Location: Nashville, TN at the Bridgestone Arena
Date: February 29th, 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 hype what we will see tonight, which is Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch as well as the fallout from Triple H attacking Roman Reigns. WWE announced that AJ Styles and Chris Jericho will take on The New Day in a tag team match on RAW.
Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw, there is a recap video of last week’s episode of RAW is shown.
Triple H walked down to the ring to open the show. He cuts a promo about having power as The Authority of the WWE and how all people have a boss to answer too. Triple H explained that Roman Reigns tried to challenge the authority and disrespect him, and he got his punishment last week on RAW. Dean Ambrose walks down to the ring. Ambrose said that he just got off the phone with Reigns, and he wanted Ambrose to tell HHH that he’s coming for him. HHH mocked him for being in a bromance with Reigns. He said that he wanted to talk with HHH last week, but he was attacked by a bear (Brock Lesnar). Ambrose asked HHH who he did not want to win at Fastlane in the triple threat match. HHH shot it down by saying it was irrelevant. HHH said that Lesnar and Reigns were the only ones who had a shot at winning and that Ambrose was not a factor in it. Ambrose said that he was the last guy Triple H wanted to wrestle. HHH pointed out that Ambrose is crazy. Ambrose said that HHH was smart enough to know that he can’t beat him. HHH said that he could. Ambrose challenges HHH to a match for the WWE Title. HHH says that Ambrose is crazy and that him just challenging for a match doesn’t work that way. HHH said that he would think about it, and he would give Ambrose an answer by the end of the night. HHH booked Ambrose in a match against Alberto Del Rio tonight.
#1 contender’s match for the Divas Title: Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch with Charlotte on commentary.
They exchange quick pin attempts to start the match. Lynch tossed Banks to the floor and hit her with a double axe. Banks kneed her in the face then sent her shoulder first into the ring post.
We’re back with Lynch hitting a series of clotheslines. Banks cut her off with a knee strike. Lynch caught her with a side kick and a scoop slam for 2. Banks blocked a roll up and hit a running knee strike for 2. They exchange forearm shots and Banks rolled her up for 2. Banks caught her with a forearm shot until Lynch kicked her in the face. Lynch went to the top rope and hit a drop kick for 2. Lynch with a back elbow. Banks reversed a corner move and hit a sunset flip into pin attempt, but both girls shoulders were down and we have a double pin.
This match is ruled a draw.
Bray Wyatt cuts a backstage promo about joining him or you will fall like the rest of them.
Singles Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz
They exchange pin attempts to start the match. Ziggler hit a drop kick and then a neck breaker. Ziggler went for a superkick, but it was blocked. Ziggler hit another dropkick then a splash in the corner. Miz rolled up Ziggler for the win.
A recap video package of Shane McMahon returning to RAW is shown.
Stephanie McMahon walks down to the ring. She said that Shane McMahon is not here tonight. She reads her acceptance speech for the Vincent J. McMahon Award. The fans boo and she stopped reading her speech. She said that she works all the time, and this is the respect that fans show here? She pushed over the table and held the award. She wonders where Shane has been for the last few years. She said that Shane has not been at a WrestleMania or an RAW in years. She said that he didn’t care about his family at all. Stephanie explained that she loves him but doesn’t respect him because he always stabs her in the back and that she is powerful in this business. She said that the thought of having to work for him made her want to vomit. She believes Undertaker will pick apart Shane at Mania. She said that all of the fans would have to bow down to the queen at The Authority.
Tag Team Match: Lucha Dragons vs. Sheamus and Rusev.
Sheamus and Cara start off the match. Cara hit a sunset flip into a pin attempt for 2. Sheamus cut him off with a backbreaker. Rusev was tagged in and hit a power slam. Rusev and Sheamus beat him down until he got the hot tag to Kalisto. Kalisto hit a springboard kicks and then a crossbody. Kalisto hit a faceplant for 2 as Sheamus broke up the pin attempt. Cara took him out, but Sheamus fought back and hit a big boot. Kalisto took out Sheamus with a dive. Back in the ring, Rusev hit Kalisto with a big boot for the win.
Winners: Rusev and Sheamus.
Post-match, Del Rio hit his finisher in the corner on Kalisto.
Natalya does a backstage interview about working out and eating Subway.
Singles Match: Ryback vs. Adam Rose.
Ryback beats down Rose in the early going. Rose fought back with a series of rights and some kicks. Rose hit a kick for 2. Ryback cut him off with a powerslam then landed a series of strikes then the Shell Shock for the win.
A recap video package of Brock Lesnar destroying Dean Ambrose last week is shown.
The New Day cuts a promo about being the greatest group in history.
Tag Team Match: AJ Styles and Chris Jericho vs. New Day
Jericho and Kingston start things off. Jericho landed some chops before tagging in Styles. They hit a double team elbow. They then sent Big E to the floor.
We’re back with The New Day in control of Styles. Moments later, Styles caught Big E with a kick and tagged in Jericho. He hit a kick to Kingston then a bulldog. Jericho kicked woods off the apron and Kofi rolled up Jericho for 2. Kofi with a series of kicks, but missed a dropkick and Jericho hit the Lionsault for the near fall as Big E broke it up. Styles took out Big E with a springboard clotheslines. Jericho locked in the Walls of Jericho for the win on Kofi.
Winners: Jericho and Styles.
Post-match, Styles said that he and Jericho are the number one contenders for the tag team titles. Jericho challenged New Day to a tag team title match next week on RAW.
Vince McMahon walks down to the ring and said that hell will have to freeze over for Shane McMahon to beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. He said that only fools believe in miracles. This leads to Taker walking down to the ring. Vince said that Taker is his force of destruction and does what he wants. Taker asks him what he thinks is going to happen to Shane and Mania. He said that the blood of his son will be on his hands and not his. Taker then leaves the ring. Vince chugs a bottle of water as Taker walks to the back. Vince said that the reality of the situation is that he will be standing in this ring after Mania and realize that Shane failed him as a son and will write Shane out of his will and give it all to Stephanie. He said that Shane will only be a son of a bitch to him.
Singles Match: Bubba Ray vs. Jey Uso
Bubba sent Jey into the corner and started to connect with some chops. Devon hit Jimmy with a table at ringside. Jey hit Devon with a superkick. Bubba hit Jey with a big boot then hit the Bubba Bomb for the win.
R-Truth tells Goldust not to say anything. He said that he doesn’t need a tag team partner.
Singles Match: Kevin Owens vs. The Big Show.
Show landed a series of rights to Owens in the corner. He missed a splash and then hit a shoulder tackle. Owens retreated to the floor, Show followed. Owens sent Show into the ring post and then a super kick. Back in the ring, Show sent Owens groin first into the top rope and Show got the count out win.
Brie Bella cuts a promo about how Daniel Bryan is doing, but Lana interrupted. Lana said that Brie is tiny just like her husband. She said that the fans love her because she is doomed to fail. Brie told Lana to go back into her cave and to tell Rusev to shave his back.
Singles Match: Brie Bella vs. Naomi.
Naomi hit her with a series of knee strikes. Brie with an arm drag. Naomi cracked her with a head kick and then Tamina tripped her on the apron. Naomi drop kicked her to the floor. Brie fought out a submission, but Namoi sent her face first into the turnbuckle. Brie ducked a head kick and landed some of her own. Tamina distracted Brie and Naomi locked in a submission for the win.
Post-match, Lana came out and stood on the stage. She and Brie had a staredown.
Singles Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio attacked the left arm/shoulder of Ambrose in the early going. Del Rio went for his finisher, but Ambrose blocked it and threw him down. Del Rio hit a backstabber, and Ambrose rolled out of the ring. Del Rio hit his finisher while Ambrose was hung over the barricade. Ambrose crawled back into the ring. Ambrose connected with a clothesline. Ambrose hit him with a series of tackles and then a bull dog for 2. Ambrose hit a drop kick off the top rope for a near fall. Ambrose missed a spear and Del Rio kicked him in the head. Del Rio missed a move and went flying to the floor. Ambrose took out Del Rio and the LON out with a dive. Triple H came down to the ring. He signaled the LON to attack Ambrose, and they do.
Winner: Ambrose via DQ.
They attack continues as Triple H looks on. Triple H told LON to go to the back and told Ambrose that he will never beat him. Ambrose slaps him, and Triple H hit the pedigree. Triple H told Ambrose that he gets his title match, but did not say when it would be. Ambrose told HHH thanks. Triple H rolled up his sleeves and tossed Ambrose to the floor. He sent Ambrose flying over the announce table. Referees held him back as Ambrose lays on the announce table. This ends the show.
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