- Kevin Owens def. Adrian Neville
- Summer Rae def. Brie Bella
- League Of Nations def. Dolph Ziggler
- Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch def. Naomi and Tamina
- New Day def. Y2AJ
- Kalisto def. Tyler Breeze
- Ryback def. Curtis Axel
- Dean Ambrose def. Bray Wyatt
MONDAY NIGHT RAW - MARCH 7, 2016
Welcome to Monday Night Raw and this week Raw is coming to us from Chicago, Illinois and we kick things off with Shane McMahon making his way out to the ring
After a video recap of Vince McMahon writing off Shane McMahon last Monday on Raw, this week’s Raw opened with Shane McMahon’s music. Shane bounced out on-stage and did the Shane Shuffle before hitting the ring full of energy.
Shane walked around the ring soaking up the crowd reaction, pausing to milk it before speaking. Shane thanked the crowd for an overwhelming response before pausing again for a “Welcome Back” chant. Shane shouted out to Chicago, then kept soaking up the moment.
Shane went back to last Monday when he was watching Raw on his couch with his three sons. He said he heard from his WrestleMania opponent, The Undertaker, who he has the utmost respect for. Then, there’s Vincent Kennedy McMahon. Shane said he heard Vince disown him, and decided that they need to create a new award for Father of the Year. Shane said Vince is an egomaniacal, out-of-touch basta—. Shane said Vince has lost touch with his family, the fanbase, and him.
Shane said he’s going to use all of that anger inside him listening to his dad talk like that to fuel him at WrestleMania. He said it’s his destiny to control Raw. Vince’s tyranny stops. The Authority stops. The back-stabbing and backstage politics stops. Shane said there are so many talented wrestlers who never get a break, then there are those who get all the breaks without talent (dog whistle on Roman Reigns).
Shane said he’s not sure how he’s going to beat Undertaker yet, but he will figure out a way before WM32. He said he walk out the next night in control of Monday Night Raw. Suddenly, the bell tolled for Undertaker.
Instead, Vince McMahon’s music played. Vince strutted out with a sheepish look of “Oh, you were expecting someone else?” Vince came out on-stage to loud boos asking the crowd if they’re disappointed. “A-hole” chant from the crowd. Vince stopped talking and paused to listen, then mockingly conducted it to sleep. “Must be running out of steam. That’s it?” The crowd followed with a loud “C-M Punk” chant. McMahon paused, then spoke over the chant. The audience paused to listen, then McMahon kept talking as the chant faded out.
Vince went back to last Monday when he wrote Shane out of his will and left Stephanie with everything. Then, he looked at a photo of them together in his desk. Shane was a little guy and they were about to go to Shane’s very first wrestling match. Vince introduced a photo of Vince standing in front of stairs holding Shane in his arms. The crowd awed.
Vince then dropped the photo on the ground and stepped on it. Vince said Shane grew up thinking that his dad was invincible. But, somehow, he’s made Shane think the same way about himself. Vince said he’s Vincent Kennedy McMahon, while Shane is “just Vince’s son.” The crowd mocked Vince and picked up a “Shane O Mac” chant.
Vince said he would like to talk about his grandsons when their father, Shane, watches him fail. Shane spoke to be careful. Vince warned Shane that he’s going to be loaded on the gurney at WrestleMania, but he’ll be there to wrap his arms around Shane’s sons. He said they’ll at least have one standing father figure. Vince continued that it’s ironic that his greatest creation (Undertaker) will take out his greatest failure (Shane) at WrestleMania.
[Q2] Vince, satisfied with himself, brought out security guards to remove Shane from the ring. Security hit the ring to surround Shane, who warned that he’s a little amped up right now. “Get him out of there!” Vince screamed from the stage. Shane vowed to leave the ring peacefully as security entered the ring.
Security got too close, so Shane kind of shot on one dude, then awkwardly punched another guy. The crowd tried to rally behind Shane, who eventually dumped out the security crew from the ring. The crowd roared after Shane’s attack, then Shane collected himself and left the ring.
