WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 8/24: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw - SSlam fall-out, big returns, more
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WWE Raw TV Results
August 24, 2015 - Episode #1,160
Live in Brooklyn, N.Y. at Barclays Center
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
- The Card: Summerslam fall-out, Paul Heyman opens Raw addressing Brock Lesnar's loss to The Undertaker, Jon Stewart is on Raw to address costing John Cena his title match vs. Seth Rollins at Summerslam, Seth Rollins visits WWE HQ, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper & Bray Wyatt Summerslam re-match, Paige & Charlotte & Becky on Miz TV, and more.
Live Raw on USA Network
Earlier Today: Triple H and Seth Rollins were shown hanging out at WWE Headquarters. Seth had the WWE Title belt over his left shoulder and the U.S. Title around his waist. Hunter told Seth that he is no longer the future ... but The Man. Seth smiled and cackled. Hunter asked Seth if he's ready to have his statue next to Bruno Sammartino, Andre the Giant, and Ultimate Warrior. He said tonight they will unveil Seth's statue as a dual champion. "Tonight, Seth Rollins, you get yours," he said. Seth excitedly talked up the moment, then thanked Hunter and hugged him. "Thank you so much," he said.
The standard Raw intro then played and WWE went to full pyro and fireworks inside the Barclays Center for Night 3 of WWE programming. Michael Cole introduced the show and the announcers hyped an explanation from Jon Stewart for costing John Cena the title vs. title match last night at Summerslam.
After a pause, Brock Lesnar's music played to bring out a very upset Lesnar flanked by Paul Heyman. Cole warned announcers JBL and Byron Saxton to be warned that Lesnar is in an awful mood. Lesnar circled the ring, walked past the announce area, and hopped into the ring. The camera zoomed in on damage done to Lesnar's face last night against Undertaker as the crowd chanted "Suplex City."
Paul Heyman spoke. Heyman introduced himself as Lesnar paced the ring, then Lesnar stopped pacing and stood still in the ring. Heyman wanted to know what happened here last night. He said he wants to know how they went from Brock forcing Taker to tap out for the first time in history to Taker somehow getting a victory over Lesnar in the record books. Heyman said it is a fact that Brock Lesnar took Undertaker to Suplex City, that Brock put Taker in the kimura lock, and that Taker tapped out to Lesnar.
Heyman said he understands this is sad to see how the fairytale of The Undertaker is going to end. Because Taker is not immortal and is already dead or not dead, whatever he spews out. He said Taker tapped out, making it clear that Lesnar is the better wrestler and better fighter and Taker wanted no more. So, how did they get here? Heyman said Lesnar is not blaming the referee, who did not see the tap-out, nor the timekeeper, who freaked out when he saw Taker tapping out. The crowd booed the timekeeper.
Heyman brought up Taker collapsing on the stage after the match, reinforcing that Taker could not hold up to Lesnar again. Heyman then shouted at the crowd that he has enough material to last all three hours of Raw. "Yes!" shouts from the crowd. Heyman continued that Taker needed to be saved from a beating, so what did he do? He went for the desperate low blow. The crowd played along and booed. Heyman said Taker put Lesnar in Hell's Gate, but what did Lesnar do? He told him off and did not tap out.
Heyman described Taker as an aging gunslinger who does not have many bullets left in his holster, and the bullets don't work for Brock Lesnar. Heyman said Lesnar wants to fight Taker one more time. But, not at WrestleMania, not at the Royal Rumble, not at Survivor Series, not at Night of Champions, but right here tonight, Brooklyn style.
[Q2] Lesnar ripped off his shirt and bounced up and down looking for a fight as the crowd chanted "Suplex City." Instead, Bo Dallas's music played. Dallas bounced out on-stage and jogged down to the ring as Cole described him as a "con man," not the Dead Man. Dallas took the mic. "Mr. Brock, I have good news and I have bad news," Dallas said.
Dallas told Brock that last night against Taker, he passed out. But then he woke up. And he probably had a sweet dream about beating The Undertaker. Bo told Brock that he can make those dreams come true. All he has to do is Bo-Lieve. Dallas smiled, Heyman left the ring to witness the upcoming carnage from a distance, Brock smiled, and he smashed Bo with a clothesline.
