WWE Raw

The March 26th, 2018 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 #1296 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.


 

Opening Segment 

 

Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar kicked off tonight’s show. The two hyped WrestleMania 34, specifically Lesnar’s match with Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. They also brought up the beatdown that Lesnar put on Reigns last week, the two even had video footage shown on the Titantron for those who hadn’t seen it/had forgotten how gnarly the ass whooping was.

Heyman said that Reigns’ temporary suspension had been lifted, but that he wasn’t in the building, despite being advertised. Heyman said that Reigns’ legendary family raised him to be a lot of things, but a man wasn’t one of them. He verbally punk’d Reigns for more than a few minutes before finally wrapping up the promo with his usual “reigning, defending, Universal Champion of the world” shtick.

Reigns cuts Heyman off before he closed out the segment and entered the arena via the crowd, with no music and revenge in his eyes. He grabbed a steel chair from the ringside area, but was cut off by Lesnar before he could enter the ring.

The two had a back-and-forth physical altercation that ended with Lesnar getting the better of Reigns yet again. The segment ended with Lesnar hitting Reigns with an F-5 on the steel stairs in the middle of the ring, which looked like it hurt quite a bit.


 

Nia Jax vs. Mickie James

 

Nia Jax got the win in a quick and painless matchup. Afterwards, Alexa Bliss tried to cheap shot her from behind but failed miserably. Bliss retreated before Jax could get her hands on her, further delaying any physicality between the two.

Winner: Nia Jax


 

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon Video Package

 

Up next was a video package highlighting Triple H and Stephanie McMahon’s training regimen. The two work very hard in the gym, to say the least.

There were quite a few verbal jabs thrown at Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle, some of which were too silly to take seriously, but were still good fun. WWE does video packages better than anyone in the business, they should build feuds using this format more often.


 

Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali vs. Drew Gulak and TJP

 

It’s been a minute, but the cruiserweights were back on Raw this week in tag action. Drake Maverick was on commentary during the match, promoting 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Championship match at WrestleMania. He’s been really good in his role as General Manager of 205 Live so far.

As far as the match goes, it was a fun tag bout with a predictable ending. The finish saw Alexander hit the Lumbar Check on TJP, but Ali tagged himself in and hit the 054 for the pinfall.

Winner: Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali


 

Miz TV In-Ring Segment

 

This week’s Miz TV segment centered around the idea that The Miz was upset with how The Miztourage has been performing as of late. The Miz, Bo Dallas, and Curtis Axel appeared to be having issues, which Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor attempted to make worse, but the whole thing was a big ruse.

It appeared as though The Miztourage were going to turn on The Miz, but they attacked Bálor and Rollins instead. The Club ran out and made the save, while Bálor, Miz and Rollins continued to brawl in the ring.

The segment ended with Bálor standing tall holding the Intercontinental Championship high above his head.


 

Asuka vs. Jamie Frost

 

Asuka faced off in a single’s match with Jamie Frost, an enhancement talent who was supposedly having her first match ever according to the commentary team. Prior to the bout, Frost said that she would be a problem for Asuka because she had never seen her before.

Asuka kicked her in the head and got the win in less than a minute.

Winner: Asuka 


 

Matt Hardy Backstage Segment 

 

Matt Hardy announced his participation in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in a way that only the Woken One could. He also continued his feud with Michael Cole, which has been hilarious so far.


 

Bayley and Sasha Banks Backstage Segment

 

At first it appeared as though this segment was designed to confirm the entries of both Sasha Banks and Bayley in the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal. However, it eventually ended in Banks and Bayley getting into a pull-apart brawl. The friendship is officially over, at least for now.

These two are going to tear it up in a singles match, yet again, in the very near future.


 

Braun Strowman vs. Sheamus 

 

Before the match, it was established that if Sheamus won, Braun Strowman would reveal who his tag partner at WrestleMania would be. Sheamus got a decent amount of offense in on the Monster Among Men, but it wasn’t enough, and Strowman got the win. We still do not know who Strowman’s mystery partner is going to be, which is a fun little bit of information that WWE isn’t ready to give away yet.

Winner: Braun Strowman 


 

Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey In-Ring Segment

 

Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey came out to the ring to hype up their mixed tag match with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania. Absolution interrupted the party and attempted to recruit Rousey to join their squad, but she politely declined.

Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville initiated a 2-on-1 attack against Rousey for turning them down, but Rousey laid them both out. She teased breaking Rose’s arm, but Angle calmed her down before she could do so. The fans wanted her to break the arm, and the spot probably would have gotten a nice reaction, but it didn’t happen.


 

The Club vs. The Miztourage 

 

This match was made after the Miz TV segment from earlier in the show ended in total chaos.

The Club got the win via the Magic Killer in the middle of the ring. The commentary team hyped up Gallows and Anderson challenging for the tag titles post-WrestleMania, which would be too sweet. 

Winner: The Club 


 

Elias In-Ring Segment 

 

Elias is back to his song-singing ways, which is music to our ears. He mentioned being excited to leave Cleveland, like LeBron James is, which drew a chorus of boos from the Cleveland faithful. Rhyno and Slater came out and stopped the music, as Rhyno was scheduled for in-ring competition against Elias. That led straight into our next match…


 

Elias vs. Rhyno

 

Elias got the win in quick fashion. After the match, Elias attacked both Rhyno and Slater. Like The Club, Elias appears to be getting some steam for post-WrestleMania storylines, which is very exciting. Hopefully the rest of 2018 treats The Drifter well.

Winner: Elias


 

John Cena vs. Kane 

No Disqualification Match

 

This match could have been a 6-star classic and nobody would have cared. Everyone in the arena, and everyone watching at home, was simply waiting for The Undertaker to show up.

That didn’t stop John Cena and Kane from brawling around the arena and getting really hardcore in this match. At one point Kane hit Cena with a suplex on a steel barricade near the entrance ramp, which was an awesome spot. The two brawled around the tech area before eventually making their way back to the ring. Cena mocked The Undertaker by doing Taker’s classic sit-up spot, as well as using the throat slash taunt and a chokeslam. The two teased a table spot for a bit, which Kane eventually sent Cena through head first. Cena retaliated by hitting Kane with an AA through a table, which got him the win.

After the match, Cena called out The Undertaker yet again, berating him on the microphone for more than a few minutes. The Undertaker did not respond, to which Cena simply said that The Deadman had one more week to make up his mind.

Winner: John Cena