KEVIN OWENS VS ADRIAN NEVILLE
Owens backs Neville into the corner. Side headlock on Neville. Shoulderblock from Owens off the irish whip. Owens stomps away at Neville. Neville trying to fight back but Owens in control.
Owens with the running senton but Neville gets the knees up. Neville unloads with kicks and a huge kick to the side of the head rocks Owens. Running forearm to Owens. Owens sent to the outside. Neville dives over the ropes but Owens side steps and sends Neville into the stairs
Back from break, Owens still in control. Owens misses a cannonball. Owens counters a german suplex and hits one of his own. Second time around and again Neville counters the cannonball with an enziguri that sends Owens to the outside.
Neville goes airborne and connects with a shooting star. Back in the ring, Neville again connects with another shooting star. Neville positions Owens on the top rope. Owens fights back with right hands and a kick to Neville. Owens from the top rope misses with the moonsault
Neville with a superkick, Neville goes to the second rope and hits another shooting star. Nearfall on Owens and Owens with a roll up from behind for the three count
The winner of the match: Kevin Owens
Post Match: Owens attacks Neville and sends him shoulder first into the ring post. Owens then picks Neville up for a pop up powerbomb but Sami Zayn runs out for the rescue and a brawl breaks out between Owens and Zayn
Video: Re-cap of Triple H's beatdown on Dean Ambrose from last week's Raw. This Saturday at Roadblock, Dean Ambrose gets his title match.
Backstage: Stephanie is talking with Dolph Ziggler and Ziggler reminds Stephanie how he put The Authority out of power at Survivor Series and says at Wrestlemania Shane will put The Authority out of power again. Stephanie says since Ziggler wants to re-live history then tonight he will compete against three members of League Of Nations
BRIE BELLA VS SUMMER RAE
Summer attacks Brie at the bell. DDT to Brie. Summer stomps away at Brie. Surfboard on Brie. Brie flips Summer over and plants her face first. The Yes Kicks to Summer. Dropkick off the ropes
Brie goes for the running high knee to the face but Summer side steps. Lana walks out to ringside and Summer Rae off the distraction rolls Brie up for the three count
The winner of the match: Summer Rae
Post Match: Lana hits Brie with the sit out facebuster
Dean Ambrose comes out to the ring and takes the mic saying the Road To Wrestlemania was clear with everyone knowing where they were going but then along comes Dean Ambrose to screw everything up and threatens to win the Championship on March 12
Ambrose says he doesn't care what Triple H's or Roman Reigns' plans were and it's this little attitude that got him in trouble with authority and how he should have respect for authority.
Ambrose says Triple H will respect Ambrose Saturday night when he drills Triple H's head into the mat and becomes the face of the WWE and his face is going to be on Oprah and he and Triple H are going to do tours together. Triple H will stand and clap when Ambrose walks into a room
Ambrose says all the extra curricular activities that come along with being WWE Champion doesn't sound appealing but what does sound appealing is BEING the WWE Champion and he is going to be the kind of Champion that people deserve
Triple H comes out and says he's going to bring Ambrose back to reality and the reality is the WWE Championship will stay with him for as long as he wants to. Roman Reigns tried and had to have his face glued together and maybe Ambrose needs to take another tripe to the announce table
Ambrose says he will take a trip to the announce table and stand on it with the WWE Championship held way up high and then Triple H can "Suck It".
Triple H calls Roadblock a name some idiot in marketing came up with and Ambrose and Reigns are alike in they have the same attitude and that's what got them both in trouble
Triple H says if Ambrose doesn't stop he's going to get hurt. Ambrose says delusional has got him this far. Triple H says he's driven. Ambrose says he's having trouble hearing and asks Triple H to come a little closer so Ambrose can hear him better.
