This week’s WWE Monday Night Raw opens with The Authority coming out to the ring. They talked about how Daniel Bryan can’t make it back for Money in the Bank, so they have no choice but to strip Bryan of the title. They rambled on about him not being an A+ player and actually got kind of boring after awhile. Then they announced that the title would be won at the Money in the Bank match. The first two names in it are Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton. The rest are in qualifying matches.
Then Triple H said that Seth Rollins adapted and has a bright future. He said that Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns will battle the Wyatt Family tonight. It will either be a six man match or a handicap match if The Shield can’t find a new partner.
Sheamus vs. Bad News Barrett
This WWE Monday Night Raw match sees the Intercontinental Champion take on the United States Champion and the winner gets into the Money in the Bank match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Sheamus almost knocked himself out when he flew from the top buckle towards Bad News Barrett but missed and hit the side rails, but he made it back in before the 10 count. Barrett also hit Winds of Change and Wasteland, but Sheamus kicked out both times. Sheamus then hit the Brogue Kick and he is in the Money in the Bank match.
Winner: Sheamus (***)
Next is a Wyatt Family promo time backstage. It’s Luke Harper again, and he talks about how people called him and Erick Rowan discarded animals. Bray Wyatt walks in and starts talking too. Wyatt said The Shield fell because of lust and the wish for glory. He then said that, unlike The Shield, the Wyatt Family’s bond can never be broken. “Follow the Buzzards.”
Rusev vs. Zack Ryder
This was just a squash match. I love his gimmick with the medal and the giant flag that drops over the ring after his match. This is so gloriously over-the-top.
Winner: Rusev (* ½)
Rybaxel vs. Goldust and R-Truth
This week on WWE Monday Night Raw, Cody Rhodes has chosen R-Truth to be Goldust’s partner as he continues to find the perfect tag team partner for his brother. In this match, Rybaxel won again and this time it was Goldust who ate the pin at the hands of Curtis Axel.
Winners: Rybaxel (* ½)
Backstage, Layla is getting her makeup done and insults the people from Minnesota as being uncultured (Summer Rae is from Minnesota). Just when she tells her makeup artist about killing Fandango, Summer Rae pours milk all over Layla’s head and then splashes it in her face. Summer Rae then tosses Layla into the table, smashes her head on it a few times and then dumps it over and onto Layla. She finishes off my dumping powder all over a milk-covered Layla.
3MB is in the ring and The Shield’s music starts. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose come down and DESTROY 3MB. After that, Dean Ambrose takes the mic and cut a great promo about Seth Rollins’ being a cancer. He said that Rollins will come down and say what Triple H tells him to say and then The Shield will beat the crap out of him. Roman Reigns takes the mic and said Randy Orton thinks he is the face of the WWE but when he finishes with him, Orton will be the ass of the WWE. He then said that Triple H, the King of Kings, will be next and he will take him out too. Believe that. Seth Rollins was watching the entire thing on a monitor in the back.
The Usos vs. Fandango and Damien Sandow
Damien Sandow is dressed in leotards and is doing an interpretative dance on the way to the ring. What the WWE is doing to Damien Sandow is a complete joke and an embarrassment. The crowd starts chanting “let’s go Sandow.” The Usos pin Sandow after a superfly splash.
Winners: The Usos (*)
Bo Dallas vs. Xavier Woods
This was just another Bo Dallas match, with Dallas winning with the running Bo-dog. Before the match started, Bo Dallas said that Daniel Bryan was angry but he can come back stronger than ever, not because of his doctors, but by just being a Bo-liever.
Winner: Bo Dallas (**)
Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam
Back to WWE Monday Night Raw from commercial and Paul Heyman is in the ring. He teased the Minnesota crowd with Brock Lesnar showing up (he went to Minnesota in college). He made it sound like he was calling out Lexnar but then introduced Cesaro. This match will be for a spot in the Money in the Bank match. The match was really good, and Cesaro actually won cleanly with The Neutralizer and he is in the title match.
Winner: Cesaro (** ½)
Michael Cole is in the ring and calls out Seth Rollins for a WWE Monday Night Raw in-ring interview. Rollins has new music and is dressed in an all black suit as he comes to the ring. Seth Rollins said he doesn’t understand what is so controversial because turning on The Shield wasn’t a big deal, it was just what was best for him – the man who created The Shield. He said that he had the right to destroy his own creation. He said, left to his own devices, Dean Ambrose would be face down in a ditch. He said Roman Reigns can’t achieve anything without guidance. He then repeated Triple H’s lines and said he evolved and adapted. He said he bought in to the evolution of Seth Rollins.
He then said that Ambrose and Reigns considered them brothers, but he considered them business partners and severed the business. He then called out The Shield to try to take him out. Ambrose and Reigns came down, the lights went out and when they came back on The Wyatt Family was in the ring. They almost got their hands on Rollins and he ran like hell. Then, John Cena ran in for the save.
Paige vs. Alicia Fox
This is turning out to be the non-ending feud. Fox beat Paige once and lost to her twice. Alicia Fox has Aksana by her side for the match. Alicia Fox controlled the first part of the match. When Paige started to come back, Aksana got a little too close while taunting Paige and she sent Alicia Fox into Aksana head-to-head and then locked in the PTO for the win. After the match, Fox slapped the crap out of Aksana. She then stole two bottles of water and some popcorn from some people in the front row and dumped it on Aksana. She then force fed popcorn to Aksana while apologizing and hugging her on the mat. She is nuts.
Winner: Paige (* ½)
Jack Swagger vs. Santino
Zeb Colter is in the ring with Jack Swagger with a sign that says “Deport Santino – Here is a Pizza my mind.” Santino comes out alone without Emma. Santino really threw off and frustrated Swagger, so Colter slapped the crap out of Swagger twice and he just went ballistic on Santino. Swagger blocked the Cobra and hit the Swagger Bomb for the win.
Winner: Jack Swagger (**)
Backstage, Cody Rhodes is talking to Goldust. He said that he finally found a perfect partner for Goldust, someone brighter than all the stars in the sky who will magnify the brilliance that is Goldust. He said that partner will be here next week on WWE Monday Night Raw.
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are backstage talking about how great the world title match is looking. Then, Stephanie said she can’t figure out John Cena, touched on how he interrupted her last week and now he is helping The Shield. Triple H told her not to worry about it because tonight would be the end of The Shield. Vickie Guerrero came in and offered them champagne since they fired Brad Maddox and stripped Daniel Bryan of the title. Guerrero sneezed on Stephanie, so McMahon threatened to fire her too if she didn’t leave.
The Shield and John Cena vs. The Wyatt Family
This match, as expected, was incredible. Both John Cena and Dean Ambrose played the face in peril at times in the match. It was also nice to see Bray Wyatt pull out his lightning quick Sister Abigail’s Kiss on Cena. However, by the end, it was Roman Reigns who destroyed the Wyatts, hitting both Harper and Rowan with his running boot from outside the ring, hitting the Superman punch on Wyatt, tossing Rowan outside for Ambrose to hit the suicide dive and then hitting the spear onto Harper for the win.
Winners: The Shield and John Cena (*** ½)