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Video: Stills from last night's Elimination Chamber PPV
WWE Monday Night Raw: San Antonio, Texas
Welcome to Monday Night Raw and tonight Raw is coming to us from San Antonio, Texas and we kick things off with The Authority coming out to the ring and Stephanie introduces Seth Rollins as the WWE Champion and just because Dean Ambrose stole the WWE Championship belt doesn't make him a champion.
She calls him a kleptomaniac and asks the WWE Universe what they think The Authority should do with Dean Ambrose. Triple H says they won't have to get rid of Dean Ambrose because while he is crazy, Ambrose is not stupid and gave him until the start of Raw to turn the championship over to Seth Rollins then they can discuss what should be done after that.
The crowd starts a "Justin Bieber" chant. Triple H tells the WWE Universe to shut up and orders Ambrose to come out. Roman Reigns makes his way out.
Reigns says it doesn't sound like The Authority is happy to see him but it sounds like San Antonio sure is and Reigns says Triple H is right. Ambrose isn't stupid and he's also not here but he could be here. All he wants is a match but not just any match. He wants a ladder match.
Stephanie calls Ambrose and Reigns lowlifes and will not consider it. Reigns says they better consider it because that lowlife beat Rollins last night.
Reigns says Ambrose beat him, Reigns beat him and he may have been cool in The Shield but not so much now and calls Rollins the worst champion. Rollins says Ambrose gets his rematch
And at Money In The Bank he's going to prove to Ambrose he doesn't need anyone and at MITB he'll prove who the WWE World Champion really is and storms out of the ring minus The Authority
Stephanie gets in Reigns' face but Triple H backs her away and asks Reigns who he thinks he is and puts him in the MITB ladder match. Now, maybe Reigns is in the MITB ladder match but doesn't have to be
If Reigns loses tonight, he may not be in the MITB ladder matchand exits the ring leaving Reigns behind for his match coming up next
King Barrett vs Roman Reigns - Winner earns a spot in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Barrett, who has been presented as a loser since winning the KOTR tournament, started the match in control trying to wear down Reigns. Reigns responded with a big boot to the head. He followed with punt kicks to the chest as Barrett hung in the ropes, then pounded Barrett into the ring apron.
Back in the ring, Reigns emphatically clotheslined Barrett over the top rope to the floor. But, Barrett was able to kick the ring steps into Reigns's shin, temporarily injuring Reigns. Barrett pushed Reigns into the ring apron, then returned to the ring to stand tall heading to break.
Barrett with a chinlock on Reigns. Reigns gets to his feet. Irish whip and Barret side steps Reigns and unloads on Regns connecting with a kick to the ribs. Nearfall by Barrett. Barrett counters the spear
Winds Of Change by Barrett. Barrett setting up for the Bull Hammer. Reigns counters with a roll up planting Barrett but only gets a 2 cound.
Barrett rakes the eyes and snaps Reigns' neck off the top rope. Reigns off the rope hits the spear for the three count
The winner of the match: Roman Reigns
Chamber Flashback: Kevin Owens beat John Cena in his WWE main roster debut match. Big emphasis on Owens's victory, then Cole hyped "The Champ is Here," referring to Owens, later tonight.
DVD Trailer: Daniel Bryan's new DVD due out tomorrow.
Backstage: Roman Reigns was shown walking down the hallway. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon stopped him in the hallway and sarcastically clapped it up for Reigns beating Barrett. Hunter said Reigns will remain in the MITB ladder match ... if he can beat his next opponent, Mark Henry. Hunter smirked, then sang a line from Henry's theme song on the way out. Reigns took a deep breath and re-focused on his next task.
Backstage: Byron Saxton brought in Divas champion Nikki Bella. Byron congratulated Nikki on retaining her Divas Title last night at Elimination Chamber. Nikki said she is open to all upcoming challenges. NXT call-up? Instead, Paige walked in and said she wants a one-on-one Divas Title shot. Nikki said Paige is sounding a lot like Naomi right now, but if she wants a title re-match, she can have one. And it will be tonight.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Miz vs Ryback
Ryback comes out to the ring and says he doesn't want to get emotional but he's proud to be the new WWE Intercontinental Champion. He went back to the very same arena last year and San Antonio inspired him to get back to the top before leading the WWE Universe in a "Feed Me More" chant before his music played again.
