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Raw: Bryan, Rollins tear house down
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Monday Night Raw: It's a week before Payback and things are heating up. We get a glut of matches signed for the show, see the return of Dolph Ziggler, Kaitlyn's secret admirer revealed and the ongoing saga between Vince and Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. But it was a match between Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins that stole the show. Should be a good one!

We are LIVE! from Richmond, Va. Michael Cole, Jerry "The King" Lawler and John Layfield are our hosts and this show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)

As promised, Triple H is on his way to the ring.

Match #1 - Triple H (Greenwich, Conn.) vs. Curtis Axel (Champlin, Minn.)

This match is about 30 seconds underway when Vince McMahon's music hits. Triple H is momentarily stunned but continues to trade headlocks with Axel. McMahon has a smile on his face and walks around the ring as Triple H throws Axel to the outside. McMahon walks to the timekeeper's area and tells him to ring the bell and Justin Roberts announces Axel the winner via disqualification.

But now, Triple H, as the COO, orders Roberts to restarts the match. McMahon, though, comes back and says the winner by forefit is Axel.

Not to be outdone, Triple H heads back out and yells at Roberts to announce that, as COO, Triple H is restarting the match as a 60-minute iron man match. Not to be outdone again, McMahon comes back down, orders Axel and Paul Heyman to leave the ring, then takes the microphone and ring bell and heads to the back. Triple H is left in the ring wondering what's up.

This is match a ???

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Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are backstage. Triple H says Vince crossed the line, but Stephanie pleads and begs him to not do anything to Vince. He relents, but tells Stephanie she needs to talk to him because if he does, he's not going to like the message.

Match #2 - Kane (Hell, Fire & Brimstone) vs. Dean Ambrose (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Kane all over Ambrose here to start, including decking him outside on the floor.

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Ambrose in control as we return from break, but Kane is able to fire up. He slams Ambrose face-first and goes to the top, but Ambrose cuts him off. Kane, though, headbutts him to the canvas and hits the flying clothesline. He sets up for the choke slam, but Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns hit the ring.

Winner via disqualification: Kane

But just as quickly as The Shield hits the ring, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton do and make the save and send The Shield packing.

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Backstage, Bryan and Orton are arguing over what happened on Smackdown. But Vickie Guerrero comes up and books Bryan and Orton against Reigns and Rollins for the tag titles and Kane against Ambrose for the United States title.

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Match #3 - The Miz (Cleveland, Ohio) vs. Cody Rhodes (Marietta, Ga.)

Rhodes in control in the early-going, but Miz takes over and locks in the Figure Four Leg Lock and that does it.

Winner via submission: The Miz

As Wade Barrett, who was on commentary, comes to attack, Paul Heyman comes out and announces Curtis Axel will join the Intercontinental Championship match at Payback.

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Stephanie McMahon is backstage with Vince McMahon. She says what he did was embarrassing and that Vince walked all over Triple H out there. Vince says he cares about business first, and that's why he did what he did. You do the right thing for business every single time. Vince says it's best if Triple H stays away from him.

Chris Jericho is on his way to the ring, and he has a mic. He says he's faced all the greats of the era in WWE, but the one man who brings out the best in him is the man he's facing Sunday at Payback CM Punk. He pledges that Punk will get his best at Payback because he needs to beat Punk. Before he can wrap up, he's interrupted by none other than Dolph Ziggler, who is back five weeks after suffering a concussion.

Ziggler says at Payback that he's going to prove it to everyone at Payback against Alberto Del Rio that he is the real deal. Jericho cuts him off with gibberish. He says Ziggler is stepping ahead of himself, because that's Sunday and this is Monday Night Raw. He suggests he and Ziggler has a match so Ziggler can shake off a little bit of the rust. Ziggler suggests instead that Jericho faces Big E Langston.

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Match #4 - Chris Jericho (Winnipeg, Manitoba) vs. Big E Langston (Tampa, Fla.)

We're back from commercial and Langston is all over Jericho. Langston in control until Jericho dumps him over the top and to the floor. Jericho drop kicks Langston through the ropes to follow him to the floor, but Langston grabs him and smashes him into the ring steps. Langston goes to work inside the ring, working a big chin lock. Jericho, though, fires up. He hits a shoulder block, a kick and a running dropkick for two.

Langston, though, catches Jericho and lands three straight back breakers, but Jericho is able to kick out at two. Jericho comes back with a crossbody from the top. Ziggler hops up on the apron after Langston kicks out, as Langston hits a big pounce that levels Jericho. He lines him up for the Big Ending, but is distracted himself as Alberto Del Rio comes down and attacks Ziggler from behind. Langston turns and charges Jericho, but Jericho sidesteps and catches the rebounding Langston with the Codebreaker.

Winner via pinfall: Chris Jericho

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Match #5 - Sin Cara (Mexico City, Mexico) vs. Antonio Cesaro (Lucerne, Switzerland)

Cesaro using his power to overwhelm Sin Cara. He is just laying the wood to him here. Sin Cara, though, gets his high-flying action going and is looking good, but Cesaro is able to overwhelm him again with power, twisting him around and shaking him, then finishing him off with the Neutralizer.

Winner via pinfall: Antonio Cesaro

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Match #6 - Randy Orton (St. Louis, Mo.) vs. Roman Reigns (Atlanta, Ga.)

Orton slams Reigns back-first onto the barricade. Reigns, though, takes back over when the match returns to the ring. Reigns charges in the corner, but Orton gets the boot up, but Reigns sends Orton tumbling over the top with a huge shot.

