5/5 Powell's WWE Raw Live Coverage: Adam Rose debuts, Dean Ambrose defends the U.S. Championship in a 20-man battle royal, Extreme Rules fallout
By Jason Powell
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WWE Raw on the USA Network
Aired live from Albany, New York at Times Union Center
[Q1] The Shield made their entrance through the crowd to open the show. Michael Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler were on commentary. Cole noted that Dean Ambrose had to defend his U.S. Title in a 20-man battle royal per the orders of The Authority. The other 19 wrestlers all entered together...
1. 20-man battle royal for the U.S. Championship. Rollins and Reigns were at ringside. The participants were Ambrose, Mark Henry, Damien Sandow, Sheamus, Curtis Axel, Dolph Ziggler, Sin Cara, Titus O'Neil, Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Curtis Axel, Jack Swagger, Heath Slater, Kofi Kingston, Santino Marella, Goldust, Alex Riley, Ryback, Fandango, and R-Truth.
Goldust had the top of his gear ripped open. The paint stops at the neck (I was hoping he had the same body paint as Kamala, but that's just me). After a lot of punching, kicking, and some throwaway eliminations, the show cut to break six minutes into the match. [C]
After the break, the other wrestlers were knocked down and selling while Show and Henry had a brief moment. The crowd popped big and Show got the better of it. The other wrestlers got up and eliminated Show, then ganged up to eliminate Henry. A short time later, there were loud boos when Santino used The Cobra to eliminate Ziggler.
[Q2] The final five were Ambrose, Ryback, Axel, Sheamus, and Swagger. Sheamus worked over Ryback and Axel and went for a Brogue Kick, but Ryback caught him and powerbombed him in a cool spot. Ambrose eliminated Axel, then traded punches on the ring apron with Ryback. Ambrose ended up kicking Ryback's knee to knock him off the apron.
Ambrose dumped Swagger over the top and then walked into a Brogue Kick from Sheamus, which drew more boos than cheers. Sheamus tossed Ambrose over the top rope and down to the floor to win the match...
Sheamus won a battle royal to become the U.S. Champion in 15:40.
After the match, Triple H walked onto the stage while The Shield were still in the ring. Hunter said The Shield was extremely lucky at Extreme Rules. He said it looked like their luck was changing now that Ambrose lost the title. Hunter said The Shield would face The Wyatt Family later in the show. "I'd be willing to say your luck has run out," Hunter said... The broadcast team hyped the rest of the show... [C]
Powell's POV: A good battle royal after the commercial break. Ambrose continues to impress me with his selling. He did a really nice job during The Shield vs. Wyatt Family match that aired on WWE Main Event to the point that many people thought he was actually injured. The win was awkward for Sheamus. His character earned it by winning a battle royal, but Ambrose was sympathetic due to the circumstances.
An Adam Rose vignette aired. When he says it's party time, you say all the time. He debuts tonight...
Backstage, Renee Young interviewed Sheamus about his U.S. Title win. He said he'd just been spinning his wheels since he returned. He said it's about timing and this was the perfect time for him to step back into glory. Renee asked what he would say to Ambrose, who had to defend against 19 other men. Sheamus smiled and said, "No hard feelings, fella"...
Powell's POV: That was heelish at the end. Whether he actually turns or they decide there's no such thing as heels and babyfaces again next week remains to be seen.
The announcers recapped the Daniel Bryan vs. Kane match at Extreme Rules...
[Q3] Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella were talking when Stephanie McMahon entered the room. Stephanie said the only thing Bryan did was anger Kane last night. She advised him to stay in his locker room for the remainder of the night. Bryan gave an insincere thanks for the advise. A red mask was shown on the door... Rob Van Dam made his entrance... [C]
2. Cesaro (w/Paul Heyman) vs. Rob Van Dam. Cesaro targeted the eye that RVD injured at Extreme Rules when he frogsplashed the trash can. Cesaro clotheslined Van Dam over the top rope and RVD took an intentionally hard bump to the floor heading into the break. [C]
[Q4] Cesaro remained the aggressor coming out of the break. He performed three gut wrench suplexes while the the broadcast team marveled over his strength. Later, Cesaro had RVD tied in the tree of woe and threw repeated punches at him until the referee disqualified him. Cesaro continued his attack after the bell. Heyman told him that he was already disqualified and implored him to walk away before he gets suspended...
