Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, February 29th, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video recaps the events from last week’s RAW with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H attacking Roman Reigns while he was involved in a match against Sheamus. Triple H busted Reigns’ nose wide open and gave him a Pedigree on the steel steps.
The RAW video plays, and we go into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. Triple H’s music plays, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion makes his way to the ring as the crowd lightly boos him. Photos are shown of Roman Reigns’ face. Reigns required nasal surgery after the assault. Triple H says a select few have authority and the rest bow down to it. Triple H says everyone in the crowd has an authority figure in their life that they have to listen to. This figure tells them how to think and dress, and they all hate it. They want to do something about it. They want to stand up, speak up, and challenge it, but they don’t because they are afraid. That fear is what keeps things in place. That fear is what nature provides them so they all know their places in life. Roman Reigns should have known and listened to that fear. Reigns should have known his place, but he didn’t. Reigns chose to challenge authority and disrespect it. Reigns chose to challenge and disrespect him. Triple H pauses hoping a “Roman” chant will build, but it doesn’t. Triple H says that challenge left Reigns at home breathing through his mouth and hoping that his dream of going to WrestleMania still exists. Reigns should know his place. You do not challenge authority. That should be a lesson to everyone that hears his voice.
Dean Ambrose’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a nice reception. Ambrose gets in the ring and says he just got off the phone with Roman Reigns. The crowd lightly boos the mention of his name. Reigns says hi and that he’s coming for Triple H. Triple H says Ambrose won a Best Supporting Actor in a Bromance at the Academy Awards. Ambrose says he’s not going to go all “Mad Max” on him. Ambrose says a grizzly bear in a parking lot mauled him last week, which led to him challenging Brock Lesnar to a match at WrestleMania. Triple H also broke Reigns’ nose, and Shane McMahon returned and is going to face The Undertaker. A “Shane O’Mac” chant breaks out. Ambrose says he was just curious – who did Triple H want to win the triple threat match at Fastlane? Actually, who did he not want to win? Triple H says it’s irrelevant. The only people that meant anything in it were Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Ambrose wasn’t a factor in it. Ambrose says it’s hard for Triple H to remember the little people, but he’s Dean Ambrose. Ambrose says he’s the last guy Triple H wanted to face at WrestleMania.
Triple H laughs and says Ambrose is crazy. Triple H thought it was a shtick, but it’s true. Ambrose wonders why everyone keeps saying that. Maybe he doesn’t always make the smartest decisions, but Triple H is real smart. Triple H is smart enough to know that he never wants to get in the ring against a guy like him. Triple H knows he can’t beat Ambrose. An “Ambrose” chant breaks out. Ambrose says he can see it in his face and body. Ambrose can even smell it. Triple H doesn’t think he can beat him. Triple H says that unfamiliar smell is probably laundry detergent and clean clothes. Second, it’s money and power, something Ambrose doesn’t have. A light “You can’t beat him” chant breaks out. Ambrose says there’s a lot of talk, but how about some action from the COO. How about Ambrose versus Triple H? A “YES” chant breaks out. Ambrose says he’s not done yet. Ambrose wants to face Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Reigns won the right to fight for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, but that doesn’t mean Triple H is going to be the champion on April 3. Let’s find out if he’s talking crazy right now.
Triple H asks if he thinks that’s how things work around here. It’s not how it works. Triple H says he’s the authority around here. This does intrigue him, though. Triple H says he’ll take it under advisement and see if it’s best for business. Triple H says he’ll think about it and give him an answer at the end of the night. Ambrose asks if he’ll let him know before the end of the night through a text because he’s got things to do. Triple H says Ambrose was going to get the night off because of Brock Lesnar’s assault last week, but now he’ll have him fight since he ran his mouth. Triple H ran into the League of Nations before coming out. Ambrose will face Alberto Del Rio with all of his friends out here. We’ll see if Ambrose can learn to respect authority. Triple H then walks off.
Footage is shown of Shane McMahon’s return to the WWE last week. The Undertaker will be live on RAW tonight to address facing Shane McMahon inside of Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania. We’ll also hear from Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon.
Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks are seen walking on split screen. They’ll fight next to determine who will face Charlotte for the WWE Divas Championship at WrestleMania.
Charlotte and Ric Flair are shown at ringside to watch the next match.
#1 Contender’s Match for the WWE Divas Championship
Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
The bell rings, and they lock up. Sasha applies a side headlock, but Becky shoves her off. Sasha takes her down with a headlock takeover. Becky goes for the Dis-Arm-Her, but Sasha gets out. They trade quick pinfalls and each go for their finishers, but it winds up in a stalemate. Becky goes for a rollup, but Sasha holds the ropes. Sasha gets her out of the ring and goes for a baseball slide, but Becky avoids it. Becky then gets in the ring and connects with a baseball slide before leaping off the apron with a forearm smash. Becky puts her in the ring, but is quickly attacked as she gets back in. Sasha then sends her into the ring post as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Becky connect with two clotheslines, but miss a dropkick. Sasha kicks her in the face and hits the ropes. Sasha takes her down with a flying knee attack for a two count. Becky sidesteps a move, kicks her, and connects with an exploder suplex for a two count. Sasha gets out of a body slam and goes for a sunset flip, but Becky rolls through. Sasha immediately takes her out with another flying knee attack, but Becky once again kicks out. Sasha talks a little trash, and they trade forearms with Becky coming out on top. Sasha goes for a backslide, but they’re off balance and it doesn’t work. Sasha goes for a head-scissor before putting her on the apron to give her a forearm. Becky boots her in the face and goes to the top rope. Sasha scales the ropes, but Becky pushes her away. Becky then connects with a missile dropkick for a near fall.
Becky goes for the Dis-Arm-Her, but Sasha whips her off. Becky quickly connects with a back elbow that puts Sasha on the apron. Sasha snaps her off the ropes and goes to the top rope. Becky head-butts away at her. Sasha then hits a desperation sunset flip powerbomb, and both ladies are down. The referee counts their shoulders down. It’s a double pin.
The match ends in a draw
Match Rating: *
Charlotte looks unimpressed. Both ladies in the ring look disappointed as Charlotte walks off with her father.
Bray Wyatt’s video flashes on the screen. We see The Wyatt Family somewhere backstage. Wyatt says the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Now that he thinks about it, maybe he is insane. Wyatt laughs and then considers that his mind is the key to saving the entire world. It starts as an idea. The idea turns into a plan, which turns into a beautiful symphony. Wyatt knows what he must do. Wyatt tells the people to join him and receive eternal paradise. If they deny him, they’ll wind up like the rest of them: conquered. Run!
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
Footage is shown of The Miz and Dolph Ziggler arguing on the RAW Pre-Show. Ziggler asks what Miz has done since main eventing WrestleMania all those years ago. Ziggler says he doesn’t deserve to be a WWE Superstar.
The bell rings, and Ziggler quickly takes him down and goes for a pin. Ziggler gets a few quick counts before connecting with a dropkick. Ziggler avalanches him in the corner and follows up with a neckbreaker. Ziggler drops an elbow for a two count. Ziggler goes for a superkick, but Miz blocks it and goes for the Skull Crushing Finale. Ziggler gets out and dropkicks him before avalanching him in the corner again. Ziggler punches away at him, but Miz whips him off into the opposite corner. Ziggler hits sternum first, and Miz pins him clean for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: The Miz
Match Rating: 1/2 *
AJ Styles and Chris Jericho will take on The New Day later tonight. Coming up next, we’ll see the return of Shane McMahon.
A video recaps the events of last week’s RAW. Shane McMahon made a surprise return to interrupt the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award going to Stephanie McMahon. Shane mentioned having something over Vince. Shane then said he wants control of Monday Night RAW. Vince said Shane just has to win one match against The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania.
Stephanie McMahon is seen walking backstage. She’ll talk about receiving the Legacy of Excellence Award, next.
The Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award is seen in the ring. Stephanie McMahon then makes her way to the ring holding a folder. Stephanie says she had the honor of receiving this award from her father last week. It was one of her proudest moments until her insolent brother interrupted her. She’s going to finish her acceptance speech, and she wants the crowd to show her the respect that she deserves. A loud “Shane O’Mac” chant breaks out. Stephanie tells them to keep chanting because he’s not here tonight, just like he won’t be here after The Undertaker beats him at WrestleMania. Stephanie starts by saying legacy and family, but the boos are making her stop. Stephanie closes the folder and picks up the award. A “Randy Savage” and a “We want Shane” chant breaks out. Stephanie says she sacrifices so much of her life and time with family, and this is the respect she gets. They chant they want Shane.
She knocks over the table. Shane blackmailed her father and the WWE. They cheer and revere that. What does that say about them and her brother? What did Shane do with all that information he has? He asked for a multi-year vacation. Where’s he been all these years? Then he waltzes in like the prodigal son and demands to take over. Why? Because he’s a McMahon or a man? No, he wants to maintain legacy. If he loves his family so much, it’d have been nice if he showed up at some point. Shane hasn’t been to a WrestleMania or RAW in forever. Shane doesn’t care about her grandfather, father, or her family. She loves her brother, but she doesn’t respect him. Every single time she lets her guard down, he stabs her in the back. It eats her brother alive that she and Hunter are married. He’s angry she’s in the business and yields so much power. Shane says his sons are in line to take over WWE. Her nephews will have that right, but they’ll have to fight for it like her daughters will. Shane thinks he can walk in and take over control of her show and business. The thought of her and Hunter having to work for him makes her sick. She doesn’t have to worry, though. At WrestleMania, Undertaker isn’t going to just defeat him. He’s going to dismember Shane so he can take a more permanent vacation.
Stephanie understands why Shane gets cheered. Shane is a reflection of all of them. The crowd is nothing but narcissistic, apathetic, weak-minded wastes of life. They’re all entitled. Sooner or later, reality comes around and slaps them right in the face. They may not agree with the decisions she and Triple H have made, but there is no denying their work ethic and legacy of excellence. Sooner or later, they’ll bow down to The Authority. They’ll bow down to the king AND the queen! Stephanie holds up the trophy and walks off.
The Undertaker will be on RAW later tonight to address facing Shane McMahon at WrestleMania.
The Lucha Dragons vs. The League of Nations
Sheamus and Rusev will represent The League of Nations. Sheamus will start the match against Sin Cara. Sheamus kicks and clubs him down before sending him into the ropes. Cara takes him down with a springboard cross-body before rolling him up for a two count. Rusev gets in the ring, but Cara dropkicks him out of the ring. Sheamus then floors him with an Irish Curse Backbreaker. Sheamus then throws him out of the ring. Sheamus distracts the referee as Rusev sends Cara into the barricade. Rusev is tagged in, and he sends Cara into the ring before stomping him. Rusev takes him down with a short-arm clothesline before taunting the crowd. Rusev then applies a nerve hold. Rusev then elbows him in the chest and kicks him. Sheamus is tagged back in, and he connects with seven Beats of the Bodhrán before yelling at the crowd. Cara kicks him back, but Sheamus powerslams him and applies an overhead wristlock. Cara whips him off and connects with a tornado DDT.
Kalisto is tagged in, as is Rusev. Kalisto kicks Rusev and jumps over him. Kalisto sidesteps him and does a handspring kick. Kalisto hits a springboard corkscrew followed by a head-scissor DDT, but Sheamus breaks up the pin. Cara runs in and dropkicks Sheamus out of the ring. Cara then takes King Barrett out with a suicide dive. Sheamus then floors him with a Brogue Kick on the floor. Kalisto then takes Sheamus out with a rough looking summersault senton. Alberto Del Rio distracts him, and Rusev superkicks him for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The League of Nations
Match Rating: * 1/4
Alberto Del Rio attacks Kalisto after the match and puts him in the tree of woe. Del Rio then takes Kalisto out with a double stomp to the chest.
Renee Young interviews Natalya about how she looks so good. Her response? Eat Subway!
