April 6, 2015
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"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
The RAW video plays, and we're brought into the arena to see a great pyrotechnics display. Byron Saxton is in place of the injured Michael Cole. JBL and Booker T are alongside him. Still photos are shown of Triple H vs. Sting from WrestleMania 31. Triple H defeated Sting after DX and the nWo came to the ring to relive the Monday Night War. We also see a still photo of Seth Rollins cashing in the Money in the Bank contract.
Seth Rollins gloats about The Authority's WrestleMania success
Seth Rollins, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, is in the ring. Big Show is posing next to the André The Giant Memorial Trophy before getting in the ring. Kane and J&J Security are also in the ring. Rollins goes to speak, but the crowd drowns him out with boos. Every time Rollins goes to speak, they boo louder. Big Show grabs the microphone and tells them to show some respect to the champion. Rollins says they're just jealous, and he understands. Rollins wants to send some well wishes to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. They're away on vacation, and they deserve it. This past WrestleMania was one of the greatest of all time. The crowd starts a "You sold out" chant. Rollins thought they were over that. We're a week removed from WrestleMania, and he's the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. At this point, we can firmly state that the biggest takeaway from WrestleMania is that The Authority always wins. The crowd loudly boos as Rollins smiles.
WrestleMania is all about creating moments, and The Authority created moments all night long. Starting with his role model and leader Triple H, he put the final nail in the coffin of WCW by single-handedly defeating that face painted freak, Sting. The Big Show finally cemented his place as the greatest giant of all time when he won the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. As for Kane… he was at WrestleMania! Kane doesn't look too pleased about that. Big Show takes the microphone and says he's no longer under André The Giant's shadow, but he never really was. Every WWE superstar on the roster is under his shadow. At the greatest WrestleMania of all time, it ended with a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. This man is a true fighting champion. He's a champion of honor, dignity, and respect. He is Seth Rollins, the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Rollins says the future is now. It's not just the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The future is the greatest champion of all time! The crowd loudly boos that.
Big Show says we should thank Rollins because he gave us an epic memory at the greatest WrestleMania of all time. This memory will no doubt go down in history as one of the greatest things to ever go down at WrestleMania. It'll live forever on the WWE Network. Speaking of WrestleMania, there was Kane. Rollins tries to think of something good to say about Kane, but he can't. Kane takes the microphone and goes to speak but…
…Randy Orton's music hits to cut him off. Orton comes out to the stage to a nice reception from the crowd. Orton congratulates Rollins on getting his WrestleMania moment. Cashing in his Money in the Bank contract doesn't change the fact that he hit him with the most spectacular RKO of his career. You can't change history, and history says at WrestleMania last week that he beat Rollins. An "RKO" chant breaks out. Rollins says Orton's problem is that he's a guy who only sees things as the glass half-empty. There's nothing he detests more than a whiny little complainer. Rollins' delivery of those lines was awkward. Orton says he's not complaining. Instead, he's calling it like he sees it. He beat Rollins at WrestleMania, and he deserves the chance again, only this time for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Orton asks, "Doesn't that sound like it's best for business?" Orton asks Kane what he thinks. Orton then suggests he might have to call mommy and daddy to see if it's ok.
Kane says he's heard enough. He is still the Director of Operation and a key member of The Authority. Kane says he's in a position of power and demands respect. Orton made it clear that he wants to challenge Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but unfortunately there are other superstars worthy of consideration. That's the reason that he decided we'll have a triple threat match to determine the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules. Those superstars are Roman Reigns, Ryback, and Randy Orton. Kane says that's what's best for business. Furthermore, each of those men will compete in singles competition prior to tonight's main event. Orton's match is next against him! Rollins is not pleased with Kane's matchmaking. Big Show holds Rollins back and pulls him out of the ring.
