WWE Smackdown *SPOILERS* for the Show Airing 8/27/2015

WWE taped this week’s edition of Smackdown in Providence, Rhode Island tonight for the show that will air on August 27, 2015.  If you want to get a peek at what will be happening on the show this week, or won’t have time to catch it but want to know the goings on, just click on that “Continue Reading” link to get the information.  Refresh the page for updates.  Spoilers are courtesy

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Around the Ring w/Ring Rap 08/25/2015: Extensive thoughts on all things WWE – NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, SummerSlam, and Raw, plus more!

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It’s a WWE-Heavy episode of ATR with Drew Koscelek.  Topics include:

  • NXT Takeover: Brooklyn
  • WWE SummerSlam
  • WWE Raw
  • …plus more!

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WWE Raw Live Reactions and Results for 08/24/15 – Fallout from WWE Summerslam, with Controversy from Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar, plus John Cena, Seth Rollins, and lots more!

WWE is in Brooklyn, NY one more night for WWE Raw, and with Summerslam airing just 24 hours prior, it’s looking to be a hot show with plenty of follow-up.  The main event with Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker ended with a controversial finish.  The Undertaker clearly tapped out, but the referee declared Taker the winner after Lesnar passed out.  What will Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar have to say?

Plus, Jon Stewart did the unthinkable and attacked John Cena with a steel chair, costing him his United States Title during his match against Seth Rollins.  Now Seth is dual-wielding both the US Title and the WWE World Heavyweight Title.  Will he be forced to relinquish one of the titles?  Can we expect him to defend both at Night of Champions?

All this, plus lots more starting at 8pm Eastern.  Tune in and join us for all the fun!

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WWE “SummerSlam” Live Report for 8/23/2015 – Seth Rollins vs. John Cena “Winner Takes All”, Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar, Divas Elimination Match, Green Arrow and Neville vs. Stardust and King Barrett, More

WWE’s main roster has their work cut out for them tonight at the Biggest Party of the Summer.  “Little Brother” NXT blew the roof off the Barclays Center last night  at “Takeover: Brooklyn” so tonight’s show will really have to deliver.  But, as we previewed on Ring Rap Audio yesterday, this does seem to be a solid card from top top bottom.  Will Undertaker get his revenge on Brock Lesnar for breaking The Streak and crowing about it so much?  Who will take all when Seth Rollins and John Cena clash?  Will actor Stephen Amell and Neville put an end to Stardust and King Barrett?  The card is as follows:

The Prime Time Players (c) vs. Los Matadores (w/El Torito) vs. The New Day vs. Lucha Dragons; WWE Tag Team Championship

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

Team BAD (Naomi, Tamina, and Sasha Banks) vs. PCB (Paige, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch) vs. Team Bella (Brie and Nikki Bella and Alicia Fox); Divas Elimination Match (one member of the team pinned or submits, that team is out)

Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Neville vs. Stardust and King Barrett

Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro

Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper vs. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose

Dolph Ziggler (w/Lana) vs. Rusev (w/Summer Rae)

Ryback (c) vs. Big Show vs. The Miz; WWE Intercontinental Championship under Triple Threat rules

John Cena (United States Champion) vs. Seth Rollins (WWE World Heavyweight Champion); “Winner Take All” Championship match (winner will claim both the US Championship and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman)


They show fans entering as Renee Young welcomes us to the event.  She’s got Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, and Booker T riding shotgun.  Saxton sings “Let’s Get it On.”  Ugh.  They immediately cut to Tom Phillips in the social media lounge.  He hypes Stardust and Stephen Amell joining him later on, taking fan questions.

The panel hypes Jon Stewart as the host of the event tonight.  They feed it into a video package to hype up Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose facing Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper.  Back live, the panel discusses the match and offers predictions.

They go backstage, and Jon Stewart is with John Cena.  He volunteers to help Cena given his history with Seth Rollins.  Stewart asks for Cena to autograph something for his son, who is standing there.  Cena asks if he should personalize it, but Stewart says no.  Cena walks off, and Stewart tells his son he is going to hock the autograph on eBay.  “Daddy’s retired and needs the money,” he cracks.  Funny.

They run a hype video for Rollins vs. Cena, then the panel talks about the match.  Booker says that Cena is fighting for his legacy, while Rollins is the now.  Graves says that Rollins doesn’t get enough respect and that people are acting like a Cena win is a foregone conclusion.  Graves notes that Cena can tie Ric Flair’s title reign record and points out that Flair is Triple H’s hero.  Saxton says that Hunter has given Rollins a chance to win both titles simultaneously, which no one has done before.  Young mentions Cena’s nose injury and Graves says that it should not be forgotten how it was shattered.

They run a video highlighting the mainstream media attention SummerSlam has gotten.

They move on to talking about Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro.  Booker says Owens is jealous of Cesaro.  In walks Kevin Owens to disrupt the conversation.  Owens asks what he should be jealous of.  He says as great as Cesaro looks and as hard as he works, he is the complete opposite and yet he’s here.  Owens takes issue with Saxton for saying Cesaro will win.  Owens says he will turn the Cesaro Section to the Silent Section.  “Do you dig that!?” Owens yells at Booker before leaving.

Nice surprise but uneventful really.  I would liked to have seen Owens rough up someone a little bit or something.

They run a video package highlighting the Divas Triple Threat match.  Saxton talks about Owens taking his Kickstart can and thanked someone for bringing him another.  Renee Young noted that they’re trying to get Stephanie McMahon to conduct an interview a bit later.

They move on to talk about the Tag Team Championship match.  Byron and Booker get dorky on the “New Day Rocks” chant and claps.  They then move on to the Intercontinental championship match, then on to Randy Orton vs. Sheamus.  Rich Brennan talks to Sheamus backstage.  He says Randy Orton took his dream away by preventing him from cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase.

JoJo interviews Stephanie McMahon backstage.  She talks about how women are taking over sports, noting Serena Williams and Ronda Rousey.  She says she can’t wait to see what the Divas do tonight.  JoJo asks for a prediction, and Stephanie says she doesn’t think she should because she is a member of the Authority, but says to the victor goes the spoils.  With the panel, Booker says that you have to give credit to Stephanie for “masterminding this whole thing” about the Divas Revolution.  UGH!

To the social media lounge we go, and Tom Phillips interviews Stephen Amell and Neville.  Amell says he’s trying to remember the ring has four sides, the ropes hurt a bit when you run into them, and mentions something about turnbuckles.  Phillips asks if Neville will appear on “Arrow” but Amell says he doesn’t handle casting.  Phillips asks if Amell is nervous and he says they aren’t at a house show but at the Barclays Center for SummerSlam.  “Of course I’m nervous, I’m always nervous in a positive way.”  He says he knows it will hurt regardless of what he does.  He also talks about the next season of “Arrow” and says that fans of season one will appreciate some aspects of the new season.

The panelists talk briefly about Rusev vs. Dolph Ziggler then focus on Undertaker vs.  Brock Lesnar.  Graves says Lesnar will win, while Saxton says that Lesnar won’t win over Undertaker twice in a row.  Booker says Lesnar will win.  Young feeds it into a Lesnar vs. Taker video package to end the pre-show.

WWE “SummerSlam,”  Live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY:

Lilian Garcia introduces Jon Stewart as the host of the show.  Stewart is already in the ring.  He plays to the fans, and they don’t give him much of a response initially.  He says that the difference between WWE and politics is that the WWE actually respects their audience.  Really?  He runs through a list of talent names, greeted by “what?” after each.  They did cheer Seth Rollins, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, and booed John Cena.

Stewart says he’s still angry about Lesnar ending the streak.  He says that he wants to talk to Lesnar, but he needs a friend as backup.  Enter Mrs. Foley’s bouncing baby boy Mick, who gets a good reaction from the Brooklyn fans.  Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler all check in on commentary.

Foley talks, saying how he couldn’t hear Stewart during a phone conversation and thought that Stewart wanted him to help him interview The Rock, not Brock.  Foley says the conversation wouldn’t even be happening if he knew it was Brock.  Stewart asks Foley if he is afraid of Brock Lesnar.  “That’s exactly what I’m telling you.  I’m terrified of Brock Lesnar.”

Stewart mentions Foley getting tossed off of Hell in a Cell by Undertaker.  Foley says that was 17 years ago, and the one place he hasn’t gone is to Suplex City.  He tells Stewart he is on his own, and Foley exits.

Nice to see Foley, but this was a tough spot for Stewart.  The live crowd didn’t want to see him.  Stewart is a legit wrestling fan, and it was a good get for WWE.  The fact that there was no action on the pre-show other than interviews may have made some fans restless.

They run an opening video package that focuses around New York City and the event.  Pyro goes off, and it’s time to get underway.

Match #1 – Randy Orton vs. Sheamus:

As Orton comes to the ring, the various foreign announce teams are introduced.  Sheamus gets some heat during his entrance.  Early on, Sheamus gets “you look stupid” chants.  He goes to ringside and stands on the announce position and gets a mic.  He tells them he doesn’t look stupid, they do.  Orton goes out after him and attacks, and the action moves back inside.

Sheamus takes over with a top rope knee drop for two.  Sheamus goes on offense, and the crowd kind of settles in to watch.  They sing the “Ole” song at one point, but Orton starts to fire up on offense and that draws a response.

At the ropes, Orton teases the elevated DDT.  Sheamus counters, and tries to set up his rolling senton, but Orton counters back again and hits an exploder suplex to the floor.  Ouch.  Back in the ring, Orton mounts the corner and pounds Sheamus, but Sheamus comes back with a slam for a near fall.

JBL teases that Sheamus might become a 4-time World Champion tonight if he cashes in.  Sheamus locks on the Cloverleaf, but Orton drags himself to the ropes to break the hold.  Orton’s got a cut above his left eye.  Sheamus tries the Brogue but Orton ducks and hits his scoop slam for a two count.

Sheamus goes for a move in the corner but Orton avoids it.  Sheamus ends up top rope and Orton hits him with the elevated DDT from there.  Orton’s hearing voices, and the fans chant for him.  Orton coils for the RKO but Sheamus rolls to the apron.  Sheamus gets him there and starts to hit the Ten Beats but Orton fights him off.

Sheamus launches himself for the Battering Ram but Orton nails him with the RKO.  Sheamus rolls to ringside.  Orton goes out to retrieve him.  Orton waits rather than covers, then backs up for the Punt.  Orton misses and Sheamus hits White Noise for a near fall.

Sheamus stumbles toward the corner as Brooklyn tells him he looks stupid again.   Sheamus calls for the Brogue as Orton gets to his feet.  Orton sidesteps it and tries for the RKO, but Sheamus shoves him away.  Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick in the corner, and Orton stumbles out of the corner into a second.  Sheamus gets the win.  The broadcasters recap it for us as Sheamus poses.

Winner – Sheamus.

If Sheamus lost, I could have guaranteed a cash in later.  Now, I’m not so sure.  I still think it’s in play, but with this win I think it’s not as iminent as it would have been otherwise.  The match was good overall, but nothing really all that memorable.  We’re not seeing the end of this feud, more than likely either.

They show a Draft Kings segment where two fans won the opportunity to have a SummerSlam experience.

“Awww, Brooklyn, don’t be sour…”  Big E bellows out and it’s time for the Tag Team Championship.  Xavier Woods asks for a moment and he says he knows how Brooklyn is used to feeling dirty and disgusting, so they brought positivity.  He touts their new gear and says “look how good we look.” Kofi says they will teach them about hip hop, because New York knows nothing about it.

Kofi says it goes like this.  They do a pitch pipe moment and sing a song putting themselves over the other teams.  This is actually kind of funny.  “New Day, New Champs.” they end.  Introductions for the remaining teams take place.

Match #2 – The Prime Time Players (c) vs. Los Matadores (w/El Torito), The New Day (Xavier Woods, Big E, and Kofi Kingston) vs. Lucha Dragons; WWE Tag Team Championship

Cole mentions it’s been ten years since the titles have changed hands in New York.  Early, Big E and Kofi try to pin each other to end it fast.  Titus breaks up the pinfall.  It settles in to the Lucha Dragons working with Kofi.  Sin Cara monkey flips Kalisto into Kofi for a two count.

Big E tags in, and he works with Kalisto.  Kalisto springs off the ropes and hits an enzugiri, and Big E tags out to Darren Young.  He and Kalisto work some offense,which draws a round of applause from the crowd once they back off and stalemate.  Kofi tags in.  At the ropes, Young hits a big forearm on Kofi and he slides out of the ring.  Young reaches through the ropes to grab him, but Big E squashes him with a splash on the apron.

Young sells for the next several minutes for other opponents.  Woods keeps yapping at ringside.  Young starts to fire up with chops but Big E runs him over with an elbow.  Xavier runs on at ringside about tricep meat.   Young fights out of the corner, drapes Big E over the ropes, then catches a springboarding Kofi with an atomic drop.  Young gets the hot tag to Titus.

Titus goes on a run, taking out everything in his path.  He hits one of the Matadores with repeated backbreakers, seal barks, then splashes a Matadore and Kofi in the corner.  He takes out one of the Matadores off the top but Sin Cara breaks up the cover.

Action starts to pick up and get fast and furious. Xavier Woods gets in the mix, causing a distraction.  El Torito tries to splash him  but Woods catches him and plants him face first.  Woods jumps on the apron and Young grabs him and hits a back suplex on the apron.  Big E follows with a spear to Young.  Bodies everywhere and I’ve lost track of the call here.

After a lot of chaos, Matadore is up on the rope.  Lucha Dragons join them, and they set up a big spot out of the tower of doom.  Titus comes into the fray and hits one armed powerbombs on the Dragons.   Late, Titus hits Clash of the Titus, but somehow Kofi tags himself in and covers to get the win.

Winner – The New Day to win the WWE Tag Team Championship

This turned into a fun spotfest.  The New Day antics are fun, and the right team went over here.  I called it on Ring Rap Audio when I said that New Day would cover someone other than PTP to get the win to protect PTP for future feuds.  Now, we need to get a meaningful tag team going in order to start reasonable feuds.

Backstage, Jon Stewart is talking to Neville and Amell.  Stewart says he’s there for Undertaker and says they’re friends.  The lights go out, and Taker’s sihloutte wanders  by.  Stewart gets nervous and asks the two to sign  his son’s shirt.

Back with the commentary team, they set up Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev with a video package.

Match #3 – Dolph Ziggler (w/Lana) vs. Rusev (w/Summer Rae)

Lana is wearing denim this time.  Good lordie.  Summer Rae has a sparkly business suit.  Never will come up with an entrance like that tank at Wrestlemania.   We’re off and running early with Ziggler being the aggressor, hitting a big drop kick and strikes.

Rusev takes control in the early going.  Dolph tries to mount a comeback, but Rusev spin kicks him to end that.  He gets a two from it.

