On the go-home Raw before Royal Rumble, the old guys made it one of the most entertaining Raws in a while.
We’ll get to the rest of the old guys in a bit, but because of how Raw ended, Sting made the biggest imprint.
The show long storyline didn’t have anything to do with the actual Royal Rumble match, but it did have to do with the WWE World Heavyweight title match.
The show started with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman rushing to the ring. Before Paul was about to speak, Brock grabbed the mic and started a countdown for Seth to get inside the ring. Instead, Triple H came out and said he wanted to talk it out. Heyman agreed with this, but Brock didn’t. He was fine fighting Triple H. Then Stephanie McMahon came out and tried to reason with Lesnar. Then, Seth Rollins showed up on the big screen and talked trash. Heyman told him the adults were trying to have a conversation. John Cena then came out and said he was winning the title at the Royal Rumble.
Stephanie offered Cena a chance to hire back Dolph Ziggler, Rowan, and Ryback. He bit, and bit hard. He had to win his main event match and his friends would be back, but if he lost, he’d be out of the title match at Rumble. And then, for some reason, Triple H put it in the hands of the WWE Universe to see if they wanted the stipulation. They did, to the tune of 85% to 15%.
Cena had to face Big Show, Kane, and Seth Rollins in a handicap match. He fought valiantly, but it looked like the numbers game was against him. He also had to deal with J&J who interfered. All of a sudden, Sting’s face appeared on the big screen. JBL tried to sell that it was just a photo of Sting until he started moving and came out on the ramp. The Authority was shocked to see him again and he pointed at someone, who I assumed was Triple H.
Rollins was flustered in the ring and Cena rolled him up to win the match. His friends will be happy.
Brock Lesnar came into the ring and went after Rollins. Kane interfered and had to eat a F5. Big Show did the same. Rollins escaped. And when the show was over, Brock Lesnar was the best babyface of all time.
Roman Reigns saves the legends.
Raw was sold as initially a NWO reunion, but then Kevin Nash had an altercation with his son that ended up with him being arrested and off the show. It was then changed to a Raw reunion with Ric Flair taking his spot. But a couple of days before the show, Nash’s charges were dropped and he was back on the show.
But they didn’t change this segment which was Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, and Shawn Michaels in the ring in legends’ panel. Byron Saxton asked them questions about whether John Cena should put his title shot on the line to bring back his friends (Michaels – yes, Flair – no, Hogan – yes). They were also asked who was going to win the Royal Rumble (Michaels – Bray Wyatt, Hogan – Daniel Bryan, Flair – Dean Ambrose). Michaels was overly wacky and hilarious all night.
And then the Big Show came out. He was bothered that neither of them picked him to win. Hogan and Michaels were worried about him and what he may do, but Flair stood up to him, chopped him, punched him, but then was knocked out. Roman Reigns’ music came on and he entered the ring. Show told him to stand down, but instead, Reigns sent him out of the ring.
Even though it seems like we’ve seen Show and Reigns together so many times, this was the smartest thing they’ve done with Reigns since he’s come back.
More legends kill the Ascension dead.
In a fun segment, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall joined Triple H backstage and made fun of him for wearing the suit. They wanted him to dump the suit and have fun with them later and then Shawn Michaels showed up. He made fun of Triple H’s suit and Triple H said he doesn’t bother him while he’s shooting defenseless animals. PETA is going to have issues with them tomorrow. They wondered where X-Pac was and then someone who looked like X-Pac showed up. Then the real X-Pac showed up. The real X-Pac started doing X-Pac mannerisms and the fake X-Pac copied him. X-Pacdow? X-Pac was ready to keep Mizdow with them until the Miz showed up and didn’t let them. Miz tried to “Too Sweet” them and they didn’t want anything to do with him.
Later on the show, Hall, Nash, and X-Pac were in the ring together for a NWO reunion. The Ascensio interrupted them to spoil the party. JBL stepped up and took off his tie. He had a black shirt underneath. He said he called one of his buddies to join them. Ron Simmons came out and JBL then unveiled his APA shirt. Lastly, the New Age Outlaws came out. The non-NWO teams beat up the Ascension ending with a JBL clothesline from hell.
And the rest…
– Bray Wyatt beat Daniel Bryan in Bryan’s first Raw match in months. For some reason, I wasn’t too bothered. They’re heating up Bray for someone. And this puts more heat on Kane who interefered for their match on Smackdown.
– Dean Ambrose pinned the Intercontinental champ, Bad News Barrett.
– Kofi Kingston and Big E beat Cesaro and Tyson Kidd.
– Paige and Natalya beat Alicia Fox and Summer Rae with the Bellas at the announcer’s table which set up the Bellas vs Paige and Natalya at the PPV.
– Rusev beat R-Truth.
– Before the main event, Lesnar caught up to Rollins and told him that he hopes he takes Cena out of the main event because then it will just be the two of them.
– Jey Uso beat the Miz.
– For some reason, the New Age Outlaws are facing the Ascension.
They can’t do these types of shows with the legends all the time, but they sure as hell are more fun than shows without them.