WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 9/21: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw - Night of Champions fall-out, Cena vs. Rollins U.S. Title re-match, Bizzaro Kane, more
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WWE Raw TV Results
September 21, 2015 - Episode #1,165
Live in Laredo, Tex.
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
- The Card: Night of Champions PPV fall-out, John Cena vs. Seth Rollins in a U.S. Title re-match, Dudleys & Dolph Ziggler vs. WWE tag champions New Day & Rusev in a six-man tag match, Big Show vs. Cesaro, and more.
Live Raw on USA Network
Raw opened with ... the Bray Wyatt interruption, stunning the audience. Bray Wyatt led Luke Harper and Braun Strowman out on-stage to begin the show as Michael Cole introduced the show. Cole, sitting in the dark with JBL and Byron Saxton, noted the Wyatts's victory over Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and their mystery tag partner Chris Jericho. Cole noted Reigns & Ambrose did not take kindly to Jericho losing the match last night.
Once in the ring, Bray spoke into the darkness. "Roman Reigns, I tried to warn you with my words," Bray said. "But, apparently I did not speak loud enough!" Bray said Reigns was a fool if he thought he could out-run his destiny because last night at Night of Champions, he brought the golden idol to his knees. He said he tried to tell Reigns that they all fall down. And, he is no liar. "Matter of fact, I am the man....."
The Shield theme interrupted Bray mid-sentence. Roman Reigns walked out atop the arena, smacked some fists, and walked down the entrance ramp toward the ring. No sign of Dean Ambrose. Reigns slowly hit the ringside area, glared into the ring, and slipped into the ring as Bray held back Harper and Strowman.
Reigns slowly approached the Wyatts as the crowd picked up a "Roman Reigns" chant. Bray smiled and laughed at the sight before him. Reigns said it's not just about him, but about him and Wyatt. Reigns said they should finish this here. He told Bray to send Harper and Strowman back to the swamp and they'll see who makes it out of Laredo tonight. Bray processed the challenge, then shouted off-camera.
Reigns questioned Bray if he's scared to go one-on-one with him. He said they don't need a ref or even make it a match. "Let's just have a fight," Reigns said. Bray smiled. Bray then whispered in Harper's right ear and Strowman's left ear. They dipped out of the ring to the apron and a fight was on.
Reigns suplexed Bray across the ring, then clotheslined him repeatedly in the corner. Reigns ran into a big boot, though. Bray tried to follow up, but Bray ran into a Superman Punch. Reigns then pounded on Bray and that brought Harper into the ring.
Harper and Strowman were able to cut off Reigns, then Strowman slammed Reigns to the mat. Suddenly, Dean Ambrose's music played to a big reaction. Ambrose ran underneath Strowman, hit the ring, and took down Harper. Ambrose then splashed Strowman on the outside, but Strowman refused to leave his feet. Strowman KO'ed Ambrose with a right hand, then Reigns tried to jump Strowman on the outside. Bodies everywhere.
A referee eventually spilled out from backstage, then another one trying to restore order. Ambrose was KO'ed ringside, then Harper grabbed Reigns and tried to choke him out. Suddenly, Randy Orton's music played. Orton stormed the ring to even the game, clearing the Wyatts from the ring. Orton then fought Harper on the outside, turning this into all-out chaos. Harper took a back drop onto the announce table, but Strowman headbutted Orton.
Back in the ring, Strowman stalked Orton, then Ambrose came flying out of nowhere with a splash to Strowman. Orton dropkicked him, then Reigns Superman-Punched Strowman, which sent the big man out of the ring. Strowman still landed on his feet, though, and recovered with Harper and Bray on the outside. The Shield's music played as the babyfaces circled the ring catching their breath after the opening fight. Apparently not even an unsanctioned fight can settle this issue. There's only one place to go ... HIAC.
Video Package: Flashback to last night when Seth Rollins had to defend the WWE Title and U.S. Title back-to-back. And, things ended with Big Red Kane returning to take out Rollins and Sheamus, who tried to cash in MITB on Seth.
[Q2] Backstage: Rollins was shown pacing around in the hallway, then he barged into The Authority's office. Seth said he can sense that Kane is here. Seth walked in and there was Corporate Kane. Apparently he's now split-personality Kane. Kane chuckled about his big return tonight after convalescing from Seth's attack after Brock Lesnar broke his ankle. Seth asked him about last night. Kane said he doesn't know what he's talking about, then joyfully talked about getting his position back as Director of Operations. Okay, but where are Triple H and Stephanie McMahon? Kane said they have not arrived yet. But, no worries, as he has arranged for Seth to get his U.S. Title re-match against John Cena. Tonight. Seth tried to take that in stride and no-sell before storming off. "Good luck!" Kane cheerfully said.
[Commercial Break at 8:17]
In-ring: Stardust was standing on the guardrail staring into the crowd as The Ascension hung out in the ring. Stardust shook of "Cody, Cody" chants, then Neville's music played for another round of this feud. Lucha Dragons joined him for a replay of last night's PPV pre-show match.
1 -- STARDUST & THE ASCENSION (KONNOR & VIKTOR) vs. NEVILLE & LUCHA DRAGONS (KALISTO & KONNOR) -- six-man tag match
Sin Cara slipped off the ring apron early on, then sold an injury. The heels capitalized by working over Sin Cara. Cara finally made it to Neville for a tag. Neville wanted Red Arrow, but Viktor provided a distraction. That allowed Stardust to kick Neville off the ring apron, then out of the ring heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 8:25]
Back from break, the heels continued to work over Neville. Meanwhile, the announcers argued about Big Red Kane vs. Corporate Kane, resuming those old, tired conversations. And the conversation just kept going and going while the heels continued to work over Neville.
[Q3] Kalisto finally got a hot tag and cleaned house. Major high-flying, then he snapped off Salida del Sol on Viktor for the pin and the win. Afterward, the babyface trio celebrated getting their win back after losing last night.
WINNERS: Team Neville at 10:30. So, a third match this week on Smackdown to settle the score?
Still to come: U.S. champion John Cena vs. WWE World Hvt. champion Seth Rollins for the U.S. Title.
[Commercial Break at 8:33]
Backstage: Seth Rollins was shown limping around, then he found Triple H and Stephanie McMahon arriving at the building. Seth freaked out about Kane being reinstated as Director of Operations, but Hunter seemed unsure of what Seth was talking about. Seth explained the whole conversation with Kane, then Hunter calmed him down and told him just to focus on winning back the U.S. Title. Steph told Seth to worry about Cena and they'll worry about Kane. "Okay," Seth mumbled. Seth left, then Hunter and Steph looked at each other with concern. Concern over Kane being an even-more dangerous lunatic or Seth losing his mind?
NOC Flashback: Kevin Owens captured the IC Title from Ryback with an eye-rake into a quick pin for the win.
In-ring: Ryback's music played to bring out the former Intercontinental champion. Cole said Ryback is in action next. Squash match?
[Commercial Break at 8:40]
Back from break, Bo Dallas's music was playing out. Kevin Owens's music then brought out the new IC champion rubbing it in Ryback's face. Owens joined the announce position, sitting next to JBL. Bo Dallas then took the mic in the ring and congratulated Owens on his title win. Dallas told Ryback that he never will be better than Owens.
2 -- RYBACK vs. BO DALLAS
The bell sounded and Ryback drove Dallas into the corner as Cole noted The Champ is here with them at ringside. Cole brought up a "controversial ending" to the match last night, drawing an argument from Owens. Saxton tried to ask Owens if he has a new-found respect for Ryback after last night, but Owens no-sold him and said he's really trying to ignore him.
Ryback continued to wear down Dallas, who eventually rolled to the ring apron and suckered in Ryback for a neck-snap. Dallas then went to work on Ryback, who fought back and set up the Meathook Clothesline. Ryback then nailed Shell-Shock for a three count.
Post-match, Owens immediately hit the ring and attacked Ryback from behind. Owens threw Ryback into the ropes looking for a pop-up powerbomb, but Ryback nailed a clothesline instead. Owens then rolled out of the ring and high-tailed it, running away from the fight. Owens held up the IC Title belt to continue taunting Ryback, who gets his re-match at some point soon.
WINNER: Ryback at 4:05.
Up Next: Charlotte's Divas Title celebration.
[Commercial Break at 8:50]
Divas Title Celebration
Back from break, Ric Flair's music played to produce the father of Charlotte to lead the victory celebration. Flair strutted out on-stage, then strutted down to the ring high-fiving fans. Flair hit the ring and bounced against the ropes before strutting some more.
Once in the ring, Flair waited out "Wooos!" before rhetorically asking if he looks like a proud, happy father. Flair asked if he's had fun in Laredo, Texas before. Flair went back to 1972 for when he had some fun here. Flair said there are times in a man's life when things happen that are so special. Flair paused for a "Thank you, Ric" chant and tried to brush it off.
