RAW Results March 23, 2015
From Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
Reported on by Kendra Bunyon For Wrestling News World
Raw in LA is sold out. Bill Simmons and Snoop Dogg are on Raw tonight. Raw starts off with Sting tonight!
Music & Pyro
In Ring Segment
The lights go out, CAW! Sting's stuff on the tron, huge entrance of music and flashing lights, then out comes Sting! Sting soaks it all in on the stage, nods at it all as he looks around at the fans. Lilian announces Sting to the ring, and out he comes, sans bat. It was 14 years ago today that WWE bought out WCW!
Sting into the ring, still soaking it all in. The fans are wild! "Sting!" chants.
Sting – So this is what it feels like to kick off Monday Night Raw! Woooo! I've been known as the WCW soldier. Over the past 14 years I've watched Triple H climb the ladder here by backstabbing, manipulation, undermining, whatever he had to do to get to the top. I guess he thinks he's unstoppable. Like there may not be any consequences. And yes, I may be the last soldier standing for some forgotten war, I'm not here to fight for WCW, that would be ridiculous at this point. I'm here for one specific reason. I'm here to take Trip down!
Steph's music, and she comes out in a black sleeveless dress that criss/crosses in the back, showing a little triangle of skin on her back before flaring to her knees. She's wearing light brown stacked heel sandals with the dress. Steph sneers walking by Sting. Then heat from the fans.
Steph – So this is what it feels like to be in the ring with The Stinger. The last holdout from WCW. Congratulations Sting, now you know how it feels to make it to the big time! Here you are, standing in the middle of a WWE, starting Raw with Stephanie McMahon. Soak it all in Sting, just breathe...
Sting – You're also that spoiled little brat who's had everything handed to her in this life, and somehow believes she earned it. But hey, it's nice to finally meet you Steph.
Steph – Thank you. I can understand why you may be lashing out at me, it's because you're intimidated. In WCW you were a great big fish in a teeny, tiny, little pond. But here in WWE, you're like a minnow swimming in the ocean. But let you remind you of who I am. I'm the daughter of the man who single handed eviscerated your career when WWE defeated WCW in the Monday Night War. I'll give the Devil his due Sting, I admire your loyalty. You never thought of leaving WCW. We never even got a phone call during that time. But, you know dogs are kind of loyal too. You can paint a dog up and make him do a lot of tricks, but at the end of the day, dogs are kind of stupid. I can compare you to a dog, Sting, but I don't want to insult dogs. Let me remind you of something. WCW lost. You lost. You lost your dignity, your integrity, your pride. And this Sunday at WrestleMania, these people will lose any ounce of respect they have for you, when my husband pins you in the middle of this ring. Face it Sting, you're nothing more than a face painted freak!
Sting nods, smiles at the fans, then yells, "Woooo!"
Steph – I've got to sa...
Steph swings to slap Sting, but he catches her arm as it flies at him. Sting continues to hold her arm in his hand. Steph is pissed, then smiles when Trip's music hits and he comes stomping out to the ring, tie off, unbuttoning his shirt as he glares down at Sting. Steph from the ring, leaving Sting in there, as she rubs her wrist, nowhere near where Sting held her. Trip around the ring to talk to Steph, then removes his jacket as he glares at Sting. Trip climbs the stairs slowly, Sting waits in the center of the ring. Steph drops down, grabs something, then stands with the sledge in her hand. Steph hands the bat to Trip. Sting pulls his bat out of a hidden pocket in his coat. Sting swinging the bat round and round, welcoming Trip into the ring, telling Trip to make a move. Trip backs off, steps down. Steph tells Trip to not give Sting what he wants. Trip leads Steph around the ring to the ramp as Sting keeps motioning Trip into the ring. Off comes the coat, he wants Trip. Sting calls for more from the fans, and Trip steps up, but then Steph stops Trip, telling him to save it for WrestleMania.
The fans are not happy that they didn't get a fight between Trip and Sting, but we will get it Sunday night after 14 years in the making!
Vote on the App for who you want Orton to face!
Big Show, Kane, or Rollins with J&J Security?
