One week after dropping Universal Champion Goldberg with the F-5 in the middle of the ring, RAW would kick off with “The Beast” Brock Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman just twenty nights before Lesnar challenges Goldberg for the Universal Title at WrestleMania. Paul Heyman proudly recalls what happened last week, proclaiming “down goes Goldberg” before introducing Brock Lesnar as the “Goldberg-eating carnivore”. The advocate then says that the same fate awaits Goldberg at WrestleMania before saying that, while Goldberg is not in Detroit, Brock Lesnar is. Heyman continues, saying that, for the past few months, the story between Goldberg and Lesnar has been “Spear, Jackhammer, Goldberg” before saying that the story was different last week with Brock’s F-5 to the Universal Champion. The advocate then says that the “resurrection of Goldberg” will be “put down” at WrestleMania before saying that “F-5 equals Lesnar goes up, down goes Goldberg”. Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman then leave the ring with the advocate having given what “The Beast” has in store for Goldberg on “The Grandest Stage of Them All”.
Backstage, RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon tells RAW General Manager Mick Foley that she has tried “tough love” with Mick Foley before saying that, if Foley is ready to learn, then she is ready to “teach”. With the GM on board, Stephanie tells Foley that his “first lesson” is, by the end of the night, she wants him to scour the entire RAW roster and decide who he wants to fire! The Commissioner explains that they will have a better product as a result, telling Foley to think like a “business person” with the GM reluctantly agreeing to find someone to fire.
Before she, along with Charlotte Flair, challenge Bayley for the RAW Women’s Title in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania, “The Boss” Sasha Banks, with RAW Women’s Champion Bayley in her corner, would go one-on-one with Dana Brooke, with Dana’s mentor Charlotte Flair in her corner. In a short match, it was Sasha Banks rolling up Dana Brooke and grabbing the tights to score the three-count to pick up the win. After the match, Sasha would exit the ring before Charlotte Flair enters the ring to confront her protégé. Charlotte shouts at Dana, saying Dana is a “disgrace” and that she is “finally getting rid” of Dana, but before Charlotte can continue, Dana proved that she’s finally had enough of the months of abuse from her mentor as Dana knocks Charlotte down with a forearm! Dana then pounds Charlotte with right hands, pummeling her mentor in and out of the ring with Charlotte trying to escape. Charlotte is finally able to create distance between herself and Dana Brooke, retreating from the ring as Dana stands tall in the ring, daring Charlotte to come back and fight her.
In a special award created to represent the legacy left behind by the late, great Ultimate Warrior, this year’s recipient of the Warrior Award would be revealed on RAW as former college football player Eric LeGrand will be given the Warrior Award at this year’s WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Once a player for the Rutgers college football team, a life-changing injury would leave Eric LeGrand paralyzed from the neck down. Despite being given a 0 to 5% chance of regaining neurologic function, LeGrand would work to regain movement in his shoulders and began breathing on his own. Now, Eric LeGrand works as a motivational speaker and, on March 31 in Orlando, Eric LeGrand will be the third recipient of the Warrior Award.
Before they, along with Austin Aries, compete in a Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match on 205 Live to determine who will challenge Neville for the Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania, Akira Tozawa would team up with T.J. Perkins to face the team of The Brian Kendrick and Tony Nese. In the end, it was Tony Nese rolling T.J. Perkins up and hooking the tights to secure the three-count and pick up the win for his team.
Before competing in tag team action on RAW, the spotlight was literally on Kevin Owens on RAW as Owens would say that it was exactly one month ago today that he put the spotlight back where it belongs, showing his shocking assault on Chris Jericho at the Festival of Friendship. Owens then says that a lot of them are upset with him because he pretended to be Chris Jericho’s best friend before saying that Jericho never considered him his best friend either. Owens continues, saying that Jericho just pretended to be his best friend so Jericho could get a shot at his Universal Title. Owens then says that he “outsmarted” Chris Jericho and, now, Jericho is “foolish enough” to think that he is going to get the ultimate revenge at WrestleMania. Owens then vows to take Jericho’s United States Title at WrestleMania just like Jericho took his Universal Title away at Fastlane. Owens then says that both Chris Jericho and Sami Zayn are going to learn that you don’t “need” best friends when you have a “destroyer”, which brings out his teammate, Samoa Joe.
