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CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 10/6: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Raw vs. NFL Week 5 - The Rock makes a surprise return, Cena main event, last-minute changes, more

Oct 6, 2014 - 10:08:51 PM


WWE Raw TV Results
October 6, 2014 - Episode #1,114
Live in Brooklyn, New York
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor

- The Card: John Cena & Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton & Seth Rollins & Kane in a handicap match, Roman Reigns returns for an injury interview, The Usos & IC champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro & WWE tag champs Rhodes Bros. in a six-man tag match, "Today Show" hosts guest-starring, and Hell in a Cell PPV hype. (Big Show vs. Rusev scratched.)

Live Raw on USA Network

Raw opened with a video recap of Dean Ambrose wreaking havoc last week on Raw.

In the arena, Seth Rollins's music played to bring out Rollins to start the show. Despite The Authority ending last week's Raw standing tall, the announcers acted as if the Ambrose-Rollins situation ended with Ambrose's pranks. Rollins stomped out to the ring angry about what happened with Ambrose last week. Rollins then rolled the "real highlight" of what happened at the end of the show when The Authority stood tall.

Back live, Rollins laughed to himself re-watching the end of Raw. He said that's what happens when he's disrespected. Suddenly, Jamie Noble and Mercury walked down to ringside to try to get Rollins out of the ring. Apparently The Authority wanted to protect Rollins by getting him out of the ring because he's a marked man. Rollins gloated about standing in the middle of the ring with all eyes on him. "Everybody wants a piece of Seth Rollins!" he shouted. He said Dean Ambrose can't wait.

Suddenly, John Cena stormed the ring sans music and chased Rollins out of the ring. Rollins ran into the crowd and laughed at escaping Cena, who stood in the ring. But, Dean Ambrose suddenly walked up to Rollins and casually stood next to him. Rollins turned around like he saw a ghost and Ambrose beat him up. Rollins tried to run back to ringside, but Cena caught him. Ambrose then came flying down onto both Rollins and Cena with a big splash. Rollins got away in the process, leaving Cena and Ambrose to catch their breath ringside.

Suddenly, Triple H's music played to bring out Hunter and Stephanie McMahon on-stage. Stephanie said they are not letting the show dissolve into chaos tonight. She said Rollins's ego over-rode his brain, something Cena and Ambrose know about. Hunter said it sure seems like Cena and Ambrose don't know how to work together, but it's apparent they each want a shot at Rollins.

Stephanie asked the crowd if they want to see Cena and Ambrose get their hands on Rollins. The response wasn't good enough, so Hunter led the crowd in a louder cheer. "Then, if you want it, then we're going to give it to you in that very ring tonight," Hunter said. Hunter booked Cena & Ambrose against Seth Rollins ... and his partner, Kane. Groans. And their partner, Randy Orton. In a handicap match. That let the air of the building. Cena and Ambrose looked each other up and down uneasy having to pair up tonight.

Announcers: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and JBL reset the show, then hyped Big Show vs. Rusev tonight. WWE replayed Show pulling down the Russian flag last Monday on Raw and WWE apologizing (which means they weren't sorry replaying it for the umpteenth time since Raw). Cole then announced a change to Rusev vs. Big Show, saying the match is off and Rusev & Lana will respond to Show's apology on Smackdown. Meanwhile, Show has been sent to "sensitivity training." JBL called it an over-reach.

Backstage: Dolph Ziggler and The Usos were shown preparing for six-man tag action next.

[Commercial Break at 8:12]

[Q2] Raw returned with WWE tag champs Rhodes Bros. posing in and around the ring ahead of a six-man tag match. A siren wailed to bring out Cesaro dressed as Minoru Suzuki for a very brief ring entrance. IC champion Dolph Ziggler came out first for the babyface team before The Usos did their traditional ring entrance.

1 -- IC champion DOLPH ZIGGLER & THE USOS (JIMMY USO & JEY USO) vs. CESARO & WWE tag champs GOLDUST & "STARDUST" CODY RHODES -- six-man tag match

The match started with a ringside scrap. In the chaos, Goldust chucked Jey shoulder-first into the ring steps, causing concern over his ability to continue. Ziggler and Jimmy eventually decided it was a good idea to send Uso back into the ring, where took even more punishment from the heels. Loud "We Want Ziggler" chant from the crowd, but Jimmy tagged in and butt-splashed Cesaro in the corner. But, the heels regained control heading to break.

