Being the wrestling addict that I am, I always tend to come up with fantasy storylines and theories on how I would book things. That's where this Fantasy Booking article comes into play. I don't even know if I should call it an article because of how long it is, it's more like a story. So make sure you have a good bit of time before you dive in.
In this edition, I will be Fantasy Booking the rest of 2014 in WWE along with the Road To WrestleMania in 2015. I will be including full cards for every PPV from WrestleMania 30 all the way up to WrestleMania 31 based on how I would book it. And by every PPV, I mean EVERY PPV. Full storylines will be included as well.
My last series of articles, "Change Time In WWE" is part of what inspired me to write this article as I feel that this would be a wonderful way for WWE to push some new talent over the next year. The way I have fantasy booked the next year features intriguing storylines and potentially classic match-ups that I think WWE should arrange. Things featured in this fantasy booking article include the debuts of Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, Solomon Crowe, Judas Devlin, Mason Ryan and Paige as well as the returns of Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam, and The Rock. Several young stars also recieve huge pushes including Cesaro and Cody Rhodes. On top of that several big storylines occur including the reformation of Evolution, Paul Heyman forming a stable, and a group of disgruntled superstars looking to make a name for themselves.
I hope you will enjoy reading this rollercoaster ride of a column. I booked things here in a unbiased way. Obviously these are ideas I came up with and I have my own opinion on why certain stars should be pushed, but I am also logical. I don't just choose to book things a certain why because I like a certain someone. I book them the way I do because I feel it would be best for business.
Enough of me talking. This article is long enough as it is, so let's get started.
Build Towards WrestleMania 30
At Elimination Chamber, Big E defeated Jack Swagger to retain his Intercontinental Championship after a hard fought battle with the Real American. It was Big E's best match since debuting on the main roster and kicked the show off in awesome fashion. The next night on Raw, Cesaro had an equally great match with Big E which ended via DQ after Swagger interfered. Cesaro and Swagger started arguing and we saw tension begin to build between the two. I say make it a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania, pitting Big E against Cesaro and Swagger. I would continue to tease Swagger and Cesaro breaking up, but don't have it officially happen until during the match at WrestleMania.
The Tag Team Division is packed right now. There are four teams that I would say are at the top of it though, and those would be the Usos, the New Age Outlaws, Cody Rhodes & Goldust, and Rybaxel. These four teams tore the house down in an 8 man tag match on Smackdown a few weeks back and I can only imagine what they would do if it was every team for himself. No better way to have the Tag Team Division represented at Mania then with the four top teams in a chaotic match!
As we saw on Raw last week, Brock Lesnar will face The Undertaker. This is one match that I would book as well. I'm not too sure about how Taker will fare because of his health, but if he couldn't do it, I doubt he would have agreed to it.
Along with Taker vs Lesnar, the other match that WWE is doing that I agree with is Cena vs. Wyatt. The feud will be wonderful and since it's actually happening. There's nothing much else for me to say about it.
With CM Punk out of the picture, many people were thinking Daniel Bryan would face Triple H. I personally don't think that's the right move. I would book Roman Reigns to face Triple H. Over the past few months, The Shield has done everything the Authority has told them to do. We've seen tension begin to build between The Shield and Triple H recently. Mostly between Reigns and Triple H. Now that The Shield has broken up, I say turn Reigns into a complete babyface by having him stand up to Triple H and challenge him to a match at Wrestlemania!
Since Roman Reigns is already on the card, that leaves Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. I say have these two face off at the biggest show of them all, for the United States Championship. Rollins will be the face and Ambrose will be what he is naturally, a heel.
Last, but not least we have the WWE Title picture. I would book a triple threat match between Batista, Daniel Bryan, and Randy Orton for the title. This could be set up simply by Vince coming back and saying he's tired of watching Daniel Bryan get screwed out of the WWE Title at the hands of the authority, so he's inserting him into the WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania and if anyone interferes, they're fired.
- The Usos vs. New Age Outlaws vs. Cody & Goldust vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel - Tag Team Title Match
- Big E vs. Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro - Intercontinental Championship Match
- Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker
- Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins - United States Championship Match
- AJ Lee vs. Tamina
- Roman Reigns vs. Triple H
- John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
- Daniel Bryan vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton - WWE Championship Match
Tag Title Match: The Usos have been a tag team in WWE since 2010 and they finally begin to hit their stride in 2013. Unfortunately, they never got the chance to hold the tag team titles. I think WrestleMania would be the perfect time to finally crown them the WWE Tag Team Champions. They'd be the perfect team to knock off the New Age Outlaws for the belts.
IC Title Match: Cesaro hits the Neutralizer on Big E, but before he can cover him, Swagger knocks Cesaro out of the ring and covers Big E to get the victory and become the Intercontinental Champion. After the match, Cesaro gets back in the ring and hits the Neutralizer on Swagger signifying the split of the Real Americans. The crowd gets hugely behind Cesaro. Face turn = success.
Lesnar/Taker: It's obvious - Taker isn't gonna lose at Mania, especially against Brock. After a hard fought match, Undertaker's streak continues!
Ambrose/Rollins: In recent weeks, Ambrose has become obsessed with remaining the US Champion. He shows that he will go to any means necessary to retain it as he scores a cheap victory over Rollins with a roll up.
Reigns/HHH: What better way to signify Reigns as a top dog in WWE than having him defeat the self proclaimed King of Kings. Reigns goes over on Triple H and solidifies himself as a future World Champion.
Cena/Wyatt: The outcome of this match is very important. Bray NEEDS to beat Cena cleanly. It wouldn't hurt Cena at all if he lost. All his fans will still love him. Bray beat Bryan and he didn't lose one bit of popularity. Wyatt goes over Cena cleanly here.
Bryan/Batista/Orton: Daniel Bryan finally gets what he's deserved for so long, the WWE Championship. Bryan winning here would be a wonderful culmination to his journey towards becoming Champion and his fight against the system by beating two of the Authority's favorites in one match.
Build Towards Extreme Rules
At WrestleMania, Bray Wyatt defeated John Cena. The loss really hurt Cena physically and emotionally, so he won't be on TV for weeks. I think that'd be the perfect story to use. It gives Cena time to rest, the viewers time to forget his loss so to speak, and time for Bray to build new feuds. I'd have Bray's next feud be with Randy Orton and have this also be the beginning of a face turn. Orton comes out on Raw after Mania and complains about his loss at Mania and portrays the whiny heel, which brings out the Wyatt Family. Bray cuts one of his amazing promos on how Orton is losing it. Bray acknowledges that he is part of the machine that he's been trying to take down from day one. The Wyatt Family then attacks Orton setting up a match between them at Extreme Rules. It will be a tables match since The Wyatt Family put Orton through a table on Raw.
The Real Americans broke up at WrestleMania 30 when Swagger stole the IC Title from Cesaro. Cesaro is determined to get his hands on Swagger and attempts on Raw numerous times by brawling with Swagger before being separated by security. At Extreme Rules, Cesaro finally gets his hands on Swagger and gets a shot at the title that he was three seconds away from winning.
The Usos finally became Tag Team Champions at WrestleMania. The night after Mania on Raw, The Usos defeat The New Age Outlaws in a rematch to retain the titles. The next week, a match between Rybaxel and The Outlaws is contested to determine the new #1 Contender to the titles. The fan favorites, Cody Rhodes & Goldust win. To up the stakes in this match, it will be a Ladder Match.
The Shield went their separate ways at WrestleMania. Reigns defeated Triple H and Ambrose got a cheap victory over Rollins to retain the US Title. Rollins wants a rematch and wins a #1 Contender's Match on Raw against Kofi Kingston to earn it, but Roman Reigns thinks he deserves a shot as well. Their desire to become US Champion combined with wanting to hurt Dean Ambrose means their needs to be a match made between the three former friends. It will be a Falls Count Anywhere match where anything goes!
AJ Lee didn't have a good WrestleMania. She lost her Divas title to her former bodyguard Tamina. Not only does AJ want to win her title back, she wants to hurt Tamina. There's only one way to settle a feud like this and that's a No Holds Barred match!
While many people had a good WrestleMania, some guys didn't. In fact, some guys didn't have a WrestleMania at all. The men I'm referring to are The Miz and Dolph Ziggler. The two have been rumored to be paired together as a disgruntled team so I decided that I'd throw it into my storylines and fantasy book it. The night after Mania, Miz and Ziggler hit the ring in the middle of Santino dancing with Emma. They brutally beat him down with chairs. Miz and Ziggler get the microphone and discuss how they are both former World Champions and neither man was on the card at WrestleMania. They say until they get the respect they deserve, they will continue taking out idiots like Santino. Over the next few weeks the beat down the likes of R-Truth and Santino, but are interrupted by The Big Show. Show says he wasn't on the card either, but he doesn't whine and complain about it. He says what Miz & Dolph have done to Truth and Santino is unacceptable and challenges them to a match at Extreme Rules. It will be on the kick off show and since Santino is injured as well as Truth, Show's partner will be Truth's friend, Xavier Woods.
Since being beat by Roman Reigns, Triple H hasn't been seen on WWE TV. When will he return? Could it be at Extreme Rules?
At WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan finally won the WWE Championship. Thing is - he pinned Randy Orton, not Batista. Batista wants another shot at the belt and Bryan, being the fighting champion, gives him the opportunity at Extreme Rules. But to assure that no one interferes, it will be a Steel Cage Match.
Extreme Rules 2014 PPV Card:
- Pre-Show: The Miz & Dolph Ziggler vs. Big Show & Xavier Woods
- Cesaro vs. Swagger - Street Fight for the Intercontinental Championship
- The Usos vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust - Ladder Match for the Tag Team Titles
- AJ Lee vs. Tamina - No Holds Barred Match for the Divas Title
- Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns - Falls Count Anywhere Match for US Title
- Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt - Tables Match
- Bryan vs. Batista - Steel Cage Match
Extreme Rules Outcome:
Kickoff Show Match: Before the match starts, Miz & Ziggler attack Woods with a chair and injure him. This makes the match a handicap match. Miz & Ziggler dominate Show and get the victory.
Cesaro/Swagger: In a brutal street fight which raged throughout the arena, Swagger sneaks away with a victory, retaining his IC Title. Swagger continues to play the sly heel.
Tag Title Ladder Match: The Usos & The Rhodes Bros throw all they have at each other in this contest, but in the end, The Usos emerge victorious, retaining their tag team titles. The Rhodes & Usos shake hands and showcase great sportsmanship afterwards.
