WWE Monday Night RAW Results
May 25, 2015
Uniondale, New York
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A great video opens up the show that shows Ronald Reagan’s remarks at Arlington National Cemetery from Memorial Day 1982 with WWE Superstars taking turns reading excerpts of it over his voice. As Reagan said, “I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them.” Eden Stiles then asks the crowd to stand in silence for a 10-bell salute to the soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The RAW video plays, and we’re brought into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. Michael Cole, JBL, and Booker T welcome us to the show.
Seth Rollins and The Authority talk about Dean Ambrose’s attack
The Authority’s music plays. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon make their way to the ring with Seth Rollins, Kane, and J&J Security. Replays are shown of Dean Ambrose holding Rollins over cinderblocks last week on RAW to force The Authority to give him a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Rollins and The Authority then took him out after that. Rollins asked the crowd to give it up for Dean Ambrose, who acted like nothing more than a common thug last week. Ambrose extorted and intimidated his way to get what he wanted, which was a shot at his WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The crowd loudly chants, “You Sold Out” at Rollins. Rollins says this isn’t about him – it’s about Ambrose, who is clearly a hero and role model to everyone in the WWE Universe. The audience loudly applauds that. Rollins goes to continue, but the crowd loudly chants, “We Want Ambrose!” Rollins says The Authority made that decision under duress, which is not how they operate because that’s not best for business. Like Stephanie said last week, Ambrose didn’t earn a title shot. Rollins then suggests they take the title shot away from Ambrose right now. The Authority could even fire Dean Ambrose right now. They considered it until Rollins asked them not to. Another loud “We Want Ambrose” chant starts up.
Rollins says he’s a benevolent human being. Honestly, Ambrose isn’t a threat to him. Ambrose isn’t on his level and never was. Ambrose rode his coattails the entire time he was in The Shield. Triple H said it was an easy decision. While they have a verbal arrangement with Ambrose, we’re going to need something a little more concrete. That means if Ambrose would like to receive his WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against Seth Rollins at Elimination Chamber, all he has to do is come down to the ring right now and sign this contract. Triple H is holding a contract.
Dean Ambrose’s music hits, and he comes out to a massive pop from the crowd. Ambrose stays at the top of the ramp. Ambrose says they may find this hard to believe, but there may be something wrong with him. A loud “Ambrose” chant fires up. Ambrose can’t sleep well. Instead of counting sheep, he counts punching Seth Rollins in the face. By the time he gets to 200, he sleeps like a baby. Ambrose says beating up Rollins makes him happy. Normally, he gets his jollies kicking the crap out of Rollins for free. Last week, he figured next time he kicks the crap out of him should be for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The crazy thing is it’s actually going to happen. All it took was some cinderblocks, a steel chair, and a little imagination. Ambrose hopes the WWE Universe enjoyed it as much as he did. He knows The Authority appreciated it because there’s a good chance their golden boy gets replaced by someone they call a “lunatic,” but everyone else will call “the new face of WWE.” When that happens, he’ll make some changes. J&J Security will go barefoot like proper hobbits. Kane can wear a collar like the obedient lap dog he is. As for Rollins, he can drunk dial Selena Gomez like the Justin Bieber he is.
Rollins tells him to shut his mouth as a “Justin Bieber” chant starts up. Rollins wonders when the people will get it. They called him a sellout for so long like he wasn’t proud of it. Now they call him Justin Bieber, who is rich and famous. Bieber is also the most successful artist of his generation, and they all wish they could beat Bieber like Ambrose wishes he could beat him. Ambrose will never be him. Ambrose is a cockroach. Cockroaches can survive a nuclear holocaust, but they never thrive or win. Ambrose is destined to be a loser his entire life. All he wants is to be the man standing in the ring. All he wants is to be him. Maybe it’s a good thing Ambrose weaseled his way into the match this Sunday. If Ambrose has the guts to sign the contract, he’ll gladly scrape his teeth off the bottom of his boot this Sunday. Rollins dares him to go down to the ring.
