WWE Monday Night RAW
Location: Cleveland, OH
Date: January 27, 2014
Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and JBL
Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with stills from Bray Wyatt interrupting the John Cena vs. Randy Orton match at the Royal Rumble. We’re live from Cleveland, Ohio as Michael Cole welcomes us. We go to the ring and out comes Triple H with Stephanie McMahon.
The Authority hits the ring as we see stills from Brock Lesnar’s assault on Big Show last night. Triple H and Stephanie point up to the WrestleMania XXX sign. Stephanie welcomes us to RAW. She talks about how the Rumble was satisfying and the “yes!” chants start up. Stephanie says yes, yes it was one of the most satisfying Rumble pay-per-views in history and the fans boo. Triple H mocks the fans and asks if someone didn’t get what they wanted. Triple H says that’s too bad and says it was an incredible night. Triple H talks about how Orton defended his title against Cena, how Lesnar destroyed Show and how Batista defeated 29 other Superstars to win the Royal Rumble. Stephanie says there’s one more stop on the Road to WrestleMania XXX and that’s Elimination Chamber. She announces that Orton will defend the title inside the Chamber itself. Daniel Bryan’s music hits and out he comes to a huge pop.
Bryan hits the ring and the chants start up. Bryan asks them to stop because The Authority doesn’t like it. He asks the fans to stop chanting his name because we don’t want to make The Authority bad. Bryan laughs as the crowd gets behind him. Stephanie insults the crowd and they boo her. Bryan says he had one of the toughest matches of his career last night and says a lot of people are talking about that match when it comes to great Rumble moments. Triple H says it was a good little effort. Stephanie agrees. Bryan says when people talk about the biggest disappointment at the Rumble, it’s him not being in the main event match. Bryan says he came to The Authority several times and told them he wanted in. Bryan says the fans wanted him in. Bryan says there is a Yes Movement going on but every time he asked to be in the Rumble, they said no. Stephanie says they have to look out for the health and well-being of everyone and with everything Bryan has been through, they didn’t want him to have to compete twice in one night. The fans don’t buy it. Bryan brings up all the handicap matches and gauntlets he’s been in. The Authority feed him more excuses. Bryan says they don’t care what’s best for business, they care about what’s worse for Daniel Bryan. Stephanie asks if Bryan really thinks that everyone came to see just him tonight and a massive “yes!” chant breaks out. Bryan asks if they came to see Orton and they say no. Bryan asks if they came to see Triple H and they say no. Bryan says the fans get to pick their favorite Superstars but Triple H and Stephanie need to listen to them. Stephanie says she can’t understand what they’re saying. Fans chant Bryan’s name now.
Bryan says he wants in the Elimination Chamber match. The fans want it too, he says. Bryan tells Stephanie to step aside and gets in Triple H’s face. He doesn’t think either of them should leave the ring until Bryan gets what he wants. They stare each other down and fans chant for Bryan. Triple H says Bryan has some company and out comes The Shield. Bryan grabs a steel chair as The Shield make their way through the crowd and surround the ring. Bryan charges Ambrose and Rollins but Reigns decks him from behind. The Shield beat Bryan down until Sheamus’ music hits and out he comes. Sheamus tries to brawl but they beat him down. John Cena’s music hits and he’s out next for the save. Cena fights off The Shield and it’s 3 on 3 now. The babyfaces clear the ring to a big pop. Bryan’s music hits as the two groups stare each other down.
- Still to come, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton will speak. Back to commercial.
Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs. Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro
Back from the break and Sin Cara is in the ring with Rey Mysterio. Tonight’s main event will be Sheamus, Daniel Bryan and John Cena vs. The Shield. The winning team will make it into the Chamber match. Out next comes Zeb Colter with Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro. Colter cuts a promo on Rey and Cara while walking to the ring.
Rey and Cesaro start the match until Cara and Swagger tag in. Cara takes control and hits a springboard elbow for a 2 count. Cara dumps Swagger over the top to the floor and nails a suicide dive, sending Swagger into the announcers table. Zeb has words with Cesaro and Swagger about their performance. Zeb slaps Swagger. Swagger goes at him but Cesaro holds him back. Swagger goes back in the ring and goes at it with Cara. Swagger with a big slam. We go to commercial with Zeb telling Swagger to take his anger out on Cara.
