Six nights before Money-in-the-Bank, the 1050th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD. After weeks of being pulled in three different directions by Mr. McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, & Triple H, the era of Vickie Guerrero serving as the Managing Supervisor of RAW could potentially come to an end on RAW as the Chairman, the Executive Vice President, and the Chief Operating Officer will perform Vickie Guerrero’s job evaluation live on RAW! Also, before he defends the WWE Championship against Mark Henry at Money-in-the-Bank, John Cena would come face-to-face with “The World’s Strongest Man” on RAW just days before their titanic clash in Philadelphia. “We’re coming” is what the world has heard for weeks at the end of bizarre and downright creepy vignettes that warns the WWE of the arrival of The Wyatt Family, but now the time has finally come as Bray Wyatt will lead his ‘family’ onto RAW as the bizarre trio make their RAW debut!
- Daniel Bryan def. Sheamus by roll-up.
- Non-Title: Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns def. Tons of Funk by Roman Reigns pinning Tensai following the Spear.
- Non-Title: Chris Jericho (with The Miz) def. Curtis Axel (with Paul Heyman) by pin following the Codebreaker.
- Non-Title: Alberto Del Rio and Sin Cara (with Dolph Ziggler) fight to a No Contest after a brawl breaks out between Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler.
- Kane def. Christian by pin following the chokeslam.
- AJ Lee & Alicia Fox and Kaitlyn & Layla fight to a No Contest after Kaitlyn attacks AJ Lee.
- CM Punk def. Randy Orton by pin following the GTS.
RAW kicks off with Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero and her assistant, Brad Maddox, standing in the center of the ring next to a ladder as Vickie says that the ladder represents her career as she has ascended the ladder of success year after year. With two referees holding the ladder steady, Vickie symbolically climbs the ladder, sitting atop the ladder as Brad Maddox hands the microphone to Vickie. Vickie says that there is no book out there that explains how a woman can succeed in a “male-dominated world”, saying that no one ever told her how to manage a show and she has “navigated a mine field” to bring the best entertainment possible. Vickie continues, saying that every decision that she has made has been for the fans. Jerry “The King” Lawler then interrupts Vickie to tell the Managing Supervisor that there is now a poll open on the WWE App where the fans can grant either a “pass” or “fail” grade for Vickie’s job as Managing Supervisor, something that the McMahon family will use to assist in the job evaluation later on in the evening. Vickie responds to this by saying that she considers the WWE her “family” and, like any other family, they have good days and bad days, but a family always has each other’s backs. Vickie then says that she knows that they will all support her decision to have a face-off between WWE Champion John Cena and Mark Henry. Vickie also announces that the participants in Money-in-the-Bank All-Stars will square off as Christian will go one-on-one with Kane, Randy Orton will face CM Punk, and Sheamus will go one-on-one with Daniel Bryan!
The first of three matches featuring the Money-in-the-Bank All-Stars participants would be the opening match of RAW as a rivalry would be renewed as “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus goes one-on-one with Daniel Bryan. At the end of an incredible match, it was Daniel Bryan countering the Texas Cloverleaf of Sheamus into a roll-up, catching “The Celtic Warrior” by surprise to pick up the win! After the match, Sheamus would get in the face of Daniel Bryan and both men would briefly look up at the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase hanging above the ring before the two shake hands and Sheamus leaves Daniel Bryan to celebrate his victory.
Backstage, Divas Champion AJ Lee is warning Big E. Langston to keep an eye out for Kaitlyn. Dolph Ziggler then confronts his girlfriend, asking Big E. Langston for some privacy. After Langston leaves, Dolph tells AJ that she has not been out there to support him the past week, accusing AJ of forgetting about their pact to both be champions. AJ tells Dolph that she will do “anything” to ensure that they will both be champions and that is her priority.
Before they defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against Jimmy & Jey Uso on the Money-in-the-Bank Kickoff this Sunday, The Shield’s Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns would face Tons of Funk in a non-title match. Tons of Funk would take it to Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns throughout the match, but a blind tag from Roman Reigns would spell the end of Tons of Funk as Reigns blasts Tensai with the Spear en route to picking up the win for the WWE Tag Team Champions.
With the world awaiting the debut of the Wyatt Family, a reporter for WWE.com documented his trip to the Wyatt compound. After getting directions to the compound from some unusual locals, the reporter arrived on the home turf of the Wyatt Family. Upon exiting his vehicle into the rain, the reporter would witness a member of the Wyatt Family in the backyard near a roaring fire. With a lamb mask on, the towering individual was driving a pickaxe into the dirt, but stopped abruptly upon spotting the reporter. The scruffier Wyatt Family member then surprises the reporter, who turns to face the big man as the individual tells the reporter to follow him. After a brief look back at the backyard to discover that the individual with the lamb mask had disappeared, the reporter follows.
