The highly anticipated Raw live from Chicago, Illinois kicked off with CM Punk’s music but much to the dismay of the crowd, Paul Heyman came out instead to deafening chants of “CM Punk.”
Heyman then told the crowd that he believes Punk deserves louder than that, before he sat on the floor in “Punks position” and said he was going to tell the story of a Paul Heyman guy. “A Paul Heyman guy who was never truly wanted in WWE.” He went on to list all of the lack of qualities that CM Punk had. And the fact that The Authority didn’t want him in WWE.
The crowd continued the “CM Punk” chants and Heyman continued his “pipebomb about CM Punk who is not here this evening.” Heyman seemed to come completely out of character and talked about why Punk wasn’t there and why no one can talk about him anymore.
He told the crowd that it was their fault he wasn’t there, which was met with boos but Heyman wasn’t bothered by it and told them that it was the truth and this is why he didn’t tell the truth, because people much prefer to hear lies. He went on to tell the crowd that they took CM Punk away from him and not only does he blame them for that, he blames The Undertaker. He said he would get his revenge when he took the streak away from the Undertaker at Wrestlemania and only one man can do that, Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar then made his entrance to more “CM Punk” chants. The beast then talked about all the people he had beaten, including Punk before announcing that he will beat the streak at Wrestlemania 30.
Just as Heyman and Lesnar were on their way up the ramp, Mark Henry’s music hit and The World’s Strongest man approached the ring, Lesnar tried to get the advantage by jumping over the steel steps onto Henry but he had it well scouted and his a vicious right hand.
Before throwing more rights at The Beast but Brock countered and sent Henry over the steps himself. He then picked the steps up and hit Henry in the face with them before taking the announce desk apart and hitting an F5 though the table.
(Tag Team Championship) The Usos v New Age Outlaws
After their loss at Elimination Chamber, but their subsequent quick win in their rematch last week, The Usos were handed another shot at the tag team titles.
Road Dogg and Jey started the match up before Billy Gunn got the tag in and started to wear down the high flyer.
Raw returned with the New Age Outlaws still on top as Billy Gunn secured the near fall, but Road Dogg tagged in and Jey got a kick to the face on the second attempt giving him enough time to tag in his brother.
Jimmy cleared the ring and took Gunn down before Rod Dogg tried to interfere and went face first onto what was left of the announce desk, and Gunn was hit with a Samoan Drop.
Jimmy then hit a variation of Whisper in the wind for a near fall, before super-kicking Road Dogg off the apron but the distraction allowed Billy to roll him up for a two count.
Gunn went for the famouser but Jimmy had it scouted, jumped to the outside to take out Road Dogg, and tagged in Jey on the way who Super kicked Gunn in the face before hitting the splash for the win and their first ever Tag Team Championships.
BACKSTAGE: The Bellas, Aksana, Alicia Fox and Natalya were talking about the guest host Aaron Paul, and said he was giving Dolph Ziggler a ride to which Aksana said she would like to ride with Aaron, because she likes fast cars.
Big E v Cesaro
After the disqualification last week thanks to his partner Jack Swagger, Cesaro was given another chance to take on Big E.
Cesaro got the upperhand of a devastating back breaker and after the distraction from Swagger, managed to lock in the Cesaro swing, but Swagger climbed in the ring and hit the Swagger bomb, causing the DQ.
Cesaro didn’t look happy after and the two argued with Zeb before Swagger exited the ring and Big E climbed back in and hit the Big Ending on Cesaro.
The Shield v The Wyatts
Following their match of the year candidate at Elimination Chamber and the fact that the two stables wouldn’t stay apart, Triple H made this rematch on Smackdown.
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose jumped out of the ring to attack Luke and Harper before the bell rung, leaving Bray and Roman Reigns in the ring and the bigger man hit the Samoan drop.
Rollins then tagged in and took on Luke Harper, who tried to throw him from the top rope, but Rollins landed on his feet before throwing Harper out of the ring, dropkicking Rowan off the apron and flipping outside onto Harper, and landing on his feet, flipping outside to Rowan and landing on his feet, then kicking Harper in the face through the ropes.
