The Almighty One Bobby Lashley Returns! Plus a Tag Team rematch from last week, with T-Bar and Mace facing Braun Strowman and The Almighty One’s opponent at next months Pay-per-view WrestleMania Backlash, Drew McIntyre. We will start to see the latest build-up to the show.
RAW began with a recap of how Drew McIntyre became the number one contender to the WWE Championship. We also recapped what has been going on between McIntyre, T-Bar, and Mace.
Before they made their entrance, we got a promo from T-Bar and Mace. They said they would show the whole world exactly who they are. No mask, no allegiance, no business: only extinction.
We then saw Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre interact, or well I guess confront each other. McIntyre didn’t ask for Strowman’s help last week, but Strowman said he saved his career last week and should follow his lead.
Braun Strowman defeated T-Bar and Mace via DQ
McIntyre did not in fact follow Strowman’s lead, so Strowman decided to make the match a handicap match. Although Strowman wanted to do this one on his own, T-Bar and Mace stomped on him in the corner and the referee had to DQ.
McIntyre made the save though! We went to a commercial as McIntyre and Strowman stared each other down a bit.
T-Bar and Mace defeated Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre via Countout
Yes, we did join this match already in progress because commercials. McIntyre started off the match in control, but eventually T-Bar and Mace were able to isolate McIntyre from his corner. Things then began to break down. Strowman took Mace out with his running shoulder on the outside. At the same time McIntyre was trying to fight T-Bar. A miscue though! McIntyre accidentally hit Strowman and then the countout ensued.
After the match, a running powerslam to McIntyre and Strowman yelled at him to never hit him again.
Then another commercial break.
When we returned from break we got a little package on WWE’s partnership with the Make A Wish Foundation.
Then backstage Drew McIntyre went to Adam Pearce’s office. McIntyre said he wanted Braun Strowman in a match tonight and Pearce agreed.
Back in the ring it was time for Miz TV. Miz once again tried to take credit for Bad Bunny’s success, his tour just sold out. Without their match at Wrestlemania, their star power wouldn’t have rubbed off on Bad Bunny and he wouldn’t have sold out. Then they presented their own concert…Elias.
Elias began to play “Hey Hey Hop Hop” and everyone in the ring joined in. That is until they were interrupted by Damian Priest, Xavier Woods, and Kofi Kingston.
Priest said he felt their concert was just one to be seen in person. The concert moved him so much that he said “they felt they needed a surprise of their own.” The New Day then brought out what seemed to be a rather heavy guitar case. The case happened to be filled with tomatoes! We went to commercial as The New Day and Damian Priest were throwing the tomatoes at the men in the ring.
Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Damian Priest defeated Jaxson Ryker, Elias, and The Miz via Pinfall (Rollup)
A pretty fast paced and entertaining match up. It looked like Elias was going to pick up another victory over Kingston, but that didn’t work out. Lots of action in this one. Priest seemed to be all over the ring and taking everyone out, which helped when he tagged in Woods.
After the match we saw Sonya Deville walking backstage. Deville came up to a door and opened it up. Charlotte Flair walked in the building! Yes, the suspended Charlotte Flair. We took a commercial break as we saw the two women walk away.
Returning from commercial break, Deville was in he ring. Deville introduced Charlotte Flair to the ring. As Flair was entering the ring we saw that Eddie Orengo, WWE Referee, was in the ring as well. Then we saw footage of what happened last week that led to Flair’s suspension.
Deville pointed out that because of Flair’s actions she was suspended indefinitely and fined $100,000. According to Deville though, she thought Adam Pearce’s consequences were a little rushed and he didn’t hear both sides before making a decision. Then she opened the floor to Flair.
Flair thanked Deville for giving her the opportunity to repent. She said she had been reflecting the past week and has seen the error of her ways. Flair then said she wanted to make a sincere apology to WWE Management, WWE Universe, but more importantly to Eddie. She said she didn’t understand what happened and that instinct took over; tonight she is here to take the high road.
Then Flair turned to Eddie and said she was sorry for putting her hands on him and manhandling him. Eddie did accept Flair’s apology and said if he had seen Rhea Ripley’s interference, well Flair would have won the match. This seemed to rub Flair the wrong way.
Deville then lifted Flair’s apology and says Flair will be in action tonight with Eddie the referee of the match. Before everyone could leave the ring, Flair said she needed Eddie to apologize since he said if he had saw Ripley, Flair would have won her match. Eddie then apologized and Flair seemed pleased. Deville and Flair then leave the ring.
As the two women made their way to gorilla, Adam Pearce met them. Pearce questioned when Deville was going to tell him about Flair. He wasn’t buying any of Deville”s apologies or excuses.
Sheamus then made his entrance to the ring before we took a commercial break.
Returning from break Adam Pearce was on the phone with someone discussing the situation with Sonya Deville. Braun Strowman then walked into his office and cut the conversation short.
Strowman said a match with Drew McIntyre was fine by him, but he brought up how he was never actually pinned in the triple threat match a couple weeks ago. According to Strowman he should still be in contention for the WWE Championship. Pearce decided that if Strowman could beat Drew McIntyre later tonight, he would be added to the WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania Backlash.
Back in the ring, Sheamus is still just chilling. He replayed the footage of him destroying Humberto Carrillo last week. After the footage played he said that even with all of Carrillo’s muscles he still couldn’t step to him. With the success of last week Sheamus has decided to bring back the open challenge, but it is not for the championship.
Cue Carrillo’s music.
Sheamus couldn’t believe he would answer the challenge again. He said Carrillo had his opportunity last week! Then Sheamus threw his hat at Carrillo and began the beat down again. In a difference from last week though, Carrillo fought back!
Drop kicks to the outside and a huge suicide dive, Carrillo was standing tall! Sheamus on the other hand threw around chairs at the announcer’s table.
Backstage MVP and Bobby Lashley were interviewed. MVP said we shouldn’t jump to any conclusions about Braun Strowman getting added to the Wrestlemania Backlash match. They have grievances to address. Then we took another commercial break.
Randy Orton and Riddle defeated Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander via Pinfall (Floating Bro)
Yes RKBro really did happen, will the tag team stick around? Who knows. Riddle seemed to want to impress Orton with his wrestling really badly. Alexander though was able to target Riddle’s leg and make that a focus for awhile. Once Riddle was able to make the tag though, Orton just seemed to take over. Alexander tried to stop Orton with a dive from the top rope, but…..RKO OUTTA NOWHERE! Vintage DDT on Benjamin, reluctant tag to Riddle and then the victory!
Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, and Rhea Ripley defeated Lana, Naomi, and Asuka via Pinfall (Leg Drop)
Asuka and Baszler began the match. Asuka seemed to gain the upper hand on Baszler and even brought her to the corner and joked with Ripley that she should tag in. After a distraction, Asuka got her wish and Ripley tagged in. Asuka was able to tag in Naomi eventually, who tried for the pin but only got one. Then Lana entered the match.
Lana was able to sneak away and tag back in Asuka. The match eventually got chaotic when Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke came down to the ring. They threw a bucket of water at Baszler who was going to confront them! Baszler was not phased by the water, but Jax who did go help her tag team partner TRIPPED MULTIPLE TIMES ON THE WATER!
Once back to the match, Jax was able to compose herself and get back in the match for the victory.
Charlotte Flair defeated Mandy Rose via Pinfall (Natural Selection)
Mandy was picked for the match by Sonya Deville because of her actions in “pranking” Nia Jax. Mandy did a pretty good job in the match. She brought the fight to Flair and seemed to stun her a few times, but even still it was not enough to keep the Queen down. Although Flair did have a talk with Eddie about how she believed she had Mandy pinned for a three count, the match did continue. After some vintage moves by Flair, she was able to get the win.
Braun Strowman defeated Drew McIntyre via Pinfall and will now be added to the WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania Backlash
Mace and T-Bar strike again! Even though Bobby Lashley and MVP were ringside in hopes to watch McIntyre win, they did a good job of staying out of the action (well until the end). In the end after a pretty hard fought match, McIntyre was going for the Claymore Kick. Before he could kick Strowman, Mace and T-Bar decided to hop on the ring apron. McIntyre dealt with the two men and lost focus of Strowman. Running Powerslam and thats all she wrote folks!