Six nights before their battle for the WWE Championship at Money-in-the-Bank, WWE Champion John Cena and #1 Contender Mark Henry was set to face off on RAW. “The Champ” comes out first as Cena comes to the ring, saying that Mark Henry said that he needs to have a “talk” with the WWE Champion. “The World’s Strongest Man” then comes to the ring as Mark Henry comes face-to-face with the one thing standing between him and the WWE Championship. Mark Henry says that Cena has the look of “fear” on his face, but Cena says that he is not afraid of Mark Henry. Henry says that, for seventeen years, he has been “hungry” and there is only one thing that will satisfy him and that is the WWE Championship. Henry continues, saying that he is a “new man” and he has known Cena for over ten years, claiming that he knew the WWE Champion before Cena even knew who he was. Henry then says that the WWE Title will “validate” his career and winning the title will make him a “first ballot Hall of Famer”. Henry continues, saying that he would “sell out” his own mother for that title, saying that he even sold out his family for a shot at the title. Cena says that he has won and lost the WWE Title, but he has done so with “respect” and what he sees in front of him is a “desperate” man, a man who lied to the fans and sold out his own family for a shot at the gold. Cena continues, saying that, if Mark Henry loses this Sunday, he will “get nothing” and his seventeen year odyssey will be for nothing. Mark Henry says that he does not care what Cena thinks, saying that there are “lines” that the WWE Champion will not cross that he has no problems crossing.
Cena then dares Mark Henry to step over his “line” and he will kick his ass right now! Mark Henry says that Cena wants him to cross the line “for free”, saying that he has taken a 50% pay cut before and he will not lose out on money again, telling Cena that he will wait until this Sunday. However, Mark Henry would quickly change his mind, saying that he will give Cena a “sample”, but Mark Henry simply fakes John Cena out before heading toward the ropes. When Cena lets his guard down to pick up his title belt, Mark Henry charges at the WWE Champion, taking Cena down, but Cena would fight back, but when Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment on Mark Henry, Henry’s weight overwhelms the WWE Champion and Cena collapses with Henry 400+ pounds falling on Cena’s skull! Mark Henry then picks Cena up off of the ground and squashes the champion with the World’s Strongest Slam, holding the WWE Title belt up before slamming the title belt down on Cena’s prone body.
Backstage, Randy Orton comments on his match with CM Punk, as well as Money-in-the-Bank All-Stars, saying that Punk calls himself “the best in the world”. Orton says that he does not believe Punk is the best in the world now nor did he think so when he beat Punk at WrestleMania two years ago. Orton then vows to win the Money-in-the-Bank contract for a guaranteed WWE Title shot and, regardless of who the champion is, he will not hesitate to cash in.
Before he goes one-on-one with Ryback at Money-in-the-Bank, Chris Jericho was in action on RAW as the six-time former World Champion went one-on-one with Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel, with Paul Heyman in his corner, who is sporting a black eye courtesy of Alberto Del Rio, in a non-title match with The Miz a guest on commentary. Throughout the match, Chris Jericho would endure the best of Curtis Axel, kicking out of both the Axel Cutter and the Perfect Plex, but when Jericho knocks Curtis Axel to the outside, Axel would catch The Miz smirking at Axel’s pain. This sparks an argument between Miz and Axel and, after Paul Heyman breaks up the argument, Curtis Axel heads back into the ring and walks right into the Codebreaker by Jericho, who pins the Intercontinental Champion to lay the first loss on Curtis Axel since his re-emergence!
Backstage, two of the seven combatants in this Sunday’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match for a World Heavyweight Title contract, Team Rhodes Scholars, are asked about how their friendship will be impacted should one of them win the Money-in-the-Bank contract. Damien Sandow says that, if for some reason he does not win the match, then he will be more than happy to see Cody Rhodes win it and he is sure that Rhodes agrees with him. When Josh Mathews asks Cody Rhodes what he thinks, Damien Sandow steps in, saying that he already told Mathews what Rhodes thinks. Led by Zeb Colter, Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro confront Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow as Colter says that, if America does not take charge, the country’s money will be worthless and, as the son of “The American Dream”, Rhodes should know about the decay of America better than anyone. Wade Barrett then interrupts, saying that he will be the one winning the briefcase this Sunday, sparking an argument between the five men. However, when Fandango dances into the scene, the bickering stops and Rhodes warns Fandango not to say it. When Fandango starts to say his name, Barrett warns Fandango not to say it, followed by Zeb Colter with the same warning. However, when Fandango fails to listen, Barrett cuts Fandango off with a stiff right hand to the jaw! This amuses Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow, but the smiles are quickly wiped off of their faces when they meet the gaze of Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro as both teams stare each other down.
