Pro Wrestling Week in Review: The Champ is Here
With Money in the Bank now in the rearview mirror, Monday night's Raw set its sights on Battleground.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon started off Raw by congratulating John Cena on becoming a 15-time world champion. To make things better, they announced Cena would be on the cover of the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game.
However, Cena wasn't buying into their smiles and glee. He had reason not to do so as Triple H announced that he will have to defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground in a fetal fourway against Randy Orton, Kane and Roman Reigns.
Even if Cena wins, The Authority made it clear that they have a plan B. Seth Rollins came out flaunting his Money in the Bank briefcase--threatening to cash it on on the newly-crowned champion.
Rollins would go on to fight Rod Van Dam and was successful after hitting him with the Curb Stomp.
Rusev and Lana came out and bad-mouthed America once again, but they were interrupted by the "Real American" Jack Swagger and manager Zeb Colter.
Zeb said that a Real American can stop Rusev; that sparked the "Russian Brute" into charging Swagger. Swagger delivered a big hip-toss that sent Rusev flying out of the ring.
This looks to be setting up a big clash at Battleground.
Stephanie fed into her grudge with Brie Bella once again as she forced twin sister Nikki to compete in a handicap match against the Funkadactyles. This was because Nikki invited Brie backstage during Money in the Bank.
The Funkadactyles finished off Nikki, but Cameron was upset that she didn't get the pinfall. She shoved teammate Naomi--possibly building up a match between the two at Battleground.
We got a medical update on Intercontinental champion Bad News Barrett, and it wasn't good.
On last Friday's Smackdown, Barrett suffered a separated shoulder--which caused him to miss MITB and forced him to have surgery. As a result, he had to vacate his title.
So, there will be a battle royal at Battleground for the vacated championship.
The Miz made his Raw return after finishing up "The Marine 4."
He said that he had been taken for granted by the WWE universe, but he was interrupted by another WWE superstar making their return: Chris Jericho.
Jericho delivered a Code Breaker to Miz only to be attacked by The Wyatt Family soon afterward. Bray hit him with the Sister Abigail.
Divas champion Paige came out claiming that she has proven to a worthy Divas champion, but her speech was cut short when former champion AJ Lee made her return.
AJ said that she was thankful to Paige for allowing her to see things differently ever since she took her title. Paige wasn't falling for it.
She ignored AJ's change of heart and said she wouldn't put her title on the line, but she couldn't resist. The two clashed for the belt soon afterward, and AJ got the quick pin to regain the Divas Championship.
The main event saw Cena team with Reigns against Orton and Kane.
The match quickly got out of control as Kane blasted Cena with the steel steps--resulting in a disqualification victory for the champ and Reigns.
But Kane wasn't done with his assault. He then hit Cena with the Tombstone Pile Driver.
As ringside doctors ran in to give Cena aid, Seth Rollins came out with his MITB briefcase ready to cash it in.
He never got the chance; Dean Ambrose attacked him and chased him out of the building.
Kane grabbed a chair and went in the ring to finish off Cena but instead, he was finished off by a big spear from Reigns.
The show ended with Reigns staring down Triple H. With only three weeks before Battleground, anything can happen.