– Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a look back at Seth Rollins giving gifts to Kane, Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble last week. We’re live from Chicago with Michael Cole, JBL and Byron Saxton.
– We go right to the ring and out comes Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman to a pop.
Heyman takes the mic and introduces himself. He calls Lesnar the Nightmare of Suplex City. Heyman brings up Tokyo and knocks Seth Rollins, saying he lucked his way into the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Heyman says Rollins is going to learn the hard way that Lesnar is a god – the god of violent retribution. Heyman says that retribution will come to Rollins and anyone who stands with him. Heyman says Lesnar is the sword that will pierce Rollins’ shield. Heyman brings up The Undertaker’s Streak and fans boo. Heyman goes on about other Lesnar battles and says Lesnar doesn’t respect Rollins, he harbors disrespect for him. Heyman says Rollins broke the 11th commandment – thou shalt not provoke The Beast. Heyman hypes Battleground and says Lesnar will take the title back. Heyman says the title match may take place in St. Louis but the beatings and the suplexes begin tonight. A big “Suplex City” chant breaks out. Heyman says Lesnar isn’t going anywhere tonight so someone better tell Rollins that Lesnar is waiting. Lesnar’s music hits and they leave to a pop.
– The announcers reveal that Kane is on vacation in Hawaii this week, thanks to Rollins. We also get a comedic look at J&J Security’s road trip in their Cadillac CTS this past week. Cole says we will have highlights from the trip later.
Big Show vs. Ryback
Big Show makes his way out as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and The Miz is out watching at ringside. WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback is out next for this non-title match. They go to start the match and Miz yells out on the mic he has. They lock up and Show sends Ryback to the mat. Ryback fights back but Show takes him to the corner for chops. Miz is yelling on the mic for more chops. Show with more offense until Ryback hits the Thesz Press. Ryback unloads now and Miz runs his mouth some more on the mic.
Show misses a splash in the corner and Ryback turns it around with shoulder thrusts. Ryback mounts Show in the corner but Miz distracts him on the mic. Show slams Ryback out of the corner. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Show has Ryback in a leg submission while Miz yells at him about retirement. Miz is on the apron yelling into the mic now. Show turns around from the distraction and Ryback scoops him but Show falls on top for a 2 count. Fans chant “Cleveland sucks” at Miz. Show with a splash in the corner but Ryback takes his knee out. Ryback makes a comeback now. They trade shots in the middle of the ring. Ryback staggers Show with shoulders. He ducks a clothesline and knocks Show down with a shoulder. Ryback readies for the Meathook but Miz jumps on the apron. Ryback swings and Miz drops down. Ryback hits the Meathook on Show and a splash for a 2 count. Ryback goes to the top but misses the big splash as Show rolls out of the way. Show with a chokeslam. Show goes to the second rope and drops a big elbow drop but The Miz runs in and beats Show up for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Big Show
– After the bell, Miz starts beating on both Ryback and Big Show. Show gets up and Miz turns around. Ryback is also up now and Miz is surrounded. He pleads with them both as fans chant “feed me more.” Ryback nails Shellshocked and Show grabs him for a big chokeslam. Show turns around and Ryback lays him out. Ryback stands tall as his music hits.
– Back from the break and we get a preview for Total Divas.
– We see more photoshopped photos of Kane in Hawaii.
– We see J&J Security in their hooked up Cadillac CTS outside of Wrigley Field. They still have the sticker in the window.
Brie Bella vs. Paige
We go to the ring and Brie Bella is in the ring with Alicia Fox and WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella. Paige is out next to a pop.
They lock up and Paige takes it to the corner with offense. She beats Brie down and stomps away. Brie fights her off and dumps her to the apron, then sending her to the floor. Brie works Paige over and brings it back in the ring for a 2 count. We see Naomi and Tamina Snuka watching backstage. Brie keeps Paige grounded now.
More back and forth. Team Bella interference backfires and Paige unloads on Brie. Paige drops her with a superkick. Brie blocks the PTO. More back and forth.. Brie goes for a missile dropkick but Paige moves. Nikki gets back on the apron but Paige throws Brie into her, sending Nikki to the floor. Alicia also gets knocked off. Brie takes advantage of the distraction and hits the Bella Buster for the win.
Winner: Brie Bella
– After the match, Team Bella comes in after Paige. They stand tall and raise their arms after Nikki hits a Rack Attack on Paige.
– We get a video for Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt.
Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus
We go to the ring and out comes Roman Reigns through the crowd. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Sheamus with his Money In the Bank briefcase. The bell rings and they lock right up, hitting the ropes and breaking. They quickly lock up again and Reigns applies a headlock. Reigns drops Sheamus with a shoulder and Sheamus rolls to the floor for a breather. Sheamus comes back in with a boot and takes control. Sheamus with a knee to the gut and a big scoop slam. Sheamus drops knees on Reigns and covers for a 2 count.
