Posted September 10th, 2014 by jshannon

Welcome to the Season Premiere of Monday Night Raw. Ok, I didn’t think wrestling Had Season Premieres but let’s run with it. Jerry Springer made a special appearance to try and fix the Bella Twins’ family feud.

Chris Jericho vs Bray Wyatt
Steel Cage Match

Yep, they opened with a cage match! The show was in Baltimore, MD. Before the match got started, Raw did a quick promo piece about what was going down on this special edition of Raw.

Jericho came out first, wearing his cool changing lights jacket. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper seconded Bray.

The bell rang as the two men circled each other. Bray shoved Chris into the corner but Jericho came out swinging. Shoulder Tackle by Bray. Dropkick by Chris into a hard kick. Jericho quickly went after the legs. He sent Bray up into the ropes with a Slingshot. Bray rushed for the door to try and escape. He didn’t make it. Knife Edge Chops by Jericho. Bray worked over Chris’ ribs. Float Over into a Step Up Enziguri to gain a two. Bray blasted Chris with hard punches. Bray choked Chris over the middle rope. Bray whipped Chris into the corner and hit a Splash.

Chris began to fight back but Bray sent Chris to the corner. Chris tried to scale the cage but Bray caught him. Chris got tangled up in the ropes. He still managed to fight back. Ax Bomber by Y2J. Bray threw Jericho into the cage wall. Bray then Splashed Jericho into the steel mesh as Raw went to break.

Bray took out Jericho with his variation of the Crossbody. 2 count for Bray. Bray decided to exit the cage but Jericho wasn’t ready to let Wyatt leave. Electric Chair Drop by Chris. The two men traded hard punches and chops. Kick by Jericho into a series of Knife Edge Chops and a Flying Forearm by Jericho. Jericho followed up with the Bulldog and the Lionsault. Jericho wanted the Walls of Jericho but Wyatt spun out. Jericho threw Wyatt into the wall of the cage. Chris slammed Bray’s head into the steel mesh. Dropkick by Jericho. Jericho headed up top but Bray was hot on his tail. The two fought on the top rope. Bray nailed the Superplex but couldn’t get a three. Both men were stunned after that move. Bray went into Spider Mode and moved towards the door. Jericho stopped him and punched away. Bray sent Jericho into the cage and then caught Jericho with a Uranage. Bray punched Jericho and then screamed at the crowd. Bray tried to send Jericho into the corner but Jericho used it as a way to start up the wall. Bray jumped up to stop Chris. They fought on the ropes until Jericho nailed the Hurancanrana.

Jericho started up the cage but stopped at the tippy top. Harper and Rowan came around to stop Jericho’s descent. Jericho did his best Jimmy Snuka imitation as he flew off the top off the cage with a Superfly Splash! Jericho seriously dinged his knee on the landing. Jericho ripped the brace and padding off his knee. He had to use the ropes to crawl towards the door. Jericho saw Bray coming and Low Bridged Bray into the cage. The two men fought in the doorway. Bray bashed the bad knee. In the midst of this, Bray fell out of the doorway and landed on the floor.

Your Winner: Bray Wyatt
Raw Ranking: 3.75 out of a possible 5

After the match, Bray slammed the steel door on Chris’ injured knee. Bray dragged Chris back into the ring and planted him with Sister Abigail.

In the office, the male Authority members were having a little talk. Everyone was happy with the Steel Cage Match. HHH said they needed to put on something the fans would not forget. Randy Orton stepped up and said he wanted to top what Seth Rollins and Kane did to Dean Ambrose. Randy had a plan for Roman Reigns. HHH gave the green light for whatever Randy had in mind.

Dolph Ziggler was in the ring, dressed in a nice suit. He brought up how celebrities were hacked through “The Crowd”. He had a trio of pictures of The Miz. The first was Miz having a facial. The 2nd was Miz shaving his chest. Miz and Damien Sandow, the Stunt Double, came out before the 3rd. Dolph showed it anyway…Damien spraying a naked Miz with a tanning spray. Damien went after Dollph and got laid out with the Zig Zag after a nice Dropkick. Dolph urged Miz to get in the ring with him. Miz backed down. Dolph tempted Miz with the I-C title belt.

