– Tonight’s WWE RAW Kickoff Pre-show opens up with Byron Saxton, Alex Riley and Booker T at WWE studios in Stamford, CT. They hype Big Show vs. Rusev and tonight’s guest stars. We get a look at the feud with Seth Rollins, John Cena and Dean Ambrose. We also see Cena and Ambrose on MizTV this past Friday night. Riley says Ambrose has the advantage but Booker insists Cena does. We get commercials and a look back at The Rock and Rusev from last week. They talk about Show vs. Rusev on tonight’s show.
– We get a look at Sheamus and The Miz from last week. There will be a rematch tonight. Renee Young is backstage with The Miz and Damien Sandow. Miz mocks and says he can’t wait to get in the ring with Sheamus and says it’s best for business. Miz says if The Authority wants to keep having him embarrass Sheamus in non-title matches, that’s fine. Miz gives Renee a signed 8×10 and walks off. Sandow goes her one of him also. She says she’s a big fan of Sandow and tries to shake his hand but he walks off. The panel talks about The Miz and plugs WWE Shop before more commercials. They do bold predictions on The Miz and NeNe, and that’s it for the pre-show.
– We go right to the ring and out comes Dean Ambrose. He wants nothing more than to be inside Hell In a Cell with Seth Rollins. But before that, one thing is in his way and it’s pissing him off. A little matter to deal with. Ambrose says he’s got to get through John Cena first in a No Holds Barred Contract on a Pole Match. Ambrose says he’s going to beat Cena with the pole and then bounce Rollins’ head around the Cell. Cena’s music hits and out he comes.
Cena tells Ambrose to relax. Cena talks about their match and says instead of coming out here and talking crazy, Ambrose should use his two weeks to get ready for their match. Cena says it will be the biggest match of Ambrose’s career and says he’s going to bring it. Ambrose says he is ready, he was born ready and has been ready to kick Cena’s ass for years. Cena tells Ambrose to throw it all away by taking a shot at him. Cena says Ambrose is in way over his head and out of league. Cena calls Ambrose son. He tells Ambrose to pipe down and they’re’ interrupted by The Authority coming out to Triple H’s music. Stephanie McMahon brings up a tag match tonight. She and Triple H wonder if they’re afraid to fight each other. Stephanie announces The Usos vs. Goldust & Stardust vs. Cena & Ambrose. Out come WWE Tag Team Champions Stardust and Goldust.
The Usos vs. John Cena & Dean Ambrose vs. Stardust & Goldust
The Usos are out next as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Ambrose locks up with Jimmy Uso. Ambrose with a shoulder and a hip toss before taking Uso to the mat. Cena tags in and takes Uso to the mat. Cena with the bulldog for a 2 count. Ambrose tags back in and they double team Uso. Ambrose drops an elbow for a pin attempt. Uso drops Ambrose with a boot to the mouth and tags in Jey Uso. Ambrose takes him right down. Ambrose with a clothesline. Cena tags back in and they double team Uso again. Uso with a counter and a big shot to Cena. Cena rolls through and goes for an Attitude Adjustment on Uso. Uso slides out and hits is a superkick for a 2 count. Jimmy comes back in and they double team Cena for a 2 count.
Cena with a standing dropkick. Uso with a Samoan Drop for a 2 count. Jey comes back in and keeps Cena on the mat. Ambrose finally gets the tag and unloads on Uso. Stardust ends up pulling Uso out of the ring and throwing him over the barrier as we go to commercial.
