Double the Payback.
One night after a destructive and controversial Extreme Rules, the 1145th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI. After a five-year absence from WWE, the King of the Ring Tournament would return live on RAW as eight WWE Superstars would compete to be crowned the 2015 King of the Ring, joining such names as Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Edge, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Booker T, & Stone Cold Steve Austin as one of only a handful of Superstars to earn the title of “King”. The four first round matches of the King of the Ring Tournament would take place on RAW as, one night after being forced to kiss the ‘arse’ of Sheamus, despite winning their Kiss Me Arse Match, “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler would go one-on-one with the man who lost to Neville on the Extreme Rules Kickoff show, Bad News Barrett, with the winner advancing to the Semi-Finals of the tournament to face either R-Truth or Stardust, pending the outcome of their first round matchup. After a grueling victory in a Chicago Street Fight that saw himself and Luke Harper leave the arena in an SUV only to return later on in the night to finish their match, “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would face the man who humiliated Dolph Ziggler at Extreme Rules and the winner of the 2010 King of the Ring Tournament, Sheamus with the winner advancing to face either Neville or Luke Harper in the Semi-Finals. Who will advance to the Semi-Finals of the 2015 King of the Ring Tournament that, along with the Finals, will air exclusively on the WWE Network tomorrow night?
RAW would also set out to settle some burning questions following the Steel Cage Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules between champion Seth Rollins and challenger Randy Orton. Not only would Kane get involved in the match and chokeslam both Rollins and Orton, but Randy Orton would use the banned RKO on Kane before Seth Rollins used Orton’s own finishing move against him with an RKO to “The Viper” that would ultimately allow Seth Rollins to escape the cage and retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. With questions abound on the legality of the RKO being used in the Steel Cage Match, not to mention Kane’s interference in the match, what will go down between Seth Rollins and Randy Orton on RAW?
- King of the Ring Tournament: First Round: Bad News Barrett (with Sheamus) def. Dolph Ziggler by pin following the Bull Hammer Elbow to advance to the Semi-Finals.
- Big E (with Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston) def. Tyson Kidd (with Cesaro & Natalya) by pin following a clothesline with Xavier Woods holding down Tyson Kidd’s ankle.
- Ryback def. Bo Dallas by pin following Shell Shocked.
- King of the Ring Tournament: First Round: R-Truth def. Stardust by pin following the Lie Detector to advance to the Semi-Finals.
- Adam Rose (with Rosa Mendes & The Exotic Express) def. Fandango by pin following the Party Foul.
- Naomi def. Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella) by roll-up.
- King of the Ring Tournament: First Round: Sheamus def. Dean Ambrose by DQ after Dolph Ziggler interferes. As a result, Sheamus advances to the Semi-Finals.
- King of the Ring Tournament: First Round: Neville def. Luke Harper by pin following the Red Arrow to advance to the Semi-Finals.
- Randy Orton & Roman Reigns (with Kane) def. Seth Rollins & Kane (with J&J Security) by Randy Orton pinning Seth Rollins following the RKO.
See page 2 for detailed results.