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CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 5/25: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw - Memorial Day, final Chamber PPV hype, Cena's Open Challenge, "Entourage," more

May 25, 2015 - 10:10:07 PM


WWE Raw TV Results
May 25, 2015 - Episode #1,147
Live in Long Island, N.Y.
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor

- The Card: The final WWE show at Nassau Coliseum before it's closed down, final hype for the Elimination Chamber PPV, Memorial Day edition, John Cena's U.S. Title Open Challenge, all six of the IC Title Elimination Chamber participants in action, and more.

Live Raw on USA Network

Raw opened with the annual Memorial Day video package with on-camera soundbytes from John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Brie Bella, Roman Reigns, Alicia Fox, Booker T, Nikki Bella, Titus O'Neil, Dean Ambrose, Natalya, and Darren Young set to a Ronald Reagan Memorial Day speech from 1982.

Live inside the Nassau Memorial Coliseum, the crowd chanted "U-S-A" before Eden Stiles introduced the show from in the ring. Stiles asked the crowd to stand in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. WWE did a ten-bell salute as the crowd stood silently out of respect for the troops.

Raw faded to the standard Raw intro package before full pyro and fireworks filled the Nassau Coliseum one last time. Michael Cole introduced the show before Triple H's music played. Out came Hunter and Stephanie McMahon to boos. They were all-smiles, though. WWE World champion Seth Rollins, J&J Security, and Kane followed out. Cole said The Authority has a big problem and his name is Dean Ambrose. Interesting piece of video with Rollins walking ahead of the group at such an angle where he completely blocked out Kane from being seen in the line-up of Authority members marching down to the ring. Intentionally or perhaps unknowingly, they played up the idea of Rollins wanting to block out Kane and force him to live in his shadow.

Once in the ring, Rollins waited out boos from the crowd. Rollins asked for a round of applause for Dean Ambrose. Then, claimed Dean acted like a common thief who extorted and manipulated his way into a WWE Title shot, heelishly ignoring his past actions. The crowd responded with a reminder for Rollins with a "You Sold Out" chant. They followed with a "We Want Ambrose" chant. Rollins said the thing about it is The Authority made their title decision last week under duress. And that's not how they operate because it's not what's best for business.

Rollins said Dean did not earn, and does not deserve a title shot. And, they could take that title shot away from Ambrose right now. Another piece of his truth is Hunter could fire Dean Ambrose right now. And Hunter considered it until he told him not to. Another loud "We Want Ambrose" chant from the crowd. Rollins said he is a benevolent human being, plus Ambrose isn't really a threat to him. He said Dean isn't at his level, he rode his coattails the whole time they were in The Shield, and it was no-brainer for Hunter to pick him over Dean for The Authority.

Hunter said that's true, then said they need something more concrete to set up the title match at Elimination Chamber on Sunday. He told Dean to come on down to the ring and sign this contract. After a pause, Dean's music played to bring out Ambrose on-stage. Ambrose paused for "Ambrose, Ambrose" chants, then talked about punching Seth in the face. The teeth flying out of his mouth. And then he sleeps like a baby. He said gets this weird feeling of happiness when he beats up Seth. And he wants the next time to be for the WWE World Title.

Ambrose addressed The Authority, saying there's a pretty good chance their baby boy gets replaced by The New Face of WWE as champion on Sunday. Dean said when that happens, he wants to make some changes around here. Like J&J Security going barefoot. Like Kane wearing a collar like the obedient lap dog that he is. As for Seth, he can drunk-dial Selena Gomez because he'll always be their little Justin Bieber. Seth told Dean to shut his mouth. "Justin Bieber" chant from the crowd.

Seth told the crowd to shut up, then presented an argument for why being called Bieber is actually a good thing, not an insult. He said they all wish they could be Justin Bieber, just like Dean wishes he could be Seth Rollins.

[Q2] Seth called Dean a cockroach who can survive, but never thrives. Seth said Dean wants to be him, and maybe that's a blessing in disguise. He told Dean to come down to the ring and sign this contract so they can finally put an end to this at Elimination Chamber on Sunday. Dean thought it over, then laid out the scenario in front of him. He said he might be crazy and stupid, so it might be worth the shot. Dean started to remove his jacket as The Authority prepared to rough up Dean.

Dean circled the ring as Hunter held the contract in the ring. Dean stood right in front of where Roman Reigns usually comes down, then on cue The Shield's music played to bring out Reigns through the crowd. Reigns bounced down to ringside through the crowd and stood next to Dean. They smacked fists, then Stephanie McMahon took the mic.

