Monday, April 23, 2018

WWE RAW Results - April 23, 2018

WWE RAW Results - April 23, 2018
Tonight's RAW opens up with a graphic in memory of WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino, who passed away last Wednesday at the age of 82. We see Vince McMahon and the rest of the roster lined up on the stage inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Fans are chanting "Bruno" as JoJo asks us to stand for a ten-bell salute. We cut to a video package on Bruno's career.

In the Arena:

We come back from the video and the music hits as WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar comes to the ring with Paul Heyman. Michael Cole welcomes us to RAW. He's joined by Corey Graves and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, who is filling in for Jonathan Coachman this week. Cole says Coach is on assignment this week but Graves says he's out golfing. We go to commercial as The Beast hits the ring.

We are back and Paul Heyman clears his throat before introducing himself and his client through the boos in St. Louis. Paul says he supposes you are bestowing you with your anger because you think he is going to come out here and gloat, don't you? You think he is out here to say he told you so. You thought they were out here to say that just like Brock conquered the Undertaker's undefeated streak, just like when Brock Lesnar took John Cena to Suplex City, just like every single time some wannabe tough guy who doesn't understand when it comes to Brock Lesnar that this is real, just like not one member of that locker room stands any more of a chance than any of the wannabe tough guys in attendance tonight, just like he keeps telling you he does not make predictions, he presents spoilers he will not be gloating.

Paul says Brock Lesnar does not gloat. Brock Lesnar conquers. Paul Heyman gloats all night long. Paul gloats over the fact that Brock used non-PG era elbows to scar up Roman's face. Paul gloats that Brock took Roman to Suplex City. Paul gloats that Brock hit multiple F5s on Roman to put Roman out to the trash heap. None of this means anything to Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar does not dwell on the past, even when the past is only two weeks ago at Wrestlemania. Brock looks forward to the future, especially when the future is this Friday in Saudi Arabia at the Greatest Royal Rumble. When Brock Lesnar, so crazed to be in a UFC, he will get on a private jet and fly across the world to travel to Saudi Arabia to be locked insideof a cage with Roman Reigns.

Paul asks if being in a cage was Roman's idea? Paul says he is going to smarten everyone up. Brock pinned Roman and WWE had no choice so Roman signs a big, fat beautiful contract with a raise that Brock earned by beating Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania. WWE goes to Brock and says we need the Universal Title defended in Saudi Arabia. Brock said that Roman is breathing so he wants Roman in a fight for the title in a steel cage. You think this is to Roman's advantage? The odds are more stacked against Roman on Friday. That is not a fact, it is a spoiler. Brock is going to shred Roman Reigns, piece by piece and limb from limb. Brock will come back as Universal Champion while Roman comes back in many boxes as the victim of the...

Roman Reigns' music interrupts and he makes his way to the stage.

Roman enters the ring and he stares down Brock. Hen says that Paul is right. He does not know how he is getting back, but he tells St. Louis that he is coming home with that title. You can believe that. Roman drops the mic and his music plays while Brock Lesnar laughs in the ring.

- Tonight: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn host RAW's newest talk show, The Sami And Kevin Show with special guest Kurt Angle.

- Elias walks in the back and we go to commercial.

Elias vs. Bobby Roode

We are back and Elias is in the ring but before he can add to his introduction, he is interrupted by Bobby Roode's music.

They lock up and Elias with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Roode with a back elbow. Roode with chops and kicks in the corner. Elias chops back but Roode with a kick and chop. Roode leaps over Elias and lands awkwardly but hits a reverse atomic drop and drop kick. Roode with an arm bar and follows with a knee to the elbow. Roode with a wrist lock but Elias with a punch. Elias with chops.

Roode sets for the Glorious DDT but he announced it and Elias escapes. Roode clotheslines Elias over the top rope and we go to commercial.

We are back and Elias misses a punch but Roode connects with chops. Roode is sent shoulder first into the ring post and then Elias with a nerve hold. Elias with kicks and chops in the corner as the referee warns him. Elias slams Roode's throat into the apron and follows with a knee to the head. Elias gets a near fall. Elias with a reverse chin lock and he keeps Roode on the mat. Roode with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down.

Roode with punches and chops after blocking punches from Elias. Roode with a running forearm and clothesline. Roode with a clothesline into the corner followed by a neck breaker. Roode goes up top and he hits a clothesline. Roode winds up for the GLORIOUS DDT and he kicks Elias. Elias with a back body drop but Roode counters with a sunset flip. Roode with a boot and blockbuster but Elias goes to the floor.

Roode sends Elias into the ring and Elias sends pulls Roode's injured shoulder into the ropes and then he gets the three count with a rollup.

Winner: Elias

Backstage:


Matt Hardy appears on screen and he says that he has spoken to the Oracle at Delphi. After their win last week, their path is clear. At the greatest Rumble of Royalty, they will win the Raw Tag Team Championships. First, they must go into the abominable wasteland. Bray shows up and he says without darkness there can be no light. Together, they will cast a shadow that will engulf all living things. Bray and Matt laugh and then they tell everyone to run! Back to to commercial.

The Ascension vs. Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt

Viktor and Matt start things off and Viktor with a side head lock. Viktor with a cartwheel and Matt proclaims it WONDERFUL. Matt with a side Russian leg sweep and Bray tags in. They hit a double back elbow and then Matt with a leg drop while Bray hits a back senton. Bray goes for a uranage but Viktor escapes and Konnor tags in. Bray with a clothesline and Matt tags in. Matt with boots to Konnor and Bray with a running shoulder tackle. Matt with a kick and he sets for a Twist of Fate but Konnor backs Hardy into the corner and Viktor tags in.

Viktor with kicks to Hardy and then he tags Konnor back in. Viktor with a punch to the midsection but Konnor with a forearm to the back followed by a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Viktor tags in and he gets a near fall. Bray tags in and he hits a clothesline and palm strikes. Wyatt kicks Konnor off the apron and Bray with a running cross body. Bray leans back in the corner and Matt tags in. Bray with a splash into the corner followed by a Side Effect by Matt for a near fall.

Konnor hits Matt from behind but Bray with Sister Abigail to Konnor. Bray tags in and Matt picks up Viktor for a spike Twist of Fate.

Winners: Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt

After the match, Wyatt and Hardy stand tall together and pose as the music hits.

- Still to come, The Sami & Kevin Show. Back to commercial.

The Sami & Kevin Show:

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn make their way to the ring for the Kevin and Sami Show. They take their seats behind the Kevin and Sami table.

Sami says this is the hottest weekly, maybe weekly show in WWE. Kevin says they will do it whenever they feel like it. Kevin says a huge void existed with the loss of one of the greatest voices on Raw. Who better to step up than them? Sami says who better than them to win the Greatest Royal Rumble. Kevin asks Sami why it will be so great. Sami suggests that people stay home from work and school to watch the special.

Sami says they will prove why they are the crown jewels of Raw after being hand picked by Stephanie McMahon. Kevin says that Sami is probably rubbing their guest the wrong way. Kevin says they have a song for their guest. Sami and Kevin sing "You Suck" many times and then they bring out their guest, Kurt Angle. Kevin gets a beach chair for Kurt and Sami says nothing but the finest.

Sami asks Kurt about their song and Kurt says not to quit your day jobs. Kevin says Kurt is bitter about last week. He says he probably wouldn't be doing too well if their boss had his manhood in a jar. Sami says they had a toxic work environment on Smackdown. Kevin mentions the conspiracy formulated by Shane McMahon. He says that is why he took things into his own hands, or his own head and cracked the skull of Vince McMahon. Sami says that either Stephanie McMahon really really appreciates their talents... OR... she must really dislike him.

Kurt says if it wasn't for him, she would have Ronda Rousey under her thumb and would have full use of her arm. Sami and Kevin suggest that maybe Kurt shouldn't say that because he needs that job. Kurt and Sami argue over the number of kids that Kurt has and Kevin says that Sami forgot about Jason Jordan. Sami says that for years, Kurt forgot about him too. Kevin says tonight is not about the past, it is about the future. Kevin says Kurt is going to maximize the upside that Stephanie did for them.

Kurt says he is going to repay them for this gratitude. He says he will repay Kevin and Sami at The Greatest Royal Rumble. He will be in the match along with Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho, and every other superstar he has endeared over the years. That is Friday, but he would love to repay Kevin and Sami as well. They will face Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman. Angle's music hits as he makes his exit. Sami and Owens aren't happy.

Backstage:

Seth Rollins is backstage. Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel walk in. They said goodbye to The Miz last week and said hello to their futures. Axel says it's time to "burn it down!" now. They reveal they're wearing Rollins t-shirts. Dallas says they can be the new Shield. Rollins says their hearts are in the right place but it's gong to be a hard no. He walks off.

- We go back to the announcers for more discussion on Friday's big Greatest Royal Rumble event and the WWE Network.

