Rajah.com's Monday Night Raw Pre-Show
Welcome back, one and all, to our Monday Night Raw results coverage and pre-show discussion thread! All are welcome, and all are welcome to comment down below if you wish to participate in tonight's discussion. Also, go ahead and bookmark this page as it'll transition to live results shortly before broadcast. Tonight's show, in theory, should be a big one as it airs live from Jacksonville, FL--AEW territory.
Our official preview is up, and tonight Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro hold a victory celebration after capturing their titles back. Kevin Owens is expected to respond to Steve Austin's response to Kevin Owens' response last week. That's all that's been announced for tonight's show, so make of that what you will.
Our show coverage will begin at 8 eastern/7 central. Until then, this is your official Monday Night Raw Pre-Show. Our comment section is open--have at it. Weigh in with your thoughts on tonight's show, or whatever you want (within reason!) Have at it! You are the Pre-Show panel!
All this and more tonight!
So...Cody Rhodes? Do we see him? Does he go to Ring of Honor? Is it all a big work? Weigh in below with your thoughts! Have a happy start to your week, folks!
- We start with a video package recapping the Kevin Owens - Steve Austin storyline with Owens calling out Austin and the latter accepting.
- Kevin Owens music hits and Owens makes his way to the ring for an in-ring interview. He grabs a mic and says he's the happiest Canadian camper in the world because it's official - he's going to WrestleMania! He says not only is he going to WrestleMania, he will be in the main event of Night One with the KO show and special guest Stone Cold Steve Austin. Owens says that it didn't look good for a while so he used his superior Canadian intellect and challenged the absolute embodiment of Texas himself. A "USA USA" chant erupts and Owens says he will decimate and smear Austin all over Texas. He says the only "can" that will be opened is a nice can of Canadian beer...he doesn't even like beer but he will make an exception that night. Once he beats the living hell out of Austin, everyone will say "oh hell no and that's the bottom line cause KO said so!". With that, Owens attacks the cameraman with a Stunner as a chorus of boos rain down on him.
- The United States champion Finn Balor then makes his down for his match against the former champ, Damian Priest and we go to a commercial break.
- We come back to see action from two weeks ago when Balor defeated Priest and then got beat up for his efforts. Before the match begins, Austin Theory comes down to the ring and we cut back to two weeks ago to clips from WWE Smackdown with Theory revealing that he would be Pat McAfee's opponent and then their altercation during the Intercontinental title match. Theory joins the commentary booth as the special commentator as we head to another commercial.
Finn Balor vs. Damian Priest
- Non-title match. Balor starts fast with a dropkick in the corner but Priest comes of it and knocks Balor down. They go back-and-forth before Balor sends Priest to the floor and tries to follow up with a running kick from the apron. Priest catches him, knocks him down to the apron and then hits him with a Razor's Edge on Balor and we go to yet another quick commercial. When we come back, the two trade offense. Balor goes for Coup de Grace, but stops when Priest acts like he's going to interfere. Balor gave Theory a dropkick onto his leather chair but Pries responds with the Reckoning for the pinfall win. Winner: Damian Priest.
- After the match, Theory gives Balor ATL and then takes a selfie with him.
- Backstage, Kevin Patrick tries to get some words with Seth Rollins, asking him about WrestleMania. Rollins doesn't say anything and just stares him down as Cody chants can be heard in the background.
- Back in the arena, Omos makes his way out for a match against fellow big man Commander Azeez in what is billed as the Battle of the Giants.
Omos vs. Commander Azeez - Battle of the Giants
- Apollo Crews accompanying Azeez. The two stare each other down and then lock up, jockeying for the upper hand. Azeez with a kick to the gut but Omos catches him with a shoulder block, sending him to the outside. When Azeez tries to get back, Omos sends him back with a clothesline before chasing Apollo off the apron. Azeez then catches Omos on the top rope and corners him before attempting a suplex, but Omos reverses it into a slam. Omos then grabs him by the head and slams him into the canvas, hooks the leg and gets the pin. Winner: Omos.
- After the match, Omos drags Apollo into the ring and chokeslams him to the mat.
- Backstage, Kevin Owens approaches an angry looking Seth Rollins backstage. He tries to encourage Rollins that he can still get on WrestleMania and he needs to focus his energy and think. Owens then runs down all the highlights of Rollins' WrestleMania career and says maybe they can think of something together. Rollins stops him mid-speech seemingly with a revelation, laughs and walks away. Owens thinks he helped Seth come up with a vision and plan for WrestleMania.
