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The last Raw before WrestleMania! Every big time Raw match will get some serious time. Lesnar and Goldberg. Taker and Roman. The women and tag division. Then, of course, Seth Rollins will sign HHH "Hold Harmless" contract for a match at WrestleMania.
During the Raw opener, Undertakers music and entrance video cuts in and out. An appearance from the Deadman has been highly disputed tonight, and this signals that we'll see the Undertaker at some point tonight.
PROMO (In-Ring): The Raw Women's Champion, Bayley, starts off the show. She says that this is her favorite time of the year, and that her and her friends used to get together just to watch the show she'll be competing in this year, WrestleMania. She talks how the odds are stacked against her in her match, and then Charlotte comes out. Charlotte says that she is still the true champ, Sasha doesn't deserve to be in the title picture and the only reason she is is because she used Bayley as a crutch. Charlotte says she'll win and that Sasha will turn her back on Bayley. As the crowd chants CM Punk, Charlotte brings up a tweet from Sasha of the two hugging in the ring back in NXT and now that they are now enemies. The same will happen with Bayley. Sasha comes out and says that its total BS and that it won't happen. They understand that friendship is friendship and business is business. Then Nia comes out. Nia says that they are all pathetic with their high school drama and trading the title back and forth, but that title will have a permanent home after WrestleMania. Charlotte mouths off and Sasha attacks, and Michael Cole breaks the news that there will be a tag team match next. Shocking.
MATCH: Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax & Charlotte
RESULTS: Bayley & Sasha win via pinfall. (Bayley pins Charlotte)
THOUGHTS: Is it sad that I'm really happy they got the women out of the way early? They have the same program every single week. And with the promo and the match, they got nearly 30 minutes.. Bayley getting the win here doesn't bode well for her at Mania.
After the match, Nia destroys everyone.
VIDEO: They show Stephanie firing Mick Foley last week.
PROMO (Backstage): Charly asks Sami Zayn how he feels about Mick getting fired last week. He says its been weird and it'll take some getting used to. Now that Mick is gone it is on Sami to stand up for what is right and continue Mick's message. He then says he is going to be in the Andre "The Giant" Memorial Battle Royal, and will dedicate it to Mick. Stephanie comes in and says he can't insert himself into any match, so he will have to win his no DQ match against Kevin Owens. If he doesn't win, he'll be fired.
MATCH: Austin Aries vs. Noam Dar
Neville is on commentary for this one.
RESULTS: Austin Aries wins via submission.
THOUGHTS: I am totally looking forward to Aries vs. Neville on Sunday. Has a chance to be the best pure wrestling match we see.
Seth Rollins is walking through the back, on crutches, to the ring.
PROMO (In-Ring): Time for HHH and Seth Rollins to sign the contract for the Hold Harmless match at WrestleMania. Rollins comes out and tells HHH he's ready, and Hunter follows with contract in hand. Hunter says that if Seth attacks, he will defend himself and the match at WrestleMania is off. Seth refuses to sit down, and HHH threatens to leave. Seth sits, and Hunter explains what will happen if he signs. Basically, Hunter can do whatever he wants to Seth and no matter what happens he can't sue the company. Seth tells him its fine and to sign the contract. HHH berates Seth for what he lost when he grew a conscious. He lost power, he lost wins, and he lost a career. He tells him to sign, but if he does he is nothing but a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. He can walk into WrestleMania, but he isn't walking out. HHH signs, and Seth says thats the same BS that he bought into three years ago and he isn't doing that again. Seth says that he loves this business, and this match is about redemption. He gave up everything to stand next to HHH, but got nothing from it. He says he will have to tear his leg off his body, because thats what he will have to do to beat him. He doesn't care if he has to put himself back together if he becomes the person he was before he met HHH. And thats Seth-Freaking-Rollins. And he signs. The of course, Hunter attacks. Rollins gets some momentum back and teases a Pedigree, but HHH catches him. Eventually Rollins gets to use the crutch as a weapon and stands tall.