Rob Van Dam defeated Cesaro by DQ in 11:45.
Powell's POV: I love that Cesaro's character now has a mean streak and actually did something heelish aside from having Heyman talk for him. Much like Ambrose earlier, RVD did a good job selling throughout the match.
The broadcast team spoke about the perks of getting a friend to sign up for WWE Network. The Wyatt Family sounder interrupted them. "Albany, we're here," Bray Wyatt said heading into the break... [C]
The Wyatt Family was in the ring after the break. Wyatt sat in his rocking chair while Luke Harper and Erick Rowan stood behind him. Footage of the demon boy singing was shown. Wyatt said you can't fool the children because they are the foundation of what tomorrow shall bring. "Their innocent little eyes see right through you, John Cena," he said.
Wyatt said Cena tells people that he is a monster. "He's right, I am a monster," he said. "And, oh, how cruel I can be." He said the world must be burned down so that it can be reborn in his image. Wyatt said Cena believes he does it all for himself. "I do this for the children," Wyatt said.
[Q5] He said he does it for the poor man begging on the street and the teenage girl who works up crying because they didn't think she was beautiful enough to be prom queen. "I do this for each and every one of you," he added. Wyatt concluded by saying that people will remember him for what he truly is. "A god," he said before singing to close the promo... The broadcast team hyped The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family... [C]
Powell's POV: A strong promo from Wyatt. Here's hoping that Cena responds to the pay-per-view loss and this promo in a serious manner rather than laughing them off as he normally does.
The graphic for the most watched shows on the network were shown. Extreme Rules 2014, Extreme Rules Kickoff, Legends' House, Extreme Rules 2014 Fallout, and another episode of Legends' House were the top five...
3. Cody Rhodes (w/Goldust) vs. Ryback (w/Curtis Axel). Ryback used power moves early and then Cody grounded him with a clip to the back of his knee. Cody set up for his Disaster Kick, but Ryback caught him. Cody escaped and then hit the move. Cody caught Ryback with a springboard dropkick.
Rhodes went to the top rope and Axel tried to interfere, but Goldust ran over to prevent it. Axel drove Goldust into the ring post and Cody fell into Ryback, who caught him and performed Shellshocked on him for the win...
Ryback defeated Cody Rhodes in 6:00.
Powell's POV: A clever finish that played into the ongoing issues between Cody and Goldy. There wasn't any sign of tension after the match, but they might be saving that for a promo later in the show or on the app.
Backstage, Brie was concerned and Bryan told her to stay close to him. The lights went out and they left the room. The camera showed a Kane mask covering the only light in the room. Bryan and Brie walked into the hallway where they bumped into Stephanie, who played dumb. Bryan insisted that she knows what's going on. Stephanie denied that and said she would have their car brought to the building and added that they should stay put...
[Q6] [C] Los Matadores and El Torito had a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the ring, which had Mexican flags in each corner. Torito threw candy into the audience. 3MB interrupted. Torito tried to give Hornswoggle candy as a peace offering. They ended up fighting instead. Los Matadores and Torito beat up the heels in a comedic manner. Torito performed an airplane spin on Horny. Cole yelled that Torito might even be stronger than Mark Henry...
The broadcast team hyped the Barrett vs. E match, and The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family for later in the show... [C]
Powell's POV: Whatever spell was cast over me during the WeeLC match did not carry over to this segment.
[Q7] A Bolieve vignette aired... Lana came out and delivered a pre-match promo about Russia and then introduced Alexander Rusev...
4. Alexander Rusev (w/Lana) vs. Kofi Kingston. Rusev dominated early on and then ran into Kofi's boots in the corner. Kingston followed up with a dropkick and a cross body block off the top rope. A short time later, he went for a springboard cross body block only to be caught by Rusev. After Rusev slammed Kingston, Lana told him to crush him. The Accolade finisher came into play moments later...
Alexander Rusev defeated Kofi Kingston in 2:55.
Powell's POV: If recent history is any indication, Mark Henry, Big E, and Titus O'Neil will be doing jobs to Rusev soon.