Ambrose says he’d rather be a cockroach than the wrong end of The Authority’s Human Centipede. All he has to do is go down to the ring in the lion’s den and sign the contract. It might be crazy and stupid, but it might be worth a shot. There’s only one way to find out. Ambrose drops the microphone, takes off his jacket, and goes down to the ring. Ambrose circles the ring as Triple H taunts him with the contract. Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he comes to a nice pop from the crowd. Reigns joins Ambrose by his side, and they bump fists. Some boos mix in for Reigns. Stephanie says these “Shield boys” are just inseparable. It’s cute and sweet. Ambrose has until the end of the night to sign the contract and make his championship match at Elimination Chamber official. Until then, she’s making a main event. Ambrose and Reigns will team up to face Kane and Seth Rollins. The best part is they don’t have to wait until the end of the night because this match happens right now!
Seth Rollins and Kane vs. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
The bell rings as soon as we return from the break. Ambrose and Kane will start the match out. Kane punches him to the corner as the crowd chants for Ambrose. Kane bounces him in the corner until Ambrose gets out and connects with some chops and jabs. Ambrose dropkicks him against the ropes before taking him down with a running cross-body block and some punches. Ambrose drops an elbow before stomping the midsection and stepping on him. Reigns tags in, and he punches Kane before bouncing him in the corner. Reigns bounces him off another turnbuckle before Kane punches him away. Kane sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Reigns punches back at Kane before Kane cuts him off. Kane goes for a suplex, but Reigns blocks it and connects with his own suplex. Ambrose is tagged in, and he comes off the top rope with a club to the shoulder. Rollins quickly tags in, and he clubs away at Ambrose’s chest and snaps his arm off the top rope. Rollins connects with a suplex for a two count. Rollins then applies a neck vice. Michael Cole talks about how this is the final WWE show in the Nassau Coliseum. Ambrose fights up, and Rollins sends him into the ropes. Rollins lowers his head and eats a kick. Reigns is tagged in, and they drop Rollins with a double clothesline. Reigns applies a side headlock before being whipped off. Reigns shoulder blocks him down before countering a leapfrog with a Samoan Drop. Reigns charges him in the corner, but he’s dropped on the apron. Reigns then snaps him off the top rope. J&J Security distracts Reigns, and Rollins dropkicks him into the barricade. Kane then drives Reigns into the barricade while the referee’s back is turned. Rollins picks up a two count for that.
Rollins applies a chin lock on Reigns as the crowd chants for Ambrose. Reigns eventually fights up and punches out, but Rollins cuts him off with a punch and goes for a neckbreaker. Reigns twists out and clubs him in the neck. Ambrose is tagged in, and he ducks a clothesline before hitting a running cross-body. Ambrose puts him in the corner and kicks away at him. Ambrose sends him to the opposite corner for a running forearm/bulldog combination. Ambrose then clotheslines him over the top rope before taking him out with a suicide dive. Ambrose ducks a clothesline from Kane, and Reigns punches Kane in the face. Ambrose and Reigns get in the ring and stand tall as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Rollins delivering some forearms to Ambrose’s face. Ambrose fights him off before Rollins comes back with a sling blade for a two count. During the commercial, Rollins dropkicked Ambrose in the face while he was hanging in the tree of woe. Rollins connects with a short-arm clothesline as the crowd starts chanting for Zack Ryder. Rollins hits another short-arm clothesline before shoving him. Ambrose ducks a short-arm clothesline and annihilates him with a clothesline of his own.
