Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, May 16th, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The RAW video plays, and we’re brought into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. The Usos will face Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows tonight.
AJ Styles’ music hits, and the not released Lilian Garcia introduces him to the ring. A replay is shown of last week’s stalemate between AJ Styles and Roman Reigns with a steel chair. The crowd chants, “AJ Styles.” Styles says he wants to set the record straight because he is tired of Roman Reigns calling him a liar. It’s not just Reigns. He’s heard it everywhere. People seem to think that his friendship with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows was some kind of master plan he thought of so he could become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Styles then has some tweets shown of people talking about him with The Club. Styles says this may be the New Era of WWE, but this isn’t new to him. He’s headlined the Tokyo Dome in front of 60,000 people. He’s been a champion all over the world. For those in the WWE Universe that don’t know him, they don’t call him “Phenomenal” for nothing.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion makes his way out to the stage to massive boos. Reigns gets in the ring and looks at his opponent at Extreme Rules. Reigns says Styles has headlined all over the world and won championship after championship after championship, but none of that matters unless you’re winning THE championship. A “We want Rollins” chant breaks out. Reigns says you’re not getting Rollins. You’re getting AJ Styles and Roman Reigns in the main event. Styles is phenomenal at lying. He’ll be in The Usos’ corner tonight. Is he going to be in The Club’s corner? Styles says he will be. He’ll be wherever Reigns is until he gets that title. Reigns begins to speak, but Styles cuts him off and says everyone knows he’s THE guy… that he’s going to beat at Extreme Rules this Sunday. Reigns asks if Styles really thinks this is a wrestling match. This is the big time. It’s Extreme Rules. If he wants to put Styles through a table or the barricade, he will. If he wants to take a steel chair and beat him within an inch of his life, he will. It means he’ll beat Styles’ ass at Extreme Rules. Styles can’t beat him one-on-one, so The Club will be out there. That means Anderson and Gallows will be out there. The Usos will be with him as well. Then the three of them will figure out the hard way that The Bloodline is stronger than The Club. Styles says we’ll find out this Sunday.
Anderson and Gallows’ music hits, and they make their way to ringside. They then notice The Usos standing behind Reigns. Styles runs into a right hand and falls out of the ring. Anderson and Gallows hold Styles back. The crowd boos as Reigns holds the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the air.
Dean Ambrose will call out Chris Jericho later tonight. We’ll also see Charlotte and Natalya have a contract signing for their match at Extreme Rules. Coming up next, we’ll see Sami Zayn take on Cesaro.
The Miz’ music hits, and the WWE Intercontinental Champion makes his way to the ring with his wife, Maryse. He’ll be on commentary for the next match.
Kevin Owens joins The Miz on commentary, but he sits on the opposite side of the stage.
Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro
Replays are shown of Kevin Owens defeating Cesaro on Smackdown. Michael Cole says that Miz has a 25% chance of keeping his title at Extreme Rules.
They circle the ring and lock up. Cesaro applies a side headlock, but Zayn whips him off. Cesaro counters a leapfrog into a powerslam for a two count. Zayn goes to the apron and shoulders him in the midsection. Zayn slingshots over him, ducks a clothesline, and takes him out of the ring with a head-scissor takeover. Zayn goes for a dive, but flips back into the ring when Cesaro moves. Cesaro sits on the barricade and taunts Zayn. Zayn just looks back at him and waits for him to get in the ring. An “Olé” chant breaks out.
Kevin Owens grabs The Miz out of his seat and throws him down. Owens begins to walk off with the Intercontinental Championship, but Miz attacks him. Their brawl spills into the ring, and everyone begins brawling. The referee calls off the match.
