WWE taped this week’s episode of WWE Raw on Monday from the Liverpool Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. A dominating crowd chant throughout the taping was "Where's Our Network?." It'll be interesting to hear how clear the chants come through on television.
The objective of this week's show was to frame the Survivor Series main event of Team Cena vs. Team Authority. The teams were set throughout the show with Cena captaining a team that features Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, Jack Swagger and Big Show. Confirmed members of Team Authority include Seth Rollins, Kane, Rusev and Mark Henry. Ryback's status remains unknown following this week's Raw.
Additionally, it was announced that Dean Ambrose will face Bray Wyatt at Survivor Series. This joins AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella for the WWE Divas Championship. The main event for this week's Smackdown will feature the return of Chris Jericho as he'll team with Dean Ambrose to face Bray Wyatt and Kane.
Below are complete taping results of the order in which material was taped:
John Cena opened the show and announced that Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger would be on his Survivor Series team. He called out Ryback (who he'll face later in the show) and The Authority ended up coming out with Mark Henry.
Stephanie McMahon announced Henry will face Ziggler later tonight. Both Cena and The Authority want Ryback but he takes out Cena and joins The Authority (pics on Page 2).
1) Seth Rollins b. Jack Swagger via the Curb Stomp. After the match, he hit another for good measure.
Backstage, Dean Ambrose says he's not trying to be a hero. He faces demons worse than Bray Wyatt every time he steps into the ring. Ambrose vs. Wyatt is announced for Survivor Series.
Kane encouraged Ryback to use tonight as an opportunity to take out John Cena in a backstage segment.
2) Paige b. Alicia Fox
Backstage, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are shown watching Vince McMahon's appearance from last week. They ran into Rusev and Lana and Lana told them they were still considering an offer to join Team Authority. Stephanie reminded her about the title shot last week.
Rusev and Lana came out to celebrate him winning the WWE United States Championship. Sheamus invoked his rematch clause, cutting off the Russian national anthem.
3) WWE United States Champion Rusev w/Lana b. Sheamus to retain in a lengthy bout. The finish saw Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury get involved as The Authority offered the assist in an attempt to get Rusev on Team Authority at Survivor Series. It worked too because after the match, Lana told Stephanie McMahon they would join Team Authority.
4) The Miz & Damien Mizdow w/Hornswoggle b. Los Mataodres
Backstage, John Cena told Dolph Ziggler he understood if he wanted to jump ship (off Team Cena due to lack of numbers). Ziggler wasn't interested in that and wants to help Cena eliminate The Authority. Triple H burst in and said Ziggler would face Mark Henry tonight with Cena banned from ringside.
5) Dolph Ziggler b. Mark Henry via disqualification when Henry threw the ring bell at him. After the match, The World's Strongest Man continued his attack but Big Show came out for the save. Show announced that he would be joining Team Cena for the Survivor Series main event.
Chris Jericho's return is announced for this week's Smackdown as he'll team with Dean Ambrose to face Kane & Bray Wyatt in the show's main event. We have more at this link.
Backstage, Sheamus announced he's joining Team Cena at Survivor Series.
6) WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee b. Brie Bella w/Nikki Bella. After the match, Nikki attacked Paige.
Backstage, Ryback and Mark Henry are shown fraternizing. The announcement everyone was waiting for - that Grumpy Cat will guest star on next week's Raw - was made.
7) Tyson Kidd b. Adam Rose after a distraction from The Bunny. Erick Rowan came out during the match as well. Kidd made Rose tap in the Sharpshooter. Afterwards, Rose attacked The Bunny.
8) John Cena b. Ryback via disqualification when Kane came out. Ryback and Kane argued but Seth Rollins stepped in-between them. Ryback hit Rollins, Kane leveled Ryback. Team Authority beat down on Cena but the rest of Team Cena came out for the save. The heels overtook them but Ryback cleared the ring and left alone as the show faded.
Dark Match Main Event) Big Show, Sheamus & John Cena b. Seth Rollins, Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury. The stooges didn't actually work but left Rollins on his own. This allowed for the babyfaces to hit their finishers in succession to send the crowd home happy.
Below are photos posted to Twitter: