Smackdown Review (August 1, 2014)

Spoilers follow for the August 1st episode of Smackdown.

Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) vs. Cesaro

Did we travel back in time a couple of months? Remember when these two were feuding and then just kind of stopped? It happened. Oh, yeah, remember when Cesaro looked to be heading straight to the main event until his momentum was killed after he was teamed with Paul Heyman? That also happened. Wow. So much can change in so little time.

Cesaro and Swagger have good chemistry together. That’s why I was hoping their feud would continue longer. When you team with someone for a while, you get to know what they feature and spots come naturally and easily. The two wrestle a good match. It’s not going to make many highlight reels, but it showcased both men well. After a lengthy bout, Swagger manages to get Cesaro to tap to the Patriot Lock. When was the last time Cesaro won a match (without a DQ)? Back in early June. Wow.

Match Rating: ***

Lana and Rusev come out after the match to challenge Swagger/Colter to a flag match at SummerSlam. That makes sense. And, hey, Rusev can lose without being pinned. That’s something. The match will probably suck, but it’s a logical match.

Randy Orton is out after the commercial break to complain about not being in the championship match at SummerSlam and then to challenge Roman Reigns to a match at the PPV. We all saw that coming.

R-Truth vs. Bo Dallas

Bo Dallas’ undefeated streak was broken on Raw, so now we’re getting a rematch. Guess what? Dallas loses again, after a rather mediocre — but not terrible –match. This time, he refuses to stop punching R-Truth after being given a five count and is disqualified. He then beats down R-Truth after the match.

Match Rating: **

Rosa Mendes vs. AJ Lee

Is Rosa Mendes the worst Divas wrestler in the company? It’s entirely possible. I don’t think she’s ever even had a decent match. But she’s going to be on the next season of Total Divas (why??????) so we’ll probably see more of her. Boo.

AJ squashes Rosa. AJ kicks her and then locks in the Black Widow to pick up a submission victory.

Match Rating: *

It looks like the segment is a complete waste, but as AJ celebrates on the ramp, Paige blindsides her and pushes her off the stage. One of the biggest Divas bumps in a while. Paige then mockingly offers encouragement and pushes how big of “friends” they are as officials tend to AJ. I like this feud. I really, really do.

Ambrose cuts a Titantron promo before this next match. He talks about how bad the Authority is and how stuff and things are keeping him down.

Kane and Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Kane and Rollins dominate most of this match. Ambrose eventually gets fed up with the handicap stipulation, grabs a steel chair, and hits Kane with it. Ambrose loses by DQ.

Match Rating: **

Rollins escapes the ring at this point and Ambrose beats down Kane with the steel chair, because he’s Kane and that’s what gets done to him whenever the current storyline doesn’t require him to be an unstoppable monster.

Chris Jericho is interviewed backstage by Renee Young after the match. He hypes up the feud against Bray Wyatt. He also hypes his match against Erick Rowan tonight, which if he wins, will ban Rowan from ringside for the Jericho/Wyatt match at SummerSlam.

A Goldust/Stardust promo follows the commercial break. Please, WWE, give these guys another match.

Fandango vs. Diego (with Layla, Summer Rae, and El Torito)

Another Raw rematch. Fandango loses after the women distract him. Diego hits a backstabber and gets a pinfall victory. It’s basically the same thing that already happened. The storyline isn’t furthered. It’s filler. It’s not terrible filler — Fandango and Diego aren’t terrible, after all, sometimes — but it’s just filler.

Match Rating: *1/2

Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler

The Miz is on commentary. This had the potential to be a really strong match. It was good, although not great, for the most part. Eventually, though, The Miz stands on the commentary table and interrupts the match. He starts thanking everyone for being able to win the Intercontinental Championship. Eventually, Ziggler goes after him, but Miz escapes into the crowd. Del Rio ambushes Ziggler as he’s getting back into the ring, locks in the Cross Armbreaker, and gets the win.

Match Rating: **

A Bray Wyatt promo precedes the main event match. Wyatt does his usual stuff.