Reigns and Kane are tagged in. Reigns ducks a clothesline and connects with a leaping clothesline. Kane reverses a whip to the corner, but he runs into a boot. Reigns then comes off the second rope with a diving clothesline. Reigns clotheslines him in the corner before clubbing and kicking him down. Joey Mercury jumps up on the apron, and Reigns punches him down. Reigns then takes Jamie Noble out with a Superman Punch. Kane then big boots Reigns down. Kane sets up for a Chokeslam, but Reigns elbows out. Kane uppercuts him, and Ambrose blind tags in. Reigns connects with a Superman Punch before Ambrose takes Kane out with a diving elbow drop for a near fall broken up by Rollins. Rollins tags in and connects with a springboard knee to the temple for a near fall. Rollins cannot believe he kicked out. Ambrose blocks a superkick and goes for Dirty Deeds, but Rollins counters into an enzuigiri. Ambrose quickly rebounds off the ropes with a clothesline, but Rollins ducks it. Ambrose then catches Rollins with a backslide pin for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Seth Rollins cannot believe that he was just pinned. Rollins yells at Kane and J&J Security as he contends that the referee never counted to three. Ambrose and Reigns celebrate in the ring as Rollins looks stunned.
The commentators talk about how you can subscribe to the WWE Network for free this month if you’re a new subscriber. It’s the only way you can watch WWE Elimination Chamber.
The cast of “Entourage” will be on RAW later tonight.
Dean Ambrose is backstage with Renee Young, who reminds him that he has to sign the contract to make his WWE World Heavyweight Championship match official. Ambrose says he’ll have it signed by the end of the night. J&J Security walks up and says they have the contract for him. They then pretend that they forgot it. Ambrose then beats them up and accidentally punches the cameraman. The cameraman writhes on the floor in pain. Ambrose doesn’t look happy about what just happened.
A video showcases the NXT Champion Kevin Owens who confronted John Cena last week on RAW. Owens will face Cena in a non-title match this Sunday at WWE Elimination Chamber.
Rusev comes out waving the flag of Bulgaria. The colors on his trunks are back to Bulgarian colors. The commentators talk about how he moved back to Bulgaria after dumping Lana. Rusev will be in action, next.
A limousine is shown driving up, and the cast of “Entourage” gets out. Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, and Jerry Ferrara represent the cast.
The vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship is seen at ringside. Rusev looks at it. Replays are shown of Rusev breaking up with Lana last week on RAW. Lana then came out later in the night to kiss Dolph Ziggler. Rusev attacked Ziggler, and Lana slapped him. Ziggler then took Rusev out with a Zig-Zag.
Rusev vs. R-Truth
Rusev powers R-Truth down before R-Truth punches away at him. Rusev reverses a whip, but R-Truth connects with the flying corkscrew elbow smash for a one count. Rusev soon takes R-Truth out with a thrust kick. Rusev stomps the spine twice before applying the Accolade for the win.
Winner by Submission: Rusev
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Rusev grabs a microphone and shouts for Lana to come out because they have to talk. Rusev says “please.” Rusev says he won’t leave the ring until she comes down.
Rusev is still in the ring begging for Lana to come down. Rusev says she owes him for all they’ve been through and all the accomplishments they’ve had in WWE and for Mother Russia. Lana’s music hits, and she comes out to the ring. Lana says she’s waiting to hear what he has to say. Rusev says he knows Lana cares about him. Despite her actions at WrestleMania, her mishearing him saying “I Quit” at WWE Payback, and her kissing that disgusting Dolph Ziggler twice, he knows why she did it. It’s because she’s a woman. All women do these things for him to pay attention. Lana says everything she’s done she does for him. Rusev says he knows she cares about him. Lana wants to crush the American spirit just as badly as he does. Ever since they met back in Bulgaria, they can still make their dreams happen. The crowd chants, “USA,” and Rusev screams that it’s not the time for that. Rusev says all Lana has to do is take his hand and all will be forgotten. The crowd chants “NO.” Rusev says they can conquer this country and get their dreams. Rusev tells her to not throw this all away because of a simple misunderstanding. Rusev holds his hand out as the crowd chants “NO.” Lana then grabs his hand, and they hug in the ring. Rusev then raises Lana’s arm as the crowd boos.
