Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a look back at Daniel Bryan and John Cena from last week. We see highlights from the Gauntlet Match.
– We go to the ring and out comes Vince McMahon as Michael Cole welcomes us to RAW. Behind Vince is RAW General Manager Brad Maddox.
Vince gives the mic to Maddox and he apologizes for his boneheaded decision to let John Cena choose his SummerSlam opponent. Vince reminds Maddox that he called Bryan a troll last week. Vince asks Maddox if he knows what a troll is. Vince says Maddox may be onto something. Vince goes on and asks Maddox how he really feels about Bryan. Bryan’s music hits and out he comes.
Bryan comes out and talks about respect. He tells Vince he’s gave his company everything, every night but Vince hasn’t gave him anything. Vince asks Bryan if he respects John Cena. Bryan respects Cena as a human being and as a champion. Bryan respects that Cena chose him for SummerSlam. Vince goes on and says Bryan can’t beat Cena or Kane. Vince goes on and mocks Bryan’s height, even taking a shot at Cena. Vince doesn’t care about Cena or Bryan at SummerSlam and hopes he wins. Bryan says if Cena is lying to him, he will have hell to pay. Bryan says it doesn’t matter what Vice thinks, it matters what the fans think. Bryan says the fans want a new champion at SummerSlam and his name is Daniel Bryan. The crowd pops. Bryan asks the fans if they want a new WWE Champion and they start chanting “yes” as Bryan joins in and his music hits. The music hits and out comes The Shield.
The Shield vs. The Usos and Mark Henry
WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose and WWE Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns pose together as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Mark Henry is out with The Usos. Henry dominates Rollins before he makes a tag to Reigns. They face off and go at it with Henry striking first. Henry beats Reigns into the corner and makes a tag to Jey Uso. They keep Reigns down in their corner. Jimmy Uso tags in for some double teaming. He drops a headbutt and covers Reigns for 2. Uso with a headlock now. Reigns backs Uso into the corner and Rollins tags in, beating him down. Ambrose tags in as they keep Uso in the corner.
Uso finally gets a tag and goes at it with Ambrose. Jimmy Uso with a big flying shot and a scoop slam. He tags in Henry. Henry misses a big elbow drop. Ambrose kicks him and starts brawling. Rollins comes back in for some double teaming but Henry fights them off. Henry clotheslines Ambrose and Rollins out of the ring. Reigns comes in but Henry tosses him over the top. The Usos come in and dive out onto The Shield. The Usos and Henry stand tall as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rollins goes at it with one of the Usos. Reigns comes in and breaks up a pin attempt. Reigns keeps Uso grounded now. Ambrose tags in and keeps the attack up on Uso. Uso finally fights out and hits a jawbreaker. Ambrose runs into the ring post as Uso moves. Henry finally tags in and unloads on Rollins. He knocks Reigns off the apron. Ambrose catches a big running powerslam. Another clothesline for Rollins. Reigns runs in and takes Henry out with a spear. One of the Usos take out Reigns. Jimmy Uso tags in and hits a Superfly splash on Ambrose for 2. A big Samoan Drop on Ambrose now. Uso goes to the top for another splash but Ambrose gets his knees up. Ambrose drops Uso for the win.
Winners: The Shield
– After the match, Henry starts attacking The Shield and clears them from the ring. The Shield escapes through the crowd as Henry yells from the ring.
– We see a video from earlier today where Ryback pigged out at catering. He threatened one guy and shoved him into the wall. Ryback got in the man’s face and intimidated him. Ryback slapped the guy around and slapped some food onto his face. Ryback puts the man through the table full of food and walks off. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get another video package for The Wyatt Family.
– Kane walks up on Brad Maddox backstage. Kane wants The Wyatts. Maddox says if Kane wants to send a message to The Wyatts, what better way than his match against Daniel Bryan tonight.
Rob Van Dam vs. Fandango
We go to the ring and out comes Rob Van Dam to a big pop. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and we see how Alberto Del Rio beat RVD on SmackDown. Out comes Fandango with Summer Rae. The fans chant for RVD as the match starts. Fandango with a headlock first. Fandango drops RVD but RVD comes back with a kick to the face and scissors takedown for a pin attempt. They end up on the floor and RVD hits a moonsault from the apron. Fandango brings it back in the ring and keeps RVD in a headlock. RVD fights out. Fandango ducks a kick and drops RVD with a kick of his own. 2 count for Fandango.
RVD makes a comeback now. RVD nails Rolling Thunder and the catapult out of the corner. Fandango eats a spin kick and another kick from RVD. RVD goes up top but Fandango rolls out of the ring. Summer Rae argues with RVD while he’s on the top. Fandango and Summer leave up the ramp and get counted out.
Winner by Count Out: Rob Van Dam
– After the match, Fandango takes a mic from the stage and says his name before dancing away with Summer.
– AJ Lee and Big E Langston are backstage. AJ is dreading another spear from Kaitlyn. AJ says Big E lets it happen every time. She starts laughing and playing with her hair. AJ says Big E likes her and likes what she does in the ring. Big E rolls his eyes and AJ skips away as we go to commercial.
Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee
Back from the break and out comes WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee with Big E Langston as Kaitlyn waits in the ring for this non-title match. AJ smacks Kaitlyn to start but Kaitlyn knocks her on the mat. AJ keeps control and hits a big knee to the head. A decent back and forth Divas match. Kaitlyn finally gets the win after a spear.
– After the match, AJ throws a fit and in comes Big E to console her. Dolph Ziggler comes out and congratulates AJ on her loss. Dolph challenges Big E to match and he accepts. Back to commercial.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Big E Langston
Back from the break and they’re going at it. Langston runs over Ziggler and talks some trash. Ziggler starts to make a comeback but Big E overpowers him and lays Ziggler out. Big E runs the ropes and hits a big splash on the mat. Langston with a 2 count. Big E with a big bearhug now. Big E with a pair of backbreakers and another pin attempt.
Big E continues to dominate Dolph and stop him from getting any offense going. Big E with a big shoulder thrust in the corner and more trash talking. Big E with more shoulders in the corner. He tries for another but Ziggler moves. Ziggler gets to his feet and fights back. Ziggler nails a dropkick. He goes on but Big E catches him in mid-air. Ziggler slides out. Big E charges but he ends up out on the floor. AJ comes in and jumps on Dolph’s back for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Dolph Ziggler
– After the bell, the referee tries to pull AJ from Dolph’s back as she kicks and screams. Ziggler escapes the ring but AJ throws a fit. Big E comes back in and yells at her for interrupting the match. Ziggler runs back in and lays out Big E before taunting AJ some more.
– John Cena is backstage on the phone when Daniel Bryan walks in. Bryan asks if what Vince said earlier tonight was the truth. Cena rants about not believing a word Vince says. Bryan says Vince has always been honest with him, good or bad. Cena asks if Bryan is calling him a liar. They stare at each other and Cena walks off. Back to commercial.
Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio
Back from the break and out comes Christian to a nice reaction. The World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio is out next. Back and forth to start the match. Del Rio with a suplex and a 2 count. We take a commercial break and come back to Del Rio working on Christian’s shoulder. during the break, Del Rio sent him info the steel steps on the floor. Del Rio with a big drop on the shoulder for a 2 count.
Christian makes a comeback and hits a big tornado DDT from the top. Christian with a 2 count. They brawl and trade shots after more back and forth. Christian drops Del Rio and goes up for the missile dropkick. Another 2 count by Christian. Del Rio sends Christian into the corner. Christian comes back and rolls Del Rio up for 2. Del Rio with a clothesline and a bunch of headbutts. Del Rio with stomps. Del Rio with another body slam. More back and forth. Del Rio with a backbreaker for 2. Del Rio comes off the top but Christian moves. Del Rio dodges a spear and escapes the ring. Del Rio decks Christian and brings it back in for a 2 count. Christian blocks a cross armbreaker. Del Rio blocks Killswitch. Back and forth. Christian rolls Del Rio up for the non-title win.
– Still to come, Ryback vs. Cena in a Tables Match.
Wade Barrett vs. Cody Rhodes
Back from the break and Wade Barrett waits in the ring. Out next comes Cody Rhodes to a decent reaction.
Back and forth to start the match. Barrett takes Rhodes outside of the ring and works him over. Barrett brings him back in with more big offense for a 2 count. Barrett keeps control and poses on the turnbuckles. More big shots to beat Rhodes down to the mat. Barrett with a knee to the back and another 2 count. The end comes when Cody hits Cross Rhodes for the win.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
– After the match, Damien Sandow comes out and damns Cody for throwing his briefcase in the Gulf of Mexico on SmackDown. Sandow says he’s filed a complaint with WWE management. Sandow says he’s done all this big stuff but all Cody has done is grow a mustache. Sandow says Cody comes from a family of clowns so maybe now, he will send him back to the circus where he belongs.
– Still to come, Kane vs. Bryan. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see a recap of the opening segment with Vince and Daniel Bryan earlier.
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
We go to the ring and out comes Daniel Bryan to a big pop. Kane is out next.
They go at it to start the match. Kane takes Bryan to the corner and works him over. Bryan counters and runs the ropes but runs right into a big boot. Kane with more offense in the corner now. Kane keeps Bryan grounded on the mat. Bryan finally breaks loose and makes a comeback. They end up on the floor. Bryan runs the apron and hits a big knee to the face but both go down on the floor. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Bryan is back on the mat with Kane in control. Bryan comes back with a missile dropkick. Bryan with another pair of dropkicks in the corner. Bryan with a low dropkick int he corner and a 2 count on Kane. Kane comes back and hits the big clothesline from the top. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock but Kane fights him off. Bryan kicks Kane’s leg out and he goes back down. Bryan with kicks to the chest now. Bryan ends up getting the quick pin on Kane after countering a chokeslam.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
– As soon as Bryan’s music hits, Kane grabs him and hits a big chokeslam. Bryan walks off. Kane goes to make his pyro explode but the lights go out and we see The Wyatt Family make their entrance.
The lights come on and Kane is already on the outside grabbing Bray Wyatt. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper beat Kane down and bring him in the ring. He fights them off as Bray watches from the floor. A big boot drops Kane and they take back control of him. Bray enters the ring and they hold Kane for him. Bray grabs Kane, kisses him on the forehead and lays him out. Wyatt says he heard Kane likes to call himself the devil’s favorite demon. Wyatt says Kane is no demon. Wyatt goes on and poses with his family. Back to commercial.
Brie Bella vs. Natalya
We see some Total Divas footage before the match starts. Natalya takes Brie to the ropes and then slams her to the mat. More offense from Natalya. Brie fights back in and works Natalya over. Brie keeps control and goes for another pin attempt. Natalya comes back and goes for the Sharpshooter. Nikki Bella comes out with a duck call, distracting Natalya with “quack quack” as Brie rolls her up and gets the win.
Winner: Brie Bella
– Paul Heyman is backstage with Curtis Axel. Back to commercial.
R-Truth vs. Curtis Axel
Back from the break and R-Truth waits as WWE Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel makes his way out with Paul Heyman.
Heyman cuts a promo against R-Truth and brings up Brock Lesnar. Heyman says Lesnar will end the career of his former best friend CM Punk at SummerSlam. Heyman says it’s The Best vs. The Beast. Heyman praises Axel for being a Paul Heyman Guy. Axel talks about his father and says he is already more perfect than perfect. Axel heads to the ring. The match starts and Axel beats Truth down. Truth nails a big kick to the jaw and a pair of clotheslines. Truth drops Axel on his face for a 2 count.
Axel turns it around with a big shot to the back of the head. Fans chant for CM Punk as Axel works Truth over. Punk runs down and pulls Axel out of the ring, sending him into the fan barrier. Punk stares at Heyman and smiles. Punk chases Heyman to the barrier but Axel comes over. Punk fights him off and Heyman manages to escape. Punk clotheslines Axel over part of the barrier as Heyman runs off to the back. Punk stands on top of the announcers table as fans chant his name.
– We see Triple H and Stephanie McMahon walking backstage. Still to come, Cena vs. Ryback in a Tables Match. Back to commercial.
– Triple H is backstage with Vince McMahon, asking if he’s through jerking Bryan around. Vince says he’s using reverse psychology and deep down wants Bryan to become WWE Champion. Triple H says he can’t even say it with a straight face. Vince says he just wants someone to beat Cena. Someone like Triple H but 20, maybe 23 years younger. Stephanie appears and says maybe Bryan just needs some help. Stephanie suggests Bryan get a corporate makeover. Vince says good luck with that one and walks off. Triple H says it’s worth a shot.
Tables Match: Ryback vs. John Cena
Tables are out everywhere as WWE Champion John Cena makes his way out first. Ryback strikes first but Cena sends him out to the floor. Ryback misses a big shot with a table on the floor. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Ryback hits a belly to belly suplex on Cena. They go to the floor and Ryback sends Cena into the steel steps. Ryback slides steps into the ring but Cena fights him on the floor and sends him hard into the apron. Ryback blocks a suplex on the floor and drops Cena with a suplex of his own. Ryback brings another table into the ring and throws Cena in after it. Cena drops Ryback and applies the STF. Ryback has to crawl all the way out of the ring to break the hold. Cena tosses a huge table out of the ring but Ryback rolls under the ring and avoids being hit.
Ryback nails a big spear on the floor and Cena goes down. Ryback drops Cena with a big steps shot to the head. Cena fights Ryback off but he comes back. Ryback tries to put Cena through a table that’s acting as a bridge between the apron and the fan barrier. Cena blocks it and goes for an Attitude Adjustment but Ryback blocks that. Ryback tries to toss Cena into the table but he lands on his feet. Ryback breaks the table with steel steps. Cena grabs steps and they have a standoff with steel steps. They throw steel steps at each other but the steps collide in mid-air. Both return to the ring and go at it. Cena slams Ryback on the steps and hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Ryback ends up blocking a move and dropping Cena. Ryback props a table up in the corner and waits for Cena to get up. Ryback nails the Meathook clothesline. Cena gets up in front of the table in the corner as Ryback waits. Cena moves and grabs Ryback, sending him through the table with an Attitude Adjustment for the win.
Winner: John Cena
– After the match, Daniel Bryan comes out chanting “yes” and grabs the WWE Title belt. He brings it into Cena but hesitates before handing it over. Cena goes to grab it but Bryan jerks the belt back. Bryan says the belt is going to be his and the fans chant “yes.” Cena snatches the belt from Bryan’s hands and they have words. Bryan gets a “yes” chant going as Cena stares at him. RAW goes off the air with Bryan chanting in Cena’s face.