February 22, 2016
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"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video recaps the events from last night's WWE Fastlane event. Roman Reigns defeated Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar to become the #1 Contender for Triple H's WWE World Heavyweight Championship. They'll fight at WrestleMania 32.
The RAW video plays, and we're brought into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. The ring is decorated with a red carpet. In the center of the ring on a table is the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award. This will be awarded in a few moments. The commentators talk about the WrestleMania main event before showing footage of Brock Lesnar attacking Dean Ambrose in the parking lot earlier today. Lesnar attacked Ambrose as he got out of his car and slammed him onto the hood of a limousine. They show all this footage before the commentators break it down some more.
Vince McMahon's music hits, and he powerwalks down to the ring as only he can. McMahon says tonight will be a night no one will ever forget. Tonight, we present the first ever Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award. McMahon says the award is very special. For over 100 years, his family has been presenting sports entertainment. His grandfather started in 1914, and the legacy went on to his father, who was the greatest of all time. His father left a great legacy. McMahon talks about what a great and generous person his father was. The person receiving this award is truly a warm, good-hearted soul. The recipient of the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award is Stephanie McMahon. The crowd absolutely groans as she makes her way to the ring.
Stephanie McMahon hugs her father and looks pleased. McMahon says she embodies all of the great qualities of his father. She is holding a thick folder of "prepared remarks." Stephanie says she didn't expect to win, but had these prepared just in case. Her husband, Triple H, is preparing to face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. It's unclear which name got the loudest boos.
All of a sudden, Shane McMahon's music hits, and he comes out to the stage to a thunderous applause. Shane dancing around and soaking in the cheers. A loud "YES" chant breaks out followed by "Shane O'Mac," "Holy shit," and "This is awesome." Shane looks truly taken aback by the reception. Stephanie does not look happy. Vince goes in for the hug, but Shane holds him back with one hand. Vince extends his hand, and Shane puts it down. Shane says, "First off, thank you so much for that." The crowd loudly cheers him as he says, "What's up, Detroit?" Shane says Vince just had to do it. This is the straw that broke the camel's back. The Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award is a great idea and should be given to a worthy recipient, and that's not Stephanie.
Vince suggests they talk backstage. Shane says they could have done that days ago. Vince always told him as a child to "man up." Shane says everything is getting done right here and now. Stephanie says this isn't Shane's moment. This is her moment and legacy. Shane says Stephanie hasn't earned it. She asks what he knows about earning anything when he hasn't been here in six or seven years. She and her husband have been successfully running a billion dollar business whether the people appreciate it or not. Shane asks Vince, "She doesn't know, does she?" Shane says her and Triple H have been running this company into the ground. Shane says the stock and ratings are down while injury rates are up on their watch. Stephanie says he's nothing more than a quitter, and he should get the hell out of her ring. Shane says it's her father's ring before asking Vince if he wants to tell her. She wants to know what's going on. Several years ago, their father messed up big time and he saved the day. They cut themselves a deal. In that deal, he was able to take time off and build businesses. Shane says he never lost his place in line. Stephanie says nothing happens in WWE business that she doesn't know. Shane says the reason she's climbed so high so far is because he let it happen. Stephanie asks Vince if this is really true. A "YES" chant breaks out. Stephanie says she'll get Shane a WrestleMania ticket. Vince tries to diffuse the situation, but she asks if it's true. Vince is being evasive. Vince finally says there is some truth to it. Shane says at the time, it was "best for business." Shane holds the ropes open for her as she exits. Stephanie says, "I will never forgive you for this." The crowd sings as she leaves.