Steph said it's so cute how The Shield boys seem inseparable. She told Dean that he has until the end of the night to sign this contract. But until then, she's going to make a main event. How about Dean and Reigns face the team of Kane and Seth Rollins. But, the best part of it is that this main event happens right now. Triple H's music played as Dean bounced up and down prepared to team up with Reigns for a battle.

[ JC's Reax: Perhaps the biggest news item of the segment was heavy emphasis on Justin Bieber, hinting at WWE doing business with Bieber. Something in-between Jon Stewart and Kevin Federline? ]

[Commercial Break at 8:20]

1 -- WWE World Hvt. champion SETH ROLLINS & KANE (w/J&J Security) vs. DEAN AMBROSE & ROMAN REIGNS

The bell sounded back from break. Reigns, who was sporting a taped right hand to indicate a potential injury, and Kane battled early on. Reigns took control and tagged in Ambrose to deliver an elbow to Kane's left arm. Cole took some time to discuss Raw as the final WWE event at the Nassau Coliseum. JBL talked up historical events, then Reigns tagged in and snapped Rollins throat-first across the top rope. J&J Security ran interference, though, allowing Rollins to dropkick Reigns through the ropes.

Ambrose got a hot tag to tee off on Rollins before clotheslining him over the top rope to the floor. Dean then charged the ropes and delivered a suicide dive to the outside. Dean ducked a clothesline from Kane, then Reigns smacked Kane in the mouth. Dean and Reigns high-fived, then returned to the ring to stand tall heading to break.

[Q3] [Commercial Break at 8:29]

Back from break, Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury were clapping it up with the heels in control. Rollins knocked down Ambrose for a two count, then landed a knock-down clothesline. Ambrose was sporting a little blood and the crowd picked up a light "We Want Ryder ... Woo Woo Woo" chant in his hometown.

Hot tags to Reigns and Kane. Reigns knocked down Kane, then corner-clotheslined him. Boots to the gut brought Mercury onto the ring apron to take a massive smack. Superman Punch to Jamie Noble, but Kane smacked Reigns with a big boot off the distraction. Kane then stalked Reigns for the chokeslam, but Reigns fought out. Superman Punch, tag to Ambrose for a top-rope elbow, and Rollins broke up a pin.

Reset at 12:00. Rollins tagged in and nailed a springboard knee smash to the side of the head for a two count. Rollins then nailed a kick, but Ambrose rebounded off the ropes for the lariat, but Rollins ducked. Rollins tried to follow up, but Ambrose ducked underneath and rolled up Seth for the win after pinning the champion for a three count. On commentary, JBL freaked out about the possibility of Dean becoming WWE champion if that happens again on Sunday. Cole stressed that Dean still has to sign the title contract by the end of the night.

WINNERS: Ambrose & Reigns at 12:53. Basic tag opener to promote the idea of the heel champ in jeopardy and Ambrose on a roll, giving the audience hope if they plop down their money. Or, just tune into the Network for free if they're a new subscriber.

Announcers: Cole and Co. transitioned to hyping WWE Network. Cole said they are being watched all over the world, but he wants to talk U.S. viewers that Elimination Chamber is available only on WWE Network this Sunday.

Still to come: The cast of "Entourage" is on Raw.

[Commercial Break at 8:38]

Backstage: Dean Ambrose was standing by with Renee Young, who noted Dean still has to sign the title contract. Dean said The Authority has played these games before, but he'll get the contract signed. Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury then walked into the shot. Noble bragged about having the contract right here with Joey, who did the personal pat-down to indicate he forgot the contract. Dean smiled down at them, then popped Noble in the head to bring the fight to them before they started a fight. A cameraman got a little too close to the action and got punched out in the process. Another cameraman came over to shoot the end of the scene, which was Ambrose checking on the original cameraman after J&J took off. Ambrose sold concern over knocking out the cameraman. Back to the announcers, who made it a big deal that Ambrose punched the cameraman, wondering if Dean is fit to be WWE champ.

[Q4] Video Package: NXT champion Kevin Steen (Kevin Owens), who faces U.S. champion John Cena at Elimination Chamber on Sunday. The video focused on Owens being a vile man. Cole said that despite Owens's actions against Cena last week on Raw, he was "awarded" a match against Cena at the PPV by The Authority.

