Welcome to Monday Night Raw, less than two weeks away from WrestleMania!

Tonight, John Cena will take-on Kane, who appeared last week and gave him a Chokeslam, presumably for bad-mouthing his brother, The Undertaker. Will Cena finally get a response from the Deadman, or Kane, on tonight’s show? Or will he have to wait until the last episode of Raw before getting an answer? Hopefully we get a response tonight.

Last week’s Raw ended with the highly-anticipated and much-talked-about Ultimate Deletion match between Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt. The match was bizarre and incredibly divisive but it was a rousing success for sure; it trended on Twitter for many hours after Raw. What’s next for Hardy though? Brother Nero (Jeff) appeared during The Ultimate Deletion, so is he back now? And what happens with Bray Wyatt, who was tossed in the Lake of Reincarnation? There are many questions surrounding Matt Hardy right now but I’d be fine if we didn’t see any of them until after WrestleMania.

There’s tons happening on the road to WrestleMania, as Braun Strowman is in need of a tag partner to face The Bar, Roman Reigns was beaten to a pulp last week, Nia Jax is haunting Alexa Bliss, Seth Rollins may face Finn Balor, and Triple H and Stephanie must prepare for Ronda Rousey. Remember to download the Ringside Talk app and join the conversation. Enjoy the show!

WWE Monday Night Raw opens with the WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar and his advocate, Paul Heyman making their way to the ring.


Heyman introduces himself and Lesnar, a mere 13 days before the showcase of the immortals. Heyman reminds us of Lesnar’s beatdown of Roman Reigns last week but says even his articulation cannot do it justice, so he points us to the titantron where we see the opening segment.

We return from the video to cheers from the fans and Lesnar is leaning on the ropes laughing. Heyman says he has breaking news: “the temporary suspension of Roman Reigns has been lifted.” He says the fans are probably expecting Reigns to walk out here and confront them ready for a fight. And there’s some more breaking news: Roman Reigns is not here this evening. More cheers from the crowd. Heyman says he can’t give the credit to Lesnar for Reigns not being here tonight. He says Roman Reigns was raised by his father, a legend, WWE Hall of Famer Sika. And his uncle, a legend, a WWE Hall of Famer, Afa. He says Reigns was raised to be a Samoan bad-ass. Heyman says it’s a shame they didn’t raise Reigns to be a man, because a man would be here tonight.

Heyman wonders why Reigns isn’t here to weeks before WrestleMania – particularly after all the crap he’s said recently.. Heyman says Lesnar would always be a man and show up. “Roman Reigns isn’t man enough to show up tonight to take another beating from Brock Lesnar. Which is why at WrestleMania, on April 8, Roman Reigns isn’t man enough to take the Universal Title away from the reigning, defending, undisputed, Universal Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar!” As Lesnar holds up the Universal Championship, Heyman stops talking and Lesnar drops his hands down. They see Roman Reigns in the crowd walking towards the ringside area!

Reigns is walking gingerly and picks up a steel chair at ringside. Lesnar jumps out and cuts off Reigns with a big clothesline that looked stiff af. Lesnar is shaking his head as he starts to pick up Reigns. Reigns drives Lesnar face first into the steel ring post. Reigns cracks the steel chair over the back of Lesnar. Reigns again cracks the chair over Lesnar’s back.

Lesnar is rolling around the floor. Reigns runs and jumps off the steel steps for a Superman punch but Lesnar catches Reigns and gives him an overhead suplex on the floor! Lesnar grabs the steel steps at ringside and hits Reigns in the face with them – great looking bump. Lesnar tosses the steel steps back inside the ring and throws Reigns in after.


Lesnar picks up the steel steps, Reigns is back up and Lesnar hits him in the face again. Lesnar grabs the steel chair and cracks it over the back of Reigns four times. Lesnar leaves the chair bent over Reigns’ back and gets out of the ring. He walks off with Heyman before turning and running back into the ring. Lesnar picks-up Roman and hits him with an F5 onto the steel steps. He stands atop the steps holding the title over a writhing Roman.

