WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 16, 2015) from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, featuring all the go home show to the upcoming Fast Lane pay-per-view (PPV) on Feb. 22 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Advertised for tonight: Dusty Rhodes makes his return to TV to deal with the growing rift between his two sons, Goldust and Stardust!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR FEB. 16
BaconStrips here. Let's endure some hard times...
WWE Signature screen followed by the Raw intro and pyro.
John Cena comes out to the ring.
An excited Cena tells us that we are one week away from Fastlane, and he promptly does some crowd pandering.
After this, Cena reminds us about what happened between him and Rusev last week.
Cena proclaims "no more" in regards to being crushed by Rusev. Rusev is supposedly unstoppable, to which Cena calls a bunch of crap.
John Cena's name is John Cena, and he is going to beat Rusev at Fastlane. Cena tells us how he's gonna beat Rusev: by bringing the fight to him.
The fun-loving Cena says that fun isn't going to cut it against Rusev. Instead, we're going to see an aggressive side of Cena against Rusev, complete with face rearrangement. Cena vows to be the first to defeat Rusev.
Cena is gonna fight to win the US Championship.
At this point, Rusev and Lana come out.
Lana calls this "typical John Cena" due to him spilling the same old stuff. Lana says that Cena lives in a delusional world while Rusev/Lana live in reality. The reality is that Rusev is the greatest athlete in WWE, and can beat anyone.
Lana has some news: There is no coming back against Rusev.
Rusev takes the mic and says that he will destroy Cena. Cena says that he's gonna beat Rusev's ass.
Cena charges to the stage and the two start brawling. This time, Cena gets the upper hand on Rusev, eventually throwing him into the LED board a couple times. With Rusev unconscious, Cena starts beating a defenseless Rusev.
And we're to believe that Rusev's the heel here?
Dean Ambrose, who looks like an insane newscaster, challenged Bad News Barrett to an Intercontinental Title match at Fastlane, with him holding a contract for BNB to sign.
Dean Ambrose vs Luke Harper
For tonight's opening match, this was very good. Both men went back-and-forth with a bunch of high-impact moves. Despite Harper delivering some huge moves, including a superkick, Ambrose got the best of him with Dirty Deeds.
Dean Ambrose def Luke Harper
After the match, Ambrose celebrates before taking the IC TItle match contract with him.
Backstage, Big Show and Kane are having a little disagreement with Triple H stuck in the middle of it. Eventually, Trips stops the debate, telling them that they are embarrassing him. To right this, Trips wants solutions, not excuses tonight.
Bray Wyatt cuts another promo that is obviously aimed at Undertaker. The end of The Streak is subtly alluded to
Stardust and Goldust are backstage when Dusty Rhodes comes up. Rhodes tells Stardust that all the galaxies and stars mean nothing compared to family. Goldust and Stardust shake hands, and all three men hug. To end, Rhodes tells the two to stand together.
The New Day (Xavier Woods/Kofi Kingston) vs The Dust Bros
A brief tag match that ends when Goldust gets nailed with Trouble in Paradise after Stardust is moved out of the way.
The New Day def The Dust Bros
After the match, Stardust tries to assist Goldust out of the ring. Goldust eventually gets to his feet, but promptly eats canvass after Stardust lands Cross Rhodes.
Byron Saxton interviews Roman Reigns about the events following the Royal Rumble. I had someone in my room for most of this interview, so the only thing I took away from it is that Roman Reigns is giving Daniel Bryan the chance to main event WrestleMania, and Reigns is going to take that opportunity away.
During the commercial, Dusty Rhodes confronts Stardust. Stardust says that Cody Rhodes is dead, and so is Dusty Rhodes as far as Stardust is concerned
Roman Reigns vs Kane
Note: from this point forward, I will be watching this on mute. The commentary is beyond beyond-abysmal tonight.
This was a match that happened, and wasn't very interesting. I will give props to Roman's selling of Kane's DDT, which was excellent. Reigns wins via countout after spearing Kane on the outiside.
Roman Reigns def Kane
After the match, Daniel Bryan, who was on commentary, does his Yes chant, which gets more of a response than Roman's victory.
