Here are the results for the 8/18/14 edition of Raw, just a little under 24 hours removed from the SummerSlam Pay Per View.
Raw opens to the tune of Daniel Bryan’s entrance except Daniel Bryan is not the one coming out to the ring. Instead it is Stephanie McMahon with her custom made STEPH! shirt (which is, and the story behind it, awesome) mockingly doing a YES chant to antagonize the crowd. Stephanie puts over Lesnar absolutely destroying John Cena, Seth Rollins defeating Dean Ambrose, and her own victory against Brie Bella. Stephanie then calls out Nikki Bella who turned on her sister Brie and cost her the match last night at SummerSlam. Nikki says basically throws her own sister under the bus and even takes shots at her brother in law. Nikki says she can not say she lost a sister because she never really had one and now she is free. Out comes Brie who makes her way down to the ring. A confused Brie wonders what has happened to her sister who is destroying her family. Brie says she is willing to forgive her sister which just angers Nikki who slaps her own sister. Poor Brie just leaves the ring completely heartbroken by what has just transpired. Before break a graphic shows tonight Big Show and Mark Henry take on Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
Luke Harper & Erick Rowan vs. Big Show & Mark Henry
The early going of this match is all Show and Henry so far. Four huge men in a tag match is exactly what you would expect it to be. Both Show and Henry mix a combinations of heavy blows and headbutts. The tables turn after Rowan distracts Show enough for Harper to hit a dropkick that sends Big Show to the outside. Harper and Rowan with frequent tags just wearing down Big Show. After some exchanges Rowan lifts Big Show up for a bodyslam and he does it with ease. Show hits a DDT and gets the hot tag to Mark Henry who comes in like he is on fire. He lifts Rowan for the World’s Strongest Slam but Harper hits him with a big boot. Harper and Rowan attempt what looks like a double chokeslam but Show comes in and hits Harper with a KO punch. He gives Rowan the same treatment then Henry hits the World’s Strongest Slam for the victory.
Winners: Big Show and Mark Henry
Post Match Notes: Really fun hard hitting match. Show and Henry have great chemistry as a team. Hopefully we see more of them.
Back from break and Ric Fair is in the locker room with new Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler. They are interrupted by the former champion the Miz who says Dolph does not deserve to be champion and tonight the title goes back to him. Dolph says Miz is not an A list movie star, he is just an A-hole. Flair loved that one.
Renee Young is backstage and she interviews Seth Rollins. Seth proclaims to be the future of the WWE and soon to be World Heavyweight Champion. Suddenly a bucket of ice water is dumped on Rollins’ head. A shocked Seth turns around to see the man he defeated last night Dean Ambrose who says, “What? It’s for charity.” speaking of the ALS Ice Water Challenge. the two men brawl and then are separated by officials.
Back from break and Seth Rollins angrily interrupts Triple H and Kane backstage who grant Rollins a rematch with Dean Ambrose. This time the WWE Universe will choose the stipulation for the match. Out to ringside.
Natalya vs. Paige
Before the match Paige dedicates the match to her friend AJ. The match itself was very technically crisp. AJ Lee comes skipping down to the ring. This causes a distraction and Natalya steals a victory over the Divas Champion with a roll up.
Post Match Notes: AJ says she loves Paige and dedicates her life to Paige. Paige is confused, I’m confused, my dog is confused…This is weird. But I like it.
Back from break and The Authority make their way down to ring. They are out there to present the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar with a shiny new title belt. The Authority exits the ring after some photo ops. A giddy Paul Heyman proceeds to put over his client and rightfully so. What seems like an endless promo (I wish) ends on the only note you need. Eat. Sleep. Conquered John Cena. After a rundown of earlier events the new Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler makes his way down to the ring.
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. The Miz (Intercontinental Championship Match)
During the match Dolph lands awkwardly after a leap frog over Miz. Dolph can not put any weight on the knee and Miz zeros in and immediately goes to work on the knee. Miz locks in a figure four leg lock and it almost looks like Ziggler’s reign is only going to last one day. He gets to the ropes to break the hold. After some exchanges on the apron Miz kicks Ziggler off the apron and sends him crashing to the outside. Miz rolls back into the ring before the official’s ten count but Dolph does not. Your winner via count out is The Miz however still your IC Champion Dolph Ziggler.
