Monday Night Raw aired live from NC State, North Carolina. The event kicked off with WWE Champion Big E and The Reunited New Day’s championship celebration. In his promo, he thanked everyone below heaven, and the one dear friend in heaven: The Late Great Brodie Lee. The whole arena chanted ‘Brodie’.
While Big E addresses their business with The Bloodline, Roman Reigns and The Usos arrive at RAW for the first time since 2019 and marches down the ring, where they have a face-off. The show kicks off with
The New Day vs. The Bloodline
6-Man Tag Team Match
The New Day vs. The Bloodline is a cross-branded match that delivered well. The Usos, Woods, and Kofi gave a great beating to each other. The real brawl started when Kofi tagged in Big E and Roman Reigns was in the ring, where they hit each other with clubbing blows and supreme counters. But Bobby Lashley crashes in outta nowhere and takes out Big E and Kofi. Xavier, who was in the ring gets the taste of a spear by Reigns, leading to the count of 3 for the victory.
After The Match: Lashley brutally attacks Roman Reigns in the ring with a spear, Hits another one to Big E crashing into the timekeeper’s area, and stays the last man standing.
Backstage: Lashley crashes in Deville and Pearce’s office where he slams about Big E’s cash-in last week and said that he could beat both Reigns and Big E at the same time.
Doudrop vs. Eva Marie
Yet another rematch between these two in their latest chapter in their rivalry. Before the match, Eva took the mic and took a shot at Dourop’s physique. Eva then forced her to chase around her in the ring. When doudrop finally got her hands on the formal mentor, she annihilated Eva with a slam, senton, and then a big splash for the victory.
Randy Orton vs AJ Styles
We are witnessing a WrestleMania caliber match. Both Orton and Styles are smart performers in the ring and it is always a treat to watch them clashing against each other. The Apex Predator then played some trick and made it look like Omos tripped him, leading to the referee ejecting him from the ringside. The angry giant then laid out Riddle on his way back. Orton has the plus one on the ring but The Phenomenal One was attacking the knee which was injured during the commercial break. The Viper then faked Styles out during a phenomenal forearm attempt and dropped him with a DDT, and then an RKO for the pinfall victory.
Shayna Baszler vs. Nia Jax
This match looked more like making Baszler going back to the previous form: A brutal competitor and cage fighter persona after months of okay to bad booking. It also featured some brutal spots by both performers but Shayna fought back and grabbed her with the Kirifuda Clutch, which led to referee stoppage for the win.
After The Match: Baszler absolutely destroyed Jax in a post-match assault and made it feel like she almost killed her. The crowd had an enhanced reaction and Baszler may have a huge push in the future, maybe a future women’s champion too.
Angel Garza & Humberto Carillo vs. Mustafa Ali & Mansoor
Real Life Cousins, Garza and Carillo are making their tag team debut in the name of family, clashing against Ali & Mansoor in tag-team action. This match was short, squashing, full of insane energy and high-flying techniques making it very enjoyable to watch. Despite Ali & Mansoor’s experience, Garza and Carillo dominated the match with Carillo grabbing a neck vice to Ali and Garza firing a dropkick to the face to score the pinfall victory.
Nikki A.S.H. & Rhea Ripley vs. Tamina & Natalya
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Before the match began, Nikki and Rhea dedicated tonight’s championship match to the children who have been helped by Connor’s Cure on the occasion of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Natty and Tamina started wise, knocking Ripley off the ring. Nikki A.S.H. was beaten and brutalized by the champs, but things turned when Tamina tried to attack Rhea but it backfired. Natalya was distracted when Ripley hoisted up Tamina for the Riptide to the unforgiving apron. Nikki then rolled up Natalya for the pin and we have NEW! Women’s Tag Team Champions.
Charlotte Flair Joins Alexa’s Playground
Flair asked for the Old Championship contender Bliss to come back. Bliss then asked what the queen really is without a championship to be relevant. After some shots had taken over originality, it led to a brawl. Flair ripped off the head of Charly, which allowed Bliss to recover and attack the champion, standing tall at the end of the segment.
Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus
Veteran Hardy is back on the championship page as he takes on Sheamus with a special stipulation of if Hardy wins, he earns a spot at the US Championship opportunity at Extreme Rules. US Champ Damian Priest is at the commentary table. Sheamus showed some real aggression in the ring, but The Charismatic Enigma fought back and busted open The Celtic Warrior’s Nose, with blood spilling over his face and beard. Sheamus fought back but Jeff fought back smart with a Sunset Flip and picked up for the win, making the Extreme Rules match a Triple Threat.
After The Match: An Irate Sheamus blames Priest for his loss. A Clash happened and the referees had to pull them apart
Big E vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Roman Reigns
Triple Threat Match
It’s Main Event time with the Clash of the Titans. The 3 Powerhouses of WWE laid out an absolute WAR. This turned out like a pay-per-view caliber match with Lashley towing his momentum towards Big E as he is still furious over his title loss. The match showed both in and off the ring brutality with tossing to the barricades and amazing spots. In the final moments, Big E hit a spear to The Tribal Chief through the ropes and hit a big ending in the ring, but Lashley interfered with the chair and continuously blasted on Big E. Roman saw the opening and hit a Spear for the victory of the war. Reigns celebrated his victory as smackdown went off the air.
Author’s Analysis: This Week’s RAW was a great treat to watch. We can finally see Baszler regaining his old persona and a pay-per-view caliber main event which was monstrous. Raw is regaining the show quality again and hope this time they don’t lose the grip. The newly formed tag team was good, with Garza and Carillo getting some TV time and showing their in-ring skills. The show can still do better with some talents, and The Bloodline can help boost some TV ratings, something in which they are lacking behind. Jeff Hardy back in the championship scene is what fans really wanted for a long time. Overall, RAW had a great booking tonight for almost all matches.