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Raw: Saying goodbye to Vickie and hello to more ladder match participants
By NICK TYLWALK - SLAM! Wrestling


We're just six days out from ... wait, is it even proper to call them pay-per-views at this point? The next WWE Network spectacular, Money in the Bank is going to feature a seven-man ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and we'll learn more about how that bout and the whole card tonight. Let's head live to Washington D.C., appropriately on USA.

The 1100th episode of Raw begins with Stephanie McMahon smiling and looking very purple as she strides to the ring. Last week she looked purple for a different reason, as she fell ill when given her coffee by Vickie Guerrero that had been sabotaged by Roman Reigns. Steph calls a reluctant Vickie out to face the music. Even more than the coffee debacle, McMahon is upset that Guerrero allowed Reigns to finagle his way into the Money in the Bank title match, something she and Triple H specifically forbade. The axe is about to fall, but Vickie says she’ll beg for another chance. Guerrero can keep her job, but only if she wins a match tonight -- against McMahon! I’m not even 100 percent sure what Vickie says in response, except to say that her late husband taught her to lie, cheat and steal, so I’m thinking the challenge has been accepted.

Match 1 - Jimmy Uso vs. Luke Harper

Harper comes to the ring to an organ version of Bray Wyatt’s favorite song. He then promptly proceeds to surprise Uso with a dropkick, though Jimmy is able to respond immediately for a near fall. After a brief ringside distraction from Erick Rowan, Harper connects with a gigantic clothesline and picks up the victory. Jey Uso isn’t about to let this go though, calling Rowan back to the ring so he can kick his ass “all over our nation’s capital.” Jey flies out to the floor and lands on both Rowan and Harper, ushering in a commercial break.

Match 2 - Jey Uso vs. Erick Rowan

This match starts on the WWE app with Rowan very much in control. But things change quickly, and Uso hits a splash to get the three count, evening this feud at one apiece. The conflict isn’t over just because the final bell rings, and the Wyatt clan ends up with the upper hand over the tag team champs, thrashing them in and out of the ring.Wyatt appears on the screen to say how proud he is of the boys and how excited he is to be crowned champion over all of the little creatures they had to trample along the way. Or at least it’s something pretty close to that.

Earlier today, Rusev and Lana did some sightseeing in D.C. Hilarity ensued. Rusev crush! Out in the ring, Paige joins the announcers for guest commentary, meaning there’s a Divas match up next.

Match 3 - Alicia Fox vs. Naomi

Cameron also sits down at the announce table, dissing not only Paige but her own partner. Michael Cole finds it hard to even get a word in during the verbal exchanges, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Fox dumps Naomi out between the ropes where she hits the floor hard, and Cameron shows very little concern. Naomi rallies and gets the victory, bringing Paige up onto the apron to hold her title belt high and offer a handshake. Naomi accepts while Cameron grumps it up over at the table.

Sheamus likes Reigns’ confidence and his intensity but still has a little doubt about what will happen when it’s every man for himself on Sunday. When the Celtic Warrior suggests that it will be magical when he wins the title at Money in the Bank on Sunday, Reigns replies that he doesn’t believe in magic. He believes in Roman Reigns, and so should you.

Match 4 - Bo Dallas vs. Titus O’Neil

As JBL points out, Dallas inspires O’Neil to go on an early rampage by reminding him about how he “fell off his horse” last week on Smackdown. Dallas is able to pull out a quick win to keep his streak alive, and he tells Titus not to stop Bo-lieving.

Triple H has some news for us, but not before he gives us another explanation about how he always does what’s best for business. In this case, it’s having a traditional Money in the Bank contract match on Sunday, with the winner getting a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at a time of his choosing over the next year. We know that Seth Rollins is going to be in it, and he’ll be joined by Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam and Bad News Barrett. The Game also says he knows who will win the match, and it’s the “future of the WWE,” Rollins. We get to see a brief replay of Rollins turning on the Shield a few weeks ago, helping Randy Orton destroy his former friends with a steel chair.Seth hears the “you sold out” chants from the fans, but he simply mocks them for his inability to move on. He claims he took the Shield as high as he could and then dropped the dead weight, and since he created the group, he had every right to destroy it. While he admits the Shield got him this far, it’ll be his solo success that gets celebrated. That brings out RVD, who has a pretty humorous exchange while he reminds Rollins about some of his previous accomplishments. How about he beats HHH’s new golden boy right now? Let’s get a referee out there!

Match 5 - Rob Van Dam vs. Seth Rollins

I’m not sure I like Rollins’ new ring gear, but at least it’s better than having him dress like he was still in the Shield. It also doesn’t help him much in the pre-commercial portion of the match, which is dominated by RVD. It’s more even after the break, though Van Dam hits Rolling Thunder and a springboard DDT. He climbs for the Five Star Frog Splash only to see Rollins roll away. Rollins powerbombs RVD into the corner and hits the Curb Stomp, but Dean Ambrose rushes in to break up the pin. The match is over, and while Ambrose is momentarily restrained by several referees, he breaks away and ends up chasing Rollins away. Dean wants to be put into the Money in the Bank match, threatening that if he isn’t, he’ll be showing up in Boston anyway and he’ll screw up the entire pay-per-view.