Footage is shown of Dean Ambrose challenging Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H puts him in a match against Alberto Del Rio for later tonight. Triple H will make a decision on whether he will face Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by the end of the night.
WWE’s YouTube channel has passed 10,000,000 subscribers.
Ryback says “Spotlight” surpassed all the other movies at the Academy Awards. If you work hard like him, you deserve to shine on your own. If the spotlight of WWE isn’t given to him, he’ll just take it.
Adam Rose w/ The Social Outcasts vs. Ryback
They lock up, and Ryback powers him down. Ryback then throws him across the ring. The Social Outcasts give him a quick pep talk. Ryback blocks a kick and throws him down. Rose quickly snaps him off the top rope and hits the ropes, but Ryback shoulder blocks him down. Rose punches back and kicks him a few times. Rose hits the ropes and dropkicks him down for a one count. Rose clubs away at him and elbows him in the head. Ryback annihilates him with a backpack stunner before punching away at him. The referee tries to pull him off, but he’s unable to. Ryback then takes him out with Shell Shocked for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Ryback
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Ryback immediately leaves the ring as soon as the bell rings. Ryback doesn’t even look back at the carnage in the ring.
Footage is shown of Paul Heyman explaining that Brock Lesnar attacked Dean Ambrose in the parking lot for costing him WrestleMania. Ambrose came back and challenged him to a Street Fight. Lesnar gave him an F5 on the floor and accepted.
The New Day makes a very humorous entrance. They’ll be in action against AJ Styles and Chris Jericho, next.
Kofi Kingston asks if they know why The New Day is the greatest and most successful team in WWE. It’s because they’re a brotherhood and they love each other. They then hug it out in the ring. Big E looks like he’s holding back tears. Xavier Woods says they’re the best three-man team in history and will fight anyone that thinks otherwise. They’re not a loose collection like The League of Booty. They’re not out here pretending to be friends like Y2AJ. Big E says they’re all about The New Day!
Chris Jericho’s pyro interrupts them. Jericho makes his entrance, and he is sporting a black eye. Footage is shown from Smackdown when AJ Styles, Chris Jericho, and Mark Henry beat The New Day. Jericho sacrificed himself to save Styles from Trouble in Paradise. That’s where Jericho got the black eye.
The New Day vs. Chris Jericho and AJ Styles
Charles Robinson, the best referee ever, is the official for this match. Chris Jericho will start against Kofi Kingston. They lock up, and Jericho applies a side headlock. Kingston turns it around and shoulder blocks him down. Kingston hits the ropes, and Jericho dropkicks him down. Jericho chops him and tags in AJ Styles. They send Kingston into the ropes and give him a double-team back elbow. Big E runs in, and they send him over the top rope. Jericho and Styles then take them out with stereo planchas.
We come back from the break to see The New Day giving Styles the unicorn stampede. Woods then blows the trombone as Big E sends Kingston into Styles with a dropkick. They then dance around. Kingston picks up a two count before grounding him with a submission. Styles fights out and chops him. Kingston gets him out of the ring and drops him on the apron. Woods holds out a deck of cards and tells Kingston to draw. Woods asks what he has, and Kingston says he’s got Styles’ number. Kingston gets him in the ring and body slams him before tagging Big E. Big E connects with a big splash for a near fall. Styles tries to fight back. Big E goes for a back suplex, but Styles flips through. Styles ducks a clothesline and delivers a pelé kick.
Jericho and Kingston are tagged in. Jericho connects with a pair of shoulder blocks before Kingston puts him on the apron. Jericho goes to the top rope and takes him out with an axe handle. Jericho connects with a step-up enzuigiri and delivers a bulldog. Jericho then takes Woods out with a springboard dropkick. Kingston quickly rolls Jericho up for a near fall. Kingston kicks him a few times before going for a dropkick, but Jericho avoids it. Jericho then connects with the Lionsault. Big E breaks up the pin. Big E sends Jericho shoulder first into the ring post. Styles then takes Big E out with a springboard forearm shiver. Kingston then takes Styles out with a clothesline over the top rope. Jericho blocks Trouble in Paradise and applies the Walls of Jericho for the win.
Winners by Submission: Chris Jericho and AJ Styles
Match Rating: * 1/2
AJ Styles grabs a microphone. Styles says he knows he’s the new guy around here, but this victory puts Y2AJ at the top of the list for the Tag Team Titles. Jericho says Y2AJ is a thing. Y2AJ is the new big thing in the WWE. So, like AJ said, they want to challenge The New Day to a match for the WWE Tag Team Championships next week right here on RAW! After next week, The New Day, the WWE Tag Team Championships, Y2AJ, WrestleMania, WWE, all of it will never, ever be the same again.
What will Triple H’s answer be to Dean Ambrose in regards to a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match? We’ll find out later tonight. Dean Ambrose will also face Alberto Del Rio later tonight. Coming up next, The Undertaker will be live on RAW!
Todd Chrisley from “Chrisley Knows Best” is shown at ringside.
Lilian Garcia asks the crowd to welcome the WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon. McMahon makes his entrance and is not pleased with the reception he got. McMahon asks if they know who he is. McMahon tells them to imagine the night after WrestleMania and he’s introducing his son, Shane McMahon. Why would he be doing that? That means a miracle would have occurred at WrestleMania with Shane defeating The Undertaker. As a result of that, Shane would be running Monday Night RAW. It means he’d be running the company for that matter. It also means his daughter and son-in-law would quit the business immediately. Shane would then take him and put him in some corporate sideline with mothballs. He’d never see the light of day again. Shane would come down to a nice reception with the hopes he would lead the WWE into a new era never attained before. A “Shane O’Mac” chant breaks out. McMahon says, “Let’s face it. None of that is going to happen because only fools believe in miracles.” His son may be foolish, but he still loves him. He loves him more than Shane loves him. McMahon says he’s going to teach him a lesson he’ll never forget. He loves him enough to put him in the ring against the most cold-hearted, destructive force in the history of WWE. He loves him enough to put him in a match featuring an unnatural force of nature. It’s his instrument of destruction, The Undertaker!
The bell tolls, and the lights go out. The Undertaker makes his legendary entrance to a huge reception from the crowd. His hair is getting much longer. Undertaker gets in the ring with his longtime boss, and the crowd really gives him a tremendous ovation. Undertaker coldly stares at McMahon. An “Undertaker” chant breaks out. McMahon says this is his force of destruction. McMahon goes to say, “He does…” but Undertaker grabs him by throat. Undertaker growls, “You know… you know what’s going to happen when I close that door behind me at WrestleMania. You know what I do. The blood of your son is going to be on your hands, not mine.” Undertaker releases McMahon and walks off. McMahon collects himself as Undertaker walks off.
McMahon gulps down some water and says the reality is he will be standing here in this ring the night after WrestleMania. He’ll be standing in this ring recognizing that his son has failed to defeat Undertaker, failed him as a son. He’ll recognize he lost the match and his inheritance. He’ll write Shane out of his will and give it all to Stephanie. With everything that’s gone down through all the years, it pains him to say this, but from the heart he will renounce Shane McMahon as his son. Shane McMahon will no longer be his son from his heart. He’ll just be a son of a bitch. McMahon’s music hits, and he stiffly looks into the distance as the WrestleMania sign looms over him.
Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso vs. Bubba Ray Dudley w/ D-Von Dudley
The bell rings, and Jey dropkicks him to the corner. Jey punches away at him until the referee backs him up. Jey continues punching him and gives him a shoulder thrust. Bubba then runs him over with a clothesline. Bubba puts him in the corner, rips off his shirt, and chops the chest. Jey punches back at him before kneeing him in the sternum. They trade punches before Bubba kicks him in the face. Bubba hits the ropes and eats a superkick. Jey sets up in the corner, and D-Von pulls a table out from under the ring. Jimmy then leaps into the table. Jey superkicks D-Von on the floor. Bubba kicks Jey in the head as he gets in the ring. Bubba connects with a Bubba Bomb for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bubba Ray Dudley
Match Rating: 1/2 *
R-Truth is in the locker room when Goldust walks up. R-Truth says whatever he is thinking about doing or saying, just stop. R-Truth says he’s going to put an end to this tag team nonsense. R-Truth says he doesn’t need a partner to win or lose matches. There will not be an upcoming episode of Ride Along starring the two of them. Whatever silly outfit he was going to wear or song he was going to sing, he can save it. R-Truth is done with him. Goldust sadly looks at him and walks off. R-Truth looks like he regrets what he said.