AJ and Paige discuss, off mic, who will face Nikki for the strap tonight.
In Ring Segment
Ambrose to the ring.
Harper & Stardust vs R-Truth & Ambrose
Barrett is on announce and all wrestlers in the ring.
"Cody!" chants. Stardust kicks R-Truth, but R-Truth comes back with dancing and takes Stardust down hard. Stardust from the ring at Barrett's strap. Barrett up telling Stardust to back off. Ambrose and Harper tag in. Side headlock takeover on Harper, and Ambrose keeps the hold on. Back and forth, then Harper slams Ambrose back to the mat. Off the ropes, back and forth, and Ambrose with a flying forearm at Harper taking him down. Harper comes back with a blow, then holds the ropes and Ambrose's drop kick lands himself on the mat. Running bulldog on Harper. Stardust in, as is R-Truth, and the heels end up on the outside.
During the break Ambrose took a big boot from Harper, but now Stardust is on Ambrose on the mat. Blows on Ambrose in a corner, then Stardust hits his Alabama slam that he learned from Hardcore Holly. Harper tags in and slingshots Ambrose up into the second ropes. Side slam on Ambrose, but only for two.
Ambrose sitting up top takes a blow from Harper, then Stardust tags in and climbs. Stardust sets Ambrose up through "Cody!" chants, but Stardust tossed off. Harper tags in and slams Ambrose off the top to the floor, then gets in Barrett's face. R-Truth down, but Ambrose hits a sick clothesline on Harper outside! Ambrose whipped, lifts an elbow and lands a tornado DDT on Harper. Stardust is running the apron, then both he and R-Truth tag in. R-Truth dances, then splashes Stardust in a corner. Stardust planted face first, but Harper breaks the hold.
Ambrose in, then flies out on Harper. R-Truth with a finishing spinning move on Stardust for three.
Winners – Ambrose & R-Truth (10:42)
Barrett flees to keep his strap in hand, then R-Truth and Ambrose start getting on each other, then Ambrose dances a bit! They hug and raise hands with smiles.
Renee welcomes from the Special Olympics, Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO, World Games, and a bunch of Special Olympics athletes to the stage. Renee talks up the World Games. (My DISH is being glitchy.) "Reach up and be the best you, you can be!"
Byron asks how Reigns feels going in against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.
Reigns – This is the biggest moment of my life.
Reigns – Sometimes you can build a mystique. He has a guy like Paul Heyman behind him. His bravado, everyone's bought into it. Has he backed it up? Damn right he has. But, can he be beaten? Oh yeah. You're looking at the man who will do it.
Reigns – You're going to see a level of intensity no one has ever seen before. The man that's been told he can't. He can win. I can! And I will! Believe that!
Back to talking up $9.99, and why pay $65? Cole talks about Bill Simmons and how Tweets with JBL have been back and forth all week. JBL calls Simmons childish, but JBL started it. Simmons will be out to announce soon.
In Ring Segment
Miz and Mizdow to the ring. Video of Miz interviewing Kevin Hart and Will Farrell. Miz slams on stunt doubles, but Will and Kevin talk up stunt doubles, then they talk up Mizdow and his look, his integrity. Miz sends him off for a water. Will goes off with Mizdow to get the water.
10 Man Tag Team Match
Bill Simmons is on announce in a t-shirt, hoodie and jeans. JBL jokes about his Twitter account being hacked.
Miz removes his shades, but Mizdow isn't allowed to show off. Side headlock on O'Neil. "We want Mizdow!" chants as Miz is caught and slammed around. Young tags in, O'Neil lifts him and slams him on Miz. Jaw breaker on Young, points at Mizdow, then tags in Rose. Rose on Young, shoulder block, but then eats a sick right from Young! Inverted atomic drop on Rose for two.
Rowan tags in, head butts on Rose, then on him in a corner. Fallaway slam on Rose. Ryder tags in and is whipped on Rose in the corner. Ryder with his foot on Rose, but Rose comes back and tags Konnor in. Konnor all over Ryder in heel corner. Viktor tags in and all over Ryder. Konnor back in to pin, Young breaks the count.
