Tonight’s episode of RAW, which is The First RAW after WrestleMania 35, opens up live from The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as Michael Cole welcomes us to the show. He is joined by Corey Graves & Renee Young.
We go right to the ring and out comes New WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins as Mike Rome does the introduction. We get a recap of his match and a thunderous “You deserve it!” chant, to which Rollins says no, we all deserve it. Rollins then says that he has been waiting a long time to hold this title above his head and all it took was climbing Everest and beating the most dominant champion in the history of The WWE. But he wants to be real for a minute, he feels terrible today, like he just got run over by a Mack truck.
Rollins then says that he took German suplexes, an F-5 on the floor, but he got back up. Rollins then says that he took everything Brock Lesnar had to dish out and he got back up. Rollins then says that he may have engaged in questionable tactics for the advantage, but truth be told he didn’t do anything to Brock that he wouldn’t have done to him. And last he heard Brock & Paul Heyman were headed to Las Vegas and as far as he is concerned, they can stay in Vegas.
Rollins then says that he is champion and he will do us one better, he is a fighting champion and. Before Rollins can finish what he wanted to say, Big E does the usual New Day deal and The New Day are here with brand new WWE Champion Kofi Kingston. He says that by the look on Seth’s face he looks real confused, to which Rollins points out what day of the week it is. Kofi then says that this ain’t The Superstar Shake-Up, that’s next week and Big E explains that they are there because last night was a cause for celebration and they just couldn’t wait for SmackDown.
Xavier Woods then says that last night Rollins won his title and Big E talks about Kingston’s title win real big, as he well deserves. Kofi then talks about the women’s match last night and how winner take all was a great idea for them, so what he is saying is how about Universal Champion vs. WWE Champion, no Shield, no New Day, just one-on-one, title for title. Rollins accepts.
Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder make their entrance and they will be defending their RAW Tag Team Titles after the commercial break.
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Back from the commercial break and The RAW Tag Team Title Match is underway.
Zach Ryder & Curt Hawkins (c) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder): The RAW Tag Team Titles are on the line in this one. The Revival starts off strong in the opening moments of this one. Hawkins fires up with a kick to the head, but then a cheap-shot from Wilder on the apron leads to the double team from The Revival on Hawkins. Ryder finally gets the tag and starts working over Wilder. Hawkins tags back in and hits a flying elbow drop on Wilder for a two count. Hawkins starts selling a leg injury. Hawkins clotheslines Wilder down, then tags in Ryder. Dawson takes out Hawkins at ringside while Wilder & Ryder go at it in the ring. Back in the ring, Dawson tags in for the double team on Ryder for a two count. Hawkins gets the blind tag and The Revival doesn’t see it. The Revival hits The Shatter Machine on Ryder, but then Hawkins comes in from behind and rolls up Wilder for the three count. Winners & Still The RAW Tag Team Champions: Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins
After the match, Hawkins & Ryder retreat up the ramp with the titles as The Revival looks on from the ring.
Commentary hypes up the rest of tonight’s festivities and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and Mike Rome introduces Baron Corbin.
Baron Corbin comes out to the ring and gets on the mic to talk about his victory over Kurt Angle last night. Corbin talks about how fans said that he didn’t deserve to be in the ring with Kurt, but he proved that Kurt is the one who doesn’t deserve to be in the ring with him. It sounds like the crowd is chanting “shut the f— up,” and Corbin trashes the crowd for being New Yorkers. Corbin then says that now he defeated an Olympic Gold Medalist, he should have a medal of his own. Kurt Angle’s music hits and Kurt comes out to the ring to interrupt. Kurt steps in the ring and says that Corbin won last night and was the better man. Kurt then says that his career has ended, but Corbin’s is just beginning. Kurt then shakes Corbin’s hand but holds on and adds “bad luck.” Kurt then gives Corbin the Olympic slam out of nowhere, then puts Corbin in the ankle lock. Kurt finally lets go and Corbin scrambles out to ringside. As Kurt is standing in the ring leading the fans in a “You Suck” chant, Lars Sullivan’s music hits and he walks down to the ring with his eyes on Angle. Lars steps in the ring and stares at Angle. Kurt steps forward and comes face to face with Lars. Lars picks up Angle and slams him down with a freak accident. The crowd chants “asshole” as Lars climbs to the top rope. Lars hits a diving headbutt off the top on Angle. Lars screams and heads to the back. We get replays. Lars stops on the stage and looks back at the ring, smiling as we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and we get a recap of what we just saw between Baron Corbin, Kurt Angle & Lars Sullivan.
Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley: Bayley starts off on the offensive and she dumps Alexa out to ringside. Alexa trips Bayley under the ropes now and drops her with a right hand at ringside. Back in the ring, Alexa applies a headlock, then Alexa takes Bayley into the corner and slaps Bayley across the face. Alexa looks for a sunset flip, but Bayley reverses it and knees Alexa in the face. Bayley sunset flips Alexa into the turnbuckle then covers for a two count. Alexa fights back and dumps Bayley out to ringside. Back in the ring, Alexa hits a DDT for the three count. Winner: Alexa Bliss
After the match, Bliss celebrates and makes her exit as the music hits.
Commentary hypes up an appearance from Becky Lynch for later on tonight and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and we get a media roundup of reactions to WrestleMania 35.
New RAW & SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch makes her entrance.
She gets on the mic and says that nine years ago she worked in a bar not too far from here before cackling about the idea of being Becky Two Belts. Of course the crowd oblige by chanting that for her and she continues by saying that for months Ronnie & Ric’s Daughter went hoarse saying that their records were too strong, but at WrestleMania when all was said and done, this woman who walked in with nothing left with everything.
Lynch then says that she knows she is not the strongest, fastest, or most athletic, but she does have a good theme song, as the crowd are singing. Lynch then says that leaving home at fifteen taught her to be a master of one thing, survival, so she will always persist, overcome and find a way to win in the end. So whenever Ronnie’s done sulking, The Man will be here to slap her head off. And for Charlotte, she is sure The McMahons will hand her the tag titles or whatever soon enough.
Lynch then says that she respects the roster coming for her, but remember that she is the redhead in leather with two shiny titles ready to slap the taste off ‘em all! She goes to leave but Lacey Evans makes her way out.
Evans struts down the ramp like she has been doing for weeks. Becky watches from the bottom of the ramp. Evans stops and stares Becky down. Evans rocks Becky in the face out of nowhere. Evans turns and walks back up the ramp but Becky runs and attacks her from behind. They brawl up the ramp now and end up on the stage. Becky goes for The Dis-Arm-Her but Lacey resists and scrambles away. Lacey stands tall to the side of the stage as officials hold Becky back. Lacey taunts Becky as Becky’s music hits.
Commentary hypes up Dean Ambrose’s last match in WWE. He will be facing Bobby Lashley.
We then head backstage where WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins is being interviewed. He says that he respects Kofi but he is also a little insulted that he got right up in his face on his show. Rollins then says that he knows what Kingston is capable of, he is an A player, but he better bring it, because B+ isn’t going to get the job done.
Aleister Black & Ricochet make their entrance and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and we are just in time for the entrances of Bobby Roode & Chad Gable and we get a picture-in-picture promo from Roode & Gable talking about how they are sick of doing things the right way and getting back on top by any means necessary.
Aleister Black & Ricochet vs. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable: Black & Gable start off with a stalemate in the opening moments. They have a stare-down, then Gable hits Black in the throat and tackles him down. The fight spills out to ringside and Ricochet & Black take control now. Back in the ring, Roode & Ricochet start going at it now. Gable tags in for the double team attempt, but Ricochet fights them both off. Ricochet drops Gable, but then Roode hits a cheap shot from the apron and Ricochet goes down. Gable hits a suplex on Ricochet, then tags in Roode who knees Ricochet in the face and then lariats him down. Gable tags back in and Ricochet is able to connect with some kicks on him. Ricochet knocks down Roode on the apron then hits a dropkick on Gable. Black & Roode tag in and Black cleans house. Black hits a springboard moonsault on both Gable & Roode. Black & Roode fight into the corner and Black misses a shot. Roode rolls up Black for a two count. Black fires back with some kicks on Roode for a two count. Roode fights off Black, but then Ricochet tags in for the double team on Roode. Ricochet follows up with a suplex for a two count. Black & Gable brawl out to ringside now and Gable drops Black. Ricochet climbs up top, but Gable shoves Ricochet down while the referee’s back is turned. Roode slams Ricochet then tags in Black for the double team. Black breaks up the pin attempt, then Roode & Black fight out to ringside. Gable & Ricochet go at it in the ring now. Ricochet escapes a suplex attempt and knees Gable in the face for the three count. Winners: Aleister Black & Ricochet
After the match, Roode immediately comes back into the ring and drops Ricochet from behind as the music was starting up. Black comes in to check on his partner as Roode & Gable head up the ramp.
