We are less than two weeks away – 13 days to be precise – from the expanded four hour SummerSlam! The card is starting to shape up, with the main-event of Undertaker and Lesnar being built very well. What will be the next point in their saga tonight?
Also, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose will clash in Tag-Team action at the pay-per-view. Will we see any singles bouts between the two sides tonight?
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins laid out the challenge to John Cena last week for a Title VS. Title Match at SummerSlam; Cena, due to injury, has yet to accept. Will he be in the house to do so? Or is he too injured, and a new #1 Contender emerges?
All this and much more, so read on!
Monday Night Raw TV Report for August 10th, 2015 – “A New Challenge”
Introduction Segment: Welcoming
The regular Raw video plays and the pyro goes off in the arena to kick off in Seattle. Michael Cole greets us and announces that Luke Harper will face Dean Ambrose later tonight.
Segment #2: Arena Promo
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins struts out with a smile on his face. He continues to take glee in breaking John Cena’s nose and says that Cena has not responded to the SummerSlam Title VS. Title proposal. Rollins wonders why and declares that he “destroyed John Cena’s WWE career just like I destroyed his face with my knee.” He begins to hear something and tells the crowd that Cena is here, live by satellite.
A picture of Cena’s head after the broken nose appears on the Titantron, and a mockery of Cena ensues. Rollins moves on to talking about defeating Adrian Neville last week in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Open Challenge, but Cesaro’s music overplays, and he walks out donned in a suit and sunglasses.
In short, Cesaro wants to take on Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tonight, but Seth denies him and says last week was a one shot gig. Kevin Owens’ now joins and stakes his claim for earning a WWE World Heavyweight Championship bout. He also takes a shot at both by reminding them he beat Cena while they haven’t, and even Rollins submitted to John.
Again, Rollins denies until Randy Orton interjects. “The Viper” wants his chance too, but Seth says no. to clear this picture up, C.O.O. Triple H walks out. He reveals that John is may or may not be at SummerSlam, so he books a Triple-Threat between Orton, Cesaro, and Owens; the man who wins will meet Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Title in tonight’s main-event!
Also tonight, home-state wrestler Daniel Bryan will be on Miz TV to update his injury status. Next up, Team B.A.D. is facing Team Bella!
Match #1: Six-Diva Tag-Team – Team Bella (Divas Champion Nikki, Brie, and Alicia Fox) VS. Team B.A.D. (Tamina, Naomi, and NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks)
(Note: Paige, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte are all on commentary.) Naomi and Alicia begin with a headlock takedown by Fox. Naomi hammers back with furious forearms but is caught with a sideslam and near-fall. Nikki is tagged in and works over Naomi’s left arm with a lock. Naomi counters in the corner then switches with Sasha, then quickly again back to Naomi. Nikki elbows out of the corner and another move off the turnbuckle.
Sasha is now controlling Nikki with a face-stretch. Nikki backs her into the corner and kicks her off, then makes the hot-tag to Brie, who fires with a dropkick and repeated kicks to Banks. She hits the NXT Women’s Champ with a missile dropkick off the middle turnbuckle, but is clotheslined harshly by Tamina. She tries a superkick, but Brie ducks and rolls her up for the victory!
Winners via Pinfall: Team Bella (Divas Champion Nikki, Brie, and Alicia Fox)
Post-match, all nine divas brawl with Team Bella escaping to the aisle and Teams B.A.D. and P.C.B. staring at each other in the ring.
Match #2: Tag-Team – Los Matadores (Fernando and Diego) (with El Torito) VS. The New Day (Big E. and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods)
Kofi and a Matadore start out, but when Big E. is tagged in, The New Day dominate. Diego gets the hot-tag after sending Big into the ring post; Torito takes out Woods with help from Diego, but Fernando falls to New Day’s finisher and the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winners via Pinfall: The New Day (Big E. and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods)
Segment #3: Backstage Promo
New Day are walking through the hallways celebrating when Rene Young walks up and informs them they will be facing The Primetime Players for the Tag-Team Championship at SummerSlam; also in that match will be The Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores!
Segment #4: Office Promo
Seth Rollins is talking with Triple H and complaining about his booking; Triple H reminds him to act like a champion and do it “night after night.”
Match #3: Triple-Threat #1 Contender’s to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Orton and Cesaro double-team Owens right away until Owens rolls out of the ring. Orton tries a quick roll-up on Cesaro then Cesaro slides to Kevin on the outside. They double-team him again, then Cesaro puts Orton against the barrier. He works over Owens in the corner, but Randy comes back in and gives Cesaro a T-Bone Suplex. He does the same to Owens.
