Raw live from Cleveland Ohio kicked off with The Authority approaching the ring, Stephanie talked about last night’s Royal Rumble being one of the most “satisfying epic Royal Rumble’s in history.” Triple H then pandered to the crowd about them not getting what they wanted and continued to talk about last night’s pay-per-view.
They then talked about Batista and the fact that he is at WrestleMania but he has to get past Elimination Chamber first where Randy Orton will defend his title, Daniel Bryan then interrupted to a huge pop from the crowd, he told the audience to stop because The Authority don’t like it.
Bryan talked about how hard his match was last night and that a lot of people are talking about his match, Triple H said he will give him credit, so did Stephanie to which Bryan said the biggest disappointment was that he wasn’t in the Royal Rumble. The people wanted him to be in The Royal Rumble. There is a “Yes Movement” going on.
Stephanie told Daniel that they were looking out for his health and didn’t want him to compete twice, the crows replied with “you suck” chants. Daniel talked about how many times he had wrestled more than once, and Triple H said he didn’t want to force his to do it last night.
Bryan said that The Authority didn’t care about whats “best for business” they only care about “what’s worse for Daniel Bryan.” Steph told him he was being selfish and people didn’t only come here to see him, to which the audience chanted “yes.”
The “Daniel Bryan” chants started and Bryan said he wasn’t going to complain about last night but he wants to be in Elimination Chamber. He then faced up to Triple H and told him that neither of them should leave the ring until he got what he wanted.
The Shield’s music hit and The Hounds of justice entered, Bryan got a chair and Bryan tried to attack with the chair but the numbers game took over and Sheamus intervened attacking the three members of The Shield but it was a three on one assault again until John Cena came out and it was three on three.
The Shield were thrown out of the ring and made their exit whilst Sheamus, Bryan and Cena stood tall in the ring.
Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara v The Real Americans
Rey and Antonio Cesaro started the match up with the master of the 619 using his quickness against Cesaro. Before Cara and Jack Swagger were tagged in, Cara then showed off his quickness with a few springboard high flying moves before Swagger was dumped out of the ring and Cara flew after him.
Colter then shouted at Swagger and slapped him before he got back in the ring and took it to Sin Cara with a few shoulder blocks and when Raw returned Cara was fighting out of a predicament against Cesaro. Cara then threw Cesaro out and tried to tag in Rey but Antonio pulled Rey from the apron and prevented the tag in.
Swagger went for the Swagger bomb but missed and Cara tagged in Rey and he got the fast tag and hit the springboard bulldog for a two count, before a kick to the face which Swagger broke up, the double team landed Cesaro in the 619 position, which connected and Care got the tag and was hit by an upper cut from The Real American before the neutraliser got the win.
Bad New Barrett came out after the commercial and talked about The Miz again, apparently forming some sort of feud.
Fandango v R-Truth
Xavier Woods was on commentary as R-Truth went one on one with Fandango. Emma was in the audience again dancing and annoying Summer. Fandango rolled out of the ring and R-Truth gave chase but Summer got in his way and Fandango took advantage.
Fandango got a few near falls but Truth fought from the corner and with some sort of neck breaker for the two count. Fandango went for the leg drop but Truth moved and hit the DDT for the win.
Xavier Woods celebrated in the ring with R-Truth after the match.
Brad Maddox was in the ring when Raw returned and he introduced Randy Orton who came out and said “the Champ is here” before he talked about his match last night and that he doesn’t care how he won, he just cares that he’s won.
He said he was not happy that he was defending his title against five people at The Elimination Chamber before he was interrupted by Batista.
The 2014 Royal Rumble winner congratulated Orton on his win telling him it was “a hell of a match” but like he told him last week he is back for three reasons, one of them being, taking his title. And he doesn’t care who he faces, he is walking out of Wrestlemania WWE World Heavyweight Champion and nothing is going to change that. But Brock Lesnar then interrupted…
Paul Heyman informed Brad Maddox that Brock’s patience is running thin and that he needs to go back to The Authority and tell them that they have two choices, make a match between Randy and Brock for the title tonight or put Brock Lesnar against Batista to become Number one contender, before telling Brad he wants the answer tonight “Or Else.”
Dolph Ziggler v The Miz
Both Ziggler and The Miz are from Cleveland and this match was branded as the battle of Cleveland.
The match was back and forth through out until Miz locked in the figure four, Ziggler looked like he was going to tap but he made it to the bottom rope and forced the break. Both then went for near four two counts before Dolph hit the ZigZag from behind for the win.
Rybaxel v The Uso’s
The Uso’s competing in their new purple attire took it to Ryback in the opening stages using their speed against The Big guy but Ryback found an opening and began to punish Jay Uso.
Curtis was tagged in and hit a drop kick to the face of Jay before Ryabck was tagged in and the double team allowed Ryback to hit a brutal suplex to Jay for a two count.
Jay found an opening when Ryback’s shoulder hit the steel post and made the tag to Jimmy. Who rained lefts and right’s down on Axel and hit the samoan drop but Axel made the tag and Ryback went for Shellshock but Jimmy got the tag and kicked him in the face before Jimmy got the splash for the three count.
After the match the brothers danced in the ring.
Kofi Kingston v Alberto Del Rio
The Mexican took it to the Jamaican but Kofi fought out with his quickness hitting the drop kick before a superb kick to the ribs of Del Rio.
Kofi side stepped and Del Rio fell to the outside, Kofi flew after him but Del Rio caught him with a kick to the head as he tried to re-enter the ring before throwing him into the barricade and dragging him back into the ring for the two count.