Rusev hoists Ziggler up for a gorilla press, but Ziggler counters with a DDT that dazes Rusev.  Both men sell but get to their feet.  They exchange strikes mid ring, then Ziggler ducks a corner charge and goes on a flurry, hitting a clothesline, a corner splash, and a neckbreaker.  All of that and an elbow drop gets Ziggler a one count.

Off the ropes, Ziggler slides between Rusev’s legs and gets greeted with a heel kick for two.  Rusev goes to the corner and goes up top.  Ziggler meets him and face plants Rusev for two.

Rusev cues up for a thrust kick.  Ziggler avoids it and hits a sunset flip for two, then locks on a sleeper hold.  Rusev gets to the rope but stumbles away.  JBL rants about the official not breaking it.  Rusev backs into the corner and breaks it but Ziggler comes back with a Fameasser for a near fall.

Ziggler bounces off the rope but gets face planted by Rusev.  “Rusev, crush!”  He locks on the Accolade.  Lana begs for Dolph to not tap.  Summer runs over and gets in Lana’s face, but she gets slapped.  Rusev breaks the hold and rants at Lana.  The fans chant for her, and Ziggler rolls to ringside.

Rusev barks at Lana, and Summer Rae plants her from behind.  Dolph manages to hit a superkick that lays Rusev out across the announce position.  Dolph tries to beat the count, but can’t.  The match ends in a double count out.

Afterward, Rusev roughs Dolph up, but Dolph takes him down and beats on him.  Summer Rae jumps in and beats on Dolph, and Lana gets in and takes it to Summer.  Dolph and Rusev pull the women apart, with Summer and Rusev exiting and Dolph and Lana staying in the ring.

Winner:  Match ends in a double count out, no winner

Brooklyn hated this finish, and I did too.  I guess it’s no surprise they’re trying to continue this story but right now I’m not looking forward to seeing this unfold.  Rusev is better, as is Ziggler.  The ’80’s Rocker Chick look for Lana isn’t good either.

The announcers talk about it briefly, saying this feud isn’t over.

They move on to talk about Stephen Amell and Neville vs. King Barrett and Stardust.  They roll a comic-book themed video package for the tag match.

Match #4 – Stephen Amell and Neville vs. King Barrett and Stardust

Barrett is wearing the Cosmic King shoulder pads.  Stardust is in sleeveless body gear.  Amell is in black shorts and wrestling boots.  After some initial offense from Neville, they tag in Amell.  Stardust shoves him down and taunts.  Amell kips up but Stardust takes control of him.

Stardust sets up a back body drop but Amell lands on his feet and delivers a decent looking arm drag.  Stardust is shocked and tags in Barrett.  Amell leapfrogs but Barrett hits a back kick.  Barrett and Stardust stomp on Amell and control him in the heel corner.

The heels continue to control Amell.  JBL mentions that it’s time to tag in the stunt double but there isn’t one to tag in.  Stardust and Barrett continue to control him, but Amell hits an enzugiri.  Both men sell as the fans rally behind Amell.

Hot tag to Neville and Barrett.  Neville fires off with rapid fire kicks on offense, then a splash and a kick in the corner.  Neville fires off a 450 splash and covers but Stardust breaks it up.  Neville dumps both heels to ringside, then Amell hits a cross body.

Back in the ring, Barrett is in position and Neville hits the Red Arrow to get the victory.  JBL gives Amell credit for getting in the ring.  Stardust sells disgust at ringside as the announcers go back to recap highlights.

Winner – Stephen Amell and Neville

Stephen clearly took this seriously, worked hard to pull some things together, and presented himself well here.  He looked good.  This match was solid, with the expected result of the celebrity team going over.  The live crowd was receptive to it as well, especially when Amell showed off his athleticism.

They roll a video package highlighting all the various WWE-related events that went on during SummerSlam week.

Match #5 – Ryback (c) vs. The Miz vs. Big Show; WWE Intercontinental Championship

Big Show comes out first, then The Miz, then the champion Ryback.  They run highlights of the three men roughing each other up on Raw a couple weeks ago.  Ryback gets a decent reaction as he plays to the fans.  The announcers debate if the infection will have an effect on Ryback tonight.

The big men battle early with Ryback hitting shoulder blocks and Show slapping him down.  Miz gets in a cheap shot from the floor, then slides in the ring.  Show goozles both men, but Ryback and Miz team up to try a suplex.  Show suplexes them instead and says “I’m a giant!’

Show goes second rope and hits what looks like a senton on Ryback.  Miz sneaks in for the cover but it gets broken  up.  Show slaps Miz in one corner, then runs back and forth with splashes.  Ryback hits a spear on Show’s leg, then slams Miz for two.

Ryback follows with a splash off the ropes but walks right into a chokeslam from Show onto Miz.  That gets Show a two count.  Ryback struggles to his feet and Show cues the WMD Punch.  Ryback ducks, hits a spinebuster, then splashes Show.  He sets up the Meathook, but Show goozles him.  Ryback counters and hits Shellshock.

Miz sneaks in, hits Ryback with the Skull Crushing Finale, then tries to pin.  Only gets two.  He covers Show, and only gets two.  He tries multiple pins but none work.  Miz gets confronted by Ryback, and ducks out, then Show hits the WMD Punch on Ryback.  Near fall that Miz breaks up.

WMD Punch from Show to Miz.  Show tries to load another one for Ryback, but he ducks.  Ryback clotheslines Show over the ropes and covers Miz to get the victory.  The announcers recap it for us, and Ryback leads “Feed Me More” chants.

Winner – Ryback to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship

The crowd liked the near falls, and they responded to Ryback, which is shocking because it’s a New York Crowd.   The senton from Show was just bad.  Painless, and hopefully the end of the line for these three together.

The announcers say that Jon Stewart is about to talk to Lesnar.  He knocks on the door and Paul Heyman greets him.  He wants to talk to Lesnar, but Heyman says it’s not a good time.  Stewart tells a story about relating Christmas to how Heyman and Lesnar broke the Undertaker’s streak.  He asks Heyman what he has to say about it, and Heyman responds “Glory, glory, Brock Lesnar.”  Heyman says “I guess they couldn’t get David Letterman to host the show.”  Heyman retreats to the locker room where you can hear him telling Lesnar about the exchange.

Amell is more over than Stewart is tonight, I am afraid to say.

Match #6 – Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper vs. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose

Wyatt cut in strikes, and here comes the Wyatt Family into the sea of cellphone lights.  Wyatt blows the lantern out and the announcers reset how the story got set up between these men.  Ambrose gets his entrance, then Reigns makes his way through the crowd.  He gets booed fairly heavily, even though he’s the face.

Early, Ambrose and Reigns jump out to the early advantage.  The match settles into a pace, and Bray yells “Look how mad I am!” at ringside.  Reigns greets him and they brawl.  Reigns gets the  better for a moment but Wyatt hits him with a one armed slam against the apron.  Harper follows with a suicide dive.

Ambrose follows up with a dive  on the heels, but the Wyatts catch him and hit him with a slam against the apron.  Reigns takes a superkick and is done for a bit.  Ambrose is left to fend for himself.  Harper and Wyatt dominate Ambrose, ripping his shirt off and suplexing him on the floor.  Harper hits a boot to the face.

Harper sends Ambrose into the ropes.  The live crowd starts a “Roman’s Sleeping” chant while he sells at ringside. Funny.  Reigns makes his way back to the corner for Ambrose to make the tag.

Reigns fires up, getting the better of Harper.  The Wyatts set up a double team that Reigns counters, then he and Ambrose set up a double team of their own.  They hit a version of the Doomsday Device.  Harper goes at Ambrose and Reigns punches him.  They team up on Harper for a double powerbomb.

