The 1039th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you from “across the pond” as RAW emanated from the O2 Arena in London, England. WWE would have a special RAW in store for their UK fans as, for the first time in three years, “The Phenom” would be in action on Monday Night as The Undertaker reunites with his brother, “The Big Red Monster” Kane, and Kane’s WWE Tag Team Championship partner Daniel Bryan as the mega-team comes together to combat the threat known as The Shield as the trio as Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns would wage their toughest war yet against the Brothers of Destruction and Daniel Bryan in a 6-Man Tag Match! Also, after Brock Lesnar laid waste to 3MB last week, Lesnar & Paul Heyman challenged Triple H to a Steel Cage rematch to their epic WrestleMania collision at Extreme Rules, “The Game” comes to London to respond to Lesnar’s challenge!
- R-Truth def. Antonio Cesaro by pin following the What’s Up.
- Damien Sandow def. Brodus Clay by roll-up.
- Non-Title: Dolph Ziggler (with Fandango, AJ Lee, & Big E. Langston) def. Chris Jericho by pin following the Zig Zag.
- Tensai def. Cody Rhodes by pin following the Tenson.
- Big E. Langston def. Zack Ryder by pin following the Big Ending.
- 6-Man Tag: The Shield def. The Undertaker, Kane, & Daniel Bryan by Dean Ambrose pinning Daniel Bryan after Daniel Bryan misses the flying headbutt.
- Fandango def. William Regal by pin following the Two Step.
- #1 Contender’s Divas Battle Royal: AJ Lee def. Layla, Tamina Snuka, Naomi, & Aksana to become the new #1 Contender for the Divas Title.
RAW kicks off with Paul Heyman in the ring as Heyman explains that he is there on behalf of Brock Lesnar, saying that, last week, Lesnar went “extreme” on 3MB and the “buzz” of all the global headlines was the challenge that he and Lesnar laid out for a Steel Cage rematch between Lesnar and Triple H at next month’s Extreme Rules. After showing Brock’s destruction of 3MB from last week, Paul Heyman reveals that Triple H is not in the arena before Heyman says that he has received an email from Triple H. Heyman reads the email, stating that, due to the injuries suffered at WrestleMania, Triple H will be unable to give his answer to Brock’s challenge until next week! Heyman continues, saying that he offered to stand in the middle of the ring and shake the hand of Triple H, but he, as well as the fans, have been “let down”. Heyman then calls Triple H a “gutless coward”, saying the COO did not have the “manhood” that he did to stand in the ring tonight. Heyman’s expression and attitude then make a drastic change once Triple H’s music hits and “The Game” makes his way to the ring! Visibly frightened, Heyman tries to backtrack, saying that Triple H fooled him, giving the COO credit for the ruse. As he twists the tie of Paul Heyman, Triple H has a short and simple message for Heyman and Brock Lesnar, saying that he “lied”, telling Heyman that he accepts Brock’s challenge for a Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules before dropping Heyman in the center of the ring with the Pedigree!
One week after his eight-month reign as United States Champion was brought to an end by Kofi Kingston, the now former United States Champion Antonio Cesaro went one-on-one with R-Truth in the opening match of the night. In the end, it was R-Truth hitting the What’s Up on Antonio Cesaro en route to picking up the win.
In an undisclosed location outside of London, The Shield arrives via helicopter as Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns exit the helicopter before loading into a black Range Rover, which speeds off, heading to the O2 Arena.
With Tensai and The Funkadactyls in his corner, “The Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay went one-on-one with Damien Sandow, with Cody Rhodes in his corner. In the end, it was Damien Sandow catching the super-heavyweight with a roll-up to pick up the win.
Backstage, World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler is admiring his title when his girlfriend, AJ Lee, comes in, asking if Dolph is trying to make her jealous. Ziggler says that he sees her eyeing the title as well and she deserves one of her own. The two then exchange insults about Divas Champion and AJ’s former best friend, Kaitlyn, as AJ calls her a “water buffalo”. Dolph & AJ then share a tender kiss, but the moment is halted when AJ spots their bodyguard, Big E. Langston, standing nearby, staring at them. Dolph tells Langston that they could use some privacy, telling the big man to “stop creeping”, which causes Langston to storm off down the hallway. Dolph & AJ’s privacy is then interrupted again by RAW Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero and her Assistant, Brad Maddox, as Vickie gleefully lets the World Heavyweight Champion know that, if Dolph loses his match to Chris Jericho later tonight, then Jericho will be added to the World Heavyweight Title match at Extreme Rules, making it a Fatal 4-Way Match!
