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Welcome to WWE Monday Night RAW, there is a recap video of last week’s episode of RAW. Mick Foley walked out to the ring to open the show. Foley pulled out a piece a paper and read a statement about thanking Triple H and Stephanie McMahon for giving him this opportunity. He apologized for putting Mr. Socko in Triple H’s mouth. He said that the last thing he wants is for the fans to be distracted with him instead of the roster and WrestleMania 33. Foley said that he would take a leave of absence. He ripped up the paper and said that he would say what he wants. His microphone kept getting cut off. This led to McMahon walking out and fired him. Sami Zayn walked out and tried to stand up for Foley, but McMahon shot him down. Foley tried to calm him down and then walked out of the ring with fans chanting for CM Punk. Zayn said that Foley has never been a yes man and that she should be ashamed of herself for treating him like she has. McMahon said that he has no right to talk to her like that. Zayn said that he is about doing the right thing and he won’t…. Samoa Joe walked out while McMahon told him that it’s okay. McMahon booked Zayn vs. Joe right now.
Singles Match: Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn.
Zayn hit an outside dive to start off the match. Back in the ring, Joe attacked him with right hands. Zayn fired back and then went for the blue thunder bomb, but Joe stopped it and hit an elbow drop for 2. Zayn hit a shoulder block and then a drop kick. Joe cut him off with a power slam for 2. Joe caught him with a kick to the head of Zayn then hit an outside dive.
We’re back with Joe in control of Zayn. Joe caught him with a splash and a back kick to send Zayn to the floor. He sent him head-first into the ring post. Back in the ring, Joe hit a series of kicks to the face of Zayn. Zayn fought back with a kick then a crossbody for 2. Joe sent him into the apron, but Zayn sent him into the ring post and hit a DDT through the ropes. Back in the ring, Joe hit a power slam and locked in the rear-naked choke for the win.
There was a video package to hype Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman.
Michael Cole spoke with Kevin Wilk about Seth Rollins’ recovery from injury. Wilk said that Rollins is recovering well, but he never said that he would clear Rollins. He noted that it will be several weeks until Rollins is able to compete and that no doctor in the world would clear him. Wilk is worried that they will see Rollins again after WrestleMania 33.
Singles Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Dana Brooke.
They lock up, and Brooke hit an arm drag then some right hands. Brooke with a big clothesline for 2. Flair with a series of chops but Brooke took her down and landed a series of strikes. Brooke with a big boot but Flair hit one of her own for the win.
We see Bayley and McMahon talking in the back. Bayley said that she looked up to McMahon but noted that she has seen McMahon hurt people since she was called up to the main roster. McMahon has doubts about her and said that she has to earn the right to be the champion. McMahon booked Bayley vs. Nia Jax for tonight, and if Jax wins, then she will be added to the title match at Mania. The match will be a No DQ match.
Chris Jericho walks down to the ring for the Highlight Reel. He hyped that the real Kevin Owens would be appearing on the show. Jericho said that Owens is not a tough guy and showed Owens as a kid. The first photo was of Owens in his parent’s basement with a Y2J t-shirt. Jericho noted that Owens marked out when he signed with WWE in 2014 and contacted Jericho about it. He then showed DM’s. Jericho wanted his night back that he spent in the hospital after Festival of Friendship and all the bruises back that he suffered when he watched Owens’ back. He wants to see Owens’ face just like at Fastlane when he returned but again at WrestleMania 33. Jericho said that he is Owens’ hero and idol. He said that at WrestleMania it would transform Owens back into a kid and he will find out what he got himself into. Jericho was about to put Owens on the list, but Joe walked out which distracted Jericho. Owens attacked Jericho from behind, and Joe walked to the back. Owens then ripped up and ate the list. No, he seriously did. Owens spat out the list and walked to the back.
Singles Match: TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick.
Perkins tossed out him out of the ring start off the match then hit a springboard drop kick. Back in the ring, Perkins hit a drop kick once back in the ring. Kendrick cut him off and hit him with Slice Bread for the win.
Post-match, Kendrick cut a promo about Akira Tozawa and how he just won’t learn. Kendrick said that he is not even in the US because he doesn’t have a passport.
Reigns cut a promo about the only time he thinks about The Undertaker is when Taker is on his back at Mania. He noted that he would show Braun Strowman that this is his yard.
A video package to hype Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar was shown.
McMahon told Cesaro and Sheamus that they would have to earn the right for their tag team title match at Mania on tonight’s show. They will compete in a two on four tag team match. If they lose, then they lose their title match at Mania.
Singles Match: Nia Jax vs. Bayley.
They start brawling, and Bayley locked in a headlock. Jax tossed her to the floor, and we cut to break.
We’re back with Jax in control of Bayley. She tossed her across the ring and hit a shoulder block then an elbow drop. Jax sent her to the floor and into the barricade. Back in the ring, Bayley made her comeback and hit a series of strikes. Jax hit her finisher for the win.
Winner: Jax. She earned the right to be in the RAW Women’s Title match at Mania. It will be Bayley vs. Jax vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair at the event.
Michael Cole interviewed Triple H in the ring. Triple H said that he is having a nice day. Triple H said that he is disappointed that he won’t be able to fight Rollins at Mania and noted that this is the second week in a row that Rollins will miss Mania. He noted that it’s Rollins fault for stopping listening to him and instead the fans. Triple H never understood that and thought that Rollins needs to justify himself by the fans reactions. Triple H said that Foley is a prime example of that and the fans have ruined Foley’s life. He noted that the fans popped for Rollins last week before he beat him down. Triple H showed the footage. Triple H told Rollins that he has to show up next week and he will draw up the contract. He wants Rollins to show the fans that he can fight or show them that he is a coward.
Singles Match: Austin Aries vs. Tony Nese.
Nese hits a series of kicks to start the match. Nese with some leg drops for 2. Aries fought back moments later and hit an outside dive.
We’re back from break with Nese in control of Aries. Moments later, Aries hit an STO then an elbow drop followed by a rolling senton. Aries hit a missile drop kick off the top rope then his big forearm shot for the win.
Post-match, Neville walks out. Aries asked why he came out here because he didn’t have an interview schedule. Neville said that this is not an interview and noted that he could destroy Aries just like he has done to everyone else but why would he bother because Aries is beneath him. Aries said that Neville should be worried because he is above Neville’s level.
A promo for Emma was shown.
A video package to hype Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar was shown.
Singles Match: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman.
They start brawling to begin the match. Strowman hit a series of right hands then tossed him around the ring. Strowman locked in a headlock. Reigns fought back back and caught him with a samoan drop then a big boot. Reigns went for the Superman Punch but Strowman blocked it and went for his finisher but it was blocked. Reigns with a big boot then the Superman Punch. The lights went out and The Undertaker appeared in the ring. Taker hit a chokeslam to Strowman and Reigns speared Taker. Reigns walked up to the stage and Taker did his signature pose. This closes the show.
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