WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 5/20 (Hour 1): Ongoing "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw - PPV fall-out, Payback main event set, Team Jericho vs. Team Fandango, Sheamus vs. O'Neil
May 20, 2013 - 10:00:06 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
May 20, 2013 - Episode #1,042
Live in Kansas City, Mo.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
This week's WWE Raw started with a shot of an ambulance entering the arena from the backstage area. Michael Cole nervously said this is live from the Spint Center in Kansas City. In the arena setting, Ryback emerged from the back of the vehicle. As Ryback made his presence known, WWE went to still-shots from the WWE Title match at Extreme Rules when John Cena and Ryback crashed through the production set.
Standing on top of the ambulance, Ryback said the decision last night was a No Decision. So, the record-books show Cena still WWE champ, but Cena did not walk away last night. This led to footage of Cena being stretchered to an ambulance, but refusing to be taken away. The footage cut off before they showed Cena ripping off the neckbrace and no-selling the injury angle.
Back on top of the ambulance, Ryback proposed an Ambulance Match against John Cena at Payback next month. Ryback said it does not matter if you're standing or if your heart is beating since the goal is to put the other man in the back of an ambulance. Ryback said he's going to send Cena to the medical facility, just like the rest of the audience. He then said the people are going straight to the morgue, though. So, he's going to kill everyone? Ryback clarified that the audience is too weak and pathetic, so they're going to kill themselves.
Ryback, channeling Ultimate Warrior, told the audience that they know nothing about nutrition, education, or what it takes to be on top of the food-chain. Ryback vowed to take Cena and the audience to the morgue because Ryback Rules.
At the announce table, Cole, Jerry Lawler, and JBL discussed Ryback's confirmed title re-match vs. John Cena at Payback. Now, it will be up to Cena to accept the Ambulance Match stipulation. They also formally advertised Paul Heyman introducing a third client tonight on Raw.
Up Next: Miz & Jericho vs. Barrett & Fandango (with Summer Rae included in the graphic).
Back live, WWE cut to shots of fans on the front row sipping on Sonic. Included was John Cena's Make-a-Wish guest tonight. Cole read a plug for Sonic, then JBL talked about his local Sonic.
On-stage: Summer Rae came out on-stage to pave the way for Fandango, who made his way on-stage looking to dance after losing to Chris Jericho last night at the PPV. FandangoRae made their way to the ring as WWE combined a crowd shot of kids Fandango'ing and sipping a Sonic drink. Lawler offered a library joke about "checking out" Summer, prompting Cole to wonder if people still go to the library, burying WWE's WrestleMania Reading Challenge. Meanwhile, a note from Raw social media ambassador Kevin Jonas: "What are @WWEFandango's pants made of? Is that leather? Plastic?"
Suddenly, new music played to bring out Wade Barrett. Barrett tried to bounce along to the new theme music, which drew a curious reaction from the crowd. Meanwhile, this Wednesday on Main Event, Barrett faces Sin Cara with the IC Title on the line. Out first for the face duo was The Miz, who is still in-line for an IC Title shot, then Chris Jericho. As Jericho made his way out, WWE cut to still-shots of Jericho victorious over Fandango last night at Extreme Rules.
1 -- CHRIS JERICHO & THE MIZ vs. IC champion WADE BARRETT & FANDANGO (w/Summer Rae)
As the match started, JBL covered for Fandango losing to Jericho last night, saying Fandango held his own. 1:45 in, WWE cut to an App insert video. This was of Road Dogg saying something, then bringing in Kaitlyn for further discussion. Very intrusive, but at least WWE lowered the in-ring/commentary audio to allow Road Dogg's audio to be heard instead of like last week when there was arena audio mixed with App mumbling. In any event, Raw cut to break with the heels in control.
Back live, Barrett was working on Miz center-ring as the announcers noted that Fandango is not getting along with his tag partner. In the ring, Miz made his comeback, then attempted a figure-four leglock on Barrett, but Fandango took the mic and introduced himself. Fandango's music then played and he started dancing with Summer Rae ringside.
Meanwhile, Jericho tagged in and worked on Barrett as Fandango's music kept playing and Rae seductively danced on Fandango. The music kept playing during Jericho's attack, then he dropped Barrett with the codebreaker, exchanged a look with Miz, and tagged in Miz, who put Barrett in the figure-four. Barrett tapped out, giving Miz and Jericho the win. But, Fandango's music kept playing despite his team losing.
WINNERS: Jericho & Miz at 8:20.
Post-match, Miz and Jericho left the ring to corner Fandango and Rae. Fandango then pushed Rae into the middle of the scene and bailed through the crowd to avoid Jericho's wrath. Rae, left alone ringside, stared down Jericho and Miz with nervous glances. Rae then put on a smile and accepted Jericho's hand for a dance, popping the crowd. Jericho dipped Rae, who then wanted a kiss, but Jericho laughed in her face and walked off, embarrassing Rae. Jericho's music then played as Rae freaked out. JBL said that wasn't nice, while Cole said it was funny, capturing Vince McMahon's sense of humor.
Last Night: Triple H and Brock Lesnar "ended their bitter rivalry" inside the cage at Extreme Rules. Tonight, WWE examines what happened last night.
Still to come: Paul Heyman reveals his new client.
[Q3] Arena: Back live, Vickie Guerrero excused herself onto the broadcast. Vickie said there will be a poll tonight for who should face Jack Swagger tonight. The options were R-Truth, Great Khali, and Randy Orton (big cheers).
Still to come tonight: Follow-up on The Shield's big night taking home gold at Extreme Rules.
Locker Room: Daniel Bryan was trying to hold in his emotions after losing the Tag Titles last night. Kane walked in to try to calm down Bryan, who wanted to be serious about losing the belts while Kane wanted to crack jokes. Bryan asked Kane how he can be like that. Kane replied that he's confident because they get a title re-match. Kane noted The Shield preys on weakness and they need to put up a confident front. Bryan asked Kane if he's implying that he's the weak link. Kane tried to calm down Bryan before Kofi Kingston stepped in to provide a calming influence (and get a big reaction from the crowd). Bryan calmed down, then said he'll see Kane out there.
In-ring: Sheamus was introduced for the next match of the show. Cole recapped Sheamus's big strap match victory over Mark Henry last night, then Cole plugged Sheamus in action next.
Back live, Sheamus was awaiting his opponent tonight. Before his opponent was introduced, WWE cut to still-shots of Henry-Sheamus last night. WWE then cut to footage from the post-show when Henry walked out of the locker room and said he's going home. Back live, Prime Time Players's music played to bring out Titus O'Neil, who called Sheamus soft during the post-PPV show last night and is a training friend of Mark Henry's.
2 -- SHEAMUS vs. TITUS O'NEIL (w/Darren Young)
The two big men locked up and traded shoulder blocks while the announcers bantered about middle names. JBL then got serious about Sheamus-Henry last night as Sheamus bounced Titus to the floor. Sheamus then wanted Ten Forearms to Titus's chest and connected. On the floor, Sheamus smashed D-Young for the heck of it, but he took his eye off Titus, who smashed Sheamus with a clothesline.
Back in the ring, Titus overhead-slammed Sheamus, then trash-talked Sheamus for thinking he's tough. Titus continued the attack with right-elbows to the mouth before walking into right-hand smashes to the gut. Titus continued the attack by tossing Sheamus around the ring as Young encouraged Titus from the outside.
[Q4] Sheamus mounted a comeback before knee-lifting Titus into the ropes. Sheamus tried to follow with White Noise, but Titus shoved Sheamus to the ring apron. Sheamus responded with a battering-ram attempt, but D-Young grabbed Sheamus's foot from the outside as the ref was occupied with Titus. This allowed Titus to kick Sheamus to the mat for a close nearfall.
Moments later, Titus missed with a corner attack, then Sheamus lifted up Titus for White Noise. Sheamus connected, then started thinking about the Brogue Kick, which the crowd wanted to see. JBL encouraged Titus to stay down, but Titus got up and ate the Brogue Kick center-ring. Sheamus took his time covering and it was good for the win.
WINNER: Sheamus at 6:30. And, Sheamus is back on a path toward the World Title.
Announcers: As Sheamus celebrated on his way out of the ring, Cole transitioned to a plug for Paul Heyman revealing his newest client up next.
Back live, Cole plugged Kevin Jonas as the social media ambassador tonight during Raw. Cole plugged the season finale of "Married to Jonas" this Sunday.
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