WWE Monday Night RAW
Location: Anaheim, CA
Date: February 15, 2016
Tonight’s WWE RAW opens from Anaheim, California with the usual intro.
– We’re live as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined by JBL and Byron Saxton. We go to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose.
Ambrose is hot and says he wants a F5 from Brock Lesnar tonight but Stephanie McMahon comes out instead. Fans boo. She taunts Ambrose and brings up the winner of Fastlane facing her husband Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 32. Ambrose says he knows how all this works, he just wants to get to the fighting part. Stephanie says he’s going to get a F5 tonight but not how he thinks… it will be a Fatal 5 Way match for the Intercontinental Title. She wishes him good luck and goes to leave but stops. She says if Roman Reigns interferes in the match, Ambrose will be disqualified from Fastlane. The match starts now.
Fatal 5-way for the WWE Intercontinental Title: Kevin Owens vs. Stardust vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. WWE Intercontinental champion Dean Ambrose
Kevin Owens makes his way out first as Ambrose gets ready to fight. Stardust is out next followed by Tyler Breeze. Dolph Ziggler is the last man out.
Back from the break and we get the bell as everyone goes at it. Stardust and Breeze work on Ambrose in the corner while Owens and Ziggler are on the floor. Ambrose ends up tossing Breeze to the floor and clotheslining Stardust. Ambrose mounts him in the corner with right hands as fans count. Ambrose keeps control of Stardust and goes to the top as Breeze nails Owens on the floor. Ambrose with a missile dropkick on Stardust. Owens runs in and drops Ambrose as fans boo.
Owens works over Ambrose for a 2 count. Owens whips Ambrose hard into the corner and talks trash. Ambrose fights back with forearms into the corner. Ambrose stomps away in the corner now. Owens pulls Ambrose face first into the turnbuckle and turns it around. Owens stomps away and plays to the crowd. Owens runs into a big boot and gets sent to the floor. Ambrose goes to run the ropes for a dive but Ziggler slides in and dropkicks him for a 2 count. Ziggler goes on and hits a neckbreaker, then the elbow drop for a 2 count. Ambrose sends Ziggler to the floor. Stardust runs in and drops Ambrose. Breeze comes in and takes Stardust out. Breeze runs the ropes but Owens clotheslines him. Owens powerbombs Breeze over the top and onto Ziggler and Stardust. Owens turns around to Ambrose and they go at it. Ambrose counters a pop-up powerbomb. Ambrose dives out onto the other three. He comes back in and drops Owens with a neckbreaker. Ambrose goes to the top with the big elbow drop and a close 2 count as Stardust breaks the pin and pulls Ambrose out. Stardust sends Ambrose into the steel steps. Breeze takes Stardust out with a kick as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Ambrose nails the bulldog on Stardust. He goes to the top but Stardust meets him. Ambrose headbutts Stardust to the mat. Breeze runs up but also gets sent to the mat. Ziggler runs up next and brings Ambrose down face first. Ziggler gets sent into the ring post. Stardust with a Disaster Kick on Breeze. Owens takes out Stardust and covers Ambrose for a 2 count. Owens delivers corner cannonballs to everyone but Breeze as Breeze kicks him with a Beauty Shot for a 2 count. Fans chant “this is awesome” now. Ambrose dumps Breeze to the floor. Stardust gets hit with the big bounce back clothesline from Ambrose. Ziggler runs in with a Zig Zag. Owens with a pop-up powerbomb on Breeze for the win and the title.
Winner and New WWE Intercontinental champion: Kevin Owens.
– After the match, Owens celebrates and retreats with his title as Ambrose looks on shocked.
– Still to come, Brie Bella will talk about her husband’s retirement and Fastlane. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see what just happened in the Fatal 5 Way. Ambrose is backstage walking when Renee Young approaches. Ambrose isn’t shocked by The Authority but he’s mad and frustrated. He says the title is gone and he has to live with that. The Authority has given him motivation to win at Fastlane. He says it will be him against Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania. He walks off after asking Renee if that gives her goosebumps.
– We go to the announcers but cut back to Renee, who is now with new champion Kevin Owens. Owens says he told everyone this was his title and he will get it back. He wants Renee to tell everyone he was right. Dolph Ziggler walks up clapping. He congratulates Owens on a “job done” and they have a few words. Ziggler wants a title shot at Fastlane on Sunday. Ziggler says he deserves to be Owens’ first defense and wants Owens to admit he’s right. Owens just says “nah” and walks off.
Big E vs. Mark Henry
We go to the ring and out come WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day. It’s announced that they will be on a special edition of The Cutting Edge and The Peep Show with Edge and Christian at Fastlane on Sunday. They all cut promos on Edge and Christian before moving on to Mark Henry. Big E calls him a “mark ass buster” for walking out on them last week. Henry comes out and we go to commercial.
Back from the break and they lock up. Henry with an early slam to take control. Henry beats Big E around and sends him to the floor for a breather after a big headbutt. The referee counts but Henry follows. Kofi Kingston distracts Henry and Big E attacks. Big E drops Henry after ramming him into the barrier. The New Day all stand over Henry and taunt him now. Big E brings it back in the ring and stomps on Henry in the corner.
Woods keeps the crowd going with Francesca 2 at ringside. Big E splashes Henry for a 2 count. Big E manages to apply an abdominal stretch but Henry quickly reverses with a big hip toss. Henry makes a comeback now. Henry with a 2 count. Woods gets on the apron and distracts with his trombone. Henry knocks him to the floor. Henry turns around and Big E runs into a big boot from Henry. Big E side steps in the corner. Big E scoops Henry on his shoulder and holds him but Henry falls to the mat and may have injured himself. Henry is clutching his ribs as Big E just covers for the pin.
Winner: Big E
– After the match, the referees speculate that the splashes may have injured Henry’s ribs. The New Day celebrates but Big E looks at Henry a bit concerned.
– Still to come, Brie Bella will speak. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and the announcers plug Brock Lesnar on SmackDown.
– We go to the ring and Byron Saxton is waiting. He introduces Brie Bella and we see a clip from Daniel Bryan’s retirement last week. Saxton asks how Bryan is doing. She says he was able to turn a negative into a positive thanks to all the love from fans and people in the back. She goes on and is interrupted by Ric Flair and WWE Divas Champion Charlotte. Out they come.
Charlotte gives props to Bryan but doesn’t sound sincere. She says Bryan was in a league of his own. Brie says Bryan still is. Charlotte says it’s not like he died or something and Brie says he’s very much alive, and looking forward to what’s next. Charlotte goes on and says she will understand if Brie wants to forfeit the match on Sunday so she can be with her husband. Brie says Bryan supports her 100%. Charlotte says she means she supports her and Bryan 100%, taking a shot at Bryan being out of work. Charlotte says Brie and Bryan must need the money, that’s why she’s here. They go back and forth on the mic and Brie says Charlotte came out to mess with her because she’s scared. Brie says Charlotte knows she’s not an easy win. Brie says Charlotte just added fuel to her fire and she’s standing there in disgust seeing the champion Charlotte has become. Charlotte holds Flair back and backs him out of the ring. Charlotte gets back in Brie’s face and says she offered her the chance to walk away. Charlotte says she can only imagine what Brie’s goat-faced vegan babies will become. Brie attacks her and they go at it. Brie unloads and nails several kicks, sending Charlotte out of the ring. Brie’s music hits as Flair and Charlotte look on.
– Still to come, Braun Strowman vs. Big Show.
– Chris Jericho comes out to a big pop. He joins commentary for the next match but we go to commercial first.
AJ Styles vs. The Miz
Back from the break and out first comes The Miz. We see replays from SmackDown where Jericho hit Styles with a Codebreaker after their tag team win, then their singles match later in the night that Jericho won. AJ Styles is out next to a big pop.
AJ enters the ring and Miz beats him down before the bell. Miz unloads in the corner until the referee pulls him off. Fans chant AJ’s name. We get the bell and Miz runs into an elbow. Styles makes Miz retreat and goes for a submission but Miz fights him off. Miz with a big knee to the gut and a boot to the face. Miz mounts Styles with right hands. Miz keeps control and uses the middle rope against Styles as fans boo. Miz with a knee to the back and a headlock.
Miz keeps control and hits a neckbreaker for a 1 count. More back and forth. Styles counters and backslides Miz for a 2 count. Styles with strikes. Miz tosses Styles through the second rope and kicks him into the barrier. Miz goes to the floor but stops to talk trash to Jericho. Jericho stands up. Styles leaps out of nowhere and takes Miz down in front of the announcers table. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Miz is in control of Styles now. Styles makes a solid comeback and nails a knee for a close 2 count. Styles scoops Miz on his shoulder but Miz counters and hits a DDT for 2. Styles blocks the Skull Crushing Finale and rolls Miz up for a 2 count. Styles with kicks and another roll up for 2. Styles kicks Miz and nails the Pele kick. Styles with another close 2 count. Styles goes to the top but Miz crotches him. Styles ends up springboarding in with a big forearm for a close 2 count. Fans pop as Styles waits for Miz to get up. Miz counters and nails the Skull Crushing Finale for a close 2 count.
Miz stomps away in the corner now. The referee pulls him off. Miz charges but AJ catches him and rolls him into the Calf Crusher for the win.
Winner: AJ Styles
– After the match, Jericho gets up with a mic. He makes his way to the apron and congratulates Styles on the win. Styles interrupts him and knows he’s here to play games. Styles says it’s eating Jericho up inside, the fact that Styles beat him in his first singles match. Styles issues a challenge for Fastlane. Jericho says he’s not sure if he wants to wrestle Styles again. Jericho says he will think about it and get back to Styles on SmackDown.
– Up next, The Dudley Boyz will speak. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and out come The Dudley Boyz. They go to get a table from under the ring but change their mind. They cut promos on why they turned heel last week. D-Von Dudley says everyone thought they would just be some nostalgia act that rides off into the sunset. He says they’re not on some farewell tour, they are the baddest tag team on the planet. Bubba Ray Dudley says their legacy will be defined by all their tag title reigns, not by a piece of furniture.
– We see Paige walking backstage. Back to commercial.
Paige vs. Summer Rae
Back from the break and Summer Rae waits in the ring. Paige is out next to a pop.
They go at it to start. Paige trips Summer early on and she falls on her face. Paige with back to back pin attempts. Paige yells about this being her house before taking Summer to the apron for a bunch of knees. Summer ducks a kick and drops Paige with a high heel kick. Summer with a 2 count. Summer with two leg drops and some trash talking.
Summer keeps control for another 2 count. Paige finally makes a comeback but Summer kicks out at 2. Paige wastes time and Summer rolls her up for the surprise win.
Winner: Summer Rae
– Paige looks shocked as Summer makes her exit.
– We go to the announcers for WWE Network and Fastlane plugs.
– Paul Heyman is backstage walking. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Lilian Garcia introduces Paul Heyman, who is waiting in the ring. Heyman introduces himself and calls Brock Lesnar the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Heyman says there will be a most historic Triple Threat on Sunday – Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose. He says 1 beast will emerge from that match and go on to main event WrestleMania with Triple H. Heyman says he doesn’t want to stand out here and talk while Reigns watches him on a monitor. Heyman says what he has to say tonight needs to be said to Reigns’ face. Heyman calls Reigns to the ring.
Heyman cuts a promo about Reigns going home to his family after Fastlane. Heyman says Reigns has two choices – his daughter or his best friend at Fastlane. He says Reigns can’t keep his promise to his daughter and keep his best friend Ambrose at the same time. Heyman goes on about how Reigns must make a sacrifice for the title he wants. Heyman says Brock Lesnar stands in Reigns’ way this Sunday and Lesnar is Reigns’ enemy, but so is Dean Ambrose. Reigns smiles and shakes his head. He says Heyman is good and fans boo Reigns. Reigns thanks Heyman for what he said. Reigns says nobody tells another man what he’s thinking to his face anymore and he respects Heyman for that. Reigns says he made a choice a while ago and that’s why he’s willing to pay the price every night, so is Ambrose. Reigns says he’s fought Ambrose before and he beat him, it wasn’t easy but he did. Reigns says he beat Lesnar’s ass but he’s never beat him. Heyman is right, Reigns has everything on the line this Sunday. Reigns says somehow, he will win on Sunday and then beat Heyman’s boy Triple H for the title. Fans boo again. Reigns says now he knows Heyman believes that. Heyman nods and sets the mic down. Heyman leaves the ring but as soon as he does, The Dudley Boyz beat Reigns down from behind.
Reigns gets up and fights them off but Bubba drops him with a big kick. Bubba drops down and talks trash to Reigns. They continue the beatdown until Ambrose’s music hits and out he comes. Ambrose unloads on Bubba but D-Von pulls him off. Ambrose fights D-Von off now. Reigns with a Superman punch on D-Von that sends him to the floor with Bubba. Ambrose tells them to come get some more. Reigns and Ambrose embrace but Ambrose pulls him in for Dirty Deeds to a pop. Reigns escapes and stares Ambrose down. Ambrose points up at the WrestleMania 32 sign and says Reigns better be quicker than that if he wants to make it there. Reigns laughs and they show love one more time before Reigns’ music hits.
– It’s announced that the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award will be announced next week. The award is named after former WWE boss Vince McMahon Sr. Cole says it will be the most prestigious award WWE has and nobody has deserved it until now.
Heath Slater vs. Zack Ryder
We come back from a break and Zack Ryder waits in the ring. Heath Slater is out next with fellow Social Outcasts Adam Rose, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Slater stalls early and runs a victory lap with the rest of his crew. He comes back in and Ryder takes control.
Ryder keeps control and hits knees to the face, then a missile dropkick. Ryder drops Slater in the corner and hits the Broski Boot for a 2 count. Slater rolls to the floor for a breather but Ryder leaps out and takes down the Social Outcasts. Ryder brings Slater back in the ring but Bo jumps on the apron and distracts him. Slater nails a heel kick and a Smash Hit for the win.
Winner: Heath Slater
– We see R-Truth out on a date earlier tonight. Goldust appears dressed as their waiter. Goldust brings over a bottle of champagne so Truth can celebrate with his two partners. Truth says he didn’t order champagne and Goldust doesn’t work here. Truth’s date ends up sprayed with champagne and Goldust runs away. Truth tries to assist his date and tells her she still looks good as we go to commercial.
The Lucha Dragons and Neville vs. The League of Nations in a 6-man tag team match
We come back and Neville is out after Sin Cara and WWE United States Champion Kalisto. Rusev, Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio are out next with King Barrett. Back and forth to start. We go back to commercial after The Lucha Dragons and Neville dive out onto their opponents.
Back from the break and Rusev plants Kalisto for a 2 count. Rusev tosses Kalisto to the floor and Del Rio throws him into the barrier. Rusev brings it back in and tags in Sheamus. The League keeps control after more cheap shots. Kalisto finally counters a move and Cara tags in as does Del Rio. Cara kicks Del Rio and comes off the top. Cara knocks one off the apron as well. Cara continues to unload on Del Rio and hits the moonsault for a 2 count.
Sheamus runs in and flattens Cara. Neville takes out Sheamus. Rusev drops Neville with a kick. Kalisto tumbles with Rusev over the top. Cara dumps Del Rio to the floor and dives out, sending him into the barrier. Cara brings it back in the ring. Barrett distracts Cara. Del Rio hits the enziguri and a big top rope stomp from halfway across the ring. Del Rio covers for the win.
Winners: Sheamus, Rusev and Alberto Del Rio
– After the match, The League of Nations celebrate as we go to replays.
– We go to a Black History Month video on Booker T.
– Cole shows us video of Naomi and Tamina Snuka attacking Becky Lynch before RAW in the parking lot. Still to come, Becky vs. Naomi. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and The League of Nations is celebrating. Renee Young interviews Del Rio and he rips Kalisto. Del Rio wants their match at Fastlane to be a 2 of 3 Falls Match.
Becky Lynch vs. Naomi
We go to the ring and out comes Becky Lynch to a pop.
Naomi is out next with Tamina Snuka. The bell rings and Becky wastes no time. She unloads on Naomi and surprises her, sending her to the floor for a breather. Naomi comes back in with a big kick to the side of the face. Naomi unloads with a bunch of kicks and drops her with one. Fans cheered the unique set of kicks. Naomi with a 2 count. Naomi keeps Becky grounded and talks trash now.
They trade holds and Becky ends up applying the DisarmHer for the quick win.
Winner: Becky Lynch
– After the bell, Tamina comes in and they beat Becky down until Sasha Banks‘ music hits for a big pop. Sasha comes out but Naomi and Tamina want no part of her. Sasha stands with Becky and they talk trash to Naomi and Tamina, warning them about Fastlane. Sasha’s music hits and we go to the announcers.
– We get a look at what The Wyatt Family did to Ryback last week.
– Back from the break and Cole announces The Dudleyz vs. Reigns and Ambrose for SmackDown.
Braun Strowman vs. Big Show
We go to the ring and out first comes The Wyatt Family. Luke Harper cuts a promo first and says everyone has the choice to either wake from their slumber or beg for mercy. Erick Rowan says without them, there is no hope. Bray Wyatt says his family speaks the truth. He cuts a promo on freedom from a dying world. He calls our world a slave. Wyatt goes on and wants everyone to bow to him. He talks about how he’s made choices for Kane and Ryback, and how Braun Strowman will make a choice for Big Show tonight. Braun takes the mic and says to wake up or run. Fans boo until Big Show’s music interrupts and out he comes to a pop.
The bell rings and they stare each other down from across the ring for a minute. They lock up and break. They go at it again and Strowman nail a knee to the gut. Strowman takes Show to the corner and works him over. Strowman yells to the crowd and runs into a big elbow. Show turns it around in the corner and unloads with body shots. Show with a big chop. Strowman comes back with a huge straight right hand to the face. Strowman with more shots. Strowman knocks Show off his feet and yells out. Strowman keeps control and keeps Show down
Strowman covers but Show kicks out at 1. Show counters a suplex with one of his own. Erick Rowan runs in for the disqualification.
Winner by disqualification: Big Show
– Harper and Wyatt also join in. Show tries to fight The Wyatt Family off. Ryback runs down and meets Harper on the floor. He runs over Harper and then Rowan. Ryback comes in and goes at it with Strowman but Wyatt joins in and they beat him down also. The Wyatts stand over Show and Ryback until the ring posts light up. Kane comes from a hole in the middle of the ring. Kane, Show and Ryback clear the ring after giving Harper a double chokeslam. The babyfaces stand tall as Kane makes the ring explode again. We see Steve Austin backstage warming up as RAW goes off the air. Stay tuned for podcast coverage…