The Shield faced their toughest test to date, the Rhodes Brothers. Also, Big Show was lurking in the shadows, after getting ousted by Triple H. What would he do to shake things up?
Shawn Michaels came out to open the show. He will be the Special Guest Ref during the Randy Orton v Daniel Bryan WWE Title match, at Hell in a Cell. Shawn bounced down the ramp and greeted a few lucky ringside fans. In the ring, he struck the classic HBK pose. The announcers talked about Shawn’s record in the Cell, both as a competitor and referee. Shawn thanked everyone who voted him into the spot of ref. Shawn discussed his feelings about Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Triple H. Shawn understood why the fans were concerned about whether Shawn could be fair. Shawn mentioned that he was in the very first Hell in a Cell in the building where tonight’s Raw was taking place. Shawn said there would not be a repeat of BattleGround or Night of Champions. He promised that there would be a definitive winner…
Enter Randy Orton. The St. Louis crowd gave their home town hero, Orton, a decent pop. Lawler said not everyone was cheering The Viper. Orton said he was going to make it quick. Orton said Shawn had the crowd totally convinced. Orton did a Foley Pop for his home town. Orton switched gears when he suggested the locals weren’t all that bright. Orton said Shawn resented how much better Randy was. Shawn dismissed the comment by pretending not to listen. Shawn told Orton that he should be worried about Daniel Bryan. Orton went off on the crowd for their “Yes!” chant. Randy said he knew that Shawn was used to “Screwjobs” and if Shawn were to screw him, there would be no coming back for HBK. Shawn would not allow Randy to intimidate him. Shawn said if Randy put his hands on him, he would kick his head off. Shawn did the “Two Words” thing. Randy tried to attack Shawn with an RKO but Shawn pushed out and almost took out Randy with Sweet Chin Music.
Orton went to the floor and was attacked by The Miz. The refs rushed down to keep Miz back. Their match would be up, right after the commercial break.
Randy Orton vs The Miz
Miz wanted revenge for a brutal attack, from Orton, a few weeks back. Miz threw Orton in the corner and went wild with punches and kicks. Corner Clothesline by Orton. The ref tried to order Orton back but TheViper with another Clothesline. Miz sent Orton to the floor with a La Bandera Clothesline. Miz went for the Baseball Slide Dropkick but Randy moved. Clothesline by Randy. Randy went in, to break the count, and then came out to throw Miz into two sets of ring steps. Randy rolled Miz in and tried for a pin. He only got a two. Randy with the Orton/Garvin Stomp. Rear Chin Lock by Randy. Randy threw Miz up and over the top rope. Remember when that used to be a disqualification? Oops, being an old guy, again. Randy tried to do the Barrier Assisted DDT but Miz ran Randy into the ring post. Flying Forearm by Miz into the Mr. Wrestling II Million Dollar Kneelift. Full Body Clothesline by Miz, Miz went up top and flew off with an Ax Bomber. Orton blocked the Skull Crushing Finale. Miz kicked Randy’s hamstring and went for the Figure Four.
Suddenly, the lights went out and the Wyatt Family was on the top of the ramp. RKO on a distracted Miz.
Your Winner: Randy Orton
Raw Ranking: 3.5 out of a possible 5
Bray said Miz represented everything that Bray despised. Bray said he was going to put Miz down. Follow the Buzzards. What the heck ever.
Fandango and Summer Rae were in the ring. Michael Cole talked about the pink rope and clothing to help support Susan G Komen.
Fandango vs Santino Marella
Collar and Elbow and Fandango pushed Santino down. Fandango danced and Santino did a Bump and Grind. Santino threatened The Cobra. Fandango with wild punches to the head. European Uppercut by Fandango. Back Elbow by Fandango for a two count. Rear Chin Lock by Fandango. Santino punched his way free but Fandango reversed a Whip and hit Santino in the back of the neck. Snap Suplex by Fandango. Fandango went up top but Santino got up and hit a Stunner. Santino with haymakers into the Splitz. Hip Toss, followed by the Diving Headbutt. Welcome The Cobra. Santino almost hit Summer Rae. Fandango used the momentary distraction to Roll Up Santino for the win.
Your Winner: Fandango
Raw Ranking: 2.5
Michael Cole announced that Brad Maddox had set the tag match between The Shield and the Rhodes Family.
