The Authority, Paul Heyman, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose & John Cena Kick Off RAW
After highlights of what went down with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins last week, The Authority — Triple H and Stephanie McMahon make their way to the ring. When “King of Kings” dies down, the “CM Punk” chants start up in Chicago, Illinois. Stephanie acknowledges them, saying it makes perfect sense for fans to chant for a quitter — because all of the fans are quitters. She says they all take the easy way out. They either quit or steal, just like Dean Ambrose, who stole the Money In The Bank briefcase from Seth Rollins. She says it makes no sense because the Money In The Bank contract still belongs to Seth Rollins. She says they are out here to send a message to Dean Ambrose, a message that states that his actions will not be tolerated.
Triple H gets on the mic now and talks about how no one will disrespect this business. Before he can continue, we hear, “ladies and gentlemen.” Out comes Paul Heyman.
Heyman rambles on for a while and ultimately makes it clear that he’s wondering if his client — Brock Lesnar — has a problem to deal with, with Seth Rollins and The Authority or if he has a problem to deal with …
…before he can continue, Stephanie interupts him and tells Heyman to choose his words carefully. Before she can continue, she is interrupted by Seth Rollins’ theme song. Rollins, without his Money In The Bank briefcase, makes his way to the ring.
Rollins says to Heyman that no one from The Authority suggested that he cash in his briefcase on Lesnar, nor did they encourage him to Curb Stomp Lesnar. He says he acted on his own. He tells Heyman that he thought he would appreicate someone taking an opportunity to make a mark. Heyman says he can appreciate that but the next time it happens, Rollins won’t be answering to him, he’ll be answering to his client — Brock Lesnar. Heyman leaves.
Rollins tells The Authority that now that the Heyman part of this is over with, let’s deal with what’s important. He brings up Dean Ambrose stealing his Money In The Bank briefcase. Ambrose appears on the titan tron from backstage with Rollins’ MITB briefcase. He tells Rollins if he wants it back, come get it. With that being said, Rollins, HHH and Stephanie all immediately leave the ring to go get it, apparently.
As they head up the ramp, John Cena’s theme hits. Cena nails Rollins but Rollins escapes, along with The Authority, as they head up the ramp. This leaves Cena alone in the ring with The Authority and Seth Rollins staring at him from the top of the stage. Cena plays to the crowd as we head to a commercial.
Backstage: The Authority, Joey Mercury & Jamie Noble
Backstage, we see Triple H and The Authority with Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble. He orders them — whatever it takes — to get the Money In The Bank briefcase back in one piece. He says if Ambrose comes back in several pieces, so be it, but to make sure to get the briefcase. They suggest that HHH give them some sledgehammers. He doesn’t like that idea and tells them to just do what they are told. They agree and leave.
Cesaro vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz
After the backstage segment, Cesaro’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Out next is the WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler, who comes out to a huge ovation from the Chicago crowd. After him, The Miz, accompanied by Damien Mizdow, makes his way to the ring.
After some highlights of last week’s SmackDown, we head to the ring and the bell sounds to make this one official. Early on, Ziggler is in control of the offense. In this triple-threat match, action is happening quite often, but within a minute or so, Ziggler establishes himself as the guy in control. He hits a picture-perfect dropkick on Miz for a near fall as we head to a mid-match commercial.
When we return from commercial, we see Cesaro manhandling Ziggler. Miz gets involved and this leads to a series of pin roll-up attempts, obviously none of which reach the count of three. It was a cool series of spots that the fans in Chicago bought into, however.
We see Mizdow flipping out outside of the ring as the action continues inside the ring. Ziggler is firing up on offense, taking out Miz and Cesaro with a couple of different double-moves. After that, the “this is awesome” chants break out in Chi-Town.
The three get involved in some really cool, hard-to-explain triple-guy spots that really got the crowd pumped up. Ziggler slaps the figure-four leg lock on Miz as Cesaro is off selling. Cesaro ends up recovering and breaking things up. Cesaro ends up laying out Miz and seemingly having things in the bag, however, Ziggler re-enters the scene, superkicks Cesaro and covers Miz. 1-2-3. Ziggler retains.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler