WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Mar. 9, 2015) from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming WrestleMania 31 pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza later this month in Santa Clara, California.
Advertised for tonight: WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar makes his return, Bray Wyatt brings Undertaker's urn back, Wiz Khalifa guest stars, 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.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAR. 9
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WWE Signature and a recap of last week's main event between Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
Randy Orton comes out to the ring, and he has a new Trinitron video. The Authority sans Triple H and Stephanie McMahon is also in the ring.
Kane says that he wanted to welcome Orton back to The AUthority in public to prove that he was an Authority member all along.
Big Show starts talking, and the crowd starts booing him out. Show says that Orton is the most talented and sadistic superstar he had ever seen. Show welcomes Orton back.
Jamie Noble starts to welcome Orton back, but he instead starts going off about how Orton is a no good bastard. Seth Rollins interrupts and corrects Noble on how Orton is a true asset. Rollins asks Joey Mercury for his opinion, but turns him down.
Rollins addresses the elephant in the room: Orton is not a true Authority member. and he will blindside Rollins and all that jazz. Rollins then insults Pittsburgh for not believing in Orton and Rollins standing together in The Authority. An "RKO" chant starts here.
Rollins notes some tension in the ring and tries to diffuse it, saying that The Authority is one big happy family. Rollins welcomes Orton back to The Authority, and the two shake hands. Rollins tells the crowd to stand and applaud Orton. After a mixed reaction, Orton is given the mic.
Orton says that The Authority's words were touching, but they left him thinking: "What the hell happened to The Authority?" He rail on their ass-kissing ways, and individually starts ripping their new demeanor in an entertaining way.
After insulting everyone, he addresses Rollins, who is blinded by his ego and new sense of security. Orton says that he's gonna make Rollins his bitch eventually, and there is no future for Seth Rollins. After a staredown, Orton says that he was messing around all along. Kane and Big Show are not impressed.
Rollins vows to destroy Roman Reigns tonight, and there is an awkward photo op moment to end the segment.
Daniel Bryan vs Bad News Barrett
R-Truth is back on commentary for this one.
This was a pretty good match that abruptly ended after a running knee out of nowhere, and I mean NOWHERE.
Daniel Bryan def Bad News Barrett.
As Bryan is celebrating his victory, Barrett hits Bryan with a Bullhammer, abruptly ending the celebration. As Barrett leaves, Dean Ambrose comes out and clotheslines Barrett.
Dean Ambrose vs Stardust
Stardust still has the Intercontinental Title that he "borrowed" at SmackDown. R-Truth is still at the commentary table.
This is a standard fare back-and-forth match that ends with Ambrose delivering some Dirty Deeds to Stardust
Dean Ambrose def Stardust
After the match, Ambrose tries to steal the title, but is stopped by Bad News Barrett, who starts beating him up. Daniel Bryan comes down to attack Barrett, and before you know it, all six members of the ladder match (Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, Bad News Barrett, Dean Ambrose, R-Truth, and Stardust) start beating each other up.
In the end of all this, Barrett is the only one left standing. He demands and takes his title back from Truth, who stole it from Barrett again. However, Truth got one over Barrett again as he pulled a switcheroo on Barrett. Truth had the real IC Title all long, and Barrett has the stunt double title.
Connor Michalek is announced for the WWE Hall of Fame as the first recipient of the Warrior Award.
Paul Heyman is in the ring. He introduces himself, and says the he's out to watch a video.
The video in question: A Roman Reigns WrestlerMania hype video
Heyman's reaction: "Hmmm.....ok." To retort, Heyman introduces his rebuttal: BROCK LESNAR!!!
Heyman says that Reigns' video was propaganda to Lesnar. Heyman tells the truth about Roman Reigns: He is a savage from a savage family.
Heyman drops some truth: Roman Reigns will not slay Brock Lesnar, and Brock Lesnar will not lose to Roman Reigns. He also debunks the idea that The Authority will NOT interfere and take the title from Lesnar. Simply put, anyone involved in another Montreal Screwjob will not leave Levi's Stadium alive.
Heyman says that the beating that Reigns will take will be inhuman, and could give him respect with fans.
After this, Heyman's mic cuts out, and he unleashes his wrath and anyone and everyone. Heyman gives a message to those in the back: the WWE World Heavyweight Title doesn't belong to WWE anymore. Instead, it belongs to Brock Lesnar. And the answer to all your questions: Brock Lesnar
Alright...nothing I can do will even convey the intensity and awesomeness of this promo. This is one that you definitely have to watch as soon as it's uploaded online.
Bray Wyatt briefly addresses Undertaker. Oh, and Bray Wyatt has Undertaker's urn
Kane and Big Show vs Ryback and Erick Rowan
This was a match. It wasn't good. The babyfaces won.
Ryback/Rowan def Kane/Big Show
After the match, Kane and Big Show argue until Stephanie comes out and rips them both apart. She kicks them out of the arena for the night.