In-ring: Rusev was introduced to the ring now waving the Bulgarian flag, dropping the Russian gimmick. Cole acknowledged Rusev switching back to his home country of Bulgaria, then wondered how he will do in action next without Lana.

[Commercial Break at 8:47]

Backstage: A black limo pulled up in the parking garage. Out came the cast of "Entourage." The four advertised stars - Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, and Kevin Dillon - casually walked into the arena.

Back in the arena, Rusev watched a video package on what happened last week when Rusev dumped Lana, who then smooched Dolph Ziggler, angering Rusev. On commentary, Cole said Ziggler understands that Lana is using him to get at Rusev, but he's okay with it.

R-Truth, who is also in the IC Title Elimination Chamber match with Rusev, then came out to face the Bulgarian Brute.

2 -- RUSEV vs. R-TRUTH

The announcers tried to give Rusev an out for not ending this in 30 seconds by saying Rusev's focus is off and he might not be the same without Lana. Rusev eventually cut off Truth's early offense and put the boots to Truth's back before slapping on The Accolade. Truth fought for a few seconds before tapping out. Suddenly, the announcers switched gears to saying Rusev might be more dangerous without Lana.

WINNER: Rusev via submission at 1:00 flat.

Post-match, Rusev took the mic and said he needs to talk to Lana. He used "please" to request Lana's presence in the ring. "We need to talk," he said. Rusev said he will not leave the ring until she comes down. Raw suddenly faded to break.

[Commercial Break at 8:55]

Rusev's Love Story

Back from break, Rusev was still in the ring calling for Lana. He sounded sad by how things ended. He spoke in their common foreign language, then Russian music played to bring out Lana with a big smile on her face. Rusev held open the ropes for Lana, but she opted to enter the opposite side of the ring on her own. Lana said she's here and waiting for what Rusev has to say.

[Q5 -- second hour] Rusev said he knows that Lana cares about him despite her actions costing him WrestleMania, misinterpreting him saying I Quit, and kissing that disgusting Dolph Ziggler. He said he gets it - she's a woman. She's doing all these things for him to pay attention. Lana said everything she does has been for him. He said he knows that she cares about him and them. Rusev said he knows Lana wants to crush the American Spirit just as bad he does.

Rusev went back to their first meeting in Bulgaria wanting to make their dreams happen. "U-S-A" chant interrupted. "Now is not the time for U-S-A!" he shouted. Amazing line. Rusev told Lana to take his hand so they can do this for the motherland and conquer their dreams crushing this country. Rusev said they will be Rusev and Ravishing Lana again. He told Lana not to ruin this for a simple misunderstanding. Please. Take my hand.

Lana hugged Rusev, then Rusev triumphantly held up their arms. Lana smiled, then Rusev approached her with loving eyes. Now all he needs Lana to say are three magical words: I was wrong. She frowned, then started to leave the ring. Rusev said she just needs to admit that she was wrong for this to be right. Lana replied that Rusev said he quit at Payback. Rusev then shouted that he never quit and she needs to know her place. He told Lana that she owns her.

Lana stepped back into the ring and told Rusev that he quit and he is too cowardly to admit his own actions. Lana said he is not Rusev's property and she will not listen to Rusev's moronic views anymore. She dropped the mic and stomped out of the ring as Rusev ranted and raved. Rusev shouted toward Lana, then Dolph Ziggler's music played. Ziggler walked past Lana, then Lana turned back to Ziggler for another smooch, causing Rusev to freak out in the ring. Rusev was on the verge of a nervous break down as the segment closed.

Locker Room: Dean Ambrose was waiting for Triple H and Seth Rollins to walk in with the title contract. Hunter then turned toward the door opening and in walked the cameraman with two "officers." The cameraman said he felt a push in his back - Seth told him to shut up. The cameraman said he wants to press charges, though, then the two "officers" put Dean in handcuffs and hauled him away. Seth and Hunter laughed to each other.

[Commercial Break at 9:08]

Backstage: Another cameraman was shooting Dean Ambrose being hauled away to a get-away vehicle. Seth, Jamie, Joey, and Kane yelled at Dean as he was hauled away from the building. Seth hugged it up with his guys as WWE tried to play up the idea of Dean having no chance of signing the title contract by the end of the night.

In-ring: King Barrett was standing by with eyes on the vacant IC Title belt resting ringside. Ryback was then introduced as his opponent, leaving Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus as the remaining IC Title Chamber match participants who have not wrestled yet.


