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The PEN15 Mightier – Live SOLID Raw Blog (Sep 2) + Brock’s Challengers and NOT Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, NXT
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The PEN15 Mightier – Live SOLID Raw Blog (Sep 2) + Brock’s Challengers and NOT Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, NXT
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Monday Afternoon Pre Raw Thoughts
Brock Lesnar As Champion
Never before has WWE ever had a champion that created such convoluted havoc in the main event. It’s entirely entertaining, and refreshing, so I’m in no way complaining. Having a champion who only appears a handful of times a year, and communicated with the audience through mostly taped interviews can be dangerous, but WWE is doing a remarkable job. It’s a throwback to the 80s, when Hulk Hogan would have his name on every episode of Superstars, but would rarely wrestle, and would only have highlights repeated to hype up the big appearances on Saturday night’s Main Event, or PPVs. In 2014, with several WWE programs on a weekly basis and PPVs monthly, Brock’s schedule is going to help the rest of the roster extensively. His appearances and matches will be draws more than ever, and therefore making the wrestlers who are vying to take him on an even bigger deal.
If only WWE thought of this with their recent champions, we wouldn’t have had so many talents shoved down our throats, creating resistance from the WWE Universe who is supposed to be pulling for the John Cenas of the world. Imagine if Cena wasn’t on TV weekly, but only when needed? I’m not saying ratings would be better (though I wouldn’t be surprised), but I think the fans that have become tired of him wouldn’t have reached their breaking point nearly as fast.
At this point on Raw the draw is no longer who will be champion, or the champion himself. If Brock isn’t there every Monday, it means someone else needs the spotlight. Forget that it’s Cena for a second, and look at how important his TV time is now that he’s the sole star while not the champion. It makes his impending title shot all the more interesting. It’s hard to see since it’s the guy we’ve seen on TV for a decade doing basically the same thing over and over again, but think for a second about how this will help whoever needs to challenge him next? Or, if I were to continue the analogy to the 80s, think about how essential the TV time was for Hogan’s opponents to carry the angle. I remember Earthquake’s attack on the Brother Love show much more than anything about Hogan exacting revenge. I remember the Macho Man attack in the medical office after Hulk carried Elizabeth back there, and not whatever Hogan said about getting his hands on Savage at WrestleMania V. I remember the twin referee screwjob on The Main Event that led to Andre winning the title, and then handing it over to Ted DiBiase, and not the Hogan chase to get into the tournament at WrestleMania IV. Right now, it’ll be Cena’s time to shine (for the zillionth time), but he’ll fail at Night of Champions, leaving the door for the next person to rise up.
Now, that leads to the question of who will take on Brock along the way. The safe assumption is that Roman Reigns will eventually be the man to dethrone Brock, most likely at WrestleMania 31. I’m not trying to dispute the quality of that potential storyline, but just setting the scene for how the next few months will likely go.
Many people think that along the way to Mania Brock is going to need to defend the title against the top guys. This makes sense, and I agree. Where I disagree is who will get those opportunities.
One commonly mentioned name is Daniel Bryan. I’ll say it flat out: No, Brock and Bryan should not cross paths.
There’s no good ending to that scenario. One argument is that Bryan should be the one to take on Brock at WrestleMania 31 instead of Roman Reigns. I’m sorry, but if Bryan were to win, it would spit in the face of logic. Lesnar is pushed as an even bigger monster now than ever, especially bigger than when Eddie Guerrero defeated him in 2004. I hate to bring size into the argument, but facts are facts. Daniel is much smaller than Eddie was at No Way Out 2004. The difference in size would be too monumental to take seriously. It just won’t happen.
The other option is that Brock takes on Daniel along the way, and defeats the Yes Man. If this were to happen, it would need to be a dominant victory for Heyman’s Beast, and that would stop Bryan’s momentum. If Bryan is ragdolled by Brock, that upstart energy from the audience will dip, and I would predict it would be severe.
There’s absolutely no reason to have them face each other at this time. In the future? Maybe, but certainly not in the next 6 months.
If Bryan returns, he should either be taking on HHH, or he should return at the Rumble and be eliminated by someone major to have a Mania feud with. Maybe Cena would work if a heel turn is in the plans (it’s not) or Seth Rollins, Bad News Barrett….etc. Bryan gets eliminated from having a shot at the title, feuds with whoever took him out. It’s basic storytelling. After Mania, move him into the title hunt when Brock has stepped aside.
So, Daniel Bryan is not an option, no matter how popular he may be. And while his popularity will be huge when he returns from injury, there’s a couple of obstacles in the way for him to be as popular as he once was. When Bryan rose to Mania 30, there was a lot of help from having CM Punk depart from the company. A lot of Punk’s fans jumped to the Bryan bandwagon, or if they were already onboard, they got louder.
By the time Bryan gets back, WWE will have new names for the Universe to be chanting for. With the rise of Reigns and possibly Dean Ambrose, the interest won’t be as high for Bryan. Wrestling fans are fickle, and we love freshness, almost to a fault. The people tired of Reigns already aren’t really tired of the performer; they’re tired of the push and what he’ll become. Sure, he’s not all that varied with his in-ring work, but just like how crazy fans were for Batista, Ryback, Brock, Cena, and several other meatheads, he’s interesting now because he’s fresh. Yes, he’s likely going to be the next Sheamus or Cena failed megapush, but he hasn’t failed yet.
Bryan hasn’t failed, but there are fans out there who will no longer buy into his underdog gimmick because they have moved on to Reigns and/or Ambrose. The fun of being a fan of the Flying Goat won’t what it used to be. And there are going to be fans that move on. They’ll cheer, and be happy when he returns, but there will be fans thinking “I hope he doesn’t take Dean or Roman’s spot”, or kids thinking that he’s no longer all that great because Roman and Dean are much cooler. You and I might not like it, but facts are facts.
Bryan can win them back, but will WWE let that happen? I’m skeptical that WWE will do anything to derail the Roman Reigns train. I am confident that it won’t pan out as they planned, but it doesn’t mean they’ll just revert to Daniel Bryan.
Who will WWE revert back to along the way? Or who will WWE go with instead of Roman if he fails? It won’t be Daniel Bryan. Cena, Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, and Seth Rollins would all have to be out of the picture for Bryan to be the pick to win the title from Brock.
Now, you might be scratching your head as to why Wyatt or Rollins might get that nod. Wyatt turning face is always going to be a possibility with the following he has. I’m not saying it would be smart of WWE to let happen, but it would be easy, and it would work. You know the WWE Universe would love to cheer Wyatt. And the Architect of the Shield, Seth Rollins, has a guaranteed WWE title match whenever he wants it. If Rollins takes on Brock, it won’t be a one-off; it’ll be him breaking away from the Authority to do it, or if Brock turns face and HHH needs someone to get the title back. It’ll be a serious push to the championship level, and not a single match the way the Damien Sandow cash-in was.
Both Wyatt and Rollins are more likely to take on Brock than Daniel Bryan.
And, there’s always Batista. The Animal vs The Beast will headline a PPV.
Another positive of the WWE Tag Team division. Ryback’s singles career was a complete mess after the rushed push to take on Cena after WrestleMania 29. He might have been spinning his wheels tagging with Curtis Axel, but at this point he can return into the spotlight very easily. I was just thinking yesterday about what would happen if Brock and Heyman were making an open challenge on PPV, and the music hits with the babyface version of Ryback’s “Feed Me More.”
It’s this sort of action that could turn Ryback back into the monster he should have become before they ruined his momentum vs Cena.
Will it happen? Of course not. It does show the options that are there for every wrestler, even limited hosses like Ryback. The tag division works.
I have heard a lot of complaints about Sheamus has his “failed face run”. Sheamus is a great babyface. The problem is that WWE doesn’t work with it. A very typical WWE move with their top guys is to make them all too human, and not a character. What made Sheamus popular, be it as a heel or face, has been stripped away. They added the “fella” line, which is more like a work in progress than a failure, but nothing else. He suffers from the same issues as Kofi and Cena in that everything that was interesting has been reduced to a very common denominator as a babyface.
I still stand by the idea that if WWE paid attention to Sheamus, and did more than just shoved him in the ring, he’d be even more over than he’s ever been. Even as World Champion, all his feuds were rather basic – champion defending against challengers. There was never a real grudge feud. Sure, he had some heated rivals, but it was never truly personal. At least with Cena, the booking made his feuds seem bigger than the standard champion vs challenger story.
The real problem is that as amazing as I believe him to be as a face who hasn’t been given the right stuff to work with, we know he would be strong as a heel, and it would be seamless. I won’t say he’d be better as a villain, but it would be such a logical transition that no one would balk.
Honestly, it’s all very similar to Randy Orton. As a babyface, Orton was over and popular, but never really had a storyline outside of champion/challenger. even the feud with CM Punk in 2011, there was no real grudge there, just one wrestler costing the other a title shot, so they feuded instead. After that, he was just someone cheered who took on someone who was booed. But as a heel, he had stories to work with, be it working as a favorite of the Authority, or earlier as the leader of Legacy.
WWE falls on their babyfaces to be interesting almost by default. The exception is Cena, who certainly gets some occasionally varied storylines, but they tend to all be the standard underdog angles (that less and less people seem to be understandably buying into). It’s like a limbo for babyfaces to do whatever they need to do to be cheered, while the heels do all the work.
Consider the Rollins vs Ambrose feud. Who gets most of the camera time? Rollins gets the in ring promos and the backstage segments with the Authorities, while they share ring time and a few attacks. But how often have we seen Dean Ambrose get the time to promo and not be interrupted or attacked? As interesting a character as Ambrose has, the angle is carried by Rollins. Heels get all the creative work.
So, yes, of course Sheamus would be more interesting as a villain. But it doesn’t mean he should be. If Sheamus was working with Bray Wyatt, I’m confident that the multi-layered character that is Bray Wyatt would bring out more aspects of Sheamus than most would expect. Faces need challenges and obstacles – real ones unlike what Cena seems to face (other than CM Punk and Brock Lesnar). If Sheamus had to work with/against Bray, he’d be a lot more sympathetic, and show more range as a character. I would guarantee it. As bland as the feud with Jericho has been for Bray, it’s only because our expectations were so high. From the surprise return, to the amazing original segment attack, we expected huge things from the angle. After that, it felt forced. But that’s because we expected more. Had we seen Sheamus show the character side more in the sit down interview segment, it would have been more effective than it did with Y2J. It would have allowed the Celtic Warrior to demonstrate something we have yet to see.
Sheamus doesn’t need to turn heel, he just needs to be given more to work with as a face.
NXT Call Ups
WWE have done a terrific job in developing their 3rd brand at Full Sail University. The problem is the gap between NXT and the main roster. Some gimmicks have worked, and some need to be molded for being showcased on Raw. If something works in NXT, it can work in WWE; there’s no exception to that.
Nothing is wrong with Adam Rose, or the Vaudevillains on the main roster. Both acts can work, but not as exact replicas of the NXT versions. They have to be tweaked, worked with, expanded upon… Rose for example would be a great 80s style babyface that is friendly for the kids. Have Adam Rose bring in front row kids to join the party in the ring after a victory, or giving out lollipops as he walks down the aisle. I would also cut down on the *ahem* effeminate acting. Gay characters can be fine, but when it’s somewhat hinted at by Rose’s actions, the fans are confused. It’s not that they don’t know if should cheer a gay man, it’s more that they don’t know if the point of the character is whether or not he’s gay. And I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: make his party bigger. When he arrived with 20 people in NXT, it looked like a quarter of the audience was joining him. It looked like a massive party. It looks tiny on WWE. Make it bigger. Or, he should convert someone to join him, and be in a tag team.
As for the Vaudevillains, this act could certainly work on the main roster, just not as heels. They are too goofy and likable. If anything, it would be best if they tried to be dastardly all the time, but were frustrated with how much they get cheered.
The basis for many of these NXT gimmicks could certainly work in WWE. But they have to be adapted. Just like a book needs to be rewritten to make for a movie, these gimmicks need to be reworked to fit the 12,000 seat arenas they are performing in front of.
Let’s use Bailey as an example. When she started out, NXT weren’t sure how to take her. Over time, now, she’s one of the most beloved. The entrance with the inflatable things is a great touch, and probably a relatively cheap one compared to pyro. But had they given her those inflaties when she started… it wouldn’t have worked. She’d just look stupid. The NXT audience had to get used to her to accept her.
But, if WWE ever brings her to Raw, they won’t think that way. They’ll give her the inflatable friends, and expect instant results. It doesn’t work that way.
Think back to the territory days. If a monster heel came into a new area, he had to start over. He had to squash some people, ragdoll a hometown favorite, and build up the mystique needed for him to be a threat. This isn’t any different. Rose shows up, parties, people cheer a bit = failure to WWE. Which is bullshit.
