Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, June 3rd, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The XL Center in Hartford, CT.
Results by Ken Hill
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
-Highlights from last week kicks off the show.
-HHH returns tonight. Also, the Shield will battle Randy Orton and Team Hell No.
-Stephanie McMahon is announced and makes her way to the ring. Stephanie says it is great to be back on Raw, but wishes it was under better circumstances. At Extreme Rules, her husband competed against Brock Lesnar in a brutal match. And then 24 hours later, against doctor’s orders, competed against Curtis Axel. But she is here tonight to make an executive decision to not allow Triple H to compete tonight. She doesn’t want him to jeopardize his well-being against a man that is beneath. Triple H has given his life and body for all of you, but the decision is not about you. She then says not to be selfish about this, and then…
Vince McMahon’s music hits and he power struts his way to the ring. Vince and Stephanie hug, and then Vince mugs for the cameras and says the crowd is happy to see him. He is happy to see them as well, but he has a personal request to make. He asks the crowd not to boo Stephanie about this. He says she has feelings just like them, and says that they should have compassion. Triple H, well, he has given everything he possible could. Stephanie says that she loves him more than they do, and Vince agrees. Triple H is the father of his grand children, and Vince then says he will not compete. They go to leave, and then Vince asks what they want as the crowd chants for Triple H. “WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT FROM THAT MAN?” Vince says this is family entertainment, and not a blood sport. For the record, Kofi Kingston last week went through a table and the crowd chanted one more time. Well there will not be one more time for Triple H, not tonight or any night. Plus Curt Axel is beneath Triple H, just like the crowd is beneath Triple H.
The Shield then arrives.
Randy Orton, Kane and Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield (Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns)
Ambrose and Bryan to begin, and Bryan with rights and kicks, taking Ambrose to the corner. Snap mare and kicks by Bryan follow, tag to Kane who connects with the basement dropkick for 2. Powerslam by Kane and a cover for 2. Ambrose battles back and Rollins tags in. Rights by Kane, tag to Bryan and he hits the corner dropkick and covers for 2. Kane back in, corner clotheslines to Rollins and the sidewalk slam follows and a cover gets 2. Kane heads up top, Reigns distracts Kane, allowing Rollins to hit Kane with a dropkick and he crumples to the mat. Rollins covers for 2 as we head to a commercial break…
Back from commercial as and Rollins is working over Kane. Kane tries to battle back to his feet; does but a dropkick send shim to the enemy corner. Tag to Ambrose, rights and lefts to Kane and then head butts. Kane back with some kicks, but more head butts by Ambrose. Tag to Rollins, they try to suplex Kane, a little sloppy there but Kane suplexes both men down and now all three are down. Kane tags Orton, snap slams to Rollins and Ambrose. Hangman’s DDTs to both follow! Orton is on fire; crowd loves it and now sets for an RKO. Reigns in, Orton stops that and as he tries for the DDT, Rollins makes the save and takes back control. Rollins covers and gets 2. Tag to Ambrose, and he lays the boots to Orton. He grounds him for a bit, but Orton battles back, off the ropes and a knee to the gut drops him and Ambrose covers for 2. Tag to Rollins, knee drops follow and he covers for 2. Orton fights for a tag, Reigns now tags in and stops that and just starts beating him down from the mount. Full Nelson by Reigns, Orton again fights to his feet but knees from Reigns slows his attack. Reigns keeps the hold, Orton again working to his feet, escapes and a big body shot by reigns slows Orton again. Tag back to Ambrose, he works over Orton in the corner, whips his across to the other corner and he drops from the impact. Tag back to Reigns, head butts follow and then the chinlock. Orton again has to fight to his feet, does and gets a backdrop suplex and BOTH men are down. Rollins tags in, up top and leaps off but eats a dropkick from Orton. Orton looks for a tag and gets it to Bryan. Bryan goes insane ass beating style like Friday, cleans house and destroys fools as the crowd loves it. Kicks to Ambrose, nails Rollins who was up top. He then goes up and RANA on Rollins, who then lands on Ambrose! SUICIDE DIVE to Reigns! Bryan up top and a missile dropkick to Ambrose, and that gets a CLOSE 2. No Lock applied, Rollins and Reigns make the save and it breaks down as Kane is in, kick by Rollins and a SPEAR by Reigns! Orton back in, RKO to Rollins! Tries one on Reigns, but shoved into Bryan sending him to the floor. Ambrose hits the front bulldog driver for the pin.
OFFICIAL RESULT: The Shield @ 18:00 via pin
-Del Rio vs. Langston V takes place tonight.
