Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw. There is a recap video of last week’s episode of Raw. Braun Strowman’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring. Braun says he wants to tell everyone a short story. A short story with a happy ending. A beast and a machine met a monster at the Royal Rumble and the last one standing was the Monster Among Men and he became the new Universal Champion.
Kurt Angle’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring with members of security behind him.
Braun tells Kurt he was telling a story, but Kurt says he has a story that doesn’t have a happy ending. Kurt says that Braun could have maimed people last week and he also caused thousands of dollars of damage.
Braun says it could have been a lot worse.
Kurt says that Braun has created an unsafe working environment. Kurt says he is responsible for everyone in the back and they could get caught in the crossfire.
Braun says he did his job last week, but Kurt says we settle things in the ring, not in the back with grappling hooks.
Braun says he does things how he wants and when he wants. If he wants to rip down the walls of Suplex City, that is what he will do. If he wants to kick in the doors to hell, that is what he is going to do. If he wants to be Universal Champion at the Royal Rumble, he will.
Kurt says Braun is lucky that they will be able to compete in the match at the Royal Rumble. It is not going to be a Triple Threat Match. Kurt tells Braun that he is fired.
Kurt leaves the ring and goes to the back.
Braun leaves the ring and he goes to the back with security walking behind him.
The announcers mention the matches on the show.
We go to Braun in the back and security is still walking behind him. Braun realizes that they are behind him and he tells them to make him leave.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look at Hugh Jackman on Raw as General Manager in 2011.
Braun is still walking with security a few feet behind him. Braun goes to the exit door and then he is told by one of the members of security he has to leave and he puts his hand on Braun’s shoulder. Braun attacks security, and one of them tries to escape but Braun stops him and throws him onto a table.
Braun says he is not leaving until everyone gets these hands.
Sheamus and Cesaro versus Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews (with Dana Brooke)
Crews and Sheamus start things off and they lock up. Cesaro makes the tag and they kick Crews in the corner. Sheamus tags back in and they hit a double hip toss but Crews lands on his feet. Crews with a drop kick to Cesaro and then he floats over in the corner and hits a drop kick on Sheamus. Titus tags in and he punches Sheamus. Titus with a shoulder tackle and he barks. Sheamus with a knee lift and Cesaro tags in and connects with a European uppercut and chops. Cesaro with another European uppercut. Titus sends Cesaro into the corner and connects with a forearm and chop. Titus with a chop after mocking Cesaro. Cesaro with chops and Titus grabs Cesaro by the throat as he backs Cesaro into the corner and connects with a chop.
Titus with a slam. Crews tags in and he kicks Cesaro and slams him. Crews with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Cesaro escapes a delayed vertical suplex attempt and he tags in Sheamus. Sheamus with a knee and Cesaro with a flying European uppercut. Sheamus with a clothesline off the turnbuckles and we go to commercial.
We are back and Cesaro stops Crews when he tries to make the tag. Sheamus tags in and hits a back breaker and Cesaro comes off the turnbuckles with an elbow drop for a near fall. Sheamus with a top wrist lock but Crews with punches and an enzuigiri. Cesaro and Titus tag in and Titus with a shoulder tackle and clotheslines. Titus with chops to Cesaro followed by a biel. Titus barks and he hits a splash into the corner followed by a power slam for a near fall. Sheamus tags in and Crews sends Cesaro to the floor. Crews misses a moonsault off the apron and Cesaro takes care of Crews. Cesaro with a European uppercut against the ropes and Sheamus with a rollup. Titus escapes a Gotch Style Neutralizer and Crews tags in and hits a cross body for a near fall.
Crews with a standing moonsault. Titus is sent to the floor and Sheamus tags in. Sheamus gets Crews up for the spike White Noise and . . .
Jason Jordan’s music plays and Crews with a rollup for the three count.
Winners: Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews
After the match, Seth Rollins comes out and he says something to Jason that we cannot hear.
Braun Strowman is in the back and he looks for Kurt Angle’s office and he finds it. Braun kicks the door down and then he destroys the monitor and throws around some other furniture before he leaves.
We go to commercial.
We are back and in catering. Someone comes in and says that Braun Strowman is coming, but no one gets up.
Braun attacks Curt Hawkins and choke slams him through a table. Braun grabs some cake a backstage worker is carrying and he takes a bite out of it and then he walks away.
Enzo Amore comes out to the ring with Tony Nese.
Enzo says he is doing better than Curt Hawkins. He says Braun Strowman is a monster among men and so is he. He might look like Frankenstein at the Royal Rumble, but he will walk out of the ring as Cruiserweight Champion. What does that make Cedric? Dracula . . . because he sucks. Enzo says that Cedric will have to get through Tony Nese.
Goldust comes out with Cedric and he says that Enzo has a lot of nerve to compare himself to Boris Karloff. Enzo would go straight to DVD, but Cedric Alexander is a box office smash. When Cedric wins at Royal Rumble, there will only be one word to describe him . . . champion. Goldust says he has one word for Enzo.
Cedric says that there is only one word to describe Enzo and he spells it out.