Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, August 25th, 2014 (USA Network)
Location: The Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Results by Jeff Johnson
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
Welcome everyone to tonight’s edition of Monday Night Raw. We begin tonight’s show with Michael Cole in the ring. He first introduces WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan. Hogan makes his way to the ring. Cole now introduces 16 time World Champion Ric Flair. Lastly, Cole introduces Mr. Wrestlemania Shawn Michaels. All 3 men are sitting at a table in the ring.
Michael Cole starts by reviewing what happened between Lesnar and Cena at Summerslam, and hypes their match at Night of Champions. Cole asks Michaels what Cena’s chances are. Shawn says that Cena has no chance, and Flair agrees. Michaels says that every superstar comes to a crossroad where they have to make a decision, and maybe his time to make that decision is now. Hogan says that Cena still has plenty in the tank. Flair says he agrees with Shawn. Flair says he respects John Cena and everything he has done for the company. He calls Cena The Franchise. Flair says he doesn’t want to see Cena go against Brock at Night of Champions.
Cole asks Hogan what his prediction for Night of Champions is. Hogan says Cena lives by Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect. Hogan says he is rooting for Cena. Flair says he likes Cena as well. Shawn says they all like Cena, but it doesn’t mean that he has a chance. Michaels says that Cena took a beating at Summerslam, and nobody comes back the same after a beating like that. Hogan says that both men have a victory, and somehow Cena will find a way to get his hand raised. Michaels says that Cena winning at NoC is unbelievable. Cena’s music now starts up and he makes his way to the ring.
Cena says that everybody is weighing in on him after Summerslam. Including a panel of Hall of Famers. Cena says that he has the up most respect for all 3 men sitting in the ring. Cena says he is sick of all the talk about what he should do. Cena says he is here to tell everyone what is going on with him. Cena says that he took 16 german suplexes at Summerslam, and he took an ass whoopin. Cena tells Shawn that a fight like that does change a man, like he said. Cena said when he talked to the trainer, he told him he wants to fight Brock again. Cena says that he doesn’t plan on having it happen again, and he is going to take the fight to Brock at Night of Champions. Cena says that this is the biggest rematch of his life. He is going to Night of Champions to beat Brock Lesnar, he is going to Night of Champions to beat Brock Lesnar’s ass. Cena leaves the ring and makes his way to the back as we go to commercial.
Back on Raw, Rusev and Lana are in the ring. Rusev will be going one on one with Jack Swagger.
Rusev vs. Jack Swagger
Swagger starts off quickly with right hands, but Rusev comes back with rights of his own. Swagger now gains momentum. Rusev hits the ropes and Swagger connects with a back elbow that sends Rusev to the outside. Rusev slides back in and Swagger lands some right hands. Swagger hits the ropes and takes Rusev down. Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock but Rusev gets to the ropes and slides to the outside. Rusev starts to climb in but jumps back down. Rusev now slides back in and Swagger takes him down from behind. Swagger tries a waistlock but Rusev slides out again. Swagger gives chase and slams him face first into the announce table. Swagger tosses Rusev back in the ring and slides back in. Swagger charges and hits a big clothesline in the corner. Swagger tosses Rusev face first into the corner and lands a big knee followed by a right hand. Swagger charges but Rusev hangs him up on the top rope. Rusev charges and knocks Swagger over the top to the outside as we go to commercial.
Back on Raw, Rusev is in control of Swagger. Rusev has a bear hug locked on, but Swagger fights out. Rusev hits the ropes and connects with a jumping spinning heel kick. Swagger fights back to his feet and connects with a belly to belly suplex. Swagger hits the ropes and connects with a few clotheslines followed by a big boot to the face. Swagger goes for the Swagger Bomb, but Rusev gets his foot up. Swagger grabs his foot and locks in the Patriot Lock in the center of the ring. Rusev crawls and gets to the bottom rope. Rusev falls to the outside of the ring. Swagger now gives chase. Rusev drives Swagger back first into the apron multiple times. Swagger rolls back into the ring as does Rusev. Rusev goes for The Accolade, but Swagger rolls through into the Patriot Lock. Swagger rolls through into a close 2 count. Rusev comes back with a kick to the gut. Rusev lands multiple kicks to the lower back of Swagger. Rusev is now targeting the ribs of Swagger with right hands. Rusev is all over Swagger in the corner with kicks and right hands to the ribs. Rusev hangs Swagger on the middle rope and lands more kicks to the ribs and back. Rusev now stomps on Swagger multiple times while using the ropes for leverage. Rusev picks Swagger up off the ground and connects with a big kick to the gut. Rusev lands more stomps to Swagger in the middle of the ring. The ref finally calls for the bell and says that Swagger can no longer continue.
