Location: Detroit, MI at the Joe Louis Arena
Date: February 22nd, 2016
Airing Live On The USA Network
Welcome to the WWE RAW Pre-Show, and we are live on the WWE Network. Scott Stanford, Booker T, Corey Graves, and David Otunga talk about The Godfather going into the WWE Hall of Fame. A recap video package of Roman Reigns winning the main event of Fastlane is shown. They hype what we will see tonight, which is Big Show, Kane, and Ryback taking on The Wyatt Family in a six-man tag team match for RAW. Edge and Christian appeared on the show to plug their WWE Network show.
Welcome to WWE Monday Night RAW. A recap video package of Roman Reigns winning the main event of Fastlane is shown. Vince McMahon walks down to the ring and says tonight is one that fans will never forget. McMahon will present the Vincent J. McMahon Award tonight and then begins talking about how his family has been promoting Sports Entertainment. He said that his award represented legacy. Vince explained that his dad was a very good person and had a great mind for the business. Vince said that the award goes to Stephanie McMahon. She then walked down to the ring. Stephanie begins to cry as the fans boo her heavily. Shane McMahon then walks down to the ring.
The fans went crazy, and Shane got a little emotional. Vince went in for a huge, but Shane stopped him. Vince wanted a handshake, and Shane turned him down. Shane said that this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Shane said that the award should be given to someone who deserves it, and it’s not Stephanie. Stephanie said that this is not the time to do this, and she deserves the award. Shane said that she hadn’t earned it. Stephanie said that he has no right to say that because he has been gone for six years. Shane asked Vince if she knows yet. She didn’t and he said that Triple H and Stephanie have been driving this company into the ground. Shane brought up the fact that stock and TV ratings are down. Stephanie called Shane a quitter and told him to get out of her ring. Shane pointed out that its Vince’s ring. Shane announces that he and Vince made a deal. Shane said that deal allowed him to keep his place in line in WWE business. Shane said that he allowed Stephanie rise the ranks in WWE. She asks Vince if this is true. He didn’t answer her. Stephanie said that she’ll get a ticket for Shane for Mania if he shows up. Shane said that it was all true. Shane said that it was best for business. Shane said that he wanted control of RAW. Vince asks him if he wants control of the company and he said yes. Vince says if Shane wins a match, he gets control. If Shane loses, Vince doesn’t have to deal with Shane anymore. Vince books the match for WrestleMania and Shane’s opponent will be The Undertaker. That match would be in Hell in a Cell.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: Neville and The Lucha Dragons vs. New Day
Kalisto hit Woods with a series of kicks and we cut to break.
We’re back with Woods in control of Neville. Big E was tagged in and hit a belly-to-belly suplex to Neville. We cut to another commercial.
We come back with Cara getting the hot tag. Kofi grabbed the mask of Cara and pinned him for the win.
Winners: New Day.
Editor’s note: I’m having major cable and internet issues and did not see the majority of the match.
Roman Reigns cuts a backstage promo and said that he likes his odds against Triple H at WrestleMania 32.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman walk down to the ring. Heyman said that Lesnar’s segment always is the main event of the evening. Heyman brought up that Lesnar had Reigns beat last night at Fastlane. Heyman said that Ambrose then turned the match into a street fight and took Lesnar out of the main event of WrestleMania. Heyman said that this pissed off Lesnar. A clip of Lesnar attacking Ambrose is shown and Heyman throws his microphone down. Heyman said that Lesnar needs a new WrestleMania opponent. Heyman warns anyone in the WWE locker room who wants to fight Lesnar and tells them to visit Ambrose in the hospital. Heyman said that Lesnar will tear through anyone through the locker room. An ambulance rolls into the arena and Ambrose is driving. Ambrose walks down to the ring with a neck brace. Ambrose collapses at ringside and Lesnar stares him down then walks over him to go to the back. Ambrose then grabbed a mic and said that he is indestructible. He demanded a match with Lesnar in a street fight. Lesnar walked down to the ring and hit an F-5 to Ambrose on the floor. Heyman said that Ambrose’s challenge has been accepted.
The Dudley Boyz cut a promo on the stage. Devon said that The Usos should learn how to respect them.
Tag Team Match: The Usos vs. The Ascension
Jimmy was attacked from behind by Viktor. Jimmy fought back and tagged in Jey, who hit a series of kicks to Konnor. Jey and Jimmy then hit a superkick to Konnor and Viktor. Jey then hit a splash for the win.
Winners: The Usos.