Bray tried to get involved so Ambrose took him out leaving Rollins on the top rope but Bray knocked Ambrose into the ropes and he knocked Rollins down and outside the ring.
Harper went outside to Rollins and threw him into the barricade. Raw returned with The Wyatts on top with Rollins down in the ring. But Seth countered into a flip and went for the tag but Dean and Roman had moved and Rowan was tagged in.
Harper then took out Roman but Seth got the tag to Ambrose. Dean came in and attacked Rowan before picking apart his knee, Dean then locked in a submission move, tweaking the knee and before Harper broke it up, but Roman appeared and threw him to the outside and over the barricade.
Bray planted Dean in the ring. The Wyatts then used the quick tags to gain the upper hand over The United States Champion. Ambrose finally found an opening when he hit a thunderous clothesline to Harper. But Bray tagged in and took out Roman before Dean hit the DDT to Bray and went to tag in Rollins but Seth moved away from the apron and walked away. Roman tried to stop him but Seth said “He was not going to be the glue that kept the team together” before leaving.
Back in the ring Bray looked to be going for the win but Roman made the save hitting the Samoan Drop on Rowan followed by The Superman Punch to Harper.
Ambrose looked like he was in control of Bray in the ring and Roman took Rowan through the announce table, but Harper kicked Ambrose in the face before he took out Reigns and Ambrose tried to make the save but Bray threw him into the ring post before throwing him back into the ring and delivering Sister Abigail for the win.
Seth was still looking on from ring side after and didn’t look happy following the match.
BACKSTAGE: Batista was with Renee Young backstage and talked about the Yes Movement and Daniel Bryan. He said Bryan was a fantasy but Bryan will never be like him.
Fandango and Summer Rae v Santino and Emma
Emma claimed the submission win over Summer Rae last week on Raw so this mixed tag team match was made following this.
Santino and Fandango started things out but they tagged out to the divas before the divas tagged back out again, but Fandango attacked Santino before he could tag back out.
Fandango set up for his leg drop but Santino rolled out of the way and hit a neck breaker before making the tag to Emma.
Emma gained the upper-hand over Summer before locking in the Emma lock for the win, whilst Santino got rid of Fandango.
Christian v Sheamus
This rivalry has been bubbling since Sheamus Brogue Kicked Christian a few weeks ago, but this match was made after Christian attacked Sheamus on Smackdown.
Christian slapped Sheamus before running out of the ring, but Sheamus gave chase and threw him into the barricade.
Sheamus looked like he was really up for a fight and hit the Irish Curse back breaker for a near fall, but Christian threw Sheamus to the outside before kicking him to the mat.
Christian then went the throw Christian into the ring post, but Captain Charisma fought out and hid behind the commentators.
Raw returned with Sheamus throwing Christian off the top rope, before he climbed up himself and was thrown down to the outside.
Christian went for the splash from the top rope but Sheamus rolled out of the way. Sheamus then picked Christian up and hit the rolling slam before going for the running high knee but Christian moved and Sheamus threw him to the outside.
Sheamus then hit his 10 punches to the chest followed by two high knees for the near fall. But Christian looked to be pleading with Sheamus before he hit the neck breaker and a splash for a near fall of his own.
Sheamus then hit White Noise for a two count, as the match continued to be back and forth before Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick from the apron for the win.
BACKSTAGE: Sheamus was with Renee and he had a nasty bruise on his shoulder, he talked about the victory for a few seconds before he was attacked by Christian who hit him with a light.
The Bellas v Aksana and Alicia Fox
The divas were back in action on Raw with Brie and Aksana starting things out, before Nikki made the tag and showed signs of ring improvement with some original moves.
Alicia got the tag and slammed Brie before tagging out to Aksana, and the double team allowed a near fall, but Brie fought out from Alicia with a roll through and made the hot tag to Nikki.
Nikki claimed a near fall off a back body drop, but Aksana broke up the pin and Brie hit the missile drop kick before Nikki hit the Rack Attack for the win.
Daniel Bryan came out to face Batista and talked about the fact that tonight he was going to hijack Raw. He said he wasn’t leaving the ring until either Batista comes down to fight, or Triple H comes down to answer his challenge.
