WWE steps on the gas and drives in the Fastlane! Will the New Daniel Bryan stay the world champion? Will Becky Lynch earn her way into a Triple Threat?
- Kickoff Match – The New Day VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev w/ Lana; The New Day wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Miz & Shane McMahon; The Usos win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville; Asuka wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- WWE Championship Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kevin Owens VS Kofi Kingston; changed to…
- 2v1 Tornado Handicap Match: The Bar VS Kofi Kingston; The Bar wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Revival VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS Aleister Black & Ricochet; The Revival wins and retains the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio VS R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Samoa Joe wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Nia Jax & Tamina; Banks & Bayley win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
- WWE Championship Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kevin Owens VS ???; Bryan wins and retains the WWE Championship.
- Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch; Lynch wins, by disqualification, and joins the Raw Women’s Championship match at Wrestlemania as a Triple Threat.
- Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley; The Shield wins.
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It’s the WWE Fastlane Kickoff Show!
Join Johnathan Coachman, Beth Phoenix, David Otunga and Sam Roberts in previewing the action for tonight’s final stop before Wrestlemania!
The IIconics join the panel.
Billie Kay & Peyton Royce play dumb as to knowing Sasha Banks & Bayley are in town. It’s because they haven’t seen the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions on SmackDown yet. They have a good point, but then are they out here to call them out? But what happens if Nia Jax & Tamina win? The IIconics aren’t going to ask nor answer that question. Quiet, Sam. But the IIconics are the future, and the future is IIconic! Strike the pose! Then will the IIconics give a prediction on this first title defense? Billie consults with Peyton, and they go with Boss & Hug Connection. Coach thinks that’s in their best interest considering Nia- What’s that? What’s that, Coach? Look Billie in the eyes and say that again. “Thank you.” “You’re welcome.” Will the inaugural champions stay the champions? Or will the Samoan Dynasty have gold this close to Wrestlemania?
Backstage interview with Fire & Desire.
Mandy Rose prepares for her title match with Asuka. She won thanks to a fake eye injury, and Asuka got her back for it. Does Mandy think tonight is a long shot? Well Asuka had to attack them from behind, so she must be desperate. Asuka is the one with a long shot chance to win. Sonya says Mandy is strategic, focused, and has the mental edge. But EC3 comes along. “Mannnndy.” Oh wow, he speaks. He does a lot of things, except forgetting to introduce himself. EC3 is between brands, and he’s a bit of a hot commodity. Something these two know a lot about.
Oh so the first thing EC3 says is this? There’s more where that came from. Well Mandy’s not on Earth to flirt with a human tanning bed. She has more important things to focus on. Sonya and EC3 click at each other before EC3 leaves. Will the Top One Percent pursue SmackDown as his main roster home?
Carmella petitions for R-Truth’s United States Championship rematch.
The Fabulous Princess gets signatures, but Zelina Vega has advice for Carmella. Truth lost but Carmella has a clipboard like they’re somebodies. Unlike John Cena, Truth should give up. Because El Idolo will finish Rey Mysterio and move on to the title. Oh but didn’t Samoa Joe pin Almas in that Fatal 4 Way? Samoa Joe himself comes by and before this escalates, he’ll make this clear: he is the champion. And Joe will continue to be champion. If Truth, Mysterio or Almas have a problem, then just come see him. He’ll be more than happy to put their problems to sleep. And he even signs the petition. Tonight, everyone gets what they want: It’s a FATAL 4 WAY REMATCH for the title!!
Christian joins the panel!
He jokes around with Sam and Otunga, but he also has some matches to talk about. The Miz gets to be in his hometown of Cleveland, does Christian think that’ll help? It might be more of a distraction. If you want to know why Miz is so annoying, just look to Papa Miz. Give Papa Miz a luxury box seat, not one ringside! But Miz is approaching 40, why is he still looking for his father’s approval? The Usos are laser focused, but why is Miz worrying about his daddy issues? Christian knows about tag title reigns, it’s about chemistry. Usos have chemistry from the womb while Miz and Shane are kinda forced. And Christian never had to go for dad’s approval. Does this spell doom for the would-be Best Tag Team in the World?
Aleister Black & Ricochet speak.
“Our lives are defined by moments.” Ricochet will never forget falling in love with high-flying. Or the moment that he was going to the WWE. And now he’ll create a new moment in his WWE PPV debut. As a kid from Kentucky, Ricochet has always wanted to be a WWE champion, and he’ll make that dream come true. Aleister reminds us that “People fear the unknown.” With each of their victories, they put fear in the hearts of their opponents. This isn’t about the past, this is about destiny choosing them to win the Raw Tag Team Championships. One flies, one strikes, and all the rest will #FadetoBlack. Will this air strike of destiny hit its mark in the Triple Threat?
AJ Styles joins the panel.
The Phenomenal One speaks on the “mistake” of replacing Kofi Kingston in tonight’s WWE Championship. Kofi went through four other competitors just to get this close to the title and it was all taken away by a whim. As for Kevin Owens, Styles agrees that Bryan needs his mouth shut, but it should’ve been by Kofi. Kofi’s probably got the best chance of stopping Bryan. The Road to Wrestlemania is in the home stretch, and Styles knows what it takes to get to the end. Bryan has been doing this a long time and is going to another level. Bryan has Rowan as a back-up but Kevin will surely think outside the box. But what about Styles’ own fall? He’s gone from champion to contender to commentator. Well you can’t always be the top guy, but Styles will bide his time.
Then what about Randy Orton always having a retort? Orton’s a bully and he’s just trying to pester Styles into reacting. Christian knows Orton can get in your head without even trying. But Styles is confident, he’ll deal with Orton when the time comes.
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.
The Prizefighter made a surprising return and now has a title match. With all the controversy, has he been able to focus? The controversy is all Vince McMahon’s thing, go ask him. Kevin still agrees, Kofi earned his shot but Kevin’s not going to refuse his own. This is to make life better for him and his family. Plus, Kevin just can’t stand Bryan talking down to the WWE Universe anymore. All the fans have wanted to punch Bryan so Kevin will do that for us! But then in come the New Day. Kofi just wants to say he has no problem with Kevin. This is Kevin’s shot, so good luck. Kevin appreciates that, and shakes Kofi’s hand. And good luck in the tag match. Speaking of, that’s up next!
But wait, the McMahons want to speak with Kofi in regards to a WWE Championship match?! Big E and Xavier Woods are excited for Kofi, but is this what we’re all thinking?!
Kickoff Match – The New Day VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev w/ Lana!
The power of positivity and pancakes comes to Cleveland to take on a rather effective makeshift team! Can Big E & Woods keep the King of Strong Style and Bulgarian Brute from gaining any ground in the SmackDown Tag Division?
The teams sort out and we begin with Woods and Nakamura. Woods and Nakamura circle while fans chant “New! Day Rocks!” Nakamura simply ignores it while he tests with kicks. They tie up and Nakamura waistlocks. Woods works to a wristlock, but Nakamura cartwheels and reverses back. Nakamura knees Woods to a corner then throws strikes. Nakamura whips corner to corner but Woods goes up and over. Woods runs and things speed up, Woods tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Cover, TWO! Woods brings Nakamura up but Rusev runs in. Woods turns around into a roundhouse! Nakamura tags to Rusev while we go picture in picture.
Rusev covers, TWO! Rusev grimaces as he looms over Woods. He stomps Woods at the ropes, then sits him up for a swift kick to the back! Fans rally but Nakamura tags in. Nakamura and Rusev mug Woods, but Woods hits back. We return to single picture as Nakamura knees Woods back down. Nakamura stomps Woods in the corner then kicks Woods’ leg. Tag to Rusev and Rusev throws heavy hands. Rusev rams his shoulders in over and over! Rusev taunts Big E but goes back to Woods. He lifts Woods into the bearhug! Fans rally as Woods endures the squeeze. Woods ear claps Rusev off then throws haymakers. Rusev knees low then tags Nakamura. They double whip, for pop-up knee to enziguri! Cover, TWO! Nakamura drags Woods away while we check on The Miz talking to his dad.
Papa Miz hopes Miz brings the titles home. Well then he better get to his seat, because the SmackDown Tag Titles are first! Shane comes by, says hi to Papa Miz, and gets pumped up with The Miz for their match. Back in the ring, Woods fights his way out of Nakamura’s facelock but Nakamura knees low. Nakamura puts him in the corner and tags in Rusev. Rusev puts Woods on the top rope and throws haymakers. Rusev climbs up top but Woods resists. Woods throws body shots back and headbutts Rusev down! Woods adjusts, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Both Woods and Rusev are down but fans fire up! Woods and Rusev crawl, hot tags to Nakamura and Big E! Big E rallies with overhead suplexes! And a belly2belly! Fans fire up as Big E swivels the hips. Big E runs, BIG Splash!
