WWE Monday Night RAW
Location: Green Bay, WI
Date: April 27, 2015
Commentators: Michael Cole, JBL and Booker T
Tonight’s WWE RAW kicks off with a video package for King of the Ring before going to the usual RAW opening video.
– We’re live from Green Bay, Wisconsin with Michael Cole, JBL and Booker T as the pyro goes off.
– We go to the ring and Eden introduces WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. He comes out with Kane, Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble.
Rollins says Orton found out what everyone else has known for a long time – you cannot outsmart Seth Rollins. Rollins brags on building & destroying The Shield and winning the WrestleMania 31 main event. Rollins says he’s proved that he will be a fighting champion. A big “you suck” chant breaks out. Rollins calls his RKO to Orton last night a SKO. Rollins turns and thanks Kane for doing what was best for business last night. Rollins calls Kane the Crypt Keeper and jokingly compares him to the classic character from the 90’s. Rollins fumbles his words as Kane looks to be getting upset. Kane says if he would have worked his role last night then Orton would be the champion and Rollins wouldn’t be out here whining like the spoiled brat that he is. Kane says he would rather be WWE’s version of the Crypt Keeper than WWE’s version of Justin Bieber. Rollins says Kane is just jealous and they argue. Randy Orton‘s music hits and out he comes to a pop.
Orton speaks from the stage and they have words. Rollins says Orton had his one shot at the title and squandered it. Orton calls Rollins “Catwoman” and tells him to shut up. Roman Reigns‘ music hits next and out he comes through the crowd. Reigns stands on top of the announcers table and declares himself the Last Man Standing. He says The Authority is missing their giant because he buried him at Extreme Rules. Reigns tells Orton all due respect but he’s the one who deserves a title shot. Reigns tells Kane he’s the one who should be given the shot. Rollins says Reigns and Orton both have lost to him. Kane says he’s going to do what’s best for business tonight. He says it’s time for he and Rollins to put their differences aside to show the real power of The Authority in a tag match. Kane says he will also let the WWE Universe decide Rollins’ Payback match tonight.
– Still to come, our first King of the Ring match. Back to commercial.
King of the Ring Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett
Back from the break and out comes Dolph Ziggler. We get a sidebar video from earlier where he says Extreme Rules was the most humiliating moment of his career but there will be payback for Sheamus. Bad News Barrett is out next.
We get a sidebar video from Barrett also. The bell rings and they go at it. Barrett takes control in the corner and drops Ziggler with an elbow for a 2 count. Ziggler turns it around and sends Barrett to the floor as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Barrett has Ziggler grounded. During the break, Barrett hit Ziggler with a big boot to take control. Ziggler makes a comeback and Barrett runs into the ring post. Ziggler with more offense and a splash in the corner. Barrett blocks a neckbreaker but misses a boot. Ziggler counters Winds of Change and rolls Barrett up for 2. Barrett goes for Wasteland but it’s turned into a DDT for a 2 count. Barrett catches a kick and catapults Ziggler into the turnbuckle. Barrett nails Wasteland for a 2 count.
Barrett readies for a Bullhammer but Ziggler ducks and nails a superkick for a close 2 count. Sheamus comes out with a mic as fans boo. He speaks from the stage and reminds Ziggler that there was a full Irish moon last night, showing us a photo from their post-match angle. Ziggler gets upset and turns around to a Bullhammer for the win as Sheamus laughs on the stage.
Winner: Bad News Barrett
– JBL says Triple H isn’t here so Kane is in charge. Still to come, Kane and Rollins vs. Orton and Reigns.
– We see The New Day backstage clapping as we go to commercial.
Big E vs. Tyson Kidd
Back from the break and out come new WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day. Xavier Woods and Big E are wearing the titles. Woods takes the mic and declares that they are the champions. Woods thanks all the clappers out there who clapped away their troubles. Woods tries to get them to chant “New Day rocks” instead of “New Day sucks” but it doesn’t work. Tyson Kidd is out next with Cesaro and Natalya.
