WWE Monday Night RAW
Location: Greenville, SC
Date: May 12, 2014
Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and JBL
Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show kicks off with fans filing into the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Josh Mathews, Booker T and Alex Riley are joined by Jimmy Hart tonight. Hart thanks everyone for watching Legends House. Booker confirms The Wyatt Family vs. The Usos and John Cena for tonight. Riley talks about the horror show with Kane continuing. The panel talks about the Kane vs. Daniel Bryan feud. They talk about Evolution and The Shield before leading us to a video package from last week.
– The panel talks more about The Shield and Evolution. We go to the ring where Kofi Kingston and Titus O’Neil are going at it for Superstars. We go back to the panel and Booker does a bad Jamaican accent. The panel wastes more time and we go back to the ring where Kofi gets the win. Jerry Lawler interviews Kofi up on the stage. Lawler brings up Rusev. Kofi doesn’t want to talk about the past. He asks if anyone in Greenville can cook him a meal because he’s hungry. Kofi says he’s going to celebrate. Damien Sandow interrupts the panel. Sandow jokes about not getting used and has his microphone cut. He’s irritated. Sandow talks into Mathews’ mic and says someone in the back must be afraid. Sandow says it’s a public company and someone must be worried. Sandow says mistakes happen and walks off. Mathews is surprised as we go to Network promos.
– We come back to the panel with hype for Legends House and the WWE Network referral program. We see Bray Wyatt‘s promo from last week. Renee Young is backstage with John Cena and The Usos now. Cena gets hype and rants about teaming with The Usos. The Usos are excited also. We go back to the panel and get more Network commercials. We get a video package for Kane and Daniel Bryan. The panel hypes tonight’s show some more. Evolution will be here. Jimmy Hart takes some photos with fans passing by. We see Michael Cole making his way out to commentary. The Shield is backstage going over things for tonight. JBL is out next to a big pop. Jerry Lawler is out last as the pre-show goes off the air.
– Tonight’s WWE RAW opens with a video package for The Shield and Evolution. We’re live and The Shield is in the ring. Dean Ambrose says we saw something you don’t see often last week – The Shield on their backs. He says they got the crap kicked out of them but they’re standing tall tonight. Ambrose says they want Evolution. Seth Rollins takes the mic and says they are not running from Evolution, they are running to Evolution. Rollins says if Evolution are half the men they think they are, they will accept a rematch for Payback. Rollins says when they show up tonight, The Shield is going to hunt them down. Rollins admits Evolution is good but says they were really good, not any more. Roman Reigns is pacing and the crowd pops as he takes the mic. Reigns say they ambushed him and his brothers last week but asks if that’s all they got. Reigns says they’re going to teach Evolution to believe in The Shield and he’s going to personally teach them to believe in him. A limousine is shown on the big screen. It pulls into the back area of the arena and out comes Triple H. The Shield run off through the back. We see Batista and Randy Orton also get out. Triple H is signing some papers and they walk into the building. The Shield attacks them and a brawl breaks out in the back.
Agents and referees finally separate things and The Shield is taken away. Evolution tries to recover as we go to the announcers at ringside.
– Cole hypes tonight’s six-man match with Cena and The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family.
Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger
We go to the ring and out comes Rob Van Dam to a pop. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Zeb Colter is in the ring with Jack Swagger. Zeb is ripping on the crowd. He talks about the latest addition to his deportation list – Adam Rose. Zeb rips on Rose and his Rosebuds. Zeb warns Rose to keep his distance.
As soon as the match starts, Adam Rose and the Rosebuds come out. Cole calls them Rosepetals. They dance around the ring and distract Swagger. He turns around to a kick from RVD for the easy win.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
– After the match, Rose and his Rosebuds dance back up the ramp as Swagger and Zeb look on.
– We get a video package for Paige.
