WWE Monday Night Raw 2/8/16…A Sombering Return

WWE.com broke the news this morning that Daniel Bryan will be here tonight, in his home city, of Seattle, Washington, making an announcement that his WWE career is done.  I am not looking forward to hearing that news.

Raw is now.

We get a nice video of Daniel Bryan, before Raw starts.

And we get yet another pointless promo from Stephanie McMahon.

The official contract signing with Roman Reigns Vs Dean Ambrose Vs Brock Lesnar.

But the fans want to chant Daniel Bryan, and we get no jokes from Stephanie.

I take that back, she said Seattle fans are confused, the winner of Fastlane will not face Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania, but the winner of this match will face her husband, the reigning and defending WWE World Heavyweight Champion, HHH.

Dean Ambrose interrupts Stephanie’s speech.

Dean is tired of waiting, he wants Brock to come out now.  Stephanie tells him that she is his boss, and there will be no physicality at all.  She does the intros.

Roman Reigns now interrupts the fun.

Reigns wants to sign the contract, and Stephanie reminds Dean that Roman is trying to steal his spotlight, so come on out Brock Lesnar.

Here Comes The Pain!!

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is….

Yeah yeah, says Stephanie, we already know what your name is.  Let’s get this contract signing going.

All three men sign the contracts, and Stephanie walks away.

So it’s time for Heyman to have some fun.

Little brother, maybe you should ask big brother Roman, the difference between a beatdown of The Authority and a beatdown of the hands of BRRRRROOOOOOOOCK LESNAR!!!

Ambrose gets into Brock’s face, Brock shoves Ambrose into Reigns.  Brock throws a table at Reigns, and gives Ambrose a F-5.

Now comes the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, HHH.

Daniel Bryan made the statement earlier today that he is retiring, and will be here tonight.

Wrestlers responded through Twitter today.

Daniel Bryan will address the WWE Universe, tonight.

Footage of Daniel Bryan’s NXT debut from 2010.

Moments ago, we see what we just saw.  Lesnar F-5’s Ambrose.

Dean is upset about it backstage.  Before this night is over, Ambrose is going to get Brock Lesnar.

Owens Vs Ziggler, now.

Ziggler used the ropes to pick up the victory over Owens, again.

Tonight, a Tables match with The Usos Vs New Day.  We will also see Miz TV, with Miz’s guest being Chris Jericho.

And Daniel Bryan will announce hie retirement tonight, we see where Daniel defeated The Miz at Night of Champions 2010, and became the United States Champion, over The Miz.

The Usos are met up with The Dudleys.  They want the tables match, not The Usos.

The Dudleys ask that they team up with The Usos tonight against The New Day in a tables match.

Tonight, Bray Wyatt faces Ryback, and we take a look at the big guy.

Now, it’s Charlotte in action, next.

Charlotte Vs Alicia Fox is now.

Charlotte Vs Brie Bella is set in 2 weeks, at Fastlane.

Charlotte wins with the Figure Eight, making Foxy tap.

The Miz is getting ready for MizTV, next.

It’s official, an 8-man tag match with Dudleys and Usos Vs New Day and a partner of their choosing in a tables match.

MizTV is now.

Usually, MizTV is about where a superstar can vent, and do whatever they want, but last week, we saw what AJ Styles did to The Miz.

Miz offered to take that redneck rookie straight to the red carpet, and this is the thanks he got?  He could have take AJ Styles to the next level, look at what he did for Daniel Bryan.  Miz is an A-Lister.

Here comes Chris Jericho.

Miz, that was a tremendous introduction, except the part where he talks about Jericho, and says anything entertaining.

I was going to talk about you….

Will you please shut the hell up.

Miz, he listened to him talk, and he realized something.  The fans don’t want to see MizTV, they want to see The Highlight Reel.

And just like that, they changed sets.

Welcome to Raw is Jericho.

Tonight, his guest is….

Miz is not Jericho’s guest, this is his show.  This isn’t right.

Jericho said there is something missing.  Okay, how about potted plant.

Chair, given to him by Roman Reigns.  A nice plotted plant, given to him by Dean Ambrose.

Miz had a tough week last week.  He had 2 big losses, one to AJ Styles on Smackdown, and the other when he lost his tooth through a punch by AJ.

We see the clip of that, and Miz tells us how expensive his tooth was.  He also had a meeting with Spielberg, Steven Spielberg.  But he wants to thank his expensive dentists to get that fixed.

Jericho is laughing, Miz is not amused.  But Miz reminds us Jericho too had a rough week, when he lost to “The Phenomenal One”.

Roll the clip, monkeys.

