RAW Results 1/17/14 – Beasts And Animals and Vipers, Oh My!

RAW Results January 27, 2014
From Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
Reported on by Kendra Bunyon For Wrestling News World

Pre-RAW Commercial

Cole talks about what a huge night it was, what happened to Cena, and how The Wyatt Family stood tall. And Batista won the Royal Rumble Match.

RAW Starts

Video

Stills from Cena vs Orton at Royal Rumble last night when The Wyatt Family got involved.

In Ring Segment

The Authority to the ring, both in power suits, but Steph in a light gray cami under her jacket, showing more cleavage than she normal does. Trip hugs Steph from behind on the stage, and she cuddles in laughing.

They show stills of Brock destroying Big Show with a chair.

Steph – Welcome to Monday Night RAW. (mixed) I'm just as excited as you are, in less than 24 hours we witness the most satisfying...

"YES!" "YES!" "YES!"

Steph – Yes, it was one of the most satisfying Royal Rumbles in history. (heat)

Trip (in a whiny voice, bottom lip pooching out) – Oh, did someone not get what they wanted? Oh, that's too bad. (Back to egotistical Trip voice.) It was an incredible night in which Orton defended his WWE WHC by defeating Cena. It was a night where Brock destroyed Big Show. (heat) A night where our good friend returned after four years to defeat 29 other Superstars, and win the Royal Rumble, and Dave Batista secured his spot in the main event at WrestleMania. (heat)

Steph – There's one more stop on the way to WrestleMania, and that's the Elimination Chamber. Trip and I are proud to announce that Orton will defend the WWE WHC inside the Elimination Chamber itself.

Bryan comes out with a huge smile to even bigger "YES!" "YES!" "YES!" from the fans. "Daniel Bryan!" chants. More "YES!" "YES!" "YES!"

Bryan – Guys, guys, guys,guys, stop the 'Yessing', they don't like it! Guys, guys, you guys, if you could stop chanting "Daniel Bryan" I don't think they like it. We don't want to make The Authority mad. (Mixed 'Daniel Bryan's and "YES!", as JBL says, they just can't seem to get it together. Bryan is all smiles.)

Steph – I was gonna say that these people would never fall for your cheap parlor tricks, but I guess I was wrong. (heat)

Bryan – Listen, last night I had one of the toughest matches of my career. Win, lose, or draw, when you talk about the greatest moments of the Royal Rumble, a lot of people are talking about my match!

"YES!" "YES!" "YES!"

Trip – I'll be the first to give all the credit in the world. It was a good little effort man. (heat)

Steph – It was, it was an incredible match, it was.

Bryan – Thank you. And when people talk about the disappointments in the Royal Rumble, I have to think they're talking about my not being in the Royal Rumble Match. (pop) I know I had a match before and asked to be in the Royal Rumble. Listen to the people, they wanted me to be in the Royal Rumble. There is a movement going on, a YesMovement, but every time I came and knocked on your door and asked to be in the Royal Rumble, you said no.

Steph – This might be hard to understand, but as management, we have to take care of the health and well being of all our Superstars. Quite frankly Daniel, after everything you've been through the past couple weeks, we couldn't ask you to compete in two matches in the same night and put you in that kind of jeopardy.

"You suck!" chants for Steph.

Bryan – They didn't want to put me in jeopardy? How many times have you made me face all three members of The Shield? How many times have you made me face all three member of The Wyatt Family? How many times have I come out on RAW and wrestled more than once? Countless times!

Trip – That's fair, and why we didn't want to make you do it again and make you work twice last night. It's as simple as that. (HEAT)

Steph – And you have been through a lot.

Bryan – You don't care about my health, and you don't care what's best for business, you care about what's worst for Daniel Bryan.

Steph – That is a myopic point of view. Clearly the only person you think about is yourself. But we have a lot of other people to think about. Do you really think everyone in the arena came here to see you?

"YES!" "YES!" "YES!" Steph rolls her eyes.

Bryan – Let me answer your question with another question. Did you people come here to see Randy Orton?

"NO!" Heat. "NO!" Heat.

Bryan – Did you come here to see Triple H?

"NO!" "NO!" "NO!"

Bryan – People can come and watch who they want. That's the great thing about the WWE, they get to pick their favorite Superstars. But listen, listen to these people!

"YES!" "YES!" "Daniel Bryan!" "YES!"

Steph – I can't really understand what they're saying. Some are chanting one thing, others are chanting another, they can't get it all together.

"Daniel Bryan!"

Bryan – And there it is. I'm not here to complain about last night, what's happened has happened. In the Elimination Chamber, the WWE WHC is on the line. I want in that match.

"YES!" "YES!" "YES!" Trip whispers in Steph's ear, they both smirk.

Bryan – I want that match, they want that match, Steph,if you want to step aside. Hunter, I don't think either of us should leave this ring until I get what I want!

Bryan steps right up to Trip. Bryan stares up at Trip who stares down at Bryan. Right up close, almost nose to nose. (Sam says, "Bryan's gonna kiss him!") Trip seethes as the fans chant, "Daniel Bryan!"

Trip – That sounds good Bryan, but it's not just you and me in this ring, it sounds like right about now you've got company.

The Shield's music hits and out they come. Bryan runs from the ring, grabs a chair, then back into the ring and get ready. The Shield comes down through the crowd. Ambrose over the barricade without issue, but then Rollins tries to jump over and his boot gets caught! Rollins takes down the top padding, and the whole inside black padding of that panel and lands flat on his back spinning, as if he's trying to break dance. Rollins rolls over to his knees, slams his hand down on the floor in fury at his huge botch! Reigns ignores the whole thing as he climbs in.

The Shield surrounds the ring. Bryan keeps Ambrose out, then Rollins out, but Reigns gets in and they attack. They beat Bryan down on the mat, but then Sheamus' music hits and he runs down to the ring. They beat Sheamus down. Cena's music hits and he runs to the ring. Cena starts and the three clear the ring! Sheamus, Cena and Bryan yell, glare and pose at The Shield.

Commercial

Rey & Sin Cara vs

Cole repeats that Orton is defending in the Elimination Chamber, and Bryan wants in. There will be a 6 Man Tag Team Qualifying Match. The winning team will be in the Elimination Chamber. The Real Americans to the ring with Zeb walking.

Zeb – Cut the music. Look what the el gatto dragged in. The only men who wear masks where I come from are criminals, and the crime is see here is that you haven't been deportado. With that said, please rise, put your hand over your heart... "We, the people!"

Cesaro with a hammer lock on Rey. Cesaro all laughing, eats and elbow and an arm drag. Sin Cara tags in and they double team Cesaro. Rey is down like Matt Hardy, Sin Cara runs and lands for head scissors, but not well and Cesaro bounces his back off the top rope, then Sin Cara hits the move. Swagger tags in and Sin Cara takes them both down. Sin Cara whipped, fights back, but they gets all screwed up again. Sin Cara with a springboard elbow for two. Sin Cara kicks Swagger, sunset, then pulls the top rope down. Swagger out and flying Sin Cara sends Swagger into announce. Sin Cara back in, and Zeb screams at Swagger, then bitch slaps Swagger. Cesaro grabs Swagger who goes back in. Shoulder block on Sin Cara, and Zeb keeps yelling.

Commercial

Forearms and a kick to Cesaro from Sin Cara on the apron. Cesaro tags out, and Swagger keeps Sin Cara from tagging out. Cesaro tags in, es tries to stop him from reaching Rey, so Sin Cara kicks Cesaro out over the top. Cesaro pulls Rey down outside to keep him from getting the hot tag. Cesaro pins Sin Cara in the ring for two. Swagger tags in, they lift Sin Cara high and drop him to the mat for two.

Swagger stomps Sin Cara on the mat. Swagger bomb as Cesaro tags in, but Sin Cara rolls out of the way. Drop toe hold from Sin Cara on Cesaro who eats the corner. Sin Cara is able to tag out. Head scissors on Cesaro. Shoulder blocks to Cesaro, then seated senton off the corner. Big DDT on Cesaro for two. Big kick to Cesaro, but Swagger breaks it. Swagger taken out, then head scissors on Cesaro and Rey hits 619. Sin Cara is legal, so Rey takes Swagger down outside. Sin Cara after Cesaro, but Cesaro hits a sick upper cut. Neutralizer on Sin Cara, who doesn't land well. Cesaro gets the three for it.

Winners – The Real Americans (9:31)

Zeb into the ring, yelling and screaming again. They then put their hands over their hearts. Video recap of the high points of the match.

Commercial

#BNB

Bad News Barrett beats his gavel up on his podium.

Barrett – Ladies and gentlemen, can I have some decorum please? Thank you for joining us this evening, but I'm afraid I've got some bad news! Bad news for the TV viewers that is. Later there's a match that pits Miz against Dolph Ziggler. (mixed, then gavel pounding) It's a match that's called The Battle of Cleveland. (gavel) I'm glad that it's not been entitled, The Battle For Cleveland, because, let's face it, that's the type of match-up that would have two losers! Highly appropriate, as Cleveland is a town inhabited exclusively by losers! Thank you very much! (gavel)

Announce Segment

King isn't happy about this as Cleveland is his childhood hometown. Cole talks about the WWE Network. Video of the Monday Night War clips from the DVD series. The countdown clock is in the lower corner of the screen and King gives us the exact time left.

In Ring Segment

Fandango out in black and purple, Summer Rae in bright lime green.

Commercial

R-Truth vs Fandango

They lock up, side headlock on Fandango. Shoulder block drops Fandango. Woods on announce talks about someone taking his number last night at the Royal Rumble. #Emmalution is dancing in the crowd. Fandango from the ring, R-Truth gives chase. Summer Rae steps in R-Truth way, then Fandango attacks R-Truth from behind. Back in the ring and Fandango on R-Truth for two. Snap suplex on R-Truth for two.

Headlock on R-Truth, then he gets free and Fandango poses a bit. R-Truth whipped, gets an elbow up, comes out with clotheslines, then a new reverse DDT move for two. Heel kick from Fandango for two. Fandango climbs, but R-Truth up. Fandango lands on his feet in the ring, then R-Truth takes him down for three.

Winner – R-Truth (3:31)

Video recap of the high points of the match. Woods and R-Truth celebrate in the ring together.

Backstage Segment

Orton heading for the ring.

Commercial

Video

Promo for WrestleMania Reading Challenge.

In Ring Segment

Maddox – Good evening, I'm the GM of RAW, Brad Maddox, and it's my pleasure to introduce your WWE WHC, The Viper, Randy Orton!

Orton slowly out to the stage, strap in each hand. He drapes the WWE Title over his shoulder, starts heading down, then drapes the WHC over the other shoulder. To the ring he slides the belts into the ring, then in as Cole, JBL and King talk about Orton in Elimination Chamber. The fans are not giving him much heat, but no pop. A small "Daniel Bryan!" chant starts as Orton takes up the mic, and it gets louder as he speaks.

Orton – The Champ... Is here. (tiny bit of mixed) Despite what most of you thought would happen last night, I beat Cena, again, and walked out with these two titles in my grasp. Some of you say it was a hollow victory. That doesn't matter, what matters is I won! (very little reaction) And then I get to work today and I find out that in less than a month I'm to defend my Title against 5 other Superstars in Elimination Chamber. What kind of garbage is that Brad? (right up in Maddox's face) Is that your idea? The Authority's? HUH? Listen, I demand a little respect. I'm The face of the WWE. Not Batista, not Brock...

Batista's music and he comes out in a dark purple mottled t-shirt, a gray hoodie left open, and a military style olive green jacket over looser fitting distressed blue jeans, and work boots, with some scruff on his face. Orton is having a fit at Maddox in the ring. Batista takes Maddox's mic, and gets more heat than Orton did the whole time he's been out so far.

Batista – Congratulations Randy. I mean it, that was a hell of a performance last night, hell of a match. But, like I told you last week.

Batista stops and looks at the fans who have a couple disjointed "Daniel Bryan!" chants going on.

Batista – But, like I told you last week, I'm back for three reasons, to win the Royal Rumble, headline WrestleMania, and walk out of WrestleMania WWE WHC. Two down, one to go. I don't care who I face at the Superdome. I don't care if it's you, it's not personal. I don't care if it's Cena. I don't care if The Shield, and I don't care if it's Daniel Bryan. (pop) And I don't care if it's the winner of the Elimination Chamber Match! So on April 6, I don't care whether you, or The Authority like it or not, I'm walking out of WrestleMania WWE WHC, and nothing's going to change that. (heat)

Brock's music hits (about three seconds after I called it aloud). Brock has pyro, and Heyman in tow. Brock to the bottom of the ramp, bounces on the balls of his feet, then up on the apron. Brock into the ring, and Maddox looks nervous.

Heyman – Mr. Maddox, my name is Paul Heyman, and I stand before you as the advocate for Brock Lesnar. My client, sir, has authorized me to inform you, respectfully that his patience is running thin. Which means that my client says you need to go back to The Authority, and let them know they have two choices. Choice number one, as you're GM and I'm a promoter, let's make history here tonight, right here in Cleveland, Ohio. (eye roll) And you authorize a match with the WWE WHC Randy Orton in a Title Match against The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar!

Orton pitches an absolute fit! Stomping all over the ring, yelling no, flailing, and turning purple in the process. "YES!" "YES!" "YES!"

Heyman – My client is not an unreasonable man, so we're not demanding, we're just suggesting it, because choice number 2 would be that you put the obvious #1 Contender, Brock Lesnar against the so-called #1 Contender, Batista! Personally, I like both suggestions, but it's not up to me, whichever Steph and Trip makes, the winners are the WWE 'Universe'. Therefore, my client wants Trip and Steph's answer tonight – or else!

Heyman and Brock leave the ring, Brock glaring the whole time. Orton is still tweaking in the ring, but Batista is a an ice statue. Heyman, off mic yells that he's just the advocate!

Commercial

Battle of Cleveland – Miz vs Ziggler

Ziggler out in a Cleveland Cavaliers Jersey. Miz out in Browns jersey, and all orange and brown ring gear.. Cole talks about that they had some Twitter talk earlier about this, because they're both from the area. Justin in and announces them in the ring like this is a main event.

They lock up, side headlock on Ziggler, pushes off and drops Miz. They go back and forth ducking and block until Miz lands a high knee and Ziggler spins in the air. Miz clothesline in a corner. Miz off a corner, but Ziggler reverses for two. Ziggler reverses on Miz, and locks on a sleeper, right up on Miz's back. Miz to the mat, but then works his way up and back into a corner. Ziggler flipped over his shoulder, takes Ziggler down for a long two.

Miz stalks Ziggler, but Ziggler counters and rolls up Miz for two. "Cleveland sucks!" chants from a small group. Miz set sup for the fig 4, and the fans go Flair on them with "Wooooo!" Ziggler can't reach the ropes, finally makes it, then Miz breaks the hold. Back into the center of the ring, but Ziggler rolls up for two, Miz reverses for two. Zig-zag on Miz for three.

Winner – Ziggler (4:10)

Ziggler is holding his knee, appears to be in a bit of pain. Video recap of the match. Ziggler outside with the fans, still trying to work that left knee out.

Commercial

RybAxel vs Usos

RybAxel in the ring. Usos out to face them in pink and black.

"Goldberg!" chants. Ryback and an Uso start. Ryback catches the Uso, backs him into a corner. Ryback rips off Jey's shirt and throws it at Jimmy. Axel tags in, takes blows, but then fights back. Axel bites Jey' head under the ropes! Ryback tags in and double team Jey. Ryback with a delayed vertical suplex for two. Ryback taunts Jey on the mat. Jey up with blows, but taken down. Cole, King, and JBL all talk up the Usos, how they're always smiling, always in great moods, and always give great matches. JBL says they will be TTCs someday. Chinlock on Jey, as Ryback yells smack. Ryback reverses a whip, but Jey moves and Ryback hits the post hard with his shoulder, then falls to the floor. Either Ryback learned how to sell, or he really hurt his shoulder – possibly a stinger – in that moment. Jey is able to tag out and all over Axel who also tagged in. Blows on Axel in a corner as the ref tries to pull him off. Big Samoan drop, but Ryback took a blind tag and came in. Jey also took a blind tag and back kicked Ryback in the face. Jey flies out onto Axel as Jimmy flies onto Ryback for three.

Winners – Usos (6:00)

Video recap of the high points of the match. The Usos celebrate in the ring.

Commercial

Kofi vs ADR

Kofi in the ring. Video of Kofi jumping from the barricade to the apron to get back in the Royal Rumble Match last night. ADR to the ring, black scarf around his neck.

Kofi backed into a corner. ADR kicks Kofi in the gut. Snap mare on Kofi, then a kick. Kofi in the ropes, ADR on his head. Kofi fights back with blows, then a drop kick on ADR. A sick kick on ADR, then Kofi flies on him in a corner with 10 blows. Kofi going after ADR again, but eats both feet. Clothesline to Kofi for two.

A big right from ADR. ADR rushes Kofi who sidestep, and ADR out through the ropes. Kofi flies out onto ADR. ADR in, an enziguri on Kofi standing on the apron. ADR out, pulls Kofi out and sends him into the barricade. ADR pulls Kofi up by his hair and rolls him in. ADR pins for two.

Front facelock on Kofi. Kofi up, but slammed back by his hair. Cole talks about Reigns breaking Kane's record with 12 eliminations. ADR kicks Kofi, but the fans are bored and start a "JBL!" chant. JBL to his feet, the fans cheer him loudly. ADR over to yell at JBL, he's pissed. "Jerry!" chants.

JBL – King, don't stand up, ADR will get mad!
Cole – Must be WrestleMania season!

ADR and Kofi fighting up top, both fall to the floor. King stands up, and gets good pop.

Commercial

Chinlock on Kofi on the mat. Rough jawbreaker from Kofi, then Kofi takes him down for two. A really rough German suplex on Kofi, bouncing his head hard off the mat, for two. ADR rushes, but eats elbow. Kofi off the corner with a lovely swinging DDT on ADR, and both are down. They get up at five, then Kofi with double hand clotheslines, but then ADR ducks and takes out Kofi's leg. Kofi quickly rolls ADR for a long two.

Big clothesline, then boom drop on ADR. Kofi sets up, is ready for his finisher, but ADR ducks and out on the apron. Kofi grabs his leg, pulls him in, hits TIP. ADR grabs the bottom rope to save himself.

Tilt-a-whirl back breaker on Kofi. ADR points to the WrestleMania sign, then calls for his finisher. Kofi reverses, ADR into a back stabber for two. ADR is pissed and frustrated. "Kofi!" chants!

King – Chanting for everybody but you Del Rio!

Kofi takes ADR down to sitting up top, then climbs. Kofi knocked down, but hanging. ADR lands both feet stomping him into the mat. ADR kicks Kofi in the face for three.

Winner – ADR (13:40)

Video recap of the high points of the match. ADR on the mat trying to sell his win, but holding the ropes and not standing. Kofi on the mat selling the finisher.

Announce Segment

Cole talks up WWE 2K14, showing clips from the game and the newest names added to the game.

Commercial

WWE Tag Team Championship Match – The Brotherhood vs New Age Outlaws (c)

Cody and Goldust to the ring. New Age Outlaws to the ring, strapped and smiling. Road Dogg on the mic, gives his schpeal, really gives it everything, and the fans get into it, even though they're heels. Gunn gets his little mic time as well, but the fans loved, "Suck it!" Dogg goes off about not being TTC because of past relationships, but because of what they do. Dogg says The Brotherhood were good last night, but not good enough! Goldust and Cody attack. Dogg doesn't think they should have to defend tonight, but they do.

Gunn with a crotch chop, so Goldust all over him, hard. Shoulder block on Gunn for two, then a sick arm drag! Goldust all over Gunn who flees the ring to regroup! Dogg uses JBL's hat to fan Gunn.
Cole – How many guys wear a cowboy hat ringside?
JBL – I know a few.
King – One of these two teams will win this match.
JBL – That's not exactly insightful analysis.

Dogg tags in and Goldust all over him. Dogg hides in a corner, so Goldust goes and sits in the opposite corner, looking bored. Gunn says very loudly to Goldust, "You stay over there!" Goldust up with a blow on Dogg, and tags out. Cody off the corner onto Dogg's arm as Goldust holds it. Cody on Dogg's arm, works it over. Cody with a solid clothesline on Dogg for two.

Arm and chin hold on Dogg on the mat. Cody whipped, gets an elbow. Cody climbs, but Dogg out to regroup. The Brotherhood looks frustrated as Dogg taps his head, saying he has brains. Cody yells at them to get in the ring. Dogg with a blows on Cody, but Cody back with blows on the older man. Snap mare into another chin and arm hold. Cody drops knees on Dogg's arm, and Dogg oversells. Dogg back with his dancing punches, but eats a drop kick for his trouble. Two for Cody, then another two.

Goldust tags in and drops a knee on Dogg's face for two. Goldust into the heel corner, Gunn tags in. Gunn all over Goldust for two. They argue on announce about JBL taking someone's slot in the Royal Rumble Match.

JBL – If I could have got my cufflinks off, I could have won it!

Goldust all over Dogg in a corner, the ref tells him to get out. Goldust appears to say he's sorry. Gunn tags in, inverted atomic drop, but then eats a big boot from Gunn.

Commercial

Goldust whipped, then whipped again, but Goldust with his power slam and both are down. Gunn tags out, takes a kick, then that flipping thing Goldust does for a long two. Dogg is busted open. Both tag out. Cody all over Gunn, hits Goldust's upper cut, running high knee, then crotch chop. Dogg in, and Cody hits a SICK missile drop kick on both! Gunn ducks a disaster kick, then lands a clothesline.

Brock and Heyman to the ring, looking pissed. New Age Outlaws flee the area. Cody takes an F5, then Goldust takes an F5. The ref calls for the bell.

Winners – The Brotherhood via DQ (11:43)

Heyman – Ladies and gentlemen, when it came time for Trip and Steph to decide, The Authority decided on choice #3, so you will get to witness Brock Lesnar vs no one! This is what happens when my client, Brock Lesnar does not get what he wants. Brock on Goldust and Cody with the chair. First one on Goldust, then three on Cody, and a couple more on Goldust. A broken top of a chair is left on the mat, the way it was last night after Brock beat down Big Show with chairs. Video recap of the F5s, then the chair shots. Brock and Heyman on the stage. The ref checking on Goldust and Cody in the ring, but the camera angle includes the chair top in the foreground.

Commercial

8 Divas Tag Match – Bellas & Dactyls vs AJ & Tamina & Aksana & Fox

All the Divas in the ring, AJ showing off her strap. Aksana has removed the legs from her purple outfit, with little black boy shorts hanging out to cover her bum, she looks so much better! She actually looks like she's in ring gear and not pajamas!

Arm drag on Aksana from Cameron, then a kick to the gut. Brie in with a missile drop kick for two. Brie kicks Aksana's knee out, then Nikki tags in. Nikki on Aksana who tags out. Fox in and eats a big buster, but comes back with a tilt-a-whirl back-breaker for two. AJ tags in and stomps Nikki in a corner. Headlock on Nikki, AJ's legs wrapped. Nikki up, but takes a neck breaker from AJ for two. Nikki back into the heel corner. Aksana tags back in and stomps Nikki. Aksana shows off her bod, then picks up Nikki for a side slam. Aksana crawls around the ring, then pins Nikki for two.

Elbow drop on Nikki's head that doesn't touch, then Nikki pulled back to the heel corner by her leg. Tamina tags in and slams Nikki. Chinlock on Nikki on the mat, knee to her back. Knee to Nikki's gut, then whipped. Tamina throws her vest at Nikki, then set Nikki up top facing out, then she hangs. Tamina stomps, but then Nikki releases and kicks Tamina in the head. Naomi able to tag in, as does AJ. Drop kicks on AJ. Naomi locks AJ's head up under her bum, knees on AJ's shoulders, hands on the corner, and shimmies! Leg drop on AJ. Things fall apart and somehow the Total Divas hit a triple suplex on the True Divas! Rear view and Naomi gets the three!

Winners – Bellas & Dactyls (5:40)

Video recap of the high points, specifically the triple suplex. The Bellas and Dactyls dance in the ring, Nikki hits the worm!

Commercial

In Ring Segment

King in the ring saying it's become a WrestleMania weekend tradition, the WWE HOF inductions. We know Warrior is bring inducted. (very little reaction, mostly heat) They go to a beautiful video, starting with Damien, then to Jake 'The Snake' Roberts.

Video

More for the WWE Network.

In Ring Segment

Cena to the ring in the new shirt he debuted last night. Sheamus out in his new t-shirt as well! Bryan out to huge "YES!" "YES!" "YES!" Bryan poses on a corner and is glowing, huge smile on his face.

Commercial

Video

Promo for Christian returning on Smackdown!

Bryan & Sheamus & Cena vs The Shield

The Shield to ringside, Rollins makes it without injury this time.

Cena and Ambrose lock up. Side headlock on Cena. Dueling chants for Cena. Cena over and under, takes Ambrose down. Ambrose flees to his corner. Rollins tags in and yells at Ambrose, pissed. A lovely arm takedown on Rollins that I've not seen from him before! More dueling chant for Cena fill the arena. Side headlock on Cena. Cena over and under, then takes Rollins down. Rollins over to the heels, tags in Reigns. "Roman Reigns!" chants! Side headlock on Reigns. Pushed off and shoulder block drops Cena. Side headlock on Cena, again shoulder block drops Cena. Reigns up for the AA, but free and talks smack to Cena.

Sheamus tags in. Sheamus backed into a corner, struggles out, and around the ring, then backed into the corner again. Blows on Sheamus' head. Sheamus comes back with big blows. Kick to Sheamus' gut, but then Reigns eats a back elbow. Neck breaker on Reigns for two.

Reigns with a couple upper cuts, arm bar, and into the heel corner. Rollins tags in. Rollins telegraphs, is kicked for it. Rollins whipped, comes out, on Sheamus' shoulder, roll through. Rollins to the apron, but I think Sheamus' arm took the worst of it with all that covers Rollins' chest – pockets, snaps and straps. Rollins with a kick to Sheamus' knee, and into the heel corner. Ambrose tags in, they stomp Sheamus. "Daniel Bryan!" chants. Sheamus off the ropes with a big clothesline, then Bryan gets the tag!

Bryan with "YES!" kicks on Ambrose into a corner. Ambrose whipped and that sick drop kick in the corner. Ambrose up top, Bryan on him with head scissors off the top for two! Blows on Bryan, then Rollins tags in to a drop toe hold. Bryan sets Rollins up on the mat, rolls back into a surfboard! Rollins' head pulled back, but Bryan lets free to get his shoulders up. Sheamus tags in and drops a leg on Rollins for two.

