Richard's Notes From Raw In Green Bay - Table Set For Wrestlemania 30, John Cena Injured, Undertaker Returns

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Below are my complete notes from Monday Night Raw in Green Bay, Wisconsin:

Hulk Hogan came out to a big pop to open the show. He botched his lines as he said that history is being made with the "launch of the WWE Universe." He started over and clarified it was the WWE Universe that helped launch the historic WWE Network. Hogan said this was a turning point in his career and he was officially back home. He announced he will host Wrestlemania XXX and had just one question. Whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania, the WWE Network and Wrestlemania 30 runs wild on you? Hogan's job was to plug the historic announcement of the WWE Network. He got a big reaction and it was very nostalgic. I honestly couldn't imagine the WWE Network without Hogan and it was good they were able to get him back to be part of it. It's just too bad he butchered that line because it was the focal point of the promo.

Alberto Del Rio beat Batista when he rolled him up off a distraction from WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton. Green Bay hates Batista too. Jerry Lawler acknowledged the "BOOtista" chants from the pay-per-view and summed it up. WWE fans don't like Batista because he won the Royal Rumble when Daniel Bryan wasn't even in it. That's why Batista has heat as he's in the crosshairs of fans over that fact and it's just impossible for him to be a babyface right now. The crowd continued to give him a lot of grief, including loud "You can't wrestle" chants. After Orton came out, he cut a promo on Batista's heat. Batista said he loves this business and he's real whether the fans boo him or cheer him. He called Orton a wining, sniffling, kiss ass suck-up. Batista said Orton was looking at the next WWE World Heavyweight Championship and deal with it.

WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E beat Cesaro via disqualification when Jack Swagger came in and put the Patriot Lock on Big E. The crowd chanted "We the people" for Cesaro, who also came out with Zeb Colter. Big E has a really good belly-to-belly suplex and showed it off again in this match. His strength makes for a powerful release that adds another element to the maneuver. Speaking of strength, Cesaro's backbreakers are as impressive as European uppercuts. He hit a big powerslam on Big E off an Irish whip into the ropes. They teased dissension between Cesaro and Swagger after Swagger caused the DQ but Cesaro helped Swagger when Big E attacked him after the bout.

Hulk Hogan cut a WWE Network promo at 8, it was John Cena's time at 9. Cena started by humbly acknowledging Hogan coming home and hyped the Network. He spoke with confidence and proclaimed the future of the business ran through him. This eventually led to The Wyatt Family coming out. Bray Wyatt cut a stellar promo, exposing the fact there are so many layers to his character. There is so much intrigue in Bray, he's a very rare talent. They ended up beating Cena down in the ring and Cena was injured on a spot with Erick Rowan. The injury was to his left knee and he received immediate medical attention. When the show came back from commercial break, Cena was loaded on a stretcher and being wheeled to the back. JBL questioned his Wrestlemania 30 status.

Sheamus beat Christian when Christian went off the middle rope right into a Brogue Kick. This was a good match that was physical and nearly 15-minutes long. They pushed the more dangerous Christian with the crowd buying the more high-risk stuff.

They showed a backstage interview from earlier in the night with Renee Young talking to The Authority upon their arrival at Raw. Triple H compared today as the launch of the WWE Network similar to the first Wrestlemania. Daniel Bryan interrupted and challenged Triple H to a match at Wrestlemania XXX. Hunter brought up their previous "A+ players talk" and said he would try to find a place for him on the card and see what's available. Stephanie McMahon told him he would have the chance to take out his aggression on tonight on the person he should be mad at in the first place - Kane.

More dissension with The Shield was teased when they were shown backstage arguing about Dean Ambrose's whereabouts when they took the loss to The Wyatt Family on the PPV. The latter broke up the discussion and Roman Reigns challenged Bray Wyatt to a match later in the night.

Daniel Bryan beat Kane in the second bout on the show that went over 15-minutes. The finish saw Bryan hit a running knee on Kane to get the pinfall victory. Bryan had the shoulder taped and called Triple H a coward afterwards. Like he did in the interview from earlier in the night, he challenged Triple H to a match at Wrestlemania. The entire crowd was chanting "Yes, Yes, Yes" to it.

Emma beat Summer Rae via submission in the Emma Lock. Summer was in control early on, landing a spinning heel kick and applying various submissions. Emma came back and ducked another kick from Rae. She ended up connecting with the Emma lock and made Summer tap out. Emma and Summer Rae are two up and coming Divas that have been getting plenty of exposure, it's a key time for them regardless of the apathy from the crowd.

The Usos beat WWE Tag Team Champions New Age Outlaws when The Usos interrupted the customary introduction of the Outlaws. The finish saw Road Dogg taking the Superfly Splash and getting pinned. The story was the New Age Outlaws were duped by the Usos but this didn't seem to work.

Bray Wyatt beat Roman Reigns via disqualification. The match was thrown out when Dean Ambrose joined a brawl between the faction. Reigns was in control for the majority of the match. The crowd was horrible. They chanted "Randy Savage" and "Undertaker." I guess they didn't see what these guys did at Elimination Chamber and refused to cut the two a break for a slower-paced bout. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan came out when it looked like Reigns was about to finish Wyatt off. Seth Rollins made the save, performing a suicide dive on Harper and Rowan. As noted, it was Ambrose running out when the referee called for the bell and both factions brawled. The Shield ended up clearing the ring.

Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar came out for the final segment. Heyman talked down The Authority and made it clear his client wanted to make history. The promo was interrupted by the return of The Undertaker. Undertaker came out and went face-to-face with Lesnar. Lesnar signed an "open contract" that he and Heyman brought out and he told Taker to sign it. Taker took the ink pen Lesnar handed him and stabbed Lesnar in the hand with it. He chokeslammed Lesnar through a table that was setup in the ring and walked out to end the show.

It was "all hands on deck" for this episode of Monday Night Raw with the company establishing the following for Wrestlemania 30 - Hulk Hogan, Batista vs. Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker. They began to take steps toward Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H with Bryan outright "issuing a challenge" and Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena is on as long as Cena is healthy.

This show didn't have anything eye-popping regarding in-ring work but there was some decent stuff included. The goal was to set the table for Wrestlemania and that goal was accomplished.

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