Raw: Undertaker, Team Hell No face The Shield
MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Monday Night Raw: For the first time since 2010, The Undertaker is in action on Raw. He teams with WWE Tag Team Champions Kane and Daniel Bryan to face the hottest team in wrestling, The Shield. Elsewhere, Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler battle and Mick Foley tries to talk sense into Ryback. Should be a good one!
We are "LIVE!" from London, England. Michael Cole, Jerry "The King" Lawler and John Layfield are our hosts and this show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)
Cold open with Paul Heyman in the ring, talking about the challenge issued last week to Triple H for a steel cage match with Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules. Heyman talks about how he got an email from Triple H about how he wasn't going to be there tonight. So he proceeds to run him down until Triple H's music hits.
Heyman is not a fan of this. Triple H confirms he lied to Heyman, grabs Heyman's tie, accepts the match, then gives Heyman a Pedigree for good measure.
Match #1 - R-Truth (Charlotte, NC) vs. Antonio Cesaro (Lucerne, Switzerland)
Cesaro with some offense early, but Truth quickly takes over and finishes Cesaro out of nowhere.
Winner via pinfall: R-Truth
The camera comes into a field. A helicopter comes down. Out pops The Shield and they hop into a Range Rover and head to the arena.
Match #2 - Brodus Clay (Planet Funk) vs. Damien Sandow (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Clay with a clothesline and then some head butts to the back. But Sandow slips out of suplex and downs Clay before hitting the Elbow of Disdain for two. He goes to work with a chinlock, but Clay quickly back to his feet, only to have Sandow drop kick the knees and go back to work.
Clay rises again and throws Sandow into the corner for a big splash. He hits an exploder suplex, but Cody Rhodes hops on the apron and provides a distraction, allowing Sandow to come back and snap Clay's neck on the top rope and roll him up for the pin with the assistance of the tights.
Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow
Match #3 - Chris Jericho (Winnipeg, Manitoba) vs. Dolph Ziggler (Hollywood, Fla.)
Big E Langston with a cheap shot on Jericho and Zigger takes over. Jericho with an Irish whip, but Ziggler ducks the charge and Jericho flies into the corner, hitting his head on the post. Ziggler in total control here in the ring, as each time Jericho tries to get going, Ziggler shuts him right now.
Jericho to a vertical base and Ziggler hops on his back and locks in the sleeper. Jericho is able to escape and Ziggler gets a little wild, allowing Jericho to counter. He goes to the top and hits an axhandle. He scoops Ziggler up and goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Ziggler escapes, only to get kicked in the head. Jericho plants Ziggler with the bulldog and wants to go for the Lionsault, but AJ jumps on the apron, distraction the ref, while Langston lays Jericho out with a shot as he goes for it. Jericho, though, kicks out at two.
Ziggler lines Jericho up and locks in the sleeper again. Jericho drops to a knee but is able to rise and drops down to break the hold. Ziggler hits the ropes and hits a jumping DDT but Jericho kicks out at two. Both men down now.
Both men up and Ziggler runs into a back elbow. Jericho goes for the Lionsault but Ziggler gets the knees up. Ziggler hits the Fameasser but Jericho kicks out. Ziggler goes to the top but Jericho hits the ropes and crotches him. Jericho goes up and hits a superplex. He follows with the Codebreaker but is slow to cover and Ziggler kicks out at two. Jericho dropkicks Langston off the apron and grabs Ziggler and locks in the Walls of Jericho and it's deep. Right as Ziggler is about to pack it in, Fandango's music hits. He's nowhere to be found, but the distraction allows Ziggler to make the ropes. The music keeps playing and Ziggler dropkicks Jericho low and hits the ZigZag and that does it.
Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Match #4 - Tensai (Tokyo, Japan) vs. Cody Rhodes (Marietta, Ga.)
Tensai lifts Rhodes up in a delayed front suplex for two. Rhodes gets some offense in, but Tensai's power takes over. Tensai hits a rolling cannonball into the corner and crushes Rhodes. Sandow hops on the apron, but drops down into a headbutt from Clay. Rhodes tries to hit the Disaster Kick, but it's a no go, as Tensai creams him and then hits a back splash to finish it.
Winner via pinfall: Tensai
Match #5 - Big E Langston (Tampa, Fla.) vs. Zack Ryder (Long Island, NY)
Langston catches Ryder and hits three backbreakers. He destroys Ryder in the corner with a running shoulder. Ryder gets his knees up in the corner, though, and hits a missile dropkick. Ryder charges in the corner but Langston charges out and levels Ryder. He follows with The Big Ending and that's it.
Winner via pinfall: Big E Langston
The Undertaker is out and it's unsure whether or not Team Hell No will appear after being attacked earlier by The Shield. The Shield come out and attack Taker, but here comes the tag team champs and it's on!
Match #6 - The Undertaker (Death Valley), Kane (Hell, Fire & Brimstone) & Daniel Bryan (Aberdeen, Wash.) vs. Dean Ambrose (Cincinnati, Ohio), Seth Rollins (Davenport, Iowa) & Roman Reigns (Atlanta, Ga.)
Undertaker in with Ambrose. The crowd rises to its feet and he goes for Old School, but Ambrose cuts him off before he can really start. But Taker grabs it again and hits it, much to the delight of the crowd. Reigns in, but it doesn't go much better for him, as Kane and Bryan get in control.
But that doesn't last too much longer, as The Shield is able to isolate Kane. Kane, though, fires up on Reigns, who tags in Rollins, who comes off the middle rope into a right hand. He tags in Bryan, who comes in firing on Rollins. He sends Rollins inside-out with a clothesline. He lands some Yes Kicks but Rollins kicks out. Bryan sends Rollins to the outside and absolutely crushes him with a suicide dive.
Back in the ring, Bryan hits a missile dropkick. He goes for the corner charge but Rollins is able to fly out of the way.
The Shield in control of Bryan as we return. Ambrose puts Bryan in a surfboard and Rollins comes from the top with a knee. Wow. Reigns in and he goes after Bryan, but he misses and Bryan tags in Undertaker. He runs wild on The Shield. Big corner clothesline connects on Ambrose, followed by Snake Eyes, a big boot and a leg drop. He calls for the choke slam, but Rollins runs in. He gets caught by the throat, but Taker doesn't have any more hands for Reigns, who comes in with the big spear, but Taker kicks out at two.
Rollins now it, but Taker hits a jumping clothesline and then brings in Kane. He hits the sidewalk slam and goes to the top for the flying clothesline. Kane wants the choke slam but Rollins slips out and hits a big kick. He tags Ambrose who goes to the top only to get caught and choke slammed. Kane tags Bryan, who goes to the top for the flying headbutt, but Reigns crotches him. Undertaker attacks Reigns and Kane takes Rollins.
Ambrose jumps to the top with Bryan but gets shoved down. Bryan rises for the flying headbutt but Ambrose moves and Bryan crashes and burns. Ambrose rolls into the cover and gets it.
Winners via pinfall: The Shield
Match #7 - Fandango (Westbrook, Maine) vs. William Regal (Blackpool, England)
Regal off to a big start, smashing Fandango with some big shots. Fandango, though, hits a kick on the ropes and then puts Regal away quickly with his finisher.
Winner via pinfall: Fandango
As Fandango is making his exit, he's attacked from behind by Chris Jericho, who beats him up and sends him flying off the stage to the floor. Then Jericho asks for Fandango's dancer's hand and does a little dance with her to Fandango's music as Fandango looks on in horror.
Match #8 - No. 1 Contender's Divas Battle Royal - AJ vs. Aksana vs. Naomi vs. Layla vs. Tamina Snuka
Aksana is gone quickly, as is Naomi. Layla takes out Snuka and it's down to AJ and Layla. AJ is still out after a Snuka super kick. Layla starts dragging AJ to get her out, but AJ was playing possum and knocks Layla out to win it.
Winner: AJ Lee
Hall of Famer Mick Foley is here to confront Ryback. They debate the merits of Ryback's betrayal of John Cena and the events leading to that. Finally, Ryback tells Foley to shut up. He accuses Foley of coming out to relive his glory days. But for what? To sell more DVDs? He says he doesn't care if Foley, Cena or the people have a problem with him. He runs Foley down some more and basically challenges Foley to do something with the steel chair he has.
They go nose to nose and Ryback grabs the chair and throws it out. They square off when Cena hits the ring. Foley hits the bricks and Cena and Ryback appear to get ready to go toe-to-toe when The Shield's music hits. Cena steps out to the apron. As The Shield gets closer, Cena peaces out, leaving Ryback alone.
The Shield surrounds the ring as Cena watches from the ramp. They hit the ring and attack Ryback, but Cena comes flying in and runs them off by attacking with the chair. Cena lays down the chair, grabs Ryback and hits the Attitude Adjustment. Yipee.
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