WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (April 20, 2015) from the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, featuring the go home show to the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this Sunday night in Chicago, Illinois.
Advertised for tonight: Triple H returns for an announcement on Tough Enough, The Miz vs. Damien Mizdow for the right to the "Miz" trademark, an update on Paige, and more!
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. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR APRIL 20
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Recap of last week's main angle regarding Randy Orton and Seth Rollins choosing their stipulations for Extreme Rules
A steel cage is lowering itself to the ring as Randy Orton makes his way out to start the show.
Orton starts by calling Seth Rollins a "dumb bastard" for banning the RKO. Orton's greatest weapon is not the RKO, but instead his ability to inflict major damage, and Orton intends to inflict an insane amount of damage.
Orton vows to breaks Rollins' jaw and ribs, run him head-first into the cage, and end his WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign.
Seth Rollins comes out now. He tells Orton that he has anger issues...something we've known for a long time.
Orton denies his anger problem, instead saying that he has a "Seth Rollins problem.
Rollins says that he didn't listen to Orton's promo, going on to mock Orton and the crowd. He goes on to say that he plays this game of human chess better than anyone, and he also boasts how he'll become the best WWE WHC of all time.
Rollins puts over Orton, calling him a sure-fire Hall of Famer. Rollins, however, says that he's all that and more.
At Extreme Rules, Rollins promises that Orton will not walk out of the cage.
Orton vows to RKO "every son-of-a-bitch in the back", and then he will RKO Rollins before the night is up, and that is a promise.
Dean Ambrose vs Luke Harper
Before the match, Luke Harper comes out with a mic. He simply tells Ambrose that he will be afraid of him by the end of the night.
Yeah this isn't much of a match. Instead, they go all around the stage beating the hell out of each other until they're counted out and then some
Well, I wonder which match will be the Extreme Rules match?
Backstage, Seth Rollins is being escorted by J&J Security when they are jumped by the Primetime Players. His paranoia causes Rollins to blow up at a random production person and he almost blew up at a returning Triple H. Rollins tells Trips that he'll handle Orton. However, Rollins asks about the Kane situation, and Trips tells Rollins to let him cool off a bit. Kane will be handled soon enough.
As for Orton.....Rollins wants more security. Trips responds that Randy Orton is just one guy.
Lucha Dragons vs The New Day
New Day immediately gets heat before the bell rings.
This was a great back-and-forth match that saw some fast-paced action. New Day definitely played the heel role well, including the ending where Xavier Woods emerged out from under the ring to hold Sin Cara's feet, preventing him from making it into the ring before the ten count.
The New Day def Lucha Dragons; New Day goes on to Extreme Rules
After the match, Randy Orton comes out and RKOs Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. Big E escapes with his life...for now.
Fandango vs Curtis Axel
Quick match. Fandango dominates our favorite delusional Royal Rumble participant.
Fandango def Curtis Axel
Triple H comes out to the ring.
Trips recounts The Authority looking for the future and them finding him in Seth Rollins. One year later, and Seth Rollins is the man.
Now, we need a new Seth Rollins. Therefore, Tough Enough will return on June 23rd to USA.
He puts over being THE guy in WWE and all its perks.
He invites fans to submit their videos to WWE.com to be considered for Tough Enough. One man and one woman will be chosen to receive WWE contracts.
At this moment, Kane comes out.
Trips tells Kane that he's a bit too seasoned to be in Tough Enough.
Kane responds that he is tired of dealing with Seth Rollins, a man he finds not worth Triple H's investment.
Therefore, Kane gives his two-week notice. Trips tries to talk him out of it.
An angry Seth Rollins comes out, calling Kane out on his line about Rollins not being worth the investment. The two men start arguing intensely as Trips tries to ease the tensions.
Eventually, Trips screams at both men, stopping the argument. Trips puts Kane over as the most loyal person in The Authority. Therefore, Kane is made "Guardian of the Gate"
Rollins whines about the decision until Trips tells him to get on the same page. Kane and Rollins tensely shake hands, and Rollins angrily walks away.
Backstage, Kane and Seth Rollins are still arguing when Triple H breaks it up. Trips tells Kane that he is now corporate, and that hellfire and brimstone is gone. Kane denies this, and he will prove this.
