WWE RAW Recap, 4/13/2015: Extreme Rules Main Event Set

The Giants lost their home opener.

I don’t care.

Three championships in five years? I’m still buzzin’.

Anyhow, me and Danielle, we had a helluva party this afternoon. Great BBQ and beer and snacks.

Helluva thing.

Let’s get moving…

We are LIVE(!!!) from the O2 Arena in London, England for WWE RAW!!!

JBL, Booker and…MICHAEL FUCKING COLE?!? What the actual fuck? Can somebody tell me the name of the doctor he’s got?

JBL wants to know how his neck is and Cole says he’ll “get to that later” which is wrestling speak for “don’t you worry your pretty little head”.

He shows us a Mac OS X slideshow of London as if Big Ben and the Parliament are right outside.

John Cena starts us out. London hates him. So Cena does his best to suck up. He says that London deserves WrestleMania. “London” agrees. He tells everyone that it’s The Authority’s choice. They chose to make everyone wait. He puts out another challenge for the United States Championship and…it’s Bad News Barrett out to a huge pop.

Barrett thanks London for their support and says it’s nice of them to cheer, but that he hasn’t done anything yet. He says, ideally, he should face Daniel Bryan for the IC Title, but he wants to beat Cena…TONIGHT!!!

THIS IMPORTANT TITLE DEFENSE IS COMING UP…uh…next, after Popeye’s introduces you to Ghost Pepper Lip Balm or something.

MATCH #1: John Cena (champion) vs. Bad News Barrett (challenger) for the WWE United States Championship
Cena applies a headlock. Barrett breaks and kicks him out of the ring. Another Cena headlock. Barrett breaks and hits a big boot to the head. Two count. Cena hits Move #1 but misses #2. Barrett takes over, kneeing him in the gut, then booting him out of the ring. Barrett hits an elbow drop off the mat, then tosses Cena into the ring for two. Cena comes back with a dropkick and goes top rope with a Crossbody for two. He hits #3 and goes for the 5Ks…but Barrett rolls out of the ring. Cena chases but Barrett makes him eat the steel steps, then rolls him into the ring. Two count. Cena hits #3 and the 5Ks. He goes for the AA but Barrett kicks out and hits Winds of Change for a close fall. He puts Cena on the buckle. Cena goes for the Tornado DDT but Barrett lands on his feet and hits a suplex. Two count. Barrett hits a high kick. Two count. The two men get up and exchange BOO/YAY shots because it’s been SEVEN WHOLE GRUELING MINUTES. Barrett hits the AA and NEARLY gets a fall. He sets up the Bullhammer but Cena catches him and hits an AA — but only gets two. Cena goes for another AA but Barrett breaks and hits a Bullhammer and nearly gets a fall. Barrett tries another but misses and eats a Springboard Stunner and AA for the loss at 9:39.
RATING: **. Once again, nobody believes Cena is gonna lose any of these matches. And, now, Barrett loses. In England. So, what makes us think anyone will beat Cena for the next few weeks?

Post-match, Lana comes out to say shit to Cena. Rusev attacks Cena, knocking him out, and the match at Extreme Rules will now be a “Russian Chain Match” which is Russian for “No-DQ with a chain”, I’m guessing.

TONIGHT: Randy Orton faces Cesaro while Dolph Ziggler jobs to faces Seth Rollins.

The Bella Twins are out for a match. We go to commercial.

NEXT WEEK: Triple H is gonna make a huge announcement about Tough Enough, a show nobody really cares about!

MATCH #2: Alicia Fox, Naomi, Summer Rae, Emma, Rosa Mendes, Cameron, Natalya & Paige in a Divas Battle Royal to determine the #1 Contender for the WWE Divas Championship
Fuck, this is actually happening. And the Bellas are on commentary. I thought last week was a half-joke. Summer and Natalya are out first which makes no sense as Summer outlasts her. Anyhow, she gets dumped along with Rosa a few seconds later. Alicia fights with Summer and hits a lame Enzuguri to boot Summer. Fox and Cameron beat up Paige and try to dump her but Paige resists that. Naomi hits a Rear View on both women and they’re gone, too. Paige tries to eliminate Naomi but Naomi blocks and hits a high kick. Both end up near the ropes but Paige knees Naomi in the face/boobs/stomach from the outside ropes, which makes so much sense in a match where you’re supposed to avoid that area. Paige eventually just kinda boots Naomi out of the ring at 3:55 to win this “Battle Royal” and we’re done.
RATING: DUD. #StopPretendingWWEIsGivingDivasAChance

TONIGHT: Roman Reigns will talk about stuff for the first time since WrestleMania.

When we come back from break, Paige is still in the ring. Byron “I Announced RAW One Time” Saxton is with her. Paige is happy to have won in front of her home audience. Naomi attacks her and, suddenly, she’s a heel.

Bray Wyatt yacks about love and how fear is strong than love.

MATCH #3: The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) vs. Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara & Kalisto)
The Ascension beat up on the hapless Sin Cara with tags back and forth. Sin Cara tries to escape Viktor and eventually makes a tag because Viktor and Konnor can’t keep Sin Cara in the corner. Kalisto comes in, does flippy shit and hits Salina Del Sol on Viktor while Sin Cara does a Flipping Reverse Senton to finish it at 2:17.
WINNER: Lucha Dragons
RATING: n/a – Squash

MATCH #4: Randy Orton vs. Cesaro (w/ Tyson Kidd & Natalya)
Orton and Cesaro exchange headlocks after exchanging pedestrian moves. Cesaro breaks. Orton nearly hits the Elevated DDT but Tyson interferes and Orton wins at 2:25. Exciting, huh?
WINNER: Randy Orton via DQ

But hold on a second, player! Kane appears, post-match, and says that The Authority isn’t here tonight, ensuring that nobody’s gonna continue to tune in. He’s in charge and he can’t end the last match in a DQ. This match will re-start as a 2 on 1 Handicap Match.

MATCH #5: Randy Orton vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd (w/ Natalya) (non-title)
The two guys beat up Orton and we go to break because this match is pivotal, ya’ know? When we come back, Orton nearly hits a DDT but Tyson hits a NECKBREAKER OUTTA NOWHERE for two. The two team up on Orton and it’s a mean uppercut by Cesaro for Tyson for two. Tyson tags in but finally eats Orton’s VINTAGE DDT. He goes for an RKO but Cesaro pulls Tyson out of the ring. Orton chases them out of the ring but the two men gang up on him and Tyson knees him in the face. Orton gets rolled back into the ring. Tyson takes over after a two count. He tries a legdrop and misses. Cesaro runs in and attacks but Orton hits a powerslam in stride. Tyson flies at Orton from the top rope and he gets an RKO for his troubles. Orton wins at 9:15.
WINNER: Randy Orton via RKO
RATING: DUD. Why didn’t they do this in the first place? We saw all of four minutes of this thing and it was disjointed and boring with two interruptions.

NEXT: Reigns talks!

Booker is running this interview, apparently. The London crowd hates him as Booker demands to know about his mental state. Reigns says he’s cool. He went to Suplex City, he felts it and survived it. He said he’d hit The Beast in the mouth and he did that. He says he could have beaten Brock if it wasn’t for Seth Rollins. He says that Big Show cost him a re-match at Extreme Rules because he’s Seth’s “giant bitch”. Big Show appears on the Jumbotron and says that Reigns is making excuses for his failures and then says that he’ll knock Reigns out himself. Reigns says he’s being threatened by “The Jumbotron” and he isn’t scared because Show can’t even come out to the ring. He says Show has no balls and he will be beaten.  Reigns leaves and goes to the entrance ramp — and Show finally shows up to kick the crap out of him, tossing him into the electric signage and into the car sitting on the ramp. The beating takes forever as Show Chokeslams him on top of the car. Can’t wait to see this at Extreme Rules. Yaaaaay.