Later tonight, John Cena will face Kane in a no-DQ match, Ronda Rousey will appear, but up next, Nia Jax in action!

*Commercial Break*

We return and see Roman Reigns just now walking up the ramp with a referee behind him. We see some replays of the intense brawl. Cole and co. talk-up the brutality of the last two beat-downs from Lesnar and try to build sympathy for Reigns.

Nia Jax makes her way to the ring and we get highlights of her brewing feud with Alexa Bliss.

Nia Jax Vs. Mickie James W/Alexa Bliss

Both men talk trash before a quick lock-up. James backs right off before going for it again, Jax throws her aside and they talk more trash at each other. Back to the lock-up, again Nia throws Mickie aside and this time she falls to the floor and we go to break.

*Commercial Break*

Back live, we see Jax tossing around James more in the ring. James tries to bail and Jax pulls on her hair. James with a big slap to James. James bails, Jax jumps out, Bliss distracts Jax and James with a chop block to Jax. James kicks the back of Jax and gets back inside the ring. The referee starts the count on Jax but she makes is back in and James keeps her down with kicks to the head.


James with kicks to the knee of Jax in the corner. Jax overpowers James with a big scoop slam. James avoids a leg drop and connects with a boot to the face of Jax for a two count. Jax tosses James away, misses a splash in the corner and James with another kick to the knee of Jax. James is going up top. Jax grabs James and puts her on her shoulders. Jax drops James with a big samoan drop and gets the pinfall.

Winner: Nia Jax

After the match, Alexa Bliss jumps in and attacks Jax. Nia isn’t bothered about it and tries to go after Bliss. Bliss runs out of the ring and up the ramp. Jax is yelling at Bliss and the cameras pick up her calling Bliss a bitch. Jax leaves and stares back at James.

After the break we’ll get a video to show how Triple H and Stephanie are preparing for WrestleMania.

*Commercial Break*

We get a lengthy video package of Stephanie and Triple H training, interspersed with footage of Ronda Rousey.


Cedric Alexander makes his way to the ring and we’ll get some cruiserweight action after the break.

*Commercial Break*

Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali Vs. Drew Gulak & TJP

We return live and the match is underway. Drake Maverick, the GM of 205 Live, has joined commentary for this tag team match. TJP is working over Ali and lands a scoop slam near the corner and then springboards back in with a quick swanton.

Gulak gets the tag and plans Ali with a quick scoop slam. Gulak with a high back body drop on Ali for a two count. Gulak with a cheap shot to Alexander on the ring apron. Ali with an uppercut to Gulak and catches Gulak with a springboard tornado DDT. Tags to Alexander and TJP. Alexander with a clothesline, head scissors takedown and dropkick combo to TJP.


Alexander with a kick to the head of TJP from the ring apron. Alexander comes flying off the top rope with a clothesline over TJP. Gulak breaks up the pinfall attempt. Ali dropkicks Gulak out of the ring and jumps over just barely catching Gulak. TJP tries to hold the tights and roll up Alexander for a close two count. Alexander with his knees to the back of TJP, but Ali tagged in earlier. Ali with his 054 on TJP for the win.

Winners: Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali

After the match, Ali and Alexander smile at each other. Cole reminds us that Ali and Alexander will face off at WrestleMania to crown the new Cruiserweight Champion – and the fans could not care less.

After the break we will MizTV featuring Seth Rollins and Finn Balor.

*Commercial Break*

We are back live as WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz is standing in the ring with The Miztourage. A loud “WELCOME HOME” chant starts up for the man who was born in Cleveland but he reminds them that he left Ohio and moved to L.A. Great heel work.


Miz welcomes everyone to the show and says some people like to deal with things in private. He wants to know if Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel feel good about this Miztourage thing. Miz reminds them millions are watching at home. He guesses they are happy but he isn’t happy. He talks about bringing them the spotlight and how they consistently fail him. Bo Dallas says they have been doing all they can. Miz tells him to bo-lieve back to catering and they .