Flair said there are special moments like walking out to the ring as a wrestler for the first time, then win your first title. And your second and third and fourth. Or, you fall in love once, twice, maybe four times. But, the proudest moment of his entire life was not his World Title win in 1981 or his retirement match with Shawn Michaels, but last night when his little girl won the Divas Title. Flair said she didn't get it because of him, but because she worked hard to get that title. Flair welcomed out his little girl, the Divas champion, Whoo, Charlotte.
Out came the new Divas champion flanked by Paige and Becky Lynch. Flair held open the ropes for all three ladies, then glowed about his daughter being the champion. Charlotte took the mic and said they tend to cry when they're in the ring together. Flair was already tearing up. Charlotte went back to sitting in the crowd like all of the fans visualizing being just like Ric wrestling in the ring. Charlotte put over Ric and they embraced as the crowd cheered.
[Q5 -- second hour] Charlotte got down to business addressing the trio. She said that ever since the Divas Revolution started, it's been a dream of hers to team with Paige and Becky. And now she has two best friends. Charlotte thanked Becky for keeping them light, then she addressed Paige, who got a big crowd reaction. Charlotte said they started at NXT, and she was the first NXT Women's champion. She said she has followed Paige in her footsteps and she wanted to be where Paige was. And now she is here because Paige inspired her.
Paige took the mic and said this all so nice. She said this whole celebration is for Charlotte, but let's think about who made this possible. And that's her. Paige told Becky to shut up because this is becoming patronizing. Paige took exception to this celebration for Charlotte, then predicted Nikki taking back the Divas Title and the whole Revolution will be over. Paige then ran down Becky, Team B.A.D., Lana and Summer Rae for fighting over who they're going to climb on top of next, and Natalya, who disappeared. She said there's the Bellas, who are in their position because of reasons everyone knows about. Dog-whistle, but she couldn't cross the line to actually state the reason(s).
Paige then shouted at Charlotte that she's in her position only because of her old man. Charlotte wanted to jump Paige, but Becky held her back. Paige stormed off to the back. The Bellas then came out on-stage to keep the run-down going. Nikki ran down Paige as a classless, trashy woman.
Nikki then welcomed Charlotte to her world of people being jealous of her every day of her title run. Nikki said starting tonight it's not going to be easy for Charlotte, because she's going to lose to her sister, Brie. And, when they have their re-match, Charlotte is going to lose the Divas Title, too. Nikki told Charlotte that she has to prove herself.
[Commercial Break at 9:06]
3 -- Divas champion CHARLOTTE (w/Becky Lynch) vs. BRIE BELLA (w/Nikki Bella and Alicia Fox) -- non-title match
The match was joined in-progress with Brie mocking Charlotte. Brie went to work on Charlotte's leg, following up on the work done by Nikki Bella last night at Night of Champions.
[Q6] Charlotte fought back with right hands on her wobbly leg, then Brie clipped her for a 15-yard penalty and a nearfall. Brie lost control and Charlotte fought back with chops. Charlotte wanted the figure-eight leglock and Brie was forced to tap out. Becky, a loyal friend, hit the ring to celebrate with Charlotte as Nikki lamented her team's loss at ringside.
WINNER: Charlotte via submission at 6:26. Pretty much a replay of the second-half of last night's Nikki vs. Charlotte match with the extended leg work overcome by the figure-eight submission. Good to see WWE establish a new champion out of the gate instead of doing the tired even-steven booking to make the champ seem vulnerable Week 1.
[Commercial Break at 9:19]
In-ring: Sheamus was introduced to the ring out of the break. Sheamus carried his MITB briefcase down to ringside as Cole recapped Sheamus's false-start MITB cash-in last night. As Sheamus clutched his briefcase in the ring, Mark Henry was randomly introduced as Sheamus's opponent. It was jolly Mark Henry wrestling in his home state, but the crowd didn't take to Henry, who has been on TV sporadically or treated like an enhancement wrestler when he's actually been on TV.
4 -- MARK HENRY vs. SHEAMUS
Henry over-powered Sheamus early on, so Sheamus bailed to the floor for a breather. Sheamus returned to the ring and Henry again knocked him out of the ring. Sheamus, frustrated, pounded the floor in anger. Henry then grabbed Sheamus by his mohawk and pulled him onto the ring apron, then yanked him back into the ring. But, Sheamus surprised Henry with a glancing Brogue Kick, as described by Cole. Sheamus then measured Henry for a full Brogue Kick, which resulted in the three count for the win.
