adding more fuel to the fire for WarGames on May 4th. Daniel Bryan and The Shield stand in the ring together and look out at their Authority counterparts with angry expressions. This is most definitely war.
Obvious start to the Raw show with the memorial of Warrior. A moment of silence.
Alright, Monday Night Raw officially kicks off with a United States Championship match being announced for the night. I smell something fishy, and it ain't Stephanie. Whoop, there it is. A great opening promo between Triple H and Daniel Bryan with Hulk Hogan interrupting, leading to the set up for a WarGames match! WARGAMES! WARGAMES! WARGAMES! BAH GAWD, BAH GAWD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD! If you couldn't tell, I'm pumped up for it. A good opening contest with Daniel Bryan beating his former hug buddy, Kane, and it was rather obvious and the right choice. Sheamus beating Dolph Ziggler as a part of his heel turn was good to have, with him getting the win thanks to some help from Alberto Del Rio. Big E (Langston) making the save was obviously needed to progress him and Sheamus, and clearly we are leading up to a tag match in the next week. Good backstage segment for The Authority, setting the stage for later on. Solid tag team match here with Rob Van Dam and Kofi Kingston getting the win over Bad News Barrett and The Miz... I do hope Barrett gets a better treatment down the road. A very strong promo between John Cena and Bray Wyatt to follow, and a Last Man Standing match taking place at Extreme Rules will be grand. Obvious victory for the new Diva's Champion, Paige, to get the victory over Alicia Fox here in front of AJ Lee and Tamina. I suspect she will be champion for a long time, especially with the hard on Kev and Ryan have for her. Next up, Batista and Randy Orton beating Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns comes as a little bit of a surprise to me but it does even things up in wins between the two WarGames sides tonight. Jey Uso beating Cesaro was a solid move, and it does appear like there is some friction finally coming up once again between the Real Americans! Yay! Obvious victory for Alexander Rusev over Zack Ryder and... Big Show! Wow, surprised but pleased to see him (for once) as he confronts Alexander Rusev. Could really give the Bulgarian Brute something worth while. Finally, the main event. I was a little put off by this being the main event but with all the Authority having it in for The Shield, costing Ambrose the belt! I'm not entirely sure about Christian being the guy to be handed over the belt, but at the same time it actually gives him something to do. A good main event with The Authority screwing Ambrose out of his crappy reign. Obviously a break down was coming after this match, and it sets things up well. A good Raw show, looking forward to Extreme Rules already.
Post by K̶A̶T̶H̶A̶R̶S̶i̶S̶ on Apr 24, 2014 16:36:41 GMT -5
WWE Main Event: April 15th, 2014 - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Opening tonight's edition of Main Event on the WWE Network was a video package that recapped the events at the conclusion of Monday Night RAW last night. As Dean Ambrose was putting the United States Championship on the line against Christian, all hell broke loose as we saw involvement from the likes of Batista, Randy Orton, Kane, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan. However, it was a Pedigree from Triple H that sealed the deal and allowed Christian to become the new United States Champion. With War Games on the horizon at Extreme Rules, the war between both sides is as heated as it's ever been.
JOHN CENA vs. LUKE HARPER; Awaiting John Cena at Extreme Rules is a Last Man Standing match against Bray Wyatt, the opportunity for him to restore his legacy that was vandalized at WrestleMania XXX. However, tonight, Cena's sole focus was one of the members of The Wyatt Family, Luke Harper. After Cena was knocked to the outside, Erick Rowan slowly approached him. Cena was quick to retaliate as he charged towards Rowan, ramming him into the steel ring post. That distraction allowed Harper the chance to regain control of the bout, delivering a suicide dive through the second rope. From there, the match remained in Harper's favor until Cena was able to dodge a Lariat, delivering one of his own that rocked the big man. Cena was fired up, preparing to hoist Harper up to his shoulders. Suddenly, Rowan stepped onto the ring apron. Once again, Cena eliminated the distraction by striking Rowan, but the shot only rocked him a bit. When Cena turned around, he saw Harper coming full speed at him. Cena moved out of harm's way, Harper inadvertently colliding with Rowan! With Harper dazed momentarily, Cena was able to take advantage of the opening and deliver an Attitude Adjustment to pick up the win. John Cena defeats Luke Harper!
A portion of the audience erupted as Cena stood to his feet, raising his arms in triumph after a big victory here on Main Event. His celebration was short lived, however, as Erick Rowan entered the ring and went right after him. As Rowan delivered a beating to Cena, Luke Harper joined him as the two Wyatt Family members were prepared to decimate Cena. That was not to be as Bray Wyatt stood up from his rocking chair at ringside, calling off the attack. "Now is not the time! Let the monster breathe!" shouted Wyatt, Rowan and Harper releasing Cena and exiting the ring. All three members of the Wyatt Family backed up the entrance ramp, Bray preferring to wait until Extreme Rules to release every bit of Cena's "inner monster."
A promo airs for WWE Legends' House, premiering this Thursday exclusively on the WWE Network!
THE BELLA TWINS vs. SUMMER RAE & EVA MARIE; A bit of action from four of Total Divas' stars here on Main Event. After all four competitors failed to claim the Divas Championship at WrestleMania, each were looking to regain both momentum and contention to AJ Lee's title. After Nikki delivered a running Bulldog to Summer Rae, Eva Marie was able to intervene and break up the pin attempt. Brie went after Eva, taking her down with a Thesz Press before climbing onto the second rope. "Brie mode!" she shouted before hitting Eva with a Missile Dropkick. As Brie was getting to her feet, Summer struck her from behind and knocked her out of the ring. Things went south for Summer from there as Nikki lifted her onto her shoulders, finishing her off with the Rack Attack to grab the victory for her twin and herself. The Bella Twins defeat Summer Rae & Eva Marie!
A slight pop emerged as Brie joined Nikki in the ring, the two sisters celebrating their victory. The commentary unit gave a plug for Total Divas while two of the show's stars stood tall on Main Event.
A promo was shown for Extreme Rules, featuring WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan leading a rally for the "Yes Movement." Extreme Rules comes your way May 4th on the WWE Network!
A graphic is shown for the announced main event this Friday on SmackDown. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan takes on Alberto Del Rio! With Extreme Rules looming, we can only imagine that the rest of the combatants in the War Games match won't be too far behind.
MARK HENRY vs. DREW MCINTYRE; With a chance to get back on track, the "World's Strongest Man" found himself up against one-third of the trio known at 3MB. At one point in the bout, McIntyre exited the ring to discuss strategy with Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater. Henry stuck his arm out through the second rope, grabbing McIntyre by his hair and pulling him back into the ring. Slater and Mahal backed away, not wanting any part of Henry. The "World's Strongest Man" continued to dominate from that point on, eventually planting McIntyre with the World's Strongest Slam to gain the victory. Mark Henry defeats Drew McIntyre!
The WWE Universe applauded as Mark Henry stood to his feet, beating his chest before raising his arms in high in the air. Jinder Mahal attempted to pull Drew McIntyre's near-lifeless body out of the ring, but Henry scared him away. "Y'all want some, too?!" shouted Henry towards Slater and Mahal as they simply abandoned McIntyre, heading for the curtain. Henry continued to celebrate, bringing Main Event on the WWE Network to a close.
To be honest, this deserves a lot more replies than it's getting. The concept is excellent and I'm glad to see some guys giving it a shot again! Extreme Rules is looking good - I'm glad that you're trying to steer clear of what is being booked for the show in real life. Love the addition of War Games! At first I felt that it was a bit of a big match for Extreme Rules but it fits perfectly with the theme of the PPV.
The booking is good, the layout being used for shows is really nice and the graphics are so realistic it's unreal. Keep it up, guys!
Post by snickelodeon on Apr 28, 2014 17:07:09 GMT -5
Ok finally read the shows and here are my thoughts...
First off the graphics are on point, the layout is mint and the realism and detail but into each show by all of you is second to none.
It goes without saying that you 3 are talented lads and I am sure the longer this goes on the more love it will get. You guys that need advice but what I wanted to do now was share my opinion on some of the things that possibly need to be worked on or that I don't believe are working. TG11 will probably shoot me for this!!
So this may come across as a negative review but it's not meant that way.
Ok WrestleMania 30 - Bryan came out as Champ, Streak ended, Wyatt over Cena, Ziggler won the Battle Royal, Uso's retained and Real American's are still together...
