WWE RAW 8/18/14
Thomas & Mack Center- Las Vegas, NV
A video package of the results of SummerSlam air, highlighting Seth Rollins's victory over Dean Ambrose, Nikki Bella turning on her sister Brie to help Stephanie McMahon beat her, and Brock Lesnar defeating the WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena to win the title.
Raw opens to pan around the cheering crowd of 45,500.
come out to the ring to open up the show, pretty much all smiles as SummerSlam went exactly the way they wanted. Triple H mentions that SummerSlam could be watched on the WWE Network for $9.99 before recapping SummerSlam, starting with Brock Lesnar defeating John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Then, Stephanie McMahon mentions Nikki Bella turning on her sister Brie, saying Nikki did what was best for business and calling Brie a B Plus player like her husband Daniel Bryan. This gets a large negative reaction and some "NO!" chants from the crowd.
Triple H starts to talk about the fact that Seth Rollins defeated his former Shield mate Dean Ambrose before being interrupted by Roman Reigns
coming through the audience. Roman stops at the top of the lower deck and tells the Authority that they forgot to mention one thing at SummerSlam: that he defeated the Authority's "golden boy", Randy Orton. Triple H congratulates Roman on the victory but asks him why he has chosen to interrupt the boss of the company. Roman says that Triple H knows exactly why he's out there and that Randy Orton hasn't had an original thought ever since he became part of the Authority. Roman says that Triple H and Stephanie tried to send Randy after him to take him out of commission, but he destroyed Randy and he's going to do the same to HHH, which gets a big pop from the crowd. Roman says if Triple H does not leave the ring in five seconds, he will come down and kick his ass. Stephanie attempts to interject, saying that Roman will not dare touch a member of WWE leadership. Roman simply states that if they don't leave the ring he will spear her too, which draws a huge cheer from the crowd. Roman begins counting down, but the Authority don't leave.
As Roman reaches zero, he is stopped by the music of Vince McMahon
! The crowd is happy to see him back and pop as he struts to the ring. After complimenting his daughter, Triple H, and the WWE, and playing to the crowd a little bit, he gets down to business. Vince says that there's something he has to tell everyone and he should have done this a long time ago. The crowd, in anticipation of what will follow, starts a small "Thank You Vince!" chant and the Authority can barely disguise their eagerness at what they believe will finally net them full ownership of WWE.
Finally, Vince talks and says that he speaks from the heart when he says this, and it's really a tough decision to make, but Triple H and Stephanie McMahon will NOT be taking over the leadership of WWE in the future! The crowd cheers loudly. Stephanie appears a little flustered, but shakes it off and asks her father to repeat himself as she's not sure she or the WWE Universe heard him correctly. Vince repeats himself louder this time, and a shocked Steph asks him why he would do this. Vince responds, "I'M VINCE MCMAHON DAMMIT!" which gets a big pop. A suddenly angry Vince explains that he's had to sit back and watch the Authority run his company for more than a year, and he won't allow it to continue any longer. Vince says that he will not allow his idiot son-in-law and idiot daughter to destroy the company it took him thirty years to build in less than five years. Throughout this, Triple H and Stephanie are too shocked to speak and the crowd is wildly cheering, relishing seeing the Authority get what they deserve.
Vince is ready to yell "YOU'RE FIRED!" at HHH and Steph, but he is interrupted by Roman Reigns, speaking from the crowd. Roman says that although he wants to see Triple H and Stephanie fired just like everyone else, he still wants to kick HHH's ass before he leaves. Vince says he hates to deny a WWE Superstar what he deserves and asks the crowd if they want to see Roman Reigns vs. Triple H tonight. The crowd pops and Vince announces normally he would fire Triple H and Stephanie right now, but he'll make an exception for tonight, since that match will be the main event of the evening. Also, to ensure Triple H doesn't try to cheat or leave, Vince names himself as the special guest referee. He struts to the back, leaving a fuming Triple H and Stephanie and a happy Reigns.
The camera goes back to the commentators, who discuss the match and Triple H and Stephanie's impending firing. JBL is angry, arguing that HHH and Steph didn't deserve to be fired like that, but he is drowned out by Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, who agree with Vince.
Match 1- Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
The two wrestlers circle each other to begin the match and the commentary plays up the fact that these two met at Wrestlemania 29, and Bray Wyatt's targeting of Jericho. Jericho gets the early advantage, causing Fandango to retreat to the outside. When Jericho goes to the apron, Fandango pulls his leg, knocking him off the apron, and beats on him with hammer fists. He then throws Jericho against the guardrail before rolling him back in the ring.
