Raw kicks off with Michael Cole welcoming everyone to the “season premiere” of Raw. The steel cage is shown hanging over the ring and then they cut to a video package hyping the key segments that will happen later in the show.
Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho in a steel cage – They are starting out slow and building the match. Commercial break during the match at about 8:11pm. Bray tried to escape as the came back from the break but Jericho got Bray on his back and fell back with him into the ring from the ropes. The match picked up after the first break. There was a superplex spot from the top rope. Fans were split between Jericho and Wyatt. At one point Jericho was about to escape over the top but had to stop because Harper and Rowan were waiting for him. Jericho did a dive from the top of the cage onto Bray. Jericho favored his knee and pulled his knee pad off. Jericho tried to escape out of the door but Bray caught up with him. Both men fought on top of the steel steps by the door. Bray attacked the bad knee and fell out of the cage for the win. Very good match. Afterwards he slammed the door on Jericho’s knee and then rolled Jericho back in the ring to continue attacking him. Bray hit Sister Abigail on him in the middle of the ring.
Backstage, Kane, Seth Rollins, and Triple H are talking. Randy Orton walked on screen. Triple H said that they have to do something unforgettable tonight. Orton said that he wants to do something big to Roman Reigns tonight that will make Ambrose’s beatdown like another day at Sunday school. Triple H told him he has permission to do so.
Dolph Ziggler and The Miz segment – Dolph talked about the celebrity nude scandal from last week. He said that the invasion of privacy was reprehensible and no one deserves that except one D-list celebrity named The Miz. They showed photos of The Miz shaving his chest on the big screen. Before he got to show the last pic he was interrupted by The Miz and Damien Mizdow. Miz said that he invaded the sanctity of his home and the photos were for medical purposes only. He said that his people will sue Ziggler and everyone in the building and all over the world if they try to republish the photos. He told Dolph that if he takes it any further he will make sure he never works in “this town” again. Dolph said that he might aw well get his money’s worth and showed a pixelated “nude” photo of Miz getting a spray tan from Mizdow. Mizdow ran in but ran into a dropkick from Ziggler and then was hit with the Zig Zag. Miz stayed outside of the ring and refused to fight.
Natalya and Rosa Mendes vs. AJ Lee and Paige – Cole said that there’s speculation that Stephanie set this match up. Paige beat up on AJ. AJ tagged herself in and made Rosa tap out to the Black Widow. Short match as usual with the Divas. Paige was upset with AJ. AJ took Paige’s belt and kissed it and gave it back. Then Paige kissed it and then held it up. AJ gave a fake smile and skipped off.
They showed highlights from the end of the steel cage match. They cut backstage to the trainer icing down Jericho’s knee. Randy Orton attacked Jericho and slammed his knee up against a case. Orton said “sorry…what can I say? it’s the season premiere.”
MOMENTS AGO…a replay of Orton attacking Jericho.
2nd hour segment – Paul Heyman is in the ring. He said that he fears no Thuganomics because he’s the advocate for the conquerer… etc etc… Brock Lesnar. He said that Brock authorized him to disseminate some confidential information. Cena came out. Cena told Paul that if he wants to say something to his face then “talk.” Paul said he was authorized to tell Cena how to beat Brock at Night of Champions. Cena said that he already knows how to beat Brock at NOC….Never Give Up. He said that “this” is my playbook. It was a rag or something with the words NEVER GIVE UP. Paul said that John cannot help but be “John Cena.” He said that it’s his biggest problem and he lives to be JOHN CENA. He lives for the kid that waits and waits and waits for that opportunity to come live to a live event or here in Baltimore to chant at the top of their lungs “LETS GO CENA.” He said when Brock steps in the ring he doesn’t hear anyone except for the referee, Paul Heyman, and the suffering of his victims like Cena suffered at SummerSlam. He siad that he’s here tonight to give Cena a gift. He said that it’s simple. He just needs to give in to temptation. He said that he busts his ass but yet the fans cheer “CENA SUCKS.” He asked Cena if he doesn’t want to tap into that hatred and just tell everyone just one time to shut up? Paul kept telling Cena to show the fans how much he hates when they get on his case. He told Cena to tell them to shut up. Paul told him to lose the wrist band, t-shirts, and the concept of Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect. Once he does that then he can be the ONE that beat the ONE in 21 and 1 or Cena can just be one of many victims that falls to the hands of Brock Lesnar. Paul said that Brock doesn’t mind him saying this because Paul believes in Cena but Brock says “you just don’t have it in you.” Cena looked out to the crowd like he was thinking about what Paul just said to him. Fans loudly chanted “LETS GO CENA, CENA SUCKS.” Cena walked up to Paul and said “Shut up Paul Heyman.” He said that he sees exactly what he’s trying to do and Paul wants Cena to turn his back on every person that’s believed what Cena has said. Cena said “I don’t think so.” He said that Heyman lives in the “eat, sleep, conquer, repeat” shark infested world and even he would stab Brock in the back to get ahead. He said that Heyman is talking about something he knows nothing about. Cena said he “eats, sleeps, be John Cena repeat, be John Cena repeat…” and he doesn’t want to change even if he could. He said that he likes being the guy to get a kid to do his homework early so he could come to Raw with his dad and he doesn’t mind the “Cena sucks” chants and he doesn’t mind being a kid’s wish and being fortunate meeting a Purple Heart recipient, a guy that he looks up to. Cena asked Heyman if he strips everything away then what does he really win? He said that he’s done talking and it’s time to fight. Paul kept saying that he’s just an advocate. He told Cena to bring Brock next week and he will fight him next week.