We come back and the champions are double teaming Uso in their corner. Goldust works over Uso but gets dropped with a big right hand. Stardust comes in and stomps away. Goldust comes back in for more double teaming. Fans chant for Uso and Goldust mocks them. Uso takes out Stardust from the apron and boots Goldust. Jey waits for the tag. Jimmy goes for the tag but Goldust yanks Jey off the apron. Ambrose takes out Goldust on the floor. Cena is waiting for the tag from Uso. Cena comes in and unloads on Stardust with his usual moves. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle and hits it. Stardust lands on his feet from an AA. Goldust runs in and powerslams Cena. Uso superkicks Goldust. The Usos both run the ropes and dive out onto the champions now. Cena goes to the top and leaps out onto all four of them. Ambrose runs to the top and leaps out onto all five of them, hitting Cena with an elbow. Ambrose rolls Goldust and Cena in the ring. Cena backdrop Goldust. Ambrose hits Goldust with Dirty Deeds while Cena hits an AA on Stardust for the win.
Winners: John Cena and Dean Ambrose
– After the match, Cena and Ambrose have their hands raised. The Authority comes back to the stage and interrupts the celebration. Triple H gives Stephanie $1 for the bet they made. Triple H says he hates losing and says maybe Cena and Ambrose just need a spark to make them fight. Triple H says why wait until Hell In a Cell to decide who faces Rollins. The No Holds Barred Contract on a Pole Match will take place on tonight’s RAW. The Authority exits as Cena and Ambrose face off in the ring.
– The announcers hype tonight’s main event and Big Show vs. Rusev.
AJ Lee and Layla vs. Paige and Alicia Fox
WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee makes her way out as we see a clip from last week’s RAW. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and AJ’s partner for this week is Layla. We get a sidebar video from earlier of AJ saying she’s not going to walk out on Layla because they should be able to get along for just one night. They had a very insincere hug. Paige and Alicia Fox make their way out next.
Alicia and AJ start the match off. AJ strikes first but Alicia hits a backbreaker for a 2 count. Paige tags in and wastes time talking trash to the fans. AJ gets up and chases Paige around the ring. They run back in and Alicia tags in. AJ grabs Paige but Alicia hits her from behind. Alicia tosses AJ into the corner but AJ turns it around. AJ goes to tag Layla but Layla drops off the apron. Alicia attacks from behind but AJ coutners and hits a Shining Wizard for the win.
Winners: AJ Lee and Layla
– After the match, AJ chases Layla up the ramp and throws her face first into the steel. AJ takes Layla to ringside and throws her hard into the barrier, twice. AJ grabs her title and skips to the back.
– Still to come, Show vs. Rusev and Cena vs. Ambrose. Back to commercial.
– The Authority is backstage talking about how Cena and Ambrose will destroy each other. Randy Orton walks in and talks about beating Dolph Ziggler tonight. Orton wants a match at Hell In a Cell, against whoever Seth Rollins doesn’t face. They like the idea and he walks off. JBL mentions two Hell In a Cell matches.
– We get another vignette from The Wyatt Family. Bray Wyatt is setting Erick Rowan free.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Randy Orton
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Randy Orton. Cesaro is also out for commentary. Cesaro wants his title shot rematch against Ziggler. They lock up and Orton takes it to the corner. They lock up again and Ziggler takes it to the corner. Ziggler unloads and Orton rolls to the floor. Ziggler follows and they go at it, using the steel steps. Ziggler with elbows and body shots in the corner now. Ziggler with a splash in the corner now. Ziggler goes for an elbow drop but Orton moves. Ziggler with a headlock now. Orton turns it around and works Ziggler over for a 2 count. They go on and Orton drops Ziggler over the top rope. Orton poses to a big pop. Ziggler drops Orton over the top rope and hits a dropkick for a 2 count. Orton goes back to the floor and Ziggler follows. They tangle and Ziggler throws Orton into the barrier. Ziggler brings it back in the ring for a 2 count. Orton whips Ziggler very hard into the ring post. More back and forth. Ziggler dropkicks Orton off the apron. Seth Rollins appears on the ramp. Orton turns around and has words with him as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Ziggler is fighting back. Orton blocks a dropkick and catapults Ziggler into the turnbuckle for a 2 count. We see Rollins watching from the ramp. They end up on the top. Ziggler knocks Orton to the mat. Orton comes back and crotches him. Orton climbs back up and nails a big superplex. Orton with a 2 count. Ziggler makes another comeback. Ziggler with the neckbreaker and a big elbow drop for a 2 count. Orton catches a kick and hits a powerslam for a 2 count. Orton with the draping DDT from the second rope. Orton goes for the RKO but Ziggler rolls him up for a close 2 count. Orton dodges the Fame-asser but eats a superkick for a 2 count. Fans chant “this is awesome” now. Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag but it’s blocked. Orton misses a shot but blocks the Fame-asser and lifts Ziggler in the air, catching him in a big RKO on the way down. Orton covers for the non-title win.
