JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review For 9.8.14

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And This Is How We Write Jericho Off

Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho inside a Steel Cage. Both men exchanged blows early then Bray Wyatt took down Jericho with a clothesline. Jericho came back with a dropkick and landed some kicks. Jericho connected on an enziguri kick. Bray came back with an elbow then hit a splash in the corner. Bray tossed Jericho into the corner again but Jericho tried escaping. Bray pulled him down, but Jericho fought him off and hit an axe handle off the top. Bray played possum and ended up tossing Jericho into the cage then hit a splash into Jericho.

Back from break Bray hit his bodysplash and tried escaping but Jericho stopped him and back dropped him. Jericho came back with some chops and hit a bulldog. He hit the Lionsault and went for the Walls of Jericho but Bray escaped. Jericho then tossed Bray into the cage and slammed the back of his head into it. Jericho hit a dropkick and tried escaping but Bray stopped him. Bray ended up getting the upper hand and hit a suplex. Bray tried to crab walk to the door but Jericho stopped him. Bray countered the Walls again and hit his modified chokeslam. Jericho reversed Wyatt and tossed him into the corner. He hit some rope punches and then a hurricarrana. He tried escaping but Rowan and Harper were there. Jericho went back to the top and hit a crossbody off the top of the cage onto Bray. Jericho sold a knee injury. Jericho tried escaping but Bray stopped him. Both men fought while hanging outside the door. Bray then landed a headbutt and some shots on Jericho’s bad knee, then rolled out the door to win.

WINNER: Bray Wyatt

After the match Bray slammed the door on Jericho’s knee. Bray dragged Jericho back into the cage and hit Sister Abigail.

Backstage The Authority talked about this being a big RAW. Orton asked for Triple H’s permission to do something to Roman Reigns that would make what Seth did to Dean Ambrose look like child’s play. HHH gave his permission.

Hey The WWE Is Topical

Dolph Ziggler was in the ring back from break. He talked about the iCloud hack and said no one deserves to get dis-respected like that, except for one D-list celebrity: The Miz. Ziggler said he had photos of the Miz. He showed photos of Miz getting a facial and waxing his chest. Before Ziggler could show the last photo Miz and Damien Sandow came out. Miz said this was a huge invasion of privacy and he will sue Ziggler if he takes this any further. Miz said if it goes any further he will make sure Ziggler never works in this town again. Ziggler did it anyways, and showed a picture of Sandow spray-tanning Miz. Ziggler sent Sandow in but he ate a dropkick while Miz bailed. Ziggler then hit a ZigZag on Sandow.

Paige and AJ defeated Natalya and Rosa. At one point Rosa refused to tag Natalya. Paige dominated then AJ tagged herself in by slapping Paige’s chest. AJ won with the Black Widow. Afterwards both kissed the Divas Title.

Backstage, Randy Orton attacked Chris Jericho.

Funny Thing Is Cena Is Right About The Internet

Paul Heyman came out. He said his client is allowing him to disseminate certain information tonight. And he wants to deliver it as if he was doing it in front of John Cena. Cena then came out on cue. Cena said if he wants to say something to his face he is right there. Heyman said up until SummerSlam he was the greatest WWE Champion of all time. He said Brock has authorized him to drop his warning and give some inside information. Heyman said he’s been authorized by Brock to tell Cena how to beat him at Night of Champions. Cena said he knows how to beat Brock Lesnar. And it can be said in three words: Never Give Up. He gave Heyman his towel and said to give it to Lesnar. Heyman laughed at him and said that he lives to be John Cena, which is his biggest problem. He lives to be the kid who chants “Lets Go Cena.” Heyman talked about Cena busting his ass night in and night out every year, but the crowd still chants “Cena Sucks.” He said doesn’t that make Cena want to just one time turn to those people and tell them to shut up. Heyman said they could do it together if Cena wants. Heyman then did a little rap and said it was just like Cena used to do. Heyman begged Cena to just let it out one time. Heyman said that if Cena gives in just once, he could be the one who beat the one in 21-1. Heyman said to Cena that he believes in him, but his client Brock Lesnar doesn’t have it in him.

Cena sat on the ropes and teased doing it. The crowd chanted Lets Go Cena, Cena Sucks. He told Paul Heyman to shut up and said he sees what Heyman is trying to do. Cena said he isn’t turning his back on the people who believe in him. It may be easy for Heyman. Cena said he won’t do it so people can say how great he was then go to the Internet and just complain about him again. Cena said he doesn’t want to change. He likes being the guy who can be the reason some kid did his homework early to get to RAW, then his dad chants Cena Sucks. But his dad may not like him, but thanks him for doing right by his kid. He likes being the make a wish person. Cena talked about meeting an army sergeant. Cena said he is done talking and wants to fight. He told Heyman he would give him 7 days, and he better bring Lesnar to RAW next week. But if Lesnar decided to take another day off, he is going to fight Paul.

A Feud Over The United States Title?

Sheamus vs Seth Rollins. Sheamus started with a short clothesline that sent Rollins to the outside. Seth regrouped and landed some kicks. Sheamus blocked a suplex and hit a front suplex. Sheamus tossed Rollins into the corner but Rollins kicked him in the knee. Rollins went off the ropes but walked right into a rolling senton. He then clotheslined Rollins to the outside when Cesaro appeared on the stage.

Back from break Rollins ran into a boot from Sheamus in the corner and hit a battering ram off the top. But Rollins moved and Sheamus went right into the post. Sheamus fought out of a headlock and started a comeback. He hit a couple of running knees and an Irish curse backbreaker for two. Cesaro distracted Sheamus by grabbing the United States Title and going to the steps. Sheamus pushed Cesaro away but Rollins dropkicked Sheamus in the corner and hit the Curb Stomp for the win.

WINNER: Seth Rollins

After the match Cesaro hit the Neutralizer on Sheamus.

Lana and Rusev came out. Lana said the National Anthem was written in this decrepit city. She sang her own version talking about Rusev’s might. The Russian anthem then played.

Tyler Breeze/Tyson Kid vs Adrian Neville/Sami Zayn. Breeze and Zayn started. Zayn hit a couple of armdrags then went into an armbar. Kidd tagged himself in and went to work on Zayn. Kidd landed a kick to the back then went to a chinlock. Breeze came back in and hit a neckbreaker. Zayn eventually escaped and tagged in Neville. Neville hit a standing moonsault on Breeze. Zayn took out Kidd on the outside. Neville caught Breeze with an enziguri kick then hit the Red Arrow for the win.

My Eyes, Someone Throw Acid In Them

Stephanie talked about how she doesn’t like seeing families torn apart like her own has. She said it is time for the Bellas to make up and welcomed out Jerry Springer. Brie came out and they showed what happened last week. Brie said she shouldn’t have stooped down to her classless level. Nikki said she doesn’t forgive Brie for all the years of being treated like a second class sister. Nikki said she is ready to move on because she is a sophisticated, classy woman. She has a Divas Title match and she isn’t ready to let Brie’s negativity bring her down. Jerry said this has started long before SummerSlam and showed clips of Total Divas. Nikki told Brie that she wouldn’t be surprised if Brie was the reason he left them. Jerry showed a clip of their parents saying this needed to be fixed. They then invited their brother JJ Bella out. JJ told Nikki to stop acting like the victim. Both women started brawling on top of Jerry Springer. Nikki slapped JJ. Steph tried breaking it up. Refs eventually did. Jerry Springer was taken off on a stretcher but gave the thumbs up.

Goldust and Stardust defeated Los Matadores. After the match The Usos attacked them on the stage.

Adam Rose beat Titus O’Neil. Slater went to attack the bunny but it ducked then super kicked Slater. After the match the bunny hit a splash on Titus.

A Brock Lesnar video package aired.

But Who Lowered The Cage???

Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton. Both men exchanged blows early. Reigns got the upper hand early then clotheslined Orton over the top. Orton slammed the face of Reigns onto the steps on the outside. Reigns blocked a suplex and hit one of his own on the inside. Orton reversed Reigns and tossed him into the corner. But Reigns bounced right off with a clothesline. Orton bailed to the outside into commercial.

Orton had control back from break after slamming the head of Reigns into the steps. Orton then hit a clothesline on the outside. Orton worked over Reigns for a little bit in the ring before Reigns recovered with a clothesline. They went back to the outside where Reigns slammed Orton into the barricade a couple of times. They exchanged blows on the apron before Orton dropped the neck of Reigns on the ropes. They went to the top where Orton hit a superplex on Reigns for two.

Reigns fought out of a chinlock back from break but Orton came right back with a takedown. Orton went back to a chinlock. Reigns escaped and both men started exchanging blows. Reigns ducked a clothesline and hit a backdrop. Reigns started a comeback. He hit a Samoan Drop and clothesline in the corner but Orton recovered with a powerslam for two. Orton went for the middle rope DDT but Reigns escaped and hit his apron dropkick. Orton countered Reigns in the corner and went for a roll up, then hit a backbreaker for two. Reigns caught Orton with a boot and went to the second rope but Orton caught him with a powerslam for two. Orton hit the middle rope DDT but Reigns countered the RKO and hit the Superman Punch. Kane and Seth Rollins came out causing a DQ and the cage began to lower.

WINNER via DQ: Roman Reigns

Reigns tossed Kane and Rollins to the outside and they couldn’t get back in before it lowered. Reigns tossed Orton into the cage and hit a Spear. He stopped Kane from entering but Rollins hit a dive off the top of the cage onto Reigns. Kane landed some blows then Orton attacked Reigns with the chair. Rollins ended it by hitting the Curb Stomp on Reigns into the chair.

WHAT I LIKED

Chris Jericho vs Bray Wyatt: Very good cage match to start RAW. Jericho’s crossbody off the top of the cage was impressive considering he’s up there in age. I also loved the, “screw it, why not” expression on his face when he did it. Much better than the Cena/Bray cage match from Extreme Rules. Bray going over was smart but would have had more effect if he had any momentum going into it. A solid match to start the show.

NXT on RAW: That was something nice to see on RAW. It would have been nice to see these guys get entrances too. But the match was entertaining in the short time it was on. The crowd was into Neville and Zayn’s performances. This would be nice to see every once in a while. Give NXT guys a chance to work on RAW and expose their act a little more.

Paul Heyman/John Cena Promo: This one gets thrown up here mostly for the work of Paul Heyman. Once again he showed just how great of a talker he can be. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cena’s speech. He could have completely cut that out and just told Heyman that he was done talking and ready to fight. That would have been just as satisfactory. Or don’t even go as long as he did. But Heyman’s work was great enough to put this in the plus column.

Sheamus/Cesaro: The United States Title hasn’t seemed very important in recent months. The fact that Cesaro and Sheamus are having a feud over it, no matter how minor it is, is good for the Title. Plus these two have had a couple of good matches together so their match at Night of Champions should be good.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Jerry Springer/Bellas: Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse. Oh my god was that awful. There’s nothing they can do to recover from that segment. The only funny thing from it was Jerry Springer giving the thumbs up while leaving on the stretcher. I don’t care about Total Divas, and even if you did this would have to make you hate even if you liked the show.

Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton: I really didn’t have a problem with the ending. But the match itself just felt like it dragged on for too long. It was really slow. Maybe it was the multiple commercial breaks but I just didn’t like it. I actually preferred their SummerSlam match to this one. This needed some kind of stipulation added to it to make it feel more big time. I just didn’t like it.

I thought overall the positives of this show outweighed the negatives. The first two hours of the show were good but the final hour killed it from being a very good RAW. One good match to start the night and a couple of other good things help give this RAW a 6.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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