Monday, April 2, 2018

WWE RAW Results - April 2, 2018

WWE RAW Results - April 2, 2018
We are live from the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Jonathan Coachman is in the ring at the lectern with two tables and four chairs. He says that the road to Sunday is almost finished and they will start off tonight with the face off with two teams competing at Wrestlemania.

Coach introduces RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and her husband, Triple H. Out comes The Authority. They hit the ring where there are two tables and four chairs set up. Coach introduces RAW General Manager Kurt Angle next. Coach introduces Ronda Rousey last and out she comes to join Angle. They head to the ring together.

Triple H interrupts Coach's announcement that we will be taking questions from the WWE Universe.

He asks Kurt how does it feel with everyone chanting for Ronda. He says they want to like you but the deafening noise will be deafening silence because of Kurt. Hunter runs through Kurt's accomplishments, Intensity, Integrity, and Intelligence. Hunter says he agrees with the first two, but he never got the intelligence. The biggest signing in WWE history and you ruin it. You set her up for embarrassment and a loss on the biggest stage of them all.

Why?

Kurt is interrupted by Ronda and she says she wants to know why is Hunter so two faced to sign her with ulterior motives. Stephanie says that Ronda does not understand the format so they will polish her and rebuild her after she loses at Wrestlemania. Ronda wants to know where her answer is in this Q&A.

Stephanie says they signed her because she is a huge star. This crowd is testament. They cheer and chant for you. They want to see you in the ring more than anything. They brought her here because she is what is best for business. Stephanie says that her husband asked Kurt a question and she points out that Kurt and Ronda work for her and she asks the questions. She asks Ronda who the hell does she think she is.

Kurt says that Ronda is an Olympic medalist, a UFC champion and on Sunday, she will make Stephanie tap out on Sunday.

Hunter understands they built entire divisions for Ronda in UFC but in this ring, it means absolutely nothing. Ronda has been dreaming of coming to WWE her whole life, but to Stephanie and him it is their whole life. They know the rules and Ronda has no idea what is going to happen here. Hunter says they make the rules so that is why they know them so well. It is a foregone conclusion that Ronda is going to lose.

The first question is how important is it to win on Sunday and how much will it affect things in the WWE.

Stephanie says they will win. They will show that if there is an uprising they will bite the head off the snake. They will force everyone to respect authority.

Kurt is asked about teaming with Ronda Rousey. Kurt says that Ronda is the baddest woman on the planet and she will prove it on Sunday.

They are asked for any final thoughts.

Stephanie reminds Ronda she chose this path and she will lose at Wrestlemania in her first match. Everyone knows how you handle losses. Stephanie comments on Ronda's jacket.

Ronda asks if Stephanie is right handed or left handed. Stephanie says she is right handed and wants to know why Ronda asked. Ronda says she still wants Stephanie to be able to sign her checks after she rips one of her arms off.

Coachman says they are going to do a photo op and it will be done in a classy way. Angle and Triple H shake hands while Rousey and Stephanie stare each other down. Stephanie extends her hand but Rousey won't shake. Stephanie talks trash and points her finger. Rousey steps up to her. They face off and Angle gets in between them. Triple H decks Angle from behind with a mic. Rousey grabs Triple H by his collar. Stephanie comes from the side and puts Rousey through a table as fans boo. Stephanie talks trash while Rousey is down. Stephanie points up at the WrestleMania 34 sign as Triple H's music hits. We go to replays. Triple H and Stephanie kiss on the apron before heading to the back for more boos.

- Cole leads us to a quick look at Daniel Bryan's ring return at WrestleMania 34 as The Authority stands tall on the stage. Still to come, will The Undertaker answer John Cena's challenge? Also, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar.

- We see Bayley walking backstage. We go to commercial.

Bayley vs. Sonya Deville (with Paige and Mandy Rose)

Back from the break and Bayley is at ringside getting a look at the trophy for the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal. Absolution is already out. Sonya and Bayley lock up as Paige and Mandy Rose watch from ringside.

Sonya with a kick to the leg. Sonya with another kick to the leg. Bayley with a kick to the chest and Sonya goes for the legs but Bayley stays on her feet. Bayley floats over and takes Sonya down with a side head lock. Sonya misses an elbow and Bayley with a cross body. Bayley with a side head lock and she uses the turnbuckles for a side head lock take down.

Bayley wtih a wrist lock and she hyper-extends the arm. Bayley with an arm bar and Irish whip followed by a forearm into the corner. Sonya holds on to the ropes and then Bayley releases the hold. Sonya with a punch and kick to the chest.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Sonya with a body scissors but Bayley with elbows and she slams Sonya's head into the mat. Sonya with a spinebuster for a near fall. Sonya with kicks and a knee for a near fall. Sonya with a series of kicks in the corner but Bayley is able to escape. Bayley with punches and forearms followed by clotheslines. Bayley with kicks and forearms in the corner. Bayley goes to the turnbuckles and hits a cross body followed by a running knee to the head for a near fall. Sonya rolls to the floor.

Bayley brings Sonya back into the ring and hits a cutter in the ropes. Mandy gets on the apron and Bayley knocks her off. Sonya with a rollup for a near fall. Bayley avoids a kick and gets the three count with a rollup.

Winner: Bayley

After the bell, Rose immediately hits the ring and Bayley gets double teamed. Sasha Banks runs down and takes out Rose but Deville grabs Banks. Banks fights back and Rose gets sent to the floor. Bayley and Banks team up to send Deville out of the ring. Banks and Bayley have some words as Banks demands her arm is raised by Bayley for making the save. A brawl breaks out between Banks and Bayley. Rose and Deville come back in and take them out. Absolution leaves with their arms in the air as a referee checks on Bayley and Banks.

- Still to come, a look at Asuka's streak. Back to commercial.

- We are back with a look at Asuka's undefeated streak that goes back to October 2015.

We are now 908 days later and she has won 265 straight matches. There have been 35 women who have lost in 11 countries on 4 continents. She has defeated 8 women who have won titles. We are told that the 523 days that Asuka held the NXT Women's Title was the 7th longest title reign. She is the 7th person to be a Sole Survivor and Royal Rumble Match winner.

Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins

We go to the ring and out first comes Finn Balor. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and out comes The Miz to join the announcers for commentary. Seth Rollins is out next as JoJo does the introduction.

They lock up and Balor with a wrist lock into a hammer lock. Balor holds on while Rollins tries to reverse. Rollins with a side head lock into a wrist lock. Rollins takes Balor to the mat. Balor with a hip lock take down while Rollins takes Balor down with a side head lock and Balor with a head scissors and Rollins escapes. Balor goes for the leg and he applies a hammer lock. Balor with a wrist lock but Rollins with a reversal and shoulder tackle. Rollins with a side head lock take down. Balor gets a near fall with a rollup. Balor with arm drags into an arm bar. Rollins with a shoulder tackle and Balor with an arm drag.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Rollins with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick. Balor and Rolllins push each other. Rollins and Balor exchange punches and Rollins sends Balor to the floor. Rollins chops Balor against the ringside barrier and then sends Balor into the apron. Rollins with an Irish whip into the ringside barrier. They return to the ring and Balor sends Rollins to the floor and hits a drop kick and a running kick from the apron. Balor gets a near fall. Balor gets a near fall and then they chop each other.

Balor with an Irish whip and Balor chargets at Rollins and Seth with a flatlilne into the turnbuckles followed by a Blockbuster for a near fall. Rollins with an elbow to the head and a reverse chin lock.

Balor gets back to his feet but Rollins with a neck breaker. Rollins with a running knee to the head while Balor hangs over the apron. Rollins gets a near fall. Balor and Rollins exchange chops. Rollins with an elbow after Balor escapes a suplex. Balor with a boot and running forearms. Balor with a running forearm and chop. Balor with an Irish whip and he runs into a boot. Balor pulls Rollins off the turnbuckles and then Rollins drops down and gets a near fall with a rollup. Balor with an elbow to the chest for a near fall. Rollins avoids Slingblade but hits one of his own. Rollins with a suicide dive and we go to commercial.