[Commercial Break at 8:22]

"More of the same here, folks," Cole told the audience back from break, referring to Uso still on the defensive. Uso finally broke free of Goldust and hot-tagged Ziggler. Cesaro also tagged in and took rapid-fire offense from Ziggler in front of a hot crowd. Ziggler slapped on a sleeperhold, but Cesaro broke free. Ziggler hit the Fameasser, though, and chaos broke out.

The Usos flew over the top rope with a double splash to the Rhodes Bros., but Cesaro nearly pinned Ziggler with a surprise uppercut. Stardust then tagged in for Cesaro and surprised Ziggler with a Reverse DDT, but Ziggler kicked out. Stardust could not capitalize, Ziggler blind-tagged Jimmy, and the babyfaces suddenly smashed Stardust with a triple superkick. Uso came off the top with a big splash for the pin and the win.

WINNERS: Team Ziggler at 12:15. Hot opening match breathing life into the show. The triple superkick was a memorable moment leading to the finish.

[Q3] Announcers: Cole hyped WWE's breast cancer awareness initiative. Cole then rolled footage of John Cena appearing on NBC's "Today Show" earlier in the day. Leading to break, Cole hyped Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb appearing on the show. The graphic had the "Today" hosts on a first-name basis, as if Hoda Kotb is a huge deal to warrant a first-name label.

[Commercial Break at 8:33]

Back in the arena, Justin Roberts introduced Adam Rose, the Exotic Express, and Kathie Lee & Hoda. Out came the Exotic Express, then the "Today Show" hosts hanging on each of Rose's arms. The hosts were dressed in Ric Flair-like robes to dress up for the occasion. Already in the ring was a table with champagne and vase. The crowd booed, prompting Kathie Lee to ask what they did. Rose's music kept playing in the background to keep the segment flowing and prevent the boos from taking over the audio. Kathie Lee and Hoda toasted the crowd, then Kathie Lee plugged her own alcoholic beverage.

Kathie Lee asked the crowd if they want to see Hoda do a crazy dance. More boos. Hoda asked for louder music, then Hoda did some sort of awful dance. Suddenly, Kathie Lee spanked Hoda with the wine bottle, so Hoda broke the bottle over Kathie Lee's backside. Rose then took over the segment and asked the hosts to fall into the Exotic Express crowd. Hoda fell back,b ut Kathie Lee didn't. She did on a second request. The Exotic Express then hauled Kathie Lee and Hoda away from ringside.

What was the purpose of this segment again? To plug breast cancer awareness or Spec's deal of the week? (By the way, Spec's mascot is a bunny.)

Suddenly, the Wyatt theme interrupted to a pop. It was the same vignette from last week with Bray talking about fixing Luke Harper and sending him back into the world.

[Commercial Break at 8:43] [Q4...]

[...Q4] In-ring: Bo Dallas was introduced to the ring. Dallas was very upset after being smashed into traveling trunks by Mark Henry last week. Henry, who lost to Bo before smashing Bo backstage, came to the ring scaring Bo out of the ring.


Henry dominate Bo early on. Meanwhile, WWE noted "Kathie Lee & Hoda" are trending right now. Not accompanying the plug was a crawler of the tweets on their segment. Henry then drove Bo to the outside and punished him as the ref began a ten count in the background. Henry wanted World's Strongest Slam into the announce table, but Bo flipped over Henry, scrambled back into the ring, and the ref hit a ten count to give Bo the win over Henry.

WINNER: Dallas via count-out at 1:50. Still unclear what emotion the audience is supposed to have from this program.

Still to come: Roman Reigns appears live on Raw for an interview. Also, Rusev & Lana respond to Big Show pulling down the Russian flag. Plus, the main event of Cena & Ambrose vs. The Authority in a handicap match.

[Commercial Break at 8:52]

Smackdown plug: Smackdown celebrates 15 years this Friday. Maybe viewers thought the 15-year celebration was last Friday to explain the ratings pop.