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We're back and Orton is working his way out of a predicament. Reigns flap jacks Orton on the top rope and then levels him with a clothesline. Orton works his way out of another hold and both men are down. Orton moves away from a Reigns charge and goes to work. He lands a series of clotheslines and then a scoop slam, followed by a backbreaker. He hits the draping DDT and sets up for the RKO, but Seth Rollins attacks Daniel Bryan on the outside and then runs into the ring, where Orton sidesteps and grabs him for the draping DDT, but Reigns pulls Rollins away. Bryan, though, hits the ropes and hits a suicide dive on Reigns and Rollins. The referee calls for the bell.

This match is a no contest

Match #7 - Seth Rollins (Davenport, Iowa) vs. Daniel Bryan (Aberdeen, Wash.)

We transition immediately into the next match, and Bryan is running wild on Rollins. He hits a dropkick through the ropes onto Rollins, who is on the floor, and then the flying knee off the apron. But back in the ring, Rollins is able to shoulder Bryan into the corner and then drop him face-first into the corner.

Rollins puts Bryan in the surfboard, but Bryan quickly turns that around and puts Rollins in the surf board. Then he turns that into a surf board with a guillotine choke. Amazing hold, but Rollins rakes the eyes to break the hold, the only option he had left.

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We're back and Rollins has Bryan in a head lock. They trade some yes/no punches and then Bryan counters a Rollins kick and locks in a Half Crab, but Rollins makes the rope. Bryan with some corner kicks and then the corner dropkick, and then another one. He pulls Rollins out of the corner and gets a two count. Bryan with some kicks in the center of the ring, but he misses the big roundhouse and Rollins is able to land a big kick of his own for two.

They trade counters, but it's Rollins who gets the better of it by catching Bryan in the air and landing a buckle bomb for two. Rollins with a corner forearm. He comes back for another but Bryan tosses him over the top rope. He goes for another suicide dive, but Rollins jumps up and clocks him. Rollins goes to the top but Bryan avoids him and hits a Chaos Theory suplex followed by an execution kick, but Rollins kicks out at two.

Bryan goes to the top but Rollins crotches him. Rollins follows him up, but Bryan slides out and crotches Rollins. Bryan wants a back suplex off the top, but as he comes down, Rollins turns it around and lands on top. Both men are down now. Crowd chanting "This is awesome." As Bryan tries to get up, Reigns hops on the apron, but Orton swats him down. Rollins charges, but misses a corner splash. Bryan catches him on the rebound with a small package and gets the three count.

Winner via pinfall: Daniel Bryan

Amazing match.

Rollins tries to sneak attack Bryan after the match, but Bryan lands a roundhouse kick and Orton hits an RKO on the staggering Rollins.

(Ads)

Kaitlyn is out and she is here to find out who her secret admirer is. She asks him to come out, and it's none other than Big E Langston. He has flowers for her. He gets the mic and says people see him only as Dolph's heavy, that he likes beating people up, but he has more than that. He really likes Kaitlyn. But he couldn't tell her until now. He gets close to Kaitlyn, grabs her and goes in for a big kiss, but then dumps her to the canvas. This brings out AJ.

She says how Kaitlyn feels now is how she felt after Kaitlyn abandoned her last year. After all the men treated her poorly last year, where was her best friend? She was chasing the Divas title. AJ says maybe Kaitlyn can beat her her in the ring, but she can always beat her in mind games. She says Kaitlyn is weak and pitiful, nothing but trash. Nobody likes Kaitlyn and all she has is the Divas title, but come Sunday, she won't even have that. After a ridiculous amount of berating from AJ, Kaitlyn finally snaps and attacks AJ, sending her off.

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Match #8 - Damien Sandow (Palo Alto, Calif.) vs. R-Truth (Charlotte, NC)

Sandow grounding R-Truth and working him over. He hits a Russian leg sweep and the Elbow of Disdain. This is all Sandow, and he puts Truth away with the Silencer.

Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow

Before Sandow can even begin to celebrate, Sheamus' music hits. He says he's going to beat up Sandow at Payback.

Stephanie McMahon tells a PA backstage to go get Vince because this is about business and it's urgent, and to meet in their office. She then tells another to go find Triple H, tell him it's personal and urgent and to meet in their office. Ruh roh.

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The reckoning is here. Triple H and Vince meet in Stephanie's office. They start arguing when Stephanie unleashes a blood-curling scream and tells them she's sick of this and for them to work it out. Vince goes into how Triple H doesn't need this, how he's a legend, etc. But in a sign of good faith, he'll allow him to compete against Curtis Axel next week. But Triple H relents and says he doesn't need to face Axel. But now Vince has a change of heart and says he wants to see the match. HHH says no. They go back and forth for a few until Stephanie steps back in and says they made some common ground and they should have a group hug. Vince and Hunter hem and haw, but eventually give in, but awkwardly.

It's time for the face off between John Cena and Ryback. All the lumberjacks are on the outside, but Ryback refuses to come to the ring, so Cena mocks him. They go on and on about absolutely nothing important. Cena says all Ryback does is complain. Ryback says the legend of John Cena ends Sunday. In response, Cena tries to charge Ryback, but the heel lumberjacks stop him and throw him back in the ring twice. Ryback hits the ring but Cena low bridges him into the face lumberjacks, who throw Ryback into the ring. Several of them hit the ring and attempt to restrain the two and do so as we go off the air.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@gmail.com. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.