Welcome to the live coverage for Monday Night Raw from Pittsburgh, PA! Coverage will begin at 8/7 Central time as the show starts up! On the books for tonight is the last appearance of The Shield (supposedly) and a face-to-face with Triple H and Batista.
WWE Monday Night Raw
We open the show with The Shield making their way to the ring wearing matching Hounds of Justice shirts. They announce that Roman Reigns will compete in his first singles match back tonight. Roman grabs the microphone first. Shield chants stop them before they say anything. Seth happily chomps on his gum as Roman looks around. Roman says that over the past few months he's realized that tomorrow is not guaranteed. He says if last night was the last one, he has no regrets. He said he was in the ring with people he loved. Roman says that he's forever grateful to The Shield. Roman says they are on the road to Wrestlemania. He says that he has some business tonight for his first singles match back. Roman jokes about Dean having business to take care of elsewhere. Roman says that Seth has business at WrestleMania. Roman says that the crowd is going to chant 'Burn It Down' as he slays the beast. They all hug before putting their fists into the center and pose. Their music plays as they hug it out and leave the ring. All except for Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins gets the microphone and says last night The Shield burned it down. He's cut off by Paul Heyman who walks out onto the stage. He goes through his usual spiel at the top. Rollins claps and mocks his calling 'Brock Lesnarrrrrr.' Seth talks about Brock dominating Big Show, Braun Strowman, and Goldberg. Heyman laughs and thanks him for doing his schtick. Rollins talks about Brock struggling with Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Finn Balor. He asks if that's the Brock Lesnar that Heyman is referring. Heyman nods and says touche. Rollins talks about his client having issues with guys his size and speed and style. Seth says that he's uniquely built to defeat Brock, and it's Seth Freakin' Rollins. Seth says that he only has three weeks left before he takes the title and brings it back to Raw each and every week. Heyman begins to talk before he's stopped by 'Slay the Beast' chants. Heyman says that Rollins is leaving out the details of Brock having no time to prepare. Heyman talks about it originally supposed to be Jinder before being replaced by AJ. Same thing with AJ being replaced by Bryan. Same thing for Strowman being replaced by Finn Balor. Heyman says you want to meet my client? Then he throws it to a video package.
A video package is shown highlighting Brock Lesnar.
Heyman says since Rollins won the Royal Rumble, Brock has had these disgusting, sick plans for Seth Rollins. Shelton Benjamin slides into the ring behind Seth Rollins (?!) before hitting a trifecta of German suplexes. Shelton's music plays as he steps out of the ring. Random.
Seth Rollins vs. Shelton Benjamin
We come back from break with a bell ringing before Shelton hits a quick German suplex. Shelton locks on a side headlock as Heyman is sitting at the announce table. Rollins fights out before hitting an axe handle to floor Shelton. Rollins nails a drop kick as Shelton rolls out of the ring. Rollins slides out of the ring and fires away at Shelton with some right hands. Rollins rolls in Shelton before delivering some other punches. Shelton reverses an Irish whip but catches a kick to the jaw followed by a blockbuster. Rollins takes a moment to stomp the mat. Shelton dodges The Stomp, tries for a German to no avail. Seth sends Shelton outside and charges before catching a kick to the jaw from Shelton at the ropes! Shelton slides back into the ring and pins him for a two count!
We return with Seth in a side headlock, but he begins fighting back as he sees the red light on the camera. Shelton sends Seth to the outside before stepping outside. Shelton rams Rollins into the barricade before nailing a clothesline. Shelton slides Seth into the ring as Paul Heyman takes a phone call while on the announce team. Shelton lifts up Seth, but Rollins flips him over into a pin for a two count. Rollins hits a hurricanrana sending Seth into the corner turnbuckle. Seth kicks Shelton before hitting the Slingblade! Seth is sent out onto the barricade before springing into a clothesline to floor Benjamin for a two count. Rollins tries for the kneeling superkick, but Shelton reverses it before hitting a release German suplex! Shelton hits a second one before smirking at the camera. Shelton lifts up Rollins, but Seth nails some superkicks to the midsection followed by The Stomp for the three count.
Winner: Seth Rollins
During the match, Paul Heyman announces that Brock Lesnar will be on Raw next week. Rollins celebrates before Finn Balor's music begins to play. He comes out wearing a grin and his Intercontinental Championship. He shakes the hand of Seth on the ramp. As he enters the ring, Bobby Lashley's mean mug pops up on the screen.