But Big E’s not done there. He waits for Nakamura to stand, and he scoops. Nakamura slips around to a guillotine! Big E squats, but powers back up! Big E powers Nakamura off! Nakamura rolls to the apron and slowly stands. Big E builds speed, to get a knee! Nakamura drags Big E out to kick away between the ropes! And an ax kick! Nakamura climbs while Big E staggers away. Leaping knee! Cover, TWO! The New Day still lives, so Nakamura tags Rusev. The King and Brute work together to whip Big E, but Woods tags in. Big E fights off Rusev but gets the dynamic dropkick. Nakamura runs into the swing kick and step-n complete shot! Rusev roundhouses Woods! Cover, TWO! Rusev grows frustrated as he glares at Woods. Fans rally as Rusev drags Woods into a corner.
Rusev puts Woods up top and throws heavy haymakers. Woods throws them back and boots Rusev away. Woods leaps over Rusev, to come back for a wheelbarrow, but Rusev blocks to a wheelbarrow suplex! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura returns and Rusev tags him in. They drag Woods up and whip again. Fireman’s carry to suplex! Sliding knee! Cover, TWO!! Woods stays alive so Nakamura takes aim. Woods counters the Kinshasa to a roll-up! TWO, but tag to Big E! Urenage backstabber combo! Big E runs Rusev over and hauls Nakamura up. Woods climbs, but Rusev distracts the ref. Lana trips up Woods! Nakamura boots Big E then tags Rusev. Nakamura runs but is sent out. Big E turns around into a MACHKA KICK! Cover, Woods saves it! The New Day will not die!
Nakamura throws Woods into buckles, but Woods dumps him out! Rusev runs but Woods dumps him out! Tag, and Woods builds speed! Woods FLIES, but is caught! Rusev and Nakamura double slam Woods down! Woods writhes but Rusev puts him in. Cover, TWO!! Woods continues to survive, but Rusev shouts to “CRUSH!!” Rusev stomps Woods, and puts on the Accolade! Woods endures being bent back, but he powers up to get an arm out! Rusev gets the arm back but Woods still gets closer tot he ropse. Nakamura pulls the ropes away! Big E grabs Nakamura and dumps him into the timekeeper’s area! Rusev lets Woods go to shout at Big E, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO!! Rusev runs in but misses. Tag to Big E, and Big E scoops Rusev. Woods climbs. UpUpDownDown! Cover, The New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, Big E pinning
Lana scowls as her two heavy hitters lose again. The New Day celebrate this win, but will they be celebrating something even bigger when they regroup with Kofi?
“What are you willing to do to get to Wrestlemania?”
They all follow roads. Some to glory, some to pain. But all roads lead home. The Big Dog overcame a true fight for his life, but now he wants it #OneLastTime. The Shield reunites, but will they be back on top? Vince McMahon tried to deny The Man, but will Straight Fire head straight for Mania? And Vince McMahon did very much the same to Kofi Kingston, but will that come back to bite the Planet’s Champion? There are tag titles a plenty, but who is taking them all the way to the goal? The Road to Wrestlemania enters the Fastlane!
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Miz & Shane McMahon!
Jimmy & Jey may have the titles #OnLock, but will Cleveland’s own bring championships home? The Miz and Shane look to truly be the Best Tag Team in the World, will they do Papa Miz proud?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin! Jimmy starts against Shane and “The Land” is strong behind their hometown here and his Co-Besty. Jimmy and Shane approach but Shane’s test kicks keep Jimmy back. Jey points out the shoes while Jimmy circlds with Shane. Jimmy runs into a jab! And then an arm-drag! And another arm-drag! Shane gets Jimmy with a Russian Leg Sweep! Tag to The Miz and Cleveland is ready! The Co-Besties give co-jabs and fancy foot work! Jimmy slides away and tags to Jey. Jey runs into Miz’s boot! Cover, ONE! Miz keeps on Jey with CHOPS! Cleveland chants “Miz is Awesome!” as Miz gives more chops to Jey. Miz whips but Jey reverses. Jey runs into a mule kick, and Miz goes up and over with a sunset flip! TWO, but Miz brings Jey over.
Tag to Shane, and they hit the Hart Attack! Cover, TWO! Shane puts Jey in the corner for mudhole stomps and fast hands. The ref counts but Shane back elbows at 4. Shane hits Jimmy for good measure, but Jey hits back. Jey headlocks, Jimmy tags in, and the Usos work together to run Shane over! Shane sits up in a daze while Jimmy looms closer. Jimmy headbutts Shane down then throws elbows. Jimmy drops one more headbutt then covers, ONE! Fans rally for Shane as Jimmy brings him up. Jimmy throws uppercuts and puts Shane in the corner. Tag to Jey and the Usos split the wishbone. Jey stays between Shane and Miz as he rains down rights and stomps. Jey wraps Shane in a chinlock but Cleveland continues to rally. Shane endures and reaches but Jey turns Shane away. Jey shifts to a facelock but the rally builds.
Shane feeds off the energy as Jey shifts back to a chinlock. Shane fights free, but gets the dragon whip kick! Cover, TWO! Jimmy tags in and hits Miz while Jey drags Shane away. Fans boo as Jimmy stomps Shane. Jimmy drags Shane to the ropes and chokes him, but stops at 4. Jey gets a sucker punch in! Miz protests but Jimmy wraps another chinlock on. Shane endures again while fans rally up. Shane fights and crawls for his corner, but Jimmy keeps Shane away. Jimmy drops a fist, then drags Shane away. Tag to Jey and Jey hits a leaping headbutt! Cover, ONE! Shane crawls to the ropes while Jey grows frustrated. Jey throws a big right, but into the float-over DDT from Shane! Both men are down but the fans rally up! Shane and Jey crawl, hot tags to Jimmy and Miz!
Miz hits the springboard ax handles! He hits Jey then flapjacks Jimmy! Miz gives It Kicks in the corner! He goes corner to corner for double knees! And then for more! Cleveland is fired up as Miz hits the A-List Lariat. Miz boots Jey then slides under Jimmy for a sunset flip! TWO, but Miz dumps Jimmy out. Miz takes off the jersey and climbs up high! Miz LEAPS and wipes both usos out! And right in front of Papa! Papa Miz applauds, too, as Miz puts Jimmy in. Miz ducks the dragon whip, hits the low DDT! Cover, TWO! Shane and the fans rally as Miz keeps his focus. Miz runs, but Jimmy ducks the boots! Roll up, TWO! Jey tags in and Jimmy rocks Miz with an elbow. Pop Up Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives but Jey taunts Shane. “Watch this!”
Jey runs in, but into a full nelson! Jey resists the Finale to mule kick. Tag to Jimmy, but Miz fights back with elbows and boots. Miz goes up, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Cover, but Shane breaks it! Shane throws hands on Jey! But Jey reverses, Samoan Drop Neckbreaker! Miz dumps Jey out, then gets Jimmy, Skull Crushing Finale! But the ref’s too busy helping Shane!! Cover counted, TWO!! Miz can’t believe how close they were! Miz keeps his cool as he drags Jimmy up. He goes after the legs now, and then the Figure Four! But Jimmy sends him into the post! Jey tags in and the Usos haul Miz up into an Electric Chair. The Usos make sure Papa Miz is watching. But Miz slips out and shoves Jey into Jimmy! Roll up, TWO!!
Miz puts Jey on the apron but runs into a kick! Jey climbs up but Miz hits back! Miz throws more lefts then climbs up. Jey fights back and hits a BIG hotshot! Jimmy and Miz are down, but Shane aims at Jimmy! But Jey gets in Shane’s way. They each want to leap! Jey leaps, Shane hits HIM!! Everyone is down and Cleveland is losing its mind! Miz sits up as fans cheer, including Papa! Papa says go up top, so Miz goes up top! Miz aims at Jey, for a frog splash! ONTO KNEES!! Cover, The Usos win!!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions
Jimmy & Jey take advantage of Miz’s gamble! The Usos keep the titles and move on towards Wrestlemania, but what does this mean for the Co-Besties? Miz and Shane still raise each other’s hands, and hug it out with Papa Miz. They raise Papa Miz’s hands, too, for his part in their run. And then Shane attacks Miz?! Shane fires hands and stomps Miz out!? Fans boo and ask “Why, Shane, Why!?”
Shane rips the “Cleveland is Awesome” shirt and uses it to choke Miz! And then he wipes the sweat with it, to throw at Miz. Shane gives Miz more stomps, right in front of Miz’s dad! Shane talks trash to Papa Miz, then grabs him by his face! He shoves Papa Miz down, then kicks Miz more! Shane drags Miz up for fists right to the head, then into a triangle hold! Shane makes sure Miz and his dad lock eyes as Miz is choked out. Papa Miz pleads that someone stop Shane, but no one can stop Miz from passing out. “That’s your son!” Shane shouts as he rubs his forearms into Miz’s face. Cleveland boos Shane out of the building, but he doesn’t care. Will Shane give us a reason why? Will Miz get revenge either way?
The Pack mocks The Shield.
