Before he challenges Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship this Sunday at Fastlane, RAW kicks off with the legendary Goldberg. Goldberg says that, last week, Kevin Owens came out there in his nice little suit and did what Owens does best and that’s “talk”. Goldberg then says that he is a “good mood” before saying that he has never made a “promise” that he hasn’t followed through with. Goldberg then vows that it will be a Spear, a Jackhammer, and the one-two-three this Sunday when he beats Kevin Owens and takes the WWE Universal Title. Goldberg continues, saying that he will take the WWE Universal Title and defend it against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Goldberg then has another promise, stating that he will “deliver”, so he will see Kevin Owens on Sunday.
However, just as Goldberg is about to leave the ring, he is interrupted by WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, who comes out to the stage. The champion says that he made a promise to himself when he arrived in WWE, saying that he vowed to grab WWE by the throat and make them see what Kevin Owens is capable of and he did just that. Owens then says that, on his first night on the main roster, he beat John Cena and, as Goldberg sarcastically applauds the champion, Owens says that he also beat Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns. Owens continues, saying that he’s not even going to bring up Chris Jericho because he’s not worth talking about. The champion then says that, no matter how loud the “sheep” chant his name, it doesn’t change the fact that Goldberg is “next”, saying that Goldberg is “next in the evolution of Kevin Owens as Universal Champion”. Goldberg responds by saying that, as entertained as he was by Kevin Owens’ speech, all it did was “piss” him off before daring the champion to come down to the ring and fight him right now. However, Kevin Owens says that Green Bay doesn’t “deserve” to see him fight before saying that he will fight Goldberg this Sunday, saying that all Goldberg will hear at Fastlane is “silence” because the Goldberg chants will “die” this Sunday.
The Hosts of WrestleMania were in action on RAW as The New Day’s Big E & Xavier Woods, with Kofi Kingston in their corner, would face Rusev & Jinder Mahal, with Lana in their corner. During the match, an argument between Rusev and Kofi Kingston would ensue on the outside and this would keep Rusev’s focus off of the match as Xavier Woods rolls Jinder Mahal up to pick up the win for The New Day. After the match, Rusev and Jinder Mahal would argue in the ring as The New Day celebrate their win.
Backstage, RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon confronts RAW General Manager Mick Foley, saying that it was 17 years ago tonight that her husband, Triple H, ended Mick Foley’s in-ring career. Stephanie says that Triple H gets “stronger” while Foley seems to get “weaker”, saying that Foley is a “shell” of himself and she doesn’t know what the GM sees in the mirror every day. The Commissioner then says that Foley gets more “feeble” and more “pathetic” as time goes on before saying that she apologizes that she put Foley in this position as Mick has gone from a man who could “stand up against anyone and anything” to a man who can “hardly even stand at all”. Having given her hurtful tirade, Stephanie would leave the office, leaving Foley alone to soak in the Commissioner’s insults.
The Cruiserweights were in action on RAW as Akira Tozawa would go one-on-one with Noam Dar, with Alicia Fox in his corner. In the end, it was Akira Tozawa hitting the bridging German suplex to pin Noam Dar for the win. After the match, The Brian Kendrick would attack Tozawa from behind, sending Akira shoulder-first into the ring post before delivering a kick to the face of Tozawa. Kendrick then tells Tozawa that he needs to have eyes in the back of his head, saying that, even when his match is over, “it’s not over”.
Before she defends the RAW Women’s Title against Charlotte Flair this Sunday at Fastlane, RAW Women’s Champion Bayley was set to team with “The Boss” Sasha Banks to face Charlotte Flair & Dana Brooke in tag team action. However, with the match set to begin, Charlotte Flair would reveal that her partner is not her protégé Dana Brooke, but instead it will be Nia Jax! Throughout the match, Nia Jax would be a dominant force, taking it to both Bayley & Sasha Banks as Nia would toss Sasha on Bayley before dropping the leg on Bayley, pinning the RAW Women’s Champion to pick up the win for herself and Charlotte Flair.
Six nights before Enzo & Big Cass challenge Gallows & Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Titles at Fastlane, Big Cass, with Enzo Amore in his corner, would go one-on-one with RAW Tag Team Champion Luke Gallows, with Karl Anderson in his corner, on RAW. With Enzo Amore taking out Karl Anderson on the outside, it provided an opening for Big Cass to hit Luke Gallows with the big boot, pinning Gallows for the win.
Following a confrontation earlier in the night, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus would go one-on-one with Titus O’Neil on RAW. Despite a pre-match attack by Titus O’Neil, Sheamus would still make quick work of Titus, hitting the Brogue Kick and pinning Titus for the win.
For the first time since being assaulted and re-injured by Samoa Joe at the order of Triple H last month, Seth Rollins would appear on RAW for an exclusive in-ring interview with Corey Graves. Seth would carefully make his way to the ring on a crutch with a heavy brace on his right knee before Rollins and Graves have a seat in the ring. Corey first asks Seth how rehab is going and Rollins says that the tear in his MCL was a little bit more significant than they first thought. Rollins then says that the rehab has been pretty intense, saying that “it is what it is”. Corey then asks where Seth’s head is at right now with Rollins telling Corey that, when he found himself lying in a hospital bed again with an injured knee, he thought that, maybe, he “deserves this”. Seth then explains that winning the title at WrestleMania a couple of years ago was the greatest moment of his life before asking if it was worth it. Rollins then says that he should have “known better” in regards to trusting Triple H before saying that he returned with this sights set on becoming better than ever, but somewhere along the way, he lost sight of that. Corey then asks if, after missing last year’s WrestleMania due to injury, will Seth be at WrestleMania this year. An emotional Rollins says that, right now, it doesn’t look great and it doesn’t look like the doctors are going to clear him to compete in time for WrestleMania.
