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Raw: Stables collide again as Bryan delivers some bad news
By NICK TYLWALK - SLAM! Wrestling


The classic theme of the old trying to prevent the new from rising up is once again in full swing as Evolution and the Shield continue their feud. The latest developments are coming to us from Greenville, South Carolina as Raw beams our way, live as always on USA.

Dean Ambrose admits that the Shield got its butt kicked last week, but if youíre keeping score at home, the unit is up much more than its down. Making the point even clearer, Seth Rollins says he and his stablemates are running toward Evolution, and he wonders if the former world champs can continue to evolve into what they need to be to defeat the Shield. A fuming Roman Reigns asks if the attack last week was all that Evolutionís got. Heís going to teach them personally to believe in him. The members of Evolution arrive in a limo, and while Triple H is busy filling out paperwork of some sort, the Shield flies to the back and launches into an impromptu assault. Referees and officials pull the groups apart, but first blood for tonight goes to the Shield.

Match 1 - Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger

Zeb Colter has some negative things to say about Adam Rose before the match begins. Wouldnít you know it, he shows up with the Exotic Express in tow before the action even gets going. Itís enough of a distraction that RVD is able to win the match with a single move as soon as the bell rings.

Paige tells everyone not to underestimate her because of her age. Sheíll be in action next.

Do you Bolieve yet? You can never cross the ocean until you have courage to lose sight of the shore, or something like that.

Match 2 - Paige vs. Alicia Fox

An unimpressed Fox tells the Divas Champion that sheís already managed to make all of the other women in the WWE dislike her, and they want her out. A pre-bell attack backs up that message, and Fox is in full control in the opening minutes of the actual match. Paige is trapped in an inverted surfboard, but she refuses to submit. Fox seems to be enjoying herself as she bounces the champís face off the mat multiple times. But you know a rally is coming, and when it does, this one is over just like that. Nice try Alicia. She takes her frustration out on the announce table, JBLís hat and a random beverage.

A lengthy flashback takes us through the Daniel Bryan-Kane confrontation from last week. Itís almost like they donít trust us to watch every week or something.

Bryan hits the ring to discuss the price heís paying for the style and mentality with which he wrestles. He seems like heís almost ready to tear up when he reveals that he has to have neck surgery this Thursday and how happy Stephanie McMahon, Triple H and Kane are about it -- and the chance that it ends his career. But it wonít be, even if he doesnít know when heíll return. Will he make it back? Yes, yes, yes!

Again with the flashbacks. This time itís John Cena versus Bray Wyatt. Apparently theyíve been feuding?

(That was sarcasm, by the way. Itís hard to get that across in print.)

Match 3 - John Cena and The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family

I feel like the fans might be conflicted over which side to cheer for here. The Usos get their team off to a good start, with Jimmy Uso earning a near fall on Luke Harper after a twisting somersault move. The Wyatts use a little distraction to gain the upper hand, and a series of tags have Jimmy looking like heís in trouble. Cena gets in shortly before all heck breaks loose and all six men end up in the fray. Cena and Erick Rowan are the legal men, though Brya Wyatt is able to bail his follower out when trapped in the STF. Wyatt looks for Sister Abigail until a superkick to the face takes him out. The Usos fly to the floor to take out Harper and Wyatt while Cena puts Rowan away with an Attitude Adjustment. As only he can, Wyatt says the loss has convinced him that he finally knows what he must do.

Evolution hits the ring, and both Randy Orton and Batista express their frustration to Triple H, insisting that itís time to put the Shield down for good. The Game says he thought he could salvage something from the Shield but has come around to his teammatesí way of thinking. A rematch for Payback is granted, and the COO goes into some detail on how each Shield member will be taken apart one by one. Heís busy talking about Reigns when the Shield attacks without warning for a second time. The ring is cleared and the younger stable stands triumphant, but Batista isnít leaving without challenging Reigns to a match tonight.

Match 4 - Nikki Bella vs. Natalya

This is a beef over a painting. Just saying. Also, the other women from the cast of Total Divas are grading the moves in this match or something. Natalya puts Nikki in a painful abdominal stretch that ends up getting reversed, followed by some very physical shoving. Nattie misses a move that gives Nikki a chance to to pin her, and when she attempts to take issue with the other Divas, they band together to drive her off.

Match 5 - Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. Sheamus

RybAxel has a coin flip to decide who has to face Sheamus first, and Axel wins -- or loses, depending on your point of view. And, it doesnít go so well for Curtis as he ends up in the cloverleaf and quickly taps out. That doesnít stop Ryback from getting his hands on Sheamus as the show goes to a commercial break. Oh, I see. Sheamus has to pin both of them. He rains down the 10 Beats of the Bodhran, but Ryback responds and weíve got an exchange of near falls. Sheamus is eventually able to score with the Brogue Kick and bring this handicap match to a close.

Stephanie McMahon has a smile on her face as she makes her way to the ring. As expected, she uses Bryanís injury as proof that heís not an A-plus player. Steph asks Bryan to come out as she has something she needs to say to him in person. What she gets is Kane dragging Bryan out and dumping him on the stage. He looks somewhat the worse for wear, and officials, EMTs and his wife all rush out to check on him. McMahon feigns some concern as only she can. Brie tells her off after Bryan is loaded into an ambulance.

Match 6 - Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango

Fandango has some woman problems. Okay not really, as heís simply moved on from Summer Rae to Layla.His new girl gets tangled in the apron while trying to provide a helpful distraction, allowing Dolph to hit the Zig Zag and pick up the victory.Layla enters the ring to apologize, and it works pretty well as he expresses his love for her. JBL unsuccessfully calls for the show to go to commercial as they do the tongue tango.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Lana get into a philosophical debate of sorts. That lasts until itís time for Rusev to come out, and Iím not sure Hacksawís trusty 2x4 is going to help him now. Lana gives Duggan a chance to beg for mercy, and even though he declines, the arrival of Big E saves his bacon. Ah, but whoís going to save Big E?

Damien Sandow gets his microphone time, but only for a bit before itís interrupted by Cody Rhodes. Well, shoot.

Match 7 - Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes

Which one of these frustrated grapplers will get a much-needed win? For some reason, the announcers are talking about the Boogeyman. It doesnít matter, as Rhodes uses a rake to the eyes during a referee distraction by his big brother to set up a Disaster Kick that gets the pinfall.

Bray Wyatt isnít done with Cena yet. And heís still got the whole world in his hands, in case you were wondering.

Main Event - Roman Reigns vs. Batista

This match doesnít last long before the locker room empties and just about every wrestler with any kind of heel leaning comes to the ring to team up on Reigns. Despite the ridiculous numbers disadvantage, Reigns manages to free himself and spear Triple H before he can deliver a chair shot, and his teammates arrive with steel chairs to clean everyone else out. Though Evolution retreats up the ramp, some random wrestlers like Heath Slater and Ryback are left in the ring to suffer through some signature moves, and itís Ryback who ends up going on a triple powerbomb ride. Evolution stares in a mixture of disgust and disbelief from the ramp as the show fades to black. See you in seven!