The final RAW before WrestleMania kicks off in a major way as the crow caws and the lights go out, symbolizing the arrival of the man they call Sting as “The Vigilante” makes his way to the ring just six nights before he collides with WWE COO Triple H in his debut on “The Grandest Stage of Them All”! Speaking live on RAW for the first time ever, Sting says that he has watched Triple H climb the ladder in WWE through “manipulation” and “backstabbing” to get to where he is today. Sting then says that Triple H seems to think that he is “unstoppable” and even though he is the “last soldier standing for some forgotten war”, he is not there to “fight for WCW”, he is there to “take Triple H down”! Sting’s first live address on RAW is then interrupted by WWE Principal Owner and Triple H’s wife Stephanie McMahon, who makes her way to the ring. Stephanie says that, now, Sting knows what it’s like to make it to the “big time”, telling Sting to “soak it all in”. Sting does not back down, however, saying that Stephanie is a “spoiled brat” who has been handed everything in her life, but somehow still believes that she “earned it”! Stephanie says that Sting is “intimidated” because, in WCW, Sting was a “big fish in a little pond”, but in WWE, Sting is a “minnow swimming in the ocean”. Stephanie continues, saying that she is the daughter of the man who put WCW out of business before comparing Sting to a “dog”, saying that dogs are “loyal” and can “paint a dog up” and they can do a lot of “tricks”, but at the end of the day, dogs are kind of “stupid”. Stephanie then says that WCW “lost” and Sting “lost” and, this Sunday at WrestleMania, Sting is going to lose any “respect” that the fans have for him when he gets pinned by Triple H in the middle of the ring, calling Sting a “face-painted freak”.
Stephanie then tries to slap Sting across the face, but “The Icon” grabs Stephanie’s arm and this brings out her husband, WWE COO Triple H. Triple H first checks on his wife at ringside before taking off his suit jacket, rolling up his sleeves, and preparing to enter the ring to face Sting. However, Stephanie stops her husband so that she can hand Triple H his trusty sledgehammer, but when Triple H starts to climb in the ring, Sting pulls out his baseball bat! Sting then taunts Triple H with the bat before backing up and daring “The Game” to enter the ring, but Triple H backs off, opting to walk away from the fight. Sting then takes off his jacket and gets the crowd behind him, but Stephanie convinces Triple H to save the fight for WrestleMania as Triple H & Stephanie back off.
Before they join Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, & Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett in the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match at WrestleMania, “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would team with R-Truth to face the bizarre team of Stardust and Luke Harper with Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett a guest on commentary. At the end of a chaotic match, it was R-Truth hitting the Lie Detector on Stardust, pinning Stardust for the win.
With RAW Guest Star and ESPN journalist Bill Simmons a guest on commentary, ten of the men in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal would face off in a massive 10-Man Tag Match as Ryback would team up with Erick Rowan, Zack Ryder, & The Prime Time Players to face The Miz & Damien Mizdow, Adam Rose, and The Ascension. At the end of the multi-man mayhem, it was Ryback blasting The Miz with the Meat Hook Clothesline and following it up with Shell Shocked, pinning The Miz to pick up the win for his team.
Six nights before he goes one-on-one with Seth Rollins at WrestleMania, Randy Orton was in action on RAW as “The Viper” would face the winner or winners of the WWE App vote and, with the fans choosing between Kane, Big Show, and Seth Rollins and J&J Security, an overwhelming 77% of votes went to Seth Rollins and J&J Security as Orton would face the trio in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match! During the match, Randy Orton would take control of both members of J&J Security as Seth Rollins watched from ringside, but when Orton was set to deliver the RKO to Jamie Noble, Seth Rollins tried to pick his spot with the Curb Stomp. However, “The Viper” would move out of the way and Seth Rollins would narrowly avoid the RKO, but Jamie Noble would be not be so lucky as, with Rollins glaring at Orton from ringside, Orton would drop Noble with the RKO, pinning Noble for the win. After the match, an eager Randy Orton would stare a hole through Seth Rollins, clearly ready to go to war with “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” at WrestleMania.
With a suspicious offer from Divas Champion Nikki Bella to offer one of them a Divas Title shot on RAW just six nights before they are scheduled to face The Bella Twins at WrestleMania, AJ Lee confronts Paige backstage. AJ expresses her concerns to Paige, citing that Nikki Bella is likely trying to turn them against each other before this Sunday. Paige argues that she has been having to deal with The Bella Twins for the last six months while AJ was not around and, if Nikki Bella is offering a shot at the Divas Title, she is going to take it, but only if AJ doesn’t want it. AJ says that is not what it’s about, saying that she doesn’t want them to fall into a “trap”, but Paige changes the tone of the conversation when she brings up a word that AJ Lee notoriously hates as Paige tells AJ that she would be “crazy” to not accept a Divas Title match. Paige is quick to try and diffuse the situation, saying that the only thing that is going to “fall” tonight is Nikki Bella’s reign as Divas Champion.
