“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video highlights the events from last week. New WWE Universal Champion Goldberg met with Brock Lesnar in the ring. Paul Heyman said that Goldberg was Brock Lesnar’s “bitch.” Lesnar then dropped Goldberg with an F-5. They will fight at WrestleMania with the championship on the line.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman address WrestleMania
Brock Lesnar’s music hits, and the crowd gives him a massive pop as he makes his way to the stage. Paul Heyman stands alongside him while the pyrotechnics go off. They get in the ring, and the boos start to pick up now. Heyman chuckles into the microphone and asks if it’s an advocate’s fantasy that his client F-5’d the seemingly indestructible Goldberg. Not only can he see the future, the vision has been bestowed on everyone courtesy of Brock Lesnar. Heyman asks what the vision and future is. The future takes place on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at WrestleMania. It’s the night his client, Brock Lesnar, causes those so-called announcers to scream at the top of their lungs, “DOWN GOES GOLDBERG!” Heyman says he will confess for the past few months — he’s interrupted by “Goldberg” chants. Some in the crowd boo, but the chant is louder. Heyman says Goldberg is not here this evening. His client, Brock Lesnar, is so they must listen to his advocate. That’s a nice way of saying to the ones chanting “Goldberg” to “shut the hell up.” They’ve been wondering for the past few months what they should do about Goldberg. Every time his client has faced Goldberg, it’s been Spear, Jackhammer, Goldberg — but not last week. Last week was a different story: F-5, DOWN GOES GOLDBERG. Not only did Goldberg go down at the hands of Brock Lesnar, he went down to the most effective finishing move in WWE history. This will be the end greatest championship comeback in sports entertainment history. The champion will be hoisted up and given an F-5. The resurrection of Goldberg and his comeback will be put down. That is where Heyman’s vision of the future will be validated. This is Heyman’s theory of relativity: F-5 = Lesnar goes up, DOWN GOES GOLDBERG! Lesnar’s music hits, and they quickly go to the back.
Mick Foley is in his office watching what just happened. Stephanie McMahon walks in and says Paul Heyman is really creepy. Foley laughs. She says she’s glad she can make him laugh despite the pressure. We’re only three weeks away from WrestleMania. She’s said some things he shouldn’t take personally. Foley says it felt personal. She wants to talk about business. She loves how he connects with the WWE Universe and the superstars, but his areas of opportunity are significant in business. She needs to nurture and develop him to grow. Tough love didn’t work with him. If he’s willing to learn, she’ll teach him. Foley says “the McMahon-Foley connection” is working. She’s going to give him a hard first lesson: by the end of the night, he must scour the RAW roster to determine the one person he’s going to fire. Foley is not happy about this. She says they have to cut the bottom 10% and trim the fat. It’ll send the message of strong leadership. The product will be better at the end. Foley has to think like a businessperson. Foley asks how long he has to make this decision. She gives him until the end of the night. She asks if she can count on him, and he says she can. She pats him on the back and walks off. Foley has tears in his eyes.
Dana Brooke w/ Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks w/ Bayley
The bell rings, and they lock up. Brooke powers her to the corner and whips her around a bit. Brooke backs up before punching her down. Banks gives her a back elbow, but Brooke quickly slams her into the corner. Brooke goes outside and attacks her on the apron before pushing her into the ring for a two count. Banks forearms her back and goes for a sunset flip, but Brooke kicks out at one. Banks hits her with double knees for a two count. Brooke kicks her and lifts her up, but Banks gets off and rolls her up with a handful of tights for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Sasha Banks
Charlotte Flair is not happy about this. She gets in the ring with a microphone. Flair screams that Brooke is a disgrace. She doesn’t deserve to be by her side. Flair says Brooke isn’t riding her coattails to WrestleMania. She’s finally getting rid of Brooke. Brooke looks furious. Flair says she’s going to teach her something, so Brooke forearms her down and punches away at her. Brooke clotheslines her down and punches away at her. Flair tries to escape, but Brooke grabs her and gets her back in the ring. Flair quickly gets back out of the ring and gets away. Brooke challenges her to get in the ring, but Flair declines. The crowd is chanting, “Dana.” Flair backs up.
Eric LeGrand will be the next recipient of the “Warrior Award” at the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
Chris Jericho and Sami Zayn will take on Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe later tonight. We’ll also hear from Roman Reigns about his match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania.
TJ Perkins and Akira Tozawa vs. Brian Kendrick and Tony Nese
TJ Perkins will compete in a five-way match tomorrow on WWE 205 Live against Akira Tozawa, Brian Kendrick, Tony Nese, and Austin Aries to determine who will face Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania.
Tozawa will start against Kendrick or so we think. Nese attacks him from behind and punches him to his corner. Kendrick tags in and throws Tozawa down. Kendrick pushes him and talks trash. Tozawa punches him and drops him with a hurricanrana. Kendrick goes to the apron, but Tozawa knocks him off. Tozawa then hits him with a suicide dive. Nese comes around the corner, and Perkins connects with a diving hurricanrana off the apron and in the process nearly lands on his head. Perkins and Tozawa celebrate as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Kendrick applying a chin lock to Tozawa. Neville is seen watching backstage. During the commercial break, Kendrick distracted Tozawa. Tozawa fights up, but Kendrick stops him. Nese tags in, but Tozawa levels him with a forearm. He goes for a tag, but Kendrick pulls Perkins off the apron. Nese attacks Tozawa from behind and picks up a two count. Nese hits a snapmare and applies a body scissor. Tozawa fights up, but Nese slams him down. Tozawa eventually fights up, kicks Kendrick off the apron, and dives over Nese to make the tag to Perkins.