Winner by Ref Stoppage – Rusev
Back on Raw, Swagger is in the trainer’s room. Bo Dallas walks in. Bo says that it was a tough loss… again. Bo says that if he wants to succeed all he has to do is Bo-lieve. Bo tells him to think about it.
Back in the arena, Cesaro is in the ring. He will be going one on one with Rob Van Dam in a #1 contenders match for the US title.
Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam
Cesaro starts by connecting with a quick jab followed by a kick to the gut and an uppercut. RVD hits the ropes and flips over Cesaro. RVD connects with a side kick followed by Rolling Thunder for a 1 count. Cesaro comes back with multiple knees and another uppercut. Cesaro connects with a right hand and a stomp in the corner. Cesaro climbs on the apron and hits a double stomp to the back of the head of RVD. Cesaro grabs RVD by the legs and hits a catapult on the bottom rope. Cesaro covers and gets a 2 count. Cesaro now locks in a neck crank. Cesaro covers and gets a 1 count and locks the neck crank back in. RVD gets whipped into the corner. Cesaro charges but hits the corner. RVD connects with the split legged moonsault for a 2 count. Cesaro catches RVD on his shoulders, but he fights out and hits a standing thrust kick. RVD goes to the top rope, but Cesaro rolls out of the ring. Cesaro hangs RVD on the top rope. Cesaro slides in the ring and connects with The Neutralizer for the 3 count.
Winner by Pinfall – Cesaro
After the match, Cesaro slides out of the ring and grabs Sheamus’ US title. Cesaro tosses it into the face of Sheamus and then backs up before Sheamus can attack. Cesaro backs his way up the ramp as Sheamus stalks him.
Back on Raw, Natalya makes her way to the ring. She will be in one on one action against the WWE Divas Champion Paige in a non-title contest.
Natalya vs. Paige
Natalya goes for a quick roll up but only gets a 2 count. Paige charges and hits a really hard forearm to Natalya. Paige now mounts Natalya and connects with multiple headbutts followed by an abdominal stretch. Natalya reverses the hold and locks in a modified stretch of her own. Paige fights out and connects with a snapmare followed by a kick to the face. Paige hits the ropes but Natalya comes back with a German Suplex. Natalya now locks in the Sharpshooter. Paige reaches the ring skirt to force the break. Paige takes Natalya down and goes for the PTO, but Natalya fights out and goes for another Sharpshooter. Paige kicks her off and connects with the Paige Turner for the 3 count.
Winner by Pinfall – Paige
After the match, AJ comes and out makes her way to the ringside area. This distracts Paige and Natalya connects with a spinning lariat to Paige. AJ now climbs in the ring and helps Paige to her feet. AJ says that Paige says that she loves her, and she knows that she is being sincere, but not as sincere as she is. AJ slowly walks up to Paige and gives her a hug. Paige looks very reluctant. AJ extends her hand to Paige. She grabs Paige’s hand and kisses it. AJ starts skipping around Paige and then leaves the ring as Paige looks on in confusion on what’s going on.
Back on Raw, the Director of Operations Kane makes his way to the ring for the eulogy of Dean Ambrose. Kane says that we are gathered her tonight to celebrate the future of the WWE. That future, is Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins. Rollins’ music starts up and he makes his way to the ring.
