This week’s RAW episode will be live from Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia and is supposed to open with a segment from Triple H and Batista. Also, what will be done with RAW Women’s Championship remains to seen after Ronda Rousey relinquished the title last week. Apart from this some more matches for Fastlane are supposed to be announced along with the usual promise of matches from NXT call ups. You can check our preview for the episode here.
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1. Roman’s Wish!
Roman Reigns opens the show for the second week in a row. This is what people get sick of!! Too much of Reigns! He is soaking in the reception from the crowd as we get the highlights of his return from last week- remission announcement and making the save on Ambrose. The crowd is electric as it would generally be for a returning superstar while Roman is seemingly emotional. He starts with saying, “Last week at Atlanta, it was the comeback and this week in Phili we take our yard back. In order to get what I want, there is one man standing in my way, my brother Seth Rollins!” He calls out Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins says that he will take inspiration from Roman and will bring the title to RAW every week by slaying the beast. He then says it’s hard to vacate the title and Roman deserves the title. Roman gives his blessings to Rollins the title but he wants to get the Shield to reunite again for one last time as a favor. Rollins refuses for it but Roman tries to convince him by saying he has different priorities now and he thinks getting the band back together would be good. Crowd gets back behind him and finally, Rollins agrees. Roman calls out Ambrose but he makes everyone wait for a while as the crowd gets excited. Ambrose takes the mic at the entrance but before he could say anything Elias smashes a guitar over his back and runs away before Rollins and Reigns could get there. Ambrose gets back to his feet after withering in pain for some time and leaves without saying anything.
Backstage, Charly Caruso interviews Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, and Bobby Lashley. McIntyre says, “he broke the Shield months ago and it makes him sick that they’re living in the past. They tell us that they will take on Finn Balor, Braun Strowman and Kurt Angle.
2. Kurt Angle, Finn Balor and Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre
Strowman attacks Corbin right away and sends him out of the ring with a clothesline before sending him in the barricade with a running shoulder tackle. They get back to the ring and McIntyre is tagged in and tries to take the upper hand but Strowman comes back with a punch and tags in Balor. McIntyre takes him down and tags in Lashley. Lashley goes for the powerbomb but Balor counters with punches and avoids a running shoulder block to send him outside instead. He also takes out Corbin and hits a suicide dive on the outside. He sends McIntyre out as well but his second dive attempt is stopped by Lio Rush.
Corbin hits deep six on Balor. Balor tries to fight back but ends up being hit by a clothesline from Corbin. McIntyre is tagged in and he hits a suplex to get a near fall. He puts Balor in a shoulder stretch. Balor fights out of it in the corner and tags in Angle. He hits McIntyre with a trio of German suplexes. McIntyre counters the Angle slam but gets in the Ankle Lock instead. Angle releases the hold to hit Lashley with a German suplex but McIntyre takes advantage of the distraction to hit Glasgow Kiss.
Angle tags in Strowman after avoiding Corbin. He takes down everyone on the opposing team before He hits Corbin with a powerslam and tags Balor to hit the Coup de Grace. Rush interferes and Finn chases him around the ring. Lashley catches him and rams him into the ring post. Strowman charges on Lashley outside but runs Rush through the barricade. Lashley gets tagged in and hits a spear on Balor to get the win.
Winner- Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre with a pinfall
The winners take out the punishment on Balor and Angle after the match. McIntyre hits the Claymore kick on Balor and Corbin and Lashley drive him into the steel steps.
Heavy Machinery is interviewed backstage and shown a clip of the other Raw tag teams talking shit about them earlier today. The Ascension especially is mad about it and call Otis a giant thumb. Zack Ryder says he looks like Chris Farley in an SNL skit gone bad but he’s the real deal, and we cut back to Otis for his reaction. He says he’s sensitive and that hurt his feelings. Tucker says he’s gonna make it right and get a gauntlet match for later and show them that Otis has a tendency to hurt those who hurt his feelings.
3. Natalya vs Ruby Riott
Ruby takes down Nattie and slams her to the floor face first on the floor and then into the turnbuckle. She puts her in the chinlock then. Natalya comes out of it with an arm drag and hits a suplex. She locks Ruby in the sharpshooter. Ruby counters it and tries to roll up Nattie. Nattie counters it with a lateral press to get the pinfall.
Winner- Natalya with a pinfall
Lacy Evans comes out for her customary Ramp walk after the match.
Stephanie McMahon is backstage when a crew member rolls up to introduce to the guests, Michael and Colin, the hosts of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update. They’re excited to be here and that they’re going to WrestleMania. Steph tries to warn them and Colin says he wrestled in high school and still has a single, and Michael pulls him out of the fire before he can say anything else stupid.
4. Triple H addressed Bautista
Bautista has earlier posted on Instagram that he won’t be attending to RAW tonight because he has other obligations and because he doesn’t like Philly. Maybe he will attend RAW at Pittsburgh or maybe he won’t.
Hunter talks about how honored he was to introduce Flair on his birthday. He actually calls him Richard Fliehr and talks about the real man behind the character. He jokes about not being able to make it to all of Ric’s weddings, but he also talks about being there when Ric buried his son. He says that everyone knew that Batista had called him out for a while. He says that when he got injured in November, Batista didn’t quit to get what he wanted. Triple H calls out how pathetic it was to attack a 70-year old man just to get his attention. He says that he can come to Batista’s house, or Batista can come to his. He doesn’t care if its on a movie set. He tells Batista to have some balls and show up, get face to face to him to ask what he wants.
Caruso with Stephaine backstage. Steph says that what Ronda did with the title was disrespectful. But they are taking off all the charges on Becky and her suspension is lifted. Becky will be at the arena tonight.
She has to sign a hold-harmless agreement – stating that if she gets hurt, WWE won’t be responsible at Fastlane, since it will be Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair at Fastlane for the RAW Women’s Championship.
Roman Reigns approaches Dean Ambrose to talk. Reigns ask why he’s standing in that shady area when they have a locker room which they can share anytime. Ambrose just says that he needs to get ready for his match against Elias later.
5. Heavy Machinery vs the B Team vs the Ascension vs Ryder and Hawkins- Gauntlet Match
Axel tries to mock Otis after the bell, so the Dozer runs him over. Tucker tags in and they hit a double team for a two count. Axel and Dallas take control momentarily, but Tucky uses some unique offense to take them down. They hit their finisher on Dallas for a very fast win. The Ascension is up next and Konnor hits a boot to the face. Otis recovers and knocks him down with a shoulder. Konnor pushes Tucker to the corner so he and Viktor can double team him. Knight avoids a charging Konnor and both men make the tag to their partners. Otis takes control and throws Viktor with a t-bone suplex. He hits a corner splash for the win. Hawkins jumps right on Dozer in an attempt to gain an advantage. Ryder tags in and almost gets the pin. Otis regains the upper hand with a slam to Hawkins. He does the caterpillar into an elbow drop for the pin and the win.
Winner- Heavy Machinery
Charlotte with Caruso for the interview backstage. Charlotte says that Becky will sign the agreement on the dotted line due to her arrogance. She claims that she will become the RAW Women’s Champion at Fastlane.
It’s Rollins turn to talk to Ambrose. Rollins tells Ambrose that brother does fight with each other and that they now have a chance to do it right and unite the Shield again. Ambrose says that he can’t do it and wants to focus on his match with Elias. He appreciates the help from last week but will take of Elias now,
6. Elias vs Dean Ambrose
Elias again disses the crowd in his song. That goes on for so long before finally, Ambrose came out for the match. Ambrose starts with forearms. Elias comes back with a chop but Ambrose hits the flying forearm off the rope. Dean clotheslines him over the top rope to the floor and slams his head into the barricade. He brings him back in and again clotheslines him to send out on the other side. Elias sells the clothesline by going into the barricade.
After the break, Elias is in the control and hits the Old School and some kicks on Dean and drives him outside. Ambrose comes back with a suicide dive on Elias. He picks up some momentum with clothesline and forearms but Elias takes control after a punch at the back of the head. He hits Dean with some blows before Dean hits a neckbreaker. Dean takes time to go to the top turnbuckle due to the Guitar strike earlier in the night by Elias, giving Elias time to counter with a jumping knee. Elias hits the Drift Away to get the win.
Winner- Elias with a pinfall
7. Shield Reunites!
Reigns and Rollins come out after the match as we head to the break. Roman and Rollins ask Ambrose to make things right off the mic but Ambrose moves out of the ring and leaves from the crowd like they use to do in their Shield days. He was mid-way up the stairs when Corbin, McIntyre, and Lashley come out. McIntyre says that he wanted the Shield to challenge for a match at Fastlane but they are not the hounds of Justice anymore but only three broken men.
They attack Roman and Seth who got outnumbered until Ambrose gives in and runs back to help them out. Dean, Roman,
We cut backstage where Becky Lynch is on a crutch and talking to a crew member when we go to break.
The Shield vs Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin and Lashley is made official after the break.
8. Tamina Snuka vs Sasha Banks
Tamina goes after Sasha right away. Sasha sidesteps her at the turnbuckle and hits a jumping knee to come back. She continues with knees and kicks until Tamina picks her up and slams her into the turnbuckle. After a roll up Tamina comes back with a huge uppercut. Banks counters at the turnbuckle and locks in the Bank statement. Nia pulls Tamina out. Bayley is taken out by Nia when she tries to run her down. Sasha hits a Meteora from the apron to take Nia down. Tamina throws Sasha into the ring, only for Sasha to spin and kick her face. Jax distracts Sasha at the apron long enough for Tamina to nail the superkick for the pin and the win.
Winner-Tamina Snuka with a pinfall
Colin Jost(SNL host) gets confronted by Braun Strowman. There’s a lot of tension and Colin Jost asks if “any of this stuff is even real”. He gets choked and lifted up.
Back from commercial, Braun is still choking Colin while backstage crew including Adam Pearce and Fit Finlay, have shown up to get him to let go. Strowman finally let him go, and he tells Colin he’ll see him at WrestleMania, who then waits until he leaves to taunt him and tell him he’s running away.
9. The Revival vs Aleister Black and Ricochet
Aleister Black and Ricochet cut a promo backstage before coming out. Black starts with forearms and punches on both members of Revival. Wilder gets him into the corner and tags Dawson to double team. Dawson keeps pressure for sometime before Black hits a springboard moonsault. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, the former tag team champs, walk down the ramp as we head to the break.
Dawson keeping control over Black. Black counters with an arm drag and high knee but was unable to tag. Black finally trips both Dawson and Wilder and tags in Ricochet who takes them out with some high speed and high flying moves. Revival goes out of the ring and Roode and Gable attacks them to cause a disqualification.
Winner- The Revival by disqualification
Gable and Roode come into the ring to confront Black and Ricochet. They argue for sometime before starting a brawl which ended when the former RAW tag team champions were sent out of the ring. Black and Ricochet ended the segment with the backflips in the ring.
10. Becky signs the agreement
Steph comes out to the ring holding the RAW Women’s Championship belt. She takes us to the recap of how Ronda left the belt in the ring and walked away. Then, she calls out Charlotte. As the crowd started booing them, both of them woo like Ric Flair before Steph calls out Becky. Becky comes out on the crutches, hobbling and somehow gets into the ring.
Steph tells Becky that she needs to sign the hold-harmless agreement to get the match at Fastlane. Charlotte mocks Becky and they were about to start the brawl again but Steph asks them to stop. Becky signs the agreement and the match is official. Then we get to see an irate Ronda Rousey storming at the backstage, coming towards the ring as Becky and Charlotte continue to argue in the ring.
11. Ronda turns heel!
Rousey comes to the ring after the break and asks Stephanie what she is doing. She says she never relinquished the title and was just giving Steph a week to think about including Becky. She demands her title back and Stephanie hands it to her. She changes the Fastlane match between Becky and Charlotte. If Becky wins, she is added to the Mania match between Flair and Rousey. The champ gets in Stephanie’s face and says she can do whatever she wants because McMahon makes too much money from her to fire her. Rousey talks about how hard she has worked and how the crowd has turned against her.
Ronda then attacks Charlotte and Becky to complete her heel turn. Charlotte gets out of the ring after getting some blows. Ronda then assaults Becky before putting her in armbar. Charlotte tried to interfere but ended thinks against it. Becky tries to fight Ronda but is taken down again for another armbar. Ronda steps on Becky’s neck and poses with her title as Charlotte looks from the ramp.
Stephanie McMahon is interviewed backstage. She scoffs at the idea that she did Ronda a favor and says what just happened is ridiculous and Rousey showed her true colors and proved her right all along. She incredulously recounts all these events and asks who Ronda thinks she is and says she can’t wait to see how it all shakes out at WrestleMania and she believes Rousey will get what’s coming to her.