- Back in the ring, Rhea Ripley accompanies Liv Morgan to the ring. Her opponent will be Queen Zelina but not before a commercial break. We come back and see highlights from last week's tag team match, focusing on the part where Carmella was too distracted with Corey Graves leaving Zelina all alone to battle Morgan and Ripley. Zelina then comes out alongside but giving looks to Carmella. We see a pre-recorded segment with Zelina warning Carmella that she better start concentrating on their tag team championship...or else.
Liv Morgan vs. Queen Zelina
- They lock up and Zelina drops Morgan but she pops right back up. Vega works over Morgan's neck but they go back-and-forth with some near falls by Liv. A standing drop kick by Morgan but Carmella steps up and distracts Morgan giving Vega an opportunity to reverse into a Powerbomb. As Carmella celebrates, Ripley warns her to stay away and Carmella hops on to Corey Graves' lap. Back to the action, Vega runs right into an ObLIVion and gets pinned. Winner: Liv Morgan.
- After the match, Liv and Rhea celebrate and Zelina looks over at Carmella, absolutely furious. Seth Rollins then interrupts, suddenly out of depression and back to his happy self. He prances into the ring as Liv and Rhea leave and we go to commercial.
- Back from commercial, we see footage from the house show at Madison Square Garden with Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns' matches and the post-match attack by Reigns on Lesnar. Clips from Smackdown are also shown where Brock calls out an absent Roman.
- Back live, Seth Rollins says he has a plan to get himself to WrestleMania. He thought all hope was lost but then Kevin Owens reminded him who he is - a visionary, a revolutionary, he is Seth Rollins. Rollins says he has a plan but he needs his best friend, Owens, out here to celebrate together. Owens then makes his way out and both men are all smiles. Owens says he can't wait to hear this. Rollins says that he has the KO Show with Steve Austin as the guest at WrestleMania. Rollins says what if he also had a talk show at WrestleMania? What if his guest was Stone Cold Steve Austin! Owens then says you can't have a talk show, Austin is his guest but this is not a good plan. He tries to convince Rollins to think of another plan. Rollins says you're right, there can only be one talk show so let's have a match tonight and the winner gets the talk show with guest Steve Austin! Owens says he had the idea first, it's his, he already pissed Austin off and he's coming for him. They start arguing so Sonya Deville comes out and announces that she likes that idea and so it will be Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins tonight in the main event. If Rollins wins, he will replace him at WrestleMania. Owens is livid and Rollins pumped.
- We see highlights from the past few weeks showcasing the feud between the Mysterios and The Miz & Logan Paul.
- Dominik and Rey Mysterio make their way out as they get ready to face Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin, the Hurt Business.
- Backstage, Kevin Owens is complaining to Sonya Deville saying this makes no sense and wondering why Deville is encouraging people stealing other people's ideas.
Dominik & Rey Mysterio vs. The Hurt Business
- Before the match can even start, The Miz and Logan Paul both make their way out. The two dance their way to the ring as the Mysterios look on. Shelton attacks Rey, but the legal man Dominik takes advantage and gains the upperhand. Cedric then tags in unbeknownst to Dominik and clotheslines him outside the ring. The action in the ring has Cedric with a wrist lock on Dominik but the cameras are panned on Miz and Paul who are sitting at the commentary booth. Alexander continues to pummel Dominik in the middle of the ring but gets caught with a neck breaker. Dom crawls over and makes the hot tag to Rey Mysterio who immediately nails a Hurricanrana followed by a Tornado DDT for a very near fall, broken up by Shelton. Benjamin is chased out by the ref, and Mysterio calls for the 619 but he's intercepted by Cedric but Rey reverses and hurls him towards Benjamin. Double 619 to Cedric Alexander and Rey with a flying clothesline on Benjamin on the outside. Back in the ring, Dominik climbs to the top rope and hits a frog splash on Alexander for the win. Winners: Rey & Dominik Mysterio.
- After the match, The Miz and Logan Paul attack the Mysterios. Rey is double teamed but drop kicks Paul and escapes and sends Miz clumsily to the outside. Paul is now outnumbered by the Mysterios and they attempt another double 619 but Paul is rescued by Miz and they scurry to the back as the Mysterios look on.
- The commentators hype up WWE 2K22, saying it's the best WWE video game of all-time. They hype up the Edge vs. AJ Styles match and Edge is up next for an interview but before that, a commercial break.