I hate how often IWC complains about creative. I can understand why people think we use that as an excuse for our indy darlings for failing. It’s a common argument we make. But the reason it’s so common is because there are numerous examples. If today’s WWE creative team handled the 80s era WWF, we’d never have the Honky Tonk Man. He failed as a babyface so bad that he needed to turn heel. And that’s when he became a star.
If NXT is being used to find the performers that they want to keep on the main roster, be it with or without their NXT characters, than certainly things look good. But what’s the point of developing a character like Adam Rose in NXT, promoting him on Raw for a month, and then dropping him? It sounds like the main roster creative team has no idea how to use the gimmick that was created in NXT.
Tuesday Night Titans
Tomorrow night, your Tuesday Night Titans will be back, this time talking about what is stale in WWE. We will talk main eventers, midcarders, and even announcers. This time we’re talking about what is stale in WWE. We will talk main eventers, midcarders, and even announcers. We have some fun along the way, usually at the expense of each other, and our favorite WWE cannon fodder.
We’ve gotten to know John Cena pretty well over the last 12 years, but we’ve never seen him unleash the kind of aggression he used to lay waste to The Wyatt Family last Monday night. Brock Lesnar, you’ve been put on notice.
As the Cenation leader remains laser-focused on prying the WWE World Heavyweight Title from The Beast Incarnate’s clutches at Night of Champions, what can the WWE Universe expect this week on Raw? WWE.com has some ideas.
1. “Reel” talk
Chris Jericho has a long and well-documented history with Randy Orton, making this week’s special edition of “The Highlight Reel” must-see television! What hard-hitting questions await The Viper? Can Y2J maintain control when WWE’s Apex Predator hits the ring for this anticipated interview? Jerichoholics, be sure you’ve got some fresh batteries in your light-up jackets for this one!
WWE’s website reports that Tag Team Champion Jey Uso suffered an aggravation of his previously injured knee on last night’s RAW from Des Moines.
WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann says he diagnosed Uso as suffering “stretched ligaments” last week during the title match with Goldust and Stardust. Additional damage was done courtesy of the attack by Stardust during his brother Jimmy’s match with Goldust this week. Amann told WWE’s website:
“This evening during [Jimmy Uso's match with Goldust, Jey] sustained forceful, direct blunt trauma to his left knee with a chair [strike] to the knee while his leg was wrapped around the ring post. We brought him back to the training room and took a look at his knee. All the external ligaments seem to be intact, but we’re worried about internal ligament damage as well as possible fractures, so we’ve set him up for further evaluations with X-rays and an MRI.”
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- The Labor Day Edition of the WWE RAW Kickoff Pre-show kicks off with fans piling into the arena as Byron Saxton, Alex Riley and Booker T welcome us. They hype The Highlight Reel and WWE Shop. We get a video for Brock Lesnar and John Cena. The panel discusses their rematch at Night of Champions. Saxton says we will hear from Paul Heyman on tonight’s RAW. We get Network commercials and a video for The Bella Twins.
- The panel talks more about The Bella Twins and then Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns. We get more hype for The Highlight Reel and Network commercials. Saxton announces The Miz and Cesaro vs. Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler for tonight. We go backstage to Renee Young, Sheamus and Ziggler at the arena. Ziggler says their plan is to just win. They both cut promos on Cesaro and Miz. We get more WWE Shop hype from the panel and bold predictions. Booker predicts Heyman will make a big statement and Riley predicts Cesaro and Miz will win their tag match tonight. That’s it for the pre-show.
- Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with Chris Jericho in the ring for The Highlight Reel. JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are on commentary. Jericho gets a cheap pop and talks about Labor Day. He says his guest tonight has never worked a day in his life. Jericho goes to introduce Randy Orton but Triple H’s music hits instead. Out he comes with Kane, Seth Rollins and Orton. They’re all in suits.
Jericho knocks The Authority and Triple H takes a shot at Jericho’s height. Triple H says he’s got important business to take care of tonight. Jericho and Triple H take shots at what each other are wearing. Triple H says Jericho should thank him for making this the most historic Highlight Reel. Triple H says he has been watching John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar from over and over again, and listening to the Hall of Famers. He throws in a $9.99 plug for the WWE Network. Triple H says he’s concluded that it might not be best for business to have a rematch at Night of Champions. He’s considering naming a new #1 contender for Night of Champions. Orton says there’s only one man in this arena who can beat Lesnar – himself. Kane takes the mic and says maybe it should be a Demon that gets the shot against Lesnar. Rollins says maybe the future has already arrived. Rollins gets a pop from his home state.