Rusev says all he needs her to say are three magical words: “I was wrong.” Lana’s face turns to stone, and she rips her hand away. Lana turns to leave the ring and goes to the apron. Rusev says all she has to do is admit it was all her fault and everything will be back to normal. Lana says she wasn’t wrong. Rusev said, “I quit.” The crowd chants, “You Quit!” Rusev screams that she’s a liar. Rusev says he never quit. He tried to be nice to her, but she needs to know her place. Rusev says he owns her. She is his possession. Rusev demands that she gets back in the ring. Lana stares at him before getting back in the ring. Lana simply says, “No. You’re a liar and a quitter. You’re so cowardly that you can’t even take responsibility for your actions. You do not own me. I belong to no one. I am not yours, and I am no longer your victim. So you can take your stupid ways, and I am not going to listen to your cruel, caveman, brutish, thick-headed, moronic mouth again!” Lana drops the microphone and leaves to thunderous applause as Rusev looks completely stunned.
Dolph Ziggler’s music hits, and he meets Lana at the top of the stage. They smile at each other and kiss as Rusev is irate in the ring. Ziggler raises Lana’s arm as Rusev looks like he has tears in his eyes.
Backstage, Dean Ambrose is sitting in his locker room. Triple H and Seth Rollins walk up to him. Ambrose asks if they’re here to give his contract or do they want to do this the fun way. Triple H says Ambrose has enough trouble. The cameraman walks in with two men in suits. Triple H asks if this is the man who assaulted him. The cameraman says it is, but he’s sure he felt someone hit him before that. Rollins cuts him off and tells him to answer. The man says Ambrose did assault him. The men turn out to be policemen, who promptly handcuff Ambrose and read him the Miranda Rights. Ambrose says this is crap.
The policemen are escorting Ambrose to a police truck. Seth Rollins, Kane, and J&J Security are there to taunt Ambrose.
The vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship is seen at ringside.
King Barrett vs. Ryback
They lock up, and Ryback applies a side headlock. Barrett whips him off, but he misses a clothesline. Ryback takes him down with a Lou Thesz Press before slamming his head off the mat. Ryback follows up with a big splash and tells him to get up. Ryback connects with a powerslam. Barrett rolls out of the ring to recover. Barrett kicks him in the ribs, which are still taped up from his match against Bray Wyatt last week. Barrett then drives him ribs-first into the barricade. Barrett lays him across the top rope and clubs away at the ribs before kicking him there for a one count. Barrett stomps him before going to the second rope. Barrett says, “All hail King Barrett” before dropping an elbow for a near fall. Barrett knees him in the back before applying a surfboard stretch. Ryback fights up and head-butts out. Ryback shoulders him in the corner before punching away at him. Barrett reverses a whip to the corner, but he runs into a back elbow. Ryback goes to the second rope, but Barrett rips him off. Barrett connects with The Wasteland for a near fall. Barrett sets up for the Royal Bull Hammer, but Ryback can’t get back to his feet. Barrett slaps away at him before being dropped by a spinebuster. Ryback then connects with Shell Shocked for the win. Ryback continues to hold his ribs in pain.
Winner by Pinfall: Ryback
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Ryback goes over to the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship and says, “Feed me more!”
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are talking about how Dean Ambrose won’t be back in time to sign the contract. Kevin Dillon says Jeremy Piven would have been there, but he’s busy preparing for “SummerFest.” Jerry Ferrara talks about being in the movie with Ronda Rousey before asking if Stephanie’s arm is ok after nearly having it broken at WrestleMania. Stephanie says their dressing room is next door. She looks furious.
Video submissions for WWE Tough Enough are shown.
Stardust is seen at ringside taunting Stephen Amell, who is the star of “Arrow.” Amell pretends to throw a punch and doesn’t look impressed at all with Stardust. Stardust has been taunting him on Twitter apparently.
Stardust vs. Neville
The commentators talk about how Neville will face Bo Dallas this Sunday at WWE Elimination Chamber.
