On paper, the card for this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW was weak. But with plenty of promos and capped off by Shane McMahon’s beautiful Top Rope Elbow on The Undertaker through an announce table, this week’s RAW got viewers as excited for Wrestlemania 32 as much as it possibly could.
Simply put, it appears there won’t be any wild surprises and with injuries taking their toll on the main roster, the WWE is going to make the most of what they have. The card for Wrestlemania 32 is far from Blockbuster, but with members of the Bullet Club and other indie superstars joining both the WWE and NXT over the last few months, post-Wrestlemania looks to be an intriguing time.
Zack Ryder vs. Chris Jericho: Thanks to a Y2Jackass chant from AJ Styles, Ryder got the win with a School Boy, but got hit with the Code Breaker for his troubles.
Divas Champion Charlotte Flair w/Ric Flair vs. Becky Lynch: Thanks to interference from Ric Flair, Charlotte got the win with the Yakuza Kick and the Natural Selection.
Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel w/Adam Rose and Heath Slater vs. Kane and The Big Show: The match quickly got thrown out after Slater and Rose got involved. Soon enough Goldust, Tyler Breeze, Damien Sandow, R-Truth, Fandango, Darren Young and other superstars got into the ring and were involved. After they hit a double Chokeslam on Mark Henry, Kane and Show hit the Barbershop Quartet Chokeslam on the Social Outcasts.
WWE Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston w/Xavier Woods and WWE Tag Team Champion Big E/ Langston vs. Alberto Del Rio w/Sheamus, Wade Barrett and Rusev: Dl Rio was dominant early, but Kingston hit the SOS for the first near-fall of the match. Del Rio, however, fought back with the Backstabber, but Kingston nearly won with a Double Stomp variation. A few moves later, Del Rio hit his Stomp variation and then went for his Arm Bar, but Kingston countered into a Rollup for the win.
United States Champion Kalisto vs. Konnor w/Viktor: After he took out Viktor, Kalisto got the win with the Salina Del Sole. After the match, Kalsto went face to face with Ryback.
Paige w/Alicia Fox, Nikki Bella and Natalya Neidhart vs. Emma w/Summer Rae, Lana, Naomi, Tamina Snuka: Emma got the win after Lana got involved behind the referee’s back. After the match, anarchy ensued and Eva Marie hit the ring to make the save for the Total Divas team.
Stardust, The Miz and Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler and Sin Cara: A lengthy match that turned into a finisher-palooza and ended after Zayn hit Owens with the Helluva Kick.