Rollins and Triple H huddle about what to do concerning Ambrose. Seth makes an impassioned plea to have Dean in the match so he’s not able to attack unexpectedly. The COO says if this blows up in Rollins’ face, it’s on him, but Seth is confident and Ambrose is in.

Match 6 - Bad News Barrett vs.Dolph Ziggler - Intercontinental Championship Match

Despite Barrett’s assertion that Ziggler got a “miracle” victory against him last week, the Show Off is getting a title shot tonight. Ziggler comes out looking aggressive but ends up taking a hard clothesline that sends him out to the floor.Dolph responds when the action moves back inside the ropes, but his Famouser attempt is countered by the Winds of Change. Ziggler connects with the Zig Zag out of nowhere, but both men are down, and Barrett rolls out to the floor to get a breather. Commercials are next. The two grapplers are still having trouble putting each other away, leading to the obligatory signs of frustration. Ziggler knocks Barrett off the top rope and covers for a near fall. The fans break out the “this is awesome” chant right before BNB delivers the Wasteland for a two count. Barrett misses the Bull Hammer and gets hit with the Famouser, yet he’s still able to kick out at two. Dolph gets another two count with a crucifix roll-up, but the Bull Hammer finds his head right after that, and Barrett finally gets a three count to retain his title.

Renee Young asks an irritated Vickie about her match with Stephanie. It appears Guerrero has finally reached her breaking point. Orton stops by to gloat, pointing out that she never should have given Reigns what he wanted last week. He would say it was nice knowing her, but Randy says they both know that would be a lie.

Match 7 - Vickie Guerrero vs. Stephanie McMahon

Um, this isn’t going to be a regular wrestling match but in a pool filled with something that Steph says smells horrible. The first woman who ends up in the pool loses the match. McMahon calls out Layla, Alicia Fox and Rosa to do her dirty work for her, no pun intended. Vickie flees the ring but is stuck between the proverbial rock and the hard place. Guerrero digs down deep and knocks Rosa into the pool, and she’s soon followed by an over-enthusiastic Layla. Vickie turns the tables on Fox and sends her in too, but Steph strikes from behind and knocks Guerrero into the muck. McMahon officially fires Guerrero and tries to get the fans to sing a goodbye song with her, but Vickie gets the last laugh by summoning her rage and knocking her now-former boss into the pool. She gives a tribute to her late husband as she leaves the stage, perhaps for the final time.

Goldust gets some backstage interview time where denies that Stardust is his brother before being joined by the man himself, singing an off-key rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star.” That makes Goldust fret that he’s now the normal one.

Match 8 - Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston

Kofi’s kicks are neutralized by a Swagger Bomb and some mat wrestling. Kingston powers to his feet for a jawbreaker and manages to send Swagger to the floor, where he eats a somersault plancha. Kofi pulls off a unique flipping cover but ends up in the Ankle Lock right after that. He strains to reach the ropes but can’t quite get there, forcing him to submit.

Alberto Del Rio forces his way into interview time with Young. He reminds us all of his prior successes and vows to walk out Sunday with the belt. Paul Heyman and Cesaro crash the segment, where Cesaro reveals that he can’t talk to ADR because he only knows five languages, and none of them are “Loser.”

Damien Sandow shows up dressed as Abraham Lincoln. He’s more Angry Abe than Honest Abe, I’d say

Match 9 - Abe Lincoln vs. Big E

Apparently “Abe” is going to wrestle in that coat and hat. It matters not, as he’s squashed and pinned with the Big Ending. Big E gives a stirring patriotic speech that it naturally interrupted by Lana, providing a distraction so Rusev can attack without warning. The Accolade is next, drawing the expected boos from the crowd.

You just knew John Cena was going to get to say a few things before the night was over. He seems pretty fired up about the title match on Sunday. It’s probably worth noting that the "PPV" is in Cena’s hometown.

Main Event - John Cena, Sheamus and Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton

Any guesses as to how soon this will degenerate into total chaos? I’m thinking it won’t be long. Cesaro and Wyatt take turns beating up on Cena, and there’s still time for one final commercial break. It’s still Cena struggling after the break, but he manages to tag in Reigns to change the complexion of the match in a hurry. Reigns dishes out superman punches but is caught by a Del Rio Backstabber for a near fall. The heel numbers game wears down Roman until he lands a superman punch on Wyatt. Sheamus finally gets the hot tag and starts unloading on the entire opposing team. The obligatory sequence of rapid fire signature moves breaks out, ending with Sheamus blasting and pinning Cesaro with a Brogue Kick. Right after the final bell, Kane decides to make his way down the ramp. He starts taking apart guys on both teams, bringing Triple H back out to the stage. The Game introduces Kane as the eighth participant in the championship ladder match, though Reigns hits him with a spear to end the show with one final flourish. Enjoy Money in the Bank, and see you in seven!