WINNER: Sheamus at 2:25. And the crowd's lack of interest was justified with Henry again presented like an enhancement wrestler.
Post-match, Sheamus took the mic on the stage. Sheamus said as far as he's concerned, he's the WWE World Hvt. champion. It's just a matter of time.
Still to come: Ziggler & Dudleys vs. Rusev & WWE tag champions New Day in a six-man tag match.
[Q7] [Commercial Break at 9:30]
Authority's Office: It took The Authority an hour to find Corporate Kane in their office. Kane said it feels so great to be back at work. So, about that. Hunter said Cena vs. Rollins for the U.S. Title is great. And awesome. It's just that. They haven't heard from Kane since he got hurt, then he just showed up last night. "Last night? What are you talking about?" Kane said. Steph said she understands that Kane wants revenge and if he wants to play mind games, but don't insult their intelligence. Kane said he would never do that. And he signed a contract to do what's best for business. Hunter was about to give Kane a piece of his mind, but Steph said they're all going to get on the same page. She said she needs Kane to give it back. Kane low-fived Steph, who clarified that she needs Kane's mask back. Kane realized that his mask is gone and freaked out. He said the last time he saw the mask was when he gave it to Stephanie. He became angry. Then back to happy-go-luck Kane. But, he'll help them find it. So, have a great night. Hunter was not happy with this.
Backstage: Paige was randomly pacing around. Natalya then returned to TV and Paige sarcastically asked if she's going to lash out at her for what she said earlier. Nattie said she was right about a lot of what she said, but she went about it very unprofessionally. Paige said it's funny that Natalya is back here acting like mother hen, but where have you been the past few months? Natalya said she has a match against Naomi tonight, then told Paige that the only person standing in her way is herself. Paige blew her off.
Back in the arena, New Day tried to wake up a crowd that's had to sit through a long, long Raw show with a lot of talking and backstage segments. Big E.'s standard intro was met with apathy, Kofi Kingston joined him, and Xavier Woods limped down to ringside with his trombone after going through a table last night. Another break for this poor crowd.
[Commercial Break at 9:39]
Back from break, WWE tag champs New Day were standing by in the ring. New Day tried to encourage a "New Day Sucks" chant to liven things up. Xavier held up a bag that contained a piece of wood that had to be removed from his buttocks last night. Kofi said the Dudleys are a menace to society and they must be stopped. Big E. said they must build a wall around Dudleyville. Big E. kept going, but the audience didn't bite on the veiled border reference in the border-town of Laredo. Big E. made it light by saying they need to save the tables.
[Q8] Rusev's music interrupted to bring out Rusev. Summer Rae followed at a distance. Summer eventually caught up to Rusev appearing to want to have a conversation. Not the time. Rusev ignored her, then hit the ring to stand next to New Day.
Out first for the babyface trio were the Dudleys. Dolph Ziggler was out next as their tag partner. Before the match started, Cole announced the Dudleys getting their Tag Title re-match against New Day on the MSG Network special.
5 -- DOLPH ZIGGLER & THE DUDLEYS (BUBBA RAY & DEVON) vs. WWE tag champions NEW DAY (KOFI KINGSTON & BIG E. w/Xavier Woods) & RUSEV (w/Summer Rae)
Xavier and Summer jockeyed for position at ringside as the match started with Ziggler and Kofi scrapping. Lots of athleticism in this one-on-one battle. Xavier played a few notes, then Devon tagged in to work on Kofi. The babyfaces then cleared the heels to the outside and stood tall in the ring as WWE tried to time the NFL going to Halftime.
[Commercial Break at 9:51]
Back from break, the heels were working on Ziggler in the ring. Of course, Xavier started working the trombone as the heels tagged in and out doing some sort of wrestling thing in the ring. Back to Xavier, who got Summer to partake in the trombone. More tags in and out wearing down Ziggler with basic offense. Rusev paused to yell in Ziggler's face: "Lana is mine!"
[Q9 -- third hour] Ziggler finally escaped Rusev and tagged in Bubba Ray. Ray back-dropped Kofi, then nailed a corner splash. A sidewalk slam followed, then Bully nailed a powerful uranage, but Big E. broke up a pin. Chaos in the ring before Bully and Rusev came together. Bully quickly tagged out to Devon, who double-team suplexed Rusev. The Dudleys then set up Ziggler for a top-rope What's Up headbutt, which Ziggler connected with to Rusev's crotch.
