At the end of Raw last week, The Shield once again took out Triple H. After being slammed through the announce table, how will Triple H react?!
Four out of six of the Money in the Bank Contenders have been decided: Antonio Cesaro, "Captain Charisma" Christian, "The World's Strongest Man" Mark Henry and "The Apex Predator" Randy Orton. Find out the final two in tonight's Money in the Bank Qualifying Matches.
Tonight in the semi-finals of the World Tag Team Championship: No. #1 Contender's Tournament, Jimmy and Jey Uso take on Tons of Funk, Brodus Clay and Tensai!
The show opens to a video package showing last week's main event, and Alberto Del Rio put Big E Langston through a table. But soon after The Shield's attack on Triple H is shown where he was also put through a table. How will Triple H react? Find out tonight on Raw!
As Raw comes to a start, Justin Roberts has the WWE Universe welcome the COO of the WWE, "The Game" Triple H! Triple H comes down to the ring looking just as pissed as he looked last week. He called Vince McMahon out and told him that he's tired of his games, and he wants to get his hands on The Shield. Moments later, Mr. McMahon struts his way to the ring. He goes on to ask Triple H hasn't he learned his lesson yet? We've already seen what "The Hounds of Justice" can do to him, and he's in no shape to wrestle anyone soon after what Brock Lesnar did to him in his last match. He couldn't handle fighting one person the night after his match with Brock; what makes him think he can handle two? Vince said he needs to stop making things personal, and do his job as COO, not a Superstar. The two argue about it until Stephanie McMahon comes out to stop the bickering. At first she tells her father that he has no right to have The Shield attack Triple H like he has. Hunter is family, not an enemy. After showing sympathy for her husband, she goes on to turn and tell him that she has to agree with Vince. She thinks he just can't handle it anymore. He's been doing this for a long time, and as Vince said, he needs to focus on being COO. After throwing a fit of rage, he demanded a match tonight to prove that he's still got plenty left in the tank, but Vince turned him down. The crowd boos Vince and Stephanie until Triple H begins to speak again. He tells Vince since he won't let him be in a match, he'll take care of business another way, then drops the mic. Vince asks him what he's talking about but Triple H heads up the ramp and ignores him.
At ringside, JBL, Cole, and Lawler welcome everyone to the show. They talk about what Triple H meant by that, and the McMahons thinking Triple H can't wrestle anymore. After their discussion, Cole hypes up the rest of tonight'd card. In tonight's main event, Big E Langston will take on the World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio in their rubber match. Also, Randy Orton will try to avenge his loss from last week as he faces Christian in a rematch. But up next, the next Money in the Bank Qualifying Match is coming up after the break.
-COMMERCIAL- As we come back, Wade Barrett was followed to the ring by his new manager William Regal. Regal announced that with him now backing Barrett, Wade is new and improved, and will be the next World Heavyweight Champion.
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match Wade Barrett def. David Otunga It didn't take long to find out the next qualifier in this match. Barrett brutally beat down Otunga from the start. Otunga managed to get a few punches in, but not many. Barrett started throwing a few punches of his own and dazed Otunga, then proceeded to hit his signature moves. At the end of the match, Barrett took his time finishing his opponent off. But Wade wasted too much time, letting Otunga start to fight back into the match. He ran at Barrett, going for a short Clothesline, but Wade dodged it. Otunga turned around and was knocked out cold with the Bull Hammer!
As Regal celebrates with Barrett in the ring, the commentary team give their thoughts on the two aligning. Afterwards, they send the cameras to the back where Renee Young is standing by with AJ Lee. She says she has huge news regarding the Money in the Bank Pay Per View. Her boyfriend Dolph Ziggler has been medically cleared for his rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship! The crowd cheers in the background until Renee asks her about her recent confrontation with Kaitlyn. But before AJ could answer, Kaitlyn once again spears her and beats her down on the ground. WWE officials try to break it up into the commercial break.
World Tag Team Championship: No. #1 Contender's Tournament The Usos def. Tons of Funk Both team showed a mutual respect and had a hell of a match. Each team worked together throughout to connect with multiple double team moves. Tons of Funk thought they had it won after hitting a Sidewalk Slam/Running Elbow combination, but Jimmy Uso kicked out at two. He fought back into the match and finally got to tag in his brother. Jey came in off the hot tag and cleaned house. He fought on until Jimmy had recovered. After taking Brodus down, Jey went for the tag. Jimmy slowly climbed up the turnbuckle and prepared for the Diving Splash. After jumping, he soon realized he took too long as Brodus caught him in mid air. Luckily, Jey was still in the ring and Superkicked Brodus. Sweet T came in and Clotheslined Jey over the ropes, sending them both down to the floor. Jimmy was still on top of Clay after the Superkick as the ref counted 3!
JBL, Cole and Lawler talk about what an amazing match that was, before mentioning the big news for next week. Next Monday, Tyson Kidd returns to team with Justin Gabriel as they go up against The Usos in the finals for the World Tag Team Championship: No. #1 Contender's Tournament!
The cameras pan backstage where Triple H is standing in his office. He's on his cell phone and was explaining the situation to someone and said "I figured I better call somebody. And you were the first person that came to mind." He went on to say "All right, see ya soon."
As Triple H hangs up the phone, Lawler hypes up that the Intercontinental Champion, Curtis Axel in action next.
Curtis Axel def. Santino Marella Axel looked strong throughout the entire match. He smacked Marella around as Heyman trash talked him at ringside. Santino had gotten little to no offense in as Axel signaled for the end. He hooked Santino's arm over him, setting up for the Perfectplex, when Fandango's music hit. Axel threw Santino down and turned his attention to the stage. Summer Rae danced her way out to the stage as Axel and Heyman looked on in confusion. The crowd began Fandangoing along to his music as they anticipated his return. Summer smirked and shook her head as the music stopped. Meanwhile, Santino crawled up behind him, and rolled him up! 1..2.. Axel kicks out! He quickly ran and jumped at Marella, and dropped him with the Picture Perfect DDT.
Axel stands tall over Santino as Heyman enters the ring to celebrate with him. Heyman stands beside him holds the Intercontinental Championship in the air as the camera cuts to the backstage area.
Big E Langston is seen sitting in the locker room when Brad Maddox approaches him. Brad told Langston that he and Vickie decided since he has already beaten Del Rio once before, he deserves a chance at the World Heavyweight Championship. Langston declined, but Maddox insisted and said Team Brickie has already come up with a great stipulation for Big E's match tonight. If Langston wins, he's in the World Heavyweight Championship Match at Money in the Bank. Maddox went on to tell him good luck, and walked off.
Randy Orton takes on Christian in their rematch from last week, next!
Randy Orton def. Christian Both men attempted to top their match from last week, and nearly did. They fought back and forth, all match long. At one point in the match Christian had Orton down and was preparing to hit the Spear. Randy slowly makes it back to his feet and Christian takes off toward him, but Orton moves, making him hit his shoulder into the turnbuckle post. Orton comes from behind and plants him with an Olympic Slam into the pin, but only gets 2. As the match continued, Christian had gotten the upper hand and hit Orton with a Tornado DDT and covered him, but only gets a near fall. Christian begins to get agitated and heads up top. He looks around the arena at his peeps before jumping, only to get caught by a deadly RKO! Christian is out of it, and Orton goes for the cover. 1..2..3! Orton wins.
After the match, Randy stares Christian down with a psychotic look on his face, then walks over to the corner. He taunts Christian and yells at him to get up, as he sets up for the Punt! But Paul Heyman interrupted him, and came down to the ramp to get everyone's attention. He announced that he's talked to Vickie Guerrero and rather than having another qualifying match, he told her that one of his clients should be in the Money in the Bank Match. "At first she declined and said that wouldn't be fair, until I told her which client I was talking about. No, not CM Punk... No, not Curtis Axel... No, not Brock Lesnar... The man I'm talking about is "The Whole F'n Show" Rob! Van! Dam!" The crowd erupts as Paul smiles, then looks in the ring and says "See you at Money in the Bank, gentlemen."
Back on commentary, the three are very excited about Heyman's announcement. They proceed to go over the full lineup for the Money in the Bank Match:
World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Match Antonio Cesaro Christian Mark Henry Randy Orton Rob Van Dam Wade Barrett
Also at the Pay-Per-View...
World Heavyweight Championship Match Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler and possibly Big E Langston
...and still more to be added! We find out if Langston gets a title match, next!
If Langston wins, he's in the WHC Match at MITB Big E Langston def. Alberto Del Rio As the match began, Big E stared across the ring with a look on his face almost like he didn't wanna be there. But Del Rio started taking it to him right off the bat. He worked Langston's legs with multiple kick variations until bringing him down to the mat. Del Rio continued his attack for quite some time until Langston couldn't take it anymore. He started to get very angry and soon the kicks weren't even phasing him anymore. He fought back and looked to try and break Alberto in half. Langston hit knee after knee to Del Rio's midsection, then did multiple Rib-Breakers to him. He threw Del Rio down and went to cover him, but Ricardo Rodriguez pulled him out of the ring into the final commercial break of the night. We come back and Del Rio is back in control. He and Langston fight back and forth on into the match. Nearing the end Langston took Alberto down with a Running Body Block and was pulling his straps down. He picked Del Rio up and threw him up on his shoulder, when Dolph Ziggler's music hits! He comes down to the ring telling Langston he doesn't need to do it. Ziggler kept pleading with him as Langston looked him in the eyes. He stared Dolph down until suddenly finishing Del Rio off with the Big Ending! Into the cover! 1...2...3!
Ziggler couldn't believe it! JBL, Cole, and Lawler couldn't believe it! Langston smiled at Dolph and celebrated his win as the show fades out.
In last week's main event, Big E Langston defeated Alberto Del Rio, and was granted a spot in the World Heavyweight Championship Match at Money in the Bank, now making it a Triple Threat! How will all three men react during the contract signing?
The final two Money in the Bank participants were announced last Monday. Now making the lineup Antonio Cesaro vs Christian vs Mark Henry vs Randy Orton vs Rob Van Dam vs Wade Barrett!
During Curtis Axel's match, Fandango's music hit and everyone thought he was back. But the only person that showed up was Summer Rae. What will Axel have to say to Fandango? And will he even show up this week?
Also, tonight in the finals of the Tag Team Tournament, The Usos will take on International Air Strike as Tyson Kidd makes his in-ring return! Find out which team will go on to face The Shield at Money in the Bank!
Tonight's the final Raw before Money in the Bank, and you don't wanna miss a minute of it!
I'm really liking Triple H/Shield/Vince. Did he call HBK? That's my guess, but I'm interested to see where it goes. I hope the Usos win the tag tournament. RVD at MITB will be awesome. So now the WHC match is a 3 way, really interested in seeing where this goes. Big E looking out for himself is a nice change, but hopefully Dolph walks away with the belt. Great show, keep it up.
A video package recapping the main event from last week is shown. Dean Ambrose defeating Chris Jericho is highlighted, as well as John Laurinaitis and John Cena having words, and then Chris Jericho and John Cena having words as well. The opening video with “Adrenaline” by Shinedown plays. ________________________________
The camera’s then open into the arena and immediately we hear the music of John Cena. Cena makes his way out to the ring to a mixed reaction. Cena gets a mic as his music fades out and then talks about John Laurinaitis making his big return last week. Cena says he doesn’t know what Laurinaitis is doing back, but he knows he’s up to no good. Cena is then interrupted by the music of Chris Jericho. An annoyed Jericho comes out and says that he had his match won last week until John Cena decided to get into a verbal battle with a jackass. John Laurinaitis then comes out on stage and says he doesn’t like Jericho referring to him as a jackass. He says that he has returned to the WWE, and more importantly SmackDown, because the fans wanted him back. The fans boo loudly as Cena laughs in the ring. Cena asks John Laurinaitis why he decided to come back and he says that he doesn’t owe anyone an explanation, but they will all know soon enough. Booker T then comes out and says it’s time for all of this nonsense to stop, because he has a show to run. Booker then announces that John Cena will go one on one with the man who beat Chris Jericho last week, the United States Champion, Dean Ambrose!
Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins def. Epico and Primo Hawkins and Ryder came out playing a baby face role and got a good reaction from the crowd. The two teams put on a really good match, with Epico and Primo nailing a powerbomb/back stabber combo than nearly got them the win. Ryder eventually fought back into the match and got the tag into Hawkins. Hawkins came into the match to a good pop from the crowd and nailed Epico and Primo with a series of dropkicks and then Ryder came back in and clotheslined Primo out of the ring. Ryder then nailed the Zack Attack on Epico as Hawkins immediately came off the top rope with a diving elbow to pick up the win. Hawkins and Ryder celebrated their win as Matthews and Foley put them over as what could be a great, young team. They remind everyone that Hawkins and Ryder aren’t strangers to the tag team scene, they are former champions.
Mick Foley hypes that CM Punk will be here live and has something to say
The show returned from a commercial with Kofi Kingston backstage arriving to the arena. Kofi is sporting a new look that is complete with a haircut. Kofi is wearing a suit and is stopped by Matt Striker. Striker asks him what we can expect from this new Kofi Kingston. Kingston said you can expect him to be nothing but the best and then arrogantly walks off from Striker.
United States Championship #1 Contender Match The Miz def. Ted DiBiase and Bo Dallas A very good back and forth match, mostly between DiBiase and Miz. Dallas’ inexperience proved kept him from winning the match. DiBiase looked to have the match in his hands, until he went for a middle rope fist drop on Miz, that missed. Miz fired up with a comeback, nailing several clotheslines and finishing the comeback with a yakuza kick. Miz got in position for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Dallas came in from behind and attacked Miz. Dallas went for the spear on Miz, but he evaded it and Dallas nailed DiBiase. Miz quickly nailed the Skull Crushing Finale on Dallas to pick up the hard fought win.
The crowd cheered Miz on as he celebrated the win. DiBiase left the ring looking disappointed as the referee held Miz’s hand in victory. Miz will now face Dean Ambrose at Money in the Bank for the United States Championship.
Josh Matthews announces that CM Punk will be live in the arena, next!
The camera’s return just as CM Punk’s music hits to a huge ovation. Punk comes out, doing his usual entrance routine. Punk enters the ring and grabs a mic as his music fades out. He talks about how he had a match for the WWE Championship in his grasp, until someone in a ski mask hit him in the back of the head with a lead pipe, which lead to him losing the match. Punk says that because of that attack, he won’t be cleared for action until Money in the Bank, but he assures everyone that he will be the winner of the MITB match and will get his shot at the WWE Championship anytime he wants. Punk is then interrupted by Drew McIntyre. McIntyre comes out and says that Punk shouldn’t be so confident about winning the MITB match. McIntyre says the Chosen One, will be the man who leaves with the briefcase. This then brings out Damien Sandow who says that his brilliance will be the deciding factor at MITB and will help him in walking out with the briefcase. Cody Rhodes then interrupts Sandow and says that while they are friends and partners, Sandow shouldn’t be so quick to put Rhodes beneath him. Sheamus then comes out and puts himself over and says that none of them are walking out of MITB with the briefcase, because he will be. The segment ends with Mick Foley plugging on commentary that there is still one more spot left in the match, and that could be the man who wins at MITB.
Backstage we see Dean Ambrose warming up for his match with John Cena, when Matt Striker enters his locker room. He asks Ambrose what his plan is for tonight, Ambrose responds by saying to win, of course. Striker asks Ambrose his thoughts on finding out that The Miz is his next challenger for the US Title in 2 weeks at Money in the Bank. Ambrose says that since Miz is a former United States, Intercontinental, and WWE Champion, he is a worthy challenger, but he won’t be walking out with the title.
Evan Bourne def. Yoshi Tatsu Kofi Kingston was on commentary for the match. Both men looked to have their sites on Kingston’s title. They battled back and forth a few minutes, until Tatsu took control of the match off of a missed springboard crossbody from Bourne. Tatsu worked over Bourner, keeping him grounded. Bourne started a comeback with a series of kicks and then quickly hurried to the top rope, but was cut off by Tatsu, who ended up crotching him on the top rope. Tatsu climbed up the turnbuckles and went for a huge top rope hurricanrana, but Bourne was able to hold on to the ropes, sending Tatsu crashing to the mat on his stomach. Tatsu rolled onto his back and then Bourne nailed the Air Bourne to pick up the win.
Bourne celebrated the win, but it would be short lived. Kofi Kingston entered the ring behind him and then blasted him in the back with the Cruiserweight Title. Bourne fell to his knees and then staggered back to his feet, where Kingston stalked him and then nailed a nasty Trouble in Paradise, knocking Bourne out. Kingston stood tall in the ring as Josh Matthews talked about how disgusting Kingston has become since winning the title.
The camera’s cut backstage to an upset Ted DiBiase talking on the phone to someone. He says that this was his shot at the US Title, and he blew it. John Laurinaitis then walks into the room and DiBiase says he has to go. He asks John Laurinaitis what he wants, and he says just a moment of his time. The camera’s then fade back to Mick Foley and Josh Matthews at ringside, wondering what that was all about. Foley then plugs that coming up next is the battle royal for the final spot in the MITB match! Foley says that every 30 seconds, a new superstar will enter the match until one man is left.
Alex Riley def. Bo Dallas, Big Show, Ryback, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, Jinder Mahal, Sin Cara, and Yoshi Tatsu Ryback made his return to SmackDown in this match, but wouldn’t win it. He would end up eliminating Big Show with a huge meathook clothesline, to the surprise of everyone. It came down to Riley, Ryback, and Ryder as the final 3. It looked like Ryback was going to get the win, until Big Show came back down to ringside. Show entered the ring and fought with Ryback, until referee’s came in to get Show out of the ring. As Ryback was yelling at Show, Ryder drop kicked him from behind, sending him over the top rope. Riley and Ryder put up a great fight to one another, with both knowing the opportunity they had. Both men almost had the other eliminated at several moments, but the ending came when Ryder went for the Ruff Ryder, but Riley evaded it, and Ryder hung himself up on the ropes. Riley quickly followed up with a clothesline to Ryder that sent him over the ropes.
Alex Riley celebrated his huge win as the crowd cheered. Mick Foley entered the ring to get a quick post match interview with Riley about his victory. Riley said that after last week, he figured his opportunity was gone after the battle with Sheamus, but then this happened. Riley says he is probably the biggest underdog in the match and that at MITB, he will shock the world.
A Wyatt Family promo airs. It is more creepy than usual and ends with Bray saying “We’re Coming…very soon…”
The camera’s open on the arena where Mick Foley and Josh Matthews go over the SmackDown portion of the Money in the Bank pay per view.
WWE Championship Match John Cena(c) vs Chris Jericho
WWE Championship Money in the Bank Match Damien Sandow vs Cody Rhodes vs CM Punk vs Drew McIntyre vs Sheamus vs Alex Riley
WWE United States Championship Dean Ambrose(c) vs Ted DiBiase
WWE Tag Team Championship Match The Prime Time Players vs Team Hell No
Foley says it will be a huge night for SmackDown, in 2 weeks!
Main Event – Champion vs Champion Dean Ambrose def. John Cena A great match up. Both men brought all they had, with Ambrose coming with something to prove. They both battled back and forth, with neither man gaining an advantage. John Laurinaitis made his way to ringside, which caught both guys off guard. They kept up the challenging match, with Cena getting a slight advantage and takings control for a few minutes, until Ambrose countered a suplex, but turning into a huge ddt that almost got him the win. The two fought a little more, until Chris Jericho made his way to ringside to confront John Laurinaitis. The two exchanged words, which got John Cena’s attention. Cena yelled at them to leave, but was caught turning around and nailed by Ambrose with the Midnight Special for the win.
Mick Foley put over that this was a huge, huge win for Dean Ambrose. Ambrose had his arm raised in victory before leaving the ring. A woozy John Cena got to his feet and argued with Jericho, who entered the ring and a brawl ensued. Both guys traded shots until a group of referee’s came down to split them up, but they were no help. The locker room came out to keep Jericho and Cena apart, as John Laurinaitis backed up the ramp with a smirk on his face. Foley wondered what he was up to and said that there is obvious bad blood between Cena and Jericho as SmackDown came to an end.
This is automatically a great Smackdown cause Hawkins got a win, haha. The Bourne and Kingston feud should be good. At first I was like uh...What? When I saw Riley beat Big Show/Ryback, but it makes sense now after reading the match. I think I smell a feud between those 2. Also great to see Ambrose getting such a big push. Nice show, man.