March 23, 2020
WWE Performance Center
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Brock Lesnar& Paul Heyman Promo
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Monday Night Raw. My name is Paul Heyman and i’m the advocate for your reigning, defending, undisputed, WWE Heavyweight Champion of the world, Brock Lesnar. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s all be honest with each other for a change here. We live in most uncertain times right now. And in this time of history where we all just need a little certainty in our lives, I give you that certainty in, Brock Lesnar. Because Drew McIntyre can do anything thing that he wants to. He can train his ass off. He can go the gym. He can spar with mixed martial artist.
He could do anything he wants, but Drew McIntyre cannot beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Not this most unique, most extraordinary WrestleMania, a WrestleMania too big for just one night. Drew McIntyre can get down on his hands and his knees and i’m telling you, god’s prayer line is only gonna give him a busy signal right now. And the next time Drew McIntyre prays about WrestleMania, it will be Brock Lesnar that answers the prayer of making it quick and painless. Although I can assure you, after what happened at the Royal Rumble, after what happened in Brooklyn, New York, Brock Lesnar will make it quick, but he won’t make it painless.
Now, because of what Drew McIntyre accomplished at the Royal Rumble by eliminating Brock Lesnar, by winning the whole damn rumble, because Drew McIntyre put Brock Lesnar on his back not once, not twice, but three times in Brooklyn, Drew McIntyre is a made man. Drew McIntyre is going to main event WWE for years to come just because of the fight he brought to Brock Lesnar, but I assure you when WrestleMania is over, Drew McIntyre is just gonna be another bitch that tried, just another wannabe that got douched out by the greatest champion to ever stand in a WWE ring. Your reigning, defending, undisputed, WWE Heavyweight Champion of the world, then, now, and forever, Brock Lesnar.
– We get a replay of the Brock Lesnar/John Cena/Seth Rollins Triple Threat WWE Championship Match From The 2015 Royal Rumble.
With #WrestleMania being TOO BIG FOR JUST ONE NIGHT, we needed a BIG host.
— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) March 24, 2020
AJ Styles Promo
AJ Styles: For the first time in WWE history, WrestleMania is just too big for just one night. And as of last week, it is official, The Phenomenal One and The Phenom will go at it, at WrestleMania. I don’t care what night it’s on. I don’t care if it’s Saturday or Sunday, pick one. Although The Undertaker, maybe, maybe he cares because i’m not sure when his wife Michelle McCool lets him come out of the house. This guy has totally lost control of everything. He has control whatsoever. It’s like last week, when he walked down to that ring and he had those big stretchy pants on, maternity pants.
Yes, that’s exactly what i’m talking about. And he looked like this gothic version of like, dog the bounty hunter? No, even better, a gothic version of the tiger king. If you haven’t seen it, that’s a sweet burn, trust me on that one. Oh, man. Speaking of tigers, did you see on Undertaker’s twitter account, did you see this? It’s ridiculous. The Undertaker has a twitter account. On that twitter account, something surfaced, a picture/video, whatever you want to call it, I couldn’t watch it, but what I saw was, The Undertaker swimming with a tiger at some kind of like rescue tiger thing?
Luke Gallows: Myrtle Beach Safari.
AJ Styles: You’ve been there. You know what? Don’t take my word for it, watch the video. It’s real, I mean, this guy is talking about tigers. I mean, who is this man? Has he lost complete control of himself? Ever since he lost his match to Brock Lesnar, the streak was ended, he hasn’t been the same since. And I know I wanted to take The Undertaker’s soul, but it seems like Michelle McCool, his wife has beaten me to it. Oh, yes. I mean, his mystique is gone and I wish I could tell you this is the first time it’s happen. But no, he gets on twitter and he likes this and he’s posting selfies on Instagram, who is this man? Where has he gone? I don’t want the Mark Calaway, that’s posting selfies, getting on twitter and writing this and that, I don’t want that.
I want The Undertaker from yesteryear, that’s who I want and he’s nowhere to be found. But, oh humble Styles here is gonna give the WWE Universe what they want. I’m gonna give you, The WWE Universe, what you want to see. I’m gonna bring back, The Deadman. In a match that he loves, right in his wheelhouse, a boneyard match. This is your match, Taker. This is for you. Hey listen, when it’s over, cause I said I was gonna bury you, I got the perfect place picked out, the perfect plot for you. And ironically enough, it is the same plot that Michelle McCool, your wife picked out, when she buried your career. Got him again.
