We start the show with photo stills from last night's WWE Hell In A Cell
Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw and this week Raw is live from Orlando, Florida and we kick things off with the introduction of the NEW World Heavyweight Champion John Cena coming out to the ring. Cena waited out a mixed reaction of cheers and boos before noting he's used to that sound. "I'm baaaaack," Cena said. "Y'all miss me?" he said before chuckling. Cena said some people are happy, maybe some people upset. Maybe some skeptics who thought he came back too early. Cena then thanked one skeptic at ringside - JBL. "You're welcome," JBL said under his breath. "I don't know for what." Cena said he had to sit at home listen to JBL for weeks. Cena did a JBL imitation, which JBL disagreed with, before Cena thanked him for motivating him. Cena held up the World Title belt in the air before declaring that he is officially back on Raw. He said he knows what the World Title means - it means he is back as the Friday Night Delight on Smackdown. Cena said their U.K. fans thought he was coming in November for a "special appearance," but he's going to Europe to fight. Cena continued to act fired up about being back and ready to go, no matter what the doctors say. Cena paused for a "You Suck" chant from a few vocal males. Cena nodded and said he's excited, but they have another celebration tonight. The WWE champion, Randy Orton. Cena said tonight they get to celebrate Randy Orton. And there will be more talking, so he will stop talking. Cena summed up that Alberto Del Rio gave him a great fight last night, and tried to put him on the shelf, but he'll take on his re-match. Cena declared, "This is the CeNation and we run the show." Cena's music played, but Damien Sandow's music interrupted. Sandow marched down to the ring with the World Title MITB briefcase in his right hand and a mic in his left hand. Sandow paced the ring as Cena stood his distance ready to fight. Sandow declared: "The uncrowned champ is here," mocking Cena. Sandow said Cena is not fooling the unwashed masses - well, maybe he is - but he is not fooling him. Sandow said it is humanly impossible for a triceps to heal in the amount of time Cena was gone. As Cena held out the title belt, Sandow said he thinks Cena is more hurt than he's letting on. And the reason why Cena is out here talking big is because Cena is afraid of him cashing in on Cena. Sandow continued that he can cash in any time, anyplace. Like right now. Sandow teased handing in the briefcase, but took it back. Sandow said he can cash in any night but tonight. Sandow started to leave, but then smashed Cena's elbow with the briefcase. Sandow beat down Cena with the briefcase, sending Cena rolling to the corner. Sandow wrapped Cena's arm around the ringpost over and over, then told Cena to "rise above this" before running Cena shoulder-first into the guardrail. JBL said maybe he was right that Cena came back too soon. Sandow measured Cena for his decisive blow, delivering a chair shot across the left elbow as Cena was draped across the ring steps. "My time is now," Sandow declared. Sandow then grabbed the briefcase and waved in a referee as a fan in the crowd held her face in shock. Sandow handed the briefcase to ref John Cone, then Raw cut to break while Cena writhed in pain on the floor.
Damien Sandow vs John Cena - World Heavyweight Championship
Sandow continues to work on the arm. Nearfall for Sandow. Cena thrown into the ring post and another nearfall as Sandow drives knees into the injured arm. Cena with a belly to belly but Sandow still in control of the match. Suplex by Cena. Cena with a back bodydrop
Cena with the front slam to Sandow. Cena goes for the 5 knuckle shuffle. Sandow goes for the bad arm and delivers a swinging neckbreaker. Sandow with the irish whip into the corner.Cena delivers the AA but Sandow rolls out of the ring. Cena follows to the outside and picks Sandow up rolling him back into the ring. Cena locks the STF in but Sandow breaks out of it and hits another neckbreaker. Sandow looking for the “You’re Welcome” Cena counters with a big slam and gets a near fall. Sandow locks the STF in on Cena and Cena powers out. Cena goes for another AA but Sandow counters with another “You’re Welcome”. Sandow seats Cena on the top turnbuckle. Sandow hooks Cena up for a superplex but Cena counters with punches and headbutts knocking Sandow to the mat. Cena off the top misses with the crossbody. Sandow picks Cena up, Cena counters and hits a final AA for the three count
The winner of the match: John Cena
Backstage: The Shield was standing by. U.S. champion Dean Ambrose said he is being forced to defend the U.S. Title against Big E. Langston tonight. (Another PPV match on free TV the next night.) Seth Rollins said they made a mistake underestimating Big E. last night, but they will not tonight. Ambrose called himself the baddest man alive, which drew a look from Roman Reigns, who then shouted, "Believe in The Shield."
Big E. Langston vs Dean Ambrose - US Title Match
Back and forth action throughout with Langston being thrown out of the ring and being attacked by The Shield leading to a disqualification
The winner of the match via DQ: Big E. Langston
Post Match: Shield beat down Langston, until the Usos ran down to even up the odds. Brad Maddox comes out and orders this match restarted as a six man tag team match
Big E. Langston & The Usos vs The Shield
The Shield in control of this impromptu match and Rollins delivers a kick to the back of the head. Reigns pulling Jimmy to their corner. Ambrose measuring Jimmy with punches and follows up with a dropkick. Chinlock by Ambrose on Jimmy. Jimmy with a jawbreaker to Ambrose and Jimmy with a kick to the back of ambrose’s head. DDT by Jimmy on Reigns. Jey gets the tag knocks Ambrose off the apron and delivers a series of clotheslines to Rollins. Jey ducks the clothesline and plants Rollins with a spinebuster. Back splash into the corner by Jey. Langston clotheslines Ambrose over the top rope. Rollins seats Jey on the top turnbuckle delivering chops and punches. Rollins sets up for a suplex, Jey blocks it and drops Rollins on his face. Jey looking to fly but Rollins gets the knees up. Double team by Reigns and Rollins. Jimmy pulls Jey down and delivers a double thrust kick to Rollins and Reigns. Reigns with a double spear on the Usos for the three count
The winners of the match: The Shield
Shawn Michaels comes out. Michaels says he knows he owes everybody an explanation for his actions last night but more importantly he owes Daniel Bryan an explanation and if Bryan gives him the opportunity he’d like Bryan to come out and look at him face to face so he can give his explanation. Bryan comes out and Michaels says he knows Bryan’s not happy about what happened last night. He didn’t intend for that to happen and he called that match down the middle and then all hell broke loose. And when he saw what Bryan did to Triple H, and he knows Bryan won’t understand. But Triple H is his best friend and that friendship will always supercede anything that goes on in this line of business. In Michaels’ deepest darkest hour, Triple H was there for him and last night Triple H needed him and he was there. He’s not asking for Bryan to understand of it all he’s asking is for Bryan to shake his hand and accepts his apology. 10 years ago, Bryan took the basics and took it further than Michaels could imagine but last night Michaels took him to the final school and says in this business u don’t trust anybody. He’s being humble by coming out and apologizing and the least Bryan could do is show him the respect he deserves. Bryan shakes his head no, and Michaels says this whole time he’s stuck up for Bryan and said he was an A+ player but he’s not so sure anymore. Michaels on the other has always been an A+ player and says he’s Shawn Michaels and is giving Bryan the opportunity to shake his hand. Bryan puts the Yes Lock on Michaels and Michaels begins to tap as referees come out to pull him off of Michaels
Backstage: Renee Paquette is with Daniel Bryan and she goes to ask him a question but the lights go out and The Wyatt Family attack Bryan. Bray Wyatt then picks Bryan up and says “The Devil Made Me Do It” and laughs before delivering the Sister Abigail to Bryan.
Los Matadores vs 3MB
Los Matadores and 3MB action in the ring while Slater spent the majority of match on the outside trying to capture El Torito with his fishing net. McIntyre distracted when El Torito gores Slater and Los Matadores deliver a sit out slam for the three countthe win.
