WrestleMania is less than four weeks away as the March 7th episode of WWE RAW takes place live from Chicago, Illinois.
– RAW opens up with a video highlighting the recent history between Vince McMahon, Shane and The Undertaker.
– Here comes the money! Shane McMahon’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. Shane cuts a promo on Vince, calling him an “ego maniacal, miserable old bastard.” He says Vince has lost touch with his fans, and with Shane. Shane says he doesn’t know how yet, but he will defeat The Undertaker and fulfill his legacy by taking over Monday Night RAW. GONG! The lights go out for The Undertaker, but it’s a fake-out, they come back on and Vince McMahon’s music hit as the WWE Chairman struts onto the stage. Vince cuts a promo on Shane and gets lots of “CM Punk” and “What” chants from the Chicago crowd. Vince takes a photo of him and a young Shane, throws it down, and stomps on it. Vince tells security to kick out Shane. A couple members of Vince’s security hit the ring and Shane lays them out with punches and knees. Shane eventually makes his way to the back voluntarily.
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– Backstage, Kevin Owens gets ready for a match against Neville.
– Kevin Owens def. Neville: Owens takes control early on and mocks Neville’s British accent. Neville puts his knees up to block a Senton bomb and comes back. Neville throws KO to the outside and hits a shooting star press from the top rope all the way down onto Owens on the ringside floor. Back in the ring, Neville hits a standing shooting star press in the middle of the ring for a 2-count. Owens eventually rolls up Neville with a small package rollup out of nowhere for the 1-2-3. Owens jumps Neville from behind after the bell.
– After the match, Owens goes to give Neville a piledriver on the outside, but Sami Zayn runs in for the save. Neville and Zayn high-five in the ring as Owens sells his beating and walks to the back.
– Backstage, Stephanie McMahon reminds Dolph Ziggler that she’s his boss. Ziggler mentions that if Shane wins at WrestleMania, she’ll be out of power. Stephanie books him in a tag team elimination match against three members of the League of Nations tonight, and he will get 0 partners on his team. Ziggler says he wouldn’t have it any other way.
– Summer Rae def. Brie Bella: Moments into the match, Lana’s music hits and she walks down to the ring. Summer uses the distraction to roll up Brie Bella in a small package for the win. Lana gets in the ring and jumps Brie after the match.
– Dean Ambrose comes out to cut a promo on Triple H. Triple H’s music hits and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion comes out to the stage to interrupt. Triple H talks about why the title belt is going to stay with him as long as he wants to it. Ambrose tells HHH to “suck it.” Triple H tells Ambrose he has to face Bray Wyatt later tonight.
– Sheamus, Rusev, Wade Barrett vs. Dolph Ziggler: The League beats down Ziggler in the opening moments. Ziggler manages to pin Barrett first for the elimination, leaving him with just Sheamus and Rusev to deal with. Sheamus hits the Brogue kick on Ziggler for the 1-2-3.
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– Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch def. Naomi & Tamina: Sasha hits a backbreaker on Naomi and locks her in the Banks Statement for the tap out victory. After the match, Charlotte runs in and lays out Sasha and Becky.
– Backstage R-Truth delivers a Chicago deep dish pizza to Goldust. Goldust declines and Mark Henry sneaks in and takes the pizza.
– Big E and Kofi Kingston def. Chris Jericho & AJ Styles: Jericho and AJ take control early on and send both New Day members to the outside. Back in the ring, Big E tags in Kofi and they gain control over Jericho with some double team moves. AJ hits his moonsault reverse DDT on Kofi for the 2. Jericho goes for a codebreaker on Big E but Big E reverses into the Big Ending for the 1-2-3.
– After the match, Jericho lays out AJ with three Codebreakers. He grabs his “Y2AJ” shirt and shoves it in AJ’s mouth.
– Kalisto def. Tyler Breeze: Kalisto hits the Salida Del Sol on Breeze off the turnbuckle for the 1-2-3.
– Ryback def. Curtis Axel: Back and forth action between the two until Ryback turns the tides and pummels on Axel. He Hits the Shellshocked for the 3 count.
– Backstage, Vince is on the phone when he’s interrupted by Stephanie. They talk about Shane and how they’re going to handle him. Vince tells her not to worry, “I’ve got this.”
– Dean Ambrose def. Bray Wyatt via DQ: Wyatt gets in lots of offense early on. On the outside, Wyatt gives Ambrose a Rock Bottom into the guard rail and Ambrose falls to the floor. Back in the ring, Ambrose mounts a comeback but The Wyatt family interferes and beats down Ambrose.
– After The Wyatt Family beats down Ambrose, Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. Wyatt and Triple H have a stare-down before Wyatt and his crew leave the ring. Triple H prepares for a beat down on Ambrose, but Ambrose hops up and hits The Dirty Deeds on The Game. Ambrose holds up the WWE Championship as RAW goes off the air.