- They show a quick video package announcing Queen Sharmell as the latest inductee into WWE's Hall of Fame, class of 2022.
- Edge makes his way to the ring. He takes a mic amid boos and says he's the benchmark in WWE. He disses the audience and then says he's better than everyone, better than everyone in the entire industry. But since he's come back, he hasn't shown that aptitude. Because the Edge that came back to appease the fans was weak. He says he realized that "you don't matter to me." In trying to appease the audience, he allowed a man like Randy Orton to tear his triceps, allowed someone like Seth Rollins to cost him the title and allowed someone like Roman Reigns to pin him at WrestleMania. If that Edge faces AJ Styles, Styles would leave him in the dust. But that Edge is dead, baby, he says with a laugh. He adds that he won't be judged by anyone - whether it's the fans, the locker room or AJ. The crowd chants "you suck." Edge says AJ, if you make it to WrestleMania, two generational talents facing each other on the grandest stage of them all...then AJ, you will be judged. He drops the mic and smiles before quickly turning serious.
- We see highlights from two weeks ago with Bianca Belair beating Becky Lynch with her hair. Backstage, Belair is interviewed and is asked whether her hair is an unfair advantage. Bianca says it's both an advantage and a disadvantage. She did whip Becky but only after Lynch wrapped her hair around the ropes first. Belair says she stays true to who she is and that's the weapon Becky is really afraid of. The real advantage is Becky not running her mouth and she is going to use Doudrop to preview what she will do to Becky at WrestleMania - shut Becky up for good.
Bianca Belair vs. Doudrop
- Bianca out first as we head to commercial. When we come back, we see a promo video for Veer Mahaan, who will be coming to Raw soon. Back in the ring, Belair is still spinning her hair around as Doudrop with Nikki A.S.H. make their way down. A pre-recorded interview with Nikki and Doudrop where they endorse Becky and warn Bianca about using her hair as an advantage. Belair shows her athleticism for much of the match. She tries to pick Doudrop up but fails and is headbutted to the outside. The two take the action there where both women show off their power. Doudrop then throws Belair into the barricade but misses a somersault Cannonball as we go to commercial. When we come back, the two are back in the ring and Doudrop has a chinlock which she turns into a Michinoku Driver for a two count. She then misses a charge into the corner and Belair fights back, driving Doudrop in the corner with a drop kick. The match progresses until Belair tries to nail a suplex but it's countered, however, Belair soon hits a Spinebuster sending Doudrop reeling. Belair then lifts Doudrop up for the KOD and nails it as she rolls over her opponent for the pinfall win. Winner: Bianca Belair.
- After the match, Becky Lynch shows up and pulls Belair to the outside by her hair where she assaults Bianca. Lynch sets up a chair and slams Belair into it face first, then puts her head through it, grabs her hair and pulls her into the ring post, presumably throat first. Lynch then taunts a fallen Belair about next week before leaving. Officials tend to Belair as Lynch walks away smiling.
- We see a video package highlighting the Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair storyline.
- Back live, the new WWE Raw Tag Team champions, RK-Bro, Randy Orton and Riddle, are welcomed to the ring as we cut to commercial. We come back and see a recap of last week's match where the titles changed hands. The ring is littered with balloons as Riddle says he keeps replaying last week's events over and over again. Orton says Riddle is damn right, we are going to WrestleMania. He says he was doing some math and this is going to be his 18th appearance and this might be the sweetest one of them all as it's the first time he's been a tag team champion going into the PPV and the first time he's head a partner and a friend. Orton says the last time they were champs, Riddle threw a party so he's going to try and return the favor. Riddle says this is the greatest night of his career, Orton is the best, he's the coolest. Riddle says Orton got him popcorn and soda and bubblegum. They will share it all says Orton but it goes with the last gift. Orton says he searched high and low to find it but before they can open it, The Street Profits interrupt. The Profits congratulate RK-Bro and start a chant as Riddle looks amused but Orton isn't pleased. Riddle invites them in the ring but the Profits said they are here for business. Riddle is reminded that the Profits beat RK-Bro two weeks ago. The Profits challenge the champs to a match at WrestleMania. Orton thanks them for coming but the answer is no because they went through a lot to win the titles. The Profits say that they aren't asking, they are telling them. Orton lists off such legends like Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and even Vince McMahon who never told him what to do when he's in the ring. Riddle tries to convince Orton to accept the challenge and the two discuss it with Orton then agreeing to accept. Montez Ford then says this party is ass which Riddle takes offense to, feeling it is an insult to Randy. Riddle then says he doesn't even want to wait until WrestleMania and before the Angelo Dawkins can accept on Ford's behalf, Orton finishes the segment saying the three most dangerous letters in sports entertainment are RK-Bro. Riddle vs. Ford following the commercial break.