Wyatt gets to his feet and tries to get Ambrose with Sister Abigail, but Ambrose counters and hits Dirty Deeds.  He covers for the clean victory.

Winner – Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.

Surprising that this ended so decisively.  I am expecting that this story goes on, but how does it when you have a finish like this?  Wyatt is fast becoming the guy who talks a lot but never backs it up.  A shame for such an amazing character.

At the announce position, Cole says it has been a great night.  He moves it into a hype package for John Cena vs. Seth Rollins and the “Winner take all” match which is coming up next.

Wow, not a co-main event.  Interesting.  Also leads to a dirty finish or other shenanigans, not wanting to send the crowd home unhappy.

Match #7 – John Cena (United States Champion) vs. Seth Rollins (WWE World Heavyweight Champion); Winner Takes All Champion vs. Champion Match

Cena comes out first, and he gets jeered by the Brooklyn faithful.  Rollins has white gear on this night, and gets the “adult male” pop as he makes his way to the ring.  Lilian gives us our ring introductions for this one.  Big moment here as the crowd lights up with different chants.

Early lockup and they back off.  Dueling Cena chants in full throat now.  Another lock up that leads into a hip toss takedown with Cena in control.    After some rope running, Rollins hits an arm drag and a drop kick.  Rollins mocks the “You can’t see me” wave.  Cena punches him, Rollins backs off, then Cena controls him again.

The action slows down as the announcers discuss Flair and his title reigns and the chance for Cena to make history.  Rollins ducks a corner charge and hits a neckbreaker, following it up with a trio of suicide dives to the outside.    Rollins throws Cena in.

Cena starts to fire up with his traditional shoulder blocks, but he counters the side slam and gets a two count.  After selling, Rollins charges but Cena flips him to the apron.  Rollins tries a springboard but Cena catches him and goes for the STF.  Rollins immediately scampers to the ropes to break it, but Cena comes back with the side slam.  He motions that “You can’t see me” but Rollins kicks him.

Cena tries to load the AA, but they back into the corner.  Rollins hits a Thesz Press off the ropes then follows with a running moonsault for two.   Rollins splashes Cena in the corner then perches Cena up top.   Rollins sets a move up  but Cena elbows him off.  Rollins returns and hammers on Cena, setting up a tree of woe spot.  Rollins motions “You can’t see me” and hits a double stomp off the top for a near fall.

Rollins talks to the official, and Cena crawls to his feet.  Rollins jaws at Cena, but Cena loads the AA for a two count.  Both men sell as Cole talks about how Rollins wants a statue if he wins tonight.   The two men exchange strikes mid ring, then Rollins sets up the Pedigree.  Cena counters and whips Rollins toward the corner but Rollins hits the brakes.  Cena ends up setting up the electric chair and dropping Rollins on the mat for a near fall.

Cena goes up top.   He hits the leg drop off the top for a near fall.  Rollins has lost his belt off his White Power Ranger gear.  Both men sell, then Cena scoops Rollins up and perches him on the top rope.  Cena tries for the AA off the second rope but Rollins slips away.  Rollins ends up loading the Buckle Bomb on Cena and hitting it.

Rollins goes up top this time.   He hits a splash (like Eddie Guerrero) for a good near fall.  Cena picks up Rollins out of the lateral press and loads the AA and delivers.  Rollins lands on his feet and hits an enzugiri.  Cena hits a cross body but Rollins rolls it through and picks Cena up and hits it with his own AA for a near fall.

Rollins goes back to the ropes again.  He looks for the Phoenix Splash, but Cena rolls out of the way.  Rollins rolls through and Cena gets him into the STF.  Rollins counters and tries to set up the Pedigree, but Cena ends up countering again and locks on the Figure 4.  The announcers go crazy, saying Cena will win his 16th with Flair’s move.

Rollins rolls it over successfully, and Rollins yells “TAP!!!” at Cena.  Cena struggles into the ropes to get the break.  Both men sell the action.  Cena is on the apron getting to his feet.  Cena throws a straight right, then goes to the top rope.

Rollins goes up with Cena and hits a superplex for a great near fall.  Rollins goes top rope again for the Phoenix Splash.  Cena rolls away, and Rollins bumps.  Cena loads the AA  but the official gets bumped.  He hits the AA, but there’s no official.  Cena goes over and tells the doc to tend to the official.  Rollins hits Cena with a knee to the face just like the one that broke his nose.

Jon Stewart runs to the ring with a steel chair.  He looks indecisive about all of this.  He baits the idea of hitting Rollins with a chair, then turns on Cena and hits him.  He throws the chair down for Rollins, who hits the Pedigree on the chair.  Rollins disposes the evidence, covers, and the official recovers.  He counts three, and he is now the double champion.  Rollins celebrates.

Winner – Seth Rollins to become the WWE United States Champion and retain his WWE World Heavyweight Championship

This match was fantastic.  This finish fucking sucked.  I knew something was wrong the minute the official got bumped, and we got the worst possible moment that could have happened.  I was fine with Rollins winning, but the way they got there was absolute garbage.  What a way to put a damper on what was otherwise an amazing match.

They go to the panel to talk about the night so far.  Corey Graves encourages them to be happy over history, but Saxton is disgusted.  Booker gives it up to New Day for winning the titles back.  Renee feeds it back into a video package for the Divas match.

Match #8 – Team BAD (Naomi, Sasha Banks, and Tamina) vs. Team Bella (Nikki and Brie Bella and Alicia Fox) vs. PCB (Paige, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch); Divas Elimination Match

If one member of the team gets pinned or submitted, the entire team is eliminated.  The Bellas come out first, then Team BAD, then PCB.  Cole recounts Sasha Banks losing the NXT Women’s Championship in a sensational match against Bayley last night.  Steampunk gear for Becky Lynch.  They talk about how Paige led the revolution alone until Stephanie changed things.

Brie starts off against Becky Lynch.  King says it’s a good thing that SummerSlam is not in California, because this match will be so hot it will start another wildfire.  Yawn, King.

Team BAD controls the early going, working on Becky.  Charlotte spears Tamina out on the floor.  Sasha and Naomi hit dives on Charlotte and Becky.  The Bellas hold up fingers and wait for a reaction that never really comes, then they hit dives as well.  Alicia goes second rope but Paige shoves her off.  Paige follows with a flip off the ropes to the women at ringside.

The action moves back inside.  Brie hits a second rope facebuster on Tamina, and that gets her to pick up the elimination.  Team BAD eliminated.  Brie holds up her hand and smiles, but there’s not a lot of reaction.

Nikki loads a forearm shot for Becky.  Becky ducks, but Nikki loads the Rack Attack and hits it.  She gets a near fall but Paige and Charlotte save the matchup.  Paige gets the tag and goes to work on Nikki.  She hits a fallaway slam but Nikki rolls out.  Paige tries a baseball slide kick.  Nikki hits an Alabama Slam outside the ring and rolls back in.

Paige barely beats the count into the ring.  Team Bella continues to control Paige.  Alicia hits a drop kick.  JBL says this might be the end of the revolution right now and the Bellas are the cream of the crop.  Nikki hits a suplex and covers for two.

Hot tag to Charlotte. She hits chops, a neck breaker, and a spear.   She locks in the Figure 8, but Nikki breaks it up.  She poses and Paige takes her down to ringside.  A bit later, both Charlotte and Alicia go for the same move and collide.   After some selling, both tag out to the fresh women.

