Raw Results and Thoughts – 7/21/14

Here are tonight’s Raw results. Special thanks to Matt Boone of SEScoops.com for providing the results.

Triple H Opens RAW, Handicap Match Announced
The post-Battleground edition of WWE RAW opens this week with a live shot of the fans in the arena and then Justin Roberts immediately introducing Triple H. “King of Kings” plays as Michael Cole welcomes us to the show, which comes from Miami, Florida this week, as “The Game” makes his way to the ring.
Triple H opens by talking about how John Cena retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Fatal Four-Way match at Battleground on Sunday night. He says he’s very mad today, but he has options. He mocks people who threaten and complain on Twitter. He says he could fire everyone or he can relax knowing than sooner or later he always wins.
HHH says he may have to wait four weeks, but at SummerSlam he can guaran-damn-tee that John Cena will no longer be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He says the question is who? Who gets the opportunity? Before he can continue, Randy Orton’s theme music hits.
Orton comes out and says what about me and my rematch? He says ever since WrestleMania he has been owed a championship one-on-one rematch. He guarantees Triple H that if he puts him in a one-on-one match against John Cena at SummerSlam, he will beat John Cena in a one-on-one match at SummerSlam.
HHH says he can appreciate Orton’s confidence and he makes a compelling argument. He says Orton is the frontrunner right now, but he hasn’t completely made up his mind. He says he’s going to give the entire roster a chance to convince him. He wants someone to impress him and go the extra mile.
Orton complains that if Kane would have done his job last night that he would be champion right now. He tells HHH he shouldn’t be considering Kane. With that said, Kane’s pyro explodes, his theme hits and he makes his way down to the ring.
Kane, in his mask, says he hopes he’s being considered. He says he knows he can beat Cena so long as he knows he’s not simply being Randy Orton’s protector. He says he is tired of babysitting.
With that said, Roman Reigns’ theme plays. The crowd erupts as Reigns makes his way to the ring through the crowd.
Reigns says if they’re going to have a conversation about the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, his name should be in it. He says the last time he checked, nobody wants to see John Cena vs. Kane and nobody wants to see John Cena vs. Randy Orton again. It says it sounds to him like everyone wants to see John Cena vs. Roman Reigns. Everyone cheers. Reigns says “believe that” and then drops the mic and Superman punches Kane. Orton slithers out of the ring.
Triple H says what he believes is that right now Roman Reigns is going to have a match. He says Roman Reigns is going to face Kane and Randy Orton and he’s going to do so right now. The entire crowd goes “oooh.” Triple H’s music plays as he goes out of the ring and gives some marching orders to Kane and Orton. We head to commercial.
Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orrton & Kane
When we return from commercial, the bell rings and Orton starts things off in the ring with Reigns. Reigns takes the early offensive lead over Orton, beating him from one side of the ring to the other until Orton clotheslines Reigns down and tags Kane into the match.
Kane comes into the ring and picks up where Orton left off, taking it to Reigns. Reigns hits Kane with a Samoan drop out of nowhere to turn the offensive tide in the match. Reigns fires away at Kane with punches and then Orton tags in. Reigns immediately starts blasting Orton with punches too. Orton takes Reigns’ leg out and tags Kane right back in.
Kane comes in and goes to work on the leg of Reigns that Orton just set up. Kane continues to go to work on Reigns as the fans try and rally behind Reigns and help get him back into the match. Reigns starts showing some signs of life, firing away at Kane with punches, but Kane quickly kills his momentum with a big clothesline.
Reigns goes flying through the second ropes and crashes out to the floor at the hands of Kane. Kane goes out to deliver some additional punishment on the floor, however Reigns slams Kane into the ring side steps to regain the offensive advantage. We head to a mid-match commercial.
When we return from commercial, Reigns is still being beaten down, as Kane and Orton take turns tagging in and out to keep a fresh man on him. This continues for a while until Reigns makes his comeback, hitting all of his usual spots. Orton and Kane end up arguing in the corner at one point, where Kane grabs Orton by the throat, but Reigns strikes again, hitting Kane with a Superman punch. Orton bails at this point as Reigns follows up on Kane with a spear for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Roman Reigns
 After The Match
After the match, Orton comes back to the ring, where Reigns is still standing. Reigns is waiting for him to get in the ring, but Orton ultimately decides not to. Orton slowly walks away again as Reigns stands tall in the ring as the winner.

Backstage: Stephanie McMahon With The Divas
Backstage we see a bunch of Divas hanging out when Stephanie McMahon walks up. Stephanie says not only will we announce John Cena’s opponent for SummerSlam, but also tonight, all four of them will beat up Nikki Bella and teach Brie Bella in the process. Stephanie asks them if they’re ready. They all say yes. She asks them to show her and sends them to the ring. We head to commercial.
Rosa Mendes, Eva Marie, Alicia Fox & Cameron vs. Nikki Bella
When we return from commercial, the team of Rosa Mendes, Eva Marie, Alicia Fox and Cameron make their way to the ring as highlights are shown of Brie Bella quitting and smacking Stephanie McMahon several weeks ago. After that, Nikki Bella makes her way to the ring. When Nikki gets to ringside, we see Brie Bella sitting in the crowd. She hugs her sister and then gets into the ring.
Before anything happens, Stephanie McMahon’s theme music hits and out she comes. Stephanie gets in Brie’s face and taunts her. She then says she’s gonna have to watch as four Divas beat up her sister, all-the-while knowing it’s all her fault. As Stephanie turns to leave, Brie yells at her that she’s a bitch. Stephanie turns around and tells security to make her leave. Brie holds up a ticket. Stephanie says fine, then take your seat, you’re blocking everyone’s view. Brie snatches the mic from Stephanie and calls her a vindictive bitch. Stephanie slaps Brie so Brie tries jumping the railing to attack her, but security takes her away.
Stephanie tells them to ring the bell. They do. The Divas beat down Nikki and within 20 seconds or so she is pinned and beaten.
Winners: Rosa Mendes, Eva Marie, Alicia Fox & Cameron
After The Match
After the match, Nikki is thrown out to the floor. Stephanie walks over and tells Nikki that must’ve hurt. She says she’s going to continue to taunt her until she does what her sister does, which is quit. She walks off. We head to commercial.
Bo Dallas vs. Damien “Lebron James” Sandow
When we return from commercial, we see highlights of the Stephanie-Brie scuffle again. The announcers then argue about it as we hear Bo Dallas’ theme song in the background. Finally, the camera pans to the ring and we see Dallas. Out comes Damien Sandow in a Lebron James jersey with an X through the Miami part of the logo, mocking the fact that he left Miami and went back to Cleveland. He cuts a promo on his way to the ring, mocking the Lebron Miami-Cleveland situation and then mocks Bo Dallas.
Sandow makes his way to the ring. Dallas beats up on Sandow to the delight of the fans, who want to see Sandow’s head taken off for mocking the Lebron situation. Dallas provides some inspirational commentary as he beats down Sandow, the same way he does in all of his matches.
Sandow finally cuts Dallas off and gets in a good bit of offense. The crowd did a bunch of various pro-Miami and anti-Lebron type chants. Sandow mocks the fans with a few different basketball poses, all-the-while beating up Bo Dallas.
Sandow goes for a big elbow and misses, allowing Dallas to regain control of the offense. Dallas hits the Bo-Dog on Sandow for the 1-2-3 and according to JBL, “the greatest streak in sports entertainment lives.” A fact he pointed out with great excitement, I might add. We head to another commercial.
Winner: Bo Dallas
The Highlight Reel Starring …Bray Wyatt
When we return from commercial, we see the Highlight Reel set in the ring, however Michael Cole announces that a situation just occured moments ago between Chris Jericho and The Wyatt Family. From there, The Wyatt Family appears on the titan tron and says, “Miami, we’re here.”
As Wyatt makes his way to the ring with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan we are told that Jericho was beaten up by them during the commercial on the WWE App. Wyatt starts by asking where Chris Jericho is. From there, we see a video of what happened in Chris Jericho’s locker room moments ago during the commercial. We see The Wyatt’s beating down Jericho and then Wyatt hitting Jericho with Sister Abigail into the lockers. He then calmly sits down, puts his hat on and says, “sooner or later, they all fall down.” He walks off humming “he’s got the whole world in his hands.”
Back live, Wyatt again questions where Chris Jericho is. He questions where our savior is. He says, “surprise, surprise, he ain’t here for you.” He says he is, however.
Wyatt talks trash again and then we see Jericho backstage bloodied up being checked on by other wrestlers. We head to another commercial.
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
The Miz makes his way to the ring with his new WWE Intercontinental Championship. We see highlights of Miz winning the I-C title during the battle royal at last night’s Battleground pay-per-view. Out comes his opponent for tonight, Dolph Ziggler.
The bell rings and here we go. Ziggler goes to work on Miz as soon as the bell rings. Miz bails out to the floor. Back in the ring, Ziggler continues to go to work on the new I-C champ. Miz finally turns the tables.
Miz takes over the offense now, nailing Ziggler with a variety of moves. Ziggler fights back and hits his “Heart Stopper” multiple elbow drops. Miz again takes control of the offense. Miz is in firm control as we head to a mid-match commercial.
Back from commercial, The Miz is still in total control of Ziggler. The fans break out into a “let’s go Ziggler” chant to try and rally behind their guy. The announcers randomly start talking about Lebron James and the Miami Heat and Cleveland situation.
Miz continues to beat down Ziggler and is now going for the figure four leg. Ziggler kicks him off to escape the hold. Ziggler goes for a move but Miz reverses him into a figure four leg lock. Ziggler struggles for a while but finally makes it to the ropes, forcing Miz to break the hold.
Out of nowhere, when they get up, Ziggler blasts Miz with the FameAsser. He immediately covers Miz but somehow the I-C champ kicks out at two and a half. This is turning into a pretty good little match. And here come the “this is awesome” chants.
Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag but Miz avoids it. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but Ziggler reverses it into the Zig-Zag. Ziggler covers him and scores the 1-2-3. Ziggler pulls off a bit of an upset over the I-C champ.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After The Match
After the match, even though he lost, The Miz crawls over to the ring announcer and makes him announce that he is still the I-C champ because this was a non-title match. Roberts does so. The fans boo. Miz’s music plays and that’s it for this segment.
Backstage: Triple H, Seth Rollins & Cesaro
Backstage, we see Triple H talking to Seth Rollins. HHH tells Rollins he shouldn’t face John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam because he has the briefcase and controls all of the cards. Rollins says everytime he puts a hand together Dean Ambrose screws it up for him. Cesaro walks in and says if anybody should face Cena at SummerSlam, it’s him. Cesaro says he is no longer a “Paul Heyman Guy.” He says he wants to be Triple H’s guy. Rollins says he already has a guy – me. HHH tells them to calm down. HHH tells Cesaro if he can beat a certain somebody tonight, that will impress him. Cesaro agrees. We head to commercial.
Paige & AJ Lee vs. Emma & Natalya
When we return from commercial, AJ Lee and Paige highlights are shown from Battleground. Back live on RAW, Paige’s theme music hits and she makes her way to the ring. AJ Lee also makes her way to the ring. They will be teaming up tonight for a match. They will be taking on the team of Emma and Natalya.
The bell rings and here we go. The fans immediately break out with “CM Punk” chants. AJ Lee and Emma start things off for their respective teams.
Things end up with Paige locked in the Sharpshooter by Natalya. She makes the tag to AJ Lee and AJ locks Natalya in the Black Widow. Natalya taps out.
Winners: Paige & AJ Lee
After The Match
After the match, Paige gives props to AJ as AJ skips around the ring. Paige asks AJ to come back into the ring to celebrate. AJ does. Paige picks up AJ with a big hug but as AJ goes to walk away, Paige grabs her by the back of her head by her hair and slams her down to the mat. Paige throws AJ out of the ring. She then slams AJ face-first into the ring post and then over the announce table. Paige screams at AJ to “come on!” She then yells “my house, AJ!” We head to commercial.
Fandango vs. Zack Ryder (with Summer Rae & Layla)
When we return from commercial, Fandango is dancing in the ring as his music plays. After a bit of dancing, we hear “woo! woo! woo!” as Zack Ryder’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring. During his entrance, Summer Rae and Layla join Zack Ryder as he walks down the aisle.
The bell rings and here we go. Ryder gets in some offense early, but Fandango ultimately dominates the majority of the match. In the end, however, through the help of Summer Rae and Layla, Zack Ryder pulls off the upset.
Winner: Zack Ryder
Backstage: Renee Young, Flo Rida & Heath Slater
Backstage, we see Flo Rida with Renee Young. Young asks Flo Rida what it’s like to be back. Flo Rida talks about how his performance might impress Triple H enough to give HIM the match with John Cena at SummerSlam. As he continues to talk, in walks Heath Slater. Slater brings up Flo Rida getting physical with him at WrestleMania a few years ago and says tonight he’s going to return the favor. Before he can, however, Flo Rida throws him into some crates and stuff.
Flo Rida’s Performance
When we return from commercial, Stephanie McMahon is standing in the middle of the ring. She introduces Flo Rida. Flo Rida comes out and does a medley of hits of his before a lively crowd in Miami, Florida. After the performance, Stephanie McMahon asks us to give it up one more time for Flo Rida.
Stephanie McMahon Gets Arrested
After Flo Rida’s performance, we see some cops — not in uniform — but in regular suits, talking to Stephanie McMahon at ringside. They basically tell her that she is under arrest for striking a fan earlier tonight. They end up putting handcuffs on her. Brie Bella appears on the scene and screams in Stephanie’s face as she’s taken to the back in handcuffs.
Backstage, we see the cops taking Stephanie to the parking lot. Triple H shows up and demands to see a badge. The cops show him their badges. Stephanie starts freaking out and asking Triple H to not let them do this to her. She says she’s scared to death and doesn’t want to go to jail. HHH talks trash to the officers as they load a crying Stephanie into the car. He says “Jerry [McDivett] is on the phone, you’ll be out in five minutes.” We watch the cop car leave as HHH yells. We head to commercial.
