JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review For 9.22.14

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Mr. Grand Theft Auto Seth Rollins

After a recap of last night’s main event, Dean Ambrose came out. Ambrose proclaimed that he was not dead. He said the WWE’s ugly step child was back. He said he’s been a little loopy since the last time they saw him. He replayed the incident and said he was kind of flattered that The Authority would go to such great lengths to get rid of him. He said he will hold a grudge and is sick of The Authority protecting Seth Rollins. He said tonight he is The Authority and isn’t leaving until he gets his hands on Seth Rollins. Ambrose grabbed a chair and sat in the ring.

Ambrose sat there and John Cena came out. Ambrose said he didn’t like the fact that Cena was in the ring with him now. Ambrose said to not give him a reason to not like him. Cena said last night he had Brock Lesnar beat until Seth Rollins showed up. He said he should be holding the WWE Championship right now. He said tonight he is cashing in his ass kicking in the bank contract on Seth Rollins, and no one is going to stop him. Ambrose said he warned him once to not get in his way.

Both men appeared ready to fight until The Authority came out on stage. HHH said Rollins won’t be fighting anybody tonight. Cena said he would go get Rollins himself. Cena and Ambrose charged at The Authority as Ambrose ended up chasing Rollins into the crowd. They cut to the back where Cena and Ambrose were both after Rollins. Rollins eventually hijacked a car and took off.

Back from break, HHH made Kane vs Dean Ambrose and John Cena vs Randy Orton for later. Don’t believe pre-show advertising I guess.

Hot Potato!

IC Title Rematch. Damien Mizdow came out with a toy IC Title belt. Ziggler started with an inverted atomic drop following by a clothesline and elbow. Miz came back with a shoulder tackle then caught Ziggler with a knee to the mid section. Miz hit a knee to the back then went to a headlock. Ziggler escaped but Miz hit a dropkick to the knee. Miz charged at Ziggler but Ziggler moved and went into the post. Ziggler hit a dropkick and went for a neckbreaker, but Miz escaped to the apron. Miz grabbed a hold of Ziggler and hit a neckbreaker of his own on the apron.

Back from break Miz hit his clothesline in the corner. But Ziggler caught him coming off the top with a dropkick. Dolph started a comeback. He hit a splash in the corner followed by a neckbreaker. Dolph hit a DDT for two. Ziggler went to the second rope but Miz caught him and dropped him to the ground, then applied the Figure Four. Ziggler was able to get to the ropes. Miz missed a dropkick through the ropes and Ziggler connected on a clothesline on the outside, and he hit one on Mizdow as well. Miz caught Ziggler coming back into the ring with a Skull Crushing Finale, but Ziggler kicked out at two. Ziggler caught a surprised Miz with a rollup for two, then a Fameasser that also got two. Mizdow distracted Ziggler but he was taken out. Miz rolled up Ziggler and held the tights, but Ziggler countered and held the tights like Miz did at Night of Champions to pick up the three and become Intercontinental Champion.

WINNER and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler

Bo Dallas vs Jack Swagger. Bo gained the upper hand early with some knees and then a hard clothesline. Bo hit a hard running knee then went to a headlock. Swagger escaped and started a comeback. Swagger connected on a Swagger Bomb. Bo escaped a powerslam and hit a swinging neckbreaker for two. Bo went for some punches in the corner, but Swagger picked him up and hit a face plant. Swagger applied the Patriot Lock and Bo tapped out. After the match, Zeb Colter mocked Bo and said that he bo-lieved that Jack Swagger just made him tap out.

Natalya defeated Summer Rae with the Sharpshooter.

Was Rollins Just Driving In Circles Around The Building?

Dean Ambrose vs Kane. Ambrose started with some early punches in the corner. Ambrose went to the top and hit an elbow knocking Kane down. Ambrose hit a dropkick in the ropes then ducked a charging Kane sending him to the outside. Ambrose hit a dive to the outside then pulled some chairs out from under the ring. Kane was able to recover and hit a big boot then tossed Ambrose into the steps. Ambrose escaped an armbar with an elbow, but Kane caught him with an uppercut coming off the second rope. Ambrose fought out of another armbar and caught Kane with a DDT. Ambrose hit his bounce off the ropes clotheslines then a missile dropkick off the top. He went for a tornado DDT but Kane countered. Kane went for a chokeslam but Ambrose countered and hit Dirty Deeds. But before Ambrose could make the pin, Seth Rollins came in and attacked Ambrose.

WINNER via DQ: Dean Ambrose

Rollins landed some blows then went for a chair, but Ambrose took out Rollins and sent him to the outside. Ambrose went for a dive but Kane caught him with an elbow then hit a chokeslam. Rollins walked back to the ring but Ambrose had a chair so Rollins backed off.

Backstage Dean Ambrose attacked Seth Rollins and Kane. HHH wanted him thrown out of the building, but Steph essentially said that never works so they instead locked him in the closet.

RAW Is Rematches

Sheamus and The Usos vs Cesaro and the Dust Brothers. Jey backed Goldust into the corner then Jimmy came in and hit an elbow. He hit a backdrop as Goldust recovered on the outside. Jimmy hit a quick armdrag on Stardust so Cesaro tagged himself in. Cesaro wanted Sheamus. Sheamus came in and he hit a quick clothesline then some punches in the corner. Cesaro came back with some of his own then hit an uppercut in the corner. Goldust came in. Sheamus hit a knee in the corner and tagged in Jey Uso. Goldust tagged in Stardust who but Jey tagged in Jimmy who applied an armbar.

Back from break Sheamus got the hot tag and went to work on Stardust. He hit his rope punches. Cesaro tagged himself in but was knocked off the apron. Sheamus ended up on the ropes but Cesaro pulled him off and Sheamus landed hard on the mat. Back in the ring Cesaro hit an axe handle off the top. The heels took their turns working over Sheamus. Sheamus eventually made the hot tag to Jey Uso who went to work on Goldust. Jimmy hit a corkscrew dive off the top on both Dust Brothers. Jimmy went for the splash off the top on Goldust but he got his knees up. Goldust hit the Final Cut but Sheamus broke up the pin. Jimmy hit a kick on Goldust as Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Stardust knocking him off the apron. Jey tagged in and hit the splash for the win.

WINNERS: Sheamus and The Usos

Backstage Rollins told Orton that he and Kane would be at ringside for his match and that he would have a surprise for Orton.

MORE Rematches

Mark Henry came out and said that he hated that he let everyone down. Rusev and Lana came out. Lana said everyone here was just as pathetic and apologetic as Henry. She said she knew Henry failed at his second attempt, but offered him a chance at another match against Rusev. Henry said to bring it on.

The match started back from break. Rusev immediately went to work on the back of Henry with some kicks. Rusev hit a hard charge into Henry in the corner. Rusev then applied a long headlock. Henry eventually got out by Rusev connected on a dropkick and went back to the headlock. Henry escaped and went to the outside. Rusev followed, but was tossed into the steps by Henry. In the ring Henry hit a Junkyard Dog headbutt. He went to the second rope but Rusev knocked him off. Henry struggled to get back to his feet. Rusev applied the Accolade. Henry passed out so the referee called for the bell.

WINNER: Rusev

Adam Rose and The Bunny beat Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil.

Are We Sure Russo Isn’t Booking Again?

Nikki Bella came out and said that listening to her sister’s promo before her match is what cost her the match at Night of Champions. She asked Brie to come out so she did. Nikki said this is about Brie never supporting her for whatever she has ever done. It’s always been about Brie. Brie said Nikki is the one who keeps calling her out there. Nikki said Brie deserves to be called Nikki’s Trashy Sister. Or a quitter. Nikki said she wants to exclusively be called Bella and wants Brie to get rid of it. Nikki said Brie should take her husband’s name and asked if Brie was having buyer’s remorse. Brie slapped Nikki and went for the YES Lock but Nikki escaped. AJ came out for a match against Nikki.

The match started back from break. AJ hit a hurricarrana then tossed Nikki into the corner. Nikki came back with a hard clothesline. Nikki took AJ to the outside where Nikki tossed AJ into Paige, who was at ringside for commentary. Nikki continued to work over AJ in the ring and applied a cross armbreaker. AJ escaped by countering it into a pin attempt. Nikki caught AJ though and hit an Alabama Slam. Nikki missed a charge in the corner. AJ applied the Black Widow. Nikki taped out.

WINNER: AJ Lee

This Time, It’s Personal

John Cena vs Randy Orton. Orton hit a shoulder tackle then posed. Cena then hit one of his own. They reset and Orton gained the upper hand. Orton landed some shots in the corner. Orton taunted the fans. Cena popped up and hit a bulldog. Orton came back with a kick to the face. Back from break Orton still had control. Cena tried a comeback but Orton moved out of the way of a shoulder tackle. On the outside, Orton tossed Cena into the steps. He then hit a backdrop on the announce table. Orton went for the middle rope DDT but Cena escaped and tossed Orton over the top to the outside. Back in the ring both men collided on a double clothesline.

They exchanged blows but Orton hit a backbreaker for two. Orton tossed Cena hard into the corner then applied a sleeper hold. Cena fought out and went into CENA MODE. Orton caught Cena with a kick though and hit a powerslam for two. Cena went for a quick STF but Orton countered and hit a clothesline. Orton hit a DDT off the top rope in the corner for two. Orton went for the RKO but Cena countered into the STF. Kane and Rollins hit the ring and the match ended.

WINNER via DQ: John Cena

The Authority took out Cena. Kane hit a chokeslam. They dragged him to the box set up at ringside. Kane took off the lid of the box but Dean Ambrose came out of it. Ambrose took out Kane and Orton on the outside. He hit his clothesline in the ring on Rollins, who bailed through the crowd. Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds on Orton and Cena hit the AA on Kane to end the show.

 

WHAT I LIKED

Dean Ambrose: Boy, was Ambrose sorely missed or what? He brings an added element of excitement to the show that it was lacking while he was gone. With Reigns out, Ambrose has a real chance to gain some momentum and possibly earn a big spot at Wrestlemania. Ambrose’s antics all night were great.

Miz vs Dolph Ziggler (The Match): A fine TV match. I thought it was better than their match last night. And since we didn’t have a crappy country band on commentary there was nothing to distract us. The action in the ring was good.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Miz vs Dolph Ziggler (The Result): Is Vince Russo back booking? What is up with all of these hot potato Title changes? I don’t like them at all. Why even do the Title change at the PPV then? Longer Title reigns makes when the Champ loses seem like more of a big deal. It’s common sense.

Rusev vs Mark Henry: I still like Rusev and think he is a good worker in the ring. But this Henry feud is just bad. Everything about it seems so half-hearted and no one seems to be giving a full effort. It is so logical to move Rusev on to Sheamus and have a feud over the US Title. I don’t get why they haven’t done that yet.

Rematches: Want to know how you have too much TV time? Giving away the same match multiple times in less than one week. This is the big problem with three hour RAWs. While the roster is deep, they get over exposed because of all the time that needs to be filled.

The Bella Feud: They are going to fight over the name Bella. This has WrestleCrap written all over it.

This show was a total place holder show. Nothing new was really established, and we don’t know what the status of the WWE Championship is. Is Lesnar done for a month? There were too many rematches on this show and once again the three hour product exposed the WWE’s poor booking. Dean Ambrose and some of the in ring work on the show were enough to give the RAW a 4 in my eyes.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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