WWE Monday Night RAW Results
January 25, 2016
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video highlights the events from last night’s Royal Rumble match. The WWE World Heavyweight Championship was on the line in that match. Roman Reigns was entered in at the number one spot. Triple H came in at number thirty and eliminated Roman Reigns. Triple H then eliminated Dean Ambrose to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The Authority reigns supreme.
We see a shot of the crowd in Miami. They look fired up. Vince McMahon’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage nearly skipping arm in arm with his daughter, Stephanie McMahon. McMahon tells the booing crowd to shut up. Stephanie says the crowd doesn’t listen ever. McMahon says it’s the day after the Royal Rumble, and he’s feeling damn good. McMahon doesn’t care how the crowd is feeling. All that matters is they’re feeling good. The reason why he’s feeling good is that while Roman Reigns is one tough son of a bitch, they broke him in half. They pierced his heart, took his championship, and made him just like everyone else. Just like everyone else in the crowd that has failed, Reigns is putting his tail between his legs and whimpering. They stay that way. Once you’re broken, you stay that way. McMahon says he’s not here tonight to gloat or praise his son in law. He’s here to make a confession, his first one ever in WWE. The crowd is giving him the “WHAT” treatment. McMahon confesses that he enjoys the misfortune and misery of others, which is why he loves coming out every week because that’s how the crowd is. No one is more miserable than Reigns. Reigns will stay that way.
Stephanie says if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. That’s what they did last night. They pulled one of the biggest coups in WWE history. Everyone thought Reigns would come back from all the adversity and come back to win. If not Reigns, maybe Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose, or AJ Styles. McMahon gives a big guffaw. Stephanie says it’s a pipe dream. They live in a fantasy world. They had the crowd eating out of their hands because they knew number thirty would be “The Game,” Triple H. An “AJ Styles” chant breaks out. McMahon says if the people were in the ring with them, they’d wind up on the bottom of his shoe. Stephanie says no one holds a candle to her husband. Her husband works harder than anyone on the roster. He’s a businessman. Not only is he the Cerebral Assassin and the greatest WWE superstar in history, he is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He is the standard bearer and measuring stick. No one can hold a candle to her man. She then introduces her husband.
Triple H’s music hits, and he comes out in a buttoned up suit. Triple H then unbuttons the jacket and opens it to reveal the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H laughs and takes the title off to hold it up as he makes his way to the ring. Triple H poses in the ring with the championship before taking a bottle of water from his wife and doing his water mist pose. McMahon says, “Bow down to the king!” The crowd boos them. Triple H says it’s good to be the king. Triple H wants to give props to one person from last night. That one person is Roman Reigns. Reigns could be one of the most amazing athletes he’s ever seen. Reigns could be that good, but today he is not. There’s a reason for that because Reigns lacks one thing: respect. Reigns is arrogant and cocky. Reigns is great, but he needs to learn his place in life. He could put up with the fact that he thought he was better and his disregard of authority. What he couldn’t put up with was his disrespect for Vince McMahon. As far as everyone should be concerned, McMahon is god because he created this company. This business until his dying breath is his religion. He’ll be damned if Reigns will disrespect him or his religion.
A lot of people will ask why he needs to be the WWE Champion. Triple H says his time has passed. His career is second to none. It’s a Hall of Fame career. He made the successful transition to the boardroom. Triple H says he doesn’t needs to be WWE Champion, but he wants to be WWE Champion. The reason he wants to be champion is because people like Roman Reigns want to be WWE Champion, and they don’t deserve it. Up until he says so, he will be the WWE Champion. Until everyone out here and back there learns respect, he will be WWE Champion because he says so and there’s not a damn thing anyone can do about it, including Roman Reigns. Triple H says he’ll be champion – he’s cut off by a “Roman” chant. Triple H says people like that and Reigns will either conform or cease to exist.
Stephanie asks who he will teach a lesson in respect to at WrestleMania. Stephanie says tonight’s RAW will be action packed. They will evaluate every WWE superstar. At the end of the night, they’ll announce the main event of Fastlane. The winner of that main event will face Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania. Stephanie says, “Believe that!” The Authority’s music plays, and they smile triumphantly in the ring.