Winner: Randy Orton
– After the match, Orton celebrates as Rollins slowly walks around the ring. The music stops and Rollins enters the ring to boos. Fans chant “you sold out” and Rollins just stands there. Rollins nails a Curb Stomp on Ziggler and gets booed some more.
– Still to come, Cena vs. Ambrose.
Seth Rollins vs. Jack Swagger
Back from the break and Seth Rollins waits as Jack Swagger makes his way out with Zeb Colter.
Back and forth to start with Rollins stalling some. Swagger ends up taking the knee out and slamming Rollins. Rollins sends Swagger to the mat from the top. Rollins works on the arm now and drops Swagger with an armbar. They end up fighting on the floor and Randy Orton makes his way down to the ramp. Rollins nails a suicide dive on Swagger. Rollins and Orton stare each other down as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rollins ducks a clothesline and hits a big kick to the head for a 2 count. Rollins with more offense as Orton looks on. Orton and Rollins have words. Swagger finally makes a comeback and drops Rollins on his head. Swagger keeps control and hits a big back drop before doing the Swagger Bomb for a 2 count. Swagger takes the knee out again and goes for the Patriot Lock. Rollins rolls through and hits a kick to the face. Swagger dodges the Curb Stomp and applies the Patriot Lock but Rollins gets the bottom rope. Rollins ends up countering a hold and Rollins Swagger up for the win.
Winner: Seth Rollins
– After the match, Orton runs in the ring and lays Swagger out with the RKO. Orton gets in Rollins’ face. They meet in the middle of the ring and have words now. Rollins backs out of the ring as fans boo.
– Still to come, Cena vs. Ambrose. Back to commercial.
– Renee Young is backstage with Dean Ambrose. She asks what we can expect tonight. He said not to expect a nice guy. Ambrose says Cena and Rollins are both on a highway to hell.
– Tom Phillips is backstage with Big Show. Show says he proved Rusev has a glass jaw and tonight, he’s going to shatter it. Show gets fired up and says he’s going to show us exactly what he learned in sensitivity training.
Big Show vs. Rusev
We go to the ring and out comes Rusev with Lana. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Lana is on the mic. She takes shots at America, Columbus Day, Native Americans and Atlanta Braves baseball. Rusev speaks and says Big Show’s actions will have consequences. A big “USA” chant breaks out. Lana tells them to shut up. Rusev says if Big Show has a spine, he will rip it out with his hands. Show’s music finally hits and out he comes. The bell rings and Show runs over Rusev with a big boot. Show with a big shot to the back of the head.
Show takes Rusev to the corner before tossing him out of the ring. Show works Rusev over on the announce table and hits a big chop. Show whips Rusev into the barrier and he lands hard. Rusev gets knocked out of the ring again. Show brings it back in and keeps control. A big “tomahawk chop” chant for the Braves breaks out in the crowd. Rusev finally turns it around and stomps away on Show. We go to commercial with Rusev in control.