AJ Styles may have been a big fish in a small pond, but he just beat the great white shark, Chris Jericho in his WWE Raw debut.

It must be eating Chris alive.

Chris admits it is, and he hasn’t stopped thinking about it in 2 weeks.  We know AJ is good, but is he great?  Can he do the impossible, and beat Chris Jericho twice?  He needs to prove that Jericho is the best in the world at what he does,

AJ comes out, and Miz gives Chris a cheap shot, and AJ and Chris work together, to get Miz out of the ring.

But Chris slaps AJ, and the two trade blows.

Styles throws Jericho out of the ring, and Chris goes after Miz again.  But now, Chris walks away.

This Thursday night on Smackdown, Styles Vs Jericho II.

Earlier tonight, we see Lesnar take out Reigns and Ambrose.  Dean makes the guarantee that at the end of tonight, he will get Brock Lesnar.

Ambrose will be in action, next.

But we see more of Daniel Bryan’s crowning moments, when he won Money in the Bank 2011.

And he cashed in the title chance 5 months later, in December of 2011.

Ryback Vs Bray Wyatt is now.

Bray wins with Sister Abigail.

Now it’s time to get Ryback.

Ryback is surrounded by all four men, the mauling continues.

Bray speaks out, saying there is nothing we can do except pray that they show us mercy.

Can you feel it?

Follow the Buzzards.

More Daniel Bryan highlights.  The form of Team Hell No.

More comments from superstars and celebrities.  Tonight, Daniel Bryan addresses the universe.

New Day is working on the table.

Renee Young is with them.  Have they found their partner yet?  Kofi tells Renee, they are like the Denver Broncos, they are the champions, and everyone wants to be with them.

On the other side of the universe, Ambrose is pacing back and forth.  He tells Ambrose he will get Brock tonight.

Reigns wants to work with Ambrose, but Dean wants him all to himself.  Reigns tells Dean to give him hell, and save himself some.

Titus O’ Neil is in action, next.

Titus O’ Neil Vs Adam Rose is now.

Adam Rose wins an upset, when Social Outcasts distract Titus, and Adam rolls him up for the win.

Dean Ambrose is looking to get some from Brock Lesnar.

More footage of Daniel Bryan, when he beat Cena at Summerslam 2013.

WWE is honoring Black History Month in February.

Here comes “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose, and he has a purpose.

What did you call that Brock, an F-2?  F-3?  It sure wasn’t a F-5 because I thought it was to keep me down.  Brock Lesnar can’t get the job done.  So come on out here, and this time, put some stank on it.

No Brock Lesnar.

Maybe HHH was right, Suplex City has gone soft.  Brock Lesnar has gone soft, that sounds like a personal problem.  What is the matter Brock, you can’t get it up for a big fight?

I guess Paul Heyman didn’t give him permission, he knows that Paul is his agent and all, but it seems like Heyman carries his balls.

Here Comes The Pain!!

Another fight, when Brock destroys Ambrose, and ends with a F-5.

Okay, maybe F-3, cause Ambrose wants more.

Here comes Roman Reigns.

Ambrose gives Lesnar a low blow, and leaves.

Tonight, 8-man Tables Tag Match.  The Dudleys and The Usos Vs The New Day and another partner.

Moments ago, we see what we just saw….Ambrose giving Brock a low blow.

13 days away, at Fastlane, a Triple Threat match to determine who faces HHH at Wrestlemania.  Brock Lesnar Vs Roman Reigns Vs Dean Ambrose.

But now, it’s The Lucha Dragons Vs Del Rio and Rusev.

Del Rio and Rusev wins when Del Rio pins Kalisto with his double foot stomp.

Earlier today, R-Truth was at the Seattle museum, and sees Goldust, dressed as Jimmi Hendrix.

Goldust gets arrested, for breaking Purple Haze.

Golden Truth.

Sasha Banks is joining commentary, next.

Daniel Bryan’s Yes Movement, from March of 2014 is being shown.

Becky Lynch Vs Tamina is now.

Tamina wins with a kick, after Sasha gets into it with Naomi.  Becky helps Sasha out, but comes back into the ring, and is met with a kick from Tamina.

These four battle it out at Fastlane.

The New Day chooses Mark Henry.

He is now playing Francesca II.

More messages from superstars and celebrities.

This Thursday on Smackdown, it will be AJ Styles Vs Chris Jericho.

8-man tag match is now.  The Dudleys and The Usos Vs The New Day and Mark Henry.

The crowd chants New Day Rocks.  Tonight won’t be a table for 3.  Because they will be serving for 4.

And now the strongest unicorn, Mark Henry.

Mark Henry walks out on his partners, Dudleys and Usos win when they put Big E. through a table, and then The Dudleys turn on The Usos.

They put Jimmy through a table, and ask him if he knows who they are…..They are The Dudley Boyz, and they are the baddest tag team on the planet.

A wonderful Daniel Bryan video is playing, going over his career.

The crowd gives us a Yes Movement, and he addresses the universe, next.

News outlets broke the news this afternoon.

And here comes the man, Daniel Bryan.

The crowd is chanting Daniel Bryan, while Daniel just lets it all soak in.

Nobody connects to the fans, like Daniel Bryan.  Very surreal.

He was able to just close his eyes, and feel it, something he has never done before.

But now it is time to address the giant elephant in the room.

He didn’t want to shave his beard either.  But he wanted to cut his hair, and when he did, he looked silly with that big bear.  He cut his hair for wigsforkids.org.  They make wigs for kids, who have cancer, and they don’t charge the parents for that.

So now for less fun stuff.  He has been wrestling since he was 18 years old.  And within the first 5 months of his career, he had 3 concussions.  And every now and then, he’d get a concussion, and when you wrestle for 16 years, it adds to many concussions.  And it gets to a point, they tell you he can’t wrestle anymore.  He fought it many different times, because he would get MRIs, EKG, and they would say he is fine.  So he did everything he could to be ready in case WWE needs him.  Because this, is something he has loved more than anything else.

But a week and a half ago, he found out his brain isn’t as good as he thought.  So he has a family to think about, and they are going to have kids soon.  That is what Brie says all the time.

That’s what she says chants are taking place.

So, it is with a heavy heart and the utmost sadness that Daniel officially announces his retirement.  But if there is one thing, he woke up this morning with nothing but gratitude.  Because he got to do what he loves, for nearly 16 years.

Daniel wants to tell us a few of the things he loves.  Nobody outside of this city, and this arena cares, but Daniel loves the Seahawks.

Here is something else he loves, right when his music begins, he gets a little smirk on his face, whether he is tired, or sore.  He loves that.  He also loves diving through the ropes, because that makes him feel like Superman, and he loves that.

Another thing he loves, he has wrestled in front of parking lots in gas stations.  And he has wrestled in front of 70,000 plus.  He also loves meeting such fantastic people, such as someone who looks like a monster, but is the smartest man he knows, like Kane.  He has gotten to know a mentor for him for 16 years, William Regal.

He got to meet kids who are stronger than he ever can imagine, like Connor.

He is very grateful, because wrestling doesn’t owe them anything.  WWE doesn’t owe them anything.  The fans don’t owe them anything, because they get to do what they love.

Daniel got to do his thing, and the fans got behind him, in a way that nobody should, when he is 5’8, and 198 pounds.  We got behind him in a way he was just born to be himself.  And for that, Daniel is grateful.  He is grateful because a little over 2 years ago, in this very arena, the fans hijacked Raw.

Yes Movement was in full effect.

And they were trying to do a big championship coronation with John Cena and Randy Orton.  This was going to be the biggest match in WWE history, and the fans wouldn’t stop chanting Daniel Bryan.

But that is not why he is grateful, his dad was standing right in that spot where the guy in the goat mask is standing right now.  His son, getting that kind of reaction from all of us.  And that was the last time his dad ever got to see him wrestle.  And we made that special for him, for Daniel, and for his entire family.

Daniel is grateful.

Daniel is grateful because of wrestling, he got to meet the most wonderful woman in the world.  She is beautiful, and smart, and she completes him more than anything in the world, and that is because of wrestling.  He is grateful.

Daniel is grateful, because he is what he considers in his hometown fans.  And he is sharing this moment with us.  He gets to share this moment with his mom, sister, and friends.  He gets to share this with us, with the wrestlers, with his wife, with the men and women he shared this ring with for 15 years.  Daniel is grateful.

Tomorrow, Daniel gets to spend a new part of his life when he wakes up, as not being a wrestler.  But that is tomorrow, so if he can get one last big yes chant going, he would appreciate it.

Yes!!  Yes!!  Yes!!

Brie comes out to give Daniel a kiss, and we end the show here.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

This was a fun show, and they set Fastlane up quite well, and that includes the Dudleys turning heel, which needed to happen.


We also had Dean make Brock a bit vulnerable, and it sets the tone for the Triple Threat, because anything can happen.

But really, this show was about Daniel Bryan.  I was hoping that he was not retiring, and we’d see another superstar come out, and challenge him to a match.  But it didn’t happen.  Bryan truly is retiring, and I want to thank him for giving us so many memories in his 16 years in the business.  You will be missed.

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