Broadcasting from somewhere in the O2 Arena, The Shield has a message for their opponents later tonight, namely The Undertaker, as Dean Ambrose says that, for twenty years, The Undertaker has been “the judge, the jury, and the executioner” in the WWE, but says that he does not know who gave Undertaker that right. Ambrose continues, saying that, these days, The Shield is “the law” before Seth Rollins says that they will make their “greatest statement” at the expense of Undertaker, Kane, & Daniel Bryan. Ambrose then adds that, for the first time in his career, The Undertaker will know what “justice” tastes like before Roman Reigns advises everyone to “believe in The Shield”.
With his first defense of the World Heavyweight Title coming up at next month’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view in a Triple Threat Match against Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio, World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler, with AJ Lee & Big E. Langston in his corner, would go one-on-one with six-time former World Champion Chris Jericho in a non-title match and, if Jericho wins, then he will be added to the title match at Extreme Rules! During the match, AJ Lee gets on the ring apron to distract the referee as Jericho goes for the Lionsault, allowing Big E. Langston to catch Y2J with a right hand, but Jericho manages to kick out of the ensuing pin attempt from Dolph Ziggler. Later on in the intense matchup, Chris Jericho hits the Codebreaker on Ziggler, but Dolph gets his foot on the bottom rope, breaking up the pin. AJ then gets on the ring apron again, but when Big E. tries to interfere this time, Jericho knocks Langston off the ring apron with a dropkick. Jericho then locks in the Walls of Jericho on Ziggler, but the music of Fandango blares throughout the arena, which distracts Jericho long enough for Dolph to take advantage, kicking Jericho in the knee before dropping Y2J with the Zig Zag en route to picking up the win to keep Jericho out of the title match at Extreme Rules.
For the first time since his Hall of Fame induction on WrestleMania weekend, WWE Hall of Famer “The Hardcore Legend” Mick Foley appears on RAW in a special backstage interview, giving his thoughts on today’s WWE. Foley says that it is not in man’s nature to look in the mirror and blame oneself, citing Ryback as an example, saying that there will be “no excuses” in four weeks when John Cena defends the WWE Title against Ryback at Extreme Rules.
After Damien Sandow picked up a win over Brodus Clay earlier in the night, Sandow’s tag team partner, Cody Rhodes, with Damien Sandow in his corner, would go one-on-one with “Sweet T” Tensai, with Brodus Clay & The Funkadactyls in his corner. In the end, it was Tensai picking up the win as the super-heavyweight hits the Tenson on Rhodes en route to getting the victory.
Backstage, an argument between WWE Tag Team Champions Kane & Daniel Bryan over what to do and what not to do when The Undertaker arrives concludes with a surprise attack by The Shield as the trio take Team Hell No down in the locker room area with steel chairs before the three of them are seen walking out of the locker room!
Dolph Ziggler’s bodyguard, Big E. Langston, was in action on RAW as Langston went one-on-one with Zack Ryder. In the end, it was another dominant victory for Big E. Langston as Langston leaves Ryder laying with the Big Ending en route to picking up the win.
Then it was time for the much-anticipated 6-Man Tag Match as, for the first time in three years, “The Phenom” The Undertaker would be in action on RAW as Undertaker reunites with his brother, Kane, as the Brothers of Destruction and Daniel Bryan combat The Shield, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns. That was the plan, at least, but after The Shield assaulted Kane & Daniel Bryan in the backstage area, Team Hell No was nowhere to be found as The Undertaker stands alone in the ring as The Shield makes their way to the ring. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns then surround the ring before rushing the ring and attacking The Undertaker as “The Deadman” tries to fight off the disadvantage, but Kane & Daniel Bryan then rush to the aid of The Undertaker before all three men take it to The Shield, sending the trio out of the ring!
With Kane & Daniel Bryan ready for action, the 6-Man Tag Match then got underway as The Undertaker, Kane, & Daniel Bryan faces The Shield. Late in the intensely fought matchup, The Undertaker would attempt a double chokeslam on Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins, but Roman Reigns would break it up with a vicious Spear to The Undertaker, but the battle-tested “Phenom” was able to kick out of the attempted pin! Shortly after this, Kane plants Dean Ambrose with a chokeslam, but before Daniel Bryan can go for the flying headbutt, Roman Reigns pulls Daniel Bryan down off of his perch. As Kane & The Undertaker brawl with Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns on the outside, Daniel Bryan again goes for the flying headbutt, but Ambrose moves out of the way as Bryan’s skull bounces off of the mat. Ambrose then scrambles to the cover, pinning Bryan to pick up a huge victory, remaining undefeated as a team!