Vince asks what this is all about. He has his checkbook because that's all Shane wants. Shane says this isn't about money. Shane left a lot of money on the table just to get out from under him. Sometimes he can't believe he did it, but then he realizes that he has freedom. This is about legacy. Vince's grandfather and father. Vince is third while he's fourth and his children are fifth. Shane wants this business around for the fifth, sixth, seventh, and so on. The way it's going right now, it won't be. Vince asks what he wants. Shane says, "It's simple. I want control of Monday Night RAW." The crowd explodes and starts a huge "YES" chant. Vince guffaws and says if he were controlling the show, he would be controlling the company. Vince says things have changed. This is a public company. You can't just come in and pick things up where he left off. Shane says he's here to make sure there is generational continuity. Vince says Shane just came here for a fight and to embarrass them. Vince says he'll make him a deal. Vince will give him what he wants. Shane asks what the catch is. Vince says he has to have one match on one night. If he wins his match, he gets his wish. If he doesn't win, then Vince gets the key to the lockbox Shane has so he can't hold anything over his head ever again. The match will happen with an opponent of Vince's choosing on a night of his choosing. Shane thinks about it for a few moments. A "You still got it" chant breaks out. Shane says this isn't his first deal with the devil and shakes hands with his father. Vince says something, but it's censored. Shane says he remembers the beatings Vince gave him very vividly, but all they did was make him stronger.
Vince says he's going to name a place and opponent almost as big as Shane's ego. The place will be WrestleMania and his opponent will be… THE UNDERTAKER! To make sure he doesn't take his ball and go home, the match will be contested inside of HELL IN A CELL!
Neville and The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day
Xavier Wood will start against Kalisto. They lock up, and Kalisto takes him down with some arm drags and a dropkick. Woods rolls out of the ring to regroup with The New Day as a commercial break hits.
We come back from the break to see Kalisto wrench Woods' arm. Sin Cara tags in, and he hits a slingshot plancha. Neville tags in and hits a standing shooting star press for a two count. Neville wrenches the arm, but Woods quickly gets to the rope. Big E tags in, and he gives Neville a belly-to-belly overhead suplex before gyrating. The New Day then starts a unicorn stampede. Woods gets the trombone out and plays as Kingston dropkicks Neville. Kingston kicks Neville in the face for a near fall. Kingston applies a chin lock, but Neville gets out. Kingston stops him from making a tag and dropkicking him down. Woods tags in, and he dropkicks Neville against the ropes for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Kingston kicks Neville in the midsection before hitting a snapmare. Big E and Kingston hit a big splash/leg drop combination, but Kalisto breaks it up. Woods puts Neville in the corner, but Neville back body drops him over the top rope onto the stairs. Kingston is tagged in, and he stops Neville from making the tag. Kingston knocks Kalisto off the apron, and Cara is tagged in. Cara kicks Kingston in the head and takes him out with a springboard clothesline. Cara knocks Big E off the apron and hits a springboard moonsault. Kingston chops him and sends him into the ropes, but Cara springboards off the rope with a back elbow. Cara chops him a few times before Kingston gets out of the ring. Cara then gives him a suicide dive. Cara gets him in the ring and hits a springboard moonsault, but Big E breaks it up. Kalisto hits Big E with a springboard dropkick. Woods gets Kalisto out of the ring. Neville gets in, and Woods eats a kick. Big E goes to spear Neville off the apron, but Neville moves. Big E crashes and burns on the floor. Neville then this Big E with a 450 splash off the apron to the floor! Kalisto then jumps off Neville's back and hits Woods with a 450 Splash on the floor! Kingston avoids a senton bomb, rips at the mask, and connects with Trouble in Paradise for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The New Day
Match Rating: **
Roman Reigns is seen texting backstage. The crowd loudly boos him. JoJo asks for an update on Dean Ambrose. Reigns says he only knows what he saw in the video. They're doing tests on him. That's all he knows. JoJo asks about the WrestleMania main event. Reigns says this is the big fight he's been after. He's dealt with a lot this year, but it's over now. April 3rd. There will be no more family or corporate tricks. It'll come down to this (his fist) and this (his heart). Reigns says he likes his odds.
Brock Lesnar will be out, next.