Finn Balor (c) vs. Bobby Lashley
Lashley makes his way to the ring after the commercial break, and he's not in a good mood. They do the announcements with both men in the ring.
The bell sounds before Lashley slams Finn to the mat before slamming him in the corner. Lashley puts a boot into the throat of Finn before rolling him out into a head crank. Lashley releases the hold and catches a dropkick after he hits the ropes. Lashley lifts up Finn and just rams him into the corner. Balor tries to kick Lashley in the head, but Bobby catches his leg and drills him with an elbow. Lashley climbs out onto the apron and lifts up Finn! Finn lands in the ring and dropkicks Lashley off the apron. Finn rushes towards him and nails a soccer kick right to the head as Lashley falls to the floor!
We come back as Lashley has a huge side headlock applied. Finn fights out before receiving a reverse STO for a two count. Bobby stomps on the hand of Finn before lifting him up in a powerbomb. Finn fights out and dodges a spear from Bobby. Lashley lands on the outside and grabs the legs of Finn before yanking him outside. Lashley hits a belly-to-back body drop onto the apron before rolling into the ring and pinning Finn for a two count. Lashley punches Finn with a huge right hand. He locks in an armlock as Finn begins fighting back. Finn nails a dropkick, but Lashley rushes right back at him before catching a kick to the head. Finn nails a running axe handle to the head to floor Lashley. Lashley catches a dodge from Balor, but Balor trips up Bobby. He leaps up and drives his boots into his chest with a double foot stomp. Bobby gets up and rams Finn into the corner once again. He lifts up Finn for a Dominator, but Finn rolls through for a two count! Lashley just tosses Finn onto the top turnbuckle. Finn gets down and nails a Slingblade followed by a running dropkick. The bell starts ringing as Lio Rush is shown holding the Intercontinental Championship. Finn kicks him away before springing off the top rope and catching a spear in mid-air! Bobby covers Finn for a three count!
Winner (and NEW Intercontinental Champion): Bobby Lashley
Bobby and Lio do their handshake together showing they're back in good graces before Lashley celebrates his new title.
A Moment of Bliss is later with the WrestleMania Host Revelation.
Backstage, Charly Caruso is shown backstage who introduces Baron Corbin. A video clip is shown with Baron talking about him not wanting Roman on Raw. Baron said he said it and he doesn't want to hold his emotions in check. He says that his friends aren't going to be able to save him tonight against him. Baron says that he's going to house train the Big Dog.
Ronda Rousey is shown storming through the backstage area as she's out next!
Ronda Rousey makes her way out to the ring as a video clip is shown showing what happened at Fast Lane between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. Back to the ring, Ronda has a microphone and she says that we can shove the applause. She says you think she cares about what the audience thinks after they cheered her getting brutalized by a kendo stick? Ronda says that she doesn't care about Becky Lynch. She says that she's going to desecrate both Becky and Charlotte at WrestleMania. She says that she's going to expose WWE as the Carny-filled place that it is. She says she gives permission for the match at WrestleMania to be a handicap. She says that she's be disgusted if she even broke a sweat.
Dana Brooke comes out and talks about how much she LOVES the WWE and that she won't let Ronda Rousey talk down to the audience and about the women's locker room. Dana Brooke talks about not getting a match on the card, and she's not a household name. She just wants a chance and she says that it's a night after a PPV. Dana says that she accepts the challenge. Ronda drops the title and KICKS Dana in the midsection followed by some punches. Dana rolls out of the ring and gets caught by a few arm drags. Ronda rolls Dana into the ring and nails the Piper's Pit. Referees flood into the ring and teases an armbar. But she stops and tells the audience to pay $60 to see that. She SMACKS a referee flooring him. She heads up the ramp.
They show a recap from two weeks ago from the celebration of Ric's birthday celebration and Triple H's promo from last week.
Tag Team Match
Aleister Black & Ricochet vs. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable
Aleister Black and Chad Gable start this off as Gable nails a big tackle followed by some kicks. Roode tags in, but Black fights back. Roode nails a spinebuster for a two count. Roode rams Black into the corner before lighting him up with a chop. Gable tags in for a double team maneuver that is good for a two count only. Gable applies a leg-trapped armlock. Roode tags in. They trade turns stomping away on Black. Roode nails a backbreaker for a two count. Aleister Black screams out in pain as Roode applies an abdominal stretch. Black rolls through for a two count. Ricochet tags in for a big neckbreaker on Gable followed by a hurricanrana to Roode! Gable tags in. They hit a German suplex with a blockbuster for a two count on Ricochet! Gable misses a moonsault, but Ricochet nails a lariat. Roode tags in, but Black tags in. Ricochet nails a fireman's carry into a kneelift. Aleister Black nails Black Mass as Ricochet takes out Gable! Black covers for a three count!
Winners: Aleister Black & Ricochet
They celebrate up the ramp before they're jumped by The Revival. Roode and Gable run off the champs.
Up next is the WrestleMania Host Revelation.
Later, Kurt Angle reveals his future in the business.
Alexa Bliss comes out and takes a seat on a chair for her Moment of Bliss. Alexa talks about the WWE Universe buzzing about her scoop. She asks who the host is going to be? She says only a few people have had that honor. She says Kim Kardashian, The Rock, and The New Day have all hosted. She throws it to a video showing that Alexa Bliss is the host of WrestleMania this year! She begins hyperventilating for a moment before she says that it's such an honor for the WWE Universe. She says you are welcome. She says finally the brightest star will host. She says that this has been your moment of bliss!
A video package is shown of last week with a few Saturday Night Live guys. This changes to Braun who is with Charly. She asks if what Colin says gives him a right to grab him by his throat. Braun says that that guy better stay away from him if he knows what's good for him. A guy comes up and says that Braun's car is here. Braun says what car?
The guy from earlier says that this car comes with a card. Braun tells him to read it. Colin Jost apparently gave this car to him. Braun looks around at it before demolishing the convertible talking about how it's too small for him. He rips the door off and flings it. He smashes the window. Braun breaks off a side panel of the car and gives it to the guy before telling him to give it to Colin. He says next time he sees them it'll be live in New York, and he's going to get these hands.
Elias is in the ring. He says Braun didn't appreciate that car, but they'll appreciate the gift that he's giving out. He plays a little guitar before asking who wants to walk with Elias? He says statistically it's a miracle that he's a success. He says being born in Pittsburgh gave him a disadvantage. He says that the miserable people of this town hold down the good people. He says that that was the advice that he gave his friend Antonio Brown. He says he told him to get out of this town now that he has their money.
No Way Jose's music begins to play. Jose's hair is highlighter green and yellow. Elias attacks him and begins destroying him. He begins attacking The Conga Line before hitting a twisting neckbreaker on the rampway. Elias stands up and gets back into the ring. He asks for a microphone, but uhh... we go to the announce team.
A video is shown for Harlem Heat going into the WWE Hall of Fame!
Lacey Evans comes out and says something to Corey Graves, but she's interrupted by Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka. They blow her off before stomping towards the ring where Nia takes out Natalya on the other side of the...
Natalya comes out next. She says that she didn't know Ronda like she thought she did. She does have one person that she can trust... Beth Phoenix.
Natalya vs. Nia Jax
The match barely begins before Beth Phoenix leaps into the ring and just clobbers Nia Jax! The match is over as quick as it begins.
Winner (by DQ): Nia Jax
Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka head backstage. As soon as they get backstage, Sasha Banks and Bayley attack Nia and Tamina! They're broken apart by referees and producers.
A couple of cars pull into the arena as The Animal is here in a sparkly silver suit.
We come back and Triple H comes out to the ring wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and a leather jacket. He tells Batista to come on out. Batista's music plays and he saunters out with a microphone in his hand. He walks down the ramp a bit before a bunch of personal security comes out building a wall between them. Batista keeps trying to talk, but the fans aren't letting him with a mixture of boos and cheers. Triple H asks if Batista is just going to stand up there like a nose ring model or get into the ring. Triple H asks if the security is there to protect himself from Batista? Batista says no. He says that he's learned from the two dirtiest players of the game. Batista says the security is there for him, and he wants something from Triple H. He tells him to give him what he wants. Hunter says he has no reason to give him stuff. Hunter says why? Because he's a big movie star? Triple H says since he's a coward, Triple H will come up the ramp. He says that he'll tear through the Guardians of the Independent Scene to get to him. Batista says that we're doing this HIS way. He'll be gone by the time Triple H gets through the security. Batista says that he'll continue hurting people Triple H loves until he's given what he wants. Batista says that he knows Hunter wants it. Batista says that Hunter won't give it to him because he's not in control. Batista says that he wants Triple H at WrestleMania. Triple H says that he's on. Batista says thank you and that's all he ever wanted. One last match to end his career and end Triple H's career on his terms. Batista says he'll see Triple H at WrestleMania. Triple H says that he'll see him there, but he better dig deep. Triple H says that there will be no rules, no restrictions, no holds barred at WrestleMania as it's under his terms. Batista turns and walks away as Triple H stews in the ring.