Seth says that he was the leader of the most dominate group in the history of the WWE, The Shield. He says that there is a reason why he hand picked Ambrose to be a part of it. Pain and fear was never a factor for Ambrose, but last week he had to prove that The Authority always wins. He says with a heavy heart, he wants to look back at the match from last week that the WWE Universe chose. We then see the video of last week when Rollins put Ambrose through the cinder blocks with a curb stop. Rollins asks if we can imagine the moment when Ambrose’s head went through the blocks. He wonders what went through Ambrose’s mind when it happened. He wonders if Ambrose knew he had been out matched physically and mentally. Rollins says that the blocks weren’t out there by accident. He says that the headache that Ambrose will have for the rest of his life isn’t an accident either. He says Ambrose’s career can now by summed up by 2 words, what if. What if Ambrose knew his place, and recognized Rollins’ superiority. What if Ambrose walked away when he had the opportunity. Rollins says the true tragedy is that nobody will know that answers to that because Ambrose will never be seen again. Rollins says that he is the one who created the Shield, and he is the one who has destroyed it. Rollins is cut off by the music of Roman Reigns. Reigns makes his way to the ring through the WWE Universe.
Reigns meets Kane on the outside and they trade right hands. Kane gets the advantage, but Reigns whips Kane into the steel steeps. Reigns slides in the ring as he and Rollins trade blows. Reigns tosses Rollins into the podium that is set up in the ring. Reigns picks up the podium and hits Rollins in the face. Reigns hits a big clothesline on Rollins. Reigns calls for the Superman Punch, but Kane pulls Rollins out of the ring. Rollins and Kane back their way up the ramp as Reigns tells both of them to get back in the ring.
We go to the back where we see Goldust and Stardust. They say that tonight they have a great opportunity. Stardust that tonight the stars align , and tonight they become the tag team champions. Goldust says that after tonight they will never forget the names of Goldust and Stardust.
Back on Raw, we are joined by the WWE Tag Team Champions, The Usos. They will be defending their Tag Team Championships against Goldust and Stardust.
The Usos vs. Goldust and Stardust (WWE Tag Team Title Match)
Jimmy Uso and Stardust start this match off. Stardust goes behind and goes for a quick roll up but only gets a 1 count. Stardust goes behind, but Jimmy counters into a roll up of his own for a 1 count. Jey now tags in. Jey charges and hits a big forearm in the corner. Jimmy tags back in. Jimmy comes off the top with an axe handle. Stardust comes back with right hands followed by a few elbows to the arm of Jey. Stardust covers for a 1 count. Stardust goes back to the arm with an arm wrench. Jey fights back with a right hand. Stardust comes off the ropes and slides under Jey. Jey charges and Stardust tosses him to the outside. Goldust comes off the apron with a flipping senton onto Jimmy and Stardust comes off with one on Jey. Stardust tosses Jey back in the ring and covers for a 2 count as we go to commercial.
Back on Raw, Stardust is in control of Jimmy Uso with a rear chin lock. Jimmy fights out and hits a spinning enzeguri. Stardust comes back with a clothesline and tags in Goldust. Goldust covers and gets a 2 count. Goldust lands a few stomps followed by a shoulder lock. Jimmy lands some body shots, but Goldust hangs on. Jimmy hits the ropes and both men collide with a cross body. Both men make the tags. Jey is on fire with clothesline and an uppercut. Jey hits the ropes and hits a running drop kick. Jey charges and hits the Rikishi splash. Goldust charges and Jey connects with a Samoan Drop. Jey charges and dives over the top rope onto Stardust on the outside. Jey starts to stand up and his knee gives out. Stardust and Jey trade right hands, but Stardust slides in the ring before the 1o count.
Winners by Countout – Goldust and Stardust
After the match, Goldust gets on the mic and says that this is their only chance, and they want a rematch right now. Goldust and Stardust are all over The Usos with shots. Stardust tosses Jimmy to the outside and start working on Jey’s knee. Stardust wraps Jey’s knee around the ring post and slams it into it. Goldust and Stardust pose over a fallen Usos.
Back on Raw, Rollins and Kane are in the back. Rollins says that something has to be done about Roman Reigns. Rollins says that Reigns is too stupid to realize that he will have the same fate as Ambrose. Kane makes a match for tonight between Reigns and Rollins and Kane in a handicap match. Kane says that they will end Reigns tonight.
Back on Raw, the announcers take us to an interview Cole conducted with Brock Lesnar. Lesnar says that it’s the greatest thing he has ever accomoplished. He accomplished his goal of becoming the WWE Heavyweight Champion. He says that he hit John Cena with an F5 right off the bat, and gave Cena a chance to lay on the mat and stay down. He says that Cena’s no give up attitude worked against him. Brock says that he was inflicting the right amount of pain that he should have to Cena. The only reason Cena survived the beating was because Brock took pity on Cena and ended the fight.
We now see Triple H in the video and says that Cena is invoking his rematch clause for the title. Heyman asks Cena if he is out of his mind. He wonders if Cena sees the monster standing in front of him. Heyman says that he likes Cena, but he is making mistake. Brock talks about Cena’s childhood and wonders if his dad filled him full of false hope. He says that Cena eventually was going to run into someone who was going to keep knocking him down. Lesnar says that he doesn’t feel bad for him, because that’s what he has been living on for the past 12 years. Lesnar says that at Night of Champions, it will be Cena’s last night in this universe. Lesnar says “Game Over.” He said it almost brought a tear to his eye.
Back in the arena, WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring. He will be in non title action against The Miz after the commercial break.
Back on Raw, Dolph Ziggler is in the ring. The Miz now makes his way to the ring for this one on one non-title contest.
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz
Miz comes out with a mic and thanks the WWE Universe. He says this morning he went to Disneyland, and got to walk to the front because he is a Hollywood movie star. The Miz says he has his very own stunt double, and this man will be taking his spot in the match against Dolph Ziggler. He then introduces “Damien Mizdow.” Sandow makes his way out and heads to the ring.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow
Ziggler starts off quickly with a standing drop kick for a 2 count. Sandow gets back on his feet and backs Ziggler into the corner. Sandow connects with a snap suplex for a 1 count. Sandow lands a few stomps and some mounted punches. Sandow connects with a headbutt, but Ziggler comes back with a jawbreaker. Ziggler hits the ropes and eats a back elbow by Sandow. Ziggler hits the ropes again and connects with some clotheslines. Ziggler hits the ropes again and eats a knee to the gut by Sandow. Sandow now locks in a figure 4 leg lock in the middle of the ring. Ziggler reverses the pressure and Sandow gets to the ropes. Ziggler ducks a clothesline and connects with the Zig Zag for the 3 count.
Winner by Pinfall – Dolph Ziggler
Back on Raw, Jerry Lawler is in the ring. Jerry talks about Nikki turning on Brie during her match against Stephanie Mcmahon at Summerslam. Jerry says it could have been a bad decision in the heat of the moment, but that changed last Monday. We now see the video of last week when Nikki slapped Brie in the middle of the ring. Jerry says that nobody wants to see a family torn apart and he hopes tonight will be the start of fixing their family. Jerry introduces Nikki Bella and she makes her way to the ring.
Jerry starts by saying that the fans aren’t as forgiving as Brie is and hopes everything can get worked out tonight. Jerry now introduces Brie Bella. Brie now makes her way to the ring. Brie says that the person that the person she trusted the most stabbed her in the back. Brie says that Nikki and her have been together before they were even born. Brie says she knows that Nikki’s feelings are hurt, but she didn’t know Nikki would be mistreated by Stephanie Mcmahon. Brie apologizes to Nikki from the bottom of her heart. She says to forget the WWE and Total Divas. She says that she is sorry. Nikki says she doesn’t know what to say, except that it’s the biggest piece of crap that she has heard. Nikki says the people might be stupid enough to believe it, but Nikki knows the real her. Nikki says that Brie has always cared about herself and the spotlight. Nikki says that Brie’s attitude is an act. Nikki says that maybe they weren’t holding hands in the ultrasound, maybe Brie was holding her back. Nikki says that she is done with Brie and her family. Nikki says most of all, she is sick of everything that Brie has, include her troll faced husband. Nikki says that she is done playing 2nd fiddle to someone who doesn’t care about her. Nikki says that Brie turned her back on her and made it where Nikki had to be in handicap matches every week. Nikki calls Brie a sad excuse of a sister and a human being. Nikki mocks Brie and asks her if she is gonna cry. Nikki calls Brie a pathetic hot mess. Jerry tries to step in and Nikki tells him to get out of the ring and calls him an old man. Nikki tells Brie that she has no sister. Nikki then grabs Brie’s face and tells her that she wishes she died in the womb. Nikki now tosses Brie to the ground and starts slamming her head into the mat. Nikki slaps Jerry Lawler and pounces back on Brie. Nikki attacks Brie with multiple punches. Referees and Jerry finally pull Nikki off of her and Nikki makes her way to the back as Brie cries in the middle of the ring.
