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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From Detroit, Michigan

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Jonathan Coachman, and Corey Graves

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In-Ring Promo:  Kurt Angle


Kurt is honored to compete at Wrestlemania, with his partner being Ronda Rousey.  He actually feels sorry for Stephanie McMahon, because of the beating Ronda will give to the Commissioner, but he does not feel sorry for HHH for the beating he will give.  Speaking of Wrestlemania, and in regards to the Universal Championship, Brock Lesnar isn’t going to be here tonight, insert the excuse here.  And this brings out “The Big Dog” himself.

Roman is not surprised.  Brock does not respect this company, he doesn’t respect Roman, he doesn’t even respect Detroit.  So he can say this, Brock Lesnar did not show up for work tonight.  Or last week, or even 2 weeks ago.  So what are the repercussions?  Nothing, because Brock is Vince’s boy, always has been.  If this was Kurt, he would be fired if he didn’t show up for work, or what about the fans?  They would be fired too.  If any of us in the back didn’t show up, they would at worst case be suspended, or not even being able to feed their families anymore.  But he gets it.  This isn’t even Kurt’s issue, he has no problem with him.  Kurt is just a “middle man”, but he does have a big problem with Vince McMahon.  He knows he is here, he never said anything to him.  He has worked his ass for Vince over the years, and this is the respect he gets?  The hell with Vince.  Roman drops the mic, heads to the Guerilla Position, and goes right to Vince McMahon, who is right in front of Shane McMahon himself.  Breaking the fourth wall here.  Vince tells him they can talk in his office, and we go to a break.

Backstage Interview:

Renee Young is backstage, just outside of Vince’s office, things got ramped up between Vince and Reigns, but seemed to quiet down the last 30 seconds.  Roman walks out of the office.  Vince is here, saying Brock Lesnar isn’t anybody’s boy, he is his own man.  He has a tremendous amount of respect for Roman.  But Vince brings up he had to remind Roman that his own cousin The Rock had a saying, know your role, and shut your mouth.  Now, Brock has special privileges?  Does he respect the WWE Universe?  No, but he does respect the competition.  Vince says that Brock will be here next week.  But wait, you said that before?  Vince assures us he will be here.  And as for Roman Reigns?  He is temporarily suspended.

Match Number 1:  Sasha Banks Vs Sonya Deville

Bayley accompanied Sasha, and she was not in the mood for hugging, but when Mandy Rose tried to interfere, Bayley stopped her, and Sasha nails a Bank Statement, forcing Sonya to tap out.  Bayley just leaves, and Absolution plays the numbers game, and goes right after Sasha, without Bayley in sight.

Winner:  Sasha Banks, by submission

WWE HOF Induction (Celebrity Wing):  Kid Rock

Tonight:  Asuka Shocker

Next:  Miz TV with Finn Balor and Seth Rollins

In-Ring Segment:  Miz TV

Welcome to the most must-see talk show in WWE history, welcome to Miz TV.  As you can see, The Miztourage is not standing with me tonight.  They have a very special tag team match.  They have earned the opportunity to punch their tickets to Wrestlemania, and his boys have grown up, which shows you if you hang with me, I can elevate your career.  His guests are two men that Kurt Angle has given them opportunities, and all The Miz has done is knock them down.  And they are standing in his way to having the Intercontinental Championship the longest amount of time, so please welcome his two guests, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor.

Miz says Seth looks very comfortable, considering he was denied a one on one match with The Miz at Wrestlemania.  They are the two workhorses in WWE.  Don’t get me wrong, Finn Balor is a very good up and coming superstar, but he isn’t the caliber of The Miz or Seth.  Seth is on to Miz, and the games he is trying to play.  It’s a Triple Threat match, deal with it.  Finn has such a short track record in WWE, but he does have one thing.  He pinned Seth Rollins to become the very first Universal Champion.  Come to think of it, Finn should have had that one on one match.  Finn isn’t on to The Miz’s game either, and The Miz said he is here to carry the most prestigious title in WWE, so he is the bad guy?  Seth should be mad because Finn is always trying to steal the spotlight from Seth.  And Finn should watch his back, because Rollins will always be going for the upper hand, just ask his buddies The Shield.  Seth asks Miz to shut the hell up.  They know how big this match is at Wrestlemania.  They both want to become the Intercontinental Champion.  No offense Finn, and this liven up Finn, because he beat him the last time a title was on the line, with one arm.  They don’t need to go there, they can just wait for 4 weeks, when Seth nails a Curb Stomp t become the new Intercontinental Champion.  4 weeks?  What are they waiting for, they can do this, tonight?  They both stand up, and Miz loves this.  But they deck Miz, and Rollins decks Balor.