Earlier Tonight: John Cena and Dean Ambrose tried to play tag with Seth Rollins.

In-ring: Dean Ambrose came out to the ring two minutes before the top of the hour. It wasn't clear what he was out for other to re-hype the main event two hours away. Once in the ring, Ambrose said he couldn't sit backstage any longer because something is really bothering him. John Cena (boos) has been in his space. "And I don't think I like it," he said.

[Q5 -- second hour] Ambrose rolled footage from Smackdown of Cena bailing on Ambrose to go after Rollins in their main event tag match. Back live, Ambrose noted that he told Cena not to give him a reason not to like him. "I'm trying, John," he said. But, before they go to battle tonight, he wants to settle their issues right now.

Cena's music played to bring out Cena on-stage. Cena sold being in a serious mood and the New York crowd picked up the "John Cena Suuuucks" chant during his ring entrance music. Cena took his time playing to fans around ringside while Ambrose waited impatiently in the ring, upsetting Ambrose even more. Ambrose then slowly walked toward Cena as both men listened to crowd noise.

Cena thanked the crowd for their reception (boos). Then, said Dean Ambrose's name to cheers. Cena said Ambrose is the very same Ambrose who launched himself at him earlier today. That Dean Ambrose? (Cheers) Good, because then he agrees with Ambrose's actions then and they're all clear. Cena started to leave, but Ambrose noted he doesn't care about Cena and Cena doesn't care about him. Ambrose said one thing they have in common is they don't care what others think of them. But, he has no problem dropping Cena and taking on The Authority by himself.

Cena's eyes got big and he entered the ring to remind Ambrose the last time he did that, The Authority put his head through cinder blocks and he was out for five weeks. But, he has to admit that Ambrose has something - guts. Guts to say and do whatever he wants. But, there are consequences to that. Cena said he has zero problem dropping Ambrose's ass, too. He warned Ambrose not to give him a reason not to like him.

Ambrose did his mannerisms and looked around the arena selling inner conflict and turmoil before collecting himself to respond. "I'm kinda hungry," Ambrose said. He said he might grab a hot dog on Coney Island, then wished Cena good luck tonight. Ambrose bailed from the ring, leaving Cena dumbfounded. Cena wasn't sure if he doesn't have a tag partner tonight. The announcers wondered if Ambrose is deserting Cena like Cena did to him last Friday on Smackdown.

[Commercial Break at 9:08]

Moments Ago: Dean Ambrose told John Cena that he's leaving to Coney Island. During the commercial, Ambrose was shown hopping on a train and leaving town standing next to common folks. People on the train had no idea what was going on.

Backstage: Triple H awkwardly greeted John Cena. "Kids these days," Hunter said. He asked what Ambrose doesn't get when he gets the chance to main event Raw with The John Cena. That's how he treats John Cena? Hunter sarcastically said he feels bad for Cena, but said there's hope with the whole Cenation behind him. Hunter said three-on-one just doesn't feel right, but Cena said he'll go through Kane and Orton to get to Seth Rollins if he has to. Hunter said admires that resolve and determination about Cena. But, to make sure Cena gets his hands on Rollins, Rollins will have to start the match. Hunter then mockingly read Cena's t-shirt to him: "Keep calm and never give up."


3 -- BRIE BELLA vs. SUMMER RAE (w/Layla)

Back in the arena, Brie Bella was being strapped into a harness. Cole quickly tried to explain what was happening with Nikki Bella booking Brie in a match with one arm tied behind her back. Summer laughed at Brie's plight before the bell sounded. Nikki, standing on the stage, clapped as Summer worked over Brie. But, Brie managed to knock Summer into Layla, then Brie took advantage by smashing Summer for the pin and the win.

Post-match, Brie was unharnessed and led the crowd in "Yes!" chants to taunt Nikki, who bailed from the stage in anger.

Authority Office: Kane surveyed a fruit basket reseting on a table. In walked The Miz and Damien Sandow. Miz said it's an L.A. thing offering a fruit basket to apologize for what happened last week. Kane said he sees right through his or their offer. Miz asked if Kane is too dense to understand the gesture. Kane took exception and booked Miz against Sheamus tonight. Sandow grabbed the fruit basket on the way out.