Commentary recaps Elias’ segment from last night before we go backstage with him playing a guitar.
He says that last night he had the greatest performance planned and it was ruined by John Cena and his rap music, if you can even call that music. But it’s okay, because tonight tTe McMahons have given him plenty of time to perform his rock opera and he will show no mercy to any poor soul that interrupts him, no matter who it is. Elias then says that if anyone interrupts him tonight, there will be hell to pay.
Dean Ambrose makes his entrance to send us to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and we see smoke coming out of a cardboard box which is in front of a black background and then some kind of hand puppet pops out of the box. It looks like a demonic chicken of some sort.
Bobby Lashley vs. Dean Ambrose: Before the match even gets to start, Lio Rush has a mic and Lashley takes it from him. Lashley tells Dean not to worry, because when he is done he will make sure to take care of his wife for him. Dean knocks Lashley off the apron and beats on Lashley at ringside before the opening bell ever sounds. Dean throws a steel chair at Bobby and then throws Bobby into the ring post. Dean dodges a shot from Lio and throws him into the barricade. Ambrose & Lashley brawl up the ramp now and Lashley starts fighting back. Ambrose throws Lashley into the LED screen and then he hits a DDT on the stage. Ambrose clears off the announce table. Lio Rush runs over to distract Ambrose and Lashley comes back with a spear on Ambrose now. Lashley then chokeslams Ambrose through the announce table. Lashley & Rush leave as a referee and Renee Young check on Ambrose. Winner: No contest
Sami Zayn is shown walking through the arena as he is here to make his return to RAW after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and Mojo Rawley is yelling in a mirror again, only now it’s cracked and he’s got facepaint.
We now head back to ringside and Sami Zayn makes his entrance.
He gets on the mic and introduces himself and says that if you miss WrestleMania you might as well come back the night after and it might be hard to believe, but his schedule is wide open and he could really go for a match right about now. Zayn then says so if any superstars in the back want a match with ol’ Sami Zayn.
Finn Balor answers the call and it is going to be a title match. But the match will not be happening until after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and The WWE Intercontinental Title Match is underway.
Finn Balor (c) vs. Sami Zayn: The WWE Intercontinental Title is on the line in this one. Renee Young is back on commentary and says she doesn’t think she should comment on what just happened with Ambrose. Balor & Zayn trade holds and arm drags in the opening moments. Zayn throws Balor out to ringside and it looks like he is going for a suicide dive, but he just fakes out Balor and backflips in the ring. Balor gets back in the ring and Zayn puts him in a side headlock. Balor breaks free and fights back with a dropkick. They fight into the ropes and Zayn connects with a chop to the chest, then he pummels on Balor’s back. Sami takes Finn to the corner for more chops to the chest. Balor fights back with a dropkick and a double stomp. Balor now hits some chops of his own on Zayn. Sami & Finn trade strikes in the middle of the ring now until Balor hits the overhead kick and now both men are down. Sami dodges a sling blade attempt and he answers with a Blue Thunder Bomb on Finn for a two count. Zayn charges but Balor stops him with the sling blade. Balor goes up top for the Coup De Grace, but Sami rolls out of the way and rolls up Balor for a two count. Zayn suplexes Balor into the turnbuckle, then Sami looks for the big boot but misses. Balor follows up with the Coup De Grace for the three count. Winner & Still The WWE Intercontinental Champion: Finn Balor
After the match, Balor stands tall with the title as his music hits. We go to replays. Balor backs up the ramp with the title around his waist as Sami looks on from the ring. Sami looks on from his knees in the ring as fans applaud him. Sami takes the mic and says that he really thought coming out here tonight would cure what ails him but all it did was reinforce what he has realized over the past 9 months – it genuinely seems like fans miss him. Fans pop and cheer Sami on. Sami then says that from the bottom of his heart he honestly didn’t miss any of this or any of the fans. They boo him now. Sami then says that so it turns out WWE is a super toxic environment and it’s not because of The McMahons or the other WWE Superstars, its because of this audience. Sami goes on about how miserable the fans are and how they only get joy and satisfaction out of being critics. Sami then says that this is the only thing that gives the fans any sense of self importance. He goes on running the fans down, saying that the fans have become the evil overlords of WWE. Sami then says that he has always done what’s right and now the right thing isn’t to come back and save WWE and it’s not to come and Takeover The WWE, in his best Triple H voice, but the right thing to do is come out every single week and hold each and every fan accountable, because no one else will. Sami then says that he will see the fans in hell as they were giving him the “What?!” treatment. Sami then leaves and argues with some fans at ringside to send us to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and we get a recap of The Lynch/Evans brawl from earlier tonight.
