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WWE Raw results, live blog (Mar. 23, 2015): WrestleMania 31 go home show

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Mar. 23, 2015) from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, featuring the go home show to the upcoming WrestleMania 31 pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza this coming Sunday night in Santa Clara.

Advertised for tonight: Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns meet face to face, Snoop Dogg shows up for a guest appearance, Bill Simmons will call a match or two, and more!

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.)



BaconStrips here. Let's do this?!?


WWE Signature and Raw intro (featuring pyro)



Sting has a mic, and the crowd is chanting Sting's name.

"So this is what it feels like to kick off MONDAYNIGHTRAW!"

Sting briefly recounts Triple H's rise to the top, saying that Trips thinks he unstoppable.

Sting isn't here to fight WCW. Instead, Sting is here to take Triple H down.

Before Sting can go on, Stephanie McMahon comes down to the ring. She gets some major heat.

"So this is what it feels like to be in the ring with The Stinger: The last holdout from WCW."

Steph taunts Sting a bit before Sting fires back, calling Steph the one who got everything handed to her..."nice to meet you too, Steph."

Steph admires Sting's loyalty toward WCW, comparing it to that of a dog's loyality. At the end of the day: dogs are stupid. Steph would compare Sting to dogs, but that would be an insult to dogs everywhere.

Steph reminds us that WCW lost the Monday Night Wars, and Sting will lose Sunday when Triple H pins him in the middle of the ring.

After being called a "face-painted freak", Sting woos and winks at Steph. As Steph tries to slap Sting, he catches her hand.

This brings Trips down to the ring, and he does not look happy.

(Brief aside: When did the main shows get the LED ring borders?)

After talking to Steph, Triple H climbs the apron. Steph hands Trips the sledgehammer,s and Sting gets his bat. Sting swings the bat like a madman before inviting Trips in the ring.

After some teasing, Trips eventually backs down and starts to walk away. Sting continues to invite Trips in, but Steph gets between the two.

"Save it for WrestleMania" - Steph.

And at this point, someone should check on Geno.


Dean Ambrose and R-Truth vs Stardust and Luke Harper

Bad News Barrett is on commentary for this one.

Pretty standard fare tag match here. The fants chant "Cody" at Stardust to annoy him, and Harper is just Harper. R-Truth hits Stardust with the Lie Detector for the win.

Ambrose/Truth def Stardust/Harper

After the match, Barrett escapes as Truth and Ambrose celebrate by dancing...or whatever they call it now.


Renee Young introduces members of this year's Special Olympics team.

A "candid interview" with Roman Reigns is aired. It's the same one from last week.


10 Man Teddy Long Extravaganza

We've got The Miz, Damien Mizdow, Adam Rose, and The Ascenson vs Erick Rowan, Ryback, Titus O'Neill, Darren Young, and Zack Ryder.

Oh, and Bill Simmons is on commentary for this mess.

As expected, this was a mess. The babyfaces controlled for nearly the entire match. Ryback got the win after Shellshocking The Miz.

Team Ryback def Team Miz

To the person with the "Dario Cueto is my Homeboy" sign, I salute you, and you can be in my REC Awards any week.


Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins/J&J Security

The story here is that Orton wants Rollins BADLY, but is denied when J&J keeps going toe-to-toe with him. How does Orton handle this? By decimating J&J with a double draping DDT and RKOing Jamie Noble for the win.

Randy Orton def Seth Rollins/J&J Security


An interview with John Cena is aired. It talks about the US Championship match and why it's so important to him and the USA. Where's Corporal Kirchner and his US flag when you need him?

Backstage, Paige is playing with makeup when AJ Lee comes up. They talk about how The Bellas are trying to pit them against each other. Paige directs the word "crazy" toward AJ, causing an awkward moment.


Paige vs Nikki Bella (Divas Championship)

After a long and very good match (yes, I'm being serious here), Nikki gets the pin on Paige following AJ inadvertently costing Paige the win after elbowing her. This leads to Nikki hitting the BellaHammer and the Rack Attack for the pin.

Nikkie Bella def Paige

Can't say I liked the ending, but the match was great. I think I heard some "this is awesome" chants.


Snoop Dogg (Schnoop Dogg, Lillian?) comes out and OH MY GOD WHAT IN THE HELL IS HE WEARING?!?

Snoop talks about WrestleMania a bit until Curtis Axel comes out.

Axel questions "Snoopmania", correcting it to "Axelmania", calling it a worldwide thing that's running WILD!

"AxelMania is here to stay."

Snoop calls Axel out as being that clown bugging him on Twitter. Snoop tells Axel that he's missing out on the most important Mania:


The purveyor of Hulkamania himself, Hulk Hogan, comes out.


Hogan tells a story about Hulkamania and how it would live forever, and how Snoopamania would drop it low"

As for Axelmania?..."What's this brother smokin' over here?!"

Axel rips off his shirt and does the "WHATCHA GONNA DO" thing in Hogan's face. Hogan responds by punching Axel, and Snoop throws Axel out of the ring. Snoop rips off his Bicycle Card shirt to reveal a Hulkamania shirt.

Alright, that was fun


Replay of the excellent Brock Lesnar interview.


The Brass Ring Club and Natalya vs Los Matadores and El Torito.

The Usos are on commentary for this.

If you saw SmackDown, then you saw this match. The only difference is that El Torito got the pin on Natalya.

Los Matadores/El Torito def The Brass Ring Club/Natalya


Under threat of stripping his title, Kane confiscates Bad News Barrett's Intercontinental Title.


Rusev vs Jack Swagger

We've seen this one before. Swagger gets in some good offense, but it's not enough to down the Bulgarian Brute, who delivers some huge offense, DAT KICK, and locks Swagger in The Accolade for the win.

Rusev def Jack Swagger

Rusev holds Swagger in The Accolade until John Cena comes out to make the save. Cena gets some hits in, but Rusev overcomes and destroys Cena by throwing him into the barricade and then into the commentary area. Rusev takes his flag and happily waves it to celebrate.

As Cena starts to recover, Rusev puts the flag down and DAT KICKS Cena. He then starts destroying the announce table, puts Cena on the table, and locks in The Accolade.


Bray Wyatt comes to the ring.

He asks why people are afraid to face the truth. He says that everyone is guilty of hating themselves and lying to everyone and themselves.

Bray is different. He is not a liar. In fact, Bray's tongue is the truth, and he drops some truth: The Undertaker is just like us: a liar.

Bray says that Undertaker is desperate for his soul to be set free. Undertaker need not worry, for the angel is here to take him to the other side.

Thunder starts sounding, to which Bray blows off as the so-called "mystical aura" of Undertaker. Instead, Bray is the ultimate controller of these things.

Bray has judged Undertaker of being guilty, and the only thing that he will receive is his fate sealed by Sister Abigail's Kiss.

Undertaker will rest in peace.

What a promo!


Kevin Nash is officially announced for the WWE Hall of Fame

Tyson Kidd and Natalya participate in an awkward Burger King ad spot...I now want chicken fries.


Daniel Bryan vs Dolph Ziggler

Your special guest referee is Dean Ambrose...hide the children. (I wanted to see Luke Harper as the ref)

We get another great match between these two (not as good as Thursday's, but still awesome) with Ambrose playing the special referee role quite well. The end comes after another fast paced sequence. As Bryan goes for a corner dropkick, Ziggler meets him with a superkick and a Zig Zag for the win.

Dolph Ziggler def Daniel Bryan

After the match, Ambrose Dirty Deeds Ziggler. Ambrose gets a ladder and sets it up in the ring. This causes all of the ladder match's participants to come out and fight and maim each other.


Ladies and gentlemen, The Beast is among us.

Paul Heyman introduces himself and Brock Lesnar.

Heyman tells us that if we haven't been sold on Roman Reigns being destroyed by Brock Lesnar, then he doesn't know what he can do. He then starts selling the match as the match where Lesnar mangles Reigns.

Basically, either Brock Lesnar is everything, or he is nothing. Same goes for Roman Reigns. Either way, someone's being proven right, and one's being prove wrong. There will be a winner, and a loser.

And ladies and gentlemen, Brock Lesnar makes failures out of everyone in front of him.

Heyman reminds us that Lesnar is an intensely passionate competitor that loves his title as much as destroying those who get in his way.

Heyman just starts killing it in ways that even I cannot describe. Brock looks on with major approval.

In short, Brock Lesnar conquers everything in front of him, and Roman Reigns will be no exception.

At this time, Roman Reigns comes out to a lukewarm reaction.

Reigns enters the ring, and Heyman promptly exits, leaving these two to have a staredown.

The boos rain down on Reigns as him and Lesnar lock eyes. Lesnar holds his title up to taunt Reigns, and Reigns simply snatches it from Lesnar.

After a moment, a tug of war starts, and this ends the show.

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