RAW kicks off with the signature chime of the Anonymous RAW General Manager as the unknown GM wastes no time in reminding everyone that he is in charge for the night. Michael Cole reads the email sent from the Anonymous GM, who says that WWE needs him or her and that he or she cannot leave the future of WWE in the hands of “washed up Superstars”. Cole is then set to read the Anonymous RAW General Manager’s list of announcements, but is interrupted by the arrival of John Cena. Cena says that the Board of Directors have really got it together tonight by letting the Anonymous RAW GM run things. Cena then says that he loves “absolutely nothing” about the Anonymous General Manager, saying that the Anonymous GM and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar have one thing in common; they both show up about once a year. Cena then reminds everyone about what happened at Survivor Series when Team Cena defeated Team Authority and drove The Authority out of power. Cena then asks why the Superstars work so hard and risk so much, but before Cena could provide the answer, the Anonymous GM literally chimes in. Having heard enough from the Anonymous GM already, Cena exits the ring and backs Michael Cole away from the podium before standing on the podium and, as the chime continues to sound, Cena says that he is not going to let the “most important victory” in Survivor Series history hand over control of RAW to a “nameless, faceless, heartless computer”.
With that, Cena shuts the laptop before “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring with J&J Security in tow. Rollins says that Cena has got “bad jokes for days” and he’s made a habit out of getting half of the crowd tells Cena how much he sucks. Rollins continues, saying that Cena is also great at taking credit for things he didn’t do, telling Cena that he didn’t win anything at Survivor Series. Rollins then reminds Cena that he eliminated Cena and he would have won and The Authority would have still been in power if it wasn’t for Sting. Cena says that he is not out there to “take credit”, he is out there to “give credit” to the man who made it happen at Survivor Series, Dolph Ziggler. Rollins then moves on, saying that the real reason he is out there is to ask John Cena and the fans if WWE is really better off without The Authority in power. Rollins continues, saying that all the hard work that Cena and his team put in to put The Authority out of power just for the WWE Board of Directors to put the Anonymous General Manager in charge. Rollins then asks who will be the next person in power, jokingly saying it will be JBL. The fans, as well as JBL, loves this idea, but their moods change when Rollins suggests that maybe Batista could take control, adding that Batista is “terrible” at wrestling and “terrible” at acting, so maybe he would be good at being a GM. After even suggesting Eric Bischoff, Rollins says that, every single week, what Cena and the other Superstars do could go up in smoke a week later based on who the Board of Directors decides to put in charge for the week. Rollins then says that Cena always says that he does what is “best” for the fans, but what is best for all of them is what is “best for business”, saying that Cena has to bring The Authority back.
John Cena says that Seth Rollins is in no position to be ordering him around, reminding Rollins that Rollins’ “trump card” is gone and The Authority is “never coming back”. Getting back in the ring, Cena says that, without The Authority, Rollins is just a “regular dude” with a “golden briefcase” and “two wannabe mall cops”. Cena then says that Rollins is not going to order him to do anything, telling Seth Rollins to ask him “nicely” to bring The Authority back. Swallowing his pride, Seth Rollins asks if Cena will “please” bring back The Authority, but Cena tells Rollins that it is not good enough, telling “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” to get on one knee. The Anonymous RAW General Manager tries to chime in, but Cena just ignores the GM until Michael Cole reads the email from the Anonymous GM, who makes the big announcement that, at WWE TLC, John Cena will face Seth Rollins in a Tables Match! Cole then reads the stipulation attached to the Tables Match, saying that, if Cena loses to Rollins at WWE TLC, then John Cena will no longer be the #1 Contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Title! This would cause Cena to take his attention off of Seth Rollins and, despite the Anonymous GM not being done with his or her announcement, Rollins blindsides John Cena. However, John Cena would fight back, tossing “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” out of the ring before targeting J&J Security, but former Director of Operations Kane would make the save for his former Authority brethren, grabbing Cena and planting him with a chokeslam! Seth Rollins then slides a table in the ring, but quickly retreats once Ryback makes his way to the ring.
With his sights set on his WWE TLC opponent, Kane, Ryback takes Kane down with a spinebuster before taking out J&J Security. Ryback then gets his hands on Seth Rollins, dropping “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” in the ring with a huge slam, but Kane would then enter the ring with a steel chair, assaulting Ryback with the weapon. The scene on RAW would then begin to mimic Survivor Series as Erick Rowan makes his way to the ring, taking Kane down on the outside and taking out J&J Security. Rowan then targets Seth Rollins, pummeling Rollins in the corner before Big Show lumbers to the ring, attacking Rowan. Taking Rowan to ringside, Big Show blasts Erick Rowan with the steel steps before Dolph Ziggler comes out, sending Big Show face-first into the steel ring post. Dolph then pulls a ladder out from under the ring, but Luke Harper comes out, shoving the ladder into Dolph Ziggler before tossing the ladder on top of “The Show-Off”. Meanwhile, in the ring, Seth Rollins sets up a table while J&J Security hold John Cena up. Cena is able to fight back against J&J Security, but when Cena lifts Rollins up for the Attitude Adjustment, Luke Harper enters the ring to save Rollins. Harper then catches Cena with an uppercut before Big Show finishes the job with the Knockout Punch. With Kane, Big Show, & Luke Harper looking on, Seth Rollins and J&J Security would mimic Rollins’ former group The Shield by driving Cena through the table with a three-man powerbomb!
Following the events that just took place, the Anonymous RAW General Manager would make two big matches for RAW as, for the first time ever, Erick Rowan would go one-on-one with “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show. Not only that, but in a huge 6-Man Tag main event, John Cena would team up with Ryback and Dolph Ziggler to face the team of “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins, Kane, and Intercontinental Champion Luke Harper!
The opening match of the night would be a rare Tag Team Turmoil Match as Gold & Stardust, The Usos, The New Day, Cesaro & Tyson Kidd, and Adam Rose & The Bunny would all compete with the winning team becoming the new #1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles with a title shot against The Miz & Damien Mizdow at WWE TLC! In the Tag Team Turmoil Match, two teams would start the match and, when one team is defeated, another team will come to the ring and this trend continues until all five teams have entered the match. The first two teams to face off were the former tag team champions Gold & Stardust and two-thirds of The New Day, Big E & Kofi Kingston, with Xavier Woods cheering them on from ringside. The New Day would dominate the bizarre brothers before Big E & Kofi Kingston hit the unique Big Night Hour maneuver on Stardust with Kofi pinning Stardust to eliminate Gold & Stardust from Tag Team Turmoil.
With Gold & Stardust already eliminated, Tag Team Turmoil would continue with The New Day’s Big E & Kofi Kingston squaring off with the unusual team of Cesaro & Tyson Kidd, with Natalya in their corner. During the match, Big E would launch Kofi Kingston over the top rope onto Cesaro & Tyson Kidd on the outside before Kofi would roll Tyson Kidd back into the ring, but this is when Gold & Stardust would get involved, attacking Xavier Woods and drawing the attention of both Big E & Kofi Kingston long enough for Tyson Kidd to take advantage as Kidd rolls Kofi up, hooking the tights for the illegal advantage and eliminating The New Day from Tag Team Turmoil.
The third portion of Tag Team Turmoil would then see Cesaro & Tyson Kidd contend with The Usos. The Usos would come one step closer to becoming the #1 Contenders as Jey Uso would hit the Superfly Splash on Tyson Kidd, pinning Kidd to eliminate Cesaro & Tyson Kidd from Tag Team Turmoil. The last leg of Tag Team Turmoil would then see The Usos square off with Adam Rose & The Bunny. However, during the match, The Bunny would take it upon himself to tag into the match, nearly scoring the win before Adam Rose tags himself back in. This would lead to Adam Rose again yelling at The Bunny, allowing The Usos to take advantage as Jimmy Uso blasts Adam Rose with a super kick, knocking down The Bunny in the process. Jey Uso then hits the Superfly Splash on Adam Rose, pinning Rose as The Usos become the new #1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles and will face The Miz & Damien Mizdow with gold on the line at WWE TLC!
Backstage, The Miz & Damien Mizdow confront Jimmy Uso’s wife, Naomi, as the self-proclaimed “A-Lister” compliments Naomi on her recent music video and says that he knows someone in Hollywood who could make Naomi a star. The Miz then offers Naomi his card, telling Naomi to call him if she’s interested.
In a collision of two big men, the mysterious and unconventional Erick Rowan would face a man who he calls a “bully” in “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show. During the match, the action would spill to the outside and, after sending Erick Rowan into the steel steps, Big Show would decide to pick up the top half of the steel steps, driving them into the back of Rowan, resulting in the disqualification. As if dropping the heavy steel on Erick Rowan’s back was not enough, when Big Show drops the steel steps, the steps fell onto the skull of Rowan. As Big Show walks away with a smile on his face, the referee checks on Erick Rowan at ringside.
The “new and improved” Fandango, with Rosa Mendes in his corner, was set to face Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter in his corner, on RAW, but questions begin to arise when Swagger does not come to the ring. It is soon revealed that Jack Swagger is backstage, where he finds Zeb Colter on the floor as someone had apparently attacked Colter as Zeb yells that his leg is hurt. With Jack Swagger unable to compete due to the state of his manager, Fandango is declared the winner of the match by forfeit.
