Wrestling News World reader Aaron Mobley attended Friday’s WWE Raw live event in Austin, Texas and sent in the following report:
Justin Roberts makes his way to the ring and welcomes the live crowd to the Raw world tour in Austin. Before the show begins the National Anthem is played. Following that Cm Punk is our first superstar out to the ring and gets a decent heel reaction. He says he was going to come and say some nice things about Dallas,TX considering we’re in Austin. Instead he told us since we insist on being disrespectful and the fact that he’s defended the title for 418 days he’s decided to take the night off. Punk drops the mic and is about to leave, when Vicki Guerrero comes out to the stage and informs Punk that he is indeed competing tonight. Vicki puts Punk in the main event in tag team match with Dolph Ziggler as his partner against the team of Ryback and John Cena.
SINGLES MATCH: ZACK RYDER VS. LEO KRUGER
Our opening contest for the evening will be “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder vs Leo Kruger. Zack makes his way to the ring to a decent pop woo woo woo chants through the arena. Both men are in the ring with crowd strongly behind Ryder. Ryder gains the upper hand and hits the bro-ski boot in the corner, finishing off Kruger with Rough Ryder to win the match.
SINGLES MATCH: BRODUS CLAY VS. JACK SWAGGER
The second contest of the evening is set for one fall The Funkasaurus Brodus Clay and the Funkadactyls make their way into the ring dancing. Jack Swagger makes his way to the ring does his usual push ups on the stage and flying eagle run around the ring. The bell rings and this contest is underway. During this match there were some noticeable botches in the ring work from both superstars. Thank goodness this was only a live show for the home crowd. As the match comes to an end Brodus take the win via the Splash and security brings kids in the ring to celebrate with The Funkadactyls and Brodus.
Vicki returns to the stage and makes a minor blunder saying the Antonio Cesaro will defend his match/ meaning title tonight in a match of the crowds choosing vs. The Miz. The voting will take place via twitter either a #WWEStreetFight or #WWE2Outof3Falls.
DIVAS MATCH: KAITLYN VS. TAMINA SNUKA
Up next Divas action! Kaitlyn is the first diva out in a burnt orange shirt with a white longhorn on the front to support the local football team. Tamina is opponent dressed in a black and sparkly red jumpsuit. Tamina takes her time getting the match started some trash talk ensues then we begin as Tamina rips Kaitlyn’s longhorn shirt and tosses it from the ring. That sets a fire off in Kaitlyn who attacks Tamina and then has a minor wardrobe malfunction for the people behind her. Ultimately Kaitlyn is the victor using her finisher.
TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: TEAM HELL NO VS. THE SHIELD
Following that bout we turn to Tag Team Championship match with the participants of thereigning Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs The Shield. Before the match The Shield give a brief promo proclaiming themselves as the New Tag Team Champions and saying Team Hell No is injustice and they’re not a real team.
Daniel Bryan is the first out to the ring to YES! and NO! chants. Kane follows behind, as TheShield make their way through the crowd and hop the barrier. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins will be competing Roman Reigns stands watch. As chaos ensues in the ring Roman Reigns gets involved causing a DQ finish. The Shield begin to attack Team Hell No when all of sudden FEED ME MORE!!!! hits and Ryback storms the ring the faces clean house, celebrate and shake hands in the ring.
SINGLES MATCH: SANTINO MARELLA VS. TENSAI
As we make our way back from break Santino is headed to the ring in his goofy power walk style and his opponent is none other than Tensai. This is the comedy relief part of the show where little to any wresting at all takes place. To begin with Santino and Tensai take turns smacking each other on the arm then end up smacking each other on the chest. Santino attempts a kip up and fails multiple times he then puts the cobra on attempts to hit the cobra but Tensai tries to turn to cobra on Santino but fails. After all that nonsense Santino hits the Cobra on Tensai he tries to act unaffected then falls to the mat Santino gets the pin-fall. Santino celebrates in the ring but when Tensai turns he stops and so forth.
STREET FIGHT U.S. TITLE MATCH: ANTONIO CEASARO VS. THE MIZ
Justin is back in the ring and is about to reveal to results to the crowd choosing match and the decision is a Street Fight for the United States Championship. Antonio Ceasoro out to the ring in a white jacket with a USA flag on it and he’s carrying a USA flag on pole waving it around. Miz makes his way out to decent reaction . This match is a battle lots of interesting spots performed from both competitors. Miz proceeds to slam Antonio all over the security rails, takes a sip of water doses Antonio with the remains. An arsenal of weapons are used in this bout both men used a ken-do stick, steel chairs, and Miz was put through a table in the corner and fails to capture the U.S. Title.
THE MAIN EVENT: CM PUNK AND DOPLH ZIGGLER W/AJ LEE & BIG E LANGSTON VS JOHN CENA AND RYBACK
The main even is on it’s way as Cm Punk is the first participant out to the ring minus Paul Heyman. Along comes his tag team partner with his entourage AJ Lee and Big E. Langston. Ryback is the next out to a very loud reaction but only to blown away by the one they’ve all been waiting for JOOOOHHHHNNNN CEEEENNNAAA!!!! the crowd is fired up for this main event bout. Punk and Cena Start the match but Cena can tell Ryback wants Punk so he tags out. Immediately Punk escapes and tags in Ziggler, they begin going back and forth Ryback has Ziggler down. While he’s down Langston gets up on the apron and taunts Ryback as he turns around Ziggler has recovered and lands a kick to the head on Ryback. As the match rolls on somewhere in all the commotion Cena is slapped by AJ Lee she hops down from the apron Langston makes his way into the ring attacks Ryback while the ref was tending to Cena. When that happened Cena pointed it out to the ref AJ and Langston were ejected from ringside. Ryback revives to the sounds of FEED ME MORE! FEED ME MORE! Cena gets the hot tag hits the fives moves of doom and the faces celebrate in the ring. Cena and Ryback make their way around the ring shaking hands with fans upon their way to the back.