Becky hits a snapmare into the corner but gets a boot on the follow up charge.  Brie goes for a missile drop kick but Becky moves.  She hits a pumphandle slam and gets the victory for her team.  We get highlights, and they show the Bellas backing away slowly, not sure of what is next.  Team PCB celebrates in the ring.

Winner – Team PCB (Paige, Becky Lynch and Charlotte)

Watching the Twitter traffic while I solved my network issues, a lot of people were down on this match.  What I got to see of it, well, it was alright but not great.  I guess I’m spoiled by what we saw last night from the NXT ladies.  Add in all the storyline mess that surrounds this so-called revolution, and it just ended up being a dud.  I don’t know what it will take to get this on track.  I guess, if I had to, that Becky Lynch will get the next title shot?

We get a 2K16 ad featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The announcers talk about it briefly then discuss the show to this point.

Match #9 – Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens

Cesaro Section in full effect for this one as he makes his entrance.  As Owens comes to the ring, they show highlights of Balor vs. Owens from last night, saying they’re not sure where Owens is physically for this match tonight.

They go right to work, exchanging strikes.  Cesaro teases an early swing but Owens escapes.    Owens comes back with a dive out onto Cesaro on the floor.  Owens jaws at the announcers a bit, then Cesaro comes back with a spinning plancha of his own.  Owens comes back with a cannonball on Cesaro, who was seated against the ringside barrier.

A bit later, Owens goes up top, and Cesaro greets him with an uppercut.  Off the top rope, Cesaro hits a gutwrench suplex.  After some selling, Cesaro tries to load the Neutralizer but can’t.  After some strikes he tries it again but Owens counters with a backdrop.  Cesaro charges him but Owens hits an uppercut and a springboard tornado DDT for a two count.

Owens sets Cesaro up and goes top rope. He tries a moonsault but Cesaro rolls out of the way.   Cesaro charges and hits an uppercut, then whips Owens across.  He charges but gets a superkick instead for a near fall.  Owens is frustrated.

“This is for you, that’s it.”  Owens tries to set up the pop up powerbomb, but Cesaro holds on. He tries for it again, but Cesaro springboards off and hits an uppercut instead.  Owens rolls out and Cesaro runs around the ring and hits a running uppercut.  Back in the ring, Cesaro calls for and hits the Swing.

Cesaro locks on the Sharpshooter, middle of the ring.   Owens drags himself to the ropes and gets there successfully to break it.   Back to the top, the two fight.  Owens knocks Cesaro off, but he comes back with an uppercut.  They set up a suplex spot but Cesaro fights it off, then comes back with a big jumping suplex.

Back to the top, but Owens crotches Cesaro on the top rope.   Owens comes back with a suplex off the ropes, and Owens follows with the pop-up powerbomb for the win.  The announcers talk about how it was a character win for Owens.  We get highlights as Owens plays to the fans.

Winner – Kevin Owens

That was a solid match.  The fans responded to the various spots favorably though they weren’t on fire for all of it from what I could tell.  It could be that the fans liked both guys and were content to see a good match and weren’t all in for one man over the other.  I hope they don’t use the reaction against either guy.

They run an ad for Night of Champions, which comes to us on September 20.  Back with the announcers, they set up the main event, a match “too big for Wrestlemania,” Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker.  They feed it to a video package to recap the story.

Match #10 – Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman)

Lesnar is the first one out, no pyro for his entrance except at the ring.  Cole says that Lesnar has not been submitted or pinned since Wrestlemania 29.  JBL runs down his accolades.  The gong sounds, and here comes the Deadman through the fog.  JBL notes how Taker has destroyed a lot of men, but has not beaten Lesnar.

Lesnar doesn’t wait for the theatrics to finish and attacks Undertaker before he even gets his coat off.  Lesnar momentarily gets the better of it, but Undertaker hits a big boot and sends Lesnar tumbling up the aisle.  Lesnar paces around the ring then gets in.  The bell rings quickly, and the two go after each other again.  Brock lands elbows but Taker lands a straight right.

Taker works the arm and sets up Old School, but Lesnar counters by loading an F5.  Taker counters out and locks on a chokeslam but Taker gets away.  In the corner, Lesnar tries to advance but takes a boot.  Taker ends up getting a belly to belly suplex, followed with a German suplex.  “Suplex City, bitch!”

Lesnar drives Taker to the turnbuckle face first.  A bit later, Taker hits Snake Eyes and a big boot.  Lesnar rolls outside and Taker goes out to pursue.  He drives Lesnar into the barrier, then into the ring apron.  Lesnar is busted open above his eye.  He sets Lesnar up and hits the leg drop on the apron.  Cole says that Undertaker is pulling out all the stops.  Fans chant “you still got it.”

Lesnar is on dream street and Taker jabs.  Lesnar fires back, but Taker goozles him for a chokeslam.  Brock slips out and hits a pair of German suplexes.  On ramp to Suplex City, just ahead.  Taker pulls himself to his feet.  Another German suplex, and Lesnar does his war dance.

Taker rolls out to the floor.  Lesnar gives chase but Undertaker was waiting.  Taker rips the announce table apart and sets up for a Last Ride through the table.  Lesnar counters and hits the F5 through the announce table.  JBL calls this a war of attrition.   The count begins as Lesnar gets back in the ring.  Taker just beats the count.

Lesnar says “I’ll kill you, you son of a bitch.”  Taker struggles toward Brock as he smiles.  Taker says “you’re gonna have to” and blasts Lesnar with a chokeslam.  Taker loads the Tombstone and hits it.  Lesnar kicks out in 2-1/2.  They recap the sequence in split screen as both men sell.

Lesnar laughs, and Undertaker sits up.  The two men exchange shots from a seated position, then they get to their feet.  Lesnar turns it around and lands shoulder blocks, then locks on the Kimura from the second rope.  JBL yells for the official to break the hold.  Taker hits the Last Ride out of the corner for a good two count.

Back to their feet again, and Lesnar hits the F5 again.  A good near fall, again.  Lesnar isn’t happy about it.  They point out that Heyman is “uncharacteristically quiet” at ringside.   To their feet again, and a third F5 from Brock.  Another good near fall, and Brock is in disbelief.

Undertaker sets Brock up for the Gogoplata (Hell’s Gate).  He’s got Lesnar stuck mid ring.  Lesnar muscles out and goes for the Kimura lock.  The official counts because Lesnar’s shoulders are down but the bell rings.  Heyman jumps in the ring in disbelief, thinking Taker tapped out.  The official demands to know why the bell was rung because he never called for it.

Undertaker hits Lesnar with a low blow from behind.  Heyman exits, and the match continues.  He locks on Hell’s Gate again after the low blow.  Brock flips Undertaker the bird, then eventually fades out.  Undertaker gets the submission victory.  He exits the ring and makes his way up to the stage.

After the match, they show a different angle of the situation.  The official is on the wrong side to see that Taker did indeed tap out to the Kimura hold.  JBL notes that the timekeeper can’t go into business for himself though and that’s why the match continued.  They point out that the match has ended in controversy but Undertaker is the official winner tonight.

Heyman walks over to the timekeeper’s area and rings the bell repeatedly.  He gets a mic and says “no, no, no, no, no.”  He says that he saw it, and everyone else saw it that Undertaker tapped out.  He declares Brock the winner by “tap out submission.”  Lesnar’s music plays, and Cole gives us a final send off to end the show.

