WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 10/27: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Hell in a Cell fall-out, Cena vs. Rollins, Ambrose responds to Bray Wyatt, two title matches, Hulk Hogan, more
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WWE Raw TV Results
October 27, 2014 - Episode #1,117
Live in San Antonio, Texas
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
- The Card: Hell in a Cell PPV fall-out, John Cena vs. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro, Rhodes Bros. vs. Big Show & Mark Henry for the Tag Titles, A.J. Lee vs. Alicia Fox for the Divas Title, Hulk Hogan appearing, and more.
Live Raw on USA Network
Raw opened with a video package highlighting the Hell in a Cell matches last night - John Cena beating Randy Orton to become #1 contender to the WWE World Title and Bray Wyatt costing Dean Ambrose his Cell match against Seth Rollins.
Live in the building, Raw opened with Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, and Kane already in the ring. Stephanie was "having fun" smiling it up for a reason to be announced. Steph hyped HIAC last night and claimed to have delivered more than people's money's worth of ... $9.99. Hunter said he will admit that it was a bittersweet night when Randy Orton lost to John Cena, but their man, Seth Rollins, is quickly becoming the standard-bearer for WWE.
Dramatic intro for Rollins, who limped out on-stage holding his MITB briefcase. Rollins was flanked by Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble on his way to the ring. Michael Cole noted Rollins beat Ambrose with help from an "eerie competitor," Bray Wyatt. JBL added that if not for Bray, Rollins probably would not have won last night.
In the ring, Steph asked for a stronger reception for Rollins, which generated more boos. "You sold out" chant for Rollins, who laughed it off. Rollins sarcastically thanked the crowd for their reception, then smiled and said that Dean Ambrose is finally out of his hair once and for all. "Ambrose is no longer a thorn in my side," Rollins boasted. Rollins said that madman should be institutionalized. Now that he's done with Ambrose, he sees the man who "soundly defeated" Randy Orton last night (John Cena). The crowd chanted Ambrose's name, but Rollins said he's done with that man and moving on to John Cena.
The crowd picked up a dueling chant for and against Cena, prompting everyone in the ring to wait it out. "Blah blah blah," Rollins said. Rollins said he's going to see John Cena later tonight and then leave him in a puddle of his own failure, just like Dean Ambrose last night. Rollins's music played, then The Authority (minus Orton) posed in the ring.
Cue up Orton's music interrupting the curtain call. Orton stomped - more like fast-walked like a crazyman - down to the ring as Hunter tried to keep everyone organized. Orton ran down Rollins, then had a little question. Well, more like a rant. Without taking a break. Orton said maybe he lost to Cena last night because of Rollins's finisher last week on Raw. He credited Seth for having one heck of a finisher, then said perhaps he'll check himself into anger management like in 2006. His next target was The Authority for not handling Rollins. Mid-sentence, Orton jumped across the ring and attacked Rollins, who laughed after Orton was pulled back.
Hunter tried to calm down Orton, who shouted back, "I'll calm down when he's dead!" Hunter told the crowd to shut up with their RKO chants, then Hunter told Orton to take the night off (boos from the crowd), get on the bus, get a drink, and let them handle this another night. Suddenly, Orton slipped past the defense and dropped Rollins with an RKO in the middle of the ring. Orton ran right out of the ring as Hunter sold being frustrated and angry standing in the ring. Stephanie got in Hunter's ear to offer her input, then Joey and Noble helped Rollins to his feet. Hunter wiped his mouth in frustration, then tried to stabilize Rollins, who stumbled out of the ring. Rollins was helped to the back as the announcers plugged Cena vs. Rollins in the main event tonight. Fortunately he has two hours and 45 minutes to recover.
Still to come: Hulk Hogan on Raw and Rhodes Bros. vs. Big Show & Mark Henry for the Tag Titles.
