Raw is War - 25th Anniversary Edition
New York City, New York
January 22, 2018
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
We open the show live in the Manhattan Center, the site of the very first episode of Monday Night RAW in 1993. JR and Jerry “The King” Lawler welcome us to the show. Lawler is dressed in his classic “King” attire. The RAW siren is also blaring. Lawler says this will be the biggest RAW ever!
They then send it over to the Barclay Center. Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Booker T are at ringside tonight.
Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon are in the ring together to kick off the show. Stephanie welcomes us to the 25th anniversary of Monday Night RAW. That gets a huge ovation. Shane says we’re live from the Manhattan Center and in Brooklyn, New York. 25 years is a major accomplishment. On behalf of hte McMahon family and the company, they thank every superstar that has stepped through the ropes to make RAW what it is. They also thank the unsung heroes, including cameramen and production crew. Most importantly, they thank the fans. Whether they’re joining them for over 25 years or just joining them, the fans are the reason RAW is what it is.
Video Package: 25 years of Monday Night RAW
Stephanie thanks them for being a part of the 25 years, but they’re just getting started. They have one very special person to truly thank for all this. A huge roar is building. One person made all this possible and without whom none of us would be here. She introduces the Chairman of WWE, the creator of Monday Night RAW, their father, Vincent Kennedy McMahon!
Vince McMahon comes out to a huge ovation doing his trademark walk. The crowd sings his song, “No Chance In Hell.” Vince gets the crowd going. Vince looks like he’s lost weight. 25 years is truly amazing. A loud “Thank you Vince” chant picks up, and Vince warns them not to start that. Stephanie reminds him that they’re thanking him. Vince doesn’t like to pat himself on the back for his achievements and doesn’t like to smell the roses for long, but tonight he’ll smell the roses.
Vince gets ready to leave, but Stephanie says they have a surprise for him. This isn’t just from Shane and herself or from everyone. This is from people from all over the world. They started a Go Fund Me account to present to him a commemorative plaque for 25 years of Monday Night RAW. They present a dinky little plaque to Vince. Vince doesn’t look impressed. Vince says it feels cheap, but then again they are here in Brooklyn. The crowd lets out a big groan. Vince can’t believe everyone chipped in to give him a plaque. A huge “YES” chant picks up. Plaque is what each of them have on their teeth. Plaque is what is clogging their arteries from sucking down hamburgers and hot dogs. After 25 years, all he gets is a plaque. Vince has one person to thank for all this. A loud “ASSHOLE” chant picks up. Vince thanks himself because he did it all by himself!
THE GLASS SHATTERS AND STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN MAKES HIS WAY TO THE RING TO A THUNDEROUS RECEPTION!! Austin does his trademark salutes on all four corners of the ring. Austin gets in the center of the ring and stares a hole through Vince. The crowd is loudly buzzing. They give the “WHAT” treatment to Vince. Vince says Austin looks great, but Mother Nature hasn’t been too kind to him. He’s a member of AARP and has heart problems with a murmur that won’t go away. Vince says he has arthritis and his bones are brittle. Vince says times have changed, and he is now a senior citizen. However, Shane is in his prime. Shane looks incredulous! Shane then goes to raise Austin’s arm, and they circle the ring. Austin then gives Shane a Stone Cold Stunner!
Vince grabs two beers and says he doesn’t blame him because Shane had it coming. This is for old times’ sake. A loud “ONE MORE TIME” chant picks up. Vince doesn’t think Shane can take one more time. Vince hands Austin a beer, and they toast. They slowly go to drink before embracing in the center of the ring. Vince raises Austin’s arm. They toast one more time and hug again. Vince goes to leave, but stops when Austin’s music stops. Vince looks worried. A loud “YES” chant fires up. Austin toasts again and drinks. Austin then flips him off and gives Vince McMahon the Stone Cold Stunner!
Austin toasts on the ring posts and smashes the beer. Austin gives Shane, who has just gotten to his feet a beer and toasts him. Austin then gives him another Stone Cold Stunner, and Shane sprays beer everywhere as he hits the mat!
WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, Kane, and Braun Strowman are all here live tonight. We’ll also see Roman Reigns defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against The Miz.
The Undertaker returns to WWE for the first time since WrestleMania!
Coming up next, we’ll have an eight-woman tag team match with Asuka, Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Mickie James taking on Nia Jax, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, and Alicia Fox.
