WWE Monday Night RAW Results
March 21, 2016
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The show kicks off with a video recapping Roman Reigns’ return last week. Reigns viciously attacked Triple H from ringside to the backstage area and left him bleeding.
Stephanie McMahon is introduced to the crowd, and they boo as she makes her way to the ring. She welcomes them to Monday Night RAW before saying that her husband Triple H is not there tonight. The crowd loudly boos that. She says if they want refunds, they have sixty seconds to get to the box office. The reason he isn’t there is because he has corporate responsibilities to WWE. Responsibility is something people in the crowd can’t relate to. Triple H isn’t missing because of Roman Reigns’ vicious, brutal, and opportunistic attack last week. The crowd loudly boos Reigns’ name. She says Reigns proved why he’ll never be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Reigns lacks intellect. Why else would he risk his championship match at WrestleMania? For retaliation or revenge? It’s too shortsighted. This is a teachable moment. People need to understand how to see the bigger picture. Only then will they learn the true meaning of success. Her and her husband understand success. They can buy each and every one of the people in the crowd.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he comes out to thunderous boos from the hostile Philadelphia crowd. Reigns comes out from the stage. Stephanie says Reigns is opportunistic. He waited for her to say Triple H isn’t there. Now Reigns thinks he can intimidate her. This is her ring. Reigns covers the microphone and says, “Shh.” The crowd is loudly heckling him. Reigns asks if the people want to know the real reason Triple H isn’t here. Triple H was afraid he’d whoop his ass all over Broad Street. That gets a slight pop. If she thought last week was bad, wait until they get to WrestleMania. He’s walking into Stephanie’s stadium, stand in her ring, beat her husband, and taking his title. The crowd is back to loudly booing him. Reigns says there’s nothing she or her daddy’s money can do about it. Stephanie goes to slap him, but he blocks it. Reigns says, “Now I’m The Authority!” Reigns tosses the microphone and walks off. Stephanie just angrily stares back at him.
Tonight, there will be a Hell in a Cell announcement made by Mr. McMahon. Coming up next, we’ll see AJ Styles take on Kevin Owens.
Replays are shown of Chris Jericho distracting AJ Styles on Smackdown, costing him a match against Kevin Owens. Jericho then laid Styles out with a Codebreaker and derisively chanted, “AJ Styles.”
AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens
The bell rings, and they circle the ring before locking up. Owens hooks a side headlock on, and the crowd is buzzing and chanting, “AJ Styles.” Owens really cinches in the headlock before Styles twists out and applies a hammerlock. Owens elbows him in the head and reapplies the side headlock. Owens holds it on before executing a headlock takeover. Styles fights up and elbows out. Styles whips him off, leapfrogs him, and dropkicks him down. Owens quickly rolls out of the ring to recover. Owens moves out of the way of a plancha, but Styles lands on the apron. Owens quickly grabs the leg, but Styles kicks him away. Owens avoids a moonsault from the apron, but Styles lands on his feet. Styles then charges him, but Owens viciously flapjacks him into the barricade! Owens taunts the crowd as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Styles trapped in a chin lock. Styles fights up and punches out, but Owens immediately takes him down by the hair. Owens shouts that he is phenomenal. Styles surprises him with a kip up head-scissor takeover followed by an enzuigiri. Both men are down trying to recover. Owens loudly says, “Ow!” Styles blocks a right hand and unleashes a quickly flurry followed by a discus clothesline. Styles then takes him down with a low forearm to the face. Styles gets the crowd going before connecting with a clothesline in the corner. Owens ducks a short-arm clothesline and goes for a German Suplex, but Styles elbows him. Styles then takes him out with a wheelbarrow sit-out face-buster for a near fall! Styles lifts Owens, but he slides off. Styles elbows out his grip and goes for a pelé kick, but Owens avoids it. Owens then turns him inside out with a clothesline. Owens then scoops him up for a torture rack neckbreaker for a near fall. Owens cannot believe he kicked out.
