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Raw: Cena makes his case while the Bella saga drags on in Des Moines
By NICK TYLWALK - SLAM! Wrestling


Whether you spell it Labor Day or Labour Day, I hope everyone had a great holiday. Now it's time to get back into our weekly routine as Raw hits Des Moines. I'm not even sure what to plug, so let's just get to the action, live on USA.

Welcome to Raw is Jericho, and to a great way to start out any show: with the Highlight Reel. He’s expecting Randy Orton as a guest, but he gets the whole Authority instead: Orton, Kane,, Triple H and Seth Rollins. Chris says he didn’t expect the law firm of Sellout, Suck-Up and Schnoz. The Game says he’d like to swap insults with Jericho, and they do, for a bit. But he has business to attend to, saying he’s about to make this the most historic Highlight Reel in history. After reviewing the John Cena-Brock Lesnar match multiple times, he’s come to the conclusion that it might not be best for business for there to be a rematch. HHH is contemplating naming a new number one contender, and when Jericho tries to inquire who it might be, Orton, Kane and Rollins all make their cases. Jericho wants in on this too, but here comes Cena to express his displeasure with the whole deal. Mostly, he’s upset about the fact that he exercised his rematch clause, and if he doesn’t get it, he’ll see Trips in court. Hunter doesn’t think Cena being champ is best for business, but he also doesn’t think having John suffer a career-ending injury is any better. Orton and Jericho get into a little back and forth, during which Roman Reigns’ name is invoked. Here comes Reigns, possibly to take exception to the fact that Orton said that if he was here right now, Randy would drop him where he stands. Roman says all of the heels have reasons not to want to see him there, but he believes his name belongs in the title picture discussion. Since each guy thinks he’s the man, Triple H says he’ll give them all a chance to prove it in ... a six-man tag match.

Match 1 - Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus vs. The Miz and Sheamus

Cesaro mocks Ziggler by hitting repeated elbow drops, while Miz just makes a mockery of the match in general by having a makeup artist do some work on him during the match. His stunt double, Damien Mizdow, is also at ringside. None of that stuff saves him from about 15 shots to the chest and a rolling senton for two. Cesaro tags in and hits a big dropkick right as we break for commercials. Miz gets some more makeup work as the fans chant for Ziggler. Sheamus hits a shoulder off the top rope to stop the heels’ momentum, and Ziggler receives the hot tag to face Miz. Dolph nearly gets the pin with a jumping DDT, but Cesaro arrives in the nick of time. Mizdow tries tagging in, and the momentary distraction he provides gives Miz the opportunity to hit the Skull-Crushing Finale and get the win.

Hey, let’s watch the painful Bella segment from last week again. Aaaaaahhhhhhh ... To make matters worse, Nikki gets a segment to talk about some of her beef with Brie from high school.

Match 2 - Layla, Summer Rae and Naomi vs. Rosa Mendes, Cameron and Eva Marie

Well, this one doesn’t last very long before all six women hit the ring at once and the ref throws the match out. It’s almost like they just wanted to promote Season 3 of Total Divas or something. Oh, wait a minute ...

A replay of last week’s handicap match pitting Rollins and Kane against Reigns is shown. In case you forgot, all three men are in the six-man main event later tonight. You probably didn’t forget that though, as the match was just made a few segments ago.

Match 3 - Mark Henry and Big Show vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan

Henry takes it to Rowan in the opening minutes, but Harper tags in and hits a kick so hard that it forces a commercial break. Okay, maybe that was scheduled. Big Show gets tagged in, but he goes out hard to the floor and barely beats the ten count to return to the ring and keep the match going. Rusev and Lana come down the ramp and watch, which brings a “USA” chant from the crowd. Harper wins a battle of chops with Big Show and hits a kick to the head to earn a near fall. Impressively, Rowan picks up and slams Big Show to get another two count. Rowan goes for another, but Show counters with a DDT. The tag is made to Henry, who picks up and slams Harper to force a save from Rowan. Henry goes for the win, but Rusev enters the ring and uses a superkick to drop Henry and get the match thrown out. The Wyatt boys try returning to the ring with chairs, but Big Show is having none of it.

Man, we’re going to have to keep watching these “Growing Up Bella” segments, aren’t we? Thank goodness you only have to read about them and not watch them. Also, no NFL team has signed Michael Sam yet, so the WWE invited him to Raw next week. Wait, what? Next up, a video to recap how we got to this point in the Lesnar-Cena rematch saga. That makes as good a segue as any to Paul Heyman coming out to talk about overcompensatory behavior on the part of Cena. He’s certain that John is going to look great for the next three weeks, including in tonight’s main event, but he says it means nothing.

