WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 3, 2013) from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, featuring all the latest build to the Payback pay-per-view (PPV) that is now just two weeks away from invading Chicago, Illinois.
There's nothing particularly special planned for this show, outside of advancing the feud between John Cena and Ryback leading to the 3 Stages of Hell WWE championship match on June 16. Curtis Axel is still being pushed, kind of, The Shield are still getting a ton of TV time and are holding all of the gold, and Team Hell No are in the midst of what could be their break up.
So there's plenty going on. Just nothing too special.
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.
Stephanie McMahon is going to start things off tonight. Interesting.
Even though HHH has been medically cleared, she isn't going to allow him to compete.
She makes some good points and out comes her father- Vince McMahon!
The pop for Vince is insane and he is just eating it up.
He asks us not to boo Stephanie, which of course leads to a shower of boos.
A HHH chant breaks out and the McMahons say they care more about him then they do.
Vince backs up his daughter's decision to not have him compete.
Vince is calling out the fans for cheering one more time at Kofi's table spot that injured him.
He says that HHH won't get one more time and out comes the Shield!
They make their way down the stairs as we head to break.
According to Cole, Vince and Stephanie left the ring without incident.
The Shield vs Hell No and Randy Orton
Bryan and Ambrose starting things off.
Bryan with a quick takedown and he unleashes a series of kicks before tagging in Kane.
Kane with a dropkick to a downed Ambrose and then a power slam.
Ambrose is able to escape from Kane's grasp and get the tag into Rollins.
Kane whips Rollins into various corners but Rollins counters when Kane tries to go up top as we head to break.
Back from break and a Rollins dropkick sends Kane into the Shield's corner.
Ambrose with the tag and he works some kicks to the leg and a head butts before tagging back in Rollins.
They go for a double suplex but Kane counters into one of his own.
Kane with the hot tag into Orton who hits some clotheslines on Rollins.
Scoop slam to Rollins and Ambrose.
He then hits a double draping DDT on them.
Orton then goes for one on Reigns but Rollins kicks Orton in the back of the head before tagging in Ambrose.
Ambrose with stomps to Orton's chest.
Shield continues quick tags amongst all three of them as they dismantle Orton.
Reigns with a full nelson that is nearly putting Orton out.
Orton escapes but Reigns gets the tag to Ambrose who continues to break him down.
As Ambrose leaves Orton battered, he tags in Reigns but Orton gets a slam to stop the assault.
Rollins gets the tag and goes up top. He eats an Orton dropkick for his trouble.
Tags for Ambrose and Bryan.
Bryan is a man on fire in there as he flies around the ring and takes out Ambrose.
Rollins goes up top but Bryan hits a hurricarana on Rollins that throws Rollins into Ambrose.
Missile dropkick from Bryan on Ambrose gets a two count.
He locks in a No Lock but Rollins and Reigns break it up.
Kane gets involved but Reigns spears him.
Rollins then eats an RKO.
Orton tries for the RKO on Reigns but Reigns shoves him into Bryan.
Ambrose with a headlock driver on Bryan for the pinfall.
The Shield wins by pinfall.
Bryan, Orton, and KAne are arguing in the back. Bryan wants an apology from Orton and Orton's response sends him off the deep end. He thinks that Orton believes that he is the weak link now.
Kane tries to calm him down but fails. Bryan says that he will have another match where he will beat the respect out of someone else.
HHH enters the arena and goes straight to Stephanie's office. He says that he is wrestling and Stephanie says that he will not.
Vince also says that HHH will not wrestle and HHH asks who is going to stop him.
"Don't do something you are going to regret" -Vince
Usos have an entrance as we head to break.
Usos vs PTP
Back from break and the match is already underway.
Titus is delivering a backbreaker to one of the Usos. Not sure which one.
Tag into Young who works a chinlock and then a front headlock.
Young with some strikes and then a tag into Titus.
Titus with a couple of powerful slams and knees to the Uso.
