Kurt Angle vs. Chad Gable
Chad Gable shakes Angle’s hand and tells him that he’s a hero of his. They lock up, and Angle backs him to the corner before giving a clean release. Gable applies a side headlock, but Angle whips him off. Gable quickly shoulder blocks him down. Angle gets to his feet and applies a waistlock. Gable reverses it and takes him down. Angle grapevines the head, but Gable kips up out. They’re at a stalemate. Gable quickly takes him down and applies a front facelock. Angle fights up and shoulder blocks him down. Gable quickly elbows him, but Angle quickly comes back with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Gable quickly rolls out of the ring to recover.
Gable gets back in the ring and grabs Angle’s arm. Gable takes him down and attacks the arm for a two count. Angle sends him sternum first into the turnbuckles and controls him with a front facelock. Gable fights up, but Angle stops him and sends him into the ropes. Angle charges, but Gable sends him out of the ring. Angle gets in the ring, and Gable starts to attack the leg. Angle fights out and clotheslines him over the top rope.
We come back from the break to see Angle hit two clotheslines and soon applies an Angle Lock. Gable gets out and rolls him up for a two count. Angle hits a German Suplex, but Gable gets out of a second one and applies an Angle Lock to Angle! Angle twists out and tries for an Angle Slam, but Gable counters into a DDT for a near fall. Gable goes to the top rope for a moonsault, but Angle moves. Angle applies the Angle Lock and grapevines the leg. Gable has no choice but to submit.
Winner by Submission: Kurt Angle
Angle helps Gable to his feet and raises his arm. Baron Corbin’s music interrupts him. Corbin walks off to the stage. Corbin says when he took Angle’s job as General Manager, it felt good to laugh at him and humiliate him… but not as good as it’ll feet to humiliate him in his farewell match. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in your career. All people will remember is what you did in your last match. The crowd boos Corbin and chants for John Cena.
Ronda Rousey will defend the RAW Women’s Championship against Dana Brooke.
Video Package: Drew McIntyre viciously attacks Roman Reigns last week on RAW. Dean Ambrose came to Reigns’ defense, but lost in a Falls Count Anywhere match to McIntyre.
Baron Corbin is talking to The Revival backstage. Apollo Crews walks up to Corbin and says he wants to face him tonight before Angle beats him. Crews goads him into accepting the match. Crews said he made that difficult. That’s why no one likes Corbin. Corbin asks The Revival if they like him, and they say, “Hell no.”
Charly Caruso mentions to Sasha Banks and Bayley that The IIconics think they’re ducking them because they’ve appeared on all shows except Smackdown Live. Banks is angry. Bayley says they’ll defend against anyone that wants it. That’s why they’ll make an appearance on Smackdown Live. It’ll be iconic. Banks says as for WrestleMania, they look forward to facing…
Natalya’s music hits to interrupt them. Beth Phoenix soon joins her side. Phoenix says she appreciates Banks and Bayley. They’ve done a lot to bring respect to the championships. She’d have loved to have that opportunity when she was competing full time. However, she was content being a commentator until she saw Nia Jax and Tamina trying to set them all back with their jealousy and pettiness. Nia and Tamina did something else, too. They awoke the dragon and got her thinking… maybe her and Nattie’s dream can still become a reality. Phoenix loved her WWE career and accomplishments, but there’s just one thing missing. Since they’re saying they’ll take on all comers anytime, any place, anywhere, she is ready to step out of retirement, stand beside the very best in the WWE, Natalya, and challenge the two of them for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania.
Bayley says that’d obviously be a huge honor, but does she really want WrestleMania? Doesn’t she want more time to prepare? Phoenix has been retired six years and competition has evolved. Natalya says to Bayley that she’s talking about Beth Phoenix, the Glamazon and a WWE Hall of Famer. Phoenix won the Women’s Championship in Chicago. Natalya says Phoenix isn’t afraid of someone like Bayley. Banks says they live and bleed for this business. Phoenix is the lady riding Natalya’s coattails to WrestleMania. Natalya slaps her. Banks then takes Natalya down and punches her. Phoenix throws Banks off and goes face-to-face with Bayley. Phoenix then shoves Bayley down.
Sasha Banks w/ Bayley vs. Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix
The bell rings, and Banks takes her down with a Thesz Press and some punches. Natalya gets out, but Banks kicks her. Natalya sidesteps her and spikes her on her tailbone. Natalya steps on her and hits a low dropkick for a near fall. Natalya applies an abdominal stretch and grabs the leg for good measure. Banks gets out and rolls her up for a two count. Banks throws her to the corner and hits double knees. Natalya soon sidesteps her and hits a discus clothesline. Banks quickly rolls out of the ring to recover.
