Tonight’s WWE RAW kicks off from Richmond, Virginia with Michael Cole welcoming us. He’s joined by Booker T and JBL. Eden introduces Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
– Triple H and Stephanie come out to the ring and there’s a podium with a title under a black cloth. Stephanie talks about Seth Rollins retaining the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Payback and puts him over. Triple H also praises Rollins and says, “I told ya so.” Triple H says Rollins is the future of WWE. Fans boo. Stephanie says we will be paying tribute to Rollins tonight as they present “Seth Rollins: Architect of a Dream.” She announces Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton will be going to the back of the line. Triple H says they just couldn’t get the job done. They ask for a drumroll and reveal the vacant Intercontinental Title under the cloth. Stephanie talks about Daniel Bryan and a “yes!” chant starts. She disses Bryan and says it must have been hard to stand in the ring and admit she was right. She says he had to relinquish two titles because his body couldn’t hold up. Triple H talks about the Elimination Chamber match for the title in two weeks. We get a promo for the Chamber and the announcers hype it. Triple H and Stephanie continue to hype the Chamber show until Sheamus’ music hits and out he comes. Sheamus apologizes for interrupting and a “you look stupid” chant breaks out. He likes what The Authority has done with the place and Stephanie likes his look. Sheamus says we don’t need a Chamber match because he took out Daniel Bryan. He shows us highlights from their match on SmackDown last month and fans boo. Sheamus says it was him who finally put the little man down and he should be rewarded. Sheamus says giving him the title is right for business and what’s best for business. Ryback’s music hits and out he comes to a pop. Ryback has his ribs taped up from the Payback match with Bray Wyatt. He hits the ring and a big “feed me more” chant breaks out. Ryback agrees with the fans and says Sheamus looks stupid. Ryback says Bryan has more heart, passion and determination than Sheamus could ever have. Another “yes!” chant starts. Stephanie says the fans are predictable. Ryback cuts her off and says, “Big Guy has the microphone, Big Guy does the talking Steph.” Ryback stands up for Bryan and proposes a match with Sheamus for tonight. Stephanie says they both will be in the Chamber in two weeks. Triple H makes a singles match for right now and we go to commercial.
Ryback vs. Sheamus
We come back from the break and they start brawling. They end up on the floor with Sheamus in control and we go back to commercial. Back from the break and Sheamus hits the forearms on the apron. More back and forth. Ryback catches Sheamus in a big powerbomb. Ryback goes on and hits a spinebuster for a 2 count. They go back to the floor and Sheamus bounces off the announce table and lands hard. Sheamus fights back and tries to send Ryback into the ring post but it’s countered and Ryback sends him into it. Ryback brings it back in the ring but Sheamus hits an elbow. Ryback continues and goes for Shellshocked but Sheamus hits him in the ribs. Sheamus acts like he has something in his eye but lures Ryback in for a Brogue Kick for the win.