With a title defense against former best friend Kevin Owens coming up at WrestleMania, United States Champion Chris Jericho would team with Sami Zayn to face the team of Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe on RAW. During the match, Kevin Owens would knock Chris Jericho off of the ring apron with a super kick before Kevin Owens & Samoa Joe would double team Sami Zayn, completely ignoring the referee to the point that they would be disqualified. Joe would then lock the Coquina Clutch in on Sami Zayn before Chris Jericho makes the save, sending Joe to the outside before brawling with Owens. The United States Champion then nearly gets Kevin Owens in the Walls of Jericho before Samoa Joe intervenes with Joe holding Jericho as Owens beats Jericho down as referees enter the ring to try and break it up. Owens then plants Jericho with the Pop-Up Powerbomb before referees are finally able to get Kevin Owens & Samoa Joe out of the ring.
Backstage, Nia Jax confronts RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and RAW General Manager Mick Foley to state her dissatisfaction with being left out of the RAW Women’s Title match at WrestleMania. Nia cites that she dominated Sasha Banks for months but Sasha was able to pin her once and now Sasha gets to be in the title match and she doesn’t. Stephanie agrees with Nia Jax, putting Nia in a one-on-one match with RAW Women’s Champion Bayley.
The #1 Contenders for the RAW Tag Team Titles would then be determined on RAW as Enzo & Big Cass would face Cesaro & Sheamus with the winners facing Gallows & Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania. During the match, Big Cass and Sheamus would take each other to the outside and this is when the champions would get involved as Karl Anderson would hit Sheamus with a running knee before Luke Gallows levels Big Cass with a big boot, ending the match by disqualification! Gallows & Anderson then throw Big Cass into the barricade before sending Sheamus face-first into the ring post. Cesaro then tries to make the save, but the RAW Tag Team Champions overwhelm Cesaro, putting the boots to Cesaro in the ring. Gallows then takes Enzo Amore out with a boot before Gallows & Anderson hit Cesaro with the Magic Killer, leaving the RAW Tag Team Champions standing tall.
With a one-on-one match with The Undertaker waiting for him in less than three weeks at WrestleMania, Roman Reigns would be in action on RAW, going one-on-one with Jinder Mahal. During the match, Roman Reigns would be in control of the match when the gong of The Undertaker would sound. While “The Phenom” would not show up, the distraction would give Jinder Mahal the chance to take advantage. However, the ever resilient Roman Reigns would fire back with the Superman Punch before picking Jinder Mahal up and delivering a second Superman Punch, pinning Jinder Mahal for the win. After the match, Roman Reigns would say that he’s not messing around before Roman calls out The Undertaker, telling The Undertaker to come out there and “fight like a man”.
However, Roman Reigns and the rest of the world would be in for a big surprise as WWE Hall of Famer “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels would make a surprise appearance! “Mr. WrestleMania” would make his way to the ring to a thunderous response from the Detroit crowd as Roman Reigns says that he didn’t call out Shawn Michaels, he called out The Undertaker. HBK tells Roman that he is “distracted”, saying that The Undertaker is already in the head of Roman Reigns and he is going to eat Reigns alive come WrestleMania. Roman says that The Undertaker needs to think about what it’s going to be like to be in the ring with him. Michaels says that he knows what it’s like to walk around with a chip on your shoulder and he knows what it’s like to have everyone around you secretly hoping that you “fail”, saying that he is on Roman’s “side”. Roman says that he appreciates the support, but “with all due respect”, The Undertaker retired Shawn Michaels before saying that he’s the guy who’s going to retire The Undertaker! With that bold claim, Roman Reigns leaves the ring, but when Roman makes it to the stage, Reigns takes a moment to look back at Shawn Michaels and this is when Braun Strowman would emerge, leveling Roman Reigns and sending Reigns rolling down the ramp as referees rush out to check on Reigns.