Trips focuses on Rollins, booking him in a match against Dolph Ziggler tonight to prove that he IS the man. Rollins vows to destroy Ziggler and to show the world that he is The Man.
Naomi vs Brie Bella
Naomi cuts a pre-match promo, saying that she's done impressing others, and instead will do anything to get what she wants.
So-so match where Naomi tries to use less athletic and less posterior-based offense in favor of a more heelish offense (which does expose the need that Naomi REALLY needs some work in the wrestling department).
Oh, and she uses the Rear View to get the win, so.....yeah.
Naomi def Brie Bella
Backstage, Heath Slater annoys Erick Rowan in catering, so Rowan walks away. As Slater gloats, Orton hits him with a RKO.
Roman Reigns comes out to a subdued reaction.
Roman Reigns doesn't want to talk. Instead, he calls out Big Show because he wants to fight.
Instead, one Bo Dallas comes out.
He quotes Star War: The Phantom Menace about Roman suffering from Big Show's chokeslam as well as failing at WrestleMania.
"Roman, let's face it. You're kind of a bust"
An even better line: "You are the Tim Tebow of the WWE"
Dallas tells Roman to Bolieve, then eats a Superman Punch and spear. The crowd didn't much like this.
Reigns says that he will bring the big fight to Big Show, and he will be the last man standing.
We can Bolieve that.
Sheamus vs Zack Ryder
Sheamus tells ref to ring bell. The bell rings, and Sheamus Brogue Kicks him. Sheamus (who is still holding a mic) says that Ryder deserves more than a five second match. Therefore, Sheamus abuses Ryder as he talks on the mic.
After another Brogue Kick, Sheamus lines up for a third. However, Ziggler comes in and Zig Zags Sheamus to save his bro.
Sheamus def Zack Ryder by DQ
John Cena vs Kane (US Title)
Before the match, Cena cuts a promo about his upcoming Russian Chain Match against Rusev. He also explains the rules, which is basically that of a strap match (drag your lifeless opponent around the ring as you touch all four corners). After a bit more, he issues his open challenge.
Today's challenger: Kane...................yup
This match was decent enough. An angry Kane attacked with some brutal strikes and general hoss moves, including a chokeslam. However, Cena withstood this and reversed a Tombstone into an AA for the win.
John Cena def Kane
An angry Kane walks backstage, looks at Triple H, and walks away.
Renee Young interviews The Miz about his match with Damien Mizdow. Miz calls Mizdow's challenge an absolute joke. He hypes The Marine 4 because reasons. Renee cuts him off to cut to Byron Saxton.
Saxton interviews Cena about his win. Cena starts to promise victory when Rusev attacks Cena with a chain. Rusev locks in The Accolade with assistance from a chain.
The Miz vs Damien Mizdow (Rights to Miz Brand match)
Short, lackluster match. It's back and forth, but it's mostly pin attempts and a few other spot mimics. Miz wins after Summer Rae rakes Mizdow's eyes, allowing Miz to give the Skull Crushing Finale
The Miz def Damien Mizdow
After the match, Randy Orton RKOs Miz.
Bray Wyatt cuts a promo about why people do the things they do. He starts referencing a mystery person who likes lifting weights. All he likes will come to an end.
And speaking of...
Ryback vs Adam Rose
Ryback def Adam Rose
After the match, Rose destroys some Rosebuds with a double Shellshock
Backstage, Renee Young interviews Kane about social media comments made by J&J Security. Kane walks away from Renee and confronts Trips, Rollins, and J&J Security. An argument ensues, and Rollins apologizes for his conduct. He dedicates his match with Dolph Ziggler to Kane because of all he's done.
Orton is still hunting
Dolph Ziggler vs Seth Rollins
These two should just have matches forever. This was another awesome one that was derailed by Sheamus, who distracted Ziggler enough so Rollins could hit the Buckle Bomb followed by.....something (Rev, help here?).
Seth Rollins def Dolph Ziggler
After the match, Rollins boasts and Triple H introduces him as "the man who will beat Randy Orton."
More boasting ensues, and Kane is brought up, bringing him out. Rollins calls the cage down for protection.
The cage backfires as Randy Orton slithers in and RKOs Rollins as he tries to escape the cage.
And that's that