With Nikki Bella offering either Paige or AJ Lee a shot at the Divas Title, Paige would take Nikki Bella up on her offer as Paige, with AJ Lee in her corner, would challenge Nikki Bella, with Brie Bella in her corner, for the Divas Championship. In a stellar championship match, Paige would manage to fight out of Nikki Bella’s Rack Attack, hitting the Ram Paige on the champion, but Nikki was able to kick out! Shortly after this, both Paige and Nikki tumble to the outside of the ring and, with Brie Bella lurking near Paige, AJ Lee would take down Brie to prevent Brie from getting involved. However, when Paige would walk up behind AJ Lee, AJ would mistake Paige for Nikki Bella and catch Paige with an elbow to the face! This would allow the Divas Champion to blast Paige with a forearm on the outside before Nikki brings Paige back into the ring, hitting the Rack Attack and pinning Paige to successfully retain the Divas Championship. After the match, AJ Lee would enter the ring to try and explain herself, but Paige would tackle AJ Lee and a fight would break out between the two WrestleMania partners! The referee is able to separate Paige & AJ Lee as The Bella Twins look on approvingly as their plan to turn Paige & AJ Lee against each other apparently worked.
Flanked by Cameron, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, & Summer Rae, RAW would then feature an appearance by one of the RAW Guest Stars as hip hop legend and California’s own Snoop Dogg makes his way to the ring. Snoop Dogg says that he’s been to a couple of WrestleMania events in the past, but the pop culture icon is quickly interrupted by the delusional Curtis Axel, who says that it’s not “SnoopMania”, it’s “AxelMania”. Axel then slides into the ring, doing his best rapper impression by saying “bow wow wow, yippee-oh, yippee-a, AxelMania is here to stay”. Snoop Dogg says that Curtis Axel is missing the most important “Mania” of them all, bringing out the man that Curtis Axel has been impersonating for weeks now, WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan! In a moment for the ages, Hulk Hogan and Snoop Dogg pose together in the ring before “The Hulkster” addresses Curtis Axel. Hogan says that, when he lifted Andre The Giant above his head at WrestleMania III, he knew that Hulkamania would “live forever” and when he heard Snoop Dogg’s first LP, he knew that SnoopMania would “live forever”. Hogan then defers to Snoop Dogg, asking what Curtis Axel is “smoking” before Axel decides to mimic the legend by tearing off his shirt. Curtis Axel then tries to cheap-shot Hulk Hogan, but the Hall of Famer blasts Axel with a right hand before Snoop Dogg tosses Axel out of the ring! Snoop Dogg then tears off his shirt to reveal a Hulkamania shirt before the two entertainment icons pose side-by-side in the middle of the ring, much to approval of the Los Angeles crowd.
Six nights before Cesaro & Tyson Kidd defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against The Usos, The New Day, & Los Matadores in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Match on the two-hour WrestleMania Kickoff Show, the WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd would team with Tyson Kidd’s wife Natalya to face Los Matadores & El Torito in a 6-Being Interspecies Tag Match with The Usos guests on commentary. In the end, it was El Torito surprising Natalya with a roll-up, picking up the win for his team.
Backstage, The Authority’s Director of Operations Kane confronts Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett, telling him that it’s nice to see that Barrett has been able to hold onto his own title belt for the last week. Kane then informs Barrett that he is going to need Barrett to hand over the title belt to him so he can hang it over the ring for a match later tonight. However, Barrett refuses, saying that he has been working for the past month just to get the title belt back in his hands, but when Kane reminds Barrett that he has the authority to strip Bad News Barrett of the Intercontinental Championship, Barrett has no choice but to hand the title belt over. Before leaving with the belt, Kane comments that all Barrett has to do to keep his belt at WrestleMania is beat six other guys in a Ladder Match, saying that he likes those odds.
Before he defends the United States Championship against John Cena at WrestleMania, United States Champion Rusev would go one-on-one with a longtime rival in “The Real American” Jack Swagger in a non-title match. In the end, it was Rusev locking in the Accolade on Jack Swagger, making Swagger tap out to pick up the win. After the match, Rusev would refuse to release the hold and this would bring John Cena to the ring as a brawl breaks out between the WrestleMania opponents. The fight would spill to the outside and Rusev would gain the advantage, tossing Cena into the ringside barricade before the United States Champion picks Cena up, slamming Cena back-first into the steel ring post. With his sights set on destroying John Cena before WrestleMania, Rusev would then toss Cena over the announce table as Cena collides with one of the commentator’s chair as a sickening crunch is heard from the chair as it breaks from the force of the throw. As Cena struggles to recover, Rusev would celebrate his actions, but when Rusev spots Cena trying to get back to his feet, the United States Champion comes back for more destruction. Rusev first levels Cena with a hard kick to the face before the crazed United States Champion exposes the announce table. Rusev then lifts Cena up and slams Cena face-first onto the table before climbing on the table and locking in the Accolade on John Cena on the announce table. With Cena unconscious and defenseless, several referees rush out to try to get Rusev to break the hold, finally succeeding as the United States Champion leaves Cena motionless on the table. As Rusev holds his United States Title belt high in the ring, referees and medical personnel tend to John Cena.