Backstage, Renee Young interviews Daniel Bryan about his mind games. Bryan responds by saying that Roman has to get used to the Yes chants, because there will be a whole lot more at Fastlane
Bray Wyatt cuts a brief promo aimed at Undertaker
Byron Saxton stands outside the Divas Locker Room, where he plans to interview Paige. The Bella Twins come out, having stolen Paige's gear. Paige (clad in only a towel) comes out looking for her gear. She improvises when the Rosebuds show up out of nowhere. She drags one of them (Leva Bates AKA Blue Pants) into the locker room. It should be noted that Mia Yim is also a Rosebud
Summer Rae vs Paige
Paige comes out in some weird, colorful getup, and is actually making the most of it (despite looking COMPLETELY ridiculous). Yep...she's definitely stolen the show here.
The match is mostly short and one-sided in Paige's favor. Although Summer gets some offense in, Paige goes into Kill Mode and makes Summer tap out with the Scorpion Crosslock
Paige def Summer Rae
After the match, Nikki Bella comes out and makes fun of Paige. Paige fires back, saying that all she needs to do is win.
Before his match, Rollins says that it's President's Day: a day to honor the great men of the past. Rollins calls it a waste of time when the future is right in front of them. Actually, strike that. Rollins is the present, calling himself the most talented wrestler in the world today. He REALLY wants to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase, and he should be main-eventing WrestleMania were it not for meddling people.
Ziggler comes out and starts taunting the angry Rollins. He refers to badly selected Valentine's chocolates, being strapped in the car seat too tightly, or being given The Talk. Rollins fires back, saying that Ziggler is nothing. Ziggler fires back, saying that he is the guy who keep raising the bar to be the best. Ziggler is going to take out The Future
Seth Rollins vs Dolph Ziggler
An awesome back-and-forth match that is unfortunately ended by interference by J&J Security, who were ejected from the match.
Dolph Ziggler def Seth Rollins by DQ
After the DQ, J&J beats on Ziggler until Ryback and Erick Rowan come out to even the odds. The are able to send Seth and J&J running.
Triple H comes out to the ring. Before his speech, an awesome video package plays recapping the feud between Triple H and Sting
The video ends, and the crowd really wants Sting.
Trips laughs at the rumor that he is afraid of Sting. However, it takes more than parlor tricks and mind games to get under Trips' skin.
As Trips hypes his staredown with Sting, Ric Flair walks in.
Flair brings up his history with Trips in Orlando (including being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008) before getting to the gist of his appearance: don't underestimate Sting.
Sting's rise through WCW is mentioned (including a reference to the classic Ric Flair/Sting match from Clash of the Champions I...go watch if you haven't), including him going down with the WCW ship.
Trips says that if Sting would have ever joined WWE, he would have been run out of the company.
Flair cuts Trips off, saying that Trips is the best wrestler when he's wrestling. Instead, Flair wants Trips to be the best that he can be...a wrestler.
After more tension builds, Trips shoves Flair down, telling him that noting will come between him and WWE, and if that means beating the ever-living hell out of Sting, then so be it.
Darren Young and Some Guy vs The Ascension
The Ascension beat down Young and Guy until Titus O'Neil comes out to make the save.
The Primetime Players are back...I can't contain my excitement
Backstage, The Miz and Bad News Barrett are talking. Miz wants BNB to knock Mizdow a few pegs, to which BNB agrees to.
Damien Mizdow vs Bad News Barrett
This is the same as Mizdow's last singles match. As he starts to get something going, Miz stops the match to have him do stuff. These distractions cost Mizdow the match when he gets hit with the Bullhammer.
Bad News Barrett def Damien Mizdow
Right after the bell, Dean Ambrose comes out and attacks BNB. Ambrose zip-ties BNB's hands around the ring post and forces him to sign the contract for the IC Title match at Fastlane. In this case, Ambrose shoves the marker in BNB's hands and "assists" him in signing the contract.
Another Bray Wyatt promo aimed at the Undertaker. This time, Bray is nailing a nail into a coffin.
"FIND ME........or I'll find you"
Jimmy Uso and Naomi vs Tyson Kidd and Natalya
Aside from a couple cool moments when the women are in-ring, there was nothing special here. Naomi wins after rolling-up Natalya
Jimmy Uso/Naomi def Tyson Kidd/Natalya
After the match, Tyson and Cesaro are pissed at Natalya.
Daniel Bryan vs Big Show
Roman Reigns is watching this from ringside. It should be noted that Reigns has a spontaneous autograph session and merchandise giveaway during this match.
The match was a slow affair that ended when Roman Reigns superman-punched Big Show after he got speared.
Big Show def Daniel Bryan by DQ
After the match, Bryan and Reigns brawled until a pack of refs separated them. It didn't work as the brawl restarted again.
There will be a war on Sunday.