WWE Raw Recap: April 16, 2018
Aired on April 16, 2018

Bobby Roode was revealed as the mystery participant in the 10-Man Tag Team Match that pitted Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor, Bobby Lashley & The Glorious One against Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens The Miz & The Miztourage. Find out what shocking turn of events sealed The A-Lister’s fate during the bout’s final moments.

The roster has been shaken, to say nothing of the WWE Universe: No sooner did United States Champion Jinder Mahal reveal himself as the first Superstar to hop the divide from SmackDown LIVE to Raw in the Superstar Shake-up than he found himself dethroned by Jeff Hardy in an impromptu title defense that left The Modern Day Maharaja sputtering with anger.

The compromising position Mahal found himself in can partially be attributed to his own imperious attitude, which provoked Raw General Manager Kurt Angle to give an open call for a title challenger. Even after The Charismatic Enigma answered, The Modern Day Maharaja looked good in the early goings, and this Superstar Shake-up seemed that it may lead Mahal to the same career-making heights as the last one. But Hardy slowly crawled back from the deficit, thwarting Sunil Singh’s attempted interference before catching Mahal in the Twist of Fate. One epic Swanton Bomb later and Jeff was U.S. Champion for the first time and the newest Superstar to complete the Grand Slam.

Adding insult to injury, a fuming Mahal ran afoul of No Way Jose, who advised Mahal to stay positive and assimilated Renee Young into his conga line in the middle of The Maharaja’s backstage interview following the match. The result of his evoked rematch at the Greatest Royal Rumble could very well soothe Mahal’s wounds, but for now, he arrives to his new “kingdom” down a title, down an interviewer, and for tonight, at least, down for the count.

To hear Natalya tell it, she came to Raw for one reason and one reason alone: To remind the WWE Universe that she is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be — second, perhaps, only to Ronda Rousey, whom The Queen of Harts helped train.

The former SmackDown Women’s Champion certainly got off to a good start in her Team Red return, submitting Mandy Rose with the Sharpshooter despite the threat of Sonya Deville at ringside. But a two-on-one attack from Absolution brought Rousey into the fray, and The Baddest Woman on the Planet quickly dispatched Deville with several strikes and a takedown when The Jersey Devil (boldly) put her hair up and squared up. That Natalya won the match makes her Raw return a success, but perhaps the most intimidating takeaway is that Natalya’s enemies could just be Ronda Rousey’s enemies as well.

The Miz wanted his Raw finale to be must-see. Well, a lot of people certainly saw it, as The A-Lister took the deciding pin in a 10-Man Tag Team Match that pitted him, The Miztourage, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn against Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor, Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley (in his in-ring return) and a mystery Superstar Shake-up acquisition that turned out to be Bobby Roode.

Unsurprisingly, the match was filled with astounding feats (Lashley’s stalling suplex) and the occasional brawl. The Miz was all over Rollins down the stretch, and The Miztourage did their part to help stack the deck by taking out Bálor and Lashley. Strowman and Roode repaid the favor against Owens and Zayn, bringing the match down to Roode and Curtis Axel.

The A-Lister returned to the fray after Axel chop-blocked Roode into position for the Figure-Four Leglock, but The Glorious One quickly tagged in Strowman to turn the tide. And when Miz inevitably went to The Miztourage for help, Axel & Bo Dallas leapt off the apron and left him to the mercy of a Running Powerslam from The Monster Among Men. And that, as they say, is a wrap on The Miz.

In other action … The Riott Squad attacked Bayley and Sasha Banks … The Authors of Pain def. Heath Slater & Rhyno … Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn appeared on "Miz TV" … “Woken” Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt def. The Revival to win the Tag Team Eliminator … Ember Moon def. Mickie James … Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre attacked Titus Worldwide … Samoa Joe confronted Roman Reigns … Natalya def. Mandy Rose; Ronda Rousey fought with Sonya Deville … and Breezango def. Cesaro & Sheamus.

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