Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 7, 2016 6:36:02 GMT -5
WWE Main Event: July 8th, 2014 – Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Right after our opening video package, we are taken to the arena. The WWE United States Champion and Mr. Money in the Bank, Bad News Barrett strolls to the ring. Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton remind the home viewers that last night on Raw, Barrett offered a title shot at Battleground to whoever wins the battle royal in tonight’s main event. Barrett enters the ring with a microphone and says that last night, he proved exactly why he has both the US Title and the Money in the Bank briefcase. “I am the very best. There’s a reason I was able to join the Authority. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are busy people and I wasn’t doing enough to stand out. Then I came to them and I made sure they noticed me. Now, I’ve got this and this to validate just how good I am.” He points to the US Title and the Money in the Bank briefcase. He says that the battle royal is open to whoever wants to try and take the US Title from him, because it doesn’t matter. “Nobody is going to take it from me. It doesn’t matter which Superstar emerges with the win, I will walk into Battleground with my title and I will walk out of Battleground with my title. You can take that to the bank.” As he says the word “bank”, he raises his briefcase in the air as the crowd boos him.
An ad is shown to promote the fact that season one of Total Divas is now officially airing on the WWE Network. You can catch it Sunday nights at 7PM!
BRIE BELLA W/ NIKKI BELLA VS. NATALYA W/ TYSON KIDD; Last night on Raw, Paige issued an official challenge to Summer Rae for a Women’s Championship match at Battleground. It’s usually unheard of for a champion to do so. However, Stephanie McMahon has decided that Paige will be defending her title before then. Tom Phillips informs us that the winner of this bout will travel to Japan to take on Paige at “Live in Osaka” on the WWE Network. Brie Bella gets cheered on by Nikki, who has been very vocal about the Bellas turning over a new leaf to earn a shot. Natalya pulls an old Bret Hart trick, playing possum. Brie checks on Natalya, while Nikki shouts for her to take advantage. Natalya pulls Brie into a small package to pick up the win. Natalya defeats Brie Bella in 5:00!
As she’s announced as the winner, Natalya rolls out of the ring and hugs Tyson Kidd. He seems rather impressed by the tactics she used to win, as he’s been doing some similar stuff down in NXT. Nikki Bella enters the ring, pissed off, and begins to yell at Brie. She says things along the lines of “you had this won” and “this is why you can’t be the nice girl all of the time.”
A recap is shown from Raw highlighting the match between Chris Jericho and the Miz. Miz and Jericho were in the midst of a competitive bout until Miz took the cheap way out by hitting him with a low blow. He continued the assault after the match, leaving Jericho laid out. This Friday night on Smackdown, the Miz has promised to discuss this on an edition of MizTV.
Renee Young is standing by with Chris Jericho. She asks him for his thoughts on what Miz did to him last night. Jericho responds by saying that he’s been attacked before and he’s sure Miz won’t be the last to do so, but he heard about MizTV this Friday. “I’m sure that the whole point of this is so that he can go out there and brag. He doesn’t even have a guest planned. What’s he going to do, interview himself? That’s no way to run a talk show, I should know.” Jericho promises to be at Smackdown and says he’ll have to take a close look at MizTV and how it’s run. “Maybe I’ll even give Miz a few pointers.”
ADAM ROSE VS. JINDER MAHAL W/ 3MB; Less than 24 hours ago on Raw, Adam Rose made his debut and bested Heath Slater. Tonight, another member of 3MB tries their luck against the leader of the Exotic Express. At ringside during this, Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre get into it with some of the odd members of the Express. This all happens while Mahal falls victim to the Party Foul, ending this. Adam Rose defeats Jinder Mahal in 1:54!
Another relatively quick win for Adam Rose here as he has now defeated two thirds of 3MB. Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre realize that the match is over and rush into the ring after Rose, who quickly rolls out. He joins his cast of strange characters, including a rather large Bunny, in celebrating by dancing.
We see an ad for the WWE Shop set to “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons. Images of WWE Superstars, Divas and fans wearing official gear from WWE Shop are seen.
NUMBER ONE CONTENDER’S BATTLE ROYAL; The names included in this Battle Royal are Alberto Del Rio, Big E, Bo Dallas, Christian, Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow, Dolph Ziggler, Fandango, Jack Swagger, Justin Gabriel, Mark Henry, the Miz, R-Truth, Ryback, Santino Marella, Sin Cara, Titus O’Neil, Tyson Kidd, Xavier Woods and Zack Ryder. Some interesting notes include the Age of Enlightenment working together to toss out R-Truth before seemingly trying to recruit Woods. He declined and gets dumped. Jericho and the Miz come to blows and end up going over the top together. Officials do their best to pull them apart but it’s tough. The final four come down to Cody, Christian, Del Rio and Ziggler. As Ziggler does battle with Christian and eliminates him, Kane’s pyro shoots off, distracting him. This allows Del Rio to sneak up and eliminate him. Del Rio turns around and notices that he’s alone with Cody Rhodes, who is clearly pissed after what Del Rio did to Goldust last night. They exchange blows, with each guy coming close to elimination a few times. Both guys end up on the apron, jockeying for position. Del Rio knocks Rhodes down, but he lands on the apron and rolls back in. Before Del Rio can get back in though, Cody pops up and springboards off with a Disaster Kick that knocks him off the apron. Cody Rhodes wins the Battle Royal in 14:36!
The bell rings and the fans come to their feet as Cody Rhodes’ journey as a solo artist gets a big boost tonight. Bad News Barrett steps out onto the stage during his celebration, with the United States Title wrapped around his waist and sarcastically claps for Cody. Alberto Del Rio looks furious on the outside once he comes to, but the focus goes back to Cody who raises his arms in the air.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 8, 2016 9:23:57 GMT -5
Breaking News: KENTA Signs with WWE We already know that history is set to be made this week when the WWE presents our first live broadcast from Japan, exclusively on the WWE Network. We are now proud to announce that more history will be made. Japanese sensation KENTA will be in Osaka and is set to officially sign his WWE contract on that night. Joining him in the ring to oversee the process will be none other than WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart! This is sure to add to an already historic event and you can see it for just $9.99!
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 9, 2016 9:54:05 GMT -5
Breaking News: Main Event for "Live in Osaka" set If you follow WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan or Dolph Ziggler on Twitter, you would know that they have traded some interesting words as of late. After Bryan agreed to face CM Punk at Battleground, Ziggler tweeted to ask where he signs up for a shot. Bryan responded by saying they should make history in Osaka. It has now become official, as Daniel Bryan will defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Ziggler in the main event of the first ever WWE Network exclusive event!
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 10, 2016 6:33:44 GMT -5
WWE NXT: July 10th, 2014 – Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida
Opening things tonight, we go straight to the weekly NXT intro video. Cutting to the pumped crowd at Full Sail University, Rich Brennan, Jason Albert and Renee Young welcome everyone to the show. They promise a jam packed show and give us a huge announcement. Brennan announces “We all know that tonight, Tyson Kidd, Tyler Breeze and Corey Graves will take part in a Triple Threat match to determine the number one contender for the NXT Championship. We can now officially tell you that the winner of that match will get their title shot this Saturday on the WWE Network’s ‘Live in Osaka’! For the first time ever, the NXT Title will be defended out of the country!”
BECKY LYNCH VS. SASHA BANKS; Last week, Becky Lynch made her debut and upset Sasha Banks. Renee Young tells us that when Sasha demanded this rematch, she told her BFF teammates that she didn’t want them at ringside. Like their match seven days ago, this features a fair amount of back and forth, though Sasha seems to hold an advantage. She does her best to not make any of the mistakes that she made the last time. Becky goes for an armbar, but Sasha is able to counter and get behind her. She hits the Bank Statement, turning it over into her submission and making Becky submit. Sasha Banks defeats Becky Lynch in 5:26!
The “Boss” of NXT, Sasha Banks, gets to her feet and celebrates the victory. She can be seen mouthing “I can do it on my own”, maybe insinuating that she doesn’t need the BFFs anymore. The cameras go to the back where Summer Rae and Charlotte are watching on a monitor, and both seem pretty peeved.
A recap now airs of Sami Zayn staking his claim for the NXT Tag Team Championships a few weeks back until the champions themselves, the Ascension showed up to attack him. Sami Zayn was forced to miss a few weeks, but he’ll be back in action tonight.
Devin Taylor is standing by with him, and she asks him about his match tonight. Sami says that he was and still is intent on going after the NXT Tag Team Titles. “The only thing I’ve been looking for is a tag team partner and I’ve found one now.” Oliver Grey steps into the screen and shakes hands with Sami. He brings up the fact that he was one half of the first ever NXT Tag Team Champions and he thinks that he is the best possible partner for Sami. They are going out tonight to take their first step towards the belts.
Before our next match, Eden Stiles announces that “Tyler Breeze has entered the building” which gets a pop from the crowd.
OLIVER GREY AND SAMI ZAYN VS. THE VAUDEVILLAINS; The two newest teams in NXT do battle here. The Vaudevillains have found success in their first few matches, while Oliver Grey and Sami Zayn are first time teammates looking for some chemistry. They seem fine in the early goings, but fall into some struggles. The Vaudevillains work as a crisp unit and that proves to be a problem. Zayn gets a hot tag and comes in on fire. However, he makes a mistake when he tags Grey back in after a leg lariat. Sami dives out onto Gotch, but Grey misses his splash inside. English capitalizes and pins Grey to earn the victory. The Vaudevillains defeat Oliver Grey and Sami Zayn in 4:55!
Much like recent weeks, the Vaudevillains walk away as winners tonight. Sami Zayn slides in as they leave up the ramp, to check on Oliver Grey. It seems like Sami has not found the partner that he’ll be taking to a Tag Team Title shot.
We now see the BFFs backstage, as Sasha Banks is healing up after her match. Summer Rae is pissed because she heard Sasha say that she doesn’t need anyone. Sasha responds, saying that’s true. “We’ve done fine without you since you left and we’ll continue to do fine without you.” Summer is taken aback, but Charlotte chips in, saying that she really doesn’t need either of them. “I won this title on my own and I’m going to be champion on my own. You two may have been the original BFFs, but I’m the one with the belt.” Summer claims that she knew Charlotte got soft when she hugged Bayley. She gives both of them the “talk to the hand” signal and exits.
An ad runs for the WWE Shop, set to “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons. Various WWE Superstars, Divas and fans are shown in their official WWE Shop merchandise.
Returning, commentary directs us to a video package for Corey Graves. We see clips of his early stuff in NXT, including his rivalries with the Shield and the Wyatts and his Tag Team Title reign alongside current NXT Champion Adrian Neville. We also see Graves putting Sami Zayn on the shelf for a while after defeating him at TakeOver. Graves speaks over some of this video, saying that NXT needs a champion like him. A different kind of Champion. “Tyson Kidd, Tyler Breeze and even Adrian Neville…they will all learn that it’s best to STAY DOWN”.
At this time, we are joined by Solomon Crowe, who walks to the ring to a mixed reaction from the crowd. As he gets in, he grabs a microphone. He begins to talk about what happened last week against Adam Rose. He says that he did what he needed to. “When I came to NXT, I told all of you that I was going to be taking over. Adam Rose was the first step, but next on my agenda is to make sure that it’s out with the old and in with the new around here. Here’s a hint ladies and gentlemen…I’m the new.” He continues by saying that he will be watching every single minute of NXT and if he feels the need to, he’ll interrupt it and take over whenever he feels like it. Crowe throws the microphone down and leaves.
We get our second video package of the night, this one focusing on Tyson Kidd. It shows footage of him in his early WWE days as part of the Hart Dynasty and their WWE Tag Team Title run. We then see Kidd go through some struggles before changing his attitude here on NXT and beginning to rack up wins. Kidd’s voiceovers discuss his cats, his wife Natalya being by his side and how winning the NXT Title will show everyone that he is the best Hart Dungeon graduate in history.
EVAN BOURNE VS. WESLEY BLAKE; Seven nights ago, Evan Bourne made his return to competition and chose NXT as the place to be. Tonight, he gets his first chance to step back into the ring. There is little to no ring rust, as he busts out some high flying offense right from the get go. Wesley Blake does hit a nice suplex, but that’s the most offense he gets in. Bourne flies off the top with double knees, before going back up and nailing the AirBourne to score a win. Evan Bourne defeats Wesley Blake in 2:32!
Evan Bourne has his arm raised in victory, celebrating a win in his return to action. He is looking to get back into the swing of things here on NXT, where the competition is sure to be fierce.
Our final special video package of the night airs, focusing on Tyler Breeze. We see his debut and his rise to the top, which hit its peak at TakeOver in May, when he defeated Tyson Kidd. His voiceovers include him saying that Adrian Neville, Tyson Kidd and Corey Graves are unworthy of being NXT Champion because they are all uggos. “NXT needs a fresh breath of gorgeousness and who better to supply it than the King of Cuteville?”
A promo airs to hype this Saturday morning’s “Live in Osaka” special on the WWE Network! Following that, a quick recap is shown of Adrian Neville answering Alexander Rusev’s Open Invitational on Raw and surviving it, earning $5000 in the process.
NUMBER ONE CONTENDER’S TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: COREY GRAVES VS. TYLER BREEZE VS. TYSON KIDD W/ NATALYA; This is an interesting match as none of the guys involved would be considered fan favorites, though all get somewhat mixed reactions. The guys stand around and try to form alliances with one another, but nobody can trust another guy. It eventually leads to everyone trying a cheap kick at the same time. When it breaks down, Tyson Kidd and Corey Graves both target the legs of their opponents. Not only are they trying to set up for their submission finishers, but they also want to remove the Beauty Shot from Tyler Breeze’s arsenal. Kidd gets knocked outside and Graves locks Breeze in the Lucky 13. He is near victory, but Kidd springboards in with an elbow on the back of Breeze’s head. He quickly gets up and kicks Graves to break the hold, before covering Breeze to win. Tyson Kidd defeats Corey Graves and Tyler Breeze in 11:01!
The NXT Universe gives a mixed response to Tyson Kidd celebrating his victory. It was sneaky, but he won fair and square. Natalya comes in to hug him, though he breaks quickly and would rather she just raise his hand. Commentary reminds us that Natalya won on Main Event to earn a Women’s Title shot in Osaka and now her husband gets an NXT Title shot. The music of Adrian Neville hits to a huge pop as the NXT Champion walks out onto the stage and points at Kidd. “These two warriors clash this Saturday!” exclaims Jason Albert.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 12, 2016 6:34:30 GMT -5
Friday Night Smackdown: July 11th, 2014 – Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
This week’s Smackdown kicks off with a video recapping what went down on Monday’s Raw between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. We see the two friends meet and Daniel Bryan accept Punk’s challenge. They will meet at Battleground but before they do, they had to team up against Batista and Randy Orton. They miscommunicated in the midst of a hard fought battle, leading to them losing.
The opening Smackdown video package airs, followed by Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield welcoming everyone to another episode of Smackdown. They send it to the ring, which is set up for MizTV. On cue, “Awesome” is heard as the Miz and Summer Rae walk out onto the stage. They walk to the ring, arm in arm, and take their seats. Miz starts by reminding us that his return to the WWE was ruined by Chris Jericho. “People have been asking me since Monday why I did what I did.” He directs us to the titantron, where we see his attack on Jericho during their match. It resulted in a disqualification but Miz continued after the match. Cutting back to the ring, Miz has a smug look on his face. He says that the reason he did that is obvious. “I had to teach Chris Jericho a lesson. He needs to remember his place in the world of multi-media stars. Look, I’m not taking away from what he’s accomplished in this ring throughout his long career. But when it comes to being a star in every facet, Chris Jericho just simply cannot hold a candle to me.” Miz then goes to direct us to a video of what he calls his “greatest hits” but instead we see Chris Jericho’s pyro. He shows up to a big hand from the crowd and asks Miz, “would you please shut the hell up?” The crowd cheers loudly at this. Jericho continues by saying that he knew MizTV was going to be a joke because the Miz just doesn’t have the charisma to host a show. “How can you host something when nobody likes you?” Miz is fuming now, telling Jericho that he is very close to a repeat of Monday. Jericho chuckles and says “that’s actually kind of why I’m out here. You see, I’m about to board a plane to Japan for the Live in Osaka special this weekend. I notice that you weren’t invited to that Miz. Strange. Anyway, after what you did to me on Monday, I want nothing more than to face you again. How about we do it now before I go?” Miz responds with his classic “really?” a few times. He says that he isn’t going to Japan because he doesn’t want to, not because he wasn’t chosen. “I’ll give you another match though, to finally put you in your place. However, it won’t be tonight. These ridiculous Canadians don’t deserve it. I’ll face you at Battleground.” Jericho isn’t too happy about having to wait, but accepts and tells Miz that after Battleground, he will “never….eeeeeever, be the same again.”
NON-TITLE MATCH: THE USOS VS. RYBAXEL; It’s been a rough week for the Usos, as they suffered a loss to Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, while also being targeted by Batista and Randy Orton. Tonight, they look to turn things around against a team they’ve had success against in the past, Rybaxel. This is the standard affair between these two teams. The Usos are indeed able to get back on the right track by pinning Curtis Axel following a splash from Jey. The Usos defeats Rybaxel in 2:59!