Bryan/Sheild/Evolution - Ok so the night after Mania we have Bryan beat Orton by dq after Batista gets involved which is fine, then Kane comes out and there's a 3 on 1 only for Shield to make the save! This would have been hot as it was in reality. I have no problem with this. My problem with this story is in the shows following... For me the end of Raw either should have just been repeated on Main Event and Smack Down or Shield should have continued to look strong over heels not necessarily the Authority. Reason for this is simple it establishes Shield as a strong babyface unit, someone the fans can rely on. What we have had instead is Shield getting beat down on Main Event after a rushed match between Batista & Reigns then on Smack Down, Shield lose when Orton beats Rollins.
When Raw comes back round Authority have already beaten the Shield and beaten them down. Then on Raw, Shield lose again to Orton and Batista then finally in the Main Event, Ambrose loses his US title to a guy who is not that relevant at the minute. Shield have not had a good week but it got worse. I'm not sure if reading all of these shows helped highlight this...
Then Wargames is made, even if the above hadn't gone down I still wasn't a fan of how this went down. Look the match will be epic but it's again a bit rushed. Maybe at Extreme Rules they could have had a giant Shield/Wyatt's type brawl which led to Wargames later. HHH at this point has no reason to agree to this, despite Bryan having the belt at this point he is winning the war.
Finally on this front, Bryan then beat Kane clean even with Kane having Batista and Orton at ringside and Bryan being alone. Bryan doesn't need the Shield's help, he can just face Evolution all alone.
Ok, I understand reading this on a show by show basis it's telling a story and it's getting heat on Evolution which is great for me it's a bit rushed, not everyone who watches Raw watches Smack Down and vice versa and no body watches Main Event. For me week 1 Shield, Bryan look strong. Week 2 Evolution get heat, Week 3, PPV match made etc you've done all that in a week. So overall is just felt a bit rushed but that maybe down to the fact you are booking seperate shows?? and you want to make each show as strong as the last.
Other quick thoughts before this turns into an essay...
Sheamus turn came out of nowhere and should of been built better, appreciate the promo's since trying to establish the turn but at the minute Sheamus just feels like another guy.
Wyatt/Cena continuing is the right call they have had a relative quiet week but everything that has happened makes sense and builds towards their match at PPV
Initially after Brock beat Taker I thought it was to set up a rematch at Mania next year, it seems you may be going the same way.
Nice moment with Hogan & Warrior which became legendary a week later.
Real American's tension has been built well and is working. Speaking of being built well you are doing a nice job with Rusev coming out of Mania.
RVD/Barrett rivalry also feels rushed, RVD and Barrett both should have won the night after Mania. Barrett is yet to win while RVD has lost to Miz which only harms RVD.
Think that is enough for now, this will be the diary soon enough every compares diaries too soon enough knowing this place and on the surface it's great. I just think I have found a couple of flaws. Hopefully this is just taken as what it was constructive criticism. Keep this up guys, it's early stages
Post by K̶A̶T̶H̶A̶R̶S̶i̶S̶ on Apr 30, 2014 20:52:02 GMT -5
WWE NXT: April 17th, 2014 - Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Following the usual intro, shots of the audience here at Full Sail University were shown as Todd Philips, Byron Saxton and Jason Albert welcomed everyone to another edition of NXT on the WWE Network! In tonight's main event, the next challenge for Adrian Neville's NXT Championship will be determined as Bo Dallas, Brodus Clay and Tyson Kidd battle it out in a Triple Threat match. First, however, we kick things off with the third encounter between two NXT's hottest stars.
SAMI ZAYN vs. COREY GRAVES; A red-hot way to kick off NXT on the WWE Network as Sami Zayn and Corey Graves competed in a rubber match. Graves attempted to repeat their last encounter, which ended when Zayn was unresponsive while in the Lucky 13 submission hold. However, Zayn was able to fight off the hold and reach the ropes this time around. Graves tossed Zayn to the outside, but was planted with a Northern Lights Suplex onto the floor. Graves backed against the barricade as Zayn charged towards him with a running Yakuza Kick. Graves fell into the audience as Zayn went back into the ring, the commentators believing that he was going to take a count out victory. However, Zayn leaped onto the top rope, coming off with a dive onto Graves in the crowd! The NXT Universe roared as both Zayn and Graves were down and out, neither being able to make it back into the ring. Sami Zayn and Corey Graves fought to a double count out!
Several officials opened the barricade to tend to both Corey Graves and Sami Zayn as both men remained down and out. A replay of Zayn's incredible dive was shown before we saw him and Graves be assisted up to their feet. "Is the Full Sail Arena even big enough for these two to settle the score?" asked Jason Albert commentary.
An advertisement was shown WWE Legends' House, premiering immediately following NXT on the WWE Network!
TYLER BREEZE vs. MASON RYAN; At the sound of the bell, Tyler Breeze stared at Mason Ryan for a bit before simply saying, "Ew." Ryan tried to get a hold of Breeze, but the "Gorgeous One" was able to keep his distance for a bit until he leaped off the second rope, Ryan catching him with a strike to the abdominal area. Ryan stayed in control for most of the match, tossing Breeze around. As Ryan was looking to lock in the Torture Rack, Breeze managed to slide off of his shoulders, rolling him up with a handful of tights to steal this one. Tyler Breeze defeats Mason Ryan!
Tyler Breeze quickly rolled out of the ring at the sound of the bell, evading the wrath of Mason Ryan. The "Gorgeous One" took several selfies while on the entrance ramp, celebrating a victory despite his tactics.
Backstage, Devin Taylor was standing by with the NXT Women's Champion, Paige. She said that ever since Paige hit the scene on the main WWE roster, many have asked how that will affect her position here on NXT. "Well, Devin, the answer is very simple - it doesn't. Just because I made an impact on RAW does not mean that I won't continue to do the same here on NXT. Take next week for example. It's going to be Bayley and myself competing against Charlotte and Sasha Banks. So this message that I am sending can apply to any Diva out there. Whether it be Sasha, Charlotte or even you, AJ Lee. Be afraid because I have not even begun to leave my mark on the WWE."
THE ASCENSION vs. LOCAL COMPETITORS; Once again, the NXT Tag Team Champions found themselves competing against two young upstarts who were hoping to make an impact. The result was no different, though. Konnor and Viktor were able to run roughshod through their opponents, finishing off one of them with the Fall of Man double team manoeuvre to score another win. The Ascension defeats Local Competitors!
Konnor and Viktor both stood over one of their decimated opponents before taking the NXT Tag Team Championships. Soon, however, they were interrupted by the arrival of Collin Cassady and the returning Enzo Amore! Amore, who was limping a bit, said that he ain't 100% just yet, but he only needs to be at least 49.2% to prove that the Ascension are nothing but fugazi's. "Let me put it like this. You two have done nothing but beat on a buncha jabronis, thinking that makes you the bees' knees or something. That don't prove squat. You two also come out here with your super menacing music and gear from Party City to try and cover the fact that the both are you are S-A-W-F-T, SAWFT!!" shouted Amore and the NXT Universe simultaneously. Cassady then said that their purpose of being out here is to let the Ascension know something. "Once 'Zo is good to go, which will be very, very soon, you two are going to be lying on your backs, counting the number of lights in the ceiling while we become the new NXT Tag Team Champions. How ya doin'?" said Cassady to a big pop from the audience. The Ascension were none too amused, but it would appear that a legitimate challenge for the NXT Tag Team Champions may be on the verge in the form of Enzo Amore and Collin Cassady!
A graphic was shown to promote the Triple Threat #1 contenders match, which is coming up next. Who will claim the right to challenge Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship? We will find out shortly.
#1 CONTENDERSHIP MATCH - BRODUS CLAY vs. BO DALLAS vs. TYSON KIDD; With NXT Champion, Adrian Neville, on commentary, three superstars battled it out for the right to challenge him for the gold. It appeared as if Tyson Kidd and Bo Dallas had formed an alliance early on as they teamed up to take Brodus Clay out of the ring, but Kidd then delivered a Dropkick to Dallas. Bit both Clay and Dallas on the outside, Kidd climbed onto the top rope and descended onto them. Towards the conclusion of the match, Dallas attempted a Spear, but he ended up running into Tyson Kidd's kneecap. Kidd then attempted to apply the Sharpshooter, but before he could, Clay ran into him with the Fall of Humanity, covering him to grab the victory. Brodus Clay defeats Bo Dallas and Tyson Kidd to become the number one contender!
The NXT Universe expressed their displeasure for the outcome as Brodus Clay stood to his feet, raising his arms in victory while a banner appeared on the screen to confirm his position as the #1 contender. Adrian Neville stood up from his seat at the announce booth, raising the NXT Championship high in the air while Clay stared at it. Some day soon, Neville and Clay will collide with NXT's crown jewel up for grabs!