Brock Lesnar's music hits, and he comes out to a nice reception with Paul Heyman by his side. The commentators are talking about Lesnar's assault on Dean Ambrose in the parking lot earlier today. Heyman says, "Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman, and this is your main event of the evening." Heyman says that may sound self-aggrandizing because his client isn't in his wrestling gear, but any segment with his client is the main event. His client is the single biggest box office attraction in sports entertainment or mixed martial arts because his client is Brock Lesnar. Last night in the main event of WWE Fastlane, his client took both Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns to Suplex city. Then his client locked the Kimura on Reigns, and Reigns was seconds away from tapping out. Don't tell him that Reigns wouldn't tap out. Undertaker tapped out to Brock Lesnar. Just as Reigns was about to tap out, along came Dean Ambrose. Ambrose took a competitive triple threat wrestling match and turned it into a down and dirty street fight and took his client out the equation for the main event of WrestleMania. This pissed off Brock Lesnar. Then Ambrose took himself out of the equation because he's so out of his mind that he wasn't paying attention to what's going on in the ring. Today, as soon as Ambrose arrived to the arena, the God of Violent Retribution got his revenge. Now Ambrose is out of WrestleMania all together. Heyman then has footage shown of the attack in the parking garage earlier today.
Lesnar looks pleased with the footage. Heyman says there is no Shield that can protect Ambrose from the wrath of Brock Lesnar. Lesnar not only deserves to be in the main event of WrestleMania, he is the main event. Triple H thinks he's the main event, but Lesnar is on the card. Roman Reigns thinks he's the main event, but Lesnar is on the card. Ambrose is like the kids doing tricks on their bikes thinking they're cool until a Mack semi comes up on the sidewalk and wipes them out. Heyman slams the microphone down and breaks it. Heyman gets another microphone and says if they think he's in a destructive move then imagine how his client feels. His client needs a new WrestleMania opponent. This is fair warning to anyone in the back. They should go to the hospital and see the barely breathing Dean Ambrose. There will be an F5 in everyone's future. Lesnar will run through everyone on the way to WrestleMania.
The sound of a honking horn is heard. Footage is shown backstage of the garage door opening. An ambulance pulls in and crashes into some dumpster. Lesnar and Heyman look thoroughly confused. Dean Ambrose is shown driving the ambulance into the arena. Ambrose is in a neck brace and looking really bad. Ambrose struggles to pull himself to the ramp. Ambrose rolls down the ramp and falls down a few times. Lesnar looks at him with absolutely no pity. Lesnar calmly gets out of the ring and stands over Ambrose. Lesnar steps on his face and walks off! Lesnar turns around to smile. Ambrose grabs a microphone and screams, "BROCK!" Ambrose tells him to kiss his ass. Ambrose says he's indestructible. Ambrose wants Lesnar at WrestleMania in a No Holds Barred Street Fight. Lesnar laughs and storms his way back down to ringside. Lesnar then gives him an F5 on the floor! Heyman gets on his hands and knees and says, "My client accepts your challenge." They then walk off as Ambrose shows a pained smirk.
The Ascension vs. The Usos
Before the match begins, The Dudley Boyz' music hits. Bubba Ray Dudley says they want to be the first ones to welcome them back. About what happened a few weeks back on RAW, they needed to remind the entire WWE Universe that they are not one trick ponies. They're not a nostalgia act. They're the most decorated tag team in the history of WWE. They're 9-time WWE Tag Team Champions. Their legacy will not be defined by a piece of furniture. Their legacy will be defined by their accomplishments. That's why they'll never see the tables again. The crowd boos this. D-Von Dudley says The Usos father is a one trick pony. Instead of buying thongs, maybe he should have taught his boys about respect.
The Ascension attacks The Usos from behind. Viktor will star against Jimmy Uso. Jimmy takes him down and punches before knocking Konnor off the apron. Viktor connects with a high knee before Konnor tags in. Konnor splashes him before running him over. Viktor tags in and hits a jumping fist drop. Viktor then applies a rest hold. Viktor goes for a back suplex, but Jimmy flips through. Jey tags in, and he jumps over Viktor. Jey punches him before hitting a Samoan Drop. Jey hits a running hip attack before kicking Konnor. Jimmy then superkicks Konnor down. They hit Viktor with a double superkick before Jey splashes him for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Usos
Match Rating: 1/4 *
The Dudley Boyz start making their way down to the ring, but they stop at the foot of the ramp. The Usos shout at them.