Reigns comes back and clotheslines Sheamus over the top rope. Reigns follows and they trade shots at ringside. Reigns tosses Sheamus into the barrier. Reigns brings it back in the ring but Sheamus meets him with a high knee. Sheamus with more offense before sending Reigns to the floor. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Sheamus has Reigns grounded on the mat. Sheamus keeps control and fixes his hair. Reigns pops up and drops Sheamus on his face. Reigns makes a comeback with clotheslines and a big forearm. Reigns with a clothesline in the corner and a kick to the face. Sheamus blocks a Samoan Drop and goes for the Irish Curse but Reigns rolls through. Reigns blocks the Cloverleaf and nails the big apron dropkick from the floor. Reigns comes back in and hits the Samoan Drop. Sheamus blocks a Superman punch and hits the knee to the spine for a 2 count. More back and forth. Sheamus comes off the top but runs into a Superman punch. Reigns readies for a spear but Bray Wyatt’s music hits and the lights go out. Wyatt makes his way out as the fireflies light the arena up. Reigns drops Wyatt with a Superman punch as soon as he comes down the ramp. Reigns quickly realizes it’s not Wyatt when his wig comes off. The screen flashes again and the real Wyatt appears on the big screen laughing. “Anyone but you Roman, anyone but you.” Reigns loses by count out.
Winner by Count Out: Sheamus
– After the match, Sheamus is celebrating with his briefcase until Randy Orton’s music hits to a big pop. Sheamus meets him at ringside and Orton unloads. Sheamus tries to escape through the crowd but Orton stops him and keeps on beating him. Sheamus sends Orton into the ring post and rolls him in the ring. Sheamus comes in after him but Orton drops him with the RKO to a big pop. Orton’s music hits as he celebrates and talks trash to Sheamus.
– The announcers hype the WWE Network, now available in Italy.
– Triple H is backstage on the phone. Seth Rollins walks in with J&J Security and Triple H says he loves the upgrades they made to the Cadillac. Triple H asks for a word alone with Rollins and they leave. Triple H wants to know what he plans on doing about Brock Lesnar and Rollins says that’s why he came in, for advice. Triple H’s advice is for him to retain at Battleground. Rollins says he has that in the bag but is asking about tonight. Triple H tells him to ignore Lesnar and stay away from him. Triple H says Rollins has the advantage and should let Lesnar make a mistake that Rollins can capitalize on. Triple H says no, that’s not really how Lesnar operates and Rollins needs to do something unexpected to provoke The Beast. Rollins says this means he has to call Lesnar out, the last thing anyone would expect him to do. Rollins says he’s going to show Lesnar why he’s the man and walks off. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see the catfight between Lana and Summer Rae last week.
– We go to the ring and Summer Rae is in the ring with Rusev. Rusev says he was so inspired by his new woman Summer apologizing last week that he came out to apologize tonight. Rusev says, “I apologize.” Fans start chanting for Lana. Rusev gets upset and starts ripping on Lana, Dolph Ziggler and the fans. He says he’s better looking and more passionate than Ziggler. Fans start chanting USA. Summer says we should be showing Rusev the respect he deserves and she gets booed by her hometown crowd. Rusev kisses her hand and out comes Ziggler with Lana.
Ziggler asks if Rusev’s brain is broken too and says every opportunity he got in WWE is due to Lana. Ziggler and Lana are in the ring now. Ziggler says Rusev knows he lost the best thing that ever happened to him. Ziggler and Lana start kissing. Rusev turns away and Summer yells at Ziggler. Lana gets in her face and they take their shoes off as fans cheer. Rusev stops the catfight from happening and fans boo. Rusev decks Ziggler with a crutch out of nowhere and beats him down. Lana looks on screaming. Rusev kicks Ziggler with his cast. He takes the cast off now and sends Summer to kick Lana in the back. Summer tosses Lana out of the ring. Rusev unloads on Ziggler and beats on him some more. Ziggler fights back some but Rusev drops him and rams the crutch in his throat. Referees run down to check on Ziggler and tell Rusev to back off. We go to replays. EMTs bring out a stretcher but Rusev continues the assault on Ziggler. Rusev raises the crutch high in the air as fans boo and we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see what just happened to Dolph Ziggler. We see footage of Ziggler being stretchered out with Lana at his side.
Bo Dallas vs. Dean Ambrose
We go to the ring and out comes Bo Dallas. Bo says what we just saw happen to Ziggler was horrible but it goes to show that bad things happen to bad people and good things happen to good people. Bo says good people like him. Bo says all you have to do is Bo-lieve. Dean Ammbrose’s music hits and out he comes to a pop.