Kane vs. Randy Orton
The bell rings, and Orton kicks and punches Kane to the corner. The Authority leaves the ringside area. Orton clotheslines him in the corner twice before having a whip to the opposite corner reversed on him. Kane runs into a boot, and Orton sits on the top rope to club his chest. Kane stumbles out before giving him an uppercut that knocks him out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Orton fight up from a chin lock. They trade punches with Orton coming out on top. Orton hits the ropes, but he eats a big boot for a two count. Kane picks him up and puts him in the corner. Kane punches him before whipping him to the opposite corner for a clothesline. Kane hits a sidewalk slam for a two count. Kane looks frustrated with his inability to put Orton away. Kane stomps Orton before hitting a suplex for a two count. Kane sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Kane quickly goes for a Chokeslam, but Orton fights out. Orton goes for a clothesline, but Kane doesn't go down. Orton ducks a clothesline and floors him with a powerslam. Orton then dropkicks him to the apron. Orton kicks him in the chest before connecting with a hanging DDT. Orton gets the crowd going before getting in position for an RKO. Kane gets to his feet, notices Orton, and immediately gets out of the ring. Orton follows him outside and clotheslines him down. Orton then gives him a back suplex on the barricade. Orton celebrates for a moment before taking a chair to the midsection from Kane!
Winner by Disqualification: Randy Orton
Match Rating: * 1/4
Kane throws the chair into the ring and goes for a Chokeslam on the chair. Orton gets out and goes for an RKO on the chair, but Kane escapes the ring. Orton holds his midsection in pain as Kane retreats to the back.
Ryback will face Luke Harper in a singles match ahead of the triple threat main event. Roman Reigns will also take on Big Show later tonight.
The commentators talk about the retirement of AJ Lee. They show her tweet regarding the retirement. The tweet read, "Break the rules. Be a fighter. Any dream is possible if you are brave enough to do it YOUR way. Thank you all."
Brad Maddox is backstage with Kane. Kane asks Maddox who the hell he thinks he is. Seth Rollins barges in and asks Kane who the hell he thinks he is. Rollins says he's sick of Kane not pulling his weight around here. Everyone else seems to understand that the first priority is to protect him except Kane. Kane says he's the only one who's really got it. Kane says Rollins won the Money in the Bank contract because of him. Rollins wouldn't even be champion if it wasn't for him. As Director of Operations, it's his job to do what's best for business. Rollins defending his title against a viable opponent at the Extreme Rules PPV is viable business. Maybe Randy Orton is right. Maybe Rollins is scared of him. Rollins says he's not afraid to face anyone for his championship, let alone Randy Orton. Rollins is starting to think what's best for business is Kane stepping down as Director of Operations. Rollins thinks Triple H and Stephanie would agree with him. Kane says they're enjoying their time on a private island in the south pacific with no cell phone reception or Internet. Kane is running things tonight whether Rollins likes it or not.
Rollins walks off, but he quickly returns. Rollins says they may be unreachable now, but when they get back, Kane will have a lot to answer for. Kane appreciates his enthusiasm, but his attitude is bordering on disrespectful. Kane is in charge, and his job is to do what's best for business. What's best for business is putting Rollins in a match… and it's next. Rollins flips out as Kane walks off.
The commentators talk about the vicious attack by Brock Lesnar last week. We then see a video package that recaps the entire event, which culminated in Lesnar being suspended indefinitely by Stephanie McMahon.
Seth Rollins' music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with J&J Security. Rollins is not pleased at all about being forced to compete. We'll find out who he's facing, next.
Seth Rollins is going to face Neville, who made his main roster debut last week.
Seth Rollins w/ J&J Security vs. Neville
A loud "NXT" chant breaks out. Rollins grabs a microphone and says he certainly wasn't expecting this before chuckling. Rollins wants the crowd to give a warm WWE Universe welcome to Neville. Rollins says he just made his RAW debut last week and now he's in the ring with the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. It must feel pretty good. Rollins gives Neville an opportunity to say a little something about himself before taking the microphone away. Rollins says Neville must be pretty nervous right now. Rollins was a rookie once as well. Being out on live television can be a little terrifying. Rollins says, "Why don't you sit this one out, pipsqueak?" Neville responds by connecting with a swift spin kick to the midsection. Rollins angrily gets to his feet and demands the referee start the match.
