Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with the standard intro video. Michael Cole welcomes us to RAW from Birmingham, Alabama and he’s joined by Byron Saxton and JBL.
– We go right to the ring and here comes Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman to a big pop.
Fans chant “Suplex City” before Heyman takes the mic and does the introductions. He brings up The Wyatt Family plotting on Lesnar in the Royal Rumble match. Heyman says they failed and Lesnar will get them back. Heyman says that puts us on the track to WWE Fastlane. He says Stephanie McMahon did what’s “beast” for business by putting Lesnar in the main event with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Heyman says Lesnar has authorized him to let us know that at Fastlane, Lesnar will imprison both Reigns and Ambrose into Suplex City. Lesnar will F5 Reigns and Ambrose. Lesnar will stack one on top of the other, pin them both at the same time, then go on to the main event of WrestleMania 32. Lesnar will then conquer the billion dollar trophy husband to once again become the reigning, undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Heyman starts ripping on Ambrose until the music hits and out comes the WWE Intercontinental Champion to a pop.
Ambrose comes to the ring and meets Lesnar in the middle. He calls Heyman “porky” and asks who is he calling a nut job. Ambrose says he’s never been in the lair of a beast before but it’s cozy. Ambrose told himself before he came out that this may be a bad idea. Ambrose tells Lesnar he may look crazy but he’s not crazy, he’s not stupid and he’s not scared of Lesnar. Ambrose says he does respect Lesnar, he has all the respect in the world for Lesnar, which is why he wanted to come out and look Lesnar in the eye to tell him he wants the title. Ambrose says he wants the title so bad he’s going to fight his own brother for it. He’s also going to fight Lesnar for it. Ambrose says he doesn’t really want to fight Lesnar, who would? Ambrose knows the beatings he’s going to get from Reigns and Lesnar at Fastlane. Ambrose says he can be suplexed all over the place and he hopes Lesnar is prepared to give the worst beating he’s ever given. Ambrose says he’s the Iron Man of WWE and he proves that every single night. Ambrose says he will drag his broken body to WrestleMania and take the title from Triple H. Out of respect, Ambrose just wanted to come tell Lesnar that. He tells Heyman he just wanted to come see what the fuss was about, drops the mic and walks off as his music hits. Heyman and Lesnar look on and Lesnar laughs. They talk about Ambrose between themselves and Lesnar doesn’t seem intimidated.
– Still to come, Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler. Also, Kalisto vs. Rusev. We see the US Champion walking backstage as we go to commercial.
Kalisto vs. Rusev
Back from the break and out comes WWE United States Champion Kalisto for a non-title match. We see Alberto Del Rio at ringside for commentary. Del Rio vs. Kalisto for the title is announced for Fastlane. Rusev and Lana are out next.
Lots of back and forth for the first few minutes of the match. Rusev drops Kalisto with an elbow and stomps on him. Rusev beats Kalisto around the ring now. Kalisto fights off a powerbomb and sends Rusev over the top rope. Kalisto leaps out but Rusev kicks him in mid-air. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rusev is in control. Rusev with a big slam out of the corner for a 2 count. Rusev runs into an elbow in the corner, then a kick. Kalisto with a big tornado DDT. Kalisto with kicks and a springboard. Kalisto makes a comeback but Rusev catches a crossbody and slams Kalisto hard for a 2 count. Kalisto makes another comeback and kicks Rusev to the floor. Kalisto charges with another kick as Del Rio looks on. Kalisto goes to the top but Rusev catches him on the floor. Kalisto slides out of a fall-away slam and kicks Rusev into the steel steps. Rusev tosses Kalisto over the announce table but he lands on his feet. Kalisto with a hurricanrana off the announce table, sending Rusev to Del Rio’s feet. Kalisto makes it back in the ring and wins by count out.
– After the match, Kalisto escapes the ring as Del Rio tries to attack him. Kalisto celebrates on the ramp as Del Rio and Rusev look on from the ring.
– Still to come, Miz TV with AJ Styles. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Roman Reigns is looking at the WWE World Heavyweight Title belt with Dean Ambrose backstage. The title is on display in Stephanie McMahon’s office. Stephanie walks in and taunts Reigns for losing the title at the Rumble. Reigns says their days with the title are numbered because after Fastlane, he or Ambrose will be the #1 contender and they’re coming for Triple H at WrestleMania. Stephanie goes on and tries to start problems between the two. She asks how much longer Ambrose wants to be Reigns’ sidekick. Ambrose jokes that Reigns is usually his sidekick. Stephanie’s tricks aren’t working. She announces Reigns and Ambrose vs. The New Day in the main event. Fans chant for The New Day as she dismissed them.
– We go to the announcers to talk about Nikki Bella’s neck surgery she had this past week. Renee Young is backstage with Brie Bella tonight. She says Nikki is “fearless” as always and doctors are very optimistic she will return to the ring. She says Nikki is resting and recovering, watching a lot of WWE Network at home. WWE Divas Champion Charlotte walks up with Ric Flair to interrupt. Brie agrees to pass on Charlotte’s well wishes but Charlotte goes on and pretty much takes credit for Nikki needing surgery. Charlotte brags about being the champion while Nikki is sitting at home enjoying online shopping. The Flairs walk off.
The Usos vs. Curtis Axel and Adam Rose
We go to the ring and out come The Usos. Lilian Garcia calls them Grammy award winners. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and we get a replay of Lilian’s botch. Out come the “Social Outcasts” Heath Slater, Curtis Axel and Adam Rose. They do a quick skit to explain Bo Dallas being absent tonight as he told them last week he wouldn’t be here because he’s in the studio working on his rap music. Back and forth to start the match. Rose takes control and keeps Jey Uso grounded. Slater has been barking orders from ringside and is dancing on the apron now.
After being in the whole time, Jey finally tags to Jimmy Uso and he comes in to clean house. They hit a double superkick on Rose. Jey goes to the top for a big splash and the win.
Winners: The Usos
– After the match, we get replays as The Usos dance.
– The Miz is backstage preparing for Miz TV as we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and The Miz is in the ring for another episode of Miz TV. He says the WWE Universe has been buzzing about AJ Styles since making his debut at the Royal Rumble. Miz goes on and says this forum is all about storytelling, and AJ’s story is truly phenomenal. Miz introduces Styles and out he comes to a pop as we see highlights from his win over Chris Jericho last week.
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