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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From Hartford, Connecticut

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Jonathan Coachman, and Corey Graves

If you missed last week’s Smackdown Live, click here WWE Smackdown Live Full Results 4/10/18 (Styles Vs Bryan)

In-Ring Promo:  Kurt Angle


Kurt welcomes us to Monday Night Raw, and tonight is the Superstar Shake-Up.  We will see some new faces, and some big surprises.

Raw Shake-Up:  Jinder Mahal

Jinder congratulates Kurt for making the first acquisition, he brought the “Modern-Day Maharaja” to Monday Night Raw.  But there was no motorcade.  Kurt tells him that wasn’t part of the deal, and Jinder says he expects the same perks he gives Brock Lesnar.  He doesn’t just ask, he demands them.  Kurt suggests Jinder emails Kurt the list of demands.  We settle things in the ring on Monday Night Raw.  So prove it, and Jinder says he doesn’t think it, he knows it.  So who wants to prove Jinder wrong?  Because Jinder is defending the United States Championship right now.

Match Number 1:  Jinder Mahal (US Champ) Vs Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship

Jeff Hardy picks up the win, and now becomes the United States Champion, for the first time in his career.  He wins with the Swanton Bomb.  Now that he is the United States Champion, it almost guarantees he will be heading to Smackdown Live tomorrow night.

Winner, and NEW United States Champion:  Jeff Hardy, by pinfall

Tonight:  Miz TV with Superstar Shakeup

Next:  Sasha vs Bayley

Moments Ago:  Jinder Vs Hardy

Backstage Segment:  Jinder Mahal

Renee Young catches up with Jinder, this was a conspiracy, he wasn’t even ready for the match.  In 2 weeks, at Saudi Arabia, he is invoking his rematch clause against Jeff Hardy, and bringing back the United States Championship.  No Way Jose is dancing, telling Jinder to put a smile on his face, and then he dances with Renee.  Moving on.

Match Number 2:  Sasha Banks vs Bayley

Banks set up Bayley with Bank Statement, but Riott Squad stops the match, and attacks Sasha.

Raw Shake-Up:  The Riott Squad

Tonight:  Roman Reigns

Match Number 3:  Authors of Pain Vs Heath Slater and Rhyno

Same match, same result.  Authors of Pain dominate, Last Chapter, match over.

Winners:  Authors of Pain, by pinfall

Next:  Miz TV

In-Ring Segment:  Miz TV

Welcome to the most-see WWE talk show in WWE history, welcome to Miz TV.  Jinder Mahal and The Riott Squad have already shaken things up, but his guests are about to shake the landscape, he said guests, so ladies and gentlemen, get up for Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.

Raw Shake-Up:  Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Standing before you has the biggest talent in the ring, together they are The Avengers of WWE, together they are putting WWE on notice, and here comes Kurt Angle.

Kurt tells Miz he doesn’t run things, he does.  Sami and Kevin had their chance last week, and they failed.  Kevin and Sami said there was an email sent just moments ago, and plans have changed.  Sami has the email, from Stephanie McMahon.  She said last week they proved they belong on Monday Night Raw, and if they walk away, it would be a huge mistake and have officially changed his ruling, and have introduced them as new Raw talents.  So they are officially back on Monday Night Raw, and there is nothing Kurt Angle can do about it.  Miz asks what is the matter Kurt?  Is his whole Raw career flashing before his eyes?  Kurt is surprised that Stephanie had time to write her letter, since Ronda Rousey ripped off her arm socket, and is now doing rehab.  But what’s done is done, but say goodbye to The Miz.  It seems Daniel Bryan still has some pull on Smackdown Live, and he wants The Miz to be on Smackdown Live.  The Miz says he and The Miztourage will keep doing what they have been doing on Smackdown Live.  Kurt says Miztourage isn’t going anywhere, it’s just The Miz.  Nut he has a going away present for The Miz.  It’s these 5 against Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley, Braun Strowman, and the newest Raw superstar.

Tonight:  Roman Reigns

Next:  The Broken Warriors

Match Number 4:  The Broken Warriors Vs The Revival

Bray and Wyatt continue to shine, they pick up the win with a combined Sister Abigail and Twist of Fate.  They now face The Bar for the Raw Tag Team Championship next Friday at The Greatest Royal Rumble.

Winners:  Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy, by pinfall

Backstage Segment:  The Bar

They are discussing their chances against Hardy and Wyatt, and run into…

Raw Shake-Up:  Breezango

They write tickets for their “fashion” decisions.  Fandago and Breeze are back!!

Raw New Arrivials:  Bobby Lashley, No Way Jose, Authors of Pain, and Ember Moon

Raw Shake-Up Roster:  Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Jinder Mahal, The Riott Squad, and Breezango

Video:  Rousey Vs Stephanie McMahon


Backstage Segment:  Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle

Kurt tells Ronda she surprised a lot of people, she earned everything she has gotten.  Someone knocks on the door.

Raw Shake-Up:  Natalya

Natalya trained Ronda, so they are friends.  Natalya has a match tonight.

Match Number 5:  Mickie James Vs Ember Moon

Nia Jax does color commentating, and Alexa Bliss was supposed to join them, but she refuses to be in the same space as a “bully” that Nia Jax is.  Ember picks up the win with the Eclipse.  Great showcase for Ember.

Winner:  Ember Moon, by pinfall

Backstage Segment:  Kevin and Sami

Kevin and Sami are upset about how Kurt treated them on their first night back on Raw.  At least Kurt can tell them who their opponent is.  Miz wants to know what Shane is like, but this needs to be about their match.  Miztourage are doing their own thing, so Miz brings the troops together, and says this needs to be about one team, on Miz’s last night of Raw.

Next:  The latest Superstar Shake-Up

Raw Shake-Up:  Dolph Ziggler

Dolph says a lot of things have changed, and a lot of things stay the same.  Ziggler still is the best Superstar around, and he still steals the show when he walks down the aisle.  But Titus Worldwide interrupt the fun.  Titus welcomes Dolph back to Monday Night Raw.  A lot of things have changed, things like Titus create Worldwide.  Now if you look to maximize his return, think about joining their team.  Titus can manage Ziggler, within the ring, and outside the ring.  They all can take over the world.  Ziggler said one thing has changed, and he didn’t come back to the ring, alone.

Raw Shake-Up:  Drew McIntyre

Drew takes out Titus Worldwide, ramming Titus into the ring post, and Ziggler gives him the Superkick.  Then we see a Zig Zag and a Claymore Kick combination, and they just stole the show, together.

Next:  Roman Reigns

In-Ring Promo:  Roman Reigns

Once again Roman is here, and Brock Lesnar is not.  And once again, Roman is facing Brock.  But it won’t go down like it did at Wrestlemania, because they will be inside a cage, and will leave him there, so he can head back to Raw as our full-time Universal Champion.  Since this is Superstar Shake-Up, and here comes Samoa Joe.

Roman, you come out here and so quick to brag on how you show up to work.  But one thing you don’t brag about is getting the job done.  Because you haven’t gotten the job done, and you never will.  You talk about the cage match and say you will be champion, but you aren’t going to be in the ring with a normal man, but a beast who has beaten you every time you step into the ring.  Sometimes Joe feels sorry for him, but you will never learn you don’t stay down until someone buries you for good.  But he is here to say after Brock Lesnar beats him, at Backlash, he will put the big dog to sleep.  So we see a video of Brock beating down Roman every single time.

That is everything Brock has done, let’s see what your lazy fat ass can do in this ring.  Joe is heading to the ring, but he walks away.

Tonight:  10-Man Tag Match

Match Number 6:  Mandy Rose Vs Natalya

Sonya and Mandy seem lost without Paige.  Natalya picks up the win by making Mandy tap out.  After the match Sonya laid out Natalya, and here comes Ronda Rousey.  She even fought with Sonya, way too fast for Sonya.

Winner, by submission:  Natalya

Raw Shake-Up:  Baron Corbin

Match Number 7:  Breezango Vs The Bar (Raw Tag Team Champs) in a non-title match

Breezango gets the win with a little distraction, Breezy covered Cesaro for the roll up win.

Winners:  Breezango

Backstage Interview:  Elias

Elias doesn’t do small shows anymore, and this stinky-face scumbag doesn’t matter.  Speaking of guys that don;t matter, Bobby Lashley.  Thins have changed in WWE since he left.  Elias runs everything, and if they ever get in the ring again, one thing he will know is WWE stands for WALK WITH ELIAS.

Elias gives Renee a performance, but Renee says we are out of time.

Next:  10-Man Tag Match

Next Week:  The Beast Returns

Match Number 8:  Seth Rollins (IC Champ), Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Bobby Lashley, and Bobby Roode Vs Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and The Miztourage in a 10 man tag match

Raw Shakeup:  Bobby Roode

The match ends when The Miztourage leaves The Miz away from ringside, and it’s now just Braun and Miz.  Braun nails a Running Powerslam, pinning The Miz and ending the show with all 5 faces celebrating their win.

Winners:  Finn Balor, Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, and Bobby Roode, by pinfall

Kevin’s Thoughts:

This was a fun show, we will see new feuds, and now know Miz is heading to SD Live, which gives us an instant feud.  Happy to see Authors of Pain make the cut, and now we will see where SD Live takes us tomorrow night.  What were your thoughts of the show?  Send them to me.

WWE Raw Quick Match Results:

**Jeff Hard def Jinder Mahal (C) to win United States Championship

**Sasha Banks Vs Bayley ends in a no contest

**Authors of Pain def Slater and Rhyno, by pinfall

**Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy def The Revival, by pinfall

**Ember Moon def Mickie James, by pinfall

**Natalya def Mandy Moore, by submission

**Breezango def The Bar (C), by pinfall in a non-title match

**Seth Rollins (C), Finn Balor, Bobby Lashley, Braun Strowman def Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and The Miztourage, by pinfall