Post by snickelodeon on Apr 30, 2014 22:36:02 GMT -5
Would have enjoyed watching that hour of NXT, opener between Graves & Zayn would have been good and it advances their rivalry. Nice to see Amore & Cassady step up to the Ascension that would work, both men have charisma and Cassady looks like a young Edge or is that just me. Breeze with an enhancement victory. Then in the Main Event you have continued the Neville/Brodus feud. I look forward to see what you do with NXT once rivalries of your own kick in. Nice read.
TNA50| Coming of Age is up - All three of you check it out!
WWE Friday Night SmackDown: Friday 11th April 2014...Triple H kicking off the show with Stephanie McMahon was fine, and I liked the focus on the Shield. I take it you are following reality with this, but I hope Bryan is pushed more effectively than he has been in recent weeks. His match with Kane at Extreme Rules looks to definitely not be main eventing the show, so hopefully you make a better job of that. The Shield trying to challenge the COO is a nice touch, too. Added definitions to their characters. What would be cool is if a member of the Shield shockingly defects to the Authority's side - now that would make all kinds of interesting storylines and attract a rating or several. The Miz and Rob Van Dam had a decent match in the opening contest - I was surprised to see Miz get the win, though. Isn't Miz meant to be filming a movie right now with Summer Rae? Multitasking...I did like Bad News Barrett's inclusion, though. I assume that this will all lead to a match at Extreme Rules. The dialogue for Bray Wyatt's promo on John Cena was nicely done, really well written. Of course Santino Marella and Emma defeated Fandango and Summer Rae. Now for some fresh matches, that would be nice. Another match between Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio seems to be in the cards, I'm getting a bit bored of seeing them face off at this point. Big Show defeating Brodus Clay was fine, not much to add. I was surprised to see Clay's recent happenings on NXT being dropped here, I think they should definitely be kept separate. I'm not too sure about Alexander Rusev and Big Show feuding so soon, but I don't mind it since Rusev feuding with R-Truth and Xavier Woods doesn't exactly scream entertainment. Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio beating Dolph Ziggler and Big E was fine, and I assume that Sheamus will be challenging for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at Extreme Rules - no complaints there. I guess I wouldn't mind heel Sheamus holding the gold for a while. Dean Ambrose and Christian...hmm. I wish Christian on television was more consistent. The Real Americans defeating R-Truth and Xavier Woods made for a decent match, fine decision. I'm just wondering about the route you take with Cesaro and Jack Swagger. I wouldn't mind seeing them split up - but I wouldn't mind seeing them take the WWE Tag Team Championships from the Usos. That said, Jimmy and Jey waited four years to win the titles, and to lose them in under two months would be disappointing. Finally, I imagine Randy Orton and Seth Rollins would put on a great match, and the right man won here. It's pretty clear to me that we'll be seeing Evolution against the Shield in this diary, too. No problem. Not a bad show, nothing too interesting to note, though.
WWE Monday Night RAW: Monday 14th April 2014...Mandatory Warrior tribute segment made sense, I was disappointed to not see a mention of a tribute video, though. Personally, after a depressing opening segment to the show, I would have followed up with a match as opposed to a promo - just to separate the respectful yet heelish Triple H character switch. Good promo from Triple H, and I enjoyed the further comments directed at the Shield, before the return of the WWE Champion Daniel Bryan. I enjoyed the exchanges between Bryan and Triple H, and it was a real big shock for Hulk Hogan to appear, considering that I figured he was on his break around this time. It was interesting to hear Hogan describe the War Games match - I hope you decide to incorporate video packages explaining the rules, because modern viewers would have no idea what that match type is. It will be interesting to see how you execute it, hopefully without using two rings like WCW did. A solid opening contest between Daniel Bryan and Kane, and it was an obvious decision to have Bryan pick up the victory, being fresh off of winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and all. I have a feeling that this won't be the end of the Authority opposing the Shield and Bryan tonight. I'm not too certain where Hogan gets off making that stipulation, though. He's not running things. Sheamus beating Dolph Ziggler made for a good match that I would have perhaps separated from Bryan and Kane's match a bit. I liked Sheamus being ruthless on Ziggler, and Big E making the save for Ziggler from the Sheamus and Del Rio attacks. Sheamus will be challenging for the WWE Intercontinental Championship for sure then, I presume. Kane bringing back the mask could be an interesting thing given this twist in the header storylines in comparison to real life. Solid match between Rob Van Dam & Kofi Kingston and Bad News Barrett & The Miz. I guess I missed Miz turning heel. RVD and Kofi made for a good team and would definitely make for excellent adversaries as well. A solid promo to build the intensity between John Cena and Bray Wyatt, building up to their rematch at Extreme Rules. I enjoyed it, and the rematch should be better than their WrestleMania XXX encounter. Last Man Standing works effectively as a stipulation, I suppose. Into the second hour, Paige defeating Alicia Fox made sense, giving Paige some extra momentum going into Extreme Rules, where she should hopefully go up against AJ Lee in the WWE Divas Championship. The chase is vital to building Paige's fanbase in the WWE - as opposed to right now, where Paige is floundering around because she's been skipped right into the champion role. I like the comments afterwards from AJ, she came off as the b*tch she should play. Nice to see the Warrior tribute video shown later on in the show, it made sense. Great second-hour main event with Batista and Randy Orton defeating the Shield - but that's two wins that the Authority have over the Shield in the past week, which I'm unsure about. It should definitely be slightly more balanced. I guess Orton and Batista need a momentum boost, however. Heh, I think if Dean Ambrose and Christian is seriously being promoted as the main event of RAW, we'll be seeing a new WWE United States Champion. Too predictable booking, here. Jey Uso beating Cesaro is fine, giving the Usos a win in build for the WWE Tag Team Championship match in a few weeks time. Zeb Colter shouting at Cesaro was interesting...hints of dissension in the Real Americans. Further dissension with Jack Swagger talking trash to Cesaro...interesting. Alexander Rusev beating Zack Ryder made sense, in what was a longer match than it should have been, given Ryder's star in recent months. The Big Show fending Rusev and Lana off was interesting, but Rusev should win in their eventual one-on-one encounter. John Cena and Luke Harper's match should be a fun one. And lastly, as predicted before, Triple H costing Dean Ambrose the WWE United States Championship after a twelve month reign was good, but I don't think this should have main evented RAW at all. Maybe opening the show would have been better. It's good to see Christian as a champion again - as long as he doesn't get concussed again. Overall, not a bad edition of RAW; the booking was right and the direction is good ahead of Extreme Rules. But I'm not sure about a midcard title that has lost relevance main eventing RAW all of a sudden.
Post by The Kevstaaa on May 1, 2014 14:16:51 GMT -5
Friday Night SmackDown: April 18th, 2014 - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
This week’s Smackdown kicks off with a video showing the major announcement of made this past Monday when Hulk Hogan suggested that Daniel Bryan, The Shield and the Authority settle their differences the way things got handled back in WCW. Daniel Bryan made the challenge and Triple H accepted and War Games is coming to Extreme Rules!
Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield introduce the broadcast as the camera pans over the fans in Nashville, Tennessee. They remind everyone that this past Monday on Raw, Christian weaselled his way to becoming the new United States Champion when he used the help of the Authority to end Dean Ambrose’s near year long reign. A graphic is shown for tonight’s main event, pitting WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan against Alberto Del Rio! However, things are going to open with a major tag team contest.
BATISTA & RANDY ORTON vs. THE BROTHERHOOD; Cody Rhodes and Goldust know a thing or two about having issues with the Authority as they fought for their jobs at the tail end of last year. Despite the fact that they were against each other in the main event of WrestleMania XXX, Batista and Randy Orton form a formidable tag team. Cody starts out with Orton, reminding everyone of their great match on Raw last year. After some back and forth action, Goldust gets the tag and he gets a near fall after hitting Orton with a top rope hurricanrana, which got a huge pop. A swift headlock backbreaker puts Orton in the driver’s seat before he tags in Batista. Batista continues to be the “Animal” as he is just vicious in his assault on Goldust. He drives his shoulder into Goldust’s ribcage a few times in the corner, before nailing a big sidewalk slam. Goldust kicks out of the pin attempt, but Batista and Orton continue to cut the ring in half. Goldust uses a DDT to stop their momentum and tags in Cody. Cody comes in with springboard dropkicks and a big moonsault for two. He sets up Orton for the Cross Rhodes, but Batista levels him with a big Spear. Batista knocks Goldust off the apron as Orton connects with the RKO to end the competitive match. Batista & Randy Orton defeat The Brotherhood!
Batista and Randy Orton don’t decide to just sit back and celebrate their win. They want to send a message so they continue to beat down on the former WWE Tag Team Champions. The Shield’s theme hits as the WWE Universe pops and the Hounds of Justice come through the crowd. Batista and Orton roll out of the ring and head up the ramp just like last week. The Shield dares them to get in the ring, when fire explodes out of the turnbuckles and Kane comes to the stage with Batista and Orton. He says that this past Monday, he somehow let Daniel Bryan best him, but he won’t be on the losing end of things tonight. He announces that tonight he will go one on one with the former United States Champion, Dean Ambrose and he will give him a preview of War Games.
A video package showing some of the history of War Games is shown, with a voiceover explaining how brutal and barbaric this match can be.
The Big Show’s theme hits as the “World’s Largest Athlete” walks down to the ring as the crowd pops. A quick recap of Alexander Rusev attacking him last week on Smackdown is shown. Show grabs a microphone and says that last week, he defeated Brodus Clay, only to be attacked by Alexander Rusev. Show says that he’s never had an issue with Rusev and has no idea why he attacked him. However, on Monday, he came out to confront Rusev and he backed away to hide behind Lana’s skirt. The WWE Universe laughs at that remark and Show says that he’s out here to get to the bottom of this problem, once and for all. The voice of the “Ravishing Russian” is heard as Lana walks out to the stage, followed closely by the “Bulgarian Brute.” When Lana begins to speak in English, she says that Rusev came to the WWE to make an impact and the best way to make an impact is to take down the biggest man, which is Big Show. Show replies by saying that plenty of Superstars have tried to take him out and have failed because he is not a stepping stone. He challenges Rusev to prove himself in a match at Extreme Rules. Lana says something in the ear of Rusev and he nods his head yes. It looks like a battle of the behemoths is set for May 4th!
Returning, Renee Young is standing by with the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan. She asks him for thoughts on the main event against Alberto Del Rio tonight and the upcoming War Games match. Bryan says that he’s faced Del Rio before and he knows he has to be a fighting Champion, so he’s prepared for tonight. However, there is no real way to prepare for War Games. He could go and watch War Games matches on the WWE Network, but that won’t help. He just knows that when he gets into that cage with The Shield and The Authority, he will hold nothing back and finally end this thing with The Authority once and for all.
JIMMY USO vs. JACK SWAGGER; This past Monday night on Raw, Jey Uso defeated the very hot Cesaro in singles action after he got distracted when Jack Swagger attacked Jimmy Uso. Tonight, Swagger looks to even the score between these teams in singles competition. Swagger offers a handshake just like Cesaro did on Monday. Jimmy is hesitant, but goes for it, only for Swagger to level him with a right hand. The crowd boos as Swagger begins to work over Jimmy, focusing on his leg, as he is readying the Patriot Lock at some point. He drops a knee on the ankle and a chop block. Swagger uses a northern lights suplex to set up the Swagger Bomb in the corner that gets him a near fall. Jimmy Uso takes advantage when Swagger goes for a back body drop, by hitting a quick DDT. Jimmy follows with a Samoan drop and Swagger crawls to the corner, where he sits. Jimmy runs in and nails a hip attack as a tribute to his uncle Umaga. As Swagger gets up, Jimmy goes for a superkick, but Swagger catches it and locks in the Patriot Lock! Jimmy reaches for the ropes but it’s to no avail, as he is forced to tap out. Jack Swagger defeats Jimmy Uso!
Zeb Colter and Cesaro enter the ring as Jack Swagger has his arms raised. He shouts “that’s how it’s done!” in the direction of Cesaro, leading Cesaro to give him a confused look. Cesaro turns Swagger to face him and they seem to argue a bit, but Zeb plays peacekeeper once again.
The Intercontinental Champion Big E is shown walking towards the arena as he will be in action against The Miz, next!
Big E makes his way down to the ring to a nice pop from the WWE Universe when he is hit from behind by the “Celtic Warrior” Sheamus! Sheamus pounds on him before tossing him into the turnbuckle post. Big E hunches over on the apron with his head by the post as Sheamus hits a sickening Brogue Kick that smashes Big E’s skull into the turnbuckle post! The crowd is stunned at this act of violence from their once beloved hero. Sheamus walks around to the timekeeper and grabs a microphone. “Big E, I want the Intercontinental Title and you’re going to give me a shot or things like this will continue to happen. Give me my title shot at Extreme Rules Big E. I’ll be waiting for your answer.” The WWE Universe boos loudly as Sheamus raises the Intercontinental Title high in the air.
A recap is shown of Sheamus’ brutal assault on the Intercontinental Champion Big E is shown. Trainers and EMTs are shown in the back checking on Big E as he could be seriously hurt.
DEAN AMBROSE vs. KANE; Dean Ambrose was clearly not in a good mood after losing the United States Title last week and he comes at Kane with a flurry of offense to begin the match. Ambrose fires away with lefts and rights, but Kane shoves him into the corner. Kane follows up with shoulder thrusts and a foot choke as The Shield look on from ringside. Kane whips Ambrose off the ropes and connects with a big boot for a near fall. Kane continues to hold serve as the Authority’s plea for a more aggressive Kane seems to something he’s taking seriously. Kane goes for a Tombstone too soon and it proves to be a mistake as Dean Ambrose wriggles free and hits him a few times. Kane shoves Ambrose to the ropes, where Ambrose rebounds off with a huge clothesline, taking the Big Red Monster off of his feet. Ambrose uncharacteristically climbs to the top but Kane stops him. He goes to slam Ambrose off the top, but Ambrose blocks it and hits a tornado DDT for a near fall. Ambrose runs off the ropes and nails a Knee Trembler, followed by his Headlock Driver and that is enough to put away Kane. Dean Ambrose defeats Kane!
Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins enter the ring to celebrate with Dean Ambrose as Kane continues to try and find his “inner monster.” The Shield isn’t done though as they signal to set Kane up for the Triple Powerbomb but Batista and Randy Orton rush out and pull Kane from the ring.
A recap is shown of the promo between John Cena and Bray Wyatt on Raw. It included the announcement of their Last Man Standing match for Extreme Rules.
Returning, the ring is set up for the Peep Show before the theme of Captain Charisma hits. Christian walks down to the ring with his brand new United States Title. He gets in the ring and says that he wanted to host this edition of the Peep Show as a treat to his peeps. He knows that they were all overjoyed when he won the United States Title last night and they had every reason to be. It was a night to remember and a time for celebration. He admits he had some rough patches over the past few months, but he is back on the right path and promises to be the kind of United States Champion that the peeps can appreciate. His guest on tonight’s Peep Show is himself, because there is none better. Surprisingly, Kofi Kingston’s theme hits as the Superstar from Ghana comes down to the ring. He gets in and grabs a microphone. Christian demands to know why Kofi interrupted him. Kofi says that he would like nothing more than to come out and congratulate Christian on another accomplishment in his great career, but he can’t. Kofi says, “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of yours. Whether it was when you were in the Brood, or Tag Team Champions with Edge or as Captain Charisma. Whether you did things for the peeps or yourself, I always had a bit of respect for you.” However, he has no respect for what happened last Monday. Instead of going out and winning the United States Title the right way, he used the help of the Authority and did it the wrong way. “What happened to you, man? This was the coward’s way” asked Kofi. Christian responds by saying that he doesn’t have to explain anything to him, and before he continues, he levels Kingston with the United States Title. Christian picks him up and delivers the Killswitch! He poses with the United States Title as the segment comes to a close.
PAIGE vs. AKSANA; Much like Alicia Fox on Monday, Aksana did not seem impressed with Paige. The announcers put over how, despite saying she’s not worth it, AJ Lee has had her attention focused on the NXT Women’s Champion. This match starts aggressively as Paige grabs Aksana by the hair and tosses her across the ring. Aksana fights back after hitting a body slam. She stays in control for a bit until sending Paige into the corner. Paige grabs her and puts her in the corner before firing multiple back elbows furiously. Paige then hits a clothesline, keeps hold of Aksana’s arm, picks her up and hits another clothesline for a near fall. She goes for the Paige Turner, but Aksana elbows her to block it. Aksana swings, but Paige ducks and hits a suplex. She then puts her into the Scorpion Cross Lock and Aksana is forced to submit. Paige defeats Aksana!
Paige has her arm raised by the referee as she picks up another victory since her debut on the main roster. AJ Lee is sure to be watching somewhere as Paige continues to look more and more like a viable threat to AJ Lee’s legendary Divas Championship reign.
Michael Cole informs the WWE Universe that Big E is recovering and does not have any long term injuries from Sheamus’ attack earlier. However, a graphic is shown announcing that he has agreed to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Sheamus at Extreme Rules!