Cena tags in, then double suplex Rollins. Cena pins for two. Rollins whipped, but Cena eats elbow. Dueling chants for Cena. Rollins gets two on Cena.

Commercial

Ambrose holds Cena as Rollins comes in and on Cena on the mat with stomps. Rollins talks smack, waves his hand in front of his face. Cena pulls himself up, throws blows on Rollins, whips him, but eats foot. Rollins off the second ropes for a lovely neck-breaker for two. Reigns tags in, runs outside, lands a drop kick to Cena's head through the ropes. Reigns gets two for it. Reigns set up, lands his superman punch on Cena, but doesn't pin! Reigns set up Cena, rushes him, but Cena side-steps and spears through the ropes and out. Reigns back in, stops Cena from tagging out with a full shoulder to Cena's chest for two.

Ambrose tags in and stomps Cena's hand, then on a kneeling Cena with blows. Cena whips, falls, still selling the superman punch. Cena reverses a whip, but Ambrose tags out and Cena is stopped and dragged by Rollins. Rollins with a cheap blow on Bryan, then taunts Sheamus to distract the ref and get Cena back into the heel corner. Ambrose tags in, they double suplex Cena for two.

Ambrose with an elbow in Cena's face, his arm wrenched back on the mat. The fans lap for Cena a bit, but not much to get him back. Sleeper on Cena, and some chants from women and children, but not enough. Cena to his feet, Ambrose on his back. Cena backs into a corner, but then a knee to the gut stops Cena. Ambrose plants Cena for two.

Ambrose makes his crazy faces at Bryan and Sheamus, and somehow Cena hits an AA! Bryan gets the hot tag with a drop kick on Reigns off the corner. Blows on Rollins. Bryan into the corner, up over Rollins. Flying goat on Ambrose outside, then Bryan climbs and hits a beautiful missile drop kick on Rollins! "YES!" kicks on Rollins, including the big one, but Reigns breaks it up. Sheamus in on Reigns, but takes the spear. Cena grabs Reigns, takes a spear! Bryan's running knee sends Reigns out. Rollins from behind rolls Bryan up for a long two! "Daniel Bryan!" chants/ Bryan on Rollins with blows. Bryan reverses a German suplex, lands on his feet, but is then planted back first into the top buckle by Rollins for two.

"YES!" "YES!" "YES!" But Rollins splashes Bryan in a corner. Rollins up, but Bryan moves. Belly-to-back on Rollins, and Bryan goats up! Bryan runs, but Rollins ducks the running drop kick! "YES!" lock, but Ambrose breaks it up. Sheamus with a brogue kick on Ambrose. Rollins takes down Sheamus! Rollins rushes Bryan, but eats corner. Bryan and Rollins with a double cross-body and both down! Cena and Reigns tags in. Drop toe hold, STF on Reigns, but he somehow muscles out, then the lights go out! The Wyatt Family in the ring and on Cena.

Winners – Bryan & Sheamus & Cena via DQ (23:31)

Sheamus and Bryan get involved. Cena tosses Harper. Sheamus and Bryan toss Rowan. The Shield is pissed outside the ring. They are livid out there, yelling, screaming, pitching fits. "YES!" "YES!" "YES!" as Bryan leads the chants. The Wyatt Family on stage glare back to the ring. Reigns on announce yelling into the ring, possibly up the ramp, seething. Bryan back up on the corner with "YES!" "YES!" "YES!"

Biggest Pop
Bryan
Sheamus
New Age Outlaws

Biggest Heat
The Authority
Lesnar

Most Apathetic
ADR

1,563 comments

  1. Kendra Bunyon 27 January, 2014 at 19:31 Reply

    Hello, and welcome to what could be the craziest RAW Open Thread we’ve ever had. Please, feel free to let loose tonight.

    Let it all hang out, though please try to keep cussing to a minimum. Jesse will let some slide tonight, especially after last night, but don’t go hog wild.

  2. Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 19:32 Reply

    WWE App Preview: “Just 24 hours after Batista triumphed in the 2014 Royal Rumble Match, what awaits on Raw? Join the convo on Twitter using #Raw.”

  3. Danny Philippi 27 January, 2014 at 19:32 Reply

    Hello everyone in the WNW Nation! Hope everyone has recovered from the abomination of wrestling booking at last night’s Royal Rumble match. Loved Orton and Cena trading each other’s signature moves and the Wyatt/Bryan match, but the rest of the PPV was like watching NOC, Battleground, and Hell in the Cell.

  4. John 27 January, 2014 at 19:33 Reply

    I have noticed a trend in recent months that the RAW after a WWE PPV is always great (probably because the PPV’s suck so bad) but anyway I’m interested to see what they do tonight.

  5. Danny Philippi 27 January, 2014 at 19:35 Reply

    It also sounds bad but I was more interested to the end of the Pro Bowl than the end of the Royal Rumble. It had a less predictable ending. Once Punk was eliminated, I lost it. Three musclemen at the end is what Mr. McMahon dreams of.

  6. Xavier 27 January, 2014 at 19:36 Reply

    I just wanted too say that I have absolutely no issue with fans getting impatient, angry and irritated with the booking of Daniel Bryan. I get it, I was very let down by last night as much as everyone else but with all that said I just wanna say that What’s the point of trying to hijack the show? I mean yeah fans can show up and “hijack” the show all they want but that won’t change a damn thing. One thing that people fail to realize is that once you buy a ticket Vince has already won. After that point those fans can chant whatever they want and while they’re doing all that huffing & puffing Vince is backstage counting all the money. If the so-called smart fans were really smart then they should of realized a long time ago that the only way to truly get Vince’s attention is by hurting him in his checkbook. Vince seeing RAW/House Shows/WrestleMania with half the arena empty would do 100x more in forcing change then PAYING him money just too hijack a show. Vince will continue to not take smarks seriously until they actually do this.

    P.S, signing a silly petition online won’t do much of anything either

    • Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 19:38 Reply

      After last years SuperBowl I started a petition to get rid of the referee who lost the game for the Niners. …..It got three other signatures….

        • Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 19:42 Reply

          And the Niners came back and would’ve scored a touchdown to take the lead with seconds left. But the ref didn’t call an obvious pass interference, I’m not gonna sit around and argue about it. It’s common knowledge.

          • Danny Philippi 27 January, 2014 at 19:47

            Even if the Niners got the holding call called, they would have the ball on the two yard line with a little over a minute remaining. And Frank Gore was not a factor in the game, so Kaepernick still had to throw on Baltimore. Sometimes, destiny trumps all.

          • Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 20:01

            Are you seriously trying to start an argument about something this stupid on a Wrestling thread of all places?

    • Kendra Bunyon 27 January, 2014 at 19:40 Reply

      Ed, you’ve been quite vocal online, and I’d like to continue our conversation where it is, when I’m not in the middle of work. I hope you will continue to (nicely) keep people from going too overboard tonight.