Backstage, Seth’s not happy because he’s Seth. He says that he isn’t facing Ziggler tonight. He wants to face Jamie Noble and Noble will lie down. Noble says that it’s not his fault that everything’s gone wrong. It’s Kane’s. Rollins realizes that Noble’s onto something. Rollins tells Kane that Kane will lay down for him tonight. He doesn’t disagree because Kane only selectively has balls.

MATCH #6: Adam Rose (w/ Exotic Express) vs. Dean Ambrose
From chasing the MITB contender to Bray Wyatt to United States title…to Adam “I Haven’t Been Relevant in Weeks” Rose. Way to go, Creative. Ambrose chops at Rose who comes back with a Spinebuster and quick elbows. He drops a fist and locks in a headlock but Ambrose fights out. Ambrose hits lariats and a bulldog, then goes top rope but Rose bails. So Ambrose hits a Flying Psycho to the outside. Back in the ring, Ambrose hits the Rebound Clothesline and Dirty Deeds for the win at 2:11.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose via Dirty Deeds
RATING: n/a – Squash

Kane is backstage. Show finds him and asks if he remembers Survivor Series. He says that Kane needs to do WHAT’S BEST FOR BUSINESS™.

MATCH #7: Fandango (w/ Rosa Mendes) vs. Stardust
Holy shit, what a card. Stardust hits a falling reverse suplex but Fandango comes back with a heel kick. Legdrop misses. Dust hits the Disaster Kick for the win at 1:07. Yawn.
WINNER: Stardust
RATING: n/a – Squash — but it’s a DUD, no matter what.

Post-match, Fandango actually gets a mic spot. He says he realizes what the problem is. He’s been sharing his “gift of dance with Rosa” when he should have been sharing it with everyone else. Then his old music hits. Everyone does the Fandango.

Kane is STILL BACKSTAGE. Daniel Bryan shows up. Kane asks him to go away. Bryan asks what happened to Kane. He says that Kane shouldn’t lay down. He needs to be a man. Kane yells LEAVE real loud. Daniel Bryan does.

Earlier tonight. John Cena challenged people. #CENAWONLOL, surprise, surprise. Rusev attacked him. So, at Extreme Rules, he’ll face Rusev in a Russian Chain Match.

Seth Rollins is out for his match.

MATCH #8: WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins w/ Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury vs. Kane (non-title)
Kane strips out of his jacket, shirt and tie for the first minute, then it’s yacking with Rollins for the next 30 seconds. Kane goes to lay down. Rollins comes over and pins and it’s a two count. J&J comes into the ring. Kane grabs them by the throat and tosses them both out. Rollins isn’t happy and Kane jacks his jaw. He sets up for a Chokeslam and Rollins begs off with all the power he has in him and tells Rollins to lay down. Kane gets on one knee…then gets up and hits a Chokeslam. He starts to call for the Tombstone…but stops, lays down, and pulls Rollins on top of him for the pin at 4:35.
WINNER: Seth Rollins

So, now, both guys pick their “stipulations” for the match? Why didn’t they just have them fight one another?

Damien Miz-dow is walking backstage.

We get flashbacks from Miz-dow’s fight with Miz.

MATCH #9: The Miz vs. Damien Miz-dow (w/ Summer Rae)
Miz takes half a minute to take his sunglasses off. Miz-dow does the same. Then they take match time to remove their jackets. WHAT IS THIS, MAGIC MIKE?! WRESTLE ALREADY. The two trade the same moves and Sandow rolls up Miz at just over 2:00.
WINNER: Damien Miz-dow
RATING: DUD. This is an awful fucking night.

The Prime Time Players mock Los Matadores. WWE Creative supplies audio of crickets chirping which is fitting since nobody in the arena responds either.

