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Just six nights before Extreme Rules, the 1042nd edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK. Before their Steel Cage Match this Sunday at Extreme Rules, “The Game” Triple H and “The Beast” Brock Lesnar would come face-to-face in the center of the ring for the first time since their brutal No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania! What will happen when the WWE COO is within striking distance of the man who terrorized WWE Headquarters and destroyed his office and career memorabilia last week? Also on RAW, the bitter rivalry between “Y2J” Chris Jericho and Fandango is taken to a unique new level as, for the first time in his young career, Fandango would square off with the six-time World Champion in a Dance-Off and Fandango, along with his dance partner, will certainly have a tough time as Jericho’s dance partner will be a real pro as former Dancing with the Stars dancer and veteran Swedish ballroom dancer Edyta Sliwinska will bring her expertise to the Dance-Off!
- Dance-Off: Chris Jericho & Edyta Sliwinska and Fandango & Summer Rae fight to a No Contest after Summer Rae injures her ankle.
- Ryback def. Zack Ryder by pin following Shell Shocked.
- The Prime Time Players def. Tons of Funk by Titus O’Neil rolling up Brodus Clay.
- Non-Title: Kofi Kingston def. Damien Sandow by pin following Trouble in Paradise.
- Randy Orton def. Antonio Cesaro by pin following the RKO.
- The Miz def. Heath Slater (with Jinder Mahal & Drew McIntyre) by submission to the Figure-Four Leg Lock.
- 6-Man Elimination Tag Match: John Cena & Team Hell No def. The Shield.
- Jack Swagger def. Big E. Langston by count-out.
- AJ Lee def. Natalya by submission to the Black Widow.
RAW kicks off with Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler in the center of the ring as Lawler reveals that, this Sunday at Extreme Rules, Fandango and Chris Jericho will go one-on-one in a rematch from their WrestleMania showdown! Lawler then poses the question of who is the better dancer, Fandango or Chris Jericho? The Hall of Famer first introduces “The Dancing Enigma” Fandango, who dances to the ring with his lovely dance partner, Summer Rae, where a ballroom dance floor has been set up for the Dance-Off. With Fandango & Summer Rae in the ring, Lawler introduces the six-time World Champion and former Dancing With The Stars contestant “Y2J” Chris Jericho, who is accompanied by a ballroom dancing veteran and former dance partner on Dancing With The Stars, Edyta Sliwinska! Lawler then lays down the rules for the Dance-Off, which state that each pair will have their turn to show their best dance routine with the winners being determined by the crowd. Lawler brings up Fandango’s Dance-Off loss to The Great Khali from a couple of weeks ago, but Fandango argues that he was not defeated by Khali as the people that night knew “nothing” of his talent. Fandango then says that the people may not like him, but they have to respect his talents as an “artist” before saying that, as long as there is a Chris Jericho, there will be a “better man” and he is that better man. Jericho then gets the chance to respond, first welcoming everyone to “RAW is Jericho”, before saying that he has had a lot of big wins in the ring, touting his success as the WWE’s first ever “Musical Chairs Champion”. Jericho continues, saying that he even “outsmarted” Bob Barker to become the first ever “Price is RAW” Champion, saying that there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he will win the Dance-Off and, this Sunday at Extreme Rules, he will create a new “dance sensation” that will sweep the globe and it will be called, “I just kicked your jackass all over this ring”. Jericho then vows to dance all over Fandango’s “face” at Extreme Rules and Fandango will “never, ever be the same again”!
Having won a coin toss before RAW began, Fandango & Summer Rae would be the first pair to compete in the Dance-Off. The music begins, but Fandango freezes, even drawing a confused look from Summer Rae. Fandango then demands that the music is cut, saying that he needs time to “focus”, asking everyone to remain silent. The music begins again and Fandango & Summer Rae begin their dance routine, but bad luck quickly strikes Summer Rae and, by association, Fandango as Summer apparently twists her ankle in the middle of the dance as Summer quickly falls to the floor, unable to even stand on her own feet. Though Fandango shows no concern for Summer Rae, even telling Summer to “stop messing around”, Chris Jericho & Edyta Sliwinska show compassion for Summer as they, along with an EMT, check on Summer. However, with Jericho’s back turned, Fandango jumps Y2J, pummeling Jericho with right hands before delivering a kick to Jericho’s mid-section. Jericho rolls out of the ring, but Fandango follows Jericho, bouncing Jericho’s head off of the announce table before tossing Jericho into the steel ring steps! Fandango then screams “who can dance now” before hurling Y2J into the ringside barricade. Fandango was not through, however, as Fandango grabs a square of the heavy wooden dance floor from the ring, charging full-force at Jericho, smashing the thick piece of wood into the face of Chris Jericho! Fandango then gets back into the ring, smiling at the injured Summer Rae, but Summer jumps to her feet, revealing that the entire thing was a façade, set up to allow Fandango to ambush and assault Chris Jericho!
Before he challenges John Cena for the WWE Championship in a Last Man Standing Match this Sunday at Extreme Rules, the #1 Contender for the WWE Title, Ryback, was in action on RAW, going one-on-one with Zack Ryder. In the end, it was a dominant victory for Ryback as “The Sin City Cyborg” drops Zack Ryder with Shell Shocked en route to picking up the win.
In tag team action, Tons of Funk, Brodus Clay & Tensai, would battle The Prime Time Players, Darren Young & Titus O’Neil, on RAW. During the match, Darren Young would use his hair pick as a weapon, driving it into the throat of Brodus Clay. This would allow Titus O’Neil to catch Brodus Clay with a roll-up, picking up the win for The Prime Time Players.
After World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler suffered a concussion following a kick to the head from Jack Swagger on SmackDown, the Triple Threat Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Title at Extreme Rules was in serious jeopardy and, with SmackDown General Manager Booker T getting prepped for surgery to repair a torn triceps, SmackDown Senior Advisor Theodore Long would appear on RAW to make a major announcement regarding the planned title match. Before allowing Theodore Long to make his announcement, Matt Striker reveals that Dolph Ziggler will not be cleared to compete in time for Extreme Rules this Sunday! Before Theodore Long can announce his decision, he is interrupted by Jack Swagger & Zeb Colter as Colter says that, since Swagger is the one who concussed Dolph Ziggler, then Swagger should be awarded the World Heavyweight Title. However, AJ Lee & Big E. Langston come out on behalf of the World Heavyweight Champion as Langston says that the World Heavyweight Title is not going anywhere and AJ Lee accuses Swagger of trying to take the “easy way” to the title, demanding that Swagger be “fired” for injuring Dolph! Theodore Long then breaks up the argument between the two sides, ruling that Dolph Ziggler will not be stripped of the World Heavyweight Championship! The Senior Advisor then announces that, instead of a Triple Threat Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Title at Extreme Rules, Jack Swagger will face Alberto Del Rio in a #1 Contender’s “I Quit” Match! Theodore Long also announces that, tonight on RAW, Big E. Langston will go one-on-one with either Jack Swagger or Alberto Del Rio, depending on who the fans vote into the match!
It was announced during RAW that, this Sunday at Extreme Rules, Kofi Kingston will defend the United States Championship against Dean Ambrose of The Shield. The United States Champion was also in action on RAW as Kofi Kingston went one-on-one with Damien Sandow in a non-title match. In the end, it was Kofi Kingston hitting Trouble in Paradise on Damien Sandow en route to picking up the win.