AJ/Tamina: The two most dominant Divas in the division clash and Tamina comes out on top and retains her Divas Championship.
Ambrose/Rollins/Reigns: In a chaotic match, Ambrose retains his title by pinning Rollins after he was speared through the barricade by Reigns. Before Reigns could cover Rollins, the New Age Outlaws ranto the ring and beat up Reigns allowing Ambrose to steal the victory from Reigns. Although Dean came out on top, he walks away with an injury.
Orton/Wyatt: Bray Wyatt manages to put Randy Orton away by delivering a Sister Abigail through a table.
Bryan/Batista: The YES Movement continues as Daniel Bryan somehow overcomes the odds and defeats The Animal in his home enviroment to retain the WWE Championship!
Build Towards Payback:
Although Cesaro lost at Extreme Rules, it was a street fight. Not a straight up wrestling match. This is what pushes Swagger to give Cesaro another shot at his title. Cesaro says they settled their grudge, now it's time to see who the better wrestler truly is, so at Payback it will be a 2/3 Falls Match between them for the IC Title.
After defeating Cody Rhodes & Goldust at Extreme Rules, The Usos are in need of new people to defend their belts against. In a multi-man tag team match on Raw, Ryback pinned one of the Usos. This earns Ryback & Axel a title shot against The Usos on the pre-show of Payback.
At Extreme Rules, we saw Miz and Ziggler injure Woods before their match which made Big Show have to face them in a handicap match, which he lost. Big Show comes out on Raw and says Miz & Ziggler made a huge mistake by taking out Woods because now he has a new partner. That new partner is the World's Strongest Man, Mark Henry. Henry says he and Show will teach Miz & Ziggler a lesson in respect and prove that throwing a fit won't get them anywhere in WWE. A match is set up between the two teams on Raw. During the match, Show hits the chokeslam on Miz and goes for the cover, but out of nowhere Brodus Clay and Titus O'Neil run to the ring and attack Show & Henry. Clay & Titus plant Henry through a table and slam Show on the steel steps yelling "Yall know who we are now?! Huh?!" Miz and Ziggler make it to their feet and shake hands with Clay & O'Neil. It leaves everyone wondering what's going on. So on Smackdown, Dolph Ziggler & The Miz make their way to the ring and bring out Titus and Brodus. They announce that they've formed an alliance with them because they had been mistreated as well. Show and Henry come to the ring. Show says he didn't come out there to join the pity party, he came to crash it. Ziggler mocks the fact that it's 4 on 2, which brings out the returning R-Truth and Xavier Woods! A huge brawl breaks out and the babyfaces (Show & company) stand tall. On Raw, an 8 man tag team match is made between the two teams at Payback.
The night after Extreme Rules, the New Age Outlaws come to the ring to explain their actions. They say that Ambrose had nothing to do with them attacking Reigns, but what Reigns did to their friend and boss, Triple H, at WrestleMania had everything to do with it. Reigns comes to the ring and says if they have a problem with him they could settle it right then. The Outlaws say they could go the nice route and say decline the offer to fight because Reigns doesn't have a partner, but they aren't nice guys so they attack Reigns. The Outlaws beat down Reigns for a while until out of nowhere Seth Rollins runs to the ring to make the save! Rollins fights off the Outlaws and proclaims "he does have a partner!" A match is made between the reunited Rollins & Reigns and the Outlaws at Payback. The match is a No DQ Match and the losing team is fired from WWE.
After defeating her long time rival and former friend, AJ Lee, at Extreme Rules - Tamina thought her reigns as Divas Champion would be able to be enjoyed. Unfortunately that's not the case as a new challenger emerges in the form of Summer Rae. Tamina is having a celebration on Raw with her cousins, The Usos, when all of a sudden Summer Rae runs to the ring and attacks her. This sparks a feud between the two as Summer says Tamina isn't pretty enough to be Divas Champion. It becomes much more personal than originally expected so a match is made between them at Payback.
At Extreme Rules, Bray Wyatt defeated Randy Orton in a Tables Match. Orton is disgusted with the fact that he got beat by Bray and taunts him into another match. Orton says unlike the other people Bray has beaten, he wasn't affected by his loss and he wants another chance to prove he can not only beat Bray, but that he can take him out. Bray accepts and vows to end the corrupted career of Randy Orton.
Daniel Bryan overcame the odds and defeated Batista at Extreme Rules in a Steel Cage Match. As one would expect, Batista wants another shot at the title. Batista bribes Bryan into it by saying that Bryan didn't beat him in a pure wrestling match, it was a brutal steel cage match and that's not what Bryan prides himself on. Bryan prides himself on being the best wrestler not the best brawler so he challenges Bryan to prove it by facing him at Payback and Bryan accepts.
Payback PPV Card:
- Pre-Show: The Usos vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel - Tag Team Title Match
- Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro - 2/3 Falls Match for the Intercontinental Championship
- The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Titus O' Neil & Brodus Clay vs. The Big Show, Mark Henry, R-Truth, & Xavier Woods
- Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. The New Age Outlaws
- Tamina vs. Summer Rae - Divas Title Match
- Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
- Daniel Bryan vs. Batista - WWE World Championship Match
Usos/Rybaxel: The Usos defeat Rybaxel when Jimmy Usos pins Ryback. Axel is pissed after the match and he pushes Ryback, yells at him, then walks away.
Swagger/Cesaro: After 30 minutes of amazing wrestling, Cesaro defeats his former partner for the Intercontinental Championship, ending the feud between them.
8 Man Tag: Miz, Ziggler, Titus, & Brodus are victorious after Brodus Clay pins Mark Henry.
Rollins Reigns/Outlaws: Rollins & Reigns defeat The Outlaws and send them packing. Brad Maddox comes down to the ring and officially fires them.
Tamina/Summer: Despite interference from AJ, Tamina defeats Summer to retain the Divas Title.
Orton/Wyatt: In a hardhitting back and forth match, Bray defeats Randy Orton by using the Sister Abigail.
Bryan/Batista: Near the end of the match, Batista hits the Batista Bomb and Bryan somehow kicks out. Batista is shocked and begins yelling at the ref saying it was three. This allows Randy Orton to sneak into the ring and hit the RKO on Bryan, but Batista doesn't distract the ref well enough so he rings the bell and ends the match in disqualification. Batista pushes the ref into the corner and Orton goes over there. You can hear Orton say "you don't wanna do this - we're doing what Hunter told us, restart the match". The ref refuses to listen and out comes the returning, Triple H! Triple H orders the referee to restart the match and makes it a No DQ Match. Orton and Batista surround Bryan as Triple H stands at ringside telling them to "finish him" when all of a sudden, the lights go out. The lights come back on and Harper & Rowan are standing behind Batista & Orton in the ring. Bray is in his rocking chair behind Triple H at ringside. Triple H yells at Orton & Batista telling them Harper & Rowan are there as Batista & Orton try to tell him Bray is behind him. Orton and Batista turn around and are beaten down by Harper & Rowan much to the delight of the crowd. Triple H, who still doesn't realize that Bray is behind him, gets in the ring to help Batista & Orton, but Bray runs around into the ring and catches him with the Sister Abigail. Orton battles Harper & Rowan to the outside as Bray throws Triple H to the outside and stands over him. In the ring, Bryan gets to his feet and waits on Batista to get up and nails him with the running knee and covers him for the 1-2-3! Bryan retains!
Build towards Money In The Bank PPV
The Wyatt Family opens the show on Raw the night after Payback. Bray says he knew all along that Batista, Orton, and Triple H were in cahoots and that is was just a matter of time before it came out. Bray tells the WWE Universe that they don't have to worry though because they took all three of them out and The Authority is over. The crowd gets fully behind The Wyatt Family during this promo, completing their face turn. Bray then announces his intentions to earn a shot at the WWE World Championship and that he is entering himself into the WWE Title Money In The Bank Ladder Match at the Money In The Bank PPV.
A tournament is held on Raw and Smackdown that week to determine who will be in the WWE Title Money In The Bank Ladder Match. Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Alberto Del Rio, Damien Sandow, Sheamus, Cesaro, and Jack Swagger are victorious in their matches and will compete in the match at the PPV.
Also announced on the night after Payback is that there will be THREE Money in The Bank Ladder Matches this year. One for the WWE Title, one for the Tag Team Titles, and one for the IC/US Titles! The qualifying matches for the IC/US Title MITB Match will be held the week after Payback, the qualifying matches for the WWE Title Money In The Bank Ladder Match will be held the next week, and the qualifying matches for the Tag Team Title MITB Ladder Match will be held the week after that on Raw and Smackdown.
The tournament matches for each match are as follows
WWE Title MITB Qualifying Matches:
Bray Wyatt vs. Kane - Winner: Bray Wyatt
Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio - Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Damien Sandow vs. Kofi Kingston - Winner: Damien Sandow
Cesaro vs. The Miz - Winner: Cesaro
Jack Swagger vs. Cody Rhodes - Winner: Jack Swagger
Roman Reigns vs. Dolph Ziggler - Winner: Roman Reigns
Tag Team Title MITB Qualifying Matches:
Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Los Matadores - Winners: Rhodes & Goldust
Kofi Kingston & Tyson Kidd vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel - Winners: Kingston & Kidd - Axel turns on Ryback by beating him with a chair after their loss
The Miz & Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth & Xavier Woods - Winners: Miz & Ziggler
Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins vs. Santino & Fandango - Winners: Ryder & Hawkins
IC/US Title MITB Qualifying Matches:
Seth Rollins vs. Heath Slater - Winner: Seth Rollins
Titus O' Neil vs. Mark Henry - Winner: Titus after Brodus interferes on his behalf
Sami Zayn vs. Curtis Axel - Winner: Sami Zayn ; Ryback causes Axel to lose
Darren Young vs. Jinder Mahal - Winner: Darren Young
Fandango vs. Santino - Winner: Fandango
Drew McIntyre vs. Big E - Winner: Drew McIntyre
As you can see above, several things happened during these various tournaments. Curtis Axel turned on Ryback, which in turn got Ryback sympathy and turned him back into a babyface. Ryback became even more popular when he helped main roster rookie, Sami Zayn defeat a cocky Curtis Axel in the IC/US Title tournament. Ryback vows to get revenge on Axel for never being a true friend and challenges him to a match at Money In The Bank which Axel declines, but Maddox makes the match anyway.
