Things are rolling on towards Hell in a Cell. There was a contract signing between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. Plus, two teams went after the Number One Contender Spot. Who would get The Rhodes Brothers at Hell in a Cell?
I want to start, this week, with some fantastic news. Thanks to all your positive thoughts and prayers, my brother-in-law, David, made it through Aortic Valve Replacement and Double Bypass surgery. He was released from the hospital, on Sunday, and is resting at his home. He wanted me to pass along his deepest thanks for your help in getting him through his toughest challenge.
The show opened with a look at how Big Show helped the Rhodes Brothers win the Tag Team Titles. HHH was absolutely irate at this. That led to tonight. Welcome to Memphis, TN. HHH and Stephanie came out to a mostly negative reaction from the crowd. While the Power Couple made their way to the ring, Raw looked back at Big Show knocking out Brad Maddox on Smackdown. Brad has a concussion and is off TV, for now.
Stephanie took the microphone and said the crowd was jealous. She mentioned the return of John Cena at Hell in a Cell. She discussed a few of the matches on the Pay Per View. I’ll have my predictions, later in the week, for that one. I have to do better than I did for Bound for Glory. HHH then took over and began talking about Shawn Michaels being the guest ref for the WWE Title match. He was cut off by Big Show, who came on the TitanTron. Stephanie started asking what the heck was going on. HHH yelled at Big Show about him (Show) making nothing of his life. HHH talked about Show wanting a Hand Out. HHH said Show was done. Show said he was suing HHH and the WWE for the millions of dollars that he is still owed and other things. He got a shot in on Stephanie by mentioning HHH and her being in the bed together. Stephanie cut off the feed. HHH said Big Show would go out with a whimper. HHH said it was time for the first match. He introduced Dean Ambrose…but got Daniel Bryan’s music. Daniel bounced down the ramp and around the ring. The Authority was not happy, at all.
Daniel Bryan vs Dean Ambrose
Collar and Elbow. Daniel worked over Dean’s arm. Dean reversed it. Dropkick by Daniel. Dean with a kick and Knife Edge Chops. Daniel ran Dean into a corner and hit his own Knife Edge Chop. He then kicked the daylights out of the U.S. Champ. Kitchen Sink Knee by Daniel. Daniel twisted Dean like a pretzel, working over the arms. Ouch. Dean had to struggle to prevent being pinned. Dean began to fight back but Daniel came out of a Universal into a huge Dropkick. Arm Breakers, by Daniel, over the shoulder. Sharp Arm Drag by Daniel. Daniel was determined to destroy the shoulder. Dean held the ropes to avoid a Dropkick.
Dean stomped away on Daniel. 2 count by Dean. Dean punched the side of Daniel’s head, a couple times. Snap Suplex by Dean. Whip by Dean but they blew the spot, big time. Daniel recovered with kick and a Warp Suplex. Daniel went up top but Dean went to the outside. Daniel converted to a Baseball Slide. Dean ducked Daniel’s flight from the apron and hit a Clothesline. Break time.
Dean with a Rear Chin Lock, as the show returned. Kitchen Sink Knee by Dean. Dean then stomped Daniel in the head. Dean placed Daniel in the ropes and hit a Running Dropkick. Modified Shinu Numaki by Dean. He then converted it into a Bow and Arrow. Back Drop Suplex on Daniel, as Bryan tried to escape. Leg Scissors by Dean. Daniel escaped and locked in the Surfboard. That moves hurts SO bad. Daniel drew back on the chin but Dean dug his thumbs into the eyes. Dean with a weak punch and a series of kicks. Daniel punched away and ran Dean into the corner. Dean caught Daniel, up top, with a hard punch. Butterfly Superplex, by Dean, for a two. Dean went back to the Rear Chin Lock.
Daniel escaped a Funk Neckbreaker and hit a Backslide. Both men then came off the ropes and hit Crossbodies. Daniel began throwing Haymakers. He then ran the ropes and nailed the Flying Clothesline. Hesitation Dropkick by Daniel. Huranranrana for a two. Daniel with a series of kicks. Dean reversed a Whip. Dean pushed out of the Tornado DDT and nailed a Spinebuster. Daniel flipped Dean out to the floor. Dean seemed to hurt his knee. Suicide Dive to send Dean into the barrier. Daniel threw Dean in and hit the Missile Dropkick. Kip Up! Daniel with several kicks. Dean went for a Small Package but Daniel converted it into the Yes Lock. Tap Out.