WWE Divas champion Paige vs. Alicia Fox in a non-title match
Back from the break and we get a Bo Dallas vignette. Alicia Fox waits in the ring as WWE Divas Champion Paige makes her way out. Alicia takes the mic and says Paige hasn’t been here long but has managed to alienate herself from everyone backstage. Alicia says she’s speaking for the other Divas backstage. She tells Paige to get lost and attacks her. Alicia works Paige over and yells at the referee to ask Paige if she’s ready. The bell rings and Alicia goes back to work on Paige in the corner.
Alicia with a backbreaker. Alicia takes her to the floor and keeps up the attack. She brings it back in for a 2 count. Alicia with more offense and another pin attempt. She keeps Paige grounded. Paige tries to fight out of a hold but Alicia slams her on her face. Alicia slams Paige’s face into the mat a few more times. Paige turns it around out of nowhere and gets the win.
– After the match, Alicia throws a fit and shoves the referee. She goes around ringside and tears the top off the announcers table. She takes one of JBL’s drinks, shakes it up and sprays it everywhere. She kicks the fan barrier a few times. She yells at fans about how she’s Divas Championship material. She grabs JBL’s hat and puts it on before continuing her tantrum up the ramp.
– We get a video package on Kane and Daniel Bryan.
– Up next, Bryan will address the WWE Universe. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and out comes WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. He hits the ring and is met with “yes!” chants. He thanks everyone because it’s been a long road getting here. He says he knew it would be an uphill battle and it has been but the hill is a little steeper than he thought it would be. A “no!” chant starts up.
Bryan says The Authority threw everything they had at him but he still walked out of WrestleMania XXX as the champion. Bryan says when he came back from his honeymoon, he got a bad beating from Kane and was put in a neck brace because of that. Bryan says he was determined to beat Kane at Extreme Rules and he did. Bryan says his entire style comes with a price and that win over Kane came with a price. Bryan believes fans chant for him because he pays that price with his body. Bryan says he is having neck surgery this Thursday. He gets emotional and says he’s not happy about it because this has been his dream. Bryan says some people are happy about it – Stephanie McMahon, Kane, and Triple H. He says to them, they think his career is pretty much done. Bryan says he will come back but he doesn’t know when. He gets a big “yes!” chant going and that’s it.
– The announcers lead us to a video package for Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family.
– Cena and The Usos vs. The Wyatts is next. Back to commercial.
John Cena and WWE tag team champions the Usos vs. The Wyatt Family in a 6-man tag team match
Back from the break and out first comes John Cena to a big pop. WWE Tag Team Champions the Usos are out next. The lantern lights up and out next comes Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Back from the break and Harper starts things out with Jey Uso. Harper takes it to the corner and beats Uso around. Harper runs into a big boot and gets rolled up for 2. Uso with chops and right hands. Uso with a big right hand off the ropes and a 1 count. Harper with a dropkick. Rowan tags in and keeps up the attack on Uso. Rowan chokes Uso on the ropes. Bray tags in and stomps away on Uso in the corner. Bray yells at the fans as they do dueling chants for Cena. Harper comes back in and they double team Uso. Harper with elbows to the face in the corner. Harper with boots to the face now. Jimmy Uso finally tags in and unloads on Harper. Uso ducks a clothesline and nails a Samoan Drop.
Uso goes for Bray and Rowan on the apron but gets ran over by Harper for another 2 count. Bray comes back in and stomps away on Uso in the corner. Harper comes back in and keeps Uso grounded. Uso runs into an elbow and goes down. Bray comes back in and keeps control. Bray with a big slash in the corner on Uso. Uso ducks a clothesline and finally dropkicks Wyatt. Cena tags in as does Rowan. Cena unloads with his usual moves. Harper comes in but gets decked. Rowan slides out of an Attitude Adjustment. Harper decks Cena from behind. Jey Uso takes out Harper but Bray takes him down. Jimmy takes out Bray. Rowan knocks Jimmy out of the air. Cena applies the STF on Rowan but Bray breaks it with a splash. Bray kisses Cena for Sister Abigail but Uso kicks Bray in the head. Harper catches a superkick also. The Usos leap out onto Bray and Harper on the floor. Cena with the Attitude Adjustment on Rowan for the win.