This was another good match that ended up being kind of squashed by a weird finish.  I thought that it ended up being a letdown to an otherwise entertaining match.  I guess this is one way to keep Lesnar looking strong because the finish was not clean, and the re-start ends up making Taker look a bit heelish.  I don’t know how that plays off going into the future, especially if there’s plans for a third match at Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas, which is Taker’s home state.  And yes, I’m calling it now: Taker vs. Brock III in Dallas.

Overall show thoughts:  Well, this was entertaining for the most part.  I really felt like there was a lot of good on this show (I know someone’s on Twitter saying I hated everything about the show…not necessarily true).  The undercard was solid, and the work of the matches for the most part fun and entertaining, but nothing there came off memorable or “wow” for me.  I would liked to have seen at least one of the two big matches end clean though.  I think the Undertaker/Lesnar finish ended up taking a bit of an edge off the show.  They put on a good match and this was how the show ended?  Kind of annoying.

Drew has your Monday Night Raw coverage tomorrow night, then Around the Ring on Tuesday where he will discuss this show, NXT, and Raw among other things.  I’ll be back on Thursday with my Around the Ring cast, and other news and notes along the way.  Thanks for watching along tonight.


Ring Rap Audio: 08/22/15 – WWE Summerslam Preview and Predictions, including thoughts on the Women’s Elimination Tag Match, Rollins vs. Cena, Undertaker vs. Lesnar, and more!

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Bill Wentz makes his triumphant return to Ring Rap Audio, and sits down with Drew Koscelek and Dru Atanacio to hash out predictions for WWE Summerslam, which airs tomorrow Sunday, August 23rd, 2015.  All matches announced on the card are discussed, in-depth, including a lengthy look at the Divas Revolution and what that means for the Tag Team Elimination Match.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Report for 8/17/2015 – SummerSlam “Go-Home” Show, John Cena Responds to Seth Rollins’ Challenge, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar Under One Roof, and More

It’s the go-home show heading into SummerSlam in Brooklyn, NY this coming Sunday.  Tonight, WWE stops in Minneapolis, MN as the last stop before the biggest party of the summer.  Seth Rollins has challenged John Cena to a “winner takes all” match pitting the United States Champion against the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.  Will Cena show up, and will he accept the challenge?  Also, Minneapolis’ own Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker are supposed to be under the same roof at this show.  We saw what happened between them the last time, will another crazy brawl break out, or will they stay apart until the big show?

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Around the Ring w/Ring Rap 08/11/2015: WWE Raw builds to Summerslam, plus more!

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WWE Monday Night Raw Report for 8/10/2015 – SummerSlam Buildup, Daniel Bryan on Miz TV, Stephen “Arrow” Amell Visits Stardust, More

WWE rolls into Everett, WA tonight at the XFinity Arena.  On their social media platforms, WWE announced that Daniel Bryan will be on the show to appear in a Miz TV segment (likely to promote his book?).  But beyond that, Stephen Amell will be there – the actor who plays “Arrow” – and he might confront Stardust.  Is that a scene we will see again at SummerSlam?  Seth Rollins issued a “winner take all” challenge to John Cena last week.  He proposed a title-vs-title match at SummerSlam – will Cena accept this challenge?

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Show Open, Live from the XFinity Arena in Everett, WA

We get the Raw opening video package, then Michael Cole, JBL and Byron Saxton introduce the show.  They shill the segments previously advertised, as well as Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper for tonight.

Seth Rollins’ music hits, and here comes our WWE World Heavyweight Champion.  The fans tell him he sold out, but Rollins isn’t bothered.  “So what?”  Rollins asks why John Cena hasn’t responded to his challenge yet and wonders what he’s so busy with.  He asks if he is listening to Dr. Dre’s new album or trying to revive his rap career.

Rollins says that Cena is “Straight outta action” because Rollins broke his face with his knee.  Rollins says if Cena doesn’t want to show up on Raw and respond like a man, he can go to Brooklyn and forfeit the United States Championship.  Rollins says that either way, he will be the first man to hold both belts simultaneously.  He says the funny thing is that Cena is rumored to show up on Tough Enough tomorrow night (he is advertised).  Rollins wishes that Cena had the guts to show up.  He stops momentarily, acting surprised that someone at ringside that yelled Cena was there.

Rollins tells that person that he is mistaken and Cena will appear via satellite.  They show Cena’s face with the broken nose on the Tron, and Rollins’ mouth runs the commentary.  Rollins then turns to Neville, saying that he doesn’t have what it takes to be a champion or the man in WWE.

Cesaro’s music hits, and he comes out to a good pop.  Cesaro talks about interrupting Rollins going “on and on and on and on…”  Cesaro says that Rollins mentioned last week’s open challenge, and he’s there to challenge him tonight.  Rollins says that he didn’t say anything about an open challenge, which draws boos.  He says it was last week when he said that, and it was a one time thing.  He asks Cesaro what he has done to earn a title shot.

Kevin Owens’ music hits and he cuts his promo on the way to the ring.  He says Cesaro hasn’t done anything to earn a shot, but Owens has beaten Cena.  He points out that Cena made Rollins tap out two weeks ago on Raw.  He says that if anyone deserves a shot, he has it on good authority that it’s him.  Rollins asks if they are deaf and dumb.  He calls both men morons and says he said nothing about defending his title.

Randy Orton’s music hits and he starts to talk about the situation.  Orton asks Owens if he has put on weight lately.  “No,” Owens no-sells back.  Orton says that he has it on good authority that he deserves the shot.  Rollins says that he doesn’t care what the Authority thinks.  He says Tom Brady has a better shot of getting a free meal in Seattle than any of the three “jerk-offs” have of getting a title shot on Raw.  That brings out Triple H.

Triple H takes issue with Rollins saying he doesn’t care what the Authority thinks.  He mentions Cena, saying that he is a “less than 50/50” for SummerSlam.  He says that this turmoil leads to competition.  He books Cesaro vs. Owens vs. Orton, with the winner getting a shot at Rollins later.

The commentators talk about the triple threat, then predict winners.  They each pick different winners.  They hype Miz TV, then the camera goes backstage where Team BAD is getting ready to face Team Bella after the break.

Rollins has done better on the mic than he did here, but this was still good.  The highlight of the segment was setting up the triple threat match, with the winner getting a shot at Rollins.  “Jerk-off”  might get Rollins some heat, since that might be on the WWE “no-no” list.  And I loved how Owens no-sold the fat joke too.

Match #1 – Team Bella (Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, and Alicia Fox) vs. Team BAD (Sasha Banks, Naomi, and Tamina):

They point out that Nikki is 35 days away from eclipsing AJ’s record for longest Diva’s Championship reign.  Paige, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch are with the commentary team.  Their faction name is now PCB – apparently “Submission Sorority” (which did kinda sound cool since they all have finishers that are submission holds) is tied up with a porno site.  Cole hypes Becky Lynch vs. Bayley for the NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Slot on the NXT live special from Brooklyn.

In the early action, the Bellas are being treated as the babyfaces.  They control the action in the early going as we head to break.  Back live, Brie checks in and lands a series of kicks in her husband’s (Daniel Bryan’s) fashion.  She gets what I thought was a really awkward cover on Tamina to get the win.  Team BAD jumps the ring and attacks, so the PCB jumps in and fights them.  Team Bella stands at ringside, staring at PCB when Team BAD leaves the ring.  Cole hypes up that this is what the Divas Revolution is all about.

This is a mess.  WWE has NO CLUE as to what direction they want to take this in.  I recall Triple H talking about bringing people up with clear plans in place and clear creative, and that hasn’t happened here.  Still no clear character development, three women on commentary that did a poor job, and no clear line of heels and faces?  What a disaster.