Brock picked up Bo and dropped him with a German suplex. One more for Bo. Brock Bounce. Another suplex. Three was not enough. A fourth put Dallas face-down on the mat. Brock then left the ring and hit the stage. Brock's music played, but Heyman said he thinks Dallas needs five. Lesnar jogged back to the ring, smiled, and scooped up Dallas for one more German suplex. The crowd cheered. Lesnar stared down at Dallas, then decided to leave the ring. His music played, but Heyman stopped Lesnar. How about one more time? Lesnar smiled.
Lesnar returned to the ring, picked up Dallas, and dropped him with an F5. Heyman declared that Lesnar Bo-Lieves. Lesnar left the ring to his music for the third time and Heyman celebrated on the way out.
Still to come: Miz TV with Paige, Becky, and Charlotte.
Up Next: New Days celebrates their Tag Title victory. They face the Lucha Dragons next.
[Commercial Break at 8:21]
Back on Raw, Lucha Dragons were on the entrance ramp preparing to enter the ring. Prime Time Players were ringside trying to put on a happy face after losing the Tag Titles last night. New Day's music then played to bring out the new tag champs. Kofi Kingston and Big E. came out first and stood on-stage. Big E. presented Xavier Woods, who came out with a trombone doing a victory song. Big E. sang "New York, New York" on the way down to the ring with their own lyrics about winning the Tag Titles.
1 -- WWE tag champions NEW DAY (BIG E. & KOFI KINGSTON w/Xavier Woods) vs. SIN CARA & KALISTO -- non-title match
Prime Time Players opted not to reveal when they will get their Tag Title re-match. Sin Cara wiped out the tag champs on the outside early on, then joined Kalisto for a mid-ring celebration. Luchas stood tall in the ring heading to break.
[Q3] [Commercial Break at 8:30]
Back from break, New Day were working on Sin Cara while Xavier played the trombone at ringside. Hot tag to Kalisto, who snapped off high-flying offense against Kingston. All four men battled in the ring, then Kofi grabbed Kalisto from behind for an overhead facebuster. New Day then hit their tag team combination finisher while Xavier played Taps. New Day pinned Kalisto for the win.
WINNERS: New Day at 6:15.
Post-match: Suddenly, the Dudley Boyz's familiar pyro shot off. The crowd and Cole freaked out as "The Dudleys" flashed on the video screen. Bully Ray and Devon walked out in New York sporting their old Dudleys gear. Bully and Devon hit the ring and got in their signature spots to refresh the audience as the crowd roared. Xavier sold the What's Up headbutt to the crotch, then Bully called for a table.
Devon went under the ring looking for a table as Xavier continued to sell in the ring. Devon slid the table into the ring, then Xavier walked into a 3D through the table. Bully stared into the hard camera as Devon posed in the corner. Cole hyped the tag division going to a new level.
The Dudleys then left the ring and got in the faces of the Prime Time Players, who stood up at the announce table for a stare down. No physicality, then the Dudleys returned to the ring to pose for the crowd.
Announcers: Cole hyped newspaper coverage of the WWE Title vs. U.S. Title match result with Jon Stewart turning on John Cena to help his former enemy, Seth Rollins. Cole hyped Stewart explaining his actions later in the show.
[Commercial Break at 8:40]
Back from break, WWE ran a video package on Summerslam Week. Specifically John Cena granting his 500th Make-a-Wish. Back live in the arena, Rocco was shown standing on the front row with his family.
[Q4] The Authority's Office: Triple H and Stephanie McMahon had their back to the camera admiring a statue for Seth Rollins. The camera pulled back to reveal the statue. That's a quick turnaround. Seth then walked in wanting to thank Hunter and Steph for everything they have done for him, as well as the audience. He said "this place is so much better off with you two in charge." Steph said they feel the same about Seth as WWE champion. She told him to get lost so they can get the statue out to the ring.
In-ring: The Shield's music played to bring out Roman Reigns through the crowd to a subdued reaction. Cole hyped the Summerslam re-match next on Raw.
