WWE Monday Night RAW
Location: Columbus, OH
Date: February 9, 2015
Commentators: Michael Cole, Booker T, and JBL
After an extended video package showing key moments from last week’s show, this week’s edition of RAW opens up with Roman Reigns making his way to the ring through the crowd.
Reigns talks about being the winner of the 2015 Royal Rumble. The fans give a loud mixed-bag reaction, with a lot of boo’s in there. He says despite winning, he thinks it’s clear that The Authority doesn’t want him to headline WrestleMania. He says he won the Rumble and he’ll beat Daniel Bryan at Fast Lane and then go on to WrestleMania.
Before he can continue, Daniel Bryan’s theme hits. Bryan makes his way down to the ring as Michael Cole plugs Bryan vs. Reigns at Fast Lane.
Bryan’s music cuts off and a thunderous “Yes!” chant breaks out. Bryan tells Reigns to take it easy, he says he’s out there to thank him. He talks about Reigns spearing Big Show and helping him win on RAW last week.
Bryan says Reigns is bigger than him and stronger than him. He says they’re about even when it comes to looks, but says everyone knows that he’s a better wrestler than Reigns.
From there, “King of Kings” plays and out comes Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Big Show and Kane. They stay at the top of the stage and Stephanie begins talking. She says she can tell they’re pumped up for Fast Lane, before plugging the fact that the PPV is free on the WWE Network.
Triple H says Fast Lane is the same show where he’ll go face-to-face with Sting, as long as Sting shows up, He says it’s been two weeks since he challenged Sting and he hasn’t heard a word. He says he’s giving Sting until the end of tonight to accept his challenge.
Steph tells Reigns he only speared Big Show last week because Show beat him earlier in the night. She calls Bryan sick for locking Kane in a casket. Bryan says they put him in the casket match to start with and considering what Triple H has done in caskets in the past (Katie Vick), he says he did them a favor.
Steph makes a tag-match, which is up now. It will be Bryan and Reigns vs. Show and Kane. Show and Kane head to the ring as we head to our first commercial break of the evening.
Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns vs. Big Show and Kane
We’re back from the break and all four men are in the ring for this tag-team contest. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon remain at ringside to watch this match unfold.
Early on, Reigns and Bryan are in the lead with Reigns dominating much of the action. Finally, Kane and Big Show take over with some cheap shots and double-team moves both inside and outside the ring. We head to a mid-match commercial.
We’re back from the break and the heels are still in control of the match. Bryan starts to fire up on offense. Finally, he gets Kane in the “Yes! Lock,” however Big Show interferes and makes the save. The referee saw it and calls for the bell. Big Show and Kane are disqualified.
Winners via DQ: Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns
After the match, the action continues until ultimately Bryan goes for the running double-knee. Big Show and Kane move, however, and Bryan accidentally blasts Reigns.
Bryan and Reigns go face to face, with Bryan trying to explain himself but Reigns having none of it. Reigns shoves Bryan to the mat.
At ringside, Triple H and Steph get on the mic and mock Bryan and Reigns’ inability to co-exist. Finally, they make another tag-match with Bryan and Reigns teaming up to take on Big Show, Kane, Seth Rollins, Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble. We head to another break.
Seth Rollins vs. Ryback
When we return from the break, Rollins is in the ring. Out next is his opponent for tonight, Ryback. The bell sounds and here we go.
Ryback dominates from the word “go,” with Rollins getting in next to no offense whatsoever. The finish to this one, which was kept very short, saw J&J Security attempt to interfere, but Ryback fought them off.
Eventually the ref saw enough and calls for the bell, ending our second of two matches this week by DQ. After the match, we head to another commercial break.
Winner via DQ: Ryback
Paige vs. Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella)
Back from the break and we see Paige standing in the ring. They show highlights of The Bella Twins spraying her with spray tan last week on RAW. From there, The Bella Twins’ music hits and out comes Nikki and Brie Bella.
The bell rings and Paige immediately jumps all over Brie. Paige dominates the action briefly, but Brie quickly pulls ahead. Brie gets in some offense and taunts Paige all-the-while, but Paige is quick to turn the tide.
The finish saw Nikki get up on the apron, only for Paige to knock her off and hit Brie with the Ram-Paige finisher for the 1-2-3. We head to another commercial.
When we return from the break, Rusev and Lana make their way down to the ring for what has been promoted all night as “Rusev Paying Tribute to John Cena.”
Rusev and Lana talk a bunch of trash about Cena, calling him old and saying he’s not a man with ruthless aggression anymore. Finally, Cena comes out.
Cena stands at the top of the stage and offers his rebuttal to Rusev and Lana. Cena still has a badly bruised/swollen eye, which is referenced by both guys a few times. Cena talks about how Rusev picked a fight with the wrong “old man.” He tells him at Fast Lane he’s going to kick his ass.
This leads to Cena insulting Rusev one too many times, so Rusev exits the ring, runs up the ramp and he and Cena start trading shots. Rusev smashes Cena, slamming him on the ramp. He throws him into the RAW logo at the top of the stage. After this segment, we head to another break.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bray Wyatt
When we return from the break, Dolph Ziggler’s music hits. Ziggler makes his way to the ring for one-on-one action. Out next is Ziggler’s opponent for tonight, Bray Wyatt.
Both guys lock up, but Wyatt launches Ziggler across the ring. They come close to each other again, but this time Ziggler takes Wyatt down. Ziggler hits a few drop kicks and knocks Wyatt out to the floor as we head to a mid-match commercial.
Back from the break and we see Wyatt in firm control of Ziggler now, slamming him and beating him all over the place. Ziggler tries to make a comeback, including a big superkick and FameAsser.
Wyatt, however, nails Ziggler with a huge clothesline that changes the momentum. Wyatt does his upside-down freaky stare thing and then blasts Ziggler with Sister Abigail. 1-2-3, Wyatt wins. We head to another commercial.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
We’re back from the commercial and out comes the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, along with his “advocate,” Paul Heyman.
The music fades and Heyman takes to the mic. Heyman talks about the controversy surrounding NBC’s Brian Williams. He calls him a liar, but not as big a liar as Bryan and Reigns, who are lying to themselves if they think they stand a chance against Lesnar at WrestleMania 31. Heyman puts over Lesnar some more and that’s it, the two simply leave. We head to another commercial.
Goldust and Stardust vs. The New Day
When we return from the break, we see a video replay of last week’s show, where Goldust and Stardust teased some issues between each other. From there, the Dust Brothers make their way out to the ring. Out next are their opponents for tonight, The New Day.
The bell sounds and here we go. Big E. and Kofi Kingston are representing The New Day in this one. Stardust takes control over Kingston in the early goings of the match, and then tags in Goldust.
In the middle of the match, Stardust simply walks away. Goldust yells out to him, asking him where he’s going. Goldust, with his back turned yelling at Stardust, gets rolled up by Kingston. 1-2-3. We see Stardust at the top of the stage laughing at Goldust, before turning his back and walking through the curtain, leaving a dejected Goldust in the ring alone.
Winners: The New Day
Backstage, Renee Young is with Daniel Bryan. She asks if he will be able to co-exist with Reigns later tonight. Bryan says what happened earlier was only an accident and he doesn’t blame Reigns. With that said, Reigns walks up to him and says they can co-exist because they have a common enemy. He says he wants to help take them out so there’s room for them to focus on each other and their match at Fast Lane.
Backstage, we see Stardust pacing back-and-forth and in walks Goldust. Goldust asks him what’s going on. He says this isn’t Goldust asking Stardust, its Dustin asking Cody. Stardust snaps after hearing his real name, throws Goldust down and tells him he warned him never to call him by that name. He walks off.
Triple H goes to the ring. He says he’s been calling out Sting for two weeks now and he’s yet to get a response from his challenge. He says he demands to know his response tonight. The lights go out and the crow sound hits. We get a spotlight shown up to the rafters in one area but there’s no Sting to be found. They flash the spot light in another area, but again, no Sting.
Finally, a video starts airing on the big screen showing some of Triple H and Sting’s history. At certain points in the video, when HHH is shown talking to Michael Cole in one of their sit-down interviews, the Sting face-paint is shown over HHH’s face. Eventually the lights go completely out. Then, we see someone who looks like Sting, but clearly isn’t Sting, pop up through the ring mat. You can even tell the Sting imposter was wearing a wig. However, the lights go back out, the video re-appears on the Titan Tron and concludes with the words, “I Accept.” We head to commercial.
WWE tag team champions the Usos (with Naomi) vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (with Natalya) in a non-title match
When we return from commercial, the WWE tag team champions, The Usos, make their way to the ring accompanied by Naomi. Already in the ring are their opponents for tonight, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, with Natalya in their corner.
The match gets started but almost instantly, we head to a mid-match commercial break.
We’re back from the break and we see Cesaro in control of Uso in the ring. The finish of the match, which comes just a minute or two later, sees Jey Uso going for a top-rope splash on Kidd, but Cesaro shoves him off and Kidd covers him. 1-2-3 Kidd and Cesaro win.
Winners: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
WWE Hall Of Fame Inductee: Rikishi
From there, we are introduced to the video package of the next official inductee into the 2015 class of the WWE Hall Of Fame.
Rikishi’s video package airs, as he joins “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Arnold Schwarzenegger in this year’s WWE Hall Of Fame class. After his video finishes, we see The Usos in the ring applauding their father’s induction announcement. We head to a commercial break.
Sin Cara vs. Damien Mizdow
When we return from commercial, we see Sin Cara standing in the ring. He will be in one-on-one action next against Damien Mizdow.
Clips are shown of Cara defeating Miz last week when Miz was distracted by Mizdow. With that said, The Miz‘s theme hits and out he comes with Mizdow for this singles bout.
The match doesn’t last long, with Miz seated at ringside in a director’s chair type of seat yelling at Mizdow on the mic throughout the match. Ordering him to stop what he’s doing and get him a water, etc.
The finish saw Miz stop Mizdow from using the figure four leglock, the move “he made famous.” While Mizdow was distracted by Miz, Sin Cara rolled him up. 1-2-3. Sin Cara wins again.
Winner: Sin Cara
Backstage, Bray Wyatt is in a dark room cutting another cryptic, mysterious promo. Wyatt is addressing someone, but again, never says exactly who it is. Whoever he’s talking to, he talks about how he’s no longer afraid of him and that it’s time for him to go home. He yells for “them” to “find him.” We head to commercial.
Curtis Axel vs. Dean Ambrose
Curtis Axel makes his way to the ring when we return from the break. He cuts a pre-match promo. He points to the WrestleMania sign and says he wants the fans to continue the movement, the “#AxelMania” movement.
As Axel continues to yell “#AxelMania,” he is interrupted by Dean Ambrose’s theme music. Ambrose makes his way down to the ring and it’s time for another one-on-one contest here on RAW.
Ambrose dominates the match pretty much from the very beginning. In what was nearly a total squash, Ambrose pinned Axel in just a minute or two with his “Dirty Deeds” finisher.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
After the match, Ambrose again addresses Bad News Barrett and tells him he’s coming after him and he won’t stop until he gets the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
From there, Barrett pops up on the Titan Tron standing in front of a “BNZ” video screen/monitor. A BNZ scroll airs across the screen too. He makes some references from the Grammy Awards and then changes his focus back to Ambrose. He says just because he feels he deserves an I-C title shot doesn’t mean he’s earned one. He tells us to stay tuned to BNZ for more breaking news updates. We head to another break.
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins, Big Show, Kane, Joey Mercury, and Jamie Noble in a “2-on-5” handicap match
We’re back from the break and we see Roman Reigns making his way to the ring through the crowd. Out next is his tag-team partner for the second time tonight, Daniel Bryan. Reigns and Bryan team up to take on five competitors in this five-on-two handicap match.
Out next are Reigns and Bryan’s opponents for tonight, Seth Rollins, Big Show, Kane, Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble. The bell sounds and here we go.
Early on, the Bryan and Reigns are in control, but eventually the numbers game is too much for them. Reigns ends up getting taken out and remains outside of the ring for a large majority of the match.
Finally, in the end, the finish saw Bryan starting to rally and build momentum of his own. He leads the fans in a big “Yes!” chant as he waits for Mercury to get up so he can hit him with his running knee and score the pin. Instead, right as Mercury was getting up, Reigns hops up on the apron, tags himself in, spears Mercury and pins him. 1-2-3. Reigns and Bryan win, but Bryan isn’t happy.
Winners: Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan
After the match, a pissed off and confused Bryan goes over to confront Reigns. They go face-to-face. Reigns goes to walk off, but Bryan grabs him by the arm and turns him around. He tells him not to walk away from him. He pushes Reigns. Reigns’ back hits the ropes, so he pounces right back off of them and into a spear on Bryan. The show goes off the air with Bryan laid out, Reigns standing over him and Triple H and Stephanie McMahon watching on, looking pleased, from the backstage area.
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