Posted April 28th, 2015 by jshannon

Following a wild Extreme Rules PPV, the WWE brought back the opening rounds of King of the Ring.

The show opened with a nice Montage of the various King of the Ring winners. We recently lost one of the best, Mabel aka Viscera aka Big Daddy V. I’m going to be doing a Remembrance column, later this week, about the men who have been King.

The eight men involved in this year’s King of the Ring were:
Dolph Ziggler
“Bad News” Barrett
Dean Ambrose
Neville (my pick)
Luke Harper

Seth Rollins came out to crow about retaining his title at Extreme Rules. It was an excellent battle that saw Seth use Randy’s own RKO on him to win. JBL really pushed how fantastic Seth has become. Kane did Chokeslam both Randy and Seth, during the match. Kane also took out J and J Security. Seth said Randy finally learned he could not out-smart Seth Rollins. Seth rambled on about making and breaking The Shield, winning Money in the Bank and cashing in at the best time possible. Seth said he was a fighting and valiant champion. Seth tried to take credit for beating Randy Orton…all by himself. Kane just bit his tongue. Seth renamed Randy’s finisher as his SKO (Seth Knock Out). Seth took a moment to thank Kane for being a good little soldier. Seth called Kane the “Crypt Keeper” instead of “Cage Keeper”. Seth kept digging it deeper by continuing to insult Kane. Kane reminded that Seth used an illegal, banned move during the match. Kane called Seth the WWE version of “Justin Bieber”. Ouch. Seth got really ticked off Kane and Seth kept yelling at each other until…

Enter The Viper. Randy grumbled about how Seth cheated to win. Orton felt there were grounds for a rematch. Seth said Randy got his one and only chance at the title and he blew it. Randy called Seth “Catwomen” and told him to shut up. I think of him more as the guy who ripped off Snake Plissken’s gear from “Escape from L.A.” (Nice Boots). Grin.

Roman Reigns joined the party. Roman has a new shirt. Seth wondered why Roman was out there. Roman joked about how Seth was missing his “Giant”. Roman explained how he took out Big Show at Extreme Rules. Roman old Randy that Orton has his shot and it was his turn. “Justin Bieber” became a deafening chant. Did you EVER think THAT would happen? Roman declared he should get the next shot at the title. Seth bragged that he has beaten both Randy and Roman.

Kane interrupted Seth and made a tag team match of Randy and Roman vs Seth and Kane. By the end of the night, Kane would let the WWE Universe decide who Seth would face.

Dolph Ziggler vs “Bad News” Barrett
King of the Ring, Round One Match #1

The Finish:

Sheamus came out to distract Dolph. Sheamus mocked Dolph for kissing his arse, even though Dolph won the match. Barrett clocked Dolph with the Bull Hammer Elbow, from the apron.

Your Winner: Bad News Barrett
Raw Ranking: 2.5 out of a possible 5

Tyson Kidd vs Big E

The Finish:

Kidd blasted Big E with an Enziguri and Top Rope Missile Dropkick. Tyson stomped Big E’s chest. E bailed out to the floor. Kidd Punted Big E into the middle of next week. Kidd tossed Big E back in the ring but Big E Clotheslined Kidd. Xavier Woods held Kidd’s ankle so Tyson couldn’t kick out.

Your Winner: Big E
Raw Ranking: 2.0

Highlights of John Cena vs Rusev were shown. Rusev ordered Lana to leave ringside when she got cheered. Cena and Rusev will battle in an “I Quit” match at Payback.

Ryback vs Bo Dallas

Bo came out and offered Ryback the chance to walk away. Like that was ever going to happen. Ryback tossed Bo around and hit a massive Back Elbow. Bo held the ropes to avoid contact. Bo kicked Ryback’s knee. Clothesline to the back of Ryback’s skull. Bo wrapped the ring skirt around Ryback’s head and pounded on the neck. Bo kicked Ryback in the face. Bo cinched in the Rear Chin Lock. Ryback tossed Bo off his back and hit the Spinebuster. Meat Hook Clothesline. Shell Shocked!

Your Winner: Ryback
Raw Ranking:

Bray Wyatt suddenly showed up and attacked Ryback. Are they finally going to reveal that Bo and Bray are brothers? Sister Abigail to Ryback.

John Cena Open Challenge

John Cena cut his typical promo about how brutal the match was and how he now has to fight in an “I Quit” Match looming. Cena questioned how Lana managed to get all these matches. John went all Pro-American in promising to make Rusev give up and end their feud. John said if Rusev beats him, he will not ask for a rematch. John then pushed Vince Lombardi.

John Cena vs Heath Slater (Seriously?)

Heath rambled on until Rusev came out and Thrust Kicked him off the stage. I never thought I would cheer for Rusev…but…YEAH!

Your Winner: Match Never Happened
Raw Ranking: N/A

The fans chanted for Lana. Rusev didn’t want to hear it. Rusev said all Americans have quit on their dreams and themselves. The big Russian flag fell from the ceiling.

In the back, Seth talked with Kane. Seth wanted clarification about how the WWE fans were going to decide. Kane said the WWE App would hold the key. Seth threatened to run to “Mommy and Daddy” (Stephanie and HHH) if Kane went through with this. Kane said the fans could vote for:

A. Randy Orton
B. Roman Reigns
C. Both Randy AND Roman

Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how this is going to go.

R-Truth vs Stardust
King of the Ring, Round One Match #2

Stardust cut a bizarre promo about becoming King of the Stars. Whatever.

The Finish:

Star missed a Corner Splash and got Clotheslined. Truth missed the Ax Kick and Star rolled up Truth for a two. Leg Lariat by Truth. Side Russian Leg Sweep by Star but Truth rolled it into a Sideslide. The two traded kicks and punches. Star came off the ropes but Truth put him down with the Truth Detector.

Your Winner: R-Truth
Raw Ranking: 2.0

Fandango vs Adam Rose

The Finish:

Fandango hit a great Flip Dive to take down Rose and several of the Rose Buds. Rosa was one of the Rose Buds. She danced to distract Fandango. Party Fowl by Adam Rose.

Your Winner: Adam Rose
Raw Ranking: 1.75

Rosa took the house mic and said she couldn’t believe that Fandango chose the fans over her. Rosa is now involved with Rose. Dang! She just about kissed the face off Rose.

The health of Daniel Bryan was examined. Renee Young talked with Brie Bella about her hubby. It really sounded like Daniel might be done with wrestling. Naomi jumped Brie and said no one cares for her or Daniel.

Brie Bella vs Naomi

I really don’t like Naomi’s new music. The Funkadactyl theme had run its course but the new music is just flippin’ annoying.

The Finish:

Nikki was at ringside. Brie really held her own and planed Naomi with a Flying Faceplant. Clothesline and Dropkick by Brie. Brie screamed for Brie Mode and drove her knee into Naomi’s face. Missile Dropkick. 2 count. Inside Cradle by Naomi to take the win.

Your Winner: Naomi
Raw Ranking: 1.5

Dean Ambrose vs Sheamus
King of the Ring, Round One Match #3

The Finish:

Both men did insert videos about becoming King.

Sheamus trapped Dean in the Cloverleaf. Dean reached the ropes. Sheamus wanted the 10 Beats but didn’t get it. Savage Elbow to a standing Sheamus. Sheamus flipped Dean onto the announce table but Dean fought back. Flying Clothesline off the announce table by Dean. Dean ran Sheamus into the ring post. Brogue Kick by Sheamus. Dolph rushed down and tore into Sheamus.

Your Winner (by Disqualification): Sheamus
Raw Ranking: 2.75

Damien Sandow was in the ring. He is no longer known as Mizdow. The old Sandow is back! Sandow talked about his three-year crusade to entertain the fans. Damien said Mizdow cost him a lot of respect with “The Boys” but he gained a lot of it from the fans. He thanked the fans for supporting him.

Curtis Axel came out to confront Sandow. Axel doesn’t like someone who tries to be someone else (Huh?). “Whatcha Gonna Do”…got cut off by Sandow. Sandow mimicked Axel and mocked him. This was so hilarious. Axel ordered Sandow to get out of the AxeMan’s ring. Sandow just kept mocking him. Sandow punched away and hit a Big Boot to Axel. He did the Hogan Ear Cup and nailed the Elbow of Disdain. Axel bailed out as Sandow’s new music rang out.

Neville vs Luke Harper
King of the Ring, Round One Match #4

The Finish:

Both men did promos about their reigns as King, were they to win.

Sit-out Powerbomb by Harper but Neville wasn’t done, just yet. Neville unleashed a wild Forearm. Harper kept the pressure on Neville with punches and slams of the head to the turnbuckles. Harper put Neville on the top ropes. Neville punched away and tried to send Luke down. When Harper wouldn’t go Neville nailed a Sunset Bomb to set up the Red Arrow!

Your Winner: Neville
Raw Ranking: 3.25

Roman Reigns and Randy Orton vs Kane and Seth Rollins

The Finish:

Randy finally got a tag in to the match after several minutes of trying. Randy tore into Seth with hard punches and Clotheslines. Seth avoided the Poswerslam, at first. Seth came off the ropes and Randy put him down with the Powerslam. It broke down into total chaos. Roman broke Kane’s Goozle. Seth accidentally Dropkicked Kane. Superman Punch to Mercury. Seth Kneed Roman to the back. Rope Assisted DDT to Seth. Randy went into his Dark Place. Seth reversed the RKO into a School Boy. Superkick by Seth. Seth went for a Suicide Dive and struck Kane. Randy and Roman had moved aside to avoid the move. Kane lost it and blasted Seth in the face. Kane tossed Seth back in the ring. Superman Punch! RKO! 1-2-3!

Your Winners: Randy Orton and Roman Reigns
Raw Ranking: 3.75

Kane called for the vote totals. Obviously, the fans want to see Seth face both Randy and Roman (78%). Seth looked ready to explode. He didn’t get to as Roman Speared Seth!

(Editor’s Note – Post Raw)

King of the Ring Results (Tuesday)

Bad News Barrett d R-Truth
Neville d Sheamus


Bad News Barrett d Neville to become the 2015 King of the Ring


–Jay Shannon

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