Michael Cole, JBL, and Byron Saxton talk about what just happened. Cole then talks about the tweet WWE put out about a major superstar returning to RAW. They wonder who it could be.
Tonight, we’ll see AJ Styles take on Chris Jericho!
Flo Rida is seen at ringside enjoying the show.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens
Charles Robinson, the greatest referee ever, is the official for this match. Ziggler connects with a superkick for an immediate near fall. Owens rolls out of the ring to recover. Ziggler follows him out and punches away at him. Owens quickly blocks a right hand and throws him into the barricade. Owens gets in the ring and looks for a count-out. Owens pulls him back in and punches and stomps him. The crowd chants for Owens. Owens sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Ziggler then dropkicks him. Owens once again rolls out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler fighting up from a chin lock. Owens quickly connects with a head-butt to take him down for a two count. During the commercial, Owens sent Ziggler crotch-first into the ring post. Owens applies a chin lock, but Ziggler fights up and stomps his foot. Ziggler ducks a clothesline and goes for a superkick, but Owens blocks it. Owens punches him and charges at him in the corner, but Ziggler moves. Owens hits the ring post shoulder-first and stumbles into a famouser for a near fall. Owens gets Ziggler up in a fireman’s carry, but Ziggler counters into a sleeper hold. Owens backs him into the corner to break the hold. Owens goes for a cannonball, but Ziggler moves. Ziggler goes for an avalanche, but Owens sidesteps him and connects with a German Suplex. Owens then charges into a superkick. Ziggler picks up a near fall for that.
Ziggler punches and knees away at Owens in the corner. Ziggler puts him on the top rope and goes for a superplex, but Owens punches him. Owens goes for his fisherman superplex, but Ziggler fights out. Owens then pushes him to the canvas. Ziggler charges into a boot. Owens goes to the second rope, but Ziggler scales to the top rope. Owens slides out and crotches him on the top rope. Owens throws him into the ropes and connects with the Pop-up Powerbomb for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Kevin Owens
Match Rating: * 3/4
Roman Reigns is walking backstage when JoJo stops him. She asks about Vince McMahon saying Reigns is a broken man living in misery. Reigns says they are ridiculous. Reigns tells JoJo to tell the Chairman and the Champion that he’s here. Reigns says he won’t leave until he hears their announcement.
The Social Outcasts are in the ring. Heath Slater says they have a few things they want to say. Slater then notices Flo Rida and gets on the apron. Slater says they have a Grammy Award winner and Miami’s own at ringside. Flo Rida stands up. Slater says he shoved him last time they met up. Slater tells Flo Rida to sit there and not make him mad. Adam Rose says Flo made Slater upset. When he’s mad, he spits fire. Curtis Axel says Rose makes no sense. Bo Dallas tells Flo Rida to get in the ring and face the four super-friends. Flo Rida hops the barricade and gets in the ring with the Social Outcasts. Slater says he doesn’t want to hurt Flo, but they will embarrass him. How about they have a rap battle? The crowd seems enthused.
Flo Rida grabs the microphone and asks if Slater really wants to battle him. Slater says he wasn’t talking about him. He wants to introduce him to his OG. Flo Rida… meet Bo Rida. They put sunglasses and a cap on Dallas. Dallas says, “Check it! My name is Bo, and I’m here to say Flo Rida is disrespectful in a major way. You sucker punched my friend at WrestleMania 28, but I’d be upset too if I was named after this awful state. You need to channel your negativity in a more productive manner. You hold an ace high, but I hold a full house like my name is Danny Tanner. Bolieve!” The Social Outcasts celebrate wildly.
Flo Rida says, “Heath, last time you got away with a sucker punch. Sitting at my table, I eat a sucker’s lunch. Wrap my fist in your jaw, feel my knuckles crunch. You see battling me ain’t fair, just like the Social Outcasts trying to wrestle “Nature Boy” Ric Flair! Woo!” The crowd is booing him. “Curtis can’t hurt this. Bo can’t flow. Heath, you ain’t just walking the 305 because you ain’t got no skills. Welcome to Dudleyville.”
The Dudley Boyz music hits, and they make their way to the ring. The Dudley Boyz will face The Social Outcasts, next.
Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas w/ Heath Slater and Adam Rose vs. The Dudley Boyz w/ Flo Rida
We join the match in progress. Curtis Axel has D-Von Dudley in a chin lock until D-Von fights him off and connects with a spinning back elbow. Bubba Ray Dudley is tagged in, and they do a double-team flapjack. Bo Dallas runs in, and Bubba takes him out. The outcasts distract him, and Axel clotheslines him in the back of the head. Axel attacks Bubba and punches D-Von off the apron. The Social Outcasts do a victory lap around the ring and stop in front of Flo Rida. Axel is in the ring, and he stomps away at Bubba. Dallas is tagged in, and he stomps Bubba down. Dallas connects with a neckbreaker for a one count. Dallas then applies a chin lock. Bubba fights up and connects with a Saito Suplex. D-Von and Axel are tagged in. D-Von hits a pair of clotheslines before running him over with a shoulder block. D-Von hits a neckbreaker and a falling head-butt. D-Von gets the crowd going before splashing him in the corner. D-Von hits a flying clothesline for a near fall. Axel knees him in the midsection and sends him into the ropes. Bubba blind tags in, and they hit Axel with 3D II. Bubba punches Adam Rose off the apron. Heath Slater gets on the apron, and Flo Rida flips him into the ring. Slater stares at Flo and yells. Flo fakes a punch, and Slater turns into a body slam. The Dudley Boyz then hit Slater with “Whassup?” Flo says it for good measure. Axel then runs into 3D. After some confusion as to who is legal in the match, D-Von picks up the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Dudley Boyz
Match Rating: *
The Dudley Boyz embrace Flo Rida and raise his arms up for the crowd. They pose as The Social Outcasts look on in disgust.
Renee Young is backstage with AJ Styles. She says he made headlines when he made his WWE debut. Tonight, he makes his RAW debut in a match against Chris Jericho. She asks who is AJ Styles. Styles says he didn’t just make headlines. He turned the WWE Universe upside down. Chris Jericho cuts him off. Jericho says he knows exactly who Styles is. Styles is the biggest free agent and he belongs in the big time. Styles has won championships all over the world, but he’s never been here. Tonight, he gets a chance to make a huge impression against him, the six-time world champion. Tonight on RAW for the first time ever, it’s AJ versus Y2J. Jericho says, “Welcome to the big leagues, kid.” This match is next!
The commentators talk about Nikki Bella undergoing neck surgery this week to repair what is basically a broken neck and a herniated disc. They wish her luck. Nikki Bella tweeted out that she will be back.
Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles
As AJ Styles made his way to the ring, he said this is where he belongs and should have been the whole time.
The bell rings, and they circle the ring. The crowd is chanting, “AJ Styles.” They lock up, and Jericho backs him to the corner. Styles turns him around and they tussle for position until the referee breaks them up. They give a clean break, and Jericho smiles. They lock up, and Jericho applies a side headlock. A “This is awesome” chant breaks out. AJ twists out, but Jericho grabs the arm and wrenches it. Styles twists out, kips up, and gives him an arm drag before posing for the crowd. They circle the ring and lock up again. Jericho knees him in the midsection and chops the chest. Jericho sends him into the ropes and gives him a back elbow. Styles punches back, but Jericho reverses a whip into a back elbow. Jericho hits the ropes, but Styles follows him and connects with a leaping clothesline. Styles elbows him in the back of the head and applies a front facelock, but Jericho backs him to the corner and shoulders him before chopping the chest. Jericho whips him to the opposite corner and hits a corner clothesline. Jericho sends him to the opposite corner again, but Styles twists through the ropes. Jericho then takes him out with a springboard dropkick, which knocks Styles to the floor.
Styles gets back in the ring after taking a moment to recover. Jericho catches him with a suplex for a one count. Styles punches him in the midsection and chops the chest. Styles sends him to the corner, but he runs into a boot. Jericho goes to the second rope and gives him a sloppy looking missile dropkick. Jericho says, “Come on, kid. Welcome to the big leagues.” Jericho gets him to his feet, and Styles chops away at the chest. Styles applies a side headlock, but Jericho fights out and sends him into the ropes. Styles leapfrogs him and gives him a dropkick that knocks him out of the ring. Styles goes for a plancha, but Jericho moves. Styles lands on the apron, but Jericho quickly sweeps the feet.
We come back from the break to see Styles trapped in a chin lock. Styles fights up and elbows out. Styles hits the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and they take each other out with a double cross-body block. They trade punches with Styles coming out on top with a nice combination of strikes. Styles splashes him in the corner and picks him up, but Jericho fights out and goes for the Walls of Jericho. Styles twists out and hits a fireman’s carry neckbreaker for a near fall. Jericho soon comes back with a northern lights suplex for a two count. Styles bridges up and gets a backslide pin for a near fall. Styles ducks a clothesline, but is quickly caught with a step-up enzuigiri for a two count. Jericho grabs Styles and chops the chest. Jericho sends him to the opposite corner, but he runs into a boot. Styles then takes him down with a springboard forearm smash for a near fall.
Jericho quickly punches him back and counters a hurricanrana into the Walls of Jericho. Jericho really has his bad back contorted. Styles claws his way to the bottom rope and nearly taps out before grabbing that bottom rope to necessitate a break of the hold. Jericho shouts for him to get up. Styles ducks a clothesline and hits a pelé kick. Styles sets him up and goes to the top rope. Styles goes for a frog splash, but Jericho rolls out of the way. Jericho goes for the Lionsault, but Styles gets his knees up. Styles goes for the Styles Clash, but Jericho counters into a pin attempt. Styles kicks out and rolls Jericho up for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: AJ Styles
Match Rating: ** 1/4
AJ Styles celebrates his first WWE victory as Chris Jericho looks on with disappointment. Styles poses in the ring for the fans before looking over at Jericho. Styles extends his hand before clutching his ribs. Styles approaches Jericho and extends his hand once again. Jericho thinks about it before shaking hands with him. Styles turns to leave, but Jericho pulls him in closer. Jericho stares at him before walking off.
We see a limousine pull up. Michael Cole wonders if that is the major star arriving.
The French commentators are seen at ringside.
Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch
The bell rings, and Sasha talks a little trash before shoving her. Becky takes her down and punches away at her. Becky puts her in the corner and hits a springboard kick. Sasha goes to the apron and snaps her off the top rope. Sasha shoves her to the corner and stomps her. Sasha poses for the crowd before elbowing her in the head. Sasha slaps her for a one count. A light “NXT” chant breaks out. Sasha applies a neck vice, but Becky fights up and arm drags her. Becky rolls her up for a one count. Becky punches away at her before hitting a pair of clotheslines and a jumping calf kick. Becky tries to get the crowd going before hitting a forearm in the corner. Becky gives her an exploder suplex for a two count. Becky runs into a weak looking drop-toe-hold into the corner. Sasha lays her across the second turnbuckle and gives a double knee to the midsection for a two count. Becky blocks a suplex and counters into an arm bar, but Sasha rolls through to break it up. Sasha then applies the Bank Statement, but Charlotte runs in and breaks it up to cause the disqualification.
Winner by Disqualification: Sasha Banks
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Charlotte then punches away at Becky and taunts her with the Divas Championship. The crowd is really into it now. Charlotte talks trash before connecting with a suplex. Sasha runs in and punches away at her, but Charlotte knees her in the midsection before slamming her down by the hair. Charlotte then takes her out with Natural Selection. Charlotte grabs the WWE Divas Championship and holds it up as the crowd boos her. Charlotte then walks off and joins her father at the top of the stage.
Goldust is looking for R-Truth backstage. Goldust puts on R-Truths Beats headphones and dances to his music. R-Truth walks up and asks what he’s doing. Goldust says now that the every man for himself is over (he stutters with his old Tourette’s gimmick), Goldust suggests they become partners in a rather provocative way. R-Truth says he’s a married man and shows him his ring. R-Truth says there’s nothing wrong with it, but he doesn’t swing that way. R-Truth says, “Whatever floats your boat… whatever toots your horn.” R-Truth then walks off. Goldust says he was talking about becoming tag team partners.
