Raw - Five Point PreviewChampion & Challenger in action...
Ahead of their match at Fastlane, Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton will both be in action, 6 days before their WWE Universal Championship show. Having been challenged by Bray Wyatt last week, the Champion will face “The Eater of Worlds”, while Randy Orton will go up against Robert Roode. Two solid challenges before Fastlane, the competitors will have to be on their A game to come out victorious. Both will hope their opponents don’t take too much out of them, so close to their title bout on Sunday.
The Kevin & Sami Show returns… with Dave Batista!
After coming to the General Manager’s aid last week, when the Raw Main Event was put in jeopardy, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were rewarded with the return of “The Kevin & Sami Show”. Their guest will be Dave Batista, who will be informed of his opponent for his return match, scheduled to take place the night after Fastlane, on Raw!
Elimination Chamber warm-up
All six competitors in Sunday’s Raw Women’s Championship match will be in action on Raw, with Sasha Banks scheduled to face a local talent, as Shayna Baszler goes up against Natalya, who failed to qualify last week. The newly renamed “Liv Squad” will be in action also, facing the unlikely trio of Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon and Nia Jax. While Alexa Bliss has been reluctant to join forces with the women she was at odds with for so long, she also realises that Raw is her final chance to get revenge on Liv Morgan, ahead of Sunday’s Elimination Chamber match for the Raw Women’s Championship!
Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns team up!
Having been sidetracked by his visit to the home of Brock Lesnar last week, Braun Strowman will return to Raw, and be forced to deal with The Anti-Braun Coilition’s continued crusade against him. This week, he will find back up from the man who the group targeted last week, Roman Reigns. While Strowman and Reigns don’t see eye to eye, and haven’t for some time, they will be the favourites as they face Baron Corbin and Mojo Rawley. While Reigns will no doubt be focussed on the match, he has also spoken this week of his WrestleMania ambition, calling on Kurt Angle to reveal his direction for the biggest show of the year.
Ronda Rousey returns to Raw!
Making her return to Raw, having not appeared since the night after she won the Royal Rumble, Ronda Rousey will be informed of her opponent, ahead of her return to the ring at Fastlane. Coming off the back of the successful victory in the Royal Rumble, Ronda Rousey will look for more success, before her Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania!
This Week on Raw
Baron Corbin & Mojo Rawley vs. Braun Strowman & Roman Reigns
Bray Wyatt vs. Drew McIntyre
Randy Orton vs. Robert Roode
Natalya vs. Shayna Baszler
Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon & Nia Jax vs. “The Liv Squad” (Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott & Sarah Logan)
Bobby Lashley vs. No Way Jose
Live from Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Greensboro, North Carolina!
After a recap of the shocking moment last week, where Braun Strowman paid Brock Lesnar a “home visit” and ended up tipping a Tractor over, “The Monster Amongst Men” opened Raw. Braun Strowman made his way to the ring, and addressed the fact that police were called to the Lesnar residence last week, proving that Brock was home. Strowman added that while he didn’t get an answer, he did prove one thing… that Brock Lesnar is a coward! Soon, Strowman was joined in the ring by Roman Reigns.
Drake Maverick wasn’t happy with this, and confronted Kurt Angle in the back. He claimed that Angle was jealous of him, and became increasingly personal towards the General Manager.
Maverick spent the rest of the night looking for backup, but nobody wanted anything to do with Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns. Jason Jordan, The Authors of Pain and Elias all had their own business to deal with, much to the delight of Finn Balor. Baron Corbin and Mojo Rawley told Drake that they had a plan, and that was for Drake to trust them. Maverick clearly wasn’t convinced, but had no choice going into the Main Event.
Also in action during the night, Sasha Banks picked up a victory over a local talent, defeating her in convincing fashion.
As well as the five challengers, Shayna Baszler was also scheduled to compete, a non-title match against Natalya.
Shayna Baszler left the ring, smartly avoiding a physical confrontation before her Raw Women’s Championship defence at Fastlane. Ronda Rousey checked on her friend and mentor, concerned at the damage done by Shayna Baszler. With Baszler out of the picture, Kurt Angle came to the top of the ramp, telling Ronda Rousey that she would team with Natalya at Fastlane, against Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan. He also told Ronda Rousey, earlier in the night, that he needed to know whether she would be challenging for the Raw or Smackdown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania, and he needed to know by Sunday!
The Squad weren’t happy with this, with Liv Morgan having expected the group’s focus to be entirely on her winning the Raw Women’s Championship. It was pointed out that, in the Elimination Chamber, Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan’s ringside presence would have been heavily negated.
After “saving the show” last week, stepping in to the Main Event at the last minute, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn were rewarded by General Manager Kurt Angle, who announced the return of “The Sami & Kevin Show”.
Not only was the show set to return, their special guest for the return episode was Dave Batista! After putting over their victory against The Authors of Pain last week, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn spoke about Fastlane, and the fact that the Kick-Off show would feature a cross-brand Number One Contendership match for the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championship. They were one of four teams in that match, and they were ready to challenge for the titles at WrestleMania!
They then turned the attention to their guest, and welcomed Dave Batista to “The Sami & Kevin Show”.
Continuing their apparent turning over of a new leaf, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were respectful towards Batista, and put him over during his introduction. Kevin Owens said that it was great to have Batista back, and asked him what his plans were, looking forward to WrestleMania and beyond. Before Batista could answer, the show was interrupted by Golden Alpha.
Coming between them, Sami Zayn said this was “perfect”, as they had one more announcement to make on a historic episode of “The Sami & Kevin Show”. Zayn excitedly exclaimed that next week, on Raw, Batista would return to the ring… against Jason Jordan! As Jordan took this in, Kevin Owens hit him with a second announcement, and that was that the two of them would go one on one… next!
Jason Jordan wasn’t pleased with this, but Dave Batista was clearly chomping at the bit. Jordan would have to stay focussed however, as his match kicked off after the break.
Competing for the WWE Universal Championship on Sunday, Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton were both in action on Raw, winning their respective matches. Randy Orton overcame the challenge of Robert Roode, and promise that at Fastlane, order would be restored in the WWE. Blurring the lines somewhat, Randy Orton arrogantly claimed that a certain type of Champion leads the company into WrestleMania, and Drew McIntyre isn’t that guy. Randy Orton put over his accomplishments, and promised that he would leave Fastlane at Universal Champion!
Drew McIntyre’s victory over Bray Wyatt was expected to be followed by his response to the challenger. However, as he set up with a microphone in the ring, Drew McIntyre was taken out from behind by an RKO!
Coming out of nowhere, the first contact between Champion and Challenge came 6 days before the WWE Universal Championship match at Fastlane. Standing over the Champion, it was clear that Randy Orton would do whatever it takes to go into WrestleMania with the title.
Also on Raw:
Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon & Nia Jax bt. The Liv Squad
Randy Orton bt. Robert Roode
Jason Jordan bt. Kevin Owens
Sasha Banks bt. [Local Talent] Jamie Anderson
Drew McIntyre bt. Bray Wyatt
Shayna Baszler bt. Natalya
Bobby Lashley bt. No Way Jose
Braun Strowman & Roman Reigns bt. The A.B.C’s Baron Corbin & Mojo Rawley
This Week in WWE!
This Week on…
Daniel Bryan opened the show, cutting an emotional promo about his return to the ring, and what the last year has meant to him. While it has been rewarding, he explained the struggles he had faced. Bryan firmly believed that going into Fastlane, it was his “time” to regain the WWE Championship. Samoa Joe had other ideas, saying that while it was “sad” that he had to end the fairytail at the Royal Rumble, it was now time for Daniel Bryan to wake up and face reality. Samoa Joe would do that to Daniel Bryan in the Elimination Chamber, but had the opportunity to do it to Kofi Kingston, 5 nights earlier, in the Main Event of Smackdown Live!
Promoting the match, Samoa Joe spoke about what he was going to do to Kofi Kingston, and the rest of the challengers in the Elimination Chamber. Samoa Joe’s interview was interrupted by Paige, as the General Manager wanted to speak to the WWE Champion. Instead of listening to his boss, Joe made took another shot at her, saying that as a former Superstar, Paige should know not to interrupt the Champion. He added that it had been that long since Paige did what she loved to do, she’d probably forgotten what it was like to be a competitor.
Paige clearly took this to heart, and after Kofi Kingston was defeated by Samoa Joe in the Main Event, the General Manager was seen on the phone in the back. Speaking in very strong terms, Paige told whoever she was talking to that they had to “do whatever it takes… just make it happen!” What Paige was referring to wasn’t expanded upon, as Smackdown Live went off air.
When Kaitlyn picked up another victory, ahead of her match with Charlotte Flair at Fastlane, the Champion was interviewed on the ramp.
A “Superstar Profile” focussed on Andrade “Cien” Almas, taking a look at the history behind his name.
Also on Smackdown Live:
This Week on…
Episode #9: The Episode with… The Battlebowl (Part 1)!
16 Man Tournament - Exclusively on the WWE Network!
For a place in the "Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal" at WrestleMania!
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Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship
Samoa Joe (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rusev vs. The Miz
Elimination Chamber Match for the Raw Women's Championship
Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Ember Moon vs. Liv Morgan vs. vs. Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks
Smackdown Women's Championship
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Kaitlyn
Which of the Women's Champions will Ronda Rousey chose to face at WrestleMania?
WWE Universal Championship
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Randy Orton
Natalya & Ronda Rousey vs. The Squad (Ruby Riott & Sarah Logan)
WWE Men's Tag Team Championships
The Usos (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz
Braun Strowman vs. Drake Maverick
[Kick-Off Show] Number One Contendership Match for the WWE Men's Tag Team Championships
Andrade "Cien" Almas & Sin Cara vs. Authors of Pain vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs. The Bar
Who will be revealed as Roman Reigns' WrestleMania opponent?
(Match Card + Bonus Questions!)
