May 26, 2014
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"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself" – Joseph Campbell. The show kicks off with a video commemorating Memorial Day here in the United States of America.
Justin Roberts asks the crowd to welcome The Authority to the ring. Triple H's music hits, and he comes out to the stage with his wife, one of the principal owners of WWE, Stephanie McMahon. They come out to the ring smiling as the crowd boos them. Stephanie gets on the microphone, and she welcomes the crowd to a historic edition of Monday Night RAW. She feels great about this show because tonight is all about choices. For example, Daniel Bryan has the choice of whether to do the right thing and surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The crowd chants "YES," and she agrees with them. She agrees it's the right thing to do, and Bryan knows it as well. Bryan knows that he is their champion. They all believe in him. They want to see the WWE World Heavyweight Champion compete in the ring night in and night out, and the fact is that Bryan cannot do it. They didn't want to be right on this. Bryan's heart and mind is there, but unfortunately his body is a B+. She knows that Bryan, in spite of wanting to do all the right things, will personally surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The crowd loudly chants "NO!"
Triple H says he's sure that Bryan doesn't want to, he just can't physical do it. Hopefully Bryan will make the right choice. Triple H says that every generation has performers that rise to the top and become superstars. Sometimes when they get there, they burn out and become a flash in the pan like Daniel Bryan. Then there are those that become legends because they stand the test of time. Month after month, year after year, and generation after generation they remain dominant because of their ability to adapt. The ones who don't, like a Daniel Bryan, perish. The ones that last to become legends live in the hearts and minds of everyone forever, and that is Evolution. This Sunday, at the Payback PPV, The Shield will find out in a No Holds Barred Elimination Match that you cannot stop Evolution. Tonight, there will be a contract signing in this ring. The Shield will have a choice. They can adapt and decide not to show up at Payback and go on to become legends, or they can sign the contracts to compete against Evolution at Payback, and they can perish.
McMahon also brings up the matter of the General Manager Brad Maddox that needs to be addressed. McMahon then calls for Maddox to come out, and he sheepishly comes out to the ring. Triple H wants to explain the dilemma they have with him. Last week in Rollins' match with Batista, he said that no one could be at ringside that wasn't in an official capacity. He was the guest ring announcer, and Randy Orton was the guest timekeeper. That's what was best for business. Then Maddox mad a choice that wasn't best for business when he made Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns the guest commentators. Triple H tells him to explain himself. Maddox says The Shield forced him to make the decision. McMahon says she heard that Maddox was roughed up and that he didn't have a choice, but right now they feel that they don't have a choice…
Kane's pyro explodes, and he makes his way to the ring. Maddox tries to quickly explain himself to Triple H and Stephanie. Triple H punches him down as Kane gets in the ring. Kane stands over Maddox and kicks him before slowly walking around him. Stephanie tells Kane to teach Maddox a lesson. Kane grabs him by the throat and gets him to his feet. Kane holds him for a few moments before giving him a Chokeslam. Kane then picks him up and gives him a Tombstone Piledriver. Kane then makes the ring posts explode with fire. Stephanie tells them to lower the music and bring the lights up. Stephanie says they didn't get to finish their conversation with Maddox. She then says to Maddox, "You're fired!" The Authority and Kane then leave the ring.
Medical personnel rush into the ring and put a neck brace on him. They get a stretcher out and prepare to bring him to the hospital.
Bray Wyatt will have a message for the entire Cenation later tonight on RAW.
Bo Dallas will make his Monday Night RAW debut later tonight.
Cesaro w/ Paul Heyman vs. Rob Van Dam
Before the match begins, Bad News Barrett's music hits, and he comes out to the stage. Barrett says today is officially the first day of summer, but he's afraid he's got some bad news. Summer is the time that they're all going to dig out their old swimsuits only to find that their stomachs expanded and sag over the waistband. Even better, at the Payback PPV, RVD is going to discover that his Indian summer is well and truly over, and he will still be the Intercontinental Champion. Barrett thanks them and laughs.