Fandango controls the latter half of this match, but Jericho counters a suplex attempt and hits Fandango with a big knee after he turns around. Jericho then hits a DDT before connecting with the Lionsault, but only gets a 2 count. Jericho goes to the top rope, but Fandango cuts him down and connects with a dropkick in the corner. Fandango then attempts to go for the top rope leg drop, but Jericho grabs Fandango's legs as he lands and attempts to transition into the Walls of Jericho! Fandango quickly rolls Jericho off him and bounces off the ropes to go for a strike, but Jericho connects with a Codebreaker for the 3 count!
Winner: Chris Jericho, 8:08
Jericho is celebrating after the match when the lights go out and Bray Wyatt
appears on the titantron. Wyatt is his usual maniacal, rambling self, but he makes a point that his feud with Jericho is not over "until the false prophets and the proselytizers are cleaned from the earth", pretty clearly meaning he will destroy Chris Jericho. The crowd eats this up.
Match 2- Paige vs. Alicia Fox
Alicia is a face once again for this match as she plays to the crowd upon her entrance. The new Divas' Champion, Paige, looks very confident with the title around her waist once again.
This match never really goes any other way, as Paige gets off to a good start. Near the end, Alicia connects with a few punches, but Paige connects with a superkick after Alicia bounces off the ropes and hits the Paige Turner for the win.
Winner: Paige, 4:30
Afterwards, Paige poses with the title as the commentators play up the fact that AJ Lee is not in attendance tonight.
The camera cuts backstage, showing Corporate Kane
pacing, probably worried about the future of his job now that Triple H is set to be fired.
Match 3- Bo Dallas vs. Sin Cara
We return to action with Sin Cara already in the ring. Bo Dallas comes out with thumbs up, smiling, and takes a lap around the ring before getting in the ring.
Bo connects with a couple hip tosses right off the bat and jumps for joy, running around the ring. Sin Cara takes advantage of this and kicks Bo a couple times before springing off the ropes for a crossbody. A dazed Bo rolls to the outside to recover. Sin Cara follows him, but Bo, now angry, pulls Sin Cara off the apron and drives him into the barricade. Back in the ring, Bo tries to lock on a submission, but Sin Cara slithers out of it and kicks him in the head. Sin Cara goes for the cover and gets only a 2 count. He tries to go to the top rope again, but Bo anticipates it and knocks him down, followed by a Bo-Dog for the 3 count.
Winner: Bo Dallas, 5:57
Bo takes a victory lap as we go to commercial. The announcers hype the fact that Brock Lesnar will be presented with the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt next.
makes his way back to the ring to the cheers of the crowd. There is a belt on a pedestal under a red cloth in the ring. After Vince steps in the ring, he introduces a man that he says he personally does not get along with but he can't deny that what he did to John Cena last night was impressive.
, along with his advocate Paul Heyman
, comes out to the ring. Heyman has a smug "I told you so" smile on his face. After shaking hands with them, which Vince does with obvious hesitation, he asks the crowd if they are ready to see the new title. The crowd responds, and Vince slowly pulls the red cloth off the belt to reveal a belt just like the old WWE Championship in design, only with the new logo.
Half the crowd is silent in confusion and the other half begins to boo, not happy that this much fanfare was made over a belt that looks almost exactly like the old one. Vince quickly hands the mic to Heyman, who plays up Brock's achievements and how he manhandled John Cena in that match. The anti-Cena Las Vegas crowd cheers after every mention of Lesnar destroying Cena. Heyman makes sure to point out that Cena isn't in Las Vegas tonight because Brock beat him so bad, leading to big cheers from the crowd. All this time, Brock is smiling and holding the championship. Heyman says that anyone trying to defeat his client, Brock Lesnar for the championship has no idea what kind of fight they are getting into and that the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the future will remain around the waist of BRRRRRROCK LLLLESNAR.
Heyman and Lesnar take pictures with the belt to end the segment.
Match 4- Adam Rose vs. Damien Sandow
Damien Sandow comes out dressed up as a Vegas gambler. The crowd gets hype during Rose's entrance, but mainly stays quiet during this short match which Rose wins after the Party Foul.
Winner: Adam Rose, 4:15
Rose leaves with the Rosebuds after the match. Some fans pick up on the fact that there is a large man wearing all black and a ski mask near the back that doesn't appear to be partying, but the announcers don't mention it.