The crowd is loudly chanting, “AJ Styles.” Styles avoids a cannonball in the corner and lifts him up for a fireman’s carry neckbreaker for a near fall! Styles viciously punches him before putting him on the top rope. Styles goes for a super hurricanrana, but Owens holds on. Owens then connects with a nasty frog splash for a near fall! Owens signals that it’s over. Owens picks him up and sends him into the ropes, but Styles holds on. Owens runs into an elbow. Owens punches him back, and they begin trading blows. They start to brawl before Owens knees him in the midsection. Owens avoids a flurry and superkicks him, but Styles comes back with a desperation pelé kick!
We come back from the break to see Owens put Styles on the top rope and punch away at him. Owens chops him a few times for good measure. Styles punches back at him, but Owens quickly goes back for a superplex. Styles slides through and pulls him down. Styles then gets him up for a torture rack before spinning it through for a powerbomb to pick up a near fall! During the commercial, Styles went for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Owens kicked the ropes out from under him! Styles goes to the top rope, but Owens cuts him off and chops him. Owens climbs up, but Styles punches him back down. Styles pulls him up, but Owens gets him on his shoulders! Styles elbows out and slides down for a vicious powerbomb off the second rope for a near fall!
Styles goes to the apron and waits for Owens to get up. Chris Jericho comes out mockingly chanting, “AJ Styles.” Owens tries to blindside Styles, but he’s punched away. Styles slingshots in, but Owens gets him on his shoulders. Styles gets down and goes for the Calf Crusher, but Jericho jumps up on the apron. Styles chases him off, and Owens rolls him up for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Kevin Owens
Match Rating: ***
Styles is livid, and he chases Jericho to the back. Owens grabs his Intercontinental Championship and celebrates. Owens grabs a microphone and holds up the title. Owens says this is the Kevin Owens Show. Now that he’s done with Styles, let’s get to what really matters. In 13 days, the biggest event in the history of WWE will take place. Everyone wants to know who is going to face him for his Intercontinental Championship at K-O-Mania. The answer to that is more intricate…
Dolph Ziggler’s music hits, and he comes out in a full suit and tie. Ziggler says whatever Owens wants to call it, there is no one more willing to steal the show at WrestleMania and beat him for the title than him. Owens asks if that’s one of his crappy jokes from his standup. The Miz’ music hits, and he comes out asking what makes Ziggler think he deserves an Intercontinental Championship opportunity. Was it the beating Triple H gave him last Monday? Ziggler needs to step aside for a real leading man that has main evented WrestleMania. Ziggler says if he wants to relive his glory days, he can go to the WWE Network. Ziggler says he just beat Miz on Smackdown. Sami Zayn’s music hits, and he comes out to a nice reception. An “Olé” chant breaks out. Zayn says he’s been waiting a long time to get his hands on Kevin Owens. He couldn’t think of a better time or place to do it than for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania. The Miz says he’ll have to wait a whole lot longer and calls him, “Skinny Seth Rogan.” Owens says none of them deserve a chance at his title, and he begins walking out. Owens then says in the interest of fairness, he’ll go to The Authority and see if we can get a triple threat match. The winner will get the chance to face him for his Intercontinental Championship at K-O-Mania!
Dean Ambrose will face Braun Strowman later tonight.
Dean Ambrose is seen earlier in the day at the Philadium Tavern. Ambrose says he’s not sure what’s inside Brock Lesnar, but deep down inside him is probably quit. Ambrose will reach down and smear it all over his face. Lesnar doesn’t have what it takes to beat him at WrestleMania. Ambrose is revealed to be talking to Terry Funk! Funk talks about how Ambrose is all kinds of crazy – crazier than a fox in a henhouse. Funk says he’s the best in the country and if he had a son, he’d want it to be Ambrose. Funk then gives him his chainsaw from his Chainsaw Charlie days. Ambrose fires it up and cuts a table in half.
Stephanie McMahon is in her office texting when Kevin Owens walks in. Owens says WrestleMania is less than two weeks away. Owens thinks he’s climbed the ladder of success in WWE faster than anyone. Stephanie tells him to cut the small talk. Owens says a lot of people want his title, so he thought there should be a triple threat to determine who will face him. Stephanie says he’s not afraid to swing for the fences and books the triple threat. Owens thanks her and tells her to say hello to Triple H.
