With The Authority back in full-force, it appears as Brock Lesnar has to watch his back. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, Joey Mercury, and Director Of Operations Kane all laid a beat-down on the #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Champion last week on Raw; how will “The Beast Incarnate” and his advocate, Paul Heyman, respond tonight?
Speaking of responses, no Diva has stepped up to help out Paige in her battle against Divas Champion Nikki Bella and her sister Brie. Will this change tonight and/or will Paige even be in attendance? As, Intercontinental Champion Ryback is embroiled with The Big Show and The Miz over said title; they will square off in a triple threat match at Battleground. Who antagonizes who tonight?
Lastly, Bray Wyatt has been playing very creepy mind-games with Roman Reigns, even involving his family. Will Reigns retaliate tonight and how, or does Wyatt escape him again and further intimidate his Battleground opponent?
All this and much more, so read on!
Monday Night Raw TV Report for June 29th, 2015 – “Rollin(s)’ On”
Introduction Segment: Video Promo
Recap of last week’s Raw featuring The Authority’s swerve and attack on Brock Lesnar is shown.
Segment #2: Arena Promo
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins’ music hits to kick off Raw and he walks to the ring with Director Of Operations Kane, Jamie Noble, and Joey Mercury in tow; he boasts about their strike on Lesnar. Rollins moves on to Noble, who he calls his “mentor and hero,” as he still showed up tonight despite suffering broken ribs from Lesnar chucking him into the barricade last week.
For their efforts, Seth rewards the trio with new Apple Watches and a Cadillac car for J & J; Kane also receives a vacation to Hawaii, but first, he and Rollins will tag together to face Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in tonight’s main-event.
They are all celebrating by the car at the side of the stage when The Big Show makes his entrance; he will take on Mark Henry, next!
Match #1: Single – The Big Show VS. “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry
(Note: The Miz is on commentary.) Show boots Henry right away, then rapidly punches him in the corner. He attempts a chokeslam, but Mark shoves him off and head butts him to the mat. He splashes Show for a two-count, but Big makes a comeback and hits the Knockout Punch for the surprisingly quick victory!
Winner via Pinfall: The Big Show
Post-match, Intercontinental Champion Ryback marches down and brawls with Show until The Miz sneak-attacks Ryback with a boot. As Miz is on the stage, Ryback takes the microphone and demands to wrestle Miz now!
Match #2: Single – The Miz VS. Intercontinental Champion “The Big Guy” Ryback (Non-Title)
Miz runs around but gets caught in a Lou Thesz Press and slam. Ryback slugs away on Miz , then carries him to the corner. Miz jawbreaks Ryback using the ropes, but is grabbed off a run and dropped after a long, long, stalling-marching-suplex!
Miz tries to escape, but goads Ryback in the ring and DDT’s him for a near-fall! He continues to work over Ryback and drops him with a neckbreaker for two! He kicks Ryback hard twice, but “The Big Guy” turns it around and gains momentum with a spinebuster. He winds up for the Meathook Clothesline, but Miz backs away and high-tails it up the ramp. The referee stops the count at four, as he presumes Miz is not finishing the bout.
Winner via Count-Out: Intercontinental Champion “The Big Guy” Ryback
Match #3: Single – Paige VS. Alicia Fox (with Divas Champion Nikki Bella and Brie Bella)
They lock up, with Paige snapmaring Alicia and trapping her in an armlock. Fox hits back with a fierce forearm, but is put to the mat with a Lou Thesz Press by Paige. Nikki and Brie yell at Paige, which allows Alicia to take control.
Fox is still dominating, almost taking this one with a Northern-Lights suplex pin. She runs at Paige in the corner, but misses, however hits back hard and wears Paige down with a grounding side headlock. Fox plants Paige with a tilt-a-whirl move, and just about wins! She drags Paige to the middle of the ring and elbows her off a short Irish Whip. Paige reverses another headlock with another snapmare, then knees her in the corner. She clotheslines her a couple times, and takes a slug at Nikki who hopped the apron. Alicia rolls Paige from behind, but Paige reverses for the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winner via Pinfall: Paige
John Cena’s music plays and the United States Champion comes out for his U.S. Open Challenge, which will be next!
Match #4: Single for the United States Championship – John Cena (Champion) VS. ???
The man to answer Cena’s challenge is….
NXT Champion Kevin Owens! His recent rival walks out and it appears it will actually happen. Lillian Garcia makes formal introductions, but then Kevin walks out to the timekeeper’s area and takes a microphone. “On second thought, I’ll just wait for Battleground.” Owens then introduces Cena’s other opponent, Cesaro!
Cesaro makes his entrance and they actually lock up, making this match official. Cesaro works Cena with a waistlock, which John breaks out and turns into a standing side headlock. Cesaro whips him off the ropes, and Cena turns a hip-toss into a monkey-flip!
