August 10, 2015
From the Xfinity Arena in Everett, WA
Your hosts are Byron Saxton, JBL, and Michael Cole
Tonight, we will hear from current and former wrestlers as they give their opinions on the Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker match at SummerSlam.
Also, Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper will happen tonight. This is at least their third encounter on RAW in 2015 by the way but they still try to sell it as a huge deal.
Seth Rollins comes to the ring as he welcomes us to “Monday Night Rollins.” We also saw a replay of Rollins kneeing Cena in the face from two weeks ago. Rollins then talks about Cena has not replied since he issued the challenge last week for a title vs. title match at SummerSlam. Rollins wonders if Cena is at home “jamming on the new Dr. Dre album” in an attempt to recreate his rap career then says that he is not “Straight outta Compton” but rather “straight outta action” in a clever line that was not delivered all that great, IMO. Rollins then suggests that Cena forfeit the title like a man at SummerSlam if he does not answer the challenge but even if he does, Rollins says that he will walk out of SummerSlam with both titles anyway. Rollins then points out how Cena will be on “Tough Enough” but how he is not tough enough to be here. Rollins then acts like Cena is here but says he is via satelitte as we get the bit where a photo is on the screen (in this case the WWE.com black-and-white one of Cena after his nose broke) and a mouth is moving in a really awful attempt at comedy. The jokes were just brutal. After Rollins rambles on and on, Cesaro comes out. He looks like a star with his shades and suit and Cesaro reminds us just how much Rollins was rambling then suggests he get a shot at the title by answering the open challenge. Kevin Owens comes out to tell Rollins how Cesaro has done nothing to deserve a title match, pointing out how a fan printing out “Cesaro Section” signs to give to the crowd does not mean you deserve a title shot. Owens points out how both Cesaro and Rollins have yet to beat Cena and as a result, he deserves a shot. Owens then points out how he has it under “good authority” the title shot is his. Rollins then tells them the title is not on the line but Randy Orton interrupts. Orton tells us this is cute, asking Owens if he has put on weight lately. The way that was delivered certainly seemed like it was designed to deliver a message. Orton then says he has earned a title shot tonight. Rollins tells all three guys that “Tom Brady has a better shot at getting a free meal in Seattle” and how he doesnt care what the authority thinks because they are not getting a shot at the title. HHH comes out and tells Seth his choice of words was interesting. He also says that doctors are telling him Cena’s chance to wrestle at SummerSlam are 50/50 at best so tonight, Cesaro vs. Owens vs. Orton will wrestle and the winner gets to face Rollins for the title in the main event. The Cena “comedy” stuff was horrendous. It derailed a mostly solid promo by Seth. The end with the three challengers coming out was fine and they set up a main event for the show while continuing the Cesaro/Owens feud. Overall, it was okay.
Team BAD vs. Team Bella
Before the match, we get an insert promo from Team BAD as they compare the Bellas to the Kardashians. Team PCB is on commentary for this match. Naomi takes down Fox, who comes back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Nikki tags and works an armbar while Becky and Cole have some really awkward banter on commentary. Sasha tags in as the crowd cheers. Team BAD work over Nikki for a minute until Naomi gets caught with a back elbow smash. We head to break then return with Sasha working a chinlock on Nikki, who eventually breaks free and tags her sister. Brie hits a bunch of dropkicks as she runs wild, with the crowd doing the “YES” chants. Tamina comes in and clotheslines here down then takes the rest of Team Bella off of the apron. Tamina tries a super kick but Brie ducks that then gets the win with a rollup (8:58) *1/2. The rest of Team BAD run in to beat on Brie then Team PCB runs in as all teams fight. Charlotte and Sasha are left and stare each other down then their teammates join them while Team Bella poses on the ramp.
Thoughts: This was a really basic match. Brie’s hot tag, while over with the crowd, looked pretty bad. This was the only divas segment tonight and having the three groups constantly fighting is already getting old. They need to start separating a few from the rest of the pack.
Los Matadores w/ El Torito vs. New Day
Xavier Woods is at ringside. Fernando hits Kofi with a dropkick and a hurricarana. Big E tags and runs him over then Kofi tags back in and stomps Fernando in the corner. We see the Prime Time Players watching on a monitor backstage. Xavier keeps talking from the outside as Big E gets a nearfall with a splash. Fernando comes back with a jawbreaker then sidesteps a charge as both men are down. Hot tag to Diego, who runs wild while the crowd stays mild. Xavier moves Kofi out of the way of an attack but gets taken down by a rana from El Torito, with an assist from Fernando. Diego heads back inside but Big E makes a blind tag and catches him with the Big Ending for the win (3:58) **.
