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Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw and this week Raw comes to us live from Cleveland, Ohio and we kick things off with the new WWE Champion Daniel Bryan making his way out to the ring. Bryan walked out on-stage with his new WWE Title belt and led the crowd in "Yes!" chants before entering the ring with a big smile on his face.
In the ring, Bryan clutched the title belt and held it up for the crowd. The side-panel "logo" on the title belt is "Yes!" written out in block letters on top of each other. Bryan waited out a loud, lengthy "Daniel Bryan" chant before addressing the crowd. "You guys are awesome," Bryan opened. Bryan said there are a lot of things he would like to say right now, but he thinks what says it best is... Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Suddenly, Triple H's music interrupted. As Hunter marched to the ring with a frown on his face, Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and JBL set the stage for Hunter's presence. Hunter angrily took the mic and said he wants to address the 800 pound gorilla in the room - the fast-count in the title match last night. Hunter said Bryan's victory is tainted at this moment. So, he wants to bring out referee Scott Armstrong right now. Pause for "No!" chants before Armstrong walked out to the ring hanging his head after being called out by the principal. Once Armstrong arrived in the ring, Hunter went to the footage from last night's title match. But, first, he would like to review Armstrong's normal cadence. After a replay of Armstrong's normal count during Bryan vs. Orton last night, Hunter went to the "finish" of the main event. The footage showed Armstrong with a hitch in his arm on the two before the three. Hunter wanted another look as the crowd chanted, "Yes!" for the visual of Bryan winning. Hunter then went to a side-by-side of the fast-count compared to the normal cadence. Hunter told Scott that it was an incredibly fast count, then asked Armstrong to explain himself. "It was a fast count. I don't know," Armstrong mumbled. "I made a mistake." Hunter told Scott that he is a senior official of WWE. He said that kind of fast-count doesn't just happen. "I made a mistake," Scott answered. Hunter said he's known Scott for 15 years and he's never known Scott to make a mistake like that. And if he ever did anything, he always admitted to it. "Tell me the truth!" Hunter told him. Scott breathed, then eyeballed Bryan. Armstrong suggested with a nod that he was working with Bryan, who denied it. Armstrong left the ring as Bryan shouted that he had nothing to do with this. Hunter said he cannot believe that Bryan would conspire to win the WWE Title as Bryan adamantly denied the accusation. Hunter said he is holding the title vacant, not giving it back to Randy Orton. Hunter then told Bryan to give him back the WWE Title as the crowd shouted, "No!" Hunter told Bryan that he has disgraced himself and "Shawn," who Hunter said he thought would have taught him better. Hunter told Bryan to give him back the title or he will take it from him. Suddenly, Randy Orton's music played. Out came the former WWE champion. Hunter told Orton to calm down because he has this under control. Hunter shouted at his kids that there will not be any fighting because he has this. Hunter told Bryan to be reasonable because he is no longer WWE champion. "The title is held up. There is no champion. I will get to the bottom of this," Hunter said. Bryan surveyed the title belt as the crowd shrieked and told him not to do it. Bryan took a deep breath, closed his eyes, and looked toward the arena, which was hot with a "No!" chant. Bryan then got in Hunter's face and shouted, "No!," so Orton grabbed Bryan and gave him an RKO as Hunter yanked the toy away from his student. Hunter then left the ring with possession of his title belt toy as Orton stood over his fallen classmate. "Randy Sucks!" chant from the crowd as Orton continued to stand over Bryan.
Backstage: Triple H is furious over Daniel Bryan’s involvement in the conspiracy. Orton storms in and demands his title back. Stephanie tells Orton he deserved to lose last night and asks who he thinks he is and wants to know where the old Randy Orton is. The sick bastard who has no remorse. The Orton who handcuffed Triple H to the ring ropes and gave her a DDT
Dolph Ziggler vs Dean Ambrose
As the bell sounded, Cole noted that Ziggler admitted on the App that he hasn't won many matches lately, which he blamed on Hunter getting in his head. The crowd was loud with a "Let's Go Ziggler" chant as the announcers debated Bryan and Armstrong allegedly in cahoots on the fast-count last night. Sleeperhold by Ziggler, countered by Ambrose who locks in a sleeperhld of his own. Ziggler unloads on Ambrose in the corner after breaking out of the sleeperhold. Ambrose sends Ziggler flying over the top rope to the outside.
Ambrose works over the leg. Inverted headlock by Ambrose as Ziggler breaks out of it. Ziggler bounced off the top turnbuckle. Ambrose with a suplex off the top rope. Ziggler hits a DDT. Dropkick to Ambrose. Clothesline in the corner and Ziggler unloads on Ambrose. Running clothesline by Ziggler. The series of elbow drops by Ziggler. Ambrose plants Ziggler with a spinebuster. Ambrose with mounted punches on Ziggler. Ambrose picks Ziggler up for a neckbreaker but Ziggler counters with a backslide. Ziggler hits the ZigZag for the three count
The winner of the match: Dolph Ziggler
Backstage: Big Show is with Brad Maddox and Maddox tells Show Triple H and Vince McMahon will be in shortly.
Backstage: Triple H tells Maddox Daniel Bryan will face Roman Reings tonight and informs Stephanie Dusty Rhodes is here. Stephanie says Show was suspended last Friday and hopes it hurt. And tonight, Show will stay in the office and stay out of trouble unless she calls him..
R-Truth vs Fandango
Right hand by Truth, back body drop to Fandango and a slam. Legdrop by Truth. Fandango sent to the outside. Chinlock by Fandango. Truth with a heel kick and a series of clotheslines. Kick by Fandango. Fandango to the top rope lands the leg drop for the three count
The winner of the match: Fandango
Dusty Rhodes comes out to the ring and says he’s not here as the American Dream tonight. He’s here as Virgil Runnels and wants the McMahons to understand a couple of things because they’ve never been down that bad road and he has been down that bad road. Raising two boys and unable to pay your bills but u do it because of the love of your sons. It’s not about him, it’s about Cody’s job and in one night you watch a man lose his job. What the hell’s good for business? Triple H says if you don’t beat Randy Orton you lose your job because that’s what’s good for business. Goldust steps up to the plate and takes a mighty swing. The love you have for your two sons is what’s best for business. Runnels says Cody Rhodes, before he was 24 years old was Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion and in one night they broke his heart. He’s not here to beg for Cody’s job back but heard there’s a business proposal and calls out Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says from one parent to another what Runnels said was beautiful and hers and Triple H’s decision to fire Cody has been weighing heavily on them. Stephanie says Runnels is the son of a plumber and she can relate because she’s the son of a genius and business is all about succeeding. She tells Runnels they want to give Cody his job back OR they can give it to Runnels’ older son who fought so valiantly but the choice is Runnels’. Stephanie says Runnels can give the job to the baby boy who’s always done everything right or the one he’s neglected his whole life and he can make that decision. Runnels asks how Stephanie treats her daughters. Stephanie says Dusty always makes it about himself and always puts himself first and hopes they can forgive him. Runnels tells Stephanie to go straight to hell. The Shield then come out. Stephanie then calls out Big Show. Stephanie says since Runnels can’t make a decision she gives him a choice. Be dismembered by Shield or knocked out by Big Show. Stephanie then orders Show to knock Runnels out. Show then begins to cry, Shield grab chairs but Show stops them and reluctantly knocks Runnels out
Brie Bella & The Funkadactyls vs Alicia Fox, Layla & Aksana
Knees by Layla to Naomi. Naomi with a kick. Rolling senton by Cameron onto Layla. Layla with a kick to Cameron. Aksana choking Cameron out with a boot. Frequent tags between Alicia Fox, Layla and Aksana. Snapmare by Alicia Fox into a chinlock. Slam by Fox Brie with a facebuster to Aksana for the three count
The winners of the match: Brie Bella & The Funkadactyls
RVD vs Damien Sandow
Sandow unloads on RVD. Headbutt by Sandow. Sandow with shoulder tackles and RVD turns it around. Irish whip by RVD, Sandow reverses and knee to RVD. Side Russian legsweep followed up by the Cobito Acquiet. Sandow misses with a right hand. Series of clotheslines by RVD. Sandow counters the Rolling Thunder. Thrust kick by RVD. RVD leaps to the top rope. Five Star Frog Splash for the three count
The winner of the match: Rob Van Dam
Miz vs Randy Orton
Miz used one good arm to charge at Orton, getting a reaction, but Orton quickly tackled him and drove him to the corner. The back-and-forth fight spilled out to the floor, where a fired-up Miz threw Orton into the guardrail over and over. Miz stood in front of his parents still selling the effects of the shoulder attack, then Orton rammed him into the guardrail. The bell sounded, either for a double count-out or Double DQ.
The winner of the match: Double DQ
Post Match: Orton and Miz continued to trade control of the fight as Miz's parents stood right in the middle of the action. Orton then draped Miz across the guardrail as Miz's dad refused to back down from Orton trying to intimidate him. Miz's mom started crying as Orton draped Miz across the guardrail before implant DDT'ing Miz into the padding. Miz sold being unconscious as Orton lifted Miz up and dragged him back into the ring. Orton wasn't done, as he grabbed a chair from ringside and walked toward Miz's parents. Orton eyeballed Miz's dad, then slowly walked back into the ring as Cole blamed Stephanie McMahon for creating this. Orton then slid into the ring and whispered something down to Miz while covering his mouth. Orton proceeded to place Miz's head inside the chair before looking toward Miz's parents. Orton teased stepping on Miz's head inside the chair, but then backed up to the corner. Orton measured Miz for a running knee drop and connected. Miz's mom sold tears as Orton surveyed the crowd with sinister eyes. Medics and refs then entered the ring to check on Miz and keep Orton away from Miz. After a replay of Orton's attack, Cole screamed about Hunter and Stephanie apparently wanting a crazed lunatic to be the face of WWE.
Paul Heyman comes out with Ryback. Heyman said he gets why they would boo him because envy is one of the seven deadly sins. And they know how many heathens there are here in Cleveland. Heyman said it most be so difficult for them to compare their insignificant accomplishments to the things he has achieved in his lifetime. Like, for example, there is not one of them that can make this statement: "I pinned C-M-Punk." Heyman said he can say it over and over again, and it will be the truth. Heyman waited out boos before noting that the first time he locked up with C.M. Punk, he got the victory. And even more significantly, the loser of the match was the crowd's hero, C.M. Punk. Heyman said he would like to take credit for a master plan. Pause for a "Goldberg" chant. Heyman quickly talked over the chant that there was no master plan because Punk delivered a vicious beating that relegated him to a wheelchair, and it is a miracle that he is not some vegetable rotting away in a nursing home right now. Of note, Curtis Axel disappeared in the background at some point. Heyman continued that he is here tonight because of one man. This man took the initiative to change history. And he will continue to torment C.M. Punk and each and every fan because of the actions of this "big, beautiful man right here," Ryback. Heyman said he owes his life to Ryback. Ryback took the mic and smiled before noting he cannot stand a bully. He said Punk bullied Heyman last night and Heyman did not deserve to be beaten up like that. "Punk, I don't like you," Ryback said, speaking into a camera. Ryback said he is here to stop Punk. Ryback then knelt down next to Heyman to note that Heyman never has to worry again. Heyman mouthed, "Thank you," before leaning over and kissing Ryback on the cheek. Heyman continued to smile toward the man who saved him before Ryback wheeled Heyman away from the stage. "This is one of the strangest nights that I can ever remember," Cole said on commentary. JBL added, "Yes it is." Lawler asked if Heyman just kissed Ryback as Heyman continued to smile like a schoolboy.
Real Americans vs The Usos vs Tons Of Funk
The Real Americans vs. The Usos portion of the match started with Cesaro dropkicking Uso out of the ring. Cesaro led the crowd in a "We The People" chant
Jack Swagger was working on the Ultimate Uso via close-up camera shot. The crowd was making noise, which Lawler explained was because Cesaro just did the Big Swing during the break. It was on the App, only. The crowd then picked up a "JBL" chant, which JBL sheepishly acknowledged. Next was a "Jerry, Jerry" chant as the Real Americans continued to work on Uso. Next was a "Randy Savage" chant. A hot tag was made to Uso, who cleaned house. Uso knocked Cesaro out of the ring before delivering a flying butt bump corner splash to Swagger. Real Americans found themselves on the outside, then The Usos went flying over the top rope with a double splash, angering Zeb on the other side of the ring. Back in the ring, Swagger ducked a sidekick shot and slapped on the Patriot Lock, which was effective last night on the PPV pre-show. Uso fought and fought, then kicked free. Swagger then ran right into a sidekick to the jaw. Chaos broke out on the top turnbuckle, then Uso came flying off the top with a Superfly Splash to Swagger for the pin and the win.
The winners of the match: The Usos
Roman Reigns vs Daniel Bryan
Reigns powers Bryan into the corner. Bryan unloads on Reigns with kicks. Reigns misses with a clothesline and Bryan still on the attack. Single leg takedown by Bryan and Bryan working over the left leg. Headbutt by Bryan. Reigns with a headbutt of his own. Bryan back to work on the leg. Submission hold by Bryan and Bryan unloads on Reigns. Reigns with a clothesline to the back of the neck stomps away at Bryan. Chinlock by Reigns into a side headlock. Irish whip by Bryan and shoulderblock by Reigns. Bryan with a knee to the midsection. Reigns takes control of the match. Suplex to Bryan. Irish whip by Reigns, drop toehold by Bryan and a kick to the back. Bryan to the top rope and missile dropkick to Reigns. Suicide dive to the outside and Reigns catches Bryan driving Bryan spine first into the apron
Bryan blocks a suplex attempt and knocks Reigns off the top rope. Bryan misses with the diving headbutt. Samoan drop by Reigns. Reigns picks Bryan up, Sunset flip, kick to Reigns. Bryan takes out Rollins and Ambrose. Double clothesline as both Reigns and Bryan are down. Bryan with the Yes Lock on Reigns and Orton runs in and attacks Bryan. Bryan with the Yes Lock on Orton and The Shield in a 3 on 1 attack. The locker room runs out and a brawl erupts as they go after The Shield clearing the ring. Bryan is then hoisted up on the Prime Time Players shoulders as the locker room celebrates with Bryan