February 2, 2015
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WWE Monday Night Raw Pre-Show:
Scott Stanford, Corey Graves, and David Otunga served as hosts from WWE Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. Stanford hyped Triple H’s announcement, and said John Cena will welcome back Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, and Erick Rowan on Raw. By the way, the panel noted that there was another snowstorm in Denver just a week after they were snowed out of doing Raw in Hartford. The panel spoke about Hunter’s announcement. Graves said the announcement had to involve the WrestleMania 31 main event. Backstage at Raw, Renee Young interviewed Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods, who wore matching red and white track suits. The spoke about Hunter’s announcement.
Woods said it could not be any worse than the decision that was made at the Super Bowl. Kingston gloated about the New England Patriots being the champions of the world. The panelists spoke about the Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns confrontation from last week’s Raw. Graves praised Heyman as a master at getting into the head of opponents, yet noted that he did not see any fear in the eyes of Reigns. The panel makes their predictions for Raw and that’s a wrap for the pre-show.
WWE Monday Night Raw:
First In-Ring Segment:
The Authority come out to start off Raw. Stephanie takes the mic first and they talk about being at the NFL’s Super Bowl 49 last night. The Authority are fans of the champion New England Patriots. Fans boo them and the Patriots. Stephanie says the Patriots are champions because that’s what is best for business. Triple H agrees and jokes that he hopes the NFL can survive with the new #CancelNFLNetwork movement. Triple H says the Royal Rumble had its share of controversy as well. Stephanie says they understand there is some outrage about what happened at the Rumble. She says they understand why and they’re here to do something about it. Triple H says we can’t let something like this happen and he shows us the ending to the Rumble 30-man main event. Triple H says it was wrong of Big Show and Kane for coming back in the match. He says they were guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct, like the Seattle Seahawks.
Triple H says he doesn’t have a problem with Kane and Show but he does have a problem with The Rock. Triple H says Rock had o business being there. He says Rock is one of the biggest WWE stars ever and always has a place there but… a “Rocky” chant breaks out. He brings up Rock’s Hollywood success and says Rock had no business getting in the Rumble because he’s not a WWE Superstar. Triple H says part of that is his fault because people with a name still think they can come back and affect what happens as he let Sting get away with that at Survivor Series. Triple H says that stops at Fast Lane, that’s why he’s called Sting out. Triple H wants Sting to stand int he ring with him at Fast Lane. He promises to resolve their problem. A “we want Sting” chant starts. Stephanie asks if fans want Sting and if they do, they can get him at Fast Lane on the WWE Network. She plugs the Network promo. Triple H brings up Roman Reigns and there are mostly cheers. Stephanie says Reigns will officially go down as the Rumble winner but questions if he should go on to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 31. Reigns’ music hits and out he comes through the crowd in a hurry.
Reigns hits the ring and gets in Triple H’s face. He asks if they’re just going to take his title shot away from him hell no, he says. He and Triple H have words and come face to face. Triple H looks upset. Stephanie gets in between them and tells Reigns to calm down, saying they haven’t announced anything official yet. She brings up how he talked about his legendary family last night. She asks if it’s ironic that the family he wants to impress more than anything in this world is the reason why he shouldn’t main event WrestleMania. Daniel Bryan’s music hits and out he comes to a big pop. Stephanie sarcastically welcomes Bryan back. Bryan tells Reigns he had to deal with this same thing before. Bryan says if you want to talk about controversy, talk about how they stripped him of the WWE World Heavyweight Title and he never got a rematch. Bryan says he officially throws his name in the hat for a title shot at WrestleMania because he wants to do it one more time. Triple H says there was nothing out of the ordinary about them stripping him because he failed at fulfilling his contractual obligations. Triple H says Bryan came back full of himself, put himself in the Rumble and never should have been in it in the first place. Triple H says maybe he could see Bryan getting a shot at WrestleMania but… the music interrupts and out comes Seth Rollins with Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble. Rollins is having some mic trouble. Stephanie says “we can’t hear you”.