Paul Heyman talked with Brad Maddox. Paul showed C.M. Punk’s Low Blow, against Ryback, at BattleGround. Paul demanded satisfaction. Brad didn’t know what Paul wanted him to do. Paul suggested Punk made Brad look ridiculous. Paul wanted to set the stipulation of C.M. Punk vs Ryback and Curtis Axel, in a Handicap Match, at Hell in a Cell. Brad didn’t think that was too fair. Brad called Paul a “Walrus”. Brad decided to play “Beat the Clock” with Ryback and Punk. If Ryback wins, Paul gets to decide the stipulation. If Punk wins, Punk gets to decide the stipulation.
Michael Cole said Xavier Woods (formerly Consequences Creed) has started a petition to bring back Big Show. JBL didn’t know who the guy was. Michael Cole then sent it to a video package about the returning John Cena.
Los Matadores (con El Torito) vs Drew McIntrye and Heath Slater
Diego ducked and dodged Drew but did get went into the corner. Hurancanrana and tag to Fernando. Double Back Body Drop. Heath tagged in and punched away. Fernando reversed a Whip into a Universal. Inverted Big Swing sent Heath to the outside. Heath decided to mess with El Torito. Fernando flew over the top as Heath chased El Torito. Leg Lariat by heath, as they got back in the ring. Tag to Drew. Double Blanchard Slingshot Suplex. Drew punched and kicked away. Fernando went wild but got stopped with a Big Boot. Arm Bar Crossface by Drew. Headscissors DDT by Fernando. Diego and Heath both tagged in. Diego with an RVD Roll and the Ole. Leg Sweep. Diego flew off the the Picadore Punch. Estocada by Los Matadores!
Your Winners: Los Matadores
Raw Ranking: 2.0
Jinder got on the apron and got Gored. Los Matadores took down Mahal and El Torito with the Bullton.
Michael Cole sent it back to Big Show knocking out Triple H, last week.
The Authority arrived on the scene. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon walked out, hand-in-hand. Stephanie said she learned not to let kindness be mistaken for weakness. “You got Knocked Out!” rang out for HHH. Stephanie said Big Show disrespected them. Stephanie said Big Show was now fired, losing his home and all his possessions and about o go to jail for trespassing and assault. Stephanie corrected Michael Cole’s report about the condition that HHH is/was in. Stephanie said HHH IS the WWE. She then handed him the microphone. “Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated” was his opening comment. HHH said he put aside his personal and professional needs to become the C.O.O. of the WWE…for the fans. HHH said the punch, last week, pushed him beyond his breaking point. HHH screamed about how everyone was screaming “Yes!”. That started the same chant, this week. HHH said he guessed he and Stephanie were just the villains. HHH said it was time to truly be the Bad Guy. He would force Big Show to grovel and beg at his feet. HHH unofficially banned the “Yes!” chant.
That, of course, brought out Daniel Bryan. As Daniel headed down to the ring, he was attacked by Alberto Del Rio. Stephanie announced that Daniel would fight Del Rio, later in the show. HHH tried to get a “Yes!” chant going but the St. Louis crowd threw out a “No” chant, instead.
Ryback was ready to play Beat the Clock, next.
Ryback vs R-Truth
Beat The Clock Challenge
Paul Heyman was with his charge for this battle. R-Truth immediately went to the floor to run time on the clock. Ryback chased Truth back into the ring. Truth with a few shots. Ryback sent Truth into the rope. Truth with a little dance and they went back to the floor. The crowd was loving it. Paul was frustrated. Truth with a Leg Lariat and a 1 count. Truth went back to the floor. Rybck chased Truth. Paul blocked Truth’s path. Ryback clubbed Truth and threw Truth back into the ring. Several near falls. Ryback with a Hammer Throw for a 1 count. Ryback with a measured punch and Shoulder Thrusts as the “Goldberg” chants rose. The announcers finally acknowledged it. Big Splash by Ryback. Kick to Truth’s back. Ryback kept trying to pin Truth but couldn’t get the job done.
Ryback rushed Truth into a couple of corners. Truth grabbed the ropes to avoid the pin. Ryback clubbed away on Truth’s back. School Boy by Ryback. 2 count. Truth punched and kicked away. Another Hammer Throw by Ryback. Truth escaped a Powerslam nad hit a Dropkick. Low Dropkick to the knee nad a DDT by Truth. Truth with another Low Dropkick. The timer reached five minutes as the Walrus chant got going. Missile Dropkick by Truth. 1-2-no. Truth missed the Ax Kick and Ryback connected with Shell Shocked. Ryback wins at 5:44.
Your Winner (5:44): Ryback
Raw Ranking: 2.0
Backstage, Stephanie McMahon ran into the Bellas. Stephanie hugged Brie for her engagement. Stephanie then talked about how her fiancé, Daniel Bryan, chanted after HHH was knocked out. Stephanie put Brie in a match against Tamina Snuka. Nikki was banned from ringside. A.J. Lee would be allowed to watch the match.
