Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, 4.5.16: RAW

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

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

This week's RAW was live in Dallas, Texas. It's the RAW after Wrestlemania, where we are usually guaranteed some big storyline beginnings and usually some big surprises. What does WWE have in store as we move forward toward Wrestlemania 33 next year? After losing to The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, Shane McMahon, gets a one night only shot at running RAW from Vince McMahon, just to see what Shane could have accomplished. The New Day defend the WWE World Tag Team Championship against The League Of Nations. Sasha Banks battled Summer Rae in Women's Division action. NXT up and comer, Apollo Crews, made his RAW debut, battling Tyler Breeze one on one. NXT's Baron Corbin makes his RAW debut against Dolph Ziggler. WWE Intercontinental Champion, Zack Ryder, defends the championship against The Miz. Charlotte is awarded her newly won WWE Women's Championship in a ceremony. The Usos battled The Dudleys in a tables match. Enzo and Big Cass of NXT make their RAW debut. The main event saw a #1 Contenders fatal four way between Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Chris Jericho and a returning Cesaro, with the winner getting a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against Roman Reigns.

*** RAW ***

- Vince McMahon Promo: Vince says Shane McMahon had no chance in hell against The Undertaker, Vince took care of that one Shane clause hanging over his head and is now again the only one in control of the WWE. Vince enjoyed seeing Shane get the crap kicked out of him, but gained respect for Shane and his willingness to go all out when he jumped off the cage roof. Shane's music hits and a beaten Shane arrives on the stage. Vince says he has no business being here. Shane says he's the only man in the family and wanted to do this face to face. Shane thanks the fans and shakes Vince's hand. Vince gets pissed and tells the WWE Universe not to encourage Shane. Vince then decides to let Shane run RAW tonight to see what he can do because no one upstages Vince McMahon.

- "WWE World Tag Team Championship Match": The New Day (c) vs. The League Of Nations: The match closes out with Big E hot tagging, taking out the LON and knocking Sheamus off the apron. Big E and Kofi hit the double team Big Ending on King Barrett and score the pinfall. After the match, Sheamus says there is a weakest link in the LON and targets Barrett. Barrett gets held by Del Rio and Rusev and eats a Sheamus Brogue Kick. The lights suddenly go out and The Wyatt Family arrive. The Wyatt's attack, beat down the LON and Bray lays out Sheamus with Sister Abigail.
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall, to retain the WWE World Tag Team Championship.

- Backstage, Vince McMahon is spotted leaving the arena because he doesn't want to be present when Shane McMahon sinks the ship tonight and is thankful that this is one night only.

- Summer Rae Promo: Summer says Blonde and Bad would have won last night if she was leading the team. Summer is thankful that she wasn't left laid out on her face like Sasha Banks. Sasha's music hits and Sasha gets in the ring. Sasha says she's still "The Boss", slaps Summer and we have a match.

- Sasha Banks vs. Summer Rae: The match closes out with Sasha hitting the running double knees in the corner. Sasha goes for the Bank Statement, but Summer grabs the ropes. Summer rolls up Sasha for a near fall. Sasha uses the kick out momentum to roll through and apply the Bank Statement, forcing Summer to tap out.
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission.

- It's announced that NXT superstar, Apollo Crews, is making his RAW debut next.

- Apollo Crews vs. Tyler Breeze: The match closes out with Crews hitting an enziguri on Breeze. Crews hits the press slam, standing moonsault and finishes Breeze with the Apollo Bomb for the pinfall.
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall.

- Roman Reigns Promo: Reigns says he's not a good guy or a bad guy, he's THE GUY and says he beat Triple H's ass at Wrestlemania. Chris Jericho's music hits and out comes Jericho interrupting Reigns. Jericho demands a world title shot when suddenly AJ Styles interrupts and points at the world title. Kevin Owens comes out next and wants the title. Out comes Sami Zayn and he wants the title too. Owens and Zayn start brawling as does Jericho and Styles. Zayn suicide dives onto Owens. Jericho tosses Styles to the floor and Reigns ends the segment by spearing Jericho.

- Backstage, Shane McMahon tells Roman Reigns there will be a fatal four way tonight between Owens/Zayn/Jericho/Styles with the winner becoming #1 Contender.

- Baron Corbin Promo: Corbin doesn't care if people don't know him because his arrival signals the end of days.

- Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler: The match closes out with Ziggler hitting two corner splashes, a near fall DDT and a near fall Famasser. Corbin hits Deep Six on Ziggler for a near fall. Ziggler goes to the floor and gets booted over the barricade by Corbin. The referee counts both men out which upsets Corbin. Corbin tells the referee that what he's about to do is the referee's fault. Corbin grabs Ziggler and lays him out with End Of Days on the floor.
Winner: Double Countout.

- Backstage, Zack Ryder remembers taking a picture holding Razor Ramon's title when he was little. Last night he took another one and let Razor hold his. The Miz interrupts, mentions Ryder ruining his Wrestlemania moment and talks Ryder into giving him a title shot.

- "WWE Intercontinental Championship Match": Zack Ryder (c) vs. The Miz: The match closes out with Ryder going for the Broski boot, but Miz rolls out to the floor. Miz sends Ryder into the apron then talks trash to Ryder's dad in the front row. Ryder's dad shoves Miz, Miz's wife Maryse jumps the barricade and slaps Ryder's dad. Ryder gets distracted and gets laid out with the Skull Crushing Finale. Miz covers, scores the pinfall and wins the championship.
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall, to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

- Backstage, Kevin Owens says it took six guys and a ladder to beat him and also blames Sami Zayn for costing him his WWE Intercontinental Championship. Owens says he's winning tonight and will go on to beat the Roman Empire.

- Lita and The Women's Division Promo: WWE Hall of Famer, Lita, is in the ring with the whole ladies roster. Lita applauds the Women's Division and will now award Charlotte her new WWE Women's Championship. Charlotte arrives and is given her new title. Charlotte thanks everyone and her dad, Ric Flair. Charlotte brags about her accomplishments and Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch storm off. The rest of the roster follows as Nattie Neidhart grabs a microphone. Nattie says Charlotte needs to learn about humility and challenges Charlotte to a match. Charlotte blows off the challenge, so Nattie attacks and locks Charlotte in the Sharpshooter submission. Flair grabs Charlotte and pulls her to safety to end the segment.

- Backstage, AJ Styles says tonight starts the Phenomenal Era in the WWE.

- "Tables Match": The Usos vs The Dudley Boys: The match closes out with Jimmy hitting an Uso Splash on Bubba. The Dudleys go for a double power bomb through a table on both Usos, but the Usos counter with Uso Kicks. The Usos run the barricade and take out The Dudleys as they rolled outside. The Usos put both Dudleys on tables and go for the Uso Splash. Both Dudleys move and the Usos crash through the tables to end the match. After the match, Bubba is mad because they didn't physically put The Usos through a table. Devon picks up Jey Uso and throws him right through a table. Bubba tells the time keeper that now the match is over so ring the bell.
Winners: The Dudley Boys.

- Backstage, Sami Zayn talks about his chance at becoming the #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tonight. Kevin Owens suddenly attacks Zayn from behind and power bombs him through a table.

- Enzo and Big Cass Promo: NXT up and comers, Enzo and Big Cass make their RAW debut and immediately take some shots at The Dudley Boys. Big Cass tells the Dudleys to come out to the ring if they have a problem with that. The Dudleys arrive, get up on the apron, but then jump down and walk away.

- "#1 Contenders, Fatal Four Way Match": Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho vs. Cesaro: With Sami Zayn taken out of the match by Kevin Owens, a returning Cesaro took Zayn's spot. The match closes out with Jericho and Cesaro going back and forth with punches and European uppercuts. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho submission, but Cesaro reverses it into the Sharpshooter submission. Styles hits the springboard forearm and lays out Cesaro.
Styles is up, hits a Pele Kick on Owens and then walks right into Jericho and a Code Breaker for a near fall. Jericho talks trash to Styles for kicking out. Styles goes crazy and unloads a series of blows on Jericho. Styles ends up hitting the Styles Clash on Jericho, scores the pinfall and becomes the new #1 Contender. Styles celebrates to close out RAW.
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall, to become the new #1 Contender to Roman Reigns and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

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