- Next week, AJ Styles will be back on Monday Night Raw.
Riddle vs. Montez Ford
- Multiple near falls by both men before Ford drop kicks and clotheslines Riddle, sending him over the top rope. Ford then flies off the ring post but is caught. German Suplex but Ford lands on his feet and then hits a high cross body off the steps as we head to commercial. Back in the ring, Riddle with a sunset flip but Montez rolls out and kicks Riddle in the chest before a splash for a two count. Montez heads to the top rope but Riddle saw it coming and turns the tide. A powerslam by Riddle followed by a modified DDT. Riddle goes for the RKO but it's countered and Ford hits an enziguiri. Montez then tries for a powerslam but Riddle then counters and hits the RKO. Out of nowhere, Otis runs out and attacks Orton and Chad Gable does the same to Angelo Dawkins. Otis then pulls Riddle out and slams him into the barricade as the bell rings. Inside the ring, Gable and Otis suplex Dawkins before standing over Montez where they do a number on him too with a Vader Bomb and a Moonsault. Alpha Academy then pose in the ring, pointing to the WrestleMania sign. Winner: Riddle (via DQ).
- The commentators talk about Scott Hall and how his presence is still felt on the roster to this very day. They talk about his contributions as Scott Hall and Razor Ramon and then air an impressive tribute video package running through his career. As they pan back to the live audience, a "Razor" chant erupts accompanied by a standing ovation.
- Kevin Owens is shown making his way to the ring as we go to commercial. When we come back, a video package highlights the recent history of Owens and Seth Rollins.
- Backstage, Seth Rollins says that not only does he need WrestleMania, but WrestleMania needs Seth Freakin Rollins. And he's about to punch his ticket right now. We go to commercial as Rollins is making his way out.
- They show replays of Becky Lynch attacking Bianca Belair. Belair has been taken to hospital and they report that she has throat trauma.
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
- As stated, the winner gets to host their talk show at WrestleMania with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest. The two size each other up and Rollins gets a quick rollup for a one count. Owens with a Stunner attempt but Rollins fights it off. The two argue but Rollins attacks Owens and starts pummelling him with punches. Owens then reverses and chops away Rollins in the corner. Kick by Rollins and now Rollins with the chops. Owens charges and drops Rollins and punches away. The trade offense with Rollins hitting a knee across the head for another one count. Action heads outside where Owens takes out Rollins' leg and starts working on it driving it into the barricade. They head back in and Owens continues to isolate the left leg. Rollins tries to bail outside but Owens catches hm and punches away continuing to focus on the leg. Owens attempts to hoist Rollins on the apron for a Powerbomb but Rollins reverses with a backdrop. Rollins comes running off the ropes for a suicide dive but is caught into a fallaway slam followed by a Senton. Owens in the ring, Rollins out and we go to our last commercial. When we come back, the two are back in the ring with Owens hitting a Tornado DDT off the ropes for a two count. As Rollins struggles to his feet, Owens continues the attack getting another two after a Cannonball into the corner. Rollins fights back and the two trade punches in the middle of the ring. Owens looking for a pop up Powerbomb but Rollins counters and sends Owens into the turnbuckle. Chops by Rollins as Owens is now reeling, walking into a Slingblade. Rollins with a springboard knee right to Owens' head and then throws him outside. He then hits the Suicide dive and then rocks Owens again but slams himself into the corner of the announce table. Both men down. Owens just makes it back before the 10 count but is greeted by a Superkick. Rollins to the top and hits a frog splash but Owens kicks out just in the nick of time. Rollins yells to Owens "I need this Kevin!" and the two head to the top rope where Rollins goes for a superplex. Owens knocks him off but Rollins runs back up and right into a superplex. Owens covers for another near fall. Owens to the top for a Swanton Bomb but Rollins with his knees up. Owens misses a Stunner and Rollins covers but the ref isn't in position so KO kicks out. After a quick sequence, Owens hits the Stunner and gets the 1-2-3 pinfall victory. Rollins looks distraught as Raw goes off the air. Winner: Kevin Owens.