Here comes the first guest, Seth Rollins. Rollins says normally he isn’t a fan of MizTV, but this is great stuff tonight. Rollins doesn’t mean to interrupt and reminds them he is a guest on the show. He wants to hang out over here. Miz says but he did interrupt and walked out just a bit early. Rollins offers to help Miz solve this problem with the Miztourage. It seems to him that the Miztourage just feeling a little underappreciated right now.

Rollins wonders when the last time was that he thanked them. Miz asks Rollins if he is kidding. Rollins says he should be thanking them because without the Miztourage, he wouldn’t be the Intercontinental Champion right now. Miz points out he elevated the careers of Dallas and Axel. He would still be a huge star without them. Bo Dallas sneaks in an insult that Miz can’t fight. Miz and Rollins try to get Dallas to repeat himself but he’s saved by The Demon.


Balor comes to the ring and says he heard exactly what Dallas said. Balor said he heard Dallas call Miz a jerk. Dallas reiterates he didn’t say that, noting he called Miz a phony A-lister who can’t fight. He quickly stops himself and backs up. The crowd in Cleveland starts up a loud “YES” chant. Miz tells Dallas to say that again. Dallas goes to repeat it and Miz slaps him. He tries to go after Miz and Axel quickly holds him back stopping a brawl.

Miz says he is trying to fire-up Dallas and motivate him. He points out they are two weeks away from WrestleMania and is wondering why they would let Balor and Rollins “play” them. Miz says he is 34 days away from being the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time. He adds better than Randy Savage, Shane Michaels and Mr. Perfect. Axel is not happy. Miz says that slipped. Balor and Rollins are smiling. Miz tells everyone to calm down and take a breath. He announces MizTV is canceled.

The crowd loves this announcement starting up a “YES” chant. Miz tries to leave and both Dallas and Axel stand in his way. He says no one wants to see this. Miz backs up into Balor and Rollins. Dallas and Axel then attack Balor and Rollins. Miz is smiling as The Miztourage beats down Balor and Rollins. Dallas and Axel pick up Balor to setup a Skull Crushing Finale. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows run out. They brawl with Dallas and Axel who jump out. Balor with a Sling Blade on Miz when Miz tries to hit him with the Intercontinental Championship. Rollins goes for a Curb Stomp and Miz rolls out. Rollins yells at Miz. Miz forgot to take the title. Balor leans down and picks it up. Rollins walks up and takes the title away from Balor, holding it up high. Balor attacks Miz when he jumps back in. Rollins clotheslines Miz over the top rope. Balor attacks Rollins with an elbow. Balor grabs the Intercontinental Championship and holds it up high smiling.


Later tonight, John Cena Vs. Kane but up next, Asuka will be in action!

*Commercial Break*

Backstage, we get a quick promo from Kane who says he will beat eviscerate John Cena tonight.


Before the match, Charly Caruso talks with Asuk’a opponent, Jamie Frost. Frost is confident saying Asuka tells people they aren’t ready for her. She says Asuka isn’t ready for her.

Asuka vs. Jamie Frost

The bell rings and Frost kick-off the offence with elbows to the chest of Asuka. Asuka with a huge kick to the head. Frost goes down and Auska covers Frost and picks up the quick win.

Winner: Asuka

Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Jonathan Coachman talk about Ultimate Deletion. Graves brings up Cole insulting the segment last week and they show a tweet from Matt Hardy who suggested he should “DELETE” Cole. We see highlights of Ultimate Deletion.

Backstage, WOKEN Matt Hardy says Bray Wyatt is no more. He says the Great War is now over, but now he sets his sights on WrestleMania. Hardy reveals he will compete in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and “delete” all who get in his way. Michael Cole called Hardy obnoxious for some reason.

Still to come, John Cena Vs. Kane, but up next we learn more about Bayley and Sasha’s friendship.


