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WWE Raw TV Taping Report
April 18, 2016
Report by Paul Jacques, PWTorch reader
After the Superstars taping, WWE taped Monday night’s Raw episode…
— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) April 18, 2016
The show opened with Dean Ambrose’s “Ambrose Asylum” with guest Shane McMahon. They were interrupted by Kevin Owens, then Sami Zayn, then Chris Jericho. Shane set up Zayn vs. Owens and Jericho vs. Ambrose for Payback. Shane also set Owens vs. Ambrose for tonight’s main event and Jericho vs. Zayn right now.
(1) Chris Jericho beat Sami Zayn with an eye-rake into the Codebreaker.
There was a backstage interview with A.J. Styles. This was very quickly interrupted by Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows. They were friendly and left hugging each other.
(2) Enzo Amore & Big Cass beat The Dudleys in the semi-finals #1 contender tag tournament.
WWE World Hvt. champion Roman Reigns came out to massive boos. There were boos and “A.J. Styles” and “boring” chants. A.J. then came out. They had a back and forth until Styles left. As he was walking up the ramp, Anderson and Gallows attacked Reigns while Styles watched the Titantron. Anderson and Gallows then tapped A.J. on the shoulder as they walked past him after finishing their business.
(3) Baron Corbin beat Fandango with Dolph Ziggler on commentary. Corbin won with End of Days. Afterward, Ziggler attacked Corbin, but Corbin hit him with End of Days on the outside and left.
– Miz TV with Maryse. Cesaro was the guest. This led to New Day and League of Nations interrupting. Which led to…
(4) Cesaro & WWE tag champions New Day beat League of Nations in a six-man tag match.
WWE announced Charlotte vs. Natalya for the Women’s Title at Payback. Cue the neutralization of Ric Flair … Bret Hart will be in Nattie’s corner.
(5) Natalya & Becky Lynch & Paige & Sasha Banks beat Women’s champion Charlotte & Summer Rae & Naomi & Tamina in an eight-woman tag match. Nattie forced Charlotte to tap out to the Sharpshooter for the win.
(6) The Vaudevillians beat The Usos in the semi-finals #1 contender tag tournament.
Enzo & Big Cass vs. Vaudevillians will be the tournament finals, but it was not clear when the match will take place.
(7) Apollo Crews beat Heath Slater. The stipulation was if Slater won, then Crews had to join the Social Outcasts. That did not work out for Slater and Co.
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose was next as the main event. Owens and Crews passed each other on the ramp. Not sure if that will make TV, as Owens did not acknowledge him.
(8) Dean Ambrose beat Kevin Owens.
Not sure how much of this will be on TV. After the match, Jericho ran in to beat up Ambrose. A.J. Styles ran out for the save, which set up a dark tag match…
Dark Main Event: A.J. Styles & Dean Ambrose beat Kevin Owens & Chris Jericho.