JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review For 8.18.14

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Daniel Bryan’s music hit to start the show, but Stephanie McMahon came out instead. She did the yes chant all the way down. She thanked the audience for chanting her name all the way to the ring. She said people are saying SummerSlam was even better than Wrestlemania. One reason is because they crowned a new WWE Champion, and tonight the Authority will present him a new title belt. She wished John Cena a speedy recovery. Steph said Brie Bella is the biggest loser of the night and that she learned to never mess with The Authority. She thanked Triple H for always being faithful and her rock by her side. Unlike Daniel Bryan, who cheated on his wife. She introduced Nikki to tell us more about her sister.

Nikki came to the ring and lost a shoe in the process. Nikki said she’s always loved Brie. But Brie became way too selfish and manipulative. And everytime Brie got in trouble she always blamed Nikki. And she was always competing with her. Nikki said Brie beat her to the alter, but Brie actually lost because she married that scrawny goatface. Nikki said she’s heartbroken over this situation. But now she stands tall on her own two feet. Nikki said she is glad to finally be free.

Brie came out and said she doesn’t know what happened last night but is willing to forgive Nikki. Nikki slapped Brie and said that she will never forgive Brie. Brie ran off crying.

Random Tag Team Pairing #27652

Erik Rowan and Luke Harper vs Big Show and mark henry. Henry landed some early punches in the corner then knocked Rowan down with a clothesline. Harper tagged in but he ate a boot from Henry. Big Show tagged in and he slapped the chest of Harper. Big Show hit a bodyslam followed by a headbutt. Big Show hit some punches in the corner but Harper reversed him and landed some elbows. But Big Show fought back and tossed Harper over the top into commercial.

Back from break Big Show elbowed Harper. Show knocked Rowan off the apron but Harper hit a dropkick sending Show to the outside. Rowan then hit a boot to the face on Show on the outside. The Wyatts took turns working over Big Show. Harper connected on a superkick then did the gator roll. Show got out of a headlock with a backdrop. But Rowan tagged in and prevented a tag. Rowan hit a bodyslam on Big Show for two. He went for another one but Big Show blocked it and hit a DDT. Mark Henry got the tag and went to work. But Harper took out Big Show on the outside. Henry went for the World’s Strongest Slam but Harper hit a boot to the back of Rowan, but Rowan only got a two count. They went for the double chokeslam on Henry, but Show made the save. He hit the Knockout Punch on Harper, then one on Rowan and Henry hit the World’s Strongest Slam for the win.

WINNERS: Big Show and Mark Henry

Renee Young interviewed Seth Rollins. He said it feels so good to prove that he is the future WWE Champion, but he is also the future of the WWE. Suddenly a bucket of ice water was dumped on Rollins. The camera then panned to Ambrose. He said, “What? Its for charity!” Ambrose then attacked Rollins until officials broke it up.

Seth Rollins came into HHH’s office demanding a rematch with Dean Ambrose. HHH agreed and said he was letting the WWE Universe pick the match, so Ambrose’s blood will then be on their hands.

Paige vs Natalya. Paige dedicated the match to AJ. Both women fought for control early before Paige kicked Natalya on the back of the head. Paige then slammed Natalya’s head into the mat a few times. AJ’s music hit and she skipped around the ring. The distraction allowed Natalya to roll up Paige and pick up the win. AJ saracastically said she respects Paige and has to get into the ring and shake her hand right now. Paige bailed when she did.

Eat. Sleep. Suplex. Repeat.

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out. Triple H once again talked about SummerSlam being great. He introduced the new WWE Title then welcomed Brock Lesnar. Lesnar and Paul Heyman came out and they posed for a photo. Paul Heyman said last night at SummerSlam, his client conquered the Title holder. That means he is the advocate for the new WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World Brock Lesnar. Heyman said he has a secret to reveal, and that is that John Cena isn’t there this evening. He said Cena isn’t there because he can’t physically appear because of his client. Heyman talked about Rock and Austin’s runs at the top being short, but Cena lasted ten years. Heyman said that as he witnessed the suffering on John Cena’s face, and he gets why people adore him. His kids adore him and he hates it. Heyman said he gets why John Cena never gives up, and if he had the time of day he would make Cena a Paul Heyman guy. Unfortunately Paul Heyman doesn’t share these opinions. He said in Lesnar’s Universe Cena left a martyr. In Lesnar’s World, those who die with the most street cred still die at the hands of Brock Lesnar. Heyman said that anyone who steps into the ring with him is just a man. Lesnar is a beast and will lay waste to anyone who steps into the ring with him. Heyman said last night was basic Brockonomics: Eat. Sleep. Suplex. Repeat. He did it 16 times. Heyman ended with Eat. Sleep. Conquer. John Cena.