Nia Jax attacks Asuka from behind, and a huge brawl breaks out between all eight women. The match hasn’t even started yet. The referee gets control.
Asuka starts against Sonya Deville. Asuka punches and kicks away at her before hitting the ropes and hitting a flying hip attack. Asuka kicks away at Deville’s chest, and she rolls out of the ring. Paige checks on Deville at ringside.
We come back from the break to see Asuka kicking away at Mandy Rose. Rose reverses a whip, but Asuka knocks off half the heel team. Asuka takes Rose down and hits a low dropkick. Sasha Banks tags in, and they hit a double-team suplex. Rose quickly rolls to her corner and tags in Nia Jax. Jax gets a big ovation coming into the match. Jax shoves her off, but Banks kicks her and dropkicks her in the knee before hitting a running knee for a one count. Jax quickly gets to her feet and viciously slams her down. Jax saunters around the ring before covering for a near fall. Rose tags back in, and she stomps Banks down before tagging Deville in. Deville punches away at Banks before tagging in Alicia Fox. Fox hits a northern lights suplex for a near fall. Fox applies a chin lock and cinches it in for a bit. Banks fights up, but Fox slams her down for a one count. Fox then goes back to the chin lock. Banks gets out and hits an arm drag, but Fox is quickly up and connects with a big boot for a near fall. Banks backs her to the corner, but Fox pulls her down by the hair.
We come back from the break to see Fox still dominating Banks. Banks kicks her away and goes to the second rope, but Deville knocks her off. A huge brawl breaks out at ringside. Banks sidesteps a big boot from Fox and applies the Bank Statement for the win.
Asuka knocks Mickie James over the top rope before backhanding Bayley and dumping her over the top rope. Banks attacks Asuka, but Asuka superkicks her and throws her out of the ring! If this was the Royal Rumble, she’d be the winner right now. Asuka celebrates in the ring, and the crowd loves it.
Kurt Angle is talking with a referee backstage. Tonight is about celebration and not chaos. Braun Strowman, Brock Lesnar, and Kane will be in the ring at the same time, and they can’t afford an incident. Jonathan Coachman comes in and hugs Angle. The Coach says Angle is doing a great job. It’s awesome to see so many people he hasn’t seen in a while. Harvey Whippleman and Brooklyn Brawler come in. Teddy Long then jumps in and dances to a thunderous ovation. Brother Love then comes in and talks about how excited he is before saying he loves them. Another knock at the door… and it’s The Boogeyman! Boogeyman laughs and has worms coming out of his mouth. Boogeyman takes worms out of his mouth and puts them in The Coach’s hand before simply leaving.
The Undertaker returns… NEXT!
Still photos are shown from some of the best RAW highlights through the last 25 years.
We’re live from the Manhattan Center now. JR and Jerry “The King” Lawler welcome us back to the show. Lawler says he can’t wait for the puppies. JR tells him to stop. Lawler says “happy hour” to JR is nap time. JR then starts talking about Undertaker’s victim list.
Video Package: The Undertaker’s phenomenal career
The bell tolls in the Manhattan Center, and the crowd comes to their feet. Howard Finkel announces The Undertaker as he makes his slow walk down the aisle with no special effects. The crowd is loudly cheering him. A loud “Holy shit” chant picks up. Undertaker has grown out his hair. Undertaker stands in the ring and listens to a thunderous, “Undertaker” chant. Undertaker says the carnage began on this sacred ground of evil 25 years ago. For 25 years, he’s been digging holes and any person who dares to step foot on the dark side got buried. For 25 years, he’s taken legends, ripped them off their pedestals, and thrown them in the cold, dark earth. Stone Cold answered to the reaper. Mick Foley answered to the reaper. Even his own flesh and blood, Kane, had to answer to the reaper! They all tried… they all failed.
“Now, on this sacred ground, I declare for all of those who have fallen, it is truly time you rest… in… peace.” The crowd starts up a “One more match” chant, but he doesn’t address it.
The Miz will face Roman Reigns for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, next.
The old APA office is set up. The APA of Ron Simmons and JBL are playing poker with Heath Slater and Rhyno. JBL lays down a full house and takes his money. Slater says he has kids. JBL says their daddy is broke. Someone comes in and throws down a wad of cash. It’s “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase! DiBiase asks what their price is and laughs. DiBiase gets a huge reaction.