Miz vs Ryback is up next
Miz comes out but before the match can begin, Big Show walks out and lays out Miz with a KO Punch and says if anyone is going to beat Ryback for the Intercontinental Championship it's him and Ryback may call himself the Big Guy but he has nothing on Big Show
Kevin Owens comes out and says Owens said last night should have been the biggest night of his life. He called home and his wife was so proud. But, when he talked to his kid, it was a different story. See, his kid is a huge John Cena fan. He's a kid. Owens said his kid just wanted to know if Cena was okay. Owens said it's not his boy's fault, though, because it's blind worship of a living, breathing, real-life super-hero. The bright colors, the catchphrase - he gets it.
Owens said while he traveled the world working on his craft for ten years, his son was being influenced by John Cena instead of him because he was not on WWE television. Owens said he went toe-to-toe with Super Cena last night, and "I beat Super Cena!" he declared, popping the vocal males. Owens vowed to beat Cena again in two weeks and expose Cena for who he really is.
Owens told the parents in the crowd to make sure they watch Money in the Bank in two weeks to see what he does to Cena, exposing him for the marketing tool that he is. Owens emphatically vowed to deliver again in two weeks, because that's what he does. The vocal males popped and Owens proudly held up the NXT Title belt. They seem to be subtly setting up a deal of NXT being marketed as "authentic" opposite WWE TV as "manufactured" for the masses.
Suddenly, John Cena's music played. The U.S. champion came out on-stage as the vocal males fired up by Owens did the "John Cena Suuuucks" sing-song. Cena hit the ring and said Owens is a jackass. He said Owens needs to act like he's been there before, even if it was his first WWE match. Cena said the whole world is talking about Kevin Owens, then Cena paused for a "You got beat" chant.
Cena said the crowd is speaking the truth because Owens not only took him to the limit, he won. "I got beat," Cena declared. Owens nodded along. Cena said ever since he's held this U.S. Title, he's acknowledged that a man will come down to the ring and beat him. So, five minutes ago, he was prepared to come down to the ring and hand Owens the U.S. Title belt. But he doesn't deserve it. And he doesn't even deserve the NXT Title.
Cena told a smirking Owens that his son feels the way he feels because it is the WWE Marketing Machine. Cena said if that were the case, his son would want an Adam Rose t-shirt, want to be a Funkasauras, or want to grow up to be an XFL player. Owens smirked at Cena avoiding the subject. Cena then pointed out Cena Fans in the crowd and pointed out a fan in the crowd holding up a sign reading: "I am beating cancer." Owens smirked at Cena using a cancer patient's situation to fuel his promo and fire up the crowd. Cena said his catchphrases weren't drawn up by someone sitting in a board room. They're real and authentic because that's who he is.
Cena continued his monthly ra-ra speech covering for last night's loss, then paused to acknowledge the cancer patient on the front row again. Cena told her to never give up and keep fighting. He then re-addressed Owens, saying his catchphrase inspires people who wait for something for ten years to kick, scratch, and claw to get the prize and then finally declare "The champ is here." And that person was you, Kevin Owens, last night. Cena said the three words that define Owens's life journey are not Fight, Owens, Fight, but "Never give up."
Cena had some advice "man-to-almost-man" that he will have to explain how a "really good wrestler" got his ass kicked by a real man in two weeks. No rebuttal chance for Owens. Cena slammed down the mic and ripped off his t-shirt prepared to fight as his music played. Owens also prepared to fight, tossed down the NXT Title, and squared off, but he stepped to the ropes and took off with his title belt to boos. Owens kept walking to the back without turning around to face Cena
New Day is in the ring and Xavier Woods says last night they showed everyone and San Antonio has champions in their presence again and says New Day is hot and they're on fire and just like they prevailed last night in two weeks there's nothing that will stop Kofi Kingston from becoming Mr. Money In The Bank
Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler
The crowd started with a chant for Lana, ignoring Ziggler. They followed with a "New ... Day Sucks" chant, also ignoring Ziggler. Kofi slowed the pace by working on Ziggler with a headlock. Xavier shouted at Ziggler that he's nothing, then Dolph responded with a back-elbow smash and corner splash. Ziggler tried to fire up the crowd before landing a leaping elbow drop for a two count. Ziggler tried a sidekick, but Kofi blocked, only to take a DDT from Dolph. Dolph followed with a quick pin for the three count.
