Money in the Bank has come and gone, and we have a NEW Raw Women’s Champion! But it’s not who you think. Rowdy Ronda and Nia Jax both got robbed by the Goddess, Alexa Bliss, via the Ms. MITB contract! The Five Foot Fury is Five Time Champion, but will she have two big problems standing in the way of her reign?
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- WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre; Ziggler wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Bobby Roode VS Curt Hawkins; Roode wins.
- The Deleters of Worlds VS Heath Slater & Rhyno; The Deleters of Worlds win.
- Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable; Mahal wins.
- Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan; The Riott Squad wins.
- Roman Reigns & Bobby Lashley VS The Revival; Reigns & Lashley win.
- No Way Jose VS Mojo Rawley; Mojo wins.
- Finn Balor & Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin; Kevin & Corbin win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw reviews the super match up of Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey.
The Irresistible Force showed the Baddest Woman on the Planet what it’s really like in a wrestling ring. But then Ronda turned things around and adjusted to her environment. Ronda was just moments away from making Nia tap, when the new Ms. Money n the Bank appeared! And Oh My Goddess, Alexa Bliss disqualified the match and then cashed-in in the biggest way possible! When the dust settled, your NEW Raw Women’s Champion was Alexa. She got her revenge on Nia at Ronda’s expense, will they go for revenge on her?
Kurt Angle is already in the ring.
The Olympic Gold Medalist is proud that the MITB contracts both went to Raw! So please welcome the woman who cashed in on the same night, Alexa Bliss! The Goddess appears, and Angle lets her have her championship presentation. She picks up her title belt and holds it high while fans are a mix of boos and cheers.
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
Nia Jax is doing rehab right now, but wants to use her rematch clause at Extreme Rules. Alexa isn’t getting to gloat about last night? She isn’t getting to thank everyone watching around the world? She does thank us for this opportunity. Fans say “You Deserve It!” Yes, Alexa gets to rub it in! But then fans chant “We Want Ronda!” No, Alexa showed everyone what it’s like to beat bullies like Nia and Ronda when she shocked the world with that cash in! No more Irresistible Force or Baddest Woman, “it’s just about me.” She is the three-time Raw Women’s Champion! But speaking of Ronda, here she comes!
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
Ronda is making a straight line for the ring, and Alexa panics. Angle holds Ronda back, and Alexa tells her to calm down. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Alexa thought Ronda was going to be doing therapy, too. Or is she here to show off those welts from the case hitting her? Does it still hurt? Poor baby. Or maybe Ronda is here to learn another lesson? Because she doesn’t seem to get the difference between UFC and WWE. What Alexa did last night, was perfectly legal in the realm of pro-wrestling. But it’s not all bad, Ronda. Ronda was truly seconds away from victory, she could just taste the title. But we’ll never know now. The fans are on Ronda’s side, though.
Alexa gets it now! Ronda couldn’t stand the fact that the headlines weren’t about her. ESPN did an interview with Alexa! Everyone talked to Alexa, because she’s champion, and Ronda is… “irrelevant.” And if Ronda wants her shot, get to the back of the line, “you over-hyped rookie!”Ronda rushes past Angle and hits Alexa! She throws furious hands, but Angle pulls her away, only to get thrown. Alexa swings the briefcase, but Ronda dodges to then body shot Alexa. Rondua SMACKS Alexa with the case! And again! And again, and again, until ANgle pulls her back. She samcks Angle!! Referees rush the ring, and raging Rowdy Ronda wrecks the refs! Alexa is still vulnerable, but Ronda shows no mercy. She gut wrenches and powerbombs Alexa on the table!
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
Ronda tells the “little” champ that’s just the beginning, and fans are loving it. But Ronda still did more than she should have in all that. What will the consequences be for the UFC hall-of-fame inductee?
Ronda argues with Angle backstage.
She is pissed over this condescending attitude! Everyone needs to stop saying “this isn’t the UFC” and stuff. She understands that. Apparently she doesn’t, because Angle is at a loss for words. She has to be suspended for 30 days, and might have ruined her chances of ever being champion. He apologizes, but asks she get her things and leave. Ronda storms off, but will she cool off or only heat up more?
Backstage interview with Ronda.
Ronda storms past Renee, but then stops to say, “Kurt can suspend me for 30 days, but save your good lucks for Alexa.” Ronda will be back after 30 days, and champion or not, she’s kicking Alexa’s “pink-haired ass.”
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
The Architect is still Intercontinental Champion after taking on and defeating The Drifter, Elias! Rollins loves how hot it is tonight, and feels it needs to keep going. Elias took him to his limits, but Rollins is still standing! Grand Rapids hopes he’ll “Burn It Down!” again. Rollins is a fighting champion, after all, so how about having an Intercontinental Open Challenge? Who has the guts to take on The Man?!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS…
It’s Dolph Ziggler! A former Intercontinental Champion in his own career, the Show-Off wants to steal the show. But wait, Drew McIntyre appears, too!? The Scottish Stud is Ziggler’s tag team partner, and another former Intercontinental Champion.
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
Both these men are dangerously aggressive, and fresh from having no matches last night. They both walk to the ring, but Ziggler enters, giving us our challenger.
The belt is raised, the bell rings, and we begin. Ziggler kicks first, but Rollins denies the early ZigZag. Ziggler dodges the early Curb Stomp, then bails out to regroup with McIntyre. It’s already tense in this match up while we go to break.
Raw returns and Rollins throws Ziggler back into the ring. Rollins fights off Ziggler, then springboards, but into a dropkick! He hits the floor and McIntyre kneels nearby, almost mockingly. Ziggler gets up and fetches Rollins, throwing hands to stagger the champ. He puts Rollins in the ring, but fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins and Ziggler brawl, but Ziggler kicks him down. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler stalks Rollins to the ropes. He brings Rollins up for the neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Ziggler drops elbows. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps on Rollins with a chinbar. Ziggler shifts to a chinlock, but Rollins stands, only for Ziggler to throw him down by his hair.
Fans boo but Ziggler embraces the heat. Ziggler chokes Rollins on the ropes, then bends him back against them. He lets go at 4, but he’s toying with Rollins at this point. Ziggler brings Rollins up but Rollins hits back with haymakers. Rollins throws more hands, whips, but Ziggler reverses hard! Cover, TWO, so it’s back to a chinlock. Ziggler also hooks a leg to keep Rollins grounded for the grind. Fans rally and Rollins gets up, but Ziggler brings him back down. Ziggler grins, but Rollins feeds off the fan energy. Rollins gets up, reaches for ropes, then jawbreakers out of the hold. Rollins kicks and suplexes, but Ziggler slips out. The dropkick is caught, into a catapult! Ziggler hits buckle and post!
Ziggler slumps back down while Rollins crawls away. McIntyre coaches Ziggler up, but Rollins stands first. Rollins chops Ziggler, then throws hands. Ziggler kicks back, then whips, but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins rallies with back elbows, then whips, but Ziggler reverses. Slingblade form Rollins! Then he clotheslines Ziggler out! The Architect fires up, he builds speed, and DIVES!
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
Direct hit with the tope suicida! Grand Rapids is fired up for Rollins as he puts Ziggler in the ring. Rollins aims again, springboards, and hits the flying clothesline. Cover, TWO! The champion is back in control but we go to break.
Raw returns again and both men are slow to standing. Ziggler runs in and hits a splash, then turns Rollins. Rollins counters to a backslide, TWO. Rollins goes for a bomb but Ziggler sunset flips, TWO. Ziggler swings, but into the Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is furious and coaches Ziggler up, but both men are slowly stirring. Rollins sits up first, and gets himself to a corner. Fans rally up as he stands, and Rollins even stares McIntyre down. Rollins stomps, “Burn It Down!” Rollins mule kicks, then runs, but Ziggler avoids the stomp. Ziggler kicks low, Famouser! Cover, TWO! And so close, too!
Both men are down again, but “This is Awesome!” Ziggler gets to ropes and drags himself up, but Rollins also sits up. Ziggler gets to a corner, and he decides to stomp for his own tune-up. Rollins slowly stands, Ziggler runs in, but into Rollins’ SUPERKICK!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 19, 2018
Another SUPERKICK, then cover, TWO!! Rollins is shocked, but he positions Ziggler before climbing up. Rollins reaches the top slowly, then takes aim, Frog Splash FLOPS! Ziggler rolls out just in time, and gets himself up on the apron. Ziggler climbs, but Rollins stands up to stop him. Rollins headbutts Ziggler then climbs up to join him. Rollins brings Ziggler up, but Ziggler fights him. They brawl and Ziggler sends Rollins down. Ziggler adjusts, but Rollins returns, only to get sent down again.
Ziggler tries again, crossbody! Roll through from Rollins into a buckle bomb! Then, mule kick, but McIntyre distracts. Ziggler rolls, TWO, and Ziggler almost hits McIntyre. Rollins rolls, TWO, Ziggler rolls with tights! ZIGGLER WINS!!
WInner: Ziggler, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
The Show-Off stole the title! Ziggler is now a six time IC Champ, and mocks Rollins’ celebration style. Ziggler outsmarted the Architect, but Rollins protests. McIntyre strikes! McIntyre rains down rights and Ziggler adds stomps. They bring Rollins up, for the Claymore ZigZag!! The Man is no longer the champ, but will he get payback on the show stealers?
Backstage interview with Ziggler & McIntyre.
Breaking news: Monday Night Rollins has been cancelled! Cry online, write blogs about it, but there’s no reboot coming. “This right here, this is our show now.” They told everyone that this is just the beginning. This will be the first of many titles. And unlike former champions, they won’t become soft. Everyone’s talked with their catchphrases like Burn it Down or “My Yard”. But there’s a major difference between all of them, and these two. When these two say something, they mean it.
Bobby Roode VS Curt Hawkins!
The GLORIOUS One may not be Mr. MITB, but he doesn’t seem in too bad a mood, even after a Super Coup de Grace from Finn Balor. He must also be in a great mood when he sees his opponent is Mr. 203 Losses and counting.
The bell rings, and Hawkins hits Roode in those bad ribs. Hawkins puts Roode into a backslide, TWO! Roode avoids being Hawkins’ first, then he gives a SPINEBUSTER to Hawkins! Roode winds it up… GLORIOUS Pose! Kick, GLORIOUS DDT! Cover, Roode wins!
Winner: Roode, by pinfall
That was not just GLORIOUS, that was fast. Hawkins goes down to 204, but it gave Roode momentum back up. Will Roode find his way back to a title in the coming days?
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
Mr. Money in the Bank? How about MONSTER in the Bank?
