The 1102nd edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Bell Centre in the infamous WWE city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. For better or for worse, one of the legendary names synonymous with Montreal, not to mention the country of Canada, is WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hitman” Hart and, as tweeted out by “The Excellence of Execution” himself, “The Hitman” will be making a special appearance on RAW! What will the Hall of Famer have to say to the WWE fans? How will Bret Hart get involved in the Monday night proceedings?
After an Authority-orchestrated attempt at cashing in Money-in-the-Bank on John Cena failed for “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins, thanks to interference from Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, the Money-in-the-Bank contract holder will go one-on-one with the man he nearly cashed in on last week, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion as Seth Rollins faces John Cena in a non-title match! With WWE COO Triple H, Randy Orton, & Kane no doubt waiting in the wings, will Seth Rollins attempt another cash-in on RAW? What roles will Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns play?
Also, after The Miz’s return to WWE was upstaged by Chris Jericho’s even grander return last week, the six-time former World Champion left the self-proclaimed “movie star” lying with the Codebreaker on two different occasions. Now, on this week’s RAW, Chris Jericho will compete in his first match in nearly a year as “Y2J” goes one-on-one with The Miz on RAW!
- Non-Title: Luke Harper & Erick Rowan def. The Usos by Luke Harper pinning Uso following the Discus Clothesline.
- Rusev (with Lana) def. Rob Van Dam by submission to the Accolade.
- Randy Orton def. Dean Ambrose by pin following the RKO.
- Alberto Del Rio (with Fandango) def. Dolph Ziggler by pin following a kick to the face.
- Non-Title: Sheamus def. Damien Sandow by pin following the Brogue Kick.
- Chris Jericho def. The Miz by submission to the Walls of Jericho.
- AJ Lee & Paige def. The Funkadactyls by Paige pinning Cameron following the Paige Turner.
- Kofi Kingston def. Cesaro (with Paul Heyman) by roll-up.
- Bo Dallas def. El Torito (with Diego) by pin following the Bo Dog.
- Non-Title: John Cena and Seth Rollins fight to a No Contest after Randy Orton & Kane interfere.
Two weeks before he joins Randy Orton, Kane, and WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in a Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Battleground, RAW kicks off with Roman Reigns. Roman says that Triple H said that he was putting him in the Fatal 4-Way Match at Battleground because it was “best for business”, but Reigns says that the COO probably thought that Reigns could “neutralize” John Cena, which Roman says that he can. Roman continues, saying that Triple H might think that Kane can neutralize him, but Roman says that Kane cannot and Triple H thinks that Randy Orton will walk out as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Reigns says that he’s got a “hair trigger” and, unlike Randy Orton, he is not a “pawn” in The Authority’s game, telling everyone to “believe that”. Roman is then interrupted by the arrival of “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” Kane and, when Kane doesn’t speak, Roman asks if Kane is there on behalf of The Authority, who is not in the arena tonight. Reigns then calls Kane a “lap dog” before “correcting” himself, calling Kane “Randy Orton’s bitch”! This brings Kane down the ramp and Roman Reigns meets the monster halfway as a brawl breaks out between the two powerhouses. While Kane gains an early advantage, Roman Reigns would fight back, knocking Kane over the ringside barricade. However, “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” would battle back, bringing Roman back into the ringside area, sending Reigns face-first into the steel ring post. Kane then rolls Reigns into the ring, where he continues to stomp away at Roman. Referees then rush down to break up the brawl, but Kane grabs referee John Cone and drills the official with a chokeslam! This brings down several of WWE’s road agents, who manage to separate the two, but Roman Reigns breaks free, shoving road agent Jamie Noble down and delivering a Spear to Finlay! Kane then climbs on the ring apron, but he is caught with the Superman Punch by Roman Reigns! Roman Reigns is then the one left standing tall as Kane retreats from the ringside area.
The opening match of the night was a non-title rematch from Money-in-the-Bank as WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos faced The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper & Erick Rowan on RAW. During the match, one of The Usos was prepared to deliver the Superfly Splash to Luke Harper, but Erick Rowan would shove the other Uso into the ring ropes on the outside, causing Uso to lose his balance and Harper would take advantage, hitting a sit-down powerbomb on Uso, but the other Uso breaks up the pin. Shortly after this, Erick Rowan takes one of The Usos out on the outside as Harper hits the other with the Discus Clothesline en route to picking up the win. After the match, one of The Usos complains to the referee that the Uso that was pinned was not the legal man, but the decision stands as Harper & Rowan keep their victory.
