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Raw - Five Point Preview
Champion & 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
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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.
Reigns said that he could have told Strowman that Lesnar was a coward. But Reigns wasn’t out to talk about Brock, he wanted to talk about Drake Maverick’s “Anti-Braun Coalition”. Roman confronted Braun Strowman, saying that because of what he did last week, Reigns was left to clean up the mess known as The A.B.C. It didn’t take long for things to get heated between Strowman and Reigns, who don’t get along at the best of times. Stopping them from coming to blows, Kurt Angle came out and told them to focus on what’s in front of them. He said that Roman Reigns had Fastlane to look forward to, where his WrestleMania opponent will be revealed, and Kurt also had something in store for Braun Strowman Sunday’s show too. He also wanted them to focus on tonight, as they would team up in the Main Event, against The A.B.C’s Baron Corbin & Mojo Rawley.

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.
Drake would soon regret this, as Kurt Angle reminded him that he gave up his position as “Advisor to the General Manager” a couple of weeks ago. That meant that Drake was just like any other talent, and that gave Kurt the power to put him in matches. As a result, Kurt decided if Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns were victorious over Baron Corbin and Mojo Rawley tonight, Drake Maverick would go one on one with Braun Strowman at Fastlane. Maverick’s life flashed before his eyes, and his fear forced him into action.

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.
Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns came out victorious in the Main Event, and with his focus on Sunday, Reigns left the ring. This left a smirking Braun Strowman in the ring, staring down Drake Maverick. Maverick’s instinct was to get as far away from Braun Strowman as possible. As he did this, the General Manager’s music hit, and Kurt Angle came out. He confirmed that Braun Strowman would go one on one with Drake Maverick at Fastlane, “it’s true… it’s damn true!”

Somehow the more turbulent trio in the match, the newly renamed “Liv Squad” had issues before the bell. Hearing the team introduced by the name, Ruby Riott said that she couldn’t do it anymore. Liv Morgan didn’t see the issue, saying it had been “The Riott Squad” for long enough. Sarah Logan came between them, suggesting they go by just “The Squad”. This didn’t sit well, but there was a match scheduled. The clear tension continued into the match, and outweighed the clear antipathy displayed by the opposing team.

Despite Alexa Bliss being disliked by Ember Moon and Nia Jax, the three of them got on with it, and Alexa Bliss scored the decisive victory, pinning Sarah Logan.

Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon & Nia Jax bt. The Liv Squad

After the match, Alexa Bliss made it clear that at this Sunday’s Elimination Chamber match, it would be every woman for herself. Leaving her partners in the ring, “The Goddess” had no interest in celebrating with her teammates.

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.
Despite the match being non-title, Shayna Baszler still felt the need to send a message, jumping Natalya from behind before the match. When order was restored, Baszler had made her task much easier, and dominated the woman she had sneak attacked. Following the match, Shayna Baszler refused to release the hold that got her the win, until Ronda Rousey ran down to the ring.
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.
Having a bone to pick with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, Jason Jordan told the duo that The Authors of Pain were pissed off about last week, and consider Owens & Zayn to be a couple of corporate suck ups. He put over that Sunday, they were also in the Number One Contendership match, and they would take Owens & Zayn out on their way to WrestleMania. Batista wasn’t happy with Jason Jordan once again interrupting him, saying “I can see I’m going to have a problem with you”. Jordan agreed, saying that Batista saw what he did to Finn Balor last week.

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.

With Batista now in the back, Jason Jordan was ready to face Kevin Owens. The commentators put over Batista’s return to the ring next week, before focussing on the match ahead. Looking to build on last week’s win over a weakened Finn Balor, Jason Jordan had the help of The Authors of Pain to rely on. Sami Zayn was at the side of Kevin Owens, but clearly couldn’t match the influence of the huge Akam & Rezar.

This played into the finish of the match, as while they refrained from getting directly involved, The Authors of Pain did take Sami Zayn out at ringside, in fairly brutal fashion. Causing Kevin Owens to take his eye off the ball, the distraction allowed Jason Jordan to hit the Jordan (Angle) Slam from behind, and pick up the victory.

Jason Jordan bt. Kevin Owens

After the match, Golden Alpha were not done with Kevin Owens, and with Sami Zayn out, it was 3-on-1.
The Authors of Pain did much of the heavy lifting, as they looked to take Kevin Owens out of this Sunday’s match at Fastlane. However, before their plan could play out completely, Dave Batista returned to the ring.
Running down the ramp, Batista entered the ring, and clotheslined both members of The Authors of Pain over the top rope, one after the other. This left Batista in the ring with the man he would face next week, and Jason Jordan wanted nothing to do with him.

Jordan tried to get away, but Batista grabbed him. Putting the General Manager’s son in position for the first Batista Bomb since his return to the WWE, Dave looked to send a message to his future opponent. Grabbing the legs of Jason Jordan, Akam managed to drag the leader of Golden Alpha out of the ring, saving him from the Batista Bomb. As the trio headed up the ramp, Dave made it clear just how close Jordan was to being taken down. The commentators suggested that he had just previewed Jordan’s fate next week!

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:
  • It was announced that The Bella Twins would return to Raw next week, turning their attention to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania.
  • Bobby Lashley was granted his request of a match with No Way Jose, winning in convincing fashion. His attempts to “kill the buzz” of Titus Worldwide continued, as he challenged anybody else from the group to come and face him in the ring. Akira Tozawa looked to step up, but was held back by the leader of the group, Titus O’Neil.
  • Kurt Angle informed Rey Mysterio that he would defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship on Raw next week, against Elias!

Quick Results
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
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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.
Strangely, Charlotte Flair swerved questions on Kaitlyn, instead focussing on her challenge to Ronda Rousey. Flair said that she’d heard nothing from the so-called “Baddest Woman on The Planet”, and accused her of avoiding the challenge of the most dominant Women’s Champion in the WWE today.
A “Superstar Profile” focussed on Andrade “Cien” Almas, taking a look at the history behind his name.
Using parts of interviews with both Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega, as well as footage of the Mexican Superstar, an in-depth look was taken at the name “Cien” Almas, which translates to “100 Souls”. This was further explained, as a reference to Andrade’s history of winning matches that resulted in his opponents hair being shaved off, or their mask removed. Almas spoke of the significance of this act in Lucha Libre tradition, speaking of the importance of the masks, and the dominion of being responsible for an opponent being forced to reveal their face, or remove their hair!
Also on Smackdown Live:
  • Shinsuke Nakamura’s United States Championship open challenge was answered by Luke Gallows. The Champion picked up the victory, with Karl Anderson checking on his partner, after the match. As Anderson did this, he was sized up for a Kinshasa, which Nakamura hit to leave both men out in the ring.
  • Rusev spoke about his chance to become the WWE Champion at Fastlane, discussing the support of his wife Lana and the success of “Rusev Day”. The Miz also staked his claim as the top contender to the WWE Championship, claims which were disputed by former Champion AJ Styles. This came following AJ Styles’ victory over Harper.
  • The Usos put over the honour of facing The Hardy Boyz at Fastlane, but said that everybody already knew who the greatest tag team of all time were!
  • The dominant team of Sonya Deville & Tamina Snuka picked up yet another victory, extending their winning run to 3 matches.

This Week on…

Episode #9: The Episode with… The Battlebowl (Part 1)!
  • WCW Universe opened with the names of 20 Superstars in a raffle drum, with 10 teams being randomly comprised. This was the basis of the Battlebowl, which would take place over a two-part episode.
  • Blackjack Blake & The Brian Kendrick bt. Garza Jr. & Tye Dillinger, when Blake pinned Tye. This angered Garza Jr., who was very unhappy with his Canadian partner.
  • Tex Ferguson spoke with Chad 2 Badd in the back, explaining the “lucha libre” style he would be adopting in his match tonight against the high flyers. He explained to TJ P that he learned the style when he worked down in Puerto Rico. The team would be successful, defeating Tyler Breeze & Gran Metalik.
  • Tony Nese looked to bond with Goldust in the back, ahead of their match together next week. He didn’t get far, as Dustin Rhodes bluntly explained that he always hated the nWo, and he still does!
  • Robert Roode & Mike Kanellis were delighted to be teamed together, calling it the luck of the draw. Their previous experience working together allowed them to win in the Main Event, defeating Buddy Murphy & Kalisto.

Other Notes:
  • Before Fastlane, WWE released the names of the 16 Superstars who would feature in the first ever Heavyweight Classic:

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?

Fastlane Predictions
(Match Card + Bonus Questions!)
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[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!

Elimination Chamber Match for the Raw Women’s Championship

With the four other Superstars inside the “pods”, the Raw Women’s Champion had been drawn to start the match, alongside “The Goddess” Alexa Bliss. Coming straight at Alexa Bliss, from the opening bell, Shayna Baszler made an uncharacteristic mistake early on, and was taken down by Alexa Bliss. Shockingly, Bliss went straight to the top rope, and under a minute into the match, hit a “Twisted Bliss” to the Raw Women’s Champion. Set for an unbelievable upset, Alexa Bliss was split seconds away from eliminating the Champion from the match. At the last moment, Shayna Baszler kicked out, but was shaken from the experience. Looking to get back into the match, Baszler seemed to be getting the better of the challenger, as the next Superstar entered.

Entrant #3

Liv Morgan entered the match, and looked to form an alliance with Shayna Baszler. Liv Morgan mocked Alexa, calling herself “The Real Goddess”, thinking she had Baszler on board. What she thought Shayna would get out of working with her was unknown, and Baszler rejected the proposal, taking Liv Morgan down. Shayna then continued, keeping both of the challengers down, proving her dominance. It was then time for the fourth member of the match to enter.

Entrant #4

Coming into the match, Ember Moon showed the fire that she has become known for recently, taking the fight to Shayna Baszler. Losing her grip on the match, the Champion was caught cold by Ember Moon. Moon took the fight to the rest of the competitors, coming close to taking Liv Morgan out. However, before she could, the next Superstar entered the match.

Entrant #5

As Sasha Banks entered the match, she went straight for Ember Moon, who was on the top rope. Before Moon could hit the Eclipse that she had set up for, Sasha Banks pushed her from the top rope, to the steel panel of the Chamber floor. Sasha Banks then entered the ring, going after Alexa Bliss. On the other side of the ring, Shayna Baszler was in control of Liv Morgan.

Entrant #6

Nia Jax was the final Superstar to enter, and she took out everybody in her path. Dropping the four other challengers, Nia Jax soon came face to face with Shayna Baszler. One on one in the middle of the ring, the two Superstars went back and forth, brawling. Liv Morgan and Sasha Banks looked to take advantage of the distractions, but their attempts to roll up Baszler and Jax predictably failed. Instead, they simply drew the attention away from each other, and resulted in Shayna and Nia focussing on them.

Before long, it was clear that Liv Morgan was in trouble, and it was Alexa Bliss who took delight in eliminating her. Taking the first Superstar out of the match, Bliss hit her long-time rival with a DDT.

Elimination #1: Liv Morgan

The self-proclaimed “Real Goddess” didn’t take her elimination well, and went after Alexa Bliss. Fighting against the referees, Liv may have got the last laugh on Alexa, as she was taken out from behind by Shayna Baszler. Caught off guard, Bliss was unable to escape the Rear Naked Choke, becoming the second woman to be eliminated from the match.

Elimination #2: Alexa Bliss

With just four Superstars left in the match, the contest split into two singles, with Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler returning to each other’s focus. On the outside of the ring, Ember Moon and Sasha Banks continued to go at it. Eventually, they returned to the ring, with Ember Moon looking to take it to the top rope. Sasha Banks joined her, before they escalated to the top of the Chamber pod. Once up there, Sasha Banks had second thoughts, and when she took control, elected to climb back down to the turnbuckle. Seeing Shayna & Nia in the ring, Sasha went for a crossbody, but was caught by the two bigger woman in the match. The two looked ready to throw Sasha out of the ring, but were stopped in their tracks as Ember Moon dived from the top of the pod, taking out all three woman. Feeding off the energy of the WWE Universe, Ember Moon returned to the top turnbuckle.

This time she was successful, following up the huge Crossbody with an Eclipse to Sasha Banks. While the impact took a lot out of Ember Moon, Nia Jax quickly added the finishing touch, hitting a Running Leg Drop, eliminating “The Boss”.

Elimination #3: Sasha Banks

Quickly looking for another elimination, Shayna Baszler came up behind Nia Jax, looking to lock in the Rear Naked Choke. Nia Jax managed to get to the ropes, and sent Baszler to the outside. Following the Champion, Nia Jax was once again caught in the Rear Naked Choke. This time, she had even more ways to escape, first driving Shayna into the side of the Chamber, before dropping backwards onto the steel panel and crushing Baszler beneath her. This took the wind out of Shayna Baszler, and when Nia Jax returned to the ring, it was a two horse race.

Ember Moon had also hurt herself earlier, and Nia Jax focussed on her shoulder. The commentators put over the respect between the two Superstars, but it was clear nothing was going to be held back. Shayna Baszler continued to hold off, as Nia Jax looked to finish Ember Moon. Moon wouldn’t be put down however, and after avoiding a Leg Drop, the comeback was on. Successfully building her way back into the match, Ember Moon went back to the top rope, hitting an Eclipse to the former Raw Women’s Champion. While she had been unable to beat Nia during her record-breaking run with the title, Ember Moon finally managed to score a pinfall over Nia Jax.

Elimination #4: Nia Jax

Having shocked the undefeated Shayna Baszler in the past, Ember Moon had proved that she was not to be taken lightly, having eliminated both Sasha Banks and Nia Jax. Baszler had taken time to regroup, and was straight onto Ember Moon as the match came down to two. Shayna Baszler went straight for the kill, hitting a series of brutal strikes, and taking Moon down to the mat. She appeared to have her opponent exactly where she wanted her, and Shayna Baszler wouldn’t let up. Looking to lock in a submission hold on the mat, the commentators spoke as though the end was near. Despite this, Ember Moon wouldn’t give up.

The final challenger to Shayna Baszler before WrestleMania, Ember Moon came back into the match, looking to pull off an upset. The commentators put over that Ember Moon is the only woman to have “got one over” on Shayna Baszler since her Raw debut, and it appeared she would repeat the feat in this match. Rallying against the dominant Champion, Ember Moon found herself in position to hit the Eclipse. Baszler was dazed, and as Ember came from the top rope, it appeared the match would be over. However, as the two women went down to the mat, Baszler kept hold of Ember Moon. Somehow absorbing the impact of the Eclipse, a move which had previously put down everybody who faced it, Shayna Baszler locked in the Rear Naked Choke to her opponent. Leaving nothing to chance, Shayna Baszler wrapped her legs around the body of Ember Moon, who the referee monitored closely. Eventually, Ember was unable to respond to the referee, and on this basis he called for the bell.

Shayna Baszler (c) wins the Elimination Chamber; STILL Raw Women’s Champion!

Putting over the undefeated Champion, who has now confirmed her place on the WrestleMania card, the commentators questioned if anybody could beat “The Queen of Spades”. While Ronda Rousey had yet to confirm who she would face at WrestleMania, the Royal Rumble winner would be facing the toughest challenge of her WWE career, either way she chose.

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.
Once he entered the ring, Drake Maverick explained that when he started the “Anti-Braun Coalition”, it wasn’t about violence and fighting, in fact it was quite the opposite. Drake accepted that some things had been said, but suggested that him facing Braun Strowman would prove nothing to anybody. Drake Maverick asked the WWE Universe if anybody really wanted to see Braun Strowman beat him from pillar to post…

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!

With Corey Graves as the only person in the Universe to suggest that Drake Maverick had a chance of surviving this match, it got under way in unsurprising manner. Drake Maverick tried to evade Braun Strowman, but wasn’t quick enough to get away from “The Monster Amongst Men”. Realising escape wasn’t an option, Drake Maverick faced his fears, and was offered the first shot by Strowman. Braun would allow Drake Maverick to take as many shots as he wanted at the former Universal Champion, with none of them having any effect on him in the slightest.

After a few minutes of this, Drake grew frustrated, and made a huge mistake. Slapping Braun Strowman in the face (while being only just able to reach), Drake Maverick angered his opponent, and was soon reminded what he was capable of. Throwing Drake around the ring at will, Braun Strowman made extremely light work of the former Interim General Manager of Raw. When he’d had enough of this, Braun Strowman hit Drake Maverick with a Running Powerslam… and another… and then a third for good measure. Drake Maverick was out cold on the mat, and Braun Strowman placed a foot on his chest to pick up the victory

Braun Strowman bt. Drake Maverick

Braun Strowman stood tall after the match, but clearly felt no sense of achievement from defeating Drake Maverick. The former Interim General Manager didn’t move after the match, and had to be helped out of the ring by a returning Baron Corbin and Moj Rawley. Carted out of the building by his Anti-Braun allies, Drake Maverick’s group had clearly done little to stop “The Monster Amongst Men”.

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.

WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships

Having got surprisingly heated between the two teams, the pressure of the Championship match - so close to WrestleMania - appeared to have got the better of them. When Matt Hardy finally made his appearance, in classic Hardy Boyz gear, it was clear he was fired up. This led to a huge opening the match, which saw the duos get under each other’s skins from the opening bell. While the two teams didn’t have much of a rivalry between them, there was clearly something in the air, as Jey Usos became frustrated at how Matt Hardy was treating his brother. When he got involved, Jeff Hardy did too, and all four men stood in the ring. Soon, a brawl broke out, and ended up spilling to the outside. The referee tried to regain order, but something had clearly gotten into both teams. Crossed words had escalated, and the brawl threatened to spill into the audience. The referee was left with no choice but to call for the bell.

No Contest

An unpopular decision, the referee had been left with his hands tied, by the Superstars’ refusal to follow the rules. This was particularly bizarre from The Hardy’s perspective, as they had cost themselves their final attempt at becoming Tag Team Champions. Luckily, Paige was soon out to restore order.
Paige told the four men to stop, and eventually they listened to the Smackdown General Manager. She order all four men back into the ring, saying that if they wanted to fight… and they wanted it to be lawless, she was more than happy to restart the match with no disqualifications and no count outs!

No Disqualifications Match for the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships

Starting their second match of the night, the two teams once again came out with an intensity that put over the importance of the match. While The Usos were desperate to remain Champions, the desire of The Hardy Boyz, who were potentially teaming for the last time ever, was stronger. This allowed them to take charge of the match, particularly when weapons were involved. Going back and forth after the spell of Hardy dominance, it always seemed like Matt and Jeff had the edge. Either way, both teams took a hell of a lot out of each other, with all four men struggling towards the end of the match.

Exhaustion may slowed the competitors, but it didn’t stop them from taking risks. An attempted Diving Splash to the outside by Jimmy Uso took him out, leaving Jey Uso to fight off both of the challengers. This would of course be a struggle, and eventually Jey was set up on the Announcer’s Table. Intent on marking the occasion with a huge moment, Jeff Hardy set up a Ladder, ready to put the WWE Men’s Tag Team Champions down for good. However, as Jeff Hardy went for the Swanton Bomb off the ladder, Jimmy Uso pulled his brother out of harm’s way. This left Jeff Hardy to crash through the commentary table, taking himself out of the match.

Matt Hardy was now the one left to fight alone, and while he tried his best, there was no way he could recover from what had just happened to his brother. Eventually The Usos set Matt Hardy up on another table, hitting a Double Diving Splash to him. Jey Uso then covered the challenger, securing The Usos’ victory.

The Usos (c) bt. The Hardy Boyz

Following the match, The Usos stood tall in the ring. Despite their victory, the focus was on Jeff Hardy on the outside. He was attended to by medics, and soon his brother exited the ring to show his concern. Despite a stretcher being brought out, Jeff Hardy refused to be carried out, and was instead helped to the back by his brother.

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.

The purpose of this match appeared to be based around having time to talk about the decision Ronda Rousey had to make after it. While that wasn’t the focus of the competitors, it did dominate discussion as the match went on. After a good start from Ronda Rousey, Ruby & Logan took control, using shortcuts when Natalya was brought into the match. Once again under a different name, “The Squad” did well at isolating the former Smackdown Women’s Champion, and Ronda Rousey grew impatient on the outside. After a few false starts, Ronda Rousey got back into the match, dominating proceeding. She took down Ruby Riott first, before Sarah Logan was brought in. Logan didn’t do much better, and before long found herself caught in position. Ronda Rousey locked in the Armbar, and Sarah Logan tapped almost immediately.

Natalya & Ronda Rousey bt. The Squad

Having beaten the group who have had a lot to say about her, Ronda Rousey brought Natalya back into the ring to celebrate. They stood together, with Natalya seemingly asking Ronda Rousey if she’d made her decision. Ronda made it clear that she had, but she wasn’t ready to announce it just yet...

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!

WWE Universal Championship

Seth Rollins’ watchful eye over the two men who could face him at WrestleMania played little part in this match, with the entrances and introductions showing how focussed the two men in the WWE Universal Championship match were. Having won the “Beat The Clock” challenge, Randy Orton kept the intensity up in this match, kicking it off by going after Drew McIntyre. Usually the man to take the front foot early in a match, the WWE Universal Champion was taken aback by Randy Orton’s approach. This allowed Randy to control the early parts of the match.

Eventually, after taking a breather on the outside, Drew McIntyre began to reverse the momentum of the contest, and used the ringpost to slow Orton down. From here, the WWE Universal Champion began to dominate proceedings. Randy Orton continued to come back at Drew McIntyre, but was kept at reach by the Champion. McIntyre then raised the intensity of his offence, and had Orton exactly where he wanted him. Feeling the end was near, Drew McIntyre looked to set up for the Claymore Kick, but had misjudged the level of damage done to Randy Orton. As a result, the challenge was able to avoid the move, sending McIntyre into the turnbuckle. When Drew came back around, Randy went for the RKO, but McIntyre escaped. Now on the back foot again, Drew McIntyre struggled with the building wave of Orton’s offence, and found himself stalked for the RKO. Randy Orton was this time the man who mistimed his lunge, and McIntyre found the strength to throw him across the ring. Orton came back at McIntyre, but the Universal Champion ducked, hitting a Big Boot as he came back at Orton.

Drew McIntyre then scraped Randy Orton off the mat, hitting him with a big Lariat to take him back down. McIntyre slowed down, and looked for the correct moment to hit the Claymore Kick. While Randy Orton had a few more attempts at coming back into the match, the Claymore Kick did eventually come. When it connected, Randy Orton was dropped in the center of the ring, and covered for the 1… 2… 3!

Drew McIntyre (c) bt. Randy Orton

After retaining his Championship, Drew McIntyre completely ignored Seth Rollins in the private box, instead focussing on his own victory. Standing tall in the ring with the WWE Universal Championship over his shoulder, McIntyre looked up to the WrestleMania sign, before leaving the ring.

Clearly an underdog going into the match, the commentators put over the comeback story of Kaitlyn, who found herself in the unlikely position as Number One Contender this close to WrestleMania. This may have been a feel good story for the woman who returned at the Mae Young Classic last year, but once the match got underway, she struggled. Despite a valiant attempt, and a solid spell where an upset looked slightly possible, Kaitlyn was eventually taken to school by Charlotte Flair. Showing herself to be a level above, Flair turned the defence in to a somewhat straightforward victory, making the challenger submit to the Figure 8.

Charlotte Flair (c) bt. Kaitlyn

Looking like she had barely had to get out of first gear, Charlotte Flair was handed the Smackdown Women’s Championship after the match. As she took in the victory, and the fact she’d be going to WrestleMania as Champion, Flair’s moment was interrupted by the music of Ronda Rousey.
When Ronda entered the ring, with a microphone, Charlotte Flair raised her Championship in the air. Having been given a deadline of tonight to reveal her decision regarding her Royal Rumble victory, Ronda Rousey addressed the Smackdown Women’s Champion.

Ronda said that when she came to the WWE, if she would have been asked to pick one person to face one on one for the Women’s Championship, she would have picked Charlotte Flair. Since then, circumstances changed and all kinds of things got in the way of them having that match. Rousey said that she looks at Charlotte Flair as a deserving Champion, and someone it would be an honour to face. Off microphone, Flair replied, saying “lets do this then”.

However, Ronda Rousey explained that over the past six months, something else has been at the forefront of her attention, and that’s Shayna Baszler. The two of them had been best friends for years before they were in the WWE, but something changed in Shayna Baszler recently. Not only did she change as a person, she changed as a competitor. When Ronda Rousey looks at Charlotte Flair, she see a Champion who deserves to represent the WWE… when she looks at Shayna Baszler she doesn’t. It is on that basis that, while she knows they will do it down the line, Ronda Rousey will not be facing Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania. “The Baddest Woman on The Planet” admitted that facing Flair was a dream match, but for now she has some personal business to deal with. Ronda added that when WrestleMania comes around, and they both leave as Women’s Champions, maybe then they can talk about finding who the best truly is.

Ronda Rousey then extended her hand to Charlotte Flair, saying “this will go down one day… I promise”. Charlotte was clearly disappointed to have her challenge rejected, but shook hands with the woman who would challenge Shayna Baszler for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania!

Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship

Kicking off the Elimination Chamber, Daniel Bryan and The Miz were given the chance to rekindle their deep-seated rivalry, starting the first five minutes of the match off with a heated exchange. Both Superstars were happy to go at each other, with The Miz having something to prove after Bryan defeated him at SummerSlam. The competitors of course had something else in mind, going to WrestleMania as WWE Champion. A man who knows all about that, was the third entrant into the match.

Entrant #3

AJ Styles is a name that became synonymous with the WWE Championship over the last couple of years, and he joined Daniel Bryan in going after The Miz. After the two of them managed to throw The Miz out of the ring, they were left face to face. This gave the two competitors the chance to size each other up, and they had a tentative exchange as they got to grips with each other. Before the two men could really show what they were capable of, the fourth entrant was ready to be released.

Entrant #4

Coming off the best year of his career, Rusev was looking to continue the run that led to him being dubbed “America’s Greatest Import” by Corey Graves. The former Tag Team Champion wasted no time getting involved with the big hitters, going after Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles early on. As has become more evident recently, Rusev’s ability to hang with these elite Superstars has grown by the match. Tonight was no different. Of course, there was also The Miz to deal with, but when the multimedia Superstar took AJ Styles to the outside, Bryan and Rusev were able to exchange blows.

Entrant #5

Having looked to “get serious” in his quest for the WWE Championship, Kofi Kingston recently realised that having Big E and Xavier Woods by his side, his brothers in The New Day, is exactly why he is in the position he is in. This rekindled the fire inside of Kofi Kingston, whose fun-loving nature and exciting in-ring style made him the “wildcard” in the WWE Championship match. By the time he’d entered, all four Superstars were back in the ring. This allowed Kofi Kingston to make a grand entrance, climbing to the top of his pod to dive on all four of the other challengers. Kingston took himself out in the process, and led to an even playing field in the match. This wasn’t the end of his antics, as he followed The Miz to the outside of the ring, diving over the top rope and taking him out.

Kofi Kingston had started the match with a wave of momentum, but had taken a lot out of himself to do so.

Entrant #6

Samoa Joe was ready to take advantage of his opponents’ fatigue, entering the match like a kid in a candy story, picking his victim. He first turned attention to Kofi Kingston, who had got up on the outside, following his dive to take out The Miz. Taking him from behind, Samoa Joe looked to eliminate Kingston quickly, but the New Day member managed to get to the fencing that the Chamber is made up of. This didn’t cause a break, but Kofi Kingston began to climb up the Chamber wall, and Samoa Joe had no choice but to release the hold. Samoa Joe began to follow Kofi Kingston, and a short chase took them up high in the Chamber. By now, Daniel Bryan and Rusev had left the ring, with AJ Styles working on The Miz. This left the four Superstars directly below Kofi and Joe, and when a kick from Kingston sent Samoa Joe back, he crashed into the four Superstars. This was a fairly short fall, but Kofi Kingston had something else in mind.

As the five Superstars got back to their feet, Kofi Kingston climbed higher on the Chamber. Looking back, clearly with something in mind, Kofi hit his biggest “Trust Fall” of all time, taking out his fellow challengers. Samoa Joe had managed to move out of the way at the last moment, and took advantage of Kofi Kingston’s risk taking ways. Throwing Kingston back in the ring, away from the other Superstars, Samoa Joe locked a Coquina Clutch on Kofi Kingston in the middle of the ring. Having put everything into the start of the match, and the momentum he had built, Kofi Kingston didn’t have enough left in him to escape. Caught completely off his guard, Kofi Kingston was forced to nap by the WWE Champion, the first elimination of the match.

Elimination #1: Kofi Kingston

Samoa Joe then stood tall in the ring, as the first of the challengers began to surface. Rusev was the one to step to the Champion, staring him down from outside the ring. As “America’s Greatest Import” entered the ring, the commentators put over the two heavyweights who were about to go at it. The two men began to brawl, and Samoa Joe struggled to keep up with the fired up Rusev. Taking the Champion down, Rusev looked for the upset, but was unable to eliminate the Champion.

In fact, the next eliminations in the match came out of the blue, as AJ Styles returned to the ring, and Daniel Bryan worked on The Miz. When Bryan was done with him, The Miz stayed down for a long time. Not moving, attention almost completely turned away from The Miz, but this played into his hands. Coming down to the ring, Maryse clearly handed something to her husband in the Chamber. This caused an incident with the referees on the outside, and drew Daniel Bryan back towards The Miz. This proved costly, as The Miz sprayed a Pepper Spray into the eyes of his long-term rival. Of course, the blinded Daniel Bryan was now defenceless, and was hit with a Skull Crushing Finale, into the Chamber floor. Covering his nemesis, The Miz picked up a huge scalp with his first elimination.

Elimination #2: Daniel Bryan

Of course, anything goes in the Elimination Chamber, and with the rest of the field occupied, they weren’t aware of The Miz’s secret weapon. As Daniel Bryan left the Chamber, The Miz went to work on another Superstar, but a kick from Rusev sent the Pepper Spray out of his hands. Elsewhere in the ring, AJ Styles had made his way to the top of one of the Chamber Pods, and sized up Samoa Joe for a huge Phenomenal Forearm. When he connected with the move, Joe was clearly out of it, but after pushing Rusev into (but not through) the glass pod, The Miz returned to the ring. Before AJ Styles could crawl over to cover Samoa Joe, potentially eliminating him, The Miz grabbed the former Champion by the hair, and sprayed the Pepper Spray into his eyes. Once again rendering his opponent defenceless, The Miz hit a second Skull Crushing Finale, and added AJ Styles to his list of eliminations.

Elimination #3 AJ Styles

The Miz had now eliminated both AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan, and looked to pin Samoa Joe. Kicking out at two, the WWE Champion was the next in line for The Miz’s Pepper Spray, before Rusev grabbed it out of his hands from behind. Rusev threw the Pepper Spray out of the Chamber, which was still open as AJ Styles left the ring.

Rusev was able to take The Miz down, and eventually locked in the Accolade. Having made himself one of the favourites in the match, The Miz had no escape from Rusev. Try as he might, the man with two huge eliminations ultimately left empty handed, as he tapped out to “America’s Greatest Import”.

Elimination #4: The Miz

The two heavyweights remained, and Samoa Joe sprang into action. Locking in a Coquina Clutch, before Rusev had even released the Accolade, the WWE Champion looked to finish the match there and then. However, he hadn’t anticipated the strength of Rusev, who tossed him over his shoulder and down to the mat. Fired up, Rusev beat his chest, and invited Samoa Joe to come back at him. Looking to get the WWE Universe behind him, Rusev took the fight to Samoa Joe, and appeared to have his number. Taking Samoa Joe down to the mat, Rusev sized up the WWE Champion for a Machka Kick, which he connected squarely to the side of Joe’s head. Sending him back down to the mat, Rusev covered Samoa Joe for the 1… 2… KICKOUT!

At the very last second, Samoa Joe kept his WWE Championship run alive, and appeared to have been fired up by the close count. Rusev looked to stay on top of him, but Joe powered his way back to his feet. This was followed by a back and forth by the two competitors, who exchanged strikes, chops and eventually headbutts in pursuit of the gold. Rusev looked to build momentum off the ropes, but was dropped by a huge Heabutt to the chest by Samoa Joe. The WWE Champion was then back in the zone, and he closed in on victory. Once again locking in the Coquina Clutch, Joe thought he had the match won, until Rusev drove him into the ringpost. The roles were then reversed, as Rusev rolled Samoa Joe through, ending the transition by locking in the Accolade in the middle of the ring.

Samoa Joe appeared to be considering submitting, but eventually used his strength to return to his feet. Clearly struggling with Rusev’s size, he slammed him into the corner, eventually releasing the challenger’s grip. Joe then lifted Rusev onto the second rope, and stumbled forward. Rusev looked to come back at the Champion with what looked like an Axe Handle, but Joe managed to connect with a Inverted Atomic Drop to his opponent. This was essentially a low blow, but there was nothing that could be done about it. Certainly not by Rusev. Samoa Joe then placed Rusev back where he had previously been, bringing out the rarely used Muscle Buster to finish the match. Showing great strength to get Rusev up, Samoa Joe hit the move in the middle of the ring, and covered the final challenger for the 1… 2… 3!

Samoa Joe (c) wins the Elimination Chamber; STILL WWE Champion!

Having been taken to his utmost limit by Rusev, who continues to have star-making performances month after month, Samoa Joe stood tall in the ring. Clearly exhausted, Samoa Joe began to smirk as Rusev was taken out of the ring, and he was handed his WWE Championship. The commentators put over what Samoa Joe had been through, and said that anybody who could make it out of an Elimination Chamber, was more than worthy to hold the WWE Championship going into WrestleMania.

Gloating to the WWE Universe, Samoa Joe faced the hard camera, holding the WWE Championship in the air, smug as ever. Despite his issues with his General Manager, Joe would represent his brand at WrestleMania. The night wasn’t over there however, as behind the WWE Champion, something was going on in the ring. Out of nowhere, with nobody else now in the ring, the top of a blade appeared to be cutting through the canvas. The commentators noticed this long before Samoa Joe, and were clearly confused and concerned for his safety.

Cutting a circle in the corner of the ring, it looked like a scythe blade was responsible for the bizarre incident. Completely oblivious as to what was going on behind him, Samoa Joe would soon be made fully aware. Crawling out from underneath the ring, Dean Ambrose rose from the canvas.
Dressed in his street gear, Dean Ambrose posed behind his victim for a moment, before throwing the blade to one side. Sizing up the WWE Champion, Dean Ambrose’s eyes lit up when Samoa Joe began to back towards him. Grabbing Samoa Joe by the shoulder, Ambrose span Samoa Joe around, with the WWE Champion looking like he had seen a ghost from his past!