[Commercial Break at 9:20]

In-ring: Jack Swagger was introduced to the ring with Zeb Colter. Already in the ring was Tyson Kidd sporting his Beats headphones and exchanging glares with his wife, Natalya.

4 -- JACK SWAGGER (w/Zeb Colter) vs. TYSON KIDD (w/Natalya)

More pretend marital issues between Kidd and Natalya early on. Kidd then hid behind Natalya to get the upper-hand on Swagger. On commentary, JBL tongue-in-cheek played this up as a national interest match with Swagger defending America against Canada. Would he be more successful than against Rusev? Kidd went for a top-rope move, but Swagger threw him to the mat and slapped on the Patriot Lock. Kidd reached for the ropes or Natalya, then Swagger pulled him back to center-ring, where Kidd was forced to tap out.

Post-match, Natalya rubbed Kidd's back from the outside to console him while Kidd removed his boot. Kidd clutched his left ankle to sell the Patriot Lock while also glaring at Natalya for not helping him during the match.

WINNER: Swagger via submission at 3:11.

WWE Network Studios: Edge & Christian talked on-camera about their Network special on Smackdown after Raw.

Still to come: John Cena vs. The Authority in a handicap match. Up Next: Roman Reigns interview.

[Q7] [Commercial Break at 9:30]

Back on Raw, Michael Cole stood up at the announce table to introduce Roman Reigns "live via satellite." Reigns was sitting in a dark room. In an obviously pre-taped speech, Reigns said he's feeling better, but would rather be there live in Brooklyn. He said it's only a matter of time until he gets back in the middle of the ring and kicks ass. Strange pause. It's as if they were planning for a loud pop that wasn't there. Reigns finished with some lines about having a positive attitude and being determined to come back strong. Strange pause. "All right," Cole concluded.

[ JC's Reax: So, Reigns has to be making an appearance later in the show, perhaps during the Cena vs. Authority main event, which is why they saved his live appearance? If not, this was terrible. ]

Still to come: Cena vs. The Authority in a handicap match.

[Commercial Break at 9:36]

In-ring: Full ring entrance for Los Matadores. No, this is not Superstars. Out came Diego and Fernando going through the motions of their stage entrance to bring out El Torito. Apparently Torito is in singles action. Slater Gator's music played ot bring out Titus O'Neil and Heath Slater, then Hornswoggle in a Gator mascot suit to face Torito. Again.

5 -- EL TORITO (w/Los Matadores) vs. HORNSWOGGLE (w/Slater Gator)

Torito rear-mounted Swoggle, then Los Matadores slipped Torito their cape to choke Hornswoggle. This went on for a while, prompting a "This is Stupid" chant from the crowd. Slater then got involved and Swoggle accidentally gator-rolled his tag partner. The crowd didn't care and picked up a "Derek Jeter" chant. Torito eventually ended things with a moonsault on Swoggle for the pin and the win.

WINNER: Torito at 2:18.

[Q8] Post-match, Cole tried to own the stupidity by asking if they can move on. To more stupidity, which was another replay of Big Show yanking down the Russian flag. Backstage, Show was shown sucking in his gut standing next to a man on a headset preparing him to listen to Rusev and Lana next.

[Commercial Break at 9:48]

Main Event plug: Bo Dallas gets an IC Title shot against Dolph Ziggler. Cole said it's because of Bo's recent (DQ and count-out) wins over Mark Henry.

In-ring: Rusev and Lana were introduced to the ring for the next segment. In the ring, Lana said today is Russian president Vladimir Putin's birthday. According to Wikipedia, it's tomorrow. Nevertheless, Lana called Americans bigots and committers of hate crimes when they cheered on Big Show pulling down the Russian flag last week.

Rusev took the mic to cut a promo on Big Show in his language, which got the "What?" chant treatment. Rusev said in English that America is nothing and Big Show is afraid of him. "Come on down so I can crush you!" he shouted. No sign of Big Show. He called Show a coward like everyone in the crowd.

