The Yes Movement Lives!
With just six nights to go before “The Show of Shows” WrestleMania XXX, the 1088th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Verizon Center in Batista’s hometown of Washington, D.C. Before they are joined by either Daniel Bryan or Triple H in the Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, the champion and #1 Contender would square off in a huge one-on-one match as WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton would square off with “The Animal” Batista in a non-title match!
After The Undertaker got inside the head of Brock Lesnar last week by emerging from a casket and pummeling “The Beast”, dropping Lesnar head-first onto the casket, “The Deadman” would be on RAW to deliver his “final message” to Brock Lesnar before their epic clash this Sunday at WrestleMania.
- Non-Title: Alberto Del Rio def. Big E by pin following a kick to the head.
- Summer Rae def. Natalya by pin following a kick to the head.
- 8-Man Tag: The Usos & Los Matadores (with El Torito) def. Rybaxel & The Real Americans (with Zeb Colter) by Los Matador rolling up Jack Swagger.
- Goldust & Cody Rhodes def. Fandango & Damien Sandow (with Summer Rae) by Goldust pinning Damien Sandow following the Final Cut.
- Bray Wyatt (with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) def. R-Truth (with Xavier Woods) by pin following the Sister Abigail.
- Lumberjill Match: Non-Title: Naomi (with Cameron, Natalya, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Emma, Layla, Rosa Mendes, Eva Marie, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, & Summer Rae) def. AJ Lee (with Tamina Snuka) by pin following the Rear View.
- Kane (with The New Age Outlaws) def. Roman Reigns (with Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins) by DQ after Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins attack Kane.
- Non-Title: No DQ: Randy Orton and Batista fight to a No Contest after Daniel Bryan attacks Triple H.
RAW would kick off in huge fashion as, six nights before he puts his undefeated WrestleMania streak on the line against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX, The Undertaker would open the show with the unmistakable sound of his gong. “The Deadman” would then make his way to the ring, saying that 21 men have stepped up and 21 men have been “set down”. The Undertaker then says that he does not claim to be better than his victims, but at WrestleMania, he will go “further” than anyone else and that is why the streak stays alive. “The Phenom” continues, saying that Brock Lesnar is probably thinking about how he can beat the streak, but what Brock should be thinking about is, when he takes Lesnar out into the “deep water” and, when Brock’s feet can no longer reach the bottom, what is Brock going to do. Will Lesnar try and take The Undertaker down with him or is Brock going to try and “swim back to shore”? The Undertaker says that all of his past opponents at WrestleMania have tried to swim for the shore and none of them have made it. “The Deadman” then says that some people believe that it is “inevitable” that the streak will be broken, but there are many more who believe in three things that cannot be beat, “death, taxes, and the streak”. The Undertaker then tells Brock Lesnar that, this Sunday, Brock will “rest in peace”.
However, this would bring out The Undertaker’s WrestleMania opponent, Brock Lesnar, with his advocate, Paul Heyman, by his side. Heyman says that he does not mean any disrespect, but the match at WrestleMania is not a match that Brock needs to win, but it is a match that The Undertaker must not lose. Heyman continues, saying that this Sunday will feature the biggest “WrestleMania moment” since Hulk Hogan slammed Andre The Giant when Brock Lesnar ends the undefeated streak of The Undertaker, saying that it is not a “prediction”, it is a “spoiler”. Having said their piece, Heyman and Lesnar begin to leave, but Brock changes his mind, turning around and slowly making his way to the ring. With Brock on his way towards the ring, The Undertaker prepares himself for battle, but Lesnar stops on the ramp, backing up a few steps before he points at the WrestleMania sign. “The Beast” then continues to taunt The Undertaker, as well as the fans in attendance, as Lesnar again marches towards the ring, but Brock stops at ringside before backing up. Lesnar then walks around ringside, not losing the gaze of The Undertaker. Heyman then enters on the opposite side of the ring with a chair, distracting The Undertaker, but when Brock slides into the ring, “The Deadman” catches Lesnar with a bevy of rights and lefts. However, Lesnar would take The Undertaker down with a clothesline before picking The Undertaker up and drilling “The Phenom” with the F-5!
Before they join 28 other Superstars in the inaugural Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania, the opening match of the night would see Intercontinental Champion Big E square off with Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match. Throughout the match, Big E would survive the onslaught of Alberto Del Rio, but a double stomp to the chest of Big E would spell the end for Big E as Del Rio would blast Big E with a straight kick to the head, pinning the Intercontinental Champion for the win.
In a one-on-one match stemming from their confrontation on the latest episode of Total Divas, Natalya would go one-on-one with Summer Rae on RAW with SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero a guest on commentary. In the end, it was a well-placed kick to the head that would spell victory for Summer Rae as Summer hits the kick, pinning Natalya for the win.
Six nights before he faces Daniel Bryan with the winner advancing to the WWE World Heavyweight Title match that same night at WrestleMania, WWE COO Triple H & WWE Principal Owner Stephanie McMahon appear on RAW. Stephanie says that they are “benevolent” people, so they are going to give the fans the opportunity to say “goodbye” to the Yes Movement. Triple H says that this generation of fans have “no loyalty”, they just want to be a part of something, so they have a “flavor of the day”, but they will just move on to something new once they get tired of it. Triple H uses “Fandangoing” as an example, reminding the fans that, this time last year, the fans were obsessed with the dance craze named after the dancing Superstar, Fandango. Triple H says that “Fandangoing” was the biggest thing going and the fans just threw it away, saying that it is a shame because Fandango is a “quality talent”. Stephanie then asks the fans if they want to see Daniel Bryan there tonight, chanting “yes” to incite the fans. Once the fans started chanting, Stephanie would say that even she can get them to chant before revealing that Daniel Bryan will not be there tonight, saying that it is best for Bryan to “rest up” for WrestleMania. Triple H then says that Daniel Bryan and the Yes Movement are just a “myth” and, as much as they want Daniel Bryan to be an “A+ player”, their chants do not make it a reality. Triple H continues, saying that it’s just like people think that all the power and success he has is because he “married well”, but the reason that he has the “power” is because of his “dominance” in the ring.
As the fans begin to chant “boring”, Triple H says that, no matter how many times they threw the “flavor of the week” at him and no matter who the fans supported and thought would end the “reign of tyranny of Triple H”, the same thing happened time and time again. Triple H then presents video footage explaining his point as the video shows Booker T, Scott Steiner, Rob Van Dam, Jeff Hardy, Goldberg, Mick Foley, Chris Jericho, and Kurt Angle. The footage then shows Triple H competing against, attacking, and defeating every one of those men as Stephanie’s voiceover explains that there is “only one Triple H” and Daniel Bryan will be the latest to fall. After the footage concludes, Triple H admits that all of those men are Hall of Fame material, but they were just “players in the game”, saying that he is “The Game” now more than ever. Triple H then says that he will end the Yes Movement at WrestleMania and he will walk out of WrestleMania as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The looks on the faces of The Authority then change quickly with the arrival of the #1 Contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Batista. “The Animal” says that he likes the idea of The Authority saying “goodbye” to the Yes Movement, but he couldn’t help but notice that he was not featured in that video package, again telling Triple H that the COO has never defeated him. Triple H says that he has heard Batista say that the last couple of times they were in the ring together, saying that is all Batista can think of to say. Triple H tells Batista that he should be preparing for his match against Randy Orton later on in the evening and Batista fires back, telling Triple H that he should be preparing for his match against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania and not focusing on a championship match that he might not even be a part of. Batista then says that Triple H is the “brains” of the operation and Stephanie is the “brawn”.
