Airdate: Monday, January 20th, 2014 (USA Network)
Location: Wright State University's Nutter Center
Results by Jeff Johnson
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We are live from Dayton, Ohio! Monday Night Raw starts with the arrival of The Authority, HHH and Stephanie Mcmahon. Stephanie welcomes us to the show. Triple H tells us that this Sunday marks the start of the road to Wrestlemania. He tells us that the winner of the rumble match, will main event against the champion at Wrestlemania. Triple H starts to welcome back Batista, but Randy Orton's music cuts him off. Orton then makes his way to the ring.
Orton asks The Authority who they think they are. Stephanie asks Orton the same thing. Stephanie tells Orton that her and HHH have been busy promoting the launch of the WWE Network. Stephanie asks Orton what happened after his match last week against Kofi Kingston. They then show the ending of their match last week when Orton attacked John Cena's father.
Back in the arena, Stephanie tells Orton that his actions last week were horrible, and they weren't the actions of a true WWE World Heavyweight Champion. She tells Orton that if he doesn't start listening to them, she will strip him of the title and fire him. Orton blames The Authority for his actions, by making him defend the title at Royal Rumble. Then he blames them for bringing back Batista and Brock Lesnar. Orton says there wouldn't be a WWE Network without him. Orton says if he could do what he did last week again, he would. Triple H tells Orton that they made him the face of the WWE because they believe in him. Triple H says they have that faith in him, but Orton doesn't have that faith in himself. He proved it last week by losing to Kofi Kingston. He expects Orton to right the wrong, but that's not what Orton does. He attacks an old man instead. Triple H says Brock and Batista are standing in line behind John Cena, and they will look his way and toward the title. Triple H says that Orton needs to fix a lot of things tonight, starting with having another match with Kofi Kingston. After the match, Orton will meet with John Cena and make them right. He will have to do all of these things alone. The music of Batista now starts up, and the animal makes his way to the ring.
Loud Batista chants as he poses at all 4 corners for the WWE Universe. Triple H hands the mic over to Batista and he and Stephanie leave the ring. Orton tries to shake Batista's hand, but Batista walks away from him. Orton extends his hand to Batista again, and Batista tells Randy hello without shaking it. Batista said he heard that Orton has a few questions about his return. Batista says he is back for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He said he doesn't care who the champion is. He's back to win The Royal Rumble, and to headline Wrestlemania. Batista drops his mic and leaves the ring, high fiving fans up the ramp. Orton stares at Batista as we go to commercial.
Back on Raw, The Brotherhood are in the ring with Big E Langston. They will tag together in 6 man tag action against The Shield.
Big E Langston and The Brotherhood vs. The Shield
Big E and Dean Ambrose start this match out. Ambrose starts off quickly, but eats a big shoulder tackle by Big E. Ambrose tags in Seth Rollins. Big E with a gorilla press slam and a tag to Goldust. Rollins backs Goldust into the corner and lands some shoulder tackles. Rollins runs in and eats a back body drop and an atomic drop. Goldust covers for a 2 count. Cody now tags in. Cody with an elbow off the top followed by a stalling front suplex. Cody with the cover for a 2 count. Cody locks in a shoulder lock. Cody tags in Goldust. Goldust drops a knee to the face of Rollins and covers for a 2 count. Cody now tags back in. Rollins hits a quick back elbow to gain control. Rollins lands some big stomps to Cody in the corner. Cody gets whipped into the corner, but counters into a roll up for a 2 count. Cody lifts Rollins up on the top rope and hits a kick to the gut. Cody goes for the disaster kick, but Rollins rolls out of the ring. Cody comes off the top with a crossbody to the outside on to Rollins. The Shield regroup as we go to commercial.