Episode #1084 from Chicago, Illinois
PROMO: Cult of Personality hits. The crowd erupts. But instead of CM Punk coming out, Chicago got Paul Heyman instead. Heyman sat cross-legged in the ring, and dropped a “Pipebomb” of his own, blaming the fans and ultimately the Undertaker for Punk’s absence. Heyman then introduced Brock Lesnar, the next challenger of the Undertaker’s streak. Lesnar said he will end ‘Taker’s streak, his walk back up the ramp was interrupted by Mark Henry. Lesnar went bananas, before clearing the announcer’s table and delivered an F-5 on Henry through the table. Very audible CM Punk chants from the crowd throughout this segment, as expected.
The Usos def. The New Age Outlaws To Become The New Tag Team Champions
- Finish: Jay Uso frog splashed Billy Gunn.
Big E def. Cesaro via DQ
- Finish: for the second week in a row, Jack Swagger interrupted the match and cost Cesaro a chance to “upset” the Intercontinental Champion.
- Post-match: while the Real Americans were quarreling, Big E caught Cesaro with the Big Finish.
The Wyatt Family def. the Shield
- Turning Point: Seth Rollins refused a tag from Dean Ambrose. Seth explained he was tired of being the peacemaker of the team to Reigns. The numbers game eventually caught up to the Shield, and Wyatt hit Ambrose with Sister Abigail for the three count. The finish of the match all occurred with Rollins watching from the ramp.
Santino Marella and NXT Emma def. Fandango and Summer Rae
- Finish: NXT Emma forced Summer to tap out to a reverse chokehold.
Sheamus def. Christian
- Analysis: we’ve seen this matchup way too much over the past couple weeks, therefore sucking the interest out of the match for me.With the direction this feud is heading, it could be a potential Wrestlemania match as well.
- Post-match: Sheamus was interviewed by Renee Young backstage, Christian ambushed him.
The Bellas def. Alicia Fox and Aksana
PROMO: An interaction between Daniel Bryan and the Authority. Bryan offered that with all the times HHH has screwed him out of the title since Summerslam, he’d like to face the COO at Wrestlemania XXX. HHH re-stated that Bryan is a B+ player, and it’ll take more than a B+ player to get him to compete at ‘Mania. Stephanie said that the fans may turn on Bryan on a dime, but the only people who won’t turn on him are HHH and herself, “we made you.” Bryan refused to exit the ring after numerous requests by HHH, so Stephanie ordered Kane to come to the ring. Bryan jumped all over Kane, and had to be escorted out by a group of security guards. Very impressive of Stephanie and HHH to stay composed during this segment despite the loudest CM Punk chants of the night.
Dolph Ziggler def. Alberto Del Rio (with the Need for Speed guy [Aaron Paul] on commentary)
- Finish: Aaron Paul jumped on the announcer’s table to distract ADR for long enough for Ziggler to hit ADR with the Zig-Zag.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTION: the late Paul Bearer is the next member of the class of 2014.
Big E def. Jack Swagger via DQ
- Finish: Cesaro returned the favour from earlier in the night by disrupting Swagger’s match as soon as the bell rang.
- Post-match: Cesaro had Swagger in position for the Giant Swing. Zeb Colter managed to talk Cesaro out of it and had the Real Americans hug it out.
PROMO: John Cena limped out to the ring to talk about the admiration he has for the city of Chicago, how he’s had unforgettable matches in the All State Arena and that he started his career in the arena, etc. The Wyatts joined Cena on the Titantron, Bray essentially said he will end the empire that Cena has built for himself these last 12 years when they meet at Wrestlemania.
PROMO: Alexander Rusev is introduced by his female mouthpiece. He said some things on a podium in Bulgarian which I don’t understand.
MAIN EVENT: Daniel Bryan def. Batista via DQ
- Finish: The Authority and Kane trotted down to ringside near the end of the match. Randy Orton jumped in to attack Bryan as he was nearing victory, Batista speared Bryan, HHH followed that up with a Pedigree. The Authority stood over a fallen Bryan as RAW went off the air, stop me if you’ve seen that ending before.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: No CM Punk return in his hometown for those of you wondering.