A video recaps the return of Shane McMahon and all that has happened since then. Various WWE personalities comment on his match and the lethality of The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell.
The New Day is seen walking backstage. They make a couple of stagehands start booty popping and twerking.
The League of Nations is in the ring. They’ll be facing The New Day at WrestleMania. Rusev shouts how they crushed The New Day last week. Sheamus says they gave them a taste of what’s to come at WrestleMania. Sheamus Brogue Kicked them back to their demented fairytale. The New Day isn’t even in the same class as The League of Nations. Sheamus then has a video shown of them destroying The New Day last week. King Barrett asks, “Now how’s that for the Power of Positivity?” Alberto Del Rio says that The New Day sucks.
We hear the energetic voice of Big E, and The New Day makes their entrance wearing their Booty O’s t-shirts. Big E says they may have put hands on them last week, but The New Day does not suck nor has it ever sucked. They get in the ring, and The League of Nations goes outside for some reason. Xavier Woods holds up signs that say The League of Nations are trash. Kofi Kingston says they really mean it. Kingston says he’s happy Rusev finally started wearing boots on his feet. Rusev’s feet scare children. As for Del Rio, what happened to him? He used to come out with a limo and a ring announcer. Now he’s stuck in the League of Nations. King Barrett, he’s just a waste of a king. Could you imagine what the world would be like if The New Day were the three Kings of the Ring. They start talking in fake British accents. They shame them before turning to Sheamus. Woods says his parents must have known what he was going to be because they put “shame” in his name. They could have called him Stephen (which is his actual birth name), but they chose Sheamus. Big E says all that can be rectified with a big box of Booty O’s! A light “Booty O’s” chant breaks out. Why? Because New Day rocks!
They then dropkick The League of Nations off the apron and start attacking them. The New Day takes them down and stands tall in the ring. Woods plays Francesca II as a referee comes out to restore order.
Big E w/ The New Day vs. Rusev w/ The League of Nations
The bell rings, and Rusev immediately rolls out of the ring. Big E follows him out and punches him before throwing him into the ring. Big E stomps away at him in the corner before Woods plays the trombone. Big E viciously shoulders him in the midsection for a two count. Big E chokes him with his boot before giving him a nasty splash on the apron.
We come back from the break to see Rusev applying a chin lock. During the commercial, Rusev whipped Big E into the steel steps. The League of Nations then attacked the rest of The New Day before dumping them into the timekeeper’s area. Rusev dropkicks Big E down for a two count. Rusev continues to kick away at him before dropping an elbow. Rusev applies a chin lock, but Big E fights up. Big E then gives him a belly-to-belly overhead suplex, which they’re now calling a Booty-to-Belly Suplex. Big E gives him two more of those before trying a big splash, but Rusev gets his knees up. Rusev then takes him down with a spinning heel kick for a two count. Rusev splashes him in the corner for a two count and goes for a big boot, but Big E moves. Big E goes for a Big Ending, but Rusev gets out and charges into a one-armed slam for a near fall.
Woods and Kingston are still in the timekeeper’s area. Big E charges into a knee before Rusev annihilates him with a kick to the skull for a near fall. Rusev goes for a lift, but Big E drops him down. Big E connects with a big splash for a near fall. Big E gets distracted, and Rusev superkicks him for a near fall. Woods gets up and gives Del Rio a drop-toe-hold on the floor before sending Barrett into the ring post. Sheamus then takes him down. Sheamus gets on the apron and distracts the referee. Rusev goes for the Accolade, but Big E gets him up in the electric chair before dropping him down! Sheamus gets on the apron, and Big E spears him off! Big E spiked himself on his head on the floor! That is way too dangerous. Kingston then gives Rusev Trouble in Paradise. Big E runs in and gives Rusev the Big Ending for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Big E
Match Rating: * 1/4
Mr. McMahon will make an announcement about the Hell in a Cell match featuring Shane McMahon versus The Undertaker at WrestleMania. We’ll also see Dean Ambrose face Braun Strowman.
