After getting his revenge at Fastlane by costing Kevin Owens the Universal Championship, RAW kicks off with United States Champion Chris Jericho. Jericho declares that it’s the “resurrection of Chris Jericho” before saying that he screwed Kevin Owens out of the Universal Title at Fastlane, saying that Owens had it coming. Jericho then says that he wants Kevin Owens to come out there right now and tell him why he betrayed and assaulted him during the Festival of Friendship a few weeks ago. This would bring out former Universal Champion Kevin Owens, who says that, after Jericho did what he did at Fastlane, he’s not going to give Jericho the answer he wants. Jericho says that he just wants to know why the man he saw as his best friend for eight months stabbed him in the back.
Owens says that Jericho was “never” his best friend before saying that Jericho was just a “tool” and he “used” Jericho. Owens explains that, when he won the Universal Title, Triple H told him that everyone is coming for him and he has to do whatever it takes to keep the Universal Title. Owens then says that he needed someone to watch his back and he needed someone “experienced”, but, most of all, he needed someone who was “gullible”. Owens then tells Jericho that Jericho was the “perfect tool” until he outlived his usefulness and that happened when Jericho accepted the match against Goldberg at Fastlane on Kevin Owens’ behalf, saying that, on that night, Jericho became a “burden” and Jericho “had to go”.
Kevin Owens then says that, at Fastlane, he knew that he would have beaten Goldberg if it wasn’t for Chris Jericho before Owens admits Jericho “outsmarted” him at Fastlane. Owens continues, saying that he “let” Jericho walk away at the Festival of Friendship because he’s a “good person” before saying that letting Jericho walk away was the “biggest mistake” of his career. Owens then says that the biggest mistake of Chris Jericho’s career was costing Owens the Universal Title. Jericho responds by saying that the biggest mistake he ever made was trusting Kevin Owens before admitting that there was a time where he would have done the same thing that Kevin Owens did to him. Jericho then says that he didn’t do that because he liked having a best friend, but he doesn’t want Owens to be his friend anymore, saying that he’s got the “friends of Jericho”, telling the fans to “cheer me on, man”. Jericho continues, saying that Fastlane was just the beginning of his revenge, saying that what started at Fastlane was the beginning of a “long and winding road” that ends with Kevin Owens versus Chris Jericho at WrestleMania!
This sparks a “yes” chant from the crowd before Kevin Owens says that he was promised a rematch for the Universal Title whenever he wants one but, ever since Fastlane when Jericho took Owens’ title away, all he can think about is taking Jericho’s United States Title away from him. Owens then says that, if Jericho wants a match with him at WrestleMania, then he wants Jericho to put the United States Title on the line. Jericho immediately accepts this title match before saying that WrestleMania is still a few weeks away, telling Owens to come down there and fight him right now, asking Owens what’s stopping him. Owens replies by saying “nothing” is stopping him before Kevin Owens makes a beeline for the ring and a brawl breaks out between Owens and Jericho before Samoa Joe gets involved. This brings out Sami Zayn, who is wielding a steel chair, but the numbers game overwhelms Sami Zayn before Chris Jericho makes the save with the chair, delivering repeated chair shots to Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe, sending Owens and Joe into retreat, leaving Jericho and Zayn standing tall in the ring.
In an impromptu match made by RAW General Manager Mick Foley, the opening match of the night would see familiar rivals face off as Sami Zayn would go one-on-one with Kevin Owens. During the match, it became obvious that Kevin Owens was taking his frustrations out on Sami Zayn as Owens would not pin Sami after the Pop-Up Powerbomb. Instead, Owens would deliver a vicious leg drop and a punishing neckbreaker before hitting a second Pop-Up Powerbomb, pinning Zayn for the win.