The bell rings, and Rollins runs into an arm drag. Neville goes for a roll-up, but Rollins kicks out at one. Neville applies a side headlock, but Rollins whips him off and takes him down with a big back elbow. Rollins grabs him and talks trash in the corner before clubbing him down. Rollins chops the chest before hitting a snapmare and kicking him in the back. Rollins kicks him in the head before slapping him in the face. Rollins stomps him down in the corner before the referee backs him up. Rollins sends him to the opposite corner, but Neville slingshots over him and does two quick running flips across the ring. Neville boots him in the face, shoulders him in the midsection, flips over him, and takes him out of the ring with a running hurricanrana. Neville connects with a running over-the-top rope standing plancha. Neville quickly gets back in the ring as J&J Security tries to blindside him.
We come back from the break to see Neville take Rollins down. Rollins quickly comes back with a reverse STO into the turnbuckle for a near fall. Rollins stomps him before choking him with his boot and talking trash. Rollins digs his knee into Neville's face before the referee backs him up. Neville kicks him in the midsection as a "Let's go Neville," chant fires up. Rollins quickly knees him in the midsection before sending him into the corner hard. Rollins drops a few knees for a near fall. Rollins applies a chin lock, but Neville fights up and punches him. Rollins kicks him and sends him to the ropes, but Neville ducks a clothesline and slides through his legs. Neville goes for a roll-up, but Rollins rolls through and connects with his patented jumping enzuigiri for a near fall. Rollins argues the referee's count. Rollins gets him to his feet and sends him into the ropes for a knee to the midsection. Rollins repeats the move before wrenching the arm. Rollins tries it for a third time, but Neville counters with a roll-up for a two count. Rollins quickly takes him back down and punches away at him while talking trash. Rollins angrily looks into the crowd as they boo him. Rollins elbows him in the head a few times before reapplying the chin lock. Neville fights up and punches him, but Rollins stops his momentum. Rollins goes for a back suplex, but Neville flips through it and hits a jawbreaker. Neville punches him back before having a whip reversed on him. Neville hits a pair of running forearms before kicking him in the midsection and chest a few times. Neville hits the ropes, but Rollins follows him. Rollins then turns him inside out with a clothesline for a near fall. Rollins has a look of disbelief on his face.
Rollins punches away at Neville before talking trash and slapping him in the face a number of times. Neville comes back with a slap of his own. Rollins kicks him and goes for a turnbuckle powerbomb, but Neville counters with a hurricanrana into the turnbuckle! Neville hits a kick to the temple and goes to the top rope. Joey Mercury gets on the apron to distract the referee. Neville kicks Jamie Noble off the apron and jumps over Rollins before he can attack him. Neville rolls him up for a near fall. Neville ducks a kick and goes for a hurricanrana, but Rollins holds him up. Rollins hits a turnbuckle powerbomb before connecting with the Curb Stomp for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Rollins holds up his WWE World Heavyweight Championship before dropping it. J&J Security holds him up, and Rollins connects with another Curb Stomp. Rollins stands over Neville and talks trash to him before holding the championship up in the air.
Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, and Ryback will face each other in a triple threat match to determine the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules. John Cena will face Rusev at Extreme Rules, but he'll continue to defend the WWE United States Championship in an open challenge on RAW. That match is next.
The announcers congratulate The Rock on having the number one movie in the box office, "Fast 7."
John Cena makes his way to the ring to his usual mixed reception from the crowd. Cena takes the microphone, and the commentators talk about how he'll be on Chris Jericho's podcast immediately following RAW on the WWE Network. Cena makes note of the fact that the City of Austin has declared today "WWE Day." The crowd gives that a nice hand. Cena says they sound fired up, and he is as well. That's why with the utmost conviction, he's proud to stand here and say, "The Champ is here!" The crowd partly boos that. Cena says there sounds like there's a group out there that's glad he beat Rusev for the championship. Cena says there's also a group that wouldn't mind someone coming down the ramp to shut him up and take the title from him. Cena says he respects that, and that's why he fought so hard for the championship. It represents the United States, a land of opportunity. The title is a symbol of excellence and opportunity. Last week, he issued an open challenge to give any WWE superstar a chance to face the man that runs this place to see if they can get their name in the history book. He did it for the superstars and the fans.