Triple H will give Dean Ambrose an answer on whether he’ll face him for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship or not. Ambrose will face Alberto Del Rio in tonight’s main event. Coming up next, we’ll see Kevin Owens take on Big Show. Owens beat him by count-out on Smackdown. Big Show vows revenge.
Kevin Owens vs. Big Show
The bell rings, and Big Show immediately gets Owens in the corner before punching away at him. Big Show puts him in the corner, but Owens avoids him. Owens hits the ropes, and Big Show immediately spears him down. Owens rolls out of the ring to recover. Big Show scoops him up, but Owens slides off and sends him into the ring post. Owens then superkicks him down and gets in the ring to look for a count-out. Owens gets out of the ring as it becomes apparent Big Show will get back in the ring. Owens clubs away at him before leaping off the apron with a vicious tornado DDT on the floor! Big Show somehow gets in at the count of eight. Owens immediately flattens him with a senton splash for a near fall. Owens goes to the top rope, but Big Show grabs him by the throat. Owens tries to punch him off, but Big Show is able to pull him crotch-first onto the top rope. Owens falls to the floor and writhes around in pain. The referee counts Owens out as Big Show laughs heartily.
Winner by Count-Out: Big Show
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Renee Young is backstage with Brie Bella. Renee asks about the loss and her confidence heading into a match against Naomi. Brie says it was a tough loss considering everything Charlotte said about her family. Still, they had a good match, and she has nothing to be ashamed of. She feels better than ever. Renee asks about Daniel and Nikki. Brie starts to answer, but Lana interrupts her. Lana says she’s loved by so many, but she always manages to bite the big one. Americans don’t understand what it means to be a woman. She has a figure while Brie is skin and bones. She has a brute as a partner while Brie has a tiny little goat man. Her husband can’t provide for her while her man gets her everything she wants. Brie says when Lana steps in the ring they can talk. Until then, she can go back to her cave and tell Rusev she loved him as the bear in The Revenant.
Brie Bella vs. Naomi w/ Tamina
They lock up, and Naomi pulls the hair. Naomi knees her in the midsection and clubs her down. Naomi wrenches the arm, but Brie twists out and takes her down. Brie applies an arm bar, but Naomi fights up and puts her on the apron. Naomi kicks her in the head. The referee is distracted, so Tamina takes Brie down. Naomi then baseball slides her off the apron. Brie pulls herself up to the apron and gets in the ring. Naomi punches away at her and drops a leg for a two count. Naomi applies a surfboard stretch, but Brie gets out. Naomi quickly applies a headlock and drives her into the turnbuckle. Naomi taunts the crowd and goes for a split-legged moonsault, but Brie moves. Naomi quickly kicks back at her, but Brie kicks her in the midsection. Brie then starts the Daniel Bryan kicks before dropkicking her. Brie connects with a running knee to the face before knocking Tamina off the apron. Naomi catches her with a crucifix pin before turning it into a submission for the win.
Winner by Submission: Naomi
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Lana’s music hits, and she comes out to the stage to derisively clap for Brie Bella.
Dean Ambrose will face Alberto Del Rio with the League of Nations at ringside, next.
The Fabulous Freebirds are the latest inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame: Class of 2016. They join Sting and The Godfather in this year’s class.
Replays are shown of the Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks match ending in a draw. The two are seen arguing backstage about who would have won. Charlotte walks up to them with Ric Flair. They’re going to have a rematch on Smackdown to determine who will face her at WrestleMania. Charlotte says they’re both pathetic and will wind up as a trivia answer as to who Charlotte beat at her first WrestleMania. Charlotte and Ric Flair walk off.
