Location: Seattle, WA at the Key Arena
Date: February 8th, 2016
Airing Live On The USA Network
Welcome to the WWE Raw Pre-Show, and we are live on the WWE Network. Scott Stanford, Booker T, Corey Graves, and David Otunga discuss Daniel Bryan’s retirement. They reflect on Bryan’s career. A video package of Daniel Bryan’s WWE career is shown.
Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw. A video package of Daniel Bryan’s WWE career is shown. A table is set up for a contract signing. Stephanie McMahon is in the ring. Stephanie hypes that the winner of the triple threat match at Fastlane will go on to face her husband, Triple H, at WrestleMania 32. This leads to Dean Ambrose walking down to the ring. Ambrose begged her to get this contract signing because he has some unfinished business with Brock Lesnar. Stephanie shut him down and said that there will be no fighting tonight. Roman Reigns then walked down to the ring. Reigns agreed with Ambrose, and this brought out Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman. Stephanie said Heyman didn’t have to introduce himself and said let’s get on with it. Ambrose signed, Reigns signed, and Lesnar signed. Stephanie said her business here is done. Heyman threatened that Lesnar would give Reigns and Ambrose a beatdown. Ambrose got in the face of Lesnar; this led Lesnar throwing Ambrose. He tossed a table into Reigns and F-5’d Ambrose. Lesnar gets out of the ring and Triple H walks out. He has a staredown with Lesnar, but nothing came from it.
Singles Match: Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler.
Owens attacked Ziggler right off the bat. He landed a series of strikes. Ziggler fought back and locked in a sleeper. They then tumbled to the floor, and we cut to break.
We’re back with Owens having Ziggler in a headlock. Ziggler fought out and connected with an elbow. Owens cut him off with one of his own. Owens hit a back splash for 2. Owens missed a spear and ate the ring post. Ziggler with a series of clotheslines then a splash followed by a neck breaker. Owens rolled him up for 2. Ziggler hit a spike DDT for 2. Ziggler hit a fameasser off the apron to the floor. Back in the ring, Ziggler rolled him up for the win. He used the rope for an advantage.
Post-match, Owens threw a fit and tossed around the ring steps.
New Day vs. The Usos in a table match is scheduled for later. Also, Chris Jericho will be on Miz TV later in the show.
The Dudley Boyz talk The Usos in allowing them to join them against New Day in a tables match later in the show.
A Ryback hype video package is shown.
Singles Match: Charlotte vs. Alicia Fox
Charlotte went for the Figure Eight quickly, but it was blocked. Fox caught her with a drop kick. Charlotte cut her off with an elbow and then beat her down. Charlotte hit a neck breaker but was rolled up by Fox for 2. Charlotte hit a spear then the Figure Eight for the win.
The Miz in the ring for Miz TV. He said that AJ Styles attacking him last week was uncalled for. He said that Styles needs to understand who he is and how much he helped Daniel Bryan. He listed his accomplishments then Chris Jericho walked down to the ring. Jericho told him to shut the hell up and said that no one wants to see Miz TV. Jericho said that they want to see a highlight reel segment instead. Miz said that Jericho is out of line. This led to the WWE crew taking all of the chairs and carpet out of the ring and moved all of the Highlight Reel’s set into the ring within seconds. Jericho welcomed us into the Highlight Reel. Jericho said that something is wrong and asked for his potted plant to be brought into the ring. Jericho showed highlights of Styles beating Miz on SmackDown last week. Miz said that his face was his money maker and getting his tooth replaced cost him thousands of dollars. Jericho mocked him, and Miz told the fans to shut up. Miz brought up that Styles beat Jericho on RAW a few week’s back and showed footage of it. Jericho agreed that losing to Styles is eating him alive, and he keeps thinking about it. Jericho questions if Styles is great. Jericho said that he is the best in the world at what he does. AJ Styles then walked down to the ring. Miz attacked Jericho from behind until Styles ran in and made the save. Miz is thrown to the floor. Jericho and Styles have a staredown. Jericho shoulder blocked him then slapped him. This led to the men brawling. Jericho then sent Miz over the announce table and Jericho and Styles had another staredown.
Singles Match: Ryback vs. Bray Wyatt
They lock up to begin the match. Ryback hit a shoulder block then a power slam for 2. Wyatt knocked him down and sent him to the floor.
We’re back with Ryback in control of Wyatt. He hit a power slam and then fired up the crowd. Wyatt caught him and hit Sister Abigail out of nowhere for the win.
Winner: Bray Wyatt.
Post-match, The Wyatt Family, beat down Ryback.
Roman Reigns told Dean Ambrose that they should go after Brock Lesnar. Ambrose said he would handle it on his own.
The Social Outcasts cut a promo about trending.
