And the hits just keep on coming for The Authority. Not only was Stephanie McMahon dragged through the mud last week after Brie Bella finagled her arrest on Raw, but the corporate power’s attempt at diplomacy by inviting the Bella Twin to the ring was spoiled by none other than Chris Jericho. And The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla was all smiles, babayy, tearing into Stephanie before demanding The Authority grant him another match with Bray Wyatt in response to the beating he received last week.
He got what he wanted – Triple H made the match for SummerSlam – but Y2J dipped a bit too far into his Attitude-Era nicknames for the queen bee to get away clean. Not only did he catch a sneak attack from Seth Rollins, he found himself scheduled to face Mr. Money in the Bank himself later in the evening.
Having dropped all charges against Stephanie McMahon save for aggravated battery, Brie Bella was surely going to make one of WWE’s principal owners pony up to expunge that final, lingering legal matter. When it came to choosing her destiny, Brie’s demands for the queen were simple: A raise for Nikki, a reinstatement for herself, and one-on-one match at SummerSlam. Despite some lengthy pleas for the former Divas Champion to reconsider, Stephanie finally relented in a flood of tears – crocodile tears, it turned out. Stephanie slapped Brie across the face, vowed to make Brie “her bitch” and entered into an all-out brawl that required Triple H, plus WWE officials Finlay, Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble to be broken up. Somewhere, Daniel Bryan is smiling.
Having bought a ticket to Raw, Brie Bella was there to support her sister Nikki in person and spirit. But without her twin in the ring beside her, the magic was in short supply for the Fearless Diva when Stephanie McMahon organized a four-on-one gang-up of the former Divas Champion. Brie, however, couldn’t help herself, and jaw-jacked her way into a physical confrontation with Stephanie that saw her slapped and banned from ringside all before the match even started. Things only went downhill for Nikki when it did start; Stephanie’s fearsome foursome feasted upon the hapless Nikki, with Alicia herself doing the honors by executing a scissor kick to the Bella’s back.
What started as an evening of delight quickly turned sour for Stephanie McMahon, who introduced hip-hop superstar Flo Rida only to find herself hauled out of the building in handcuffs when all was said and done. Having conclude some unfinished business with Heath Slater, Flo took to the stage for a medley of “Good Feeling,” “Wild Ones” and “Let the Good Times Roll” before Stephanie was approached by two officers — called by none other than Brie Bella — arrested for battery and escorted out of the building for an arraignment despite her persistent, vehement protests. And, cue the “Yes!” chants.
The hits keep on coming for Nikki Bella, who evidently hasn’t finished paying for her sister’s rebelliousness by a long shot. Forced last week to compete with one arm tied behind her back, this week the former Divas Champion found herself placed into a 2-on-1 Handicap Match by Stephanie McMahon.
The fearless Diva did pretty well against her two opponents, Alicia Fox & Cameron, breaking out a surprisingly diverse arsenal – La Magistral! Alabama Slam! – but it wasn’t enough to stop Alicia from overpowering her in the end in the latest embarrassment of the Bella Twin. And the worst part is, it’s unlikely that Stephanie is done by a long shot.
Intended to be a rematch from Raw once again pitting The Funkadactyls against Nikki Bella in a Handicap Match, Stephanie McMahon had other plans. Rather than letting Nikki go it alone again, she gave her a new tag team partner – her longtime rival, Alicia Fox.
Alicia seemed genuinely excited to team with Nikki – even rallying the WWE Universe is a “Nikki” chant as The Bella Twin tried her best to keep Naomi and Cameron at bay. Finally able to make a tag, Alicia refused to accept Nikki’s tag. Adding insult to injury, Alicia kicked her partner allowing Cameron to grab the pinfall.
Behold the King, and the egg on his face thanks to John Cena’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship victory at Money in the Bank. The Champ’s 15th ascension to the throne put a damper in The Authority’s plans for supreme domination. WWE COO Triple H did attempt to put a positive spin on Cena’s title victory, extending an olive branch to The Champ in the form of a cover spot on “WWE 2K15,” Cena saw through the subterfuge and called the corporate power out on their “phony” politeness.
To which The Game replied he was willing to live with Cena as champion, provided he did so with the proper “respect.” The Champ (to put it lightly) deferred the request and opted to go for the hard way. His choice was honored in the form of a Fatal 4-Way title defense at Battleground against Randy Orton, Kane and Roman Reigns and a tag-team main event teaming him and Reigns against Orton & Kane later in the evening.
Later that evening…of all the personas Damien Sandow has adopted, this was perhaps his most audacious: Just a few hours up the road from WWE HQ, The Enlightened One threw on a suit and took on the guise of Mr. McMahon himself. However, “Mr. McMahondow’s” entry of Sandow into the Battleground Battle Royal for the Intercontinental Championship didn’t exactly endear Sandow in the eyes of a proper McMahon: Stephanie. In fact, The Authority’s resident queen delivered swift justice to the imposter in the form of another contestant in the Battle Royal: The Great Khali, against whom the would-be Chairman had (you guessed it) no chance in hell.