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By Richard Trionfo on 2013-05-27 23:02:53
Tonight, the WWE returns to Canada for a special episode of Raw as we celebrate Memorial Day and this show is dedicated to the Armed Forces. What is the latest update on Triple H’s condition? What is next for Ryback and John Cena as they move towards their Ambulance Match at Payback? What will the Shield do tonight? Will they even mention that Dolph Ziggler has a concussion too?

We are in Calgary . . .

Alberta, Canada and your announcers are Michael ‘If I mention that you should download the WWE App for a minute’ Cole, Jerry ‘Tonight we are in the HartLand’ Lawler, and John ‘Should I use Loonie or Toonie when insulting my fellow announcers’ Layfield.

Before we start with the new programming, we take a look back at the debut of Curtis Axel and his interaction with Triple H before their match.

Do you remember where you were when we had a Last Man Standing Match where neither man could stand so we had no finish? What will Ryback do tonight?

John Cena’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.

John says that there is a lot of unrest in the arena tonight. Some anxiety and some anger. He says that he understands why. There was a Last Man Standing Match at Extreme Rules that is most known for its controversy. Neither man could stand for the count of ten so both men think they deserve the WWE Championship.

There is John Cena, who is the current champ. Then there is Ryback who thinks that he is the WWE Champion.

Ryback came out and challenged him to an Ambulance Match.

John picks up on the ‘We Want Bret’ chants and he says that we will get to Bret later.

John says that Ryback thought through things too fast. John says that he knows how to settle this. Payback be deliberate. Payback should be held. There will be a Three Stages of Hell Match at Payback. Each fall has a different stipulation. Stage one is a Lumberjack Match. Stage Two is a Tables Match. Stage Three is an Ambulance Match.

John says that even if he wins the first two falls, he will take Ryback and put him into the ambulance so Ryback can be taken for medical attention.

Ryback makes his way to the stage and he is dressed to wrestle. He says that payback should be deliberate, definitive, and it should be held. That is what he tried to do to John at Extreme Rules. He drove John through the LED board without worrying about what was on the other side. He tried to take Cena to hell.

Ryback tells John to say hello to Beelzebub, Lucifer, and Satan. Say hello to Ryback.

Paul Heyman comes out and he tells John that while he is saying hello to everyone, he wants John to say hello to a future WWE Hall of Famer, a future WWE Champion, and a man who defeated Triple H so decisively that you won’t see him around for more. Paul brings out Curtis Axel.

Paul tells John that Curtis and him were watching John and they were marveling at the fact that John accepted the challenge from Ryback. It takes something to suggest a Three Stages of Hell Match. He says that John is a fighting champion. Paul says that John will not back down from a challenge from Curtis Axel.

John tells Curtis that he watched him last week and he tells Curtis to stay as far away from Paul as possible.

Curtis says that he was not asking John for his opinion. He says that he was asking John if he is looking for a fight.

John says that Curtis got lucky last week, but he is acting like he is running the yard. John accepts the challenge.

We go to commercial.

Match Number One: Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) versus Big E Langston (with AJ Lee)

They lock up and Langston with punches and shoulders in the corner. Del Rio with a drop kick but Langston stays on his feet. Langston charges at Del Rio and Del Rio drops down and Langston goes over the top rope to the floor. Del Rio with a suicide dive onto Langston. Langston sends Del Rio into the apron and then he drops Alberto on the ring steps before returning to the ring and he gets a near fall.

Langston with a bear hug and Del Rio punches and kicks Langston to escape. Langston catches Del Rio coming from the turnbuckles and he hits three consecutive back breakers for a near fall. Langston misses a charge into the corner and he hits the ring post with his shoulder.

Del Rio with two clotheslines and Langston does not go down. Del Rio with another clothesline and then he avoids a clothesline from Langston and Del Rio with a lungblower. Del Rio with a super kick for a near fall. Del Rio tries for the float over into the cross arm breaker but Langston escapes and he hits a belly-to-belly suplex.

The straps are down but Del Rio with a single arm DDT. AJ pulls off the top turnbuckle and the referee fixes it while Del Rio applies the cross arm breaker. Langston is able to turn over and he picks up Del Rio. Del Rio sends Langston into the exposed turnbuckle and he gets the three count with a rollup.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

After the match, AJ tries to apologize to Langston and say that it was not her fault. Langston leaves the ring and AJ follows after.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Kane is in the locker room. Daniel Bryan is pacing in front of him and he is muttering. Kane tells Daniel to stop with the weak link obsession because the only person who thinks that he is the weak link is Daniel. Kane says that if they are going to beat the Shield tonight as a team, Daniel will have to pull himself together.

Daniel with an ‘AHA’ moment and he says that Kane thinks that he is the weak link.

They go back and forth with the yes and no and they see Bret Hart.

Bret tells them to take it easy. They are one of the best tag team partnerships. The tension that they have destroys tag teams. They are better than this.

Daniel asks Bret is he was thought of as the weak link.

Bret says that size means nothing because of your toughness.

Kane wants to know how Daniel believes Bret while Kane says the same thing and ignores him.

Daniel says that he is Bret Hart, the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. He is just Kane.

Match Number Two: Dean Ambrose (with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) versus Kofi Kingston for the United States Title

They lock up and Ambrose backs Kofi into the corner and Ambrose pushes Kofi but Kofi pushes back. Kofi with a rollup for a near fall. Kofi with another near fall with a rollup. Kofi with an arm drag into an arm bar and a near fall. Ambrose backs Kofi into the corner and he punches Kofi. Ambrose with more punches but Kofi punches and kicks back. Kofi with a jumping back heel kick.