Replays are shown of Vince McMahon saying he’ll write Shane McMahon out of his will if he loses at WrestleMania. Vince says he’ll renounce Shane as his son. He’ll just be a son of a bitch.
Dean Ambrose makes his entrance. He’ll face Alberto Del Rio, next.
Chris Jericho and AJ Styles will face The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championships next week on RAW. Shane McMahon will also be back on the show as well.
Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio w/ The League of Nations
They circle the ring, and Ambrose punches away at him. Del Rio quickly turns him around and kicks him a few times before hitting a snap suplex. Ambrose quickly rolls out of the ring to recover, but Del Rio follows and sends him into the barricade. Del Rio sends him into the barricade two more times before taunting the crowd on the apron. Del Rio looks for a count-out and poses for the crowd. Ambrose gets in, so Del Rio starts driving his shoulder into him. Del Rio then gives him a snap DDT for a near fall. Del Rio takes him down with a leaping clothesline for a near fall. Del Rio applies a chin lock, but Ambrose fights up and puts him on the top rope. Del Rio then catches him with a Cross Arm Breaker while hanging over the top rope. Ambrose’s shoulder is still injured from Brock Lesnar’s attack last week. Ambrose quickly comes back with a swinging neckbreaker. Del Rio quickly comes back with an arm breaker followed by a dropkick for a two count. Del Rio puts him in the tree of woe and goes for the double stomp, but Ambrose sits up and throws him off the top rope.
Ambrose connects with a back elbow and a boot. Del Rio quickly comes back with a backstabber. Ambrose rolls out of the ring to recover. Del Rio follows him out and hangs him up on the barricade. Del Rio then gives him a vicious double stomp to the floor! The League of Nations celebrates the vicious attack. Del Rio looks for a count-out victory, but Ambrose gets in at nine. Del Rio puts him in the corner and kicks away at the injured ribs. Del Rio calls for the Cross Arm Breaker, but Ambrose counters into a Dirty Deeds attempt. Del Rio pushes him off, but Ambrose comes right back with a rebound clothesline. Ambrose punches and jabs away at him before hitting some running forearms. Ambrose hits a running forearm in the corner and follows up with a bulldog for a near fall. Ambrose goes to the top rope, but Del Rio cuts him off. Ambrose fights a superplex attempt off with some head-butts. Del Rio falls to the mat, and Ambrose takes him out with a missile dropkick. Ambrose claws over to him, but Del Rio kicks out. Del Rio sidesteps an attack, which causes Ambrose to hit the ring post shoulder first. Del Rio catches him with a step-up enzuigiri. Del Rio goes for a splash against the ropes, but Ambrose moves. The League of Nations helps Del Rio up at ringside, but Ambrose goes to the top rope and takes them out with a flying elbow.
Triple H’s music hits, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion makes his way to the ring taking off his tie. Ambrose stares at him. Triple H signals for the League of Nations to attack, and they obey his command. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: **
The League of Nations viciously assault him before Del Rio superkicks him. Triple H gets in the ring and says Ambrose will never learn. What is it with people like him? What doesn’t Ambrose understand about authority? Triple H says he’ll never be the authority. Ambrose punches back at him and unloads a flurry of right hands on The Game. Triple H quickly comes back with a kick and delivers a vicious Pedigree. Triple H picks up the microphone and says Dean Ambrose has his WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against him! Triple H grabs the title and walks off. Ambrose painfully shouts into the microphone and says, “Hunter, thanks!”
Triple H angrily looks back at him and takes off his jacket. Triple H rolls up his sleeves and storms back to the ring. Triple H then throws him out of the ring before sending him over the commentary table. Triple H grabs Byron Saxton and viciously throws him aside. Triple H then puts Ambrose on top of the commentary table and viciously punches away at him. Referees run down to try to talk sense into him, but Triple H just continues to punch away at his forehead. Triple H finally gets down, grabs his title, and walks off. Ambrose is left unconscious on top of the table. Triple H angrily looks at the crowd as he walks off.