The commentators recap what has happened and hype the Intercontinental Championship rematch between Dolph Ziggler and the Miz happening later tonight.
Match 5- Wyatts vs. Big Show and Mark Henry
The Big Show and Mark Henry make their way out to the ring, focused and ready for this match. The commentators note what a test it is going to be for the Wyatts before they make their entrance.
"Las Vegas, WE'RE HERE." The crowd is on their feet, waving their cell phones in the air as Luke Harper and Erick Rowan come down the aisle, accompanied by Bray Wyatt. Harper gives several blank stares to the camera on the ramp. Wyatt sits down in the rocking chair at the end of the ramp and blows out the lantern. The lights come back on and Harper and Rowan slowly walk the final distance to the ring. Big Show and Mark Henry do not appear to be fazed by the Wyatts' antics.
Harper starts the match with Big Show. Immediately, Harper goes straight to attack Show, but the Big Show is ready and matches Harper, shoving him aside a couple times before Irish Whipping Harper into the ropes and launching him into the air with a huge back body drop. Harper crawls back into his corner and Big Show lets him tag in Rowan. Rowan and Show stare down in the center of the ring and Rowan attempts to hit Show but Show grabs him by the hand and shoves him into the corner. Then, Show does the "shush" taunt and smacks Rowan across the chest. Rowan falls to the ground as Show goes to tag in Mark Henry. Henry gets in some good offense and goes back to tag Show in.
A little ways into Show being in, a leg clip from Rowan after a missed clothesline in the corner swings the match in favor of the Wyatts. The Wyatts get in some good offense, and Bray is shown loving it from ringside. Harper has an armbar locked on Show as we go to commercial.
We are back with Big Show attempting to break Harper's submission hold. Show lands punches to the gut and breaks the hold, but Harper hits a huge double axe handle to bring Big Show down to one knee. Harper looks up to the sky crazily before gator rolling Show. The Wyatts continue to stay in control until Rowan misses a big boot in the corner and Show lifts him up for the chokeslam. Both men are down and struggle to their corners, both making the tag. Mark Henry comes in and goes on the offensive, finishing off by squashing Harper in the corner. As he picks up Harper for the World's Strongest Slam, Rowan slides into the ring from behind and hits a big boot on Henry, dropping the World's Strongest Man. Harper picks up Henry for a huge bodyslam before retreating in the corner, where he shakes and mutters to himself as Henry gets to his feet. As Henry is up, Harper connects with the discus clothesline to win!
Winners: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, 16:46
A maniacally laughing Bray Wyatt slides into the ring with his Family and does the follow the buzzards pose. The replays from the match are shown, with the commentators pointing out Harper's feat of strength bodyslam on Mark Henry.
As the Wyatts continue to revel in victory, they are interrupted by the music of Chris Jericho
, who comes out on the stage. He says that the stunt Bray pulled after his match was cute, but he needs to learn a lesson in psychological warfare from the master of the microphone himself. Jericho says that Bray claims he is a god, but after Jericho defeated him recently, all he is is crazy. He closes out by stating that Bray has won a match at SummerSlam and Jericho won before that, but he says after Night of Champions when he defeats Bray one on one, the Wyatts will never...EEEEEEEEEEVER be the same again. He exits, leaving the Wyatts fuming in the ring.
The commentators welcome us to the second hour of Raw as Renee Young
is backstage to conduct an interview, welcoming Nikki Bella
. The crowd boos as Nikki enters the frame. Noticeably, Nikki is not wearing attire identical to her sister's, instead choosing to wear a tight fitting, black swimsuit-like singlet.
Renee asks Nikki why she chose to betray her sister and side with the Authority at SummerSlam. Nikki is to the point with her answer, stating that in all the time she has been in WWE, Brie has never cared about anybody but herself. She says that for her, it was always the Bella Twins, but in Brie's mind it was Brie and her younger, less talented sister. She also states that Brie has always been trying to drag her into matters that don't concern her, citing Brie involving her in the Authority/Daniel Bryan feuds.
Nikki says that she is happy to have finally stepped out of the shadow of her egocentric sister and to have joined up with someone like Stephanie McMahon who actually cares about her interests. The crowd boos on this last remark. Nikki also mentions that from here on out, she will no longer be appearing on Total Divas, saying she never liked that stupid reality show idea but went along with it to please her sister.