Byron Saxton hypes up the triple threat match and the winner’s title opportunity later.

They show Steven Amell at ringside.

Match #2 – New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston, w/Xavier Woods) vs. Los Matadores (w/El Torito):

Big E skips and claps to the ring.  I gotta say I cracked up.  The Prime Time Players watch the goings on from a backstage monitor, taking notes.  Los Matadores and El Torito gang up on Woods at ringside.  In the ring, Big E puts away Matadore #1 (because I haven’t a clue…) with the Big Ending for the win.

I can see New Day going babyface again because the heel gimmick is becoming entertaining to fans.  The rest of the tag division is flat now without the Usos and Cesaro and Kidd, so that doesn’t help.

Cole hypes up Lesnar vs. Taker for SummerSlam, then says that various talent would be weighing in on the match.

Back in the day, like the early Wrestlemania days, they had talent do this – and it’s a good hype tool for these kinds of matches.  Glad to see them pull this one out.

Back live, they show the PTP hanging out with members of the Seattle Seahawks (NFL team, for those not from the US).

Backstage, New Day is singing “Hey, we want some New Day.”  Woods says they cemented their status as the new #1 Contenders.  Renee Young tells them they will join Los Matadores and Lucha Dragons taking on the Prime Time Players in a four-way match at SummerSlam.  They get Renee to do their dance.

Well, this is one way to get the belts back to New Day without having the Players lose, I suppose.  And why on earth did Renee do their heel dance?

Backstage, Seth Rollins complains about defending his championship.  Hunter tells him that Neville pushed Rollins to the brink, but he showed everyone who he is.  Hunter tells him if he wants to be the man, he has to be the man every night.

The announcers feed it to footage of Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt on Smackdown.  Cole hypes Reigns and Ambrose vs. Wyatt and Harper at SummerSlam.  Saxton sells Ambrose vs. Harper for later on Raw, as well as the triple threat match.

Match #3 – Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton vs. Cesaro; Triple Threat Match for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Opportunity

No televised entrances for this one.  In the early going, Owens ducks from the ring when both opponents attack him.  He gets back into the match quickly.  Owens runs Cesaro into the post, then clotheslines Orton using the top rope.  Owens gets a two count.  Orton follows up a bit later with the sidewinder backbreaker on Owens.  Cesaro hits him with a cross body block for two.

Orton teases the RKO, but Cesaro counters to the crossface.  Orton pulls himself to the ropes to break it, but there’s no breaks in a triple threat.  Orton pulls himself out to the floor, then Owens sends Cesaro to ringside.  Owens follows with a flip dive on both men down on the floor.  Cesaro comes up favoring his leg.

It looked like Cesaro took the brunt of Owens’ weight, and on his right knee.  He wasn’t planted, fortunately, but it had to have hurt unless he was just selling.

Back from break, Cesaro and Orton team up on Owens for a double suplex.  Cesaro covers but Orton pulls him off and glares.  Orton and Cesaro go toe to toe with strikes.  Cesaro gets the better of it, then sets up the Swing on Orton followed with the Sharpshooter.  Cesaro sees Owens getting ready to break things up, so he releases it.  Owens sends Cesaro into Orton, trying to set up a collision spot but it came off bad.  Orton hits both opponents with an elevated DDT off the ropes.

Orton tries for the RKO again, but Cesaro counters and sends Orton to ringside.  Owens is there, and he hits Orton with a fallaway slam into the barrier.  Cesaro follows that up with a twisting dive on Owens.  The fight moves back in the ring, where Cesaro hits a springboard uppercut for a good near fall.  The fans chant that it’s awesome, and in this case they’re right.

Cesaro takes over, controlling the action on Owens.  Owens hits a superkick, then tries to set up the pop-up powerbomb.  Cesaro floats over and Orton hits the RKO on Owens.  Owens rolls to ringside, and Orton hits Cesaro with a second RKO to get the win.  Afterward, they show Rollins snickering backstage.

This was fantastic.  Good solid match with a unique finish sequence.  They could easily tell a solid story of Cesaro losing all of these really great matches and have it go somewhere meaningful – but I’d really like to  see the guy win some of these.

Backstage, Dean Ambrose cuts a promo about how it would have been nice to have a friend when he was growing up.  Roman Reigns interrupts and says that Ambrose was trying to say that he’s the only friend he has ever had.  Ambrose said “pretty much.”  Reigns says that Wyatt can talk about family and how Harper would do anything for him, but the same is not true for Reigns.  Reigns talks about liking his beer ice cold and says that they will put the Wyatt’s family ties to the test.

Saxton hypes a Lesnar/Taker segment with various wrestlers and Hall of Famers commenting on the match.

Cole feeds us to a video package hyping Lesnar vs. Undertaker.  There are comments from various wrestlers about the Streak, and having faced Lesnar.  There are also fresh comments from Steve Austin, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Big Show, JBL, Triple H, Dean Ambrose, and Paul Heyman talking about the SummerSlam match.

I thought this was pretty strong.  At first, I worried that it might just be regurgitated comments, but the new material that talked about the upcoming match took care of that.  A really effective piece of business here.  Have to admit, Seth Rollins blowing them off would have been more true to his character though.

Cole hypes up that Lesnar and Undertaker will both be on Raw next Monday in Minneapolis.  Dean Ambrose comes to the ring for the next match.  Roman Reigns joins at ringside, making his entrance through the crowd.  Wyatt and Harper make their way to the ring.

Match #4 – Dean Ambrose (w/Roman Reigns) vs. Luke Harper (w/Bray Wyatt):

Before the match, Harper chases Saxton from his chair so that Wyatt would have somewhere to sit.  Ambrose hits a drop kick through the ropes then an elbow off the apron onto a standing Harper.  Saxton is still standing, so fans chant “sit down Byron” at him.  He says he wishes he could.  Gee, aren’t there a million folding chairs under the ring?

Harper takes control of the match until Ambrose hits him with a DDT.  He then gets a sunset flip for two.  Harper tries for a powerbomb, but Ambrose slips out and slams him.  The fight spills back to ringside.  Ambrose throws Wyatt over the announce position.  Wyatt recovers and goes after Ambrose, but he moves and Reigns hits him with the Superman Punch.  Harper attacks Reigns, but Ambrose hits a dive.  Ambrose gets tripped in the ropes and that lets Harper hit his discus clothesline for the win.

The action here was fine, but I think we’re closing in on the “three hour wall” where the live crowd is tiring out.  If this match goes on an hour ago, it gets a much better live reaction than what I heard during this segment.

Cole hypes up Daniel Bryan being on Miz TV after the break.

Miz TV:

The Miz is in the ring and he welcomes us to his show.  He points out Steven Amell in the front row.  He tells Amell to call him once Stardust is finished with him.  He claims he will rebrand Amell and teach him how to act.  He then introduces Daniel Bryan, who gets a huge hometown pop.  The fans chant for him as he sits down.  Miz welcomes Bryan to Miz TV and Bryan smiles as fans chant for him.

Miz holds his hand up and says when he does that, the fans’ mouths go shut.  They stop chanting and boo him, but then start a “yes” chant.  Bryan cracks that Miz wants them to shut up, so they need to be quiet.  Miz does the hand bit again.  Bryan asks the fans if they really thought he would miss Raw in his own home state.  Miz tells the fans he is a Cleveland Browns fan.  Bryan says Miz likes to take credit for his success and says Miz can take credit for the movie Santa’s Little Helper and his wardrobe.

