WWE Raw report: Roman Reigns the star of the show as red brand hits Montreal
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan save Bray Wyatt from Chris Jericho
Last Updated: 09/07/14 1:56pm
A red-hot Raw crowd in Montreal made it abundantly clear who they want to leave Battleground with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship – and his name is Roman Reigns.
Reigns was the stand-out performer on a thrilling episode of WWE’s flagship show, creating debris at the beginning and end of the evening and receiving a vocal seal of approval from the audience.
The former Shield grappler kicked off Monday night by discussing his impending Fatal Four-Way title encounter at Battleground and routinely dismissing the credentials of Randy Orton and Kane.
Authority muscle Kane took umbrage at those comments and was soon brawling with the onetime gridiron star, but it was Reigns – once he had forced a cavalcade of referees and officials into retreat and Speared Fit Finlay – who stood tall, after cracking The Demon with a Superman punch.
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The ex-WWE Tag Team Champion returned during Raw’s finale, too, helping John Cena – his other Battleground rival – fend off an attack from Orton and Kane, before the fans in attendance had a little fun.
Cena raised Reigns’ hand to a massive reaction from the Canadian supporters but when Reigns repaid the favour and held the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion’s arm aloft, a chorus of boos rang out.
The WWE Universe has spoken…
Cena and Reigns’ union came at the end of a pulsating main event in Montreal in which the Cenation Leader met Money in the Bank briefcase holder Seth Rollins in a non-title tussle.
The bout ended when an onrushing Kane thwarted Cena’s STF attempt on Rollins and then, for the second week running, The Aerialist tried to cash in his contract on the stricken champion.
However, for the second week running, Dean Ambrose prevented that from happening with The Lunatic Fringe earning a boost after his defeat to Orton in a previous part of the show.
Elsewhere, Chris Jericho continued his dominance of The Miz, forcing The Awesome One to tap out to The Walls of Jericho, though he was unable to get his mitts on new nemesis Bray Wyatt.
The Eater of Worlds gave a speech from his rocking chair in the wake of Jericho’s victory, asking how The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla would save the WWE Universe when he couldn’t save himself.
However, before the six-time world champion could carry out his planned attack on Wyatt, The Man of 1000 Truths was flanked by Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, victors over The Usos earlier on.
Canada’s favourite son, Bret Hart, also appeared on Raw and even got physical, clocking Damien Sandow after the bearded Superstar, who has been suffering somewhat of an identity crisis of late, had dressed up as The Hitman.
Sandow’s evening got even worse, too, when he was quickly defeated by Sheamus, the latest entrant into the Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal at Battleground on Sunday, July 20.
Plenty of Sheamus’ adversaries on that night were in action on Monday, with Kofi Kingston overcoming Cesaro – and being spared a post-match clobbering from the King of Swing by Big E – and Bo Dallas making light work of El Torito.
Plus, Fandango’s dancing distracted Dolph Ziggler long enough for The Show-Off to lose his United States Number One Contender’s Match with Alberto Del Rio, while the unbeaten Rusev decimated Rob Van Dam, before being challenged to a duel at Battleground by Jack Swagger.
In Divas action, meanwhile, AJ Lee and Paige gelled surprisingly well to see off the Funkadactyls, and Alicia Fox delivered a beating to Nikki Bella, perhaps at Stephanie McMahon’s request…
For more on all these stories head to WWE.com and don’t forget to watch WWE Battleground, 1am, Sunday (Monday), July 20 on Sky Sports Box Office and Sky Sports HD Box Office.
BATTLEGROUND BOOKING DETAILS
WWE Battleground will be shown at 1am, Sunday, July 20 (Monday morning) on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 743) and Sky Sports HD Box Office (channel 752).
WWE Battleground will be repeated on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 743) BUT NOT Sky Sports HD Box Office (channel 752) until 9pm on Saturday, July 26.
Repeats showing will last for three hours, with the final showing BEGINNING at 9pm on Saturday, July 26.
The event is priced at £14.95 for UK customers, €21.95 for customers in the Republic of Ireland.
Viewers can call 08442 410 888 to book WWE Battleground from Tuesday, July 8. (There may be an additional charge for telephone bookings).
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