Also during the tournaments, Brodus Clay helped Titus O'Neil defeat Mark Henry which caused Henry to challenge Clay to a one on one match. Clay screwing Henry combined with pinning him in the 8 man tag has got Henry seriously pissed with Brodus. Can the newly aggressive Brodus Clay stop the World's Strongest Man?
Although there was alot of bad blood during these tournaments, several new friendships and teams were formed. The first being the team of Kofi Kingston & Tyson Kidd. They formed after Kofi was bummed about his loss to Sandow in the World Title Tournament and Kidd approached him about forming a team. Kofi accepted and they entered the tournament and qualified for the match! Also during these qualifiers, Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins made their return as a heel tag team defeating the odd alliance of Santino & Fandango.
In the WWE Championship picture, a triple threat match was held on the Raw after Payback to determine the #1 Contender to the title. It featured Christian, Sheamus, and Alberto Del Rio. Christian won and will face Daniel Bryan for the title at Money In The Bank.
Money In The Bank PPV Card:
- Pre-Show: Tamina vs. Summer Rae vs. Naomi vs. Nikki Bella
- Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The Miz & Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston & Tyson Kidd vs. Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins
- Brodus Clay vs. Mark Henry
- Titus O'Neil vs. Fandango vs. Darren Young vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins vs. Sami Zayn - IC/US Title MITB Match
- Ryback vs. Curtis Axel
- Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Damien Sandow vs. Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro - WWE Title MITB Match
- Daniel Bryan vs. Christian - WWE Championship Match
Money In The Bank PPV Outcome:
Pre-Show: Summer Rae defeats Tamina to become the new Divas Champion.
Tag Title MITB Ladder Match: Kofi Kingston & Tyson Kidd are victorious.
Clay/Henry: In a battle between two huge men, Brodus Clay somehow manages to defeat the World's Strongest Man.
IC/US Title MITB Match: In this match, Rollins & Zayn end up forming an alliance and working together throughout, although it didn't pay off in the end as Titus O'Neil climbed the ladder and retrieved the briefcase.
Ryback/Axel: Ryback dominates Axel for near 10 minutes using chairs and steel steps, until out of nowhere, Brock Lesnar's music hits and he comes to the ring alongside Paul Heyman. Lesnar and Ryback have a staredown before Lesnar picks Ryback up and hits an F5 on him. Heyman goes over to check on Axel and helps him up. Lesnar, Axel, and Heyman walk out together.
WWE Title MITB Match: Several things happen in this match. The first is when Bray Wyatt goes for the briefcase. Wyatt is making his way up the ladder when Triple H is seen at the top of the ramp ordering Batista and Orton to attack him. Wyatt starts looking at them and urges them to come in the ring, which they do. Bray tries to get the upperhand, but ends up getting beaten down and Batista Bombed through the announcer's table. Triple H stands at the top of the entrance way with a smile on his face as Orton & Batista hop over the barricade and leave through the crowd. Back in the ring, Cesaro is taking his shot at the briefcase. Cesaro begins making his way up the ladder when all of a sudden, Chris Jericho's music hits and he runs to the ring and delivers a codebreaker to Cesaro off the ladder. Jericho stands over Cesaro and gets out of the ring. Jericho continues to stare at a fallen Cesaro as he walks back up the ramp to a mixed reaction. Meanwhile, Jack Swagger is making his way to his feet and sees what happened and starts laughing at Cesaro who is still down. Swagger begins making his way up the ladder and looks back down at Cesaro after every step and taunts him. Swagger is almost at the top of the ladder when out of nowhere, Roman Reigns hits a HUGE spear on him knocking him off the ladder! Reigns climbs the ladder and grabs the briefcase to win the match!
WWE Title Match: Bryan defeats Christian cleanly.
Build Towards Battleground:
The Wyatt Family opens the show on the Raw after Money In The Bank. Bray says that at Payback he thought he had put the Authority down, but he was wrong. He says it seems they've came back to life with a reformation of Evolution. Bray goes on to say he respects that Triple H doesn't want to become irrelevant, but eventually he will go down at the hands of the Wyatt Family and it's only a matter of time. This brings out Evolution/The Authority. Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton make their way to the stage and Triple H says that Bray will be the one going down at the hands of Evolution and that happens now! Batista & Orton head to the ring per Triple H's orders, but before they can get to Bray, they are met by Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. Batista & Orton back off the ring apron and head back up the ramp. Over the next few weeks, Batista & Orton continue to try and take out Bray, but are stopped by Harper & Rowan who they continue to avoid. Bray tells Batista & Orton that they are cowards who only want to fight if they have the unfair advantage. Bray goes on to tell them that if they can beat Harper & Rowan, he will face them in a handicap match at SummerSlam and they can beat him as badly as they want to, but if Harper & Rowan win, the whole Wyatt Family will face off against Evolution at SummerSlam and take them out once and for all. Triple H agrees for Batista & Orton and the match is set!
Paul Heyman, Curtis Axel, and Brock Lesnar make their way to the ring on Raw the night after Money In The Bank. They show replays of their beatdown on Ryback from the previous night and laugh hysterically about it. Heyman then goes on to explain why he decided to bring Axel back under his wing. Heyman says that Ryback led Axel astray last year and promised him things that he couldn't fulfill. Heyman says that he and Axel never had any hard feelings as he told Axel to explore other options (teaming with Ryback) and if it didn't work out that he could always come back and that's what happened, Axel gave Ryback a chance to prove he was worthy of teaming with him, but he wasn't as he cost them the tag team titles so when Axel turned on Ryback and Ryback kept bothering him, Heyman took it upon himself to put Ryback out and that Brock Lesnar was just the man for the job. Heyman goes on to say that he, Lesnar, and Axel are a force to be reckoned with in the WWE and that no one will be able to stop them. He says now that they have taken out Ryback they are going to take a few weeks off and celebrate their accomplishment.
Chris Jericho hits the ring on Raw to explain his actions at Money In The Bank and why he returned. Jericho says while he was gone, Cesaro made a name for himself and has became a star, but the fact is, he isn't a star. Jericho calls Cesaro's entire title reign a fluke and says that unless he beats the best of IC Champion of all time, himself, he can't truly be a star. Cesaro comes to the ring and tells Jericho that he respected him, but not what he did last night and that he didn't take it lightly. Jericho taunts Cesaro and asks him if he's mad at what he did last night and begins to poke fun at him. Jericho says "What are you gonna do? Huh, junior?" and proceeds to slap Cesaro in the face. Jericho recieves an uppercut that knocks him off his feet in return. Cesaro attempts to swing Jericho, but Jericho escapes from the ring. Cesaro gets back on the microphone and tells Jericho that if he wants a match, he'll give him one because he wants to prove to everyone that he is BETTER than Jericho. He challenges Jericho to a match, not at Battleground, but at SummerSlam because he wants to embarass Jericho at the biggest party of the summer like Jericho embarassed him at Money In The Bank, Jericho accepts and vows to end Cesaro's reign as Champion and embarass him once again. The next week, Cesaro is commentary for Jericho's match when Wade Barrett comes from out of nowhere and kicks Cesaro in the head. The referee comes down to ringside to check on Cesaro and Barrett takes this time to nail Jericho's opponent with a vicious kick allowing Jericho to get the victory. Cesaro runs into the ring and attacks both Jericho and Barrett, but the two on one situation is just too much, even for a man like Cesaro. Jericho and Barrett take turns beating him down before Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho and holds Cesaro in it for nearly a minute straight before letting go. Security runs down to pull Jericho off him, but Barrett takes them all out. Barrett and Jericho finally leave the ring as Cesaro writhes in pain. In a backstage segment, Barrett is asked why he's seemingly aligned with Jericho and targeted Cesaro. Barrett responds by saying that he doesn't like Cesaro and as a former Intercontinental Champion, he doesn't feel like Cesaro is worthy of representing the WWE as it's Intercontiental Champion, so he decided to aid Jericho in getting the IC Title back where it belongs, in the hands of the greatest IC Champion of all time, Chris Jericho. The next week on Raw, Jericho hits the ring and begins showing replays of the beatdown on Cesaro from the previous week. Cesaro runs through the crowd and jumps in the ring and attacks Jericho. Cesaro and Jericho brawl around ringside before Brad Maddox sends security out to seperate them. Maddox says he can't afford to have Jericho and Cesaro without a sanctified match at Battleground, because when they aren't in a match they are going after each other. Maddox announces that he will allow both Jericho and Cesaro to pick oponnents for each other at Battleground. On Smackdown, Jericho announces that Wade Barrett will be facing Cesaro at Battleground and Cesaro picks Seth Rollins to face Chris Jericho at Battleground. Maddox adds that if Jericho interferes in Cesaro's match he will not get his title shot at SummerSlam and if Cesaro interferes in Jericho's, he will be stripped of the title.
On the Raw after Money In The Bank, John Cena makes his surprise return to WWE! Cena is surprisingly in high spirits despite rumors of being depressed about his loss at WrestleMania. Cena acknowledges his loss and says that it took him awhile to get over it, but Bray was the better man on that night. Cena goes on to say he supports Bray's mission to finally take down the Authority. Cena then announces that he came back just in time for SummerSlam next month and that at Battleground there would be a six pack challenge to determine who would get a WWE Title shot at SummerSlam. Cena announces that he would be the first participant and vows to win and go to SummerSlam and win the WWE World Championship. Before Cena can leave, Brad Maddox comes to the ring and says that it's now time for Cena to meet the other participants in the match, whom were hand picked by him after a long evaluation. Maddox introduces Sheamus, The Miz, Christian, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger!
Dean Ambrose is seen in his locker room when he is approached by Brad Maddox. Maddox says that Ambrose still owes Roman Reigns a US Title Match since he didn't get pinned at Extreme Rules and that he's booked him to defend the title against Reigns at Battleground. Ambrose gets pissed and pushes Maddox up against the wall. Reigns walks up and tells Ambrose to back off because bullying Maddox won't change anything. Reigns tells Ambrose he's gonna prove that he was always better than him by beating him for the US Title.
Daniel Bryan made his way to the ring on the Raw after Money In The Bank for a special announcement. He says he made it a point that if he ever became champion, he would be a fighting champion, therefore he wants to give an open challenge to anyone in the back that wants to face him at Battleground for the WWE World Title to come out right now. After a long pause, Rob Van Dam's music hits and he comes to the ring and shakes hands with Bryan and says he accepts the open challenge!
