Raw is War
March 26, 2018
We immediately go live to Cleveland as Michael Cole welcomes us to the show.
Brock Lesnar’s music hits. Here comes the WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar along with Paul Heyman to a loud reaction in Cleveland!
Paul Heyman has the mic, introduces himself and presents the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar.
Heyman talks about Lesnar’s beatdown of Reigns last week on RAW. He turns everyone’s attention to the “graphic footage” from last week.
We see a highlight of the “suspended” Roman Reigns confronting RAW GM Kurt Angle, attacking U.S. Marshals in the ring and Lesnar attacking a handcuffed Reigns.
Back live, Heyman says he has breaking news. “The temporary suspension of Roman Reigns has been lifted.” He says the fans are probably expecting Reigns to walk out here and confront them ready for a fight. “Here’s breaking news item number two. Ladies and gentleman, Roman Reigns is not here this evening.” Heyman says he can’t give the credit to Lesnar for Reigns not being here tonight. “You see Roman Reigns was raised by his father, a legend. A WWE Hall of Famer. Sika and his uncle, a legend, a WWE Hall of Famer, Afa.” He talks about Reigns being raised to be a “Samoan bad ass.” Heyman says it’s a shame they didn’t raise Reigns to be a man. “Because a man would be here tonight.” He wonders why Reigns isn’t here to weeks before WrestleMania. Heyman cuts a long promo about how Lesnar would always be a man and show up. “Roman Reigns isn’t man enough to show up tonight to take another beating from Brock Lesnar. Which is why at WrestleMania, on April 8, Roman Reigns isn’t man enough to take the Universal Title away from the reigning, defending, undisputed, Universal Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar!”
As Lesnar holds up the Universal Championship, Heyman stops talking and Lesnar drops his hands down. They spot Roman Reigns in the crowd walking towards the ringside area.
Reigns has a steel chair in hand. Lesnar jumps out and cuts off Reigns with a big clothesline. Lesnar is shaking his head as he starts to pick up Reigns.
Reigns drives Lesnar face first into the steel ring post. Reigns cracks the steel chair over the back of Lesnar. Reigns again cracks the chair over Lesnar’s back.
Lesnar is rolling around and screaming out in pain. Reigns jumps off the steel steps. Lesnar catches Reigns and gives him an overhead suplex on the floor!
Lesnar grabs the steel steps at ringside and hits Reigns in the face with them. Lesnar tosses the steel steps back inside the ring and tosses Reigns inside the ring.
Lesnar picks up the steel steps, Reigns is back up and Lesnar hits him in the face again. Lesnar grabs the steel chair and cracks it over the back of Reigns four times.
The crowd chants “ONE MORE TIME.” Lesnar cracks the chair over Reigns’ back again. Lesnar jumps out and Heyman hands him the Universal Championship.
Lesnar goes to leave, but hands the title back to Heyman and gets back inside. Lesnar with an F5 to Reigns right over the top of the steel steps! Reigns grabs his ribs right away.
Lesnar stands on top of the steel steps and throws the Universal Championship over his shoulder. He looks down at Reigns and starts laughing pointing at the WrestleMania sign.
Later Tonight: John Cena vs. Kane in a No DQ rules match. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will also appear live tonight. Nia Jax vs. Mickie James is up next.
Before the match, we see footage last week of RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss getting caught talking about Nia Jax backstage with a microphone on.
Lock up and Jax pushes James away immediately. Another lock up and Jax tosses James.
Back live, we see Jax tossing around James more in the ring. James tries to bail and Jax pulls on her hair. James with a big slap to James. James bails, Jax jumps out, Bliss distracts Jax and James with a chop block to Jax. James kicks the back of Jax and gets back inside the ring. The referee starts the count on Jax. Jax is back in and James with kicks to the knee of Jax. James with kicks to the knee of Jax in the corner. Jax overpowers James with a big scoop slam. James avoids a leg drop and connects with a boot to the face of Jax for a two count. Jax tosses James away, misses a splash in the corner and James with another kick to the knee of Jax. James is going up top. Jax grabs James and puts her on her shoulders. Jax drops James with a big samoan drop and gets the pinfall.
