Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: February 25, 2016
Triple H in-ring promo:
Triple H says that he’s a man of wealth and taste. He’s been here for a long time and he’s put many of souls to waste. Triple H says that the Rolling Stone’s “Sympathy for the Devil” song might as well be about him. Is he the devil? Maybe, but it just depends who you ask. If Roman Reigns forgot who Triple H was, well he got a pretty good picture this past Monday on Raw. If Roman forgot about laying on the floor in a puddle of his blood this past Monday, maybe lying in an operating room preparing for nose surgery will reel him back in. Triple H says that Roman was put in his place. Maybe that confuses people, but makes no mistake about it. Triple H says that he’s the law and the authority. Its human nature to rebel against the authority and Triple H went down that road before.
He says that nobody can get past The Authority. People go to work, they get their jobs done and they bow down to the Authority. So if you meet me have some courtesy, have some sympathy, and some taste, Use all your well-learned politesse, Or I’ll lay your soul to waste. Roman Reigns wants to be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion more than anything in the world. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to become champion. Triple H says that Reigns works hard and says that’s he’s good in the ring. As far as the blood is concern, Triple H has his blood in the palm of his hand. As far as tears concern Triple H will cover that end at WrestleMania in AT&T Stadium a front of the largest crowd in history. Triple H says that he’s the law, the cerebral assassin, the King of the Kings and The Game. His he’s the WWE World Heavyweight because he’s that damn good and there’s nothing Roman Reigns can do about it.
First Match: The Lucha Dragons, Neville, and Dolph Ziggler vs. The League of Nations in an 8-man tag team match
Barrett and Ziggler start off the match. Barrett knocks Neville off the ring apron. Things breakdown as a complete donny brook ensues. Sin Cara sends Rusev to the outside. The Lucha Dragons goes for a suicide dive, but Rusev lands a side kick to Sin Cara. Del Rio sends Kalisto back first to the barricade. Ziggler with a DDT to Sheamus that sends him to the outside. Barrett with the Winds of Change for a two count. Barrett puts Ziggler on the top rope and lands a boot to Ziggler’s midsection. Barrett tags in Del Rio. Del Rio sends Kalisto to the outside. Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker to Ziggler. Del Rio tags in Rusev. Rusev with multiple elbow drops for a two count. Rusev taunts Ziggler as he looks to tag one of his tag teams. Rusev drives Ziggler to the corner and tags in Sheamus.
Sheamus with a suplex slam. Sheamus knocks Sin Cara off the ring apron. Sheamus slaps Ziggler. Ziggler with a superkick to Sheamus. Barrett and Neville are tagged in. Neville with a dropkick to Barrett. Neville clears the League of Nations off the ring apron. Neville with a enziguri to Barrett in the corner. Neville with a leapfrog 450 Splash on Barrett for a two count as Rusev breaks the pin attempt. Sin Cara with a enziguri to Rusev from the ring apron. Kalisto with a dropkick that sends Rusev to the outside. Kalisto goes for a flying crossbody, but Rusev catches him in mid-air. Sin Cara knocks Rusev down with a suicide dive. Neville goes for the Red Arrow to Barrett as Sheamus is distracting the referee. Del Rio with a superkick to Neville. Ziggler with a superkick that sends Del Rio to the outside. Barrett tags in Sheamus. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick to Neville to pick up the victory.
Winner: The League of Nations
Kevin Owens & Big Show Backstage Segment:
Owens has an announcement. He was so impressed with how courageous Dean Ambrose was this past Monday calling out Brock Lesnar. Owens says that he’s in a giving spirit and he tells Renee Young that he will give Ambrose another opportunity at the Intercontinental Championship tonight. Renee informs Kevin that Ambrose is not here. Owens tells Young that’s a really shame that Ambrose is not here tonight because he’s beaten everybody on the roster and Ambrose was the only person on the roster that deserve an opportunity at the Intercontinental Championship. Big Show comes in and pats Owens on the shoulder. Big Show informs Owens that he’s never defeated him. Owens says that we’re on the road to KO Mania and Big Show should be looking to be on the road to retirement. Big Show gets upset and says that the retirement can take a pit stop and knockout KO. Big Show informs Owens that they will be having a match later on tonight.
Second Match: Jimmy Uso w/Jey Uso vs. D-Von Dudley w/Bubba Ray Dudley
Bubba grabs a mic and says that the WWE Universe want’s The Dudley Boyz to grab a table and put someone through it. Bubba says that’s not going to happen because they’re not a circus or a nostalgia act. Bubba says that they are the 9 time WWE Tag Team Champions and that makes them better then everybody. D-Von says that the Dudley Boyz don’t care about anybody’s opinions because they are going to do what they have to do by anything means necessary to become the greatest tag team of all-time whether people like it or not.
Bubba says that the WWE Universe can take their tables and chants and shove it. Jimmy with a uppercut to D-Von. Jimmy connects with a enziguri. Jimmy goes for the corner running stinkface, but D-Von counters with a boot to Jimmy’s face. Jimmy with a superkick to D-Von. Jimmy goes up to the top rope. Bubba grabs a table from under the ring. This distracts the referee as Jey goes after Bubba. Bubba knocks Jimmy off the top rope. D-Von rolls Jimmy up to pick up the victory.
Winner: D-Von Dudley
AJ Styles, Chris Jericho and Mark Henry Backstage Segment:
Jericho mentions that he didn’t like Styles at first, but has a whole lot of respect for him. Jericho said that they had a great series of matches one topping the other. Jericho said that they did a good job teaming with each other this past Monday and he didn’t see that coming. Jericho said that he was a 5 time WWE Tag Team Champion with five other partners. Jericho says that he and Styles have chemistry. Styles says that the sole reason he came to WWE is to compete against the best and have his own WrestleMania moment, so becoming Tag Team Champion would be awesome.
Jericho says that tonight is a step in the right direction if they can beat The New Day tonight they step up the ladder in the tag team ranks. Styles brings up the numbers advantage and they need a tag team partner. Jericho asks if Funaki is available. Styles declines. Mark Henry comes in and says that he’s willing to be their partners tonight. Henry says that The New Day play around too much. Henry shakes hands with Jericho. Henry tells Jericho that he better not pull anything fast like The New Day did. Jericho tells Henry that won’t happen unless he gives him a reason to. Jericho tells Henry from one former world champion to another it would be honor to have Henry as their tag team partner. Henry chops Styles in the chest and tells him that he will see him in the ring.
Third Match: Big Show vs. WWE Intercontinental champion Kevin Owens in a non-title match
Owens with right hands to Show. Show with a clubbing forearm to the back of Owens. Show connects with the hip toss. Owens with a right hand and a uppercut to Show. Owens with a running dropkick to the knee of Show. Owens connects with a running senton for a one count. Owens with a enziguri to Show. Show drives Owens to the corner. Show with a series of right hands and a chop that sends Owens to the outside. Show drags Owens back into the ring.
Owens with a jaw breaker. Show connects on a choke slam, but Owens rolls to the outside. Show rolls Owens back into the ring. Show heads to the top rope. Owens tries to give Show a Fisher’s Man Buster Suplex off the top rope, but the plan fails. Show tries to chokeslam Owens from the top turnbuckle, but Owens sends Big Show crotch first to the top rope. Show rolls to the outside which leads to Show getting counted out. After the match Owens immediately storms out of the ring as Show goes after him.
Winner: Kevin Owens via count-out
Fourth Match: Natalya vs. Becky Lynch
Natalya and Becky shake hands. Natalya with a side headlock take over. Natalya goes for a quick pin attempt for a one count. Becky with a dropkick to Natalya for a one count. Becky with a leg drop. Natalya connects with a German Suplex that sends Becky to the outside. Out comes Team Bad. Natalya rolls Becky back into the ring. Naomi with a right hand to Natalya to cause the disqualification. Tamina with a superkick to Natalya. Sasha Banks come down to help out Becky. Sasha and Becky send Team Bad to the outside.