The winner of the match: Dolph Ziggler
Post Match: New Day attacks Ziggler until Prime Time Players run out as Raw goes to break
Dolph Ziggler & Prime Time Players vs New Day
The Players continued to work on D-Young as the crowd tried to rally behind Young. Big E. tagged in and tried a big splash to Young, but Young got his knees up to block. Young made the tag to Titus, who teed off on Xavier Woods, then Big E., then Xavier again. Kofi tried to fly at Titus, who caught Kofi in mid-air and chucked Kofi across the ring. Titus, fired up, went nuts on Xavier before hitting a powerslam for a two count.
Chaos in the ring. Ziggler then superkicked Kofi, setting up Titus to scoop up Xavier to finish him for the pin and the win. Cole said the Players might have earned a future Tag Title shot. WWE cut to the stage to show Lana still hanging out smiling at Ziggler's work.
The winners of the match: Dolph Ziggler and Prime Time Players
Roman Reigns vs Mark Henry
Reigns unloads on Henry with kicks. Reigns goes to slam Henry but Henry shifts his weight falling ontop of Reigns. Henry in control of the match. Henry continues to beat down Reigns. Nearfall by Henry
Henry going after Reigns' eye. Picks Reigns up and drives his shoulder into Reigns. Headbutt and a right hand to Reigns. Henry misses with a splash and Reigns with a series of clotheslines in the corner.
Reigns with a big clothesline. Samoan Drop by Reigns as Henry rolls out of the ring. Reigns driven spine first into the ring post. Reigns with the Superman Punch and both men are down as the referee administers the ten count. Reigns slidss back in beating the 10 count
The winner of the match by count out: Roman Reigns
Post Match: Mark Henry attacks Reigns and delivers the World's Strongest Slam followed by a big splash
Backstage: The Authority congratulate Reigns and say he's on a roll and Triple H says it's absolutely crazy how many people want to be in the Money In The Bank ladder match and Reigns should lace that vest up and "Follow The Buzzards"
Sonic Shakes Auditions
WWE Diva's Championship: Paige vs Nikki Bella
Fireman carry into an armbar and Nikki with a belly to belly suplex. Nikki showing off doing pushups. Nikki drives Paige into the corner. Nikki drives her shoulder into Paige. Suplex to Paige and Nikki with a submission as she presses her knee into Paige's back. Chinlock on Paige as the Diva's Champion keeps her grounded. Paige gets to her feet and Nikki with a series of knees. Another suplex and a near fall. Nikki with another submission hold as Paige crawls towards the ropes forcing the break.
Paige with a kick to the midsection. Nikki rolls out of the ring and Nikki doing sit ups on the outside. Back in the ring, Niki with a kick. Nikki looking for the Alabama Slam but Paige with a pin as Nikki rolls through. Paige with a kick. Nikki picks her up and delivers the Alabama Slam
Paige with a series of kicks and another nearfall on Nikki. Paige hooks Nikki up for a suplex but Nikki counters with a series of knees and looks for the Rack Attack but Paige counters. Nikki misses with the clothesline and Paige with a DDT out of the corner
On the outside, Brie pulls Nikki under the ring and takes her place as Paige pulls Brie in and Brie rolls Paige up for the three count
The winner of the match: Nikki Bella
Sheamus vs Randy Orton
Sheamus backs Orton in the corner. Orton turns it around. Waistlock by Orton but Sheamus shakes him off and goes to work on the arm. Orton back to his feet. Hammerlock into a side headlock. Sheamus with a roll up, Orton kicks out. Orton with a roll up. Sheamus slides out of the ring.
Sheamus back in and a side headlock on Orton. Orton with the irish whip and a shoulderblock by Sheamus. Orton with an elbow to Sheamus. Sheamus and Orton trade uppercuts. Orton with a clothesline sends Sheamus over the top rope to the floor. Orton slides out and Sheamus and Orton trade punches. Orton looking to drop Sheamus on the back of his head on the barricade but Sheamus counters with punches. Orton drops Sheamus on the announce table and levels him with a clothesline
Powerslam by Sheamus. Knee into the shoulder by Sheamus. Sheamus with a shoulder to the midsection and Sheamus looking for the Ten Beats Of The Bohdran but Orton counters with elbows. Orton hung out on the top rope. Orton unloads with clotheslines.
Sheamus misses with the Brogue Kick. Orton with the powerslam. Orton goes for the DDT. Sheamus looking for the White Noise but Orton counters with a T-Bone suplex. Orton drops Sheamus with the DDT
Sheamus counters the RKO and connects with a knee sending Orton to the outside. The fight spills out to the floor as the referee calls for the bell.
The winners of the match: Double Countout
Post Match: Sheamus connects with The Brogue Kick as the brawl continues. Orton driven into the ring post. Sheamus picks Orton up and sends him into the barricade Referees manage to restrain Sheamus but Sheamus manages to land another Brogue Kick before making his way back up the ramp
Backstage: Rusev walks in with crutches and Byron Saxton asks Rusev for his current state of mind. Rusev says he has nothing. No championship, no career, no woman. He's just a broken man. He has a broken ankle and broken spirit and is the one crushed this time. But he knows what he wants and desires. And he will get back all of it.
Smackdown plug: Kevin Owens will be on Smackdown with an NXT Open Challenge, something he said at the last NXT TV that he would not do because his character is not insecure like Cena and he feels his opponents should prove themselves. The justification is the old "heels lie" line, with Owens trying to duck the opposition on NXT, but the announcement comes across like WWE wanted something to add to the Cena-Owens fire and is ignoring what Owens said on NXT.
Bo Dallas was introduced to the ring. The crowd wasn't sure how to react to Bo, who said on the way to the ring that he tried to help Neville, but now he just wants to hurt him. Bo angrily dropped the mic and paced the ring, dropping the nice-guy act. Neville was introduced as Bo's opponent for a PPV re-match.
Bo Dallas vs Adrian Neville
Dallas controlled the action early on, angrily yelling at Neville that he tried to help him. The crowd sat quietly, drained from the length of the show and not engaging in the match. Neville eventually made a comeback and knocked down a frustrated Dallas. Neville then climbed to the top rope, which the crowd recognized, and Neville hit his spectacular Red Arrow finisher for the pin and the win.
The winner of the match: Adrian Neville
Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt
Wyatt, who disappeared in recent weeks, took control of an injured Reigns early on. Reigns started to fight back, which drew out Seth Rollins and The Authority henchmen on-stage. Reigns was momentarily distracted, allowing Wyatt to re-take control. Rollins, Kane, and J&J Security applauded from the stage, prompting Cole to point out that Seth said at the top of the show that he doesn't need anyone's help, but he's enlisting their services here. Meanwhile, Wyatt rocked Reigns on the outside and roughed him up heading to break.
Back from break, Wyatt dominating the match. A nearfall on Reigns. Wyatt with a right hand. Wyatt with the running clothesline in the corner. Wyatt going for another clothesline but Reigns explodes out of the corner with a clothesline of his own. Wyatt hits the ring post shoulder first. Reigns with a DDT. Series of clotheslines int he corner by Reigns. Reigns with a right hand sendss Wyatt to the outside.
Wyatt back in takes control of the match. Clothesline to Reigns. Wyatt slaps Reigns and Reigns just smiles and fires back with slaps of his own. Reigns with a Samoan Drop. reigns in the corner setting up but Wyatt counters the Superman Punch. Wyatt does his spider walk looking for the Sister Abigail. Roll up by Reigns and a kick out. Reigns with the Superman Punch. The Authority who were looking on from the stage make their way to the ringside area.
Kane on the apron for the distraction. Reigns counters Sister Abigail as he pushes Wyatt into Kane. Reigns with a spear and three count
The winner of the match: Roman Reigns
Post Match: The Authority is beside itself as they climb onto the apron but Dean Ambrose's music plays and he appears on the announce table. Rollins goes flying across the announce table. Superman Punch to Kane. Ambrose takes out J & J and Ambrose with the Dirty Deeds to Rollins. Triple H and Stephanie appear on the stage glaring at Ambrose
Triple H makes his way down to the ring as he and Rollins glare at Reigns and Ambrose
-End Show 11:09pm-