After the match, Alexa Bliss jumps in and attacks Jax. Jax isn’t phased and tries to go after Bliss. Bliss bails out of the ring and runs up the ramp. Jax is yelling at Bliss and the cameras pick up her calling Bliss a bitch. Jax leaves and stares back at James.
WrestleMania is only 13 days away.
Cedric Alexander heads to the ring next. He teams with Mustafa Ali next.
We return live as Drake Maverick is on commentary for this tag team match.
TJP is working over Ali with a scoop slam near the corner and then springboards back in with a quick swanton. Gulak gets the tag and plans Ali with a quick scoop slam. Gulak with a high back body drop on Ali for a two count. Gulak with a cheap shot to Alexander on the ring apron. Ali with an uppercut to Gulak and catches Gulak with a springboard tornado DDT. Tags to Alexander and TJP. Alexander with a clothesline, head scissors takedown and dropkick combo to TJP. Alexander with a kick to the head of TJP from the ring apron. Alexander comes flying off the top rope with a clothesline over TJP. Gulak breaks up the pinfall attempt. Ali dropkicks Gulak out of the ring and jumps over just barely catching Gulak. TJP tries to hold the tights and roll up Alexander for a close two count. Alexander with his knees to the back of TJP, but Ali tagged in earlier. Ali with his 054 on TJP for the win.
After the match, Ali and Alexander smile at each other. We get a reminder that Ali and Alexander will face off at WrestleMania to crown the new Cruiserweight Champion.
MizTV with Seth Rollins and Finn Balor is up next.
We are back live as WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz is standing in the ring with The Miztourage. A loud “WELCOME HOME” chant starts up. Miz says he lives in L.A.
Miz welcomes everyone to the show and says some people like to deal with things in private. He wants to know if Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel feel good about this Miztourage thing. Miz reminds them millions are watching at home. He guesses they are happy. Miz isn’t happy. He talks about bringing them spotlight and how they fail him. Bo Dallas says they have been doing all they can. Miz tells him to bo-lieve back to catering.
Here comes the first guest, Seth Rollins. He says normally he isn’t a fan of MizTV, but this is great stuff tonight. Rollins doesn’t mean to interrupt and reminds them he is a guest on the show. He wants to hang out over here. Miz says but he did interrupt and walked out just a bit early. Rollins offers to help Miz solve this problem with the Miztourage. It seems to him that the Miztourage just feeling a little underappreciated right now.
Rollins wonders when the last time was that he thanked them. Miz asks Rollins if he is kidding. Rollins says he should be thanking them because without the Miztourage, he wouldn’t be the Intercontinental Champion right now. Miz points out he elevated the careers of Dallas and Axel. He would still be a huge star without them. Bo Dallas sneaks in an insult that Miz can’t fight. Miz and Rollins try to get Dallas to repeat himself.
Here comes Finn Balor. He heard exactly what Dallas said. Balor said he heard Dallas call Miz a jerk. Dallas reiterates he didn’t say that, noting he called Miz a phony A-lister who can’t fight. He quickly stops himself and backs up. The crowd in Cleveland starts up a loud “YES” chant. Miz tells Dallas to say that again. Dallas goes to repeat it and Miz slaps him. He tries to go after Miz and Axel quickly holds him back stopping a brawl.
