Raw is War
March 19, 2018
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
WWE Hall of Famer and RAW General Manager Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring to chants of “You suck.” Loving chants, that is. Angle will team with Ronda Rousey to take on Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania. Angle welcomes them to the show. Unfortunately he has to start off with some bad news — Roman Reigns’ suspension is still in effect and will not be here tonight. There are boos for that. Brock Lesnar isn’t here yet, but Mr. McMahon reassured him that he will be here tonight.
Angle wants to talk about the Tag Team Battle Royal. Braun Strowman entered without a partner and won without a partner. Angle has to think about what will happen…
Roman Reigns comes out through the crowd, and there are loud boos for him, but the crowd is definitely buzzing. Angle asks if Reigns realizes that he’s trespassing. Reigns says he doesn’t care. Lesnar wasn’t here last week or the week before that. Someone has to be here to represent the main event of WrestleMania. Angle assures him that Lesnar will be here. Angle reminds him that he’s suspended. Reigns asks why he’s suspended: for telling the truth? Angle gets that he’s upset, but he’ll get him in three weeks at WrestleMania. All he has to do is wait. Angle tells him to be patient. Reigns will have Lesnar in the palm of his hands at WrestleMania 34. Reigns says he understands, but he still doesn’t care. This is Dallas, Texas, and he made a whole bunch of memories up in here. Reigns won’t leave the ring until he makes one more tonight. Reigns tells him to talk to whoever he has to and tell them he’s not leaving HIS ring until he gets Brock Lesnar. Angle leaves the ring while Reigns grabs a chair and sits down in the middle of the ring.
Security is making their way to the ring. They’re actually U.S. Marshalls. The three men get in the ring with handcuffs and Miranda Rights cards. They start to read Reigns his rights. Reigns willingly gives his hands to be handcuffed. The crowd is booing this. They lead Reigns out of the ring. One of them grabs his arm, and Reigns shakes him off. Reigns then attacks them with back elbows and unloads on one guard. Reigns then attacks the other two and stomps away at them.
Brock Lesnar’s music hits, and Reigns realizes that he’s handcuffed in the ring! Lesnar charges down to the ring. Reigns tries to pick up the chair, but Lesnar is too quick and gives him a German Suplex! Lesnar then unloads on Reigns’ back with steel chairs before giving him another German Suplex. Lesnar is slowly picking him apart now with another chair shot and a third German Suplex. The crowd is hushed and booing slightly. Michael Cole calls this “an iniquitous attack.” Lesnar then smashes the chair off his back two more times. Lesnar then shouts, “Suplex City, bitch.” Lesnar then leaves the ring while the crowd boos. Paul Heyman hands him his WWE Universal Championship. Lesnar then puts it down and takes off his shirt. Lesnar gets in the ring and smashes the chair off Reigns’ back a number of times before giving him another devastating German Suplex. Lesnar leaves the ring and takes his championship. Referees get in the ring to assist Reigns. Lesnar then gets in the ring again and hits Reigns with an F5! Lesnar then poses before leaving the ring and charging to the back with Paul Heyman.
EMTs make their way to the ring with a stretcher. They put the board in the ring and load Reigns onto it. Some lame fans are trying to start a “You deserve it” chant, but it’s not getting picked up. The crowd is mostly hushed.
Brock Lesnar’s music hits, and he runs down! Reigns is actually yelling for this not to happen again. Lesnar tips over the stretcher! Lesnar says he’ll see him at WrestleMania.
Replays are shown of what just happened with Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns.
We go backstage to see Roman Reigns being loaded into an ambulance. The commentators talk about what they’ve just seen.
Video Package: Alexa Bliss interrupts Asuka’s reasoning for facing Charlotte Flair. Bliss then unknowingly was caught on camera shaming Nia Jax.
Alexa Bliss will take on Asuka, next.
Alexa Bliss makes her way to the ring with Mickie James. She’ll face Asuka, next.
