Kane attacked John Cena after he demanded a response from The Undertaker
John Cena demanded a response from The Undertaker in the wake of his highly personal WrestleMania challenge last week. He didn’t get it, but he did get one from his brother.
With The Deadman absent, Cena first asked if the WWE Universe still wanted to see him face The Phenom at WrestleMania — they do — before tearing into his would-be opponent for responding to his challenge with radio silence. Cena decreed that such a non-reply was a brazen act of disrespect to both him and the WWE Universe, who had given him everything they had over the course of his storied career.
The 16-time World Champion continued by claiming that The Undertaker had allowed himself to revert from the “godlike” status the WWE Universe had propelled him to back into a man … and a “cowardly” man at that. It got to the point that Cena (and the audience) demanded that Undertaker send him any kind of sign in response, whether it was a yes, a no, a veil of smoke or a flock of druids rolling a casket.
All of this wasn’t enough to provoke a response from Undertaker directly, but it was enough to summon Kane, who Cena assumed had arrived as an emissary to deliver Undertaker’s reply. Instead, The Big Red Machine dropped the 16-time World Champion with a Chokeslam. The only question that remains is whether The Devil’s Favorite Demon was speaking for his brother, or looking to challenge Cena himself on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Apollo Crews triumphed in Battle Royal to determine the sixth entrant in the Six-Pack Challenge WWE World Championship No. 1 Contender’s Match
Not unlike Drake on track four of his 2011 album, “Take Care,” SmackDown Live is loving the Crews.
The SmackDown Live locker room looked to prove their worth as they tried to prevail in an impromptu Battle Royal and snatch their ticket to the Six-Pack Challenge WWE World Championship No. 1 Contender’s Match. Bodies flew and dreams were dashed until one name remained. That name was the rising star of the New Era, Apollo Crews, who last eliminated WWE veteran Demon Kane to obtain the victory and live to fight for a championship opportunity later in the show.
Apollo Nation, turn up!
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The Wyatt Family def. Big Show, Kane & Ryback
Ryback put the team on his back at WWE Fastlane to deny The Wyatt Family a victory over WWE’s titans. And that, it appears, was enough work for The Big Guy for the time being. Right as The Human Wrecking Ball, Big Show and Kane had maneuvered themselves into the driver’s seat of a rematch with the first family of fear — Bray Wyatt subbed in for Braun Strowman this time — Ryback abandoned his fellow giants entirely as a symbolic gesture of striking out on his own. With Show having been taken out already, last man standing Kane was helpless against the full-force Wyatts, who wasted no time in dispatching The Big Red Monster with Sister Abigail.
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After Sting insisted on continuing the match, so Seth Rollins tried to strike quickly with the Pedigree. Sting countered and cinched in the Scorpion Deathlock, but The Architect managed to reach the ropes to escape. When Sting attempted to lock it in again, Rollins countered the submission hold with a decisive roll-up.
While Rollins cradled his WWE World Heavyweight Title, Sheamus’ music hit and he rushed to the ring with his Money in the Bank contract. Hoping to stop the cash-in, Rollins tried to hit Sheamus with the championship, but Sheamus ducked and connected with a Brogue Kick.
Before the bell could ring for the impromptu match, however, an explosion of fire came at the entrance ramp, signaling Demon Kane’s return. Back in his signature mask, Kane stomped to the ring and chokeslammed his former Authority ally Rollins … and Sheamus, before hitting Rollins with a Tombstone to end Night of Champions.
Rollins entered Houston’s Toyota Center with two titles, but he left with two warnings: Sheamus is quickly becoming impatient with his Money in the Bank contract, and perhaps more terrifying, Kane’s inner monster is more awake than ever.
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Roman Reigns def. Kane via Count-out
Advantage: Roman Reigns? In advance of The Big Dog’s battle with Daniel Bryan at WWE Fastlane, the two potential No. 1 contenders were set to battle The Authority’s resident giants on Raw. Reigns did his part by knocking off Corporate Kane, though he owes an assist of sorts to Daniel Bryan, who kept instigating “Yes!” chants from the commentary table each time the 2014 Royal Rumble Match winner got his momentum going. Reigns ultimately got the win with a count-out ruling when Kane ate a Spear on the outside at a nine-count. But Bryan’s post-match antics — he set off another barrage of chants to distract from the victory and danced around an irate Reigns in the ring — proved The Big Dog wouldn’t be allowed to rest on his laurels quite so easily.
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Daniel Bryan def. Seth Rollins & J&J Security in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match
With the odds once again stacked against him by The Authority, Daniel Bryan went to war against Seth Rollins and J&J Security in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match. The Beard rose above, sending Nobel and Rollins flying before making Joey Mercury tap out to the “Yes!” Lock. As Bryan was celebrating, however, Kane attacked him from behind, setting up a 4-on-1 assault that ended with Rollin’s earth-shattering Curb Stomp.
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Corporate Kane def. Dolph Ziggler, Seth Rollins def. Dolph Ziggler
Corporate Kane and Seth Rollins emerged to discuss Halloween and Dean Ambrose and to pose the question: Who could John Cena possibly get to join his traditional Survivor Series Tag Team against Team Authority at the Nov. 23 pay-per-view?
Then in a rematch from Raw, Kane caught Dolph Ziggler in midair and delivered the chokeslam for the hard-fought victory. But it didn’t end there. After a post-match beatdown by The Authority executive, Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble, Kane informed Ziggler that he would have a second match against Seth Rollins!
