Good evening wrestling world! Tonight’s Raw comes to us live from Atlanta, Georgia. Tonight, after four months, Roman Reigns will return to update the WWE Universe on his battle with leukemia. We also celebrate the 70th birthday of the two time hall of famer, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. All of this and more in the coming moments!
We start the show with the return of the former Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. He is greeted with an absolutely amazing response from the crowd in attendance. In the ring, he immediately thanks the WWE Universe for their support for his battle with his disease. He announces that he in in remission, and that he is returning! He thanks the WWE Universe once again as we go to break. (Commercial)
Aleister Black & Ricochet vs. The Revival
Before the match can being, The Revival attack the duo. However, their attack backfires as Black and Ricochet are able to quickly turn the tables on the champions, sending them to the outside of the ring. Once the champions are on the outside, they are both hit with flying sentons from the NXT standouts. (Commercial)
We return as the tag team champions have taken control of the match. However, Ricochet is able to make a quick surprise attack to Black. Black comes into the ring hot as he shows off his striking ability, delivering a flurry of quick kicks and knees to the Revival. However, Wilder is able to make a tag to Dawson and the two attack Black. Dawson hits Black with a huge ddt, and goes for the pin. Black is able to get his foot on the bottom rope at two. The two stand and trade a couple of blows, but Wilder attempts to interfere from the outside of the ring. Ricochet is able to stop the diversion by pulling Wider to the outside mat and then land a standing moonsault from the apron. On the inside, Black delivers a huge Black Mass to Dawson and pins him for the victory. Aleister Black and Ricochet win
Backstage, Charly Caruso interviews Baron Corbin and asks him about some of the questionable things that Corbin said about Roman Reigns. Corbin tells Charly that some of his past statements may have been taken out of context, but he hopes from Reigns’ sake that the two do not cross paths. (Commercial)
Elias is in the middle of the ring as we return. Before he can even begin, he is interrupted by Lacey Evans. She makes her way towards the ring, but does not enter and returns back to the locker room. Before he can begin, He is interrupted by Dean Ambrose. Ambrose says that he wants a rematch against McIntyre in a no disqualification match. In the ring, Elias says he was about to sing for the crowd until Ambrose interrupted him. Elias attempts to hit Ambrose with his guitar, but Ambrose avoids it and delivers a Dirty Deeds. (Commercial)
The Riott Squad vs. Ronda Rousey & Natalya
Natalya and Sarah Logan start the match off. Logan immediately goes on the attack with repeated right hands to the jaw of Natalya. Logan makes the tag to Riott as she delivers a kick to the back of Riott and goes for the pin. Natalya kicks out and is then able to get the upper hand on Riott, making the tag to Rousey. Rouse attempts to gain some momentum, but she is met with a standing STO. Riott brings Rousey to the corner and the Riott Squad delivers kicks to the champion. The champion is able to escape the predicament, and her and Natalya go on the attack. They send their opponents to the outside of the ring.On the outside, Rousey is able to deliver a huge right forearm to Liv Morgan. (Commercial)
We return as Riott has gained control of Natalya in the match. Riott is able to stop numerous tag attempts from Naalya. She sends her into her corner and delivers a tag to Logan. Logan delivers a splash onto Natalya in the corner. She attempts another, but Natalya is able to avoid it and attempts to make another tag, but Logan is able to quickly stop the attempt. After a failed submission attempt, Natalya is able to tag in Rousey, who comes in the ring and delivers multiple stiff shots to both Ruby and Logan. Natalya brings Ruby to the outside of thee ring and delivers a Discus Clothesline to Ruby. On the inside, Rousey delivers a Piper’s Pit to Logan. Rousey goes for the pin, but the referee’s attention is on Becky Lynch who is emerging from the crowd. Natalya tries to stop Becky, but Lynch knocks Rousey down. Natalya and Ronda Rousey win by DQ
Rousey meets Lynch on the outside, and the two trade blows back and forth. The two are separated by security, and Becky Lynch is handcuffed and escorted out of the building. (Commercial)
We come back as Rousey makes her way back to the ring and demands Vince McMahon to come out to the ring. Instead, Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the ring. Rousey tells McMahon to reinstate Lynch. McMahon tells Rousey that Lynch has been arrested. Rousey tells McMahon to do whatever she has to do to get Lynch reinstated. McMahon tells Rousey that Charlotte is her opponent at WrestleMania, and that Becky Lynch is the only one to blame for this. However, Rousey pleads with McMahon. She says that the three can make history at WrestleMania as the first women to ever main event the granddaddy of them all. Rousey continues to demand that Lynch is reinstated. Rousey basically gives the McMahon’s an ultimatum of sorts, telling them to do what’s best for business. She says that she wants to carry a championship to represents and challenge those that have earned a shot, rather than challenge those who have been given a shot. She lays the championship down in front of Stephanie and exits the ring. (Commercial)
The action tonight continues as Jinder Mahal makes his way to the ring. In the ring, he asks the question,” What has Ric Flair ever done?” He says it is a travesty that he was not invited to Flair’s party, and he is challenging any person there for his party. A moment goes by before Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring.