Just when it looked as though things couldn’t get any worse for Seth Rollins, the interview is interrupted by the arrival of Triple H. Making his way to the ring with a smile on his face, Triple H says that, after what Samoa Joe did to Seth a month ago, he thought he’d never see Seth Rollins again. This is when Triple H would gesture to the other side of the ring, pointing out that Samoa Joe was standing at ringside. Triple H then tells Seth that he will not be at WrestleMania no matter what anyone tells him before saying that Rollins knew what he was getting into right from the beginning. Triple H continues, saying that he delivered on everything that he said he would do for Rollins before saying that Seth “bit the hand” that feeds him. Triple H then says that Seth isn’t “dumb” and he knows how this works, saying that he “used” Seth up and “spit” him out, saying that Seth profited along the way.
Triple H then tells Rollins that he’s the “past” and he’s nothing then a “washed up” Superstar who is “worthless” before threatening Seth to not show up at WrestleMania and do not call him out at WrestleMania. Triple H continues, saying that, if Seth calls him out at WrestleMania, then it will be the “last thing” that Seth ever does in a WWE ring. A seething Seth Rollins responds by telling Triple H that he told Triple H’s wife a month ago that he’s got “nothing left to lose” before saying that statement is not any “truer” than it is right now. Seth then vows that he will be at WrestleMania and, if it’s the last thing he ever does, he will make sure that it’s the last thing Triple H ever does! Rollins then gets in the face of Triple H before Triple H walks off with Samoa Joe by his side.
After taking Braun Strowman to the limit last week, Big Show was in action on RAW as “The Giant” would face The Shining Stars in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. In the end, it was Big Show leveling Epico with the Knockout Punch before planting Primo with the chokeslam, pinning Primo for the win.
Before he challenges Neville for the Cruiserweight Title at Fastlane this Sunday, “Gentleman” Jack Gallagher would team with T.J. Perkins to face Cruiserweight Champion Neville and Tony Nese on RAW. In the end, it was Jack Gallagher locking in a unique submission on Tony Nese and, with Neville opting not to help his partner, Nese would tap out as Jack Gallagher and T.J. Perkins pick up the win.
The latest inductee into WWE Hall of Fame was announced during RAW as former three-time Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix will take her place among the greats as “The Glamazon” will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 31 in Orlando.
After a backstage confrontation earlier in the night, RAW would see two familiar opponents face-off as Cesaro would go one-on-one with “The Destroyer” Samoa Joe. Early on in the match, Cesaro would tweak his knee on the outside and this would open up a target on Cesaro as Samoa Joe would relentlessly attack the knee, ultimately planting Cesaro with a uranage, pinning Cesaro for the win. After the match, Samoa Joe is interviewed on the stage about his victory, saying that this serves as a reminder to everyone in the back before saying that it doesn’t matter how much you’ve accomplished or how much the people love you. Joe is then interrupted by Sami Zayn as Sami attacks Samoa Joe, sparking a brawl between the two by the stage. Zayn would get the better of the brawl before referees and security come out to break it up, which allows Joe to gain the advantage, tossing Sami onto the stage. However, Sami would refuse to give up the fight as Zayn would leap off of the stage, taking Samoa Joe down! Referees and security then try to break it up again, keeping Zayn and Joe far away from each other.
RAW General Manager Mick Foley is then in the ring to moderate the official contract signing between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman for their match at Fastlane. Not waiting to be introduced, Braun Strowman would march to the ring. Braun tells Foley that the GM brought the contract and he brought the table so his purpose is “done”, telling Foley to leave. However, Mick tells Strowman that, as long as he is the General Manager, Braun will “respect” what he has to say. Braun tells the GM that Mick is not the man that he used to be, calling Foley “pathetic” and, when he tells Mick to leave, he says it with the respect that a “broken down, suburban dad” deserves. Fed up with the disrespect, Foley would get in the face of Braun Strowman, telling Braun to respect him as a “legend” and legends “live on forever”. The GM then tells Braun to respect him “or else” and Braun responds by backing Foley into the corner. This is when Roman Reigns would march towards the ring with Braun Strowman waiting at ringside. Reigns would take it to “The Monster Among Men” before Braun tosses Reigns over the steel steps only for Roman to respond with the Superman Punch to Strowman. Roman then goes for a second Superman Punch but Braun catches Reigns and drives Roman back-first into the ring post.
Strowman then takes the fight to Roman in the crowd, making their way to the tech area before Reigns starts to fight back before delivering a second Superman Punch to Strowman. Reigns then charges at Braun, delivering a Spear to Strowman that sends both men, as well as a security guard, crashing through the barricade! Reigns then enters the ring, but just as Roman is about to sign the contract, Reigns sees that Braun is back on his feet. Strowman then gets back into the ring and Reigns is waiting with another Superman Punch before Roman sizes Braun up for another Spear. However, Braun catches Reigns and hurls Roman with such velocity into the corner that the entire top turnbuckle snaps off of the ring, leaving the top rope lying in the ring next to a broken Roman Reigns as referees rush the ring to check on Reigns. Braun then leaves the ring, walking up the ramp with a smile on his face, but his smile turns to disbelief as Roman manages to pull himself up to the table in the ring, signing the contract to make the match against Braun Strowman at Fastlane official.
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