Bad News Barrett’s theme song hits as he walks down to the ring for the next match. He has a microphone in his hand as he prepares to deliver bad news to the WWE Universe. He informs them that despite their happiness at the return of Rob Van Dam, it’s all going to be pointless excitement as once Bad News Barrett gets in the ring with RVD again; he’s going to want to retire for good.
BAD NEWS BARRETT vs. SIN CARA; Before the match officially gets underway, “One of a Kind” blasts over the speakers as Rob Van Dam comes out to a huge pop. He walks to ringside and joins Michael Cole and JBL on commentary. Bad News Barrett gets a bit distracted by this, which allows Sin Cara to get off to a hot start. He connects with a spinning heel kick, hurricanrana and a plancha to the outside. Sin Cara has the crowd roaring, and he rolls Barrett back into the ring. He goes for a springboard, but Barrett catches him with a huge mid-air Winds of Change for a near fall. Barrett now has control as he puts Sin Cara in the corner and delivers multiple lefts and rights to his body. Barrett delivers a big hip toss out of the corner followed by a second rope elbow for another near fall. Rob Van Dam mentions that he thinks Barrett is a strong competitor, but he’s also a real jerk. Barrett begins to taunt in the direction of RVD, which allows Sin Cara to hit him with a springboard dropkick. He climbs to the top and attempts his senton bomb, but Barrett moves. Once Sin Cara gets up, he is nailed with a huge Bull Hammer, and that’s all Barrett needs for the win. Bad News Barrett defeats Sin Cara!
Bad News Barrett throws a punch at the air and shouts “Boom!” before turning his attention to Rob Van Dam. Clear trash talk is doing back and forth, but RVD does his trademark taunt as the crowd chants “RVD” with him, before the cameras cut away.
A video is shown explaining the rules of War Games to the WWE Universe.
DANIEL BRYAN vs. ALBERTO DEL RIO; A great change of pace for the main event here, as neither The Shield nor their opponents for Extreme Rules are at ringside. That allows this contest to be a good old fashioned one on one bout between two of the best on the roster. Daniel Bryan works over Alberto Del Rio’s arm to star the match and after a bit of that, Del Rio comes back by working over Bryan’s arm. Both men are clearly trying to set up for their submission finishers, which target the arm. Del Rio now holds serve with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and an arm wringer. Del Rio gets a few near falls, including one a bridging German suplex and begins to get frustrated. Bryan makes a comeback with a running elbow to the face, followed by kicking the second rope into Del Rio’s throat. Bryan climbs to the top, probably for a dropkick, but Del Rio is up and hits a big step up enziguri. He covers but Bryan gets a shoulder up. Del Rio begins to slap his arm, signaling for the Cross Armbreaker, but he gets distracted by the sight of Dolph Ziggler walking down to the ring with his Andre the Giant Battle Royal trophy. Del Rio shouts for the referee to force him to leave. Del Rio goes back to trying the Cross Armbreaker and locks it in! Bryan manages to wriggle out of it and reverse it into the Yes Lock! Del Rio is forced to submit as Bryan picks up the win! Daniel Bryan defeats Alberto Del Rio!
The referee hands Daniel Bryan his belts as he raises them in the air and the WWE Universe chants “Yes!” at the top of their lungs. Dolph Ziggler is shown smiling as he walks to the back with his trophy. Momentum has been built for War Games by Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose tonight!
Post by snickelodeon on May 1, 2014 16:50:44 GMT -5
Strong episode of Smack Down this week. Really enjoyed the opening tag match it was a clever match to book because Batista/Orton look strong and not at the expense of the Shield, Brootherhood don't lose anything plus there is the back story which would have gave the match heat. Ambrose later in the night then got a strong victory over Kane which gives Ambrose momentum after losing the US title and it doesn't hurt Kane because he needs to embrace is inner monster. Sheamus turn is not yet working for me but credit for the effort. I think there is still life in a babyface Sheamus. Christian/Kofi brings the US title back to the mid card, maybe its time for only one mid card title. Finish the show with Bryan beating Del Rio, which was fine probably could have done without the slight distraction to Del Rio though.
Fan of the show, built Extreme Rules well and added a few decent things to the undercard.
WWE Main Event: Tuesday 15th April 2014...Alright, it's been a bit of a while since this has been active, so let's see what we have. John Cena and Luke Harper in the opening contest made for a big start to Main Event, as you're trying to keep the ratings high post-WrestleMania XXX. Harper definitely has a main event run a year or two in the future, me thinks. Cena with the win made sense though, as you are building up a second match with Bray Wyatt. I wouldn't mind it, I'm curious as to whether it goes further than Extreme Rules though. Time will tell. The Bella Twins with a win over Summer Rae and Eva Marie, it made sense to promote Total Divas on the B-show - but I would much rather not see Eva Marie in action whatsoever. I'd rather not see her at all, but I guess she has to be here. Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio should make for a good main event to SmackDown, they had a great match on RAW a few weeks ago. And lastly, Mark Henry beating Drew McIntyre made sense, a decent close to the show, with Henry now having problems with the 3MB. Not a bad show overall, quite an eventful episode of Main Event.
WWE NXT: Thursday 17th April 2014...Alright, fair opening contest with Sami Zayn taking on Corey Graves. They had an...acceptable feud, I guess? I never really caught on. It's strange because you get two awesome performers together and you expect a solid match, but I didn't see much chemistry from either of them when they faced off in real life. I suppose this feud is continuing, let's hope you make something entertaining of it. Up next, a decent win for Tyler Breeze, in fact an impressive one managing to beat Mason Ryan: the cheap victory definitely added to his character, too. I see big things for Breeze in the future. The Ascension beating local talent, yay. I sort of wish you had named the enhancement talents, honestly. The NXT Tag Team Championship really needs a boost, and perhaps Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady could aid that. I didn't have a problem with this segment, I'm more happy that Rick Viktor and Conor O'Brian finally have credible opponents. Now I'm wanting to see what Enzo and Colin can do as a unit. And finally, a solid contenders main event to NXT, with Brodus Clay oddly positioned, here. Clay becoming the number one contender is logical, but I really don't care for anything Clay does at this point, if I'm honest. Bo Dallas has already had a shot, and I do hope that Tyson Kidd gets his chance somewhere down the line. I suppose I'm looking forward to where this NXT brand goes. Not a bad hour of television overall.
Post by wokenunderjohngrohs on Jun 4, 2014 16:44:52 GMT -5
i really haven't caught up on this recently, I'm liking the stage to see where War Games is going to happen between The Authority vs The Shield and Daniel Bryan, glad Hulk Hogan had the power to do it, i wish they would have War Games, the Cena/Wyatt feud has already continued, Christian as United States Champion is a good idea. Everything in this diary is what I've expected so far,
Note: WWF Ground Zero is up, so tear a new a-hole and look at it.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jun 4, 2014 17:44:59 GMT -5
Monday Night Raw: April 21st, 2014 - Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Following the weekly Raw intro, the camera cuts straight to the arena where a giant Hell in a Cell is surrounding the ring, confusing some of the WWE Universe. A theme song that hasn’t been heard in nearly a decade hits as Evolution comes out to the stage. Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista are all in suits and walk down to the ring before getting in the cell. “The Shield and Daniel Bryan have made some terrible mistakes over the past few weeks” says Triple H. “Last week I mentioned that when the Shield turned their backs on the Authority they would regret it and what you see standing before you is the reason why. When Evolution was together nearly ten years ago nobody could stop us and the Shield and Daniel Bryan have forced our hand to become one again.” The WWE Universe boos heavily at Evolution. Randy Orton speaks now, “The Rock, Mick Foley, Shawn Michaels, Bill Goldberg and countless others have all tried and failed to stop Evolution. Daniel Bryan and The Shield will fall just like they did.” Orton continues by saying that people have been saying that The Shield could be the greatest faction in the history of the WWE, but that is an absurd thing to say knowing that Evolution exists. Triple H states that they are not reunited on a full time basis but they will be here to humble the Shield. They’ve gotten too big for their britches in Hunter’s mind and he guarantees that when they step into the ring with Evolution, they will learn who’s in charge the hard way. Batista speaks now, “At Extreme Rules, The Shield and Daniel Bryan step into this Cell with us and Kane for War Games. At Extreme Rules, The Shield will be humbled and at Extreme Rules, we will see the end of the Shield. Deal with it.”
Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler and John “Bradshaw” Layfield take over now informing the WWE Universe that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have scheduled The Shield for a match tonight against Damien Sandow and Rybaxel. Plus, John Cena will take on Erick Rowan of the Wyatt Family and of course, an appearance by Hugh Jackman who was last seen on Raw knocking out Dolph Ziggler! There’s no telling what he’s going to do tonight!
