The 1084th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL. With a little over a month left before WrestleMania, the Road to WrestleMania has certainly heated up and, last week on RAW, the man who is undefeated on “The Grandest Stage of Them All” returned to the WWE as The Undertaker returned to confront Brock Lesnar, signing an open contract to put his undefeated streak on the line against “The Beast” before putting Lesnar through a table with a huge chokeslam. On this week’s RAW, Brock Lesnar, along with his advocate, Paul Heyman, is expected to be on RAW to respond to The Undertaker’s attack from last week, but with The Undertaker also scheduled to be in the arena, will WrestleMania come early for these two longtime rivals?
After showing his true colors on SmackDown, vowing to destroy all of the “heroes” in the WWE, Batista referred to a certain popular Superstar, calling him a “195 pound wannabe” and, on RAW, “The Animal” would go one-on-one with the man he was referring to as Batista faces Daniel Bryan!
In what promises to be an explosive rematch from WWE Elimination Chamber, the two most dominant forces in the WWE would collide one more time as The Shield would face The Wyatt Family as Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns would go to war with Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, & Erick Rowan in a 6-Man Tag Match.
This week’s Guest Host of RAW would be a man who is no stranger to explosive action as the star of the super popular “Breaking Bad” TV show and the star of the upcoming “Need for Speed” movie, Aaron Paul, would make a special appearance on RAW.
- WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos def. The New Age Outlaws (c) by Jey Uso pinning Billy Gunn (c) following the Superfly Splash to win the WWE Tag Team Titles.
- Non-Title: Big E def. Cesaro by DQ after Jack Swagger interferes.
- 6-Man Tag: The Wyatt Family def. The Shield by Bray Wyatt pinning Dean Ambrose following the Sister Abigail.
- Mixed Tag Match: Santino Marella & Emma def. Fandango & Summer Rae by Summer Rae submitting to Emma’s Emma Lock.
- Sheamus def. Christian by pin following the Brogue Kick.
- The Bella Twins def. Aksana & Alicia Fox by Nikki Bella pinning Alicia Fox following the Rack.
- Dolph Ziggler (with Aaron Paul) def. Alberto Del Rio by pin following the Zig Zag.
- Non-Title: Big E def. Jack Swagger by DQ after Cesaro interferes.
- Daniel Bryan def. Batista by DQ after Randy Orton interferes.
Having been absent from WWE television since the Royal Rumble in January, the Chicago crowd erupted for their hometown hero as CM Punk’s music blares throughout the arena, but the whole thing would turn out to be a ruse by a former friend of Punk’s, Paul Heyman. Heyman makes his way to the ring, holding the microphone to the crowd as the Chicago crowd chants “CM Punk” before sitting in the center of the ring, much like CM Punk. Heyman says he came there to tell the story of a “Paul Heyman guy”, a guy who was never really “wanted” in the WWE, a “Paul Heyman guy” who did not have the “right corporate look” and had “too many tattoos”. Heyman continues, saying that they did not want him in the WWE then and they don’t want him in the WWE now and he is there to tell them about a “Paul Heyman guy” who was born in, raised in, and still lives in Chicago. Heyman then says that this is his “pipe bomb” about CM Punk, saying that Punk is not here tonight, saying that no one is more “upset” than him that he cannot see CM Punk perform in the ring. Heyman then asks why no one is talking about CM Punk anymore and Heyman says that there is a “finger to point” at the person who is responsible for CM Punk’s absence and he points that finger at each and every one of the fans! Heyman continues, saying that, when CM Punk was with him, Punk was the longest reigning WWE Champion of the last 25 years, but the fans took Punk away from him. Heyman then says that the fans took CM Punk away from themselves, but the fans are not the only ones to blame, saying that he also blames The Undertaker. Heyman then declares that he wants “revenge” for The Undertaker causing his loss of CM Punk and the best way to do that is to take the undefeated streak of The Undertaker away from “The Deadman”. Heyman then states that the one man that can end the streak of The Undertaker is none other than Brock Lesnar.