[Commercial Break at 8:48]
Back from break, Dean Ambrose was quickly introduced to the ring. The Wyatt interruption then played over the arena to bring out Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt trying to get their win back from Summerslam.
2 -- BRAY WYATT & LUKE HARPER vs. DEAN AMBROSE & ROMAN REIGNS
Chaos broke out, then spilled out of the ring. Raw cut to an early break with the fighting ongoing.
[Commercial Break at 8:54]
Back from break, The Wyatts were working on Ambrose in the ring. Bray and Luke exchanged tags continuing to wear down Ambrose as Cole brought up the Bruiser Brody comparison for Harper. Ambrose finally broke free with a Tornado DDT to Harper. Tags to Reigns and Wyatt.
[Q5 -- second hour] Reigns got in powerhouse offense to Wyatt, then stalked him for a corner clothesline. Reigns cocked his fist for a Superman Punch, but Wyatt blocked and nailed a uranage, but Ambrose broke up a pin. All four men in the ring. Ambrose dropped Harper with a Rebound Lariat, then low-bridged Wyatt out of the ring. Ambrose followed with a running suicide dive to the outside.
Back in the ring, Reigns delivered a turnaround suplex to Wyatt for a two count when Harper broke up a pin. Chaos, then Harper and Wyatt stood tall over Reigns. They tried a Shield powerbomb, but Reigns kicked free, cleared Harper, and blocked Sister Abigail. Superman Punch to Wyatt, then Ambrose climbed to the top turnbuckle with an elbow to Harper on the outside. Reigns stalked Wyatt for a big spear, but the Wyatt theme played.
The lights came back on and there was a big man wearing a mask standing on the ring apron. He removed the mask to reveal a monstrous dude from NXT. Not much of a reaction from the crowd. The man, who was not identified by the announcers, attacked Reigns for a DQ as Wyatt smiled. Let's call him Braun, who tried to choke out Reigns. Ambrose then tried to attack him, but Braun shook him off. The Wyatts eventually stood tall over Reigns and Ambrose for the feud to continue.
WINNERS: Ambrose & Reigns via DQ at 10:36. This got the opposite of the Dudleys reaction. If the new Wyatt member was Braun, who wrestled a dark match at the Houston Smackdown TV taping in June, I wrote at the time: "Braun looks like a cross of Bray Wyatt and Hanson from ROH." So, there you go.
[Commercial Break at 8:08]
Moments Ago: The Wyatts introduced a new monstrous group member.
[Q6] With the crowd down from the previous segment, The Miz was standing by in the ring to introduce Miz TV. Miz asked the crowd if they're ready for a Divas Revolution. He then welcomed out Paige, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte, who won the three-team Divas elimination match last night at Summerslam.
Miz started with Becky, but she cut off Miz's line of questioning about Becky winning the Divas match last night. Becky said they are one cohesive unit and do not care about individual accolades. Miz and Charlotte then had a Ric Flair argument before Miz tried to get down to some competition between them. Paige said they get along, they are dominant, and they are just as athletic as any man.
Suddenly, The Bellas's music played. Nikki Bella recited a Donald Trump line as the trio of Nikki, Bella, and Alicia Fox walked down to the ring acting heelish. Brie said they are the faces of dominance as the crowd chanted over her wanting to see Sasha Banks. Brie droned on that they are the image of empowerment. Becky asked Brie how she dominated when she got pinned last night. Alicia then talked down to Becky about running off rookie Divas. Becky insulted her with a Nene Leaks line that fell flat.
Nikki stepped in-between Becky and Fox, then said wins and losses don't matter to her. She said that in three weeks, she will become the longest-reigning Divas champion in WWE history. The crowd booed. She then held up the title belt in Paige, Charlotte, and Becky's faces. "What? What? Huh?" Nikki taunted. Miz interrupted, telling them to be quiet, which got a pop. He turned it on the crowd, saying that goes for all of them.
