March 12, 2015
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"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
The show kicks off with Daniel Bryan coming to the ring. Bryan gets a tremendous reception. Ever since Fastlane, he has come out to this ring week after week trying to ignore the WrestleMania sign. He can't ignore it anymore. He has to accept that he can't repeat his WrestleMania moment from last year when the YES Movement took him all the way to the main event of WrestleMania. That door has close, but when one door closes another opens. A few weeks ago, he stood in the middle of this ring surrounded by some of the best WWE superstars fighting for the Intercontinental Championship. That got him to thinking about the guys who were his heroes. These are the people he watched when he was watching WrestleMania. Bryan then brings up names like Mr. Perfect, Ricky Steamboat, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Randy Savage. They were all Intercontinental Champions at WrestleMania, and every time they were, they were more exciting than anything going on in the heavyweight division. Ever since he's been in the WWE, the only title he hasn't won is the Intercontinental Championship. Even though he can't recreate last year's WrestleMania moment, he can create a new one. Bryan made a request, and he is officially announcing he is in the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match at WrestleMania 31! The crowd starts a big "YES" chant.
Bad News Barrett's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring without his Intercontinental Championship. Barrett says he has some bad news for Bryan. Despite what everyone thinks, he is still the Intercontinental Champion. After WrestleMania, he will remain the Intercontinental Champion. That'll make him Bryan's new hero.
Dolph Ziggler's music hits, and he comes out to the ring. Ziggler says Barrett may never be Bryan's hero, but Barrett is his hero. Ziggler says he's never met someone so delusional and desperate to be relevant in his life. Where's his title? Barrett can't even hang on to the Intercontinental Championship. How will Barrett do that with six other superstars just as hungry as he is beating him up and throwing him off ladders at WrestleMania?
Luke Harper is out next. Harper gets in the ring and says he wants his WrestleMania moment before pointing at the sign. The other three men just stare at him. Harper then gets in Bryan's face.
Dean Ambrose's music hits, and he charges down to the ring. Ambrose says if they think they can get in that ring and start throwing fists and not invite him, then they should all be locked up for observation. He knows a good place is they need a recommendation. If they all really can't wait until WrestleMania, he is always ready for a fight. Ambrose says he has no problem mixing it up with any of them right now. Ambrose then gets in the ring.
Stardust's music hits, and he scampers his way down to the ring. Stardust looks under the apron and shouts at the announcers. Stardust asks where his white stallion of the Milky Way is. Where is the ivory enterprise? Everyone just stares at him.
R-Truth's music hits, and he comes out to the stage with the burlap sack he put the Intercontinental Championship in on RAW. R-Truth asks Detroit, "What's up?" R-Truth takes the title out of the bag and asks if they're all looking for that. R-Truth knows Barrett is the champion, but he's going to hold on to the title for safekeeping until it's hung above the ring at WrestleMania. Even though he's afraid of heights, he'll climb the ladder. Barrett says R-Truth won't make it to the second rung of the ladder before he pulls him down. R-Truth says possession is 9/10th's of the law, which makes him the Big Boss Man. R-Truth says, "Hashtag come and get it!"
A brawl breaks out in the ring, and Bryan throws Barrett out of the ring. Ziggler then throws Stardust to the apron before Ambrose dropkicks him to the floor. Ziggler then ducks a clothesline from Harper before Ambrose gives him a back body drop out of the ring. Bryan, Ziggler, and Ambrose look at each other with hesitation.
Michael Cole will have an exclusive interview with Randy Orton later tonight.
Tyson Kidd and Cesaro are walking backstage with Natalya. They'll be in an eight-man tag team match, next.
The Usos and The New Day vs. Los Matadores, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
A pre-taped interview with Los Matadores is shown. They said they've made a decision. They'll do whatever it takes to become Tag Team Champions. They want their WrestleMania moment.
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods will represent The New Day. Fernando will start against Kingston. Fernando kicks him in the chest before putting him in the corner. Fernando kicks away at him before sending him to the opposite corner. Kingston quickly comes back with a springboard dropkick for a one count. Woods is tagged in, and Kingston whips Fernando into Wood's flying shoulder block for a two count. Woods sends him into the ropes and hits him with a forearm for another two count. Fernando hits a throat thrust, and Diego tags in. Diego dropkicks him down, but Woods comes back with some right hands. Woods then kicks him in the face before Jimmy Uso tags in. Jimmy chops Diego's chest a few times before connecting with a back body drop. Jimmy punches away at him before Diego pushes him away. Jimmy then uppercuts him down. Jimmy climbs the ropes before Fernando runs up to interfere. Jimmy kicks him away, and Diego knocks Jimmy to the outside.