Kurt Angle vs. Jinder Mahal
The bell rings and the Singh Brothers a create a distraction that allows Mahal to land a big boot onto Angle. After a failed pin, Mahal goes on the attack to Angle. He delivers a couple of big boots to the midsection before locking Angle into a chinlock. Angle is able to battle out and deliver a german suplex.He stands Mahal up and delivers triple german suplexes. The Singh Brothers attempt to create another distraction as Mahal tries to deliver a Colossus, but Angle escapes and delivers an Ankle Lock, which causes Mahal to tap out. Kurt Angle wins
Up next, Alexa Bliss will host “A Moment of Bliss” and her guest will be the Intercontinental Champion, Finn Balor. (Commercial)
Bliss begins her show by saying that she is more than willing to take Rousey’s spot in the women’s championship match at WrestleMania. Bliss then introduces her guest, Finn Balor.
The two are interrupted by Lio Rush. Rush tells Balor that Bobby Lashley deserves to be champion. Rush says that he is not leaving until Lashley gets his title back. Balor takes Rush’s statement as a challenge for the Intercontinental Championship, and he accepts the challenge. (Commercial)
Intercontinental Championship Match: Finn Balor vs. Lio Rush
The match starts and the two lock up in the middle of the ring. Rush is able to take Balor down with a quick headscissors takedown, but Balor immediately stands up. Finn is able to send Rush to the outside of the ring, but Balor is caught off guard when Rush takes Balor’s left knee out. Rush then delivers three quick suicide dives onto Balor. He gets Balor back into the ring and attempts a frog splash, but Balor is able to get his knees up, blocking the splash. Balor picks Rush up and sends him into the corner. There, he delivers a couple of big chops to the chest. Balor attempts to dropkick Rush into the corner, but Rush dropkicks Balor in the injured left knee. Rush begins to target the leg. Finn attempts to deliver a 1916, but Rush is able to reverse into a pinfall attempt. Balor is able to kick out. Balor downs Rush and attempts to deliver a Coup de Grace, but Balor knocks him off of the top turnbuckle. Rush attempts a hurricanrana from the top rope, but is unsuccessful. The two go back and forth until Balor is able to successfully land the 1916. This allows Balor to setup and deliver a Coup de Grace. Balor is able to pin Rush for the pinfall victory. Finn Balor wins
Backstage, The Ascension begin to make fun of Otis of Heavy Machinery to the face of Tucker. Tucker tells the Ascension that Otis has a temper and will not like what they had to say about him. The two disregard and continue to make comments. Otis makes his way into the conversation and Tucker informs him of what the two were saying. Otis knocks both men to the ground as we go to commercial. (Commercial)
As we return, Lashley lashes out on Lio Rush backstage. He tells Rush that he was supposed to get the match for him, not himself. He asks Rush if he can even trust him. Rush tells hi yes and the two make the way to the ring.
Bobby Lashley vs. Braun Strowman
Before this match can begin, Lashley blindsides Strowman. He is able to downStrowman with a kick to the leg. Lashley’s attack is hauleted when he attempts to deliver a spear to Strowman, but is instead met with a big boot and is sent to the outside. There, Strowman delivers two big running shoulder tackles to both Rush and Lashley. The match was never able to begin, but Strowman was able to stand tall at the top of the entrance ramp.