OVER THE TOP ROPE CHALLENGE:
-Big Show eliminates Jinder Mahal
-Big Show eliminates Bo Dallas
-Big Show eliminates The Shining Stars
Eventually, everyone Big Show eliminated comes back in the ring and joins up with Goldust, R-Truth, and Curtis Axel. The group of 7 eliminate him. Big Show then comes back in and destroys everyone. Then Braun Strowman comes out and threatens to come down to the ring and kick his ass, but refuses and says that it can wait until WrestleMania.
RESULTS: I don't even know. Big Show wins?
THOUGHTS: Just a warm up for the Andre "The Giant" Memorial Battle Royal.
PROMO (Backstage): Anderson & Gallows are asked about their match with Enzo & Cass tonight. They says that they'll beat them tonight and on Sunday to retain their championships.
More Undertaker teasing as they show a vignette of a graveyard and someone digging with Takers music in the background.
PROMO (Backstage): Charly asks Roman about the seemingly ominous signs from Taker throughout the night. Roman says he doesn't care, and he is about to tell the whole world what he is going to do to The Undertaker.
VIDEO PACKAGE: They show New Day celebrating the start of WrestleMania week at Wall Street this morning, and at different sites throughout Philly.
PROMO (Backstage): Mike Rome asks Cesaro and Sheamus about their tag title match this Sunday, and they say they're gonna win but are then attacked by Anderson and Gallows who use 2x4's and ladders as weapons in the beatdown.
MATCH: Neville vs. Jack Gallagher
RESULTS: Neville wins via submission.
THOUGHTS: Update, still excited for Neville vs. Aries.
PROMO (Backstage): Austin Aries News Network has the guests of, The New Day. He asks who they think will win the Cruiserweight Championship match. They say the man who can move his hips best will win. They pick Austin Aries.
PROMO (In-Ring): Roman Reigns has a message for Undertaker. He says this is the biggest moment of his WrestleMania career. He says "I'm going to do what no one else has done before me. I'm going to put the Deadman down." even though Lesnar has beaten him at WrestleMania. He doesn't care who you are. This is his yard. Undertaker pops up on the screen and says this is his yard, and the graveyard will be Romans. He says that the Roman Empire will fall, and the ultimate thrill ride will be his last ride. The lights go out, and the Deadman pops up behind Roman. The two have a stare down, and Undertaker says that Roman will rest in peace at WrestleMania.
MATCH: Enzo & Cass vs. Anderson & Gallows
Before the match, Cesaro & Sheamus attack Anderson & Gallows with a ladder on the stage. They take it in the ring and attack Enzo & Cass too. This turns in to a full on brawl with ladders between the three teams. Hm.. WrestleMania doesn't have a ladder match yet..
RESULTS: No contest.
THOUGHTS: I knew that the Cesaro & Sheamus run in was happening after the attack backstage. I'm not necessarily looking forward to this at Mania, but would love to see Enzo & Cass with the belts finally.
VIDEO PACKAGE: WWE celebrates Maya Angelou for women's history month.
PROMO (Backstage): Charly asks Kevin Owens about the no DQ match with Sami's career on the line, and that he has a match with another best friend a WrestleMania. He reiterates that neither of them were ever his best friends, and that he will beat Chris Jericho.
NO DQ MATCH: Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
If Sami wins, he is in the Andre "The Giant" Memorial Battle Royal. If Sami loses, he is fired.
During the match, Samoa Joe comes out and grabs a chair. But that brings out Chris Jericho. That distraction gets Zayn the win.
RESULTS: Sami Zayn wins via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: Saw this coming a mile away with Joe and Jericho, but I'm totally fine with it. I still really enjoy this storyline even though it should be for the Universal Championship.
After the match, Jericho adds Kevin Owens to a new List of Jericho.
PROMO (In-Ring): It's time for Goldberg and Lesnar to meet up. Yay.. Heyman fights through Goldberg chants, but those quickly change to Suplex City chants much to the approval of The Beast Incarnate. Brock wants, needs, and lusts after the Universal Championship. That title that currently belongs to Goldberg, and it will no longer belong to him after WrestleMania because Goldberg is going to Suplex City. That brings out Goldberg, and he says that people didn't come here to see them talk they want a fight. Since the people in Philly can't go to WrestleMania, they should bring WrestleMania to Philly. One spear later, Brock is down. Thats it. One spear is the big fight as Lesnar goes back up the ramp. Wow.
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