WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 25, 2015) from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, featuring the go home show to the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view (PPV) special on the WWE Network this coming Sunday night in Texas.
Advertised for tonight: The cast of Entourage will make an appearance, Dean Ambrose is out to get Seth Rollins for last week, John Cena responds to Kevin Owens, and much 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 MAY 25
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WWE Signature and a video recognizing Memorial Day, including various Superstars and Women reciting President Ronald Reagan's speech recognizing it. We go to the Nassau Coliseum, where the bell is tolled ten times in remembrance for those lost defending our country.
And to the veterans that are watching along with us tonight, I thank you all for your valiant service, and keep on doing what you do best.
The Authority (Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Seth Rollins, J&J Security, and Kane) comes to the ring
Seth Rollins tells the crowd to give a round of applause to Dean Ambrose for being a common thug and extorting The Authority for a title shot. The crowd responds with the usual "you sold out" chant, which Rollins blows off, refocusing on Ambrose.
Rollins says that The Authority was forced to give Ambrose a title shot under duress, which is not how they operate. Rollins says that Trips and Steph could take away the title shot right now. Hell, Trips could even fire Ambrose right now...something that Trips was considering until Rollins convinced him otherwise.
Rollins says that Ambrose isn't much of a threat to him since he was never on his level.
Trips takes the mic and says that, although there is a verbal agreement for the title shot, there is nothing set in concrete. Trips tells Ambrose to come to the ring and sign a contract for the match.
Dean Ambrose comes out and stands onstage. Ambrose tells The Authority that they think something is wrong with him (a HUGE "Ambrose" chant starts). Ambrose doesn't count sheep when he sleep; he counts the number of times that he punches Rollins, and it bring him happiness.
Now normally, Ambrose beats Rollins up for free, but last week, Ambrose wanted a prize, and he vows to become the "new face of WWE" at Elimination Chamber.
If/when he becomes the face, he'll make some changes. J&J will be barefoot, Kane will wear a collar, and Rollins can "drunk dial Selena Gomez" as he'll always be our little Justin Bieber.
Rollins tells Ambrose to shut his mouth, and a "Justin Bieber" chant starts. Rollins talks about Bieber, calling him "the most successful artist of our generation" and comparing his success to Biebers. Rollins calls Ambrose a "cockroach" due to being able to survive, but not thrive.
Rollins says that Ambrose is destined to be a loser forever. He keeps taunting Ambrose from the ring, and Ambrose responds with a Human Centipede reference (yes, I'm serious).
Ambrose does take up The Authority's offer to sign the contract. He circles the ring a bit before Roman Reigns comes out.
Steph calls the Ambreigns bro-mance "cute", and Steph gives Ambrose until the end of the night to sign a contract. She then makes a match: Ambrose/Reigns vs Seth Rollins and Kane.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!!! This match will happen RIGHT NOW!
Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins and Kane
That said, this was a very fun and back-and-forth match that saw some good fast-paced action (and the Rainmaker for all you NJPW marks. Ambreigns get the win after Ambrose backslides Rollins to win.
Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns def Seth Rollins and Kane
Renee Young interviews Dean Ambrose and reminds him about the contract. Ambrose vows that there will be a contract signed. J&J show up and say that they have the contract when they really don't. Jamie Noble tells Ambrose to "slap his head", and Ambrose slaps his head and beats down J&J and a cameraman. After the beatdown, Ambrose stands over the cameraman and asks what he's doing.
A Kevin Owens video package airs.
Rusev vs R-Truth
Rusev has shed the whole Russia thing. He is back to being billed as "The Bulgarian Brute" after moving back to Bulgaria.
Squash as you would expect, and yes, Booker T said exactly what you thought he said
Rusev crushes R-Truth
After the match, Rusev asks Lana to come to the ring...and eventually starts to beg as we go to commercial. We come back, and he's still begging for Lana, who eventually comes down.
Rusev says that he still cares about Lana, and gives reasons why. Lana says that she's done everything she's done for Rusev, and he responds by saying that they still want to crush America and whatever. A 'USA" chant starts, and Rusev disapproves of it. He asks Lana to take his hand as they restart their initiative to crush America.
Lana takes his hand, and the two hug. Rusev tells Lana to say three magic words: "I was wrong" (I should note that both are having some real issues maintaining their accents). Lana turns and walks back as Rusev pleads. Lana says that she was not wrong, and Rusev really did quit.
Rusev freaks out and tells Lana to get back in the ring. Lana reverses the rage and says that Rusev is a liar and quitter. Lana is done with Rusev's ways, and she ain't taking it anymore as the crowd cheers.
As Lana walks up the ramp, Dolph Ziggler comes out and is impressed. The two kiss in front of Rusev, sending him into a rage.
Backstage, Dean Ambrose is in the locker room when Triple H and Seth Rollins approach with that contract. Moments later, the assaulted cameraman and two cops enter. When asked if Ambrose assaulted him, the cameraman says yes, but he says that he felt something on his back, to which Rollins tells the cameraman to shush. Ambrose is arrested and escorted out.