Back from the break and Cesaro is in control of Cara. Cara nails a kick to the face and stuns Cesaro. Swagger tags in and stops a tag. Cara blocks a backbreaker and drops Swagger face first. Cesaro gets dumped to the floor but pulls Rey down off the apron so he can’t tag. Cesaro goes for a move on Cara but gets rolled up for a 2 count. Cesaro with a huge powerslam for a 2 count. Swagger tags in and they hit a nice double team powerbomb for a 2 count. Swagger argues with the referee and stomps on Cara some more. Cara dodges a Swagger Bomb. Cesaro tags in and misses a splash in the corner. Rey finally tags in and unloads on Cesaro. Rey goes to the top for the senton and hits the big bulldog for a 2 count. Rey with a kick to the head for a 2 count. Swagger breaks the pin but Cara dropkicks Swagger. Cara catapults Rey into Cesaro and he drops him for 619. Rey leaps out on Swagger while Cara misses a splash on Cesaro. Cesaro hits a big uppercut in mid-air and the Neutralizer on Cara for the win.
Winners: Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro
- After the match, The Real Americans pose together. Zeb shakes both of their hands and all is well with the group.
- Still to come, Cena, Sheamus and Bryan vs. The Shield in a Chamber qualifier. Also, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws in a Rumble rematch. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Bad News Barrett is high up on his podium. He beats his gavel several times. Barrett thanks everyone for joining us but says he has some bad news for tonight’s TV viewers. He says later tonight we will see The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler – a match that has been entitled The Battle of Cleveland. Barrett says that’s the kind of match that will have two losers if it were the Battle FOR Cleveland. Barrett says the town of Cleveland is full of nothing but losers and that’s it.
- We get a preview for The Monday Night War on the WWE Network.
Fandango vs. R-Truth
We go to the ring and out comes Summer Rae followed by Fandango. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and R-Truth is in the ring. Xavier Woods is on commentary. Truth and Fandango go at it. Truth drops him with a shoulder. We see NXT Diva Emma in the crowd at ringside. She’s dancing around with her sign. Truth drops Fandango. Truth runs the ropes but Fandango goes to the floor for a breather. Truth chases Fandango around the ring. Summer gets in the way and Fandango levels Truth with a clothesline.
Fandango brings Truth back in for a 2 count. Fandango with a suplex and another 2 count. Fandango runs into an elbow and Truth unloads on him. Truth with a jawbreaker for a 2 count. Fandango catches Truth with a kick for another 2 count. Fandango goes up top but misses the leg drop. Truth drops Fandango with a kick for the win.
- After the match, Xavier goes in the ring to dance with Truth.
- We see Randy Orton walking backstage. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and RAW General Manager Brad Maddox is in the ring. He introduces himself and then introduces WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton. Orton makes his way out.
Orton says the champ is here. He talks about beating John Cena again last night. Orton isn’t happy about defending his title in the Elimination Chamber and yells at Maddox for it. Orton goes on and Batista’s music hits to mostly a pop but there are some boos in there too. Batista hits the ring and now you really hear the boos. Batista congratulates Orton but fans start chanting for Daniel Bryan. Batista says he told everyone he was back for three reasons – win the Rumble, headline WrestleMania XXX and win the title. 2 down, 1 to go. Batista says it’s not personal, he doesn’t care who he faces at WrestleMania, including Daniel Bryan. He goes on about winning and Brock Lesnar’s music hits to a big pop. Out Lesnar comes with Paul Heyman.
Heyman introduces himself to Maddox. Lesnar has authorized Heyman to inform Maddox that Lesnar’s patience is running thin. Lesnar wants Maddox to tell The Authority that they have two choices – make history by having Orton defend against Lesnar. The fans pop at the sound of this. The alternative is Lesnar vs. Batista. The crowd pops at this also. Heyman likes both suggestions but says whichever decision Triple H and Stephanie makes, the fans will be the winners. Heyman wants their answer tonight, or else. Lesnar’s music hits and he stares down Orton and Batista before leaving with Heyman.
- Still to come, The Shield vs. Bryan, Cena and Sheamus in a Chamber qualifier. Also, Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz in The Battle of Cleveland.