*Commercial Break*

We return to the backstage where Sasha Banks approaches Bayley. Bayley lets Sasha Banks know she’s entering the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal. Banks says if Bayley has something to tell her then she should just say it. Bayley says Banks loves that she puts her first and lets her walk around like she is the “legit boss.” Banks says she is the boss and makes no apologizes for it. She suggests Bayley do the same so people don’t think she is a loser. Bayley suggests Banks can’t beat her. Banks points out she’s a four-time RAW Women’s Champion. Bayley asks her how long she kept it. Banks grabs Bayley and tosses her against the lockers. Bayley starts fighting back as a big brawl breaks out. Banks sends Bayley face first into the lockers and then over a table. WWE officials run up to break up the fight between Banks and Bayley. That was a good brawl and it’s great to see these two finally go at it, they could headline a PPV or two in the coming months.


Braun Strowman heads to the ring to a loud pop. Strowman will face Sheamus after the break.

*Commercial Break*

We return from the break and out come The Bar. As they walk to the ring, The Bar cut a promo. Sheamus and Cesaro say they have Braun figured out, that his theme song catches people off-guard and intimidates them. Sheamus wants to know who Braun will pick for his tag team partner at WrestleMania. Cesaro says they set the bar before allowing Strowman to speak. Braun asks for a mic, then calls them whiney babies and says they will find out who his partner is if Sheamus can beat him. Sheamus asks how that’s even fair. He demands to know who the partner is right now. A “GET THESE HANDS” chant starts up. Braun says Sheamus may get an answer, but he guarantees Sheamus will get these hands! Sheamus reluctantly enters the ring.

Sheamus W/Cesaro Vs. Braun Strowman

The bell rings and Cesaro jumps in to distract Strowman. Cesaro rolls out and Sheamus goes after Strowman. Strowman gets the better of Sheamus and takes him to the corner. Strowman charges and Sheamus drops the apron, sending him over the top rope.

Strowman jumps back up to the ring apron and blocks Sheamus’ forearm shots to the chest. Strowman drops a forearm over the chest of Sheamus sending him out of the ring again. Strowman tosses Sheamus back inside the ring. Sheamus is up on the ring apron. Strowman charges and sends Sheamus flying off the ring apron. The Bar regroup as we head to the break.

*Commercial Break*

Back live, Strowman goes for a big boot and gets wrapped up in the top rope. Sheamus goes to work on the knee of Strowman with kicks and stomps. Sheamus with a modified Brogue Kick to the chest of Strowman in the corner. Sheamus works over the left arm of Strowman and gets him down on the mat.


Strowman gets back to his feet back up and levels Sheamus with two clotheslines. Strowman with a shoulder charge to Sheamus on the outside. Strowman tosses Sheamus back first into the ring barricade. Back inside, Strowman misses a charge and goes shoulder first into the steel ring post. Sheamus is going up top, jumps and takes out Strowman with a flying clothesline. Strowman immediately kicks out and Sheamus looks confused.

Sheamus with stomps to Strowman. Cesaro attempts a cheap shot. The referee catches him and Strowman with a shot to Cesaro. Strowman with a corner splash to Sheamus. Strowman with a quick powerslam to Sheamus and picks up the pinfall victory.

Winner: Braun Strowman

The Bar retreat after the match. Strowman has now defeated both of them in the past two weeks and that bodes well for his chances at WrestleMania.

After the break, Rowdy Ronda Rousey will be here!

*Commercial Break*

We see highlights of John Cena hosting the Kids’ Choice Awards this past weekend.

“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey returns to RAW
RAW General Manager Kurt Angle heads to the ring. Angle reminds us we are two weeks away from WrestleMania and two weeks away from Triple H and Stephanie McMahon standing across the ring from himself and his partner, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. Ronda Rousey makes her way to the ring to a nice reception.