Rose tags in as Simmons asks about how it is to work a match like this one. JBL says it's short, and try not to pull a muscle. Mizdow tags in, hits Miz's double move, but then Miz demands Mizdow tag him in. Ryder takes Miz down hard and fast, both down. "Feed me more!" chants.
Ryback in, takes everyone off the apron, then Thesz Press on Miz. Miz slammed down over and over, then Rose in, lifted and slammed. Konnor and Viktor in, take double clothesline from Ryback. Miz stomps away at Ryback, shows off, then eats a clothesline! Shellshocked for three.
Winners – PTP, Ryder, Rowan & Ryback (5:46)
They celebrate in the ring.
JBL gives Simmons props for being better than Adamle. Simmons says he will be back any time JBL wants to leave. They then go on about $9.99.
Recap of The Authority ready to take Orton out last week in the main event on Raw, but then Sting is there to stand side by side with Orton, take them all out.
All about giving back, not giving up. Getting back up. WWE, for the hero in all of us.
Orton vs Rollins & J&J Security
Orton to the ring with a bit of a smirk on his face. Orton poses on a corner for the fans who love and cheer him.
Booker T tells us that the time has come to see who Orton faces tonight.
Big Show – 11%
Kane – 12%
Rollins w/ J&J Security - 77%
Rollins to the ring with J&J Security in tow. They strip out of their jackets and ties on the stage, unbuttoning on their way to the ring, Rollins talking smack the whole way out.
Mercury in smiling. He and Orton lock up. Mercury slammed to the mat, and Orton calls for Rollins to get in. Rollins taunts Orton, but then Mercury won't tag Rollins in. Noble tags in, gets a kick to the gut, slammed back, then Orton stops Noble's left ankle, then right, then hand. Noble tossed out, and Orton grabs Rollins who stands outside. Mercury attacks Orton, and Rollins kicks Orton in the head over the ropes. Noble all over Orton in the ring, yelling smack Orton the whole time. Upper cut, then clothesline on Noble. Mercury in for a clothesline, and Rollins from the apron to avoid Orton. Noble tossed out, Mercury takes a sick powerslam. Orton sets up and hits a double DDT on both Mercury and Noble! Orton is setting, up, so Rollins in, but Orton avoids the curb stomp, and Rollins right out again. RKO on Noble for three.
Winner – Orton (3:18)
Rollins holds Mercury back from rushing the ring. Orton is in the ring pacing and seething, not wanting to wait for WrestleMania on Sunday.
Back to harping on the WWE Network and why pay $65 for WrestleMania? And you can cancel at any time!
A dot com interview between Cole and Cena this week. The whole thing can be seen on their site.
Cena – At WrestleMania they will see a man who fights for what he believes in. And the reason to respect a man is because I wear my heart on my sleeve. I say what I believe in, and I say what I'm ___ in. I believe in this country, and love this country. There's documented proof of my unwavering support of the men and women who fight for our freedoms. I'm going to WrestleMania to bring the US Championship back to the USA, so they can have a rep they can be proud of. I wanna be that Champion, that ambassador, to go to places like the UK, Japan, even Russia to prove that America is in the elite, because we bust our ass to be the elite. Not that any of it is hard, but we will not waiver. I want to be that ambassador, and pass on this good message on behalf of the United States of America. To me WrestleMania isn't about me, it's about shutting up Rusev and bringing that Championship back where it belongs.
Paige doing her makeup and AJ comes up to join her.
AJ – So, I know I said I'd let it go, but Nikki is just going to give us a Championship Match because she's so generous? And she's just going to let us choose? It seems like they're trying to divide us six days before WrestleMania. I wish you could see that.
Paige – I completely understand AJ, but I've had to deal with these insufferable slags for the past couple months, and you haven't. So, if Nikki Bella is going to offer a Championship Match, I'm gonna take it. Unless you want it. I'll give it to you, if that's what you want.
AJ – No, it's not what I want. I just don't want us to fall into a trap
Paige – Right, but if you're going to turn down a Championship Match, that makes you crazy.