[Q2] [Commercial Break at 8:15]
Back from break, Goldust and Cody Rhodes were doing their pre-match routine ahead of their title defense. Big Show's music then brought out Show by himself. The music changed to Mark Henry's theme to bring out Henry joining Show on-stage. Show was in a good mood tonight despite tapping out to Rusev last night at the PPV.
1 -- WWE tag champs RHODES BROS. (GOLDUST & "STARDUST" CODY RHODES) vs. BIG SHOW & MARK HENRY -- WWE Tag Title match
Henry tossed Goldust across the ring early on, so Goldust tagged in, only to take a frying pan-like chop from Big Show. Show and Henry worked over Cody in their corner, then Henry played into "Sexual Chocolate" chants by shaking his hips before butt-splashing Cody in the corner. Lots of fun from Show and Henry early on. But, Henry playfully took exception to Show slap-tagging him into the match. Henry then slap-tagged in and Show took exception. Commence argument heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 8:24]
Back from break, Goldust was working on Show, but Show responded with sideslam into a modified Indian Deathlock. But, Cody broke up the hold while Henry stood on the ring apron. Show then rolled over to his corner to tag in Henry. Henry delivered some offense, but Cody clipped Henry to take out his left knee. The tag champs began working on Henry while Show tried to rally with a "Sexual Chocolate" chant.
[Q3] Cody dropkicked Henry across the ring right into Big Show, who tagged in for Henry. Show cleaned house, then delivered a flying headbutt to Cody. Show wanted the KO Punch, and he connected on Cody. But, Goldust entered the ring, so Show discarded him. Show could have pinned Cody, but Henry entered the ring wanting his shine. Show turned to have a discussion, but Henry grabbed Show and delivered World's Strongest Slam. Henry then put Cody on top of Show for the pinfall.
Post-match, Henry paced the ring with a scowl on his face. Henry then shouted down at the tag champs, telling them to get the heck out of here. Henry then returned to face Show, who slowly got to his feet. Henry then lifted Show in the air for another World's Strongest Slam. Henry told Show that no one chops him. Henry wasn't done. He waited for Show to get up and he delivered a third WSS. Henry puffed out his chest, kicked Show, then delivered a giant splash to put an exclamation mark on his work.
"That's ... what I do!" Henry shouted on the way out. Henry then trash-talked fans on the way out as his music played. WWE reinforced the turn with replays of events during the match, then a look at Henry's multiple Slams after the match. WWE returned to a final shot of Henry yelling toward the ring that he's got more where that came from.
WINNERS: Rhodes Bros. at 11:06 to retain the Tag Titles. And there's the heel turn.
Up Next: Randomly, they're going to try another Roman Reigns exclusive interview.
[Commercial Break at 8:36]
Announcers: Cole, Lawler, and JBL were shown on-camera. Cole said they're going to get a health/injury update on Roman Reigns, but first a video package on Reigns. Cole called him "the juggernaut." Back live, Cole welcomed in Reigns appearing "via satellite." Reigns said he feels great, is getting stronger, and is tired of being on the sideline. "I'd do anything to be there in San Antonio," he said. Asked about Ambrose vs. Rollins last night, Reigns said he knew it would be carnage. He said Ambrose is his boy, while Rollins is a scumbag weasel. Reigns sent a direct message to Rollins that when he's medically cleared, he will make him the past. Zoom in on Reigns. "Believe that," he said.
[ JC's Reax: The presentation was better than the previous attempt at a sit-down interview with Reigns, but the character still comes across robotic leaning on a few canned lines to get a reaction. This is not his strength. ]
In-ring: Divas champion A.J. Lee was introduced to the ring for the next title match on the other side of the break.
[Commercial Break at 8:42]
[Q4] Back from break, Alicia Fox was in the ring. Paige, who lost to A.J. last night and then slapped Fox after the match, was ringside on commentary.
2 -- Divas champion A.J. LEE vs. ALICIA FOX -- Divas Title match
Paige said it's not her fault she didn't win the Divas Title last night. She blamed "her bestie," Fox, then claimed she didn't rough up Fox by slapping her after the match. She just had a bad day, that's all. In the ring, Fox started off in control of the match. A.J. fought back with elbow strikes, but Fox grabbed a headlock to wear down Lee. A.J. broke free with a lift-up DDT, though. A.J. then finished off Fox to retain.
Post-match, Paige sold being glad that Fox did not win the title, as she would rather win the title herself than see her "bestie" win. Fox took exception, so Paige smashed her, then smashed her out of the ring. On the outside, A.J. whipped Fox into the guardrail until refs came down to check on Fox.
WINNER: A.J. at 3:38 to retain the Divas Title. Two title matches, two sets of mid-card champions rendered afterthoughts to heels behaving badly.
Announcers: Cole and JBL talked on-camera about Roman Reigns wanting a piece of Seth Rollins when he is cleared to wrestle again. He noted Reigns accused Rollins of hiding behind other people, which set up a look at Rollins beating Ambrose last night after Bray Wyatt got involved.
Still to come: Ambrose vs. Cesaro in singles action.
Up Next: John Cena addresses becoming #1 contender in the top of the hour segment.
[Commercial Break at 8:53]
John Cena Address
Back from break, John Cena's music played to bring out Brock Lesnar's next WWE World Title opponent. Cena did his standard ring entrance, then addressed the crowd. He noted the fans seem excited for some sort of championship banner (referring to the NBA World champ San Antonio Spurs)."Indeed, Go Spurs Go," Cena said to a pop. Cena said last night was also epic. He said it might not have been the last chapter in his feud with Randy Orton (silence), but it was one of the best.
[Q5 -- second hour] Cena said he and Orton went through hell to face the beast. Last night, he beat Randy Orton (some boos) and he has earned a title shot against Brock Lesnar. Now, while Lesnar is sitting at home thinking he's champion, he is here every night fighting like a champ. And, when Lesnar comes back to WWE, he will realize one thing - "He will lose!" Cena shouted. Cena vowed to make a statement every time he's out here until he faces Lesnar. Tonight, in the City of Champions, there will be a main event worthy of San Antonio.
Cena said The Authority's standard-bearer, Mr. Money in the Bank (boos), the self-proclaimed future of WWE (boos), Seth Rollins, gets a first-class wake-up call tonight. Stephanie McMahon's music interrupted to bring out Steph for a one-on-one chat with Cena.
In the ring, Stephanie congratulated Cena for his victory last night. She said she cannot wait for tonight's main event, but she also cannot wait for Survivor Series. She said there will be a traditional tag team elimination match (for the price of $9.99 on the Network). And, she has a business proposition for Cena. Steph said Cena works so hard to get these people to cheer him (referencing the Spurs reference). Steph said even she can get the crowd on her side. "it's so easy," she said. "You just tell them what they want to hear and they repeat it back." Cena cut her off and said he just listens to the crowd, something Stephanie doesn't do.
Steph asked Cena if he hears the "Cena Sucks" people out there? She said she's not trying to upset Cena, but talk him into doing what's best for business. Pause for "Cena, Cena" chants. Steph mocked the chants, saying it's one arena cheering for Cena and that's going to make up for years of them booing? Steph said the people don't matter, then said care about blood and guts and tearing each other apart. Why does Cena leave it out here every night? For their appreciation? He said Cena can join The Authority. "What?" Cena laughed. She said Cena could come to their side, where he would be loved and appreciated. "No!" shouts from the crowd.
Steph said Cena is going to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title - a man who beat Cena up time and time again, even left his carcass in the ring for these people's cheers. But, The Authority can offer some insurance, even guarantee a victory. Cena paced the ring not wanting to hear this. She suggested the winner of Cena vs. Rollins tonight is the captain of Team Authority. He can have the power, respect, accolades, and family he so desires.
