Greenville, South Carolina
May 12, 2014
results thanks to wrestleview.com
"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
The show kicks off with a video that recaps the events of last week's RAW. In the opening match, Dean Ambrose lost his WWE United States Championship to Sheamus in a 20-man Battle Royal booked by Triple H. Later in the night, The Shield was told to face The Wyatt Family. The Shield was getting the better of The Wyatt Family when Evolution made their way to the ring to distract them and cause them to lose. Evolution then viciously beat them down.
The Shield address the attack from Evolution last week
Michael Cole, Jerry "The King" Lawler, and JBL welcome us to the show. The Shield is in the center of the ring. Dean Ambrose says you saw something that you don't see very often last week, and you're not likely to see it again. Last week, you saw all three of them on their backs. Ambrose says they got the crap kicked out of them, but it's ok. They might go down, but they don't stay down. If you keep score, you'll find that they're up more than they're down. Ambrose says they're standing tall in this ring, and they want Evolution! Seth Rollins takes the microphone, and he wants to make something clear. They are not running from Evolution; they are running to Evolution. If they have any guts, they'll accept their challenge for a rematch, and they will run through Evolution. When Evolution shows up tonight, they'll hunt them down. Evolution is good. They're former world champions and men who have main evented WrestleMania. They're good. They WERE really good because they're not the Evolution they once were because they cannot evolve to beat The Shield.
Rollins asks if Roman Reigns has something to say since he's been pacing in the background. Reigns takes the microphone to a great reception. A week ago, they victimized his brothers. A week ago, they ambushed him, bloodied him, RKO'd him, and Triple Powerbombed him. That made him realize something – "Is that all you got?" If it is, then Evolution has a serious problem. Their brand of justice can be served cold and so slow. They'll teach Evolution to believe in the concept of Payback and The Shield. For him, personally, he's going to teach Evolution to believe in him.
The Shield talk in the ring when a limousine appears on the titantron. The driver opens the back door, and Triple H gets out. The Shield quickly leaves the ring and run to the back. Triple H is in the garage with Batista and Randy Orton. Triple H is signing some papers before they begin walking. The Shield then assaults Evolution in the garage. Agents, including Fit Finlay, Joey Mercury, and IRS, along with referees, run to break up the fight. They back The Shield away. The camera then pans around to see Evolution licking their wounds while lying on the floor.
The commentators talk about what just happened. Tonight, we'll see John Cena team with The Usos to take on The Wyatt Family in a rematch from Friday Night Smackdown.
Rob Van Dam's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. His eye is still swollen, but not as bad as last week. He'll face Jack Swagger, next.
We come back from the break to see Jack Swagger holding up the sign Zeb Colter had last week. Colter tells everyone to shut up. Last week, he was talking about the most important document since the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence – his deportation list. He was talking about that when the latest member of his list, Adam Rose, interrupted him. Colter says any man who hangs out with a full-grown bunny has questionable morals to be answered to and offers nothing substantial to our society. Colter warns Adam Rose to keep his distance. Colter then has all the Real Americans rise, put their hands over their hearts, and say, "We the people!"
Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter
The bell rings, and Adam Rose's music immediately hits. People in all kinds of costumes come out to the stage dancing when Adam Rose appears. Rose and his entourage dance all around the ring as Swagger angrily looks on. Swagger finally turns into a crescent kick from RVD. RVD then hits the Five Star Frog Splash, and Charles Robinson, my favorite referee of all time, counts the pinfall.
Winner by Pinfall: Rob Van Dam
Match Rating: N/A
Adam Rose and his entourage continue to dance at the top of the stage. Michael Cole is seen jumping and dancing at ringside to demonstrate how to do it for JBL.
Paige will be in action coming up next. They air the highlight video they showed for her a few weeks back.
A vignette airs for Bo Dallas, who reminds you to Bolieve you can fly.
Alicia Fox vs. Paige
Before the match begins, Alicia Fox grabs the microphone. She says she speaks on behalf of all the women in the locker room. Paige has been here for six week, which is a hiccup of a second, and she managed to alienate all of them. Alicia says Paige doesn't fit in, so she might as well get out. Alicia slaps her down and stomps away at her before the referee backs her up. The referee checks on her, and Alicia kicks her some more. Alicia then yells for the referee to ask if Paige is ready. Paige slowly gets to her feet, and she confirms she can go.