Natalya and Rosa vs A.J. Lee and Paige

Paige and Natalya started the match. Paige took Nattie down but the 3Rd generation star made it to her feet. Tag to Rosa. Slap and Headbutt by Paige. Paige slithered up Rosa’s body. Creepy. Paige refused to ta out to Lee. Scoop Slam by Paige. Paige missed the Legdrop. Nattie yelled for a tag but Rosa wouldn’t tag out. Paige with a hard kick and choke on the ropes before hitting several kneelifts. Lee tagged herself in with a hard slap to Paige’s chest. Lee went straight for the Black Widow. Tap Out.

Your Winners: Paige and A.J. Lee
Raw Ranking: 1.0

Paige and A.J. had a confrontation, after the match. Lee kissed the Butterfly belt and Paige licked it. A.J. broke out her psycho-killer smile and skipped to the back.

Jericho was being attended to, in the training room. Randy Orton came in and attacked the injured Jericho. The medic came back over to check on the even-more-injured Chris Jericho.

Paul Heyman came out to chat with John Cena. He bragged about how fantastic Brock Lesnar is. Paul was there to share a warning with John Cena. He wasn’t going to do it in person, but Cena changed the rules. Paul looked quite nervous as Cena took in the cheers and jeers from the crowd. Cena just wanted to be in the ring to hear what Heyman had to say. Paul praised Cena for his record in the past. Pail expected Cena to come out. Brock told Paul to expect it. Paul wanted to share the secret of how to beat Brock Lesnar. John shared his strategy for Night of Champions…Never Give Up! John handed the mini-towel with those words on it to Paul. Heyman mocked Cena for catering to the fans, even when they didn’t deserve it. Paul explained that if Cena would just give in to his dark side, he could beat Lesnar. Paul taunted Cena with the “Cena Sucks” chant. Paul tried to get Cena to go off on a fat guy in the 6th row. John thought about telling the guy to shut up but decided to tell Paul to shut up. Cena warned Paul that he would be in action, next week. He gave Paul a choice: John Cena vs Paul Heyman or John Cena vs Brock Lesnar.

Sheamus vs Seth Rollins
Non-Title Match

Seth got up in Sheamus’ face and the Irishman knocked Seth’s briefcase away. Sheamus punched away and ran Seth into the corner. Seth went to the floor to break the momentum. Seth clubbed Sheamus’ back but couldn’t Suplex the US champ. Front Drop Suplex by Sheamus. Snap Supex by Sheamus. Sheamus dug at Seth’s face and hit an Elbow Drop to the top of the head. Whip by Sheamus but Seth got the boot up. Seth clobbered Sheamus and then nailed a big kick. Rolling Senton by Sheamus. Suddenly, Cesaro decided to come out and watch the match. Raw took the opportunity to take a quick break.

Seth with a Rear Chin Lock. Sheamus twisted around to get to his feet. Sheams dropped backwards to break the Rear Chin Lock. Seth came off the ropes but Sheamus with the Double Sledges and the Million Dollar Kneelift and Shotgun Knees. Irish Curse Backbreaker brought Sheamus a two count. Cesaro distracted Sheamus by grabbing the US tile belt. Seth almost got the win on a sneak attack. Cesaro climbed the stairs and there was a Tug of War with the title belt. Dropkick into the Curb Stomp brought Seth the win.

Your Winner: Seth Rollins
Raw Ranking: 2.25

Cesaro got up in the ring and took off his shirt. He planted Sheamus with the Neutralizer.

Raw looked back at how Mark Henry planted Rusev with the World’s Strongest Slam and a Splash, 3 weeks back. From there, Raw looked at how Rusev rushed in to attack Mark, last week. The two will face off at Night of Champions.

Speaking of Rusev, he and Lana were on the ramp. She made fun of the Star Spangled Banner. She then had them play the Russian National Anthem. Makes me miss Nikolai Volkoff (wonderful man that I Got to meet back in 2010). The announcers were offended by the actions of Rusev and Lana. JBL was especially offended.

Michael Cole brought up the WWE Network. Now that TNA is off Thursdays, I will start watching NXT Takeover. My buddy, Scooter, has been watching NXT and keeps me updated. Smile. Kenta will debut there on Thursday.

Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn vs Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd

These four men will be involved in a Fatal Four Way for Neville’s championship, on Thursday. Tyler and Sami started. Deep Arm Drags by Sami. Sami, the former El Generico, spun around and sent Tyler flying. Tag to Tyson. Tyson held Sami in the ropes . He kicked away on Sami and choked Sami with the boot. Tyson with a Side Healock. Tyler tagged back in and clubbed away on Sami. Wild Funk Neckbreaker to Sami. Tyson tagged back in and went back to the Rear Chin Lock.

Sami with a Jawbreaker. Tyler tagged in and prevented the tag, for a few seconds. Neville tagged in and went ballistic with kicks. Dang. Standing Moonsault. Tyson made the save. Sami Low Bridged Tyson and then launched himself to take out Kidd. Adrian went off on Tyler and then hit the Red Arrow! (A wild twisting Top Rope 450 Splash)

Your Winners: Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn
Raw Ranking: 3.75

Jerry Springer Segment

Stephanie McMahon cut a quick promo about families and then brought out Jerry. Springer brought the twins out to talk. Typical Springer moment. The two sisters eventually got physical and Jerry got taken down, hard. He seemed to tweak his ankle. Stephanie rushed in and was pulled down on top of Jerry. Jerry was taken out on a stretcher.

It was announced that Jerry was ok.

Raw looked back at Dust2Dust’s recent attack on the injured knee of Jey Uso.

Goldust and Stardust vs Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando)

El Torito was taken out by StarDust, recently. The Usos cut an insert promo about how they were going to hurt the Dusts, soon.

Diego and Star locked up and Star took the Side Headlock. Diego turned things around with a Knife Edge Chop and punches. Star reversed a Whip but took a Clothesline. Tag to Fernando. Springboard Senton by Fernando Gold tagged in but got taken to the corner. Gold reversed a Whip but ate an Elbow and Hurancanrana. Dual Tope Suicidas by the Bullfighters. Star attacked Diego. Gold threw Fernando into the ring post. Star took the tag and hit Dark Matter.

Your Winners: Dust2Dust
Raw Ranking: 2.25

As Star and Gold started to leave, they were attacked by the Usos. Jey took his crutch to the Brothers Dust.

Raw did a nice tribute to Joan Rivers. I watched Joan since I was a very small child and she always made me laugh. I hope that her trip to the other side was a gentle one and she was met with a hug from the late, great Robin Williams. My sympathies go out to Melissa, her daughter, and the rest of her family and friends. I would not be surprised to hear that Joan will go into the Hall of Fame, next year. I know fans will complain about it but she did do a lot for the WWE during the formative days of the Hulkamania/Wrestlemania Era.

Raw looked back at how The Bunny took out Heath Slater, last week.

Adam Rose vs Titus O’Neil

This was a rematch from last week. I think I may know who is under that wascally wabbit’s outfit. The RoseBuds danced out to herald the arrival of Rose.

Titus jumped Rose and stomped away. Biel by Titus that sent Adam flying. Bunny distracted Titus. Rose kicked Titus but fell to a Spin Throw. Titus barked but Bunny distracted him again. Slater came to attack Bunny but took a Rabbit’s Foot (Superkick). Party Fowl by Adam to take the win.

Your Winner: Adam Rose
Raw Ranking: 1.0

Adam brought Bunny into the ring. He went up top and hit the Floppy Ears Flop (Frog Splash). That sure looked like a Guerrero move.

Renee Young chatted with Roman Reigns. Roman knew he had the antidote to The Viper’s venom.

Raw ran a promotional video about the Brock Lesnar vs John Cena feud.

Randy Orton vs Roman Reigns

Jerry Springer had bruised ribs and a twisted ankle. Roman came through the crowd. The two threw wild punches and kicks at each other. This was bowling shoe ugly. Randy ended up on the floor. Roman went out to get him. Randy slammed Roman’s face into the ring steps and pitched him back into the ring. 2 count. Roman with aSuplex to score a 2. Randy pulled Roman down into the corner. Whip by Randy but Roman exploded out of the corner with a Clothesline. Headbutt by Roman. Randy rolled out to the floor. Raw went to break.

The two were fight on the floor as Raw returned. Randy slammed Roman’s face onto the ring steps. Randy tossed Roman back into the ring to get a two count. Rear Chin Lock by Randy. Kane and Seth watched from the back. Randy with a Kneelift and Whip. Roman put on the brakes and nailed a Headbutt. La Bandera Clothesline sent Roman to the floor.

Roman pulled Randy outside. Roman ended up hitting the ring apron. Randy Clotheslined Roman and then threw Roman back into the ring. 1-2-not yet. Randy stalked his victim and lifted Reigns up. Roman’s face was bounced off the turnbuckle. Randy went for a Whip but it was reversed. Roman missed a Corner Splash but connected with a Clothesline. Back to the floor, they went. Roman tossed Randy in but had to fight on the apron. Randy snapped Roman’s neck over the top rope. Randy ran Roman into the corner and kicked away. Randy launched Roman with the Superplex. 2 count. Break time.

Randy had Roman in a Side Headlock. Roman drew upon the fans’ enthusiasm to get to his feet. Randy threw Roman down, by the hair. 2 count. Randy punched away and put Roman back into the Side Headlock. Roman got to his feet and broke the hold. The two traded punches and kicks, again. Roman got the advantage, but only for a moment. Side Drop Slam by Roman. Roman Clotheslined Randy and then nailed the Samoan Drop for two. Snap Powerslam by Randy. 2 count. Roman rolled out onto the apron. He was nearly out of it. Rope Assisted DDT failed. Roman popped Randy in the face and then nailed the Rising Son Dropkick. 2 count.

Roman punched away but Randy with a nice Rolling School Boy, out of the corner. Twisted Sister Backbreaker by Randy. Randy ate a boot but caught a flying Roman with another Powerslam. 2 count, yet again. Roman went to the apron which led to an Orton Rope Assisted DDT. Randy went into his dark place as the crowd jeered at The Viper. Roman fought out of the RKO and nailed a Superman Punch. Roman didn’t have the strength to follow up. Randy called for help.

Kane and Rollins rushed out with the ring crew. Seth and Kane beat the heck out of Roman as the ref called for the DQ.

Your Winner (By Disqualification): Roman Reigns
Raw Ranking: 3.0

The ring crew set things up for the cage to be lowered. Roman tossed Kane and Seth out. Roman grabbed the chair that Seth threw in the ring. Randy jumped Roman and tried to send Roman into the cage. It backfired as Roman threw Randy into the mesh several times. Spear! Seth flew off the top of the cage to land on Roman. Kane got in the ring to assess the damage. Kane popped Roman in the face. Kane took off his suit jacket and went back to Roman. Kane threw Roman, face first, into the cage walls. Chokeslam! Randy picked up the steel chair and asked Kane to back off. Randy jammed the chair into Roman’s ribs, multiple times. He then cracked the chair across Roman’s back, over and over. Randy put the chair under Roman and drove it into his throat. Randy kept pounding away. Seth wanted a piece and he Curb Stomped Roman’s face into the steel chair. The trio stood over their fallen victim.


–Jay Shannon

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