Welcome to another edition of a crowd less Monday Night RAW!
The show opened with a video package of Paul Heyman and Drew McIntyre discussing the Wrestlemania match. I believe this same video has been shown for the past to weeks.
After the video, we went to the ring where Heyman and Brock Lesnar happened to be. Heyman in many different ways, makes it clear that McIntyre has no shot against Lesnar.
Then we go to a replay of the 2015 WWE Title match at the Royal Rumble. Yes the triple threat match between John Cena, Seth Rollins, and Brock Lesnar.
After rewatching the title match, The OC make their entrance. AJ Styles discusses the fact that Mania is two days this year, but it doesn’t matter to him what day his match is on. He of course brings up Michelle McCool again, saying that she is in control of what day Undertaker can leave the house.
They show the video that McCool and Taker made to save the tigers. This led to Styles saying he doesn’t want to face Mark Callaway, he wants the Taker of yesteryear. Styles then challenged Undertaker to a Boneyard match.
We then went backstage to an interview with Zelina Vega, Andrade, and Angel Garza. Garza and Andrade will face the Street Profits at Wrestlemania. Vega told Charly Caruso that her clients will walk out of Mania as the tag champs and prove why they are the best in WWE.
Andrade and Angel Garza defeated Cedric Alexander and Ricochet via Pinfall
For the most part this was a solid match, we got to see the new look of Ricochet and see Alexander wrestle. But of course Garza and Andrade put on shenanigans during the beginning of the match.
After the match, the Street Profits and Garza and Andrade brawled for a bit. The Street Profits were at commentary for the match.
Street Profits defeated Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink via Pinfall (Frog Splash)
After sending Andrade and Garza packing, the Street Profits took on the NXT team. It was good to see NXT Talent, but the match didn’t last very long.
We then see a video of R-Truth regaining the 24/7 Championship from Riddick Moss.
We come back from a break, to Charly Caruso in the ring with Shayna Baszler. For most of the interview, its rather quiet and awkward. Once Baszler does answer questions, she gets hit from behind by Becky Lynch. Lynch hits her a few times with a steel chair before leaving.
Aleister Black defeated Leon Ruff via Pinfall (Black Mass)
It was a quick one folks, not really much else to say.
After a commercial, we came back to Kevin Owens in ring. He knows Seth Rollins is there and asks him to come talk to him face to face. Rollins’ music hits.
Rollins says that the WWE PC does seem nice, but questions Owens idea of home field advantage. While Owens was right last week in saying Rollins never trained at the PC, according to Rollins the PC was built on his blood, sweat, and tears.
When Rollins got signed, he reported to an old warehouse and was told nothing he did before WWE mattered. Even though he was told his life work didn’t matter, Rollins kept going, paving a way for others.
Rollins was adamant that nothing: not the PC, NXT, Takeover, etc exist without him. He also questioned Owens’s decision to pick Wrestlemania. KO can’t beat him on his worst day and Wrestlemania is never his worst day.
We then get a replay of Charlotte Flair versus Asuka from Wrestlemania 34.
After the conclusion of the replay, Charlotte is interviewed by Charly. Charlotte said getting to see the replay of her match with Asuka is inspiring. While Rhea Ripley is excited about making history by defending the NXT Title at Mania, Charlotte is a master class at making history.
Charlotte listed off a few of her history making performances and told Ripley she may learn a thing or two by watching them.
To close the show we got to hear from Randy Orton. Orton said over the past few months his actions have been misunderstood. He talked directly to Edge and said he needed to apologize.
Apparently last week Orton lied to Beth Phoenix. Orton said Adam Copeland is a junky for Edge, not the crowd. Orton then agreed he never had to pay his dues because of his last name. Yes, Orton was given the opportunities, but he made a hall of fame career.
Orton then listed his career accomplishments and asked if becoming the youngest world champion was handed to him. He also brought up Mick Foley. Orton took the torch from Foley and he also said he took grit, but maybe Edge and him have different definitions.
Grit to Orton means longevity, being the constant in the WWE locker room. While Edge called him an entitled brat….Edge is the ultimate opportunist. The opportunities Orton took hold of, like Evolution…wouldn’t Edge have taken that same opportunity?
Orton ended by saying while Edge may be the one writing the story, Orton will write the last chapter. Orton accepts Edge’s Wrestlemania match.