Coming up next, the Demon Kane will face Bray Wyatt.
Chris Jericho will host The Highlight Reel with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose as his guests.
Bray Wyatt w/ The Wyatt Family vs. Kane
Still photos are shown of Brock Lesnar eliminating Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, and Braun Strowman in the Royal Rumble before Bray Wyatt even got in the ring. The Wyatt Family then attacked Lesnar before eliminating him from the match.
They circle the ring and lock up. Kane applies a side headlock before Wyatt whips him off. Kane runs him over with a shoulder block. Wyatt quickly comes back with some right hands and stomps him in the corner. Wyatt points at the WrestleMania sign before Kane turns him in the corner and punches him. Kane gives him a short-arm clothesline and dropkicks him in the head. Kane grabs him by the throat on the apron, but Wyatt snaps the arm off the top rope. Wyatt then clubs him in the back of the head.
We come back from the break to see Wyatt shout at a “Macho Man” Randy Savage impersonator at ringside who is riling up the crowd. Wyatt applies a chin lock before Kane fights out. Wyatt takes him out with a body block. The crowd has turned on this match. Kane rolls out of the way of a senton splash. Kane then hits a running DDT. The crowd is chanting for Randy Savage. Kane hits a pair of corner clotheslines before connecting with a sidewalk slam for a near fall. The Savage impersonator stands up and gets the crowd going. It appears security has come over to talk to him, and the crowd is angry. Kane signals for a Chokeslam, but Wyatt fights out and hits a one-armed slam for a two count. Wyatt then runs into a big boot as the crowd once again chants for Randy Savage. Wyatt goes to regroup, but Kane follows him out and punches Erick Rowan. Kane puts Wyatt in the ring as Luke Harper gets on the apron. Kane punches him off and turns into a forearm from Wyatt. Wyatt then gives him Sister Abigail for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bray Wyatt
Match Rating: 3/4 *
The Wyatt Family surrounds Kane. Braun Strowman then grabs Kane and applies the head and arm choke. Harper and Rowan then give him a double-team slam. Wyatt then kneels in front of Kane and shouts “Follow the buzzards.”
The limousine is seen in the parking lot once again. Rich Brennan will try to find out who it is, next.
WrestleMania 32 is 69 days away.
Rich Brennan is in the parking lot next to the limousine. Brennan knocks on the window and the door opens up. The Miz walks out and says the most must-see WWE superstar is back on Monday Night RAW.
A pickup truck speeds in, and The Rock walks out. The Miz asks who the hell Rock thinks he is. The Miz says he’s trying to steal his spotlight. The Rock says he looks like a blind nun and tells him to park his truck. The Rock starts walking when he bumps into Rick Ross. The Rock says, “We are live, Miami!”
The Rock continues walking when he sees The Big Show. The Rock hugs him. The Rock says he was watching the Royal Rumble they both were in. The Rock says he got Big Show over the top rope. Big Show says he should have won because Rock’s feet hit the floor first. The Rock thinks Big Show should have won. The director of “The Scorpion King” said whoever won that Rumble would star in that movie. The Big Show’s life could have been so different. Big Show looks like he’s going to cry and breaks a laptop. The Rock says that was awesome and starts walking.
The Rock stops again, and the crowd is chanting, “Rocky!” The Rock then walks up to Lana. The Rock says the last time they were together was in Brooklyn. Then Lana came to his hotel room and surprised him. Lana said she didn’t want to be with Rusev because he smells like rotten testicles. They got drunk and did some special exercises. Lana showed him the one legged Russian vacuum. Rusev is shown over The Rock’s shoulder. The Rock says they were kind of just talking about him. Rock says he heard they broke up, but Lana says they’re engaged to be married. Rock congratulates them and says Lana is a hell of a woman because she’s flexible as hell. The Rock says they’re alright.
The Rock continues walking and says he’s coming for Miami. To everyone at home, he woke up at 3:45 in the morning clanging and banging. Rock wishes Pat Patterson a happy birthday. Rock says he wanted to go to the American Airlines Arena after filming. This is the gorilla position. Outside these curtains are thousands of people. The Rock asks if Miami is ready. It is an honor and a privilege to say, “Finally, The Rock has come back… home.” The Rock walks through gorilla position as his music hits.
The Rock makes his way out to the stage to a massive reception from his hometown crowd. The Rock shows his goosebumps as he greets the crowd. Rock grabs a girl’s cellphone and does a selfie with her before posing on the turnbuckle. Rock stands in the ring and soaks in the chants from the crowd. Rock goes to speak, but he’s interrupted by a “This is awesome” chant. Rock says, “Miami… hometown… are you ready for WrestleMania?” The crowd gives a good response, but he asks it again to a bigger response. The Rock says the roster is ready because he plans on going to WrestleMania. They’re going to break records. JBL is ready, Michael Cole is ready, and that other black dude he doesn’t know… Byron Saxton looks sad.
The Rock thinks about it for a few moments and then a “Welcome back” chant breaks out. The crowd then chants for Randy Savage. The Rock then notices the Randy Savage impersonator who was moved off camera. The Rock says it’s time to go off the script. The Rock goes up to the guy dressed as The Undertaker. Rock asks for his name and says it doesn’t matter! Rock laughs as the other guy does a Hulk Hogan impression. The Rock hugs the guy dressed as him before giving props to the man dressed up as Randy Savage. The Rock then makes fun of them for making a phone call. The Rock says they’re going to break records and go to WrestleMania, but he wants to talk about tonight. The Rock says, “This is Miami and we’re starting to trend… so say hello to my little friend!”
“OHH ROCKY, don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your world famous two-time champs and feel the power!” The New Day makes their way to the stage in unicorn horns to interrupt The Rock. The Rock appears to be getting into their music. Xavier Woods says he needs Rock to relax a little bit. As for the black guy he doesn’t know, that’s Byron Saxton, the best commentator at that table. How about they talk about the black guys he does know? They’re talking about The New Day. These three men whooped The Lucha Dragons, The Dudley Boyz (from Rock’s era), and they put a whopping on his cousins The Usos. They hit them so hard that when they walk north, they’re looking south. Kofi Kingston says The New Day is representing. Rock calls himself the People’s Champion, but he doesn’t have any gold. Where is The Rock’s gold? Kingston says they all have some gold. Woods says Francesca II is made of gold. Woods says they are the WWE World Tag Team Champions. They gyrate as they say that. Big E says The Rock looks like a man who doesn’t eat his Booty-O cereal. The Rock is smart, though. Like LeBron James, Rock went from this dumpster fire of a town to Hollywood. Rock took his money and got the hell out of here. Woods says he did it for the paycheck. The New Day gloats that they got The Rock. Big E says they already knew that because New Day Rocks. Woods happily plays Francesca II as they dance.
The Rock thinks about it for a few moments before a “Rocky” chant breaks out. The Rock says he knows exactly who they are. They are the WWE Tag Team Champions. They are obviously extremely entertaining, but here’s what’s amazing. It’s amazing that they can be entertaining while wearing llama penises strapped to their heads. Woods is incredulous. A “llama penis” chant breaks out as The New Day flips out. Woods says these are unicorn horns. Rock says they are corns because they look like three chocolate cornholes. The Rock says the big one is getting upset. She’s upset. Big Momma didn’t like that. Rock says Big E is so big and strong, but he’s so nerdy. It’s almost like The Incredible Hulk banged Steve Urkel. The Rock says the world is watching. The Rock tells them to get in the ring and let him take the trombone and shove it up all three of their candy asses. They do a team huddle. The Rock says this huddle looks like three uni-bitches in a circle. They become angry. Woods says the crowd doesn’t deserve it. The New Day turns to leave.
