Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns; Kane vs. Dean Ambrose
This week on Raw, The Shield competed in singles action. First up was a non-title match between United States champion Dean Ambrose and Kane. The match was solid, if unspectacular, and provided Ambrose another opportunity to showcase his singles skills.
As Kane appeared to have the upper hand late in the bout, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns interfered, causing a disqualification. Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton would hit the ring and chase the trio off, leaving the babyfaces standing tall.
Later in the evening, Orton would meet Reigns in one-on-one competition. Again, the match would be marred by outside interference, this time from Rollins and Bryan. After a no-contest was declared, things segued into Bryan versus Rollins.
But we will get to that one a little later.
Sin Cara vs. Antonio Cesaro
A match that had no real reason to be on the broadcast proved to be quite the entertaining, quality bout.
With Zeb Colter on commentary for God knows what reason, Sin Cara and Cesaro continued to show decent chemistry with one another. In the past, Cesaro has proved to work well with smaller, faster-paced workers, and Monday was no different.
Cesaro wore down his smaller opponent, but the explosive luchador was able to make a late-match comeback with a flurry of offense. The former US champion subdued his surging opponent with a swinging sleeper, however, and was able to execute the Neutralizer for the win.
Chris Jericho vs. Big E Langston
Y2J cut a promo early in the night about his impending match with CM Punk at Payback, and during the promo, he referred to the best performers in the world. This brought out World champion Dolph Ziggler, who said all of the talk about the best performers made him realize it was the best time to make his return to Raw.
The two exchanged words before Jericho threw down a challenge for a match. The challenge was answered, but by Big E Langston.
The massive young star held his own with Jericho, again proving he is capable of delivering quality matches against the top stars in the industry. Unfortunately for the former NXT champion, interference by Alberto Del Rio late in the bout spelled the end for Langston's chances of defeating Jericho. A Codebreaker from Y2J gave him a big win heading into Payback and helped further a Del Rio-Ziggler program that has been absolutely ravaged by an ill-timed concussion suffered by the World champion.