Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) was in the house to take things to the X-Treme! Ok, he was there to push the new X-Men film but it was still a decent night of action and laughter. Get ready for Extreme Rules.
The show opened with a look back at John Cena vs the entire Wyatt family, last Monday. Bray said the fans don’t love Cena, anymore. Cena got completely annihilated by Bray, Erick and Luke. It ended up in a disqualification when all the Wyatts attacked John.
A cage was set up around the ring. John Cena came out to talk with the fans. He definitely got a mixed reaction, leaning heavily towards the negative. Time for Cena to “Go Hollywood” (as one of my buddies put it). Cena just didn’t look happy as he got in the ring. Cena just waned to know “Why?”. The religious overtones in this storyline is really starting to bother me (and quite a few others). The fans started screaming that Cena Sucks. Cena was forced to face all 3 members of the Wyatts and he just didn’t understand it. Cena realized that times have changed. Cena said he never abandoned his fans and the WWE Universe. Cena wanted to know why the fans were drawn to Bray Wyatt. Cena talked about the kids that were coming up behind him: Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Daniel Bryan and a tons of NXT guys. Cena said Bray Wyatt was dangerous. Cena said Bray only cared about Bray, not the fans. Cena said the steel cage was going to be in play to keep the message of deceit in check.
The Wyatts cut John off. A little kid began to sing “Whole World in his Hands”. This so bothers me. There was a whole choir of young kids that sang the song. My whole family was offended by using kids in this way. The kids did have a good sound and I do love that song but not like this. The kids got a bigger pop than Cena did. Bray then came out to sing with the kids. Sigh. Bray did a Pied Piper kind of thing, bringing the children with him to the ring. The little ones surrounded the ring. The crowd appreciated the kids but not so much Bray. The lights went down and came back up and all the kids were wearing the Sheep Masks. Mind Games are one thing but this goes way too far. Bray just cackled as he looked at Cena. Thankfully, the segment ended there.
After the B.S. opening segment, it was time to ge tdown to some actual wrestling. Wow, they got the cage down quick.
The Usos vs Ryback and Curtis Axel
WWE Tag Team Title Match
Congrats to Jimmy Uso (John Fatu) on his recent marriage to Trinity/Naomi. I saw the ceremony on Total Divas. It was a shame that Rikishi didn’t show up. One of my grandsons is considering marriage and I’ll guarantee you that I’d crawl out of a hospital bed and show up in a wheelchair before missing seeing my favorite bringing in a granddaughter to my wonderful family.
This was a huge back and forth battle that could have gone either way. Meathook Clothesline by Ryback. Ryback wanted the Shell Shocked byt Uso countered it into a Sunset Flip. 2 count. Jey got double teamed by Rybaxle. Jimmy made a blind tag. Curtis caught Jey with the PerfectPlex but Jey wasn’t legal. Superfly Splash by Jimmy and the Twins retain.
Your Winners” The Usos
Raw Ranking: 3.5 out of a possible 5
It was time for another Exotic Express vignette. I so really like this dam Rose kid. He has the potential to be the next big superstar. He debuts, next week.
Paul Heyman and Cesaro talked about Rob Van Dam’s recent comments. That led to Paul talking about what happened to Undertaker, the last person that crossed him. Paul said he takes his clients to the top.
`Raw looked back at the attack on Daniel Bryan by Kane. Sephanie McMahon is coming out to apologize, later.
Kane’s mask was back in its case.
Sheamus vs Titus O’Neil
Titus attacked Sheamus, on the ramp. Sheamus hit hard on the steel ramp. Titus ran Sheamus into the barrier, several times. Titus then sent Sheamus into the ring post. Titus finally pitched Sheamus in the ring. Titus punched away. The ref pulled him off and checked on the Irishman. The bell sounded and Titus went on the attack. The ref kept pushing Titus back. Corner Knee Shots by Titus. Brogue Kick!
Your Winner: Sheamus
Raw Ranking: 2.0
Wanted to take a moment to congratulate Lee, one of our regular contributors. He wrote me on Tuesday to let me know that he was named Southern Florida Man of the Year in LaCrosse. Way to go, my friend. I know your family is so proud, as are all of us here at 1Wrestling.com.
Hugh Jackman has been in a Twitter war with Damien Sandow. It would come to a magnetic conclusion, next…
Time for another Bo-Lieve Moment. I like this kid.
Dolph Ziggler was in the ring, talking about his past with Hugh Jackman. Dolph liked this tie of year because the Super-Heroes return to the screen (as well as the babes are wearing skimpier things). Dolph sent it to a clip from the new X-Men movie. I guarantee, I will so be at the theater for this kick-*ss movie.
Dolph then brought out Hugh “Wolverine” Jackman. The crowd massively popped for the actor. Hugh and Dolph mended fences and were having a serious love fest until Damien Sandow came out…as Magneto. Oh, Dear God in Heaven, that is the worst outfit…ever. Damien got in the ring and pulled some magnetical tricks. Hugh played along for a bit and then Hip Tossed Damien. Dolph then planted the loud-mouth Sandow with the Zig Zag.
A promo for the Evolution vs Shield feud aired. The six men will square off on Sunday. Thanks to my “Cousin”, Steve, I’ll have my new laptop by Friday. Cool! I may have to work on Sunday but I guaran—darn—tee that I will have the laptop fired up and running the show…albeit muted.
Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) vs Cesaro (w/Paul Heyman)
Raw flashed back to Smackdown for the debate between Zeb Colter and Paul Heyman. Heck, I want to see them fight. My money’s on the fuzzy-faced grandpa to kick the Yankee Boy’s butt. Paul came out and cut a quick promo about his kids and what a lying piece of work that he can be. Paul, of course, had to get praise in for Brock Lesnar destroying the Streak and how Cesaro won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. God, I hate Cesaro’s darn music. I haven’t heard sirens like that since I sat through History Channel’s documentary about World War II.
Cesaro broke out of a Butterfly Full Nelson. Knee Strike by Jack. Whip by Swagger but Cesaro with a European Uppercut. Big Boot by Jack for two. Whip by Jack but Cesaro with a hard shot to the ribs. Suplex by Cesaro. Jack pushed free. Zeb caught the ankle and Paul grabbed Zeb but his hairy face. A distracted Jack Swagger fell to a Bridging German Suplex.
Your Winner: Cesaro
Raw Ranking: 2.0
John Cena was asked, backstage, about his thoughts on what Bray did earlier. He would not comment and just walked off.
Kane’s mask was still secure in its case.
Cody Rhodes (w/Goldust) vs Alberto Del Rio
The Finish: Cody with the Hardcore Holly Low Kick, on the ropes. Del Rio caught Cody coming off the ropes. Superkick led ot the Cross Armbreaker. Cody fought for some time but finally tapped out.
Your Winner (by Submission): Alberto Del Rio
Raw Ranking: 2.0
Body showed frustration by pushing his brother away, after the match.
Heyman and Cesaro chatted backstage.
Lana brought out her man, Alexander Rusev. I normally don’t care for blondes but Damn.
Alexander Rusev vs Xavier Woods
Rusev will face both Woods and R-Truth on Sunday.
When the bell rang, Rusev was ready for war. I still think he looks like he could be related to the later, great Skandor Akbar. The bell rang and Woods hit a Dropkick and wild Haymakers. Wheelbarrow Bulldog blocked and converted into the Bulgarian Bounce. Rusev went for the Accolade but R-Truth jumped in and attacked Rusev. Low Bridge to send Rusev to the floor. Truth and Woods with a double team. Lana held him back.
Your Winner (by disqualification): Alexander Rusev
Raw Ranking: 1.25
The announcers sent it to a video piece about Tuesday’s World Wish Day. Thanks to Bill Apter and the “Big Boss”, I’ve had the honor of living many of my deepest wishes, including a wonderful trip to Poland and to New Orleans. I thank them both…as well as my dear friend, Darren Antola. Speaking of Darren, I have great news to share. Our film, 350 Days, is just about ready to go. We have set up a Facebook Page for it under the 350 Days name. Our director, Fulvio Cecere, is maintaining the FB page and has already put up a Sneak Peak Sizzle Reel for all to watch and enjoy. It’s been a labor of love for the four of us (Darren, Fulvio, me and David).
Back to business. Renee chatted with Rob Van Dam. Durin the interview, Zeb Colter came out and suggested a partnership to take down Paul Heyman. RVD thanked Colter for the offer but declined.
Jack swagger and Zeb Colter talked, backstage.