Winners: The Usos and John Cena
– After the match, Bray speaks from the ring and thanks Cena for what he must do. Bray says to follow the buzzards and that’s it.
– Still to come, Evolution will be here. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and out comes Evolution. Randy Orton speaks first and he’s ready to take the gloves off when it comes to The Shield. Triple H says The Shield will get their rematch at Payback. They’re going to go from Ambrose to Rollins to Reigns but Reigns won’t be coming back from Payback. The Shield suddenly attack from behind and clear the ring of Evolution. Batista takes a mic and comes down the ramp. He’s had enough of all three of them, he says. Batista challenges Reigns to a match for tonight. Batista talks trash from the ramp as Evolution’s music hits. We go back to commercial.
Nikki Bella vs. Natalya
Back from the break and we see the cast of Total Divas at ringside. Nikki Bella is out first followed by Natalya. Apparently this match is taking place because Nikki dissed the painting that Natalya did of her and Cena on Total Divas. The other Divas at ringside are holding papers with numbers on them. They lock up and go at it to start the match.
Back and forth to start. Natalya goes on and hits Nikki with knees in the corner. Nikki with a kick from the second rope. Nikki with a 2 count now. It looks like the Total Divas at ringside are grading this one. Natalya and Nikki trade slaps now. Natalya with an abdominal stretch. More back and forth. Nikki with a roll up for 2. Natalya with another pin attempt. Nikki ends up getting the win.
Winner: Nikki Bella
– After the match, Brie comes in to celebrate with Nikki. The other Divas are giving her “10” scores. Nikki goes to ringside and celebrates with them. Natalya gets upset and rips their numbers up. Natalya’s feeling are hurt.
– Still to come, Batista vs. Reigns in the main event. We go back to commercial.
Curtis Axel vs. Sheamus
Back from the break and out comes Ryback and Curtis Axel. WWE United States Champion Sheamus is out next. Ryback and Axel flip a coin to see who gets to face Sheamus. They lock up and Sheamus takes Axel down.
Sheamus beats Axel around the ring. Axel turns it around and goes for a quick pin attempt. Axel stomps away now. Axel nails a dropkick. Axel with more kicks in the corner. He charges and Sheamus shoves him off. Axel comes back and Sheamus turns it around. Sheamus with a running knee in the corner. Sheamus goes to the top but Axel crotches him. Axel with a neckbreaker from the top for a 2 count. Axel goes for a Perfect-plex but Sheamus blocks it. Axel blocks White Noise. Sheamus goes for the Cloverleaf and gets it locked in for the win.
– After the match, Ryback hits the ring and attacks Sheamus from behind. Sheamus gets up and they face off but we cut to commercial.
Ryback vs. Sheamus
Back from the break and this match is going on after Sheamus accepted the challenge. Ryback slams Sheamus for a close 2 count.
Ryback taunts and kicks Sheamus around. Sheamus tries to fight back but Ryback slams him. Ryback goes for a splash but lands on the knees of Sheamus. Sheamus fights back with right hands in the corner. Ryback goes for a powerbomb but it’s countered. Sheamus with forearm shots and a battering ram in the corner. Sheamus with a knee lift. Ryback catches him and dumps him to the apron. Sheamus with the forearm shots to the chest. More back and forth coming off the ropes. Ryback counters and slams Sheamus for another close 2 count. Sheamus blocks a Meathook and nails White Noise for a 2 count.
Sheamus with stomps. Ryback blocks the Cloverleaf. Ryback with another block and a spinebuster for 2. Ryback with right hands to the face now. Sheamus catches Ryback with a running powerslam for 2. Sheamus swings at Axel but misses on the apron. Ryback nails a Meathook clothesline. Sheamus blocks Shellshocked and nails a Brogue Kick for the win.
– Still to come, Batista vs. Reigns in the main event. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Cesaro vs. Sheamus is announced for Main Event. Stephanie McMahon comes to the ring and she’s all smiles. She talks about how Daniel Bryan told his story earlier tonight. Stephanie says Bryan needing surgery proves one thing – Bryan just isn’t an A+ player. She says his body couldn’t keep up with what his heart wants. She says he has the heart of a champion but just can’t pull through the fans. She says she’s been trying to protect Bryan but he won’t listen. Stephanie says she and her family have to do what’s best for business. She calls Bryan to the ring.
Bryan’s music doesn’t play but Kane’s pyro goes off. He drags an unconscious Bryan out to the stage and leaves him. Kane walks to the back. The lights come back on and Stephanie is shocked. Trainers and EMT’s come out to check on Bryan. Stephanie comes up to check on him as he’s loaded onto a stretcher. Fans chant for Bryan. Brie Bella is also out to check on Bryan as he’s loaded onto the stretcher. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and Bryan is being loaded into an ambulance. Stephanie is apologizing. Stephanie says she’s sorry to Brie. Brie shoves her and says to stay away. Brie gets in the ambulance and rides off with Bryan. Stephanie starts to get a pissed off look on her face and stares off.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango
We go to the ring and Dolph Ziggler waits as Layla dances out with Fandango. They lock up and trade holds to start the match. Fandango keeps control and brings it back in the ring for a 2 count. Fandango with elbows to the neck now. Ziggler fights back but gets caught with a knee to the gut, a kick to the face and a suplex for another 2 count. More back and forth. Ziggler makes a comeback. Ziggler with right hands in the corner and a neckbreaker. Fandango blocks the Fame-asser and drops Ziggler for a 2 count. Fandango goes to the top but lands on his feet. Ziggler with the Fame-asser for a close 2 count. Layla argues with Ziggler and the referee. Ziggler turns around to a shot from Fandango for a close 2 count. Layla gets her leg stuck in the apron, distracting Fandango. Fandango turns around to a Zig Zag for the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
– After the match, Fandango takes a mic. Layla feels bad for what just happened. Fandango says he might have lost but he knows he’s a winner because no woman has made him feel the way she does. Fandango expresses his love for Layla and tells her. They do a little dance and start making out before the music hits. JBL is screaming for us to go to commercial.
– Still to come, Reigns vs. Batista in the main event. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and out comes WWE Legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan to the ring. A big USA chant starts. Duggan talks about Legends House but is interrupted by Lana. She says he symbolizes America – once a great nation but just like England, our empire crumbles and we are the laughing stock of the world. Lana says China has passed America and has the biggest economy in the world now. She says this is why Rusev is proud. USA chants interrupt her. She says Rusev is proud to represent Mother Russia and the greatest President, Vladimir Putin. She shows Putin on the big screen. Duggan says there’s something Lana should hear and he gets another USA chant going. Lana says Duggan continues to prove America’s inferiority. She introduces “The Super Athlete” Rusev and out he comes.
Rusev and Lana make their way to the ring as Duggan waits with his 2×4. Duggan rallies the fans. Lana says she will give Duggan one chance to beg for mercy. Duggan says no and chants USA. Rusev grabs the 2×4 and breaks it over his own knee. Lana says that was Duggan’s one chance. Duggan readies to fight. Lana tells Rusev to crush. Rusev goes for Duggan but out comes Big E. E hits the ring and Rusev beats on him. Rusev with a back splash in the corner and a big kick to the face, sending Big E out of the ring. Duggan checks on Big E and gets another USA chant started. Rusev and Lana stand tall in the ring as Big E tries to recover on the floor.
Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes
We come back from a break and out comes Damien Sandow. He talks about his “pipebomb” promo from the RAW pre-show and suggests everyone go watch it. Sandow says people are afraid of what he has to say and a lot of people don’t want to hear him. He’s interrupted by Goldust and Cody Rhodes.
Back and forth to start the match. Cody with an early 1 count. More back and forth. Cody ends up getting the win after a Disaster Kick.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
– Still to come, Batista vs. Reigns.
– Back from the break and we get a Bo Dallas vignette.
– We get a look at what happened to Daniel Bryan earlier.
– We go backstage to Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family. Bray cuts another promo at John Cena. He challenges Cena to a Last Man Standing match at Payback.
– Up next, Batista vs. Reigns. Back to commercial.
Batista vs. Roman Reigns
Back from the break and out comes The Shield. Evolution is out next. Reigns and Batista lock up to start the match. Orton and Triple H look on from one side of the ring while Rollins and Ambrose look on from the other. Batista takes Reigns to the corner with shoulder thrusts. Reigns turns it around with thrusts of his own. Reigns whips Batista hard into the corner and he goes down. They brawl out to the floor.
Reigns sends Batista into the steps. They come back in and Reigns misses a splash in the corner. Batista turns it around now. Batista whips Reigns shoulder first into the ring post. Triple H taunts Reigns. Batista with a boot to the face. Reigns comes back with headbutts and right hands. Reigns with a clothesline. Batista keeps fighting back. Batista runs into a big boot. Reigns charges with a big clothesline in the corner. Reigns drops Batista with a right hand. Reigns goes to the floor for the big apron dropkick but he’s met by Triple H and Orton. Rollins and Ambrose leaps out of the ring and take out Orton and Triple H. Reigns hits the dropkick on Batista. Rollins gets sent over the announcers table. Reigns readies for a Superman punch but Triple H pulls Reigns out of the ring. Rollin takes out Triple H. The bell is called for by the referee.
Winner: Roman Reigns by disqualification
The Shield brings it in the ring and end up on top of Evolution. Stephanie has sent out reinforcements as a bunch of heels run out and beat The Shield down. Triple H brings a steel chair and brings it into the ring. He goes to hit Reigns with it but Reigns spears him. Rollins and Ambrose come in with chairs and clear the ring of all the heels. Ambrose drops Fandango’s face on the chair. Evolution watches on from the stage. Rollins stomps Curtis Axel face first into a chair. Heath Slater takes a Superman punch. Ryback takes a spear. Evolution starts walking back to the ring but stop. Ryback gets hit with a triple powerbomb. We go to replays. RAW goes off the air with The Shield and Evolution staring each other down.
– Tonight’s RAW Backstage Pass post-show opens up with the panel. We see Evolution watching from the stage as Slater is left in the ring with The Shield. Slater takes a Superman punch from Reigns. The panel talks more about The Shield and Evolution. We go to Network promos and come back to a look back at Cena and The Usos vs. The Wyatts from earlier. We also see Bray’s promo.
– More talk about Cena and The Wyatts. Renee Young is backstage with The Shield. Rollins says they turned the tables on Evolution tonight and they were the prey this time. Ambrose says at the end of the day, he just doesn’t like Evolution. Ambrose says they’re going to pay at Payback. Reigns says this is no longer about business, it’s personal. He tells Renee to believe that and we go back to the panel. We get a look back at Daniel Bryan earlier tonight and the panel talks about his injury. We see footage from earlier tonight where Renee spoke with Dr. Amann about Bryan’s condition. He was at a local hospital and they’re not sure how Kane’s attack will affect his surgery. Booker insists that Bryan won’t return from neck surgery the same. Mathews plugs Cesaro vs. Sheamus on Main Event tomorrow night. Jimmy Hart picks Sheamus, Riley picks Cesaro and Booker just says it’s going to be a great match. They plug Legends House and that’s it for the post-show.