Turns out Kane’s secret plan to control Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton was to bring the entire Authority to ringside. With J&J as the guest timekeeper and ring announcer, Kane himself as the ringside enforcer, and Seth Rollins on commentary, the entire main event was brawled in the shadow of the assembled Authority.
And battle they did, trading blows until Kane tripped up Reigns after a Superman Punch, ending the bout in a disqualification. Of course, there was no bell to toll, as the timekeeper and the rest of The Authority barnstormed the ring and briefly turned the bout into Two Versus All until Dean Ambrose joined the fray to even the odds against the corporate power. The burst of teamwork flamed out fast once it came down to the four contenders to the title, and it became a game of one-upsmanship as Reigns Speared Rollins, Orton felled Reigns with the RKO and Ambrose followed suit, avenging his “brother” by striking The Viper down with Dirty Deeds in a display of charity and affection that may well not be there in two weeks’ time.
“The Bloody King” left a pair of fan favorites seeing red on Raw when the newly crowned King Barrett teamed with Sheamus to knock off their recent rivals, Dolph Ziggler & Neville, in tag-team action. Still on a high from his ring in the resuscitated tournament, Barrett not only opened the contest with a strong salvo against The Showoff, but he, in his benevolence, even allowed The Celtic Warrior a few cracks at his arse-kissing enemy as well.
It was the re-emergence of Barrett and the late tag of Neville that really kicked things into high gear, however. The Man That Gravity Forgot battered the King into a corner so ferociously that Sheamus had to come to his royal side. The interference allowed Barrett to rally and catch Neville in midair with the Bull Hammer, earning a victory for the past two Kings of the Ring.
The Bella Twins have proven to be the thorns in Naomi’s side, but now she’s got some muscle of her own to back her up. Before Nikki and Brie could even make it to the ring on Raw, a returning Tamina acted as the equalizer, joining her cousin-by-marriage on a two-Diva beatdown of The Bellas and a warning of further punishment to come.
Well hello there, Sami Zayn. For John Cena’s first U.S. Open match in two Raws, he got a taste of NXT’s finest when the former NXT Champion answered his call, carrying the cosign of Bret Hart (who also dispelled Heath Slater’s third crack at Cena’s title in the process). Taking a break from his business with this terrifying guy down in Full Sail, Zayn stormed his way onto Raw for a crack at The Champ.
Despite a nagging shoulder injury that hampered Zayn with a handicap, the hometown hero ran roughshod over Cena for a sizable portion of the contest, unleashing his Koji Clutch, diving DDT through the ropes and a Blue Thunder Bomb that briefly turned Cena into a human centrifuge. The Montreal native even kicked out of an Attitude Adjustment, but Cena’s Springboard Stunner put Zayn on his heels, and a second AA put him down. His time isn’t now, but it will be soon.
What’s scarier than a bag full of spiders? Nothing, that’s what. Except maybe an evil, 20-something clown, but without access to that nightmarish vision, Stardust relied on a sack full of creepy crawlers to get his revenge against R-Truth for knocking him out of the King of the Ring Tournament last week. Of course, Truth couldn’t possibly know that Stardust’s mystery bag contained an army of fake arachnids, so when the former U.S. Champion took a break from their bout to peruse its contents, the fright of his discovery landed him flat on his back.
In other news ...Rusev def. Fandango ...Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins to earn a spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match at Payback ...Cesaro & Tyson Kidd def. The Ascension ...Ryback addressed Bray Wyatt ...and WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day def. Randy Orton & Roman Reigns.