Thoughts: Fun match. Diego is an awesome wrestler but unfortunately for him, he is lacking in the charisma department. Los Matadores are talented in the ring and should be paired with the NXT teams on the house show circuit to help get those guys ready. Los Matadores is a dead end gimmick.
We see pics of the Prime Time Players with members of the Seattle Seahawks from Instagram.
The New Day are skipping and singing around backstage when the run into Renee Young. They are delighted to hear that they are going to be at SummerSlam for the Tag Team Title match then pretend to still be happy when learning that its a fatal four-way match, with both Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores included. Kofi adds they might as well add Harlem Heat, Doom, and Men on a Mission to this match. They were all pretty funny here, especially Big E and Xavier.
Rollins is backstage with HHH, who tells Seth that a legacy is not built overnight and that it takes time. He then comforts Rollins by letting him know that he is facing a guy tonight who will have already wrestled on the show. HHH puts over how he overcame Neville, who gave it everything that he had, last week as Rollins then says if Cena can do this each week, he can to as the segment ends.
We get clips from Smackdown with Roman Reigns challenges Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper to face Dean Ambrose and himself at SummerSlam. Wyatt is shown accepting the challenge, saying that he welcomes this war.
Number #1 Contenders Match: Randy Orton vs. Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro
No countouts or DQs here. Cesaro and Owens take turns beating on Owens to start. Owens ducks outside and plays the coward role briefly until Cesaro catches him inside and tries the swing but instead hits a double stomp. Orton hits both guys with a T-Bone suplex then tries a draping DDT on Cesaro, who blocks the move. Cesaro tries to swing Orton but gets pulled outside by Owens then rammed into the post. Owens beats on Orton now in the ring as a “Fight Owens Fight” chant breaks out in the crowd. Orton fights back with a clothesline then poses as the fans cheer. Cesaro comes back in and dumps Orton then follows him outside, only to get dropped on the barricade. They all take turns dropping each other on the barricade until Orton does it to both men then heads back into the ring. He suplexes Owens for a nearfall then Cesaro comes back into the ring and they all hit each other with European uppercuts until Owens sends Cesaro to the floor. Orton hits his backbreaker on Owens but Cesaro comes back with a crossbody for a nearfall on Orton. They slug it out as Orton wins that then tries an RKO, which Cesaro blocks and turns into a crossface. Orton escapes by going outside then Owens knocks Cesaro off of the apron before taking both guys out with a somersault plancha as we head to break. We return with Owens beating on Cesaro in the ring. He hits the cannonball for a nearfall then goes up top as Orton tries to superplex him off. Owens shoves Orton down but gets dropkicked by Cesaro then Owens gets taken down with a double superplex. Cesaro covers but Orton breaks that up as they now slug it out. Cesaro catches Orton with the swing then locks on the Sharpshooter. Cesaro breaks when Owens charges and tries to get him with the swing but gets shoved into Orton in a clunky spot and Owens rolls him up or a nearfall. Orton catches Owens with a powerslam then hits a double draping DDT as the crowd goes nuts for Orton. He sets up or an RKO but Cesaro escapes then Owens pulls Orton out and hits him with a fallaway slam into the barricade. Cesaro then takes Owens out with a tope and kneels on the barricade as he gets the crowd all fired up. Owens rolls through a crossbody for a nearfall but Cesaro catches him with a springboard corkscrew European uppercut for two. The crowd starts a “this is awesome” chant while they battle up top. Owens takes Cesaro down and tries a swanton but Cesaro got his knees up. Ouch. Cesaro charges but gets caught with a super kick. Owens sets up for the pop-up powerbomb but Cesaro leapfrogs him and that allows Orton to hit Owens with the RKO then he hits Cesaro with an RKO for the win (18:10) ***3/4.
Thoughts: Damn good match. No one got buried here but it was clear that Orton was well above both guys in the pecking order. Cesaro did get a decent amount of time to shine and after this you can say that he is above Owens in the pecking order. The finish didnt exactly do much to further along the Cesaro/Owens feud as they both got hit with the RKO at the end.
