The McMahon’s — In Rare Form — And Roman Reigns Kick Off RAW
[Q1] This week’s show kicks off with Michael Cole, JBL and Byron Saxton welcoming us inside the sold out Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, followed by Vince McMahon’s theme music hitting to a lively reaction from the Brooklyn fans.
McMahon talks about having dental surgery, alluding to injuries related to the Supeman Punch that Roman Reigns blasted him with two weeks ago. McMahon, in over-the-top “Mr. McMahon” fashion, than demanded, “Roman Reigns — get out here right now!”
Reigns’ music hit to a surprisingly enthusiastically positive reaction from the New York fans. As he made his way to the ring through the crowd, we see highlights of what has been going on with them lately, as well as a clip of Stephanie McMahon slapping the piss out of Tom Philips.
Vince said he couldn’t find the heart to congratulate Reigns on winning the championship, especially given what he did to Triple H. Vince said Hunter would extract revenge one of these days and Reigns probably wouldn’t see it coming.
The crowd chanted “We Can’t Hear You.” Reigns told Vince, “You better speak up, old man.” Vince mocked the idea that they could hear Reigns and not him, then said, “Oh, I forgot, we’re in Brooklyn.” Vince recalled Reigns turning his back on Stephanie McMahon last week and said nobody does that to a McMahon. Vince said he had to have dental surgery after Reigns punched him. Vince said the ring is his and he even owns the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt.
Vince said sooner or later Reigns will come to the realization that he even owns Reigns himself. Reigns said that’s the problem with rich snobs like him. “I’m not a rich snob, I’m a billionaire,” Vince said while adding there’s a big difference. Funny. Reigns said he and his supporters own the title belt, not Vince, who then asked the fans if they think they own it. A “yes” chant broke out.
Vince questioned how long Reigns thinks he’ll be champion. The fans chanted “Daniel Bryan” and Vince told them to shut up. A C.M. Punk chant broke out, but Vince ignored it and brought up The Wild Samoans. “You’re just one generation away from a bone in your nose,” Vince said. He also boasted that he ran Afa into the ground and made money off him until there was nothing left. Vince said he used up Reigns’ dad Sika, and boasted that he paid him peanuts. Reigns shoved Vince to the mat. “My neck,” Vince said repeatedly. “Somebody help me, dammit, my neck.”
Stephanie McMahon’s music played and she came out and called for help. Policemen walked out behind Stephanie, who told them to arrest Reigns for putting his hands on Vince. She called Reigns a neanderthal and told the cops to arrest Reigns. “No,” one of the cops replied before saying they were there to do security only. Stephanie kept trying and then started mouthing off until the cop threatened to send her to jail if she didn’t take a step back.
“I’m better,” Vince said. The cop told Vince that Stephanie needs to stay calm or she would go to jail. Vince told the cop that he knows who he is. Vince started jawing and told the cop not to threaten his daughter. “You’re pissing me off right now,” Vince said. Vince grabbed the cop by his jacket. The officers in uniform entered the ring. Vince said he didn’t mean to do that. The main cop told the officers to take Vince away.
Backstage Segment: Mr. McMahon Taken Away In Cuffs During The Break
[Q2] Vince was handcuffed and read his rights while Reigns held the mic in front of the main cop. Stephanie pleaded with the cops to stop. Reigns was all smiles.
A “hero” video package aired with Roman Reigns, John Cena, Randy Orton, Alicia Fox, and The Bella Twins among those featured… A video recap of the opening segment aired. You know, for those who watched the football pre-game show and then turned over to Raw once the actual game started…
New footage aired of Vince being placed in the back of a squad car and driven away during the commercial break while Stephanie threw a fit and yelled “Dad!!!” one too many times… The broadcast team addressed the Vince arrest…
Kevin Owens vs. Neville
The fans chanted “Kevin Owens” as he stood in the ring. He did not get a televised entrance, but they did air Neville’s full entrance. Unfortunately, Neville is still carrying around his stupid Slammy Award. Owens went for his finisher, but Neville countered into a pin for the surprisingly quick win.
After The Match: Kevin Owens Snaps, Dean Ambrose Makes The Save
Owens flipped out after the match and threw Neville into the barricade at ringside. Owens also drove a split-legged Neville into the ring post and continued to throw punches at him until several referees talked him off. [C]
[Q3] The Owens attack continued after the break. The referees were helping Neville by the ramp when Owens clotheslined him and turned him inside out. Owens was setting up for a piledriver at ringside when Dean Ambrose made the save. Owens ran Ambrose into the ring post, but Ambrose came back with a clothesline. The referees held Ambrose back. Owens ended up leaving through the crowd.
The Rock’s WrestleMania 32 Announcement
The announcers recapped the angle and then narrated highlights of John Cena guest hosting the “Today” show on Monday. They also hyped Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio as the Raw main event… [C] The broadcast team hyped The Rock announcing that he will “electrify” at WrestleMania 32.
Backstage: JoJo Interviews Becky Lynch
Footage is shown from last week’s live Smackdown of Team B.A.D. pour egg nog on Becky Lynch and Charlotte getting a win over Brie Bella. Backstage, JoJo is with Becky Lynch noting that Charlotte said she wouldn’t be here tonight. Lynch said she could be at a disadvantage tonight with Team B.A.D. being in Sasha’s corner tonight. She talked about moving to New York City at a young age and she came here to stand out.