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RAW NEWS: What Happened After Raw Went Off Air, Batista discusses TV return, Bryan's explanation, get-away car, MLK, more

Jan 20, 2014 - 10:50:37 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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WWE Raw TV news & notes 1/20

- After Raw went off the air, Damien Sandow came out to confront John Cena. Sandow said he's sick and tired of catchphrases, then said his own catchphrase. Sandow said he wants to end the Cena Era, but took an Attitude Adjustment to close the show. [ Thanks to Ben Tucker ]

- Batista returned to WWE TV for the first time in four years by (a) confronting WWE World Hvt. champion Randy Orton in the opening segment and (b) giving Alberto Del Rio a Batistabomb later in the show.

WWE then released a backstage interview with Batista talking about being nervous returning to WWE TV. Batista also played up his storyline quest to win the Royal Rumble match and capture the WWE World Title to be Undisputed champion. [ Video HERE ]

- Daniel Bryan's storyline explanation for dumping the Wyatts last week is that he had a plan to infiltrate the group by becoming one of them. Then, he sprung on Bray Wyatt when he had the chance in the steel cage at the end of last week's Raw.

- Raw closed with John Cena chasing WWE champ Randy Orton out of the building, where Orton escaped via a get-away car driven by an unknown driver.

- Brock Lesnar returned to Raw TV to go face-to-face with Big Show ahead of their match at the Royal Rumble PPV. Show again manhandled Lesnar, who was accompanied by Paul Heyman.

- The Authority (Triple H and Stephanie McMahon) appeared on Raw TV for the first time in 2014 to set the stage for Batista's TV return and reprimand Orton for attacking John Cena, Sr. last week on Raw.

- Throughout Raw, WWE ran video tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on MLK Day in the U.S. [ Video URL: http://youtu.be/I2EH-ceNvMo ]

- Announced for Wednesday's Main Event: R-Truth vs. Damien Sandow.

- Announced for Friday's Smackdown: Big Show & Rey Mysterio vs. The Real Americans.


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