Kidd goes to work on Big E to start but Big E overpowers him. Kidd fights in from the apron and kicks Big E in the face. Kidd with a springboard dropkick and more offense in the corner. Kidd with another big kick to the face from the apron. They come back in and Big E nails a big clothesline and Woods holds Kidd’s leg down to help with the pin.
Winner: Big E
– We get stills from the Russian Chain Match at Extreme Rules and hype for the I Quit Match at Payback. John Cena will defend the United States Title later tonight.
Ryback vs. Bo Dallas
We go to the ring and out comes Ryback. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Bo Dallas. Bo cuts a promo and they go at it to start the match. Ryback ends up getting the win with his finisher.
– After the match, Ryback celebrates but the lights go out. They come back on but Bray Wyatt is standing behind him. Wyatt drops Ryback with Sister Abigail and turns upside down and poses beside Wyatt.
– Still to come, John Cena will defend. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and out comes WWE United States Champion John Cena. He talks about Extreme Rules and being a fighting champion, giving Rusev another shot at Payback. He announces the US Open Challenge and out comes Heath Slater to answer the challenge. He comes out for a promo but Rusev appears and knocks him off the stage. Rusev sends Lana to the back and cuts a promo on beating Cena at Payback.
– Backstage segment with The Authority. Fans can vote for Orton, Reigns or Orton and Reigns in a Triple Threat as Rollins’ opponent for Payback.
WWE King of the Ring Match: Stardust vs. R-Truth
R-Truth comes out first and we get a sidebar video from him. His first order as King will be to rid WWE of all spiders. Stardust is out next and he also has a sidebar video from earlier. His destiny is to sit on the throne.
They go at it and Truth goes for an early pin. Stardust comes back and fans chant “Cody” at him. Truth kicks out of a pin attempt but Stardust keeps control. Stardust with a big kick to the mouth, a stomp and another 2 count. Stardust drops down with a kick to the head for another pin attempt. Truth ends up catching Stardust with a Lie Detector out of nowhere for the win.
– Voting is now open on the WWE App for the Payback main event. Back to commercial.
Fandango vs. Adam Rose
We come back and Fandango, with his old theme, is out to face Adam Rose. Rose ends up getting the win after Rosa Mendes, dressed as a Rosebud, provided the assist.
Winner: Adam Rose
– After the match, Rosa takes the mic and can’t believe Fandango picked the fans over her. She says Rose will love her for the flower that she is. They start kissing and fall on the mat together making out.
– Renee Young is backstage with Brie Bella to discuss the status of Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan. Renee asks how concerned she is and when he will be back in the ring. Brie says this has been such a hard time for Bryan and he loves WWE more than anything in the world. She says every day he is out weighs on them, weighs on Bryan. She says only time will tell how long Bryan will be out. She says Bryan cares so much about the fans and… she gets knocked down by Naomi with a shot to the mouth. Naomi says nobody cares about Brie or her husband and walks off.
Brie Bella vs. Naomi
Back from the break and WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella is out with her sister Brie Bella. Naomi is out next.
Brie immediately attacks and takes Naomi down. She connects with a spear and they brawl on the mat. Naomi connects with a cheap shot forearm and takes control. Naomi with a big shot in the corner and a backbreaker for a 2 count. Brie looks to make a comeback but Naomi dropkicks her and talks trash as fans boo. Naomi with a leg drop and a 2 count. Brie turns it around and slams Naomi on her face. Brie keeps control and hits the running knee to the jaw. Brie with a missile dropkick for a 2 count. Naomi with a kick to the face and a roll up for the win.
– Still to come, Reigns and Orton vs. Kane and Rollins.
King of the Ring Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus
We go to the ring and out comes Dean Ambrose. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and we get a sidebar video from Ambrose. Sheamus makes his way out next.
