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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From New Orleans, Louisiana

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Jonathan Coachman, and Corey Graves

If you missed last night’s Wrestlemania 34, click here WWE Wrestlemania 34 Live Results 4/8/18 (Reigns Vs Lesnar)

In-Ring Promo:  Stephanie McMahon


Cole says Steph is humbled, not sure about that, but okay.  She comes out with her arm in a sling after last night tapping out to “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.  You tap out chants, and Steph expected better out of the fans.  She didn’t expect this treatment, any other crowd would have some sympathy.  More you tapped out chants.  You might say you tapped out, but you have to admit last night at Wrestlemania, we were surprised by one woman in particular.  You asked if she can make that transaction, and she proved she can do that and deserve some accolades.  Thank you, she wanted to show Ronda that she can work in her world, and she did just that, she brought the best out of Ronda, so thank you.  We want Steph to bring her out, so ladies and gentlemen, the latest and newest WWE Superstar, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

Here comes Ronda.

Ronda last night, you made Steph tap out.  The better woman won, and we hear the crowd loving Ronda.  She showed all of us what she does, she does with heart and passion.  She truly is a role model for everyone, she doesn’t feel about what happened.  And as a WWE superstar, she knows everything can happen for Ronda.  With Steph in her corner, they can send WWE the message, and do everything and anything she wants.  The crowd smells the bullshit.  But Ronda knows she needs the machine behind her, they just don’t understand.  But Steph paid the price last night, she really did.  So ladies and gentlemen, give it up to her new friend, WWE’s own “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.  They shake hands, and Ronda gives Stephanie a hug.  But Ronda has another armbar for Stephanie.  The sling is off, and she nails it again, with Steph tapping out, again.

Stephanie is in agony pain, with officials tending to her.  The crowd loves this singing nah nah nah hey hey hey goodbye.  Jo-Jo asks the fans to have some respect for Stephanie McMahon, and we get boos.

This is a non-traditional WWE Universe, so expect everything, tonight.

Tonight:  Roman Reigns

Tonight:  New Intercontinental Champion, Seth Rollins

Next:  New Raw Women’s Champion, Nia Jax

Next Week:  Raw and Smackdown Live Superstar Shake-Up

Match Number 1:  Nia Jax (Raw Women’s Champ) and Ember Moon Vs Alexa Bliss and Mickie James

Alexa has the mic, and there is no bigger bully here than Ronda Rousey.  Unless, you are talking about Nia Jax.  It is about time we hear the truth about Nia.  She is the bully who loves to throw her weight around.  Which is clearly a lot of weight, since she is 2 times the size of Mickie, and 3 times the weight of Alexa.  Last night, Nia took advantage and attacked Mickie for no reason.  She lost because she was distraught.  Alexa is a compassionate woman, and when she saw Nia attack her best friend, Mickie James, she was distraught.  Everyone knows Nia is as cold as ice, and that is why she doesn’t have a partner tonight.  This is how she is, Nia tells her to shut up.  She did enjoy every second of what she did last night, and she is our new Raw Women’s Champion.  Nia does have a partner, and her name is Ember Moon.

Ember and Nia dominated this match, Alexa and Mickie had no chance.  Ember picks up the win after Total Eclipse.

Winners:  Nia Jax and Ember Moon, by pinfall

Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, and Nicholas

Kurt is on the phone with someone, and the new Raw Tag Team Champions are here.  Unfortunately, they are dropping the Tag team Champions.  Scheduling conflict with Nicholas, he is in the 4th grade.  But when he graduates, they are coming back for those Tag Team Titles.  And Nicholas screams someone will get these hands.

Next:  Raw Debut of No Way Jose

Match Number 2:  No Way Jose Vs John Skylar

Match is done, just like that with his Knockout Punch.  He had the Congo line and everything.  There is a party on Bourbon Street.

Winner:  No Way Jose, by pinfall

Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle and The Bar

The Bar wants to know if Kurt will hand them back their Tag Team Titles, or do it in a more proper way?  Kurt tells them they lost to a 10-year-old, they won’t get the titles back.  But he will give them their rematch in 3 weeks at the Greatest Royal Rumble, with 4 teams competing each other in next 2 weeks.  Called Tag Team Eliminater, next.

Match Number 3:  The Good Brothers Vs The Revival in a Tag Team, Eliminater

Shatter Machine, The Revival survives here, and continues next week, with Anderson taking the fall.