Erick Rowan (with Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt) vs. Chris Jericho

Has Rowan ever had a really good singles match? Like, not just a good one, but a noteworthy good one? One that is actually worth paying attention to? I can’t think of one. This isn’t it. Rowan gets to dominate for most of the match, because he’s the monster and having Jericho dominate, while hilarious, would look silly. Harper gets ejected from ringside part way through. Jericho eventually wins with the Codebreaker. It’s a slow match and it’s not very enjoyable. Rowan just isn’t an exciting Superstar, and even someone like Chris Jericho can’t get a good match out of him.

Match Rating: **

Smackdown ends with Jericho looking strong in the ring and Wyatt going up the ramp.

The Good: Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro.

The Bad: Truth vs. Dallas. Mendes vs. AJ. Fandango vs. Diego.

Match of the Night: Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro.


Guardians of the Galaxy

I made a prediction before Guardians of the Galaxy was released. I thought that it would be the best of the Marvel movies, but would also make the least amount of money. Its heroes are, after all, largely unknown quantities. While someone like Iron Man is a household name — or at least, was closer to one than anyone in this branch of the comics — Drax the Destroyer is not. I no longer think that. I think it will make lots and lots of money. Oh, and it is the best Marvel movie so far. I wanted to watch it again right away.

The film takes place in space, and follows a rag-tag team of criminals who just happen to find themselves caught in a plot involving one of those Infinity Stones with which the last Thor movie was so concerned. Their leader, if you can call him that, is Peter “Star Lord” Quill (Chris Pratt). He’s a thief who was contracted to steal an orb containing the stone. A human-like raccoon named Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) and its accomplice, a tree creature named Groot (Vin Diesel), found a bounty with Peter’s name on it. So they try to capture him. Meanwhile, the adoptive daugter of Thanos, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) also wants the stone (to betray her “family”). They all wind up in a prison, by slightly convoluted means, with a literal-minded man named Drax (Dave Bautista), who wants revenge on the man who killed his family, Ronan (Lee Pace).

Ronan wants the stone so that he can destroy an entire planet containing billions of people. Also, he’s working for Thanos. Thanos, in case you don’t know, is really evil. After a thrilling prison escape, these five individuals team up to get the stone. They want to sell it, but eventually learn of its powers and decide that, well, they don’t know what to do. But it can’t fall into the hands of Ronan, until it does and they have to get it back.

The plot is thin and the stone is a device to drive it forward. It is effective enough at this task. It is the MacGuffin the heroes and villains both want, and the object over which they often fight. The battle is also personal for a couple of the characters. Drax wants to kill Ronan — he doesn’t even care about the money — while Gamora, we learn, has a tragic back story and taking down Ronan and eventually Thanos means a great deal for her.

The rest of the characters gain reasons to care over the course of Guardians of the Galaxy. The team develops a nice rapport, the script is absolutely hilarious, and while there isn’t much actual development to the characters, you do genuinely begin to care about them. They’re all interesting, they’re “good,” and — heck — they’re a lot of fun to watch.

Sometimes that’s enough. The characters might not be deep but watching them just interact is enjoyable. When it comes to the action, that enjoyment is ramped up even further. The actors playing or voicing them all seem to be having a great time, and bring something unique to the roles. Pratt, for example, reminds us of a Han Solo/Luke Skywalker cross. Saldana brings great physicality to her performance. Bautista is used perfectly in this role. He’ll never be a great dramatic actor; his character is reminiscent of the one he played in The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption — and I don’t make those comparisons lightly — only taken a couple of notches up and given a more prominent role. He gets some of the funniest moments in the whole movie. Many humorous moments are enhanced by the ’70s-themed soundtrack. You’ll be hearing some of these tracks on the radio again after this film’s opening weekend.

Much of Guardians of the Galaxy is hilarious, though. Funnier than most comedies, filled with a great number of jokes, one-liners, and silly situations. I laughed for a good chunk of the movie. For the rest, I had a smile on my face. It was that enjoyable. My favorite actor in the whole series was killed off (spoiler alert?) and I didn’t even care (no, I won’t tell you who). I was having that good of a time.

The action is fantastic. If you loved what The Avengers had to offer, much of the action is similar but improved upon. The “aliens descend on a city” scene is here but is better. Even that now-infamous “Hulk smash” scene gets a spiritual successor. It’s funnier here. There are smaller action scenes, too, scattered throughout. Many are played off for laughs, but when the dramatic heft behind them is required, it’s present. You’ll care about the fate of everyone involved.

