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This is the last Monday Night Raaw before Fastlane this Sunday! With Brock Lesnar not scheduled to be there, the focus is sure to be on WWE World Heavyweight Champion, HHH, along with two of the three main event stars, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Will the "brothers be on good terms heading into Sunday, or will their relationship experience some turbulence before their clash with Brock Lesnar? What will the future hold for the newest WWE star in AJ Styles? And lastly, will Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks be able to stay on the same page for their tag team bout on Sunday, or will things be far from "Bexellent" for the strange team? All of this and more will be answered tonight!
PROMO: The first promo of the night belongs to Dean Ambrose! He starts off by saying he knows he is in for the fight of his life this Sunday with Roman and Lesnar. Dean compares Lesnar to the "big bully on the playground" and to stop him you have to get your fingernails dirty and do things your way. That's what he did last week with the low blow. He then calls out Lesnar again. Instead of Lesnar, he gets Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says that Dean didn't get the job done, but he got in a "cheap shot" from a distraction by Roman. Then plants the seeds of doubt by saying "What happens if Roman never comes out?". Stephanie says that if Dean wants an F5 then he'll get it. Except F5 stands for "fatal 5 way for the Intercontinental Championship", and if Roman gets involved then he will not be allowed to compete in the main event at Fastlane. And that match is now.
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Dean Ambrose(c) vs. Kevin Owens vs. Stardust vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Dolph Ziggler
Okay, so there is sure to be a lot happening in this match. So I'll just try and hit all the highpoints in a bullet form kind of fashion so this isn't just a jumbled mess for you guys.
- Ambrose hits a missile dropkick sending Stardust out of the ring.
- Ambrose gets ready for the suicide dive through the rope, but Dolph stops him with a monster dropkick for a two-count.
- KO "power bombs" Breeze over the top-rope into Stardust & Ziggler.
- Ambrose then hits his suicide dive to the outside.
- Dolph hits Ambrose with a big facebuster from the top rope.
- All four competitors besides KO are sitting in the corners. KO hits a cannonball on all four competitors.
-Breeze hits the Beauty Shot on Owens seconds after the cannonball for a two-count.
- Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag on Ambrose, Breeze hits Beauty Shot on Ziggler, then KO pop-up power bombs Breeze to win back his IC Title!
RESULTS: Kevin Owens wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: I LOVED this match! Great moves, good speed, and a good outcome. I like KO as a champ, and Ambrose losing his IC Title could mean an upset for him this Sunday!
PROMO: Dean and Renee are backstage. Renee asks if he is shocked by what happened. Dean says nothing The Authority does shocks him anymore, and that they think they took something from him but really they gave him motivation to beat everyone so he can take on HHH in the main event of WrestleMania.
PROMO: Kevin Owens then pops up with Renee saying he told everyone he was going to take his title back. He ants recognition and demands Renee tells everyone he was right. Dolph Ziggler then pops up sarcastically congratulating him on a job "done". Ziggler then demands an Intercontinental Title match at Fastlane to which Owens responds "Nah." and leaves.
MATCH: Big E vs. Mark Henry
This match has started when we get back from break, and Henry is using his record breaking strength to keep control. After a distraction by Kofi, Big E takes control using his surroundings like the barricade. After getting back in the ring, Big E hits the huge splash for a two-count. Big E then hits a second big splash for another two-count. Big E goes for an abdominal stretch on the big man, but Henry reverses it to take the lead in the match. Big E then avoids a splash in the corner, and then sets him up for the Big Ending, but Mark Henry then just falls off E's shoulder and then Big E pins him after what seems like a botch spot.
RESULT: Big E wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: This match was decently entertaining, but nothing to write home about.
BRIE BELLA EXCLUSIVE INTERVEIW: Byron Saxton is in the ring with Brie Bella who will challenge Charlotte at Fastlane for her WWE Diva's Championship. Of course, they ask about Daniel Bryan, her husband, who officially retired last week. She says that the fans and everyone backstage helped everyone turn a sad situation into a good one for Daniel, but then out comes Charlotte and her daddy Ric. Charlotte sarcastically talks about Daniel and how emotional it was saying he was in a league of his own. To which Brie responds he IS in a league of his own. Charlotte then says that she understands if Brie wants to forfeit the match Sunday so she could stay home with Bryan and not be selfish. Charlotte then says she must be here because her and Bryan need the money, and Brie takes offense obviously. Charlotte continually says she didn't personally attack Daniel. Then begs her to go home and help Nikki with her physical therapy, help Daniel with his hard time because they need her. Not the fans. Brie then brings up the fact that Charlotte is playing head games because she scared. She knows that Brie is a tough fight.. I guess.. Brie then says she is disgusted with what Charlotte has become. Charlotte says she needs to remember that she offered Brie a chance to walk away, and then brings up Brie and Daniels future children and Brie snaps. Attacking Charlotte, then Charlotte and Ric flee the ring.
MATCH: AJ Styles vs. The Miz
Chris Jericho is on commentary for this match tonight!
Miz attacks AJ before the match starts to get an advantage. Miz takes control quickly with elbows and knees and even raking at his nose. Miz goes for a neckbreaker, but Styles rolls through it for a two-count. Miz takes Styles through the second rope, and then hits a dropkick. Miz then stops to talk some trash to Y2J at ringside, and Styles takes advantage with a flying forearm off the steel steps.
When we get back from break Miz is on the top rope and hits a forearm for a two-count. AJ now begins to take control with a ton of clotheslines and forearms. Miz then hits a big DDT out of nowhere for a two-count. Miz sets up for the Skull Crushing Finale, but AJ rolls him up for a two-count and then hits the Pele kick but only gets a two-count. Styles then heads to the top rope, but Miz regains composure and went for a superplex, but Styles avoids it. Then AJ hits a top rope forearm to the jaw for a two-count. AJ goes for a move, gets reversed, Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale but only gets a two-count. Miz quickly gets back on the attack. Styles reverses a move and puts Miz in the calf crusher for the submission victory.
RESULT: AJ Styles wins via submission.
THOUGHTS: AJ knows how to put on a good match with anyone. The Miz held his own no doubt. Good match.
PROMO: Y2J grabs a mic and gets ready to talk, but AJ stops him. AJ says he knows that Y2J won last week, but the fact that Jericho was AJ's first WWE win is eating him up inside. AJ then issues the rubber match, match 3, Y2J vs. AJ Styles at Fastlane. Jericho then says that's a "Phenomenal" idea. Jericho then says he isn't sure if he wants to wrestle AJ again, but he will give him a definitive answer come Thursday on SmackDown.
PROMO: The Dudley Boyz are coming out to explain their recent actions. Bubba starts off by saying that The Usos need to be out there with them to hear what they have to say. They then remind everyone that The Usos won't be there because they put them through tables a few weeks ago. D-Von says The Usos are just like the WWE Universe. They thought that The Dudleys would be some nostalgic act, but they are not. They came back to be the baddest tag team on the planet. Bubba reminds everyone that on SmackDown The Dudleys got rid of tables forever. The fans then begin to chant and Bubba says they don't care what anyone chants. D-Von ends it with a "TESTIFY".
MATCH: Paige vs. Summer Rae
Summer starts off on top with a couple of big arm drags. Paige doesn't take long to take over, but its for a short time as Summer hits a big kick and a leg drop. Summer using her feet to choke Paige, and then puts her in a choke hold on the mat. Paige then starts to get some momentum, and hits a running knee right to the face of Summer for a two-count. The out of nowhere, Summer Rae rolls up Paige for a big win.
RESULT: Summer Rae wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: Summer Rae was actually very impressive in this match. She showed she can putnon a pretty decent match, which I would've never guessed.
