WWE Raw

WWE Raw Results: April 16 2018

The 04/16/18 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results and our overall thoughts on the show for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1299 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.


 

You Suck! You Suck!

 

We started things off with Kurt Angle coming to the ring to get the crowd hype for the show. And then to bring things right back down, we got Jinder Mahal’s Raw debut. He immediately began complaining about being given less than royal treatment on his way over.

If they were trying to get people pumped for the Superstar Shake-Up, this probably wasn’t the move, but we hoped they would follow up with someone a bit more exciting.

We quickly got our wish when Kurt Angle demanded that Jinder defend his US Championship immediately and Jeff Hardy answered the challenge.


 

Jinder Mahal vs. Jeff Hardy

United States Championship Match

 

Jeff Hardy was exactly what we needed to give the show a boost. This match wasn’t anything insane, but it’s always fun to see Jeff do his thing and Jinder actually gave one of his best performances in recent memory. Classic good guy vs. bad guy layout: Jeff got in the early offense, then got a beatdown from Mahal all throughout the middle, but came back for the win with a Swanton Bomb, becoming the new United States Champion.

With any luck, we’ll see him with his new title on SmackDown Live tomorrow night.

Winner: Jeff Hardy


 

Jinder Mahal Backstage

 

After his loss to Jeff Hardy, Jinder Mahal was shown backstage being interviewed by Renee Young. He said that he would be invoking his rematch clause at The Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia, where he would become the champion once again.

Out of nowhere, we heard No Way Jose’s music in the background, who then came around the corner with his conga line of partiers. He told Mahal to put a smile on his face and asked Renee if she wanted to join the fiesta. She agreed and danced away with him, leaving Jinder to pout alone.


 

Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

 

This match was a continuation of Sasha and Bayley’s emotional feud. It’s always interesting to see friends get in the ring together because there’s a level of comfort that usually translates to a bit of extra aggression. In wrestling, you generally hit your friends a little harder than your acquaintances.

Just as things were coming to a head, The Riott Squad made their first appearance on Raw, leaving both women lying in the ring after a brutal attack.


 

The Authors of Pain vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno

 

In a less than impressive second main roster appearance, The Authors of Pain took on Slater and Rhyno. Things were highly competitive from the start, which is great in certain circumstances, but not the right thing to do for your brand new powerhouses. They are now without their scary entrance and manager/advocate and not exactly looking intimidating.

AOP did get the victory, but not in the way we would have expected. We can only hope things turn around for them in the near future.

Winner: The Authors of Pain


 

Miz TV: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens

 

Miz and The Miztourage came to the ring for the newest edition of Miz TV and excitedly invited their guests of the night, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Don’t forget that just last week, Kurt Angle told Owens and Zayn that they were not welcome on the Raw brand.

Kurt Angle came to remind them of this detail, at which point Owens and Zayn claimed they had received an email that contradicted this decision. In his signature over the top fashion, Zayn read the email aloud. It said that the company could not lose Sami and Kevin and, after a pause for effect, Sami revealed that the email was sent by Stephanie McMahon, obviously overriding Angle’s mandate.

Angle begrudgingly accepted the re-hiring of the dynamic duo but threw a jab of his own when he announced that The Miz would be transferring to SmackDown Live without The Miztourage. He then set a farewell match to take place later in the evening.


 

The Deleter of Worlds vs. The Revival

 

We are 100% on board with the new tag team: The Deleter of Worlds (Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy). Before the match, they were shown backstage being weird together, then made their entrance together for the first time and it was exactly what you would expect: weird. But in the best way possible.

They took on The Revival with The Bar guest commentating the match. Wyatt and Hardy handily deleted their opponents with a Sister Abigail followed by an assisted Twist of Fate. This was more or less an advertisement for the match between The Bar and Wyatt/Hardy at The Greatest Royal Rumble, but it was a good time regardless.

Winner: The Deleter of Worlds


 

Raw Gets Fashionable

 

The Fashion Police finally reappeared in something other than a Snickers commercial. We know we’re not the only ones who missed them. They handed The Bar some tickets for their poor fashion choices, which deeply insulted Sheamus and Cesaro.


 

Angle and Ronda Backstage / Natalya Comes to Raw

 

After a video recap of Ronda breaking Stephanie’s arm, we saw her backstage discussing her new WWE career with Kurt Angle. A few moments later, Natalya entered the room and had a friendly interaction with Rowdy Ronda and the Raw Commish.


 

Ember Moon vs. Mickie James

 

With Nia Jax at commentary, Ember Moon went one on one with Mickie James. Alexa Bliss was supposed to join commentary as well, but never came. That being said, we did see her backstage, where she said she refused to subject herself to being in the presence of a bully like Nia Jax. Fingers crossed this means we see Bliss on SmackDown tomorrow night.

The match was put on the back burner to put Bliss/Jax in the forefront, but both women worked hard. Ember Moon is an absolute star and we expect nothing but great things from her with her main roster run. She got the pin on Mickie with her Eclipse.

Winner: Ember Moon


 

Owens and Zayn Backstage

 

Owens and Zayn stressed about their upcoming match, having a frantic conversation in the locker room. The Miz came to them to calm their worries and strategize, saying that it was their duty to make the match must-see. The Miztourage was shown in the background quietly discussing stresses of their own, but The Miz didn’t seem too concerned about losing his buddies.


 

Dolph Ziggler Brought a Friend

 

The Showstopper grabbed a mic and cut a promo in the middle of the ring about making his mark on the red brand. Titus Worldwide liked what they saw and came to the ring to invite him to join their squad. Ziggler refused the invitation and said that before he was so rudely interrupted, he was about to announce his friend, Drew McIntyre.

Ziggler and McIntyre proceeded to mercilessly attack Titus Worldwide (except Dana, who ran away). We’re not sure where this tag team idea came from, but we’re willing to see where it goes from here, as the small amount of in-ring work we saw with the attack was extremely well executed.


 

Roman Reigns is Interrupted Again

 

Roman kicked off the third hour of the show with a promo about his upcoming match against Brock Lesnar. He was in the middle of telling the crowd that he would be the new Universal Champion after The Greatest Royal Rumble when Samoa Joe came out once again to antagonize The Big Dog.

Joe reminded Reigns that The Beast has beaten him every time they have stepped in the ring together and that he would lose once again in the steel cage. He told Roman for the second time that he would be waiting to bring Reigns down further after Lesnar was done pulverizing him.

After a video package showing Reigns getting his ass kicked multiple times at the hands of Lesnar, Roman challenged Joe to a fight, who almost got in the ring, but decided that he would wait until the match was on his terms at Backlash.


 

Natalya vs. Mandy Rose

 

Natalya and Mandy had a quick match with Natalya tapping out Mandy with her Sharpshooter. Sonya Deville didn’t like this and jumped in on the action. She and Mandy attacked Natalya, but Ronda came out to put a stop to the beating.

Deville thought she was tough and challenge Ronda, but most likely regretted this decision when Ronda smirked before taking her down easily.

Winner: Natalya


 

The Bar vs. Breezango

 

We’ve said this more times than we can count, but Breezango never fail to entertain. They are first and foremost a comedy act, but they are great wrestlers on top of that and you can’t take that away from them. After a fun match against The Bar, they took the victory in a surprising upset.

Winner: Breezango


 

Elias Interview

 

Elias expressed his displeasure about being interrupted by Bobby Lashley before offering Renee what he knew she really wanted, a private concert. Renee told him they did not have time for a performance and cut him off mid-strum. Poor Elias, interrupted yet again.


 

10-Man Tag Match

 

This match, advertised as Miz’s farewell to Raw, featured Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, The Miz, Bo Dallas, and Curtis Axel taking on Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Bobby Lashley, Braun Strowman, and surprise entrant, Bobby Roode. Hopefully Raw treats Roode well because he was on a slow but steady downward slope on SmackDown.

Having 10 men in the ring at once is a lot to take in no matter what, but these guys did the best they could. As expected, The Miztourage with Owens and Zayn had a vicious approach to the bout, frequently bending tag rules to gang up on individual opponents.

The momentum finally shifted in favor of the good guys when Bobby Lashley tagged in and threw everyone on the other team down and/or out of the ring. However, Miz meant what he said about his final match before the move to SmackDown and his team began dominating once again.

Unfortunately for Miz, all the heel antics turned against him in the end. The Miztourage turned against him, leaving him alone in the ring with The Monster Among Men, who promptly got the win for his team.

Winner: Braun Strowman