Second In-Ring Segment:
Seth Rollins makes a joke about live TV and says what he’s been hearing is getting ridiculous. Rollins says Bock Lesnar would eat Bryan alive. Rollins says Bryan got stripped because he got hurt and that’s his own fault. Rollins welcomes Bryan to the deep end with the big boys. Rollins turns to Reigns and says he wouldn’t even be the Rumble winner if it weren’t for The Rock. Rollins says if anyone deserves to face Lesnar at WrestleMania, it’s the man who stole the show in the Triple Threat and broke Lesnar’s ribs, Reigns threatens to knock Rollins into next week. Triple H gets in between them. He and Stephanie have a word in private.
Triple H has a change in plans he announces Bryan vs. Rollins with the winner facing Reigns at Fast Lane. The winner of that match will face Lesnar for the title at WrestleMania. Booker and JBL say Reigns just got screwed. They all have words back and forth. Rollins says no one wants to see Bryan vs. Reigns at Fast Lane. He says if Reigns doesn’t accept the offer, he’s afraid of him and doesn’t have the guts. The Authority asks Reigns if he accepts. Fans chant “yes!” as Bryan does the gesture. Reigns says screw it, he will fight Bryan and Rollins. He says let’s do it. Triple H says it’s on – Bryan vs. Rollins tonight, the winner faces Reigns at Fast Lane for the title shot at WrestleMania. He tells Reigns so stay in the ring.
First Match: Roman Reigns vs. The Big Show
Show holding Reigns in a big bear hug as Michael Cole informs us that the match started during the break. We see footage, via the WWE App, of how the match started. We see Big Show slamming Reigns into the barricade. Back live, Reigns is fighting back now, as he hits multiple big splashes on Show in the corner. We see Seth Rollins, Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble at ringside watching the action. Reigns calls for the Superman Punch, but is distracted by Noble, who hops up on the apron, allowing Mercury to grab Reigns’ foot from the floor outside of the ring. This leads to Reigns walking right into a spear from Big Show. Finally, Reigns knocks J&J Security out to the floor. Reigns nails Show with a Superman Punch. He calls for the spear, but Rollins runs in and blasts him with the briefcase, which leads to Reigns walking right into a Chokeslam from Big Show who wins the match.
Winner: Big Show
Triple H & Stephanie McMahon Backstage Segment:
HHH tells Steph that getting that stipulation announced earlier was easier than they thought it would be. He says it’s not even legal what they did, but because they all agreed to it, it’s all good. HHH says Rollins will win tonight and go on to WrestleMania. HHH says all that’s left is the “Stone Cold Podcast” later tonight. Steph asks him what he thinks Austin will ask him. HHH says it doesn’t matter because he’ll manipulate him the way he just did everyone else in the opening segment. The two kiss and we head to another break.
Dean Ambrose & Curtis Axel Segment:
Curtis Axel comes out and he tells people not to turn the channel because he has something he wants to say. He was never eliminated in the Royal Rumble match. He was sucker punched from behind and if that didn’t happen, he would have won the match. He demands justice. Curtis gets on the turnbuckles and he points to the Wrestlemania sign. He wants Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania for the WWE Championship. Dean Ambrose comes out and he goes after Axel and he throws him over the top rope to the floor. Ambrose grabs the mic and he tells Axel, now you are eliminated. While everyone is out here making demands, he wants one of his own.
After the Rumble, he took a long walk to the WWE Headquarters and he saw a wall with a bunch of nice photos. All former champions. Dean says he takes a pretty nice mug shot and he thinks his face would look great on that wall. Two weeks ago, he pinned Wade Barrett, so he is in line for an Intercontinental Title Match. Dean says he’s got some bad news. He is coming after that title and he is going to get his face on that wall. Axel attacks Ambrose from behind and punches Ambrose but Ambrose bounces off the ropes with a clothesline and he hits the double underhook DDT.
WWE aired a Black History Month video package focus on WWE Hall of Famer Ernie Ladd.
Second Match: The Ascension vs. Goldust & Stardust
Stardust starts off with Viktor and Stardust with a forearm and he bows to Viktor. Stardust with a side head lock and he lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt. Goldust pulls Stardust into the corner and makes the tag after Viktor takes Stardust down. Goldust with a punch and then he drops down to punch Viktor. Konnor tags in and Goldust punches him. Goldust with a reverse atomic drop but Konnor sends Goldust into the corner and kicks him. Viktor tags in but Goldust with punches. Konnor hits Goldust from behind and they hit the Fall of Man for the three count.After the match, Stardust argues with Goldust and he wants to know why Goldust did what he did during the match. Stardust leaves the ring and Goldust looks dejected. We come back from break and Goldust trys to find Stardust and trys to calm him down by calling him. Stardust says don’t call him Cody and then he walks away.
Winner: The Ascension
John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback & Erick Rowan Segment:
John says that he is beaten and broken, but he is not going to miss Raw. John mentions that Triple H will be on the Steve Austin podcast after Raw. They are going to cover the State of the WWE. Austin will not be afraid of HHH. John says he can’t wait to see if Triple H will dance around the questions. Hunter said that John Cena was the past last week. John says that there will be people who side with Hunter and some who will side with him. He has Seth in his back pocket and Seth is branded the future. Hunter has a stable of Superstars in NXT ready to take his spot. HHH has a vision for his WWE and that is a WWE without John Cena. John says he does not like that. You tell him he sucks if you think that. A guy like HHH will do business with him in the ring because he is afraid to fire John because he has to talk to networks, sponsors, and board members. HHH doesn’t care about the people.
The Authority tried to get John Cena to do something he never did before, give up. They put him in lopsided matches. You might think that plan is working, but no matter how tall the mountain, he will never give up. We see the footage from two weeks ago when John Cena pinned Seth Rollins because he was spooked by a shot of the Vigilante Sting on the TitanTron and on the stage. For the first time ever on Raw, the WWE Universe got to see Sting. John says he owes Sting a heartfelt thank you because they are officially welcoming Ryback, Erick Rowan, and Dolph Ziggler back to Raw. John says that these three men are proof that the Authority can be beat. If Rusev is the next road block, he will prove that Rusev can be beat. Stephanie appears on the TitanTron and she says she does not mean to interrupt. Dolph asks Stephanie if she is tired of seeing them overcoming obstacles. Stephanie says that everyone has been fighting Dolph’s fights. Dolph will face Bray Wyatt tonight. Rowan will be facing the man John Cena is about to become very familiar with, Rusev. Ryback, you will be in action next against Luke Harper.
Third Match: Ryback vs. Luke Harper
Harper with a kick and suplex to Ryback but Ryback pounds on his chest. Ryback with a kick and delayed vertical suplex of his own. Ryback goes to the turnbuckles for a belly flop and he gets a near fall. Ryback chops Harper in the corner followed by an Irish whip and clothesline in the corner. Harper with a drop kick. Ryback goes to the apron and Harper with a boot to knock Ryback off the apron onto the ringside barrier. Harper sends Ryback into the ring and hits a slingshot senton for a near fall. Harper with a chop in the corner but Ryback with punches. Harper with a boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Harper with a front face lock but Ryback powers out of the hold.
Harper misses a shoulder in the corner and hits the ring post. Ryback with a near fall. Ryback with a Thesz Press and he slams Harper’s head into the mat and follows with a splash for a near fall. Harper with a Black Hole Slam for a near fall. Harper goes to the floor when Ryback moves. Ryback with a spinebuster and then he sets for the lariat but Harper with a super kick and he gets a near fall. Harper with a front face lock but Ryback gets Harper on his shoulders but Harper counters with a sunset flip for a near fall. Ryback with a clothesline and then he hits the marching musclebuster for the three count.
Fourth Match: Jimmy Uso w/Jey Uso & Naomi vs. Cesaro w/Tyson Kidd & Natalya
Cesaro with a waist lock take down into a side head lock. Jimmy with a side head lock and Cesaro with a drop toe hold. Jimmy with a hammer lock. Cesaro with chops. Cesaro with an Irish whip but Jimmy slides into the corner and he chops Cesaro. Cesaro wit a knee but Jimmy with a back elbow and he gets a near fall. Jimmy with a kick and Cesaro goes to the floor. Jimmy sets for a plancha but Cesaro moves out of the way and Jimmy stays in the ring. Cesaro has something to say to Jey and that allows Jimmy to hit a plancha on Cesaro. Cesaro gets back into the ring but he rolls to the other side. Cesaro drops Jimmy on the top rope and then he comes off the turnbuckles with a double sledge and an elbow drop. Cesaro with punches and forearms and he gets a near fall. Jimmy with punches and then he hits a thrust kick to the midsection followed by an uppercut. Jimmy misses a splash into the turnbuckles and Cesaro with the Giant Swing into a single leg Crab.
Cesaro releases the hold and then he hits a double stomp for a near fall. Cesaro with a Tiger Bomb for a near fall. Jimmy with an elbow and he hits a corkscrew senton for a near fall. Both men go for clotheslines and then Jimmy with two more of his own. Cesaro blocks a super kick and he sends Jimmy to the floor. Cesaro signals to Tyson and the referee warns Tyson before he can do anything. Cesaro slams Jimmy’s head into the announce table and they return to the ring. Cesaro goes up top and he is met with a super kick. Jimmy with a running butt splash. Jimmy goes up top but Tyson gets on the apron and Jey attacks Tyson. Jimmy comes off the turnbuckles for Superfly Splash but he is met with a European uppercut and Cesaro gets the three count. After the match, Kidd attacks Jey with a drop kick and the newest power couple celebrate while Natalya feels left out.
The Miz & Damien Mizdow Backstage Segment:
Damien Sandow is preparing some food for Miz and Miz scrutinizes over blueberries. A production assistant interrupts and asks for an autograph from Damien Sandow. Miz rips up the autograph. Miz tells Sandow he just doesn’t get it. We know how this story plays out. A real star throws a bone to a nobody and it gets to their head. That nobody becomes an arrogant jerk. Before we met, you wore ridiculous costumes and lost all the time. Miz tells Sandow he made him relevant and gave him a purpose in life. He calls Sandow talentless and the worst stunt double ever. Miz tells Sandow he is fired, but Miz says he is really big into philanthropy so Sandow will be his personal assistant. Miz mentions that he will face Sin Cara tonight. If you defy him, you will be faceless. Miz tells Sandow to stop mimicking him. He tells Sandow to make his shake for him.
John Cena & Erick Rowan Backstage Segment:
John Cena is in the locker room and Rowan stops by. He takes off his mask and he says his whole life, he has been treated like an animal an outcast. No one stood up for him like that so he wants to thank John. John tells Erick he shouldn’t have been fired in the first place. Erick says his time away has made him a changed man. He thanks John and he will do something for John when he faces Rusev tonight. John tells Erick that Rusev is a dangerous man and he has a mean streak. He tells Erick not to take him lightly.
Fifth Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Bray Wyatt
Wyatt sends Ziggler into the corner. They exchange punches until Wyatt sends Ziggler to the mat. Wyatt with a kick to the head. Wyatt with a forearm to the back but Ziggler punches back. Ziggler runs into a back elbow. Wyatt stomps on Ziggler’s hand but Ziggler with a drop kick and forearms. Ziggler has Wyatt in the ropes and the referee separates Ziggler from Wyatt. Wyatt with a punch and then he chokes Ziggler in the ropes. The referee warns Wyatt of his count. Wyatt with a belly-to-back suplex attempt but Ziggler lands on his feet and hits a drop kick. Ziggler goes for the Fameasser but Wyatt moves and goes to the floor. Ziggler goes for the leg and Wyatt blocks him. Ziggler with a side head lock but Wyatt gets to the ropes. Wyatt with an uppercut and head butt followed by a back senton. Wyatt goes for the neck and applies a nerve hold. Ziggler gets back to his feet but Wyatt with a shot to the back. Ziggler with a back elbow and drop kick. Wyatt rolls to the floor. Wyatt drops Ziggler on the middle rope and then Wyatt grabs Ziggler and suplexes him to the floor.
