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Pittsburgh will be the home of Monday Night Raw tonight! This will certainly build on the events of Roadblock that took place last Saturday night. We saw the WWE Tag Team Championships defended against Sheamus and King Barrett, and the New Day came out top! Tonight they will defend those very same titles against the second half of the League of Nations, Rusev and Alberto Del Rio. Brock Lesnar is scheduled for tonight's Raw, and we saw him dismantle Luke Harper at Roadblock as Bray Wyatt decided to send his henchman to do his dirty work instead of himself. I'm sure both Paul Heyman and Bray Wyatt will have plenty to say on the matter. We also saw the WWE World Heavyweight Championship defended in a brutal match between HHH and challenger Dean Ambrose. HHH came out the victor in a great match, and is scheduled to appear tonight as I'm sure Roman Reigns makes his return to confront his WrestleMania opponent. As for arguably the biggest storyline heading into WWE's biggest event.. Both Shane McMahon and Undertaker are being advertised to appear in Pittsburgh tonight! Will we see any major events transpire on the Road to WrestleMania?
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: New Day (c) vs. League of Nations
League of Nations is going to be represented by Rusev and Alberto Del Rio with Sheamus and King Barrett at ringside. New Day is represented by Big E and Xavier Woods with Kofi playing cheerleader at ringside.
I'll cover this like I cover all tag matches!
Xavier Woods has been beyond impressive in this match. Great new tag moves with Big E.
Rusev gets distracted by Kofi on the apron as he was getting ready to lock in The Accolade on Woods. Woods rolls him up and uses the tights for the three count win!
After the match, League of Nations puts a beating on all of the New Day.
RESULTS: The New Day retain the WWE Tag Team Championships via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: I love Xavier Woods. If he is causing a ruckus on the outside of the ring, or showing off his in ring ability the guy is a born entertainer. He and Big E both came through big in this match. Great showing, great match.
PROMO: Looks like the first true promo belongs to Dean Ambrose! He said he wants to be standing as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, but we cannot always get what we want. He fought his heart out, and gave everything he had. He pushed HHH to the limit, but it still just wasn't enough. He proved what could happen when someone underestimates him or doesn't show him the proper respect. Then out comes "The Beast" Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman! Heyman says that he is the only voice of reason stopping Lesnar from giving Dean the beating of his life tonight. Dean, of course, states he needs no protection. Heyman says that he needs to keep both men protected because those two men are the main event. Because any match featuring Brock Lesnar is the main event. Heyman pleads to Dean to stop provoking Lesnar, because if he continues he will not make it to WrestleMania. Dean, in true Dean fashion, challenges Brock. Heyman then cuts a sweet advertisement on the two men's street fight at WrestleMania. Lesnar heads toward the ring, but on his way there Ambrose pulls out a crowbar and stands ready in the ring. Brock circles the ring like a shark smelling blood. Brock charges the ring, and Dean swings at him but Brock quickly retreats. 20 days, Lesnar vs. Ambrose street fight.
MATCH: Ryback vs. Sin Cara
Ryback uses his strength to take advantage at the beginning of the match. After a little bit of a beating Sin Cara starts a comeback, but Ryback quickly shuts it down. Ryback goes for a splash, but Sin Cara rolls away. Sin Cara charges but Ryback turns it into a back body drop for a two-count. Ryback keeps Sin Cara on the ground for a while, but Sin Cara reverses with a roll up pin for a two-count. Then he hits a cross body for a two-count. Sin Cara sends Ryback over the top rope, and then lands on him after jumping through the bottom rope. After both men get in the ring, Ryback hits a Shellshock. He looks at Kalisto and then hits another Shellshock for the win.
Ryback then challenges Kalisto for WrestleMania for the United States Championship.
RESULTS: Ryback wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: Ryback sends a message to Kalisto which is obviously the idea heading into WrestleMania.