PROMO: Paul Heyman is coming out with something to say! He of course guarantees a Lesnar win come Sunday night as his client takes on Ambrose and Reigns in the main event of Fastlane to see who main events WrestleMania against HHH. Heyman then invites Reigns out to the ring so he can pass his words face to face. Reigns comes to the ring, and Heyman says that he needed Reigns to come to the ring so he knows he means no disrespect towards Reigns. Heyman says that he feels no one can get past Brock Lesnar. Heyman describes how much of a challenge Roman has in front of him. He then says that he can either keep the promise to his family of becoming champion again, or he can keep his best friend Dean Ambrose. He then says he must make a sacrifice because that's the life he lives now. That's the business. He has two enemies on Sunday night. Dean and Brock. Roman then says that he's beaten Dean before. He isn't worried. But Brock, he's never beaten. But he has "beaten his ass". And Sunday night he takes that next step by defeating The Beast and will go on to defeat HHH at WrestleMania to become champion again. The two men shake hands as Paul leaves. The out come The Dudley Boyz and they assault Roman. The assault goes on for quite sometime before Dean comes out to take out The Dudleys. Dean clears the ring with help from Reigns as the two stand tall in the ring. Dean and Roman shake hands, but Dean goes for a Dirty Deeds!! Roman escapes before it can happen as Dean points to the WrestleMania sign and the two smile knowing what is on the line.
MATCH: Zack Ryder vs. Heath Slater
Heath is joined by his Social Outcast brothers! I love these guys.
Before the match can really get underway Heath and the boys parade around the ring. After he gets back in the ring Zack takes control. Zack tries to get the crowd pumped up, and then hits the Broski Boot for a two-count. He then launches himself over the top rope taking out the rest of the Social Outcasts. When he gets back in the ring Slater hits him with a heel kick, and then his finisher for the win.
RESULT: Heath Slater wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: I liked this! Zack put on a great show, and The Social Outcasts are always entertaining to me. Not bad at all.
PROMO: There is another vignette for Goldust and R-Truth! I love these so much.
MATCH: The Lucha Dragons & Neville vs. League of Nations
You guys know how I handle tag matches! I'll tell you who wins, and how!
League of Nations team is made up of Sheamus, ADR, and Rusev.
Alberto Del Rio used his double foot stomp from the top rope to pin Sin Cara for the win.
RESULT: League of Nations win via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: Why do the never use Wade Barrett?
PROMO: Renee and ADR are backstage. Renee asks if the momentum from this victory will carry over to Fastlane. ADR says he will prove that Kalisto is nothing but a fluke.
MATCH: Becky Lynch vs. Naomi(w Tamina)
Becky starts off with a big suplex and Naomi rolls out of the ring. Naomi hits a huge kick to the face as soon as she enters the ring, and then lands about 20 kicks to the sides of Becky. After a dropkick Naomi gets a two-count. She then puts her in an arm lock. Becky fights out, fights off Tamina, and rolls up Naomi for a two-count. Naomi tries to roll-up Becky, but she counters into the Disarmer for the submission win.
Tamina and Naomi then attack Becky after the match. Then out comes Sasha! Sasha is looking all sorts of incredible by the way. As soon as Sasha enters the ring Tamina and Naomi leave.
RESULT: Becky wins via submission.
THOUGHTS: The match wasn't anything exciting. However that Sasha Banks appearance was very exciting.
MATCH: The Big Show vs. Braun Strowman(w The Wyatt Family)
Strowman starts off with the upperhand, but Show then tosses Strowman in the corner and hits him with huge rights and lefts. Braun fights out of the corner and runs right over Big Show. After a pin attempt, Strowman goes for a suplex but Show counters with his own suplex. Then all of the sudden The Wyatt Family jumps in to attack show ending the match in a DQ.
Ryback then comes to aid of Big Show. However the numbers game gets to Ryback as all four men focus their attention on him. Now both men are getting picked apart by The Wyatts.
Then coming up from the bottom of the ring, out comes Demon Kane! Kane, Big Show, and Ryback clear the ring of The Wyatt Family.
RESULT: Big Show "wins" by DQ.
THOUGHTS: Why? The match lasted a literal 2 minutes before it just got shut down. Strowman needs a big time singles win to really get himself going. This isn't the way to do it.
A couple of quick complaints.. No champ tonight? Leading up to a PPV where his WrestleMania opponent will be decided(even though the Royal Rumble is supposed to do that but don't get me started), and they don't even show HHH or the belt? Just a very confusing thing.. Nonetheless, this Sunday is Fastlane! Are you excited? Let us know in the comments below!
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