A complete shocker was waiting to kick things off on WWE Raw. If relinquishment of the universal title was not enough then a sudden heel-turn turned WWE Raw upside down. Also, major storyline angles moved forward to the Crown Jewel and Evolution event. Here are the full results from the show hosted by the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Roman Reigns’ music hit the arena to kick off WWE Raw. He was not in his usual attire and came out with red eyes. Addressing the elephant in the room, Reigns declared that he is battling leukemia since 22. It’s now back from remission. So he will have to relinquish the Universal Championship. A long speech follows before his Shield brothers join him on the ramp.
The opening contest of the night featured Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley. The latter one took control of the match with a giant clothesline. But Finn came back into the contest sending Lashley outside with a dropkick. Balor followed up with a big boot and a Running Forearm. Lashley tried to slam him but Balor rolled him up for the win.
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D-Generation X made their entrance on WWE Raw to cut a promo. They emphasized how they have been a huge hit for two decades. Plus, they are also preparing the future of the show through NXT. The bell tolled and we went straight into a graveyard with Undertaker and Kane standing there. They showed two tombstones with Triple H and Shawn Michaels’ name written on it.
Paul Heyman came out to address Roman Reigns vacating the Universal Championship. It will now be his client Brock Lesnar going up against Braun Strowman. He claimed how Lesnar is the best that WWE has to offer. Strowman showed up soon to interrupt the promo about defeating the beast. Drew McIntyre came from the back and hit him with a Claymore Kick to put him down.
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Sasha Banks competed in a singles contest on WWE Raw against Ruby Riott. A melee broke out as Nattie, Bayley and rest of the Riott Squad started fighting. Riott connected with the Riott Kick taking upper hand to get the win. Nia Jax, Tamina, Dana Brooke, and Ember Moon competed in a random fatal-4-way match. Moon hit the Eclipse on Tamina to get the win.
Elias competed in a match against Apollo Crews. It was a quick affair as Elias hit the Drift Away for the victory. He then grabbed his guitar and wanted to deliver the unfinished song to the crowd. Baron Corbin came out trying to stop him. But Elias would not listen to him. He smashed his guitar on Corbin’s back to lay him down. The crowd gave a huge pop to the segment.
Ronda Rousey and Nikki Bella had a contract signing for the WWE Raw women’s title match. Rousey promised that she’d not touch the Bellas to leave the fight for Sunday. So the twins tried to instigate her with the trash talking and even slapped her into the face. But Rousey did not fight back and left the ring with the promise to finish Nikki off at Evolution.
Trish Stratus and Lita were present on WWE Raw for a backstage interview. Alicia Fox and Mickie James interrupted them trying to deliver a sneak attack towards them. But the veterans fought back and prevailed to end the segment.
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre defended their WWE Raw tag team championship against Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. It was an entertaining match as they fought back despite eating Fammesser and Alabama Slam. Braun Strowman came out to help them out starting a brawl with McIntyre.
The referee was down during this as Rollins hit the Stomp on Ziggler to win back the tag team gold. After the match, Ambrose attacked Rollins with Dirty Deeds. He continued talking trash and hit him with another one on the exposed floor. WWE Raw went off the air as the crowd could not believe what just happened!
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