After break, Ambrose is struggling when he's taken to a police van as The Authority shouts stuff at him
King Barrett vs Ryback
Short match. Although Barrett does get some good offense in on Ryback's ribs, The Big Guy is able to come back with Shellshock for the win.
Ryback def King Barrett
Trips and Steph are backstage. Dean Ambrose is on his way to central booking, and he cannot possible make it back in time to sign the contract. At this moment, the cast of Entourage comes in. Steph apologizes for Ambrose's conduct, and the cast hypes Entourage. Awkward moments ensue once Ronda Rousey is brought up, and the cast leaves.
More Tough Enough hyping, and HOLY HELL THERE'S A DUDE CARRYING A CROCODILE!!!
Stardust vs Neville
Before the match, Stardust hisses at Stephen Amell from Arrow.
This was a decent match that saw Stardust target Neville's taped knee. However, Neville is able to come back and hit the Red Arrow for the win.
Neville def Stardust
After the match, Bo Dallas (who came to watch this match), tells Neville to Bolieve...then dropkicks his knee. A victory lap ensues.
The Entourage cast is walking around when they run into Alicia Fox, Summer Rae, Layla, and Emma. Plans are made, but the cast disappears into a room with Zack Ryder, leaving the women in the dust.
Dolph Ziggler vs Sheamus
Standard fare match between these two (aka good) that ends when Rusev comes out, walks by Lana (who was watching), and distracts Ziggler. This allows Sheamus to hit the Brogue for the win.
Sheamus def Dolph Ziggler
After the match, Rusev beats up Ziggler as Lana watches, eventually locking him in The Accolade right in front of her.
John Cena vs Zack Ryder (US Championship)
Cena gets in the ring and starts talking about "Let's Go Cena (Cena Sucks)." The supporters never give up and help Cena through the worst, something he is grateful for. A huge "we want Owens" chant starts at this moment.
To the detractors, Cena tells them to bring it as it gives him focus and allows him to overcome, and that brings us to Kevin Owens' debut where he killed John Cena, broke the internet, and killed Sami Zayn. On Sunday, they won't be chanting "Cena sucks", but instead "Fight Owens Fight"
Here's the thing: "Fight Owens Fight" =/= "Win Owens Win"
That brings us to our open challenge tonight. Today's victim:
Wait a minute, the cast of Entourage comes out. They introduce Zack Ryder to a nuclear pop
This was a pretty fun match that saw Ryder have the advantage for most of the match. He his the Broski Book, the Killswitch (heh), and the Rough Ryder, but to no avail. Ryder goes for a 450 Splash, but misses. Cena hits the AA after for the win.
John Cena def Zack Ryder
After the match, Cena, Ryder, and the Entourage cast celebrate and everyone except Cena leave. As Cena celebrates, Kevin Owens comes in and pop-up powerbombs Cena. Owens stomps the US Title and holds up the NXT Title to some good heat.
Backstage, Steph, Trips, and Seth Rollins discuss Kevin Owens a bit before Renee Young comes in and asks about the Dean Ambrose situation. Steph says that Ambrose still has every opportunity to sign...if he can make it back.
Tamina vs Paige
The Bella Twins are on commentary for this.
Short and not very good. It's clear that Tamina has a lot of ring rust to shake off from her time off. Paige lost after getting slapped by Naomi. This set up a Samoan drop for Tamina
Tamina def Paige
Yes, a slap cost Paige the match...let that sink in.
The New Day vs every other tag team on the main roster except Luke Harper/Erick Rowan
Before the match, The New Day complains about their upcoming Elimination Chamber match and disses the Nassau Coliseum and the New York Islanders.
Kane comes out and tells New Day how the Elimination Chamber match is quite fair.
"Unfair" is New Day vs The Brass Ring Club AND Los Matadores AND The Ascension AND The Prime Time Players AND The Lucha Dragons in a 10-on-3 handicap match.
Yeah the match barely happens. Xavier Woods insults the other teams one too many times, and they all attack, causing a DQ.
The New Day def everyone by DQ
A brawl ensues after, and The New Day stands tall after everyone takes each other out...and then are taken out by The Brass Ring Club
MizTV returns on Sunday with Daniel Bryan as the guest
Michael Cole talks about the brawl earlier in the show, and a video is shown that shows Seth Rollins shoving the cameraman into Dean Ambrose.
The Authority comes out, and Rollins tries to play off the cell phone footage thing.
Steph starts doing the whole "WWE cares about our workers" spiel in regards to the cameraman (who is supposedly a father of triplets). However, despite Ambrose's lunatic state, The Authority is still giving him the opportunity to face Rollins, but he's not here now.
Trips starts to announce something, but Roman Reigns comes out to attack Seth Rollins and The Authority. The Authority starts to get the upper hand on Reigns when Dean Ambrose returns with the police van and nightsticks.
Ambrose and Reigns clean house as Rollins, Trips, and Seth run away. Reigns gives Ambrose the contract to sign, and he does so.