The Authority recruited Ryback to their Survivor Series team
Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a look back at last week.
We’re live on tape from Liverpool, England with Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler. John Cena makes way out to lots of boos.
Cena talks about Team Authority vs. Team Cena at Survivor Series. He says The Authority doesn’t want him to have a team and they’re doing everything they can to scare the guys backstage. Cena mentions Zack Ryder is out of action for 6 months and says they put Rusev on him for making a tweet about Team Cena. Cena reveals Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler for his team. He calls out Ryback to talk about their main event match tonight. Ryback enters to a big pop. He says he’s back and immediately is interrupted by Triple H’s music. The Authority comes out with Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Kane, Seth Rollins, Joey Mercury, Jamie Noble and new partner Mark Henry.
Stephanie says she’s thinking about making God Save the Queen her entrance theme. Triple H says everything is on the line at Survivor Series and he will put the fear of God in everyone so they don’t join Team Cena. Triple H says he is God as far as he’s concerned. We get more back and forth about Survivor Series. Triple H and Stephanie try to lure Ryback to their team with the idea of more money, more title shots, more fame, more glory. Ryback ends up slamming Cena and getting Stephanie hyped up. Ryback’s music hits and we go to commercial.
Seth Rollins vs. Jack Swagger
Back from the break and Seth Rollins laughs at Jack Swagger as Swagger’s entrance wraps. Swagger takes Rollins down to start the match. Zeb Colter is at ringside.
Rollins has to hit a cheap shot to turn the match around. Swagger comes back but Rollins rolls to the floor for a breather. Rollins comes back in and beats Swagger in the corner. They counter suplexes and Swagger nails one. Swagger keeps control until Rollins nails a dropkick. Swagger takes him back to the corners and tosses him across the ring. Swagger misses a Swagger Bomb but lands on his feet as Rollins goes back outside for a breather. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rollins is going for a 2 count. Fans chant for JBL as Rollins kicks Swagger. Fans chant for Lawler as Rollins takes Swagger down with a headlock. Some fans chant for Cole now. Swagger ends up dropping Rollins over the top rope. Swagger nails a big clothesline and a knee in the corner. Swagger with a big boot and a Swagger Bomb for a 2 count. Swagger applies the Patriot Lock but Rollins makes it to the bottom rope. They go to the floor and Swagger applies the hold again. The Stooges provide distraction, allowing Rollins to push Swagger into the ring post. Rollins brings Swagger back in for a Curb Stomp and the win.
Seth Rollins def. Jack Swagger
After the match, a doctor checks on Swagger as Rollins celebrates with the Stooges. They back the doctor away and Rollins nails another Cub Stomp on Swagger. Rollins has words with Zeb next.
Paige vs. Alicia Fox
Back from the break and Alicia Fox waits in the ring as Paige makes her way out to a big pop.
Alicia attacks as soon as the bell rings but Paige comes back with knees on the apron. Alicia with a big kick to the floor. Alicia brings it back in the ring and keeps Paige grounded. Alicia with shots in the corner and a Northern Lights suplex for 2. Alicia with another submission now. Alicia with a backbreaker. She goes for another but it’s countered for a 2 count. Paige turns it around and screams that this is her house. Paige nails the Ram-Paige for the win.
Paige def. Alicia Fox
WWE United States Title Match: Sheamus vs. Rusev
Stephanie McMahon approaches Lana and Rusev backstage. She congratulates them on the win last week. Stephanie points out The Authority gave him the title shot last week and tonight’s victory celebration. Stephanie wants an answer for Team Authority. Lana brings up politics but Stephanie says there are no politics in WWE. Lana says they will consider the offer. Stephanie calls her a little Russian twit. Stephanie says she will scratch their back if they scratch hers. She walks off and we go to commercial.
WWE United States Champion Rusev makes his way out with Lana for a victory celebration.
We get a look back at last week when Rusev won the title from Sheamus. The ring apron is red and the two Russians from the previous Rusev medal ceremony are in the ring it looks like. One of the men speak on behalf of The Kremlin and says President Putin couldn’t be more proud. We see Putin on the big screen. He reads a proclamation that gets the “what?” treatment. Rusev tells us to rise for the Russian national anthem and Sheamus interrupts. Sheamus chases Rusev out of the ring and we go to commercial.
Back fro the break and we get formal ring introductions from Lilian Garcia. Sheamus keeps control early on but Rusev turns it around. Sheamus with a kick to the face and a big running knee, sending Rusev to the floor. Sheamus goes for the forearms on the apron but Rusev fights him off. Sheamus finally gets him locked in and hits the shots to the chest. Rusev cuts him off but gets headbutted to the floor. Sheamus follows but Rusev rams him into the apron. Rusev scoops Sheamus and tosses him over his head onto the announce table. They come back in and Rusev beats on Sheamus in the corner. Rusev takes Sheamus down into a submission now. Sheamus tries to make a comeback but Rusev hits a spin kick as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rusev is in control. Sheamus finally comes back and runs Rusev over. Sheamus with a shoulder and a running knee. Rusev comes right back with a dropkick. Sheamus comes right back for another 2 count. Sheamus with the forearms to the chest. Sheamus goes for the Cloverleaf submission but Rusev doesn’t let him lock it in. Rusev tosses Sheamus for another 2 count. Sheamus fights out of a hold and nails White Noise for a close 2 count.
Sheamus readies for a Brogue Kick but Rusev ducks it and rolls to the floor. Sheamus goes to the top for a splash tot he floor. Sheamus brings Rusev back in the ring but Rusev rolls right back out. Sheamus keeps control and throws Rusev into the barriers. Noble and Mercury attack Sheamus from behind while the referee isn’t looking, leading to a count out.
