Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, 3.29.16: RAW

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE, is back with the RAW Recap Edition. 

Are you ready??? It's Wrestlemania week!!! This week's RAW was live in Brooklyn, New York, as we are just 6 short days away from the biggest event in sports entertainment! Some call it the Super Bowl of Sports Entertainment, us wrestling fans call it Wrestlemania! This week's RAW, we saw all hands on deck as we got the final RAW before Wrestlemania. The Undertaker and Shane McMahon go face to face one last time before their Hell In A Cell Match takes place at Wrestlemania. Zack Ryder went one on one with Chris Jericho. Charlotte battled Becky Lynch in one on one Divas action. Kane and Big Show teamed up and took on The Social Outcasts in tag team action. Kofi Kingston of The New Day battled Alberto Del Rio of The League Of Nations. WWE United States Champion, Kalisto, battled Konnor of The Ascension one on one. Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose meet one last time before their Wrestlemania No Holds Barred Street Fight Match. Paige battled Emma one on one in Divas Division action. Six Man Tag Team action takes place with Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Sin Cara vs. The Miz, Stardust, and WWE Intercontinental Champion, Kevin Owens. Triple H and Roman Reigns continue their war leading into their WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match at Wrestlemania.

*** RAW ***

- The Undertaker Promo: The deadman himself kicked off this week's RAW. Taker guarantees Wrestlemania will not be his last, Shane McMahon's blood will be on Vince McMahon's hands, Wrestlemania is his yard, Hell In A Cell is his playground and Shane McMahon will Rest In Peace. Shane McMahon's music hits and out comes Shane O'Mac. Shane says he'll be fighting to win and Taker will be fighting not to lose. Shane says no matter what shape he's in after Wrestlemania, he'll be on the RAW after, because he will be officially in charge of RAW. Shane says if he has to end Taker's legacy to create his own, then so be it. Shane gets in Taker's face and tells Taker that his legacy actually died two years ago when Brock Lesnar ended the streak. Taker calls Shane "Vince McMahon's bitch" which forces Shane to leap at Taker and unload some punches. Taker tosses Shane over the top rope and then tosses Shane repeatedly into the barricade.
Taker goes for the Last Ride, but Shane counters out and lands a kick. Shane grabs a production case under the ring and unloads head shots on Taker with it repeatedly. Shane gets Taker laid out on the announcers table and then hits his trademark elbow off the top rope, putting Taker through the table. Shane walks away victorious as Taker suddenly sits up and signals his cut throat taunt at Shane to end the segment.

- Zack Ryder vs. Chris Jericho: Before the match can start, AJ Styles confronts Jericho and demands a Wrestlemania match. Jericho says no, but Styles says he isn't leaving until Jericho says yes. The match closes out with Jericho locking Ryder in the Walls Of Jericho. Styles gets the crowd to chant "Y2 Jackass", which distracts Jericho. Ryder rolls Jericho up and scores the upset pinfall.
Winner: Zack Ryder, by pinfall.

- Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte: Sasha Banks is present at ringside for this match. The match closes out with Ric Flair getting involved and grabbing Becky's foot.  Becky kicks Flair away, but gets kicked by Charlotte and then hit with Natural Selection. Charlotte covers and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Charlotte, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Vince McMahon says an angry Undertaker is the best weapon. Shane McMahon interrupts and Vince says if he was Shane he'd be halfway across the Brooklyn Bridge by now. Shane says he isn't Vince and this Sunday Shane takes back the company that Vince stole from Vince Sr.

- Kane and The Big Show vs. The Social Outcasts: The match closes out with Kane going for the choke slam, but the Social Outcasts all jump Kane, causing the DQ. After the match, all the competitors in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal hit the ring and we have a huge brawl. Kane and Big Show clear out the ring and land choke slams on all the Social Outcasts.
Winners: Kane and Big Show, by DQ.

- Triple H and Stephanie McMahon Promo: Stephanie demands us to bow down to the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and her husband, Triple H. Triple H says this Sunday will be his 20th Wrestlemania and there's no better feeling than being the world champion. Triple H says Roman Reigns' attack on him had lit a fire in the game, forcing him to go after the world title and obsessing him to end Reigns' career. Stephanie says this Sunday it's all about Triple H. Roman Reigns hits the ring and begins brawling with Triple H. Reigns and Triple H go back and forth until Reigns gains control. Triple H escapes after Stephanie steps into Reigns path, forcing Reigns to stop swinging.

- Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio: The match closes out with Kofi dodging a Del Rio kick and nailing a double foot stomp for a near fall. Del Rio hits his double foot stomp on Kofi and goes for the cross arm breaker submission. Kofi counters and rolls Del Rio up for the pinfall.
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall.

- Jonathan Coachman of ESPN announces SportsCenter will be live at Wrestlemania this Sunday and then dances with The New Day.

- Backstage, Bubba Ray and Devon Dudley interrupt and start brawling with Roman Reigns. Triple H arrives and helps the Dudleys 3-On-1 beat down Reigns.

- Kalisto vs. Konnor: The match closes out with Viktor trying to help Konnor, but Kalisto kicks Viktor in the face. Kalisto hits Salida Del Sol on Konnor and scores the pinfall. After the match, Viktor tries to attack Kalisto, but Kalisto lands a springboard DDT. Ryback arrives and gets in Kalisto's face and starts a "Feed Me More" chant.
Winner: Kalisto, by pinfall.

- Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman Promo: Heyman says that this Sunday we will all get to see a once in a lifetime human athlete and there always is that one fool that wants a piece of Lesnar. Heyman gives Dean Ambrose credit, Ambrose thinks making the match a no holds barred street fight gives him a chance. Heyman gives away a spoiler and says Brock Lesnar wins at Wrestlemania. Dean Ambrose heads to the ring with a wagon and begins filling it with weapons. Ambrose also grabs the top part of the steel steps and leaves not once taking notice to Lesnar and playing mind games, ending the segment.

- Paige vs. Emma: The match closes out with Paige kicking Emma in the stomach, chest and face. Paige hits a running knee and plants Emma with a fall away slam. Tamina distracts the referee allowing Lana to kick Paige and helping Emma score the pinfall. After the match all the Divas involved in the tag match at Wrestlemania begin brawling. Eva Marie hits the ring and helps the Total Divas cast clear the ring.
Winner: Emma, by pinfall.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Sin Cara vs. The Miz, Stardust, and Kevin Owens: The match closes out with everyone hitting their finishers on each other. Owens goes for the pop up power bomb, but Zayn counters with a drop kick. Owens goes for the tag, but Miz and Stardust walk out. Zayn hits a tornado DDT followed by the Helluva Kick on Owens to score the pinfall.
Winners: Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler and Sin Cara.

- Triple H and Stephanie McMahon Promo: Stephanie says no matter how bad we want it, we won't get change after Wrestlemania. Triple H says he's heard people talking behind his back about attacking people from behind and running. Roman Reigns hits the ring and he and Triple H begin brawling again on the ramp. Reigns gets tossed into the ring post, but comes back and tosses Triple H into the barricade. The RAW locker room clears out and everyone tries to hold back both men. Reigns escapes his group holding him back and leaps over the top rope, taking out Triple H and the group of guys holding Triple H back. Triple H crawls up the ramp back to Stephanie to close out this week's RAW.

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