Drew McIntyre says “The Shield rides again. One last time, to be broken by my hands.” Baron Corbin says that while the brothers have been dealing with dysfunction, these there have been dominating. Bobby Lashley says the fight brought them together, but this fight will finish it. This will not be a happy farewell tour, but a crushing and embarrassing defeat. “Believe that.” Corbin, McIntyre & Lashley feel they are the new power in the WWE, but will they feel true power tonight?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in Cleveland, playing his guitar as always. “On the Road to Wrestlemania, we’re in the Fastlane. We just saw Cleveland’s own Miz get his ass kicked by Shane.” Elias sees the future, and as far as he can tell, if that was Miz’s Dad, he’s not going to age well. But Elias is in Cleveland, and he can’t wait to be gone. He’ll head to LA and hang with his friend, LeBron. Elias ends his performance, and Cleveland doesn’t want an encore.
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville!
The Empress of Tomorrow may have gotten suckered by God’s Greatest Creation, but she got her and the Gladiator Gal back. Will Asuka be ready for any other tricks up Mandy’s sleeves? Or will Mandy still not be ready for Asuka?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Mandy and Asuka circle and tie up. Mandy gets a wristlock but Asuka switches it back quick. Asuka snapmares and kicks Mandy! Asuka gets a headlock but Mandy fights out to get her own headlock. Mandy gets a takedown but Asuka rolls through to a heel hook! Mandy reaches and gets the ropebreak fast. Asuka lets Mandy go and eggs Mandy on. Mandy runs into a takedown then a shoulder. Asuka puts Mandy in a corner then runs in. Mandy puts her on the apron but Asuka hits her back. Asuka keeps Sonya back but Mandy pounces! Mandy drags Asuka in but Asuka breaks free. Asuka blocks a kick, to the Ankle Lock! Sonya runs in but back out. Mandy waistlocks but Asuka standing switches. She rolls Mandy, TWO!
Sonya distracts again, Mandy hits the Golden Knee! Cover, TWO! Mandy rains down rights on Asuka but lets up at 4. Mandy drags Asuka up again for a big suplex! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated and she tries another cover, TWO! Mandy drags Asuka up and wrenches to a standing abdominal stretch. Asuka endures and Cleveland rallies for her. Mandy digs her elbow in but Asuka fights out. Mandy throws forearms then suplexes, but Asuka slips out. Asuka can’t German so she gets an Octopus Stretch! And she pulls back hard! Sonya starts searching under the ring? Mandy shifts and slams Asuka down! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated and throws haymakers on Asuka. Asuka grows angry as Mandy talks trash.
Asuka SLAPS Mandy, then again! She throws palm strikes, but Mandy whips. Asuka hops up and hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Asuka as she fires off more palm strikes! Mandy can barely cover up, but she does kick. Asuka blocks it to give a kick of her own! Asuka runs corner to corner for a hip attack! And then the German Suplex! Asuka keeps moving, Sliding Wizard! Cover, TWO! Mandy shows toughness as she slowly stands up. Asuka grins as she stalks Mandy. Asuka kicks away on Mandy at the ropes, then runs. Mandy dodges the hip attack, Golden Knee! Cover, TWO! Sonya is frustrated for Mandy as she drags Asuka up. Mandy underhooks but Asuka flails. Asuka hits the pop-up knee! Sonya panics while Mandy is dazed.
Asuka drags Mandy up for forearms from both sides. Sonya finds what she was looking for: a kendo stick! Mandy ducks the roundhouse and shoulders Asuka away. Mandy whips but Asuak reverses. Sonya forgot to reset the skirt and Mandy trips on it! Asuka back heel kicks Mandy down! Cover, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by pinfall; still SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Empress wins because Fire & Desire were too busy trying to sneak the win. Mandy isn’t happy about it, will she forgive Sonya? Who will step up to Asuka for Wrestlemania?
The New Day look for Kofi Kingston.
What’s the big news? He doesn’t have any! No one has let him in the office. Wait, they’re making HIM wait when they invited him over? They knock again, but then barge in. Vince McMahon is there, and wants to know what this is about. What? He had Kofi waiting. No Vince was waiting for Kofi. No, Kofi has been waiting for 11 years. Vince talked about box office hits, but he’s had it for almost a dozen years! Please do not take this opportunity from Kofi after all Kofi has done for the company. The McMahons said the people will get what they want? Well people want Kofi! Kofi for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania! Vince says what will happen… is tonight’s WWE Championship is now a Triple Threat! And it’s up next!!
WWE Championship Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kevin Owens VS Kofi Kingston!
The New Day will have to stay backstage, but that’s fine by them! The WWE Universe has wanted Kofi to have his moment, and this might be the night! Will Kofi bring the power of positivity to that organic championship belt? Will The Prizefighter make good on his own opportunity? Or will the Planet’s Champion remain the world champion?
Wait, hold on. Something’s not right. There’s been a sudden change, the match is actually later tonight. This is a Handicap Match?! Kofi against The Bar, in tornado rules?!
2v1 Tornado Handicap Match: The Bar VS Kofi Kingston!
This is clearly Vice McMahon’s doing, but why!? Is Kofi still in the world title match tonight? Will he even make it to the end of tonight?!
Cesaro & Sheamus have no complaints as they corner Kofi. Kofi fights against them but this is too much! Fans boo as The Bar stomps away on Kofi all over. Sheamus puts Kofi in a corner and The Bar throws hands. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Cesaro still whips Kofi corner to corner. Sheamus whips Cesaro in but Kofi fights back! Kofi sends Sheamus into the post then throws hands on Cesaro. But Sheamus comse back and The Bar again has the numbers. They rain down rights and grind knees in. Cesaro runs Kofi over, and Sheamus helps out for dual Half Crabs! Kofi endures while fans boo this Cleveland Screw Job!
The Bar drags Kofi back up and Cesaro whips Sheamus in for a pump knee! Cesaro adds a running European Uppercut, and then scrapes Kofi out to the floor. The Bar drags Kofi up to club him against the barriers. Sheamus throws EuroUppers, then Cesaro gut wrenches Kofi onto the barriers. The Bar hauls Kofi into the ring to club away on the apron. Fans still chant for Kofi and still boo for The Bar. Kofi revives and boots Cesaro into barriers! Kofi shoves Sheamus into another post! He kicks Cesaro back and into the ring. Kofi climbs up but has to ax handle Sheamus down. Kofi climbs again, and leaps, into a EuroUpper! The Bar coordinates to finish Kofi off. Cesaro powerbomb lifts, Sheamus adds a clothesline, Doomsday Bomb!
But The Bar isn’t through with Kofi, as Sheamus beats his chest. Cesaro holds Kofi up, for the BROGUE! Cesaro takes the cover, but doesn’t finish it! Fans boo even louder, but The New Day come to the ring! Only for Rusev and Nakamura to attack them first! KINSHASA for Big E! MACHKA Kick for Woods! A-Swiss-ted White Noise for Kofi! Cover, The Bar wins.
Winners: The Bar, by pinfall
What horrible abuse of power did we just watch? Is Vince McMahon never going to acknowledge Kofi’s accomplishments?
Backstage interview with Sasha Banks & Bayley!
The Boss & Hug Connection defend their titles tonight, and give a quick shout-out to Kofi. His heart is an inspiration to them. How do Sasha & Bayley feel being champion underdogs against Nia Jax & Tamina? Well yes, Nia and Tamina are strong, but these two welcome the challenge. They’ll never take the titles for granted, and they’ll fight for everything they’ve worked for. Sasha & Bayley are ready to defend the belts on all brands and become the best women’s tag champions ever. #BankonThat.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias, again.
The Drifter is giving fans the encore they didn’t want because he doesn’t care what fans want. “It’s a New Day. Oh, yes it is. Kofi just suffered the same fate as that moron, The Miz.” They all looked like some Cleveland Cavaliers: A bunch of beat up losers, just like the fans here. Can we finally put this Kofi talk to rest? And just admit to yourself that the Pittsburgh Steelers are the best. This ends Elias’ second session, will he try to go for a third?
Backstage interview with Shane McMahon.
What is his explanation for his attack on The Miz tonight? He doesn’t give one.
Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Revival VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS Aleister Black & Ricochet!
The #TopGuys worked hard, and sometimes cheated, to finally get these tag titles, and they’re not about to give them up so easily. The GLORIOUS Duo got themselves this rematch by ruining the shot for the NXT air force! Will the Embodiment of the End and the One and Only show everyone not to underestimate them?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and The Revival talk trash. They get punched out of the ring, leaving the GLORIOUS Duo to brawl with Ricochet and Aleister! Aleister and Ricochet boot them out, then fake them out! Superhero landing and cross-leg sit-down! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while the other two teams talk strategy. Roode & Gable go to their corner and Ricochet officially starts with Gable. They tie up, Gable waistlocks to a takedown to another waistlock. Gable throws Ricochet around but Ricochet back flips out! Ricochet runs and rolls off Gable’s back to then handspring and headscissor Gable! He dropkicks Gable, too! Ricochet brings Gable up but Gable hits him with a right. Gable goes to monkey flip but Dash Wilder tags in.