Dean Ambrose is backstage, telling us he wished that he had a friend growing up so he could play catch and steal cars with them. From there, he talked about getting a friend when he got older because its good to have someone to call when you get arrested in Laredo or any other border towns. I thought that was funny. Roman Reigns cuts him off then talks about how Luke Harper will do anything for Bray but that Bray will not do the same for him. Reigns and Ambrose then show off how much they know about each other to prove that they are actual friends. I liked this segment. They both came off well and and more importantly, came off like two guys you want to cheer.
We get a highlight package some starts past and presents as they talk about the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak then Brock Lesnar as they hype up their SummerSlam match. A good way to build up their match. The actual package did run a bit long.
Dean Ambrose w/ Roman Reigns vs. Luke Harper w/ Bray Wyatt
Ambrose hammers away on Harper to start. He gets a nearfall but Harper catches him with a uranage. Harper roughs up Ambrose then slams him down a few times. The action spills outside where Ambrose hits a running apron elbow smash as we head to break. We return with Harper in control as he slingshots Ambrose into the middle rope. Harper works a chinlock then goes back to slamming him down but eats boot on a charge. Ambrose comes back with a tornado DDT as both men are down. They get up as Ambrose wins a slugfest then gets two with a sunset flip. Ambrose slams Harper after a reversal sequence then sends him over the top rope. They head outside where Ambrose tosses Wyatt over the announcers table. Back inside, Ambrose ducks a discus clothesline and gets a rollup for two. He hits a clothesline then outside, Reigns hits Wyatt with the Superman punch. Harper catches Reigns with a big boot but gets taken out by a tope from Ambrose. Harper rolls inside as Ambrose climbs up top and is able to cut him off then hits a discus clothesline for the win (10:36) **1/2.
Thoughts: Solid match. Harper winning makes sense to continue the feud but kinda shocked that Ambrose jobbed cleanly to him. Well, maybe I shouldnt be shocked about that. Anyway, adding Ambrose and Harper to the mix has saved the Reigns/Wyatt feud from being a disaster.
Miz TV is up now with guest Daniel Bryan. Miz welcomes us to the show then points out actor Stephen Amell, telling him that he will “rebrand” him once Stardust runs through him. He brings out Bryan as the crowd goes nuts, engaging in a long “Daniel Bryan” chant as they all go back and forth until the crowd finally quiets. Bryan sucks up to the crowd, even leading them in a “Seahawks” chant. Miz then asks him about his medical status and how he is not cleared to return to the ring. Miz calls him “the broken old toy on the shelf” that no one wants to play with, even saying that he has never gotten hurt himself while in the WWE. Bryan reminds him that he has kept himself busy buy writing a “New York Times” best selling book and a judge on “Tough Enough.” Miz reminds him that he’s also a judge on “Tough Enough” then segues into Ryback and how he should do the right thing and vacate the Intercontinental Title so he can get it as Miz calls himself the #1 contender. Big Show interrupts and calls Miz a “cross-dressing Jedi manure spreader” before heading to the ring. Who the hell came up with that line? The crowd starts a “please retire” chant aimed at Show, who then yells back at them to find someone who actually can retire him. Ryback’s music then plays and he heads into the ring as the crowd starts a loud “feed me more” chant. Ryback and Show stare each other down then as Miz bailed, Bryan tossed him back inside as he appeared in the middle of both men. Show pushes Miz into Ryback, who returns the favor then takes show down with the Meathook. The crowd goes nuts as Miz is in the ring as Bryan teases that he will go after him but instead Ryback kills Miz with the Meathook then Bryan raises his hand. Good segment that allowed the crowd to go nuts for the hometown star. Good news to see that Ryback is well enough to wrestle again as he was starting to get some momentum as the IC Champ.
We get a video package on Charlotte as she talks about her father, Ric Flair, and we are shown a few clips from here in NXT. After that we are shown the post mach brawl from tonight’s match as we learn at SummerSlam, there will be a three-team elimination match.