Alexa Bliss is in the ring with a microphone. Bliss says last week she said some things that were very wrong. She didn’t know that she was being broadcast around the world. Her and Mickie were just joking around and having “girl talk.” There’s nothing else to say except that she’s sorry… that she didn’t speak the truth sooner. Bliss smugly smiles. The word “sorry” doesn’t fit in her vocabulary. She doesn’t feel one ounce of remorse. Jax was humiliated in front of the entire world, and she loved every second of it. Mickie James is pleased with this. Bliss says she never liked Jax… she used her. How could Jax actually think someone like Bliss would be friends with her? Bliss says she feels like a whole weight is lifted off her shoulders. She feels like she dropped 300 pounds of sad, pathetic loser. Bliss tells the crowd to save their pity boos for someone who cares. Now that Jax isn’t weighing her down, she’ll end Asuka’s undefeated streak.
We join the match in progress, and Bliss is dominating Asuka. Bliss stretches her against the ropes and snaps her head on the top rope. Asuka kicks back at her from the ground, but Bliss quickly cuts her off. Bliss distracts the referee while Mickie James tries to get a cheap shot in. Bliss attacks Asuka and throws her out of the ring. James then gets a cheap kick in to the spine. Bliss goes outside and slams her head off the apron before putting her in the ring for a one count. Bliss applies a chin lock. Asuka fights up and kicks out of the hold. Bliss jumps over a leg sweep and dropkicks her for a two count. Bliss grabs her by the hair and applies a chin lock. Asuka gets out, and something gets mistimed. Asuka then takes her out with a running hip attack. Asuka attacks her in the corner and knees her in the face. Asuka hits the ropes and hits a sliding kick to the face for a near fall. Asuka goes to the second rope, and James gets on the apron to distract her. Bliss quickly forearms Asuka down. Bliss then kicks her out of the ring. James then gets another cheap shot in. Bliss puts Asuka back in the ring for a two count. Bliss then goes back to the chin lock. Asuka fights up and takes her down before kicking away at her. Bliss fights back and picks up a two count. Bliss then angrily throws her out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Bliss step on Asuka before going to the top rope. Asuka cuts her off and hooks the head for a superplex. Bliss blocks it and head-butts her off. Bliss then hits code red off the second rope for a near fall! Bliss throws a temper tantrum in the ring. Bliss bends her back and talks trash, but Asuka fights back. Bliss then hits a neckbreaker off her knee and goes for a standing moonsault, but Asuka gets away and attacks her. Asuka goes for the Asuka Lock, but Bliss fights it. Asuka cradles her for a near fall. Asuka then applies an ankle lock. Bliss tries to twist out, but Asuka holds on. James then grabs Bliss’ hand, but Asuka drags her away. Bliss then claws to the bottom rope to break the hold, and James pulls her out of the ring to help her recover. James is helping Bliss off, and she’s counted out.
Alexa Bliss and Mickie James are hobbling up the ramp when Nia Jax’s music hits! Bliss runs away, and Jax steamrolls James. Bliss runs around the ring and jumps over the barricade, but Jax grabs her. James attacks her to help Bliss escape. Jax then sends her head-first into the LED apron. Jax screams before chasing Bliss through the crowd.
John Cena wants an answer from The Undertaker, tonight. Coming up next, we’ll hear from Braun Strowman.
Kurt Angle is in his office when Alexa Bliss angrily charges in. She says Nia Jax is out of control and should be suspended, no arrested. Angle says he’s had enough arrests for tonight. Angle says he saw what Nia Jax did, but he heard what Alexa Bliss said. Everyone did, including his daughters. The RAW Women’s Champion should be a role model, not a bully. He’s giving Nia Jax a match against Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship… at WrestleMania! Bliss looks devastated.
Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring to a big reception. A “Get these hands” chant lightly picks up. Strowman says he won the RAW Tag Team Battle Royal by himself last week. Strowman carved a path of destruction and is now going to WrestleMania. Management informed him that he has to have a partner. Strowman doesn’t think he needs a partner. As a matter of fact, he knows he can win those Tag Titles by himself because he is the Monster Among Men.
The Bar’s music hits, and the RAW Tag Team Champions make their way to the ring. Sheamus tells him to hold on because he’s out of his mind if he thinks he can beat the two of them by himself. Sheamus knows he won that Battle Royal by himself, but throwing people over the top rope is different than beating the greatest tag team in the history of WWE. Cesaro says becoming a good tag team doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years to build up that trust and chemistry. They have to do everything together, including sleep. Sheamus says he means they room together. They optimize their sleep to optimize their training. Strowman doesn’t stand a chance against them at WrestleMania. They don’t just set The Bar… Strowman tells them to shut the hell up. Sheamus is furious he cut off their catchphrase. Sheamus says they’ve beaten every tag team on RAW. Strowman and his partner will be no different. The beating Brock Lesnar gave to Roman Reigns is nothing compared to what they’ll give him and his partner at WrestleMania. Strowman says he has a partner for WrestleMania and gets to face one of them right now. Strowman asks which one wants to “get these hands.”
Strowman grabs Cesaro and throws him to the corner before clubbing him. Strowman then whips him hard into the corner. Strowman sends him to the corner and avalanches him. Strowman sends him to the corner again, and Cesaro rolls up the turnbuckle and falls out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Cesaro fighting Strowman back. Cesaro goes for a suplex, but Strowman blocks it easily. Cesaro then gets him over the top rope. Cesaro kicks him back and hits a baseball slide. Cesaro grabs him at ringside, but Strowman comes back with a flapjack on the barricade. Strowman then intimidates Sheamus into backing up. Cesaro tries for a sneak attack, but Strowman grabs him and slams him into the barricade. Strowman throws him back into the ring and charges, but he hits the ring post shoulder-first when Cesaro sidesteps him. Cesaro then dropkicks him back into the post. Cesaro uppercuts away at him before going for a Neutralizer. Strowman easily gets out of it and throws him over the top rope. Cesaro quickly comes back by snapping him off the top rope. Cesaro hits a springboard twisting uppercut for a one count. Strowman punches him out of mid-air when he tries it again. Strowman goes for a Running Powerslam, but Sheamus distracts him. Strowman goes outside and runs over Sheamus. Strowman gets in the ring and goes for an avalanche, but Cesaro moves. Strowman catches him out of mid-air and gives him a Powerslam for the win.
John Cena wants an answer from The Undertaker tonight. Coming up also will be Matt Hardy taking on Bray Wyatt in The Ultimate Deletion.
Matt Hardy is shown in his living room with Queen Rebecca playing the piano. Señor Benjamin is there as well. Hardy talks to Vanguard One, the drone, to scan the property for the consumer of terrestrial entities. Hardy orders Señor Benjamin to prepare the battlefield for annihilation.
Titus O’Neil starts against Dash Wilder, and Scott Dawson quickly gets involved. O’Neil holds them off for a time, but they overtake him. Dawson quickly punches away at him and stomps him in the corner. They then double-team O’Neil. Wilder tags back in and stomps O’Neil. Apollo tags in and takes them out before hitting Dawson with a standing moonsault for a two count. Apollo fights them off and rolls up Dawson for a two count. Dawson pulls O’Neil off the apron and drives him back-first into the LED apron. Apollo then hits him with a plancha. Apollo punches Dawson back and hits a cross-body block, but Dawson rolls through. Apollo doesn’t realize Wilder blind tagged in, and they hit him with Shatter Machine for the win.
Charly Caruso gets in the ring and asks for their path to WrestleMania. Dash Wilder says there is no tag team on earth more qualified to go for the Tag Team Titles. They’re going to be the first tag team to win the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Video Package: Mark Henry is the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame: Class of 2018
Bayley and Sasha Banks will face Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose, next.
