Location: Kansas City, MO
Date: March 19, 2015
Commentators: Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Jerry Lawler
We start off with a look at highlights from the Brock Lesnar video that aired on Raw.
We are in Kansas City, Missouri and your announcers are Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Jerry Lawler.
Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring because he can and he will address the comments of his opponent at Wrestlemania from Raw.
Roman tells the people of Kansas City it is good to see them too. Roman says Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman think they can intimidate him . . .
Mark Henry interrupts because it is his Smackdown tradition. Mark says he came out here last week to find out just what you had in the ring. Mark says that he showed him something. Mark says if you didn’t see what happened to him last week, at least once, then he wants everyone to see what happened.
Mark says that he normally doesn’t say stuff like this, but he got what he deserved. Mark tells Roman, and the entire WWE Universe, he wanted to make it official. At Wrestlemania, not only does he expect Roman to win, but he is putting all his money on Roman Reigns to beat Brock Lesnar because he can . . . and he will.
Seth Rollins’ music plays and he comes out to the stage with Joey Mercury, Kane, and Jamie Noble.
Kane mocks Roman’s catchphrase. He wants to know when the World’s Strongest Man became the World’s Biggest Self Help Guru. You cannot believe for a single second that Roman Reigns is going to beat Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania.
Seth tells Kane that anything can happen at Wrestlemania . . . as Seth holds up the briefcase and he starts to laugh. Seth says the real reason they came out is because since everyone is talking about Wrestlemania and his acceptance of a match against Randy Orton. Seth tells everyone, if you are expecting Randy Orton, you will be disappointed because he is not here. The greatest security team has blocked every entrance so Randy will not set foot in this arena tonight.
Seth says you can boo all you want. This is not for his protection, this is for Randy’s good. When he finally gets face to face with Randy Orton, the humiliation and suffering that he is going to dish out will be saved for Wrestlemania.
Thankfully for Roman and Mark, he is in the mood for a Wrestlemania tune up.
Kane says that Seth Rollins and him will face Mark Henry and Roman Reigns.
Nikki and Brie Bella walk in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and we are told that Tatsumi Fujinami will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next Saturday.
AJ Lee and Nikki Bella join the commentary for this match.
Match Number One: Brie Bella versus Paige
Paige with a shoulder tackle and both women go through the ropes to the floor. Paige runs Brie into the announce table and she punches Brie. Brie slaps Paige and sends her into the apron. Brie rolls Paige back in and she goes to the turnbuckles for a missile drop kick and she gets a near fall.
Brie with a reverse chin lock and she sends Paige into the turnbuckles. Brie with a running bulldog for a near fall. Brie returns to the reverse chin lock. Paige with elbows and a kick. Both women try for a clothesline at the same time and both go down. Paige has a super kick blocked and Brie sends Paige into the mat. Brie with a running knee and Brie with a lazy cover and that allows Paige to get the three count with a rollup.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Raw Rebound of Seth Rollins’ plan to screw over Randy Orton, only to have Sting show his Vigilante self to help Orton.
We see Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble outside with security to make sure the perimeter is clear. They want to be told as soon as they see Orton if he shows up.
Stardust appears in the Goldman Box and he says that there are so many superstars but none of them matter. He has spent eons traveling the galaxy looking for the Ivory Enterprise. You found it, hurry up. The Intercontinental Championship is his.
Match Number Two: Intercontinental Title Contender Gauntlet Match
Segment Number One: Dean Ambrose versus Stardust
They lock up and Ambrose with a hammer lock. Stardust with an elbow but Ambrose with a back elbow and he sends Stardust into the turnbuckles and kicks him. Ambrose with a punch and chops. Stardust goes to the floor and Ambrose follows. Stardust gets back in the ring and he kicks Ambrose and Dean rebounds off the ropes and goes for a clothesline but Stardust ducks it and he hits Beautiful Disaster for a near fall.
Stardust with another near fall and then he kicks Ambrose and punches him. Stardust with more kicks. Stardust with a gourdbuster as the crowd chants ‘Cody’. We see Barrett watching in the back while Stardust punches Ambrose.
Stardust goes for a sunset flip but Ambrose drops down and gets the three count.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
After the segment ends, Stardust attacks Ambrose and sends him into the ring post shoulder first two times. R Truth comes to the ring since he is the next person to be in the match, Truth punches Stardust and he hits a leg lariat.
Segment Number Two: Dean Ambrose versus R Truth
Truth wants the referee to start things. Truth knocks Stardust off the apron and Dean with a kick and double underhook DDT for the three count.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
As Luke Harper makes his way to the ring, we go to the Goldman Box and he says you never know true freedom until you have lost everything. He knows because they took it from him. He will use you to set them all free. At Wrestlemania, he will piece himself back together. Harper pushes the ladder over.
Segment Number Three: Dean Ambrose versus Luke Harper
Ambrose with a cross body and he punches Harper. Harper with an arm wringer followed by a divorce court as he works on the injured arm. Barrett watches again and Harper with a reverse chin lock and he has Ambrose’s arm trapped.
Harper with a knee and he lawn darts Ambrose into the turnbuckles. Harper with a Regal Crossface on Ambrose and Ambrose is able to get to the ropes to force Harper to release the hold. Ambrose drops down and he pulls the ropes so Harper goes over the top rope to the floor. Ambrose with a running elbow off the apron.
Dean sends Harper into the ring and Dean with an elbow. Dean goes for a Tornado DDT but Harper pushes Ambrose away. Harper misses the discus clothesline but Ambrose with a rollup for a near fall. Harper with a Bossman Slam for a near fall. Harper returns to the Regal Crossface. Ambrose fights through the pain and he refuses to tap out. Ambrose bites the hand and he gets to his feet. Ambrose with punches followed by Sting like punches and chops. Harper with a boot and Ambrose with a knee and a drop kick to Harper against the ropes. Ambrose with a La Magistral for a near fall.
Ambrose goes up top and he leaps over Harper. Harper with a super kick but Ambrose bounces off the ropes with a clothesline. Ambrose tries for the double underhook DDT but Harper with a clothesline and a sit out power bomb for the three count.
Winner: Luke Harper
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see the further adventures of Joey and Jamie. Jamie tells the security that no one gets through the door without their credentials. Someone tries to enter and they check his credentials and he is let through. Jamie tells them to keep their eyes open. Even if they look like kin or friends of Randy Orton, you contact him.
Segment Number Four: Luke Harper versus Daniel Bryan
This part of the match is joined in progress and Bryan wrings Harper’s leg into the ring post a few times. Bryan kicks Harper in the leg and Harper goes down. Bryan with a surfboard to Harper while Barrett watches from the back. Bryan with a chin lock but Harper with elbows to escape. Harper has trouble getting back to his feet.
Bryan kicks Harper in the chest but Harper picks up Bryan and slams him over the top rope to the floor. Harper falls to the mat again. Harper struggles to stay on his feet while Bryan rolls back in. Harper with a series of elbow drops for a near fall. Harper with a slam but he still has to try to use the ropes to stay on his feet.
Harper with a Gator Roll into a side head lock. Bryan with an atomic drop to the knee but Harper with a European uppercut to Bryan. Harper with a slam to Bryan. Harper with another slam. Bryan with a back slide for a near fall. Harper with a boot to Bryan’s head and he gets a near fall. Harper with a reverse chin lock.
Harper with knees to Bryan and he tries for a slam but Bryan lands on his feet. Bryan with kicks but Harper with a double thrust to the throat. Bryan is sent to the floor but Bryan skins the cat and he sends Harper to the floor with a head scissors. Bryan with a suicide dive and then he kicks Harper against the ringside barrier.
