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Welcome to WWE Monday Night RAW, there is a recap video of last week’s episode of RAW. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman walked down to the ring to open the show. Heyman bragged about Lesnar hitting an F5 to Goldberg last week. He said that he as well as the fans can see into the future and what will happen to Goldberg at WrestleMania 33, which is Lesnar destroying Goldberg. Heyman teased that Goldberg was here tonight but he isn’t there. Heyman said that they have a serious problem with Goldberg because every time Lesnar and Goldberg met, Lesnar gets hit by Goldberg. However, that all changed last week and was a different story. Heyman gets over the F5 as the most devastating finisher in WWE. Heyman said that Lesnar would overcome Goldberg and defeat Goldberg to win the Universal Championship. He said that Lesnar would put the resurrection of Goldberg down. He vowed that Lesnar would go up and Goldberg would go down. Heyman and Lesnar walked to the back.
We see Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley talking in the back. McMahon said that she hired him because of his connection with fans but his business skills are not good. She said that she needs to help him grow. She wants to teach him. Foley is open to the idea and agrees to it. McMahon said that the by the end of night he needs to find someone to fire. She wants everyone to rise to the top and make the product better. Foley said that she can count on him.
Singles Match: Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks.
Brooke attacked her right out of the gate with strikes. Banks fought back and hit her finisher for the quick win.
Post-match, Banks and Bayley celebrated then walked to the back. Charlotte Flair got in the rng and cut a heated promo about Brooke. She said that Brooke would not ride her coattails to WrestleMania. She said that she is getting rid of Brooke, which led to Brooke attacking Flair.
A video package for Eric LeGrand receiving the Warrior Award was shown.
Tag Team Match: Tony Nese & Brian Kendrick vs. TJ Perkins & Akira Tozawa.
Neese attacks Tozawa from behind and tags in Kendrick. Tozawa fought back and sent Kendrick to the floor then hit an outside dive. Perkins took out Nese with a hurricanrana.
We’re back with Kendrick in control of Tozawa. Nese was tagged in and Tozawa laid him out with a right hand. Nese tripped him and locked in a body scissors. Tozawa fought out of it and tagged in Perkins, who hit a crossbody to Nese and a series of kicks. Perkins hit a bulldog for 2 as Kendrick broke it up. Tozawa was sent to the floor and Perkins hit Kendrick with a kick. Nese with a clothesline to Perkins. Perkins knocked down Nese. Tozawa took out Kendrick and Nese rolled up Perkins for the win.
Winners: Tony Nese & Brian Kendrick
Gallows and Anderson cut a promo backstage about beating Cesaro & Sheamus and Amore and Big Cass. They don’t want to talk about them and how they will take the spotlight from them.
Tag Team Match: Kevin Owens & Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn & Chris Jericho.
Jericho and Joe started things off. Joe hit a chop, big boot and back splash for a quick cover that got a two count. Jericho fought back with a drop kick then tagged in Zayn, who landed a series of right hands. Zayn sent both Joe and Owens to the floor and hit him outside dive. Joe attacked Zayn and locked in the rear-naked choke while Owens kicked him. This caused the bell to ring and this one ends in a no contest. After the match, Jericho made the save and tried to lock in the Walls but Joe attacked him from behind. Owens laid out Jericho then walked to the back.
We see Nia Jax walk into Foley’s office and said that she should be competing for the RAW Women’s Championship at Mania. McMahon agreed and booked Jax against Bayley for tonight.
Jinder Mahal demands that Foley not to fire him and said that he is a main eventer. Foley booked Mahal against Roman Reigns tonight.
The New Day does a backstage segment by hyping WrestleMania 33. They introduce The Big Show and interview him. They plug the new WWE – Jetson film. Titus O’Neil walked in and told Show that he wanted to be in movie but Show said that he couldn’t. O’Neil shoves him and we cut to break.
Enzo Amore & Big Cass said that they’re on their way to WrestleMania and the Cinderella of this story. Cass said that they will punch their ticket to WrestleMania tonight and then become the RAW Tag Team Champions.
#1 Contenders Match: Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
Amore and Cass got the early jump on them leading to commercial.
We’re back with Cesaro and Sheamus in control of Amore. Amore avoid a spear and Sheamus went shoulder into the ring post. Cesaro was tagged in and Amore caught him with an enziguri. Cass got the hot tag and hit a series of clotheslines to Cesaro then a powerslam. Cass with a clothesline in the corner and a splash. Sheamus got the tag and took out Cass with a clothesline. Sheamus went for the clubbing strikes but Big Cass fought back and hit a big boot sending him to the floor. Anderson and Gallows ran down and attacked Cass as well as Sheamus causing the double DQ. Anderson and Gallows hit their tag team finisher on Cesaro.