Battleground PPV Card:
- Cesaro vs. Wade Barrett
- Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns - US Title Match
- Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins
- John Cena vs. Sheamus vs. Christian vs. The Miz vs. Jack Swagger vs. Dolph Ziggler - #1 Contender's Match for the WWE Title
- Luke Harper & Erick Rowan vs. Batista & Randy Orton
- Daniel Bryan vs. Rob Van Dam - WWE World Title Match
Battleground PPV Outcome:
Cesaro/Barrett: Barrett scores a cheap victory over Cesaro after he hit a low blow and used the ropes for leverage during his pin.
Ambrose/Reigns: Reigns wins via DQ - Ambrose retains the title.
Jericho/Rollins: In a very competitive match, Jericho comes out on top, although Rollins nearly escaped with a victory.
Six man match: John Cena wins and will go onto challenge for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam.
Harper & Rowan/Batista-Orton: Harper & Rowan defeat Batista & Orton despite an attempt by Triple H to screw them out of the victory.
Bryan/Van Dam: This match goes nearly 30 minutes and Bryan comes out on top. Both men shake hands as a show of respect afterwards.
Build to SummerSlam:
As announced before Battleground, Cesaro will defend his Intercontinental Title against Chris Jericho at SummerSlam. During the weeks leading up to SummerSlam, Jericho continues stacking the odds against Cesaro by having Wade Barrett and Damien Sandow attack him, but one night when this happened one night, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn came out and fought them off which set up a match between Barrett & Sandow and Rollins & Zayn on the Kickoff Show of SummerSlam.
Although Miz & Ziggler were unsuccesful in the number one contender's match for the WWE Title at Battleground, they returned to tag team action soon after and earned a shot at The Usos' Tag Team Titles at Summerslam.
The night after Battleground, Ryback made his return after the brutal assault that he suffered at Money in the Bank at the hands of Brock Lesnar and Curtis Axel. Ryback is pissed about what happened and says he wants a match with Lesnar at SummerSlam. Heyman comes out and starts laughing at Ryback. Heyman says Ryback must be crazy to want a match with Lesnar, but if he wants it, he's got it because Lesnar has never liked Ryback and that at SummerSlam, Lesnar will finish the job he started at Money In The Bank.
After Ambrose kept his title by getting himself disqualified at Battleground, Reigns became disgruntled with Ambrose, but came up with an interesting proposition for him. Reigns asked for one more match against him at SummerSlam. Reigns said that along with the US Title being on the line, he would put his WWE Title Money In The Bank briefcase on the line in an All or Nothing Ladder Match for both prizes! Ambrose accepts and says Roman just made the biggest mistake of his life. Roman vows to prove himself at SummerSlam because unlike their match at Battleground, Ambrose can't run away or get himself disqualified to retain the titles, he will have to fight to keep it.
At Battleground, Harper & Rowan defeated Batista & Orton which assured that at SummerSlam we would see Evolution/The Authority (Triple H, Batista, & Randy Orton) face off against The Wyatt Family.
Also at Battleground, John Cena won the six pack challenge to determine the #1 Contender to the WWE Championship. Daniel Bryan retained his title against Rob Van Dam which means at SummerSlam 2014, the main event will be the rematch from last year's SummerSlam: Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena. Except this time, Bryan is going into the match as Champion and there is no special guest referee. Bryan and Cena tore the house down and produced one of the best matches of the year at SummerSlam last year and haven't faced each other since. What will happen when these two clash in a huge rematch that is a year in the making? Will Bryan defeat Cena once again and retain his title or will John Cena get the victory and win the WWE World Championship?
SummerSlam PPV Card:
- Pre-Show: Wade Barrett & Damien Sandow vs. Seth Rollins & Sami Zayn
- The Usos vs. The Miz & Dolph Ziggler - Tag Team Title Match
- Ryback vs. Brock Lesnar - No Holds Barred Match
- Cesaro vs. Chris Jericho - Intercontinental Championship Match
- Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose - All or Nothing Ladder Match
- Summer Rae vs. AJ Lee
- Triple H, Batista, & Randy Orton vs. The Wyatt Family
- Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena
PreShow: Rollins & Zayn defeat Barrett & Sandow.
Tag Title Match: The Miz & Dolph Ziggler defeat The Usos to become the new tag team champions after Titus O'Neil interferes to help them. Miz & Ziggler are celebrating when Kofi Kingston & Tyson Kidd run down to the ring and cash in their Money In The Bank briefcases for a tag title shot! Kingston & Kidd defeat Miz & Ziggler to become the NEW Tag Team Champions!
Ryback/Lesnar: The match was pretty back and forth, but Ryback began to get the upperhand near the end hitting all of his big moves on Lesnar, but before he could cover him, Curtis Axel hit the ring with a steel chair. Ryback spears Axel to the mat. Heyman looks worried outside and begins motioning towards the back for someone to come out. And out comes Rob Van Dam. Ryback tells Van Dam to get in the ring, but Lesnar has made his way to his feet and he lifts Ryback up and nails him with an F5 and covers him for the victory. After the match, Rob Van Dam gets in the ring to a mixed reaction and shakes hands with Heyman. Heyman, Lesnar, Axel, and Van Dam stand together in the ring before turning their attention to Ryback. Heyman motions for Axel to put Ryback in the corner. Axel does so and places a chair in front of his face and Rob Van Dam gets on the top turnbuckle and hits the coast to coast kicking the chair into Ryback's face. Heyman gets down into Ryback's face and starts yelling at him saying "Have you had enough yet? Have you learned your lesson?". Ryback responds by spitting in Heyman's face. Heyman turns to Brock and says "Get him!". This infuriates Lesnar who takes Ryback to the outside and slams him into the barricade. Lesnar then throws Ryback over the announce table and says "You gonna get up now?" Lesnar grabs a chair and begins nailing Ryback in the back with it. Heyman tells Lesnar to put him on the table and Lesnar does. Rob Van Dam then climbs to the top turnbuckle and hits a five star frogsplash onto Ryback putting him through the announcers table! Heyman, Lesnar, RVD, and Axel stand over a fallen Ryback.
Cesaro/Jericho: In a match that went around 20 minutes, Cesaro defeats Jericho to retain his Intercontinental Championship.
Reigns/Ambrose: Ambrose and Reigns throw everything they have at each other, but in the end Roman Reigns climbs the ladder and retrieves the United States Championship as well as his Money in the Bank briefcase. After the match, Renee Young interviews Ambrose backstage. Ambrose seems very disgruntled and doesn't answer her questions. He just keeps mumbling until out of nowhere he starts yelling about how he worked so hard to keep the US Title and he gambled by agreeing to this match tonight and he lost it all. He grabs Renee and yells "I LOST MY TITLE RENEE, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT HUH? DID YOU SEE IT? I LOST IT ALL!" Ambrose then pushes Renee away and walks away mumbling to himself like an insane person.
Evolution/Wyatt Family: Batista, Randy Orton, & Triple H defeat The Wyatt Family after Kane returns and chokeslams Bray allowing Orton to cover him for the victory.
Bryan/Cena: After 30 minutes of back and forth action, Daniel Bryan defeats John Cena to retain his WWE World Championship!
Build Towards Night of Champions:
After what took place at SummerSlam, Ryback is out with multiple injuries. Paul Heyman, Rob Van Dam, and Curtis Axel make their way to the ring the night after SummerSlam to discuss what happened. Heyman starts by saying that Brock Lesnar isn't here because he did what he set out to do which was to finish Ryback so he's at home relaxing. Heyman goes on to discuss Rob Van Dam, he says RVD has always been a Heyman guy and that last night he finally got the opportunity to showcase it and join the fold. Heyman says that Axel, RVD & Lesnar aren't the only Heyman guys in the WWE at the time and that there are more to come. Heyman vows that his guys will take over the WWE and that starts tonight Rob Van Dam winning a #1 Contender's Match for the United States Championship. Later in the night, Van Dam defeats Seth Rollins to become the #1 Contender to the US Title and he will face Roman Reigns at Night of Champions. The next week on Raw, Heyman comes to the ring alongside Curtis Axel and says tonight is a special night because there is a new Paul Heyman guy in the building. Heyman goes on to say that he will be Axel's tag team partner and they will go after the Tag Team Championships. Heyman introduces Adrian Neville! Neville and Axel shake hands and announce that they are entering the Tag Team Title Gauntlet at Night of Champions.
Speaking of the Tag Team Title Gauntlet match, Brad Maddox announced that Kofi Kingston & Tyson Kidd will defend their tag team titles in a tag team turmoil gauntlet at Night of Champions. The teams competing will be The Usos, The Miz & Dolph Ziggler, Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville, Seth Rollins & Sami Zayn, and Cody Rhodes & Goldust.
After Kane interferred to help Evolution defeat The Wyatt Family at SummerSlam, everyone wondered why he did this. Kane offered an explanation on Raw the following night, saying that he wouldn't allow Bray Wyatt to beat up his boss like that. Kane goes on to say that last year at SummerSlam, Bray embarrased him and last night he got payback by embarassing him and his afflicted family in front of the world. The Wyatt Family comes out and says if Kane has a problem with him, they can settle it at Night of Champions. Bray pressures Kane into having a match with him and Triple H confirms it.
After Daniel Bryan defeated John Cena at SummerSlam, Bryan came out on Raw the following night to celebrate. He was interrupted by Cena who showed a replay of the pinfall and noted that his foot was under the bottom rope when the ref counted to three. Bryan says John is doing what he typically does, finding a way to damper on someone's success and says if a rematch is what John wants, then he's got it, because he wants to prove to everyone he is the best wrestler in the world, by defeating John Cena cleanly with no shenanigans.
Night of Champions PPV Card:
- Cesaro vs. Wade Barrett - IC Title Match
- Roman Reigns vs. Rob Van Dam - US Title Match
- AJ Lee Open Challenge
- Tag Team Title Gauntlet featuring The Usos, Seth Rollins & Sami Zayn, Kofi Kingston & Tyson Kidd, The Miz & Dolph Ziggler, Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville and Cody Rhodes & Goldust
- Bray Wyatt vs. Kane
- Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena - WWE Championship Match
Night of Champions Outcome:
Cesaro/Barrett: Barrett defeats Cesaro to become the new Intercontinental Champion after Sandow came to the ring and used a steel chair on Cesaro while the referee was down.
Reigns/RVD: Reigns defeats Rob Van Dam and retains his United States Championship.