-Orton and Bryan argue about the loss. Orton even apologizes, and Bryan doesn’t buy it. Bryan is upset because he thinks that Orton and Kane think he is the weak link and cost them the match. Kane says they respect him, but Bryan says they do not respect him and he will have another match tonight, and will beat the respect out of someone.
-Triple H arrives and is looking for Vince. He meets with Vince and Steph, and he says he will wrestle tonight. Steph calls him “Paul” and says he is not wrestling tonight. She says they went through too much the last thing, and reiterates that Axel is “not worth it.” She says he will not wrestle, and Vince asks what happened to the cerebral assassin. Vince says to keep the ego out of it, and Triple H laughs at that. Triple H says he will wrestle tonight, and asks who will stop him. Vince says to not do something he may regret and hands him papers and leaves he and Steph to have a meeting.
The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) vs. Prime Time Players (Young and O’Neil)
So we come back from commercial with the match already in progress. WATCH THE APP PEOPLE. Usos in control until O’Neil fires back with a boot to the face and a back breaker. Young tags in, works a Chinlock to maintain control. Young stops a tag try, tag back to O’Neil and he hits a slam and locks in a front facelock. The Uso gets to his feet, but is dropped by a right and O’Neil covers for 2. Commentary is no help three minutes in as far as revealing which Uso is in the ring. O’Neil lays the boots to Uso 1, but then misses a corner charge. Tag to Uso 2, cleans house. Apparently it is Jimmy, thanks Cole. Hits the Samoan clambake in the corner for 2 as O’Neil breaks things up. O’Neil crotched and then superkicked, and then a superkick for Young. Superfly splash by Jey and that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: The Usos @ 4:00 via pin
Alberto Del Rio w/Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Big E Langston w/AJ Lee
Here we go with the epic fifth match in the series. Del Rio sends Langston the floor, misses a dropkick through the ropes and Langston levels him with a clothesline. He then tosses Del Rio into the barricade, back into the ring and a cover for 2 by Langston. Del Rio tries to battle back, to his feet and then to the second rope, leaps off and caught by Langston. Side back breakers connect for Langston, and a cover gets 2. Langston slams Del Rio to the corner, misses a charge and kicks by Del Rio follow. Enziguri by Del Rio, looks for a German but then tries the arm breaker. Countered, but then a superkick by Del Rio gets a cover for 2. Arm breaker by Del Rio, Langston tries to power out, roll sand picks up Del Rio and takes him to the ropes, but Del Rio holds onto the arm breaker over the ropes. Del Rio back in and hits a German on Langston, and then gets the arm breaker again. Langston struggles to escape again, rolls and Del Rio holds on and rolls him up for the win.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Alberto Del Rio @ 5:00 via pin
Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes w/Damien Sandow
Sandow promotes the book from JBL’s wife while on commentary. Back and forth early, clothesline by Sheamus and then a knee drop follows. Sheamus tosses Cody to the apron, follows to the corner as Cody runs, but Sheamus foolishly tries a kick through the ropes and Cody works the leg and takes control. Cody then kicks him to the floor, works him over a bit and tosses him back in for a cover of 2. Cody lays the boots to Sheamus, elbows follow, a kick to the face and a cover for 2. Sheamus battles back and tosses Cody across the ring. Double ax handle smashes follow, knee lift and the Finlay roll all connect. Sheamus up top, and the shoulder block connects. Cody counters white noise; roll up by Cody gets 2. Sheamus then misses a brogue kick and gets caught in the ropes; neck breaker by Cody gets 2. Sheamus misses a clothesline, but Cody then misses a moonsault. White noise connects. Sheamus sets, brogue kick, finish.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Sheamus @ 6:00 via pin
-Sheamus to the floor and over to Sandow. Sandow doesn’t want a confrontation and tells him to go. Sheamus wants to shake, Sandow slaps his hand away and Sheamus levels him.
-Triple H is pissed as he walks with Steph. He is leaving tonight, but will be back next week to wrestle Curtis Axel. He isn’t leaving because of Vince; he is leaving because he doesn’t want to beat the ass of his kid’s grandfather on live TV.
-Footage of Ryback killing Kofi Kingston on Smackdown last week.
-Daniel Bryan walks backstage and is pissed. Ryback arrives and tells him to watch his ass. Daniel Bryan gives no fucks as Ryback says his puke is bigger than Bryan. Bryan says he is not afraid, and Ryback says he is crazy and to prove it tonight. Bryan says go ahead and underestimate him, because he’ll pay. Ryback says he is the weak link, and after tonight, will be the missing link.
