Four nights before defending his Universal Championship against Roman Reigns in a Steel Cage Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble event, Brock Lesnar makes his way to Monday Night Raw. What havoc will The Beast Incarnate unleash during his first live WWE appearance since mauling The Big Dog at WrestleMania?
The show opens with the 10 bell salute and for the late Bruno Sammartino and a video package honoring his career.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman make their way to the ring to kick off RAW as we go to break. We're back from break and Heyman has a live mic. Brock is feeling himself tonight and rubbing it in the crowd's face that he still has the title.
Heyman tells the crowd that no one in the locker room can beat Brock and take the title off of him. Paul also says that Brock doesn't gloat he conqueres but he also states that he gloats. Heyman runs down what Brock did to Roman at mania. Paul says Brock doesn't look to the past he looks only to the future. Heyman says that Brock earned his new contract by beating Roman at Wrestlemania. Paul also states that Brock asked for Roman again with the title on the line in a steel cage match. Roman has had enough of Heyman and makes his way to the ring. Roman enters the ring and doesn't take his eyes off of Brock.
Roman says he doesn't know how he's getting back but that he's coming home with the title.
The Sami and Kevin Owens show debuts on Raw tonight and their first guest is Kurt Angle.
A 10 woman tag team match is announced for later tonight
plus Elias vs Bobby Roode is UP NEXT.
Elias vs Bobby Roode:
Were back from break and JOJO introduces Elias who is already in the ring and as soon as Elias announces himself Roode's music plays and he makes his way down to the ring.
Collar and elbow tie up Elias has Roode in a side headlock for a second but then Roode fights out and hits Elias with a high elbow. Elias then fights back and takes the fight to Roode in thecorner. Roode then whips Elias into the corner and hits a dropkick and begins to wear him down followed up by wringing out the arm. Elias fights back and hits multiple chops to Bobby's chest. Roode then fights back and knocks Elias to the floor and shows off with his signature GLORIOUS taunt as we go to break. Were back from break and Elias looked to be in control for a bit until Roode gets out of the way and hits Elias with a knife edge chop. Elias then fights back and side steps Roode ad he goes shoulder first into the post. Elias then wears him down with a shoulder hold. Midmatch promo for The Greatest Royal Rumble plays. Elias takes the fight to Roode. Corey Graves announces that Shane McMahon will be apart of the Greatest Royal Rumble. Elias drapes Roode on the apron and hits him with a running knee from the outside then covers for a two count. Elias immediately wears down Roode after the nearfall.
Roode tries to rally but Elias continues to hold him down. Roode breaks free with a side suplex and both men down.
Elias gets back to his feet first but eats a couple of right hands and forearms from Roode. Bobby eventually connects with a singing neckbreaker then hits a big clothesline from the top rope. Roode attempts the Glorious DDT but Elias tries to counter but Roode gets the better of the exchange for a two count. Down the stretch Elias hangs Roode up on the ropes and rolls him up for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Elias via pinfall
Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt vs The Ascension:
Woken Matt says he spoken to the Oracle and that at The Greatest Royal Rumble he and Bray will win the RAW Tag Team Titles. Tonight they face The Ascension.
We're back from break and The Ascension are already in the ring. According to Micheal Cole the name for the team of Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt is The Deleters of World. Woken Matt and Bray make their way to the ring for the match.
Victor and Matt start the match. Matt gets the crowd to give Victor a standing ovation for his cartwheel.
Matt stays in control and tags in Bray. Victor escaped and tags in Konnor. Bray hits a big clothesline on Konnor and then tags in Hardy. Victor gets back in and The Ascension begin the double team on Hardy and only get a two count. Victor stays on the attack of Hardy and gets another two count. Matt breaks free and tags in Bray who takes out Victor and hits a running clothesline on him in the corner. Matt tags in and takes out Victor. Konnor tries to break up the pin attempt but Bray comes in and hits sister abagial. Wyatt and Hardy hit a double team maneuver on Victor for the pinfall.
Winners: Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt via pinfall
The Sami and Kevin Owens Show is UP NEXT
The Sami and Kevin Owens Show:
Sami and Kevin Owens make their way to the ring.
Kevin welcomed the crowd to the show and Sami calls it the hottest new interview show in WWE. Kevin says they will fill the void of The Miz's absence on RAW. Sami says they will win The Greastest Royal Rumble. Sami says they will prove why they were hand picked as the crown jewels of RAW by Stephanie McMahon. Sami and Kevin mock Angle's "You Suck" chants and welcome Kurt Angle to the show.
Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring. Kevin brings out a lawn chair for Angle to sit in. Kevin and Sami apologized for last week. Sami says that Stephanie must really thinks their talented wrestlers or that she really hates Angle. Angle then brags out what went down at Wrestlemania. Sami and Kevin then bring up that Kurt forgot about Jordan being his son for years. Kurt appreciates how Kevin and Sami have treated him so far. Kurt Brooks a tag match for later tonight and its Kevin and Sami vs Lashley and Strowman.
Rollins is shown backstage and is meet with Dalls and Axel who try to join forces with him as the new shield.
Cole announces the 10 women tag team match as the main event for tonight. Also Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler are UP NEXT.
Titus Worldwide vs Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler:
We're back from break and Titus Worldwide is already in the ring ready for the match.
Drew McIntyre and Ziggler make their way to the ring for the match. Ziggler and Titus start the match and comes in hot by tossing Dolph in the corner. Titus then tosse him in his corner and stomps down Dolph before tagging in Apollo who hits a standing moonsault for a two count. Dolph tags in Drew and McIntrye hits Apollo with a big boot. Drew takes it to Apollo in the corner then McIntyre tags in Dolph who superkicks Apollo who is in the Alabama Slam postion then eats the slam.
Dolph then tags back in Drew and they hit the Claymore/ZigZag combo for the win.
Winners: Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler
Post match interview in the ring and Dolph is asked why he brought Drew with him to RAW. Ziggler says since day one no one had his back and now Drew does.
Drew says the locker room has gotten soft and people are just collecting checks. Drew says he's also the wake up call that WWE needs and Ziggler says they don't steal the show cause they are the show.
Kurt brings Gable into his office to talk about his singles career but they are interrupted by Jinder who is mad about losing his United States Title last week. This leads to a match between them up next.
Jinder Mahal vs Chad Gable:
Snuil Singh introduces Jinder Mahal who makes his way down to the ring.
Chad Gable makes his way to the ring for the match. Gable is on the steps about to get in the ring until Snuil distracts him and Jinder attacks him from behind.
Mahal throws him back in the ring and stomps on Gable. The ref backs Jinder off and asks Gable if he can continue and he says yes. The bell rings and Gable side steps Jinder but Mahal comes back and knocks Chad down with a big boot. Jinder takes it to Gable but Chad counters and drops the top rope as Jinder flys over them spilling to the floor. Gable goes to the outside to follow up but eats a big boot as we go to break. Back from break and Jinder Mahal is in control of Chad Gable with a side armbar.
Chad breaks free only to be caught by Jinder and hits a suplex on Gable for a one count. Mahal stays on him with multiple knees but Gable tries to rally and gets taken down by Jinder. Gable is then whipped chest first hard into the turnbuckles.
Jinder continues to wear down Gable with an armbar but Gable breaks free only to get taken down by a back elbow. Mahal stays on top of Chad with multiple knee drops. Gable dodges a knee strike and begins to fight back working on the left leg with a dragonscrew. Mahal fights back has Gable on his shoulders but Chad escapes. Jinder then hits a running knee on Gable. Down the stretch Jinder goes for the Kallas but Gable counters with a step up roll up for the win.
Winner: Chad Gable via pinfall
Renee Young interviewes The Riott Squad backstage. They say they are here to disrupt the women's division and that the women are a bunch of frightened animals. Ruby says they are just like tear gas and that if Alexa and Mickie get too close to them then they will get the Sasha and Bayley treatment.
Samoa Joe does a selfie promo saying that Brock will leave Roman buried in the sand of the Saudi Arabia Desert and that he might not have an opponent for Backlash.
Axel and Bo are backstage trying to garner favor and partner with Finn but Finn turns them down.
Sami and Kevin vs Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman is UP NEXT
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens vs Bobby Lashely and Braun Strowman:
Sami and Kevin Owens make their way to the ring for their match.
Bobby Lashley makes his way to the ring.
Strowman makes his way to the ring for the match.
Sami and Kevin dip out of the ring and have no interest to start the match. Lashley andh Strowman give chase but Sami and Kevin get back in the ring. Strowman eventually catches them and sends Sami into the barricade. Lashley hits a neckbreaker on Kevin Owens and stays on Kevin Owens. KO is able to grab Lashley and drag him to his corner and tags in Sami. Sami goes on the the attack but Bobby fights back and hits a suplex for a cover but the shoulders weren't down. Lashley then eats a boot from Sami.
The match picks up and Lashley is in control sending Sami face first in the turnbuckle and then sends him into the corner on the other side of the ring but KO gets involved and sends Lashley to the outside as we go to break.
Back from break and Sami was in control until Lashley hits Sami with a belly to belly suplex and both men down trying to tag their partners but Sami tags KO first and stops Bobby from making the tag. Owens goes for a senton but Bibby gets the knees up.
Zayn tags back in and stops Lashley again from tagging in Braun. Lashley fights off Sami and tries to tag in Strowman again but KO knocks him off the apron. Lashley is finally able to tag in Barun and he goes on a tear on both Sami and Kevin Owens.
Sami tries to escape but Bobby brings him back in the ring and feeds him to Braun to get these hands. Lashley is tagged in and hits Sami with a delayed vertical suplex and tags in Braun.
Strowman hits the running powerslam for the pinfall victory.
Winners: Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley via pinfall
Baron Corbin is UP NEXT
No Way Jose vs Baron Corbin:
No Way Jose makes his way to the ring with his signature conga line.
Baron Corbin makes his way out and says that the people in the conga line are out here to jump him from behind and says that Jose is not on his level and is not going to have a match with Jose.
Jose says that even though Corbin is not going to have match with him doesn't mean the fun doesn't stop and himand the conga line dance their way back up the ramp. Jose turns to the crowd and Corbin attacks Jose from behind then hits him with a chokeslam backbreaker.
Alexa Bliss does a PSA about bullying. Bliss says that she gave her food to a homeless land but Nia took it from the lady and ate it right in front of her and did nothing. She then ask the women on Nia's team for the match later tonight to help her stop Nia so she can finish her and put an end to the bullying at Backlash.
Finn Balor and International Champion Seth Rollins vs The Miztouagre:
Finn Balor makes his way to the ring for the match as we go to break.
Back from break and Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring.
The Miztouagre make their way to the ring still using The Miz's theme song.
Finn and Bo start the match. Collar and elbow tie up and Bo has Finn in a side headlock then takes down Finn and tags in Axel. Axel locks in a side healock and then knocks down Balor. Finn goes for the standing switch and then hits a dropkick for a one count. Axel comes back and gets control of Finn then tags in Bo.
Dallas comes in and drops multiple knees on Finn and begins to wear down Finn with a headlock. Balor creates separation with a jawbreakerbut Bo answers with a foraren and Finn with the overhead kick. Seth and Axel both tag in and Rollins goes on a tear including a suicide dive and a blockbuster to Axel.
Rollins sets up for a superkick but Dallas to to stop Rollins but to no avail. Rollins hits the blackout on Axel then tags in Finn who hits the Coup de Grace for the win.
Winners: Finn Balor and Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins via pinfall
Natalya rallies her team for their 10 women tag team match NEXT.
RAW Women's Champion Nia Jax, Ember Moon, Natalya, Sasha Banks, and Bayley vs Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Mickie James, and Alexa Bliss(10 Women Tag Team Match):
Alexa and Mickie James make their way to the ring. The Riott Squad make their way to the ring.
Bayley makes her way to the ring for the match.
Ember Moon makes her way to the ring for the match.
Natalya makes her way to the ring.
Sasha Banks makes her way to the ring.
RAW Women's Champion Nia Jax makes her way to the ring for the match.
Banks and Morgan start the match but Liv tags in Logan real quick and they double team Sasha quickly. Sarah takes it to Sasha but Banks fights back and takes control of Logan. Sarah hits Sasha with an elbow and pushes Banks into her corner and tags in Liv. Sasha fights back and is able to get to her corner and tags in Ember Moon. Moon stays on top of Liv and hits a springboard elbow in the corner sending Liv to the outside. Ember follows it up with a suicide dive as we go to break.
Back from break and Sarah Logan is in control of Sasha Banks with a headlock. Banks fights back and breaks free trying to tag out but Logan powers herback into her corner as Mickie tags herself in the match and taunts Bayley with Sasha. James wears down Sasha with a headlock.
Midmatch promo about the universal title match for the greatest royal Rumble airs. Banks breaks free and tags in Natyla who takes it to Mickie with a bigshot then two suplexs followed up with a basement dropkick then locks in the sharpshooter. Sarah Logan breaks it up with chopblock.
It doesn't look like Natayla can't continue and is hurt. As Natalya tags out Mickie attacks her from behind and sends her to the floor. Two refs come down to check on her. Back in the ring Bayely and Ruby Riott are going at it and Ruby hits an STO for a nearfall. Bayley pushes Ruby into her corner and Nia tags in and takes down Ruby.
The match breaks down and then Nia jumpa off the apron and takes out everyone. Mickie checks on Bliss then as Natalya was getting back up she takes her out.
Rousey comes out to make the save and checks on Natalya.
James attacks Rousey from behind which angers Ronda and she takes down Mickie and locks in the armbar and Mickie taps out immediately.
Bliss, James, Riott Squad win via DQ.
Winners: Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, and The Riott Squad via DQ
The show tonight was very sold and was the final hype for The Greatest Royal Rumble.
My Score: 7/10