WWE Fastlane 2019
[Kick-Off] Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. Almas & Sin Cara, Authors of Pain and The Bar to become Number One Contenders to the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships (Kevin Owens pinned Sin Cara)
Live from TD Gardens, Boston, Massachusetts
Opening up Fastlane, a video package promoted the final stop… on the Road to WrestleMania. Putting over the two Elimination Chamber matches, as well as the other contests with huge WrestleMania implications, the package put over Fastlane as “the most important night” on the road to the biggest event of the year. Making it clear that the push towards WrestleMania would go into overdrive during the evening, the commentators soon added fuel to the flame, speaking about the huge events scheduled to take place. As well as the promoted matches, Fastlane would also see Ronda Rousey make her choice regarding her Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania, while Roman Reigns will learn the identity of his opponent for the “Sports Entertainment Showcase” in 5 weeks time!
Switching gears from the Championship action, an interview was shown (originally from the Fastlane Kick-Off show) featuring Roman Reigns. Reigns put over the fact that his WrestleMania opponent would be revealed to him tonight, saying that he couldn’t wait to see what Kurt Angle had managed to put together.
Out of that, focus turned to Braun Strowman’s match up next, where he was scheduled to face the former Advisor to the General Manager, and current “Chairman of the Anti-Braun Coalition” Drake Maverick. Footage was shown from the night after Braun Strowman lost the WWE Universal Championship, and his rampage that led to Drake Maverick being put in hospital, and “The Monster Amongst Men” being arrested. The package also recapped the motivations of Baron Corbin and Mojo Rawley, who joined Drake’s group after being repeatedly tormented by the man who has his eye on a WrestleMania match with Brock Lesnar!
With that match scheduled to be up next, Drake Maverick came down to the ring. Dressed in a black tank top and cargo pants, Drake Maverick had taped his hands. Despite being prepared, Maverick was clearly terrified, as he walked down to the ring, flanked by Baron Corbin & Mojo Rawley.
Not getting the reaction he wanted, Drake Maverick turned on the WWE Universe, suggesting that they were just as bad as Braun Strowman. In fact, their approval is exactly why Braun Strowman does what he does. Maverick claimed to be so upset with the WWE Universe, that he was refusing to compete. As the excuses added up, Drake Maverick looked desperate to get out of the match. However, now he was in the ring, he stood little chance of escape. Especially as the music of Braun Strowman began to play.
“The Monster Amongst Men” made his way down to the ring. Baron Corbin and Mojo Rawley were Drake Maverick’s only line of defence, and were fairly easily dealt with by Braun Strowman. While Maverick’s men had been unable to stop Strowman, they did give Drake Maverick the chance to try and escape. This didn’t end well either. Chasing Drake Maverick up the ramp, and bringing him back into the ring, Braun Strowman ensured that his match would go ahead… whether Maverick was ready or not!
Taking a look back the night so far, as Drake Maverick was taken out of the ringside area, the commentators talked about the Kick-Off show, where Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn became the Number One Contenders to the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships. This led into the next match, which would determine the team that Owens & Zayn would face for the titles at WrestleMania. Footage was shown of The Hardy Boyz greatest moments, putting over the idea that the match could be the final chance that Jeff & Matt get to become Tag Team Champions. The commentators explained that the legendary tag team were looking for “one more run”, going into what would likely be their last WrestleMania together.
Putting over the heart of Jeff Hardy, the commentators spoke about Drake Maverick being carried out of the ringside area earlier in the night. Maverick was reportedly taken to hospital after the match, and footage was shown of him being loaded into an ambulance.
Focus then turned to the announcement coming next, as Roman Reigns’ WrestleMania opponent was scheduled to be revealed. After the mess of the previous match had been cleared up, Kurt Angle made his way down to the ring. The General Manager had a smile on his face, ready for what had been promoted as a “major announcement”.
Kurt Angle wasted little time, reminding the WWE Universe why he was out there, before talking up the man who has Main Evented the last 4 WrestleManias, Roman Reigns. The General Manager of Raw said that he wasn’t out here to talk, and wanted to get down to the important announcement as soon as possible. At this point, he introduced Roman Reigns, inviting him to the ring.
Roman Reigns was similarly eager to get the announcement out there, and asked Kurt Angle, “who is it then?” Kurt Angle told Roman Reigns that he would love to tell him, but that’s not his job tonight. Roman Reigns wasn’t confused, until Kurt Angle introduced the person who would be making the announcement…
Making an extremely rare on-screen appearance, Mr. McMahon was seen for the first time in almost a year. Roman Reigns hadn’t forgotten the reason for McMahon’s appearance last March, as he suspended him from Raw, weeks before his WrestleMania match with Brock Lesnar. Tonight, Mr. McMahon was all smiles, and offered a handshake to “The Big Dog”. Roman Reigns refused to shake his boss’s hand, but McMahon was fine with it. Refusing to let anything ruin his mood, Mr. McMahon spoke ecstatically about being out to make an announcement that will be remembered for a very long time. Unlike the two men before him, McMahon wanted to milk every second he could out of the announcement, before he eventually confirmed Roman Reigns’ WrestleMania opponent as… John Cena!
John Cena came down to the ring, with a huge smile on his face. Embracing the WWE Universe, and taking in the always audible reaction, John Cena looked delighted to be back in front of the fans. When he entered the ring, he shook hands with Kurt Angle and Mr. McMahon, saying something to each off them off-mic. John Cena then turned his attention to Roman Reigns. In full “fruity-pebbles”, over-the-top smiling John Cena mode, the record-equalling World Champion stood in stark contrast to the stern and stoic Roman Reigns. After the two men stared each other down, John Cena extended the hand to Roman Reigns. There was a brief hesitation from Roman Reigns, who was the only man in the ring without a smile on his face. Reigns looked to Kurt, and then to Mr. McMahon. He finally looked John Cena in the eyes, shaking hands with his WrestleMania opponent!
With the match now confirmed, Roman Reigns left the ring promptly, leaving Kurt Angle, Mr. McMahon and John Cena in the ring. Giving nothing away, Roman Reigns had not had the reaction that those in the ring had expected. The commentators agreed, wondering if Roman Reigns would give more of an indication of his feelings, the following night on Raw.
Speaking about WrestleMania matches, focus turned to Ronda Rousey’s choice, which had been given a deadline of tonight. With Shayna Baszler already victorious, Ronda Rousey had yet to make her decision. Scheduled to be in action next, the commentators suggested that her decision to challenge either the Raw Women’s Champion or the Smackdown Women’s Champion could be made after the match.
Adding more speculation and hype to Ronda Rousey’s decision later on, the commentators eventually switched their focus to the next match. The WWE Universal Championship match between Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton, it was put over that roles were reversed this month. Having sat in a private box, watching Seth Rollins win the Royal Rumble, Drew McIntyre would now have to defend his Championship with Rollins watching over him. Before the match, Rollins was interviewed from the private box.
Seth Rollins spoke about the Universal title match, saying he would be more than happy to face either man at WrestleMania. Rollins added that he’d rather be in the ring tonight, or at least in the crowd with the WWE Universe, but management decided it would be “safer” for him to stay up here. Seth Rollins said that with WrestleMania around the corner, he doesn’t want to ruffle too many feathers, but promised that once he knew who his opponent was, he was coming for the Champion!
Live from Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island!
Raw opened with a video package, which showed still from the action of the previous night. Fastlane was in the books, and Drew McIntyre had retained the WWE Universal Championship. There had also been two major announcements on the show, as John Cena was announced as the WrestleMania opponent of Roman Reigns, and Ronda Rousey chose to challenge for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania. This came after Shayna Baszler successful defended the title in an Elimination Chamber match.
Hot off the heels of this decision, Ronda Rousey made her way to the ring, opening up Raw’s final stretch of shows in the build to WrestleMania.
Once she was in the ring, Ronda Rousey put over Natalya, with whom she defeated Ruby Riott & Sarah Logan the previous evening. Rousey’s focus then turned to her decision, as she reiterated last night’s confirmation that she would stay on Raw, and challenge Shayna Baszler for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania. As Ronda Rousey began to explain her decision, which she stated was in part due to her respect for Raw’s General Manager Kurt Angle, Shayna Baszler’s music hit.
The Raw Women’s Champion made her way down to the ring, looking smug as ever. The dominant Shayna Baszler, who has been undefeated since debuting on Raw, wasted no time in getting into the challenger’s face. Taking a microphone of her own, Shayna Baszler told Ronda Rousey:
”You just made the dumbest call of your entire life!”
Shayna Baszler then shoved her WrestleMania opponent, who took this as an invitation to strike back. This resulted in a huge brawl breaking out between the WrestleMania opponents, as Raw kicked off in complete chaos. The two women brawled all around the ringside area, and had to be held back by at least a dozen security guards. A huge security presence, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since a brawl between Reigns and Lesnar pre-SummerSlam, the WWE Universe got a preview of what to expect at WrestleMania. Still fired up, the two Superstars didn’t stop their attempts to get at each other, breaking free on a number of occasions. Eventually, the General Manager had to intervene.
Kurt Angle said that he loved to see this passion and hunger for the Championship from his Superstars, but they had to stop! Angle said that if they carried on, there would be no Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania. Not because of any sanctions from him, but because there would be nothing left of either of them. As security finally appeared to have things under control, the show went to the first commercial break of the night.
Returning from the break, the commentators showed footage of the opening of the show, putting over the huge brawl between Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey.
Out of that footage, Kurt Angle was seen in his General Manager’s office, where he spoke to Ronda Rousey.
Making a rare Raw appearance, Stephanie McMahon locked eyes with Ronda Rousey. There was clearly a lot of tension between the two, which most recently bubbled over at Royal Rumble. Showing a lack of respect towards Ronda Rousey, Stephanie McMahon said to Kurt Angle “you’re lucky she didn’t jump ship last night… or you’d be out of a job!”
Stephanie was angered that Kurt Angle had allowed Dean Ambrose to make the jump to Smackdown Live, asking for answers as to what happened last night at the end of Fastlane. Kurt Angle said that he’d need to speak to Stephanie McMahon about that privately, which led to Ronda Rousey leaving the office.
Moving on from that, the commentators promoted the Main Event of Raw, which would feature Batista’s first match in the WWE in over 4 years. Dave was shown arriving at the building earlier today, ready for his match with Jason Jordan tonight.
Returning from the break, a recap of the events of Raw thus far was followed by an interview with “The Liv Squad”. This was introduced after the commentators promoted a match between Alexa Bliss and Liv Morgan, up next.