Neville’s knee is still wrapped up due to the injury at WWE Payback last week. They circle the ring, and Neville takes him down with a front face-lock as the crowd chants, “NXT.” Stardust whips him off, and Neville dives over him. Stardust counters a roll-up and drops him to the apron. Neville forearms him back and goes for a kick, but Stardust snaps the injured knee off the ropes. Stardust taunts Stephen Amell before front suplexing Neville back into the ring for a one count. Stardust kicks him in the injured knee as the crowd chants, “Cody.” Stardust then applies a single leg crab. Bo Dallas saunters down to the ring smiling. Neville kicks Stardust away and punches him in the midsection. Stardust knees him before going for a back suplex. Neville flips through, but he hurts his leg in the process. Stardust kicks him in the head before putting him on the top rope. Neville punches him off the second rope and connects with a tornado DDT. Dallas is cheering Neville on. Neville sets Stardust up and connects with the Red Arrow for the win. Neville quickly clutches his knee in pain soon after.
Winner by Pinfall: Neville
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Dallas gets in the ring and says he can pick himself up. All he has to do is Bolieve. Dallas then chop blocks the knee and leaves the ring. Neville clutches his knee in pain and runs around the ring triumphantly to his music.
The cast of “Entourage” runs into some WWE Divas, who profess their love for the show. Kevin Connolly is seen talking to Zack Ryder about how this is the last time in Long Island. The go into a room with Ryder to talk over some plan.
Elsewhere backstage, Dolph Ziggler is seen talking with Lana. Ziggler then leaves her and will be in action, next.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
Sheamus points at Ziggler’s eyebrow, which was stitched up after a match with Sheamus last week. Ziggler punches away at Sheamus before Sheamus knees him in the midsection. Sheamus puts him in the corner and punches and kicks him down. Sheamus taunts the crowd before clubbing Ziggler. Sheamus sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Sheamus then takes him out with a running forearm. Sheamus drops a knee before digging it into his face. Sheamus hits a snapmare followed by a chin lock. Ziggler fights out before running into a back elbow. Sheamus kicks him in the face before throwing him out of the ring. Ziggler blocks a shot into the commentary table and bounces Sheamus off it. Ziggler follows him into the ring, and Sheamus kicks him in the knee. Sheamus goes for a back suplex, but Ziggler flips through and dropkicks him. Ziggler then wildly clotheslines him over the top rope. Sheamus soon comes back with a powerslam on the floor! Lana comes out to the stage to watch.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler fighting up from a chin lock and powering him to the corner. Ziggler punches away at Sheamus before missing a splash. Sheamus hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall. Sheamus talks trash and punches him a few times. Ziggler fights back, but Sheamus knees him in the midsection. Sheamus drops a knee and digs it into his head for a few moments. Ziggler punches back at Sheamus before hitting a jawbreaker. Ziggler elbows and kicks him in the face before punching away at him. Sheamus sends him into the ropes, and Ziggler hits him with a few running forearms. Ziggler finally takes him down and goes for a splash, but Sheamus drops him on the apron. Ziggler snaps him off the top rope and connects with a cross-body block. Ziggler catches him with a famouser for a near fall.
Ziggler goes for his big spike DDT, but Sheamus counters into White Noise. Ziggler wiggles out of that and rolls him up, but Sheamus rolls through. Ziggler sidesteps a Brogue Kick and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Ziggler then superkicks him for a near fall. Rusev comes out, walks by Lana, and smirks at her. Rusev gets on the apron, and Ziggler superkicks him to the floor. Sheamus then gives Ziggler a Brogue Kick for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Sheamus
Match Rating: * 1/4
Sheamus goes outside and stares at Rusev before motioning for him to go into the ring. Rusev gets into the ring and stands over Ziggler. Lana comes down to ringside to watch. Rusev knees Ziggler in the midsection while staring at Lana. Rusev viciously punches Ziggler down and continues staring at Lana. Ziggler tries to fight back, but Rusev takes him down. Rusev then applies the Accolade and forces Lana to watch. Lana watches expressionless. Rusev let’s go, gets out of the ring, and leaves Lana to tend to Ziggler. Rusev shouts, “Kiss him now!”
John Cena’s United States Championship Open Challenge takes place, next.
Replays are shown of Kevin Owens confronting John Cena on RAW last week before dropping him with a Pop-up Powerbomb.
John Cena makes his way to the ring to thunderous boos from the crowd as they sing, “John Cena sucks.” Cena says for over ten years, the WWE Universe can be summed up in five simple words: “Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks.” There are those out there who fight with him and there are those out there who fight against him. A “Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks,” chant breaks out. For those out there who chant, “Let’s go Cena,” they believe in what he believes: hustle, loyalty, and respect. No matter how tough the fight is, they never give up. Over the past ten years, they’ve shared the agony of defeat and the triumph of victory. Most importantly (a “We want Ryder – Woo, woo, woo!” chant fires up), they’ve formed a family that allows them to survive atmospheres no matter how hostile. For those that chant, “Let’s go Cena,” he’s eternally grateful for all the years of support.
Then there are the others, and there is a loud pop from the crowd. They chant, among other things, “Cena sucks.” A “Cena sucks” chant breaks out. For over ten years, they’ve been clamoring for a man to step into this ring who is everything he isn’t to knock him down and keep him down. Here’s where the story gets difficult for them. Name after name, hopeful after hopeful have tried and failed. Cena was forcefully introduced to the newest hopeful on RAW. That was a man named Kevin Owens. Last Monday, Kevin Owens debuted on RAW and left him incapacitated. Two days later at NXT Takeover, Owens broke his best friend Sami Zayn in half. This is way those people thing Kevin Owens is the man to knock him down and keep him down. They think Owens is the man to change what needs to be changed around here. It’s those that chant “Cena sucks” who won’t be chanting that this Sunday. They’ll be chanting, “Fight, Owens, fight!” That’s the sound of all of them tuning into Elimination Chamber. For the first time in a decade, there may not be a “Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks,” chant. There could be a “Let’s go Cena/Fight, Owens, fight,” chant instead. “Fight, Owens, fight,” does not promise, “Win, Owens, win.” The crowd boos that. Last Monday, Owens proved to the world that he knows how to start one. This Sunday, we’ll see if he knows how to finish one.
That, of course, is Sunday. This is Monday Night RAW. This is the last WWE event ever at the Nassau Coliseum. On this very special day, Memorial Day, it gives him great pride to put the WWE United States Championship on the line right now. Long Island is certainly the place to be and John Cena is the man to beat. The John Cena US Open Challenge officially starts now. Cena finishes by saying, “You want some? Come get some!”
The cast of “Entourage” make their way out to the stage. Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, and Jerry Ferrara come out to a nice pop. Kevin Connolly says as much as they’d love to fulfill a childhood dream, there’s someone else who should get the shot. He’s another Long Island boy like himself. They then introduce Zack Ryder, who comes out to a nice pop. Ryder will face Cena, next.
WWE United States Championship Match
John Cena (c) vs. Zack Ryder
The cast of “Entourage” is seated at ringside. The bell rings, and they circle the ring. Cena takes him down with a headlock before connecting with a suplex for a one count. Cena applies a side headlock before connecting with another suplex for a two count. Cena takes him down with a straight right hand. Cena sends him to the corner and hits a running back elbow. Cena sends him to the corner, but he runs into some knees. Ryder takes him down with a missile dropkick followed by a running forearm in the corner. Ryder goes for the Broski Boot, but Cena avoids it. Cena ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of shoulder tackles followed by a back suplex powerbomb. Kevin Dillon gets in the ring and challenges Cena to a fight. Dillon then chickens out and gets out of the ring. Ryder rolls Cena up for a near fall. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Ryder wiggles out and connects with the Killswitch for a near fall. Ryder connects with the Broski Boot for another near fall.
Ryder pounds the mat and waits for Cena to get up. Ryder connects with the Rough Ryder for another near fall. The cast of “Entourage” is seen rooting Ryder on. Ryder sets Cena up in the corner and goes to the top rope. Ryder goes for a 450 Splash, but Cena rolls out of the way. Cena then connects with the AA for the win.
Winner and still WWE United States Champion: John Cena
Match Rating: *
Cena gets Ryder to his feet and raises his arm for the crowd. The cast of “Entourage” gets in the ring and everyone raises their arms up. Ryder and the cast of “Entourage” leave the ring as Cena continues to celebrate. Kevin Owens runs in through the crowd and kicks Cena in the midsection before sending him into the ropes for a Pop-up Powerbomb! Owens laughs, holds the NXT Championship up, and stomps on the WWE United States Championship.
Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Seth Rollins are seen watching that. Stephanie says Triple H really knows how to pick them. Owens is so good he’s scary. Rollins says he knows Owens and while he is good, he’s still the present and future of WWE. Renee Young walks in and asks for an update on the Dean Ambrose situation. Triple H says they’ll give Ambrose until the end of the show to sign the contract. Renee asks if that’s just a formality since they had Ambrose arrested. Rollins says they didn’t do anything. Ambrose assaulted the cameraman. If you can’t do the time, don’t do the time. Replays are then shown of Ambrose accidentally punching the cameraman and later being arrested.
The Bella Twins make their way to the ring. They’ll be on commentary for the next match.
Ryback will face Rusev this Thursday on Smackdown.
The Bella Twins are on commentary for this match. Nikki Bella will defend the WWE Divas Championship in a triple threat match against Naomi and Paige.
Tamina w/ Naomi vs. Paige
They circle the ring and lock up. Tamina shoves her away. Paige tries to take her down, but Tamina clubs away at her. Paige slaps her in the face and kicks her in the midsection. Paige knees away at her before screaming. Tamina then knocks her to the floor. Tamina brings her back into the ring and head-butts her before applying a neck vice. Tamina slams her down and reapplies the neck vice. Paige fights up and punches out. Tamina punches back, but Paige cuts her off with punches and a kick to the shoulder. Naomi gets on the apron and distracts Paige. Paige counters Tamina and rolls her up for a two count. Paige completely whiffs a superkick and pulls her down by the arm. They are absolutely blowing spot after spot. Simple clothesline spots are befuddling them. Tamina gets out of the ring, and Paige takes her out with a summersault senton. Paige is hanging on the apron for a bit, almost like she’s waiting for something. Naomi finally remembers her cue and hits Paige. Tamina then hits Paige with a Samoan Drop that took way too long to set up and picks up the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Tamina
Match Rating: -**
The commentators talk about the free month of May for new subscribers to the WWE Network. That’s the only way to watch WWE Elimination Chamber, which takes place this Sunday.
The New Day makes their way to the ring. They’ll be in action, next.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is shown in a video having his hand and footprints enshrined in cement in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
The New Day is standing in the ring, and all three are holding microphones. The crowd chants, “New Day Sucks.” Xavier Woods says this is outrageous. They’re being persecuted for being positive. They’re being made to defend their WWE Tag Team Championships inside the Elimination Chamber against five other teams. That is completely unfair. Big E says there will be chaos, and they could lose their championships. Kofi Kingston says no one wants to see that. The WWE Universe certainly doesn’t want to see that. Big E tells them to pipe down. Even the people of this decrepit, decaying arena that is about to be torn down with a hockey team that has left and will forever be known as losers, can recognize champions. Woods says, “New Day Rocks!” The crowd then chants, “New Day Sucks!”
Kane’s music hits, and the Director of Operations makes his way to the stage. Kane says it’s a matter of perspective. In the Elimination Chamber, they have a one in six chance of winning, the same as every other team. That’s fair. Unfair would be something along the lines of their match tonight. They’re facing the teams of Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, Los Matadores, The Ascension, The Prime Time Players, and The Lucha Dragons in a 10-on-3-tag team match! The other five teams make their way to the ring. This match is next.
The New Day vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, The Prime Time Players, Los Matadores, The Ascension, and The Lucha Dragons
We join the match in progress. Xavier Woods has Kalisto trapped in a chin lock. Kalisto fights him off, but Woods takes him out with the Honor Roll. Woods taunts the teams, and all hell breaks loose. The referee throws the match out. Darren Young takes Woods out with the Gut Check. Titus O’Neil throws Woods out of the ring. The Ascension then throws Young out of the ring. The Ascension takes Kingston out with a hip lock slam. O’Neil then knocks them out of the ring and big boots Big E. Diego goes for a plancha, but he’s caught. Fernando then takes everyone out. The Lucha Dragons knock Kidd and Cesaro out of the ring before taking everyone out with stereo corkscrew planchas. The New Day gets back in the ring after having avoided all that, and they’re announced as the winners by disqualification.
Winners by Disqualification: The New Day
Match Rating: N/A
Cesaro and Kidd attack them from behind. They then take Woods down. Cesaro then does the Cesaro Swing, and Kidd takes him out with a dropkick. Cesaro, Kidd, and Natalya celebrate in the ring.
We’re shown a sneak peek of “Daniel Bryan: Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes!”
The Miz will host a special edition of Miz TV with special guest Daniel Bryan on the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show.
Replays are shown of Dean Ambrose accidentally punching the cameraman. Just released footage is shown of an alternate angle. Seth Rollins snuck up behind the cameraman and shoved him into Ambrose.
The Authority gives Dean Ambrose a chance to sign the title match contract
The Authority makes their way to the ring. Rollins says what we just saw from some cellphone footage doesn’t matter. Dean Ambrose physically assaulted a cameraman and was justifiably arrested earlier tonight. Rollins says Ambrose was nothing more than a common thug. Recklessness can only get you so far. Ambrose almost got himself an opportunity at his title. This week, it got him behind bars. Stephanie says the crew works tirelessly to bring us Monday Night RAW, and they deserve respect. Ambrose doesn’t respect them or anyone else. Ambrose struck a WWE employee. That cameraman is the father of newborn triplets. It is their job to create a safe environment for all their employees. As such, they cannot tolerate such actions from their superstars. Their goal is to create a kind, nurturing, and supportive environment. Their legal team has advised them to not say anything further since this is an ongoing investigation.
Triple H says in spite of Ambrose’s lunatic mental state, they were still willing to give him the opportunity to face Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. All he had to do was sign the contract. That same unstable state came back to bite him because he’s not here right now. They have no choice but to announce that at the Elimination Chamber…
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he runs down the ramp to the ring. Reigns attacks them, but he’s soon overwhelmed by Rollins, Kane, and J&J Security. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon watch from ringside. Reigns fights them off and goes for a Superman Punch on Kane, but Kane counters with a Chokeslam. Rollins picks up the contract and taunts Reigns with it. The crowd chants, “We want Ambrose.”
A police truck drives into the arena. Reigns is seen laughing. Dean Ambrose is revealed to be driving the truck. Ambrose makes his way to the ring in a police cap and jacket as well as a nightstick. Ambrose gets in the ring and hits Noble and Mercury with the nightstick before Rollins takes him down. Kane goes for a Chokeslam, but Ambrose gets out and rebounds off the ropes with a clothesline. Rollins punches him and throws him down. Rollins picks up the nightstick, but Reigns rips it out of hits hands. Ambrose and Reigns take turns punching Rollins before clotheslining him out of the ring. J&J Security and Kane return to fight, but they’re taken down. Reigns then hits J&J Security with a Double Spear. Kane throws Reigns out of the ring, but he soon eats a Superman Punch. Ambrose then drops Kane with Dirty Deeds. Ambrose stares at Triple H, Stephanie, and Rollins, who are standing at the top of the ramp. Ambrose picks up the contract and signs it. Rollins looks frustrated by that and shouts at him. Ambrose will face Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship this Sunday at WWE Elimination Chamber.
Quick Match Results
Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns def. Seth Rollins and Kane
Rusev def. R-Truth via Submission
Ryback def. King Barrett
Neville def. Stardust
Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler
John Cena def. Zack Ryder to retain the WWE United States Championship
Tamina def. Paige
The New Day def. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, The Prime Time Players, Los Matadores, The Ascension, and The Lucha Dragons via DQ (non-title)
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