AJ – What did you just say?
Paige – Never mind! Never mind! We're all friends here. But the only thing that's going to work tonight is Nikki Bella's time, okay pumpkin?
Paige hugs AJ and leaves a slightly annoyed AJ behind.
Divas Championship Match – Nikki (c) w/ Brie vs Paige w/ AJ
Paige and AJ to the ring together. The Bellas to the ring, both in red this week. AJ and Paige are sitting on the middle rope, waiting for the twins to the ring.
They lock up, muscle around to the ropes, and Nikki not with a clean break. Paige tackles Nikki, on her with blows. Head butt on Nikki, then Paige to the apron with knees to Nikki's face, then a scream. Nikki falls to the floor as Brie talks her up. Nikki back in at six. Another head butt to Nikki. Nikki trips Paige to the mat, then a solid clothesline when she gets up. Pushups from nit to show off, but then Paige trips Nikki to the mat for two.
Nikki rolls out of the ring. Paige off the apron with a big clothesline! Paige rolls Nikki in, but in the ring takes a knee to the gut, then Nikki slams Paige's face off her knee. Paige flies back to the mat.
Nikki on Paige. Paige free, but ends up eating a spinebuster off the ropes for two.
Double clothesline and both are on the mat with Brie screaming at Nikki to get up. Both up at six. Paige with three short clotheslines, then a drop kick for two.
Paige rushes Nikki, eats an elbow, then Nikki off the corner with a kick for two.
Paige ducks a clothesline, then kicks Nikki in the chest for two.
Paige sets up, but Nikki counters, rolls up Paige for two.
Nikki gets Paige up, lands an Alabama slam for two, and the fans are really into this match!
Nikki lifts Paige, she muscles free, hits the Rampaige for a long two.
Paige is in shock, AJ telling Paige to get on Nikki. Nikki kicks at Paige, they both roll out. AJ on Brie quickly so she cannot get involved. AJ goes after Brie, and Paige comes up behind her. AJ elbows back at the person touching her shoulder, but it was Paige, not Nikki! Clothesline to Paige from Nikki, then Nikki rolls Paige into the ring. Rack attack on Paige for three.
Winner – Nikki
Paige takes AJ down. Blows on AJ. AJ reverses. The ref pulls AJ off Paige. Paige leaves the match seething as the Bellas love it all. Video recap of the high points of the match.
Video of the Gauntlet Match on Smackdown last week, specifically the work between Bryan and Ziggler.
Vote on the WWE App as to who will be the Special Guest Ref for Bryan vs Ziggler tonight! Ambrose, R-Truth, Barrett, Stardust, Harper?
In Ring Segment
Snoop Dogg comes out with Fox, Cameron, Summer Rae and Rosa dancing with him.
Snoop Dogg – Snoopmania's in the house, right here on Raw from LA! Not only California the home of the dog pound, but this Sunday it's the home of WrestleMania. You know I've been to a couple of WrestleManias and this will be a stone cold...
He's cut off by clothesline.
Axel – Don't change the channel. Snoopmania? Huh? Naw, Snoopdizzle, it's Axelmania, and it's not a West Coast thing, it's not an East Coast thing, it's a worldwide thing! I'm not going to sit back and listen to you talk about Snoopmania, when Axelmania is running wild in LA!
Axel into the ring. "Axelmania!" chants. Snoop Dogg stares.
Axel – Bow, wow, wow, yippy-yo yippy-yay, Axelmania is here to stay.
Snoop Dogg – Huh. So you that clown that's been popping off on Twitter. Ah, huh. Been waiting for you to show up, and I'm gonna let you know, I'm ready. What you want to talk about? Axelmania? Snoopmania? WrestleMania? But see it's one thing you missed, and that's the most important mania of them all, and it's this one!
Out comes Hulk Hogan! The fans are loving it. Axel, not so much. Hogan to the ring as Snoop Dogg is posing ala Hogan in the ring. Hogan joins and they do the motions and poses together. Axel doesn't look at all impressed. "Hogan!" chants.