Kurt Angle walks to the ring before grabbing a microphone. He talks about leaving Pittsburgh to win the Olympics with a broke friggin neck. He talks about how Pittsburgh always being his hometown. Angle says that he wanted to save this announcement for tonight. He says that WrestleMania will be his farewell match. Kurt says that he wants to thank each and every one of the audience members. "Thank You Kurt" chants ring out. He says thank you, and he says that he needs to have one last match tonight in Pittsburgh. Apollo Crews' music hits.
Kurt Angle vs. Apollo Crews
The bell sounds as we come back before Angle hits a few arm drags. Apollo fights up before nailing Angle with a big punch. Angle hits a big belly-to-belly suplex. Apollo nails a dropkick for a two count. Crews nails a suplex into a two count before applying a side headlock. Angle fights up as they trade blows. Angle hits the trifecta of German suplexes for a two count. Crews reverses an Angle slam before nailing him with an enzuigiri for a two count. Apollo misses a frog splash before getting caught by an Angle Slam for a three count!
Winner: Kurt Angle
He helps Apollo to his feet before locking in a hug. Apollo raises the hand of Angle before leaving the ring to him.
Roman Reigns is shown backstage getting ready as he sees the upcoming...
Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin
Before the match can start, Drew McIntyre just blindsides Roman Reigns. The Scottish Psychopath just drives Roman into the post before Roman falls outside of the ring. Drew looks down at him before stepping out of the ring. Roman begins fighting back, but Drew nails him with a Claymore Kick! Drew yells at Roman to fight for him before Claymore Kicking Roman's face into the ring post. Drew grabs Roman's head before telling him that this is just the beginning. A doctor is checking on Roman who keeps blowing him off. Drew is ushered out of the ringside area by referees. Seth Rollins comes down and checks on Roman. Seth tells Roman that it's okay to not be good to go. Roman just said it's a little headache. Roman slowly begins walking towards the back with Seth Rollins.
We come back and The Shield is shown backstage. Roman Reigns is brought back into the doctor's office. Seth follows him in as Dean Ambrose stomps away. Dean Ambrose meets Triple H and asks for a No DQ match right now. Triple H digs it and okays it.
No Disqualification Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre
Drew comes out with a microphone and asks if he's going to squeal like his brother, Roman. Dean attacks and knocks Drew off the ramp. They begin fighting into the audience as Dean begins brutalizing Drew. Drew rakes the eyes of Dean before chopping him. They begin fighting up the ramp. Drew climbs as Dean pursues. Drew slams Dean into a wall of one of the upperlevels. Drew threatens throwing him from one level to the next. Dean fires back with an elbow before dumping popcorn on Drew!
We come back and Dean Ambrose is battering Drew down the stairs. During the commercial break, Dean destroyed the concessions with Drew's face. Drew demolished the merch area. Dean tries for an axe handle from the top of the barricade, but Drew catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex. Drew lifts up the steel steps and nails Dean with them. He covers him for a two count. Drew lifts up Dean for a delayed vertical suplex for a two count. McIntyre drags Dean back into the audience before saying that he's going to take out The Shield one-by-one. Dean levels him with a kick to the groin. Dean just tackles Drew with a ton of shots. Ambrose is nailed from behind before Drew drops Dean on the tech table. Ambrose stops him before setting him on a moving box. He shoves it into another as Drew falls off clutching his arm. Dean hits a leaping elbow for a two count. Dean slams Drew's head on a box as they head towards the announce table. Dean gets an inside cradle for a two count. Drew hits some mounted blows. Drew moves towards the announce table and clears it off. Dean hits a belly-to-back body drop onto the table before climbing up and nailing some big shots. They climb up onto the announce table before Drew low blows Dean and pokes his eye with a pencil! Drew throws Dean into the LED board of the screen followed by a second for a two count. Dean throws a wild right, but he misses. Drew slaps Dean before pulling him between the handrail of the stairs. Drew nails a Claymore kick as he's trapped there! Dean falls down the short flight of stairs with the rail around his head. Drew removes the rail before pinning him for the three count!
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre stands on the top of the stage as Dean Ambrose pulls himself back up. Drew nails him with another Claymore Kick as the show comes to a close.