WWE RAW Report – 5/25/15
– Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a video for Memorial Day. We’re live from the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island for the final WWE event in this venue. Eden is in the ring and asks everyone to stand for a ten-bell salute. We go to the normal RAW opening video.
– The pyro goes off and we’re live from Long Island with Michael Cole, JBL and Booker T.
– We go to the ring and out comes Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Kane, Joey Mercury, Jamie Noble and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. They all head to the ring.
We get hype for the WWE World Heavyweight Title match at Elimination Chamber. Rollins asks fans to give it up for Dean Ambrose and they do. Rollins says Ambrose acted like a common thug last week to get what he wanted – a title shot. A “you sold out” chant starts up. Rollins goes on and fans chant for Ambrose. Rollins says The Authority made the match under duress and that’s not how they operate and that’s not best for business. Triple H and Stephanie seem to agree. Rollins says they could take the title shot away from Ambrose right now. Rollins says Triple H could even fire Ambrose right now. Rollins says Triple H actually considered it but he asked him not to fire Ambrose. Rollins says Ambrose isn’t really a threat to him and isn’t on his level. Triple H calls Ambrose to the ring to keep his title shot and he comes out to the stage.
Ambrose says all it took was a steel chair, a few cinderblocks and some imagination to get his title shot. Ambrose says there’s a good chance that The Authority’s golden boy gets replaced by someone they call a lunatic but everyone else will just call the face of WWE. Ambrose says he will make some changes around here. Ambrose cracks jokes on the members of The Authority and gets a Justin Bieber chant going at Rollins. Rollins talks about how it wouldn’t be that bad to be Bieber. They have more words and Ambrose makes his way to the ring to fight but stops at ringside as fans chant his name. Roman Reigns’ music hits and out he comes through the crowd.
Stephanie stops them and announces Kane and Rollins vs. Reigns and Ambrose for tonight and that match is happening right now. Triple H’s music hits as we go to commercial.
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Kane and Seth Rollins
Back from the break and they’re going at it. Kane and Reigns go at it with Reigns knocking Kane to the corner. Kane fights back and goes for a suplex but Reigns counters with one of his own. Ambrose tags in for some double teaming. Ambrose goes to work on the arm but Kane pushes him to the corner and Rollins comes in. Ambrose kicks Rollins and tags in Reigns for a double team clothesline. Reigns takes Rollins down with a headlock now.
They end up on the floor and Rollins takes control off a distraction when Kane and J&J get involved. Kane rolls Reigns back in and Rollins covers for 2. Rollins keeps Reigns grounded but fans chant for Ambrose. Ambrose finally gets a tag and unloads on Rollins. Ambrose with a bulldog and a clothesline over the top. Ambrose runs the ropes and dives out onto Rollins. Kane comes over but Reigns rocks him. We go to commercial with Reigns and Ambrose standing tall in the ring.
Back from the break and they still have Ambrose down. He finally hits a huge clothesline on Rollins and Reigns tags in as Kane does. Reigns unloads and hits clotheslines in the corner. He knocks Mercury off the apron. Noble takes a Superman punch. Kane drops Reigns with a big boot. Kane calls for a chokeslam but Reigns blocks it with elbows. Kane with a big right hand. Ambrose tags himself in as Reigns hits a Superman punch on Kane. Ambrose with the top rope elbow drop for a 2 count as Rollins breaks the pin. Rollins tags in and springboards with a knee to Ambrose’s face for a 2 count.
Rollins blocks Dirty Deeds. Ambrose comes back but misses the big clothesline. They trade holds and Ambrose pins Rollins with a back slide.
Winners: Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose
– After the match, Ambrose taunts Rollins from the ring. Cole reminds us that Ambrose still has to sign the contract tonight before the match is official.
– The announcers plug WWE Network and Elimination Chamber.
– Still to come, the cast of Entourage will be here. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Renee Young is backstage with Dean Ambrose asking him about the contract. J&J Security walks up and taunts Ambrose. He smacks Noble and beats down Mercury before beating on them both. A camera man goes down during the melee and Ambrose looks concerned about it.
– The announcers lead us to a video for Kevin Owens vs. John Cena.
Rusev vs. R-Truth
We go to the ring and out comes Rusev with a Bulgarian flag. He’s also wearing the colors of Bulgaria. Cole says Rusev has moved back to his native Bulgaria. We go to commercial.
We come back and the cast of Entourage, minus Ari, comes out of a limousine in the back. Rusev is in the ring as we see the vacant WWE Intercontinental Title belt at ringside and a look back at Rusev’s split with Lana. R-Truth makes his way out next.