Cena says you can like him or hate him, but take his WrestleMania opponent, Rusev. Rusev wants a rematch for the United States Championship, but he wants the match at Extreme Rules whether it's against him or not. That's fine for Extreme Rules, but what about tonight and Austin? Just because Rusev wants to relax until Extreme Rules, why can't we have a United States Championship match in Austin, Texas? Cena issues a warning to whoever accepts his challenge tonight or any other night. All he's offering is an opportunity to step into the ring and compete. If you think you're going to easily take it from him, you're dreaming. Cena says he worked hard for this championship and is unbelievably proud to be a representative of the United States of America. Simply put, if you accept the challenge, you better step into the ring and step up or you'll get stepped on. The John Cena US Challenge starts now. Cena says, "If you want some, come get some!"
Stardust's music plays, and he makes his way to the ring. Stardust is accepting the open challenge for the WWE United States Championship.
WWE United States Championship Match
John Cena (c) vs. Stardust
The crowd chants, "Cody" toward him, and Stardust flips out. Charles Robinson, the greatest referee ever, is the official for this match. They lock up, and Cena applies a side headlock before wrenching the arm. Stardust twists out and wrenches Cena's arm. Cena goes for a hammerlock, but Stardust punches and kicks him. Cena reverses a whip and lowers his head. Stardust goes for something, but Cena counters into a back body drop attempt. Stardust counters and rolls him up for a two count. Stardust kicks him and goes to throw him out of the ring, but Cena reverses it. Stardust holds the top rope and skins the cat to reenter the ring. Cena immediately body slams him down before dropping a trio of elbows. Cena hits the ropes and connects with a flying shoulder tackle. Cena whips him to the opposite corner hard, and Stardust drops to his knees in pain. Cena connects with a delayed vertical suplex for a near fall. Cena's eye is bruised. Cena pushes him into the ropes and clotheslines him down for a near fall. Cena applies a chin lock, but Stardust fights up and punches out. Stardust hits the ropes, but Cena takes him down with a back elbow. Cena focuses in on him and viciously kicks him in the ribs before punching him down. Stardust rolls out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Stardust writhing in pain on the mat. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Stardust elbows out. Stardust ducks a clothesline and connects with the Disaster Kick for a two count. Stardust boots him in the face and hits a flipping cutter off the second rope for a two count. Stardust goes to the apron and waits for Cena to get up. Stardust goes for a springboard seated senton, but Cena counters into a nasty powerbomb for a near fall. Cena goes for an AA, but Stardust lands on his feet. Stardust then connects with the Alabama Slam for a near fall. Stardust pulls himself up to his feet and waits for Cena to get up. Stardust goes for Cross Rhodes, but Cena counters into a sit-out powerslam for a near fall.
Cena slowly gets to his feet and goes for an AA, but Stardust counters into a roll-up for a two count. Cena quickly comes back with a back suplex powerbomb before going for the 5 Knuckle Shuffle, but Stardust kicks him in the head. Stardust then spikes him with a DDT for a near fall. Stardust pulls himself up to his feet and tries to catch his breath. Stardust goes to the top rope and connects with a moonsault block for another near fall. Cena audibly shouts instructions about putting him in a hold. Stardust goes for a kick, but Cena counters by putting him in the STF. Stardust quickly gets to the bottom rope and kicks Cena away. Stardust immediately follows up with Cross Rhodes for a near fall! Stardust yells at the referee over his count. Stardust waits for Cena to get to his feet, but he misses a clothesline. Cena springboards off the second rope with a stunner before connecting with the AA for the win!
Winner and still WWE United States Champion: John Cena
Match Rating: **
Replays are shown of the vicious DDT Stardust gave Cena that absolutely spiked him on his head.
Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, and Ryback will compete in a triple threat match to determine who will face Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules. Roman Reigns will face Big Show ahead of that triple threat match. Ryback will also face Luke Harper.
The Bella Twins are walking backstage. They'll be out, next.