After losing the Cruiserweight Title back at the Royal Rumble, Rich Swann would get his rematch for the gold on RAW as Rich Swann would challenge Neville for the Cruiserweight Championship. At the end of a hard-fought match, it was Neville moving out of the way of the Phoenix Splash before locking in the Rings of Saturn, making Rich Swann tap out to pick up the win, successfully retaining the Cruiserweight Title. After the match, Austin Aries would make his way down to the ring to interview Neville about his two successful title retentions on back-to-back nights as the champion would say that he’s done exactly what he said he was going to do. Neville then says that he has laid waste to “pretender after pretender” and, now, it’s obvious that no one on 205 Live holds a candle to him. Referencing the earlier “Austin Aries” chants from the crowd, Aries asks if Neville is sure that there is no one on his level. Neville responds by saying that there is “nobody” that is on his level with Aries commenting that it sounds like the fans disagree with Neville.
The champion then says that Austin Aries can’t seriously be referring to himself, calling Aries “delusional” if he thinks he’s even close to being on Neville’s level. Neville then says that he is losing his patience with Aries, telling Austin to go back to the announce table and make his “cheap, little jokes” to entertain the fans before declaring that this is his ring. Neville then tells Austin Aries to leave the ring before he “re-breaks” Austin’s previously injured orbital socket. Aries responds by taking off his sunglasses and telling Neville that he’s just trying to do his job before Neville says that, if Aries doesn’t like what he has to say, then what is Austin going to do about it, calling Austin “commentator”. Aries then says that he’s got one more question for the champion before saying that it’s not so much a question, it’s more of a “statement”. With that, Austin Aries pops Neville in the head with the microphone before sizing the champion up and delivering the rolling elbow! “A-Double” then heads to the top rope, but Neville is quick to retreat up the ramp as Austin Aries holds up Neville’s Cruiserweight Title belt, showing that there is one man on the 205 Live roster who Neville hasn’t beaten!
After a distraction by Chris Jericho allowed him to beat Kevin Owens in just 22 seconds to win the Universal Championship at Fastlane, brand new Universal Champion Goldberg would make an appearance on RAW. The new champion says that the Universal Title belongs to the fans just as much as it belongs to him because he couldn’t do it without them. With a mixture of cheers, boos, and “CM Punk” chants from the Chicago crowd, Goldberg says that he’s got to divulge some information he never thought he’d have to divulge. However, the champion is interrupted by the arrival of Brock Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman, saying that he is not the one who should be shaking the hand of Goldberg in congratulations, revealing that he did not come to RAW alone. Heyman then introduces his client and Goldberg’s challenger for the Universal Title at WrestleMania, Brock Lesnar! “The Beast” then comes out, wasting little time in marching to the ring and coming face-to-face with the new Universal Champion.
Heyman says that Goldberg has proven to be every bit of a “beast” that Brock Lesnar is and that is why Brock is going to shake Goldberg’s hand, saying that both Goldberg and Lesnar needs to win at WrestleMania, but only one of them will walk out as the winner and the other will walk out as the loser. Heyman continues, saying that he makes “spoilers” before saying that, at WrestleMania, there will be a new Universal Champion and his name is Brock Lesnar. As Lesnar puts his hand out for the handshake, Heyman says that, when the match is over, they can all look at Goldberg and say, “there he is, Brock’s bitch”! This poignant comment would get Goldberg’s attention off of Brock Lesnar long enough for “The Beast” to pick Goldberg up and drill the new Universal Champion with the F-5! Goldberg then crawls and grabs his Universal Title belt, using the ropes to pull himself up as Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman exit the ring, having given Goldberg something to think about come WrestleMania.
After their match for the RAW Tag Team Titles ended in controversy at Fastlane, the rematch would take place on RAW as Gallows & Anderson would defend the RAW Tag Team Titles against Enzo & Big Cass. During the match, Cesaro & Sheamus would make their way to ringside, but after Enzo Amore gets tossed to the outside, Enzo would accidentally knock the coffee out of Cesaro’s hand. Cesaro would respond by chasing Enzo into the ring and, when Cesaro tried to hit Enzo, Enzo would duck and Cesaro would inadvertently hit Karl Anderson, ending the match by disqualification. This sparks a brawl between the three teams before Enzo jumps on the back of Cesaro, only for Sheamus to knock Enzo off of his tag team partner with the Brogue Kick! This leaves Cesaro & Sheamus standing tall in the ring, having caused chaos in the title match and leaving the RAW Tag Team Title scene in disarray.