Nikki wants to say more, but her speech trails off as the camera pans to reveal Natalya
standing in front of the interviewer's area. Nattie says that she's never liked the Bella Twins since they came to WWE, and now she knows why. Nattie cuts down Nikki, saying that Nikki is making up lies to try to convince everyone why she betrayed her own sister when everybody knows Nikki did it only for the money. Nikki is getting angrier, asking Natalya what she had done over the past month or two and telling her that someone who has done nothing does not talk to her like that.
It looks like there's a fight about to break out, but Vince McMahon
comes into the interview area just in time. He says that it looks like the two women have a problem with each other, and how about they solve that problem in the ring later tonight. The announcers comment on the match being made as we go back to the ring.
Match 6- Big E vs. R-Truth
R-Truth is already in the ring as we return. Big E is next to come out as the crowd pops a little. Big E does not play to the crowd, remaining focused on his way to the ring. The match starts and E wins a couple grappling battles before locking in a submission. Truth escapes and begins to use his superior speed to frustrate the former Intercontinental Champion.
As Truth unleashes a roundhouse chop, bringing the big man down to a knee (a hearty "WOO!" is heard from the crowd), Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston
make their way ringside. The momentary distraction allows E to spring off the ropes and hit a back suplex onto Truth. Big E takes control of this match, looking a bit more relentless on the attack than he usually is. The commentary notices this, as well as playing up Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston's presence at ringside and what connection Big E has to them.
Big E locks on a submission and Truth looks to be in pain. Truth tries to struggle out as E cinches it in tighter. With a few chants for Truth breaking out, he struggles to his feet and breaks the hold. Truth hits E with a big right hook, which staggers him, before unleashing a flurry of punches and kicks, backing E into the corner. A fired-up Truth dances around the ring before running and connecting with a high rolling elbow onto Big E in the corner. As E stumbles out of the corner, Truth bounces off the ropes and hits a bulldog. Woods and Kofi at ringside appear to be worried as Truth taunts Big E. As E is up to one knee, Truth goes back off the ropes and connects with the Scissors Kick! The crowd is cheering after that fast paced exchange.
R-Truth goes over to make the cover, but is distracted by Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston jumping up on the apron. Truth tenses, ready to fight, but Big E is slowly getting up behind him. As Truth continues to watch Woods and Kofi, Big E turns him around from behind and nails him with his signature clothesline! A focused E pulls the straps down before picking up the lifeless R-Truth and hitting the Big Ending for the cover and the 3 count.
Winner: Big E, 8:47
Big E stands in the center of the ring as Woods and Kofi slide under the bottom rope to join him. They all stand around R-Truth, lying prone, and Woods nods and Kofi and E nod back. All three begin viciously stomping on Truth to a few boos but a mostly dead crowd. Kofi and Woods drag Truth back to his feet and Big E goes to the corner and begins to fire up. They let Truth go and Big E hits the clothesline again, this time turning Truth over. This time Woods and E pick Truth up after he has hardly left his feet and Kofi nails the Trouble in Paradise. Truth falls over into the waiting grasp of Big E, who hits the Big Ending again. With Truth laid out in the center in the ring, the three wrestlers stand behind his unconscious body, E on the right, Woods in the center, and Kofi on the left. All three lower their heads and slowly raise their right fists to the sky to boos from the crowd.
Raw returns with Big E
, Kofi Kingston
, and Xavier Woods
backstage. Woods is telling E and Kofi some info in the charismatic style of a preacher when Byron Saxton
comes by and attempts to get an interview with them. Big E steps into Saxton's face, and looks angry and breathes heavily until Saxton leaves. E returns to the group, and they continue to walk back to the locker room.
Match 7- The Usos vs. Rybaxel
Rybaxel is in the ring, with Ryback slapping his chest and roaring. The WWE Tag Team Champions the Usos come out next, performing the Siva Tau and slapping the hands of the crowd on the ramp. The Usos pose with their belts on the top rope, but Rybaxel do not appear impressed. Axel and Jimmy start the match off, with the Usos taking control. Axel is hit with a double team as Jey comes in, but reverses and takes control. The crowd in Las Vegas begin to chant "Feed Me More" and Axel tags in Ryback to cheers. Ryback throws around Jey, finishing with throwing him out of the ring. The wrestler from Las Vegas plays to his hometown crowd before actually attempting to go for a suicide dive like the Usos do, but Jey catches him with a vicious superkick as Ryback goes through the top and middle ropes. The "Big Guy" flops to the floor as Jimmy runs from his corner to knock Axel from the apron. Jey slides back into the ring as both do the U-SO! taunt with the crowd before hitting suicide dives to opposite sides of the ring. JBL makes sure to note "that's how a suicide dive is done!" before we take a commercial break.