Bayley makes her way to the ring first.
Before Absolution comes out, Sasha Banks says Bayley shouldn’t run away from her. Bayley should confront her face-to-face. Banks says she wants to fix this. She knows she hurt Bayley’s feelings at Elimination Chamber, but it was every woman for themselves. Banks says she wasn’t trying to hurt their friendship. She was trying to win the RAW Women’s Title. Now she wants to win the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal. Bayley hasn’t been trying to win anything because she walked out on her twice. Banks says she still forgives her. Bayley grabs a microphone and says she was angry after Elimination Chamber, but she helped her win a match. Bayley can’t get over what she did at Elimination Chamber. It’s not even about what she did. It was how she did it. She knows Banks does what she has to do to win the matches. The look on her face after she did it with the glare and the smirk ate at her core. Banks grabbed her hand, kicked her off the pod, watched her fall, and smiled. Banks is supposed to be her best friend, so why was it so easy to knock her down like it meant nothing?
Absolution’s music hits, and Paige is laughing. Her ladies will show these whiny little girls how real women settle the score.
Sasha Banks will start against Sonya Deville. Banks powers her to the corner and shoulders away at her. Banks slaps her in the face, but Deville soon sidesteps her and knocks Bayley out of the ring. Banks is then thrown out of the ring next to Bayley.
We come back from the break to see Bayley making a comeback against Mandy Rose. Banks soon blind tags in and pushes Bayley away before covering Rose for a one count. They then get into a little argument. Rose sidesteps double knees and slams her down. Deville tags in, and they double-team Banks. Deville hits a snapmare and knees her in the back before applying a body scissor. Banks tries to fight out, but Deville controls her. Rose tags in and knees Banks for a near fall. The crowd is totally silent for this match. Rose applies a modified abdominal stretch, but Banks counters out with a hip toss. Rose quickly dropkicks her down and tags in Deville. Deville kicks away at her before tagging Rose back in. Banks tries to get out and tag in Bayley, but she’s attacked. Bayley looked like she didn’t want to tag Banks out.
Bayley then tags in and makes her comeback. Bayley snaps Deville off the middle rope and hits a swinging back suplex. Bayley hits a running back elbow before hitting a flying elbow, but Rose breaks up the pin. Banks attacks Rose in the corner, and the referee tries to make them leave. Meanwhile, Bayley has Deville pinned with a backslide for a while. Bayley pulls Banks off Rose and argues with her. Deville then knocks Bayley into Banks before hitting a big kick to the head for the win.
Coming up next, John Cena wants an answer from The Undertaker.
John Cena makes his way to the ring to a big reception. Cena says this is not your typical Monday Night RAW. Everything is bigger in Texas. Last week, he put out a WrestleMania challenge to The Undertaker and gave him a choice: yes or no. Tonight, we all will find out The Undertaker’s response. Cena still finds it amazing that The Undertaker has been in hiding for so long simply because he feels embarrassed. The Undertaker feels like everyone thinks he no longer belongs here. That is absolutely ridiculous. As long as there is a WWE, the name “Undertaker” has meaning. Cena asked around the world and saw how people came out of their seats for the name, Undertaker. Cena asks Dallas how they feel about it, and they cheer loudly before starting a “YES” chant. Cena says the hearing is the first thing to go when you get older and asks them again, and it’s loud.
Cena says The Undertaker’s response to his challenge at WrestleMania is… nothing. Silence. Not a yes or a no. Nothing. That is the biggest mistake The Undertaker has ever made. Cena said it last week and meant it. Cena doesn’t mind going to WrestleMania as a fan, but he wants to be Undertaker’s opponent. For Undertaker not to respond is damn disrespectful to him and the WWE Universe. Without the fans, there is no Streak, Rest in Peace, or Undertaker. Cena says, “So, Mr. Undertaker, after all those people have given you everything they have, you can’t find it to give them a yes or a no?” The crowd is buzzing, but they cannot agree on a singular chant. Cena says if Undertaker is retired, then he should say so. But if he’s not retired, say yes and give the world what they want to see. Undertaker is not the god they made him. He’s the man he’s allowed himself to become. That man is a coward. Cena says, “The Undertaker is a coward!” Cena dares him to prove him wrong. Cena tells him to do some magic tricks. Do something! The crowd starts a “Do something” chant.
