WWE Raw continued its Road to WrestleMania 35 as the wresting production came from East Rutherford.
Becky Lynch sent the crowd into raptures as she appeared after suffering a knee injury, but the Man was to let them down on medical reasons.
Finn Balor too another step to putting some gold onto his abs as he returned from beating Brock Lesner with a high intensity match with Lio Rush.
And Olympic Hero, Kurt Angle addressed his future with WWE.
Here are 5 talking points from Monday night’s WWE Raw.
1. Lynch 3:16
Interrupting a Stephanie McMahon who is doing a live promo on Raw seems to be a superstar’s rite of passage. Becky Lynch became the latest to do this to open up Raw.
The Man’s popularity with the WWE universe is still off the scale as the crowd erupts into a “Becky” chant before the billion dollar princess pours some cold water on their chances of seeing Lynch in action tonight.
Still seemingly suffering from that knee injury sustained at the Royal Rumble, Lynch is informed that if she isn’t medically cleared, she can’t compete.
Refusing medical examination, it appears that there’s only one road for Lynch to travel and it’s not to Met Life Stadium. Stephanie says that she doesn’t want to do it, but if Lynch doesn’t comply, she will be suspended.
Understandably upset, Becky goes full into full Austin 3:16 mode and assaults Stephanie, locking in the dis-arm-he.
Still suffering from the knee injury, Lynch’s attack didn’t last long and she was eventually removed from the building – not before crossing paths with Ronda Rousey though who asked her, “What are you even doing here?” Ouch.
With this are we now to believe the main event of WrestleMania is off?
2. The Women’s Tag Team Chamber fills up
Because Smackdown is the land of opportunity, their women’s division doesn’t have to go through qualifiers for the inaugural women’s tag title Elimination Chamber. On Raw though, they have to, probably because they have another hour to fill and can get this match in.
The hot favourites to claim the titles in two weeks’ time, the Boss n Hug Connection of Sasha Banks and Bayley took on another random team of Alicia Fox and Nikki Cross.
Attacking Bayley before the match, Cross and Fox took an early advantage, but as expected the comeback was on and Bayley scored the win with a roll up on Alicia.
Something that may have slipped by in the melee was that Sasha Banks wasn’t ever legally tagged into the match. The talk is that Sasha has suffered a small injury and isn’t medically cleared – although unlike Becky – she isn’t suspended.
Only one team left to be announced now and that should be tomorrow on Smackdown – look for a potential debut of the Sky Pirates – Io Shirai and Kairi Sane as they close out the field.
3. Balor’s quest for gold takes a detour
After his hard hitting clash with Brock Lesnar at the Rumble, Finn switched his focus to the Intercontinental championship and ended up being assaulted by Bobby Lashley. This week Finn looked to get some retribution be facing the All Mighty, however it was not meant to be.
In a classic bad guy move, Lashley ducked the match and threw his mouthpiece, Lio Rush to the wolves, in order to see if Balor was worthy enough of facing Lashley in the future.
Balor and Rush had a solid match, showcasing what the 24 year old piece of gold can really do in the ring. The 205 Live star has a high flying match with Balor who eventually came out on top. The path to a match for what could be Finn’s first major title since winning the Universal Title is still intact.
4. The Top 1% makes an impact
Alexa Bliss’s chat show – A moment of Bliss has been a strange affair since it started. This week’s episode was no different as The Goddess played host to a number of guests – the majority of which weren’t invited.
First out of the blocks to interrupt Alexa was EC3. Finally arriving on Raw after weeks of video packages, the Top 1% was here to prove he is just that. As Alexa turned up the flirting with Ethan, Nia Jax and Tamina were next out from the locker room.
Staking her claim to replace Becky in the WrestleMania main event, the facebreaker’s tirade was soon stopped by the departing Dean Ambrose who brushed off Nia’s attack last week because apparently she fancied him and then took aim at the newcomer from NXT.
After asking where EC1 and EC2 were, Dean and EC3 got into a slugfest on the ramp before taking it to the ring.
Despite basically working his notice, Dean wasn’t letting up in the ring and fought a competitive match with the NXT call-up on his main roster debut. In a shock to absolutely no-one, EC3 got the pin and a huge win over a former WWE champion on his televised debut. A huge shot in the arm for the former Derrick Bateman and a fairly predictable path for Ambrose. The question is, will we see Ambrose on anything other than the pre-show at WrestleMania before he departs?
5. Kurt Angle’s future revealed?
The Internet has been awash with rumours after Angle’s cryptic tweet about his future. What was he going to say? Is he retiring? One more shot at the Universal Title? Is he signing for AEW? Well the talk is that Angle is going to have one last dance at Wrestlemania and you can see who we think he may face in New York right here.
Another huge pop from the WWE universe greeted Angle as he claimed that the famous three I’s had turned into the three D’s, doubt, defeat and depression.
The mood was punctured, not by Angle’s announcement, but by the arrival of Baron Corbin who went on to berate the Olympic hero claiming that he just didn’t know when to stay at home. As Angle decided enough was enough and challenged Corbin to a fight, the Scottish Psychopath- Drew McIntyre arrived to back up Corbin and the two proceeded to march towards the ring to take Angle down.
Salvation for Kurt came in the form of Braun Strowman as the Monster Amongst Men stormed towards the ring. So as Corbin and McIntyre retreated, we were left none the wiser on Kurt’s decision, however we do know that the two makeshift teams will face each other later in the night.
The match took place in the main event and saw Kurt executing some incredible German suplexes on Drew along with the big Scot and Braun mixing it up with a number of big hitting power moves.
Aside from the early exciting changes, the match finished in a disqualification with Drew and Corbin picking up the win when Braun attacked Corbin and the ref called for the bell. As Kurt and Braun stood tall to close the show, his future still remains a mystery.
Also on the show, Rousey destroyed two of the Riott Squad, The Revival won their way into another title match with Gable and Roode via a fatal four way victory, Paige arrived to show off the latest trailer to Fighting With My Family, Jeff Jarrett lost to Elias and Mojo Rawley shouted at a mirror again.
Also as revealed on Canadian television, there is going to be a shakeup coming in April. A post WrestleMania ‘International’ Superstar Shakeup is set for Raw and Smackdown coming from Montreal on April 15 th and 16 th . Superstars from Raw and Smackdown are set for the annual trade and you ca expect a number of NXT call up’s too.
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