The bell rings, and Cesaro punches and kicks RVD down before hitting a back suplex. Barrett joins the commentators. Cesaro sends RVD into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. RVD rolls him up with his legs for a one count. RVD blocks a kick and hits a high crescent kick. RVD then punches away at him, but Cesaro powers up and hits a deadlift gutwrench suplex. Cesaro uppercuts RVD in the corner, picks him up, and hits a second. Cesaro kicks and chokes him with his boot. Cesaro sends him to the opposite corner, but he runs into a back elbow. RVD hits a springboard thrust kick before clotheslining him out of the ring. RVD gets on the apron and goes for a standing moonsault, but Cesaro catches him and hits a shoulder-breaker on the barricade! Cesaro viciously throws him into the barricade as a commercial hits.
We come back from the break to see Cesaro pick up a near fall. Cesaro covers a two more times for the same result. Cesaro picks him up in a military press and slams him down for a near fall. Cesaro applies a chin lock, and RVD has blood on his tongue. "Brad Maddox" is the #1 trend worldwide. RVD fights up and punches out. Cesaro punches away at him, and RVD surprises him with a double leg kick. RVD picks up a one count. RVD hits a clothesline, but he misses a second. RVD then hits a thrust kick to the throat and hits Rolling Thunder for a near fall. RVD shoulders him in the corner before having a whip to the corner reversed on him. RVD elbows him in the face and hits a rolling senton off the top rope for a near fall. Cesaro rolls out of the ring to recover, and RVD takes him out with a plancha. Barrett gets up from commentary, and RVD superkicks him down!
RVD throws Cesaro into the ring, and he kicks him in the face. RVD hits a split-legged moonsault for a near fall. Cesaro uppercuts him before hitting the ropes. RVD ducks a clothesline, blocks a kick, and hits a step over kick. RVD kicks Barrett off the apron, and Cesaro catches him with a German Suplex with a bridge for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Cesaro
Match Rating: **
Sheamus' music hits, and he runs down to the ring. Cesaro tries to cut him off, but Sheamus punches him away and hits a Brogue Kick. The crowd gives Sheamus a great reception. Sheamus will face Cesaro this Sunday at WWE Payback. Sheamus leaves the ring, and Paul Heyman stares at him angrily as he checks on his client.
Bray Wyatt will have a message for the Cenation later tonight. Daniel Bryan will also be on the show. Will he surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Evolution and The Shield will also sign a contract for their WWE Payback match.
A replay is shown of Summer Rae costing Eva Marie a match on Smackdown after fast counting her down. Summer Rae was the guest referee in the match.
Eva Marie w/ Nikki Bella vs. Summer Rae
A replay is shown of Summer Rae returning last Monday on RAW. Summer kissed Fandango before attacking Layla. Fandango had to pull them apart.
The bell rings, and Eva slaps her in the face. Eva keeps her away and pretends to fix her boot before taking her down. Eva blows a kiss toward the crowd as they give her a lukewarm response, and Summer kicks her in the corner. Summer throws her across the ring by her hair for a one count. Summer bounces her face off the mat a few times before slapping her in the back of the head. Summer bangs her face off the mat again.
Fandango's music hits, and he comes out to the stage dancing with Layla. Summer Rae angrily stares at them. Layla then passionately kisses Fandango while staring at Summer Rae. Summer looks really upset, and Eva Marie rolls her up for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Eva Marie
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Summer Rae flips out in the ring and pulls her hair. Fandango and Layla look satisfied with what just happened at the top of the ramp.
Randy Orton and Batista are talking in Triple H's office when Cody Rhodes and Goldust walk in. Rhodes says they're not on the show just like last week. Rhodes says they came to tell Triple H that they're issuing an open challenge to any tag team on the roster. Batista says the Triple H is busy. Orton says he beat Rhodes a year ago and got him fired. Rhodes says he remembers coming back with Goldust and beating The Shield to get their jobs back. The Shield is the same team that beat Evolution and will beat them again at the Payback PPV. Orton says it's nice that Rhodes and his brother took advantage of that momentum. Rhodes says ten years ago they were Triple H's glorified lap dogs, and they're still the same thing ten years later. Triple H walks in and wonders what's going on. Rhodes says they want action, and if that means facing the "skinny jeans sellout" and "RK-Blows," then they'll do it. Triple H grants them that match, but it won't be any normal match. This will be interesting. Triple H asks if Orton and Batista are up for a workout. They say they are. Triple H then kicks Rhodes and Batista out.