The Rock says they’re not used to seeing him out here. The Rock has a plan when he comes out here. He also has a plan on top of a plan. Plan A didn’t work out, but Plan B always does. The New Day thinks it’s a contraceptive. They then ask what is Plan B. The Rock says, “Family.” The Usos come out and brawl with The New Day. The Rock gives Big E a Rock Bottom before Jimmy Uso gives Kingston a Samoan Drop. Xavier Woods begs them off and apologizes. The Usos give Woods a double superkick before The Rock gives Woods the People’s Elbow. The Rock says he’ll see them at WrestleMania. The Rock finishes by saying, “If you smell what The Rock is cookin’!” The Rock celebrates in the ring with The Usos.
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose will face Sheamus and Rusev in tonight’s main event.
Brie Bella and Alicia Fox vs. Paige and Natalya
Alicia Fox will start the match against Natalya. Alicia knees her in the midsection and wrenches the arm. Natalya twists out and applies a waistlock. Alicia takes her down with a head-scissor before tagging in Brie Bella. Brie hits a leaping clothesline for a two count. Brie applies a grounded abdominal stretch, but Natalya fights up. Brie slams her down and taunts Paige for a two count. Brie kicks away at Natalya a la Daniel Bryan before dropkicking her. Brie shouts that it’s Brie Mode time and misses a running knee. Paige is tagged in. Paige superkicks her to the corner and hits a high knee. Paige knees her in the head for a two count. Paige then applies the PTO, but Alicia kicks her in the head. Natalya takes Alicia out with a Discus Clothesline and throws her out of the ring. Paige then hits Brie with the Ram-Paige for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Paige and Natalya
Match Rating: 1/2 *
A video promoting the partnership between WWE and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America is shown.
The Authority will make the announcement about the main event of WWE Fastlane later tonight.
The Miz is in the ring. The Miz says he’s so sick of being interrupted. Kalisto’s music hits, and the new WWE United States Champion comes out to interrupt him. The crowd seems to be drained from The Rock.
The Miz vs. Kalisto
The bell rings, and Miz quickly kicks and punches Kalisto down in the corner. Kalisto reverses a whip and knees him in the midsection before punching him. Miz pushes him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Kalisto takes him out of the ring with a head-scissor takeover. Kalisto then nails him with a suicide dive. Kalisto throws Miz back into the ring and splashes him for a two count. Kalisto applies a side headlock, but Miz quickly fights up to his feet. Kalisto whips him off, but Miz shoulder blocks him down and mocks the “Lucha” taunt. Miz hits the ropes, but Kalisto takes him down and rolls over him. Miz goes for a back body drop, but Kalisto lands on his feet and dropkicks him. Kalisto kicks Miz and hits a springboard cross-body for a two count. Miz rolls out of the ring to recover. The Rock’s mother is seen in the crowd.
We come back from the break to see Kalisto punching Miz, but Miz takes him down by the mask. Part of Kalisto’s mask rips off. During the commercial, The Miz ripped him off the ropes. Kalisto kicks Miz in the face and hits the ropes, but Miz clotheslines him down for a two count. Miz punches away at Kalisto before putting him in the corner and stomping him down. Miz then hits his patented corner clothesline. Miz goes to the top rope and waits for Kalisto to get up. Miz hits a double axe handle for a two count. Miz then applies a chin lock. Kalisto fights up, but Miz counters with a Reality Check attempt. Kalisto counters into a backslide for a two count. Kalisto and Miz trade pins before Miz wipes him out with a forearm smash. The crowd starts lightly chanting for Randy Savage, so Miz takes exception to that. Kalisto kicks Miz in the head and kicks him away. Kalisto kicks him in the head once again and hits a springboard seated senton. Kalisto hits a springboard spinning corkscrew shoulder for a near fall. Kalisto goes for a hurricanrana, but Miz counters. Miz kicks him and hits a big DDT for a near fall. Miz looks furious. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Kalisto counters into Salida del Sol for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Kalisto
Match Rating: *
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose will face Sheamus and Rusev, next.
Chris Jericho will host The Highlight Reel with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose as his guests this Thursday on Smackdown.
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus and Rusev w/ Alberto Del Rio and King Barrett
Charles Robinson, the best referee ever, is back for another match. Roman Reigns starts off against Sheamus and punches away at him. Sheamus kicks back and clubs him. Sheamus hits the ropes, but Reigns follows him in and clotheslines him. Dean Ambrose is tagged in, and he hits Sheamus with a dropkick. Reigns is tagged back in, and he takes Sheamus out with a leaping clothesline. Sheamus gets out of the ring to recover. Reigns punches Rusev as he runs in, and Ambrose clotheslines him out of the ring. Ambrose then goes to the top rope and takes them out with a diving elbow drop to the floor!
We come back from the break to see Reigns trapped in a chin lock applied by Sheamus. Reigns fights up, but Sheamus quickly takes him down. Reigns fights up and punches out. Sheamus reverses a whip to the corner and hits a shoulder thrust. Sheamus hits the ropes, but Reigns clotheslines him down.
Ambrose is tagged in. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and hits some running forearms. Sheamus reverses a whip, but Ambrose takes him out with a cross-body block. Ambrose splashes him in the corner and goes for a bulldog, but Sheamus pushes him off. Ambrose then gives him a back body drop over the top rope and connects with a suicide dive. Ambrose goes to the top rope, but Rusev pushes him off to the floor. Alberto Del Rio then sends Ambrose into the timekeeper’s area while the referee’s back is turned. Rusev is tagged in, and he drives Ambrose into the apron. Rusev throws him into the barricade a few times before putting him in the ring for a two count. Rusev connects with a modified suplex on Ambrose and shouts at him. Rusev then gives him a gutwrench suplex for a two count. Sheamus is tagged back in, and he stomps Ambrose. Sheamus gives him three Irish Curse Backbreakers for a two count. Sheamus applies a chin lock, but Ambrose fights up and punches out. Ambrose goes for a tag, but Sheamus stops him. Rusev is tagged in, and he clubs Ambrose. Rusev drops a trio of elbows for a two count. Rusev then applies a chin lock. Ambrose fights up and elbows out before hitting a back suplex. Ambrose rolls out of the ring to recover. Rusev rolls him into the ring and tags in Sheamus. Sheamus grabs Ambrose and clubs away at his chest and kidneys. Ambrose blocks a right hand, but Sheamus punches him to the floor. Sheamus talks a little trash before throwing him near the ring. Ambrose quickly rebounds with a clothesline.
Reigns and Rusev are tagged in. Reigns connects with a pair of clotheslines before rolling Rusev up and giving him a big boot. Reigns punches Sheamus off the apron before giving Rusev a hip toss over the top rope. Reigns goes outside and jumps off the steps for a clothesline on Sheamus, but Sheamus moves. Reigns then gives him a Samoan Drop on the floor! Reigns then gives Rusev a drive by dropkick. Reigns clubs him in the corner before punching him down. The crowd starts to come together for Reigns before some boos are heard. Reigns sets up for the Superman Punch, but Del Rio and Barrett distract him. Rusev connects with two thrust kicks before Sheamus is tagged in. Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick, but Ambrose breaks up the pin. Ambrose avoids Rusev, and Rusev flies out of the ring. Ambrose then jumps off the apron with a clothesline. Reigns then spears Sheamus down for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: * 1/2
The commentators talk about how The Authority has to be impressed with this match. Replays are shown of the final moments of the match.
Ambrose goes outside and starts dismantling the commentary tables. Reigns throws Rusev into the steel steps as Ambrose rearranges the furniture. Reigns and Ambrose then give Rusev a vicious double powerbomb through the commentary table!
Stephanie McMahon’s music hits, and she comes out to the stage. Stephanie says that was impressive. Since The Authority always does what’s best for business, she has a big announcement to make. Earlier tonight, she said her husband would be defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against the winner of the main event at Fastlane. That main event will be a triple threat match between Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and “The Beast” Brock Lesnar! Reigns and Ambrose look a little upset by that news as the show comes to an end.
Quick Match Results
Kevin Owens def. Dolph Ziggler
The Dudley Boyz def. The Social Outcasts
AJ Styles def. Chris Jericho
Sasha Banks def. Becky Lynch via DQ
Bray Wyatt def. Kane
Paige and Natalya def. Brie Bella and Alicia Fox
Kalisto def. The Miz (non-title)
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose def. Sheamus and Rusev
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