Big Show, Kane, and Ryback will face Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan later tonight.
Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring to a nice reception. Jericho says, "Welcome to RAW is Jericho." Jericho has a story for everyone. For years, he's been hearing about this tremendous competitor by the name of AJ Styles. All he heard about AJ was that he is phenomenal. Then he shows up in the Royal Rumble and right off the bat, he didn't like him. Jericho didn't understand how you could be phenomenal despite not having a match in WWE. That made him angry. Then he had three matches against him, including last night in one of the best he's had in a while, and it was phenomenal. Jericho said he didn't like or respect him, but he wants to say the other things he wants to say to his face. Jericho asks Styles to come down to the ring.
AJ Styles' music hits, and he comes out to a big reception. The crowd chants, "AJ Styles/Y2J." Jericho says it appears the crowd likes this. Last night, he told Styles that the pressure was on him. If he beat him twice in a row, it could have ended his WWE career. Jericho says Styles beat him. It was a phenomenal match. Jericho has said he doesn't like him, but he respects him. Jericho congratulates him on proving that he belongs here in the WWE. Styles has what it takes to go straight to the top to become a WWE Champion. Styles also proved that he is not good or great, but phenomenal. They shake hands.
The Social Outcasts' music hits, and they derisively clap for them. Heath Slater apologizes for interrupting them. Bo Dallas says the love in the ring is beautiful. Slater says he wasn't being serious. Curtis Axel says he sees right through Jericho. The only reason he's playing nice is because AJ Styles made him tap out. Slater can't believe Styles is shaking Jericho's hand after all he said. Slater says Styles is a coward. Adam Rose asks if their buddies. No one is buying Y2AJ. They get in the ring. Dallas says they're not a team. The Social Outcasts are a team. Slater orders them to get out of the ring. Jericho says, "Shut up, ginger jackass." Slater did make a little sense. They weren't planning on being a team, but maybe they should. They're officially a team now, and they'll start with these four stooges in Detroit Rock City!
Chris Jericho and AJ Styles vs. Heath Slater and Curtis Axel
We join the match in progress. AJ Styles whips Slater into the ropes and dropkicks him down. Chris Jericho tags in, and Jericho chops Slater a few times. Jericho then sends him into the ropes and dropkicks him down. Jericho is trying to one-up Styles. Jericho connects with a textbook suplex before tagging in Styles. Styles hits a snapmare and hits a running low forearm. Styles goes for the Styles Clash, but Slater puts him on the apron. Styles punches him back and kicks Adam Rose down. Curtis Axel then clotheslines him. Axel tags in, and he punches away at Styles. Axel sends him into the ropes and dropkicks him. Slater tags in, and he hits a spinning heel kick before applying a chin lock. Styles fights out, but Slater knees him in the midsection. Styles flips through a back suplex and connects with a pelé kick.
Jericho and Axel are tagged in. Jericho hits a shoulder block followed by a chop. Axel reverses a whip and puts him on the apron, but Jericho quickly goes to the top rope and hits an axe handle. Jericho then hits a springboard dropkick to eliminate Slater. Jericho connects with a bulldog and goes for the Lionsault, but Axel moves. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho. Styles takes Slater out with a springboard forearm to the face before he can interfere. Jericho then locks in the Walls of Jericho while Styles takes the rest of The Social Outcasts out with a beautiful springboard plancha. Axel then taps out.
Winners by Submission: Chris Jericho and AJ Styles
Match Rating: * 1/4
Replays are shown of Shane McMahon's return earlier in the night.
Triple H is backstage with Stephanie McMahon. Triple H tells her to let it go. Stephanie says this was supposed to be an unbelievable night until her brother interrupted. Triple H says her brother has always been a failure. Triple H says the night will still be great for them. He then asks if she wants to tell Roman Reigns or should he. She volunteers and walks off. It's not said what it is they're talking about.
Roman Reigns is walking backstage when Stephanie McMahon walks up to him. She asks where he's going. Reigns says he's going to check on Dean Ambrose. She informs him that he has a match tonight against Sheamus. Sheamus and the League of Nations are a real team unlike Reigns and Ambrose. She mentions it'd be a shame if The League of Nations assaults Reigns and makes him forfeit WrestleMania.
R-Truth is backstage when Goldust walks up to him. Goldust has a cake that says, "I'm sorry" on it. Goldust again makes a case for them to be a tag team, but R-Truth declines. Goldust says he can predict his every move, which is why they'd be great together. R-Truth says Goldust probably thinks he'll put the cake in his face, but he's better than that. R-Truth walks off, but then returns and smashes it in Goldust's face.
The Wyatt Family will take on Big Show, Ryback, and Kane, next.
The Wyatt Family w/ Braun Strowman vs. Big Show, Ryback, and Kane
Bray Wyatt will start the match against Kane. They lock up, and Kane tosses him to the corner. Wyatt punches him, but Kane comes back with a shoulder block. Kane punches him in the corner, but Wyatt fights back and stomps him down. Kane tosses him back to the corner and clotheslines him down. Luke Harper is tagged in. Kane uppercuts him before wrenching the arm. Ryback is tagged in, but Harper elbows him in the face. Ryback hits some shoulder thrusts in the corner, and he punches away at him. The crowd gives him the "Goldberg" treatment. Ryback sends him to the corner and tags Kane back in. A "Gillberg" chant then breaks out. Harper reverses a whip and dropkicks Kane down. Erick Rowan is tagged in, and he punches and stomps Kane down. Rowan stomps away at him and clubs him. Rowan sends him into the corner, but Kane pops out with a clothesline. Ryback is tagged in, and he punches away at Rowan. Rowan misses some hits, and Ryback hits a running cross-body block. Ryback hits a pair of high running knees in the corner, but Rowan comes back by snapping him off the top rope. Ryback then gives him a spinebuster immediately after. Rowan gets out of the ring to recover, but Ryback clotheslines him on the floor.
We come back from the break to see Ryback fight up from a chin lock applied by Harper. Ryback knocks Wyatt and Rowan off the apron before Harper gives him a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Rowan is tagged in, and he drops an elbow. Rowan puts him on the top rope and goes for a superplex, but Ryback blocks it. Ryback takes him out with a missile dropkick.
Big Show and Wyatt are tagged in. Big Show connects with a pair of clotheslines before sending him into the ropes to kill him with a spear. Big Show gets the crowd pumped up before Harper superkicks him. Kane big boots Harper down, and Rowan takes Kane out with a spinning heel kick. Big Show then gives Rowan a Chokeslam. Big Show hits Wyatt with a butt bump and hits the ropes, but Braun Strowman pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Wyatt smirks as he leaves the ring to kick Big Show in the ribs. Wyatt gets him in the ring and tags in Harper. Harper uppercuts him before Big Show chops away at him. Harper knees away at him before taunting the crowd. Big Show then goes for a Chokeslam, but Harper jumps on his back and applies a sleeper hold. Big Show quickly counters out with a back suplex. Kane is tagged in, and he hits a pair of clotheslines followed by a pair of clotheslines in the corner. Kane then connects with a sidewalk slam and a low dropkick to the face. Kane knocks Wyatt and Rowan off the apron before hitting a running DDT on Harper. Kane signals for a Chokeslam. Ryback then gets off the apron and walks off. Kane hits Harper with a Chokeslam. Wyatt, who blind tagged in, attacks him from behind and connects with Sister Abigail for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Wyatt Family
Match Rating: * 1/4
Roman Reigns will take on Sheamus in tonight's main event.
Rich Brennan catches up with Ryback backstage. Ryback says he's done being in tag teams. The spotlight should be on him. As far as Big Show and Kane, he has no issues with them. He's just got to look out for him. As for the glass ceiling and brass ring, he's going to break it and take it.