"The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission." John F. Kennedy.
Drew McIntyre w/ 3MB vs. El Torito w/ Los Matadores
The bell rings, and McIntyre shoves El Torito down with one hand. El Torito draws an imaginary line and warns him not to cross it. McIntyre dances, so El Torito does a dance as well. El Torito kicks him and hits a springboard cross-body, but McIntyre catches him. McIntyre throws him into the air, and El Torito counters with an arm drag. El Torito hits a springboard moonsault, but McIntyre catches him and slams him down. McIntyre gets on his knees and smiles. Hornswoggle screams in support of McIntyre. McIntyre flips El Torito up to his feet and pushes him down. McIntyre then carelessly throws him before taunting the fans. McIntyre picks him up by one arm before lifting him up for a suplex. McIntyre walks up the ropes for a superplex, but Los Matadores get on the apron. 3MB pull them off. El Torito pulls him down, and McIntyre smacks his face on the ring post. El Torito then covers the unconscious McIntyre.
Winner by Pinfall: El Torito
Match Rating: 1/4 *
3MB surround El Torito, and Hornswoggle tries to rip his mask off. El Torito kicks him away. Hornswoggle then rips his tail off. Los Matadores pull him out of the ring, and El Torito runs around ringside holding his backside. Los Matadores try to help him, but he just runs to the back holding his rear end.
Bray Wyatt will deliver a message to the Cenation, next.
Replays are shown of what just happened between El Torito and 3MB. The camera then goes to the trainer's room where the trainer shouts that he isn't a veterinarian. Los Matadores yell for him to stitch the tail back on.
Bray Wyatt delivers a message to the Cenation
"Tennessee… we're here."
The Wyatt Family makes their way to the ring illuminated only by Bray Wyatt's lantern and the cellphones of people in the crowd. It's an amazing visual. Wyatt gets in the ring, and he sings, "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands." Wyatt says those words have never been more true than they are right now. He truly has the whole world in his hands. The world has come to lean on me. It leans on him because it knows that somewhere deep down he only wants what's best for them. Sometimes what's best for us isn't the easiest path. Everyone must make sacrifices in life. We go to work and break our backs just to keep our children fed. We also accept when someone tells us who to be and how to act. Wyatt says that's all pointless. The poison has already set in, and the only way to cure it is with anti-venom. Wyatt asks the Knoxville crowd if he's the snake or the cure. They cheer for cure. Wyatt says he knows what role he must play in the world. Wyatt says he is the necessary evil that the world needs. In the end, if you are his brother or sister, you will stand right beside him. If you're his enemy, you will fall at his feet. It's clear that John Cena is an enemy to us all. There's a loud cheer with little boos for that. Wyatt says at Payback, he will be the Last Man Standing.
Why should Cena be the only man punished for all this corruption? He's no fool. To get to the king, you must get through the pawns. Cena is the king. Speaking of kings, he wants to have a word with Jerry Lawler. Lawler looks confused. Wyatt says he doesn't bite. Lawler turns him down. Wyatt says that's unfortunate, and he sends Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to collect him. Wyatt says he wants to have a talk with Lawler. JBL tries to beg them off by mentioning Lawler has had a heart attack. Wyatt tells JBL to stay in his pretty little seat before calling him a coward. JBL get up and takes his jacket off. Harper clubs JBL in the back. Rowan then throws JBL into a clothesline from Harper!
Harper and Rowan surround Lawler, and Lawler slowly gets in the ring. Rowan gets a chair and puts it in the center of the ring. Wyatt invites Lawler to sit down before telling him not to be afraid. Wyatt says Lawler is good friends with Cena. Lawler doesn't say anything. Wyatt says Lawler has helped John Cena become the hero he is today by sitting in that seat on commentary and talking about how great Cena is. Never once did Lawler ever question Cena's morality. By doing so, Lawler has fed the poison, and now it is out of control. Wyatt asks if Lawler feels guilty about this. Wyatt asks if he feels remorse for destroying millions of lives in Cena's corrupt name. Wyatt asks how it feels to be a liar. Wyatt asks if Lawler thought he could get away with all of this. Wyatt says he is very sorry it had to be Lawler, but this is that necessary evil. Harper and Rowan hold Lawler up, and Wyatt bends his back to look at him.