Sheamus vs. Seth Rollins – Cesaro came out on the stage, dressed in a suit. a few minutes into the match. He eventually made his way to ringside. Cesaro picked up the US title and that, of course, distracted Sheamus. Rollins got a rollup and almost pinned Sheamus. Sheamus and Cesaro had a tug of war over the title and let go allowing Cesaro to fall down but Rollins took advantage of the distraction and won with the curb stomp. Cesaro then took off his shirt, mocked Sheamus, and then hit him with the neutralizer.
Season 2 of WWE Countdown starts after Raw on the WWE Network.
They showed a recap of the Mark Henry vs. Rusev feud.
Rusev and Lana – Lana cut a promo. She said that the Star Spangled Banner was written in the decrepit city of Baltimore. She yelled at fans to shut up and then mockingly sang the Star Spangled Banner with her own words inserted. Then the Russian national anthem played with Vladimir Putin on the big screen. That was it.
They showed a commercial for this Thursday’s NXT Takeover special.
Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd – they were all in the ring when they came back from commercial. Good match. Neville looked really good in this match. Neville won with his red arrow finisher on Breeze.
Jerry Springer and The Bellas are next. Stephanie McMahon is shown walking backstage. She will introduce Springer.
Jerry Springer Bella intervention – Stephanie McMahon comes out first. Steph said it breaks her heart to see a family ripped apart like the Bellas did. She talked about the feud with her father about 10 years ago but she and her dad made up and nothing is more important than family. She then intrdouced Jerry Springer. Springer came out with his security guard Jason. Springer said that he’s been dealing with family dysfunction on his show for 24 years. He said he couldn’t say no to the opportunity at being on Raw. He introduced Brie Bella first. She has new music. Jerry said that Brie has been abused by Nikki but the next day after last week’s Raw Brie tweeted an apology to her sister. They showed her apology from twitter. Jerry asked why she apologized. Brie says that she doesn’t apologize but she shouldn’t have stooped down to her level. Springer then introduced Nikki Bella. They reluctantly shook hands. Nikki said that she doesn’t forgive Brie for treating her like a second class sister for years. Nikki said that she is a sophisticated, classy woman and she’s got a lot going on including “her show” Total Divas and a Divas title match in 2 weeks so she couldn’t be happier and that’s why Brie’s negativity won’t bring her down. Springer showed clips from Total Divas of the two of them bickering. Nikki said she wouldn’t be surprise if their dad left them because of Brie. Their mom and dad were shown on the screen asking the twins to make things right. The mom said she’s sorry for feeling that she’s been in Brie’s shadow. She asked Brie to be the responsible person now. Another horrible segment. Brie said that JJ (their brother) is in her corner. Springer then introduced JJ “Bella.” He even got Total Divas entrance music. The graphic showed his name as JJ Garcia thankfully. JJ told Nikki to stop acting like the victim. The girls then argued with Jerry in between. They knocked Jerry down. JJ was slapped by accident and the girls rolled around in the ring with Jerry. Steph tried to break it up and she got in the pile. Really dumb stuff here. The fans booed the segment. Jerry looks like he may have hurt his ankle. WWE docs checked on him and put him on a stretcher. I wouldn’t be surprised if the injury wasn’t just him selling so WWE can milk some publicity.
Goldust and Stardust vs. Los Matadores – Stardust got the pin with his finisher Dark Matter. Quick match. After the match, The Usos attacked with a crutch in hand. Stardust and Goldust got away.
Michael Cole sent out condolences to Joan Rivers. They showed tweets from Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan. They played a tribute to Joan Rivers.
Adam Rose vs. Titus O’Neil – The Rose Buds (including the bunny) are at ringside. Heath Slater is in O’Neil’s corner. The bunny superkicked Slater. Rose got the win with the Party Foul. Quick match. Rose and the bunny celebrated in the ring. The bunny did a superfly splash onto O’Neil from the top rope.
Renee Young did a quick interview backstage with Roman Reigns.
They showed highlights from the Cena/Heyman segment. Then they showed a video package of Brock and Heyman talking about what will happen to Cena. This was more footage filmed weeks ago in Las Vegas.
They also confirmed that Brock Lesnar will be on Raw next week.
Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns – Orton made his entrance first before they went to commercial break. Rollins and Kane watched the match backstage on the monitor. This was a long match but a solid match between these two. Late in the match Roman hit the running kick on Orton and a clothesline but only got a two count. Orton was able to get some trademark spots in but just a two count. Roman counted the RKO and hit a superman punch but he was slow to get to Orton for the count so Orton was able to get up. Orton called for Kane, Rollins, and a bunch of guys that looked like the ring crew to come down. Kane, Orton, and Rollins attacked Reigns. The steel cage was brought down.Reigns sent Kane and Rollins out of the ring as the cage came down. Reigns beat up on Orton in the cage. Reigns hit the spear on Orton. Rollins dove off the top of the cage on Reigns. Kane smashed Reigns into the cage and then chokeslammed him. Orton then repeatedly hit Reigns with a steel chair. Rollins then did the curb stomp on Reigns onto the chair.
The show ended 13 minutes after the hour. A little bit later than usual. The Authority stood over Reigns with Rollins music playing.