The broadcast team pimped the WWE Network... Bryan and Brie went to their car. Bryan opened the door for his wife (what a gentleman!) and then looked around for Kane. They climbed inside the car and a camera was in the backseat. Bryan told Brie that he can't wait to get out of there.
Stephanie hit the glass and Brie screamed. She apologized for having heavy hands (just as she did when she knocked on their door earlier). Stephanie said Bryan had to compete in a match or she would be forced to strip him of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship... [C]
[Q8] 5. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan (w/Brie Bella) vs. Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match. Bryan sold his Extreme Rules injuries during the match by playing them up even after he would perform an offensive move on Del Rio. Del Rio whipped Bryan into the barricade. Cole questioned where "the demon Kane" was at heading into the break. [C]
Late in the match, Bryan and Del Rio traded kicks to the leg. Bryan performed a drop toehold that put Del Rio into the turnbuckle. Bryan performed the top rope headbutt at 13:20 for a two count. Bryan followed up with a pair of dropkicks in the corner and then a suicide dive on the floor. Cole played up that Bryan was running on fumes.
[Q9] Bryan went to the top rope and Del Rio was there to catch him with a kick to the head. Bryan came back moments later with the Yes Lock and Del Rio tapped out...
Daniel Bryan defeated Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match in 15:25.
After the match, Kane's music and pyro hit. Bryan raced to get Brie to the backstage area. They got to their car, but it wouldn't start. Bryan checked under the hood and said there was a wire unplugged. Bryan said he had it fixed and then slammed the hood shut, but he saw Kane in the backseat behind Brie.
Kane and Bryan fought around and on top of the car. Bryan fought him off long enough to get inside the car. Kane reached through the sunroof and grabbed at Bryan, who hit the gas. Kane fell off the car. Bryan got out to check on Kane, who eventually sat up. Bryan got back inside the car and drove away. Kane smiled... [C]
Powell's POV: Does that mean Kane was the cameraman during the earlier segment? So Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella are now teenagers in a horror movie. The only thing missing is a couple they know having sex in the woods and being killed (insert your own John Cena and Nikki Bella jokes here). I was able to chalk up Bryan running away early on to the fact that he was trying to protect Brie. Watching him get out of the car to check on Kane, who he put through more punishment than that fall at the pay-per-view was odd enough, but I hated watching Bryan race to get back inside the car to drive away because it looked like he was doing so more out of fear than as a husband trying to protect his wife. I like when babyfaces aren't afraid to show some degree of fear for the heel monsters, but this crossed the line for me.
Another Adam Rose vignette was shown... The broadcast team recapped the Bryan and Kane segment...
6. Bad News Barrett vs. Big E for the Intercontinental Title. The crowd didn't respond to E. Barrett cut a promo as he walked to the ring. He mocked the "deformed slobs" in the audience (he's talking to you, Zim). There was a loud chant for Barrett, who ended up running E's shoulder into the ring post. E beat the count by getting back in the ring prior to the break.
[Q10] [C] After the break, E charged Barrett, who caught him with a kick through the ropes while standing on the ring apron. E came back by spearing Barrett off the other side of the ring apron a short time later. Barrett started to beg off by saying, "No more." Barrett hit him with a cheap shot, but E caught him with a pair of belly-to-belly suplexes. E lowered the strap on his singlet and went for his finisher. However, Barrett slipped away and raked E's eyes. Barrett followed up with the Bull Hammer and got the pin...
Bad News Barrett beat Big E in 10:45 to retain the Intercontinental Title.
Cole hyped that John Cena would appear on WWE Main Event Live and would respond to Bray Wyatt... The broadcast team recapped Sheamus winning the U.S. Title, and hyped The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield... [C]
Powell's POV: Well, at least Barrett made it through his first night as champion without losing a non-title match. Then again, so did Big E and look at what happened to him. Sheamus and Barrett holding secondary titles could always be a setup for an eventual unification match. I wonder how many Cena fans just turned off Raw now that it was implied that Cena won't appear until tomorrow night.
The broadcast team spoke at ringside and mentioned Mother's Day. Lawler set up a message from WWE Hall of Famer Mr. T.