We come back from the break to see Los Matadores trade tags to get the best of Jimmy Uso. Fernando applies a chin lock, but Jimmy fights up and connects with an enzuigiri. Jey Uso tags in, as does Tyson Kidd on the other side. Jey hits him with a pair of clotheslines before kicking him in the midsection. Jey uppercuts him before dropping him with a Samoan Drop. Jey knocks Cesaro and the other Matador off the apron before connecting with a running hip bump on Kidd. Kingston then tags himself in. Kingston leaps over Jey and connects on Kidd with a cross-body block. Cesaro breaks up the pin. One of the Matadors accidentally knocks Cesaro out of the ring, and Woods clotheslines that Matador out of the ring. Woods gears up for a plancha, but Jimmy steals his thunder. Woods then takes Jimmy out with a summersault plancha.
In the ring, Kidd rolls Kingston up, but Kingston turns it on him for a two count. Kingston goes for another roll up, but Kidd kicks out. Cesaro immediately uppercuts Kingston. Fernando tags himself in, and Kingston hits him with Trouble in Paradise. The referee is distracted during all this. Diego runs in and hits Kingston with a Backstabber to pick up the win. The referee didn't know the difference between the two.
Winners by Pinfall: Los Matadores, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
Match Rating: * 3/4
A video highlighting the feud between John Cena and Rusev is shown. Cena will take on Rusev for the WWE United States Championship at WrestleMania.
Ryback makes his way to the ring. He'll face The Miz, next.
Connor "The Crusher" Michalek will receive The Warrior Award at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
Renee Young is backstage with The Miz and Damien Mizdow. She says Miz has a huge opportunity against one of the favorites in the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Miz says she's talking to one of the most decorated superstars in WWE. He's a 5-time Tag Team Champion, a 4-time Intercontinental Champion, 3-time Slammy Award Winner, 2-time United States Champion, a WWE Champion, and a partridge in a pear tree. The only thing he hasn't gotten is the André The Giant Memorial Trophy. When he puts his mind to it, he can get anything he wants. That makes him the odds on favorite. He'll prove that tonight when he beats Ryback. Damien Mizdow says Ryback is a 295-pound machine. Miz says not only can he beat Ryback, he can do it all by himself. He doesn't need Mizdow. Miz tells him to stay back here and press his pants. Miz also wants a nonfat drink to celebrate his win. Miz sends Mizdow off before saying how annoying he is.
Ryback vs. The Miz
They lock up, and Miz quickly gets a waistlock before applying a side headlock. Ryback quickly picks him up and puts him on the top rope before getting the crowd going with a "Feed Me More" chant. Miz angrily tries to punch him, but Ryback throws him down on his face. Miz elbows him back before running into a back elbow. Ryback then connects with a delayed vertical suplex. Damien Mizdow is seen watching backstage. Miz snaps Ryback off the top rope, but Ryback soon pushes him to the corner. Miz then sidesteps him, causing him to hit the ring post shoulder-first. Miz stomps away at him before choking him on the ropes. Miz splashes him against the ropes for a one count. Miz kicks away at him before kicking him in the head. Ryback blocks a second kick and hits a spinebuster. Ryback sets up in the corner before connecting with a Meat Hook Clothesline. Ryback then hits Shell Shocked for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Ryback
Match Rating: *
Damien Mizdow is seen laughing at the result backstage. Replays are shown of the end of the match.
Roman Reigns will address Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, next.
Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring. Replays are shown of Paul Heyman's promo from RAW. Heyman talked about how Lesnar has destroyed The Rock, The Undertaker, and John Cena. Heyman said Lesnar would leave Reigns flat on his back. Reigns says we've just seen it. Week after week, Heyman comes out and claims he knows him and his family. The reality is he's come out and disrespected them. Heyman says his family is three generations removed from cannibals. Heyman also takes every opportunity he has to tell him he can't. If there's two things he won't accept, it's people disrespecting his family and telling him he can't. At WrestleMania, he'll represent his Samoan blood and win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Mark Henry's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. Henry hasn't been seen on WWE television in months. Henry says he was sitting in the back listening to Reigns, and he had to come back. Either Reigns is a comedian or one too many coconuts fell on his head. Henry doesn't like anyone talking about his heritage, just like Reigns doesn't. Heyman talked about Reigns' heritage and told him he can't. Reigns says he can, but Henry says he can't. Henry says he's the strongest man in the world. He has an identity, which is more than he can say for Reigns. He's been in the ring with Lesnar. Lesnar broke his arm and almost killed him with an F-5 on the floor. Reigns says, "With all due respect, Mark..." Henry asks Reigns if he thinks Lesnar, the people, or the boys in the locker room respect him. The fans gave a good hand before it turned into boos. Henry says 1 out of 3 isn't bad. Henry says you have to earn your respect here. Nobody is going to give it to you. Reigns says, "Whatever man," and goes to walk off. Henry turns him around and says Reigns has been nowhere.
Henry pushes him, and Reigns comes back with a Superman Punch. Reigns paces around the ring as Henry falls to the ringside area. Reigns gets out, runs around the ring, and spears Henry through the barricade. Reigns stands on the commentary table and says he can and he will at WrestleMania. You can believe that.
A video recaps The Undertaker accepting Bray Wyatt's WrestleMania challenge on RAW.
Tonight's main event will see Daniel Bryan team with Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler to take on Bad News Barrett, Luke Harper, and Stardust.
AJ Lee and Paige are walking backstage. They'll be in tag team action, next.
The Bella Twins will be on commentary for the next match. They'll face AJ Lee and Paige at WrestleMania.
Summer Rae and Cameron w/ Eva Marie vs. AJ Lee and Paige
Paige will start against Cameron. Paige kicks her before putting her in the corner. AJ Lee tags in, and Paige whips Cameron into an elbow. AJ puts her in the corner and splashes her before hitting a neckbreaker. AJ kicks her in the midsection before Summer Rae distracts her. Cameron takes her down before taking her out with a kick to the head. Cameron does a split before picking up a two count. Summer tags in, and they take AJ down for a two count. Summer then applies a chin lock. AJ tries to fight up, but Summer takes her down. Summer knocks Paige off the apron before tagging Cameron in. Cameron stomps her in the corner before tagging Summer back in. AJ knocks Summer off the apron before clotheslining Cameron down.
Paige is tagged in, and she hits Summer with a trio of short-arm clotheslines. Paige dropkicks her down before knocking Cameron off the apron. Paige superkicks Summer down before applying the PTO for the win.
Winners by Submission: AJ Lee and Paige
Match Rating: 1/2 *
AJ Lee and Paige get out of the ring in front of The Bella Twins. They argue, but the referee quickly jumps in the middle of them.
Replays are shown of Roman Reigns destroying Mark Henry with a spear through the barricade earlier tonight.
The trainer is tending to Mark Henry. Renee Young says it looks like Mark Henry was intentionally antagonizing Roman Reigns earlier tonight. Henry says he was. He invested his whole career in WWE. Reigns made a believer out of him. Henry isn't saying he'll beat Brock Lesnar, but he believes he can. A lot of men have come before them, and he wanted to see if Reigns could honor that and stand up to it. Henry chuckles and says the kid is an animal.
Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, and Daniel Bryan will face Bad News Barrett, Stardust, and Luke Harper in the main event.
We'll hear an exclusive interview with Randy Orton, next.
Footage is shown of Dolph Ziggler at a Cricket Wireless store in Detroit earlier in the day.
A pre-taped interview is shown with Michael Cole and Randy Orton. Cole says Orton let everyone know where he stands on RAW. Cole then replays the moment from four months ago when The Authority kicked him out. Orton says something changed in him four months back. All he could think about for those months he was gone was getting his revenge on The Authority and Seth Rollins. Cole says to do that he wove his way back into The Authority. Orton says he's more of a straightforward kind of guy. He came back at Fastlane and dropped everybody, but Rollins got away. If anything, he's an opportunist. He wove his way back into The Authority, and he was just biding his time. The mind games were lots of fun. Cole then brings up how Orton helped Rollins beat Roman Reigns. Orton says he doesn't like Reigns, and he would use his own grandmother to get the better of Rollins.
Cole asks why Orton said those things to Rollins on Monday night. Orton says he was putting feelers out before saying it was the last thing they'd expect. Orton said he was entertaining himself more than anyone else. Orton then talked about how Big Show, Kane, and J&J Security were sent off. He had Rollins right where he wanted him. Orton says fear motivates men. He saw fear in Rollins' eyes, and he enjoyed beating the holy hell out of him. Cole asks if he realizes there will be hell to pay. Orton says he knows and is ready for it. Cole asks what he'll do this Monday. Orton says he'll find Seth Rollins and spit in his face before challenging him to a match at WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring for the main event. That match is next.
Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, and Dolph Ziggler vs. Stardust, Luke Harper, and Bad News Barrett
Dean Ambrose will start the match against Bad News Barrett. They lock up, and Ambrose applies a side headlock. Barrett whips him off, but Ambrose takes him down with a shoulder block. Ambrose hits the ropes and hits a running forearm before dropping a quick elbow. Ambrose stomps the midsection before tying up the legs and ripping at his face. Ambrose wrenches the arm before tagging Dolph Ziggler in. Ziggler punches Barrett before wrenching the arm a few times. Barrett punches him in the face before tagging Stardust in. Stardust comes off the top rope and punches him. A "Cody" chant breaks out, and Stardust begins to flip out. Ziggler then reverses a whip to the corner, and Stardust hits the turnbuckle sternum first. Daniel Bryan is tagged in, and he comes off the top rope with a double fist to the back. Bryan then applies a surfboard stretch. Ambrose whispers, "Cody" in Stardust's ear while he's held up. R-Truth is seen watching backstage with the Intercontinental Championship. Stardust quickly hits Bryan in the face before tagging Barrett in. Bryan hits Barrett with a drop-toe-hold before punching him to the corner. Barrett quickly comes back with some right hands. Stardust head-butts him before having a whip reversed on him. Bryan hits a corner dropkicks before connecting with a super hurricanrana. Bryan goes for the Busaiku Knee Kick, but Stardust escapes the ring.
We come back from the break to see Luke Harper pin Bryan for a two count. Harper then executes the gator roll. Harper then applies a chin lock. Bryan fights up and tries to fight to his corner, but Harper throws him down. Barrett is tagged in, and he puts Bryan in the corner before laying him out over the top turnbuckle. Barrett kicks him in the midsection for a two count. Stardust is tagged in, and he stomps Bryan a few times before tagging Harper in. Bryan comes back with a roll up for a two count before kicking Harper in the head.
Dean Ambrose and Stardust are tagged in. Ambrose hits a pair of running forearms before giving him a forearm in the corner. Ambrose connects with a running bulldog before giving him a modified sit-out face-buster. Barrett breaks up the pin. Harper pulls Ambrose out of the ring, but Ambrose quickly comes back with a clothesline. Ambrose then pulls the top rope down to get Stardust out of the ring. Ambrose hops around before going to the top rope. Ambrose then takes Stardust and Harper out with a flying elbow drop at ringside. Ambrose puts Stardust in the ring. Stardust kicks him in the face, but he rebounds with a clothesline. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Barrett distracts him. Ambrose kicks him out of the ring and bounces him off the commentary table. Harper then big boots him down at ringside.
We come back from the break to see Barrett kneeing away at Ambrose, who is tied up in the ropes. Barrett then big boots him to the apron and brings him into the ring for a two count. Barrett then applies a chin lock. Ambrose fights up, but Barrett soon tags Stardust in. Stardust puts Ambrose in the corner and goes for a superplex, but Ambrose blocks it. Ambrose then takes him down with a super front suplex. Ambrose then takes him out with a missile dropkick.
Ziggler and Harper are tagged in. Ziggler clotheslines him before splashing him in the corner and hitting a neckbreaker. Ziggler drops a big elbow for a two count. Harper sidesteps a famouser, and Ziggler takes Barrett down on the apron. Ziggler then dropkicks Harper before connecting with a famouser for a near fall. Ziggler knocks Stardust off the apron, and Harper rolls him up for a two count. Ziggler superkicks Harper, but Stardust breaks up the pin. Bryan runs in and kicks Stardust in the head. Bryan then gives Barrett a back body drop out of the ring. Bryan, Ziggler, and Ambrose go for stereo suicide dives, but Harper stops Ziggler. Bryan and Ambrose connect with their suicide dive. Harper then lays Ziggler out with a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall! Harper cannot believe it.
Harper paces around the ring before picking Ziggler up for a torture rack. Ziggler gets out and connects with the Zig-Zag. Bryan tags in, and he connects with the Busaiku Knee Kick for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, and Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: ** 1/2
Michael Cole gets in the ring, and he congratulates Daniel Bryan on the victory. Ziggler says Bryan stole the win from him, but he gets it. It's WrestleMania season, and it's every man for himself. Last year, Bryan had Lady Luck on his side, but this year Ziggler will be out there. Dean Ambrose congratulates Ziggler and Bryan on the win before saying Ziggler stole the show, just like everyone has been stealing the Intercontinental Championship. That was his idea in the first place. Ambrose says there is some professional jealousy between Bryan and Ziggler. Ziggler has a little bit of an inferiority complex according to Ambrose. Ambrose says Ziggler doesn't think he's as good as Bryan. Bryan is good. People think he's a nice guy, but people in the locker room know the truth about him. Ambrose then calls Bryan a "turd" before walking out of the ring.
Ziggler tells the production crew to cut the music. Ziggler then says he doesn't agree with Ambrose on much, but Bryan is a turd. Ziggler walks off, and Bryan just smirks.