The bell rings, and Alicia knees her in the midsection before hitting a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Alicia then picks her up and dumps her out of the ring. Alicia drives her into the ring apron before putting her back in the ring for a two count. Alicia stomps her before wrenching the arm and elbowing her in the head. Alicia hits a northern lights suplex with a bridge for a near fall. Alicia then applies a chin lock, but Paige soon begins to fight up. Alicia then takes her down by the hair. Alicia sends her into the ropes and hits a second tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Alicia then slams her down on the mat before taunting the crowd. Alicia then covers for a near fall. Alicia then goes back to the chin lock. She then transitions to a surfboard stretch, and she gets Paige in the hair with her legs. Alicia then causes Paige to land on her face. Alicia slams her face off the mat a few times before reapplying the chin lock again. Paige fights up, but Alicia keeps her in control. Paige then counters into a modified rolling back suplex for the win out of nowhere.
Winner by Pinfall: Paige
Match Rating: *
Alicia Fox flips out at ringside and grabs a can of soda from the commentary table and shaking it up. Alicia yells that she is "championship material" and should be Diva's Champion. Alicia yells at a fan at ringside before slapping one of the technicians. She then steals JBL's hat and leaves the ring.
A video airs that showcases what happened last week on RAW with Daniel Bryan, Brie Bella, and Kane. Bryan was forced to stay in the arena and face Alberto Del Rio, which he successfully did. Bryan and Brie then ran to the garage to get out of the arena after the ring posts exploded with fire. The car wouldn't start, so Bryan quickly fixed the issue. Kane was then revealed to be in the car with Brie. Bryan brawled with him before driving off with Kane on the roof of the car. Kane fell off and sat up.
Daniel Bryan will address the WWE Universe, next.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan address the attack by Kane
Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring to a tremendous reception. Bryan stands in the center of the ring, and the crowd loudly cheers him before starting a huge "YES" chant. Bryan thanks them because it's been a long road to get right here. From the moment he won the WWE Title last year at Summerslam from John Cena, the thirty seconds before Randy Orton cashed in his Money in the Bank contract, he knew this would be an uphill battle. A "NO" chant breaks out. Bryan says this is what it feels like to be John Cena before laughing. The Authority has thrown everything they have at him, but somehow, someway because of everyone here and at home, they beat the odds, and he walked out of WrestleMania XXX as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
As the champion, you have a huge target on your back. When he got back from his honeymoon, he got the worst beating of his life. Kane came out and gave him three Tombstone Piledrivers at ringside. Due to that, he was in a neck brace, but he was determined to beat Kane. At Extreme Rules, he did just that. However, that came with a price. His entire style comes at a price. He thinks the reason the people love him so much is that he pays the price with his body. Unfortunately, he also has to pay the price this week with neck surgery.This Thursday, he has to go for neck surgery. He's not happy about this, as this has been his dream ever since he was a little kid. What is frustrating is that there are people who are really happy about it, such as Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, and Kane. To them, his career is pretty much done. A big "NO" chant breaks out. There is a chance that it could be, but it won't be. When will he come back? He has no idea. However, everyone knows the answer to this question: will he come back? YES! YES! YES!
The commentators talk about the announcement Bryan just made. JBL talks from his personal experiences of dealing with injury. There is no timetable for Bryan's return.
A highlight video airs, which showcases the feud between Bray Wyatt and John Cena.
John Cena will team with The Usos to take on The Wyatt Family in a rematch from Friday Night Smackdown, next.
As John Cena makes his way to the ring, they show footage of him as the Grand Marshall of the race to raise money for the Susan B. Komen Foundation in Washington, D.C. The Usos soon follow.
The Wyatt Family then makes their entrance. They'll fight, next.
John Cena and The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family
The bell rings when we come back from the break. Jey Uso will start the match against Luke Harper. Harper has a wild look on his face before powering Jey to the corner. Harper chops the chest before sending him to the opposite corner. Harper whips him to the opposite corner, but he runs into a boot. Jey rolls him up for a one count. Jey punches away at him before having a whip reversed. Jey then takes him down with a clothesline for a one count. Harper quickly gets to his feet and dropkicks Jey down. Harper punches him to the corner and tags in Erick Rowan. Rowan body slams him down before choking him on the second rope. Bray Wyatt is tagged in, and he stomps Jey down in the corner. The crowd is red hot for this. Harper is tagged back in, and he elbows Jey in the corner. Harper stomps away at him before sending him to the opposite corner hard. Wyatt talks a little trash to him from the apron as Harper chops Jey's chest. Harper sends him to the corner and goes for an avalanche, but Jey sidesteps him.
Jimmy Uso is tagged in, and he hits Harper with a pair of clotheslines before kicking him in the midsection and delivering an uppercut. Jimmy then hits him with a Samoan Drop. Jimmy puts him in the corner and punches away at him. Jimmy then scales up the ropes to give him a twisting senton bomb for a two count. Jimmy punches Rowan and Wyatt off the apron before turning into a big boot from Harper. Harper picks up a near fall for that. Wyatt is tagged back in, and he punches Jimmy down. Wyatt stomps and pushes his face into the mat. Wyatt knocks him down with an uppercut before tagging Harper back in. Harper drops an elbow for a two count. Harper then does the gator roll before applying a side headlock. Jimmy fights up, but Harper quickly takes him down with a back elbow. Rowan is tagged in, and he drops a knee on Jimmy before delivering a backbreaker. Rowan chokes him for a few illegal seconds with his boot. Wyatt tags in, and he stomps Jimmy. Jimmy quickly comes back with a right hand, but Wyatt gets the better of him. Wyatt puts him in the corner and punches him. Wyatt then hits an avalanche. Wyatt stalks him as he gets to his feet, but he misses a clothesline. Jimmy then takes Wyatt down with a jumping calf kick.
John Cena and Rowan are tagged in. Cena hits a pair of shoulder blocks before hitting a back suplex powerbomb. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle before Harper runs in. Cena punches him down before going for an Attitude Adjustment on Rowan. Rowan grabs the ropes, and Cena dumps him out of the ring. Harper then takes Cena out with a wheelbarrow face-buster. Jey takes Harper out with a high cross-body block. Wyatt then takes Jey out with a big side slam. Wyatt blocks a kick from Jimmy, but Jimmy comes right back with a knee to the side of his head. Rowan then takes Jimmy out with a big shoulder block. Rowan grabs Cena, but Cena immediately counters into an STF. Wyatt then takes Cena out with a senton splash! Wyatt stares wildly at Cena before going for Sister Abigail, but the Usos take him out with a pair of superkicks. They then hit Harper with stereo superkicks. The Usos then take out Harper and Wyatt with stereo planchas! Cena then hits Rowan with the AA for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: John Cena and The Usos
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Bray Wyatt gets on the microphone after Cena and the Usos get to the top of the stage. Wyatt thanks Cena for helping him to realize what he must do. Wyatt says, "Follow the buzzards," before laughing.
Evolution will address the attack from The Shield, next.
Evolution comments on the challenge from The Shield
Evolution makes their way to the ring looking none too happy. They show replays of The Shield assaulting Evolution as they arrived to the building earlier in the night. Triple H leans against the ropes as Batista and Randy Orton taunt the fans. Orton says he doesn't know if Triple H has had enough, but he has as well as Batista. It's time to take the gloves off. They need to kick The Shield's asses. Orton knows that The Shield were Triple H's boys back in the day, but it's time to put the Hounds of Justice to sleep. Batista yells that he's done with this. Triple H says maybe it is time to take the gloves off and finish this thing with The Shield. At Extreme Rules, they proved how good they are. That's why he brought The Shield to the WWE. That's why he protected and coddled them as well as fed half the roster to them. Triple H says he made them into something. However, The Shield got a little too big for that. Triple H says he has been disappointed in them since Extreme Rules. That so-called attempt at an ambush was the last straw. The Shield has no idea. They're undisciplined like little kids. It's going to end.