The match returns with Axel and Jey in the ring, Rybaxel having taken control during the break. Axel wears down Jey before hitting a neckbreaker and getting a 2 count. Jimmy attempts to will his brother on from the corner, but Axel continues to work on Jey, getting several near-falls. After his latest 2 count, Axel tries to hit a gutwrench slam, but Jey slithers out the back door, bounces off the ropes and tries to go for a kick which is caught by Axel. As Axel holds Jey's foot, Jey spins around and connects with an enzuigiri to the back of the head. The crowd pops as both men make the hot tag. Jimmy comes in like a house of fire, hitting two flying lariats before connecting with a springboard crossbody to Ryback. Jimmy tries to go for the cover, but Axel comes in and breaks it up. However, Jey Uso is right behind and superkicks Axel before he even has a chance to stand up! Then, Ryback immediately follows and Meat Hooks Jey over the top rope. As he turns around, he is superkicked by Jimmy, who follows that up with the frog splash for the win!
Winners: The Usos, 10:25
As the tag champs leave the ring, Axel is trying to ask Ryback what is going on. Axel does not appear pleased at this latest loss.
The commentators mention the main event, Triple H vs. Roman Reigns, before showing the events that led up to the match being made.
Match 8- Nikki Bella vs. Natalya
Natalya is in the ring when we come back, ready for Divas action. The commentators note that she was the one who called out Nikki for this match. Nikki Bella then makes her way to the ring to boos from the crowd, debuting new theme music as well as her new attire. Michael Cole says that she appears confident, which means she probably does not know that her new affiliates The Authority will likely be gone after tonight. JBL says that she is just confident she is going to beat Natalya.
The two women circle the ring to begin. Nikki attempts to go on the offensive early with a few punches, but Nattie catches one of the punches and takes Nikki down with an MMA-style forward slam before jumping on top of Nikki and unloading. The commentators say that Natalya has a point to prove tonight as she whips Nikki into the corner and clotheslines her on the rebound. Nattie attempts to go for the Sharpshooter, but Nikki rolls over and kicks Nattie off before kicking her. Nikki backs her into the corner and hits a high kick before whipping her into the ropes. However, Nattie ducks underneath Nikki's intended clothesline and pushes Nikki into the ropes before going off the ropes herself. Both women attempt a crossbody and collide in midair, Nikki falling under the second rope toward the stage. As the referee begins the 10-count on both women, an angry Brie Bella
storms out to the ring to the cheers of the crowd. Brie gets to the ring and goes straight after Nikki, giving her sister a huge slap from the floor.
Winner: Nikki Bella by DQ, 5:34
Nikki writhes in the ring as Brie is on top of her, punching and screaming at her sister. The trainers and referees have to come out to drag Brie off of Nikki. As they are forcing Brie to the back, she can be heard to yell, "WHO'S EGOCENTRIC? WHO'S NOT TALENTED? YOU BACKSTABBING BITCH!"
The commentators afterwards are divided on what just happened. JBL feels there was no need for Brie to attack Nikki, while King thinks that what Brie did was justified.
Match 9- Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. The Miz, Intercontinental Championship
The Hollywood Miz comes out in his stupid-looking shawl getup, pointing to the crowd. When he gets in the ring, he takes the mic and says that in fact, he wasn't mad that Dolph Ziggler defeated him for the title, because everyone knows that in Hollywood, a sequel will make even more money, especially one where the hero triumphs in the end. The commentators state that Miz is cashing in his rematch clause after losing the championship last night. The champion, Dolph Ziggler is out with the title on backwards as he swivels his hips before turning the title around and heading to the ring. The competitors are introduced by Justin Roberts in the ring, as Ziggler gets a big pop.
The two men lock up. After some offense by Ziggler, he attempts a punch to Miz's face, but Miz rolls out of the ring to protect the "moneymaker". As Ziggler follows, Miz whips him into the stairs, taking control of the match. Miz continues to dominate Ziggler as we go to the first commercial break.
Miz has Ziggler locked in an armbar as we come back. Ziggler is fighting to escape the submission as he tries to go to the ropes. Ziggler makes it, but Miz holds on until the count reaches 4 and immediately attacks Ziggler with stomps until the referee pulls him off. Ziggler struggles to his feet in the corner and Miz hits him with the Awesome Clothesline in the corner. Miz goes for the neckbreaker/backbreaker, but Ziggler reverses and takes control of the match. We go to the second commercial with Ziggler fired up.