The Miz talks to Wiz Khalifa and promotes himself. Wiz thanks Miz for his offer, but reveals that he has a partner already: Damien Wizdow. Wizdow proclaims that he's in the Andre the Giant MemorialBattle Royal.
Wiz Khalifa performs stuff. Say, isn't it time to empty your bladder and grab more to drink?
The Bella Twins are watching that new Flintstones movie when Byron Saxton interviews them. They insult both women and use some terrible Flintstones puns in their interview.
AJ Lee vs Summer Rae
After a decent length yet sloppy women's match, AJ gets the expected win after the Black Widow is locked in. Cameron and Eva Marie were also at ringside for whatever reason.
AJ Lee def Summer Rae
A Triple H/Sting vignette airs, this time getting an insight into Sting's mind and why he's targeting Triple H. Sting says that Triple H's hunger for more power has corrupted him absolutely, and he must end that. The idea of loyalty is also highlighted, with Sting saying that he was loyal until WCW's end, and Triple H is loyal to only himself.
Rusev is walking toward Gorilla when John Cena stops him and practically begs for a United States Title rematch at WrestleMania. He talks about how Rusev has the right to be in the US and all that stuff, and vows to show Rusev a real American if he says anymore negative things about America.
Rusev vs AXELMANIA
Rusev attacks Axel before the bell rings. Bell rings, and Axel gets destroyed.
Rusev crushes Curtis Axel
Despite Lana's protests, Rusev takes a mic and starts calling Americans pathetic and delusional. He says that Americans live in the past and negotiate. A few insults later, and John Cena comes out and starts brawling Rusev before locking in the STF, causing Rusev to pass out.
After pouring some water on Rusev, Cena locks the STF back in, causing Rusev to tap out. Lana takes the mic and starts begging for Cena to stop, promising a US Title match at WrestleMania. That offer causes Cena to release Rusev.
Bray Wyatt cuts another promo aimed at Undertaker. Wyatt promises to raise the dead tonight.
Backstage, Rusev is getting examined by a trainer when Lana approaches. The two argue in Russian until Rusev sends her away
The New Day vs The Brass Ring Club
Short and sloppy was the name of the game here, especially on the part of The New Day. Although Kidd and Cesaro tried, The New Day won after a sloppy wheelbarrow victory roll.
The New Day def The Brass Ring Club
After the match, The New Day celebrates as The Usos and Naomi come out.
Naomi vs Natalya
We come back from a commercial, and the match is already in progress. This was a fairly short and sloppy affair with Naomi getting the win via a (guess!) distraction roll-up after The Brass Ring Club and The Usos start brawling.
Naomi def Natalya
Natalya argues with Cesaro and Tyson Kidd as they leave. During this time, Los Matadores come out.
Los Matadores vs The Usos
If it isn't obvious that we're getting a repeat of the WrestleMania XXX preshow tag match, then I don't know how much clearer it could be made.
This was a fairly fast paced and competitive match that featured some high-flying action from all four men. The end comes when one of the Usos is shoved into El Torito, allowing one of the Matadores to roll up the Uso for the win.
Los Matadores def The Usos
Backstage, J&J Security is trying to talk sense into Seth Rollins while he blows it off, saying that Randy Orton is one with The Authority. He tells J&J to stop worrying about Randy Orton, instead saying that they need to worry about Roman Reigns
Bray Wyatt is in the ring.
"I never sleep, but I'm always dreaming"
Bray tells us what he sees the world as it should be, not as it really is. The world is burning in Wyatt's dreams, and he follows the buzzards to the fallen Undertaker.
Pride has always been Bray's favorite sin, and pride led him to The Undertaker. Instead of taking his place by Undertaker's side, he wants to walk over him and take his place as the new face of fear.
Wyatt references Undertaker's streak when he promises to make WrestleMania his final resting place. Bray then challenges Taker to a match at WrestleMania...wherever he is.
Wyatt then turns to the urn, asking if it can REALLY bring back the dead.
Wyatt takes the urn and opens it. After a few seconds, he starts laughing. Surprise surprise, it's empty...just like th...
Wait a minute, the urn starts smoking, and thunder starts rumbling. Bray WANTS Undertaker.
GONG...the lights go out
A solitary light comes on, and Wyatt's armchair appears in the ring.
"YOU WILL REST IN PEACE"
Lightning strikes Bray's chair, setting it ablaze. Bray is in hysterics.
The challenge has been accepted. Bray continues laughing as Undertaker's music plays.
Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins and Randy Orton
Not much of a match here. Instead, the story centers around the breakdown between Seth Rollins and Randy Orton. In the beginning, J&J annoys Orton to the point where he strikes Jamie Noble. This causes Rollins to kick out J&J.
Near the end, Rollins goes for a tag, but Orton backs away and flips Rollins the double bird. Rollins looks horrified, and the distraction causes Reigns to line up and hit Rollins with the spear for the win.
Roman Reigns def Seth Rollins/Randy Orton
After the match, Randy Orton snaps and absolutely destroys Rollins.
Revenge is a bitch, isn't it, Rollins?