Winner: Natalya via disqualification
Charlotte says that she has a update from her bombshell this past Monday. The number one contender match between Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch will happen this Monday on Raw from Nashville. Charlotte says that she will have a front row seat to find out who wants the Divas Championship more. She sincerely wishes Sasha and Becky luck. Charlotte woo’s and walks away.
Fifth Match: Heath Slater w/The Social Outcasts vs. R-Truth
Goldust comes down to the ring. There’s a loud Golden Truth chant. Slater and Truth lock up. Truth a side headlock. Slater leap frogs over Truth. Truth with a towering hip toss to Slater. Truth with a big right hand to Slater in the corner. Slater with a big boot to the face of Truth. Slater with a knee drop. Slater connects with a knee drop to the back of Truth for a two count. Goldust cheers Truth from the outside. Truth with a Leg Lariat to Slater. Truth knocks Rose off the ring apron. Truth with a sitout face slam to Slater. Bo Dallas distracts the referee. Goldust with a right hand to Slater. Truth with the backslide to pick up the victory.
WWE Raw Video Recaps:
There was a couple of Raw vignette on this show. We had a highlight clip from the triple threat match at WWE Fastlane. We see the clip of Triple H laying out Roman Reigns on Raw, Shane’s McMahon return to the WWE and the Brock Lesnar/Dean Ambrose Segment.
Sixth Match: WWE tag team champions The New Day vs. AJ Styles, Chris Jericho, and Mark Henry in a 6-man tag team match
Jericho and Kofi start off the match. Kofi with a side headlock to Kofi. Kofi with a shoulder tackle to Jericho. Jericho dropkicks Kofi. Jericho with a chop to Kofi chest. Kofi tags in Big E. Big E with a shoulder tackle to Jericho. Jericho tags in Henry. Henry with multiple head butts to Big E. Henry with a boot to the face of Big E. Henry with a clothesline to both Kofi and Woods. Styles and Jericho with slingshot planchas onto Woods and Kofi. Y2AJ and Henry mocks The New Day’s twerking. Henry chops Woods in the chest. Jericho tags in Styles. Y2AJ with a double team back elbow. Styles drives Woods to the corner and tags in Jericho. Woods with a series of right hands to Jericho. Jericho with a springboard dropkick that knocks Kofi off the ring apron. Big E sends Jericho face first to the top turnbuckle. Woods tags in Big E. Big E drives Jericho to the corner and Woods/Kofi give Jericho a double team Trouble to Paradise. Big E tags in Kofi. Kofi goes for the pin, but Jericho kicks out at two.
The New Day begins the Unicorn Stampede. Kofi with a basement dropkick to Jericho. Woods plays Francesca 2 from the outside. Kofi rolls Jericho back into the ring. Kofi goes for the pin, but Jericho kicks out at two. Jericho tries to reach to his tag team partners, but Kofi blocks that attempt. Kofi with an armbar to Jericho. Jericho misses on a dropkick. Kofi tags in Woods. Woods with a basement dropkick to Jericho. Woods tags in Big E. Big E with a running splash to Jericho with Woods landing a leg drop at the same time. Big E goes for the pin attempt but Styles breaks the pin attempt. Big E gets Jericho in the Abdominal Stretch. Big E with a knee to the midsection of Jericho. Big E goes for the Big Ending, but Jericho counters with the enziguri. Kofi and Styles are tagged in. Styles with a forearm that sends Woods to the outside. Styles with a springboard moonsault transitioning into the neckbreaker, but Big E breaks the pin attempt. Henry runs through Big E. Kofi with the Trouble of Paradise to Henry. Jericho takes a Trouble to Paradise from Kofi. Styles sends Kofi to the outside. Woods rolls Styles for a two count. Woods with a forearm to Styles. Styles gets Woods in the Calf Crusher and Woods taps out.
Winner: AJ Styles, Chris Jericho, and Mark Henry via submission
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