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Shane McMahon’s music hits, and he comes out to a massive pop. Shane says the four of them will compete on Sunday (he’s interrupted by a “Shane O’Mac” chant), but tonight, right here in Greensboro, North Carolina, they’ll fight in a tag team match. Owens will team with The Miz to take on Cesaro and Sami Zayn. Owens screams that Miz is the worst one. Stephanie McMahon’s music hits, and she comes out to the stage to stand alongside her brother. Shane asks if she doesn’t think he could handle this. Stephanie says given what happened on Smackdown, the better teams would be Miz teaming with Cesaro against Owens and Zayn. Shane says that is better. A “YES” chant breaks out. Stephanie says if Owens walks off on Zayn, then he can bother not showing up on Sunday. Maybe this match will rekindle their friendship. Shane says that match will start right now.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs. The Miz and Cesaro
We join this match in progress. Owens has a side headlock on Cesaro. Cesaro whips him off, but Owens shoulder blocks him down. Owens hits the ropes, and Cesaro leapfrogs him before clotheslining him down. Cesaro goes for the Cesaro Swing, but Owens grabs the bottom rope. Owens gets to his feet and looks at Zayn derisively clapping for him. Owens gives him a hard tag and tells him to do better. Zayn angrily stares at him before getting in the ring. They lock up, and Zayn wrenches Cesaro’s bad shoulder. Cesaro twists out and kips up a number of times before taking Zayn down with an arm back. Zayn is shot into the corner, but he slingshots over him and gives Cesaro an arm drag. Zayn keeps the arm bar applied, but Cesaro fights up and body slams him down. The Miz trash talks Zayn. Cesaro delivers a running uppercut, and Miz blind tags in. Miz stomps Zayn before giving him a suplex for a two count. Miz applies a side headlock, but Zayn fights up. Owens blind tags in. Zayn body slams Miz, and Owens immediately gives him a senton splash. Owens tells Zayn that he’s legal and picks up a two count. Owens talks trash to Zayn, and Miz rolls him up for a two count. Owens punches Miz down and slaps Zayn to tag him in. Zayn chops Miz’ chest and stares at Owens. Zayn sends Miz to the corner, but he gets dropped on the apron. Zayn forearms him back, but Maryse distracts him. Miz then clubs him off the apron.
We come back from the break to see Miz hit Zayn with his patented corner clothesline. Miz goes to the top rope and connects with a double axe handle. Owens is masterfully talking trash from the apron. Cesaro is tagged in, and he sends Zayn into the corner before hitting Miz’ patented clothesline. Cesaro then goes to the top rope and connects with a double axe handle. Cesaro tells Miz that’s how it’s done before picking up a two count. Miz blind tags in, and he goes face-to-face with Cesaro. Miz connects with a snapmare on Zayn before hitting a running boot. Miz then punches Owens. Zayn counters a Skull Crushing Finale into a roll-up for a two count. Miz quickly kicks him and sends Zayn into his corner. Zayn knocks Cesaro off the apron with a forearm before punching back at Miz. Miz goes for a back suplex, but Zayn flips through.
Owens tags in, ducks a clothesline from Miz, and knocks Cesaro off the apron. Owens connects with an elbow on Miz before taking him down with a missile dropkick. Owens hits a corner clothesline before hitting the cannonball for a near fall. The crowd is behind Owens. Owens sends Miz into the ropes, but he holds on and elbows him. Cesaro tags in and starts giving Owens some uppercuts. Cesaro then starts the uppercut train. Cesaro then hits the ropes and dropkicks him down. Zayn tags himself in and punches Cesaro back. Zayn connects with a cross-body block, but Cesaro rolls through and gives him a powerful tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Miz blind tagged in during that. Cesaro goes for the Cesaro Swing, but Miz throws him out of the ring. Miz goes for the Cesaro Swing, but Cesaro comes up from behind and hits the Skull Crushing Finale on The Miz! Owens pulls Cesaro out of the ring and sends him into the barricade. In the ring, Zayn hits Miz with a Helluva Kick to pick up the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Owens immediately superkicks Zayn down. Owens looks intense as he surveys the carnage in and around the ring. Owens then has the referee come in and raise his arm, stating he won as well.
The commentators talk about the WWE Network and what a great value it is.
Renee Young knocks on Chris Jericho’s door, and he comes outside. She asks if he has any idea what Dean Ambrose is going to say later tonight. Jericho says he’s going to apologize for destroying his $15,000 jacket. That jacket is more iconic in WWE than André the Giant. It should be in the Smithsonian. Jericho should have him arrested in this dump, but he won’t do that. Jericho will give him a chance to apologize. If he doesn’t, he’ll be very sorry. Jericho then tells her to hit the bricks.
The Shining Stars will (re)debut next.
