WWE Monday Night RAW
Location: Memphis, TN
Date: September 22, 2014
Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and JBL
Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show opens up with a shot of fans filing into the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. Byron Saxton, Booker T and Alex Riley are at WWE studios in Stamford. Riley hypes WWE Shop and says we have a huge show coming tonight. They hype Dean Ambrose‘s return tonight. We get a look back at John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar from Night of champions and how the match ended with Seth Rollins. Riley says we saw a different side of Cena come out last night. Byron shows us Cena’s post-Night of champions interview where he called Rollins foolish. More talk about Night of champions, including Rusev defeating Mark Henry. They talk about how impressive Rusev has been so far. Riley says this win takes Rusev to a whole new level. We go to commercials.
– We come back and they talk about Roman Reigns having emergency surgery this weekend. We see the coverage from the weekend on Reigns. They talk about the WWE tag team titles next. Booker predicts The Usos will be back on top soon. Riley says he’s even more impressed with Stardust and Goldust. Saxton announces Sheamus and The Usos vs. Cesaro, Stardust and Goldust for tonight. Renee Young is backstage with The Miz and Damien Sandow. Sandow has a replica Intercontinental title over his shoulder like The Miz. Miz cuts a Hollywood promo and gives Renee an autographed photo. Saxton announces Dolph Ziggler will get his rematch against The Miz tonight. We get more hype from the panel before bold predictions. Riley predicts Stephanie McMahon will challenge AJ Lee for the Divas title. Booker predicts Brock Lesnar will show up tonight and have a confrontation with The Authority, leading to something with Seth Rollins. Saxton hypes tonight’s show some more and that’s it for the pre-show.
Ambrose says he’s far from dead and WWE’s ugly stepchild is back. Ambrose says he’s been a little loopy in the head since we last saw him. He’s been replaying what happened with the cinder blocks. He shows us a replay of what happened last month with Kane and Seth Rollins. Ambrose is kind of flattered that The Authority would go to great lengths to get rid of him. Ambrose says he’s not satisfied and can hold a grudge. He say tonight, he’s The Authority and he’s not leaving the ring until he gets his hands on Rollins. Ambrose throws a steel chair in the ring and takes a seat in the middle of the ring. Fans chant his name. John Cena’s music hits after a minute and out Cena comes to a mixed reaction. Ambrose kicks the chair out of the ring. He’s bothered and doesn’t like that Cena is standing in front of him right now. Ambrose says Cena is flying close to a flame. Cena calls him Mr. Ambrose and says they have a similar agenda. Cena says he had Brock Lesnar beat at Night of champions until that slimy, rubber suit wearing jackass Seth Rollins showed up. Cena says he should have the WWE World Heavyweight title right now. Cena says he’s cashing in his ass kicking in a briefcase shot on Rollins tonight and no one is going to stop him. Ambrose says he warned Cena once, don’t get in his way. Cena takes off his gear and gets ready for a fight. The music hits and out comes Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Kane, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins.
Triple H tells them to relax before they fight over something they have no control over. He says Rollins won’t be fighting anybody tonight but Cena and Ambrose will. Cena interrupts and goes up the ramp for a fight. Ambrose follows. Ambrose and Cena brawl with Kane, Orton and Rollins on the ramp. Rollins runs off through the crowd and Ambrose chases him. Ambrose catches up but Rollins runs off again. Cena also ran after Rollins. Kane and Orton look on from the ring while Triple H re-groups with Stephanie. Cameras go backstage and we see Ambrose attacking Rollins in the back of the arena. Cena joins in and Rollins is doing his best to fight them off. He runs off and decks a guy loading stuff in his car. Rollins takes the car and speeds off. Ambrose was trying to get in the back of the car and fell. Cena and Ambrose look at each other as we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see what just happened. We see The Authority backstage. It’s now Ambrose vs. Kane and Orton vs. Cena for later tonight.