Braun Strowman had the seven other superstars going after him, but he would eventually dispose of them all. In a truly earthshaking performance, Strowman wins his first MITB Ladder Match, and is now armed with that championship contract.
Braun Strowman heads to the ring!
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
The Monster Among Men brings his MITB briefcase with him, and says, “I’ve smashed tables and broken ladders. I flipped an ambulance over with my bare hands! I won a giant trophy in Saudi Arabia by tossing around grown men like beanbags!” He even played the cello. But as great as all that was, this contract is the greatest. STrowman stepped in the ring with seven other men, and he stomped and smashed and still snatched the contract. All Lesnar has to do is show his face, and Strowman cashes in to become the NEW Universal Champion! The Beast is gonna #GetTheseHands! But the Prizefighter comes out instead.
Kevin Owens is somehow in Grand Rapids, and is somehow walking after being tossed from a 20 foot ladder. Strowman himself is surprised to see Kevin again after that. Kevin admits he probably shouldn’t be here, because it hurts just to breathe. But Kevin has to be here. Not to steal spotlight or get revenge, not that he could. Kevin just wants to be the first man to congratulate him. Strowman does deserve it. Fans pick up the chant, “You Deserve It!”
Kevin continues to say that he knew Strowman was gonna win. Strowman knew Kevin knew, because Kevin tried to rally the others against Strowman. No one listened, and so Kevin just hopes Strowman listens. Strowman did what he said he would, and now he’s #MonsterInTheBank. But now Strowman has this great opportunity, but he needs to be smart. That’s where Kevin comes in. They have more in common than people think. Strowman and Kevin are both seen as hot-headed when they’re good-hearted. Who watches their backs, really? Strowman doesn’t’ really need anyone, but his life has changed now. Who can Strowman count on? At Wrestlemania, when Strowman needed a partner, he picked some kid! As for Kevin, his best friend Sami Zayn is now hurt by Bobby Lashley. That leaves them both all alone, in need of friends.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 19, 2018
Maybe “friend” is too strong of a word? They don’t get along, that’s fine. But maybe they can still help each other, or even use each other. Kevin does something for Strowman, Strowman does something for him. Kevin knows what it is it be Universal Champion. So maybe after Strowman cashes in to become champion, he gives Kevin a match. They can team up, Monster & Man! Kevin doesn’t want to #GetTheseHands, he just wants to #ShakeYourHand. Strowman hears the fans in support of this, so Strowman accepts the handshake. But he doesn’t let go. And Kevin knows what’s next. Strowman pulls Kevin in close, and scoops him! Kevin slips away and then retreats. Will The Monster be fine on his own? Or will Kevin be proven right when it comes to hunting The Beast?
Bayley sits with Sasha Banks.
Bayley feels bad for Sasha. She was rooting for her, y’know. Sasha thanks her for that. But now they can stop. Stop what? Sasha is milling over the match over and over, surprisingly not on her phone. Well, she was. Sasha and Bayley both want to be the best, but sulking won’t help. Bayley doesn’t understand. She doesn’t? The Riott Squad humiliated her, but she’s back up and ready to fight. She knows things haven’t been great between them, but she doesn’t want anyone else as a tag team partner. This is a new start for both of them. Sasha and Bayley shake hands. Can the friends reunite to turn away the raucous Riott Squad?
The Deleters of Worlds VS Heath Slater & Rhyno!
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
The WOKEN Fireflies are out, as Hardy & Wyatt head to the ring for competition~! They take on the original SmackDown Tag Team Champions in a non-title match. Will the ManBeast and the Father of Many Children be DELETED so soon after the Day of Celebration for Fathers?
But wait, who is that laughing upon the titantron? It is a WOKEN Curt Axel! The B Team will DELETE you~! And Bo Wyatt joins in, “Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt… We are destined to dance in the shadows.” Beyond space and time, and do all sorts of weird things that you won’t like. Weird things like… Well forget this, the “undefeated” B Team is coming for the titles. Wait! That would be WONDERFUL~! Stop it, Axel. “We’re the B Team. RUN!”
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 19, 2018
Um… The camera is still on. Just, slide out of frame…
But that weird weirdness aside, the bell rings! Slater & Rhyno go right at Hardy & Wyatt! Rhyno rams shoulders into Wyatt, then tackles him down. Cover, TWO, so Rhyno puts Wyatt in a corner. Wyatt boots Rhyno, then tags Hardy. Hardy throws DELETE forearms and then DELETE buckle bumps. Hardy puts Rhyno down in the corner, then calls for teh Twist. He kicks, but Rhyno powers out. Slater takes a forearm but Rhyno runs Hardy over. Rhyno tags in Slater, Slater and Rhyno double whip. They double elbow Hardy, then Slater throws hands. Slater drops a knee, covers, TWO.
Slater keeps on Hardy, then tags in Rhyno. Rhyno throws hands, then headbutts Hardy down. HE brings Hardy up, but Hardy hits back. hardy jawbreakers, but Slater tags in. Slater flies but misses, and runs into a Side Effect! Hardy gets to his corner and tags in Wyatt. Wyatt rallies on Slater with those palm strikes. Wyatt then runs corner to corner for the splash! He keeps going, body check! Wyatt spider-walks, and it’s WONDERFUL~! Wyatt stalks Slater, brings him up, but Rhyno runs in. Rhyno gets right hands, then a Twist of Fate! Hardy and Wyatt turn their attention to Slater, but Slater boots back. Slater runs, into the decapitating clothesline! Wyatt again spider-walks, then tags Hardy. Together, Kiss of DELETION!
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
Cover, The Deleters win!
Winners: The Deleters of Worlds, Hardy pinning
The Raw Tag Team Champions prove superior than the original SmackDown Tag Team Champions. But with the “Best” Team defiantly calling out Hardy & Wyatt, will they pay for it with their souls?
Baron Corbin meets with Kurt Angle.
The Constable says Stephanie McMahon is pleased with how he handled Ronda. Well Angle didn’t do any of this for her. But, she’s on the phone right now… He hears her out while we go to break. What will the Commissioner make her GM do now?
Raw returns, and Stephanie finishes giving Angle his orders. “This is big news.” He’ll make an announcement, and hopes to share his own ideas. But run it by Constable Corbin first. Angle finishes up the call, and tells Corbin they have work to do. Why is Corbin all smiles about it?
Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable!
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
These two have had issue already while being on Raw, but now the Modern Day Maharaja says that people must be open to change. Mahal felt the winds of change, a gust blowing through to his very core. Roman Reigns won the match, but Mahla has won the war of self-improvement. Because like all the fans here, Roman is just bitter and angry, while he has tranquility. “As a spiritual being”, Mahal is committed to change. Unlike Chad Gable. Gable lives his former glory as an amateur wrestler every day, but he has to let go of the past! Gable will see the light and find inner peace.
Mahal enters the ring, and the bell sounds. He suddenly fires up and throws furious hands on Gable! Gable gets him in a body slam! Gable gets a waistlock, then throws Mahal over head! Mahal fights back and hits a neckbreaker. Mahal clubs away on Gable, then drops a knee. He puts Gable in a chinbar, but Gable gets up to fight back. Mahal shoves but Gable reverses into a back suplex! Sunil is concerned, but Gable elbows Mahal away. Gable hops up, for a hanging armbar! He lets go at 4, then climbs upa gain to jump over. Gable keeps moving, leaping lariat! Gable is fired up, but Mahal slow shim with elbows, only for Gable to dropkick Mahal out!
Things keep going, as Gable puts Mahal in the ring. Gable climbs, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Mahal gets back out, but Gable pursues, only for Mahla to hotshot him. Mahal boots Gable down, then drags him up, for the KHALLAS! Cover, Mahal wins!
Winner: Mahal, by pinfall
The “peaceful” Maharaja gets back a win, and is all smiles. Will Mahal turn things around to compete for a title down the line?
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
The Riott Squad causes trouble backstage.
They even right a big R on a mirror, to mark their territory. Will they do the same to Bayley again after their tag team match?
WWE and Raw take a closer look at Joshua Oakley.
Joshua is a kind soul who loves running, and loves America. He started at just 8 years old, and he’s blossomed ever since. He’s also Junior ROTC. Josh is a star cadet, and always gives his best. When someone wins, someone else loses. But Joshua always encourages everyone that they can do better next time. Cheer Joshua and all the Special Olympics Athletes in the Seattle Games!
Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan!
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
While The Boss was busy preparing for MITB, the Huggable One was left alone to fight against Ruby and her team. The Squad has already humiliated Bayley once, will they do it again when she has a friend by her side?
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 19, 2018
The teams sort out, and Bayley starts against Liv. Bayley kicks and clubs Liv down, but Liv powers her to the Squad’s corner. Tag to Sarah, and #LivCountryStrong double whip but Bayley kicks them both away. Bayley bulldogs Sarah, then covers, TWO. Sasha wants in, but Bayley drops an elbow first. Then Bayley runs, so Sasha tags herself in. Sasha drags Sarah up but Sarah forearms her down. Sarah kicks Sasha to ropes, so Sasha chops back. Sasha tries to suplex, but her bad back stops that. Sarah headbutts, then shoves, but Sasha back elbows. Bayley tags in to bail Sasha out, but Sarah headbutts Bayley. Sarah puts Bayley in a corner, but Bayley fights out. Bayley flapjacks Sarah for snake eyes, then runs to run her over!
Bayley throws hands on Sarah, then drags Sarah up to toss her out. She backs up to shoulder and hotshot Sarah, then hits the wrecking ball headscissors! Liv comes in, but Bayley dodges and Sasha runs Liv over! The friends have an understanding while we go to break.
Raw returns, and Sarah has Bayley in a keylock. Bayley armdrags out, but Sarah powers her up and away from Sasha’s tag, with a spienbuster! Sarah hits Sasha just because, then goes back to Bayley. Bayley back drops Sarah, but has no one to tag! Sarah crawls, and tags in Liv. Liv rushes Bayley but runs into boots. Sasha returns and tags in all at once! Sasha rallies on Liv, then dropkicks her down. Liv ends up in a corner, Sasha hits double knees. Sasha climbs up, and Meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha gets up, but Liv jawbreakers. Liv swings but Sasha turns her. Liv denies the backstabber, then enziguris Sasha down! Cover, but Bayley break sit just in time. Sarah comes in but gets thrown over and out.
Bayley gets back to her corner, and Sasha crawls, but she has to fight Sarah off instead. Liv gets Sasha for a hard whip! Liv climbs up, but misses the stomp to get a knee. Sasha sets Liv up sideways, but Sarah distracts. Bayley goes after her, but the referee backs her off. This distracts him from seeing Sarah sucker punch Sasha! Liv rolls Sasha, with tights, The Riott Squad wins!