    • Alex Gallardo 27 January, 2014 at 19:40 Reply

      That’s where a problem starts with wrestling fans. Hell, even if they do like someone they’ll still stream PPVS, and won’t bother to buy that person’s merchandise. If you want Vince to hear your opinion, try actually doing something that has an effect on the WWE, don’t just type mean comments that they won’t read on the Internet.

      • Xavier 27 January, 2014 at 19:42 Reply

        You hit the nail on the head. This is why Vince values the marks more so then he ever will the smarks. Great point!

  7. Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 19:37 Reply

    WWE App Update: Video of NAO post-match interview last night. Road Dogg: “14 years in the making, 6 time WWE Tag Team Champions.” The interviewer (unknown) asks how they feel about some people thinking they only got their title because of The Authroity. Billy Gunn gets offended and starts to get mad, Road Dogg interrupts and says “What I think he meant to say was we just beat the tag team champions WITH AUTHORITY. Now if you’re not down with that, tell it” Gunn: “SUCK IT!”

    • Danny Philippi 27 January, 2014 at 19:43 Reply

      I do not hate Batista. I actually picked him to main event WrestleMania when he is return promos began. But to not have Daniel Bryan in the Rumble match is like having the top vote-getter in the All Star voting in any pro sport not be allowed to play in the All Star game.

    • Alex Gallardo 27 January, 2014 at 19:44 Reply

      I know that while some people can go overboard in the IWC, you shouldn’t leave. Having a unique viewpoint on things in wrestling opens up discussions and and fun debates, if someone goes crazy and just starts an insult war,ignore them.

    • Jesse Sherwood 27 January, 2014 at 19:45 Reply

      Well, I’m sorry you feel that way, but surely you can see most fans perspective. Why not push the hottest guy in WWE right now instead of a guy who has been gone for over 3 years and just came back?

        • Jesse Sherwood 27 January, 2014 at 19:48 Reply

          The difference between Hardy and Bryan is vast. Hardy was battling a ton of personal demons at the time and was in a bad way. Bryan is dedicated to his craft and has a sensible head on his shoulders.

      • Xavier 27 January, 2014 at 19:48 Reply

        It’s interesting though b/c the same people that were crapping on Batista last night were also the same people that were marking out for the New Age Outlaws winning the title and the same people who have pushing for Steve Austin to comeback and face Punk. Often times people contradict themselves when it comes to part timers

        • Ashley 27 January, 2014 at 19:54 Reply

          But Cody and Goldy haven’t been basically on the losing end of every program they’ve had for several months like Bryan has been. It is two different cases.

          • Xavier 27 January, 2014 at 19:56

            Lol very true. The more & more I think about it the more & more I think about fake Rosie vs fake Trump, remember how fans crapped on that and that was actually the reaction Vince was counting on. Well we all know what that lead too, easily one of the biggest money making angles of the past 25-30 years. If I’m not mistaken WM23 still generated the biggest buyrate in Mania history and a large oart of that was due to the mainstream exposure that Trump vs Vince got.

  8. Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 19:49 Reply

    WWE App Update: Post Rumble Interviews with Rumble Rookies from WWE.com
    Alexander Rusev: He asks what it was like in his first Rumble match. He says a lot of stuff in another language and then says “I crush any superstar”

    Big E Langston: “Being 29 was a great opportunity and an honor but unfortunately came up short, but I’m still honored to be your IC Champ.

    Fandango: “There’s a large enormous rat problem here in pittsburgh. Something happened where this large white rat came into the ring, I got scared and fell over the top rope. Fortunately we already booked two rooms on priceline.”

    El Torito: He just gords the interviewer and then says OLE!

    Usos: “We’re just looking forward to the next Royal Rumble, we’re gonna bring it cuz that’s all we can do.”

    Fandango’s interview was very funny.

  9. Seth 27 January, 2014 at 19:51 Reply

    Good evening everyone. I’m just gonna come into this RAW and just do what I can to enjoy the show because I don’t like being negative and dropping f-bombs. I’d rather have fun and occasionally make fun of the wrestlers I don’t like. Let’s have a good one.

    • Seth 27 January, 2014 at 19:54 Reply

      Part of me doesn’t like it with the whole part timer gets the belt…but on the other hand after I digested it more…this can really make another team potentially for life(I.E. The Usos) if done right. I’m a lot more okay about it now than how I felt about it when it happened live. I’d even say I feel good about it.

    • Bob's Diner 27 January, 2014 at 20:03 Reply

      Lame. The looked really old out there – Road Dogg sounded winded just doing the introduction. And winning as clean as they did doesn’t really make it look like they only got the match due to being HHH’s buddies

        • Bob's Diner 27 January, 2014 at 20:09 Reply

          I might – I would love to watch it for the crowd, so might hang out and see if worth watching when I get home. I expect you to fill me in, OK?

          You good, X?

          • Bob's Diner 27 January, 2014 at 20:26

            Thanks bro – you da man!
            What did you think of Mick Foley’s son saying about Triple H?
            It would seem he hates him more than I do!

            Reading the comments so far… this seem even more like a work now?

  10. Jesse Sherwood 27 January, 2014 at 19:53 Reply

    Just as a reminder, we here at WNW know tensions are running high after last night so the rules will be a little looser on language tonight. Just don’t get over the top with it, and leave deities out of it.

  11. Danny Philippi 27 January, 2014 at 19:54 Reply

    All this talk about Batista and Daniel Bryan, and I realized that Orton retained due to the Wyatt Family distracting Cena AND Roman Reigns broke the elimination record. WOW!

  12. Jimmy 27 January, 2014 at 19:54 Reply

    I guess everyone is expecting some therapeutic relief from tonight’s raw to repay the people who were disappointed by the Royal Rumble?

  13. ron 27 January, 2014 at 19:54 Reply

    People that understand the business ie. Jr and maybe Mr. Gray understand that winning the rumble and putting belts on people are tools to get performers over. With that Understanding Daniel Bryan DOES NOT NEED either. He is already Over as much as anyone as ever been. They need others Batista as example to get over so that is why he wins the Rumble and will get strapped with a belt.

    • Danny Philippi 27 January, 2014 at 19:59 Reply

      Again, my fury isn’t about Bryan not winning the Rumble (I had Batista winning from the time his promos hyping his return), but it is with Bryan not being in the Rumble match, period. Austin was in the Rumble every year from 97-01 except 2000 when his injured his neck. Hogan was in the Rumble match from 1990-92. Those superstars had the popularity that Bryan has now, yet Bryan wasn’t allowed to show case his ability in the “All-Star” match of WWE.