Hogan – Well let me tell you something, brother! Let met tell you something about the mania, Jack! When I pressed Andre The Giant over my head in front of 94,000 people, I knew Hulkamania would live forever! All these Hulkamaniacs. When I heard Snoop Dogg drop his first LP, I knew Snoopamania was going to be dropping it like it's hot forever! But as far as Axelmania? You know Big Snoop, you know better than anybody. What's this brother smokin' over here?
The fans love this coming from Hogan, but Axel isn't completely impressed. Axel turns to the camera and rips his shirt open the way Hogan always did. He gets huge heat for it.
Axel (off mic) – What ya gonna do?
Axel right up in Hogan's face, so Hogan pops him one and drops Axel to the mat. Snoop Dogg grabs Axel and tosses him from the ring. Snoop Dogg takes his shirt off to show off that he's wearing a Hulkamania shirt that's had the sleeves snipped off the way Hogan's are. They both pose and laugh through it all.
On announce they are laughing their asses off at Snoop Dogg and Hogan posing together.
Recap of the interview with Brock Lesnar they showed last week on Raw.
Los Matadores & El Torito vs Kidd & Cesaro & Nattie
#SnoopMania is trending. The Usos and Naomi are on announce.
Shoulder drop from Cesaro for two.
El Torito tags in, so Nattie comes in to face him. But then Kidd tags himself in, forcing Nattie from the ring. Kidd taken down quickly for two.
Fernando ends up caught up in the ropes, bouncing down through them like a pinball! Kidd grinds his knees in Fernando's face. Cesaro in on Fernando. Kidd tags in, Cesaro with the swing, then Kidd back on Fernando. Kidd off the top, but eats a drop kick on his way down to the mat. Diego and Cesaro tag in. Diego takes Cesaro down, then again. El Torito tags in. Diego throws El Torito at Cesaro who pins Cesaro for two.
Diego with head scissors on Cesaro into the ropes, then he lands on Cesaro and slides out. Diego trying to get back in, but Kidd takes Diego down, then Kidd sent out. Nattie on El Torito with a clothesline for two.
Nattie gets El Torito up, but he works around and takes Nattie down for three.
Winners – Los Matadores & El Torito (4:15)
Los Matadores and El Torito celebrate in the ring as Nattie is in shock outside the ring with her husband and Cesaro. Kidd yells at Nattie. On announce Naomi is laughing at Nattie.
Barrett shining his belt.
Barrett – What do you want?
Kane – Well, well, well, if it isn't the IC Champion, BNB, and he actually has the Title in his possession. You've been able to hold onto it for what, 72 hours?
Barrett – It is nice to have it back with the rightful owner.
Kane – Unfortunately I have to relieve you of your Championship for now.
Barrett – I don't think so man! I've spent the past six weeks chasing this thing.
Kane – In anticipation of your match at WrestleMania, I've been tasked with collecting your Title so it can be hung above the ring tonight.
Barrett – I really don't care what you've been tasked with, I've been chasing six...
Kane – As DOO, I'm authorized to strip you of your Championship if you do not comply with my request.
Barrett – This is an absolute travesty.
Kane – You know Wade, I don't know why you're getting so upset, all you have to do to get this back is to beat six others in a match. I like those odds.
Barrett – It's my bloody Title.
Rusev vs Swagger
Rusev in the ring waving his flag, sans Lana. Swagger out top face him, by himself.
Swagger behind Rusev, lifts him, but then takes an elbow. On Swagger in a corner. Into another camera, with the corner camera, all over Swagger. "We want Lana!" chants. Swagger with blows on Rusev, but Rusev right back on Swagger, takes him down. Rusev stomps Swagger over and over on the mat. "USA!" chants. Swagger to his knees and Rusev locks around Swagger's chest and shoulder from behind. Swagger to his feet, but ends up landing back on his bum on the mat. Rusev keeps the hold on tight as JBL talks about the WWE Network and $9.99. Rusev lets Swagger free, sends into a corner, Swagger with a blow. Rusev whips Swagger, Swagger gets a foot up. Rusev off the ropes into a big boot. Rusev whipped, takes Swagger's knee. Rusev whipped, out into a clothesline. Almost with the patriot lock, but Rusev free. Rusev slammed to the mat for one.