Winners: The Riott Squad (Sarah & Liv), Liv pinning
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
The Squad works better together than two “best friends”. They celebrate on their way out, while Bayley consoles Sasha. But Sasha shoves Bayley? Sasha is upset, and Bayley is trying to be understanding, but it’s getting difficult. They argue a bit, but then after a long stare down, Sasha shoves Bayley down! Sasha storms off, and we’re back to square one. Will their ever reconcile things? Or will it return to a heated fight like before?
Bayley tries to talk to Sasha backstage.
But Sasha is in no mood. Bayley isn’t finished. But Sasha is. There’s the fight!! But it’s Bayley who goes into the tables. Sasha throws hands but Bayley uses the tray! They ram into a garbage bin, then Sasha throws cups. Sasha storms off again, and Byaley is sore. Seems we have our answer already, so where do we go from here?
Kurt Angle returns to the ring.
He’s frustrated about all of this, but Stephanie McMahon informed him of when and where Brock Lesnar will defend his title. The real question is, against who? And Roman Reigns appears!
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
The Big Dog doesn’t want to wait, he is the “uncrowned” Universal Championship after the controversial ending to a Steel Cage Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble event. Roman has bounced back since, including a win over Jinder Mahal at Money in the Bank. Roman joins Angle in the ring, and says he’s the answer to the question. Everyone knows Roman actually won that match, so that he is actually the champion. “And it’s no secret”, Raw is tough to run. So maybe a full-time champion would help out a lot. Angle appreciates Roman’s confidence, but he has that announcement to make. But wait, here comes Bobby Lashley!
The Dominator dominated Sami Zayn at MITB, and as the shirt says, he’s back to dominate WWE. Lashley joins Angle and Reigns in the ring, and sees “The Guy”. Even before Lashley came back, he saw Reigns bang his head against a wall trying to beat Lesnar. Clearly Reigns doesn’t have what it takes. Is that so? Yes, Big Dog. This is The Yard, but Lashley has wanted after Lesnar since he was a Little Pup. So step aside and let someone who can beat Brock, beat Brock. And yes, Lashley can beat Lesnar, but he can also beat Reigns.
#UniversalChampion @BrockLesnar’s next opponent will be determined in a multi-person match at #ExtremeRules which will include @WWERomanReigns & @fightbobby! #RAW @RealKurtAngle pic.twitter.com/rPgrWZSZX0
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
Angle keeps the peace, and says they’re both deserving. But so are others. Therefore, the #1 contender will be decided at Extreme Rules. The full field of superstars will be announced at a later date, but he promises Roman AND Lashley are two of them. Both men accept this, but two #TopGuys come out?
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
The Revival return to Raw, and see these two whining. What happened to earning things? Dash & Dawson busted their backs just to get one chance on Raw. But guys like those two in the ring are always in their ring. That changes tonight! Lashley and Reigns and true Wrestlemania stars, but they’re going to be shown up by “the very best tag team in the world.” And yes, they’re hoping these two self-destruct so that they’ll be used as launching pads for Dash & Dawson! Roman tells them to shut up. He’ll gladly take them to school. He could even teach “Bob” something. Angle calls out a ref and makes this official!
Roman Reigns & Bobby Lashley VS The Revival!
Two top guys in all of the WWE take on the two #TopGuys in tag team wrestling. Or at least, Dash & Dawson hope to remind us all that they are the best. Can they #SayYeah to a win over a pair of powerhouses?
Raw returns as the teams sort themselves out. Dawson starts, but Roman and Lashley argue out who starts for their team. Roman says he has it, so Lashley lets him. Dawson and Roman circle, then tie up. Roman pushes Dawson to an open corner, but Dawson springs back up. Dawson talks strategy with Dash while fans duel over whether or not “Roman Sucks!” Dawson gets the arm and the wristlock, but Roman reverses to his own. However, Dawson rolls and reverses back to a headlock. Roman powers out, but Dawson slips under, only to get run over. Roman dares Dawson to come back, then rocks Dawson with an uppercut.
Dash reaches for a tag, but Roman drags Dawson away. Roman tags Lashley, but Dawson hits first. Dawson takes Lashley’s headband away, then kicks low. Tag to Dash, and The Revival double whip. But Lashley blasts out to run Dawson over and body slam Dash! Lashley brings Dash up for a wristlock, then offers a tag, but Dawson trips Roman. Roman stalks Dawson around the corner, then into the ring. Lashley is there and he grabs Dawson, but while the referee bothers with Roman, Dash chop blocks Lashley! Dash also pushes Roman down, then tags Dawson. Dawson lifts Lashley, elbow drop backbreaker combo! Cover, TWO.
Dawson keeps on Lashley with chops in a corner, then snapmares for a leg drop. Cover, TWO, but Dawson keeps on Lashley with a chinlock. Lashley endures while fans rally up. Lashley stands up and fights out but Dawson kicks him away. Dawson brings Lashley around by his leg, but Lashley counters with an overhead suplex! Hot tags to Dash and Roman! Roman rallies on Dash, but Dash reverses the whip, only for Roman to hit the leaping lariat! Roman uppercuts Dawson, too, then puts both #TopGuys in a corner. He unleashes the close-range clotheslines on them both and gets all 10. Roman then runs and boots Dash down! He knees Dawson, then hits a guillotine leg drop!
Fans fire up as Roman locks and loads. Roman aims, SUPERMAN PUNCH to Dawson! But Dash rolls him up! TWO! SUPERMAN PUNCH for Dash! Roman isn’t done there, and he fires up in the corner. But as he howls, Lashley tags in! And Lashley SPEARS Dash! Cover, Lashley & Roman win!
Winners: Reigns & Lashley, Lashley pinning
Before there was the Big Dog, there was the Alpha Male. Roman and Lashley can spear with the best of them, but who else joins them in this coming Extreme Rules #1 Contenders match?
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
Angle and Corbin talk backstage.
Finn Balor comes by and asks about that Extreme Rules match. He’ll do whatever it takes to qualify for that match and then win back the Universal Championship. But Corbin just laughs. What makes Finn think he deserves that? Oh, just because he was champion for 24 hours? Be lucky that Corbin wasn’t there to embarrass him. Who does Finn think he is? Who does Corbin think HE is? Kevin comes in, and agrees with Corbin. But Finn doesn’t care what they think. Corbin is shortsighted, and Kevin can’t even sense when danger’s right behind him. Because Strowman is there behind him!!
Kevin runs to Corbin’s side. Strowman reminds them all that he can show up where and when he wants. And he’s looking after his buddy, Balor. If Corbin and Kevin want to fight, they don’t have a problem with it. Angle heads off, and Corbin & Kevin follow. Will the Monster & the Demon show the Lone Wolf & Prizefighter what’s what?
It’s official: WWE 2K19 has a PHENOMENAL Cover Star.
Yes, it’s AJ Styles! “Never say never”, because Styles is humbled and honored to be on the cover of this newest edition of the WWE video game. But there is also a WWE 2K19 Million Dollar Challenge! The winner of this challenge can face AJ Styles in-game for $1,000,000!! #NeverSayNever, but who will step up and accept this amazing challenge?
No Way Jose VS Mojo Rawley!
The Fighting Fiesta faces a man who used to be very much like him. The former Hype Bro used to be all about the party and the fun, but now he’s all about his #KillerInstinct. Will Jose survive to party another night? Or will Mojo end the fun right here?
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 19, 2018
The bell rings, they tie up, and Mojo powers Jose to a corner. Mojo swings but Jose dodges and dances. Mojo runs again, but Jose dances with him into a headlock. But Mojo powers out and runs Jose over. He glares down at Jose, then speeds things up. Jose runs Mojo over now, and dances some more. Mojo runs but Jose sends him outside, then Jose baseball slides Mojo down. Jose drags Mojo up and in, but Mojo kicks his legs out. Mojo drags Jose in by his hair, then hammers away with angry rights. Mojo drags Jose up again, to headbutt him down. He wrangles Jose into a half-nelson chinbar, but Jose gets up to his feet. Jose jawbreakers, then back elbows Mojo away.
Jose forearms Mojo, then runs to lariat Mojo down! He rallies on Mojo, flapjack on top. Cover, TWO. Mojo gets to a corner, but Jose goes after him. The referee backs Jose off, and Mojo chop blocks the leg! Mojo then runs side to side, “LIGHTS OUT!” with that Killer Forearm. Then fireman’s carry, and drop! Cover, Mojo wins!
Winner: Mojo Rawley, by pinfall
No more fun and games, only the grind.
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
In-ring interview with Mojo Rawley.
“The WWE is more competitive now than it ever has been.” In order to achieve anything more than occasional success, you need to bring more. Mojo used to #StayHype, but now, he makes sure to #StayFocused. Can he keep his focus and aim for a title match in the near future?
Sasha Banks heads out.
But before she can get in her car, Bayley finds her again. They’re not done. yes they are. At least, Sasha is done. Sasha gets in her car then drives off. Bayley can only throw her bottle at the rear window. Is Bayley all alone again?
“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 19, 2018
The Drifter is in Grand Rapids, and already sings. “There’s no one in the world like me~, there’s nothing I can’t do. When times get hard, ask What Would Elias Do?” Rollins may have won at MITB, but he had to cheat, because he knows that Elias can’t be beat. Rollins got what he deserved, losing his title, the Kingslayer’s slain. “Because there’s no one in this world like me~, there’s nothing I can’t do.” When times get tough, just ask What Would Elias Do? Angle, he’s heard Lesnar is looking for a fight. Elias thinks it should be his night. “Everybody wants to run and hide, when the Beast comes knocking.” But Elias has nothing to fear, because he’ll be Walking. Deep down his soul is vapid, just like the trash in Grand Rapids.
Fans didn’t like that last line. But “There’s no one in the world like me~, there’s nothing I can’t do.” And to reiterate, just ask yourself “What Would Elias Do?”
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The Architect, whether too tired, too beat up or too distracted, lost his title. And now he’s a former champion. That stings. Does he think his grueling match with Elias on Sunday played into that? Rollins isn’t going to make excuses, it was his choice to give an Open Challenge. Ziggler won. But McIntyre was in Ziggler’s corner and distracted him a little. McIntyre is a problem, but one that Rollins has a week to solve. Rollins invokes his rematch clause for next week, and vows to take back that Intercontinental Championship. Can The Architect craft a plan to make McIntyre a non-factor?
Finn Balor & Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin!
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
Extraordinary Man and Monster in the Bank reunite as a team to take on the pouting Prizefighter and controlling Constable of Raw. Can Finn earn a spot in the Universal Championship Contenders match? Or will Kevin get his way again with the help of the Lone Wolf?
Strowman lets his “little buddy” start against Constable Corbin. They circle, tie up, and Corbin powers Finn to a corner. He backs off but then sucker forearms Finn in the face. Corbin drags Finn up for another, then whips him corner to corner hard. Corbin grins as he stalks Finn, then brings him up. He throws a haymaker, then tags in a reluctant Kevin. Kevin throws hands but that bad arm and back bother him already. He stomps Finn, then whips him, then runs him over with a back elbow. Kevin refuses to continue, so he tags out to Corbin. Corbin is just fine as he knees Finn low.
Corbin stomps a mudhole into Finn, then backs off to taunt Strowman. he throws a forearm but FInn coutnesr with his own, then tags Strowman! The Monster and the Constable stand off, equal in height but perahps not in size. Corbin contemplates what to do, and takes off the nice vest. He circles with Strowman, ties up, but Strowman easily pushes Corbin away. Strowman roars and flexes, and Corbin reconsiders. Corbin sucker punches but Strowman blocks and counters. Kevin distracts, and Corbin pounces! Corbin throws hands on Strowman, and those Golden Gloves rock Strowman. Corbin roars, but Strowman comes back with a big boot! Stroowamn clotheslines Corbin, then clobbers Kevin!
Finn tags in, and he has Strowman give him a literal lift, for a MASSIVE splash! The Monster and the Demon are in control while we take one last break.
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
Raw returns once more, and Corbin has Finn in a seated half-nelson chinbar. Fans rally and Finn stands up. Finn fights Corbin off, but Corbin knees low. Corbin runs, but into a dropkick! Kevin tags in, Finn tosses Corbin but Kevin trips him up. Kevin throws Finn into barriers, and Finn slumps down. He then puts Finn back in the ring, back senton, cover, TWO. He stomps on Finn, then drags Finn up for punches to the kidneys. Kevin wraps the chinlock on, and puts his weight on Finn’s body. Fans rally again, and Finn stands up, but Kevin wrangles him back down. Corbin likes what he sees but Strowman shouts for Finn to get up.
Finn sits up, stands up, and reaches, but Kevin pulls him away. Kevin lifts, pendulum backbreaker! Cover, ONE, so Kevin drags Finn over to tag Corbin. Corbin takes Finn and throws in body shots. Corbin drags Finn up, then throws him out of the ring. He trolls Strowman more, then fetches Finn on the outside. Corbin rams Finn into barriers! Then throws him into more barriers! Corbin returns in the ring and leaves Finn to the mercy of the count. Finn gets in at 8 and shoulders Corbin. Finn slingshots but that right rocks him out of the air! Cover, TWO, and Corbin is furious!
Corbin drags Finn up for another chinbar and half-nelson. Fans rally up again, and Finn feeds off the energy. Finn is put in a corner, but he elbows Corbin away. Finn runs for his corner, but runs into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO, and Kevin is furious for Corbin. Corbin gets up and drags Finn over. He tags Kevin in, and Kevin gingerly gets in. Kevin runs, but the back senton misses! Kevin writhes, while Strowman shouts for Finn to move! Both Finn and Kevin crawl, fans are thunderous, hot tag to Corbin, and Corbin intercepts Finn! Finn fights him off, but Corbin whips him into the corner. Corbin clotheslines Finn, then stomps away. Tag to Kevin, and Kevin adds his stomps.
Kevin tags Corbin back in, and Corbin stomps more. Strowman can only glare as Finn takes stomps. But then he decides to just run in and squash Corbin! He also smacks Kevin away, then tosses Finn over to their corner. Strowman tags in, then continues to run over Corbin! He whips Corbin corner to corner, then runs in for another squash! Strowman clubs Corbin with one arm! Cover, but he sees Kevin coming. Kevin stops short, but so does the count. Kevin retreats but Strowman pursues! Corbin intercepts with a HUGE leaping lariat!
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
Corbin hauls Strwoman into the ring, covers, TWO!! And Corbin is exhausted. Corbin manages to stand up and get to a corner, but Strowman is also up.
Corbin stomps and runs, but gets a palm strike! Strowman staggers up, runs in, but hits post! But Finn returns to tag in! Finn kicks Corbin, then rallies with strikes. He hits Kevin just because, but Corbin knees low. Finn counters with a takedown and double stomps! Cover, but Kevin breaks it. Strowman runs Kevin over, then decides to top it off with a running start. Kevin is bulldozed into the timekeeper’s area!! Both men are down, so it’s just Finn and Corbin. They both stand in the ring, but Corbin grabs Finn for the Choke Slam. Finn counters with a DDT! Finn blasts Corbin with a dropkick, then climbs up top! He takes aim, but Corbin trips him up. End of Days! Cover, Corbin & Kevin win!
Winners: Baron Corbin & Kevin Owens, Corbin pinning
The Lone Wolf and Prizefighter pull out a victory by the skin of their teeth. Strowman may be okay because he is #MonsterInTheBank, but what about Finn’s chances of being in the contenders match?
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2018
This was a pretty good Raw to follow MITB. The opening was great, with Ronda going wild like that. The “suspension” works well for story, it gives a reason for why Ronda won’t be champion this quickly. Extreme Rules will see the Alexa VS Nia rematch, and maybe something controversial will happen then to give rise to more than just Ronda VS Alexa. Kayfabe or not, we all know Ronda would win against Alexa easily, so the best thing would be a Triple Threat at Summerslam so Ronda will at least have a challenge in Nia. Then following up with the surprise result of Rollins losing was actually pretty smart. It helps build two stories at once: Rollins is overdoing it and he just couldn’t keep it up; and Ziggler-McIntyre are validated in their claims that they’re going to take over.
Poor, poor Hawkins. WWE cares just enough about the story they’ve given him to have him on TV. He and Roode could’ve actually put on a great match, even for just 10 minutes, and it’d end the same so that we’d get a better sense of Hawkins’ struggle rather than just “Oh. He lost. What’s next?” And while I may not have been for The B Team, that parody of Hardy & Wyatt was brilliant. Their title match is probably coming at Extreme Rules or just before, and I really hope they get to go into the WOKEN Universe with either the Hardy or Wyatt compounds for some pre-filmed fun.
Seems Mahal is integrating that abandoned gimmick he had months ago into his current one, and I bet he’ll find his way into Angl’s proposed multi-man contenders match. Sasha and Bayley relapse to being enemies, but that might be for the best. Whether it’s at Extreme Rules or Summerslam, they can easily tear the house down 1v1. They were a bit redundant with the backstage promos, though. The fight was enough, leave it alone until next week. Roman and Lashley are natural choices for this contenders match Angle speaks of, but poor Revival, they return just to lose. Maybe those two will one day get back to what they were in NXT. Mojo himself returns to win, so maybe he can find a way into Extreme Rules.
I was rather surprised Elias finally got what he wanted: a full, uninterrupted performance. That’s another possible contender, even though he lost to Rollins. Kevin essentially offering to be Strowman’s Heyman was interesting, but obviously Strowman is too Face for that kind of stuff now. He and Finn did great against Corbin and Kevin, but it works that Finn took the pin. Strowman stays strong, as he should, and Corbin even puts his name back into the hat. Though, as Constable, his authority might be enough power for him, so it’ll be Kevin that’s likely to qualify for another contenders match.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (3/26/19)
Kurt Angle brings his Farewell Tour to SmackDown!
SmackDown Women’s Champion, Asuka, still needs a challenger for Wrestlemania! Will she meet Naomi, Carmella, Mandy Rose or Sonya Deville in New York?
- Charlotte Flair VS ???; changed to…
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Charlotte Flair; wins and
- Kurt Angle VS AJ Styles; wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Naomi VS Carmella VS Mandy Rose VS Sonya Deville; wins and will challenge Asuka for the title at Wrestlemania.
- Tag Team Gauntlet: wins and
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Awwww~ Mohegan Sun Arena!
SmackDown begins with The New Day! Fans cheer them on, but especially Kofi Kingston after Vince McMahon again pulled opportunities out from under him. The New Day toss pancakes and pick up mics. “So if we could be serious for a minute,” Xavier Woods brings up that the past few months have been a roller coaster. Big E notes that the WWE Universe has followed them from New Day Sucks to New Day Rocks over the last five years almost. This has been an absolutely incredible ride together, and a hell of an experience, so they want to thank the WWE Universe for that. But, Xavier and Big E have spoken, and considering the countless obstacles in Kofi’s way, walking away did come up. They’ve done a lot of great things and made a lot of great friends, but fans don’t want them to go.
The thing that’s been the hardest is watching how poorly Kofi has been treated. Not just recently, but the last 11 years. Power of Positivity isn’t just a catchphrase. Kofi Kingston exudes that positive energy! Their brother, Kofi, doesn’t know the word “quit”! And while The New Day needs to make a decision, they can’t make it until they get answers. Unfortunately, the man with those answers is Mr. Vince McMahon. The New Day ask Vince to come out and address them face-to-face to talk about these issues. And they’ll wait all night long if they have to. Fans cheer Kofi and The New Day on, and Vince McMahon does appear! Vince swaggers out to the ring while fans sing along with his song.
Vince joins The New Day in the ring and grabs himself a mic. “First of all, I’d like to say-” But Daniel Bryan interrupts! The Planet’s Champion wants everyone to just hold on a moment. Bryan tells Vince not to waste a breath on placating the fragile egos. If the New Day wants to quit, then let them quit! Because guess what? The New Day is a “stale novelty act” that Vince created! They can get three more superstars, make them a trio, and make them even more popular than The New Day! Because Kofi is just a “B+ Player!” Vince wants to speak but Bryan brings up how Kofi lost last week, he lost at Fastlane and how he lost at Elimination Chamber.
Don’t let anyone from Big E, Woods and “the parasites in the crowd” get in your head! Vince’s instincts have been 100% RIGHT in Bryan’s mind. It’s the fans who are wrong. That’s the reality. No the reality is that Bryan is afraid to face Kofi 1v1! Bryan is now everything he used to fight against! Bryan is a hypocrite! And that’s why he’s here. Bryan tries to deny it but Vince tells Bryan to shut up! Vince talks to the New Day. They’re gonna quit? No, they’re not gonna quit. All this Power of Positivity and quitting talk, that’s all a bluff to Vince. Everyone loves The New Day, mostly. But Kofi is still a B+ Player. Bryan kisses up to Vince, but Vince starts to wonder if the others are a B+ Tag Team.
