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With WresleMania 33 coming up THIS Sunday, we have some unanswered questions going into the show.
Will Seth Rollins sign documents to have a non-sanctioned match aka Triple H's Hold Harmless Agreement?
Will there be a new Raw General Manger hired before WrestleMania?
Will there be any consequences for Kevin Owens after his attack on Chris Jericho last week?
What will happen with Goldberg and Lesnar under the same roof?
Lots of questions before we head into WrestleMania this Sunday and let's see if we can the answers to some tonight! Stick with me for all the live coverage and don't forget to sound off below!
It's time! Undertaker may possibly be here tonight as his intro was teased before opening Raw credits! This is the go home show before WrestleMania and I am hoping we get an amazing show.
Bayley is first up and is making her way to the ring. She has her work cut out for her at WrestleMania where she has to defend her Raw Women's Championship against Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Nia Jax. Bayley has the mic and is pumped for WrestleMania. She says that WrestleMania is her favorite day of the year. Out comes Charlotte. Charlotte does the boo-hoo Bayley thing. She says that Bayley is a pawn for Sasha. Charlotte is clearly trying to get in Bayley's head before Sunday. Charlotte blames Sasha for losing the Championship. Bayley is not falling for it. Then Charlotte shows a tweet from Sasha Banks that shows a picture of Sasha and Charlotte saying keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Cue Sasha out to the ring. Sasha says that Charlotte is out of her mind for comparing her former friendship with Charlotte to her current one with Bayley. Now Nia is making her way to the ring. Nia says that they have high school drama around the belt and that she is going to take it.
Sasha goes after Charlotte with punches and Nia goes for Bayley. Tag team action next with Sasha and Bayley vs Nia and Charlotte.
Hope the wrestling is better than the promos. None of the girls delivered a spectacular or memorable one tonight.
Charlotte and Nia Jax vs. Bayley and Sasha Banks
Charlotte and Sasha are the legal women and the action was outside the ring after commercial break. The two move in the ring and Sasha is in control and has Charlotte in a mean submission hold working on Charlotte's back. Props to Charlotte for being that crazy flexible. Sasha moves out the ring and tries to grab Nia by the ankles and it doesn't work. Nia does NOT budge. Nia gets tagged in by Charlotte, then Sasha is able to tag Bayley in. Nia has control over her. Nia tags in Charlotte and Charlotte has control. Bayley turns it around and smashed Charlotte's face into the turnbuckle multiple times. Bayley still trying to take control but Charlotte starts hammering away on her with her elbow. Bayley is in need of a tag. Charlotte has her in a headlock and is swinging her around. Bayley gets some hits in but not enough to make the tag. GIANT chop to Bayley by Charlotte. Bayley makes the hot tag to Sasha and she goes to town on Charlotte. Sasha does work to Charlotte in the corner and goes for the cover. No luck. Charlotte makes the tag to Nia and Nia tosses her onto the apron and hits Sasha from behind throwing Sasha onto the ground.
Back from the break and Sasha and Charlotte are legal. Charlotte goes for a cover and kick out by Sasha. Charlotte tags in Nia. Sasha delivers some punches but Nia just tosses her across the ring. Nia has her in a headlock and Bayley is trying to rally the crowd. Sasha tries to get over to Bayley but Nia moves her towards Charlotte and makes the tag to Charlotte. Charlotte gives Sasha multiple backbreakers and Sasha knees her. Sasha is able to throw Charlotte towards Nia and knocks Nia off the apron. Bayley has the hot tag and is goes to work on Charlotte. Charlotte delivers a TREMENDOUS knee. That was great, and then Bayley does work again, covers Charlotte, kick out. Sasha and Nia both interfere in the ring and take the action outside the ring. Charlotte goes for big boot, blocked by Bayley, Bayley to Belly delivered, cover and win by the Raw Women's Champion Bayley.
Nia Jax comes in from behind and wreaks havoc, then she turns on her tag team partner and lays OUT Charlotte. Nia grabs the Championship and gets some heat! Last few minutes of the match and afterwards much better than the beginning of the match.
Winners: Raw Women's Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks
We revisit Mick Foley's firing from last week.
Backstage Sami Zayn gets interviewed and asks how he feels about the firing last week. He says he needs to honor his legacy and to stand up for what's right and to continue taking challenges. Sami Zayn says he is going to WrestleMania as part of the Andre the Giant Battle Royal and is dedicating it to Mick Foley. Stephanie McMahon shows up and says that he has to earn his way into the Battle Royal. She wants the trophy on Raw. She puts him in a no-disqualification match against Kevin Owens. If he wins, he is in the match, but if he loses, he will get fired.
Neville is on commentary for the next match. Austin Aries making his way to the ring. Neville stares at him. I cannot wait for Neville and Aries to have their match at WrestleMania.
Out comes Noam Dar accompanied by Alicia Fox.
Austin Aries vs. Noam Dar
Austin Aries chants start the match. Huge drop kick by Aries to Dar and Dar rolls out the ring. Aaaaaannnnndddd commercial break. What a way to start the match though!
Back with Dar in control of the match. Dar is throwing him into the turnbuckles. Dar goes for the cover and Aries kicks out. Aries delivers some hits and gets momentum. Big uppercut by Dar and another cover and then kickout by Aries. Neville on commentary says that their match on Sunday is going to be very quick. Aries gets back in it and delivers huge clothesline, and goes to town. Aries lifts Dar up, Dar tries to go for submission, Aries gets out of it and Dar goes outside the ring. Aries lunges at him taking him out and then the two go back inside the ring. Aries in control of the match, Alicia yells at him that he cheats and she doesn't like his face! Oh man I love Alicia. Dar tries to roll up but no luck. Aries finally gets Dar in his submission Last Chancery and Dar taps out. Austin Aries wins! Aries stares off with Neville I seriously cannot wait for them to fight on Sunday.
Winner: Austin Aries by submission
Rollins is backstage with his crutch. Will he sign the agreement? We find out next.
Rollins makes his way to the ring, where the ring is set for a signing.
Rollins looks at the WrestleMania sign and calls Triple H to the ring.
Triple H comes to the ring with paperwork in hand. Triple H says if Rollins attacks him, he will defend himself, and if Rollins attacks him before document is signed then the match is off. Rollins says "Get in here with that contract!". Triple H tells him to sit down in the chair and listen to him. He says listening to the crowd is a bad decision. If he doesn't sit down the match is off. He sounds exactly like how I talk to my 3 year old. Rollins sits down and Triple H tells him he's a good boy.
Triple H sits down too. Triple H warns him that he will destroy Rollins and Rollins signing the document means he gives up all rights and cannot sue Triple H, his family or the WWE. Rollins says that he gets it, for Triple H to sign it. Triple H keeps talking about how the crowd is jealous, and who cares if the crowd doesn't like him. He says screw everyone else and take what you want out of life. But if he wants to grow a conscience, then he will sign it but it won't end well for Rollins. He said he will be a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest. If Seth signs the contract he will walk into WrestleMania, but Triple H guarantees him that he will not walk out. Rollins says that line is bullcrap and Rollins learned that he liked himself before he met Triple H. Rollins says this match is about redemption. Rollins said he gave up everything to stand next to Triple H. Rollins says nothing will stop him and he is ready to get back Seth Freakin Rollins. They both sign, then Triple H kicks the table at Rollins and throws the chair out of the ring. Rollins is down and Triple H grabs the crutch and Rollins spins and kicks Triple H in the face. Rollins looks for a pedigree but Triple H gets out of it. Triple H looks for a pedigree but no luck and Rollins throws him out of the ring. Rollins grabs the crutch and Triple H is out of the ring and backing away.
The match is official, we will see Seth Rollins vs. Triple H.
Up next is an Over-the-Top Rope challenge. The Big Show makes his way to the ring. Out next comes Jinder Mahal.
Mahal tries to take out Big Show and after some punches no luck. Mahal is eliminated. Out next is Bo Dallas. He throws some punches at Show and he is thrown over the top rope and eliminated.
Now the Shining Starts come out. They both try to take out the Big Show and they try to lift him up but no luck. He eliminates them both!
Curtis Axel, R-Truth and Golddust come out. Big Show gets eliminated by them and the people that he already eliminated. He comes back in the ring and Show chokeslams each of them one by one. Golden Truth leave before he can get them. No winner in the match.
Out comes Braun Strowman! He looks at the Andre the Giant trophy and makes his way to the ring. He stops and says that if he wanted to he would kick Big Shows ass right now, however, that's what the crowd wants. He is making them wait until WrestleMania. Show tells him to come to the ring. Looks like we have another match to look forward to on Sunday. Braun will take part in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal match.
Gallows and Anderson have a match against Enzo and Cass tonight and Gallows and Anderson mock Enzo and Cass.
Undertaker vignette with him digging a hole.
Reigns is in the locker room, he says he doesn't worry about signs and doesn't believe in dead men. He says he is coming out to tell the world what he will do to Undertaker on Sunday.
Cesaro and Sheamus are backstage and say they know they are going to win the titles on Sunday. Gallows and Anderson attack them with 2x4's and ladders.
The King of the Cruiserweights Neville makes his way to the ring for a match. His opponent Gentleman Jack Gallagher comes out with his umbrella.
Cruiserweight Champion Neville vs. Jack Gallagher
Neville immediately takes control and gos after Jack. Headlock by Neville, Jack gets on his hands and does a handstand walk to escape. Gallagher goes upside down in the turnbuckle and is almost toying with Neville. Gallagher gets in a couple of uppercuts and then Neville gets in a quick release German suplex. That looked absolutely amazing. And commercial break again. Sadface.
We are back and neither is in control. Major collision and both men are down. Neville rolls out of the ring. Both are slow to get up. Gallagher is first up and he grabs the umbrella! Is it Mary Poppins time?! Yes it is! Off the top rope onto Neville with his Umbrella! I love that.