They’re introducing some of the greatest General Managers in Monday Night RAW history. John Laurinaitis comes out first to some boos. Laurinaitis is in a bright red suit. William Regal is out next and gets some NXT chants. Finally, they send out Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan. Bryan then starts a huge “YES” chant. Bischoff, Laurinaitis, and Regal do a “YES” chant as well.
The Miz cuts off the festivities and comes out with The Miztourage. Miz and Bryan go face to face. Miz smirks and walks off. WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns is out next to thunderous boos from the crowd.
JoJo does the introductions in the ring. The Miz gets a loud ovation, but Reigns is loudly and completely booed.
The bell rings, and the crowd starts a loud, “Roman sucks” chant. They circle the ring and lock up. Reigns throws him down, and the crowd boos. They circle the ring again, and Miz gets out of the ring. Reigns grabs him, but Miz elbows him away. Miz comes off the top rope, but Reigns uppercuts him. Reigns goes outside and tries for a Drive By Dropkick, but Bo Dallas gets in the way. Reigns punches him down. Reigns approaches Curtis Axel before sidestepping a baseball slide from Miz. Reigns punches him and gets on the apron. Axel grabs his ankle, and Miz big boots Reigns to the floor. Miz then sends him into the ring steps.
We come back from the break to see Reigns clothesline Miz twice before connecting with a leaping clothesline. Reigns gets him in the corner and connects with ten clubs before hitting the ropes and nailing him with a big boot. Reigns sets up for a Superman Punch, but Miz gets out of the ring. Reigns follows him out and hits a Drive By Dropkick. Reigns gets him in the ring and charges, but Miz sidesteps him. Reigns hits the ring post shoulder first. Miz then rolls him up and gets his feet on the ropes for leverage, but Reigns still kicks out. Miz starts connecting with the “IT” kicks. Reigns blocks the big kick and connects with a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Reigns takes some time to get out of the ring and hits The Miztourage with a Drive By Dropkick. Reigns sends Axel into the apron and sends Dallas face-first into the ring post. Reigns then sends Axel into the crowd. Miz attacks him from behind and gets him in the ring for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Reigns gets out. Reigns hits a Superman Punch for a near fall.
Reigns gets himself pumped up and goes to the corner. Dallas holds Reigns’ leg, and Miz hits his patented corner clothesline. The referee looks out at The Miztourage and yells at them before ejecting them from ringside! Miz begs the referee to reconsider. Reigns rolls Miz up for a near fall. Reigns then hits Dallas and Axel with a Superman Punch! Miz immediately catches him with a Skull Crushing Finale for a near fall! Both men are down. Miz gets up and goes for another Skull Crushing Finale, but Reigns elbows out. Miz goes to the corner and sidesteps Reigns! Reigns hits an exposed turnbuckle! Miz follows up with the Skull Crushing Finale for the win!
While Reigns was attacking The Miztourage at ringside, The Miz removed that turnbuckle cover. The Miz celebrates with The Miztourage and the WWE Intercontinental Championship on the stage.
Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, and Kane will all be live in the ring. D-Generation X will reform later tonight.
More still photos are shown from some of the great Monday Night RAW moments.
We’re back at the APA office. The group has grown to include Jeff Hardy, MVP, and The Usos. MVP wins a hand of poker.
Christian is back with The Peep Show. Christian says there are a lot of peeps in Brooklyn tonight. Christian welcomes them to The Peep Show and says he misses the crowd. Christian knows a little something about tag teams – he was a 9-time Tag Team Champion. He’s seen enough to see it all… or so he thought. His guests tonight won the RAW Tag Team Championships on their very first night. His guests are Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan make their way to the ring. Christian welcomes them to the show. Rollins says it’s been… Jordan cuts him off and says it’s been amazing. Jordan gets loudly booed. Jordan says he knows they’re out here to talk about their upcoming title defense, but before he does he just wants to say (he’s cut off by the boos) it is an honor to be in Christian’s presence, as well as all the superstars and legends. The boos are getting louder and louder. Jordan says he wanted to thank the crowd for all their continued support, but not now. Most of all, he thanks his father Kurt Angle for assembling this incredible collection of talent. Jordan says his dad doesn’t suck. Jordan asks the crowd to give his dad a big round of applause.