Angle says he knows it’s intimidating to make your in-ring debut at WrestleMania, but he thinks Ronda is ready. He brings up the video from earlier tonight regarding Triple H and Stephanie “making all the rules.” Angle says it will be fun, but it won’t be easy. Rousey wants to earn everything she can. She refers to Stephanie as “trust fund” tough, “limo” tough and “personal trainer” tough. Rousey plans to rip Stephanie’s limb out of it’s socket.

Suddenly Absolution’s music hit and out they come to interrupt. Walking to the ring, Paige introduces herself and Absolution to Ronda, welcoming her to Monday Night RAW. She says this is their show and that this is her house. Paige gets inside the ring and understand Ronda grew up watching WWE. She thinks that is great, but says people take advantage of you in this company. Paige offers to back her up. Ronda thanks her for the offer, but says she has Kurt Angle backing her up.

Paige says Angle is great but that it’s career suicide to team up with Angle. She says Ronda doesn’t have to go at this alone and says she could become the fourth member of Absolution. The crowd in Cleveland starts a loud “NO” chant. Ronda thanks Paige for the offer, but declines. Paige understands, but says it wasn’t a good choice. She then informs Ronda she just created some new enemies. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose get in the ring. Mandy goes for a shot. Angle stops her. Deville goes for a shot and Ronda drops her. Ronda blocks a kick from Mandy and then tosses her over her head right into Sonya. Mandy runs at Ronda again. Ronda with a judo toss and goes for an armbar. Angle tries to talk Ronda out of it. Ronda eventually breaks the armbar and Mandy bails clutching her arm. Angle raises the arm of Ronda and they hug.


You can tell Ronda’s timing and whatnot just aren’t there yet but she will only get better with time. Her promo’s have already improved a lot.

We see highlights of tonight’s opening segment with Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Gallows and Anderson make their way to the ring as we head to the break.

*Commercial Break*

The Club Vs. The Miztourage

We’re back live and the match is already in progress. Karl Anderson kicking Curtis Axel in the face in the corner. Anderson is sitting on the top rope and Axel pushes him off with a distraction from Bo Dallas. Dallas gets the tag and throws big right hands to Anderson. Back inside, Dallas applies a headlock on Anderson. Axel gets the tag and catches Anderson with a quick dropkick. Dallas with the tag and keeps Anderson grounded with a headlock.

Anderson catches Dallasa big spinebuster. We get tags to Gallows and Axel. Gallows with clotheslines to Axel and a shot to Dallas in the corner. Gallows splashes Axel and then catches him with a big kick to the head. Gallows with a Pumphandle Slam on Axel and follows it up with a splash off the ropes. Tag to Anderson who boots Axel in the head when Gallows holds him up. Dallas breaks up the pinfall attempt. Gallows pulls Dallas out and hits a kick to the head.


Axel with a big elbow to Anderson, but Anderson responds with an uppercut. Anderson is up top and catches Axel with a neckbreaker off the top rope. Tag to Gallows. Anderson and Gallows connect with The Magic Killer to score the win.

Winners: The Club

We see Elias walking backstage, he will be out to play us a little song after the commercials.

*Commercial Break*

We return live with Elias in the ring with his guitar. He plans to prove to everyone at WrestleMania that WWE stands for “Walk With Elias.” Elias talks about “selling out” Madison Square Garden and how coming to Cleveland is a big disappointment, which garners boos from the crowd. He said just like he will leave Cleveland tonight, LeBron James will do the same as well. Eventually he’s interrupted by Rhyno and Heath Slater, the former he will have a match with.

Elias vs. Rhyno w/Heath Slater

The match starts with a lock-up and Elias kicks Rhyno away throwing chops. Rhyno with chops of his own. Rhyno with a charge that drops Elias.


Elias responds with a big elbow and shot to the back of Rhyno’s head that takes the man-beast down. Elias with stomps over Rhyno. Rhyno with more chops and a clothesline to Elias. Elias gets a knee up and connects with a clothesline on Rhyno. Elias connects with Drift Away and hooks the leg to pick up the pinfall victory.

Winner: Elias

After the match, Elias attacks Heath Slater and hits him with Drift Away. Elias stands tall and looks strong for the first time in a while.

