With the Hell In A Cell Pay-per-view less than a week away, WWE put on their “Go Home” episode of Monday Night RAW. Did WWE do enough to entice viewers to buy to the PPV? Find out in our WWE ReVIEW.
Everything seemed to be tied up in a nice ribbon and bow for the PPV, even adding more Championship matches to the mix. How did The Authority fare this week in trying to knock Daniel Bryan down a peg and were they able to keep The Big Show out of the arena? Has CM Punk found an unlikely ally in his quest to take down Paul Heyman and his “Heyman Guys”? All of these questions were answered from the home of Jerry “The King” Lawler, Memphis, Tennessee.
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CM Punk / Paul Heyman
Big E Langston was supposed to take on Curtis Axel in a one-on-one matchup, but the Heyman Guys had another thing in mind when they both tried to beat down Langston for his saving of CM Punk on Friday Night Smackdown. Big E makes a come-back and Heyman hits him from behind with a kendo stick, to no avail. This leads to CM Punk coming to Langston’s aid to make them even for Smackdown. Vickie Guerrero makes her way to the stage to announce that the match is now a Tag Team Match, involving Ryback/Axel and Punk/Langston.
In the tag match, the faces win with Big E hitting the Big Ending on Axel and thus earning him a shot at the Intercontinental Championship at the Hell In A Cell PPV on the pre-show. It was a nice match and did its job of getting Big E over in his title opportunity this Sunday, as well as furthering the saga between Heyman and Punk. At the PPV, CM Punk gets Ryback and Heyman in the Cell and is out for revenge and doesn’t even seem to care if he wins, all he wants is Heyman’s blood.
Daniel Bryan / Big Show / The Authority
RAW opened and closed with The Authority, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. At the RAW opening, Triple H states that he trusts Shawn Michaels and feels that he will do what is right for business at the PPV. Triple H and Stephanie are cut off, however, when Big Show appears on the Titan-tron. Big Show calls Triple H a liar as Stephanie begins a countdown of Big Show’s feed being cut.
The Main Event of Monday Night RAW was the contract signing for the Main Event of Hell In a Cell, Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton with Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Referee. All parties come to the ring, including The Authority. Orton signs the contract first, shoving it over to Bryan to sign. Bryan thanks Orton for revealing that he truly is a Corporate Stooge and signs the contract himself. Triple H takes time after the contract is signed to try to belittle Daniel Bryan, no pun intended. He lumps him with the likes of Chris Jericho and Edge who were also small, and in his eyes, were never major players in the business. Triple H says that Michaels wasted his time in even training Bryan.
This then makes it Shawn Michaels’ turn, or as he likes to be called “H-B-Shizzle”, to take up for Bryan. He states that no, he did not waste his time in training Daniel Bryan and that he will make sure that there is a new WWE Champion on Sunday. Orton and Bryan then begin to argue as a semi-truck appears on the screen. The Big Show is shown to be the driver of the semi, as the truck makes its way through the backstage area and all the way to the RAW stage. Big Show gets out of the truck and signals for Triple H, Stephanie and Orton to “turn around”. Just as they do, however, Bryan runs toward Orton and gives him a knee to the face. As RAW went off the air, Daniel Bryan stood on top of the semi-truck with Big Show leaning out of the door leading the crowd in “YES!” chants to end the show.
Tonight was the “Go Home” show for the Pay-per-view this coming Sunday, and boy did WWE ever deliver. Not only were there solid builds to the already established feuds; but some last minutes touches were added to the PPV, a few title matches. It was announced that Big E Langston would face Curtis Axel in the Hell In A Cell pre-show for the Intercontinental Championship, as well we Brie Bella getting her hands on AJ Lee once again for the WWE Divas Title. Also added to the already stacked card is the Tag Team Titles up for grabs in a three-way match pitting Goldust and Cody Rhodes against The Shield and The Usos.
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- *Daniel Bryan defeated Dean Ambrose via submission to the Yes Lock.
- *Santino Marella defeated Heath Slater with a strike from the Cobra.
- *Randy Orton defeated Dolph Ziggler via an RKO.
- *The Bellas defeated the team of AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka with Brie hitting the Facebuster on the Divas Champion, AJ.
- *The Wyatt Family defeated the team of Kofi Kingston and Miz, with Harper delivering a huge clothesline to Kingston.
- *CM Punk and Big E Langston defeated Curtis Axel and Ryback with Langston hitting the Big Ending on the Intercontinental Champion, Axel.
- *The Real Americans defeated Tons of Funk via submission with Swagger applying the Patriot Lock on Clay.
- *The Shield (Rollins and Reigns) and The Usos went to a no-contest in a match that was to name number one contenders for the Tag Titles. This lead to the Tag Title Match at Hell In A Cell being made into a Triple-threat.