Backstage, Randy Orton confronts Kane, telling Kane that he has Kane’s back just like he knows that Kane will have his back at Battleground. Kane agrees, saying that, one way or the other, the WWE World Heavyweight Title is coming back to The Authority. “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins then enters the picture, applauding Kane and Orton on their attitude, saying that, with The Authority not in the arena, it is “extra important” that they have each other’s backs and that is why, after one of them wins the title at Battleground, he will “think twice” about cashing in his contract. After Rollins exits, Randy Orton tells Kane that he is really starting to hate Rollins, but Kane says that it is not nearly as much as he hates Orton!
In a Divas match made by the absent Authority, Nikki Bella would go one-on-one with Alicia Fox and, per the orders of The Authority, both Divas would have one arm tied behind their backs. However, Alicia Fox would refuse to let the referee tie one arm behind her back as Alicia attacks the one-armed Nikki Bella, knocking Nikki out of the ring. Alicia then repeatedly smashes the head of Nikki Bella into the ringside barricade before rolling Nikki back into the ring and Nikki manages to get a slap in on Alicia Fox, but Alicia continues to pummel Nikki. Alicia then gets two energy drinks from under the ring, showering Nikki and the ring mat with the beverage before exiting the ring as the referee works to untie Nikki Bella.
“The Hero of the Russian Federation” was in action on RAW as “The Super Athlete” Rusev, with Lana in his corner, would go one-on-one with the high-flying veteran Rob Van Dam. While RVD would perfectly utilize his quickness to combat the power of Rusev, it would was a huge kick to the jaw of RVD that would allow Rusev to lock in the Accolade on “Mr. Monday Night”, making RVD tap out to pick up the win.
After Dean Ambrose got involved in The Authority’s business last week, playing a major part in running The Authority’s plan to have Seth Rollins cash in on John Cena for the title, “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would go one-on-one with one of the three challengers for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Battleground, “The Viper” Randy Orton. The match would completely break down once Dean Ambrose starts tossing steel chairs in the ring, but Randy Orton would manage to avoid taking any damage from the steel, battling back against Ambrose on the outside. Orton would then send Ambrose’s injured shoulder into the steel ring post before planting Ambrose on the arena floor with the suspended DDT. “The Viper” would then slide back into the ring, but Ambrose would barely beat the ten-count back into the ring and, after nearly surprising Orton with a roll-up, Orton would strike with the RKO, pinning Ambrose to pick up the win.
With the newest addition to the Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal, Fandango, a guest on commentary, two of the other participants in the battle royal would face off as “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler went one-on-one with Alberto Del Rio. During the match, Fandango would stand on the announce table, drawing Dolph Ziggler’s attention long enough for Alberto Del Rio to deliver a kick straight to the face of Ziggler, pinning Dolph for the win.
WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler would make an in-ring appearance, saying that the last time that he was in Montreal, it didn’t look like he would ever be back, but thanks to WWE’s medical team and the local hospital, he is there today. Lawler then says that it is his honor to bring out the legendary Canadian hero and fellow WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hitman” Hart. “The Hitman” makes his way to the ring, shaking hands with “The King” before Lawler exits the ring. Bret says that, no matter what happened there in the past, it’s always great to be back in Montreal. The Hall of Famer then says that, if he could have just one more match, it would be in front of the “greatest fans in the world” in Montreal! Bret continues, saying that he’s getting a “rush” like when he was the WWE Champion, but the Hall of Famer is then interrupted by an impersonation of his former self as Damien Sandow comes out, dressed like “The Hitman”, and proclaims himself to be Bret “The Hitman” Sandhart. Sandhart says that being in Montreal, he is reminded of a “regret” that he has in his career and he is not talking about when he tapped out to his own submission hold or that he was so “embarrassed” that he “pretended” that it was an “elaborate screwjob”. Sandhart then refers to Canada as a “third world country” before saying that his biggest regret is not getting to share the ring with the greatest Superstar of all-time, Damien Sandow. Sandhart then tells Bret that he knows that talking has never been Bret’s strong suit, but Sandhart is then popped in the face with a right hand from the Hall of Famer as Sandhart falls out of the ring with Bret telling Sandhart that punching was his strong suit!
