We see Dolph Ziggler and Ryback walking in the back because they will be in a tag team match when we come back, and Dolph has a ‘Lil Guy’ weight belt with him.
Ryback and Dolph Ziggler appear in the Goldman Box and Ziggler says that since they stood up to the Authority, they have been targets for Stephanie and Triple H. Ryback says they can continue to throw it at them because they aren’t going anywhere. Ziggler says Goldust and Stardust say it is too bad that they are too good. Ryback wants to have them fed more.
Goldust and Stardust vs. Dolph Ziggler and Ryback
Stardust and Ryback start things off and they lock up. Ryback with a side head lock but Stardust with forearms. Ryback with a shoulder tackle. Ryback catches Stardust on a leap frog attempt and he tags in Ziggler. Ryback with a reverse atomic drop and Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall. Ziggler with a wrist lock and he works on the arm. Ziggler does what the Miz won’t and he tags in his partner.
Ryback with a slam and he goes to the turnbuckles for the belly flop but Ryback was under the ropes so the referee does not make the count. Ziggler tags back in and they hit a double back elbow and then they strut and Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop and Ryback with a splash for a near fall. Stardust goes to the floor and Goldust talks to him. Goldust chokes Ryback in the ropes and he has Ryback in a front face lock. Stardust makes the blind tag and Goldust with a sunset flip and Stardust stomps on the head. Stardust gets a near fall. Goldust tags in and he applies a front face lock. Ryback with punches but Goldust with a knee. Goldust with a Irish whip but he gives Stardust a forearm. Ryback back drops Goldust over the top rope to the floor.
Stardust tags back in and he goes up top but he is met with a punch to the midsection and both men are down. Ziggler tags in and he clotheslines Stardust and hits a Stinger Splash in the corner followed by a neck breaker. He knocks Goldust off the apron and then he hits a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt. Ziggler misses a Fameasser but he does not miss the Hesitation DDT but he can only get a near fall.
Ziggler tries for the Zig Zag but Stardust holds the ropes and then Stardust hits a double jump drop kick. Goldust calls Stardust ‘Cody’ and Stardust tags in Goldust and he leaves the ring and heads to the back. Goldust doesn’t know what the problem is and that allows Ziggler to hit a super kick and he tags in Ryback. Ryback picks up Goldust for the marching muscle buster and he gets the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler and Ryback
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The Authority tried to get John Cena to do something he never did before, give up. They put him in lopsided matches. You might think that plan is working, but no matter how tall the mountain, he will never give up. We see the footage from two weeks ago when John Cena pinned Seth Rollins because he was spooked by a shot of the Vigilante Sting on the TitanTron and on the stage. For the first time ever on Raw, the WWE Universe got to see Sting. John says he owes Sting a heartfelt thank you because they are officially welcoming Ryback, Erick Rowan, and Dolph Ziggler back to Raw. John says that these three men are proof that the Authority can be beat. If Rusev is the next road block, he will prove that Rusev can be beat.
Stephanie appears on the TitanTron and she says she does not mean to interrupt. Dolph asks Stephanie if she is tired of seeing them overcoming obstacles. Stephanie says that everyone has been fighting Dolph’s fights. Dolph will face Bray Wyatt tonight. Rowan will be facing the man John Cena is about to become very familiar with, Rusev.
Dolph Ziggler versus Bray Wyatt
They start off and Wyatt sends Ziggler into the corner. They exchange punches until Wyatt sends Ziggler to the mat. Wyatt with a kick to the head. Wyatt with a forearm to the back but Ziggler punches back. Ziggler runs into a back elbow. Wyatt stomps on Ziggler’s hand but Ziggler with a drop kick and forearms. Ziggler has Wyatt in the ropes and the referee separates Ziggler from Wyatt. Wyatt with a punch and then he chokes Ziggler in the ropes. The referee warns Wyatt of his count. Wyatt with a belly-to-back suplex attempt but Ziggler lands on his feet and hits a drop kick. Ziggler goes for the Fameasser but Wyatt moves and goes to the floor. Ziggler goes for the leg and Wyatt blocks him. Ziggler with a side head lock but Wyatt gets to the ropes. Wyatt with an uppercut and head butt followed by a back senton. Wyatt goes for the neck and applies a nerve hold. Ziggler gets back to his feet but Wyatt with a shot to the back. Ziggler with a back elbow and drop kick. Wyatt rolls to the floor. Wyatt drops Ziggler on the middle rope and then Wyatt grabs Ziggler and suplexes him to the floor.
We go to commercial while the referee checks on Ziggler’s neck and shoulder. We are back and Wyatt with a reverse chin lock on Ziggler. Ziggler with punches but Wyatt with a flying forearm and he gets a near fall. Wyatt returns to the reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a jawbreaker and then he connects with an uppercut to Wyatt in the corner. Wyatt charges into the corner and Ziggler moves. Wyatt hits the ring post shoulder first. Wyatt misses the back senton when Ziggler moves.
Both men get up at seven and Ziggler with a flying clothesline and splash into the corner followed by a neck breaker. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Wyatt with a clothesline. Ziggler with the hesitation DDT but he can only get a near fall. Wyatt with two splashes into the corner and then Wyatt leans back to look at the referee checking on Ziggler. Wyatt sets for Sister Abigail but Ziggler with a kick and he misses the Fameasser but Ziggler with a super kick to the head and he gets a near fall. Ziggler punches Wyatt but Wyatt punches back. Ziggler with punches but Wyatt with a clubbing blow to the neck. Ziggler with a kick and Fameasser but Wyatt with Sister Abigail for the three count.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Seth Rollins comes out and he has something to say as he is accompanied by Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble. Seth says he told everyone and at the Royal Rumble he proved once again how good he really is. He was one second away from pinning John Cena and becoming the new WWE World Champion. You what is more impressive than that? He stuck a dagger into the heart of the beast incarnate, he broke Brock Lensar’s rib. John Cena and Undertaker cannot say that. While he does not have the title leaving Philly, he has the future firm in his reach.
Seth says he is here to make an open challenge to anybody in this entire building who has the guts to think they are half the man that he is. He wants them to come out and test him. No one has the guts . . .
Ryback comes out. Joey and Jamie go after Ryback but Ryback pushes him away and then Rollins with a drop kick and it is a three on one attack. Erick Rowan comes out and he takes care of Mercury and Noble, but Rollins kicks Rowan off the apron. Rollins continues the attack on Ryback.
Dolph Ziggler comes to the ring but Rollins sends Ziggler into the announce table. Ryback gets Rollins up for the musclebuster but Rollins escapes. Rowan stops Mercury and Noble from escaping but Rollins helps Mercury and Noble escape.
Royal Rumble Match
Entrant #30 is: Dolph Ziggler. Show grabs Ziggler but Ziggler with super kicks to Show and Kane. Ziggler with a double hesitation DDT to Kane and Show. Barrett is sent to the apron and Ziggler super kicks him off the apron to eliminate him. Cesaro with the Giant Swing to Ziggler and then he clotheslines Ziggler onto the apron.
Ziggler pulls Cesaro onto the apron but Cesaro with a knee. Cesaro with a punch but Ziggler with super kicks and Cesaro is eliminated. Kane sends Ziggler to the apron and Ziggler drops Kane on the top rope. Ziggler goes up top and Show punches Ziggler. Kane and Show pick up Ziggler and toss him over the top rope to the floor. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail on Kane but Show with a knock out punch and Show picks up Wyatt and Show and Kane eliminate Wyatt.
Winner: Roman Reigns