Randy Orton rejoins the Authority after dramatic return

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Just 24 hours after the Fastlane PPV, RAW emanated from Nashville, Tennessee and was a show to remember.

The night began with Randy Orton - who returned to the ring at Fastlane to target Seth Rollins, then calling out Rollins.

Instead he was given the rest of the Authority as they pleaded him to listen to reason and attend a business meeting with the Authority to review his future.

Orton attended the meeting and would end it by shaking the hand of Rollins and seemingly re-joining the Authority.

He would then be booked into the main event and forced to team with the man he had recently resolved his issues with.


In another odd pairing, Rollins and Orton would be up against the men who fought so hard against each other at Fastlane, Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan.

Reigns and the Advocate

Midway through the show, Roman Reigns came to the ring to discuss his Fastlane victory and the future clash with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.

He was confronted by Daniel Bryan who stressed how hard he fought at Fastlane but ultimately lost and offered a show of respect to the man that beat him.

Paul Heyman came out and was also full of praise for Reigns claiming that his money ould always be on him.... Except for when he faces Lesnar.

Eventually Reigns would respond and demonstrate confidence that he will beat Lesnar at WrestleMania and not just beat him, but do it convincingly.

Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan vs Seth Rollins and Randy Orton

The main event finally came around then and as always, Kane and Big Show were at ringside in order to secure the win for the Authority.

The match was very back and forth and had the standard attempt at interference from J&j Security.

Eventually, Orton would have Reigns set up for the DDT in the ropes but Rollins would tag himself in - much to the displeasure of the Viper.

Orton would begin storming around the ring whilst Reigns would recover against Rollins and line him up for a spear.

In a mirror incident though, Bryan would tag himself in before Reigns could hit the spear and Bryan would go on to hit the running knee and pin Rollins for the win.

Reigns and Bryan laughed it off but the Authority continued to disintegrate when there was a technical glitch.

When the feed came back Orton was in the ring and Rollins was only just getting to this feet.

Perhaps quite anti-climatically Orton simply helped Rollins to his feet and walked away as RAW went off the air.

Tyson Kidd and Cesaro vs The Usos (Tag Team Championship match)

After their loss at Fastlane, the Usos wasted no time in employing their rematch clause with Tyson Kidd and Cesaro.

 If Fastlane was impressive for the makeshift team, tonight was the opposite as the Usos looked very dominant.

Kidd would eventually go in for the pin however and use the ropes to gain the advantage prompting Jimmy Uso's wife Naomi to knock his foot off the rope.

Natalya would then take down Naomi and proceed to push one of the Usos off of the top rope causing the disqualification and allowing Kidd and Cesaro to retain their titles.

Dolph Ziggler vs Bad News Barrett

A bad week got worse for BNB after losing to R-Truth on Smackdown and then having his Intercontinental championship belt stolen at Fastlane by Dean Ambrose.

Barrett would then lose to Ziggler in what was a good match but would have a memorable post-match march.

Dean Ambrose would come out flaunting the belt and shoulder barge past Ziggler and shoot an evil eye to R-Truth on commentary.

The events led Twitter to spark with rumours of a fatal 4 way at WrestleMania for the Intercontinental championship.

John Cena and Rusev

Following his submission defeat to Rusev at Fastlane, John Cena came out to give a speech about how he was genuinely beaten.

He was joined by Rusev and Lana who gave an anti-American speech in which they rubbed the loss in John Cena's face.

Cena would give an impassioned speech regarding the US armed forces and challenge Rusev to a rematch at WrestleMania.

Rusev would decline and the Russian flag would descend as he leaves the arena followed by Cena.

Bray Wyatt's next message

After his stunt at Fastlane in which Bray Wyatt imitated the Undertaker's entrance, he cut another creepy video promo aimed at the phenom.

Stood next to the casket, Wyatt was asking if the Undertaker would even show up at WrestleMania and finished with the usual 'find me' quote.

The Ascension vs the Prime Time Players

In their official return, the Prime Time Players got a huge win against the Ascension who suffered their first loss since moving to the main roster.

After the match the Ascension would attack the Prime Time Players after they forced their 100% record to die.

Paige and Emma vs The Bella Twins

Paige teamed up with her friend Emma to take on Nikki and Brie Bella in what proved to be a very short match.

Brie would attack Paige and as Emma tried to see if she was ok, she would get attacked by Brie and suffer the loss.

After the match, Paige would attack Brie before being ambushed herself by Nikki Bella.

Jack Swagger vs Stardust

In what would prove to be a historic night, Jack Swagger got his first win on Monday Night RAW since October.

He took on Stardust who was in control until Goldust came to the stage and caused the distraction which let Swagger get the patriot lock engaged and force Stardust to tap out.

Curtis Axel vs Ryback

After Curtis Axel mentioned that he had now been in the Royal Rumble for over 29 days, he was confronted by his former tag team partner.

The two would go head to head in a very short match where Axel would try to run his mouth then suffer a meathook clothesline before suffering shellshocked to lose to his former partner.

video highlights:

The Authority host a business meeting

Seth Rollins and Randy Orton vs Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan:

Paul Heyman confronts Roman Reigns

John Cena challenges Rusev

Bray Wyatt targets the Undertaker

Cesaro and Tyson Kidd vs the Usos (Tag Team title match)

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