Your Winner (by submission): Daniel Bryan
Raw Ranking: 4.0 out of a possible 5
C.M. Punk came out to address the crowd. Punk will face Ryback and Paul Heyman, inside the Hell in a Cell, on Sunday. Punk was happy to be inside the Cell with Ryback and Heyman. Punk knew the Cell defines Legacies and ends careers. Punk said he was going to put Ryback to sleep and then destroy Heyman. He knew Paul would be begging off. Punk said he was grab Heyman and smash Paul’s face into every inch of steel that he could reach. Punk said he would be the only man to walk out of the Cell, under his own power.
HHH talked with Vickie Guerrero. He asked her to handle “the little stuff”. Shawn Michaels then showed up and Shawn and HHH hugged. Stephanie was calling for security to protect them from Big Show. Shawn joked around with The Authority. The two guys discussed whether Daniel could become “The Face” of the WWE. Stephanie was grumbling about how Big Show cut in on them. Shawn said D-X used to do the same thing, all the time. Stephanie said things have changed in the WWE. Shawn said he knew it but he still hasn’t grown up. He cackled like The Riddler and bounced off.
Santino, Khali and Hornswoggle came out dressed like Elvis. Santino was in a full jumpsuit. The
Santino (Presley) Marella vs Heath Slater
Santino wrestled in the jumpsuit. Heath danced around. Santino did his little thing too. Santino showed off his MMA (Marella Martial Arts) with a few chops. Heath shoved Santino. Santino brought out the Cobra. Heath with a punch and Whip. Power Walk by Santino. Kitchen Sink Knee by Heath. Heath with a few shots and pin attempt. Seated Inverse Bear Hug. Santino got to his feet but took a shot to the bread basket. Heath with Shoulder Thrusts. Heath charged, and hit the post. Santino with the Shimmy and the Hip Toss. Elvis Cobra! Heath smacked Santino and then went to the ropes. As Heath flew, Elvis Cobra struck with a Hunka Hunka Burning Pain. Thank you, very much uh huh huh.
Your Winner: Santino Marella
Raw Ranking: 2.5
Santino brought Jerry Lawler up onto the announce table to get the love from Lawler’s home town. Lawler danced on the table. Santino said Jerry was the only True King of Memphis.
Dolph Ziggler vs Randy Orton
The two locked up and jockeyed for position. The stayed in the hold for what seemed like forever. Charles Robinson did his best to tear them apart. Randy slid out to the floor as Robinson went off on Ziggler. Randy got in and kicked and punched Dolph. Headbutt by Randy. Orton pitched Dolph out to the floor. Randy went out and threw Dolph into the barrier and hit a Clothesline. They got back in the ring and Randy got a two count. Randy wanted the Apron Assisted DDT but Dolph fought out. Dolph pounded away on The Viper. Dang, I hate these new camera angles. They make me dizzy.
Randy threw Dolph into the ring post. Back in the ring, Orton stomped on the arm. Dolph fought back and Randy back-peddled, big time. Randy reversed a Whip but took a Clothesline. Randy with the Backbreaker. Arm Bar by Orton. Rear Chin Lock by Randy. Dolph powered up to his feet and hit the Jawbreaker. Clothesline into the Rolling Funk Neckbreaker by Dolph. Jumping Elbow Drop by Dolph. Randy dodged the Famouser. Randy with a kick and then went for the Rope Assisted DDT. Dolph blocked it, snapped Randy’s neck on the top rope and nailed the Famouser. 1-2-no. Stinger Splash by Dolph failed and Orton hit an Exploder Suplex. Dolph rolled to the apron. Randy finally got the R-A-D that he wanted. Randy quickly slipped into his Special Place. Dolph used a Dropkick to thwart the RKO. Randy blocked the Sleeper and connected with the RKO.
Your Winner: Randy Orton
Raw Ranking: 3.5
Michael Cole sent it to a video package about John Cena’s surgery and recovery.
A.J. Lee and Tamina Snuka vs The Bella Twins
This was Nikki’s return to action after her leg injury. These four had a run in on Smackdown. Brie ended up beating A.J., on Friday. Tamina and Brie started the match. Tamina tossed Brie around like a rag doll. Hammerlock by Tamina. Brie flipped free and tagged in Nikki. Double Dropkick. Nikki hooked the leg but only got 2. Side Headlock Takeover by Nikki. Tamina threw Nikki to the outside. Tamina lifted Nikki by the hair. She snapped Nikki’s head on the middle rope. Suplex by Tamina into a Kneedrop. 2 count. Cravat by Tamina.. The announcers talked about Tamina’s dad, Jimmy Snuka. Tamina snapped Nikki’s throat off the middle rope and hit a pair of Scoop Slams. Face Plant by Tamina. Tag to A.J..