Rusev w/ Summer Rae vs. Mark Henry
Lana is on commentary. She tells us that Dolph Ziggler is recovering nicely and will return after SummerSlam. Henry clotheslines Rusev a few times while Summer jumps up on the apron. Rusev catches Henry with a super kick while Lana yanks Summer down. Lana ends up in the ring kneeling in front of Rusev but Summer attacks her from behind as the ref rings the bell for the DQ (1:18) DUD. Rusev sends Henry into the post then after Summer beats down Lana, Rusev orders for her to put Lana in the Accolade and she does. Summer really stretched her out and after that the Bulgarian flag drapes down as Rusev’s face is shown on the flag.
Thoughts: The post match stuff was great. Rusev is one of the best characters on the roster and both Lana and Summer are doing great in their roles as well. Henry should actually retire at this point. He can barely move.
We get a highlight package of Neville nearly beating Rollins last week for the WWE World Title, with comments from Stardust in between.
King Barrett vs. Neville
Amell is shown in the crowd clapping for Neville. Barrett beats on Neville in the corner to start. Neville then fights back from the apron and hits the Red Arrow for the win (1:18) 1/4*. After the match, Stardust attacks Neville then pie-faces Amell. Amell then hops the barricade and runs into the ring and spears Stardust, who walks up the ramp with Barrett.
Thoughts: The match was typical for a Neville match as he basically sells all match until hitting the Red Arrow. However, the post-match stuff between Amell and Stardust was fun, even if Amell’s takedown looked really weak.
A plug for NXT this Wednesday with Bayley vs. Becky Lynch in a #1 Contenders match.
Replay of Amell attacking Stardust. Backstage, HHH is with Amell and Neville. HHH asks Amell if he is okay then reminds him how he is a spectator and lucky he did not get hurt. Amell wants to face Stardust but HHH reminds him how he is “not one of us.” Neville suggests that they team up to face Barrett & Stardust at SummerSlam. HHH says he is done hearing about this then Amell tells him that he is a man and Stardust puts his hands on him, stating he will sign any legal documents to make this match happen. HHH gives in and says his legal team will draft papers tonight then warns Amell not to bring a stunt double. I thought Amell did a great job here, as did HHH. Both guys made this work. From someone who couldn’t have cared less about this heading into night, this segment made me a bit intrigued.
Sheamus is backstage with JoJo. He pondered who he would be rooting for in tonight’s title match then teases that he will cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Not much of a promo here.
WWE World Title Match: Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins (Champion)
Rollins stalls to start the match. He then boots Orton during a lockup and stomps him in the corner. Orton sends Rollins into the corner and tries an RKO but Rollins escapes then slides outside as we head to break. Man, no one at all in the crowd fell for that spot. We return with Rollins working a chinlock. Orton escapes but Rollins sends him back down with a clothesline then a neckbreaker. Orton rolls outside and blocks a dive attempt. Orton comes back with a clothesline. Rollins pulls up on a powerslam attempt but gets caught with a small package. Orton now catches Rollins with a powerslam for a nearfall then Rollins heads outside to grab his belt. Orton follows him out and roughs him up before slamming Rollins onto the announcers table. Rollins gets a rollup for a nearfall then yells at the ref, allowing Orton to roll him up for two. Rollins comes right back with a kick to the face then heads up top. Orton cuts him off as the fans start a “RKO” chant. Orton takes him off with a superplex as both men are down. Orton finally covers but Rollins kicks out. They have a reversal sequence that ends with Rollins hitting Orton with his own draping DDT. Orton blocks a pedigree then hits Rollins with an RKO after he used a springboard dive. That was really mistimed. He covers but Sheamus runs in and drags Orton outside for the DQ (13:34) ***. Sheamus roughs up Orton then hits Rollins with the Brogue Kick as he orders the ref to ring the bell so he can cash in on his title shot but as that happened, Orton came in to hit the RKO as he is left standing tall as the show goes off the air.
Thoughts: The match was good but the booking was garbage. Rollins, the WWE World Champion, was used to further along a Sheamus/Orton feud. With the exception of last week, they have done a great job at making Rollins look pathetic while being the champ. I really dont get it at all.
Final Thoughts: Overall, the show was fine. However, the booking of Rollins as champion was back to being awful again this week. Its really hurting his title reign which at this point should strongly be considered to end soon. They are starting to fill out the SummerSlam card and most of the segments served a purpose and there was a minimal amount of crap. I thought they did a great job at building up Amell’s match tonight. The in-ring action was better here than in the past several weeks too. With SummerSlam less than two weeks, they did a fine job at hyping the show.