WWE RAW Report! The Superstar ShakeUp Begins
The Big Takeaway
Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Bobby Roode, Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Natalya, Fandango, Tyler Breeze, and Sunil Singh have all joined the Monday Night RAW roster as part of the Superstar Shakeup. The Miz is heading to SmackDown Live but Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel are remaining on RAW. Ronda Rousey came the aid of Natalya after Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville jumped Natalya after her match with Rose.
WWE Monday Night RAW Report
Kurt Angle Opened The Show
Angle came out and welcomed everyone to RAW and the “Superstar Shakeup” Angle promised some big surprises but was interrupted by Sunil Singh who introduced Jinder Mahal as the newest member of RAW. Mahal said he wanted the Brock Lesnar treatment. Angle welcomed Mahal to RAW but didn’t agree to his perks. Mahal said he was better than everyone on SmackDown Live and is better than everyone on RAW. Angle said Mahal will defend the United States title right now as Jeff Hardy came out to a big pop.
Jeff Hardy def. Jinder Mahal (w/Sunil Singh) to win the United States Title
Highlights included Jeff delivering a nice looking Whisper in the Wind to Mahal. Jeff delivered a combination atomic drop/leg drop combo and followed up by delivering a basement dropkick for a near fall. Mahal delivered a jumping knee for a near fall. Jeff countered the Khallas with a sunset flip for a near fall. Mahal delivered a super kick for a near fall. Jeff countered a jumping gut buster and delivered a variation of a Twist of Fate/stunner and followed up with the Swanton Bomb for the win.
- A fun match as both Jeff and Mahal worked hard.
Backstage: No Way Jose interrupted Jinder Mahal
Renee Young interviewed Mahal about losing the United States title on his first night back on RAW. Mahal said this was a conspiracy and said he wasn’t ready. Mahal said he was going to invoke his rematch at the Greatest Royal Rumble as No Way Jose music played in the background. Jose approached Mahal and said when life tries to get him down, he says no way. Jose then asked Renee to dance with him. She agreed as they danced away and Mahal looked on furiously. (This was funny)
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks – Ended in No Contest
Bayley slipped off the middle rope and Banks pulled her down by the hair. Bayley tossed Banks over the top rope and followed up by delivering a head scissors through the ropes. Bayley delivered a reverse DDT for a near fall. Banks delivered back-to-back running knees to Bayley for a near fall. Banks and Bayley had a great slap exchange. Banks delivered a running knee in the corner. Banks then applied the Bank Statement but the Riott Squad appeared and attacked Banks as the referee called for the bell.
- A fine match but was sloppy in parts. After the match, Sarah Logan delivered a head butt to Banks and Liv Morgan followed up by delivering a jumping code breaker. Ruby Riott then delivered a Riott Kick to Bayley.
Authors of Pain def. Heath Slater & Rhyno
Rhyno and Slater jumped AOP before the match. AOP delivered a double team gut buster to Slater for a near fall. Rhyno tagged in and delivered an overhead suplex to Rezar but Akam broke the count. AOP delivered the Last Chapter to Rhyno for the win.
Miz TV with Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Miz said Mahal and the Riott Squash shook up RAW and then welcomed out Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn as the crowd chanted “Yep” Miz said the in-ring talent is better than the nWo, the 92′ Olympic Dream Team and the new Infinity War movie. Miz said they call the shots as Angle came out. Angle said that Owens and Zayn lost last week and aren’t suppose to be on RAW. Owens said “plans changed” Zayn then took out his reading glasses and read an Email. The Email read that Stephanie McMahon brought back Owens and Zayn to RAW. Angle then welcomed Owens and Zayn to RAW and said Miz is going to SmackDown on his own as Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel are staying on RAW.
- This segment was great as Owens and Zayn were awesome here.
“Woken” Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt def. The Revival – Finals of the Tag Team Eliminator
Cesaro and Sheamus were on commentary. Matt delivered an elbow drop and Wyatt delivered a back senton to Dash Wilder. Wyatt suplex Scott Dawson onto Wilder. Dawson delivered a clothesline to Matt for a near fall. Matt delivered a side effect to Dawson as Wyatt tagged in. Wyatt delivered a uranage to Wilder. Wyatt delivered a Sister Abigail to Dawson. Matt and Wyatt delivered a double team combination Twist of Fate to Wilder for the win. (A fine match)
Backstage: Cesaro & Sheamus
Cesaro and Sheamus were talking about weird looking Matt and Wyatt are as they were approached by Fandango and Tyler Breeze who mentioned they are now on RAW.
Backstage: Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey
Rousey was talking about what happened on RAW last week with Stephanie McMahon. Angle said it’s the “Superstar Shakeup” and you never know who will show up as someone knocked on the door. Natalya appeared and shared a hug with Rousey (awwww) Angle asked how they know each other? Natalya said they trained together. Natalya said she’s the Best There Is, Was and Ever will be. Natalya then looked at Rousey and said second best. (This was cute)
Ember Moon def. Mickie James
RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax was on commentary. Alexa Bliss cut an in-set promo and explained she didn’t want to join commentary. James delivered a neck breaker for near fall. Moon delivered a thrust kick and a butterfly suplex. Moon delivered a cartwheel back elbow and followed up with a great looking Eclipse to James for the win. (A fine match)
Backstage: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Zayn said they need to focus on Braun Strowman. Owens said they need to focus on the mystery man. Miz appeared and asked how was it like working with Shane McMahon? Owens and Zayn laughed and said Shane had a vendetta against them. They told Miz to stop focusing on his re-debut on SmackDown and pointed to Axel and Dallas who were sitting down. Miz called them over said he will make is final appearance on RAW “must see” as everyone just looked at him.
