So That Happened: #RAW Recap (05/26/14)

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Tonight’s RAW is dedicated to the Military and the Armed Forces.

Justin Roberts introduces The Authority, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

Stephanie McMahon welcomes The WWE Universe to a historic edition of RAW. Stephanie says she feels great tonight because tonight is all about choices. Stephanie uses Daniel Bryan as an example, and wonders if Bryan will do the right thing and surrender the WWE Championship.

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Stephanie McMahon says Daniel Bryan wants to compete with you, but Daniel Bryan can’t physically do it. Stephanie claims that they didn’t want to be right about Daniel Bryan, but despite Bryan wanting to do this for the WWE Universe, his body is a B+.

After a loud “Daniel Bryan” chant, Stephanie McMahon turns it around on the fans and says to cheer for Bryan because even though he wants to defend the championship, he can’t. Stephanie thinks Bryan will do the right thing tonight and give up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Triple H adds on saying hopefully Daniel Bryan will do the right hting for the WWE Universe. Triple H switches gears to Superstars, saying that some Superstars make it to the top, then burn out like Daniel Bryan, but others remain dominant and become legends, because they fail to adapt. Triple H says the ones who become legends live in your minds forever, and that’s Evolution.

Triple H says this Sunday at Payback, The Shield will find out in a No Holds Barred Elimination, that you cannot stop Evolution. Triple H says tonight there will be a contract signing, and The Shield will have a choice: They can adapt and decide not to show up at Payback, and go on to hopefully become legends. Or they can sign those contracts to compete against Evolution at Payback and perish. Stephanie McMahon follows up by mentioning Brad Maddox, then brings him out.

After Brad Maddox reluctantly comes out, Triple H reminds Brad Maddox of the stipulations between Seth Rollins and Batista last week, where everyone was banned from the arena. Triple H asks Brad Maddox why he made Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns commentators, but Brad Maddox says he had no choice because The Shield confronted him.

Stephanie McMahon says she knows Brad Maddox thinks he doesn’t have a choice, but right now, The Authority doesn’t have a choice. Kane’s pyro hits and Kane comes out.

Brad Maddox tries to explain, but Triple H punches him down.

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Kane gets in the ring and stands over Brad Maddox.

Stephanie McMahon tells Kane to teach Brad Maddox a lesson. Kane chokeslams Brad Maddox then hits him with a Tombstone.

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After Kane does his pyro trick, Stephanie McMahon orders the music to be stopped. Stephanie stands over Brad Maddox and fires him.

Bo Dallas Promo:

Match 01: Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam

Bad News Barrett says today is the official day of Summer, but he’s afraid he’s got some BAD NEWS!

Bad News Barrett says Summer will be the time people dig out their swimsuits and realize they’re bigger than their bathing suits. Barrett also says at Payback, Rob Van Dam will discover that his Indian Summer is over, while Barrett will still be Intercontinental Champion.

Bad News Barrett joins Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler for commentary.

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Rob Van Dam tries to Moonsault Cesaro, but Cesaro catches him.

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Rob Van Dam knocks Cesaro down, then kicks Bad News Barrett.

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Bad News Barrett distracts Rob Vam, allowing Cesaro to hit the German Suplex on RVD.

Winner: Cesaro

Post-Match, #ScumbagSheamus comes out and hits Cesaro with the Brogue Kick.

Match 02: Summer Rae vs. Eva Marie (w/ Nikki Bella)

Eva Marie has bizarre offense.

Fandangos theme plays.

Eva Marie rolls up Summer Rae.

Winner: Eva Marie

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Backstage: Randy Orton and Batista are talking until Cody Rhodes and Goldust walk in. Cody Rhodes wants to speak with Triple H and wants to know why they’re not on the show, but Orton tells him Triple H isn’t here. Orton reminds Cody Rhodes that he got him fired last year, but Cody fires back saying he and Goldust beat The Shield last year, a team Evolution couldn’t beat and can’t beat again.

Randy Orton and Batista call Cody Rhodes and Goldust out for not capitalizing on that momentum, but Cody Rhodes tells Orton and Batista that 10 years ago, they were Triple H’s lapdogs, and 10 years later, they’re still Triple H’s lapdog. Batista gets pissed off until Triple H shows up.

Cody Rhodes tells Triple H that he and Goldust want action, so if that means facing “The Skinny Jean Sellout” and “RKBlows” then so be it. Triple H puts Cody and Goldust in a match tonight against Evolution, but plans to make the match “interesting.” After Cody and Goldust leave, Triple H calms down Randy Orton and Batista, complimenting Batista’s by saying he has “big legs.”

Match 03: El Torito vs. Drew McIntyre

Winner: El Tortio

Post-Match, 3MB attacks El Torito.

Hornswoggle rips off El Torito’s tail.

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Backstage: Los Matadores talk with the Trainers and try to get the tail back on El Torito.

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