We are back and Balor with Slingblade but he runs into a super kick from Rollins. Rollins with a one arm cover for a near fall. Rollins with a running forearm into the corner but he misses a splash. Balor goes to the apron and hits an enzuigiri. Rollins pulls Balor off the turnbuckles. Balor blocks a superplex and Balor with forearms to the back and he knocks Rollins off the turnbuckles. Rollins leaps to the turnbuckles and hits a superplex but Balor blocks the Falcon Arrow attempt with an inside cradle for a near fall. Rollins with a V Trigger for a near fall. Rollins goes up top and goes for a frog splash but Balor gets his knees up and Balor gets a near fall.

Rollins rolls to the floor and Balor waits for Rollins to get back to his feet. Rollins blocks the kick and he goes for a running power bomb into the ringside barrier. Balor gets to his feet and he hits Slingblade. Balor with a running drop kick that sends Rollins into the ringside barrier. Balor goes up top and misses Coup De Grace. Balor avoids Black Out and tries for a rollup but Rollins escapes. Rollins with Black Out for the three count.

Winner: Seth Rollins

After the match, Rollins stands tall as his music hits. The Miz raises the title at the announce table and talks some trash towards the ring. Rollins climbs up in the corner to stare back at Miz as we go to replays.

- We take a look back at what happened at the end of the Confrontation between the two teams in the Mixed Tag Team match at Wrestlemania.

- We are back after a commercial and we take a look at the WWE Universal Title Match with a video package.

Backstage:

Paul Heyman is backstage on the phone when Kurt Angle walks up. Heyman hangs up and Angle tells him how important it is to make sure the WrestleMania main event stays intact. Heyman says they will go out to the ring tonight but they will take it easy and save anything controversial on Roman Reigns for Sunday in the ring. Angle mentions being concerned for Brock Lesnar and Heyman laughs in his face. Angle just asks Heyman to keep it civil tonight. Heyman says he and his client will take that into consideration. They thank each other and Angle walks off with Heyman laughing.

In the Arena:

We go to the ring and out come RAW Tag Team Champions The Bar. Back to commercial.

Sheamus mentions Braun and he says that he needs to listen up fella. Cesaro says they don't care who his partner is. Sheamus says it does not matter to them. Cesaro says no matter how big or strong you are, you have to tag in your partner. Sheamus says you have to be on the same page or you will need a Plan B, C, D, E, or F. Sheamus says you will never be a real team. Cesaro says you will never get these.

Braun Strowman comes out to the stage. Braun says if you are trying to say that he doesn't play well with others, then you are right. Braun says management made it clear that he needs a partner to contend for the tag titles and he has one. He was talking to him in the back and he does not appreciate what you clowns are saying.

Cesaro tells him to come out if he has a problem. Braun says he will, but he wants a match against one of you. Sheamus and Cesaro think about it and Sheamus says how can they pass up this opportunity. Braun says he will go get him. Braun says he is a lot like him... just a little different.

Braun heads to the back while The Bar waits. Braun's music hits and out comes Braun with a different shirt and a pair of glasses. "My brother's Braun but I'm brains and I'm coming to knock yours out of your head." This must be Braun's twin brother. He marches to the ring.

The Bar attacks Braun but he fights them off. Sheamus nails a Brogue Kick and they double team Braun now. Strowman fights out again and launches Cesaro across the ring. The Bar retreats as Braun stands tall and yells at them to bring it. Braun's music hits as he motions for the titles around his waist and points up at the WrestleMania sign.

Backstage:

He quotes the Princess Bride. He says when he wins the Battle Royal at Wrestlemania and lays his hands on his gold effigy. Then HBO will have to make a documentary about him and you will never forget the name of Goldust.

Backstage:

Matt Hardy says he too seeks the same prize. A pantheon of ancient giants have been training him to win Andre's Battle Royal. He will win the award of Wonder Number Eight. He says that The Golden One does not have to wait until Sunday because he has been set for Deletion. We go to commercial.

Goldust vs. Matt Hardy

The match is joined in progress and Goldust with a drop down uppercut and Matt gives him an ovation and says it was wonderful. Matt with an Irish whip but he runs into boots from Goldust. Goldust sends Matt shoulder first into the ring post. Goldust with punches and he avoids a suplex. Goldust with a reverse atomic drop and he gets a near fall. Goldust with a reverse chin lock. Matt with forearms and he sends Goldust into the turnbuckles. Matt with a running clothesline into the corner and Goldust avoids the bulldog. Matt with a Side Effect for a near fall.

Matt with a kick but does not hit the Twist of Fate. Goldust with a power slam for a near fall. Goldust goes to the turnbuckles and misses an elbow drop. Matt with a kick but Goldust with a rollup for a near fall. Goldust drops down again but Matt with a punch followed by a kick and Twist of Fate for the three count.

Winner: Matt Hardy

After the match, Matt goes to the trophy to procure information.

Alexa Bliss and Mickie James are in the back on their phone doing a promo. They talk about how they cannot believe Renee is interviewing Nia. Alexa wonders if Nia will be blubbering and Mickie laughs at Alexa's word use. Alexa says that when she wins on Sunday, Nia will be blubbering in her blubber.

- Next: Will The Undertaker answer John Cena? Back to commercial.

In the Arena:

We are back and John Cena is here and he makes his way to the ring as fans sing their own version of his theme song.

John says he hates to say he was wrong but they are out of time for an answer. There is no more time and the silence means no. It means no Undertaker. Some might be upset about that news, but not him. John says he tried to do everything to get him to say yes. John says he is going to Wrestlemania fired up.

John says people have been asking about his match but he says he is going to Wrestlemania as a fan. Michael Cole told John that was stupid and he should get into the Battle Royal or be Braun Strowman's partner.

John says he lost to Roman Reigns, he lost the Royal Rumble, he lost at Elimination Chamber, and he lost at Fastlane. After all of that, if he was to get into a match, he would be taking a spot from a full time wrestler. John says he called out the Undertaker for a last chance. That is a match where no one gets held back. It is two larger than life superstars duking it out at Wrestlemania.

It seemed perfect and he says his life changed a year ago. John says he has a lot going on outside the WWE that changes his life. John says he has been able to feed off the audience. Maybe this is the right Wrestlemania for a change.

John says he is going to Wrestlemania as a fan and he is proud. He is honored to see great talent in the ring and they don't need him to do it. After three years of never giving up, he is proud that Daniel Bryan is back where he belongs. He is looking forward to seeing AJ Styles get his Wrestlemania moment WWE Title match. He is proud to know that Wrestlemania falls on Rusev Day. He is looking forward to seeing Elias. He is proud of all of the women's matches at Wrestlemania. The women's division proves that success is not based on gender.

John says he is going to Wrestlemania as a fan and he is damn proud of it. He wants to take a second to apologize about the Undertaker. John says he did everything he could to stir things up for the Undertaker. John mentions the cities he has called out the Undertaker and he realizes he never did it in Atlanta. He says it won't work because he doesn't think the crowd will be loud enough.

John tells the crowd if you want to summon the Phenom, you have to give it all you've got. John says if you want the lightning, you have to be the thunder.

John says that is four weeks straight of an audience pouring their hearts out for you. You don't have the common decency to stand up and do a thing. Is he disappointed about Wrestlemania? No. Is he disappointed about the Undertaker? Yes. If you ignore the fans, you are a dead man walking. John says it is obvious you left your hat in the ring, but you left your balls at home.

John walks up the ramp to the back. No Undertaker.

- We get another look back at tonight's opening segment with Rousey, Angle, Triple H and Stephanie.

- The announcers plug WrestleMania 34 on the WWE Network. Back to commercial.

Backstage:

We are back and Roman Reigns is in his locker room and Kurt Angle stops by. Kurt says he has a match that is not going to happen at Wrestlemania and he doesn't want Roman to ruin his match. Kurt says he talked to Paul about not saying anything that would anger him. Roman says he will hear Paul out due to his respect for Kurt. Roman says after the last few weeks with the lack of respect Brock has shown him. Roman says he will stay in the back but if Paul says anything, he will go out there.

In the Arena:

Elias is in the ring and he wants to know who wants to walk with Elias. If you want your soul to be saved, you need to know what the people will know on Sunday night. That WWE stands for Walk With Elias. Elias points out that this hell hole of a dump is the last stop on the Road to Wrestlemania. He would have bypassed this place for a city that matters. He says he has the greatest performance of a lifetime on Sunday.

Heath Slater's music interrupts and we have a match.

Heath Slater (with Rhyno) vs. Elias

They lock up and Elias with a punch and shoulders in the corner. Elias with a chop and running back elbow. Elias with an Irish whip but he misses a splash into the corner. Slater with punches followed by a Harley Race knee and a jumping leg lariat. Elias with a jumping knee followed by Drift Away for the three count.

Winner: Elias

After the match, Elias stands tall as his arm is raised. Elias points up at the WrestleMania sign.

- Still to come, an exclusive interview with Nia Jax. Back to commercial.

Backstage:

We are back and Braun Strowman walks in the back. He stops by Curt Hawkins and Curt is wearing a 'Pick Me Braun' shirt. Curt says that he saw what happened earlier and he suggests that Braun choose him as his partner. Braun asks Curt about his win-loss record. Curt says this would be his big break. Braun throws Hawkins through the wall and he tells Curt that is his big break.

Backstage:

We see an interview that Renee Young did with Nia Jax. Renee mentions Alexa and Mickie's comments from a few weeks ago. Nia says it made her think about being insecure when she was younger. You have to respect yourself and not let people dictate how you see yourself. She knows what she is and what she isn't. Renee asks Nia if the people in the locker room respect her and her accomplishments. Nia says she has been disappointed that she trusted someone who she thought was her best friend. She never thought Alexa felt how she did. Nia says being called a desperate loser shattered her confidence a bit but Nia says she looked at herself in the mirror and she says that she does not take that s***. She knows she is different and she is bigger. This is what God gave her. She should be proud of what she accomplished. This is for everyone who kept her down. Nia says she has something to say to Alexa. You're nothing an insecure little girl. At Wrestlemania, she will squash Alexa like a bug.

Mickie James and Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka and Dana Brooke

We go to the ring and out first comes RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss with Mickie James. Back to commercial.

Dana and Alexa start things off and Alexa and Mickie have a brief discussion before the lock up. Dana with a wrist lock and she keeps Alexa from making the tag to Mickie. Alexa stomps on the foot and applies a wrist lock. Dana with a reversal. Alexa with a forearm. Dana with an Irish whip and a handspring elbow in the corner. Alexa with a forearm and Mickie tags in and kicks Dana. Mickie with a wrist lock but Dana with a rollup for a near fall.

Mickie with a punch but Dana with forearms and she runs Mickie into the corner and connects with shoulders. Dana with an Irish whip and she misses the handspring elbow into the corner. Mickie with a kick to Dana and Mickie draws Asuka in to allow Mickie to get a shot in on Dana. Mickie with a kick. Mickie with a wrist lock but Dana with a slam. Mickie gets her knees up when she goes for a cartwheel splash.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Mickie with a reverse chin lock. Dana escapes the hold but Mickie pulls Dana to the mat by the hair. Mickie with a knee to the midsection and Alexa tags in. Alexa runs to the corner and slaps Dana. Alexa kicks Dana and then applies a reverse chin lock. Dana with a suplex and both women are down. Asuka and Mickie tag in and Asuka with a hip attack and strikes to Mickie. Asuka with a pop up knee and a series of kicks to Mickie. Asuka knocks Alexa off the apron. Mickie goes to the floor and Asuka with a sliding kick on the apron. Asuka sends Mickie back in and Mickie with a thrust kick for a near fall.

Mickie with another near fall. Mickie goes up top but misses and Asuka applies the Asuka Lock. Mickie tries to escape but she has to tap out.

Winners: Dana Brooke and Asuka

After the bell, Asuka's music hits but Bliss attacks her from behind. Mickie and Alexa double team Asuka now. Dana comes in for the save but they double team her as well. Bliss grabs Asuka again but the music hits and out comes Nia Jax, rushing to the ring. Jax grabs Bliss but Mickie hits her from behind. Bliss escapes the ring but Jax slams Mickie to the mat and then splashes her in the corner. Jax with a big Samoan Drop to Mickie as Bliss watches from the stage with her title. Jax stands tall and stares Bliss down as her music hits.

- Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are walking in the back and Kurt Angle stops him to find out what he is doing. Paul says that he is going to the ring to talk positive about Brock's opponent on Sunday. We go to commercial.

In the Arena:

We are back and Paul Heyman makes his way to the ring with Brock Lesnar who bounces on the stage and leaps into the ring.

We see some other wrestlers on the ramp to make sure that Roman does not come to the ring through the stage.

Just because you had your manhood handed to you and showed that you were a horrible mentor to Ronda Rousey, you have proven that you have no control about what happens based on what he says. Control is held by the one who has the title and that control is by Brock Lesnar.

Paul says he will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. It is the truth that before the last Wrestlemania that happened in New Orleans, he said his client would conquer the Undertaker's undefeated streak. You booed it then and you boo it now. He says he told you it wasn't a prediction, it was a spoiler. At Wrestlemania in New Orleans, he conquered the Undertaker's streak. Then they laughed at each and every one of you.

It is a fact in six days that Wrestlemania will happen in New Orleans. The only two beings who hold Wrestlemania victories over the Undertaker will meet in the main event and it is thought that it is fait accompli that Roman will defeat Brock Lesnar. Paul says you have to be impressed with Roman Reigns and you have to respect his bloodline and badassery. The truth is that this Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New Orleans, Brock Lesnar will F5 Roman Reigns and pin him in the center of the ring.

That is not a prediction, that is a spoiler.

If something should happen to Brock and Roman becomes the Universal Champion, this is the last time that you will see Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman on Raw.

Paul says he will save his goodbyes for his social media and Brock will say his hellos in the UFC. Paul says that the image that he has built himself around Brock since 2002 and he has the attitude that none of you can shine his boots. The image that Brock looks at all of you with disdain. The image that Brock fights who he wants when he wants and under the conditions that he does. That image is true. There is not one person in the back who can hold his jock or take his title. None of you can afford to pay enough to see what this once in a lifetime talent can do.

Roman's only choice is to accept defeat. It is easy to choose when you have no options. Your options are like your ass because they are owned by Brock Lesnar.

Roman will have to go back to his family and say that he got beaten, defeated, and conquered by Brock Lesnar. The truth is that Roman Reigns ain't the Big Dog against Brock Lesnar and this ain't your yard. You will be another notch on Brock Lesnar's title belt.

The truth is you are just Brock Lesnar's bitch.

Brock starts to leave the ring but Roman Reigns' music plays and he makes his way to the stage but he is stopped by the phalanx of wrestlers on the stage. Reigns tries to walk through them but they're not letting him, mainly The Bar and Titus O'Neil. Lesnar raises the title in the ring and taunts Reigns. Reigns asks if these full time talents are really going to protect this part time bastard. Reigns tells them to think about it. They step to the side and fans cheer. Reigns tosses the mic and marches to the ring as Lesnar waits. Lesnar warns Reigns as Reigns stares at him from ringside. Some fans chant "let's go Roman" now.

Reigns walks up the ring steps and stares at Lesnar from the apron now. Reigns enters the ring and Lesnar drops the title. They stare each other down until Lesnar slides out of the ring to boos. Lesnar grabs the title and laughs at Reigns. Lesnar grabs a steel chair and brings it into the ring. Reigns isn't backing down. Lesnar motions with the chair but Reigns nails a Superman Punch, then two more. Lesnar stumbles to his feet with the chair but Reigns drops him again with another big shot. Lesnar stumbles back to his feet again. Reigns nails a 5th Superman Punch. Lesnar is flat on his back as Reigns grabs the title and taunts Lesnar with it. Reigns raises the title high to a mixed reactions. Lesnar jumps up and nails the F5 while Reigns is looking up at the WrestleMania sign. Lesnar grabs the title and retreats to ringside with Heyman. Lesnar holds his head high and marches up the ramp as his music plays. Reigns recovers in the ring as RAW goes off the air.



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