Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up live from Pittsburgh as WWE Tag Team Champions the New Day make their way out. Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined by JBL and Byron Saxton.
WWE Tag Team Title Match: Alberto Del Rio and Rusev vs. The New Day
The New Day talks about The League of Nations on their way to the ring and Kofi Kingston brings out the box of “Booty O’s” cereal. They go on and start dancing until Sheamus, King Barrett, Rusev and Alberto Del Rio come out. We get formal ring introductions from Lilian Garcia.
Big E starts off with Rusev. Kofi watches from the floor as Xavier Woods is defending tonight. Fans chant for Lana early on and Rusev doesn’t like it. They lock up again after going to the corner. Rusev works Big E over and beats him down as the referee warns him. Big E comes out of a corner with a big clothesline. Big E spanks Rusev while he’s in an abdominal stretch. Big E with an elbow and then stomps int he corner. Woods tags in to continue the Unicorn Stampede. The League ends up taking control as Del Rio comes in and unloads on Big E.
Del Rio with more offense and a Backstabber for a close 2 count. Del Rio misses in the corner and in comes Woods. Woods with a big forearm and a right hand. Woods nails a big Honor Roll clothesline but gets distracted by Barrett. Del Rio nails an enziguri and takes back control. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rusev has Woods in a bear hug. Rusev keeps control and nails a fall-away slam after taunting Big E. Rusev with a 2 count. Del Rio tags in and wastes some time getting love from Sheamus. Del Rio comes off the top and nails Woods for a 2 count. Del Rio with a headlock now. Woods fights Del Rio into the corner and takes him to the top but Del Rio applies the armbreaker on the rope until he’s forced to break it. Del Rio comes off the top but lands on his feet. Woods takes out the knee and nails a knee to the head.
Big E tags in with Rusev. Big E with three big suplexes and some dancing. Big E runs the ropes and hits the splash. Big E claps and fans chant along. He goes for the Big Ending but Rusev slides out. Rusev with a spinning heel kick for a 2 count. Big E backdrops Rusev off a counter. Woods tags in. Big E drops Rusev on a Woods knee.
Woods with a big DDT for a 2 count as Del Rio breaks the pin. Del Rio gets sent to the apron. Big E runs into Del Rio’s knee. Del Rio stomps Big E on the edge of the apron. Woods drops Del Rio face first. Rusev superkicks Woods and covers for a close 2 count. Rusev can’t believe it.
Rusev stomps Woods but Kofi gets on the apron. He ends up leaping off onto a charging Sheamus, then sending Barrett into the barrier. Woods rolls Rusev up for the win as he’s focused on Kofi.
Winners: The New Day
– After the match, The League of Nations immediately beat the champions down. Kofi gets sent into the ring post. Big E makes a comeback but they beat him down. Fans boo as the beatdown continues. They stop and play to the crowd before Kofi eats a big Bullhammer elbow. Big E takes a Brogue Kick next. Woods gets up and fights back but they beat him into the corner. They turn Woods upside down in the corner and Del Rio stomps on him from the top. Rusev puts Woods in The Accolade as Sheamus and Barrett talk trash in his face. More boos as The League stands tall together and we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see a replay of what just happened.
– We go to the ring and out comes Dean Ambrose to a big pop as Cole talks about what happened at WWE Roadblock on Saturday night.
Ambrose talks about how close he was to leaving Roadblock with the WWE World Heavyweight Title. He talks about beating Triple H from pillar to post but he made a mistake and that’s OK. Fans chant “let’s go Ambrose” now. Ambrose says Triple H can’t be feeling good today because win or lose, he learned what can happen when you take Ambrose lightly, when you underestimate him, when you don’t show him the proper respect. Ambrose says that brings us to tonight and the Road to WrestleMania… he’s interrupted by Brock Lesnar’s music. Lesnar comes out with Paul Heyman for a big pop.
Heyman speaks from the stage and gives his introductions. Heyman says he’s protecting Ambrose from Lesnar. Ambrose dares Heyman to let The Beast off his leash. Heyman says he has a conflict of interest. He wants to let Lesnar loose on Ambrose but WrestleMania 32 is coming up and people are subscribing to the WWE Network to see what kind of beating Ambrose will get from Lesnar. Heyman tells Ambrose to stop provoking Lesnar because if he comes to the ring, Ambrose won’t make it to WrestleMania. He says then there will be no one left to face Lesnar because Ambrose is the only one crazy enough to face Lesnar in a No Holds Barred Street Fight. Ambrose mocks Lesnar and tries to talk him into fighting.
