On a night WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle was set to make an emotional announcement to the WWE Universe, The Olympic Hero instead teamed with Braun Strowman against the disrespectful Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin in the night’s main event. Also on Raw, Stephanie McMahon suspended the defiant Becky Lynch, and the third and final Raw duo qualified for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match.
Becky Lynch, Women’s Royal Rumble winner and next woman up to Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey, found herself slapped with an indefinite suspension just a week after challenging The Baddest Woman on the Planet, potentially endangering what may well be the most anticipated match of WrestleMania 35.
How did The Man fall so hard, so fast? Blame another heated confrontation, this time with Stephanie McMahon. The former Raw Commissioner was all smiles in her intro of Lynch, but tension rose when Stephanie insisted Becky undergo a medical examination on the knee she injured in the Rumble Match, under the pretense that The Man would not be allowed to compete unless cleared.
Becky sensed a trick. Stephanie insisted otherwise, citing a concern that Becky was hurting more than she let on. When The Man still refused to budge, the former Commissioner brought down the hammer, levying a suspension that would stand until Lynch was medically cleared by WWE staff. The Man cracked Stephanie in the face and unleashed a barrage of haymakers to prove a point, but she might have proved Stephanie’s: Her leg was tweaked again in the struggle, leaving The Man barely able to walk out of the ring under her own power. Becky didn't get where she is by capitulating in any sense of the word, but as a heated backstage confrontation with Rousey revealed, their match could be in very real jeopardy; for all her defiance, she's now playing with straight fire.
No Boss, no problem: Despite a pre-match ambush from Alicia Fox & Nikki Cross that sidelined Sasha Banks, Bayley all but singlehandedly punched The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection’s ticket to the Elimination Chamber, where they’ll compete to become the first-ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
The Boss didn’t have a single second of offense in the match, but she did have one key defensive contribution, yanking Bayley out of harm’s way and causing a charging Cross to collide painfully with the ring post. When Alicia tagged in to finish off the depleted Bayley, The Huggable One rolled up the self-proclaimed “Captain” to ensnare the win and send the team to the Elimination Chamber. Odds against them, competing at half-strength, and history at stake? This was never even a question: Bayley and Sasha had ‘em right where they wanted ‘em all along.
With redemption in the balance, Kurt Angle didn’t win the main-event match on Raw in which he teamed with Braun Strowman to take on Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin. But he did get a "moment of glory," giving a turn-back-the-clock performance that The Monster Among Men helped facilitate as if they’d been teaming for 20 years: Strowman bailed Angle out when necessary and softened their foes up for the final sprint, dropping Corbin and McIntyre with a double suplex before tagging in the Olympian.
Unfortunately, their opponents executed their game plan to near-perfection, mounting a match-long effort to bait Strowman into disqualifying himself that finally bore fruit when The Gift of Destruction hauled off and slugged Corbin while Angle was the legal man. Despite suffering a Claymore that knocked him into the audience, Strowman came through one more time to save Angle from being slammed onto the steel steps by The Scottish Terminator and The Lone Wolf. Arriving with seconds to spare, The Monster Among Men planted McIntyre and Corbin on top of the steps one after the other and raised the Olympian’s hand as the show went off the air. It wasn’t a victory, per se. But it sure was sweet.
In other action … Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey def. Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan … The Revival won a Four Corners Tag Team Match to earn a Raw Tag Team Title opportunity against Bobby Roode & Chad Gable … Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin confronted Kurt Angle … Elias def. Jeff Jarrett … Finn Bálor def. Lio Rush … and EC3 def. Dean Ambrose.