JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review for 3.17.14

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Triple H For Everybody

After a recap of the Occupy RAW Movement from last week, HHH started the show. He said that when this is all set and done it is the audience’s fault. He said it didn’t have to come to this, but he is going to end the YES Movement and Daniel Bryan and the crowd forced his hand. He said he’s cooled down, and he is going to beat down Daniel Bryan without remorse. He said he had some things to say to Daniel Bryan’s face later tonight.

Batista came out. He said that HHH has big problems with him. He asked who he thought he was given that Billy-goat troll his match at Wrestlemania. Batista said he came back to be WWE Champion and he earned that opportunity at the Royal Rumble. Batista said it isn’t cool that he can lose a match that he doesn’t have to be pinned in. HHH asked Batista what he was thinking and if he thought Daniel Bryan could actually beat him.

Randy Orton came out and said he agreed with Batista, even just making it a mere possibility. HHH once again said Daniel Bryan is not going to beat him. HHH asked if Daniel Bryan has really gotten that much into their heads. Batista said not as much as he’s gotten into HHH’s head. Orton asked for a No DQ match against Bryan and HHH agreed. Orton then said the people took to Daniel Bryan because no one took to Batista. Orton said no one cared when Batista left and even less people cared when he came back. Batista said the crowd took to Orton because he sucks as Champion and he only got where he was due to the support of HHH. Orton and Batista got in a shoving match. HHH tried to stop it but eventually left. Batista asked HHH where he was going and told him to fix it. HHH said he’s sick of everything. He’s sick of troll faced idiots taking over RAW, he’s sick of Hollywood stars coming back and telling him what’s best for business. And he’s sick of technically gifted wrestlers who are screwed up in the head. HHH said maybe the old man was right and you can only look out for yourself. HHH said there will be a handicap at Wrestlemania, because when he beats Daniel Bryan it will be Batista vs Randy Orton vs HHH. After HHH left, Orton delivered an RKO to Batista.

Renee Young caught up with Batista. He was leaving and said coming back to the WWE was a big mistake.

Was Looking Forward To A Zeb Promo, Being So Close To The Border

Its the Usos vs Real Americans. Swagger started with a takedown, but was then knocked down with a shoulder tackle followed by a spinebuster. Swagger eventually caught the Uso in the ring with a punch and tagged in Cesaro. Jey caught him with a clothesline and tagged in Jimmy, who caught Cesaro with a right hand. Jimmy hit a Flair chop then tagged in Jey. Cesaro caught Jey in the air and hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. Swagger came in and they landed some kicks on Jey in the corner. Jey escaped a sleeper and tagged in Jimmy. But Swagger caught Jimmy with a boot and sent him to the outside.

The Real Americans still had control back from break. Cesaro landed an uppercut. Swagger came in and caught a boot and Jimmy tossed Cesaro to the outside. Swagger tried stopping the tag but Jimmy caught Swagger with an enziguri kick. Both men made tags. Jey landed a kick to the gut followed by a clothesline. Jey hit the butt splash and got two. The Usos hit a double Samoan Drop but only got two. Jey went to the top but Swagger pulled Cesaro out of the ring. Both Usos took out Swagger with a crescent kick. Jimmy hit a dive on Swagger, but Cesaro jumped on the apron and caught Jey with an uppercut. He then hit the Neutralizer for the in.

WINNERS: The Real Americans

Backstage Kane told The Shield that they all made wrong decisions last Friday and they could be detrimental for everyone in the future. Kane said The Authority put them on a mission and asked to count in The Shield, and if he couldn’t they are no longer an asset. Kane asked if he could count on them and they all agreed.

Hornswoggle was handing out things at ringside. Bad News Barrett came out and said everyone would be spending this holiday getting drunk and making bad decisions, then wake up with a terrible hangover tomorrow.

Remember When I Thought Titus O’Neil Would Get A Push? Yeah Me Neither

Sheamus vs Titus O’Neil. Sheamus landed some knees to start then a clothesline. Titus landed a shot to the back but then ate a kick to the face and was dumped to the outside. Titus recovered and tossed Sheamus into the ringpost then hit a couple of backbreakers. Titus hit a fallaway slam sending Sheamus to the outside. He then grabbed Hornswoggle and slapped him. He went to hit a fallaway slam but Sheamus caught Hornswoggle and rammed him into the gut of Titus. Sheamus hit his rope punches followed by the Brouge Kick for the win.

WINNER: Sheamus

After the match, Sheamus said he was entering the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. After the match Christian, who was on commentary, knocked Sheamus off the apron. He tossed Sheamus into the barricade then hit the Killswitch.

So Bray Wyatt Does Have A TV, Because He Must Watch Total Divas

John Cena came out. He said he’s been there for 12 years and had over 3500 matches. He said sometimes we get along and sometimes not so much. He said that we’re like an old married couple. He said he actually fears Bray Wyatt, and fears people actually are believing what he says. He said Bray will stop at nothing to destroy his legacy. Cena said he’s afraid of Bray Wyatt but he believes in everything he stands for and does. He said Wrestlemania is about him fighting for everything he believes and every word he’s ever said, along with his legacy.

