We see a replay of Edge’s return at the Royal Rumble, then the attack by Orton and the lead-up to now.
Edge is in a dark room. He says that Randy claimed he was a junkie for Edge. Well he’s probably right but it’s not an ego thing, he loves the feeling when his music hits. That connection, the intensity he shares with the fans because he is one. He says they’re all junkies for wrestling. At 13 when he saw Hulk Hogan Vs. Ultimate Warrior at WresleMania he knew this was his path. If you’re not a junkie you’re taking up space and you’re in his way.
Edge says Randy talked about grit but they have different definitions. Edge says Orton was handpicked by Evolution and drifted for years, deciding when to turn it on and being OK with being OK. Don’t get him wrong, OK for Orton is better than most. It’s Hall of Fame worthy. But grit to him is forging your own Hall of Fame career, it’s thinking about how to get back everyday for nine years and end it on your own terms.
He was mistaken though, he said Orton was jealous of him but that’s not true, Orton is jealous of his passion. You can’t fabricate passion and he has it, but Orton doesn’t. The only time Orton has had the passion was when they were interwined. Whether it was Rated RKO or when they were fighting every night, those were the only times Randy was pushed to his limit and forced to find his passion. And that’s what he wants again.
— WWE (@WWE) March 31, 2020
He says Orton attacked him and made him think he was done. Made him think he’d gotten closure and didn’t need to do it again. But then Orton attacked his wife, uttered the name of his children. And now Orton has accepted the challenge of a man who dove through a fiery table and covered himself in thumb tacks, just to grab the torch that Orton took for granted. Orton has dug himself a hole once again but this time he won’t pull him out, he’s going to push him so far down he’ll never get out.
Asuka will be live on RAW, next!
Asuka makes her entrance to face NXT’s-own Kayden Carter, whose already in the ring.
Asuka Vs. Kayden Carter
Carter dropkicks Asuka right off the bat and delivers a few forearms in the corner. She hits the ropes but Asuka connects with a hip attack. Asuka talks trash and kicks Carter a few times but she catches one of the kicks and rolls her up for a two count.
Carters hits a springboard kick for another two-count. Asuka catches a kick and applies an ankle lock, then hits a German suplex. Asuka hits a headkick to Carter, then applies the Asuka Lock and she taps.
After the match, Asuka joins the commentary team and addresses Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in Japanese. The Kabuki Warriors will defend the Tag Team Championships against Bliss and Cross at WrestleMania.
We see a video from earlier today when Rhea Ripley arrived at the Performance Centre. She was kicked in the back by Charlotte Flair and sent crashing into a garage shutter. Officials ran up and got between them and Flair said “hey rookie, I’ll see you at WrestleMania”, and Ripley responded “yeah, yeah you will.”
We see the full replay of Brock Lesnar Vs. Rey Mysterio at Survivor Series late last year. For the full results of that match and card, read here.
Something something too big for one night. The announcers rundown the entire WrestleMania card but don’t specify which matches will be on which nights.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are already in the ring when we return. Heyman introduces them and says he hates to pull back the curtain of the industry, he believes in the embellishment. But this is the final WWE RAW before the most unique WrestleMania of our lifetimes, and they call this the go-home segment. And if you look at the history of WWE television, who stands in the go-home segment each year? It’s Brock Lesnar.
Every year Brock is the beast to conquer on the biggest show of the year. This year, Drew McIntyre has truly stepped up and he gives his compliments. Why? Because Drew McIntyre is that special. Compared to the dumbass in the gym who thinks he can do this, Drew is special. Even compared to everyone in that locker room which, let’s be honest, is the most incredible locker room in WWE history, Drew is special.
— WWE (@WWE) March 31, 2020
You know who else was special? The Rock. Who got laid-out by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam when he took his first WWE Championship. Hulk Hogan was special too, but Brock Lesnar wiped his blood on his chest. Who else was special? Shane Carwin. Randy Couture. John Cena. The Undertaker. They were all special but they were all laid out by Brock Lesnar and made his bitches.
Drew McIntyre is special and needs no embellishment. His Claymore Kick is special but so was Undertaker’s Tombstone, The Rock’s Elbow, Hogan’s Leg Drop, and Cena’s F5. And none of those could get the job done. Heyman says one of two things will happen at WrestleMania: Brock will either avoid the Claymore Kick or he’ll get hit by it and we’ll see if it’s enough.
But you know what? Heyman has something more than a prediction and more than a spoiler, but a guarantee. Brock Lesnar will be standing here in the go-home segment of RAW next year. And Heyman will add Drew McIntyre’s name to that list of victims. McIntyre walks into WrestleMania special this year, but he’ll walk out as Brock’s bitch.
And that’s it for WWE RAW. We still have SmackDown Live on Friday, then it’s two nights of WrestleMania! Until then, good health!