Perhaps most importantly, Guardians of the Galaxy feels sufficiently different from previous Marvel outings. It’s easy to get fatigued when many of the studio’s offerings feel similar, and after almost a dozen entries, they were starting to feel same-y. Guardians, for the most part, feels nothing like previous entries. It comes across as fresh. Having heroes most of us know much less about helps.

Guardians of the Galaxy is the best Marvel film to-date. It has great action — CGI overloaded or not — it’s absolutely hilarious, and despite its weird but interesting cast of characters, you’ll care about them and their fates by the point when things begin to get serious. It’s different from previous Marvel outings, and that’s a good thing. It has a great cast, a light plot — that keeps things moving and little else — and is one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had watching a movie.



I don’t get it. I don’t understand the point of Hick. I don’t know if it has one that’s hidden so deeply that without inside knowledge — perhaps of the novel on which it is based — we’ll never discover it, or if it’s missing altogether, but I didn’t get anything out of it. The film follows around a neglected girl who runs into nothing but bad people before eventually … I don’t want to spoil it, but nothing much happens and nobody grows or learns from the hardships faced during the course of the film.

Hick stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Luli, a 13-year-old whose father is a drunk and whose mother never seems to be around. An early scene shows her birthday, held at a bar, where she receives a gun as a present. The bartender soon has to stop her father from driving her home, as he gets completely hammered. This is the type of girl who spends more time with the TV than is healthy. One day, an advertisement for Las Vegas pops up. To this 13-year-old, Vegas seems like a place that will fix all her troubles. So, with a notebook, pencil, and gun in hand, she starts walking to Vegas. Note: she lives several states over — Nebraska, if I remember correctly.

So, she starts hitchhiking. The first person she encounters is Eddie (Eddie Redmayne), who walks with a limp and is deceptively charming. He’s also very creepy and has a short temper. Luli eventually leaves his ride, although they’ll cross paths again. Next, she encounters Glenda (Blake Lively), whose origins and profession are unknown — but she’s someone who snorts cocaine and knows some very unsavory characters.

Eddie and Glenda go in and out of the story with some rapidity. This is a road movie, one where every stop means more danger for young Luli. Eddie is often the cause of that danger. There isn’t any happiness or joy in this movie to lighten the mood. It’s dark and unsettling for its entire duration. Luli just has one bad thing after another happen, eventually leading to her “growing up,” even though she doesn’t really.

Those last few sentences indicate what’s truly wrong with Hick. It’s just awful moment after awful moment, and nothing changes for our lead. She goes on this terrible journey and she doesn’t take anything from it. It also relies a bit too much on coincidence and becomes unbelievable at times. Eddie shows up at essentially every stop on the trip. How? Because the movie decides he does, that’s how. It’s never suggested that he’s following our protagonist — stalking her, if you will. He just happens to be wherever she is.

Alec Baldwin is in this movie, but only for a couple of scenes, and he provides the film a way to conclude. That’s it. His character shows up out of nowhere, does a couple of things, and then allows the movie to finally end. It’s a convenience added in by the writer, but nothing more. These things are noticeable to an audience, and despite the serious and dark subject matter of Hick, it’s rather difficult to take it seriously because of the way the story plays out.

The novel on which the film is based, also titled Hick, was written by Andrea Portes and has been billed as semi-autobiographical. The screenplay for the film was also written by Portes. Sometimes those who write novels can’t properly write screenplays, even if they’re adapting their own work. Or maybe the novel suffers from all the same problems as the film does; I wouldn’t know, as I haven’t read the novel. After seeing the film, I have no interest in reading it. The internet claims that the changes the film made actually make it a less depressing experience. It’s dark enough as is.

If there’s one thing that Hick does, it’s re-cement Chloë Moretz as one of the great up-and-coming actors. The film takes full advantage of her beyond-her-years maturity, and the way she can handle even the least comfortable moments is something to admire. There is probably no better actress to cast in a role like this one, so at least the film’s casting director deserves some kudos. Nobody else leaves much of an impression, to be honest. Even though Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne get somewhat significant screen time, they both can’t match up or make much of an impact.