Nothing happens. Cena says this is the exact moment Undertaker has let everyone down that ever believed in him. Undertaker is not a god and shouldn’t be considered a man.
Kane’s music hits, and Undertaker’s half-brother makes his way to the ring. The commentators are wondering if this is the sign Cena was looking for from The Undertaker. Cena says Kane has been sent by The Undertaker to give them the response they deserve. Cena asks Kane if it’s yes or no. Cena hands him the microphone, but Kane won’t take it. Kane then grabs him by the throat and gives him a Chokeslam! Michael Cole wonders if that was Kane stepping up to face Cena at WrestleMania.
Footage is shown from earlier in the night when Brock Lesnar attacked Roman Reigns, who was handcuffed and defenseless in the ring. Roman Reigns will not be released from the hospital tonight.
Still to come tonight is The Final Deletion with Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt going one-on-one at the Hardy Compound.
The Miz and The Miztourage make their way to the ring to take on The Balor Club.
The Dallas Cowboys are at ringside.
Matt Hardy is shown consulting with George Washington… his pet giraffe that is inhabited by the first President of the United States.
The Miz is furious about not getting respect in the advertisements for WrestleMania. The Miztourage is not happy about this. WWE Champion AJ Styles and Universal Champion Brock Lesnar get to be on the cover. They get to fight in singles matches. Miz has the deck stacked against him at WrestleMania and isn’t on the cover. No respect! Last week, he exposed Seth Rollins and Finn Balor as liars. All it took was a little nudge to get them to throw fists. At WrestleMania, that nudge will turn into a big push for Tyler Black and Prince Nevitt back to the bingo halls to “Too Sweet” the indy fans. If Miz won’t get respect, he’ll take it when he emerges at WrestleMania as the longest-reigning Intercontinental…
Gallows and Anderson’s music cuts him off.
Before the match begins, Seth Rollins’ music hits. He’ll be on commentary.
We join the match in progress to see Luke Gallows attacking Curtis Axel. Finn Balor tags in and attacks Axel with chops. Axel quickly boots him back and tags in Bo Dallas. Balor quickly catches him with a pair of arm drags. The Miz tags in, and he turns Balor inside out with a knee to the midsection. Miz shoulders him in the corner before tagging in Axel. Axel hits a rolling neck snapper for a two count. Axel then applies a chin lock. Balor tries to fight out, but Axel takes him down. Balor fights up and rolls through a sunset flip before dropkicking him. Dallas tags in, and he avalanches Balor. The Miz then chokes Balor when the referee’s back is turned. Miz and The Miztourage mock Balor’s entrance. Balor fights them off, but Axel quickly stops him. Balor sidesteps him and tags in Karl Anderson.
Anderson takes Axel down twice before kneeing him down. Anderson knocks Miz off the apron and gives him a “HII-YAH” Kick for a near fall. Anderson knocks Dallas off the apron and hits Axel with a cross-body block for a two count. Axel elbows him back and tags in Miz. Miz hits a kneeling DDT for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Balor making his comeback. Balor hits a double stomp to Dallas before clotheslining Axel out of the ring. Balor then hits The Miztourage with a summersault senton. Balor puts Dallas in the ring and goes to the top rope. Axel crotches him on the top rope. Miz tags in and goes for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Balor counters into a roll-up. Miz rolls him up, but Balor sends him into Axel. Balor then rolls Miz up for the win.
The Miz attacks Balor from behind and triple-teams him with The Miztourage. They fight off Anderson and Gallows for good measure. Seth Rollins leaves commentary, clears The Miztourage, and hits Miz with a Curb Stomp. Rollins and Balor then stare at each other.
We go to the Lake of Reincarnation. Matt Hardy is hanging out on Skarsgård, his boat.
We’ll take a look at Ronda Rousey, next.
John Cena will face Kane next week on RAW.
Video Package: A tremendous video package about the career of Ronda Rousey.
Bray Wyatt’s video flashes on the screen. Wyatt is outside the gates of the Hardy Compound. Wyatt smiles as the gate opens by itself. Vanguard 1 meets him. A hologram of “Woken” Matt Hardy is shown. It welcomes him to the Hardy Compound and tells him to follow the music. Eerie piano music is playing. A ring is set up outside. Hardy says, “Bray Wyatt… I knew you’d come!”
The Ultimate Deletion is next.
The match starts in the ring, and they circle the ring doing their weird laughing. Matt Hardy says the time for laughter is over. Vanguard One goes into attack mode. Hardy takes him down and punches away at him. Hardy boots him back and hits a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Hardy goes for a Twist of Fate, but Wyatt counters into a Sister Abigail attempt. Hardy gets out, but Wyatt clotheslines him down. Wyatt says he’s a god before remembering he has a housewarming gift. Wyatt goes under the ring and grabs a chair. Hardy says, “Vanguard, initiate!” Vanguard One sets off some fireworks, and Wyatt is frightened. Hardy hits him with the chair in the midsection a few times before cracking him in the back.
They now begin to fight across the compound into the Dilapidated City. Hardy asks if it reminds him of anything. It’s the house that Randy Orton burnt down last year reconstructed. Hardy brings him back to reality by hitting him in the midsection with a kendo stick. Wyatt blocks a shot and smacks it off Hardy’s back. Hardy manages to disappoint.
Wyatt searches and goes to the Land of Obsolete Men. Hardy says, “Consumer, I’m over here!” Wyatt hits one of the “gravestones.” The camera shows Wyatt hitting the different gravestones. Hardy then waddles off laughing. They then start fighting in the woods. Wyatt gets the better of him and kicks him in the ribs. Wyatt smacks a log off his back and picks up a two count. Wyatt punches away at him and laughs.
Wyatt throws him into the garage door of a shed. The door opens, and we’re inside the Dome of Deletion. It has a ring in it, a lawnmower, and a grand piano. Wyatt goes for a uranage on the piano, but Hardy blocks it. Hardy sends him head-first into the ring post. Hardy grabs a ladder and hits Wyatt in the midsection with it. Hardy says, “Welcome to the Dome of Deletion!” Hardy slams the ladder off Wyatt’s midsection. Hardy looks at the “Chair of Wheels” and the “Mower of Lawn” before screaming, “Wonderful.” Hardy gets on the Mower of Lawns and goes to run over Wyatt, but Wyatt arcs his back and scares him. Wyatt attacks and puts him in the ring. Hardy snaps him off the top rope. Wyatt then DDTs him on the apron of the ring and picks up a two count. Wyatt says this is not his Final Deletion… it’s Matt’s. Wyatt drags him out of the Dome of Deletion. Vanguard One is searching for subjects and finally acquires them.
We’re at the Lake of Reincarnation. Hardy sees Skarsgård, his dilapidated friend. Wyatt clubs him and goes for Sister Abigail onto Skarsgård, but Vanguard One attacks. Wyatt grabs it and says he’ll deal with it later. Señor Benjamin throws a globe into Wyatt’s hands and sings, “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.” Brother Nero (Jeff Hardy) appears next to him singing it as well. Hardy then gives Wyatt the Twist of Fate and pins him for the win!
Hardy calls Señor Benjamin over “posthaste” to retrieve Wyatt’s corpus from the Lake of Reincarnation. Benjamin says Wyatt is not there. Hardy says the Great War is OVER! Bray Wyatt has been DELETED! We see Vanguard One’s view of Hardy as the show ends.