A promo airs touting the 20th Anniversary of Raw. The video consists of notable catch phrases from the last two decades.
The Damien Sandow Show
Sandow cuts a hilarious promo and has a ton of people of laughing. His mic skills are out of this world. He then unveils a super computer and challenged it to a game of chess. The computer tries to talk until Sandow yells "Silence!" at it. Of all the promos and segments cut tonight, this was definitely the most entertaining non-match of the night. Sheamus comes out and tells Sandow that he can beat the computer in one move. Challenge accepted. Sheamus destroys the computer with a Brogue kick and Sandow lays out Sheamus. These guys have great chemistry.
Intercontinental Championship match for Payback is announced: Wade Barrett vs. The Miz vs. Fandango. During this, the streamers come down by the entrance ramp and the MASSIVE Fandango sign comes over the ring. People are looking forward to his entrance.
Fandango v. Zack Ryder
The Miz comes out for commentary. Fandango comes out to a crowd that is signing and dancing for him. The crowd is pretty into him and it's a lot more clear in person than on TV. Zack Ryder comes out and the crowd goes INSANE! Zack Attack is the hometown hero and gets massive crowd support. It's a short semi-squash match. When Ryder fist pumps, the crowd pops big time with him with the "Woo Woo Woo's." Fandango slips as he climes the turnbuckle but doesn't fall. It's actually humorous though, given his character. He then lands a vicious flying leg drop and gets the pin. Fandango grabs the mic. "It's Faaan Dannnn Goooo." The crowd delivers the line with him. It's almost as if he's toeing the ling between heel and face. If Ryder wasn't his opponent, he may have been the crowd favorite in the match. Barrett is AWOL for this match, which is fine by me because it means he isn't jobbing out tonight.
My favorite part of the night was getting up to go to the backroom and then being stopped by a security guard. A few seconds later, The Shield walked out and stood waiting in the stairwell. You can really the excitement in the area where they make their entrance. Everyone was rushing over to try and take a look. These guys are so over, it's ridiculous.
Everyone in this match is crazy over with the fans. Daniel Bryan gets the biggest pop of the night. It goes back and forth a bunch with each guy looking good at various points. After The Shield lays in on Randy hard, he eventually tags in Bryan who cleans house! At one point, he gets on the top turnbuckle and dropkicks Rollins and Reigns at the same time – each with a different foot. The crowd goes batsh-t and then he does alternating "Yes!" kicks to each guy. He does all of his signature moves including the backflip, flying head-butt and dive outside the ring. I can't even begin to describe how match he ignites the crowd. Bryan goes for the win on Rollins. Reigns runs in and gets an RKO. Bryan accidentally nails Randy. Bryan puts Rollins in the No-Lock. Ambrose comes out from the crowd and interferes causing a DQ. The Shield jumps to the outside. Randy gives Bryan an RKO, gets big heat from the crowd and leaves.
Dark Match: Sheamus and Team Hell No v. The Shield
After the show went off the air, The Shield re-enters the ring and attacks Bryan. Kane and Sheamus made the save, leading to the dark match main event.
Short match which ends with Reigns getting the DQ after hitting Sheamus with a chair. The Shield sets up a triple powerbomb but Bryan runs in, grabs the chair and hits Reigns with the chair. They all hit their finishers on Dean Ambrose, who sells like a champ and the faces celebrate. Kane exists earlier than the others to sell the dissension.
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