The Authority & John Cena Open The Show
RAW opens up with highlights of last night’s Money In The Bank pay-per-view. After that, “King of Kings” hits and out comes The Authority. As Triple H and Stephanie McMahon make their way to the ring, we shoot over to the commentary team, where Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler quickly recap some of the happenings at last night’s pay-per-view.
The music dies down and Stephanie starts things off on the microphone. As soon as she begins to talk, a loud and passionate “CM Punk” chant breaks out. She tries to emphasize the name Daniel Bryan when talking about last night, in an attempt to get the fans to drop the Punk chants and get into the “Yes!” stuff. Thry ignore her and barrel on with “CM Punk” chants.
Steph goes on to put over Seth Rollins for winning the briefcase last night and she guarantees he will cash it in eventually and become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. HHH talks and says he’s said it plenty of times and he’ll say it again, Seth Rollins is the future.
“The Game” turns his attention to last night’s main event, and puts over John Cena for becoming a 15-time champion. He introduces Cena.
The new WWE World Heavyweight Champion’s music hits and Cena comes out with both titles strapped around his neck the same way he does in the tweet he posted earlier today.
When the music stops and Steph goes to speak, Cena cuts her off. He promises to give Daniel Bryan a chance to get back the titles he never lost whenever he eventually makes his return to the ring.
Steph tells Cena to commemorate his 15th championship reign, WWE is featuring Cena on the cover of the new WWE 2K15 video game. We hear a drum roll and then a giant cover of the 2K15 game with Cena pictured on it drops down from the ceiling.
Cena thanks them for the video game cover and calls it an honor but is questioning why they are being so nice to him. He thinks something is fishy. He says they didn’t seem so happy for him last night. He shows a picture of their reaction to his victory last night, where they both look bummed out.
He starts his super-gangster talk and guarantees The Authority that they can’t control him. HHH mocks Cena and starts talking all “hood” as well. Cena says he can kick Triple H’s ass in front of everybody right now.
HHH turns serious and informs Cena that he can do things the easy way or he can do things the hard way. Cena says he won’t be his stooge, so he picks the hard way. HHH says if he wants it the hard way, that’s exactly what he’ll get. He tells Cena that he’ll defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the upcoming WWE Battleground pay-per-view in a four-way match.
Cena, in his serious voice, says, “that’s great. Who’s in it?” HHH says two of the guys in it are the two people he will face tonight. He says those two are “The Viper” Randy Orton and “The Demon” Kane. He tells Cena not to worry, as he’ll have a partner against those two men. He says his partner will be the fourth person in the Battleground main event — Roman Reigns. The fans erupt with cheers at that news.
HHH tells Cena to enjoy his moment because it goes by fast. Cena mocks Steph for swimming in a pool of crap. His music plays and he walks off. As he’s leaving, HHH cuts his music off and tells Cena that at Battleground he’s in a fatal four-way, and if he survives that, don’t worry – there’s always a “Plan B.”
Seth Rollins’ music hits and he walks out with the briefcase. He blatantly looks at his briefcase and then walks past Cena and heads to the ring. He stands in the ring and he and The Authority celebrate. We head to our first commercial break of the evening. We’re told that The Usos & Sheamus will take on all three members of The Wyatt Family later tonight.
Seth Rollins vs. Rob Van Dam
When we return from commercial, Rollins is still in the ring holding his briefcase as we hear Rob Van Dam’s theme music. Van Dam is in the ring as well, as it’s time for a one-on-one match between RVD and Seth Rollins. The bell rings and the “RVD” chants start up immediately. After that, a random, but very loud “ECW” chant spreads throughout the arena.
Van Dam gets the better of Rollins early on, so Rollins ducks out to the floor and recovers a bit. He re-enters the ring and Van Dam immediately starts taking it to him again. Rollins heads out the back door and recovers on the floor a bit again.
Back in the ring, Rollins immediately starts taking more punishment from “Mr. Monday Night.” Van Dam is taking it to Rollins in what has been a one-sided match thus far. Rollins rolls out to the floor to regroup yet again. This time, Van Dam goes for a dive, but misses. Rollins is now in control of the match for the first time, as we head to a mid-match commercial.
When we return from commercial, we see Rollins still in control of the match, as he’s taking to Van Dam, focusing specifically on his leg. This continues for a while until Van Dam gets a couplle of hope spots. The finish, however, comes moments later when Rollins nails Van Dam with the Curb Stomp for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Seth Rollins
After The Match: Dean Ambrose Threatens Seth Rollins
After the match, Renee Young interviews Rollins in the ring. He brags about winning the Money In The Bank briefcase and talks about how he will absolutely be the WWE Champion when he cahses it in. As he continues to talk, he is interupted by Dean Ambrose. Ambrose, who is backstage, talks on the titan tron about how he was set up last night, but that it’s ok. He threatens Rollins and says he’s going to eventually get to him. We head to commercial.