PROMO: Stephanie McMahon addresses the WWE Universe. Stephanie introduces her husband, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, HHH. HHH addresses his defeat of the WWE's hero Dean Ambrose. The Authority always wins, and Saturday was no different. Hope is not a strategy, it is a commodity. He says the reason we relate to Dean and Roman(no) because all we do is hope just like them. He then continues to bash the WWE Universe by saying that hoping is all they do. Hope does not get them what they want, it gets them failure. That's why we love Dean and Roman(no again) because they represent our hope that they end The Authority. He guarantees, just like us, Roman will be a failure because The Authority always wins. But he is interrupted by Dolph Ziggler! Who is repping quite the suit and tie I might add. Dolph says that he just couldn't take anymore, and he knows his place. It is in the ring busting his ass for all the fans. To which Steph replies that he is being "Cena-esque". Dolph says that they can threaten to fire him all he wants, but it has helped him realize that he has nothing left to lose. He says he will not no matter what The Authority does or says he will not quit. Dolph says he and Dean are not failures. They were screwed by the system, their system. He says "Fire me if you want." And Steph gets ready to, but Hunter stops. Saying that it isn't good for business because he is a "lovable loser" like everyone in the crowd. HHH says that he doesn't have to be a loser. He just needs The Authority to help him get to where he needs to go. "Hunter, I wouldn't side with you if you were the last two people on Earth." He then says that he definitely wouldn't side with Steph. She slaps him, and says that she will give him whatever match he wants at WrestleMania(not a WWE World Championship match) if he wins one match tonight. She said she will continue to give him hope and rip it away from him. Dolph says he doesn't care what it is. She then announces that he is going to face Triple H tonight on Raw! Much to the surprise of the champion..
MATCH: Sami Zayn vs. The Miz
Kevin Owens is on commentary for this one!
Sami hits two super deep arm drags and Miz leaves the ring. He chases Miz, and hits a moonsault off the barricade!
We come back with Miz in control, but Zayn begins the comeback. Miz quickly thwarts that with a DDT for a two-count. He sets up for the Skull Crushing Finale but Sami roll through for a two-count. Sami hits a cross body from the top for a two-count, and then hits a huge Swanton over the top rope. The KO gets involved and The Miz attacks KO! Owens distracts Miz long enough for Zayn to hit the Helluva Kick for the win!
RESULT: Sami Zayn wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: I love having Sami on the main roster. I just hope that its KO vs. Zayn at Mania. Maybe with Neville as a triple threat, but with Miz attacking Owens it concerns me that they are going to throw him into it. Keep it simple. KO vs. Zayn at Mania is a money maker on its own.
PROMO: Renee is talking to League of Nations. They are not worried about not winning the tag titles, because they sent a message. They issue a challenge. The New Day vs. The League of Nations at WrestleMania.
MATCH: Brie Bella & Alicia Fox vs. Naomi & Tamina
I'll cover this like I normally cover tag matches!
Before the match starts out comes Lana to stand at ringside near the announce table.
Lana distracts Brie which allows Team B.A.D to double team Brie for the win.
RESULT: Team B.A.D wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: Meh. Literally that's it. Meh.
PROMO: The Social Outcasts cut a promo for Burger King grilled hotdogs.
PROMO: JoJo and Paige are talking. JoJo brings up Paige on Total Divas and she stops her and says that its WrestleMania season. Lana then interrupts saying that Paige isn't the diva she used to be, and it is because she hangs out with people like Brie. Then Paige says that she'll teach Lana a lesson right now, and the Naomi and Tamina pop up and say that Paige shouldn't make threats because you never know who is listening.
PROMO: Renee and Charlotte are backstage. Renee asks what it means to face Sasha and Becky at Mania since they are the forces behind the Divas Revolution. Charlotte shares a few stories about Sasha and Becky how they are scared and nothing compared to her.
MATCH: The Usos vs. The Social Outcasts
Bo Dallas and Adam Rose will represent The Social Outcasts! The Dudley Boyz are on commentary.
You guys know how I handle tag matches by now!
The Usos run straight through The Social Outcasts while starring down The Dudleys.
RESULT: The Usos win via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: This match didn't even last long enough to cover it.
PROMO: Dean Ambrose is backstage and Mick Foley appears! Foley tells him that this match against Lesnar is a bad idea, and he is going to get hurt. Foley asks, "Why, Dean?". Dean asks him when he was on top of that cell when he faced Taker, was he scared? He said yes, that's what I do. Dean responds with, "And I'm Dean Ambrose. This is what I do." Mick comes baring gifts. He said that he wants Dean to take Brock somewhere he has never been before. Mick hands him a box and said "Consider this a passing of the torch.. bang Bang." He opens the box, and it is the barbed wire bat!
MATCH: Dolph Ziggler vs. Triple H (w Stephanie)
If Dolph wins this match he will get to choose his match at WrestleMania!
Triple H starts off with a side headlock, and keeps Dolph grounded. Dolph then follows with one of his own. The two go back and forth and end with another side headlock takedown from Dolph. The speed picks up and Dolph takes a little bit of the control, and catches Hunter off guard. Hunter then drives a knee right into Dolphs stomach, but Dolph uses his speed to go for a backslide pin for a near fall. HHH hits him with a high elbow, and you can hear Steph screaming from the outside. Then Hunter and Ziggler go to the outside, and Dolph gets tossed hard into the barricade.
