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WWE Raw results, live blog (Mar. 21, 2016): The City of Brotherly Love

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Mar. 21, 2016) from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming WrestleMania 32 pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza scheduled for April 3 in Arlington, Texas.

Advertised for tonight: Roman Reigns is still angry at Triple H, Dolph Ziggler might try to get back on the card at WrestleMania, more participants are likely to be announced for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, 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.)



What's up, gang? Kyle here to live blog Raw. So if you want to watch it along with us and talk about it, this is the place to do it. If last week has you down and you just want to follow the happenings, this is the place to do that too. Should be an interesting show given Roman Reigns will be in Philly, the town that mercilessly booed him during the Rumble, but treated him like a hero when he won the WWE title.

Then. Now. Forever.

Video package regarding the Reigns/Triple H beat down.


Stephanie McMahon/Roman Reigns Promo Segment

Stephanie McMahon comes down to the ring and informs the crowd that Triple H isn't here tonight because of "corporate responsibilities" and not because of Roman Reign's attack on him. The crowd boos hearing Roman's name. She says that Roman Reigns isn't smart enough to become champion given the way he's handled himself.

She is interrupted by Roman Reigns who comes out again through the entrance to a chorus of boos. She tells him that this is her ring and her husband is going to beat him at--- Roman puts the hand on the mic and shushes her. Roman says the real reason Triple H isn't here because he's afraid of another beating like last week. he says he's going to walk into WrestleMania in "your arena, and step into your ring, and take my title" and "there's nothing your daddy's money can do about it.

Steph goes to slap him but Reigns catches it and says "now, I'm the Authority" and leaves.

Another short and sweet promo from the Big Dog.


AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens

Kevin Owens has early control of the match with a series of side headlocks. AJ gets control quickly and KO slides out of the ring. AJ does a back flip from the apron aiming for KO but Owens moves out of the way. Styles lands on his feet. Styles charges Kevin and Kevin picks him up and tosses him against the barricade as Raw goes to commercial.

The show returns with KO in control. A couple lightening fast kicks from AJ evens the score and Styes goes on the offensive. This goes for a bit, but AJ misses a Pele Kick and Owens nails him with a huge clothesline. A missed corner cannonball allows AJ to get control again as this match becomes a back and forth affair.

KO is on the top rope when AJ goes for a hurricanrana. However Owens holds the rope and AJ falls to the mat. Then KO hits a MASSIVE frog splash but AJ is somehow able to kick out right before 3. KO goes for the Pop Up Powerbomb but AJ holds the rope. This turns into back and forth strikes in the middle of the ring. Superkick from KO! Pele from AJ! Both men are down as Raw goes to break.

Raw is back and Owens is back in control. Owens sets up for Superplex but AJ is able to slip down to the mat and puts KO in a Torture Rack... and then turns it into a modified powerbomb! Owen kicks out before 3! AJ sets Kevin up and goes back up to the top rope but KO quickly gets up and catches him. The men brawl on the top ropes... until AJ slides out again and hits KO with a powerbomb! Two count!

AJ sets up for the Phenomenal Elbow when...

"AJ Sty-Les" Jericho comes out repeating the phrase over and over again. AJ remains focused in the ring and is about to hit the Calf Crusher when Y2J gets up on the apron. That is enough to distract AJ and KO rolls him up for the 1-2-3.

Kevin Owens defeats AJ Styles via pinfall

After the match, KO grabs a mic and says this is the Kevin Owens show. He says everyone wants to know who is going to face him at KO Mania. Before he can go on, he's interrupted by Ziggler in a full on suit. Ziggler says there's no one better to beat Owens at WrestleMania than him.

They are then interrupted by the Miz. Miz thinks that Dolph has done nothing to deserve the match, but he has headlined a WrestleMania. Then men bicker about who beat whom recently.

Sami Zayn's music hits and the Likable One comes down. He says he's been waiting a long long time to get his hands on Kevin Owens.

KO says that they can bicker all they want because none of them deserve a shot at his title. He's going to go to the Authority to try to set up a triple threat match to see who can face him for the title.


They play a video of Dean Ambrose out earlier today in Philadelphia. He says that he doesn't think that he doesn't think Brock is willing to go as far as he is. The camera zooms out and it turns out that he's talking to Terry Funk.

Much like Foley, he has something for Ambrose as well. He gives him a chainsaw. He then cutting into the table at the restaurant he's in. I'm assuming he's going to have to pay for that.


Stephanie is backstage and Kevin Owens comes backstage. Kevin starts talking. She tells him to cut to the chase and he asked for the triple threat match. She OKs the match.

A video is played about the Shane McMahon return with people such as Mick Foley, John Cena, and Michael PS Hayes giving their takes on it.


The League of Nations are in the ring talking about how they beat the crap out of the New Day last week. Alberto Del Rio tries to get a "New Day Sucks" chant going when the New Day come out.

Big E talks about how the New Day has never sucked. They take out cue cards saying "You" "Are" "Trash (picture of a trash can)" and repeat that for a bit. Kofi then talks about how disgusting Rusev's feet were. They then run down the rest of the of the League. And then they put over the BootyOs. (Man, this segment feels like it's taking forever.)

All of the men start brawling, despite Cole saying this was supposed to be a one on one match up. The New Day stand tall in the ring.

Rusev vs. Big E

The match starts with Rusev sliding out of the ring and Big E following him. He gets him back in the ring and goes on the offensive. E is in control as Raw goes to break.

Rusev is in control when we get back. During the commercial, the League took out Kofi and Xavier. Big E finally turns the tide with a series of belly to belly suplexes. He goes for his splash but Rusev gets the knees up and hits E with a spinning heel kick for a near fall. Big E avoids Rusev's superkick and takes back control.

Rusev is standing outside on the apron when Big E goes for his spear to the outside. However, the Bulgarian gets his knee up to block E. He follows up with a kick to the head but only gets a near fall. This match becomes a back and forth affair. Sheamus gets on the apron when Xavier gets up and takes out Barrett and Del Rio. The men continue to go back and forth in the ring.

Sheamus tries to distract again by getting up on the ring apron, but Big E spears him to the outside. As the ref is busy with them, Kofi kicks Rusev in the head on the ring apron. Big E gets back in and hits the Big Ending for the win.

Big E defeats Rusev via pinfall.


Bray Wyatt cuts a promo from his smoky backroom alongside Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, and Braun Strowman. They talk about a new beginning that requires sacrifice. Braun offers Dean Ambrose's skull as his sacrifice tonight.


Big Show/Social Outcasts/Kane Segment concerning the Andre Battle Royal

Big Show comes to the ring and talks up Andre the Giant as the Greatest giant of all time. He talks about how special it was for him to win the Andre Battle Royal last year because he doesn't win a lot of battle royals. And it's important that he does it again this year.

The #SocialOutcasts come out. They say soon Big Show will be the Outcasts largest victim at WrestleMania. Bo says they are going to be like a Cinderella story but Axel wants to be something cooler like Vultron. He starts doing his chopping sounds but Adam Rose tells him to stop because that's stupid.

All four Outcasts get in the ring. The they try to take out Big Show and, despite Big Show controlling them early, the Outcasts actually get Show down and lay the boots to him.

Kane's music hits and he comes down and knocks all the Outcasts over the top rope. Big Show then hugs Kane to thank him for his help and gets on the top rope to play to the crowd. Kane then chokeslams Show from the top rope, which may make him heel now.


They run a video about Stan Hansen joining the WWE Hall of Fame.

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

Jericho starts the match with full control. Fandango is able to get fury of offense and actually take control. however he misses his top rope leg drop. Jericho sets him up for the Walls when...

"Y-2-Jack-Ass" AJ Styles comes down repeating that phrase. Fandango tries for a roll up when Jericho is distracted and fails. Jericho hits the Code Breaker for the pinfall win.

Jericho defeats Fandango via pinfall.

Y2J invites AJ in the ring but he retreats as soon as Styles does. (At one point he's holding one of the gaffers on the outside for some reasons.) AJ says that he's fought everywhere around there world but one place: WrestleMania. He challenges him for a match there and he'll show Jericho why they all chant "A-J-Sty-Les."


They air a Shane McMahon training video with more wrestlers, such as HBK, chiming in on this match.

Kevin Owens is in the ring playing ring announcer for the triple threat match for the #1 contender for his Intercontinental title at KO Mania. He then introduces Stardust?? And Sin Cara? And Zack Ryder?

Sin Cara vs. Stardust vs. Zack Ryder in a triple threat to face Kevin Owens at KO Mania

The match is a standard triple threat where everyone is able to get a little offense (though Stardust and Sin Cara are featured more), but the story is Miz, Sami Zayn, and Ziggler coming out and confronting Owens who is at ringside on commentary

Ryder ends up getting tossed into the Miz by KO and the match gets thrown out. Everyone ends up fighting each other just to get a shot at Kevin Owens, who retreats.