Winner: The Miz via count out.
Post Match Notes: Miz attack Dolph but ends up getting a Zig Zag for his troubles. I was a fan of this match last night so I would not mind the feud continuing.
Backstage Renee Young is with Jack Swagger. Jack obviously is upset after losing to Rusev last night but he tries to remain positive because that is the American spirit.
Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro
Super physical match. Swagger is not at 100% and Cesaro knows it. Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock but he is on the outside of the ring which allows Cesaro some time to breathe. This leads to Cesaro hitting The Neutralizer for the victory.
Post Match Notes: Bo Dallas comes out to offer I guess what one would consider words of encouragement however all they do is make Swagger even sadder for letting America down. It’s okay Swagger, all you have to do is BO-LIEVE!
Randy Orton & RybAxel vs. Roman Reigns, Sheamus, & Rob Van Dam
When this match announced I was not too ecstatic about but that is the beauty of wrestling. This match had a great flow to it. A great buildup led to a fast paced finish. After reigns leaps over RVD to hit Orton with a spear he is disposed of by Curtis Axel. RVD incapacitates Axel and hits a five star frog splash for the win.
Winners: Rob Van Dam, Roman Reigns and Sheamus
Post Match Notes: 1.) Vegas is the only place Ryback will be this over. (his hometown) 2. Roman Reigns is OVER no matter where he goes.
Back from break with Orton running into Ric Flair. Orton is not too happy and tells Flair to stay away from him before he finds out why they used to refer to Orton as the Legend Killer.
Bray Wyatt cuts a promo saying Chris Jericho will never be able to comprehend what Wyatt is, he is the new face of salvation.
The Usos vs. Stardust & Goldust
An okay match. It just never really got going and The Usos, who are usually great at getting the fans glued to the match, never really showed any of their fast paced, high flying offense. Stardust rolls up an Uso (I can’t tell them apart) with a sunset flip.
Winners: Goldust and Stardust
Back to the ring where Rusev and Lana make their way down to the aisle. As Lana speaks about how Russian President Vladimir Putin is proud of Rusev for defeating Swagger. Out comes Mark Henry who does not take kindly to how Lana and Rusev speak about America. Rusev hits Henry with a punch and the brawl begins. Henry gets the upper hand and hits Rusev with the World’s Strongest Slam and a big splash for good measure.
Post Segment Notes: I thought I wanted a Big Show/Mark Henry tag team permanently but now I really want a Henry/Rusev match. Creative has been really good booking Rusev.
Back from break and Jerry Lawler announces the WWE Universe has voted for a Falls Count Anywhere match.
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins (Falls Count Anywhere match)
This is a great WWE hardcore match. What is even better is you take out the hardcore element and this is still a great match. Ambrose and Rollins have great chemistry in the ring and they make you believe they hate each other. Kane comes out but for the time being he is just a spectator. When does get involved Dean actually is able to keep him at bay. Dean clears the announce table and attempts hit Rollins with Dirty Deeds. Kane is there to break it up and drops Dean with a chokeslam onto the table. Rollins drops Dean with a Curbstomp on the announcer’s table. Kane removes some sort of platform on the floor to reveal a stack of cinder blocks. Kane holds Dean’s down on the blocks and Seth hits another Curbstomp as the blocks disintegrate around Dean’s head. The official has no choice but to stop the match. Raw closes with Seth and Kane celebrating as Dean gets carted off on a stretcher.
Winner: Seth Rollins via referee stoppage
Final Thoughts: I thought this was a pretty good Raw. Every segment seemed to flow together pretty well and their were no head scratching moments. My night went from wanting to see a Big Show/Mark Henry tag team to REALLY wanting to see a Rusev vs. Henry match. I knew an Ambrose/Rollins rematch would be good I just did not expect it to be that good. And what a creative way to end a match!
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