WWE RAW is live tonight from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Here’s the latest teaser trailer from WWE to get you ready for the show:
The main advertised angle is a “Farewell Address” from The Shield as Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins get ready to say goodbye to faction mate Dean Ambrose, who will reportedly leave the WWE when his contract expires in weeks. We will also get a face-to-face confrontation between former members of Evolution Triple H and Batista to address The Animal’s attack on Ric Flair two weeks ago at his 70th birthday celebration. Finn Balor will defend his Intercontinental Championship against former champion Bobby Lashley. We will also get fallout from RAW Women’s Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey interfering in Sunday’s Fastlane match to give Becky Lynch a win by disqualification, thus creating a triple-threat match with Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania.
The Shield Opens the Show…with Paul Heyman?
The Shield’s music hits, and the crowd cheers. The Shield makes their way to the ring through the crowd. They are going to give their farewell address. It is announced that Roman Reigns will be in action tonight, his first singles match since coming back. Reigns says he’s come to realize over the past few months that life is short and tomorrow is not guaranteed. If last night was the last night ever, he has no regrets because he was in this ring doing what he loves with people he loves. Last week Reigns asked Rollins and Ambrose for a favor, and they didn’t let him down. However, they’re on the Road to WrestleMania so they need to handle their business. Reigns says he hasn’t had a one-on-one match in months, so he’s going to correct that and have one in Pittsburgh. Ambrose has some business as well. Reigns doesn’t know what it is, but Ambrose probably doesn’t either.
Heyman says ever since Rollins won the Royal Rumble, Lesnar has had his sadistic fantasies in his unrepentant mind focused on Rollins. If Rollins thinks he knows Brock Lesnar… he doesn’t know him at all. All of a sudden… Shelton Benjamin runs in from behind and gives Rollins three German Suplexes. We go to a commercial break.
Seth Rollins vs. Shelton Benjamin
The bell rings, and Benjamin quickly takes Rollins down with a waistlock. Paul Heyman is on commentary. Rollins applies a side headlock, but Benjamin fights out and takes him down. Benjamin keeps a headlock applied, and the crowd is chanting, “Burn it down.” Rollins whips him off, but Benjamin shoulder blocks him down. Rollins quickly takes him down and chops the chest before connecting with a dropkick. Benjamin rolls out of the ring to recover. Rollins punches Benjamin in the face at ringside and bounces him off the barricade. Rollins throws Benjamin into the ring and punches him. Rollins is whipped into the corner, but he manages to boot Benjamin back. Rollins then hits a blockbuster off the second rope. Benjamin avoids a stomp and goes for a German Suplex, but Rollins lands on his feet and throws Benjamin over the top rope. Rollins goes for a suicide dive, but Benjamin kicks him in the face for a two count. We go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Rollins trapped in a chin lock. Rollins soon fights up and elbows out, but Benjamin knees him in the midsection and throws him out of the ring. Heyman is still on commentary. Benjamin throws Rollins into the barricade and the LED apron a few times before taking him down on the floor. Heyman takes a phone call while on commentary. Benjamin throws Rollins into the ring and stands over him. Benjamin goes for a powerbomb, but Rollins fights out. Benjamin goes for a powerbomb, but Rollins hits him with a hurricanrana into the turnbuckle.
Winner: Seth Rollins
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley
The bell rings, and they circle the ring. Lashley quickly hits a waistlock takedown before viciously putting him in the corner. Lashley stomps him down and chokes him with the boot. Lashley chokes Balor on the ropes for a few legal seconds. Lashley then punches him down before applying a neck vice. They mention Lio Rush hasn’t been seen since being bulldozed by Braun Strowman last week on RAW. Balor fights up, but Lashley powers him into the ropes. Lashley hits the ropes, but Balor dropkicks him down. Lashley immediately gets to his feet and powers Balor to the corner. Lashley charges, but Balor moves and tries for a snap kick. Lashley blocks it and punches him down on the apron. Lashley gets on the apron and tries for a suplex, but Balor slides out and into the ring. Balor knocks him off the apron and hits a dropkick. Balor then hits a running kick to the face. Back to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Lashley applying a chin lock to Balor. During the commercial, Lashley slammed Balor into the barricade. Balor fights out, but Lashley connects with a reverse STO for a near fall. Lashley lifts him up, but Balor slides out and throws him out of the ring. Lashley quickly pulls him out of the ring before hitting a back suplex onto the apron for a near fall. Lashley applies a chin lock, but Balor fights up. Lashley sets up for a powerbomb, but Balor counters into a back body drop and a dropkick. Balor hits some running forearms before finally taking Lashley down. Balor chops the chest before Lashley reverses a whip to the corner. Lashley catches Balor trying a slingshot, but Balor slides off. Balor takes him down and hits a double stomp. Balor tries for a Sling Blade, but Lashley counters by sending him into the turnbuckle. Lashley shoulders him before slamming him into the corner. Lashley lifts him up, but Balor counters into a roll-up for a two count. Lashley recklessly throws him into the corner, but Balor comes back with a Sling Blade.
Winner: Bobby Lashley new Intercontinental Champion
Backstage with Baron Corbin
Charly Caruso is backstage with Baron Corbin. She has a replay shown of Baron Corbin saying he hopes Roman Reigns doesn’t return to RAW in October. Corbin says he said it, but he’s not going to worry about hurting people’s feelings. Corbin wanted Reigns gone from the ring, but you can’t tell him overcoming leukemia didn’t take it’s toll. Reigns’ friends won’t be able to save him, and he’ll be exposed. Corbin is going to house-train the Big Dog.
Dana Brooke Confronts RAW Women’s Champion “Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey
RAW Women’s Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey marches her way to the ring. A video package plays highlighting Rousey attacking Becky Lynch at WWE Fastlane to get her to win by disqualification and be entered into the championship match at WrestleMania.
Triple H and Batista will meet face-to-face in the ring later tonight.
Aleister Black & Ricochet vs. Chad Gable & Bobby Roode
Winner: Aleister Black & Ricochet
RAW Tag Team Champions The Revival attack Black and Ricochet from behind.
A Moment of Bliss
Alexa Bliss comes out for A Moment of Bliss. She says everyone is buzzing over her announcement of the host of WrestleMania. Hosting WrestleMania is a big deal. They’ve had Kim Kardashian, The Rock, and The New Day. This year’s host of WrestleMania will be… Alexa Bliss. A “You deserve it” chant lightly picks up, and Bliss says she knows she deserves it. This has been your Moment of Bliss.
Video Package: Colin Jost and Michael Che are the guest correspondents of WrestleMania and got into some trouble last week on RAW
Braun Strowman Backstage Destroying Things
We go outside and see Braun Strowman standing in front of a red sports car with the stagehand. There is a red bow on the car. The stagehand reads a letter from Colin Jost. It’s a present to show no hard feelings. Jost writes that he hopes he treats it better than Mr. McMahon’s limo since there are no more title matches to be screwed out of. Strowman says he can’t even fit into the car and starts to destroy it. Strowman rips off the door, kicks out the front seat, punches the windshield, rips off the hood, and smashes off the bumper. Strowman tells the stagehand to tell Jost and Che that he’ll see them live from New York when they get these hands.
“Ladies and gentlemen… Elias.”
Photos are shown of Nia Jax and Tamina attacking Beth Phoenix before taking out Natalya, who ran down to help.
Nia Jax with Tamina vs. Natalya with Beth Phoenix
No sooner does the match start, but Phoenix gets involved and attacks Jax. Phoenix powers Jax out of the ring and stands tall with Natalya.
Winner: Nia Jax by Disqualification
After Jax and Tamina go backstage, they get into a brawl with Sasha Banks and Bayley.
WrestleMania is 27 days away.
Triple H-Batista Confrontation
Kurt Angle will address his future, next.
Kurt Angle Announces Retirement Plans
Kurt Angle makes his entrance to a huge reception in his hometown. Angle says 23 years ago he left Pittsburgh to compete in the Olympic Games and won the Gold Medal with a broken freakin’ neck. That win led him to the WWE where he has traveled the world for 20 years. He’s faced and defeated every legend and Hall of Famer this business has to offer. No matter where he went, he always considered Pittsburgh his hometown. That’s why he wanted to save this announcement for tonight. Angle says, “At WrestleMania, I will compete in my farewell match.” Angle thanks WWE and the superstars, but most importantly every one of the crowd. Angle is getting emotional. They made it so much fun for him. Angle had the time of his life. A loud, “Thank you Kurt” chant picks up. Angle thanks them. It’s only right to have one last match right here in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Then it’s on to WrestleMania.
