With his title gone and his former best friend put on notice, Kevin Owens is on the warpath headed to KOMania 2, or, as it’s more colloquially known, WrestleMania 33. And if tonight’s tag team bout was any indication, Owens isn’t out for victory as much as he’s out for punishment. Teaming with Samoa Joe against Chris Jericho and Sami Zayn, the two heavy-hitters were at a surprising disadvantage … at least until Zayn came down bad on a plancha and tweaked his knee. Owens & Joe instantly pounced on Zayn, forcing the ref to throw out the match. And when Jericho came to the rescue of The Underdog From the Underground, they ganged up on him too. Joe held Jericho’s arms while Owens teed off, punctuating the assault with a Pop-up Powerbomb.
For the fourth-straight year, Big Show is headed to WrestleMania as the odds-on favorite to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. But first, he has a Titus O'Neil problem to take care of. After stepping to Big Show during the debut episode of The New Day’s talk show, “New Day Talks,” The Big Deal found himself placed into a one-on-one bout with The World’s Largest Athlete that ended in utter calamity for the former WWE Tag Team Champion. Despite an aggressive start by O’Neil, Big Show felled his foe with a trifecta of chokeslams. Given that The World’s Largest Athlete won both his first WCW and WWE Titles in Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, it’s hard to imagine a more fitting farewell from Show to the Joe.
Well this got interesting real fast: Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon attempted to jump-start General Manager Mick Foley's business acumen by demanding he pick a Superstar to fire by night’s end. And after a disheartening search all night, The Hardcore Legend finally came up with a solution: He’d fire her!
Of course, not only did that sit badly with Stephanie, but it also sat badly with Triple H, who emerged from behind the curtain to threaten the livelihood of both Foley and his children. The Game demanded Foley vacate the ring, but The Hardcore Legend replied by jamming Mr. Socko down his gullet. Stephanie low-blowed Foley to stop the attack, but before The Game could finish off the embattled GM, Seth Freakin' Rollins came to the rescue.
Casting aside his crutch and looking none the worse for wear, Rollins successfully took the fight to Triple H, going so far as to expel him from the ring. That is, until The Game grabbed hold of the crutch and whacked away at Rollins’ knee like Honus Wagner, ultimately locking The Architect in an inverted Figure-Four Leglock that left Rollins barely able to stand. When he finally did, Triple H teed off on his knee again. Say this much for Rollins: His knee was looking pretty good at the start of this. Now? Not so much.
In other action … Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman revealed the “Theory of WrestleMania Relativity” … Sasha Banks def. Dana Brooke … The Brian Kendrick & Tony Nese def. Akira Tozawa & TJ Perkins … Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Cesaro & Sheamus ended in a No Contest … Roman Reigns def. Jinder Mahal … Austin Aries def. Ariya Daivari … and Raw Women's Champion Bayley def. Nia Jax via Disqualification.