Jericho thinks he should get the title shot and he gets a pop also. John Cena’s music hits and out he comes to a big mixed reaction. Cena isn’t smiling and he walks to the ring without greeting fans. Cena asks Triple H what the hell he’s talking about. Cena threatens to sue Triple H and get him fired. Cena says again that he’s going to Night of Champions to beat Lesnar’s ass. Triple H laughs at Cena for threatening to sue him. Triple H fires back and rips into Cena. He says Cena’s career ending at Night of Champions isn’t good at all. Rollins speaks up and says to let Cena have the rematch. Rollins teases cashing in after the match. Orton wants the winner of Cena vs. Lesnar. Orton reminds us he’s due a rematch from WrestleMania XXX. Jericho implies Orton doesn’t deserve it and brings up Roman Reigns. Orton says he would drop Reigns if he was here right now and calls him a piece of crap. Orton threatens Jericho. They come face to face but out comes Reigns through the crowd.
Reigns hits the ring and tells Orton to drop him. Reigns says Orton is all talk. He taunts Kane and Rollins next. Reigns says he and Rollins still have unfinished business but the business is all about the WWE World Heavyweight Title right now. Reigns says his name belongs in that mix. Triple H says everyone in the ring thinks they’re the man. Triple H doesn’t know if Cena has proved himself yet. Triple H says everyone will have the chance to prove themselves tonight. It will be Jericho, Cena and Reigns vs. Kane, Rollins and Orton in the main event. Triple H will be watching from ringside to see who earns their spot. The music hits and The Authority leaves the ring. Rollins comes back from behind with a briefcase but Reigns drops him. Reigns throws the briefcase to Rollins and knocks him back. Rollins heads up the ramp with The Authority as Reigns looks on.
- Still to come, Big Show and Mark Henry vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Also, Cesaro and Miz vs. Sheamus and Ziggler. We see Ziggler and Sheamus walking backstage as we go to commercial.
Cesaro and The Miz vs. Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler
Back from the break and WWE United States Champion Sheamus is out with Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler. The Miz and Cesaro are out next with Miz’s stunt double Damien Sandow. Cesaro starts off with Ziggler. Cesaro drops him and hits Ziggler’s elbow drops, mocking him. Ziggler comes back with a super kick. Ziggler goes for Miz and Cesaro turns it around. Miz tags in to keep control of Ziggler now.
Back and forth between The Miz and Sheamus now. The Miz also has an assistant at ringside. Sheamus hits a bunch of forearms on the apron but Miz kicks out at 2. Cesaro eventually tags back in and takes control as we go to commercial.
We come back and Ziggler finally gets the tag. He unloads on Miz. Miz blocks the Fame-asser but Ziggler blocks that for a 2 count. Ziggler hits a big DDT for a 2 count. Sheamus and Cesaro tumble out to the floor. Ziggler misses the Fame-asser again and lands on his leg. Miz tags in his stunt double Sandow. Ziggler lays him out with a Zig Zag. Miz runs in from behind and hits Ziggler with a Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
Winners: The Miz and Cesaro
- We get hype for The Bella Twins and the first “Growing Up Bella” video. Nikki talks about how Brie stole her high school crush and how he disappeared from their prom. Nikki found him in the parking lot later that night. Nikki says she cried her eyes out and never told anyone that before. Back to commercial.
Cameron, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes vs. Layla, Naomi and Summer Rae
Back from the break and we get hype for Total Divas. Rosa and Layla go at it to start the match. They trade holds and pin attempts. Layla botches a move in the corner and hits a crossbody for 2 as Cameron breaks the pin. Eva, Cameron and Rosa jump Layla, causing a big brawl to break out. Naomi takes out Cameron with the Rear View. Eva runs into Rosa and they fall. They get up and get dropkicked by Summer and Layla.
- We get a look back at Dean Ambrose getting taken out two weeks ago. Still to come, multi-man matches. We go to commercial.
Mark Henry and Big Show vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Back from the break and out comes Big Show with Mark Henry. The lights go out and out next comes Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.