They go at it with Rusev hitting hard. Truth comes back with a big kick to knock Rusev down for a 2 count. Rusev comes right back and beats Truth down before stomping on his back and applying The Accolade for the easy win.
– After the match, Rusev takes the mic and yells for Lana to come out. He says they need to talk and asks her to please come down. Rusev waits as we go back to commercial.
– We come back to Rusev still in the ring calling for Lana to come out. Lana’s music hits and out she comes to the ring. Lana says he asked her to come and now she’s waiting to hear what he has to say. Rusev says he knows Lana cares about him no matter what has happened. Rusev says he knows Lana wants to crush America and the American spirit just as bad as he does. Fans boo and start a USA chant. Rusev asks Lana to take his hand and all will be forgotten. Fans chant “no” as Rusev tries to convince her. They finally hug and Lana doesn’t look so sure. They raise their arms and fans boo. Rusev wants Lana to say three magical little words… I was wrong. Lana looks upset and turns to walk out of the ring. Rusev yells for her to come back and admit everything was her fault, then everything will be back to normal. Lana says she was not wrong, Rusev did say he quits at Payback. Rusev yells that she’s a liar and he never quits. He says she needs to know her place. Rusev says he owns Lana and tells her to get back here. Lana just looks at him from the apron but comes back into the ring. Lana says no, Rusev is a liar and a quitter. She says he’s so cowardly he can’t take responsibility for his own actions. Lana says she belongs to no one. She says she’s no longer Rusev’s victim. Lana says he’s never going to listen to Rusev’s caveman crap again, drops the mic and walks off as fans pop. Rusev throws a fit and out comes Dolph Ziggler to meet Lana on the stage. They kiss as Rusev looks on from the ring and continues to throw a fit.
– Ambrose is backstage when Rollins and Triple H walk in. The camera man that went down earlier walks in with two police officers and Triple H asks if he still wants to press charges. The guy looks to say otherwise but Rollins shuts him up. The guy does press charges and the two cops take Ambrose away in handcuffs. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and Ambrose is being loaded into a police van as The Authority taunts him.
King Barrett vs. Ryback
We go to the ring and out comes King Barrett. Ryback is out next.
Ryback starts with a Thesz Press and goes to work on Barrett. Barrett gets up but Ryback nails a big scoop slam. Ryback readies for a Meathook as fans chant “feed me more” but Barrett rolls to the floor. Ryback follows and Barrett kicks his taped ribs. Barrett sends Ryback into the barrier. Barrett brings it back in and wails away on Ryback as he lays over the top turnbuckle. Barrett with a big knee to the ribs for a 2 count. Barrett keeps control and nails an elbow from the second rope for a 2 count. Barrett with knees to the back now.
More back and forth. Barrett pulls Ryback off the second rope and nails Winds of Change for a 2 count. Barrett readies for a Bullhammer but Ryback can’t get to his feet. Barrett slaps him around and talks trash. Ryback nails a spinebuster out of nowhere. Ryback with Shellshocked for the win.
– Triple H and Stephanie are backstage. Triple H hangs up the phone and Ambrose is on his way to central booking. He says Ambrose won’t be able to make it back tonight which means he won’t be able to sign the contract. Stephanie wonders who Rollins will face at Elimination Chamber. The cast of Entourage walks in and jokes around with the two. Turtle asks if Ambrose just got arrested and Stephanie apologizes but says that won’t put a damper on tonight’s festivities. They plug the new Entourage movie and they call it the WrestleMania of movies. They mention Ronda Rousey being in the movie and Turtle makes it awkward when he talks about Rousey beating up Stephanie. Stephanie tells them where their dressing room is and they walk off. We go to commercial.
Stardust vs. Neville
Back from the break and Stardust is making his entrance. Actor Stephen Amell is at ringside and has some words with Stardust. Neville is out next to a pop.
They go at it to start the match but Stardust takes out the injured knee. Stardust works over Neville when Bo Dallas makes his way out and watches from ringside. Stardust controls most of the match but Neville knocks him off the top. Neville climbs up and hits Red Arrow for the win.
– After the match, Bo gets in the ring and tells Neville to just Bo-lieve. Bo kicks out Neville’s injured knee and he goes down in pain.
– The Entourage guys walk up on Summer Rae, Layla, Emma and Alicia Fox backstage. They go hang out when we see Eric talking to Zack Ryder. Eric is talking Ryder into doing something tonight for the Coliseum before it shuts down. Eric brings the rest of the guys into Ryder’s dressing room to go over their idea and they leave the Divas hanging.