  14. The Breaker 27 January, 2014 at 19:56 Reply

    I can’t believe how out of touch TPTB really are. Vince had to be just a little bit embarrassed by the way the fans took a giant dump over the WWEWHC match and towards the end of the Rumble match when everyone realized that Bryan was left out. Putting Batista over in the Rumble was an incredibly asinine move, and I hope they end up paying for it. I’m not watching RAW live tonight. I’m just too peeved over the whole situation. Even if they somehow make it right, it wasn’t at all worth it for them to sacrifice the Rumble match so they can book Batista on in the ‘Mania main event. It ticked off a huge part of the WWE fan base, and that’s really the last thing you want to do when your big money event (the WWE Network launch) is right around the corner.

    • Ashley 27 January, 2014 at 20:02 Reply

      No, wish he would have lasted more than a couple of minutes but coming off his second concussion in less than a year, could kind of understand it

      • Jimmy 27 January, 2014 at 20:03 Reply

        Hmm i guess your right. But the 2nd to 3rd loudest reaction of the night they should of let make it to the last 5 at the least.

  15. Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 20:03 Reply

    “It would take a calculator to count how many times Lesnar hit Big Show with that chair!”
    ……or just a pencil and a sheet of paper.

  16. Nostaljack 27 January, 2014 at 20:04 Reply

    Those who were watching the product in the ’80’s before the internet leaked everything will understand how much I’m reveling in this.

  17. Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 20:06 Reply

    I definitely disagree with people who think Royal Rumble was all a work, this is right now is just WWE doing damage control, but doing it well.

      • TheDeadOwl 28 January, 2014 at 11:53 Reply

        Just out of curiosity, when is a good time to say a match is a MOTY candidate March? June?

        Will it be beat in the next 11 months, probably, but so far, 4 weeks into the year, it’s a MOTY candidate.

        If Lebron or Durant have a great start over the first month of the season, people will say they’re early MVP candidates, how is what Jesse is saying any different?

  18. Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 20:11 Reply

    This might be a random comment but I think the only other person that could pull of Triple H’s current gimmick is JBL.

      • Cubed56 27 January, 2014 at 20:17 Reply

        lol im sorry i guess i have accepted the fact that we are bound to see matches we have no interests in or re-hashes of rivalries we’ve seen multiple times already

      • Cubed56 27 January, 2014 at 20:18 Reply

        thats the problem they know we don’t want to, but WM is sold out 6 months in advance so they don’t give a s**t what we want, they already got the fans money

    • Alex 27 January, 2014 at 20:18 Reply

      I’m with you 100% but I’d actually be okay with them facing each at Mania only if the title was on the line so Bryan can redeem his 18 seconds loss and walk out of Mania as Champion. DB vs Sheamus doesn’t sound that bad just it’d be frustrating if facing Sheamus kept Bryan out of the title picture.

      • Cubed56 27 January, 2014 at 20:21 Reply

        if the title was on the line ok, but if its not that would be 3 times in 5 years DB and Sheamus have fought at WM, i don’t want to see it again. To be honest i don’t want to see it all title on the line or not

        • Alex 27 January, 2014 at 20:22 Reply

          Fair enough. I definitely don’t want to see DB vs Sheamus non-title again but I’m just saying them two facing for the title at mania wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

  19. Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 20:15 Reply

    Boy have I missed seeing Sheamus in the ring, I might say it a lot tonight. My favorite of the current roster.

  20. Shadow 27 January, 2014 at 20:18 Reply

    I saw that. Those mats have not been holding very well the last few weeks and the camrea cut to Seth eating it at just the right moment. I needed that laugh.

  21. Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 20:19 Reply

    WWE App Update: We’re joined by BYRON SAXTON, he welcomes us. Mathews comes out and says he doesn’t know who he is. Byron: “Remember me? we did ECW commentary a few years ago…..” Mathews: “no….wait, weren’t we on season one of Tough Enough together?” Mathews then reveals he was kidding the whole time and welcomes Saxton, now he gets to be a part of Monday Night Raw every week.

  22. Danny Philippi 27 January, 2014 at 20:19 Reply

    To me, that segment was special. Bryan’s intensity towards the Authority felt genuine and Triple H furthered his Mr. McMahon type character. The Shield is what the Corporation was in late 1998-early 1999. Rollins spilling was funny and Sheamus and Cena saving Bryan was as hilarious.

  23. Cory S 27 January, 2014 at 20:19 Reply

    Every time Bryan and Sheamus are in the ring together from now on, I will fear the start of their program. Guessing that would happen at Elimination Chamber? Maybe Sheamus eliminates Bryan?

  24. packerpf 27 January, 2014 at 20:20 Reply

    anyone else surprised by the extreme boos for rey last night? like I understand the disappointment for DB, but they cheered heavy for rey thrown out even.

    • BrooksOglesby 27 January, 2014 at 20:22 Reply

      Anyone would’ve gotten boos, Rey was just the fall guy. They weren’t booing Rey, they were booing the absence of Bryan. It was when they realized Bryan wasn’t winning. Same thing with Reigns. He got the only non-boo reaction in the closing minutes because he was the last hope of stopping Batista.

  25. Alex Gallardo 27 January, 2014 at 20:21 Reply

    There are way too many comments going on in this thread. I can barely pay attention to Raw, so I’ll have to leave this thread for a little while.

  26. Jimmy 27 January, 2014 at 20:22 Reply

    Quickbet: How much of a bonus to people think Punk asked for, for letting the midget bull give him a hurricurana at the Rumble? Anyone?

  27. sdunne87 27 January, 2014 at 20:23 Reply

    Cesaro’s sign supposed to be showing he’s against Mexican wrestlers or is he advertising for a new partner so Swagger won’t hold him back anymore?

  28. David Jr. 27 January, 2014 at 20:25 Reply

    Does Kane get credit for tying HBK’s record because he eliminated Punk or no because he was already eliminated?

  29. Jesse Sherwood 27 January, 2014 at 20:27 Reply

    Guys, it is so crazy in here that after 20 minute from the start of Raw, I had to refresh my browser due to slowdown!

  30. Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 20:27 Reply

    WWE App Update: Sin Cara in the corner and stomps from Cesaro. Cesaro then throws Cara into the turnbuckle of another corner. He tosses him across the ring and Sin Cara rolls out during a “We The People” chant. Swagger tags in he clotheslines Sin Cara outside the ring, points towards Mysterio and rolls Cara back in. Two-count. BREAKING NEWS: We got the Teddy Long Special, they announced on commentary that The Shield will face, Cena, Bryan & Sheamus. Cesaro tags in and stomps on Sin Cara, then a two-foot stomp. “We The People” chant coming from the crowd. Which awkwardly turns into a “Sin Ca-ra” chant. Shots from Sin Cara to Cesaro. Cesaro hits a toss and we head back to USA.

    • Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 20:28 Reply

      At one point on commentary JBL said “There could be 15 Sin Caras!! He’s wearing a mask we can’t see him!!” Thought this was ironic and funny.

