Monday, Week 2, July, 2014
WWE Monday Night RAW (Live from Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium (HI) 5,000 in Attendance)
Pre-Show: Nikki Bella versus Beth Phoenix
In a bout that had solid in-ring action but not much in the way of heat, Nikki Bella defeated Beth Phoenix in 18:17 by pinfall with a Twin Magic. Nikki Bella and Beth Phoenix just don’t click at all as opponents, and unfortunately it showed in their respective performances here. Ultimately it was Nikki Bella who picked up the all-important victory here but in controversial fashion as whilst Beth Phoenix was complaining to the referee following a two count, Brie Bella switched places with her sister Nikki before rolling Beth Phoenix up to get the win.
Match Rating: E-
Pre-Show: Brodus Clay and Alex Riley versus Jack Swagger and Tensai
In a bout that had solid in-ring action but not much in the way of heat, Swagger & Tensai defeated Brodus & Riley in 18:25 when Tensai defeated Brodus Clay by pinfall with a Swagger Bomb. Tensai was visibly tiring towards the end of this match which led to the much younger and smaller Jack Swagger doing most of the heavy lifting for his team including coming into the ring and hitting Brodus Clay with an incredible Swagger bomb before Tensai crawled in to get the pinfall victory.
Match Rating: C-
Pre-Show: Rob Van Dam versus Kenny King
In a bout that had solid in-ring action but not much in the way of heat, Rob Van Dam defeated Kenny King in 18:26 by pinfall with a Five Star Frog Splash. The Monday Night RAW commentary team of Michael Cole, Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler took up their positions at ringside prior to this one getting underway.
Match Rating: C-
Monday Night RAW kicks off with the WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar making his way to the ring. Lesnar is alone tonight and receives a great reception from the WWE Universe in attendance as Lesnar takes a microphone from the ringside area. Lesnar says that his in-ring mentor Billy Gunn isn’t with him tonight because he has some things to get off his chest again. Lesnar says that at the Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View later this month he will beat Roman Reigns to retain the Universal title. Lesnar continues by saying that he’s grateful that the Monday Night RAW Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero has put him in a non-title Champion versus Champion match with Dean Ambrose tonight, as not only is Ambrose the reigning Intercontinental Champion but he’s also a former United States Champion and exactly the kind of competition that Brock wants. Alberto Del Rio then joins Lesnar in the ring and once again tells Brock that Del Rio will win the RAW Money in the Bank ladder match and go on to become the new WWE Universal Champion. As Lesnar and Del Rio stare one another down Roman Reigns and William Regal come to the entrance-way, and Regal has a microphone in hand. Regal says that all three Shield members will be holding onto something by the time Money in the Bank comes to a close.
WWE Divas Champion Bayley and Alexa Bliss versus Raquel Diaz and Audrey Marie
In an awful match that was completely devoid of heat, Bayley and Alexa Bliss defeated Raquel Diaz and Audrey Marie in 6:22 when Alexa Bliss defeated Audrey Marie by pinfall. The legendary Road Dogg accompanied Alexa Bliss to ringside for this tag team match, much to the delight of the WWE Universe in attendance. Road Dogg offered vocal support throughout the match which led to Alexa pinning Audrey Marie to get the win for her team.
Match Rating: F+
Alexa Bliss and Road Dogg stare at Bayley and the WWE Divas Championship before leaving Bayley to celebrate in front of the WWE Universe, only for Raquel Diaz to once again attack Bayley from behind until Sasha Banks rushes to the ring to make the save.
WWE RAW Tag Team Titles: Big E & Kofi Kingston © vs. Resurrection (Luke Gallows & Matt Hardy)
In a match that had some good action and average heat, Resurrection defeated Big E & Kofi in 11:45 when Matt Hardy defeated Big E Langston by pinfall with a Twist of Fate. Resurrection win the WWE RAW Tag Team titles. The WWE Universe are shocked to see Matt Hardy return as the tag team partner of Luke Gallows. Matt Hardy acts like a Degenerate throughout the entire match before winning the match and titles for his team after hitting Big E with a Twist of Fate.
Match Rating: D+
We cut backstage to find the WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose looking into a camera. Ambrose says that in tonight’s Monday Night RAW non-title main event he will beat the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar before going on to win the RAW Money in the Bank ladder match.
Non-Title: WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate versus Solomon Crowe
In an awful match that was completely devoid of heat, Tyler Bate defeated Solomon Crowe in 6:30 by pinfall. Unfortunately a pretty vocal crowd didn’t seem particularly thrilled with seeing Tyler Bate wrestle.
Match Rating: F
Following his victory the WWE UK Champion Tyler Bate celebrates in front of a fairly bored WWE Universe until Danny Burch comes to the entrance-way and asks Tyler for a rematch for the UK title at Money in the Bank, which Tyler Bate accepts.
Batista versus Kassius Ohno
In a bout that had solid in-ring action but not much in the way of heat, Batista defeated Kassius Ohno in 8:11 by pinfall with a Spinebuster. Angel Williams accompanied Batista to ringside and cheered on the “Animal” throughout the match.
Match Rating: D+
As Batista celebrates his victory in the ring with Angel Williams we cut backstage to find Batista’s tag team partner Mason Ryan watching a monitor and cheering on his friend until Kane comes into the room with a ladder in hand and repeatedly hits Mason Ryan in the back with the steel ladder.
CM Punk versus Curt Hawkins
In a match that had some good action and average heat, CM Punk defeated Curt Hawkins in 8:08 by submission with an Anaconda Vice. Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler argue on commentary over whether or not CM Punk is still relevant.
Match Rating: B-
The Miz comes to the entrance-way with a microphone in hand and tells the WWE Universe that not only will he eventually win back the Intercontinental Championship but that he will also win the RAW Money in the Bank ladder match, beating the losers such as Dean Ambrose and Alberto Del Rio in the process.
We cut backstage to find the WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar doing final preparations for tonight’s main event when is approached by Paul Heyman, who says that he wants Brock back as his client. Lesnar pushes Heyman against the wall and tells him to leave him alone before he gets hurt.
Non-Title: Champ vs. Champ: Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. IC Champion Dean Ambrose
In a bout that featured great action and a good crowd, Brock Lesnar defeated Dean Ambrose in 15:58 by pinfall with an F-5. Brock Lesnar is improving at Performance skills and was the deserving winner in a competitive main event.
Match Rating: B
Post-Show: Zack Ryder versus Kalisto
In a bout that had solid in-ring action but not much in the way of heat, Zack Ryder defeated Kalisto in 12:47 by pinfall. The Monday Night RAW commentary team remain at ringside to watch this match as Ryder is victorious.
Match Rating: E+
Post-Show: Sami Zayn versus Matt Morgan
In a bout that had solid in-ring action but not much in the way of heat, Sami Zayn defeated Matt Morgan in 12:33 by pinfall with a Brainbuster. The Monday Night RAW commentary team also stay at ringside to watch this one.
Match Rating: D-
Final Show Rating: B-
Prediction League Table:
Rhyme1234: 7/9 (2/3)