After assaulting Sheamus with a leather belt on last week’s RAW, Mark Henry would address his Extreme Rules opponent on RAW as Henry says that, this Sunday at Extreme Rules, he is going to “drag” Sheamus’ carcass around the ring, showing his pulling of two tractor trailers on SmackDown this past Friday night. Josh Mathews asks Mark Henry to explain how he is going to defeat Sheamus in the Strap Match this Sunday. However, Henry says he is going to do “one better”, ordering Mathews to put the leather strap around his wrist. Out of fear, Mathews complies and Mark Henry shoves the interviewer/commentator down before forcefully jerking Mathews around the ring and touching all four turnbuckles. Mark Henry then takes the strap off of Josh Mathews’ wrist and Mathews wastes no time in booking it out of the ring, hopping the barricade and getting to safety. With strap in hand, Henry says that he is feeling generous, calling Sheamus out to the ring. Sheamus comes out to the stage, saying that Mark Henry is the strongest man in the world, but he is not the “brightest”. Mark Henry dares Sheamus to come to the ring, but Sheamus says that Henry is a “big man” when he’s got a strap in his hand. However, Mark Henry would try to outsmart Sheamus, calling Sheamus a “coward”, but Sheamus argues that he “never backs down” from a fight, saying that Henry has talked him into it. Sheamus then comes to the ring, but before he enters the ring, Sheamus grabs his own strap from under the ring and “The Celtic Warrior” jumps into the ring, waylaying Mark Henry with the strap, forcing Mark Henry to retreat!
“The Viper” was in action on RAW as Randy Orton would go one-on-one with Antonio Cesaro in a rematch from last week’s Main Event. In the end, it was Randy Orton dropping Antonio Cesaro with the RKO en route to picking up the win.
For the first time since losing the Intercontinental Title to Wade Barrett the night after WrestleMania, The Miz returned to RAW as “The Awesome One” would go one-on-one with Heath Slater, with Jinder Mahal & Drew McIntyre in his corner. In the end, it was The Miz locking in the Figure-Four Leg Lock, forcing Heath Slater to tap out to pick up the win.
It was announced during RAW that, this Sunday at Extreme Rules, Kane & Daniel Bryan will defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against The Shield’s Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns in a Tornado Tag Match!
In a 6-Man Elimination Tag Match, WWE Champion John Cena would team with WWE Tag Team Champions Kane & Daniel Bryan to face The Shield, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns. During the match, Kane would take it on the outside of the ring, but when Kane hits Dean Ambrose with a piece of the announce table, the referee has no choice but to disqualify Kane, eliminating Kane and leaving John Cena and Daniel Bryan to go it alone against The Shield. The next elimination would see Dean Ambrose hit the Headlock Driver on Daniel Bryan, taking Bryan out of the match and leaving John Cena to face all three members of The Shield! Despite the odds being against him, John Cena manages to combat all three members of The Shield before singling out Seth Rollins, hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Rollins en route to Rollins getting his first taste of defeat as he is eliminated from the match! Cena then goes for the Attitude Adjustment on Dean Ambrose, but Ambrose would grab the top rope. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ring, Roman Reigns is trying to enter the ring, but the referee is arguing with Reigns and trying to get him out of the ring. However, Reigns shoves the referee to the side before blasting Cena with the Spear, but the shove to the referee would deal a massive blow to The Shield as the referee disqualifies Reigns, leaving only Cena and Ambrose in the match! Shortly after this, Cena locks Ambrose in the STF, but before Ambrose could tap, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns charge the ring and attack Cena, forcing the disqualification! After the match, The Shield lays the WWE Champion out in the middle of the ring with their three-man powerbomb. After The Shield exits the ring, Ryback marches to the ring, looking down at his Extreme Rules opponent and, after initially walking away from the ring, “The Sin City Cyborg” would come back with steel chair in hand, standing on the leg of the WWE Champion and slamming the steel weapon onto the injured ankle of John Cena, despite Cena begging the #1 Contender not to!
With World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler unable to compete due to a concussion suffered on SmackDown, his bodyguard, Big E. Langston, was in action on RAW as Langston, with AJ Lee in his corner would go one-on-one with “The Real American” Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter in his corner, as voted on by the WWE fans. During the match, Jack Swagger would toss Big E. Langston over the ringside barricade and Langston would be unable to answer the referee’s ten-count, giving Swagger the win via count-out. After the match, Alberto Del Rio rushes the ring, sparking a brawl between the Extreme Rules opponents, but Swagger takes it to Del Rio, locking in the Patriot Lock, but Ricardo Rodriguez hits Swagger with a bucket, distracting Swagger long enough for Del Rio to lock the cross armbreaker in on Swagger, making Swagger tap out. Big E. Langston then comes back into the ring, breaking up the cross armbreaker. However, Del Rio takes Langston to the outside before dodging an attack from Swagger and clotheslining Swagger to the outside as well!