All the respect for Kofi, Vince understands that. But can Big E & Xavier Woods win it for Kofi? Bryan doesn’t like the sound of that. Vince says Kofi is not getting any more chances, but if Big E & Xavier Woods can win a tag team gauntlet, then Kofi gets his shot! Bryan and Rowan can’t believe this, but this surprises even The New Day. Can Big E and Woods survive to raise Kofi up? Or is this just another trap set by The Chairman?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch!
The Man returns to SmackDown, and is excited to have the Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat in the Wrestlemania main event. Becky won the Beat the Clock Challenge last night, and is ready to win at Mania. Now, Becky brings the people and “Ronnie” brings the title, but what is Charlotte bringing? What does that “undeserving third wheel” bring to this match? The Queen interrupts, by her music hitting!
Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!
“Third wheel? Undeserving?” The Queen will show us how deserving she really is. She’s in action, after the break!
Charlotte Flair VS ???
SmackDown returns and we find her opponent is ASUKA!! The Empress of Tomorrow is still the SmackDown Women’s Champion, and her contender will be determined later tonight. Will Charlotte prove she can beat one champion before going after the other?
Wait, did the ring announcer just say this is for the championship!? Both Charlotte and Asuka are crazy! But is there a chance The Queen will be going into the Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat with one belt already!?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Charlotte Flair!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this insanity!
Charlotte and Asuka circle and tie up. They push each other around but Charlotte puts Asuka on the ropes. Charlotte lets up at 3 but misses her chop. Asuka wrenches the arm but Charlotte works against the wristlock. Charlotte reverses but Asuka kicks and uses the ropes to flip through. Asuka wrenches back but Charltote throws her down by her hair. Charlotte drags Asuka up into a headlock but Asuka fights back. Asuka powers out and reels Charlotte in for a headlock of her own. Charlotte endures and fans duel, but Charlotte rolls to a cover! ONE, but Asuka holds on. Charlotte powers out this time but things speed up. Asuka sees Charlotte’s dodge coming and kicks her mid-roll! Charlotte bails out while we go picture in picture.
Charlotte catches her breath while pacing about. Asuka dares her to return but Charlotte takes her time. Charlotte slides in but then back out. Asuka stays back but still sees Charlotte slide back in. Asuka waistlocks but Charlotte blocks the suplex. Charlotte elbows but Asuka elbows back. Charlotte whips Asuka to a corner and blocks the boots. She elbows Asuka then puts her leg on the rope to drop a knee! Asuka rolls but Charlotte’s on her with more knees to the leg. Charlotte stalks Asuka to the corner before wrapping the leg on ropes. Charlotte pulls but the ref counts, so she backs off at 4. Asuka clutches her leg but Charlotte drags her out to sit down on it. Charlotte brags before dragging Asuka to other ropes for another sit down. Asuka rolls Charlotte up, TWO!
Charlotte CHOPS Asuka, then catches the hip attack! Asuka rolls through to a kneebar! Charlotte flails and reaches, but then sits back to pry Asuka off for a deadlift back suplex! Cover, TWO! Asuka survives but Charlotte keeps her cool. Charlotte stands and toys with Asuka. The ref reprimands Charlotte as she drags Asuka up by her hair. Charlotte throws Asuka with a Fall Away Slam, then nips up to strut. Charlotte sees Asuka stand but misses the sliding dropkick. Asuka hits a sliding dropkick of her own! Charlotte goes down but Asuka fetches her back into the ring. Asuka dodges Charlotte’s shoulder to kick her back, but then runs into Charlotte’s clothesline! Charlotte catches her breath while we return to single picture.
Charlotte drops a knee right on Asuka’s head! Asuka writhes while fans duel. Charlotte circles Asuka like a shark while daring her to stand. Asuka gets up and avoids the neckbreaker to put on an Octopus Stretch! Charlotte endures as Asuka pulls back hard! Charlotte powers her way out but Asuka sunset flips, TWO! Asuka counter punches Charlotte but Charlotte kicks out the bad leg! Charlotte stomps away on that leg and says “You’re nothing anymore!” But Charlotte runs to get a CODE BREAKER! But Asuka can’t cover from her bad leg bothering her. Asuka and Charlotte crawl and Charlotte throws pie faces. Asuka SLAPS back! She fires off then kicks Charlotte to a corner. She hits a hip attack in the corner, then gives Charlotte a big German Suplex! BUZZSAW! Sliding Wizard! Cover, TWO!
The Queen crawls while The Empress stalks her. Asuka kicks away on Charlotte’s back against the ropes! Asuka fires up and runs, but her hip attack misses. Charlotte BOOTS Asuka down! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte grows frustrated but she climbs up high. Moonsault, but into boots! And the ASUKA LOCK! Charlotte rolls back to a cover, TWO! Asuka’s back hand is blocked, but not her back heel kick! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives and Asuka’s shocked, but we go to break.
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (3/25/19)
Kurt Angle’s Farewell Tour leads him to who!?
Raw grows wilder as Mania draws nearer! Will Ronda Rousey face any consequences? Will Roman Reigns accept Drew McIntyre’s challenge? Angle VS SAMOA JOE?!
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Sarah Logan; Rousey wins in 1:25.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Charlotte Flair VS Ruby Riott; Flair fails the Beat the Clock Challenge.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Becky Lynch VS Liv Morgan; Lynch wins in 1:18, and wins the challenge.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor; changed to…
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers; Finn wins and will challenge Bobby Lashley for the title at Wrestlemania.
- Aleister Black & Ricochet VS The Revival; Black & Ricochet win.
- Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix; Banks wins, by disqualification.
- Baron Corbin VS Apollo Crews; Corbin wins.
- Kurt Angle VS Samoa Joe; Angle wins.
- Last Man Standing: Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose; McIntyre wins.
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Beat the Clock Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Sarah Logan!
The Raw Women’s Champion and her two Wrestlemania opponents will main event Wrestlemania! But that’s in a couple weeks. Tonight, there’s a lot of pride on the line as the Baddest Woman on the Planet divides up the Riott Squad with The Queen and The Man! Who will be the fastest winner on Raw to have bragging rights going into New York?
Before the match, Ronda picks up the mic. Boston wants Becky but they’ll have to hear the champ out first. “For the first time ever, women are going to be the main event at Wrestlemania!” The Raw Women’s Championship, Rousey VS Flair VS Lynch! And Ronda only has one thing left to say: “You’re welcome.” She throws down the mic, but then picks it back up to say something else. Not that the fans appreciate any of her words. Ronda vows to make Charlotte and Becky tap out at the same time! But just as she drops the mic, she picks it up again. She has no idea what this Beat the Clock Challenge is, it sound stupid, so let’s just get this farce over with. Now she’s done talking. Sarah Logan makes her way out and the challenge truly begins!
But wait! The Man makes sure to come out and say something herself! “It’s good to be back in Boston!” And Ronnie, stop being so weird. Ronda came here with her big money contract and the whole world yawned. Every opportunity, every advantage, the best of the best, and yet no one gave a damn until The Man came around! The fans know that the best thing to happen to Ronda is Becky! That’s why they’re the main event of Mania! And one more thing, Ronda knows how this ends: Ronda’s title above Becky’s head, and her own head beneath Becky’s boot.
But here comes The Queen, too! Charlotte has her own mic and just hears “Blah blah blah”. Yes, the women are the main event! But not because of Becky nor because of Ronda. It’s all because of what Charlotte’s done! That’s why she was handpicked to be the main event! Charlotte and Becky stand-by ringside while Ronda finally gets to her Beat the Clock Challenge with Sarah.
The bell rings and the timer starts counting while Sarah bails out! Ronda gives chase and Sarah keeps away from Ronda. Ruby and Liv try to block Ronda’s path but Ronda blasts through them. Sarah turns around and dropkicks Ronda down! Then she whips Ronda hard into ropes! Ronda clutches her arm while Sarah stomps away. Sarah grabs the legs and ties them up for an inverted cloverleaf! Ronda endures the leg hold as Sarah drags her away from the ropes! Ronda grits her teeth and sees the clock climb as she claws her way back. She gets the ropes but then climbs up and around to drag Sarah into a hanging armbar! She lets go at 4 but goes after Sarah with a SUPERWOMAN PUNCH! Ronda puts on the armbar and Sarah taps! Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission, and in 1:25
The time has been set, will either Queen or Man be able to do better than the Baddest Woman on the Planet?
Charlotte steps into the ring and takes her turn.
Beat the Clock Challenge: Charlotte Flair VS Ruby Riott!
The bell rings and the time ticks down. Charlotte goes fast but Ruby dodges and dumps her out! Charlotte hurries back in and boots Ruby down. She CHOPS and CHOPS on Ruby, then gets a takedown. Ruby pushes Charlotte away and we hit the minute warning. Ruby kicks Charlotte on her return, then wrenches. Charlotte decks Ruby with a right! Then hits the backbreaker to STO! Charlotte has to hurry, but Ruby dodges Natural Selection! Ruby gets a complete shot! Cover, TWO!! Ruby just has to play defense with 20 seconds left. She grabs Charlotte’s arm and toys with her. Riott Kick, CAUGHT! Figure Four on, Figure Eight! Ruby holds on, time runs out!!
Charlotte fails the Beat the Clock Challenge
Ronda knew Charlotte wouldn’t, but now Becky wants her shot.
Beat the Clock Challenge: Becky Lynch VS Liv Morgan!
The Man is ready but the Juvenile Delinquent distracts her, and Charlotte BOOTS Becky in that distraction! The Queen takes her frustrations out on her, and then lets Liv do what she wants. Liv shouts for the bell and it rings. Liv fires off a mudhole stomp on Becky but backs off at 4 with shrill shrikes. She stomps Becky right back down then drags her to a cover, TWO! The Squad keeps Liv focused as she thrashes Becky around in a chinlock. Becky endures as we reach less than a minute. Boston rallies and Becky fights her way up. Becky arm-drags out then throws haymakers and European Uppercuts! Things speed up as Becky rallies! Calf kick at 30 seconds but Becky keeps going.
Becky wants the arm but Liv school boys Becky into buckles! Liv gets away with 15 seconds, but her code breaker is blocked! Jackknife cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
And with seven seconds to spare! Ronda doesn’t care, because what does this matter in a Triple Threat? But Becky still feels good that she did better than both Ronnie and Charlie. Will she feel great when she beats them both for the title?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor!