-Heyman and Axel meet with Vince backstage. Vince says there will be no match with Triple H tonight or next week. Tonight Axel will be in action, against John Cena. But this will be a NO DQ match. Vince wishes him luck.
-Fandango and Summer Rae walk.
-Randy Orton and Team Hell No will be on Miz TV, this Friday on Smackdown.
Fandango w/Summer Rae vs. Great Khali w/Natalya and Hornswoggle
Fandango avoids Khali and dances. Khali then lands a right and mocks his dancing. To the corner, chops by Khali. More chops by Khali follow. Fandango fights back, lays the boots to Khali but a back elbow slows Fandango. Big boot by Khali and then a clothesline. Fandango bails to the floor, and Summer checks on him and he tries to leave. Miz is out to stop him, but Wade Barrett appears and hits Miz with the bull hammer. He stares down with Fandango.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Khali @ 2:00 via count out?
Non-Title Match: Wade Barrett © vs. The Miz
Miz attacks at the bell, but Barrett lands a big boot and levels Miz. To the corner, lays Miz across the ropes and lays in a kick to the ribs and covers for 2. Barrett charges, but Miz low bridges him and Barrett flies to the floor. Miz slams Barrett to the barricade, tosses him back in and heads up top. Barrett stops that and then misses a charging knee. Miz slides in and sunset flip for 2. Miz takes out the knee, looks for a figure four, countered and a black hole slam by Barrett for 2. Fandango’s music hits and he and Summer come dancing out. Barrett is distracted, and Miz trips him up and gets the figure four. Barrett taps.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Miz @ 3:00 via submission
-Highlights of the Steph-Vince-HHH drama.
CM PUNK – CHRIS JERICHO CONTRACT SIGNING
Jerry Lawler is hosting the contract signing. Paul Heyman will be representing Punk tonight. they could have signed in the back, but since he is here to feed Jericho’s ego, at Payback when he wrestles CM Punk… Jericho interrupts him and finishes his lines, and then makes fun of Punk’s tattoos. He only cares about Heyman delivering Punk at Payback. Heyman signs the deal, and hands it to Jericho. Heyman then asks if Jericho is prepared to face Punk in Chicago. Tonight the crowd is full of Jerichoholics, but in Chicago, Heyman will be booed, jeered and heckled by a partisan hometown crowd, where CM Punk can do no wrong. Jericho may be the best at what he does, but Punk is the best at what eh does and what he does is make liars out of people who think that they can ay claim to the title of the best in the world. Jericho says Heyman may be right, so maybe they could have the match at Summerslam, but Heyman refuses. Jericho then offers MSG, but Heyman refuses. Jericho then asks about right here in Hartford for the cheap pop, and Heyman refuses. Jericho signs, and says that it doesn’t matter where you are from, when you act like a jackass like Punk, you get treated like one. Jericho then asks where they file the contract, makes some suggestions, and then has a better idea. Jericho gets up and says that Heyman needs to stand up. He tells Heyman to unbutton his jacket before he rips it off. Heyman does. Jericho then says he knows where to file it and sticks it down Heyman’s pants. “See you in Chicago.”
-Antonio Cesaro faces Sheamus on Main Event this week.
AJ Lee, Nikki and Brie Bella vs. Kaitlyn, Cameron and Naomi
AJ and Kaitlyn to begin. AJ tries to run, Kaitlyn grabs her hair, but AJ escapes and tags in a Bella. Naomi in, off the ropes, and a tag to Cameron and but butt connects. Naomi hits a dropkick, but then misses a cross body and lands in the ropes. Bella takes control and DDTs the arm, and covers for 2. Tag to the other Bella, off the second rope with a kick to the arm of Naomi. Bella works the ass to arm style, and continues to work the arm. Naomi fights back, but gets slammed down. Naomi back with the arm drag, crawls and then hits an enziguri. Tag to Kaitlyn. Shoulder blocks to the Bella, reverse DDT and a cover for 2. She slams one Bella into the other, but gets kneed in the face.. AJ leaves the Bellas, Kaitlyn spears a Bella for the win.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Kaitlyn, Cameron and Naomi @ 4:00 via pin
-Bryan prepares to battle Ryback, and Kane tries to stop him since he already competed tonight and Ryback destroyed Kofi. Kane says he has never seen anyone like Bryan, his desire and talent, he says Bryan has nothing to prove to anyone. Bryan says he is wrong, and he has to prove it tonight by bating Ryback and will do it without Kane. He demands Kane stays away from him tonight. Kane says he got it, and says he is leaving all together. He adds in to call when Bryan finds his mind.