Cutting Liv Morgan off mid-flow, Ruby Riott said “enough!”, having reached her breaking point. Riott said that she couldn’t listen to this anymore, adding that if Liv Morgan is as great as she thinks, she can take Alexa Bliss down all by herself tonight. Riott then stormed off, expecting Sarah Logan to follow. Stuck in between a rock and a hard place, Logan was torn as to what to do. Shocked by what she had seen, Liv Morgan was clearly fearful of going it alone, the relief showing on her face when Sarah Logan decided to stay by her friend’s side.
The continued absence of Brock Lesnar, who has repeatedly ignored the challenges of Braun Strowman since the beginning of the year, was the next subject of conversation for the commentary team. Having lost the title to Braun Strowman at SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar hasn’t been seen since the night after the event. Tonight however, WWE cameras were scheduled to return to the home residence of the “Beast Incarnate”, looking to speak to the former Superstar about his unwillingness to return to the ring. This would be shown later, and was promoted as a huge moment, that would likely either open the door for a return from Brock Lesnar, or kill dead any speculation that he was ready to come back to the WWE.
Following that discussion, it was time for an interview with Drake Maverick, who was beaten by Braun Strowman the previous evening. As the show went to a commercial break, Maverick was seen being attended to by a member of the production crew. Drake Maverick was clearly in a lot of pain, as the microphone was fitted for the segment.
Returning from the break, Drake Maverick had notes in front of him, but remained focus on the camera. Issuing a statement about the one sided beating he was on the wrong end of at Fastlane, Drake Maverick claimed that such a match should have never been made by Kurt Angle, nor ratified by the WWE. Maverick spoke of his disappointment in the people who were supposed to be there to protect him, and of an announcement he had been “forced to make”. Ending his statement, Drake Maverick looked directly into the camera, with a stern look on his face:
“It is with great regret, that as of the 4th of April 2019… I retire from in ring competition!”
Making the announcement just 24 hours after his first match in the WWE, Drake’s statement confused the commentary team, with only Corey Graves taking the now retired Superstar seriously.
WWE Raw - March 4th 2019 - Live on USA Network!
Returning to Raw for the second hour of the show, the commentators spoke hurriedly, explaining that the WWE cameras had been at Brock Lesnar’s residence, where the following incident took place. They warned that the footage may be distressing to some viewers.
The crew were led by Mike Rome, who would serve as the interviewer, should they be able to get a word with Brock Lesnar.
Almost as soon as the crew reached the gates, a number of security guards were on the scene. Asking for identification, and showing great hostility to the cameras, the guards had clearly been given the heads up regarding the visit. Mike Rome explained that they were there to try and get comment from Brock Lesnar, after what happened last week, when Braun Strowman trespassed on Lesnar’s land, and tipped over a tractor.
The camera crew were desperate for a scoop, and asked if they could speak to Brock Lesnar. The security guards explained that Lesnar’s wasn’t home, and wouldn’t be speaking to the WWE cameras. As they said that, a truck pulled up at the gates, and Brock Lesnar was in it, being drove by somebody else.
Security yelled at the camera crew to get out of the way, but they still attempted to get to Brock, looking to speak to him. Having been silent since his defeat to Braun Strowman at SummerSlam, Brock wanted nothing to do with the camera. However, when he was pressed, an angry Brock Lesnar stepped out of the vehicle, holding a Shotgun in his hands!
Brock Lesnar had been out hunting, and was furious to have his personal life interfered with by the WWE crew. Although he didn’t threaten to use the gun on the crew, he made his displeasure at their presence very clear:
”You’d better get the [BLEEP] off my [BLEEP]ing land right now!”
The sight of Brock Lesnar, with a shotgun in his hand, clearly had the desired effect, as the crew jumped back into their own vehicle and got away from the area as quickly as they could. While they hadn’t got much word from Brock Lesnar, the former WWE Superstar had made one thing clear… he wanted nothing to do with the WWE!
Following that incident, the commentators assured viewers that the WWE crew had vacated the scene, and were all safely on their way back to the United States. The next segment took place in the office of Kurt Angle.
The Raw General Manager was on the phone, speaking to somebody about what had just happened. Once again confirming the safety of the crew, Kurt was relieved to have spoke to Mike Rome, who he told to get home safely. As he hung up the phone, Jason Jordan walked into the office.
The Raw Women’s Champion was in an awful mood, and made it clear to Kurt Angle that she wanted to get her hands on Ronda Rousey. She called Rousey a bitch, saying that when she next sees her, Ronda is getting what’s coming to her. Kurt Angle looked to appease Shayna slightly, telling her that she was in action later in the night, and would be facing Mickie James. He hoped that would keep her competitive spirit occupied, because he needed Ronda and Shayna to be 100% going into WrestleMania!
Moving along, the commentators spoke over a series of stills from the previous evening, where Drew McIntyre’s victory over Randy Orton, in his final Universal Championship defence before WrestleMania, was recapped.
Following on from that, Seth Rollins made his way to the ring, looking to make his first statement since it was confirmed that he would face Drew McIntyre, for the WWE Universal title at WrestleMania.
Seth Rollins talked about the last 12 months, looking back at the Elimination Chamber match he participated in last year. He said that back then, he was scraping and clawing against 6 other Superstars, looking for the chance to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. This year, he sat back and watched Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton battle it out, knowing the winner would face him. Rollins said he’d always rather be in the ring than watching from the sidelines, but if there was any time to have your feet up, it’s when you know you’re heading into a Main Event match at WrestleMania!
Rollins put over “the best year of his career”, saying that from an in-ring perspective, he’d never been better. From becoming the 65 minute man on Monday Night Raw, to winning the Royal Rumble in January, Seth Rollins has cemented his place as “The Man” once again. This was the comment that drew his WrestleMania opponent out from the back.
Drew McIntyre joined Seth Rollins in the ring, as the Number One Contender told him he was “a little rude, but I guess you can join the party” adding, “I wasn’t quite finished, but…”. McIntyre cut him off, saying “you were”.
Drew McIntyre then spoke over Seth Rollins, telling him that he was still the Universal Champion, and that means that he is the only “Man” on this show. He proved that to Randy Orton last night, and he will prove it to Seth Rollins at WrestleMania. Until then, as far as Drew is concerned, this is a case of “man against boy”, and there will be only one winner. Seth Rollins of course disagreed, but wouldn’t let the Champion get under his skin. Seth Rollins instead took a look at the Universal Champion, saying that it will be so sweet when he takes the Championship from Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania. He said that it would probably even top the “Heist of the Century”, when he became WWE Champion for the first time four years ago.
This caused the Champion to step up to the challenger, and when Rollins stepped up too, a switch flicked. The two men were now hot, and began exchanging words off microphone. As it appeared they were ready to come to blows, both taking off their t-shirts to fight, they were interrupted by a surprising development.
Making his way down to the ring, Braun Strowman - who has had nothing to do with either man recently - came between them. Strowman said that McIntyre and Rollins were free to take this to the back, or to the street, and fight it out, but they needed to get out of the ring. Strowman said that he would be in action up next, and there was no way he was going to let these two delay it any longer.
When Raw returned from the break, a recap of what had happened over the last 30 minutes was shown. This allowed viewers to catch up on the incident at the residence of Brock Lesnar, as well as Braun Strowman’s words about the seemingly retired Superstar. This was followed by promotion of an appearance from The Bella Twins later in the night, which would see them discuss the future of the Women’s Tag Team Championships.
Going from one set of Tag Team Champions to the other, the Number One Contenders to the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships were seen in the office of Kurt Angle.
Returning for the final part of Raw’s second hour, John Cena made his return to the show. Coming down to the ring, John Cena garnered his usual reaction from the WWE Universe, and had a smile on his face as he took in the reception.
Once in the ring, John Cena enjoyed his usual banter with the WWE Universe, playing on their reaction to him wherever he could. He then got down to business. Cena put over his return to the WWE, saying that there is no better time to return to the ring than WrestleMania season. John Cena talked about his Royal Rumble performance, as well as his impressive victories at SummerSlam and Survivor Series in the last year. He called his defeat to The Undertaker at last year’s WrestleMania a low point in his career, but said that he has come back stronger than ever since then.
John Cena would argue that his last few performances have proved why “that guy up in the booth” (Michael Cole) called him “The Greatest Champion in WWE history”. Whether people agree with that or not, John sees somebody else in the WWE, who likes to see themselves as “The Guy”, and Cena admits he doesn’t like it. Cena said he wasn’t going to let the next generation pass him by, and he doesn’t intend to do that with Roman Reigns. Looking back at the last 4 WrestleMania Main Event matches, and the fact Roman Reigns has been in them all, John Cena says there is a pattern emerging. But if Roman Reigns wanted to make it 5 in a row, there was only one man in the WWE that he could do that with… John Cena!
Seemingly confirming that his match with Roman Reigns would be the Main Event of WrestleMania, John Cena added that when he spoke to Mr. McMahon last night, the Chairman of the WWE told him that there would be an announcement, next week, that would take the match to the next level. John Cena said that he had no idea what the announcement would be, but said he was ready for whatever was in store. As he said this, the music of Roman Reigns began to play.
Making his way down to the ring, Roman Reigns was just as coy as he’d been last night, when the match was announced. He had no response to John Cena, instead telling him “I get it done in the ring… watch and learn!”
WWE Raw - March 4th 2019 - Live on USA Network!
Returning for the third hour of Raw, the brief interaction between John Cena and Roman Reigns was replayed, before the commentators promoted a huge announcement next week on Raw. They said that Mr. McMahon would once again appear, and would personally deliver the WrestleMania announcement to the WWE Universe. While they weren’t sure what that would entail, they did know what was next, as Roman Reigns was ready for singles action.
Returning from the commercial break, Dave Batista was interviewed coming out of his locker room, dressed in his ring gear.
Appearing like this for the first time in over 4 years, Batista said that he was feeling better than ever. He mentioned that he may be 50 years old now, but age is just a number. When it came down to being in the ring, he was ready to prove that. As for his opponent, he called Jason Jordan the biggest jackass he’d come across since his return to the WWE, saying there was nobody he’d rather get the chance to beat the crap out of, than him.
Following talk about the Main Event, discussion once again returned to the “Brock Lesnar incident” earlier in the night, where WWE cameras showed up at his home residence. Getting out of his truck, having been out hunting, Brock Lesnar had a shotgun in his hand as he released an expletive laden rant towards the crew.
Back from the break, it was time for the entrance of The Bella Twins. Making their way to the ring with the Women’s Tag Team Championships over their shoulders, The Bella Twins were ready to address their WrestleMania plans.
Heading to the back, Stephanie McMahon was seen in the office, alongside the Raw General Manager.
Rey Mysterio (c) bt. Elias [Intercontinental Championship]
Alexa Bliss bt. Liv Morgan
Braun Strowman bt. Baron Corbin & Mojo Rawley
Shayna Baszler bt. Mickie James
Roman Reigns bt. Robert Roode
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. Apollo & Akira
Dave Batista bt. Jason Jordan
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Following Fastlane, a recap was played of the events of the show, where Dean Ambrose shocked the WWE Universe, appearing from under the ring to attack Samoa Joe. The WWE Champion was caught completely off guard by Raw’s Dean Ambrose, who had appeared after Joe’s victory in the Elimination Chamber.
Having seemingly made the jump from Raw to Smackdown, Dean Ambrose was revealed as the WrestleMania opponent of the WWE Champion, Samoa Joe!
Charlotte Flair was interviewed, following Ronda Rousey’s rejection of her WrestleMania challenge.
Charlotte was asked where she planned on going from this point forward, but was angered by the lack of reference to her victory at Fastlane. Flair said that the Smackdown Women’s Championship was bigger than Ronda Rousey, and suggested the interviewer should be asking her about that instead.
Shinsuke Nakamura defended the United States Championship against Karl Anderson, who had been caught up in an incident between the Champion and Luke Gallows the previous week. Shinsuke Nakamura picked up the victory. Following the match, Nakamura talked about his WrestleMania plans, dragging out it out for as long as he could before issuing his challenge to… The UNDERTAKER!
Like Kofi Kingston earlier in the night, Daniel Bryan spoke of his disappointment following defeat at Fastlane. Bryan was cut off by The Miz, who boasted about pinning Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles in one night.
This didn’t stop The Miz, who immediately regretted his actions, as it became clear he’d gone too far. But The Miz couldn’t take his words back, and when AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan surrounded him in the ring, it ended badly for the arrogant Superstar. Taken out by both AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan, The Miz was left out cold on the canvas, as the two Smackdown fan favourites turned their attention to each other...
Also on Smackdown Live:
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Episode #10: The Episode with… The Battlebowl (Part 2)!
16 Man Tournament - Exclusively on the WWE Network!
Bob Holly announced that he had been forced to pull out of the Heavyweight Classic, and would be replaced by WWE legend… Billy Gunn!
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Live from FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee!
Last week on Raw, Dave Batista returned to the ring, defeating Jason Jordan in his first match in 4 and a half years. The show also saw an incident involving Brock Lesnar, after a WWE camera crew turned up at his home residence. Holding a shotgun, as he exploded in an expletive laden rant, Brock Lesnar demanded that the Mike Rome led camera crew left his land.
This was the topic of conversation as the show began, with Kurt Angle seen standing in the ring as the commentators introduced the episode. Michael Cole said that Kurt Angle was there to deliver a statement, speaking on behalf of the WWE.
Kurt Angle read from a prepared statement, apologising to anybody who was offended or disturbed by what aired on the show last week. Angle once again reiterated the safety of the crew involved, but admitted that the reporter and his colleagues had been left shaken up by the incident. Kurt said that Mike Rome has the full support of the entire WWE family, and hoped that he would feel safe enough to return to work soon. Kurt said that as far as Brock Lesnar was concerned, there was little they could do. The former Universal Champion was no longer under contract with the WWE, and as such no action would be taken of their behalf. Kurt Angle once again apologised, and asked that a line be drawn under what had happened. Looking to move this along, Drew McIntyre interrupted the General Manager, coming down to the ring.
The Universal Champion didn’t want to hear about somebody who doesn’t even work here anymore, saying that the GM of Raw should be focussed on him. Especially so close to WrestleMania! McIntyre asked Angle if he’d had any time this week to focus on his Champion, saying that it was about time he was showed the respect he deserved.
Kurt Angle said he’d been thinking a lot about Drew McIntyre, especially the challenge he faces to keep hold of that title against Seth Rollins at WrestleMania. But there is four weeks until that match, and because of that, both men will be in action tonight! Seth Rollins will compete later in the evening, but since Drew is out now, his match would open the show!
Returning from the break, footage was shown from during the commercials. As Kurt Angle turned to leave the stage, he was met by a referee, who informed him of something. The commentators had since confirmed that Kurt Angle was being informed by the official of an incident in the back, which had seen Randy Orton attacked from behind. Heading over to the back, Kurt Angle and Finn Balor were shown arriving at the scene.
Out of that, the commentators looked back at the source of Jason Jordan’s frustration, replaying footage of Dave Batista’s convincing victory over him last week. The commentators then confirmed that Batista would address what happened after his successful return to the ring, when Stephanie McMahon came down to the ring and slapped him across the face.
Next up, “WWE.com Exclusive” footage was shown, of something that happened at Smackdown Live last week.
Making their way to the ring before the match, The Squad presented a united front, cutting a promo regarding their intention to become the Number One Contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
WWE Raw - March 11th 2019 - Live on USA Network!
Returning to the second hour, the commentators turned their attention back to events from last week, this time looking at the moment that Stephanie McMahon slapped Dave Batista in the face. The incident happened after Batista’s successful return to a WWE ring. Despite that victory, Batista was in a fowl mood.
Shortly after this discussion, and the relaying of said footage, the music of Batista hit. Making his way down to the ring, Dave clearly had something to get off his chest.
Batista addressed the slap from last week, but said that he wasn’t out to take issue with Stephanie McMahon. He knew what she was like before he came back, and he expected nothing less from her. Instead, Batista wants to speak to Triple H. Because while Stephanie McMahon had the guts to come out and face him, he can’t say the same for Hunter. Ever since he turned down the handshake, Triple H has been in hiding. Instead of sulking with his tail between his legs, he wants Triple H to come out so they can discuss Batista’s issues man to man. Instead of Triple H, the call out was answered by Stephanie McMahon.
Batista expected another slap, but instead Stephanie McMahon took a different approaching. Speaking down to Batista, she said that “Superstars” don’t get to dictate what happens in the WWE. Especially when it comes to company executives. That’s what she felt Batista needed to learn. Just like the rest of the locker room, he seems to have forgotten who is in charge here. Kurt Angle may be the General Manager, but she and her husband run the brand. What that means is simple, Batista doesn’t tell them what to do, but having signed a lucrative contract, he’d better believe he has to do what she tells him. For that reason, she insisted there would be no more discussion of her husband, and Batista would instead focus on next week. If he truly wants to be a WWE Superstar again, then Batista will have to find a partner for a match next week, where he will face Golden Alpha’s Authors of Pain. Batista was more than happy to do this, and told Stephanie McMahon that he’s sure plenty of his old friends would be happy to team with him next week.
Returning from the break, the commentators promoted Batista’s match next week, before the show headed to the office of the General Manager. Kurt Angle was once again stressed out, concerned about the state of his roster following attacks to Finn Balor and Randy Orton. Looking to “advise” Kurt Angle, Drake Maverick approached the GM.
Showing an incident from earlier, footage was introduced of a social media exclusive interview with Alexa Bliss. As Bliss spoke about wanting to be on the WrestleMania card, she was interrupted by Shayna Baszler.
Following that footage, the commentators confirmed that Kurt Angle had made a match between the two Superstars for tonight.
In the office of Kurt Angle, the Raw General Manager was seen talking to Rey Mysterio, who would be facing Seth Rollins later on. Kurt Angle spoke to Rey Mysterio about the attacks that had taken place earlier in the night, where Randy Orton and Finn Balor were taken out. Kurt told Rey to watch his back, and be careful out there.
Returning from the break, Seth Rollins was interviewed, talking about how excited he was to face Rey Mysterio.
The Number One Contender to the WWE Universal Championship put over the legendary Rey Mysterio, and said that the challenge of facing a Champion, just before WrestleMania, is exactly what he needed.
Before the match between Rey Mysterio and Seth Rollins, the commentators introduced a look back at last week’s show, and the controversy surrounding Brock Lesnar. Footage was also known of Braun Strowman’s response to Brock Lesnar, as he called out the former WWE Superstar as a coward.
WWE Raw - March 11th 2019 - Live on USA Network!
Returning for the final hour of Raw, a Limousine was shown pulling up at the building. Stepping out of the vehicle, was the WWE Chairman, Mr. McMahon.
McMahon had a huge smile on his face, and strutted towards the entrance of the building. Following McMahon’s arrival, the commentators promoted the reason that the Chairman was appearing on Raw, as he promised a “huge WrestleMania announcement” at the end of the night.
Returning to the ringside area, former WWE Universal Champion, Braun Strowman made his way down to the ring. It was mentioned that last week, it appeared as though Braun Strowman may have been forced to give up his chase of Brock Lesnar. However, as Braun Strowman entered the ring, it was clear he had other ideas.
Braun Strowman told the WWE Universe that he’d heard all the rumours this week, that have said that Brock Lesnar closed the door on a WWE return last week, but added that he doesn’t buy it. Strowman said that Brock Lesnar still had a competitor in him somewhere, but it’s hiding. The reason Brock is unwilling to return to the ring, and face Braun Strowman, is because he is afraid of “The Monster Amongst Men”. Strowman suggested that Brock Lesnar was paranoid, but there was no agenda against him. At SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar lost his title because Braun Strowman was the best man on the night, and until Lesnar returns to the ring, he can’t prove otherwise. Once again appealing to the competitive spirit of Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman laid down his official challenge to the longest reigning Universal Champion in history. Strowman conditions were simple:
”Brock, I want you at WrestleMania! You name your terms… you choose the rules!
I make it happen, and you… GET THESE HANDS!”
As Braun Strowman looked to have finished, he was met by the music of Bobby Lashley. Making his way down to the ring, Lashley had something to say to the former Universal Champion.
Bobby Lashley told Braun Strowman that instead of looking at somebody who isn’t in the WWE anymore, he should look at the man who came within split-seconds of taking the title from him on two occasions. Lashley said that late last year, he hit the “Spear that SHOOK the Universe!” and introduced Strowman to “The Destroyer”. Lashley wanted to prove he was worthy of having a match at WrestleMania… and he wanted to do it against Braun Strowman next week. Braun Strowman was all too happy to test himself, agreeing to face him on the following episode of Raw.
Moving on, following a look back at events earlier in the night, The Bella Twins were interviewed to promote Brie Bella’s match the next night on Smackdown. As they spoke, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan cut them off.
Returning from the break, Mr. McMahon was seen walking through the back.
He had a huge smile on his face, as he walked past various members of the crew. When Mr. McMahon walked around the corner, he bumped into Braun Strowman. Mr. McMahon had a smile on his face, but Strowman wasn’t in the mood for joking around.
Known for having a good relationship with the WWE Chairman, Braun Strowman called Mr. McMahon “Vince” as he addressed him, telling the boss that he needed him to speak to Brock Lesnar. He said that if even Paul Heyman couldn’t get through to him, Vince was the only hope.
”Make the call, Vince… do whatever it takes, pay him whatever he asks… get Brock Lesnar to WrestleMania”
From Braun’s tone and expression, McMahon could tell just how serious he was. With a gulp, and a sigh, McMahon told Strowman “I’ll see what I can do…”
Coming back to ringside, the commentators discussed the way Braun had spoke to Mr. McMahon, putting over how he laid down the law to the all-powerful Chairman. They said that not many other Superstars in history could get away with dictating to Mr. McMahon, and used it as evidence of how much respect the Chairman has for “The Monster Amongst Men”.
Following that match, Kurt Angle was seen in his office. As the General Manager finished making a note of the match that had just been proposed for next week, he was confronted by Golden Alpha, who were joined by Elias.
Akam & Rezar were ready to retaliate, but the slap caused a huge smile to grow on the face of Jason Jordan. Realising what he had done, Kurt Angle instantly regretted putting his hands on a talent. He realised the consequences this could have. Jason Jordan did too. Wanting to take advantage of this, Jordan stopped The Authors of Pain from advancing, instead encouraging his three associates to leave the office with him. Left in the office alone, Angle realised he may have just put his position as General Manager in jeopardy!
Returning to the ring for the next part of the show, the Number One Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship made her way to the ring. Scheduled to face Shayna Baszler in just a few weeks time, Ronda Rousey took a microphone and addressed the WWE Universe.
Ronda Rousey recapped the events of the previous week, introducing footage of the huge brawl between herself and Shayna Baszler on the big screen. After the clip was shown, Ronda Rousey talked about the no-contact clause that was put into place by Kurt Angle, who feared that the two women wouldn’t make it to WrestleMania if they carried on the way they were. That means she can’t lay a hand on the Champion, but she can send a message. Ronda Rousey said that Shayna Baszler had nothing to worry about for the next few weeks, but vowed that at WrestleMania, she would let out 6 months of aggression… and make her tap out! These comments resulted in Shayna making her way to the ring.
Shayna Baszler laughed off Ronda Rousey’s threats, knowing she was safe behind the “no contact” ruling. The Raw Women’s Champion then mocked Ronda, saying that she had no idea what she was getting herself in for. Baszler then commented that while Ronda has 5 weeks to prepare for WrestleMania, a “real Champion” has to compete week in, week out. Just like Baszler will up next.
Ronda Rousey told Shayna Baszler that’s exactly where she was wrong, because she’s spoke to Kurt Angle, and next week… she is going to make her Monday Night Raw debut! On that huge bombshell, Ronda Rousey left the ring, leaving Shayna Baszler to focus on her Main Event match.
Returning for the final part of Raw, Mr. McMahon made his way down to the ring. Taking in the reaction of the WWE Universe, the Chairman looked to be in high spirits as he took a microphone from ringside.
McMahon did a major sell job on the Main Event of WrestleMania, promoting the match as the “biggest Sports Entertainment showcase of all time!” Mr. McMahon put over the fact that he’d picked the two Superstar he felt best represented the WWE brand of entertainment, and was sure the Universe would see why at WrestleMania!
Mr. McMahon then introduced those two Superstars, bringing John Cena and Roman Reigns to the ring, one after the other…
Mr. McMahon put both Superstars over, and told them that they’d have their chance to speak to each other over the next few weeks. However, tonight they were there to listen, as Mr. McMahon made a huge announcement regarding their match at WrestleMania. McMahon said that such a huge match needs a strong referee, and he feels like there was only one man for the job. Mr. McMahon teased that he would be the perfect candidate for the role, but said he’d found somebody even better. Looking to build suspense for as long as he could possibly get away with it, Mr. McMahon revealed that the Special Guest Referee for the Main Event of WrestleMania would be… THE ROCK!
Making his return to a WWE ring at WrestleMania, The Rock’s return was put over by the commentators, as Mr. McMahon pointed to the official confirmation on the big screen. John Cena and Roman Reigns went face to face in the middle of the ring, with a new dimension added to their WrestleMania match!
Drew McIntyre bt. Finn Balor
Nikki Bella bt. Ruby Riott
Bobby Lashley bt. Akira Tozawa
Seth Rollins bt. Rey Mysterio
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. Heart & Soul (Mustafa Ali & Cedric Alexander)
Shayna Baszler bt. Alexa Bliss
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Smackdown Live opened with Dean Ambrose. The Raw Superstar, who has apparently made the jump to Smackdown, explained the attack on Samoa Joe which took place at Fastlane.
Dean Ambrose said that it went back to the start of 2018, where he suffered an injury that kept him out of WrestleMania. Ambrose said that he had to sit home, watching the show. Not only did that injury cost him 8 months of his career, it damn near ended it! Ambrose also revealed that during the recovery, he suffered life threatening complications. That was the first time he’d been out of action in his WWE career, and when he was back to being healthy, there was only one thing on his mind… revenge!
Dean Ambrose put over his challenge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, but was told by GM Paige that there was a block on him competing on Smackdown, as a result of him still technically being a Raw Superstar. Samoa Joe himself was in action however, and would team with Shinsuke Nakamura against AJ styles and Daniel Bryan. That match would eventually go to a no contest, as Dean Ambrose’s presence at ringside resulted in a chaotic ending to the match.
An enraged Samoa Joe lunged at Dean Ambrose, looking to attack his WrestleMania opponent. The two men eventually had to be separated, as they looked to tear each other apart, more than 3 weeks out from their WrestleMania match.
The Bella Twins cut a promo before their match, putting over the idea that they were above any other potential duo in the WWE. While speaking positively, the two Superstars gave off a vibe which suggested they felt above the Smackdown roster.
These feelings will have dispersed during the match, as Becky Lynch bettered Brie Bella in the ring. Having demanded to be the one to put Brie back in her place, Becky Lynch followed through with the promise, making one half of the Women’s Tag Team Champions tap out to the Dis-Arm-Her. Following the match, Lynch rolled Brie out of the ring with her boot, before making it clear she wanted a shot at the Tag Team titles!
Following his challenge to The Undertaker last week, Shinsuke Nakamura looked to get inside the head of “The Deadman”, and in doing so tricked the WWE Universe. Coming out to the ring, following the sound of The Undertaker’s gong, Shinsuke Nakamura made his entrance dressed as the man he wants to face at WrestleMania.
Kicking off the mind games between the two, Shinsuke Nakamura may be biting off a little more than he can chew. Either way, he continues to pursue the man whose name is most synonymous with the biggest show of the year, WrestleMania!
Following up from the “Fighter Profile” of Andrade Almas, the man of 100 souls made a huge statement on Smackdown.
Also on Smackdown Live:
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Episode #11: The Episode with… The Hat on a Pole!
16 Man Tournament - Exclusively on the WWE Network!
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I think one of your surveys should have the question
"Should Drew return to using Broken Dreams?"
Either, the diary is shaping nicely going into Mania and I can't wait for the big show to be up.
Live from Moda Center, Portland, Oregon!
Following a look back at the events of last week’s episode of Raw, the commentators spoke over footage of Ronda Rousey in the back.
The Number One Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship was seen preparing for her match later, which would be her first match ever on the show!
Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young put over the fact that she would be facing the “Legit Boss”, Sasha Banks, a woman who she has some history with, dating back to this year’s Royal Rumble. Last week, the NXT alumni, and former Women’s Champion, was hand picked by Stephanie McMahon to face Ronda Rousey in the Main Event!
As the commentators continued to talk about the events of last week, Batista’s music hit. Walking towards the ring, Dave was in high spirits, and didn’t seem to be letting recent incidents between himself and Stephanie McMahon affect his mood.
He did address those events, particularly the match that Stephanie made last week. Dave said that he’d been talking to the boys in the back, and he was ready to face the Authors of Pain tonight. Before Batista could reveal the identity of his chosen partner, Stephanie McMahon cut him off.
When Stephanie came to the ring, she reminded Batista that she was his boss, and even though Kurt brought him back, he answers to her. McMahon said that she’d heard who Batista wanted to team with, but unfortunately, plans change. Stephanie explained that due to Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton being in action tonight, against each other for the Intercontinental Championship, Batista wouldn’t be able to team with either of them. She made it clear that she had made the match between the two, claiming that she was doing it for the WWE Universe. Of course, Batista knew her true motivation.
This worked in forcing Dave to change his plans, but he said that he was sure he could find an alternative. Stephanie McMahon also had an answer for that, as she had one other piece of information to share. Batista asked what it was, and was told that his match with AOP… was next!
Returning from the break, Kurt Angle was shown in the office. Shaking his head at a replay of Triple H’s actions, Kurt Angle was approached by Stephanie McMahon.
After a discussion about the previous events, the commentators looked forward to the rest of the evening, and particularly the match between Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman, scheduled for later in the night. Talk then turned to another challenge made last week, when Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan - fresh off attacking their former Riott Squad leader, Ruby Riott - challenged the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, The Bella Twins. Those two teams would face off in non-title action later, but up next was a scheduled Intercontinental Championship.