Cena said all he deserves is a chance to come down the ring, step in the ring, and tell the people how much he loves doing this. Cena said these people come here to be part of Raw and WWE Live. He said they are not here for him, but he is here for them. And, she wants him to turn his back on them and join The Authority? "Yes," she said. Steph said it's Cena's chance to ensure his legacy and be remembered. Cena laughed, saying they'll remember him as a low-life, sell-out, punk. "So, here's your answer right now, hell no!" Cena shouted.
Triple H's music played next as Cena and Steph remained standing in the ring. "Told you," Hunter sneered. "Not going to make him crack, right? He's going to play the hero. We're all in this together. Argh. Yeah. Woo," Hunter mockingly said. Hunter said he's been here 20 years and it gets harder every single year. "You are starting to eke by every single night," Hunter told him. "You're hanging on by a thread. Physically. Mentally. Because you know what I know, John, that you can't fight the future."
Hunter said this business is about longevity. Not being a broke-down old guy coming down here for one last hurrah (Hulk Hogan mockery). Hunter said maybe this conversation will not convince Cena, but maybe he has to show Cena that he cannot stop the future. "Have it your way, John, work against The Authority," he said. Hunter told Cena to find someone to stand up with you to see if they can survive against The Authority. Because, at Survivor Series, it will be Team Authority against Team Cena. He said Cena cannot fight the future; the future will run through you, whether that is tonight or at Survivor Series. "We control the future," Hunter declared. "The Authority is the future!" Hunter closed, "You better smarten up that The Authority always wins." Cena looked down at the mat trying to sell the magnitude of the situation while Hunter told him to think about it.
THE NEWS: Brock Lesnar will not be defending the WWE Title at Survivor Series, setting up a main event of Team Cena vs. Team Authority.
[ JC's Reax: WWE has been down this path many, many times before with Cena being doubted and told it's time to step aside/move on, setting up the fanbase rallying behind Cena and Cena eventually overcoming the odds. Meanwhile, the Survivor Series verbiage was odd, as Hunter made it sound like Cena is only finding one tag partner to face The Authority. We'll see how this plays out, but with Orton out of the picture, The Authority is down to just Rollins and Kane. Unless they throw Noble and Mercury in the mix. Or find some heels who need something to do. ]
[Q6] [Commercial Break at 9:15]
Exterior Shot: The AT&T Center in San Antonio.
3 -- THE USOS (JIMMY & JEY USO) vs. THE MIZ & "STUNT DOUBLE" DAMIEN SANDOW
Back in the arena, the teams were already in the ring waiting for the bell on their comedown match. Usos cleared Miz to the floor early on, so Sandow dropped to the floor to sell Miz's fall with him. Both heels came to their feet, then Usos delivered a double splash on the outside. Usos in control heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 9:22]
Back from break, Miz was controlling Uso. Meanwhile, the announcers played up the idea of multiple wrestlers on Team Authority, clarifying that it won't just be a two-on-two match, as Hunter implied. Chaos broke out late in the match, allowing the Usos to pull twin magic and roll up Miz for a quick pin and the win. Afterward, Sandow joined Miz on the mat selling shock over the result.
WINNERS: Usos at 10:47. Dry comedown match re-re-re-inforcing Miz & Sandow's act.
[Q7] Backstage: John Cena was shown talking to Dolph Ziggler, apparently trying to get him on Team Cena. Cena and Ziggler shook hands, implying Ziggler was on-board.
Up Next: Hulk Hogan.
[Commercial Break at 9:31]
Backstage: Dolph Ziggler was shown walking down the hallway on his phone. Kane approached him and said there's a "report going around" that Ziggler was shown talking to John Cena. Why doesn't Kane just watch the show? Kane said he considers that an act of aggression and he would like to make that certain Superstar squeal in pain. He said he'll see Dolph in the ring. Dolph sold dejection like a kid called out by the vice principal instead of putting on a brave face ready to fight.