Back on Raw, Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring. He will be in a handicap match against Seth Rollins and Kane.
Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins and Kane
Kane and Reigns will start off. Reigns starts off quickly with right hands and knocks Kane to the floor. Reigns tosses Rollins into the ring and lands some right hands and stomps in the corner. Kane gets back in the ring and tosses Reigns into the corner. Rollins now tags in. Rollins lands some stomps to Reigns in the corner. Rollins charges and hits a splash in the corner. Rollins charges again and hits a running forearm. Kane now tags in. Kane whips Rollins into Reigns, but Reigns back drops Rollins to the floor. Reigns connects with a big clothesline to Kane and sets him up on the ropes. Reigns goes to the outside and back drops Rollins onto the apron. Reigns now hits his running drop kick from the outside. Reigns goes for the Superman punch, but Kane grabs him by the throat. Reigns fights out and hits a spear on Kane. Reigns covers but he is attacked from behind by Rollins with the briefcase to cause the DQ.
Winner by DQ – Roman Reigns
After the match, Rollins continues the assault. Rollins tosses Reigns to the outside and then tosses him into the barricade. Kane lifts up a table and shows more cinder blocks. Kane sets up Reigns over the blocks. Reigns fights out and hits a big right hand to Rollins and Kane. Reigns connects with a Superman Punch to Rollins and tosses Kane into the timekeeper’s area. Reigns grabs a cinder block and walks over to Rollins. Reigns tosses the cinder block at Rollins, but Rollins moves and it explodes against the ring post. Rollins bails up the ramp as Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Kane. Reigns stands in the ring and stares at Rollins as he makes his way to the back.
We now see The Wyatt Family on the screen. Wyatt tells Cena that he is a shell of a man that never existed. Wyatt says that Cena’s shell is cracked, and is running around like a wounded animal. Wyatt asks what kind of man would he be if he let Cena keep running around in agony. Wyatt says that it is so much nicer on the other side. He tells Cena to run.
Back on Raw, Los Matadores are in the ring with Heath Slater and Titus O’Neal. They will be in tag team action against each other.
Los Matadores vs. Slater Gator
Slater and Diego start this match off. Both men lock up and Diego connects with a shoulder block off the ropes. Diego connects with another shoulder tackle followed by a spring board cross body. Fernando now tags in. Fernando hits a sling shot splash for a 2 count. Slater hits the ropes and Fernando connects with a head scissor. Fernando now locks in a rear chin lock. Diego tags in and hits a standing drop kick. Diego connects with a big chop followed by a right hand. Slater comes back with a jumping calf kick for a 2 count. Titus now tags in. Titus connects with multiple rib breakers and tags in Slater. Diego tires to crawl over or the tag, but Slater cuts him off and locks in a rear chin lock. Diego fights back to his feet and connects with a sunset flip for a 2 count. Slater comes back with a running cross body. Titus tags in and hits a big splash in the corner. Titus connects with a big chop in the corner, but Diego fights back. Titus picks Diego up and sets him in the corner and connects with a big chop. Slater now tags in. Slater goes for a clothesline, but Diego counters into a crucifix cradle for the 3 count.
Winners by Pinfall – Los Matadores
Back on Raw, Kofi Kingston is in the ring. He will be going one on one with Bo Dallas.