Miz told Paige, Becky, and Charlotte to emulate him if they want a revolution. He said he sees a bunch of women with a hashtag who wrestle like girls. Paige cleared the Miz TV set, then cornered Miz. They lost focus on Team Bellas, who attacked the face trio from behind. Miz bailed from the ring as a fight broke out. The crowd naturally chanted for Sasha Banks. Cole said a six-Divas tag match is next. That was bad. Just reinforced a bunch of stereotypes they're trying to get away from. If they are trying to get away from them.
[Commercial Break at 9:23]
3 -- TEAM BELLAS (Divas champion NIKKI BELLA & BRIE BELLA & ALICIA FOX) vs. PAIGE & CHARLOTTE & BECKY LYNCH -- six-Divas tag match
Back from break, the match was ongoing in the ring. They set up Nikki and Charlotte having an alpha female battle, which Charlotte won. This set up the faces working over Nikki.
[Q7] Charlotte tried to get Nikki to submit to the Nagatalock, but Nikki held on. So, the face trio continued to work over Nikki. Long beat down on the heel champion. The action spilled to the outside, where Charlotte nailed a plancha. They headed to break with the faces still in control.
[Commercial Break at 9:32]
Back from break, the heels were in control now. The teams went back and forth, spilling out of the ring to try to sell the intensity of the feud. The crowd wasn't buying it, though, still wanting Sasha out there. And then they started doing the wave. The Bellas eventually pulled a fast one on the ref and scored a pinfall. The heels celebrated out of the ring as the babyface trio recovered in the ring.
WINNERS: Team Bellas at 14:10. This was too much for the crowd to sit through. A long talking segment and a long six-person tag match with undefined individual characters and hold-overs from the pre-"Revolution" era in front of a crowd taken out of the show by the previous match was a bad combination. It's that "self-fulfilling prophesy" of setting up the Divas for failure with the way this was laid out.
Still to come: WWE announced an eight-man tag match of Kevin Owens & Sheamus & Rusev & Big Show vs. Randy Orton & Cesaro & Dolph Ziggler & IC champion Ryback.
[Commercial Break at 9:42]
[Q8] King Barrett was in the ring back from break. Stardust's music then played to bring out Barrett's Summerslam partner. WWE replayed Stephen Amell and Neville beating the duo at Summerslam. Suddenly, Stardust attacked Barrett out of frustration. Stardust dropped Barrett with Cross Rhodes, then posed in the corner.
Neville's music suddenly played. Neville charged the ring and kicked Stardust in the mouth as the ref bailed from the ring. Neville then knocked down Stardust in the corner and teased Red Arrow, but Stardust bailed from the ring and high-tailed it to the top of the stage. Neville's music played as Stardust ranted & raved on the stage.
Announcers: Cole and Co. reset the show, flashing back to ESPN SportsCenter covering Summerslam last night. Cole then rolled still-photos of Jon Stewart costing John Cena the WWE Title vs. U.S. Title match last night.
Backstage: Jon Stewart attempted a heelish walk down the hallway while staring straight ahead. Cole said Stewart explains himself next.
[Commercial Break at 9:50]
Earlier Tonight: WWE revisited The Dudleys returning to WWE to take out tag champs New Day.
This Thursday: The Dudleys return to Smackdown in Providence.
Jon Stewart Segment
In-ring: Lilian Garcia was standing by to welcome out Jon Stewart. Stewart slapped hands on the way down to the ring before entering the ring. Stewart took a bow, then noted that he upset some people last night. Stewart said some of those people are here tonight. Of course, some people were happy. "Yes!" chants from the crowd.
To those individuals who had to comfort their children last night, he said it was not in any way to help Seth Rollins retain the WWE Title. And it was not to help The Authority. It was because in his heart, he could not let John Cena tie the great Ric Flair for 16 World Titles. "Because in my mind, The Champ is Flair," he said. This reinforced Stewart as a heel since he cozied up to Cena on the Summerslam pre-show getting Cena to sign something for his son.