A.J. took a Rear Chin Lock and dragged Nikki to mid-ring. Nikki with a Back Rush to the corner. Lee weakly through Nikki into the corner. Lee skipped around but missed the Corner Splash. Dropkicks that rocked Lee. Tamina tried to rush in. Brie, who had tagged in, went for a Knee Strike. She ended up hitting Tamina. Brie with the X-Factor to take the win.
Your Winners: Brie and Nikki Bella
Raw Ranking: 2.0
A YouTube promo video of Alberto Del Rio’s Cross Armbreaker aired.
Renee Young was ready to interview Paul Heyman. She couldn’t find him. She sent it to the situation on Smackdown, where Big E Langston came back in to help Punk. Langston took exception to being called “a Rookie”. Paul walked by and she stopped him. Paul mocked his situation against Punk. Paul bragged about being the first non-wrestler to be locked inside the Hell in a Cell. Heyman was about to pop a blood vessel as he compared himself to an erupting volcano. Paul said he was cold hearted and controlling.
Big E Langston walked up and Axel and Ryback went off on him. Langston said he would take a match against Axel.
The announcers sent it to a video package about Shawn Michaels training Daniel Bryan.
The Wyatt Family arrived on the scene. This is possibly the best Trio since the Fabulous Freebirds. Eric and Luke will be in action, next.
Eric Rowan and Luke Harper vs Kofi Kingston and The Miz
Bray Wyatt sat and watched the match. Miz and Rowan to open the match. Miz with a hard kick. Roman pushed Miz to the ropes. Miz with a Low Bridge and then Baseball Slide. Bray distracted Miz, which let Rowan drop Miz. Rowan took Miz back in the ring and battled away. Harper took the tag and whipped Rowan into Miz. Harper then nailed a Big Boot. Harper with the Slingshot to send Miz into the middle rope. 2 count. Rowan tagged back in nad hit an Elbow Drop. Scoop into a Backbreaker, by Rowan.
Harper tagged back in and stomped away. Elbow Drop into a Rolling Neck Wrench. Call it the Alligator Sleeper. Reminds me ok Kim Duk from a million years ago. Harper with the Scoop Powerslam. Jawbreaker by Miz. Big Boot by Miz and Miz went for his corner. Harper held the ankle to prevent it. Tag to Kofi. Kofi exploded off the ropes. Harper caught Kofi’s Dropkick. Double Boots by Kofi. Hurancanrana by Kofi. Kofi with a Twisting Crossbody but Rowan made the save. Rowan missed the Big Boot. Kofi dumped him to the outside. Trouble in Paradise by Kofi to take out Rowan. Harper with the Worst Case Scenario Clothesline!
Your Winners: Luke Harper and Eric Rowan
Raw Ranking: 2.75
Miz came in to protect Kofi. Miz took the fight to both men until Rowan hit a Spinning Leg Lariat. Kofi was thrown out of the ring. Luke and Eric held Miz in the ropes. Bray talked about knowing Miz. Bray rambled about Heaven and Hell and how he was going to lead Miz to Hell. The lights went out and it was time for a commercial.
Curtis Axel vs Big E. Langston
Paul Heyman and Ryback were with Axel. Curtis tried to jump Langston. Ryback got in the middle of things, as well. It was a major mugging. All three tumbled out of the ring. The match never got started. Langston continued to pound away, though he was out-numbered. Ryback held Langston but E with a Big Boot. Heyman with a kendo stick to Langston. Ryback with the Pearl Harbor. Suddenly, Paul Heyman rushed down with a kendo stick and cleared everyone away. Vickie Guerrero came out and got everyone’s attention. Vickie made it a tag team match…
C.M. Punk and Big E. Langston vs Ryback and Curtis Axel
Big E tagged out to Punk. Langston with a Top Rope Elbow Drop to Axel and then a Rolling Neckbreaker. Big E tagged back in and they whipped Axel into a Double Hip Toss. 1 count. Punk tagged back in and punched away. Headbutt to Axel’s ribs. Axel got a kick and Knife Edge Chop. Tag to Ryback. Punk blocked a Corner Smash and chopped away. Ryback rushed Punk to the corner and hit a Shoulder Thrust. Hammer Throw by Ryback. The announcers talked about how Heyman shaved Lawler’s head, 40 years ago. I don’t remember that but there area a few holes in my Trivia Encyclopedic Mind. Grin. Axel tagged in and tried to get a pin. When it failed, Axel slapped on the Rear Chin Lock. Punk began to fight out but took a knee shot. Whip by Axel but Punk got the boot up. Flying Crossbody, from the top. Axel came back with a Clothesline. Tag to Ryback.