Coming back from break and we see Wyatt with a reverse chin lock on Ziggler. Ziggler with punches but Wyatt with a flying forearm and he gets a near fall. Wyatt returns to the reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a jawbreaker and then he connects with an uppercut to Wyatt in the corner. Wyatt charges into the corner and Ziggler moves. Wyatt hits the ring post shoulder first. Wyatt misses the back senton when Ziggler moves. Both men get up at seven and Ziggler with a flying clothesline and splash into the corner followed by a neck breaker. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Wyatt with a clothesline. Ziggler with the hesitation DDT but he can only get a near fall. Wyatt with two splashes into the corner and then Wyatt leans back to look at the referee checking on Ziggler. Wyatt sets for Sister Abigail but Ziggler with a kick and he misses the Fameasser but Ziggler with a super kick to the head and he gets a near fall. Ziggler punches Wyatt but Wyatt punches back. Ziggler with punches but Wyatt with a clubbing blow to the neck. Ziggler with a kick and Fameasser but Wyatt with Sister Abigail for the three count.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
The Authority & Seth Rollins Backstage Segment:
Stephanie is showing Hunter her fitness DVD and Seth says that he is impressed with the DVD. Seth tells Hunter and Stephanie that he loved their plan. Seth asks if they are serious about Daniel Bryan. Stephanie tells Seth to have faith in her. Daniel Bryan will not be going to Fastlane or Wrestlemania. It is a sign of their confidence in Seth. Hunter says that Randy was treated like the Face of the WWE, but he never understood it. Seth says that is why Randy Orton ended up underneath his boot. Randy Orton is not Seth Rollins. He will prove tonight and he will punch his ticket to Fastlane and stomp out the Yes Movement, once and for all.
Sixth Match: Paige vs. Alicia Fox
They lock up and go through the ropes to the floor and Paige with a knee to the head. Paige goes after the Bellas and screams at them. Alicia with an inside cradle for a near fall. Alicia with a boot to the head and she gets a near fall. Alicia with a reverse chin lock. Alicia sends Paige to the mat followed by a Northern Lights Suplex for a near fall. Alicia with a rear chin lock. Alicia turns it into a reverse chin lock. Paige with a punch but Alicia with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker but Paige gets the three count. After the match, Alicia attacks Paige and puts her in a rear chin lock. The Bellas get up from their position at the announce table. They enter the ring and they spray paint Paige’s abdomen.
Miz tells Sandow to stop mimicking and he tells Sandow not to move. They lock up and Miz with a side head lock and take down. Cara with a top wrist lock into a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Sin Cara with a springboard forearm followed by a kick and chop. Cara with a springboard cross body followed by a modified Olympic Slam and he goes up top for the Fallen Star but Miz moves out of the way. Miz goes to the apron and he goes up top, but so does Sandow. Miz yells at Sandow and Cara recovers but Miz with a forearm. Miz tells Sandow not to move. Miz with a boot to the head for a near fall.
Miz with punches to Cara followed by a boot to the head for a near fall. Cara lands on his feet on a belly-to-back attempt and Cara with a rollup for a near fall. Miz with a clothesline for a near fall. Miz kicks Cara in the chest and then he goes for the mask. Miz with a rear chin lock. Cara with punches but Miz takes Cara back to the mat. Miz goes for the Reality Check and he hits it. Sandow gets on the apron and the crowd goes crazy. Miz gets pissed off at Sandow and that allows Cara to get the three count.
Winner: Sin Cara
Bray Wyatt Promo:
Bray Wyatt says that he has been called many names in the past. Seducer, accuser, destroyer. You may call him Bray. He has been watching you for some time. Oh how they used to fear you. You turn that fear into adulation. Bray says that he is the new face of fear. He is the dragon The devil is real and he cannot wait to see you again. Bray tells him to find him.