Suddenly, Ric Flair's music played. Stewart started strutting in the ring, then Flair emerged on-stage to a loud reaction. Flair made a slow entrance to the ring to address Stewart. He said he appreciates what Stewart was thinking last night, but to be honest, he was pulling for John Cena. Stewart sold shock. Flair said sooner or later, the record will be broken, and he would prefer it be by someone he respects. "I didn't know," Stewart mouthed. Flair said you might not like it, but you better learn to love it because it's coming from me.
[Q9 -- third hour] Flair said he respects Cena. Stewart said he should have run it by Flair, saying he thought he was protecting Flair's record. Flair said Stewart has messed up everything. And he means everything. Stewart didn't get it. Suddenly, Cena's music played. Stewart sold concern as Cena emerged to "John Cena Suuuucks" sing-song from the crowd. Cena stormed the ring with a frown on his face.
Cena paced the ring back and forth as Flair stood in between Stewart and Cena. Loud "Let's Go Cena / Cena Sucks" chant from the crowd. Cena waited to speak. He turned to Stewart for a talk. "What do you want to talk about?" Stewart mustered. "Ce-na Sucks" chant to the New Day beat. Cena said Stewart did what he did last night because he thought it was the right thing to do.
But, because of what Stewart did, Seth Rollins is now the WWE champion and he is now the United States champion. Cena said Stewart just robbed the audience of seeing U.S. Title matches where guys get a shot at a title they would otherwise not be receiving. Cena name-dropped Sami Zayn, drawing "Ole!" chants from the crowd. Stewart wanted to crack jokes, drawing an angry response from Cena. Stewart said he respects Cena for being a fighting champion, and now this is his moment to win back the U.S. Title.
"I can win it back with a moment," Cena angrily replied. He said it's just like Stewart's self-serving moment last night at Summerslam. Cena said he'll surely understand what he has to do now. Cena hoisted Stewart into the air and dropped him with the AA in the middle of the ring. Cena pointed to the crowd, then shook hands with Flair and left the ring. Flair smiled at being the last man standing in the ring, then bent over to check Stewart for a pulse.
After a few replays of the AA, Stewart eventually made it off the mat selling Cena's finisher. He sold being dazed by the AA, then slowly left the ring with help from referees. Stewart was dragged up the entrance ramp as the announcers talked about Stewart getting what he deserved. JBL said Stewart is an old man. Cole said he acts like he's 70-years-old (subtle reference to Vince McMahon turning 70 today). JBL paused for his response, then said 70 isn't that old.
Still to come: Seth Rollins gets a statue.
Up Next: The eight-man tag match. Will they start any new issues or just follow up on Sunday's issues?
[Commercial Break at 10:12]
[Q10] Tomorrow night: Tough Enough finals.
Moments Ago: John Cena did what he had to do - dropping Jon Stewart with an AA. Stewart was then hauled out of the ring
Backstage Hallway: An angry John Cena was approached by Renee Young. Cena said he did what he thought was right. Later on tonight, he'll have another talk. This time with Seth Rollins.
In-ring: Dolph Ziggler's music played to bring out Zach and Kelly from Saved by the Bell. Ziggler was sporting long pants, appearing to be going for a Shawn Michaels look. Cesaro was out next, followed by IC champion Ryback and Randy Orton. Orton sold the effects of his Summerslam match against Sheamus last night, had an awkward run-in with Cesaro ringside, and entered the ring.
Out first for the heel squad was Rusev, joined by Summer Rae. Lana was unimpressed by Summer's appearance. Kevin Owens was out next, then Big Show, and finally Sheamus with his Money in the Bank briefcase. Sheamus placed the briefcase on the announce table next to JBL for safekeeping, then the opening bell sounded.
4 -- IC champion RYBACK & RANDY ORTON & CESARO & DOLPH ZIGGLER (w/Lana) vs. KEVIN OWENS & Mr. MITB SHEAMUS & BIG SHOW & RUSEV (w/Summer Rae)
Ryback and Rusev started the match, then Cesaro tagged in to work on Rusev. Cesaro wore down Rusev, then tagged in Ziggler, who tried to get a piece of Rusev, but Rusev bailed from the ring. There was a four-on-four showdown heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 10:23]
Big Show and Ziggler were in the ring back from break. Show pointed to his butt to taunt the audience, then bodyslammed Biker Ziggler. "Big ... Show Sucks" chant to the New Day tune, temporarily distracting Show. Show cut off Ziggler, then tagged in Owens to a pop. Owens teed off on Ziggler, then slingshot him across the top rope into a running butt splash.