Triple H begins to walk down the ramp towards the ring. Triple H asks the WWE Universe if they want to see him fight Dean Ambrose and they crowd cheers. Triple H says he doesn't fight on Ambrose's time or the WWE Universe's time. He fights on his time and that time is Saturday nightt
Tonight, he's going to delegate and tonight Dean Ambrose faces the new face of fear Bray Wyatt and this Saturday Ambrose will learn in the end The Authority always wins
LEAGUE OF NATIONS VS DOLPH ZIGGLER
Barrett stalks Ziggler and delivers a forearm to the back. kick to Ziggler. Irish whip, Ziggler ducks a clothesline and connects with a dropkick. Distraction from Sheamus and Ziggler turns around walking into a Winds Of Change from Barrett
Barrett chokes Ziggler out on the ropes. Knee strikes by Barrett and Sheamus gets the tag delivering the Ten Beats Of The Bohdran. Rusev in now and Ziggler with a right hand but Rusev connects with a dropkick.
Barrett back in lays Ziggler out on the top rope and delivers the running knee to the kidney. Ziggler with a roll up on Sheamus. Sheamus kicks out and delivers a clothesline. Irish whip into the corner. Shoulderblock and a kneelift
Ziggler fights back. Kick to the face. Ziggler plants Sheamus with a DDT, Barrett back in and Ziggler sends Barrett shoulder first into the ring post. Clotheslines to Barrett. Swinging neckbreaker by Ziggler. Rusev runs into a big kick. Barrett from behind with a roll up. Superkick to Barrett. Rusev gets sent over the top rope. Ziggler misses with the Famouser. Rusev with a kick from the outside and Sheamus with a Brogue Kick for the three count
The winners of the match: League Of Nations
Backstage: Becky Lynch banged on the Divas locker room door to get Sasha Banks out for their match next. Sasha came out selling annoyance with Becky since she stuck her nose in her Divas Title match at WrestleMania. Becky told Sasha to watch their matches back since she had Sasha beaten in their #1 contender shots. So, accept that it’s a three-way for the title against Charlotte and get ready for tag action next. Becky stomped off, then Sasha reluctantly finished preparing for their match
SASHA BANKS AND BECKY LYNCH VS NAOMI AND TAMINA SNUKA
Back from break, the heels were shown already in the ring. WWE also showed Ric Flair and Divas champion Charlotte down at ringside to watch the match. After full ring introductions for Becky and Sasha, Cole hyped Charlotte vs. Becky vs. Sasha for the Divas Title at WrestleMania. Once the match started, a brawl broke out. Sasha then caught Naomi in the Bank Statement to secure a quick tap-out.
The winners of the match: Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks
Post Match: Sasha did the belt-around-the-waist motion, then Charlotte blasted her from behind. Charlotte took out Sasha, then took the Divas Title belt and left the ring. Sasha and Becky recovered in the ring as Charlotte stood tall in the ring.
Backstage: R-Truth was shown entering the arena dressed like a pizza deliveryman. Mark Henry asked him what he’s doing, then Truth walked up to Goldust with a Chicago deep dish pizza. Goldust asked what he’s doing. Truth said he’s trying to make up for dissing Goldust by doing something silly like he would do. Goldust took offense, saying a real tag partner would know he’s lactose intolerant. He said his butt would explode if he ate that pizza. Goldust accused Truth of a sick joke. Truth shouted after Goldust that he didn’t know about his exploding butt. Truth left, then Henry grabbed the pizza and said he loves Chicago to wrap the gag.
Back from break, WWE tag champs New Day came to the ring for their latest title defense. Kofi Kingston, Big E., and Xavier Woods said no one is going to stop their title reign. Definitely not YA2J. Big E. said they are a real team, complete with matching team tattoos. Big E. thought the others got tattoos, too. No, that was just you, Big.
Chris Jericho’s theme interrupted before New Day got too deep into their material. Jericho emerged on-stage sporting a “Y2AJ” t-shirt underneath his leather light-up jacket. A.J. Styles’s music then played to a strong reaction to bring out Styles in a matching t-shirt. Before the match started, Lilian Garcia handled formal ring introductions
WWE Tag Team Championship: NEW DAY VS Y2AJ
Y2AJ took control early on, knocking the heels out of the ring. Double planchas to the outside as Woods freaked out across ringside. Jericho and Styles returned to the ring to stand tall and share a smile for the crowd heading to break.