Chris Jericho walks down to the ring and cuts a promo about not liking AJ Styles. Jericho said that after having three matches with Styles, he has some things to say to him and asks him to walk down to the ring. Styles does. Jericho congratulated him for earning his respect and proved that he belongs to be in WWE. Jericho said that Styles proved that he is indeed phenomenal. Social Outcasts then walk out. They demanded that Jericho and Styles to get out of their ring. Jericho told them to shut up. Jericho said that he and Styles were not planning on being a team, but now they’re an official team.
Tag Team Match: Chris Jericho and AJ Styles vs. The Social Outcasts
The match starts during the commercial break, and we cut back with Styles hitting a drop kick to Slater. However, Styles it cut off and Slater tags in Axel, who landed a series of right hands. Moments later, Jericho gets the hot tag and landed a series of chops to Axel. Jericho then hit a double axe off the top rope to Axel then drop kick Slater off the apron. Jericho hit a bulldog to Axel but missed the lionsault. Jericho knocked Axel down and locked in the Walls of Jericho while Styles takes out Slater with a springboard outside dive.
Winners: Jericho and Styles.
Triple H told Stephanie that tonight might not have started the way she wanted, but it would end the way she wanted. Stephanie then said that she would tell Reigns. She did not mention what she was going to tell him.
Stephanie catches up to Reigns backstage. She books him in a match against Sheamus tonight.
Goldust gives R-Truth a cake to make up for him costing Truth his match at Fastlane. Truth turned him down and then smashed the cake into Goldust’s face.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: Big Show, Kane, and Ryback vs. The Wyatt Family’s (Luke Harper, Bray Wyatt, and Erick Rowan).
Bray and Kane start things off. Bray gets the upper hand and then tagged in Harper, who walked into a right hand by Kane. Ryback was tagged in and hit a clothesline. Kane was tagged in and walked into a drop kick. Ryback was tagged back and hit a crossbody to Rowan. Ryback connected with a series of knee strikes to Rowan.
The Wyatt Family is control of Ryback when the match comes back from break. Moments later, Ryback hit Rowan with a drop kick. Big Show was tagged in and hit a spear to Bray. Things broke down in the ring as Show chokeslams Rowan then bounced off the ropes, but Braun Strowman pulled down the ropes and Show went crashing to the floor. Harper was tagged in and put the boots to Show. Show fought back with a series of strikes. Show went for a chokeslam, but Harper reversed it and locked in a sleeper. Show battled through it and hit a back suplex. Kane, who was then tagged in, connected with a DDT to Harper. Ryback walked to the back. Kane hit a chokeslam to Harper. Bray tagged himself in and hit Sister Abigail to Kane for the win.
Winners: The Wyatts.
Ryback cuts a backstage promo. Ryback says he’s done being in tag teams. He deserves the spotlight. He wants to break the glass ceiling and grab the brass ring.
Singles Match: Sasha Banks vs. Naomi.
Naomi got the upper hand early and beat her down. Tamina tripped Banks, which led to Becky Lynch running down and taking out Tamina. This distracted Naomi and Banks hit the Bank Statement for the win.
Charlotte walks down the ring and mocks Brie Bella for her effort at Fastlane. Charlotte turns her attention to Banks and Lynch. She that she could face Banks or Lynch at WrestleMania. She said that she would let them decide who wrestles her for the Divas Title.
Stephanie told Vince backstage that she refuses to work for Shane if he wins at WrestleMania. Vince said that they had another main event for WrestleMania and made a calculated risk.
A video package for The Godfather being inducted into the Hall of Fame is shown.
Singles Match: Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns.
They exchange strikes to begin the match. Reigns for a slam, but it was blocked. Reigns clotheslines Sheamus out of the ring and Reigns follows him out there. Sheamus rolled back in the ring while Rusev, who was at ringside, kicked Reigns in the head.
The referee sent League of Nations to the back. Reigns and Sheamus are battling when Triple H walks out in a leather jacket and jeans. He walks down to the ring and attacks Reigns. A brawl breaks out at ringside. Reigns sent Triple H into a barricade. Reigns then connected with a Superman Punch. Triple H hit Reigns with the ring bell. Triple H sent Reigns’ face into the announce table repeatedly, and Reigns’ nose was busted open. Several referees ran down and pulled Triple H off of him. Triple H then hit a pedigree to Reigns into the steel steps. Triple H mocked Reigns then did the DX chop. RAW goes off the air with Triple H standing over Reigns.