They return to the ring and Bryan with more kicks. Harper ducks a round kick and Harper with a half nelson German suplex and Bryan lands awkwardly on his head and Harper gets a near fall. Bryan with a kick to block a discus clothesline but Harper with the other arm to connect with a clothesline for a near fall. Harper sets for a power bomb but Bryan counters and rolls through into a heel hook and Harper taps out.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Dolph Ziggler is in the Goldman Box and he says the ladder match has all types. Whether it is a dirty lunatic, a rapper that refuses to get high, going to a costume party on Mars, a homeless zombie, a Brit with no stones, or a turd. Dolph says he is the superstar who brings the Intercontinental Title back to the top.
Segment Number Five: Daniel Bryan versus Dolph Ziggler
They lock up and Bryan with a side head lock take down. Ziggler with a head scissors and Bryan escapes. Ziggler with a side head lock take down and Bryan with a side head lock and Ziggler escapes. They lock up while Barrett watches again from the back. Bryan with a back heel kick in the corner followed by kicks to the chest. Bryan with a European uppercut but Ziggler sends Bryan into the corner and he punches Bryan.
Bryan goes for the leg but Ziggler with a front face lock and he gets a near fall. Ziggler with a kick out of the test of strength. Ziggler with more kicks followed by a neck breaker. Ziggler misses the Vigilante Stinger Splash and Bryan with a running drop kick into the corner. Bryan with a super rana but Ziggler holds on and he gets a near fall with a sunset flip.
Bryan with European uppercuts while Ziggler fires back with punches. Ziggler with kicks. Ziggler with a head butt in the corner followed by an Irish whip but Bryan flips over and both men go for cross bodies and they both hit the mat hard after impact. The referee checks on both men as we go to commercial.
We are back and Bryan works on the arm. Bryan tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Ziggler lands on his feet and he kicks Bryan and then this a drop kick. Bryan counters a Fameasser attempt and he hits a power bomb and gets a near fall with a jackknife cover. Bryan goes up top but Ziggler crotches him.
Ziggler climbs the turnbuckles but Bryan gets to the mat and he drops Ziggler on the turnbuckles. Bryan sets for a belly-to-back superplex but Ziggler is able to counter into a lateral press as they hit the mat and Ziggler gets a near fall. Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag but Bryan holds on to the ropes. Bryan with a round kick to the head and he gets a near fall.
Bryan waits for Ziggler to get to his feet and he tries for the flying knee but Ziggler with a super kick for a near fall. Ziggler with a front face lock as he tries to get Bryan up. Bryan tries for the Yes Lock but he cannot fully apply it. Ziggler with a jackknife cover but Bryan with a bridge and both men try for a back slide. Bryan with a back slide for a near fall. Bryan misses a round kick and Ziggler with the Zig Zag for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match, Ziggler and Bryan shake hands.
Wade Barrett comes out and he congratulates them on an incredible match. They stole the show, just like they have tried to steal his title over the last few weeks. He has some bad news. Stealing the show is code. It is code for . . .
Barrett hits Ziggler with the mic. Bryan kicks Barrett in the corner. Bryan runs into a mic shot from Barrett. Barrett sets for the Bullhammer and he connects with one to Ziggler and then one to Bryan.
We go to footage from Raw of Bray Wyatt’s response to Undertaker’s actions the previous week.
We go to commercial.
We are back and the Divas give their predictions for the match featuring the Bellas against Paige and AJ Lee.
Rosa says that the Bellas are going to dance all over Paige and AJ. Emma says that you have two sisters against two frenemies. She says AJ and Paige will win. Cameron says she doesn’t like sticking her nose in these catfights, but AJ will regret coming back to WWE and that means more time for her.
Summer tells Cameron she could not be more wrong. AJ and Paige decided to team up to face the Bellas. Alicia says they have created a lot of drama in the locker room. Paige is responsible for it and she hopes the Bellas win. Naomi says she hopes the Bellas win so she can take down their empire and become the most dominant Diva in the WWE.
In case you missed the contract signing on Raw, we get to see it again.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus is coming . . . don’t know when, but he is returning.
Jamie Noble tells more security to keep an eye out. If they see anything questionable, they need to tell him and Joey.