Raw returned to New Day controlling the match. Big E. and Kofi tagged in and out stomping Jericho in their corner, then Xavier worked the trombone to the “New … Day Rocks/Sucks” beat. Jericho came back with a missile dropkick, then an enziguiri to Kingston. Hot tag to Styles, who ran over Kofi.
Styles delivered a sliding forearm to Kofi, then kipped up. Styles ducked a kick, then went into a super-fluid back flip reverse DDT on Kofi for a close two count. Beautiful execution of that complicated spot. Styles lost control, though, and took a Big Ending combo from Big E. and Kofi. Kofi covered, but Jericho dove onto everyone to break up a pin before three.
Tag to Jericho. Jericho and Kofi exchanged control, then Jericho nailed a Lionsault onto Kofi as Styles blind-tagged into the match. Styles then nailed a springboard 450 splash onto Kofi, but Big E. yanked Kofi out of the ring just before three. Back in the ring, Styles took a kick from Kofi, then fell to his corner, where Jericho tagged himself in. Jericho put Kofi in the Walls of Jericho, and JBL said they have new tag champs, which everyone knows what that means.
With Jericho still working the hold, Styles took out Xavier at ringside. But, Big E. chucked Styles into the barricade and ran into the ring to grab Jericho. Jericho posted Big E., though, and went for the Codebreaker, but Big E. blocked and powered Jericho into the air to deliver the Big Ending. Big E. covered Jericho for the win.
The winners of the match: New Day
Post Match: New Day celebrated out of the ring. Back in the ring, Jericho and Styles slowly recovered to their feet. Styles held up Jericho, who suddenly dropped him with the Codebreaker. Jericho’s face went heel mode as WWE went for crowd shots of stunned fans. Jericho delivered a second codebreaker, then a third to a lifeless Styles.
Jericho left the ring and grabbed one of their Y2AJ t-shirts. He returned to the ring and stuffed the shirt in Styles’s mouth as WWE got a shot of the WrestleMania banner hanging in the arena. Jericho cussed out Styles, then stood tall to boos as Raw faded to commercial.
Moments Ago: New Day pinned Chris Jericho to retain the WWE Tag Titles. Then, Jericho turned on A.J. Styles.
Backstage: Jericho was shown stomping down the hallway. Renee Young approached him for a comment. Jericho said here in Chicago where Y2J was born, all the crowd is chanting is “A-J-Styles, A-J-STYLES!” He said he hopes they enjoyed it because they’re not going to be chanting Styles’s name anymore. Saxton figured out that Jericho is upset over the fan support for Styles.
KALISTO VS TYLER BREEZE
Saxton said Breeze’s mission in WWE is to be “the most relevant Superstar in WWE.” That’s a misguided goal in storyline context of trying to win matches to earn title shots. It also got him another loss, as Kalisto polished off Breeze in two minutes with a running Salida Del Sol for the pin.
The winner of the match: Kalisto
Announcers: After Cole gave a dry, corporate endorsement of NXT, Cole and JBL talked up Big Boss Man’s 2016 WWE Hall of Fame induction.
Backstage: Sin Cara talked up Kalisto, then Jo-Jo approached Kalisto to discuss the Road to WrestleMania. Kalisto name-dropped Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero as his inspiration. Ryback interrupted the interview to wonder why he doesn’t have a match at WrestleMania. Ryback then looked down at Kalisto, saying he has nothing but respect for Kalisto, but he’s the Big Guy. Ryback went on a long spiel about super-heroes, then told Kalisto to watch him tear the wings off the Social Butterflies. The more he talked, the less interested the crowd became. There was no bite to the match they’re setting up for WrestleMania.
The Social Outcasts were introduced to the ring for the latest Third Hour comedown segment. Heath Slater, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, and Adam Rose did their back-and-forth lines, then Axel growled about something. He did some chopping motions until the other three joined in and repeated it while dancing in a circle. Ryback’s music interrupted. The match is next.
