U.S. Champion Rusev and Lana have been holding John Cena back from a WrestleMania rematch for weeks. Despite his best efforts, John Cena still could not get the Russians to grant his rematch request. Last Night on Raw, John Cena would take the matter into his own hands to secure his spot at the Show of Shows. The following results are provided by wwe.com.
Randy Orton Rejoined the Authority
The authority has allowed the Apex Predator back in its ranks. The Viper responded to his official welcome back with a joke, roasting Big Show, Kane and J&J Security before foretelling a rather gruesome dismantling of Seth Rollins, before playing the whole thing off for laughs at the end.
Daniel Bryan def. Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett
The “Yes!” Man got his hands on reigning champ Bad News Barrett for a non-title match with R-Truth presiding, once again, as guest commentator. In what’s become a recurring bad dream for Barrett, the champion managed to brawl his way into the advantage, only to be blasted in the face with a sudden Running Knee that further bent Barrett’s already crooked nose. Barrett retaliated with a Bull Hammer only to be taken out himself by a clothesline from Dean Ambrose on the ramp.
Dean Ambrose def. Stardust
The Lunatic Fringe squared off against the Intercontinental Title’s current (illegal) possessor, Stardust, moments after. After tweaking Ambrose’s knee by tripping him up on the apron, Stardust took a rebound clothesline and Dirty Deeds while “Cody” chants rained around him all the same. Ambrose took that opportunity to take Stardust’s “ivory enterprise” once again, which brought out Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Luke Harper and Dolph Ziggler for a Pier-Six Brawl around the fallen title. R-Truth took advantage of the chaos to stash Barrett’s title in a burlap sack, though JBL was quick to give him up once Barrett cleared the ring of his potential thieves. R-Truth surrendered the bag under threat of a Bull Hammer, only to pull a fast one on Barrett moments later by revealing he’d only given him a replica titile.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman returned to Raw
The first Raw appearance of Brock Lesnar in a month was largely used as an opportunity for The Beast Incarnate to react, along with Paul Heyman, to a video hyping the rise of Lesnar’s No. 1 contender, Roman Reigns. The degree to which Heyman predicted The Anomaly’s triumph at The Show of Shows was the most surprising: pinning Roman, tearing Seth Rollins limb from limb and putting any Montreal-like co-conspirators in their graves were all on the table. Getting his mic shut off again only kicked Heyman into overdrive. By the end of his rant, any title in the world was in play.
Ryback & Erick Rowan def. Kane & Big Show
The Authority’s two-on-one beatdown of The Human Wrecking Ball on SmackDown forced Ryback to recruit some muscle for a tag-team throwdown against Kane & Big Show on Raw. The big man’s overzealous start in the match got him demolished by the former WWE Tag Team Champions until Rowan tagged in for the save. Even though Kane took advantage of a distracted ref to force Rowan’s throat against the ropes, Rowan got loose just as Big Show came in with an illicit KO Punch. That left Kave to eat the knuckle sandwich and Rowan’s pin.
AJ Lee def. Summer Rae
Even a posse at ringside couldn’t save Summer Rae from comeback kid AJ Lee, whose official, in-ring Raw return ended with a victory. With Paige at ringside and The Bellas crowing in Flintstones cosplay backstage, AJ seems ready for her trip back to WrestleMania by submitting Summer with the Black Widow despite catching a series of kicks to the face.
U.S. Champion Rusev def. Curtis Axel
Curtis Axel didn’t get the victory he’d been clamoring for when he called Rusev out on SmackDown. In fact, Axel was summarily dismantled by The Super Athlete’s powers of pain before their match even began, and a gritty rally didn’t save him from a brutal Accolade moments later. With Axel felled, Rusev took the opportunity to trash the U.S.A. once again. However, John Cena leader took The Super Athlete down and locked him in the STF until he passed out, revived him with a bottle of water and locked the hold in again, forcing Rusev to tap for mercy. As Rusev slipped into unconsciousness once again, Lana saved the Russian’s skin, giving Cena his U.S. Title rematch at WrestleMania in exchange for Rusev’s release.
The New Day def. WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd
“The Professionals” have been stomping their way through the tag ranks since claiming the titles at WWE Fastlane, but Big E & Xavier Woods cut the champs’ momentum short moments after declaring their intentions to challenge for the WWE gold at WrestleMania. Cesaro & Kidd were so focused on keeping Big E out of the ring, in fact, that they wrote the tweaked Woods off entirely, and that came back to haunt them when Woods rolled Kidd up for a surprise pin.
Naomi def. Natalya
The rough night for the WWE Tag Team Champions continued even after their own match finished, when unofficial third member Natalya once again found herself pinned by The Usos third, Naomi, in a Divas grudge match. Tyson Kidd didn’t help his wife’s cause any by barking instructions at her when she locked in the Sharpshooter, causing Natalya to loosen the hold and Naomi to take advantage by kicking Natalya into the turnbuckle. The Usos neutralized stopped Cesaro at ringside, Naomi pounced with her self-proclaimed Rear View, and that was all she wrote for the Queen of Harts.
Los Matadores def. The Usos
Moments after hungrily eyeing Cesaro & Tyson Kidd’s titles, Los Matadores pulled out all the stops to beat The Usos. Usos and bullfighters flew left and right throughout the evenly matched contest, until Fernando decided to use an overzealous El Torito as an unwitting distraction, shoving Jimmy Uso into the bull and rolling him up with an unusually underhanded handful of shorts for the win.
The Undertaker accepted Bray Wyatt’s WrestleMania challenge
The dead man is coming home. After weeks of dispatches from Bray Wyatt, The Undertaker finally responded from the great beyond to The Eater of Worlds’ challenge for The Grandest Stage of Them All, and he did it in the ghoulish fashion The Deadman is best known for. As The New Face of Fear preached into the darkness with The Phenom’s urn in hand, smoke rose from the jar’s mouth and Wyatt’s own talisman, his rocking chair, emerged reformed in the ring. With “The Man of 1,000 Truths” paralyzed, The Deadman’s voice boomed over the loudspeakers, a message of acceptance appeared on the TitanTron and a bolt of lightning set the rocking chair ablaze.
Roman Reigns def. Seth Rollins & Randy Orton
After manipulating The Authority all night — allowing Kane & Big Show to get themselves ejected and convincing Rollins to send J&J Security packing, too — Orton finally had Rollins alone in the ring after a Spear. The Viper chased Rollins throughout the entire arena, whispering venomous nothings into his ear all the way and culminating the beatdown with an RKO through the announce table. When Orton wouldn’t take in for Rollins, Reigns had Mr. Money in the back in his sights for the win.