Monday, January 26, 2015
The latest Raw took place from WWE TV Studios rather than Hartford, CT, since tonight’s live event in Hartford, CT was postponed due to a major snowstorm. JBL, Michael Cole and Booker T were on hand to commentate on the show which consisted of interviews with various superstars.
Cole talked about how tonight there will be an interview with Brock Lesnar, as well as a replay of last night’s Royal Rumble match. After an outside weather report in the snow from JBL on top of WWE Headquarters, they showed a replay of last night’s Triple Threat WWE title match.
Cole did a sit down interview with Seth Rollins. Rollins he underestimated Lesnar last night, but says Lesnar may have underestimated him too. Rollins added that Brock is champion but doesn’t have a Play B - the MITB briefcase. Cole says we’ll hear from Lesnar next. Rollins says he’s not going to leave and Lesnar will have to kick him off set.
After commercial, Rollins was still sitting in the interview seat when Brock Lesnar came in with Paul Heyman. Lesnar stared at Rollins wanting the seat. Finally, Rollins gets up and brushes the seat off and pushes it over, then walks out. Lesnar sits down with his WWE title belt and jokes about Rollins. He confirms he has a broken rib suffered last night. He notes he’s had other injuries before and got through those. Heyman said he and Lesnar aren’t against The Authority and he knows they need Lesnar to headline WrestleMania. He said if they need a big name like Sting or John Cena taken care of, then Lesnar’s their guy. Cole brought up Brock beating Undertaker at Mania and they cut to replays of him ending Taker’s streak. Cole talks up Lesnar being on a collision course with Roman Reigns for WrestleMania 31. Lesnar says good for Reigns that he won, but he’s up for the challenge and has been on a roll. He says when a steamroller has momentum, you stay out of its way. Heyman responds “No” when Cole asks if Reigns can beat Lesnar.
They showed a replay of the 30-Man Royal Rumble match which came down to a final four of Big Show, Kane, Roman Reigns and Rusev. Reigns managed to eliminated both Kane and Show. They got back in the ring to start beating up Reigns, but The Rock’s music hit and he rushed to the ring to help clear the ring. As Rock left the ring, Rusev got back in since he was still not eliminated. Reigns hit him with the Spear and then tossed Rusev out to win the 2015 Royal Rumble. The Rock got in the ring to raise up Reigns’ arm and celebrate the win.
Byron Saxton did a sit down interview with Roman Reigns. He brought up the crowd not being happy with Reigns winning and Roman responded saying the fans are allowed their opinions since they paid money to be there. He said he doesn’t let that affect him and still goes out to do his thing. Saxon brought up that maybe Reigns was handpicked by the WWE brass for this top spot. Reigns says he still has to go out lace up his boots and perform to get these opportunities. He said he’s looking forward to headlining WrestleMania in front of his father Sika and is looking forward to meeting Lesnar later tonight.
They announced that John Cena will face Rusev at the WWE Fast Lane pay-per-view. They showed replays of Sting’s debut on Raw. After a commercial, they announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be inducted into the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame class. Dean Ambrose is shown making his way to the building in the snow.
Byron Saxton walked up to Dean Ambrose for an interview asking how he got there from Hartford. He told Saxton he traveled overnight, hitching a ride in the back of a truck, getting in a fight with a man at a gas station and almost losing a finger. He says no matter what, he’ll make it to WrestleMania 31 too.
Renee Young had a sit-down interview with Daniel Bryan talking about Yes Movement and the troubles he had to overcome last year. Bryan talked about how fans are upset Reigns won at the Rumble, but then said he’s disappointed he didn’t win. He says he failed, but that Reigns has a good opportunity for WrestleMania. Bryan talked about his Casket Match with Kane for SmackDown and says he has to end the feud and move on to become champion again.
Cole mediated a sit-down involving Reigns and Lesnar. Heyman suggested he could ask the questions tonight and has Cole leaves. Heyman brings up knowing Reigns’ family longer than he has. He brings up how Rock ruled WWE in 2002 until Brock Lesnar showed up and changed things. He says Rock never asked for a rematch against Lesnar. He asked how Reigns will handle the disappointment of losing to Lesnar in front of his family at Mania. Reigns says he’d like to answer that question to Lesnar. He moved his seat and faced up with Brock.
Reigns told Lesnar he knows who he is, what he is and what he’s signed up for. Reigns says he doesn’t think Brock knows what he’s signed up for. He tells him he’ll beat him and take that title. Reigns says if he can’t, he’ll take a piece of Lesnar along with him. They eventually get up face to face with a light touch. Lesnar says unlike Heyman, he doesn’t respect Reigns. Reigns looks at him and says “but you will.” They stare each other down as it goes back to JBL, Cole and Booker. They sign off after mentioning the WM31 main event and showing an outside shot of the snow scene in Stamford.