We kick off RAW with the Bloodline. They make their entrance to the ring and Heyman welcomes us to RAW. He tells us to stand up and respect the undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. Reigns asks North Carolina to acknowledge him before RK-Bro come from behind and give a pair of RKO’s to The Usos. RK-Bro surround Roman before Drew McIntyre makes his way down the ring. RK-Bro leaves and leaves Drew and Roman one on one. The two brawl before The Usos come back and jump Drew. RK-Bro joins the fray and all six brawl with each other before security comes and separates all six of them.
We get a pre-recorded segment featuring The Street Profits and Ezekiel. They offer Ezekiel a drink. Alpha Academy comes and Gable berates the 3 for drinking on the job before KEvin Owens comes and continues to be on Ezekiel’s case that he’s actually Elias. Dawkins says they’ll beat the crap out of those 3 any time. Owens takes a drink and throws it in Ezekiel’s face before leaving.
Kevin Owens and Alpha Academy vs. Ezekiel and The Street Profits
Ezekiel and Kevin Owens brawl with Gable as the legal man. As Ezekiel hits the rope, Owens trips him from the outside and Gable gets a cradle roll-up on Ezekiel for the win.
Winners: Kevin Owens and Alpha Academy
AJ Styles says Edge has a fragile ego and Edge doesn’t like him saying he had him beat at WrestleMania if not for interference from Priest. He dares Edge that if he beats Damian Priest tonight, he is banned from ringside at WrestleMania: Backlash. And if not, it will be another uphill battle.
Adam Pearce informed Sonya Deville that tonight, she doesn’t have any executive power and she’s just a performer in lieu of her abusing her powers in her match against Bianca last week. It will be her, Rhea Ripley and Becky Lynch against Asuka, Liv Morgan and Bianca Belair in a six-woman tag team match.
Veer Mahaan vs. Burt Hansen
Before the match, Burt is asked why he signed up for this match. He says Veer scares the daylights out of him, but he signed up because he wanted to compete for Monday Night RAW in his hometown. FOr years, he worked down the street at Jimmy’s BBQ dreaming of this night, and he’s making his dream come true right now. He proceeds to get squashed.
Winner: Veer Mahaan
We are back, and the crowd boos Edge. Edge stares them down, then introduces he and Priest as Judgement Day. He knows most of us cannot stand to look at ourselves in the mirror. He knows most of us don’t like Edge anymore. Maybe we despise him now. That’s because we despise ourselves. We make US physically ill. It’s a miracle that everyone here in North Carolina can pull on their shoes, wobble out their doors, and count high enough to find their seats. Truth hurts, right?
Edge says if they had a sports team, it’d be a lemming. A rodent. AJ, don’t be a lemming. Use your intelligence. This is not how he is wired. His heart outweighs his brain. Just know that by not hugging his wife and kids, he is rushing headlong into pain and judgment at Backlash. He calls the crowd peons, and that gets some heavy boos. Edge calls for the crowd to bring it, he loves this, come on! He continues his rant until he is cut off by AJ Styles’ music.
AJ Styles vs. Damian Priest – If Styles Wins, Priest is Banned From Ringside at WrestleMania Backlash
After a series of reversals, Styles gets a reverse cradle for the win.
Winner: AJ Styles
After the match, Edge immediately jumps Styles and sends him into Priest, who hits the Final Reckoning. Edge then orders to hold Styles down in a prone position. Just as they are about to deliver a conchairto, Finn Balor comes to the rescue and sends Edge and Priest out of the ring. Styles and Finn deliver Too Sweet in the ring.
Omos is backstage with MVP. Cedric Alexander comes backstage and he asks MVP to remember The Hurt Business and all the success they had together. MVP tells Cedric that he’s proud that he’s seeing the bigger picture and he appreciates why he wants to renew their business relationship. MVP has since moved on, however, and is focused on bigger and better things. Cedric tells MVP that Shelton isn’t here tonight, and he wants to show what Cedric can do by himself. MVP says he has his attention now. He says that if he can handle Bobby Lashley in the ring, he promises MVP and Omos will keep an eye on him.
– We go back to the ring for another must see episode of MizTV as The Miz makes his way to the ring. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and the announcers wish a Happy 50th Birthday to The Rock. We go back to the ring and The Miz is ready for another episode of MizTV. He talks about what happened and introduces his guest for tonight, Mustafa Ali. Ali’s music is cut during his entrance and Miz wonders how a miscue happened on MizTV. Miz says the fans are excited to see Ali, and so is Miz. Ali’s mic appears to be cut off and Miz says he will also have that fixed.
Miz brings up how Ali just came out and interrupted his interview with WWE United States Champion Theory last week. Miz asks if Ali’s act of desperation was because he’s never been a champion or because the fans forgot about him during his hiatus. Ali tries to speak but his mic is still off. Miz tells Ali to please don’t go to Twitter to complain. Ali finally has a live mic now. He says the only thing he and fans have to complain about is Miz still being in WWE. Ali says the difference is, when he’s upset he goes to the fans because they matter, while Miz goes to the powers that be. They have more words and then face off until Theory makes his way to the ring.
Theory says he has something people want to hear, unlike Ali. Theory says it’s been bothering him how Miz didn’t have time to prepare for last week’s match with Ali, so he went to his mentor, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, and got the loss to Ali scrubbed. Miz thanks Theory and Theory says it’s the least he can do when a schmuck like Ali tries to make his name at Miz’s expense. Theory goes on ranting at Ali and Ali tells them they both talk too much. Ali goes on and says he does want a title shot, but he wants to fight for it. Theory already went to Vince and he booked Ali vs. Theory in a Championship Contender’s match for tonight. Theory goes on talking trash and Ali accepts the match for tonight. Theory forgot to tell Ali that his Championship Contender’s match will be a 2-on-1 Handicap Match, which starts right now.
The Miz and Theory vs. Mustafa Ali – 2 on 1 Handicap Championship Contender’s Match
Back from the break and Miz rolls Ali but Ali mounts some offense. Ali runs and goes for a dive but lands out on the floor. Miz brings it back in and unloads with right hands to keep Ali own. Ali kicks out. Theory dominates Ali now as Miz looks on. Ali with a big dropkick into the corner to knock Miz off. Ali with a neckbreaker to Theory for a 2 count.
More back and forth between the two now. Ali kicks from the apron and Theory goes down at ringside after a tag but Miz takes advantage and drops Ali with a Skull Crushing Finale for the pin to win in the middle of the ring.
Winners: The Miz and Theory
WWE 24/7 Title Match: Dana Brooke vs. Nikki A.S.H.
Dana unloads and takes it to the corner. Dana ends up sending Nikki from the apron to the floor. Nikki traps Dana in the ring apron cover and works her over to boos. Nikki brings it back in for more offense and a 2 count.
Brooke rocks Nikki and launches her into the corner. Brooke with the springboard back elbow, then the modified neckbreaker. Brooke goes on and pins Nikki to regain the title.
Winner and New WWE 24/7 Champion: Dana Brooke
– After the match, Dana stands stall with the title but Akira Tozawa tries to roll her up. Truth stops him but tries to get a pin in, but Tamina stops that from happening. Dana retreats to the floor but Reggie tries to roll her up at ringside. Dana breaks the pin and slaps Reggie. Reggie pleads with Dana but she jumps up on the announce table and declares she wants a divorce. Reggie is distraught now as Truth, Nikki, Tamina and Tozawa look on surprised from the ring.
– We see what happened last week with Asuka and Becky Lynch returning to RAW. Kevin is backstage with Becky now, asking about what happened last week. Lynch rants and says Asuka has never faced Big Time Becks so she has no idea what she’s in for. Becky says this is her comeback story and it begins with ending Asuka.
– We go back to the ring for a Seth Rollins Appreciation Night segment. Back to commercial as Rollins struts around the ring.
Back from the break and we see what happened earlier tonight with The Bloodline and RK-Bro. The announcers hype the big six-man match at WrestleMania Backlash. They also hype Rollins vs. Cody Rhodes at Backlash. Rollins is in the ring with a mic now. Rollins goes on about how we celebrated 20 years of RAW Tag Team Champion Randy Orton last week, and that got him to thinking how we should celebrate a visionary, a revolutionary, a global sex icon and so on, so now he needs everyone to stand and celebrate him tonight. Rollins poses to boos from the crowd. The crowd starts singing Rollins’ theme now and he says this is giving him chills. Rollins, standing under a spotlight, brags some more until fans start chanting for Cody Rhodes.
Rollins says it’s funny the crowd mentions Cody because he tried stealing Rollins’ spotlight at WrestleMania, but Rollins will prove why you can’t steal his spotlight at Backlash, because he is the freakin’ spotlight. Fans chant for Cody some more. Rollins yells at the crowd to shut up because this is his night. Rollins says fans are so wrapped up in this American Nightmare crap that they forgot how good he is. Fans chant “we want Cody!” now. Rollins says he had his people come up with a video package of highlights showing just how good he is. He sends us to that video but instead the music hits and out comes Rhodes to a pop.
The pyro hits as Rhodes comes out in a suit, playing to the crowd. More pyro goes off as Cody heads to the ring, and even more pyro as he poses in the corner. Fans chant for Cody now as he takes the mic. Rollins asks Cody why he’s putting his nose where it doesn’t belong, why he’s interrupting his night. Cody congratulates Rollins, truly. Cody asks what this is all about, and this unraveling at the seams of Rollins, which he can’t seem to shake. Cody goes on and says he feels like Rollins is about to cross a line he doesn’t want to cross before Backlash. Cody says he could tell Rollins he’s one of the best and it would be true, and he could say Rollins is delusional, which would also be true.
Rollins brings up how WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes wrestled hundreds of times in this arena. He gives some praise but says like Cody, Dusty was an egomaniac, who transcended the business. Rollins says it looks like the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree and Dusty was delusional, like Cody. He says Dusty wanted to be WWE Champion but wasn’t good enough, and as long as Rollins is here, Cody isn’t good enough either. Rollins laughs and they start brawling. Cody turns it around and beats Rollins down. Cody with a springboard Cutter out of nowhere. Rollins flies out to the floor, stumbling around as Cody seethes in the ring. Rollins yells from the stage and acts like he wants to fight as Cody yells back from the ring. Cody tosses Rollins’ suit jacket to fans in the crowd.
– We see what happened last week during the Arm Wrestling Contest between Omos and Bobby Lashley.
Bobby Lashley vs. Cedric Alexander
MVP wonders what Lashley will do when he has to go up against Omos this Sunday. Cedric side-steps a distracted Lashley and takes him down. MVP continues talking trash on the mat as he and Omos watch from the stage, while Cedric tangles with Lashley. Lashley exits the ring and stares up at MVP and Omos now. Cedric runs the ropes and dives out but misses, landing at Lashley’s feet.
Lashley dominates Cedric some and runs him head-first into the ring post. Lashley brings Cedric back in and delivers a Spear, then the Hurt Lock for the win while staring up at Omos and MVP.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
– After the match, Lashley stands tall as the music hits and we go to replays. Lashley motions for Omos to come to the ring and fight. The staredown continues as the announcers hype Sunday’s WrestleMania Backlash match.
– Sarah Schreiber is backstage with Liv Morgan preparing for an interview. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see what happened last week with Liv Morgan attacking Rhea Ripley. Liv is backstage with Sarah Schreiber now. She asks Liv why she attacked Ripley. Liv says she just did the same thing Rhea did to her. Liv thought they were a great tag team but then Ripley said she was the problem. Liv goes on and says Ripley is really disappointed in herself, not Liv. Liv says she won’t take the blame for any of Ripley’s problems and she won’t take another beating from Rhea and if she doesn’t believe that, then watch her.
– We see what happened earlier when Finn Balor saved AJ Styles from Judgement Day. The announcers go over the WrestleMania Backlash card now.
Becky Lynch, Rhea Ripley and Sonya Deville vs. Asuka, Liv Morgan and RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair
Asuka tags in for a big pop. She unloads on Deville and knocks Lynch back off the apron. Asuka with a Hip Attack to Deville, then one to Ripley. Deville with an axe handle to the back but Asuka still drops her. Asuka with more offense on Deville for a close 2 count. Liv tags in as Asuka dropkicks Deville, and Deville didn’t see the tag. Asuka knocks Deville off the apron with a Hip Attack, into a double knees move by Liv on the floor. Liv brings Deville back in for a 2 count as Lynch breaks it up. Lynch gets sent out by Asuka. Ripley takes out Asuka but Belair takes out Ripley. Deville comes back up and decks Belair.
Deville and Liv trade pin attempts now. Deville dodges a dropkick by Liv. Deville applies a submission, using the middle rope for leverage but the referee doesn’t see it. Belair moves Deville’s legs and Deville is upset. Liv sneaks up and drops Deville with Ob-Livion for the pin to win.
Winners: Liv Morgan, Asuka and Bianca Belair
– After the match, Liv stands tall with Asuka and Belair as the music hits. The WrestleMania Backlash go-home edition of RAW quickly goes off the air with the babyface Superstars raising their arms in the middle of the ring.