Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, February 8th, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The Key Arena in Seattle, WA
Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video package for Daniel Bryan opens up the show. It shows many of his WWE career highlights before showing the tweet that he posted earlier in the day saying he was retiring effective immediately. Bryan will be on the show to explain his decision.
The RAW video plays, and we go into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. Stephanie McMahon is already in the ring. Inside the ring is a conference table with a black carpet. Stephanie welcomes everyone to Monday Night RAW. We are moments away from the contract signing for the main event of Fastlane. The winner of that triple threat match will go on to WrestleMania to face her husband. The crowd interrupts her with a huge “Daniel Bryan” chant. Stephanie says they are always confused in Seattle. The winner of Fastlane will not face Daniel Bryan. That person will face her husband, the 14-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Triple H. The crowd loudly boos her. Hollywood may have Captain America vs. Iron Man, but only WWE has the Lunatic Fringe vs. The Roman Empire vs. The Beast Incarnate: Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Brock Lesnar.
Dean Ambrose’s music interrupts her, and the WWE Intercontinental Champion makes his way to the ring. Ambrose asks to cut to the chase. Ambrose wants to get this contract signing over with because he has some unfinished business with that overgrown ape, Brock Lesnar. Ambrose wants him out in the ring. Stephanie says he doesn’t tell her what to do. She tells him what to do. This is the contract signing and there will be no physicality. Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring through the crowd. Reigns gets a good reception in Seattle. Reigns says it’s time to sign the dotted line so Ambrose can punch Lesnar in the face. Stephanie says it’s interesting that every time Ambrose has a moment, Reigns comes out to steal it. She then introduces Brock Lesnar.
Brock Lesnar’s music hits, and he comes out to a massive pop alongside Paul Heyman. Lesnar gets in the ring as a “Suplex City” chant breaks out. Heyman says, “Ladies and gentlemen, my name…” Stephanie interrupts and says everyone knows who he is. She says it’s time to make this official. Ambrose is first. Ambrose talks a little trash to Lesnar before signing. Reigns then signs the contract. Finally, Lesnar puts his name on the dotted line. Stephanie thanks them and says her business here is done. Stephanie then leaves the ring.
Heyman says maybe Ambrose wants to ask Reigns what the difference is between a beat down by The Authority and an authoritative beat down at the hands of Brock Lesnar. Lesnar smirks at Reigns and Ambrose. Lesnar motions for them to bring it on. A loud “Suplex City” chant breaks out. Ambrose walks around the table and bumps chests with Lesnar. Lesnar immediately throws him over the table and slams the table on top of Reigns. Lesnar then lays Ambrose out with an F5.
Triple H’s music hits, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion makes his way to the stage with his wife. Stephanie claps for him as he looks down the ramp at the three men that will be competing for an opportunity to face him. Heyman stops Lesnar from approaching Triple H. Lesnar stares back at him. Reigns and Ambrose collect themselves in the ring and look up the ramp.
The commentators talk about Daniel Bryan. Bryan sent out a tweet earlier in the day stating that he will be retiring effective immediately. They show tweets from various superstars including his wife Brie Bella, Sami Zayn, and Roman Reigns.
A career highlight of Daniel Bryan is shown. It showcases his WWE debut in 2010 on the first episode of NXT (very different from today’s product) when he faced Chris Jericho. Bryan will be out later tonight to address the hometown crowd.
Replays are shown of Brock Lesnar’s beat down on Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns from moments ago.
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose are seen pacing backstage. Ambrose swears to god that he will get Brock Lesnar before this night is over.
Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler
The bell rings, and Owens quickly clotheslines Ziggler down as he talks with the referee. Owens puts him in the corner and nails him with a cannonball for a near fall. Owens stomps away at him before grabbing the hair. Owens clubs him in the face before connecting with a straight right hand. Owens then turns to Michael Cole and tells him to shut up. Owens kicks Ziggler in the ribs and stands on him. Ziggler quickly comes back with a roll up for a two count. Owens quickly gets to his feet and gives him a back elbow. Owens then talks some trash to Cole. Owens punches Ziggler down before saying, “Hey Dolph, what’s funnier than you? Everything!” Owens then sends him hard into the turnbuckle before bowing for the crowd. Owens then picks up a near fall. Owens says Ziggler got lucky last week before going for a body slam. Ziggler slides out and applies a sleeper hold. Owens backs him into the corner twice, but Ziggler won’t let go. Owens then throws himself through the ropes to break it.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler trapped in a chin lock. Ziggler fights up and counters out with a jawbreaker. Ziggler catches him with a back elbow before running into an elbow. Owens catches him with a senton splash for a near fall. Ziggler catches Owens with a big boot. Owens comes back with a right hand and sends him to the turnbuckle. Owens charges, but Ziggler sidesteps him, which causes Owens to hit the ring post shoulder first. Ziggler connects with a pair of flying clotheslines before splashing him in the corner and catching him with a neckbreaker. Ziggler tries to get the crowd going before dropping an elbow for a near fall. Ziggler goes for a big DDT, but Owens shoves him off and connects with a superkick for a near fall. Owens can’t believe it. Owens goes for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Ziggler leaps over. Owens blocks a superkick and rolls him up with a handful of tights for a near fall. Ziggler then delivers a big DDT to Owens.
Owens claws his way under the bottom rope to recover. Ziggler goes outside and gives him a famouser from the apron to the floor. The referee begins counting both men out, but they somehow get back in at nine and a half. Owens sidesteps an avalanche from Ziggler and goes for a cannonball, but Ziggler moves. Ziggler then rolls him up and gets his feet on the ropes for the win. JBL shouts that Ziggler cheated, but Cole shouts that turnabout is fair play.