Kofi Kingston vs. Bo Dallas
Kofi starts off quickly with kicks and a cross body for a 1 count. Kofi charges and hits a splash in the corner, Kofi hits the ropes and Bo catches him with a knee to the gut. Bo hits the ropes and connects with a body shot and a forearm. Kofi comes back with a springboard knee to the face. Kofi mounts Bo in the corner and hits 10 mounted punches. Kofi goes for a springboard in the corner, but Bo pushes him down. Bo grabs Kofi and connects with the running Bo-Dog for the 3 count.
Winner by Pinfall – Bo Dallas
After the match, Bo grabs a mic. Bo tells Kofi that he is not like Jack Swagger. He says that Kofi just let himself down. Swagger let down his entire country. Bo says that both Kofi and Swagger need to learn to Bo-lieve. Swagger shows up behind Bo and hits an olympic style slam to Bo in the middle of the ring. Swagger leaves the ring and makes his way to the back.
Back on Raw, we are joined by John Cena. He will be going one on one with Bray Wyatt in our main event of the evening.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Cena starts off quickly by backing Bray into the corner and landing some big right hands. Bray fights out and lands some right hands of his own. Cena comes off the ropes and lands a hard clothesline to Bray. Cena grabs Bray from behind and hits a German Suplex on Bray. Cena grabs Bray and hits another German Suplex on him. Cena stomps on Bray before he can get up. Cena picks up Bray and hits a fisherman suplex. Cena covers and gets a 1 count. Cena lands some jabs and hard right hands to Bray in the corner. Cena charges and connects with a knee to the face of Bray in the corner. Cena grabs Bray and connects with another German Suplex. Cena charges and connects with another hard clothesline to Bray. Cena goes for another German Supelx, but Bray fights out with back elbows. Bray charges and hits a splash to Bray in the corner. Cena takes Wyatt down and lands some right hands. Harper and Rowan hit the ring to cause the DQ. Big Show and Mark Henry show up to even the odds. All 6 men fight as we go to commercial.
Back on Raw, this has become a 6 man tag team match. Henry is in the ring with Erik Rowan. Big Show tags in and hits a big elbow to Rowan. Big Show tosses Rowan face first into the corner. Big Show connects with a big chop to Rowan in the corner. Big Show plays to the crowd and connects with another chop. Henry now tags back in. Big Show whips Henry into Rowan in the corner. Henry connects with a body shot and a headbutt. Henry charges and Rowan gets a boot up. Rowan connects with a clothesline for a 2 count. Bray now tags in. Bray connects with a kick to the gut followed by a falling headbutt. Bray connects with multiple right hands to Henry on the mat. Harper now tags in. Harper walks over Henry and drops an elbow. Harper now locks in a rear chin lock. Henry fights back to his feet, but Harper knees him back down. Rowan now tags in. Rowan connects with a big body slam to Henry in the middle of the ring. Harper now tags back in. Harper charges and hits a running lariat on Henry in the corner. Harper charges again but Henry gets the boot up. Big Show now tags in. Show lands multiple clotheslines in the corner on Harper. Big Show hits the ropes but Harper catches him with a drop kick. Rowan tags in and hits a big boot to Show. Bray now tags back in. Bray is all over Show with stomps and a running senton. Bray covers and gets a 2 count. Rowan now tags back in and drops a knee to the chest of Big Show. Rowan lands right hands and tags Harper back in. Rowan hits a splash and Harper connects with a superkick for a close 2 count. Bray now tags back in. Bray lands a kick to the chest of Show and follows it with a right hand. Show gets back to his feet and hits a chokeslam to Bray. Big Show gets to Cena. Cena is on fire. He hits a German Suplex to Harper and a right hand to Rowan. Cena is all over Harper with right hands. Cena locks in the STF on Harper and Harper taps out.
After the match, Rowan attacks and Cena hits him with an AA. Henry and Big Show grab Bray Wyatt and toss him into the ring. Cena hits an AA to Bray in the middle of the ring. Cena now grabs Harper and connects with another AA. Cena stands over a fallen Wyatt Family as Big Show and Mark Henry cheer on the outside. Cena goes to the WWE Universe and celebrates with them as we go off the air.