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz
Back from the break and out comes Dolph Ziggler to a hometown pop. The Miz is out next, also to a hometown pop. They’re both wearing Cleveland jerseys.
Justin Roberts actually does official ring introductions for this match. They lock up and go at it. Ziggler drops Miz with a shoulder. They run the ropes and Miz hits a big knee to the gut. Miz with a clothesline in the corner. Miz goes to the top but Ziggler kicks him on the way down for a 2 count. More back and forth. Ziggler applies a sleeper hold and brings Miz down to the mat.
Miz breaks free and drops Ziggler with a kick to the face for another 2 count. Ziggler blocks a Skull Crushing Finale and rolls Miz up for a 2 count. More back and forth. Miz goes for the Figure Four and locks it in. Ziggler makes it to the bottom rope and breaks the hold. Miz goes for the hold again but Ziggler rolls him up for 2. Miz counters with a roll up for 2. Ziggler hits a Zig Zag out of nowhere for the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
- Still to come, The Brotherhood vs. The New Age Outlaws for the titles. Back to commercial.
Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. The Usos
Back from the break and Curtis Axel is in the ring with Ryback. The Usos are out next.
Ryback starts off with Jey Uso and they go at it. Ryback catches Uso in mid-air and slams him back in the corners. Ryback beats Uso down in the corner and taunts his brother. Axel tags in for some double teaming. Axel nails a dropkick and shows off for the crowd. Swagger with a clothesline from behind. Axel bites Uso now. Ryback tags back in for some more double teaming. Ryback lifts Uso in the air and holds him for a long suplex. 2 count by Ryback.
Axel tags back in for more offense in the corner. Ryback comes back in for more of the same. Ryback kicks Uso in the face and applies a headlock. Uso ends up sending Ryback out to the floor and he lands hard on his shoulder. Ryback comes back in and tags in Axel. Axel stops Uso from tagging. Finally they tag in and Jimmy unloads. Uso misses the big splash in the corner but his a super Samoan Drop. Ryback tags in and goes for Shellshocked but Uso tags in. Uso drops Ryback with two superkicks and breaks Shellshocked. The other Uso leaps out onto Axel on the floor. Jimmy hits a Superfly Splash on Ryback for the win.
Winners: The Usos
Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio
Back from a commercial and Kofi Kingston is in the ring. We see footage of his big leap at the Royal Rumble. Out next comes Alberto Del Rio.
We see video from earlier today of Del Rio saying Batista won’t make it to WrestleMania. The bell rings and they go at it. Kofi unloads and hits a dropkick. Kofi mounts Del Rio in the corner with right hands but runs into a big boot. Del Rio drops Kofi and covers for a 2 count. Del Rio ends up on the floor and Kofi nails a suicide dive through the ropes. Kofi brings Del Rio back in the ring but Del Rio nails a kick to the back of the head. Del Rio tosses Kofi into the fan barrier. Del Rio with a 2 count now. Del Rio applies a headlock but Kofi fights to his feet. Del Rio slams him back to the mat. Del Rio goes to the second rope and comes crashing down. Del Rio with more stomps on Kofi. Fans chant for JBL. Del Rio beats Kofi up in the corner as JBL gets a big pop for standing up and waving to the crowd. Del Rio gets mad and yells at JBL. Fans chant for Jerry Lawler now. Lawler also gets a pop for standing up. Del Rio and Kofi tumble out to the floor as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Kofi kicks out at 2. Del Rio with another headlock. Lots more back and forth. Del Rio ducks Trouble In Paradise and goes to the apron. They tangle and Kofi nails SOS for a 2 count as Del Rio gets his foot on the bottom rope. Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio points at the WrestleMania sign and the fans boo. Del Rio calls for the cross armbreaker but Kofi fights him off. Del Rio ducks Trouble In Paradise and nails a Backstabber for a 2 count. Del Rio goes to the top but Kofi cuts him off. Kofi climbs up for a superplex but Del Rio fights him. Kofi gets hung up on the ropes and Del Rio stomps down on his chest. Del Rio with a superkick to the face for the win.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
- Still to come, the tag team title rematch. Also, who will Lesnar face – Batista or Orton? Back to commercial.