Brock Lesnar then joins his advocate, Paul Heyman, in the ring as Heyman recaps what happened last week when The Undertaker signed the open contract to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania before drilling “The Beast” with a chokeslam through a table. To the surprise of Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar decides to speak for himself, saying that many people have tried to defeat The Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak, but all of them have been “failures”. Lesnar then vows that the streak is going to come to an end at the hands of Brock Lesnar. Lesnar & Heyman then exit the ring, but Lesnar would be confronted by some unfinished business as Mark Henry marches to ringside, immediately setting his sights on the man who dislocated his elbow back in January. However, Henry would not get far as Lesnar sends Mark Henry into the steel ring steps before blasting “The World’s Strongest Man” in the face with the steps. Lesnar then tosses the steps into the ring before he dismantles the announce table, hoisting the super heavyweight up on his shoulders, delivering a massive F-5 through the announce table, leaving Mark Henry in a heap at ringside!
The opening match of the night would see gold on the line as, in a rematch from WWE Elimination Chamber, The New Age Outlaws would defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against The Usos on RAW. In the end, it was a lifelong dream coming true for the second-generation stars as, after nearly four years of scratching and clawing their way up the tag team ranks, Jey Uso would land the Superfly Splash on Billy Gunn, scoring the three-count as The Usos are crowned the brand new WWE Tag Team Champions!
In a rematch from last week’s RAW, Intercontinental Champion Big E would go one-on-one with Cesaro, with Zeb Colter & Jack Swagger in his corner, in a non-title match. Early on in the match, Jack Swagger would try to get a cheap shot in on Big E on the outside, but Big E would knock Swagger down with a right hand. Back in the ring, Cesaro would stun Big E with the Cesaro Swing, but before Cesaro could capitalize, Swagger would again get involved, this time hitting a splash on Big E, resulting in the disqualification victory for the Intercontinental Champion. After the match, Cesaro and Jack Swagger’s argument would end with Swagger exiting the ring as Big E slides in and plants Cesaro with the Big Ending.
Then it was time for an explosive rematch from WWE Elimination Chamber as The Shield, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns, would collide with The Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, & Erick Rowan, in a 6-Man Tag Match on RAW. Early on, Seth Rollins would flip and fly in and out of the ring, tossing Luke Harper to the outside before diving to the outside, taking Harper out before sliding into the ring and diving out on the other side, taking Erick Rowan out! However, Dean Ambrose would inadvertently stumble into the top rope, knocking Rollins off of his perch. A little later on in the match, Dean Ambrose would inexplicably get into an argument with Bray Wyatt on the outside and, with Roman Reigns holding Ambrose back, Seth Rollins would have no one to tag for the time being. Later on in the match, The Wyatt Family would make it their mission to keep Roman Reigns out of the match as they knock Reigns off of the apron. However, when Dean Ambrose goes for a tag to Seth Rollins, Rollins drops off of the apron, refusing to take the tag as Rollins walks out on his partners! Roman Reigns would stop Rollins on the ramp, wanting answers from Rollins, who would explain to Reigns that he can’t be the “glue” that keeps The Shield together, saying that they were not there when he needed the tag and they will have to “figure it out” without him! Even without Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns would take it to The Wyatt Family as Reigns would tackle Erick Rowan over the announce table before Luke Harper takes Roman Reigns out. With Seth Rollins watching from the ramp, it would come down to Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose as Bray hits the Sister Abigail on Ambrose, pinning Ambrose to pick up the win for The Wyatt Family as Rollins simply watches the proceedings.
In Mixed Tag action, Santino Marella & Emma would face Fandango & Summer Rae. In the end, it was Emma locking the Emma Lock in on Summer Rae, forcing Summer Rae to tap out to pick up the win for herself and Santino Marella.
As their rivalry continues to build, RAW would see “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus going one-on-one with “Captain Charisma” Christian. In the end, it was Sheamus coming out of nowhere with the Brogue Kick to Christian, pinning Christian for the win.