With Divas Champion Kaitlyn and The Bella Twins guests on commentary, the #1 Contender for the Divas Title, AJ Lee, would go one-on-one with Natalya, with The Great Khali & Hornswoggle in her corner. In the end, it was AJ Lee locking in a punishing and tangling maneuver dubbed the Black Widow, forcing Natalya to tap out to pick up the win.
Six nights before their much-anticipated war inside the Steel Cage at Extreme Rules, it was time for “The Game” Triple H to come face-to-face with the man that destroyed his office and victimized the employees at WWE Headquarters last week, “The Beast” Brock Lesnar! Triple H comes out first as the steel cage lowers around him and Triple H says that he learned to become a “man” in the ring, saying that he learned to “hate” and he has always felt more comfortable surrounded by steel! Triple H then says that he is at “home” inside the steel, daring Brock Lesnar to try and come “take it”. With Paul Heyman in tow, Brock Lesnar comes out to the staging area, but Heyman keeps Lesnar from going any further. Before Heyman can get a chance to speak, Triple H tells Heyman to “shut it” and telling Lesnar to get in the ring. However, Heyman again keeps Lesnar back, telling Triple H that he is not supposed to use words like “hate” in the WWE before saying that, at Extreme Rules, Lesnar is going to teach Triple H a lesson about “hate”. Heyman touts Lesnar as a “cage-fighting carnivore”, saying that Triple H is going to “hate” facing his family after Lesnar “disfigures” Triple H and he is going to “hate” the fact that he will go down in history as a “loser”! Heyman then says that Lesnar is on RAW and is “ready for a fight”, but everyone is going to have to wait until Extreme Rules for the fight, saying that Lesnar does not “fight for free”!
Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman were set to leave on that note, but Triple H halts the exit, saying that he has been wondering why Brock won’t face him “like a man”, saying that it has “nothing to do” with Brock Lesnar. Triple H then says that Heyman cannot “afford” for Lesnar to fight him again because he knocked Brock out at WrestleMania and he defeated him on that night. Triple H continues, saying that Heyman knows that, if Brock steps into the cage with him, he will “kick his ass” again! Triple H then says that, if he beats Lesnar again at Extreme Rules, the “roar” that Heyman will hear will not only be the crowd, it will be the “mystique” of Lesnar flying out of the building and Heyman will lose his “meal ticket”. Triple H continues, saying that he can tell that Brock still believes that he is the “baddest man standing” in the arena, saying that Heyman does not believe that anymore! Triple H then says that he is now talking directly to Brock Lesnar, asking Lesnar if he is going to step into the ring and try to prove to the world that he is “The Beast” or is he going to stand at the top of the ramp and wait for Paul Heyman to tell him what to do and prove to the world that he is “Brock Lesnar, the bitch”! Despite the pleas from Paul Heyman and a group of referees trying to stop him, Lesnar makes his way to the ring and slowly walks up the steps, locking eyes with Triple H. “The Beast” then steps foot in the ring and the two ring warriors come face-to-face before the brawl breaks out! Lesnar gets a definite advantage over Triple H after catching “The Game” with a belly-to-back suplex that sees Triple H land on his head! However, Triple H fights back, sending Brock skull-first into the steel wall of the cage before tossing Lesnar into the door of the cage, which swings open, knocking Paul Heyman to the floor, followed shortly by Lesnar, who falls out of the cage! Brock then gets on his feet with a smile on his face as Triple H opens the cage door, inviting Lesnar to resume the fight. However, Lesnar opts to grab his representative and save the fight for Sunday, making their exit while Triple H stands tall in the center of the ring.
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