WWE Monday Night RAW
Location: San Jose, CA
Date: March 30, 2015
Commentators: Michael Cole, Booker T, and JBL
The WWE RAW after WrestleMania 31 opens up from the SAP Center in San Jose, California as the pyro goes off. Michael Cole welcomes us and he’s joined by JBL and Booker T.
– We go right to the ring and out comes Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman. Lesnar looks ready to fight tonight. Heyman introduces himself and says he’s the advocate for the most non-PG ass-kicker in the PG era. They get a pop. Lesnar says let’s talk about what happened at WrestleMania as fans boo. Heyman says Lesnar put a beating on the Samoan Badass like no one has ever seen. Heyman brings up all the suplexes Lesnar gave to Roman Reigns and a big “suplex city” chant breaks out. Heyman quotes Lesnar, “suplex city, bitch!” Heyman says here Lesnar was bitch-slapping Reigns around and he was eating the pain. Heyman says he won’t sing Reigns’ praises tonight but will tell us that Reigns can sink or swim from here. Heyman says Lesnar almost respects Reigns but kid, ya still got a ways to go. Heyman says Lesnar then got bored and hit him with the final F5 to end it but slimy disgusting little Seth Rollins had to come out and cash in.
Heyman points out that Rollins pinned the challenger, not the champion. Heyman has informed Lesnar that they can take legal action, have the decision reversed, Rollins won’t be the winner and Heyman could tie WWE up in litigation for months, resulting in the title being held up. Heyman says Lesnar thinks all lawyers are scumbags and Lesnar won’t be taking legal action. Instead, Lesnar is invoking his rematch clause. Heyman says it won’t happen at SummerSlam, Extreme Rules, Payback or WrestleMania 32, its happening tonight. The crowd pops and starts a big “yes!” chant.
Stephanie McMahon comes out to the stage and fans boo. She says everyone is just so ready to move past WrestleMania and asks the fans how amazing last night was. Fans start chanting for Ronda Rousey. Stephanie says fans must not want an answer on Lesnar’s rematch. She asks them and tells them not to make her angry or they won’t get what they want. She talks about how Rollins had to fly to New York City for The Today Show and rubs the loss into Lesnar. Stephanie says Rollins is still in the air but when he gets here, he will prove that he’s a fighting champion. Stephanie has no doubt Rollins will be up for the challenge. She walks off. Heyman has a spoiler for us… for the first time in over a decade, Lesnar is going to wrestle live on RAW and he’s going to deliver a beating to Seth Rollins before taking back the title.
WWE Intercontinental title match: Dolph Ziggler vs. WWE Intercontinental champion Daniel Bryan
Back from the break and Dolph Ziggler waits in the ring as new WWE Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan makes his way out to a big “yes!” chant. We get formal introductions from Lilian Garcia. Bad News Barrett is on commentary.
Back and forth to start the match. They trade holds and Bryan mounts Ziggler with rig8ht hands. Ziggler with a 2 count. Ziggler fires back with strikes now. They lock up and fans chant “this is awesome” as they go to the corner. Bryan drops Ziggler in the corner and gets him in the surfboard submission to a pop. Bryan keeps control after they break but Ziggler hits a dropkick. Bryan comes back and they both tumble to the floor as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Bryan hits the corner dropkicks to a big pop. Bryan climbs up top but Ziggler crotches him. Ziggler climbs up but Bryan reverses and crotches Ziggler. Bryan climbs back up as we get dueling chants from fans. Bryan hits a huge super back drop from the top and covers for a 2 count. Bryan with kicks while Ziggler is on his knees now. Ziggler ducks the roundhouse and rolls Bryan up for 2. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock but it’s blocked. Ziggler with a 2 count. Bryan blocks a Zig Zag but runs into a big superkick for 2. They trade shots in the middle of the ring while getting to their feet now. They trade headbutts and Bryan ends up hitting the running knee for the win.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
– After the match, Barrett gets up and attacks Bryan from behind while he’s celebrating. Barrett unloads on Bryan and readies for a Bullhammer. Sheamus‘ music hits and out he comes to a big pop. He chases Barrett out of the ring and checks on Barrett. Sheamus is rocking a mohawk now and has his beard in twists. Sheamus talks trash to Barrett but turns around and nails Bryan with a huge Brogue Kick. Sheamus takes Ziggler to the corner and beats him down. Sheamus smacks Ziggler around and mocks him. Ziggler fights back but Sheamus tosses him to the mat. Sheamus nails White Noise as fans boo. Sheamus stares out at the crowd and “asshole” and “you look stupid” chants break out. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick on Ziggler. Sheamus takes the mic and says, “I’m back.” He drops it and leaves as fans boo. His music hits as we go to replays.