Jey Uso gets to his feet and is instantly greeted by Jimmy who hugs him. They are handed the Tag Team Titles and celebrate with them, getting back on the winning track here tonight. One has to assume that the teams of Erick Rowan and Luke Harper and Randy Orton and Batista are on their minds though.
Standing by backstage is Renee Young and her guest is Roman Reigns. The powerhouse of the Shield is asked for his thoughts heading into a match with massive implications at Battleground. Reigns says that he wants no part of being a member of the Wyatt Family. “I’ve seen the brainwashing that Bray Wyatt does. I can’t let that happen to me. I can’t lose at Battleground. I need to win and the Shield needs to beat the Wyatt Family. Tonight, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins get us off on the right foot when they beat Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Believe that. Believe in the Shield.”
Returning, a recap is shown of the final Alexander Rusev Open Invitational this past Monday on Raw. NXT Champion Adrian Neville answered the challenge and lasted the five minutes with Rusev, earning himself $5000 and a massive debut. We cut to the ring where Lana and Alexander Rusev are already waiting. Neither of them look pleased and Lana cuts straight to the chase. She says that what happened on Monday was a travesty of epic proportions. “We know that Adrian Neville is not here tonight but we are laying out another challenge to him for Raw. We dare you to come face to face with the Super Athlete once more and this time, we won’t be caught off guard.”
ALEXANDER RUSEV W/ LANA VS. JACK SWAGGER W/ ZEB COLTER; A rematch from Money in the Bank, though this is much shorter. Alexander Rusev really does seem furious with what went down on Monday and he takes it out on Jack Swagger. The All-American Real American is able to come back with some hard hitting blows, but it’s not enough. Rusev is able to reel off a flurry of offense, ending with the Accolade, which Swagger is forced to tap out to. Alexander Rusev defeats Jack Swagger in 2:05!
Lana enters the ring and makes Alexander Rusev break the Accolade. He stands over Jack Swagger as Zeb Colter looks on in disappointment. Commentary mentions that it took Rusev over seven minutes to beat Swagger at Money in the Bank, but barely took two here. “That should tell you how foul a mood Alexander Rusev is in” says JBL.
We go back to Renee Young in a pre-taped backstage interview with the WWE Women’s Champion, Paige. Paige is over in Japan, getting ready for “Live in Osaka”, so she is not at Smackdown. Renee asks for Paige’s thoughts on her upcoming matches with Summer Rae and Natalya. Paige discusses Summer Rae first, saying that she is the definition of a “Diva” and is the absolute opposite of what she came to the WWE to be. “She’s more interested in how many social media followers she has or how her makeup looks than she is in holding this Women’s Championship with pride. As for Natalya, I have a lot more respect for you than Summer. Don’t take that for weakness though. In Osaka, I will walk in with this and I will walk right back out with it.”
BO DALLAS VS. R-TRUTH; In a rather comical moment, Bo Dallas can be seen dancing awkwardly to R-Truth’s theme music. Truth notices this and kind of pokes fun at Bo for it, which Bo seems to take in stride. However, once the bell rings, Bo attacks furiously. It’s that kind of aggression that he’s been able to show from time to time that really puts his opponents in danger. Truth misses a high kick, leading to Bo tripping him up and applying the Bo and Arrow, which is enough to put Truth away. Bo Dallas defeats R-Truth in 2:53!
Before he can even be declared the official winner, Bo Dallas is already out of the ring and doing his victory lap. When he gets back inside, his arm is raised, picking up another victory. Bo Dallas continues to do well for himself in the WWE.
A promo video airs to promote the “Live in Osaka” special tomorrow morning at 530AM EST. Already announced is a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler, Paige defending the Women’s Title against Natalya, an NXT Title match and the historic signing of KENTA to the WWE. Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart will be there as well as so much more.
DEAN AMBROSE AND SETH ROLLINS W/ ROMAN REIGNS VS. ERICK ROWAN AND LUKE HARPER W/ BRAY WYATT; The Shield have made it very clear that they want the Wyatt Family in a six man tag. This is about as close as they’re going to get unless Roman Reigns can beat Bray Wyatt at Battleground. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper cut the ring in half on Seth Rollins. Bray Wyatt laughs at all of this from rocking chair, while Reigns looks on at him. Rollins is able to make the hot tag to Dean Ambrose, who comes in like a complete nutcase. He nails everything in sight and surprises many by taking out Wyatt from his seat with a suicide dive. Reigns laughs now as Ambrose gets back inside. Harper nails him, sending Ambrose into the ropes but he comes back with a rebound lariat of his own. Rowan comes in and eats Dirty Deeds to end this. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeat Erick Rowan and Luke Harper in 9:02!
Bray Wyatt quickly enters the ring and clotheslines Dean Ambrose down. Seeing what Bray did, Roman Reigns slides in and comes to blows with him. The fans are on their feet for this exchange, but Erick Rowan and Luke Harper come into level him in the back. Seth Rollins springboards in but Harper greets him with a vicious superkick. After being beat down by all three men, Reigns is easy pickings. Wyatt lifts him, kisses him on the forehead and plants him with Sister Abigail. Bray kneels over Reigns and shouts “FOLLOW THE BUZZARDS”. Harper and Rowan menacingly stand over him as this goes down.
An ad airs for Total Divas, as all of season one is now available on demand on the WWE Network!
NIKKI BELLA W/ BRIE BELLA VS. NAOMI W/ CAMERON; Over the past few weeks, the Bella Twins have been striving for a shot at the WWE Women’s Championship. Brie Bella failed in an attempt a few nights ago on Main Event, which heavily disappointed Nikki. As she held Naomi in a chinlock, you could hear her shout at her sister to say “this is how you do it”. Brie seems a bit saddened by this but also seems to kind of understand. Naomi tries for the Rear View but Nikki is able to sidestep it. She follows that by hoisting up Naomi and nailing the Rack attack for the win. Nikki Bella defeats Naomi in 3:11!
The fans give a bit of a mixed reaction, though with more boos, as Nikki Bella is announced as the winner. Brie Bella comes in and raises her hand, but Nikki seems more interested in celebrating on her own. “Nikki Bella continues to show that she means business when it comes to her quest for the Women's Title” says JBL.
CHRISTIAN VS. THE MIZ W/ SUMMER RAE; Now that Chris Jericho has exited the arena in preparation of his trip to Japan, the Miz has no issue coming out confidently. Christian hits with the early offense, but a well-timed thumb to the eye from Miz turns the tide. He tries for the Skull Crushing Finale early only for Christian to counter and set for the Killswitch. Miz shoves him off and into the corner, following in with the awesome clothesline. Miz stays in control for the majority of the rest of the contest before the Skull Crushing Finale puts Christian down for the count. The Miz defeats Christian in 4:05!
Summer Rae looks on with a smile as her man earns a win against a former World Heavyweight Champion here tonight. She enters the ring and hugs him, as Miz throws his arms in the air in victory. He looks more than ready for his date with Chris Jericho at Battleground.
In the back, we see the Exotic Express partying randomly, led of course, by Adam Rose. 3MB show up to crash the party. Heath Slater claims that Rose continues to get lucky against them because he doesn’t deserve to even be in the WWE with his ridiculousness. Rose takes the lollipop out of his mouth and speaks for the first time on the main roster. He says that he used to be a lemon who never had fun. Then one day he went to a party and realized that’s what life is all about. “I’m just here to have fun and so should you guys.” He offers to have 3MB join the party but they decline and leave. Drew McIntyre shoves over the Bunny though before officially leaving. Rose checks on his fallen furry friend.
AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT VS. LOS MATADORES W/ EL TORITO; Commentary makes sure to tell the viewers about the Age of Enlightenment since they’ve really only been featured on Main Event. The tandem of Damien Sandow and Titus O’Neil work well together, using Sandow’s brains and Titus’ power. In the middle of the match, Xavier Woods strolls out to the stage. Michael Cole reminds us that Sandow has been trying to recruit Woods lately. Sandow allows for Titus to score the win after Clash of the Titus hits on Diego. The Age of Enlightenment defeats Los Matadores in 2:16!
Xavier Woods watches on, seemingly giving consideration to Damien Sandow’s offer. Sandow sees him watching and gives a sly smile. Titus O’Neil is more preoccupied with celebrating the win, not really focusing on the Sandow/Woods dynamic.
A promo runs for Battleground, which comes to you live on Pay-Per-View and the WWE Network in just over two weeks on July 20th, 2014 from Tampa, Florida!
CM PUNK VS. KANE; With a WWE World Heavyweight Title shot coming up in a few weeks, CM Punk is in trouble if he looks past Kane. The Director of Operations comes at Punk with some big shots early on, causing him to back into the corner. Kane works over Punk, focusing on his back. A kick from out of nowhere puts Punk in the driver’s seat. He hits a knee strike and bulldog for a near fall. Punk calls for the Go to Sleep but Kane elbows free and tries the chokeslam. Punk slaps himself free and hits another big kick to the back of the head. That allows him to hit the GTS this time, covering and earning the three. CM Punk defeats Kane in 7:50!
CM Punk gets to his feet, picking up a big win with a title shot on the horizon. Michael Cole reminds everyone that Daniel Bryan is going to be defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Dolph Ziggler tomorrow morning in Osaka, so whoever walks out of Japan as the winner will be facing Punk at Battleground.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 13, 2016 6:34:41 GMT -5
WWE Live in Osaka: July 12th, 2014 – Maishima Arena in Osaka, Japan
The WWE signature flashes across the screen to open the broadcast, followed by the camera going straight to the arena. The sold out crowd in Osaka are on their feet for this historic event. Our commentary team for the show consists of Michael Cole and Byron Saxton. Due to the nature of this show, we don’t have video packages or anything like that, as we instead go straight to the action.
CHRIS JERICHO VS. SAMI ZAYN; The historic event opens with a first time ever contest. According to commentary, the recently returned Chris Jericho handpicked Sami Zayn as his opponent for tonight. “Chris said that he’s watched Sami compete around the world and has always wanted to have a match against him” explains Michael Cole. As a show of respect, Zayn and Jericho shake hands before getting into an exchange. They trade mat work for a bit before Sami sends Jericho outside. He goes to dive out, but Jericho moves and Sami rebounds off the top rope, earning applause from the Osaka fans. Jericho smirks, seeing that Sami is game for this match. When he gets back in, Jericho shows some veteran savvy, being one step ahead of a lot of Sami’s offense, showing that he has indeed been watching and scouting Sami for some time. Sami has done some of his own scouting, blocking a Codebreaker attempt. He gets an extremely close near fall with a code red type move. Jericho comes back with an enziguri and tries the Lionsault, but Sami gets his knees up and pulls him into an inside cradle for a close near fall. Jericho sends Sami outside with a springboard dropkick and even nails the Codebreaker, but Sami is able to get his foot on the bottom rope. Jericho goes to pick up Zayn, but is greeted with a blue thunder bomb for two. Jericho gets up in the corner, as Sami calls for the Helluva Kick. Jericho dodges it and school boys Sami. Instead of going through with the pin though, he quickly moves into the Liontamer! Sami does his best to try and escape, but is forced to tap out. Chris Jericho defeats Sami Zayn in 17:11!
After the match, Chris Jericho is announced as the winner and the crowd cheers for him. His focus is on Sami Zayn though, who he helps to his feet. They stare at each other and Sami offers a handshake. Jericho slaps it away, only to pull Sami into a big hug. The crowd applauds this as Jericho raises Sami’s hand in a show of respect. The camera even picks up Jericho telling Sami that he is indeed the future.
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. BIG E; This is the first time we’ve seen Big E since suffering some losses at Money in the Bank and the night after. Alberto Del Rio has made some headlines recently by injuring Goldust with his Cross Armbreaker. The fans seem to be firmly in the corner of Big E, who comes out firing with some heavy shots that absolutely wallop the former multi-time World Champion. Big E bounces off the ropes and hits the E Train, causing Del Rio to regroup outside. Del Rio stalls out there but getting back on the apron. Big E charges for a spear through the ropes, but Del Rio is ready and moves, causing Big E to crash and burn on the outside. Del Rio takes over like a shark smelling blood, targeting the arm. He wraps it around the ring post a few times, stomps on it and just brutalizes it. He applies the Cross Armbreaker, with Big E screaming in pain. He gets close to the ropes, but Del Rio lets go, pulls him to the middle of the ring and latches it back on. Big E has to quit, giving Del Rio the victory. Alberto Del Rio defeats Big E in 7:42!
Alberto Del Rio is not done however, as he refuses to release the Cross Armbreaker! The referee tries to get him to release the hold but Del Rio has this look in his eyes. Two more officials run out to try as well as the crowd boos. Del Rio is relentless as he just yanks on the arm. He finally lets go, but the damage is clearly done. Big E holds his basically limp arm as officials check on him. “What has gotten into Alberto Del Rio? Between what he did to Goldust and now this, that is one dangerous man” says Byron Saxton.
A promo airs to promote Battleground, which comes to you live on July 20th, 2014 on Pay-Per-View and the WWE Network!
NXT CHAMPIONSHIP – ADRIAN NEVILLE (C) VS. TYSON KIDD W/ NATALYA; Since his attitude change a few months back, Tyson Kidd has been a force to be reckoned with in NXT. Adrian Neville recently made his debut on Raw, winning the Alexander Rusev Open Invitational challenge. Neville offers a handshake at the bell, but he should know better as Tyson goes for it, but pulls back and slicks his hair back. Natalya is not amused by this. Neville and Kidd start with a feeling out process, trying to outmaneuver each other and gain the upper hand. When Kidd fails to do so, he gets frustrated and spends some time chatting with his wife. Neville looks like he is going to dive out onto him, but Kidd pulls Natalya in the way, causing Neville to put on the brakes. Kidd trips him up before going inside and taking control. Kidd’s focus seems to be on the lower back of Neville, showing that he’s setting up for the Sharpshooter. Kidd does go up top and sees an opening for the blockbuster, but Neville is able to avoid it. He climbs but Kidd is able to dodge the Red Arrow! Kidd quickly rolls up Neville but it’s not good enough for him to score the win. Tyson manages to lock in the Sharpshooter, looking for our third straight submission finish. Neville reaches the ropes though, holding his leg. Tyson goes back on the attack but Neville holds the ropes. Tyson yanks and Neville ends up flipping up onto his feet, though he stumbles a bit. They trade shots, with Neville ducking a punch and nailing three rolling German suplexes. He climbs to the top and connects with the Red Arrow to retain. Adrian Neville defeats Tyson Kidd to retain the NXT Championship in 15:27!
The referee hands Adrian Neville the NXT Championship as the crowd cheers for him. He raises it high in the air while Natalya enters to check on her husband. Neville poses for the fans before we cut away.
BAD NEWS BARRETT AND SHEAMUS VS. CESARO AND CODY RHODES; There are currently two rivalries going on for the Intercontinental and United States Championships. Cody Rhodes won a battle royal this past week on Main Event to earn a shot at Bad News Barrett, while Cesaro has made it clear that he’s coming for Sheamus. Here, the four collide in a tag team bout. Barrett and Sheamus show off a good chemistry, but Cesaro and Cody seem to be a bit off early on. They seem to start to fix things, only for Sheamus and Barrett to cut the ring in half on Cody. They take turns hammering away on him, until he can bust out a Disaster Kick that sends Barrett staggering to his corner. He tags in Sheamus just as Cody dives and makes the hot tag to Cesaro. The top challenger for the Intercontinental Title finally gets his hands on the champion, firing away with a relentless string of uppercuts. He backs Sheamus into a corner with it, before charging in for a huge one. Sheamus charges too for a Brogue Kick, but Cesaro manages to duck. Sheamus is met with a big Disaster Kick from Cody, who then dives out onto Barrett. Sheamus turns around from that kick and is met with a Neutralizer, which is enough to score the win for the future challengers. Cesaro and Cody Rhodes defeat Bad News Barrett and Sheamus in 11:19!
The crowd comes to their feet as Cesaro and Cody are officially named the winners. Bad News Barrett gets to his feet outside and is not pleased at all. Cody raises Cesaro’s hand and they both motion for the titles around their waists as Barrett and Sheamus back up the entrance.
After an ad is shown to promote the WWE Network, the cameras cut to the ring which is set up for a contract signing. Hulk Hogan’s theme hits as the crowd gets louder than they have all night so far. Hogan struts out, followed by Jimmy Hart and he enters the ring. He poses for the fans, who are more than excited to see him. Hogan gets on the microphone and begins to talk about what it means to be part of the WWE family. He says that his Hulkamaniacs in Japan know exactly what it means and he says that someone else in Japan knows it too. He directs us to the tron, which plays a video of highlights featuring KENTA. After the video, an unfamiliar theme plays as KENTA comes out to a bigger crowd reaction than even Hulk Hogan got. He is in a suit as he enters the ring and shakes hands with both Hogan and Hart. He waves to the crowd before taking a seat and officially signing his WWE contract. When he’s done, he gets a microphone and speaks in Japanese. Once he’s done with that, he repeats what he said in very simple English. “I am very happy to be a part of the WWE family. One thing I would like to announce. In the WWE, I will be going by the name Hideo Itami, in honor of one of my idols.” The fans applaud this as Hogan comes over to give him another handshake. He then asks Hideo to do his trademark flex poses with him, which Hideo does with a smile to the delight of the audience.
WWE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – PAIGE (C) VS. NATALYA; Our second time seeing Natalya tonight, but this time it’s with big stakes for her, rather than her husband. It seems as if Natalya paid close attention to Tyson Kidd earlier, as she goes to start focusing on the lower back, but decides against it and targets the leg. Commentary wisely points this out to anyone who missed it. Paige ends up limping around after a few minutes of this, but comes back with a big kick using her other foot. She takes a swing at Natalya, who ducks and hits a beautiful bridging German suplex for a near fall. Natalya looks for the Sharpshooter, but Paige is able to kick her off. She is able to connect on the Paige Turner, which won her the NXT Women’s Title last year, but Natalya gets her shoulder off the mat in time. Paige goes for the PTO, but Natalya turns her over and applies the Sharpshooter. Paige is near tapping out, but is able to reach her hand back and break the hold by tripping Natalya up. She then puts her in the PTO, bringing some of the fans to their feet. Natalya looks for an escape, but there isn’t one and she has to give up. Paige defeats Natalya to retain the WWE Women’s Championship in 8:01!
The fans give another respectful round of applause as Paige is handed the Women’s Title from the official. She raises it high in the air and shouts “THIS IS MY HOUSE!” at the top of her lungs. Natalya holds her back as she gets up and shakes Paige’s hand, continuing a string of showings of respect here tonight.
A video recap is shown to highlight what Batista and Randy Orton did to Rob Van Dam and Kofi Kingston a few weeks back on Raw in their first shot as a tag team.
BATISTA AND RANDY ORTON VS. KOFI KINGSTON AND ROB VAN DAM; Right from the bell, both Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam attack Batista and Randy Orton with a flurry of offense, making it clear they want revenge. They send them to the outside, where Batista and Orton regroup. Kingston and RVD give them no time to do so though, launching themselves out onto them. When the match actually calms down, it surprisingly sees RVD and Kingston in control for the early portions. Eventually, the tandem of former World Champions is able to turn the tide and begin to isolate Kingston. He fights valiantly but it’s a struggle to have two of the best ever beating down on you. RVD rallies the crowd, which helps Kofi break free and hit Orton with the SOS. He makes the tag, bringing in a hot Van Dam. He flies around the ring with kicks and flips. Those high risk moves prove to be just that, high risk, as Batista catches him in mid-air with a vicious spinebuster. He signals for the end, but Kingston leaps in, only to have Orton catch him with a mid-air RKO! Batista laughs before planting RVD with the Batista Bomb, scoring the pinfall. Batista and Randy Orton defeat Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam in 13:20!
The audience boos the victory for Batista and Randy Orton. They don’t seem to care at all, relishing in the heat. Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam are unfortunately unable to gain any revenge for what Batista and Orton put them through recently. The former Evolution members have looked like a big time threat to the Tag Team Titles as of late.
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – DANIEL BRYAN (C) VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER; Much like his upcoming title defense against CM Punk at Battleground, this is a battle of respect for Daniel Bryan. However, to make it to Punk, he has to retain against Dolph Ziggler here. These two start things off by trying to get a feel for one another, though neither can grab a real advantage. Ziggler is the first to strike with some major offense, hitting the heart attack elbow combination for a near fall. Bryan retaliates with a surfboard stretch, opting to try for a submission, which has been the theme tonight. They continue to exchange holds and moves, with neither guy gaining a clear cut advantage. Dolph actually hits the Zig Zag but Bryan is able to kick out in the nick of time. Dolph follows with a stinger splash for two again. Dolph has a look of disbelief on his face at his inability to win the biggest match of his career. He reaches deep into his bag of tricks and applies a sleeper hold. Bryan senses how bad this is, and is able to counter by running up the turnbuckle and turning over into a pin for a near fall. They get up at the same time and get into a battle of headbutts, just ramming into each other. The fans applaud this effort as it happens multiple times in a row. Bryan wins out and steps back for the Busaiku Knee. He charges but Dolph dodges and lays him out with a superkick. He falls onto Bryan in a pin but it’s still not enough. Dolph picks up Bryan and takes a swing but Bryan ducks and tries to pull him down into a backslide. They struggle until Bryan wins out and pins for two. Bryan goes to a rollup for two, before Dolph counters into one of his own. They trade rollups until Bryan is able to score the win from out of nowhere with one. Daniel Bryan defeats Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 21:16!
A surprising finish to a great contest between two of the very best in the WWE. Dolph Ziggler looks disappointed in his defeat considering the effort he put forth. Daniel Bryan puts down his WWE World Heavyweight Title and helps Ziggler up. The two embrace and Ziggler raises Bryan’s hand in a show f respect and admiration after that battle. They pose by the entrance to close this historic broadcast.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 14, 2016 6:37:11 GMT -5
The WWE is said to be very pleased with the outcome of "Live in Osaka". They felt that it felt very different to everything else that the company puts out. It has also been well received by critics, particularly the Dolph Ziggler/Daniel Bryan and Sami Zayn/Chris Jericho matches. There is current talk to have more Network exclusive specials like this in the future.
There is talk that Stephanie McMahon has been working on some sort of deal with Ronda Rousey in recent weeks. Rousey is one of the hottest names in the sports world right now, dominating the UFC women's ranks. Rumor has it that Stephanie wants her to do something with the Divas division. Stephanie and Triple H are said to be huge supporters of women's wrestling and want as many eyes on it as possible.
Some have questioned the decision to have KENTA change his name. However, this is just the WWE doing its usual re-branding. KENTA chose the name Hideo Itami based on an idol of his. The plan is for him to move to the United States and work out at the Performance Center. He should debut with NXT within the next few months, possibly by the next TakeOver special.
AJ Lee has been absent from WWE television since dropping the Divas Championship to Paige in England this past May. This is time off that she requested but she will be returning soon. Much like John Cena, the WWE would like for her to be part of their SummerSlam or Night of Champions plans. With the original WWE Network subscriptions coming up, the WWE has planned on doing their best to treat those two shows like major deals to keep as many subscribers as possible.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 16, 2016 9:12:36 GMT -5
Monday Night Raw: July 14th, 2014 – Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia
Following the weekly Raw intro, we cut straight to the sold out arena in Richmond, Virginia. The crowd is on their feet as Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and John “Bradshaw” Layfield introduce the show as the theme music of our first guests tonight hits. As they come out, commentary informs us of a huge show tonight, including a major main event that puts CM Punk and Daniel Bryan on the same team again, as they run a gauntlet!
The Shield come through the stands to a massive reaction from the crowd. Michael Cole reminds us of the announcement last week, where Roman Reigns got a match set for Battleground against Bray Wyatt. If Reigns wins, the Shield gets the match they want against the Wyatt Family but if he loses, he must join the Wyatt Family. They enter the ring and Reigns himself, has a microphone. He starts by saying that the Shield has had a lot of big matches in their time as a unit together, but this Sunday is the biggest for him. “Not only have my brothers put their faith in me to get us another match with the Wyatt Family, but there is a lot riding for me too. I will not let what happened on Smackdown happen again this Sunday. We’re out here for one reason and one reason only tonight.” Dean Ambrose talks next, saying that the Wyatt Family have managed to be a step ahead of them at every turn, but that will change. He has confidence in Reigns beating Bray this Sunday and then promises they will avenge what happened at Elimination Chamber. “The reason we’re out here right now, is because we want a piece of the Wyatt Family and we want it right now!” They don’t have to wait long as the Wyatts appear on the Titantron, with Bray stating “Richmond…we’re here.” The Wyatts come down to the ring, and Erick Rowan sets the rocking chair down for Bray. He has a microphone and he sits down, telling the Shield that they are dogs that just want a bone. “You come out here week after week and you spew your anger and you’re always so upset. Roman, you especially. I’d like to see you smile more often. But don’t worry my child, you’ll be very happy as part of my family.” Before Bray can continue, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins charge and take out Harper and Rowan with stereo suicide dives. Bray leaps from his feet and steps back, surrounded by two members of the Shield. Before their gang mentality can take over, Triple H’s music hits as the COO of the company comes out, shouting “ENOUGH!” He shouts that something happening to one of the biggest matches he has signed for Battleground is bad for business. “But if you must get something out of your system then you, Roman Reigns, can go one on one with Erick Rowan right now.”
ERICK ROWAN W/ THE WYATT FAMILY VS. ROMAN REIGNS W/ THE SHIELD; After the commercial break, this math is joined in progress. Roman Reigns and Erick Rowan are trading big blows, being two of the hardest hitting Superstars on the roster. Both guys slug it out, while their respective teammates watch from ringside. It looks as if Luke Harper wants to slide in and get involved, but Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are quick to stare him down and stop him. This allows Reigns to go into a series of moves that set him up for the victory. A Superman punch and Spear lead to Roman scoring the pinfall. Roman Reigns defeats Erick Rowan in 7:39!
The WWE Universe gets to their feet, cheering for Roman Reigns’ victory. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins get in the ring with him, as Bray Wyatt looks on, surprisingly seeming stressed out instead of his usual laughing reaction. Luke Harper wants in but Bray stops him, whispering something to him. The Shield dare them to enter, but they refuse. “For tonight at least, a match involving no outside interference gives Roman Reigns a ton of momentum heading into his huge match this Sunday” explains Michael Cole.
Alberto Del Rio is shown getting prepared for his match tonight when Triple H comes up to him. He shakes Del Rio’s hand, though the “Mexican Aristocrat” is a bit tentative. Triple H says that he comes in peace. “Over the past few shows, I’ve seen you do some vicious things with that Cross Armbreaker. Tonight, you’re facing Cody Rhodes, who is the number one contender for Bad News Barrett’s United States Title this Sunday. I think we’d like to see him locked in that Armbreaker.” Del Rio thinks it over and says that he’ll do it for two reasons. “One, I really like doing that to people, and two, if I do this for you, you owe me one. Deal?” Triple H gives him a sly look and agrees. ADAM ROSE VS. DREW MCINTYRE W/ 3MB; Last week, Adam Rose made his debut and defeated the leader of 3MB, Heath Slater. Over the past week he also bested Jinder Mahal, making this his final test of 3MB. He comes out firing, upset about the attack on his Bunny friend this past Friday on Smackdown. McIntyre gets in more offense than his partners did last week, but Rose is ready. He is able to nail the Party Foul to claim the win. Adam Rose defeats Drew McIntyre in 2:22!
The party starts up again as Adam Rose and the Exotic Express celebrate the win. 3MB look on at the dancing in disgust as Adam Rose has completed the sweep of them.
In the back, we see Paige warming up for her match next, when her partner, Chris Jericho comes up to her. She greets him and says that she was always a big fan. Jericho responds by kindly thanking her and saying that he’s been a fan of what she’s trying to accomplish within the Divas division. “Girls like Summer Rae are not the kind of girls I want to see with the Divas Title. The title needs more girls like you and less filthy, dirty, disgusting, brutal, bottom feeding, trash bag hoes like Summer.” Paige gets a chuck out of that as they head off for their match, which is next.
CHRIS JERICHO AND PAIGE VS. THE MIZ AND SUMMER RAE; A mixed tag match preview of two Battleground matches here. The crowd is firmly into this, as Paige and Chris Jericho are two of the more popular people on the roster. Summer Rae does her best to avoid Paige, while Miz blocks his face at every turn. Jericho makes a mistake when he tries the springboard dropkick and misses. Miz puts the boot to him and looks to be in firm control. Even Summer gets in some cheap shots. Paige eventually gets the tag and fires away on Summer, overwhelming her with a flurry of hard hitting offense. However, Summer is able to pull Paige into a rollup and grab a handful of tights to steal the three count. The Miz and Summer Rae defeat Chris Jericho and Paige in 5:30!
Paige is furious, charging at Summer Rae once she’s declared the winner, but the number one contender is able to scurry and avoid the Women’s Champion. Miz greets her outside and pulls her into a hug. Chris Jericho comes up to Paige and consoles her, but judging by the looks on their faces, this is far from over. Miz and Summer Rae have however, gained a ton of momentum heading into Battleground.
Returning, the “Ravishing Russian” Lana and the “Bulgarian Brute” Alexander Rusev make their way to the ring. As they come out, a recap airs of the Alexander Rusev Open Invitational last week, which was answered by Adrian Neville. He would survive the five minutes and win the $5,000 but would anger Rusev. After the recap, Rusev and Lana are in the ring and do not look pleased. Lana says that she’s already made her thoughts clear on the events of last Monday and gets straight to the point by calling out Neville. The NXT Champion’s music hits to a pop as Adrian Neville steps onto the stage with his title around his waist. He enters the ring and comes face to face with Rusev, neither man backing down. Neville has a microphone and speaks, saying that what happened last week was no fluke or travesty. “For over a year now, I’ve been working my butt off in NXT to deserve this title around my waist. I’ve watched you run through Superstar after Superstar, but always felt that if I got the chance, I could survive the five minutes. And you know what? I did just that.” Neville goes on to say that he wanted to make an impact and he did just that. Rusev takes the microphone from Lana and speaks directly to Neville, telling him that all he did last week was survive. “Give me another minute and you would have been humbled like everyone else before you!” Neville looks around and tells Rusev that he’ll face him in an official match at Battleground. “No time limits. Just a winner and a loser. I’ll show you that I’m not just the guy who survived five minutes, but the man that gravity forgot.” The fans cheer but that turns to boos as Rusev slaps Neville across the face. He fires back with some right hands, the fight spilling into the corner. Officials come out to break it up as Neville shows off an ability to go toe to toe with his larger rival. After they’re separated, Lana convinces Rusev to leave the ring. When they get near the aisle, Neville breaks free and hits a gorgeous corkscrew dive outside onto him! “Wow! Neville is indeed the man that gravity forgot” exclaims Michael Cole. The crowd is amazed at the athleticism shown by Neville, but he will need more than just that to become the first man to defeat Rusev at Battleground.
Returning, Daniel Bryan is seen backstage warming up for the main event. CM Punk enters the room, bringing Daniel to his feet. Punk says that he’s not here to fight. “I know that last week, things didn’t end well for us as a team, but tonight is a new night. We are and have been the two best in the world for a long time now so there shouldn’t be any reason why we can’t go out and work together during this gauntlet match tonight.” Bryan agrees, saying that they need to focus on tonight, but reminds Punk that once that’s over, his attention is going to be solely on him. “You held this belt for 434 days, defeating me multiple times during that time frame. There is no way I’m going to let that happen again.” Punk smirks, taps the title and heads off, leaving Bryan to his workout.
CESARO AND DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. KANE AND SHEAMUS; During the entrances of the Superstars here, commentary informs us that after Cesaro pinned Sheamus this past Saturday in Osaka, he will be getting a shot at the Intercontinental Championship at Battleground. As for this match, Dolph Ziggler shows a burning desire to get his hands on Kane, still not over Kane costing him the United States Championship a few weeks back. Kane comes in after Sheamus beats on Ziggler and they work him over with some quick tags. When the mild tag comes to Cesaro, he is on absolute fire, delivering a string of high impact offense that gets the crowd roaring. As he sets for the Neutralizer, Sheamus gets on the apron and watches but doesn’t enter, wanting to avoid the Cesaro barrage. Cesaro plants Kane and wins. Cesaro and Dolph Ziggler defeat Kane and Sheamus in 6:27!
Cheers rain down from the WWE Universe as Dolph Ziggler enters the ring and raises Cesaro’s hand. Sheamus snatches his Intercontinental Title from ringside and clutches it to his chest. He’s beaten the likes of Big E and Roman Reigns, but there may not be a hotter Superstar in the WWE right now than Cesaro and he gets his opportunity this Sunday in Tampa!
A short video package airs with highlights from “Live in Osaka”. Commentary talks over it, saying that you can catch all of the action on that historic event on demand at any time by using the WWE Network.
ALICIA FOX VS. BRIE BELLA W/ NIKKI BELLA; Before the bell, Nikki Bella can be seen trying to motivate her sister, telling her to get mean. Brie Bella seems to get the gist, coming out of the blocks by charging and wiping out Alicia Fox. Nikki is rather impressed by this, as Brie keeps up the aggression through the duration of the contest. Alicia gets in some offense, but it’s not enough. Brie comes off the second rope with the “BRIE MODE” missile dropkick to score the victory. Brie Bella defeats Alicia Fox in 2:46!
Nikki Bella enters the ring, clapping for her sister, impressed by the performance. Even Brie Bella seems surprised at herself but Nikki raises her hand and seems to remind her that this was exactly the result they were looking for. Brie realizes this and hugs her sister before they exit the ring.
