Universal Champion Goldberg showed no fear as he met Brock Lesnar face-to-face just six nights before their anticipated title bout at WrestleMania, The Ultimate Thrill Ride. Find out what “ride” The Beast Incarnate took during the final moments of Raw and why their Show of Shows battle will be their most intense match yet.
Seth Rollins has put pen to paper, and all bets are off — and that might not be as good news as Triple H thought it would be. The King of Kings had intended The Architect to sign his own doom when he ratified The Game's Hold Harmless Agreement, as it would give Triple H free reign to brutalize his former protégé in a Non-Sanctioned Match at WrestleMania without fear of legal repercussions.
But what he didn’t take into account was that, by signing The Game’s document, The Architect gave himself the ability to reclaim the identity he sacrificed to align with Triple H in the first place, which is as powerful a motivation as any Superstar has ever had going into The Showcase of the Immortals. And judging by the way Rollins withstood The Game’s subsequent sneak attack on his injured knee, there’s a chance Seth Freakin’ Rollins might just survive The King of Kings’ onslaught and get the payback he’s been angling for. Triple H seemed somewhat unnerved when Rollins sent him running, but he really shouldn’t have been surprised: He’s the one who taught Rollins that there’s always a Plan B.
At WrestleMania, The Undertaker and Roman Reigns will clash to determine which Superstar can lay claim to the “yard” The Deadman has held dominion over for almost 30 years. And, for all Roman’s bravado and insistence he would do no less than "put The Undertaker down" in six days’ time, Undertaker may still possess a slight edge. During The Big Dog’s final address before WrestleMania, The Last Outlaw appeared on the TitanTron in front of a freshly dug grave, with Reigns’ name chiseled on the accompanying tombstone. The lights then went out in the arena and when they came back up, The Deadman was face-to-face with his foe, just in time to promise that Reigns would, indeed, rest in peace.
According to Paul Heyman’s Theory of WrestleMania Relativity, WrestleMania's Universal Title Match will end in one simple solution: F-5 = Lesnar goes up, down goes Goldberg. But when The Advocate unveiled that theorem a couple of weeks ago, Goldberg wasn’t around to provide any evidence to the contrary. That changed on the final Raw before WrestleMania.
Moments after Heyman insisted that challenger Brock Lesnar did not “fear the Spear,” renamed WrestleMania “Death of a Superhero” and declared Goldberg would not “survive the F-5,” the Universal Champion came to the ramp, challenged Lesnar to brawl and speared him to the ground. To paraphrase Heyman: Down goes Lesnar.
In other action … Raw Women’s Champion Bayley & Sasha Banks def. Charlotte Flair & Nia Jax … Austin Aries def. Noam Dar … An Over-the-Top-Rope Challenge descended into chaos … WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher … Raw Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass never happened … and Sami Zayn def. Kevin Owens to earn his way into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.