Dana Brooke is backstage for an interview. She congratulates Becky Lynch and says that she knows there is a line of women forming to face Becky. She then says that she knows she is not in the front of the line, but she is certainly not in the back of the line any more. Dana then says that if there is an opportunity for her, she is going to seize that moment.
Elias is in the ring for a song. Elias sings a little rap for “The Doctor Of Thuganomics” John Cena about his interruption last night. Elias then says that the next person to interrupt him is a dead man. The gong sounds and the lights go out, and The Undertaker comes out to interrupt. The Undertaker steps in the ring and Elias slowly steps out. Elias changes his mind and steps off the apron and back into the ring. Elias sets his guitar down and turns around to face The Undertaker. Elias turns around and goes to walk away, but then he turns around and charges at The Undertaker. Elias looks for a big boot, but Taker dodges him and hits the chokeslam on Elias. Undertaker then follows up with the Tombstone. The lights go out and Taker makes his exit.
On that note, we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and we are just in time for the entrances of the main event between WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins & WWE Champion Kofi Kingston.
WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins vs. WWE Champion Kofi Kingston: Both The WWE Universal & WWE Titles are on the line in this one. Kofi & Seth trade holds and takedowns in the opening moments until Rollins connects with a kick to the midsection. Rollins then looks for the curb stomp on Kofi, but Kofi dodges it and they have a stare down. They go at it again and trade kicks and both men are down. Kofi misses a shot and Rollins fires back with a kick to Kofi’s head. Seth looks for the curb stomp, but Kofi dodges it and rolls up Seth for a two count. Kofi follows up with a DDT for another two count. Kofi goes up top, but Rollins runs up and meets him there. Kofi shoves Rollins down to the ringside floor and then Sheamus & Cesaro run in out of nowhere and attack Kofi. The referee calls for the bell. Winner via DQ: Kofi Kingston
After the match, Rollins hits the ring to make the save but The Bar beats him down as well. Kofi comes back for the save. Rollins joins him. Rollins & Kofi clear the ring. Rollins takes the mic and asks what’s wrong with The Bar for interrupting a match like that. Sheamus then says that they can do what they want. Rollins then says that he & Kofi can finish their match later but he’s got a bone to pick with The Bar right now, if Kofi is down to help. The Bar accepts the challenge and the bell rings.
WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins & WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs. The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro): Rollins & Cesaro start this one off. Rollins dumps Cesaro outside and then goes for a dive, but Cesaro catches Rollins and slams him down. Kofi then tries to dive on Cesaro, but Cesaro dodges and Sheamus catches Kofi. Sheamus then slams Kofi into the barricade before taking things back in the ring. The Bar now takes turns beating on Rollins in the ring. Sheamus knocks Kofi off the apron so Rollins can’t tag out, then Cesaro tags in for the double team on Rollins. The crowd on camera seems to be distracted by something off screen. Sheamus misses a spear in the corner and Kofi finally gets the tag. Kofi hits a flying clothesline off the top on Sheamus, then he hits some more strikes on Sheamus. Kofi follows up with the Boom Drop. Kofi looks for the Trouble In Paradise, but Sheamus ducks it. Kofi grabs Sheamus and hits the Trouble In Paradise, but Cesaro breaks up the pin attempt. The fight spills outside and Kofi looks for a dive on The Bar, but The Bar catches him. Rollins then hits a dive on to all three of them and The Bar hits the barricade hard. Back in the ring, Kofi hits a flying cross body on Sheamus for the two count. Cesaro hits a cheap shot on Kofi behind the referee’s back, then Sheamus slams Kofi down and tags in Cesaro. The Bar hits the double team White Noise on Kofi, but Rollins breaks up the pin. Rollins & Sheamus brawl at ringside now and Rollins hits a superkick on Sheamus then slams him into the ring post. Meanwhile in the ring, Cesaro goes for the swing on Kofi, but Kofi reverses it into a pin for a two count. Rollins tags himself in. Kofi hits the Trouble In Paradise on Cesaro, then Rollins hits the curb stomp for the three count. Winners: WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins & WWE Champion Kofi Kingston
After the match, Rollins’ music hits as he & Kofi take their titles to stand tall in the middle of the ring. They do a show of respect and raise their arms as we go to replays. Kofi poses in the corner while Rollins poses on the mat, titles in the air. The RAW after WrestleMania 35 goes off the air with Rollins & Kingston celebrating.