Ambrose with a single leg take down and then Kofi sends Ambrose into the ropes and he tries for Trouble in Paradise but Ambrose holds on to the ropes. Kofi tries for an SOS but Ambrose goes to the floor to regroup. Ambrose backs up from the ring when Kofi teases a dive to the floor and Kofi bounces off the ropes and lands on his feet.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Ambrose with a cross arm chin lock. Ambrose with a short arm clothesline and he stomps on Kingston before hitting a snap elbow drop and he gets a near fall. We see footage from the break on the WWE App. Kofi catapults Ambrose into the turnbuckles and Kofi with a near fall. Ambrose runs into a boot from Kofi.

Kofi with chops followed by a drop kick and he tries for the flying clothesline but Ambrose catches him and Ambrose sends him into the corner. Kofi with a double jump cross body and he gets a near fall. Kofi with a leaping clothesline and Ambrose moves when Kofi sets for the Boom Drop. Kofi and Ambrose alternate near falls.

Kofi with SOS for a near fall. Kofi with a baseball slide that sends Ambrose to the floor. Kofi rolls Ambrose back in and Kofi goes for a springboard clothesline and he connects. Kofi gets a near fall. Ambrose sends Kofi into the ring steps when he trips Kofi on the apron.

Ambrose rolls Kofi back in and then he sets for the Dean Driver and he hits it and he gets the three count.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

After the match, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns join Dean Ambrose in the ring and they show their title belts to everyone watching.

Kane’s pyro goes off and Daniel Bryan and Kane make their way to the ring. Bryan and Kane go after The Shield and The Shield goes to the floor.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Three: Daniel Bryan and Kane versus Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns (with Dean Ambrose) for the WWE Tag Titles

The match is joined in progress and Rollins punches Bryan and he takes him down with a side head lock. Rollins with a shoulder tackle but Bryan with a knee to the midsection. Bryan with kicks to the chest and the referee has to pull Bryan away from Rollins.

Kane tags in and he sends Rollins into the turnbuckles. Rollins floats over on an Irish whip but Kane catches him and hits a power slam for a near fall. Bryan tags in and they hit a Hart Attack and Bryan gets a near fall. Bryan with elbows to the shoulder and head. Bryan gets a near fall. Rollins backs Bryan into the corner but Kane tags in and connects with an uppercut. Kane with a clothesline in the corner and Rollins avoids a choke slam and he hits an enzuigiri. Reigns tags in and he punches and kicks Kane. Rollins with a kick to the head when the referee deals with Reigns. Reigns gets a near fall.

Rollins tags in and he punches Kane. Rollins with more punches to Kane and then he tries to suplex Kane but Kane blocks it and Kane with a suplex. Reigns tags in and he stops Kane and gets a near fall. Reigns with a reverse chin lock and he gets between Kane and his corner. Reigns with a slam to Kane and he gets a near fall. Rollins tags in and he kicks Kane.

Rollins with a kick but Kane with a clothesline and both men are down. Bryan tags in and he hits a drop kick that knocks Reigns off the apron. Bryan with a German suplex to Rollins and then he hits a running drop kick into the corner for a near fall. Bryan with Kicks of No to Rollins followed by a round kick to the head for a near fall.

Bryan goes up top and Rollins is able to crotch Bryan. Rollins tries for a superplex but Bryan escapes and he crotches Seth and he puts Rollins in the tree of woe. Bryan with kicks and a drop kick into the corner. Bryan goes for a belly-to-back superplex and he hits it.

Both men are down and we go to commercial.

We are back and Bryan with a European uppercut to Reigns. Bryan with kicks to the leg and chest. Reigns with an Irish whip but Bryan floats over. Reigns with a clothesline to counter the flying clothesline and he gets a near fall. Rollins tags in and he kicks Bryan and punches him.

Rollins mocks Bryan and he tries for the surfboard and he gets Bryan up but Bryan is able to escape and he kicks Rollins. Rollins takes Bryan down and he connects with an elbow drop to the back. Reigns tags back in and he kicks Bryan in the back. Reigns with another kick and he gets a near fall on Bryan.

Rollins tags back in and he hits a super kick while Reigns holds Bryan. Rollins calls Bryan the weak link before sending him into the turnbuckles. Bryan with punches to Rollins but Rollins with a flatline into the turnbuckles and he gets a near fall. Reigns tags back in and he applies a waist lock on Bryan.

Reigns with a forearm to Bryan’s back but Bryan with a kick and a flying leg lariat and both men are down. Kane and Rollins tag in and Kane with punches to Rollins followed by an Irish whip and clothesline. Kane with another Irish whip and clothesline but Rollins avoids the side slam. Kane with a back body drop and Kane makes sure to hit the side slam and Reigns breaks up the cover. Bryan with a missile drop kick to Reigns that sends Reigns to the floor.

Bryan with a suicide dive onto Reigns. Rollins with a back heel kick to Kane but Kane with a big boot to Rollins. Bryan kicks Reigns against the apron and Kane goes up top. Kane hits the flying clothesline and he signals for the choke slam while Bryan waits for the flying knee off the apron. Reigns catches Bryan and he sends Bryan to the floor with a spear.

Rollins with a springboard knee to the head and Rollins gets the three count.

Winners: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns

After the match, Ambrose joins Rollins and Reigns in the ring to celebrate.

In case you missed the announcement of the stipulation for the John Cena and Ryback match at Payback, we see the footage.

We go to commercial.

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