Week of 2/24/2014 - 3/2/2014 (Monday - Wednesday)
Monday Night Raw
Date: February 24, 2014
Location: Resch Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry Lawler
To say tonight is a stacked card is an understatement. First and foremost we have a slew of returning stars, including Hulk Hogan, Brock Lesnar, Shawn Michaels and potentially Undertaker. It's also the night after Elimination Chamber which saw a masterpiece between Shield and the Wyatt Family and Randy Orton retaining the WWE Title inside the Chamber. The interesting thing is what happens with Daniel Bryan, who was screwed out of the title again, leading to a tirade from Michael Cole about how it has to stop. Let's get to it.
We open with the return of Hulk Hogan to a very nice reaction. He soaks it in....and almost
immediately screws up his lines, saying the WWE Universe has officially launched. Hogan almost saves it by saying the Universe launched the Network. He talks about his career making a turn as he's coming home to be the official host of Wrestlemania XXX. So whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild on you brother?
The announcers show us how to use the Network on various platforms.
Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio
The reaction is somehow even worse than last night. Batista points out one of the Boo-Tista signs in the crowd with a little smirk. Dave pounds him into the corner with right hands to start and a clothesline sends Del Rio outside. Alberto goes back first into the apron before being sent back inside for a suplex. Batista clotheslines him back to the floor but Del Rio trips him up and drops him on the apron. Del Rio sends him into the steps as Lawler talks about the reaction at the Rumble, coming to the logical conclusion of the fans just wanted to see Bryan.
Back from a break with Del Rio stomping on Batista in the ring. Batista comes back with some shots of his own and takes Del Rio down with some clotheslines. A Codebreaker on the arm puts Batista on the mat but he ducks the low superkick and avoids the charge in the corner. There's the spinebuster but here's Randy Orton as well, allowing Del Rio to roll Batista up for the pin at 10:17.
Randy calls that one of the funniest things he's ever seen before talking about the fans rejecting Batista ever since he came back. He thinks Batista must regret returning but Batista says Orton couldn't be more wrong. Batista loves this business and the fans have their own voice. However, he has his own voice too and will boo them right back. He'll be going to Wrestlemania to fight one of his former friends and taking the title, so deal with it.
Cesaro vs. Big E.
Non-title. Big E. quickly runs him over with a shoulder but Cesaro comes back with a series of knees to the ribs. A very nice overhead belly to belly sends Cesaro flying and some running shoulders in the corner are good for two. Back up and they collide before Cesaro kicks Big E. in the face to take over. We hit the chinlock for a bit before a series of backbreakers put Cesaro down. Cesaro puts him down with a headlock as JBL and Cole have an unfunny conversation about what the E. stands for. Cesaro catches a charging Big E. in a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker as we take a break.
Back with Cesaro holding a chinlock but Big E. fights up for a gorilla press. He misses a charge into the post though and Cesaro pounds away in the corner before putting on a chinlock. A big powerslam gets two on E. and Cesaro tells Colter he's got it. We hit the chinlock again but Big E. fights up, only to get caught in a sleeper. He rolls free and slams Cesaro down before taking off the straps.
Cesaro escapes the Big Ending and somehow hits Swiss Death for a VERY close two. The Swing is countered and Big E. hits something like a Rock Bottom out of the corner. Big E. is sent to the floor but he has to run over Swagger, allowing Cesaro to Swing the champion. Cesaro looks to set up the Neutralizer but Swagger comes in for the DQ at 15:50.
Post match Big E. goes after Jack but Cesaro jumps him from behind and hits the Neutralizer.
Stills of the Chamber and the Wyatts costing Cena the match.
Here's Cena to finally address the Wyatts. First off though, he says how great it is to see Hulk Hogan back where he belongs. Over the last few weeks Cena has been saying that anyone who wants to get to the top of the WWE has to go through him. The fans are of course split and Cena is of course cool with that idea. This brings him to Bray Wyatt, who has caused quite a stir since he showed up around here.