[Q11] A cheesy graphic and narrator set up the Mr. T message, which was clips from his WWE Hall of Fame speech set to the music...
Powell's POV: Awesome! Fans who didn't see the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony must be wondering what the hell just happened. They don't even know the half of it.
Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger came to the ring. Colter mentioned Cinco De Mayo and said it's just May 5 in the United States. He said any American who celebrates it is just looking to get dog drunk. He had a sign that had a list of WWE personnel who need to be deported. The list included Cesaro, Emma, Sheamus, Paul Heyman, Santino, and Paige.
Colter was interrupted by Adam Rose's music. His entourage danced their way onto the stage and then Rose came out. Rose and the Rosebuds danced their way to ringside. Rose entered the ring and did a dance lap around Colter and Swagger. The music stopped and some fans continued to sing it.
Rose took the lollipop out of his mouth and offered it to Colter, who said he needs to get back. "Come on, Zeb, don't be a lemon, be a rosebud," Rose told him. Swagger charged Rose, who backdropped him to ringside. The entourage entered the ring and they all danced around Colter, who got between them and fled the ring...
Cole danced at the desk while humming the song. The broadcast team pimped the referral plan for the network again. If you refer a friend, you get a $25 gift card for WWE Shop... [C]
Powell's POV: Is there a cash option? Anyway, the Rose debut was pretty flat. Whatever chance it had of getting over tonight was ruined when Cole went into dork mode by dancing and singing along with it. It's bad for Rose, it's bad for Cole, and it's bad for WWE when Cole acts like a tool.
Cole hyped Sheamus's first U.S. Title defense for Smackdown. No challenger was listed... Entrances for the main event took place.
[Q12] 7. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan in a six-man tag. The Shield charged at the Wyatts to start the match. All six men fought and the bell rang once Ambrose and Rowan were left in the ring. There was a "This is awesome" chant early.
Cole noted that it was interesting that there was no sign of Randy Orton or Batista tonight even though Triple H did appear at the start of the show. Both teams used quick tags early, and neither side had a sustained run of offense through 4:30. Ambrose had the best early offense and used the Figure Four again, just as he did at Extreme Rules. The two teams entered the ring and jawed at one another heading into the break. [C]
Rollins had a crowd pleasing run after the break, including a big flip over the top rope and onto Harper and Rowan on the floor. He ended up taking a suicide dive from Harper and tumbled onto the broadcast team's table. The Wyatts worked over Rollins back inside the ring for the next few minutes. There was a cool spot where Harper flipped Rollins onto his feet and then blasted him with a kick.
[Overrun] Reigns took a hot tag from Rollins and worked over all three opponents. He punched the mat while setting up for a move, but Rowan stopped him. Rollins and Ambrose performed simultaneous suicide dives onto Rowan and Harper. In the ring, Reigns hit a Superman punch on Wyatt.
The Shield set up Wyatt for the Triple Powerbomb, but Evolution's music played instead. The trio headed to the ring wearing their horrible t-shirts. The Shield cleared The Wyatts from the ring and then we got another round of stereo suicide dives from Rollins and Ambrose. Reigns hit a Superman punch on Triple H, only to be caught with a running splash by Wyatt, who followed up with Sister Abigail for the win...
The Wyatt Family defeated The Shield in 18:00.
After the match, Evolution worked over The Shield members. Hunter set up for a Pedigree on Reigns, who backdropped him. However, Orton was there to cut him down with an RKO, and then Triple H powerbombed Reigns. Evolution finished it off with a Triple Powerbomb on Reigns, who came up with a bloody mouth following the match and attack...
Powell's POV: A good match. It wasn't the instant classic that their Elimination Chamber match was, but it was still a strong Raw main event. The Evolution interference suggests that we will end up getting rematches of the big three Extreme Rules matches at Payback. Bryan and Kane are clearly still going, everyone expects a Cena vs. Wyatt rubber match, and now it appears The Shield and Evolution aren't finished yet.
Overall, the show had its moments, but it didn't leave me anxious to see what comes next, mostly because it looks like it's a rerun month at least when it comes to the top programs. I will have more to say about Raw tonight during Prowrestling.net Live and in Tuesday's WWE Raw Hit List. Thanks for watching along with me tonight.
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