February 25, 2016
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"WWE: Then. Now. Forever."
We get highlights of Fastlane's main event Triple Threat Match, as Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Brock Lesnar waged battle for a shot at Triple H and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. The match comes to an end with Reigns hitting a spear on Ambrose for the pinfall and his ticket punched for the main event of Wrestlemania! With that we're brought to a packed area in Indianapolis for another exciting edition of Thursday Night Smackdown. Triple H's music hits, bringing the COO and World Heavyweight Champion out to the ring with the belt on his shoulder, a mic in hand, and a smirk on his face. Commentary hypes the main event of Wrestlemania as Triple H sets his belt on a table before he begins to speak. Please, allow me to introduce myself: I am a man of wealth and taste, I've been around for a long, long year and lay a many a man's soul to waste. It's the Rolling Stone's "Sympathy for the Devil," and it could've been written about me. Am I the devil? Maybe, depends on who you ask. But if Roman Reigns forgot who I am, and thought there'd be no retribution for attacking me, there's no doubt in his mind any longer. We go back to Monday Night RAW for the brutal brawl between Reigns and Triple H, with Reigns being bloodied by The Game before he drives the face of Reigns into the steel steps with a Pedigree! We go back to the ring, where a smiling Triple H continues to speak. If Roman didn't remember when he was lying here on the floor in a puddle of his own blood Monday night, then on Tuesday morning when he was lying on an ice cold operating table waiting to get his shattered nose surgically repaired, I'm pretty sure it dawned on him there. He shows on the TitanTron pictures from Roman's recent surgery before continuing. That's the look of a man who knows his place, a man who has been humbled. I guess a little bit of it is my fault; the suit, the tie, the corporate role, it can be confusing…but I am the law, I am the Authority. It's human nature to wanna buck authority, to challenge law, to rebel against authority, I've even been there myself…but you can't beat authority. Roman knows it, you know it. You want to rebel, but you don't; you keep your head down, you do your job, you bow to authority. This goes out to Roman Reigns, to all of you, to anyone who hears my voice: if you meet me, have some courtesy, some sympathy and some taste; use all your well-earned policies, or I will lay your soul to waste. Roman Reigns wants to be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion more than anything in the world. It takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to be the champion. I've had to walk over a lot of people to get where I am. Roman's got the sweat down, he works hard, and I've been in the ring with him and he's good. As far as the blood goes, well…he pulls out a bloody cloth from Monday night…I've got that covered for ya, Roman. I'll get that last one at Wrestlemania, in AT&T Stadium in front of the largest crowd in history, you will be humbled and I will get those tears. I will get those tears, and there ain't a thing you can do about it, because I am the law. Because I am the Authority, because I'm the King of Kings. Because I'm The Game…and because I am the WWE World Heavyweight Champion! And, because I am that damn good! Triple H's music hits as he leaves the ring with the title as we go to the announce booth welcoming back Mauro along with the usual team of Byron Saxton and Jerry Lawler. Commentary hypes the surgery Roman Reigns, imploring us to follow WWE.com for the latest updates. Later tonight is a big six man tag match as The New Day take on AJ Styles, Chris Jericho, and a partner to be named later! Later tonight, we look at Shane McMahon's big return to WWE on Monday night!
Back from commercial, the Lucha Dragons make their way to the ring for an eight man tag against the League of Nations! Out next is Neville, as is Dolph Ziggler. The League of Nations make their way to the ring now, looking more united than ever for this match.
Eight Man Tag Match
The Lucha Dragons, Neville & Dolph Ziggler vs. The League of Nations
Barrett and Ziggler start things off, and Barrett attacks leading into immediate chaos between all eight men in and out of the ring. The chaos ends after a double dive by the Lucha Dragons turns into a superkick by Rusev and ADR throwing Kalisto away! Meanwhile, Ziggler hits a big DDT on Sheamus but only gets a nearfall as Barrett comes running in, hitting Winds of Change for a nearfall of his own as we go to commercial!