The Bella Twins vs. Paige and Naomi
Replays are shown of some miscommunication between The Bella Twins last Monday on RAW when Brie accidentally hit Nikki. Naomi then gave her the Rear View to pin the Divas Champion. Brie Bella will start the match against Paige. They lock up, and Brie powers her into the ropes. Paige pushes her off, and they circle the ring again. They lock up, and Brie pulls her hair. They both slap one another before Paige hits a trio of short-arm clotheslines before screaming. Paige goes to hit the ropes, but she puts the brakes on before Nikki can attack her. Brie knocks Paige out of the ring before Nikki clotheslines her on the floor. Brie was distracting the referee as that happened. The referee begins counting Paige out, but she gets back in the ring. Brie attacks her before connecting with a running knee to the face (which the camera angle shows she missed by a mile) for a near fall. Brie applies a knee-to-the-back chin lock, but Paige fights up. Brie knees her in the face and slams her down. Nikki tags in, and The Bella Twins connect with a double-team slingshot suplex for a near fall. Nikki applies a body-scissor, but Paige fights back and tries to pin her. Nikki kicks out and keeps the body-scissor applied. Nikki jumps on her back before powering her to the corner for some shoulder blocks. Paige then sidesteps a splash in the corner.
Naomi is tagged in, and Paige pulls Nikki face-first into the turnbuckle, but it was a little sloppy. Naomi kicks her in the face before hitting a spinning head-scissor takeover. Naomi knocks Brie off the apron before kicking Nikki away. Naomi jumps over Nikki, ducks a clothesline, and connects with the Rear View. Brie breaks up the pinfall and helps Nikki up. Paige then superkicks Nikki in the face. Paige and Brie brawl out of the ring. Naomi hits a slow motion head-scissor DDT for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Paige and Naomi
Match Rating: *
The Prime Time Players are seen backstage. They make fun of The New Day before putting some mock shoulder pads on like The Ascension. They make fun of The Ascension and how they're the best tag team of all time. Titus O'Neil says if you want to have the best time, then you want some Prime Time. They then do the "Millions of Dollars" thing.
The Miz will face Damien Mizdow later tonight. Coming up next, we'll see Ryback face Luke Harper.
As Luke Harper makes his way to the ring, still photos are shown of him powerbombing Dean Ambrose out of the ring and through a ladder at WrestleMania. Then this past Thursday on Smackdown, Harper powerbombed Ambrose through the commentary table. As a result of those beatings, Ambrose is not at RAW.
Luke Harper vs. Ryback
The bell rings, and Harper tries to power him to the corner, but Ryback turns him around. Ryback punches him before shouldering him in the midsection. Ryback clotheslines him in the corner before hitting the ropes. Harper then dropkicks him down. Harper chops and punches him down before covering him for a one count. Harper uppercuts him, but Ryback quickly presses him up and slams him down. Ryback sets up for a Meat Hook Clothesline, but Harper superkicks him down and out of the ring. Harper clubs him in the face on the floor before slamming him into the barricade. Harper knocks him over the steel steps before throwing him into the ring. Harper stares at the commentary table before getting back in the ring. Harper goes for a Discus Clothesline, but Ryback ducks it. Ryback hits the ropes, but Harper takes him down with a spinning side slam for a near fall. Harper applies a modified crossface, but Ryback claws himself to the bottom rope. Harper does the gator roll, but Ryback powers up and flattens him with a front slam. Harper goes for a shoulder thrust in the corner, but Ryback sidesteps him. Harper hits the ring post shoulder first. Ryback hits Shell Shocked for the win out of nowhere.
Winner by Pinfall: Ryback
Match Rating: * 1/4
Renee Young is backstage with The New Day. She asks how they feel about the audience chanting, "New Day sucks." Xavier Woods says it hurts. Kofi Kingston says it's disappointing, but you won't see it in their dancing, chanting, and clapping. They clap or we snap. Big E says he was at the airport yesterday getting something to eat before some kid told him The New Day thing is terrible. The child asked him to sign his breakfast menu, and Big E did because he claps. They clap, and the crowd lightly chants, "New Day sucks."
