Kansas City, Missouri
March 19, 2015
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"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video kicks off the show that showcases the highlights of the Brock Lesnar sit-down interview from RAW. Lesnar said he likes to hurt people. As for his WWE contract status, if he stays, he'll be WWE Champion. If he leaves, he'll be WWE Champion. Roman Reigns won't stand in the way of that. He's beaten and destroyed The Rock, The Undertaker, and John Cena. Lesnar is going to kick Reigns' ass. Lesnar finished up by saying, "At WrestleMania, I am going to f*ck up Roman Reigns. The end."
The Smackdown video plays, and we're brought into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Jerry "The King" Lawler welcome us to the show.
Roman Reigns' music hits, and he makes his way to the ring through the crowd. Reigns says it's good to see Kansas City. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman think they can intimidate him.
Mark Henry's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. Henry says he came out last week and wanted to find out just what Reigns had in the ring. Henry says Reigns showed him something. Henry gets in the ring and says if the people didn't see what happened to him last week at least once, then we can see it again. A replay is shown of Reigns giving Henry a Superman Punch followed by a Spear through the barricade. Henry doesn't normally say things like this, but he got what he deserved. Henry wants to say something to Reigns and the WWE Universe: at WrestleMania, not only does he expect Reigns to, but he's putting all of his money on him beating Brock Lesnar because Reigns can and will beat him. They shake hands.
Seth Rollins' music hits, and he makes his way to the stage with J&J Security and Kane. Kane laughs as he repeats what Henry just said. Kane asks when the World's Strongest Man became the World's Largest Self-Help Guru. Kane says Henry can't really believe for a single second that Roman Reigns is going to beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Rollins holds up the briefcase and says anything can happen at WrestleMania. Rollins says the real reason they're out here is because the entire world is buzzing since he accepted Randy Orton's WrestleMania challenge. Rollins then says Orton isn't there tonight nor will he be there. The best security team in the entire world, J&J, have taken the liberty of securing every entry into the building. Orton will not step foot in there tonight. The crowd boos that. Rollins tells them to not get it twisted. It's not for his protection. It's for Orton's own good. When he finally gets face-to-face with Orton, the humiliation and suffering he'll exact on him will be saved for WrestleMania.
Thankfully for Reigns and Henry, he's in the mood for a WrestleMania tune-up tonight. Kane then books himself to team with Rollins to face Reigns and Henry. Kane finishes by saying, "Believe in The Authority."
There will be an Intercontinental Title Contender's Gauntlet Match tonight on Smackdown. We'll see Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, Stardust, Luke Harper, and Dean Ambrose compete in that.
The Bella Twins are seen walking backstage. Brie Bella will face Paige, next.
Tatsumi Fujinami is the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame: Class of 2015. Fujinami joins Larry Zbyszko, The Bushwhackers, Alundra Blayze, Rikishi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the incomparable Randy Savage in this year's class.
Replays are shown from RAW of the AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella match. Brie Bella and Paige got into it at ringside before Brie sent her face-first into the ring post. Nikki then picked up the win on AJ after the distraction.
AJ Lee will be on commentary for the next match. After making her entrance with her sister, Nikki Bella joins the commentary team as well.
Paige vs. Brie Bella
The bell rings, and Paige immediately tackles Brie out of the ring. They throw some punches at ringside before Paige slams her on the commentary table. Brie slaps her back and throws her into the ring. Brie goes to the second rope for a missile dropkick, which gets her a two count. Brie then applies a chin lock. Paige tries to fight out, but Brie punches her down. Brie puts her in the corner before connecting with a bulldog for a near fall. Brie then goes back to the chin lock. Paige fights up and elbows out, but Brie clubs her down. Brie sends her into the ropes, but she lowers her head and eats a kick. They then take each other out with a double clothesline.
Brie blocks a kick from Paige and slams her down on her face. Brie connects with a running knee to the face for a two count. Paige then reverses into her own pin for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Paige
Match Rating: *
Later tonight, we'll see an Intercontinental Championship Contender's Gauntlet Match. Coming up next, we'll see Sting's appearance on RAW to help Randy Orton fight off The Authority.
Michael Cole runs down the programming for WrestleMania Week on the WWE Network.
The RAW Rebound highlights the end of RAW with Sting joining Randy Orton to fend off an assault from The Authority. Sting hit J&J Security with a Stinger Splash before hitting a Scorpion Death Drop. Sting pointed at Triple H, who looked livid.
J&J Security is outside with some security members. Jamie Noble is barking orders at them. Joey Mercury stares at them and doesn't say a word.
Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring to kickoff the Intercontinental Championship Contender's Gauntlet Match. That match happens next.
Intercontinental Championship Contender's Gauntlet Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Stardust
A pre-taped promo is shown with Stardust. Stardust says there are so many superstars, but none of them matter. He's looking for the ivory enterprise. Stardust says the Intercontinental Championship will be his.
