Monday Night Raw TV Report for March 28th, 2016
Introduction Segment: Arena Promo
Michael Cole greets us and the famous gong sounds out. The Undertaker methodically approaches the ring and the lights remain a dark blue as he begins. “This WrestleMania will NOT be my last!” he fiercely declares. ‘Taker reminds Vince that Shane’s “blood will be on his hands, but Vince’s blood may be on my hands.”
Shane McMahon joins his WrestleMania opponent and reminds us and ‘Taker what is at stake. He goes on about “legacy,” and his situation for WWE. “The Phenom” replies about his “legacy” being WrestleMania; Shane says that “died,” referring to the broken streak at WrestleMania 30; loud “Suplex City” chants start. ‘Taker compares Shane to Vince, which infuriates the son.
He goes after Undertaker with fast-fists, but ‘Taker knees him and chucks McMahon into the corner of the barricade. ‘Taker tears apart the announce table and sets up for a Last Ride powerbomb, but Shane hops off. He hits Undertaker with a kick, a few more fists, and a monitor a couple of times. Shane climbs the turnbuckle and soars off, crashing through the table with his patented elbow! (He did basically miss ‘Taker, maybe just grazing his arm!)
Shane walks away, but ‘Taker sits up; Shane points to the WrestleMania sign as Undertaker gives him his “throat-slash” sign.
Match #1: Single – Zack Ryder VS. Chris Jericho
Prior to the bout, a clip of Jericho and Zack being interviewed by Rene Young; Jericho denies A.J. Styles an opportunity for a match at WrestleMania, and tells Ryder he won’t have a “WrestleMania moment” either.
After entrances, A.J. Styles makes his way out and demands the match with Jericho; he proclaims he’s going to stay there until he gets the bout.
Ryder rolls-up Jericho but only gets two; “Y2J” quickly takes over and slaps around Zack. He chops Ryder back in the ring a couple times, but Ryder kicks back. He gives Chris a double-knee out of the corner, then a missile dropkick from the middle rope. He signals for the Broski Boot, but Jericho catches him in position for the Walls of Jericho. He has trouble turning him over, partly because A.J. calls out “Y2-Jackass.” Jericho clotheslines Ryder, but “Long Island Iced-Z” reverses into a cradle for the victory!
Winner via Pinfall: Zack Ryder
Post-match, Jericho immediately gives Ryder a Codebreaker and continues to punch away until A.J. makes the save; he does accept Styles’ challenge for WrestleMania. “This Sunday will be your first WrestleMania, and I guarantee that it will be your last.”
Match #2: Single – Becky Lynch VS. Divas Champion Charlotte (with Ric Flair) (Non-Title)
(Note: Sasha Banks is watching from the commentary area.)Becky ducks a clothesline and arm drags Charlotte a couple times, then works over her left arm. Charlotte flips over the top rope off a whip and yanks Lynch down by the hair.
Charlotte has Becky wrenched by the head/neck, but Lynch reverses a whip and clotheslines. She runs in another corner with a forearm and almost takes this one. As Becky takes in the adoration, Charlotte rolls her up for two. Charlotte flips over the top rope again and his smashed to the floor. Charlotte runs around and Becky gives chase, but is grabbed by the leg by Flair while Charlotte distracted the referee. Lynch enters the ring and is immediately booted in the head and planted with the Natural Selection snapmare-facebuster; Charlotte gets the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winner via Pinfall: Divas Champion Charlotte (with Ric Flair)
Segment #2: Backstage Promo
Mr. McMahon is questioned by Rene Young about The Undertaker’s and Shane McMahon’s confrontation; he is not shocked by what happened because he knows that Shane will “do anything” to come out on top. He advises ‘Taker to be an “angry Undertaker.”
Shane walks up and tells Vince “Sunday at WrestleMania, the very stage you created, the VERY stage you created, I am going to take forty years of pent-up aggression, hostility, mental anguish, and physical anguish, and I’m going to let it all loose, because I am going to be controlling Monday Night Raw; that’s what I’m going to be doing.”
Match #3: Tag-Team – The Social Outcasts (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas) (with Social Outcast members Heath Slater and Adam Rose) VS. The Big Show and Kane
Curtis and Kane begin, with Kane uppercutting Axel. Kane goes for a chokeslam but Heath and Adam stop it, causing a dq.
Winners via Disqualification: The Big Show and Kane
Post-match, a bunch of the wrestlers involved in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal run down and engage in a brawl; Show and Kane are left with The Outcasts and chokeslam them all!
Footage of Roman Reigns’ attack of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H from last week’s Raw is shown; “The Game” and Stephanie will be out next.
Segment #3: Arena Promo
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H and Stephanie McMahon make their grandiose entrance; HHH states that WrestleMania will be watched for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship because it “is the most important thing.” “My obsession means the end of your dream. Because my ‘obsession’ means that no matter what,”
Roman Reigns charges out and goes for another attack, but Trips and Steph quickly escape to the ramp, much to the displeasure of the fans.
Match #4: Single – Tag-Team Champion/New Day member Kofi Kingston (with Tag-Team Champions/New Day members Big E. and Xavier Woods) VS. League of Nations member Alberto Del Rio (with League of Nations members Wade Barrett, Sheamus, and Rusev)
Both teams get in each other’s face until the referee separates; Del Rio and Kofi punch-up until Xavier distracts Alberto by playing “La Cucaracha” on the trombone. Del Rio regains control with a top-rope reverse-suplex and Kofi falls to the floor.
Del Rio is wearing down Kofi with a grounding chinlock, then gives him a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. He hangs Kofi upside down in the corner, but misses his jumping double-stomp. Kofi almost takes this with the S.O.S roll-up, but is driven down with the Backstabber. He winds up for a kick, but Kingston counters for a near-fall!
Alberto manages to land the double-stomp and goes for the Cross Armbreaker, but Kofi reverses into a roll-up to take this!
Winner via Pinfall: Tag-Team Champion/New Day member Kofi Kingston
Post-match, former commentator and now Sportscenter host Jonathon Coachman walks out. He makes a couple of big announcement; he calls them “my absolute favourites that I’ve ever had on Sportscenter,” and Sportscenter will be at WrestleMania and covering it until start-time! “Coach” gets down in dancing with New Day as he loves the “Booty-O’s” cereal!
Segment #4: Video Promo
It is announced that Joan Lunden, a Today Show correspondent/journalist who suffers from cancer, will receive The Warrior Award, and will be inducted by Dana Warrior. (The Warrior Award is given to those in society who go through extreme hardships in their lives.)
Segment #5: Backstage Promo
Rene Young is with Roman Reigns, but before he can say anything, Bubba Ray Dudley challenges him to continue their fight from last week’s Smackdown! Reigns obliges, but is met by D-Von Dudley and Triple H. All three attack the #1 Contender and Trips slams Roman’s face onto the WWE Title.
Match #5: Single – Konnor (with Ascension partner Viktor) VS. United States Champion/Lucha Dragon partner Kalisto. (Non-Title)
Konnor dominates early until Kalisto uses his quickness to finish Konnor after the Solida-Del-Sol!
Winner via Pinfall: United States Champion/Lucha Dragon partner Kalisto)
Post-match, Ryback walks to the ring; “The Big Guy” faces off with Kalisto and the two will wrestle at WrestleMania for the U.S. Championship.
Up next, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman!
Segment #6: Arena Promo
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman enter to the ring. “This Sunday at WrestleMania, you have one of those rare opportunities to see a ‘once-ever fighter,’ a ‘once-ever athlete,’ at his peak, in his prime, do his thing, perform at a level not one single member of that locker room can even hope to achieve.”
However, Paul does put Dean Ambrose – Lesnar’s WrestleMania opponent – over because Ambrose is willing to take on Brock in a “No-Holds-Barred” match, despite what “The Beast” can do to him in a regular-rules match, let alone an “anything goes match.”
Dean Ambrose walks out, rolling a red wagon behind him. He goes to the commentator’s area and begins to pull out objects from under the ring. He loads his cart with a crowbar, steel pipes, a barbed-wire baseball bat, nun chucks, a chainsaw, and half of the steel steps! “The Lunatic Fringe” goes to the back with his equipment, not once acknowledging Lesnar or Heyman.
Match #6: Single – Paige (with Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, and Natalya) VS. Emma (with Team B.A.D. and Blonde [Naomi, Tamina, Lana, and Summer Rae)
Emma waistlocks and forearms Paige right away; she snapmares, kicks, and stretches her. Emma pulls at Paige’s hair against the ropes, then hits a running front-dropkick. She runs and splashes Paige in the corner for a two-count. Paige makes a bit of a comeback, but falls to a kick by Lana behind the ref’s back! Emma capitalizes with the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winner via Pinfall: Emma
Post-match, all women hit each other until Eva Marie runs out to make the save for Team Total Divas!
Segment #7: Locker Room Promo
R-Truth walks up to Goldust and regretfully informs him that he can’t support him at WrestleMania in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, as it is everyman for himself. Goldust tries to convince Truth that is fine, but R continues to sob and blow his nose on Goldust’s shirt before leaving.
The final inductee for the Hall-Of-Fame is Snoop Dogg, a rapper who has been involved with WWE over the last sixteen years; he will be a part of the Celebrity Wing.
Match #7: Six-Man Tag-Team
Sami and Miz begin with an elbow/collar tie-up and wristlock; Zayn flips his way out of it and dropkicks Miz. Owen is tagged in but switches right away with Stardust, who is turned around by armlocks by Sami. Zany tags Dolph, who soon superkicks Mi z off the apron and goes for Owens, who hops down.
Dolph dropkicks Stardust then switches with Cara, who hops of the top rope but is soon taken over and all three heels do so for a while. Stardust almost takes this after a Side-Effect slam!
Ziggler starts to battle back, face-planting Miz with the Fameasser. He leaps for the hot-tag to Sam, who clotheslines Stardust hard and flips Miz over. He jumps off the turnbuckle with a crossbody onto both Miz and Stardust, then soars over the ropes with a Swanton Dive onto Owens!
Cara is in the ring and also goes for a Senton Splash, but Stardust lifts his knees! Zayn’s back in and reverses a Skull-Krushing Finale into a victory-roll for two! Miz does drive him with the Skull-Krushing Finale, but Dolph follows up with the Zig-Zag. Cara takes to the floor with a springboard-moonsault onto Stardust, and Owens is in to go after a Sami. He is countered with a dropkick and goes to tag in Miz and Stardust, but they walk away. Owens turns around into a springboard-Tornado-DDT then a Helluva Kick by Zayn for the victory!
Winners via Pinfall: Sin Cara, Sami Zayn, and Dolph Ziggler
It is announced that Dean Ambrose will face Erik Rowan this week on Smackdown!
Segment #8: Arena Promo
Stephanie and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H are back out; Stephanie says that Roman Reigns’ “reality” will be realized, as “The Game” will retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Shane McMahon will lose the opportunity to control WWE. HHH follows, but is stopped by Reigns again.
They clash again and Stephanie calls for help from the entire League of Nations, Dudleyz, Stardust, and Miz. Many other good guys rush out to help, while the heels pull Trips back, but Reigns rockets over the top rope with a splash onto almost everyone! The WWE World Heavyweight Championship participants glare at each other to close the show.
End of Raw.