The third hour of Raw begins with Ziggler getting Miz up and hitting a dropkick to get a 2 count. Ziggler looks at the official before locking the sleeper hold in on Miz. Ziggler does not have it in on tight and Miz rolls him over before connecting with the neckbreaker/backbreaker combination. Immediately, Miz goes straight to the figure-four as Ziggler struggles to get free. Eventually he makes it to the bottom rope, but Miz is right back on him, hitting him with a huge shoulder block. Miz only gets a 2 count and goes to the top rope, waiting for Ziggler to get up. Ziggler is up and Miz attempts to jump, but Ziggler falls into the turnbuckle, crotching Miz on the connector!
Ziggler slowly makes his way to the top, where he positions Miz so that he is sitting on the top rope. Ziggler plays to the crowd before putting his leg around Miz's head and hitting a top rope Fameasser! As soon as Miz is up, Ziggler hits the Zig Zag and gets the 3 count to retain his title!
Winner and still Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler, 20:10
The commentators are quick to note what a match that was and give props to both guys. Miz doesn't seem to share the same opinion, as he is pounding on the floor outside after losing. The highlights of the match are shown, with the incredible top-rope Fameasser the highlight of the night. The commentators still mention that Triple H vs. Roman Reigns is just around the corner.
A package hyping Friday's Smackdown is shown.
The camera goes to Renee Young
backstage, as she attempts to get a word with the former Intercontinental Champion, The Miz
. Miz is upset and sweaty and in really no mood to talk as Renee asks him how he feels after failing to defeat Ziggler for the second time in as many weeks. An upset Miz says that the WWE Universe doesn't appreciate good art or his genius, as evident when they cheered Dolph Ziggler, the "villain" according to Miz. Miz says that he is going back to Hollywood where people can get behind him, and he'll be back when he feels like it. Miz storms off as we go back to the ring. The commentators don't know what to think about Miz throwing that temper tantrum backstage.
Match 10- Rusev vs. Rob Van Dam
Rob Van Dam comes out first, playing to the crowd. Rusev is next, accompanied by Lana, as he is still feeling some pain in his ankle from Jack Swagger Ankle Locking him at SummerSlam, as the recap plays during his entrance. Starting off, Rusev throws around the smaller man, but RVD begins to take advantage, using kicks and then an enzuigiri followed by the Rolling Thunder. Rusev rolls to the outside to recover.
Rusev tries to buy time on the outside, but RVD climbs to the top turnbuckle and unleashes a missile dropkick to the outside that sends Rusev over the guardrail! Lana doesn't look pleased as she is screaming at Rusev to get up. As Rusev tries to get over the guardrail, RVD goes for the spinning leg kick, but Rusev moves out of the way and Van Dam's leg crashes into the top of the guardrail! Rusev immediately goes onto the attack, throwing RVD into the ring post before working on him in the ring. Finally, Lana gives the signal to "crush him!" and Rusev locks on the Accolade, causing RVD to tap.
Winner: Rusev, 8:26
The Russian flag drops as Rusev and Lana celebrate. Lana grabs a mic and tells the crowd that just like at SummerSlam, another pitiful American who thought he could match the might of Mother Russia was defeated for good. The crowd boos as Lana credits Rusev's victory over Jack Swagger to "the most powerful man in the world", Vladimir Putin.
Lana goes on, but is interrupted by the music of Cesaro
! The "Swiss Superman" makes his way to the ring while Lana and Rusev watch with expressions suggesting they don't know what is going on. Cesaro takes a mic and tells Lana and Rusev he's got a few things to say. He says that while he and Jack Swagger didn't exactly split on good terms, he still thinks highly of his former tag team partner, also mentioning that he thought Rusev's kicking Zeb Colter, the man who helped him realize his potential, after the match was despicable.
Lana gets right in Cesaro's face, asking if America is so desperate they can't even have an American fight their battles for them. Cesaro counters, asking her if Rusev is so stupid he has to have a woman do his talking for him. Immediately, an angry Rusev pushes Lana aside and stares down Cesaro. Cesaro looks away for a split second and Rusev begins to hit him, but Cesaro nails Rusev with a huge European Uppercut that drops Rusev! Immediately, Cesaro signals for the Giant Swing, but Lana rolls Rusev out of the ring. Cesaro stares daggers down to Rusev and Lana as they regroup on the outside.
The camera switches to backstage, where Byron Saxton
is with Seth Rollins
in the interview area. Byron tells Seth that a lot of people feel he only defeated Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam due to Kane's interference. Seth says that he didn't win because of interference, he won because he is damn good, and that his victory showed why he is Mr. Money in the Bank and why Dean Ambrose is just a lunatic in a wifebeater. Rollins says you're not going to be seeing Ambrose in WWE anytime soon because of what he did at SummerSlam, and walks off to go to the ring.
Match 11- Seth Rollins vs. Jack Swagger
Jack Swagger makes his way to the ring waving the American flag and gets a "WE THE PEOPLE!" from the crowd. The commentators note that he is by himself after Rusev kicked Zeb Colter at SummerSlam, and also that he must feel like he let his country down after losing the Flag Match. Seth Rollins is out next to boos, smirking and carrying the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Swagger goes right after Rollins to begin, who rolls out of the ring to regroup. However, Swagger is right behind him and rolls him back into the ring. But Rollins is ready and catches Swagger on the way in with stomps and an elbow drop. Rollins hits a neckbreaker before taking the offensive, particularly targeting Swagger's ribs, which are still taped after the Rusev match. In one moment, Rollins whips Swagger into the corner and takes some time to showboat. He then lines up in the corner and goes for a dropkick into the corner, but Swagger had time to move out of the way and Seth goes flying between the ropes onto the floor. We go to commercial with Rollins in pain on the outside.
We are back with Rollins in control. A replay shows that Rollins had dropkicked the ring steps into Swagger during the commercial break. Rollins attacks Swagger with kicks before rebounding off the ropes for a snapmare, which gets him only a 2 count. Rollins again whips Swagger into the corner before hitting a running knee, knocking Swagger over the top rope to the apron. Rollins smiles before going to the outside and running to kick Swagger in the injured ribs from the apron! Swagger falls to the outside in pain as Rollins gloats.
Swagger just beats the 10 count to the frustration of Rollins. Seth immediately attacks again before whipping Swagger off the ropes and trying to go for a dropkick, but Jack ducks and counters with a huge clothesline! Swagger begins an adrenaline rush as he hits a big boot and then the Swagger Bomb to Seth in the corner! Swagger tries to go for the Gutwrench Powerbomb, but Rollins reverses into a backbreaker. Rollins goes to the top and tries for yet another missile dropkick, but Swagger catches his leg on the way down and turns it into the Ankle Lock! Rollins screams in pain as he tries to escape. He tries to go for the rope but Swagger drags him back into the center of the ring. Rollins rolls over and breaks the Ankle Lock by kicking Swagger off him. As Swagger is getting up, Rollins capitalizes with the Curbstomp for the win!
Winner: Seth Rollins, 12:02
Rollins is celebrating up the ramp when he is blindsided by Dean Ambrose
coming from backstage! Ambrose drags Rollins back to the ringside area where he gives Seth a Dirty Deeds on the floor to the cheers of the crowd! Ambrose grabs a mic from the timekeeper's area, and he goes back to Rollins, saying that it took the whole of the Authority for Rollins to hurt him, but it only takes one of Dean Ambrose to beat Seth Rollins so bad he will never return to WWE. Dean asks Rollins if he wants to know how he can hurt him, and before Seth can say anything, Ambrose grabs a chair from under the ring and hits Rollins across the back with it! Rollins writhes on the ground as Ambrose says, "With that." Ambrose then grabs a Singapore Cane from under the ring, hits Rollins with it, and says "And that." Then he picks up a garbage can from under the ring, smacks Rollins over the head with it, and gives him another Dirty Deeds on it as referees and security rush out from the back. Ambrose stands over the unconscious Rollins and says that at Night of Champions, he will hurt Rollins in a No Holds Barred match before security drag him out.
The commentators remind us that the main event, Triple H vs. Roman Reigns with Mr. McMahon as the special guest referee, is up next.
]Match 12- Triple H vs. Roman Reigns, Mr. McMahon is Special Guest Referee
"No Chance" hits on the PA and Vince McMahon struts to the ring, wearing the referee's shirt. He gets a nice ovation from the crowd, who appreciates his actions earlier. A replay of what happened at the beginning of the show is played. Then, the lights go blue, "Hounds of Justice" plays, and Roman Reigns makes his way through the crowd, looking absolutely focused. He jumps the barricade and does the double-fist pose on the second turnbuckle to cheers from the crowd. Then, "Time to Play the Game" plays, and Triple H appears on the stage in a cloud of smoke. He does not appear to be too happy to have this match, but he does his signature water spit and pose to some cheers and some boos.
