Chris Novak: We kick things off, two weeks away from the Royal Rumble, with Braun Strowman. JK, first out of the gate is Vince McMahon!
Robert O’Neill: Vince is at Raw, complete with a limo arrival. Ominus? Maybe! Now here’s Strowman. He goes on about how he’s going to beat Lesnar and Lesnar is scared of him. But here comes Baron Corbin.
Chris Novak: Corbin agitates Braun, which leads to a chase. A Singh brother died on the way back to his home planet. Strowman remains in heavy pursuit.
And now, here’s Elias.
Robert O’Neill: He told Strowman where Corbin was, but he did it in song. And Corbin was hiding in the limo Vince arrived in!
Chris Novak: He yanks the driver out of the limo and then proceeds to bash the windows in!!! He then PULLS the door off. Corbin goes on the move once again and… oh, well, Braun RUNS INTO VINCE!! Vince is NOT thrilled either, by the looks of it.
Sure enough he’s not. He fines him $100K. Braun gets mad, and NOW… he’s OUT of the Universal Championship Match!
Ronda-Sasha/Nia-Tamina is next.
Robert O’Neill: Let’s see how this goes.
Chris Novak: That match… certainly went. It was fine. Right team won (Sasha and Ronda) right person got the fall (Sasha) and right person tapped out (Tamina). That’s fine. That was… fine.
Robert O’Neill: After the match they both got interviewed by Charly Caruso and Sasha took some exception to some things Ronda said about how she’s going to make her tap. That was a really good segment.
Chris Novak: Sasha and Ronda are STILL GOING after the commercial break. Bayley and Natalya try to play peacemaker and eventually send them to their quarters. That leads to an argument between Bayley and Nattie about who was in the right and wrong. Riott Squad come knocking on the door then and rabblerouse, as they are to do. Liv insulted Bayley by calling her a sad emoji. Much as I’m a Bayley fan, I’m a Liv fan, and that’s a great insult. They challenge them to a match and Nattie accepts on their behalf, but Bayley doesn’t seem thrilled by that. Big fan of this. Big fan of all of this.
Robert O’Neill: Lucha House Party are facing The Revival, however I am boycotting all tag team wrestling on the Raw brand until The Revival are rightfully awarded the tag team championship. Thank you for your time.
Chris Novak: Well, luckily for you tonight, Rob, The Revival picked up the win over The Lucha House Party.
Robert O’Neill: Vince is making his way to the ring to announce the new plan for the Royal Rumble title match. This should be interesting. Before he can start talking, JOHN CENA COMES OUT! He starts talking about how Stone Cold left and The Rock left and Brock Lesnar left but Cena never left! He missed birthdays and weddings and funerals but he’s still here and he wants a shot at his 17th world championship. Drew McIntyre is out here though and he doesn’t care what Cena has to say, he wants the shot. So does Baron Corbin. So does Finn Balor. Vince isn’t so high on the last one though, cause he’s little. Then chaos ensues, and McIntyre stands tall. Then Vince says they’re having a fatal four-way match in the main event to see who will face Brock. Whew.
Chris Novak: That was a hell of a segment. Cena cut a fiery promo. Finn brought some heat too. All of that ended extremely well too with Drew Mac coming out on top before the F4W announcement.
Jinder then shows up backstage and persuades Vince to let him in contention. So, apparently he’s facing Finn tonight. I’ve NO idea if this is entry to the F4W match… or if they just wiped that out tonight for this. I’ll have no idea for a few more segments until this is all resolved.
Six woman tag’s next. The partner that Bayley and Nattie picked is… NIKKI CROSS!!! So far, they’re acting as a cohesive unit. We’ll see if that disseminates into something later.
It might not surprise you, but the six-woman tag was a super fun match. Bayley got the pin after an elbow drop.
Robert O’Neill: That was awesome. I really liked adding Nikki Cross into the fold.