Jaybone gives his thoughts on the WWE Network 24 special on Finn Balor.
Jaybone gives his thoughts on the WWE Network 24 special on Finn Balor.
Here are your Raw highlights from last night.
Based on reports, WWE may be switching two feuds involved right now on Monday Night Raw. WWE was working towards The Miz vs. The Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, and Finn Balor & Bray Wyatt. Well it appears that WWE may be switching it up and making Bray Wyatt go after Dean Ambrose and Miz going after Finn Balor.
As we saw this past Monday on Raw, Bray Wyatt was Miz’s secrete partner and was involved in the tag match against Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho. WWE may consider putting the IC title on Bray Wyatt following the change up to the brands. Finn Balor and The Miz are set up for a Payback Kickoff segment which would explain their positioning if WWE were to change up the upcoming feuds.
Former WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor posted the following on his Instagram account of his action figure alongside Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson’s. This is just Finn teasing a Bullet Club reunion. He likes to play with the fans sometimes.
He posted this photo:
As reported Finn Balor had suffered a concussion on last week’s episode of Raw at the hands of Jinder Mahal. Jinder connected a stiff elbow to the head which instigated the concussion. For that reason Balor was removed from this past weekends live events which included Raw’s house show in Providence, Rhode Island.
At this time Balor’s condition is unclear and it’s not certain that he may compete tonight on Raw.
Finn Balor was interviewed by ESPN and spoke about returning on Raw after suffering a shoulder injury.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I don’t think you ever know,” said Balor. “It’s one of those things that I won’t know when I’m ready until I’m actually in the ring and doing it in front of people live. You can kind of run drills and practice, rehab behind closed doors as much as you can, but there’s nothing that simulates being in front of a live audience with live TV cameras. The injury was very fitting on my career … like it was meant to be. It gave me something to overcome again,” Balor said on Tuesday morning. “There was always an obstacle in the way, this was just another one. The challenge has been as much mental as it was physical. I feel now like I’ve come back not only physically stronger, but mentally as well.”
Read the entire interview here.
Here are your WWE Raw highlights from last night:
Show: Monday Night Raw
Date: April 3, 2014
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, FL.
Author: Cade Carnage
Welcome everyone to your WWE Raw recap following what was an exciting WrestleMania 33!
We can expect tonight to be filled with a ton of surprises and have an over excited audience, as it usually does following WrestleMania. Hardy Boyz returned, New Universal Champion, New US Champion, and a potentially retired Undertaker will all take center stage tonight leading into the first Raw of the new wrestling year.
I won’t dabble, so let’s begin this rabble!
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VIDEO: Raw starts with a video package recapping Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns from WrestleMania 33.
OPENER: Raw begins with the audience giving a loud Undertaker chant, the camera just pan the audience as the chant goes on for a while. The chant would transition to “Undertaker, Roman Sucks.” Roman Reigns entrance would hit and the Booing begins.
Roman gets on the mic and begins addressing a very upset audience. Roman doesn’t even say anything and the audience starts a “fuck you Roman,” “you suck,” “asshole.” “Roman sucks” and “Delete” chant. Man he got roasted… LOL
Every time Roman positions the mic to talk, the audience get louder booing him. Roman spends a good amount of time in the ring, not saying anything and just looking at the excited audience telling him to go away. He would finally begin his promo and only say “this is my yard now” and walk away. The audience, didn’t like that.
ANNOUNCERS: They hype #RawAfterMania hashtag and how the fans tonight will be excited and very vocal. Hardy’s vs The Club are on next, They also introduce the German announcers ringside right now.
The Club vs. Matt & Jeff Hardy (c)
-Raw Tag Team Championship-
Tag Team Match
During the Hardy’s entrance the audience go absolutely insane do a DELETE chant.
The Club go on the attack quickly but Hardy’s manage to stop them and keeps the advantage. Matt tags in and hits the side effect and tries for the twist-of-fate, but Karl counters. Matt takes Karl to the outside, and both Hardy brothers clotheslines Luke to the outside leading us to a commercial break.