Del Rio tried to keep Kingston grounded throughout but Kofi hit the boom drop and went for trouble in paradise but Del Rio ducked it and tried to get out of the ring but Kofi pulled him back in and hit the SOS for a two count.
Kofi missed Trouble in Paradise again and Del Rio hit the back stabber for the two count before a super kick to the face sealed the win for “The Pride of Mexico.”
Cody Rhodes and Goldust v The New Age Outlaws (Tag Team Championship)
Cody and Goldust forced the fast re-match to try and reclaim the titles they lost last night at The Royal Rumble. The Outlaws began to run their mouths before the match to which Cody punched Road Dogg.
The match then got underway and Goldust and Billy Gunn started things out, with Goldust all fired out before Gunn jumped out of the ring for a time-out.
Road Dogg got the tag in and Goldust got the shoulder block for a one count. Cody got the tag in and took it to Road Dogg, throughout the match the OutLaws were airing their grievances about having to defend the titles, but they had to none the less and Cody put Road Dogg in a submission and went for a backflip off the top but Dogg ran out of the ring.
Road Dogg got back in and Cody got the tag out to Goldust. Raw returned with Billy Gunn in control over Billy Gunn before he hit a slam on Gunn. Goldust crawled and got the hot tag to Cody who took both Outlaws on and hit a double missile drop kick, and went for the disaster kick on Gunn but Billy hit a clothes line.
Lesnar approached the ring, hitting an F5 to both Cody and Goldust before Heyman told the audience that The Authority chose choice number three and this is what happens when Brock Lesnar doesn’t get what he wants, before the chair shots to Cody and Goldust.
AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox and Aksana v The Bellas and The Funkadactyls
Aksana and Cameron started the match up and Cameron showed some signs of ring improvement before Brie was tagged in, Brie kicked Aksana and allowed Nikki the blind tag, and Alicia came in for the other team. Alicia hit a tilt-a-whirl back breaker on Nikki for a two count before AJ got the tag.
The Divas Champion put Nikki in a submission manoeuvre before hitting the neck breaker for a two count, and tagging out to Aksana who hit the side walk slam, Tamina was tagged in and she continued the punishment to Nikki before the tag was made to Naomi and AJ. Naomi used her unique offense for a two count before all the divas invade the ring and a triple suplex was executed, Naomi hit the rear view and pinned the champion.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts was announced as the second inductee into the 2014 Hall of Fame.
Sheamus, Daniel Bryan and John Cena v The Shield
With the winning team qualifying for the Elimination Chamber next month there was a lot on the line in this match, John Cena and Dean Ambrose started things out with Dean putting Cena in a head lock before Cena broke free and hit the shoulder block and Rollins was tagged in. Dean had to be forced out of the ring and Rollins put Cena in a headlock.
Seth then tagged in Roman Reigns who squared up to Cena and shoulder blocked him down, but Cena went for the AA, Roman fought out and Sheamus was tagged in, the two men were in a collar and elbow tie up and Roman threw Sheamus into the corner but The Celtic Warrior fought out and delivered a neck breaker to Roman.
Rollins was tagged back in and received a lot of punishment from Sheamus but Seth fought back with a drop kick to the knee and tagged in Ambrose but Sheamus tagged in Bryan to a thunderous ovation and Bryan hit Ambrose with a hurracanrana before Seth was tagged back in and Bryan locked in the surfboard submission and tagged in Sheamus.
The quick tags helped the team of faces’ as they tried to alienate Seth from the rest of The Shield, but Seth hit a thunderous clothesline for a two count. Raw returned with Ambrose on top of Cena, and Rollins tagged in and taunted the former champion, and hit a neckbreaker from the top rope.
Roman tagged in and delivered a flying drop kick and hit Cena with the Superman punch but instead of covering he pandered to the crowd and gave Cena time to get up and duck the spear throwing Roman to the outside. Roman managed to crawl back in and hit the shoulder block to stop Cena making the tag out.
Seth was tagged back in and stopped Cena tagging out again keeping him in The Shield’s corner. The frequent tags continued but Cena hit the AA to Ambrose which allowed hit time to tag in Daniel Bryan, Rollins also got the tag but Bryan rained down rights and lefts on the smaller man before flying outside to take out Ambrose and Reigns and hit a drop kick on Rollins.
He then continued the kicks on Seth and went for the pin but Reigns broke it up and speared Sheamus and Cena but Bryan hit his knee to the face of Reigns and Rollins rolled up Bryan for a two count.
Rollins planted Bryan into the turnbuckle for another two count followed by a flying forearm and went up to the top rope but Bryan moved and hit the suplex, and tried to hit the running knee but Rollins moved so Bryan locked in the YES lock but Ambrose broke it up and Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick, Rollins hit Sheamus with a knee to the face from the top rope leaving the two legal men in the ring.
Both men went for the same move and collided in the middle of the ring, Cena got the tag and Reigns got the tag from Rollins but Cena locked in the STFU. Reigns powered out and the lights went out.
The bell rang for the DQ as The Wyatts attacked Cena, Sheamus and Bryan but the faces won the match and stood tall at the end of the match after qualifying for The Elimination chamber.
The Shield went crazy at ringside and I feel there is a feud building as the Wyatts cost The Shield a place in the Elimination Chamber.
We're now on the road to WrestleMania, just 68 days away, but the first stop is The Elimination Chamber, and that looks like it could be just as exciting!
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