The Extraordinary Man managed to beat both the Almighty and the Man of the Hour in a situation like this before, but now he has to do it again to earn a title match at Wrestlemania. Lashley & Lio come out and Lio tells Finn’s Road to Wrestlemania goes through them. This is not a road Finn wants to be on. Finn could’ve quit while he’s ahead, but now he’ll be forced to leave the game as a hot piece of garbage, just like Gronkowski. Boston takes offense to that. But as much as Lio wants to be part of ending Finn’s dreams, it’s Braun Strowman’s fault that he’s not medically cleared to compete. But that’s okay, Lashley has a different tag team partner now: Jinder Mahal!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers!
The Modern Day Maharaja joins forces with the Rocky Mountain Machine! Will they leave Finn for dead on the side of the Road to Wrestlemania?
The bell rings and Lashley starts. Fans fire up for Finn as he ties up with Lashley. Lashley knees low then throws Finn to his corner. Lashley throws body shots then puts Finn in another corner for more body shots. He whips Finn corner to corner hard, but Finn dodges! Finn shoulders in but has to fight off Mahal and the Singh Brothers! Lio distracts and Lashley blasts Finn down! The deck is stacked for Finn as we go to break.
Raw returns and Finn fires forearms on Lashley. But Lashley shoves Finn back and tackles him into the corner! Lashley rams his shoulder in on Finn again and again but backs off at 4. Lashley goes corner to corner but Finn Slingblades him down! Mahal tags in and whips Finn. Finn reverses, Mahal sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Mahal down! Finn dodges Mahal and forearms Mahal into Lashley! Then he gets Mahal with the elbow drop DDT! Lashley returns but gets a takedown and double stomps! Finn clotheslines Mahal out! Finn builds speed but the Singhs swipe his feet! Mahal returns but Finn sends him out, to FLY! He hits EVERYONE! Finn puts Mahal in fast, then climbs up top! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship
He’s going to Wrestlemania! Lashley again loses because of who he teams with, but now it’ll be Finn and Lashley 1v1. Lashley takes his anger out on the Singhs, then SPEARS Mahal! Will Finn finally get the better of Bobby directly? Or will he get dominated by the Dominator on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is already in New York, Times Square even. There have been many iconic stars performing on Broadway, but Elias will be bigger than them all! Times Square is buzzing to walk with Elias. Elias has gotten used to this, so he’ll play something for us. Wait, this other bearded guitarist wants in. Elias is a solo act. But typical New Yorkers: big ego, little talent. Go sell out a subway station, Elias has Mania to focus on. Will Elias really be the hit he thinks he is?
Aleister Black & Ricochet VS The Revival!
The Embodiment of the End and the King of Flight look to take over Tag Team wrestling in the WWE from NXT to the main roster. The Dusty Rhodes Classic isn’t quite over, but can this unexpected duo stake a claim for the Raw Tag Team Championships in time for Wrestlemania?
Forget the bell, it’s time to brawl! The moment Dash & Dawson hit the ring, Aleister & Ricochet start hitting them! Dash & Dawson turn things around and whip Aleister and Ricochet at each other, but Aleister gives Ricochet a boost to missile dropkick Dawson down! Aleister then throws forearms and kicks on Dash. Ricochet adds an enziguri and Dash cowers in his corner. Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as Aleister dares Dash to bring the fight. The bell rings and Dawson anchors Aleister’s feet! Dash fires off then tags in Dawson. The Revival mug Aleister then put him in an open corner. Dawson throws uppercuts then drags Aleister out for a hammerlock. Dawson brings Aleister to the mat but Aleister endures.
Fans rally as Aleister works his way up. Aleister powers his way towards his corner but Dawson throws body shots and forearms. Aleister roundhouses Dawson down then tags in Ricochet! The unexpected duo double whip then leap frog with Dawson, before Aleister sweeps the legs and Ricochet adds a basement dropkick! Dash runs in but is sent right back out! Aleister fakes The Revival out, but Ricochet gets them around the corner! Dash goes down but Dawson gets a Meteora! The #TopGuys are down on the ground while we go to break.
Raw returns and Dawson grinds his forearm in Ricochet’s face. Fans rally as Ricochet endures the seated abdominal stretch, then stands up and heads for his corner. Aleister reaches out to him but Dawson scoop slams Ricochet down. Dawson drops but misses the elbow, and again! Dash tags in as Ricochet rolls to the apron. Ricochet shoulders in then slingshots, but into Dash’s arms! Dash and Dawson combine for an assisted brain buster! Cover, TWO! Ricochet survives and The Revival grows frustrated. Dash drags Ricochet over but Ricochet throws forearms. Dash knees low then Dawson tags back in. Dawson stomps and toys with Ricochet, then whips. Ricochet kicks Dawson down, but Dash tags in. Dash runs over but Ricochet dodges to get him with a neckbreaker!
Ricochet and Dash are down but crawling for their corners. Dash tags Dawson, Ricochet tags Aleister! Aleister rallies on The Revival! Aleister sweeps the legs to drive in the knee! Dash returns, but The Revival get a double quebrada! Aleister throws Dash out then goes after Dawson. Dawson punches but gets a strike fest! Another swift knee, cover, TWO! Aleister keeps his focus as he stalks Dawson. He lifts Dawson with his foot but Dash drags Ricochet off the apron! Aleister goes after Dash but Dawson sunset flips! TWO, and both men dodge. Dawson fakes Aleister out for a DDT! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Dash shoves Aleister out and The Revival double whips. Ricochet tags in and Aleister goes up and over. Aleister hits a DOUBLE Black Mass?! Ricochet hits his 630! Cover, Ricochet & Aleister win!
Winners: Aleister Black & Ricochet, Ricochet pinning
The Revival miscalculate and now NXT’s air strike has another victory! But The Revival are quick to point out they’re still the champions. Will the #TopGuys have to put those titles on the line at Wrestlemania against the Dutch Destroyer and the One and Only?
Drew McIntyre is here!
The Scottish Terminator vows to destroy The Shield one by one! He made his challenge to Roman Reigns last week, will he get his answer? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and McIntyre has a mic. “I don’t give a damn if you like me, but you will respect me.” McIntyre says a week is a long time to wait for an answer. He’s actually a little nervous, and Roman might still be unsure what to say. So McIntyre will share some footage, and wants us to know that he could’ve finished Roman any time but didn’t. The footage is as expected, McIntyre attacking Roman Reigns from out of nowhere and kicking his head into a post. Then last week, McIntyre challenged Roman to a match but actually wants Roman to say “No” because of how badly McIntyre will beat him at Wrestlemania.
Now in the present, McIntyre really hopes Roman’s family members got through his thick skull to say no. McIntyre “exterminated” the roach, Dean Ambrose. And then last week, McIntyre beat the #1 Contender, Seth Rollins! McIntyre is sure what the superstar, Roman Reigns, wants and that is “Yes”! But McIntyre appeals to Joe Anoa’i, the man, husband and father. Hasn’t his family been through enough? “Think of your children!” They already watched Daddy fight for his life once. Do they really have to go through that again at Wrestlemania when they know it’s a losing battle? Fans chant for Roman, and McIntyre says he’ll wait all night if he has to. But Roman Reigns appears now!
Roman goes to the ring and grabs himself a mic. Roman and McIntyre stare down, and Roman says he accepts the challenge. But listen very closely to what Joe has to say. “Don’t you ever run your mouth about my wife and kids.” Roman fires off haymakers! He gets McIntyre down and then throws him into a post! McIntyre tumbles out but Roman’s still on him with big uppercuts. Roman throws him into barriers, then back into the ring. Fans are fired up as Roman walks over, but McIntyre low blow uppercuts Roman back! McIntyre drags himself to a corner while Roman gasps and sputters. McIntyre aims with a glare as Roman stands. CLAYMORE! Referees appear and get McIntyre to leave, but the damage is done. Will Roman get his revenge at Wrestlemania?
Drew McIntyre spots Dean Ambrose backstage.
“What did you call me out there? A cockroach?” McIntyre “exterminated” him? Doesn’t feel that way. So how about another try tonight? Ambrose VS McIntyre, Last Man Standing!! McIntyre does not know how Ambrose is standing now. But he promises Ambrose won’t be standing after tonight. Is Ambrose trying to get himself killed?!
Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix!
This match didn’t quite finish last week since Nia Jax & Tamina interfered. But now The Boss of Boston and the Queen of Harts will have it out! Can Natty punch a Wrestlemania title match ticket for the Divas of Doom?
The bell rings and Sasha and Natty tie up. Natty puts Sasha on the ropes but backs off to slap her! Sasha slaps back! Then goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Sasha blocks and arm-drags Natty again, then grins as she circles with Natty again. Natty blocks a kick and throws Sasha down, to then hook the legs for a Surfboard! Natty holds Sasha high overhead, but Sasha endures as Boston cheers her on. Sasha slips free and rolls out, then hits a basement meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps her cool while she drags Natty up. Natty rolls Sasha up, TWO! Natty brings Sasha up but Sasha sunset flips, only for Natty to block to the Sharpshooter! Sasha fights out and shoves Natty all the way out!
Beth keeps Bayley at bay while Sasha fetches Natty. Natty throws hands, then throws Sasha at the apron. Sasha spins around and headscissors Natty down! Then a knee into the barriers! Sasha leaves Natty behind while we go to break.
Raw returns and Natty has Sasha in a Canadian torture rack. Sasha endures as Bayley and Boston rally for her. Natty keeps up the pressure but Sasha slips out to a sunset flip! Cover, TWO, but Sasha blocks a kick to give a kick! Sasha runs and wheelbarrows, but Natty sits Sasha down! Natty then walks over Sasha, but gets tripped! Sasha gets the Bank Statement crossface! Natty reaches, crawls, but rolls Sasha away to a Sharpshooter!! Sasha endures now, reaches for the ropes, but Natty drags her away! Sasha finds a second wind and rolls Natty into a corner! Bayley and Boston are relieved, but the Samoan Dynasty attacks again! They get Bayley, then rush the ring! SUPERKICK for Sasha!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by disqualification
The Glamazon rushes the ring to tackle Tamina! And she throws hands on Nia! Fireman’s carry, but Tamina saves Nia. Beth still fights and runs Nia over! She deflects the Superkick to fire off on Tamina! She gets the chicken wings, for the Glam Slam! Natty regroups with Beth and they hold the ring! Fans let Beth know “You Still Got It!” Not only that, but Beth still wants it! She wants tag title gold with her fellow Diva of Doom! Will the Boss & Hug Connection have legendary opponents for Wrestlemania? And what of the Samoan Dynasty? Or the IIconics?
The WWE reveals the newest Hall of Fame inductees: The Hart Foundation!
Bret Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart were the Best There Is, Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be in tag team wrestling. It means so much to the Hart Family, especially Natalya, that The Anvil is finally going in!
Backstage interview with Kurt Angle!
The Olympic Gold Medalist continues the Farewell Tour against Samoa Joe! Why such a tough challenge this close to Wrestlemania? Angle appreciates Joe for coming over from SmackDown for the night. And this tour is about retiring on his terms. Angle promises to be ready for Baron Corbin, and Joe will be his greatest test yet. But Corbin comes over and chuckles. Corbin appreciates watching this farewell tour. How many years has Angle been around? How old is he? Does he realize the fans are cheering not because he’s a great competitor, but because they feel sorry for him? Considering he’s half the man he used to be. Corbin promises the news after Mania will be “Former Gold Medalist tarnishes his career”. Angle simply tells Corbin, “Screw you.” Will Angle show Corbin he’s still good enough when going against the United States Champion?
Backstage interview with The Boss & Hug connection.
Clearly the Women’s Tag Team division is heating up. Nia and Tamina keep attacking, The IIconics won last week, and- Sasha says they vowed to take on anyone, anywhere, anytime! So how about all three teams at Wrestlemania?! A Fatal 4 Way!? Are the inaugural champions going to become former champions in New York?
It’s time for another Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess doesn’t sit on stage, she heads right for the ring. Will she be able to reconcile the Monster Among Men and Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost?
Raw returns as Alexa sits on her set in the ring. “Welcome to A Moment of Bliss.” Alexa isn’t sure what it is, but since becoming the host, the Wrestlemania card gets better and better. The women are main eventing now! Is she good or what? But Alexa is at a crossroads, because with two weeks left, she feels like her moment and her reputation are in jeopardy. She shares footage of when Colin Jost put his foot in his mouth when he mouthed off to Strowman. Strowman put his hands around Colin’s throat and almost choked the man out. Then when Colin tried to apologize with a car, Strowman ripped the car apart! “That looks like a recipe for a public relations disaster.” So Alexa hopes this becomes A Moment of Healing. First, The Monster Among Men himself, BRAUN!
Strowman storms out to the ring and shakes hands with Alexa before taking a seat. Alexa welcomes Strowman and knows what happens when Strowman’s temper gets the best of him. Strowman’s flipped an ambulance with Roman Reigns inside, yanked down the stage on top of Brock Lesnar, and utterly destroyed one of Vince McMahon’s limousines. “Sure did.” Then what would happen if Michael Che and Colin Jost were to #GetThoseHands? The saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts.” Jost got him that tiny little convertible, Strowman thought about smashing Jost’s face in. Thank you for sharing your feelings, because that is the first step in the healing process. The next is listening, because via satellite, Michael and Colin!
Michael and Colin say hi, and Colin tries to compliment Strowman. Colin admits he made a mistake in Philly. He won’t put on a Mets hat, he’ll put on a Yankees hat. Boston hates that. Michael says that as a lifelong fan of the WWE, and even of Strowman, Michael respects Strowman. But Strowman also responded badly when he went after Colin. Colin may not be funny, but he’s a good guy. Colin wants to be a mentor, sincerely. He went to Harvard. His parents paid millions of dollars to get him on the Women’s Cross Country Team. Wait… Well, anyway, Colin can definitely teach Strowman how to eat, or how to read, or how to do his taxes.
And Colin knows Strowman is big and strong at 5’11” and 180 pounds, but they can talk this out. Michael says this isn’t how to do it. Colin sent him a car! Strowman, consider therapy! Or at least pay Colin back, with interest, and get him an autograph from Brock Lesnar. Or maybe they won’t go to Wrestlemania! Fans don’t care but Alexa can’t let that happen. Strowman has an idea. Michael said someone needs to take care of this, one way or another. Strowman goes with “option number three.” If Colin wants to make this right, he’ll get in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal! No way! He’s not- Listen up, smart guy! Get in the battle royal or Strowman will find you when you’re all alone! Michael accepts for Colin! WHAT?!
Listen, there’s a chance Colin will get hurt in the Battle Royal, but he will DEFINITELY be dead if this happens backstage. Michael promises Colin will be in that match and Michael will correspond alone. Colin says Michael’s the real WWE fan so he’s in, too! Colin starts a chant, but Strowman tells him to shut up. Can Alexa make this happen? As the host of Wrestlemania, she can’t do this for Strowman’s blood-lust. Michael breathes a sigh of relief, but Alexa was just kidding. This is happening! And if Michael and Colin no-show, they’ll be wondering for the rest of their lives when they’ll #GetTheseHands!
Elias is still in New York.
The Drifter has made his way to Madison Square Garden, “the world’s most famous arena.” Now it’s not Boston’s Garden, because that houses a bunch of slobs. Elias has sold this place out three times already, more than Billy Joel ever cold. Elias is given change? Does this city have no idea who he is?!
Baron Corbin VS Apollo Crews!
“Boston’s Favorite Son” is apparently anything but that, as he has every other accolade of his listed. But will he at least redeem himself from last week’s quick defeat?
Raw returns and Apollo rolls Corbin up! TWO, but Apollo mule kicks and sunset flips. TWO, and now Apollo crucifix, TWO! Apollo dropkicks Corbin to a corner then baits Corbin in. Corbin slides out then in but into a dropkick! Corbin staggers and Apollo clotheslines him out! Apollo hits the moonsault off the apron, then runs back in, only for Corbin to toss him into the post! Corbin refreshes the count to drag Apollo up and throw him into barriers. He puts Apollo back in the ring then shoves him into buckles. Corbin lifts and tosses Apollo down! Cover, TWO! Corbin argues with the ref, but then points to the Wrestlemania sign to taunt fans that he’s still going, whether we like it or not.
Corbin drags Apollo up but Apollo clotheslines him back! Apollo baits Corbin into the corner again, then enziguris him down! Apollo climbs and leaps, frog splash! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives and gets to a corner. He puts Apollo on the apron but Apollo shoulders in. Apollo slingshots and runs, but into End of Days! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Lone Wolf has redeemed himself, but this is far from satisfactory. He drags Apollo up for another End of Days! Corbin grins and applauds, but will he be feeling good after facing Kurt Angle at Mania?
Seth Rollins is here!
The Architect, Mr. Royal Rumble 2019, goes to the ring and grabs a mic. Boston is ready to “Slay The Beast!” so Rollins cuts to the chase. Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins are not cut from the same cloth. The two roads that meet at Wrestlemania could not be any different. But there is only one road out, and it will be forged with the Universal Championship and by the man who will define the WWE’s future. It will either be Rollins or Lesnar, “and that’s really heavy.” But Rollins wants to carry that burden! Rollins wants to be a champion who inspires people. The champions who inspired Rollins were Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Ric Flair, Triple H, and even John Cena. But Brock Lesnar does not inspire people.
It goes without saying that this will be Rollins’ biggest match yet. Rollins has wanted it for a long time, but until recently, he didn’t realize how much it means to the fans. Rollins did a meet ‘n’ greet and everyone who came up to him, regardless of who they were, they all said the same thing. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” and “Slay The Beast!” and Rollins says it was something like that. “Please beat Lesnar at Wrestlemania.” Rollins promised he’ll do everything he can to stop Lesnar, but now he has no choice. He MUST beat Brock Lesnar! Rollins refuses to let Lesnar be the champion that defines this company! In 13 days, Rollins will stand up to the bully that is The Beast.
And what Lesnar doesn’t understand is that with an army behind Rollins, he WILL be unstoppable! Together, they will march to Suplex City and #BURN IT- “Ladies and Gentlemen!” The Advocate, Paul Heyman, is here in Boston to say, “Thank you.” Heyman thanks Rollins for letting him know that the match is now a “Handicap Match”. It’ll be the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BROCK LESNAR VS Seth Rollins & The WWE Universe. Heyman likes Lesnar’s odds, because Rollins’ chances of winning are zero. “Do you know how pathetic you sound, Seth?” Rollins needs the fans’ love, support and affirmation? Or perhaps their thoughts and prayers? Heyman mocks other requests for thoughts and prayers, but especially Rollins needing help not being beaten and victimized by Lesnar.
Heyman says Rollins needs those thoughts and prayers, because Rollins doesn’t have a thought on how to defeat Lesnar, nor a prayer in doing so. This isn’t personal, but when Lesnar does win, Rollins needs to take it personally when he and the WWE Universe fail at Wrestlemania. Heyman tosses the mic but Rollins chases him up the ramp! Rollins scares Heyman and Heyman suddenly says he’s just saying this because Lesnar wanted him to. Rollins laughs. This isn’t about getting thoughts and prayers, this is about answering them. “We are going to Wrestlemania! We are going to beat Brock Lesnar!” And WE are going to BURN IT DOWN!! Rollins carries the banner for the fans, but will he plant the flag in Suplex City’s ashes?
Kurt Angle makes his way out, and the “You Suck!” turns to Heyman. The Olympic Gold Medalist brings the Farewell Tour to Boston, but will it continue to be successful on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Kurt Angle VS Samoa Joe!
Angle and the Samoan Submission Machine have met before, but they’ll have their first and last match in the WWE in Boston! Will Angle win over the WWE United States Championship? Or will Joe tuck Angle in and make him go to sleep before ever making it to Wrestlemania?
Raw returns as Samoa Joe makes his entrance. Joe has a mic and asks Angle to forgive him. He forgot his bouquet of flowers to give to him. And though Joe knows the “scumbag New England mouth-breathers want it”, it’ll be a cold day into Hell before Angle can just ride off into the sunset. This is Wrestlemania Season, and stars around the world are getting ready for the big night. For Angle’s last night in Boston, Joe has a special gift. A good night’s sleep is very important, and Joe couldn’t think of a better way to say good-bye than putting Angle out once and for all. The bell rings and this very tense good-bye match begins!
Joe and Angle stare down, and then Joe headbutts Angle down! Joe stomps away on Angle, then stands him up for those swift jabs! Angle counter punches but Joe rakes his eyes! Joe brings Angle out and snap suplexes, but barely gets Angle over. Angle gets to a corner but Joe throws more hands. Fans rally behind Angle and he gets a waistlock on Joe! Joe elbows him off and snapmares him for stomps! Joe dropkicks Angle in the back, but Angle comes back with haymakers. Angle gets Joe on the ropes but Joe dumps Angle out, to DIVE! Joe bulldozes Angle into barriers and we go to break.
