Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw.Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the ring and she is moving gingerly with her arm in a sling.
She is reminded of what she did to end the match and she says she expected a little more from the crowd. The night after Wrestlemania Raw crowd has an international flavor and she smelled it on the way down. Any other crowd would have had some sympathy. Stephanie says you had to be surprised. When you look at the performance of one woman in particular. Could she do it and could she make that transition. By God, she did and Stephanie says she deserves those accolades. If she could challenge Ronda Rousey in her world, she could bring out the best in Ronda and that is what she did last night. Stephanie says she deserved that pat on the back.
Stephanie says that she knows you want her to bring out Ronda right now. She brings out Ronda Rousey. Stephanie says the better woman won last night. Stephanie says that Ronda is a role model for young girls and people everywhere. She says she does not feel bad about losing to the best in the world. There is nowhere they can’t go with her under contract. With Ronda’s talent and Stephanie’s spotlight they can do it together.
The crowd is not buying what Stephanie is saying. Stephanie says that Ronda knows better than the crowd because she is a business woman. Ronda taught her a lesson last night and Stephanie says she paid the price.
Stephanie calls Ronda her friend.
They shake hands and hug.
Ronda grabs Stephanie’s arm and puts her in a double wrist lock. She puts Stephanie in a cross arm breaker.
Stephanie is being tended to by medical officials and the referees while Ronda smiles and waves from the stage.
JoJo asks for the crowd to show some respect for Stephanie and the cheering gets louder.
We go to commercial and we are told that the Superstar Shakeup starts next week on Raw.
Alexa says it looks like there is no bigger bully than Ronda Rousey, unless you are talking about Nia Jax. It is about time you heard the truth about your beloved Nia. She is the bully here. She loves to throw her weight around, which is clearly a lot of weight. She is two times the size of MIckie and three times the size of her. Alexa says she is stating the facts. Last night, Nia took advantage and she beat up Mickie for no reason. That is why she lost last night. Alexa says she is a compassionate woman. When she saw Nia decimate her best friends, she was fighting under emotional distress. Alexa says she is sure that Nia loved it all because you are cold as ice. You can sense it. That is why you don’t have a partner.
Nia tells Alexa to shut up.
Alexa says this is how Nia is.
Nia tells Alexa to shut up. Nia says she enjoyed very second of what she did to Mickie and Alexa last night. She is your new Raw Women’s Champion. You are wrong about tonight. She has a partner. Her name is . . . Ember Moon.
Match Number One: Nia Jax and Ember Moon versus Alexa Bliss and Mickie James
Nia biels Mickie but Mickie with a kick. Mickie and Alexa with kicks but Nia grabs Mickie and Alexa and she head butts Alexa. Nia points around to see if they want Ember to enter the match and Ember is tagged in. Ember wtih a discus forearm and a neck breaker and butterfly suplex. Mickie with a kick and Alexa tags in and Ember with a back heel kick and enzuigiri. Ember with a handspring forearm into the corner followed by a springboard cross body for a near fall. Ember knocks Mickie off the apron. Ember wtih an Irish whip and she trips Alexa as she comes out of the corner.
Ember goes up top and sets for Eclipse and hits it for the three count.
Winners: Ember Moon and Nia Jax
Kurt Angle is on the phone and he says Ember Moon is the spark the women’s division needs. With the Superstar Shakeup the roster is going to be even better.
Braun Strowman enters, and Kurt asks where Nicholas is and Braun says he is standing behind him. Braun says they are relinquishing the Raw tag titles. He says Nicholas has a scheduling conflict with the fourth grade. As soon as he is done with school, they are coming for the titles. Nicholas says someone is going to get these hands.
We have a video package for No Way Jose.
Match Number Two: No Way Jose versus John Skyler
Jose with a hip toss slam and then he winds up and hits a pop up forearm for the three count.
Winner: No Way Jose
Kurt Angle is watching on teh monitor and Cesaro and Sheamus enter to find out about them getting their titles back. Sheamus asks if they will get them back now or will it be in a more formal ceremony. Kurt reminds them they lost to a ten year old. Kurt says they will have their rematch in three weeks in Saudi Arabia.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson versus Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder in a Tag Team Eliminator Match
Gallows with an Irish whip to Dawson and then he back drops Wilder before hitting a pump handle slam on Dawson. Gallows with uppercuts to Dawson and then he sends Wilder over the top rope to the floor. Dawson clips Gallows. Wilder tags in and they both work on the leg. Wilder with kicks. Wilder works on the knee. Gallows kicks Wilder away but he tags in Dawson who stops the tag. Dawson is kicked by Gallows. Wilder tags in and he knocks Anderson off the apron but Gallows with a round kick. Dawson and Anderson tag in and Anderson wtih chops and a punch. He knocks Wilder off the apron and Anderson with a jumping kick in the corner. Anderson with a neck breaker and then he hits a pescado onto Wilder.
Anderson goes up top and hits a cross body but Dawson rolls through and gets a near fall. Anderson with a spinebuster for a near fall. Gallows kicks Wilder to the floor but Gallows is sent into the ringside barrier. Anderson with a near fall and Wilder makes the tag when Anderson hits an atomic drop. Anderson misses a boot and Dawson and Wilder hit Shatter Machine for the three count.
Winners; Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder
We go to commercial.
Seth says there have been a lot of ups and downs but that was the loudest ‘Burn it Down’ he heard. After that match last night, he can finally say Seth Freakin’ Rollins is back baby. Seth says Grand Slam Rollins has a nice ring to it. He caught up to Roman and Dean so every member of the Shield is a Grand Slam champion. It meant the most for him to win the final leg on the grandest stage of them all.
Seth welcomes Finn into the ring.
Finn congratulates Seth and tells him he deserves it. You were the better man, last night. Last night was a triple threat match. There was a winner, there was a loser, and there was this guy . . . left wanting more. Finn says he came out here and he wants to be the first person to step up to Seth and challenge him for the title.
Balor offers his hand and Rollins shakes it.
Miz interrupts and he is joined by Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas on the stage.
Miz says he is more than happy to interrupt your celebration. Miz says that Seth does not deserve it. Miz says Seth does not deserve it, Miz says he does. He made that the most prestigious and relevant title in WWE. He walked down that ramp by himself because he knew if the MizTourage came to the ring with him, they wouldn’t hear the end of the excuses that they would make when he won.
Finn and Seth say that Miz just said he could not win without the MizTourage.
Miz says he changed up his strategy and he is a changed man. Two weeks ago, he became a father.
Finn and Seth congratulate him.
Miz says he became a father and he realizes that everything he does affects hers. His little angel watched his match in the arms of his wife, Maryse. Maryse says that when Monroe saw Seth steal his title, it made her cry. You made his little Princess cry. Miz says he dried after hearing that both Monroe and Maryse cried.
Seth says he has to admit that he is proud of Miz for admitting that he cried because that is they way people act when they see him wrestle. Seth says as good as you are, Miz cannot lace his boots.
Miz says that Finn is owed nothing while Miz has a rematch.
Seth says he didn’t forget because he was waiting for Miz to mention it. Seth suggests they do it right now.
Miz asks everyone if they want to see that match tonight. He says no. He says he is in a custom suit and he will invoke his rematch clause when he wants to. He will invoke the rematch clause at Backlash. Miz reminds everyone what happens when he raises his hand. Miz tells Seth and Finn when you negotiate, you negotiate from a position of strength. If you want a match, the three of them can take care of the two of you.
Jeff Hardy’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring and it looks like we are going to have a six man tag match.
Miz waves it off and they leave the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and the six man tag match from the last segment is now official for later tonight.
Before the match starts, Bayley makes her way to the ring and it confuses Sasha Banks.
Match Number Four: Sasha Banks versus Mandy Rose (with Paige and Sonya Deville)
Sasha sends Mandy to the floor and hits a baseball slide. Sasha rolls Mandy back into the ring and hits a Thesz Press. Sasha sends Mandy into the corner and she chokes Mandy. Sasha with a suplex for a near fall. Sasha with an Irish whip but Mandy with an elbow and she sends Sasha to the mat. Mandy sends Sasha into the turnbuckles but Sasha returns the favor and does it a few more times.
Mandy hot shots Sasha on the top rope and we go to commercial.
We are back and Mandy with an abdominal stretch but Sasha escapes with a hip toss. Sasha with forearms and she hits a cross body and flying clothesline followed by a drop kick. Mandy sends Sasha to the apron and Sasha with a knee and she goes up top and hits Meteora for a near fall. Mandy with a forearm on the floor and Mandy pushes Bayley. Bayley tries to hit Mandy but Mandy moves and Bayley accidentally hits Sasha. Sasha sends Mandy into the ring and Sasha has some words and a nasty look for Bayley.
Mandy with a knee to the head for the three count.
Winner: Mandy Rose
After the match, Bayley appears to be conflicted as she goes to the back. Sasha follows after her.
Paige has a mic and she says she has to come clean about something. She says it was hard to sit on the sidelines at Wrestlemania. This ring is her soul and her blood. Unfortunately due to neck injuries, she can no longer perform in the ring. She says this is one of the hardest things she has to say. Paige says she wants to thank every female superstar and she is proud to be a part of this division. They have all built this division to be huge and into something they never imagined it could be. She says she wants to thank her family and she wants to thank Daniel Bryan. He came back from a career ending injury and returned at Wrestlemania. She says that give her hope. Paige wants to thank Edge and she mentions that Edge talked to her today. He proved that there is a live outside of the ring. Paige says now she will have to find something to do outside of the ring. She thanks everyone who has watched her over the last four years. She debuted four years ago in New Orleans and won the title. Now she wants to retire in New Orleans.
Paige says this will always be her house. She puts the mic and her shirt down in the center of the ring before going to the back.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look at what happened between John Cena and the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
Elias is in the ring and he is going to perform for us, but he wants to know who wants to walk with him.
He says after last night it is an undenaible fact that WWE stands for Walk with Elias. In one year he has become the biggest musical act on the planet. Last night, you paid to see an Elias performance but it was interrupted. Elias says he is going to perform tonight, but it is the same unappreciative crowd full of scumbags as last night. Elias appreciates that the crowd appreciates their status.
Elias’ performance is interrupted by the return of Bobby Lashley
Lashley with a neck breaker followed by a delayed vertical suplex..
Kurt Angle is on the phone and he is happy that Bobby Lashley is on Raw. There is a knock on the door and Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn appear.
Sami says he knows that Kurt is busy and they want a moment of his time. Kevin mentions that they had a bit of a falling out with management.
Kurt asks them if they are looking for a job. Kevin and Sami say that they are.
Kurt asks if they were fired for attacking their General Manager and Commissioner. Sami says it was due to a personal vendetta.
Kurt says their tag team division is pretty full, but TNA is hiring.
Kevin says they are not a tag team. Kevin says he has a family and Sami says he has a family. Kevin says Sami does not have any kids. They say they are asking for a chance.
Kurt says that they can wrestle each other for the spot that is open on the roster.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Heath Slater is in the ring and he says they are not happy they are not in the Tag Team Eliminator. Heath says he has kids. He says he needs this job. He wants any team to come out.
Match Number Five: Heath Slater and Rhyno versus Akam and Rezar (with Paul Ellering)
Slater and Rezar start things off and Slater with a jumping side kick but Rezar with a spear. Akam tags in and they take care of Slater. Rhyno is knocked to the floor and Rezar tags in and they hit The Last Chapter for the three count.
Winners: Akam and Rezar
???????After the match, it appears that Akam and Rezar are finished with Paul Ellering.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we are told that Brock Lesnar has signed a contract extension.
Brock Lesnar will face Roman Reigns for the Universal Title in a steel cage in Jedda, Saudi Arabia.
Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring.
Roman says he got his ass kicked last night. He says he is here tonight. He says that Brock Lesnar isn’t. Roman says he doesn’t know what happened yesterday. Everything felt off yesterday. What eats him up the most is that Vince McMahon couldn’t even look him in the eye and smarten him up. Brock is one hell of a businessman. On Wednesday, he was going back to UFC and then today he signed a new WWE Contract. Roman says he has a steel cage match against Brock he didn’t know about until he saw it on the internet. If they continue to put him in matches with Brock Lesnar, the story will end with him as Universal Champion.
Samoa Joe’s music plays and he makes his way to the stage.
Joe says it is time to bring out the tinfoil hats because Roman thinks there is a conspiracy. Joe brings Roman back to reality. Brock didn’t just beat you, he exposed you. For over a year, you came out and said you were the only one who could beat Brock Lesnar. The reality is that no matter how many whispers you heard, you failed. That makes you a failure. Joe says it makes you a liar. You lied to these fans. You lied to your family. You lied to yourself. Every time you and Brock Lesnar get in the ring together, you get jacked up. You get put through tables and carried out on stretchers. You get broken while Brock gets richer.
No matter how many times we hear the story, when the Big Dog faces the Beast, he will conquer you and you will make excuses. After Brock is done with you again and you fail, Joe says he will be waiting for Roman at Backlash.
We go to commercial.
We see Matt talking to the Andre trophy and he says they must commence on his premonition of gold.
Match Number Six: Titus O’Neil and Apollo (with Dana Brooke) versus Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt in a Tag Team Eliminator Match
Matt and Titus start things off and Matt has some words about Titus Worldwide. Matt and Titus go back and forth with their gestures. They lock up and Matt with a waist lock. Bray tags in and Titus sends Matt into the corner. Bray holds Titus and Matt punches him. Bray with a bulldog into Matt’s boots. Bray with a clothesline. Apollo tags in and they lock up. Apollo with punches and Bray with an Irish whip. Apollo flips over Bray and Matt and Bray proclaim it WONDERFUL.
Bray with a boot and forearm while Sheamus and Cesaro watch in the back. Bray with forearms to the back of the head. Matt tags in and he connects with punches to the back of the head. Apollo with forerms but Matt with a knee. Apollo misses a drop kick and Matt sends Apollo into the turnbuckles. Wyatt tags in and he sends Apollo into the turnbuckles. Wyatt with an uppercut and Matt tags in. Wyatt with a splash and Matt with a Side Effect for a near fall. Wyatt comes off Matt’s back and he clotheslines Titus to stop his interference.
Matt signals for Deletion and Matt tries for a Twist of Fate but Apollo with a drop kick. Apollo with an enzuigiri to Bray. Apollo goes to the turnbuckles and Bray catches Apollo and hits a uranage. Bray leans back in the corner and then Bray with Sister Abigail set up into a pass for Matt to hit a Twist of Fate for the three count.
Winners: Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt
We see what happened when Stephanie and Ronda were in the ring at the start of Raw.
Match Number Seven: Kevin Owens versus Sami Zayn in a Contract Match
Zayn goes for a Helluva kick when the bell rings but he misses. Zayn apologizes. Owens tries for a pop up power bomb but Zayn holds on to the ropes. Owens with a back elbow and a kick to the back. Owens with a punch and Zayn sends Owens to the floor. Zayn with a plancha and both men are down. Zayn sends Owens back into the ring and Owens with a punch to stop a slingshot move by Zayn.
Owens sets for a power bomb on the floor but Zayn drops down and Zayn sets for a catapult into the ring post and sends Owens into the post. Zayn with a kick and then Zayn goes to the ropes for an arm drag but Owens crotches Zayn. Owens with an elbow drop off the turnbuckles for a near fall. Owens with another near fall. We go to commercial.
We are back and Zayn knocks Owens off the turnbuckles. Zayn with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall. We see Owens dropping Zayn on the top rope and hitting a back senton for a near fall from the commercial break. Owens goes to the floor when he sees Zayn setting for the Helluva Kick. Owens with a super kick when Zayn tries to dive through the turnbuckles. Owens with a cannonball and then he goes up top for a frog splash and he hits it. Owens gets a near fall.
Owens with a running clothesline into the corner and then he hits a second one. Zayn with a Helluva Kick and Owens falls to the apron. Zayn with a waist lock but Owens holds on to the ropes. Owens with a pop up power bomb and Owens falls to the floor again. Owens gets to the apron and he goes up top again. Zayn with a Helluva Kick with Owens on the turnbuckles. Zayn sets for a superplex but Owens counters with a super fisherman’s buster. Both men try to get to their feet as the referee makes his count.
Double Count Out
Finn Balor, Jeff Hardy, and Seth Rollins walk in the back and Matt Hardy is standing in the hall. Matt says he is happy to see that Jeff has gotten over his broken condition. Jeff says he left a message but it must have been deleted. Bray shows up and he hugs Brother Nero. Jeff says that he is happy that his brother made Sister Abigail OBSOLETE. Jeff asks Bray how he is doing and Bray says he is doing wonderful.
Finn asks what was that all about and Jeff has no idea.
Match Number Eight: Miz, Curtis Axel, and Bo Dallas versus Jeff Hardy, Finn Balor, and Seth Rollins
Rollins and Miz start things off and Miz backs into the corner. Miz tags Axel in to start things off. They lock up and Axel with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Axel with a side head lock and Rollins with an arm drag into an arm bar. Bo tags in and Rolins kicks Bo and hits an elbow on Axel before hitting a clothesline on Dallas. Balor tags in and so does Jeff. Jeff with a forearm to Bo followed by Poetry in Motion on Axel and then Dallas as we go to commercial.
We are back and Balor tags in and he connects with forearms to Bo and Miz. Balor chops Axel and then hits a double stomp on Bo. Balor with a chop and elevated elbow to the chest for a near fall. Balor is distracted by Miz and Dallas hits Balor from behind. Miz kicks Balor and then hits a running boot to the head for a near fall. Miz with a reverse chin lock. Balor with a punch and Miz with Reality Check for a near fall.
Miz sends Balor into the turnbuckles. Axel tags in and Miz with a snap mare and Axel with a leap frog neck snap. Axel with a rear chin lock. Axel keeps Balor from making the tag. Axel with a drop kick. Bo tags in and Axel with a slam and then Bo with a series of knee drops for a near fall. Bo with a reverse chin lock. Balor with a jaw breaker and he connects with forearms and then Balor with a belly-to-back suplex. Both men are down. Miz tags in and he knocks Rollins off the apron. Miz goes for a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick. Jeff tags in and he punches Axel. Jeff with a running forearm.
Jeff with a reverse atomic drop and a leg drop to the midsection. Jeff with a kick and he tries for a Twist of Fate but Axel escapes. Bo tags in and they Irish whip Jeff. Jeff with punches and he goes up top and hits Whisper in the Wind. Rollins and MIz tag in and Rollins with a springboard clothesline and boot. Rollins with a blockbuster to Miz and a suicide dive to Axel. Rollins sends Miz to the floor and Rollins with a suicide dive onto all three men.
Rollins misses a splash in the corner and hits the turnbuckles. Miz goes up top but Rollins leaps to the turnbuckles and hits a superplex followed by a Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Balor with Slingblade to Dallas and he clotheslines Axel over the top rope. Balor with a plancha. Miz goes for an O’Connor Roll but he can only get a near fall. Rollins with Black Out for the three count.
Winners: Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, and Jeff Hardy
After the match, Jeff hits a Twist of Fate on Dallas and Balor with a Coup De Grace. Jeff with a Swanton. Rollins with Black Out. Rollins with a super kick to Axel. Balor with Coup de Grace to Axel and then Hardy with a swanton. Rollins with Black Out to Axel.