Monday Night Raw – July 21, 2014: Send In The Beast

Monday Night Raw
Date: July 21, 2014
Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry Lawler

We’re past Battleground and officially heading towards Summerslam. The show is in less than four weeks and the main event, while pretty obvious, has the potential to be awesome. Tonight we’re likely finding out what HHH’s Plan C is and who will be challenging Cena at Summerslam. Other than that Flo Rida is performing tonight for reasons that aren’t exactly clear. Let’s get to it.

Here’s HHH to open things up. He talks about how no one wants to look him in the eye because they think he’ll blow a gasket over the Authority losing last night. HHH goes off, saying he hasn’t been this mad in a long time but he has options. He says he’s going to Tweet about how upset he is. He’s so mad he might even send an Instagram or a VINE. If he doesn’t get what he wants, hes’ going to riot. And if THAT doesn’t work, he and his friend Mark are going to stop watching. Or another option is to fire everyone backstage.

HHH calms down and says he could lay back because he has options. He even guarantees that Cena won’t leave Summerslam as WWE Champion. The only question is who gets to take it from him. This brings out Randy Orton who wants a one on one match with Cena. HHH says Orton is the frontrunner, but the entire roster is going to get a chance to impress him. Randy blames Kane and here’s the monster himself. Kane says he can beat Cena if he doesn’t have to babysit Randy Orton.

Cue Roman Reigns who says no one wants to see Cena vs. Kane, and for sure no one wants to see Cena vs. Orton AGAIN. It sounds to him like everyone wants to see Roman Reigns vs. John Cena. Reigns gets in and lays out Kane with a Superman Punch but Orton bails to the floor. HHH makes Kane/Orton vs. Roman Reigns right now.

Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton/Kane

Randy starts for his team and gets popped in the jaw with a right hand. Kane comes in and walks into a Samoan drop so it’s back to Randy. Reigns finally gets slowed down with a knee to the ribs and the heels start making fast tags. Roman quickly fights out of a nerve hold and raises a boot to stop a charging Kane. The monster gets sent to the floor and we take a break.

Back with Reigns fighting out of a chinlock but getting stomped down to the mat. Kane comes in again with an elbow to the jaw for two and it’s back to Orton for another chinlock. Reigns fights up again with another Samoan drop before knocking Kane into the ropes for the running boot. Kane clotheslines Reigns down but Orton won’t tag in. Orton gets grabbed by the throat but Reigns uses the distraction to hit the Superman Punch and the spear for the pin on Kane at 12:18.

Rating: C-. This wasn’t the worst match in the world but a handicap match where the ending is pretty obvious doesn’t help much. Reigns getting the win is a good thing for his career, though I’m thinking he needs to swap his finishers or just use the Superman Punch. The spear is good for a middle of the match move but it doesn’t work as well as a finisher.

Orton teases getting in the ring but backs down from Reigns.

Stephanie gives Alicia Fox/Eva Marie/Cameron/Rosa Mendes a pep talk before their four on one handicap match against Nikki Bella.

Alicia Fox/Cameron/Rosa Mendes/Eva Marie vs. Nikki Bella

Brie is in the front row so here’s Stephanie to say everything that is happening to Nikki because Brie is a quitter. Brie calls Stephanie a very mean name and holds up her ticket. They yell at each other some more and Stephanie slaps Brie again before Brie gets dragged out. The bell rings and Nikki is of course destroyed. Alicia calls off the dogs before pinning Nikki in 32 seconds.

Stephanie says Nikki is going to quit soon.

Damien Sandow vs. Bo Dallas

This week Sandow is in a Miami Heat jersey with the word Miami crossed off and Cleveland written below it. Damien starts fast but Bo fights back wit a backdrop and clothesline to send Sandow outside. Back in and Bo hammers away with right hands. Bo is wrestling more like a face this week. Sandow knees him in the ribs and nails a suplex before putting on a chinlock. The Wind-Up Elbow misses and a Bodog keeps Bo undefeated at 2:30.

Back from a break with the Highlight Reel but Bray and the Family have laid out Jericho in the locker room. Bray shows us a clip of the attack and him telling Jericho that sooner or later, they all fall down. In the arena, Bray says Jericho isn’t here but Bray Wyatt is. The fans may think that Chris Jericho is a better man than he is, but a loss in a battle means nothing to him.

The war is all that counts and he was the man that created war. It hasn’t been long since the Wyatts brought heroes to their knees. You cannot measure him like a normal man because society does not make him and he lives a hundred years a day. Abigail told him to never chase vengeance or he would have to dig two graves: one for his enemy and one for himself.

Jericho is in the back and bleeding from the ear.

The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler

Non-title. Miz runs to the floor to start and Ziggler finally chases after him, only to fail at sending Miz into the steps. Back in and Miz stomps away but Ziggler takes him down and drops nine straight elbows. Miz trips Dolph up and puts on a chinlock before Miz catapults him over the top. Ziggler skins the cat and pulls Miz to the apron with him, only to be sent into the post as we take a break.

Back with Ziggler grabbing his arms but still not being able to nail a right hand to the face. Miz stomps on him even more and we hit the chinlock. Ziggler fights up and sends him into the buckle, followed by clotheslines and a neckbreaker. The Fameasser is countered into a rollup for two and a Side Effect gets the same for Miz.

Ziggler kicks him in the jaw and grabs a running DDT for two more. Miz’s short DDT gets two and it’s time to go after the leg. The Figure Four goes on but Ziggler finally dives for the ropes. Back up and a Fameasser gets another near fall on Miz but Ziggler can’t hit the Fameasser. Miz loads up the Skull Crushing Finale, only to get rolled through into the Zig Zag for the pin at 13:35.

Rating: C+. Now didn’t we all see this coming? I mean, I know the joke is that the Intercontinental Title is a death sentence, and now it’s looking more and more truthful every time the champion fights. Ziggler will lose the title match and then people will see Miz about the same as they do now. In other words, everyone loses.

HHH is telling Seth Rollins that there’s no reason for him to face John Cena at Summerslam because he’s got a title shot whenever he wants it. Rollins says there’s no way this can happen because Dean Ambrose keeps interfering. Cesaro comes in and says he’s no longer a Heyman Guy. Instead he’d rather be HHH’s guy. Rollins says HHH already has a guy, but Cesaro says he’d be a great choice to face Cena at Summerslam. HHH says it would be very impressive if Cesaro could beat Dean Ambrose tonight.

Emma/Natalya vs. AJ Lee/Paige

Emma trips AJ down to start and they trade rollups for two each. Paige comes in and walks into the Emma Lock before it’s off to Natalya for two off a rollup. Natalya puts on the Sharpshooter but Paige crawls over for the tag to AJ. A Shining Wizard and the Black Widow make Natalya tap at 2:25.

Post match Paige turns full heel and destroys AJ, including throwing her over the announcers’ table. Paige skips away.

Fandango vs. Zack Ryder

Ryder comes out with Summer Rae and Layla this time. Ryder hammers away to start but Fandango nails him with a dropkick. Fandango takes him down but gets caught in a faceplant. Ryder’s middle rope dropkick misses but Fandango doesn’t follow up. Ryder comes back with a Rough Ryder for the pin at 1:47. Layla shoved Fandango’s foot off the rope to give Ryder the win.

We recap Brie and Stephanie from earlier.

Flo Rida thinks he might get the title shot against John Cena. Heath Slater comes up and wants revenge from Flo Rida attacking him at Wrestlemania XXVIII. Slater shoves him and is shoved down to the ground.

Flo Rida performs. Stephanie was in the ring to introduce him and is arrested after the performance for attacking Brie earlier. Brie pops up and yells at her before being dragged off again. Stephanie is taken to the back and HHH tries to calm her down as Stephanie is put in the police car. HHH: “Is this a hybrid?” He promises to have her out of jail in five minutes.

Back from a break and HHH is about to leave but a guy (maybe Joey Mercury) says HHH has to decide on Cena’s opponent. HHH says family is more important but realizes that it’s going to take awhile to process Stephanie. He keeps the car on standby.

Ryback/Curtis Axel vs. Kofi Kingston/Big E.

Ryback and Big E. get things going with Ryback hammering away against the ropes. Big E. runs him over but walks into a spinebuster and gets double teamed in the corner. A side slam gets two for Ryback and he throws Big E. down with a belly to belly. The Meat Hook is countered by a clothesline from Big E. and he makes the hot tag to Kofi. Kingston speeds things up and gets two off the SOS as everything breaks down. Ryback rolls through a high cross body and pins Kofi at 3:25.

Rating: C-. This was mostly Big E. vs. Ryback foa few minutes before the ending came out of nowhere. Big E.’s collapse continues and it’s really kind of sad to see. Kingston only got to jump a few times and it wasn’t much to see. At least they’re building up another team to fight the Usos.

Big E. and Kofi are upset post match but Xavier Woods, now in glasses and a white suit, comes in and says they’re not getting anywhere by shaking hands and kissing babies. Instead of asking, now they’re going to be taking. Kofi and Big E. seem to agree. That was a very heelish promo from Woods.

We look back at the Wyatts attacking Jericho earlier.

Rusev vs. Great Khali

Rusev is still selling the ankle lock from last night. The big chop stuns Rusev and a big boot stops his charge. More chops in the corner have Rusev breathing deep but he nails Khali in the throat. The big chop puts Rusev down but he pops up and kicks Khali in the shoulder. A running superkick to the face sets up the Accolade for the submission at 2:27.

Clip of Sheamus on Royal Pains this week.

Stardust and Goldust talk about the Cosmic Key some more. It’s calling them.

We recap Brie and Stephanie again. Renee Young reports that Stephanie is going to be arraigned tonight and may be charged with resisting arrest.

Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro

Ambrose hammers away to start and takes Cesaro to the floor to keep up the beating. Back in and Cesaro kicks him in the face before sending Ambrose shoulder first into the post. HHH is on the phone in the back while Orton and Rollins watch on. Cesaro cranks on the arm and the match slows down a lot. Back up and Cesaro nails him with a right hand, only to be sent to the floor. Ambrose tries a dive but lands on an uppercut as we take a break.

Back with Cesaro still on the arm before getting two off a German suplex. Cesaro’s superplex is countered and Ambrose nails a missile dropkick followed by a cross body. Ambrose suplex is countered but he sends Cesaro into the corner to escape a cross face chicken wing.

Cesaro heads outside but gets wiped out with a suicide dive. Back in and the rebound clothesline gets two on Cesaro but he comes back with a clothesline of his own. Dean gets a boot up in the corner but goes up and gets crotched into the Tree of Woe. Cesaro charges into the post twice in a row and Ambrose throws him in a third time. With the insanity setting in, Dean grabs a chair and blasts Cesaro in the arm for the DQ at 12:32.

Rating: C. The match was fun and the ending was the right call. Cesaro seems ready for a push and the split from Heyman is the right way to go about it, but a loss would hurt him right out of the gate. Ambrose going crazy and wanting to hurt Cesaro rather than pin him fits the character well. Everyone comes out in a good place here.

Renee asks HHH if he should be with his wife right now and gets glared at.

HHH is in the ring and brings out Orton as the challenger, but Reigns intercepts Orton on the way to the ring and brawls with him into the crowd. This brings out Paul Heyman who says HHH needs to consider Plan C. Cue Lesnar and HHH isn’t sure what to do. Brock stares him down and HHH shakes his hand. The boss leaves and Heyman gets to do his greasy promo about how Lesnar conquered the Streak. Now it’s time for Lesnar to conquer John Cena and take the WWE Championship at Summerslam.

Heyman says it doesn’t matter if you chant LET’S GO CENA or CENA SUCKS because Brock Lesnar is going to destroy Cena one way or another. We get a clip from Wrestlemania where the Streak was conquered and Paul talks about how that same beating is awaiting John Cena. Lesnar is going to punch, hurt, injure and F5 John Cena before taking the WWE Championship from him. He pledges loyalty to Brock Lesnar and promises Brock will take the title from Cena at Summerslam.

Overall Rating: C. This show tried to start up some new stuff, but at the same time it had a lot of moments that felt really slow. It’s the first stop on the road to Summerslam so there’s a lot to go in the coming weeks, but this was only a decent start. To be fair though, the ending was as obvious as it could possibly have been so it’s hard to complain much about it not being awesome.

Results
Roman Reigns b. Kane/Randy Orton – Spear to Reigns
Alicia Fox/Cameron/Rosa Mendes/Eva Marie b. Nikki Bella – Fox pinned Nikki after all four attacked her
Bo Dallas b. Damien Sandow – Bodog
Dolph Ziggler b. The Miz – Zig Zag
AJ Lee/Paige b. Natalya/Emma – Black Widow to Natalya
Zack Ryder b. Fandango – Rough Ryder
Curtis Axel/Ryback b. Big E./Kofi Kingston – Ryback rolled through a high cross body
Rusev b. Great Khali – Accolade
Cesaro b. Dean Ambrose via DQ when Ambrose used a chair

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28 comments

  1. M.R. says:

    The Heyman promo was pretty much the only thing I found remotely interesting.

  2. Heyo says:

    Yep. It looks like the thing we were afraid of happening, happened. People have interepted Lana’s speech on Battleground as WWE trying to capitalize on the Malaysia Flights incident for publicity, and WWE has already had to apologize for it.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wwes-lana-sparks-outcry-malaysia-720146

  3. ted says:

    They didn’t need to apologize they did nothing wrong.

  4. J says:

    I mean.. fantastic show and fantastic stuff. I didn’t even mind florida…. it isn’t what wrestling fans want but it was a nice little break. It wasn’t painful.

    I really enjoyed the storylines and acting tonight. I thought HHH/Steph were A+ on their game. I also really liked the leads to the SS matches.

    To me – I enjoyed this a lot more than recent weeks. Thank you for the review, KB. Always a pleasure reading.

  5. M.R. says:

    As innocent as Lana’s promo was, they should’ve known anything she said was going to be twisted to fit the incident. Why not have her take the night off from the mic?

  6. M.R. says:

    Oh and also, what an absolutely fantastic rap name Flo Rida is, and no I’m not being sarcastic whatsoever.

  7. What says:

    Ha! This was a good Raw but looks like HHH pissed KB off with his shot at the IWC.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    That didn’t tick me off. I thought it was hilarious.

  8. Jay H. (the real one) says:

    Fun Show tonight with a lot going on. HHH taking a shot at the IWC was hilarious. Summerslam is shaping up to be a good one.

  9. Killjoy says:

    The Lana promo was an extremely stupid move by WWE and their apology was pretty backhanded saying “the characters have been on TV several months”. They’ve also have plenty of times where things get too out of hand like the Muhammad Hassan incident. So them pushing it this time even having the hindsight for it, was stupid.

    Show sounds good, I’ll watch it on Hulu but let me see if I got this straight. A black muscle man and a black high flyer just teamed up with a black mouthpiece with a fancy suit and glasses? I do hate making parallels, but that sounds a fuck of a lot like MVP’s faction. Not that I find it bad, because TNA made the idea successful and Trios are the bomb.

    Rocko Reply:

    Actually the come back for Hassan was awesome. Everyone assumed they were arab or whatever but they weren’t. Very clever. Too bad UPN thought getting a bunch of negative press and angry letters was a bad thing (sarcasm).

    I don’t think WWE cares enough to copy TNA. I don’t get what you mean by making the idea successful. It’s not like trios have never been done. Trios usually have a muscle guy, flyer guy and mouthpiece. WWE just got done with Shield, so maybe they wanted to do it again.

    Is King a high flyer? If so, King and Kingston are high flyers. I might be seeing your point now.

  10. james gracie says:

    This probably goes without saying, but this RAW was HORRENDOUS! I don’t even know where to fucking begin. I still have no faith in Reigns as a top guy and it looks like he’s gonna face Orton as Summerslam so Triple H can insert himself into the Lesnar/Cena match as the special referee(you know it’s coming).

    Flo Rida? Why the FUCK would any wrestling fan wanna watch 15 minutes of that garbage on a wrestling show?

    Is any of this Brie vs Stephanie garbage gonna lead to anything? Are they gonna have a match at Summerslam? If they do, Stephanie’s ego is so big and both her and Vince are idiots that I wouldn’t even be surprised if that fucking closed the show.

    Does WWE wonder why their IC title is meaningless? 50/50 booking again. That title is absolute DOG SHIT! And how bad have they fucked up Cesaro? Holy shit.

    And too bad Cena is off making a movie as opposed to promoting his title match on the 2nd biggest PPV of the year. And we probably wont see Lesnar again til the go home show. Yeah, that’s a great way to promote a match. Idiots! Awful show and that’s becoming the norm.

    Hubcap Dave Reply:

    You know, I think you post here solely to troll everyone…..

    james gracie Reply:

    Why? Do you disagree with anything I just said?

    Rocko Reply:

    Yes.

    Just so you know I’m being serious. I’m pretty sure Stephanie and Vince have never thought about ending Summerslam with Steph vs Brie.

    ted Reply:

    “Flo Rida? Why the FUCK would any wrestling fan wanna watch 15 minutes of that garbage on a wrestling show?”

    I agree with this much.

    Hubcap Dave Reply:

    Yeah, I do…

    “This goes without saying, but this Raw was HORRENDOUS!”
    The majority opinion seems to be that this was a very good Raw, even better than the PPV that preceded it. Now, I COULD respect that…if you simply posited it as your opinion. But, no, you instead act like it should be as plain as the nose on your face to everyone that it is true.

    Furthermore, my reply extends to just about every post I’ve seen you make. I have yet to see you make a single post that isn’t anything other than “This sucks! It’s awful! It’s HORRENDOUS!!!”

  11. M.R. says:

    Why is Bo Dallas still undefeated? He lost at Battleground.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Eh battle royals are a bit different.

    M.R. Reply:

    I don’t like it. This is like when they tried to say Edge was undefeated at Wrestlemania the year after he lost Money in the Bank.

    ted Reply:

    Wow I acutally agree with m.r.

    When you lose you lose regardless of what match it is. Miz lost the battle royal at wrestlemania. Therefore he is no longer undefeated.

    Hubcap Dave Reply:

    I have no problem treating battle royales different than singles matches. It’s a different type of competition, and has different rules on how one becomes a victor.

    To be fair, they should probably add a caveat, saying he’s “16(I think that’s what the streak is up to now) and BO in singles competition”.

    ted Reply:

    He still lost. Therefore he is no longer undefeated.

    Hubcap Dave Reply:

    …not in singles competition

  12. ted says:

    Loss is a loss.

    Rocko Reply:

    Bo is a heel, so they could just use it for heat. He can say I haven’t really been beaten yet. Or if you want to get technical, they could just say he is undefeated in similes competition.

    Rocko Reply:

    Singles not similes.

    Hubcap Dave Reply:

    I hear he’s better at metaphors and alliteration anyways…..