Backstage, Seth Rollins once again promises that he will be leaving WrestleMania as the WWE Universal Champion. But he says that that is almost secondary tonight, because it is outshined by the return of his brother, Roman Reigns. (Commercial)
No Disqualification Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre
The match begins when Ambrose attacks McIntyre at the entrance ramp. He’s able to send McIntyre into the ring post and the barricade. He eventually sends McIntyre into the ring and begins to deliver chops to the chest of Drew. He sends McIntyre to the ground and takes his belt off. Before Ambrose can do any damage, McIntyre delivers a boot to the midsection that sends Ambrose to the ground. McIntyre grabs the belt and begins to unload onto Ambrose. After a couple of blows, McIntyre lands a huge spinebuster. McIntyre delivers a couple more shots with the belt, but Ambrose is able to send McIntyre to the outside of the ring. Ambrose then goes for a suicide dive, but he is caught by McIntyre, who then delivers an overhead belly to belly suplex. (Commercial)
We return as Ambrose delivers an elbow to McIntyre on the outside of the ring. He is able to send McIntyre into the steel steps. He sends him back into the ring and delivers a pin, but fails. He delivers a neckbreaker and goes for a pin again, but fails. Ambrose grabs his belt, and delivers a flurry of hits to the back of McIntyre. McIntyre is then able to land a viscous Glasgow Kiss headbutt to Ambrose, sending him to the outside of the ring. McIntyre attempts to hit Ambrose with the steel steps, but Ambrose is able to deliver a drop toe hold and send McIntyre face first into the steps. Ambrose sets up for Dirty Deeds on the steps, but Ambrose is met with a guitar to the back from Elias. Ambrose is sent back into the ring and is met with a Claymore Kick. Drew McIntyre wins
Afterwards, Lashley and Corbin emerge and begin to attack Ambrose. However, Rollins and Roman Reigns come out to help their former Shield member. The two meet Lashley and Corbin at the entrance ramp. Reigns shows no rust as he delivers multiple Superman Punches to all four men. He ends with a huge spear onto Drew McIntyre. (Commercial)
Nia Jax vs Bayley
Jax quickly shows of her power as she quickly shoves Bayley into the corner. Bayley counters with her quickness when she sends Jax to the outside of the ring. Jax comes back into the ring and is met with a hip toss from Bayley. After a pin attempt, Jax is able to stop the attack from Bayley when she shoves her to the outside of the ring. (Commercial)
Jax continues to dominate Bayley as the match continues. She locks in a bear hug in the middle of the ring, but Baley is able to battle out of it. She attempts a knee drop onto a downed Jax but misses. Jax goes for an elbow drop, but she also misses. Bayley delivers a dropkick to the knee off Jax and downs her. She sends her into the corner and delivers an elbow. Bayley goes for a splash, but Jax is able to run through Bayley and send her to the mat. There, she delivers a couple of big blows to the head of the champion. Jax then sends Bayley across the ring by tossing her by the hair. Jax stands Bayley up and puts her into a necklock. Bayley is able to battle out with a jawbreaker. The champion is able to g on the attack, and send Jax to the outside of the ring. Jax gets back into the ring and is met with a knee that sends her into the corner. Bayley goes for a cross body, but Jax catches her and puts her into the tree of woe in the corner of the ring. Bayley is then hit with a hip attack. A distraction from Sasha Banks allows Bayley to deliver a knee to the temple of Nia Jax, which sends her to the ground. From there, Bayley climbs the top turnbuckle and delvers a diving elbow. Bayley is able to pin Jax and pick up the pinfall victory. Bayley wins
Up next, the WWE superstars of the past, present, and future celebrate the 70th birthday of Ric Flair! (Commercial)
We start the celebration with long time friend of Ric Flair, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon making their way to the ring. In the ring, the two begin to introduce a couple of surprise guests, including “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Kurt Angle, and Sting. Flair is introduced, but he does not make his way out. We go backstage, where we see Batista dragging Ric Flair out of his locker room. He looks into the camera and asks Triple H if he has his attention now. Triple H runs to the backstage area. There, he searches for Batista. He finds an injured Ric Flair, but there is no signs of Batista. We end the night with Triple H calling for people to get a doctor.