With little left in Ziggler’s tank, Mr. Money in the Bank finished him off with a single Curb Stomp, sending a message to everyone in the locker room that it might not be a good idea to team with Cena at Survivor Series.
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Randy Orton confronted Seth Rollins
What do you do when your younger, faster counterpart upstages you in the most must-win environment WWE has to offer? Well, if you’re Randy Orton and your would-be usurper is Seth Rollins, you steal your thunder right back. The Apex Predator picked the perfect moment to sink his fangs into Rollins, too. Orton shut down the would-be coming out party for The Authority’s appointed “standard-bearer of WWE” (thrown in honor of Rollins’ dubious Hell in a Cell victory) with a red-faced tirade. He followed with a — yep — RKO outta nowhere that dropped Mr. Money in the Bank like loose change and a smile splayed across the once (and maybe future) Face of WWE.
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Kane
As difficult as it is to believe, Dolph Ziggler isn’t a fan of authority — to say nothing of The Authority — and The Showoff’s perceived interest in joining Team Cena got him into hot water with none other than the demon-dabbling Kane. While any ordinary employee would likely suffer severe discipline from WWE’s hellish Director of Operations, Ziggler escaped his sinister performance evaluation with top marks, thwarting the former World Heavyweight Champion’s sadistic take on corporate justice with the same skills that extended his Intercontinental Title reign at Hell in a Cell.
Kane delivered a dominant physical performance for much of the match, putting his size and strength advantage to good use and stopping Ziggler cold both figuratively and, in the case of a splash-halting right hand, literally for the majority of the contest. Ziggler leaned on his speed advantage over the big man to win the match by reversing a Chokeslam into a sunset flip pin. But he wasn’t fast enough to stop a post-match beat-down from Seth Rollins that was only halted by an appearance from John Cena himself, who helped Dolph beat The Authority into retreat.
John Cena def. Seth Rollins via Disqualification
Rollins ultimately battled his way into the advantage on his own in impressive fashion, as he utilized the steel steps and announce table to his advantage while still remaining within the rules. He found himself locked in an STF all the same, though Kane’s timely arrival ended the match in a disqualification favoring Cena. Happily, Dolph Ziggler soon arrived to even the odds … followed by the entire locker room in an apparent group audition for Team Cena and Team Authority alike that ended with Cena and The Authority staring down above the fray. So who’s it gonna be?
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WWE COO Triple H added a stipulation to John Cena and Randy Orton’s Hell in a Cell Match
As it turns out, going through “Hell” has its rewards. Like, for instance, a shot at getting to heaven, at least in the metaphorical sense. Thanks to Triple H, either John Cena or Randy Orton will have the chance to ascend once again to supreme glory. The King of Kings declared that whomever survives their trip inside the 20-foot tall, 5-ton Hell in a Cell will go one-on-one with The Conqueror himself, Brock Lesnar, with the championship on the line. Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
Randy Orton, Kane & Seth Rollins def. John Cena & Dean Ambrose
After weeks of outright losses, disqualifications that turned the tide against them and left-field humiliation, The Authority was due for a dominant win. Well, they got one just in time: Randy Orton, Kane & Seth Rollins’ Street Fight–rules win over John Cena & Dean Ambrose ensured that Triple H’s foot soldiers will march into Hell in a Cell with some much-needed momentum. Perhaps more importantly, the win casts doubt for the first time in weeks on Cena and Ambrose’s ability to prevail in their fourth and first, respectively, trips inside the place where rivalries are resolved forever.
Despite Kane’s designation as The Authority’s “general” per Triple H, Mr. Money in the Bank took charge in a gang-up on The Lunatic Fringe and handily neutralized Cena as well. He rammed the “face that runs the place,” as Cena called himself earlier in the night, straight through a chair before Kane tagged in and commanded the Hell in a Cell structure be lowered. The brawl ignited anew once the steel hit the ground, but it was Orton who struck the final blow with an RKO to Ambrose for the win … only to suffer a Curb Stomp from outta nowhere courtesy of Rollins, who clearly doesn’t see Orton as the future, regardless of whether he gets a match with Brock Lesnar. Hey, anything goes in “Hell.”
John Cena def. Randy Orton, Seth Rollins & Kane via Disqualification
John Cena loves him some odds to overcome, and the Cenation leader found himself in quite the conundrum when his scheduled partner Dean Ambrose left him to the mercy of The Authority in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match that devolved quickly into an unmitigated beating. Triple H had conceded that Seth Rollins would start the match, but The Aerialist quickly tagged out and Kane & Randy Orton set to tenderize the 15-time World Champion.
By the time Rollins did tag in, Cena was all but served on a platter and a three-on-one beating earned him a hollow disqualification win, yet it turned out the strongman wasn’t as alone as he thought. After a few moments of butchery, Ambrose returned and quite literally hot-dogged his way to the ring, utilizing a weaponized street vendor’s cart and all the goodies contained therein to administer a beating from which the corporate cabal could not, erm, ketchup. The party didn’t exactly cut the mustard for Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, though.
The Authority drove perhaps the greatest wedge yet between the unsteady tandem by announcing a Cena vs. Ambrose contest for WWE Hell in a Cell, wherein the winner would get a coveted chance to face Seth Rollins himself inside the place where rivalries are settled forever. It was an announcement that neither Ambrose nor Cena seemed too happy about, though Ambrose certainly seemed to relish the double-arm DDT to the Cenation leader that kicked off their rivalry in earnest.
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