Raw Recap: April 17, 2017
Aired on April 17, 2017

The Miz is back on Raw, which means “Miz TV” has come with him. And for his first guest, The A-Lister hosted fellow Superstar Shake-up ship-jumper Dean Ambrose, who welcomed Miz to Raw last week by planting him with Dirty Deeds.

The Lunatic Fringe wasn’t flustered by Miz’s various insults, including but not limited to The Awesome One’s claim that Ambrose was too lazy to shatter the glass ceiling, retorting simply that his record and reputation speak for themselves.

But then, Maryse made the mistake of insinuating that Ambrose was too much of a “boy” to take the Intercontinental Championship to the same heights Miz himself had before The Lunatic Fringe defeated him for it. So, Ambrose tackled Miz to the ground and mauled him relentlessly; The A-Lister only got away when Maryse whacked Ambrose on the back with a microphone and gave Miz a moment to escape.

Well that didn’t take long, did it? Alexa Bliss made good on her Superstar Shake-up trade value in one week, defeating two Raw stalwarts and a SmackDown LIVE transplant to become No. 1 contender to the Raw Women’s Championship, potentially setting herself up to be the first Superstar to have held the Women’s titles of both brands.

While fellow competitors Mickie James and Sasha Banks initially worked together to help neutralize wild card Nia Jax, Bliss picked her spots and mostly stirred the pot, either provoking Nia or staying down to allow James and The Boss to attack each other in the interim. But after Jax shoved Mickie off the turnbuckle and took out Banks with a Samoan Drop, Alexa dropkicked her out of the ring and covered The Boss for a sneaky, yet impactful, victory.

Maybe they should have reinforced the ring again.

After Braun Strowman’s quest for competition put him square in the path of Big Show, The Monster Among Men battled the giant in such colossal fashion that the ring couldn’t stand the weight of it.

Strowman initially walked right into harm’s way by bum-rushing Show before the bell, allowing The World’s Largest Athlete to put a solid beating on him before the match officially started. Just as he did in his encounter with Big Show a few weeks back, Strowman once again broke out the science to even things out when the match began in earnest — arm drags! — and things quickly turned into which Superstar could physically overpower the other.

After a barrage of slams, suplexes and chops, Strowman landed the decisive blow. Show went up top in frustration when The Gift of Destruction kicked out of the KO Punch, but The Monster Among Men sprang up and administered a superplex that turned the ring to rubble and brought the match to a halt. And yet, Strowman still got to his feet and screamed in primal fashion to the crowd.

There may have been no winner here, but someone certainly came out on top.

In other action … Raw General Manager Kurt Angle confronted Braun Strowman … Samoa Joe def. Chris Jericho … Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. Enzo Amore & Big Cass … TJ Perkins def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher … Finn Bálor def. Curt Hawkins … and Raw Tag Team Champion Jeff Hardy def. Cesaro.

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