*Commercial Break*

We return and Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and The Coach give us a rundown of the entire WrestleMania 34 card.

Next, we see replays of John Cena’s challenge to The Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania, as well as Kane’s return last week. Kane and Cena will battle after the break.


*Commercial Break*

We come back and it’s confirmed that next week Seth Rollins will face Finn Balor one-on-one. Also on next week’s Raw, Triple H, Stephanie, Angle, and Rousey will all come face-to-face one last time before WrestleMania.

John Cena is out next, equipped with a face cloth that sports Ellen’s face and says “be kind to one another”. Kane is out next and it’s time for a no holds barred main event.

No-Disqualification Match

Kane Vs. John Cena

The bell rings and John Cena takes the fight to the big red machine with body shots but Kane cuts him off with a sharp uppercut. Cena replies with more body shots and this time Kane turns the tables with a big boot. The action spills out of the ring and Kane drives Cena into the barricade.


An “UNDERTAKER” chant starts up as Kane tosses Cena back inside and drops an elbow coming off the ropes. Cena tries to get Kane on his shoulders, but is unable to get him up and falls over. Cena rolls out and Kane with big right hands. Kane sends Cena shoulder first into the steel ring steps at ringside as we head to a break.

*Commercial Break*

We return live to see Cena and Kane brawling through the crowd. Cena grabs an old-school ring barricade and hits Kane in the arm with it. Cena props the barricade against the stage holding the RAW announce table. Kane cuts off Cena and gives him a suplex onto the barricade! That looked great.

Kane drags Cena and tosses him back over the barricade back to the ringside area. Back inside the ring, Kane floors Cena. While Kane is removing the padding off the top turnbuckle, John sits up like the Deadman! Cena hits a a shoulder tackle and puts Kane down with a second shoulder tackle and a back drop. Cena connects with the Five Knuckle Shuffle over Kane. Cena sends Kane into the exposed turnbuckle.

Cena does the Undertaker throat cut pose and hits Kane with a chokeslam! Cena covers Kane and Kane kicks out. Cena tosses a table inside the ring and sets it up. Kane sits up, kicks Cena and Cena counters. Kane tosses the table over and drops Cena with a right hand. Kane stomps away at Cena and props the table up in the corner. Cena with right hands. Kane cuts off Cena and tosses him through the table in the corner! Kane drags Cena out, covers and Cena gets a shoulder up after two. Kane grabs another table and sets it up inside the ring. Cena takes advantage of a distracted Kane and hits him with an AA on Kane through the table for the win!

Winner: John Cena

After the match, Cena grabs a mic and is confused. He questions; No lightning? No bells of terror? No Undertaker? “Where are you?” Cena screams for Undertaker to appear. He holds up the mic at the crowd. Cleveland starts a loud “UNDERTAKER” chant. He says he knows Undertaker is not deaf, he’s just a coward. Night after night, city after city, sold out after sold out crowd. They chant Undertaker’s name. The crowd starts another Undertaker chant.

Cena says he doesn’t get to be mysterious here, it’s either yes or it’s no. The crowd starts up a “YES” chant. Cena says he’s fine with a no, because I will go to WrestleMania as a fan. “But get your eyes out of the back of your head and look at the energy when they chant, when they chant Undertaker, do something. Do…something.”

Cena reminds Undertaker he only has one week left and says he can do something or he can do nothing. He said Undertaker will make it clear he truly doesn’t care about anyone if he does nothing. Cena says he hopes we see Undertaker next week and drops the mic. A frustrated Cena heads up the ramp to the back and that’s the end of this week’s Raw!

Let us know what you thought of the show and be sure to tune in everyday for wrestling news and recaps! Until next time, safe travels!

Curtis Dillion

Curtis does our weekly live match-by-match coverage of WWE RAW and SmackDown for Ringside News. In addition to SmackDown, Curtis also does WWE & NXT special event coverage as well. He has been helping out at for Ringside News for many years.

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