Ryback with a measured punch to the head. Big Splash for a 2 count. Ryback punched away and nailed the Knife Edge Chop. Stall Suplex by Ryback that Punk reversed into a Small Package. Big Boot by Ryback. 2 count. Reverse Bear Hug by Ryback. Paul taunted Punk by asking for a tag. Punk with Back Elbows but Ryback nailed a knee. Punk with a Crescent Kick after escaping a Spinning Powerslam. Both sides wanted tags. Both sides got what they wanted. Big E with a Huge Lift Drop and Stone Wall on Axel. Big Squash by Langston. Langston dropped the straps. Axel took out Ryback. Langston did too. La Bandera, by Punk, to send Rybck to the floor. Big Ending to Axel!
Your Winners: Big E. Langston and C.M.Punk
Raw Ranking: 3.25
Punk chased after Heyman, who took off like his tail was on fire.
R-Truth was at the vendor table. He pushed Susan G. Komen. It was a silly segment. He gave the fans 20% off at WWEShop.com.
Tons of Funk vs the Real Americans
Michael Cole talked about how El Torito “Pored” Zeb Colter, twice. That allowed The Usos to beat the Real Americans. They ran an interview with El Torito. Jack and Tensai started the match. Tensai with repeated Headbutts on Swagger. Monkey Flip by Tensai. Tag to Antonio. Tensai threw Antonio onto the apron. Cesaro came back with a Dropkick and Bombs Away on Tensai. Tag to Jack. Swagger punched away. Leg DDT by Jack. Jack kicked Tensai’s hamstring, over and over. Back Drop Suplex by Swagger. Zeb whined and complained all through the match. Swagger Bomb into the Froggie’s Way. 2 count. Front Face Lock by Antonio. Tensai seemed to have a open wound on the top of his head. Rear Chin Lock by Antonio. Tensai with a Back Body Drop. Tag to Brodus Clay. Clotheslines to Antonio and the Running Headbutt. Back Elbow to Jack. Antonio with the European Uppercut. Antonio with the Cesaro Swing. Jack took the tag and cinched in the Patriot Lock. Clay tapped out.
Your Winners: The Real Americans
Raw Ranking: 2.0
Zeb Colter had a new friend…a bullwhip. Zeb has a lot of experience with that thing…back when he used to be “Dirty” Dutch Mantel.
Big E. Langston will face Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Championship in the Hell in a Cell Pre-Show. Cole sent it to a video about the career of John Cena. It started with Cena taking the fight to Kurt Angle and moved on from there. I honestly hope Cena isn’t making a huge mistake in coming back too soon. From there, Raw replayed Alberto Del Rio’s rant from Smackdown. Del Rio attacked Josh Mathews, placing him in the Cross Armbreaker. They move may not look that painful but I was put in that move by the vile Vinny Poochanelli at a house show, about a year and a half ago and it is absolutely torturous.
The Rhodes Brothers came out to a new unified theme music. I really like it. They were there to watch The Usos battle The Shield.
Jimmy and Jey Uso vs Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
Number One Contender Match
The winners of this match will face Goldust and Cody Rhodes at Hell in a Cell. Seth, Roman and Dean stared evilly at the new tag champs. The Usos came out in pink to support Susan G Komen. Michael Cole took exception that the Usos had to re-earn the top contender spot. Seth got rolled up, quickly, but escaped. Seth with punches but Jimmy fought back. Seth with a hard kic. La Bandera Clothesline sent Seth to the outside. Air Uso with a Tope Con Hilo. Dean stood on the side but didn’t get involved.
Roman got the tag and hit a huge Headbutt. Back Elbow by Roman. 2 count. Roman missed an Elbow Drop. Tag to Jey. Flying Forearm, to the corner. Uppercut and Snap Mare. Slider Clothesline. Tag on the Uso side. Ax Bomber. Shoulder Thrusts on Jimmy Uso. JBL didn’t like the Rhodes Boys commentary. Seth dodge a Splash and Jimmy hit the ropes, throat first.