When we return Luke Gallows has some advantage over Matt Hardy and tags in Karl Anderson. They connect a double neck breaker and Karl pins for a 2 count. The Club cut off Matt from his brother Jeff and work on him in the Clubs corner. The audience try and get behind Matt, which works for a little bit but Club is too overwhelming for Matt laying him out when ever they can. Matt though manages to move out of the way from a elbow drop and tags in Jeff.
Jeff comes in with momentum and lands a few punches to Luke and a running forearm. He hits an atomic drop and a dropkick to the face. Gallows rolls to the outside, so Jeff sets up some steps, jumps off them and his Luke with the poetry in motion. Jeff rolls Gallows back and looks for a top rope move, but Anderson distracts him and Gallows tags in Karl. The Club hit their boot finisher on Jeff and push off Matt from the apron. They pin bu only get a 2 count. They try for the magic killer, but Matt pulls Karl out, and Jeff hits the twist of fate. Matt tags in, hits the twist of fate and Jeff hits the senton bomb pinning Luke for the 3 count.
Winners: Matt and Jeff Hardy (Retain)
I over detailed that match, just because i’m happy the Hardy’s are back.
ANNOUNCERS: Brock Lesnar the new Universal Champion addresses his WrestleMania win. Also, Chris Jericho & Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens & Samoa Joe for later tonight. The announcers show a few photo’s from the Triple H & Seth Rollins Wrestlemania match.
IN RING: Neville comes out to the ring and gets on the mic and says that he did what he said he was going to do, and that was beat Austin Aries. Neville downgrades Austin’s ability and says that some may not like his tactics, but you can’t deny his results [holding up the Cruiserweight title.] Neville tries to continue, but gets stopped by Mustafa Ali.
Neville (c) vs. Mustafa Ali
Non-Title Singles match
The action starts quickly with Mustafa getting in some offence early on. Neville would stop him and throw him to the outside taking us into a commercial.
We come back from commercials and Neville hits a missile dropkick. Something also seems to be happening in the audience which is taking the attention away from the match. We later find out that it’s a beach-ball that’s freaking the audience out.
Anyways, back to the match. Neville tries to clothesline Mustafa’s head off and pins for a 2 count. Neville tries for a top rope move, but Mustafa counters into a back-flip Spanish Fly. Neville comes back delivering a few kicks, but Mustafa counters into a huge DDT and pins for the close 2 count. Mustafa tries for the inverted 450, but Neville moves and tries for the Red Arrow, but Neville decides against it jumping down and locking in the Rings of Saturn. Neville picks up the submission victory.
BACKSTAGE: A limo pulls up, and from behind Vince McMahon climbs out and is heading to the ring.
ENTRANCE: Vince McMahon makes his way out to the ring and gets a great ovation from the audience.
Vince gets on the mic and right away a “Roman sucks” chants begins. Vince says that he wants to say to something to the fans of the WWE, and says “Thank you, Thank you for being the most passionate fans in the world.” Vince says that even though WrestleMania was last night, the wheel keeps turning. He’s verified that Raw and SD roster will be ‘shaken up’ next week. He also references the closing moments from last night’s match between Triple H & Seth Rollins, when Stephanie McMahon was taken through a table.
Vince says that his daughter will be out of action for some time. Vince says that the show must still go on, and introduces a new General Manager for Raw. Vince says that this new GM was just inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame, and right away Teddy Long’s music hits. Vince says to cut Teddy’s music and tells him to stop dancing and says it’s not him. Teddy asks, “it’s not me…. ok my bad.” He sends out a Holla Holla Holla and runs away. Vince now introduces the new GM, Kurt Angle!
Angle shakes Vince’s hand and gets handed the mic as fans chant “you suck” to his music. Kurt gets on the mic and says that he has one thing to say “it’s great to be back on Monday Night Raw, it’s true, it’s dam true!”
ENTRANCE: New Day make their entrance to a rowdy Orlando audience. They come out with their ice cream bike and the New Day members wear a Legion of Doom themed gear, while Big E wears a backpack Booty O’s box which explodes Booty O’s out of it.
They get in the ring and Big E gets on the mic first yelling “what a night!” They talk about how great WrestleMania was. Kofi says that they hosted a record setting event, but there was a part of them that was upset for not being able to get in the ring to whoop anyone in the back. So tonight New Day issues an open challenge for anyone in the back.
NXT tag team Revival answer the call!
As revival walk to the ring, they push the New Day’s ice cream bike.
New Day (w/ Kofi Kingston) vs. The Revival
Tag Team Match
The match starts and right away Revival have the advantage over Xavier Woods. They keep Woods in their corner, but Xavier counters into a hurricanrana. Xavier goes on the attack, but Scott Dawson gets a blink tag and comes in slamming Xavier to the mat. We head to commercials
When we return from commercials, Revival keep the advantage over Xavier Woods. Dash tags in and Scott drives Xavier shoulder first in Dash’s knee. Dash beats on Woods in the corner and lifts him on the top turnbuckle, but Xavier pushed him off and connects a missile dropkick. Big E would eventually get the tag and hits a few belly-to-bellies on Scott Dawson. Big E runs the ropes, clotheslining Dash over the top rope and tries for spear Scott on the apron, but Scott moves out of the way.
Xavier Woods comes in as he got a blind tag and lands a few shots on Scott. Dash Wilder tags in and Woods tries for his flipping clothesline, but Revival hit their shatter machine finisher for the 1..2..3!
Winners: The Revival
After the match, the Revival lift Kofi from the outside and begin beating on him. Scott positions Kofi into a leg lock, and Dash jumps from the second rope hitting a hard slam looking to “injure” Kofi.
BACKSTAGE: Kurt Angle is in the back office. Enzo Amore & Cass comes in and deliver their usual intro promo, but Kurt doesn’t seems impressed. Enzo says that they’re not doing the best after getting screwed at WrestleMania when the Hardy Boyz got entered into their WrestleMania match for no reason. Enzo goes off, but Angle stops him saying that he has no idea what he’s [Enzo] is talking about. Angle says that he can get Enzo and Cass closer to the tag titles, giving them a #1 Contenders match against Sheamus & Cesaro for tonight.
Bayley (c), Sasha Banks & Dana Brooke vs. Emma, Nia Jax & Charlotte
Six Women’s Tag Team Match
Emma makes her return to in-ring competition.
The match begins with Emma and Dana, and Emma dropkicks Dana to her corner and makes Dana tag in Bayley. Both women clinch and Emma takes control of Bayley’s arm. Bayley eventually comes back with a few offensive moves, but Emma knocks her to the mat with a hard elbow, taking us into the commercial break.
When we return from commercials Nia Jax is shown beating on Bayley. Charlotte tags in and both hold Bayley up allowing Charlotte to land a hard chest slap. He hangs Bayley upside down and stomps on her stomach. Emma tags in and also stomps on her stomach. Emma tags in Charlotte and she delivers a few knees to Bayley’s hamstring. Bayley finally manages to fight back and throws Charlotte the outside. As Bayley almost reaches Sasha Banks, Charlotte pulls her off the apron.
Bayley tries for another tag and would actually tag in Sasha Banks. Sasha hits a double knee on Charlotte. Kicks Emma and Nia off the apron. She drives both knees to Charlottes stomach and pins. Emma breaks it up, but Dana takes her out. NIa comes in but both Dana and Sasha take her out. Bayley jumps on Nia on the outside. Inside the ring, Charlotte tries for Natural selection, but Sasha counters into the Banks-Statement and Charlotte taps out.
Winners: Sasha Banks, Bayley & Dana Brooke
After the match Charlotte pushes Nia and Emma asking where they were. Nia pushes back and begin her attack on Charlotte landing a hard elbow drop to the queen. Nia leaves Charlotte laid out.
BACKSTAGE: Angle is shown in the back talking with Sami Zayn. Sami says that he wants to cultivate a similar relationship he had with Mick Foley with Kurt Angle as well. Angle says that he sees the three “i’s” in Sami Zayn, and no matter what he does in his career, he’ll do just fine. Sami thanks Kurt Angle, Jinder Mahal comes in and says that he deserves winning the Andre The Giant Battle Royal. Sami and Jinder bicker back and forth with Angle stopping them and making a match between the two.
ANNOUNCERS: Brock Lesnar comes out next
ENTRANCE: The New Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar along with Paul Heyman make their way to the ring.
Heyman would get on the mic and in his usual fashion make an impressive introduction to himself and his client Brock Lesnar. Heyman says that his client has authorized him to tell a true personal story. He says that Brock wants Heyman to tell a little bed time story which he tells to his children at night. The story, talks about a “hero” [Goldberg] and how Lesnar destroys him once the hero made a wrong turn into Suplex City… but the happy ending is, that we won’t be seeing Goldberg around anymore. There, I shortened it. LOL
Heyman continues saying that Lesnar is looking for new challenges and challengers. Heyman begins listing a few talents, Seth Rollins, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, hell even both Hardy’s vs. Brock Lesnar. Heyman says that Lesnar is the distributor of the statuesque and begins talking about the 2 or 23-2. Heyman calls forward Roman Reigns to determine who’s yard this [the ring] really is. The audience don’t really care about Roman and begins a “we want Balor” chant.
Heyman continues saying that if Roman is the “big dog” than Lesnar is “animal cruelty.” Heyman says that it’s time they give the Raw after mania audience something that they would never forget and says that Roman vs. Brock should go now! But all of a sudden Braun Strowman’s music hits.
Braun climbs into the ring, and towers over Lesnar. Braun says that when he’s finished with Roman Reigns, maybe he’ll get Lesnar’s attention. Braun pushes Lesnar saying that he’s got Braun’s attention. Lesnar lays the Universal Title on the mat and beckons Braun to attack.
Braun backs off and climbs out of the ring.
BACKSTAGE: Charly interviews Chris Jericho backstage and says that in 4 week’s Jericho gets his Unites States Championship rematch against Kevin Owens. She asks about his match tonight. Jericho hypes the audience and says that “beach-ball mania” is running wild. Jericho calls everyone the “friends of Jericho, cheer me on maaaaaan!” Jericho continues his promo, until Kevin Owens runs in and attacks Jericho from behind.
Both Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe beat on Jericho backstage and powerbomb him through a table. Can he make his match, or will Rollins have to find a replacement?
BACKSTAGE: We’re shown the training room where Kurt Angle steps out from. Rollins meets him and Angle says that Jericho’s in no condition to fight tonight, but he keeps the match on, and promises Rollins he’ll find him a partner.
Enzo / Cass vs. Sheamus / Cesaro
-#1 Contender Match For the Raw Tag Team Championship-
Tag Team Match
I will admit, i did take a bit of a break during this match… Sorry guys, it’s been a lot of recapping this weekend.
Pretty much Sheamus & Cesaro beat Enzo and Cass to become the new #1 contenders.
Winners: Cesaro & Sheamus (#1 Contenders For The Raw Tag Team Championship)
Jinder Mahal vs. Sami Zayn
The match wouldn’t even start and Jinder Mahal goes on the attack right away taking Sami to the outside. Jinder throws Sami against the steel steps and beats on Sami against the barricade. Jinder again throws Sami against the steps and rolls him into the ring.
The ref checks on Sami and then rings the bell. Jinder goes on the attack quickly, landing a few clotheslines and dropping a few knees to the chest. Jinder continues the assault and drives his knee into the lowerback of Sami. Jinder lands a few more knees to the chest and pins for a 2 count. He locks in a choke, but Sami fights back and hits an exploder suplex in the corner. Sami hits his Helluva kick and pins for the win.
Winner: Sami Zayn
Kevin Owens (c) & Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins & ….
Tag Team Match
Seth Rollins would make his entrance and waits in the ring for his partner picked by the new General Manager Kurt Angle. His partner would be the returning Finn Balor.
Kevin Owens (c) & Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins & Finn Balor
Tag Team Match
Before the match could begin… Raw cuts to commercials.
When we come back from commercials the action begins and Rollins starts things off with Kevin Owens. Both men go back and forth with a bit of chain wrestling, but Owens takes the advantage with a hard shoulder tackle. Rollins counters with a few kicks and tries for a suplex. Owens counters into a pin, which Rollins reverses into his own. Both men stare off.
Samoa Joe tags in and both he and Rollins begin exchanging punches. Joe gets the upper hand with a few punches in the corner. Rollins comes back with a few of his own, but Joe drops him with a huge left kick. Owens tags in and lands a few punches in the corner and mocks Finn Balor on the apron. Rollins manages to counter an attack from Owens and smashes his face against the turnbuckle. Rollins holds Owens and pulls him to his corner and tags in Finn Balor.
Owens backs off, but Finn comes for the attack and lays him out. Balor climbs to the top rope but Owens rolls to the outside. Balor runs around the ring and hits a hard dropkick taking Owens to the barricade. Balor tags in Rollins and both men try for a double move, but Owens goes to the outside. Rollins runs the ropes and hits a nice suicide dive on Owens. Joe tries to attack but Rollins rolls into the ring. As Joe helps Owens, Rollins runs the ropes again and lands on both men at ringside.
Rollins rolls Owens into the ring but Owens kicks his knee and hits a big DDT. Owens pins but gets a 2 count. Joe tags in and delivers a few punches to Rollins in the corner. Joe hits a hip attack and kick to the head to give him a 2 count pin on Seth Rollins. Owens tags in and chokes Rollins in his corner. Owens lands several focused punches to Rollins and finishes it with a senton. Owens pins for a 2 count.
The assault continues as Joe and Owens tag in and out focusing on Rollins knee. Rollins almost gets the tag but Joe slams him back on the mat knee first. Joe goes for a senton, but Rollins moves out of the way. Joe tries to stop Rollins again, but he counters landing his head kick on Joe. Finn Balor would get the tag.
Balor comes in hot taking out Owens and hitting Joe off the apron. He dropkicks Owens and takes him to the corner landing a running knife-edge chop. Balor hits a hard head kick and positions Owens. He climbs to the top rope and goes for his finisher but Owens gets back on his feet. Owens catches Balor as he runs the ropes and slams him to the mat. Owens tries for the pop-up powerbomb, but Balor counters with the sling-blade. Balor goes for the running dropkick, but Joe catches him with the choke. Rollins rebounds off the rope and hits Joe with a knee. Owens hits a superkick to Rollins. Balor now connects his running dropkick and hits his top rope finisher and pins Owens for the 3 count win.
Winners: Seth Rollins & Finn Balor
And that was Raw after mania guys! Hope you enjoyed it! We now have the debut of Revival, Angle as the GM and the return of Finn Balor. Next week we also have a “shake up” on the rosters. This will be interesting.
Any missed highlights will be uploaded tomorrow.
Thanks for reading.
WWE 2K17 caught up with the former Universal Champion Finn Balor and had a quick one and on interview with him. During the interview Finn says that he’s 100% physically ready to return to in-ring competition. He also talks about a WWE Network 24 special set to air next month.
See his interview below:
Show: Monday Night Raw
Date: March 20, 2017
Venue: Barclay Center, Brooklyn NY
Author: Cade Carnage
Welcome everyone to tonight’s WWE Raw live recap brought to you from Brooklyn, NY.
Plus, I’m doing a new feature today where if you use #MOCRawReact on twitter following Raw to express your thoughts on the show, your tweets will be featured at the ending of this recap. So make sure you get them in.
Let the recapping commence.
I probably won’t do any match details as I’m just so tired for some reason… wow, this is going to be an interesting night. LOL
VIDEO: Raw kicks off with a video recap from last week’s Raw, with the closing segment featuring Mick Foley, Stephanie McMahon Triple H and Seth Rollins.
OPENER: Raw kicks off with Mick Foley making his entrance to the ring. Mick gets on the mic and gets greeted with a loud Foley chant. He pulls a letter out and begins reading it saying that he’s humbled and been honored to call himself the GM or Raw for the last 9 months. He thanks Triple H and Stephanie McMahon for giving him the opportunity. He continues reading saying how he put that opportunity in jeopardy when he put Mr.Socko in Triple H’s mouth, and apologizes for it. He continues saying that he doesn’t want his action distracting people from Wrestlemania. For the good or WWE, Raw and WrestleMania, Mick Foley announces that he will take a leave of absence effective immediately.
He shows the index cards to the audience and rips them up. He says that he would say whatever he wants to say and tries to put down Triple H and Stephanie, but his mic keeps cutting in and out. Stephanie McMahon’s music hits and she comes out.
Stephanie gets in the ring and mocks Mick’s mic not working. She reminds him of his actions last week and gave him a golden opportunity to give a proper farewell address. The reason he need index cards is because she claims, Mick forgets everything. Him returning to WWE was always about him wanting to be liked by the WWE audience, and doesn’t care about what’s best for business. Stephanie says she’ll do what’s best for business and fires Mick Foley right in the middle of the ring.
Mick doesn’t say anything and begins walking out, but gets stopped by Sami Zayn who’s entrance music hits. Sami gets on the mic and says that what Stephanie is doing to Mick is wrong, just like all of her decisions as of late. Stephanie thanks him and asks him to help his broken down mentor to the back. Foley asks Sami to just walk away. Foley gets off the apron and begins limping up the ramp. Sami doesn’t follow and says that Foley has shown more class and integrity in the 9 months on Raw, than Stephanie has in her whole life. Sami says Stephanie should be ashamed of herself. Stephanie mocks Sami and says he’s not on the level to come out and questions Stephanie’s integrity, or even speak to Stephanie at all and asks him to go to the back and think about how to make it up to her.
Sami appears to walk out, but stops and says that he doesn’t want to do the smart thing, but the right thing. He was about to threaten her, but Samoa Joe’s music hits and he makes his way out. As Joe walks to the ring, Stephanie stops him and says she got it. She asks for Foley to leave and makes a match pinning Sami Zayn against Samoa Joe.
Even before the match could behind Sami runs from the ring and lands on Joe on the outside leading us into commercials.
Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe
Both men deliver an intense and aggressive start to the match with Samoa Joe holding a majority of the offence. Sami would get some offence near the ending of the match and even bust Joe open mildly after he gets thrown into the ring post. Joe would eventually lock in the Coquina Clutch and Zayn would have no choice but to tap out.
Winner: Samoa Joe
ANNOUNCERS: They announce that throughout the night they will show highlights of the ever growing feud between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman. They show one from the Royal Rumble.
We also will get an update on Rollins condition following the attack from Triple H last week.
BACKSTAGE: Mick Foley talking to Sami Zayn and saying how he appreciates what Sami did out there. Sami says that Raw needs Mick. Mick says that Raw needs Sami not him. He hugs him and says to hold the fort down. Sami thanks him and appreciates meeting him.
Mick walks and runs into Cesaro and Sheamus who both hug him. They thank him for giving them a chance. Foley is proud of them and continues to walk. He meets some 205 live talents in the back and shakes their hands. He would eventually run into Bayley and gives her a big hug. Triple H would meet him as well, and just say “have a nice day!”
Mick Foley walks out and leaves the Raw arena.
ANNOUNCERS: They recap last week when Seth Rollins returned to Raw and confronted Triple H.
The reveal that Rollins is back in Birmingham, AL doing rehab on his knee.
They interview Kevin Wilk, who is helping Seth in his rehabilitation. He says Rollins is progressing well and has come a long way, but he did re-aggravate the injury last week. He claims that Rollins will need several months to be cleared to compete. But Rollins is very motivated to compete and if he does compete, they’ll probably be seeing him the next day with more rehabilitation.
Charlotte vs. Dana Brooke
Dana would go on the attack right away and to my surprise would control the majority of the match. The ending would come quickly as Charlotte hits a big boot and pins Dana for the win.
BACKSTAGE: Stephanie McMahon is walking backstage and runs in Bayley who looks sad. Stephanie offers a hug to make her feel better. Bayley says she doesn’t need one and says that she once look up to Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie stops her and says that it takes a strong women to run a brand, and it takes a strong women to be champion, which Bayley isn’t showing as of late. Stephanie makes a rematch from last week against Nia Jax and says that if Nia wins, she gets added to the WrestleMania Women’s Championship match making it a fatal-4-way.
HIGHLIGHT REEL: Jericho comes out to a great ovation and begins by saying that the Brooklyn audience is loud tonight. He says that his guest tonight is the “real” Kevin Owens. He says that he doesn’t need Owens as he has a lot of friends and calls the audience “friends of Jericho”… “Cheer me onnnnn maaaannnnnn!”
Jericho continues saying that Owens isn’t a hit-man, and shows an image of a 16 year old Owens with a Y2J shirt. Jericho says that Owens doesn’t look like a prize fighter, and says that he was marking out man! Jericho now goes to 2014 when Owens was signed to the WWE and reached out to his idol, Chris Jericho. He shows a DM on Twitter when Owens asked him for advise.
Jericho would continue saying that Owens is always nervous, intimidates and kind of scared, of Jericho. Jericho calls himself the hero and idol for Owens and when they meet up at WrestleMania, Owens will transfer back to the 16 year old nerd wearing a Y2J shirt realizing what Owens has gotten himself into. Jericho hypes himself up as the Greatest of all time and says that at WrestleMania he will make Owens hurt more, than costing him the Universal Championship as Fastlane. Jericho would then tease about adding Kevin Owens to the List of Jericho, but wouldn’t be able to as Samoa Joe begins walking out.
Jericho gets distracted allowing Kevin Owens to come from behind and attack Jericho in the ring. Owens would hit the pop-up powerbomb on Jericho and proceed to rip up the famous list of Jericho. Owens would walk out leaving Jericho laying in the ring.
TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick
Match didn’t last too long. TJ would take the attack quickly, but a quick distraction allows Brian to hit his Sliced Bread #2 and pin for the 2 count.
Winner: Brian Kendrick
After the match Brian would get on the mic asking for Akira Tozawa. Brian would say that he’s a sitting duck, but Akira isn’t even in the country. He would then pull out Akira’s passport saying that he needs it to travel back to the USA. He teaches him another lesson to not leave stuff laying around backstage.
Personally, I would think you would need a passport to leave the country as well… so ya.
ANNOUNCERS: They recap HBK’s appearance last week warning Roman Reigns. Here’s a reminder:
ANNOUNCERS: They recap the growing feud between Brock Lesnar and Goldberg. leading to WrestleMania 33.
BACKSTAGE: Sheamus and Cesaro are talking backstage as Stephanie comes walking in saying that two men who once hated eachother are great friends. Stephanie says that Cesaro & Sheamus need to battle for their Wrestlemania spots again competing in a 4 on 2 Handicap match against Luke Gallows, Karl Anderon, Enzo and Cass. If they lose, they lose their WM spot.
Bayley (c) vs. Nia Jax
-If Nia Jax Wins She Gets Entered Into The Women’s Title Match at WrestleMania 33-
Non-Title No DQ Singles match
Nia would bring the attack early on with Bayley getting in minor offence where ever she can. But the momentum would shift once Nia smashes Bayley face-first against the ring apron. Both Charlotte & Sasha would watch from the backstage area.
Nia would generally hold the momentum in this match smashing Bayley against the barricade over and over again by the hair. Nia would grab a chair but Bayley would kick it away. Both would go back and forth a bit more, with Nia hitting the Samoan Drop and getting the 3 count win.
Winner: Nia Jax (enters the Raw Women’s Match at WrestleMania 33)
ANNOUNCERS: They remember Mae Young in celebration of March being Women’s History month. They run a video package of her amazing career.
IN RING: Michael Cole is in the ring, and introduces Triple H as being the man who made Seth Rollins WrestleMania status questionable.
Both men take a seat in the seats provided. Michael Cole asks about the news about the diagnosis of Seth Rollins heard earlier tonight. Triple H says he’s disappointing and says he wanted this match with Rollins at WrestleMania. He considered himself in the best shape in his life and that he was looking forward to it. He claims that it’s not his fault Rollins is injured, it’s Rollins fault for listening to the audience themselves. He continues saying that people like Rollins need the audience to justify that he’s good. Triple H says he never needed that, though some guys in the back need to audience to justify that they are good. Triple H says that Foley’s potato chip ear, his wobble was all done because of the audience.
He recaps when Rollins threw his crutch on the floor last week during Raw and the audience went crazy for it, another example when the audience’s cheering cost a talent his health. They show a video recap from the attack last week.
After the video, Triple H tells the audience “that’s on you, it’s your fault.” Cole goes back about a year when Triple H took Rollins under his wing. Triple H said that he saw potential in Rollins and gave him the blueprint to make it in the business. But when no one was there to pick up Rollins when he was down, Rollins cried. Triple H was the crutch that took Rollins to the top of the mountain. He find it funny how the crutch [Triple H] actually picked up a physical crutch and beat him up with it. Triple H says that he is officially done with Seth Rollins. Triple H pulls out an envelope and hands it to Cole saying that it’s a few tickets for the nose-bleeds so Rollins can feel the roar of the crowd.