The bell rings, and Stardust twitches around the ring before they lock up. Ambrose applies a hammerlock, but Stardust elbows out. Stardust hits the ropes before Ambrose takes him down with a back elbow. Ambrose puts him in the corner before punching and chopping him. Ambrose sends him into the ropes, but Stardust holds on and escapes the ring. Ambrose follows him outside, and Stardust quickly gets back in the ring. Stardust kicks him in the face and ducks a rebound clothesline. Stardust takes him out with a Disaster Kick, but Ambrose kicks out. A "Cody" chant breaks out, and Stardust freaks out. Stardust then stomps Ambrose down. Stardust hits a front suplex before hissing at him. Bad News Barrett is seen watching backstage. Stardust punches him against the ropes before having a whip reversed on him. Ambrose counters a sunset flip by sitting on his shoulders for the pin.
Winner by Pinfall: Dean Ambrose
Stardust angrily attacks him from behind before sending him into the ring post shoulder-first. Stardust picks him up and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post again. R-Truth runs down to the ring and punches Stardust down before taking him out with a jumping calf kick.
Dean Ambrose vs. R-Truth
After checking on Ambrose's condition, the referee calls for the match to start. Stardust gets on the apron, and R-Truth punches him off. Ambrose then hits R-Truth with Dirty Deeds for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Dean Ambrose
Ambrose is holding his shoulder in pain as he stomps around the ring. He'll face Luke Harper, next. A pre-taped promo is shown with Harper. Harper says you never know true freedom until you've lost everything. He knows because they took it from him. Harper looks at a ladder and says he'll use it to set them all free. At WrestleMania, he'll piece himself back together. This match happens next.
Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper
The bell rings, and Ambrose starts off with some punches. Ambrose hits the ropes, ducks a pair of clotheslines from Harper, and takes him down with a running cross-body followed by some punches. Harper quickly comes back with an arm wrench takedown. Harper stomps away at him before hitting an arm breaker. Harper then applies an arm trap chin lock. Ambrose fights up, but Harper knees him in the midsection. Harper hits a nasty looking snake eyes into the turnbuckle before applying a modified crossface. Ambrose quickly claws his way to the bottom rope.
Ambrose pulls himself to the apron and pulls the top rope down to get Harper out of the ring. Ambrose then hits a running elbow drop onto a standing Harper from the apron. Ambrose puts him in the ring and elbows him in the face before going for a tornado DDT. Harper throws him off and goes for a Discus Clothesline, but Ambrose ducks it and rolls him up for a two count. Harper quickly takes him down with a spinning side slam for a two count. Harper then goes back to that modified crossface. Ambrose stays in it for a bit before biting Harper's hand. Ambrose punches and chops away at him before hitting the ropes. Harper kicks him and hits the ropes, but Ambrose knees him in the midsection. Ambrose connects with a dropkick followed by La Magistral for a near fall. Ambrose goes to the top rope and jumps over Harper before he can attack him. Harper quickly superkicks him, but Ambrose rebounds off the ropes with a big clothesline! Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Harper pushes him off and viciously clotheslines him down. Harper then kills him with a sit-out powerbomb for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Luke Harper
Daniel Bryan will face Luke Harper next. He comes out a great reception. This match is next.
J&J Security is talking with two security members about the importance of checking for credentials. Jamie Noble says anyone who looks like they're friends or kin of Randy Orton need to be reported to them.
Luke Harper vs. Daniel Bryan
The Intercontinental Championship Contender's Gauntlet match continues with this match-up, which we join in progress. Bryan is slamming Harper's leg off the ring post. Bryan kicks away at the leg before Harper goes down. Bad News Barrett is still watching backstage. Bryan then pulls off a very impressive surfboard stretch on Harper. Bryan even does some pull-ups with him before slamming him on his knees and stretching him some more. Harper elbows him off, but he can't stand up after getting out. Bryan kicks him in the ribs a few times before Harper blocks it and dumps him over the top rope. Harper then collapses in pain and clutches his knee. Bryan gets back in the ring, and Harper drops some elbows on him for a two count. Harper is really limping around. Harper body slams him down and leans against the ropes right after. Harper then executes the gator roll before staying with the side headlock. A "Daniel Bryan" chant breaks out. Bryan fights up and hits a knee breaker. Harper quickly uppercuts him down and shakes some feeling into his leg. Harper body slams him down again before picking him up for another.