Suddenly, The Rock's music played, shocking the crowd. Out came Rock sporting a Brooklyn/Mike Tyson jacket. Cole went nuts on commentary as Rock walked out on-stage going side-to-side posing for the crowd. Rock then marched down to the ring surveying Rusev and Lana before posing in the corner.

Rock hit the ring and posed in one corner just as the Monday Night Football game hit Halftime on ESPN. Rock removed his jacket and sized up Rusev while Lana stood behind her client. Rusev remained dead-locked on Rock, who locked eyes with Rusev. Rock broke from his serious look to a smile when a "Holy S---" chant broke out. Rock then got serious again glaring at Rusev. Long pause.

[Q9 -- third hour] Rock finally spoke. "Rusev. Lana," he said. "Right now, we need you to do two things. Know your role ... (pause for the crowd to shout 'And shut your mouth.')" Rock told a story about waking up at 4:30 a.m. this morning, hitting the gym in Florida, and then hopping on a plane to arrive at the Big Apple. And once The Rock arrived in Queens, he took a cab to Manhattan, he visited Lana's favorite place, the Meat-Packing District, then he swam to Staten Island, and then headed to the Bronx so he could get out and show respect to the Captain by shouting "Derek Jeter." He was one segment late on the "Derek Jeter" chant, but the crowd picked up the chant. Rock had one last borough to visit. He went down Atlantic Avenue, drove up to the Barclay Center, walked down the ramp, got in the People's Ring, and proudly proclaimed, "The Rock has come back to Brooklyn."

"Who do you think you are?" Lana replied. After all, this is the Great Rusev. "You need to ShuTup," she added. Rock told Lana to stop dressing like a Soviet street-walker, which Rusev took exception to. Rusev approached Rock for a rebuttal, gathered himself, and told "you American piece of garbage" that this is his last warning. "Leave now, or I will crush you," he said. Rock wasn't sure about Rusev crushing The Rock, then cracked a joke about Rusev's breath. And, Lana, is beautiful. She batted her eyes. But, it's too bad she's walking around like someone shoved a Smirnoff bottle up her Putin.

Rock went back to Rusev, asking if he really thinks he's going to crush The Rock. "It doesn't matter what you think!" Rock shouted over Rusev's reply. Rock said the reason why Rusev is unbeaten is because he is pretty big and strong. And they don't boo Rusev because he represents Russia, but because they're a couple of world-class, international a-holes. Lana replied by noting Rusev is hungry for a snack. He removed his medal to step up to Rock, who replied with a Jay-Z quote that he would like to re-introduce himself. Rock rapped, then threw a blow at Rusev, rocking him across the ring. Rock spit in his hand and smashed Rock over the top rope to the floor, sending Rusev packing and Lana into retreat mode. Rock closed by shouting into the mic: "If you smell what The Rock is cooking."

[ JC's Reax: A perfectly fine Halftime show performance before Raw goes back to filler leading into the main event. WWE is obviously very high on the Rusev & Lana act by putting them in a spotlight segment with The Rock, whose appearances are saved for very special occasions nowadays. ]

Announcers: Cole reset the show while The Rock took a victory lap around ringside, then shook hands with JBL, Cole, and Lawler. Rock then hopped over the guardrail to greet a few ringside fans before exiting.

Earlier Tonight: Dean Ambrose exited Raw to head to Coney Island, leaving Cena alone for the main event. Back to Rock, who posed on the stage on the way out.

[Commercial Break at 10:13]

[Q10] Back from break, Paige's music played to bring out Paige and Alicia Fox for Divas tag action. A.J. Lee's music played to bring out the Divas champion alone without a tag partner. Emma's music then played and A.J. kind of sighed at having the clumsy Emma as a tag partner.

6 -- Divas champion A.J. LEE & EMMA vs. ALICIA FOX & PAIGE

Naturally, the "C-M Punk" chants started. A.J. half-smiled and started the match against Paige, who woke her up with a slap to the face. A.J. re-focused on the match and knocked Paige out of the ring in response. Emma then tagged in, but did not tag A.J. back in, so A.J. pouted and walked away from the match. Emma lamented doing something wrong, then turned around to take a Fisherman Suplex brainbuster from Paige for the pin and the win.

WINNERS: Paige & A. Fox at 2:48. What a great babyface walking away from a match and her tag partner. This is a mess.

Suddenly, Bray Wyatt's interruption played. This vignette was focused on Erick Rowan, whose innocence was taken from him. Bray said he fixed Rowan and now the kings of this earth who have tormented him no longer have control over him. "I have set him free," Bray said. And now "they" will feel the smoke of his burning. The video closed with a close-up shot of a pregnant woman's belly. "It's Coming" flashed on the belly. So, Erick hides behind the sheep's mask because he's been tormented by demons? Will he be renamed Legion?

[Commercial Break at 10:27]

[Q11] Announcers: Cole and Co. were randomly standing up at the announce table back live. They finally gave Bruno Sammartino a birthday shout-out, giving him second billing behind Vladimir Putin.

In-ring: The Miz's music played to bring out Miz and his stunt double, Damien Sandow, for singles action. Out next was U.S. champion Sheamus to face Miz.

7 -- U.S. champion SHEAMUS vs. THE MIZ (w/Damien Sandow) -- non-title match

Miz warned Sheamus about hitting the money-maker, so Miz slapped Sheamus across the face to wake him up. Sheamus, angered, tried to attack Miz, but Miz smashed him into the corner. Sandow did Miz's kicks and stomps on the outside, acting like a batter taking practice swings in the on-deck circle. Sheamus tried to come back with a Brogue Kick, but Miz ducked and slipped out of the ring. Meanwhile, the crowd picked up a "Damien Mizdow" chant heading to break.

[Commercial Break at 10:34]

Back from break, Miz was working a side headlock. Sandow was also working on an invisible opponent ringside. Miz landed forearm strikes on Sheamus and WWE continued to cut to Sandow mimicking Miz's moves. The crowd chanted Sandow's name, prompting the announcers to wonder if there will be some professional jealousy with the crowd wanting to see the stunt-double. Sandow then cheap-shotted Sheamus, popping the crowd.

Referee Rudy Charles put on medical gloves while Miz went back to a headlock. There was a cut somewhere here. "Sandow's better" chant from the crowd as Sheamus broke free of Miz. Sheamus landed clubbing forearms to boos, then he knee-lifted Miz to more boos. Powerslam, then a set-up for the Brogue Kick, but Sandow pulled Miz out of the ring. Sheamus threw Sandow into the barricade to boos, then Miz rolled Sheamus back into the ring. Sandow ran interference, then Miz rolled up Sheamus from behind for a quick three count. Afterward, Sheamus chased them off with a chair.

WINNER: Miz at 10:20. A semi-regular referendum on Sheamus's bland babyface character.

Announcers: Cole and Co. reset Raw, then re-plugged the breast cancer awareness initiative. Cole introduced a video package on Hulk Hogan appearing on Raw last week to hype the initiative.

Next: Reporter Joan Lunden appears on Raw to discuss her battle with cancer. Included was a recent People Magazine cover photo that included story teasers for Lunden, the Duggars, Kendra Wilkinson, and Princess Kate.

[Q12] [Commercial Break at 10:45]

In-ring: Jerry Lawler was in the ring to recognize women who have fought and conquered breast cancer. WWE showed various women standing on the front row, then welcomed out Joan Lunden. Lunden stood on-stage to thank the crowd and discuss her battle with breast cancer. Lunden hyped early detection, then thanked everyone for their financial, moral, and emotional support. Lunden did a roll call of the women sitting ringside representing breast cancer survivors. Lunden thanked everyone for their support before John Cena walked out on-stage and hugged Lunden. Cena walked her backstage.

Still to come: Cena faces The Authority in a handicap match.

[Commercial Break at 10:52]

Next Week: A reality TV personality named NeNe Leaks is guest-starring on Raw from Atlanta.

Video: Edge & Christian appeared from WWE Studios to plug their special on the Network after Raw. Edge said the good thing is you don't have to listen to "that bag of yogurt" Michael Cole anymore. Cole was silent back live on Raw when John Cena was introduced for the main event. The crowd did the "John Cena Suuuucks" chant over Cena's music, which Cena tried to own by conducting the crowd to the beat.

