The most anticipated episode of Raw for the calendar year emanates from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday just one night after a. Becky Lynch closed Sunday’s annual extravaganza by winning the Raw and SmackDown women’s championships hours after Seth Rollins opened the show by making relatively quick work of Brock Lesnar to capture the universal championship.
Monday’s episode will likely see the type of swerves, surprise returns and main roster debuts that the Raw after WrestleMania has become known for each year in front of a crowd that is typically more boisterous and vocal than any other throughout the calendar year.
WWE Raw live results, highlights
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WWE Raw results, grades
A celebration and epic challenge: Seth Rollins opened Raw with the universal championship on his shoulder and corrected the crowds chants of “you deserve it” by saying “we deserve it.” He excused his dirty actions of hitting Brock Lesnar low the night before by saying Lesnar would’ve done the same to him. He also proclaimed his wish to be a fighting champion everyone can be proud of. Out came The New Day. After announcing the Superstar Shakeup wouldn’t start until next week, new WWE champion Kofi Kingston challenged Rollins to a “winner take all” match later tonight. “No Shield, no New Day,” Kingston said, “just you and me, one-on-one, title-for-title.” Rollins accepted and the crowd exploded. Grade: A-
Raw Tag Team Championship — Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder (c) def. The Revival via pinfall to retain the titles: The unlikely champions scored a sneaky victory to keep their reign alive just 24 hours after pulling the upset at WrestleMania. The fact that this automatic title rematch was supposed to be the kind the McMahon family announced last fall was outdated wasn’t addressed on commentary. The match was quickly paced and featured a number of late near falls to pop the crowd. The Revival hit a Shatter Machine late on Ryder, but Hawkins had secretly tagged himself in seconds earlier and ran in to roll up Scott Dawson from behind for the pin. Grade: B
Alexa Bliss def. Bayley via pinfall: After a lengthy break from televised competition amid rumors of a lingering injury, Bliss made her in-ring return just one night after hosting WrestleMania. The match was short but physical with Bliss having the back of her head slammed into the second turnbuckle after Bayley hit a sunset flip slam. After Bliss got her leg onto the rope to break the subsequent pin attempt, she hit a DDT out of nowhere for the 1-2-3. Grade: C+
Lacey Evans gets Becky Lynch’s attention: Lynch entered the ring holding both titles as a hot crowd greeted her with a chant of “Becky Two Belts” and loud singing of her theme song. Lynch mentioned she had worked at a bar nine years ago not far form the Barclays Center. She also cut promos on Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair. Out came Lacey Evans who, after feigning she was walking away, turned back to deliver a stiff Women’s Right to Lynch’s face. Lynch chased her down on the ramp to start a stiff brawl of believable strikes. The action spilled onto the stage as Evans, who fought in a dress with heels, broke free from the Dis-Arm-Her just as a group of referees swooped in to break them apart. Talk about an amazing introduction after weeks of cryptic and increasingly annoying run-ins. Grade: A+