Ryback was still sporting taped ribs from being worked over last week at the Payback PPV and Raw. Ryback delivered an early splash to Barrett's gut, then he powerslammed Barrett and played to the crowd. Ryback wanted an early meathook clothesline, but the King wisely rolled out of the ring. Ryback followed out and took a loud smack to the ribs. Barrett put Ryback into the barricade, then rolled back into the ring trying to get a count-out. Ryback made it back in, though.

[Q6] Barrett went to work on Ryback's mid-section as they waited for the crowd to engage with a rally for Ryback. It didn't happen, though. Instead, some of the crowd picked up Ole! chants. Ryback smacked Barrett in the mouth with an elbow, but Barrett caught him with Winds of Change. Ryback kicked out of a pin, though. Barrett started taunting Ryback, asking what he's got, then Ryback popped to his feet and dropped King with a spinebuster. Ryback then lifted up Barrett for Shell-Shock. Ryback covered Barrett for the win.

WINNER: Ryback at 3:54. Surprising outcome. Well, unless you subscribe to the theory that now Barrett is the favorite to win the IC Title on Sunday since you'll "never see it coming" after he lost cleanly to an injured Ryback here.

Authority Office: Triple H got off the phone with someone in the police department. Hunter and Steph talked about there being no way Dean makes it back to Raw after being processed at central booking. He said they'll have to find a new opponent for Seth at Payback.

The cast of "Entourage" then walked in and chatted it up with Hunter and Steph. Ferrara brought up Dean getting arrested, then Steph robotically delivered an apology on behalf of WWE for Dean's actions. The cast talked up their "Entourage" movie, then Ferrara spoke again that he got roughed up by Ronda Rousey in the movie. Kind of like Stephanie at WrestleMania. He said they were just acting in the movie, but it looked like Steph really got hurt. Are you okay? The other cast members told Ferrara to pipe down, then Steph calmly told them their room is down the hall. They quietly took off as Hunter and Steph glared after them.

[Commercial Break at 9:22]

Back from break, Stardust was ringside. Stardust walked the barricade, then he got in the face of actor Stephen Amell. Stardust freaked out when Amell stepped up to him, then Neville was introduced as Stardust's opponent. Before the bell sounded, Cole announced Neville vs. Bo Dallas at Elimination Chamber on Sunday.


Neville, sporting a taped knee, locked up with Stardust as the crowd chanted "NXT." Neville ran circles around Stardust early on, but walked into a leg whip from Stardust, who targeted the injured knee. Suddenly, Bo Dallas strolled down to ringside. Bo shouted toward the ring as Neville broke free of Stardust's half-crab submission.

Stardust took Neville to the top rope looking to end him, but Neville blocked and landed a swinging DDT. Bo clapped it up, saying now Neville gets it. Neville then dragged Stardust to the corner, slapped his knee, and climbed to the top rope. The crowd started to recognize Neville going for his finisher, but they didn't embrace until Neville actually hit Red Arrow. Neville pinned Stardust for the win.

WINNER: Neville at 3:18.

[Q7] Post-match, Bo walked into the ring and told his "buddy," Neville, that he can pick himself back up. He just has to Bo-Lieve. Neville got up, but Bo smashed him in the knee. Neville sold the knee injury as Bo arrogantly walked out of the ring and raised his arms in victory as his music played.

Backstage: The Divas roster approached the Entourage cast backstage. After some back-and-forth, the camera moved left to show Kevin Connolly talking to Zack Ryder, popping the crowd. Connolly told Ryder that he has to do this tonight since it's the last show at the Nassau Coliseum. Connolly pulled the rest of the cast away from the Divas to talk things over with Ryder.

Backstage: Lana and Dolph ZIggler embraced, then Ziggler walked down the hallway to prepare to face Sheamus once again.

[Commercial Break at 9:34]

Back from break, WWE ran a hype video for the Money in the Bank PPV coming up in June. The video focused on Seth Rollins winning MITB last year, then cashing in at WrestleMania. The video transitioned to Dolph Ziggler standing by in the ring. Ziggler paced the ring before Sheamus was introduced as his opponent for another go-round. Cole said Sheamus has never held the IC Title, so he wants to win the Chamber match on Sunday.


