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Welcome to WWE Monday Night RAW. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho walk down to the ring to open the show. Owens praised himself for beating Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble and still being the WWE Universal Champion. He noted that he has been proving people wrong for his entire career and brought up for proving Mick Foley wrong. Owens said that Foley has been stacking the deck against him. He said that he is the best and the guy. He said that he had some help last night and thanked Chris Jericho for his moral supported then hugged him. He said that Jericho proved to the world that he is the greatest Royal Rumble competitor of all of time. Jericho bragged that he has been in Royal Rumbles for almost five hours, which is a record. He brought up for lasting over an hour in the match and is a 61 minute man. He noted that he suffered vertigo while he was in the cage. Braun Strowman then walked out. He said that he helped Owens because he doesn’t like Reigns and because he wants a title shot. Owens doesn’t remember that he promised Strowman a title match and said that it wasn’t happening. He showed footage of Owens promising that. Strowman demanded a title shot tonight. Mick Foley walked out to the stage with a horrible suit. Foley said that Owens did promise him a title match. Owens said that Foley can’t do this to him. Foley announces Owens vs. Strowman for the WWE Universal Championship tonight.
Singles Match: Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn.
They lock and Jericho tossed him to the apron. Jericho hit a springboard drop kick. Zayn fought back and hit a moonsault off the barricade to send us to break.
We’re back with Jericho in control of Zayn. Moments later, Zayn fought back and hit the blue thunder bomb for 2. Jericho ducked out of the ring and chased Jericho until they got back into the ring where Zayn hit a DDT. Jericho locked in the Walls of Jericho. Zayn got out of it by reaching the bottom rope. Zayn hit the big boot in the corner for the win.
Sheamus and Cesaro were arguing. Bayley walked up and calmed them down then hyped them for their tag team match against Anderson, Gallows and Charlotte Flair, who then walked up. They mocked Bayley, Cesaro, and Sheamus for being losers.
A video package of the history between Triple H and Seth Rollins was shown.
Stephanie McMahon and Owens are shown talking in the back. Owens was upset that he had to defend the title tonight. He said that he is hurt and that he can’t wrestle Strowman. She said that she would talk to Foley about getting the match cancelled.
Singles Match: Mustafa Ali vs. Tony Nese
Ali with an arm drag to begin the match. Ali with a hurricanrana but Nese fired back with a knee strike and a back elbow. Ali blocked a german suplex and rolled him for 2. Neese with a big clothesline for 2. Ali with a rolling neck breaker for 2 then a spinning heel kick. Ali went to the top rope but Neese blocked it and hit a knee strike for the win.
Seth Rollins walks down to the ring and said that even though McMahon wanted to scold him appearing at NXT Takeover that million dollar princess don’t always get what they want. McMahon walked out to the ring and said that Triple H isn’t here to tonight. He doesn’t care that she is out here if Triple H isn’t here and that she should let him off his leash. McMahon said that Triple H out is afraid to let out his darkness and that she told him to stay away. McMahon pointed out that Rollins was banned at the Royal Rumble and he should beg to them for forgiveness. McMahon wants an apology. Rollins apologized for showing Triple H as a gutless snake and ruining his legacy. Rollins said that he called out Triple H but Triple H had his security do his dirty work. Rollins said that is not “The Game” but rather a scared man because he is the greatest threat to Triple H’s legacy. McMahon said that he digested her She said that Rollins would be the reason for his own demise. Rollins threatened to show up at WWE HQ or showing up at her house and having her child answer the door. He vowed that he would not stop until he gets Triple H and slays the king. McMahon said that she lied and that Triple H is coming tonight and he is coming for Rollins.
Six-Person Tag Team Match: Bayley, Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows & Charlotte Flair
Anderson and Cesaro start things off. Cesaro with a series of uppercuts to Anderson. Gallows was tagged in but Cesaro hit a big boot to the big man. Flair distracted Cesaro and Gallows hit him with a big boot.
We’re back with Anderson in control of Cesaro. Cesaro tried fighting his way out of the corner but was cut off. Moments later, Sheamus got the hot tag and hit a series of clotheslines to Gallows. Sheamus went to the top rope and hit a clothesline for 2. Sheamus with a series of clubbing shots. Cesaro was tagged in and they hit a double team move to Gallows but Anderson made the save. Bayley and Flair were tagged in. Bayley took out Flair with a dive. Flair went for the Figure Eight but Bayley blocked and hit the Belly-To-Belly for the win.
Winners: Bayley, Cesaro & Sheamus
McMahon scolded Foley for booking Owens against Strowman. Foley pointed out that he was hired to do a job and he did so. Foley said that he is not stupid. McMahon promises that Triple H will be here tonight. Foley wants to keep his promise for the WWE Universal Title then wanted a high five but McMahon declined and Foley walked out.
Neville walked down to the ring and cut a promo about how people never believed in him. He said that he is the king of the Cruiserweights. Rich Swann walked out and said that although he wants to punch Neville, he will wait for his rematch. Swann said that he is tired of listening to Neville and that this fight Neville thinks he has with the fans is going on in his head. Swann said that Neville is one of the very best and he has respect for that. They start brawling and it ended with Swann hitting an outside dive.
We see Bayley checking up on Sasha Banks in the trainers room. Banks said that she was getting ready for her match with Nia Jax. Baley said that she has nothing prove but Banks thinks different and said that she doesn’t want to come up short.
Still shots from the Royal Rumble match was shown.
Jericho walked in and said that the match is still on for tonight. Jericho said that no matter what happens that they are still the US Champions. Owens said that Jericho needs to be out there. Jericho pointed out that Owens wasn’t out there for his match. Jericho said that he has his back.
WWE Universal Championship Match: Kevin Owens © vs. Braun Strowman.
Strowman attacked Jericho before the match. Once the match started, Strowman chased Owens around the ring and then hit a clothesline. Strowman with some splashes in the corner to Owens. Strowman sent him into the barricade. Strowman started landing chops to Owens’ chest. Strowman ran into the ring post, and Owens hit a cannonball. Back in the ring, Owens hit a back splash then a frog splash off the top rope for 2. Strowman with a powerslam to Owens. Roman Reigns walked down to the ring and hit Strowman with a Superman Punch. Reigns clotheslines him to the floor then hit another Superman Punch. Reigns hit a spear to Owens then walked to the back.
We see an SUV arriving to the building and Brock Lesnar steps out of it with Paul Heyman.
Lesnar and Heyman walks out to the ring. Heyman said that there comes a time in everyone’s time where….Goldberg chants started from the crowd. Heyman thanked them for their most irrelevant opinion. Heyman said that they are at a moment in time where one legend has an opponent that they cannot beat. Heyman brought Andre The Giant losing to Hulk Hogan, Ronda Rousey losing to Holly Holm, The Undertaker losing at WrestleMania to Lesnar, John Cena losing to Lesnar and Angle, who is being inducted into WWE HOF, lost to Lesnar. Heyman said that anytime he goes to his kids and tells him that he advocates for Lesnar they tell him that Goldberg beat Lesnar in a minute and 26 seconds. Heyman said that he hates “yeah but” as that is the worst thing to say to the greats. Heyman said that Lesnar needs to be an end to that and thereby challenges Goldberg to a match at WrestleMania 33. Heyman said that this would be one final fight and the end of their story. Heyman said that odds are in Goldberg’s favor “yeah but” then he drops the microphone.
Tag Team Tornado Match: Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Jinder Mahal & Rusev.
They start brawling to begin the match and then we cut to break.
We’re back with Amore taking out Majhal with a dive off the top rope. When Amore went for a dive outside the ring, Rusev caught him and sent him into the barricade. Mahal and Rusev attacked Cass and sent him into the ring post. Mahal hit a knee drop to Amore while Rusev hit a powerslam to him. Big Cass fought back and sent Mahal to the floor then a powerslam to Rusev followed by a big elbow drop for 2 as Mahal broke it up. Rusev and Mahal double team Cass. Amore pulled out Mahal and sent him into the steel steps. Amore with a dive off the top rope for the win.
Winners: Enzo Amore & Big Cass
We see Triple H arriving to the arena.
Triple H walks down to the ring and cuts a promo about Rollins. Triple H said that he made Rollins a star and handed him championships. Triple H note that he made Rollins NXT Champion, leader of The Shield and made him the face of the WWE. He noted that Rollins would become WWE Champion right next to him. He said that as the weight built up on Rollins, Rollins dropped and cried about injuring his knee then handed back everything that he gave Rollins. Triple H said that he should not apologize to Rollins for his actions. He said that he doesn’t want to be that guy again, the guy who ends careers and crushes dreams. Triple H demanded that Rollins gets out to the ring and meet his destroyer. Rollins walked down to the ring and Samoa Joe came out from under the ring and attacked Rollins. Joe beat him down in the ring as Triple H walked to the back. Joe locked in a rear-naked choke and Rollins passed out. Joe stood tall in the ring to close the show.
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