Kurt Angle vs. Apollo Crews
The bell rings, and they lock up. Crews applies a side headlock, but Angle whips him off. Crews shoulder blocks him down and hits the ropes. Angle hits a hip toss before taking him down for an arm bar. Crews fights up and puts him in the corner. Angle reverses a whip to the corner, but Crews boots him back. Angle comes back with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Crews avoids Angle and hits a dropkick for a two count. Crews connects with a suplex for a two count. Crews cinches in a chin lock. Angle fights up and elbows out. Angle and Crews trade punches before Angle catches him with a trio of German Suplexes for a near fall. Angle sizes Crews up for an Angle Slam. Crews counters into an arm drag and catches him with a step-up enzuigiri. Crews hits him with a standing moonsault for a near fall. Crews goes to the top rope, but Angle avoids a frog splash. Angle catches him with an Angle Slam for the win, the final win in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!
Winner: Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle helps Apollo Crews up, and they embrace in the ring. Angle then celebrates in the ring and walks off triumphantly.
Baron Corbin Ambushes Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns makes his entrance for his first one-on-one match since his return from leukemia. Drew McIntyre attacks Reigns from behind and punches away at him. McIntyre then sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Reigns falls out of the ring. McIntyre goes outside to get him, but Reigns fights back. McIntyre then wipes him out with a Claymore Kick on the floor. McIntyre tells Reigns to get up and fight for him. Reigns slowly gets up, and McIntyre hits him with a Claymore Kick into the ring post! McIntyre says, “I promise you, Roman. This is just the beginning!”
Referees and a doctor run down to help. The doctor shines a light in Reigns’ eyes to check for a concussion. Reigns keeps stumbling away and won’t let him near. Seth Rollins runs down to check on Reigns. Reigns says he’s fine and tries to walk off, but he has to stop to regain his balance. Reigns says he just has a headache. Reigns then uses Rollins to keep his balance while walking up the ramp.
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are helping Roman Reigns backstage. They send him to the trainer’s room. Ambrose catches up with Triple H. Ambrose says he wants Drew McIntyre tonight in a no disqualification, falls count anywhere match. Triple H says, “Hell yeah” before saying he’ll let McIntyre know.
Falls Count Anywhere
Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre
Ambrose runs up the ramp and attacks him. Ambrose blocks a suplex and hits McIntyre with a suplex on the stage. Ambrose jumps off the stage to hit a double axe handle. They’re not fighting through the crowd. Ambrose bounces him off the barricades and punches him. McIntyre rakes the eyes and chops the chest. They fight up the stairs before McIntyre bounces him off the railing. McIntyre lifts Ambrose and slings him into the wall. McIntyre tries to throw him out of the press box, but Ambrose bits the fingers. Ambrose then jumps off a table to hit McIntyre with a sledge.
We come back from the break to see Ambrose punching McIntyre down the stairs. During the commercial break, they destroyed the concession area and a merchandise wall. Ambrose throws McIntyre back to ringside. Ambrose leaps off the barricade, but McIntyre catches him with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex on the floor. McIntyre removes the top half of the steel steps and hits Ambrose with them for a near fall. McIntyre connects with a suplex on the floor for another near fall. McIntyre brings him back into the crowd and says he’ll take out The Shield one by one. Ambrose gives him a low blow, and McIntyre collapses in pain. Ambrose punches away at McIntyre before backing up. McIntyre quickly hits him in the midsection with a chair and bounces it off his back. McIntyre then drops him on the barricade. Ambrose sends him into a crate and punches him down on it. Ambrose then rolls the crate into another one. Ambrose then hits a Mick Foley elbow drop for a near fall.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
McIntyre stands on the commentary table and poses. Ambrose manages to get to his feet, so McIntyre hits him with another Claymore Kick while the show comes to an end.
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