The feud continued with an early exchange of right hand blows as the crowd chanted "You Look Stupid" at Sheamus. Sheamus took control of the match as the announcers discussed Ziggler having to share a Chamber with Rusev on Sunday. "All day long!" Sheamus shouted in-between attacks on Ziggler. Sheamus knocked Ziggler to the outside, then followed up on the outside. Back in the ring, Sheamus tried a back drop, but Ziggler snapped off a dropkick. Ziggler then clotheslined Sheamus over the top rope to the floor. Ziggler sold potentially injuring his knee on the landing and Sheamus took advantage with a bodyslam on the floor.

Suddenly, Lana walked out on-stage trying to inspire an injured Ziggler. Cole said the match continues next.

[Commercial Break at 9:43]

[Q8] Back from break, Sheamus hit the Irish Curse backbreaker for a two count. Lana continued to watch from the stage as Ziggler continued to work over Sheamus. They came to their feet and traded right hand blows until Ziggler delivered consecutive blows. He followed with a big clothesline, then a knock-down flying forearm smash. Ziggler snapped Sheamus across the top rope, then hit the Fameasser. But, Sheamus kicked out of a pin.

Both men sold on the mat, then Sheamus teased the Brogue Kick, but Ziggler avoided, hit a superkick, and covered for a close two count. Suddenly, Rusev walked out on-stage. Rusev smirked as he walked past Lana, then he stomped down to the ring with eyes on Ziggler. Ziggler superkicked him off the ring apron, but Sheamus took advantage of the distraction to hit the Brogue Kick on Ziggler for the win.

WINNER: Sheamus at 10:20.

Post-match, Sheamus eyeballed Rusev, then headed to the back. Meanwhile, Rusev entered the ring and stalked Ziggler while Lana came down to ringside selling concern. Rusev pounded Ziggler, who tried to fight back, but Rusev pounded his back before slapping on The Accolade right in front of Lana. Rusev made sure Lana got a good look at her new man getting the life squeezed out of him, then finally released the hold. Rusev left the ring, then presented the ring to Lana to get what's left of Ziggler. "Kiss him now!" Rusev shouted from the stage. Lana was unsure what to do with Ziggler, then eventually checked on Ziggler, who struggled to get to his feet.

Up Next: John Cena's U.S. Title Open Challenge.

[Commercial Break at 9:53]

Cena's Open Challenge

Back from break, John Cena's music played to bring out the U.S. champion to a mixed reaction. The "John Cena Suuuucks" sing-along picked up, prompting Cena to shout toward the on-stage cameraman that the remix appears to be a popular song. Cena jogged down to the ring and held up the U.S. Title belt before Cena hyped Cena vs. Kevin Owens Sunday at the PPV.

[Q9 -- third hour] After his music faded out, Cena surveyed the crowd and looked around to feel out the building. Cena said that for over ten years, the audience can be summed up in five simple words: Let's Go Cena / Cena Sucks. Cena said there are some who fight with him (cheers) and those who fight against him (boos). He paused. Some noise, but not a discernible chant. Eventually the classic dueling chant picked up.

Cena said for those chanting "Let's Go Cena," they must believe in what he believes - Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect, no matter how tough the environment or how tough the fight. And over the past ten years they have shared the agony of defeat and triumph of victory. But, most importantly - pause as the crowd chanted for Zack Ryder. Cena had that look of "just wait for it."

Cena continued. He said they have formed a fraternity, family, and bond that will never be broken. So, for those of them chanting "Let's Go Cena," he is eternally grateful for their unwavering support. And then there are the others who chant, among other things, Cena Sucks. Why? Because they have waited for someone to come into this ring and knock him down. He said name after name, hopeful after hopeful, have tried, but they have failed. He said the newest hopeful rather forcefully introduced himself last Monday on Raw. A man named Kevin Owens.

Cena said that last Monday this man debuted on Raw and left him incapacitated, broke the Internet, and then broke his best friend, Sami Zayn, two nights later at NXT Takeover. Cena said you people think Owens is the man to change what they think needs to be changed around here. And, this Sunday, you'll be able to chant something else - "Fight, Owens, Fight." He said for the first time in a decade, there might be a different chant on Sunday. It might be "Let's Go Cena / Fight Owens Fight." Cena really tried to get that seed planted for Sunday in Corpus Christi, Texas, which is a pretty casual wrestling crowd.

Cena said Owens knows how to start a fight, but they'll see if he knows how to finish one. As for tonight, though, it's the very last Raw at the Nassau Coliseum. And it's Memorial Day, so it gives him great pride to put the U.S. Title on the line tonight. He said the John Cena U.S. Title Open Challenge officially opens now.

The "Entourage" theme music played to bring out the four-man cast of the movie on-stage. Cena said the U.S. Open Challenge is open to anyone, so which one of them is going to step in the ring? Kevin Connolly spoke for the group, saying they would love to fulfill a dream competing in a WWE ring, but they are here to introduce a Superstar who is here to accept the challenge. Connolly introduced "Long Island Iced Z" Zack Ryder. Ryder came out on-stage fired up to wrestle in his home building. Ryder posed in the ring as Raw cut to break.

[Commercial Break at 10:10]

6 -- U.S. champion JOHN CENA vs. ZACK RYDER (w/The Entourage cast) -- United States Title match

Cena and Ryder felt each other out early on as the Entourage cast watched intently from ringside. Cena took control, but Ryder answered with a corner dropkick. Ryder wanted the Broski Boot, but Cena avoided and hit his combination setting up the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Suddenly, Kevin Dillon rolled into the ring to challenge Cena. He sold realizing that he was in over his head and left the ring. Suddenly, Ryder rolled up Cena from behind for a close two count.

[Q10] Ryder nailed the Broski Boot, but Cena kicked out again. He then hit the Rough Ryder, but Cena kicked out again. Ryder then placed Cena in the corner and wanted a top-rope move, which was a 450 splash, but Cena rolled out of the way. Cena then quickly scooped up Ryder to boos, hit the AA, and it was good for the pin and the win.

WINNER: Cena at 4:05 to retain the U.S. Title.

Post-match, Cena picked up Ryder off the mat and raised his arm as the Entourage cast applauded from ringside. Cena then brought in the Entourage cast for a curtain call sending off the Coliseum. Ryder and the cast then left the ring, leaving Cena alone in the ring. Cena, now fully babyfaced after endorsing Ryder, turned around and there was Kevin Owens. Owens threw Cena off the ropes and nailed his pop-up powerbomb to a big reaction. Owens stood triumphantly over Cena, then held up his NXT Title belt and stomped on the U.S. Title belt. Owens kicked the U.S. Title belt toward Cena, then smugly stood in the corner looking down at Cena. Cole said it's Cena vs. Owens Sunday at the PPV.

Authority's Office: Stephanie commented to Triple H that Kevin Owens is a pretty scary dude. Seth Rollins said he's known Owens a long time, but let's not get ahead of themselves. Because he is still the present and the future. Of course, Seth. Renee Young then walked in holding an unnecessary mic. She asked Renee for an update on the WWE Title situation. Stephanie said they will go to the ring at the end of the night and see if Dean shows up. Hehe. Seth then corrected Renee that Dean got himself arrested. He said if you can't do the time, then don't do the crime.

Ringside: Cole and Co. updated events from earlier tonight when Ambrose was set up to get arrested.

In-ring: The Bellas's music played to bring out the Bella Twins not dressed to wrestle. They joined the commentary team ahead of Tamina vs. Paige next.

[Commercial Break at 10:25]

Thursday on Smackdown: Ryback vs. Rusev in a singles match.


7 -- TAMINA (w/Naomi) vs. PAIGE

This Divas match was to set up Nikki vs. Tamina vs. Paige for the Divas Title at Elimination Chamber on Sunday. Tamina was already in the ring back from break, then Paige was given a full ring intro. Tamina knocked Paige out of the ring early on, then waited for her to get back in the ring. Paige fired back with offense, knocking Tamina out of the ring. Paige followed up with a dive to the outside. But, Naomi cheap-shot Paige on the outside, then Tamina hit a Samoan Drop for the win.

WINNER: Tamina at 3:35.

Announcers: Cole and Co. transitioned to hyping Elimination Chamber on WWE Network this Sunday.

Suddenly, Big E.'s voice interrupted welcoming out New Day for the next piece of business. Out came WWE tag champs Big E., Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods for what was announced as a tag team match. WWE found people in the crowd clapping along with the group as Cole sent Raw to break.

[Commercial Break at 10:36]

Back from break, WWE ran a video package on "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson receiving a Hollywood honor last week. This led to Cole plugging Rock's "San Andreas" movie opening in theaters this Friday.

In-ring: New Day stirred it up in the ring, then waited out noise from the crowd. Xavier Woods said this is preposterous that they are being persecuted for being positive by being forced to defend their titles in the Elimination Chamber on Sunday. Big E. said there will be chaos and they could lose the titles. Kofi said no one wants to see that. Big E. said even you people in this decrepit, decaying arena that is about to be torn down with a hockey team that has left and will forever be known as Losers can recognize champions. Because New Day rocks. Of course, the crowd answered with "New ... Day Sucks."

Suddenly, Kane's music played. Out came Corporate Kane dressed only in slacks and dress shoes. Kane said it's really a matter of perspective. He presented WWE Math that all six teams have the exact same odds of winning, so that's fair. Unlike tonight, where they will face the team of Kidd & Cesaro ... and Los Matadores ... and The Ascension ... and the Prime Time Players ... and Lucha Dragons in a 10-on-3 handicap match. Why does The Authority not like New Day?

In any event, Tyson Kidd & Cesaro came out first with Natalya. Prime Time Players were out next, then Los Matadores with El Torito. The Ascension came out next, followed by Lucha Dragons to round out the field.

[Q12] [Commercial Break at 10:46]


Heels and faces stood side-by-side on the ring apron watching as Kalisto and Xavier battled. Suddenly, the entire ring filled up with wrestlers and the ref threw the match out. Chaos broke out with bodies flying everywhere. Everyone ended up on the outside except for Lucha Dragons, who hit stereo flying splashes on everyone.

Suddenly, New Day emerged from the pile and walked into the ring. Eden Stiles announced New Day as the winners by DQ. Big E. tried to stir it up like James Harden, but Tyson Kidd suddenly hit a springboard dropkick on Big E. Cesaro followed with the Big Swing to Xavier, then Kidd, Cesaro, and Natalya stood tall in the ring.

WINNERS: New Day via DQ at 0:49. They sure made the entire tag division seem like interchangeable wrestlers with this set-up. At least until the end when they got it back to New Day vs. Kidd & Cesaro.

Announcers: Cole hyped a sneak-peek of the new Daniel Bryan DVD airing on WWE Network after Raw. Cole then offered a sneak-peek of the sneak-peek.

[Commercial Break at 10:54]

Chamber PPV announcement: The Miz is back with MizTV and special guest Daniel Bryan. And, NXT has come full circle.

Earlier tonight: Dean Ambrose was in a fight with J&J Security. Cole introduced "YouTube footage" of Seth Rollins pushing the cameraman into Dean, who fought back in self defense. Cole said he wonders if The Authority saw the footage. Aren't they in charge of the show, so why would they let the footage air? If not, who's actually in charge of the show to let the footage on the air? This just falls apart upon itself.

[Q13 -- over-run] The Authority walked to the ring and Seth answered Cole's question of whether Authority saw the footage, saying that was some silly cell phone footage shot by someone. He said it does not mean anything since Dean still hit a cameraman.

Stephanie said they must create a safe working environment and that cameraman is a father of three newborn children. Hunter said they have no choice but to remove Dean Ambrose from the WWE Title match on Sunday. Suddenly, The Shield's music played and Roman Reigns charged down to the ring. He got roughed up by The Authority, but fought back until Kane dropped him with a chokeslam. Seth then grabbed the title contract as the crowd chanted for Ambrose.

Suddenly, a siren wailed and the police vehicle returned to the parking garage. Dean Ambrose was behind the wheel and he was dressed like a policeman. Ambrose removed his police cap and police jacket, then stormed the ring holding a nightstick. Ambrose popped Noble, Mercury, and Kane, then fought Rollins. Kane wanted to chokeslam Dean, but Dean slipped out and smashed Kane with a Rebound Lariat.

Rollins tackled Ambrose, then pushed him away before picking up the stick. Suddenly, Reigns got up and yanked the club away from Seth, who got roughed up by Dean and Reigns. J&J and Kane tried to get to Ambrose and Reigns, but Reigns landed a double spear on J&J. Reigns then Superman-Punched Kane into Dirty Deeds from Ambrose. Ambrose was left alone in the ring as Rollins, Hunter, and Stephanie glared at him from the stage.

Suddenly, Reigns returned to the ring and had the contract in-hand. Reigns smiled and handed the contract to Ambrose as JBL tried to call for them to end the show. Ambrose signed the contract and the match was made official for Sunday. Cole offered final hype for the PPV on the Network as Raw signed off with a plug for the D-Bryan sneak-peek right now on the Network. Raw signed off with a final shot of Ambrose seven minutes past the top of the hour.


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