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WWE Raw results, recap: Red brand’s Road to WrestleMania 34 stuck in neutral

WWE Uncooked outcomes, recap: Purple model‘s Street to WrestleMania 34 caught in impartial

After a sequence of red-hot episodes of Uncooked to kickstart the Street to WrestleMania 34, WWE left the automotive in impartial for many of Monday in a three-hour present that was missing for large reveals and must-see moments.

Though Ronda Rousey and The Miz noticed their WrestleMania plans unveiled, producing segments that have been equally hit or miss, the general present felt extra like a placeholder and tease for what’s to return. This included a closing dialogue phase between Paul Heyman and Roman Reigns that proved nothing greater than an commercial for Brock Lesnar’s look for subsequent week.

Talking of commercials, that is additionally the easiest way to sum up John Cena’s look — as a solution to preview his involvement in Sunday’s remaining SmackDown-exclusive pay-per-view, Fastlane. However all was not misplaced on Monday because the story of Nia Jax’s private journey to WrestleMania noticed some attention-grabbing turns together with a powerful match in opposition to Asuka and a potential face flip earlier than April eight.

Ronda Rousey secures debut match at WrestleMania

Uncooked common supervisor Kurt Angle opened the present by calling out Triple H for sucker punching him one week earlier than. Commissioner Stephanie McMahon got here out as an alternative and instructed Angle to place it behind him, referencing his have to pay the payments of younger youngsters (together with alimony funds to his first spouse). “Use your head, do not let your ego get in the best way right here,” McMahon mentioned. Out got here a smiling Ronda Rousey, in full babyface mode, slapping the fingers of followers. The previous UFC champion mentioned she’s beginning to notice the motives of the individuals who introduced her to WWE and, mentioning a historical past with “bully bosses,” mentioned she deliberate to take care of issues her personal means. McMahon diverted Rousey’s anger by reminding how WWE helps her stay out her childhood desires with a debut match at WrestleMania.

Rousey slyly introduced up her contract clause of having the ability to choose her personal opponent. McMahon had two caveats: It could not be a present champion, and it needed to be somebody on the energetic roster. After Rousey introduced she needed a match with McMahon, Triple H got here out to object. Angle stepped in to convey up the truth that each heels have second contracts as WWE superstars. Referencing the unfinished enterprise he has with Triple H from Survivor Sequence, Angle booked a blended tag crew match involving all 4 at WrestleMania 34 to an enormous pop from the gang.

Rousey interrupted McMahon’s try to slap Angle by grabbing her arm. Triple H and Angle then started to brawl, which resulted in Triple H breaking free from an ankle lock. McMahon snuck up from behind on Rousey to knock her down with a forearm earlier than operating away. Angle then escaped from a Pedigree try to briefly apply a second ankle lock that McMahon helped break. With the gang dropping steam quick, Rousey pulled McMahon again in by her hair and hit a Samoan drop. (Test the video on the high of this submit for the phase that includes Rousey.)

Whereas the expectations for a powerful program and entertaining match nonetheless stay for this foursome, Monday was a step backward when it comes to electrical energy and execution. Rousey was particularly unhealthy on the microphone, delivering a rushed “You!” within the face of McMahon when selecting her as an opponent. Even worse, the three professionals round Rousey solely appeared to overact as a response. The outcome was a really vanilla phase that, after a powerful begin, felt predictable and compelled.  

Paul Heyman stands in for Brock Lesnar

One week after a memorable worked-shoot promo from Reigns, the advocate for “The Beast” entered the ring and laid the common championship at his personal ft. He additionally mentioned he’ll do the identical forward of SummerSlam, together with the UFC heavyweight title proper subsequent to it. In reference to Roman Reigns’ quips about Lesnar’s part-time schedule, Heyman deftly talked about how The Undertaker, Reigns’ WrestleMania opponent final 12 months, fails to garner any criticism for performing as soon as per 12 months. Heyman went on to confer with the title as “Brock Lesnar’s bitch,” saying the eyeballing Reigns cannot have her. He additionally made a sequence of cryptic references to Reigns’ Samoan lineage, together with the play on phrases of, “And Afa WrestleMania, you may Sika new title problem as a result of this one belongs to Brock Lesnar.”

Subsequent week on Uncooked, Heyman revealed his shopper might be in Detroit the place Reigns can saying something he needs to Lesnar’s face as a result ofI feel now you’ve discovered you do not wish to shoot on the mic with Paul Heyman and you do not wish to shoot within the ring with reigning, defending, common champion.” Out got here Reigns to name Lesnar a bitch for sending Heyman to face him. “All I am asking is that Brock exhibits up,” Reigns mentioned. “All followers need is that their champion exhibits as much as work and truly needs to be right here.” He closed by instructing Heyman to inform Lesnar to not come dressed for a promo phase however come dressed for a struggle.

It is definitely troublesome to take subject with a Heyman promo of any variety and this one definitely had its excessive spots (together with the a number of references to Reigns’ well-known household, which felt like a potential tease towards their involvement within the feud as victims for Lesnar). However total, the dearth of a response from the gang of any variety to Reigns’ end was indicator of how this phase was obtained. Whereas WWE used the fact of Lesnar’s part-time schedule as storyline feud, his absence so near WrestleMania really did harm the phase total. This wasn’t essentially a step backward for the Lesnar-Reigns feud, however it was impartial at finest and that does not work for a Monday evening in March.

What else occurred on Uncooked?