After greeting a former United States Champion in Bret Hart, reigning United States Champion Sheamus would go one-on-one with the man who just got decked by “The Hitman”, Damien Sandow, in a non-title match. In the end, it was Sheamus blasting Damien Sandow with the Brogue Kick, pinning the impersonator to pick up the win.
Last week on RAW, The Miz’s return to WWE was crushed by the grand return of “Y2J” Chris Jericho and, on this week’s RAW, the first Undisputed Champion in WWE history would compete on RAW for the first time in a year as Chris Jericho went one-on-one with The Miz. In the end, it was Chris Jericho punching The Miz right in his “money maker” before locking in the Walls of Jericho, making The Miz tap out to pick up the win. After the match, Bray Wyatt appears on the stage in his signature rocking chair, saying that Jericho cannot even “save” himself and that “actions scream eternities”. Bray continues, saying that Jericho can say whatever he needs to say, but he will hold those words against Jericho and the people that used to be called “Jerichoholics” are now his followers. Jericho then tells Bray to “please shut the hell up”, saying that he is going to come up there and beat Bray’s ass! Jericho then exits the ring with his sights set on Bray Wyatt, but Luke Harper & Erick Rowan then appear next to their leader, halting Jericho at ringside.
One week after losing the Divas Title to the returning AJ Lee, Paige would team with new Divas Champion AJ Lee to face The Funkadactyls, Cameron & Naomi, in tag team action. The story of the match would quickly become the dysfunction between Cameron & Naomi as Cameron would appear bored with the match, refusing to tag into the match until she was ready to accept the tag. However, when Cameron finally does get into the match, she is immediately hit with the Paige Turner by Paige, who pins Cameron to pick up the win for herself and AJ Lee. After the match, Naomi and Cameron would get in each other’s face and the long-standing team would implode ad Naomi and Cameron absolutely try to tear each other apart in a vicious brawl that is finally broken up by the referee.
After being assaulted by Cesaro on last week’s RAW, Kofi Kingston would be out for revenge as Kofi went one-on-one with “The King of Swing” Cesaro, with Paul Heyman in his corner. During the match, Kofi Kingston would surprise Cesaro with a roll-up, defeating Cesaro for the second week in a row. After the match, Cesaro would look to administer another assault on Kofi, but Big E would refuse to let that happen as the powerhouse makes the save for Kofi, forcing Cesaro to retreat.
The self-proclaimed “inspirational” Bo Dallas was in action on RAW as Bo Dallas would go one-on-one with El Torito, with Diego in his corner. During the match, Bo Dallas would shove Diego into the steel steps on the outside. Moments later, Bo Dallas would hit the Bo Dog on El Torito, pinning the mini-bull for the win.
Then it was time for the main event as, one week after he nearly lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in an Authority-orchestrated Money-in-the-Bank cash-in attempt, WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena would go one-on-one with “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins in a non-title match. During the match, John Cena would have Seth Rollins locked in the STF, but the arrival of Kane would make John Cena release the hold. Then, with Cena’s focus on Kane, Randy Orton would attack John Cena from behind before Orton and Kane stomp away at the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Roman Reigns then makes the save, dropping Kane with the Superman Punch on his way to the ring before entering the ring and leveling Randy Orton with the Superman Punch, as well. Seth Rollins then smashes Roman Reigns in the back of the head with the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase before Rollins blasts Cena with the briefcase! Rollins then calls for a referee as he looks to cash in his Money-in-the-Bank contract, but before the cash-in could be made official, Dean Ambrose attacks Seth Rollins and the two men brawl to the back. Meanwhile, in the ring, Randy Orton attempts to prey on a helpless John Cena, but “The Champ” springs up, hitting Randy Orton with the Attitude Adjustment! Kane then slides into the ring, grabbing Cena by the throat, but Roman Reigns would blast Kane with the Spear! Cena then pulls himself to his feet before Roman Reigns raises the hand of the champion, looking at Cena and smiling. Cena then responds by raising the hand of Roman Reigns before the two men stare each other down, both smiling and nodding their approval of each other.
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