Match 4- Jack Swagger vs. Curtis Axel

After messing with Swagger last week, Bo Dallas is out on stage -- and he’s not alone, bringing three people with him and seating them behind him. Swagger tries a Swagger Bomb, and when Axel tries preventing it by sticking his foot up, he ends up in the Patriot Lock. Axel quickly taps out, but Dallas wants to introduce Swagger to three of the people Jack let down with his loss at SummerSlam. There’s Richie the farmer, who bet all of his money on Jack and lost his money, Angelo, who was so distraught that he failed his citizenship test and is being deported to Italy, and Jennifer, who says her son now wants to be like Vladimir Putin. But Swagger can still turn it around if he will just Bolieve.

Match 5 - Adam Rose vs. Titus O’Neil

The Exotic Express actually looks a little concerned as O’Neil throws Rose around in the early going, though the bunny messes with Heath Slater until he gets shoved down. The bunny uses a double-leg takedown to take Rose to the floor, the sight of which gives Rose a chance to roll up O’Neil for the pin. Rose and the bunny join forces to throw Slater into the steel steps after the bell, and JBL promises to save his final Clothesline From Hell for the bunny.

There’s another Growing Up Bella segment talking about how Brie almost failed out of high school until Nikki took one of her final exams in her place. Seriously?

Match 6 - Rusev vs. Zack Ryder

Lana takes a shot at Labor Day, while Ryder takes a shot at Rusev. Needless to say, neither works out that well. After a quick submission win, Rusev’s celebration is interrupted by the arrival of Henry. Rusev bids a hasty retreat, earning him some chiding from the World’s Strongest Man. Henry promises to make Rusev the first inductee into the new international wing of the Hall of Pain.

Triple H and Stephanie get all mushy with each other about something Stephanie is about to announce to help Nikki Bella. Oh boy. Both women head to the ring, where a sympathetic Steph gives Nikki a title shot at the Divas Championship. Brie comes out, and Stephanie won’t even allow her to use the Bella entrance music. She wants to know if Nikki has been telling lies just to get a title match. To add to the fun, AJ Lee comes and joins the twins as well. She reminds McMahon that she’s the number one contender and should be the only one getting a shot, especially since she doesn’t play well with others. The actual champ, Paige, hits the ring as well. Nikki ignores her and says she’ll forgive Brie under one condition: she has to quit the WWE. Nikki goes off on her sister, leading Brie to smash her into Paige, knocking both of them down. AJ tries leaving with Paige’s belt, but Stephanie makes her give it back.

Bray Wyatt cuts a promo that I miss because my wife is yelling at me for forgetting to close the bedroom door. I tell her I wanted her to enjoy Raw too.

Match 7 - Jimmy Uso vs. Goldust

Jerry Lawler says Stardust reminds him a little bit of Frank Gorshin. True, but you’re dating yourself with that reference King! The Dust Brothers attempt to apologize, but that only leads to fisticuffs. It’s all Jimmy early, but that changes once Stardust interferes, and it’s not long until Jimmy gets caught and pinned by the Final Cut. Stardust takes a chair to Jey Uso’s injured left knee after the bell.

Here’s a promo for Season 3 of Total Divas. The King is excited for an apparent Summer Rae wardrobe malfunction. Backstage, Henry and Show talk about Rusev, and he gets his partner’s blessing to take care of this particular business before they go back to their tag team title pursuit.

Main Event - John Cena, Roman Reigns and Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins, Kane and Randy Orton

Triple H and Stephanie watch intently from ringside. Orton and Reigns start the match, though the fans immediately start chanting for the hometown boy, Rollins. Seth, however, wants no part of his former teammate, and he ducks out of the ring before another commercial break. Reigns is finally worn down, but he manages to tag in Jericho to battle Rollins. Chris hits a Lionsault and applies the Walls of Jericho, but all of the other men are quickly in to hit their signature moves. Jericho almost pins Rollins, who returns the favor after an enzuigiri. We return to find that Cena still hasn’t been tagged into the match. At least he’ll be fresh if he ever gets in! Rollins goes up top, but he gets caught in mid-air by a Jericho dropkick. Kane tags in and prevents Jericho from reaching his corner. Y2J recovers from his extended beating to hit a cross body on Orton, and while the Viper tags out to Kane, Cena finally gets his chance to unleash the fury. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Kane, then tags in Reigns to finish him off with a spear. Meanwhile, Cena goes down to get in the faces of the Authority, and when Rollins tries jumping him from behind, John delivers a message with an AA on the announce table. The show ends with some rare promotion for next week’s show. See you in seven!