WWE Tag Team Title Match: Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. WWE tag team champions The New Age Outlaws
Back from the break and out comes Cody Rhodes and Goldust. New WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws are out next.
Road Dogg welcomes us to the Dogg House and does their usual intro with Billy Gunn. Dogg kills the rumors that they became champions because of past relationships. He says they became champs because they’re the best at what they do. Dogg says the Rhodes’ were good last night but not good enough. Cody decks Road Dogg and we get ready to start. Dogg and Gunn talk at ringside about how they shouldn’t have to do this any way, they shouldn’t have to defend the night after winning. The bell rings and here we go. Gunn starts out with Goldust.
Goldust unloads and gets a quick pin attempt. Goldust keeps it up and Gunn goes to ringside for a breather. Dogg cools Gunn off with JBL’s cowboy hat. Dogg tags in and locks up with Goldust now. Goldust with a big shoulder for a 1 count. Dogg also goes to the corner to take a breather. They go to lock up and Goldust nails a right hand. Cody tags in for some double teaming. Cody works on the arm now. Cody with a pair of 2 counts. Cody goes back to working on Dogg’s arm. Road Dogg goes back to the floor for another breather and chat with Gunn. Gunn comes back in and strikes Cody before a lock up. Cody fights back and beats on him in the corner. Cody goes back to working on the shoulder and drops a pair of knees on it. Cody with a 2 count. Road Dogg fights back with right hands but Cody dropkicks him for another pin attempt. Goldust tags back in and keeps control until Dogg turns it around. Gunn tags in for some double teaming and a 2 count.
More tags as Goldust and Cody take back control. Gunn turns it around with a dropkick and we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Goldust nails a big powerslam on Gunn. Dogg tags in but Goldust caches him with a 2 count and it looks like Road Dogg has a cut on his face. Gunn and Cody tag in at the same time. Cody unloads and hits a high knee. Cody mocks the Outlaws and tangles with Dogg. Cody springboards in with a double missile dropkick. Cody misses a Disaster Kick and Gunn clotheslines him. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman make their way down. Gunn leaves the ring as Lesnar enters. Lesnar nails a F5 on Cody and then one on Goldust. Lesnar yells and asks if anyone hears him. Heyman says when it came time for The Authority to pick choice 1 or 2, they picked 3 and that’s Brock Lesnar vs. no one. The crowd boos. Heyman says this is what happens when Lesnar doesn’t get what he wants. Lesnar grabs a steel chair and whacks Cody and Goldust with it several times. Lesnar breaks a chair on Goldust and tosses it. Lesnar’s music hits as we go to replays.
Winners: No contest
- Still to come, The Shield vs. Cena, Sheamus and Bryan in a Chamber qualifier. Back to commercial.
The Bella Twins, Cameron and Naomi vs. WWE Divas champion AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Aksana and Alicia Fox
Back from the break and all the Divas are in the ring as WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee’s music plays. Aksana starts off with Cameron. Aksana grabs her hair but Cameron takes her down. Cameron with a kick to the gut and a tag to Brie for a missile dropkick and a 2 count. Brie keeps control and Nikki tags in. She works over Aksana until Alicia Fox comes in. Nikki with a takedown but Alicia catches her with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2.
AJ tags in and takes control of Nikki. AJ with a neckbreaker and a 2 count. Aksana tags back in and stomps away on Nikki in the corner. Aksana shows off for the crowd and drops Nikki with a sideslam. Aksana with a knee to the face and another 2 count. Aksana drops two elbow drops and tags in Tamina. Tamina stomps on Nikki and scoop slams her. Tamina drops a knee and applies a chinlock. Tamina turns Nikki upside down in the corner and kicks away. Nikki counters and dropkicks Tamina. Naomi tags in as does AJ. Naomi with dropkicks. Naomi with a big kick and a clothesline out of the corner. Naomi dances and drops a leg drop for a 2 count. Tamina comes in and everyone else gets involved. A triple suplex is hit. AJ kicks Naomi but runs into the Rear View for the win.
Winners: The Bella Twins, Cameron, and Naomi
- After the match, the winners dance in the ring.