The Bar makes their way to the stage. Sheamus says Jordan has got it all wrong. The superstars and legends have been lining up all day to get their photos and autographs because they don’t just set the bar… they are The Bar! Those same superstars and legends had the exact same sentiments in thinking they’ll reclaim their RAW Tag Team Championships this Sunday. Sheamus says they were thanked in advance for doing so. They get in the ring. Cesaro says it is not Jordan’s dad who sucks. Jordan sucks. The crowd loudly applauds and chants, “You suck.” The Bar then sings, “You suck” to Kurt Angle’s theme. Jordan attacks them, and Rollins clotheslines Sheamus out of the ring. Rollins then hits Sheamus with a suicide dive. Jordan holds Cesaro up. Rollins comes off the top rope with a springboard knee, but Cesaro moves and Jordan takes the move! The Bar retreats looking pleased.
Charly Caruso is backstage with Alexa Bliss. She asks if she’ll be champion by WrestleMania. Bliss sneers and asks what kind of question that is. Bliss says she’s not just a champion. She’s a goddess. Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair comes up and says the only reason she’s the champion is because she’s on Smackdown Live. Flair doesn’t think Bliss will be champion by WrestleMania. Bliss doesn’t have the size or the pedigree. To be the woman, you’ve got to beat the woman. If you don’t believe her, ask her father. Ric Flair comes up to her. Flair says Bliss is lovely and may be the champion tonight, but Charlotte will be the champion tonight, tomorrow, next week, next month, at WrestleMania, the night after WrestleMania, and until she decides to hang up her robe. Flair and Charlotte let out a big “WOO!”
A video package highlights the career of Edge.
Titus Worldwide and Natalya have joined the APA card game. Natalya beats Heath Slater, who keeps losing tonight. Dana Brooke says she crunched the numbers and determined that Slater has lost a lot of money tonight.
We’re back at the Manhattan Center, and Bray Wyatt makes his entrance. The crowd starts chanting, “DELETE.” “Woken” Matt Hardy makes his entrance. The crowd is much more subdued. This is the second segment in nearly two hours at the Manhattan Center.
Hardy blocks a right hand and punches Wyatt. Wyatt quickly goes for Sister Abigail, but Hardy gets out. Hardy clotheslines him in the corner and beats him down. Wyatt pushes him off. Hardy ducks a clothesline and hits a Russian leg sweep before going to the second rope for an elbow. Loud “DELETE” chants. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but Wyatt shoves him off. Wyatt then floors him with a flying body block.
We come back from the break to see Hardy hit a jawbreaker and connect with some right hands. Hardy bounces him off the turnbuckles while the crowd chants, “DELETE.” Hardy clotheslines him in the corner and goes for a bulldog, but Wyatt pushes him off. Hardy sidesteps him, and Wyatt arcs his back. Hardy laughs and is bleeding from the mouth. Wyatt charges into a Side Effect from Hardy for a two count. More “DELETE” chants. Hardy goes for a Twist of Fate, but Wyatt shoves him into the ropes. Wyatt snaps him off the ropes and hits Sister Abigail for the win.
We’re back at the Barclays Center now. JoJo is welcoming some of the greatest female superstars in the history of WWE. The Bella Twins, a very pregnant Maryse, Kelly Kelly, Lilian Garcia, Jacqueline, Torrie Wilson, Michelle McCool, Terri Runnels, a very pregnant Maria Kanellis, and Trish Stratus (huge ovation).
Elias is walking backstage when he bumps into Chris Jericho. Jericho gets a HUGE reaction. There is a thunderous “Y2J” chant. Jericho notices Elias’ scarf and wrote a song about Elias. Jericho asks if he can use his guitar, but Elias declines. Jericho says he has his own. Jericho sings that he doesn’t want to walk with Elias. Why? He’ll give you the gist. He’s a stupid idiot. Elias just… Elias just… Jericho holds up The List of Jericho and laughs before saying he got Elias. Jericho then says he’s just kidding because Elias JUST MADE THE LIST!
More still photos are shown from the 25 years of RAW. The Empire State Building is shown lit up in RAW red tonight.
