This week, the show emanates from Kanas City, MO. To kick things off, here comes Roman Reign through the crowd, sporting a new shirt that says “I Can. I Will.” He says Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman think they can intimidate him.
Mark Henry interrupts and says he came out last week and he wanted to find out just what Reigns had in the ring, and Reigns showed him something. Henry climbs in the ring and shows what happened last week, for those that weren’t watching. We cut to last week, where Reigns knocked Henry to the floor and speared him through the barricade. Back to the arena, Henry says he doesn’t normally say things like this, but he got what he deserved. He then tells Reigns that, at Wrestlemania, he not only expects Reigns to beat Lesnar, but he’s putting all of his money on it, because Reigns can and will. The two shake hands, and that’s when Seth Rollins’ music hits.
[adinserter block=”1″]Rollins comes out, flanked by J&J Security, as well as Kane. Kane mocks Henry and calls him the world’s biggest self-help guru. He can’t believe for a second that Reigns will beat Lesnar at WM. Rollins says, then again, anything can happen, before staring at his MITB case. The real reason they are out here is because everyone’s been buzzing since he accepted Randy Orton’s challenge at WM. Unfortunately for the fans, Orton isn’t here tonight, and he won’t be here. The best security team in the world, J&J, have secured the entire building and blocked the entrances. Orton will not step foot in here tonight. This isn’t for Rollins’ protection; this is for Orton’s own good, because when he finally gets face-to-face with Orton, he’s saving all of the humiliation for WM. Thankfully, for Reigns and Henry, he’s in the mood for a WM tune-up. Kane interjects and announces he and Rollins will take on Henry and Reigns. Believe in the Authority.
Tonight, all of the title contenders in the IC title ladder match at WM will face each other in a gauntlet match.
Tatsumi Fujinami is the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame.
MATCH 1: PAIGE VS. BRIE BELLA (W/NIKKI BELLA)
AJ Lee is on commentary, which is A-OK with me. Nikki Bella is also going to be on commentary, which now means I have to mute my computer, godd*mmit. The match starts, and Paige immediately tackles Brie to the floor and lays into her with punches. Paige slams her back-first onto the announce desk and hits a few more punches before Brie fights back and rolls her back into the ring. Back inside, Brie hits a middle rope missile dropkick for 2. She applies a rear chinlock, then whips Paige down by the hair. In the corner, Paige goes face-first into the top buckle a couple times, then gets hit with a running bulldog for 2. Brie then goes back to the chinlock because why the f*ck not? Paige tries to elbow out, so Brie clubs her with a forearm. Paige comes back with a kick off the ropes, and the two collide with simultaneous clotheslines. Paige is up first and goes for the big kick, but Brie blocks it and snaps Paige onto her face. She hits a weak running knee against the ropes and goes for a lackadaisical cover for 2, which Paige counters into a crucifix for the surprise 3.
We’re outside the arena, with J&J checking in with their security staff. Jamie Noble tells them they need to tell him right away if Orton shows up.
MATCH 2-GAUNTLET MATCH; PARTICIPANTS: DEAN AMBROSE, STARDUST, R-TRUTH, LUKE HARPER, DANIEL BRYAN AND DOLPH ZIGGLER
Ambrose and Stardust are the first two competitors. Stardust gets an inset promo during his entrance. He says the competitors don’t matter, something about the “ivory enterprise”, blah, blah. Basically, he wants the IC title. Ambrose applies a hammerlock, but then eats a back elbow before hitting a forearm off the ropes. Ambrose snaps off some jabs, then ties Stardust up for some chops. Stardust bails to the floor off an Irish whip, leading to a chase back into the ring. Stardust hits Ambrose with a kick, ducks a rebound clothesline and hits the Disaster Kick for 2. Another pin attempt gets 2 before Stardust hits a boot off the ropes. He stomps Ambrose down against the ropes, then hits a standing gourdbuster. We see Bad News Barrett watching on a monitor in the back. In the ring, Stardust goes for a sunset flip, but Ambrose drops down and pins Stardust for 3.
Stardust is eliminated.
