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Raw Live Coverage And Open Discussion (4/16/18)

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Where will your favorite Superstars end up when Raw and SmackDown LIVE get shaken up in a special two-night event? Don’t miss the first night of the Superstar Shake-up Monday at 8/7 C on USA Network. Also on Raw, “Woken” Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt battle The Revival in the final round of the Tag Team Eliminator, and contentious best friends Bayley and Sasha Banks square off one-on-one.

Kurt Angle kicks us off tonight. Kurt makes his way to the ring and welcomes us to Monday Night RAW and the Superstar Shakeup. Snuil Singh interrupts Kurt so that means the Singhs and the United States Champion Jinder is on RAW now. Snuil introduces Jinder and Jinder comea out and makes his way to the ring. Mahal congratulates Angle for acquiring the services of the Modern Day Maharaja. Mahal was mad about coming to the arena in an SUV instead of a limo. Jinder believes he is better than anyone on both RAW and Smackdown and wants the same privileges as Brock Lesnar. Kurt asks anyone in the back who wants to prove Jinder wrong and says Jinder will be defending his title right now. Jeff Hardy comes out and answers the challenge.

United States Championship Match: Jeff Hardy vs United States Champion Jinder Mahal:

Mahal hits Jeff in the gut and backs him in the corner and procees to stomp down Jeff. Hardy fights back and bounces Jinder on the turnbuckle. Mahal gains control again and drops an elbow on the back of Jeff's neck but Hardy fights back and drives Mahal out of the ring and hits a wreaking ball dropkick kn Jinder. Jinder regains control and drops Hardy as we go to break. Back from break and Jinder is in control of Jeff with a headlock and armbar combo. Jeff tries to fight back but Jinder brings him right back down. Hardy fights back with a neckbreaker to break the hold but Jinder drops Hardy on the ropes and procees to stomp down Jeff and drops him with a right hand with Jeff on the apron. Hardy fights back with a couple of shoulderblocks to the gut and tries to go for Whisper in the Wind but Mahal blocks. Jeff knocks off Jinder and eventually hits Shisper in the Wind and both guys down. Jeff is back to his feet first but Snuil Singh hops on the apron and Jeff gets rid of him. Hardy with inverted atomic drop for a near fall. Jeff goes for the twist of fate but Jinder shoves him away and catches Hardy with a knee as Jeff comes off the ropes. Kinder goes for his finisher but Hardy rolls him up for a two count. Kinder hits a superkick for a two count. Jinder hits a gitbuster but Jeff turns it around on him for a two count. Jeff hits the twist of fate and the swanton bomb for the win. Winner and NEW UNITED STATES CHAMPION: Jeff Hardy 

We're back from break and Jinder is mad about losing his United States Title and is interviewed by Renee Young and calls it a conspiracy and invokes his rematch at The Greatest Royal Rumble. No Way Jose interrupts Jinder's interview and asks Renee if she wants to fiesta and she joins him as they dance away.

Bayley vs Sasha Banks:

Bayley makes her way down to the ring for her match. IT'S BOSS TIME as Sasha Banks makes her way down to the ring as they show what happend last week between them and Sasha's match. Sasha hits Bayley with the boot and takes control and throws Bayley in the cornkwr Bayley tries to counter but slips off the ropes and Sasha takes control but Bayley fights back and throws Banks out of the ring then Bayley flys through the ropes and hits a hurricanrana on Banks on the outside. Back from break and Banks is in control with a straight jacket hold. Bayley backs Sasha in the corner and breaks the hold but Banks attacks the left arm of Bayley and hits her with a high elbow. Bayley gains control and hangs Sahsa up on the middle rope and toss Banks in the corner but Sasha blocks with an elbow but Bayley counters with a neckbreaker out of the corner for a two count. Sasha hits Bayley with a boot that drives her out of the ring. Sasha hits Bayley with the high knee then a meteora over the top ropes and drags Balyey in the ring and hits the meteora again for a two count. Banks trash talks Bayley and slaps her which angers Bayley and the beat down and brawl begins. A great sequence between the two ends with Banks putting on the Bank statement but the match ends in DQ due to The Riott Squad hittingthe ring and attacking both Sasha and Bayley. The Riott Squad is now on RAW. Winner: Sasha Banks via DQ

Slater and Rhyno vs The Authors of Pain:

We're back from break and Slater and Rhyno are in the ring and will be facing The Authors of Paun again. The Authors of Pain make their way to the ring for their match. Slater and Rhyno get the jump on AOP and drive them out of the ring and try to regroup. The bell rings and Slater jumps on Akam and tags in Rhyno. Rhyno hits multiple shoulderblocks on Akam and tags in Slater. Akam gains control and drops Slater on the top rope and tags in Rezar. Rezar clubs down Slater and tags back in Akam and they hit a double team knee drop on Slater. Slater escapes and tags in Rhyno. Rhyno explodes and knocks down Akam for a two count before Rezar comes in and knocks down Slater and clothesline Slater then hit The Last Chapter on Rhyno for the win. Winner: The Authors of Pain


We're back from brak and the Miz and the Miztouagre are in the ring ready for MizTV. The Miz introduces his guests for Miz TV and they are Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens who are now on RAW. Everyone hugs and jumps up and down together. Miz says they are the finest collection of talent and goes on to say that they are bigger and better than the NWO and the Avengers and is putting the entire locker room on notice but angle comes out to interrupt them. Kurt says Miz has no control and says Owens and Zayn lost their opportunity to join RAW last week. Owens says an email was recently sent and it states that his descion is overruled and they are awarded RAW contracts and the email comes from Stephanie McMahon. Kurt says he came out to say that Shane and pagie just called and says that Daniel wants The Miz on Smackdown and Kurt agreed on the deal. Miz said Smackdown just went from the B show to the A show. Kurt says the Miztouagre will not join the miz on SmackDown. Kurt announces the main event for RAW tonight and it's a 10 man tag: Miz Kevin Owens Sami Zayn and the miztourage vs Finn Balor Bobby Lashley Seth Rollins Braun Strowman and WWE Superstar making his RAW debut.

Finals of the Tag Team Eliminator Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt vs The Revival:

We're back from break and The Revival are in the ring ready for the finals of the Tag Team Eliminator against Bray Wyatt and Woken Matt Hardy. Matt and Bray come out and make their way to the ring. Matt and Bray continue their expedition of gold. Dawson and Hardy start the match and Matt hits the go behind but Dawson pushes Hardy in the corner and tags in Wilder. Hardy is pushed in the corner but hits hip toss and tags in Wyatt who goes on the attack and then does his spider maneuver as mind games on Wilder and tags in Matt the revival gain some control until they are driven out of the ring. The Reviavl gains control and Dawson is tagged in and gets a one count on Matt then switches into a side headlock. Wyatt tries to distract Dawson but it doesn't work and Wilder attacks Matt with the refs back turned and Dawson gets a two count Matt fights back and Wyatt and Wilder are tagged in and Wyatt goes on a tear but Matt tags himself in as Wyatt takes out Dawson and with help from Bray Matt hits the twist of fate on Wilder for the win. Winners: Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt 

We're back from break and The Bar is shown backstage talking about their match at The Greatest Royal Rumble and are interrupted by Breezango who give them tickets for their fashion sense.

Rousey is in Kurt's office and talks about what happened with her and Stephanie. Kurt had a surprise for her and its Natalya moving over to RAW and she wants a match tonight.

Mickie James vs Ember Moon:

Nia Jax comes out and makes her way to the commentary table and Cole says that both her and Alexa will be on commentary for the upcoming match as we go to break. Back from break as Ember is making her way to the ring for her match against Mickie. Mickie James makes her way to the ring and had some words with Nia too. The bell rings and we getsome back and forth between the two but Mickie gets the upper hand on Ember but Moon fights back and goes for a move out of the corner but Mickie sweeps her feet and controls Moknwith a side headlock. Bliss was suppose to be on commentary too but she is watching the match from the locker room and Alsxa says she isn't out their cause Nia is a bully. James still in control and James knocks down Moon for a two count then drives a knee in her back for another two count then immediately goes for another cover for a two count. Ember fights back and eventually hits The Eclipse on Mickie for the win. Winner: Ember Moon

The Miz Kevin Owens Sami Zayn and The Miztouagre are in the locker room worried about their match how Shane will treat The Miz who the mystery person is but The Miz seems more to be thinking more about his RAW Finale.

We're back from break and Dolph Ziggler is the newest member of RAW and makes his way to the ring. Dolph says a lot has changed and he still steals the showed is still the best superstar and gets interrupted by Titus Worldwide andthey welcome him back to RAW. Titus tries to get Dolph to join Titus Worldwide. Dolph says he didn't come to RAW alone and Drew McIntyre attack Titus and Apollo from behind. Drew and Dolph hit a Claymore and Zigzag combo on Apollo.

We're back from break and Roman Regins makes his way down to the ring. Roman hypes up his match against Brock in Saudi Arabia and says he will come back as the FULL TIME Universal Champion and out comes Samoa Joe. Joe says that Roman likes to brag about showing up for work but doesn't get the job done. He goes on to say that Regins talks about the cage match but Brock beats him everytime they meet in the ring. Joe says he will put Roman down for good at Backlash and reminds Regis of what both him and Brock have done to him in the past. Roman trash talks Joe and he walks to the ring to fight Roman but backtracks and says on his time and walks to the back.

Mandy Rose vs Natayla:

We're back from break and Absolution is making their way to the ring as Mandy Rose faces Natayla. Natalya makes her way to the ring for her match. Natalya rolls up Mandy for a one count and takes down Rose and drives her out of the ring. Deville distracts Natalya and allows Rose to attack which leads to a two count. Rose throws Natalya in the corner and puts her foot on her throat followed up by a suplex for a two count. Rose holds Natalya in an Abdominal stretch but Natalaya counters and puts Rose in the sharpshooter for the submission victory. Rose and Mandy attack Natalya after the match which leads to Ronda coming out for the save. Deville steps up to Rousey but gets taken down. Winner: Natalya

Baron Corbin is back on RAW

Breezango vs The Bar:

Breezango makes their way to the ring for their match as we go to break. Back from break and The Bar are coming out and making their way to the ring for their match against Breezango. Ceasro and Fandango start the matchand Ceasro pushes Fandango into thccorner as Fandango tries on Ceasro's jacket. Ceasro tries to go for a sunset flip but Fandango keeps his balanceand hits Ceasro in the face antags in Breeze. Breezewas in control for a second then Sheamus is tagged in and drops Breeze. Ceasro is tagged in and puts Breeze in aside headlock for a while and tags in Sheamus and they hit a double team attack on Breeze. The Bar stays on for a while but in the end Breeze rolls up Ceasro for the shocking win. Winners: Breezango

Renee interviews Elias and he says doesn't play small towns anymore only the big time places. Elias says Lashley should just go in the stands with the crowd and mind his business. Elias attempts to play Renee a song but she says they dont have time for it and cutsback to Cole.

Bobby Lashley, Bobby Roode, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, and Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, The Miz, and The Miztouagre:

We're back from break and its main event time. Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, The Miz, and The Miztouagre make their way to the ring for the match. Strowman, Balor, Rollins, Lashely and the newest RAW superstar Bobby Roode make their way to the ring for the match. Rollins and Owens start the match and Owens beats down Rollins but Rollins fights back and takes down Kevin when he jumps over the top rope. We're back from break and Sethis in control of Axel and then tags in Roode who takes down Axel and then tags in Balor who gets in a couple of shots and knocks down Axel. Balor tries to tag in Strowman but is pushed back into the enemies corner and Axel tags in The Miz. Miz lays in shots to Balor and puts Balor in a headlock and throws Balor in the corner and tags in Zayn but Balor escapes and tags in Lashley who takes the fight to Sami. Lashley hits a delayed vertical duplex on Sami and Gorilla Presses The Miz out of the ring onto The Miztouagre as we go to break. We're back from break and Kevin Owens is in control of Rollins. Owens throws Sethbackin the ring and wears him down with a side headlock. Owens knocks down Seth and hits a Senton for a two count then tags in The Miz who wears down The Miz and hits a DDT on Rollins for a two count. Miz hits Rollins with the IT Kicks but Rollins rolls him up for a near fall. Rollins tried tomake a tag but no one was there for the tag. Rollins eventually tags in Roode and Miz tags in Axel. Roode hits an elbow fromthe middle rope for a near fall tries to go for the glorious DDT but Axel blocks. Roode then hits a blockbuster for a near fall. Strowman is finally tagged in and runs roughshod on everyone as the match breaks down. Miz and Storwman are the legal men but as Miz tries to tag out The Miztourage turn their back on him. Strowman then hitsthe running powerslam for the win. Winners: Bobby Lashley, Bobby Roode, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, and Braun Strowman 

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