Stephanie McMahon confronted Sting –
The show started as Sting came out to the arena. The fans went absolutely wild to see Sting. He entered the ring and enjoyed the crowd reaction for a while. Then he said this was what it felt like to kick out Monday Night Raw. He shouted ‘wooooo’ in his vintage style.
Sting said that he had been as the WCW soldier for last fourteen years, he watched Triple H climbed the ladder right here with WWE through manipulation, backstabbing, whatever he had to do to get to where he was now, at the very top. He guessed that Triple H thought that he was unstoppable, like their might not be any kind of consequence. Although he was the last soldier standing of some forgotten war, he was not here to fight for WCW, that would be ridiculous at this point. He was here for one specific reason, and that was to take Triple H down.
Stephanie McMahon came out to the arena. She entered the ring and shared her feeling to be in the ring with the Stinger. The last soldier from WCW, she told Sting now he knew how felt to make it up to the big time. He was standing in the middle of a WWE ring, standing with Stephanie McMahon.
Sting told Stephanie that she was also the spoiled little brat who was handed everything in her hand and somehow believed that she earned it. But it was nice for him to meet her. Stephanie said that she could understand why he was lashing out at her defensively, it was because he was intimidated, in WCW he was the big fish of a tiny little pond. But here in WWE he was swimming in the Ocean. She reminded him that she was the daughter of the man who single handedly killed his career when WWE defeated WCW in the Monday Night War.
Stephanie continued as she said that she admired his loyalty. He never thought of leaving WCW, they never even had a phone call during that time. But dogs are kind of loyal too, and at the end of the day, dogs are kind of stupid too. She said that she wanted compare him to dogs but she did not want to insult dogs. She reminded that WCW lost, Sting lost, and this Sunday at WrestleMania he was going lose the match too.
In reply Sting shouted in his retro style and winked at Stephanie. Stephanie attempted to slap Sting as Sting caught her hand. Triple H came out to the arena. Triple H looked like in a fighting mood. He taunted Sting with the sledge hammer but they never actually fought as Triple h Stephanie McMahon left the arena.
Showtime. Six days before The Road to WrestleMania reaches its conclusion in Santa Clara, Calif., and 14 years to the day WWE purchased WCW, Sting opened Raw for the first time in his career with some more fighting words for his foe at The Show of Shows, Triple H. The Vigilante’s taunts weren’t received all that well by Stephanie McMahon, though Stinger’s block of her attempted slap to the face left the heiress as red-faced as The nWo Wolfpac. Where insults to Stephanie McMahon appear, Triple H himself usually follows. The King of Kings was quick out of the gate to defend the honor of his queen, who handed him a sledgehammer when he arrived. The Vigilante was ready to answer with his patented baseball bat, but The Game thought better of battling The Icon on terms other than his own and beat a hasty retreat – the final time he’ll have the luxury of doing so.
Dean Ambrose & R-Truth def. Luke Harper & Stardust
One of the most unexpectedly compelling rivalries on the path to The Grandest Stage of Them All has been the seven-man scrum over the fate of the Intercontinental Championship. With Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler seemingly splintering off into a mini-rivalry of their own, four of the remaining contenders teamed up on Raw while reigning champion Bad News Barrett took up R-Truth’s now customary post at the commentary table.
Considering all four of the competitors are harboring some degree of mental instability, the contest was far more demented than your typical tag-team bout. Stardust & Harper didn’t take long to get on the same deranged page against their rowdy opponents. The two fiends took turns using Ambrose as their be-jeaned punching bag until Truth tagged in to even the odds, taking advantage of a brief brawl to catch Stardust with the Lie Detector for the victory.
Ryback, Erick Rowan, Zack Ryder & The Prime Time Players def. The Miz, Damien Mizdow, The Ascension & Adam Rose
Well, at least some bad blood got put to rest as WrestleMania rivalries ramped up. First, JBL and Bill Simmons settled their simmering Twitter beef at the commentary desk. Then, the partnership between The Miz & Damien Mizdow continued their path toward a Shaq-and-Kobe-esque implosion in a 10-Man rumble that pitted the A-listers, Adam Rose & The Ascension against Ryback, Erick Rowan, Zack Ryder & The Prime Time Players. In what was mostly a one-sided affair, Ryback & Co. ran roughshod over their mismatched competition, with Rose taking the brunt of the abuse until he caught a break against Ryder. A brief interlude by Mizdow gave The Ultimate Broski the opening to tag in Ryback and The Big Guy went to work, singlehandedly dismantling the opposition and Shell Shocking Miz to earn the fateful 1-2-3.
Randy Orton def. Seth Rollins & J&J Security
When the WWE App re-opened its doors for voting business and allowed the WWE Universe to select Randy Orton’s opponent for the evening, The Authority likely hoped the Universe would be choosing the Superstars to cripple The Viper in advance of WrestleMania. Instead, they simply selected The Apex Predator’s latest meal. Even though Seth Rollins & J&J Security were pegged as the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion’s opponents, The Viper treated the whole match as an opportunity to dismantle Rollins before the bell even tolls at their WrestleMania match on Sunday. Rollins treated it as an opportunity to have J&J rough Orton up on his behalf before the curtain rises on The Show of Shows.
As for J&J, who’ve suffered an array of RKOs lately, they treated it as an opportunity for comeuppance ﾅ and were painfully denied. Orton played with his proverbial food for the entirety of the match while Rollins ran scared, with Orton administering the deciding RKO to “The Secret Weapon” himself, Jamie Noble.
Divas Champion Nikki Bella def. Paige
The Divas Championship is the sole prize that will not be contested at this year’s WrestleMania. So it’s only fair that Nikki Bella gave Paige, who’s been boondoggled out of the butterfly-emblazoned title twice now, a third and final shake to kick off a third run with the Divas division’s signature hardware on Raw. That she allowed Paige and AJ Lee, who’ll team up against both Bellas at WrestleMania, to choose which among them would get the match in the first place was a blatant divide-and-conquer scheme on the champion’s part. But the plan seemed doomed to fail after The Diva of Tomorrow battled her way into a stalemate, writhing free of the Rack Attack to hit Nikki with an (ultimately unsuccessful) Ram-Paige.