Back from commercial, Barrett is still in control as he hits a boot for a nearfall. He tags in ADR, who attacks Kalisto on the apron before whipping Ziggler and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for the nearfall. Rusev tagged in, going to work with boots and elbows for a nearfall. He taunts Ziggler before driving his back into the corner, tagging in Sheamus who hits a big suplex on Ziggler. Sheamus drops Sin Cara off the apron before taunting Ziggler, who drops the Celtic Warrior with a superkick! Ziggler reaching, getting the tag to Neville as Sheamus tags in Barrett. Neville with some hard kicks on the King, before hitting an enziguri in the corner. He climbs to the top, evading Sheamus to hit a 450 splash for a nearfall! Rusev comes in, but is dropped by Kalisto who dives on to Rusev. Cara joins him, bringing down the Bulgarian Brute as Neville looks for the Red Arrow. He hits it, but the ref is distracted as ADR hits him with a kick to the face, only for ADR to get hit with a superkick by Ziggler! Barrett tags in Sheamus, who drops Neville with a Brogue Kick for the win!
Winners via pinfall: The League of Nations
The League of Nations celebrates in the ring as we get highlights of the finish. We go to earlier in the day, where Renee Young is standing by with Kevin Owens who has a big announcement. When I was watching RAW Monday Night, I was so inspired by Dean Ambrose. The way he took that beating from Brock Lesnar and then commandeered an ambulance to confront Brock one last time. Out of the kindness of my heart, and because he's earned it, I'm going to give him his rematch. Renee points out that Dean isn't here tonight, so Kevin says he must have the night off too. A big hand on his shoulder reveals Big Show, who says Kevin hasn't beaten him yet. Owens says this is the road to KO-Mania, and what you're looking for is the road to retirement. Show grabs him by the shirt, saying the road to retirement can make one pit stop because I have a match later tonight and it's against you. He lets Owens go, walking off as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, WWE celebrates Black History Month with a quote from Harriet Tubman before we go to ringside, where the Dudley Boyz make their way to the ring as D-Von Dudley is set for action. We go back to Monday Night RAW three weeks ago, when the Dudleys took out The Usos after their match against the New Day. The Usos make their way to the ring now, as Jimmy looks to get a bit of revenge after what happened three weeks ago. Bubba and D-Von go to the announce table for a mic, as Bubba says they know what all these people want. You want the Dudleys to come out here, pull out a table, and put somebody through it! Well you ain't getting that! We ain't a circus act, we ain't a nostalgia act, we're the nine time WWE Tag Team Champions, which makes us better than every single one of you! D-Von says we could care less what you people think about us! We do what we do for us! We will continue to do whatever we have to do. We will make sure that we are the greatest tag team, whether you like it or not. Bubba says you can take your tables and your chants and SHOVE IT!
D-Von Dudley vs. Jimmy Uso
Jimmy starts with an early flurry of offense, bringing D-Von down with an enziguri. The flurry continues as we see Bubba pulling a table out from under the ring. It turns out to be a mere distraction as Bubba drops the top rope, bringing Jimmy down hard as D-Von rolls him up for the win!
Winner via pinfall: D-Von Dudley
The Dudleys retreat up the ramp, mocking The Usos as commentary hypes up Big Show taking on Kevin Owens later tonight. Up next, we'll see what happened when Shane McMahon made his long awaited return to WWE this past Monday!
Back from commercial, we find out RAW was #1 in social media this past Monday night before we go back to this past Monday night. Vince McMahon presents the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award to Stephanie McMahon, who looks ready to give her acceptance speech when…"HERE COMES THE MONEY" Shane McMahon makes his big return to the WWE! Shane talks down Vince's decision to give the award to Stephanie before saying she and Triple H have been running the company into the ground. Shane hasn't lost his place in line! Vince offers to give Shane money, but Shane wants control of Monday Night RAW. Vince accepts, on the condition of taking one match: facing The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, Hell in a Cell! Commentary hypes up this match, before hyping Undertaker's return to RAW next Monday! Backstage, Jericho and Styles are talking. Jericho addresses them becoming a team on Monday night, saying if we continue to be on the same page, the sky is the limit! Styles says that's why he came here, to be the best. He wants to have his Wrestlemania moment, and likes the idea that it could come as being Tag Team Champions! Jericho agrees, but says they need to have a strategy because of how good New Day are. Styles brings up the fact that tonight, there's three of them, two of us, and we need a partner. Jericho wonders who they could get, asking if he has Funaki's number after being in Japan. Styles never got it, as we hear Mark Henry offer for the WSM to join the Y2AJ. Henry says the New Day are clowns, they fool around too much. Tonight, we can teach them a serious lesson. Jericho shakes hands with Henry, who doesn't like the idea of being played. Henry slaps the shoulder of Styles, saying he'll see them out there. AJ asks Jericho if he always hits that hard, to which Jericho simply replies "…yep." We go to ringside, where Big Show makes his way to the ring for his match against Kevin Owens as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes the announcement of The Godfather being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame before going back to the ring where Big Show is waiting for his opponent. We go back to Monday night, where Ryback abandoned the team of Kane and Big Show en route to the Wyatt Family getting a win. Out now is the Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens, belt on his shoulder as he comes to the ring.