— WWE (@WWE) March 24, 2020
First Match: Andrade Cien Almas & Angel Garza w/Zelina Vega vs. Ricochet & Cedric Alexander
— WWE (@WWE) March 24, 2020
The Street Profits joins the commentary team for this match. Almas and Garza tried to attack Ricochet before the bell rang. Ricochet with a SpringBoard Double Crossbody Block. Ricochet clotheslines Garza over the top rope. Cedric Alexander storms into the ring. Ricochet and Almas will start things off. Ricochet blocks a running boot from Almas. Ricochet with a chop/forearm combination. Almas denies the irish whip. Almas with a knife edge chop. Almas drops Ricochet with a Big Boot. Ricochet slips over Almas back. Ricochet ducks a clothesline from Almas. Ricochet with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Ricochet dropkicks Almas for a one count. The referee reminds Garza about the tag rope. Almas decks Ricochet with a back elbow smash. Ricochet is throwing haymakers at Almas. The referee catches Garza trying to remove the top turnbuckle pad. Almas kicks Ricochet in the gut. Almas with forearm shivers. Ricochet kicks Almas in the face. Almas responds with a double hand chop that sends Ricochet crashing to the outside. Garza throws Ricochet into the LED Board.
Garza continues to bend the rules. Almas and Garza are cutting the ring in half during the commercial break. Almas applies an arm-bar. Almas with clubbing elbow smashes. Almas brings Ricochet to the corner. Almas tags in Garza. Garza with a forearm smash. Double Irish Whip. Pop Up Rib Kick for a two count. Garza rips off his pants. Garza kicks Ricochet in the back. Garza blasts Ricochet with a knife edge chop. Garza tags in Almas. Almas kicks Ricochet in the ribs. Almas drives his knee into the midsection of Ricochet. Almas tags in Garza. Ricochet SuperKicks Almas. Garza applies a side headlock. Ricochet rolls Garza over for a two count. Garza dropkicks the back of Ricochet. Garza with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Ricochet is displaying his fighting spirit. Garza answers with a desperation knee lift. Garza is raining down haymakers. Garza tags in Almas. Almas flips Ricochet into a Running Dropkick from Garza. Almas with the cover for a two count. Almas slaps Ricochet in the chest. Ricochet has Almas perched on the top turnbuckle. Ricochet with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Ricochet creates distance with a Leaping FrankenSteiner. Alexander and Garza are tagged in.
Alexander with two clotheslines. Alexander scores the elbow knockdown. Alexander delivers his combination offense. Alexander with a Flying Forearm Smash in the corner. Alexander dropkicks the back of Garza’s head. Alexander with a Big Boot. Alexander drops Garza with The SlingShot FlatLiner for a two count. Alexander applies a front face lock. Alexander tags in Ricochet. Garza avoids the double irish whip. Alexander with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Ricochet follows that with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Alexander with a Front Suplex. Ricochet with The Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Alexander applies a waist lock. Almas decks Alexander with a back elbow smash. Almas unloads Two OverHand Chops. PC SuperKick Party. Ricochet dropkicks Garza in mid-air. Alexander and Almas are trading back and forth shots. Alexander with a Spinning Back Kick. Almas reverses out of the irish whip from Alexander. Alexander drops Almas with The Neuralyzer for a two count. Almas drop toe holds Alexander into the middle turnbuckle pad. Almas hits The ShotGun Meteora for a two count.
Almas tags in Garza. Garza kicks Alexander in the face. Garza with a SlingShot Reverse Suplex for a two count. Garza applies an arm-bar. Garza and Almas are double teaming Alexander. Double Basket Toss Bomb for a two count. Almas knocks Ricochet off the ring apron. Alexander rolls Garza over for a two count. Garza with a high knee strike for a two count. Garza lands The SpringBoard MoonSault for a two count. Garza tags in Almas. Garza and Almas goes for a Double Vertical Suplex, but Ricochet gets in the way. Ricochet with an Apron Enzuigiri. Ricochet hits The Fosbury Flop. Alexander dives over Almas. Alexander connects with The Michinoku Driver for a two count. Alexander repeatedly stomps on Almas back. Almas hammers down on the back of Alexander’s neck. Almas negates The Lumbar Check. Almas plants Alexander with The Discus Elbow Smash to pickup the victory. After the match, Almas and Garza gets into a brawl with The Street Profits.
Winner: Andrade Cien Almas & Angel Garza via Pinfall
Second Match: The Street Profits vs. Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink
— WWE (@WWE) March 24, 2020
Angelo Dawkins and Shane Thorne will start things off. Thorne applies a side headlock. Dawkins dumps Thorne chest first on the canvas. Dawkins applies a side headlock. Dawkins leapfrogs over Thorne. Dawkins drops Thorne with a shoulder tackle. Dawkins tags in Ford. Dawkins drops down on the canvas. Ford dropkicks Thorne. Ford gives himself a standing ovation. Ford with Two OverHand Chops. Thorne kicks Ford in the face. Thorne side steps Ford into the turnbuckles. It looks like Ford tweaked his right ankle. Thorne tags in Vink. Vink with a Running Boot. Vink transitions into a ground and pound attack. Vink repeatedly stomps on Ford’s chest. Thorne attacks Ford behind the referee’s back. Vink slaps Ford in the chest. Vink with a forearm smash.
