Raw begins and Brock Lesnar’s music hits – the crowd gives him a massive pop as he makes his way to the stage. Paul Heyman emerges alongside him and they make their way to the ring.
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Heyman chuckles into the microphone and asks if it’s an advocate’s fantasy that his client F-5’d the seemingly indestructible Goldberg. Not only can he see the future, the vision has been bestowed on everyone courtesy of Brock Lesnar. Heyman asks what the vision and future is. The future takes place on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at WrestleMania. It’s the night his client, Brock Lesnar, causes those so-called announcers to scream at the top of their lungs, “DOWN GOES GOLDBERG!” Heyman says he will confess for the past few months — he’s interrupted by “Goldberg” chants. Some in the crowd boo, but the chant is louder.
Heyman says Goldberg is not here this evening. His client, Brock Lesnar, is so they must listen to his advocate. That’s a nice way of saying to the ones chanting “Goldberg” to “shut the hell up.” They’ve been wondering for the past few months what they should do about Goldberg. Every time his client has faced Goldberg, it’s been Spear, Jackhammer, Goldberg — but not last week.
Last week was a different story: F-5, DOWN GOES GOLDBERG. Not only did Goldberg go down at the hands of Brock Lesnar, he went down to the most effective finishing move in WWE history. This will be the end greatest championship comeback in sports entertainment history. The champion will be hoisted up and given an F-5. The resurrection of Goldberg and his comeback will be put down. That is where Heyman’s vision of the future will be validated. This is Heyman’s theory of relativity: F-5 = Lesnar goes up, DOWN GOES GOLDBERG! Lesnar’s music hits, and they quickly go to the back.
Stephanie and Mick are shown talking backstage. She’s said some things he shouldn’t take personally. Foley says it felt personal. She wants to talk about business. She loves how he connects with the WWE Universe and the superstars, but his areas of opportunity are significant in business. She needs to nurture and develop him to grow. Tough love didn’t work with him, so she wants to teach Foley how to do his job better. She tells him he needs to fire someone by the end of the night. She says they have to cut the bottom 10% and trim the fat. It’ll send the message of strong leadership. The product will be better at the end. Foley has to think like a businessperson. Foley asks how long he has to make this decision. She gives him until the end of the night. She asks if she can count on him, and he says she can. She pats him on the back and walks off. Foley has tears in his eyes. Who will Foley fire? Sami Zayn? Jinder Mahal? And will that person head straight to SmackDown Live?
Dana Brooke is out for some action and Charlotte is by her side.
Sasha Banks Vs. Dana Brooke
Brooke takes the fight to Banks in the corner to start the match. Dana then beats her up a little more on the apron and goes for the cover on Charlotte’s advice.
Brooke lifts Banks onto her shoulders. However, Banks slips out of her clutches and rolls her up to score the quick win.
Winner: Sasha Banks
After the match, Charlotte grabs a mic and tells Brooke she is a disgrace and doesn’t deserve to be by her side at WrestleMania. She tells Brooke that she won’t be riding her coat-tails to WrestleMania. Brooke looks sad at first, but it quickly turns to anger and she lays The Queen out with a right hand. Dana proceeds to beat Charlotte, insider the ring and outside, until her former mentor escapes up the ramp. The crowd chants Dana’s name as she taunts Charlotte to come back in the ring.
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Later tonight, Chris Jericho and Sami Zayn will take on Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens. Also tonight, Roman Reigns answers the question: Whose Yard Is It?
The announcers lead us to a video on the 2017 Warrior Award recipient – former Rutgers football stand out Eric LeGrand. He will be honored at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
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TJ Perkins & Akira Tozawa Vs. The Brian Kendrick & Tony Nese
Kendrick and Tozawa look like they will kick things off, but Nese attacks Tozawa from behind to take control.
Nese tags Kendrick in and he shoves Tozawa in the face. Tozawa fakes a chop, then waits for Kendrick to look-up and punches him. He sends Kendrick off the apron with an elbow before taking him out with a suicide dive. Perkins hits a nice hurricanrana off the apron to Nese as we head to a break.
We return from the break and we’re shown Neville backstage as he watches the encounter. Tozawa is double teamed yet again and Nese takes advantage. Perkins tries to help his partner but is stopped by Kendrick. Nese then locks Tozawa in a leglock in the centre of the ring.
Akira fights out and then tries to make the tag but is stopped. He finally does and brings Perkins in the game, who starts strong. Perkins has the advantage and goes for the cover on Neese but this is broken up by Kendrick.
Perkins then plants Nese with a DDT and goes for the cover again but Kendrick stops the pin fall yet again. Tozawa hits Kendrick with a running kick as he stands on the apron and as he is distracted, Perkins is pushed on him by Nese. Nese then uses the distraction to roll-up Perkins for the win.
Winners: The Brian Kendrick & Tony Nese
The Club have a quick interview with Charly Caruso, in which they say they aren’t getting enough attention or spotlight, so they plan on taking it. Kevin Owens is shown walking to the ring.
Kevin Owens comes to the ring. Owens stands in the centre of the ring with the spotlight on him as the crowd chants for Y2J. He starts by saying that he took the spotlight and put it right where it belongs, on him, one month ago. We are then shown a vignette of the events that took place in the festival of friendship.
Owens reiterates that he was never Jericho’s friend, but he says Y2J never liked him either. He says he simply stabbed Jericho in the back before it happened to him. All Jericho wanted was his title. Owens calls Jericho foolish for wanting payback at ‘Mania and says that he is going to take his US Title just like his belt was taken from him. He then tells both Zayn and Y2J that you don’t need best friends when you have a destroyer and out comes his partner.