Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, 7.15.14: WWE Raw

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to this week's RAW recap. RAW took place live from Richmond, Virginia this week. It was announced on Smackdown this passed Friday that we'd see a "6-Man Tag Match" as the main event tonight. John Cena, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose would be facing "The Authority's Henchmen", Randy Orton, Seth Rollins and Kane.
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair had also been advertised to return tonight. What would the 16 time World Champion have in store for us?

- Six more days to go till WWE Battleground as RAW kicked off with WWE World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena. Cena cuts a promo, hyping up Sunday's Fatal 4 Way Match at WWE Battleground. Roman Reigns interrupts as he enters the ring from the crowd. Cena and Reigns talk about Sunday as tempers begin to flare between the two. Dean Ambrose appears on the titantron and tries to talk down both men and get them focused on tonight's match. Ambrose says tonight's six man tag will be "Operation: Screw The Authority". Kane, Seth Rollins and Randy Orton suddenly appear and viciously attack Ambrose from behind. Ambrose is left laid out after being tossed into a metal garage door a couple times, tossed into a wall, choke slammed on a wooden prop and then "Curb Stomped".

- Sheamus vs The Miz. The Miz now has what's called "The Money Maker". The Money Maker is a Hollywood profile picture of The Miz on the titantron during the match while Miz wrestles. Sheamus misses the "Brogue Kick" allowing Miz to score a rollup pinfall.

- Backstage, Orton, Kane and Rollins are laughing at their attack on Ambrose. Kane and Orton begin to argue over who's winning Sunday. Triple H arrives and tells them to trust each other and worry about bringing the World Title back to The Authority. Stephanie McMahon arrives and plays tonsil hockey with Triple H.

- Dolph Ziggler vs Fandango. Summer Rae and Layla distracted both Ziggler and Fandango by dancing. Ziggler hits the "Fam-Asser" on Fandango for the pinfall. Ziggler leaves with both ladies.

- The Usos are hit from behind by Rowan and Harper as they came to the ring. Jimmy gets booted over the barricade and Jey gets a double slam in the ring by the Wyatt Family.

- "United States/Russia Detente": Lana and Rusev have a debate with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Lana says Zeb and the U.S. are the same, they choose violence as a problem solver, they want to be the world's problem solver but can't fix their own and then calls us all stupid. Lana wants the U.S. to admit their mistakes and apologize. Zeb talks about serving in Vietnam and he didn't do it for people like Lana and Rusev to disrespect the U.S. After more back and forth verbal insults, Lana slaps Zeb as Swagger spears Rusev. Rusev throws Swagger into the podium and goes for his super kick. Swagger catches the leg and locks in the "Patriot Lock". Rusev makes it to the ropes and escapes the ring.

- Backstage, Cena and Reigns are plotting to take out Orton, Kane and Rollins as we learn Ambrose is out of the match later due to injury

- Alberto Del Rio vs Rob Van Dam. RVD goes for the "5 Star Frog Splash" but lands on Del Rio's raised knees. Del Rio locks in the cross arm breaker and RVD taps.

- "Handicap Match": Nikki Bella vs Alicia Fox and Cameron. Stephanie McMahon makes Nikki compete in this match as more punishment for being Brie's sister. Alicia hits her finisher and pins Nikki.

- Backstage, Triple H and Randy Orton are talking. Triple H tells Orton to forget about Kane because he's a pawn and Orton leaving Battleground the champion is the plan. Triple H agrees with Orton about not needing a "Plan B".

- Cesaro vs Big E. Cesaro tries to use a chair on Big E but Kofi Kingston stops him. Big E hits the "Big Ending" for the pinfall.

- Chris Jericho cuts a promo on the next segment. Jericho takes us down memory lane of everything that he's seen and done in the WWE. Jericho has never seen anyone like Bray Wyatt. Bray interrupts Jericho on the titantron and cuts a promo about Jericho "saving us" but was never there. Bray finishes his promo and the lights go out. The lights are back on and Rowan and Harper have Jericho surrounded. Jericho fights off the duo and escapes up the ramp. Bray comes out from behind and hits Jericho. Bray hits "Sister Abigail" on Jericho on the stage.

- A.J. Lee vs Eva Marie. Paige is doing commentary. AJ makes Eva tap to the "Black Widow". AJ and Paige have an odd conversation about how they look after the match.

- Backstage, Kane tells Triple H he doesn't trust Orton. Triple H says the World Title back in The Authority is what's best for business. Triple H tells Kane to get the job done.

- Bo Dallas vs The Great Khali. Dallas "Bo-Dogs" Khali on the floor and wins by count out. 15 and BO!!! Dallas tries to give Khali an inspirational speech after the match but gets nailed with a chop.

- Backstage, Seth Rollins tells Triple H that if Kane and Orton can't get the job done then there is still "Plan B". Paul Heyman appears and states that he has a great "Plan C".

- 16 time World Champion, Ric Flair, comes to the ring for a promo. Flair is asked who he thought would win the Fatal 4 Way at Battleground. Flair says John Cena. Roman Reigns interrupts and comes to the ring. Flair and Reigns shake hands and Flair leaves the ring. Cena comes out and gives Flair one of his titles. It's main event time.

- "3 on 2 Handicap Match": Randy Orton, Kane and Seth Rollins vs John Cena and Roman Reigns. The match ends as Kane and Orton beat down Cena and the referee calls for the bell. During the chaos Kane accidentally punches Orton and Reigns accidentally spears Cena. Orton and Kane are left standing in the ring alone when Orton hits an "RKO" on Kane. Orton celebrates but then turns right into a Reigns "Spear". RAW ends with Reigns standing alone.

***Recap Note***
During the handicap match, Rollins was clotheslined over the top rope and it looked like he landed wrong on his leg. WWE medical was checking on Rollins during the whole ending of the main event.

And that wraps up this weeks RAW. If you get time please check out my recent review on the signing of KENTA with the WWE. Till next time tap or snap.

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