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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From St. Louis, Missouri

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Booker T, and Corey Graves

If you missed last week’s SD Live Superstar Shake-Up, click here WWE Smackdown Live Full Results 4/17/18 (SD Live Superstar Shakeup)

10 Bell Salute:  Bruno Sammartino

Video:  Bruno Sammartino

In-Ring Promo:  Brock Lesnar


Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman, and I am the advocate to the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Champion…..BROCK LESNAR!!  I suppose you are bestowing us with your anger, because you think I will come out here tonight, and gloat.  Don’t you?  You think Heyman is out here to say we told you so.  Just like when Brock conquered The Undertaker’s undefeated streak.  Just like when Brock Lesnar took John Cena to Suplex City.  Like every time when every wanna-be tough guy comes out, because this is real.  Just like when everyone in the locker room can’t face Brock, just like every time Heyman gives us spoilers, Brock Lesnar is not here to gloat.  He is here to conquer.  Paul Heyman gloats, just like Brock Lesnar elbows a bloody Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman gloats.  Just like Brock Lesnar threw Roman Reigns out in the trash, like any Samoan, just like Brock Lesnar ruined Roman Reign’s greatest Wrestlemania opportunity of all-time, Brock Lesnar does not gloat.  Brock Lesnar does not look at the past, even when the past is just 2 weeks ago, Brock Lesnar looks to the future, just like this Friday in the kingdom os Saudi Arabia, Brock Lesnar is on his way to a private jet to be locked inside a steel cage with Roman Reigns.  Do you really think being inside a steel cage was Roman Reigns’ idea?  Let me smarten you up for ya, Brock Lesnar pinned Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania that WWE had no other choice but to pay Brock Lesnar, WWE tells Brock that he must defend the WWE Universal Championship at Greatest Royal Rumble, Brock said to put him inside a cage with Roman Reigns, and he can finish him for good.  Roman Reigns has no chance to beat Brock, he is going to be ripped to pieces, and will be packaged as a former WWE Superstar, Roman Reigns has no shot.

And here comes Reigns.

Roman has the mic, he says he doesn’t know how he will get back, but he knows one thing St. Louis, he is going home with that title.  And you can believe that.

Tonight:  The Sami and Kevin Show:  Kurt Angle

Tonight:  10-Woman Tag Team Match

Next:  Elias Vs Bobby Roode

In-Ring Concert:  Elias

Hello, I am Elias….Bobby Roode interrupts Elias’ concert, and we will have our match now.

Match Number 1:  Bobby Roode Vs Elias

Elias rams Roode into the ring ropes, then covers for the pin fall.  Elias picks up in a somewhat upset victory.  Both will compete at the Greatest Royal Rumble this Friday.

Winner:  Elias, by pinfall

Video:  “Woken” Matt Hardy

Matt tells Bray they will win this Friday, but first they have a warmup match, I believe.  Bray said together they will cast a shadow to engulf all living things….RUN!!

Match Number 2:  The Ascension Vs The Deleter of Worlds

At least The Ascension used some offense against them, but yeah, Hardy and Wyatt picks up the win.  This friday, they face The Bar for the Raw Tag Team Titles.

Winners:  The Deleter of Worlds, by pinfall

Next:  The Sami and Kevin Show

In-Ring Promo:  The Sami and Kevin Show

The very first Sami and Kevin Show.  Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Sami and Kevin Show.  This is the hottest new interview show on WWE, they will do it whenever they feel like it.  Kevin said Raw is rid of the greatest minds in WWE history, The Miz.  And who better to win the Greatest Royal Rumble match will be either one of them.  Do you know why this is the greatest Royal Rumble?  Is it because Rusev’s wife finally gave him permission to face The Undertaker in a casket match?  Nope, is it because there are 7 different title matches?  Nope, is it because they are in the match?  Yup

They are the reason why Stephanie McMahon changed her mind about putting them on the Raw roster.  But they will welcome tonight’s guest, with a song.  They chant You Suck, but it doesn’t work, here comes Kurt.

They forgot a chair for him, it’s a lawn chair, how glorious.  They ask how did Kurt like their song?  He wouldn’t quit their day jobs.  Kurt is still bitter about last week, they got off the wrong foot.  And he would be too if somewhere in Stanford, Connecticut, his boss has his manhood in a jar.  But they were victims of an outright conspiracy from Shane McMahon, which is why Kevin had to take action into his own head, and crack the skull of a certain Vince McMahon.  Which explains that Kurt’s boss Stephanie McMahon really appreciates their ability, or she truly dislikes Kurt.  Kurt wouldn’t blame her, because if it wasn’t for Kurt, Ronda Rousey would still be dislocating her arm.  But Kurt needs this job, does he have 5 kids?  Kevin insists 6 kids, Sami forgot about Jason Jordan.  That’s no big deal Sami says Kurt forgot about him too.  Tonight is about the future, because Kurt will tell them how he will maximize their ability, his boss gave the two of them.  Kurt wants to repay them, so much because he will be in that Greatest Royal Rumble match.  So will Daniel Bryan, and so will Chris Jericho, and every other superstar who Kevin and Sami has crossed.  But that is Friday night, tonight, their opponents will be Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman.

Backstage Segment:  Seth Rollins and The Miztourage

Last week, The Miztourage said goodbye to The Miz, their past, and it’s time to BURN IT DOWN!!  They can be the new Shield, only better.  Seth tells them it will be a hard no.

This Friday:  The Greatest Royal Rumble

Tonight:  10-Woman Tag Team Match

Next:  Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre

Match Number 3:  Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre Vs Titus Worldwide


Total squash match here that saw Drew and Ziggler win with the Claymore and Zig Zag combination.

Winners:  Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

In-Ring Interview:  Ziggler and McIntyre

Charly asks why Ziggler brought Drew along, and it’s simple, Ziggler finally has someone watching his back, and this man is dangerous.  Drew said he is dangerous, because when he looks at the locker room, all he see s are people collecting a paycheck.  He is here to destroy everyone.  Ziggler says he isn’t here to steal the show anymore, because they are THE SHOW!!

Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle

Kurt is greeted by the newest Raw superstar, Chad Gable.  Chad is here to make a statement, he asks how Jason Jordan is doing.  Kurt brings up Jason is doing fine, he will be back soon.  But Kurt didn’t bring Chad here to team with Jason, he wants him in singles action, which Chad is all for.  Jinder Mahal shows up, telling Kurt he will win back the United States Championship this Friday, and when he does, Kurt will bring him back in a private jet.  Chad has some words, and Kurt gives us a match, in the ring, next.

Match Number 4:  Jinder Mahal Vs Chad Gable

Gable picks up the win in surprising fashion, hooking Jinder up against the ropes, and rolled him up.  An upset victory, how does Jinder set his sights for United States Title match this Friday?

Winner:  Chad Gable, by pinfall

Backstage Interview:  The Riott Squad

They made a statement last week they didn’t come to Raw to play nice, they are here to say they are here, and ready for a fight, and that includes at tonight’s 10-woman tag match.  Ruby compares them to tear gas, everyone cries, and begs to stop when they hit them.

Backlash:  Samoa Joe Vs Roman Reigns

Earlier Tonight:  Reigns Vs Lesnar

The Greatest Royal Rumble:  Lesnar Vs Reigns, Steel Cage Match

Backlash:  Joe vs Reigns

Selfie Promo:  Samoa Joe

Joe heard what Reigns said, and he is worried he won’t have an opponent at Backlash, because he has heard this before, only to see Brock destroy him, and he is afraid Brock will leave Roman in the desert.

Backstage Segment:  The Miztourage and Finn Balor

They want to join The Balor Club, and Finn declines.

Next:  Sami and Kevin Vs Lashley and Braun

Match Number 5:  Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley Vs Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens

Highlight of the show, by far.  Braun and Lashley took care of business, Braun loved running out of the ring, to give Owens a shoulder tackle.  They win with a Dominator, and a Power Slam.  Fun match here.

Winners:  Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman, by pinfall

Tonight:  10-Woman Tag Team Match

Tonight:  Seth Rollins and Finn Balor Vs The Miztourage

Next:  Baron Corbin

Match Number 6:  Baron Corbin Vs No Way Jose

Baron does not want to wrestle Jose, because he doesn’t trust the congo line, and Jose isn’t even worth his time.  So he leaves.  Jose wants the party to continue.  But Baron nails Jose from behind.  Nails Jose with a Chokeslam Back Breaker, to make a statement.

Winner:  No Contest

A Moment of Bliss:  Alexa Bliss

Never forget, silence, the bully wins.  Like her former best friend Nia Jax and she were out eating, they saw this homeless woman who needed food, and Alexa, being the kind, sweet woman she is offered her a burritos bowl, but Nia just took it from her, and ate it, laughing all the way.  She said nothing, and will always remember that moment.  She tells Natalya, Ember, Sasha, and Bayley it’s not too late.  Together they can fight bullying, and she will win back the Women’s Championship at Backlash, because bullies never win.  And this has been a moment of Bliss.

Match Number 7:  Seth Rollins (IC Champ) and Finn Balor Vs The Miztourage

Balor and Rollins pick up the win with a combination Curb Stomp and Coup De Gras win.

Winners:  Seth Rollins and Finn Balor

Backstage Segment:  The Women

Natalya is rallying the troops for tonight’s main event.  Ember will take care of The Riott Squad, Nia will take out Alexa and Mickie.  Sasha and Bayley are alone now, Sasha looks like she wants to path things up, and Bayley walks away.

Match Number 8:  Nia Jax (Raw Women’s Champ), Natalya, Ember Moon, Sasha Banks, and Bayley Vs Alexa Bliss, The Riott Squad, and Mickie James

A very disappointing match, we had Ronda Rousey come out when her friend Natalya was hurting, and this brought Ronda get into the ring, to fight Mickie, and used the Armbar.  This sets up all 10 women among each other.  The show ends with all 10 women start to fight, and the show ends with the faces emerged.

Winners:  Ember Moon, Natlya, Sasha Banks, Beyley, and Nia Jax, by DQ

Kevin’s Thoughts:

I thought this show was a major disappointment from last week.  No new stories, so we will have to suffer the next few weeks, after Backlash.  Highlight from me was Sami and Kevin Vs Braun and Lashley.  I like the pairing of McIntye and Ziggler, a truly different combination.  Lesnar Vs Reigns did nothing for me tonight, I just didn’t care.  What did you think?  Am I wrong?

WWE Raw Quick Match Results:

**Elias def Bobby Roode, by pinfall

**The Deleter of Worlds def The Ascension, by pinfall

**Dolph Ziggler and Dean McIntyre def Titus Worldwide, by pinfall

**Chad Gable def Jinder Mahal, by pinfall

**Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman def Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, by pinfall

**Baron Corbin Vs No Way Jose ends in a no contest

**Seth Rollins (C) and Finn Balor def The Miztourage, by pinfall

**Nia Jax (C), Natalya, Ember Moon, Sasha Banks, and Bayley def Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, and The Riott Squadd, by DQ