Welcome to the CLNS Raw Recap here on the CLNS Media Network! This is your home for the results of WWE Raw, including a recap of all the matches and segments throughout the show. Join me as we discuss what these outcomes could mean for the future of the red brand as we work towards the Greatest Royal Rumble!
WWE Raw comes to you tonight from New Orleans, Louisiana!
Segment 1: Ronda Rousey/ Stephanie McMahon Promo
A quick promo here with the raucous Raw after WrestleMania crowd serenading Stephanie with the chant “you tapped out”. Overall this was again just to get Ronda to come out and “re-break” Steph’s arm. Ronda didn’t say anything and Steph got boo’s as usual. Ronda proved a lot of people wrong with her work at WrestleMania
Match 1: Nia Jax and Ember Moon vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James
After telling Alexa and Mickie to shut up, Nia says that she has a new friend on the Raw roster. Enter Ember Moon, the former NXT Champion makes her debut on Raw and is officially on the main roster. As for the match, if you debut, you win, this stays true not only here but throughout the night. Ember moon hits the eclipse for the win.
Winner’s: Ember Moon and Nia Jax
Segment 2: Braun relinquishes Tag Titles
In another quick promo segment both Braun and the child who shall not be named relinquish the Tag Titles. Braun says his partner has a scheduling conflict…the fourth grade. After the relinquishing of the championships, Kurt Angle then reveals a “Tag Team Eliminator Tournament “ which will start tonight. He also says that the winners will face The Bar at Backlash in May.
Match 2: No Way Jose Debut vs. Enhancement Talent
A quick squash match for another debuting NXT superstar. This time No Way Jose leads a conga line of fans and actors around the ring before his match. He hits literally one move and then his finisher which is yet to be named and that’s the match. After he leads his conga line to the back and that’s the segment.
Winner: No Way Jose
Match 3: Tag Team Eliminator – Revival vs Gallows and Anderson
Next we have another quick match, as the WWE is trying to fit a ton of segments in tonight’s show. After a small bit of back and forth the Revival end up hitting the Shatter Machine for the win. The Revival move on in the Tag Team Eliminator and are one step closer to a championship match.
Winner’s: The Revival
Segment 3: Seth Rollins/ The Miz Promo
Seth Rollins comes out next to celebrate his win over The Miz and Finn Balor but before he can Finn interrupts. He says that Seth deserved to win but that he would like to be the first to challenge for the title. Next the Miz interrupts and says he has a rematch clause that he will be using at Backlash next month and that Finn goes to the back of the line. Just as Rollins and Balor are about to fight the Miz, Axel and Dallas, Jeff Hardy’s music hits. They stare down the Miz and Miztourage as we cut to break. When back from commercial it is announced that there will be a 6 man tag in the main event.
Match 4: Sasha Banks vs. Mandy Rose/ Paige Retires
Another quick one as Bayley interrupts right before the match starts. She is out there to backup Sasha but ends up costing her the match when she accidently hits her and Mandy gets the 3. After the match Paige steps in the ring and announces that due to neck injuries she has to officially retire. Paige has been in the WWE for only 4 years and is only 25. She says that Daniel Bryan has given her hope that she will one day return to the ring but for now she must move on.
Winner: Mandy Rose
Segment 4: Elias Promo
After Paige pours pout her heart and we come back from break we are met with Elias. He runs down all of the people that jeered him last night and says he knows that they are still here tonight. As he breaks into song a new theme plays on the Titantron. With a massive pop out comes Bobby Lashley, the former ECW and United States Champion has returned to the WWE. He hits Elias with a neck breaker and a suplex that is held for about 15 seconds.
Match 5: Heath slater and Rhyno vs Authors of Pain
Another call up from NXT and yet another squash match. The Authors of Pain flanked by Paul Ellering destroy Slater and Rhyno in a matter of 30 seconds. After the match the AOP tell Ellering to stay away from them as they can take it from here. To be transparent this is because Ellering is not going to be traveling the road so they needed to write him off TV.
Winner’s: Authors Of Pain
Segment 5: Roman Reigns Promo
Roman cuts a quick promo her about how he wasn’t clued in that Brock had resigned and that when they meet in the Steel Cage at The Greatest Royal Rumble that he will become the Universal Champion. This is interrupted by the next return of the night, Samoa Joe. Joe says that once again Roma has failed and that when he fails to beat brock again, Joe will be waiting for Roman at Backlash.
Match 6: Tag Team Eliminator – Titus Worldwide vs. Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt
Now we have the debut of another new tag team here on Raw. This time it is Bray Wyatt and Woken Matt Hardy who have come together to form a new team. The crazy compatriots work well together, demolishing Titus Worldwide with a Sister Abigail into a Twist of Fate for the win.
Winner: Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt
Match 7: Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
After being fired from Smackdown Live both Kevin and Sami go to GM Kurt Angle begging for a job. Kurt however, only has one spot left on the Raw roster so he makes this match. He says whoever win’s will get the spot. After a hellacious battle, the contest ends in a no decision when neither man can answer the count of ten. I fully expect to see a best of seven series between these two.
Segment 6: Matt and Jeff Hardy Promo
After coming back from break we see Jeff Hardy walking with Finn Balor and Seth Rollins as Matt stops him. Matt is happy Jeff is back but it seems they will not be working directly together. Bray Wyatt then makes his entrance to the segment and calls Jeff, Brother Nero. Wyatt and Jeff hug as it appears Jeff is perfectly fine with matt’s new partner. After a few words Jeff walks off and Finn and Seth are extremely confused.
Main Event: The Miztourage and The Miz vs. Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and Jeff Hardy
Finally we get a full length match, our first real match of the night. The Miz and Miztourage control most of the match until Jeff Hardy is tagged in. Jeff makes a heroic comeback, and tags in Seth Rollins. Seth takes control, hits the Curb Stomp and gets the 3, sending the crowd home happy.
Winner: Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and Jeff Hardy
Match of the night: Main Event 6-Man Tag
Segment of the night: Elias Promo
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