Following his win over Christian, Sheamus was interviewed about the win in the backstage area and that is when Christian would strike, assaulting “The Celtic Warrior”, blasting Sheamus in the mid-section with a spotlight.
The Divas were in action on RAW as The Bella Twins would face Aksana & Alicia Fox in tag team action. In the end, it was Nikki Bella hitting the Rack on Alicia Fox en route to picking up the win for The Bella Twins.
Before going one-on-one with Batista for the first time ever, Daniel Bryan makes an appearance on RAW, saying that the people in Chicago understand that they have a “voice”. As the crowd erupts in “yes” chants, Daniel Bryan declares that they are going to “hijack” RAW! Bryan continues, saying that he is not going to leave that ring until one of two things happen, either Batista comes to the ring for a fight or Triple H comes out to respond to his challenge for WrestleMania. Bryan says that Triple H denied his challenge, but before Bryan can continue, The Authority makes their way to the ring as WWE COO Triple H & WWE Principal Owner Stephanie McMahon would confront Daniel Bryan. As the raucous crowd use their “boos” to try and drown out The Authority, a barely audible Stephanie McMahon says that she admires Daniel Bryan’s “tenacity”, saying that, after Daniel Bryan failed inside the Elimination Chamber, Bryan should be “embarrassed”. Bryan ignores Stephanie, confronting Triple H, saying that, for the last six months, he has been beaten and “screwed over” and, every time he gets close to winning the title, Triple H orchestrates some way to keep him from being the champion. Bryan continues, saying that the people still stand behind him before, again, challenging the COO to a match at WrestleMania. Clearly not taking Daniel Bryan seriously, a smirking Triple H tells Bryan “that’s not going to happen”. Triple H then tells Daniel Bryan that he cannot accept his “failures” and he is going to call this the “blame era”.
Triple H continues, saying that today’s generation of Superstars blames everyone but themselves for their failures and, the reality of the situation is that anyone who did not make it in the WWE did not make it because they were not “good enough” to succeed. The COO then says that he considers being a “B+ player” to be pretty good, saying it’s a lot better than any of the people in the crowd, but it is going to take “a lot more than a B+ player” to get him to lace up his boots for a match at WrestleMania! Daniel Bryan says that the fans can see through Triple H’s “lies”, saying that the COO does not listen to the fans and their obvious desire to see people like him succeed. Bryan continues, saying that the only way that Triple H will see that is if he “beats the crap” out of Triple H at WrestleMania. Stephanie again tries to speak through the boos, saying that the fans will turn on a Superstar on a dime, saying that, without her family, Daniel Bryan would be “nothing”. Stephanie continues, telling Bryan “we made you” and Daniel Bryan responds, saying that Stephanie’s “delusions of self-importance” are “admirable”, suggesting that Stephanie put on Triple H’s trunks while Triple H puts on Stephanie’s skirt, so he and Stephanie could have a match at WrestleMania while Triple H watches! Triple H says that he is not going to take Daniel Bryan’s bait, talking to Daniel Bryan like a child when he says that the match is not going to happen, saying that Bryan does not “measure up”. Triple H then tells Daniel Bryan to get out of his ring, but Daniel Bryan says that the ring belongs to the fans. The COO says that, everything in the arena, including Daniel Bryan and the fans, belongs to The Authority before again telling Daniel Bryan to get out of the ring. Bryan then gets in the face of Triple H, daring the COO to make him leave. This is when Stephanie calls for Director of Operations Kane to come to the ring, but Daniel Bryan strikes first, diving to the outside, taking out Kane. As Bryan pummels the Director of Operations, Stephanie orders security to break up the fight as a security team pulls Daniel Bryan off of Kane before security stands between Daniel Bryan and the ring, protecting Kane and The Authority from Daniel Bryan.
Alberto Del Rio was set for action on RAW and, as Del Rio waits for his opponent, a Mustang roars into the arena as the Emmy Award-winning star of the epic television series “Breaking Bad” and the star of the “Need for Speed” film, Aaron Paul, drives the car into the arena with Dolph Ziggler in the passenger’s seat! Aaron Paul & Dolph Ziggler greet the fans before the RAW Guest Star sits in as a guest on commentary as Dolph Ziggler goes one-on-one with Alberto Del Rio. During the match, Aaron Paul would climb onto the announce table, distracting Del Rio long enough for Dolph Ziggler to take advantage, hitting the Zig Zag en route to picking up the win.
With The Ultimate Warrior, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Lita already announced for the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame, the latest inductee into this year’s Hall of Fame was announced during RAW as the late, great manager of The Undertaker, as well as Kane and Mankind, Paul Bearer will take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame!
After costing his tag partner, Cesaro, a win earlier in the night, Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter & Cesaro in his corner, would go one-on-one with Intercontinental Champion Big E in a non-title match. Cesaro would not wait long to get his payback as Cesaro blatantly enters the ring, hitting the Neutralizer on Big E, getting his partner disqualified. Naturally, this leads to a face-off between The Real Americans with Swagger even shoving Cesaro. Cesaro explains that, now, they are “even”, but Swagger shoves Cesaro a second time. Cesaro then grabs Swagger by the legs, ready to spin Swagger with the Cesaro Swing, but Zeb Colter plays peacekeeper, convincing Cesaro to let Swagger go and help Swagger to his feet. Reluctantly, Cesaro does so, but Zeb Colter demands his team to hug each other. After some reluctance, Cesaro and Swagger hug each other aggressively, keeping the team together for the time being.
For the first time since he was assaulted and apparently injured by The Wyatt Family on last week’s RAW, John Cena would hobble to the ring with his left knee taped up to address The Wyatt Family. Cena admits that The Wyatt Family did injure him last week, so he will not be competing here tonight. As the fans chant “yes” in response to this news, Cena says that he came out there to hear the “passion” and the “energy” of Chicago, saying that the Allstate Arena holds a lot of memorable moments from his career. Cena continues, saying that he always hears them and he always knows that they are “honest” and that they are “loud”, saying that he understands that the fans want “change”. Cena then says that “change will come”, but it will have to go through him, saying that he has given the last twelve years of his life to the WWE and he is still “standing tall”. The Wyatt Family then interrupts as Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, & Erick Rowan appears on the tron as Bray says that Cena reminds him of one of those “championship horses”, but, eventually, that horse begins to slow down and he ends up laid up on a slab somewhere. Bray continues, telling Cena that “mercy” is calling Cena’s name and he is the “reaper”, vowing to put Cena down! Bray then asks Cena who will be left when he “takes it all away” from Cena.
With his WrestleMania opponent, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, seated at ringside, it was time for the main event as the #1 Contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania, Batista, would go one-on-one with Daniel Bryan. During the match, Kane & The Authority would make their way to ringside, distracting Daniel Bryan and allowing Batista to take advantage. Moments later, the fight would continue on the outside before Batista intentionally tosses Daniel Bryan into Randy Orton, knocking the champion out of his chair. This would lead to Randy Orton sliding into the ring, inexplicably attacking Daniel Bryan for the disqualification. However, Daniel Bryan would retaliate, hitting the running knee on the champion before delivering a dropkick to Batista. Daniel Bryan then kicks Kane off of the ring apron as Kane falls off of the ring apron onto Triple H! Bryan is then set to dive out of the ring onto Kane and Triple H, but Batista cuts Daniel Bryan off with a Spear. With Daniel Bryan down, Triple H grabs a microphone, kneeling down to tell Bryan that he is getting tired of Daniel Bryan’s “little fantasy”, but Daniel Bryan takes this opportunity to kick the COO in the side of the head! However, whatever fight Daniel Bryan had left was forced out of him as Batista picks Daniel Bryan up, drilling Bryan with the Batista Bomb before sliding out of the ring. An infuriated Triple H then picks up the scraps left by Batista, dropping Daniel Bryan with the Pedigree in the center of the ring! Kane & The Authority then stands over Daniel Bryan as Stephanie McMahon mocks Daniel Bryan and the fans with a “yes” chant of her own.
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