We see a recap video package of The Undertaker chokeslam Reigns last week.
Singles Match: Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal
Reigns hit a series of clotheslines to Mahal then a gong went off and this distracted Reigns. Mahal hit him with a big knee strike then a knee drop. Mahal with a big power slam. Reigns fought back and hit a Superman Punch for the win.
Post-match, Reigns called out The Undertaker and we cut to break.
Reigns awaited Taker in the ring but instead Shawn Michaels walked out. Michaels said that Reigns is not focused and not ready for Taker. Michaels said that Taker is already in Reigns’ head and will eat him alive at Mania. Reigns said that he is being asked about being in the ring with Taker but he thinks that Taker should be thinking about what’s it going to be like when he is in the ring with him. Michaels said that he is on Reigns’ side but told him to acknowledge that he knows what kind of pressure Reigns has on his shoulders. Reigns told him that Taker retired Michaels and that he would be the guy to retire Taker. Reigns walked to the back but was tackled by Braun Strowman. Strowman stood over Reigns and then walked to the back.
McMahon wanted to know if Foley has figured out someone to fire, but he hasn’t and wants to talk her out of it. McMahon told him to make the hard decision. She told him if he doesn’t make the call then she will.
Singles Match: Austin Aries vs. Ariya Davari.
Aries got the early advantage on Davari with a series of strikes. Davari sent Aries to the floor and then back into the ring where he landed a series of strikes. Aries fought back with a clothesline then an elbow drop. Aries landed a dive outside of the ring then a power slam that saw Davari land right on his head. Ouch. Aries hit a big forearm shot for the win.
Singles Match: The Big Show vs. Titus O’Neil.
Big Show hit three chokeslams for the easy win.
Banks hyped up Bayley in the back for her match against Jax.
Jericho is interviewed backstage and he cuts a promo about how he will get his revenge on Owens at WrestleMania 33. He said that he wants to expose Owens for who he really is. Jericho said that the real Kevin Owens will be a special guest on the Highlight Reel next week. Jericho put Mike rome on The List for insulting his intelligence.
Singles Match: Bayley vs. Nia Jax.
The match started off with Jax in control of Bayley and locked in a submission. Bayley fought back with a series of strikes. Jax caught her, but Bayley landed a series of elbows then a drop kick. Jax caught her again and landed her into the ropes. Jax with a splash in the corner and then some more. The match was called off, and Jax tossed her into the barricade.
McMahon calls out Foley to the ring, which leads him to walking out to the ring. He thanked her for giving him the assignment and thinks that he should fire McMahon. She thought it was a joke and wanted a real answer. Foley said that she looks at the Superstars like a joke and that he valued their friendship. He brought up McMahon lying about Triple H helping Owens win the Universal Title. Foley said that he is looking at a really good liar and a bad person. He said that Triple H is not a creator. McMahon said that Foley is weak. This led to Triple H walking out. Foley said that he didn’t think Triple H existed. Triple H said that he is not hiding but rather running a business and that means that he doesn’t want a lawsuit so he won’t beat Foley down. Foley asked him if he was going to pass that off to Joe. Triple H mocked him for wanting to get a cheap pop. Triple H said that he works so hard so he doesn’t have to see hasbeens but McMahon likes him and she brought him back. Triple H told him not to mistake her heart for her lack of trying to do the right thing. Triple H said that Foley is walking dangerously close to going back to his one-man only shows. Foley said that the Superstars look up to him and that he doesn’t have to pretend to like Triple H. Foley said that he enjoys traveling the world. Triple H brought up Foley’s kids and said that Foley’s daughter wants to be a Superstar but he won’t make that happen. Triple H asked him if that was pulling on his heart strings and that it should. Triple H told him to Foley to waddle up the ramp and realize that his kids needs him to have this job. Foley was about to walk to the back but stopped. McMahon talked down to the fans. Triple H grabbed Foley but Foley put Mr. Socko in Triple H’s mouth and McMahon hit Foley with a low blow. This led to Seth Rollins walking out on one crutch to the ring then dropping it and a brawl broke out. Rollins drop kicked him out of the ring and Triple H grabbed the crutch and attacked Rollins’ right knee, which was injured. Triple H locked in a knee submission and hit him with the crutch until referees ran out and stopped it. This closes the show.
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