Bray Wyatt’s video flashes on the screen. Wyatt says the equinox is a chance for us to become born again. Luke Harper says one cannot get a new beginning without sacrificing another. Erick Rowan says the pain will be excruciating, but paradise waits on the other side. Braun Strowman says the God of War watches over him as he watches him offer Dean Ambrose as a sacrifice for his family. Wyatt says when the sun ascends, he will go back to his throne.
A pre-taped video is shown of Todd Chrisley backstage with Naomi and Alicia Fox. Chrisley is shouting some of his better known lines about girls with no class. They give him a Snickers bar, and he turns into Natalya, who needed one to stop being a “Drama Mama.”
The André The Giant Memorial Trophy is ringside. Big Show makes his entrance and stands next to the trophy he won last year. Big Show says he’s been coming here over twenty years, and they keep it real. Big Show thanks them. In the past, he’s been known to run his mouth about certain things and say he’s the greatest giant of all time. Big Show says he has to believe in himself, but the real greatest giant is André The Giant. André carved the path. He was the first and the greatest. All other giants strive to be like him. That’s why it was important for him when he won the trophy last year because he never wins battle royals. This year, he wants to be a two-time winner at WrestleMania.
The Social Outcasts interrupt. Heath Slater says Big Show’s mark on the industry will be as The Social Outcasts’ largest victim at WrestleMania. Bo Dallas says with their combined powers, they’re a Cinderella Story. Curtis Axel says they’re more like Voltron. They’ll have no problem throwing him over the top rope at WrestleMania. Adam Rose says this is serious, and Big Show is in serious trouble. Big Show says the only trouble he’ll have is figuring which one of them to knock out first. They get in the ring and threaten him. Big Show grabs Slater, but they quickly take him down. Kane’s pyro goes off, and he comes out to a nice reception from the crowd. Kane grabs Slater and Rose and throws them over the top rope. Kane then uppercuts Axel over the top rope. Dallas tries to shake hands with his left hand. Kane shakes it and throws him over the top rope. Big Show gets up and hugs him. Big Show poses on the second rope before Kane taps him on the shoulder. Kane then Chokeslams him off the top rope before setting the ring posts on fire.
Coming up next, Chris Jericho will face Fandango in a WrestleMania Rewind match.
Fifth Harmony will perform “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania.
Stan “The Lariat” Hansen is the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame: Class of 2016.
We see replays from earlier in the night when Chris Jericho cost AJ Styles another match against Kevin Owens.
Fandango vs. Chris Jericho
The bell rings, and Jericho immediately clubs him down before kicking away at him. Jericho chops the chest before sending him into the ropes for a back elbow. Jericho shouts that Fandango never beat him at WrestleMania. Jericho slaps away at him before saying he’s a stupid man. Fandango chops back at him before jabbing him. Fandango clotheslines him twice before sending him into the ropes. Jericho kicks him in the face, but Fandango comes back with a spinning heel kick. Jericho quickly tosses him to the apron, but Fandango comes back by snapping him off the top rope. Fandango goes to the top rope for a diving leg drop, but Jericho moves. Jericho goes for the Wall of Jericho…
…but AJ Styles comes out chanting, “Y-2-Jackass.” Jericho shouts at him to be quiet. Fandango rolls him up, but Jericho kicks out. Jericho then gives him a Codebreaker for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Chris Jericho
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Styles angrily stares at Jericho before running down to the ring. Jericho immediately gets out of the ring and backs up the ramp. Styles says Jericho is the best in the world at avoiding him. Styles talks about competing all over the world, but he’s never been to WrestleMania. Jericho is angry because he thinks the fans have chosen him. Styles suggests they fight at WrestleMania, and he’ll show Jericho and the world why they chant, “AJ Styles.” The chant doesn’t take off, so Styles tries again, but to no avail. The segment then just ends.
We’ll hear from more legends talking about the Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania, next.
A video showcases Shane McMahon training in Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai in preparation for The Undertaker. The video then showcases what Undertaker can do inside Hell in a Cell.