Singles Match: Titus O’Neil vs. Adam Rose.
Titus hit him with a series of chops to begin the match. Rose cut him off with some kicks. Titus was distracted by the group, and Rose rolled him up for the win.
Dean Ambrose walks down to the ring and calls out Brock Lesnar. He said that the F-5 doesn’t hurt, and it didn’t keep him down. Ambrose mocked Lesnar by saying he couldn’t get it up and that Paul Heyman won’t let him go because he’s holding Lesnar’s balls. This led to Heyman and Lesnar walking out. This led to Lesnar and Ambrose brawling. Lesnar hit him with several knees then sent him into the barricade. Lesnar hit Ambrose with an F-5 then left the ring. Ambrose begged Lesnar to get back in the ring, and Lesnar does. Roman Reigns then walks down to the ring. Ambrose hit Lesnar with a low blow and Lesnar dropped. Ambrose left the ring and joined Reigns up at the stage.
Tag Team Match: Rusev and Alberto Del Rio vs. Kalisto and Sin Cara
Rusev and Cara kick things off. Cara hit him with a springboard dive then a kick. Del Rio was tagged in and hit a superkick to Cara. Del Rio hit a snap suplex to Cara for 2. Moments later, Cara fought back and tagged in Kalisto. This led to Kalisto hitting a dive to Del Rio then a kick for 2. Rusev broke up the pin, but Cara took him out with a dive then hit an outside dive. Kalisto went for his finisher, but Del Rio blocked it. Del Rio hit him in the head with a kick then hit a double foot stomp off the top rope for the win.
Winner: Rusev and Del Rio.
There is a segment with R-Truth and Goldust, who was dressed up as Jimi Hendrix, outside the Hendrix museum. Security took Goldust away after he smashed a guitar.
Singles Match: Becky Lynch vs. Tamina with Sasha Banks on commentary.
They exchange strikes to begin the match. Lynch hit her with a back elbow but was distracted by Naomi and Tamina hit her with a clothesline. Naomi slapped Lynch. Banks distracted Tamina until Naomi attacked her. Back in the ring, Lynch knocked Tamina then attacked Naomi. Tamina hit Lynch with a superkick for the win.
Eight-Man Tag Team Table Match: New Day and Mark Henry vs. Dudley Boyz and The Usos
The fight men brawl in the ring until the faces stand tall in the ring. The Usos took out New Day with an outside dive.
We’re back with Henry getting into an argument with New Day and he walked to the back. Dudleys hit the what’s up on Kingston. Woods ran into a superkick by The Usos. Jey went for a dive off the top rope but was pushed off by Big E. The Dudleys took him out and put Big E through a table with the 3-D.
Winners: Dudley Boyz and The Usos
Post-match, The Dudley Boyz attacked The Usos. They put Jimmy and Jey Uso through a table.
Daniel Bryan walks down to the ring with his new look (short hair and trimmed beard). He said that he felt the fans chant for the first time. Bryan said that now it’s time to address the elephant in the room. Bryan, he said no he didn’t want to trim his beard either. He said that he looked really silly with a long beard, so he trimmed it off. He cut off his hair for kids charity. He said that he doesn’t want to retire, but he has too. He said he’s been wrestling since he was 18 and within the first few months, he already had three concussions. He said that he has had several concussions in his career, and it gets to a point where they tell you that you can’t wrestle anymore. He said that he has gotten several tests done, and all of them said that he is fine. He would train to be ready to wrestle because this is what he loves this and like nothing he’s ever loved before. He said that he took a test a week ago, and it was a negative test. He said that he has a family to think about and how he wants to have kids soon. They chanted yes, and he said that’s what Brie says all the time. He then officially announced his retirement from pro wrestling. He said he’s gone through a lot of emotions, but he woke up today and felt gratitude. Because he has been able to do what he loves to for 16 years. He said that he loves the Seattle Seahawks, before he walks out to the arena, and diving out of the ring. He also said that he has wrestled in parking lots of gas stations and at WrestleMania. He said that he got to meet some cool people. He met Kane, who is the smartest man he knows, as well as William Regal, and kids. He said that he was very grateful for his career. He said that no one owes the wrestlers anything because they get to do what they love. He said then the fans got behind a guy who is 5’8 and 196 pounds. He thanked the fans for that. He mentioned that the fans hijacked RAW with him two years ago. He said that during that moment, his dad was in attendance and watched him get that kind of reaction. He said that was the last time his dad ever saw him wrestle in person. He brought his marriage to Brie Bella. He said that he is grateful for everything that wrestling has given him. He said that tomorrow morning he starts a new life, and that new life is that he’s not a wrestler. He asks for the fans to start a YES chant and they do. He chants along with them in the ring with Brie to close the show.
Thanks for watching along and we will see you next time.