The winners of the match: Los Matadores
Post Match: Los Matadores bring Slater back into the ring and trap him in his own net and El Torito delivers a splash from the top rope
AJ Lee & Tamina vs Bella Twins
AJ drops Brie face first. Tamina with a chinlock. Headbutt to Brie. Brie fights back with a series of kick. Kick to the head. Nikki with a series of clotheslines. Dropkick to Tamina. Tamina drops Nikki throat first across the top rope. Brie knocked off the apron. Tamina side steps Nikki in the corner. Tamina picks Nikki up and swings her with Nikki’s feet taking Brie out. Tamina with the Samoan Drop. AJ with the Black Widow on Nikki for the submission
The winners of the match: AJ Lee & Tamina
Miz vs Kane
Miz unloads on Kane but Kane delivers a right hand. Irish whip and Kane connects with the big boot. Another right hand to Miz. Miz catches Kane with a boot. Running clothesline in the corner by Miz. Miz off the top rope, caught by Kane and Kane delivers the chokeslam for the three count
The winner of the match: Kane
Post Match: Kane calls Stephanie McMahon out. Kane tells Stephanie she’s been on a power trip, abused her authority, been manipulative and ruined lives. But in this day and age, it is what’s best for business. Therefore, the monster is yours to unleash. Kane then drops the mic and exits the ring. He walks up the ramp and looks at Stephanie before removing his mask and walking to the back.
CM Punk vs Ryback
Before the match was set up, Punk took the mic and said he knows it doesn't look like it (pointed to the bags under his eyes), but he slept like a baby last night for the first time in three months. Because he accomplished what he promised - he got to Paul Heyman. Punk said he caned Heyman within an inch of his life, then put him to sleep. Punk declared that Heyman is history, prompting a loud "C-M-Punk" chant. So, now his focus shifts solely to Ryback. Punk said Ryback is a tough guy, but without Heyman, he stands zero chance against The Best in the World. Punk said he put Ryback to sleep last night, and now he puts Ryback through a table, to sleep, or taps him out tonight. Punk told the locker room to take notice because he fulfilled his promise to put an end to Paul Heyman last night. Tonight, he promises to put an end to Ryback
Jerry Lawler is in the ring and announces the results of the upcoming match and it is CM Punk and Ryback in a Street Fight
Ryback dominating the early goings but Punk taking control with a crossbody and sends Ryback to outside with a clothesline. Punk with a crossbody over the top ropes. Ryback catches him and drives him spine first into the ring post before throwing him into the barricade. Ryback brings a table into the ring but Punk delivers kendo shots before Ryback drills him with a spinebuster. Punk ducks the Meat Hook clothesline and delivers a swinging neckbreaker. Punk sets up the table. Ryback picks Punk up and bounces the back of his head off the turnbuckles. Ryback looking for a superplex but Punk knocks him off the top rope. Kick to the back of the head by Punk. Ryback on the table and Punk delivers the flying elbow through the table. Punk with the Anaconda Vise on Ryback for the tap out.
The winner of the match: CM Punk
Post Match: The lights go out and The Wyatt Family make their way out to the ring, Punk delivering kendo shots to the Wyatt Family but the numbers catch up to Punk as they dismantle him. Wyatt then enters the ring and delivers Sister Abigail to Punk
The Real Americans vs Rhodes Dynasty
Goldust ducks a right hand and delivers an armdrag to Cesaro. Armdrag to Swagger dropping a knee on the arm. Goldust backed into the corner. Cesaro unloading with punches to Goldust. Uppercut and irish whip to Goldust. Goldust to the top rope lands a back elbow. Rhodes with a snapmare and boot to the face. Knee strikes by Rhodes. Cesaro with an uppercut to Rhodes. Side headlock by Cesaro, Rhodes fights out of it and delivers a suplex. Goldust with the running bulldog to Cesaro. Swagger and Rhodes get the tag. Dropkick by Rhodes and Swagger clotheslined over the top rope