Sasha Banks vs. Naomi w/ Tamina
They lock up, and Sasha applies a side headlock. Naomi knees her in the midsection and sends her into the ropes, but Sasha quickly applies an abdominal stretch. Sasha catches her with a wheelbarrow roll-up for a two count. They trade pins before Sasha falls down attempting a counter. Naomi then gives her a front suplex on the top rope. Tamina then rips her off the apron. Naomi mocks Sasha's taunt.
We come back from the break to see Sasha take her down by the hair. Sasha delivers some quick forearms before blocking a kick and kicking her in the face. Sasha hits the ropes and hits a sloppy double knee pin for a two count. Sasha goes to the top rope, but Naomi rips her off. Becky Lynch then runs down and attacks Tamina. Sasha then hits Naomi with the Bank Statement for the win.
Winner by Submission: Sasha Banks
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Charlotte's music hits, and she comes out to the stage with Ric Flair. Charlotte is wearing a top in the style of The Bella Twins. Charlotte pretends to cry before saying they have cheap hair dye. Charlotte then announces they'll have a match to determine who will have the honor to face her at WrestleMania for the Divas Championship. Charlotte says Becky and Sasha don't have a good relationship and can't trust one another. Charlotte and Ric laugh as they go up the ramp.
Sheamus is seen getting pumped up backstage with the League of Nations. He'll face Roman Reigns, next.
Replays are shown of Shane McMahon's return from earlier in the night. Shane has something over Vince McMahon. Shane wants control of Monday Night RAW. Vince said he could if he can beat The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania.
Vince and Stephanie McMahon are seen talking backstage. She says she can't work for her brother. Vince says the odds of Shane beating Undertaker at WrestleMania inside Hell in a Cell are astronomical. Stephanie realizes it was a calculated risk.
The Godfather will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by the APA.
Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring as the crowd loudly boos him. He'll face Sheamus, next.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H will be on Smackdown to address Roman Reigns.
Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus w/ The League of Nations
They circle the ring, and Reigns gets Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus wrenches the arm and sends him shoulder-first into the turnbuckle. Sheamus hits an arm-breaker for a one count. Sheamus elbows away at the injured arm before applying an overhead wristlock. Reigns fights up and punches away at him. The boos are starting to come out. Sheamus quickly drops him on the top rope before applying the arm bar. Reigns punches out and goes for a Samoan Drop, but Sheamus elbows out. Reigns then clotheslines him over the top rope. The crowd is booing Reigns. Reigns leaves the ring and clotheslines Sheamus down. Reigns puts Sheamus in the ring and goes to get in, but Sheamus knocks him to the floor. Rusev gets a cheap shot in on Reigns as the referee is distracted, and we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see both men down. The crowd is chanting for JBL. The League of Nations was ejected from ringside during the commercial. Sheamus and Reigns trade punches. Sheamus hits the ropes and catches him with an Irish Curse Backbreaker. Reigns avoids a Brogue Kick and lays him out with a Superman Punch. The crowd loudly boos Reigns again. Sheamus rolls out of the ring to recover. Reigns then spears him down at ringside. Both men get in before being counted out.
Triple H's music hits, and he comes out in jeans and a leather jacket with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship over his shoulder.
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Triple H removes the jacket. His wrists are taped up. Reigns gets out of the ring, and they start brawling. Reigns sends him into the barricade, but Triple H comes back with a clothesline on the floor. Triple H throws him into the ring, and Reigns sends him to the floor with a Superman Punch. Reigns then clotheslines him into the timekeeper's area. The crowd is booing Reigns anytime he gets on the offensive. Triple H then nails him in the throat with the ring bell. The crowd is chanting for Triple H. Triple H then slams him off the table a bunch of times. Reigns is gushing blood from his nose. Referees run down to keep Triple H back so doctors can stop the bleeding. The crowd boos that. Triple H talks trash to him.
Triple H takes the top of the steel steps off and pulls Reigns over. Reigns is covered in blood and his nose is still gushing. Triple H then gives him a Pedigree on the steps! The crowd chants, "One more time." Triple H mocks the Superman Punch set up before telling him to suck it. Triple H holds up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship triumphantly to thunderous applause as the show goes off the air.