The opening segment of this weekâ€™s Monday Night RAW was awesome.
John Cena is a broken man and that has everything to do with the gospel of Bray Wyatt. As a childrenâ€™s choir sang â€œHeâ€™s Got the Whole World, In His Hands,â€ Cenaâ€™s future as the â€œfaceâ€ of the company was and will be in serious jeopardy.
Will Cena turn heel?
Speaking of questions, can Daniel Bryan shrug off injury and defend his WWE World Heavyweight title against Kane?
While the storyline work since Wrestlemania XXX wasnâ€™t amazing, the card for Extreme Rules will feature some damn good in-ring work. For a PPV thatâ€™s perennially one of the worst of the year, thatâ€™s saying something.
In terms of this weekâ€™s RAW, it was a fun and eventful show. Add in another promo from Adam Rose. a rare appearance from Ric Flair and more drama between Evolution and The Shield and thereâ€™s was plenty to think about moving forward.
WWE Tag Team Champions Jimmy and Jey Uso vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel: The Usoâ€™s were up to their typical High-Flying antics, but after Jey apparently injured his ankle, Rybaxel turned it up on Jimmy. Fighting off both Axel and Ryback, Jey tagged on and went through his signature offense on both Ryback and Axel, but was noticeably injured. Despite a few near falls, Jey couldnâ€™t get the win. Soon enough Ryback and Axel hit a few moves. When Ryback went for the Meat Hook Clothesline, Jimmy hit a last ditch Dropkick. Jimmy then countered Rybackâ€™s finisher and made a tag to Jey that Axel didnâ€™t see. After Axel nailed the PerfectPlex on Jimmy, Jey hit the Splash on the unsuspecting Axel for the win.
Sheamus vs. Titus Oâ€™Neil: Whoa. Oâ€™Neil wasted no time, ambushing Sheamus during his entrance, from behind. Oâ€™Neil continued to dominate until Sheamus pulled a Brogue Kick out of his rear to earn the win.
Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter vs. Antonio Cesaro w/Paul Heyman: Power and technique vs. power and technique. Back and forth this match went as both Cesaro and Swagger traded offense. After Heyman grabbed Colterâ€™s mustache and distracted Swagger, Cesaro won with the German Suplex pinning combination.
Cody Rhodes w/Goldust vs. Alberto Del Rio: The Mexican aristocrat made quick work of Rhodes with a Super Kick and Armbreaker submission for the win. Goldust was not a happy camper after the loss.
Alexander Rusev w/Lana vs. Xavier Woods w/ R-Truth: Rusev hit his Urinage variation and went for the Accolade, but Truth interfered to get the match thrown out. After the bell, the team worked over Rusev to get some momentum leading into Extreme Rules.
Drew MacIntyre and Heath Slater w/Jinder Mahal and Hornswoggle vs. Los Matadores w/ El Torito: Slater won with his Impaler DDT variation after the Matadores were preoccupied with Hornswoggle and El Torito on the outside.
Divas Champion Paige vs. Brie Bella w/WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan: Paige was in control for most of the match and hit the Superplex when Kane came through the ring and hit Bryan with the Chokeslam.
#1 Contenderâ€™s Match for Intercontinental Title: Rob Van Dam vs. Wade Barrett: A good back and forth match with plenty of near-falls. Barrett nearly won with a nasty Rude Awakening-like Neckbreaker and then followed up with some submission work, but RVD still had some gas left. After a Superkick, RVD used the Clothesline a few times. After Cesaro and Swagger fought on the outside, RVD used the Rolling Thunder, but Barrett took advantage of Cesaro interference and put his knees up on the Five-Star Frog Splash and finished off RVD with the Bull Hammer Elbow. After the bell, Cesaro, RVD and Swagger all battled.
Roman Reigns w/United States Champion Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton w/Triple H and Batista:Â After Ric Flair gave The Shield a surprising endorsement, Reigns had the upper hand until the match fell apart and got thrown out. After the bell, Evolution beat on The Shield on the outside until The Shield rallied back. By the time the show was over, Reigns Speared Triple H and nearly gave him the Triple Powerbomb before Batista and Orton made the save.
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