Drew McIntrye and Dolph Ziggler join Monday Night RAW
Ziggler said he’s back on RAW and things remained the change as he always steals the show but was interrupted by Titus Worldwide. Titus O’Neil welcomed Ziggler to RAW. O’Neil offered him a spot on “Titus Worldwide” Ziggler said he didn’t come alone as Drew McIntrye attacked O’Neil from behind. (Crowd popped loudly for McIntyre) They tossed O’Neil into the ring post and Ziggler followed up by delivering a super kick. McIntrye and Ziggler delivered a combination Claymore Kick and Zig Zag to Apollo Crews which looked great.
- Was great to see Drew McIntyre back on RAW as he looked great in the ring. Interesting to see where they go with McIntrye and Ziggler.
Samoa Joe interrupted Roman Reigns
Reigns was loudly booed and there was a light chant of “Roman Sucks” and of “Let’s go Roman” Reigns said he’s here and Lesnar isn’t. Reigns said things aren’t going to be the same as WrestleMania as he will walk out of the steel cage as the “Full time” Universal Champion as Joe came out. The crowd chanted “Joe” Joe said Reigns brags about coming to work but doesn’t brag about getting the job done. Joe said when Lesnar is done with him in the steel cage he will put Reigns to sleep at Backlash. Joe then threw to a video package of Lesnar whooping Reigns. Reigns then challenged Joe to a fight. Joe walked down the ramp, changed his mind walked back up the ramp and left.
- This was good as Joe was great here and sounds so smooth on the mic. Reigns was also good here.
Natalya def. Mandy Rose (w/Sonya Deville) via Submission
Natalya delivered forearm strikes to Rose. Rose delivered a jumping knee on the floor. Rose delivered a suplex to Natalya for a near fall and then applied an abdominal stretch. Natalya countered a high knee and applied a sharpshooter as Rose tapped out.
Ronda Rousey comes to the aid of Natalya
After the match, Deville and Rose attacked Natalya after the match. Rousey came out and got a big reaction as she had her (UFC) look on and stormed to the ring. Deville jumped back in the ring and challenged Rousey. Rousey delivered rapid fire strikes and then tackled Deville to the mat.
- This was good. We could possibly get tag team with Rousey and Natalya against Deville and Rose. This will likely lead to a Natlaya vs. Rousey match which should be great.
Tyler Breeze & Fandango def. Cesaro & Sheamus
Cesaro delivered a pop-up uppercut to Breeze. Cesaro and Sheamus delivered a combination backbreaker elbow drop for a near fall. The Bar went for a double team White Noise but Fandango pulled Sheamus off the ring apron. Breeze rolled up Cesaro and got the surprise win.
Backstage: Renee Young interviewed Elias
Young asked Elias how come he didn’t want perform tonight? Elias called Young, Rachel (Renee gave him a great awkward look) Elias then buried the city of Hartford and cut a heel promo on Lashley. Elias then said he was going to sing a song for Renee. Elias told Young to silence her cellphone and hold her applause. Young said they had no time for the concert as Elias jumped in and told Young to “Shut her mouth” Elias started to play but Young cut him off and threw it back to Michael Cole. (This was great as Renee was awesome here)
Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins & Bobby Roode def. The Miz, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel
Rollins delivered a plancha to Owens on the floor. Roode delivered a suplex to Axel for a near fall. Balor delivered a axe handle smash and a basement dropkick to Axel. Miz delivered a running boot to Balor for a near fall. Lashley got the tag and delivered a delayed vertical suplex to Zayn and military press slammed Axel onto Dallas and Owens on the floor. During the commercial break, Zayn back dropped Rollins to the floor as Owens delivered a back senton to Rollins for a near fall. Miz delivered a snap DDT to Rollins for a near fall. Miz delivered his “It kicks” but Rollins delivered a back drop. Axel and Dallas tossed Balor and Lashey into the barricade. Roode got the tag and delivered a flying clothesline and middle rope blockbuster to Axel for a near fall. Roode tagged in Strowman who delivered a one-handed choke slam to Miz. Rollins delivered a tope to Axel. Roode delivered a Glorious DDT to Zayn. Owens delivered a super kick to Roode. Lashley delivered a spine buster to Owens. Miz went to tag in Axel and Dallas who both jumped off the ring apron. Strowman delivered a running power slam to Miz for the win.
- A fun main event and everyone worked hard as the crowd went nuts for Strowman.
The Superstar Shakeup was done well as a lot of superstars moved over from RAW to SmackDown Live. Interested to see what superstars from RAW move over to SmackDown.
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