Monday, February 23, 2015
Randy Orton came out to call for Seth Rollins who put him out of action for four months. The Authority came out minus Rollins, but with Big Show and Kane. They confronted Orton in the ring and suggested he re-align himself with them. Orton refused, and they suggested a business meeting later. The fans chanted “No” but Orton eventually stopped The Authority as they were leaving and said he’d be there for it.
Dolph Ziggler defeated Bad News Barrett via pinfall in a non-title match. R-Truth was on commentary during the match. Late in the contest, Ziggler moved away from Barrett charging him in the corner. Ziggler hit a Zig Zag after to get the pin. Post-match, Dean Ambrose arrived to ringside with Barrett’s belt in hand to taunt him.
Backstage, The Authority met with Orton. Rollin was there for it and objected to them trusting Orton or bringing him back. Stephanie and the others talked Rollins into the decision. She said tonight Orton and Rollins face Bryan and Reigns in tag action to show The Authority’s dominance.
Prime Time Players defeated The Ascension via pinfall. Late in the match, Darren Young got a surprise rollup pinfall. Ascension was upset at the loss and hit Fall of Man on Young after clearing Titus out.
Roman Reigns came out to talk about how he is heading to WrestleMania after winning another match last night to earn it. He was interrupted by Daniel Bryan who came out to talk about Reigns getting booed and how he was booing him when he won the Rumble too. Bryan said he gave all he had against Reigns last night but couldn’t get the win, and for that he is telling Reigns to go kick Brock’s ass at Mania. Bryan said he’s ready to partner up with Reigns tonight in the tag match, and shook his hand before leaving the ring. Paul Heyman came out next to congratulate Reigns and talk about how his money would be on him to beat so many competitors - but not a Beast like Brock Lesnar. Heyman talked about respecting Reigns. Reigns said he isn’t worried about his respect. He vowed to defeat Lesnar at Mania and said that when he’s done with him, “he ain’t gonna like me anyways, Believe that.”
The Usos defeated Tyson Kidd & Cesaro via disqualification in a tag team title rematch. Late in the match, Jimmy hit the superkick on Kidd and went to the top. Natalya crotched Jimmy to get the DQ. Naomi yanked Natalya off the ring apron. Natty clutched at her ankle, so Kidd helped her to the back.
Backstage, The Miz had Mizdow working to de-lint his jacket for him. Mizdow announced his big news, thanking Miz for letting him step out of his shadow of being a stunt double, because now casting directors are calling him to be a leading man. Miz told him that was great but to “get rolling,” ordering him to work on his jacket.
They showed a Bray Wyatt video promo with him looking at a casket and calling out Taker. Bray mocked Taker as broken bones and broken dreams. He said “I know you’re afraid Deadman, but there’s no reason to hide.” He told him to come find him, after slamming the casket closed.
Jack Swagger defeated Stardust via pinfall. Goldust’s music hit and he came out during the match, causing a distraction. Swagger put the Ankle Lock on Stardust to make him tap.
They had a segment with John Cena who came out to discuss his loss at Fastlane and Rusev being a coward. Rusev and Lana came out to interject. Eventually, Cena said in honor of all those who have fought to raise the flag as heroes or the U.S. he’s going to humble Rusev at WrestleMania. Rusev said he wasn’t giving a rematch to a quitter like Cena. The Russian flag fell behind Cena in the ring after Rusev denied him the match.
Backstage, Orton and Rollins talked in the locker room about their common goal of defeating Reigns and Bryan tonight “by any means necessary.”
The Bella Twins defeated Paige and Emma via pinfall. Brie was able to knock Paige off the apron before kicking Emma in the gut for a Facebuster to win. Post-match, Paige got a kick on Brie, but Nikki came in and knocked her down, then stood over her with the divas belt.
Curtis Axel was in the ring with an AxelMania shirt on. He talked about how he was never eliminated from the Royal Rumble and listed the hours, days and seconds he’s been in the match for now. HEe said he’ll be competing in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania and “You can’t stop AxelMania.”
Ryback defeated Curtis Axel via pinfall. Ryback won in about 45 seconds to squash Axel.
Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan defeated Seth Rollins and Randy Orton via pinfall. Late in the match, Orton went for the hanging DDT on Reigns, but Rollins tagged himself in. Orton went to ringside saying “Screw this.” Reigns gained control and went for the Superman punch, but Bryan tagged in. Bryan hit the running knee on Rollins for the victory.
Post-match, Orton looked ready to hit a punt kick on the fallen Rollins but didn’t. Jamie Noble came from behind Orton but got hit by the RKO. Orton went towards Mercury, but he backed away. Finally, Orton walked over and patted Rollins on the back, and then left the ring. Cole was surprised by how much Orton held himself back as Raw went off the air.