Swagger climbing, but Rusev cuts him off, leaves Swagger sitting on the second ropes, facing out. Rusev on the apron with a clothesline. "You tapped out!" chants. Kick to Swagger's chest and he hits the mat. Rusev screams, rolls Swagger over, locks on the accolade. Swagger taps out.
Winner – Rusev (4:36)
Rusev won't release the hold. Lana's not there to make him let go. Cena's music is what makes Rusev release the hold on Swagger. Cena tackles Rusev in the ring, on him with blows. Cena pushed off, so he tackles Rusev again with more blows Rusev free and rolls out. Rusev on Cena outside the ring, then sends him into the barricade. Cena selling the pain, but then tossed into the post. Rusev then grabs Cena and tosses him over announce. Cena never touches the table, slams into JBL's chair, which you can hear crack and break as Cena lands on it.
Rusev with his flag, is leaving, but Cena around announce, slowly getting to his feet. Rusev comes back and kicks Cena in the face (actually his hands, so Rusev's foot comes nowhere near Cena's face). Rusev clears the monitors from announce, lifts Cena by the back of his pants, turns, and slams Cena down on announce. Cena's gut hits the front edge of the table that doesn't break. Rusev up on announce. He stomps Cena's back, then locks on the accolade on announce. Cena stops fighting to show that he's passed out, but to make sure we know that's what happened, Cole tells us that Cena's knocked out, then Booker T tells us the same. Finally Rusev lets go, then heads to the ring with his US Title in hand to pose as the flag unfurls above him. Rusev continues to pose with the strap held high, staring over at Cena on announce, not moving, at all.
Recap of the fight between Cena and Rusev before the commercial.
In Ring Segment
Bray Wyatt's music, and he heads to the ring, lantern in hand, through the fireflies. "Undertaker!" chants can be heard.
Wyatt – Why, oh, why do people hide from proof? It is because you're afraid? Is it because you're embarrassed to show the world who you truly are? I understand man, I do. Reality can be a very difficult pill to swallow, but that does not change the fact that every single one of you are guilty! You're guilty, because the truth is, way down deep, you hate the person that you have become. The truth is, you hate your job, because all you can see is the color green. You wake up every morning, look in the mirror and hate the person you see, so you cover it up. You use makeup, as if that's going to heal the sores, cover up the ugliness and inconsistencies inside of you, but that doesn't change the fact that you are all liars! Me, I'm different. I'm not like you. I am not a liar. I may be a lot of things, but I am not a liar. In fact, my tongue is the sword of truth, and it cuts through the deception of everything in your world. I speak the truth from which you so desperately try to hide from. If it's the truth that you want, it's the truth I will give you. Taker is just like you. Taker is a liar! Hahaha! He tries to hide the fact that he's lost, and tries to deny the fact that he wants his soul to be set free. But don't you worry about a thing Taker, but the angle with the bird wings has been sent to take you back to the other side.
Thunder crashes, lightning flashes, all around the arena.
Wyatt – Here it is, that mystical aura that you've all become so addicted to! Can you feel it? Can you feel it? The spirits no longer belong to you. They belong to me now. In fact, everything belongs to me now.
More crashing and flashing.
Wyatt – Enough! I control the light, and the darkness, and these demons, they all march to my command! I judge the dead, the living, and I judge you! Taker, you are guilty!
More crashing and flashing.
Wyatt – There will be no redemption. There will be no shield to be carried out on. The only thing is your fate, and it's sealed with Sister Abigail's kiss. Then your fate, and everything you stand for, I will take my rightful place among the gods as the new face of fear!
The crashing and flashing goes perfectly with his speech.
Wyatt – At WrestleMania you get the mercy you've so desperately been begging for. At WrestleMania you can finally rest in peace!
Wyatt drops to a knee, the WrestleMania sign seen over him, in the distance, as he strikes Taker's famous pose with a hand reaching out, palm up. Then the lights go out.