John Cena's music hits, and he runs down to the ring. Cena clotheslines Harper and Rowan, but he's soon taken down by them. Wyatt holds Lawler in the corner as Harper and Rowan hold Cena up and rip at his face. Wyatt puts his boot in Lawler's face. Wyatt says he's going to end Cena at Payback, but right now he wants him to watch his friend fall. Wyatt tells him that this is all Cena's fault. Wyatt sets Lawler up for Sister Abigail, but The Usos run down to the ring. They kick Harper and Rowan down before taking them out of the ring. Cena takes Wyatt down, and he retreats from the ring with his "family."
Cena says enough is enough. Cena says Wyatt has crossed some serious lines. When Wyatt first got here, he was excited, but now he's different. Wyatt was intriguing and charismatic, but he needs to listen to himself. Wyatt just said that he's a god. Abraham Lincoln said if you want to test a man's character, you give him power. Wyatt has had some power, and now he's sick. Wyatt just tried to take out an innocent man because he doesn't agree with him. Cena says that isn't a necessary evil. It's just plain evil. Cena looks into the crowd before saying he believes in who he is and what he does. Cena believes, whether the family likes it or not, that Wyatt needs to be stopped. Payback isn't about winning or losing. It's about being the Last Man Standing. Wyatt has accused him of living a lie, but now he wants to punish innocent people for what he believes in. Cena says he's bringing him to justice at Payback. Cena says justice may be blind, but for Wyatt, Payback will be a bitch. Cena's music plays as Wyatt laughs and kneels at the foot of the ramp in front of his family.
Will Daniel Bryan surrender his WWE World Heavyweight Championship? We'll find out later tonight. Evolution and The Shield will also have a contract signing for their match at WWE Payback.
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are on commentary, but JBL was taken to the back after being shaken up on that clothesline.
Zack Ryder comes out to the ring waving an American Flag. Ryder says today is Memorial Day in the United States.
That's all Ryder says as Lana's music hits, and she comes out to the ring posing and smiling. Lana says this is typical of Americans to always dwell on past glories. To forge an elite society, you must have progressive visions, just like Vladimir Putin. Putin's face is shown on the titantron as the crowd chants "USA." Lana says Americans are pathetic. Those who aren't willing to move forward are simply embarrassing patriots. They will require disciplinary action to its highest level. Compliance with Mother Russia and her super-athlete is not a choice. It's their future. Lana tells them to behold their destiny.
Rusev's music hits, and he comes out to the stage. Rusev takes the microphone and speaks in his native tongue before making his way to the ring.
Zack Ryder vs. Rusev
The bell rings, and Rusev tosses Ryder down. Ryder ducks a punch and hits some of his own, but Rusev soon avalanches him down. Rusev punches away at him in the back of the neck. Lana then tells him to crush Ryder. Rusev stomps on the spine before applying the Accolade.
Winner by Submission: Rusev
Match Rating: N/A
Rusev isn't letting go of the Accolade, so Big E's music hits. Rusev kicks and punches Big E to the corner. Rusev backs up, and Big E cuts him off. Big E punches him to the ropes and clotheslines him over the top rope. Big E then waves the American Flag in the center of the ring as Rusev and Lana scream at him from ringside.
Stephanie McMahon is seen talking backstage with Alberto Del Rio, but we cannot hear what they're talking about.
The Shield and Evolution will have a contract signing for their match at Payback. The commentators wonder if this will be the final time the two teams will be in the ring together on RAW.
"True courage is being afraid and going ahead and doing your job anyhow." Norman Schwarzkopf.
