Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, 5.27.14: WWE Raw

Happy Tuesday, ladies and gents. Hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Welcome back to another edition of Wrestling Lockup with Brandon. It being Tuesday you know what that means....RAW recap baybaaaayyy! Last week on RAW, Stephanie McMahon, made it clear to Daniel Bryan that he was required to be on RAW tonight, so a final decision could be made on whether he would be stripped of his title or not. John Cena was left laid out on the stage by Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family. RVD won a beat the clock tournament making him #1 Contender to Bad News Barrett's I-C Championship. Alicia Fox dominated WWE Divas Champion, Paige. Summer Rae returned. Shield/Evolution brawling, Rusev crushing and Adam Rose partying!
Let's get this week's recap started.

Highlights of RAW:
- RAW opened with GM, Brad Maddox, getting fired, then fed to Kane by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, for allowing Ambrose and Reigns to be commentating last week during the Rollins vs Batista match. Kane choke slammed then tombstoned Maddox. (Honestly will anyone miss Maddox? I mean what exactly did he do as GM?)
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan, officially said NO! to forfeiting the title to Stephanie McMahon even though his neck injury needs a long period of time to heal. Stephanie reminds Daniel that his wife, Brie, shoved Stephanie a few weeks back and you never put your hands on the boss. Stephanie tells Bryan that he either forfeits the title at WWE Payback or Brie Bella will be fired. (Judging by what sources are saying, Bryan will have to give the title up eventually due to injury. Be interesting to see if he gets screwed or does it his way.)
- The Wyatt Family terrorized announcers Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler. JBL gets taken out by Rowan and Harper. Bray makes Lawler sit in the ring and take the blame for Cena's popularity because Lawler and Cena are good friends. The Wyatts are ready to attack Lawler but Cena hits the ring for the save. Cena is eventually out gunned and beaten down. Harper and Rowan make Cena watch as Bray sets Lawler up for "Sister Abigail". The Usos hit the ring and help Cena chase the Wyatts out. Cena tells the Wyatts that they just crossed a huge line and at WWE Payback, payback will be a bitch. (Segment of the night in my opinion!)
- Bad News Barrett distracted RVD costing him his match against Cesaro. Sheamus hit the ring after the match and "Brogue Kicked" Cesaro's head off. Cesaro got revenge later as he attacked Sheamus from behind and laid Sheamus out with "The Neutralizer". (Liking both Barrett and Cesaro right now. They need to put the U.S. Title on Cesaro.)
- Rusev stayed undefeated as he crushed Zack Ryder. Big E hit the ring after the match and got the upper hand on Rusev as he sends Rusev to the floor. (How much longer will Rusev be undefeated until Super Cena beats him?)
- Orton and Batista sent a message to The Shield as they worked over The Rhodes Brothers first in an "Elimination Match" then a "2 on 1 Handicap Match".
- Bo Dallas debuts on RAW defeating Sin Cara in a rematch from Smackdown. (Bo-Lieve)
- Adam Rose defeated Damien Sandow (dressed as Davy Crockett) in his wrestling debut. Jack Swagger attacks Rose after the match. Rose fights back and chases Swagger from the ring. (Swagger seriously had The Lemon in Rose's Party Posse held hostage as a way to distract Rose in his match.)
- Evolution and The Shield closed out RAW with a contract signing for their "No Holds Barred Elimination Match" at WWE Payback. Contract signed by both factions and a brawl broke out as expected. The Shield owned Evolution in the brawl until Triple H brought in his sledgehammer. The Shield were laid out with the sledgehammer and Reigns was triple powerbombed through the announce table. Evolution celebrates as the show ends.

Quick Match Results:
- Cesaro def. RVD by pin.
- Eva Marie def. Summer Rae by pin.
- El Torito def. Drew McIntyre by pin.
- Rusev def. Zack Ryder by submission.
- "Elimination Match": Evolution def. The Rhodes Brothers by pin.
- "Handicap Match": Evolution def. Goldust by pin.
- Bo Dallas def. Sin Cara by pin.
- Emma def. Alicia Fox by pin.
- Adam Rose def. Damien Sandow by pin.
- Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio by pin.

WWE News and Rumors:
- Ric Flair is being advertised for this week's Smackdown. Both Ric Flair and Bret Hart are being advertised for NXT Takeover on Thursday.
- If Daniel Bryan ends up forfeiting the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, sources are claiming it will be on the line in one of the "Money in the Bank" ladder matches at WWE Money In The Bank.
- Be sure to check out NXT's second pay per view of the year, NXT Takeover, this Thursday. I will have a recap on the pay per view Saturday in my Smackdown recap.

Before closing out this edition of Wrestling Lockup, I want to take a quick moment to remember a man taken too soon, and had a great future still ahead of him in the WWE.
May 23rd was the 15th anniversary of the death of Owen Hart. Owen, tragically died when a equipment malfunction occurred during his entrance from the rafters of Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. Owen was only 34 and would've been something special in the WWE. R.I.P. Owen, we all still miss you.

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