Ricochet headscissors Gable but Dash grabs Ricochet! Tag to Dawson, assisted suplex! Cover, TWO! The Revival keep on Ricochet as Dawson whips and runs Ricochet over! Dash taunts “Ricky” as Dawson bumps him off buckles. Dawson CHOPS then stomps a mudhole into Ricochet. He drags Ricochet up to a fireman’s carry and tags in Dash. Assisted gutbuster drop! Cover, TWO! Dash drags Ricochet up for a EuroUpper. Fans rally and Ricochet pushes Dash away. Gable tags in and drags Ricochet up. Gable snap suplexes and floats over, TWO! The Revival talk trash while Gable drops legs on Ricochet’s arm. Gable pulls the arm back in a keylock but fans rally for Ricochet. Ricochet fights his way up and jawbreakers free!
Dawson tags in and is right on Ricochet as he hangs him out to dry. Dawson then drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt down! He hauls Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dawson fish hooks Ricochet’s nose then clamps on a vicious chinlock. Fans rally again and Ricochet fights his way up. Ricochet snapmares Dawson but Dawson shoves him. Dawson runs into a back elbow! Ricochet rocks Dash, then leaps, but Dawson keeps him from Aleister! Dawson puts him in an open corner but Ricochet boots back. Somersault shotgun dropkick! Both men are down but crawling. Roode tags in off Dawson, hot tag to Aleister! The Dutch Destroyer rallies on the GLORIOUS Duo with his strikes! Boot for Gable, and he sends Roode into Dash! Aleister sweeps the legs and drives in the knee! Aleister kips up, springboards, and quebradas!
Fans fire up with Aleister as he lifts Roode’s head. Aleister aims, but his kick is sent into Dawson! Spinebuster from Roode to Aleister! Roode coordinates with Gable and brings Aleister over. Tag to Gable, and he climbs up, But Aleister escapes the Glorious Combination. Gable elbows Aleister but runs into a boot. Ricochet tags in, Aleister Meteora to Roode! Gable rolling kicks Ricochet! Gable rolls Aleister for Chaos Theory, but Dash splashes Gable! Ricochet Shooting Star on Dash! Cover, but Roode breaks it! All six men are down but Cleveland is fired up! The teams regroup and Roode drags Ricochet up. Ricochet throws Roode out, Dawson tags in. Ricochet runs in at Dash but is put on the apron. He fights off both Revival members, and dumps Dash out.
Ricochet climbs, but Gable anchors him. Dawson haymakers Ricochet from the other side! Dawson climbs and drags Ricochet up, but Ricochet rocks him with a right! Ricochet climbs up now, and they stand all the way up. SUPER STEINER on the pile!! Everyone crashes and burns, and Cleveland loses their minds! The teams regroup again, and Ricochet drags Dawson back up and in. Ricochet and Aleister head back in the ring, but Roode clubs Aleister down. Ricochet climbs up but Dawson slips out. Roode whips Aleister into barriers! Ricochet sees that, and DIVES over the post! Ricochet hits Roode, but Gable tags in! Gable climbs up, and leaps at Dawson! Big crossbody! But roll through! TWO, and Gable victory rolls! TWO, and Gable ends up in a hotshot! SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover, The Revival retain!
Winners: The Revival, Scott Dawson pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions
There’s no time to celebrate! Dash scrapes out Aleister but Roode comes back for a GLORIOUS DDT! BLACK MASS for Roode! Ricochet hits the Landslide on Dash! Ricochet climbs up while Aleister watches guard. 630 senton!! The Revival might have retained, but they’ve still got the NXT air force hot on their tails. Will Aleister & Ricochet get a fair shot down the road? Or will they have NXT to worry about on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio VS R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
Don’t worry, you’re not watching a rerun from last week’s SmackDown. The Destroyer heard the Fabulous Princess and La Muneca talking about title contenders, and decided to give all three men he beat another shot. Will Joe put all the talk to bed when he puts someone to sleep? Will Truth #BeLikeCena and win the title back? Or will the title go to someone else?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this epic rematch! Truth rushes Joe and Mysterio headscissors Almas! Joe goes after Mysterio now and clubs away. He whips Mysterio but Mysterio slides under. Joe throws Mysterio and Mysterio slides, but into Almas’ facelock. Truth clotheslines Almas to also DDT Mysterio! Carmella coaches Truth up while Joe glares from the middle of the ring. Joe builds speed to DIVE! He barrels into all three opponents! Cleveland chants for Joe as he stalks Mysterio. Joe puts Mysterio in the ring, then puts Almas in. Joe CHOPS Almas to a corner, then CHOPS Mysterio in a corner. Almas CHOPS back, but so does Joe. Joe headbutts Almas then throws forearms on Mysterio.
Joe runs but Truth anchors his feet. Almas rocks Joe with a forearm, then actually works together with Mysterio, pop-up seated senton onto Joe! They bring Joe down but fight each other now! Almas boot feints to elbow Mysterio down! Cover, TWO! Truth throws Joe into steps then back suplexes Almas. Almas whips but Truth comes back with the spinning elbow! Cover, TWO! Zelina is relieved but Carmella keeps her cool. Truth asks “What’s up?!” and does the splits. Almas waistlocks but Truth standing switches. Mysterio springboards and huricanranas them both! Mysterio wheelbarrows Almas and gets both Almas and Truth again! Almas bails out and Mysterio goes after Truth. Truth reverses the whip but gets a kick. Mysterio wheelbarrows, but Joe runs him and Truth over with clotheslines!
Joe drags Mysterio up and throws heavy knees. Carmella and Zelina are both worried as Joe jabs away on Truth. Joe headbutts Truth down then drags him back up. Joe and Truth brawl while Zelina coaches Almas back up. Truth runs but into the sleeper hold! But Mysterio dropkicks Joe onto ropes! Mysterio dials it up but misses! Joe grabs Mysterio for a scoop, but Mysterio tornado DDT’s out of it! Cover, TWO! Mysterio puts Joe in a drop zone then climbs up top. Almas trips Mysterio up and boots Truth back down. Almas CHOPS Mysterio then climbs up to join him. El Idolo references Latino Heat, but Mysterio resists the superpelx. Truth adds on and Electric Chairs Almas. Mysterio SUPER STEINERS Almas off him!
Truth throws Mysterio out and covers Almas, but Mysterio breaks it with a slingshot leg drop! Mysterio covers Truth but Joe breaks it! Joe tosses Mysterio out and stalks Truth. Joe hits the back elbow to PELE! Mysterio springboards but into Joe’s arms! But Almas springboards to dropkick them down! Almas fires up and targets Mysterio. He drags Mysterio up, facelock and Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! Fans boo as Almas goes for Tres, but Mysterio cradles! TWO, and Almas knees Mysterio low. Almas powerbomb lifts into the Gory Special! Truth dropkicks Almas down! Carmella rallies the fans as Truth covers Almas, TWO! Truth covers Mysterio, Ropebreak! Truth goes back to Almas and drags him up. He throws haymakers, then splashes Mysterio in the corner. Truth comes back but is put on the apron. Joe trips Truth off! Almas triangle corkscrew crossbodies Joe!
Mysterio climbs up top and leaps for a SUPER Huricanrana on Almas! All four men are down and Zelina is shocked, but fans are loving this. Truth drags Mysterio up to throw into the barriers and then into the ring. Truth dodges Zelina’s headscissors, but not her SUPERKICK! Carmella marches over and tackles Zelina! It’s a cat fight, and both Almas and Truth break them up. Joe urenages Mysterio! Cover, but Truth and Almas just break it! Truth throws hands on Joe, but Almas hits La Sombra on Mysterio! Cover, but Truth breaks that. Truth runs at Joe for a corner splash. Then he tells Almas to hit his move? CIEN KNEES for Joe! And then the shoulder tackles of Cena! Spinebuster for Joe, spin-out bomb for Almas!
Truth says “You Can’t See Me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle hits Joe! Almas runs back in but he gets the kick, to Scissor Kick! Cover, but Joe back sentons! Truth kicks Joe but misses the scissors. Joe sends Truth to the post, but Mysterio puts Joe on the ropes! Dial it up, 619!! Drop the Dime! But Joe dodges, and gets the Coquina Clutch!! Mysterio fades out, Joe wins!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission; still WWE United States Champion
The Destroyer makes Mysterio go night-night, and successfully retains. Who is left to step to Joe at Wrestlemania?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Nia Jax & Tamina!
The Glamazon, Beth Phoenix, joins commentary for this historic first defense of these brand new tag titles! The Boss & Hug Connection is strong as ever, but will it prove stronger than the Samoan Dynasty?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin this historic tag title defense! We begin with Tamina and Bayley at the bell. They tie up and Tamina powers Bayley to an open corner. Tamina backs off but with a shove. Bayley fires off furious forearms! Bayley then dodges Tamina and wrenches the arm. Tag to Sasha and they crisscross Tamina to whip her backwards. Sasha headlocks but Tamina brings her over to tag Nia. Things speed up and Nia scoops Sasha. Sasha slips out and fights back. She rocks Nia with a roundhouse and tags Bayley. But Nia fireman’s carries Sasha to use her as a weapon! Nia dumps Sasha on Bayley then covers Bayley, TWO! Nia keeps on Bayley with furious clubbing forearms. She drags Bayley to the corner and tags in Tamina.
Nia feeds Bayley to Tamina’s clothesline! Tamina covers, TWO! Tamina keeps on Bayley and brings her over for mudhole stomps. Tag to Nia and Nia gloats. Bayley hits back with body shots and forearms, but Nia headbutts her down. Tag back to Tamina, headbutt to uppercut to powerbomb! Tamina covers, TWO! The Samoan Dynasty grows frustrated with Bayley. Tamina keylocks Bayley but fans rally up. Bayley feeds off the energy and fights back. But Tamina headbutts her back. Bayely fights out of the corner, hotshot for Nia! Bayley flapjacks Tamina into buckles! She hurries for her corner but Tamina keeps her back. Bayley fights free, tag to Sasha! Sasha knees Tamina then climbs up for a crossbody! She fires off kicks then runs to run Tamina over! Cover, TWO!
The Boss grows frustrated herself now, but keeps on Tamina. Tamina uppercuts but misses in the corner. Sasha knees then climbs again. She leaps but Tamina gets under. Sasha wheelbarrows but Tamina back suplexes. Sasha lands on her feet and rocks Nia. Tamina rocks Sasha then tags Nia. Pop-up Samoan Drop! Cover, but Bayley breaks it! Nia goes after Bayley and tosses her out. Nia drags Sasha to put her in an open corner. Sasha dodges and hot tag to Bayley! Bayley knees Nia in the corner, then back elbow! Bayley runs in for another, but Tamina runs in. Tamina gets sent out, but Nia catches Bayley! Bayley elbows free and runs back in, but is put on the aprno. She hits Nia and dodges Tamina! Bayley dodges Nia, too! Nia hits the post, tag to Sasha. Bayley helps Sasha hit the meteora!
The Boss & Hug coordinate again, Sasha LEAPS onto Nia and Tamina! They somehow manage to catch her, but Bayley DIVES to bowl them all over! All four women are down but fans are fired up. A ring count begins and passes 5 before the champs sit up. They get Nia in at 8 and Sasha climbs again. Bayley tags in, Sasha hits Meteora. Bayley hits the Macho Elbow! Cover, but Tamina drags Bayley off! Sasha goes after her but gets an uppercut. Tamina gets up but gets the hotshot! Bayley runs at Nia, but into a powerbomb, only to huricanrana through! Cover, Boss & Hug win!
Winners: Bayley & Sasha Banks, Bayley pinning; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
But no time to celebrate, as Nia and Tamina attack! Fans boo as they stomp and punch Bayley. Sasha runs in but gets much of the same. The Samoan Dynasty throw Bayley and Sasha out of the ring. SUPERKICK for Bayley! Nia drags Sasha up to toss her over the announce desk! Fans boo but the Samoan Dynasty soaks it all up. And they spot Beth Phoenix! Tamina eyes the Glamazon, but even Nia isn’t sure about challenging a Hall of Fame female superstar. Beth and Tamina talk trash, and Beth fires off! Nia runs Beth over!
The Samoan Dynasty beat Beth down and put her in the ring! Fans boo harder as Nia runs, for a leg drop! Nia drags Beth over, Tamina climbs up, but here comes Natalya! The Queen of Harts saves her friend, but gets a SUPERKICK! The Samoan Dynasty beat both Natty and Beth down until referees finally rush the ring. Nia and Tamina leave with big grins on their faces, but will they regret showing such disrespect?
WWE Championship Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kevin Owens VS ???
The Planet’s Champion swears to remain the world champion, because that is what both Earth and humanity needs! But Vince McMahon felt what this match needed was someone other than Kofi Kingston. And so, in steps the returning Prizefighter. The Kevin Owens Show returns to PPV with a title opportunity, will he make the most of it? But at the same time, there is still a triple threat stipulation! After Kofi got the beat down from The Bar, who is joining in? It’s Mustafa Ali! Can The Beacon of Light shine brightest in this sudden title opportunity?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans still want Kofi, but Vince McMahon made his decision. Ali, Kevin and Bryan approach, but Bryan tells them both they don’t deserve this match. Bryan has a purpose, but Kevin just punches him down! Ali helps out, too, and they club Bryan down. Kevin tosses Bryan out, and now takes Ali on 1v1. They circle and tie up. Kevin gets a headlock but Ali powers out. Kevin runs Ali over and things speed up. Ali jumps but into the fireman’s carry. He fights out, things speed up again, and Kevin runs Ali over. But Bryan returns to CHOP Kevin! Bryan CHOPS more, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin CHOPS Bryan in the corner and throws haymakers. Bryan bails out so Kevin goes back to Ali.
Kevin CHOPS Ali, and again. He whips Ali corner to corner, but Ali goes up and over. Things speed up again and Ali hits a flapjack dropkick. Cover, but Bryan breaks it. Bryan drags Ali up to give him No Kicks against the ropes. Fans still chant “Kofi! Kofi!” as Bryan whips. Ali holds ropes and dumps Bryan out but Kevin rolls Ali. TWO, and Kevin CHOPS Ali again. Kevin whips Ali but Ali dodges to DIVE onto Bryan! Ali runs back in to shoulder and slingshot, but Kevin shoves him down! Kevin takes aim from the apron and cannonballs! He takes out Ali, but then goes at Bryan! Cannonball into barriers! “Who’s the man now?!” Kevin puts Bryan in the ring and covers, TWO! Kevin keeps on Bryan with more chops, then a whip. Bryan reverses and gives Kevin a kitchen sink knee.
Cleveland still wants Kofi, but Bryan shakes his head. Bryan sees Ali return but Ali punches him first. Ali roundhouses Kevin then climbs up. Bryan dropkicks Ali off the top and to the floor! Fans are in shock, and boo Bryan as he soaks up the heat. Bryan goes to Kevin but Kevin fights back. Bryan stomps Kevin at the ropes, then puts him in a corner. He chops and kicks Kevin over and over, then focuses on the No Kicks! Bryan scowls at the fans before dragging Kevin up. Bryan wrenches the arm and brings Kevin to the mat. Kevin endures as Bryan traps the arm in a hammerlock. Bryan grabs the other arm and pulls back from elbows to fingers! Bryan stands on the arms for a torturous cover, TWO!
Kevin escapes to a corner, and CHOPS Bryan back! Kevin chops and haymakers then whips. Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, to run Kevin over with a leaping lariat! Fans boo as Bryan gloats. Ali returns but Bryan stomps him down. Bryan throws Ali back out, and continues to tell Kevin he doesn’t deserve this match. Bryan gives Kevin more No Kicks, and the buzzsaw! Cover, but Ali breaks it! Bryan drags Ali up for a back suplex. Bryan smirks as he gives Ali the No Kicks. Ali ducks the buzzsaw and shoves! Bryan puts him on the aprno but Ali slingshots for the somersault facebuster! Ali fires up and fires CHOPS on Bryan. He whips Bryan but Bryan reverses. Ali goes up and over but Bryan clobbers him with a clothesline!
Only Rowan is on Bryan’s side as he gives Ali a dropkick. Kevin dodges Bryan to give Ali another cannonball! And another for Bryan! Ali SUPERKICKS Kevin, Kevin SUPERKICKS Ali! Kevin SUPERKICKS Bryan but Ali hops on for a sleeper. Backpack senton onto Bryan! All three men are down but stirring. Bryan gets to one corner and Kevin another. Fans are willing to get behind Kevin as he drags Bryan up for even more CHOPS! Kevin puts Bryan up top, then climbs up to join him. Bryan resists the superplex and he headbutts Kevin down. But Ali springs up and fires off hands on Bryan. Kevin adds on to Electric Chair Ali. Ali slips out to shove Kevin into Bryan, REVERSE-RANA on Kevin! Ali hurries after Bryan, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! But Bryan rolls away!
Ali goes after Kevin in the drop zone and climbs. 0-5-4 FLOPS! Kevin hits the STUNNER!! Cover, but Bryan barely breaks it in time! All three men are down again, but fans are firing up. Kevin drags himself on the ropes but turns around into a chop from Bryan. Kevin throws haymakers, but Bryan kicks back. Bryan misses a kick but denies a stunner, roundhouse! Kevin crawls to one corner and Bryan the other. Bryan aims at Kevin, but runs into a Pop-Up Powerbomb! Cover, TWO!? Kevin can’t believe Bryan survives! Bryan gets to the apron but Kevin’s on him. Bryan resists the bomb to back drop Kevin on the apron! Ali dodges Bryan’s knees to send them into the post! Guillotine catapult! Ali climbs up and aims at Bryan. Ali 450 onto Bryan and the apron!! He crawls while Bryan rolls away. Cover, but Rowan saves Bryan!
Rowan throws the jacket off and gets involved! SUPERKICK from Ali! SUPERKICK from Kevin! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from them both! Rowan goes down but still on his feet, so Ali huricanranas Rowan into the post. Kevin builds speed, to FLY onto Rowan! But Bryan hits a flying knee on Kevin! Bryan puts Kevin in the ring, then climbs up high. But Ali anchors Bryan’s feet! Bryan fights with Ali on the apron, Ali CHOPS Bryan on the top rope! Ali lines up the shot, climbs up to join Bryan again, but Bryan shoves him away! Ali lands on his feet, dodges the knee, and then hits a SUPER TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up with Ali but he runs into Kevin’s Pop-Up APRON Bomb! Rowan wrecks Kevin! Rowan helps Bryan get up and in!
Bryan covers Ali while Rowan throws Kevin to the timekeeper’s area! Cover, TWO!? Ali still lives?! Bryan is furious and Rowan is shocked. Bryan drags Ali up and again says he doesn’t deserve to be in the match. He SLAPS Ali around each time, but Ali SLAPS back! Ali fires hands but Bryan shoves. Ali elbows Bryan away, hops up, but leaps into the KNEE PLUS!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall; still WWE Champion
The Planet’s Champion remains the world champion, with a big help from Big Red. Will Bryan continue to represent Earth while shouting his rhetoric? Who will be his Wrestlemania opponent?
But things aren’t done here. Rowan palms and slams Ali to the mat! The message has been sent, but who will have a retort?
Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch!
This is not the first time The Queen and The Man have fought each other, and it surely won’t be the last. But this is the most important time these two have faced each other. Becky won the Women’s Royal Rumble, but Vince McMahon took that right from her. Becky raised Hell to get what she deserves, but got suspended and arrested. But now she has one last chance to make it to Wrestlemania. All she has to do is win, and the Raw Women’s Championship match with Ronda Rousey goes from 1v1 to a Triple Threat! Can the Lass Kicker overcome the stacked deck to take back what’s rightfully hers?
Charlotte mocks Becky hobbling out to the ring with the crutch. She offers to help Becky into the ring but Becky refuses. Becky doesn’t let her bad leg affect her confidence but it only makes Charlotte the more assured she has this. Especially seeing Becky struggle to take her jacket off with her bad arm. The bell rings, but the ref lets Becky know she’s gotta put the crutch aside. Becky tosses it away while Charlotte points at the Wrestlemania sign. They circle and Charlotte mocks the one leg hopping. Charlotte shoves Becky around but Becky hits back with furious haymakers! Charlotte shoves Becky again but Becky eggs Charlotte on. They tie up and Charlotte puts Becky in a corner. Charlotte goes after the bad leg but lets go at 4.
Charlotte mocks Becky’s punches but Becky comes back with more! But Charlotte hits back with the CHOPS! Charlotte kicks the bad leg and then kicks Becky to a corner. Becky takes swings but Charlotte still toys with her. Charlotte grins and the brawl continues. Charlotte wraps Becky’s bad leg against the ropes, but Becky hits back with her good leg. Becky boots and leaps for a Thesz Press! She rains down rights but Charlotte gets Becky off. Charlotte elbows the knee but Becky enziguris. Charlotte ducks it to put the bad leg in a Half Crab! Fans boo and Becky endures as Charlotte pulls back deep! Charlotte digs an elbow in, too, but fans rally for Becky. Becky turns things over and kicks away with her good leg. But Charlotte again cranks the bad leg and turns Becky over for the Crab.
Becky endures and kicks Charlotte off her. Becky gets to a corner and now Charlotte gets annoyed. Charlotte walks over but Becky tosses her out. Charlotte lands on her feet and takes the bad leg to throw into the apron! And again! Becky kicks her back! Becky hobbles as Charlotte returns. Charlotte chop blocks the leg from the front! Charlotte grins as she points at the Wrestlemania sign. Becky kicks, but Charlotte turns it into a Dragon Screw. Charlotte runs in but into an elbow. She deflects the boots to elbow Becky back. Charlotte puts Becky’s bad leg on the ropes to drop a knee on it! Becky limps to a corner but Charlotte’s on her again with CHOPS! Charlotte CHOPS again and again and again, but stops at the ref’s count of 4.
Charlotte puts the leg on the ropes again, but Becky dodges the knee drop! Becky kicks back, but Charlotte chop blocks again! Charlotte toys with Becky and Becky throws body shots. Charlotte drags Becky up but to a cradle! TWO, and Charlotte throws Becky with an exploder! Becky rolls out while Charlotte kips up. Charlotte struts then fetches Becky. Charlotte throws Becky sideways into barriers! The Queen mocks the fans who cheer for The Man, then puts Becky back in. Charlotte drags Becky to a drop zone then steps on Becky’s face! Becky kicks back but Charlotte kicks her down. Charlotte climbs but Becky shoves her down! Charlotte crashes into barriers!
Becky leaves her out there as the ring count climbs. The count passes 5 before Charlotte stands up. Charlotte gets in at 7, but Becky’s on her with a Disarm-Her! Charlotte rolls through and gets the Figure Four! Becky endures but here comes RONDA!! Ronda attacks Becky!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by disqualification; joins the Raw Women’s Championship match at Wrestlemania
The Baddest Woman actually helps out Becky Lynch, because that’s the fight she’s wanted all along. The Queen is furious, but The Man’s actually okay with that. Ronda points at the Wrestlemania sign, and all three will meet again. Who comes away with the title after such a star-studded match?
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias, yet again.
The Drifter does come out for a third time, but fans aren’t so sure they want to see him right now. Elias still plays his guitar and sings. “Becky Lynch won, so I guess that makes her The Man. Everyone seems to love her, but honestly I’m not a fan.” Becky’s 15 minutes are almost up, and he’ll be glad to see them go. She’s so destined for failure, it’s surprising she wasn’t born in Ohio. Elias says it’s time for the main event, and the reunion of The Shield. But honestly, Elias has no faith in them, like every time the Browns take the field.
Elias finishes, but takes offense at the boos. But he’s just happy he never got interrupted once tonight. The reason for that is obvious: everyone agrees that Cleveland is the worst city to go to this close to Wrestlemania. This is his final performance, good night, and he loves none of you. But then, Lacey Evans makes her presence known! The Sassy Southern Belle struts down the ramp like always, then struts back up. Because Randy Orton gets Elias!! The Viper will strike any time, anywhere! But AJ Styles hits a Phenomenal Forearm on Orton! Styles found the time and place to deal with Orton, and took him down! Are these two through with each other? Or are they going to have more to say at Wrestlemania?
Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley!
The Lone Wolf isn’t alone anymore, as he’s been teaming with the Scottish Terminator and Rocky Mountain Machine over and over to assert dominance over Raw. But along the way, they made the mistake of making light of the meanest, toughest and most dominant trio in a long, long time. Will Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose make the most of this #OneLastTime? Or is it going to be the last time for another reason?
Corbin’s pack makes their entrance as always, one at a time. But The Shield brings back the Shield entrance! They come down the stairs among the WWE Universe for what could truly be one last time. The Shield hops up on the apron and enter the ring. They and Corbin’s pack stare down while the referee does his best to keep the peace. And the fight is on! All six men brawl, and Ambrose throws out McIntyre while Rollins throws out Lashley and Roman throws out Corbin. Corbin regroups with McIntyre and Lashley while fans are fired up for The Shield. Things calm down and teams sort out. The bell rings and Rollins starts against Lashley.
Lashley clubs away on Rollins then tackles him to an open corner! He rams his shoulder in again and again, then runs corner to corner. Rollins hits back, runs but Lashley follows. Rollins dodges to slingblade Lashley down! The Architect brings Lashley up but Lashley puts Rollins in the corner. Corbin tags in to bump Rollins off buckles. Corbin runs into a boot, and then the buckle shot! Rollins brings Corbin over and tags Ambrose. Snapmare leads to sliding lariat and knee drop, topped off with an elbow drop. Cover, ONE! Corbin uppercuts Ambrose and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre chops Ambrose then whips him, only for Ambrose to throw him down by his hair. Ambrose puts Mcintyre in the corner, tag to Rollins and tag to Roman.
Ambrose is a step stool for Rollins’ forearm smash, and Rollins feeds McIntyre to Roman’s leaping lariat! Cover, TWO! McIntyre bails out and regroups with the pack. Fans fire up while The Shield give props to Roman’s lack of rust. McIntyre returns and stares down Roman. Roman and McIntyre circle and McIntyre kicks and clubs Roman down. McIntyre puts Roman in a corner and stomps away. McIntyre whips Roman corner to corner but Roman elbows back. Roman uppercuts and tags Rollins. They double whip and double shoulder McIntyre, to then split the wishbone! Rollins CHOPS McIntyre in the corner, then again. He whips McIntyre but McIntyre reverses, and McIntyre kicks Rollins down as he goes up and over!
Rollins bails out but Corbin clobbers him while the ref is distracted. McIntyre tags Lashley and Lashley rams Rollins into barriers! And again! Lashley refreshes the count and drags Rollins into the ring. Lashley covers, TWO! Rollins reaches but Lashley drags him up and to the corner. Tag to Corbin and Corbin throws body shots. Corbin punches Rollins down but Rollins punches back. Corbin shoves Rollins to run him over with an elbow! He puts Rollins in a half nelson chinbar and holds on tight. Fans rally for Rollins as he endures. Rollins gets up but Corbin knees low. Corbin drags Rollins up but Rollins lands on his feet! Rollins Peles! Both Rollins and Corbin are down, but McIntyre tags in. McIntyre blasts Roman but Rollins counters the bomb with a huricanrana! McIntyre whips Rollins away from Ambrose but Rollins kicks back! Hot tag to Ambrose!
The Lunatic rallies on the pack! Ambrose throws lariats on McIntyre, but McIntyre catches the crossbody. Ambrose pops out to roll up, TWO! McIntyre swings but it’s Ambrose who clotheslines him out. Ambrose climbs up high and LEAPS for a Lunatic Elbow! McIntyre is sent into barriers but Ambrose drags him back in. Corbin trips Ambrose but Ambrose punches him down. Lashley SPEARS Ambrose behind the referee’s back! Cover, but Roman breaks it! Lashley throws Roman into barriers but Rollins fights back. Lashley and Corbin toss Rollins into barriers and into the fans! McIntyre aims at Ambrose, CLAYMORE! But Ambrose rolls all the way out!
McIntyre demands a ring count begin immediately, and it does. The count passes 5 before Ambrose sits up. Rollins is down in the front row and Roman is crawling, but Ambrose gets in at 9! McIntyre rains down rights on Ambrose then drags him over. Tag to Corbin and McIntyre sits Ambrose up for Corbin’s stomps. Corbin drags Ambrose up to punch him right back down. Tag to Lashley, and he runs to ram his shoulder in. Cover, TWO! Lashley wrenches Ambrose’s neck but Ambrose endures. Fans rally and Ambrose reaches for The Shield’s corner. Ambrose fights up, but runs into a Complete Shot! Cover, TWO! Lashley taunts Roman but Rollins has also returned. Lashley tags McIntyre so they can mug Ambrose more. McIntyre deadlift suplexes Ambrose and covers, TWO!
McIntyre stomps Ambrose’s hand then dares him to keep fighting. He drags Ambrose up for another suplex, but Ambrose counters to a suplex of his own! Fans rally and Ambrose boots McIntyre. McIntyre tags to Lashley while Ambrose climbs. Lashley is on Ambrose quick, but Ambrose resists the superplex. Ambrose forearms and headbutts Lashley down, to leap over Lashley and get a neckbreaker! Both Ambrose and Lashley are down but crawling for their corners. Fans fire up, hot tag to McIntyre. McIntyre whips, but Ambrose rebounds for the Lunatic Lariat! Fans rally again, hot tags to Corbin and Roman! Roman rallies on Corbin! Corbin reverses the whip but gets the leaping lariat! Roman rocks Lashley and McIntyre, then boots Corbin down!
Fans fire up with The Big Dog as he takes aim, Drive-By Dropkick for Corbin! Cover, but McIntyre breaks it. Rollins springboards to clothesline McIntyre! Lashley grabs Rollins, but Ambrose bails him out. Ambrose and Rollins each kick Lashley, then each dropkick him! They both build speed, and DOUBLE DIVE! They take out McIntyre and Lashley, and Roman clotheslines Corbin out. Roman builds speed into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Corbin can’t believe it! Rollins throws McIntyre to the timekeeper’s area but Lashley does the same to Rollins. Ambrose runs on the announce desks to LEAP onto them all! Those four are all down, leaving Corbin and Roman alone in the ring.
Corbin drags Roman up but gets an uppercut! They brawl with big rights back and forth. They hit harder and harder, but Corbin knees low. Corbin runs, but into a fireman’s carry! He slips out to send Roman into the post! Roll-up, TWO! Choke Slam! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives while the brawling continues in the crowd! Lashley, McIntyre, Rollins and Ambrose move all the way to the back corner of the arena! They’re in the kickoff show’s set! Ambrose rains rights on McIntyre while Lashley bumps Rollins off a trunk. Back in the ring, Corbin has Roman on the top rope. Corbin climbs up but Roman resists the superplex. Roman fights Corbin off while McIntyre and Lashley turn things around on Ambrose.
Roman fights Corbin off with headbutts while Ambrose fights the others off with haymakers. The Big Dog slips under, SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Lashley and McIntyre put Ambrose on the kickoff panel desk, but Rollins is going somewhere higher? Ambrose leaps but is caught, so Rollins LEAPS onto them all!! They’re all down again! But Rollins and Ambrose rise from the wreckage! Roman is in the corner, he locks and loads, and says he’s got something for Corbin’s “b*tch ass.” Corbin catches the Superman Punch and puts Roman in the corner. Roman goes to boot but Corbin just slides under it. Corbin comes back, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! But we all know Roman isn’t done here.
Rollins and Ambrose return as Roman takes aim. But McIntyre and Lashley return to throw them down! Roman SUPERMAN Punches each of them! END OF DAYS!! Cover, but The Shield breaks it in time! Cleveland knows “This is Awesome!” as The Shield keeps each other alive. Corbin stomps and punches Rollins and Ambrose in turn, then goes back to Roman. Corbin dumps Roman out and coordinates with his pack. They clear off an announce desk and drag Roman over. It’s clear what they want to do, and McIntyre takes Roman’s role. But Ambrose and Rollins intercept! The brawl is back on, but Lashley goes to slam Rollins. Roman SUPERMAN Punches Lashley, and Rollins Curb Stomps Lashley into the desk! Rollins leaps over Corbin for Roman to SPEAR him! The Shield then goes after McIntyre, as the rabid Hounds of Justice of old!
And now fans know The Shield will do it themselves! They drag McIntyre up, “OOAH!!” SHIELD TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the announce desk!! Fans want “One More Time!” and there is another announce desk to use… Corbin is still moving, so he becomes The Shield’s prey. The Shield flanks the ring while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Corbin realizes the trouble he’s in, but there’s no running from this! SUPERKICK from Rollins, SUPERMAN PUNCH from Roman, Dirty Deeds from Ambrose! Fans are thunderous because they’re getting “One LAST Time!” They haul Corbin up, “OOAH!!” SHIELD TRIPLE BOMB! Cover, The Shield wins!
Winners: The Shield, Roman Reigns pinning
The end of an era, and the Shield hugs to celebrate. This one last ride was victorious, but is it really the last time? Is Ambrose really serious about not renewing his contract? Will Roman make an even bigger comeback in the months to follow? Will Rollins #SlayTheBeast? All we know is, the Shield is together with one last fist bump.
Well this was a rather wild Fastlane. Oddly enough, we don’t get two Kickoff matches because one becomes a main show match. It was for the best that Mysterio VS Almas didn’t happen in the Kickoff, their feud needs proper spotlight for a blow-off. Then the WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way rematch was amazing, and it’s natural for Samoa Joe to retain. I’m still hoping Joe VS Cena happens at Mania, those two never got to have their program because of Joe injured his foot at that time. The New Day VS Nakamura & Rusev was surprisingly good for a Kickoff match, and I’m hoping for a rematch down the line. In fact, it sounds like there might be tie-in to Kofi’s story to Wrestlemania, since Nakamura & Rusev attacked The New Day while Kofi was put in that Handicap Match.
In kayfabe, Kofi Kingston got done dirty by Vince McMahon using semantics to trick him. There is now heat on The Bar, Nakamura & Rusev as well as Vince. But in reality, we know this is just saving Kofi for the world title at Wrestlemania. And in both, this benefits Mustafa Ali, because he finally gets to shine in a world title match. The Triple Threat we got was great, Ali was incredible. But naturally, Bryan finds a way to win to also keep things goings towards Bryan VS Kofi. This story is taking a great dynamic. Bryan claims to be a “new” Daniel Bryan, when really, it’s Kofi. And by that, I mean the guy who fans love but the company “doesn’t”, and so the company does whatever they can to make Kofi miserable. And just like Bryan did at WM30, Kofi will overcome and be the champion.
The SmackDown Tag Team Championships match was great, but the one part I didn’t see coming was Shane turning on Miz! Though, Miz couldn’t really turn in his hometown. Keeping Miz the Face is a great move, and surely means Miz will win their grudge match at Mania. The SmackDown Women’s Championship match was only okay, but the twist of Sonya’s cheating screwing Mandy was a good move. There’s new tension between them, and then throw in EC3’s strange flirting, there might be something that could actually be interesting for Fire & Desire heading for Mania. The Raw Tag Team Championships match was also great, but I got scared when Ricochet and Dawson did that Super Steiner onto the group. It almost didn’t work out. I knew the Revival would retain, but I’m thinking the Dusty Rhodes Tag Classic should be Aleister’s & Ricochet’s focus (in kayfabe).
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match was good but also kinda short. Bayley & Banks win to stay strong, because there’s still SmackDown and NXT to compete on. Nia and Tamina going after Beth Phoenix and bringing out Natty means at least a women’s tag grudge match of Samoan Dynasty VS Natty & Beth. At most, it means Natty & Beth are the “legends” team in the possible multi-team match for the titles. The IIconics are surely the SmackDown team, and who knows how they’ll handle NXT being in on these belts. I’m just hoping that if it’s any team, is The Sky Pirates. But the prospect of Beth getting #OneLastMatch is rather interesting. Better than how WWE handled the finish to Flair VS Lynch tonight.
How is Becky supposed to feel like a conquering underdog if Ronda basically hands her a spot in the match? Or is a promo going to explain that’s to counter Charlotte being handed her spot in this? I can see Ronda wanting to ensure she gets the match we were supposed to get at Survivor Series, but this didn’t seem like the right way to do it. Ronda also isn’t helping this build with her “Wrestling is scripted” VLOG, but that’s a whole separate can of worms. Also, if they’d kept Ronda out of this, this could’ve been a great main event with a triumphant Becky rather than a weirdly grateful Becky.
But in the context that this is how they went about it, The Shield main event actually worked out. It was nostalgic, it was over the top, and it was a palette cleanser for the funk that the Flair-Lynch-Rousey mess left. Shield wins, naturally, and we close with the Shield Fist Bump here so that Wrestlemania can be about A) Rollins alone conquering The Beast and B) have THE main event be the Raw Women’s Championship, where we finally get Becky Lynch’s triumphant moment.
My Score: 7.9/10
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
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.28 ~ 24TH MARCH 2019
Hopefully the live stream peaked some extra interest in NOAH! So for everyone new or old that needs to catch up, Hisame’s Newsletters are the perfect one stop shop!
Hopefully the live stream peaked some extra interest in NOAH! So for everyone new or old that needs to catch up, Hisame’s Newsletters are the perfect one stop shop!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
After the excitement of Hakata Stalene, NOAH headed back out to Osaka, and then further into the provinces.
At Osaka World Pavilion, Hi69 finished the match by doing the Stuka Splash on Yoshinari Ogawa, after it Ogawa seemed to be struggling a bit and had to be helped up and out of the ring, although eventually he was well enough to walk unaided.
But when Hi69 & Quiet Storm had their first singles match ever on the 20th March at Toyonaka, after the match the ring was stormed by Stinger members Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki, who beat down Hi69 in revenge. It is unusual to see this happen in NOAH, although Kotaro Suzuki is capable of it (and people getting jumped does happen), it is very rare to see Yoshinari Ogawa do it. Minoru Tanaka came to the rescue.
Hi69 says he will make weight for the tag challenge (“I will get on the scales any time. However, please tell me the day before“), and has started a weight loss diary on his
Twitter, although he did admit to eating lots of meat and going up to 105.
Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 had their own post match beat down on Stinger on the 21st in Kanazawa.
KAZMA SAKAMOTO and Takashi Sugiura teamed together for the first time before they enter Global Tag League together, they seemed to get on pretty well, with KAZMA later paying tribute to Sugiura as “a symbol of NOAH’s strength”.
Naomichi Marufuji, who says he is searching for a purpose, had somewhat of a comedy match in Toyonaka with disco poses being pulled and kicking Masao Inoue in the face for messing around, but a new threat appears to be emerging from the next generation of Junior wrestlers regarding their own status being less than the heavyweights, although he didn’t make too much of a comment about it at the time, it does look like Daisuke Harada took on board Minoru Tanaka’s comments about the GHC Junior being the main event. Marufuji in a post match interview said he could see their hostility building to something, but he didn’t know yet.
A huge rivalry is brewing for Global Tag League 2019 between Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya and AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki), which started in Toyonaka and was heralded by a vicious kick battle between Kenoh and Nakajima. After the match, the two teams faced off, with Nakajima grinning evilly. Earlier on the tour, Marufuji (a veteran) was put in the unenviable position of teaming with them (the younger generation who are opposed to him), and at the end of a match which according to one attendee had a “sense of distance between them”, got kicked in the head by Nakajima after shaking hands with him.
Then Shiozaki lariated him.
In Kanazawa after the match (whereby Nakajima grinned in Kenoh’s face), Kiyomiya and Kenoh declared AXIZ to be a “wanted” tag-team.
Yoshiki Inamura won his second victory over Kinya Okada, whom he now refers to as “my rival”. He had teamed with his teacher, Masa Kitamiya, who had a big smile on his face and did genuinely seem pleased with his trainees progress. After three days of being chopped and kicked his chest was….
Maybach Taniguchi is still continuing in his monster mode, and refuses to change. His Sasumata is still being bought to the ring and used as a weapon, he is still attacking the ref after matches, speaking in grunts, and even Akitoshi Saito who seemed to be attempting to rehabilitate him, has given up. In Kanazawa they tagged together, but it all fell apart when they accidentally knocked each other down, got into an argument and then Taniguchi was defeated by the Funky Buster Bomb. Taniguchi stood in the ring as he and Saito pointed at each other threateningly as Saito left the ring.
Takashi Sugiura said that this would do no him no good in the end.
NOAH will celebrate the final night of “Spring Navigation 2019” at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Friday March 29th.
Global Tag League will return on the 6th April 2019, with the first night being held at Edion Arena Osaka on Saturday 6th April and finishing on 4th May at Korakuen Hall.
This years teams are as follows:
Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki (GHC Heavyweight Tag champions)
Kaito Kiyomiya & Kenoh
Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm
Maybach Taniguchi & Yuji Hino
Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO
Atsushi Kotoge & Mitsuya Nagai
Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue
Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura.
Due to being defeated by Kaito Kiyomiya for the GHC Heavyweight title, Naomichi Marufuji has said that he will not enter the league this year. However, there is a possibility that he may enter in the end, and probably with a surprise partner. Unspoken speculation has it that since KENTA’s 90 day release clause is up round about the time Global Tag League starts, it may well be KENTA who he enters with.
Personally, I think it is far more likely that Marufuji will enter with Masaaki Mochizuki.
KAZMA says he fears the team of Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi, as Hino knows how to work Taniguchi, however “that dick is a one-man show.”
Atsushi Kotoge has named the team of himself and Mitsuya Nagai “The Revolutionary Cloak Army”
Akitoshi Saito and Masao Inoue were a comedy team last year, with Saito screwing over Inoue, and Inoue not really realizing as Saito kept denying it.
The big rivalry for Global Tag League 2019 this year is Kenoh & Kiyomiya vs AXIZ.
Atsushi Kotoge returns
Atsushi Kotoge will make his return in his hometown of Osaka on the 6th April. Katsuhiko Nakajima took the opportunity to take a shot at Kenoh by looking at the match (“The Revolutionary Cloak Army” vs Kenoh and Kiyomiya) to say, “you are in the opening match” (full card hasn’t been announced yet).
NOAH The Album
Track listing has been confirmed as:
Katsuhiko Nakajima: Genius of The Kick
Daisuke Harada: KTYM
Quiet Storm: MAD
Pro Wrestling NOAH theme: Brave
GHC Jnr Theme
GHC Tag theme
Kaito Kiyomiya: Explosion Soul
Atsushi Kotoge: Switch On
Masa Kitamiya: Go For Broke
Go Shiozaki: Enforcer
Naomichi Marufuji: Hysteric
Theme of Global League
RAN: SAKURETSU (Pro Wrestling NOAH’s official song)
You can pre-order your copy here
Following his highly praised tag against Naomichi Marufuji at the Giant Baba memorial show, Masaaki Mochizuki will be making his first appearance in Pro-Wrestling NOAH on the 29th March at Korakuen Hall, he will team with Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura against Naomichi Marufuji and 50 Funky Powers.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa
~ Hitoshi Kumano says he wants to challenge for the singles belt
~ Daisuke Harada was cheered on by his nephew in Osaka
~ Kenoh has been noted to be smiling a lot more now he is teaming with Kiyomiya; but don’t let this fool you. Kenoh is still after the GHC Heavyweight, Kiyomiya knows this and has said that they will never properly be friends. Despite the brotherly feeling between them, there is still a sense of rivalry underneath.
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima’ reaction to Yoshiki Inamura teaming with Masa Kitamiya was, “what’s his name? I don’t remember, he didn’t leave much of an impression“
~ Kaito Kiyomiya was again on the cover of “Weekly Pro”, he’s only twenty-two, but has already been on the cover about three or four times.
~ Takashi Sugiura imitated KAZMA SAKAMOTO’S scream
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima told a bald reporter that his head was “twinkling”.
~ After the three day in a row tour (and a week away from home), Hitoshi Kumano returned to his “children” (his French Bulldogs), and Takashi Sugiura returned home to his own dog, who wanted to immediately go outside, despite the fact it was 1.30am. He took it for a walk the next day.
~ Despite saying that he didn’t have to call Kenoh “Kenoh-san” anymore, this momentary lapse in manners is over, and Kiyomiya has gone back to calling him just that.
G+ will broadcast the 17th April show on April 20th
They will also show the 28th May Korakuen Hall show live
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