We return to see a video of the Peep Show this past Friday on Smackdown, where Christian was celebrating his United States Championship victory only to be interrupted by Kofi Kingston. Kofi said that he used to look up to Christian, but the way he won the United States Title is a shame. The segment ended as Christian attacked Kofi with the belt and hit the Killswitch.
CHRISTIAN vs. KOFI KINGSTON; After the events of The Peep Show, Christian demanded this match stating that he wanted to teach Kofi Kingston a lesson. Christian was clearly playing the role of the wily veteran as whenever they would lock up; Christian would best Kofi and slap him in the back of the head. Christian goes for a fourth straight slap, but Kingston blocks it and rolls him up for a near fall before slapping Christian back. Christian is not happy as he charges at Kofi but is caught with a hurricanrana for another two count. Christian rolls outside to catch a breather but is hit with a suicide dive. The WWE Universe is on fire as Kingston sends Christian back into the ring and climbs to the top. He leaps off but Christian catches him with a big time mid-air Spear. Both men are down and Christian slowly goes for the cover, but Kingston is able to kick out. Christian can’t believe it and he begins to clap for the Killswitch. He goes for it, but Kofi shoved him into the corner and hits Trouble in Paradise! He goes for the cover but Christian wisely rolls outside. Kofi follows outside but Christian catches him with a low blow outside of the referee’s field of vision. He puts Kofi in the ring and hits a frog splash off the top but Kingston somehow manages to kick out once again. Christian goes for the Killswitch again, but Kofi reverses it into a rollup and scores the pinfall. Kofi Kingston defeats Christian!
The WWE Universe roars in approval as Kofi Kingston has just pinned the United States Champion. Christian is in disbelief as Kofi heads up the ramp doing the Boom Clap. The referee hands Christian his title, which he clutches tightly to his chest.
Backstage, Renee Young is standing by with all three members of the Shield and the crowd goes wild at the sight of them. She asks them for their thoughts on the Authority booking them in a match against Rybaxel and Damien Sandow tonight. “How do you think we feel? Do you think we’re worried Renee?” asks Dean Ambrose. “We’re not worried because we’ve been doing this together for nearly a year and a half and nobody can touch them.” Seth Rollins says that Rybaxel and Sandow can’t beat them, nobody that the Authority puts in their way can beat them and Evolution sure as hell can’t beat them. Roman Reigns ends the promo with a simple, “Believe that…believe in the Shield.”
BAD NEWS BARRETT vs. R-TRUTH; Surprisingly, Bad News Barrett did not treat the people of Baltimore to any bad news. Instead he went straight to wrestling and the two men lock up. Barrett overpowers R-Truth and sends him crashing to the mat where he then delivers some stomps. Barrett continues to show off his brawling ability as he continually hits right hands on Truth. He tosses Truth into the corner and uses some of his bare knuckle fighting background to pulverize him in the corner with continuous shots. Barrett sends him off the ropes and goes for a big boot, but Truth ducks and hits the Lie Detector. He runs off the ropes and connects with a dropkick followed by a leg drop after dancing. He covers but Barrett kicks out. Truth goes to send Barrett off the ropes, but Barrett reverses it and catches him with the Winds of Change. He gets a near fall with that before climbing to the top. Barrett leaps off and hits an elbow drop before clapping overhead to signal for the Bull Hammer. R-Truth gets up and gets leveled with it as Barrett picks up the win. Bad News Barrett defeats R-Truth!
The Authority is shown in their office backstage along with Evolution. Rybaxel and Damien Sandow enter the Triple H says that he called them in because he wants to know their goal tonight is to beat the hell out of the Shield. He picked the three of them because he knows that they can get the job done. “Damien, you’re a former Money in the Bank winner who came within an inch of becoming World Heavyweight Champion. Curtis, you were Intercontinental Champion, you hold a victory over me and your father was Mr. Perfect. Ryback, I know that you can get back to the monster that dominated the WWE and went undefeated for months. Remember, it was you who the Shield targeted the night they made their debut.” Triple H’s pep talk seems to work as the three men look fired up as they head out. Stephanie McMahon then turns her attention to Batista. She tells him that she's heard his complaints about not getting the one on one WWE World Heavyweight Title match that he earned when he won the Royal Rumble. So, next Monday on Raw, he will get his shot at Daniel Bryan. Batista smirks as the WWE Universe cheers this announcement.
Renee Young is backstage again, but this time she’s with the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. The WWE Universe erupts before Renee asks him for his thoughts on the announcement that he will be defending his title against Batista next week. He says that he knows it’s going to be a tough match but he proved at WrestleMania that nothing can stop the Yes Movement. Before he can continue, he is nailed from behind by the Big Red Machine! Kane hits him with several right hands before picking him up and throwing him into a wall. Kane starts choking Bryan before he lifts him and throws him through a glass window! The WWE World Champion is left in clear pain by Kane, as the “monster” may finally have been let out.
A recap of Sheamus’ vicious attack on Big E this past Friday on Smackdown is shown. It led to Big E accepting Sheamus’ challenge for an Intercontinental Title shot at Extreme Rules.
BIG E vs. THE MIZ; This match was scheduled to take place this past Friday night on Smackdown, but Sheamus attacked Big E beforehand and it never got started. Big E is clearly still reeling from getting his head kicked into the turnbuckle as he is sporting a bandage and looks to be a bit groggy. The announce team points out that Big E probably shouldn’t be in competition tonight. Miz is like a shark that smells blood as he attacks Big E before the bell and pounds away at his head. He puts Big E in the corner and hits the awesome clothesline for a near fall. Miz begins to keep Big E on the mat, placing him in a headlock. Smartly, the former WWE Champion is trying to make sure to focus on Big E’s injury. However, the Intercontinental Champion rallies behind the crowd’s involvement and powers out, hitting a belly to belly suplex. Big E now looks to have some momentum as he lifts Miz and hits a few knee lifts before connecting with multiple rib breakers. He throws Miz in the corner and runs for the E-Train, but Miz moves and hits a neckbreaker. The Miz goes for the figure four, which is odd since he’s focused on the neck, and locks it in. Big E is in pain, but overpowers and turns the hold over, putting the pain on the Miz. The hold is broken but Big E is back in the driver’s seat. Sheamus runs out to the ring to massive boos, but Big E sees him and E-Trains him right off of the apron. He turns to The Miz, takes the straps of his singlet down, and plants him with the Big Ending to claim the win. Big E defeats The Miz!
Big E celebrates with his Intercontinental Championship as Sheamus backs up the ramp and he doesn’t look too happy. Big E gets the upper hand on his next challenger tonight, but one can only imagine what will happen at Extreme Rules.
When Raw returns, Dolph Ziggler is standing in the middle of the ring sporting a blazer and the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy is next to him. He kisses it before beginning to speak. “Nearly three years ago, I wrestled a match right here on Raw against Zack Ryder and a certain movie star was at ringside. This mega star punched me in the jaw and it knocked me out.” Dolph takes the WWE Universe to a video of that moment a few years back. When it cuts back to the arena, Dolph says that he wants to bury the hatchet so he calls out the Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman. Jackman gets a big pop from the crowd in Baltimore as he comes down and enters the ring. Hugh Jackman says that it is great to be back on Monday night Raw but he promises not to hit Dolph Ziggler as the two shake hands. Dolph says that he is a huge fan of the X-Men films and Jackman as Wolverine so he’s out here to introduce a trailer to the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past film with Hugh. They show off the trailer, which gets a nice hand from the crowd, before Dolph grabs Jackman’s wrist and raises his arm in the air.
The fun is cut short by the theme of Alberto Del Rio, who has a microphone in his hand as he walks down to the ring. Del Rio claims that all of this X-Men, Wolverine and Hugh Jackman talk is nonsense. “Dolph Ziggler, you shouldn’t be worried about burying an old grudge with some actor that nobody cares about. What you should be focused on is me, Alberto Del Rio.” He claims that the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was his to win. “Our story goes back to last year when you cashed in Money in the Bank on me and I had to get serious and take back my World Heavyweight Championship. I may not be able to take that trophy from you, but I can take you out again.” Del Rio is in the ring now and Hugh Jackman steps in between the two Superstars. Del Rio speaks now, “Don’t put your hands on me, perro. This is between me and Dolph.” He shoves Jackman so Dolph levels Del Rio and the two men brawl to the mat. Del Rio comes out on top of this exchange and turns to Jackman, but is knocked out cold by a right hand from the Australian! Dolph gets up and raises Jackman’s hand as the WWE Universe applauds.
