On an action-packed Raw Reunion, some of the greatest Superstars in WWE history returned to Monday Night Raw for a three-hour celebration, including "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, D-Generation X, The Kliq, Torrie Wilson, Kelly Kelly, Melina and so many others.
TAMPA, Fla. — The largest reunion in Raw history began with a familiar if somewhat surprising face: 16-time World Champion John Cena made an unannounced appearance to kick off Raw Reunion, and The Cenation Leader was alternately bemused at the friendly reception, excited for the Legends slated to return and happy to return to his “family,” as he called the WWE Universe during the choked-up final moments of his address. He also gleefully traded a couple of bars with The Usos when the erstwhile battle-rappers hit the scene and called him out moments later, but what was shaping up to be a four-man dance alongside Jimmy & Jey’s father Rikishi was spoiled by the arrival of Raw Tag Team Champions The Revival, who emerged for their bout with The Usos with D-Von Dudley in tow. And with that, Raw Reunion was off.
Are AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson — the nefarious trio now calling themselves The O.C., as in "Original Club" — truly the most dominant group on Raw? It might be true these days, but the good brothers certainly got put in their place by a pair of dominant factions during The Phenomenal One’s bout against Seth Rollins. The proceedings — which featured Jerry "The King" Lawler as guest commentator — were interrupted by Triple H & Shawn Michaels, who evened the odds in DX garb. The O.C. threw caution to the wind, and AJ took a disqualification loss when Gallows & Anderson jumped Rollins in the middle of the match rather than allow Styles to potentially suffer the Stomp.
The O.C., sensing kindred spirits that could be swayed, attempted to win over DX with a Too Sweet in the middle of the ring. In fairness, the tactic worked for Gallows & Anderson at Raw 25, but tonight, they received a DX chop and a hockey fight in response. When Styles, Gallows & Anderson regrouped at ringside, Road Dogg and X-Pac emerged from behind the curtain, as did Kevin Nash and Razor Ramon in nWo gear. It was, as Dogg said, The O.C.s vs. The O.G.s, and in this case, the former didn’t want none. They did, however, get something as they made their retreat: The two famous words, delivered by Rollins himself.
What was Raw Reunion, at the end of the day? If you ask one Superstar in particular, it was a family reunion — and the man in question was never known for his sentimentality: None other than “Stone Cold” Steve Austin closed out the biggest reunion in Raw history, following up an emotional speech by Hulk Hogan with a thank-you to the Legends on stage, the crew who helped assemble the arena, and the WWE Universe in attendance and at home, all of whom are members of the WWE family as far as The Rattlesnake is concerned.
That meant Raw Reunion was a celebration for all of them, and Austin expressed his gratitude for everyone who made it happen. And as with most family reunions, things ended with a couple of cold ones, as the WWE Hall of Famer retrieved a cooler of Steveweisers, which he cracked open and shared with his fellow Superstars in the ring as Raw Reunion went off the air. It was a familiar image, comforting and classic, just like the old days. It was a good night to be in the family.
In other action … The Usos def. Raw Tag Team Champions The Revival … Drew McIntyre attacked Cedric Alexander … The Viking Raiders def. Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins … Roman Reigns def. Samoa Joe … Paul Heyman confronted Seth Rollins on “Miz TV” … Rey Mysterio def. Sami Zayn … Bray Wyatt attacked Mick Foley … Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Natalya brawled on “A Moment of Bliss” … and Superstars, Legends and Hall of Famers won and lost the 24/7 Championship.