Once Cena hit the ring, Randy Orton, Kane, and Seth Rollins made separate ring entrances. Rollins has holding the MITB briefcase. Hey, who's the WWE champion, anyways? That guy with the belt.

8 -- JOHN CENA vs. SETH ROLLINS vs. RANDY ORTON & KANE -- handicap match

Cole noted Rollins has been ordered to start this match. Rollins stood in the ring for the epic opening encounter with Cena, then casually tagged in Kane. Apparently this was supposed to be a big spot in the match, but the crowd didn't notice and the match continued with The Authority exchanging tags working on Cena.

[Q13 -- over-run] Rollins eventually tagged in and taunted Cena before slamming him to the mat. Cole mentioned the WWE champion, Brock Lesnar, three hours and two minutes into the show during a recap of Cena's journey from Summerslam to Night of Champions. Cena made his trademark comeback on Rollins, then suplexed him to the mat. Five Knuckle Shuffle, then an AA tease, but Kane hit the ring and big-booted Rollins. Apparently that was vicious-enough for yet another DQ finish to a Raw main event.

WINNER: Cena via DQ at 4:40.

Post-match: Kane chokeslammed Cena, then Orton taunted the crowd before teasing the RKO on Cena. But, Dean Ambrose's music interrupted. Out came Ambrose driving a hot dog cart on stage. Ambrose popped the umbrella on the cart, then wheeled it down to ringside. JBL asked how Ambrose got the cart back on the subway, then Ambrose ate a hot dog as The Authority stalked him. Ambrose had ketchup and mustard bottles in his pants, which he sprayed on Orton and Kane.

Ambrose charged the ring and attacked Rollins while two men covered in ketchup and mustard hit the ring. But, Cena fought them off before Ambrose splashed the heels on the outside. Ambrose chucked hot dog condiments onto Rollins before grabbing giant hot dog tongs, which he utilized on Rollins's balls. Kane saved Rollins (and his men) before Cena dropped Kane with an AA back in the ring.

Rollins high-tailed it away from ringside, then Cena and Ambrose were left standing alone in the ring. Cena kind of laughed at what the heck happened, then Triple H's music played. Hunter and Stephanie walked out on-stage and Hunter noted the "impressive mess." Hunter said they still want to fight Seth Rollins, but first they will have to fight each other. He booked Cena vs. Ambrose at Hell in a Cell, which got a light reaction. The winner will get Seth Rollins inside Hell in a Cell. Another light reaction.

Stephanie said either way, Ambrose or Cena will go straight to hell. Another light reaction. Hunter's music played, then Ambrose kicked Cena and face-planted him with a Mick Foley double-arm DDT. Ambrose's music played again and he posed on the ring ropes toward The Authority. Cole noted they have a long way to go until Dallas for Hell in a Cell, but the winner of Cena vs. Ambrose gets Rollins in the Cell. Raw signed off eight minutes past the top of the hour.

FINAL THOUGHTS: So Much Filler. Remove The Rock from this show and it's just like the previous few weeks with meaningless, filler, or repeat content. There is no sense of urgency or awareness to make changes within this company. Most telling was how little reaction there was to the Hell in a Cell announcement at the end of the show. The crowd seemed taken out of the show by that point, but the program doesn't feel PPV main event-worthy as a replacement for the WWE champion, Brock Lesnar.

Another take-away from the show are the two pretty significant last-second changes. WWE advertised Big Show vs. Rusev all the way until the Raw pre-show, then dropped the match once Raw started in favor of Rock's surprise segment with Rusev and Lana. The other big one was that, yes, that was all they had for Roman Reigns. Again, all the way until the pre-show, they were advertising a "live, in-ring appearance" by Reigns. Instead, it was an oddly-taped, unmemorable studio interview with Reigns. It points to how many last-minute decisions are made on Raw booking week-to-week.


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He hosted the weekly Pro Wrestling Focus radio show on KFAN in the early 1990s and hosted the Ultimate Insiders DVD series distributed in retail stories internationally in the mid-2000s including interviews filmed in Los Angeles with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara and Matt & Jeff Hardy. He currently hosts the most listened to pro wrestling audio show in the world, (the PWTorch Livecast, top ranked in iTunes)


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