Big Show vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens
Show shoves Owens to the mat, followed by a huge hip toss. Owens goes for some offense now, bringing Show down with a dropkick to the knee and a senton for a nearfall. Show blocks him, but Owens answers with an enziguri. Show is angry as he lays into the champ with chops in the corner, before Owens rolls out of the ring to regroup. Show grabs him by the head, but gets dropped on the top rope as Owens comes back in. Show drops the champ hard with a chokeslam, forcing Owens right back out of the ring. Show throws Owens back into the ring before climbing the turnbuckle. Owens catches him on the top rope, but Show looks for a big chokeslam before getting hung up on the rope by Owens! Show falls to the outside as the ref makes the count, calling for the bell at 10!
Winner via count out: Kevin Owens
Owens rolls out of the ring and up the ramp as Show is still looking hurt in the ring before we go to a replay of the finish. Owens shouts about "KOmania" as commentary hypes up the six man tag match later tonight as well as Becky Lynch going up against Natalya, which is up next!
Back from commercial, Natalya makes her way to the ring for a big match tonight. Out next is Becky Lynch, looking to move on after the big Divas tag match at Fastlane.
Natalya vs. Becky Lynch
Both women lock up as Natalya takes Becky down and gets a nearfall. Exchange of holds leads to a rollup by Natalya for another nearfall. Becky with a drop toe hold on Natalya, now wrenching the arm of Natalya who reverses into a hammerlock and a shoulder tackle for a nearfall. Becky with a dropkick now for a nearfall, and a leg drop and elbow before missing a hip attack as Natalya hits a German suplex! Becky rolls to the outside as Naomi and Tamina come down to the ring. Naomi attacks Natalya and Tamina hits a superkick as the ref calls for the bell!
Winner via disqualification: Natalya
Team BAD go into the ring to attack Becky, as Sasha Banks makes her way to the ring for the assist! They clear the ring of Team BAD when Charlotte's music hits, bringing out the Divas Champion with Ric Flair by her side and a mic in hand. Ladies, well done! But I just got an update on the bombshell I dropped last Monday night. The match to determine the new #1 contender, between the two of you, is this Monday! I will be at ringside to see who wants THIS (holding up the Divas Title) more. I sincerely wish the both of you the best of luck. Woo! Charlotte's music hits again as commentary hypes up a look back at what happened on Monday when Ambrose arrived to RAW driving an ambulance!
Back from commercial, the Social Outcasts make their way to the ring as Heath Slater gets ready to face off against R-Truth, who makes his way out to the ring doing the usual rap and this match is underway!
Heath Slater vs. R-Truth
Goldust makes his way to the ring as this match begins, prompting an argument between him and Truth as Goldust insists he's just going to the "neutral corner." The match officially starts as Heath gets a waistlock on Truth, who reverses with one of his own. Truth puts the brakes on, showing off his dance moves before hitting Slater with a hip toss. Truth lays into Slater with some elbows before Slater drops him with a boot. He follows with a boot to the back of Truth for a nearfall, before locking on a chinlock. Truth powers out, but Slater brings him down by the hair. Slater goes on the ropes, but runs right into a back kick by Truth! Truth with a back elbow and a gourdbuster followed by a leg drop, before Social Outcasts distract him on the apron, but Goldust hits Slater with a right hand as Truth gets a backslide for the win!
