Raw Recap: HBK Returns, New Tag-Team Champions

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Event: WWE Monday Night Raw

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Reported By: Jared Monk (jaeknox)

Opening Segment: HBK Returns

HBK comes out to a huge pop to no one’s surprise. He touches quickly on the fact that he’s trained Daniel Bryan, he’s always hated Randy Orton and he’s still bestfriend’s with Triple H but does manage to guarantee that one man will leave The HIAC PPV WWE Champion. Randy Orton interrupts to a rather huge mixed hometown pop. He runs down HBK expressing that he always has and always will be better than him. After some quick jawing back and forth HBK gives us the traditional, “I got two words for ya”. He turns around to leave the ring, Orton grabs him and attempts an RKO that HBK blocks and then goes for a Sweet Chin Music that Orton was able to avoid by sliding out the ring. As he’s headed up the ramp, Miz quickly attacks Orton from behind leading into their match and we head to our first commercial break.

Match #1: The Miz vs Randy Orton

Great back and forth match between these two. Say what you want about both men but they usually are great workers and Miz seems to get better every week. The Wyatt’s appear on the top of the entrance ramp which distracts that Miz. The interruption allows Orton to sneak in a quick RKO for the 1 2 3. After the match, Bray cuts the typical yet entertaining follow the buzzards promo.

Winner: Randy Orton

Match #2: Fandangoo vs Santino Marella

We start this one off with some quick dance moves from both men. Pretty solid back and forth encounter as Santino goes for the cobra, Fandango ducks it and Sanitno comes close to hitting Summer Rae off the apron. Fandango capitalizes off this and rolls Santino up with a schoolboy for the three count.

Winner: Fandango

Match#3: Los Matadores vs 3MB (Heath Slater & Drew McCintyre)

Fairly quick match as both Matadores do their high spots and they get the quick pinfall victory. After the match The Matadores and the little bull did a pretty nice finisher on Jinder Mahal.

Winner: Los Matadores

In-Ring Segment: Triple H & Stephanie McMahon

The crowd starts off with very strong “You Got Knocked Out” chants directed at Triple H in regards to the Big Show knocking him out last week. Stephanie announces that they are pressing charges against The Big Show for assault and trespassing. Triple H grabs the mic and runs the fans down for not realizing that he does everything to benefit the Universe. He say’s now he’s gonna be the bad guy and honestly ending up cutting one of the most vicious promo’s I’ve seen from him since his Evolution days. Daniel Bryan interrupts and starts doing his “YES” pose on the top the ramp. Out comes Del Rio from behind as he attacks the grappler from Washington state. Stephanie announces to Bryan that Del Rio is his opponent for later in the night.

Match #4: Ryback w/Paul Heyman vs R-Truth – Beat the Clock

This one is pretty much a longer version of a squash match as Ryback is all over Truth and Truth barely got much offense in. Crowd is a bit tuned out with this one and they start their ever popular “Jerry” chant for Jerry Lawler. Ryback hits his finisher and gets the pinfall victory at 5:44 so that’s the time Cm Punk has to beat.

Winner: Ryback @5.44

Match #5: Tons of Funk vs The Real Americans

This basically seems like a match to feature Cesaro. Ever since Cesaro started doing the giant swing, he’s been the key feature in all his matches. Tonight he pretty much did all his spots and more, looks like he’s really headed towards a push. All four men looked good and Cesaro was able to get the pinfall on Brodus Clay. After the match Cesaro gave Clay the giant swing.

Winner: The Real Americans

Match #6: Tamina Snuka w/ AJ Lee vs Brie Bella

Tamina is all over Brie in the early goings. This was also another squash match in which Snuka got the victory in pretty easy fashion. After the match, Snuka hits Brie with another Samoan Drop and Superfly Smash from the top rope. AJ then hits the ring and locks up Brie in her Black Widow submission hold to add insult to injury. Banned from ringside, Nicki then runs out to check on her sister as we head to commercial.

Winner: Tamina Snuka

Match #7: Cm Punk vs Curtis Axel w/ Paul Heyman – Beat the Clock

Punk comes out to a very solid pop. Really didn’t wanna add my 2 cents but I really feel like Punk and Axel have great chemistry together in the ring so its always a treat to see these two go at it. This was pretty back and forth up until around the end when Punk was able to get the upper hand and hit Axel with his GTS finisher to get the 123 with 12 seconds remaining which means Cm Punk beat the clock. Punk announces as his stipulation that he wants Ryback at Hell in a Cell inside a Hell in a Cell with Heyman in the cell as well so he has nowhere to run or hide.

Winner: Cm Punk @5:32

Match #8: Daniel Bryan vs Alberto Del Rio

Bryan’s on the attack quick, fast and in a hurry as Del Rio barely has any room to breathe. Del Rio is able to sneak in some offense later on and now we have ourselves a match. Orton then appears on the jumbo tron giving Bryan a little bit of lip service. He’s positioned outside of the Bella’s locker room. He then enters the locker room and you can here both the Bella’s screaming. Bryan exits the ring and heads backstage to their locker room. He enters in as well and asks the Bella’s if they’re alright. Orton comes in from behind on the attack and rams Bryan into some sort of huge cart on wheels. Officials step in quick to pull Orton off of Bryan as we head to another break.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio via Count Out

Match 9: No DQ WWE Tag Team Title Match

Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs The Shield(C)

All 3 members of the Shield are basically involved in this match because its no DQ. Goldust really showed his stuff and probably was the best performer of the night. All 4 of these men told a story. As the Shield were going for their big finisher on Cody, Goldust comes from behind with a chair to break it up. Things are turning chaotic as out of nowhere Big Show comes from the crowd to an insane pop. He quickly takes out Rollins and Ambrose outside of the ring by the announce table. This distracts Reigns as he and Big Show have a stare down while Reigns is in the ring. Cody goes for the off the rope kick and Reigns ducks it but as he ducks it, Big Show sneaks in a big knockout punch in which Cody is able to crawl over and get the 3 count on Reings thus crowing new WWE Tag Team Champions, Cody Rhodes and Goldust. The crowd went nuts and this clearly was one of the better mainevents we’ve seen in a while on Raw. Triple H storms to the ring and he’s livid as Raw goes off the air.

Key Names Missing: Both Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler weren’t used last night which is rare but it was was however announced that Dolph Ziggler will be challenging Dean Ambrose for the United States Championship this Wednesday on WWE Mainevent.

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