WWE RAW Results 3/18
WWE RAW is live tonight from the Rosemont Arena in Chicago. Here’s the latest teaser trailer from WWE to get you ready for the show:
Universal Champion Brock Lesnar will make an appearance to address his challenger at WrestleMania, Seth Rollins. In other advertised angles, RAW Women’s Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will defend her championship against Dana Brooke. Kurt Angle will find out who his opponent will be for his retirement match at WrestleMania. We will also get more build for the No Holds Barred match between former Evolution partners Triple H and Batista, a mystery partner for Finn Balor revealed in a tag match against Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush, and Beth Phoenix ponders an in-ring return after repeated ambushes by Nia Jax and Tamina the past few weeks.
Chicago Boos The Universal Champion
Brock Lesnar’s music hits, and the WWE Universal Champion makes his way to the ring to loud boos. Lesnar is accompanied by his advocate, Paul Heyman. The boos continue as they get in the ring. Heyman goes to speak, but he’s cut off by the loud boos from the Chicago crowd. Lesnar laughs and holds up the WWE Universal Championship, drawing further anger from the crowd. A “Burn it down” chant picks up. Heyman says, “Ladies, gentlemen, things that live in Chicago…” The crowd then speaks with him as he introduces himself and Brock Lesnar. The crowd is loud tonight.
Heyman says this appearance was necessitated by Seth Rollins. Rollins has spun a tale of propaganda. Rollins said that his client, Brock Lesnar, has a stylistic problem with competitors of Seth Rollins’ size and move-set. Here is where Rollins proved himself to be a fool. When Lesnar faced AJ Styles, who won that match? Brock Lesnar! When Lesnar faced Daniel Bryan, who won that match? Brock Lesnar! When Lesnar faced Finn Balor, who won that match? Brock Lesnar! Now Rollins wants to pick a fight with Lesnar on the same night he has to fight Drew McIntyre, who is a career killer. Not a career killer like Lesnar, but a career killer nonetheless. What in the world is Rollins thinking?
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey defends her RAW Women’s Championship against Dana Brooke later tonight. We’ll also hear from Batista on his thoughts about Triple H.
Over the weekend, Finn Balor and Stephanie McMahon spent time in Abu Dhabi in support of the Special Olympics.
Finn Balor & Braun Strowman vs. Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush
Braun Strowman will start against Bobby Lashley. They lock up, but they’re at a stalemate. They try again, and Lashley shrugs him off and poses. Strowman then shoves him down and poses. Lashley tries for a shoulder block, but Strowman absorbs it and takes him down.
Strowman knocks Lashley off the apron, but Lashley gets back in the ring and punches him. Strowman takes him down and tags Balor in. Balor comes off the middle rope with a sledge to the shoulder. Lashley soon sends him to the corner, blocks a kick, and knocks him to the floor.
Back from the commercial, Rush kicks Balor before tagging Lashley in. Lashley quickly stops Balor from making a tag and applies a chin lock. Balor fights up, but Lashley takes him down with a reverse STO for a near fall. Rush tags in and goes for a sunset flip, but Balor rolls through and dropkicks him. Lashley quickly tags in and punches Balor down. Lashley then manhandles him and takes him down with a chin lock. Balor fights up and tries for a tag, but Lashley stops it. Balor boots him back and tries for a tag, but Lashley slams him into his corner. Lashley charges, but Balor sidesteps him and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Rush tags in, jumps over Balor, is scared back by Strowman, and takes a falling elbow drop from Balor.
Strowman clubs Rush in the chest and lifts him up, but Lashley spears him. Balor attacks Lashley and gets him out of the ring. Rush then knocks Balor out of the ring. Rush quickly goes to the top rope and hits a frog splash, but Strowman powerfully kicks out. Rush looks terrified as Strowman gets to his feet. Rush runs away, but he’s cornered by Balor. Balor catches Rush, but Lashley knocks him down. Strowman then shoulder blocks Lashley into the crowd. Strowman gets Rush in the ring and shoulder blocks him down. Strowman then kills Rush with a chokeslam. Lashley walks off on his partner. Strowman then hits an emphatic Running Powerslam on Rush for the win.
Winners: Finn Balor & Braun Strowman
Seth Rollins takes on Drew McIntyre later tonight. Ronda Rousey will also defend her RAW Women’s Championship against Dana Brooke.
A Moment of Bliss with Elias
Alexa Bliss says the WWE Universe is still buzzing about her hosting WrestleMania. She then throws it to Michael Cole to talk about WrestleMania. The commentators then talk about the WrestleMania 35 card.