The Shield wants a rematch at Payback for the match they already won. They'll get their rematch, but it'll be different. This time, the gloves are off, and Evolution will do what they do. They'll take The Shield apart one by one. They'll start with Dean Ambrose, who asked if they looked humbled yet. Triple H says Ambrose isn't humbled yet, but he will be. Then he'll pull the wings off the hummingbird Seth Rollins. When they're done with Rollins, they'll move on to the big dog, Roman Reigns. Reigns wants them to believe in him, but they'll take their time with him. They'll make an example out of Roman Reigns. The example that they make out of Reigns is that he'll be the member of The Shield that doesn't come back from Payback. Triple H says Reigns will fail to adapt. At Payback, Reigns will…
Seth Rollins takes Triple H down from behind, and The Shield brawls with Evolution in the ring. Rollins clotheslines Triple H out of the ring as Ambrose takes care of Orton. Reigns then gives Batista a big uppercut. Triple H tries to get back on the apron, but they punch him off. The Shield stands tall in the ring as Evolution angrily retreats up the ramp. Batista gets on the microphone, and he says he's had enough of them. Batista then challenges Reigns to a match, tonight! Evolution's music hits, and they go to the back.
Brie Bella, Naomi, Cameron, and Eva Marie are at ringside with some sheets of paper in their hands. Nikki Bella will be facing Natalya following comments she made about Natalya's painting skills on last night's episode of "Total Divas."
Nikki Bella vs. Natalya
Natalya looks like her feelings are hurt. They circle the ring and lock up. Natalya takes Nikki down and slams her head off the mat for a one count. Nikki comes back with a monkey flip for a one count. The divas at ringside are holding up number cards like Olympic judges. Natalya blocks a kick and takes her down. Nikki comes back with a side headlock, but Natalya soon gets out. Nikki gives her some big forearms to the face, but Natalya soon knees her to the corner. Nikki elbows her in the face and hits a springboard missile dropkick for a two count. Natalya slaps Nikki in the face, and Nikki slaps her back. Natalya slaps her back one more time before applying an abdominal stretch. Natalya also pulls on her leg. Nikki elbows out and applies the abdominal stretch on Natalya. Natalya gets out and gives her a hip toss into the ropes. Natalya then clubs away at her. Nikki then drops her into the middle rope and bounces her off the mat. They shove each other before Nikki rolls her up for a two count. Natalya then does a jackknife pin for a two count. Natalya goes for a wheelbarrow rollup, but Nikki sits on her shoulders for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Nikki Bella
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Nikki celebrates with the rest of the divas at ringside. Natalya then shoves them and tears up the number cards. They push Natalya away and walk off. Natalya looks upset at ringside.
Batista will take on Roman Reigns later tonight.
A replay is shown of Sheamus eliminating Dean Ambrose from the 20-man Battle Royal to become the new WWE United States Champion.
Curtis Axel w/ Ryback vs. Sheamus
Ryback and Curtis Axel decided who would face Sheamus with a coin flip. They circle the ring and lock up. They tussle around the ring until Sheamus hits him with a headlock takeover. Axel gets up and powers him against the ropes. Axel clubs him before Sheamus comes back with a back elbow. Sheamus drops a knee for a one count. Sheamus gives him an uppercut before putting him in the corner. Sheamus has a whip reversed, and Axel kicks him in the midsection before kneeing him in the face for a one count. Axel stomps away at him before Sheamus comes back with some right hands. Sheamus hits the ropes, and Axel takes him down with a nice dropkick. Axel stomps him in the corner before getting caught with a rolling fireman's carry. Sheamus hits him with a high knee in the corner before going to the top rope. Axel knocks him down on the top rope and hits a nasty looking neckbreaker off the top rope for a near fall. Axel goes for a Perfect-Plex, but Sheamus counters into a White Noise attempt. Axel gets out, and Sheamus catches him with the Cloverleaf for the win.
Winner by Submission: Sheamus
Match Rating: *
Ryback quickly attacks Sheamus from behind. Ryback then challenges Sheamus to a fight.
Ryback w/ Curtis Axel vs. Sheamus
We join this match in progress. Ryback has Sheamus trapped in a chin lock, but Sheamus soon fights up. Ryback kicks him and hits a military press powerslam for a two count! Ryback kicks Sheamus in the head a few times as Axel talks trash from ringside. Sheamus punches him in the midsection a few times before Ryback comes back with a big body slam. Ryback goes for a big splash, but Sheamus gets the knees up. Sheamus punches him to the corner before going for the ten punches. Ryback tries to counter with a powerbomb, but Sheamus gets out. Sheamus this a pair of Irish hammers before giving him a shoulder thrust in the corner. Sheamus follows up with a knee lift. Sheamus goes for a high knee in the corner, but Ryback counters by dumping him to the apron. Sheamus counters back with the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán. Sheamus goes for a slingshot shoulder thrust, but Ryback counters into a backpack stunner for a near fall!
Ryback gets pumped up in the ring. Ryback waits for Sheamus to get up. Ryback goes for a meat hook clothesline, but Sheamus counters with White Noise for a near fall. Sheamus stomps him in the midsection before going for the Cloverleaf, but Ryback kicks him away. Ryback ducks a Brogue Kick and hits the spinebuster for a near fall! Ryback punches away at him before putting him in the corner. Ryback runs into a back elbow and then a boot. Sheamus then hits a powerslam for a near fall. Sheamus cannot believe it, and he looks exhausted. Sheamus waits for Ryback to get up. Axel jumps on the apron, and Sheamus punches him off. Ryback then hits him with a meat hook clothesline. Ryback goes for Shell Shocked, but Sheamus slides off the shoulders and hits a huge Brogue Kick for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Sheamus
Match Rating: * 3/4
Batista will face Roman Reigns in tonight's main event.
Sheamus will face Cesaro on WWE Main Event, exclusively on the WWE Network.
Stephanie McMahon comments on the Daniel Bryan situation
Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the ring. She talks about how Daniel Bryan was out earlier tonight talking about his story of overcoming the odds. Bryan overcame all obstacles and became the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, but at the end of the day, Bryan has to undergo neck surgery on Thursday. All this proves is one thing. She doesn't want to be right on this, but Bryan simply isn't an A+ player. It's what she's been telling him all along, and his body couldn't keep up with what his heart wants. Bryan has the heart of a champion, but he just can't pull through for the fans. Bryan should know that she's trying to protect him, but he won't listen. At the end of the day, she and her family have to do what's best for business. They don't know what the result of the surgery will be, so she asks him to come out so she can say something to him face-to-face.
Kane's pyro explodes on the stage, and he comes out dragging Daniel Bryan by the arm! Bryan is unconscious at the top of the stage. Kane then leaves to the back. Bryan's shirt is ripped up, and the top of his forehead is beet red. Trainers and EMTS come out. A neck brace is put on him, and they begin loading him onto a stretcher. Brie Bella comes out to check on her husband. McMahon comes up to the scene, and she looks really upset. A big "Daniel Bryan" chant breaks out. The EMTs get him on the stretcher and wheel him to the back.
The EMTs are wheeling Bryan to the ambulance, and they load him into the ambulance. Brie Bella looks at Stephanie skeptically before shoving her. Brie warns her to stay away before getting in the ambulance. The sirens wail, and the ambulance drives off. Stephanie looks like she's boiling on the inside.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango w/ Layla
They show replays of Fandango kissing Summer Rae on "Total Divas." They then show a replay from Smackdown when Fandango kissed Layla.
The bell rings, and they circle the ring before locking up. Fandango applies a waistlock, but Ziggler comes back with a side headlock. Fandango whips him off, and Ziggler hits a shoulder block. Ziggler hits the ropes, and Fandango hits a pair of arm drags. Fandango then wiggles his hips. Ziggler taunts him before ducking a clothesline and hitting a dropkick. Ziggler then runs at him, but Fandango gives him a back body drop over the top rope. Fandango poses in the ring as Layla looks on lovingly. Fandango throws Ziggler into the ring and covers him for a two count. Fandango elbows him in the shoulder a few times before punching him in the face. Fandango uppercuts him before choking him on the ropes. Ziggler punches back at him before Fandango reverses a whip to the ropes. Fandango knees him a few times before hitting a suplex for a two count. Fandango then applies a chin lock. Ziggler fights up and hits a jawbreaker.
