WWE Security and Superstars had to break up a battle of behemoths, Rusev snapped and more on the final Raw before the WWE Draft starts on Friday Night SmackDown.
Given the ending of last week’s Raw, you could imagine Rusev was very much looking forward to facing Randy Orton in the opening match of this week’s show. Unfortunately, things didn't quite go as expected. Not only did Orton and King Corbin jump the former United States Champion before the match even started, but Bobby Lashley appeared on the TitanTron in the middle of the pre-match brawl while wearing Rusev’s robe and apparently broadcasting live from The Super Athlete’s bedroom.
As The All Mighty made a show of climbing into Rusev’s bed, he pointed out that something was missing … and right on cue, Lana walked in, wearing a scant-looking shift. “Everything we own is now in my name, and we don’t have joint checking accounts anymore. It’s all mine,” said The Ravishing Russian as she slid beneath the covers next to the former Intercontinental Champion, who scolded Rusev for sending money to his family in Bulgaria rather than spoiling his wife before turning out the lights.
Orton and Corbin had quite the laugh at The Super Athlete’s expense, and he made them pay, ferociously attacking both his foes around the ringside area with steel steps and kicks. Saying he “snapped” would be putting it mildly, but the state of Rusev’s marriage aside, there is a silver lining where the Team Hogan-Team Flair rivalry is concerned for Crown Jewel. As bad as things have gotten for Rusev, he is certainly motivated to dish out some punishment.
The match between Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair and The Kabuki Warriors was billed as a Champions’ Showcase in which the Women’s Champions of each brand competed against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. And indeed, it was a showcase for the new tag champs, who earned a big win over The Man and The Queen, but a pair of former champions wanted in on the action as well.
At the end of a match that seemingly showcased several rivalries at once — Charlotte and Becky were trying to passive-aggressively show each other up; Lynch still owed Asuka one after losing to her at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view — Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross made their presence known, attacking The Kabuki Warriors just seconds after Asuka blinded Becky with the green mist to tee up Kairi Sane for a match-ending pinfall. The former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions clearly hadn’t forgotten their own experience with the green mist and made a beeline for the tandem that dethroned them, expelling The Kabuki Warriors to hold the ring while Charlotte and Becky stewed on the outside. Obviously, the WWE Draft is set to change the picture of the Women’s division, but wherever Asuka & Sane end up, there’s at least one team who isn’t letting them go so easily.
Much was made of the open mic that the always unpredictable Tyson Fury would be given during his appearance on Raw following a confrontation with Braun Strowman on Friday Night SmackDown. As it turned out, neither was in the mood to do much talking. Fury’s demands for an apology quickly led to fighting words with The Monster Among Men and then an actual fight, in which Strowman and the undefeated lineal heavyweight boxing champion battled their way through two platoons of security guards to get at each other.
The WWE locker room fared slightly better in that at least none of the Superstars dispatched to quell the madness were sniffing canvas by the time all was said and done. But a group that included former champions, strongmen and a WWE Hall of Famer still wasn’t enough to keep The Gypsy King and Strowman from throwing whatever hands they could. Strowman seemed to relent, returning to the backstage area for a brief interview with Charly Caruso where he promised Fury would get These Hands before all was said and done. But the pause turned out to be a brief one, as Strowman charged back into the fray to fight as Raw went to black, both on a mission to give These Hands and clearly thrilled to have found someone who'll give them back.
In other action … Natalya def. Lacey Evans (Last Woman Standing Match) … The Viking Raiders def. Raw Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode … Aleister Black def. The Singh Brothers (1-on-2 Handicap Match) … The O.C. def. Lucha House Party … and Ricochet def. Apollo Crews (Draft Showcase Match).