WWE Intercontinental title match: Dolph Ziggler vs. WWE Intercontinental champion The Miz
We go to the ring and out comes new WWE Intercontinental champion The Miz. His stunt double Damien Sandow has a replica belt. Dolph Ziggler is out next by himself. Justin Roberts does formal ring introductions before the match. Back and forth to start the match. Ziggler takes control with a clothesline. Ziggler with a headlock after a 2 count. Miz turns it around with a headlock of his own. Miz drops Ziggler with a shoulder but shows off some. They counter each other but Miz hits a big knee to the gut. Miz with another headlock now. They get to their feet and Ziggler hits a big open hand slap to the chest. Miz dropkicks his leg out. Miz goes for the Figure Four but Ziggler kicks him into the ring post. Ziggler hits a big clothesline and a splash in the corner. Miz blocks the neckbreaker and ends up on the apron. Miz with a knee to the gut and a neckbreaker from the apron to the floor. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Ziggler is kicking out of a pin attempt. Miz hits the big clothesline in the corner. Miz goes to the top but jumps into a huge dropkick from Ziggler. Ziggler with clotheslines and more offense now to get fired up. Miz dodges the Fame-asser. Miz goes for the neckbreaker but it’s countered. Ziggler hits the big DDT for a 2 count. Ziggler blocks the Skull Crushing Finale. Miz blocks a kick but Ziggler blocks the Figure Four. Miz runs into an elbow. Ziggler comes off the second rope but Miz catches him in the Figure Four. Ziggler won’t tap but Miz gets a pin attempt out of it. Ziggler reaches for the bottom rope and finally breaks the hold. They end up on the floor and Sandow gets taken out. Miz brings it back in and nails the Skull Crushing Finale for a very close 2 count. More back and forth. Miz kicks out of the Fame-asser. More back and forth with Sandow getting involved. Ziggler gets the win with a roll up.
Winner and new WWE Intercontinental champion: Dolph Ziggler
– Ziggler celebrates after the match and the announcers hype Dean Ambrose vs. Kane. Back to commercial.
Bo Dallas vs. Jack Swagger
Back from the break and Bo Dallas is in the ring. We see a replay of his match with Jack Swagger on SmackDown. They are tied at 1-1 now. Jack Swagger makes his way out next with Zeb Colter. Swagger attacks and takes it to the corner. He backs off and they lock up. Bo turns it around in the corner and beats Swagger down. Bo with a big clothesline. Bo drops several knees and covers for a 2 count. Bo with more offense and another 2 count. Swagger turns it around and hits a Swagger Bomb in the corner to a big pop. Bo counters a move and hits a swinging neckbreaker for another 2 count. They go on and Swagger gets the Patriot Lock applied for the win.
Winner: Jack Swagger
– After the match, Zeb grabs the mic and taunts Bo for losing.
– The announcers mention Eric The Actor of Howard Stern fame, who recently passed away. Back to commercial.
Summer Rae vs. Natalya
Summer Rae is out with Layla and Natalya is out with Rosa Mendes. Summer cuts a promo before the match and says it’s hard being her. She says summer time is over for everyone else but it never stops for her and her girl Layla. Back and forth to start but Summer keeps Natalya grounded on the mat.
Natalya powers to her feet and goes to work. She jumps on the back of Summer’s neck and dropkicks her in the face. Natalya with the big clothesline and knees in the corner. Layla distracts Natalya on the apron. Summer rolls her up for 2. Natalya turns it into a Sharpshooter while Rosa takes Layla off the apron. Summer taps out.
– Still to come, Ambrose vs. Kane. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see what happened with Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and John Cena earlier tonight.
Kane vs. Dean Ambrose
We go to the ring and out comes Dean Ambrose ready for a fight. Kane is out next. They go at it and Ambrose beats Kane into the corner and unloads on him. Ambrose runs into a big shot but comes right back to tackle Kane. Ambrose comes off the second rope with a flying elbow for a 2 count. Kane takes it to the corner with shoulder thrusts and a big chop. Ambrose ducks and fires back with right hands. He dropkicks Kane in the chest. Kane grabs him for a chokeslam but Ambrose fights out. Kane charges and Ambrose ducks, sending Kane to the floor. Ambrose dives out and takes Kane out. Ambrose gets a pop and brings steel chairs out from under the ring. He turns around to a big boot from Kane. Kane whips Ambrose into the steel steps. Kane rolls Ambrose back in the ring and covers for a 2 count. Kane works on the shoulder now. Ambrose fights out and Kane runs into a boot. Ambrose comes off the second rope again but Kane levels him with a right hand for a 2 count.
Kane keeps Ambrose down and works on the shoulder some more. Kane with another 2 count. They get up and Ambrose nails a big DDT. Ambrose with right hands. He runs into a big one from Kane but bounces right back off the rope with the clothesline. Ambrose goes to the top and hits a missile dropkick for a 2 count. Kane counters in the corner and goes for a chokeslam. Ambrose blocks it and nails Dirty Deeds. Seth Rollins runs in and attacks for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Dean Ambrose
– Rollins continues to beat on Ambrose as the bell rings. Rollins brings a chair in the ring but Ambrose tackles him and works him over. Ambrose dumps Rollins to the floor. Ambrose runs the ropes for a dive but Kane jumps up on the outside with a big right hand. Kane comes back in and chokeslams Ambrose. Fans boo as Rollins and Kane head up the ramp together. Rollins stops and goes back towards the ring. He stops when Ambrose is waiting with a chair. Rollins backs up the ramp and Ambrose’s music hits.
– Back from the break and Triple H confronts Seth Rollins and Kane backstage. Dean Ambrose runs up and attacks Rollins as Triple H gets out of the way. Ambrose nails Kane and goes back to work on Rollins. Security breaks them up and Triple H tells them to take him out of the building. Stephanie appears and they lock Ambrose in a room. Stephanie says if they throw him out, he will come back. At least now they have him under control. Triple H tells security to watch the door.
– We get a replay of the WWE Network coverage on Roman Reigns.
WWE United States champion Sheamus and The Usos vs. WWE tag team champions Goldust and Stardust, and Cesaro
We go to the ring and out comes WWE United States champion Sheamus. The Usos are out next to a pop. Cole talks about Connor The Crusher and plugs the Connor’s Cure charity and a new auction at auction.wwe.com. We go to commercial.
They come back and show stills from Stardust and Goldust winning the titles at Night of champions. The new WWE tag team champions are making their entrance now as Cesaro looks on from ringside. Jey Uso starts things off with Goldust. Goldust strikes first with a kick to the gut. Uso fights back. Uso gets tossed to the floor but runs right back in and drops Goldust. Uso with chops now. Jimmy Uso tags in for some double teaming. Uso with a big back drop on Goldust that sends him to the floor to regroup. Stardust tags in now. They counter each others moves and Stardust ends up on the floor for a breather. Cesaro tags in and wants Sheamus. Sheamus tags in and Cesaro ambushes him. Sheamus turns it around and they start brawling. Cesaro with an uppercut in the corner. Goldust tags in and keeps up the attack on Sheamus. Stardust and Uso get tags and Stardust keeps control. Uso fights back with big chops. Goldust tags in and takes over. Uso rams him back in the corner. Uso knocks Cesaro off the apron but Stardust drops him over the top rope for a 2 count. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Stardust runs into a kick from Uso in the corner. Sheamus tags in and unloads on Stardust. Stardust ducks a high knee. Sheamus hits the rolling senton. Sheamus knocks Goldust off the apron and hits Stardust with the forearms to the chest on the apron. Cesaro gets knocked off the apron but Sheamus. Cesaro pulls Sheamus’ legs as he tries a battering ram. Sheamus falls on his face on the floor and lands hard. Cesaro brings Sheamus back in and drops him for a 2 count. Cesaro with a headlock now. Stardust comes back in and keeps control of Sheamus. Cesaro hits a big boot while the referee isn’t looking. Stardust with a 2 count. Stardust goes for a springboard move but they collide in mid-air and both go down. Goldust and Jey Uso tag and go at it. Cesaro was knocked off the apron. The Usos hit a double team move on Goldust. Stardust tosses Jey. Cesaro saves Goldust from getting pinned. Uso superkicks Cesaro out of the ring. The Usos run the ropes and leap out onto Stardust and Cesaro. Uso goes to the top for a splash but lands on Goldust’s knees. Goldust hits his fnisher for a 2 count as Sheamus saves it. Sheamus hits a Brogue to Stardust to send him out. Cesaro also ends up on the floor after knocking Sheamus over. The end comes when one of The Usos hits a splash on Goldust for the win.