Before he is a part of a Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match on 205 Live to determine the #1 Contender for the Cruiserweight Title at WrestleMania, “A-Double” was in action on RAW as Austin Aries would make his in-ring RAW debut as Aries would go one-on-one with Ariya Daivari. In the end, it was Austin Aries scoring with the rolling elbow, pinning Ariya Daivari to pick up the win.
With his sights set on winning the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal for the second time at WrestleMania, Big Show was in action on RAW as Big Show would go one-on-one with Titus O’Neil. In the end, it was Big Show planting Titus O’Neil with three chokeslams, pinning Titus to pick up the win.
As she prepares to defend the RAW Women’s Title in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania against both Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks, the RAW Women’s Champion was in action on RAW as Bayley would face Nia Jax in a non-title match. Despite Bayley’s best efforts, Nia Jax would dominate the majority of the match against the RAW Women’s Champion, but the powerhouse would let her anger get the best of her as Nia Jax would continue beating Bayley down in the corner, ignoring the referee’s five-count as the referee has no choice but to disqualify Nia. After the match, Nia Jax would drag Bayley out of the ring, tossing Bayley into the barricade at ringside. Nia then marches to the back, having made a statement at the expense of the RAW Women’s Champion.
Time was then up for RAW General Manager Mick Foley as, after giving Mick the night to decide who he wanted to fire, RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon would make an appearance in the ring on RAW. Stephanie then introduces Mick Foley as the GM makes his way to the ring to reveal who he’s decided to fire. Foley says that he could not think of any Superstar that deserved to be fired up until about ten minutes ago and this name was practically “jumping off of the page” at him. Foley then thanks Stephanie for giving him this opportunity because, in the long run, he knows that it’s going to make him a better General Manager and it’s going to make RAW into a better show. Stephanie says that she is glad that Mick is finally thinking with his head and not his heart, asking who Mick has chosen to fire. The GM then stuns the Commissioner by revealing that the member of the RAW roster he has chosen to fire is Stephanie McMahon herself!
However, Stephanie says that Mick knows that he cannot fire her, saying that she give Foley a “golden opportunity” and he’s not going to turn it into a “cheap joke”. Stephanie then shouts in the face of Foley, demanding he reveal who he’s really going to fire. Mick stands his ground, however, shouting back at Stephanie that she’s the only one who “deserves” to go. The GM explains that Stephanie treats the RAW Superstars like they’re “jokes”, saying that he valued their friendship of eighteen years. Foley then says that Stephanie swore to him six months ago that she had nothing to do with Triple H getting involved in the Universal Title match back in August, saying that he told Stephanie that he believed her because, if he didn’t, it would mean that Stephanie is a “really good liar and a really bad person”. Foley continues, saying that he looks at Stephanie now and sees just that, telling the Commissioner that she “needs to go”. Mick then says that Triple H is a creator of his “own personal army” to make sure that he can run “roughshod” over the RAW roster. Stephanie then interrupts, asking Mick if he wants to find out just how “bad” she can really be, telling Mick to find his “fortitude” and Foley responds by saying that he will “not be silenced”.