Mr. McMahon will make an announcement regarding this match later tonight.
Coming up next, Sami Zayn, The Miz, and Dolph Ziggler will compete in a triple threat match to see who will face Kevin Owens at WrestleMania for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Kevin Owens is in the ring as we come back from the commercial. Owens will be doing the ring introductions for the next match. First, a man whose start shines brighter than anyone else’s in Hollywood. He’s a bigger star than anyone in WWE because he has “Star” in his name – Stardust! Stardust comes out doing cartwheels as the commentators are massively confused. Owens then introduces Sin Cara. Finally, Owens introduces Zack Ryder. This is the triple threat match Owens wanted to book. Owens will be on commentary for the next match.
Stardust vs. Sin Cara vs. Zack Ryder
The bell rings, and they start fighting. Cara takes it to both men before Ryder takes him down with a missile dropkick. Stardust breaks up the pin and throws Ryder out of the ring. Stardust kicks away at Cara before sending him into the ropes. Cara takes him out with a head-scissor takeover for a two count. Stardust comes back with a right hand and hisses at him. Ryder pulls him out of the ring and punches him. Cara gets on the apron and takes them both out with an Asai Moonsault. The crowd is completely silent for this match. Cara gets Ryder in the ring and picks up a two count.
Sami Zayn makes his way to the ring as Ryder and Cara collide with dual cross-body blocks. The Miz also comes out to confront Owens. Dolph Ziggler finally joins them, and the match in the ring is being ignored now. Stardust is back dropped over the top rope at their feet. Ryder is then tossed aside. The referee throws the match out.
Match Rating: 1/4 *
All the men try to get at Owens, but he escapes and angrily walks off. There is no resolution to who will face Kevin Owens at WrestleMania.
Replays are shown of Roman Reigns talking to Stephanie McMahon earlier in the night.
Stephanie McMahon is on the phone talking about how she wants to leave because she’s worried about Roman Reigns when Kevin Owens charges in. Owens says six maniacs attacked him. She’s angry over being interrupted and books him in a ladder match against the six maniacs at WrestleMania. She tells him to hit the lights on the way out.
Stephanie McMahon walks into the garage and kisses her husband as she gets into the car. The garage door opens, and Roman Reigns is standing there directly in their path. Reigns walks over from a distance and opens the passenger door, which is unlocked. Reigns pulls Triple H out of the car and punches him for a bit before Triple H gives one right hand, jumps in the car, and they drive off. The crowd boos the tight shot of Reigns’ face.
Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks will be on commentary for the next match. Highlights are shown from the face-to-face-to-face confrontation on Smackdown.
Natalya vs. Charlotte w/ Ric Flair
They circle the ring and lock up. Natalya quickly rolls her up for a one count. Charlotte shoves her before giving her a “WOO.” Natalya chops her down, blocks a kick, and slams her down. Natalya then applies Donald Trump’s favorite hold, the Mexican Surfboard. Natalya lets her go, kicks her in the back, steps on her, and dropkicks her in the face. Charlotte gets out of the ring and taunts her WrestleMania opponents. Natalya takes her out with a discus clothesline on the floor and gives her a “WOO” right back. Natalya puts her in the ring and gets in to eat a big boot. Charlotte gets a two count for that. Charlotte slams her down before chopping the chest in the corner a few times. Charlotte stomps her down and picks up a two count. Charlotte starts the ten punches, but Natalya counters with a sit-out powerbomb for a two count. Natalya quickly goes to the Sharpshooter, but Charlotte gets to the ropes. Charlotte pulls her into the turnbuckle and rolls her up with her feet on the ropes, but Natalya kicks out. Charlotte goes for the Figure Eight, but Natalya catches her with an inside cradle for a near fall. Charlotte soon takes her back down and gives her Natural Selection for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Charlotte
Match Rating: *
A replay is shown of Terry Funk giving Dean Ambrose his trusty old chainsaw. Dean Ambrose will face Braun Strowman later tonight.
The Dudley Boyz will face The Usos at WrestleMania.