Renee Young is now standing by with the number one contender to the United States Championship, Cody Rhodes. She asks him for his thoughts on the match tonight, considering he’s facing Alberto Del Rio, who injured his brother last week. Cody says that he is fully focused on getting revenge tonight. “My brother and I have become closer than ever in the past year or so and I will make sure Alberto gets what’s coming to him.” Renee then brings up what Triple H said to Del Rio earlier. Cody reminds us that he is no stranger to being an enemy of the Authority. “They’ve tried to break me before and failed. The same will happen tonight and at Battleground.”
Returning from break, we see Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in their office. With them are Rybaxel, the Age of Enlightenment, and Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam. Stephanie tells them that recently, the Usos have suffered some losses and the tag team division is wide open. “You want to get yourselves in position for a title shot? You go out there and you beat CM Punk and Daniel Bryan during this gauntlet. There’s no way that two individuals should beat a unit that is as in sync as you guys.” Kofi and RVD leave, unhappy at being part of this but they go along knowing that they want another crack at the Tag Titles. The other two teams are more into it, meaning that main event should be interesting. As they leave also, Batista and Randy Orton walk into the picture and look on with upset looks on their faces.
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. CODY RHODES; Bad News Barrett struts out right before the match with his United States Title and the Money in the Bank briefcase to join commentary. This proves to be the most physical match of the evening, with both Cody Rhodes and Alberto Del Rio hitting each other with everything they’ve got. Cody shows more fire than usual, fighting for his brother. Commentary questions Barrett about Triple H’s deal with Del Rio. Barrett responds by saying he had no part in that but understands why Triple H wouldn’t want someone like Cody Rhodes as US Champion. Cody connects on the Disaster Kick and seems to be on the verge of a victory. He sets for the Cross Rhodes, but Del Rio counters and slaps on the Cross Armbreaker. Cody is quick to the ropes, but Del Rio refuses to break the hold. The referee counts to five and calls for the bell. Cody Rhodes defeats Alberto Del Rio via disqualification in 10:45!
Bad News Barrett laughs on commentary before removing his headset. Alberto Del Rio continues to refuse to break the hold as Barrett enters the ring and puts the boots to Cody Rhodes. Officials run out to try and save Cody, but Barrett and Del Rio prove to be too much. “Alberto Del Rio is doing exactly what Triple H wanted him to do” shouts Michael Cole. Del Rio finally breaks the hold and gets to his feet. He points down at Cody and winks at Barrett before exiting the ring. Barrett stays in, raising the United States Title high in the air.
The theme of Evolution hits as Batista and Randy Orton step out onto the stage and make their way down to the ring. We are reminded that these two not only put Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam on the shelf for about a week, but they then beat them again this past Saturday in Osaka. They enter the ring and Batista speaks, saying that they saw something earlier that didn’t please them. “Triple H and Stephanie spent their time telling other teams about chances at becoming WWE Tag Team Champions. However, Randy and I have decided that is something that we want. We are out here for one reason and one reason only. We demand a shot at the Tag Team Titles at Battleground!” After a few seconds, the Usos’ music hits as the Tag Team Champions come out onto the stage to a pop from the WWE Universe. Jimmy has a microphone, saying that when they won these titles back in March, it was a dream come true. “For a long time, Jey and I wanted nothing more than to have these titles around our waists. Now that we do, we’ve been fighting champions and that isn’t going to change just because two guys with laundry lists of accolades want a shot. You’re on!” The fans cheer but that soon changes as the Wyatt Family signature hits and we see Luke Harper and Erick Rowan appear on the ramp, between Batista and Orton and the Usos. JBL reminds everyone at home that Harper and Rowan defeated the Usos last week on Raw. Harper and Rowan look at both teams, back and forth, before Harper points up at the Usos and motions for the titles around his waist. “Sierra. Hotel. India. Echo. Lima. Delta. Shield.” The fans come unglued as Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose appear in the stands and walk towards the ring. Ambrose has a microphone and he says that they didn’t want to miss out on any of the fun. “You see, we’ve gone to war with Evolution, we’ve gone to war with the Wyatt Family and we’ve gone to war with the Usos in the past. What I see out here are two teams vying for a shot at the titles, but I also see two teams that have gone down to the Shield. Harper, Rowan…you boys remember Smackdown last Friday don’t you?” Before this can break down any further, Triple H appears on the Titantron and tells everyone to calm down. “Batista and Orton. You guys could have just come to me if you were pissed off about the talk earlier tonight. Instead, you had to go out there and make it public, involving these other teams. Because of that, and the fact that I have to do what’s best for business, I’ve come to a decision. At Battleground, the Usos will defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against Batista and Randy Orton, against the Wyatt Family and against the Shield in a Fatal Four Way match!” The crowd buzzes as the camera goes to commercial after showing each team’s reaction to the news. The Usos seem nervous but ready, Ambrose and Rollins are happy, Batista and Orton are still pissed and the Wyatts remain rather expressionless.
JIMMY USO W/ JEY USO VS. SETH ROLLINS W/ DEAN AMBROSE VS. LUKE HARPER W/ ERICK ROWAN; The show returns with this match already in progress. We are told that Triple H ordered a match between three members of these teams, conveniently leaving his Evolution bandmates out of this. These three guys have a competitive battle, with no one really gaining a major advantage. Luke Harper lays out Jimmy Uso with a huge discus lariat, but can’t capitalize because Seth Rolling springboards in with a huge knee. He covers both guys but can only get near falls on each. He waits for Harper to get to his knees, before delivering a big superkick. Seth attempts the same with Jimmy, who dodges and tries one of his own. Seth avoids that, kicking Jimmy in the stomach. He bounces off the ropes and hits the Curb Stomp for the 1-2-3. Seth Rollins defeats Jimmy Uso and Luke Harper in 5:17!
When the bell rings, the camera catches Jey Uso looking disappointed before Dean Ambrose slides into the ring to celebrate with Seth Rollins. Even if it wasn’t a tag team match, pinning one of the Tag Team Champions has to count for something. “Couple this with their win over Luke Harper and Erick Rowan on Smackdown, and you have to think that Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are heading into Battleground with a ton of momentum” says Jerry Lawler.
We go backstage to Renee Young, who is standing by with CM Punk. She asks for his thoughts on teaming with Daniel Bryan just six days before they meet at Battleground, especially considering how their tag match ended last week. Punk says that he feels exactly the way he mentioned earlier to Daniel. They are good friends and can work well as a team, even with what’s coming up. “Last week was a miscue, which happens to even the best of teams. Tonight, we will show the world again why we are the best in the world. Then at Battleground, I show why I’m the very best.”
The music of Bo Dallas hits as he comes out to the ring. Last week, he stayed on the stage but tonight he enters the ring. He starts by saying that last week, he came out to have a moment for silence for the injuries that Rob Van Dam and Kofi Kingston suffered, only for the WWE Universe to not pay their respects. “I said that you people stunk but I’m out here to apologize about that. I honestly didn’t mean it. I was in a bad mood and I let my emotions get the best of me. I love each and every single one of you. You are my Bolievers.” He turns his attention to a hot topic, which is the Alexander Rusev Open Invitational. He claims that if he had taken the challenge, he would have won the $5,000 a long time ago, but says that he doesn’t do things for fortune. He says that he feels for everyone who failed in defeating Rusev and wants to do a moment of silence for those. He Tebows again like last week, but the moment is cut off by theme of the Big Show. The fans cheer since we haven’t seen Show since Extreme Rules, when he lost to Alexander Rusev. Bo sees that Show means business and once he enters the ring, Bo begins to apologize. “Hey Show. Welcome back. I want you to know, that when I was talking about people that lost to Rusev, I didn’t mean you. I meant-.“ We never hear what Bo meant though as Show just knocks him out with the WMD. The fans pop as Show raises his hand and screams, letting us all know that he’s back.
CM PUNK AND DANIEL BRYAN’S TAG TEAM GAUNTLET; First up in this gauntlet is the tandem of Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam. Unlike the other teams involved in this, RVD and Kingston shake hands with their opponents and they have a respect based back and forth contest. Both teams get a fair amount of near falls and they work through a commercial break. After about seven minutes of action, Punk is able to pin his buddy Kingston with the GTS. The next team out is the Age of Enlightenment, who haven’t seen much time on Raw. They work over Punk for a bit, using Damien Sandow’s smarts and Titus O’Neil’s power to their advantage. Daniel Bryan gets the tag and comes in hot before pinning Sandow with the Busaiku Knee. Rybaxel come out as the final challengers and prove to be a problem. Punk has a history with both guys and is able to win this with the GTS on Axel. At least that’s what we think. As Punk and Bryan celebrate, Evolution’s theme hits and Batista and Orton appear on stage. The exhausted tandem of Punk and Bryan take on the team they lost to last week and struggle mightily considering their level of exhaustion. Batista and Orton just pick apart Punk and Bryan, who, like last week, make a mistake and bump into each other. Orton goes for the RKO that won the match last week but Punk blocks it. Bryan also counters the Batista Bomb and sets for another Busaiku Knee. Instead, Bad News Barrett, Kane and Sheamus run down and attack Punk and Bryan. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan win the gauntlet via disqualification in 24:36!
The numbers advantage does not stay in favor of the Authority for long though as equalizers soon show up. Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro and Cody Rhodes, in a sling, all run out and we’ve got a pier six brawl. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan are down from everything. Batista and Randy Orton help their Authority buddies until the Usos charge the ring and go after them. This just continues to get out of hand as Luke Harper and Erick Rowan run out, only for Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to do the same. The massive brawl spills to the outside and into the crowd for some. The only guys left in the ring as Punk and Bryan, who slowly get to their feet. Cesaro lights up Sheamus with uppercuts on the outside, while the four tag teams in the Tag Team Title match at Battleground brawl all through the stands. Cody Rhodes, Bad News Barrett, Kane and Dolph Ziggler pair off in the aisle as well. Bryan and Punk get in each other’s face, ready to come to blows. They actually strike each other at the same time and trade blows in the middle of the ring. The crowd is on their feet for all of this as this giant war is still going on to close Raw.
RAW BACKSTAGE PASS EXCLUSIVE; As Raw ends, fans switch over to the WWE Network to see the carnage continue. During the continuation of the brawl, the cameras cut backstage where we see Roman Reigns unconscious, while Bray Wyatt sits with him and caresses his hair. Bray is humming “Hush Little Baby”. When things cut back to the Backstage Pass panel, Josh Matthews says that people were wondering where Roman Reigns was during all of this and it looks like the eerie Bray Wyatt got to him first.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 17, 2016 6:39:02 GMT -5
Kickoff Match set for WWE Battleground! With the second annual WWE Battleground just a few short days away, one final match has been signed. On Main Event about a month ago, Dolph Ziggler lost his United States Championship to Bad News Barrett due to outside interference from Kane. Since then, Dolph has made it clear that he wants to get his hands on the Director of Operations. The two will finally meet on the Battleground Kickoff show, which you can see on the WWE Network at 7PM Eastern time this Sunday night!
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 18, 2016 6:34:37 GMT -5
WWE NXT: July 17th, 2014 – Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida
Following the signature WWE intro, we go straight to the NXT weekly intro video. Once we cut to the rocking Full Sail Arena, our commentary team of Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and William Regal introduce the show, promising not only a big night ahead of us, but a look at the historic even in Osaka, Japan which featured an NXT Title match.
NON-TITLE MATCH: THE ASCENSION VS. JASON JORDAN AND TYE DILLINGER; The roar of the NXT Universe is heard as the Ascension appear for a non-title match. Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger have shown some promise as a tag team in recent weeks, but this is the Ascension we’re talking about. Despite some early offense by the unsung duo, the dominant Tag Team Champions take control. They cut Dillinger in half with the Fall of Man, scoring the pinfall. The Ascension defeat Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger in 3:52!
The Ascension pose after their win, before Konnor grabs a microphone. He says that they watched Sami Zayn’s futile effort in the tag team division last week. Viktor takes the microphone and says that Sami proved that he is no threat to their titles. “I hear you’re going to find another partner next week. Just give up Sami. Even if you manage to find someone that works with you, we will destroy you.” Konnor ends the promo with “WE ARE THE ASCENSION and if you face us, it will be total anni-YAH-lation.”
An advertisement airs to promote Battleground. This Sunday on Pay-Per-View and on the WWE Network, CM Punk gets his first shot at the WWE Title in over a year when he meets Daniel Bryan!
A short video package is shown, first showing the formation of the BFFs. We then see Charlotte turn her back on Bayley before joining the BFFs. Charlotte winning the NXT Women’s Title at TakeOver is the next highlight before Summer Rae returned and things took a turn for the worse. After Charlotte defeated Bayley and hugged her, Summer and Sasha felt that she got soft. The BFFS seem to no longer be on the same page and have imploded from within.
BAYLEY VS. SUMMER RAE; As noted in the video package, ever since Bayley and Charlotte embraced after their match a few weeks back, Summer Rae has pointed to that as her reasoning for thinking Charlotte had gone soft. Innocent Bayley offers a handshake, but it’s met with a slap from the BFF originator. Summer continues to play the aggressor throughout this match, though Bayley is able to rally with some dropkicks and elbows in the corner. Bayley tries to come off the second rope with an elbow but Summer dodges it. Once Bayley gets to her feet, Summer hits the summer crush and wins. Summer Rae defeats Bayley in 4:17!
The fans in Full Sail boo loudly as Summer Rae stands up and demands the referee raise her arm more than once. She wipes her boots on the mat, right in the face of the fallen Bayley. Summer shouts something about “doing it on her own”, which is basically what Sasha Banks said last week after her win.
An advertisement airs for the WWE Shop. Various Superstars, Divas and fans are shown wearing official WWE merchandise, set to the tune of “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons.
Backstage, Devin Taylor is standing by with Evan Bourne, who made his return last week. She asks him about his feelings being back in the ring. Evan says that it was liberating to get back in the ring. “After all of the injuries that I suffered, I would sit at home and honestly wonder if I’d ever make it back. But as you saw last week, I did just that. I feel reborn and it’s a beautiful feeling.” As he says that, we hear an off camera voice say “did someone say beautiful thing?” Tyler Breeze enters the picture, looking at himself in his phone. “You must be talking about me.” When Bourne says that he wasn’t, Tyler looks up at him, seemingly just noticing him. He gives a disgusted look, saying something about NXT letting just anybody in these days. “How old even are you?” asks Tyler. Before Evan responds, Tyler says he doesn’t care and walks off, leaving both Evan and Devin confused.
CJ PARKER VS. KALISTO; One of the top stars in NXT since his debut has been Kalisto. The fans look forward to each of his matches due to his high flying style. CJ Parker knows this and wisely does his best to ground Kalisto from the start. He wears him down, focusing on the back of the masked Superstar. Kalisto is able to wriggle free of his grasp and nail a pretty springboard corkscrew attack for a near fall. Kalisto sets himself behind Parker for his finisher, but CJ counters with a snapmare and loud kick to the back. He goes for a palm strike but Kalisto ducks it and goes to school boy him, but rolls through with a kick to the head. He finishes CJ off with the Salida Del Sol. Kalisto defeats CJ Parker in 6:01!
A huge cheer erupts from the stands as Kalisto picks up a win. Tom Phillips mentions that after a few recent losses, Kalisto needed this to get back on track. He throws his hands in the air as the crowd chants “LU-CHA” along with them.
We go backstage where Devin Taylor is with Sami Zayn. She asks for his thoughts on what the Ascension said earlier tonight. He admits that they were right about one thing. “I failed last week. And let me get one thing clear, I am not blaming Oliver Grey. He gave it his all just like I did, but it didn’t work. That’s fine, I’m looking for a new partner for next week. What the Ascension did get wrong however, is saying that they’ll destroy me. I’ve proven time and time again that no matter how many times I’ve been knocked down, I get back up.” Sami says that he will not rest until he wins some gold in NXT.
An ad airs to promote Saturday Night’s Main Event being available on the WWE Network. You can catch every episode of the legendary show from the 1980’s anytime you want on demand!
Once again, Devin Taylor is standing by, this time with Tyson Kidd and Natalya. She asks them about their tough losses at “Live in Osaka” this past Saturday. Natalya speaks first, saying that her loss was tough but she respects Paige as a competitor and there’s no shame in losing to her. Tyson cuts in, telling her that’s a load of crap. “There’s no shame in losing? Of course there is Nattie. We lost. You aren’t Women’s Champion and I’m not the NXT Champion. Where does that leave us? Reality TV stars? I know I’m the star of Total Divas, but that’s not enough for me. I need to win. I’m the last graduate of the Hart Dungeon and shouldn’t be losing these matches. Neither should you and it definitely shouldn’t be okay with you.” Tyson storms off, leaving Natalya at a loss for words.
MASON RYAN VS. ELIAS SAMPSON; Much like his return to the ring a few weeks ago, Mason Ryan looks to make quick work of his opponent. Elias Sampson makes the mistake of slapping Ryan at the bell, leading to him just getting his head taken off with a clothesline. He picks up Sampson before dropping him with a cobra clutch slam for the 1-2-3. Mason Ryan defeats Elias Sampson in 0:27!