Before that match could take place however, Elias had occupied the stage. Sat down, with his Guitar, Elias seemed intent on blocking the entranceway.
Elias spoke about the upcoming Intercontinental Championship match, making it clear he wasn’t happy about it taking place. He felt he should be the man to challenge Rey Mysterio, and had written a protest song to convey that message. However, just moments into the song, Randy Orton’s music hit and the challenger made his entrance. Orton had no interest in Elias’ complaints, shaking his head at “The Drifter” as he walked by.
WWE Raw - March 18th 2019 - Live on USA Network!
Opening up the second hour of Raw, the commentators promoted the scheduled Main Event of the evening. One of the competitors in that match was Sasha Banks, who had promoted the match on social media earlier in the day. This piece was introduced by the commentators.
During the “selfie promo”, Sasha Banks put herself over as the “Legit Boss” of the Women’s Division. Presenting the character to those who may not be familiar with her, Sasha Banks referenced “the revolution that everybody has been talking about”. She then explained that she was the woman at the forefront of that buzz, and she was the reason that Ronda Rousey was in the Main Event tonight. That’s why Stephanie McMahon chose her, and that’s why the myth of Ronda Rousey will end tonight!
Back to ringside, Seth Rollins made his entrance, with the commentators putting over his WrestleMania match with Drew McIntyre. Having won the Royal Rumble, Seth Rollins became the Number One Contender to the WWE Universal Championship.
Rollins spoke about the challenge of facing a Champion last week, saying that while the finish of the match was out of their control, he was happy to have faced a competitor as good as Rey Mysterio. He added that while Rey and co. dealt with Golden Alpha, his focus had to be with the WWE Universal Championship. Over the last few weeks, Rollins had been tested in many different ways, but knew that at WrestleMania, there is no way of predicting what might happen. All the scouting in the world couldn’t prepare anybody for a Main Event match at WrestleMania. So that’s what Rollins wanted, something that he couldn’t possible prepare for. His solution was simple, as he issued an open challenge to anybody on the Raw roster…
Returning from the break, a recap was shown of what had happened moments earlier, before Drew McIntyre was seen in the back. As the WWE Universal Champion walked, he was confronted by Mustafa Ali’s partner Cedric Alexander.
A promo recorded by Bobby Lashley, earlier in the day, was then shown. Lashley promised to bring Braun Strowman back down to earth in their match later, and said that after he hits another “Spear to shake the Universe”, Strowman won’t be thinking about WrestleMania, or Brock Lesnar… he’ll be thinking about retirement, when he is dominated by “The Destroyer”.
Following that promo, the commentators talked about the announcement made by Mr. McMahon last week. Bringing both John Cena and Roman Reigns to the ring, the WWE Chairman announced that The Rock would be the Special Guest Referee for their WrestleMania match.
Having heard from John Cena recently, Roman Reigns made his way down to the ring. As promoted throughout the night, it was time for The Big Dog’s response to his WrestleMania opponent’s words from two weeks ago.
Roman Reigns spoke about the announcement made last week, saying that he thought it was great to see The Rock involved with WrestleMania. Reigns said that the “most electrifying man in all of Sports Entertainment” always brought more eyes to whatever he was involved in, and WrestleMania is the perfect moment for that. Roman Reigns said that he wanted as many people as possible to see what happens at WrestleMania, but not because he wants them to see John Cena “pass the torch”. Passing the torch implies that John Cena is giving something up, but that’s not what is going to happen. Roman Reigns doesn’t need to take anything from John Cena, because it has been clear for a long while that he’s light years ahead of John Cena.
Roman Reigns added that he’d beaten Triple H and The Undertaker at WrestleMania already, and asked the WWE Universe what they think he had to prove to someone like John Cena. Roman Reigns said that he is “the guy” and when it comez to their match at WrestleMania… it’s John Cena who is the only with anything to prove. Because of this, “The Big Dog” decided to leave John Cena with a question for his next response:
”So John, tell me... what have I got to gain from beating you?”
Returning from the break, Stephanie McMahon was seen in the Raw office, speaking to the General Manager, Kurt Angle.
Drake Maverick offered both Stephanie and Kurt a handshake, but neither were interested. That didn’t bother the former “Advisor to the General Manager”, who had once again landed on his feet. He introduced himself as the “representative” of Jason Jordan, and said that he would be dealing with proceedings on behalf of Golden Alpha going forward. With a smile on his face, Drake told his former colleague “Mr. Angle… I’m just here to ensure that justice prevails”.
WWE Raw - March 18th 2019 - Live on USA Network!
Opening the final hour of Raw, ahead of her debut on the show in the Main Event, Ronda Rousey was interviewed about her opponent, Sasha Banks.
Ronda Rousey was in the zone, saying that she couldn’t wait until she was in the ring on Monday Night Raw. Rousey added that Sasha Banks had done a lot of talking over the last few weeks, but she was ready to put an end to it. “The Baddest Woman on the Planet” said that she was raring to go, and couldn’t wait to show the entire world, just how ready she was for WrestleMania!
Following a video package on Ronda Rousey’s return to the ring in the Main Event, recap footage showed Brock Lesnar’s return to the WWE earlier in the night. Paul Heyman was interviewed following the footage, and spoke on behalf of Lesnar.
Paul explained that Brock Lesnar was no longer in the building, because he didn’t want to stay longer than he needed to. That’s why he was hired by Brock Lesnar, and Paul Heyman confirmed that “The Beast Incarnate” was back in the WWE… and he was back with a simple goal. Paul Heyman accepted the challenge of Braun Strowman for WrestleMania, and said that Brock Lesnar would be there to take “The Monster” back to Suplex City!
Two Weeks from Sunday
WrestleMania Kick-Off Show - Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal!
Heading into a commercial break, ahead of the Main Event, Natalya was seen running over last minute preparations with Ronda Rousey. It was put over that Natalya had been Ronda’s training partner since she signed with the WWE, and was considered to be a mentor by “The Baddest Woman on the Planet”.
Returning from the break, Randy Orton was seen leading Rey Mysterio and Finn Balor into the office of the General Manager.
Authors of Pain vs. Dave Batista went to a No Contest
Randy Orton bt. Rey Mysterio (DQ)
Seth Rollins bt. Mustafa Ali
Braun Strowman bt. Bobby Lashley
The Bella Twins bt. Liv & Logan
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. The Revival
Ronda Rousey bt. Sasha Banks
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Opening Smackdown Live, Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles engaged in a contract signing, with the former referring to his opponent as “Mr. Smackdown”. Bryan explained that having been with Smackdown Live since day one, he has seen everything that AJ Styles has done on the show. That was what made their match at WrestleMania so important to him, desperate as he was to prove that following his temporary retirement, Daniel Bryan still had what it took to challenge as one of the best wrestlers in the world.
One of the other huge matches scheduled for WrestleMania continued to be built, as Dean Ambrose and Samoa Joe made it clear that they weren’t done with each other. As a result of another huge brawl breaking out between the two of them, Paige enforced a “no contact clause” between the WWE Champion and his WrestleMania opponent.
As well as these established matches, another title match was announced for WrestleMania. Having defeated Brie Bella the previous week, Becky Lynch was confirmed to face The Bella Twins at WrestleMania.
Of course, Becky Lynch would need a partner, as she challenged for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Speaking about the “Four Horsewomen”, and everything that had come from the work of those women during their time in NXT, Becky Lynch said that there was only one woman that she could trust to stand by her side at WrestleMania. Lynch said that Smackdown was her home, and there was only one woman in the building with whom she shares so much history. On that note, she invited Bayley to the ring.
Despite her struggles in settling into the Smackdown roster, Bayley was all smiles as she came to the ring. Bayley hadn’t been on good terms with Becky Lynch since arriving on the show, but appreciated the acknowledgement of their history together. Bayley offered Becky Lynch a hug, and the usually cold and detached “Lass Kicker” hugged her back. While this seemed to be a confirmation of their teaming, Becky Lynch was staring off into the distance as she embraced Bayley. Soon it became clear why, as Raw’s Sasha Banks was seen jumping the guardrail.
At that moment, Becky Lynch let go of Bayley, stepping back as Sasha Banks entered the ring. Hitting Bayley with a Backstabber from behind, Sasha Banks laid her former best friend out. Despite not being on the same show anymore, Banks proved she could still make Bayley’s life a living hell. Becky Lynch was of course in on this, smirking as she introduced her true partner for WrestleMania, Sasha Banks.
Becky Lynch added that this wasn’t about Bayley, or The Bella Twins. It was about Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks. Ronda Rousey may have beaten Sasha Banks on Raw, but that was old news for Sasha Banks, who told the WWE Universe “we are… The Revolution!”
Another shocking moment took place on Smackdown, coming at the very end of the episode. Answering a call out from Shinsuke Nakamura, The Undertaker made his way down to the ring, doing his usual elaborate, extended entrance.
However, as the legendary figure made his way down the ramp to confront Shinsuke Nakamura, he was jumped by Sanity!
Also on Smackdown Live:
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Live from Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana!
Raw opened with a look back at a number of events which took place last week:
After that introduction, the commentators sent over to the ring, where Kurt Angle was stood with a piece of paper.
Kurt Angle recapped the issues between himself and his son Jason Jordan, and admitted that he had acted in a way that was not befitting of a Raw General Manager. Angle explained that he had written an apology to Jason Jordan, and was set to read it to open the show. However, moments before he came out, he was informed that the apology wasn’t sufficient. This came from an emergency meeting with Stephanie McMahon, where it was made clear to Kurt Angle that there was no way back for him. While Kurt Angle looked to continue, confirming what most already suspected, the music of Jason Jordan played.
Before Kurt had been given his chance to say goodbye, Elias told him that everybody had heard enough of him, and it was time to go. Kurt Angle said that while that may be true, he did have one more thing to say. Kurt Angle said that he was proud of a lot of things during his time as General Manager, but his final decision may just be his favourite one. Angle said that he spoke to Finn Balor, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio last week, and they inspired him to do something truly memorable. Kurt Angle may no longer be the General Manager of Raw, but he did make one more match for WrestleMania while he was. Those guys that spoke to him wanted to get their hands on Golden Alpha & Elias, and he had made sure that would happen… at the biggest show of the year!