U.S. Champion Rusev def. Sheamus via Count-out
Los Matadores vs. Damien Sandow and The Miz
We go to the ring and out comes El Torito with Los Matadores. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes The Miz and Damien Sandow with their mini-stunt double Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle is doing everything they do. Back and forth match to start but Matadores take control. Sandow gets a huge pop when Miz teases a tag in.
The Miz and Sandow end up getting the win.
The Miz & Damien Mizdow def. Los Matadores
John Cena walks in on Dolph Ziggler backstage. Apparently Swagger isn’t doing well. They try to stay positive about things and in comes Triple H joking around. He’s banned Cena from ringside during Ziggler vs. Henry. Back to commercial
Dolph Ziggler vs. Mark Henry
We come back and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler comes out. A Luke Harper vignette appears on the big screen and taunts Ziggler. Mark Henry is out next.
They both end up going down after a few minutes of offense. Henry gets kicked out of the ring. Ziggler follows but Henry tosses him into the barrier. Henry grabs a steel chair and gets disqualified.
Henry keeps up the attack and sends Ziggler into the steel steps. Henry puts part of the steps in the ring and goes for a World’s Strongest Slam but Big Show’s music hits. Show blocks a steps shot from Henry. Henry leaves the ring but Show throws the steps at him and misses. Show yells at Henry to come back in the ring. Show announces he’s on Team Cena and will see Henry at Survivor Series. Show helps Ziggler to his feet.
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Mark Henry via Disqualification
We come back and Cena walks up on Show and Ziggler backstage. Cena welcomes Show to Team Cena. Sheamus walks up and he’s on the team also. They only need one now.
Brie Bella vs. AJ Lee
Nikki Bella’s deviousness is growing by the week; having used her subservient sister to provoke AJ Lee into a fight last week, she further set about weakening the Divas Champion by instructing Brie Bella to do everything to AJ she wanted to do to Nikki. The strategy brought out the grittiest performance Brie’s put on in months, though it wasn’t enough to block a fateful Black Widow that gave AJ the win. Nikki got the last word anyway, dropping AJ with a Rack Attack after the match and posing with the – potentially her – Divas Title.
Divas Champion AJ Lee def. Brie Bella
Tyson Kidd vs. Adam Rose
Back from the break and out comes Adam Rose, The Bunny and the Rosebuds. Tyson Kidd waits in the ring.
They go at it and Kidd hits a big kick to the face to take over. Erick Rowan comes walking down the ramp. He walks through the Rosebuds and stares at The Bunny before walking around the ring. Rowan lifts his mask up and says, “she’s not here.” He walks off through the crowd. The match continues until The Bunny goes to the top rope. Rose talks him down and out of the match. Rose turns around to Kidd and the Sharpshooter for the win.
Tyson Kidd def. Adam Rose
After the match, Rose decks The Bunny with a cheap shot. Rose goes out of the ring to party with the Rosebuds.
Backstage segment with The Authority, minus Ryback. Kane says everyone is concerned about Ryback and he has an attitude problem. Ryback appears to a big pop and asks if Kane is talking behind his back. Triple H tells them to calm down and says it’s all about Ryback destroying Cena tonight. Stephanie gives them a pep talk for Survivor Series and tries to get everyone on the same page.
John Cena vs. Ryback
Back from the break and we go to WWE headquarters in Stamford to check in with Paul Heyman and Joey Styles to hype tonight’s ECW Exposed special on the WWE Network. We go to the ring and out comes Ryback. The Authority also comes out to watch from ringside. Ryback sends Cena out early on.
Cena comes back in and goes for an Attitude Adjustment but it’s blocked. Ryback takes back control and tosses Cena in front of The Authority. Ryback follows and drops Cena with a running kick. Ryback works Cena over and rolls him back in the ring. Ryback has words with Kane at ringside. Ryback gets on the apron and Cena knocks him into Kane. We go to commercial as Rollins calms Kane down.
Back from the break and Ryback catches Cena in mid-air but rolls through. Ryback with rights and lefts but Cena fights back. Ryback drops Cena again for a 2 count. Cena comes back in at the 7 count and Ryback nails another suplex for a 2 count. Cena finally looks to turn it around but he misses a clothesline and Ryback nails a Thesz Press. Ryback slams Cena’s head into the mat now. Ryback with a splash for a 2 count.
Ryback keeps control but Cena makes a comeback until Ryback drops him from high for another 2 count. Cena slides out of a move and unloads in the corner. Ryback blocks a boot and powerbombs Cena. Ryback with another 2 count. Cena ends up countering and going for the STF. Ryback comes back with a splash and a 2 count but Cena goes back to the STF. Ryback with a spinebuster. Fans chant “feed me more” now. Kane comes in and decks Cena for the disqualification.
John Cena def. Ryback via Disqualification
After the bell, Ryback stops Kane from stomping on Cena and they have words. Ryback shoves Kane. Kane takes off his jacket but Rollins comes in to calm them down. Ryback drops Rollins. Kane drops Ryback with a big boot. Team Authority comes in the ring and stomps away on Cena now. Sheamus’ music hits and out he comes. Rusev meets Sheamus and Sheamus tackles him. Team Authority beats Sheamus down now. Big Show comes out next to a pop but they eventually beat him down also. Ryback comes back in and cleans house of Team Authority. Kane grabs him for a chokeslam but Ryback fights it off and nails Shellshocked on Kane. Ryback’s music hits as he stands tall. Ryback makes his way up the ramp and he’s off Team Authority. Cena recovers and realizes what happened. We see Triple H and Stephanie watching backstage as Cena claps. Dolph Ziggler is thrown in at their feet and we see Luke Harper appear. He says he’s a team player. Team Authority appears to be complete. RAW goes off the air with the three standing over Ziggler.