Nia Jax comes out to the stage. Nia sarcastically applauds Beth Phoenix for coming out of retirement. Jax isn’t jealous of Phoenix. She’s done more than Phoenix did in her entire career. Phoenix is only back because Jax is getting recognition. She’s the prettier, stronger version of The Glamazon. Tamina then sneaks up from behind and sends Phoenix into the ring post before attacking Bayley and Banks. Jax says she’ll see them all at WrestleMania.
Winner by Disqualification: Sasha Banks
Mojo Rawley is talking to himself in the mirror. Rawley says potential isn’t any good if you don’t do anything with it. Rawley asks himself why he can’t figure it out.
Ricochet makes his entrance. He’ll be in action, next.
Ricochet vs. Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers
Mahal powers him to the corner, but Ricochet soon comes back with a hurricanrana before dropkicking him out of the ring. Mahal gets out of the ring, and Ricochet fakes a dive. Ricochet shoulders Mahal, but he has a whip to the corner reversed. Ricochet kicks him back, but The Singh Brothers grabs his ankle. Mahal then clotheslines Ricochet down. Mahal digs his knee into Ricochet before hitting a scoop slam for a two count. Mahal applies a chin lock to Ricochet and holds it on for a while. Ricochet fights up, but Mahal continues to control him. Finally, Ricochet hits an enzuigiri and a rolling dropkick.
Ricochet ducks a right hand and hits a head-scissor takeover. Ricochet hits a running shoulder block and hits a springboard clothesline. Ricochet hits a standing shooting star press for a two count. The Singh Brothers pull Mahal out of the ring. Ricochet then hits a cartwheel Fosbury Flop on Mahal and The Singhs. Ricochet gets Mahal in the ring and goes to the top rope for the 630. Ricochet picks up the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Ricochet
WWE honors Sue Aitchison, who is receiving the Warrior Award at the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremoney.
RAW Women’s Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey makes her way to the ring. She’ll defend her championship against Dana Brooke, next.
Seth Rollins is interviewed backstage. Rollins is dedicating his match against Drew McIntyre to Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. It’s also for Brock Lesnar. Rollins is going to burn Suplex City to the ground.
Elsewhere backstage, Dana Brooke is interviewed by Charly Caruso. Charly basically says she has no confidence in Brooke. Brooke says it’s the Road to WrestleMania. She may not be better than Ronda Rousey, but she just has to be better for three seconds.
RAW Women’s Championship
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Dana Brooke
The bell rings, and Brooke blocks a kick. Rousey immediately knees her in the face, knees her in the ribs, and applies the arm bar for the win.
Winner by Submission and still RAW Women’s Champion: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey
Rousey refuses to let go of the arm bar. Brooke is screaming in pain. Referees run down to help, so Rousey releases the hold and pushes the referee. Security runs down. Rousey kisses her husband Travis Browne. Rousey immediately takes down one of the security guards. Browne demolishes one of them with a forearm. Browne pulls her into the crowd, and they walk off together.
In the ring, Brooke is clutching her arm in extreme pain. Replays are shown of how quickly Rousey annihilated her.
Replays are shown of what just happened with Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne, and the security guards.
Baron Corbin vs. Apollo Crews
The bell rings, and Corbin soon takes him down with a shoulder block. Crews dropkicks him and kips up. Corbin slides out of the ring, and Crews hits a moonsault block off the apron. Crews gets him in the ring, but Corbin quickly forearms him down. Corbin drives him headfirst into the corner. Corbin goes for an out and in clothesline, but Crews avoids it. Corbin then takes him down and applies a chin lock. Crews fights up and flips through a chokeslam, but Corbin comes back with a Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin punches Crews while the crowd chants, “We want Cena.” Crews clips through the End of Days and rolls Corbin up for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Apollo Crews
Angle comes out to the stage to celebrate with Crews while Corbin stares irately at them.
We’ll hear from Batista, next.
Footage is shown of Triple H agreeing to face Batista at WrestleMania, but it has to be a No Holds Barred match.
Batista is live via satellite from Tampa, Florida. Michael Cole thanks Batista for joining them. Cole wants to know why he’s so angry with Triple H. Batista says he just doesn’t like the guy. Since he’s left, all he’s wanted to do is come back and have that one last match with him. Now here we are. Cole says that’s a vague answer. Where does this go back to? Evolution? Batista sits quietly before saying it goes back way further than that. Batista keeps hearing that he owes his career to Triple H. Before Evolution, Triple H groomed him to be his muscle. Triple H uses people to protect him and make him look good. DX and Evolution are the same thing. Triple H used him like some big meathead, holding him down and underestimating him.