Harper picks Bryan up and goes for an uppercut, but Bryan counters into a backslide pin for a two count. Harper quickly hits a big boot before hobbling into a pin for a two count. Harper then applies a chin lock. Harper knees away at him and goes for a body slam, but Bryan gets out and kicks away at the injured leg. Harper throws him out of the ring, but Bryan skins the cat and pulls Harper out of the ring with a head-scissor. Bryan then takes him out with a suicide dive. Bryan kicks away at the chest before throwing him into the ring. Bryan kicks away at the chest before Harper ducks one and gives him a nasty half nelson suplex right on top of his head! Bryan clutches his neck in pain as Harper picks up a near fall. Bryan pulls himself up and eats a Discus Clothesline for a near fall. Harper cannot believe it. Harper goes for a sit-out powerbomb, but Bryan counters into a roll up followed by a nasty looking leglock for the submission victory!
Winner by Submission: Daniel Bryan
Bryan celebrates this big with the crowd by starting a "YES" chant. Dolph Ziggler then makes his way to the ring. A pre-taped promo is shown with Ziggler. Ziggler runs down all the competitors in the match before saying it's too bad he's too good. This one-time rumored WrestleMania match happens, next.
Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler
We join this match in progress. They lock up, and Bryan connects with a headlock takeover. Ziggler quickly gets out of it, and they stare at each other. They lock up, and Ziggler executes a headlock takeover. Bryan kips up out of the move. Bad News Barrett is seen watching this backstage. They lock up again, and Bryan wrenches the arm before Ziggler puts him in the corner. Bryan turns him around and kicks him in the midsection before kicking away at him. Bryan uppercuts him to the corner. Ziggler turns him around and punches away at him. Bryan quickly takes him down, and Ziggler counters into a pinfall for a one count. They go for a test of strength, but Ziggler kicks him in the midsection. Ziggler punches away at him before hitting a neckbreaker. Ziggler goes for a splash, but Bryan sidesteps it. Bryan hits a corner dropkick before putting him on the top rope for a super hurricanrana, but Ziggler counters into a roll up for a two count! They trade punches before Ziggler kicks and clubs him down. Ziggler head-butts him before sending him to the corner, but Bryan scales the ropes, backflips over him, ducks a clothesline, hits the ropes, and they take each other out with a double cross-body block.
We come back from the break to see Bryan wrenching Ziggler's arm. Ziggler quickly flips through a back suplex before kicking him and dropkicking him down. Ziggler goes for a famouser, but Bryan counters into a powerbomb followed by a jackknife pin for a two count. Bryan goes to the top rope, but Ziggler crotches him up there. Ziggler climbs the ropes, but Bryan slides through his legs and crotches him for good measure. Bryan goes for a super back suplex, but Ziggler counters into a cross-body for a near fall! Ziggler goes for a Zig-Zag, but Bryan hangs on to the ropes. Bryan quickly kicks him in the head for a near fall. Bryan goes to the corner and starts a "YES" chant. Bryan goes for a Busaiku Knee Kick, but Ziggler counters with a superkick for a near fall!
Ziggler struggles to get Bryan up as his energy is spent. Bryan counters into a YES! Lock attempt, but Ziggler fights it. Ziggler covers him, but Bryan bridges up and goes for a backslide. Ziggler fights the backslide, but Bryan finally pulls it off for a near fall. Bryan immediately goes for a kick to the skull, but Ziggler ducks it. Ziggler then connects with the Zig-Zag for the win!
Winner of the Gauntlet Match: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: *** 1/2
Ziggler celebrates his win big time as Bryan pulls himself to his feet. They go face-to-face before shaking hands. The crowd gives them a nice hand. Bad News Barrett comes out and congratulates them on stealing the show like they've been trying to steal his Intercontinental Championship from him. Barrett gets in the ring and says he has some bad news about stealing the show before blindsiding Ziggler with a microphone shot. Bryan quickly punches and kicks him down. Bryan goes for a corner dropkick, but Barrett hits him in the head with the microphone. Barrett waits for Bryan to get up. Ziggler gets to his feet, and Barrett hits him with a Bull Hammer. Bryan then gets to his feet, and Barrett floors him with a Bull Hammer. Barrett holds up the Intercontinental Championship as the crowd boos him.
A replay is shown of Bray Wyatt's promo about The Undertaker from RAW. Wyatt says WrestleMania will be his coronation as the new face of fear.
Tonight's main event will see Roman Reigns team with Mark Henry to face Seth Rollins and Kane.
A video is shown of LL Cool J talking about what spectacular really means. He's talking about WrestleMania 31.
Videos are shown of some divas making a prediction on The Bella Twins vs. AJ Lee and Paige at WrestleMania 31. Rosa Mendes says all the tension and drama in the division makes her blood boil, and she loves it. Rosa predicts The Bella Twins to win. Emma says The Bella Twins aren't that close as sisters, so AJ and Paige will win. Cameron thinks The Bella Twins will win while Summer Rae predicts AJ Lee and Paige. Alicia Fox hopes The Bella Twins shut AJ and Paige up for good. Naomi hopes The Bella Twins win so she can be the one to take them down and be the most dominant diva in WWE.
