It’s a star filled show on RAW tonight. It’s a Legends Reunion, with confirmed appearances by Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair. It is also the last RAW before the Royal Rumble. If I was a betting man, I would expect a big battle royal like brawl to end the show.
Lesnar Fight On Free TV? Yeah Right
Brock Lesnar came out to start the show with Paul Heyman. Heyman started to do his intro but Lesnar stopped him. Lesnar said he was here to fight and told Rollins to get his ass out there. Lesnar said Rollins had 10 seconds to get his weasly ass out there. Lesnar said when he shows up, Rollins is nowhere to be found.
Triple H came out. He said he understands why Brock is upset. HHH said he knew Brock would do the same thing if given the opportunity, so maybe it is understandable. HHH said they could go to the back, get Brock a nice steak, and Heyman and HHH could talk. Lesnar asked HHH if he was here to fix this or to fight. Steph came out with Big Show and Kane. Steph told Brock to really think about this. Heyman said he was trying to help the situation. Seth Rollins appeared on the tron. Rollins told Lesnar to be patient. He said Lesnar will get his shot at him, right before he beats Lesnar for his Title at the Rumble. Heyman told the Authority to put a leash on their puppy before things get crazy. He said this Sunday will still end with Lesnar on top, then John Cena came out.
Cena said he wanted to come out here and tell Lesnar to keep it up. Because everything they say lights him up and gives him motivation to walk out of the Rumble as Champ. Cena called the Authority a pile of ashes. Cena called them ash-holes. Steph said John Cena used to be someone the kids could look up to because they know he would win at the end of the day. But she said those are lies now, because he is responsible for bringing back the Authority and getting those three men fired. She said no one wants to see him win at the Royal Rumble, because he isn’t the man he used to be. Seth appeared on the tron again and called him a loser and a failure. He said if there is one thing Brock and him could agree on, it is that John Cena’s time is up and he should get out of the Rumble match. Cena said its about respect. And after he wins this Sunday, they don’t have to like him, but they will respect him. Cena said if he wins this Sunday, the Authority should give Ziggler, Ryback and Rowan their jobs back. HHH said he gave them that opportunity last week. HHH said Cena had to put something on the line as well. HHH said Cena will have a match tonight. If he wins, all three guys get their jobs back. If Cena loses, he is out of the Title match this Sunday. Before Cena could answer, HHH said it’ll be up to the WWE Universe with the WWE App.
Daniel Bryan vs Bray Wyatt. Bryan landed some kicks in the corner to start before Bray shoved him away and hit an upper cut. Bryan came back with a kick of his own then a running knee. Bray went to the outside. Bryan hit a dropkick through the ropes then a dive off the top to the outside. Kane’s music hit and he came out as RAW went to commercial.
Back from break Bray knocked Bryan off the turnbuckle to the outside. Bray then threw Bryan into the barricade. Bryan fought out of a nerve hold but Bray caught him with his crossbody. Bray went back to a headlock but Bryan escaped with a jawbreaker. Only this time, Bryan ate a vicious looking clothesline.
Back from this break Bray hit his back drop. Bryan leap frogged Bray and hit a clothesline. He hit a dropkick in the corner then some kicks. Bryan hit a hurricarrana off the top for two. Bryan landed some more kicks. Bray ducked the last one but Bryan ducked his charge and Bray went to the outside. Bryan hit a dive to the outside. The ref was busy with Bray and missed Kane pulling Bryan off the apron. Bray then threw Bryan into the turnbuckle and hit Sister Abigail for the win.
WINNER: Bray Wyatt
After the match, Kane hit a chokeslam on Bryan.
Kevin Nash and Scott Hall talked to HHH backstage. They said he should drop the suit and hang with them tonight. Shawn Michaels showed up. He said the same to HHH. Michaels said he should just bring Cena’s friends back and be done with it. They wondered where X-Pac was. Damien Sandow came in as X-Pac then X-Pac actually came in. They mimicked each other. Miz came in and told Mizdow to leave.
HBK/Hogan 2? Sure Why Not
Legends Panel. Ric Flair said there is nothing like winning the Royal Rumble. HBK said there would be no Mr. Wrestlemania without the Royal Rumble. Hogan said the competition is what he remembers the most about the Royal Rumble. You never know who comes out next. Shawn Michaels picked Bray Wyatt to win the Rumble. He said as wacked out as he is, he has the focus to take him the distance. Hogan said that wasn’t going to happen. Michaels said Hogan is always needling him and challenged him to a fight. Hogan said HBK doesn’t want any of that again, HBK said he was right and sat back down. Hogan picked Daniel Bryan. Ric Flair said he’s picking someone on the wild side, and that’s Dean Ambrose!
Big Show came out. He said he didn’t see legends in the ring. Hogan said these people don’t want him out there. Show said they were all jealous of him. Show said he beat Hogan his first night in WCW for the Title. Show said the first time Flair put him in the Figure Four he reached up and chokeslammed him. Show said when he came to the WWE HBK faded out, because if he was in the ring with Show he would eat HBK alive. Show said they were begging for the fans’ attention and admiration now. Show said no one can beat him. He asked them all to leave the ring and go back to the old folks home. Flair asked if Show was done. Flair started landing some chops but Big Show caught him with a KO Punch.
Roman Reigns came out. Show told him to get out of the ring before he knocks him out. Reigns ducked a KO Punch then landed some shots. Show went for a chokeslam but Reigns escaped and clotheslined Show over the top.
The WWE Universe voted 85% to 15% that Cena should fight to get Ryback, Rowan and Ziggler’s jobs back and risk losing his Title shot at Mania.
A Non-Title Match? We Know Who Wins
Dean Ambrose vs Bad News Barrett. Ambrose took Barrett down with an elbow. Ambrose landed some Flair chops then dragged Barrett’s face across the ropes. Ambrose hit an elbow off the second rope. Barrett ducked a clothesline and Barrett caught him with a kick to the face. Ambrose ducked a clothesline and hit one of his own. Barrett went to the apron but Ambrose caught him with a dropkick.
Back from break Ambrose hit a bulldog and dropkick off the top for two. Ambrose hit some more Flair chops but Barrett kicked at Ambrose’s bad knee. Ambrose hit his bounce back clothesline. Ambrose went to the top but Barrett crotched him. Ambrose moved out of the way of the Bullhammer Elbow. Barrett went for Wasteland but Ambrose escaped and hit Dirty Deeds for the win.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose
The Royal Rumble “By The Numbers” spot aired.
The New Day defeated Cesaro and Tyson Kidd. Kidd and Cesaro dominated the whole match hitting all of their signature moves. Kofi eventually dropkicked Kidd off the apron while in Cesaro’s arms, then rolled up Cesaro for the win.
At Least JBL’s Burials Lead To This
The nWo came out (Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, X-Pac). Scott Hall took a survey. He asked how many people were there for the RAW Reunion, then how many were there for the RAW Reunion with the nWo. Kevin Nash said the nWo was responsbile for everything great the WWE created. The Ascension came out. Viktor said all he sees is three old dogs begging to be put out of their misery. They said no tag team is better than the Ascension, especially not a tag team from WCW. They were ready to fight but JBL stepped in. He said just because you paint your face doesn’t mean you become a great tag team. He said he made a call to a legend himself. Ron Simmons came out and they revealed APA shirts. The New Age Outlaws then came out. They said they were here for an ass kicking and attacked the Ascension. JBL then hit the clothesline from hell on Viktor.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon revealed that John Cena will fight Seth Rollins, Big Show and Kane later tonight.
Paige and Natalya defeated Alicia Fox and Summer Rae.
Rusev made quick work of R-Truth.
Brock Lesnar confronted Seth Rollins backstage. He said he wasn’t going to take him out tonight. He hopes Seth takes out Cena tonight, then at the Rumble, he will get paid to take Seth out.
Jey Uso defeated Miz with the splash off the top. Same we’ve seen from these two the past couple weeks.
Imagine If Brock Was Around More!
Main event time. Show landed some slaps to the chest early on then tagged in Seth Rollins. Rollins came in and landed some shots in the corner. Cena bounced back with a bulldog that made Rollins bail. Kane came in and hit an uppercut. Kane slammed the face of Cena into the boot of Show. Show came in and missed a shot in the corner. Cena landed some punches and went for a bodyslam but Show fell on top of him and got a two count.
The heels still had control back from break. Cena tried a comeback but Rollins applied a Sleeper. Cena backed Rollins into the corner but Rollins came back with his neckbreaker off the top for two. Big Show came in and went for a Vader Bomb but Cena moved. Rollins came in but Cena went into CENA MODE. Cena went for the AA but J&J Security stopped it. Cena knocked them off the apron but walked into a Rollins Superkick for two. After a reset Cena connected on the AA but Kane pulled him out of the ring. Show then Speared Cena and threw Cena into the steps. Cena just beat the ten count getting back in the ring.
Back in the ring Kane hit a chokeslam but Cena kicked out at 2. Rollins readied for the Curb Stomp, but Sting appeared on the Titantron. He came out to the stage and pointed at HHH. The distraction allowed Cena to roll up Rollins and pick up the win.
WINNER: John Cena
Cena celebrated in the crowd. Triple H demanded Sting come back out.
Brock Lesnar came out instead. He went after Rollins. He ended up hitting the F5 on Kane and Big Show as Rollins bailed.
There was a lot to process there in the main event. We had Sting come out to help Cena win, and then disappear. And actually I don’t mind that. They quickly shifted the focus of the closing segment to the Royal Rumble. I don’t know if it was the goal, but Lesnar kind of came out as the face between both Cena and Rollins. Imagine if Lesnar was around more and did that all of the time? There is definitely a lot of questions going into the Rumble on Sunday. There is no clear cut winner in the WWE Title match or the Rumble. Daniel Bryan was kind of treated as an afterthought on the show. The legends were a nice touch. And I’m honestly stunned there wasn’t a Rumble like brawl to close the show. The second hour kind of dragged. The wrestling on the show wasn’t bad. I’m going to give the show a 6, and can honestly say I’m looking forward to seeing the Royal Rumble this Sunday.
Until Next Time,
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