The Shining Stars make their entrance holding microphones and holding flowers native to Puerto Rico. Primo looks at the ring and says it is paradise. Epico says the ring is their islet. Every time they enter the ropes, it becomes their Puerto Rico. Everyone else in the ring are tourists, especially the two jobbers in the ring. Epico says they want to share with everyone a little piece of their Puerto Rican paradise. They then sniff their hibiscuses.
Scott Jackson and Brian Kennedy vs. The Shining Stars
Primo starts the match and locks up with the gentleman that has “Skylar” on the back of his tights. Epico is tagged in, and he hits a back suplex, a German Suplex, and a brainbuster on Scott Jackson. Brian Kennedy is tagged in, and Epico viciously clotheslines him down before hitting a double-arm gutbuster. Primo is tagged in, and he splashes Jackson against the ropes. Epico is tagged back in, and they hit Kennedy with the Shining Star, which is a leg sweep/spinning wheel kick combination for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Shining Stars
Match Rating: 1/2 *
They then invite everyone in the arena to come to Puerto Rico, the shining star of the Caribbean.
Shane McMahon is talking to Dean Ambrose backstage. Ambrose will be out, next.
John Cena returns to RAW in two weeks.
Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring to a nice reception. Footage is shown of Chris Jericho hitting Ambrose over the head with Mitch the Potted Plant two weeks ago. Last week, Ambrose destroyed Jericho’s jacket. This past Thursday on Smackdown, Jericho put Ambrose in a straitjacket. Ambrose soaks in the great reception from the crowd. They chant his name. Ambrose says from the moment he got here, people have questioned his decision-making skills and stability. He’s never agreed with that assessment, but last week on Smackdown when Jericho put him in that straitjacket, he felt like he was in jail or an asylum. He didn’t like it at all. Ambrose felt something snap and felt there is something he needs to do. Ambrose calls Jericho out.
Chris Jericho’s music hits, and he angrily comes out to the stage. The crowd boos him. Jericho tells Ambrose to shut his mouth and listen. Jericho says he’s not interested in talking to him. He’s going to tell Ambrose what to say, and he’s going to give him an apology. Ambrose is going to apologize for destroying his $15,000 piece of property. Jericho says he’s got a ton of cash and is a multimillionaire, but $15,000 is a lot of money, and he wants it back. Ambrose destroyed an important piece of his legacy and a huge part of WWE history. Not only does Ambrose owe him $15,000, he owes him an apology. Jericho demands it right now. Jericho tells the crowd to be quiet, but they rebel
Ambrose says he’s not going to apologize. Ambrose called him out here to challenge him to a match at Extreme Rules. Jericho thinks about it and says it’s just as he suspected. Jericho calls him a “stupid idiot” and says he’ll take $15,000 out of his ass. If Ambrose wants a match, he’s got a match. Ambrose asks if he’s sure because this is Extreme Rules. Who knows how extreme it’ll get? These days, he’s not sure Jericho is up for that. Jericho laughs and says unlike the slobbering sycophants in this hellhole tonight, he can see right through him. They call Ambrose a lunatic, but he really is one. It’s not a catchphrase or nickname – it’s the truth. No one in the company is crazier than Jericho. Jericho has faced every scary madman, giant, athlete, and street fighter in the WWE and beaten them all. He’s a six-time World Champion and the best in the world at what he does. Jericho asks if he understands what he’s saying to him. Jericho isn’t scared of Ambrose, but he is scared for him. This Sunday, he’ll show Ambrose what a lunatic does with a smile on his face and not a tear in his eye. There will be no remorse. This Sunday, he’ll give Ambrose what he craves and what everyone craves: the gift of Jericho. Jericho tells him to drink it in before posing for the crowd.
Ambrose says he’s got a surprise for Jericho as well and looks up. A steel cage lowers with weapons hung around the top. Spooky music plays as it does. Ambrose says he’s bringing Jericho to the hospital. Ambrose says this is The Asylum Match. Surrounding the top are a barbed wire baseball bat, a straitjacket, a mop, a potted plant, and kendo stick. Ambrose says there is no escape. You can’t climb over the top or leave through the door. Jericho may be the best in the world at what he does, but when he enters his world, what he’ll do is scream, cry, and beg for mercy. When Jericho enters this asylum, he will never… ever be the same, again. Jericho looks flabbergasted and fearful.
