LAST TIME ON RAW - MARCH 30, 2015
The Vigilante met justice or at least destiny, at WrestleMania when Sting fell to Triple H in an epic yet respectful bout. For all the disappointment of Sting’s first WrestleMania match ending in defeat, though, The Icon had nothing but positive vibes to offer about his maiden voyage to The Showcase of the Immortals in an exclusive interview on WWE Network. As for his future, he was mum on any specific match in particular — yes, even against you-know-who — but he was more than willing to seize any opportunities that came his way. Equally opportunistic was Bo Dallas, who made his Raw return after months of injury to offer a bit of self-help advice to the 0-1 Vigilante. Of course, if you don’t Bo-lieve that Dallas’ tongue-in-cheek positivity was met with a Scorpion Death Drop, then, well, you don’t know Sting.
An ultimatum to Randy Orton by The Authority forced The Viper to find his own partners in a locker room full of enemies for Raw’s main event, a Six-Man tussle with Rollins, Big Show & Kane. While Ryback volunteered for some more anti-Authority action, the deficit opened the door for the man who had been conspicuous all night by his absence: Roman Reigns. The 2014 Superstar of the Year rounded out Orton’s ranks and had quite enough of both Seth Rollins and the snarkiness of the WWE Universe, leaping over the rope and onto The Authority in the match’s opening moments and taking the bout into his hands at the end: With Orton tenderized by The Authority for minutes on end, Reigns took over against Kane and never let up, capitalizing on some timely help from Ryback (who Shell Shocked Big Show) and Orton (who RKOed Kane) to finish the night with a Spear to The Devil’s Favorite Director of Operations, though Rollins eluded him. For now, anyway.
The dominance begins anew. Rusev’s pinless streak may have screeched to a halt at WrestleMania, but The Super Athlete’s mean streak didn’t get wiped out along with it as he prepares, surely and inevitably, to challenge John Cena for the U.S. Title. The first Superstar to fall victim to the raging Russian — once again without Lana, who inadvertently cost him the match last night — was Goldust, who, despite old-school grit, didn’t stand a chance. The Bizarre One found himself locked in the Accolade after only a matter of minutes, tapping out almost instantly to escape the hold. No Lana? No problem.
The Divas division got their moments in the sun on The Grandest Stage of Them All, from the tag team match that saw The Bellas fall to “The Frenemies” to Natalya and Naomi involving themselves in the Fatal 4-Way WWE Tag Team Title Match on the WrestleMania Kickoff. And each Diva who stepped onto The Show of Shows got a chance to show why they received that honor with a Six-Diva Tag Match on Raw. And show they did.
The Divas dished out some significant punishment to each other, with AJ Lee (showing NXT’s Bayley some love) taking the brunt of it when Natalya & The Bellas isolated her from her group. The peak came when Nikki contorted AJ into a bow and arrow, but the former Divas Champion rallied to tag in a fresh Naomi to take over against Nikki Bella. Naomi’s best offense turned out to be a good defense when she ducked Nikki’s forearm, leaving it to smash sister Brie in the face instead. With Nikki shocked at her mistake, Naomi attacked with the Rear View and brought it home for her team.
In other action… U.S. Champion John Cena def. Dean Ambrose… Neville def. Curtis Axel… Damien Mizdow def. Stardust… WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar never happened… The Lucha Dragons & The New Day def. WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd & The Ascension… Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan def. Dolph Ziggler... and Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman called out WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins.