Raw Results – 8/25/14

The show opens with Michael Cole in the ring for what they are calling a panel of Hall of Famers. Hulk Hogan is followed by Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels respectively. The purpose of the panel is to discuss John Cena’s chances of defeating Brock Lesnar at their Night of Champions rematch. All three men spend a considerable amount of time debating the subject until John Cena himself comes down to the ring. He speaks about how all three hall of famers have affected his life in some way. Although he glad to see the panel he says he is not going to dance around the subject of his beat down at SummerSlam. Before Cena exists rather quickly he tells the panel he is not going to Night of Champions to beat Brock Lesnar, he is going to Night of Champions to beat Brock Lesnar’s ass.
Rusev vs. Jack Swagger
Very physical match. Swagger with busted ribs and Rusev with a dead ankle made for some decent story telling. The middle of the match was really picking up steam and the crowd got into it as Swagger seemed to have the match won with the Patriot Lock set on Rusev in the middle of the ring. Rusev was able to fight out and from then on Rusev continued to target the ribs of Swagger. The constant barrage of kicks to a defenseless Swagger causes the referee to call for the bell and award Rusev the match. Swagger is now 0 and 3 against Rusev.
Winner: Rusev
Cesaro vs. RVD (Winner will the #1 contender for the United States Championship)
The current United States champion Sheamus is at ringside at the commentary position to see who he will face for his title. A slow paced match the only part worth mentioning would be Cesaro hitting the Neutralizer for the win. After he grabs the title belonging to Sheamus he playfully tosses it back to Sheamus who did not appreciate the gesture. Personally I am looking forward to the eventual title match as these two love to beat the hell out of each other.
Winner and new #1 contender for the US Title: Cesaro  
Paige vs. Natalya
This was a solid match with great back and forth action. At one point Natalya hit Paige with a German suplex that would make Lesnar applaud. Natalya locks in a Sharpshooter but Paige fights out. Paige looks to lock in the PTO submission but Natalya reverses. Natalya looks to go back to the Sharpshooter but Paige won’t allow it. Paige hits the Paige Turner to get the win. AJ Lee comes down to the ring and offers a hug and a handshake to her “frienemy.” Weird stuff.
The Eulogy of Dean Ambrose
Kane comes down to the ring and introduces the Money in the Bank winner Seth Rollins. The reason for Seth coming down to the ring is to deliver a mock eulogy so to speak for Dean Ambrose. After recapping the events of last week the tone quickly changes to Dean being the cause of his own demise. Rollins says the headache that Ambrose will suffer for the rest of his life was no accident. Seth says we will never see Dean Ambrose again. Rollins says he created The Shield and was the one who destroyed it. This catches the attention of Roman Reigns who comes down to the ring. Kane tries to cut him off but is quickly disposed of. This leaves Rollins all alone in the ring for Reigns to demolish and he does just that. Before Reigns can hit Rollins with a Spear Kane pulls Rollins out of harms way. 
The Usos (c) vs Gold & Star Dust (WWE Tag Team Championship Match)
Pretty solid match but the match itself is not what to watch for. After an over the top dive from Jey Uso, he comes up limping from what looks like a knee injury. He is unable to get back into the ring before the official reaches a count of ten which means Goldust and Stardust win the match. Even though the Dust Bros. come out victorious the titles cannot change hands on a count-out. This infuriates Goldust who demands the match be restarted that very moment. The Usos are unwilling to comply and are beaten down by the Dust Bros who seem to have turned heel. Very interesting.
Winner via count-out: Gold & Star Dust
Back from break backstage with Seth Rollins and Kane. Both men say they must get rid of Roman Reigns. Kane puts himself and Seth Rollins in a handicap match for later tonight.
Brock Lesnar Promo
We get a pre-taped promo from WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman. Both men say John Cena invoking his rematch clause was a big mistake.
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz
Actually the match is Dolph Ziggler versus Miz’s stunt double Damien Mizdow which is just Damien Sandow in full Miz mode. Nothing special about the match to be honest. 
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Bella vs. Bella Segment
This segment is pretty much the same as last week. Nikki accuses her sister Brie of holding her back and always playing the part of the good sister when she really wasn’t. Nikki then claims she wishes she never had a sister and even worse, she wishes she was dead. Nikki then ruthlessly attacks her sister and when Lawler, who moderating the encounter, tried to separate the sisters he caught a slap from Nikki. Finally Nikki is pulled off of her sister and Brie is left to be consoled by Lawler.
Kane & Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
A quick match with Reigns conducting most of the offense at a fast pace. Once Roman had the match well in hand Seth gets him and Kane intentionally disqualified. Kane then reveals the exact setup of cinder blocks which put Ambrose on the shelf. Before they could do the same as Reigns he was able to fight off both men. Reigns grabs a block and looks to hit Rollins but Seth barely gets out of the way and the block explodes against the ring post. Rollins escapes with his briefcase in hand.  
Slater Gator vs. Los Matadores
Decent tag match, what matters most is SlaterGator is a thing that is happening and should happen for a good while. Why? Natural charisma. These two together have great comedic timing and play that dysfunctional team very well. Unfortunately tonight their  dysfunctional partnering lead to their downfall as Los Matadores pick up the win.
Winners: Los Matadores
Kofi Kingston vs Bo Dallas
Only thing worth noting is Bo almost botched his finisher but still got the win. He grabs the mic and says unlike Jack Swagger who let his whole country down Kofi let himself down. Out of nowhere Swagger comes in and hits Bo with a belly to belly suplex and leaves him laying in the ring.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Five minutes in and I’m loving this match. Cena is fighting as if Bray Wyatt is Brock Lesnar. Cena doesn’t allow Bray to get to his feet and when he tries, Cena warns him to stay down. Cena even hits Bray with a German suplex as if sending a message to Brock. He drops bray with more suplexes and this has become a mauling of SummerSlam proportions. Bray starts to get some offense but that it short lived as Cena takes Bray’s leg out from under him and begins pounding away. Sensing their leader was in trouble, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan enter the ring and attack Cena which causes the official to disqualify Bray Wyatt. As the Wyatt Family beat down Cena out come Big Show and Mark Henry to even the odds. Before the assumed six man tag match takes place we cut to commercial.
John Cena, Mark Henry, & Big Show vs. Wyatt Family
To be honest once they come back from commercial I’m taken out of this match. Your last segment goes from a match people would be interested in, to commercial break, to impromptu six man. How is that supposed to keep our attention? Cena gets the win for his team by getting Harper to tap to the STF. 
Winners: John Cena, Big Show, and Mark Henry
Lackluster Raw paired with a dead crowd means you are in for a long night. This Raw went head to head with the Emmys which is why we saw Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair in the ring together. If this show went head to head with the Emmys with the hopes of beating them in the ratings then Raw was as good as the VMAs.
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