RYBACK VS CURTIS AXEL
The match was joined in progress with Ryback working over Axel. Axel bailed to the floor, where the Outcasts used a numbers advantage to cut off Ryback. Back in the ring, Axel pounded away on Ryback. But, Ryback responded with Shell-Shock for a three count. Ryback headed right out of the ring to the back after winning.
The winner of the match: Ryback
Earlier Tonight: Shane McMahon called Vince McMahon bad names. Then, Vince stomped a photo of him holding little Shane. Vince tried to send security to the ring to escort Shane out of the building, but Shane did some jabs and knees to fight them off.
Authority Office: Vince McMahon was on the phone having a random conversation about trying to break the old WM attendance record. Stephanie McMahon walked in to have a chat with Vince about Shane. What if Shane wins? Steph said Shane doesn’t always use his brain and he might do something crazy to win. “I got this,” Vince said. “But, what if you don’t?” Stephanie replied. “I said I got this okay? Thank you,” Vince told her. She walked off.
Smackdown plug: The Miz has Miz TV with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Plus, Chris Jericho explains his attack on A.J. Styles.
In-ring: Dean Ambrose continued to pace the ring before Bray Wyatt’s theme interrupted. Bray spoke from a smoky, dark room. Bray sent a warning to Brock Lesnar for Roadblock. He vowed to conquer the conqueror. But, tonight, he will show how dangerous he is. Back in the arena, Bray slowly made his entrance without his henchmen by his side.
DEAN AMBROSE VS BRAY WYATT
The announcers ignored the absence of Wyatt’s henchmen in favor of a hypothetical discussion about what WWE and WM32 would look like if Ambrose won the WWE Title at Roadblock. Raw cut to break with Bray in control. The announcers were obviously produced to ignore the Wyatt henchmen’s absence to set up interference later on, but it was such a glaring item that it made the announcers seem like dolts.
Back from break, Wyatt continued to work over Ambrose, stopping to taunt him a little. “Are you ashamed of yourself?” Bray chided. “Talk to me, Ambrose!” Bray knocked Dean to the outside, then slowly followed to the floor. Suddenly, both ran at each other with a double knock down clotheslines. After selling on the floor, both scurried back into the ring before a 10-count.
The match continued in the ring with wild blows exchanged. Suddenly, Wyatt exploded on Dean with a lariat into a running butt splash for a two count. The fight moved back to the floor, where Bray slammed Dean across the barricade with a big uranage.
Back in the ring, Bray continued to attack Dean before pausing for a Shinsuke Nakamura moment in the corner. Dean woke up and nailed his rebound lariat on Wyatt, though. Dean then flew at Bray with a flying attack from the second rope. And, suddenly, the Wyatt theme played. The lights came back on and the Wyatt Family was on the ring apron. The Wyatts attacked Dean as the bell sounded for yet another DQ/non-ending to a TV main event.
The winner of the match via DQ: Dean Ambrose
The Wyatts dismantled Ambrose. Bray rubbed his henchmen as the crowd booed. Suddenly, Triple H’s theme music played. Hunter walked out on-stage, then made his way toward the ring as the Wyatts awaited his arrival. Hunter entered the ring and stared down Bray Wyatt, drawing “Yes!” chants from the crowd for something different on the Road to WM32. Bray stroked the title belt, then left the ring with his henchmen.
Hunter was left alone in the ring with Ambrose, who continued to sell in the background. Hunter turned his attention to Ambrose to deliver a pre-Roadblock beat down. Suddenly, something caught Hunter’s attention. It was the announce table. Hunter left the ring to clear the announce table again, then he slowly returned to the ring to follow up. But … Dean surprised Hunter with Dirty Deeds in the middle of the ring.
Dean picked up the WWE Title belt to loud cheers, then he staggered to his feet holding the title. Dean continued to hold the belt as the announcers plugged Roadblock on Saturday. Raw signed off 9 minutes past the top of the hour.