Titus goes for a splash in the corner but the Uso dodges and get the hot tag.
Apparently Jimmy is in the ring now. Young tags in as well.
Jimmy hits a splash in the corner and then some superkicks to Titus and Young.
He tags in Jay who hits a splash off the top rope for the pinfall.
Usos win by pinfall.
Big E Langston vs Alberto Del Rio
Big E comes out strong with strikes in the corner.
Del Rio recovers with a dropkick and sends Del Rio to the outside.
Del Rio tries for a dropkick to the outside but Big E dodges and then runs over Del Rio.
Langston throws Del Rio into the barrier before tossing him back in.
Big running clothesline gets a two count for Del Rio.
Langston with a triple backbreaker for another nearfall.
Del Rio recovers with a tilt a whirl backbreaker.
He tries for the arm bar but Langston counters. Del Rio responds with a superkick for a two count.
Del Rio locks in the arm bar but Langston powers his way up and carries Del Rio over to the ropes.
Del Rio with a german suplex and then another arm bar.
Instead of a submission though, Del Rio is able to turn it into a pin for the win.
Del Rio wins by pinfall.
Sheamus vs Cody Rhodes
Sandow is on commentary and puts over Mrs. JBL's book.
Rhodes and Sheamus trading offense early.
Neither man can get the advantage as the brawl heads to the apron.
A kick to the head on the apron from Rhodes give him the advantage.
He tosses Sheamus back into the ring and begins to ground him with a series of holds.
Sheamus eventually fights his way back to control and goes off the top rope for a shoulder block.
Sheamus misses with a Brogue Kick and Rhodes hits a neckbreaker.
Rhodes goes for a moonsault but Sheamus dodges and hits a White Noise.
Sheamus follows up with a Brogue Kick for the win.
Sheamus wins by pinfall.
Sheamus goes over to Sandow on commentary and offers a handshake. Sandow knocks it away twice, so Sheamus punches him.
Vince in the back with Stephanie and he is leaving the arena. He is angry and Stephanie keeps calling him Paul.
He says that he has to leave before he kicks Vince's ass and that he will be in the ring with Axel next week.
Daniel Bryan is venting in the back and runs into Ryback.
Ryback says that Bryan better watch what he is doing.
They challenge each other to a match. Bryan warns him not underestimate him and Ryback calls him the weak link.
Heyman with Axel in the back and in comes Vince.
Vince starts to put him over and then puts him in a match against John Cena and makes it No DQ.
Fandango vs Great Khali
Khali with an early chop and then he taunts Fandango with a dance move.
More chops in the corner from Khali.
He follows that up with a series of clotheslines and then Fandango bails to the outside.
He heads up the ramp with Summer Rae but Miz is on the stage to send him back.
Miz eats a Bullhammer Elbow from behind by Barrett in a surprise attack!
We head to break as Fandango is presumably counted out.
Wade Barret vs Miz
Barrett is going to town on Barrett to start things off.
A lot of stiff strikes and clotheslines from Barrett.
Miz is able to send Barrett to the outside though and puts him into the barrier twice.
The continue to brawl and trade slams.
Fandango's music then hits and he comes out to dance with Summer Rae on the stage.
Barrett isn't happy and the distraction allows Miz to lock in the Figure Four for the win.
Miz wins by Figure Four.
Lawler in the ring and he is going to be hosting the contract signing for the Y2J-Jericho match.
Y2J makes his way out and representing Punk will be Paul Heyman.
Heyman calls out the ridiculousness of the public signing and Jericho interupts him.
The bicker back and forth about the match and where it should take place.
Jericho finally agrees to Chicago for Payback. He then gets threatening with Heyman.
He files the contract right down Heyman's pants and peaced out.
Aj and Bellas vs Funkadactyls and Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn and AJ start things off but it doesn't last long as AJ tags out after hitting one of the Funkadactyls.