Owens mocked Ziggler's pose, then Sheamus stole a tag from Rusev to work on Ziggler. Sheamus tried to engage the crowd with a submission hold, then he dropped Ziggler with the Irish Curse backbreaker. Sheamus did Orton's pose to minimal reaction heading to break.
[Q11] [Commercial Break at 10:31]
Big Show and Ziggler were in the ring back from break. That already happened. Cole noted that Ziggler has been in there for a very long time. The first big reaction of the match came moments later when Summer slightly got involved, drawing over Lana to tackle Summer. The fight was on ringside. Back in the ring, Ziggler dropped a distracted Rusev. Ziggler made it across the ring to Cesaro for a tag. Owens also tagged in for the heels, so Cesaro went off on Owens with repeated clotheslines.
More tags produced a mid-ring battle between Ryback and Owens. Owens wanted a corner cannonball splash, but Ryback intercepted with a spinebuster. Ryback wanted the Meathook Clothesline, and he connected to Owens. Ryback then scooped up Owens for Shell-shock, but Owens pushed off. Double clothesline put both men on the mat.
Tags to Orton and Sheamus. Orton dropped Sheamus with the second-rope DDT, then teased the RKO, but he saw Show coming, so he dropkicked Show on the ring apron. Show did not fall down, though, and accidentally smashed Sheamus with the KO Punch. Sheamus recoiled into an RKO from Orton, who covered Sheamus for the win.
Post-match, Show sold being annoyed by knocking out his tag partner. Meanwhile, the babyfaces celebrated on the outside. Rusev then stormed into the ring to yell at Show. Owens joined Rusev yelling at Big Show, who tried to calm them down. Owens said something about Show being around when he was 13-years-old. Show shoved him down, but Rusev sidekicked Show in the mouth. Rusev then sent Owens flying into the corner for a cannonball splash to Owens. Owens left the ring, waved off Sheamus, and headed to the back.
Meanwhile, the babyfaces remained ringside. Poor Show sold a beating in the ring, then the babyfaces entered the ring. And, instead of being a friend to the giant, the faces ganged up on him with a superkick from Ziggler and triple RKO bomb from Orton, Ryback, and Cesaro. The crowd didn't react much, feeling somewhat sorry for Show. Show eventually rolled out of the ring and the faces celebrated in the ring while Show kind of wandered around ringside selling being attacked by seven men.
WINNERS: Team Orton at 17:55. Why does everyone have to be so mean to the giant? This felt like a birthday present to the Audience of One seeing the big giant taking his monthly lumps. As for the match, they mainly followed up on Summerslam feuds, but also teased the start of a Ryback-Owens IC Title feud. We'll see if there's actual follow-up.
[Q12] [Commercial Break at 10:45]
Announcers: Byron Saxton's one role on the show was demonstrating how to order a pizza by sending a pizza slice icon. Not explained is how Dominos knows what the order is. Now, thousands of people are going to try to send a pizza icon to Dominos with no intention of placing an order.
Suddenly, Bray Wyatt's interruption played. From a dark room, Bray Wyatt sent a message to Roman Reigns. Bray said Reigns infects everyone around him, including his so-called brother Dean Ambrose. Last night at Summerslam, the world witnessed Reigns's moment of glory because now it's over. He said tonight Reigns witnessed "her" greatest gift. This is Braun Stroman. And he is Abigail's black sheep. Braun removed his mask and glared into the camera.
Backstage: John Cena was shown walking down the hallway. Stephanie and Triple H stopped him in the hallway. Steph dressed him down with back-handed compliments, then brought out security. She said she's not letting anyone or anything ruin Seth Rollins's celebration tonight. So, security escorted Cena out of the building with his hands behind his back. "You can't see me," Steph taunted Cena, who silently was hauled off. Hunter smirked, then Steph said it's time.
In the arena, WWE showed Seth Rollins's statue being assembled in the ring. Cole went to footage of Ultimate Warrior's statue ceremony, saying the late Warrior was immortalized at WrestleMania. So, what are they trying to say about Seth's life status? WWE went back to footage of the statue being set up in the ring heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 10:54]
Seth Rollins Ceremony
Raw returned two minutes before the top of the hour with a shot of the giant statue covered by a cloth positioned in the ring. Triple H's music played to bring out Hunter and Stephanie for the show-closing segment. Steph said she's going to get in trouble for this because tonight is a celebration of Vince McMahon's 70th birthday. Steph said she knows Vince will not come out here, so she would like everyone to sing Happy Birthday. Everyone took their places to sing, then Steph said he's not going to come out here. Hunter said Vince is so mad right now.
[Q13 -- over-run] Hunter got down to business. He said when they looked for a top champion, they looked for Hustle. And that man is Seth Rollins. They also looked for Loyalty - Seth Rollins. They also looked for someone with Respect - Seth Rollins. "Hustle, loyalty, respect - that is Seth Rollins," Hunter said. He said Seth also has one more important thing - he's a winner.
Hunter said Seth deserves to be immortalized in bronze. "So, let me bring out The Man, Seth Rollins," he said. Rollins's music played to bring out the WWE & U.S. champion wearing both title belts. Seth entered the ring to talk about this being bigger than the Hall of Fame, more like Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. He dogged the Brooklyn Nets, then got back on-track.
Seth said heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Sandlot pop. Seth said tonight that with the unveiling of this statue --- he paused to sell being choked up. Hunter put his hand on Seth's shoulder to calm him. Seth said that with the unveiling of this statue, "I become immortal!" Seth said he's said a lot of terrible things about John Cena over the past month, but there is a reason why Cena has sat atop the WWE Mountain for the last ten years. Because Cena has worked every single day to be The Man. And for the last ten years, Cena was The Man. But, to be The Man, you have to beat The Man. "And that is exactly what I did last night, bay-be!" he shouted.
Seth told Trips that he is right that he is no longer the future of WWE, but The Man. Seth said that after he main-events WrestleMania after WrestleMania, this statue will stand when he is long retired. He said this statue will live forever. "Bruno Sammartino, The Ultimate Warrior, Andre the Giant, and now Seth Rollins," he said. Seth asked Brooklyn if they're ready for this. "Brooklyn, are you ready?" Seth asked DX Style.
"The Champ is here!" Seth declared. Drumroll, then the curtain pulled back to reveal ... Sting. Hunter and Steph sold shock as Sting stood on the platform with half of his facepaint chipped away. Steph got the heck out of the ring, then Hunter slowly left the ring. Sting stepped off the platform and teed off on Seth, then howled to the crowd. Sting delivered a Stinger Splash, then he clotheslined Seth out of the ring at the feet of The Authority. "Sting has stuck it to The Authority again!" Cole declared.
Sting then went over to the WWE Title belt and picked it up. Sting held up the title belt as Steph shouted that he's dead. "Never!" she declared. Sting's WWE music played and Cole relayed news that an interview with Triple H will air on WWE Network up next. Who made that call if The Authority was ringside? Vince as payback? Raw signed off with Hunter, Seth, and Steph selling anger ringside while Sting stood tall in the ring 13 minutes past the top of the hour.
After Raw signed off, the Network picked up with Cole, Saxton, and JBL shown ringside recapping what just happened. JBL noted that Sting has never held the WWE Title. Cole went backstage for an interview with Triple H.
Backstage, Hunter and Seth sold anger as they walked down the hallway. Renee Young caught up to Hunter, Seth, and Stephanie. Hunter said he should have finished Sting at WrestleMania, then he angrily said they're going to finish Sting. And it's going to happen at Night of Champions for the WWE World Title. Seth got fired up shouting that he will finish Sting at NOC. Sting and Hunter pushed themselves around in fired-up mode, then Seth shouted into the camera that Sting is dead at Night of Champions. On commentary, Cole made it official for four weeks in Houston. Raw then officially ended 18 minutes past the top of the hour.
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