Neville gets payback inside the ring now. Neville gets Gallagher on the top rope in the corner. Huge superplex and into the Rings of Saturn by Neville and Gallagher taps. Nice match! Again I have to say, I cannot wait to see Neville on Sunday.
Winner: Cruiserweight Champion Neville
Cut to Austin Aries News Report. He asks New Day who they think will win on Sunday. New Day says it comes down to who can move their hips. Austin says he is trying to be serious. He obliges. New Day says Neville doesn't move his hips so Austin will surely win.
Roman out to the ring next.
Reigns pacing around the ring. Roman sucks chants going on. Lots of chicks in the front row are very happy to see him though. He's getting a ton of boos when Roman says he headlined WrestleMania twice and this year is the biggest moment of his career facing the Undertaker. He says he is going to put the deadman down. He doesn't care what anyone thinks. It is his time. This is his house. This is his yard. Undertaker can be heard and says the ring is his yard. The titantron shows graves and Undertaker says that they graveyard is Roman's yard and he has a special place in hell for Roman. At WrestleMania the Roman empire will fall and the ultimate thrill ride will be his last ride. Then a gravestone is shown with Roman's name and April 2nd.
Arena goes dark, Undertakers music hits, lights up and Undertaker is behind Reigns. Undertaker says at WrestleMania Roman will "Rest in Peace". Taker puts his arms up and slowly lowers them with the lights dimming as he lowers his arms.
Enzo and Cass come out for their match against Gallows and Anderson. Enzo says this Sunday they are going to win the Championships. Enzo and Cass cut a good promo. Especially with the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Cheap pop but I'll allow it. Gallows and Anderson interrupt before they can get called SAWFT. Cesaro and Sheamus attack Gallows and Anderson on their way to the ring from behind. Cesaro and Sheamus try to take out Enzo and Cass also. Cass takes out Cesaro and Sheamus then Gallows and Anderson take out everyone.
For Women's History Month, WWE celebrates Maya Angelou.
Backstage, Kevin Owens is being interviewed. He says that Jericho was never his best friend. Owens says Jericho was right for making fun of him for being a Jericho fan because his fans are morons. He wants to be the guy who gets Zayn fired. He says that he will take Zayn's career away from him. At WrestleMania he is going to get the United States Championship and be the cause of his demise.
Recap of Seth Rollins and Triple H's history. Video package was good, if you missed it, it is worth checking out on YouTube.
Time for the match that will decide Sami Zayn's career.
No-Disqualification Match: Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Owens immediately goes to work on Sami with knees to the face in the turnbuckle. Zayn responds with punches, then back and forth from the two. Zayn gets Owens in the turnbuckle and delivers punches to the head. Owens rolls out of th ring. Zayn comes after him and Zayn is driven into the barricade. Owens throws Zayn over the barricade and the fight continues into the crowd. They get into the tech area and Owens drives Zayn's head into the side of the announce table. Zayn gives kicks to the head and he lunges and flips at Owens taking him down. Ugh and then freaking commercial in the middle of a no-disqualification match.
Back and the action has gone back to the outside of the ring where it appears that the steel steps have been used. DDT on the steps by Owens! Owens throws Zayn in the ring and goes for the cover. Sami kicks out. Owens with a clothesline into Sami in the turnbuckle. Owens runs at him in the corner,. Zayn catches him and then suplexes him in the corner and Owens looked to have landed weird. Zayn runs through the ropes and delivers tornado DDT to Owens. Zayn throws Owens in the ring and Sami runs into a superkick. Owens covers and Sami kicks out. Owens goes to the top rope, frog splash, cover and kick out again by Sami. Owens stands Sami up and delivers Blue Thunderbomb. Cover and kickout. Samoa Joe makes is way to the ring and grabs a chair. Jericho's music hits and comes behind Joe and gets the chair and unloads on Joe! Sami sneaks the win with a roll up! Owens beats up Sami some more and Jericho comes in at Owens with the chair. Jericho grabs a mic. He asks Owens if he knows what happens when you betray Chris Jericho? Pen is up, and Owens has finally made the list.
Winner: Sami Zayn
Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman make their way to the ring. Paul gets interuppted with Goldberg chants almost immediately. They then turn into Suplex City chants. Heyman says that the Universal title is the "Holy Grail" of WWE. He says that Brock wants the title, needs the title, lusts after the title and Goldberg has the title and is a real life superhero as of right now. Heyman says that Goldberg even has what Sting couldn't get. Heyman says that at WrestleMania Goldberg is going to Suplex City where Goldberg can check in but won't be able to check out. Brock does not fear the spear because Goldberg cannot survive the F5.
Goldberg makes his way to the ring. Goldberg stays at the top of the ramp. He says people did not come to see them talk, but to see them fight. Goldberg wants action now and spears Brock outside the ring! Heyman goes around to check on Brock. Goldberg goes in the ring and raises his title at Brock.
Sunday should be good! Excited to see what the actual match will be like between the two. Thanks for sticking with me throughout Raw and I will catch you next week for the Raw after WrestleMania. Don't forget to check out the podcast at fightful.com going on now with Sean Ross Sapp and Alex Pawlowski!