Six nights before he faces the returning Undertaker at WrestleMania, the self-proclaimed “New Face of Fear” Bray Wyatt would appear live on RAW. Bray asks why people “hide from the truth”, saying that “reality” can be a very difficult “pill to swallow”, but that doesn’t change the fact that each and every one of them is “guilty”. Bray continues, saying that they are all “liars”, but he is not like them and he is “not a liar”. Wyatt then says that he “speaks the truth” and if it’s the truth they want, then it’s the truth they will get. Bray continues, saying that The Undertaker is just like them, that he is a “liar” and he is the “angel with the burnt wings” that will send The Undertaker to “the other side”. As lightning flashes in the arena in classic Undertaker fashion, Bray says that the “spirits” belong to him now, saying that he controls the “light and the darkness” before saying that he has “judged” The Undertaker and The Undertaker is “guilty”. Wyatt then says that, at WrestleMania, The Undertaker will feel “Sister Abigail’s kiss” and he will take his “rightful place among the gods” as the “new face of fear”. Bray then concludes that, at WrestleMania, The Undertaker will get the “mercy” that he seeks and, at WrestleMania, The Undertaker will “rest in peace”! Wyatt then kneels in the ring like The Undertaker as the lightning furiously flashes in the arena.
The final inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015 was announced on RAW as the former WWE & WCW World Heavyweight Champion known as “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash will join Larry Zbyszko, Rikishi, Alundra Blayze, Tatsumi Fujinami, Warrior Award recipient Connor “The Crusher” Michalek, The Bushwhackers, & “Macho Man” Randy Savage as inductees into the Hall of Fame!
After their show-stealing performance in a Gauntlet Match on SmackDown, two of the seven participants in the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match would square off on RAW as, with the Intercontinental Title belt symbolically hanging high over the ring, “The Yes Man” Daniel Bryan would go one-on-one with “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler and, as voted on by the fans, the Special Referee for the match would be Dean Ambrose, who beats out Luke Harper, R-Truth, Stardust, & Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett with 57% of the votes. At the end of another instant classic, it was Dolph Ziggler scoring with a super kick to the face of Daniel Bryan, following it up with the Zig Zag, pinning Bryan for the win. After the match, Dean Ambrose would make a statement by planting Dolph Ziggler with Dirty Deeds before getting a ladder from underneath the ring. In a symbolic display of this Sunday’s Ladder Match, Ambrose would try to climb the ladder, but Bad News Barrett, Stardust, R-Truth, & Luke Harper would all come out, sparking a seven-man brawl. Barrett would then send Daniel Bryan face-first into the ladder before blasting Bryan with the Bull Hammer Elbow. Dolph then takes Barrett out with the super kick as the brawl continues before Stardust take out Dolph Ziggler. Ambrose and Stardust then race up the ladder before Luke Harper pushes the ladder over and all seven men are left laid out in and out of the ring.
Then it was time for what is sure to be an explosive confrontation as, six nights before they go one-on-one for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of WrestleMania, the #1 Contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Roman Reigns, would come face-to-face with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar in the middle of the ring. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and his advocate, Paul Heyman, would make their way to the ring first. Heyman says that, if they are looking to see a “fight” and if they are looking to see Brock Lesnar “mangle” Roman Reigns, then they are going to get their “money’s worth”. Heyman continues, saying that, at WrestleMania, someone is going to be proven “right” and someone is going to be proven “wrong”. Heyman then says that Brock Lesnar makes “failures” out of every man that steps up to face him, pointing out Brock Lesnar’s defeat of The Undertaker at last year’s WrestleMania and Lesnar’s defeat of John Cena at SummerSlam. Heyman continues, saying that Brock Lesnar forced John Cena out of the main event before Heyman says that Brock Lesnar “loves” being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion almost as much as he loves “sadistically beating the ass” of anyone who tries to take the title away.
Heyman then says that Roman Reigns may as well take Brock’s wife, take ownership of his house, and rename Brock’s children because that’s how “personal” the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is to Brock Lesnar! Heyman then says that Lesnar is a “conqueror” who will kick down someone’s front door, take their wife, take food of their table, and rename their children “Lesnar”! Heyman then declares that Brock Lesnar will “conquer” the main event of WrestleMania this Sunday before saying that Brock Lesnar says that Roman Reigns “can’t” beat Brock Lesnar and, therefore, he “won’t”! Having heard everything Paul Heyman had to say on Brock Lesnar’s behalf, the time for talk would be over as Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring to come face-to-face with Brock Lesnar for the first time in the middle of the ring. After both men circle each other in the ring, the confident Brock Lesnar smiles and holds the WWE World Heavyweight Title belt high above his head, but Roman Reigns snatches the title away from Lesnar! As Brock looks at Roman in disbelief, Reigns holds the title high before Lesnar tries to take the title belt back, resulting in both men trying to grab the title with neither man willing to let go of the belt!
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