Hulk Hogan Appearance
Hulk Hogan was introduced to the ring for a promo. Hogan opened by saying he can't believe how happy he was to see John Cena win at Hell in a Cell and beat that "no good Randy Orton." Now, he can't wait to see Cena beat Brock Lesnar to win back the WWE Title.
Hogan then got down to his business of recognizing breast cancer survivors in the arena. He said the month of October is winding down, but the fight keeps rolling on day after day. Hogan called these women the real Superstars and real inspiration for all of them. He asked for the breast cancer survivors in the crowd to stand up and be recognized. Hogan closed with his usual sign-off line, then welcomed the breast cancer survivors into the ring. Cole, Lawler, and JBL were shown standing up before WWE went to Hogan doing the posedown routine with the survivors.
Backstage: Bo Dallas/Washington was shown walking down the hallway. Bo has an open challenge next.
[Commercial Break at 9:42]
[Q8] Back live, Bo Dallas was introduced to the ring for the next match. Bo was introduced as Bo Dallas one night after changing his name to Bo Washington. Cole noted the name-change last night. In the ring, Bo said it's time to find out who Bo-Lieves ... they can beat him. Bo smiled, paused, and waited. It was Ryback. "Feed Me More" blared in the arena as Ryback returned from injury marching down to the ring looking like Goldberg.
4 -- BO DALLAS/WASHINGTON vs. RYBACK
"Feed Me More" chants from the crowd once the bell sounded. Ryback measured a scared-looking Bo, who tried charging Ryback, but ate the mat after being thrown into the air. Spinebuster, then Ryback pounded his chest. Ryback did the "Feed Me More" shoulder shrug that the crowd joined in on before delivering a Meathook Clothesline. Ryback finished off Bo with Shell-shock for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Ryback at 1:13. All babyface presentation for Ryback, complete with reminding everyone of his offense and rituals.
Announcers: Cole, Lawler, and JBL reset the show before bringing up Roman Reigns saying he's focused on Seth Rollins when he returns to WWE. Cole then flashed back to last night when Rollins beat Dean Ambrose thanks to an appearance from Bray Wyatt.
Backstage: Dean Ambrose was shown pacing around like a crazy-man. He's up next in the Halftime segment.
[Commercial Break at 9:51]
Tomorrow Night: Miz TV with Mark Henry as his guest on Main Event.
In-ring: Cesaro was introduced to the ring for the next match. WWE cut to Cole and Co., who broke down events on the show before showing footage in the opening segment when Randy Orton snapped on stablemate Seth Rollins. Back live, Dean Ambrose limped out to the ring while still in a crazy mode from last night. WWE cut to a video package on Ambrose vs. Rollins from last night, emphasizing Bray Wyatt preventing Ambrose from beating Rollins.
Back live, Ambrose was standing on the announce table. Ambrose said he dragged Seth Rollins down with him and beat him with an inch of his life, but when he got to the bottom of hell, he found Bray Wyatt. Ambrose said he doesn't know how or why Bray did what he did, but he doesn't care. Ambrose shouted, "You don't screw with Dean Ambrose!"
[Q9 -- third hour] Ambrose jumped off the announce table and ran into the ring to attack Cesaro with his mic. Ambrose chased Cesaro out of the ring and tackled him to the floor. Ambrose continued to punish Cesaro with the mic before bashing him up the entrance ramp to the stage. Ref John Cone checked on Cesaro, then Ambrose called out to Bray Wyatt on the mic. He told Bray to come out here so he can kick his ass.
5 -- DEAN AMBROSE vs. CESARO -- NO MATCH
Bray Wyatt suddenly appeared on the video screen. Bray said he understands where Ambrose is coming from. He said he looks at Bray and sees his own deranged reflection. Bray said they come from a tortured place and live in a world that was not made for them. Bray said he is not Dean's brother or friend, but he knows him. "I am you," he said. "I'm going to dismantle your mind." Bray told Dean to run before the video ended. Apparently Dean disappeared during the promo, as they did not go back to Ambrose.
Still left to be explained is how any of that matches up with why Bray interrupted Ambrose vs. Rollins last night and cost Dean the match.
In-ring: Nikki Bella's music played to bring out Nikki flanked by her one-month "personal assistant," Brie Bella. Brie tried to walk in front of Nikki to get her shine, but Nikki called her back to stand behind her. Brie held the ropes open for Nikki before WWE replayed events from their match last night that Nikki won.
[Commercial Break at 10:05]
5 -- NIKKI BELLA (w/Brie Bella) vs. NAOMI
Naomi was in the ring back from break. Cue the opening bell. Nikki dominated and took her time gloating about it while Brie stood disapproving away from the ring. Nikki pointed down at Brie, who noted she's not doing anything, allowing Naomi to hot-shot Nikki across the middle rope. The match spilled to the floor, then Brie reluctantly touched Naomi's foot on the way back in. The slight distraction allowed Nikki to beat Naomi with her torture rack finisher as Brie turned her back to the ring, upset with herself.
WINNER: Nikki at 4:16. Is this how they get to Nikki winning the Divas Title?
Up Next: Ziggler vs. Kane. Still to come: Cena vs. Rollins.
[Q10] [Commercial Break at 10:15]
Back from break, Kane was introduced for the next match. IC champion Dolph Ziggler was out next as Cole hyped the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia in January.
6 -- IC champion DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. KANE -- non-title match
Kane dominated early on as the announcers talked about anyone who talks to John Cena being forced to experience punishment. WWE booked Ziggler to cower down to Kane backstage, so his character already beat himself before he ever stepped onto the field, making him unsympathetic selling for the first three minutes. Ziggler responded with a dropkick that sent Kane flying out of the ring heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 10:24]
Back from break, Ziggler blocked an attempted power move by Kane with a face-buster. Ziggler wanted a corner move, but Kane smashed him with a mid-air uppercut. Kane took advantage of the uppercut with sustained offense wearing down the champ.
[Q11] Kane continued the attack in front of a quiet crowd as the announcers sounded like a USA Network show talking about corporate this and that. Ziggler struck Kane in the face, then corner-mounted him for ten rapid-fire punches. Ziggler followed with a neckbreaker, then tried to fire up the crowd. But, Kane responded with a sidewalk slam for a two count.
At 12:00, Kane teased the chokeslam, but Ziggler blocked. Ziggler then ducked a big boot and hit a superkick. But, Zig-Zag failed and Kane big-booted Dolph for a two count. Kane wanted a chokeslam, but Ziggler countered again, slid down Kane's back, rolled him to the mat, and scored a three count.
WINNER: Ziggler at 13:25. Basic match trying to reinforce the idea of scaring people off from being on John Cena's team. Ziggler did the best he could with the material after being presented as a weak babyface in the pre-match set-up. And, hey, he won a match on TV.
Post-match, Ziggler scampered out of the ring to recover while Kane sold anger in the ring, but Seth Rollins blasted Ziggler from behind. Rollins and Kane then put the boots to Ziggler in the ring, then John Cena's music played. Cena stormed the ring, which sent Rollins packing, but Kane stuck around to take a clothesline from Cena. Cena checked on Ziggler while Rollins stood atop the entrance ramp with Mercury and Noble. Cole said Cena vs. Rollins is next on Raw.
[Commercial Break at 10:36]
Smackdown plug: Halloween special this Friday from Houston. JBL vowed to come dressed s himself. They advertised a 12-Divas Halloween costume battle royal. Not [pictured was Divas champion A.J. Lee.
In-ring: John Cena was still standing in the ring waiting for the main event. WWE cut to a video game simulation of Cena vs. Brock Lesnar in WWE 2K15 before Seth Rollins's music played to formally introduce Rollins as Cena's opponent tonight. Before the bell sounded, Rollins revealed taped ribs from his HIAC match last night against Dean Ambrose. Rollins was also supposedly selling the effects of an RKO from Randy Orton in the opening segment tonight.
7 -- JOHN CENA vs. MR. MITB SETH ROLLINS (w/Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble)
Once the bell sounded, Rollins ducked out of the ring to consult with his hired help, drawing boos. Rollins returned to the ring and tentatively locked up with Cena, who knocked him out of the ring. Back inside the ring, Cena delivered more offense.
[Q12] Rollins again rolled out of the ring, drawing Cena to the floor this time. Cena punched Rollins right in front of a big Stone Cold cut-out held by a fan, but Rollins cut off Cena on the outside. Rollins then rolled Cena back into the ring. Behind the ref's back, Mercury punched Cena in the face, but Rollins only scored a two count on the follow-up pin.
Rollins then chucked Cena to the outside, allowing Mercury and Noble to put the boots to Cena behind referee Charles Robinson's back. Rollins took advantage of the attack to keep working on Cena heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 10:50]
Back from break, the match was on the floor, where Rollins whipped Cena into the ring steps. Rollins returned to the ring to try to get a count-out victory, but Cena rolled back into the ring in time. Rollins then slowed the match down working on Cena with a headlock. Cena escaped, but Rollins maintained control with a snap DDT.
Rollins went back to a headlock and leg scissors combination to continue wearing down Cena. Cena tried to fight back, but Rollins cut him off with a dropkick. Cena rolled to the outside and recovered, nearly getting himself counted out. But, Cena rolled back into the ring just before a ten count as they hit the top of the hour.
[Q13 -- over-run] Cena caught his breath and made his comeback with a Five Knuckle Shuffle before dumping Rollins over the top rope onto the henchmen. Cena left the ring, retrieved Rollins, and threw him back into the ring, but could not follow up. Rollins then charged Cena in the corner, but Cena smashed him with boots to the gut. Cena wanted the AA, but Rollins fell out and kicked Cena in the gut. Rollins followed with a facebuster for a close two count. He tried the Curb Stomp, but Cena trapped Rollins and put him int he STF. Cena looked toward the back, giving away interference. It came from Kane, who hit the ring with boots to Cena, causing a DQ.
WINNER: Cena via DQ at 22:13. Surprise, a DQ finish to a Raw TV main event. No Rusev providing the interference to perhaps add a heel to The Authority's team at Survivor Series, so he was completely kept off the show and they're delaying the start of a Cena vs. Rusev program.
Post-match, Dolph Ziggler stormed the ring to help Cena fight Rollins and Kane. But, Mercury and Noble hit the ring. Suddenly, the locker room - heels and faces - stormed the ring to start a giant brawl. Are they hyping the Rumble or Survivor Series? Rollins weaseled his way to the stage as heels and faces fought in the ring. Chaos. Triple H and Stephanie then came out on-stage to survey the carnage. Heath Slater found himself in the ring, so Cena gave him an AA. Same fate to Bo Dallas. Cena stood tall in the ring while Hunter, Steph, Rollins, Joey, and Noble stood on the stage. Cole wondered who's going to team with Cena and stand up to The Authority at Survivor Series as Raw signed off with back-and-forth shots of Cena alone in the ring and The Authority on-stage.
FINAL THOUGHT: So, what was the ending all about? Apparently the idea was The Authority will send everyone after Cena and/or Ziggler to discourage them from facing Authority at Survivor Series ... but there were faces and heels mixed in there. just odd. Just like at Hell in a Cell, the second-half of the show petered out after a decent-to-strong start. WWE just can't sustain a three-hour show with this roster, which was evident looking at the wrestlers available for a Royal Rumble lead-in brawl in the closing segment.
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