Before the following contest, Michael Cole informs the fans that Daniel Bryan was taken to a local hospital after Kane’s attack earlier. It is announced that he has some cuts and bruises but no serious injuries. A graphic is then shown reminding everyone that next week on Raw, Daniel Bryan will defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against “The Animal” Batista!
AJ LEE & TAMINA SNUKA vs. PAIGE & NATALYA; Ever since her debut the night after WrestleMania XXX, Paige has quickly become a worrisome Diva for the Champion, AJ Lee. At the start of this match though, Tamina takes it to Paige with some hard hitting offense, still clearly upset over Paige defeating her two weeks ago. Paige eventually fights back and hits a nice Northern lights suplex before tagging in Natalya. The second generation Diva starts out hot, but Tamina and AJ get her isolated in their corner and cut the ring in half. Natalya is in bad shape as AJ skips around the ring, knowing that she’s in control. AJ lifts Natalya’s head and disrespectfully slaps her across the face. AJ sends Natalya off the ropes and Paige blind tags herself in. Natalya ducks AJ’s attack and Paige pulls her into a small package for the win. Paige & Natalya defeat AJ Lee & Tamina Snuka!
The WWE Universe cheers loudly as Paige has just pinned the Divas Champion! She leaves up the ramp celebrating with Natalya as AJ Lee is left in the ring, furious. AJ Lee can say that Paige is undeserving of a title shot all she wants, but with a pinfall victory over the Champion, Paige’s claim has just gotten a lot stronger.
Renee Young is backstage with John Cena, who gets a pop from the WWE Universe when he enters the screen. Renee asks for John’s thoughts on his match with Erick Rowan tonight and the Last Man Standing match against Bray Wyatt at Extreme Rules. Cena says that he can’t wait for the Last Man Standing match because he has a score to settle with Bray after losing at WrestleMania. That loss hurt him more than people know and he will do anything to win at Extreme Rules. However, he’s not looking past tonight because Erick Rowan is a monster. He will get past Rowan tonight and he will be the last man standing at Extreme Rules.
THE SHIELD vs. DAMIEN SANDOW, RYBACK & CURTIS AXEL; The Shield have been pretty much unstoppable in six man tag team matches since their debut, but a fired up trio of Damien Sandow and Rybaxel were going to attempt to defeat them. The match begins with Ryback and the “Architect” of the Shield, Seth Rollins. Ryback has always had an issue with the Shield as he was seemingly their first target when they debuted. Rollins starts like a house on fire, using his high impact and unorthodox offense. Ryback’s power proves to be too much as he begins to toss Rollins around. Ryback hits a big time spinebuster before tagging in Damien Sandow. Sandow also starts hot; hitting a Russian leg sweep and elbow drop, but a well-placed enziguri allows Seth to make the tag to Dean Ambrose. The former United States Champion comes in and levels Sandow with that lunatic fringe offense. Sandow hits him with a big forearm sending Dean into the ropes, but rebounds out and hits a clothesline. Ambrose sends Sandow off the ropes and Curtis Axel makes a blind tag, which puts his team back in control. Axel, Ryback and Sandow cut the ring in half and take turns beating down on Ambrose. They get multiple near falls until Ambrose hits a running knee on Axel and manages to make the hot tag to Roman Reigns. Axel tags out as well but Reigns hits everyone with clotheslines and Samoan drops. He goes outside and hits Ryback with his huge dropkick. Reigns gets back in the ring and levels Ryback with the Superman punch. Seth Rollins leaps over the top, taking out both members of Rybaxel while Reigns plants Sandow with the Spear. The Shield defeats Damien Sandow, Ryback & Curtis Axel!
Before the Shield gets a chance to enjoy their win or celebrate Evolution’s theme hits again as Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista walk down to the ring. The Shield dare them to enter the ring and the crowd is erupting at the chance of this showdown between two of the greatest stables in WWE history. Before Evolution enters the ring, Kane appears from behind and attacks Dean Ambrose. Evolution now enters the ring and a pier six brawl ensues! However, the numbers game is too much for the Shield as they ultimately succumb to it. Kane plants Seth Rollins with a chokeslam, Batista and Randy Orton hit Ambrose with the RKO/Batista Bomb combination and Triple H connects with a Pedigree on Reigns. Evolution and Kane stand tall and look incredibly strong heading into War Games.
Before the following match begins, a recap is shown of Bad News Barrett’s victory over R-Truth earlier tonight because the man that Barrett has had issues with over the past few weeks, Rob Van Dam, is in action.
FANDANGO vs. ROB VAN DAM; After seeing Bad News Barrett pick up a win earlier tonight, his rival, Rob Van Dam clearly wanted nothing more than to match him. Fandango wasn’t about to go down without a fight though as he starts the match by charging at RVD with a dropkick. It sends RVD into the corner where Fandango lays in some chops. RVD reverses and puts Fandango in the corner before delivering two shoulder thrusts, back flipping and hitting a third. He hits two kicks to the stomach and a back kick for a near fall. Van Dam attempts Rolling Thunder but Fandango rolls out of the ring and out of the way. He grabs RVD’s leg and drags him to the corner, slamming his leg against the post. Fandango wisely targets Van Dam’s legs in an attempt to take away the key to his offense. Fandango continues the work on RVD’s leg for a bit and even surprises by locking in a leg submission. Van Dam is able to reach the ropes though. Fandango climbs to the top and goes for his diving leg drop, but Van Dam rolls out of the way. They get up at the same time and RVD connects with an enziguri before climbing to the top, still showing signs of his leg hurting. He muscles up the strength to leap off the top and hit the Five Star Frog Splash for the 1-2-3. Rob Van Dam defeats Fandango!
Rob Van Dam gets his arm raised by the official as he celebrates his win with the WWE Universe. It’s cut off by the theme of Bad News Barrett, who rises up with his podium. He’s laughing and has a big smile on his face before picking up his gavel and banging it. “Can I have some decorum? Rob Van Dam, two weeks ago on Raw you got lucky and beat me in the middle of that ring. You won again tonight, but if you think your hot streak will continue, then I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news! I’ve just been informed that in less than two weeks at the Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View you will go one on one with BNB and this time, you won’t get lucky. Thank you very much.” Barrett did RVD’s trademark hand gesture as he said “BNB”.
Returning to Raw, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre are standing in the middle of the ring. 3MB is dancing and playing air instruments to their theme music until Slater begins to speak. He says that since they are in Baltimore tonight they thought they’d entertain the crowd. “Now I know that Baltimore is home to some legendary music artists like DMX and Mase. They weren’t exactly rock bands but who says that 3MB can’t rap. Hit it.” A beat drops as Slater starts with “We’re in the city of Baltimore, but it’s so boring that it makes us snore.” McIntyre adds “We hate this city and it is lame, it don’t deserve us ‘cause we’re the hottest in the game.” Before Mahal can rap they are cut off by the Big Show. The crowd roars as he walks down to the ring and 3MB charge him individually. Mahal gets laid out with a WMD, Slater takes a huge chop to the chest and McIntyre is planted with a Chokeslam. Big Show taunts to the crowd until Alexander Rusev’s music hits. The Bulgarian Brute comes down to the ring with Lana in tow, as he is across the ring from his Extreme Rules opponent. The crowd is tense at the possibility of these two coming to blows. Slater gets to his feet and Rusev kicks him right in the face! He picks up McIntyre and throws him into the corner, before charging him with a huge body block. Big Show is surprised but doesn’t take his eyes off of Rusev. Rusev then locks Mahal in the Camel Clutch, while staring intently at Show. Lana tells him to break the hold; Rusev obliges and gets right back into Big Show’s face. The two monsters stare each other down until Lana advises Rusev to step back and exit the ring.
THE REAL AMERICANS vs. LOS MATADORES; Despite being the number one contenders for The Usos’ WWE Tag Team Titles, the Real Americans have had some issues lately. Jack Swagger has been unhappy with the fact that Cesaro has been less ruthless of late. Cesaro starts the match and shows some aggression by nailing Fernando with some vicious European uppercuts. He even springboards off the second rope and hits one for a near fall. He and Swagger begin some quick tags that work over Fernando’s back. He manages to make the tag to Diego, who comes in and hits multiple dropkicks and spinning heel kicks. Zeb Colter attempts to distract the referee but El Torito bites him on the butt as the crowd laughs. Los Matadores go for a double back body drop but Cesaro kicks Fernando and hits a Gutwrench suplex on Diego. Cesaro cracks his neck and executes a perfect Neutralizer to beat Los Matadores. The Real Americans defeat Los Matadores!
After the match, Zeb Colter enters the ring with his team; they place their hands over their hearts and shout “We The People!” Cesaro goes to leave but Zeb stops him and says something about being embarrassed by El Torito. Zeb wants Cesaro to swing El Torito but Cesaro is reluctant. Jack Swagger gets fed up as he grabs El Torito and puts him in the Patriot Lock! Los Matadores are up and they nail Swagger, which leads Cesaro to help out. The Real Americans gain the upper hand and beat down on Los Matadores. Cesaro doesn’t have anything against swinging an actual member of the team as he sets up Diego for it but the music of The Usos hits as the crowd erupts! The Tag Team Champions run to the ring and begin to trade shots with the number one contenders. They knock the Real Americans outside and we got us some flying Usos! Jimmy goes under the ring and pulls out a ladder as the crowd is going wild. Jey rolls Swagger back in the ring by the ladder that Jimmy has set up. Jimmy climbs and seems to be calling for a big splash, but Cesaro reaches in and pulls Swagger out of harm’s way. The Usos theme plays as the Real Americans retreat up the ramp.
Returning, Michael Cole announces that tomorrow night on Main Event, the patriarch of the Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt will step into the ring with Rey Mysterio! This will be Rey’s first match since WrestleMania XXX and the only way to see it is on the WWE Network tomorrow at 8PM!
ERICK ROWAN vs. JOHN CENA; Before Bray Wyatt steps into the ring with John Cena at Extreme Rules, his follow Erick Rowan gets a shot at him tonight. Much like Cena’s match with Luke Harper on Main Event last week, both men hit each other with hard shots. Rowan grabs Cena into a bearhug to wear him down. Cena uses the power of the WWE Universe to break free and hit a fisherman suplex for a near fall. Cena climbs to the top and connects with a diving leg drop bulldog but can only muster up another near fall. Cena begins to call for the Attitude Adjustment but Rowan rakes his eyes and he hits a fallaway slam. Rowan grabs Cena with a clawhold and tosses him across the ring. Rowan picks up Cena by the throat and slams him to the mat. He covers but Cena somehow manages to get his shoulder up. Rowan is clearly frustrated as he sends Cena off the ropes and goes for a big boot but Cena ducks it and nails back to back shoulder blocks. Cena sets up for the Five Knuckle Shuffle and connects with it. Luke Harper grabs a steel chair from ringside and gets in the ring. Cena levels him with a clothesline that sends him outside! Cena picks up the chair and whacks Rowan with it, resulting in a disqualification. Erick Rowan defeats John Cena via disqualification!
John Cena drops the chair in disbelief and mouths “what am I doing?” Bray Wyatt laughs from his chair at ringside before picking up a microphone. "Hahaha.....when the shepherd speaks, the world listens because they know that the truth pours from his being! I've said it time and time again that deep within the hero that is John Cena lies a malevolent monster just like Bray Wyatt! You still don't believe me? Look!! Look at it!!" screamed Wyatt as Cena was shown with the chair still in his hands. "The day that I can finally live in peace is the day when humanity realizes that there is no reason to continue living a lie! There is no point to telling our children that people can be different on the inside! WE ARE ALL THE SAME!! There is your proof! That monster holding an object just as cold and unforgiving as his heart! John Cena, Bray Wyatt, the next man standing awaiting his turn on death row....there is no internal difference. We are all monsters. Down goes the legacy of John Cena, and out comes the leviathan. Last Man Standing? Don't be a fool. There is no such thing. This war is a test to see who the Last Monster Standing is at Extreme Rules." Wyatt let out a laugh as Cena threw the chair onto the canvas, trying to deny Wyatt's claims. However, after what we saw tonight, is Wyatt correct? Is there a side of John Cena that the WWE Universe has never seen before? Monday Night Raw fades to a close.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jun 13, 2014 11:09:27 GMT -5
WWE Main Event: April 22nd, 2014 – Giant Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
The first thing seen on tonight’s Main Event on WWE Network is a video package showing Evolution’s promo from last night in the Hell in a Cell. The video then showed Kane’s assault on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and Evolution’s beat down of the Shield. Evolution and Kane have the upper hand with War Games less than two weeks away.
BRAY WYATT vs. REY MYSTERIO; For the first time since the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX, Rey Mysterio steps in the ring. Bray Wyatt though, is coming off of a huge victory over John Cena on that night. Mysterio begins the match by using his unorthodox, fast paced offense to his advantage. He wallops Bray with a hurricanrana, springboard dropkick and a baseball slide. He goes for a suicide dive but Bray moves out of the way and Rey hits the guardrail hard. This allows Bray to take control as he whips Rey into the steel steps before putting him back in the ring. Bray connects with a running senton but only gets a near fall. He sends Rey off the ropes and hits a big running cross body but can only muster up another near fall. Bray signals for the end as he sets up for Sister Abigail, but Mysterio sweeps his leg and rolls him up for two. As they get up Bray ducks a punch and goes for a belly to back suplex only to have Rey reverse it into a bulldog. Rey climbs to the top and hits a big splash but Bray manages to kick out of the pin attempt. Mysterio is unsure what it will take to beat Bray Wyatt. Bray is up and charges but Rey drop toe holds him into 619 position! Rey runs off the ropes, but Bray gets loose and nails a snap Sister Abigail! He covers and it’s enough to keep down Mysterio. Bray Wyatt defeats Rey Mysterio!
A mixed reaction comes over the WWE Universe as Bray Wyatt picks up the victory. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan enter the ring with him and Bray gets to his knees, stretching his arms out. He shouts “follow the buzzards” as Main Event cuts to a recap of John Cena using a steel chair against Erick Rowan last night on Raw. Bray Wyatt laughed at this and cut an eerier promo about the monster in John Cena coming out.
A promo airs for NXT this Thursday. Witness the future of the WWE from Full Sail University every Thursday at 9PM only on the WWE Network!
TITUS O'NEIL vs. XAVIER WOODS; Two superstars looking to gain some traction go toe to toe tonight. The Funkadactyls are at ringside with Xavier Woods, but Titus O’Neil is all business. He attacks Woods as soon as the bell rings, backing him into the corner. Titus fires away with knife edge chops before sending Woods off the ropes. He goes for a clothesline but Woods ducks it and connects with a big dropkick. Titus O’Neil rolls outside for a breather, but the high flying Xavier Woods attempts a dive to the outside, only to be caught and drilled into the ring post by Titus. Titus puts Woods back in the ring and begins to focus on his opponent’s back. He stays in control for a bit until Woods turns the tide with a big tornado DDT for a near fall. Woods nails his Honor Roll clothesline as the crowd is pumped for him. He goes for the Lost in the Woods, but Titus blocks it and nearly puts him through the mat with the Clash of the Titus for the 1-2-3. Titus O’Neil defeats Xavier Woods!
Titus O’Neil throws his arms in the air and does his trademark barking noise as he celebrates a victory tonight. The self-proclaimed “Big Deal” gains some momentum here tonight on Main Event.
An Extreme Rules promo is shown, featuring WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan leading a rally for the “Yes Movement.” War Games at Extreme Rules comes to you on May 4th on the WWE Network!
A recap is shown of The Real Americans defeating Los Matadores last night on Raw, followed by Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger telling Cesaro to swing little El Torito. Cesaro didn’t want to, which allowed Los Matadores to get involved. Cesaro and Swagger fought off Los Matadores until The Usos ran to the ring to clean house. They attempted a splash off of a ladder but the Real Americans escaped in time. A graphic is shown on the screen as Tom Phillips reminds the folks at home that the Real Americans earned a Tag Team Title shot a few weeks ago and they will get that shot at Extreme Rules when they face The Usos in a Ladder Match!
“The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus is shown walking towards the arena because the man who will face Big E for the Intercontinental Title at Extreme Rules is in action next!
SHEAMUS vs. ZACK RYDER; Two former United States Champions do battle to close out Main Event tonight as Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton remind the WWE Universe of Sheamus’ attack on Big E this past Friday on Smackdown. He Brogue Kicked Big E’s head into the turnbuckle and in the process got Big E to agree to put the Intercontinental Title on the line at Extreme Rules. Sheamus’ mean streak is on the display tonight as he levels Zack Ryder with clubs and polish hammers at the start. Sheamus continues to be it the driver’s seat, beating Ryder’s chest until it is bright red. Ryder manages to fight back after dodging Sheamus in the corner and he follows with the Broski Boot. Ryder has the crowd believing in an upset, but as he goes for the Rough Ryder, Sheamus catches him with a stiff powerbomb. He picks up a limp Ryder and nails him with the Brogue Kick to end it. Sheamus defeats Zack Ryder!
Sheamus picks up another victory on his road to an Intercontinental Title shot at Extreme Rules as the WWE Universe voices their displeasure at the new attitude of the “Celtic Warrior”. He continues to celebrate as Main Event on the WWE Network comes to an end.