Backstage: Triple H & Joey Mercury
When we return from commercial, we see highlights of what just went down with Stephanie McMahon’s arrest. From there, we see Triple H in his locker room. Joey Mercury walks in and says he knows now isn’t the best time, but what is Triple H’s decision regarding John Cena’s opponent for SummerSlam. HHH is offended initially, but eventually decides that they have to process Stephanie anyways, so when he makes his decision about SummerSlam, he’ll announce it to the world.
Big E. & Kofi Kingston vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel
We head to the ring now where the announcers inform us that RybAxel will be in action next. We head to another commercial break.
When we return from the break, Big E. and Kofi Kingston make their way to the ring. Ryback and Curtis Axel are out next. The bell rings and here we go with tag-team action.
Both teams fight back-and-forth for a while, with Big E. and Kingston controlling the offense early on, but in the end, Ryback and Curtis Axel manage to pick up the victory. The announcers put over the fact that RybAxel might be in title contention now.
Winners: Ryback & Curtis Axel
After The Match
Xavier Woods comes to the ring and talks to Big E. and Kofi Kingston. He pretty much lectures him. It seemed to be somewhat of an early process of reforming the Nation Of Domination, which was a rumor going around not too long ago. We head to another break.

Rusev (with Lana) vs.
When we return from commercial, we see highlights of what went down earlier with The Wyatt Family and Chris Jericho. From there, Rusev’s theme music plays as he and Lana make their way to the ring. Rusev is selling his right ankle, which the announcers put over, as we see highlights of Jack Swagger working on the leg of Rusev at Battleground last night.
Backstage: The Dust Brothers
Backstage, Goldust and Stardust do the same thing that they have been doing for weeks now. They’re just backstage in a dark room with gold lighting talking like weird dudes as usual.
Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro
Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring to a huge pop from the Miami fans. We head to a commercial.
When we return from commercial, the non-”Paul Heyman Guy” Cesaro is finishing up his ring entrance. The bell rings and here we go.
Ambrose takes it to Cesaro early on, dominating the only winner of the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal in history. The action spills out to the floor, where Ambrose delivers some additional punishment.
Back in the ring, Cesaro takes over the offense and begins to go to work on the injured shoulder of Ambrose.
Cesaro continues to take it to Ambrose. He hits a big flying European uppercut before sending Ambrose sailing through the ropes and out to the floor outside the ring. On that note, we head to a mid-match commercial.
When we return from commercial, Cesaro is still in firm control of Ambrose. Ambrose takes a big beatdown for quite a while until blasting Cesaro with a steel chair, getting himself disqualified in the process.
Winner via DQ: Cesaro
Backstage: Triple H & Renee Young
Backstage, we see Triple H walking. Renee Young stops him and asks for an interview. HHH says he’s on his way to the ring to make the SummerSlam announcement. Renee asks HHH if he thinks he should be with his wife right now instead. HHH just grills at her and we head to commercial.
Triple H Announces John Cena’s SummerSlam Opponent
When we return from commercial, Triple H comes to the ring. He announces his decision for John Cena’s opponent in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at this year’s SummerSlam. Randy Orton’s theme music plays.
Orton makes his way to the ring, however, as he goes to enter the ring, he is attacked by Roman Reigns. This goes on for a while until they clear the scene. Paul Heyman walks out to the top of the stage.
Heyman makes his way to the ring and talks about how HHH has a great “plan A” with Randy Orton, but Roman Reigns seems to be hell bent on screwing that up. He says Seth Rollins cashing in as a “plan B” is also excellent, but that Dean Ambrose is hell bent on ruining that each time he tires as well. He reveals his “plan C,” as he introduces “The Beast Incarnate,” Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Heyman and HHH shake hands and HHH agrees to Lesnar as Cena’s opponent at SummerSlam. Lesnar enters the ring and Heyman brags. Heyman then introduces a video package showing Lesnar ending Undertaker’s streak. Heyman then brags about how Lesnar is going to end Cena’s title reign, the same way he ended Taker’s streak.
The recap hasn’t been updated as of now but that’s okay. If you get a chance find the segment on YouTube, it’s that good. Heyman is always a master in terms of selling a PPV match with his his words but this…this was art.
As for the show overall this show was mind blowing. It wasn’t the greatest episode HOWEVER there are so many new things that have came out of tonight it’s insane. Is Brie vs. Steph happening at SummerSlam? Steph got arrested! Paige turned heel like a boss! Is Xavier Woods’ schtick WWE’s Louis Farrakhan? BROCK LESNAR MAY KILL JOHN CENA AT SUMMERSLAM. Whew…lots to talk about on the podcast so make sure you tune in. 

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