  31. Jesse Sherwood 27 January, 2014 at 20:29 Reply

    Loving the possible breakup of Real Americans! Hopefully it will lead to the 100 swings on Swagger so I can win the pool!

  32. Wrestling Historian 27 January, 2014 at 20:30 Reply

    I think the phrase that best sums up what Vince is trying to do is “Out with the New, In with the Old”. Anyone agree?

  33. Wrestling Historian 27 January, 2014 at 20:34 Reply

    Is it me, or do you see more tag matches than singles matches on Raw lately, so they can get as many people on TV as possible??

    • Danny Philippi 27 January, 2014 at 20:38 Reply

      Unfortunately, Raw is in the city that can’t be pumped for its sports teams. Sorry Browns, Cavs, and Indians haven’t won any titles since 1964

  34. Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 20:38 Reply

    WWE App Update: Saxton welcomes us, he puts over the Tag Title match. He welcomes NAO.
    Road Dogg: Oh you didn’t know? No, what I mean is, I don’t know who you are.
    Saxton: “I’m Byron Saxton”
    Road Dogg: “You have a pretty smile, go fetch me a Kit-Kat”
    Road Dogg (cont.): “The Rhodes Brothers got a rematch so soon, maybe THEY’RE in with The Authority. Either way we’re going to do what we do best, tag-team wrestling. Where’s my Kit-Kat? Come back and plug our match…Oh Wait I Just did. Billy, you got two words for him?”
    Billy: “NEW CHAMPS”
    Road Dogg: …new champs

  35. Taylor 27 January, 2014 at 20:38 Reply

    Am I the only one who thinks the Outlaws having the straps is a joke? All the young tag team talent and these two have the prime spot? I mean the Outlaws were cool and edgy when I was in the 8th grade in 1998

      • Nostaljack 27 January, 2014 at 20:42 Reply

        It wasn’t Bischoff’s fault. WCW’s fortunes turned after he was already gone. That could have been a blip on the screen otherwise.

          • Nostaljack 27 January, 2014 at 20:44

            Bischoff was hamstrung by a merger. He wasn’t perfect but he was beating the pants off WWE for 87 weeks. That wasn’t the work of someone who didn’t know what he was doing.

          • Xavier 27 January, 2014 at 20:47

            True but by the beginning of 99 it was all down hill. Outside of Goldberg who did Bischoff really help create. Bischoff has always been overrated too me. He was fortunate enough to have Ted Turner’s deep pockets to steal talent away or else he would of never even been a has been. He was also fortunate enough that the WWE was under investigation in the early 90s or else Hogan, Savage and all these other guys would of never jumped ship

          • Nostaljack 27 January, 2014 at 20:48

            Vince did the exact same thing. He stole everyone away from AWA and NWA. That’s how he built WWE.

          • Nostaljack 27 January, 2014 at 20:51

            You make a compelling argument. Vince took the raw material and made stars of them. Eric took people who were already stars…but he made ’em even bigger.

          • Judas 27 January, 2014 at 21:14

            Hogan was a star before WWE. He was in AWA when Rocky 3 came out, and that’s what launched him. Vince just used him better than Verne.

          • Judas 27 January, 2014 at 20:51

            WCW also built DDP and Booker T. While Booker didn’t win the big title under Bischoff, Page did and rose to be a major wcw star.

          • Judas 27 January, 2014 at 20:56

            He wasn’t over like DDP, and was really just WCW’s version of The Rock, but he was pretty over.

          • David Jr. 27 January, 2014 at 20:50

            WCW started there downard spiral before the merger. The merger is why they are no longer in business, but you can’t blame the merger for WCW starting to get bad. I think the start was Hogan vs. Sting match.

  36. Wrestling Historian 27 January, 2014 at 20:41 Reply

    If the WWE is using the more established guys to rub the younger guys for WM and beyond, then Vince is a genius. If he is using the Old Guard to get attention and sell WM – then he has made a BIG mistake.

    • Seth 27 January, 2014 at 20:44 Reply

      Considering you’d be repeating the same story with the former El Generico going that route that you did with Bo…it’s to do something different plus Rusev you can get over how much of a freak he is athleticly very quickly in a match like that.

  37. Danny Philippi 27 January, 2014 at 20:43 Reply

    I am so proud of my girl, Mrs. Newman, on her new reality TV program called Total Divas. It will be better than Kim and Khole and those people.

  38. Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 20:44 Reply

    WWE APP UPDATE: Saxton welcomes his guest Xavier Woods and R-Truth.
    Saxton: Rumble is in the rear view, all attention towards EC.
    Woods puts over his favorite Chamber matches and the WWE Network.
    R-Truth: Those were the ones I was in…
    Xavier makes a K-Kwik joke that falls flat.
    Truth tells Xavier about how intense and painful the Chamber is.
    BREAKING NEWS: R-Truth says he has to go because he has a match with Fandango next.

    • Carlos Aponte Jr 27 January, 2014 at 20:56 Reply

      As a fan I’d go for Cena he’s Mr WWE and perfect candidate.

      Bryan deserves to have a title match.

      I’m not big on Lesnar.

  39. Alex 27 January, 2014 at 20:46 Reply

    So after last night do you all think they’re going to keep Batista heel or try to keep him face despite how he acted after the PPV ended last night and the crowd reaction during the rumble for him winning?

    • Dj Marvelouz 27 January, 2014 at 20:51 Reply

      if he turns heel, he’s gonna have to face a baby face champ, meaning cena or maybe even daniel bryan will be champ by wrestlemania

      • Alex 27 January, 2014 at 20:52 Reply

        Yeah that’s what I’m thinking, so if they turn Batista heel then they couldn’t really have Orton retain if it’s going to be a one on one match at Wrestlemania.

  40. Jimmy 27 January, 2014 at 20:49 Reply

    Quickbet: Any former NXT star that you could bring back and onto the main roster? E.g. Kaval (Lo Ki), Derrick Bateman (EC3), Byron Saxton, Kassius Ohno (Chris Hero) etc…

  41. Danny Philippi 27 January, 2014 at 20:53 Reply

    You know how WWE gardens ratings: by having the Authority take the top of the hours.
    You know how WWE loses ratings: Randy Orton promos.

  42. Mike McCarthy 27 January, 2014 at 20:54 Reply

    WWE App Update: Saxton plugs the main event. He transitions to Todd Phillips post-rumble interview with Sheamus. Sheamus talks about how he had time to reflect on all of his accomplishments in the previous 4 years and had time for it to sink in. But he wanted to come back. He wants his shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He promises the last 4 years were just a drop in the bucket, he’s here to stay.

  43. David Jr. 27 January, 2014 at 20:57 Reply

    I don’t know how many people have read Chris Jericho’s 2nd autobiography, but in it, he mentioned how he hated having to carry around the 2 titles when he was Undisputed Champion. So I wonder if Orton feels the same way?