- Up next, another Hall of Fame inductee revealed. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Jerry Lawler is in the ring talking about the WWE Hall of Fame. We get a video announcing Jake “The Snake” Roberts will be inducted this year. He joins The Ultimate Warrior.
- We get a preview for WrestleMania Rewind on the WWE Network.
Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: John Cena, Sheamus and Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield
The winners of this match will be in the Elimination Chamber match next month. Out first comes John Cena. Out next comes Sheamus followed by Daniel Bryan. Fans start the “yes!” chants as Bryan hits the ring. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and The Shield is out. It’s announced Christian will return on SmackDown. Dean Ambrose and Cena start things out. Seth Rollins tags in. Rollins keeps control of Cena. They run the ropes and Cena decks Rollins with a right hand. Roman Reigns tags in and the crowd pops. Fans chant Reigns’ name. Cena applies a headlock but Reigns drops him with a shoulder. They lock up again and Reigns applies a headlock.
Sheamus comes in and goes at it with Reigns now. Sheamus drops Reigns and hits a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Reigns turns it around and beats Sheamus into the corner. Rollins tags in and they double team Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus with a big kick to Rollins in the face. Sheamus drops Rollins and kicks him in the back. Rollins crawls to the apron but Sheamus grabs him for the forearm shots to the chest. Ambrose tags in and they double team Sheamus again. Ambrose works over Sheamus on the ropes as fans chant for Bryan. Sheamus with a big clothesline on Ambrose. Bryan tags in and fans pop. Bryan unloads with kicks as the “yes!” chant starts up. Bryan with the running dropkick. Bryan climbs up and nails a hurricanrana on Ambrose for a 2 count. Bryan with uppercuts on Ambrose. Rollins tags in and Bryan catches him in a surfboard.
Sheamus tags in and kicks Rollins while he’s in the submission. Sheamus drops a leg and covers Rollins for 2. Sheamus tags in Cena for a double suplex on Rollins. Cena covers for a 2 count. Cena takes Rollins to the corner but runs into an elbow. Rollins with a clothesline and a 2 count. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rollins is in control of Cena. Rollins with a blockbuster for a 2 count. Reigns leaps on the outside and dropkicks Cena’s head on the apron. Reigns with another 2 count. Reigns readies for a Superman punch and nails Cena with it. Reigns ends up falling face first out of the ring. Cena crawls for a tag as Reigns tries to recover. Reigns runs in with a big shoulder and a 2 count on Cena. Ambrose comes back in to keep up the attack on Cena. More tags from The Shield as they keep Cena grounded. Cena powers up out of a sleeper from Ambrose and rams him back in the corner to break it. Ambrose knocks Cena back down and hits a DDT for a 2 count.
Cena finally nails an Attitude Adjustment on Ambrose. Bryan and Rollins tag in but Bryan unloads. He knocks Reigns off the apron. Bryan with more on Rollins and a dive outside to Ambrose. Bryan with a missile dropkick on Rollins. Bryan with kicks to the chest now. 2 count by Bryan. Reigns spears Sheamus. Cena and Reigns collide in mid-air but Cena gets speared and clutches his knee. Bryan takes out Reigns. Rollins rolls Bryan up for 2. Rollins and Bryan trade shots now. Rollins powerbombs Bryan back into the corner for a 2 count. More back and forth. Rollins misses a move from the top and Bryan nails a big overhead throw. Bryan hulks up but misses the running dropkick in the corner. Rollins rolls Bryan up for 2. Bryan turns it into the Yes Lock but Ambrose breaks it up. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick on Ambrose. Rollins takes out Sheamus. Rollins misses a splash on Bryan. They both collide in mid-air and go down.
Cena and Reigns tag in. Cena applies the STF. Reigns powers out right as the lights go out and The Wyatt Family is here. The lights come on and Erick Rowan, Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt are attacking Cena. Sheamus and Bryan make the save and there’s a big brawl between the 6. Cena tosses Harper. Bryan tosses Rowan. Bryan, Sheamus and Cena are announced the winners by disqualification but still get the Chamber spot.
Winners by DQ: John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Sheamus
After the match, The Wyatt Family heads to the stage. The Shield throws a fit at ringside because The Wyatts cost them a spot in the Chamber match. RAW goes off the air with Cena, Bryan and Sheamus celebrating.