Raw returns and Angle fights his way out of Joe’s sleeper hold. Angle runs but Joe runs him over! Joe taunts Angle as he sits up. Joe puts him in the corner and trash talks before throwing more hands and CHOPS! Angle staggers away and Joe headbutts. Joe throws more jabs then brings Angle out for forearms. Joe runs but Angle ducks to German Suplex! Angle holds on for a second German Suplex! And then the hat trick! Cover, TWO! Angle gets back up and stalks Joe, but Joe fights out of the Angle Slam. Angle kicks but runs into an atomic drop. Joe boots and back sentons! Cover, TWO!! Angle lives and Joe is livid, but Joe keeps his eyes on Angle as he gets to a corner. Angle dodges Joe in the corner, ANGLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and Angle can’t believe it.
Angle fires up and goes for the ankle! Joe pushes him away, then gets up, to catch Angle for a powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Angle barely escapes but Joe keeps his focus. Joe puts Angle in a corner and on the top rope. Joe wants the Buster but Angle pushes him away. Angle hits a missile dropkick! The straps come down and Angle stalks Joe again. Angle lifts but Joe slips out to fire forearms and headbutts. Joe grabs Angle but Angle arm-drags him away. Angle rocks Joe with a right but runs into the sleeper! Joe squeezes and Angle fades, but fans give him a second wind! Angle rolls Joe to a cover, Angle wins!
Winner: Kurt Angle, by pinfall
The Farewell Tour wins by the skin of Angle’s teeth! Joe is shocked, will he be able to snap back before facing Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania? And what of Angle going over to SmackDown to face the Phenomenal AJ Styles?
Triple H is here!
The world heard what The Animal, Dave Batista, had to say about why he wants one more match at Wrestlemania, but now we hear The Game’s response, after the break.
Raw returns and HHH can’t believe the fans were giving an ovation that entire commercial break. It really was, trust him. But first thing’s first, congrats to the Raw Women’s Championship match for being THE main event at Wrestlemania. Congrats to them and all the women of WWE, past, present and future, because this was not given, it was earned. That’s the kind of thing that makes HHH happy. Just like coming out and realizing this mic is dry, unlike the one Batista spit all over. But some things upset HHH, like this thing buried in his pocket. He presents an envelope and a letter from Batista’s attorney. The letter states that Batista will not be competing at Wrestlemania after all. Unless HHH agrees to another stipulation.
This letter goes on and on, Batista says a lot of things like his recent realization that HHH started Evolution to protect himself. Really? Just figured that out 13 years later? Batista also realized that the moon isn’t made of cheese, so a big week for him. Batista also believes Evolution did nothing for him, except before then, he was just The Deacon following Reverend D-Von around. And then after Evolution, he was a world champion. Batista also believes HHH had an obsession that kept Batista down. Yet six world title reigns later, Batista quit when he couldn’t beat John Cena. Batista also thinks HHH kept Batista away from here, because HHH just refused to return his phone calls. HHH called Batista, but Batista’s manager said they should move Wrestlemania’s date to accommodate Batista’s shooting schedules.
But when the letter finally gets to Batista’s stipulation, as HHH will read now to properly reflect Batista’s feelings… “If you would like me to appear then at Wrestlemania, you will give me what I want. What I really, really want. I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want.” This goes on and on for pages! But the bottom line, Batista wants HHH’s career on the line. If Batista wins at Wrestlemania, HHH will never compete in the ring again. HHH tells “Dave” that he beat up a 70 year old man a year after being on his deathbed, all just to get a match at Mania. HHH agreed to that match, 75 THOUSAND people, and yet Batista still demands something. This is just another attempt by Batista to quit. HHH will not let Batista quit. He will make Batista stand up to his commitment.
Batista believes HHH is obsessed with Batista? HHH doesn’t give a crap about him! The only thing HHH is obsessed with is kicking Batista’s ass. And at this point in their careers, if HHH cannot beat a “self-deluded douchebag”, then he has no business being in the ring. If Batista wants HHH’s career on the line, “you’ve got it.” The Game plays Batista’s game, but will Batista regret even wanting to play?
Elias makes quite the haul.
“New York recognizes talent.” Elias has always felt that way. There’s maybe $2000 in his guitar case. New York is the greatest city in the world, so long as Elias is here. Elias will leave no doubt that there is one universal truth. And that is… you need to watch your money. A pickpocket gets away with some of Elias’ tips, but Elias will make way more than that at Wrestlemania. And then no one will doubt that WWE truly stands for #WalkWithElias. The pickpocket comes back to take the entire guitar case!
Last Man Standing: Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose!
The Scottish Terminator thought he had terminated the Lunatic once and for all, but it seems even a Claymore off the stage wasn’t enough. Will Ambrose get payback for himself in such an extreme match? Or will McIntyre be the only one standing on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Raw returns once again as McIntyre makes his entrance. Ambrose is raring to go but the referee has him wait. The bell rings and Ambrose fires off! Ambrose punches and stomps McIntyre in a corner but McIntyre fights his way back out. McIntyre CHOPS Ambrose, then drags him up to CHOP again. McIntyre drags Ambrose up but Ambrose dodges to fire forearms. Ambrose whips but McIntyre reverses. Ambrose kicks and dumps McIntyre out. The Lunatic climbs up top and leaps but misses his Lunatic Elbow! McIntyre watches Ambrose as the count begins. The count climbs to 5 before Ambrose drags himself up. Ambrose stands at 8, but McIntyre is on him with a swinging slam into barriers! Ambrose is down again while we go to one last break.
Raw returns once again, and Ambrose headbutts McIntyre off the top rope. Ambrose adjusts and leaps but into a kendo stick SMASH! McIntyre SMACKS Ambrose more, then digs the stick’s bare tip into Ambrose’s face! McIntyre lets up to SMACK Ambrose against the ropes. The stick is splintered and McIntyre holds it up proudly. McIntyre dares Ambrose to stand back up, but Ambrose ducks and clotheslines McIntyre out! Ambrose builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends McIntyre into the barriers! They’re both down as the count begins. The count passes 5 but Ambrose is right up. McIntyre stands, too, but Ambrose throws hands. The Glasgow Kiss rocks Ambrose! McIntyre, bleeding from his back, brings Ambrose under the ring, to catapult guillotine him into the steel frame!
The referee counts on Ambrose but Ambrose is stirring. He stands at 5, but McIntyre has the steel steps! McIntyre rams Ambrose down! The referee counts again as Ambrose sputters and crawls. Ambrose forces himself up at 7! But McIntyre puts him back in the ring. McIntyre takes a chair from the timekeeper’s area and brings it into the ring. He wedges it in the corner and throws Ambrose. Ambrose slides to a stop and baits McIntyre in! McIntyre meets chair! DIRTY DEEDS! The count begins on McIntyre, but the Terminator stands at 8! Ambrose boots him back down then rains down rights! Ambrose hurries to fetch a TABLE! He sets it up in the corner to the liking of the fans. McIntyre manages to stand, and tackles Ambrose through the table!!
Fans lose their minds as the count begins again. McIntyre glares at Ambrose as Ambrose crawls from the wreckage. The count passes 5, then 7, and Ambrose stands at 9! CLAYMORE!! McIntyre knocks Ambrose right back down, and the count begins again. Ambrose slowly sits up but McIntyre looms over him. The count hits 10, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre
The Terminator steps on Ambrose like the roach he called him. Will McIntyre do the same to Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania?
Wrestlemania’s growing closer, but it seems Raw is slowing down. There was literally no need for the Beat the Clock Challenge tonight, and certainly not if someone other than Ronda was going to win it. Granted, the fans loved seeing Becky beat Ronda’s time, and it is something Becky can brag about in the two weeks left, but what does any of this do? The announcement that the three of them are THE main event should’ve been enough. They can talk, take credit, all of that, but there’s no need for matches like this at this point in time. For that matter, not even sure about next week having a Six Woman Tag where they join forces against Riott Squad. Pretty sure there will be dysfunction, and yet also a way where The Riott Squad still loses. This build’s homestretch just hit a speed bump.
I’m not entirely sure why Vince insists Finn has to beat everyone other than Lashley to prove he’s worthy of the title. I suppose it’s great for Lashley, but Mahal being dragged in was obviously so Lashley could lose without taking the pin. Finn VS Lashley, actually going 1v1, is still going to be good, and I’m still hoping Finn finally gets that win on Lashley directly to put this to bed. Elias’ New York promos were great, but especially the last one. I wonder if his greatest performance, aka greatest interruption, will actually be bigger than Jeff Jarrett now… Aleister & Ricochet are doing great, though at the cost of The Revival. I have a bad feeling that if Aleister & Ricochet are going for main roster tag titles at Wrestlemania, that means The Forgotten Sons win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic!!
So glad to see The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way IS happening! At the same time, Bayley seeing some of the Samoan sneak attack coming was good, because it really should’ve been obvious. This also gave Beth a great moment for herself to confirm that she’s coming back for this match. I still feel like it’s between Boss & Hug retaining or the IIconics taking the belts to SmackDown. SmackDown really needs to work on their Women’s Roster overall, so I’m leaning towards Boss & Hug retaining in a big way. The Strowman celebrity angle is starting to be like screeching brakes on the Road to Wrestlemania. For what it’s worth, everyone is properly selling the dialogue, it just seems weird that Colin and Michael will be in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. I really hope Strowman still wins it all, that’s the only way to salvage this.
Corbin VS Crews was alright, but it’s probably one of the things that makes the most sense tonight. Corbin needed to keep himself afloat or he really would look like the wrong choice for Angle’s farewell match at Mania. Of course, the Farewell Tour is still hitting the right notes. Angle VS Joe was a bit slow at the start but it got going, and naturally Angle wins. It actually helps both stories, Angle’s and Joe’s, that the win was a quick pin and not a finisher. It’s good to push Angle not quite being in his prime, to bring concern that he might not beat Corbin. And for Joe, it seems quick pins are becoming his weakness as this happened when Mysterio pinned him. Also good to know Angle VS Styles and Angle VS Mysterio are coming, those are going to be great for the Farewell Tour, too.
As for Ambrose constantly getting beat by McIntyre, I can’t be sure the reason other than to boost McIntyre. Roman’s brawl with McIntyre was good, and I suppose it makes sense for McIntyre to stand tall thanks to dirty tactics. McIntyre VS Ambrose was good, but the commercial interruption and the shortness overall kept it from being great. If the Beat the Clock Challenge wasn’t a thing, all of that match time could’ve gone to this. Perhaps this is not only to boost McIntyre, but to make it seem less and less likely Ambrose will even be able to help Roman at Wrestlemania. Rollins had a great promo with Heyman tonight, but there’s no guarantees he actually will #SlayTheBeast. It might only be Roman having a good night at Wrestlemania at this point.
My Score: 7.7/10
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