Is there any positive to Hick (apart from Chloë Moretz’s performance)? If there is, I can’t think of it. It’s dank, depressing, and offers nothing in the form of redemption or purpose to all of it. There’s no lesson and no point, or at least not one that was accessible. Despite its dark tones, it’s too silly to take seriously. When it’s over, you come away with nothing. Hick’s a bad film and I can’t give you a reason to watch it.


Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery

According to the internet, there have been 21 direct-to-video Scooby-Doo films. No, really. I’ve seen maybe two of them before sitting down with Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery. Yes, the only reason I watched this one is because of its subject matter. In case you don’t know, I’m a pretty big WWE fan. I felt compelled to watch this. I also enjoyed the Scooby-Doo TV show as a kid. So there. That’s the background I bring into this review. You needed to know this. This was not just padding. No, sir. Or ma’am.

The film’s plot involves Scooby (Frank Welker) and the gang — Fred (Welker), Daphne (Grey Delisle), Velma (Mindy Cohn), and Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) — being invited to the as-yet fictional WWE City, where all the WWE Superstars live and where all WWE events take place. Okay, it’s not at all like this in real life, but whatever. It’s soon to be WrestleMania season, which is the WWE’s biggest show of the year. But, unfortunately, there’s an evil fire bear running rampant. Also, the WWE Championship belt gets stolen. It’s up to our heroes, along with select WWE Superstars, to find out who is behind the bear — if it’s not actually some evil fire bear and is a man in a costume — and save WrestleMania.

For those who care, the Superstars who appear in the movie, and lend their voice to the production, are as follows: John Cena, Kane, AJ Lee, The Miz, Triple H, Mr. McMahon, Brodus Clay, Santino Marella, and Sin Cara (who is voiceless). Michael Cole also gets in there, but he’s not a Superstar — although I guess neither is Mr. McMahon, so whatever. And AJ Lee is a Diva, not a Superstar. Technicalities!

We follow the standard Scooby-Doo formula while also marketing WWE as much as possible. It’s technically a mystery movie, which means that there are a bunch of suspects who all have a vague motive, but it’ll be someone you won’t suspect simply because it has to be. These are animated movies for children. WWE is a PG product now. The team-up makes sense. It doesn’t have to be challenging. In fact, you know going in that it won’t be.

It’s not like there aren’t some things to like. A few jokes — including a couple of surprisingly self-aware ones — are really quite funny. Wrestling fans will like the cameos. Look out for Sgt. Slaughter in a non-speaking role, for example. Hearing all of these WWE Superstars lend their voice to a kids’ movie is also inherently funny, at least for me. Oh, and there’s a training montage set to “Let’s Light it Up” (AJ Lee’s theme song), which immediately lifts Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery into top-tier territory. Every movie should have a training montage set to “Let’s Light it Up.” No, I don’t care if it doesn’t fit!

There’s a B-story involving a man named Cookie (Charles S. Dutton) attempting to become a WWE Superstar, despite his uncle, a trainer, trying to push him to go into the computer sciences. Of course, this winds up playing into the main story at the end. Watching John Cena become almost a literal superhero is hilarious, too.

The animation quality is fine, the jokes are there, the mystery will entertain kids, and WWE fans will, well, they’ll be entertained. What else is there? The shameless marketing that comes from this type of crossover? No, that’s a low-hanging fruit. Honestly, it doesn’t even bug me. Sure, you can complain about how this is basically a 90-minute WWE advertisement, but so what? It’s not the first of these, it’s not the last of these, and if you don’t like them, you clearly aren’t the target audience. Fans of either product will have some sort of fun, and it’s possible that WWE fans might go watch more Scooby-Doo films, and Scooby-Doo fans might give WWE a chance.

I have nothing more to say about Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery. It is what it is, and if you’re a child, a WWE fan, a Scooby-Doo fan, or someone who likes incredibly light mystery movies, you might have fun with this. But this is mostly for the fans of either or both of these franchises. That’s it. If you don’t like WWE or Scooby-Doo, don’t bother. It’s not worth your time.


Raw Review (July 28, 2014)

Spoilers follow for the July 28th episode of Raw.

Raw opens with a flashback to last week, which showed us how Stephanie McMahon was arrested, and how Brock Lesnar was picked to face John Cena at SummerSlam. Those are some pretty big developments. Well, the Lesnar thing is. Stephanie’s story is kind of a B-story, maybe even C-story, although it’s certainly intriguing. Cena will likely respond to Lesnar tonight, and Stephanie will probably address Brie Bella. we shall see.

As a matter of fact, the actual Raw part of Raw opens with John Cena coming down to the ring. Cena actually hypes up Lesnar quite a bit. Only one man ended the Undertaker’s streak, after all. Cena won’t quit, the underdog won’t give up, etc. Out comes Paul Heyman. They two go back and forth for quite a while. A few weeks of these two verbally sparring could be good fun. Eventually, Cena says a few things Paul Heyman’s way, and out comes Cesaro. Cesaro says that despite breaking it off with Heyman, they’re still friends. We’re going to get a Cesaro vs. Cena match. Right now.

John Cena vs. Cesaro

Cesaro hasn’t had a match this good in months. Cena hasn’t really, either, at least not on TV. This match wouldn’t have been out of place on a PPV, save for how it had no build. It might have been a bit sloppier than would be ideal, but it had almost everything that you could hope for from both of these men. Some solid technical wrestling, good brawling moments, a strong number of near-falls, big spots, great counters, the Cesaro Swing (for the first time in a long time), and a very strong finish. Cena wins, as he does, but Cesaro looked really strong and it took a big, big move to take him down.

Match Rating: ***1/2

A backstage segment between Stephanie and Triple H is next. Stephanie talks about how she is struggling to stay strong, but jail was awful. Randy Orton interrupts. He’s mad that he won’t be facing Cena at SummerSlam. Triple H says he won’t give Orton any more shots at the title as long as Roman Reigns is in the picture. Orton says he’ll take out Reigns tonight. We tease an Orton/HHH split.

Paige is out after the commercial break. She skips down to the ring. She turned heel last week, in case you don’t remember. Paige has a mic. She says she still thinks of AJ Lee as her best friend. She let emotions get the best of her. She’ll never act that way again. Out comes AJ. She says some things about being a real woman. Paige reiterates that they should be friends and then calls AJ crazy. AJ’s facial reactions make this work. AJ sloughs it off, but then attacks Paige. Paige escapes to the ramp, AJ looks strong in the ring. This feud is getting heated, and hopefully we’ll get a great match or two out of it.

After the commercial break, Stephanie and Triple H make their way to the ring. Triple H gets on the mic first. He says he’s disappointed and disgusted with the WWE Universe for laughing and making fun of his wife when she was arrested. He’ll never forgive us for that. (Just wait 3 months; in kayfabe, everything is forgotten and forgiven in that amount of time.) He does tell us that the charges have all been dropped, with the exception of the battery charge. You know, the one that actually matters.

Stephanie asks Brie Bella to come out, but then Chris Jericho’s music hits. Jericho sings “Bad Boys” because he felt bad for Stephanie. After some back and forth between Jericho and Triple H, Jericho asks to face Bray Wyatt again tonight. Triple H says he’ll have to wait until SummerSlam for that. Instead, Jericho has something else to worry about. Seth Rollins attacks him from behind. Jericho will face Rollins later tonight.

RybAxel (Ryback and Curits Axel) and The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler and The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso)

During the commercial break, the Nation of Domination 2.0 (name pending) comes out to watch the match from ringside.

Ziggler starts out in the ring, sells some offense, and then spends most of the match being built up for a hot tag. The crowd chants for exactly that, because Ziggler is perpetually over by simply being really good at wrestling. The match isn’t anything special, but it’s also not bad. These are pretty good in-ring workers (and Ryback), and they could do this type of match in their sleep. Ziggler pins Ryback for the win.

Match Rating: **1/2

R-Truth vs. Bo Dallas

Dallas cuts a brief promo before the match, making fun of how R-Truth has lost a lot of matches in his career. Dallas hits a couple of shoulder blocks, runs around the ring, gets back in, and is rolled up for the loss. The unthinkable just happened! The streak is over!

Match Rating: *

Dallas grabs a mic after the match. He says a couple of words and then starts a beat down on Truth. We saw hints of Dallas snapping before, but we finally get to see it in full now. He cements his heel status here. Now, if it was someone other than R-Truth, perhaps we might care more.