The two circle the ring as Vince calls for the bell, and immediately Triple H grapples Reigns into the ropes. Vince calls for HHH to break, and he ignores him so Vince pulls him off Reigns and Hunter stares him down. Roman takes advantage by drilling Hunter with a right hand and goes on the attack. Roman finishes a sequence of moves with an impressive powerslam for a 2 count. Roman tries to go for a suplex, but Triple H counters with the knee to the head.
HHH moves to grab Roman's leg and drags it outside to the steel post before slamming Reigns's left knee into the post repeatedly. Roman rolls in pain in the ring and when Hunter is back in, Vince has some choice words for his son-in-law. HHH shoves him aside before grabbing Roman's left leg and stomping on it. Hunter then locks Reigns in a figure-four as we go to commercial.
Triple H is still working on Reigns as we return to the main event of Raw. Hunter lands some vicious strikes before grabbing Reigns and telling him to "Get up!" He then attempts the Pedigree on Roman, but Reigns counters into a back body drop! Reigns rebounds off the ropes and hits Hunter with a clothesline. HHH falls into the bottom rope as Reigns plays to the crowd before running around the ring and giving Trips the dropkick from the outside! Roman goes back into the ring and loads up for a...SUPERMAN PUNCH! Triple H walked right into it!
As Roman goes to make the cover, flames blast from the ring post and Kane
comes out on the stage! Angrily, he comes down the ramp as the commentators say Triple H must have had a Plan B. Kane grabs the top rope, but he is knocked off by another Superman Punch! Roman climbs out of the ring and slugs Kane all the way up to the stage before connecting with a Spear! He looks down at the long distance he needs to go to get back into the ring, but Vince just begins to count 1, revealing he had not counted at all during the exchange! JBL is fuming as Roman gets back in the ring. However, as he is back in, Triple H springs from the mat and hits a huge spinebuster on Reigns!
HHH makes a gesture at Vince before setting up Roman for the Pedigree, but Roman lifts him up into a Samoan Drop, rebounds off the ropes and connects with the SPEAR! Roman goes for the cover, but then...
Nine men in black wearing ski masks climb the barricade from the front row and surround the ring. The crowd pops, wondering who these men are. The commentators are wondering as well, as Roman Reigns has completely taken his attention off Triple H and is now watching the movements of these strange individuals. Vince has also taken a defensive position with Roman, trying to stand his ground if these men attack.
One of the masked intruders, a rather small one, steps ahead of the others. The man slowly reaches for his mask and peels it off...
to reveal the face of Fergal Devitt
. The crowd pops to see him in WWE for the first time. The man next to him takes off his mask slowly, and reveals AJ Styles
to more wild cheers from the Las Vegas crowd. Roman and Vince are not even paying any attention to HHH, who is shown down in the corner, but smiling evilly.
The men reveal themselves one by one, Bad Luck Fale
, then Karl Anderson
, then Yujiro Takahashi
, then the Young Bucks
, Tama Tonga
, and Doc Gallows
. The crowd cheers more and more after each reveal. Devitt puts his fingers in the the shape of a gun and raises them to the sky, and the crowd goes nuts, confirming that it is Bullet Club
from New Japan Pro Wrestling
here in WWE.
The commentators are all saying things along the lines of "oh my god!" when Bullet Club rush the ring and go after Roman and Vince, who try to hold them off, but quickly fall under the onslaught of nine men.
Winner: No Contest, 20:11
Triple H is up from the corner and screaming at them to "finish it!" Roman and Vince are beaten down as Gallows stands Vince up and both Young Bucks deliver a simultaneous superkick to Vince before Fale lifts him up for a sitout powerbomb. The already hot crowd cheers on impact. Roman starts to get up, but Takahashi hits him with a lariat and Fale delivers the Bad Luck Fall to even more cheers. The crowd is going nuts as AJ Styles steps to the front, grabs Vince, and delivers a Styles Clash to a huge cheer. Devitt is last, as he gives the gun taunt before picking up Mr. McMahon and driving him into the mat with a Bloody Sunday to a roar from the crowd.
The commentators are stunned as Triple H, an evil grin on his face, steps around the limp bodies of his father-in-law and Roman Reigns. He goes over to Devitt and extends his hand, and Fergal shakes it as the cheers from the crowd turn to nuclear boos immediately. Triple H shares the Kliq sign with the rest of Bullet Club as Raw goes off the air.