The New Day vs. The Lucha Dragons
Xavier Woods and Big E will represent The New Day. Sin Cara will start against Big E. The crowd chants, "New Day sucks" along with Kofi Kingston's apron pounding. The Lucha Dragons then get the crowd going with the "Lucha! Lucha!" chant. Cara kicks and chops Big E before hitting the ropes, but Big E floors him with an avalanche. Woods tags in, and he stomps away at Cara. Big E tags in, and he stomps away at Cara. They trade tags and continue to do that until Big E whips Woods into Cara with a dropkick. Wood says, "New Day," and the crowd responds with, "Sucks!" Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Natalya are seen watching backstage. Woods kicks and knees him in the head for a two count. Big E tags in, and he punches Cara before running into some boots. Cara backflips over him and tags in Kalisto.
Kalisto runs in, ducks a clothesline, and connects with a springboard corkscrew cross-body block. Kalisto rolls him over and kicks him in the head before hitting a hurricanrana with Woods on his knees. Big E pulls him off Woods, and Cara pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Kingston kicks Kalisto in the head, but he kicks out of Woods' roll-up. Woods smiles at Kingston before missing a clothesline. Cara blind tags in as Kalisto hits Woods with Salida del Sol. Kalisto takes Kingston and Big E out with a moonsault plancha! Sin Cara connects with the Swanton Bomb for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: The Lucha Dragons
Match Rating: * 1/2
Replays are shown of the final moments of the match. Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Natalya look impressed backstage.
Roman Reigns will face Big Show, next.
Roman Reigns def. Big Show
Charles Robinson is back to officiate another match. Reigns kicks and punches him, but Big Show swats him away. Reigns comes back with some more punches, but Big Show again throws him away. Big Show chops the chest, but Reigns comes back with even more punches. Big Show quickly shoulder blocks him down and shouts "stay down" at him. Big Show clubs him before hitting a body slam. Big Show talks a little trash before kneeing him in the midsection and chopping the chest. Big Show throws him across the ring before stepping on him. Big Show puts him on the bottom rope and stands on him before jumping up and down a few times. Reigns tries to fight back, but Big Show throws him over the top rope. Big Show goes outside before whipping him into the barricade. Big Show goes to throw him into the ring post, but Reigns slides off and sends him face-first into the post. Reigns hits an apron dropkick before getting in the ring to stop the count-out. Reigns goes back outside, and Big Show spears him down.
We come back from the break to see Big Show head-butt Reigns down. Big Show talks a little trash before stomping the midsection. Big Show connects with a back suplex before kicking him in the face a few times. Big Show taunts the crowd before Reigns starts fighting back. Big Show throws him to the corner, but he runs into a boot. Reigns tries to clothesline him down, but Big Show doesn't fall. Reigns tries again for the same result. Big Show then takes him down with a sidewalk slam. Big Show goes to the second rope and hits a slingshot splash for a near fall. Big Show yells at the referee about his count. Reigns goes to the ringside arena to recover. Big Show then takes him out with a baseball slide. Big Show throws him into the barricade and waits for the count-out victory. Reigns nearly gets in at eight, so Big Show pulls him up to the apron by his hair. Reigns then viciously starts punching him in the face before snapping him off the top rope.
Reigns hits a Superman Punch from the floor before getting in the ring. Reigns hits a second Superman Punch, and Big Show starts stumbling around the ring. Reigns hits another Superman Punch before Big Show grabs him by the throat. Reigns fights out, ducks a clothesline, and connects with the Spear for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Roman Reigns
Match Rating: * 1/2
Roman Reigns will face Randy Orton and Ryback in a triple threat match later tonight to determine who will face Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Kane is in his office talking on the cell phone saying to a messenger that he's got everything under control and to relay that to Triple H. Cameron, Alicia Fox, Summer Rae, and Natalya walk in and give Kane lots of compliments. Kane asks why they want from him. Alicia says Kane should give all the Divas a chance to show who the real contender is for the Divas Championship. Cameron suggests a Battle Royal. Kane reluctantly agrees, and they celebrate big time. Kane then holds his temples in pain from the high-pitched screaming.
Sheamus is seen walking backstage. He'll address his actions against Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler, next.
Roman Reigns is walking backstage when Renee Young stops him. She says he has some momentum after beating Big Show. Reigns says Big Show can't stop him. Reigns says, "Wait until you see what I do next." Reigns cocks his fist and walks off.
Sheamus makes his way to the ring to his new ring music and titantron video. Replays are shown of him making his return to the WWE last Monday on RAW. Sheamus chased Bad News Barrett off before giving Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler a pair of Brogue Kicks. Replays are shown from Smackdown when Sheamus had a match against Daniel Bryan. Sheamus busted Bryan open and won the match by count-out when Bad News Barrett gave Bryan a Bull Hammer.
Sheamus is seen happily watching the footage. Sheamus says before his next victim comes to the ring, he wants everyone to appreciate what a real man looks like. The crowd chants, "You look stupid" toward him. Sheamus shushes them and says the grownup is speaking. Sheamus says there aren't too many real men left in the WWE. For him, he's always been a warrior in a world full of insects. As for the little heroes, they don't belong here. They only give false hope to underdogs who infect the modern world. Sheamus is talking about Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler is an insect that needs to be weeded out. Sheamus knows they're thinking he should pick on someone his own size and leave the little guys alone, but the truth is there aren't many people his size. Mark Henry's music hits to prove him wrong.
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry
Sheamus jaw-jacks with Henry in the ring before going to the apron. Sheamus says he isn't going to waste his time with a has been. Henry brings him into the ring the hard way, and Sheamus angrily tells the referee to ring the bell. Henry blocks a kick and punches him down a few times. Henry head-butts him before throwing him across the ring. Henry talks a little trash before Sheamus punches and clubs him. Sheamus applies an overhead wristlock before kneeing him in the back. Henry powers out of the hold and throws him over the top rope. Sheamus punches the top of the commentary table in frustration before ripping the top off. Sheamus punches Henry before throwing him into the ring post. Henry slowly pulls himself to the apron, and Sheamus starts the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán. Henry swats him in the face, but Sheamus knees him in the face a few times as he comes back in the ring. Sheamus yells at the crowd asking, "Are you not entertained?" Henry comes back with a World's Strongest Slam attempt, but Sheamus gets out and chop bocks him. Sheamus connects with a Brogue Kick for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Sheamus
Match Rating: *
Still photos are shown of Stephanie McMahon slapping The Rock in the face at WrestleMania. The Rock then got Ronda Rousey from ringside, and they stood in the ring with Stephanie and Triple H. Rousey took Triple H out with a hip toss before putting Stephanie in an arm bar.
Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, and Ryback will compete in a triple threat match later tonight to determine who will face Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules.
This Thursday on Smackdown, we'll see Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler team up to face Sheamus and Bad News Barrett.
Bray Wyatt's video flashes on the screen, and we see him backstage. Wyatt says, "You know who you are. I'm talking to you. Your entire life has revolved around dedication, but I'm here to tell you that no matter how dedicated you are, you cannot compete with the forces of nature. You cannot compete with the power of the wind or the ocean. And you most certainly cannot compete against the greatest power of them all: fear. For it is not your drive for success that molds you; it is your fear of failure. And I know that deep behind your skin, underneath your flesh and bone holds your key to your undoing. Do I have your attention now? Behold the new face of fear."
Renee Young is backstage with Ryback. She asks how it feels to be the Big Guy in tonight's main event. Ryback says tonight is a big opportunity. They say everyone is bigger in Texas, and he feels bigger than ever. Ryback intends to do big things in big places. If he wins tonight, he'll face Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Roman Reigns and Randy Orton will find out why he's hungry for the WWE Championship. Ryback says that it's feeding time.
The Miz makes his way to the ring. He'll face Damien Mizdow, next.
A trailer for "The Marine 4: Moving Target" is shown. The Miz is seen happily clapping for it in the ring. Still photos are then shown of Damien Mizdow eliminating The Miz from the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 31.