Lana and Rusev are out next. Lana cuts her normal type of promo. This time, she rags on the American flag. Rusev and Jack Swagger must be having a Flag Match at SummerSlam, right? Swagger comes out with Zeb Colter to interrupt, and he’s carry an, you guessed it, American flag. Colter does his pro-America stuff. Eventually, Swagger charges the ring. Swagger and Rusev brawl for a bit before Rusev is knocked outside and Swagger looks strong in the ring.

Damien Sandow is coming out dressed as an astronaut. Poor Sandow.

Damien Sandow vs. Adam Rose

Adam Rose gets a little bit of mic time before the match. Rose hits the Party Foul for the win. That’s it. I repeat: Poor Sandow.

Match Rating: *

Kane vs. Roman Reigns

The match doesn’t happen. As Reigns makes his way to the ring, Orton attacks him. Orton and Kane beat up Reigns for a bit. Kane eventually leaves. Orton uses the steps and a no-selling announcer’s table to continue the beat down. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see a punt. We should have. Remember how powerful that move was when Orton was using it weekly? Maybe it’s been banned. I don’t remember.

Match Rating: N/A

Fandango vs. Diego (with Layla, Summer Rae, and El Torito)

Summer Rae and Layla come out dressed as … I’m not sure. Pirates? Matadores? I’m not sure. They look good, anyway. Fandango dominates most of the match, but after El Torito and the women distract him, Diego takes advantage, uses a surprise pin, and wins. Diego and R-Truth won on the same Raw. Zach Ryder won last week. What bizzaro world do we live in?

Match Rating: *1/2

El Torito gores Fandango after the match.

Stephanie and Nikki Bella have a backstage segment after. It’s hyping the Brie/Stephanie segment later.

Stardust and Goldust do their normal thing afterward. They so need a match. Or a Guardians of the Galaxy cameo. How cool would that be?

Alicia Fox and Cameron vs. Natalya and Naomi

Nine Divas have been on Raw so far tonight — and Brie Bella is going to be there soon — and none of them are Eva Marie. I’m disappointed. Anyway, the match is … actually okay. A big spot came when Naomi hit a flying Lou Thesez press on Cameron from the apron to outside the ring. Naomi winds up making Cameron tap out to a head scissors. Natalya barely got in the match. It was here just to further the Naomi/Cameron feud, anyway.

Match Rating: **

Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins

So, the Stephanie/Brie storyline is going to be the last segment on the show? Does that mean some big announcement is coming? Like, say, a match between the two at SummerSlam? I hope so. We need that to be official. Or maybe Daniel Bryan will show up.

Jericho and Rollins are both really good in the ring, and they wrestle a fine match here. But it felt like a nothing match. There was nothing compelling about it, I guess. I’m finding that more and more lately with these not-quite-main-eventers. Without a storyline or a reason for their matches, they just lack that certain something that makes them worth seeing. I mean, the match is good, worth seeing, and a good main event, but it just … that’s it, I guess.

Unfortunately, the match doesn’t get a true finish. The Wyatt Family turns out the lights, turns back on the lights, and they’re all in the ring. Rollins is gone.

Match Rating: ***

Jericho then gets beat down by all three men. It’s time for Stephanie to confront Brie. Or is it the other way around?

Stephanie is out first. She claims to be a humbled woman. Jail changed her. Brie Bella comes out through the crowd. Stephanie wants Brie to drop the charges. Stephanie tries to talk Brie into dropping them. Brie has demands. (1) Brie wants her job back. (2) A match at SummerSlam. Against Stephanie. Finally! I’ve been wanting this match for a couple of months now, and we finally have it confirmed. Stephanie tries to talk herself out of it, but eventually she succumbs. She’s nearly in tears, but walks over to Brie and slaps her off the apron. She does some “Yes!” chants in the ring, but is attacked by Brie. Security comes out to separate the two of them, but they’re less effective than they should be. Triple H has to come out. Stephanie is eventually taken out of the ring. Raw ends with her on the ramp and Brie in the ring.

The Good: Cena vs. Cesaro. Jericho vs. Rollins. Brie/Stephanie segment.

The Bad: Sandow vs. Rose. Truth vs. Dallas.

Match of the Night: John Cena vs. Cesaro.