If not for a tweaked knee, Samoa Joe might have suffered his first defeat on Raw. Alas, Cesaro came down hard on his knee early on in his bout with The Samoan Submission Machine, and The Swiss Superman was fighting from underneath for the majority of the earth-shaking contest — the duo’s first ever on Monday Night Raw.
The King of Swing worked hard to play through the pain, hauling Joe up for a stalling suplex on the bad leg despite a barrage of offense from “The Destroyer” that targeted the cartilage. With his power maneuvers like the Cesaro Swing, Swissblade and Neutralizer taken away from him, Cesaro tried to go back to basics, but Joe was ready for him. The heavy-hitter tripped Cesaro up in the ropes, kicked him in the knee one more time, and quickly unleashed the Uranage to put his foe away. But Joe’s night wasn’t over, as Sami Zayn jumped him during the post-match interview for some long-awaited payback, leaping over a crowd of security to leave Joe laying for the first time in a loooong time. Let's see if he can do it again at Fastlane.