With Nikki in a daze, Brie attempted to pull her sister to safe harbor, but AJ evened the odds and cut Brie Mode off before it could even rev up. In her excitement, however, The Black Widow blasted Paige in the face with an accidental elbow and Nikki pounced with a quite deliberate one, following up with the Rack Attack to win the title. A two-on-one attack of their WrestleMania opponents wasn’t even necessary; Paige swarmed AJ after the match in frustration, leaving their partnership on some very, very shaky ground.
Hulk Hogan and Snoop Dogg confronted Curtis Axel
SnoopMania vs. AxelMania. What you got? As it turns out, the rivalry between Curtis Axel’s grassroots movement and Snoop Dogg’s loyal fanbase ended up becoming a moot point when Hulk Hogan thundered into Raw to confront Axel and potentially put an end to Hulkamania’s red-sheep offspring. Give Axel credit for trying to cheap-shot The Immortal One after a posedown attempt, but the greatest competitor in Royal Rumble history misjudged his own element of surprise when Hogan and The Doggfather dropped Axel like he was hot and tossed him from the ring and basked in the Los Angeles spotlight. So whatcha gonna dizzle, Hulkamizzles?
Los Matadores & El Torito def. WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd & Natalya
Let’s cut the proverbial bull: An Interspecies Tag Team Match is far too momentous an occasion to simply do once. So in a rematch of SmackDown’s historic contest, Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Natalya went toe-to-hoof with Los Matadores & El Torito in a bout that some would say defied the laws of nature itself. Los Matadores’ resident bull-man (and by extension, Natalya) were largely confined to the apron for most of the match while the men handled the heavy lifting, though El Torito’s uncanny one-upsbullship of Cesaro continued to a severe enough degree that The King of Swing had to tag Natalya in. Alas, The Queen of Harts specializes in cats, not bulls, and Torito earned his keep by reversing a powerbomb into a sunset flip, pinning Natalya for the win.
U.S. Champion Rusev def. Jack Swagger
Rough day for we, the people. Before John Cena attempts to hand Rusev his first true defeat at WrestleMania this Sunday, Jack Swagger took another crack at snapping The Super Athlete’s streak on Raw. Unfortunately for the former U.S. Champion, he failed, but give Swagger credit for shooting for the moon. He came out swinging against The Hero of the Russian Federation and put up a stiff defense against the champion’s hybrid style, getting within a hair of a Patriot Lock before Rusev took his legs out on the turnbuckle and locked in the Accolade. Rusev kept the move applied long after Swagger had submitted and succumbed to unconsciousness, though.
The barbarism was, of course, a display intended to draw Cena out into the open and the 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion obliged his WrestleMania opponent with gusto. The bravery was, perhaps, ill-advised, as it earned Cena a one-way trip over the commentary table, a leaping kick to the mouth and an Accolade on top of that same table until the Cenation leader passed out, all of which makes his status for SmackDown’s marquee 8-Man Tag Team Match more questionable than his teammates would, perhaps, prefer.
Bray Wyatt addressed The Undertaker
In six days, Bray Wyatt gets his wish when The Undertaker returns to his hallowed ground of WrestleMania. But one of The Show of Shows’ greatest competitors may not be as weak as The Eater of Worlds would have the WWE Universe believed. As Wyatt raged against The Phenom in his final Raw sermon before The Showcase of the Immortals, thunder rumbled in the distance in an apparent display of The Deadman’s lingering power. Unfazed, Wyatt proclaimed his mastery over The Undertaker’s domain and promised his foe that he would, at long last, rest in peace.
Dolph Ziggler def. Daniel Bryan
#DBvsDZ! #DBvsDZ! #DBvsDZ! Granted, It’s not WrestleMania, but Dolph Ziggler’s gentleman’s challenge to Daniel Bryan from a few months ago came true all the same in a Raw showdown that pitted The Showoff against Bryan with a special guest referee — Dean Ambrose — as determined by the WWE Universe via an App vote. Despite the two Superstars’ mutual respect for each other, sportsmanship broke down in quick fashion and Ambrose had no intention of stopping a fight from breaking out at a wrestling match, cackling his head off as the two started slapping each other across the face.
As the match ramped up, Ziggler planted Bryan with a top-rope facebuster, but The Beard once again attempted to pin The Showoff with a backslide. Again, Ziggler kicked out of the maneuver and, as Bryan attempted to tenderize him with running dropkicks, pounced with a superkick and Zig Zag for the win. The glory was short-lived, however, as the rest of the playing field for the Ladder Match stormed the ring for a bench-clearing brawl that left no stone unturned and nobody standing.
Roman Reigns confronted WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar
WWE World Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar came out to the arena along with his manager Paul Heyman. They entered the ring as 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.’
Heyman suggested everyone to subscribe to WWE Network if they wanted to experience the beating that Roman Reigns was going to receive at WrestleMania 31 from the WWE World Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. He said that no one in the world could beat Brock Lesnar since he was the most superior athlete ever to step foot in the WWE ring. He said if they were looking forward to see Roman Reigns to get a beating of a lifetime this Sunday, then Heyman promised that they were going to get their money worth this Sunday at WrestleMania 31.
Heyman said that either Lesnar was all those things he said or he was not. Roman Reigns was everything they have hyped him up saying or he was not. Somebody was going to be proven right and somebody was going to be proven wrong this Sunday. One man was going to be the winner, one man was going to be the loser. He guaranteed that Brock Lesnar would win at WrestleMania 31 and Roman Reigns would not, he wanted the fans to believe that.
Roman Reigns came out to the arena. Reigns entered the ring and stood face to face with Brock Lesnar. Lesnar taunted him with the title, Reigns hold the title, it looked like a tug of war between the two. The fans showed no appreciation neither any support for Reigns.
No snowstorm, no studio, no rules. For the first time since their close-quarters confrontation in Stamford, Conn., two months ago, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar came face-to-face in a WWE ring. Even with the absence of a Snowmageddon-caliber blizzard outside Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center, the atmosphere was indeed chilly between The Beast Incarnate and his No. 1 contender, who not only interrupted Paul Heyman’s latest round of Eat-Sleep-Promo-Repeat, but also refused to flinch at The Conqueror’s thuggish intimidation games. In fact, Reigns flat-out defied The Anomaly by snatching the title out of his hands, setting up a literal shoving match as Raw went to black. Of course, Brock Lesnar does not fight for free, so for one more night, Roman Reigns got away with his bravado. But only one more night. Believe it.
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