Stardust attacks Ambrose from behind and rams him shoulder-first into the ring post twice as entrant #3, R-Truth, comes out. He pelts Stardust with rights, ducks a clothesline and hits a jumping heel kick. The ref checks on Ambrose to make sure he’s okay, Ambrose nods, and this match continues. Stardust jumps on the apron, and Truth quickly knocks him down. He turns around, only to have Ambrose drop him with Dirty Deeds for 3.
R-Truth is eliminated.
Entrant #4 is Luke Harper. He also gets the inset promo treatment, and says you never know true freedom until you’ve lost everything. He knows, because they took it from him. Now he will use you to set them all free. At WM, he will piece himself back together.
Back from the break, Ambrose pelts Harper with rights before dropping him with a cross-body. More rights from Ambrose, but Harper recovers and snaps Ambrose down with an arm wringer. He hits an armbar takedown, then applies a modified top wristlock. We see BNB looking on once more. Ambrose gets back to his feet and tries to fight out, but Harper cuts him off with a kneelift. He hits a snake eyes into the middle buckle, then applies a modified crossface. Ambrose shimmies his way to the bottom rope, leading to a break. He pulls himself up on the apron, where he low-bridges an incoming Harper. Ambrose comes off the apron with a flying elbow. Back up, Ambrose rolls Harper in the ring and goes for a tornado DDT. Harper tosses him and goes for the discus clothesline. Ambrose ducks and rolls Harper up for 2. Harper recovers and surprises Ambrose with a seated scrapbuster for 2. Harper goes back to the crossface hold from before, torquing Ambrose’s bad shoulder in the process. Ambrose breaks the hold by biting Harper in the hand. He then snaps off some jabs and chops, hits a kitchen sink against the ropes, then follows up with a seated dropkick. A la magistral gets 2, and now Ambrose heads up top. He dives over an incoming Harper, rolls through and gets blasted with a superkick before hitting a rebound clothesline. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Harper shoves him off and hits the discus clothesline. He then folds Ambrose up with a sit-out powerbomb for 3.
Dean Ambrose is eliminated.
Entrant #5 is Daniel Bryan. Commercials.
Back from the break, J&J are talking to security staff, stationed by doors. Noble tells one of them that no one can come through the doors without credentials. Someone comes in on a phone, but he has photo ID, so they let him go through. Noble says to keep an eye out for suspicious people and they should radio him immediately if they see anyone.
Back to the ring, Harper/Bryan is already underway, with Bryan targeting the legs of Harper, wrapping the left one around the ring post from the floor. Back in the ring, Bryan kicks at Harper’s left leg repeatedly, finally taking him down. Bryan goes for a surfboard stretch as BNB is still looking on. Back in the ring, Bryan gets the surfboard on, then turns it into a rear chinlock. Harper elbows out of the hold, but can’t stand up. Bryan fires up the Yes! Kicks, but goes for one too many as Harper blocks him, picks him up and dumps him to the floor. Harper then collapses before he’s finally able to stand up. Bryan rolls back in, where Harper meets him with a pair of elbow drops for 2. He hits a bodyslam, but is still limping a bit. He locks in the Gator Roll, then goes into a side headlock. Bryan gets to his feet and breaks the hold with a legbreaker. Harper manages to immediately hit a European uppercut, however, then lands another big bodyslam. A third slam connects, and he goes for another uppercut. Bryan ducks and gets Harper in a backslide for 2. Harper pops up and hits his big boot for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. Harper hits a couple of knees and goes for another slam. Bryan escapes and hits a few kicks before getting sent over the ropes. Bryan holds on, skins the cat and pulls Harper to the floor with a headscissors. He sends Harper into the barricade with a suicide dive, then hits a few more kicks against the barricade. Back in the ring, Bryan fires up the Yes! Kicks, but misses the Buzzsaw. Harper then drops him on his head with a dragon suplex for 2. Bryan blocks a discus clothesline, but Harper spins once more and connects on the second try for 2. Harper goes for the sit-out powerbomb, but Bryan counters into a sunset flip before turning it into a heel hook for the submission win.
Luke Harper is eliminated.
The sixth and final entrant is Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler gets an inset promo, and says the IC title ladder match at WM has all types. Whether you’re a dirty lunatic, a rapper that refuses to get high, a guy going to a costume party on Mars, a homeless zombie, a Brit with no stones or just a turd, they’re not as good as him. He’s bringing the title back where it belongs, and it’s just too bad he’s too good. Commercials.
We’re back, and the two start with a lock-up. Bryan turns it into a hip throw, which Ziggler counters with a headscissors before Bryan escapes back to his feet. They lock up again, and repeat the sequence, but with the roles reversed. BNB watches on. Bryan applies an arm wringer and backs Ziggler to the corner before hitting him with a spinning back kick. Bryan hits some more Yes! Kicks, then picks Ziggler up for a European uppercut. Ziggler comes back with a flurry of rights, only to have Bryan trip him up. Ziggler blocks the attempt at a submission hold and stacks Bryan up for 2. The two go for a test of strength, but Ziggler boots Bryan, backs him into the corner, and hits a Rude Awakening. Nice touch there. He misses a corner splash, which allows Bryan to hit a running corner dropkick. He connects with a super hurricanrana, but Ziggler rolls through into a sunset flip for 2. The two trade shots, which Ziggler eventually getting the best of the exchange. He headbutts Bryan in the corner and goes for a whip. Bryan backflips out, ducks a clothesline, and the two collide off simultaneous cross-body attempts. Commercials.
Back from the break, Bryan is working over Ziggler’s arm. Ziggler escapes a back suplex, hits a couple kicks and lands a big dropkick. He goes for the rocker dropper, but Bryan counters it with a powerbomb into a jackknife for 2. Bryan goes up top, but Ziggler crotches him and looks for a superplex. Bryan slides under his legs and crotches Ziggler. Bryan then goes up for a back superplex, which Ziggler counters with a mid-air cross-body for 2. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag, and Bryan grabs the ropes to block. Ziggler rolls away, only to get nailed with a Buzzsaw for 2. Bryan signals for the running knee. Ziggler sees it coming and drops Bryan with a superkick for 2. Ziggler picks Bryan up in a front chancery, but Bryan counters it into a quick Yes! Lock. Ziggler breaks free and jackknifes for 2. Bryan powers up to a vertical base, and now the two fight over a backslide attempt. Bryan drops to one knee and manages to pull Ziggler down for 2. He misses the Buzzsaw, and Ziggler hits a surprise Zig-Zag for 3.
WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER.
Damn, that was a hell of a match. It was pretty average at first, but once R-Truth was out, it really picked up and didn’t stop. I could watch Ziggler/Bryan all day.
After Ziggler celebrates, he has a stare-down with Bryan, only to shake his hand a moment later. BNB comes out and congratulates them for stealing the show, just like they’ve been trying to steal the IC title over the last few weeks. He’s got some bad news for both of them: stealing the show is a code. It’s a code for being…well, we never find out, because BNB immediately drops Ziggler with a microphone shot. Bryan starts nailing BNB with kicks and goes for a running corner dropkick, but BNB is back up, and he nails Bryan with the mic as well. He loads up the Bull Hammer and blasts Ziggler with it, then gives one to Bryan as well.
Bray Wyatt promo, hyping the match with the Undertaker at WM. Sorry, but as soon as this match was made official, I completely lost interest.
We get predictions from the divas on who will win the divas tag team match at WM. Who the hell cares? It features the Bellas, so it will absolutely suck. Listening to Cameron and Summer Rae talk…I’d rather hump a splintered piece of balsa wood.
Another Sheamus hype video.
J&J are with more security guards, by the shutters. Same stuff as the last two times.
