Raw Fusion: Dancing & Disorientation
The 20th May 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with an ambulance with lights flashing and siren sounding making its way to the entrance, followed by Ryback’s music as the back doors of the ambulance open to reveal Ryback.
Ryback climbs upon the roof of the ambulance and talks about how there was no real winner in his match against John Cena at Extreme Rules (click here for our Extreme Rules report), but that although Cena left with the WWE Championship, he didn’t walk away.
After showing footage of Cena refusing to leave in an ambulance after the match, Ryback says that he won’t be able to refuse at the Payback Pay-Per-View, as he challenges Cena to an Ambulance match.
Next, Fandango (accompanied by Summer Rae) and Wade Barrett (who has a new entrance theme) take on The Miz and Chris Jericho in a Tag Team match which sees The Miz get the victory for his team, when Fandango dances with Summer Rae at ringside instead of paying attention to the match, and Chris Jericho hits Barrett with a Codebreaker that The Miz follows up by applying a Figure-Four Leg Lock to Barrett, forcing him to tap out.
Afterwards, Jericho and The Miz exit the ring and head towards Fandango, prompting him to quickly leave through the crowd without taking Summer Rae with him. Jericho approaches Summer Rae and extends his hand, which she excepts after a moment and dances with him – until he holds up his hand and leaves laughing, when it appears that she may be about to kiss him.
After Vickie Guerrero makes her way out onto the stage and announces that Jack Swagger will have a match against an opponent to be decided by the WWE Universe via the WWE App, and an interaction backstage involving Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Kofi Kingston, Sheamus is pitted against Titus O’Neil (accompanied by Darren Young) in a match which sees Sheamus get the victory, when he hits O’Neil with a Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
Now, Paul Heyman makes his way to the ring and talks about how his client Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H at Extreme Rules, and introduces his newest client (or “Paul Heyman Guy” as he likes to put it), a person who we formerly knew as Michael McGillicutty, but whom Heyman introduces as Curtis Axel and whom has a version of the theme formerly used by “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig for his entrance.
Heyman informs us that the name is a tribute to both “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig and Larry “The Axe” Hennig; the father and grandfather respectively of Curtis Axel. Triple H’s music hits as Heyman attempts to convince the crowd to appreciate Axel more, and Triple H makes his way to the ring.
Triple H tells Paul Heyman that he can put whatever spin he likes on his match with Brock Lesnar, but that it dawned on him that what would make him really happy would be to come out and beat the ever-loving crap out of Heyman, solely because he can.
Curtis Axel interjects at this point, telling Triple H that the game has changed and that if he wants to get to Heyman, he has to go through him first – Triple H’s response is to hit Axel with a right hand that knocks him down.
Triple H says that he has decided that he will have a match with Axel later on in this episode, and that after he has finished kicking his ass, he will kick Heyman’s too.
After a video recapping the events involving Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio, and Big E Langston last week, Alberto Del Rio goes against Big E Langston (accompanied by AJ Lee) in a match which sees Langston take advantage of the referee being distracted by AJ throwing Rodriguez’s bucket across the ring, and pokes Del Rio in the eye before following it up with a Big Ending for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the backstage fight involving AJ Lee and Kaitlyn at Extreme Rules, AJ Lee takes on Layla in a match which sees AJ apply the Black Widow to Layla, forcing her to tap out.
Next up, Cody Rhodes is pitted against “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder in a match which sees Rhodes get the victory, when he hits Ryder with a Disaster Kick for the 3-count. Afterwards, Ryback’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, prompting Rhodes to quickly bail out, and Ryback picks up the downed Ryder before hitting him with a meat-hook clothesline, powerbomb, and Shell-Shock.
Just when it appears that Ryback is finished however, Ryback picks up Ryder and throws him out of the ring, before picking him up once again from ringside and carrying him to the ambulance, where he places him into it and the ambulance starts to leave.
Now, “The Shield” Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins go against Kofi Kingston and “Team Hell No” Kane and Daniel Bryan in a Six-Man Tag Team match. Before the match takes place, The Shield talk about how unbreakable they are, how they are the future, and how this is just the beginning.
The match sees Reigns get the victory for his team, when he hits Kane with a spear for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Triple H and a trainer, and an interaction elsewhere backstage involving Cody Rhodes, Natalya, and Kaitlyn, Jack Swagger (accompanied by Zeb Colter) takes on Randy Orton (who is the person chosen by the WWE Universe via voting in the WWE App) in a match which sees Orton get the victory, when Orton hits Swagger with an RKO for the 3-count.
Next, Triple H is pitted against Curtis Axel (accompanied by Paul Heyman) in a match which appears to result in a victory for Axel due to Triple H being unable to continue, when Triple H appears to be disorientated and has to be tended to by medical personnel as Raw goes off the air.