Here’s RAW in case you missed it:
From The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada:
Hosted by John “Bradshaw” Layfield (JBL), Michael Cole and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler.
Before the start of the show, WWE observed Memorial Day 2013 by airing a special montage honoring the fallen members of The United States Armed Forces.
WWE Champion John Cena responded to RyBack’s Ambulance Match challenge at Payback by adding something else: a Three Stages of Hell Match!!! Throughout WWE’s history, there were only three Three Stages of Hell matches held. In this case, the first stage is a Lumberjack Match, the second stage is a Tables Match and the third stage will be what RyBack wants. RyBack appeared, accepted the challenge and told Cena, “Say hello to Beelzebub, say hello to Lucifer, say hello to RyBack!”. Afterwards, Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman appeared as Heyman happily spoke of what happened to Triple H (Hunter Hearst Helmsley) last week.
Cena told Axel not to listen to anything that Heyman tells him, and Axel challenged Cena to a match, and he accepted.
1. Alberto del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Big E Langston with A.J. Lee.
THE WINNER: ALBERTO DEL RIO!!!
2. WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP: Dean Ambrose (Champion) vs. Kofi Kingston (Challenger/Former Champion).
THE WINNER, AND STILL, WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: DEAN AMBROSE.
3. WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Shield’s Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns (Champions) vs. Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan/Challengers/Former Champions).
THE WINNERS, AND STILL, WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: SETH ROLLINS AND ROMAN REIGNS.
This match went into the first sixteen minutes of Hour 2.
AN UPDATE ON TRIPLE H: After last week’s main event, he was advised to stay home. There was no damage suffered during the match against Curtis Axel and the results of his neurological tests are normal. He will return next week.
4. A NON-TITLE MATCH: WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. Fandango with Summer Rae.
THE SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE FOR THIS MATCH: The Miz.
On the WWE app, the fans and viewers were asked to vote for Miz’s role in the match: Special Guest Commentator, Special Guest Ring Announcer or Special Guest Referee. An overwhelming number chose Special Guest Referee.
THE WINNER: FANDANGO.
5. A SIX-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH: The 3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre) vs. The Great Khali with Natalya Neidhart and Hornswoggle and Tons of Funk (Tensai and “The Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay) with The Funkadactyls (Naomi and Cameron).
THE WINNERS: THE GREAT KHALI AND TONS OF FUNK!!!
After the match, Brodus Clay announced that today was Natalya Neidhart’s birthday (She turned 31 today) and he asked The Great Khali to lead everyone in the singing of “Happy Birthday”.
CHRIS JERICHO’S HIGHLIGHT REEL
HIS GUEST: Paul Heyman.
Chris Jericho wanted to talk about the one “Paul Heyman Guy” who wasn’t seen since the week after Wrestlemania: CM Punk. Heyman refused to mention him, angering Jericho until he mentioned that Punk is at his home in Chicago, Illinois (where the pay-per-view Payback will be held). Jericho wanted to call himself “The Best In The World” until Heyman stopped him saying that he can’t claim the title. Jericho demanded that Punk face him, for the first time since last year, at Payback. Heyman accepted the challenge on Punk’s behalf.
This segment went into the first eight minutes of Hour 3.
6. A DIVAS TAG TEAM MATCH: Natalya Neidhart and WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn vs. The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki).
THE WINNERS: THE BELLA TWINS!!!
7. TAG TEAM MATCH: Sheamus and Randy Orton vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes).
THE WINNERS: SHEAMUS AND RANDY ORTON!!!
8. A NON-TITLE MAIN EVENT: WWE Champion John Cena vs. Curtis Axel with Paul Heyman.
THE WINNER VIA COUNT OUT: CURTIS AXEL.
The count out happened when an ambulance sped into the Saddledome and John Cena thought it was Ryback inside of it. RyBack ambushed him from behind and nearly speared him through the Titantron. Cena countered it with the Attitude Adjustment, RyBack escaped, and threw Cena on the Saddledome floor.
Match #’s 2, 3 and 7 are the highlight matches of the night!!!!!!
Kofi Kingston, The Shield, Team Hell No, Sheamus, Randy Orton and Team Rhodes Scholars are the wrestlers of the night!!!!!!!!
The announcement of Natalya Neidhart’s birthday, and the surprise appearances of Hall of Famers Bret “The Hitman” Hart and “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, and WWE’s observance of Memorial Day 2013 are the highlights of the night!!!!!!
ANALYSIS: This was an improvement over last week, that’s for sure.