Mason Ryan raises to cheers from the fans as he once again dominates tonight. “This seems to be a much more focused Mason Ryan than we saw in the WWE years ago. There’s something different about him this time around” says William Regal.
A vignette airs for the Vaudevillains. It’s in the form of an old school black and white silent film. The words they say appear on screen throughout. The video involves Aiden English and Simon Gotch doing various feats of strength, including Gotch fighting a grizzly bear and English lifting a “one ton” weight. The end of the video tells us that the training is in preparation to one day wear the NXT Tag Team Championships.
Now, some quick highlights are shown from “Live in Osaka”. The focus is on Sami Zayn’s great match against the legendary Chris Jericho, as well as Adrian Neville retaining the NXT Championship over Tyson Kidd. We are reminded that those matches can be seen anytime on demand on the WWE Network. Cutting back to the arena, Adrian Neville’s music hits as the NXT Champion comes out to join commentary for the main event.
COREY GRAVES VS. JUSTIN GABRIEL; A veteran on the main roster by now, Justin Gabriel continues to try and right the ship of his career here in NXT. Corey Graves meanwhile, has been on a pretty aggressive vicious streak as of late. He immediately targets the leg of WWE’s resident daredevil. William Regal points out how wise that strategy considering Gabriel’s penchant for flying around the ring and Graves’ Lucky 13 submission. Gabriel is able to make a bit of a comeback, but he can’t complete a springboard move, due to the leg work. Graves sees him writhing on the mat in pain, holding his leg. Like a shark smelling blood, he moves over and locks in the Lucky 13. Gabriel tries to fight, but succumbs to the pain. Corey Graves defeats Justin Gabriel in 11:20!
As the crowd boos, Corey Graves stands and stares a hole through Adrian Neville at the commentary booth. He gets on the second rope, looking in his direction and shows off his “STAY DOWN” tattoos. It looks like Graves still has his sights set on the NXT Championship and Adrian Neville looks ready for the challenge.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 19, 2016 6:43:19 GMT -5
Friday Night Smackdown: July 18th, 2014 – Crown County Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Tonight, things go straight into the weekly Smackdown video package after the WWE Signature. Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield welcome the viewers at home to another exciting episode of one of the longest running shows in television history. They promise a huge show, kicked off by one of the longest running talk shows in WWE history.
The ring is set up for the Highlight Reel and pyro explodes on the stage, bringing Chris Jericho to the stage. The fans stay on their feet as he steps out onto the stage. Michael Cole informs us that the Highlight Reel hasn’t been held in over a year. He gets in the ring and welcomes the fans to “SMACKDOWN IS JERICHO!” Jericho apologizes to viewers for having to endure MizTV last week. “The Miz put his best foot forward with his show last week but it just didn’t work and you want to know why? It’s because the guy is not what he says he is. He’s not some multi-media Superstar like he claims to be. He has proven time and time again to just be a charisma vacuum.” The fans laugh at this dig, before Jericho brings out his guest for the show, his tag team partner from this past Monday, Paige. The WWE Women’s Champion comes out to a major pop from the WWE Universe as she enters the ring and hugs Jericho before taking a seat. Chris thanks her for being on the show, saying she oozes much more charisma than the Miz or Summer Rae. He asks her questions about being the Women’s Champion over the Divas Champion. Paige responds by saying that she meant no disrespect to the Divas Title as winning it was an accomplishment, but she wanted to do things a little differently because that’s who she is. Jericho respects that but before they can continue the conversation, “AWESOMEEEE” is heard. The fans boo as the Miz and Summer Rae step through the curtain and onto the stage. Miz sarcastically applauds the Highlight Reel before going into his trademark “really?” “Really? You honestly believe that the Highlight Reel is better than MizTV? You say that I have no charisma. Are you kidding me? Chris, you were a big star once but now you’re just a has been. If you recall, I was the most must see WWE Champion in history.” Jericho chimes in saying that it sounds like Miz is the has been. Miz takes offense to that before bringing up the fact that he and Summer beat Paige and Jericho on Monday. Paige dares Summer to try it again tonight, challenging them to a mixed tag rematch. The crowd pops but Miz and Summer decline. She takes the microphone, saying that she has the upper hand after pinning Paige on Raw. “I’m not getting back into the ring with you until I have to and when I do, I will dethrone you at Battleground and bring back the Divas Championship. I get that you’re sad about not being worthy of being a true Diva, but your little Cinderella story ends Sunday.” Jericho cuts in, saying that Miz and Summer are obviously scared of facing them again, but he promises that this Sunday, after he and Paige beat them, they will never EEEEEVER be the same again! He throws the microphone down as his music hits, leaving Miz and Summer looking on with cocky, but slightly worried expressions.
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. CESARO; After striking a deal with Triple H on Raw, Alberto Del Rio tried to injure Cody Rhodes just six days before he faces Bad News Barrett. It seems as if the Authority has set their sights on Sheamus’ opponent for Battleground, Cesaro. Sheamus is on commentary for this match, denying any part in a plan against Cesaro. The Swiss Superman is wise to avoid getting put into the Cross Armbreaker, fearing that maybe Del Rio will once again refuse to let it go. He gets close on one occasion, but Cesaro locks his hands together, blocking the move from being completed. At this point, Sheamus gets up from commentary and runs into the ring, clubbing Cesaro to cause the DQ. Cesaro defeats Alberto Del Rio via disqualification in 12:28!
Alberto Del Rio breaks his attempt at the hold as Sheamus stomps away on Cesaro. Sheamus points at Cesaro and wants Del Rio to put the submission on. He looks at him and can be heard saying that his part of the deal was to rough Cesaro up during the match. Sheamus tries to order him to do it and Del Rio says he doesn’t take orders from Sheamus. Officials run down at this point and get in between them and Cesaro, preventing any real damage from occurring.
R-TRUTH W/ XAVIER WOODS VS. DAMIEN SANDOW W/ TITUS O’NEIL; The rivalry between these units has been mostly focused on Main Event, but it moves to Smackdown tonight in a big way. Damien Sandow and Titus O’Neil, known as the Age of Enlightenment, have been trying to recruit Xavier Woods and his PHD. Woods’ friend R-Truth has been on the receiving end of more than few of their attacks. Here, he tries using his quickness against Sandow, and has the upper hand for a while. Titus distracts the ref as he nears the win, only for Woods to sneak in and lay him out with the Honor Roll! Sandow follows with the Elbow of Disdain before pinning Truth to win. Damien Sandow defeats R-Truth in 3:38!
“What the hell did Xavier Woods do that for?” asks Michael Cole. Xavier Woods looks at Damien Sandow before walking over and raising his arm in victory. Titus O’Neil joins them in the ring, celebrating a win over the fallen R-Truth. It looks like the Age of Enlightenment has just gotten stronger and wiser.
A vignette is shown to chronicle the career of Adrian Neville. It shows some of his career on the independent scene under the name PAC. We see his debut on NXT as well as the two NXT Tag Team Title victories that he’s had. His NXT Title win at ArRival is highlighted before he talks about how proud he is to be a major part of the revolution that is NXT. He lastly focuses on Alexander Rusev and says that he knew he could not only survive the Open Invitational, but that he could be the guy to beat him, which he plans on doing this Sunday. After the video, a graphic appears to tell us that Neville has his first official match later tonight!
BO DALLAS VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER; Yesterday, it was announced that Dolph Ziggler will finally get his hands on the Director of Operations, Kane on the Battleground Kickoff show. Tonight, he faces Bo Dallas, who has only suffered one loss since coming to the main roster, but was knocked out by the Big Show this past Monday on Raw. After a few minutes of back and forth action, Bo tries for the Bo and Arrow submission, but Dolph slips free and rolls him up for two. They get up at the same time and Dolph strikes with a vicious superkick. That, coupled with a Zig Zag is enough to score the pinfall. Dolph Ziggler defeats Bo Dallas in 5:59!
Dolph Ziggler exits the ring to a huge cheer from the WWE Universe in Fayetteville. While heading up the ramp, he is heard screaming that he’s coming for Kane and then he’s coming for gold.
Returning from a commercial break, “Smoke and Mirrors” plays as Cody Rhodes walks out with his arm in a sling after what Alberto Del Rio and Bad News Barrett did to him this past Monday. He enters the ring and the fans’ positive response dies down, allowing him to speak. He starts by saying that when he decided to take a journey as a solo guy again, it wasn’t to split the Brotherhood or anything like that. “My original intentions were just to right the ship of losing matches. I only wanted to win a few and then go back to teaming with my brother. Instead, the opportunity at a United States Title shot came about and I won it. Now, I have my shot this Sunday but my arm is banged up and Goldust is out of action. Maybe we should have just stuck to tagging.” The fans boo this, but Cody continues saying he thought about that, but realized this is the right course of action. “My arm may be in a sling right now, but by this Sunday, it will be off and I will win that United States Championship. I’ll do it for my brother, I’ll do it for my family name and I’ll do it for me.” After the crowd pops for that, Cody goes on to say that Bad News Barrett has been red hot so far this year, but nothing will get in the way of him capturing the US Title that his father and brother won. The passion in Cody’s eyes as he says these things brings the fans to their feet. Suddenly, the music of Goldust hits as he comes down to the ring with his arm in a sling. He gets inside and is handed a microphone. He says that he isn’t out here to steal any thunder from his brother, but he’s out here to give him support. “I admit that I wasn’t big on the idea of us going solo for a while at first, but you’ve been making me so proud in recent weeks. I’m out here tonight to let you know that this Sunday at Battleground, while I may not be medically cleared to compete, I will be in your corner and by your side!” The crowd pops for this as Cody is surprised and hugs his brother. Goldust raises Cody’s hand in the air, giving Cody a big boost that he needed heading into Battleground.
ADRIAN NEVILLE VS. FANDANGO W/ LAYLA; On Raw two weeks ago, Adrian Neville wowed the audience with his incredible aerial ability. Tonight, the “man that gravity forgot” lives up to the nickname, taking to the skies quickly to overwhelm WWE’s resident dancer. He is forced to regroup on the outside with Layla, but Neville greets him with a major corkscrew dive onto him. Back inside, he continues to show off, as this match seems to be here to give him a stage to strut his stuff. Fandango does get a few near falls on some of his offense, but Neville gets a really close one on a reverse hurricanrana. He climbs up and nails the Red Arrow, getting the 1-2-3. Adrian Neville defeats Fandango in 4:48!
The excited crowd in Fayetteville applaud the victory for the NXT Champion, as he picks up even more steam going into arguably the biggest match of his career this Sunday. He runs up to the second turnbuckle and poses for the WWE Universe. “Judging by his recent performances, Adrian Neville looks like a serious threat to become the first person to defeat the Bulgarian Brute” says JBL.
Going backstage, Renee Young is standing by with Randy Orton. She asks him for his thoughts on facing one of his six opponents for Battleground tonight. He responds by first saying that there is no way he and Batista don’t walk out of Battleground as the new Tag Team Champions. “Between the two of us there are 18 World Titles. The rest of those guys in the match have combined for zero. We are the elite Superstars in the WWE and we’ll prove it once again Battleground, just like I’ll prove it to Seth Rollins tonight.”
A promo airs to promote Total Divas, as season one is available on demand on the WWE Network!
NIKKI BELLA W/ BRIE BELLA VS. TAMINA SNUKA; Nikki Bella has been leading her sister down a path of being a mean girl, and Brie showed a mean streak in a win on Monday. She watches as her sister goes up against arguably the strongest Diva in the division. Tamina tosses her around shortly after the bell, but the cunning Nikki is able to rake the eyes and swing the momentum. In a rather impressive show of strength, she hoists Tamina onto her shoulders before dropping with the aptly named Rack Attack to pick up the win in short order. Nikki Bella defeats Tamina Snuka in 2:12!
Brie Bella enters the ring, looking impressed and raises her sister’s arm in the air. Nikki Bella has a serious look on her face as she stares down at Tamina. One has to admit that while Nikki and Brie have both fallen short against Paige in the past, but this newfound aggression of theirs has to make them serious contenders in the future.
A video package now airs that showcases the history between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, set to the song “Revolution” by the Used. We see footage of both guys during their time on the independent wrestling scene, where both guys made a big name for themselves. As they are shown moving through the ranks and making their debuts in the WWE, both guys do voiceovers, talking about how they feel like they were part of a revolution of sorts. Guys like them were often overlooked, but both men have found tremendous success on the big stage of the WWE. The video ends when Punk reminds everybody of the last two times he faced Bryan on PPV, with us seeing clips of Punk defeating him at Over the Limit and Money in the Bank 2012. Bryan’s voiceover from Raw where he says he won’t let that happen again is heard.
Before going to commercial, we see an old school handheld camera promo from the Shield. Dean Ambrose says that they heard Randy Orton earlier and they get the gist. “Yea, Seth and I haven’t won any World Titles yet but you fail to see what means the most at Battleground Randall. For a year and a half, when it comes to team situation, there is nobody better than the Shield.” Seth takes over saying that tonight, Seth proves that that the Shield can dominate as individuals just like the way they dominate as a unit. “Tonight, I beat you Randy and this Sunday, Dean and I walk out as the new Tag Team Champions.” The camera moves over to Roman Reigns, who keeps it short, “The Authority. The Wyatt Family. It doesn’t matter. Tonight and at Battleground, you will believe in the Shield.”
RANDY ORTON W/ BATISTA VS. SETH ROLLINS W/ DEAN AMBROSE AND ROMAN REIGNS; During the huge Evolution/Shield rivalry, these two faced off in different kinds of matches a few times, meaning they know a fair amount about each other. That allows both guys to counter the other’s moves at a rapid pace. Seth Rollins scores with some near falls on a springboard knee and a buckle bomb, while Orton gets some on his trademark backbreaker and powerslam. He goes for the rope hung DDT, but Seth slips free and rolls him up for two. Orton gets up and tries for the RKO but Seth shoves him off and into the corner. Orton stumbles out into a big kick from Seth, who follows it with the Curb Stomp! That flurry of offense is enough to earn him the win over the multi-time World Champion. Seth Rollins defeats Randy Orton in 12:41!
Quickly, Seth Rollins rolls out of the ring, weary of a potential attack from Batista but that never comes. Batista looks on, frustrated as the Shield post together on the outside. The Tag Team Titles are on the line this Sunday, with these two teams looking like favorites.
Mountain Dew Kickstart presents the Battleground Kickoff show! After a shot of fans filing into the arena in Tampa before going to our Kickoff show panel. Tonight’s panel includes the lovely Renee Young, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, the “Analyst” Alex Riley and “Captain Charisma” Christian. They run through some of tonight’s card, with the main focus being on the WWE Championship match. Booker and Riley pick CM Punk to become the new champion, while Christian predicts that Daniel Bryan will retain the gold. After some video packages air to promote some of these matches, we go backstage to Tom Phillips in the Social Media Lounge. His guest is the WWE Women’s Champion herself, Paige, who answers some questions from fans that were sent in via Twitter. She is asked about her dream opponent, which she answers with Trish Stratus and is asked how she plans on winning tonight, to which she says she wants to make Summer Rae tap out to the PTO. Following that, we are sent to a video clip of Kane costing Dolph Ziggler the United States Championship on Main Event last month, leading to our Kickoff match tonight.
DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. KANE; The crowd is buzzing for the arrival of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy winner. Dolph Ziggler kisses it before entering the ring and awaiting the arrival of the Director of Operations. With both guys in opposite corners as the bell rings, Ziggler charges and nails a big Stinger splash like attack. “King, Dolph Ziggler isn’t wasting any time here tonight” shouts Michael Cole. He fires away with a flurry of right hands before Kane shoves him off and knocks him down with a clothesline. The “Big Corporate” Machine begins to try and wear down the “Showoff” with a side slam, snake eyes and just picks him apart with power based offense. He calls for the Chokeslam, drawing boos from the fans, but Ziggler counters in midair into a huge DDT. “What a counter” exclaims Jerry Lawler. Ziggler bangs on the mat, bringing the fans to clap, rallying him. He gets to his feet at the same time as Kane, striking with a loud superkick. Kane stumbles but doesn’t fall, so Ziggler connects on a second that turns Kane around. Ziggler leaps high and plants him with the Zig Zag for the win. Dolph Ziggler defeats Kane in 5:40!
The “Showoff” leaps to his feet and beats his chest as the fans roar in approval. He can be heard shouting “DAMN I’M GOOD” as he finally is able to gain some revenge on the Director of Operations for causing him to lose his United States Title. Dolph Ziggler picks up his Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy and heads up the aisle with it, giving himself and these fans something to cheer about to kick off tonight’s event.
The official Pay-Per-View broadcast opens with a video package, chronicling the careers of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. It’s set to the song "Revolution" by The Used We see footage of both guys during their time on the independent wrestling scene, where both guys made a big name for themselves. As they are shown moving through the ranks and making their debuts in the WWE, both guys do voiceovers, talking about how they feel like they were part of a revolution of sorts. Guys like them were often overlooked, but both men have found tremendous success on the big stage of the WWE. The video ends when Punk reminds everybody of the last two times he faced Bryan on PPV, with us seeing clips of Punk defeating him at Over the Limit and Money in the Bank 2012. Bryan’s voiceover from Raw where he says he won’t let that happen again is heard. Michael Cole, Jerry “The King Lawler” and John “Bradshaw” Layfield introduce the show as the camera pans over the jam packed Tampa Bay Times Forum! The crowd is rowdy as we go to the ring for our opening contest.
WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP – SHEAMUS (C) VS. CESARO; For the second straight Pay-Per-View, an Intercontinental Championship match opens the broadcast. Just like last time, this features two of the tougher, harder hitting Superstars on the roster. Right at the bell, the two meet in the center of the ring and instantly begin to trade blows. Cesaro strikes with some vicious European uppercuts, while Sheamus retaliates with brutal hammer like shots to the chest. Both men are beat red within minutes of this affair. “One of these guys might get knocked out before there’s even a pin” says John “Bradshaw” Layfield. Sheamus gains the upper hand with the Irish Curse backbreaker. He delivers some high knee lifts and a fallaway slam for a near fall. Sheamus sets for the Beats of the Bodhran, but Cesaro catches one of the shots and holds it in place. He turns himself around, punching Sheamus and switches places with him. With Sheamus on the apron, Cesaro gets to the second rope and dead lifts suplexes him back into the ring. “He really is like Superman” says Michael Cole. That is only enough to earn him a two count, so Cesaro goes right into a dead lift gutwrench suplex from the kick out. He sets for the swing, bringing the WWE Universe to their feet. Sheamus counters by kicking Cesaro away into the corner. He charges in, but Cesaro moves and climbs up, going for ten corner punches. Before he connects on the tenth, Sheamus walks out with him and plants him with a huge powerbomb for a near fall. Sheamus gets to his feet first, beating his chest while shouting “BROGUE!” He tries it but Cesaro ducks and nails a popup uppercut for two. Cesaro is in disbelief that he was unable to win. With Sheamus on his knees, Cesaro straight up slaps him, before reeling off about ten more in a row. He goes for a kick but Sheamus dodges and quickly strikes with the Brogue Kick. Sheamus covers to secure the win. Sheamus defeats Cesaro to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship in 14:18!
The Tampa Bay Times Forum boos loudly as Sheamus has once again found a way to win and remain the Intercontinental Champion. He is handed the title, which he raises high in the air and stands on the middle turnbuckle. You don’t have to like the “Celtic Warrior”, but credit has to be given to him for withstanding the superb effort by Cesaro and prevailing. Who, if anyone, can take the Intercontinental Championship from him?
Following the opening contest, we go backstage to Tom Phillips, who introduces his guest, Cody Rhodes. The number one contender for the WWE United States Championship comes into the screen, flanked by his brother Goldust. Tom questions him about his feelings going into the match tonight. Cody says that it’s something he’s been waiting a long time for. “I’ve been a Tag Team Champion and I’ve been Intercontinental Champion but the United States Championship is something I want even more. I’m the only member of my family to not hold it and nothing Bad News Barrett plans on doing is going to stop that from happening.”
CHRIS JERICHO VS. THE MIZ W/ SUMMER RAE; Before the bell rings, the Miz attacks, kicking Chris Jericho in the back of the leg. He pounds away on it, continuing a relentless assault on Jericho’s leg. “I think the Miz wants to make Jericho, a submission expert, tap out to his figure four” says Jerry Lawler. Summer Rae cheers him on outside, before Jericho is able to fire back with some chops. He lights up Miz’s chest with them, before whipping him into the opposite corner. Miz flips over and onto the apron like he’s Ric Flair or something, so Jericho connects on his trademark springboard dropkick. Due to the work on his leg though, he’s unable to capitalize, and Miz is actually first to get up. Seeing that he has this in hand, he goes back to stomping on the leg and wearing it down with some lesser submissions. He locks in the Figure Four, leading some fans to chant “please don’t tap”. Jericho is unable to reach the ropes, but turns the move over, putting the pressure on Miz. He makes it to the ropes and looks pissed. He gets behind Jericho and tries for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Jericho rolls through into a pin attempt for two. Once Miz kicks out though, Jericho instantly goes into a Walls of Jericho attempt. The crowd comes to their feet but Summer gets on the apron. Jericho gets it on but when he notices Summer distracting the ref, he lets go and plants a huge kiss on her. Miz sneaks up with a rollup but Jericho kicks out. When they get up, he hits the Codebreaker for the 1-2-3. Chris Jericho defeats the Miz in 8:01!
Chris Jericho gets to his feet along with the WWE Universe. He limps to the corner and poses for the fans in celebration. Summer Rae is wiping her mouth outside, looking on at Jericho with fury in her eyes. Once he exits the ring, she enters to check on Miz, who is pretty dazed.
Backstage, we see CM Punk preparing for tonight’s main event match. He seems to be studying film of what looks like his match against Daniel Bryan from Over the Limit 2012. The cameras cut to see Daniel Bryan also warming up, with some shadow boxing. They clash tonight with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line tonight!
WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP – BAD NEWS BARRETT (C) VS. CODY RHODES W/ GOLDUST; Since going solo, Cody Rhodes has been red hot. Here, he quickly gets in the driver’s seat, winning out as he and Bad News Barrett take to the mat. Barrett is not pleased with this and takes a breather on the outside, gathering his thoughts. Cody goes by the ropes to try and grab him, but Barrett suckers him in and sweeps him up before pulling him outside. “This is not where Cody Rhodes wants to be, Barrett has the upper hand if this gets extra physical” explains JBL. Barrett drops him throat first onto the guardrail and whips him into it. Goldust comes over to check on his brother but Barrett warns him to stay back. Once inside, Barrett wears Cody down, focusing on his head. After a bit of that, he sends Cody into the corner, but he just runs up the turnbuckles and hits a beautiful moonsault for a close near fall. Cody notices an opening, continuing to go for high risk moves. He attempts the Disaster Kick but Barrett dodges. Cody runs off the ropes only to get caught in the Winds of Change. He is able to get his shoulder up just in the nick of time. “Barrett is looking for the Bull Hammer” shouts Cole. He switches his elbow pad around and swings but Cody ducks and the referee is nailed. Cody hits Cross Rhodes and covers, but there is no referee. When he notices this, he goes over to try and wake him up. Goldust enters the ring, removing his arm from the sling to the surprise of everyone. He grabs his brother, turns him around and kicks him in the groin. The crowd and announcers are stunned at this turn of events. Cody falls to his knees in physical and emotional pain, looking up at Goldust. Barrett gets up, seeing this and jumps in to take out Cody with the Bull Hammer! A new official runs out and makes the count for the win. Bad News Barrett defeats Cody Rhodes to retain the WWE United States Championship in 10:19!
The crowd is rather stunned as Bad News Barrett rolls outside, taking his United States Title and Money in the Bank briefcase. He heads up the ramp with both items in the air, while Goldust continues to stand over his brother’s fallen body. “Why has Goldust turned his back on his brother?” asks Michael Cole. The fans boo as Goldust continues to look down on his brother, with no facial expression change.
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP – THE USOS (C) VS. BATISTA AND RANDY ORTON VS. DEAN AMBROSE AND SETH ROLLINS VS. ERICK ROWAN AND LUKE HARPER; In this bout, two Superstars are allowed in the ring, while the rest wait to be tagged on the apron. Starting off is Seth Rollins and Randy Orton, who met on Smackdown this past Friday. They go through an exchange of holds for a bit, before tags come in and out to some of the other Superstars. Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Batista use their power, while Rollins and the Usos show of their high flying capabilities and Orton and Dean Ambrose use their cunning styles. None of the four teams is able to gain a clear advantage through the first few minutes of this match. “King, this is anybody’s ballgame so far” says Michael Cole. Things pick up big time when a brawl ensues outside between the Shield members and Batista and Orton. Harper and Jimmy stop their fight inside and both turn to that brawl. Jimmy leaps over onto two of them as Harper uses a suicide dive to take out the other two. Inside, Rowan plants Jey with a big boot and covers but the pin is broken up. Harper comes in to help, leading him and Rowan to hit Jimmy with a variation of the 3D! Batista and Orton now come in and knock Harper and Rowan out of the ring. They turn their attention to the fallen Usos, but the Shield rush in and go back to war with them. The fight spills back to the outside where Batista clears off the announce table. “This is how they injured Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam!” shouts Lawler. They set up Ambrose for the Batista Bomb/RKO combo but Seth leaps from the apron and wipes out Batista before he can deliver the move. Both guys fall into the audience, bringing the fans to their feet. Orton is stunned at this, giving Ambrose time to hop over to his table and put him through it with Dirty Deeds! “Holy sh*t” chants break out throughout the arena. Meanwhile, inside the ring, Jimmy Uso nails Harper with a superkick, but the big man shrugs it off and lays him out with a discus lariat. He covers but Jey sneaks in to break it up. Rowan grabs him, holding him in place for another lariat but Jey ducks and Rowan gets hit with it. Jey and Jimmy deliver a double superkick to Harper, laying him out. Jimmy climbs up and hits a big splash, as Jey blocks Seth and Batista from coming in to break things up. Jimmy gets the three to finish this. The Usos defeat Batista and Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins and Erick Rowan and Luke Harper to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship in 19:50!
Cheers come down from the sold out crowd as the Usos are handed their Tag Team Titles and celebrate with them. Batista and Seth Rollins both look disappointed and frustrated outside, while Erick Rowan, Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose are all pretty much out cold. The storybook Tag Team Championship reign of the Usos continues as they overcome their toughest challenge to date!
The cameras cut backstage where Tom Phillips is now standing by with Roman Reigns. He asks him for his thoughts heading into his big match against Bray Wyatt knowing that his Shield brethren were unable to leave with the Tag Team Titles tonight. Reigns says that even though his boys didn’t win tonight, they beat the hell out of each team in there and the Wyatt Family didn’t win either. “It’s not the best omen for me, but that puts Bray in the same boat. If you think I’m going to end up as a member of that twisted family, you’ve got another thing coming. I’m gonna punch him in the mouth and spear him to get us our rightful rematch. Believe that.”
WWE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – PAIGE (C) VS. SUMMER RAE; Back during their days in NXT, Summer Rae was actually the first girl to pin Paige. This past Monday, she became the first main roster Diva to pin Paige since she came to Raw. Knowing that she may have Paige’s number, Summer tries multiple pin attempts within the first minute, but is unable to score any three counts. “Summer Rae is doing everything she can to walk out with the Women’s Title” says JBL. Paige is a bit frustrated and she takes it out on Summer by hitting her with a string of knee strikes on the apron before letting out one of her trademark yells. Inside, she crawls on Summer, pounding away with some vicious headbutts for two. Paige goes for the PTO, bringing the crowd to their feet, but Summer is able to kick her off into the corner. She chokes the champion in the corner with her foot. “The challenger is putting those long legs to good use” says Lawler. She sends Paige off the ropes and hits a spinning heel kick for a near fall. In a surprising showing, Summer applies an Indian deathlock. Commentary is stunned at this, though Paige is able to slide over and grab hold of the bottom rope. Summer lets out a loud scream of frustration at her inability to put away the “Anti-Diva.” Summer sets for the Summer Crush, but Paige slips out and connects on a side kick to the midsection. Paige nails a fisherman suplex for two, but holds on and gets back to her feet, still holding Summer. That show of strength leads to her planting the challenger with the Ram-Paige. She then goes to the legs and locks in the PTO, leaving Summer no choice but to submit. Paige defeats Summer Rae to retain the WWE Women’s Championship in 7:11!
The fans in Tampa rise to their feet as Paige successfully defends her new title for the seventh time in just two months as champion. The fighting “Anti-Diva” continues to piss off Stephanie McMahon as nobody has been able to dethrone her as Women’s Champion. Meanwhile, Summer Rae and Miz, despite having a hot new movie on the way, have a very bad night here at Battleground.
A video package airs, dating back to Elimination Chamber earlier this year. The Shield and the Wyatt Family were, and still are, the two biggest forces in the WWE. They collided in what many called the match of the year. The Wyatt Family came out on top and they did so again on Raw a few weeks later. Since then, the Shield went on to defeat Evolution. They weren’t satisfied though, wanting to avenge their losses to the Wyatt Family, citing that they can’t be considered the greatest faction of all time if they can’t beat the Wyatt Family. The patriarch of the family, Bray Wyatt, declined the challenge, saying they had nothing left to prove. He agreed to face Roman Reigns tonight. If Reigns wins, the Shield get their rematch, but if Bray wins, Reigns has to join the Wyatt Family. The stakes could not be higher.
BRAY WYATT VS. ROMAN REIGNS; Due to the Tag Team Title war from earlier tonight, both men are out without their fellow stablemates. The two men come nose to nose in the middle of the ring, with the tension in the arena building. It’s clear that a lot of the fans are nervous at the thought of Roman Reigns joining the Wyatt Family. Bray Wyatt takes the first shot, leading to them trading shots. Reigns backs Wyatt into the corner, hammering away with more right hands. “Roman Reigns looks like a man possessed tonight” says Michael Cole. Reigns sends Wyatt off the ropes, but he comes back with a stiff clothesline. Wyatt takes Reigns outside, sending him into the guardrail. He charges at him, but Reigns powers out with a clothesline of his own. He rolls Wyatt inside and connects on a Samoan drop for two. Despite being early, Reigns punches the mat, setting up for the Superman Punch. He charges but Bray wipes him out with a big running body attack. Bray follows with a big time senton for two. Bray begins to dissect Reigns with a slew of moves to wear him down. He sends the tired Reigns into the corner and hits a big splash, before pulling him out and dancing with his lifeless body. “Bray Wyatt has a sick and twisted mind” says Jerry Lawler. Reigns seems to come to life though with some big punches, before stepping back and nailing the Superman Punch. Wyatt falls onto the ropes, so Reigns rolls outside and connects with the Drive-By! He begins to gear up for the Spear, but Wyatt signature hits. When the lights come on, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are in the ring. They can’t do any damage though as Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins quickly run out and go after them, sending all four men outside! Reigns turns his attention back to Bray, but he avoids the Spear and Reigns hits the post. As he stumbles out, Bray gets him into position for Sister Abigail. He plants a kiss on Roman’s forehead, but can’t execute as Roman uses his power to pull Bray’s hand away. He strikes with some headbutts to break the hold. With Wyatt staggering, Reigns steps back for the Spear. Harper is able to slip away from the brawl and tries to trip up Roman. Ambrose takes him down, though the distraction did its damage. Reigns runs in for the Spear, but Wyatt catches him with a snap Sister Abigail! He covers and picks up the win. Bray Wyatt defeats Roman Reigns in 15:01!
A hushed silence falls over the arena as commentators and fans are in shock. The big brawl on the outside comes to a halt as Erick Rowan and Luke Harper are smiling on the other side of the ring from the stunned Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Bray Wyatt gets to his knees, laughing as he shouts “FOLLOW THE BUZZARDS”. The camera pans over multiple fans, especially women and children, who all look heartbroken as one of their favorites is now going to be forced to join the Wyatt Family. Bray rolls outside and leaves up the aisle with Harper and Rowan. Ambrose and Rollins get in the ring as Roman Reigns starts to stir. When he realizes what just happened, you can see his face just fall. He looks at Ambrose and Rollins, who are at a loss for words. “Tomorrow night, Roman Reigns must join the Wyatt Family” says Michael Cole. The Shield exit the ring, looking more down than they ever have in their history.
We are taken to a vignette that highlights some of the success that both Alexander Rusev and Adrian Neville have had in 2015. Rusev debuted on Raw and has since been undefeated, while Neville captured the NXT Championship on February 27th. Two weeks ago on Raw, Neville answered Rusev’s Open Invitational Challenge and survived the five minutes, earning $5,000 in the process and embarrassing the “Bulgarian Brute.”
ADRIAN NEVILLE VS. ALEXANDER RUSEV W/ LANA; It seems like Lana wanted to say something before the match starts, but Alexander Rusev stops her and points to Adrian Neville, showing that he wants to get this started. Without the worry of just trying to last a certain amount of time, Neville is aggressive from the bell. He fires away with kicks to the leg of his larger opponent, though once he gets grabbed, Rusev just launches him across the ring. “You’ve got to stick and move against Rusev” says JBL. Rusev charges into the corner, crushing Neville with all of his weight, but only gets two. He looks to Lana for more instructions, as she gives an early signal for him to crush. He stands over Neville for the Accolade, but the NXT Champion gets out from under him before it is applied and dropkicks him in the back, sending Rusev to the outside. “This is how Neville was able to survive the Open Invitational” says Cole. Since there is no clock to run out, Neville goes on the offensive, hitting a gorgeous dive to the outside, taking out Rusev. He gets back in, as the referee gets near a count out, but Rusev makes it back in time. Neville wastes no time going back on the attack, wowing the fans by dead lifting Rusev from the mat with a beautiful German suplex for a close near fall. Once Rusev gets up though, he is able to take down Neville with a superkick. That’s followed by him nailing a fallaway slam for two. Rusev looks for the Accolade again, this time actually starting to apply it, only for Neville to turn over and slide out from under, escaping again. Neville goes into a series of kicks, punctuated by a big tornado DDT. He climbs up top, looking for the Red Arrow, which brings the audience to their feet. Unfortunately, Rusev moves and Neville crashes to the mat. Rusev runs in with a big body block into the corner. Neville stumbles out and Rusev catches him with a swinging side slam that is enough to stay undefeated. Alexander Rusev defeats Adrian Neville in 8:47!
Alexander Rusev gets to his feet just as Lana enters the ring beside him. Commentary mentions that he is still unbeaten, though Adrian Neville’s ability to escape the Accolade forced him to reach into his bag of tricks to find another way to win. He celebrates the victory as the fans boo him and Lana mercilessly.
A video package set to the song "Revolution" by The Used. We see footage of both guys during their time on the independent wrestling scene, where both guys made a big name for themselves. As they are shown moving through the ranks and making their debuts in the WWE, both guys do voiceovers, talking about how they feel like they were part of a revolution of sorts. Guys like them were often overlooked, but both men have found tremendous success on the big stage of the WWE. The video ends when Punk reminds everybody of the last two times he faced Bryan on PPV, with us seeing clips of Punk defeating him at Over the Limit and Money in the Bank 2012. Bryan’s voiceover from Raw where he says he won’t let that happen again is heard.
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – DANIEL BRYAN (C) VS. CM PUNK; It could certainly be argued that these two men have led a revolution of change in the WWE. Daniel Bryan and CM Punk come to the center of the ring and shake hands in a show of honor. When the match begins, the two men lock up and work some wristlocks before moving to the mat. Neither guy is able to gain a clear advantage early, until Bryan is able to apply a surfboard. Bryan seems to have figured something out, as he outworks Punk a few more times on the mat, even slapping him on the back of the head a few times. Punk escapes a hold and slides outside for a breather. “CM Punk needs to get back on track if he’s going to have a chance tonight” says Cole. When he enters the ring again, Punk wants a test of strength. Like two old school warriors, they lock into it, with Punk able to overpower him and send him to the mat. However, Bryan again is able to counter and end up in control. Punk has to escape to the corner, with a flustered look on his face. They go back to lock up, but Punk just slaps Bryan, taking him off guard. Bryan responds with one of his own and they begin to just wail on each other with open hand strikes. Punk delivers a spin kick to the gut, followed by a whip into the corner and his knee strike/bulldog combination for two. “For the first time in this match, CM Punk has gained some traction” says Lawler. Punk continues to go to work on Bryan, having him where he wants him. He goes up for the elbow drop, but Bryan moves out of the way of it. When Punk gets up, Bryan runs in and surprisingly hits the Busaiku Knee! He makes the pin but Punk gets his foot on the bottom rope to stop the count. Bryan is in disbelief that he was unable to put away Punk with his best shot. He quickly realizes that he needs to go back on the offensive, and applies the Yes Lock! Punk is in excruciating pain, but refuses to submit. He manages to roll out and turn the move over into the Anaconda Vise! “That’s the hold Punk used to start his legendary 434 day WWE Title reign” exclaims JBL. Bryan stops this by making it to the ropes. Both men are tired, but get to their feet simultaneously, going back to trading stiff shots. Punk ducks a right hand, gets under Bryan and hoists him up for the GTS. He connects and the crowd jumps to their feet. Punk covers but Bryan somehow is able to kick out! Punk gets up and puts his hands on his head in frustration. He goes back to pick Bryan up, but is pulled into a small package. He kicks out at two and when both guys get up, they end up jockeying for position on a backslide attempt. They struggle, with neither guy gaining a big advantage until Bryan is able to pull Punk down. In stunning fashion, that is enough to keep Punk’s shoulders down for the count! Daniel Bryan defeats CM Punk to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 19:16!
It’s unclear which Superstar is more shocked, CM Punk or Daniel Bryan. The WWE Universe is surprised at the finish but cheer and applaud as the referee hands Bryan his titles. He seems to grasp that he did win and gets to his feet before “Yesing” with the crowd. Punk also gets to his feet, still in disbelief at wat just happened. Bryan’s theme music stops as the two men come face to face in the middle of the ring. “What is CM Punk going to do here?” asks Michael Cole. Punk looks disappointed, frustrated and pissed off, but he extends his hand to Bryan. The Champion accepts and they quickly embrace before Punk exits the ring to allow Bryan to continue his celebration.
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Monday Night Raw: July 21st, 2014 – American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida
After the WWE Signature flashes across the screen, we see the weekly opening Raw video set to “Tonight is the Night”. Michael Cole, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Jerry “the King” Lawler introduce tonight’s episode of Raw. They promise that we will see the fallout from last night’s Battleground Pay-Per-View, as well as begin the road to SummerSlam! They announce some major news, informing us that just like John Cena did last year, Daniel Bryan has been given the opportunity to hand pick his opponent for SummerSlam! Before they can go any further, the theme music of CM Punk hits.
The fans stay on their feet as CM Punk steps through the curtain. As he walks to the ring, commentary makes sure to remind us that he was just one backslide pin attempt away from walking out with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship last night at Battleground. The fans continue to cheer as Punk enters the ring. He starts by saying that he comes out here tonight in disappointed fashion. “Last night I came very close to regaining the WWE Championship but Daniel Bryan was just a little bit better. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t sour grapes and I’m not pissed at Daniel. Congratulations to him and I want him to know that when I earn another shot, I will walk out as champion.” That gets a bit of a mixed reaction from the crowd but Punk continues by saying that since his return, his mind has kind of been elsewhere. “Hell, my mind has actually been focused elsewhere since before I left back in January. I’ve had the Authority on my mind and more specifically, Triple H. Just like when his father-in-law was in charge or when old clown shoes John Laurinaitis was running things, I hate the way that Triple conducts business and I demand that he get his ass out here!” The crowd pops but we get no Triple H for a few seconds until his music finally hits. He comes to the ring and looks like he means business. Once he enters, he gets right in Punk’s face, telling him that he doesn’t demand anything. “You don’t run things around here, I do. It seems like you’ve got a problem with that, so you can walk your happy ass back out of that door. You left in January and I and these people didn’t miss you one bit.” The crowd boos that as they clearly missed Punk in his absence. Punk responds by saying it doesn’t sound that way. “Look, it’s the same situation as it was back at Money in the Bank a few years ago. You can’t change anything from your couch at home. I came back and said my goal was to get you out of power, just like I did to John Laurinaitis. However, I put the WWE Title in front of that goal and rightfully so, since it’s the most important thing in the world to me. With that behind me after last night, my focus is on you. I want a match with you at SummerSlam!” The crowd erupts as Triple H looks a bit stunned, but that slowly turns into a smirk. “What is it with the Daniel Bryan and CM Punk’s of the world trying to challenge me? Bryan did it at WrestleMania and got the luckiest win in WrestleMania history. You see, I have no reason to face you. You won’t be pulling an ‘Occupy Raw’ moment or anything like that. I’ve taken tons of precautionary measures to prevent that from ever happening. You have nothing to leverage against me so you can take your anger and use it in tonight’s main event, but I’m out of here.” Triple H leaves the ring to boos, while Punk stares off at him. Despite getting told no, CM Punk looks determined to face the COO of this company in a match.
BAD NEWS BARRETT AND SHEAMUS VS. CESARO AND DOLPH ZIGGLER; Less than 24 hours ago, both Sheamus and Mr. Money in the Bank, Bad News Barrett were able to retain their respective titles. Dolph Ziggler put Kane in his rearview mirror and is getting back to focusing on gold. Since joining the Authority, Sheamus and Barrett have teamed more than few times, developing some solid chemistry. They cut the ring in half on Ziggler, though he is able to eventually make the hot tag to the Swiss Superman. Cesaro looks for a bit of revenge after losing to Sheamus last night. He hits some of his big power offense before tagging Ziggler back in and going for the swing on Barrett. Sheamus Brogue Kicks him to stop that, but that frees up Ziggler to school boy him and pin the Intercontinental Champion! Cesaro and Dolph Ziggler defeat Bad News Barrett and Sheamus in 12:22!
Dolph Ziggler quickly escapes the ring as Sheamus is up and trying to grab him. Dolph pulls Cesaro out of the ring as he shakes out the cobwebs from the Brogue Kick. Sheamus is livid in the ring while Bad News Barrett is mostly occupied with securing his United States Title and Money in the Bank briefcase on the outside.
The Bella Twins are shown backstage preparing for a match tonight. Renee Young comes up to them, saying that they requested some interview time. Brie goes to speak first but Nikki pulls the microphone to herself. She says that now that Paige is done with Summer Rae, there are two girls looking for title shots now. “Brie and I are this Divas division. Check out E! every Sunday night and you’ll see us as the flag bearers for Total Divas. We are proud of being called Divas and we wear it proudly. It’s about time you learned that the Bellas run things around here.” She kicks Renee out before going back to lacing up her shoes.
Fans cheer loudly as a signature scream is heard, signaling the arrival of our WWE Women’s Champion, Paige! The popular lady makes her way to ringside, joining commentary for the upcoming match.
THE BELLA TWINS VS. THE FUNKADACTYLS; There has been a change of heart for most of the girls in this match. The Bella Twins have not been very shy about their more aggressive attitude, while Cameron has been very much self-obsessed as of late. On commentary, Paige discusses how she’s defended the title against everyone, including both Bella Twins. Those Bellas take advantage of the fact that Cameron is busy jawing with some fans on the apron and Nikki scores the pinfall on Naomi after the Rack Attack. The Bella Twins defeat The Funkadactyls in 4:05!
A mixed reaction comes in from the crowd as the Bella Twins are announced as the winners. Paige gets up from commentary and walks around the ring, with Nikki staring a hole through her the entire time. Surprisingly, Stephanie McMahon’s theme hits as the “Billion Dollar Princess” steps out onto the stage. She applauds the match before turning to the reason she came out. “Paige, I’ve made it very clear that I have not been pleased with your attitude or your need to go against the Divas name I’ve given you ladies. Now, I have a major announcement to make. Next week, right here on Raw, we will have a guest host. This host is arguably the greatest DIVA in WWE history. Ladies and gentlemen, your host next week will be none other than WWE Hall of Famer, Trish Stratus!” The crowd erupts for this as Paige and the Bellas both seem rather interested at this breaking news. An image appears on screen to tell everyone that Fozzy’s new single, “Lights Go Out”, hits iTunes tomorrow morning. Be sure to check it out!
CHRIS JERICHO VS. FANDANGO W/ LAYLA; A rematch of WrestleMania 29 here as Fandango scored a massive upset by beating Chris Jericho on that night. Jericho successfully defeated the brash “A-Lister”, Miz last night at Battleground. These two work rather well together considering their past and Fandango scores more near falls on rollups than he has in recent matches. Jericho though, has been on his game since returning a few weeks back. He is able to score with a spinning heel kick and Lionsault to win. Chris Jericho defeats Fandango in 4:30!
The fans cheer as Chris Jericho wins a back and forth contest. He raises his arms in victory as Layla looks on at the fallen Fandango in disappointment. One has to wonder what is next for Jericho now that he’s successfully moved past the Miz.
Returning from commercial, Fandango is still in the ring while Layla checks up on him. Suddenly, the crowd goes nuts as they hear “Sierra. Hotel. India. Echo. Lima. Delta. Shield” Dean Ambrose comes running down the stairway in the crowd and he hops the guardrail. Ambrose grabs a steel chair, bringing it in the ring with him and bashing Fandango in the back with it. “What the hell has gotten into Dean Ambrose?” shouts Michael Cole. Ambrose continues to wail on him until Seth Rollins charges out and holds him back. Fandango rolls out of the ring as Layla watches in horror. Seth backs Dean into the corner, trying to calm him down before he takes a microphone. Seth says that he’s been having some trouble controlling Dean, who is furious about the events that took place last night. “The Wyatt Family not only took away our shot at taking them out when we get the chance, but they took one of our brothers away from us!” Dean snatches the microphone, saying it wasn’t supposed to go down like this. “Roman was supposed to walk into Battleground, beat the hell out of Bray Wyatt and earn us another match against the Wyatt Family but instead, he now has to walk around as a member of their creepy little family and dammit, I don’t like it one bit!” Before Dean can continue, the Wyatt signature hits as Bray Wyatt appears on the Titantron. “Miami…we’re here.” Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Roman Reigns step out onto the stage. Reigns has his head down and is wearing a raggedy vest and jeans. Bray sits on his rocking chair and tells Dean Ambrose to listen to Seth Rollins and calm down. “You should have prepared yourself for this. Did you really believe this would end any other way? Dean, I am not your typical soul. I wanted Roman Reigns at my side and where is Roman Reigns? Right by my side. He is now an extension of me and there is nothing that is going to change that. Isn’t that right Roman?” Bray moves the microphone to Roman, who slowly looks up at his brothers. With pain in his eyes, he simply says “yes Bray” and puts his head back down. Bray continues by telling the Shield that they are no more. “Without Roman, you are no longer the Shield, you are just shells of your former selves. In a few minutes, my Roman Reigns will step into that ring and show you a side of himself that you and this world have never seen.” Ambrose says this isn’t right and wants to fight right now, but Seth holds him back. “We’re out numbered four to two, it isn’t smart.” Dean gets mad at this, saying he doesn’t care about the numbers. He flees the ring and up to the Wyatt Family, with Seth running after him. Dean goes straight for Bray but is cut off by Roman Reigns laying him out with a vicious Spear! Seth stops in his tracks, looking at Roman as the crowd reacts with half boos and half stunned silence. Roman moves his hair from his face and stares at Seth. Seth stares back and can be heard saying “Roman…we’re brothers.” Roman doesn’t respond but Bray laughs manically in the background. “You are no longer brothers! Roman’s only brothers are by my side! We are his real family!” Roman continues to look at Seth with pain in is his eyes, before the Wyatt Family walk past Seth and Dean and towards the ring for Roman’s match.
KOFI KINGSTON W/ ROB VAN DAM VS. ROMAN REIGNS W/ THE WYATT FAMILY; The demeanor of Roman Reigns is a very different one tonight than it usually is. Kofi Kingston tentatively goes after him, but Reigns takes him down. Bray Wyatt shouts at Roman “GIVE ME MORE! END HIM!” Reigns looks out at him before letting out a bit of a sigh. He lifts Kofi and plants him with a stiff spinebuster. Bray likes this and begins to laugh. Rob Van Dam looks concerned for his friend as Reigns picks him up and puts him in the corner, where he unleashes multiple clotheslines. Reigns then nails a big side slam before hitting a Spear, with none of the usual fun theatrics to win. Roman Reigns defeats Kofi Kingston in 3:29!
As one would expect, Bray Wyatt is pleased with the performance of his new family member. Roman Reigns doesn’t look too happy though as he exits the ring. He goes to leave by himself but Erick Rowan and Luke Harper block him. He turns to Bray, with the crowd hoping he just hits him. Instead, Bray holds his arms out as Roman looks around. The crowd chants “no” at the top of their lungs but Roman succumbs and drops to his knees as Bray basks in the glory of his power. “It’s like he has to worship Bray Wyatt” says Michael Cole in a somber tone.
Returning, the Authority is backstage. Batista and Randy Orton interrupt Triple H talking to ask him about their shot at the Tag Team Titles. “Neither one of us got pinned last night so I think we’re still deserving of a Tag Team Title shot” says Randy Orton. Triple H responds by saying that he did mention that CM Punk would be in the main event later, but he never said what the match would be. “Well how about this. Tonight, CM Punk will team up with the Usos to take on you two and Kane. If you guys win, and I have the utmost confidence that you will, you’ll earn a shot with no other teams involved.” Batista and Orton like the idea as they head over to Kane to talk strategy.
ADRIAN NEVILLE VS. TYSON KIDD W/ NATALYA; Much like the Fandango/Chris Jericho match earlier tonight, this one is a rematch. Tyson Kidd got a crack at Adrian Neville’s NXT Championship at the historic Osaka, Japan show. As Adrian Neville makes his entrance, we are reminded, and shown still images, of Neville coming up just short of defeating Alexander Rusev last night at Battleground. He looks to get back on track here, but Kidd is no slouch and gives him everything he can handle. He gets close to slapping on the Sharpshooter, but Neville kicks him off. He connects on a massive boot in the corner before climbing up top as the fans rise. Neville scores with the Red Arrow, ending this. Adrian Neville defeats Tyson Kidd in 6:21!
After the match, Adrian Neville is handed the NXT Championship, which he raises high in the air. The commentators remind us that despite his hard fought loss to Alexander Rusev last night, Neville certainly seems like a force to be reckoned with in the WWE.
Cutting backstage, Cesaro is shown rolling his luggage out to the parking lot. He seems ready to leave the arena as he puts it in the trunk. From out of nowhere, Alberto Del Rio appears and hits him with some sort of pipe like object. He just pummels Cesaro’s arm with it with repeated shots. He then opens the car door, places Cesaro’s hand inside and slams it shut. The scream that comes from Cesaro sounds like he is in excruciating pain. Del Rio adds to this by applying the Cross Armbreaker, which has already put people on the shelf lately. Security finally makes it out to break this up, but the damage is clearly done. Del Rio says “the Authority sends their regards” before he leaves the scene.
A commercial runs to hype the next episode of the hit series, WWE Countdown! Find out what you, the WWE Universe, voted as the top ten Hell in a Cell matches in history!
R-TRUTH VS. THE MIZ W/ SUMMER RAE; Coming off of an embarrassing evening at Battleground, Miz and Summer Rae look to rebound here. R-Truth’s head has to be elsewhere as his friend Xavier Woods turned his back on him this past Friday on Smackdown. We get told during the match that Woods and the Age of Enlightenment are going to address the WWE Universe on this week’s Smackdown. As for the match, the former Awesome Truth collide, but it is clear that Miz is on a mission to redeem himself after losing to Chris Jericho. He hits the Skull Crushing Finale and earns the victory. The Miz defeats R-Truth in 3:24!
Summer Rae runs into the ring to hug Miz, who pushes her away a bit because she nearly hit the “moneymaker”. When she realizes this, she apologizes but Miz forgives her and they celebrate together.
We go backstage where a camera catches Alberto Del Rio in his locker room. A knock is heard as Triple H enters. He thanks Alberto for his assistance over the past few weeks. “I owe you one man” says Triple H as he tries to leave. Del Rio stops him though, saying that he knows what he wants. “It’s been a while since El Patron had some gold around his waist. I want a shot at the United States Championship.” The crowd oohs at this as Triple H’s grin fades from his face. He tells Del Rio that he shouldn’t rush into asking for that and should take some time to think about it. Del Rio persists, but Triple H says he’s busy and exits.
Renee Young is standing by with Alexander Rusev and Lana. She asks for their thoughts on Rusev’s win over Adrian Neville last night at Battleground. Lana responds, saying that it came as no surprise. “I’ve been telling all of you for weeks that Alexander Rusev is the ‘Super Athlete’. Yes, little Adrian Neville survived the Open Invitational but last night Rusev showed his superiority. He is the greatest and most dominant Superstar in the history of the WWE and he will crush anyone who doubts him, past, present or future.”
A recap is shown of the end of the WWE United States Championship match at Battleground. Cody Rhodes seemed near a historic title win until his brother entered the ring and turned his back on him.
CHRISTIAN VS. GOLDUST; For the first time since his return last year, Goldust is greeted with a chorus of boos. He shows next to no emotion but when the match official starts, he comes at Christian with an aggressive attack. Captain Charisma fights back with some of his signature offense, picking up a few quick near falls. Goldust uses a low blow behind the referee’s back to stop his momentum. This allows Goldust to go into some of his usual moves. However, they have more a snap to it as Goldust seems to be doing his best to try and put a hurting on Christian. He is able to block the Killswitch and plant Christian with the Curtain Call to win. Goldust defeats Christian in 4:33!
The “Bizarre One” is unable to enjoy his win because his music quickly cuts out for the theme of Cody Rhodes. The scorned brother comes out a huge pop but doesn’t make a beeline for the ring. Instead, he comes out with a concerned look on his face as he enters the ring. He goes up to Goldust, looking for an apology and not revenge. Goldust doesn’t respond, but Cody won’t allow him to walk past him until he gets some sort of answer. Goldust finally gets pissed and shoves Cody to the mat, leaving him alone in the ring.
BIG SHOW VS. BO DALLAS; Big Show returned last week on Raw and knocked out Bo Dallas. It was Show’s first appearance since losing to Alexander Rusev back at Extreme Rules. Bo charges at Show, who simply holds him back with his hand like he’s a toddler. Show laughs while Bo gets madder by the second. He steps back as his eyes fill with tears. Show comes at him but Bo ducks and gets in some kicks. They don’t have much effect and Show grabs him around the throat for a Chokeslam. Bo pokes Show in the eye to block it, then swings around him and rolls him up. He puts his feet on the ropes and pulls the tights to shockingly win. Bo Dallas defeats Big Show in 1:45!
If you thought Bo Dallas’ usual victory lap was obnoxious, it is nothing compared to the one he busts out here. Bo runs around the ring with a huge smile, stopping to pour the commentator’s bottles of water over him. He asks for hugs from multiple people at ringside but gets denied. He turns around from a rejection and Big Show is waiting for him with a huge knockout blow. The fans cheer as Bo Dallas is out like a light.
BATISTA, KANE AND RANDY ORTON VS. CM PUNK AND THE USOS; The crowd reaction for the tandem of CM Punk and the Usos is a loud one. They’ve teamed up in the past and it shows early as they bust out some quick tags. Punk even manages to get in on some Uso double teams. Things change though when Jey takes a big backbreaker from Randy Orton, allowing the Authority to cut the ring in half. They pick Jey apart, giving him no time to breathe, let alone tag out. He finally manages to do so following a superkick to Batista. The tag goes to Punk, who comes in hot. He hits everything in his path and when he connects on a knee strike in the corner, he shouts “I’m coming for you Hunter!” Punk sets for the GTS but gets tackled by Kane to the outside. Jimmy tags him on his back as he falls out. He climbs up top and hits Orton with a big splash. Before he can cover though, Batista is in and plants him with the Batista Bomb. He drapes Orton over Jimmy, getting the 1-2-3. Batista, Kane and Randy Orton defeat CM Punk and the Usos in 11:58!
Batista instantly helps Randy Orton up as Kane manages to roll back inside. Batista and Randy Orton did what they set out to do, which was to pin one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions. CM Punk is shown outside, looking disappointed. He knows that he is not any closer to the match against Triple H that he so desperately wants. On the other hand, the Authority are now coming for the Tag Team Titles, which would only add to their already high level of power.
“Yes! Yes! Yes!” is heard as Daniel Bryan’s music plays and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion makes his way out to the ring. He gets inside and grabs a microphone, waiting for the vocal WWE Universe to quiet down. He starts by saying that he was told earlier today that he would be able to make the choice for his opponent at SummerSlam. “If you all remember, last year, the same exact thing happened and I was chosen. When nobody else would give me a chance, John Cena did and you know what? I beat him, clean in the middle of this ring. Granted, what happened after I won was awful, but I try not to be negative.” Bryan says that he has thought long and hard about the decision, but there was one man that he wanted to give a shot to more than anyone else. He says that he got on his phone and called that man up. “After what happened last year, I just have to see what happens with a rematch. My opponent at SummerSlam 2014 will be the man that I beat for this last year…my opponent will be John Cena!” The crowd gives a mixed reaction that turns to more cheers when Cena’s theme hits and he walks out onto the stage. We haven’t seen Cena since his tough rivalry with Bray Wyatt! Cena goes down and enters the ring, shaking Bryan’s hand before grabbing a microphone and saying how good it feels to be back. He says that he has had a rough 2014 and needed to take some time to clear his head. “I was planning on coming back before SummerSlam anyway, but Daniel’s call got me here as fast as I could. Hell, I literally walked into the arena 20 minutes ago. Now, Daniel, I gladly accept this title match but why me? There are a hell of a lot of guys back there who either have had better years than me or don’t get the amount of opportunities that I do.” Bryan nods and understands, saying that they never got to have their rematch because of what Randy Orton and Triple H did right after. Bryan also wants to prove to any doubters left that his win was not a fluke. Before Cena can respond, Triple H’s music hits. The COO appears to boos and stays atop the stage. He thanks Daniel for making a decision here tonight. “John Cena is a solid choice. Unlike you, he’s an A+ player and having him around is usually best for business. However, I had something a little different in mind. You see, John is not the only Superstar that is best for business. There is another, who I have had my fair share of issues with. Your match at SummerSlam, will be a Triple Threat match. The third man is a man who has so far, had the most impressive year in WWE history. A man who ended a major streak this year. Hell, you might not even call him a man. You might say, he’s a beast.” The fans pop when the music of Brock Lesnar hits and he steps out, flanked by Paul Heyman. Bryan and Cena both don’t look pleased at this turn of events. “The Beast conquered the Undertaker at WrestleMania, King. I don’t think there’s anything Daniel Bryan or John Cena can do to stop him at SummerSlam” says Michael Cole. Brock Lesnar stares at Cena and Bryan, doing his trademark jumping on the stage as the camera sees Paul Heyman’s devious smile before coming to a close.
RAW BACKSTAGE PASS; When fans switch over to the WWE Network for the Backstage Pass, the panel consisting of Josh Matthews, Booker T and Alex Riley discuss the monumental episode of Raw. They cut to the ring during this to show John Cena and Daniel Bryan after Brock Lesnar left back through the curtain. Renee Young gets in the ring for a word with them. Bryan states that he didn't see it coming and he's seen how dominant Brock has been lately but he's the WWE Champion for a reason and he plans on walking out of SummerSlam with his belts. John Cena takes a different approach, telling Bryan that he's never been in the ring with Brock. "You don't know what that animal is like. I beat him a few years ago and I nearly had to kill him and myself in the process." Cena walks off , leaving Bryan, Renee and the WWE Universe surprised at his attitude.
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WWE NXT – July 24th, 2014 – Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida
To open the broadcast, we see a video package that showcases the history of the Beautiful Fierce Females. After showing how they came together, we see Charlotte winning the NXT Women’s Championship, Summer Rae returning and the issues the ladies have had since then. It ends by showcasing Summer Rae and Sasha Banks, before announcing that the two ladies meet one on one tonight to determine a number one contender for Charlotte’s title! This is followed by the NXT weekly opening before he head right into our opening contest.
NON-TITLE MATCH: ADRIAN NEVILLE VS. CJ PARKER; The fans pop at the appearance of the NXT Champion, fresh off a tough loss to Alexander Rusev at Battleground but a win over Tyson Kidd on Raw. CJ Parker, holding his trademark signs, tries to cut a promo at the bell but Neville wants to hear none of it. Parker surprises many with some early close calls. Neville rights the ship however, and reel off some of the moves he is most known for. He is able to nail the Red Arrow to pick up the victory. Adrian Neville defeats CJ Parker in 3:18!
The music of Adrian Neville plays as the NXT Champion celebrates a victory tonight. He is one of the hardest working men in WWE considering his appearances on Raw, NXT, Smackdown and Battleground this past week. His top priority still remains the NXT Champion though.
We go backstage to Devin Taylor, who is standing by with Corey Graves. She asks for his opinions on Adrian Neville’s match and his performance on the main roster. Graves gives a small chuckle and asks if he’s supposed to be impressed. “So he lasted five minutes with Alexander Rusev? I would have beaten him if given the opportunity. You see, when I beat Justin Gabriel last week, it was me showing what I do against main roster veterans. That’s not my goal though. My goal is the NXT Championship. Neville, we have a bit of a storied past here in NXT and it’s all going to come full circle once I get my title shot.” Graves tells Neville that when that time comes, he will stay down.
An ad is shown for the WWE Shop, set to the song “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons. It shows various Superstars, Divas and members of the WWE Universe wearing authentic WWE gear.
We return to see the Legionnaires in the ring when the theme of Sami Zayn hits. The crowd comes to their feet as they await the arrival of Zayn’s partner this week. It turns out to be Sin Cara, who gets a mixed reaction from the NXT faithful.
THE LEGIONNAIRES VS. SAMI ZAYN AND SIN CARA; Similar to the tag team match a few weeks back where Sami Zayn teamed with Oliver Grey, their chemistry is off. That allows the Legionnaires to hold serve early, showing off how well they happen to know each other. Sin Cara struggles until he is able to make the big tag to Zayn. The man dying to win gold here in NXT comes in firing on all cylinders. He nails most of his signature stuff and calls for the Helluva Kick. When he runs for it though, Sylvester Lefort trips him up. With him down, Sin Cara reaches over and tags himself back in, but it is a mistake as Marcus Louis is able to put him down with a DDT. The Legionnaires defeat Sami Zayn and Sin Cara in 6:11!
The referee raises the hands of the Legionnaires as Sami Zayn gets to his knees and looks on in disappointment. The Legionnaires head out of the ring as Sami checks on Sin Cara. The Titantron then shows the Ascension in a dark room looking on. They don’t say anything for a bit and then start maniacally laughing. Sami looks incredibly frustrated at this.
A black and white ad airs to promote the WWE Network and all of the things that you can find on it, for just $9.99 per month.
The music of the NXT Women’s Champion starts as Charlotte walks out to the arena and takes a seat at ringside to see who the number one contender will be for her belt.
NUMBER ONE CONTENDER’S MATCH: SASHA BANKS VS. SUMMER RAE; The original BFFs collide here with a huge opportunity on the line. Sasha Banks and Summer Rae get in each other’s face after the bell, as commentary reminds everyone that Summer pinned Paige on Raw recently. Summer slaps Sasha, leading to a brawl that spills outside, right in front of the champion. When it goes back inside, Sasha goes on the offensive, taking control and wearing down the Marine 4 star. She gets some close near falls, but Summer is able to battle back, using her long legs for some big kicks. She looks for the Summer Crush but Sasha is able to slip out and hit the Bank Statement. She locks in the submissions, but Summer’s long legs allow her to get her foot on the bottom rope. Sasha is flustered and goes for it again, but Summer is now the one to counter, hitting Summer Crush. She covers and gets the 1-2-3. Summer Rae defeats Sasha Banks in 6:08!
There is a smug look on the face of Summer Rae, who has earned herself a shot at another title. She came very close to dethroning Paige of the WWE Women’s Championship at Battleground and now has a date in two weeks with Charlotte, who is at ringside looking at her next challenger. Charlotte holds her title high in the air but Summer seems unfazed and stays just as brash.
A vignette airs to showcase Becky Lynch. She debuted a few weeks ago and defeated Sasha Banks in an upset. We are shown some quick clips of her work on the independents before she discusses the career threatening injury that took her out of action for years. She says that during that time, she could have gotten down on her life but instead, she focused on the positives. While she learned to live life to the fullest, she was able to get back into the ring and now has made it to NXT, where she plans on continuing to fulfill her dreams.
CURT HAWKINS VS. KALISTO; When he first appeared in NXT a few weeks back, Curt Hawkins made a point to say that he was coming to make an impact. He has split his matches so far, and runs into some trouble early on against the high flying Kalisto. Despite some very impressive showings, Kalisto’s won/loss record hasn’t been the best so far. He busts out those exciting moves of his, overwhelming Hawkins and causing him to regroup on the outside. Hawkins goads him into a chase that ends with him stomping on Kalisto. Hawkins tries to slow him down with some wear down holds. Kalisto fights through them and busts out a springboard corkscrew attack. He follows that with Salida Del Sol for the win. Kalisto defeats Curt Hawkins in 6:04!
Kalisto gets to his feet as the crowd cheers for his win. He throws his hands in the air as the crowd chants “LU-CHA” along with them. “These are the kinds of wins that Kalisto needs to pick up if he wants to move up in the ranks here in NXT” says Jason Albert.
We go backstage to John “Bradshaw” Layfield in his office when a knock is heard an in steps Tyson Kidd. JBL says that he’s busy, which is why he didn’t tell him to come in. Tyson tells him to make time for him. “I know you don’t seem to grasp it John, but I am the biggest star in NXT. Fact.” JBL doesn’t believe that is the case, but Tyson insists. “I am the star of Total Divas. Fact. I am a former WWE Tag Team Champion. Fact. If I had another shot at Adrian Neville, I’d be NXT Champion. Fact. I deserve to be treated better around here. If there is a poster boy for this show, it needs to be me.” JBL seems annoyed, but tells Tyson that if he wants to be a featured star, he needs to get back on the winning track. “I tell you what. Next week, you’re going to face your former tag team partner, Justin Gabriel. If you win, then we’ll see about giving you more shine.” Tyson seems okay with this and heads off.
A commercial is shown for SummerSlam, set to “Keep on Keeping On” by Travie McCoy. It shows various WWE Superstars and Divas are they prepare for the biggest event of the summer.
EVAN BOURNE VS. TYLER BREEZE; Last week, Tyler Breeze interrupted an Evan Bourne interview, causing Evan to ask JBL for this match. Bourne only recently returned, but hasn’t shown much ring rust. Tyler Breeze wisely targets Bourne’s recently repaired leg, which will also prevent him from using his high flying ability and speed. It works perfectly when Bourne tries to springboard in, only to fall as his leg gives out. Tyler applies a rare submission to the leg, looking for the tap out but Bourne reaches the ropes. He begins to make a rally, and looks for the AirBourne, when the Titantron and lights start to flicker, which has become a staple of Solomon Crowe’s hacking skills. The distraction is enough for Breeze to hit the ropes, causing Bourne to crash to the mat. Breeze connects with the Beauty Shot and the referee counts the three. Tyler Breeze defeats Evan Bourne in 8:58!
Tyler Breeze stands up, looking at Evan Bourne in disgust before picking up his cellphone and taking some selfies. He also wipes his feet on the mat, brushing whatever dirt there was onto Evan Bourne. One has to wonder why Solomon Crowe chose that moment to get involved, but Tyler Breeze sure isn’t complaining.