Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw. There is a recap video of last week’s episode of Raw. Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring to start things off. Kurt says he wanted to be serious for a moment. He says that he has had to swallow his pride on a number of occasions and he was told that he had to do what was best for business. Last week went too far when Triple H sucker punched him. He is not going to pretend that things are alright. Kurt calls out Triple H and he wants Hunter to face him like a man.
Instead of Triple H, his wife, Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the ring.
Stephanie tells Kurt to calm down. She says that Hunter isn’t even here yet. She tells Kurt she wants to take him on a little ride. She asks him how many children he has and Kurt corrects her and says he has five and his youngest is a one year old daughter. Stephanie reminds Kurt that he has two wives so his alimony payment is pretty steep. She points out that Kut is an Olympic Gold Medalist and you won with a broken neck. You are a WWE Hall of Famer and a four time WWE Champion.
Stephanie asks if those accolades are paying the bills right now. Being Raw General Manager pays the bills. She tells Kurt to think about it. It isn’t like Triple H was provoked because Kurt almost ruined the most important contract signing in history. Ronda Rousey put Hunter through a table and it was Kurt’s fault.
She tells Kurt to know his role and make the matches and put everything behind them. She tells him to use his head and not let his ego get in the way.
Ronda Rousey’s music plays and she makes her way to the ring.
Ronda and Kurt hug but she only shakes Stephanie’s hand.
Ronda says that what she did to Kurt last week was enlightening and the people who brought her here are not the people she thought they were. Ronda says she will deal with them her own way.
Stephanie says that employees don’t always understand the choices their bosses make. She is part of WWE that Stephanie oversees. She says that they gave Ronda her dream opportunity, to be a part of Wrestlemania. Your debut match will be on the grandest stage of them all. It doesn’t get any bigger than that.
Ronda thanks Stephanie. She says she gets to choose her opponent for Wrestlemania.
Stephanie says as long as the person is not a champion and is an active member of the WWE Roster.
Ronda says that she wants to face . . .
Stephanie interrupts and she asks for a drumroll.
Ronda tells Stephanie she wants to face her.
Stephanie says she is not an active member of the roster.
Triple H’s music plays and he miraculously shows up at the right time. Hunter tells Kurt he has to do his job. Stephanie is an executive and the commissioner of Raw.
Kurt says that he thought Hunter was not here.
Hunter says he is here and don’t worry about where he is. He tells Kurt to do his job.
Kurt says that Stephanie is an executive but she also has a contract as a WWE Superstar. Kurt tells Stephanie that she will be facing Ronda at Wrestlemania. There is someone else with a second contract and it is you Triple H. Kurt says that he already told Hunter if he did anything, he was going to come after him. It will not be Stephanie McMahon versus Ronda Rousey, it will be Triple H and Stephanie McMahon versus Ronda Rousey and him.
Stephanie screams at Kurt but not loud enough to be heard by the microphones. Stephanie is about to slap Kurt, but Ronda blocks it.
Triple H tells Ronda to calm down. He says they are going to get out of the ring and . . .
Hunter tries to sucker punch Kurt but Kurt blocks it and he punches Hunter. Hunter gets a boot up but Kurt with a drop toe hold and he tries for the ankle lock but Hunter kicks him into the turnbuckles. Stephanie hits Ronda from behind.
Hunter goes for a pedigree on Angle but Angle escapes and he applies the ankle lock and grapevines the leg. Stephanie pulls Hunter to safety.
Ronda pulls Stephanie back into the ring. Ronda gets Stephanie up for a Samoan drop.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Asuka versus Nia Jax
Asuka with forearms but Nia sends Asuka into the turnbuckles. Nia with a few splashes into the corner followed by a running hip strike. Nia with a head butt and biel that sends Asuka to the floor.
Meanwhile, Alexa Bliss is asked about this match and she says that this is Asuka’s night. She says that Nia is worried and she hopes the EMTs are on site because Nia might end the streak and her career.
They return to the ring and Nia with a back breaker. Asuka with an Octopus but Nia is able to get out. Asuka goes for a sunset flip but Nia picks Asuka up by the hair and pushes her away. Nia with an Irish whip and Asuka goes to the turnbuckles but Nia with a forearm and hits a version of Eye of the Storm as we go to commercial.
We are back and Nia with a cobra clutch. We see footage from the commerical when Nia power bombs Asuka into the ring post. Back in the ring, Asuka with a hip attack for a near fall. Nia puts Asuka into the turnbuckles and gets a near fall. Nia gets Asuka on her shoulders but Asuka with elbows to escape. Nia with a Samoan drop but Asuka gets her foot on the rope to break the referee’s count. Nia with punches to Asuka.
Nia gets Asuka up again and she presses Asuka over her head and drops Asuka face first on the mat. Asuka moves when Nia goes for a leg drop. Asuka with a cross arm breaker and Nia tries to get to her feet and she picks up Asuka and hits a power bomb but Asuka has Nia in a triangle. Nia picks up Asuka and runs her into the turnbuckles and Asuka holds on to the triangle. Nia is about to pass out but she gets Asuka’s shoulders on the mat but Asuka keeps one off to avoid a count. Nia gets Asuka on the ropes and Asuka floats into a cross arm breaker.