Swagger with a clothesline to Rhodes. Belly to belly suplex by Swagger. Cesaro picks Rhodes up and delivers a gutwrench. Uppercut to Rhodes. Snapmare by Swagger. Swagger holding Rhodes in place with a front facelock. Rhodes reaching for the tag but Swagger drives Rhodes into the corner. Cesaro with a cheap shot to Rhodes. Rhodes with the SwaggerBomb. Double stomp by Cesaro. Side headlock on Rhodes. Rhodes throws Cesaro off. Cesaro with the European Uppercut. Cesaro measuring Rhodes with punches and Rhodes fighting back delivers a knee sending Cesaro to the outside. Goldust explodes with clotheslines on Cesaro and Swagger. Right hand, inverted atomic drop and kneelift by Goldust. Goldust in the corner unloading with punches on Swagger. Powerslam by Goldust. Rhodes with the Disaster Kick to Cesaro. Crossbody by Goldust onto Swagger. Swagger rolls through into the Patriot Lock. Goldust counters. Rhodes and Cesaro back in, Cesaro clotheslined over the top rope and Swagger takes out the knee putting the Patriot Lock on Goldust for the tap out
The winners of the match: The Real Americans
Alberto Del Rio comes out with the Mexican Flag. Del Rio takes the mic and says he doesn’t care what Damien did or did not do tonight. His only concern is John Cena. Last night at Hell In A Cell, he stole Del Rio’s title. Tonight, Cena got a victory which means Del Rio gets a rematch and he’s going to hurt Cena bad. Cena’s injured arm is Del Rio’s target and he’s going to attack it until it hurts because that World Title belongs to him
Natalya vs Summer Rae
Summer Rae grabs Natalya’s leg. Natalya throws her over in a single leg submission hold. Side headlock and shoulderblock by Natalya. Waistlock on Summer Rae. Summer Rae with a bridging pin. Natalya with a backslide. Spinning heel kick by Summer Rae. Summer Rae picks Natalya up and backs her in the corner choking her out. Summer Rae with a snap mare. Submission hold on Natalya. Summer Rae with an elbow and a splash on Natalya’s leg. Modified figure four by Summer Rae and Natalya slaps her and slams Summer Rae’s face into the mat. Summer Rae with a knee to Natalya. Chinlock on Natalya. Natalya with elbows to Summer Rae and again Natalya taken out by Summer. Fandango on the apron steals a kiss from Summer Rae. Hornswoggle pulls him down. Fandango pushes Hornswoggle and Khali chops Fandango down. Meanwhile, back in the ring Natalya locks in the sharpshooter forcing Summer Rae to tap
The winner of the match by submission: Summer Rae
Randy Orton’s Championship Celebration
Triple H and Stephanie come out. Triple H says a decade ago the chairman of the WWE came to him and asked him point blank who he thought would be the face of the WWE in the future. And he looked long and hard down the roster and he picked one man and put that man in Evolution and he put him under the learning tree and he watched that man do heinous and horrible things to Triple H and his family. But Frankenstein’s monster matured and reached even greater heights and last night the A+ player fulfilled Triple H’s prophecy last night when he became the WWE Champion and the Face Of The WWE and he introduces that new WWE Champion, Randy Orton. Orton comes out. Stephanie then addresses the WWE Superstars and says Randy Orton is everyone’s champion and represents all of them. He is what they aspire to be and asks the other superstars to show Orton the respect he so richly deserves. Orton says having this title. Being WWE Champion makes him, simply put, better than the fans and better than all the other superstars standing on the stage fantasizing about the day they take the title from him. Your either born a success or you’re not. He’s a success. He’s not only the face of the WWE but also the face of their superior. Big Show then marches down to the ring and Shield head him off and it’s a three on one beatdown but Rhodes Dynasty and The Usos run down to take out The Shield. Show runs into the ring and clears the ring of The Authority. Show says he knows about the restraining order but he’s not going to sit by and let this turn his stomach. What’s the worst that could happen? Are they going to arrest him? Because he has friends who will pay his bail. Show says his lawsuit will cost Triple H millions of dollars and doesn’t care if he bankrupts Triple H’s throne. He has nothing to lose. Orton hits Show in the head with the championship as Triple H and Stephanie look on and order him to finish Show off. Show punches Orton Triple H climbs onto the apron and takes his jacket off but Stephanie holds him back. Triple H moves towards the ring but looks like he has to back off when Show’s music plays as Raw goes off the air