Joe didn’t have much time to react further however, as Dean Ambrose kicked him in the gut, hitting him with a Dirty Deeds in the middle of the ring! With no explanation offered, Dean Ambrose left the Elimination Chamber, as Graves, Phillips and Saxton tried to make sense of what had just happened. Ambrose looked back towards Samoa Joe, as he headed up the ramp, with the commentators putting over the fact that the WWE champion had just been through 5 other Superstars to retain his title. That WWE Championship, now draped across his body, was the only indication that Samoa Joe had been a winner of the night. As Fastlane ended, Samoa Joe was left out cold in the middle of the ring, completely motionless, following what had been one of the biggest wins of his career!
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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.
Kurt Angle was looking to calm down an angry Ronda Rousey, who showed her respect for the GM, telling him that she understood his decision. Rousey told him that she would keep her cool tonight, but she couldn’t promise she wouldn’t take Shayna Baszler down again before WrestleMania. As Kurt Angle continued to talk to the Number One Contender, Stephanie McMahon walked into the office.
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.

WWE Intercontinental Championship

Talking to the WWE Universe before the match, Elias complained about the fact that he’d have to “perform” for a Raw crowd, rather than last night at Fastlane. But Elias wasn’t going to dwell on that, instead focussing on the fact that he’d be going into WrestleMania as the WWE Intercontinental Champion. He reminded the WWE Universe that he eliminated Rey Mysterio from the Royal Rumble, and took him to the limit in the Beat The Clock challenge. Tonight wasn’t the time for a song from Elias, as he focussed on taking his first Championship in the WWE.

When the match got underway, Rey Mysterio was too quick for Elias, and started well in the match. While Elias eventually took control, overpowering the Intercontinental Champion, he couldn’t get the job done. This didn’t take away from what was an impressive performance against a veteran Superstar, but it did end with a 6-1-9 from Rey Mysterio, which secured the successful title defence.

Rey Mysterio (c) bt. Elias

Rey Mysterio celebrated with his Championship after the match, oblivious to the bitter Elias surfacing behind him. Heading to the outside to get his Guitar, Elias returned to the ring, swinging at Rey Mysterio. His night going from bad to worse, Elias missed his mark, as Rey Mysterio ducked out of the way. The force of the swing caused Elias to slam the Guitar into the canvas, destroying it on impact.

Having avoided that fate, Rey Mysterio left the ring, laughing at the furious Elias, and celebrating with the Intercontinental Championship!

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.
Putting herself over as “The Real Goddess of Monday Night Raw”, Liv Morgan did all of the group’s talking during the interview, saying that Ruby & Sarah had her back tonight. Morgan made it clear that she felt it was the two other women’s job was to serve her, and as she ran down Alexa Bliss, it was clear Ruby Riott wasn’t having any of it. Sarah Logan tried to calm Ruby down, but eventually she had to say something.

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.

The second match of the night was a personal one, with Alexa Bliss and Liv Morgan fighting over who the “Real Goddess” of Monday nights was. Before the match, stemming from their issues earlier, Ruby Riott was absent, while Sarah Logan joined Liv Morgan at ringside. Morgan said that she didn’t need anybody to beat Alexa Bliss, and she’d prove it next.

Liv Morgan’s confidence looked to be well placed early on, after a distraction from Logan allowed her to take advantage of Alexa Bliss. However, the original “Goddess” refused to stay down, and came back into the match. Eventually, Alexa Bliss proved herself to still be a level above Morgan, knocking Logan off the apron, before hitting a DDT for the win.

Alexa Bliss bt. Liv Morgan

Having been followed around by The Liv Squad for the last few months, Alexa Bliss stood tall having defeated Liv Morgan. With Ruby Riott nowhere to be seen, Liv Morgan’s quest to prove herself may have come at the cost of, not only a defeat, but losing one of her best friends.

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.
Jason Jordan said that Kurt Angle has no control over Raw, laughing at the General Manager. Jordan added that he knows that Kurt was always more suited to being in the ring, rather than using his brain, but now he can’t even do that. Jordan then mocked Kurt, telling him that at least his son could continue the legacy, by beating Batista in the Main Event. Kurt Angle didn’t see much chance of that happening, but that didn’t stop Jordan rubbing in the fact that he could no longer compete. As this exchange continued, Shayna Baszler angrily stormed 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.

Returning from the break, Braun Strowman was still in the ring, as his opponents for the evening made their entrance. After the retirement of Drake Maverick earlier in the night, the former Interim General Manager of Raw was nowhere to be seen. However, following the events of Fastlane, Braun Strowman demanded to get his hands of Baron Corbin and Mojo Rawley. He saw no reason why he couldn’t face them both at the same time. Corbin & Rawley were on board with these, feeling it would represent their best opportunity at getting one over on Braun Strowman.

Discussion during the match followed the events of earlier, where footage showed Brock Lesnar - who had a shotgun in his hand - threatening a WWE camera crew. The crew made it away from the Lesnar residence safety, but were said to be shook up by the incident. In the ring, Corbin and Rawley managed to fair better than they would have had they faced Braun Strowman alone, but in the end served as more evidence to the superhuman ability of Strowman. Beating down both men, before hitting them with a Double Running Powerslam, Braun Strowman picked up an impressive victory in convincing style.

Braun Strowman bt. Baron Corbin & Mojo Rawley

As Baron Corbin and Mojo Rawley rolled out of the ring, Braun Strowman grabbed a microphone from ringside. Having been given a bit of a challenge in a handicap match, Braun Strowman took a moment to compose himself. After that, Strowman was straight on the offensive, firing shots at Brock Lesnar. Throwing some general insults at Brock Lesnar, Strowman had one particular point he wanted to make. He said that Brock Lesnar carrying a gun around, and trying to intimidate people, proves what he has been saying for the last 3 months. Braun explained that Brock Lesnar used to fight with his hands, and what he saw tonight made him realise something. Brock Lesnar wasn’t staying away from the WWE because he was retired, nor because he didn’t like the way things went down at SummerSlam. Instead Strowman believed he was staying away because:

”It looks like Brock Lesnar, isn’t ready… to GET THESE HANDS!”

Braun Strowman then dropped the microphone he was holding, and left the ring. The commentators suggested that Brock Lesnar’s actions tonight appeared to put a line under a potential return for the former WWE Universal Champion, adding that Strowman’s words also implied that he was ready to move on from his pursuit of the Beast Incarnate.

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.
Kevin & Sami were in high spirits, having earned the right to face The Usos at WrestleMania last night. Kevin Owens told Kurt Angle that they were proud to represent Raw at WrestleMania, and would do everything in their power to bring the titles back to the brand. Zayn added that at WrestleMania, they’re going to give the WWE Universe something that they have never seen before! As Kurt responded to the Number One Contenders, who's recent change of attitude has caught him off guard, The Authors of Pain entered the room.
Akam & Rezar were ready to complain about what happened the previous evening, but Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn stepped up to them. Kurt Angle told all four men to step down, but said that he was happy The Authors of Pain had dropped by. The General Manager then told Akam & Rezar that they’d be banned from ringside in the Main Event, meaning Jason Jordan would have to face the challenge of Dave Batista all by himself! The AOP weren’t happy about Kurt’s decision, and stormed out of the office.

Ahead of this match, footage was shown of the intense brawl between Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler earlier in the night. The aggression shown at that point, resulted in the match being made. Clearly Shayna Baszler was still fired up from the wild brawl, and took out her energy on the former Women’s Champion, Mickie James. While the veteran managed some offence in the match, Baszler was a level above her in this match, eventually picking up a victory with a Rear Naked Choke.

Shayna Baszler bt. Mickie James

Picking up yet another victory on Raw, Shayna Baszler maintained her unbeaten record, and stood tall in the ring. Raising the Championship in the air, it was put over that the Raw Women’s title would be defended at WrestleMania, as the Royal Rumble winner Ronda Rousey challenges Shayna Baszler!
Cutting away from the shot of Shayna Baszler holding the Raw Women’s Championship, Ronda Rousey was interviewed in the back, asked about what she had just seen.
Ronda Rousey said that everybody knows how good Shayna Baszler is in the ring, but that’s not what WrestleMania is about. Rousey said that the only reason she didn’t go back out and kick Baszler’s ass, is that she respects Kurt Angle too much to go back on her word. She will save that beating for WrestleMania, when she gets to kill two birds with one stone. Not only will she beat Shayna Baszler… she will also become the new Raw Women’s Champion!

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.

As soon as the match began, it was clear that Roman Reigns had not let himself become distracted by what had happened the previous night, as he put his entire focus into the match in front of him. Because of this, the match was fairly comfortable for “The Big Dog”, who was barely troubled by Robert Roode. While the presence of The Revival at ringside should have given “The Glorious One” an edge, it didn’t, and Roman Reigns picked up the win with a Spear.

Roman Reigns bt. Robert Roode

Reigns stood tall after the match, as the commentators once again put over the announcement that Mr. McMahon would personally deliver, next week on Raw!

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.

After cutting a promo before the match, which somewhat pandered to the WWE Universe, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn took the chance to “sharpen their sword”, before the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships match at WrestleMania. What followed was a competitive contest, with both teams laying it all out for victory. As it happened, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn had a little more in the tank than their opponents, and Kevin Owens was able to pin Akira Tozawa with a Pop-Up Powerbomb.

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. Akira & Apollo

Following the match, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn offered a handshake to Akira & Apollo. The Titus Worldwide members accepted the handshake, following an impressive performance against the Number One Contenders.

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.
Brie & Nikki put over their victory at Royal Rumble, where they won the titles, and talked about what they were looking for in terms of a WrestleMania match. They said that there were plenty of talented Superstars in the WWE, but none could match them when it came to team work and understanding. Nikki Bella then announced that both she and Brie would be in action next week, each taking on singles matches. Nikki Bella would compete on Raw, against an opponent of Kurt Angle’s choosing, while Smackdown Live GM, Paige, would chose the person to face Brie the following night.
Heading to the back, Stephanie McMahon was seen in the office, alongside the Raw General Manager.
The two decision makers of the show discussed the Main Event, which Kurt Angle said was going to be a bloodbath. Stephanie McMahon didn’t join in with Kurt’s excitement, but that didn’t stop him. He said that he’d hate to be on the wrong side of Batista, adding “speaking of which… how is Hunter?” Stephanie McMahon’s look said it all, as Kurt continued to laugh. Stephanie walked away from the General Manager, leaving him to focus on watching the show’s Main Event. It was clear that Stephanie McMahon was in a rotten mood.

The Main Event of Raw had been promoted heavily throughout the night, and Batista looked ready to go at Jason Jordan from the opening bell. Jason had other ideas however, and stalled the start of the match. The arrogant Superstar wasn’t afraid of Batista, and showed this when he returned to the ring. Jordan expected that he would simply be able to out wrestle Batista, but this wasn’t the case. Despite not having competed in several years, Dave had clearly maintained his workout regime, and overpowered Jordan as he attempted a number of takedowns. Realising his strategy had failed, Jordan took more time on the outside.

Eventually, his call seemed to be to leave the match all together, but this turned out to be a method to bait Batista in. Working well, Jason Jordan managed to throw Batista into the guardrail, and enjoy his only dominant spell of the match. Soon, Dave Batista was back on top, having fought back against the son of Kurt Angle. Batista remained in control once he took charge, and cycled through his signature moves, proving he “still had it”. This sequence ended with a Batista Bomb, marking the finish of a fairly one sided match. Covering Jason Jordan, Dave Batista had managed a successful return to the WWE ring.

Dave Batista bt. Jason Jordan

Having his hand raised after the match, a smile spread across the face of the former World Champion. As Dave took in the reception to his victory, the commentators put over the impressive performance. They particularly noted the fact that Batista produced the performance after more than four years out of action. With “The Animal” standing tall in the ring, his music cut off, with Stephanie McMahon’s playing instead. Making her way down the ramp, Stephanie had her eyes on Batista.
Stephanie McMahon gave little away with her expression, but took a microphone as she entered the ring. The Commissioner of Raw cracked a smile as she entered the ring, but Batista clearly didn’t trust her. Stephanie said that her husband wasn’t here tonight, but she knows for a fact that he considers what happened the night Dave returned to the WWE to be “water under the bridge”. Stephanie said that Dave wouldn’t have to worry about Triple H coming back for revenge, or stacking the odds against him, because her husband is a very forgiving and understanding man. He wouldn’t let personal feelings affect business. Batista seemed to loosen up over this, having expected Stephanie to issue some sort of punishment over the incident last month.

However, Stephanie McMahon followed up this statement, saying:

”My husband may be a forgiving boss… but I’m not!”

Stephanie then proved this to the winner of the Main Event, slapping him across the face. Dave was clearly furious about this, and held his face as Stephanie McMahon left the ring. Corey Graves suggested that Stephanie McMahon had done the right thing, but Michael Cole didn’t agree. What was clear however, was the fact that the issues between Batista, Stephanie McMahon and her husband weren’t over, and were unlikely to be resolved without resorting to physical violence between Triple H and his former Evolution teammate!

Quick Result
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.
Samoa Joe was understandably furious about what had happened to him, and gave Paige until the end of the night to give him a good explanation as to why that was allowed to happen. Paige promised that everything would be explained to Samoa Joe, come the end of the night. These answers did eventually come, but not in the way Samoa Joe had expected. Instead of Paige explaining what had happened, Dean Ambrose once again showed up, attacking Samoa Joe from behind.
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.
The Miz claimed that if it wasn’t for Rusev, he would be the WWE Champion going into WrestleMania. AJ Styles also made his way down to the ring shortly after this, feeling like The Miz had gone to far with his sly digs.
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:
  • The show kicked off with a match between Rusev and Cesaro, which “America’s Greatest Import” won. Rusev’s impressive Elimination Chamber performance was put over during the match.
  • Jeff Hardy put over The Usos as the greatest tag team in the world, after The Hardy Boyz were defeated by them at Fastlane. This moment was overshadowed however, when Sanity came to the ring and began to brawl with all three men. While Jeff Hardy & The Usos were able to fight off Eric Young’s group, Sanity made it clear they wanted the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships!
  • Bayley picked up a victory over Carmella.
  • Tamina & Sonya Deville’s recent success was profiled, as their new attitude was put down as the main reason behind their upturn in fortunes.

This Week on…

Episode #10: The Episode with… The Battlebowl (Part 2)!
  • James Storm & Zack Ryder beat Lince Dorado & Chad 2 Badd, advancing to the Battlebowl.
  • Dustin Rhodes & Tony Nese put their differences aside, advancing following a victory over Big Cass & Curt Hawkins. During the match, Big Cass turned on his partner, with suggestion made by Tony Schiavone that he may have joined the nWo! Cass was interviewed after the match, asked about why he cost himself the chance to take part in the Battlebowl. This hadn’t occurred to Cass, who instantly regretted his decision.
  • Dustin Rhodes won the Battlebowl, but was informed by TJ P of a new ruling made earlier in the day. While this wasn’t confirmed by an official, the show ended in confusion, as TJ P claimed that throwing somebody over the top rope was now illegal, and by being eliminated first, TJ P was victorious. Of course this didn’t make any sense, but TJ P clearly didn’t care.

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Bob Holly announced that he had been forced to pull out of the Heavyweight Classic, and would be replaced by WWE legend… Billy Gunn!

Other Notes:
  • Following the events of Fastlane, it was reported that the WrestleMania card was now officially finalised. It was said that some doubt still remained, right up until the day of Fastlane. One alternate plan would have seen Alexa Bliss become the Raw Women’s Champion, setting up Ronda Rousey to face Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania. On the Raw side, Alexa Bliss would have defended against Shayna Baszler.
  • Lacey Lane signed with NXT, while Kaitlyn extended her initial short term deal, and would remain with the company.
  • Numerous sources within WWE have suggested that Sin Cara requested his release from the company after this week’s Smackdown Live. It is as yet unknown as to whether the company will grant the request.
  • With Jeff Cobb already signed to the company, it is believed deals are being worked on for several other members of the Heavyweight Classic roster. Some within the company have pushed for Punishment Martinez to be signed, with WALTER and Brody King also expected to be in discussions with the company.

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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!

One of Drew McIntyre’s biggest rivals since he returned to the WWE, Finn Balor is the only Superstar other than Seth Rollins to have pinned McIntyre in that time. Having been confirmed to be in action later in the night, Seth Rollins found time to join commentary for the match.

Presenting a tough challenge for the WWE Universal Champion, Finn Balor came close to a victory on a number of occasions during the match. However, when it came down to it, Drew McIntyre had a little more in the tank, beating Finn Balor following a Claymore Kick!

Drew McIntyre bt. Finn Balor

Following the match, Seth Rollins left the commentary position, and looked ready to make his way down the ramp.
As Seth Rollins made a beeline for the ring, Drew McIntyre stood over Finn Balor, who was still out from the Claymore Kick. Rollins looked ready to confront McIntyre, but was stopped in his tracks as Kurt Angle returned from the back.
Kurt Angle told Seth Rollins to stay where he was, reminding him that he was in action later in the evening. If Seth Rollins wanted something to get excited about, Kurt Angle was more than happy to give him it, informing him that his opponent for later in the evening would be Rey Mysterio… in a first time even match up!

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.

The two of them were clearly concerned, but were relieved to see Randy Orton conscious. As Randy Orton was carried out of the area by medical personnel, Kurt Angle was once again approached. Being led towards CCTV footage of the attack, Finn Balor was left isolated in the back. This wouldn’t have been an issue, had Golden Alpha not been lurking.
Hurt from his match that had just ended, Finn Balor was even less equipped to deal with the 3-on-1. Making quick work of Balor, the Jason Jordan led group were aggressively taking out their frustrations on the next person they came across. Having been defeated by Dave Batista last week, Jason Jordan directed the assault, that left Finn Balor down and out. Golden Alpha then walked away, happy with what they had done to the former Universal Champion.
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, “ Exclusive” footage was shown, of something that happened at Smackdown Live last week.
While not airing on the show, The Bella Twins spoke to the Smackdown Women’s Locker Room last week, and expressed their desire to see a tag team step up to face them at WrestleMania. Becky Lynch was offended by this, and stormed out of the locker room. Soon, she was found confronting the General Manager of Smackdown.
Becky Lynch demanded that she be the one to face Brie Bella the following week, and was given the opportunity by Paige. Nikki Bella would also be in action of course, and it was revealed that she would face Ruby Riott up next…
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.
Liv Morgan took the lead, as she often has recently, saying that she and Ruby would be more than willing to knock The Bella Twins off their perch at WrestleMania. Ruby Riott agreed with the sentiment, but said that if she was to beat Nikki, it wouldn’t be Liv Morgan who would be choosing who she would team with at WrestleMania. Liv Morgan didn’t like this, but Sarah Logan attempted to laugh it off. Regardless, there was no time to go into it further, as The Bellas’ music began to play.

Ruby Riott looked to take the match to Nikki Bella early on, and was desperate to take the scalp of one of the biggest names in the division. This resulted in a solid start from Riott, who did well before the match began breaking down. In one way or another, all three women at ringside eventually became involved, making the referee’s job much harder. When the contest did eventually settle down, Nikki Bella was able to take advantage, and hit the Rack Attack 2.0, picking up the victory.

Nikki Bella bt. Ruby Riott

Following the match, The Bella Twins posed with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, before heading up the ramp. As they left, Liv Morgan entered the ring with Sarah Logan.
Morgan was disappointed with the defeat, but helped Ruby Riott to her feet. The three women looked to have each other’s backs, before Liv Morgan’s demeanour changed. Morgan took a microphone from ringside, and cruelly told Ruby “that’s why we’re called The Liv Squad… you’re a loser!”

Ruby Riott was understandably taken back by this, but stepped to Liv Morgan in response. Sarah Logan came between them, and told Liv Morgan to leave the ring. Sarah Logan then held Ruby Riott back, and went to leave herself. However, as Ruby Riott lowered her defences, Logan turned back and hit her with a Headbutt. Liv Morgan returned to the ring, helping Sarah Logan lay into the former leader of The Riott Squad. The two women left Ruby Riott down and out in the ring, leaving together - hand in hand.

The commentators were shocked by what appeared to be the official break-up of The Squad, suggesting that Ruby Riott wouldn’t take Liv & Logan’s betrayal lightly!

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.
Drake Maverick suggested that Kurt Angle swallowed his pride, and apologised to his son. Maverick continued to say that Jason Jordan had a legitimate beef with his father, but was cut off by Kurt Angle. Angle said that Drake Maverick retired last week, after one match in the WWE, but that doesn’t mean he gets to take his old job back. Angle reminded Maverick that he stepped down from his “advisory role” when he set up that ridiculous “Anti-Braun Coalition”, and as far as Kurt was concerned, Drake no longer worked for Raw…

Standing up to Bobby Lashley, in response to his treatment of No Way Jose and the rest of Titus Worldwide, Akira Tozawa looked to pick up a huge upset against Lashley. While his speed and tenacity allowed him to do better than expected in the match, he was eventually overpowered by Lashley. Showing disrespect to Apollo at ringside, Bobby Lashley had some words for Akira’s partner, before he hit Tozawa with a Spear. Pinning the former Cruiserweight Champion, Lashley picked up a fairly convincing victory.

Bobby Lashley bt. Akira Tozawa

Following the match, Bobby Lashley stood over Akira Tozawa, clearly trying to antagonise Apollo Crews at ringside. Lashley seemed more than happy to invite Apollo in, and the Titus Worldwide member accepted.
The two men then went face to face in the ring, before Lashley laughed off the threat and left the ring..

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.
Shayna Baszler laughed as Bliss’ ambition, saying that there was no chance Alexa would be placed on WrestleMania. She said this was because since she came to Raw, the bar had been raised. Alexa Bliss fired back, and wanted a chance to prove herself against the Raw Women’s Champion. She said that she would prove to Baszler that she was capable of hanging with the Champion!

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.

Going into the match, the opening of Raw was shown again, with Drew McIntyre demanding the focus be on the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania. This resulted in him going one on one in a match with Finn Balor. Following Drew’s victory, it was revealed that Rey Mysterio would be Seth Rollins’ opponent, for the first time ever in singles competition!

When the match got under way, it was put over as a “dream match”. The two went all out to live up the billing, and put on a match that was designed to “steal the show”. This resulted in a number of nearfalls, with both men kicking out of big moves throughout the match. While that couldn’t continue all night, the commentators did begin to question what it would take for one man to pick up the win. The answer came when Rey Mysterio attempted to follow up his 619 with a Frog Splash. Seth Rollins rolled out of the way, and was up quick enough to hit Rey Mysterio with a Curb Stomp. There was no way Mysterio was kicking out of that, as Seth Rollins picked up an impressive victory.

Seth Rollins bt. Rey Mysterio

As Seth Rollins stood tall in the ring, Golden Alpha came to the top of the ramp. Jason Jordan had a huge smile on his face, as he addressed the WWE Universe.
Jason Jordan confirmed that Golden Alpha had been responsible for the attack on Randy Orton, as well as the one they saw to Finn Balor. Continuing down the ramp, Jordan said that it didn’t matter who they took out next, because there was nothing Kurt Angle could do to stop them. Jason said that Kurt needs to learn a lesson, and they were willing to do it, by cutting his roster down to bare bones.

Looking to take out Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio in the ring, the trio didn’t react quickly enough, as Seth Rollins dived out of the ring to take all three men out. With all four other men down on the outside, Rey Mysterio returned to his feet, looking to offer back up to Seth Rollins. He didn’t realise that this had been a set up, as Elias appeared behind him in the ring.
With another Guitar (after he broke his other one attempting to attack Rey last week), Elias swung at the Intercontinental Champion, this time breaking the Guitar over his back. Mysterio fell forwards, with Elias standing over him in the ring. The fired up Elias pushed his hair out of his face, and had no time for a funny song, as he looked down on the man he had just taken out completely!

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.
Asking The Bella Twins if they saw what they did to Ruby Riott earlier, Liv Morgan said that if that’s what they’d do to their friend… image what they’d do for the Women’s Tag Team Championship. Morgan suggested that The Bellas search for a WrestleMania opponent was over, because Liv & Logan were ready to take the titles!
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”.

Continuing to prove that they have turned over a new leaf, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn showed great respect towards Cedric Alexander & Mustafi Ali, who in turn gave them a pretty competitive match. The Raw newcomers once again impressed, but were nonetheless defeated in their second match as a team on the brand. Kevin Owens picked up the decisive fall, hitting a Pop Up Powerbomb to Mustafa Ali.

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. Heart & Soul

Following the match, Owens & Zayn began to cut a promo on their WrestleMania opponents The Usos, having put over Mustafi Ali & Cedric Alexander. As they turned their attention to the Men’s Tag Team Championship match, they were cut off as The Revival made their way to the top of the ramp.
Dash & Dawson had microphones in their hands, and said that Owens & Zayn have gone soft. They said that they deserved to be the ones going to WrestleMania, and vowed to prove it to them next week!

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.
Looking to intimidate Kurt Angle, Jason Jordan had brought his friends to help him humiliate his father. Jordan said that Kurt Angle hadn’t take him seriously, and now he was paying the price. He said that Finn Balor, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio were just the beginning, and by the time they were done, Kurt Angle wouldn’t have a roster left. Kurt told Jason to back off, but of course he didn’t. With strength in numbers, the four men backed Kurt Angle into a corner, telling him that it wouldn’t be long before Stephanie McMahon had no choice but to replace him. AOP hit their fists against their hands, and stepped towards Angle. Feeling threatened, the General Manager hit out at his son, slapping him across the face.

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.

Coming back from the break, Alexa Bliss made her entrance, ahead of a match where she was considered a major underdog. This billing saw her look to surprise the Raw Women’s Champion, and early on she did so. Having come so close to pinning Baszler at Fastlane, Bliss felt that she stood a chance of ending Baszler’s unbeaten run, but the Raw Women’s Champion had other ideas. Despite the valiant effort, it wasn’t long before Shayna Baszler got into her groove. As every other Superstar who has faced her can attest to, once Baszler enters “the zone”, she is practically unstoppable.

Alexa Bliss intended to test that theory, and did well in stopping the match from turning into a complete landslide. However, an attempted comeback by Alexa Bliss fell flat, and eventually the Rear Naked Choke was locked in. Overpowered, and trapped in the center of the ring, “The Goddess” was left with no choice but to tap out, moments before she would have passed out anyway.

Shayna Baszler bt. Alexa Bliss

Throwing Alexa down like a ragdoll, Shayna Baszler stood over her latest “victim”. Raising the Championship high above her head, Shayna Baszler had proved her dominance once again.
Shown watching the footage of Baszler in the back, Ronda Rousey was approached by Stephanie McMahon.
Stephanie said that she’d heard what Ronda Rousey had said earlier, and she’d found the perfect opponent for her Raw debut. The tension between the two was clear, but Rousey was desperate to know. Walking in from the other side of the screen, Sasha Banks appeared.
Acting cocky towards “The Baddest Woman on The Planet”, Sasha Banks said that Ronda Rousey was about to learn about the week in, week out grind of being a WWE Superstar, and she was going to learn about it from the “Legit Boss”.

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!

Quick Results
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.
Coming down to the ring, and explaining his reputation of taking the masks and hair of Superstars in Mexico, Andrade “Cien” Almas turned to his associate Sin Cara, who he was worked with over the last couple of months, and demanded his mask. Showing the influence of Almas, Sin Cara didn’t hesitate in fulfilling the order, removing his mask and handing it over. Usually a huge deal, the voluntary removal of the mask by Sin Cara was put over on commentary as a shocking moment. Sin Cara then put his head down, and left the ring. The triumphant Andrade “Cien” Almas held the mask above his head, as a memento of his power over the world of Lucha Libre. Considered a huge sign of disrespect, Byron Saxton wondered what Almas was trying to prove by humiliating his once close friend.
Also on Smackdown Live:
  • Sanity defeated Jeff Hardy & The Usos. During the match, Jeff Hardy was thrown through the Commentary Table by Kilian Dane.
  • Despite The Miz’s attempt to reignite his rivalry with Rusev, “America’s Greatest Import” still managed to pick up a victory over Sheamus. The Miz had taken issue with Rusev eliminating him from the Elimination Chamber at Fastlane.

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Episode #11: The Episode with… The Hat on a Pole!
  • The show opened with Blackjack Blake and James Storm being interviewed on the ramp. It was put over that in the Main Event, they would go one on one, in a Hat on a Pole match! A history of “on a pole” matches was shown later in the evening.
  • Garza Jr. retained the Cruiserweight Championship against Jack Gallagher. After the match, he officially offered Kalisto a place in the L.W.O.
  • Dustin Rhodes beat TJ P, after promising to teach the arrogant youngster some respect.
  • Hidden camera footage showed Big Cass entering the locker room of nWo. While he was greeted by the rest of the group, Kevin Nash walked out of the room when he arrived. Nese & Murphy then teased Big Cass, regarding comparisons between himself and Kevin Nash.
  • Blackjack Blake defeated James Storm in the Hat on a Pole match! As a result, he was put over as “The Last True Outlaw” in WCW!

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Other Notes:
  • James Storm’s match with Blackjack Blake was said to be his last contracted match with the WWE, following another short run with the company. It is believed an extended deal was offered to Storm, but looking for better terms, Storm turned down whatever was on the table.
  • Reports of WWE ramping up their interest in a number of independent talents has caused concern with a number of promoters. Despite WWE reaching out to several workers, it is expected the potential signees will be allowed to work their WrestleMania weekend commitments, before signing with the company.
  • Another Superstar who is said to be in talks over an extension is Kaitlyn, who also signed a short term deal upon her return. Having impressed enough to earn a new deal, it is believed that a longer term offer is now on the table.
  • The unmasking of Sin Cara was designed as a way to write the character off screen, after the man behind the mask requested his release from the WWE earlier in the month. The company agreed to the request, provided Sin Cara made one last appearance on Smackdown, as a way to bring closure to the character. While the segment had been pitched earlier in the year, it had been nixed due to the potential seen in the Sin Cara character. However, when Sin Cara requested his release, the decision was made to go ahead with the segment.

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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.
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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!

From the opening of the match, there was an uneasy atmosphere, perhaps due to Batista being in street gear rather than his wrestling attire. Batista managed to fight off Akam & Rezar individually, but it was when the former Champions displayed their teamwork that he began to struggle. Eventually, it appeared that The Authors of Pain had their opponent exactly where they wanted him, but they couldn’t put him away. Even when Batista began to fight back, his efforts were undermined, as Triple H appeared on the ramp.
The husband of the Raw Commissioner called the match off, demanding that the time keeper rang the bell. Given the authority that Triple H holds, the referee ensured the order was carried out.

No Contest

Batista didn’t understand, and was particularly annoyed, as he had just hit a huge Spinebuster to Akam. Nonetheless, Triple H had something to say, and he wasn’t willing to wait.

When Triple H entered the ring, and sent AOP to the back, he made it clear he wanted no trouble with Batista. He suggested that what happened between them last month was a misunderstanding, and even condemned his wife’s action. The commentators were surprised by this, knowing how rarely Stephanie and Triple H publicly disagree. Triple H added that Batista didn’t have to like him, but if they have to work together, he at least wants to draw a line under whatever issues Batista has had.

Dave seemed to be softening his stance, willing to hear out Triple H. Triple H added that with WrestleMania so close, and knowing that is why Batista came back in the first place, he wanted to introduce Batista to the man he would be facing at WrestleMania. Triple H pointed towards the ramp, and while his glace towards it was momentary, Batista took his eye off the ball. Unsurprisingly, Triple H had set Batista up, and kicked him in the groin. Triple H then removed his jacket, and hit Dave Batista with a Pedigree in the middle of the ring. HHH’s whole demeanor had changed, as he stood over Batista.

”Dave… I’ll see you at WrestleMania!”

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.
Unusually confrontational towards his superior, Kurt Angle asked Stephanie what the hell was going on. The General Manager said that between her stacking the odds against him, and Triple H stopping the match, Batista can’t catch a break at the minute. Stephanie was in no mood to take that from Kurt Angle, informing him of a complaint she had received last week, from Jason Jordan. She added that Kurt Angle shouldn’t be questioning her decisions, as if what Jason (and three witnesses) told her is true, then he’s very lucky to still be in a job!
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.

Intercontinental Championship Match

Despite the match’s importance, the Intercontinental Championship somehow became the secondary focus of the match, as Elias remained on the ramp during the title match, heckling the Superstars in the ring. Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio did their best to ignore the annoyance on the outside, but this only caused Elias to become more loud and obnoxious. While the noise pollution took away from the match, what came next was much worse. Coming down to the ring to physically interrupt the flow of the match, Golden Alpha made their way to ringside.
Randy Orton was the first to react to their presence, due to Rey Mysterio being down, and as a result he was the one Akam & Rezar took down first. The second match of the evening to break down, the referee this time was forced to call for a disqualification.

Randy Orton bt. Rey Mysterio (c); (Via Disqualification)

Golden Alpha weren’t done there, as they soon took Rey Mysterio out of the picture too. With both Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio in trouble, Finn Balor ran down to the ring, looking to save his friends.
Outnumbered also, Finn Balor fell to the same fate as Orton and Mysterio. Golden Alpha then launched him out of the ring, sending him crashing to the ground. Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton were then scooped up off the mat, and hit with a Super Collider. They then joined Finn Balor on the outside, as Jason Jordan took a microphone.

Joined in the ring by Elias, Jason Jordan pointed to his three witnesses, as he made a “formal complaint” against Kurt Angle. He said that while nothing had been done about Kurt Angle’s clear incompetence as a General Manager, he couldn’t stand by and let what happened last week go unpunished. Jason Jordan then asked for the footage to be played, while putting over whoever had the idea to place a camera in the General Manager’s office.

The footage showed Kurt Angle slapping Jason Jordan in the face, but as Renee Young pointed out, cut off the part where Golden Alpha & Elias had antagonised him. That didn’t matter however, as the evidence was damning. Jason Jordan said that he personally saw only one solution to such unprofessional behaviour, and closed his statement by claiming he had all the faith in the world that Stephanie McMahon would ensure justice prevailed.

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…

Former 205 Live roster member Mustafa Ali accepted the challenge of Rollins, as he looks to continue to build his reputation as a member of the Raw brand. This match will have undoubtedly boosted his profile, as the commentators put over the comparisons that are often made between the two Superstars. Despite having a huge title match on the horizon, Rollins had to maintain a high level of performance, and Mustafa Ali made sure of that. While Mustafa Ali managed to come out of the match with a lot of credit, it was clear Rollins was a level above his opponent. A King Slayer Knee Strike made this official, as Rollins scored another momentum building victory.

Seth Rollins bt. Mustafa Ali

Following the match, Seth Rollins showed his respect to Mustafa Ali, offering a handshake to the Superstar who had impressed him. However, as the two men looked to display their mutual admiration, Drew McIntyre made his way down the ramp.
Entering the ring, the Universal Champion pushed Mustafa Ali down, sending the tired competitor to the canvas. Pointing towards the downed Superstar, Drew McIntyre clearly considered Mustafa Ali to be below himself, and Seth Rollins.