Bryan says that his accomplishments are the result of hard work and the fans who have supported him, not due to the Miz.  Miz points out that Bryan is still not medically cleared and is like the broken toy that no one wants to play with.  Miz laughs and says he has never had an injury in WWE and wonders what it’s like to sit home and dream about the past.

Bryan talks about Mick Foley, saying he is at home writing a book that happens to be a New York Times best seller.  Bryan says he is a judge on the greatest show in the history of shows, Tough Enough.  He cracks a smile as he says it.  Miz says Bryan didn’t dedicate enough of his book to him, and he is a judge on “the greatest show there is.”

Miz credits Bryan for doing the right thing when he got injured.  He says Ryback should do the same by canceling the triple threat match at SummerSlam.  Big Show interrupts, and asks if Miz thinks he will honestly win the Intercontinental Championship.  Ryback then makes his entrance, wearing new merch.  The leg looks much better.  Ryback and Show stare at each other, and Miz and Bryan look on from ringside.

Bryan throws Miz in the ring between the two big men.  Miz gets squashed and tossed by Show.  Ryback gets the better of Big Show, hitting a clothesline.  Bryan gets in the ring and points at Miz.  Ryback hits Miz with a clothesline, and Bryan gives Ryback the IC Championship belt.  They do the “Yes!” chant together.

This was fun.  Bryan got a huge reaction and the fans loved him, and Miz’s schtick (which I normally puke at) worked here.  Ryback got a decent return reaction, but let’s be honest, nothing would compare to the pop Bryan got unless it was someone like Austin or Rock.  Ryback and Bryan celebrating at the end of the segment was important here.

Cole hypes up Orton vs. Rollins coming up later.

A “Before the Battle” preview of Undertaker vs. Lesnar is hyped up for WWE Network.  Much of it contained comments from the earlier video package.

Cole announces Team BAD vs. Team Bella vs. PCB in a three-team elimination match that will take place at SummerSlam.

Match #5 – Rusev (w/Summer Rae) vs. Mark Henry:

Lana joins the commentary team for this.  Henry carries an American flag to the ring and waves it before the match.  Because ‘Murica!  Anyhow, late in this one Summer causes a distraction which lets Rusev catch Henry with a kick.

Lana gets involved, attacking Summer.  Summer rolls her in the ring where Rusev is standing.  Summer attacks her from behind, and the bell rings for the disqualifcation (?).  Summer slams Lana’s face into the match a couple times then puts her in the Accolade.  Rusev has a flag drop that has his image on it.

If I had a girlfriend, and she spent half of the amount of time that Lana does in meddling in the affairs of her “ex-boyfriend”, it’d be creepy.  Summer’s version of the Accolade looked like a legit submission hold, which is a plus.

The announcers talk about the angle.  Saxton says Rusev needs to move on, which makes zero sense because it was Lana getting involved in his business.

They recap Rollins vs. Neville from last week using the comic book theme to be consistent with Neville’s character.  They also include Stardust.  They show Steven Amell at ringside, shaking his head about Stardust being shown.  Cole hypes Neville up, and asks if the Green Arrow will get a front row view of the Red Arrow.

Match #6 – Neville vs. King Barrett:

This doesn’t last long.  Cole says that Stardust can’t come to grips that Amell plays a character and isn’t a real superhero.  Meanwhile, Neville puts Barrett away quickly with the Red Arrow.

Afterward, Stardust runs in and puts the boots to Neville.  Stardust sees Amell and approaches him.  He pie faces Amell, and Amell hops the rail and attacks Stardust.  Security breaks them up.  Cole points out that Amell is a guest who entered a WWE ring “and that’s not good no matter who you are.”  Security backs off, and Amell holds his arms up.  The follow him out of the ring as the show goes to break.

The live crowd did enjoy this angle.

They air an ad for NXT, then recap the angle from the previous segment.

Backstage, Triple H asks Amell if he’s alright, and he says he’s fine. Hunter says he’s lucky he walked out of there because he’s not a participant.  Neville says that Stardust has started this.  Hunter says he will deal with Stardust.  “Let us deal with Stardust,” says Amell.  Hunter says he is not now and will never be “one of us.”

Amell says he gets it but he’s an actor and a man.  He says if someone puts his hands on him, he will fight back.  He asks Hunter to let “the two of us” take care of Barrett and Stardust.  Hunter asks if it will be Red Arrow and Green Arrow.  Hunter was reluctant at first, but Amell insisted, saying he would sign anything the lawyers wanted signed.  Hunter smiled and asks if he wants to play tough guy.  He tells Amell the papers will be in his hands tomorrow and he is washing his hands of it.  Hunter books it officially as Stardust and Barrett vs. Neville and Green Arrow for SummerSlam.

Amell came off believable here, and they really did a good job of selling how Amell was putting himself in harm’s way working a match against professional wrestlers.  A decent segment that led to a match we all sort of saw coming.

Cole hypes up WWE Network,  calling it the equivalent of Netflix, “Only a better value.”

JoJo interviews Sheamus backstage.  He talks about the main event and says that when the time is right he will become WWE World Heavyweight champion.  He says the right time “may be tonight.”

Randy Orton makes his entrance, then they cut away to the footage of Lesnar and Taker brawling a couple weeks ago.  Cole wonders what will happen when the two are in the building together next week on Raw.  Seth Rollins then makes his entrance.

Match #7 – Seth Rollins (c) vs. Randy Orton; WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Lilian gives us the in-ring introductions.  Rollins stalls in the early going, but Orton bounces him to the outside.  Coming out of the commercial break, Rollins takes over control of the match.

Orton mounts a comeback.  Rollins tries to exit but gets clotheslined and slammed into the announce position.  Orton slams Rollins on the table again then rolls him in the ring.  Rollins shoves Orton toward the official, but Orton stops short.  Rollins rolls Orton up for two.  Rollins hits a superkick on a kneeling Orton, then goes top rope.  Orton cuts him off and hits a superplex.

Rollins goes for the Pedigree, but Orton counters.  Orton tries a hanging DDT, but Rollins counters out and hits a kick.  Rollins tries his own version of the hanging DDT and connects.  Rollins mocks Orton, hitting the Viper pose then kicks Orton.  He sets up the Pedigree again, but Orton counters.  Rollins ties a springboard move, but Orton hits him with the RKO on the way down.

Orton has the cover, but Sheamus runs out and pulls Orton to ringside.  That causes a DQ.  After the match, Sheamus roughs Orton up, then gets in the ring.  He hits Rollins with a Brogue Kick then attempts to cash in his MITB briefcase.  The bell never rings, and Sheamus turns around into an RKO from Orton.  Cole reminds us that because the bell didn’t ring, the cash-in didn’t happen.  Orton poses as his music plays to end it.

This was fine.  I thought they did a good job of making Rollins look vulnerable, yet not the guy who needs someone to run out and save him at the slightest bit of trouble.  The teased cash-in was done well too and keeps the briefcase in play, which it hadn’t been since Sheamus won it.  I still think giving it to Sheamus was wrong (there were better choices) but I think if he keeps doing things like this tonight, he’ll be fine with it.

All in all a good show.  They’re doing a nice job of pacing out the SummerSlam match announcements so they can focus on them and give them good attention every time they announce one.  They’re clearly putting some effort into the show, and so far it seems to be shaping up pretty well.

Drew will be by tomorrow with an Around the Ring podcast, breaking down tonight’s show in more detail and talking about other things pro wrestling.  You’ll hear from me again on Thursday with an Around the Ring segment, as well as other print stuff along the way.  Thanks for reading along tonight.



Around the Ring w/ Ring Rap 08/04/2015: Looking at WWE Raw in depth, plus more!

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