Michael Cole talked about The Streak Mode in the new WWE 2K14 game. You can be The Undertaker and try to protect The Streak or you can try and defeat Taker.
Brodus Clay and Tensai (Tons of Funk) vs Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro (The Real Americans)
The Real Americans now have their own flags. Reminds me of the “Better than Utopia” storyline on one of the WWE video games (can’t really remember which one). Zeb Colter talked trash about Los Matadores in an insert video.
Brodus started against Antonio. Collar and Elbow. Brodus pushed off. Antonio with Forearm Smashes and a Double Chops. Scoop Slam by Clay. Clay dragged Antonio to the corner and tagged in Tensai. Headbutts and punches by Tensai. Monkey Flip by Tensai. Jack with the Blind Tag. Chop Block and Leg DDT by Jack. Jack drove his knee into Tensai’s ankle. Tag to Antonio. Rear Chin Lock by Antonio.
Antonio with a European Uppercut and tag to Jack. Swagger with Shoulder Thrusts. Jack with the Swagger Bomb. Leap Frog Stomp by Antonio. 2 count. Jack tagged back in and worked over Tensai’s ankle. Tensai kicked free. Double Clothesline. Antonio lifted Tensai for the Gut Wrench Throw. Wow! 2 count. Jack tagged back in and punched away. Tensai fought out of the enemy corner. Tensai sent Jack into the corner and got to his corner. Clay came in and Clotheslined both Real Americans’ Trapped Leg Exploder Suplex by Clay. T-Bone Fisherman’s Suplex by Clay. Jack made the save but paid for it. Flying Uppercut by Antonio. Neutralizer!
Your Winners: The Real Americans
Raw Ranking: 2.55
After the match, Antonio with the Cesaro Swing on Tensai! That was just unreal!
Lilian Garcia, Titus O’Neil and Layla talked about their family members who struggled against Breast Cancer.
Tamina Snuka vs Brie Bella.
A.J. Lee was hanging around ringside. Brie ran over Tamina to start. Brie with hard punches and kicks. Brie threw Tamina into the corner and then kicked her. Tamina fell out of the ring. Thesz Press to the floor by Brie. Tamina pushed away and Clotheslined Brie in the back of the head. Tamina pitched Brie up into the ring. Tamina choked Brie until the ref made her back off. Brie with a Single Leg Crab on Tamina. Snuka got to the ropes to force the break. Tamina choked Brie on the ropes. 2 count. Rear Chin Lock by Tamina. Tamina threw Brie down to the canvas. A.J. was chatting with her title belt. Tamina with a Suplex for a two. Short Arm Clothesline by Tamina. Rear Chin Lock by Tamina, yet again.
Brie tried to fight free but Tamina put her down and went back to the Rear Chin Lock. Kneelift by Tamina into a hard Whip. Big Boot by Brie. Missile Dropkick sent Tamina sailing. Flying Clothesline and Dropkick by Brie. Running Knee Strikes by Brie. Brie went up the ropes and flew. Tamina pushed her away and hit a Big Boot. 3 count.
Your Winner: Tamina Snuka
Raw Ranking: 1.5
After the match, Tamina nailed a Samoan Drop. Tamina then hit a Shoulder Breaker on Brie. Tamina walked to the corner and went to the penthouse. Superfly Splash! Tamina then picked up Brie so A.J. could lock in the Black Widow. Lee shrieked as Brie collapsed. Nikki came down to check on her twin sister.
Stephanie and Brad were in the office. Daniel Bryan broke in and went off on Stephanie. Brad told Daniel to watch his mouth. Stephanie tried to play peacemaker. Stephanie said Daniel should go take care of his fiancé.
C.M. Punk vs Curtis Axel
Non-Title, Beat The Clock Match
Time to beat: 5:44
Collar and Elbow and Punk was sent to the ropes. Punk tried for a pin but didn’t even get a one. Punk took Axel to the corner and the ref forced a break. Trip into the Jackknife Cover. 2. Axel with punk with Knife Edge Chops and punches, in the corner. Axel turned things around and did the same to Punk. Snap Mare into the Perfect Necksnap. 1 count, only. Scoop Slam by Axel. Axel with a Second Scoop Slam. 2 count. Axel punched away and Whipped Punk to the Corner. Top Rope Crossbody by Punk. Clothesline by Axel. 1 count.
