Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, August 25th, 2014 (USA Network)
Location: The Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Results by Jeff Johnson
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
Welcome everyone to tonight's edition of Monday Night Raw. We begin tonight's show with Michael Cole in the ring. He first introduces WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan. Hogan makes his way to the ring. Cole now introduces 16 time World Champion Ric Flair. Lastly, Cole introduces Mr. Wrestlemania Shawn Michaels. All 3 men are sitting at a table in the ring.
Michael Cole starts by reviewing what happened between Lesnar and Cena at Summerslam, and hypes their match at Night of Champions. Cole asks Michaels what Cena's chances are. Shawn says that Cena has no chance, and Flair agrees. Michaels says that every superstar comes to a crossroad where they have to make a decision, and maybe his time to make that decision is now. Hogan says that Cena still has plenty in the tank. Flair says he agrees with Shawn. Flair says he respects John Cena and everything he has done for the company. He calls Cena The Franchise. Flair says he doesn't want to see Cena go against Brock at Night of Champions.
Cole asks Hogan what his prediction for Night of Champions is. Hogan says Cena lives by Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect. Hogan says he is rooting for Cena. Flair says he likes Cena as well. Shawn says they all like Cena, but it doesn't mean that he has a chance. Michaels says that Cena took a beating at Summerslam, and nobody comes back the same after a beating like that. Hogan says that both men have a victory, and somehow Cena will find a way to get his hand raised. Michaels says that Cena winning at NoC is unbelievable. Cena's music now starts up and he makes his way to the ring.
Cena says that everybody is weighing in on him after Summerslam. Including a panel of Hall of Famers. Cena says that he has the up most respect for all 3 men sitting in the ring. Cena says he is sick of all the talk about what he should do. Cena says he is here to tell everyone what is going on with him. Cena says that he took 16 german suplexes at Summerslam, and he took an ass whoopin. Cena tells Shawn that a fight like that does change a man, like he said. Cena said when he talked to the trainer, he told him he wants to fight Brock again. Cena says that he doesn't plan on having it happen again, and he is going to take the fight to Brock at Night of Champions. Cena says that this is the biggest rematch of his life. He is going to Night of Champions to beat Brock Lesnar, he is going to Night of Champions to beat Brock Lesnar's ass. Cena leaves the ring and makes his way to the back as we go to commercial.
Back on Raw, Rusev and Lana are in the ring. Rusev will be going one on one with Jack Swagger.
Rusev vs. Jack Swagger
Swagger starts off quickly with right hands, but Rusev comes back with rights of his own. Swagger now gains momentum. Rusev hits the ropes and Swagger connects with a back elbow that sends Rusev to the outside. Rusev slides back in and Swagger lands some right hands. Swagger hits the ropes and takes Rusev down. Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock but Rusev gets to the ropes and slides to the outside. Rusev starts to climb in but jumps back down. Rusev now slides back in and Swagger takes him down from behind. Swagger tries a waistlock but Rusev slides out again. Swagger gives chase and slams him face first into the announce table. Swagger tosses Rusev back in the ring and slides back in. Swagger charges and hits a big clothesline in the corner. Swagger tosses Rusev face first into the corner and lands a big knee followed by a right hand. Swagger charges but Rusev hangs him up on the top rope. Rusev charges and knocks Swagger over the top to the outside as we go to commercial.
Back on Raw, Rusev is in control of Swagger. Rusev has a bear hug locked on, but Swagger fights out. Rusev hits the ropes and connects with a jumping spinning heel kick. Swagger fights back to his feet and connects with a belly to belly suplex. Swagger hits the ropes and connects with a few clotheslines followed by a big boot to the face. Swagger goes for the Swagger Bomb, but Rusev gets his foot up. Swagger grabs his foot and locks in the Patriot...