WWE Monday Night Raw Recap: Major Hype for Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View
The Monday, May 13, edition of WWE Monday Night Raw aired live from Tulsa, Okla., at the BOK Center.
Jerry "The King" Lawler opened Raw by showing highlights from Fandango's victory against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 29. Lawler introduced Fandango and Jericho to the ring for an exclusive dance-off to kick things off.
The dance-off itself actually never took place, as Fandango's partner seemed to twist her ankle. However, the distraction allowed Fandango to attack Jericho throughout the arena. After Jericho was left knocked out at ringside, Fandango's dance partner quickly rose from the ground and both exited toward the backstage area.
Match No. 1: Ryback defeated Zack Ryder
Whenever Ryder is in a match, the outcome is very predictable. Ryback completely dominated in this match and Ryder once again never stood a chance to show any momentum.
Match Rating: 1/5.
Match No. 2: The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) defeated Tons of Funk (Tensai and Brodus Clay)
Another quick and meaningless match, this tag team battle lasted less than two minutes. Not a great start on Monday Night Raw in terms of matches, but at least there were tons of video packages to make time go faster.
Match Rating: 1.5/5.
WWE announcer Matt Striker introduced Teddy Long at the entrance way. After Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter interrupted and pushed for Dolph Ziggler's World Heavyweight belt to be stripped, Big E Langston and AJ Lee disagreed. Long announced that Swagger will face Alberto Del Rio at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view in a No. 1 contender's match for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Match No. 3: Kofi Kingston defeated Damien Sandow
Slightly better match than the previous two, but it still ended on the short side.
Match Rating: 2/5.
Striker interviewed with Mark Henry inside the ring about his strap match against Sheamus. Henry described the rules and pretended Striker was Sheamus after telling him to put on the strap. Sheamus came out toward the entrance way and made his way to the ring. After Henry backed away, Sheamus grabbed his own strap under the ring. The two wrestlers would then brawl until Henry exited.
Match No. 4: Randy Orton defeated Antonio Cesaro
Cesaro appears to be on a losing streak since losing the United States Championship. At least this was a somewhat decent match, but it ended rather quickly after Orton delivered an RKO on Cesaro.
Match Rating: 2/5.
Match No. 5: The Miz defeated Heath Slater
The Miz got the victory with a figure-four leg lock submission, which drew a chorus of Ric Flair chants throughout the arena. Pretty basic match to get The Miz back to his winning ways.
Match Rating: 2.5/5.
Very impressive six-man elimination tag team match with plenty of exciting action both inside and outside the ring. Bryan was certainly a highlight in this match until his elimination. Fortunately, this battle ended a streak of short matches on Raw.
Match Rating: 4/5.
Match No. 7: Jack Swagger defeated Big E Langston
Swagger was able to earn the victory against Langston by knocking him outside the ring for a count out. Not an overly exciting match but picked up nicely toward the tail end of the segment after Del Rio stepped inside the ring and brawled with Swagger and Langston. It was an effective set up for the match between Swagger and Del Rio at Extreme Rules.
Match Rating: 3/5.
Match No. 8: AJ Lee defeated Natalya
A decent match that was simply used to lead into the main event segment on Raw.
Match Rating: 2.5/5.
Triple H came out first, watched the steel cage above come down inside the ring, and invited Brock Lesnar to join him. Lesnar, who appeared with ringside manager Paul Heyman, arrived at the entrance way. Heyman told Triple H that he will be embarrassed to face his own family after the Extreme Rules pay-per-view.
After attempting to leave, Triple H questioned Lesnar's toughness. Lesnar responded by walking down the aisle, entering the steel cage and brawling with Triple H. After a back-and-forth battle, Triple H sent Lesnar outside the steel cage as Monday Night Raw faded to black.
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