Winners: The Usos and Sheamus
– Randy Orton is backstage when Seth Rollins walks up. Rollins appreciates that Orton is facing John Cena tonight. Rollins says he may have a little surprise waiting for Orton at ringside tonight. Rollins says he and Kane will be watching from ringside as well.
– We see Mark Henry walking backstage. Cole shows us the new WWE 2K15 gameplay trailer.
– Back from the break and security is still guarding the room that Dean Ambrose was thrown into earlier.
– We go to the ring and out comes Mark Henry. Henry looks disappointed and we see stills from his match against Rusev at Night of champions. Henry apologizes and says he feels like he let his country down. Henry says he’s not 100% physically but he also feels heartbroken. He says fans are entitled to pick on him tonight. He gets the “what?” treatment and acknowledges it. He says he’s sorry. Rusev’s music hits and out he comes with Lana. Lana says everyone here is so pathetic an apologetic like Henry. A USA chant starts and Lana tells fans to shut up. Lana says fans want to see another match between the two. Henry accepts the challenge and says he will be happy to destroy Rusev tonight. Lana tells Rusev to crush Henry and they march to the ring.
Mark Henry vs. Rusev
Henry looks on from the ring as Rusev makes his way down. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and they go at it. Rusev takes Henry to the corner and unloads on him. Henry tosses Rusev across the ring but is hurting. Rusev takes Henry back to the corner for more shots to the body. Rusev with a big running splash and a submission on the mat. Rusev stands up and stomps on Henry’s back. Rusev goes back to the hold on the mat. Henry makes it to his feet but Rusev dropkicks him. Rusev goes back to the same hold and keeps Henry grounded. Henry gets up and makes a comeback with clotheslines. Henry splashes Rusev in the corner. Henry with a big scoop slam on Rusev. They go to the floor and Henry tosses Rusev into the steel steps. Henry slams Rusev into the apron and tosses him into the barrier. Henry brings it back in the ring and drops down to headbutt Rusev ala Junkyard Dog. Henry goes for a splash out of the corner but Rusev takes him out. Rusev gets fired up and waits for Henry to get up but Henry is struggling. Rusev applies The Accolade. Henry won’t tap and passes out. The referee calls for the bell.
– After the match, Henry is laid out face down while Rusev and Lana pose under the Russian flag. A medic comes in to check on Henry but he’s out.
– We get a look back at what’s happened tonight. Still to come, Cena vs. Orton in the main event. We see Adam Rose and The Bunny backstage with the Rosebuds. They’re in action next. Back to commercial.
Adam Rose and The Bunny vs. Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil
Back from the break and Slater Gator waits in the ring as Adam Rose makes his way out with the Rosebuds, including The Bunny.
Rose starts off with Titus. Titus runs over him with a shoulder. Titus with a huge backbreaker over his shoulder. Titus takes Rose to the corner and in comes Slater. Slater drops Rose for a 2 count. The Bunny hops around on the apron. Rose tries to fight free but Slater slams him by his hair. Slater has words for The Bunny before going back to work on Rose. Slater with a headlock now. Rose fights free but Slater stops the tag. Rose kicks him off and Titus tags in. Titus stops Rose from tagging and takes a shot at The Bunny but misses. Rose takes out Titus’ leg. Slater and The Bunny tags in. The Bunny springboards in and then Slater runs into his feet. The Bunny with a dropkick. Titus comes in and The Bunny dumps him to the floor. The Bunny with a spin kick to Slater. Rose tags in and The Bunny leaps out onto Titus on the floor. Rose hits the Party Foul on Slater for the win.
Winners: The Bunny and Adam Rose
– We see Nikki Bella walking backstage before going back to commercial.
– We come back and Dean Ambrose is still being guarded.
– Nikki Bella comes to the ring and talks about needing her sister’s support before her big match at Night of champions but Brie’s hurtful words are what caused her to lose the Divas title match. Nikki says she is going to take matters into her own hands and calls Brie Bella to the ring. Brie comes out and they have words. Nikki insults Brie and says she’s a disgrace to the Bella name. Nikki wants Brie to give her the Bella name. Nikki wants to be known as The Nikki Bella from now on. Brie says she will not give up the Bella name. Nikki asks why Brie hasn’t taken Daniel Bryan’s last name. Nikki calls Bryan an ugly, beaten down troll. Brie slaps Nikki and goes for the Yes Lock but Nikki scrambles out of the ring. Brie tells Nikki to come back in and fight. AJ Lee’s music hits and out comes the new WWE Divas champion. She skips past Nikki and enters the ring. We go to commercial.
Nikki Bella vs. WWE Divas champion AJ Lee in a non-title match
Back from the break and Paige is on commentary. Back and forth between Nikki and AJ on the match. They go to the floor and Nikki takes control after throwing AJ into Paige while she’s sitting at the table. Paige is upset now. Nikki brings AJ back in the ring and keeps control. Nikki drops AJ again for a 2 count. Nikki works on the arm now. Nikki with an armbar. AJ makes a comeback but Nikki slams her on the back of her head for a close 2 count. Nikki works AJ over in the corner now. AJ counters in the corner and turns it into the Black Widow for the non-title win.
Winner: AJ Lee
– After the match, Paige taunts AJ from ringside as AJ kisses her title.
– We see security still guarding the room that Ambrose is in. Triple H tells them to make sure he doesn’t leave and walks off. Still to come, Cena vs. Orton in the main event. Cole hypes the WWE 2K15 roster reveal on the WWE Network after RAW and we get a promo for it.
John Cena vs. Randy Orton
Back and forth to start. Orton drops Cena with a shoulder and poses over him. Cena drops Orton with a shoulder next. Orton beats Cena around and into the corner with body shots. Orton stomps now. Orton wastes time and Cena makes a comeback. Cena with the bulldog and a 2 count. Orton nails a knee off the ropes. Orton kicks Cena in the head as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Orton clotheslines Cena for a 2 count as Kane and Rollins look on from ringside. Cena comes back with a shoulder off the ropes but misses the next one and flies out of the ring. Orton follows and sends Cena into the steel steps. Orton backdrops Cena on the announcers table and smiles. Orton brings Cena to the apron for the draping DDT but Cena backdrops Orton out of the ring. They both collide in the middle of the ring and go down now. They get up and trade shots. Orton nails the backbreaker for a 2 count. Orton keeps control and goes for another pin. Orton runs into a boot in the corner. Orton blocks a clothesline and gets a sleeper hold locked in on Cena. Cena makes another comeback and hits the shoulder tackles, followed by the big slam. Orton blocks the Five Knuckle Shuffle with a kick to the face and hits a powerslam for a 2 count.
Cena blocks the draping DDT again. Orton comes back in and Cena goes for the STF but Orton counters it and hits a big clothesline. Orton takes Cena up for a superplex but Cena headbutts him to the mat. Cena climbs up but Orton cuts him off. Orton hits the draping DDT from the top rope and covers Cena for a 2 count. Orton poses and some fans boo. Cena blocks the RKO and gets the STF locked in. Rollins and Kane hit the ring for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: John Cena
– Rollins and Kane are all over Cena as the referee calls for the bell. Orton joins in and it’s three on one. Cena fights back but Rollins catches him with a kick. Kane hits Cena with a chokeslam. Rollins yells to finish Cena off. They push Cena out of the ring as Rollins takes apart the announce table. They go to get the surprise but Dean Ambrose pops out instead. Ambrose unloads on Rollins, Kane and Orton. Ambrose boots Kane from on top of the table. He then leaps off the table onto all three men. Rollins comes in the ring and Ambrose hits the bounce back clothesline to a big pop. Kane grabs Ambrose but Cena makes the save. Rollins escapes and runs through the crowd. Cena hits Kane with an Attitude Adjustment after Ambrose sent Orton out. Ambrose stands on the top and stares at Rollins in the crowd. Cena and Ambrose stand tall in the ring as Ambrose’s music plays and RAW goes off the air.