The Triple Threat ends in a No Contest

Stephanie is back on her phone saying she is worried about the Roman situation and is going to leave. Kevin Owens charges in complaining how all six men attacked him and now what's going to happen at KO Mania. She says it's not KO Mania but WrestleMania and now he's going to have to fight all six men in a ladder match at WrestleMania for his title.

Stephanie is backstage about to leave when Triple H gets out of an SUV  to pick her up. They start driving out but as the garage door opens, Roman is standing right there. He opens the door, rips Triple H out, and starts beating the hell out of Triple H again as Stephanie screams in the background.


Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch are commentary. They replay parts of their segment on SmackDown.

Natalya vs. Charlotte

Natty has control early with some fierce chips and then a surfboard submission. Charlotte rolls outside and while staring at Becky and Sasha, receives a Discus clothesline from Natty. Natty rolls Charlotte into the ring but as she follows, the champ hits a bit boot to assume control of the match.

On commentary during the match, Becky & Sasha jaw back and forth.

Charlotte has control again but while delivering Natty punches in the corner, she jaws at Becky and Sasha again and Natty powerbombs Charlotte down to the mat. She goes for the Sharpshooter but Charlotte makes it to the ropes. Charlotte goes for the Figure Four but Natty rolls her up for a near fall. Natty goes for the Sharpshooter again but Charlotte punches her in the fact, knocks her down, and hits Natural Selection for the win.

Charlotte defeats Natalya via pinfall


Replay of the Dean Ambrose/Terry Funk segment

Bubba Ray Dudley (with D-von) vs. R-Truth

The match starts with D-Von distracting Truth allowing Bubba to beat up Truth while doing some major trash talking. After being on the defensive most of the match, Truth hits his spinning forearm to gain the advantage. However, another distraction from D-Von allows Bubba to hit a big boot for the 1-2-3.

Bubba Ray Dudley defeats R-Truth via pinfall

After the match, D-Von beats up Truth. This gets Goldust to run out to give him a hand. Unfortunately, they are both taken out by the Dudleys. Then the Usos run down and those two teams brawl in the ring. Double super kicks to both men allow the Usos to stand tall.

The Usos set up a table in the ring, place D-Von on it, and go up to the top rope on opposite sides of the ring to set up a double splash through the table. Bubba runs in to grab D-Von to retreat.


Vince McMahon Promo

Vince McMahon come to the ring and talks about what would happen if Shane were to take control of Raw. He said that Stephanie and Triple H would probably quite the business. And we'd probably seen the last of Vince too. He tells the crowd that when they cheer for Shane, they enable him, making him think he can do things he can't.

The Chairman admits it'll take more than one or two chokeslams to beat Shane because Shane will do anything to try to win. He even goes as far to say that Shane is the most formidable opponent Taker has ever had at WrestleMania. Vince says that Undertaker is his bitch like Shane put it. And if Taker does not beat Shane, this WrestleMania will be his last.

Interesting twist.


Dean Ambrose vs. Braun Strowman (with the entire Family at ringside)

Paul Heyman is on commentary

Dean starts the match by hitting and moving. Though a single gut punch from the big man gives Strowman control. Ambrose slaps Braun in the face and when Strowman runs at him, Ambrose pulls the back rope down, sending the Black Sheep to the outside. Dean hits a suicide dive but when trying a second one, Strowman punches him in the face and takes full control.

Dean Ambrose takes some abuse but is able to lock in a sleeper hold. Strowman runs Dean into the corner and goes back on the offensive.

The crowd gives this match a "This is boring chant' but then boos Strowman when he poses for them.

Ambrose is able to hit a drop kick from the second rope and shows some signs of life. He goes for Dirty Deeds but Strowman picks him and tosses him. Dean lands on his feet and backs into the corner. Strowman goes for a running shoulder block but Ambrose moves and Braun hits the turnbuckle.

Ambrose goes and gets a chair and hits Strowman's arm with it from the outside getting disqualified.

Braun Strowman defeats Dean Ambrose via DQ

After the match, Ambrose hits the big man with a TON of chair shots and Strowman does not go down! In fact, he gets some offense in but Ambrose is finally able to stun Strowman and hit Dirty Deeds on the chair. He then goes outside and smiles at Heyman.


That's the show, everyone. Thanks for watching or following along with us. Good night!

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