With Dean Ambrose still in possession of Seth Rollins’ WWE World Heavyweight Title, there was not a smile to be found as RAW kicks off with The Authority as WWE COO Triple H, WWE Principal Owner Stephanie McMahon, Director of Operations Kane, J&J Security, and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins make their way to the ring. Stephanie says that, just because Dean Ambrose stole the title belt, it does not mean he’s the champion, calling Ambrose a “kleptomaniac”, bringing up Ambrose’s past thefts of the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase and the Intercontinental Title belt. Stephanie continues, saying that Ambrose is hardly what they call a “Superstar” let alone a “WWE Champion”. Stephanie then poses the question of if they should fine Ambrose or suspend Ambrose before suggesting they get rid of Dean Ambrose altogether. Triple H then says that they are not going to have to do any of those things, saying that Ambrose may be “crazy”, but he’s not “stupid”. The COO then says that he gave Dean Ambrose until the start of RAW to return the WWE World Heavyweight Title belt, telling Ambrose to climb out of “whatever hole” he’s in, come out there and return the title belt to Seth Rollins and, then, they can discuss what happens next. When “The Lunatic Fringe” does not show up, Triple H shouts for Ambrose to get out there right now, but The Authority does not get Dean Ambrose as Ambrose’s partner in crime Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring with a grin on his face.
Showing no fear of The Authority, Roman Reigns says that Dean Ambrose is not stupid, but he’s also not in the arena. Roman then says that Ambrose may never come back unless he gets a rematch with Seth Rollins at Money-in-the-Bank! Reigns continues, saying that Ambrose does not want just any rematch, he wants a Ladder Match for the title! Roman explains that Ambrose wants to face Rollins in a Ladder Match for the title so that whoever grabs hold of the title will be the champion. Stephanie says that they are not going to negotiate with a “low life miscreant” like Dean Ambrose or Roman Reigns, but Reigns says that The Authority should think about negotiating since Dean Ambrose did beat Seth Rollins at WWE Elimination Chamber. Rollins argues that Ambrose did not beat him, saying that he’s still the champion. This sparks a “you got beat” chant from the crowd before Roman Reigns says that Rollins is not as “good” as he thinks he is, bringing up that he, as well as Ambrose, has defeated the champion before, saying that Rollins used to be “cool” when he was a part of The Shield, but now he’s running with his “mom and dad” and he’s got the “tiniest security team of all-time” before saying that Rollins may be the “worst WWE Champion ever”! This lights a fire under Seth Rollins, who hastily agrees to defend the title in a Ladder Match against Dean Ambrose at Money-in-the-Bank! Stephanie suggests that Rollins re-considers accepting the match, but Rollins says that he knows exactly what he’s doing. Continuing to ignore Triple H & Stephanie trying to calm him down, Seth Rollins says that, at Money-in-the-Bank, he is going to prove to Reigns and Ambrose that he doesn’t need anyone to help him. Clearly sent over the edge by Roman Reigns’ comments, Rollins says that he doesn’t need J&J Security and he sure as hell doesn’t need some “seven-foot piece of crap” and he doesn’t need The Authority! Triple H would try to calm Rollins down, but the champion would continue his tirade, shouting that, at Money-in-the-Bank, he is going to prove without a shadow of a doubt who the “absolute, undisputed” WWE World Heavyweight Champion really is.
Seth Rollins then storms out of the ring to the back without The Authority before a livid Stephanie gets in Roman Reigns’ face before Triple H calms his wife down. The COO reminds Roman that he is one of the participants in this year’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, saying that Reigns knows full well what the Money-in-the-Bank contract means, bringing up Seth Rollins’ cash-in at WrestleMania. Triple H continues, saying that Reigns doesn’t “have to be” in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match and, by the end of the night, he might not be in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match. The COO then says that Roman Reigns is going to compete tonight and, if Roman wins, he can stay in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, but if he loses, he is out. Triple H then tells Reigns to stay right there because he is going to go in the back and find an opponent for Roman Reigns right now. The seething Authority then exits the ring, heading to the back as Roman Reigns awaits his opponent.
With a spot in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match on the line, the opening match of the night would see Roman Reigns put his spot on the line against the 2015 King of the Ring winner King Barrett with the winner advancing to the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match in two weeks. At the end of a hard-hitting match, it was Roman Reigns avoiding the Royal Bull Hammer of King Barrett, blasting Barrett with the Spear to secure the pinfall, picking up the win to keep his spot in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match.
Backstage, Roman Reigns is confronted by Triple H & Stephanie McMahon, who sarcastically applaud Roman’s victory before informing Reigns that he will have to put his spot in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match on the line again tonight, this time against “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry!