Heyman cuts a promo to hype WrestleMania and leaves as Lesnar’s music hits but Lesnar doesn’t follow. Lesnar walks to ringside and Heyman follows. Ambrose pulls a crowbar from his jacket. Lesnar stops and stares him down as Heyman tries to get him to leave. Lesnar creeps towards the ring and walks around it. Lesnar leaps onto the apron for a fight but quickly backs off as Ambrose charges. Lesnar stares at Ambrose as we go back to commercial.
Ryback vs. Sin Cara
Back from the break and out comes Ryback. “The Lucha Dragons” Sin Cara and WWE United States Champion Kalisto are out next. Cara is wearing all black gear tonight.
Ryback takes Cara down with a headlock first. Ryback keeps control and beats Cara around, taking him to the corner for shoulder thrusts. Cara stares out at Kalisto. Cara fights back with chops but Ryback nails a Thesz Press. Ryback slams Cara’s head into the mat a few times but misses a splash as Cara rolls out of the way. Ryback with a big back body drop as some fans boo. Ryback with another slam and a 2 count.
Ryback tosses Cara into the corner and pulls him into a big clothesline for another 2 count. Ryback keeps Cara grounded now. Cara makes a comeback and gets a 1 count. Cara with a crossbody for another pin attempt. Cara ends up dumping Ryback over the top rope. Cara runs the ropes and dives out, sending Ryback into the barrier. Ryback is still standing and re-enters the ring. Cara jumps in but Ryback catches him in mid-air for Shellshocked. Ryback stares at Kalisto and nails another Shellshocked. Ryback covers Cara and stares at Kalisto.
After the match, we go to replays. Ryback takes the mic from ringside as Kalisto is checking on Cara in the ring. Ryback tells Kalisto that’s what happens when a big guy meets a little guy. Ryback says size matters. He challenges Kalisto to put the title on the line at WrestleMania and drops the mic. Ryback’s music hits and he makes his exit.
– We see Stephanie McMahon walking backstage. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and out comes Stephanie McMahon. She welcomes us to RAW and says that’s where fans are supposed to cheer, not boo. She gives a grand introduction to her husband, mentioning his win at Roadblock, and out comes WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H in a suit.
Triple H talks about his win at WWE Roadblock and says everyone thought Ambrose could be the one but he failed. Triple H reminds us The Authority always wins. He says hope isn’t a strategy. He knocks Ambrose, Roman Reigns and the fans about how they all live with hope. He goes on about how fans live miserable lives and gets a little bit of the “what?!” treatment. He goes on and on until Dolph Ziggler’s music interrupts. Out comes Ziggler in a suit and everyone is surprised.
Stephanie calls Ziggler a failure as soon as he walks in the ring. Ziggler says he was in the back listening and he couldn’t take it anymore hearing Triple H tell people about knowing their place. Ziggler knows his place, right here busting his ass every night or all of them. Stephanie calls his pandering very John Cena-esque.
Stephanie says clearly Dolph doesn’t know his role because it’s not out here, it’s back there. She says he’s a talented guy but he’s not that good. Ziggler asks if they’re going to threaten to fire him again and says eventually after being threatened so many times, you realize you have nothing to lose. Ziggler says he’s never going to quit coming to work, no matter what they do or say. Ziggler says he couldn’t take anymore of Triple H badmouthing the fans. He says he’s not a failure and the same goes for Ambrose. He says they were just screwed by the system, Stephanie and Triple H’s system. He says they can fire him if they want but he’s not going anywhere.
Stephanie gets riled up but Triple H calms her down and says firing Dolph would be bad for business. He asks the fans if they love Ziggler and gets them to give it up for him. Triple H says Ziggler is a lovable loser like the fans, that’s why they relate. Triple H says Ziggler doesn’t have to be a loser. He’s really good and could be great but maybe he doesn’t have the right people backing him up or giving him advice. Triple H says maybe Ziggler could get everything he wanted out of life then.
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