Backstage, RAW General Manager Mick Foley is in the middle of Cesaro & Sheamus and Enzo & Big Cass, keeping the two teams from tearing each other apart. The GM then appeases the two teams by announcing that, on next week’s RAW, Cesaro & Sheamus will face Enzo & Big Cass with the winners of that match facing Gallows & Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania!
In Cruiserweight action on RAW, Akira Tozawa would go one-on-one with Ariya Daivari. In the end, it was Ariya Daivari snapping off the German suplex with the bridge, pinning Daivari for the win. After the match, Akira Tozawa would call out The Brian Kendrick to fight him and Kendrick comes out to the stage, saying that he will have an answer for Tozawa on 205 Live. Kendrick concludes by saying that Tozawa should be careful what he asks for.
The Hosts of WrestleMania were in action on RAW as The New Day’s Big E & Kofi Kingston, with Xavier Woods in their corner, would face The Shining Stars in tag team action. In the end, it was Big E & Kofi Kingston hitting the Midnight Hour with Big E pinning Primo for the win.
Following a controversial title defense against Charlotte Flair at Fastlane with a major assist from Sasha Banks, RAW Women’s Champion Bayley would come out to the ring at the request of RAW General Manager Mick Foley. Bayley says that she doesn’t feel like a champion tonight after the controversy at Fastlane and she needs to look forward to WrestleMania. The champion then says that her calendar has always started and ended with WrestleMania before saying that she watched last year’s WrestleMania and told herself that she would be at this year’s WrestleMania, saying that it doesn’t “feel right”. Foley tells Bayley that it doesn’t matter how you got there, all that matters is that she’s on her way to WrestleMania, but the question remains as to who Bayley’s opponent will be.
This brings out Sasha Banks, who says that they’ve always talked about how they want to tear the house down at WrestleMania before challenging Bayley to face her for the RAW Women’s Title at WrestleMania. The GM then polls the crowd, who roar their approval for the match before Charlotte Flair and her protégé Dana Brooke make their way to the ring. Charlotte says that the deal was made at Roadblock: End of the Line that Sasha would never get another shot at the title as long as Charlotte was champion. Charlotte then says that Sasha didn’t think that Bayley was “good enough” to beat Charlotte on her own so Sasha would “pretend” to be Bayley’s friend. Charlotte then says that she is the “victim” here, saying that she was robbed of her RAW Women’s Title and she was robbed of her undefeated pay-per-view streak, saying that Mick Foley doesn’t even care as long as Bayley and Sasha get to have their match at WrestleMania. The GM points out that Charlotte lost her rematch for the title with Foley acknowledging that there was controversy at Fastlane.
RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon then interrupts, sparking a huge “CM Punk” from the Chicago crowd with Stephanie ready for the reaction, saying that the Chicagoans are just like CM Punk, “losers”. The Commissioner then says that Sasha Banks is the “most manipulative person” in the locker room before saying that she expects the fans to be hypocrites, but not Mick Foley, telling the GM that the woman who deserves a title shot at WrestleMania is the woman who was robbed of the title and that is Charlotte Flair. Foley then tries to argue, but Stephanie says that she is going to make the match official for WrestleMania, announcing that it will be Bayley defending the RAW Women’s Title against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania. Foley says that Stephanie can’t leave Sasha Banks out of the match, saying that Sasha deserves to be in the title picture after what she’s been through the last year. The GM then proposes that Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair go one-on-one next week with the winner earning a shot at the RAW Women’s Title at WrestleMania. Stephanie then says that she’s going to make Foley’s idea “even better” before the Commissioner announces that the friends will face off right now as Bayley will go one-on-one with Sasha Banks and, if Sasha wins, then the RAW Women’s Title match at WrestleMania will be a Triple Threat Match!
With Charlotte Flair a guest on commentary, RAW would see RAW Women’s Champion Bayley go one-on-one with her best friend Sasha Banks in a non-title match with the stipulation that, if Sasha wins, then she will be added to the RAW Women’s Title at WrestleMania. During the match, Charlotte Flair and Dana Brooke would make their way down to ringside. Sasha Banks would lock in the Bank Statement and this is when Dana Brooke would distract the referee so Charlotte Flair could try and get involved, but “The Boss” would kick Charlotte off of the ring apron without having to let go of the hold, leaving Bayley no choice but to tap out as Sasha picks up the win to make the RAW Women’s Title match at WrestleMania a Triple Threat Match! After the match, Charlotte would strike, leveling Sasha with a big boot before taking Bayley down with a big boot as well. Charlotte then picks up the RAW Women’s Title belt in what could be a sign of things to come at WrestleMania.
Following a look at Seth Rollins’ rehab process, WWE COO Triple H would appear live via satellite as Triple H says that Rollins has the best doctors in the world telling Seth not to show up at WrestleMania. Triple H then says that Rollins is a “liar”, saying that Seth wants the world to believe that he is “the man” but he’s not, saying that he never needed to make up nicknames for himself because other people made them up for him because it was “obvious” that he was the man. Triple H continues, saying that, if Rollins shows up at WrestleMania and calls him out against doctor’s orders, it will be the “last thing” that Seth ever does in a WWE ring.
After they were involved in a brawl earlier in the night, RAW would see United States Champion Chris Jericho go one-on-one with “The Destroyer” Samoa Joe in a non-title match. During the match, Samoa Joe would send Chris Jericho to the outside before locking in the Coquina Clutch on the United States Champion, leaving Jericho unconscious on the outside before making it back into the ring just in time to earn the count-out victory. After the match, Samoa Joe would look to do further damage to Chris Jericho, but after rolling Jericho back into the ring, Joe would be surprised by Chris Jericho, who catches “The Destroyer” with the Codebreaker! This leaves the United States Champion standing tall, picking up some momentum on his way to his WrestleMania showdown with Kevin Owens.
With a vow to finish what he started with Roman Reigns, “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman would make his way to the ring. Braun would say that Roman Reigns got “lucky” at Fastlane, but his luck has run out. Braun then says that he doesn’t “need” a match, what he needs is for Reigns to come out like a man so he can rip Roman “limb from limb”, saying that Chicago doesn’t like Reigns and neither does he. After screaming for Roman to come out and face him, it appeared as though Strowman would get his wish once Roman’s music starts to play. However, the music would quickly be cut off by the familiar sound of a gong in the arena as the lights in the arena go out and flames would erupt from the stage, signifying the arrival of the one, the only, The Undertaker!
“The Phenom” would then make his iconic walk to the ring to confront Braun Strowman, who shows no fear towards The Undertaker. Braun then nods at “The Deadman” before opting to leave the ring as Strowman exits through the crowd. Having made his presence felt, The Undertaker was set to leave the ring, but just as he is about to do so, he is interrupted by the arrival of Roman Reigns. Roman would make his way to the ring, coming face-to-face with the man that he eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match. Reigns tells The Undertaker that Braun Strowman was calling him out for a fight, not The Undertaker before saying, “this is my yard now”! The Undertaker’s gaze then turns towards the WrestleMania sign before Roman’s does the same. The Undertaker then grabs “The Big Dog” by the throat, drilling Reigns with a chokeslam! The Undertaker then leaves the ring without having said a word, letting his actions do the talking as “The Phenom” sets his sights on WrestleMania where he will set out to prove to Roman Reigns that the ring will always be his yard.
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