Would Still Like To Know What Miz Is Wearing

Dolph Ziggler vs Miz in an IC Title rematch. Both men exchanged offense early on. But Dolph landed awkwardly on his left knee, which he tweaked last night. Miz started working over the left knee and rammed it into the post going to commercial. Back from break Ziggler went for a couple of quick pinfalls then hit a DDT for two. Miz blocked a kick and applied the Figure Four. Dolph eventually got to the rope. Miz then knocked Ziggler down on the apron. Ziggler fell to the outside and ended up getting counted out.

After the match, Miz rammed Ziggler into the apron. Back in the ring, Ziggler blocked a kick then hit the ZigZag on Miz.

WINNER via Countout: The Miz

Losing Streaks From Wrestler A, Now To Wrestler B

Swagger said after last night he is going to come back up swinging, because that is what America allows you to do. And that is what “We the People” means. Back from break it was Swagger vs Cesaro. Cesaro took control early on but Swagger escaped a gut wrench. Swagger started a comeback and hit a Swagger Bomb for two. The move hurt Swagger’s ribs though and allowed Cesaro to regain the upper hand. Cesaro hit some knees then dropped him on the ropes and apron. Cesaro went to knock Swagger off the apron but Swagger blocked it and applied the Patriot Lock. He applied it in the ring but Cesaro got to the ropes. Cesaro then kicked the ribs of Swagger and hit the Neutralizer for the win.

WINNER: Cesaro

Bo Dallas came out. He said Swagger lost his dignity last night and let down America. But he can get all of that back, if he BO-lieves.

Chris Jericho said he has the best fans in the WWE. And they will have his back no matter what he does. And that is something no one can ever take away from him.

Ryback Chants? Must Mean It’s His Hometown

Six Man Tag: Randy Orton and Rybaxel vs Roman Reigns, Sheamus and Rob Van Dam. Sheamus and Axel started. Sheamus hit a clothesline but Axel hit a toe drag sending Sheamus to the ropes and tagged in Orton. Orton went for a backbreaker but Sheamus countered and hit a rolling senton and RVD hit Rolling Thunder into commercial. Back from break Sheamus landed his rope punches on Axel and Ryback. Axel sent Sheamus into the ropes but Orton pulled the ropes down on him. Orton backdropped Sheamus onto the barricade.

The hometown crowd chanted for Ryback so he tagged in and hit some shots to the gut. Ryback hit a clothesline in the corner followed by a suplex. Orton came in but Sheamus hit White Noise. This allowed Roman Reigns to get the hot tag. Reigns hit the apron dropkick followed by the Superman Punch. Orton came from behind and hit a backbreaker. RVD tagged himself in and hit a crossbody on Axel followed by a split leg moonsault. Ryback broke up the pin. Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick but Orton hit the RKO. RVD hit an enziguri kick on Orton and Reigns followed with a Spear. Axel tossed Reigns into the post but RVD came back with a spinning heel kick and finished it off with the Five Star Frog Splash for the win.

WINNERS: Roman Reigns, Rob Van Dam and Sheamus

Randy Orton told Ric Flair to stay out of his way or he would find out why he’s the Legend Killer.

Bray Wyatt said he is the new Face of Salvation.

The Usos vs Goldust and Stardust. Jey hit a couple of armdrags on Goldust. Jimmy came in and continued to work on the arm of Goldust. Goldust tagged in Stardust but The Usos quickly had him cornered. The Usos continued to dominate the match. Stardust then countered one of the Usos with a roll up for the win.

Now If Only Mark Went All Sexual Chocolate On Lana

Rusev and Lana came out to talk about their win last night. Mark Henry interrupted. Henry talked about representing the Olympics being his proudest moment. And he has no problem with any country representing themselves, except how those two jackasses do it. Henry said seeing the Russian flag raised last night made him sick to his stomach. Henry said the power of America isn’t gone, and these people don’t believe that either. Henry told Rusev to listen up boy, and that he would give him a personal tour into the Hall of Pain. The two started to brawl until Henry hit Rusev’s injured ankle, and Henry hit the World’s Strongest Slam and then a splash on Rusev.

Just Let These Two Go Three Hours

Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins: Falls Count Anywhere. Ambrose started with a crossbody but Rollins came back with a shot to the throat. Ambrose popped up though and hit a dropkick. The fight went into the crowd. They ended up on the stage. Ambrose hit a suplex on the stage for two. They went back to the ring where Ambrose pulled out some chairs and a kendo stick. Ambrose held the chair to the back of Rollins and bodyslammed him on it. Ambrose then hit an elbow drop off the ropes with a chair and got a two count. Ambrose set the chair up in the corner, but Rollins reversed him and tossed Ambrose into the chair.

Rollins worked over Ambrose with a kendo stick back from break. Ambrose tried hitting his bounce back clothesline but Rollins ducked and hit an enziguri kick. Rollins missed a splash in the corner with a chair and Ambrose came back with a tornado DDT for two. Ambrose went for Dirty Deeds but Seth kicked Ambrose and he went for the Curb Stomp, but Ambrose countered and they collided into each other. Rollins gained the upper hand with some punches but Ambrose came back with his own then catapulted Rollins into the post. Ambrose landed some kendo stick shots. Ambrose tossed about ten chairs into the ring. He went to suplex Rollins onto the chairs but Rollins blocked it, then hit a sit down powerbomb onto the chairs but only got two.

Kane then appeared at ringside as Rollins went under the ring to grab a table. Rollins wanted to hit the Curb Stomp onto Ambrose off the rope through the table, but Ambrose recovered and crotched Rollins. Ambrose then hit a suplex through the table off the second rope. Kane came onto the apron but was knocked off by Ambrose. Ambrose hit a dive onto both men. Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds on Rollins in the ring but Kane pulled the ref out. Kane attacked Ambrose but Ambrose knocked Kane into the steps then over the announce table. Ambrose tossed Rollins over the barricade then ran across both announce tables to take out Rollins. Ambrose wen to hit Dirty Deeds on the announce table but Kane stopped it and hit a chokeslam onto the table. Rollins hit the curb stomp onto the table. Kane then revealed a set of cinderblocks by the ring. Rollins hit a Curb Stomp onto Ambrose into the cinderblocks. The ref stopped the match and awarded it to Seth Rollins.

WINNER: Seth Rollins

WHAT I LIKED

Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose: Holy hell Batman. I could watch these two wrestle all day. They just have such great chemistry in the ring. Ambrose is mega over with the crowd. And as I said earlier today, there’s a chance he gets over enough to surpass Reigns in terms of popularity. Ambrose is off to film a movie soon, so this writes him off for a little bit. And it also will set up perfectly for Ambrose to return and fight Rollins inside Hell In A Cell in October. Awesome match.

Paul Heyman Promo: Like you expected this to be somewhere else? That promo effectively did two things. One, it put over Brock Lesnar as Champ. Lesnar just being able to sit there and not have to say a word while Heyman talks him up his great. Second, it actually put over John Cena too. In defeat, Heyman talked about Cena never quitting and understanding why people would admire that. Another reason why Heyman is so great.

Big Show/Mark Henry vs Erik Rowan and Luke Harper: Surprisingly decent match considering the parties involved. I’m okay with the pairing of Big Show and Mark Henry. I haven’t been interested in Big Show’s work in about five years but am willing to give him a shot in this new tag team. But the action here was okay and I didn’t find myself not liking any of it.

Mark Henry/Rusev: And then Henry had to go and do that. So he’s in a tag team and defending America? I’m okay with that. I’ve always had a soft spot for Mark Henry. I loved his run in 2011 when he won the World Title. And Henry isn’t terrible in the ring. I thought for sure Rusev’s next opponent would be Sheamus. But I’m okay with Henry. I liked his promo and hope these two can put on a decent big man match down the line.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Opening Segment: If you read my SummerSlam thoughts earlier, you know I wasn’t a big fan of the Bella break-up angle. I said they would need to do a lot to keep me interested in it. Well they failed big time this week. Nikki was just awful in every way. She couldn’t act, she did a terrible job expressing her emotions and basically everything else you could think of. The segment was doomed from the start with Nikki losing her shoe and her mic not working. Just a bad segment of an angle that should have ended at SummerSlam.

The Usos vs Goldust and Stardust: The match was just weird. First of all it was pretty short. Second of all there were about twenty different armdrags/armbars in the match. Then the match ends with a quick Stardust roll up. I get Champs lose on TV to set up Title matches, but that match just made no sense to me. Everything about it was off.

Miz vs Dolph Ziggler: Again, I have more of a problem with the setup of this match more than anything. There’s two minutes of action, then a commercial, then the match is over three minutes back from break. Why bother trying to make it a big deal if that is all the action that is going to happen?

Nothing new really happened on this show. We don’t really know what the situation is with Brock Lesnar going forward. Ambrose and Rollins put on a great match. There were a couple of other good matches on the show as well. There was also some weird matches and that terrible segment to start the show. Ambrose vs Rollins did enough to raise this ranking above average, so I’m giving RAW a 6. 

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Until Next Time,

Justin C

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