MATCH 3-jINTER-SPECIES TAG TEAM MATCH: WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS CESARO & TYSON KIDD, AND NATALYA VS. EL TORITO AND LOS MATADORES (DIEGO & FERNANDO)
Cesaro and a Matador start, with Cesaro hitting a shoulder and dropping an elbow for 2. The two crisscross until the Matador hits a hurricanrana. Nattie tags herself in, which automatically brings Torito in. Kidd tags himself in before anything can happen. Torito kicks Kidd in the leg, then tags in a Matador, who suckers Kidd into a trip into the second rope. The Matador drops himself across Kidd’s back as he slides through the ropes and to the floor, tagging in the other Matador in the process. The legal Matador hits a tope con hilo for 2. Kidd recovers and sends him throat-first into the middle rope for a knee-choke. Behind the ref’s back, Cesaro hits a boot on the apron. Cesaro tags in, and he stomps the Matador down before hitting a European uppercut. The Matador gets tossed to the floor. Kidd tags in and goes for an attack from the apron, but gets tripped. The other Matador tags in and hits a springboard chop. He knocks Cesaro off the apron and hits a spinning headbutt. Torito tags in, and the two hit a springboard version of the Sidewinder (the Smoking Gunns’ old finisher) for 2. A Matador tags in and hits a somersault plancha from the top for 2 as Cesaro breaks it up. The other Matador hits Cesaro with an enziguri, then pulls his partner over for a tag to Torito. Torito sends Kidd head-first into Cesaro off a springboard hurricanrana. Nattie tags herself in as Los Matadores send the champs to the floor with a pair of dropkicks. They follow up with stereo suicide dives. Torito looks for one, but gets grabbed by Nattie. He counters into an armdrag, then comes off the top for a hurricanrana. Nattie catches him and hits a sit-out powerbomb for 3.
WINNERS: CESARO, TYSON KIDD AND NATALYA.
Nattie sure looks good in a leather catsuit. Just saying.
Roman Reigns comes out for the main event, and Mark Henry’s music hits next. However, after a minute or two, Henry isn’t coming out. THe cameras cut to the back, and Henry’s been laid out near the locker rooms. Seth Rollins and Kane come out, flanked by J&J Security. Rollins waves his arm, and about half a dozen security guards join them. The guards line up at the bottom of the entrance ramp, and it looks like this is going to become a handicap match.
[adinserter block=”2″]MATCH 4-2-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH: ROMAN REIGNS VS. KANE AND SETH ROLLINS (W/J&J SECURITY)
Kane starts off for his team, eating a series of rights by Reigns. Rollins distracts the referee, which allows J&J to trip Reigns near the ropes. Off the distraction, Kane hits a big boot before tagging in Rollins. Rollins clubs Reigns down, then hits a neckbreaker for 1. Rollins chokes Reigns over the middle rope, then tags in Kane. Kane sends Rollins into the corner for a forearm, and Rollins then sends Reigns into Kane for a sidewalk slam, which gets 2. Kane rams Reigns face-first into the top buckle, then sends him across the ring. Reigns blocks a splash, hits a few rights, then gets caught with a DDT off the ropes for 2. Rollins tags in, pulls Reigns to the apron from the floor and nails him with rights, followed by a running boot. Back in the ring, Rollins clubs Reigns down. Reigns comes back with rights until he gets hit with a complete shot into the middle buckle. Kane tags in and hits a quick pair of elbows. Rollins back in now, and Kane sends him in for a corner splash. Reigns sees it coming and backdrops Rollins to the apron before hitting Kane with a leaping clothesline. Rollins misses a springboard knee, lands in the corner, and gets hit with several clotheslines from Reigns. Reigns misses a short-arm, ducks a kick, misses a leaping clothesline and hits a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. He loads up the Superman Punch and nails an incoming Joey Mercury with it. He goes for it again on Rollins, but Rollins blocks it and goes for a spinning neckbreaker. Reigns blocks that, the two spin through several more times, and Reigns ends the series with a shot to the back of the head. Jamie Noble gets knocked off the apron as Rollins rolls to the apron himself. Reigns goes after him, and Rollins hits him with a hotshot. Rollins goes up top as Kane tags himself in. Reigns nails Rollins with a punch in mid-air, but Kane then comes in and grabs Reigns for a chokeslam. Reigns escapes, ducks a clothesline and connects with the spear for 3.
WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS.
After the match, Reigns shoves the security guards on the ramp out of the way. Rollins starts throwing a fit in the ring as Randy Orton’s music hits. He turns around, and Orton hits the ring through the crowd. He tackles Rollins, then proceeds to take out the security guards. He catches and incoming Rollins with a powerslam, then coils up for the RKO. Noble tries to interfere, but gets hit with an RKO. Rollins escapes an RKO attempt, but Orton grabs him by the foot before he can leave the ring. Mercury tries to attack Orton from the buckles, but gets hit with a mid-air RKO as Rollins escapes up the ramp.
End of show.