Triple H looks like he would leave but then questions it. He asks for the envelope back and says that there may be a way he could fight Rollins at WrestleMania. Triple H says that he could draw up a non-sanctioned match at Wrestlemania so when Triple H leaves him hopeless, he couldn’t sue the WWE or Triple H’s family. Triple H asks the audience if that’s what they want, and tells Seth to show them that he is in deed Seth “freaking” Rollins, or just a freaking coward.
Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson (c) & Big Cass/ Enzo
-If Sheamus & Cesaro lose, they lose their spot at Wrestlemania 33-
Handicap Tag Team Match
Enzo and Cass would deliver their promo agreeing that they would try and cost Sheamus and Cesaro their match at WrestleMania 33. Before the match could begin, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows would take out their partners, Enzo and Cass. The match would start and Sheamus and Cesaro would take advantage quickly and take out Karl Anderson after Cass attacks Gallows on the apron picking up the pinfall victory.
Winners: Sheamus & Cesaro (remain in WrestleMania 33)
After the match Enzo hits the Badda-Boom-Shakka-Lakka on Karl in the ring.
BACKSTAGE: New Day are in the back to deliver a hype promo about their hosting spot at WrestleMania 33. Before the promo begins Big E and Kofi look at Xavier with Big E saying “So is there something you want to tell us?” Xavier would begin saying that he’s looking forward to Roman Reigns & Undertaker. They begin listing all the matches for the big event and end it with a “New Day Rocks” chant.
Austin Aries vs. Tony Nese
These two put on a great quick paced match with the momentum split between the two. The win would come when Aries hits a missile dropkick and delivers it up with a running forearm smash and a discus forearm.
Winner: Austin Aries
After the match Neville comes out to the stage area and threatens that he could come to the ring and obliterate Aries just as he’s done to the rest of the Cruiserweight division. But Neville says that Aries is no threat to the King, and that Aries out of control ego will make Neville’s win at WrestleMania that much more satisfying. Aries says that everyone hears the words coming out of his mouth, but what Aries sees in Neville’s eyes is the fear of stepping in the ring with Aries who is above Neville’s level.
VIDEO: Another Emma video package with… you guessed it a “coming soon” HA!
ANNOUNCERS: Goldberg and Brock Lesnar will be live on Raw next week as the go-home show for Wrestlemania 33.
BACKSTAGE: Braun is interviewed backstage and pretty much just says that he’ll destroy Roman Reigns tonight.
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
As the match begins, Roman Reigns goes on the attack quickly throwing several punches. Braun tries to fight him off but Roman keeps coming back and takes Braun to the outside. Roman tries for the drive-by, but Braun stops by a massive clothesline. Reigns gets to his feet but Braun hits a spinebuster picking up a 2 count. Braun goes on the attack and throws Roman chest first into the corner turnbuckle.
Braun would lock in a choke, but Roman fights out and manages to land a few clotheslines. He tries for a Samoan drop but Brauns size is too much as he lays him out with a running clothesline. Braun tries for a running spear in the corner but Roman moves out of the way taking Braun into the post. Roman would get the momentum behind him and manage to pick up Braun slowly and hitting the Samoan drop. Braun rolls to the outside and Roman hits the drive-by. Roman tries to continue to attack but Braun throws him against the steps. He throws one layer of the steps in the ring and tosses Reigns back in.
Braun picks up the steps but Reigns stops him with the superman punch. He tries for another but Braun catches him. He tries for the powerslam, but Roman breaks out. He hits another superman punch and sets up for the spear. But as he calls for it, the gong goes off, and the lights go black. When they come back on, The Undertaker is standing in the middle of the ring between Reigns and Braun.
Undertaker stands starring as an “Undertaker” chant begins. Braun tries to go for Taker, but he catches him and hits a choke slam. As Taker turns around Roman hits him with a quick spear.
Winner: No Contest
Roman would leave the ring and begin walking up the ramp, as in the ring Undertaker sits up and gets up on his feet. Taker slices his throat and the gong goes off again.
We end Raw with a stare down between the two men.
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