– We see Lana and Dolph Ziggler backstage talking. Ziggler walks off to the ring as we go to commercial.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
Back from the break and out comes Sheamus after a Money In the Bank promo. They go to the corner and start fighting but Sheamus knocks Ziggler down and works him into another corner. Sheamus drops Ziggler and stomps away as fans boo. Ziggler with a kick to the shoulder but Sheamus comes right back and runs over him. Sheamus drops knees and rakes at Ziggler’s face. Sheamus keeps Ziggler grounded with a headlock now.
Ziggler tries to make a comeback but Sheamus drops him again. Sheamus stands over Ziggler and talk trash before going back to work on him. Sheamus tosses Ziggler to the floor. They come back in and go back and forth. Ziggler hits a dropkick and sends them both over the top rope. Sheamus catches him on the floor and hits a big slam. Lana comes out to the stage and watches as Sheamus brings it back in the ring and we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Sheamus nails an Irish Curse backbreaker for a 2 count. Sheamus talks trash as Lana looks on from the stage. Sheamus keeps control until Ziggler finally gets some momentum going. Ziggler nails a crossbody from the top and the Fame-asser for a 2 count. Ziggler blocks White Noise and a Brogue, sending Sheamus into the ring post. Ziggler with a big kick for a close 2 count. Rusev comes walking past Lana and runs to the ring. Ziggler superkicks him on the apron but turns around to a Brogue from Sheamus for the win.
– After the match, Rusev enters the ring. Lana has came down to ringside and looks on as Rusev hits Ziggler with a big knee. He stares back at Lana and she looks angry at him. Ziggler takes another shot but fights back. Rusev drops him and stomps on his back before applying The Accolade right in front of Lana. Rusev breaks the hold and leaves Ziggler laying as he walks to the stage. Rusev yells back at Lana to kiss Ziggler now.
– Still to come, John Cena’s US Open Challenge. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and out comes WWE United States Champion John Cena as fans sing their own version of his theme song. Cena hits the ring and raises the title.
Cena talks about his fan reactions and they start the dueling chants up. Cena goes on about the fans and the crowd starts chanting for Zack Ryder. Cena finally brings up NXT Champion Kevin Owens and his name gets a pop. Cena says Owens left him incapacitated last week, broke the internet and then broke Sami Zayn in half at Takeover. Cena says the ones chanting “Cena sucks” believe Owens is the man to keep Cena down and the man to change what they think needs to be changed around here. Cena says the ones chanting that will be able to chant “fight Owens fight” this weekend. Cena tries to manipulate the chant into a “let’s go Cena, fight Owens fight” chant but it doesn’t happen. Cena says Owens proved last week he knows how to start a fight but they will find out on Sunday if he can finish one. Cena brings up tonight’s US Open Challenge and says he has great pride putting the title on the line for Memorial Day. Cena kicks off the challenge and out comes the four guys from Entourage to the stage. Cena asks fans to give it up for them and they get some boos. Cena asks which of them is going to come in the ring with him. Eric calls it a childhood fantasy to step into a WWE ring but they’re here to introduce a Superstar to answer Cena’s challenge, a Long Island boy just like him. They introduce Zack Ryder and out he comes to a pop.
WWE United States Title Match: Zack Ryder vs. John Cena
Back from the break and we get dueling chant for Cena and Ryder. The cast of Entourage watches from ringside. They go at it and Cena hits a suplex for a 2 count. Cena with another takedown and a 2 count. Cena whips Ryder into the corner and runs in with an elbow. Cena whips Ryder into another corner but Ryder gets his knees up. Ryder with a missile dropkick and a forearm in the corner. Ryder goes for the Broski Boot but Cena gets up and hits shoulder tackles. Cena with the big slam. He calls for an Attitude Adjustment as fans boo. Drama gets in the ring but backs off and is pulled to safety. Ryder rolls Cena up for 2. Cena comes back but Ryder slams him on his face for 2.
Ryder nails the Broski Boot and gets another 2 count. Ryder nails the Rough Ryder for another close 2 count. Ryder goes to the top for a 450 Splash but misses as Cena moves out of the way. Cena nails an AA for the win.
Winner: John Cena
– After the match, Cena helps Ryder up and raises his arm as fans pop. The guys from Entourage come in with Ryder and Cena to celebrate. They leave and Cena hits the turnbuckles to pose with the title. Cena turns around and is ran over by Kevin Owens. Owens hits the pop-up powerbomb and lays Cena out. Owens stands over Cena with the NXT Title. Fans chant for NXT and Owens stomps on Cena’s title belt. Owens smiles and raises his title before we go to replays. Owens’ music hits and he leaves as Cena starts recovering in the ring.