Elias vs. No Way Jose
We join this match in progress. No Way Jose is doing an airplane spin to Elias and the only ones cheering are the conga line. Jose hits a rolling senton and punches him in the corner. Elias reverses a whip to the corner, but Jose slingshots over him and hits an arm drag. Elias gets up, but Jose hits another arm drag. Elias punches out of an arm bar and takes him down. The conga line are chanting Jose’s name… but quite literally no one else is. Jose takes Elias down with a pair of clotheslines and a hip toss neckbreaker. Jose clotheslines him in the corner and goes to the top rope for a cross-body block, but Elias moves.
We’ll hear Batista’s thoughts on Triple H later tonight. We’ll also see Ronda Rousey defend the RAW Women’s Championship against Dana Brooke.
Kurt Angle Announces WrestleMania Match Against Baron Corbin
Kurt Angle thanks the crowd in Chicago and says his farewell tour continues in Chicago. He will have a match tonight. WrestleMania is 20 days away, which is where he’ll compete for the last time. A loud “Thank you, Kurt” chant picks up. Angle thanks the crowd. Angle says he wants to thank the McMahon family for allowing him to pick his opponent for his farewell match. There are so many superstars that he’d love to face, but only one that he wants to beat. This man has made his life a living hell since he became the General Manager of Monday Night RAW. That man is Baron Corbin. Nothing would make him happier than to make Corbin tap out at WrestleMania. Then he can end his career as the happiest man in the world. Oh it’s true… it’s damn true.
Kurt Angle vs. Chad Gable
Chad Gable shakes Angle’s hand and tells him that he’s a hero of his. They lock up, and Angle backs him to the corner before giving a clean release. Gable applies a side headlock, but Angle whips him off. Gable quickly shoulder blocks him down. Angle gets to his feet and applies a waistlock. Gable reverses it and takes him down. Angle grapevines the head, but Gable kips up out. They’re at a stalemate. Gable quickly takes him down and applies a front facelock. Angle fights up and shoulder blocks him down. Gable quickly elbows him, but Angle quickly comes back with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Gable quickly rolls out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Angle hit two clotheslines and soon applies an Angle Lock. Gable gets out and rolls him up for a two count. Angle hits a German Suplex, but Gable gets out of a second one and applies an Angle Lock to Angle! Angle twists out and tries for an Angle Slam, but Gable counters into a DDT for a near fall. Gable goes to the top rope for a moonsault, but Angle moves. Angle applies the Angle Lock and grapevines the leg. Gable has no choice but to submit.
Winner: Kurt Angle by Submission
Angle helps Gable to his feet and raises his arm. Baron Corbin’s music interrupts him. Corbin walks off to the stage. Corbin says when he took Angle’s job as General Manager, it felt good to laugh at him and humiliate him… but not as good as it’ll feet to humiliate him in his farewell match. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in your career. All people will remember is what you did in your last match. The crowd boos Corbin and chants for John Cena.
Ronda Rousey will defend the RAW Women’s Championship against Dana Brooke.
Backstage with Baron Corbin
Baron Corbin is talking to The Revival backstage. Apollo Crews walks up to Corbin and says he wants to face him tonight before Angle beats him. Crews goads him into accepting the match. Crews said he made that difficult. That’s why no one likes Corbin. Corbin asks The Revival if they like him, and they say, “Hell no.”
Women’s Tag Champs Confronted By Natalya & Beth Phoenix
Women’s Tag Champ Sasha Banks with Bayley vs. Natalya with Beth Phoenix
The bell rings, and Banks takes her down with a Thesz Press and some punches. Natalya gets out, but Banks kicks her. Natalya sidesteps her and spikes her on her tailbone. Natalya steps on her and hits a low dropkick for a near fall. Natalya applies an abdominal stretch and grabs the leg for good measure. Banks gets out and rolls her up for a two count. Banks throws her to the corner and hits double knees. Natalya soon sidesteps her and hits a discus clothesline. Banks quickly rolls out of the ring to recover.
Winner: Sasha Banks by Disqualification
Mojo Rawley is talking to himself in the mirror. Rawley says potential isn’t any good if you don’t do anything with it. Rawley asks himself why he can’t figure it out.
Ricochet vs. Jinder Mahal with The Singh Brothers
Mahal powers him to the corner, but Ricochet soon comes back with a hurricanrana before dropkicking him out of the ring. Mahal gets out of the ring, and Ricochet fakes a dive. Ricochet shoulders Mahal, but he has a whip to the corner reversed. Ricochet kicks him back, but The Singh Brothers grabs his ankle. Mahal then clotheslines Ricochet down. Mahal digs his knee into Ricochet before hitting a scoop slam for a two count. Mahal applies a chin lock to Ricochet and holds it on for a while. Ricochet fights up, but Mahal continues to control him. Finally, Ricochet hits an enzuigiri and a rolling dropkick.
