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RAW: John Cena and Roman Reigns team up heading into Battleground
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Battleground is this Sunday, and man does it feel early. Is it just me or does it feel like Money in the Bank just happened? Anyway, with these "go home" shows, we should full expect to see variations of this Sunday's card. Like John Cena teaming up with Roman Reigns and facing Kane and Randy Orton for example.

Speaking of the champ, John Cena kicks off the show from Richmond, Virginia. The WWEWHC begs the audience at home to order the WWE network, before mentioning that this Sunday he can lose the title without being pinned. Reigns makes his way out the crowd to ring. Cena thanks Roman for his help last week, but Sunday is every man for himself. Cena says they have to make it to Sunday, though, so tonight, they should take care of the Authority. Cena wants Roman one on one. Dean Ambrose breaks in from the Titantron, telling them that he is teaming with them to take on Orton, Kane and Seth Rollins. Ambrose should have come to the ring, though, as he is jumped by the Authorities lackeys backstage. Orton, Kane and Rollins delivers a savage backstage beating. Even after the beating, Ambrose taunts Rollins, only to get curb stomped on a shipping crate.

Match #1 - Sheamus vs. The Miz

I think everyone who touches a microphone, tonight, is required to mention the WWE Network. Miz says he will win the Intercontinental Title Battle Royal, while tonight his face, A.K.A. the money maker, will be on the Titantron during this match. Miz ducks a Brogue Kick in the corner, causing Sheamus to get hung up in the ropes. Miz rolls him up and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: The Miz

After beating down Ambrose, Orton and Kane disagree over who has who back, when Triple H steps in and tells them they need to trust each other and take care of business, tonight. Steph then takes care of business with her man. UGH! Get a room you two!

Match #2 - Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango

If you missed Smackdown on Friday, Fandango got dumped by Layla and Summer Rae, so tonight he is dancing solo. During the match, Layla and Summer Rae start dancing on the announce table, once again giving Jerry Lawler the best seat in the house. The distraction allows Ziggler to hit the famous-er and cover for the win.

Winners via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

The girls hit the ring after the bell, confusing Ziggler, who decides to accept his new dance partners, as Fandango sits in the corner. I

I guess Damien Sandow was sick of dressing up in costumes every week, because he quit and is now working for Sonic. Adam Rose and his rosebuds chastise Sandow for being a lemon and rolls him into a wall. (If you're not familiar with Sonic, it's like a an old fashioned drive-in where they bring your food to your car wearing roller skates.)

While performing their entrance, the Usos and jumped by Harper and Rowan. They beat them down the ramp and then isolate Jimmy in the ring. The slam him into the mat and stand tall over him.

Cole is in the ring to mediate a debate between Lana and Zeb Colter. Of course, Rusev and Jack Swagger are also in the ring. Colter is still looking for a response to the challenge he issued for Rusev to take on Swagger. Lana still doesn't answer, calling Americans stupid. The crowd shouts her down. After a rebuttal, Zeb straight up asks Rusev if he will face Swagger. I think Rusev accepts. Zeb verbally goes after the two of them, again, and Rusev moves in, but Swagger catches him with a spear and then is able to apply the Patriot Lock. Rusev is able to get to the ropes and escape.

Back in the locker room, Cena tries to inspire Reigns to trust him.

Match #3 - RVD vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio picks up the win after countering a Five Star Frog splash by getting his knees up and then locking the cross arm breaker. RVD taps.

Winners via submission: Alberto Del Rio

Stephanie McMahon walks out on stage to taunt Nikki Bella about Brie abandoning her. Steph informs her that once again she will have to wrestle a handicap match since Brie is no long on the roster.

Match #4 - Nikki Bella vs. Cameron and Alicia Fox - 2 on 1 Handicap Match

If Cameron is involved, is this really two on one? It's more like one and a half on one. Nikki nearly gets a pin after a lateral press off the ropes, but Alicia kicks out. Alicia then rips Nikki off the turnbuckle and gets the pin after hitting her new finisher.

Winner via pinfall: Alicia Fox and Cameron

The rumors were true! Sting is with the WWE! Well, he's in the new WWE 2K15 video game, as a pre-order bonus.

Backstage, Orton wants to make sure Hunter is okay with Kane. Hunter calls him a pawn, but he's their pawn. Orton just wants to make sure there isn't a plan B.

I can't even describe the interaction that just happened between Stardust and Goldust.

Match #5 - Cesaro vs. Big E w/ Kofi Kingston

Cesaro comes to the ring alone; rumor has it that he has fired Paul Heyman. Cesaro opens with an overhead belly to belly throw. Big E answers by planting Cesaro into the mat and then knocking him off the apron into the security barrier. Cesaro answers by flapjacking E into the crowd. Back in the ring, Cesaro hits a power bomb, but can't get the pin. E responds with a belly to belly suplex and follows with a splash. E pulls down the straps, but Cesaro rolls out of the ring. He grabs a chair, but Kofi is able to steal it away. This allows Big E to hit the Big Ending and pin Cesaro.

Winner via pinfall: Big E

Chris Jericho hits the ring, and he is happy to be back. Jericho says he has seen it all, but he has never seen anything like Bray Wyatt. He doesn't know why Bray has his sights set on him, but he is willing to crazy at Battleground. Bray offers up his usual ramblings as an answer, but wants to know if Jericho is afraid of the dark. The lights go out, and when they come back, Rowan and Harper are in the ring. Jericho ducks a big kick and is able to escape. Until Bray jumps him atop the ramp and delivers the Sister Abigail.

Match #6 AJ Lee vs. Eva Marie

Paige joins the announce team and calls AJ her "Frenemy". AJ is able to lock in the Black Widow and Eva taps.

Winner via submission: AJ Lee

After the match, AJ sits atop the announce table and has a very civil conversation with Paige.

Kane tells Hunter he doesn't trust or like Randy Orton. Steph tells them that's part of business; working with people you don't like. The best thing for business is for the WWE WHC to come back to the Authority.

Bo has issued an open challenge which mean one thing; here comes Khali.

Match #7 Bo Dallas vs. The Great Khali

I really hate being right. Bo hits Khali with the Bodog off the apron onto the floor and gets Khali counted out.

Winner via count out: The INSPIRATIONAL Bo Dallas

After the match, Bo tells Khali not to get down, but Khali doesn't want to hear it and chops him in the face. Bo runs to the back.

Seth Rollins tells the Authority he doesn't think Kane or Orton will be able to get along on Sunday. Hunter assures Rollins that he knows what plan B is. Paul Heyman drops in and offers a fool proof plan C, if Hunter wants to talk to him.

The Nature Boy is in the house! Renee Young wants Flair's thoughts on the Fatal Four-way at Battleground. Flair backs Cena, but Roman Reigns comes to the ring instead. Flair wisely leaves the ring, after shaking Reigns' hand.

Match #8 Roman Reigns and John Cena vs. Randy Orton, Kane and Seth Rollins - 3 on 2 Handicap Match

Dean Ambrose has been taking to the hospital after the beating he received earlier in the show, but come on, we all know he is showing up. Cena starts off against Rollins, but Reigns tags himself in. He goes toe to toe with Kane, nailing a head butt and then the ten punch in the corner. Kane answers with a clothesline. Reigns goes up top and connects with a flying forearm.

After a break, Reigns and Kane are trading blows in the middle of the ring. Reigns shoots off the ropes and hits a cross body; both men hit the mat. Kane tags in Rollins as Cena also gets the tag. Cena hits the five knuckle shuffle, but Kane breaks up the Attitude Adjustment. Cena breaks Rollin's sleeper hold, but then gets kicked in the gut. Reigns gets the hot tag after Cena counters a vertical suplex from Rollins. Reigns takes out the heel corner and then hits Orton with the running drop kick on the outside. Reigns takes out Kane with the superman punch and hits Orton with a Samoan drop. Reigns looks for the spear, but Kane cuts him down from behind. Kane ignores the refs order to leave the ring and the ref is forced to call for the bell. The fight continues, though, as Cena climbs back into the ring.

Winner via DQ: Roman Reigns and John Cena

The champ spills Kane over the top rope and goes to work on Randy Orton. Cena counters the DDT with a back body drop; Orton lands on the apron but is knocked to the floor when Cena sidesteps a charging Kane. The big red machine decks Orton. Cena looks for the AA on Kane, but Orton makes the save. Reigns charges Orton, who dodges it as Kane tosses Cena into the firing line. Reigns drills Cena and then turns into a big boot from Kane. Orton gets to his feet and drops Kane with an RKO. Orton celebrates atop the turnbuckle, but is then speared by Roman Reigns, who stands tall in the ring to end the show.

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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627