Match Number Three: El Torito, Fernando, and Diego versus WWE tag team champion Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, and Natalya
Fernando and Cesaro start things off and Cesaro with a side head lock and shoulder tackle for a near fall. Cesaro with a side head lock. Fernando with a rana. Natalya tags in and she will face Torito. Torito dances and Kidd tags himself in. Torito kicks Kidd and he tags in Diego. Diego with a drop toe hold to Kidd and he hits a splash while tagging in Fernando and Fernando with a slingshot senton for a near fall. Kidd sends Fernando into the ropes and chokes him.
Kidd kicks Fernando and he tags Cesaro back into the match. Cesaro with a European uppercut and he sends Fernando to the floor. Kidd tags in and he tries for the running kick but Fernando blocks it and he sends Kidd face first into the mat. Diego tags in and he this a springboard chop and he knocks Cesaro to the floor. Diego with a running head butt to Kidd and then Torito tags in.
Torito with a springboard leg drop for a near fall. Diego tags in and he hits a senton for a near fall. Fernando takes care of Cesaro and Torito tags in. Torito with a head scissors that sends Kidd into Cesaro and Kidd falls in his corner. Natalya tags in. Fernando and Diego with drop kicks and suicide dives to take care of Kidd and Cesaro.
Meanwhile, back in the ring, Natalya with a torture rack but Torito with a satellite arm drag. Torito goes up top for a rana but Natalya with a sit out power bomb for the three count.
Winners: Natalya, Tyson Kidd, and Cesaro
We are back and Mark Henry’s music plays but he does not come to the ring. We see a referee running in the back while a referee, Zack Ryder, Titus O’Neil, and Darren Young see Mark down in the hallway.
Match Number Four: Seth Rollins and Kane (with Joey Mercury, Jamie Noble, and a wall of local security to block the entrance ramp) versus Roman Reigns and Mark Henry (in absentia)
Kane starts things off and Rollins tries to get into the ring and Reigns stops him and he punches Kane. Mercury grabs Reigns’ foot as he comes off the ropes and Kane punches Reigns. Rollins tags in and he punches Reigns and hits a neck breaker and gets a near fall. Rollins with forearms across the side of the head and the referee warns him.
Kane tags back in and Rollins with an Irish whip. Rollins with a forearm in the corner and Kane with a side slam for a near fall. Kane sends Reigns into the turnbuckles and he punches Reigns. Kane with an Irish whip but he runs into boots. Kane with a DDT and he gets a near fall. Kane chokes Reigns and Rollins tags in and he connects with forearms across the chest. Rollins with a running boot to the head.
Rollins with a forearm to the back of the head. Reigns with punches to Rollins but Rollins with a flatliner into the turnbuckles. Kane tags in and he hits an elbow drop or two. Rollins tags back in. Kane with an Irish wip and Rollins is sent to the apron by Reigns. Reigns with a flying clothesline to Kane and then he avoids Rollins on a springboard move. Reigns with the Neverending Story. Reigns misses a flying clothesline while Rollins misses a kick. Reigns with a tilt-a-whirl slam.
Reigns sets for the Superman punch but Mercury gets on the apron and he is hit with the Superman punch for his troubles. Rollins tries for a neck breaker but Reigns with a forearm to the back of the head. Reigns knocks Noble off the apron. Rollins drops Reigns on the top rope. Kane tags in but Rollins comes off the turnbuckles into a Superman punch. Kane tries for a choke slam but Reigns escapes and he hits a spear for the three count.
Winner: Roman Reigns
After the match, Reigns celebrates in the ring, but when he leaves, he pushes security out of the way and goes to the back.
Security continues to look at the entrance ramp while Rollins is frustrated with what happened tonight.
Randy Orton’s music plays and security is ready for the attack, but Randy comes through the crowd, in his ring gear, and he goes after Rollins. Orton hits an RKO on a member of security. He sends another one through the ring and he clotheslines another. Orton with a double IEDDT to members of security. Orton with a power slam to Rollins and then Orton looks around before twisting to the mat. Noble grabs Orton and Noble gets an RKO. Rollins escapes the RKO but Orton grabs the leg. Mercury comes off the turnbuckles and is met with an RKO.