Our final RAW of 2014 saw the bad-boy duo of Edge and Christian take control of the evening.
They announced the standard matches that we’ve been used to the last few weeks; basically Team Cena vs Team Authority. With E & C in the ring at the start of the show, they were just about to give the crowd a five second pose before Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman interrupted.
We had the usual ego-boosting speech before unsurprisingly, John Cena came out. Cena wasn’t in the mood to chat and nearly AA’d Lesnar before he and Heyman hastily retreated.
Our first match-up of the night was a potentially brilliant Champion vs Champion fight, Rusev against Dolph Ziggler. Rusev physically dominated the match to begin with making sure Ziggler remained on the canvas, and while Ziggler’s quickness allowed him to get into the match, the Russian/Bulgarian’s strength often proved too much.
With Ziggler gaining momentum though, Rusev trapped him into the corner and kicked him so much that the referee had to disqualify him. Rusev then delivered the accolade and only Ryback’s intervention stopped him from carrying on, before clearing the ring of him.
Ryback then stayed in the ring and started talking about his route into WWE including his bouts with depression. It was actually quite humbling. Coming from a human wrecking ball anyway.
A Divas match now with Natalya squaring off against Nikki Bella. The match didn’t last long after Tyson Kidd somehow caught Nikki off the apron and then when Brie Bella got involved, Nikki was able to capitalise and deliver the Rack Attack to her opponent.
A title match was up next with The Usos up against the Tag-Team Champions The Miz & Damien Mizdow. The twins isolated Miz early on but the Hollywood two got themselves back into the match and there were a number of near pins and submissions throughout. The win came after Jimmy kicked out of a Skull-Crushing Finale before Miz found himself on the end of a double Superkick, then a Samoan Splash, giving us new champions.
Cesaro came out next issuing an open challenge to anyone who wanted to fight him, so Bad News Barrett returned. It was a physical match between the two with Barrett looking a little rusty, but the Brit somehow got the win after clawing Cesaro’s eyes then delivering the Bullhammer Elbow.
Luke Harper was in action next against All-American Jack Swagger. The two battled back and forth with Swagger having the upper-hand but when Swagger went for the Swagger Bomb, Harper countered with a boot to the face before hitting a devastating clothesline, grabbing the victory.
Two former allies finally got to get their hands on each other now, with ex-Shield brethren Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns squaring off. Rollins was in control from the off but he obviously couldn’t cope with Reigns’ strength, trying to keep the big man grounded whenever he could. After some impressive kicks Rollins got a couple of near pins but when Reigns hit a Superman punch, Big Show – who was sat at ringside – intervened before burying Reigns under the announce table.
Miz and Mizdow then interrupted Edge and Christian in the back demanding another match for the Tag-Team Championship. E&C agreed but it wouldn’t be for the titles nor would it be against The Usos, it would be against new tag-team The Ascension. Miz wanted nothing to do with the two and they made quick work of Mizdow, getting the victory after hitting the Fall of Man.
We didn’t have a Main Event this week but actually an edition of the Cutting Edge Peep Show with special guest Seth Rollins. It ultimately ended in Seth holding Edge hostage while trying to get Cena to bring The Authority into power. And Cena did. We think. We think they’re back. We don’t actually know. They never made it clear.
Dolph Ziggler DEF Rusev via DQ
Nikki Bella DEF Natalya
The Usos DEF The Miz & Damien Mizdow
Bad News Barrett DEF Cesaro
Luke Harper DEF Jack Swagger
Roman Reigns DEF Seth Rollins via DQ
The Ascension DEF The Miz & Damien MizdowReuse content