Kevin Owens is mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore. After weeks of Twitter insults from Goldberg, not to mention the WWE Universe over his betrayal of Chris Jericho, the Universal Champion finally took one prod too many. Owens opened Raw by confronting his No. 1 contender, ultimately challenging Goldberg to settle their differences in a Green Bay Street Fight — just kidding, he totally didn’t.
True, Owens did come out for a few last-minute volleys of smacktalk before he and Goldberg battle at WWE Fastlane this Sunday, and the whole Street Fight thing was a bait-and-switch to rile Goldberg up. But the Universal Champion didn’t have any interest in throwing down with the iconic Superstar this evening. With a promise to end the Goldberg chant at Fastlane, Owens got the last word. But he shouldn’t take too much heart in that: Words won’t save him on Sunday.
The Man is coming home — whether he’s ready or not. Seth Rollins’ status for WrestleMania has been up in the air ever since Samoa Joe attacked him and re-injured his knee a few weeks ago, and The Architect initially didn’t seem optimistic on Raw about his status for The Show of Shows. In Rollins’ first appearance since his injury, he was the picture of pity. He hobbled down to the ring on a crutch, expressing regret over allying with Triple H in the first place and half-heartedly informing interviewer Corey Graves that he probably wouldn’t be cleared in time for April 2.
Then Triple H showed up. The King of Kings sauntered to the ring to salt Rollins’ wounds. He even brought out Joe for backup so he could talk trash (“I used you up and spit you out — so friggin’ what?”) without fear of reprisal. Triple H delivered a final warning that Rollins best stay away from WrestleMania, or it would be the last thing he ever did. And Rollins snapped, promising Triple H he would be at WrestleMania regardless of whether the doctors cleared him, and if appearing in Orlando, Fla., was indeed the last thing he did in WWE, he would take The Game down with him.
One week after toppling Big Show and decimating Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman demanded that Raw General Manager Mick Foley organize a contract signing to render their Fastlane bout ironclad and prevent Reigns from backing out. Though Foley, who’d been demeaned by Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon all night, briefly got the better of Strowman in a verbal confrontation, The Monster Among Men was, once again, the night’s big winner when things turned physical.
Reigns resurfaced to take the fight to his monstrous opponent, and briefly seemed to come out on top — though it took a fight through the crowd and a Spear that took out Strowman, the barricade and a security guy to do it. Strowman ultimately rose from the ruins and got the last word, driving Reigns so hard into the turnbuckle that the whole top row of ropes snapped off the ring. His work done, The Gift of Destruction departed the ring, but Reigns still managed to grab hold of the contract and sign his name. So it’s official, now. Better reinforce that ring again, boys.
In other action... The New Day def. Rusev & Jinder Mahal... Akira Tozawa def. Noam Dar... Charlotte Flair & Nia Jax def. Raw Women's Champion Bayley & Sasha Banks... Big Cass def. Raw Tag Team Champion Luke Gallows... Sheamus def. Titus O'Neil... Big Show def. The Shining Stars... Jack Gallagher & TJ Perkins def. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville & Tony Nese... and Samoa Joe def. Cesaro.
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