Miz says he is trying to fire up Dallas and motivate him. He points out they are two weeks away from WrestleMania and is wondering why they would let Balor and Rollins “play” them. Miz says he is 34 days away from being the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time. He adds better than Randy Savage, Shane Michaels and Mr. Perfect. Axel is not happy. Miz says that slipped. Balor and Rollins are smiling. Miz tells everyone to calm down and take a breath. He announces MizTV is canceled. The crowd loves this announcement starting up a “YES” chant. Miz tries to leave and both Dallas and Axel stand in his way. He says no one wants to see this. Miz backs up into Balor and Rollins. Dallas and Axel then attack Balor and Rollins. Miz is smiling as The Miztourage beats down Balor and Rollins. Dallas and Axel pick up Balor to setup a Skull Crushing Finale. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows run out. They brawl with Dallas and Axel who jump out. Balor with a Sling Blade on Miz when Miz tries to hit him with the Intercontinental Championship. Rollins goes for a Curb Stomp and Miz rolls out. Rollins yells at Miz. Miz forgot to take the title. Balor leans down and picks it up. Rollins walks up and takes the title away from Balor, holding it up high. Balor attacks Miz when he jumps back in. Rollins clotheslines Miz over the top rope. Balor attacks Rollins with an elbow. Balor grabs the Intercontinental Championship and holds it up.
Asuka is in action next.
Backstage, Kane cuts a promo about facing John Cena tonight.
Before the match, Charly Caruso talks with newcomer Jamie Frost. Frost is confident saying Asuka tells people they aren’t ready for her. She points out Asuka isn’t ready for her.
Frost with big elbows to the chest of Asuka. Asuka with a huge kick to the head. Frost goes dow down immediately. Auska covers Frost and picks up the quick pinfall.
Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Jonathan Coachman talk about Ultimate Deletion. Graves brings up Cole insulting the segment last week and they show a tweet from Matt Hardy who suggested he should “DELETE” Cole. We see highlights of Ultimate Deletion.
Backstage, “Woken” Matt Hardy says Bray Wyatt is no more. He says the Great War is now over, but now he sets his sights on WrestleMania. Hardy reveals he will compete in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and “delete” all who get in his way.
On commentary, Michael Cole refers to that promo as “OB-NOXIOUS.”
Backstage, Bayley lets Sasha Banks know she’s entering the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal. Banks says if Bayley has something to tell her then she should just say it. Bayley says Banks loves that she puts her first and lets her walk around like she is the “legit boss.” Banks says she is the boss and makes no apologizes for it. She suggests Bayley do the same so people don’t think she is a loser. Bayley suggests Banks can’t beat her. Banks points out she’s a four-time RAW Women’s Champion. Bayley asks her how long she kept it. Banks grabs Bayley and tosses her against the lockers. Bayley starts fighting back as a big brawl breaks out. Banks sends Bayley face first into the lockers and then over a table. WWE officials run up to break up the fight between Banks and Bayley.
Braun Strowman heads to the ring next. Strowman faces Sheamus next.
Before the match, Sheamus and Cesaro say they have Braun figured out. They talk about his theme song catching people off guard and being scary. Sheamus wants to know who Braun will pick for his tag team partner at WrestleMania. Cesaro says they set the bar. Braun asks for a mic. “You two little whiny babies want to know who my partner is? Alright…I’ll tell you who my partner is. All you have to do is get in this ring and beat me, Sheamus.” Sheamus asks how that’s even fair. He demands to know who the partner is right now. A “GET THESE HANDS” chant starts up. Braun says Sheamus may get an answer, but he guarantees Sheamus will get…these…hands.
The bell rings and Cesaro jumps in to distract Strowman. Cesaro rolls out and Sheamus goes after Strowman. Strowman gets the better of Sheamus laughing him across the ring to the corner. Strowman charges and Sheamus sends him over the top rope. Strowman jumps back up to the ring apron and blocks Sheamus’ forearm shots to the chest. Strowman drops him forearm over the chest of Sheamus sending him out of the ring. Strowman tosses Sheamus back inside the ring. Sheamus is up on the ring apron. Strowman charges and sends Sheamus flying off the ring apron.