Ziggler gives him a back elbow and sidesteps an avalanche. Ziggler then hits a bunch of punches in the corner before hitting a neckbreaker. Fandango avoids a famouser, and he hits Ziggler with a sit-out front suplex for a near fall. Fandango goes to the top rope, and he jumps over Ziggler. Ziggler surprises him with a famouser for a near fall. Layla gets on the apron and claims Ziggler is cheating. Fandango then connects with a kick to the face for a near fall. Layla gets her foot caught in the apron before getting down, which distracts Fandango. Ziggler then catches him with a Zig-Zag for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: *
Layla slowly gets in the ring and apologizes. Fandango gets on the microphone, and he says he may have lost, but he's a winner because no woman has made him feel the way she makes him feel. When she's in his arms, the world disappears and reappears. Ziggler may have won, but Layla won something more – his heart. Fandango then says he loves Layla. They then kiss in the center of the ring.
Batista will take on Roman Reigns in tonight's main event.
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with his trusty 2x4. The fans give him a great reception. A big "USA" chant breaks out. Hacksaw gives a big "HOO" before asking how it's going tonight. Duggan says it's great to be back around the WWE Universe after living in Legends' House.
Lana's music hits, and she makes her way to the ring. Lana says Duggan symbolizes America, once a great nation. Just like England, their empire crumbles, and they're the laughing stock of the world. Lana asks if Duggan knew that China has surpassed America and has the biggest economy in the world. A "USA" chant breaks out. Lana says Rusev is proud to represent Mother Russia and the greatest leader in the world, Vladimir Putin. Duggan says Lana has something she should hear – Duggan starts a big "USA" chant. Lana says Duggan continues to prove his country's inferiority. Lana tells Duggan to behold the rise of the super athlete, Rusev.
Rusev coldly makes his way to the ring alongside Lana. Duggan holds his 2x4 up to attack, and he gets the crowd into it. Lana says she'll give Duggan one chance to beg for mercy. Duggan yells that he won't. Rusev grabs Duggan's 2x4 and breaks it over his leg. Lana says that was Duggan's one chance. Lana then orders him to crush Duggan. Big E's music hits, and he runs down to the ring to make the save to a nice reception. Rusev shoulders him in the midsection and kicks him out of the ring. A "USA" chant breaks out as Rusev and Lana stand tall in the ring. Duggan helps Big E at ringside.
Replays are shown of The Shield attacking Evolution in the garage of the arena. Later in the night, Evolution accepted The Shield's challenge for Payback. The Shield then attacked Evolution and stood tall in the ring.
Batista, who made the challenge, will face Roman Reigns in tonight's main event.
Damien Sandow comes out, and he suggests that everyone watch the RAW Pre-Show. Sandow says for those who saw it, they know that he had to sneak the microphone out just to be heard. A lot of people are afraid of what he has to say and don't want to hear it. Sandow says he could tell them exactly how he's feeling, but it's a lot better…
Goldust's music hits, and the Brotherhood makes their way to the ring. Sandow will face Cody Rhodes.
Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes w/ Goldust
They circle the ring, and Sandow applies a waistlock. Rhodes blocks a hip toss and hits a fireman's carry takeover. They lock up, and Rhodes applies a hammerlock. Sandow elbows out, and Rhodes catches him with an O'Connor rollup for a near fall. Rhodes bounces him off the turnbuckle before having a whip reversed. Sandow lowers his head and eats a kick. Rhodes goes for a Disaster Kick, but Sandow avoids it. Sandow kicks him in the knee and punches away at him. Sandow talks some trash before hitting a suplex for a one count. Sandow applies a chin lock, but Rhodes fights up and gets out. Rhodes catches him with a jackknife pin for a one count. Rhodes then catches him with an inside cradle for a one count. Sandow then drops him into the ropes and punches him before splashing him against the ropes. Sandow hits a side leg sweep before going for the Cubito Aequet, but Rhodes moves. Sandow quickly grabs him and clubs away at his chest while hanging on the apron. Sandow then pushes him into the ring and covers for a two count.
Sandow then applies a chin lock, but Rhodes fights up and hits a clothesline. Rhodes uppercuts him and hits a springboard dropkick. Rhodes hangs him up on the ropes and kicks him in the midsection. Rhodes goes for Cross Rhodes, but Sandow gets out and shoulders him in the corner. The referee yells at Goldust as he shouts from ringside. Rhodes then rakes Sandow's eyes and hits the Disaster Kick for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Cody Rhodes
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Coming up next, Batista will face Roman Reigns in the main event.