Winners:  The Revival

Video:  John Cena Make A Wish Day

Next:  Seth Rollins

In-Ring Promo:  Seth Rollins

The new Intercontinental Champion is here, and the crowd chants he deserves it.  There have been a lot of ups and downs the last few years, but this crowd had the loudest Burn it Down chant tonight.  After last night, he can finally say Seth “Freaking” Rollins is back, baby.  Grand Slam Rollins has a nice ring to it, and the crowd agrees.  He finally caught up to Roman and Dean, and The Shield are all Grand Slam Champions.  And what was cool to Seth, is he won his final Grand Slam on the grandest stage of them all.  And here comes Finn Balor.

Seth, I am sorry to come out here, and interrupt.  There is something Finn has been thinking, and he has to get it off his chest.  Too Sweet chants, and Finn congratulates Seth, he deserves it.  You deserve it chants.  Seth was the better man last night, but last night was a Triple Threat match.  There was a winner, there was a loser, then there was this guy, left wanting more.  So he came out to tell Seth Finn wants to be the first man to step up, and get a first Intercontinental Championship shot.  Seth shakes his hand, and….AWESOME!!

Here comes the former champion, The Miz.  He is more than happy to interrupt the celebration.  And be the first to say Seth does not deserve it.  You do not deserve it, The Miz made that title and relevant and prestigious title.  He came out by himself, because he knew he would hear that The Miz can’t win without The Miztourage.  He wanted no excuses when he became the longest reigning IC Champion.  He is a changed man 2 weeks ago when he became a new father, to Monroe Sky.  And everything he does affects hers.  Last night, his daughter watched WM and saw him lose the IC Title to Seth, his wife Maryse said the loss made her cry.  And that made his wife cry.  When he heard that happen, he is man enough to admit it, The Miz cried.  Seth is proud of The Miz to admit he cries, because that is what everyone does when they watch you wrestle.  Because as good as you are, you can’t lace Seth’s boots.  The Miz says Finn is owed nothing, because The Miz has a rematch clause.  Seth suggests they do that right here, tonight.  The Miz says he will invoke that rematch clause when he wants to, and it will take place at Backlash.  When his hand goes up, our mouths go shut.  You want a match, they can do the match, Rollins and Balor Vs The Miztourage right now.

But Jeff Hardy makes his return, so we have match coming up.  I guess not, Miz thinks not.

Tonight:  Roman Reigns

Next:  Sasha Banks Vs Mandy Rose

Tonight:  Rollins, Balor, and Hardy Vs The Miztourage

Match Number 4:  Sasha Banks Vs Mandy Rose


Bayley is out here to watch Sasha’s back, perhaps?  Mandy started to stir the pot with Bayley, and Bayley smacks Sasha, by accident.  Then Mandy nails Sasha with her knee for the win.  After the match, Bayley heads to leave, and Sasha goes right after her.

Winner:  Mandy Rose, by pinfall

In-Ring Promo:  Paige

After the match, Paige informs Absolution last night was the most difficult thing she ever had to endure, watching everyone compete at Wrestlemania, while she was in the sideline.  But due to her neck injury, she is unable to compete in the ring.  Paige wants to thank all of the women in the back for paving their way to the Women’s Division.  Paige thanks her family, but she also want to thank Daniel Bryan.  He competed in the ring for the first time last night in 3 years, and he gave her hope.  Paige wants to thank Edge, because he showed her there is life after wrestling.  She wants to thank WWE for giving her this platform, and she wants to thank New Orleans.  This is the site where she made WWE debut 4 years ago, and this is where she wants to end her career.  The crowd chants this is her house.  She loves the fans so much, and this always will be her house.

We will miss you Paige.

Next:  Dead Man Risen

Video:  Dead Man Risen

In-Ring Concert:  Elias

Hello, I am Elias.  And I have one question for everybody here tonight.  Who wants to walk with Elias?  A live man once told me what it needs is what I am, and he is right.  Because there is no undeniable effect that WWE stands for WALK WITH ELIAS.  In one year, he has become the biggest musical act on this planet.  And last night at Wrestlemania, you all paid to see an Elias performance.  Now listen, I am going to perform for you tonight, grant it is the same underappreciated scumbag from last night.  We are scumbags chant going on now.  He needs you right now to silence your cellphones, hold your applause, and shut your mouths.

Elias is singing about New Orleans, and punching the fans in the face.  And here comes BOBBY LASHLEY!!

Elias fights back, but Elias is met with a neckbreaker.  Then a standing Back Body Suplex with Bobby holding Elias for 20 seconds.

Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Kurt is on the phone when he is met with Owens and Sami.  They came here looking for a job.  But they got fired for attacking their commissioner and General Manager?  It was a personal vendetta, as Sami said.  They need to be team players.  Their tag team division is full, but Kurt understands TNA is hiring.  Kevin says they aren’t a tag team.  They are just looking for an opportunity.  Kurt said there is one spot left on their roster, they can fight it for that spot, tonight.

In-Ring Promo:  Heath Slater and Rhyno

Heath Slater tells us he has kids, and they were the first ever Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions.  He challenges any team to come out here and face them.

Match Number 5:  Heath Slater and Rhyno Vs Authors of Pain

The Last Chapter, taking Heath Slater’s head.  After the match, Akam and Rezar pushes Paul Ellring back, as if to say they are done with him.

Winners:  Authors of Pain, by pinfall

Next:  Roman Reigns

In-Ring Promo:  Roman Reigns

As you can see, he got his ass kicked last night.  But he is here tonight, and Brock Lesnar isn’t.  When he walked to the Superdome last night, people wouldn’t talk to him.  Not even Vince McMahon, who should have smarted him up, and Brock must have been a good businessman.  Because as of Wednesday, Brock was leaving and heading to the UFC.  But he found out today Brock signed a contract to stay in WWE, and he found out through the internet.  He also found out he is going to face Brock inside a steel cage at Greatest Royal Rumble.  So one way or the other, he is going to whip Brock’s ass, and become the Universal Champion.

Samoa Joe comes back to WWE, and he said Brock Lesnar exposed the failure of Roman reigns last night.  For a year, Roman kept saying he was the one who was going to beat Brock, and last night he exposed you as a failure.  Last night, Roman lied to his family, he lied to his friends, he lied to himself, because every time you face Brock, he kicks your ass, and he just keeps getting richer.  And after it happens, Roman will always come up with the excuses.  But good news, because once Brock kicks his ass again at Greatest Royal Rumble, Joe will be waiting for you at Backlash to pout you to sleep.

Tonight:  6-Man Tag Match

Tonight:  Owens Vs Zayn, winner earns a contract

Next:  Titus Worldwide against who?

Match Number 6:  Titus Worldwide Vs “Woken” Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt in a Tag Team Eliminater Match

The “Woken” ones win the match with the Sister Abigail and Twist of Fate combination.  Next week, they face The revival to see who faces The Bar for the Tag Team Titles.

Earlier Tonight:  Ronda Rousey and Stephanie McMahon

Next:  Owens Vs Zayn

Match Number 7:  Kevin Owens Vs Sami Zayn, Winner Stays On Raw

Both men worked their tails off, we saw a Helluva Kick, a Pop-Up Powerbomb, and both men didn’t answer the count, so nobody is going to be on Raw.

Winners:  No Contest

Backstage Segment:  The Hardy Boyz

Matt sees Jeff, and they both have a candid conversation.  Bray gives Jeff a big hug, and says he is feeling wonderful after being OBSOLETED.  Now back to business.

Next Week:  Superstar Shake-Up

Match Number 8:  Seth Rollins (IC Champ), Finn Balor, and Jeff Hardy Vs The Miztourage in a 6-man tag match

Rollins picks up the win again, pinning The Miz, and after the match Bo and Curtis get their asses handed to them by all of their finishing moves.  They all celebrate after the match, and the show ends here, with the announcers telling us next week Superstar Shake-Up begins next Monday on Raw.

Winners:  Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, and Jeff Hardy, by pinfall

Kevin’s Thoughts:

We get some entertaining things here in the show.  We see the return of Bobby Lashley and Samoa Joe, the two biggest news stories here.  But the show was also focused on Superstar Shake-Up, which is the next week.  Oddly enough no John Cena, and I guess Brock signed an extension, which means the Universal Champion shows up, conquers, then doesn’t come back for another 3 months.  And for whatever unknown reason, Roman Reigns gets another title shot at The Greatest Royal Rumble, despite having his ass kicked last night.  Just don’t know what to think of this.  Smackdown Live is tomorrow night.  Share me with your thoughts here.

WWE Raw Qick Match Results:

**Nia Jax (C) and Ember Moon def Alexa Bliss and Mickie James, by pinfall

**No Way Jose def John Skylar, by pinfall

**The Revival def The Good Brothers, by pinfall

**Mandy Rose def Sasha Banks, by pinfall

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

**Kevin Owens Vs Sami Zayn ends in a no contest

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