We also get a sidebar video from Sheamus on how he will win the tournament. They lock up and go at it. Sheamus takes it to the corner and they trade holds coming back out of the corner. Sheamus drops Ambrose with a shoulder tackle. Ambrose turns it around and ties Sheamus up in a submission. They get up and Sheamus connects with a big right. Sheamus takes it to the corner but Ambrose whips him across the ring and clotheslines him. Sheamus counters a bulldog but Ambrose knocks him through the rope to the floor. Ambrose goes for a dive but puts on the brakes as Sheamus moves out of the way. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Ambrose is fighting back but Sheamus cuts him off with a knee. During the break, Ambrose got sent into the ring post. Sheamus with a big modified suplex and boos from the crowd as he poses. Sheamus kicks Ambrose in the head and keeps up the offense. Ambrose comes back with the big rebound clothesline and they both go down. Sheamus cuts him off with another big slam. Ambrose dodges a Brogue Kick and rolls Sheamus up for 2. Ambrose sends Sheamus into the ring post. Ambrose nails a dive to the floor and they both go down again. Ambrose brings it back in the ring and goes to the top for the elbow drop while Sheamus is standing but he rolls through. Sheamus with a backbreaker and a 2 count.
Sheamus goes for White Noise but it’s countered for a 2 count. Ambrose gets blocked and Sheamus locks in the Cloverleaf submission. Ambrose makes it to the bottom rope and breaks the hold. Sheamus tries for the forearms on the apron but Ambrose fights back and goes to the top, this time hitting the elbow drop while Sheamus is standing for a 2 count. They brawl on the floor and Ambrose nails him off the announce table. Ambrose sends Sheamus into the ring post. Sheamus nails a Brogue Kick on the floor. Dolph Ziggler runs out and attacks Sheamus for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Sheamus
– Sheamus runs off through the crowd and Ziggler chases but comes back to ringside. Ziggler is fired up and walks off as we go to replays.
– Voting is still open on the WWE App for the Payback main event. Still to come tonight, Kane and Rollins vs. Orton and Reigns. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see a clip of Summer Rae turning on Damien Sandow to help The Miz last week. Sandow is in the ring and fans cheer him. Sandow introduces himself and says he’s never going to come out here and lie to the fans. He says he came to WWE with a blue bath robe three years ago with the idea he would enlighten everyone. He says we know how that ended. Sandow says he was told to his face that he’s not entertaining enough and fans boo. Sandow says what followed wasn’t him losing his mind, it was a quest to entertain – he shows us some of his impersonations like Bret Hart, Magneto, LeBron James and Vince McMahon. He brings up the Mizdow character and fans boo. He says Mizdow caused him to lose a lot of respect among his peers but he gained something that means more – the respect of the WWE Universe. Sandow says the connection he has with the fans is the most valuable thing he can have as a WWE Superstar. He thanks fans and says without them, he wouldn’t be here. A “thank you Sandow” chant starts and he says they’re welcome. The music interrupts and out comes Curtis Axel.
Axel tells us not to change the channel because Axelmania is running wild. Axel says he can’t stand a guy who doesn’t know who he is and is trying to be someone else. Sandow mocks Axel and he gets upset. Axel orders Sandow to get out of the ring and fans boo. Sandow mocks him again. Axel charges and Sandow fires back with right hands. Sandow with a big boot. Sandow looks to drop the big leg drop but hits the Elbow of Disdain instead. Sandow sends Axel out to the floor as his new theme song hits.
– Bray Wyatt is backstage with a promo for Ryback. He says what happened tonight was just the beginning and tells Ryback to run. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see some Tough Enough audition videos.
King of the Ring Match: Neville vs. Luke Harper
We go to the ring and out comes Neville with a big entrance. We get a sidebar video with Neville talking about the tournament, even mentioning Owen Hart. Neville says he will defy gravity to become King of the Ring. Luke Harper is out next. They lock up and Neville tries to an early roll up. They run the ropes and Neville sends Harper to the floor. Neville ends up hitting a hurricanrana from the apron to a big pop.
They come back in and Harper turns it around. We go to commercial with Harper in control.
Back from the break and Neville fights out of a headlock. Harper charges and Neville sends him through the ropes. Harper comes back in and misses a big boot in the corner, landing back on the floor. Neville goes to the apron and kicks Harper in the mouth. Neville with the big moonsault to a pop. Neville brings it back in the ring and hits a springboard dropkick. Neville keeps on but Harper cuts him off and takes control. Neville blocks a powerbomb and hit a German suplex. Neville with a big kick to the head but Harper catches him with a sit-down powerbomb for 2. Harper with uppercuts in the corner. He takes Neville up to the top but Neville ends up powerbombing him to the mat. Neville goes to the top and hits Red Arrow for the win.
– After the match, Neville celebrates as we go to replays.
– Voting is still open on the WWE App for the Payback main event.
Roman Reigns and Randy Orton vs. Kane and Seth Rollins
It’s time for the main event as Roman Reigns makes his way out through the crowd. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Randy Orton to a pop. Kane is out next followed by WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins with Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble. Kane and Rollins shake hands before heading to the ring together.
The bell rings and a Justin Bieber chant breaks out at Rollins. Rollins and Reigns start things off. Rollins goes to the floor for a breather early on. He talks with Kane and J&J before coming back in. They go to lock up and Rollins unloads with kicks. Reigns catches Rollins in a big tilt-a-whirl slam. Reigns works Rollins over in the corner and tags in Orton for some double teaming. Orton drops Rollins over the top rope and stomps him. Orton drops a knee as fans chant RKO. Orton with an uppercut and tag to Reigns. Rollins slides out of a move and goes back to the floor. He comes back in and tags in Kane. Kane with a headlock on Reigns. Reigns turns it into a sideslam. Reigns with a big right hand and tag to Orton as they keep Kane in their corner. Orton takes Kane to the other corner with more strikes. Kane drops Orton with a big boot. Kane takes Orton to the corner and unloads as Rollins comes back in. He stomps away in the corner and tosses Orton to the floor. Noble gets a cheap shot in as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rollins has Orton down on the mat. Orton fights back but Rollins slams him by his neck for a 2 count. Kane applauds Rollins as he keeps control of Orton. Orton comes back with a t-bone suplex out of nowhere. Kane and Reigns tag in at the same time. Reigns unloads and takes Kane to the corner with a bunch of forearms and a right hand. Reigns comes off the second rope with a big shot. Reigns with a Samoan Drop on Rollins. Reigns sends Rollins and Kane both over the top rope. Reigns runs the ropes but Noble distract the referee and Mercury grabs his leg. Kane nails Reigns and shoves him into the ring post.
Kane brings it back in and Rollins tags in to keep Reigns down. They trade shots in the middle of the ring and Rollins drops Reigns for a 2 count. Kane comes back in and slams Reigns for a 2 count. Orton ends up getting the hot tag and chaos breaks loose. Rollins dodges the RKO and rolls Orton up for 2. Everyone ends up on the floor and Rollins dives out but they move and he barely hits Kane, landing hard on the floor. Kane snaps and sends Mercury and Noble over the announce table. He decks Rollins with a right hand and rolls him back in the ring. Reigns nails a Superman punch and Orton hits the RKO on Rollins. Orton covers for the win.
Winners: Randy Orton and Roman Reigns
– Kane was tearing apart the announce table as the match was ending. Orton’s music hits and they celebrate as Kane looks on and we go to replays. Kane takes the mic and is ready to reveal who Rollins defends against at Payback. Orton looks on from the stage and fans voted for Rollins to defend against both Reigns and Orton in a Triple Threat. Rollins doesn’t like this and turns around to a big Superman punch as Kane and Orton looks on. RAW goes off the air with Reigns celebrating.