Monday, January 12, 2015
John Cena came out to start the show, polling the crowd to see if they wanted Ziggler, Rowan and Ryback back. The crowd chanted “YES.” Cena said he has a plan B after suggesting everyone use the hashtag “#authoritysucks” on Twitter. He said he will win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and then go home. Triple H and Stephanie came out to interrupt, mocking Cena, and then giving him a chance to get the 3 fired wrestlers’ jobs back. If he can beat Seth Rollins in a Lumberjack match, the three guys are rehired. Bad News Barrett, Titus O’Neil, Curtis Axel, Big Show, Kane, Cesaro, Fandango, Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel were the lumberjacks.
Seth Rollins defeated John Cena via pinfall in the Lumberjack match. Late in the match, Cena had a cover but Kane pulled Seth Rollins towards him. Big Show pulled Cena out of the ring and delivered a KO punch on him, then put him back in the ring for Rollins to cover for the win.
Backstage, Stephanie informed The Usos and Dean Ambrose of the latest orders for them to adhere to. She told Jimmy to let Naomi know she’d be competing with one arm behind her back tonight. She told Ambrose that Dr. Corbitt will be evaluating him tonight and if he fails, he’s out of the Royal Rumble match.
Backstage, The Miz talked up George Clooney winning a Golden Globe award but said if he keeps it up he can win the award he really covets - a Slammy.
They showed Ambrose with the doctor who started a countdown timer. Ambrose just stared at the timer as commercials arrived.
Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods defeated Tyson Kidd & Cesaro via pinfall. Woods rolled through a pinfall attempted by Kidd, then tagged in Kofi. Kingston hit a double stomp on Kidd with Woods holding him on his knees. Kofi grabbed the pin for the win.
Michael Cole promoted next week will be a Raw reunion with Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels all on the show.
An in-ring promo took place with Big Show calling Roman Reigns a loser. Reigns came out to flip the script on Show, calling him one and using the fairytale story of Jack and the Beanstalk to make his points.
Roman Reigns defeated Luke Harper via pinfall. Show tried to interfere in the match but Reigns kicked him off the apron. He eventually hit a surprise Spear on Harper for the win. Post-match, Show snuck in on Reigns and hit him with the knockout punch.
Alicia Fox defeated Naomi via pinfall. Naomi had to fight with an arm tied behind her back. Alicia was able to win it with a scissors kick in a match lasting over 3 minutes.
Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar came to the ring to cut a promo. Heyman said they were back at the scene of the crime where Lesnar shocked everyone and ended Undertaker’s undefeated streak. He listed off Lesnar’s accomplishments and talked about the Triple Threat match for Royal Rumble. He questioned if Rollins being the future of WWE is “fantasy or reality?” He talked about Cena being reality, but said Lesnar will explain the difference between fantasy and reality when they all meet face to face.
The Miz defeated Jey Uso via pinfall. There was a distraction at ringside where Mizdow and Jimmy were fighting, allowing Miz to hit Skullcrushing Finale on Jey for the win.
Daniel Bryan arrived out to talk of his quest back in WWE after neck surgery. He spoke about not caring what The Authority tries to do anymore because he is there for the fans. Stephanie came out to interrupt. She tried to talk him down as not being an A plus player but Bryan said he plays to go through the Royal Rumble and to WrestleMania to win the championship again. Stephanie said that Bryan’s first match won’t be the Royal Rumble, it’ll be sooner, on Smackdown, against someone he’s very familiar with. Out came Kane to the ring area to attack Bryan, tossing him out of the ring and attempting to tombstone him on the steel steps. Bryan escaped and ended up whipping Kane into the crowd barrier. From there, he did a running suicide dive out of the ring onto Kane. Kane eventually fled up the ramp as the crowd chanted for Bryan.
Backstage, Seth Rollins was talking about winning the title to J&J security. In came Brock Lesnar behind him. He talked about Rollins beating Cena, but also weaseling his way into the title match. Rollins told him he’s the future. Leans said the future starts when he says it does. Heyman entered the scene and suggested that maybe Rollins and Lesnar could work together to take out Cena in the Triple Threat match, and then let the best man win between the two of them. Lesnar and Rollins had a staredown for a while before Lesnar backed up and left the scene.
Brie Bella defeated Paige via pinfall. Natalya and Tyson Kidd were ringside for Paige, while Nikk was ringside for Brie. At one point, Kidd got up on the ring apron which caused a distraction to Paige. Brie rolled her up for the pinfall victory. Post-match, Paige slapped Kidd in the face. Natalya left the scene without saying anything.
Bray Wyatt cut a promo about the Royal Rumble match saying that 30 souls will enter the Royal Rumble, but 29 souls will fail. He added more to his promo before saying “Run.”
Michael Cole made a big announcement that Macho Man Randy Savage is the first official inductee for the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Class. They showed a Macho Man promo video.
The Ascension defeated two local wrestlers via pinfall. In a quick squash match of about a minute in length, they threw one guy up in the air before slamming him down and then hitting their finisher, Fall of Man, for the victory.
They cut to the segment with the therapist crying and Ambrose now sitting in his seat wearing glasses and taking some notes. He told him if he signs off on the papers for Ambrose he’ll make sure he gets him the help he needs. The therapist signed the papers and then Ambrose told him he’s spineless and screwed up.
Rusev defeated Dean Ambrose due to referee stoppage. Ambrose was favoring his left knee which he allegedly hurt during his Ambulance match with Bray Wyatt. The ref eventually stopped the fight due to that, with Rusev getting in an extra cheap shot on the knee.
Royal Rumble Triple Threat WWE title match contract signing - They had an in-ring contract segment for the Triple Threat match at Royal Rumble. Triple H and Steph came to the ring which was set up for the signing then introduced Rollins, Cena and Lesnar. In the ring, Heyman and Rollins interrupted each other at points. Cena interjected saying that Lesnar doesn’t have to be pinned but he will pin him. He said they’ll kick Rollins’ ass and then go at it to settle their feud. Rollins told Cena his plans don’t always seem to work. He said Cena supposedly got rid of The Authority. Rollins looked over at Steph and Triple H then said, “Oh, hey, guys.”
Eventually everyone signed, but things broke down when Rollins took a swing at Cena with the briefcase. Cena ducked it and Lesnar hit a German Suplex on Rollins. Cena grabbed Lesnar and hit an AA through the table with him. Rollins hit Cena down from behind and then hit a Curb Stomp. Rollins looked at Cena and Lesnar both laying in the ring then hit a Curb Stomp on Lesnar. Cole said Raw would return after a 30-second break. When Raw came back, Cena and Lesnar were coming to in the ring. Rollins celebrated on stage with J&J Security and The Authority to close out Raw.