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Opening segment – John Cena kicks off Raw. First thing he did was plug the WWE Network. He said that in six short days at Battleground, “the champ may not be here.” He said that on Sunday he doesn’t even have to get pinned to lose the title. Roman Reigns came out. Cena thanked Reigns for helping him out last week. He said that Roman’s message was loud and clear and he’s not to be ignored and this Sunday is every man for himself but “we” have to make it to Sunday. Roman cut him off and told him to get to the damn point. Cena said that they can get Kane and Orton out of the way tonight and then we’ll see if Roman is as good as he thinks he is. Roman said he’s right that they should get rid of Orton and Kane “and it’s just me and you John and we’ll see if you’re as good as you think you are.” Ambrose came up on the big screen. Ambrose said that he has a plan called Operation Screw The Authority. Kane, Orton, and Rollins appeared behind Ambrose and they beat him up. They repeatedly stomped and slammed him up against a wall. Kane chokeslammed Ambrose. Ambrose asked “is that all you guys got?” Rollins then did a curb stomp on Ambrose.
Sheamus vs. The Miz – Miz cut a promo before the match. He said that he’s entering the battle royal this Sunday and will become the IC champion. He said that his goal tonight is to keep the brogue kick away from WWE’s most important assett…the money maker (his face). He said that as special perk for his legions of fans, the money maker will be on display on the titan tron during the match. Miz’s face was put up on the big screen. Miz got the win with a rollup after Sheamus went for a brogue kick but got caught up in the corner of the ring.
Backstage, Orton, Rollins and Kane are gloating over what they did to Ambrose. Randy said that nothing will stop him from walking out with the titles on Sunday but Kane is not agreeing with that. Triple H then walked in and said that what’s important this Sunday is that the WWE title comes back to The Authority where it can get some stability and control. He said that tonight they need to take care of business and they have to have trust. Stephanie walked in and told Triple H that she loves how he takes control. Then she kissed him.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango – During the match Fandango’s music played and Layla and Summer Rae danced on the announcers table. They distracted him. Ziggler was also distracted but hit the famouser for the win. Then the girls danced in the ring with Ziggler after the match. Fandango looked upset. They both kissed Ziggler and he walked off with the girls.
Damien Sandow was dressed as a SONIC employee backstage. The Rose Buds then showed up with Adam Rose. They argued over a SONIC hot dog. Rose took the hot dog and Sandow crashed and burned on his roller skates.
The Usos were attacked by Harper and Rowan as they made their way to the ring for their match.
Rusev and Jack Swagger Detente segment – Michael Cole hosted the segment in the ring. They were behind a podium. Lana told Colter that he and America chose violence to solve all problems and that America wants to be the savior of the world but they can’t save themselves. Lana called everyone stupid. She got a lot of heat during the segment. She’s great in her role. She wanted Colter to admit America’s mistakes and apologize. Zeb cut an awesome promo talking about how many years ago when he went to war and he took a vow to protect the U.S. against all enemies. He said “hell no.” Lana said that Colter’s arrogance is the reason why the USA is crumbling into pieces. She then said that Vladimir Putin can solve the situation in the U.S. His photo was put up on the screen. Colter said that Putin is one ugly man. Colter then talked about the President. Obama’s photo was put up. Colter said that whether we like him or not he’s our President and real Amerians respect the presidency of the U.S. Colter asked Rusev to step out from behind “this woman” and be a man and face Swagger at Battleground. Rusev said some things in Russian and then said “this is war.” Rusev and Lana were walking out when Colter said that he wondered who wore the pants or the skirt in their group. Lana slapped Colter. Swagger tackled Rusev but Lana jumped in and Rusev attacked Swagger. Swagger got the Patriot Lock on Rusev. Rusev was able to escape under the bottom rope as fans chanted “USA, USA.”
They replayed the beatdown on Ambrose from earlier. Cole said it’s extremely doubtful that Ambrose will be back tonight. Cena and Reigns are backstage. Cena told Reigns that he has to trust him. Reigns said that they’ll take out the 3 of them tonight…believe that.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam – there was a spot early in the match where RVD dove on the outside but Del Rio pulled out the ring apron and RVD crashed to the floor. Late in the match RVD went for the five star frog splash but Del Rio got his knees up and locked RVD in the armbar submission for the win.
They plugged the network and showed a commercial for “CM Punk: Best In The World” that airs tomorrow on the network.