Cena runs off the ropes but is powerslammed for two! Cesaro clamps on a front-facelock, then gives John a gutwrench suplex. He rips at Cena with a face-stretch, but Cena rolls over into a pin for a near-fall! Cesaro continues to dominate by pounding away and diving off the middle turnbuckle with a fistdrop!
Cesaro tries for a Sharpshooter, but Cena shoves him off and begins a comeback. The U.S. Champ plants Cesaro with a spin-out backdrop and signals for the 5-Knuckle Shuffle Fistdrop, but Cesaro hits a hard clothesline instead. Cena manages a sloppy Springboard Stunner, but only gets two! He goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Cesaro lands on his feet and knocks Cena town with a Flapjack-Uppercut! 1 – 2 – Cena raises his shoulder! John gets Cesaro into the S.T.F, but Cesaro reverses directly into The Sharpshooter! Cena crawls and clutches the ropes for a break!
Cesaro sets up John and suplexes him from the apron to the ring! 1 – 2 – Cena still kicks out! Cesaro runs at Cena in the corner with an uppercut, but is booted and Tornado-DDT out of the other corner! 1 – 2 – Cesaro also gets his shoulder up!
They both punch away, then Cena whips Cesaro into the ropes, only for Cesaro to flip over and land on his feet on the apron! Cesaro climbs the turnbuckle and rockets off with a crossbody, but Cena rolls through into a tilt-a-whirl sideslam! As Cena is perched on the top turnbuckle, Owens gets up and faces the announce table. This distracted Cena enough for Cesaro to dropkick him off. He hits Cena with a running uppercut against the corner barricade, and gets a near-fall back in the ring.
Cena plants Cesaro with a sunset-flip powerbomb, then Cesaro rushes Cena with uppercuts. He locks on another Sharpshooter, but this time Kevin Owens jumps in the ring and attacks, causing a dq.
Winner via Disqualification and STILL United States Champion: John Cena
Post-match, Owens delivers Pop-Up powerbombs to both Cesaro and Cena, then declares that it will only be him to take away the U.S. Championship at Battleground.
Segment #3: Video Promo
Bray Wyatt is holding a picture of Roman Reigns, who has his eyes and mouth cut out. “Roman Reigns, Roman Reigns. You know, life ain’t always fair man. For instance, I always thought I should’ve been my father’s favorite. Instead, he just through me away like a piece of trash. But now, it’s different. I’m away, and look daddy, I got my wings back! And who is it that deserves all that you have? Anyone but you, anyone but you. you know what I stand for and you know all the horrible things that I am capable of. This is about you and me, and the insects that watch us every week are inconsequential. I am the yang to your yang; I am the darkness to your light. You’ll never succeed, I’ll never let you. Anyone but you, anyone but you. RUN!”
The Lucha Dragons make their entrance, and will be paired with Tag-Team Champions The Primetime Players to face The New Day and Bo Dallas, next!
Match #5: Eight-Man Tag-Team – The Lucha Dragons (Calisto and Sin Cara) and Tag-Team Champions The Primetime Players (“The Big Deal” Titus O’Neil and “Mr. No Days Off” Darren Young) VS. The New Day (Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Big E.) and “The Inspirational” Bo Dallas
Woods and Calisto begin, with Calisto getting the better along with his partner Cara. Dallas is now in, as is Young, who also gets the better of Bo. Calisto back in, but Dallas capitalizes and works him over with repeated knees and a grounding headlock. This bout breaks down a little, with the teams facing each other on the outside.
Big E. and Sin Cara are now wrestling, with Cara flipping all over E. New Day and Dallas regain control, all mudhole-stomping Young in their corner. Dallas back in and grounds Young with a chinlock. They knock into each other, with allows Young to get the hot-tag to his champion partner, Titus! He is all over Kingston and then the match breaks down again. The Luchas and O’Neil clean house, and O’Neil takes this one for his teams after caching and planting Kofi with a sit-down spinebuster!
Winners via Pinfall: The Lucha Dragons (Calisto and Sin Cara) and Tag-Team Champions The Primetime Players (“The Big Deal” Titus O’Neil and “Mr. No Days Off” Darren Young)
Up next, Dolph Ziggler and Lana will be “going public.”
Segment #4: Arena Promo
“The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler and Lana walk to the ring; they then inform us about their romantic relationship. Rusev interrupts and has Summer Rae join him. They both berate Lana for her choice to side with Zggler when Rusev got injured; then Summer slaps Lana, who responds with a full-on takedown and a catfight ensues.
Segment #5: Backstage Promo
Dean Ambrose is talking to two Terminator statues (a subtle plug for the upcoming Terminator movie) when Roman Reigns walks in.
Match #6: Single – Neville/Sheamus
Neville has a wristlock on Sheamus, which he turns into a hammerlock, using the corner for leverage. Sheamus takes Neville down with a side headlock, but Neville flips from corner-to-corner and gives Sheamus a hurricanrana. He tries a second, but Sheamus tries to counter, however he is dumped to the outside. Neville goes to follow with a dive, but Sheamus moves to the commentator’s area for a break.
Sheamus slaps Neville a couple times, and catches him off a springboard from the top rope, into a fireman’s carry rolling senton. He works over Neville with a grounding rear chinlock, then pounds away in the corner with punches and kicks. Neville hits a kick-to-the-chin to counter, but is driven into Sheamus’ knee three times with the Irish Curse Backbreaker.
Sheamus tries a backdrop, but Neville flips out of it. He hits a few forearm smashes and kicks, then jumps over him and pulls down the ropes which sends Sheamus tumbling to the floor. Neville follows up with a springboard-moonsault to the outside! Neville hits a springboard-front-dropkick from the top rope into the ring and gets a two-count!
Sheamus runs at Neville in the corner, but misses and is kicked hard. Neville ascends the top turnbuckle, but is dropped when Sheamus kicks the ropes. “The Celtic Warrior” goes for a Brogue Kick, but Neville reverses into a roll-up, which Neville used his back, but only for two! Sheamus goes for another Brogue Kick and nails it this time to take this one!
Winner via Pinfall: “Mr. Money In The Bank,” “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus
Match #7: Single – “The Real American” Jack Swagger VS. King Barrett
Barrett finishes this sub-par match rather quickly with The Bullhammer after tripping Swagger into the middle turnbuckle.
Winner via Pinfall: King Barrett
Match #8: Tag-Team (No Disqualification Rules) – Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose VS. Director Of Operations Kane and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins (with J & J Security) (Non-Title)
All four begin punching at each other, then Ambrose and Reigns double-suplex Kane. Ambrose is pushed off the top turnbuckle by Seth, then Kane boots Reigns down. Rollins throws Dean into the corner barricade prior to the break.
Kane is now punishing Roman until Reigns counters and puts Kane on the canvas. He makes the hot-tag to Dean, who takes out both Kane and Rollins. He dives off the top turnbuckle to the outside on Kane and Rollins, then has to dispose of Mercury. He eyes Noble, but Jamie backs away and Seth interjects. Ambrose looks under the ring and pulls out a table to the delight of the Washington fans.
Noble and Mercury yank the table from the ring, allowing Rollins to roll-up Dean for a two-count. Reigns is back in and powerbombs Rollins, then hits a flying forearm on Kane. Mercury tries to hurt Roman by hitting him with a kendo stick, but it has no effect and just fires up Reigns, who hits everyone with Superman Punches. As he gears up for a Spear, Bray Wyatt shows up and demolishes Roman. This leaves Ambrose, who falls to four-on-one and a Pedigree by Rollins for the victory!
Winners via Pinfall: Director Of Operations Kane and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins (with J & J Security)
Post-match, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion orders Noble and Mercury to setup the table against the corner. They and Kane then go to put Dean in a powerbomb position, but Reigns breaks it up. Kane eventually Chokeslams Roman, then Rollins and Kane yell at him. Reigns regains and fights back. The four then surround the ring and maul Reigns again, constantly brawling. Kane Chokeslams him again, then Seth barks to “get his ass up.” He manages to powerbomb Roman through the table, and then sets up for a Pedigree. He drives him face-first into the mat, then stands over with his WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Kane, Mercury, Noble, and Rollins walk away as Bray Wyatt comes back. He spins Reigns around with Sister Abigail and laughs to close the show.
End Of Raw.
Reporter’s Rumblings – By Moe Tapp
Another really well-done Raw! This was action-packed and moved along nicely; only a few duds. Onto the particulars:
Excellence: Ryback/Miz, Paige/Fox, Cena/Cesaro, Neville/Sheamus, and Kane/Rollins/Ambrose/Reigns – these were very well-wrestled matches (especially Cesaro/Cena) and kept my thorough attention. Further, that was a very impressive suplex by Ryback and he continues to step it up every week.
Loving the feuds of Owens/Cena and Reigns/Wyatt for their mind-games; as well, Seth Rollins is at the top of his game right now as WWE World Heavyweight Champion and is carrying this new-born feud with Lesnar very well.
Bogus: Show/Henry, the Eight-Man Tag, and Barrett/Swagger – these could’ve been more (Show/Henry) or not at all (Eight-Man and Swagger/Barrett) and did nothing for me. I would’ve liked to see Dragons/New Day square off instead of the repeat Smackdown! match.
It was nice to see Paige back, but I think she should’ve lost to build up Fox’s recent turn, and to continue to put in question anyone willing to stand with her against The Bellas.
After last week’s pretty-good heel promo, I was surprised and disappointed that Adam Rose was not used. I think he can be a good baddy for a while with Rosa. Also, I am liking the Lana/Ziggler and Summer/Rusev feud, but felt that their verbals were a little too predictable and kind of bland.
Overall, I really enjoyed this Raw and am looking forward to another great edition next week! Until then, Be Excellent Wrestling-Online Readers and Wrestling Fans!