Randy Orton and Batista vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust
Batista will start the match against Cody Rhodes. Batista knees him in the midsection and puts him in the corner. Batista hits some shoulder thrusts before whipping him back into the corner. Batista runs into the knees, and Rhodes elbows him in the back of the head. Rhodes wrenches the arm, but Batista clubs him down. Rhodes reverses a whip and drops for an uppercut. Goldust is tagged in, but Batista drives him into the corner and tags in Randy Orton. Orton punches Goldust before sending him into the ropes. Rhodes goes for a powerslam, but Goldust holds the ropes. Goldust rolls him up for a two count. Goldust then powerslams him down for another two count. Rhodes is tagged in, and he hits an elbow off the top on Orton. Orton quickly pulls Rhodes face first into the turnbuckle before punching him in the corner. Rhodes gets out and punches away at him. Orton quickly kicks him in the midsection, but Rhodes comes back with some punches. Rhodes hits the ropes, but he's turned inside out by a knee to the midsection. Orton stomps Rhodes in the midsection before tagging in Batista. Batista chokes Rhodes on the bottom rope before clubbing him in the head. Batista wrenches the arm and clubs him down. Batista hits a short-arm clothesline for a one count. Batista gets him to his feet. Rhodes punches and hits the ropes, but Batista takes him down with a back elbow. Batista goes for a powerslam, but Rhodes slides off and tags in Goldust.
Goldust ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of his own. Goldust has a whip reversed, but Batista lowers his head and eats an uppercut. Goldust hits the ropes, but Orton knees him in the spine. Batista then hits a spinebuster for a near fall. Orton is tagged in as Goldust rolls out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Batista standing over Goldust. Batista sends him into the ropes, and he forearms him in the spine. Batista tries for it again, but Goldust punches him back. Goldust punches Orton as well before trying to tag in Rhodes, but Batista holds him back. Batista then clotheslines him down for a two count. Batista sends him to the corner, and Goldust takes him out with a springboard back elbow.
Rhodes and Orton are tagged in. Rhodes ducks a clothesline and hits a misdirection clothesline. Rhodes punches and kicks him to the corner. Orton quickly drops him to the apron, but Rhodes punches him away and hits a springboard dropkick for a two count. Orton goes for a back suplex, but Rhodes flips through. Rhodes catches Batista with a Disaster Kick before kicking Orton in the face. Rhodes goes for a Disaster Kick, but Orton counters into a mid-air RKO! Orton punches Goldust off the apron before picking Rhodes up for another RKO for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Randy Orton and Batista
Match Rating: **
Justin Roberts says he was just informed that this match was an elimination match. Therefore, Cody Rhodes must exit ringside. The next match will be Randy Orton and Batista versus Goldust in a Handicap No Holds Barred Match.
Handicap No Holds Barred Match
Randy Orton and Batista vs. Goldust
Orton and Batista stalk Goldust, so he exits the ring. They corner Goldust in front of the commentary table. Goldust tries to punch them away, but they soon overtake him. Batista and Orton kick away at him at ringside. Batista hits a back suplex on the barricade. Batista then throws him into the barricade. Orton signals for something before dragging Goldust and throwing him into the ring. Orton goes for a hanging DDT, but Goldust counters into a back body drop on the apron. Goldust then turns into a spear from Batista. Orton gets in the ring and drops Goldust with an RKO. Orton talks a little trash before Batista signals for the end. Batista then drops him with a Batista Bomb. Batista covers and picks up the win for his team.
Winners by Pinfall: Randy Orton and Batista
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Bo Dallas will debut on RAW, next.
JBL has rejoined the commentary table. Jerry Lawler shakes hands with him.
Sin Cara vs. Bo Dallas
Before the match begins, he takes the microphone and says his name. Dallas says Monday Night RAW is the summit on top of the mountain of his dreams. On his journey to the top, he learned that you don't conquer the mountain; you conquer yourself. All you have to do is Bolieve.
They circle the ring and lock up. Dallas hits a fireman's carry takeover and celebrates wildly. Dallas gets out of the ring and high fives people. Cara hits him with a baseball slide before hitting a top rope plancha. Cara throws him into the ring and punches him. Cara chops the chest before having a whip reversed on him. Cara hits the turnbuckle sternum first, and Dallas picks up a two count. Dallas hits a suplex before dropping a pair of knees. Dallas then drops a third with some theatrics. Dallas celebrates before Cara kicks him. Dallas blocks a kick before Cara hits an enzuigiri. Cara chops the chest before hitting a springboard moonsault for a near fall. Dallas reverses a whip, but Cara hits a handspring back elbow. Cara hits a Samoan Drop before going to the top rope. Dallas crawls away. Cara charges, and Dallas drops him into the turnbuckle. Dallas then hits a springboard bulldog (JBL calls it a Bodog) for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bo Dallas
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Dallas takes the microphone, and he thanks all of his Bolievers. Dallas says he couldn't have done it without them. The thing is, you don't get satisfaction from victories. You get it from efforts. If you give it everything you've got, then you're already a winner. All you have to do is Bolieve! Dallas then grabs Sin Cara's hand and hugs him.