Cole mentions that Batista quit in 2010 and walked out at the height of his career. Does he blame Triple H for that? Batista says, “Yeah, why shouldn’t I?” Batista also doesn’t like people saying he quit. Imagine having a buddy who is also your boss and jealous. Batista felt like he never got a fair opportunity. Triple H didn’t think he was a big enough star to be on top of the company. Since then, he’s left and is world famous. Batista is now in a position of control and is getting what he deserves. Cole says he’s known Triple H for over 20 years. He’s been nothing but fair to him. Look what he does for NXT Superstars. Batista asks what is wrong with Cole. Triple H is known as the Cerebral Assassin. Triple H has them fooled. Triple H is the most selfish, insecure, jealous control freak he’s ever met. Batista says one day, hopefully soon, Vince will wake up and fire Triple H to end his professional career. At WrestleMania, he’ll end Triple H’s in-ring career. Interview over. Batista orders the camera crew out of his office.
Reigns wasn’t the same and relied on The Shield to get through it. Now The Shield is no more. McIntyre now has Seth Rollins attacking him from behind like a coward and viciously assaulting him. Rollins is just like the crowd: deluded and living in a fantasy world. Last week, McIntyre revealed the truth when he dropped Reigns. This is his yard now.
McIntyre wants to take a moment to speak to Roman Reigns. Not Roman Reigns, the superstar, but Joe, the man. That’s what Reigns told them to call him when his leukemia came back: Joe, the husband and father. Now he’s Joe at home because of him. If Reigns wanted to be an inspiration to the people, he has a challenge for him. McIntyre is challenging Reigns to a fight at WrestleMania. McIntyre knows the answer already, as do the people. McIntyre tells Reigns to look at his wife and children. McIntyre is asking him to say no to it. McIntyre tells Reigns to choose his family and not the people because they don’t give a damn about him. McIntyre swears that if Reigns fights him at WrestleMania, all bets are off. What he did to Reigns and Ambrose will be like nothing. McIntyre will maim and destroy him. Reigns may have beaten leukemia, but on the Grandest Stage of Them All, Reigns will never beat him.
Seth Rollins appears on the titantron. Rollins says that’s why he did what he did to him earlier tonight. Replays are shown of Rollins viciously beating McIntyre with a steel chair earlier tonight. Rollins says that was for his brothers. This is for him now.
Rollins makes his entrance and immediately gets into a brawl with McIntyre that needs to be broken up by referees.
Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins
We join this match in progress. McIntyre takes him down and applies an arm bar. Rollins fights up, but McIntyre takes him down with a back elbow for a two count. Rollins tries to fight back, but McIntyre takes him down with two vertical suplexes for a two count. McIntyre clubs him down and reapplies the arm bar. Rollins fights up and kicks him in the face before throwing him out of the ring. McIntyre quickly pulls him out of the ring, but Rollins comes back with some punches and chops. Rollins avoids being run into the steel steps and goes for a moonsault block, but McIntyre swats him away!
We come back from the break to see McIntyre pick up a near fall. McIntyre chops and stomps on Rollins’ back. During the commercial break, McIntyre hit a massive belly-to-belly overhead suplex. McIntyre goes for a powerbomb, but Rollins counters into a hurricanrana. McIntyre rolls out of the ring to recover. Rollins goes for a suicide dive, but McIntyre catches him and slams him into the barricade.
McIntyre grabs a steel chair and thinks about it. McIntyre smacks the ring post with the chair, and Rollins dropkicks him down. Both men get back in the ring before being counted out. Rollins immediately clotheslines him out of the ring and hits two massive suicide dives. McIntyre gets in the ring, and Rollins hits him with the Sling Blade. Rollins follows up with a superkick for a near fall. Rollins sets up for a powerbomb, but McIntyre avoids it. McIntyre hits a back body drop, but Rollins lands on his feet. McIntyre catches him with an inverted Alabama Slam for a near fall.
McIntyre puts him on the top rope and punches him. Rollins slides off, but McIntyre punches him down. McIntyre pulls him up to the top rope, but he soon head-butts Rollins off. All of a sudden, Rollins scales the ropes and hits a superplex followed by a falcon arrow for a near fall. Rollins sets up for the Stomp. All of a sudden, Brock Lesnar’s music hits. The WWE Universal Champion makes his way to the stage with Paul Heyman. McIntyre then levels Rollins with a Claymore Kick for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre
Brock Lesnar laughs at the result. Heyman stands next to him beaming. McIntyre celebrates in the ring. Rollins stares furiously back at him.