- Still to come, our 10-woman main event. Also, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre will be here. Back to commercial.

Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neil vs. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler

Titus and Dolph start things off and Titus throws Ziggler into the corner and he punches Dolph. Dolph with kicks and he tags in Crews. Crews with a clothesline followed by a standing moonsault for a near fall. Drew with a kick to the head and he tags in. Drew with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Ziggler tags in and Ziggler with a super kick to the head and Drew hits a reverse Alabama Slam. Drew tags in and Ziggler with a Zig Zag while Drew hits the Claymore for the three count.

Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre

After the match, Dolph and Drew are in the ring and he is asked why did he bring Drew McIntyre with him. Dolph says he never had anyone watch his back and now he has Drew watching his back. He says that Drew is dangerous. Drew says he is right. He is dangerous. He is especially dangerous to a locker room that has apparently gone soft. He sees no fire or ambition. All he sees are people collecting checks. This is what a superstar looks like and this is how a superstar speaks. Drew says you can trust him when he says the times are a-changing. He is the wake up call and reality check that WWE needs. Dolph says they don't care about stealing the show because this is the show.

Backstage:

Kurt watches from the office and Chad Gable enters the office. He says that this is a great opportunity for him and he won't waste it. Chad asks how Jason is and Kurt says he didn't bring Chad over to tag with Jason. He was brought here to be a singles wrestler.

Jinder Mahal enters and he complains about having to defend the US title last week instead of having a celebration. Jinder vows to win the US title on Friday and he wants to be sent back to Smackdown. Kurt says that Jinder is not going back to Smackdown. Chad says that Jinder needs to show Kurt some respect. Jinder gets Gable confused with Nicholas and Verne Troyer. Gable pushes Jinder and Kurt says that they will settle this in the ring. We go to commercial.

Jinder Mahal vs. Chad Gable

Mahal knocks Gable off the ring steps before the match when Sunil distracts Gable. Gable is thrown into the ringside barrier. Mahal kicks Gable as the referee checks on Gable.

The bell rings and Mahal misses a clothesline. Gable with a clothesline and then he tries to take Mahal down but Jinder blocks it. Mahal with a thrust kick. Mahal goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Gable counters for a lateral press and a near fall. Mahal goes over the top rope when Gable drops down. Mahal with a clothesline on the floor and we go to commercial.

We are back and Mahal with a rear chin lock. Mahal with a top wrist lock. Gable with a punch but Mahal with a knee and suplex for a near fall. Mahal with a cross face and chop to the back of the head. Mahal with a boot to the back of the head. Gable with a punch and forearms. Mahal with a forearm of his own followed by an Irish whip that sends Gable sternum first into the ring post. Mahal with a rear chin lock.

Gable with punches but Mahal with a back elbow. Mahal chokes Gable in the ropes. Mahal with knee drops with an assist from the ropes but Gable gets his boot up to stop Mahal. Gable with a rolling kick to the head followed by step over toe hold knee drops and a dragon screw leg whip. Gable hyperextends the leg and kicks the leg. Mahal gets Gable on his shoulders but Gable escapes. Mahal with a hot shot and a Harley Race knee.

Gable blocks the Khallas and he uses the ropes to propel himself to the mat for a three count.

Winner: Chad Gable

Backstage:

Renee Young is in the back and she brings The Riott Squad into the interview area. Renee asks them about the attack on Sasha Banks and Bayley and if it was a message. Ruby says it was a message to the entire locker room. Liv says they didn't come here to be role models. Sarah says a frightened animal is easy prey. Now all of the women are jumping at shadows. Liv says if Alexa and Mickie want to get a little too familiar, they will get the Sasha and Bayley Treatment. Ruby says they are like tear gas, they are equal opportunity agitators.

- Still to come, Samoa Joe will speak on his Backlash match against Roman Reigns. Back to commercial.

- We are back with a look at the start of Raw with Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns.

- In a pre-recorded video Samoa Joe says that Roman Reigns says he will return to the US as Universal Champion. Joe says he is worried he won't have an opponent for Backlash because you have already preached to the masses about this. Brock may leave you buried in the Saudi Arabian desert.

Backstage:

Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel are in the locker room and Bo says he knows what they are thinking. Miz, Gallows, and Anderson were sent to Smackdown, what an opportunity. Finn says he wasn't thinking about that. Bo says the Baxel Club would be Too Sweet. Finn says no and then he puts down the hand gestures. Bo asks Curtis if he is thinking what Bo is thinking. Curtis says he has no idea.

- Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens walk in the back as we go to commercial.

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley

Owens and Zayn roll out of the ring together and then they take some time to discuss strategy. Lashley and Strowman go to the floor and Kevin and Sami go into the ring.

Kevin and Sami think they have outsmarted Bobby and Braun but Braun does not go back into the ring when they go to the floor. Sami is sent into the ringside barrier and Lashley with a spinebuster to Owens followed by a punch. Lashley with a running shoulder into the corner followed by kicks.

Lashley with an elbow to teh back of the head. Owens with a kick and Sami tags in. Sami punches Lashley in the back. Sami with more punches and a chop. Lashley with a kick and elbow. Lashley wtih a suplex for a near fall. Lashley with elbows in the corner but he runs into a boot from Sami. Owens tags in and he connects with punches. Zayn tags in and he kicks Sami and sends Owens to the floor. Lashley with snake eyes and a cross body for a near fall. Lashley with a running shoulder into the corner but he goes over the top rope when Owens pulls down the ropes.

Owens with a back senton as we go to commercial.

We are back and Sami chops Lashley. Lashley with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and both men are down. Owens tags in and kicks Lashley's hand to keep him from making the tag. Lashley gets his knees up on a back senton attempt. Zayn tags in and he stops Lashley from making the tag with a reverse chin lock. Lashley gets back to his feet with Zayn on his back. Lashley with a side slam and Owens pulls Strowman off the apron to keep Lashley from making the tag.

Zayn with an Irish whip but Lashley knocks Owens off the apron and he clotheslines Zayn. Strowman tags in and he hits a running shoulder tackle to Owens on the floor. Strowman with a forearm to Zayn. Strowman goes to the floor and hits a running shoulder tackle on Owens. Strowman with a clothesline to Zayn and then he hits a running drop kick to Owens on the floor. Zayn goes to the floor and up the ramp but Lashley chases after Zayn and sends him back into the ring. Strowman with a forearm across the chest.

Strowman with a splash into the corner. Zayn begs for mercy and Lashley tags in. Strowman with a biel and Lashley with a delayed vertical suplex. Strowman tags in and he gives a thumbs down and he hits a running power slam for the three count. The crowd really loved this match!

Winners: Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley

After the match, Braun's music hits as he stands tall in the middle of the ring with Lashley. We go to replays. We come back to fans cheering as Strowman and Lashley celebrate.

- Still to come, our 10-woman main event plus Seth Rollins and Finn Balor vs. Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. Also, Baron Corbin is here. Back to commercial.

In the Arena:

We go to the ring and out comes No Way Jose with his conga line. Baron Corbin is out for his first appearance since the Superstar Shakeup last week. Corbin speaks from the stage and says he saw through Jose's little plan. This conga line is clearly a setup for Jose's guys to attack Corbin from behind when he's beating on Jose. Corbin gets it, Jose is here to have fun. Corbin's idea of fun is ruining other people's fun. Corbin says he's a former champion and he's here on RAW to be champion again. Corbin says Jose just isn't on his level and as long as Jose has his conga line, Corbin says "no way" to a match.

Corbin walks back to the back. Jose takes the mic and says the party doesn't have to stop just because Corbin doesn't want to have fun. Jose calls for his music to start back up and the conga line resumes around the ring. The dancers head to the back and Jose stops on the stage to say goodbye to the crowd but Corbin attacks him from behind. Corbin destroys Jose on the stage and leaves him laying after a chokeslam backbreaker. Corbin stands tall and poses as some fans boo.

A moment of BLISS:

We have a PSA from Alexa Bliss. She says bullies thrive on silence. If you see a bully speak up. Don't be a silent accomplice. Alexa says she was approached by a homeless person who looked like she did not eat for weeks. She offered that woman her burrito bowl but Nia took it from her and ate it herself. She could not believe seeing Nia laughing and chewing. Alexa says she has to live with that. Alexa tells Nia's tag team partners tonight to not be silent accomplices. She can finish it at Backlash to prove that bullies never win.

Finn Balor and Seth Rollins vs. Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas

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

Finn and Bo start things off. They lock up and Bo with a side head lock. Bo with a shoulder tackle and he celebrates. Bo and Curtis tag by doing a Shield fist bump. They lock up and Axel with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Curtis and Bo Too Sweet but not each other. They lock up and Balor with a waist lock. Axel with an elbow. Axel with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and drop kicks Axel. Axel punches Balor and chokes him in the ropes. Bo tags in and he hits a knee drop for a near fall.

Bo with a series of knees and a reverse chin lock. Bo with a punch but Balor with a Pele Kick and both men are down. Rollins and Axel tag in and Rollins with a springboard clothesline followed by Slingblade. Rollins sends Axel into Dallas and then clotheslines Axel over the top rope to the floor. Rollins with a suicide dive onto Axel. Rollins with a blockbuster. Axel with a kick and Rollins avoids the Son of Perfectplex. Rollins with Black Out and Balor tags in for Coup de Grace for the three count.

Winners: Finn Balor and Seth Rollins

Backstage:

Natalya is in the locker room with her team and Ember says the Riott Squad will be looking over their shoulders. Natalya asks Nia about Alexa and Mickie acting like they run the place. Nia says she has a PSA. Mocking Nia Jax will get you hurt. Bayley and Sasha Banks stay in the locker room and Bayley says nothing before leaving. We go to commercial.

The Riott Squad, Mickie James and Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley, Sasha Banks, Natalya, Ember Moon and Nia Jax

Back from the break and out first comes Mickie James and Alexa Bliss. The Riott Squad is out next - Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan and Ruby Riott. Bayley is out first for her team, followed by Ember Moon and then Natalya. Sasha Banks is out next and RAW Women's Champion Nia Jax is out last to a pop.

Sasha starts things off with Liv. Liv taunts Sasha. They go at it and in comes Logan for the double team. Logan takes over on Banks and beats her around. Logan mounts Sasha and rag-dolls her on the apron a bit. Banks catches a kick and finally fights back. Banks gets sent tot he apron but she fights in and drops Logan for a 2 count. Banks keeps Logan grounded after slowing things down. Liv tags back in for double teaming in the corner. Liv runs into boots in the corner. Liv ducks Sasha but Sasha comes right back and slaps Liv to the mat. Banks with a 2 count.

Banks tags in Ember and she takes Liv down for a quick pin attempt. Ember sends Liv to the corner and keeps control with a few high Impact moves. Ember with a 2 count. Ember sends Liv to the floor and nails a big suicide dive. Logan and Ruby drag Liv to safety as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Logan has control of Banks in the ring. Banks fights out but Logan stops her from tagging. Logan overpowers Banks back into the corner. Mickie tags in and stomps away on Sasha in the corner. Mickie takes Sasha down and talks trash as fans try to rally. The screen splits with a promo for the Greatest Royal Rumble event.

Banks finally tags in Natalya. She unloads on Mickie and nails a suplex. Natalya with another suplex. Natalya takes Mickie down, steps on her head and hits the basement dropkick for a 2 count. Natalya catches a kick and drops Mickie for the Sharpshooter. Natalya gets it locked in and stops Mickie from getting the bottom rope. Logan runs in with a chop block and breaks the hold. Natalya tags Bayley in but Mickie kicks Natalya's injured leg on her way out. Natalya lands out on the floor and an official calls for help. She's also hurting from the chop block that Logan hit her with. A trainer comes down with another official to check on Natalya. Banks also checks on her.

Ruby and Bayley go at it in the ring now. Ruby hits the STO for a 2 count. We see Natalya out on the floor clutching her knee. Jax finally tags in and rams Ruby into the corner. Jax runs wild on Ruby and presses her high in the middle of the ring, winking at Bliss while she holds her. Jax slams Ruby to the mat and hits the big leg drop. She goes for the pin but the ring fills up and we have chaos. The ring empties as the brawl goes to the floor. Jax goes to the apron and leaps off onto the others. Everyone is down on the outside now.

Mickie goes over and delivers a cheap shot to Natalya while she's down with the trainers on the other side of the ring. Mickie nails Natalya again but the music hits and out comes Ronda Rousey to a pop. Mickie goes back into the ring. Rousey checks on Natalya and helps her up. Mickie comes over and baseball slides Rousey, knocking her down. Rousey stands up and stares at Mickie. Rousey hits the ring and Mickie attacks her. Rousey takes Mickie down and applies the armbar. Mickie taps as the referee calls for the bell.

Winners by DQ: The Riott Squad, Mickie James and Alexa Bliss

Rousey breaks the hold and goes back to the floor to check on Natalya. Rousey's music hits as she helps Natalya to her feet. Rousey and an official assist Natalya as we go back to the announcers for Greatest Royal Rumble hype. RAW goes off the air with Rousey helping Natalya to the back.


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