Coming up next, we'll see if Daniel Bryan will surrender his WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The Usos will take on Luke Harper and Erick Rowan on WWE Main Event, exclusively on the WWE Network.
Replays are shown from earlier in the night when The Authority had Kane attack Brad Maddox. After Kane laid him out, Stephanie McMahon fired Maddox.
Daniel Bryan chooses whether to surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Stephanie McMahon's music hits, and she makes her way to the ring. McMahon says earlier tonight she talked about how tonight would be a night of choices. She and Triple H also talked about how important it is to have an active WWE World Heavyweight Champion. So without further adieu, before they can make any announcement about who that champion might be, they need Daniel Bryan to do the right thing. McMahon says it's time.
Daniel Bryan's music hits, and the crowd gives him a tremendous reception as he makes his way to the ring smiling. Bryan is wearing a neck collar as the crowd loudly chants, "YES!" McMahon says it's so great to see Bryan standing here doing so well on what must be a long road to recovery. McMahon says she could just strip him of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship right now, but that would make him a martyr, and the people cheer him enough anyhow. That being said, all kidding aside, it's really important for the people to hear from him why he knows this is the right decision. The people deserves an active champion and epic championship matches, and he just cannot give it to them. Bryan isn't a selfish man, so he needs to do the right thing for the people and surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Bryan says becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania XXX was the payoff to years of hard work and sacrifice, but Stephanie McMahon is right. It's with a heavy heart that he announces that the injury to his neck is worse than he thought. It's partly due to a demon that McMahon claims she has no control over, but from what we saw earlier tonight she's a liar. McMahon says no one is lying about his condition. Bryan says he acknowledges that there is no shame in handing over the title, healing, and coming back stronger to become champion again. McMahon personally guarantees him another shot at the title. Bryan sarcastically says he'd love to do it all over again. Bryan says there is no shame in handing the title over because the people deserve an awesome WWE World Heavyweight Champion. McMahon tried to put this on him, but it's not about him. It's about her. She has wanted to strip him of the title ever since he beat her husband and won the title at WrestleMania XXX. The crowd loudly cheers. Bryan says she isn't doing this for the fans. She's doing it for herself. Bryan says it would negate everything he fought for if he just hands the titles to her. It would negate anytime someone chanted "YES" because The Authority didn't give them what they wanted. It would be throwing it back in their face. The crowd chants, "YES!"
Bryan says he's going to tell her a word that she's not used to hearing. It's a word she probably never heard, even as a child. Does McMahon want him to hand over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Bryan gets in her face and screams, "NO!" over an over again. The crowd loudly follows along with him.
McMahon says she knew he'd let his ego get in the way of good common sense. Bryan is letting the people and his injury mess with his brain. She wanted to be extra sensitive about his condition, but two weeks ago, when he was getting loaded into the ambulance, his wife, Brie Bella, put her hands on her. A replay is then shown of Brie Bella shoving Stephanie McMahon from two weeks ago. Bryan is seen smiling, and McMahon says you cannot put your hands on the boss. She's not only Brie's boss, she's Bryan's boss. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, only in this case, the equal reaction doesn't measure up. McMahon is going to give Bryan one more chance to do the right thing. This Sunday at WWE Payback, Bryan will decide if he'll surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship or if she'll take action against his wife and make her fired! McMahon's music hits, and she leaves the ring as Bryan looks torn.
Evolution and The Shield will have a contract signing later tonight. The commentators wonder if this is the last time the two teams will be in the same ring at the same time on RAW.
Alicia Fox vs. Emma
The bell rings, and they lock up. Emma backs her into the ropes, and Alicia shoves her. Emma blocks a kick and clotheslines her down. Alicia sends her into the corner, but she misses a splash. Emma applies a Dil-EMMA before rolling away and hitting an EMMA-mite Sandwich. Alicia gets out of the ring and goes to leave. Alicia then big boots her down when Emma tries to catch her. Paige is seen watching backstage. Alicia hits a scissor kick on Emma while she hangs over the apron. Alicia gets in the ring and picks up a near fall. Alicia shoves her a few times before slapping her around. Alicia talks a little trash before Emma punches her back. Emma avoids a big boot and rolls her up for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Emma
Match Rating: *
Alicia Fox attacks her at ringside and sends her face first into the barricade. Alicia throws her into the ring and knees her in the back. Alicia hits her with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker before dumping her out of the ring. Alicia Fox blows a kiss to the crowd and says she doesn't lose. Alicia goes over to the commentary table before shoving some of the ringside personnel. Alicia takes the ring bell and rings it near the commentators. She calls some fans losers before slapping a technician. Alicia then grabs him and says it's "wedgie time." Alicia then gives the guy a wedgie to end all wedgies. His underwear rips to shreds. Alicia grabs some Diet Cokes and shakes them up. Alicia opens them and throws the cans.
Evolution and The Shield will have a contract signing later tonight. Coming up next, we'll see Adam Rose.
A video narrated by John Cena talks about the significance of Memorial Day. Cena thanks every man and woman who has ever served and sacrificed for the country.
El Torito will take on Hornswoggle in a Mask vs. Hair match on the WWE Payback Kickoff show.
Damien Sandow, dressed as Davy Crockett, makes his way to the ring. During the RAW Pre-Show, a stagehand mistakenly thought Sandow was a rosebud. Adam Rose makes his way to the ring dancing with his rosebuds.
Damien Sandow vs. Adam Rose
The bell rings, and Rose removes all of his party favors. Sandow wrenches the arm, but Rose rolls out and continues rolling around the ring. Sandow says, in the style of Davy Crockett, "You ain't right." Rose punches him away and rocks himself on the ropes. Rose then does the "Rose Pedal" on the ropes. Rose then knocks Sandow down.
Jack Swagger's music hits, and he comes out with Zeb Colter holding a man dressed as a lemon hostage. Rose pins with Damien Sandow with the Party Foul for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Adam Rose
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Swagger charges into the ring and knocks Rose down. Swagger knees away at him before hitting a short-arm clothesline. Swagger does his, "We the people!" taunt. Rose comes back with a spinebuster, and people are booing him. Rose then punches away at him. Swagger gets him off, but Rose gets right back on him with punches. Swagger then gets out of the ring as Rose says, "Nobody touches my lemon." Rose then dances with his rosebuds, and he gets crowdsurfed to the back.
Sheamus will take on Alberto Del Rio, next.
Sheamus will take on Wade Barrett in a Champion vs. Champion match on Friday Night Smackdown.
Replays are shown of Cesaro attacking Sheamus during a match against Alberto Del Rio on Smackdown. Cesaro sent Sheamus into the ring steps before hitting him with a Neutralizer on the floor.
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
They lock up, and they're quickly at a stalemate. Del Rio kicks him in the corner, but Sheamus soon turns him and hits some big right hands. Del Rio reverses a whip, but Sheamus blocks a hip toss. Sheamus then catches him with a rolling fireman's carry for a two count. Sheamus goes to the second rope and hits a diving knee drop for a one count. Sheamus then catches him with the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán. Del Rio falls to the floor. Sheamus slams him off the commentary table before rolling him into the ring. Del Rio kicks him coming back in. Del Rio then kicks him to the floor.
We come back from the break to see Sheamus down on the mat. Del Rio chokes him on the ropes. During the break, Sheamus missed a Brogue Kick, and Del Rio gave him a backstabber. Back to live action, Sheamus begins punching away at him. Del Rio reverses a whip, but Sheamus ducks a clothesline. Sheamus then hits a pair of Irish hammers before trying for a running shoulder, but Del Rio moves, and Sheamus hits the ring post. Del Rio kicks Sheamus' head into the ring post for a near fall. Del Rio kicks and punches him while taunting him. Sheamus comes back with an Irish Curse Backbreaker for a near fall. Sheamus grabs the ankle, and Del Rio kicks him in the head. Sheamus elbows him in the face and hits White Noise. Sheamus powers him to the corner before hitting a powerslam. Sheamus signals for the end. Sheamus then gets woozy like he has a concussion, and Del Rio lays him out with a step-up enzuigiri. Del Rio then kicks him in the head for a near fall! Del Rio cannot believe it.