Back live, Strowman goes for a big boot and gets wrapped up in the top rope. Sheamus goes to work on the knee of Strowman with kicks and stomps. Sheamus with a modified Brogue Kick to the chest of Strowman in the corner. Sheamus works over the left arm of Strowman and gets him down on the mat. Strowman is back up and levels Sheamus with two quick clotheslines. Strowman with a shoulder charge to Sheamus on the outside. Strowman tosses Sheamus back first into the ring barricade. Back inside, Strowman misses a charge and goes shoulder first into the steel ring post. Sheamus is going up top, jumps and takes out Strowman with a flying clothesline. Strowman immediately kicks out. Sheamus with stomps to Strowman. Cesaro attempts a cheap shot. The referee catches him and Strowman with a shot to Cesaro. Strowman with a corner splash to Sheamus. Strowman with a quick powerslam to Sheamus and picks up the pinfall victory.
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is live next.
We see highlights of John Cena hosting the Kids’ Choice Awards this past weekend.
RAW General Manager Kurt Angle heads to the ring. Angle reminds us we are two weeks away from WrestleMania and two weeks away from Triple H and Stephanie McMahon standing across the ring from himself and his partner, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.
Ronda Rousey heads to the ring.
Angle says he knows it’s intimidating to make your in-ring debut at WrestleMania, but he thinks Ronda is ready. He brings up the video from earlier tonight regarding Triple H and Stephanie “making all the rules.” Angle says it will be fun, but it won’t be easy. Rousey wants to earn everything she can. She refers to Stephanie as “trust fund” tough, “limo” tough and “personal trainer” tough. Rousey plans to rip Stephanie’s limb out of it’s socket.
Here comes Absolution to interrupt. Paige introduces herself and Absolution to Ronda, welcoming her to Monday Night RAW. She says this is their show and that is her house. Paige gets inside the ring and understand Ronda grew up watching WWE. She thinks that is great, but says people take advantage of you in this company. Paige offers to back her up. Ronda thanks her for the offer, but says she has Kurt Angle backing her up.
Paige says while Angle is great, she refers to Ronda as “baby girl” and calls it career suicide to team up with Angle. She says Ronda doesn’t have to go at this alone and says she could become the fourth member of Absolution. The crowd in Cleveland starts a loud “NO” chant. Ronda thanks Paige for the offer, but declines. Paige understands, but says it wasn’t a good choice. She then informs Ronda she just created some new enemies.
Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose get in the ring. Mandy goes for a shot. Angle stops her. Deville goes for a shot and Ronda drops her. Ronda blocks a kick from Mandy and then tosses her over her head right into Sonya. Mandy runs at Ronda again. Ronda with a judo toss and goes for an armbar. Angle tries to talk Ronda out of it. Ronda eventually breaks the armbar. Mandy bails. Angle raises the arm of Ronda and they hug.
We see highlights of Brock Lesnar beating down Roman Reigns earlier tonight.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson head to the ring. They are in action next.
Back live, the match is in progress with Karl Anderson kicking Curtis Axel in the face in the corner. Anderson is sitting on the top rope and Axel pushes him off with a distraction from Bo Dallas. Dallas gets the tag and throws big right hands to Anderson. Back inside, Dallas applies a headlock on Anderson. Axel gets the tag and catches Anderson with a quick dropkick. Dallas with the tag and keeps Anderson grounded with a headlock. Anderson with a big spinebuster on Dallas. Tags to Gallows and Axel. Gallows with clotheslines to Axel and a shot to Dallas in the corner. Gallows splashes Axel and then catches him with a big kick to the head. Gallows with a Pumphandle Slam on Axel and follows it up with a splash off the ropes. Tag to Anderson who boots Axel in the head when Gallows holds him up. Dallas breaks up the pinfall attempt. Gallows pulls Dallas out and hits a kick to the head. Axel with a big elbow to Anderson, but Anderson responds with an uppercut. Anderson is up top and catches Axel with a neckbreaker off the top rope. Tag to Gallows. Anderson and Gallows connect with The Magic Killer and pick up the pinfall victory.
