WWE Monday Night Raw (03/31/14) – Washington D.C.
Mar 31, 2014 - by Jeff Johnson
Welcome everyone to the final edition of Monday Night Raw before Wrestlemania. Tonight’s show begins with the arrival of “The Phenom” The Undertaker. Taker says that 21 men have stepped up, and 21 men have been set down. He says that he doesn’t claim to be better than his victims, but he will go further than anyone else at Wrestlemania. That’s why the streak stays alive. He says that Lesnar is wondering how he is going to break the streak. Taker tells Brock is what he should be thinking about, is when he takes him out to the deep water and his feet cannot touch the bottom, what is he gonna do? Is he gonna try to pull him down with him? Or is he gonna turn around and swim back to shore. Taker tells Brock that every opponent of his has made the same decision. They have tried to swim back to shore, and nobody has made it yet. Taker says that Brock is very dangerous, and many think that his time will come and the streak will be broken. Taker says there are many more that believe in 3 things that cannot be beaten. Death, taxes, and the streak. Taker says that at Wrestlemania, Brock will rest in piece. He is cut off by the music of Brock Lesnar. Lesnar makes his way to the stage.
Paul Heyman says that he doesn’t mean any disrespect. Heyman says that Brock Lesnar doesn’t have to win this match. This is a match that The Undertaker must not lose. Heyman says all it takes is one moment, and the streak will be over. Heyman says this Sunday will be the biggest Wrestlemania moment when Brock Lesnar breaks the streak. Heyman says that isn’t a prediction, it’s a spoiler. Heyman and Lesnar start to head to the back, but Brock stops and heads to the ring with Heyman it tow. Taker takes off his jacket and is ready for a fight. Brock stops before the ring and starts backing up the stage. He points at the Wrestlemania sign. Lesnar thinks better of it and heads to the ring. He stops again before he gets in the ring. Lesnar starts stalking around the ring looking at The Undertaker. Lesnar slides in the ring and Taker lands some hard right hands. Lesnar flattens Taker with a big clothesline. Lesnar lifts Taker up and hits the F-5. Lesnar poses over a fallen Undertaker and then leaves the ring.
Back on Raw, the announcers show us what just transpired between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. Back in the arena, Big E makes his way to the ring. He will be going one on one with Alberto Del Rio.
Big E vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio starts with a kick and some right hands. Del Rio hits the ropes but eats a shoulder tackle by Big E. Big E covers for a 1 count. Big E lands some body shots in the corner and connects with a shoulder tackle. Big E covers for a 2 count. Big E lifts Del Rio over his head and drops him face first on the mat. Big E covers for another 2 count. Big E charges but misses Del Rio and hits the ring post. Del Rio repeatedly shoves Big E’s shoulder into the ring post. Del Rio then stomps on the hand of Big E on the steel steps as we go to commercial.
Back on Raw, Del Rio is in control of Big E. Big E fights him off with elbows to the mid section and hits a big suplex. Big E charges but eats an elbow by Del Rio. Del Rio hangs on to Big E’s arm over the top rope until the 5 count. Del Rio goes to the top rope but Big E catches him and hits a rib breaker. Big E gains some steam and hits a few clotheslines followed by a belly to belly suplex. Big E hits the ropes and goes for his splash, but Del Rio gets the knees up. Del Rio goes for the kick to the head, but Big E moves and tosses Del Rio face first into the mat. Big E covers for a 2 count. Big E goes for the big ending, but Del Rio counters into a back stabber. Del Rio covers and gets a close 2 count. Del Rio calls for the cross arm breaker, but Big E hits a back bottom drop followed by his big splash for a close 2 count. Big E lets the straps down. Del Rio hits an attack on Big E’s arm and locks in the cross arm breaker. Big E fights back to his feet and lifts Del Rio up for a power bomb. He covers but Del Rio grabs the rope right before the 3 count. Big E lands a body shot and picks Del Rio up and sets him on the top rope. Big E gives chase, but Del Rio shoves him off and hits a double stomp to the chest. Del Rio connects with the big kick to the head and covers for the 3 count.
Winner by Pinfall – Alberto Del Rio
Back on Raw, the announcers show us what happened last week between John Cena and The Wyatt Family. Back in the arena, The Wyatt Family are on the big screen. Bray tells us that the world is bleeding from the inside, and it craves change. He says you can’t just whisper in people’s ears anymore and think they will believe you. You have to force them to believe you. Bray said as a child he was forced to lead. He says the world will cry for him, but eventually they will forget him. They will see him the same way he does. As a monster. Bray then sings “I’ve got the whole world.”
Back in the arena, Summer Rae makes her way to the ring. She will be going one on one with Natalya after the commercial break.
Back on Raw, Natalya makes her way to the ring for this one on one contest.
Summer Rae vs. Natalya
Natalya takes Summer down quickly and lands some shots on her. Summer backs into the corner and tosses Natalya face first into the corner. Summer lands some kicks to the back of the head and lands a clothesline. Summer covers for a 2 count. Summer locks in a rear chin lock. Natalya fights to her feet but Summer slams her back down. Summer goes for a leg drop but misses. Natalya connects with a drop kick to the face followed by a few suplexes. Summer hits another slap on Natalya but eats a clothsline and a slap of her own. Natalya takes her down and goes for the sharpshooter, but Summer shoves her off. Summer connects with a kick to the head and pins Natalya for the 3 count.
Winner by Pinfall – Summer Rae
Back on Raw, we are joined by Triple H and Stephanie Mcmahon, The Authority. They make their way to the ring. Stephanie starts by saying that they are good people, so they are going to let everyone say goodbye to the yes movement before Triple H beats him at Wrestlemania. Triple H says he doesn’t know how much everyone is going to care. He says there is no loyalty in this generation. He says everyone is lazy and doesn’t wanna work. They just want to be a part of something. He says once it is done, everyone just moves on to something else. The Authority starts mocking Fandango, saying that everyone dancing with him was just something they threw away. Stephanie asks who wants to see Daniel Bryan tonight. She tells the fans to start chanting yes. Stephanie says even she can get everyone to start chanting yes. Stephanie says that Daniel Bryan will not be here tonight. Stephanie says that’s what’s best for business. Triple H says it’s in Daniel Bryan’s best interest. He says that the yes movement is just a myth. Triple H says that Daniel Bryan isn’t an A+ player. Triple H brings up that he married very well, but that’s not why he is in power. He says it’s because of his dominance in the ring. It’s the reason he got to the top, and stayed at the top. He says it didn’t matter who they put in front of him, the same thing happened every time. Triple H then shows a video of the yes movement, and other signatures that other superstars have done over the years. And then the video starts hyping Triple H. Stephanie says that she loves watching Triple H in the ring. Triple H says that all of the people that the video showed were all great superstars, but they were all players of the game. And he is the game now, more than ever. Triple H says that he has decided that he is going to go on and win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and prove that he is the most powerful man in the WWE. The music of Batista cues up and he makes his way to the ring.
Batista says that he loves what he is doing with Daniel Bryan, but he couldn’t help but notice that he wasn’t in Triple H’s video. That’s because Triple H has never beaten him. Triple H says that Batista has said that a lot, does he have nothing better to say? He asks him if he has anything better to do? Batista then insults Triple H and Stephanie. The music of Randy Orton starts up and he makes his way to the ring.
Orton tells Stephanie to wait a minute and not to slap Batista yet so he can see it up close. He says to not touch him, because Randy wants to beat some respect into him in their match later tonight. Orton says he respects The Authority, and respects their decision to make a triple threat at Wrestlemania. He says that he knows that Triple H will beat Bryan and end the yes movement. Orton asks Triple H to reconsider being in the match. Triple H says no amount of ass kissing is going to get him out of this. He says his reign as WWE World Heavyweight Champion is going to end very soon. Unless Orton can figure out how to be the viper again. Triple H says he doesn’t even know if he can beat the viper. He says he better find the viper soon, because he has a match with Batista. And that match is now no disqualification. Triple H and Stephanie leave the ring as Orton poses with both titles in front of Batista. Batista and Orton have a stare down as we go to commercial.
Back on Raw, The Usos are in the ring with Los Matadores. They will be teaming together against The Real Americans and Rybaxel.
The Usos and Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans and Rybaxel
Jimmy Uso and Ryback lock up to start this match. Ryback backs Jimmy into the corner and makes a clean break. They lock up again and Ryback again backs him into the corner then shoves him. Jimmy fights back with a few chops. Ryback catches Jimmy on his shoulders but Jimmy fights out and hits another chop. Ryback comes back with a knee to the gut but eats a few arm drags by Jimmy. Jimmy tags in Jey Uso. Ryback hits the ropes and The Usos his a double kick to the gut. Jey covers for a 1 count. Ryback connects with a kick to the gut and tags in Axel. Axel charges and eats a big right hand by Jey Uso. Jey hits a chop and tags in Diego. Diego connects with a forearm and tags in Fernando. Fernando hits an arm drag and tags Jimmy Uso back in. Jimmy hits a big double ax handle to the chest of Axel and tags in Fernando. Fernando hits a shot to the gut and tags in Diego. Diego hits a big drop kick and pins for a 2 count. Jey Uso now tags in and connects with a shot to the gut. Axel fights back with a big right hand and tags in Cesaro. Cesaro hits a few big uppercuts, but eats a big right hand by Jey. Cesaro fights back and hits another uppercut. Swagger now tags in. Swagger lands some stomps and tosses Jey face first into the corner. He then whips him hard into the adjacent corner. Jey fights back to his feet and hits a DDT. He knocks Cesaro and Axel off the apron then low bridges Ryback. Fernando dives to the outside onto Cesaro. Jimmy flies over the top onto Ryback. Jey now tags in and goes up top. He hits a cross body for a 2 count. Swagger dumps Jey to the outside. Swagger gives chase as we go to commercial.
Back on Raw, Jey Uso is in the ring with Cesaro. Cesaro hits a standing drop kick and covers for a 2 count. Jey fights back to his feet and hits a back elbow. Jey comes off the middle rope but Cesaro catches him and hits a back breaker for a close 2 count. Cesaro lifts Jey up and hits a suplex for a 2 count. Swagger now tags in. Jey gets tossed into the corner and gets hit by Swagger and Cesaro. Swagger covers for a 2 count. Ryback tags in and locks in a rear chin lock on Jey Uso. Jey fights back to his feet, and hits a bulldog to get separation. Ryback gets to Axel and Axel cuts off Jey. Jey gets to Jimmy for the tag. Jimmy is on fire and hits a big back elbow to Axel. Jimmy connects with a big samoan drop. Jimmy charges and hits the Rikishi splash in the corner. He covers but Ryback breaks up the count and eats a superkick for his troubles. Axel rolls up Jimmy for behind for a 2 count. Swagger tags in and hits a big boot to the face. Diego breaks up the count then hits a flipping splash on the outside to Cesaro. Swagger goes for the Swagger bomb, but lands and eats a kick to the head by Jimmy. Fernando flies off the top but Swagger catches him and locks in The Patriot lock. Jey Uso comes in and gets slammed by Swagger. Fernando and Diego switch places and Diego rolls up Swagger for the 3 count.
Winners by Pinfall – The Usos and Los Matadores
Back on Raw, Fandango and Summer Rae are in the ring. Fandango will be tagging with Damien Sandow against The Rhodes Brothers.
The Rhodes Brothers vs. Damien Sandow and Fandango
Cody and Damien lock up to start this match. Cody goes behind and Sandow backs him into the corner. Sandow whips Cody hard into the corner, but Cody hits a back elbow and goes up top, but Sandow bails out of the ring. Sandow now tags in Fandango. Fandango eats a big hip toss by Fandango. Fandango whips Cody hard chest first into the corner. Sandow now tags back in. Sandow lands a shot to the gut and a headbutt followed by some stomps to a fallen Cody. Cody and Sandow are now on the outside. Sandow tosses Cody face first off the apron and rolls him back in the ring. Sandow covers for a 1 count. Fandango now tags back in. Fandango hits a suplex and covers for a 2 count. Fandango tosses Cody face first into the corner and tags in Sandow. Sandow lands a kick to the gut and drops a knee to the face of Cody for a 2 count. Sandow locks in a rear chin lock. Cody fights back to his feet with right hands. Cody tries to make a tag but Sandow hits a drop toe hold to stop him. Cody fights Sandow off and tags in Goldust. Goldust hits some clothesline and hits hits uppercut. Goldust hits a spinbuster and connects with a big atomic drop to Fandango. Fandango gets tossed to the outside. Goldust connects with a powerslam and covers but it’s broken up by Fandango. Sandow tries to roll up Goldust but Goldust pushes him away and hits The Final Cut for the 3 count.
Winners by Pinfall – The Rhodes Brothers
Back on Raw, the announcers show us what has happened recently between The Shield and Kane and The New Age Outlaws.
We go to the back where we see The Shield. Rollins says he almost feels bad for Kane. It’s like murder’s row back here. He says if The Outlaws wanna get involved, they will be there. Ambrose says that Kane and The Outlaws disrespected them. Reigns says that The Shield is not to be messed with, and to believe that, and to believe in The Shield.
Back in the arena, we are joined by The Wyatt Family. Bray Wyatt will be in action after the commercial break.
Back on Raw, R-Truth makes his way to the ring. He will be going one on one with Bray Wyatt.
Bray Wyatt vs. R-Truth
They lock up to start the match, and Bray tosses R-Truth to the side and hits a big clothesline. Bray connects with a kick to the ribs. He follows that with a headbutt to the face and a big uppercut. R-Truth tries to fight back, but Bray is all over him with right hands. R-Truth dodges a Bray charge and hits a calf kick for a 1 count. R-Truth charges in and hits a big splash. Truth hits the ropes but Bray hits his running cross body. Bray is all over Truth with a big headbutt to the face. Bray chokes Truth on the middle rope. Bray sits on the back and locks in a modified camel clutch. Truth fights back to his feet, but Bray tosses Truth to the outside. Truth slides back in and lands some right hands. Bray connects with a kick to the gut and a club to the back. Bray lands multiple clubs to the back of the head of Truth. Bray lifts Truth up and hits a tilt a whirl face buster. Truth tries to fight back again, but Bray is all over him with multiple headbutts. Bray charges in and hits a splash in the corner. Bray grabs Truth and connects with Sister Abigail for the 3 count.
Winner by Pinfall – Bray Wyatt
After the match, Xavier Woods comes to the aid of Truth but eats a big clothesline by Luke Harper. Bray tells the WWE Universe that this isn’t the beginning, this is the end. He tells everyone to follow the buzzards. They pose and another goat mask shows up with them. They look at this mystery man with confusion. The man takes off his mask and it’s John Cena. Cena lands a right hand to Harper and hits an AA on Luke Harper. He tries an AA on Bray but Bray fights out and bails out of the ring. Cena poses to the WWE Universe as the Wyatt Family stands at the top of the stage.
Back on Raw, AJ Lee is in the ring with Naomi. They will be going one on one in a lumberjill match.
AJ Lee vs. Naomi
The ladies lock up to start this match. Naomi works on the arm of AJ and AJ tosses her to the mat. Naomi hits a big drop kick and AJ rolls to the outside. The divas rolls AJ back in, but AJ rolls back out. They roll her in again. Naomi rolls AJ up and gets a 2 count. Naomi hits the ropes and slides to the apron. AJ knocks Naomi off the apron and none of the lumberjills toss Naomi into the ring. Naomi gets back in the ring and lands some big kicks to AJ. AJ goes behind and hits a spinning heel kick for a 2 count. AJ tosses Naomi face first into the corner and lands some stomps. AJ locks in a standing guillotine. Naomi fights her off but AJ connects with a high knee. AJ hits a neckbreaker and covers for a 1 count. Naomi comes back with a pele kick to gain the advantage. She hits a sitout drop kick and an atomic drop. She covers and gets a 2 count. Naomi goes for the split legged moonsault, but AJ rolls to the outside. All the divas attack Tamina and roll AJ back in the ring. Naomi connects with the rear view and covers for the 3 count.
Winner by Pinfall – Naomi
Back on Raw, we are joined in the back with Renee Young and John Cena. Renee tells Cena that we can expect anything this Sunday. John Cena tells Bray Wyatt that he is ready for him this Sunday, and he is going to take him down.
Back in the arena, we are joined by Jerry “The King” Lawler. He tells us the results of the vote and Kane will be going one on one with Roman Reigns of The Shield.
Back on Raw, Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring. He is followed by The Director of Operations, Kane.
Roman Reigns vs. Kane
Both men lock up to start the match. Kane backs Reigns into the corner and misses a right hand. Reigns fires back with rights of his own. Kane fires back with a hard right hands. Reigns hits the ropes and eats a back elbow by Kane. Kane covers for a 1 count. Reigns gets whipped into the corner and Kane connects with a sidewalk slam. Kane calls for the chokeslam, but Reigns fights out and right hands. Reigns hits the ropes and hits a jumping clothesline followed by a big right hand. Reigns slides to the outside and hits his running drop kick to the apron. Reigns sets up for the superman punch, but The Outlaws make their way out. The Shield come out to even the sides. Reigns turns around and connects with the superman punch. The Shield slides into the ring and circles Kane. They all 3 start attacking Kane. The Outlaws pull Kane out of the ring as The Shield tries for the triple power bomb.
Back on Raw, we are joined by WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Piper says it’s Wrestlemania season. He says that 29 years ago today, he had to honor of being in the main event of the first Wrestlemania ever. He says that it was not him who got pinned in the middle of the ring. He says there was a man who played a huge role in making Wrestlemania what it is today. That man is Andre the Giant. Piper says that this sunday, 30 WWE Superstars will be in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at a chance for their Wrestlemania moment. Piper starts to say who his favorite to win the battle royal, but Miz comes out and cuts him off.
Miz asks really as Piper mocks him. Miz says he is the odds on favorite to win the battle royal. Miz says unlike Piper, he’s won the main event of Wrestlemania. Miz says the other 29 superstars don’t compare to him, just like Piper’s Pit doesn’t compare to Miz TV. Sheamus makes him way out.
Sheamus says that Miz couldn’t hold Piper’s kilt. Sheamus says that he sees an Andre trophy and a pint in his future. Titus O’neal makes his way out.
Titus says that he deserves to win and will win the battle royal. He then spells out his name. He says after he wins the battle royal.. he gets cut off by Piper. Dolph Ziggler now makes his way out.
Ziggler says he hates to come out and steal the spotlight, even though that’s his thing. He says he is going to do it this Sunday as well. He says he will etch his name in sports entertainment history. Piper tells Miz he is a nice kid and then pokes him in the eyes. Sheamus and Miz start fighting as do Titus and Ziggler. All of the superstars in the battle royal make their way out and start fighting. Big Show comes out last and joins the battle. Every starts attacking Big Show but he throws all of them off. Big Show starts chopping and chokeslamming everyone. He hit a double choke slam on Ziggler and Miz. Rey attacks Big Show, and Show lifts up Rey and tosses him over the top onto all of the other superstars. Piper raises the hand of Big Show as his music cues up.
Back on Raw, Batista makes his way to the ring. He will be going one on one with the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton in a no disqualification match.
Batista vs. Randy Orton
Before the match begins, Triple H and Stephanie make their way out. They will be ring side for this match.
Orton starts off quickly with a kick to the gut and tosses Batista shoulder first into the ring post. Orton gives chase and Batista lands a big clothesline on the outside. Batista tosses Orton face first into the barricade. Both men are now back in the ring. Orton catches Batista with a kick to the gut and Batista rolls back to the outside. Orton gives chase, but Batista fights back with right hands. Orton tosses Batista back first into the barricade. Orton now clotheslines Batista over the barricade into the time keeper’s area. Batista grabs a chair and jabs Orton in the stomach and then gives him a shot to the back. Orton comes back and tosses Batista face first into the announce table. Orton back drops Batista onto the barricade. Orton grabs the chair and blasts Batista in the back. Batista rolls back in the ring as Orton poses with the chair on the outside. Orton now slides in the ring with the chair. Batista lands a kick to the gut and clotheslines Orton over the top to the outside. Batista gives chase and tosses Orton face first into the announce table. Batista picks Orton up and slams him back first into the ring apron. Batista grabs another chair, but Orton comes out of nowhere with a kendo stick. He blasts Batista over and over with the kendo stick. Orton tries to whip Batista but Batista reverses and whips Orton into the steel steps. Batista tosses Orton back in the ring. Orton comes back, but Batista connects with a big spine buster. Batista sets Orton up for the Batista Bomb, but Orton counters and hits his back breaker. Orton stalks Batista as Batista rolls to the apron. Orton grabs Batista and hits his DDT off the ropes. Daniel Bryan shows up out of nowhere and attacks Triple H on the outside. Orton tries to attack Bryan but Bryan knocks him off. Orton finally gets Bryan off of Triple H and tosses Bryan into the steel steps. Orton tosses Bryan back in the ring. Orton slides in and eats a spear by Batista. Batista picks Bryan up, but Bryan connects with a kick and his running knee. Bryan flies to the outside onto Triple H and is all over him with right hands and kicks. Bryan grabs the kendo stick and starts whipping Triple H with it. Bryan gets back in the ring and drop kicks Orton off of the apron. Bryan poses and leads the WWE Universe in a loud YES chant. Bryan points at his Yes shirt, and then points at the Wrestlemania sign. Stephanie holds Triple H back as we see again what all just transpired. Triple H is seething mad at the top of the ramp as Stephanie is holding him back. Daniel Bryan chants Yes with the entire WWE Universe as we go off the air.