Vink bodyslams Ford for a two count. Vink applies a front face lock. Vink drives Ford back first into the turnbuckles. Thorne tags himself in. Vink whips Ford across the ring. Thorne hits The Flying Cannonball Strike in the corner for a two count. Thorne fish hooks Ford. Thorne stomps on Ford’s back. Thorne kicks Ford in the ribs. Thorne applies the cravate. Ford decks Thorne with a JawBreaker. Thorne tags in Vink. Vink stops Ford in his tracks. Ford creates distance with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Dawkins and Thorne are tagged in. Dawkins delivers The Pounce. Dawkins with a straight right hand. Dawkins with an Exploder Suplex. Dawkins follows that with a FlapJack. Dawkins lands Two 360 Stinger Splashes. The Street Profits plants Thorne with The Cash Out to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Street Profits via Pinfall
Charly Caruso Interviews Shayna Baszler
Charly Caruso: Shayna, you may very well be considered the most intimidating women ever in WWE. You absolutely dominated the Women’s Elimination Chamber Match and became the first superstar in history to eliminate every single competitor. You’re very talented in the ring. And with that win, you earned the right to face Becky Lynch At WrestleMania For The Raw Women’s Championship. So, if you do defeat Becky Lynch at WrestleMania, how do you intend to conduct yourself as champion? Look, what i’m really trying to say here is, you do most the talking with your actions and they speak volumes, but since we are sitting here, face to face, could you put it into words?
Shayna Baszler: You look nervous, Charly. Why you nervous? You afraid i’m gonna bite? I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
Charly Caruso: Why don’t we just use that as a point as transition, let’s actually go back to that moment. In a shocking moment on Monday Night Raw, you actually bit Becky Lynch in the back of her neck, so is that the same type of brutality that Becky should expect when you two meet at WrestleMania?
Shayna Baszler: What Becky should expect at WrestleMania, is to lose.
Charly Caruso: Shayna, hold on, you agreed to this interview.
Shayna Baszler: Why don’t you ask the question you want to ask, Charly? Who do you love to destroy? And if all you care about is to destroy, why do you want to win the Raw Women’s Title so bad? Well here’s your answer, I want that title I because I love to destroy. When I take that title from Becky Lynch at WrestleMania, it will destroy Becky Lynch, it’s not that complicated. From the very beginning, i have showed everybody exactly who I am.
Becky Lynch repeatedly hits Baszler with a steel chair to close the segment.
Third Match: Aleister Black vs. Leon Ruff
— WWE (@WWE) March 24, 2020
Black starts playing mind games with Ruff after the bell rings. Ruff tells Black to get up. Black avoids The RoundHouse Kick. Black blocks a boot from Ruff. Black connects with The Black Mass to pickup the victory.
Winner: Aleister Black via Pinfall
Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens In-Ring Segment
Kevin Owens: Seth, last week I was here to answer your challenge, but you were nowhere to be found. I’ve heard that you’re here tonight. You got something to say, i’m all ears. So what are we waiting for? Come on Messiah, grace us with your presence.
Seth Rollins: Kevin, just the man I was looking for. You know, I had a couple of questions for you, regarding your comments last week. You know this place, it fits pretty nice. Kevin, do you honestly believe that fighting me in this building, gives you the home field advantage? You know, I’m trying to wrap my head around that, I just can’t seem to understand. I didn’t train here, you’re right. You did train here, you said that you made tons of memories and friends here. You earned your job here at WWE in this building. But do you understand how you even got the opportunity to do all of those things?
See, I didn’t train in this building because it didn’t exist when I got to WWE. This building was built on my blood, sweat, and tears, Kevin. On my sacrifice, on my success. Now, my first day in WWE, I walked into a dilapidated warehouse, Kevin. I got told that everything that I did before I got here didn’t matter. My whole lives work, up in smoke, gone just like that, you will never understand that sacrifice, Kevin. But I had to comeback. Day after day, I had to suffer, I had to perceiver, I had to succeed. Not for me, Kevin. No, it’s never about me. I had to succeed for people like you, so you could get an opportunity to train in a beautiful facility like this.