-New video for the Bray Wyatt family.
Daniel Bryan vs. Ryback
Ryback comes out with the ambulance again. Bryan hits a charging knee to begin, but Ryback slams him to the corner. Bryan trips him up and then works leg kicks. Lots of kicks by Bryan, off the ropes and Ryback levels him. Bryan again trips up Ryback, works more kicks and looks for the No Lock, but Ryback tosses him away. Boots in the corner by Ryback, knees follow and then a boot to the gut and Bryan is down as Ryback steps on his face. Ryback hits a Thesz press, but shades of Lance Storm, Bryan rolls through into a single leg crab. Bryan ties up the legs and now works an Indian death lock. Vicious forearms follow, and Bryan covers for 2. Bryan looks to keep rolling, but Ryback clothesline shim to the floor as we head to a commercial…
Back from commercial as Ryback slams Bryan to the corner. Corner spear by Ryback and a cover gets 2. Some boots by Ryback as he continues to beat down Bryan. Ryback works the chinlock, Bryan tries to fight to his feet, does and fights out. Off the ropes and a back elbow by Ryback take shim back down. Ryback picks up Bryan by the beard and tosses him across the ring. Ryback charges and misses Bryan, and hits the steel post. Bryan charges and gets the corner dropkick! Hits another and then a third to a downed Ryback for 2. Bryan up top, MISSILE DROPKICK connects. Back up top again, head butt connects! 1…2…NO! Bryan slaps himself a bit, more kicks to the chest of Ryback. Tries another, caught and powerbombed by Ryback! Ryback picks him up for another, but countered into the No Lock! Ryback fights to escape, crowd loving this as Bryan cranks back on the hold. Ryback continues to fight and makes the ropes. Ryback rolls to the floor, Bryan hits the ropes and charges for a suicide dive, but Ryback side steps and sends Bryan into the announcer’s table! Ryback then slams Bryan to the steel post repeatedly, and tosses him back into the ring. Ryback now gets a table, and sets it up. POWERBOMB to Bryan through the table for the DQ.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Daniel Bryan @ 15:00 via DQ
-Ryback now gets another table, But John Cena hits the ring to make the save. As he stands in the ring with the belt held as a weapon, Curtis Axel’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
Title No DQ Match: John Cena © vs. Curtis Axel
Cena attacks right away, to the corner and as he hits the ropes, Heyman trips him up. Axel sends him to the floor and hits a clothesline off of the apron. Back into the ring we go and a cover for 2 by Axel. They trade rights, off the ropes and a side back breaker by Axel for 2. Axel calls for a chair, and Heyman tosses one into him. Axel picks up the chair, Cena blocks it, and then uses it to nail Axel in the back and then toss him to the floor. Cena then tosses Axel over the announcer’s table and starts to dismantle it. The ref counts, so Cena tosses Axel back into the ring. He hits Cena in the gut with the chair and both go to the floor. Axel still has the chair, misses a shot and Cena slides back into the ring. Axel follows with the chair, Axel misses a shot and stalks Cena again. He misses again and Cena dropkicks the chair into his face, and covers for 2. Axel fights back and gets a clothesline to the back of the head, and then covers for 2. Axel in control, whips Cena to the corner and covers for 2. Axel lays the boots to Cena, stands on his face and then picks him up. Axel slams him to the corner, countered and Cena fights back with rights. Off the ropes, shoulder blocks, proto bomb, five knuckle shuffle. AA try, Axel gets the ropes, and then Cena charges and charges into a chair that had been wedged in the corner. The ref counts on Cena, but he makes it back in and Axel lays he boots to him again. Axel gets the chair again, and nails Cena in the back. He covers for 2. Nails Cena with the chair again and covers for 2 again. Another chair shot, another cover, and another kick out at 2. Axel has the chair again, hits Cena two times and then stands over him and hits him again with the chair. Axel sets, hits a neck breaker onto the chair and Cena kicks out. Axel picks up Cena, and he counters the perfectplex into an STF. Heyman hands Axel an iPad and he uses it to hit Cena and escape. Cena rolls to the floor, Axel follows and Cena grabs him and goes for an AA, but Heyman begs off. Cena goes after Heyman, but Axel stops that. Rights by Cena, but here is Ryback. He beats down Cena, and picks him up and slams him through the table set up against the barricade. Axel wins via count out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Curtis Axel @ 13:00 via count out
Ryback screams “At Payback, RYBACK RULES” to end the show.
Credit: Ken Hill