Monday, August 25, 2014
The show opened with Michael Cole in the ring as he introduced three Hall of Famers for a forum with Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels. They debated on whether or not Cena has a chance to defeat Brock Lesnar in the rematch at Night of Champions. Michaels and Flair said they didn’t think so, with HBK even suggesting Cena might consider retirement. Meanwhile Hogan kept defending Cena, saying he beat Brock once before and could do so again. As they argued a bit, Cena’s music hit to bring him to the ring. Cena came in and talked up each of the three men, saying he respects that everyone has an opinion but is sick of everyone saying what they thought he should do. He told them what he was going to do: he was going to Night of Champions not just to beat Lesnar, but to beat Lesnar’s ass.
Rusev defeated Jack Swagger due to referee stoppage. The match last over 12 minutes. Towards the end, Rusev was kicking away on Swagger in the corner. The ref pulled him away several times and warned him. The ref called for the bell saying that Swagger couldn’t defend himself anymore.
After break, Swagger was being attended to backstage when Bo Dallas walked in. He told Swagger once again he had a tough fight out there and once again let his country down. He told him all he had to do was Bo-Lieve. He said to think about it before he left the scene.
Cesaro defeated Rob Van Dam via pinfall to become new #1 contender for the US Championship. United States champion Sheamus was on guest commentary. After a three minute back and forth match, Cesaro suddenly grabbed RVD and hit the Neutralizer quickly for the win. Post-match, he went to the outside and grabbed the US title. Sheamus told him to give it back, so Cesaro looked at it then threw it back at Sheamus. The refs had to stay between the two men with Cesaro backing away smiling.
Paige defeated Natalya via pinfall in a non-title match. Paige hit the Paige Turner in under 3 minutes to get the win. AJ Lee came skipping to the ring. The distraction helped Natalya to clothesline down Paige before leaving. AJ got in the ring with a mic, then helped Paige up. She said they are frenemies and knew Paige was sincere, but not like she was. She hugged Paige, then kissed her hand and left the ring.
They had a mock funeral in the ring, with a wreath set up and a picture of Ambrose. Kane was there at a podium saying they were there to remember Ambrose, while also celebrating the future of Mr. Money in the Bank, Seth Rollins. Rollins came to the ring in a black suit, saying he was the leader of the greatest force in wrestling history. He said he chose Ambrose because he had no fear, but that led to a problem. He had to teach Ambrose The Authority always wins. They showed a video of his beatdown on Ambrose in the match last week.
Rollins kept talking and eventually said he started Shield and destroyed it. That brought out Roman Reigns, as his music hit and he came to ringside through the crowd. Kane tried to stop him, but Reigns beat him up into the stairs. He got in the ring where he and Rollins fought. Reigns got the upper hand after the set was destroyed. He set up for a Spear on Rollins but Kane pulled Rollins out of the ring and out of harm’s way.
Stardust & Goldust defeated The Usos via count out in a tag team title match. Late in the match, Jey Uso was able to send Stardust to the outside, then dove onto him. He seemed to hurt his knee and couldn’t get back into the ring for the ref’s count, giving the win to Stardust/Goldust. Goldust got on the mic saying the Usos purposely got counted out to protect their tag titles. He demanded they have a rematch right now, but Usos refused. Star and Goldust attacked The Usos, sending Jimmy to the floor and working over Jey’s knee against the ringpost.
Rollins and Kane discussed Reigns interference in their segment earlier. Rollins said something has to be done, so Kane booked a handicap match of them against Reigns for later, saying their business with him ends tonight.
They had a backstage sit-down style video segment with comments from Brock Lesnar as highlights of his matches against Cena were shown.
The Miz arrived out before the next match talking about his recent trip to Disneyland where Mickey asked him for a picture. Miz also said he has his own stuntman, Damien Miz-dow, who will take his place in the upcoming match.
Dolph Ziggler defeated Damien Sandow via pinfall. The match lasted just over 2 minutes with Sandow putting a Figure Four on Ziggler. Dolph rolled his way out of it and then hit a Zig Zag quickly for the win. Post-match, Miz applauded Ziggler on his win before exiting the scene.
They had an in-ring attempted reconciliation involving Brie and Nikki Bella with Jerry Lawler as moderator. Brie talked about how she loved the friends and her husband in her life right now, but Nikki and her had been together for years. She talked about there being ultrasound pics of them holding hands in the womb. She said to forget about WWE, Total Divas and everything else, she just wanted to be sisters again.
Nikki told her it was all just an act, and they were holding hands in the womb, but Brie was holding her back. Nikki said she was tired of fans having twin fantasies, because they were too fat to ever have something like that happen in real life. Nikki kept going on, saying Brie quit WWE to leave her to get beat up. Lawler tried to calm her down, but Nikki told the “old man” to get out of the ring. She grabbed Brie by the hair and said she has no sister and wished Brie died in the womb. Nikki ended up dumping Brie to the outside and attacking Brie. Lawler tried to pull Nikki away and she slapped him. Nikki kept attacking, until more refs came out to separate them.
Roman Reigns defeated Kane and Seth Rollins via disqualification in a 2-on-1 handicap match. Reigns kept fighting the two men off as they tried to double team him. He got a Spear on Kane and pinned him, but Rollins smashed him with the briefcase, causing a DQ. Post-match, Reigns got attacked by Kane and Rollins. Kane revealed they had cinderblocks at ringside like last week. Kane held Reigns, but he fought him off and Rollins. Reigns threw a cinderblock at Rollins, but he ducked and it hit the ring to break apart. Rollins ran off, with Reigns hitting a Superman punch on Kane.
Bray Wyatt came on with a promo after the Wyatt sounder went off. He talked about how Cena was an empty shell and now the shell is cracked. He said he won’t let Cena keep spreading his disease around the world. He said he was merciful and would put Cena down tonight.
Los Matadores defeated Slater Gator via pinfall. The match lasted about four minutes. Slater and Titus argued with each other a lot in the match. Los Matadores got the win with a backslide pinfall on Slater.
Bo Dallas defeated Kofi Kingston via pinfall. Kofi went to the top rope at one point, but Bo swept his legs out. He followed up with the Bo Dog for the win. Post-match, he got on the mic saying Kofi wasn’t like Jack Swagger. He said Kofi let himself down, but not his country. He said all Kofi and Swagger need to do is Bo-Lieve. Swagger rushed out and slammed Bo down in the ring.
John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt via disqualification. Cena started to dominate things, with the commentary team saying it was probably a message for Lesnar. Wyatt managed to get some bit of a comeback, but Cena dropped him down and threw punches. Harper and Rowan came into the ring, causing a DQ. Big Show and Mark Henry came rushing to the ring to make a huge brawl.
Big Show, Mark Henry and John Cena defeated The Wyatt Family via submission. The match lasted almost 7 minutes, and was set up during a commercial break. Late in the match, Show hit a chokeslam on Wyatt, before tagging in Cena. Cena was able to hit several moves on Harper when he got in and then put the STF on him to make him tap out. Post-match, Cena hit an Attitude Adjustment on Rowan. Henry and Show rolled Bray Wyatt into the ring and Cena hit an AA on him. Show told Cena he should get Harper, so Cena hit another AA on him to close things out on Raw.