WWE Raw

The 04/23/18 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 #1300 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.


 

Paul Heyman Cuts a Promo

 

Brock Lesnar and his advocate, Paul Heyman, came to the ring to start the show by talking about how cool Lesnar is. Heyman was nearly frothing at the mouth as he screamed about his client’s accomplishments, strengths, goals for the future, etc. He promoted the Greatest Royal Rumble by putting Roman Reigns down about his loss at WrestleMania and his soon-to-be loss in the steel cage in Saudi Arabia.

Just as Paul was working Brock into a bouncing frenzy, Roman’s music hit and The Big Dog came down to join Lesnar in the ring. He and Lesnar stared each other down for a few moments, Reigns said he was going to take the Universal Championship, then went back the way he came.


 

Bobby Roode vs. Elias

 

 

Elias thought he was going to put on a concert for the Raw audience but was interrupted by Bobby Roode’s Glorious entrance music.

This was a middle of the road match; nothing awesome, nothing terrible. There were a lot of interruptions between commercials and Royal Rumble video packages. It was already very clear that this episode was going to be a giant advertisement for the Network special on Friday at this point, but these guys did what they could.

Winner: Elias


 

The Deletor of Worlds vs. The Ascension

 

Before the action got started, Hardy and Wyatt were shown backstage (or in some other-worldly wasteland, who knows) and said that they were going to win this evening and go on to capture the titles in Saudi Arabia.

Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt took on The Ascension in a ‘who is stranger’ match. Actually, no, it was just a normal match to hype Hardy and Wyatt’s title opportunity against The Bar this weekend.

The Ascension put up a decent fight, but The Deletor of Worlds took them down on their way to the Tag Championships. One prediction down, one more to go.

Winner: The Deletor of Worlds


 

The Sami & Kevin Show

 

Sami and Kevin casually sat behind their desk in the ring, said they missed The Miz, threw a few verbal jabs, and…hyped the Greatest Royal Rumble. They then announced their guest, Kurt Angle, by mockingly singing his “You Suck” entrance music.

They began their interview by saying that they understood Angle’s less than ideal work environment with Stephanie as they had just come from a toxic situation with Shane McMahon on SmackDown (in the meanest, most passive-aggressive way possible, of course). Owens and Zayn had a disagreement about the number of Angle’s children, finally agreeing on 6, reminding everyone about the Jason Jordan illegitimate son storyline.

Kurt Angle took it all in while sitting in the tiny lawn chair provided to him, then made a match with Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens against Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman to get his revenge.


 

The Rollinstourage

 

The Miztourage and Seth Rollins had a short discussion in the locker room where Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel declared their allegiance to Rollins. And Rollins turned them down. Like any good minions, The Miztourage need an evil overlord to get behind with the sudden absence of The Miz, but who will it be?


 

Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler vs. Titus Worldwide

 

The newly formed tag team of McIntyre and Ziggler took on Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews. Actually, took down is probably a more accurate description of the segment. They took the victory against Titus Worldwide in a few short minutes, then grabbed a mic.

They said that the Raw tag division was in bad shape, the teams weren’t taking themselves seriously and had gone soft, but Dolph and Drew intended to change that. Presumably by beating them all down one by one.

Winner: Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler


 

Kurt Angle Backstage with Chad Gable and Jinder Mahal

 

Chad Gable approached Kurt Angle backstage about his new place on the Raw roster. Kurt said that he didn’t bring Gable to work in the tag division, he brought him in to be a singles competitor.

Before they could get much further in their conversation, Jinder Mahal and his crony, Sunil Singh, appeared on screen. Jinder complained about losing his championship to Angle, then turned his attention to Gable and teased him for looking like Nicholas (Braun’s 10-year-old tag partner at Mania).

Angle felt the tension rising and set a match between the two to take place immediately.


 

Jinder Mahal vs. Chad Gable

 

This was a fun match; even with the massive size disadvantage, Chad Gable fought tooth and nail and it paid off when he got the upset over The Maharaja. This is a huge victory for him against a former WWE Champion.

We’re excited to see where Chad Gable goes with this singles run, he has tons of potential. Hopefully, he continues to get a chance to shine because he is more than capable of doing so.

Winner: Chad Gable


 

Samoa Joe Has Some Words for The Big Dog

 

Samoa Joe said he’s gonna whoop that ass when Roman gets back from Saudi Arabia. Assuming Brock doesn’t Roman him before Joe can get his hands on him. That about covers it.


 

The Baxel Club

 

The Miztourage tried yet again to align themselves with a main eventer. This time they proposed “The Baxel Club” to Finn Bálor, but were again denied. Finn wouldn’t even accept their Too Sweet. Poor guys.


 

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs. Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman

 

Kurt Angle certainly did not go easy on Owens and Zayn with this match. If the goal was for them to be man-handled, Angle got his wish. For the first half of the match, at least. By keeping Braun from tagging in, they were able to whittle away at Bobby Lashley.

We thought they might actually get the win, but Braun finally tagged in and laid waste to his opponents, easily overpowering both Zayn and Owens. Sami attempted to run back up the ramp, but Lashley ran him down, threw him back into the ring, and with the help of Braun Strowman, won the match.

Winner: Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman


 

No Way Jose vs. Baron Corbin

 

No Way Jose conga’d down to the ring for what we assume was going to be a match against Baron Corbin. Baron came to the stage and said that he saw right through Jose’s plan, where some of his conga friends would help Jose take him down, therefore, he wouldn’t be coming to the ring.

Jose didn’t seem to mind and continued to party with his friends. After everyone else had left, Jose stayed on the stage a little too long and Baron attacked him from behind.


 

A Moment of Bliss

 

Alexa Bliss cut an anti-bullying promo where she told a heartfelt story involving Nia Jax, an old homeless woman, and a burrito bowl. She said that Nia was a bully to the woman and she simply stood by and watched it happen, but that it was the wrong thing to do. She should have stood up to Jax and she urged the rest of the women’s division to stand with her against the horrible monster now.

Bullying is bad, guys. Just take it from Alexa. Who totally isn’t a bully.


 

Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor vs. The Miztourage

 

Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel were a little sour about being rejected by Rollins and Bálor and showed their disappointment by challenging the two who hurt them to a match.

After a short but hard-fought battle, Rollins and Bálor got the pin on Axel with a Curb-Stomp followed by a Coup de Grâce. Still no word as to who will take the helm with The Miztourage, however.

Winner: Finn Bálor and Seth Rollins


 

10-Woman Tag Match

 

This match was Bayley, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Ember Moon, and Natalya vs. Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, Alexa Bliss, and Mickie James.

It doesn’t make a lot of sense to put the women in storylines yet as none of them are able to compete at the GRR on Friday. This was a good placeholder to get everyone on TV, as well as to remind the audience of the new faces of the red team. It seems clear who with align with whom once the stories get going and there are some exciting possibilities ahead, particularly for the new NXT call-up, Ember Moon.

After a brawl between all ten women outside of the ring, Ronda Rousey ran down to help her friend, Natalya. The show closed with a limping Natalya being assisted back up the ramp by Ronda and a WWE official.