Rollins was angered by the disrespect shown to Mustafa Ali, and stepped up to Drew McIntyre. He asked Drew what he was doing, saying Ali didn’t deserve that. Drew McIntyre didn’t care, and laughed in Rollins’ face. Seth didn’t see the funny side, but McIntyre wasn’t interested in getting physical. Instead, the Universal Champion left the ring, as Rollins helped Ali back to his feet. Once at the top of the ramp, Drew McIntyre raised his WWE Universal Championship above his head, as Seth Rollins and Mustafa Ali stared him down from the ring.

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.
Alexander called out Drew on what he had just done, calling him a “disrespectful punk”. McIntyre didn’t take the former Cruiserweight Champion seriously, and looked to brush him off. Cedric then grabbed Drew McIntyre by the shoulder, telling him that it was about time somebody taught him about respect. McIntyre still didn’t take Alexander seriously, shaking his head at the lower profile Superstar, and continuing on his way.
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.
Stephanie McMahon was dealing with the complaint from Jason Jordan, asking Kurt Angle what he was going to do to take the pressure off her. Kurt Angle was well aware of the severity of the situation, and offered to issue an apology to Jason Jordan next week, and try to talk to his son about the incident. Stephanie McMahon didn’t feel this was enough, but before she could make this clear, Drake Maverick walked in.
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”.

Discussed throughout the night, the match began with a fairly “big fight feel”. The two Superstars came into the match with something to prove, neither currently having a WrestleMania match confirmed. When the match continued, Bobby Lashley looked to break down “The Monster Amongst Men”, but struggled to take the bigger competitor off his feet. That wasn’t to say the match was completely one sided, but it did turn into a pretty comprehensive victory for the focussed Braun Strowman. With his sight set on challenging Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, Braun Strowman hit a Running Powerslam to the former Universal Championship challenger, pinning him for the 1… 2… 3!

Braun Strowman bt. Bobby Lashley

As Braun Strowman had his hand raised in the ring, it was clear that his mind had already shifted away from the match, and back to his desire to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Offering some hope to the former WWE Universal Champion, Paul Heyman appeared at the top of the ramp.
After introducing himself, Paul Heyman told Braun Strowman that enough was enough, and it was time to call the chase of Brock Lesnar to an end. He recapped the lengths that Strowman has gone to in order to get the match, but it was time to stop. Heyman said that he hadn’t been able to get through to Brock Lesnar all day, and he knew for a fact that Brock Lesnar wasn’t home. But Heyman said he didn’t have the heart to put the final nail in the coffin, instead, he thought somebody else could do it…

Paul Heyman then pointed behind him, as the music of Brock Lesnar hit. Following a tension building wait, Brock Lesnar appeared from behind the curtain for the first time since the night after Summerslam.
Lesnar made his way directly to the ring, as Paul Heyman watched from the top of the ramp. Braun Strowman’s eyes lit up, and “The Monster Amongst Men” was ready for his first interaction with Lesnar since SummerSlam. The commentators were shocked to see Brock Lesnar, believing that they’d seen the last of him in a WWE ring. Having been in a match, Braun Strowman react a little slower than he might have, and had his first lunge ducked by Brock Lesnar. As Strowman turned back around, he was lifted into position for an F-5. Returning with a huge impact, Brock Lesnar left Braun Strowman laying in the ring, exiting up the ramp and heading towards the back.

The commentators were still in a state of shock, and speculated as to whether the appearance meant that “The Beast Incarnate” had finally agreed terms on a new WWE contract.

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!

Before the match, The Bella Twins ran down Liv & Logan, saying that they proved how “loyal” they were last week, when they turned their back on Ruby Riott. They said that it showed that Liv couldn’t trust Logan, and Logan couldn’t trust Liv. Brie Bella also spoke about losing to Becky Lynch, and said that both of them would be watching her next step on this week’s Smackdown.

During the contest itself, Liv & Logan managed to take control early on. While this allowed them to look to cause an upset, eventually they were defeated by The Bella Twins. Picking up the victory, Nikki Bella pinned Liv Morgan, following a Rack Attack 2.0

The Bella Twins bt. Liv & Logan

As The Bella Twins celebrated in the ring, Liv & Logan backed up the ramp. While the commentators discussed the victorious WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Ruby Riott appeared at the top of the ramp.
Taking Liv Morgan down, Ruby Riott laid into the woman who orchestrated last week’s betrayal. While Ruby managed to get a few shots in, she was pulled off by Sarah Logan. Logan dragged Riott away from Morgan, before helping her best friend to her feet and leading her to the back.

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!

Coming to the ring without Robert Roode, The Revival looked to prove themselves against the Number One Contenders to the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships. Dash & Dawson always give a good display of themselves, but that wasn’t enough to defeat Owens & Zayn. The two Superstars, who have undergone a change of attitude recently, continued to build momentum on the way to WrestleMania. Hitting a Helluva Kick, that was followed by a Pop-Up Powerbomb, the team impressed again, scoring another victory.

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. The Revival

Following the match, Owens & Zayn presented a wholesome image, hugging each other in the ring. The commentators put over the rehabilitated friendship between the two, describing their bond as “stronger than ever”. The two best friends stood tall in the ring, smiling as the referee raised their hands.

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.
Orton spoke for the three men, saying that he was sick of how Golden Alpha had been acting, and demanded action from Kurt Angle. Finn Balor said that they needed Kurt Angle to put them in their place. Angle made it clear he wanted to do that, but he needed the three Superstars to understand. Kurt added that right now he had to deal with some issues, but promised he’d do everything he could to ensure the three of them got everything they deserved. Rey Mysterio seemed to be the most understanding, but told Kurt Angle that eventually, the GM had to realised that he was being used. Maybe it was time he made the decision that would really change things around here. Randy Orton had the final say, telling the General Manager that sometimes it takes somebody risking what they have, in order to make a change. Kurt Angle seemed inspired by the words, as the three men left his office. Nodding his head, the General Manager looked like a weight had been lifted, telling himself: “I know what I have to do”.

Promoted heavily throughout the night, the Main Event of the evening was put over extensively, as the two competitors made their way to the ring. Ronda Rousey’s first ever match on Raw, the commentators spoke about the difference between competing week in and week out, compared to having weeks and sometimes months to prepare for a match. This was part of the story of the match, as Sasha Banks grew into the contest as it went on. Banks did take a number of shortcuts throughout, putting herself in a better position than she might have in a straight one on one match. When this didn’t propel her to victory, and Ronda Rousey began to comeback, Sasha Banks had something else up her sleeve.
Associates of Sasha Banks since before the Royal Rumble, Alicia Fox looked to distract the referee, while Dana Brooke jumped Ronda Rousey from behind. This went as most would have expected, with the specialist Ronda Rousey managing to easily dispose of Dana. Throwing her out of the ring, Ronda invited Alicia Fox to join her, but she wisely rejected the offer. When Ronda went to pursue Alicia, Sasha Banks rolled her up. While the distraction had been unsuccessful, it had given Sasha’s chance of upset a new lease of life.

From there, Sasha Banks tried to keep Ronda Rousey down, but “The Baddest Woman on the Planet” couldn’t be contained. Eventually, after a contest which last longer than many may have expected, Ronda Rousey got “The Boss” where she wanted her, and made Sasha Banks tap out to the Arm Bar.

Ronda Rousey bt. Sasha Banks

Making an impressive debut on Monday Night Raw, Ronda Rousey had probably been taken further than she expected to be. Put over on commentary as a competitive match, there was no shame on Sasha Banks in losing to the Number One Contender. As Ronda Rousey had her arm raised, she began to smile, looking out to the WWE Universe. This expression changed when Shayna Baszler made her way to the top of the ramp.
The dominant Raw Women’s Champion looked down on her WrestleMania opponent, holding the title over her shoulder. Raw ended with the commentators promoting the biggest event of the year, which will take place two weeks from Sunday. At that event, the Royal Rumble winner Ronda Rousey would receive her first opportunity to become the Raw Women’s Champion. To do so, she would have to defeat her former best friend, the undefeated “Queen of Spades”, Shayna Baszler!

Quick Results
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!
Coming completely out of the blue, it wasn’t clear if the attack was taking place on the orders of Nakamura, or separate from him. What was clear was that The Undertaker could not compete with three-on-one odds, as Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dane assaulted him. An outrageously disrespectful act, the assault was watched by a smirking Shinsuke Nakamura, who has shown nothing but contempt for The Undertaker in recent weeks. Eventually, Sanity brought The Undertaker into the ring, seemingly offering him on a plate to Nakamura. Laid out in the middle of the ring, The Undertaker was given the ultimate slap in the face, as the United States Champion place his foot on the chest of the most iconic figure in WWE history.

Also on Smackdown Live:
  • Tamina & Sonya Deville picked up another victory, defeating a team of local Superstars very easily.
  • Johnny Gargano picked up a victory over Tye Dillinger.
  • Early in the show, The Usos retained the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships against Sanity, ensuring their place on the WrestleMania card.
  • Kofi Kingston was profiled, and spoke about his recent losses. Kingston said he wasn’t bitter in defeat, but instead grateful for the opportunities, and the friends who have his back.
  • The Miz defeated Rusev, after Maryse once again pulled out her hairspray. With Rusev temporarily blinded, and Lana taken down by Maryse, Aiden English made his Smackdown return, saving his best friend from The Miz’s beatdown.

This Week on…

Episode #12: The Episode with… The RIOT!
  • With more factions and groups rising within WCW, tension have never been higher. This resulted in a huge brawl during the main event, featuring the entire WCW roster.
  • When Zack Ryder’s match with Kalisto went to a No Contest, all hell broke loose. The show ended with footage of the brawl outside of the building, and saw Big Cass dart Kalisto into a production cabin in the parking lot. This did nothing to dissuade his fellow nWo members of the similarities between himself and Kevin Nash.

Quarter Finals - Exclusively on the WWE Network!

Other Notes:
  • With speculation of potential NXT call-ups, rumours spread this week about one man with a particularly bright future in the WWE. The Velveteen Dream, who has impressed during his NXT career, has reportedly been offered a 10-year contract to stay with the WWE long-term. This is a huge indication of how highly the company rates him, and would see him signed to the WWE until 2029.
  • Brody King was also said to have been offered a full-time contract with the WWE, following his performances in the Heavyweight Classic.
  • This isn’t the end of WWE’s roster reinforcement, as a number of independent wrestlers are set to take part in a tryout class over the next week. It is believed that the successful tryouts will be signed to the WWE following WrestleMania.

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Raw opened with a look back at a number of events which took place last week:
  • Dave Batista was put in a handicap match against AOP, only for the match to be stopped by Triple H. The WWE executive fooled Batista into thinking that he had drawn a line under their issues, before hitting him with a Pedigree. Standing over the recently returned Superstar, Triple H revealed himself as Batista’s WrestleMania opponent!
  • Kurt Angle faced pressure to step down as the General Manager of Raw, with Drake Maverick joining Jason Jordan’s crusade to remove him from power.
  • Paul Heyman introduced Brock Lesnar back to the WWE, with The Beast’s impact being felt immediately. Hitting Braun Strowman with an F-5 in the middle of the ring, Brock Lesnar’s return was confirmed by his Advocate.
  • Ronda Rousey made her Raw debut, defeating Sasha Banks in the Main Event of the show. After the match, Rousey was confronted by Shayna Baszler, the Superstar she will challenge for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania...
Following that up, the commentators promoted the scheduled action for the evening, with special focus placed on Dave Batista’s match. Triple H’s WrestleMania opponent would team with Rey Mysterio, going up against the team of Elias & Jason Jordan. Paul Heyman was also in the building, and would lay down Brock Lesnar’s demands for a WrestleMania match with Braun Strowman
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.
Joined by his Golden Alpha teammates, as well as his new found friend Elias, Jason Jordan made it clear that he knew what was coming, and he couldn’t possibly miss it. While they stayed at the top of the ramp, the four men clearly put Kurt Angle off. Composing himself, Kurt Angle continued, saying that it was with great regret that he had taken Stephanie McMahon’s advice and would be resigning as General Manager of Raw. At the top of the ramp, Jason Jordan began to celebrate. Kurt Angle again tried to ignore his son, but eventually Elias cut the General Manager off.

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!

The opening match of the evening, Sasha Banks came off the back of her Smackdown appearance with a point to prove. Defeated by Ronda Rousey on last week’s show, Sasha Banks turned to the mentor of “The Baddest Woman on the Planet”, Natalya. This time she was successful, coming out of the match with a victory, following a Banks Statement.

Sasha Banks bt. Natalya

Taking a microphone after the match, Sasha Banks welcomed her Tag Team partner for WrestleMania… Becky Lynch!
Once the two women were in the ring together, they cut a promo on The Bella Twins, calling them a pair of frauds. Becky Lynch took the lead in the promo, telling the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions that they had no right to hold those Championship. Becky claimed that she should be the Women’s Champion, and she should be facing Charlotte Flair for the title at WrestleMania. However, when she saw that The Bella Twins were holding the Tag Team titles, she had to do something!

Lynch added that anybody claiming that The Bella Twins had anything to do with the “Women’s Revolution” were quite frankly deluded, and promised that at WrestleMania they would be exposed by the real pioneers of the division. Sasha Banks then had her say, telling the WWE Universe that there would have been no revolution without the work they put in. They raised the bar, and they made sure that the WWE had no choice but to spotlight women’s wrestling. The Bella Twins aren’t the revolution, and neither are any other of the pretenders. Becky Lynch reiterated this, finishing the promo by saying:

”We ARE The Revolution!”

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.
Drew McIntyre complained to Stephanie McMahon, saying that now Kurt Angle was gone, she could cancel his match with Cedric Alexander later. McIntyre said that Seth Rollins had lowered himself to Mustafa Ali last week, and told Stephanie that the WWE Universal Champion shouldn’t be seen in the ring with somebody like Cedric. Stephanie McMahon said that she was too busy to change anything from tonight’s show, and told Drew McIntyre to prove himself in the ring, just like everybody else. She added that she was sure he was more than capable of that.
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.

Before the match, Drew McIntyre took a microphone, and talked down his opponent. Entering the match second, the WWE Universal Champion ran down his opponent to his face, looking to completely belittle the former Cruiserweight Champion. McIntyre made it clear that he didn’t see his opponent to be on his level. This fired up Cedric Alexander, who hit Drew with a sucker punch as the bell sounded. Alexander had been encouraged to do this by Ali, who joined him at ringside.

When the match was underway, Alexander looked to take the fight to Drew McIntyre quickly, and enjoyed his best spell of the match from the beginning. Eventually, the match settled into the expected order, with Drew McIntyre taking control. The WWE Universal Champion wasn’t given a complete walk in the park, but as he hit Cedric Alexander with a Claymore Kick, it was evident he was a level above his opponent.

Drew McIntyre bt. Cedric Alexander

Having shown disrespect to Seth Rollins’ opponent Mustafa Ali last week, it was no surprise that he showed the same attitude to him following his match. Mustafa Ali fired back at Drew McIntyre, and was invited into the ring by the Champion.
Mustafa Ali got in the face of Drew McIntyre, who had angered him with his feeling of superiority. Ali didn’t get very far, as he was pushed over by McIntyre. Drew McIntyre stood over Ali, who was now down in the ring, before laying his fists into Mustafa Ali in a vicious “ground and pound” style. As McIntyre reigned punches onto Ali, Seth Rollins made his way down to the ring…
Drew McIntyre had to switch his focus towards Seth Rollins, but the Number One Contender’s momentum gave him the upper hand. Equally annoyed by McIntyre’s continued superiority complex, Rollins quickly cleared the ring of Drew McIntyre, sending him over the top rope with a Clothesline. Having been forced to leave the ring, Drew had be unable to take his Universal Championship with him. As a result, Seth Rollins was able to take hold of the title, showing McIntyre what could happen in under two week’s time, as they go one on one for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania!

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.

Celebrating a victory earlier in the evening (as Kurt Angle resigned as General Manager), Elias & Jason Jordan’s night wouldn’t reach those highs again. Opening the second hour of Raw, the contest was enjoyed much more by Dave & Rey, with the commentators explaining that Batista had requested the match. They added that Batista considered teaming with Rey Mysterio (one more time), was part of his pre-retirement “bucket list”. The two close friends showed their chemistry in the ring, and eventually picked up the victory. Having taken Elias down with a 619, Rey Mysterio left the ring, allowing Batista to finish the job. Hitting a “Batista Bomb”, Dave picked up an impressive victory, as he continues to focus on his WrestleMania match with Triple H!

Dave Batista & Rey Mysterio bt. Elias & Jason Jordan

Hugging Rey Mysterio after the bell, Batista put over just how much it had meant to him to share a ring with one of his best friends. Following on from that, Batista took a microphone from ringside, and spoke about another man he once called a friend. Dave explained that he may have been the one to burn the bridge with Triple H, but called what happen last week “the act of a coward who is hiding behind his wife’s decisions”. Dave Batista said that having dealt with Triple H over the last 5 years, he wasn’t surprised to see “The Game” doing his wife’s bidding, saying that his backbone went the same way as his competitive pride.

But Batista wasn’t there to talk to nobody, and because he knew Triple H wasn’t there tonight, he called on the husband of Stephanie McMahon to show his face next week, so Batista could tell him exactly how he felt about him, man to man and face to face!

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!

Rubbing the WWE Universe up the wrong way, Robert Roode looked to turn the audience against him during the match, continuing the rehabilitation of Sami Zayn as a “good guy”. Sami also contributed to this, wrestling an exciting style, including a number of high risk moves. After a good start, Sami Zayn was slowed by Robert Roode, but eventually fought out of Roode’s restholds. This allowed one half of the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championship contenders to mount a comeback, picking up another momentum gathering victory, 13 days before WrestleMania.

Sami Zayn bt. Robert Roode

Once again smiling and hugging in the ring, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn’s friendship once again looked stronger than ever. Despite everything they had been through, Owens & Zayn stood together in the ring, and made it clear that they were ready for their defining moment as a tag team, a shot at the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championship 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.
Remaining friends after being brought together in the “Anti-Braun Coalition”, Mojo & Baron reminded Big Show that both of them were former winners of the Battle Royal too! They mocked Big Show, saying that it didn’t take them until their 40s to win their first Battle Royal either. Both found this funny, and Big Show laughed along. He then told the former winners that if it came down to it, they could both see how funny a Knockout Punch would be. Before things could get physical however, another former winner of the Battle Royal returned, with Matt Hardy appearing on the screen.
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.

Making their return after a long time off TV, The Woken Warriors took the match to Baron Corbin and Mojo Rawley, and wrestled a slightly different style to that usually seen from the two. More methodical in approach, their control was eventually subsided by their shortcut taking opponents. During the match, Big Show remained at ringside, and was angered by the constant cheating from Corbin and Rawley. Eventually he took matter into his own hands.
When Baron Corbin once again distracted the referee, and allowed Rawley to choke Dallas on the bottom rope, Big Show climbed onto the apron. Mojo and Big Show got into an argument, but Rawley backed off when Show threatened to knock him out. As Mojo stepped back, he was rolled up by Bo Dallas, ensuring victory for the Woken Warriors!

Woken Warriors bt. Baron Corbin & Mojo Rawley

Put over as an upset victory, the Woken Warriors celebrated with Big Show in the ring after the match. However, in pre-Battle Royal tradition, Big Show turned on Axel & Dallas, throwing them both over the top rope at the same time. This was taken as confirmation that Big Show would return to the ring at WrestleMania!

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.
With a smirk on his face, Kurt Angle told Jason Jordan that he could clear it up for him, since he was the one that made the match. Angle then said that part of the reason for him stepping down as General Manager was so that he could return to the ring. Therefore, at WrestleMania, it would be Golden Alpha & Elias, against Finn Balor, Randy Orton Rey Mysterio… Kurt Angle! Jason Jordan couldn’t believe it, but Stephanie McMahon just shrugged. Golden Alpha stormed off, as Kurt Angle and his partners laughed at the reaction.

What started out as a disagreement over the name of their group, has turned into a hugely personal rivalry between Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott. When Sarah Logan made it clear that she was on Liv’s side, the former leader of The Riott Squad knew she was on her own. Coming back more determined than ever, Ruby Riott wants to put “The Real Goddess” back in her place, and looked likely to do so in the final match of Raw. However, from the opening bell, Sarah Logan had an impact on the match.
Expertly avoiding the referee, Sarah Logan continually distracted and interfered with Ruby Riott, making it almost impossible for her to build any momentum. The biggest involvement came when Ruby went to the top rope, looking to finish Morgan off. When Liv distracted the referee, Logan pushed Riott from the top rope, sending him throat first into the top rope. Riott rebounded back, and had clearly been hurt by the impact. Liv Morgan took advantage of this, and hit Riott with a Facebuster for the victory.

Liv Morgan bt. Ruby Riott

Following the match, Liv Morgan celebrated her tainted victory, and was joined in the ring by Sarah Logan. The fellow former Riott Squad members stood over their former leader, and Logan raised Morgan’s hand in the middle of the ring.

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...
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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.
AJ Styles picked up an hard-fought victory over Johnny Gargano, who has been described as a “mini Bryan” by some within the WWE. Daniel Bryan was impressed with the performance of both Superstars, and followed up with a victory over Karl Anderson later in the evening. Styles and Bryan had both done what they do best, and what they both intended to do - to each other - at WrestleMania!
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!
Also on Smackdown Live:
  • Following The Miz’s victory over Aiden English, Lana announced a Mixed Tag Team match at WrestleMania. Lana would team with her husband Rusev, going against The Miz and Maryse. Later in the evening, Rusen ran down the “IT Couple”, burying their reality TV show, and Miz’s movies.
  • The Usos promoted their match with Raw’s Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, recognising their recent change in attitude. The WWE Men’s Tag Team Champions were still skeptical however, knowing the history of the two men - particularly during their time on Smackdown.
  • Aleister Black’s return from injury was promoted on Smackdown, hyping that “The Black Mass” would make it’s return!

This Week on…

Episode #13: The Episode with… The Upset?
  • WCW Universe was this week built around a potential upset in a “David vs. Goliath” Main Event, as one of the new individuals on the roster, Kalisto, went one on one with nWo’s Big Cass.
  • When Kalisto appeared to be closing in on victory, Kevin Nash got involved, causing a distraction which resulted in Big Cass’ victory.
  • Zack Ryder’s egomania went up another notch, as he told Scott Hall that Big Cass was letting the nWo down by facing a Cruiserweight in the Main Event.
  • Brian Kendrick introduced two of his “Scraggle” to the WCW Universe, Broccoli Head & Catnip. The two men faced Tony Nese & Buddy Murphy, and were handily defeated.
  • Blackjack Blake & Joe Hennig bonded this week, sharing a mutual hatred of “the rap music”.
  • Kalisto once again turned down an offer to join the LWO.

Semi-Finals & Finals - Exclusively on the WWE Network!

WWE Heavyweight Classic Final

Jeff Cobb wins the Heavyweight Classic
He will enter the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania!

Other Notes:
  • It was quietly confirmed that David Otunga’s contract had expired this week, and the former WWE Tag Team Champion had not been resigned. It is believed that there are no hard feelings between either side, and the door would be open for a return in the future.
  • Reports surfaced that the WWE had approached James Laurinaitis, the son of Road Warrior Animal, regarding a potential tryout. It was previously unknown whether the former NFL Linebacker had any interest in a Sports Entertainment career.
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