Tonight:  John Cena Returns

Tonight:  Finn Balor Vs Seth Rollins

Match Number 2:  The Bar (Raw Tag Champs) Vs The Miztourage in a non-title match

The match never takes place.  The Miztourage attacked the Tag Team Champions, but here comes The Revival, here comes The Good Brothers.  Now the rest of the Tag Team Division comes out to fight.

Winners:  No Contest

Next:  John Cena Speaks on Wrestlemania

In-Ring promo:  John Cena

We are less than 4 weeks from Wrestlemania, and John Cena has finally found his path to Wrestlemania.  If he is man enough to say this, this might be hard.  He has had many opportunities to get to Wrestlemania, and he did not get the job done.  Now he can only blame himself for these missed opportunities.  The crowd wants Undertaker.  Cena is here to tell us he will not contribute to Wrestlemania this year.  That does not mean he won’t quit, that he will walk away, or even miss Wrestlemania.  He will be there, but his road to Wrestlemania is the same as ours.  He has stood here year after year, and he was able to feel the energy.  But his road to Wrestlemania is he is going there as a fan.  It feels like a shock, but without you, Wrestlemania would not be the show it is today, where they feel that energy.  But he is going to Wrestlemania, and will have fun, just like you.  He even goes to the crowd, and sips a beer from a fan, which is funny.  This is awesome!!  One more chant, Let’s Go Roman, the crowd does not agree.  He gets back into the ring.  There is something we have to address, there is a chance we won’t be able to do a Wrestlemania, so let’s get it out-of-the-way, now.  Let’s Go Cena/Cena Sucks.

That beer felt good, just as good as Cena doing something he isn’t supposed to do.  Wait a second, what does that mean if he does something he isn’t supposed to do?  He still buys a ticket.  Oh screw it, I CHALLENGE A MATCH TO THE UNDERTAKER AT WRESTLEMANIA.  Cena was told not to do it, even though he wants to see it.  But he was never told why, so what is the worse they can do?  Cut his mic off, and escort him out of the building, just like they did with Roman?  Let’s try it again.  I challenge The Undertaker to a match at Wrestlemania.  I challenge The Undertaker to a match at Wrestlemania.  I challenge The Undertaker to a match at Wrestlemania.  Nothing happened, so it must not be them, it’s not the fans.  It must be you.  So get over yourself.  You see, the difference between you and me is when I lose, I dust myself off, get right back up, and fight again.  You sulk, and never come back again.  You are a self-centered ego-maniac.  You are not too old to compete, because if you weren’t, you wouldn’t be posting workout videos on your wife’s Instagram.  So to boost up your ego, do the fans want to see The Undertaker kick his ass at Wrestlemania?  Do you want to see The Undertaker give me a Tombstone Piledriver at Wrestlemania?  I dare you to try that, because everyone wants to see you have one more match.  Ball is in your court Deadman.

Tonight:  Asuka’s Choice

Tonight:  Ronda Rousey Blockbuster Announcement

Next:  Braun Strowman vs Elias, Symphony Of Destruction

Backstage Segment:  The Bar and Kurt Angle

The Bar are upset about what just happened, and Kurt said they kind of deserved it.  The Bar suggests there are rumors of a Superstar Shakedown after Wrestlemania.  They can just ask for a trade, and raid SD Live’s tag team division.  Kurt isn’t trading them, he says there will be a Tag Team Battle Royal tonight to determine who faces The Bar at Wrestlemania.

Video:  The Symphony of Destruction


In-Ring Concert:  Elias

Hello, I am Elias.  And I have one question for everybody here tonight.  This is your fault.  Elias walks away from the fans.  He is wearing a neckbrace from last week.

Backstage Promo:  Braun Strowman

Last week at Symphony of Destruction, he dropped a piano on Elias, you heard that right.  So how is it he doesn’t have a Wrestlemania match?  Well, he guarandamntees that he will make his path to Wrestlemania, and somebody will get these hands at Wrestlemania.

