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Tonight on RAW:
Seth Rollins speaks about his injury!
Goldberg does something probably!
Also, nothing really happens because it's a go-home Raw
before a place holder pay-per-view!
HERE WE GO.
Goldberg starts off Raw. Joy.
Goldberg says that Kevin Owens is all talk.
He says he's in a good mood.
He says that he's six days away from being champ.
He promises us: "Spear. Jackhammer. 1-2-3. Goldberg becomes champion."
The Goldberg chants start up again.
He is sweating A LOT, you guys.
He is also promising a lot of people that he's going to win.
Like, he lists them all and everything.
He's about to leave, then Kevin Owens' music hits, and he comes out, dressed in a suit again.
He stays up at the top of the ramp.
KO says that he's in a good mood, too, because he gets to tell Goldberg to his face how he's going to beat him.
He talks about how he promised himself that he was going to grab this companry by the throat.
He lists all the guys he beat along the way to get to today, and then he says that Goldberg is next.
Goldberg says that the speech pissed him off, and he says "Why wait till Sunday?"
KO says that Green Bay doesn't deserve to see him fight.
He says that Sunday, the Goldberg chant dies.
Well, at least we got Goldberg out of the way early so we can move on to more important things.
The New Day doing stuff.
The New Day have new shirts where they appear as popsicles.
They are terrible.
The shirts, not the New Day, although at this point, I'm not even sure I can defend them any more.
They say they're facing the Shining Stars, then announce that's a mistake, the Shining Stars are facing Big Show later.
Turns out they're actually facing Rusev & Jinder Mahal.
They know this because there's an envelope or whatever.
The audience is SILENT, by the way, and with good cause.
It is terribly unfunny.
NEW DAY vs RUSEV & HARDBODY MAHAL
I was so discouraged by the awfulness of that Oscars joke, I didn't even pay attention to the first minutes of this meaningless match, but apparently this happened:
Back from the break, and the heels are in control.
Woods is being worked over and worn down, by the bigger men.
Oh yeah, didn't I mention, it's Woods and Big E. Kofi's on the outside.
Woods keeps getting beat down, and I can't believe I'm still awake.
Woods hits an Enzuigiri on Rusev and both E and Mahal are tagged in.
Mahal gets Belly to Bellied a bunch of times, then Big E splashes him, and Woods is tagged in.
He hits a flying cross body on Mahal but the pinfall is broken up by Rusev.
Kofi starts talking to Lana and Rusev stops doing wrestling things to yell at him.
Woods takes advantage with an O'Connor roll and a Bridge.
WINNERS: The New Day
But are they winners? Are they?
I mean, they're involved in this bullshit, so no, not really.
Backstage with Enzo & Cass
Enzo is being incredibly annoying.
So what else is new?
Backstage with Cesaro & Sheamus
They're talking about how they just need to bide their time until they get another shot at the tag titles.
Samoa Joe shows up and vaguely talks trash to Cesaro.
Sheamus wants to fight him, Cesaro says he'll handle it.
PLEASE CAN WE SEE THAT MATCH NOW THANK YOU.
Backstage with Stephanie McMahon & Mick Foley
Stephanie says she needs to apologize to Mick.
Not for threatening to have him killed last week.
For forgetting that he's a feeble, weak, broken shell of a man, and he never should have been given this job.
She leaves and Mick doesn't say anything.
AKIRA TOZAWA vs NOAM DAR
Tozawa is amazing, a ball of fury.
Noam Dar's trunks say "No Role Models" on the butt.
Alicia Fox causes a distraction, and Dar takes advantage.
Tozawa fights back, hits a botchy hurricanrana, then a Suicide Dive headbutt.
He rolls Dar back in the ring, there's a flurry or dodges by both men until Tozawa hits his snap bridging German suplex.
WINNER: Akira Tozawa
After the match, Brian Kendrick attacks Tozawa from behind, lays him out and gets on the mic.
He says it's Lesson #3, always have eyes in the back of your head.
Oh, byt the way, this match is happening on the FastLane kickoff show:
Backstage with Samoa Joe and Mick Foley
Mick Foley calls Joe Triple H's puppet.
Joe says he's nobody's puppet. Nobody tells him what to do.
Mick Foley says he's still the Raw GM, and as such, he DOES tell Joe was to do.
And he tells Joe to go get dressed because he has a match with Cesaro tonight.
Charlotte Flair in-ring promo. (with silent Dana Brooke)
She says that Bayley is egocentric and greedy, since she didn't give back her championship last week.
She says that Bayley doesn't care how she won, and blah blah blah.
Finally Bayley comes out and gets in the ring.
Charlotte calls her a cheater, Bayley calls herself a champion.
Bayley says her dream is to walk into WrestleMania as champ.
Charlotte says she won't make it that far.
Sasha Banks comes out, with a microphone, puts over Bayley.
Charlotte says mean things about Sasha.
Sasha says let's have that tag match that we're scheduled to have.
Charlotte says that Dana isn't going to be her partner thought.
(This is news to Dana by the way.)
Nia Jax comes out.
Tag match after the break.
SASHA BANKS & BAYLEY vs CHARLOTTE & NIA JAX
Nia starts off against Sasha, throws her all around the ring, then does the same to Bayley.
Bayley wriggles out of a vertical suplex, and winds up in the corner, dodging a running splash, Sasha tags herself, they attempt a double clothesline on Nia, she knocks them down instead.
Charlotte gets in, then Sasha and Bayley take turns against Charlotte.
Bayley reverses an irish whip, Charlotte winds up on the outside.
Bayley follows, hits the Bayley to Belly on poor Dana Brooke.
