WWE Raw

The March 5th, 2018 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results and our thoughts on the show for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1293 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.


 

Opening Segment

 

Kurt Angle came out to the ring to kick off the show. He immediately called out Triple H, who sucker punched him at the end last week’s show, but got an answer from Stephanie McMahon instead.

Stephanie tried to talk Kurt off the ledge that is picking a fight with your boss by telling him that he needed his job as Raw General Manager. She said his accolades don’t support his family, his job with WWE does, which was a good point. Before he could reply, Ronda Rousey hit the ring to speak her mind.

Ronda told Stephanie that she knew she could pick her opponent at WrestleMania, as long as it wasn’t a champion, and she was ready to do so. Rousey told McMahon she wanted to face her at WrestleMania. The live crowd went nuts, breaking out in a massive “yes” chant to show their approval.

Triple H entered the fray to try and cool things off, but only made things worse. He tried to say that Ronda couldn’t face Stephanie at WrestleMania since she wasn’t an active wrestler, but Kurt called his bluff, as apparently she has two contracts, one as a member of management, and one as an active competitor. Kurt made the match, and added himself and Triple H to the bout, setting up mixed tag action at WrestleMania.

Kurt and Ronda laid out Triple H and Stephanie to end the segment.

It’s official: Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey will face Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34 on April 8th. 


 

Asuka vs. Nia Jax

 

Nothing special, but solid nonetheless.

Nia Jax put the beatdown on Asuka for the majority of the match, however, Asuka managed to not only survive, but conquer. She tapped Jax with an armbar to get the win.

Winner: Asuka


 

Non-Title Match

The Bar (c) vs. The Revival 

 

The Raw Tag Team Championships were not on the line for this one. However, if The Revival won, they would earn the right to face The Bar for the titles at WrestleMania.

They did not get the win, which is a real shame because that match would have ruled.

We have no idea what’s next for The Bar, or the Raw tag team division, and not in a fun “I can’t wait to see what happens” kind of way. Hopefully something big is coming soon, because their role in WrestleMania 34 is very cloudy at the moment.

Winner: The Bar


 

John Cena In-Ring Segment

 

John Cena cut a promo claiming that he was going to capture his 17th WWE Championship this Sunday night at Fastlane, which would be a new record. He went deep into his hypothetical scenario and said after he won, AJ Styles could invoke his rematch clause at WrestleMania, setting up a 3-way between Cena, Styles, and Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship.

Goldust interrupted him, for whatever reason, and cut a long-winded promo about Hollywood and all other kinds of shenanigans. He eventually sucker punched Cena, which set up a match between the two. So random, but so very awesome.


 

John Cena vs. Goldust

 

Quick and painless. Cena got the win via the Attitude Adjustment.

Winner: John Cena


 

Elias/Kurt Angle Backstage Segment

 

Backstage, Elias tried to persuade Kurt Angle to cancel the Symphony of Destruction match set to take place between Elias and Braun Strowman later in the evening.

He failed miserably, as not only did Angle not cancel the match, he added a falls count anywhere stipulation.


 

Bayley vs. Mandy Rose

 

Before the match, Bayley was interviewed in the ring about her actions last week, specifically bailing on Sasha Banks during the 6-woman tag match. Before she could get into any detail about how she felt about what happened, Paige (along with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville) interrupted her to hot-start the next match, between Bayley and Mandy Rose.

Bayley got the win via a rollup in a very uneventful match. After the bout, Absolution attempted a 3-on-1 beatdown, but Banks ran down to make the save. She tried to hug Bayley, but Bayley pushed her away and left.

Winner: Bayley 


 

Nia Jax Backstage Segment

 

Backstage, Nia Jax was icing her elbow after a lengthy arm bar during her match with Asuka earlier in the evening.

Alexa Bliss approached Jax and tried to cheer her up, but her compliments weren’t very complimentary.

Alexa mentioned that Nia was a failure, and a disappointment to her family. Alexa brought up Nia’s weight, as well as the fact that she quit during her match earlier. She said that Jax wasn’t going to make the WrestleMania card this year, but she knew she’d come back next year better than ever.

The segment ended with Nia crying in silence.


 

Symphony of Destruction Match

Elias vs. Braun Strowman 

 

Elias did his pre-match song routine, but with the addition of piano and drums, which was awesome.

Elias tried to run away after he finished his one-man concert, but Strowman cut him off backstage. Elias attempted to drive away in a getaway car, but Strowman lifted the back wheels so he couldn’t leave. Also awesome.

The two made their way back to the ring, where Elias got a nasty guitar shot in on Strowman. He followed that up with a diving elbow drop from the top rope, but Strowman kicked out at one.

Atop the stage, Strowman attempted to murder Elias with a large bass, as well as a piano. He got the pinfall victory shortly after.

These gentlemen were very entertaining, but Corey Graves’ commentary truly stole the show. He was hilariously witty throughout the segment.

Winner: Braun Strowman 


 

Bray Wyatt vs. Rhyno 

 

Wyatt got the win very quickly via pinfall, following a Sister Abigail.

He called out Matt Hardy post-match, and Hardy answered by challenging Wyatt to an “Ultimate Deletion” match at the Hardy compound. The live crowd reacted accordingly with a massive “DELETE!” chant.

Winner: Bray Wyatt


 

The 3rd Annual Mizzie Awards

 

Another brilliant segment featuring The Miz, he’s been fantastic for quite some time.

The nominee video packages were hilarious and well done. They successfully made Finn Bálor, Seth Rollins, and Kurt Angle look like goofs.

The Miz gave Finn and Seth The Mizzie for “Best at Patting Themselves on the Back.” He also gave Kurt The Mizzie for “Worst Decision by a GM.”

The Miz attempted to give himself a “lifetime achievement award,” but Seth and Finn cut him off.

The Miz challenged the two to a handicap match, and Finn and Seth accepted.


 

3-on-2 Handicap Match

The Miz and The Miztourage vs. Finn Bálor and Seth Rollins

 

Finn Bálor and Seth Rollins spent the majority of the match trying to one-up each other, which was entertaining.

The two got the win when Rollins’ hit the curb stomp on The Miz.

After the match, Angle made the 3-way official for WrestleMania: Rollins vs. Bálor vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship!  

Winner: Finn Bálor and Seth Rollins 


 

Paul Heyman In-Ring Segment 

 

Paul Heyman cut a promo that only Paul Heyman could cut. If you were on the fence in regards to Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, find this segment online and watch it. It just might change your mind.

Heyman built up the Universal Championship, Reigns’ family bloodline, and the importance of this matchup.

Heyman said Lesnar will be on Raw next week in Detroit. He challenged Reigns to show up and say something tough to Lesnar’s face.

Reigns came to the ring and asked why Lesnar couldn’t show up himself. He said that he, along with the fans, want Brock to want to be here.

Reigns closed out the segment by telling Heyman to inform Lesnar to bring his gear next week because this isn’t about talking anymore, it’s time to get physical.