Henry and Rowan start things off and they go at it. Henry takes Rowan to the corner and hits him with shoulder thrusts. Henry keeps control and hits a big splash. Henry works Rowan over and goes to the second rope. Harper comes over and distracts Henry, allowing Rowan to drop him and tag. Harper comes in and nails a big boot on Henry for a 2 count. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Harper is in control of Henry. Rusev and Lana appear on the stage to watch the match. Harper runs into a big boot. Big Show tags in and unloads on Harper. Show kicks Rowan in the face. Show goes outside of the ring but Harper takes out his knee and Show slams into the barrier. Harper brings it back in the ring and keeps Show down. Rowan comes in and keeps control of Show. Another tag to Harper now. Show finally DDT’s Rowan and creates an opening. Harper and Henry tag in. They go at it. Show sends Rowan to the floor. Show follows and Rowan slams him into the announce table. Harper turns around to Henry grabbing him for a World’s Strongest Slam. Henry turns around with Harper in his arms but Rusev superkicks Henry in the face, sending Harper and Henry to the floor.
Winners by DQ: Mark Henry and Big Show
- After the bell, Rusev heads to the ramp. Harper comes in with a chair but Show punches it into his face. Rowan goes to bring a chair in but backs off. Big Show guards Henry with a steel chair and looks on at Rusev.
- We get another “Growing Up Bella” segment with Nikki talking about how Brie stole their car and wrecked it. Brie didn’t have a license because she failed the test so Brie had taken Nikki’s and given it to the police. Nikki says she’s never told anyone that either.
- Still to come, more from John Cena. Back to commercial.
- WWE has invited NFL player Michael Sam to next week’s RAW and will give him an open mic.
- Paul Heyman comes out and addresses John Cena. We see stills of Brock Lesnar destroying Cena at SummerSlam. Heyman talks about Cena losing again at Night of Champions.
Jack Swagger vs. Curtis Axel
We go to the ring and out comes Jack Swagger with Zeb Colter. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Axel locks up with Swagger. Bo Dallas makes an appearance at the top of the ramp. He’s got some stools set up and a microphone. Bo brings fans up and sits them in the chairs as Axel keeps control of the match. Axel dropkicks Swagger out of the ring. Zeb tells him to get back in. Swagger goes for the Swagger Bomb but Axel puts his leg up. Swagger catches the leg and turns it into the Patriot Lock for the win.
Winner: Jack Swagger
- After the match, Bo interrupts from the stage and congratulates Swagger on the win. The fans Bo have on the stage have been let down by Swagger. One lost his life savings, one failed hit citizenship test and will be deported, and one says her son now wants to be like Vladimir Putin instead of Swagger. Bo tells everyone to just Bo-lieve.
- Still to come, tonight’s six-man main event. Back to commercial.
Adam Rose vs. Titus O’Neil
Back from the break and Adam Rose is out with the Rosebuds. Titus O’Neil has Heath Slater at ringside. Titus catches Rose and hits his backbreaker.
The Bunny ends up taking out Slater on the floor and distracting Titus, allowing Rose to get the win.
Winner: Adam Rose
- Another video from Nikki Bella.
Rusev vs. Zack Ryder
We go to the ring and out comes Rusev with Lana. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Lana rips the Labor Day holiday. She says we suck. The bell rings and Ryder is ready. Ryder attacks but Rusev throws him to the corner. Ryder leaps but Rusev catches him with a big overhead slam. Rusev nails a kick to the face. Lana tells him to crush. Rusev stomps on Ryder’s back and applies The Accolade for the easy win.
- After the match, Rusev poses under the Russian flag. Mark Henry’s music hits and out he comes. Henry runs to the ring and Rusev leaves in a hurry. Fans chant USA. Henry cuts a promo on Rusev and says he just opened an international wing of the Hall of Pain. Rusev is going to be the first inductee.
- Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are backstage. Stephanie related to Nikki Bella’s videos from tonight and can’t wait to see Nikki’s face when she makes an announcement tonight. We go to commercial.
- Back from the break and out comes Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says as a principle owner of WWE and one of the most powerful female leaders in the world, it’s her duty to recognize and commend Nikki Bella for having the courage to tell her story. Stephanie brings Nikki out.
The “boring” chants start early. Stephanie starts insulting the fans and praising Nikki. Stephanie says Nikki is the face of the Divas division she wants. Stephanie announces Nikki will be getting a title shot. They hug and out comes Brie Bella to interrupt. Stephanie tells them to cut the music because that music is only for Nikki going forward. Brie tells Stephanie this doesn’t concern her. Brie asks if Nikki has been lying just to get a title shot. She says Nikki has turned her life upside down. Nikki says she’s doing it for herself. She’s going to be the next champion and the Bella everyone is talking about. AJ Lee’s music hits and out she comes. CM Punk chants start as AJ hits the ring. AJ reminds Stephanie that she never got her rematch so she’s the #1 contender. AJ tells Stephanie to do what’s best for business and leave the Divas Title to her. Before Stephanie can share her thoughts, Paige’s music hits and out comes the Divas Champion. Paige says the only thing missing is the bloody Divas Champion. Nikki says she will forgive Brie but under one condition – Brie quits WWE. Nikki says Brie quit for her husband Daniel Bryan but won’t quit for her sister. She tells Brie to go have a bunch of troll babies with Bryan and never come back. Nikki continues to yell at Brie until she turns around to leave the ring. Brie stops and shoves Nikki into Paige. They both go down. Brie leaves the ring as a “yes!” chant starts. AJ picks up the Divas Title and skips around the ring with it as her music hits. Stephanie gets in her face and they have a staredown. Stephanie demands the title from AJ. AJ smiles and hands it over but stares at Stephanie as she leaves. AJ skips away. Paige’s music hits and she gets the title back from Stephanie. Paige also skips out of the ring.
- Still to come, tonight’s six-man main event. Back to commercial.
Goldust vs. Jimmy Uso
Back from the break and out come WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos. Goldust and Stardust are out next. Goldust tries to apologize for what happened last week but The Usos attack them. They separate and we get the bell. Uso unloads but Goldust nails a spinebuster for a 2 count. Goldust keeps control now.
Uso turns it around with the splash in the corner and the big slam for a 2 count as Stardust breaks the pin. Jey Uso runs over but Stardust kicks his leg out. Jimmy dives out onto Stardust. Goldust brings Jimmy back in for the Final Cut and the win.
- After the match, Goldust attacks Jey and works over his injured leg. Cody nails the knee with a steel chair and Uso screams in pain. Doctors and Jimmy check on Uso and he’s helped away.
- Back from the break and we get a Total Divas sneak peek.
- Big Show is backstage with Mark Henry. Show agrees that Rusev needs to be stopped but they had a deal to focus on their tag team. Henry says he’s got to get Rusev first. Show wants to be in Henry’s corner. Henry says he’s got to do it by himself. Show gives Henry a pep talk before walking off.
- We go to the ring and out come Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. They take a seat at ringside.
John Cena, Roman Reigns and Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins, Kane and Randy Orton
Out first comes John Cena. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Roman Reigns and Chris Jericho. Seth Rollins is out next followed by Kane and then Randy Orton. Reigns and Orton start the match off going at it. Fans chant for Rollins to come in.
Reigns ends up taking out his other opponents. Rollins retreats to the floor for a breather. Kane stands by him as Reigns looks on and we go to commercial.
Back from the break Kane is working over Reigns. Orton tags in and takes control of Reigns as Kane holds him. Reigns turns it around on Orton and hits a Samoan Drop for 2. Reigns with right hands in the corner. Orton with the backbreaker out of the corner. Orton kicks Reigns out of the ring as The Authority looks on. Rollins tags in and works Reigns over on the floor. Rollins brings it back in the ring for a 2 count. Everything falls apart and a brawl breaks out. Triple H directs traffic. Jericho hits Rollins with a Codebreaker as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rollins is in control of Jericho. Rollins with a big running right hand in the corner. Rollins goes to the top for a move on Jericho but Jericho dropkicks him in mid-air. Kane tags in and stops Jericho from tagging. Kane slams Jericho and covers for 2. Kane with a sideslam and another 2 count. The Authority continues to keep Jericho down until he finally tags in Cena. Cena unloads on Kane and drops Rollins with a kick. Kane goes for a chokeslam but Jericho saves him. Orton takes out Jericho. Cena with a clothesline on Kane. Cena with a German suplex on Rollins. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Kane and taunts The Authority. Cena tags Reigns in. Reigns spears Kane for the win.
Winners: Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho and John Cena
- After the match, Cena goes to ringside to yell at Triple. Rollins tries to attack but Cena catches him and drops him on top of the announcers table with an AA. Cena tells Triple H he will see Lesnar at Night of Champions. Cena’s music hits as he hits the ring to celebrate. The announcers plug next week’s RAW. RAW goes off the air with Reigns, Cena and Jericho posing for the fans.
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- WWE Diva Naomi was backstage at tonight’s RAW in Des Moines doing photo shoots and also wrestled in the Divas match. We noted that she was off TV after having minor surgery related to her recent eye injury.
- WWE has announced that Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler will be a special guest on MizTV during tomorrow night’s Main Event episode on the WWE Network.
- Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt in a Steel Cage match has been announced for next Monday’s RAW from Baltimore.
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- Below is the full schedule for Tuesday, day 192 of the WWE Network launch:
1:00 am ET – Legends House: 5/22/14. When the WWE Legends engage a ruthless enemy in a game of live action role play (LARP), their strength as a group is tested.
2:06 am ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 9/4/95. The biggest stars of WCW make history on the debut edition of Monday Nitro. Hulk Hogan defends the World Heavyweight Title against Big Bubba
6:00 am ET – WWE Countdown: 6/24/14. Counting down the Top Ten Most Magnificent Managers ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.
7:00 am ET – Legends House: 5/22/14. When the WWE Legends engage a ruthless enemy in a game of live action role play (LARP), their strength as a group is tested.
8:00 am ET – WrestleMania Rewind: 4/22/14. Rewind and Relive the dream ‘Icon vs. Icon’ match as The Rock took on the Immortal Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X-8!
9:00 am ET – WWE Countdown: 6/24/14. Counting down the Top Ten Most Magnificent Managers ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.
10:00 am ET – Legends House: 5/22/14. When the WWE Legends engage a ruthless enemy in a game of live action role play (LARP), their strength as a group is tested.
11:00 am ET – WrestleMania Rewind: 4/22/14. Rewind and Relive the dream ‘Icon vs. Icon’ match as The Rock took on the Immortal Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X-8!
12:00 pm ET – WWE Countdown: 6/24/14. Counting down the Top Ten Most Magnificent Managers ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.
1:00 pm ET – Legends House: 5/22/14. When the WWE Legends engage a ruthless enemy in a game of live action role play (LARP), their strength as a group is tested.
2:00 pm ET – WrestleMania Rewind: 4/22/14. Rewind and Relive the dream ‘Icon vs. Icon’ match as The Rock took on the Immortal Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X-8!
3:00 pm ET – Monday Night War: 8/26/14. Vince McMahon leads a company-wide change in a direction that nets the company its greatest ratings to date.
4:00 pm ET – Monday Night War: 9/1/14. Shawn Michaels and Triple H help usher in WWE’s ‘Attitude Era’, bringing an edgier element to Monday Night Raw.
5:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 7/13/14. The Very Best of Nitro showcases the groundbreaking Cruiserweight Division, celebrities and the introduction of the Nitro Girls!
6:00 pm ET – Best of Hall of Fame: 4/25/14. Josh Mathews hosts The Best of WWE Hall of Fame – A tribute to 2 iconic WWE Hall of Famers; Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and Bruno Sammartino.
7:00 pm ET – WWE NXT: 8/28/14. With the next NXT Live Show approaching, a new NXT General Manager is announced that will shake up the NXT Title picture.
9:00 pm ET – Monday Night War: 9/1/14. Shawn Michaels and Triple H help usher in WWE’s ‘Attitude Era’, bringing an edgier element to Monday Night Raw.
10:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 7/13/14. The Very Best of Nitro showcases the groundbreaking Cruiserweight Division, celebrities and the introduction of the Nitro Girls!
11:00 pm ET – WWE Main Event: 9/1/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.
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- Xavier Woods has his eyes on Rusev once again. Xavier tweeted the following after Rusev attacked Mark Henry on tonight’s RAW:
“Soooo @rusevbul seems to be back on target…”
As noted, WWE has also invited the NFL’s first openly gay draftee to next week’s RAW. RAW will be going up against the NFL’s return with a doubleheader next Monday night.
- Brie Bella vs. Paige in a non-title match has been announced for Friday’s WWE SmackDown. The episode will be taped Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE. We are looking for correspondents for the show, so if you are attending it, please contact us by clicking here.
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- WWE has invited NFL player Michael Sam to next Monday’s WWE RAW from Baltimore. Sam was the first publicly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. He was cut by the St. Louis Rams this weekend after a good performance in the preseason.
If Sam comes to RAW next week, WWE will give him an open microphone to tell his side of things.
Next Monday’s RAW will face major competition as the NFL returns with a doubleheader.