Backstage with Seth Rollins, Dana Brooke
Seth Rollins is interviewed backstage. Rollins is dedicating his match against Drew McIntyre to Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. It’s also for Brock Lesnar. Rollins is going to burn Suplex City to the ground.
RAW Women’s Championship
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey vs. Dana Brooke
The bell rings, and Brooke blocks a kick. Rousey immediately knees her in the face, knees her in the ribs, and applies the arm bar for the win.
Winner: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey retains RAW Women’s Championship by Submission
Rousey refuses to let go of the arm bar. Brooke is screaming in pain. Referees run down to help, so Rousey releases the hold and pushes the referee. Security runs down. Rousey kisses her husband Travis Browne. Rousey immediately takes down one of the security guards. Browne demolishes one of them with a forearm. Browne pulls her into the crowd, and they walk off together.
Baron Corbin vs. Apollo Crews
The bell rings, and Corbin soon takes him down with a shoulder block. Crews dropkicks him and kips up. Corbin slides out of the ring, and Crews hits a moonsault block off the apron. Crews gets him in the ring, but Corbin quickly forearms him down. Corbin drives him headfirst into the corner. Corbin goes for an out and in clothesline, but Crews avoids it. Corbin then takes him down and applies a chin lock. Crews fights up and flips through a chokeslam, but Corbin comes back with a Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin punches Crews while the crowd chants, “We want Cena.” Crews clips through the End of Days and rolls Corbin up for the win.
Winner: Apollo Crews
Angle comes out to the stage to celebrate with Crews while Corbin stares irately at them.
Batista Via Satellite from Tampa
Footage is shown of Triple H agreeing to face Batista at WrestleMania, but it has to be a No Holds Barred match.
Cole mentions that Batista quit in 2010 and walked out at the height of his career. Does he blame Triple H for that? Batista says, “Yeah, why shouldn’t I?” Batista also doesn’t like people saying he quit. Imagine having a buddy who is also your boss and jealous. Batista felt like he never got a fair opportunity. Triple H didn’t think he was a big enough star to be on top of the company. Since then, he’s left and is world famous. Batista is now in a position of control and is getting what he deserves. Cole says he’s known Triple H for over 20 years. He’s been nothing but fair to him. Look what he does for NXT Superstars. Batista asks what is wrong with Cole. Triple H is known as the Cerebral Assassin. Triple H has them fooled. Triple H is the most selfish, insecure, jealous control freak he’s ever met. Batista says one day, hopefully soon, Vince will wake up and fire Triple H to end his professional career. At WrestleMania, he’ll end Triple H’s in-ring career. Interview over. Batista orders the camera crew out of his office.
Replays are shown of Braun Strowman destroying the car sent by Michael Che and Colin Jost last week on RAW.
Backstage with Braun Strowman
Drew McIntyre Addresses Roman Reigns
Rollins makes his entrance and immediately gets into a brawl with McIntyre that needs to be broken up by referees.
Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins
We join this match in progress. McIntyre takes him down and applies an arm bar. Rollins fights up, but McIntyre takes him down with a back elbow for a two count. Rollins tries to fight back, but McIntyre takes him down with two vertical suplexes for a two count. McIntyre clubs him down and reapplies the arm bar. Rollins fights up and kicks him in the face before throwing him out of the ring. McIntyre quickly pulls him out of the ring, but Rollins comes back with some punches and chops. Rollins avoids being run into the steel steps and goes for a moonsault block, but McIntyre swats him away!
We come back from the break to see McIntyre pick up a near fall. McIntyre chops and stomps on Rollins’ back. During the commercial break, McIntyre hit a massive belly-to-belly overhead suplex. McIntyre goes for a powerbomb, but Rollins counters into a hurricanrana. McIntyre rolls out of the ring to recover. Rollins goes for a suicide dive, but McIntyre catches him and slams him into the barricade.
McIntyre puts him on the top rope and punches him. Rollins slides off, but McIntyre punches him down. McIntyre pulls him up to the top rope, but he soon head-butts Rollins off. All of a sudden, Rollins scales the ropes and hits a superplex followed by a falcon arrow for a near fall. Rollins sets up for the Stomp. All of a sudden, Brock Lesnar’s music hits. The WWE Universal Champion makes his way to the stage with Paul Heyman. McIntyre then levels Rollins with a Claymore Kick for the win.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Brock Lesnar laughs at the result. Heyman stands next to him beaming. McIntyre celebrates in the ring. Rollins stares furiously back at him.
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