Triple H’s music hit and he came out with Stephanie and headed to the ring. Stephanie said she would be embarrassed if she was Daniel after all his losses, but she could barely be heard over the boo’s. Daniel told Triple H that he has taken his abuse for six months and still he stands there unbroken with the crowd behind him.
He then asked him for the match at Wrestlemania again, Triple H laughed and told him it’s not going to happen. Triple H then told him that this should be called the excuses era or the blame era because no one could accept that they aren’t good enough any more. Triple H then told him he was B+ and it’s a good spot for him and it will take a lot more than a B+ player to get him to lace up his boots for Wrestlemania.
Bryan told him the crowd could see through all his lies, and that is why they chant, he says he is doing it for the WWE Universe but he doesn’t listen to the people or the Yes Movement. The only way Triple H will ever see that is if he beats him at Mania.
Stephanie then told him that it’s her family that made him who he is and they could take it away before Daniel told her she was delusional, but if she put on Triple H’s clothes and he would wrestle her at Wrestlemania instead.
Triple H finished by telling him that Wrestlemania was the showcase of the immortals and he didn’t measure up, before telling him to get out of his ring. Daniel then faced up to Triple H and told him to make him, before Stephanie shouted Kane and he approached the ring but Daniel attacked him before he could do anything and security came out and escorted Daniel away.
Alberto Del Rio v Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler was driven into the building by guest star Aaron Paul, who then accompanied Ziggler to the ring and joining JBL and Cole on commentary.
Ziggler and Del Rio have a rivalry that dates back over a year with from their feud over the World Heavyweight Championship. Ziggler hit a standing drop kick to the face of Del Rio before backing it up with the punches in the corner.
Ziggler hit the DDT for a near fall, before Aaron Paul provided the distraction to allow Dolph to hit the Zig Zag for the win.
Paul Bearer was then announced as the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014.
Big E v Jack Swagger
Jack Swagger caused the DQ earlier tonight for his team mate Cesaro, and this match didn’t even get started before the DQ when Cesaro got involved and hit the neutralizer.
The Real Americans looked like they were arguing before Swagger pushed Cesaro and then looked like he was going for the swing on Swagger. Zeb talked him out of it and the two then hugged.
John Cena was out to confront The Wyatt family about what happened last week on Raw, his knee was heavily taped after what the strange family did to him.
The former Champion told the crowd that under doctor’s orders he wasn’t going to have a match tonight, but he wanted to come out to hear the passion and the energy of an entire city.
He talked about Chicago and how much he loved the place whilst making hints about CM Punk, before turning his attention to The Wyatt family who arrived on the screen, telling John that he was like a championship winning horse that had slowed down and he was going to put him down.
BACKSTAGE: Randy Orton wished Batista luck for his match against Daniel Bryan.
Lana and Alexander Rusev were out when Raw returned, for no apparent reason. Rusev said something in Bulgarian before lifting his arm.
Randy Orton came out to go on commentary for the Batista v Bryan match.
Batista v Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan was apparently allowed back into the building after security kicked him out, Bryan went on the attack taking Batista down from the knee, before landing the kicks to the Animal.
Bryan continued to work the knee with some unique offence, but Batista powered out of the submission manoeuvre, then hung Bryan up on the ropes. Bryan fought back with his drop kick in the corner before Batista rolled out of the ring, but Bryan flew out after him.
Bryan hit his succession of kicks for a near fall before Triple H, Stephanie and Kane approached the ring, Daniel was knocked to the outside where Batista threw him at Orton.
Randy Orton then attacked Bryan before trying to hit the RKO on the Animal, but Bryan hit the knee to the face, before knocking Kane off the apron and into Triple H but Batista hit the spear to ground Daniel before Triple H tried to talk to Bryan but he kicked him in the face and Batista hit the Batista Bomb before Triple H delivered the Pedigree.
Will Triple H finally accept that match at Wrestlemania? Where was CM Punk? And have we finally seen the beginning of the end of The Shield? 34 days until the biggest show of the year….and the build-up has only just begun.
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