The Miz vs. Damien Mizdow
The bell rings, and The Miz quickly gets out of the ring. The Miz does his sunglasses removal taunt to boos from the crowd. Mizdow goes to do it, but he instead attacks Miz. Mizdow punches away at him at ringside before putting him in the ring. Mizdow knees him in the face before punching and stomping him down in the corner while wearing the sunglasses. Mizdow removes the sunglasses and chokes him with his boot. Mizdow runs into a boot. Miz connects with a second big boot before punching away at him. Miz hits a running boot to the face before choking him on the second rope. The referee backs Miz away, and Mizdow takes him down. Mizdow elbows and punches him in the corner before head-butting him. Mizdow hits a snap suplex before dropping a knee. Miz rolls to the apron, and Mizdow knees him in the face a few times before letting him fall to the floor. Mizdow chases him around the ring, and Miz kicks away at him as he tries to get in the ring. Miz chokes him on the second rope and connects with some forearms to the face. Miz rips at his face, but Mizdow catches him with the electric chair drop. Mizdow holds him up, talks trash, and head-butts him down. Miz snaps him off the top rope and clotheslines him down. Mizdow comes back with a Reality Check before doing a kip up. Mizdow goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Miz elbows out. Mizdow blocks a low blow and punches away at him. Miz ducks a running kick and rolls him up with a handful of tights for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: The Miz
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Damien Mizdow smirks at The Miz pulling a fast one on him. The Miz retreats up the ramp celebrating.
Renee Young is backstage with Randy Orton. She asks about him being in line for a title shot after beating Seth Rollins at WrestleMania. Orton says he has nothing against Reigns and Ryback, but he's going to do what he was born to do, and that's mow everyone down. When he beats Rollins, this time it'll be for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The triple threat match is next.
A promo hypes up WrestleMania 32, which will take place on April 3, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.
Winner faces Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton vs. Ryback vs. Roman Reigns
The bell rings, and Reigns kicks Orton to the corner. Ryback grabs Reigns and goes for Shell Shocked, but Orton pulls him off. Orton drops Ryback with his patented backbreaker and covers, but Reigns pulls him off. Reigns punches and stomps him in the corner. Ryback splashes them in the corner and covers Reigns for a one count. Ryback then covers Orton for a two count. Ryback clubs Reigns and sends him into the ropes, but Reigns comes back with a leaping clothesline. Orton breaks up that pinfall attempt. Orton kicks Reigns, but Reigns punches him back. Reigns puts him in the corner, but Orton explodes out with a clothesline. Ryback breaks up the pin and throws Orton out of the ring. Ryback stomps Reigns down in the corner. Seth Rollins, Big Show, Kane, and J&J Security come out to the stage to watch. Ryback hits Reigns with a powerslam before setting up for the Meat Hook Clothesline. Orton clotheslines Ryback and Reigns before hitting Ryback with a powerslam. Orton then drops Reigns with a powerslam. Orton gets the crowd going before going for a hanging DDT on Ryback. Reigns clubs Orton before he hits the move and covers, but Ryback breaks it up. Ryback misses a splash on Reigns in the corner, and Reigns hits a number of clotheslines in the corner until Orton rolls him up for a two count. Reigns comes back with a Superman Punch, and Ryback gives Reigns a spinebuster. Ryback takes Reigns out with a Meat Hook Clothesline. Orton goes for an RKO on Ryback, but he's pushed off. Ryback drops Orton with a spinebuster before going for Shell Shocked. Reigns quickly delivers a Spear to Ryback before he hits the move.
The Authority begins to make their way down to the ring. Ryback rolls out of the ring to recover, and he's right in front of The Authority. Reigns then takes them out with a running over-the-top-rope plancha. Reigns grabs Rollins, and Big Show gives Reigns a Knockout Punch. Big Show stands him up and delivers a second Knockout Punch to Reigns. Orton pulls Rollins into the ring and goes for a hanging DDT, but J&J Security takes him out. Ryback fights off Noble and Mercury before taking an RKO for the loss.
Winner by Pinfall: Randy Orton
Match Rating: * 1/2
Randy Orton will face Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules. Rollins immediately takes Orton out with a Curb Stomp before kicking Ryback out of the ring. Rollins stands over Orton while holding up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Replays are shown of what just happened. Rollins holds the championship up as the crowd boos.
Chris Jericho is seen sitting at the podcast set. John Cena walks in and shakes hands with him. Jericho will interview him on the WWE Network, next.