Side Backbreaker by Axel. Axel went to the middle ropes but missed the Fistdrop. Punk with Kneelifts and the Elevator Knee. Short Arm Clothesline for a two. The cameraman should be fired for missing so many decent shots. Savage Elbow! 2 cont. Punk lifted Axel but Axel with his Powerspin Neckbreaker. 2 count. Punk with chops and punches at the 1:30 mark. Axel slid under Punk and hit a Clothesline to the back of the head. PerfectPlex by Axel. 2 count. Small Package by Punk. 2 count. Rolling Neckbreaker into the Crescent Kick. Go To Sleep! 1-2-3. Made it with 12 seconds to go!
Your Winner: C.M. Punk
Raw Ranking: 3.25
Heyman was beside himself with anger. Punk grabbed the house mic and said the party was just getting started. Punk knew he got to pick the stipulation for the match at the Hell in a Cell PPV. Punk said he was going to make a Handicap Match. C.M. Punk vs Ryback…and Paul Heyman in the Hell in a Cell structure! Heyman just needed a serious change of undies after that one.
Daniel Bryan vs Alberto Del Rio
Daniel rushed Del Rio as ADR was taking off his shirt. Superkick by ADR. Daniel sent Del Rio into the ropes but got Steam Rolled. Daniel with a Shoulder Thrust and hard kicks. Knee Strikes by Daniel into a Kitchen Sink. Daniel with kicks and and Armbreaker, over the shoulder. Double Boots by Del Rio. 2 connt. Snap Suplex by ADR for a two. Rear Chin Lock by Del Rio. Back Drop Suplex by Daniel. Daniel psyched himself up and began unloading with kicks to the chest. Back Stabber by Del Rio. 2 count. Del Rio with repeated stomps to Daniel’s head and chest. Hammer Throw by Del Rio. Kneeling Choke by ADR. Headbutts by Del Rio. Daniel with kicks to Del Rio’s thigh and chest. Hesitation Dropkick, by Daniel, missed. Del Rio stomped away. The ref had to force Del Rio back. Raw went to break.
Daniel with the Benoit Flying Headbutt but he missed. Del Rio got a 2 count. Kick to the back of Bryan’s head. Del Rio wasted a ton of time, talking crap. Daniel went for the yes Lock but Del Rio reached the ropes. Daniel didn’t have it fully set. Daniel with European Uppercuts. Del Rio reversed a Whip but Daniel with a boot. Tilt-a-Whirl Backbreaker by ADR. Del Rio was bleeding from the mouth. 2 count. Del Rio planted his knee and pulled back on Daniel’s chin. Daniel tried to escape but Del Rio with a flurry of Headbutts. Del Rio flexed his pecs and then moved to the corner. He started a Yes/No chant. Bryan exploded, from the corner, with a Running Clothesline.
Flying Armbreaker by Del Rio. Del Rio climbed the ropes but had a hard time doing it. Daniel Bryan tried to Dropkick Del Rio but ADR’s Missile Dropkick connected, first. Daniel went off with kicks. He charged the corner but Del Rio moved. Daniel struck the ring post. Del Rio missed the Enziguri and seemed to hurt his wrist. Daniel with the chest kicks. Del Rio sent Daniel to the corner. Daniel ran the ropes and hit a Flying Clothesline. Hesitation Dropkick by Daniel. Hurancanrana by Daniel for a two count. Daniel with a Whip but Del Rio hit the Superkick. Low Bridge by Daniel> Flying Goat Suicide Dive by Daniel. Del Rio crashed into the ring barrier. Daniel pitched Del Rio back into the ring. Daniel went to the penthouse and waited. Double Boot Missile Dropkick for a two count. Randy Orton came on the TitanTron. He was outside the Trainer’s Room where Brie Bella was being attended to. Brie screamed as The door slammed. Rollup by ADR but only a two count. Del Rio punched away. Del r\Rio wanted the Cross Armbreaker. Daniel pushed out and hit the Crescent Kick. Daniel bailed out and ran to the back, taking the count out loss.
Your Winner (by Count-out) Alberto Del Rio
Raw Ranking: 3.25
Randy attacked Daniel, in the training room. Randy threw Daniel into a metal unit. The refs tried to keep Randy back.
The Shield members wsere talking in the Gm’s office. Stephanie and HHH told The Shield that the Rhodes Brothers have beaten The Shield, in the past. HH made the match a No-DQ match. He otld The Shield to “Finish It”. HHH and Stephanie smooched away.
Michael Cole asked if John Cena was returning to action, too quickly. That led to a video package about John’s rehab. John had surgery on a torn tricep. I do agree that Cena is risking a Hell of a lot to come back this quickly.