Replays are shown of the John Cena/Rusev contract signing from RAW.
Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Natalya make their way to the ring for the first ever six-being inter-species tag team match. It's next.
Sheamus will be making his return to the WWE shortly.
J&J Security are still barking orders at security guards to keep Randy Orton out of the building. Jamie Noble is doing all the talking while Joey Mercury just stares.
Replays are shown from RAW of Los Matadores getting the better of The New Day and Kidd and Cesaro.
Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Natalya vs. Los Matadores and El Torito
The bell rings, and Cesaro will start the match against Fernando. They lock up, and Cesaro applies a side headlock. Fernando whips him off, but Cesaro comes back with a shoulder block. Cesaro reapplies the side headlock, and Fernando again whips him off. This time, Fernando takes him down with a hurricanrana. Natalya tags in, and El Torito is forced to come in. El Torito twerks, and Tyson Kidd tags himself in. El Torito kicks him and runs away. Fernando tags in, hits a drop-toe-hold into the ropes, and splashes him. Diego tags in and hits a slingshot senton for a two count. Kidd quickly chokes him on the ropes before tagging Cesaro in. Cesaro stomps away at him before throwing him out of the ring. Kidd tags in, and he goes for a running kick, but Fernando takes him down on the apron.
Diego is tagged in, and he hits Kidd with a springboard elbow before knocking Cesaro off the apron. Diego hits a flying back elbow before tagging in El Torito. They hit a double-team backbreaker/leg drop for a two count. Fernando is tagged in, and he hits a senton off the top rope, but Cesaro breaks it up. Cesaro breaks it up, and El Torito tags in. El Torito hits a springboard hurricanrana that sends Cesaro into Kidd. Los Matadores dropkick them out of the ring and hit stereo suicide dives. Natalya is legal through all this. Natalya picks El Torito up for a Torture Rack, but El Torito counters with an arm drag. El Torito goes for a springboard senton, but Natalya counters into a sit-out powerbomb for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Natalya
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Roman Reigns and Mark Henry will face Seth Rollins and Kane, next.
Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring. Mark Henry's music hits, but he doesn't come out. Cameras are then shown backstage of Henry on the floor unconscious. Seth Rollins and Kane make their way to the ring smiling with J&J Security and a team of security guards. The guards face the stage just in case Randy Orton comes out through there.
Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins and Kane w/ J&J Security
Kane will start the match for his team. Rollins goes for a quick distraction, but Reigns still punches back at Kane. Joey Mercury pulls the foot, and Kane big boots Reigns down. Rollins tags in, and he clubs Reigns before hitting a neckbreaker for a two count. A "Randy" chant breaks out. Rollins chokes him on the second rope. Kane tags in, and he whips Rollins into Reigns. Rollins then whips Reigns into a sidewalk slam from Kane for a two count. Kane bounces him in the corner and hits an uppercut. The corner camera caught Reigns' expression after taking that. Kane sends him to the opposite corner, but he runs into a boot. Reigns punches before sending him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and takes a DDT. Kane picks up a two count for that. Rollins tags in, and he clubs away at Reigns from ringside. Rollins then boots him in the head. Rollins gets in the ring and continues to slowly club away at him. Rollins stands him up, and Reigns comes back with some right hands. Rollins quickly counters with a reverse STO into the turnbuckle. Kane is tagged in, and he hits a pair of elbow drops. Rollins tags back in, and Kane whips Reigns to the corner. Kane whips Rollins into Reigns, but Reigns counters with a back body drop to the apron. Reigns then hits the ropes and takes Kane down with a clothesline.
Rollins goes for a springboard flying knee, but Reigns sidesteps it. Reigns connects with nine clotheslines in the corner. Rollins avoids another clothesline, but Reigns takes him down with a powerslam. Reigns hits Joey Mercury with a Superman Punch before punching Rollins in the back of the head. Reigns then knocks Jamie Noble off the apron. Rollins snaps Reigns off the top rope. Rollins goes to the top rope, and Kane blind tags in. Rollins jumps into a Superman Punch. Kane goes to give Reigns a Chokeslam, but he gets out and spears him down for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Roman Reigns
Match Rating: *
Replays are shown of the conclusion of the match. Reigns leaves the ring and pushes through the security line. Rollins shouts at him from the ring.
Rollin begins to throw a tantrum, and Randy Orton's music hits. The security guards ready themselves, but he doesn't come out from the stage. Orton comes in through the crowd and takes Rollins down with some punches. Orton gives one of the guards an RKO before tossing another out of the ring. Orton then takes two of them and hits a dual hanging DDT. Rollins runs into a powerslam, and Orton stalks him for an RKO. Noble turns Orton around and takes an RKO. Rollins tries to get out of the ring, but Orton grabs his ankle. Mercury then jumps off the top rope into an RKO! Rollins quickly retreats up the ramp.