WWE RAW 3.7.16: News & Notes

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-Sami Zayn made his return/re-debut on RAW. After Kevin Owens defeated Neville, Owens went on the attack. He went to powerbomb Neville on the outside, but Sami Zayn came out to make the save. Owens and Zayn brawled in the ring before Zayn sent Owens out of the ring.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Finally Getting A Proper Divas Revolution

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See what happens when you stick to the basics of wrestling? Back in early September, I wrote about how the WWE had botched the Divas Revolution. Instead of letting things develop naturally, the WWE forced teams down our throats. They booked the start of the Divas Revolution as groups of girls fighting each other in high school rather then making it about wrestling. There were a handful of problems with the booking early on. And lets not forget the classic “wins, losses, who cares” line from Nikki Bella. Oh, and how much involvement has Stephanie McMahon had since “starting” the Divas Revolution?

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2016 WWE Fastlane Results

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Justin C here. I’ll be bringing you the results of Fastlane here as they happen.

Kalisto defeats Alberto del Rio in a Two Out Of Three Falls Match To Retain The United States Championship

-Good opener. Definitely better than their Royal Rumble match. Del Rio won the first fall via DQ. The announcers questioned why Del Rio did that which they should have known. To win the second fall, Del Rio hit a quick version of his double stomp which looked better than his normal one. Del Rio hit another one on the outside, where Kalisto’s head hit the floor rather hard. Kalisto won the Third Fall with a roll up. The finish was a bit clunky because as I said, Kalisto might have a concussion. But it was good match that was a definite improvement over the Royal Rumble.

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2016 WWE Fastlane Preview & Predictions

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OFFICIAL MATCH CARD:

2 Out of 3 Falls for the United States Championship:

Kalisto (c) vs Alberto Del Rio

Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks vs Naomi & Tamina

The Wyatt Family vs Kane, Ryback and The Big Show

Divas Championship Match:

Charlotte w/Ric Flair (c) vs Brie Bella

Intercontinental Championship Match:

Kevin Owens (c) vs Dolph Ziggler

Chris Jericho vs AJ Styles

#1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match for a WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania 32:

Dean Ambrose vs Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar

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10 Thoughts… WWE RAW 2.15.16 (Fastlane, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles)

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1. Now that’s an exciting way to kick off RAW. I was wondering what path the Intercontinental title was going to take now that Dean Ambrose is in the main event picture and by putting the title on the line on the RAW before Fastlane I believe it gives fans MORE faith in an Ambrose title win on Sunday since he won’t be “weighed down” by also being the IC champion. Go ahead, name all of the other secondary champions that won the “big one” at the same time as holding the Intercontinental or United States Championship not named the Ultimate Warrior. I’ll wait.

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O’Brien’s Opinion: Daniel Bryan’s Career & Legacy

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It’s been exactly a week since everyone’s favorite beard Daniel Bryan announced his retirement on Twitter and later on Monday Night RAW. The circumstance around his retirement were frightening (to put it lightly) and it appears as if the “American Dragon” called it quits before his health or even his life could have been placed in jeopardy.

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Nikki Bella To Undergo Neck Surgery This Week

As first reported by E! Online, Nikki Bella is set to undergo neck surgery this week. We have rarely seen Nikki on TV in recent weeks. We saw her at the Slammy Awards accepting the Diva of the Year Award. But Nikki has not wrestled on TV since late October. In an interview with WWE.com, Nikki opened up about her injury.

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Positively Pro-Wrestling: Seth’s On Top, Women Are Wrestling & NXT Is N-X-T!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to sit down and put some positivity down on virtual paper. But believe me when I say that is NOT because of the lack of positive action in the world of pro-wrestling. Now I don’t delude myself in thinking everything is all sunshine and rainbows but there truly is a lot to be excited about in wrestling today. As the leaves begin turn and the weather gets colder, let’s take a look at a few things to be excited for during the fall season.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: How The WWE Botched A Divas Revolution

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When I first started writing about pro wrestling a few years ago, I never would have thought I’d write a full column dedicated to women’s wrestling. Unless I was writing a career retrospect on Trish Stratus, Lita or Mickie James. But women’s wrestling has never been a focal point in the WWE. It has always been a secondary thought. Even when RAW moved to three hours, it never received more than ten minutes of TV time.

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