WWE Monday Night Raw 2/22/16….The Road To Wrestlemania Begins Here

Tonight, we now know Roman Reigns will face HHH at Wrestlemania, after Roman survived Suplex City last night.

We are live, in Detroit, Michigan.  Michael Cole, JBL, and Byron Saxton welcome us to the show.

Earlier today, it was posted on WWE’s Facebook page, Brock Lesnar attacked Dean Ambrose at the Joe Louis Arena.  Ambrose was sent out in an ambulance.

Vince McMahon comes out, to give us the recipient of the Vincent J. McMahon Sr. Legacy of Excellence Award.

Tonight is a night we will never, ever forget.  We present the first ever Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award.

Vince tells us that over 100 years, his family have presented sports entertainment, starting with his grandfather, in 1914.  But his dad perfected the business.  He had a cunning business sense, but he was very kind.  The person we reward this has a kind soul, but a tremendous business sense.  The award goes to Stephanie McMahon.

Stephanie seems so touched by this, and she even prepared a speech, just in case she won this award.

Stephanie salutes her partner in life, HHH.  He is getting ready to defend his WWE World Heavyweight Title against Roman Reigns, at Wrestlemania.

HERE COMES THE MONEY!!  HERE COMES THE MONEY!!

Is it really?  It is….it is SHANE O’ MAC!!!

Shane gives us his customary shuffle, that we missed so much.

While we get such an ovation, from chants to Holy Shit, to This is Awesome, Vince offers a hug.  But Shane doesn’t accept it.  He then offers a handshake, and Shane again rejects that.

As Shane thanks the crowd, and then says What’s up Detroit.

Vince had to do it, this is the straw that broke the camel’s back.  It was an amazing idea, the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy Award.  It needs to go to someone who deserves the award, and that is not Stephanie.

Vince wants Shane to discuss this backstage, but Shane brings up Vince telling him when he was a kid to “man up”.  And when you have to deal with matters, why not do it in front of live TV.  So here he is.

Stephanie tells Shane this isn’t about him.  This is Steph’s moment.  This is her legacy.

All due respect, she hadn’t earned it.

Shane hasn’t been here for last 6 or 7 years.  It’s easy to say what you’d do from sitting at home.  But her husband and her have been running this business, with blood and tears.

Before Shane addresses this, Steph doesn’t know this, does she?  Well, let’s just say she and her husband have been running this business to the ground.  The stocks, the ratings, the injuries all run into the ground.

He is saying this in front of a packed house, right?  What would he know how to run a business, he is a quitter.  Now get the hell out of her ring.

Number one, its her father’s ring.  And second of all, does Vince want to tell her, or Shane?

Several years ago, her father messed up big time.  And who saved the day?  Shane.  And this is what happened, her father and Shane cut a deal.  They made some deals, but one thing for sure, he never lost his spot in the line.

Stephanie denies this, but Shane says the only reason Steph has been able to climb up the ladder is because Shane allowed it.

Vince doesn’t deny it, and tells Stephanie to run along, while Shane and Vince talk.  She wants to know if this is true?  Vince won’t say it, but Shane admits it is all true.

At the time Stephanie, it was best for business.

And Steph moves along.

She will never forgive Shane for this.

What is this about?  Vince will write Shane another check, he names it, any price.

This was never about money.  He left to get away from Vince.  This is about legacy.  His dad, this is about second generation.  Vince being a third generation, Shane being the fourth.  At home, he and Marissa are raising 3 boys at home, being the 5th generation.  Shane wants this business to be around for the 5th, 6th, 7th, and so on.  And with the way this business is being around, it won’t be along.

So Shane what do you want?

Shane wants control of Monday Night Raw.

That is all Shane wants is Monday Night Raw.  If you control Raw, you would be controlling the entire company.  This is a public company, you can’t just run whatever you want.

Again, this company is heading down.  This is about generation.

Shane just wants to mess with family, ruin Vince, ruin Stephanie.  And the fans want that.  Well, Vince will give him what Shane wants.  As long as he has one match, one night.  He wins his match, he gets his wish.  And if he loses, Vince wants the key to the lockbox.  He gets everything.  One match, and he chooses Shane’s opponent.

One match, one night?

The fans are chanting you still got it.

This won’t be my first deal with the devil, you have a deal.

Vince drops the F-bomb that is bleeped.

Shane remembers those beatings, but all this did was make Shane stronger.

How strong is Shane, because he will name a match, and his opponent almost as big as his ego.  The time and place are at Wrestlemania, and his opponent will be The Undertaker.  Oh by the way, just so you can’t take your ball, and run like before.  This will be inside Hell in a Cell.

Wow.

6-man tag match is now.  Teddy Long would approve this.  Neville and Lucha Dragons Vs The New Day.

New Day steal the win, when Kofi touched Sin Car’s mask, to blind him and hits Trouble in Paradise.  A great match.

Reigns is now texting Ambrose, and Jo-Jo wants an update.

Reigns saw what we saw, he got rammed into a car window.  He has been trying to get a hold of a hospital, but they haven’t said anything.  April 3rd, Wrestlemania is what Roman has been building for.  No more family business, no more corporate sabotage.  It comes down to Roman’s fists, and his heart.  He likes his odds.

Brock took out Dean earlier today, we will hear from Brock and Heyman, next.

Here Comes The Pain, Heyman and Brock come out to address Detroit.

The crowd chants Suplex City.

Ladies and gentlemen, his name is Paul Heyman.  And this is your main event of the evening.  Now Heyman understands that sounds self-gratifyzing, because his client isn’t in his wrestling gear.  But his client is the single biggest performer in Sports Entertainment and MMA, his client is BROCK LESNAR!!

Last night, at the main event of FastLane, his client took both Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns to Suplex City.  And his client put Roman Reigns in a Kimura Lock, and Roman was seconds away from tapping out, and don’t tell him Roman Reigns would not have tapped out to Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker tapped out to Brock Lesnar.  Roman Reigns would have tapped out to Brock Lesnar.

But then, Dean Ambrose took what was a competitive match, to a street fight, and cost his client a chance to main event Wrestlemania.  This pissed off his client.  Then “Psycho nut job” Dean Ambrose took himself out of the main event to Wrestlemania, so since Dean Ambrose took his client out of the main event of Wrestlemania, Brock Lesnar took Dean Ambrose out of Wrestlemania.

We see the footage from earlier today.

There is no shield that can protect Brock Lesnar, and Brock Lesnar IS the main event of Wrestlemania.  You think HHH is the main event of Wrestlemania?  Brock Lesnar is.

And then we have Dean Ambrose, he is like one of those “hardcore” fans who think he can do anything, speeding the road, as he mimics, then a semi, like Brock Lesnar smashes him.

And that is what happens when you disrupt the wrath out of Brock Lesnar.  He needs a Wrestlemania opponent, and there is a F-5 waiting for anyone that dares to step in his way from now until Wrestlemania.  So sayeth the slayer, so sayeth his client, Brock Lesnar.

We see the ambulance come back into the building, and near ringside.  It’s Dean Ambrose, who takes his neck brace off, and staggers near ringside.

Brock responds, by stepping on Ambrose.  Dean then challenges Brock to a Hardcore Streetfight, at Wrestlemania.  Brock responds by giving him a F-5 outside of the ring.

Dean channeled “Rowdy” Roddy Piper here.

The fight is on, as Heyman’s client accepts his challenge.

The Uso’s Vs The Ascension, now.

Here come The Dudleys.

Jimmy, Jey, let them be the first to welcome them back.  And don’t take what they did to them a few weeks ago personally.  They just had to remind the world they aren’t a nostalgic act.  They are decorated 9-time Tag Team champions.  Their legacy won’t be defined by paper, they will be defined by what they did.

Devon brings up maybe their father should have taught them all about respect.

The tag match is on.

Splash, the match is over.

The Dudleys walk away, another time.

FastLane rematch, Titans Vs The Wyatts, tonight.

Here is Chris Jericho.

Welcome to Raw is Jericho!!

And he has a little story to tell us.  For years he has been hearing about a guy who has been tearing it up, and that guy’s name is AJ Styles.

He has heard about how phenomenal he is.  And he made his debut at the Royal Rumble, and he didn’t like him.

How can someone be phenomenal when he hasn’t appeared in a WWE ring?  And then he faced him 3 matches, and he beat him last night.