Roman took Jimmy to the outside and dropped him on the apron. 2 count, when they got back in the ring. Front Face Lock by Roman. Roman with a straight punch. Cody said he and Goldy were better than the Brisco Brothers. Roman’s Suplex was blocked. Jimmy with a Thrust but Roman came back to send Jimmy flying off the apron. He hit hard on the announce table. Break time.
Seth prevented a tag on the Uso side. Seth rolled his foe into the enemy corner. The Shield with the Wishbone on Jimmy. Roman with a Suplex. 2 count. Rear Chin Lock by Roman. Roman turned it into the Shinu Numaki. Uso fought loose but Roman sent him into the ropes. Uso fought out of the Samoan Drop and hit the DDT. Tag to Seth. He hit a Running Clothesline. Seth stomped away. Seth distracted the ref. Seth was sent up and over the ropes. Roman had made the tag, on the fly. Roman was rocked with na Enziguri. Tag to Jummy Uso. Flying Crossbody for a two. Thrust Kick and Uppercuts to both guys. La Bandera to send Rollins and Jimmy to the outside. Jey got turned inside out by a Bulldozer, by Roman. Jimmy made ht face. Flying Samoan Drop by Uso to Rolins. Roman with a Powerslam on Jey. Roman charged and hit the post. Jey with a Leg Lariat. Jey then went up top and flew…into Roman’s knees. Dean got in the face of the Rhodes Brothers. Dean with a Face Wash and Cody and Dustin fought back. It broke down into total chaos, all around.
Your Winners: No Contest
Raw Ranking: 3.0
The Rhodes Brothers and the Usos just dismantled The Shield. The Shield retreated. Dean was limping, badly. The two brother teams stared each other down but nothing came of it.
Due to that last match, Cody Rhodes and Goldust will now face both The Shield and the Usos in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the Tag Team Bronze.
HHH and Stephanie McMahon came out, first. Then Randy Orton was introduced. Finally, Daniel Bryan made his appearance. HHH with applause for Daniel Bryan. HHH then brought out The Show Stopper, The Icon, Mr. Wrestlemania, Mr. Hall of Fame, a Founding Father of D-Generation X and HHH’s Best Friend…The Heart Break Kid…Shawn Michaels. HBK did his prayer thing and set off the pyros. Shawn then Danced around in the ring and strutted. There was a huge “HBK” chant. Randy was allowed to speak, first. Randy gave Daniel credit for continuing to fight back. He said Daniel would not get up on Sunday. Randy talked about fighting Undertaker, John Cena and Sheamus in Hell in a Cell. Randy was ready to make Daniels’s 1st Hell in a Cell his last. Randy then signed the contract for the match.
Daniel said he expected the threats from Orton. Daniel said that The Shield, The Authority and especially HHH kept him from being the WWE Champ. Daniel said he was more than capable of busting the “Face of the WWE”. He had 2 Words for Orton..Thank You. Daniel went off on HHH, Stephanie and Orton just before signing the match. HHH got shots in on Jericho, Edge and Rob Van Dam. He said none of the three were “The One”. HHH said if any of those three had been The Face, they would be working for Ted Turner, now. Ouch! HHH was sure that Daniel was just a B+ Player. Daniel Bryan challenged HHH to face him, in the ring. HHH said he would only get back in the ring to face…a Star. HHH said he wouldn’t waste his time facing someone like Daniel Bryan. HHH said Shawn wasted his time training Daniel.
Shawn stepped in and said Daniel was good…very good. Shawn also said he didn’t waste his time training Daniel. Shawn wanted to know what happened to the “Real” HHH. Shawn said the fans voted for him and he was determined to give the fans a new champion. Orton whined Shawn had an agenda against him. HHH was sure that Shawn would do…what was right. Shawn agreed that he would do what was right…for the fans. Shawn wanted to know what HHH had against Daniel? Shawn figured out that it was because Daniel Bryan proved HHH wrong. Randy came back with a “You Can’t Beat Me” to Daniel.
In the parking area, a black Big Rig drove in. Big Show was at the wheel. Show drove through the backstage area and then out into the arena. Show set off the horn, several times. Show started a Yes Chant. Daniel laid out Randy, just as Show told Randy to turn around. Daniel went over to the Big Rig. Daniel got on top of the Big Rig and did the Yes Chant!