Michelle Beadle, Rick Rubin, and Kid Ink are all in the front row. Then Cole goes on about the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania. Rolling Stones broke the news that Kevin Nash, aka Diesel, will be inducted into the WWE HOF this year, as we expected.
Nattie putting her makeup on behind a folding wall. Kidd comes in on the other side with a bag from Burger King, his headphones on his ears.
Kidd – You smell amazing.
Nattie – Thank you, it's actually the perfume you bought for me.
Kidd – I've missed you so much!
Nattie – What do you mean? We were just in a match together.
Kidd – There's no stopping true love.
Nattie – Tyson, just when I'm feeling down, you always have a way of making me feel...
She walks around the folding wall to see he's sitting there with his chicken fries.
Kidd – Nat, guess what? Chicken fries are back at Burger King!
Nattie – Really Tyson?
She is not impressed, but then decides to try one.
Kidd – Was it as good for you as it was for...
Nattie puts her finger up to his mouth to stop his talking.
Nattie – Shhhh. I need a moment.
Kidd – Please?
Kidd reaches, but she won't give them to him.
Bryan vs Ziggler
Bryan to the ring leading the "YES!" "YES!" "YES!" Bryan is all smiles to the ring, and posing when he gets there. Ziggler out to face him. The IC Title is hanging above. Booker T is in the ring to announce the Special Guest Ref for this match.
Ambrose - 57%
R-Truth - 19%
BNB - 13%
Stardust - 7%
Harper - 4%
The Lunatic Fringe to the ring to play Special Guest Ref. He's in a leather jacket, the ref shirt hanging out of his back pocket. He pulls it out heading toward the ring.
They lock up, Bryan behind Ziggler, down to the mat and they muscle around then a clean break. Side headlock on Ziggler. Ziggler pushes off, Bryan runs the ropes, clothesline to Ziggler. They muscle around again, then a clean break. They clasp for a test of strength, Ziggler to a knee, then up, Bryan back on the mat, but holds one hand. Bryan to his feet, uses that one hand and his body to flip Ziggler over. Bryan with blows, an upper cut, gets Ziggler into a corner. Ziggler reverses, all over Bryan with blows in the corner. Epic elbow on Bryan for two.
Side headlock on Bryan. Bryan up, they're into a corner, reverse, then Ziggler slaps, no clean break. They bitch slap back and forth and get pissy. Ambrose cheers it on. Bryan whipped, up the corner, then flips over Ziggler. Bryan to the ropes, over, but able to skin the cat and send Ziggler flying out. Bryan with double feet through the ropes. Bryan off the apron at Ziggler who ducks. Bryan into barricade. Ziggler then clotheslines Bryan over to the timekeeper's area. Ambrose yells at them to get back in the ring.
Ziggler on Bryan with a sleeper. Bryan free and rolls up Ziggler for two – Ambrose slow getting there.
German suplex bridging on Ziggler for two.
Bryan clibs, Ziggler slams on the top rope and Bryan lands sitting up top. Ziggler climbs, sets up, but Bryan blocks. Bryan with blows up top, the fans really into each blow. Ziggler falls to the mat, but then runs back up and is able to pull Bryan off, planting him face first on the mat for two.
Both slow to their feet. Dueling chants for the two. Bryan catches for a backslide, Ziggler struggling, but then Ziggler reverses for two.
Boot to the back of Ziggler's head for two.
Bryan with "YES!" kicks on Ziggler in a corner, then double running feet on Ziggler. Ziggler blocks the second time with a superkick. Zig-zag on Bryan for three.
Winner – Ziggler (10:52)
Ambrose checks on Ziggler, Ziggler pushes him off, so Ambrose hits dirty deeds on Ziggler! Ambrose pulls off the ref shirt, then out to get a ladder and slides it into the ring. Ambrose sets up the ladder, and climbs. BNB is there, pulls Ambrose down. R-Truth is there on Ambrose. Stardust is in on the fight. Harper joins it all so all involved in the match are in the ring. Ambrose and BNB climb, but pulled off. Stardust and Ziggler climb, pulled down. Bull hammer on Bryan. Superkick from Ziggler on BNB. CrossRhodes on Ziggler. Ambrose and Stardust up top, Harper pushes the ladder over. Bodies all over the place, no one really moving.