R-Truth vs. Bubba Ray Dudley w/ D-Von Dudley
Bubba uses a distraction from D-Von to put him into the corner and punch him. Bubba continually talks trash before giving him a clothesline. Bubba continues to punch away at him, but is receiving absolutely no reaction from the crowd. R-Truth ducks a clothesline and connects with a Lie Detector. R-Truth puts him in the corner, splits under a clothesline, and connects with a jumping calf kick. R-Truth knocks D-Von off the apron and turns into a big boot from Bubba for the loss.
Winner by Pinfall: Bubba Ray Dudley
Match Rating: 1/4 *
The Dudley Boyz double-team R-Truth until Goldust runs down for the save to no reaction. The Dudley Boyz quickly take him down with 3D II. The Usos then come down to another bad reaction. They take The Dudley’s out with double superkicks. The crowd is lightly booing them. The Usos get a table, and the crowd is still booing them. They put D-Von on the table and climb to opposite corners. Bubba runs in and grabs D-Von. They escape the ring.
We’ll hear a major announcement from Mr. McMahon, next.
Vince McMahon’s music hits, and he comes out to a very weak reaction. McMahon postures for more of a reaction, but he does not receive it. McMahon is either wearing a hearing aid or he has an earpiece feeding him his lines. McMahon wants to remind them that his former son Shane will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania inside Hell in a Cell. If Shane won his match by some miracle, he’d run Monday Night RAW. It also means that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon would quit the business. Unfortunately it could mean the last of him as well. The crowd cheers, and Vince asks if they like that. A “YES” chant breaks out. Vince says they’ll cheer and enable Shane to do things that he otherwise would not be able to do. A replay is shown of The Undertaker giving Shane a Chokeslam last week.
Vince says it’ll take more than that to keep Shane down at WrestleMania. Shane will risk life and limb. Shane may be Undertaker’s most formidable opponent at WrestleMania. Will Undertaker defeat Shane? He better. Undertaker isn’t just his instrument of destruction. Undertaker is also his bitch. If Undertaker loses to Shane at WrestleMania, it will be The Undertaker’s last WrestleMania!
Dean Ambrose makes his entrance as Vince McMahon is walking off. Ambrose will face Braun Strowman, next.
Brock Lesnar will be on Smackdown this coming Thursday.
Paul Heyman will be on commentary for the next match.
Dean Ambrose vs. Braun Strowman w/ The Wyatt Family
The match begins, and Ambrose tries to jab and kick before quickly getting away. Strowman eventually grabs him, sends him into the ropes, and shoulder blocks him down. Strowman throws him across the ring, but Ambrose comes back with a slap to the face. Strowman charges, but Ambrose pulls the top rope down. Ambrose dropkicks Strowman off the apron and connects with a suicide dive, but Strowman still stands. Ambrose goes for another one, but Strowman punches him. Strowman pulls him to the floor before sending him into the barricade. Strowman gets him in the ring and applies a nerve hold. Ambrose gives him a jawbreaker, but Strowman clotheslines him down. Strowman throws him across the ring again and talks trash. Strowman connects with two short-arm clotheslines. Ambrose ducks a third short-arm clothesline and applies a sleeper hold. Strowman gets out by smashing him in the corner. Strowman clubs the chest and applies a neck vice. They zoom out as the crowd is chanting, “This is boring.” Strowman eventually comes back with a dropkick to him and a pair of running forearms. Eventually Ambrose avoids a shoulder block in the corner. Ambrose then hits him with a chair to get disqualified.
Winner by Disqualification: Braun Strowman
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Ambrose unloads on Strowman with the steel chair. Ambrose stumbles him with a rebound clothesline before giving him Dirty Deeds on the steel chair. Ambrose gets out of the ring and stares at Paul Heyman as the show comes to an end.
Quick Match Results
Kevin Owens def. AJ Styles (non-title)
Big E def. Rusev
Chris Jericho def. Fandango
Stardust vs. Sin Cara vs. Zack Ryder went to a No Contest
Charlotte def. Natalya (non-title)
Bubba Ray Dudley def. R-Truth
Braun Strowman def. Dean Ambrose via DQ
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