WWE Raw

The 04/02/18 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 #1297 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.


 

Opening Segment

 

Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Kurt Angle, and Ronda Rousey all came to the ring for a press conference to further hype their mixed tag match, which will take place on Sunday at WrestleMania. Jonathan Coachman, the moderator, mentioned that his main goal was to prevent things from getting too out of hand, which was pure comedy.

Things started off rough. All four individuals traded barbs back and forth before any questions were actually answered. The biggest and best insult occurred when Stephanie said that Ronda was going to lose on Sunday and that everyone knows how well she handles losing. Ronda responded by asking which arm Stephanie used to sign her checks so she could make sure to break the other one. Kurt mentioned that Ronda was going to make Stephanie tap out on Sunday more than once, which is a safe bet for the finish of the match.

The segment ended with a boxing/MMA-style photo op, which of course got out of hand (sorry Coach). Triple H attacked Kurt from behind, which led to Ronda choking The Game in retaliation. Stephanie saved the day by slamming Ronda through one of the tables in the ring. This was awkward at times, but overall, not a bad piece of business.


 

Sonya Deville (w/ Absolution) vs. Bayley

 

This entire segment was designed to hype up the Women’s Battle Royal on Sunday at WrestleMania, as four of the participants were featured during it.

As far as the match is concerned, Bayley got the win via a rollup in a solid back-and-forth contest that got a decent amount of time. The commentary team really hyped up Sonya Deville during the match. She appears to be headed toward a big post-Mania push.

After the match, Absolution attempted to rough up Bayley via the numbers game, but Sasha Banks made the save. Bayley and Sasha got into another skirmish quickly after, which led to Absolution getting the best of both Bayley and Sasha to end the segment.

Winner: Bayley 


 

Asuka Video Package

 

We got a video package highlighting Asuka’s WWE career so far, but more specifically, her undefeated streak. This was very similar to the Royal Rumble “by the numbers” video package that we get each year, which is always fun. Asuka will have a big spotlight for her first WrestleMania appearance on Sunday, which is all you can ask for if you’re a big fan of The Empress of Tomorrow.


 

Finn Bálor vs. Seth Rollins

 

This segment was awesome. The Miz was on commentary and he put on one hell of a show. He’s a new dad, so he kind of turned face for the night by saying nice things about fatherhood, which somehow was more annoying than his current heel schtick. He’s an absolute pro at character work.

The multiple commercial breaks hurt the match, but not by much, as this was still absolutely incredible. The last five minutes or so are some of the best you’ll see on an episode of Raw this year.

Seth got the win via the Curb Stomp, giving himself some much needed momentum heading into WrestleMania on Sunday.

Winner: Seth Rollins 


 

 Kurt Angle/Paul Heyman Backstage Segment

 

Backstage, Paul Heyman was on the phone talking about the “Brocktagon,” which implied that he was handling UFC business.

Kurt asked Paul if he could help make sure the night went smoothly, meaning that Brock and Roman didn’t kill each other before Mania. Much like Coach, Kurt is just being silly with requests like that.

Nevertheless, Paul said that he and his client would oblige.


 

The Bar/Braun Strowman In-Ring Segment

 

It looked as though this would be the night that The Bar would find out who Braun Strowman’s mystery WrestleMania partner was going to be, but that’s not exactly what happened.

Braun introduced his twin brother, Brains, who ended up just being Braun in a silly disguise. The best thing about this segment was the fact that Corey Graves played it 100% straight, which made it even funnier.

Braun still has to find a partner before WrestleMania, so it looks as though their identity will remain a mystery until Sunday.


 

Matt Hardy vs. Goldust

 

This segment was dedicated to promoting the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal match, which will take place on the WrestleMania Kickoff Show, along with the Women’s Battle Royal and the Cruiserweight Championship match.

Matt Hardy got the win via the Twist of Fate. Michael Cole continued to diss Woken Matt Hardy and the Woken Universe on commentary throughout the match, which absolutely has to lead to Matt Hardy deleting Michael Cole on Sunday.

Winner: Matt Hardy 


 

John Cena In-Ring Segment

 

John Cena cut one of his best promos of all time tonight. He said that silence means no, which means The Undertaker has finally answered his WrestleMania challenge. John said that he didn’t want to take any full-time guy spots by entering himself in the Battle Royal, or inserting himself into a triple threat match just because he could, so he was officially going to WrestleMania as a fan. John shouted out some of the hardcore fans’ favorite wrestlers, such as Rusev and AJ Styles, which goes to show just how in tune he is with the fan base.

John tried to get the Atlanta crowd to summon The Undertaker with noise one last time, but nothing came of it, so he walked away sadly.


 

Kurt Angle/Roman Reigns Backstage Segment

 

Backstage, Kurt Angle asked Roman Reigns to keep a cool head and not do anything stupid tonight, which again, is a waste of his time. Roman said he would attempt to do so, but wouldn’t make any promises.


 

Elias vs. Heath Slater 

 

Squash match. Elias got the win.

Winner: Elias 


 

Braun Strowman/Curt Hawkins Backstage Segment 

 

Braun Strowman ran into Curt Hawkins backstage. Curt tried to get Braun to chose him as his tag partner for Sunday’s Raw Tag Team Championship match. Braun responded by throwing Curt through a wall, which we can only assume means no.


 

Nia Jax/Renee Young Backstage Segment 

 

Nia Jax and Renee Young had a sit-down interview somewhere backstage. The two discussed Alexa Bliss’ comments about Nia’s weight, as well as Nia’s rise in WWE. Nia said she was going to squash Alexa like a bug at WrestleMania.


 

Asuka and Dana Brooke vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James

 

A really fun tag match that did its job: advertise both women’s championship matches for Sunday. Asuka got the win for her team when she tapped out Mickie James with the Asuka Lock.

After the match, Mickie and Alexa tried to take out both Asuka and Dana Brooke, but Nia Jax made the save.

Winner: Asuka and Dana Brooke 


 

Closing Segment

 

Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar made their way to the ring for the final segment of the night. Kurt Angle placed what appeared to be the entire tag division on the ramp to prevent Roman Reigns from getting to Brock Lesnar, which annoyed Paul.

Paul brought up Brock’s history in the Superdome, the same building where he ended the streak four years ago. Paul gave Roman some praise, but said that all of his strengths wouldn’t be enough, Brock would beat him after one F-5 on Sunday. He even went as far as to say that if Brock loses, the WWE Universe will never see Paul or Brock on Monday Night Raw ever again.

Paul called Roman a bitch, which drew out The Big Dog. Roman talked the tag division into letting him into the ring, which was a nice swerve, as everyone was sure a pull-apart brawl was coming.

Brock bailed out of the ring when Roman entered the picture, only to get a chair at ringside. Roman hit him with multiple superman punches, but Brock recovered and hit Roman with one F-5, which was enough to leave Roman lying on his back to close out the show.