Now inside the Wyatt Family compound, the WWE.com reporter follows the burly Wyatt through the hall, who tells the reporter not to stray. The reporter does not listen, however, as he peeks into a room where a Wyatt follower is grabbing his skull, repeating “obey” to himself. The big man then retrieves the reporter, bringing him to a locked door. After trying the locked door, the reporter turns around to discover that the big man who accompanied him had disappeared. When the reporter turns back towards the door, he comes face-to-face with Bray Wyatt with lantern in hand as Bray tells the reporter that he has been waiting for him, leading the reporter into the darkness.
Six nights before he defends the World Heavyweight Title against Dolph Ziggler at Money-in-the-Bank, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio would go one-on-one with Sin Cara in a non-title match on RAW. In the middle of the match, Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring, nearly costing Del Rio the match. As the match continues, Dolph Ziggler calls Del Rio a “coward” who tried to end his career, saying that Del Rio has “no chance” of retaining the World Heavyweight Title this Sunday. After calling Del Rio a “loser”, Dolph would begin to do his best impersonation of Ricardo Rodriguez, but Del Rio would abandon the match to get his hands on Ziggler. The act would ultimately backfire as, following a brawl between champion and challenger, Sin Cara would dive to the outside, taking the World Heavyweight Champion down!
Then it was time for Vickie Guerrero’s fate to be decided as, with Brad Maddox at her side, the Managing Supervisor is seated in the ring The McMahon Family, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon, WWE Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon, and WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H all make their way to the ring for Vickie Guerrero’s public job evaluation. The McMahon Family take their seats behind the conference table in the ring as Stephanie says that they are out there to evaluate Vickie’s job as the Managing Supervisor of RAW, reminding everyone that the fans have voted and the fans’ decision will definitely affect their final decision. Stephanie then gives the floor to Vickie Guerrero to plead her case, who says that she has taken pride in delivering the best entertainment possible on RAW, reminding the McMahons that she was the one who exposed former General Manager AJ Lee’s alleged affair with John Cena. Vickie continues, saying that she has orchestrated the returns of The Rock and Rob Van Dam under her administration, even taking credit for “inspiring” the return of The Undertaker! Stephanie says that, while Vickie had nothing to do with any of those returns, Vickie has failed to mention the one return that she did orchestrate, the return of Brock Lesnar, who, after being signed to a contract by Vickie, annihilated both Mr. McMahon and Triple H!
Stephanie says that a Managing Supervisor needs to “take responsibility” for their actions, asking Vickie if she thinks bringing Lesnar back was a “good idea”. Vickie says that she followed Mr. McMahon’s model of doing what is “good for business” when signing Lesnar, but she had no idea that Brock would attack Mr. McMahon and Triple H, apologizing to The McMahon Family. Mr. McMahon then stands up, saying that Vickie has nothing to apologize for and signing Brock was a “stroke of genius”. The Chairman then says that everyone around the world thinks that Vickie is “highly entertaining”, admitting that Vickie has made some “boneheaded decisions”, but a person in power tends to do that from time-to-time. Triple H then takes the stand, saying that he admits that, sometimes, Vickie is “unintentionally entertaining”. The COO then straight-up tells Vickie that she is “terrible” at her job, calling Vickie “rotten”. Triple H cites an instance a couple of weeks ago when Vickie was supposed to be promoting the WWE 2K14 video game and, not only did she screw that up, but no one could hear her over the deafening “boos” from the fans. Triple H continues, saying that Vickie is not booed in a “good way” and she is overwhelmingly booed by the fans each and every week, which is “bad for business”. Triple H then asks his father-in-law, Mr. McMahon, to put aside what he thinks is “entertaining”, saying that there is a reason that the Golden Girls is not on TV anymore! Triple H then emphatically states that the fans want and deserve “better” than Vickie Guerrero, telling Vickie that she has the “most annoying voice in the history of broadcast television”. Mr. McMahon then agrees that Vickie does have an annoying voice, he believes that Vickie has “qualifications” that no one else has and she has “broken through” the glass ceiling of the male-dominated corporate structure. The Chairman then says that he “admires” Vickie and, unlike some other “short-sighted” individuals in the ring, he believes that Vickie should be named the permanent General Manager of RAW!