Divas Title: AJ Lee comes out and issues an open challenge to any Diva in the back who thinks they can beat her. The challenge is surprisingly accepted by Emma! Emma dances her way to the ring and says she accepts her open challenge. AJ mocks her dancing before scoring a cheap shot on her as the bell rings. Emma ends up defeating AJ for the Divas Championship after a very competitive match.
Tag Team Title Gauntlet: This gauntlet lasts around 40 minutes and features alot of great fast paced action. The way this turmoil gauntlet works is that every five minutes, a new team enters the fray. Kingston & Kidd start off against Cody Rhodes & Goldust. No one is eliminated before the next team, The Miz & Dolph Ziggler hit the ring. Miz & Ziggler target Kingston & Kidd and eliminate them which mean there will be new champions tonight! The next team out is Curtis Axel and Adrian Neville. Neville & Axel team up with Miz & Ziggler and double team Rhodes & Goldust and end up eliminating them. Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn are the next team out and they suffer the same fate as Cody & Goldust as they are double teamed by Miz & Ziggler and Axel & Neville. But fortunately they last until the final team, The Usos enter the fray to help them. The Usos clean house and eliminate The Miz & Dolph Ziggler. This leaves The Usos, Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville, and Seth Rollins & Sami Zayn. Axel & Neville are outside the ring so The Usos got at it with Rollins & Zayn for a while before eliminating them. Axel & Neville sneak back in the ring behind The Usos who are distracted by Paul Heyman. The Usos counter Axel & Neville's attempt to take them out by delivering superkicks to both men. Axel & Neville go to the outside to talk things over with Heyman. The Usos take advantage of this by diving over the top rope onto Heyman, Axel, & Neville! The action spills back into the ring after this. The match ends when Heyman once again distracts The Usos and Axel rolls up Jimmy to get the win! Axel & Neville are the new tag team champions!
Wyatt/Kane: In a rather quick 15 minute bout, Wyatt defeats Kane without any interference. Bray gets on the mic afterwards and tells Triple H that the war between them isn't over and says he has a challenge for him tomorrow night on Raw.
Bryan/Cena: Bryan and Cena go at it in another near 30 minute match and this time John Cena defeats Daniel Bryan and becomes the WWE Champion.
Build towards Hell In A Cell:
After Axel & Neville stole a victory and won the tag team titles at Night of Champions, Ryback returns and beats them down during a celebration on Raw the next night. Ryback says he wants a match with Axel at Hell In A Cell. Heyman says that Axel is a tag team competitor now so if Ryback can find a partner, he can face Axel & Neville for the tag team titles at Hell In A Cell. Heyman tells Axel & Neville to relax because he doubts anyone around here would want to team with Ryback. Later in the night, Rob Van Dam is taking on Roman Reigns in a rematch from Night of Champions. Heyman calls Axel & Neville to the ring to attack Reigns and help Van Dam win. The ref sees this and calls for a DQ, but Axel & Neville continue to beat down Reigns. Out of nowhere, here comes Ryback! Ryback cleans house on Axel & Neville and helps Reigns to his feet. Ryback gets on the mic and tells Heyman that Reigns is his partner for Hell In A Cell!
At Night of Champions, Cesaro was screwed out of the IC Title because of Damien Sandow's interference. The next night on Raw, Cesaro gets a rematch because of this, but this time in a Steel Cage. Cesaro is seemignly about to escape the cage when Sandow runs to ringside and climbs the side of the cage meeting Cesaro at the top. Sandow and Cesaro are slugging it out at the top of the cage while Wade Barrett sneaks out of the cage door to retain the IC Championship. Sandow kicks Cesaro back into the ring off the side of the cage and climbs back down to celebrate with Barrett. The next week on Raw, Cesaro comes to the ring and tells Sandow to come down and face him like a man. Sandow comes out, but he's not alone, Barrett is with him. Sandow says they wanted to take Cesaro out of the IC Title picture and that's exactly what they did, but now they plan to take him out of the WWE for good. Sandow and Barrett hit the ring, but before they can get to Cesaro, Big E comes out. Big E tells Barrett that he's whats wrong with the IC Title picture and that he's been named the #1 Contender to the IC Title and that they will face off at Hell In A Cell. He also says that Brad Maddox made Cesaro vs Sandow for Hell In A Cell!
After Emma's shocking victory at Night of Champions, AJ Lee has been trying to exact revenge on her, but she can never seem to do it. AJ announces that she is using her rematch clause at Hell In A Cell. AJ is interrupted by a returning Summer Rae who says she still deserves a rematch from her loss at SummerSlam so it will be a triple threat match at Hell In A Cell for the Divas Title.
The Miz & Dolph Ziggler continue to run through the WWE with a disgruntled bad attitude, along with Brodus Clay & Titus O'Neil. Miz & Ziggler begin coming disgusted with Rollins & Zayn saying they are part of what's wrong with WWE. Miz says they came out here and fly around the ring all to entertain the idiotic people in the audience and it pisses them off. Miz & Ziggler say they are the best tag team in WWE and Rollins & Zayn are just spot monkeys. Rollins & Zayn tell them to settle down and to watch their match coming up and they will prove that they aren't spot monkeys, but that THEY are the best tag team in the WWE. Rollins & Zayn head to the ring for their match. During their match, Miz & Ziggler attack them causing them to lose. Rollins & Zayn challenge Miz & Ziggler to a match at Hell In A Cell which they accept.
Bray Wyatt's promo at Night of Champions left everyone wondering what his challenge to Triple H was. Bray came to the ring on Raw and said that at SummerSlam, he and the Family got screwed over. Not only did they get screwed over, the WWE Universe did because Evolution/The Authority continued to abuse their power. Bray challenges Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton to a Hell in A Cell Match at the Hell In A Cell PPV to finally settle their war. Triple H, Batista & Orton come out laughing at Bray's proposition. Triple H says there is no way in hell they would step inside the Cell with the misfit Wyatt Family. Triple H and company head to the ring and tell The Wyatt Family to leave because they aren't getting their match and that The Authority has something to say. The Wyatt Family stares down Batista, Orton, & Triple H. Before they can leave, Vince McMahon's music hits and he makes his way to the ring! Triple H starts telling Vince about how terrible the Wyatt Family is and so on. Vince tells Hunter to shut up. He says Triple H is right about one thng - The Authority has an announcement and he is the Authority. Vince says Triple H has been abusing his power for way too long and at Hell In A Cell it comes to an end because Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton will face The Wyatt Family in the Cell and if the Wyatt Family wins, Triple H will no longer be the COO!
After his devastating loss at Night of Champions, Bryan becomes extremely frustrated with himself and tells Cena he wants his rematch inside the Cell at Hell In A Cell. He vows to put John Cena out for good because this has become more than just a championship match, it's become personal because Cena just wants to steal Bryan's popularity. Cena even gets aggressive saying that he never thought Bryan had it. Cena goes on to say that the only victory Bryan holds over Cena at SummerSlam last year was a fluke because Cena was injured. Bryan and Cena break out into a brawl that has to be broken up by security. It will be a bitter battle at Hell in a Cell between the two!
Hell In A Cell PPV Card:
The Miz & Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins & Sami Zayn
Wade Barrett vs. Big E - Intercontinental Championship Match
Cesaro vs. Damien Sandow
Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville (w/Paul Heyman) vs. Roman Reigns & Ryback - Tag Team Title Match
Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, & Erick Rowan vs. Triple H, Batista, & Randy Orton - Hell In A Cell Match
Emma vs. AJ Lee vs. Summer Rae - Divas Championship Match
John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan - Hell In A Cell Match for the WWE World Championship
Hell In A Cell Outcome:
Miz-Ziggler/Zayn-Rollins: Seth Rollins & Sami Zayn defeat Miz & Ziggler.
Barrett/Big E: Wade Barrett defeats Big E cleanly in a hard hitting match.
Cesaro/Sandow: Cesaro defeats Sandow and gets revenge on him for costing him his title.
Tag Title Match: Axel & Neville retain their titles via DQ after Brock Lesnar returns and lays out Ryback and Reigns with F5's.
Wyatts/Evolution: In a brutal weapons filled Hell In The Cell match, The Wyatt Family defeats Batista, Randy Orton, and Triple H thus putting an end to The Authority.
Divas Title Match: Emma defeats AJ and Summer after they try to work together, but end up arguing and Emma capitalizes on it.
Cena/Bryan: Cena and Bryan have a brutal match, different than their past encouncters as it was more of a brawl. Bryan defeats Cena to regain the WWE Championship.
Build towards Survivor Series:
Since Triple H is no longer in charge, Vince begins showing up at Raw each week to help guide Brad Maddox who will be in charge of things until Vince can pick a new full time general manager for the show. Maddox's first decision is to reward Daniel Bryan with the same opportunity he gave Cena a year ago - the chance to pick his opponent for Survivor Series. Bryan heads out to the ring and says one guy popped into his mind as soon as Maddox told him he could pick his opponent and that man was Cesaro. Bryan calls Cesaro to the ring and talks about how long they've known each other and how hard working he is. Bryan says that no one deserves a title shot more than him. Bryan and Cesaro shake hands and agree to the match at Survior Series.
After being victim to another beatdown by Heyman's guys Brock Lesnar, Curtis Axel, and Adrian Neville. Ryback comes to the ring on Raw with a challenge for Heyman. Ryback says since Heyman has so many "guys", they should have a 5 on 5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match at Survivor Series. Team Heyman vs. Team Ryback. Heyman makes his way to the ring alongside Lesnar, Axel, Neville, and RVD to ask Ryback if he really wanted to do this. Heyman says Ryback could hardly find a partner for Hell In A Cell, much less find four partners. None the less, Heyman accepts the challenge and says his team is right here and that he has another person in mind to be his 5th member. Heyman then asks Ryback who his "little team" would consist of. Heyman answers his question for him saying Ryback didn't think that far ahead. Ryback says he already has the majority of his team assembled and that next week there would be a reveal time for both sides to announce the members of their team. On Smackdown, Heyman is seen talking to the Big Show about joining his team, but Show refuses and Heyman tells him he will regret it. Later that night, cameras catch Lesnar, Axel, Neville, and Van Dam beating down the Big Show backstage to the point he had to be carried off on a stretcher. Meanwhile, Ryback goes around the locker room asking various people such as Mark Henry to be on his team, but they all decline saying they don't want to mess with Heyman's crew. Well, Monday Night Raw comes and it's time for the team announcements. Heyman and Ryback are both already in the ring. Heyman introduces his team individually first. His team will consist of Brock Lesnar, Rob Van Dam, the WWE Tag Team Champions Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville, and the debuting Mason Ryan! Ryback then announces his team. His first introduction is for Roman Reigns! Heyman looks shocked at this choice, but remains calm saying "that's all you got huh?" Reigns comes face to face with Brock Lesnar when he gets into the ring. Lesnar jumps at Reigns, but Reigns doesn't budge. Heyman tells Brock to calm down. Ryback allows Reigns to introduce the next two members, who are his cousins, The Usos! Axel & Neville seem worried about this choice since The Usos nearly beat them for the tag titles. Ryback says his team is stacked so far, but the best is yet to come. Ryback then proceeds to introduce the final member to his team, The Big Show! Heyman loudly proclaims "OH MY GOD, WE'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF HERE" as Show looks extremely pissed about the beat down he suffered at the hands of Heyman's guys. Show points directly at Heyman as he makes his way to the ring. Heyman tells his guys to run, but Lesnar steps forward towards Big Show as he enters the ring. Ryan then steps towards Show as well, but Ryan is met by Ryback who gets right in his face. Curtis Axel, Adrian Neville, and Rob Van Dam then approach Ryback, but The Usos and Reigns walk over to confront them. We've got a staredown going on between the two teams and the intensity reaches a new level as a huge brawl breaks out. Show grabs Lesnar by the throat and shoves him backwards out of the ring. The Usos dropkick Axel and Neville to the outside. Rob Van Dam goes after Reigns, but ends up recieving a huge spear then he rolls to the outside. Ryan and Ryback trade strikes before Ryback lifts him up over his head and throws him out of the ring onto Lesnar, Axel, Neville, and Van Dam! The stage is set for a war at Survivor Series between Heyman's guys and the Anti-Heyman guys!
After their loss to Seth Rollins & Sami Zayn at Hell In A Cell, Miz & Ziggler continue to target them and interfere in their matches. This causes Brad Maddox to make a match for the two teams to settle it at Survivor Series. He tells Miz & Ziggler to pick three partners and Rollins & Zayn to pick three partners and they will battle in a 5 on 5 elimination match at Survivor Series! Rollins & Zayn pick former Tag Champs, Kofi Kingston & Tyson Kidd, and former IC Champion Big E. Miz & Ziggler pick disgruntled friends, Titus O'Neil & Brodus Clay as well as Intercontinental Champion, Wade Barrett.
The Wyatt Family made their way to the ring on the Raw after Hell In A Cell to celebrate with everyone about The Authority finally being gone! Bray says that his next goal is to become WWE World Champion. It's something he tried to do at Money In The Bank, but Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton stopped him. Now, that they are out of the way, Bray feels nothing can stop him from finally getting a shot at the title. In the middle of Bray talking - the lights go out.The lights come back on, but start flashing on and off repeatedly before turning back off. A dark screen comes up on the titan tron and three figures can be seen. One of the figures starts speaking and they say "Braaaayyyy, we're coming, we're coming for you Bray, you and your little family. We are going to destroy everything you built, just like you destroyed everything I built!" The lights come back on and The Wyatt Family for once looks spooked as Raw goes to a commercial break. Raw comes back on and the cameras are in the production truck with Vince and Brad Maddox trying to figure out what happened with the lights and everything. The guys in the truck can't figure out what happened, they said a bunch of weird codes came up on their screen and then everything went out. Vince is pissed and tells them to figure out who did it. Later on in the evening during the main event which pitted Bray Wyatt against Kane in one final battle. Bray wins and as he celebrates in the ring, the lights start flashing on and off again like earlier and Bray starts yelling "Who is it? Who are you?" before he can answer his mic is cut off. The three dark figures appear on the titan tron again. The same guy who spoke before began speaking again saying "You know me, Bray. You know me very well. Because you brought down something that I built and from that point on, my career-- my life went down the drain! And you're gonna pay Bray, you're gonna pay. WE are going to make you pay. You're going to be sorry you ever messed with me and the WWE will be sorry they ever allowed you to mess with me, until we meet again Bray.. stay safe". The man then begins laughing as the lights flash on and off again before fully coming back on like normal. The Wyatt Family looks shocked again as does everyone in the crowd. The cameras cut to backstage where Vince McMahon is even more pissed as he marches to the production truck where he yells "WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? WHO'S DOING THIS DAMMIT?" The guys in the truck once again don't know and Vince vows to find out and plans to do so next week when he will call out those three men. Next week on Raw, Vince McMahon makes his way to the ring and calls the three men out. He tells them to show themselves and explain how they keep hacking the computers and shutting everything off. Nothing happens. Vince says, "You want Bray Wyatt? That seems to be who you are targeting. If that's the case - Wyatt Family, come out here!" The Wyatt Family comes to the ring and tells the men to show themselves. The lights go out like they did last week along with the microphones and all sorts of codes start appearing on the titantron. The lights come back on and three men with black masks over their faces are in the ring. They go after The Wyatt Family by throwing them out of the ring and then beating them with chairs. One of the men set up a table and german suplexes Luke Harper through it. The three men then climb back in the ring and walk up to Vince. Two of the men take their masks off and are revealed to be NXT rookies, Solomon Crowe and Judas Devlin. Solomon gets on the microphone and tells Vince, "It was me. I hacked the computers, I controlled the lights, I did it all. It's what my leader told me to do." Crowe then points at the one man that is still masked. Crowe goes on to say, "You know what else he told me to do?" Crowe then picks up Vince and hits a belly-to-belly suplex on Vince! Crowe and Devlin then stand over Vince as their leader stares outside at a fallen Bray Wyatt as the crowd boos them heavily. The next week on Raw, Vince appears in a wheelchair and says that he could punish Solomon Crowe & Judas Devlin for what they've done, but instead they will face Luke Harper & Erick Rowan at Survivor Series and they will punish them for what they've done.
After being defeated by Emma yet again, AJ Lee forms a coalition of Divas to take down Emma. But Emma has a few friends of her own and the two teams of women will face off at Survivor Series!
Survivor Series PPV Card:
The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Titus O' Neil, Brodus Clay, & Wade Barrett vs. Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn, Kofi Kingston, Tyson Kidd, & Big E
Damien Sandow Open Challenge
Luke Harper & Erick Rowan vs. Solomon Crowe & Judas Devlin
Emma, Tamina, Natalya, Naomi, & Cameron vs. AJ Lee, Summer Rae, The Bellas, & Layla
Roman Reigns, Ryback, The Usos, & The Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar, Rob Van Dam, Curtis Axel, Mason Ryan, & Adrian Neville
Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro - WWE Title Match
Survivor Series Outcome:
Miz,Ziggler/Rollins,Zayn: The team of Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Titus O'Neil, Brodus Clay & Wade Barrett prevail with a big victory here.
Sandow Open Challenge: Damien Sandow came out and said that he was unjustly beaten by that animal they call Cesaro at Hell In A Cell and tonight he gets his career back on track by beating who ever accepts his open challenge. Jack Swagger comes out to accept Sandow's open challenge. Swagger defeats Sandow in his first match since Battleground.
Harper-Rowan/Crowe-Devlin: Crowe & Devlin defeat Harper & Rowan after their leader, the masked man distracts Harper & Rowan allowing Crowe to execute his finisher on Harper for the win. After the match Bray Wyatt comes to the ring to face off with Crowe, Devlin, and the masked man. Bray soon realizes it's three on one because Harper & Rowan are still down. Crowe and Devlin grab Bray and begin beating him down per orders of their leader. They slam Bray on the steel steps before picking him up on their shoulders and carrying him out of the arena as Harper & Rowan look on.
Divas Match: AJ Lee's team wins and AJ gets the pinfall on Emma.
Heyman Guys/Anti Heyman guys: The Usos individually eliminate Axel & Neville. RVD eliminates Jimmy Uso. Mason Ryan eliminates Jey Uso and Ryback. Lesnar eliminates Show. Reigns comes in and cleans house eliminating Rob Van Dam AND Brock Lesnar. Lesnar looks shocked that he was eliminated. Reigns and Ryan are the final two. Lesnar comes back in the rign after he was eliminated and F5's Reigns, allowing Ryan to cover him and get the win for his team. The Heyman Guys celebrate together while Reigns stares down Lesnar from the ring.
WWE Title Match: Cesaro defeats Bryan in a match that lasted nearly 30 minutes by hitting the Neutralizer. Cesaro is the new WWE World Champion!
Build Towards TLC:
After Mason Ryan pinned Roman Reigns at Survivor Series, Paul Heyman comes out on Raw alongside his other guys and proposes that Ryan get a US Title shot at TLC. Reigns comes out and says he doesn't want to get his hands on Ryan, he wants to get his hands on Brock Lesnar. Heyman says it doesn't matter what he wants because Brock doesn't fight when people want him to, he fights when he wants to. Heyman goes on to tell Reigns he doesn't need to worry about Brock, he needs to worry about the man standing in front of him. Mason Ryan steps forward and stares down Reigns. Reigns says "You want a match? You got it."
The tag team division super hot right now with many great teams. This leads Brad Maddox to announce a huge fatal four way TLC Match for the tag team titles for the TLC PPV. Maddox places Seth Rollins & Sami Zayn, The Usos, and Kofi Kingston & Tyson Kidd in the match. This brings out The Miz & Dolph Ziggler who want in on the match. This brings out Cody Rhodes & Goldust who note the fact that they haven't gotten a title shot in months. Maddox makes a match between the two teams on Raw and says the winner will face the winner of the TLC Match at the Royal Rumble PPV next month. Miz & Ziggler win the match after Ziggler pins Rhodes. Goldust gets frustrated and pushes Cody to the ground. The crowd begins booing Goldust as he walks away. The next week on Raw, Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring and says that he hasn't talked to Goldust all week and wants an explanation from him right now. Goldust walks to the ring and tells Cody that he's done teaming with him. He brings up the fact that they haven't been relevant in the tag team division in months and says its Cody's fault. Goldust once again says he's done and tells Cody to leave the ring because he has a match. Goldust is facing off against Curtis Axel. Cody Rhodes goes to ringside to do commentary for the match. Axel defeats Goldust and begins beating him down after the match. Axel's partner Adrian Neville joins in on the beatdown. Cody runs into the ring to make the save for his brother. Axel & Neville retreat as Cody stares them down from the ring. Cody turns and Goldust delivers a drop kick to him. Goldust gets down on the mat and gets right in Cody's face yelling "I don't need your help, we're through! You were always the weak link in the family, not me! I don't need your help!" Goldust walks out of the arena to huge boos. On Smackdown, Cody Rhodes is facing Adrian Neville. During the match, Goldust runs down and starts brawling with Cody. Goldust throws Cody into the steel steps and then hits him with a chair before leaving. The next week on Raw, Cody Rhodes comes to the ring with his shoulder wrapped up and a black eye. He says he wants Goldust to come out so they can settle everything once and for all. Goldust comes out and Cody begins speaking. Cody says he never thought he would suffer a beating like this at the hands of his own brother. Goldust cuts him off and tells Cody not to play the sympathy card. Goldust goes on to say that Cody always got handed everything as a child because he was the favorite. Goldust says he was the misfit and Cody was loved by everyone and he's sick of it. Goldust says he's going to cut the chase, he says there's only room for one Rhodes brother in the WWE so at TLC he wants a Ladder Match with Cody. There will be a contract hanging above the ring and whoever grabs it gets to stay in the company and whoever loses, is gone! Cody accepts.