The Wyatts appeared on screen, with Bray wearing a Cena shirt. He said children believe in superheros because they haven’t lived long enough to know that it’s a lie. He said his childhood was full of scars and was taught everything he loves in life will wither away and die. Bray said he could be just like Cena and sign autographs, kiss babies and go home to his plastic girlfriend and castle. But Bray said he is different than anyone Cena has ever faced. Bray said he doesn’t care if he never leaves Wrestlemania, he just wants the world to see Cena as he does.

Remember When People Paid To See This On Three Straight PPVs?

Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton No DQ. Bryan slammed Orton into the turnbuckle then hit a running knee. Bryan slammed Orton’s leg into the post. a few times. Bryan nailed a dropkick followed by some uppercuts, but Orton came back with one of his own. Orton choked Bryan on the ropes then hit some more uppercuts. Bryan reversed Orton and Orton stopped himself in the ropes, but Bryan dropkicked him to the outside. Bryan hit his dive through the ropes. Bryan went to grab Orton, but Orton grabbed a kendo stick and hit Bryan with it. Someone yelled ring the bell, but Orton screamed back “This is No DQ, there is no bell!” Orton dropped Bryan on the announce table into commercial.

Back from break Orton rammed Bryan into the post. He hit a backbreaker on the outside. Back in the ring Orton did his version of the Garvin Stomp. Orton mocked the crowd which allowed Bryan to start a comeback. He hit a clothesline and a dropkick in the corner, followed by a hurricarrana off the top for two. Bryan grabbed the kendo stick then hit a kendo stick shot, followed by a kick to the head in succession before finishing with the kick to the head for two. Bryan went to the top but Orton crotched him. Orton went to the top and hit a superplex. Orton hit his middle rope DDT. Bryan rolled to the outside and grabbed a kendo stick and hit Orton a couple times with it. He then dropkicked Orton over the barricade. Orton recovered and slammed Bryan’s head on the barricade. Orton grabbed a chair and hit Bryan in the gut, followed by a shot to the back. Suddenly, Batista came out and speared Orton in the ring. Bryan then took out Batista with a dropkick and pinned Orton to pick up the win.

WINNER: Daniel Bryan

After the match, Batista hit a Batista Bomb on Orton.

Paul Heyman came out. He said he came here to bring up the point that the Undertaker has barely beat his last few challengers, yet Brock Lesnar has beaten down and ravaged those same challengers. Heyman showed a video package with Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Mark Henry. No CM Punk. Heyman said The Streak would Rest In Peace.

Triple H and Stephanie argued backstage. She asked what happens to business and their family when HHH wins the WWE Title and goes back on the road. He said he’s taking care of business with Daniel Bryan tonight and Steph told him that he better.

At Least Fandango Isn’t Fighting Santino Again

Goldust vs Fandango. Goldust crawled towards Fandango, then blew a kiss to Summer Rae. Fandango started with a shoulder tackle, but Goldust came back with hip toss and an inverted atomic drop. Summer Raw jumped on the apron and Goldust did the Saturday Night Fever dance. Goldust scared Summer off the apron and Cody caught her. Fandango regained control in the ring. Goldust fought out of a headlock with some right hands but Fandango threw Goldust into the corner and went back to a headlock. Fandango went to the top but Goldust moved, and hit his finisher for the win.

WINNER: Goldust

No Shield Break Up Is Best For Business

Kane came out. He said the ring is a place for action but some actions are not warranted. He said last week’s Occupy RAW Movement was wrong and violated many safety violations! He said in his investigation that he decided that Daniel Bryan did not act alone and that someone from Memphis acted with him. He accused Jerry Lawler of helping Bryan. The Shield came down and surrounded Lawler. The Shield forced Lawler into the ring. Kane said they’ve known each other for a long time, and said he knew Lawler was not in fighting shape, so he will only enjoy this a little. Kane asked if Lawler had anything to say. Rollins took the mic and said he had a good feeling Daniel Bryan was not coming to save him, because The Shield always does what’s best for business.

Suddenly, The Shield turned and faced Kane. Kane screamed at them and said he didn’t know what they were doing. They attacked Kane. Kane fought back and went to chokeslam Rollins but Ambrose stopped it, then Reigns speared Kane. They ended it with a triple powerbomb on Kane.

The Funkadactyls beat AJ and Tamina after Naomi hit a split legged moonsault to pick up the win. Naomi wrestled with an eye patch. After the match AJ yelled at Tamina and said she wins on her own and loses every time Tamina is with her. Tamina shoved down AJ.

Mr. T was announced as the next Hall of Fame inductee.

It’s The Battle Of Botched Pushes!

It’s Big E, Big Show, Mark Henry and Dolph Ziggler vs Rybaxel, Damien Sandow and Alberto del Rio. Big E hit a belly-to-belly then tagged in Henry. Henry hit a headbutt. Axel tagged himself in and immediately ate a clothesline followed by a big boot. Ziggler came in and hit a neckbreaker. Ryback cmae back in and took control. Ziggler leap frogged Ryback and hit a dropkick, followed by another to Del Rio as both teams had a stand off into commercial.

Back from break Del Rio dropped Ziggler on the announce table. Sandow came in and laid the boots to Ziggler. The heels all took turns working over Ziggler. Sandow catapulted Ziggler into the corner, but Ziggler moved out of the way of a charge and tagged in Big Show. Show hit some clotheslines on Sandow followed by a shoulder tackle. Show took out Axel with a slap, Ryback speared Show, Big E clotheslined Ryback over the top, Del Rio took out Big E with an enziguri, Mark Henry dumped Del Rio, Axel knocked Henry to the outside. Ziggler hit the Fameasser on Axel and Show chokeslammed Sandow to pick up the win.

WINNERS: Big E, Big Show, Mark Henry and Dolph Ziggler

Batista said he never quits on anything, and no matter who it is, he’s leaving Wrestlemania WWE Champion.

Poor Kofi

Bray Wyatt vs John Cena. Kofi caught Bray with a dropkick but Bray came right back with a clothesline. Bray tossed Kofi into the corner but Kofi caught him with a kick to the face. Bray ducked Kofi off the top and caught Kofi with a running elbow. Bray hit a rib breaker followed by a splash in the corner. Bray followed with Sister Abigail for the win.

WINNER: Bray Wyatt

Where’s Big Bossman When You Need Him?

Triple H came out and called out Daniel Bryan. HHH said he’ll be lucky if his wife talks to him tonight because of this talk. HHH said a lot of things have happened between them and everything he’s done up to this moment was done because he believes it’s best for business. It isn’t personal. HHH said it’s about what is best for the WWE. HHH said he doesn’t expect anyone else to understand the burden of the decisions he makes. HHH said Bryan crossed a line last week, but it is now all water under the bridge. HHH said in three weeks they are going to step in the ring, and he won’t apologize for what he does in the ring. HHH said he has no choice to put in end to all of this. He has no choice but to shutdown the YES Movement. HHH said no matter what happens, no hard feelings and may the best man win. HHH offered a handshake but Bryan refused. HHH said he would probably do the same thing. HHH said that he’s dumped a ton on Bryan since SummerSlam and yet Bryan is still standing here. HHH said the audience respects him because he didn’t take his ball and go home and Bryan has earned his respect.

Steph came out and said Bryan disrespected them last week and he put the lives of HHH and others at risk and is formally pressing charges. As HHH and Steph argued on the outside, officers surrounded Bryan and pushed him down to the ground. They handcuffed Bryan. HHH told them that wasn’t what he wanted and that since they weren’t even cops to leave. HHH said he was going to enjoy doing this himself. HHH took out Bryan and started beating him down. Bryan tried fighting him back but HHH slammed him into the steps and then on the announce table. HHH threw Bryan into the barricade multiple times. HHH slammed Bryan on the table again. Steph slapped him and Bryan told her she hit like a girl. HHH then put Bryan near the posts then slammed a chair into him. HHH then hit a Pedigree on Bryan as HHH and Steph celebrated. HHH said all of this belongs to them and there is no YES Movement.

WHAT I LIKED

Bryan/HHH Closing: Anyone who calls that a burial of any kind on Bryan is just delusional. People have been clamoring for full on heel HHH and we finally got it tonight. He changed the stipulation to make it if he wins, he gets to be in the Title match. And then he does that to Bryan at the end. Bryan will get his revenge next week and then there will be one final showdown going into Mania. The segment drew a lot of heat on HHH.

The Shield Face Turn: I’ve been clamoring for weeks to have this happen, and it finally did. I thought they would do it by saving Daniel Bryan at some point. But saving Jerry Lawler is the next best way to do it. They’ll probably take on the Outlaws and Kane at Mania. Who wouldn’t love to see a Bryan/Shield vs Kane/Orton/Batista/HHH War Games match at Extreme Rules. Plus, a Shield face turn pushes the break up closer to the summer and doesn’t risk all three men getting lost in the shuffle.

Bray Wyatt/Cena Promo: I really liked Wyatt and Cena’s promo exchange this week. Bray has been hitting his stride in recent weeks with his focus on Cena and his super hero life. And hell, even Cena took Bray as a serious threat with his promo this week. Good build up with a nice video package later on in the night as well.

Orton vs Bryan/Batista Interactions: Everyone is slowly getting into their roles heading into Mania. Orton has done a good job lately playing to the crowd and going after Batista. Batista has grown into his ego driven heel role. And we all know Bryan’s role. What once seemed like a dull match has a lot of intrigue.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Eight Man Tag: The match was okay but was lacking a lot of heat. The crowd just couldn’t get behind it and it seemed like more of a cool down match than one that was suppose to build up a battle royal.

Sheamus vs Titus O’Neil: One of my main problems with Sheamus is that he always goes over someone who could use a win. Titus looked to have some sort of push lined up and now he is a nothing again. I’m not saying Titus should win clean, but why not have Christian interfere and cost Sheamus the win?

I thought this was another good episode of RAW this week. The build to Wrestlemania has gotten better the past few weeks. Three of the top matches have become intriguing to me. The Undertaker/Brock Lesnar match needs both men there to build it up better. Paul Heyman can only carry so much of it. I’m giving the show a 7.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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