MATCH #10: Ryback vs. Luke Harper
Scrum in the corner and Harper kicks Ryback in the face — but only gets two, which is surprising given the tonight’s booking. Harper hits a Gator Roll which serves to “disorient opponents” according to Cole. Ryback picks up Harper by the neck and drops him. He goes for a Meathook but Harper ditches the ring. Ryback follows and Harper uses the announce booth to clock him in the face — and we’re done?! Fuuuuuuck.
WINNER: Ryback via DQ at 1:47

Ambrose comes out, post-match, and beats up Harper cuz’, ‘member? Ambrose got beat up by him.

EARLIER TONIGHT: Naomi beat up Paige.

Byron is backstage with Naomi. She says she lost her cool, then laughs and calls Byron an idiot. She says this whole thing is about her. Naomi doesn’t even know why we had a Divas Battle Royal tonight. This is surreal as fuck.

Dolph is out here and criticizes Kane for laying down and calls him “The Devil’s Favorite Dumbass”. Ziggler wants ANY SUPERSTAR IN THE BACK since Seth has already done his thing tonight. Neville responds because who wants a United States Title?

MATCH #11: Dolph Ziggler vs. Neville
Neville escapes an armbar and applies one on Ziggler. Neville flips around after the break and hits a standing moonsault as the crowd finally starts to wake up. Ziggler comes back with a quick DDT and gets two. After commercial, Neville fights out of a headlock and tosses Ziggler up into the air and to the mat. The two roll out of the ring. Neville hits a flipping moonsault outside, then rolls back into the ring. He goes back outside, walks along the edge of the crowd barrier and does a Flipping Senton on top of Ziggler. Back in the ring, it’s a two count. The two counter each other’s moves and Ziggler gets hit with an Enzuguri for two. Ziggler comes back with a BIG Superkick and he gets two. Both men get up. Ziggler tries an elbow but misses. Neville tries the Red Arrow but Ziggler moves. Neville lands on his feet and lunches at Ziggler. Ziggler sidesteps and Neville hits the post. Ziggler hits the Zigg Zagg for the win at 9:08.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler via Zigg Zagg
RATING: **1/4. Not a bad match. Could have been longer and should have been the main feature. But, the booking staff has their heads up their asses tonight, so what can you do?

Post-match, Sheamus comes in out of nowhere and hits a Brogue on Ziggler. Ziggler comes back fighting, getting some nice licks in, but Sheamus hits another Brogue and stands tall.


NEXT: Randy and Seth make their match decisions!!!

Seth and J&J hit the ring and sit back in nice sofa seats. Rollins says that the crowd can boo him all they want but that doesn’t change the fact that he is the future of WWE. He’s also the greatest because he beat Reigns and Lesnar in the same night. He says that Kane has relieved himself of his duties as Director of Operations and, now, Rollins can make his stipulation. He invites Orton out.

Orton shows up and tells Rollins that everything is being needlessly complicated. He wants to clear out the chairs and he wants to fight right now. Rollins says that he loves “complicated”. He has power and he will wield it right now: the RKO is banned. Rollins tells him that The Authority always wins. Orton says that he was thinking along the same lines: his stipulation is fighting inside a steel cage “where nobody can help Rollins”. You know, because that’s always worked.

Orton says that’s that, then attacks Rollins and his stooges. Rollins escapes but the stooges absorb Orton’s wrath and Orton stands tall as we go off the air.

OVERALL: 1/2 a * tonight. This was a lazy, boring show with nothing going for it except a so-so beginning and a decent end match.

Er, that’s it.

Matt Perri
Matt Perrihttp://mattperri.wordpress.com
Matt Perri is one of those literary Ronin you’ve never heard of until he shows up and tells you he’s a literary Ronin. He’s a native Californian, a film buff, old school gamer geek, and a sports/entertainment fan. A lifelong Giants, 49ers and Sharks fan, he also covers the world of pro-wrestling, writing recaps for WWE Monday Night RAW and Total Divas at Scott’s Blog of Doom. You can follow the guy on Twitter via @PerriTheSmark as well as here at The Workprint and his own blog, Matt's Entertainment.

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