Chaos in the ring, then Ziggler superkicked Xavier off the ring apron. But, the distraction allowed Rusev to superkick Ziggler when he turned around. Rusev pinned Ziggler for the win. Rusev celebrated with Summer Rae at ringside, then New Day joined them for a victory celebration.
WINNERS: Team Rusev at 14:13. Long, drawn-out match. WWE has reinforced to the audience that the in-ring portion of these matches is like the final five minutes of a blow-out NBA game, so the crowd has learned to disinvest. But, the Ziggler-Rusev feud must continue.
Announcers: Cole talked about tonight being a "weird night." Of course, everything was centered on Kane's return.
Tonight: Cena vs. Rollins for the U.S. Title.
[Commercial Break at 10:05]
In-ring: Naomi was introduced to the ring with Sasha Banks and Tamina for Divas action. Before Natalya came out, WWE randomly plugged a house show in Cleveland this Saturday.
6 -- NATALYA vs. NAOMI (w/Sasha Banks and Tamina)
Naomi took control working on Natalya, who hasn't wrestled on Raw TV in months. They cut backstage to show Paige kind of watching the match on a backstage monitor. Naomi pretty much dominated from start to finish and nailed Rear View on Natalya for the win. Naomi smiled as she left the ring to celebrate with Sasha and Tamina. Meanwhile, Natalya sold facial pain while recovering in the ring.
WINNER: Naomi at 3:47. The biggest question coming out of this match for a lot of viewers is why WWE isn't doing more with Sasha Banks. And then why bring back Natalya to get squashed. And then you remember it's Natalya, who WWE gave a flatulence gimmick to.
[Q10] Authority's Office: Hunter and Stephanie were talking to each other, then Seth Rollins walked in wanting to know what the plan is tonight. Steph said they think Kane got all of his revenge out of his system last night at Night of Champions, so he came to work tonight ready to handle his corporate responsibilities. Seth said this is Kane, not just anyone. He told Hunter that he's known him for 20 years. Hunter had enough and yelled at Seth to stop worrying about Kane and just focus on Cena. Seth walked off, then Steph shot Hunter a look of surprise that he yelled at Seth.
[Commercial Break at 10:17]
Coming back from break, WWE ran a movie spot for Dean Ambrose in WWE Studios's "12 Rounds."
And then back in the arena, Big Show was introduced for singles action. At ringside, Cole tried to muster genuine excitement hyping Big Show facing Brock Lesnar on the MSG Network special next Saturday. Cesaro was out next as Show's opponent tonight.
7 -- BIG SHOW vs. CESARO
Show dominated early on, slowing the pace, so JBL's mind naturally went to golf. JBL told a story about playing golf with Big Show, whose hand was too big to fit inside the hole to retrieve his golfball. Show then airballed an elbow drop, giving Cesaro an opening. Cesaro knocked Show out of the ring, then followed to the outside with a European Uppercut. Cesaro then hopped on the announce table and tried to splash Show, but Show caught Cesaro and posted him.
Show was slow to return to the ring, allowing Cesaro to uppercut him on the ring apron. Cesaro tried his super dead-lift suplex, but Show blocked. Cesaro wanted it one more time. Nope. Cesaro was determined to pull it off, though, drawing in the audience. A third try and Cesaro settled for a snap suplex over the top rope back into the ring. Cesaro sold intense back pain from being posted and then suplexing Show.
Cesaro was slow to get back to his feet, allowing Show to get up first, see a weakened Cesaro, and smash him with the KO Punch. Show covered Cesaro for the pin. The announcers tried to put Brock Lesnar in jeopardy on the Network special by suggesting that could be Lesnar on October 3.
WINNER: Show at 6:17. At least they gave Cesaro an out - hubris got the best of him - but he's officially back to being That Guy who doesn't actually do anything.
[Q11] Post-match, Show took the mic. Show said this is a message to Brock Lesnar. He shouted about who he is and what he's about. Show said he's the greatest giant who ever lived. Show went back to November 2002 when he pinned Brock Lesnar. He said that not only did he pin Lesnar, he took the title from him. It was the same MSG building for Survivor Series. Show ran down Lesnar for being a "vanilla gorilla" sitting at home eating Jimmy Johns thinking he's a cakewalk. But, Show vowed to prove why he's the best big man in the history of the business. Show angrily threw down the mic and walked to the back.