– Still to come, Lesnar vs. Rollins. JBL announces Sting will speak on the WWE Network after RAW. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get a look at the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame class.
Back from the break and the WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Tyson Kidd are with Natalya and Konnor and Viktor of The Ascension. Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston wait on The Lucha Dragons, who come out to a big pop. We get NXT chants. Cesaro starts off with Sin Cara and fans chant for Cesaro also. Back and forth now. Cesaro with a big backbreaker. Cesaro with more offense but Cara hits a big takedown for 2. Kalisto tags in to a pop.
Kalisto ends up getting a huge pop and reaction after hitting some nice moves on Cesaro. Cesaro goes to regroup and Big E tags in. Kofi and Konnor go at it next. Cara tags back in for a quick double team on Konnor. We go to break after more tags.
Back from the break and Kidd has Cara down as fans chant “ole” loudly. Cesaro tags in and hits the Cesaro Swing on Cara. Kidd with the double team follow up for a 2 count. Konnor comes back in and works Cara over. Cara nails an enziguri. Kofi springboards in and unloads on everyone but the fans boo him. Fans do not like The New Day. Kofi with the Boom Drop. Fans keep hijacking their rally with “New Day… sucks!” Kofi and Kidd go at it. Cesaro catches him in a big uppercut after a tag. Viktor tags in but Cesaro argues with him. Kofi with a close roll up on Viktor. Kalisto tags in to a pop. He hits a corkscrew on Viktor and a kick to the face. Kalisto slams Viktor on his face with a scissors and covers for 2. Big E takes out Cesaro and then tosses Kidd into him. Konnor drops Big E with a boot. Kofi and Cara take out Konnor and sends him to the floor. Cara launches Kofi out onto everyone else. Viktor runs over Cara. Viktor runs over to Kalisto but gets hit with a Salida del Sol for the win.
Winners: Sin Cara, Kalisto, Big E and Kofi Kingston
– Lesnar and Heyman are backstage. Heyman tells Lesnar that Rollins is here and it’s time to go.
– We get a vignette for Adrian Neville. He will be coming to the main roster soon. Back to commercial.
WWE world heavyweight title match: Brock Lesnar vs. WWE world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins
Back from the break and out comes Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman. Fans chant “suplex city” and we get a big pop. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins is out next with Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble. Rollins comes in and puts the title in Lesnar’s face. Lilian does formal ring introductions.
Rollins goes to hand the title to the referee but he hesitates. He goes out of the ring and grabs a mic. Rollins says he just talked with Stephanie McMahon and he’s feeling jet-lagged. Fans boo. Rollins says his foot also hurts from Curb Stomping Lesnar and Roman Reigns last night. Rollins says he’s a fighting champion and he’s going to give Lesnar his rematch, just not tonight. Rollins laughs and fans boo. Lesnar rushes out of the ring and grabs Rollins as he tries to escape. Lesnar with a clothesline on the floor. He rolls Rollins in. Rollins tries to escape but Lesnar grabs him. Lesnar goes for a German but Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins nails a kick but Lesnar doesn’t go down. Rollins runs to the barrier again but Lesnar grabs him. Lesnar goes for a F5 on the floor but Mercury and Noble make the save. Rollins runs off through the crowd. Lesnar goes nuts and tips over the announce table. He tosses Mercury and Noble over the other table.
Lesnar grabs Cole by his head and put him on the apron. Fans pop and Heyman tries to talk him down. Lesnar pulls Cole in the ring and lays him out with a F5. A big “holy shit” chant breaks out. Lesnar grabs a camera man from the apron and picks him up for a F5. Stephanie comes out screaming for Brock to stop and put the man down. Lesnar thinks about it but ends up laying the man out with a F5. Stephanie suspends him indefinitely and tells Lesnar to get out of the building. Stephanie is furious as she marches to the back. Heyman tries to talk Lesnar down now. Fans chant “bullshit” and we see the carnage at ringside. Booker T is laid out on the other side of the announce table, as is JBL, from where it was tipped over. Lesnar grabs the camera man again and hits another F5. Lesnar leaves to the back as fans chants his name. EMT’s bring a stretcher out and check on Cole as we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see Cole being loaded up on a stretcher as is the cameraman. There are no announcers still but we go to replays of what happened before the commercial. We cut backstage to Stephanie walking. Renee Young stops her for comment. Stephanie says Lesnar hit a F5 on an innocent camera man and what he did to JBL, Booker T and then Michael Cole got him suspended. Renee asks about his rematch. Stephanie says Lesnar will get his rematch when she gives it to him. She’s going to hit Lesnar where it hurts and fine him big time. Stephanie reminds us that Lesnar just signed a new deal and tells Renee that she owns “that son of a bitch.” Stephanie storms off.
– Still to come, Cena’s open challenge. Back to commercial.
Stardust vs. Damien Sandow
We come back and Byron Saxton is doing commentary by himself. Stardust is out first followed by Damien Sandow to a big pop. Sandow comes out with The Miz‘s theme but is alone.
Sandow plays to the crowd but Stardust takes him to the corner and works him over. A “Cody” chant starts up. Sandow with a big clothesline. Sandow takes Stardust to the corner but Stardust quickly turns it around. Stardust keeps control and slams Sandow on his face. More “Cody” chants from the crowd. Fans start rallying for Sandow.
Sandow comes back and hits a Skull Crushing Finale out of nowhere for the win.
Winner: Damien Sandow
– After the match, The Miz runs in and attacks Sandow from behind. Miz nails a Skull Crushing Finale and talks trash in Sandow’s face as fans boo. Fans start an “asshole” chant now. Miz tells Sandow that this is all his fault and he did this to himself. Miz blames Sandow for ruining WrestleMania. Miz says Sandow is nothing without him. Miz talks trash to the crowd now and they boo.
– Saxton plugs the post-RAW Sting interview on the WWE Network. Still to come, more highlights from WrestleMania 31. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Saxton leads us to stills from Ronda Rousey’s WrestleMania 31 appearance. We get a video with highlights from WrestleMania Week.
– Curtis Axel is in the ring telling us to not change the channel. He says the rest of the roster is jealous of him and brags about it taking 29 others to eliminate him from the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. He says the road to Axe-treme Rules begins now. Out comes Adrian Neville to a pop.
Curtis Axel vs. Adrian Neville
Neville comes out with a cape on and removes the hood. He’s being referred to as just Neville now. He sends Axel to the floor and immediately nails a big moonsault.
Neville brings it in the ring and we get the bell. Fans chant his name. Neville with some impressive moves before unloading on Axel with kicks. Neville goes on and slams Axel before going to the top. Neville hits Red Arrow to a big pop for the win.
– After the match, Neville hits the corner to celebrate. We go to replays.
– Still to come, Cena’s open challenge. Back to break.
– We come back and out comes new WWE United States Champion John Cena to some big heat. Cena gives the crowd props for being the best WWE audience of the year as they’re always loud and vocal. Cena says he’s surrounded by a group of budding musicians and they start the “John Cena sucks” chant to his theme again. Cena raises the title and says the champ is here as fans boo. Cena says we deserve a title shot tonight and talks about his open challenge. Out comes Dean Ambrose.
WWE United States title match: Dean Ambrose vs. WWE United States champion John Cena
Ambrose comes out to a big pop and we get formal introductions from Lilian. They lock up and go to the ropes. Ambrose shoves Cena and gets a pop. We go to an early commercial.
Back from the break and Ambrose is in control. Ambrose unloads and goes to the top. Ambrose has not land on his feet. Cena catches him with the big trademark slam. more back and forth. Cena blocks Dirty Deeds and goes for an Attitude Adjustment. They trade big shots in the middle of the ring. More back and forth. Ambrose hits a big DDT out of the corner for a 2 count. Ambrose goes to the top as fans pop.
Ambrose jumps out to the floor where Cena is standing and hits an elbow drop. Ambrose slowly gets up and rolls Cena back in at the 6 count. Ambrose comes in and Cena nails an AA out of nowhere for a close 2 count. Fans boo. They end up in the corner and Cena goes for a super AA but Ambrose knocks him to the mat. Cena climbs back up. Ambrose with a headbutt. Ambrose turns it into a sit-down powerbomb. Cena comes right out of that and locks in the STF. Ambrose crawls to the bottom rope and breaks the hold. Cena goes for another AA but Ambrose slides out and applies the STF on Cena. The crowd goes nuts. Ambrose pulls Cena back to tighten the hold and Cena kicks him away. More back and forth. Ambrose nails Dirty Deeds for a close 2 count. They get up and trade strikes. Cena goes for an AA after a slap from Ambrose. It’s blocked. Cena goes for another but it’s blocked. Ambrose hits a crossbody but Cena rolls through and picks him up. Cena nails the AA for the win.
Winner: John Cena
– After the match, Cena gets up and raises the title. Jerry Lawler joined Saxton on commentary a few minutes ago. Cena waits for Ambrose to get up and fans cheer. Ambrose points at the title and they slap hands as a show of respect. Cena leaves as Ambrose’s music hits.
– Renee Young is backstage with Rollins for this thoughts on Lesnar’s suspension. Rollins says Lesnar is an out of control animal and got what he deserves. He asks how is a guy like that supposed to represent WWE from a corporate standpoint. Rollins hopes Lesnar gets a hefty seven-figure fine. Rollins defends his decision to cash in last night and says he earned it. Rollins says enough about Lesnar, it’s time to focus on him walking out of WrestleMania as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Rollins says he’s keeping the title for a very long time. Randy Orton appears. Orton reminds Rollins that he almost ripped his head off with a RKO at WrestleMania. Orton says Rollins has a problem staring at him. Orton says he never got a rematch after WrestleMania XXX so he wants that title. Kane and Big Show appear. Rollins says he may have one problem but Orton has three. Rollins gives Orton until the end of the night to find two partners. Rollins wishes him good luck and walks off. Show stares Orton down and we go back to the ring.
We come back and out comes AJ Lee to a pop. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes The Bella Twins with Natalya as Paige and Naomi wait with AJ in the ring. WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella shows off her title.
Natalya and Naomi start off but fans chant for Paige. Natalya unloads on Naomi and keeps her down. Nikki comes in and keeps dominating Naomi until she connects with a dropkick. Brie and Paige finally come in. They go at it and Paige gets the upperhand. She screams that this is her house. Brie kicks her and calls her a loser. Paige tackles Brie out of the ring. All six Divas face off at ringside as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Nikki is in control of AJ. Natalya comes in and keeps AJ down. Natalya with a nice suplex on AJ for a 2 count. Nikki comes back in and keeps up the attack for another 2 count. Nikki taunts AJ as she crawls for a tag. Fans chant for AJ now. AJ finally makes a comeback but Nikki stops her from tagging again. Nikki slams AJ on her head and fans boo as she covers for 2. Nikki runs over and knocks Paige off the apron as fans boo. Nikki with a submission on AJ now. AJ breaks free and turns it into a 2 count. Nikki drops her and knocks Paige off the apron again. Naomi dodges a right hand. AJ jumps on Nikki’s back but gets slammed into the corner. AJ kicks Nikki in the back.
Naomi finally tags and unloads on Nikki. Naomi with a big crossbody. Nikki catches her and hits an Alabama Slam for another 2 count as Paige breaks it. Paige misses Natalya with a clothesline and Natalya hits her with a German, sending her to the floor. AJ tackles Natalya. Brie tosses AJ to the floor. Naomi ducks and Nikki accidentally knocks out Brie. Naomi hits the Rear View on Nikki for the win.
Winners: Naomi, Paige, and AJ Lee
– After the match, AJ, Paige and Naomi celebrate in the ring.
– We see what happened with Lesnar and Stephanie earlier.
– Ryback approaches Orton backstage. Ryback offers to be Orton’s partner because he can never get enough of The Authority. Orton shakes his hand and we go to commercial.
Goldust vs. Rusev
We come back and Goldust is out first. Rusev is out next by himself, no Lana tonight. They fight back and forth to start but Rusev dominates. Rusev nails the big kick and applies The Accolade for the win.
– After the match, Rusev keeps the hold locked in before breaking it. He stands up and poses as the Russian flag drops down over the ring.
– Still to come, six-man action. Back to commercial.
WWE world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins, Big Show, and Kane vs. Ryback, Randy Orton, and Roman Reigns in a 6-man tag team match
Back from the break and out comes Big Show, Kane and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. Show stops and poses with his trophy at ringside. Randy Orton is out first for his team. Ryback is out next to join Orton in the ring. We wait and finally the music hits. Out comes Roman Reigns through the crowd and he’s the third man. Reigns is met with a mixed reaction.
Ryback and Kane go at it. Ryback unloads early on and readies for a Meathook but Kane goes to the floor to regroup with his partners. Reigns runs over and leaps out onto all three of them. We go to commercial.
We come back and Rollins unloads on Orton in the corner. Orton comes back with a clothesline but Rollins turns it back around. Show tags in and dominates Orton, keeping him down. Show slams Orton for another 2 count. Show takes Orton to the corner for a huge chop. Kane tags in and keeps up the attack on Orton. Kane drops Orton and hits the dropkick for another pin attempt. Orton looks to make another comeback but Kane drops him with a big boot. We see the crowd doing The Wave and it catches Rollins’ attention. Rollins comes back in and stands over Orton as waves go all over the crowd. The camera follows the crowd doing The Wave. Rollins with a big forearm in the corner. He taunts the crowd now.
Rollins wastes time. He turns around and charges but Orton sends him to the apron. Rollins comes back and they end up on the top. Rollins wastes more time talking trash and Orton fights back. Orton nails a big superplex. Fans boo as Reigns tags in. He unloads on Kane with a Samoan Drop and right hands. Reigns decks Show off the apron and fan boo more. Reigns goes back to work on Kane with several clotheslines in the corner. Reigns is pissed and ready to fight. Reigns drops Kane with a big shot to the back of the neck. Reigns loads up and goes for the Superman punch but Show comes in. He blocks it but Reigns fights him off and nails Kane with it anyway. Show spears Reigns. Ryback hits Shellshocked on Show. Rollins nails a curb Stomp on Ryback. Rollins shows off and turns around but jumps over a spear from Reigns. Rollins retreats. Kane grabs Reigns but Orton drops Kane with a RKO. Reigns hits a spear on Kane for the win.
Winners: Roman Reigns, Ryback, and Randy Orton
– After the match, we get a plug for Sting on the WWE Network. We come back to Rollins standing alone on the stage without his title. Reigns, Orton and Ryback celebrate in the ring. RAW goes off the air with Reigns and Rollins staring each other down.