The referee is checking on Sheamus. Sheamus has a far out look in his eyes. Del Rio goes for the Cross Arm Breaker, but Sheamus twists out and hits the Brogue Kick for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Sheamus
Match Rating: * 1/2
Paul Heyman gets on the microphone and says Sheamus is a big, stupid, redheaded dummy that likes to kick people in the face. Heyman wonders if that was a big enough announcement. Heyman then says he has a historic announcement. His client, Brock Lesnar, conquered the Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX. Heyman says that means something. Sheamus' victory means nothing because it wasn't against a Paul Heyman Guy. Cesaro then blindsides Sheamus with a kick to the head. Cesaro then punches away at Sheamus. Referees run down to break him away. Sheamus gets to his feet, and Cesaro punches him down again. Sheamus has trouble getting to his feet. Cesaro then lays him out with the Neutralizer. Heyman tells Cesaro that he has the advantage now.
The Shield and Evolution will sign the contract for WWE Payback, next.
Evolution and The Shield have a contract signing for WWE Payback
Michael Cole is in the ring to announce the contract signing. The ring is decorated with a black carpet. In the center is a conference table with three chairs on each side. The Shield makes their way to the ring. Dean Ambrose then takes the microphone away from Michael Cole, and Cole leaves the ring. Ambrose says tonight is historic because it's the last time you'll see The Shield and Evolution in the same ring on RAW. Roman Reigns begins throwing the chairs out of the ring. Ambrose says at Payback one team won't just be eliminated from a match. Evolution will be eliminated out of this business forever. Seth Rollins asks who they're really kidding with this nonsense. This issue has gone way past them sitting across a table from one another signing a silly piece of paper. Rollins says it's time to rearrange this place and get down to business. Ambrose and Reigns finish throwing the chairs out, and Reigns throws the table out as well.
Rollins goes to sign the contract in the center of the ring, but Evolution's music hits. Triple H says he wants everybody to be aware of what they're witnessing. Triple H says if they sign that contract, it's the last time you'll ever see The Shield on Monday Night RAW. Triple H says it's a shame. The Shield could have had it all. He's a fair judge of talent, and you only have to look at the two guys next to him to know that. Triple H remembers looking at The Shield while the ink dried on the contract that allowed them to live their dream. Triple H remembers thinking that these guys could have changed it all. They're the future of the WWE, and they threw it all away. Ironically, he's going to watch the ink dry on the contract that will send them back to obscurity this Sunday at Payback.
Triple H asks them again if they want to sign it and ensure that Sunday is the last they'll see of The Shield. Rollins opens up the contract, and he signs it. Ambrose signs it, and then Reigns does. Reigns tosses the contract at Triple H's feet, who is standing at ringside with Randy Orton and Batista. Triple H signs it, Orton signs it, and then Batista signs it. The match is official.
Triple H says The Shield will be nothing but a statistic. Reigns tells him to shut up and get in the ring to fight. Triple H throws his microphone away, and Evolution gets on the apron. The Shield prepares for a fight. The take some time before getting in the ring. A giant brawl breaks out between Evolution and The Shield! Triple H goes for a Pedigree on Ambrose, but he's given a back body drop over the top rope. Rollins then counters an RKO by throwing Orton out of the ring. Rollins then takes Triple H and Orton out with a rolling senton over the top rope! Ambrose turns into a clothesline from Batista. Reigns then takes Batista out with a Superman Punch!
Reigns sets up for a spear, but Triple H hits him in the midsection with a sledgehammer. Ambrose and Rollins attack Triple H, but Orton soon drops Rollins with an RKO. Batista then spears Ambrose down. Reigns struggles to his feet as Triple H waits with the sledgehammer. Triple H then hits him in the face with the sledgehammer, and Reigns falls out of the ring. Triple H takes Ambrose and Rollins out with sledgehammer shots while Orton and Batista take apart the commentary table. They take their time before hitting a Triple Powerbomb on Reigns through the table! Evolution stands over him with a satisfied look on their faces.
Replays are shown of what just happened. The show ends with Evolution doing The Shield's fist together taunt with the head of the sledgehammer in the center.