Elias is in the center of the ring. Elias greets the crowd, plays a riff, and asks who wants to walk with Elias. 25 years of Monday Night RAW. It took them 25 years to find him, but WWE finally got it right. The WWE he’s talking about stands for Walk With Elias! Elias seems pleased. Elias has a song and wants them to silence their phones and shut their mouths. The crowd boos. Elias says he won’t sing if that’s the case. Elias then reconsiders and says the legends need to hear this one. A “Stupid Idiot” chant fires up. Elias says he’ll leave if that’s how they feel, and the crowd cheers. Elias sits back down and says he couldn’t possibly do that because Jimmy Fallon is right here. Jimmy Fallon is shown at ringside. Some boos pick up for Fallon. Elias will show him how it’s done. Elias plays a blues riff and says HBK ran from him. Undertaker is a decrepit old man and should sit in the stands. Chris Jericho is a big phony. In the past, he stunk. As far as The Rock, Rocky still sucks. Forgive him if he forgets any names. Elias is here and is changing the game. John Cena isn’t a legend. Cena is like Brooklyn because he has no balls. It’s the Royal Rumble, and he’s gonna win…
John Cena’s music hits, and he comes out to a big reception. Cena gets in the ring and says the crowd is loud and awake. Just so Elias knows, both himself and Brooklyn have balls because they’re in the crowd right now. A security guard obviously takes the ball away. An “asshole” chant fires up. Cena says they gotta keep it PG. 25 years of Monday Night RAW. Elias gets in the ring and says, “Shut your damn mouth” to a big ovation. No one wants to hear Cena. The crowd is here to hear Elias. Cena ruined it. Cena tells him to do something about it and takes off his shirt. Cena offers his chin for Elias to hit. Elias says that’s not how it works. Elias doesn’t take orders from Cena or these Brooklyn scumbags. Elias goes to leave before trying to sneak attack Cena. Cena hits a pair of shoulder tackles before hitting a back suplex powerbomb. Cena hits the 5 Knuckle Shuffle before trying for an Attitude Adjustment. Elias slides off and hits a huge low blow! Cena collapses to the mat in pain. Elias goes outside and grabs his guitar. Elias then smashes the guitar off Cena’s back! A “YES” chant picks up. Cena tries to pull himself up, so Elias drops him with The Drift Away. Elias then walks off.
The commentators run down the Royal Rumble card for this Sunday.
The New Day are in the APA’s office with all the rest of the crowd. Heath Slater is revealed to be cheating. JBL says this is a game for civilized people. If they want to fight, they should go to the ring. DiBiase just laughs and shows a royal flush. DiBiase takes all the money and throws away the pancake. Ron Simmons looks down at DiBiase, takes a good long moment, and says, “DAMN!”
Mark Henry is walking backstage when he bumps into The Godfather! Godfather introduces Henry to a young woman. Godfather says Henry used to be Sexual Chocolate. Henry says he’s changed, but Godfather has stayed the same. Henry then reintroduces himself to the woman, and Godfather says that’s his wife. Godfather says, “Like you said, we’ve all grown up.”
Titus O’Neil and Rhyno trade chops to start the match. Apollo Crews tags in and wrenches the arm. Rhyno turns it and tags in Heath Slater. Slater wrenches the arm, but Crews whips him off. Crews then dropkicks him down. Crews then executes a delayed vertical suplex.
We come back from the break to see a brawl break out between the two teams, and the referee throws the match out.
The Dudley Boyz’ music immediately hits, and they make their way to the ring. Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley get in the ring. Titus Worldwide, Slater, and Rhyno get out of the ring. A loud “We want tables” chant picks up. They throw Slater into the ring. Slater yells at them before turning into a scoop slam from Bubba Ray. They then hit the “WASSUP” head-butt to the genitals. Corey Graves says they should update it to “Dilly, dilly!” The crowd loudly screams, “GET THE TABLES!” D-Von retrieves the table. The Dudley Boyz then give Slater the 3D through the table! Michael Cole says this is one of the oddest segments he’s ever seen.
Charly Caruso says with no expression that The Dudley Boyz are one of the greatest of all time. AJ Styles comes up and says this is the 25th anniversary of RAW and has arranged for someone to do the interview with him. Styles then introduces “Mean” Gene Okerlund! Okerlund says this is an historic night. Styles has his hands full in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. Styles impersonates Hulk Hogan and says, “WELL LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, MEAN GENE!” Styles then stops that. Styles says Owens and Zayn think they’ll take the title, but they won’t take the title from him. Styles will hit them hard and fast, but he’ll retain the title.
The D-Generation X reunion is next!
More still photos are shown from past RAWs, including a photo of CM Punk and one of Hulk Hogan.
We’re back at the Manhattan Center. It’s time for the D-Generation X reunion.
D-Generation X makes their way to the ring to a good reaction, but the crowd is pretty dead at the Manhattan Center. DX right now is just Shawn Michaels and Triple H. A “DX” chant picks up. HBK says it’s been 25 years and people have been asking him for his most favorite moments. Michaels can’t remember 25 minutes ago. Michaels says one of his favorites was that time they had that sausage kielbasa thing. HBK then tries to tell the story of when they had the Santa hats on their private areas. HBK says he used to be the boss of this group, but now Triple H is the boss of everything. Triple H says this is the place where it all started 25 years ago. The crowd lit the spark that started the fire that became the inferno that is WWE. 25 years later, they’re here because of the crowd. 20 years ago, he and HBK started something special in this ring. They’d come to the ring every week with “Ravishing” Rick Rude and “The 9th Wonder of the World” Chyna. They did whatever the hell they wanted and say whatever the hell they wanted. DX has always been at the forefront of this whether it was being on the first RAW or driving a tank to WCW and starting a war or being here tonight for the 25th anniversary. The Manhattan Center for RAW is home. DX will be at the forefront of the next 25 years. It’s time to start that right now. Are you ready? Triple H then asks again. They didn’t come alone.
The New Age Outlaws make their way to the ring. “Road Dogg” Jesse James and “Bad Ass” Billy Gunn. Road Dogg goes through his old schtick before introducing X-Pac to the ring. A “1-2-3” chant picks up. X-Pac looks moved by that. This is a DX reunion, but they can’t have a 25th anniversary celebration without this guy… Razor Ramon! “Razor Ramon” Scott Hall makes his way to the ring.
We come back from the break to hear Scott Hall say, “Hey yo…” Everybody knows you can’t have a party on RAW without The Bad Guy. Hall has been watching the show from both locations. This RAW 25 thing is just too sweet.
The Balor Club makes their way to the ring to a big reception! Finn Balor, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows get in the ring. The Balor Club and DX then do a “Too Sweet” hand signal to a good round of applause. The Revival then make their way to the ring. Mike Chioda gets in the ring in the old blue referee shirt and a black bow tie.
Dash and Dawson attack Anderson and Gallows from behind before the match starts. Wilder clotheslines Anderson to start the match and tags in Dawson. Dawson kicks Anderson and connects with a back elbow. Dawson drops a leg and stares at Gallows. Wilder tags back in and takes him down before applying a side headlock. Anderson runs him of, but Dawson is tagged in. Anderson takes him down with a leg lariat.
Gallows and Wilder are tagged in. Gallows clotheslines him before hitting an avalanche. Gallows big boots him before hitting a roundhouse on Wilder. They hit the Magic Killer for the win.
DX and Ramon celebrate with The Balor Club. Dawson turns Ramon around. Ramon throws his toothpick in his face. X-Pac hits the X-Factor. Road Dogg hits the Shake, Rattle, and Roll before Billy Gunn hits a Fame-ass-er. HBK hits some Sweet Chin Music on Wilder before Triple H drops him with a Pedigree. Balor then hits the Coup de Grace. Gunn says, “If you’re not down with that, we’ve got two words for ya…” The crowd finishes with an enthusiastic, “SUCK IT!”
Back at the Barclay’s Center, Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring with a bunch of legends. The rest of the mid to lower RAW roster then comes out. The New Day is also there. Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, and Kane will be out, next.
Kurt Angle says this Sunday at the Royal Rumble PPV, the Universal Championship will be defended in a triple threat match. Angle then introduces Braun Strowman. Strowman comes out to a big reception. Kane then is introduced. A few superstars get in the ring to keep Strowman back from Kane. They form a line between the two behemoths.
Paul Heyman then comes out. Paul Heyman says he’s here to bring us something relevant – his client. His client isn’t isn’t here for a nostalgia trip. His client is here for a fight! The WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is introduced. The superstars all empty out. Strowman clotheslines Kane and leaves the ring. Lesnar absolutely kills Strowman with a clothesline outside before hitting Kane with an F5 in the ring. Strowman gets in and avoids a German Suplex before clotheslining him over the top rope. Strowman launches him into the barricade and clears the commentary off. Strowman then gives Lesnar a Running Powerslam through the table.