WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 27, 2013) from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, featuring a night of appreciation for Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
It's entirely possible anything involving Hart will be relegated to the dark segment after the show, but WWE is advertising something involving "The Best There Is, The Best There Was, And The Best There Ever Will Be," so maybe we'll get to see the old man come waddling down in his home spot after all.
Plus, more Curtis Axel! We know you're excited for that! Oh, and John Cena returns.
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAY 27
Rex here. Let's mark out with our snark out.
After a Memorial Day tribute and a recap of the happenings in WWE, John Cena is starting things off tonight.
He reminds us that their was controversy with the finish at ER and that Ryback has challenged him to an ambulance match.
We want Bret chants erupt. He plays it off well and then goes into a Ryback imitation.
Cena proposes a three stages of hell match consisting of lumberjack, table, and ambulance matches.
Out comes Ryback with a response.
He accepts the match and leaves us with "Say hello to Belezebub. Say hello to Lucifor. Say hello to Satan. Say hello to Ryback."
As soon as Ryback peaces out, Heyman makes his way out and introduces Curtis Axel while Cena is still in the ring.
Heyman wants Cena to take on Axel. Cena says that Axel needs to get away from as far away from Heyman as possible.
Axel takes the mic for himself and asks if Cena is looking for a fight.
Cena accepts the challenge.
Alberto Del Rio vs Big E Langston
Del Rio sends Langston out and then follows up with a suicide dive to start things out.
Langston recovers before slamming Del Rio into the steps and tossing him back in the ring.
Bear hug from Langston and he transition into his triple back breaker for a nearfall.
Del Rio recovers and takes control of the match off a counter. He follows up with a superkick for a nearfall.
Del Rio goes for the arm bar, but Big E counters into a belly to belly.
Del Rio is able work the arm and a takedown.
AJ distracts the ref by exposing the turnbuckle.
Big E goes for the eye rake but gets caught in an arm bar. He is able to pick up and slam Del Rio to break the hold.
Del RIo slams Big E into the exposed turnbuckle which leads to the pinfall.
Del Rio wins by pinfall.
After the match, Big E gets a tongue lashing from AJ
Kane is chilling in the back with Daniel Bryan pacing back and forth.
Kane is frustrated and tells Bryan to cut out the weak link crap because Daniel Bryan is the only one who thinks that.
Bryan twists Kane's words and they start to counter chant each other but stop. The camera pans over to Bret Hart.
Hart starts to put them both over big.
Hart gives some encouraging words to Daniel Bryan and it cheers him up, despite it being the points that Kane had made to him.
Kane is upset that Bryan listened to Hart over Kane.
United States Championship Match: Dean Ambrose (c) vs Kofi Kingston
Arm drag from Kofi to open things but Ambrose drives him into the corner and peppers him with punches.
Some chain wrestling from the two leads to Ambrose bailing to the outside as we head to break.
Back from break and Ambrose is slamming Kofi and following up with some punches.
Kofi with a reversal and slingshots Ambrose into the corner.
Kofi with some dropkicks and then he hits a crossbody from the top rope.
Ambrose tries to mount some offense but it stopped by an SOS from Kingston for the nearfall.
Kingston with a big kick that gets him a nearfall.
Ambrose bails to the outside and Kofi follows him out. This give Ambrose a chance to take control and he does by slamming Kofi onto the apron.
He tosses him back into the ring and hits the Headlock Driver for the win.
Ambrose win by pinfall and retains as United States Champion.
After the match, Hell No hit the ring and clear the Shield out to get ready for their title match after the break.
Tag Team Championship Match: The Shield (c) vs Hell No
We come back from break and the match is already underway with Rollins and Bryan in the ring.
Headlock from Rollins and a shoulder block.
Bryan counters with some knees and kicks.
Bryan gets the tag into Kane, who hits a running slam for a nearfall.
He tags back in Bryan and they hit the Hart Attack!
Bryan with a shoulder lock and some elbows to Rollins.
Kane tags back in and goes for a chokeslam but Rollins counters and hits a huge bicycle kick before tagging in Reigns.
Reigns goes to work on Kane and grinds him on the ground with locks and elbows.
Tag back into Rollins who works punches and kickes in the corner.
Kane finally fights out and hits a suplex but Rollins is able to get a tag into Reigns.
Reigns with a couple of devastating slams before getting the tag into Rollins.
Kane with a big clothesline and he is able to get the hot tag into Bryan.
Bryan goes to town on Rollins in a gorgeous display of german suplexes, holds, and kicks.
He tries to go up top but Rollins knocks out his feet from underneath him.
He goes up for a superplex but Bryan counters that and Rollins gets tangled upside down. Bryan takes advantage with a dropkick.
Bryan sets up Rollins and hits a superplex of his own and both men are down as we head to break.
Back from break and Bryan is taking it to Reigns with some uppercuts and kicks in the corner.
Reigns takes back control after powering of a hold and tags in Rollins.
Rollins uses the surfboard stretch on Bryan.
Bryan eventually counters out and starts to kick Rollins, but Rollins hits an ankle pick and tags in Reigns.
Shield continues a strategy of quick tags as they each work in some strong offense before tagging out.
After a mercilus beatdown that lasted for a while, Bryan finally gets a dropkick and the hot tag into Kane.
Kane takes out Rollins with a clothesline and goes for the pin but Reigns breaks the cover.
Bryan hits a missile dropkick on Reigns and then a suicide dive to the outside on him.