So he has something to say to AJ Styles, and wants him to come to the ring.

We get a dual chant, here.

Chris wants to tell AJ the pressure was on him last night.  If he had beaten him, his career in WWE could have spiraled down, before it began.  But AJ did beat him, and he respects that.  He may not like him, but he wants to thank him.  AJ proved he has what it takes to be in the WWE.  He has what it takes to be a champion, and he can go straight to the top.  He proved he isn’t good, he isn’t great.  He is phenomenal.

But here come the Social Outcasts to interrupt the love.

They interrupted the hug fest here.  Curtis tells Chris the only reason Chris is being nice is because he made Chris tap out.  And AJ is going to take everything Chris said about him, like everything is fine?  Where Heath comes from, they call that being a coward.

The Social Outcasts are a team, and those two need to get out of their ring, now.

Shut up ginger jackass.

Chris said he and AJ weren’t planning on being a team, but maybe they should be.  He asks the fans if they want to make a team, maybe they should right here, in Detroit Rock City.

Chris and AJ are a team.

Y2AJ win the match when Axel taps out to the Walls, and AJ hits a springboard on everyone else.

Earlier tonight, Shane O’ Mac returns, interrupting Stephanie’s Legacy Award.

Wrestlemania, Shane Vs The Undertaker, inside Hell in a Cell.  Control of Monday Night Raw is on the line.

HHH is talking with Steph, trying to calm her down.  The beginning of Raw may not have gone the way they had planned.  But the ending will.  Steph goes to tell Roman their plans for tonight’s main event.

Steph tells Roman his match is against Sheamus.  She tries to stir the pot, saying his relationship with Dean may not be as tight as he thought, but League of Nations are brothers.  And they will be out there.

Goldust is trying to smooth things over with Truth.  He even has a cake for him, but he isn’t interested.

Truth shoves the cake into Goldust.

6-man tag match is up now.  Titan Vs The Wyatt Family.

The Wyatts win the match, when Ryback leaves his partners, and this distracts Kane for a moment, and Bray hits Sister Abigail for the win.

Wait, what?  Ryback turned heel?

Tonight, Reigns Vs Sheamus is our main event.

We are 41 days away from Wrestlemania.

Rich Brennan catches up with Ryback.

Ryback won his match last night, he is done with being in tag teams.  He has to look out for himself.  The attention should be on him, because he deserves it.  As far as Kane and Big Show, nothing personal.  He just has to look out for himself.  That brass ring, take it, break it.

Sasha Banks Vs Naomi is up now.

Sasha wins, making Naomi tap out.  Becky Lynch gave Sasha the assist.

Out comes Charlotte, with a tissue, and dressing like a Bella.

After Charlotte’s emotional victory last night, The Authority informed her there will be a Divas Number One Contender match to determine who faces Charlotte.  It will be “The Boss” Sasha Banks Vs “The Lasskicker” Becky Lynch.  It will be fun to see who wins.

Sheamus Vs Reigns, tonight.

Earlier tonight, we see the return of Shane O’ Mac.

It’s official, Shane McMahon Vs The Undertaker, inside Hell in a Cell.

Our newest inductee is The Godfather,

Main event time, Reigns Vs Sheamus.

The match ends in a no contest when HHH come out to the ringside.  He and Roman start to fight, and HHH has the final say when he rams Roman’s head into the desk multiple times, and gives him a Pedigree on the steel steps, to end the show.  HHH gave him the DX chop, to which the fans loved.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

The first hour and a half was amazing, the middle was okay.  But the ending sets the tone, and was amazing.  Overall, a very eventful episode.  Seeing Shane McMahon return was the highlight of the year so far.  And to see him face Undertaker at Wrestlemania?  The build to this should be fantastic.

I also want to see a more vicious side of Reigns now, and not get beat up every week.  HHH must be shown more too, to put over the WWE World Title.

I am surprised that Wyatt will not face Brock Lesnar.  They truly need to find an opponent for him.  AJ and Jericho teaming up?  More please.

What were your thoughts on the show?  Send them here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have had this blog up for a few years, writing every Monday night and anytime in between. Always check the site out, send me a comment on what your thoughts are for the current state of wrestling.

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