Replays are shown of Roman Reigns punching AJ Styles earlier tonight on RAW. Tonight’s main event will see The Usos take on Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. Roman Reigns and AJ Styles will be in the respective corners of their groups.
Coming up next, we’ll see Becky Lynch and Dana Brooke fight. Brooke then insults someone backstage.
Replays are shown of Dana Brooke attacking Becky Lynch from behind last week on RAW. Emma was distracting Lynch.
Becky Lynch vs. Dana Brooke
Michael Cole talks about how Emma is sidelined for an indefinite amount of time due to a back injury. They wonder what that means for Dana.
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is back from his unfortunate fiasco a few weeks back. They lock up, and Dana powers her to the corner. Dana gives a clean break before kneeing her in the midsection. Dana talks some trash before hitting the ropes. Becky ducks a clothesline and takes her down before taunting her. Becky connects with a pair of arm drags before dropkicking her down. Dana rolls out of the ring to recover. Dana says she’s leaving. Dana then sidesteps Becky coming off the apron and sends her headfirst into the barricade. Dana throws her into the ring and pounds away at her. Dana drops an elbow for a two count. Dana applies a modified bow and arrow stretch, but Becky knees out. Becky punches her down before running into a body slam. Dana slams her head off the mat a few times before picking up a two count. Dana runs into an elbow, but she counters a roll-up. Becky hits a pair of clotheslines followed by a dropkick. Becky hits a running forearm before kicking her in the midsection. Becky hits the exploder suplex for a near fall. Becky goes to the top rope, but Dana knocks her down. Dana goes for the Samoan Driver, but Becky slides down for a roll-up. Dana counters by sitting on her shoulders to pick up the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Dana Brooke
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Replays are shown of Charles Robinson calling for the bell while Natalya was in the Sharpshooter at WWE Payback. Coming up later tonight, we’ll see a Contract Signing between Charlotte and Natalya with Shane and Stephanie McMahon presiding over it.
A segment is aired with Darren Young and Mr. Bob Backlund. Mr. Backlund is confused as to what a smartphone is. They’re going to make Darren Young great again.
Shane McMahon is backstage watching that segment and inexplicably said he liked it. Stephanie McMahon walks in and asks why he didn’t run the Asylum Match by her. Shane asks why she didn’t run the change to the tag match by him. They agree they need to get on the same page. The Dudley Boyz walk in and say they want to show the New Era guys what guys from the Attitude Era can do. They want to take advantage of some little North Carolina guys. Stephanie says they’re not just going to do that. Shane says they’re not giving them two guys at all. They’ll have to choose. It’s not a little guy. He’s a little bigger than that. He’s 7-foot tall and you can’t teach that. Shane says one of them will face Big Cass later tonight, and they need to decide who it will be.
The Golden Truth will debut next. A video package plays detailing this never-ending storyline from the last few months. Golden Truth then makes their entrance.
The Golden Truth vs. Tyler Breeze and Fandango
R-Truth immediately tackles Breeze and punches away at him. R-Truth clotheslines him down and tags in Goldust. Goldust beats Breeze down before R-Truth tags back in. R-Truth punches Breeze to the corner and punches him. A “Golden Truth” chant breaks out. Breeze takes R-Truth down after a Fandango distraction. Fandango tags in, and he punches him before chopping the chest. R-Truth hits the ropes, and they take each other down with a double clothesline. Goldust and Breeze are tagged in. Goldust hits a pair of clotheslines followed by an inverted atomic drop. Fandango jumps off the top rope, but Goldust gives him an inverted atomic drop as well. Goldust uppercuts Breeze before giving Fandango a powerslam. Goldust then gives Breeze a spinebuster, but Fandango breaks it up. R-Truth throws Fandango out of the ring and goes to kick Breeze, but he moves and he hits Goldust. Breeze then covers Goldust for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Tyler Breeze and Fandango
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Lilian Garcia announces them as “Breeze-ango.” Replays are shown from the final moments of the match. R-Truth pleads with Goldust that he didn’t mean to kick him.
Charlotte and Natalya will have a Contract Signing presided over by Shane and Stephanie McMahon.