Things then take an interesting turn with the arrival of WWE COO Triple H, who makes his way to the ring, telling Mick Foley that, if he’s got something to say to him, then he should say it to his face. The GM doesn’t back down from his former rival, saying that he wasn’t sure if Triple H actually existed, saying that Triple H likes to hide in the “shadows”. Triple H says that he’s not hiding, he’s “running a business”, saying that Mick should be glad that he’s got a “business sense” because that business sense means that he doesn’t want a “lawsuit” three weeks before WrestleMania. Triple H then says that he would incur such a lawsuit by ripping Foley’s leg off and beating him senseless with it! Foley fires back, asking if Triple H is going to do that himself or is he going to have Samoa Joe do it for him because that seems to be Triple H’s style nowadays. Triple H says that he works on creating the future of WWE so he doesn’t have to look at “pathetic has-beens” like Mick Foley anymore, saying that he never would have brought Mick back to WWE. Triple H continues, saying that Stephanie has a “big heart” and she actually likes Foley before telling Mick to not mistake Stephanie’s heart for a lack of being able to do “what it takes”. Triple H then says that Foley is getting dangerously close to having to go back to traveling around the world to tell his “stupid stories” about the man that Mick “used to be”.
Foley responds by telling Triple H that he has the respect of the RAW Superstars and he thinks that the Superstars “envy” him because, unlike them, he doesn’t have to “pretend” to like Triple H. Mick then says that he doesn’t need WWE, saying that he enjoys traveling the world and telling his stories before saying that he looks in the mirror and likes what he sees. Triple H then asks Mick what Foley’s kids would think about that, saying that Mick’s daughter Noelle wants to be a WWE Superstar while Mick’s son Dewey has a job at WWE Headquarters, saying that, maybe, Mick will give them a ride to the “unemployment office”. Triple H then says that he’s sure they will forgive their “selfish, self-absorbed father” for ruining their lives, saying that Mick needs to tuck his tail between his legs and waddle up the ramp. Triple H continues, saying that Mick needs to have an “epiphany” that will make him happy and grateful for his job so that, when Stephanie tells Mick to jump, then “you damn well better jump, monkey”! Triple H then shouts at Foley to get the hell out of his ring and the GM looks like he is going to comply once Mick sets down the microphone and gets ready to leave the ring.
However, with Triple H & Stephanie turning their back to Foley as Stephanie proceeds to degrade the crowd, Triple H notices that Foley still hasn’t left the ring as Mick is standing still in the corner. Triple H then goes over to confront Foley, but when Triple H puts his hands on Foley, Mick turns around and shoves Mr. Socko into Triple H’s mouth with the Mandible Claw! However, Stephanie is quick to strike Foley with a low blow from behind, leaving the GM down in the ring as Stephanie checks on her husband. Triple H then takes off his jacket and rolls up his sleeves, but as Triple H closes in on Mick Foley, the music of Seth Rollins sounds in the arena as the injured Seth comes out on a crutch with his knee heavily braced. Rollins then stands at the bottom of the ramp, staring Triple H down as Triple H waits for Rollins to get into the ring. However, Triple H’s expression changes once Seth Rollins reaches out and drops his crutch on the floor before Seth rushes into the ring as a brawl breaks out between Triple H and Rollins with Seth getting the better of “The Game”!
Rollins then delivers a kick to the mid-section of Triple H before pointing to the WrestleMania sign and running at Triple H, delivering a flying knee to the head of Triple H, sending Triple H out of the ring! Seth then dares Triple H to get back into the ring and, while initially appearing hesitant, Triple H would spot Seth’s crutch lying on the floor. With crutch in hand, Triple H would then head back into the ring and, while Seth would momentarily get the better of Triple H, “The Game” would use the crutch as a weapon, targeting the bad knee of Seth Rollins. Triple H then delivers a second, vicious shot to the knee of Rollins with the crutch, bending the crutch with the impact. Triple H then stomps on the bad knee of Seth Rollins before locking in a modified version of the Figure-Four Leg Lock, wrenching at the injured knee of Rollins before referees rush the ring, managing to pull Triple H off of Seth Rollins. However, Triple H would get one more parting shot in with the crutch before tossing the busted up crutch by Rollins and leaving the ring, having perpetrated a sickening assault on an already injured Seth Rollins.
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