Eight Match: Erick Rowan vs. Rusev w/Lana
Rusev with a knee to Rowan as he enters the ring and then Rusev Irish whips Rowan into the ring post. Rusev sends Rowan into the ring and then he connects with knee lifts to the head followed by a slam. Rusev stomps on the side of Rowan’s head The referee tries to stop Rusev, but that did not work too well. Rusev punches Rowan while hanging from the ropes. Rusev with a jumping thrust kick while we see shots of the crowd and the TitanTron.
Rusev with elbow drops to the back. Rusev stomps on the back and he applies the Accolade but it does not matter because there has not been a match. Rowan is tapping as the referee tells Rusev to release the hold.Lana gets on the mic and she says that she would like to invite everyone to a special movie premiere. It is Oscar season. This film is not your typical fairy tale happy ending. Not only will it show the end of John Cena, but anyone who challenges Rusev. There is a problem with the Russian flag coming down.
Winner: No Contest
Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan Backstage Segment:
Roman Reigns is in the locker room and he looks dejected, but Daniel Bryan stops by. He says he saw what Rollins did to him. Roman says Seth is going to get what is coming to him. He doesn’t get mad, he gets even. Daniel tells Roman he won’t get that revenge at Fastlane because he won’t be facing Seth, he will be facing Daniel. Roman says it doesn’t matter who he faces, he will win at Fastlane and go to Wrestlemania. Roman tells Daniel to get out of his locker room.
Ninth Match: Seth Rollins vs. Daniel Bryan
They lock up and Rollins takes it to the ropes. Rollins with a headlock and a shoulder block off the ropes. Rollins runs the ropes and we get more back and forth. Bryan drops Rollins into an armbar but Rollins makes it to the ropes and breaks the hold. Rollins sends Bryan to the floor and throws him into the barrier. Bryan clutches his bad shoulder as we go to commercial. Back from the break and Big Show is now at ringside cheering Rollins on. Rollins has control of Bryan and hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Rollins stomps away on Bryan in the corner now. Fans boo as Rollins poses. Rollins charges and nails Bryan in the corner for another two count. Bryan starts making a comeback as fans start chanting. Rollins cuts him off and drops him in the corner. Rollins with more stomps. Noble gets another cheap shot in on Bryan. Rollins points up at the WrestleMania banner. Rollins mounts Bryan in the corner and talks trash. Bryan counters, runs the ropes and hits a big clothesline as fans cheer and chant for him. Bryan nails kicks while Rollins is on his knees. Bryan hits a big running kick for a close two count. Bryan takes Rollins to the corner with more kicks. Bryan with a big move out of the corner for another close two count. More back and forth as they trade shots.
Bryan goes for the Yes Lock but Rollins fights it. Bryan kicks The Stooges off the apron. He sends Rollins out on top of them. Bryan runs and dives onto all three of them, sending them over the announce table as fans pop. Bryan brings Rollins back in and goes to the top. Rollins jumps up and crotches Bryan as Big Show looks on. Rollins climbs up but Bryan turns it around. Bryan goes for a super back drop off the top and nails it. They both land hard but Bryan covers for a close two count. Bryan gets a big “yes!” chant going and goes for the knee but Rollins catches him and hits the turnbuckle powerbomb. Rollins with a big shot to the face for another close two count. Fans chant “this is awesome” as Rollins gets up. Show yells at Rollins to finish him. Bryan applies the Yes Lock but Rollins crawls back and gets his foot to the rope to break the hold.
Rollins rolls to the floor for a breather with Big Show. Roman Reigns runs down and spears Show on the floor. Reigns stalks Rollins at ringside. Mercury goes down with a spear. Noble enters the ring with a brifcase but the referee sees him. Reigns with a Superman punch on Rollins while the ref is distracted. Bryan hits the knee on Rollins for the win. We see Triple H watching backstage as Bryan celebrates. Renee Young asks for comment and he says he will speak on Steve Austin’s podcast, which he walks away to. We go back to the ring and Bryan gets interviewed. He says he’s going to beat Reigns at Fast Lane and go on to win the WrestleMania main event Bryan continues his celebration as we go to replays. RAW goes off the air with Bryan celebrating.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Josh’s Grade for WWE Raw: 87/100 B+
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