She has arrived. She, of course, being Stephanie McMahon. And Shane McMahon’s stint as Raw’s showrunner might not even make it past the first pay-per-view of the “new era” now that The Billion Dollar Princess has returned to claim what she believes is hers.
Stephanie chose to make her presence felt right as Shane — as he has done over the past few weeks — was running through his plans for the evening’s show, leading to a confrontation between the two siblings that included a bombshell revelation. Stephanie revealed Sunday at WWE Payback, Mr. McMahon will decide which of his children assumes control of Monday Night Raw. In the exchange’s tense conclusion, Shane had Stephanie forcibly removed by security when she would not leave his (for now) ring of her own accord.
It’s officially a clean sweep against The League of Nations, and you can thank “The Guy” for sealing the deal. Roman Reigns emphatically dispatched Alberto Del Rio at the end of a grueling main-event battle, despite taking a kick to the face from The Essence of Excellence and having to deal with the unwelcome arrival of Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson atop the ramp.
Reigns put Del Rio away with a Spear almost immediately after Gallows & Anderson appeared, but The Big Dog found himself swarmed by the big tag team just moments later. AJ Styles quickly came to call his buddies off and Reigns pounced, Superman Punching everyone in sight until Styles swooped in with a Phenomenal Forearm to take Roman out cold. Is that true collusion or a mere mish-mash of intentions and opportunity? Well, we’re not saying they are in cahoots. But if they were, it worked pretty perfectly.
Bad news for fans of “The Ambrose Asylum”: A steaming-mad Dean Ambrose opted out of hosting another edition of the hottest new talk show in WWE after Chris Jericho cheap-shot last Monday on Raw. Good news for fans of rage-fueled brawls: Ambrose called Jericho out instead, and The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla answered, if only to demand Ambrose apologize for failing to show him the proper deference before their match Sunday at WWE Payback. The Lunatic Fringe punched Jericho in the face instead, though their brief fight ended badly for him when Jericho tripped him up on the announce desk and managed to lock in the Walls of Jericho atop the table.
As The Miz’s Intercontinental Title defense against Cesaro has crept closer and closer, The King of Swing has continuously managed to one-up The Awesome One at every turn. So it’s hard to blame The Miz for making a last-ditch attempt to position himself as the “legendary” championship’s proper bearer by running down the Cesaro Section as nameless, faceless hangers-on who don’t know greatness when they see it.
Enter Cesaro himself, who ran down both Miz’s De Niro impression (“4/10”) and blasted a bum-rushing Miz himself with the Very European Uppercut before Maryse ran in and saved her man from further humiliation. And yes, Cesaro was wearing his suit the entire time. The stuff of legends indeed.
In other action... AJ Styles def. Sheamus... WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day, Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady and The Vaudevillains confronted each other... Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. The Usos... Sami Zayn def. Rusev... Apollo Crews def. Stardust... Natalya def. Emma... and Damien Sandow vs. Baron Corbin never happened due to interference from Dolph Ziggler.