Oh, look at that, the heels are in control after the break.
Nia Jax looking like a million bucks here, including this awesome no-sell of an arm-drag.
But eventually Sasha makes the hot tag to Bayley, and after Bayley makes quick work of Charlotte, Nia Jax smashes Bayley, plucks Sasha out of the air, and BODY SLAMS HER ONTO BAYLEY,
then hits the Hogan leg drop on Bayley for the 1-2-3.
WINNER: Nia Jax & Charlotte
Backstage with Mick Foley & Braun Strowman.
Braun Strowman demands a contract signing tonight for his FastLane match with Roman Reigns so Roman can't back out of the match.
Mick Foley says sure.
Braun says he wants Roman's name on a contract, OR ELSE.
LUKE GALLOWS vs BIG CASS
Cass immediately gets distracted by Anderson on the outside, and Gallows kicks him a couple times, then takes control.
Cass fights back, and goes for a chokeslan, Gallows gets out of it immediately, but Cass dodges a kick and lands an elbow to the teeth.
Cass hits a fall-away slam, then a sidewalk slam, then the Empire Elbow, then Enzo throws Anderson into the steel steps on the outside.
And Cass hits a big boot.
And that's all she wrote.
WINNER: Big Cass
SHEAMUS vs TITUS O'NEIL
This match that nobody asked for is apparently the result of this:
Before the match starts, Titus attacks Sheamus before the bell, and throws him into the ring apron ribs first, then beats him down in the ring,
Then Sheamus catches him with a Brogue Kick and Titus is out cold.
In kayfabe ratings, Titus O'Neil is 97-Power, 3-Defense.
SETH ROLLINS IN-RING INTERVIEW w/ COREY GRAVES
They show a great video package of the Triple H-Rollins feud.
Then Rollins hobbles down to the ring with the aid of a crutch.
He hugs Graves, then they sit down.
Seth Rollins says it's been really hard. He seems depressed.
Rollins is doing a great job with this. I genuinely feel for him.
This is a fantastic, true face turn.
He says this might all be his fault, for not appreciating what's been given to him.
He says the doctors aren't going to clear him before Wrestlemania.
Triple H comes out.
Samoa Joe is also there, on the outside of the ring.
Triple H tells Rollins "You will NOT be at WrestleMania."
Triple H says that Rollins should have known that this was coming.
It was all eventually going to come crashing down.
Because Triple H made it happen, and he could take it all away whenever he felt like it.
"I used you up and I spit you out! That's life! Get over it!"
He calls Seth "just another washed up, beat up superstar" "worthless."
"Do not come to wrestlemania! Do not call me out! If you show up to wrestlemania, if you call me out, it will be the last thing you ever do in wwe ring."
(That's not foreshadowing. Not at all.)
Seth tells Triple H that he will be at Wrestlemania, and since he has nothing left to lose, he's going to make sure that if it's the last thing he ever does, it will be the last thing Hunter ever does.
BIG SHOW vs SHINING STARS
Big Show wins this in about two and a half minutes.
WINNER: Big Show
Backstage with Tony Nese & Neville.
They admit they are long lost brothers.
Nah, I'm just kidding, they talk about wanting to beat up Jack Gallagher.
NEVILLE & NESE vs JACK GALLAGHER & TJ PERKINS
Neville beats on TJP, then roughly tags in Nese. Perkins nails a desperation kick, then tags in Jack.
Neville runs in to break up a pinfall, gets headbutted out of the ring,
Nese gets put throught the wringer, kicked in the head a lot, then put in an interesting Submission move by Jack.
Neville makes a deliberate decision not to help, and Nese taps.
WINNER: Jack Gallagher & TJ Perkins
I guess Neville is not his brother's keeper.
Video Package for new Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix
Backstage with Sasha Banks & Bayley
Sasha says she'll be in Bayley's corner on Sunday.
Stephanie McMahon comes in and says don't worry about that, you've got your own match.
Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax at FastLane.
CESARO vs SAMOA JOE
This crowd doesn't deserve this match.
Cesaro starts out with a deadlift gutwrench suplex, then a flying cross body.
But somewhere along the line, he tweeks his knee, and Joe immediately targets it.
Joe in control, then Cesaro reverses a suplex, but Joe comes back, reversal after reversal after reversal and can we just get a PPV feud for these guys already?
Nearfalls upon nearfalls.
Samoa Joe keeps going after the knee, then hits a HUGE Uranage.
WINNER: Samoa Joe
After the match, Joe is interviewed and he talks about how he came to Raw to hurt people.
He mentions Sami Zayn, and Sami's music hits. Sami ambushes him from the side.
Security has to break them up.
While Sami is occupied with them, Joe hits him with a cheap shot.
Zayn hits a running tope off the stage onto Joe.
That looked freaking dangerous.
They're finally separated.
We're probably getting that at FastLane.
So that's cool.
BRAUN vs ROMAN CONTRACT SIGNING
Braun comes out first and tells Mick Foley to get out of the ring.
Mick refuses, says he deserves respect.
Braun says no you don't.
Mick gets in Braun's face says he's had enough of being talked down to.
Roman comes out, they brawl on the outside,
then it spills into the crowd.
And Roman spears Braun through the barricade backinto the timekeeper's area.
He also obliterates some poor dude.
He gets in the ring and is about to sign the contract when Braun gets to his feet.
"IS THAT ALL YOU GOT!?!?"
He gets in the ring, takes another Superman Punch, and then throws Roman chest-first into the top turnbuckle so hard the turnbuckle explodes.
Braun goes up to the top of the ramp, looks back to see Roman signing the contract.
This was a cool segment.