Talking up all of WrestleMania week.
Heyman knocks on Brock Lesnar's door.
Heyman – Champ. It's time.
In Ring Segment
Rebel out with Heyman in tow. The WWE WHC strap around Brock's waist. They head into the ring.
Heyman – Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman and I'm the advocate for the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE WHC, Brock Lesnar. Yak, yak, yak, yak, yak. Come on, if I haven't sold you yet on a reason to watch Reigns come down to the ring at WrestleMania and take his beating like a man at the hands of Brock Lesnar, there's nothing I could say tonight to persuade you to subscribe to the WWE Network to tune in to WrestleMania this Sunday. If you don't think it would be your money worth to see this supreme athlete to grace a WWE ring, the greatest athlete to ever do his thing in his prime by laying a beating down on a Samoan badass like nobody has ever laid a beating down on a Samoan badass, then what can I possibly tell you. If you're looking for a fight, see Brock Lesnar impose his will and mangle another human being in Reigns, then a swear to you, this Sunday, you're going to get your money's worth.
The fans give some pop, but are honestly only luke warm for this. Not heat, a little cheer, that's it.
Heyman – It comes down to this, either Brock Lesnar is every single solitary thing I say he is, or he isn't. Reigns is either everything they hype him to be, or he isn't. Period, exclamation point. Somebody will be proven right, and somebody will be proven wrong this Sunday. One man will be the winner, one man will be the loser. Ladies and gentlemen, Brock Lesnar makes failures of every man who steps up to him. Last year at WrestleMania, I said Brock Lesnar vs The Streak, you said he can't and he won't. So I said he will, and he did. Last year at SummerSlam I said Brock Lesnar would give John Cena a beating, and suplex him out of the main event at WrestleMania. You said he can't, he won't. I said he can, and he did. Because John Cena is not in the main event of WrestleMania this year, Brock Lesnar is! John Cena is not ending this show, Brock Lesnar is. Here's a little secret for Reigns, because Reigns wants to take that Title from Brock Lesnar. Reigns is making Brock Lesnar into some sort of cold blooded cyborg, what's the word they use? Oh yeah, 'he's a mercenary, only after the money.' Brock Lesnar is an intensely passionate competitor who loves being WWE WHC, almost as much as he loves sadistically kicking the ass of any man that tries to take that Title from him. Brock Lesnar takes that Title personally. Reigns, you might as well kick down Brock Lesnar's front door, take his wife, remove food from his childrens' plates. What is keeping, drive his car, claim his house, rename his sons Reigns, if you want that Title from Brock Lesnar. That's what it takes. That's the type of man you have to be, because Reigns, let me tell you. This is not a man, he's a Beast, a Conqueror who will beat down your front door, take your wife, and take your food off the plates of your children and rename them Lesnar! See that's a conqueror, and Brock Lesnar conquers everything in front of him, and this Sunday, Brock Lesnar is in the main event of WrestleMania. Reigns can come out here and say, 'I'll do all that! Believe that!' Reigns, you say I can, and I will, this Sunday at WrestleMania, the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE WHC, Brock Lesnar says you can't, therefor Reigns, you won't.
Reigns' music hits and out he comes through the stands. Serious heat once Reigns hits the ring. They stare and glare at each other, talking off mic. A very small chant of, "Let's go Lesnar!" can be heard, but only ten people at the most. Reigns looks at the strap and Brock laughs, then holds it up right in Reigns' face, mocking him with it.
Reigns grabs the strap out of Brock's hand and holds it up himself. Brock looks shocked, then pissed. Brock grabs at the strap, but Reigns won't let it go. Brock and Reigns struggle over the strap, both holding tightly to it. Brock turns pink, the red, then purple in spots as they struggle. Then Raw goes dark to end the show.
Most shocking moment -
Hulkamania vs Axelmani
Most pathetic moment -
Brock and Reigns clutching the belt!