I rebuilt the system from the ground up and i’ve been trying to do the same thing for Monday Night Raw and you keep standing in my way. And I don’t know if it’s your selfishness, I don’t know if it’s your ego that keeps getting in the way, but you just continue to refuse to fall in line. None of this exist without Seth Rollins. NXT doesn’t exist without Seth Rollins. The Performance Center doesn’t exist without Seth Rollins. Every single person that has stepped foot in here, owes me. There is no Johnny Gargano. There is no Ciampa. There is no Undisputed Era. There’s no TakeOvers, there’s no Women’s Evolution without Seth Rollins. Most importantly, without Seth Rollins, there is no Kevin Owens.
Kevin Owens: You know what? I’m not gonna sit here and listen to your delusional speech.
Seth Rollins: Kevin, listen. Every single week, you come out here and you tell me, less talking, more fight. So, please, just let me finish. Can I finish, please? My second question is more important. Because I want to know, I need to why on earth you picked WrestleMania of all places to try to make an example out of me? Do you know my track record at WrestleMania? I won the Intercontinental Championship, I won the Universal Championship, I beat Brock Lesnar, I beat Triple H, I cashed in my money in the bank contract at WrestleMania. I got more WrestleMania moments than I could can count. And Kevin, you have zero. Your WrestleMania track record, read like this, failure after failure. How about last year? Oh, that’s right, you weren’t even good enough to be on WrestleMania. I don’t get it, Kev. You can’t beat me on my worst day and WrestleMania is never my worst day. Because under pressure, I become a god. You really don’t stand a chance.
– We get a replay of the epic Charlotte Flair/Asuka SmackDown Women’s Championship Match From WrestleMania 34.
Charlotte Flair Backstage Interview
Updated WrestleMania 36 Match Card
1.) Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship
2.) John Cena vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
3.) The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles in a BoneYard Match
4.) Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair For The WWE NXT Women’s Championship
5.) Goldberg (c) vs. Roman Reigns For The WWE Universal Championship
6.) Brock Lesnar (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Drew McIntyre For The WWE Championship
7.) Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins w/Buddy Murphy
8.) Edge vs. Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing Match
9.) Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Lacey Evans vs. Naomi vs. Tamina Snuka in a Fatal Five Way Match For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
10.) The Miz & John Morrison (c) vs. The New Day/The Usos For The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
11.) Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley w/Lana
12.) The Street Profits (c) vs. Andrade Cien Almas & Angel Garza For The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
13.) King Corbin vs. Elias
Randy Orton Promo
Over the last few months, I have done some things, said some things that have been misunderstood. What I did, what I said, it came from a place of love. But it’s been taken as an act of brutality, an act of violence. Now, Edge, i’m talking to you. I am here tonight to respond to your challenge from last week. But first, there’s something that I need to get off my chest, I need to apologize. You see, three weeks ago, I lied to your wife. I lied to Beth, right in that ring when I said that you were a junkie for the roar of the crowd. You’re not a junkie for the roar of the crowd, Edge. You’re a junkie for your own ego. Adam Copeland is a junkie for Edge. Now, last week there was something you said, that rang true. I never had to pay my dues to earn an opportunity. I was handed an opportunity, I will be the first one to admit it. I was handed an opportunity because of who I was. I was handed an opportunity because of what my last name is. But just because I was handed an opportunity, that doesn’t guarantee a Hall of Fame career, does it?
Let me ask you something. One year after I was called up to the main roster, Edge, I won the Intercontinental Championship. Less than a year after that, I became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history, was that handed to me, I think not. You say that Mick Foley deserves the credit, that Mick Foley passed the torch to you and I. Mick Foley didn’t pass me anything, he handed you the torch, then he threw me into a pile of thumbtacks, and for his trouble, I spit in his face, beat him and took that damn torch. I went from being a third generation prospect, to the three most deadly letters in sports entertainment, was that handed to me? No, that all happen because I have the one thing, the one trait that last week on Raw, you said I didn’t have and that is grit. But I don’t know Edge, maybe grit to you, grit to me, they mean two different things because grit to me isn’t sitting at home for nine long years, on your couch, looking up to the sky and asking, what if? You know what grit means to me? Grit to me is longevity, in an industry that seldom has it.
Grit to me is being the one constant in the WWE locker room. I look around that locker room, I look to my left, I look to my right and I don’t see anyone that has accomplished anywhere the amount of things that I have accomplished. Nobody has as much grit as me. Nobody, including you. And you call me an entitled brat? But aren’t you the ultimate opportunist? Are you telling me that you wouldn’t have done the same thing, had the opportunity presented itself? If Triple H asked you to join Evolution, would you’ve said no? Everything that I said the last few months, everything that I have done, I’ve done it because I love you. I love your family. I love your daughters, Lyric and Ruby and that’s why I sent their father back home. But now, last week you challenged me. You want, Randy Orton versus Edge in a Last Man Standing Match At WrestleMania. Edge, you may be writing this story, but at WrestleMania, i’m gonna write the last chapter and end it. I accept.
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