Goldust is walking backstage when R-Truth catches up with him. R-Truth tells him to not be like that. Goldust says he didn’t want to be his tag team partner. R-Truth says they got one over on them, but this is the first time they’ve teamed up. They have to work out the kinks and get their chakras aligned. The WWE Universe wants The Golden Truth. R-truth says he wants the team as well. Deep down, Goldust wants it too. Tyler Breeze and Fandango walk up laughing at them and call them “Golden Girls.” Goldust says R-Truth is right. They need to get their chakra aligned. They then hug.
In the ring is some large object covered by a black tarp.
“OH GREENSBORO! DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR YOUR WORLD FAMOUS TWO-TIME CHAMPS AND FEEL THE POWER!”
The New Day makes their way to the ring to a huge ovation. They’ll face The Vaudevillains this Sunday with the WWE Tag Team Championships on the line. They dance and gyrate as Xavier Woods plays Francesca II. Big E tells the crowd to pour a big bowl of Booty O’s. They make sure you ain’t booty! This Sunday at Extreme Rules, they’ll defend their Tag Team Titles against a team from a bygone era, The Vaudevillains. Kofi Kingston says he wishes there was a way to see the bygone era with their own eyes. Woods says he has a solution. They then take the tarp off and reveal a phony time machine. Big E says it’s an empty refrigerator box with a keyboard from his parents house. Woods says it’s a “New Day-lorean” Time Machine. Some goofy graphics play, and Kofi Kingston’s old music plays. He comes out with the Jamaican accent and says there’s trouble in paradise. Woods says they didn’t go back far enough.
The screen goes black and white, and they come out with fake mustaches. Big E is holding a box that says “Derriere Squares.” They say the bygone era sucks. Big E grabs Woods and asks why he brought them to this era. Woods says no matter the era, they’ll always be the WWE World Tag Team Champions. The Vaudevillains attack them from behind and knock Woods out of the ring. They send Big E into the ring post. They then give Kingston a suplex/powerbomb combo. Woods runs in, but The Vaudevillains send him into the time machine. They then give him a double-team powerbomb.
Coming up next we’ll see The Usos take on Anderson and Gallows.
This Thursday on Smackdown, we’ll see The Miz host Miz TV with Kevin Owens, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn as his guests.
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows w/ AJ Styles vs. The Usos w/ Roman Reigns
Karl Anderson will start against Jimmy Uso. They lock up, and Anderson connects with a headlock takeover. Jimmy fights up and whips him off. Anderson shoulder blocks him down before hitting the ropes. Jimmy then takes him down with a sling blade. Jimmy chops the chest and tags in Jey Uso. Jey hits a running forearm before putting him in the corner. Jey chops the chest twice before having a whip to the opposite corner reversed. Jey puts the brakes on and uppercuts him. Jey clotheslines Anderson out of the ring, and Jimmy dropkicks Luke Gallows off the apron. The Club regroups at ringside. Anderson gets in the ring and tags in Gallows. Gallows misses a clothesline, and Jey punches him. Jey goes into the ropes, and Gallows body slams him twice. Gallows drops a trio of elbows for a two count. Gallows head-butts him and tags Anderson back in. Anderson stomps him in the corner, and Gallows gets a cheap shot in for good measure. Anderson chokes him on the ropes before kneeing him in the head for a two count. Gallows tags back in, and he drops a leg before applying a chin lock. Jey fights up, but Gallows punches him down. Jey then avoids a leg drop.
Jimmy is tagged in, and he ducks a clothesline before knocking Anderson off the apron. Jimmy punches him before having a whip reversed on him. Jimmy ducks a clothesline and kicks him before punching him. Gallows quickly sends him to the corner before eating an elbow. Jimmy then takes him out with a corkscrew plancha off the top rope for a near fall. Gallows charges him, and Jimmy pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Jimmy leaps off the stairs and clotheslines him. The Usos trash talks AJ Styles before Gallows clotheslines Jimmy down. Styles and Reigns yell at each other as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Jimmy fight up from a chin lock applied by Anderson. Jimmy chops the chest twice before eating a clothesline. Anderson picks up a near fall. Gallows tags in and punches Jimmy in the corner. Jimmy fights back and avoids a big boot. Gallows gets hung up on the top rope. Anderson tags himself in and runs into a back body drop over the top rope. Jey tags in, and he takes Anderson and Gallows out with an over the top rope plancha. Jey sends Anderson into the barricade before putting him in the ring. Jey goes to the top rope and hits a cross-body block for a near fall. Jey kicks Anderson in the midsection before giving him a Samoan Drop. Jey hits a running hip bump for a near fall. Styles shouts encouragement to The Club. Anderson kicks Jey in the head from the top rope. Anderson punches him on the top rope before going for a superplex, but Jey blocks it. Jey head-butts him down and jumps, but Anderson moves. Anderson then hits a big Arn Anderson style spinebuster for a near fall. Anderson connects with a rocket kick on Jey. Anderson goes for another, but Jey superkicks him down. Gallows breaks up the pin. Gallows grabs Jimmy, but Jey superkicks him. The Usos then hit stereo superkicks on Gallows. They do the same to Anderson. Jey then goes to the top rope and hits the big splash for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Usos
Match Rating: **
Roman Reigns gets in the ring to celebrate with his family. AJ Styles angrily looks at him. They go face-to-face, and Gallows attacks Reigns from behind. The Usos attack Gallows and stop Anderson from using a chair. Anderson sends one of the Usos into the steel steps. Styles gets up and grabs the steel chair. The crowd is buzzing and goes to hit Reigns with it, but Reigns uppercuts him, once again thwarting Styles. Reigns then picks up the steel chair and smashes it off his back. Gallows runs in and punches him, but Reigns responds with a Superman Punch. Reigns then gives Anderson a Superman Punch. Styles then hits him on the back a few times with the steel chair before giving him the Styles Clash on the chair! Styles stands over Reigns as his music plays.
Replays are shown of AJ Styles attacking Roman Reigns and giving him the Styles Clash on the steel chair.
Big Cass makes his entrance. He says The Dudley Boyz have a problem with the New Era, but he has a problem with them. D-Von Dudley is the Steve Urkel of the squared circle. As for Bubba Ray Dudley, he’ll send him back to the Stone Age. The Dudley Boyz pyro and music cuts him off.
Big Cass vs. D-Von Dudley
The bell rings, and they circle the ring. Bubba Ray Dudley takes a table out from under the ring, and D-Von capitalizes on the distraction to attack Big Cass. D-Von takes him down and talks some trash. D-Von nearly runs into Bubba. Big Cass big boots Bubba off the apron before giving D-Von the East River Crossing for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Big Cass
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Big Cass says there is only one word to describe them: S-A-W-F-T!
Replays are shown of Ric Flair being ejected from ringside last Monday on RAW. Charlotte and Natalya will have a Contract Signing presided by Shane and Stephanie McMahon later tonight.
Footage is shown of Sin Cara pinning Rusev last week on RAW with Kalisto’s help. Rusev will face Kalisto at Extreme Rules for the United States Championship.
Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio
Charles Robinson, the best referee ever, is back for another match. They lock up, and Del Rio applies a side headlock. Del Rio shoulder blocks him down, but Kalisto kicks back at him. Del Rio puts him in the corner and kicks him down. Del Rio puts him on the top rope before ripping at the mask. Del Rio then gets him hung in the tree of woe. Del Rio kicks and punches him before taunting the crowd. Sin Cara is seen watching backstage. Del Rio picks up a one count before going to a chin lock. Kalisto fights up, but Del Rio punches him down. Del Rio sends him into the ropes, but Kalisto comes back with a head-scissor takeover. Kalisto drops him onto the apron and dropkicks him to the floor. Kalisto then goes for a diving hurricanrana off the apron, but Del Rio catches him and slings him into the barricade!
We come back from the break to see Kalisto trapped in a chin lock. Kalisto fights up and punches out. Kalisto hits the ropes, but Del Rio floors him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio goes to the second rope and poses before hitting a double axe handle for a two count. Del Rio sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Sin Cara is seen watching the match backstage. Rusev viciously attacks Sin Cara from behind and sends him into some crates. Rusev slams his head off the crates. In the ring, Del Rio is forcing Kalisto to watch the titantron. Rusev drags Sin Cara away with Lana in tow. Del Rio eats a kick from Kalisto. Kalisto then dropkicks him down. A loud “We want Lana” chant breaks out. Kalisto charges Del Rio, but he moves and Kalisto hits the ring post shoulder-first for a second time. Del Rio hangs him up on the ropes and chokes him with his boot. Del Rio goes to the top rope… and it seems like they’ve completely forgotten what to do. Eventually Del Rio crotches himself. Kalisto gives him a super hurricanrana off the top rope.
Rusev then appears coming down with aisle while beating on Sin Cara. In the ring, Kalisto hits Del Rio with a springboard corkscrew forearm. Kalisto then gives him a head-scissor DDT. Rusev then sends Cara into the ring post twice. Del Rio uses the distraction to hit the Backstabber to pick up the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Rusev shouts at Kalisto as Lana watches on. Rusev gets in the ring and superkicks Kalisto in the back of the head! Rusev then stomps the spine before applying the Accolade. Rusev sits on his back and bends him in a sickening contortion. Referees run down to try to get Rusev off Kalisto. Rusev grabs the WWE United States Championship and taunts Kalisto before slamming it on him.
Coming up next, we’ll see the contract signing for Charlotte and Natalya’s match at WWE Extreme Rules. Shane and Stephanie McMahon will preside over this.
Dolph Ziggler will face Baron Corbin in a No Disqualification match on the Extreme Rules Kickoff Show.
Shane and Stephanie McMahon are in the ring having some fun. Shane says this Sunday, we’ll have an Extreme Rules match to determine the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. We also have an Asylum Match where two bitter rivals will settle their grudge. The one match not talked about is the Submission Match for the WWE Women’s Championship. They are very proud to be presiding over it.
Ric Flair’s music interrupts Stephanie McMahon as she goes to introduce Charlotte. Flair says if you’re to introduce a Flair, you need to do it the proper way. Flair tells the crowd to stand up and show the proper respect for the apple of his eye and the envy of every guy, his daughter, the WWE Women’s Championship, Charlotte. Charlotte makes her way to the ring as Flair bows to her. They then walk down to the ring arm-in-arm. The North Carolina crowd loves Ric Flair and his daughter. Charlotte thanks her father for the introduction and asks where she has to sign.
Shane says her opponent is missing, so he introduces Natalya to the ring. Natalya thanks Shane and Stephanie before saying she has to get something off her chest. Charlotte used to be someone with integrity and a good person. Charlotte beat her at NXT to win her first championship. She did it on her own without her creepy father there. The crowd boos that. That is the Charlotte she wishes she could beat at NXT (or Extreme Rules), but she doesn’t think she exists. Shane then has Natalya sign the contract. Flair looks furious with her. Charlotte says that was really touching, but she’s delusional. These people are not here to cheer for her. These are her people, and the crowd gives her a nice ovation. They’re not going to cheer anything Natalya says or does. She could punch all their best friends in the face and they’d still cheer her. They worship the ground she walks on because she’s a goddess. Charlotte says you don’t boo at a Flair. The crowd starts to turn on her. Charlotte says they love her because her last name is Flair. Natalya is just Nattie. Charlotte gives out a “WOO!” Flair starts, but she tells her father to stop. Natalya is just a Hart that whines and complains. Natalya will tap at Extreme Rules. This is a waste of her time talking about how she’ll beat her on Sunday. She wants to sign the contract. Shane says he needs Charlotte to sign.
Charlotte goes to sign, but she stops and asks what this is. Flair asks what they’ve got going on. Shane says because of what happened last week, if Ric Flair comes out to the ring on Sunday, Charlotte will forfeit the title. Flair looks incredulous. Shane then has security come down to escort Flair out of the ring. Stephanie says this isn’t personal. It is just business. If they don’t sign the contract, then Charlotte will forfeit the Women’s Championship right here. Charlotte then signs the contract. Ric Flair signs after her. Flair says he tried to like Stephanie because of who her husband is, but the truth is she’s the worst businessperson of all time. Shane says he knows that’s his sister, but that’s no way to treat a woman. Flair goes off on Shane and challenges him to a fight. Flair takes off his jacket and Rolex before trying to square off with Shane. Shane tries to reason with him and begs him to back off. Stephanie backs Shane up. Stephanie says Shane has a lot of respect for Flair, but she doesn’t. Stephanie then slaps Flair and he goes down! Charlotte goes to attack Stephanie, but Natalya takes her down and applies a Sharpshooter. Charlotte screams and taps out. Natalya then holds up the WWE Women’s Championship.