Kane knocks down Rollins and then goes up top and hits a flying clotheslines.
KAne tries to get Bryan back in the legal corner but he ignores.
Bryan goes for a flying knee but Reigns spears him mid air onto the floor!
Rollins used the time to recover and hits a flying knee for the win.
Shield wins by pinfall and retains as Tag Team Champions.
Fandango and Barrett w/ Miz as guest referee
The WWE Universe voted for Miz to fill that role instead of guest announcer or commentator. No one wanted to hear from Miz apparently.
Fandango with some early chops and elbows.
Barrett takes back control and gets Fandango tied up in the ropes.
Miz goes to check on him which upsets Barrett, who tosses Miz out of the way.
Miz hits the Skull Crushing finale on Barrett and Fandango takes the win.
Fandango wins by pinfall.
As Fandango celebrates, Miz kicks him in the head and and Summer falls on Fandango.
Miz makes the count.
Summer Rae wins by pinfall.
In hte back and Cena is with a bearded HBK! HBK tries to warn Cena about his upcoming confrontation and Cena throws it back in his face.
3MB vs Tons of Funk and Great Khali
Khali and McIntyre starting things off.
Khali with big chops in the corner.
They each tag in their partners- Slater and Tensai.
Tensai with the early offense but Slater fights back and works a lot of strikes.
Tensai with a slam and he tags in Clay.
Clay goes to work on Slater with a power slam and a splash in the corner.
The rest of the band tries to interfere but the get cleared out and Clay hits a splash for the win.
Tons of Funk and Khali win by pinfall.
Clay gets on the mic after and let's everyone know that it's Natalya's birthday. He has Khali lead the crowd in singing happy birthday.
It's time for the Highlight Reel with Jericho.
Paul Heyman is his guest tonight.
Heyman talks up his ability to nuture talent and Jericho says that he Heyman still owes him some money.
Jericho says he is impressed with Axel but he wants to talk about another client.
Heyman thinks he means Lesnar, but Jericho means CM Punk.
Jericho replays the clip of Punk leaving and states his issues with it.
Heyman responds in anger with a Bret Hart impersonation and Jericho starts to mock him and demand the location of CM Punk.
Heyman promises an announcement on Raw in the next few weeks about Punk's return.
Jericho lays down the challenge for Payback.
Jericho tries to say he is the Best in the World and Heyman keeps stopping him from saying it.
After some more back and forth, Heyman finally accepts the challenge on behalf of Punk.
Jericho-Punk at Payback in Chicago! YES! YES! YES!
Kaitlyn and Natalya vs the Bella Twins
There is some "wrestling" between one of the bellas and Kaitlyn.
Finally Natalya gets in the ring and immediately takes control and locks on a sharpshooter.
The other Bella breaks it up and Kaitlyn spears her.
The original Bella slams Kaitlyn and goes for Natalya.
Kaitlyn tries to spear her again but she dodges and Natalya eats the spear and the pinfall.
Bellas win by pinfall.
Curtis Axel in the back with Bret Hart. They reminisce about the great matches Hart had with Axel's father.
Hart tries to convince Axel to get away from Heyman, but Axel says Heyman was the only one who has believed in him.
WYATT FAMILY PROMO! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Rhodes Scholars vs Orton and Sheamus
Was too busy marking out, so I missed the beginning of this match.
Sandow and Sheamus are trading slams that ends with a delayed power slam from Sheamus.
Sandow is able to get the tag and Sheamus starts to nail Rhodes with forearms.
Rhodes counters and stomps Sheamus in the corner.
They start trading strikes and slams as no man is able to gain control as we head to break.
Back from break and Rhodes has a body scissor lock and is working a should lock.
Sheamus powers out and hits the Irish Curse Backbreaker.
Both men get tags in and Orton goes to town on Sandow.
Scoop slam on Sandow and Rhodes which leads to a draping DDT on Sandow.
Orton readies the RKO and Rhodes is able to pull Sandow out of the ring.
Orton pursures and Sandow buts him into the ring post.
Back in the ring and Sandow is taking it to Orton. He hits the Elbow of Disdain for a near fall.
Tags in Rhodes, who hits multiple spears in the corner.
Rhodes continues to work over Orton but Orton is able to get the hot tag.
Sheamus goes to work on Rhodes, who tags in Sandow quickly.
Sheamus goes after Sandow but eats a Disaster Kick from Rhodes.
Orton clears out Rhodes and tosses him into the time keeper's area.
Sheamus hits White Noise on Sandow in the ring.
Brogue Kick leads to the pinfall.
Sheamus and Orton win by pinfall.
Curtis Axel vs John Cena
They lock up briefly and back out to measure each other up as we head to break.
Back from break and Axel has dumped Cena to the outside.
Cena tries to get back in and Axel is just stomping the life out of Cena.
Shoulder lock from Axel that Cena is selling well.
Cena escapes but Axel follows up with some more offense.
Eventually Cena takes control and starts the five moves of doom.
Axel interupts it with a beautiful dropkick and then hits two second rope forearm drops.
Axel with a snapmare driver and a diving neckbreaker.
Cena escapes and tries for the AA but Axel counters into the Perfectplex for a nearfall.
Cena tries to regain control but an ambulance makes its way out.
Cena goes to check it out and Ryback isn't in it but does blindside him from behind after coming out of the main stage entrance. They get into it for a bit as Cena gets counted out.
Axel wins by countout.
Axel celebrates as we fade to black.