Last night Cena came face to face with Bray Wyatt and Bray cost him a championship match. That was a bold move and John Cena is right here if Bray wants to make another bold move. Here's the whole Family to respond but Bray sits in his chair in the aisle. He says this world has an infection and a virus known as the human race. Through all of these times it makes sense that Cena would put himself right in the middle of all of them. What would the world be without its hero or its knight in shining hero?
John Cena is full of empty promises because he can't save these people from this terrible world. Cena says the future has to come through him and Bray couldn't agree more. Wyatt introduces himself to Cena and they are the reapers who bring death to this era of lies. Cena introduces himself as well and says if one of them comes into this ring, they're starting something they might not be able to finish.
The monsters storm the ring and the numbers are too much for Cena. Bray pulls the Family back as Cena is favoring his left leg. Cena charges at them anyway but they're just too bit. He's holding that knee almost the entire time. John gets up again and the Family walks away but Cena can barely walk. He has to chase off Rowan, allowing Bray to run Cena over again. Follow the buzzards.
Cena was stretchered out during the break.
Christian vs. Sheamus
This was set up on the pre-show by Brad Maddox due to the two of them having issues since Smackdown on Friday. Christian is quickly sent to the floor but he comes back in with some right hands. Sheamus is fine with that and takes Christian into the corner for some clubbing forearms. A clothesline gets two on the Canadian and we hit a chinlock. Christian tries to wrap Sheamus' leg around the post but Sheamus pull him face first into the steel instead. Christian counters the ten forearms to the chest and scores with a missile dropkick for two. Sheamus backdrops him to the floor and hits a shoulder off the apron as we take a break.
Back with Christian shoving Sheamus off the top and to the floor before ramming him into the steps. Christian stomps away in the corner before putting on a body vice to work over Sheamus' bad ribs. Cole tells us that Cena's injury is to his knee and it's swollen pretty badly. Christian puts on an abdominal stretch but Sheamus elbows his way out and avoids a cross body.
Sheamus is sent to the floor but he catches a charging Christian with a knee lift and hits the ten forearms to the chest. A slingshot shoulder gets two and Sheamus busts out the Cloverleaf but Christian is quickly in the ropes. White Noise is countered into a sunset flip for two but the Brogue Kick misses. Christian goes up top but jumps into the Brogue Kick for the pin at 15:50.
Earlier tonight the Authority called today the biggest night since the first Wrestlemania when Bryan cams up screaming, saying that he'll fight HHH right now or at Wrestlemania but HHH laughed it off.
Black History Month video on the Soul Patrol of Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson.
Dean Ambrose is tired of explaining himself to Rollins and Reigns. They don't trust him so he's out of here. Rollins and Reigns are left alone when the Wyatts come in. Reigns challenges them to a fight right now, but says he'd love to fight Bray one on one tonight, with the Family and the dogs staying in the back. Bray accepts and laughs.
Ric Flair and Booker T were on the Raw pre-show panel to talk about the show. Flair starts a YES chant to take us to the next match.
Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
Kane slugs away to start but Bryan comes back with kicks to the leg. A running dropkick to the knee has Kane in trouble and some chop blocks put him down. Kane fights out of a half crab and stomps away but Bryan fights back like the plucky hero he is. A shot to the shoulder puts him back down though and we hit the armbar, only to have Bryan send Kane to the floor. The FLYING GOAT is blocked by an uppercut and we take a break.
Back with Kane stomping away and putting on an armbar, only to have Bryan quickly punch his way out. Bryan hits the moonsault out of the corner and takes Kane down with the running clothesline. There are the YES Kicks but the big one is countered and a side slam gets two. Bryan fights back again and gets two of his own off a top rope hurricanrana before hitting the running corner dropkicks.
Kane charges over the top to the floor and there's the FLYING GOAT! Another running dropkick knocks Kane against the barricade and a missile dropkick connects back inside. A big kick to the head gets two but Kane counters the top rope headbutt with a chokeslam for a close two. Bryan can't get the YES Lock the first or second time so he hits a quick running knee for the pin at 15:40.
Bryan calls HHH a coward for running from a challenge and hiding behind Stephaine's skirt. Ever since HHH put on the suit, he's ignored the people's wishes, even when they make their voices heard. The YES chant starts up and Bryan asks HHH if he's listening. There's an entire arena of people here in Green Bay, Wisconsin chanting YES so give them what they want: HHH vs. Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania XXX.
Emma vs. Summer Rae
Emma gets her full entrance with the bubbles and dancing but the people still don't care. Emma grabs a small package for an early two but Summer kicks her head off to take over. Summer puts on a chinlock as the match slows quite a bit. The fans actually cheer for Emma to fight up and she counters another spinwheel kick into the Emma Lock (bridging Indian deathlock) for the win at 3:24.
We look back at Hogan's return earlier.
Usos vs. New Age Outlaws
Non-title. Dogg gets on the mic and says we know how this ends so the young kids need to get out of the ring. The Usos actually do it so the Outlaws can do their schtick but the twins come in and clean house with Jimmy superkicking and splashing Road Dogg for the pin at 1:13.
Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns
They trade right hands to start and Bray rolls to the floor. Back in and Reigns shoves Bray around before a finger to the eye sends Wyatt outside again. Bray comes back in again and takes over with a boot to the head followed by a hard clothesline for two. Roman will have none of this selling stuff and takes Bray outside for an even harder clothesline as we take a break.
Back with Bray hitting a running backsplash and drawing what sounds like a SCARY chant. We hit the headlock on the mat as the fans are already bored because this hasn't been going a thousand miles an hour. Bray hits his running cross body and a splash in the corner but Reigns avoids another charge. The dropkick from the floor to the apron sets up a belly to back slam (similar to Cena's ProtoBomb) for two....and here are the other Wyatts.
They're just on the floor but Rollins sprints in from the crowd and DIVES on both of them, giving Bray a rollup for two. Reigns misses a charge into the post as Rollins is beaten down. Ambrose finally charges in from the back to join the fight but Reigns scores with the Superman Punch. He has to go after Harper though and Ambrose comes in for the DQ at 14:00 though.
Here are Heyman and Lesnar to close the show with a table in the ring. Paul calls Brock the undisputed #1 contender but apparently HHH won't let him in the title match. He's offered Brock an open contract at Wrestlemania but that's just not good enough. What Brock wants is to conquer history, just like he's done with every single thing he's done in his life. The only reason Brock Lesnar can't conquer the WWE Championship is the Authority won't give him the chance.
That's how they get you in WWE, so Paul has advised Brock to turn down the open contract and demand the title match. If not, there's no Lesnar at Wrestlemania.....and there's the gong. Brock isn't sure what to think because apparently the lightning, thunder, smoke, organ music and UNDERTAKER BEING ON THE SCREEN AREN'T CLEAR ENOUGH. Undertaker comes through the curtain (with black Ministry beard of course) and Brock still isn't sure what to do.
Taker turns to Brock and stares him down as a LOUD Undertaker chant starts up. He looks over Brock at the sign and we get the big staredown. Paul gets the idea and open the contract for Brock. Lesnar immediately signs and hands Taker the pen. Heyman offers Taker the match so Taker STABS BROCK's HAND WITH THE PEN and chokeslams him through the table. The hood comes off and he's got a little mohawk going to make him look even more evil. Brock is left laying to end the show.
Alberto Del Rio b. Baitsta – Rollup
Big E. b. Cesaro via DQ when Jack Swagger interfered
Sheamus b. Christian – Brogue Kick
Daniel Bryan b. Kane – Running Knee
Emma b. Summer Rae – Emma Lock
Usos b. New Age Outlaws – Superfly Splash to Road Dogg
Bray Wyatt b. Roman Reigns via DQ when Dean Ambrose interfered
Smackdown got a 1.95, down slightly from last week.
Raw got a 3.31, up from last week.
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