Locker Room: John Cena was shown preparing for his U.S. Title defense. Cole said the match is next.
[Commercial Break at 10:33]
Smackdown announcement: Ryback & Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens & Rusev this Thursday.
Announcers: Cole and Co. reset from Laredo, Texas. Cole flashed back to what feels like last week's show when The Wyatts and the former Shield + Randy Orton brawled in the ring. The video was designed to hype Braun Strowman.
Suddenly, the Wyatts's video interrupted. Somewhere in the building, Luke Harper talked about Randy Orton hearing voices in his head. He said Bray Wyatt taught him to learn from his mistakes, but Orton has not. Strowman then talked unconvincingly about catching a snake, skinning it, and drinking its blood. Bray walked in to note that they all fall down, and so will Orton.
Back to the announcers for reaction. JBL said the Wyatts might be unstoppable. John Cena's music interrupted the conversation. Out came the U.S. champion to bring the crowd to life. Cena bounced down to the ring and posed for an appreciative crowd in South Texas. The U.S. Title re-match main event is next.
[Commercial Break at 10:41]
[Q12] In-ring: Seth Rollins limped down to the ring as the challenger for the U.S. Title, getting his re-match after losing the title last night to Cena. Once both men were in the ring, Lilian Garcia handled formal ring introductions. As soon as Lilian introduced Cena to the crowd, Rollins jumped Cena and tried to get a pre-match attack. The ref pulled Seth off, then checked with Cena on whether he was okay to wrestle. In-between gasping for air, Cena told the ref he was ready to fight. Cue the bell.
8 -- U.S. champion JOHN CENA vs. WWE World Hvt. champion SETH ROLLINS -- United States Title match
Rollins continued to assault Cena as the crowd tried to rally behind Cena. Rollins kept up the attack, eventually knocking Cena out of the ring. So, Raw cut to break with Cena in trouble.
[Commercial Break at 10:52]
Back from break, Seth continued to work on Cena, who just had nothing going for him after being ambushed. Cena finally got in his customary comeback and hit the Five Knuckle Shuffle, which sent Seth reeling out of the ring. Cena tracked him down and tossed the WWE Champ back into the ring. Cena tried to follow up back in the ring, but Seth blocked him. Cross-body, roll-through, nearfall, roll-through, nearfall, and then Seth hit a standing sidekick for a two count. And, Byron finally gets in the box score by taking viewers out of the moment of a good vs. evil battle by wondering aloud how lucky they are to get to see this match two nights in a row.
[Q13 -- over-run] Cena went for the STF, but Rollins blocked and cut off Cena. Cena then caught Rollins in the electric chair, which he turned into a face-plant for a two count. Reset, then multiple finisher teases. Seth went for the bucklebomb, which Cena braced himself for to avoid getting Sting'ed, then Seth caught Cena with a driver for a two count.
At 14:00, Seth slowly climbed the turnbuckles with his back to Cena. Seth took too long going for whatever he had in mind, allowing Cena to move. And, Cena caught Rollins with the STF, but Rollins made it to the ropes for a break. Rollins followed with a kick to the head, then went to the top-rope to deliver a frog splash, but Cena rolled through Eddie's finish and hit the AA. Cena pinned the WWE Champ for the second consecutive night.
WINNER: Cena at 15:33 to retain the U.S. Title. Another solid match between them, as they have great chemistry in the ring. It's just the announcing is produced so poorly, hurting big matches by taking viewers out of the moment of investing in a heel vs. face struggle by evaluating the quality of the match - or emphasizing the "E" in "WWE" - at the expense of the story being told in the ring. It's become even worse than the bad habit of giving away the finish by saying "the match is over for sure!" before a close nearfall.
Post-match, Cena clutched his pec as he left the ring selling the effects of the match. Cena hit the stage to celebrate, then returned to ringside to sign a poster for a child wearing a hospital mask. Cena then bailed to the back, leaving Rollins alone in the ring. Suddenly, Corporate Kane showed up on the videotron. Kane was nice and friendly talking about making Rollins the best WWE champion he can be. He then turned evil talking about people lining up to face Rollins for the WWE Title.
Suddenly, pyro shot off and Kane shot through the ring apron dressed as Big Red Kane. Kane dragged Seth through a hole in the ring as Seth freaked out, then Seth disappeared underneath the ring. Smoke shot up from the hole in the ring. The camera then pulled back to show the hole in the ring and the crowd leaving. JBL called this one bizarre night. Raw signed off seven minutes past the top of the hour.
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