After costing Chris Jericho a match earlier in the night, Fandango was in action on RAW as “The Dancing Enigma” went one-on-one with the England-born legend and former King of the Ring William Regal. In the end, it was Fandango hitting the Two Step on William Regal en route to picking up the win. After the match, Fandango would dance his way to the staging area with his lovely dance partner, but Chris Jericho would come from behind, attacking Fandango and tossing him off of the stage! With Fandango down, Jericho beckons to Fandango’s dance partner as the former Dancing with the Stars contestant gets up close and personal with Fandango’s lady.
The Divas were in action on RAW as AJ Lee, Layla, Aksana, Naomi, & Tamina Snuka would battle in a Divas Battle Royal with the winner becoming the new #1 Contender for Kaitlyn’s Divas Title with Kaitlyn herself a guest on commentary. The first Diva to go was Aksana as Layla eliminates the Lithuanian Diva, followed by Tamina Snuka eliminating Naomi. The England-born Layla then manages to eliminate Tamina Snuka before Layla sets her sights on AJ Lee, who had been motionless since being laid out with a superkick by Tamina in the early moments of the match. Layla does her best to try and hoist the motionless AJ out of the ring, but, apparently playing possum, AJ Lee would wait until Layla had her in the ropes before ‘waking up’ and sending Layla to the outside as AJ becomes the new #1 Contender for the Divas Title.
After having some poignant comments about Ryback earlier in the night, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley would accept an invite from “The Sin City Cyborg” to confront the #1 Contender for the WWE Title in the center of the ring! For his own protection, Mick Foley brings a steel chair with him to the ring before saying that he did not come to RAW with the intention of being in a confrontation. Foley continues, saying that Ryback wants to hear what Foley has to say, saying that he definitely has something to say, so the only thing missing from the equation is Ryback. With that, Ryback marches to the ring to confront the Hall of Famer, asking how Foley having a chair is going to help him out. Foley says that, in his day, he took on the “best” that the WWE had to offer and, while he did not always win, he always found a way to “get back up”. Foley then admits that his day “came and went a long time ago” and, if Ryback decides to get physical with him, he will go down and it’s very likely that he won’t be able to get back up, but he still has something to say to Ryback. Foley then asks Ryback what happened to the man who arrived in the WWE last year and sought out to “earn respect” with Ryback warning the Hall of Famer to be careful what he wishes for. Foley then says that, when he heard Ryback complaining about how many times he was left to fend for himself, it made him think about how many times he was left alone in his career. Foley continues, saying that he does not know the exact number because he got back up and did the best he could, he didn’t “spout statistics” and, on three separate occasions, his best rewarded him with the WWE Championship. Foley says that won the WWE Title with “guts and pride”, asking if Ryback really wants to become the WWE Champion by watching John Cena get destroyed by The Shield, telling Ryback that he needs to “wake up”. Showing no respect towards the Hall of Famer, Ryback tells Foley to “shut up”, saying that Foley comes to the ring, year-after-year, getting in other people’s business. Ryback then accuses Foley of trying to relive his “glory days” and shill DVD’s. Ryback continues, saying that he wanted a WWE Title match and he got it and, at Extreme Rules, he will be the WWE Champion and he does not care what Foley, Cena or the fans think anymore.
Ryback then calls Foley a “fat, pathetic, lazy bastard”, asking how the steel chair in his hand will protect him from Ryback. Not backing down, Foley drops the microphone and raises the chair, ready to do battle and the two men go face-to-face before Ryback rips the chair away from Foley, tossing it out of the ring! Before things could get too intense between Foley and Ryback, John Cena rushes out to protect the Hall of Famer, but as Foley makes his exit, The Shield make their entrance through the crowd! In a bit of payback from last week, Cena sees The Shield closing in on the ring and Cena opts to exit the ring, leaving Ryback alone in the ring! However, once Ryback gets swarmed by the trio, the WWE Champion returns to the ring with steel chair in hand, using it to fend off The Shield, sending the three men packing as they exit through the crowd. Cena then drops the chair in the middle of the ring before getting in the face of Ryback before Cena hoists Ryback up, dropping “The Sin City Cyborg” with the Attitude Adjustment!
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