After Bray was kidnapped at Survivor Series by Solomon Crowe, Judas Devlin and their leader who is still unknown, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan are furious to find him. Harper & Rowan storm to the ring and demand that Crowe & Devlin bring Bray back to them and demand the masked man to reveal himself. The lights begin flashing and all sort of codes come up on the titantron before the lights fully go out and Crowe, Devlin, and their leader are seen on the tron. Bray Wyatt can be seen in between them tied up with barbwire in a rocking chair. The masked man begins laughing and saying "You want him back boys? Huh? You want your little redneck cousin back, well I'm sorry, he's not coming back. Me and my boys have him and we are going to torture him and make him feel the pain that I felt when he caused me to lose everything that meant most to me. Speaking of me... do you want to know who I am boys?" The man leans closer to Bray's face, "You wanna know who I am Bray? Here I am!" The man removes his mask to reveal... DEAN AMBROSE! Ambrose says "It's me, Bray! You remember me? I'm the guy who's life you ruined. I was on top of the world with The Shield. We were a team, a unit, we were unstoppable, until you came along. You started poking us with a stick, causing problems between us and sure enough we broke up, because of you! And hey, that was just the start of my downfall. Because of you, my former friend Roman became irritated with me and ended up beating me and taking my US Title. The title I held for over a year! OVER A YEAR BRAY WYATT! It's all your fault, everything that happened! When I lost my title, I lost a part of me. I lost everything. I took some time off and found a side of me that hasn't been seen since I've joined WWE. A side of me that YOU brought back out. Because Bray, I'm not the same guy you faced earlier this year, I'm a sadistic twisted son of a bitch that wants to make you suffer for what you did to me. But I knew I couldn't do this alone because you and your little hillbilly cousins travel in a pack. So I went and found an old friend in Solomon. He has the power to hack every computer in this joint and control the power. Beyond that, he's one of the toughest guys I've ever met. The WWE has never seen anyone like him. Then I went down to NXT and found someone that's almost as twisted as myself and Solomon, Judas Devlin. Now, here we are.. our plan has been a success and trust me boys, we're just getting started." Codes come up on the screen, the lights begin flashing and then everything comes back on. Harper & Rowan are standing in the ring in shock and awe. The next week on Raw, Harper & Rowan challenge Crowe & Devlin to a TLC Match at TLC and if they win, they have to let Bray go and bring him back to them. Ambrose, Crowe, and Devlin come up on the screen and Ambrose agrees because he wants to see Crowe & Devlin destroy Harper & Rowan. Before they go off the screen, Ambrose asks Bray if he wants to say something to Harper & Rowan. Bray cuts an epic promo telling Harper & Rowan not to worry, "because the eater of worlds will find a way out of this suffering". Bray ends his battle cry by saying "Fight boys, fight for your life." Ambrose laughs before the screen cuts to black again.
At Survivor Series, AJ led her team to victory over Emma's team which earned her another shot at Emma's Divas Title. AJ Lee will challenge Emma for the title at TLC!
On the Raw after Survivor Series, Cesaro comes to the ring and cuts a promo on how awesome it feels to finally be WWE Champion. Before he can continue, Daniel Bryan comes to the ring and congratulates him on his victory. Bryan says he wants his rematch at TLC. Before Cesaro can agree, John Cena makes his way to the ring. Cena says that Bryan gave him a beating at Hell In A Cell and took the WWE Title from him, but he never got his rematch so he wants it at TLC. Vince comes out with Brad Maddox and they make a triple threat Ladder Match for the WWE Championship at TLC pitting Cesaro against Daniel Bryan and John Cena!
TLC PPV Card:
Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville vs. Seth Rollins & Sami Zayn vs. The Usos vs. Kofi Kingston & Tyson Kidd - TLC Match for the WWE Tag Team Titles
Roman Reigns vs. Mason Ryan - United States Championship Match
Luke Harper & Erick Rowan vs. Solomon Crowe & Judas Devlin - TLC Match
Emma vs. AJ Lee
Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust - Ladder Match
Cesaro vs. Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena - Ladder Match for the WWE Title
Tag Title TLC: Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville retain the tag team titles.
Reigns/Ryan: Reigns wins, but is attacked by Brock Lesnar afterwards. As Lesnar, Ryan, and Heyman leave. Titus O'Neil hits the ring to cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase. Titus only has to hit one move on Roman to get the win and become the new US Champion!
Harper-Rowan/Crowe-Devlin: In a brutal battle, Crowe & Devlin manage to get the win over Harper & Rowan after Crowe suplexed Rowan off the ladder through a table. Ambrose makes his way to ringside with an insane look on his face. He starts taunting Harper & Rowan before grabbing a mic. He asks Harper & Rowan if they want to see Bray. Ambrose then tells Crowe to put Bray on the screen. Crowe takes his remote control and puts the camera in their hideout on the titantron. The rocking chair that Bray was tied up in is there, but Bray isn't! Ambrose looks pissed and says "Where the hell is he?" Crowe and Devlin start arguing among themselves before everyone turns their attention to the entrance ramp where Bray Wyatt is seen crawling towards the ring bleeding from the mouth and the arm where the barbwire cut him. Ambrose walks down and there taunts him saying he thought he could escape, but he'll never escape. Ambrose goes to grab him, but Harper & Rowan who took out Crowe & Devlin in the ring, run and attack Ambrose with a chair before grabbing Bray and carrying him to the backstage area. Harper & Rowan drop to their knees as they can hardly walk either, but Bray Wyatt stands up to a huge reaction and then helps them get up and they put their arms around each other and limp to the back.
Emma/AJ Lee: Emma is about to pin AJ to retain the title when a woman comes through the crowd and attacks Emma. It's Paige from NXT! Paige drops Emma with her finisher allowing AJ to get the victory and regain the Divas Championship.
Rhodes/Goldust: In a hard fought match, Cody Rhodes climbs the ladder and grabs the contract meaning he will be staying in WWE and Goldust is fired. After the match, Cody and Goldust come face to face. The two brothers hug in the center of the ring.
Cesaro/Cena/Bryan: Cesaro pins John Cena in a chaotic TLC Match to retain the WWE Championship.
Build Towards Royal Rumble:
After The Wyatt Family was brutalized by Dean Ambrose, Solomon Crowe, and Judas Devlin at TLC, they haven't been seen. Ambrose, Crowe, & Devlin come to the ring and tell the crowd that The Wyatt Family is done and that they will never see them again. Ambrose says now that they took The Wyatt Family out, they now plan to take over the WWE and that starts by one of them winning the Royal Rumble.
At TLC, Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville successfully defended their tag team titles against four teams. The Miz & Dolph Ziggler earned a shot before TLC to face the winner of the match so on Raw, they challenge Axel & Neville for the titles, but are unsuccessful. This leads to a #1 Contender's Match between Miz & Ziggler and Kofi & Kidd to determine who gets a shot at the Royal Rumble. Kofi Kingston & Tyson Kidd win and will face Axel & Neville for the titles at Royal Rumble.
After beating his brother to remain in WWE, Cody Rhodes comes out to announce that he will be entering the Royal Rumble and vows to win and take the next step in his career by becoming the WWE Champion!
At TLC, Paige made her impactful debut by screwing Emma out of the Divas Title. Emma comes to the ring and isn't bubbly like normal. She wants Paige to come out right then and explain why she did what she did. Paige comes out and says that Emma came to the main roster and acted like she was the best diva ever when the reality is she isn't. Paige calls herself the best Diva on the roster and says that the way Emma has been acting since becoming champion makes her sick. Emma feels betrayed because she and Paige used to be friends. Emma starts getting upset when Divas Champion AJ Lee comes out to mock her. AJ and Paige then begin beating down Emma, but Natalya runs to the ring to make the save! AJ & Paige will face Emma & Natalya at the Royal Rumble.
John Cena makes his way to the ring on Raw and brings out Cesaro and congratulates him on defeating him to retain his title. Cena says that last night Cesaro along with Bryan proved he could be one of the new faces of the WWE. Cena vows to enter the Royal Rumble and get back in the title hunt before leaving the ring allowing Cesaro to celebrate. Before he can celebrate too much, Daniel Bryan comes out and says that he didn't get pinned at TLC so he deserves another shot at Cesaro's title. Cesaro agrees and says since Bryan gave him a shot when he wanted one - he'll give him one at Royal Rumble.
Royal Rumble 2015 PPV Card:
AJ Lee & Paige vs. Emma & Natalya
Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville vs. Kofi Kingston & Tyson Kidd
Cesaro vs. Daniel Bryan - WWE Championship Match
Royal Rumble Match
Royal Rumble Outcome:
Divas Tag: Emma & Natalya win after Paige turns on AJ.
Tag Title Match: Axel & Neville retain
Cesaro/Bryan: Cesaro retains. Bryan is interviewed backstage afterwards and announces that he is entering the Royal Rumble.
Royal Rumble match: The Royal Rumble features several surprises including the return of Randy Orton and Chris Jericho. Jericho ends up costing Daniel Bryan the match after Bryan eliminates him, but Jericho stays at ringside and pulls down the top rope while Bryan goes to bounce off of it and sends him to the outside. Roman Reigns looks as if he's going to win, but Brock Lesnar's music hits which distracts Reigns and allows Ambrose to throw him out of the ring. Ambrose, Rhodes, and Orton are the final three. Orton is down and Ambrose looks to eliminate Rhodes when The Wyatt Family come up on the screen and Bray says "We're back" which distracts Ambrose and allows Orton to throw him out of the ring. The final two are Orton and Rhodes. Rhodes avoids an RKO and sends Orton to the outside! Cody Rhodes wins the 2015 Royal Rumble and will headline WrestleMania!