Bo offers his hand for a shake but Bo whips him into the ropes for a clothesline. Ambrose sends Bo to the corner and unloads with stomps. Ambrose with more offense now. Bo comes back with a clothesline to the back of the head. Bo with knees and a 2 count. Bo with a headlock now as fans do dueling chants for both Superstars. Ambrose fights out but Bo stops him with a clothesline. Bo poses to mostly boos. Bo does a victory lap around Ambrose in the middle of the ring. Bo removes his knee pad and drops a knee but Ambrose moves. Ambrose unloads and hits the running bulldog. Ambrose goes to the top with the elbow drop while Bo is standing. Bo blocks a neckbreaker but Ambrose hits the bounce back clothesline and Dirty Deeds for the win.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
– We get more footage of J&J Security riding around Chicago in their Cadillac earlier.
– Still to come, Seth Rollins will call out Brock Lesnar. Back to commercial.
King Barrett vs. R-Truth
Back from the break and King Barrett is in the ring with R-Truth. Both have their royal get-ups on. They go at it to start the match. Truth with an early roll up for 2. Truth with a headlock now.
Truth sends Barrett to the floor and plays to the crowd. Barrett pulls him out and sends him into the apron. Barrett sends Truth into the ring post and goes back in. Barrett slams Truth’s face into the apron and sends him back into the ring post. Barrett brings it back in for a 2 count. We go to commercial with Barrett in control.
We come back with Barrett still in control. Truth finally makes a comeback but Barrett drops him with a cheap shot. Barrett goes for the Bullhammer but Truth rolls him up for 2. Truth comes off the rope but Barrett nails a Bullhammer in mid-air for the win.
Winner: King Barrett
– Barrett raises his scepter as we go to replays.
– We see Seth Rollins walking backstage with J&J Security and he has what looks like an axe handle. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get another replay of what happened to Ziggler.
– We go to the arena and out comes WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins with the axe handle. J&J Security drive over in their Cadillac. They pop the trunk and have axe handles of their own. Rollins cuts a promo on Lesnar and how he left him laying like a dog last week. Rollins says he’s going to burn Suplex City to the ground at Battleground. We get a video package of last week’s beatdown. We come back to Rollins bragging about what he’s done. Rollins goes on and a Justin Bieber chant breaks out. Rollins calls Lesnar out and they wait. Lesnar’s music finally hits to a pop and he comes out with Heyman.
Lesnar looks on from ringside as all three wait with the axe handles. Lesnar backs up to the entrance where the Cadillac is. Lesnar motions to Heyman, who pushes a fire kit case over. Heyman opens it and Lesnar pulls out a pair of big axes. He goes to the car and starts destroying it as J&J look on from the ring with Rollins. Lesnar rips one of the doors off the car and slams it. Lesnar tosses the door into the crowd. J&J attack and Lesnar ties to break Noble’s arm. He tosses Mercury on top of the windshield. Fans calls for a suplex. Lesnar suplexes Mercury on top of the car, this time breaking the windshield. Lesnar takes his shirt off and heads to the ring as Rollins waits.
Lesnar hits the ring but Rollins immediately runs away and goes through the crowd. Lesnar follows but stops as Rollins goes up the stairs. Lesnar goes back to the ring and raises the WWE World Heavyweight Title belt to a big pop. Lesnar leaves with one of the axe handles and sticks it in one of the windows of the car. We go to replays of Lesnar destroying the car. Lesnar stands on top of the car as Heyman praises him and his music plays.
– Still to come, John Cena’s US Title Open Challenge. Back to commercial.
– We get hype for tomorrow’s Total Divas and Tough Enough.
– We get a replay of what Lesnar just did to the Cadillac and The Authority.
The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day
We go to the ring and out first comes Sin Cara with Kalisto. WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players are on commentary. Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston are out next. We see the destroyed Cadillac still sitting by the entrance.
Kofi Kingston and Big E represent The New Day in this match. Kofi starts off with Cara. Cara gets the upperhand and tags in Kalisto for some double teaming and a 2 count. Big E comes in and overpowers. The Lucha Dragons turn it around and go to do a double dive but Woods gets on the apron. They take him out and go up top to the corners. They both leap out onto The New Day and lay them out. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Kofi is in control of Kalisto. Big E comes in and knocks Sin Cara off the apron. He suplexes Kalisto across the ring and starts clapping. Titus O’Neil and JBL are arguing on commentary. Cara finally gets a hot tag and unloads on Kofi. The Lucha Dragons both leap out but Cara hits the barrier and Big E tosses Kalisto across the floor. They bring Cara back in the ring for the double team and the win.
Winners: The New Day
– After the match, Titus and Darren Young stand up with their titles to have words with The New Day as they celebrate the win.
– We get hype for the post-RAW Dusty Rhodes tribute on the WWE Network. Still to come, John Cena’s US Title Open Challenge. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and out comes WWE United States Champion John Cena as fans sing their own version of his theme song.
Cole leads us to a video on Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Title at “The Beast In The East” this past weekend. Cena brings up Owens losing and says we’re going to get a title match tonight. Cena has had a lot of good memories in this building and wants to make another tonight. Cena says whoever comes through the curtain better bring their A-game. Cena goes to kick off the US Title Open Challenge but the music hits and out comes former NXT Champion Kevin Owens. Owens speaks from the entrance and says every week, the worst part of RAW is when Cena comes out to spew his garbage. Fans pop. Owens says he’s so sick of it and will end it tonight. Cena’s time is officially up.. Owens says he no longer just wants the United States Title, he needs it. Owens says he’s going to take it so we don’t have to ever hear Cena’s crap again. Owens enters the ring and says he was fine with waiting until Battleground but he’s taking the title from Cena tonight since he lost the NXT Title. Cesaro’s music hits and out he comes.
Cesaro says no one wants to hear Owens. Cesaro talks about getting a title shot and gets in Owens’ face. Cesaro says Owens will have a problem with him also if he doesn’t get out of the ring. Cesaro drops the mic and waits for Owens to leave. Owens does leave and fans boo. Lilian Garcia makes the introductions.
WWE United States Title Match: Cesaro vs. John Cena
They go at it to start. Cesaro hits an uppercut and Cena goes to the floor to regroup. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cena is in control. He calls for a Five Knuckle Shuffle but Cesaro jumps up with a clothesline for a 2 count. Cena with a standing dropkick. Cena charges in the corner but Cesaro moves out of the way. Cesaro with a long suplex for a 2 count. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now.
Cesaro with a counter and a DDT for 2. Cesaro with offense on the floor before bringing it in and covering for a 2 count. Cesaro keeps Cena grounded now. Cesaro with another 2 count and another submission keeping Cena grounded as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cesaro nails a backbreaker for a 2 count. Cesaro misses an uppercut in the corner and Cena slams him. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Cesaro misses a clothesline. Cena slams him again and goes for the Shuffle again but Cesaro catches him in a crossface. They trade submissions and Cena backdrops Cesaro. Cena drops an elbow and goes for the Attitude Adjustment but it’s blocked. Cesaro three gutwrench slams for a 2 count. Cesaro with the running uppercuts in the corner. Cesaro drops Cena for the Cesaro Swing but it’s blocked and turned into a DDT by Cena. Cena covers for a 2 count.
Cena goes to the top but Cesaro dropkicks him out to the floor. Cesaro with a running uppercut against the barrier. Cesaro rolls Cena back in the ring. Cesaro goes to the top but Cena makes the comeback. More back and forth and close pin attempts. Cesaro fights out of an AA and hits a huge spinning uppercut from the ropes for a 2 count. They end up on the floor again. Cesaro charges with a running uppercut but Cena backdrops him into the timekeeper area. Cena brings Cesaro back in the ring and goes up top. Cesaro crotches him with an uppercut. Cesaro with a right hand. Cesaro climbs up but Cena fights him off with headbutts. Cesaro hits the mat. Cena climbs up and hits the big leg drop for a 2 count.
Cesaro blocks another AA and lifts Cena for a big uppercut in mid-air that doesn’t connect all the way. Cesaro with a 2 count. Cesaro approaches Cena but Cena nails an AA for another close 2 count. Cesaro catches Cena in the Cesaro Swing. Cesaro drops him and goes for the Sharpshooter to a pop. Cesaro locks it in. Cena crawls for the ropes but Cesaro pulls him back and keeps it locked. Cena eventually slides out and puts Cesaro in the STF. Cesaro powers up to his feet with a very impressive suplex and a 2 count. Cena misses the springboard stunner. Cesaro blocks the AA and nails the Neutralizer for a close 2 count. Cesaro counters the tornado DDT and applies another crossface in the middle of the ring. Cena makes it to the bottom rope.
Fans chant for Cesaro as he nails the float-over suplex from the apron. Cesaro with another 2 count. More back and forth. Cena with a sitdown powerbomb and a 2 count. Cena argues with the referee because he was late getting down for the count. Cena takes Cesaro to the top for a super AA but Cesaro fights him off. Cesaro tries for a super Neutralizer but Cena stops it. They fight it out until Cena nails an AA from the second rope for the win.
Winner: John Cena
– After the match, Kevin Owens runs down and nails Cena. Cena blocks a pop-up powerbomb and hits the AA, sending Owens to the floor. Cena’s music hits again as Owens stumbles up the entrance. RAW goes off the air with Cena raising his title in the air.
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