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Raw: Daniel Bryan and friends unite to take on The Shield
By NICK TYLWALK - SLAM! Wrestling


The WWE troops rally before their 11-on-3 bout against The Shield. Photo by Ricky Havlik, RickyHavlik.com


This week on Raw: Daniel Bryan got hosed out of his title last week before getting the last laugh at the end of the show with the help of pretty much every friendly face in the locker room. But as we all know, there are consequences when you cross the McMahons, and it appears we might see some of them right off the bat as Raw goes live on USA from Chicago.

A tribute to the late Angelo Savoldi, narrated by Vince McMahon, kicks things off. Out in the arena, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon address the 10 men that aided Bryan in his mini-revolt. They seem jovial, but something tells me they're up to something. Surprisingly, Steph says thank you to them for standing up and being men, and Hunter adds that it had nothing to do with Bryan. But Rob Van Dam speaks up and says they were fighting for Bryan, and thus, for what was right. Triple H appears taken aback, wondering if RVD is speaking for everyone. The McMahons try some divide and conquer before mentioning how The Shield has been the force that has kept the 10 of them from having the opportunities they wanted. Trips says they will get a chance to take care of their frustration tonight when they take part in an elimination handicap match against The Shield, and they'll even get Bryan as a partner. But wait, there's more! Steph says the WWE Universe will get to choose one of them to face Randy Orton tonight. She gets some boos when she reveals that you can only vote on the WWE app. But of course.

Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler helpfully explain how to install the WWE app on an Android device. Shill guys, shill!

Match 1 - Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio

Kofi shows off his aerial prowess with a somersault out to the floor, but Del Rio gains control back between the ropes. A kick to the head has the fans jeering the Mexican aristocrat as the announcers debate who the fans will vote to face Orton. Del Rio escapes into the timekeeper's area while we watch some commercials. Looks like Del Rio spent the break abusing Kofi on the floor. Specifically, Kingston's left arm is getting worked over something fierce. Del Rio pulls off a great counter suplex when Kingston tries for Trouble in Paradise, but Kofi returns the favor with a DDT. A few moves later, ADR gets the cross arm breaker applied, and Kingston doesn't last long before tapping out.


Renee Young has The Miz as a guest, but he doesn't get to speak before Triple H drops by to announce that Chicago will get to see Miz TV with The Big Show as his guest.

Match 2 - The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) vs. The Prime Time Players

Sweet, the lamb mask stays on Rowan, at least to start. Considering the roll the Players have been on recently, they lose this one surprisingly quickly to the Wyatt boys. Naturally, Bray Wyatt can't resist getting in his licks after the pinfall.

Miz says he usually comes out all happy, but he's banged up and pissed off after what happened to him last week in front of his family, friends, and even his mother. He warns Orton that he will get some payback before introducing his guest, the destroyer of Dusty Rhodes, the Big Show. Miz asks how he could have done that to Dusty, personal problems or not. Other guys are starting to step up, and Miz thinks it's time for Show to step up to Stephanie too. Maybe he'll get a chance right now, because she makes her way to the ring. She accuses Miz of borderline slander on Big Show and projecting his own inadequacies onto the big man. Steph says Miz does have value - as the guy they send when a local supermarket is opening and needs a special appearance. Ouch! Speaking of ouch, McMahon tells her personal giant to knock Miz out, and he complies.

The votes are in, and the runaway winner is Rob Van Dam. No surprise there.

Match 3 - Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam

Following an early commercial break, Orton is in control. RVD battles his way off the mat with punches, kicks, and clotheslines finished by Rolling Thunder and a near fall. Orton slithers away from a split-legged moonsault and dishes out his own punishment, eventually taking it too far out on the floor and getting the match thrown out. He hammers Van Dam with fists and the steel steps. Rob goes for an involuntary flight over the announce table before getting dragged back into the ring. Orton laughs as he DDTs RVD off the top rope, and medical types finally get brave enough to go check on the unconscious superstar.

Did you know the new Triple H DVD has exclusive footage of his wedding to Stephanie? That's relevant because it's a good segue to Mrs. The Game telling AJ that since she hasn't been too lucky in love, she can watch the disc to see what a real wedding looks like. Double ouch! AJ also isn't crazy about the tag team match she's in against the Total Divas, but when threatened with the possible loss of her beloved title belt, she changes her tune and says she has to get ready for her match.

Match 4 - Fandango vs. Santino Marella

An all comedy match? Sure, why not? The fans start a "Summer Rae" chant to let us all know what they really care about in this one. Fandango ends up dropping a big leg off the top and getting the three count.

CM Punk shows off his Chicago pride by coming out in a Blackhawks jersey to a huge crowd reaction. He jokingly says that the fans ruined a perfectly good bad mood, and he suggests that one of the reasons he's been in a bad mood is that he's been letting everyone down. Though he's lost plenty of matches, this one bummed him out more than most, and he's wondering if he even deserves to say he's from Chicago. As a Red Wings fan, I'm not crazy about the example he uses of the Hawks coming back from 3-1 down to Detroit last year to win the series, and eventually, the Stanley Cup. A singing Paul Heyman interrupts even though that seems ill advised in Punk's hometown. As Heyman continues to rub in the fact that he pinned Punk, CM wonders if his two goons can get to Paul before he does. Heyman's electric wheelchair won't start up, but when Punk tries to make him pay, Curtis Axel and Ryback jump him. A wild brawl ensues, and though Punk's rage serves him well, it's not enough to counter the brute force of Ryback, who ends up slamming him through a table.

Match 5 - The Bella Twins, The Funkadactyls and Natalya vs. AJ Lee and "friends"

AJ was worried that her tag team partners might turn on her, but that kind of development would require the match to last more than a few minutes. It doesn't, and the TV show ladies get the win. Time to pimp the YouTube channel a bit.

The Shield talks about the handicap match and while they admit their backs are going to be up against the wall, but they're going to win, because that's what they do. Believe in them.

Bryan gets his usual warm welcome from the fans, and he's pondering if it was more likely that he conspired with a referee or that Triple H and Stephanie had a devious scheme cooked up. He doesn't care which version of Orton shows up in Buffalo, because Randy is going to leave there with one word etched in the back of his brain: Yes! The Shield makes its way out, but the three-man unit gets a taste of its own medicine in the form of an ambush by Cody Rhodes and Goldust. Security tries to restore order as we go to commercials.

Main Event - The Usos, The Prime Time Players, Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, Justin Gabriel, Zack Ryder, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Rob Van Dam and Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield - Elimination Handicap Match

A heavily taped up RVD gives it a go, but he's the first one out at the hands of Dean Ambrose. Similarly, Kofi doesn't last long fighting for all intents and purposes with one arm. Titus O'Neil gets to face off against Roman Reigns, but he and Gabriel are quickly eliminated by Reigns spears. He spears any pins Ryder as well, and all of a sudden the odds are being quickly reduced. Bryan tags in next though, and he goes crazy before giving way to the Usos to pin Reigns. Seth Rollins is Ina state of shock as we break for more ads. Right when we return, Rollins is able to dispose of Darren Young. It's down to five on two. Make that five on one after Ziggler eliminates Ambrose. Rollins sees the odds aren't in his favor, but he still takes a shot at isolating Dolph away from his teammates. Truth gets in and scores a near fall but ends up falling to a DDT and getting himself pinned. Undaunted, Bryan calls for everyone to attack Rollins at once. Ambrose and Reigns try returning to help their partner, but the Usos take them out with twin dives to the floor. Meanwhile, Bryan hits his top rope head butt and the running knee shot to pin Rollins. Daniel ends up alone but triumphant once again as Raw calls it a night. see you in seven!

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    Nick Tylwalk thinks the way that the main story on Raw is weaving in all kinds of performers besides Daniel Bryan and the McMahons is kind of great. Discuss your favorite WWE sagas with him on Twitter at @nick_tylwalk, on Google+, or by email at ntylwalk7@yahoo.com.