2015 episodes

S2015 EPWWE Raw
December 14, 2015
Let’s talk about last night — specifically the unholy walloping that Roman Reigns laid on Triple H after Sheamus’ League of Nations helped The Celtic champion retain his status as spiky-haired poster boy of The Authority. Turns out, 20 minutes of whaling on The Game is a good way to rile Stephanie McMahon up. So The Billionaire Princess made it her business to read Reigns the riot act before he set foot on Raw, and to give him a few slaps across the face. But rather than serve Reigns his walking papers on top of that, Stephanie instead handed down a more troubling revelation to the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion: that Reigns’ fate would be decided later in the night by none other than Mr. McMahon.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
December 7, 2015
This Sunday it’s Tables, Ladders & Chairs, but this Monday, it’s Leagues, Families, Usos and EC-Dub Originals. Just about everyone who’s got a grudge to settle at WWE TLC joined forces in Raw’s opening moments, convening for a super-sized contest that Teddy Long could only dream of: a 16-Man Elimination Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match that pitted Sheamus’ League of Nations and The Wyatt Family against the Roman Reigns–Dean Ambrose–Usos coalition from last week along with the ECW Originals (now with 100 percent more Rhyno!).
S2015 EPWWE Raw
November 30, 2015
One captain falls, another rises to take his place. To formally fete Sheamus as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, The New Day summoned all their considerable powers of positivity to throw a bash for the man they totally didn’t abandon in the middle of a Survivor Series match or anything like that. Even though that’s water under the bridge and Sheamus may indeed rock in The New Day’s eyes, Roman Reigns wasn’t going to let the party pass without getting jiggy on his WWE TLC opponent, Superman Punching The Celtic champion from behind and making off with his title. It was good for a laugh, but bad for business, as The Authority decreed he’d have to beat Sheamus in a title match with a 5:15 time limit later in the night. Better make it quick, fella.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
November 23, 2015
Who looks stupid now? After weathering months of vitriol from the WWE Universe — and an embarrassing Survivor Series loss — Sheamus pulled a Randy Orton and swooped in to snatch the WWE World Heavyweight Title from a weary Roman Reigns moments after he’d won it. The title win cemented an alliance with Triple H that the champion made formal in Raw’s opening moments.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
November 16, 2015
The Brothers of Destruction are back from Hell, but it may just turn out that they’ve gone from the frying pan to the fire. Addressing their torment at the hands of The Wyatt Family over the last month, The Undertaker and Kane promised an eternity of torment for The New Face of Fear and his flock, only to be confronted by the man himself. Flanked by the Family atop the entrance ramp, Bray Wyatt threw the brothers’ mysticism right back in their faces, demonstrating his lingering control over their powers by turning Undertaker and Kane’s druids against them. The former WWE World Heavyweight Champions managed to fend the minions off, though given that Wyatt has yet to reveal his trump card — which two of his brothers will face The Brothers of Destruction — it may not be so easy for them come Sunday.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
November 9, 2015
Let the record show that Roman Reigns is not a sell-out. Or an opportunist, or a company man, or whatever adjective you choose to describe divisive-but-superlative (and now injured) WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, because with The Architect stripped of the title, The Big Dog chose to take his chances in a tournament to become champion rather than accept a bye to the finals from Triple H as a handout in exchange for his loyalty. That’s a bold strategy, Cotton, and it may not quite pay off. For all his bravado, Reigns’ quarterfinal draw might make it one-and-one for The Big Dog: He’s got Big Show.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
November 2, 2015
Look, everybody, it’s Tyler! And he cost Dolph Ziggler a match! After weeks of lurking on The Showoff’s periphery, NXT wunderkind Tyler Breeze finally screwed over the former World Heavyweight Champion in earnest, providing a timely distraction during Ziggler’s one-on-one tilt that fed him to current Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
October 26, 2015
With hell firmly in his rearview, Roman Reigns is now one step closer to the promised land. Reigns blasted by Kofi Kingston to earn his spot in a Fatal 4-Way Match to determine the No. 1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The Big Dog opened Raw with a deafening statement to anyone who thought he’d be unable to recapture the lightning that catapulted him to the main event of WrestleMania 31.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
October 20, 2015
As it turns out, going through “Hell” has its rewards. Like, for instance, a shot at getting to heaven, at least in the metaphorical sense. Thanks to Triple H, either John Cena or Randy Orton will have the chance to ascend once again to supreme glory. The King of Kings declared that whomever survives their trip inside the 20-foot tall, 5-ton Hell in a Cell will go one-on-one with The Conqueror himself, Brock Lesnar, with the championship on the line. Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
October 12, 2015
The Authority is running late, Kane is running the show (hey there, main event Lumberjack Match against Seth Rollins), and The New Day picked up right where they left off last week, taking out Dean Ambrose & Randy Orton in an impromptu tag match against the bickering fan favorites, organized by the Director of Operations himself to start the show.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
October 5, 2015
With Madison Square Garden now annexed into Suplex City, Brock Lesnar rolled into Boston looking to add another metropolis to his monstrous domain as part of the ongoing Go to Hell Tour. Whether Beantown now resides firmly within The Beast’s purview is a bit subjective, but there can be no doubt that Big Show, once again, underestimated The Conqueror, given what happened when the giant confronted Lesnar for the second time in three days.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
September 28
The Champ is here, The Champ has defended, and the U.S. Open Challenge is officially back on the table! And while rumors persisted of Heath Slater finally challenging John Cena for the right to wear Old Glory, The One-Man Band was unfortunately pre-empted by The New Day. The trio had their eyes set on Freebirding the U.S. Title along with their Tag Team Title hardware and sent Xavier Woods in to do the honors.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
September 21
They all fall down, true, but even if one Superstar is felled by The Wyatt Family, another will step in to take their place. So despite Chris Jericho getting stomped out by Braun Strowman at Night of Champions, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose found that help was only a moment away when the numbers game turned against them the next night on Raw.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
September 14
Call it a season premiere or a new day, either way, we still have the same WWE Tag Team Champions. On a night already stacked with blockbuster matches, including the in-ring Raw debut of Sting, The New Day kicked off Raw’s season premiere by knocking off The Prime Time Players in the former champions’ rematch for the twin titles they lost at SummerSlam.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
September 7
Challenge Seth Rollins for his WWE World Heavyweight Title? Sure, why not. That’s part of the gig. Hell, he’ll even tolerate a second challenger. But enough is enough, and “The Man” wants his statue back from Sting, who pulled a disappearing act with The Architect’s monument two weeks ago and has been holding it hostage ever since. So Rollins’ first order of business in Baltimore was to retrieve his effigy from The Vigilante. Iimagine Rollins' surprise when Sting actually responded to his frothing ramblings by displaying the statue, hidden in an undisclosed location, and dared Rollins to come and get it.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap August 31
The Vigilante is back. No, not this vigilante. The Vigilante, The Icon, The Man Called Sting. One week after resurfacing for the first time since the night after WrestleMania and officially staking his claim on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Sting opened Raw with a few choice words for the title’s current bearer, Seth Rollins. Specifically, he called Rollins’ continued reign as champion a mockery of justice, to say nothing of The Architect’s self-proclaimed status as a living legend. All of which made for a perfect opportunity for Stinger to seek the one major title he has yet to win and to take Rollins, a “little boy” who he says can't stack up to Triple H on his best day, for “a heck of a ride.”
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap August 24
Glory, glory … The Undertaker? Not if Paul Heyman has anything to say about it. Even though The Phenom technically defeated Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, the initial tap-out, unseen by the official, means The Conqueror and his advocate have a few issues with the victor of record. After some preliminary orating, The Beast and Heyman called out The Deadman for Round 3, and the call was indeed answered … by Bo Dallas. The good news, as preached by the former NXT Champion, was that Brock Lesnar could indeed get retribution against The Deadman, if he only Bo-lieves. Five suplexes later, Dallas didn’t have much to say, but Paul Heyman did acknowledge, as Bo went spinning for a final F-5, that The Beast does Bo-lieve. So at least there’s that.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap August 17
This Sunday at SummerSlam, once the fanfare has erupted and host Jon Stewart has kicked off the proceedings, Cesaro will fight Kevin Owens and Sheamus will go toe-to-toewith Randy Orton. But that’s Sunday. On Monday, with The Biggest Party of the Summer approaching and tensions thickening, The Viper & The Swiss Superman united to face the nefarious team of Mr. Money in the Bank and the former NXT Champion Owens to kick off Raw. For the majority of the contest, the two sets of opponents spent their time feeling each other out and getting in some last-minute scouting before Sunday. It ended in a four-way fracas, with Cesaro pounding Sheamus to and fro until Orton tagged in to finish the job. A last-minute bum-rush by Owens went nowhere when Cesaro ran interference, and an RKO to The Celtic Warrior put the match to rest.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap August 10
The Champ is … still not here, and Seth Rollins is loving life as a result. But while John Cena wasn’t there to respond to Rollins’ in-absentia jabs (he will be on Tough Enough tomorrow, though), a few other Superstars took advantage of an offhanded mention of The Architect’s previous WWE World Heavyweight Championship Open Challenge to cut the comedy routine short and position themselves as next in line for the title. So, before Rollins could even finish running down Cena, he had Cesaro, Randy Orton and Kevin Owens all wanting a piece of him. One absentminded insult of The Authority later and Rollins found himself on the receiving end of some tough love from Triple H himself: Rollins would be defending his title in Raw’s main event against the winner of a Triple Threat between Orton, Cesaro and Owens.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap August 3
The Champ is … not here, thanks to a knee to "The Face That Runs the Place" from Seth Rollins that turned John Cena’s nose into mush and condemned him to a rare stint on the injured list. But while The Champ mulls Rollins’ winner take all, title-for-title challenge for SummerSlam, the dueling factors of nostalgia and hubris (San Jose is where Rollins won the WWE World Heavyweight Title and Cena started his own U.S. Open Challenge) moved The Architect to institute his own open title defense in Raw’s opening moments.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap July 20
It was always too good to be true for Brock Lesnar that The Undertaker would simply return to the void without properly repaying The Beast for ending his undefeated Streak at WrestleMania 30. And at WWE Battleground, Lesnar’s chickens came home to roost when The Phenom cost him the WWE World Heavyweight Title. So why did The Deadman do it? In his first turn on the microphone in more than a year, The Phenom allowed that the snapping of his Streak was inevitable. But with Paul Heyman’s relentless gloating and disrespect of Undertaker’s quarter-century life’s work, The Last Outlaw rode again to cost The Conqueror his own holy grail. That set himself and The Beast, 469 days after the end of The Streak, on a collision course that he promised would end with Lesnar, as all men must do, resting in peace.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap July 13
Even after Brock Lesnar turned J&J Security — and their prized Cadillac — into mincemeat last week, give Seth Rollins credit where it’s due. The Architect didn’t blink at the prospect of staring down The Beast Incarnate in Raw’s opening moments, even if he only had a well-rested Kane to speak of as his backup. Despite his depleted defenses, The Architect certainly talked a big game, as did Kane when Lesnar and Paul Heyman attempted to bait the Director of Operations into fighting The Conqueror by bringing up Lesnar's most infamous deed. Ever the professional, Kane brushed the taunts aside, at least until champion and challenger reunited with their respective retinues for the contract signing later in the night.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap July 6
Having conquered the East over the weekend, it’s safe to say Brock Lesnar has gotten his groove back since Seth Rollins and The Authority left him in a heap two weeks ago. If anything, The Beast Incarnate seemed more fighting mad than usual when he returned to Raw. With Kofi Kingston left in tatters as a show of his power, “The God of Violent Retribution” loomed large in Raw’s opening moments, while Paul Heyman did not mince his words in a message to the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He said Rollins, and anyone who stands alongside him, is a marked man, and Lesnar would not leave the Allstate Arena before dealing with the champion accordingly.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap June 29
The lesson, as always, is that it pays to be in good with the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. After The Authority put aside weeks — months? — of squabbling to reunite and drop Brock Lesnar in Raw’s closing moments last week, Kane and J&J Security received their due reward for coming to Seth Rollins’ aid. First, The Architect bestowed a trio of brand-new Apple Watches on his squad, with a special shout-out to Jamie Noble for suffering three broken ribs in the course of his duty. Kane — already scheduled to team with Rollins against Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns in the main event — got an all-expenses paid trip to Maui, which left Noble & Joey Mercury empty-handed by comparison. They needn’t have worried, for Rollins had a coup de grace in his back pocket: A brand new car!
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap June 22
That sound you hear isn’t only the rumble of Brock Lesnar’s return, but also the distant shuffling of papers officially negating The Beast Incarnate’s suspension. As wheeled and dealt by Paul Heyman, The Conqueror has added litigation to his list of vanquished foes. Lesnar’s first order of business on his first Raw back was to seal the proverbial deal by “apologizing” to JBL and Michael Cole for laying them out back in March. He accomplished it through a pair of vaguely menacing handshakes to The Wrestling God and a noogie to a petrified Cole.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap June 15
In case you were somehow unaware that Seth Rollins retained the WWE World Heavyweight Title all by his lonesome at Money in the Bank, allow him to remind you. Again, and again, and again. The Architect turned Raw’s opening moments into a lofty perch from which to crow about his grueling victory over Dean Ambrose. The champion channeled Chris Jericho by rechristening the show“Monday Night Rollins” and whipping out a laundry list of people to thank — and all of them happened to be some variation of Seth Rollins.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap June 8
The NXT Champ is here, and even though he opted out of an impromptu fight last week with John Cena, that didn’t stop Kevin Owens from resuming his verbal takedown of the Cenation leader during Raw’s opening moments. Yet again, The Champ offered Owens the chance to put his money where his mouth was, and yet again, he said he’d pass until bell time at Money in the Bank.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap June 1
He’s still money — what’s left of him, anyway. Roman Reigns, already raked in the face and pulverized in the ribs, was forced to put his Money in the Bank opportunity up for grabs for the third time in a single night. And with Bray Wyatt across from him, The Big Dog had his work cut out for him in a big way. The 2014 Superstar of the Year stepped up in a big way as well, brawling through the pain to keep The Eater of Worlds on his heels, despite the presence of The Authority at the top of the ramp.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap May 25
Turnabout is fair play, and technicalities are a funny thing. With Dean Ambrose temporarily incarcerated (even though Rollins instigated the fracas that sent him away in the first place) and therefore unable to sign his title match contract, Roman Reigns once again came to his friend’s rescue, rushing the ring and taking the fight to all The Authority at once for trying to rob his friend of his title match.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap May 18
With Randy Orton noticeable by his absence, Dean Ambrose dispatched by Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns out of his hair until SmackDown, Seth Rollins had plenty to celebrate during the “Architect of a Dream” shindig organized for him by The Authority.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap May 4
Turns out Kane’s secret plan to control Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton was to bring the entire Authority to ringside. With J&J as the guest timekeeper and ring announcer, Kane himself as the ringside enforcer, and Seth Rollins on commentary, the entire main event was brawled in the shadow of the assembled Authority.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap April 20
Seth Rollins was promised an RKO, and an RKO he got. Before that could happen, however, he had to go through Dolph Ziggler in the main event of Raw, and he did that as well. But he owes credit to a whole bevy of distractions that saved him from being shown up by The Showoff. First, there was Sheamus, who popped in right after Ziggler gave Rollins an impromptu rhinoplasty-via-superkick, totaunt The Showoff from the apron.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap April 13
Not only did Seth Rollins avoid a Tombstone Piledriver, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion can breathe a sigh of relief in two weeks’ time that the RKO is off the table at Extreme Rules. That’s because Rollins, armed with the ability to choose a stipulation in his title match against Randy Orton, chose to ban The Viper’s signature move from competition come bell time. Orton, of course, is a snake of many tricks, and decided to take Rollins’ own greatest weapon — The Authority — away byenclosing the bout in a Steel Cage. And then, because he’s only got two weeks of RKOs left, Orton decided to dish ’em out while he still could. Thanks to J&J’s interference, only Joey Mercury caught the maneuver, and as for Rollins, he decided to get out while the getting was good and run. At least, while he still could.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap April 6
Three men, one No. 1 contender’s spot, no problem for Randy Orton. A few swings from a steel chair clearly left The Apex Predator at less than 100 percent going into Raw’s do-or-die main event. But the 12-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion earned his chance at a baker’s dozen when he knocked off Roman Reigns and Ryback in a wild Triple Threat Match to close out Raw.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap March 30
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.
S2015 EPWWE Raw
Recap March 16
True to Randy Orton’s prediction, the squabbles between the infighting Authority (Jamie Noble quit! Triple H threatened his protégé!) turned out to be little more than a ruse to lull Orton into a false sense of security before his match against Seth Rollins. No sooner had Rollins made his entrance than the corporate crew reformed and closed ranks around Mr. Money in the Bank, leaving The Viper thoroughly outfoxed. What happened next, however, really was surprising.