Build Towards Elimination Chamber:
After what happened at the Royal Rumble, there are alot of grudges that have begun building. One of them is between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Roman comes out on Raw and calls Lesnar out once again, but only gets Paul Heyman who says Brock had nothing to do with his music being played and that it was a simple mistake in the production truck. Reigns doesn't believe him, but says he won't let it stop him from being in the main event of WrestleMania. Reigns announces that since he was in the final four at the Royal Rumble he will be one of the participants in the WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match. Heyman says that's quite a coincidence because Brad Maddox informed him that Brock Lesnar would be in the match as well. Reigns vows to not only win the match, but to get his hands on Lesnar as well.
Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring the night after Royal Rumble and wants Chris Jericho to come to the ring and explain his actions. Jericho comes out to huge boos. Bryan asks him what his problem was. Jericho just stands there and Bryan continues yelling at him. Jericho tells him to "Shut the hell up!". Jericho says he's watched Bryan over the past two years and seeing him do the "Yes" chant has made him sick to his stomach. He says Bryan doesn't deserve to be in the main event of WrestleMania again so he took it upon himself to make sure that he didn't make it there. Before Bryan and Jericho can continue arguing, Vince comes out and tells them both to calm down because they will get another chance to earn a spot in the main event of WrestleMania at Elimination Chamber. Vince places both men in the Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Title. Jericho tells Bryan that he better stay out of his way in the Chamber or he will suffer the consequences.
Backstage, Dean Ambrose walks into Vince McMahon's office along with Solomon Crowe and Judas Devlin. Ambrose asks Vince if he saw what Bray did to him at the Rumble which cost him the match. Vince says he saw and thinks it serves Ambrose right for everything that he's done to Bray. Vince also says that he's added Bray Wyatt to the Elimination Chamber Match because he deserves to finally get a title shot after being screwed out of title shots numerous times during the past six months. McMahon tells Ambrose to not even think about interferring because the Chamber is made out of steel and there's no way for him to get in there. Ambrose and company walk away pissed off.
Wade Barrett is in the ring cutting a promo on how he is the greatest Intercontinental Champion the WWE has seen in years when Damien Sandow interrupts him and brings up the fact that if it weren't for him, Barrett wouldn't be champion. Barrett pushes Sandow and tells him to quit taking the credit for his hard work. Sandow hits Barrett with the microphone and walks off. Sandow will challenge his former friend Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship at Elimination Chamber.
A #1 contender's match is held on Smackdown to determine who will face Titus O'Neil for the United States Championship at Elimination Chamber. Sheamus defeats Mason Ryan to become the #1 Contender and will face Titus at Elimination Chamber.
At Royal Rumble, Paige turned on AJ Lee during their tag team match against Emma and Natalya. AJ wants to get her hands on Paige so Paige proposes that AJ put her title on the line against her at Elimination Chamber. Emma interrupts the two before AJ can answer and tells AJ that she still has a rematch clause from when she lost the title at TLC. She also tells Paige that she hasn't forgot that she was the one who cost her the title. Emma challenges Paige to a match at Elimination Chamber in which the winner will face AJ for the Divas Title at WrestleMania. Paige accepts.
Randy Orton comes to the ring infuriated with the fact that he was eliminated by Cody Rhodes at the Royal Rumble. Orton says that Rhodes was his bitch for years in Legacy and that he is still beneath him and doesn't deserve the main event spot at WrestleMania. Rhodes comes to the ring and says he feels alot of people including Orton don't believe in him so he's going to put his WrestleMania Main Event slot on the line against Randy Orton at Elimination Chamber to prove that he deserves it!
Elimination Chamber 2015 PPV Card:
Wade Barrett vs. Damien Sandow - Intercontinental Championship Match
Emma vs. Paige
Titus O' Neil vs. Sheamus - United States Championship Match
Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville vs. The Usos
Cody Rhodes vs. Randy Orton
Cesaro vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Chris Jericho vs. Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt
Elimination Chamber Outcome:
Barrett/Sandow: Barrett retains his IC Championship with a roll up.
Emma/Paige: Paige defeats Emma to become the #1 Contender to the Divas Title.
Titus/Sheamus: Sheamus defeats Titus O'Neil to become the new United States Champion.
Axel-Neville/Usos: Once again the dominant team of Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville retain the Tag Team Championships.
Rhodes/Orton: Rhodes proves he deserves to be in the main event of WrestleMania by defeating Randy Orton.
Chamber: Cesaro and Lesnar start the match. Reigns enters the fray soon after. No one gets eliminated and Chris Jericho is the next entrant. All four men are still in the match when Daniel Bryan enters. Bryan immediately targets Jericho and hits him with the running knee out of nowhere. Bryan turns around to be picked up for the F5 by Brock Lesnar, but Roman Reigns spears Lesnar and Bryan escapes. Reigns covers Lesnar and pins him to eliminate him! Lesnar freaks out and grabs a chair at ringside and makes his way back into the cage where he pummels Reigns with out and throws Jericho on top of him to eliminate him. Next in the match is the final entrant Bray Wyatt. He cleans house sending Cesaro, Jericho, and Bryan to the outside. Bray stands in the middle of the ring as the crowd roars. All of a sudden - the lights begin flashing on and off, only to come back on, but then the Chamber starts lifting itself back up into the air. Bryan, Cesaro, and Jericho are still on the part of the Chamber that ascends into the air. Bray is left in the ring as the Chamber ascends into the air. Out of nowhere, Dean Ambrose sends Solomon Crowe and Judas Devlin to attack Bray. Ambrose takes Crowe's control and begins to play with the Chamber in the air by moving it up and down. Ambrose then plants Wyatt through a table and leaves the ring. Crowe lowers the Chamber back down and Jericho runs over to cover Wyatt and eliminate him. Jericho turns around to another running knee from Bryan and gets pinned to be eliminated! Bryan then waits on Cesaro to get up, but Jericho turn him around and hits a codebreaker on him! Cesaro then picks Bryan up and hits the Neutralizer on Bryan for the victory
Build Towards WrestleMania 31:
After being screwed by Chris Jericho once again, Daniel Bryan challenges Jericho to a match at WrestleMania so he can prove to him that his World Title reign was not a fluke and that he is in Jericho's league. Jericho accepts and vows to end the career of Bryan.
The antics between Ambrose's crew and The Wyatt Family continued at the Elimination Chamber where Crowe's hacking abilities allowed Ambrose to ascend the Chamber into the air so he could get to Bray and costs him the match. Bray asks Ambrose what he wants from him. Ambrose says he wants to make Bray suffer for the pain he caused him last year. Bray says that the only way to settle this is inside a sydastic structure like the Hell In A Cell! Ambrose says that for once Bray came up with a good idea because the Cell is the devil's playground and that he is the devil himself so he will be right at home inside the cell. So at WrestleMania the sadistic Dean Ambrose will battle the creepy Bray Wyatt inside the Hell In A Cell!
After Barrett snuck another win to retain his title at Elimination Chamber, he has a line of people wanting to end his title reign. Maddox tells Barrett that he will defend his title in a Fatal Four Way Match against Jack Swagger, Damien Sandow, and Big E at WrestleMania and get the opportunity to prove that he is what he says he is, the best Intercontinental Champion of the past decade.
Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns continue to be at each other's throats especially after what took place at Elimination Chamber. Lesnar and Heyman are in the ring on Raw when Reigns finally comes face to face with the beast. Reigns says that Lesnar has been sneaking around and screwing him out of matches for months and that he wants him one on one so he can show everyone who the real beast of the WWE is. Lesnar says Reigns is just a punk kid who got where he is because of his family heritage. Lesnar accepts and vows to teach Reigns a lesson in respect at WrestleMania.
Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville have plowed through the tag team division over the past few months, defeating every team put in front of them. One team they haven't beaten however is Seth Rollins & Sami Zayn. So, at WrestleMania, Seth Rollins & Sami Zayn will challenge Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville for the Tag Team Championships.
Randy Orton comes to the ring after Elimination Chamber even more pissed than he was after the Royal Rumble. Orton goes on a rampage calling Rhodes' win last night a fluke and discusses his succesful championship reign last year. Orton says he deserves nothing less than the main event of WrestleMania and he wants an opponent that is worthy of facing him, not some phony wannabe. The Rock's music hits and he comes to the ring. The Rock says all he's heard over the past year since Orton lost the title is excuses and complaining. The Rock goes on to say that he isn't a phony, he's the most electrifying man in sports entertainment history and he's not gonna beat around the bush, he wants a match with Orton at WrestleMania to see whether or not he's as great as he claims to be. Orton says that The Rock doesn't know what he's getting himself into and accepts.
After Cesaro defended his WWE Championship succesfully at Elimination Chamber, it was set in stone. Cesaro would defend the WWE Championship against Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania!
Also set in stone after Elimination Chamber was the Divas Championship match between AJ Lee and Paige. The two most popular divas of the past few years will face of at the grandest stage of them all!
On the Raw after Elimination Chamber, John Cena made his triumphant return to the WWE after not being seen since TLC. Cena says that he took some time off to think about his next career move. Cena says that last year, Daniel Bryan, Antonio Cesaro, and Bray Wyatt beat him and proved they could be the new faces of the WWE. Cena congratulates them and goes on to say that after looking back on his career, there is one thing he has never done or attempted to do and that's face The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Cena says The Streak is legendary and no one has ever been able to beat Taker at Mania, but he is up for the challenge. Cena then asks Undertaker whether he accepts or declines his challenge. Undertaker comes to the ring and stares down Cena. Taker grabs Cena by the throat and chokeslams him. Taker then grabs the mic and looks Cena in the face and says "Your challenge is accepted. And WrestleMania, you will rest in peace just like all of the others before you." So it's set, for the first time ever at WrestleMania, John Cena challenges The Undertaker!
WrestleMania 31 Card:
Seth Rollins & Sami Zayn vs. Curtis Axel & Adrian Neville - Tag Team Title Match
Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose - Hell In A Cell Match
Wade Barrett vs. Jack Swagger vs. Big E vs. Damien Sandow - Intercontinental Title Match
Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar
Daniel Bryan vs. Chris Jericho
The Rock vs. Randy Orton
AJ Lee vs. Paige
Cesaro vs. Cody Rhodes - WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. The Undertaker
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