Replays are shown of Daniel Bryan making the announcement that he would have to have neck surgery on Thursday. Footage is then shown of Kane dragging an unconscious Bryan out to the stage. Bryan was loaded on a stretcher, and Brie Bella angrily shoved Stephanie McMahon.
The Wyatt Family flashes on the screen, and we're brought backstage. Bray Wyatt says their actions don't surprise him anymore. They're so human, and all humans are flawed. It is their ignorance, greed, and thirst for power that keep them from thriving in this paradise like they're supposed to. They become parasites. Wyatt says John Cena is no different. He's just like them. Cena's boundless narcissism keeps leading him to Wyatt. Where will this fairytale end? Will the mighty hero return home with the head of the beast and put it on his mantle, or was the beast waiting for him? Last week, Cena said he would never give up, even if he were the last man standing. Wyatt likes that because he wants to put that theory to the test. When mountains crumble, he will stand. When oceans boil, he will stand. When everything burns around Cena, he will still be standing. How far is Cena willing to go to take the Devil down? Wyatt then sings, "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands." Wyatt looks at the camera and says, "Burn."
The Shield make their way to the ring. Roman Reigns will face Batista, next.
John Cena will answer Bray Wyatt's challenge to a Last Man Standing match at WWE Payback on Friday Night Smackdown.
Roman Reigns w/ The Shield vs. Batista w/ Evolution
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is the official for this match. They lock up, and Reigns powers Batista to the corner. Batista pushes him away. They lock up, and Batista puts him in the corner to hit some shoulder blocks. Reigns spins him around, and he hits some shoulder thrusts of his own. Reigns then viciously whips him across the ring to the opposite corner. Batista quickly pulls him out of the ring, but Reigns blocks a shot into the barricade. Reigns then slams him into the barricade before hitting him against the steel steps. Reigns drives Batista's face into the steps before putting him in the ring. Batista then avoids an avalanche in the corner. Batista sends him to the corner and hits a clothesline. Batista sends him shoulder first into the ring post. Batista hits a snapmare for a one count. Batista boots him in the face as a "Boo-tista" chant breaks out. Reigns punches back and head-butts him to the corner. Reigns sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Batista sends him to the corner, but Reigns explodes out with a clothesline.
Triple H and Randy Orton get on the apron, so Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins do the same. Batista punches Reigns until he runs into his boots. Reigns then clotheslines him in the corner before punching him down. Batista's head is hanging out of the ring. Reigns goes for his running dropkick, but Triple H and Orton stand in his way. Rollins and Ambrose then take them out with stereo suicide dives! Reigns then connects with his running dropkick to Batista's head! Ambrose is seen stomping Orton as Triple H throws Rollins over the commentary table. Reigns sets up for the Superman Punch, but Triple H pulls him out of the ring. Triple H goes for a Pedigree outside the ring, but Rollins kicks him. The bell rings.
Match Rating: *
Rollins sends Triple H into the steel steps before putting him in the ring. The Shield stands over Triple H, and he realizes the predicament he's in. They triple-team him until Stephanie McMahon comes out and calls on the troops. All the heel wrestlers run out to viciously assault The Shield. Triple H leaves the ring and grabs a steel chair. Brodus Clay and Titus O'Neil hold Reigns up. Triple H goes to hit him with the steel chair, but Reigns breaks their grips and Spears Triple H down! Ambrose and Rollins then clear the ring with steel chairs! Ambrose then gives Fandango Dirty Deeds onto the steel chair, and Rollins hits Curtis Axel with a Curb Stomp on the steel chair! Evolution retreats up the ramp as Reigns hits Heath Slater with a Superman Punch! Reigns then Spears Ryback down! The crowd is hyped up for The Shield. The Shield then gives Ryback their signature Triple Powerbomb! The Shield looks toward Evolution on the ramp, and they challenge them to get in the ring. Evolution doesn't take them up on the offer.
Replays are shown of what just happened following the conclusion of this match.
The Shield stands tall in the ring with their fists together. Evolution looks livid on the ramp as the show comes to an end.