Next:  Seth Rollins Vs Finn Balor

Match Number 3:  Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor

What a good match between these two, and WWE gave them some time.  Rollins tried the Falcon Arrow, but Balor countered it, and rolled him over for the pin.

Winner:  Finn Balor, by pinfall

Video:  The Fabulous Moolah Tribute

Wrestlemania 34:  1st Annual Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal Match

Next:  Wrestlemania Blockbuster Announcement

Video:  Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey Vs HHH and Stephanie McMahon at Wrestlemania 34

Wrestlemania 34:  Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey Vs HHH and Stephanie McMahon in a Mix Tag Match

Next:  Asuka

In-Ring Promo:  Asuka

Charly Caruso interviews Asuka, last night she challenged Charlotte Flair to Wrestlemania.  Why did she do that?  Before Asuka answers, here comes Alexa Bliss and Mickie James.  Alexa wants to answer for Asuka.  She is a fierce competitor, and is very smart.  She doesn’t want to risk losing to Alexa at Mania.  Alexa re-defined the women’s division at Elimination Chamber, and Asuka knows she can’t beat Alexa.  Some may call leaving a coward way, but she does not.  Asuka says to be the woman, you have to beat the woman.  She chose the better champion.  She already beat Alexa, and can do it again.  Alexa says she can’t beat this woman, probably expecting Nia Jax.  Nobody comes out, so Mickie and Alexa gave Asuka a cheap shot when we go to break.

Match Number 4:  Asuka Vs Mickie James

Asuka makes Mickie tap out to the Armbar, and Alexa storms out of ringside.

Winner:  Asuka, by submission

Tonight:  Ultimate Deletion Preview

Tonight:  Tag Team Battle Royal

Backstage Segment:  Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax

Alexa is angry Nia wasn’t there for her.  Nia has a match next, and Kurt Angle told her to stay in the back.  Alexa wanted to serve Asuka up for Nia, after rebuilding Nia’s confidence.  Nia said she is good.  She will be ib Alexa’s corner next week against Asuka.

Next:  Nia Jax in action

Match Number 5:  Nia Jax Vs Joan King

Nia wins with the Leg Drop.

Winner:  Nia Jax, by pinfall

Video:  Alexa and Mickie

They are talking backstage, while cameras are rolling.  They are talking about using Nia Jax, she is lucky she is carrying Alexa’s bags.  Calling her fat, and ugly.  Even fell for Alexa telling Nia she loves her.  Charly Caruso came in and said the cameras were still rolling.  Alexa and Mickie leave, just in time for Nia to come in.

Video:  The Ultimate Deletion Match Next Week

Backstage Promo:  Bray Wyatt

Matt Hardy is a liar, but he is just a man.  He never should invite the devil inside your house.  Matt has such a good family, it would be a shame if something happened to his family.  Run

Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle

I always knew Bray was crazy, but what happened to Matt Hardy?  Next week, The Ultimate Deletion is among us, he calls in a ref to tell him he will be the ref.  The ref did nothing wrong, they are both WWE talent.  Make sure they both come back to Raw in one piece.

Next:  Tag Team Battle Royal

Earlier Tonight:  Roman Reigns Vs Brock Lesnar

Next Week:  The Ultimate Deletion Match

Next Week:  Alexa Bliss Vs Asuka

Match Number 6:  Tag Team Battle Royal Match

Braun Strowman wins the match, by himself.  The announcers don’t know how Kurt Angle will respond to this, but Braun is going to Wrestlemania.  He last eliminates Karl Anderson, celebrates as the show ends.

Winner:  Braun Strowman

Kevin’s Thoughts:

They are truly playing off the Lesnar Vs Reigns match at Wrestlemania.  Will Brock show up in the weeks to come?  I can’t trust Vince when he says he will show up.  I loved the Cena challenge though to The Undertaker.  Will “The Deadman” show up next week?  Speaking of next week, The Ultimate Deletion will happen.  As will Asuka Vs Miss Bliss.  A loaded episode tonight, but it worked.  Send me your thoughts.  Ready for Smackdown.

WWE Raw Quick Match results:

**Sasha Banks def Sonya Deville, by submission

**The Bar (C) Vs The Miztourage ends in a no contest

**Finn Balor def Seth Rollins, by pinfall

**Asuka def Mickie James, by submission

**Nia Jax def Joan King, by pinfall

**Braun Strowman Wins Tag Team Battle Royal