WWE Raw Results For 4/16: The Superstar Shakeup Begins, The US Title Is Defended & Raw Tag Team Eliminator Finals

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- Raw GM Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring and he has a microphone in hand, Angle welcomes everybody to Monday Night Raw. Angle talks about the Superstar Shakeup before getting interrupted by Sunil Singh, Singh introduces WWE United States Champion Jinder Mahal as the newest member of the Raw roster. Mahal makes his way to the ring and he has a microphone in hand, Mahal congratulates Angle for bringing him to Raw. Mahal argues with Angle over his transportation to the arena, Mahal states that he is better than all the other Raw stars. Angle says that Mahal should prove that he is the best on Raw, Angle says that Mahal will defend the WWE United States Title against whomever wants to face him and Jeff Hardy answers the challenge.

WWE United States Title Match

Jinder Mahal (c) w/Sunil Singh vs. Jeff Hardy

The match begins with Mahal nailing Hardy with a kick to the midsection before landing a few strikes, Mahal traps Hardy in the corner while landing a few stomps. Hardy fights back and he catches Mahal with some strikes of his own, Hardy catches Mahal with a snap mare before landing a drop kick. Mahal recovers to drop Hardy before landing a few more strikes, Hardy recovers and he drop kicks Mahal out of the ring. Hardy then leaps off the ring apron on Mahal as we go to a commercial break, we return from the break to see Mahal holding Hardy in a chin lock. Hardy gets free by nailing Mahal with a jaw breaker, Mahal recovers and he drops Hardy across the top rope before landing a series of knee drops.

Hardy gets to the ring apron and Mahal drops him with a right, Hardy catches a charging Mahal with a shoulder thrust before dropping him neck first on the top rope. Hardy goes to the top rope and Mahal crotches him, Mahal goes to the top rope and Hardy knocks him off. Hardy then hits Mahal with a Whisper In The Wind, Sunil tries distracting Hardy and Hardy nails him with a drop kick. Hardy then hits Mahal with an atomic drop followed by a leg drop, Hardy hits Mahal with a basement drop kick for a near fall. Hardy goes for a Twist Of Fate and Mahal counters with a knee strike for a near fall, Mahal goes for his finisher and Hardy escapes with a roll up for a near fall.

Mahal then clobbers Hardy with a boot to the face for another near fall, Mahal goes for a gut buster and Hardy counters with a Twist Of Fate. Hardy lands the swanton bomb for the three count.

Winner: Jeff Hardy, your new WWE United States Champion

- Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh are interviewed by Renee Young, Mahal believes everything is a conspiracy and he wants his rematch with Jeff Hardy at the Greatest Royal Rumble. No Way Jose appears and he leads a fiesta line to the interview area, Jose then takes Young away in the fiesta line.

Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

The match begins with Banks nailing Bayley with a kick before throwing her into the corner, Bayley tries fighting back and Banks drops her. Banks nails Bayley with a chop, Banks looks for a rope assisted arm drag and Bayley blocks it before tossing her out of the ring. Bayley goes through the ropes to nail Banks with a hurricarana on the arena floor as we go to a commercial break, we return from the break to see Banks holding Bayley in a straight jacket hold. Bayley eventually gets free by tossing Banks across the ring, Banks catches Bayley with a back elbow strike before eating a back body drop. Bayley then traps Banks in the ropes before landing a stunner, Bayley then hits Banks with a shoulder smash in the corner followed by a leaping elbow strike.

Bayley would then catch Banks with a middle rope reverse DDT for a near fall, Banks recovers by kicking Bayley in the head before knocking her out of the ring. Bayley tries getting back in the ring and Banks nails her with a few knee strikes, Banks gets Bayley back in the ring before landing a top rope double knee strike for a near fall. Banks trash talks to Bayley before a slapping exchange breaks out, the slapping exchange turns into a striking exchange. Banks then drops Bayley with a knee strike before landing a double knee strike, Bayley goes for a roll up and Banks counters with a Bank Statement. The Riott Squad hits the ring to attack both women and end the match.

Match Result: No Contest

After the match, The Riott Squad continue their attack on Bayley and Sasha Banks.

Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. Authors Of Pain (Rezar & Akam)

The match begins with Slater and Rhyno jumping their opponents before the bell sounds, the bell sounds and Slater nails Akam with a few strikes. Rhyno tags in and he also nails Akam with a few strikes, Rhyno lands a shoulder thrust in the corner. Slater tags in and he nails Akam with a top rope forearm strikes, Akam recovers to drop Slater on the top rope. Rezar tags in and he attacks Slater with some hammer fists, Akam tags in as AOP nail Slater with a double gut buster. Rezar tags back in and Slater makes the tag to Rhyno a short time later, Rhyno then hits Rezar with a shoulder tackle before landing a belly to belly suplex for a near fall. Slater hits the ring and Akam throws him right out of it, AOP hits Rhyno with The Last Chapter for the three count.

Winners: Authors Of Pain (Rezar & Akam)

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