We come back with Hunter controlling the match. HHH is targeting the left arm of Dolph, and the Cerebral Assassin is going to work. It does not take long before Dolph starts the comeback, but in classic HHH form he hits the running high knee fro a two-count. He plants another knee right to the side of the face for another two-count, and Dolphs resiliency is showing as he continues to fight. Hunter then sends him shoulder first into the steel steps. The shoulder that Hunter has been targeting since the beginning. This is a classic HHH match, and damn have I missed them. Hunter perches himself on the top rope, taunting, and then he jumps down right into the foot of Dolph Ziggler. Dolph hits a Stinger splash in the corner and his neckbreaker. He then hits and elbow to the chest for two-count. He goes for a super kick, Hunter turns it into a Pedigree attempt, but Dolph turns it into a Famouser for the closest two-count I have ever seen. Dolph then hits a DDT for yet another near fall. Ziggler goes for a move but instead gets hit with a spine buster. HHH goes for the Pedigree, but he eats a super kick instead for yet another two-count! Dolph is on the apron and Hunter knocks him off into the barricade. He gets back in the ring at a nine count. HHH goes for a Pedigree but is hit with a back body drop. This time he hits the Pedigree for a three-count win!
Reigns then shows up! To an outpour of hellacious boos. He comes down to the ring. He then attacks HHH, and Stephanie leaves the ring completely. Using barricades, and ringposts to make his mark on the champ. The announce table also comes into play as officials try to stop him. Triple H uses some sort of can to hit Reigns. Which seemingly doesn't faze him. HHH tries to run off, but Reigns continues. The fight goes all the way around the arena. HHH gets busted open as the two go backstage. Roman is hitting anyone including security. He even throws a full trash can as he is fending off an army of security guards and officials. He uses a TV across HHH's back. The Mark Henry and The Usos show up to finally stop him.
RESULT: Triple H wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: HOLY SHIT. That's a good match right there. You all wonder why HHH has the belt, but matches like this are why. So good. And Dolph is one hell of a competitor too. I love the huge boos for Reigns on what was supposed to be his triumphant return even though the brawl that ensued was pretty cool.
They announce that Jacqueline is the newest inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame. She joins Sting, The Fabulous Freebirds, The Big Boss Man, and The Godfather.
PROMO: R-Truth and Goldust have another weird promo where R-Truth is dressed like a penguin.
MATCH: Chris Jericho vs. Neville
So I lost the beginning of this match thanks to a storm knocking out my cable for a solid 5 minutes. Therefore I'll tell you who wins and how! My apologies, everyone!
Chris Jericho shoves the referee which ends the match in DQ.
Out come AJ! He hits the forearm off the top rope called the "Phenomenal Forearm" and stands tall.
RESULT: Neville wins via DQ.
THOUGHTS: All I saw was Jericho push the ref thanks to my cable going out. But heel Jericho on the mic before and after the match was amazing. Best in the world at what he does!
PROMO: The Undertaker is here to confront Shane and Mr. McMahon! Out comes Mr. McMahon to start the festivities! He plays a scenario where a victorious Shane McMahon takes over Raw. He says that will never happen because The Undertaker will destroy Shane at WrestleMania, and out comes the Deadman! Vince starts off by saying to never lay his hands on him again, and Taker removes his jacket and his hat. Vince says that he will consider a lapse of judgment for even bringing the subject up. He says that he knows that Taker doesn't mind doing the dirty work. Vince says "Some might call this an unholy alliance, but I simply call it 'Whats best for business.'" Out comes Shane-O-Mac! The first time he is standing in the same ring as his WrestleMania opponent! Hard to believe that these two are a big time matchup at WrestleMania 32! Shane says that Vince is not what is best for business, but this match with Taker is a smart move. He says that he has his gameplan all figured out. Which he then explains he will stop at nothing to beat Taker, and that he is fighting for everyone and the future and legacy of WWE. Taker grabs a mic and says "And it still ain't gonna be enough.". He holds up his fists and says that he has these. That those fists have carried him for 25 years. Shane then says that is why he is so shocked that he is letting Vince pull his puppet strings. To which Taker responds that no one controls him. Shane disagrees. He says "I have the misfortune of being Vince's son, but you... You're just Vince's bitch." And the fight is on! Shane escapes, but Vince throws his own son right into hell as Taker chokeslams him. Taker turns his attention to Vince who then makes a quick getaway. We end the night seeing Taker standing over top of Shane. Will the same be said come April 3rd?
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