It’s time to walk with Elias, next.
We return live with Elias in the ring with his guitar. He plans to prove to everyone at WrestleMania that WWE stands for “Walk With Elias.” Elias talks about “selling out” Madison Square Garden and how coming to Cleveland is a big disappointment. He said just like he will leave Cleveland tonight, LeBron James will do the same as well.
Lock up and Elias kicks Rhyno away throwing chops. Rhyno with chops of his own. Rhyno with a charge that drops Elias. Elias with a big elbow and shot to the back of Rhyno’s head. Elias with stomps over Rhyno. Rhyno with more chops and a clothesline to Elias. Elias gets a knee up and connects with a clothesline on Rhyno. Elias connects with Drift Away and hooks the leg to pick up the pinfall victory.
After the match, Elias attacks Heath Slater and hits Drift Away on him as well.
Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Jonathan Coachman review the WrestleMania card.
A video package runs highlighting John Cena’s challenge to The Undertaker for a match at WrestleMania 34 in two weeks. Cena faces Kane next under No DQ rules.
Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor is announced for next week.
We will also get an in-ring face-off between Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon just six days before WrestleMania.
John Cena charges in with body shots and Kane cuts him off with an uppercut. Cena with more body shots and Kane cuts him off with a big boot. Kane drives Cena into the ring barricade. A loud “UNDERTAKER” chant starts up as Kane tosses Cena back inside and drops an elbow coming off the ropes. Cena tries to get Kane on his shoulders, but is unable to get him up and falls over. Cena rolls out and Kane with big right hands. Kane sends Cena shoulder first into the steel ring steps at ringside as we head to a break.
We return live to see Cena and Kane brawling in the crowd. Cena has a ring barricade and hits Kane in the arm with it. Cena props the barricade against the stage holding the RAW announce table. Kane cuts off Cena and gives him a suplex over the barricade! Kane grabs Cena and tosses him back over the barricade to the ringside area. Kane is removing the padding off the top turnbuckle. Cena is back up attempting a shoulder tackle. Cena gets Kane down with a second shoulder tackle and his twisting planting powerbomb. Cena connects with the Five Knuckle Shuffle over Kane. Cena sends Kane into the exposed turnbuckle. Cena does the Undertaker throat cut pose and hits Kane with a chokeslam! Cena covers Kane and Kane kicks out. Cena tosses a table inside the ring and sets it up. Kane sits up, kicks Cena and Cena counters. Kane tosses the table over and drops Cena with a right hand. Kane stomps away at Cena and props the table up in the corner. Cena with right hands. Kane cuts off Cena and tosses him through the table in the corner! Kane drags Cena out, covers and Cena gets a shoulder up after two. Kane grabs another table and sets it up inside the ring. Cena with an AA on Kane through the table for the win.
After the match, Cena grabs a mic and is confused. “No lightning? No bells of terror? No Undertaker? This is match with no rules. Where are you?” Cena screams for Undertaker.
Cena holds up the mic at the crowd. Cleveland starts a loud “UNDERTAKER” chant. “I know you’re not deaf, you’re just a coward. Night after night. City after city. Sold out after sold out crowd. They chant your name.” The crowd starts another Undertaker chant.
“You don’t get to be mysterious here. Silence is not an answer. It’s either yes or it’s no.” The crowd starts up a “YES” chant. “I’m fine with no, because I will go to WrestleMania as a fan. But get your eyes out of the back of your head and look at the energy when they chant, when they chant Undertaker, do something. Do…something.”
Cena reminds Undertaker he only has one week left. “You can do something or you can do nothing.” He said Undertaker will make it clear he truly doesn’t care about anyone if he does nothing. Cena says he hopes we see Undertaker next week and drops the mic. A frustrated Cena heads up the ramp to the back as the show comes to a close.