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By Richard Trionfo on 2016-05-01 22:55:00


Eden Stiles is in the ring and she introduces Vince McMahon.

Before Vince can start, the Chicago fans chant for people who are no longer with the company who might live in Chicago.

Vince says Raw is the longest running weekly episodic show and there have almost been 1,200 shows.  Raw has been successful because it has been able to change and reinvent itself over time.  Vince wants the crowd to get into it with their chants.

Vince says that Raw has been able to morph over the years because they have reinvented the show.  There have been different eras of Raw.  One of his favorite times was the Attitude Era.  There is a new era.  A show taht has a terrific set of ethics and business acumen.  Someone with a vision of where they are going to go.  This person needs to be more than a great businessperson, they need to be a person of ethics.  Who should run Raw?  Should it be his son Shane . . . or his daughter Stephanie?

Vince brings out Stephanie McMahon and she hugs her father Vince.

Stephanie blushes at her father Vince's comments.  Stephanie thanks everyone for their outpouring of support after Roman Reigns speared her at Wrestlemania.  Vince tells everyone to shut up and show Stephanie respect.  He calls them animals.

Stephanie says it is okay.  She does not want their support or compassion or sympathy.  She would rather have respect.  Under their leadership we saw the greatest Wrestlemania.  We saw the Divas Revoultion.  We saw the debut of the Shield, Kevin Owens, The New Day, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Charlotte, and AJ Styles.  The biggest accomplishment was the launch of the WWE Network.  Taken from a germ of an idea into 1.8 million subscribers.  You may not agree with all of her decisions and she might not be the most popular candidate, but everything she did was best for business.

Shane thinks he can run Raw because he is a man.  The myopic viewpoint will hurt Raw.  Remember that Shane walked away from Raw for seven years.  Is that a leader?  What will make him leave again?  Shane lost to the Undertaker.  She says that leap off the Hell in a Cell was stupidity.

Remember that Shane blackmailed you.  He stabbed you in the back and spit in your face.  How can someone who lacks intelligence and integrity run Raw.

There is only one choice . . . HER

Shane McMahon shuffles his way to the ring.

Stephanie says the crowd reacts to Shane's pandering.

Shane says he normally wouldn't come out here to talk about himself, but since they are vying to determine who will control Raw.

Shane asks how many headlines have you received about how good a job you are doing running Raw.  Shane points out a few recent ones that appear on the TitanTron.

Shane mentions the WWE Network.  It was the brainchild of you, but about 18,000 of the 1.8 million subscribers are here tonight.  The people who can take credit for that are the subscribers.  There was a jump around Wrestlemania 32.  It was an amazing event.  There was one match everyone was extra interested in.  Shane says one person in that match is standing in this ring.

Stephanie says that Shane's humility is inspiring. 

Shane says he left because his voice was not being heard.  That led to differences between himself and the chairman.  It left a void that Stephanie and her husband filled.  The direction the company was going to take was replaced with Stephanie and Hunter's vanity.  This poison spread all over the company and you almost burnt this thing to the crowd.  He is insuring the future for his kids as well as Stephanie's kids.  That is why he returned.

Shane tells Vince to listen to the people because they speak for him.  Shane wants the people to show their support for him or Stephanie.

Vince says that Stephanie makes a lot of good points.  Stephanie says that Shane is more likeable but running a good business is not for a likeable person.

Vince says that Shane shouldn't be here but he showed humility after losing at Wrestlemania.  You did a better job than he thought Shane would do.

Vince says he does not listen to anyone but him.  Vince says this is about what he wants.

Vince says he wants blood (figuratively).  He wants to see each of them slit each other's throats.  He wants to see them disembowel each other.  Maybe we will see a collaborative effort.  He says that you are both going to run Raw so go figure it out.

Vince leaves the ring.

Shane offers his hand and Stephanie shakes it.  It will be a collaboration of Honor.

We go back to the Kickoff Show Panel for their thoughts on what has happened tonight.

Jerry says the handshake might have been the icing, but he does not see it working out.  What will happen?  Your guess is as good as his.
Corey talks about Kevin Owens vanquishing Sami Zayn and then Zayn costing Cesaro the Intercontinental Title.

Booker says that Dean Ambrose earned respect tonight.

We see highlights from the Kickoff Show Matches.

It is time to talk about Camp WWE, which will debut after Payback.

Michael mentions that while Camp WWE will be TV-MA, most of the network programming will remain TV-PG.

Michael has an update on the condition of Enzo Amore.  Enzo is still at the hospital.  He suffered a concussion.  All other tests have come back negative.

Match Number Six:  WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match:  Roman Reigns versus AJ Styles

They lock up and Reigns pushes AJ into the corner.  Styles with a side head lock.  Reigns goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Styles lands on his feet and kicks Reigns.  Styles with kicks to the leg and he works on the arm with an arm bar.  Reigns with a back drop but Styles with an arm drag that sends Reigns to the floor.  Reigns returns to the ring.  Reigns sends Styles into the corner and Styles escapes and he connects with a forearm.  Styles goes to the floor and he tells Reigns to come out after him.  Reigns goes tot he floor and Styles returns and he kicks Reigns.  Styles wtih forearms and Reigns with a shoulder tackle that sends Styles to the floor.  

Styles gets back into the ring and AJ kicks Reigns in the leg.  Reigns with a forearm to the back.  Styles with a kick and forearm.  Styles with a waist lock but Reigns with an elbow.  Reigns with a clothesline that flips Styles.  Reigns wtih a rollup into a one arm power bomb.  Reigns with a sit out power bomb for a near fall.  Reigns sets for the Superman punch but Styles with an enzuigiri.  Styles with forearms and a clothesline followed by a snap mare and sliding forearm for a near fall.  Styles hits the Ushigoroshi for a near fall.  Styles wtih a chop and then he gets sent to the apron.  Styles with a foraerm and Reigns catches Styles off the ropes.  Reigns gets Styles on his shoulders but Styles with elbows.  Styles with the Calf Crusher but Reigns is able to get to the ropes.  

Styles with a forearm to knock Reigns off the apron.  Styles sets for a springboard move and hits the Phenomenal Forearm and the table explodes.  Styles gets to his feet first and he drags Reigns to the ring and Styles gets in at nine but Reigns stays on the floor.

Winner:  AJ Styles (by countout)

After the match, Shane McMahon comes out and he says that may have been how things ended in the old era.  That is not how a championship match will be defined in the new era.  The match will be restarted wtih No Countouts.

Match Number Six Part Two: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match:  Roman Reigns versus AJ Styles (in a No Count Out Match)

Styles rolls Reigns back in and Styles goes up top.  Reigns with a jaw breaker.  Styles with forearms and a back fist followed by a Pele Kick.  Styles goes up top for a 450 splash but Reigns gets his knees up and Reigns gets a near fall.  Styles with a springboard move but Reigns knees Styles in the ding ding area.

Winner:  AJ Styles (by disqualification)

After the match, Stephanie McMahon comes out and says that this is a new era and matches will not end in disqualification.

Match Number Six Part Three: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match:  Roman Reigns versus AJ Styles (in a No Count Out or No Disqualification Match)

Styles with forearms and Reigns puts Styles on the turnbuckles and connects with an uppercut and Styles falls to the floor.  Reigns sends Styles into the announce table and then connects with a running boot.  Styles is sent into the crowd and Reigns follows.  Styles with a flying clothesline to Reigns and Reigns hits his head on the announce table.  Styles with a knee to the back.  Styles rolls Reigns back into the ring and sets for the Phenomenal forearm but Reigns with a Superman punch and Styles kicks out.  Reigns with another Superman Punch and Reigns sets for the spear but Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson pull Styles from the ring.

Reigns goes after Gallows and Anderson and they fight off Reigns.  Anderson with the Boot of Doom and then Gallows and Anderson leave the ring.

Styles recovers and he sees that Reigns is down.

Styles sets for the Phenomenal Forearm and he connects but Reigns gets his foot on the rope at the last moment.  

The Usos come out and they go after Anderson and Gallows and they brawl at ringside.  

Styles goes up top and Reigns press slams Styles onto Gallows, Anderson, Jimmy, and Jey.

Reigns with a plancha onto everyone but Styles.  Styles with a forearm off the ringside barrier.  Styles picks up Reigns and rolls him into the ring.  Styles hits the springboard 450 splash but Reigns kicks out.  Styles tries for the Styles Clash but Reigns counters into a back body drop that sends Styles to the apron.  Styles drops Reigns on the apron and then goes for a springboard move and Reigns avoids it.  Reigns with a spear for the three count.

Winner:  Roman Reigns

Vince is in the back with Stephanie and Shane.  He says it was a great match.  Vince liked Shane for restarting the match, but he liked that Stephanie one upped it with the No Disqualification.

Vince asks if AJ should have a rematch.  

Stephanie mentions that it should be at Extreme Rules.  Shane says it should be an Extreme Rules match.

Stephanie says she fully supports Shane's decision and she leaves.

We go to credits.

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