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Recap

The New Day open the show night in Pittsburgh. The trio cut their usual comedic-condescending promo prior to their title defence.

The New Day vs. League of Nations: Rusev and Alberto Del Rio (Tag Team Championship)

Decent start to the program: New Day are over with the crowd as they entertain throughout this match and eventually pick up the win.

Post-Match: League of Nation beat down The New Day.

Dean Ambrose comes out to address his near title victory at Roadblock. Following some words from Ambrose, an interruption occurs: Brock Lesnar is out with his Advocate, Paul Heyman. Heyman states that he is “protecting” Ambrose from Lesnar. In response, Ambrose tells Heyman to “let the Beast of his leash.” Heyman sells the match at WrestleMania before heading backstage. However, Lesnar does not follow and approaches the ring. Some teasing occurs but the fight does not go down.

Ryback vs. Sin Cara

Some offence from Sin Cara before Ryback picked up a quick victory.

Post-Match: Ryback lets Kalisto know that “size matters” before challenging Kalisto for a United States Championship match at WrestleMania.

Stephanie McMahon is out to introduce her husband. Triple H arrives, still WWE World Heavyweight Champion. “The Game” discusses his victory over Dean Ambrose this past Saturday night. Triple H goes on about “hope” and how everybody “does nothing” to change the fact that they are “losers.” Triple H states that Roman Reigns will “fail” at WrestleMania before he is interrupted by Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler informs The Authority that he “knows his place” and its in the ring. Stephanie tells Ziggler that he is “pretty good” but not “that good.” Ziggler comes close to finding himself fired from Stephanie but Triple H intervenes with somewhat of a proposal to join their side. In turn, Ziggler insults Stephanie, catches a slap, and is offered a chance to have any match he wants at WrestleMania (with the exception of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship) provided he wins a match on Raw. Stephanie places Ziggler in a match with none other than Triple H.

Sami Zayn vs. The Miz

Sami Zayn showcases his skill-set as he takes the fight to The Miz while picking up the victory with an inadvertent assist from Kevin Owens.

Backstage: Renee Young interviews the League of Nations who challenge The New Day to a match at WrestleMania.

Brie Bella and Alicia Fox vs. Naomi and Tamina

This short match would see Naomi and Tamina pick up the victory thanks to a distraction from Lana.

Backstage: Renee Young interviews Charlotte who delivers some harsh words towards her two WrestleMania opponents, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks.

The Usos vs. Social Outcasts: Bo Dallas and Adam Rose

Quick contests here: The Usos gains a relatively easy victory.

Backstage: Mick Foley approaches Dean Ambrose who asks Ambrose “why?” in regards to his match against Brock Lesnar. The two exchange some sentiments before Foley presents Ambrose with a gift and states: “consider this a passing of the torch.” The gift turns out to be Foley’s old barbed wire baseball bat.

Triple H vs. Dolph Ziggler

Methodical match which felts slow at times but all-in-all proved to be a solid wrestling match. As expected, Triple H was victorious over Dolph Ziggler.

Post-Match: Roman Reigns returns to confront Triple H; leading to a fight mid-ring between the two WrestleMania headliners. Reigns beats Triple H all over the building; busting open “The Game” in the process.

Pre-Match: Chris Jericho takes time to belittle the fans for choosing to support A.J. Styles.

Chris Jericho vs. Neville

What could have been an excellent match ended in a quick disqualification when Chris Jericho laid his hands on the referee.

Post-Match: Chris Jericho blames the fans for his loss and encourages the crowd to chant for A.J. Styles; which brings out Styles, who takes out Jericho.

Mr. McMahon is out to address the “dream” of Shane McMahon taking over Monday Night Raw before introducing The Undertaker. McMahon informs ‘Taker: “don’t ever put your hands on me ever again.” Eventually, Shane McMahon makes his way down to the ring. Shane-O Mac tells The Undertaker that he is going to “beat him with his mind,” that he will “turn his body into a weapon,” and that he will defeat him “with his heart.” The Undertaker responds: “it still ain’t gonna be enough.” Shane calls The Undertaker a “puppet.” Shane calls The Undertaker “Vince’s B**ch” before the fight ensues. Vince eventually pushed Shane into The Undertaker as Shane is taken out. The Undertaker then runs Vince from the ring as the show concludes.

Going Forward

Triple H and Roman Reigns are still not the most interesting story heading into WrestleMania. The fans will boo if Reigns wins the title.

Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose is certainly interesting. However, one must wonder would could have been between Lesnar and Bray Wyatt?

Watching Sami Zayn on the main roster is awesome. It’s a shame Zayn will eventually fall victim to Vince McMahon and his ideals of what makes a “WWE Star.”

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