Los Matadores vs Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre
It was announced that Hornswoggle would face El Torito in a Wee-LC match. Seriously?
The Finish: The little guys got into it, on the floor. Torito Gored Drew into Hornswoggle. One of Los Matadores broke them up. The other got planted by the other with n Impaler. HEATH SLATER WINS!
Your Winner: Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre
Raw Ranking: 1.5
Hornswoggle flew out of the ring and landed badly. El Torito then flew off the top rope to take down Heath and Drew. Hornswoggle may be actually hurt. It was hard to tell.
Stephanie McMahon came out to apologize to Daniel Bryan. Brie and Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) came out to listen. They didn’t’ believe a word of Stephanie’s apology. She wanted to make thing up to Brie so she granted her a title shot, right now, against Paige…
Paige vs Brie Bella-Danielson
WWE Divas Title Match
The two women went at it hard and heavy. Paige took Brie over with a Sid Headlock. Side Snap Mare by Brie into a Dropkick. 2 count. Kick by Paige into a Hair Biel. Fisherman’s Suplex by Paige , for two. Back Elbow by Brie. Paige pushed Brie into the ropes and hit hard Knee Strikes. Paige shrieked like a Banshee. Crescent Kick by Brie. Knee Tremble by Brie. Paige caught Brie on the ropes. Superplex! Kane’s music hit and the puro exploded. Kane came up through the ring and grabbed Brie by the ankle. Daniel came in to fight off Kane. Kane pushed the World Champ away and tried to pull Brie into the Abyss that lurked under the ring. Brie really played the victim well. Kane stalked Brie. Daniel came in and cracked Kane in the face with a monkey wrench. Kane sat straight up. Daniel told Brie to run and took a Chokeslam to stall Kane. Brie, foolishly, slid back in the ring. Kane almost pulled Brie into the hold but she scooted our to the ring.
Your Winner: Match Thrown Out
Raw Ranking: N/A
Stephanie came to the trainer’s room to check on Brie and Daniel. Daniel was hot about what just happened. Stephanie wondered if Daniel would be able to perform at Extreme Rules. Daniel made it clear that he was going to destroy The Monster, on Sunday.
John Cena apologized to Renee for snubbing her, earlier. John said Bray was showing how much of a manipulator he is. Cena was certain, now, that he fans hadn’t abandoned him. Cena said he had special plans for Bray. Cena talked about getting Bray a donkey. Cena said Sunday would be the last time that anyone would hear the Whole World Song.
Bad News (Wade) Barrett had some Bad News to share. Barrett was certain that RVD would not beat him. He had some Bad News for RVD. Barrett suggested that RVD was only relevant in the past. He said tonight it was all about B-N-B.
Bad News (Wade) Barrett vs Rob Van Dam
Number One Contender I-C Title Tournament Finals
Trivia of the Day: The man who makes RVD’s singlets is the same one who also makes them for Ryback…with RVD’s blessing.
Collar and Elbow to the corner. Clean-ish break. Arm Bar by RVD. Straight punch by BNB. Japanese Arm Drag by RVD. Go Behind by RVD into a Drop Toe Hold. Side Headlock Takeover by RVD as Big E watched the battle. The crowd was actually divided in their support. BNB ended up on the floor. Baseball Slide Dropkick and Moonsault by RVD. Back in the ring, RVD got a two count. Side Headlock by RVD. Barrett tried to roll RVD up but couldn’t’ hold him. BNB elbowed RVD to send him to the floor. BNB rammed RVD on the announce table. They got back in the ring at 7.
BNB with hard punches and a Whip. Rolling Leg Scissors to get a 2 for RVD. Shoulder Thrusts and a Whip by RVD. Barrett reversed the Whip and hit a High Kick to RVD’s ribs. RVD rolled out to the floor. Break time.
Rear Chin Lock by BNB. RVD worked his way up to his feet. RVD punched his way free. BNB reversed a Whip but RVD with the Back Roll. Winds of Change by VNV, for a two. Savage Elbow by Barrett. 2 count. BNB with hard shots to RVD’s neck. Boot Choke by BNB. Funk Neckbreaker by BNB. 2 count, again. Rear Chin Lock by BNB. Bow and Arrow by Barrett. RVD would not submit. RVD Elbowed out and avoided the Kitchen Sink to Roll Up Bnb. Thrust Kick and RVD wanted the Rolling Thunder. He didn’t’ get that but did hit several Clothesline and the Wheel Kick. Cesaro came out to the ring to distract RVD. Swagger then attacked Cesaro. RVD avoided the Bull Hammer Elbow. Rolling Thunder! RVD went up top but Cesaro distracted. Barrett got the knees up for the Five Star Frog Splash. Bull Hammer Elbow!
Your Winner: Bad News Barrett
Raw Ranking: 3.2
Cesaro went to attack RVD but Swagger took out his former partner. Jack then attacked RVD for the disrespect to Zeb, earlier. RVS came back with several hard kicks. RVD then hopped to the top and nailed the Five Star Frog Splash on Cesaro! Yes!
A Smackdown Flashback showed how The Shield took out most of the 11 men they were supposed to face, before the Handicap Match. Even Brad Maddox got taken out. It was still 5-on-3 but The Shield showed their dominance as Roman Speared everyone in sight. Plus, Ryback took the Sword of Justice Triple Powerbomb. The Shield said the clock was ticking for Evolution. The trio talked about how they were going to expose Evolution for what they truly are, failures. This might be a Passing of the Torch moment.
It was announced that Dean Ambrose would defend his US title against Ryback, Curtis Axel and Alberto Del Rio in a Three-on-One Handicap Match on Sunday.
Randy Orton came out to Evolution’s music. He had Batista and Triple H at his side. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were with Roman Reigns.
Randy Orton vs Roman Reigns
HHH got on the microphone to address the crowd and The Shield. HHH mocked Shield’s destruction, last Friday. HHH said he was actually impressed by what the guys did and how it reminded him of Evolution. Batista said The Shield would never be the replacement for Evolution. HHH promised The Sheld that they would have to adapt or Perish.
All six men got in the ring to face off. Suddenly, Ric Flair’s music hit! The announcers thought Evolution were complete. Someone asked me if Flair looked “Altered” as he came out. I didn’t really see it. He looked a bit tired and worn out. Of course, I saw Ric in New Orleans and he looked similar. Ric shook hands and hugged Orton, Batista and HHH. Flair asked for the microphone. Flair did slur his words, slightly, as he did the Foley Pop for St. Louis. Makes me wonder if Flair has had a minor stroke. Flair talked about he Four Horsemen. He said Evolution ran in similar circles. Flair said everything comes full circle. Flair said he was surrounded by power and grace. Flair threw his alliance to The Shield. Really? Everyone was almost silent in what just happened. HHH, Orton and Batista were surprised by that.
The match still went down and Randy got rocked by Roman. Headbutts by the big Samoan. Randy went to the eyes. Randy pitched Roman to the floor. Randy kicked and punched away. Low Kick by Randy . Roman blocked a Suplex, several times, before sending Randy over. Roman rolled in and out to break the count. Roman threw Randy in the ring but The Viper slid out the other side. Randy reversed a Whip and sent Roman into the ring steps. Randy taunted Seth and Dean. Randy rammed Roman’s head into the ring steps. Randy slid in the ring and went for the pin. 1 count. Rear Chin Lock by Randy. Roman powered up and punched away. Randy reversed a Whip and sent Roman sailing with a La Bandera Clothesline. Roman escaped the Rope Assisted DDT. Laces Wash by Randy. Oman blasted Randy. Randy reversed a Whip but fell to a Clothesline. Corner Clothesline and Uppercut by Roman. Roman slid out to the floor to hit the Rising Sun Dropkick. HHH and Batista got involved and it broke down into serious Hell for all 6 men. Dean was thrown across the table. HHH ran Seth into the apron. Roman with the Superman Punch! The ref lost all control and threw out the match.
Your Winners: Double Disqualification
Raw Ranking: 2.0
The Shield was left lying after the destruction. Dean took a Spinebuster, on the floor. Seth was sent into the ring post. Roman was also taken out. Evolution went after Roman and Dean, in the ring. Dean refused to stay down. Clothesline by HHH to Dean. Pedigree but Seth with the Flying Knee. Roman then hit the Spear on HHH! The Shield may have lost he early wars but they definitely took the war. Randy and Batista prevented HHH from facing the Sword of Justice Triple Powerbomb!