The Rhodes Brothers (Goldust/Dustin and Cody Rhodes) vs The Shield (Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins)
No-Disqualification Match for the WWE Tag Team Titles
If Dustin and Cody were to win, they would be the first (real) brothers to win the tag belts since Carlito and Primo (Colon) won them back on September 21, 2008.
Dean Ambrose was with his partners for this match. JBL tried to stir the pot by mentioning that the Rhodes Family jumped ahead of the Usos for this match. The Usos said, on an interview, that they are the true number one contenders, so they will sit back and watch this match. The teams were introduced.
Seth and Cody to start. Cody kicked and punched Seth to the corner. Hammer Throw by Cody. Tag to Goldust. Goldy with punches, off the ropes, and in the ring. Snap Mare by Goldy into a Flying Elbow Drop. 2 count. Tag back to Body. Dropkick by Cody. Straight Fists by Cody. Snap Mare and Knee Strike by Cody. 2 count. Goldy tagged back in. This was the same building where Rollins and Reigns won the belts, back at Extreme Rules. Tag to Cody. Cody kicked away and then punched Seth. Front Drop Suplex by Cody. 2 count only.
Dean held Cody’s foot as he went to bounce off the ropes. Roman tackled Cody. Seth with a Slider Dropkick. Tag to Roman. Double Stomping by the tag champs. Roman then continued the stomping. Roman sent Cody to the floor. Roman with more punishment before putting Cody back in the ring. Tag to Seth. Knee Strike by Seth. Seth with Full Mount Punches. Seth followed up with several tough stomps. Back Drop Suplex by Seth for a two count. Arm Bar by Seth. Goldy rallied the crowd. Arm Drag but Cody into an attempt at the Alabama Slam. Cody wth a dive to the corner.
Goldust went wild with punches. Goldy nailed Roman and then nailed the Bulldog. Seth with a Thrust Kick and Whip. Goldy went for a Crossbody but Seth ducked. Goldy hit the floor as Raw went to break.
Roman took Goldust to the corner and punched away. He also stomped him and hit some Headbutts. Seth tagged in and clamped on an Arm Bar. Goldust with a Backslide for two. Explosive Clothesline by Seth for a two. Seth threw Goldy into the corner but Goldy fought out. Roman rushed in and prevented Goldy from tagging out. Roman with a Rear Chin Lock. Goldust began to power himself up to his feet. Roman with a Whip but Goldust with a Back Elbow off the ropes. Seth with a cheap shot to stop Goldust. Seth mocked Gold y and fell to a Snap Powerslam. Cody got he tag and hit the Goldustin Uppercut and sent Roman to the post. 2 count on the Roll Up. Moonsault for a two. Cody punched away and laid out Dean, who had climbed onto the apron, with the Disaster Kick. Springboard Missile Dropkick by Cody for a two. It broke down as Goldy and Seth went after each other. Cody went for CrossRhodes but Dean got involved. Goldy went after him but things continued to spiral for the Rhodes Brothers.
Goldust came in with a steel chair to even the score. He went wild on all three members of The Shield. Roman got the chair and said Goldust should have never put it down. Goldy ducked the chair shot and hit a Crossbody, driving the chair into Roman’s chest. Cody and Seth fought on the floor. Seth tried to send Seth into the steps but failed. Running Powerbomb to send Cody into the ring barrier. Roman stomped away but Goldy with the Inverted Atomic Drop on both members of the tag champion team. Goldust sent Seth out and then took out Roman with a La Bandera Clothesline. Dean got back in the middle of things. Goldust punched away. “This is Awesome!” rang out. Roman Speared Goldust through the Bullpen retaining wall.
Dean pushed Roman back in. Suddenly, Big Show came through the crowd. He took out Dena with a kick and punch. Seth flew over the top rope and Big Show took him out. Roman screamed at Big Show. Cody missed the Disaster Kick but Big Show connected with the K.O. Punch. Cody made the cover. NEW CHAMPIONS!
Your Winner: Goldust(in) and Cody Rhodes
Raw Ranking: 4.5
HHH was having a serious fit about Big Show costing The Shield the tag team titles. The crowd was having a big party, up in the crowd.
I want to end, this week, with a big Thank You to all of you. Last week, I mentioned that my brother-in-law, David, was about to undergo a very risky heart surgery. Thanks to all the positive thoughts and prayers, David came through the Aortic Valve Replacement and Double Bypass with flying colors. I like to think that you all played a big part in keeping him safe.