Back from the break and Rusev still has Show down, working him over. Show finally gets to his feet and drops Rusev. Show comes off the second rope again with an elbow but misses as Rusev moves. Show breaks out of another hold but misses the knockout punch. Rusev applies The Accolade and keeps it held but Show won’t tap. Mark Henry is at ringside cheering Show on now. Rusev breaks the hold to swing at Henry but doesn’t hit him. Rusev re-applies the hold on Show until Henry comes in and hits him for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Rusev
– After the match, Henry helps Show to his feet but Show is upset that Henry interfered. The Russian flag drops down over the ring near Show and Henry. Rusev has his own flag at ringside. Show and Henry corner Rusev and Lana on the floor. Rusev goes at it with Henry, allowing Show to knock Rusev out with a punch. Lana yells at Henry and Show as they stand over Rusev.
– Still to come, Sheamus vs. The Miz. Renee Young stops Sheamus backstage and says he has 2 Brogue Kicks waiting for The Miz and Damien Sandow. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get a look at USA Network’s Chrisley Knows Best reality show. We see Todd Chrisley and his two sons sitting at ringside.
Sheamus vs. The Miz
We go to the ring and out comes WWE United States Champion Sheamus. Tom Phillips is back at ringside with the Chrisley family. His younger son Grayson is a big WWE fan. Chrisley plugs his show. The Miz and Damien Sandow are out next.
Sheamus chases to start the match. Miz strikes first and they go at it. Sheamus with a big elbow to knock Miz down. More back and forth. Sheamus with a big kick to the back. Sheamus tosses Miz out onto Sandow. Sandow is the best thing going at ringside. Miz kicks the leg out from under Sheamus and unloads on him in the corner. Fans chant for Sandow during the match. They go on and Miz slaps Sheamus around. Sheamus catches a kick and dumps Miz over the top rope. Sheamus follows and Miz and Sandow both crawl under the ring. Sheamus pulls Sandow out. He tries to pull Miz out but Sandow goes for a clothesline. Miz crawls up from under the other side of the ring to win by count out.
Winner by Count Out: The Miz
– Sheamus goes after The Miz but he runs off and taunts Sheamus from the stage with Sandow.
– Rosa Mendes, Natalya, Brie Bella and Naomi go to get Real Housewives of Atlanta’s NeNe out of her dressing room. Cameron, Summer and Nikki Bella walk by. NeNe has words with Cameron.
– Still to come, Cena vs. Ambrose. Back to commercial.
Cameron, Nikki Bella and Summer Rae vs. Natalya, Naomi and Brie Bella
The Total Divas teams are out first. NeNe Leakes is out next with Rosa Mendes to watch from ringside. Natalya and Cameron start the match off. Nikki comes in and keeps control. Nikki mocks Brie and Natalya rolls her up for 2. It comes down to Brie and Summer but Nikki tags herself in and goes at it with Brie. Brie gets the win.
Winners: Brie Bella, Naomi and Natalya
– After the match, NeNe and Rosa come in the ring to celebrate with the winners.
– Cena cuts a promo on the main event with Renee Young backstage.
– We get another vignette from Bray Wyatt. This one is about Bray himself, and possibly Sister Abigail. He says “it’s coming.”
– Triple H and Stephanie McMahon make their way out to watch the main event. We go to commercial.
Contract on a Pole Match: John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose
Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Kane, Triple H and Stephanie are all watching this from ringside. They both go for the contract to start. Back and forth in the match. Ambrose blocks a bulldog and sends Cena out to the floor but goes after Cena instead of getting the contract. They fight up to the stage. Cena goes for an AA. Ambrose blocks it and suplexes Cena on the steel.
Ambrose runs back to the ring for the contract but Cena slams him to the mat. Ambrose sends Cena back to the floor and hits a suicide dive instead of going for the contract. Ambrose decks Orton at ringside. Ambrose argues with The Authority and Cena drops Ambrose from behind. Cena throws Ambrose into The Authority now. Cena goes for the pole but Orton stops him. Orton beats Cena down in the ring. A big brawl has broke out in the ring now. Cena hits an AA on Kane. Ambrose has the contract and gets the win.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
– After the match, a fight looks to break out but The Authority stares down Cena and Ambrose from the stage as RAW goes off the air.