The prime suspect in the attack on Zeb Colter then makes his way to the ring as United States Champion Rusev, with Lana in tow. Lana states that Rusev was “punished” for not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance last week and forced to defend his United States Title in a 20-Man Battle Royal, but Rusev survived 19 other men to remain the champion. Lana then calls Rusev the “greatest United States Champion” that the United States has ever seen before Rusev states that those who challenge him will be “crushed” while those who do not “listen”, like Zeb Colter, will be “broken”. Lana then asks that all the fans stand and pay respect to a “true Pledge of Allegiance” before reciting her own parody of the American Pledge of Allegiance. After Rusev gladly confessed to assaulting Zeb Colter, a livid Jack Swagger would make a beeline for the ring, attacking the United States Champion. Swagger tosses the big man around the ringside area before a slew of referees attempt to hold “The Real American” back, finally restraining Jack Swagger.
After finding out that they would be defending the WWE Tag Team Titles against The Usos in two weeks at WWE TLC, WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & Damien Mizdow were on RAW as one-half of the tag champions, Damien Mizdow, with The Miz a guest on commentary, went one-on-one with one-half of Los Matadores, Fernando, with El Torito in his corner. In the end, it was the stunt double locking in the Figure-Four Leg Lock on Fernando, making Fernando tap out to pick up the win. However, on the outside, The Miz would be confronted by an angry Jimmy Uso, who clocks The Miz with a slap across the face before telling The Miz to stay away from his wife, storming to the back as The Miz sits in shock.
With a TLC Match against Dean Ambrose coming up at WWE TLC, Bray Wyatt was in action on RAW as “The Eater of Worlds” went one-on-one with R-Truth. In the end, it was Bray Wyatt hitting the Sister Abigail on R-Truth, pinning Truth for the win. However, beating R-Truth was not enough for Bray Wyatt as, after the match, Bray would toss several chairs in the ring, as well as a couple of ladders and tables. In a weapon-filled ring, Bray Wyatt calls Dean Ambrose an “insect” and, in his dreams, he sees tables, ladders, and chairs. However, this brings Dean Ambrose to the ring as a brawl breaks out between the WWE TLC opponents at ringside with Ambrose gaining the advantage, putting Bray on the announce table and repeatedly delivering head-butts to Wyatt, but when “The Lunatic Fringe” looks to dive off of the ladder onto Bray Wyatt, referees rush out to break up the fight. With Bray Wyatt retreating, Dean Ambrose brings out a new side of Bray Wyatt as Ambrose grabs Bray’s symbolic rocking chair, smashing it to pieces right in front of “The Eater of Worlds”, leaving Wyatt in tears as Bray backs up the ramp, looking at Ambrose in a state of shock.
The Divas Champion was in action on RAW as Nikki Bella would team with her sister Brie to face AJ Lee and her tag team partner, as voted for by the WWE fans, Naomi. In the end, it was AJ Lee locking in the Black Widow on Nikki Bella, making the Divas Champion tap out to pick up the win.
Appearing live via satellite from WWE Headquarters, the advocate for WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, says that the reason that his client, Brock Lesnar, appears so rarely is because, much like Christmas or WrestleMania, Brock’s appearances are “special”. Heyman continues, saying that, if John Cena can make it past Seth Rollins at WWE TLC, then a battle-weary John Cena will have to face a fresh Brock Lesnar. Heyman then poses the question of who would be the #1 Contender if Cena loses to Rollins at WWE TLC, bringing up names like The Undertaker or even Sting. However, Heyman comments that no one can even find The Undertaker after he was defeated by Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania and any match that Brock would potentially have against Sting would be a “retirement match”. Heyman then says that, “he who has the gold has the power and he who has the power has the gold”, saying that he represents that “power”, the reigning and defending WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar.
Then it was time for the main event as, per the orders of the Anonymous RAW General Manager, John Cena would team with “The Big Guy” Ryback and “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler to face “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins, the former Director of Operations Kane, and Intercontinental Champion Luke Harper in a 6-Man Tag Match. At the end of a wild match, it was Dolph Ziggler surprising Luke Harper with a roll-up, pinning the Intercontinental Champion to pick up the win for his team. After the match, an all-out brawl would break out between the two teams before Big Show comes out to tip the scales with Kane & Big Show focusing their attention on Ryback. However, Erick Rowan would come to the ring carrying the steel steps, blasting both Luke Harper and Kane with the steel on his way to the ring. Dolph Ziggler then tosses Seth Rollins into Erick Rowan’s path as “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” gets leveled with the stairs, as well! Rowan would then enter the ring, but is caught by Big Show, who also grabs Ryback. However, Dolph Ziggler would deliver a super kick to the face of the giant, followed up with the Meat Hook Clothesline by Ryback and, finally, John Cena drops “The World’s Largest Athlete” with the Attitude Adjustment! Cena, Ryback, & Ziggler then hold Big Show up as Erick Rowan charges at Big Show with the steel steps, leveling Big Show as well! As John Cena, Ryback, & Dolph Ziggler celebrate, Erick Rowan stands over the fallen Big Show, grazing the mark on his head left by Big Show.
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