Realizing that his father-in-law is referring to him, Triple H stands up, saying that he is going to speak for the “short-sighted side of the table”, admitting that, at the end of the day, he is just the COO and Mr. McMahon is the Chairman, so McMahon is going to do what he wants regardless of whatever anyone else says. Triple H then says that the whole point is for McMahon to have a “spineless puppet” in a position of power for the sole purpose of kissing Vince’s ass and, while he would like to believe that is not the truth, they should leave it to the person in the middle of it all, Stephanie McMahon. Vince agrees, saying that he has no problem with “daddy’s little girl” making the “right decision and Triple H says that he does not have a problem with his wife and the mother of his children, not to mention the woman who will have to put up with him if she makes the wrong decision. Stephanie then stands up, saying that she is not going to let anyone or anything drive a “wedge” into her family, saying that she is leaving it up to the votes of the WWE fans, who overwhelmingly vote Vickie as a failure 75% to 25%. As Triple H snickers, a desperate Vickie loses it, shouting at her superiors that they cannot trust the people to make good decisions and she is not going to have some sort of “popularity contest” decide her fate. Despite Vickie’s best attempts to remain employed, Stephanie sternly tells Vickie the two words she never wanted to hear again, “you’re fired”! Upon hearing the news, Vickie falls to the ground, literally throwing a tantrum! As the fans chant “no more Vickie”, Vickie begs The McMahon Family and even climbs on their conference table, shouting at them. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon then slowly leave Vickie to her tantrum. However, Mr. McMahon remains in the ring, telling the fans that Vickie didn’t fail, the fans failed, saying that they all threw away the entertainment that would come with Vickie being the permanent General Manager. The Chairman says that the fans have no idea what the “right decision” is, so he is going to make it for them. With that, Mr. McMahon says that they need a new General Manager of RAW, announcing that the new GM of RAW is Vickie’s former assistant, Brad Maddox! This leaves everyone in a state of shock, but no one more than Brad Maddox himself, who stares blankly at the fans as Mr. McMahon assists Vickie to the back, talking to himself as he follows his boss and former boss.
Backstage, Mr. McMahon is trying to console the now unemployed Vickie Guerrero when he is confronted by the new General Manager, Brad Maddox, who thanks the Chairman for naming him the new GM, saying that he is going to pick up where Vickie left off. McMahon tells Maddox that he gave the fans what they “deserved” before a crazed Vickie slaps Maddox, pummeling him with slaps and screeches of “get out”! Realizing that she ruined his jacket, McMahon leaves Vickie to wallow in her own despair.
Two more Money-in-the-Bank All-Stars participants would square off on RAW as “The Big Red Monster” Kane went one-on-one with “Captain Charisma” Christian. In the end, it was Kane drilling Christian with a chokeslam en route to picking up the win. However, the bigger story would come after the match as Bray Wyatt appears on the Tron, sitting in a rocking chair in a dimly lit room, saying that he has no followers, he only has “brothers and sisters all in the name of cause”. Wyatt continues, saying that people are “sheep” that “need to be led” and he is not afraid of their “wars” because he creates the wars. Getting up out of his chair, Wyatt screams that the world is deteriorating and people are doing nothing about it, saying that he has seen it all in his “dreams” and in his “thoughts” and, above everything else, he understands that this is “not the beginning”, it is “the end”. Bray then lights a torch, revealing the lamb-mask giant and the bearded giant standing behind him before Wyatt says “we’re here” and blows out the torch!
Back in the arena, there is total darkness as Bray Wyatt carries a torch, leading The Wyatt Family to the ring. Bray then sits down at the bottom of the ramp and blows out the torch and, when the lights come back on in the arena, the giant Wyatts attack Kane. Kane briefly fights back, but the two monsters overwhelm Kane, pummeling “The Big Red Monster” on the outside of the ring. The Wyatt Family then disassembles the steel ring steps, laying Kane’s skull against the bottom half of the steps before driving the top of the steps into Kane’s head, smashing Kane’s skull in between the steel! Bray Wyatt then joins his disciples, kneeling in front of Kane and laughing about what The Wyatt Family had just done to one of the WWE’s most dominant monsters!
Backstage, Vickie Guerrero is slowly carrying a box full of her possessions out of the arena when she is confronted by Ryback, who sets Vickie’s things down and gives the former Managing Supervisor a hug, telling her that everything is going to be okay.
With The Bella Twins guests on commentary, Divas Champion AJ Lee, with Big E. Langston in her corner, would team with Alicia Fox to face the #1 Contender for the Divas Title, Kaitlyn, and Layla. Once AJ Lee enters the ring during the match, Kaitlyn would attack the Divas Champion, pummeling AJ on the inside and outside of the ring, ultimately leveling AJ with a Spear on the outside of the ring!
Then it was time for the main event as, six nights before they join Daniel Bryan, Kane, Sheamus, Christian, and the returning Rob Van Dam in Money-in-the-Bank All-Stars with a guaranteed WWE Title match on the line, “The Best in the World” CM Punk would go one-on-one with “The Viper” Randy Orton. At the end of an intensely-fought match, it was CM Punk finally hitting the GTS on Randy Orton en route to picking up the win. After the match, Daniel Bryan would hit the ring, attacking CM Punk and throwing Punk out of the ring. Bryan then retrieves a ladder from underneath the ring, using the ladder to take Randy Orton out of the ring before Bryan sets the ladder up in the center of the ring, symbolically unhooking the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase in what could be a sign of things to come this Sunday night!
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