One of the Bellas and Kaitlyn tags in Naomi.
The Bella works a shoulder lock and Naomi escape with an enziguiri and tags back in Kaitlyn.
Kaitlyn with a couple of slams and then tosses the Bella into her sister.
Bella with a recovery and she goes for the tag on AJ but AJ dodges and bails up the ramp.
Kaitlyn takes advantage with a spear for the victory.
Kaitlyn and Funkadactyls win by pinfall.
Bryan in the back and Kane tries to talk some sense into him.
Kane says he is one of the best he has ever seen and says that Bryan doesn't have anything to prove.
Bryan responds with anger and says that he doesn't want Kane anywhere near him tonight.
Kane looks upset and walks away.
This is legitimately sad.
ANOTHER WYATT FAMILY PROMO!
Ryback vs Daniel Bryan
Ryback charges early but Bryan ducks under and then goes to the leg with kicks.
Ryback tries for a submission but Ryback powers out and starts stomping on him.
Ryback with a Thesz Press but Bryan quickly counters into a single leg Boston Crab.
He transitions it to an Indian Deathlock and rains down elbows.
He eventually breaks the hold and flips over a charging Ryback.
Ryback recovers and hits a clothesline that sends Bryan to the outside as we head to break.
Back from break and Ryback is pounding on Bryan.
Ryback goes for a spear in the corner and Bryan dodges, sending Ryback into the post.
Multiple dropkicks from Bryan that lays out Ryback for a nearfall.
Bryan goes up top and hits a missile dropkick.
He follows it up with a flying headbutt across nearly the whole damn ring! Only gets the two!
Bryan with kicks to the chest of a kneeling Ryback.
He goes for the head kick but Ryback catches the leg and then powerbombs Bryan. He drops to his knees from exhaustion.
Ryback tries to follow up but gets caught in the No Lock!
Ryback makes it to the ropes though to break the hold.
Ryback rolls out of the ring and Bryan goes for a suicide dive. Ryback is able to counter and change Bryan's direction into the announce table!
Ryback slams him into the post and tosses him back into the ring.
Ryback setting up a table in the ring.
Ryback powerbombs Bryan through the table!
Daniel Bryan wins by disqualification.
Ryback then gets another table and sets it up in the corner area of the barrier.
Cena's music hits and he charges the ring to protect Bryan.
He has the belt ready to use as a weapon.
They have a staredown and now Axel's music hits.
Cena checking on the status of Bryan as we head to break.
John Cena vs Curtis Axel
We come back from break and the match is already in progress.
Axel sends Cena to the outside and then hits a flying clothesline off the apron.
Heyman gets Axel a chair but Cena blocks the attack and hits Axel with it.
Cena throws Axel over the announce table and tosses him back in the ring.
Axel gets hold of the chair and nails Cena in the guy with it.
He goes for another strike and Cena dropkicks the chair into Axel for a nearfall.
Axel recovers and slams Cena before going after him with a series of punches.
He whips Cena hard into the corner and then works a should lock.
Big knee and forearms from Axel.
Axel tries to slam Cena's head into the corner but Cena counters out.
Five moves of doom from Cena.
Axel counters the AA attempt and then dodges Cena charging into the corner. Cena went into a chair wedged in the corner.
Axel starts to stomp Cena again and go after him with a flurry of forearms.
Axel starts to nail Cena with the chair again but he can't get the three count.
Heyman yells for him to wear Cena down and he just continues the onslaught with the chairs.
McGuillicutter onto the chair! Two Count!
He tries for the Perfectplex onto the chair but Cena counters into the STF!
Heyman runs and gets a tablet for Axel. Axel bashes Cena in the head with it and it breaks the hold.
Cena with the AA attempt on the outside but Heyman pleads with him not to.
Cena goes after Heyman. Heyman runs and Axel takes advantage.
Ryback then makes his way out and tackles Cena through the table! Cena can't answer the count.
Axel wins by countout.