On the outside, Cesaro is backdropped on the barrier as Owens is thrown into it too. Kevin then suplexes Cesaro on the barricade and Orton backdrops Owens on it. In the ring again, Owens has Orton and Cesaro in the corner, then repeatedly uppercuts Cesaro and chucks him to the floor. Orton gives Owens his side backbreaker, but is taken down with a crossbody from Cesaro for a two-count!
Cesaro hits some more uppercuts but is quickly clotheslined down. Randy attempts an R.K.O. but Cesaro counters and traps Orton in a Crossface. Orton crawls and drops off the apron to the floor, breaking the hold. Owens puts Cesaro to the floor too and follows up with an over-the-top-rope somersault splash!
Owens and Cesaro are in the ring as Owens cannonballs Cesaro in the corner. He ascends the top turnbuckle but is crotched; both Randy and Cesaro double-suplex Owens off the top turnbuckle! Cesaro ties up Orton in the Sharpshooter but it is broken. Cesaro then props Owens on the top turnbuckle and attempts a gutwrench suplex, but Owens hammers him down. He rockets with a Swanton Bomb, but Cesaro gets his knees up! Owens whips Cesaro off the ropes but Cesaro hops over. Orton slides in and R.K.O.’s both Owens and Cesaro, then covers Cesaro to claim this one!
Winner via Pinfall and #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton
Segment #5: Backstage Promo
Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns talk about being true brothers and knowing each other well, unlike Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper.
Segment #6: Video Promo
A special look at The Undertaker/Brock Lesnar feud airs, with comments from superstars like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, The Big Show, etc…. Both will be on Raw next week!
Dean Ambrose makes his entrance and will be wrestling Luke Harper next!
Match #4: Single – Dean Ambrose (with Roman Reigns) VS. Luke Harper (with Bray Wyatt)
Harper uppercuts Ambrose, but Dean turns him around in the corner and punches away. He snapmares Luke and clotheslines him, then continues the fists to the gut. Harper catches him off the ropes with a spinning side slam for a near-fall! He scoop-slams Dean a couple times, but Ambrose manages to dump Harper to the outside, then follows with a running front dropkick and a running elbow off the apron!
Harper is back in control, slingshotting Dean between the ropes. He rolls him around in the Gator Lock and wears him down with a grounding rear chinlock. Ambrose is dropped onto the middle turnbuckle from Luke’s shoulder, then slammed to the canvas. Dean is whipped into the ropes but rams Harper’s head into the mat and boots him out of the corner. He follows with a Tornado DDT, then gives Luke fury punches and chops. He tries Dirty Deeds but it is stopped. He boots Harper in the corner and goes for a bulldog, but Harper shoves him off and tries a running boot himself, but Dean ducks and Luke tumbles to the floor.
On the outside, Dean throws Bray over the announce table and clotheslines Luke off the apron. Back in the ring, Dean rolls up Harper for two, then clotheslines him off the ropes. Wyatt goes to strike Ambrose back on the floor, but Dean ducks and Bray is met with a Superman Punch by Reigns, who continues to punch away. Harper makes the save, but is met with a suicide dive by Ambrose! In the ring, Harper crotches Dean on the turnbuckle then quickly hits the Discus Clothesline to finish this!
Winner via Pinfall: Luke Harper (with Bray Wyatt)
Segment #7: Arena Promo
The Miz in the ring and welcomes Daniel Bryan. They go back-and-forth verbally, taking shots at each other. Miz turns the topic into the Intercontinental Championship and wants Bryan’s opinion on Ryback’s injury. Miz thinks Ryback should surrender the Intercontinental Title and give it to him. The Big Show then walks out and makes fun of Miz, but before he can go for Bryan, Ryback returns! The I.C. Champ marches to the ring and stares down Big Show. Miz has hopped to the outside and watches on until Bryan throws him back in. both Ryback and Show dispose of Miz, then Ryback clotheslines Show and Miz separately. He celebrates his comeback with Daniel and “Yes!” poses.
Segment #8: Video Promo
A feature on Charlotte is aired.
It is then announced that there will be a Triple-Team Elimination Match at SummerSlam, with P.C.B., Team B.A.D., and Team Bella.
Match #5: Single – Rusev (with Summer Rae) VS. Mark Henry
Henry controls this bout until Rae hops up on the apron. Lana, who was on commentary, pulls her down and another catfight ensues. Summer gets the best, even putting Lana in the Accolade Submission from the encouragement of Rusev.
Winner: No Contest due to Interference/Sudden Stoppage
Match #6: Single – King Barrett VS. Adrian Neville
Barrett dominates “The Man That Gravity Forgot” early, but Neville kicks him down quickly and follows with the Red Arrow Corkscrew Splash for the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winner via Pinfall: Adrian Neville
Post-match, Stardust enters and attacks Neville then verbally jaws with actor Stephen Amell at ringside. He shoves Amell in the face and walks away, but Stephen jumps the guardrail and into the ring to mount-punch Stardust until security slide in and hold him back (amid chants of “let them fight!”)
Segment #9: Backstage Promo
Stephen and Triple H are going back and forth; HHH is disappointed that Amell is his guest, and did what he did. Amell wants revenge, and while it takes a bit, finally convinces the C.O.O. to grant him a match at SummerSlam, tagging with Neville to take on Stardust and Barrett.
Segment #10: Backstage Promo
Jojo interviews Sheamus, inquiring about the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. Sheamus makes it all about him, and insinuates he may cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase on this match.
Match #7: Single for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Randy Orton (Challenger) VS. Seth Rollins (Champion)
They circle each other then Rollins hops out of the ring to play games and/or for a break. Rollins climbs back in the ring and kicks at Randy. He is almost caught with a quick R.K.O., but escapes to the outside.
Seth is now wearing down Randy with a grounding chinlock. He brings him to the canvas with a neckbreaker, but eats a fist as he runs off the ropes. Orton follows with a clothesline, then rolls through Rollins with a small package for two! Rollins flips out of the side backdrop but is powerslammed as he ran off the ropes! 1 – 2 – Rollins kicks out!
Orton clutches Seth on the ropes, but Rollins gets out and goes to the timekeeper’s area. He collects his championship, but Orton meets him fast with a clothesline. He backdrops Seth onto the announce table and rolls him into the ring. Rollins elbows back. He rolls up Orton for a near-fall, but is soon brought off the top with a superplex! Orton covers, 1 – 2 – Rollins kicks out!
Orton tries again for the slingshot DDT, but Rollins reverses into a back kick, then plants Orton with the slingshot DDT! Rollins then gears himself up like Orton and wits for Orton to get up. He sets up for the Pedigree, but the counter is botched. Rollins rockets off the top turnbuckle but is R.K.O.’ed! 1 – 2 – Sheamus pulls Orton out of the ring, causing a dq.
Winner via Disqualification: Randy Orton
Post-match, Sheamus beats down Orton and then Brogue Kicks Rollins. He hands over his briefcase to the referee, but is R.K.O.’ed before it is official. The show closes with Orton posing over a facedown Sheamus and Seth on the outside, still holding on to his WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
End Of Raw.
Reporter’s Rumblings – By Moe Tapp
This was a really good Raw and built SummerSlam even more, as the card was added to. Onto my analysis:
Excellence: Six-Diva, Triple-Threat, Dean/Harper, New Day/Matadores, and WWE World Heavyweight Championship were well-to-decently great bouts.
Absolutely loving the feud between all the Diva, and while I think I could see it coming at one point, glad they made it official for all of them to wrestle in a big match at SummerSlam.
I have never watched “Arrow” or know about Stephen Amell very well, but I think he perform excellent tonight, and judging from his work in the ring already, I think he will be just fine in the match at SummerSlam, so I’m cool with his involvement. Plus, you have three pros in their who wrestle awesome already, and one who has the lineage, so they can easily teach him what he needs to know in a short time (if they haven’t already!)
Greatly looking forward to another (probable) confrontation between ‘Taker and Lesnar next week. Undertaker looked in great shape with the brawl, so I think their match at SummerSlam could be their best yet, and definitely a hard-hitting one!
If Cena is not a go for SummerSlam, and they go with a Triple-Threat between Orton, Sheamus, and Rollins for the championship, I’m fine with that, as all three usually put on good contests (especially Orton/Rollins!), and it will be just a bit of a different feel in the main-event picture than the last while.
Bogus: I know Ziggler is out for a little longer, but they could’ve had another wrestler take his place to help out Lana. I think Swagger would’ve been suitable to reignite their feud and provide a little more interest, and a match for both at SummerSlam.
All-in-all, I quite enjoyed this Raw and am excited for the go-home show next week! Until then, Be Excellent Wrestling-Online Readers and Wrestling Fans!