This brings out WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, who asks Stephanie to wait until he is closer to the ring to slap Batista, but then changes his mind, saying he wants to wait until later to “beat some respect” into Batista. The champion then tells The Authority that he is not thrilled about having to defend his title in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania, but he does realize that it is “best for business”. Orton then says that, while it will be an honor to face Triple H again at WrestleMania, he has to ask Triple H to reconsider being a part of the Triple Threat Match. The COO does not fall for Orton’s attempts at flattery, telling the champion that no amount of “ass-kissing” will get him out of defending his title in a Triple Threat Match, saying that Orton will lose the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania. Triple H continues, saying that the only way that Orton can avoid losing the title this Sunday is if Orton can find it within himself to become “The Viper” again. Triple H then begins the mind games with the champion, saying that if “The Viper” shows up to WrestleMania, then even he would have doubts about winning. Triple H then sweetens the deal, informing Randy Orton that his match against Batista tonight will now have no disqualifications!
Before they all compete in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Match for the WWE Tag Team Titles on the WrestleMania Pre-Show this Sunday night, WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos would team with Los Matadores, with El Torito in their corner, to face Rybaxel and The Real Americans, with Zeb Colter in their corner, in an 8-Man Tag Match. During the match, Los Matadores would pull the switch and the illegal Los Matador would surprise Jack Swagger with a roll-up to pick up the win for The Usos and Los Matadores.
With all four of them set to take part in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania, Goldust & Cody Rhodes would face the team of Damien Sandow & Fandango, with Summer Rae in their corner. In the end, it was Goldust hitting the Final Cut on Damien Sandow, pinning Sandow for the win.
Before they face Director of Operations Kane and The New Age Outlaws in a 6-Man Tag Match this Sunday at WrestleMania, The Shield would make an appearance on RAW to address Kane & The New Age Outlaws. From an undisclosed location in the arena, Seth Rollins says that it doesn’t matter which one of them goes one-on-one with Kane tonight. Dean Ambrose says that, this Sunday, they are going to teach The New Age Outlaws a lesson in “attitude”. Roman Reigns then says that The Shield is not to be messed with.
With six nights left before he collides with John Cena at WrestleMania, the leader of The Wyatt Family was in action on RAW as Bray Wyatt, with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan in his corner, would face R-Truth, with Xavier Woods in his corner. Bray Wyatt would slowly and deliberately wear R-Truth down before finally putting Truth down with the Sister Abigail, pinning R-Truth for the win. After the match, Xavier Woods would enter the ring to check on his tag partner, but Xavier would be the victim of a clothesline from Luke Harper, who tosses Xavier out of the ring. Bray Wyatt then shouts that this isn’t the “beginning”, this is the “end”. Bray Wyatt then kneels down with Harper & Rowan standing at his side, but an individual wearing a lamb mask and overalls slips into the scene, standing behind The Wyatt Family. The Wyatt Family then turns to look at the individual, who reveals himself to be John Cena! Cena then takes Luke Harper down with a right hand before he plants Erick Rowan with the Attitude Adjustment, but Bray Wyatt is narrowly able to escape as The Wyatt Family collects themselves on the ramp as Bray appears amused by Cena’s mind games.
With Cameron, Natalya, Eva Marie, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Rosa Mendes, Layla, Alicia Fox, Emma, Summer Rae, Aksana, & Tamina surrounding the ring as Lumberjills and Vickie Guerrero standing on the stage, Divas Champion AJ Lee would go one-on-one with Naomi in a Lumberjill Match. During the match, the Divas on the outside would make it a point to attack AJ Lee, but when Naomi gets thrown to the outside, the Divas do not lay a hand on Naomi. Later on in the match, Tamina would protect AJ from harm on the outside, leading to Tamina becoming the target. Meanwhile, back in the ring, Naomi would hit the Rear View on AJ Lee, again pinning the Divas Champion for the win.
Six nights before he joins his Shield comrades Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins to combat Kane & The New Age Outlaws at WrestleMania, the fans would overwhelmingly vote for Roman Reigns to go one-on-one with Director of Operations Kane on RAW. During the match, The New Age Outlaws would make their way towards the ring, but Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins would cut Road Dogg & Billy Gunn off at the pass, taking out the former tag team champions. Ambrose & Rollins then join Reigns in the ring as The Shield surrounds Kane. The Shield would then set Kane up for the three-man powerbomb, but The New Age Outlaws would quickly pull Kane out of the ring, saving the Director of Operations from suffering at the hands of The Shield.
Then it was time for a special appearance by a Hall of Famer as the infamous “Rowdy” Roddy Piper would appear on RAW to host Piper’s Pit. Piper says that, 29 years ago today, he was in the main event of the very first WrestleMania. The Hall of Famer says that there is a man who helped make WrestleMania what it is today and that is Andre The Giant, saying that, this Sunday, 30 Superstars will be in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and they will have the chance to have their name linked with one of the most legendary stars of all-time. Piper is then interrupted by The Miz, who says that he is the “odds-on favorite” to win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and he is better than all the other competitors in the battle royal. Sheamus then interrupts, saying that The Miz could not hold Piper’s kilt and he sees a trophy and a “pint of Guinness” in his future. The interruptions continue as Titus O’Neil comes out, saying that he is going to win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. As Piper struggles to keep control of his own show, Dolph Ziggler comes out, saying that he is going to “steal the show” this Sunday and etch his name into “history”. Piper then says that he has been in the wrestling business long enough to know what is going to go on here. The Hall of Famer then pokes The Miz in the eyes, igniting a four-man brawl that quickly evolves into an all-out melee as 3MB, Kofi Kingston, Sin Cara, Darren Young, and Zack Ryder join the fight. Rey Mysterio then joins the fight, scoring the 619 on Sin Cara as Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick on Titus O’Neil. The odds-on favorite to win the battle royal then enters the fray as Big Show slides into the ring, shoving off all the other competitors who try to team up on him. Big Show tosses his WrestleMania opponents around the ring, knocking Heath Slater out before he plants Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder with a double chokeslam! Big Show then decides to spare his good friend, Rey Mysterio, but Rey tries to chop Big Show down to size. However, Big Show would catch Mysterio, tossing him to the outside onto Big Show’s other victims. Roddy Piper then raises the hand of “The World’s Largest Athlete” in what could be a sign of things to come at WrestleMania.
Then it was time for the huge main event as the two men who were originally scheduled to face off at WrestleMania would collide on RAW as WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton would go one-on-one with “The Animal” Batista in a non-title match and, as decreed by WWE COO Triple H, the match would have no disqualifications and The Authority would take a front row seat as Triple H & Stephanie McMahon would sit in as guests on commentary. The stipulations of the match would quickly come into play as the fight spills to the outside where Orton and Batista exchange chair shots right in front of The Authority. Spending minimal time in the ring, Batista would attack Orton in front of Triple H and the COO would encourage Batista to show his inner “Animal” and Batista does just that by ramming Orton spine-first into the ring apron. Orton then grabs a kendo stick from under the ring, getting a shot in on Batista before “The Animal” tosses Orton into the steel steps. Back in the ring, Batista hits the Spinebuster on Orton, but Orton would fight out of the Batista Bomb. The attention would then turn to the outside of the ring as Daniel Bryan runs in through the crowd, attacking Triple H, blasting the COO with right hands! This brings Randy Orton out of the ring, who takes his attention off of Batista to do the bidding of The Authority. However, after Orton rolls Bryan into the ring, Orton would enter the ring and would walk right into a vicious Spear by Batista! Batista would then try to get his hands on Daniel Bryan, but Bryan would hit the running knee on “The Animal” before diving to the outside, taking out Triple H. The incensed Daniel Bryan then drills the COO with kicks and punches before grabbing a kendo stick, wearing “The Game” out with weapon shots in and out of the ring before Triple H is able to create some distance from his WrestleMania opponent as The Authority retreats up the ramp, leaving Daniel Bryan in the ring as Bryan chants “yes” along with the fans while Triple H is held back by his wife.
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