Returning from the break, footage was shown of Kurt Angle announcing his resignation, before the former General Manager was seen removing his personal belongings from the office. As Kurt Angle left the General Manager’s office for the last time, he bumped into Paul Heyman, who was strutting through the back. The two of them had a brief, awkward exchange, before Paul Heyman continued on his way.
Promoting the rest of the show, the commentators put over Dave Batista & Rey Mysterio’s match as a team tonight, as well as the various other things to look forward to. Looking back however, footage was shown of Ronda Rousey’s Raw debut last week, where she defeated Sasha Banks. Despite her victory, Sasha Banks made a surprise appearance on Smackdown Live, jumping her long-term rival Bayley from behind. Sasha Banks was then revealed as Becky Lynch’s partner for her WrestleMania match against The Bella Twins. At the event, Lynch & Banks will challenge for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships!
Heading back to the office that was once occupied by Kurt Angle, Drew McIntyre approached Stephanie McMahon, who was holding down the fort in lieu of a General Manager.
Having been seen earlier in the night, Paul Heyman was interviewed in the back, promoting his appearance later in the show.
Paul Heyman talked up Brock Lesnar’s return last week, saying that “The Beast” showed Braun Strowman exactly what he was getting himself in for. With that said, Braun Strowman didn’t have the full information as far as his match with Brock Lesnar was concerned, but promised that his client’s conditions would be laid out tonight.
WWE Raw - March 25th 2019 - Live on USA Network!
Returning to the second hour of Raw, Mr. McMahon was shown to have arrived at the building, moments ago. Seen strutting through the backstage area, McMahon was approached by a smiling Paul Heyman. Mr. McMahon showed nothing but contempt for the former ECW mastermind, before continuing on the way. Explaining the appearance of Mr. McMahon, the commentators put over the fact that he would mediate an in-ring confrontation between John Cena and Roman Reigns later in the evening…
Another huge match confirmed for WrestleMania was made last week, and the commentators made sure to promote Dave Batista vs. Triple H, as footage was played. Recapping the moment that Triple H stopped Batista’s match with The Authors of Pain, the relayed footage also showed Triple H lowblowing Batista and hitting him with a Pedigree. With Batista laid out on the ground, Triple H revealed that he would be the recently returned Superstar’s WrestleMania opponent.
Returning to Raw following a commercial break, the commentators spoke about the betrayal of Ruby Riott by Liv Morgan (and Sarah Logan) two weeks ago. This led into promotion of a singles match later in the evening, where Morgan and Riott would go one on one - for the first time ever!
Up next, a sit-down interview was introduced, conducted earlier in the week with Raw Women’s Champion, Shayna Baszler.
Giving a candid style of interview, which was clipped into smaller parts for the Raw broadcast, there was an attempt to create a realistic feel to the discussion. This included a number of censored expletives from Shayna Baszler. The vicious and undefeated Raw Women’s Champion put over her former friendship with Ronda Rousey, talking about how in a competitive world, there was no room for friends. Baszler said that she was willing to remain friends with Rousey after what happened at Survivor Series, but didn’t seem to understand why Ronda took their issues personally. Baszler also spoke about the uncertainty of Ronda Rousey’s Royal Rumble win, saying that choosing to challenge for the Raw Women’s Championship was the worst call of Ronda’s career. The WWE Universe, and Ronda herself, don’t realise that yet, but Shayna promised they would… at WrestleMania!
Following a discussion about The Usos being challenged by Owens & Zayn in under two weeks time, the next segment took place in the Locker Room. Speaking to the Raw roster, it appeared that Kurt Angle was making a goodbye speech.
Kurt thanked the roster members that had supported him, and said he’d had a great time working with the most talented roster that the WWE had ever witness. He said that no matter who took charge after him, he was sure that Raw would be a success. He knew that, because of the hard work and determination he had seen from every man and woman in the locker room. As Kurt Angle continued to pay tribute to the Superstars, Drew McIntyre walked into the room, looking disgusted at the former GM of Raw.
Despite the interruption, Kurt Angle turned back to the rest of the roster, saying that while he didn’t know where his future lied, he wanted to thank them. Before he could complete this sentiment, Drew McIntyre cut him off. Ranting at the former General Manager, Drew McIntyre called Kurt Angle weak. He said that Kurt’s weaknesses had spread through the roster, and openly insulted his fellow Raw Superstars to their faces. McIntyre said that there was not a single Superstar on his level on this entire show, and there hadn’t been since the day he came back to the WWE. Having sat quietly throughout Kurt’s speech, Seth Rollins had heard enough.
Confronting Drew McIntyre, Seth Rollins said that enough was enough. Encouraged by his fellow Superstars, Seth Rollins defended the Raw roster, saying that every single person in the locker room was sick of Drew McIntyre. Rollins said that since McIntyre returned, he’s been a complete jackass! Rollins put over the talent of the Raw roster, before promising that at WrestleMania, he was going to bring Drew McIntyre back down to earth. Rollins told Drew he wasn’t only doing it for himself, because now he had the entire locker room behind him… and the whole of the WWE Universe!
Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins then went nose to nose, with Kurt Angle looking to come between them. As tensions looked certain to boil over in the locker room, members of the Raw roster stepped in, ensuring nothing went down back there.
Returning to ringside, the commentators spoke about the division between Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins getting greater, as the WWE Universal Champion continues to separate himself from the rest of the roster. If one man shares that epic ego of Drew McIntyre, it may just be Brock Lesnar. This led into a recap package of what happened last week, when Brock Lesnar returned to the WWE. Making his first appearance since the night after SummerSlam, Lesnar came back with a bang, taking Braun Strowman down with an impactful F-5! This led into a commercial break, with an appearance from Paul Heyman - who would lay down Brock Lesnar’s WrestleMania demands - promoted as being up next!
Returning for the final part of the second hour of Raw, Paul Heyman came down to the ring. With a smug look on his face, Heyman took a microphone from ringside. As he did this, the commentators once again put over the return of Brock Lesnar.
Explaining the situation in his own unique way, Paul Heyman talked about Brock Lesnar’s reservations over returning to the WWE. Heyman expanded upon the issues of SummerSlam, where Lesnar’s record-breaking Championship reign was ended without him being defeated. Where Brock Lesnar comes from, if you want to be a Champion, you have to beat the Champion. When Paul Heyman spoke to Brock Lesnar after that match at SummerSlam, he was sure he’d seen the last of Lesnar in a WWE ring. It wasn’t fear that was setting him back however, Brock Lesnar doesn’t know the meaning of the word. Brock Lesnar was done with the WWE because of what has being allowed to happen to the Universal Championship.
But Braun Strowman wouldn’t give up, and several weeks ago, he received a call from Brock Lesnar. Having not heard from him for months, Lesnar had one message for Heyman: ‘get the deal signed’. Brock Lesnar was coming back for one night only, and he was coming to put Braun Strowman back in his place. For that past three months, Braun Strowman has questioned the heart, the competitive spirit, and the “balls” of Brock Lesnar. Paul Heyman explained that you don’t do that and get away with it. For that reason, Brock Lesnar would be at WrestleMania, but as Braun Strowman’s stated, it would be on his conditions…
Those conditions were simple, Brock Lesnar didn’t want to be screwed over like at SummerSlam, and the paranoid side of him needed to make sure of that. Heyman said that Lesnar knew everybody in the WWE wanted to set him up for failure, but that’s not what he had in mind. Brock Lesnar wasn’t going to be the stepping stone that the WWE used to get Braun Strowman to the next level. For that reason he wanted to make sure that nobody else could get involved in the match. Paul Heyman helped Brock Lesnar come up with a solution, and their answer was fairly simple:
“Braun Strowman… it’s going to be just you and Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Nobody gets in… nobody gets out...
Braun Strowman. Brock Lesnar. Hell in a Cell!”
Moments after this, the music of Braun Strowman hit. Marching down to the ring, Braun Strowman’s demeanor worried Paul Heyman. Especially with Brock Lesnar not being in the building.
Strowman got up in Heyman’s face, terrifying the advocate of Brock Lesnar. Braun Strowman didn’t lay a hand on Paul however, instead grabbing the microphone out of his hand. Succinct in his reply, Braun Strowman had just two words for Paul Heyman….
With that, “The Monster Amongst Men” threw the microphone to the ground, and left back up the ramp. The relief on Paul Heyman’s face was evident, as the commentators put over the confirmation of Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman at WrestleMania… inside Hell in a Cell!
WWE Raw - March 25th 2019 - Live on USA Network!
The final hour of Raw opened with a recap of what had happened at the end of the previous hour. Confirming the huge match set for WrestleMania, the commentators speculated on the carnage that awaited in under two weeks time. They then sent over to the back, where interviewer Mike Rome (making his return following the incident involving Brock Lesnar) spoke with Braun Strowman. Strowman said that this was the moment he’d been waiting for since the start of the year, and he couldn’t wait to get his hands on “Beastie Boy” at WrestleMania. Strowman said that Lesnar ducked him for long enough, but when it came down to it, it was only a matter of time before Brock Lesnar… “GETS THESE HANDS!”
Returning to ringside, the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy was on display at the top of the ramp, as the music of Big Show played. Making his first appearance on Raw since September 2017, Big Show was in high spirits.
Taking a microphone, Big Show put over the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, as a former winner of it. He also talked about the first ever Andre Battle Royal, which was won by Cesaro. As he continued to discuss how much the Battle Royal means to the Superstars who win it, he was cut off by Baron Corbin & Mojo Rawley.
Having not been seen for some time, Matt Hardy retained his “Woken” persona, as he spoke about winning the Battle Royal himself, last year. He called Baron Corbin & Mojo Rawley “obsolete entities”, before sending down his “Woken Warriors” for a match with them. Making their return, having been dunked in the Lake of Reincarnation months ago, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel came out with a new “hipster” look. Bo Dallas wore a Blue Shirt with Yellow Pineapples on it, and had his hair in a top knot. Axel dressed smartly, albeit not wearing a shirt underneath an expensive looking jacket.
