WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd def. The New Day
With The New Day and the newly vicioso Los Matadores having come out of nowhere as potential contenders to the WWE Tag Team Titles, reigning champs Cesaro & Tyson Kidd needed a near-perfect outing to preserve their momentum. They got it on Raw, beating The New Day’s Big E & Kofi Kingston to ensure a strong footing as the teeter-totter battle over the twin titles continues toward WrestleMania.
Considering they did it despite some serious diligence from the referee was doubly impressive. The official was all over Cesaro & Kidd’s trademark tandem maneuvers, enforcing the no-tag rule so severely Kidd had to storm the ring and take a Trouble in Paradise meant for Cesaro so The Swiss Superman could roll Kingston up for the win. Los Matadores, who spent the match prowling the outside, provided the exclamation point, feeding Xavier Woods to Cesaro before deploying El Torito to toss the Tag Team Champion between the ropes. Que pea. If nothing else, the first ever Six-Being Interspecies Tag Team Match on this Thursday’s SmackDown will certainly be much more personal.
Big Show vs. Erick Rowan never happened
Erick Rowan just cannot catch a break against Big Show. For all the mental manpower the sheep-faced monster is said to possess, it isn’t doing much to protect his skull from Big Show’s fist, which has found its way home again and again since the two big boys first battled at WWE TLC in December. In fact, the latest bout between the two was a note-for-note reprisal of their SmackDown bout a few weeks ago, with Show swarming Rowan right out of the gate, KO Punching him and adding a new wrinkle with a sternum-steamrolling elbow from the second rope.
Mark Henry declared for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Where Curtis Axel goes, chaos follows. The greatest competitor in Royal Rumble history has ignited a revolution with his #Axelmania movement, but the movement hasn’t so much cleared The Road to WrestleMania of The Ax Man’s enemies as drawn them out of the woodwork, one by one, to attack him. This week, nearly every announced competitor – Kane, Jack Swagger, Goldust, The Prime Time Players, Zack Ryder, Adam Rose, Heath Slater and the recently returned Mark Henry – in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal came down to the ring to stand face to face. But all of the competitors engaged in a bench-clearing brawl that came down to Kane, Henry and Axel, who attempted to toss The World’s Strongest Man over the top rope in a display of his battle royal prowess ﾅ only to be flatly denied and sent soaring over the cables. Hey, it’s just a trial run. Thirteen days until #AxelMania runs wild for real … brother.
Roman Reigns confronted Paul Heyman
Paul Heyman came out to the arena. Heyman started in his usual style ‘Ladies and Gentleman, my name is Paul Heyman and I am the advocate for the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.’ He addressed Brock Lesnar as the most incredible, the most authentic, the most legitimate champion in WWE or mixed martial art, then, now and forever.
He said that he could say just thirteen nights before WrestleMania 31 that his client was unbeaten and no one could ever take the WWE World Heavyweight championship away from him. His client Brock Lesnar was not pacifist his client Brock Lesnar was a conqueror, his client Brock Lesnar was a beast. Brock Lesnar was not coming to WrestleMania 31 to make love, Brock Lesnar was coming to WrestleMania 31 to make war, war with Roman Reigns. And there was something that nobody gave time to think about, what would happen when Brock Lesnar would decide to violate his opponent. Things could be so serious that the officials might have to turn off the lights or they might cut the power cables, or might give them their money back.
Heyman suddenly stopped speaking and waited. Then he said that no one could stop Brock Lensar not even Roman Reigns, and that to him was a shame. Roman Reigns did won the Royal Rumble match, he did get past Daniel Bryan, he was the bad a** of the Shield but what would happen to him at WrestleMania 31, Reigns would suffer. Roman Reigns could not beat Brock Lesnar ever.
Roman Reigns came out to the arena. Reigns entered the ring and said he respected Heyman a lot. He did not have any issue with Heyman, his issue was with his client. Reigns requested Heyman to leave the ring. Reigns addressed Lesnar and said that he was not looking for any happy ending or a fairy tale, he was looking for a fight. And he would be coming out of the ring with the WWE World Heavyweight championship.
The furious orations of Paul Heyman have been must-see TV over the last two weeks. He’s all but set fire to the curtain separating the WWE Universe from the behind-the-scenes action of sports-entertainment, while simultaneously hyping the WrestleMania main event between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns to near-biblical proportions. But the advocate for The One in 21-1 may have finally bitten off more than he can chew. His newest missive brought Reigns himself to the ring with his latest mantra emblazoned across his chest and fire in his belly as he sent a message to Lesnar that, despite whatever Heyman says, he can and will dethrone The Beast Incarnate at WrestleMania. The best part is, next week, Reigns will have the chance to say that to The Conqueror’s face.
Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose & Dolph Ziggler def. Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett, Luke Harper & Stardust
With Daniel Bryan officially throwing his beard into the ring in the mad dash for the Intercontinental Championship, the seven-man Ladder Match for the storied title has officially become one of the most must-see contests of WrestleMania 31. In advance of the surefire showstopper, six of the competitors involved teamed up for a Six-Man rumble on Raw, while the seventh, R-Truth, took up his now-customary post at the commentary table with the ill-gotten Intercontinental Title clamped onto his back.
A common goal made enemies out of supposed teammates early on. Despite a strong opening, tensions rose quickly between Bryan, Dolph Ziggler & Dean Ambrose, though the three still managed to put their squabbles aside to stop a furious rally by the ne’er-do-well trio of Bad News Barrett, Luke Harper & Stardust. Even though Ziggler accidentally superkicked Bryan on the apron, Ambrose picked up the slack by reversing Barrett’s Bull Hammer into Dirty Deeds for the three. Of course, it wasn’t long before Truth’s deception was uncovered and yet another brawl erupted over the title, the upshot of which was Barrett Bull Hammering everyone in sight and finally getting his Intercontinental Championship back. Good news all around.
Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins never happened –
True to Randy Orton’s prediction, the squabbles between the infighting Authority (Jamie Noble quit! Triple H threatened his protégé) turned out to be little more than a ruse to lull Orton into a false sense of security before his match against Seth Rollins. No sooner had Rollins made his entrance than the corporate crew reformed and closed ranks around Mr. Money in the Bank, leaving The Viper thoroughly outfoxed. What happened next, however, really was surprising.
Before Orton could be sent packing to the emergency room, the lights cut out and Sting came to the aid of The Apex Predator, clubbing Kane with the baseball bat and Stinger Splashing J&J Security before dispatching Noble with the Scorpion Death Drop. Orton followed suit with an RKO to Joey Mercury, and The Authority, duly rebuked, backed off from the scorpion-snake tandem. Unfortunately for Rollins, his WrestleMania fate may already be sealed anyway. Thirteen days till, well, show time.
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