One night after surviving the demonic Elimination Chamber Match to become the brand new Intercontinental Champion, “The Big Guy” Ryback would walk to the ring for the first time with gold around his waist as, per the orders of The Authority, Ryback would defend the Intercontinental Championship against The Miz. However, before the match gets underway, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show inexplicably makes his first appearance since Extreme Rules. Big Show walks to the ring with a purpose and, just when it looked like he was going to square off with Ryback, “The World’s Largest Athlete” turns around and knocks The Miz out with the Knockout Punch! Big Show then gets in Ryback’s face, saying that, if anyone is going to beat Ryback for the Intercontinental Title, it’s going to be him. Big Show then says that Ryback calls himself “The Big Guy”, but he’s got nothing on Big Show. This sparks an intense stare-down between Ryback and Big Show before “The World’s Largest Athlete” exits the ring, having made his intentions clear.
After his shocking victory over United States Champion John Cena at WWE Elimination Chamber, NXT Champion Kevin Owens would make an appearance on RAW to address his victory, as well as his upcoming rematch with John Cena at Money-in-the-Bank. Owens says that, when he says he is going to do something, he “delivers” and he delivered on his promise to leave John Cena laid out at WWE Elimination Chamber. The NXT Champion continues, saying that he should be on top of the world right now, but he’s not, saying that, after his win last night, he called his wife and son and, while his wife said she was proud of him, his son is a huge John Cena fan, so all his son was worried about was how Cena was. Owens then says that he “understands” his son’s support of John Cena, saying that his son has been watching Cena for years before saying that, just because he “understands”, that doesn’t mean it’s “okay”. Owens continues, saying that, for the past decade, Cena has been portrayed as a “real life superhero” with his bright-colored attires and catchphrases. The NXT Champion then says that, while he was working his way through the independent wrestling scene in the hopes of someday making it to WWE, his son was being influenced by John Cena and that is when Cena became his son’s “hero” because Cena was featured on television each and every week while he was not. Owens continues, saying that, last night, he beat “Super Cena” and, now, Cena’s catchphrases are being uttered by a “shell of a man” and, when he beats Cena again in two weeks at Money-in-the-Bank, he is going to “expose the lie” that is John Cena. The NXT Champion then says that he is going to make sure that his son watches him beat Cena and he suggests that parents out there do the same because he is going to show the world that a “real role model” doesn’t rely on “marketing, catchphrases, and bright colors” because a real role model says they are going to do something and then they deliver just like he does.
This brings out United States Champion John Cena, who makes his way to the ring to confront Kevin Owens. Cena tells Owens to “shut up” before saying that the entire world is talking about Kevin Owens, admitting that he got beat. Cena then says that, before Owens started talking a few minutes ago, he was going to walk out there and give Owens the United States Title because he “deserves” it, but now he realizes that Owens does not deserve the United States Title and he does not even deserve the NXT Championship. Cena continues, saying that Owens is too concerned with being a “real role model” when he should be focused on becoming a “real man”, saying that a real man throws “jealousy” aside and a real man does not judge other people based on how they live their life. Cena then says that, according to Owens, it’s WWE’s “marketing machine” that is responsible for Owens’ son being a John Cena fan, but Cena says that, if that was the case, then Owens’ son would have an “Adam Rose t-shirt”, still love the “Funkasaurus”, and would want to grow up to play in the “XFL”! The United States Champion continues, saying that Owens’ son and the other Cena supporters around the world support him because he comes out each and every week and he “delivers”, saying that his catchphrases define who he is in the ring and outside of it. Cena then says that, no matter if the fans are on his side or not, when he wears the words “never give up”, he encourages everyone else to do the same. Cena continues, saying that the three words that define Kevin Owens are not “fight Owens fight”, they are “never give up” before telling Owens to “think” before he speaks, saying that Owens just said that he delivers on every promise, but in two weeks, he is going to have to explain how a “pretty good wrestler” got his “ass kicked by a real man”! Both men then throw their title belts down, ready for a fight, but Kevin Owens is quick to exit the ring, deciding to save the fight for Money-in-the-Bank.
After surviving the first ever WWE Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match, WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day were on RAW as Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match participant Kofi Kingston, with Big E & Xavier Woods in his corner, would go one-on-one with fellow Money-in-the-Bank competitor “The Showoff” Dolph Ziggler with Lana watching from the stage. During the match, Xavier Woods would get on the ring apron to distract Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston would try to roll “The Showoff” up and hook the tights, but Dolph would counter with a roll-up of his own, hooking the tights to secure the three-count and pick up the win. After the match, Big E & Xavier Woods would enter the ring and The New Day would put the boots to Dolph Ziggler, but The Prime Time Players would rush out to make the save, sending The New Day packing.
In an impromptu 6-Man Tag Match, “The Showoff” Dolph Ziggler would join forces with The Prime Time Players to face all three members of WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day. At the end of a wild match, it was Titus O’Neil hitting a pumphandle slam on Xavier Woods, pinning Woods to pick up the win for his team.
Having already defeated King Barrett to seemingly secure his spot in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match earlier in the night, Roman Reigns would be forced to put his spot on the line again as The Authority would put Roman Reigns in a match against “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry with the winner earning a spot in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match. Despite issues with his left eye, Roman Reigns would manage to stay in the match and the battle would spill to the outside where Mark Henry would shove Roman back-first into the steel ring post before Reigns fires back with the Superman Punch, leaving both Superstars down on the floor. Roman somehow manages to get to his feet and roll back into the ring in the nick of time to win the match by count-out, keeping his spot in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match! However, after the match, as Roman tries to wash his eye out with water, Mark Henry would strike, attacking Reigns from behind, planting Reigns with the World’s Strongest Slam and following it up with a big splash. “The World’s Strongest Man” then angrily marches to the back as Roman Reigns lies in the ring, clearly injured.
Backstage, a wounded Roman Reigns is again confronted by Triple H & Stephanie McMahon, who mock Roman’s pain. Roman already knows what is about to happen before The Authority informs Roman Reigns that he is going to have to put his Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match spot on the line for a third time tonight, this time against Bray Wyatt!
After interrupting an interview with Nikki Bella earlier in the night to challenge Nikki to a title match, the challenge would be accepted as Paige would challenge Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship on RAW. During the match, Nikki Bella would go to the second rope, but Paige would catch her on the ropes, dropping Nikki Bella with the Ram Paige from the second rope, taking out both Divas. The Divas Champion then manages to roll to the outside and this is when Twin Magic would come into effect as Nikki’s twin sister Brie would roll Nikki under the ring apron before posing as her sister. Paige would unknowingly pull Brie into the ring and Brie would quickly surprise Paige with a roll-up, securing the three-count and quickly rejoining her sister before the referee even knows what took place as Nikki retains the Divas Title.
For the first time since Payback, “The Viper” would be on RAW as, two weeks before he is one of the participants in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, Randy Orton would go one-on-one with fellow Money-in-the-Bank competitor “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus. During a hard-hitting match, the action would spill to the outside where Randy Orton sends Sheamus over the ringside barricade, but when “The Viper” goes to retrieve Sheamus, “The Celtic Warrior” grabs a steel chair, ramming into Orton’s mid-section, ending the match by disqualification. With the match concluded, Sheamus would continue to dismantle Randy Orton, blasting “The Viper” with the Brogue Kick before tossing him into the ringside barricade and spine-first into the steel ring post. “The Celtic Warrior” then throws Orton chest-first into the barricade before Orton collapses on the floor and several referees come out to break up the fight. Sheamus would act as though he was done with the assault, but when he sees Orton back on his feet, Sheamus would turn around and blast Orton with another Brogue Kick! “The Celtic Warrior” then walks away from the scene as referees check on a rattled Randy Orton.
Backstage, the injured Rusev would make an appearance to discuss the leg injury he suffered last week. The downtrodden competitor says that he has “no championship, no career, no woman”, saying that he is just a “broken man”. Rusev continues, saying that he has a “broken ankle” and a “broken spirit”, but he knows what he wants and what he desires, proclaiming that he will get all of it back.
Following a loss to Neville at WWE Elimination Chamber, Bo Dallas would look to avenge the loss as Dallas would face “The Man That Gravity Forgot” in a rematch on RAW. Despite a more aggressive performance by Bo Dallas, it was Neville hitting the Red Arrow and pinning Bo Dallas for the win.
Then it was time for the main event as, for the third time that night, a battered and beaten Roman Reigns would be forced by The Authority to put his spot in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match on the line, this time against the self-proclaimed “New Face of Fear” Bray Wyatt with the winner earning a spot in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match. During the match, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins would come out to the stage with Director of Operations Kane and J&J Security by his side. Somehow, Roman Reigns would use his superhuman resiliency to not only survive, but contend with Bray Wyatt, scoring with the Superman Punch. However, Reigns would collapse in the corner and this is when Kane and J&J Security would decide to get involved as Kane would get on the ring apron to distract Reigns, but Roman would shove Bray Wyatt into Kane, knocking the Director of Operations to the floor before catching Wyatt with the Spear, pinning Bray to pick up the win and keep his spot in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match.
After the match, Seth Rollins, Kane, and J&J Security would surround Roman Reigns, but before any further damage could be done, Dean Ambrose would show up with the WWE World Heavyweight Title, standing on the announce table! Seth Rollins would leap at Ambrose, but Ambrose would move out the way and Rollins would leap over the announce table, landing on the floor. Ambrose would then join Roman Reigns and, together, Ambrose & Reigns would clear the ring of Kane and J&J Security before Seth Rollins enters the ring. Ambrose would toss the title belt to Rollins as a distraction, spiking Rollins in the middle of the ring with Dirty Deeds. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon then come out as Ambrose taunts The Authority with the title belt before Ambrose & Reigns again escape into the crowd with WWE’s top prize.
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