Promoting the face to face between John Cena and Roman Reigns later in the evening, a video package recapped the reveal of Roman Reigns’ WrestleMania opponent. Mr. McMahon, who would mediate the confrontation later in the evening, announced John Cena as the man who would face Roman Reigns, in what would be the Main Event of WrestleMania.
That was followed by the second sit-down interview of the evening. Having heard from the Raw Women’s Champion earlier, it was time to see what the Number One Contender had to say.
Ronda Rousey spoke about WrestleMania being one year since her WWE debut, where she teamed with Kurt Angle to defeat Triple H & Stephanie McMahon. She said that since then, Stephanie McMahon has put roadblocks in her way at every step. That’s what brought Shayna Baszler to Raw in the first place. At Survivor Series, Shayna Baszler set the stall out, and since that moment their friendship was over. When Shayna Baszler became the Raw Women’s Champion, her chase of the title became personal. While she had no doubt about the ability of Shayna Baszler, Ronda Rousey felt that she had a lesson to teach her… and she was ready to do that at WrestleMania!
Returning from a commercial break, Jason Jordan was seen with The Authors of Pain. Approaching Stephanie McMahon in her office, Jordan was confused.
Jason Jordan asked Stephanie McMahon what was going on with the WrestleMania match. He pointed out that Kurt Angle announced it as a 4 on 4, but he only told them that they’d be facing Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor and Randy Orton. He asked if the match was actually supposed to be a three on three. Stephanie McMahon didn’t have time to answer, as the three aforementioned Superstars entered the office, joined by Kurt Angle.
Returning for the final part of Raw, a look back at the events of the evening was followed by the entrance of Mr. McMahon. The WWE Chairman made his way to the ring, ready to promote the John Cena vs. Roman Reigns match at WrestleMania.
When he had done that, Mr. McMahon introduced John Cena, saying that the 16 time Champion had requested that he came out first, in order to address what Roman Reigns said last week. John Cena wasted no time, making his way down to the ring.
Once in the ring, John Cena shook hands with Mr. McMahon, before taking a microphone from ringside. John Cena said that last week he listened to Roman Reigns, and as ever he was glued to the screen. Somewhat mocking Roman Reigns’, John Cena said that for once Roman Reigns said something that resonated with him. Cena said that Reigns asked what he had to gain from facing John Cena. He found this interesting, saying that any time you step in front of the WWE Universe, there is something to gain. But that something is what Roman Reigns will never have, the respect of the WWE Universe. Cena explained that while not everybody in the building may like him, every single person knows that he has given everything for the WWE, ever since he got here. John Cena said that he never stopped working, and he never stopped trying to earn the respect. When John Cena throws his t-shirt into the crowd, or whether he wins or whether he loses, his job is - and always has been - the same. If he sends people home feeling that they’ve been entertained by what he does, then he’s done his job.
John Cena knows that he does that every night, so if Roman Reigns wonders what “The Big Dog” has to gain, John Cena wants to know what he has to lose. Cena has done everything that Roman Reigns could ever dream of, but one thing Roman Reigns will never be able to say, is that throughout his journey to the top… the people were with him. On this note, Roman Reigns came down to the ring.
Already in a bad mood, Roman Reigns got in the face of John Cena, ignoring Mr. McMahon as he entered the ring. Reigns snarled at his WrestleMania opponent, before taking a microphone from ringside. Roman Reigns told John Cena that he knows nothing about him, and he doesn’t have a clue about the struggles he’s face. John Cena thinks that because he took some beatings in the ring, that makes him some kind of Superhero. But Roman Reigns has fought battles that John Cena could never ever dream of, and those odds that he’s fought brought him to where he is. Whether people boo him or cheer him, there is nothing that could ever stop Roman Reigns fighting!
John Cena looked to come back with a funny comment, but Reigns told him to shut up! John Cena was taken aback, as Roman Reigns said that he was now ready to answer his own question from last week. Roman Reigns said that for years he’s been compared to John Cena, but the two are nothing alike. Roman Roman is real, while John Cena is a cartoon creation, and nothing more than a PR robot. Reigns didn’t want to take away from Cena’s work outside of the ring, but made it clear that it held no weight when it came to WrestleMania. That’s what Roman Reigns has to gain from facing John Cena at WrestleMania. He can finally confirm what has been coming for years. John Cena is yesterday’s man, and Roman Reigns was ready to expose him in front of the world. John Cena might feel like he’s got a lot left in the tank, but Roman Reigns is going to be the man to give him the excuse he’s been looking for.
John Cena fired back, saying he had never looked for excuse, and asked Reigns what the hell he was talking about. Roman Reigns said Cena may not have been looking for a way out, but his body has. Reigns promised that at WrestleMania, he would give John Cena every reason he needed to hang up the boots, and retire to Hollywood. Afterall, he claimed, that’s where John Cena’s head is at. Reigns said it’s funny, after all those years of mocking The Rock, John Cena is every bit as ready to leave all this behind. Reigns then acknowledged Mr. McMahon for the first time, telling him:
“I hate to break it to you old man, but John Cena has lost the love…”
This annoyed John Cena, who removed his t-shirt and made it clear he was ready to go there and then. Roman Reigns had no reservations about this, and told John to bring it on. As the two went face to face, looking for the other to take the first shot, Mr. McMahon came between them. Reigns told McMahon to back off, and pushed John Cena. Cena pushed him back, as a scuffle broke out in the ring. Mr. McMahon once again came between them, and in the heat of the moment, John Cena shoved him away. Underestimating the strength of the push, John sent Mr. McMahon off his feet, sending him tumbling to the canvas.
Realising what had happened, John Cena turned to check on the Chairman, who he had accidentally pushed over. Despite feeling pain in his arm, Mr. McMahon was furious when John Cena offered to help him up, saying he didn’t need any help. While this was ongoing, Roman Reigns showed no concern for the boss, even when it became clear that he couldn’t get himself back to his feet. Instead, Reigns looked down on John Cena and Mr. McMahon, snarling at the two men who have a strong mutual respect. Soon, the ringside doctor entered the ring, despite McMahon protestations. The commentators spoke about the damage to the arm of McMahon, and discussed the lack of concern showed by Roman Reigns. This was used as evidence of his complete focus on the Main Event of WrestleMania.
While John Cena continued to ask Mr. McMahon if he was okay, Reigns began to shake his head. Symbolising the differences between the two men who would feature in the Main Event of WrestleMania, the cold demeanor of Roman Reigns contrasted with the concerned John Cena. Raw came to a close with Mr. McMahon still down on the mat, being checked on by John Cena. Roman Reigns had glanced towards the Chairman of the WWE, but his focus was on something else. As the commentators signed off on the penultimate Raw before WrestleMania, Roman Reigns’ eyes were locked on the WrestleMania sign, hanging high up in the Bankers Life Fieldhouse...
Sasha Banks bt. Natalya
Drew McIntyre bt. Cedric Alexander
Dave Batista & Rey Mysterio bt. Elias & Jason Jordan
Sami Zayn bt. Robert Roode
The Woken Warriors bt. Baron Corbin & Mojo Rawley
Liv Morgan bt. Ruby Riott
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Looking to one up each other, AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan were both in action on Smackdown, taking on two talents who were yet to have a WrestleMania match.
Charlotte Flair was this week’s profiled Superstar on Smackdown Live, speaking about the potential match that she was unable to have with Ronda Rousey.
Flair was sure that the match could have Main Evented WrestleMania. Charlotte was still looking forward to the biggest show of the year, but her comments suggested she was looking beyond her potential opponents.
Asuka once again proved herself as the most impressive candidate, beating the former Number One Contender, Kaitlyn. Following the match, Asuka made it clear that she was desperate for a chance to face Charlotte Flair once again, in a rematch of last year. With the two Superstars tied at one victory over each other a piece, Charlotte Flair suggested they go one better than last year. That resulted in a match being made for WrestleMania, where one year later, Asuka and Charlotte would face off… in a Two out of Three Falls Match!
The WWE Championship match was further promoted during the show, with an in-ring interview involving Dean Ambrose being interrupted by Samoa Joe.
As has been the case between the two for weeks, things got heated, as Samoa Joe reminded Dean Ambrose of the reason he missed last year’s WrestleMania. Knowing there was a no contact clause, Samoa Joe goaded Dean, telling him that he was going to do much worse to him at WrestleMania. The furious Dean Ambrose grabbed the microphone from the interviewer, and threw it at Samoa Joe.
Returning after the break, Samoa Joe suggested that Dean Ambrose should be taken out of the WrestleMania match, as he had broken the no contact clause. Ambrose argued that he hadn’t laid a finger on Samoa Joe, and - being technically correct - this was enough for Paige to confirm the match would still take place!
The final part of Smackdown Live featured a rather dark segment, with Shinsuke Nakamura continuing to show zero respect towards his WrestleMania opponent, The Undertaker. Holding a funeral ceremony for “The Deadman”, Shinsuke Nakamura was joined by Eric Young’s Sanity.
While Shinsuke Nakamura orchestrated the ceremony, Eric Young did a large portion of the talking. Young endorsed what Nakamura had been doing recently, saying that Nakamura has injected chaos into Smackdown Live, and had upset the status quo. The segment was dimly lit, but as Shinsuke Nakamura began to talk about leaving The Undertaker’s legacy “dead and buried”, they went out completely. When they returned, the casket in the ring opened, and The Undertaker sat up out of it.
Having been attacked by the four men in the ring last week, it soon became clear that The Undertaker had brought back up. This came with a familiar sound, and the entrance of his brother Kane!
Caught completely off guard by this, Sanity and Shinsuke Nakamura were unable to take advantage of the numbers game. When The Undertaker and Kane fought off Killian Dane and Alexander Wolfe, they were left two on two with Eric Young & Shinsuke Nakamura. Kane hit Eric Young with an Uppercut, which left Nakamura on his own. Hitting “The Artist” with a Double Chokeslam, The Brothers of Destruction ensure that Smackdown Live ended with the two of them standing tall!
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WWE Heavyweight Classic Final
Jeff Cobb wins the Heavyweight Classic
He will enter the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania!