Good evening, once again, wrestling world! Tonight’s Monday Night Raw is brought to us live from Portland, Oregon as we continue on the path down the road to WrestleMania. As tensions flare on the way to Elimination Chamber, we will see the fallout from last week’s Raw, including Kurt Angle addressing his future, Jeff Jarrett stepping back into the ring, and an invitation for Becky Lynch to come back to Monday Night Raw. All of this and more in the moments to come!
We start the show with Stephanie McMahon introducing “The Man” Becky Lynch into the ring. She’s greeted with a huge ovation from the Portland crowd. Once in the ring, we are shown the faceoff that ensued between Lynch and Rousey last week. McMahon says she’s never seen someone smile in the face of an angry Rousey the way Lynch did. Lynch reiterates that she is going to “slap the face’ off of Rousey at WrestleMania. McMahon then acknowledges that Lynch is in fact wearing a knee brace and asks if she will be okay for WrestleMania. Lynch, of course, says that she indeed is. McMahon notes that Lynch has refused to seek medical treatment for evaluation of the injured knee. She says that she can not let Lynch compete if she is not cleared by medical staff.
Lynch claims that there is a conspiracy of sorts going on against her. She says that she has scratched and clawed to get to where she is today and she won’t let McMahon or medical doctors take it away from her. McMahon says there are no games being played, and that it is about Lynch’s health. She says that if she will not see a doctor, she will suspend Lynch until she does. Lynch says that she will not be responsible for her actions if she gets suspended. Lynch refuses to seek treatment, thus forcing McMahon to suspend her. McMahon turns to leave, but she is blindsided by Lynch. It takes a team of officials to separate Lynch from McMahon. After the separation, it’s very apparent that the injured knee is bothering Lynch. (Commercial)
Backstage, Lynch is being escorted out of the building, when she is approached by Rousey. Rousey says Lynch needs to go home and rest, instead of attempting to rob her of her match against her at WrestleMania.
Ronda Rousey vs. Liv Morgan
The bell rings and Rousey goes on the attack immediately, but Liv runs to the outside of the ring. Once back inside, Morgan is driven back to the outside from a clothesline from the champion. Morgan steps back in and is instantly caught in an armbar by the champion, quickly submitting. Ronda Rousey wins.
After the match, Rousey grabs a mic and challenges anyone who has a problem with her. Sarah Logan steps in the ring and accepts the challenge.
Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Logan
Logan quickly picks Rousey upland carries her into the corner. However, Rousey is able to counter and reverse into an armbar. Logan is able to escape when she rolls underneath the bottom rope. (Commercial)
We come back and Rousey is attempting to lock in an armbar. Logan is able to lift Rousey and slam her into the corner, breaking the armbar. However, Rousey is able to stay on the attack, landing a hip toss followed by a flurry of punches. She’s able to lock in the armbar again and gain the submission victory. Ronda Rousey wins
After the match, Ruby Riott steps onto the apron and it looks as if she is going to face the champion. She quickly decides against it and her and the other members of the Riott Squad decide against it.
Backstage, Riott is asked why she ran from Rousey. She says she did not run. She says when she is ready to face Rousey, it will be for the championship and she will beat her. She says for now, she has to help her teammates recover. (Commercial)
Number One Contender’s Match: Heavy Machinery vs. Lucha House Party vs. The B Team vs. The Revival
Axel and Gran Metalik start the match off. Metalik is quickly able to show off the high flying ability when he and partner, Dorado, land a couple of high flying moves. Wilder is able to make a tag and ground Metalik. Tucker Knight is able to make the tag and down Wilder. Heavy Machinery is able to take control, delivering multiple attacks to Wilder. The duo show off their strength and quickness as they continue the attack on the other three teams. They quickly send all three teams to the outside of the ring, as we go to commercial. (Commercial)
We come back and the Revival are in control of the match. Wilder and Dawson are able to make quick tags and deliver double team moves to Metalik. Dawson continues to isolate Metalik, but Metalik is able to fight back and deliver to the tag to Dorado. He hits Wilder with a cross body splash from the top rope and goes on the attack. He shows off his speed and ability, delivering a double stunner to the Revival. Some quick action and Otis is able to take control of the match. He delivers his version of the Worm, the Caterpillar, onto Bo Dallas. They go for the Compactor onto Bo Dallas, but the Revival are able to interrupt. Dawson is able to make the tag in and the Revival deliver a Shatter Machine to Bo Dallas, gaining the pinfall victory. The Revival win
Backstage, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins are in the locker room. Hawkins tells Ryder that he is toxic. He says that Ryder should leave him. However, Ryder says that with some training, the duo will end the losing streak of Hawkins.
We then see Kurt Angle making his way into the arena. Up next, Angle addresses the WWE Universe about his future. (Commercial)
We return as the WWE Hall of Famer makes his way to the ring. In the ring, Angle says for the past twenty years, he’s lived his life by the three I’s; Intensity, Integrity, Intelligence. He recaps the illustrious career that he has had. He says the past few matches that he has had have not turned out the way that he wanted to. He says that there is one opponent that he cannot defeat, and it is father time. He begins to hint at retirement, when he is interrupted by Baron Corbin.
Corbin says that Angle just wants people to feel sorry for him and that he brought this upon himself. He says Angle is nothing more than a shadow of a man. This gets a reaction from Angle as he invites Corbin to come to the ring. Before Corbin can make his way down, Drew McIntyre’s music hits and he makes his way to the entrance ramp. Drew tells Kurt that he thought that he wouldn’t see Angle after beating him with his own submission move a couple of weeks ago. He says that he knows that Angle is resilient and will keep showing up, which is why he and Corbin are going to take Angle down. The two big men head to the ring and right before they can do anything, Braun Strowman’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. McIntyre meets Strowman at the ramp and the two men trade blows. Strowman wins the exchange and sends McIntyre flying into the barricade. On the inside of the ring, Angle and Baron exchange blows, but Angle wins the exchange and sends Corbin to the outside of the ring. Corbin and McIntyre make their way back to the locker room as Angle and Strowman celebrate in the ring. (Commercial)
As we come back, we recap the winning of the Royal Rumble by Seth Rollins, and also his destruction by Brock Lesnar on last week’s Raw.
Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Nikki Cross & Alicia Fox
As Bayley and Banks make their entrance, they are attacked by their opponents at the top of the entrance ramp. Bayley attempts to fight back, but it is short lived as the numbers game catches up with her. Alicia Fox and Nikki Cross make their way to the ring as Banks and Bayley are still grounded at the top of the entrance ramp. (Commercial)
In the ring, the match has started and, Bayley is taking the action to Nikki Cross. Banks is still visibly hurting as she is sitting on the ring apron. Cross is able to take control of the match, and makes the tag to Fox. However, Bayley is able to take control when she delivers across body to Fox. She follows it with a back body drop to both Fox and Cross. Bayley, because of a distraction from Cross, is hit with a leg scissors from Fox. Fox and Cross are able to make quick tags in the corner, stomping the former women’s champion. Cross gets Bayley into the middle of the ring and locks in a hold. Bayley momentarily fights out, but she is brought back into the corner of her opponents. Some more quick tags in the corner allow the unlikely duo to land multiple shots onto Bayley. Cross is able to send Bayley to the outside of the ring.
On the outside, Cross delivers a crossbody onto Bayley. Both women are able to stand up. Cross goes for a running crossbody, but Bayley is able to avoid it, making Cross run into the pole. Fox shoves her teammate back into the ring and makes the tag. Bayley attempts to make the tag to Banks, but Fox pulls her back. Bayley is able to suddenly roll up Fox for the quick and sudden pinfall victory. Bayley and Sasha Banks win (Commercial)
Jeff Jarrett vs. Elias
Before the match begins, Road Dogg makes his way to the ring. He introduces Jeff Jarrett to the ring. Jarrett and Road Dogg begin to sing in the middle of the ring, but Elias interrupts. Elias and Jarrett come to blows on the outside of the ring. Once the match begins, the two trade blows on the inside. Jarrett wins the exchange as he sends Elias to the outside of the ring. (Commercial)
We come back and Elias has control on the outside of the ring. Back on the inside, Jarrett begins to battle back, delivering a hip toss followed by a couple of strikes. His momentum is stopped when Elias delivers a huge knee to Jarrett. Elias mocks Jarrett and Road Dogg, delivering a DX crotch chop. Elias puts Jarrett into a side headlock in the middle of the ring. Jarrett attempts to fight out, but Elias gets him up and delivers a big standing suplex. Elias continues his assault on the hall of famer, locking in another headlock. Jarrett is able to fight out and deliver a couple of big right hands, followed by a clothesline. Jarrett delivers a big step up enizuri, but Elias is ultimately able to deliver a Drift Away, pinning Jeff Jarrett. Elias wins
After the match, Road Dogg attacks Elias. He is able to ground Elias, while Jarrett grabs a guitar. When Elias gets up, he is met with a huge guitar smash to the back.
Backstage, Natalya and Dana Brooke are in the locker room. Dana apologizes for them losing their match last week. Natalya doesn’t acknowledge Brooke. Brooke says that she is going to find a McMahon to make a match for them next week.
Up next, Finn Balor looks to redeem himself against the Intercontinental Champion, Bobby Lashley. (Commercial)
Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor
Before the match can begin, Lashley and Rush have some words for Balor. Rush says Balor has no chance against Lashley tonight. Lashley says that he is better than Lesnar, therefore, Finn has no chance at all against him. Lashley says that tonight, Balor will be fighting Lio Rush. He says that if he is entertained enough, he may give Balor a championship opportunity. Lashley then attacks the injured ribs of Finn Balor.
The bell rings and Rush goes on the attack to the injured midsection. Rush continues the attack, hammering down strikes onto Balor in the middle of the ring. Rush attempts a kick to the midsection, but the kick is caught and Balor begins to fight back. He sends Rush to the outside of the ring and delivers a dropkick through the middle of the ropes. He gets back into the ring and is about to set up for a senton, but Lashley pulls him and brings him to the outside of the ring. Because of this, the referee sends Lashely to the locker room. As Lashley goes to the locker room, Rush is able to hit Balor with a suicide dive that sends him into the barricade. (Commercial)
Back in the ring, Rush has Balor in an abdominal stretch. Balor attempts to fight out, but Rush delivers a knee to the ribs. Rush gets Balor into the corner, but Balor is able to create some separation. Because of this, Balor is able to deliver an enziguri from the outside of the ring. Balor goes up for a Coup de Grace, but Rush is able to knock him from the top rope. Rush goes to the top and delivers a hurricanrana from the top turnbuckle. Rush attempts a pin, but Balor kicks out. Rush applies another abdominal stretch, but Balor is able to power out and reverse into a stretch of his own. The two continue to battle, and Rush gets the better of the exchange. He gets Balor down and attempts a frog splash. Balor is able to avoid and sends Rush to the corner with a dropkick. This sets Balor up to deliver the Coup de Grace, which he lands and is able to pin Rush for the victory. Finn Balor wins
After the match, Lashley comes running from the back, but Balor is able to escape before he is caught by Lashley.
Much to the surprise of the crowd, Paige makes her way out. She announces that her movie will be coming out in the next couple of weeks. (Commercial)
We come back to A Moment of Bliss, hosted by Alexa Bliss. She welcomes EC3 to the show. She asks which brand he will end up staying on. Before he can answer, Nia Jax and Tamina make their way out. Jax says that no one cares. Jax says that everyone should be talking about the amazing week that she had last week. She says the entire WWE Universe is wondering what she will do next. Before she can keep going, Dean Ambrose makes his way to the set. Ambrose says he has something to say to Nia. He says he knows Nia has a crush on him, but he tells Nia to stay away from him. He asks who exactly EC3 is. Before he can answer, Ambrose knocks the microphone from his hand. Ambrose is caught with a right hand from EC3, and EC3 makes his way to the ring. (Commercial)
Dean Ambrose vs. EC3
We come back as the match begins and EC3 quickly takes the attack to Ambrose. He’s able to take down Ambrose with a clothesline and delivers an elbow drop. The momentum is halted when Ambrose sends EC3 into the ring post shoulder first. He keeps the attack going with a big clothesline and proceeds to lock in a headlock. EC3 is able to fight out and delivers quick blows to his opponent. EC3 is able to deliver an STO and send Ambrose into the corner. Ambrose fights out, but EC3 is able to quickly go for a rollup pinfall, pinning the former WWE champion. EC3 wins
Backstage, Kurt Angle is asked what it would be like to beat the two men that have embarrassed him in the past couple of weeks. He says that he is glad to have Strowman on his team. Strowman vows that Corbin and McIntyre are going to “get these hands.” (Commercial)
Backstage, Mojo Rawley says that everyone has always wanted to be a part of the team. He says everything now is all about himself, as he talks to himself.
Kurt Angle & Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre
Corbin and Angle begins the match. Angle is quickly able to deliver a german suplex, which sends Corbin to the outside of the ring. On the outside, McIntyre is met with a huge running shoulder from Strowman. In the ring, Angle delivers another german suplex to Corbin. Both men are able to get up, and Corbin is able to send Angle into the middle rope. Because of a distraction from the Corbin to the referee, McIntyre delivers a huge headbutt to the hall of famer. (Commercial)
We come back as Corbin delivers a big right hand to Angle. He continues to plow on the blows to Angle. He locks Angle in a chin lock in the middle of the ring. Angle tries to battle out, but he is met with a knee to the midsection. Corbin sends him to the corner and makes the tag to McIntyre. The two both stomp Angle in the corner. McIntyre stands Angle, who attempts to bring the fight to McIntyre. He fails and is brought back to the corner where Corbin makes the tag. After some more quick offense, McIntyre tags back in. He’s mocks Angle when he delivers an Angle Slam to him. He then locks and Ankle Lock onto Angle, but he’s able to fight out of it and tag Strowman into the match for the first time. Strowman comes in off of the hot tag and immediately goes into the attack to both of his opponents. He eventually sets McIntyre up for a slam, but McIntyre is able to fight out of it and send Strowman to the outside of the ring, with some assistance from Corbin.
On the outside, Corbin sends Strowman into the barricade multiple times, and then he sends him back into the ring. Back in the ring, the two make back and forth tags and deliver multiple blows to the Monster Among Men. They are able to keep Strowman in their corner, as they make quick tags and deliver boots to the midsection. The two attempt a double suplex, but Strowman is able to counter and delivers a double suplex on his own. Angle is then able to make the hot tag and he delivers offense to his opponents. He’s able to land an Angle Slam onto Corbin and he goes for the pin. McIntyre, however, is able to break up the pin. Strowman attempts to come into the ring, but the referee stops him. This causes Corbin to taunt Strowman, telling him that he’ll be disqualified if he attacks Corbin. Strowman attacks him anyways, and the referee rings the bell. Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin win by DQ
The action falls to the outside as Strowman delivers a big shoulder tackle to Corbin. He attempts the same on McIntyre, but he moves and delivers a Claymore that sends Strowman into the crowd. McIntyre and Corbin turn their attention to the hall of famer. They get him into the ring, along with some of the steel steps from ringside. The two pick Angle up and attempt a double chokeslam onto the steps. However, their attempt is stopped by Strowman. Strowman is able to deliver a chokeslam onto both Corbin and McIntyre onto the steel steps.
We end the night with Angle and Strowman celebrating in the ring.