  • Asuka def. Nia Jax by way of submission: Jax seemed dominant all through this intense and bodily match. Every time Asuka countered with a artistic submission try, Jax would muscle free, together with a artistic Razor’s Edge/airplane spin combo and a formidable press slam. Regardless of a number of makes an attempt, Jax was unable to interrupt free from armbar late with Asuka finally forcing the faucet following a grueling sequence. Each superstars have been elevated by their efficiency with Asuka as soon as once more escaping to maintain her unbeaten streak alive and Jax receiving tepid babyface cheers as she exited the ring holding her arm. Alexa Bliss makes Nia Jax cry: Later within the present, WWE labored onerous to create sympathy for Jax as she iced her injured arm backstage. Bliss got here in condescendingly encourage her. “I’ve by no means seen you quit like that,” Bliss mentioned. “It should be so embarrassing.” Bliss referenced how a lot Jax let her household down and the way she has been an outcast all her life, bullied and scorned “since you‘re a lot greater than different youngsters.” Jax started to brazenly weep earlier than Bliss closed by saying, “Everybody will lose respect for you should you quit.”
  • The Bar def. The Revival by way of pinfall: After responding on Twitter to The Bar’s declare final week that they’re out of competitors, Scott Dawson and Sprint Wilder seemed sturdy in showcasing their quick-tag, double crew fashion. The Revival almost earned a pin — that may have earned them a title match at WrestleMania — when Dawson hit a superplex on Cesaro and Wilder adopted with a top-rope splash for 2. However after Sheamus ran in to interrupt up a Shatter Machine finisher try, Cesaro hit Dawson together with his Gotch neutralizer for the 1-2-Three. If this was a tease for an upcoming feud between two bodily heel groups, think about me .
  • John Cena def. Goldust by way of pinfall: Cena opened with a promo designed to place over his pursuit of a report 17th WWE championship at Sunday’s SmackDown-exclusive Fastlane pay-per-view. After predicting a victory for himself, he provided the thought of A.J. Kinds invoking his rematch clause for WrestleMania, establishing a triple menace with Shinsuke Nakamura. Out got here Goldust who, following a gratuitous quantity of film references, cold-cocked Cena with a punch. Their subsequent match, the primary between the 2 in WWE historical past, noticed Cena rally from a kick to the groin to complete Goldust with an Angle Adjustment. The match, a not-so-subtly designed Fastlane business, didn’t resonate or make sense.
  • Bayley def. Mandy Rose by way of pinfall: Requested throughout a pre-match interview about Sasha Banks’ actions final week, Bayley started to talk however was interrupted by Absolution’s entrance. After Bayley rallied to victory by preventing off Sonia Deville’s interference and countering Rose’s roll-up with a gator roll of her personal, Absolution started a post-match beatdown. Out got here Banks to the rescue. However after “The Boss” helped Bayley to her ft and raised her arm, Bayley refused to hug her pal and angrily walked away.
  • Braun Strowman def. Elias by way of pinfall (Symphony of Destruction Match): This no disqualification match, with the added falls depend wherever stipulation by Angle earlier within the evening, featured a stage filled with guitars, drums and a piano. Elias performed all of them earlier than the beginning, when he ran backstage to flee in a automotive that was ready. Strowman was ready and stopped the automotive from entering into reverse by utilizing his brute power. Strowman gave chase again to the world the place he had a guitar damaged over his again. The motion spilled again to the stage, the place Strowman acquired revenge with a large bass and piano. Corey Graves’ a number of heavy steel references arguably proved to be the spotlight.
  • The Hardy Compound is revealed after Bray Wyatt def. Rhyno by way of pinfall: This squash match noticed Wyatt at his creepiest. After ending issues in lower than a minute by way of Sister Abigail, Wyatt refused to get off of his opponent and used Rhyno’s limp arm to rub his face as Heath Slater seemed on with concern. Wyatt grabbed the microphone and challenged Matt Hardy to indicate his face. The “Woken” one appeared on the massive display, agreeing with Wyatt that “the nice battle is much from over.” Hardy prompt there’s “just one battlefield worthy of such cosmic fight” and provided his real-life North Carolina residence, “The Hardy Compound,” which performed a giant half because the backdrop to his success in TNA as “Damaged” Matt Hardy.
  • Miz TV presents The Mizzie Awards: The Miz gave insulted Angle, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor with awards. Lastly, Rollins and Balor got here out on the lookout for a struggle. After saying neither one deserves it, The Miz laid in to each with an epic promo during which he insulted Rollins for at all times wanting good in losses and tore into Balor for being a loser with nothing extra to indicate than a one-day common championship reign. After he closed by trolling Balor for utilizing a hand signal he did not create, he challenged each to a handicap match in opposition to The Miztourage.
  • Seth Rollins & Finn Balor def. The Miz & The Miztourage by way of pinfall (Handicap Match): Regardless of there seemingly being nothing at stake, the pair of babyfaces offered out with a sequence of acrobatic films, together with a panoramic Tope Con Hilo from Balor. After Balor tagged himself in unannounced, an argument between the 2 ensued. The end got here when Balor, following a slingblade and missile dropkick on Miz, arrange for his Coup de Grace. However Rollins interrupted by tagging himself again in and hit his Stomp finisher for the 1-2-Three (inflicting Balor to snigger from the highest rope). Out got here Angle to announce a triple menace Intercontinental title match at WrestleMania that includes The Miz, Rollins and Balor.


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