Winner via pinfall: R-Truth
Truth is realizing what happened as we get a replay of the finish. Goldust pleas his case for a tag team to Truth with a wink, and Truth appears to finally be considering it as commentary hypes up a look back at Ambrose and Lesnar at RAW, that is coming up next!
Back from commercial, we get a promo for Wrestlemania before we go back to Monday night. Paul Heyman brags about Brock's performance at Fastlane, before Ambrose decided to take his client out of the main event of Wrestlemania. We see Brock attacking Ambrose, as Heyman claims that Dean Ambrose is out of Wrestlemania entirely! Suddenly, we see an ambulance pulling up into the ramp area and Ambrose is stumbling toward the ring looking for a fight with the Beast Incarnate! Brock walks over him, starting to leave when the Lunatic Fringe challenges Brock for Wrestlemania in a No Holds Barred Street Fight. Brock walks down, promptly destroying Ambrose with an F5 before Heyman says that his client accepts the challenge! Commentary hypes the newly signed match between Ambrose and Lesnar.
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The New Day make their way to the ring, a mic in Xavier's hands. First of all, we thought we were gonna get interrupted by the League of Nations…or the League of Booty, again! After Fastlane, they must have learned their lesson not to mess with the NEW DAAAY! Big E with a mic now, wanting to talk about the foul, nasty, moist, mess of a tag team that is Y2AJ and the supposed, alleged World's Strongest Man, Mark Henry. Kofi asks if Henry really thinks he's still the World's Strongest Man, leading to a laughing fit from the three of them. Kofi knows of a man in this very ring that would beg to differ…leading to Xavier Woods posing. Kofi says if you wanna be like Woods, make sure you eat your Booty-O's…the only cereal that makes sure you ain't booty! Woods says JeriStyles isn't a real tag team, Drake and Meek Mill would have a better chance of a successful partnership. Look at us, we are the WWE Tag Team Champions! We ride together, we eat together, we train together, we take baths together…Big E says because "New…Day Rocks!" Their music plays as they start dancing, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes the return of Undertaker to RAW this Monday night as Jericho makes his way to the ring for tonight's main event. Out next is AJ Styles, followed by Mark Henry.
Six Man Tag Match
The New Day vs. Chris Jericho, AJ Styles & Mark Henry
Kofi and Jericho start things off, Kofi with a shoulderblock but Jericho responds with a dropkick! Big E tagged in, as is Henry for a battle of the strongmen. Kofi and Woods get involved, but get brought out of the ring by Henry as Jericho and AJ hit a dive on them! The three men show off in the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Jericho is in control as he tags in AJ. AJ with a backbreaker on Woods for a nearfall. He throws Woods into the corner as he tags in Jericho, but Woods fights back for a moment before being caught with a right hand. Jericho knocks Kofi off the apron, but Big E drives Jericho's head into the turnbuckle after the tag. Kofi tagged in now, going to work with some boots on Jericho before starting the unicorn stampede on Y2J! Assisted dropkick on Jericho by Kofi as New Day start celebrating with trombone music. Kofi brings Jericho back in the ring, but only gets a nearfall as Jericho looks for the tag. Kofi catches him, getting in an armbar on Y2J who powers out. Kofi avoids a dropkick, tagging in Woods before they do a double team move on Jericho. Big E tagged in now, and another double team effort leads to a nearfall. Big E with an abdominal stretch on Jericho now, but Jericho powers out before taking a hip by Big E. Jericho looking for a crossbody, but Big E catches him…and Jericho gets out of a Big Ending to hit an enziguri! Jericho gets the tag to AJ as Woods tags in, and AJ hits Woods with a clothesline in the corner and a forearm smash. Waistlock reversed by Woods, but AJ counters into an inverted DDT for a nearfall as Big E breaks it up. Henry takes out Big E with a shoulderblock before eating Trouble in Paradise by Kofi! Kofi looking to take out AJ, but Jericho takes the bullet as Woods gets a nearfall on AJ. AJ evades an attack to lock in the Calf Crusher on Woods, who has no choice but to tap out!
Winners via submission: Chris Jericho, AJ Styles & Mark Henry
We get replays of the match including the finish, as New Day regroups on the ramp. Y2AJ and Henry raise their arms in victory as the show comes to a close.