Nikki Bella came out. Then Stephanie McMahon came out and said that Nikki is all alone again in the ring. She said that she almost feels sorry for Nikki because Brie abandoned her. She said that Nikki is left to suffer the consequences. She told Nikki not to blame The Authority and the person to blame is her sister.
Nikki Bella vs. Cameron and Alicia Fox – Nikki had control of the match and looked like she would win but the odds were too much for her. Alicia got the pin on Nikki.
They played a video hyping Sting for WWE 2K15. It was hyped as “Two Generations of Sting.” They showed a close up shot of Sting at the end.
Backstage, Triple H and Orton talk. Orton said that Kane gives him a bad vibe. Triple H said that Kane is just a pawn and the plan is for Orton to walk out as champion. Triple H said that Kane will stick to the plan. Triple H said that since Orton is the plan then there’s no need for a plan B.
They cut over to Stardust and Goldust (also backstage). Nothing special, they just talked.
Cesaro comes out for his match without Paul Heyman. Lawler said that the rumor was that Heyman was fired. JBL said he heard Heyman quit. Commercial break.
Cesaro vs. Big E – Kofi was on the outside backing Big E. Cesaro tried to bring a chair in the match but Kofi took it away. The distraction allowed Big E to bit the Big Ending for the win.
Chris Jericho calls out Bray Wyatt – Jericho said it’s great to be back and the WWE ring is home to him. He said he’s said Nakeod Mideon, 5 second poses, 3 Minute Warning…etc etc. He’s seen it all. He cut a promo on Bray. Bray showed up on the big screen and cut a promo too. He asked Jericho where was he when we needed him. He said that Jericho said he’d save us. Bray was sporting a black eye from Saturday’s MSG show. The lights went out and when they came out Rowan and Harper appeared. Jericho was able to avoid the attack. As Jericho walked up the ramp Bray attacked Jericho from behind on the stage and hit Sister Abigail on the stage.
AJ Lee vs. Eva Marie – Paige is on commentary. Paige said that AJ is her frienemy…friend, enemy, but mostly friend. AJ got the easy win the Black Widow submission. AJ sat the Divas title on the announcers table. Paige told her that the match was fantastic and congratulated her. She said that she loves AJ’s hair. AJ told her that she looks awesome. They had an awkward pause and AJ left.
Backstage, Stephanie and Triple H talked about Flo Rida. Kane said that he doesn’t trust of like Randy Orton. Stephanie said that sometimes you have to work with people you don’t like. Triple H told Kane that it’s best for business for the title to come back to The Authority. He told him to just get it done.
Bo Dallas vs. The Great Khali – Bo did his promo before the match. He said he defeated El Torito last week and he might be tiny but his heart is huge and he hopes his opponent has a heart as big as El Torito. Bo hit the Bodog on the outside of the ring. Khali got counted out. Bo celebrated like he won the Super Bowl. He’s 15-0. Bo then told Khali not to get down. Khali chopped him before he could finish talking.
They showed a commercial for “The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro” that airs tonight on the network after Raw.
Backstage, Triple H, Rollins and Steph talking. Rollins hinted that he would cash in if Roman or Cena won this Sunday. Paul then walked in. Paul said that he was making moves, biding his time. Paul said he liked plan B but if Triple H needs a plan C then he (Paul) is the guy to talk to.
They showed Ric Flair backstage making his way to the ring.
Ric Flair returns – Back in the ring. Renee Young introduced Ric Flair. Flair talked about how much fun he had in Richmond. He said Virginia is for lovers. He said that there is no greater lover alive than the Nature Boy. Renee asked him for a prediction on the Fatal 4 Way at Battleground. He predicted John Cena. Roman Reigns music hit and Reigns came out from the crowd. Flair shook Roman’s hand and left. When Flair got up to the stage Cena came out. He gave Flair the big gold belt.
John Cena and Roman Reigns vs. Kane, Seth Rollins and Randy Orton – Reigns wrestled most of the match until he got the hot tag in to Cena. The Authority got the upper hand and Cena finally made the hot tag to Reigns. Reigns hit the running kick on Orton and then the superman punch on Kane. It looked like Rollins hurt his knee on the outside. Kane and Orton double teamed Reigns. The referee called for the bell. Cena fought back. Kane accidentally hit Orton when Cena ducked a punch from Kane. Reigns went for the spear on Orton but hit Cena by mistake instead. Orton hit an RKO on Kane. Reigns speared Orton to end the show.