– Stephanie, Triple H and Rollins are backstage watching. Stephanie says Owens is so impressive he’s almost scary. She says Triple H knows how to pick talents. Rollins says he’s known Owens for a long time and downplays him, saying he’s still the future and the present. Renee Young comes in for an update on Dean Ambrose but Stephanie doesn’t have one. She says they will still give him the chance to sign the contract at the end of the night.
– We see what happened earlier with Ambrose and J&J Security when the camera man went down. We also see the police arresting Ambrose later.
Tamina Snuka vs. Paige
We go to the ring and out come The Bella Twins for commentary. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Naomi is out with Tamina Snuka. Paige makes her way out next. Paige and Tamina go at it to start the match. They end up on the apron and Paige hits a bunch of knees. Tamina knocks her off the apron to the floor. Paige crawls back in but Tamina throw her to the mat and keeps her grounded.
Paige finally makes a comeback and unloads on Tamina. She connects with a dropkick and a superkick. Tamina rolls to the floor to regroup but Paige leaps off the apron and takes her out. Paige brings it back in the ring but Tamina meets her coming in. The referee backs Tamina off but is distracted when Naomi runs over for a cheap shot on Paige. Tamina with a big Samoan Drop on Paige for the win.
Winner: Tamina Snuka
– After the match Naomi and Tamina look on from the ring as The Bella Twins stand at ringside.
– Back from a break and WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day are in the ring. They cut a promo saying they’re being persecuted for being positive. They’re not happy about defending inside the Elimination Chamber on Sunday. They rip the fans and the Coliseum, calling them losers. This leads to a “New Day sucks” chant. Kane’s music hits and out he comes to the stage. Kane makes The New Day vs. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd, Los Matadores, The Ascension, The Prime Time Players and the Lucha Dragons in a 10 on 3 match. That match is next.
Handicap Match: The New Day vs. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd, Los Matadores, The Ascension, The Prime Time Players and the Lucha Dragons
Cesaro and Tyson Kidd are out first with Natalya. Titus O’Neil and Darren Young are out next followed by Fernando and Diego with El Torito. Konnor and Viktor are out next followed by Sin Cara and Kalisto. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Kalisto is going at it with Xavier Woods. Woods gets the upperhand and taunts the other Superstars. They all rush in at once and beat him down for the disqualification. Big E and Kofi Kingston also run in and everyone fights now. It comes down to The Lucha Dragons in the ring after they send Kidd and Cesaro out with everyone else. Cara and Kalisto go to the top and splash out onto the other teams. The New Day come back in the ring and stand tall.
Winners by DQ: The New Day
– The New Day celebrates but Kidd nails a dropkick. Cesaro drops Woods and does the Cesaro Swing on him. Kidd stops it with a dropkick. They pose with Natalya in the ring as Cesaro’s music hits.
– We get the trailer for the WWE Network Sneak Peek of the Daniel Bryan DVD.
– Back from a break and Daniel Bryan is announced for Miz TV on the Elimination Chamber pre-show.
– We see footage from the Dean Ambrose segment earlier and it shows Seth Rollins pushing the camera man into Ambrose so he shouldn’t be in jail right now.
– We go to the ring and out comes The Authority. Rollins talks about how Ambrose is a criminal. Stephanie talks about how Ambrose struck an employee and she wants to say more about it but their lawyers have advised them not to as it’s an ongoing investigation. Triple H said despite Ambrose’s state of mind, they were still willing to give him a title shot if he just signed a contract. Triple H says they have no choice but to formally announce that Seth Rollins will… Roman Reigns’ music hits and out he comes. He rushes the ring and tackles Rollins. J&J attack him as does Kane but he fights them off. Triple H and Stephanie retreat to the floor. The numbers game catches up with Reigns and they beat him down.
Kane chokeslams Reigns and the beatdown continues as Stephanie cheers them on. Fans chant for Ambrose. A police siren goes off as we see the van that carried Ambrose away earlier, pull back into the arena. Ambrose hops out to a big pop. He rushes the ring and unloads on The Authority. He drops Kane with a clothesline and tackles Rollins with more punches. Rollins goes to hit Ambrose with the night stick he brought in but Reigns makes the save. Reigns and Ambrose take turns on Rollins before sending him to the floor. J&J and Kane come in to beat up Reigns and Ambrose but they fight back. Reigns with a spear on Mercury and Noble at the same time. Kane tosses Reigns to the floor. Reigns runs back and hits a Superman punch on Kane. Ambrose with Dirty Deeds on Kane. The contract is brought in and Ambrose signs it in time so the match is still on for Elimination Chamber. Rollins, Triple H and Stephanie look on from the stage as Reigns and Ambrose stare back from the ring. RAW goes off the air.
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