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THE RAW SCORE

Posted February 25th, 2019 by 1Wrestling News Team

The Raw Score

A weekly recap and review of Monday Night Raw.

Hosted by: “Candy Man” Jay Shannon

“Faith is taking the fiest step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”–Martin Luther King, Jr.

The legendary Ric Flair has now reached his 70th. The birthday party is about to get started.

We are live in Atlanta, GA, this week.

We began with a look back at the night Roman Reigns stepped away from wrestling. He has been dealing with leukemia. He has been in a struggle a million times harder than anyone he has faced between the ropes. He gave up the Universal title and took an extended break from wrestling. He swore it was not a “retirement” speech. Has he beaten it, again?

Roman’s music hit and the crowd exploded. Roman has lost a ton of weight but really looked good. Thank you to all the Prayer Warriors out there who have sent their love to this great man. Roman made sure to greet every fan possible as he came down to the ring. There were several family members at ringside.

Roman thanked the crowd for their love and respect. He admitted missing the fans. He fought back the tears as he continued to speak. “This is YOUR Yard!” rang out, which made him smile. Roman was terrified when he announced his illness, several months back. He was amazed at the amount of support he has received. He was very thankful for the prayers. He drew upon that strength to move forward. Roman wants to raise awareness for those who need support, like he did. It was time for his update…

Roman Reigns is NOW completely in remission! I know my best friend, Sunny, is in tears, right about now. Roman announced he is BACK!

As Roman started to leave, Seth Rollins came out for a hug. Where did I put that box of Kleenex?

Aleister Black’s promo video aired, as the Dutch Destroyer made his way to the ring. They also ran a video package about Ricochet.

Aleister Black and Ricochet vs The Revival

Highlights:

Dash and Dawson immediately jumped the NXT stars. Neckbreaker to Dawson. Suicide Dive fake by Black. Tope Suicida by Ricochet and we are off to commercials.

Things slowed down as Black got the tag. He swept Dash’s leg and hit a kick to Dawson. Springboard Moonsault by Black. Tag to Scott Dawson. Black blocked the double team, partially. DDT by Dawson but he couldn’t pull the trigger on this one. The Glorious Ones were watching, from the back. Ricochet helped his partner and Black nailed Black Mass!

Your Winners: Ricochet and Aleister Black
Raw Score: 84 out of a possible 100

Baron Corbin was interviewed. Charlie mentioned how Baron made fun of Roman’s illness. Corbin denied saying anything bad. He made a million excuses to keep from getting his behind kicked. Baron issued a veiled threat at Roman.

Backstage, Shawn Michaels chatted with Johnny Gargano.

Tons of notes for Ric Flair. Snoop Dogg sent a Happy Birthday.

Elias was in the ring and cut off by the arrival of Lacey Evans. Yawn. Get in the ring or get out. She left. NExt out was Dean Ambrose. Dean was in a festive mood. Dean wanted a rematch with Drew McIntyre and wanted it to be No Disqualification. Elias started to play his guitar and Dean mocked him. Elias was upset of being upstaged. He drew cheap heat by trash talking the local sports teams. Dean asked Elias if he knew Dirty Deeds. Dean introduced him to it, but putting The Drifted down on his face!

As he started to get up, Elias came face to face with the entire Riott Squad. Break time.

Riott Squad vs Natalya and Ronda Rousey

Highlights:

Ricky Steamboat is in the house to celebrate Ric’s birthday.

Sarah and Nattie opened up the contest. Logan threw wild Forearms into Nat’s face. Tag to Ruby Riott. Yakuza Kick to the back to pull a two. Tag to Ronda. Double Suplex to Ruby. Ruby took Ronda down hard. Tag to Nattie. Clotheslineand Slingshot Powerbomb to Ruby. Liv Morgan tripped Natalya. Ronda and Nattie took out Liv with a modified Hart Attack. Nattie was then dropped by Logan. Break time.

The Riott Squad brutalized Natalya and got near falls. Rear Chin Lock by Ruby. Nattie powered up but got pulled back down. 2 count. Ruby prevented a tag. Tag to Logan. Double Team on Nat. Nattie scooted under and headed for her corner. She didn’t make it. Logan let loose a primal scream. Modified Cloverleaf by Logan. Interesting. Ronda popped Logan and then took the tag. Arm Drags. Ronda boxed in the corner. Ruby rushed in and got blasted. Morgan got taken out. Jumping Knee but Ruby saved the day. Piper’s Pit! Becky Lynch was in the house! She took out Nattie.

Your Winners (by Disqualification): The Riott Squad
Raw Score: 80

Ronda was ready to kick Becky’s behind. The police rushed in to capture Becky.

Seeing these ladies brought to mind that we lost an actress from the Golden Era of Television. Beverly Owen, who played Marilyn Munster, left us, last week. She wasn’t the only loss.

Peter Tork, my favorite member of The Monkess, died of cancer. He was 77. Rest in Peace, both of you.

Nattie was being helped to the back. Ronda then returned to the ring. She was hot and not in a good way. She ordered Vince McMahon to come out to the ring. Really? Instead, he got Stephanie McMahon. Ronda demanded that Becky be reinstated. Stephanie said Becky was off to jail. Ronda ordered Stephanie to drop the charges and reinstate Becky. Stephanie reminded everyone that Ronda will fight Charlotte Flair, at Mania. Ronda asked for a Triple Threat but was denied. Ronda refused to accept that. Stephanie said Ronda had a bad attitude. Ronda stated she was not just a worker. Ronda said the McMahons turned the title into just a fashion accessory. Ronda put down the belt and left the ring. Did Ronda just quit?

More Birthday Wishes for the Nature Boy. This time it came from Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Stephanie talked with Triple H about what just happened with Ronda.

Jindar Mahal was in the ring with the Singh Brothers. He poked fun at Ric Flair, because he wasn’t invited to the party. Mahal threw out an open challenge to anyone invited to Flair’s party.

Jindar Mahal vs Kurt Angle

Highlights:

Kixk by Mahal and then stomps. Mahal blasted Kurt, in the corner. Snap Mare into a Rear Chin Lock. 2 count. Keylock with a Crossface by Jindar. Kurt got free and hit a German Suplex. He camee back to nail the Hat Trick. The Singh Borthers got on the aporn and knocked down. Kurt escaped Jindar’s finisher and applied the AngleLock! Tap Out.

Your Winner: Kurt Angle
Raw Score: 70

After the match, Kurt hit Germans on both Singh Brothers.

Alexa Bliss came out for another talk segment. Why?

A Moment of Bliss

Bliss figured Ronda Rousey was now gone from WWE. She wasn’t exactly upset about it. She put her name in the hat to be Ronda’s replacement at Mania. She was set to interview the new Intercontinental Champion, Finn Balor. I hear a strong rumor that the GREATEST IC Champ of all time MAY be going into the Hall of Fame.

Lio Rush interrupted the talk segment. Corey Graves just about lost it. Rush said Finn did not deserve to be the IC Champ. Balor said he would accept a challenge from Lashley. Rush said he would consider going after the IC title. Finn realized that Rush was trying to One Up Bobby Lashley. Finn accepted the challenge. Balor was ready to go…right now. Bliss stirred the pot by questioning Rush’s manhood. Rush agreed to fight. Bliss said the match was going down…now.

Finn Balor vs Lio Rush
Intercontinental Title Match

Highlights:

Sting was in the house for Nature Boy.

In the ring, the bell sounded. Collar and Elbow and Lio was thrown into the corner. Flying Head Scissors and Dropkick by Lio. Side Headlock by Finn. Push Off failed as Finn kept the Side Headlock. Kick and Enziguri by Rush. Finn went to the floor but came back in quickly. He Elbowed Lio in the face and then stomped the ribs. They went to the outside. Lio attacked the knee. Moonsault and Suicide Dives by Rush. Lio WAS Rookie of the Year, a couple years back. Lio tried for the Frog Splash but Balor got the knees up. Finn seemed to be having an issue with his left knee. Running Knife Edge Chop by Finn. Float Over led to a Sling Blade by Balor. Lio Dropkicked the bad knee. Rush kicked at the bad wheel and locked it up. Knee Snap by Rush. Rush blasted Balor in the face and almost got the pin. Wild Clothesline that flipped Rush inside out. Finn limped to the corner and climbed. He got caught and crotched. Lio punched away. Top Rope Rana. Rush kept attacking the bad knee. Finn hit the 1916 Bainbusterr while blocking a Stunner. Coup d’Grace!

Your Winner: Finn Balor
Raw Score: 82

Tucker Knight ran into The Ascension. Viktor and Konner made fun of Otis. Tucker warned them about making fun of his buddy. Otis took out both men with one Shoulder Tackle.

Bobby Lawhley was upset that Lio lost. Bobby reminded Rush that his one job was to get Lashley a title match. Bobby wanted to know if he could trust Rush. Lio said he could.

Bobby Lashley (w/Lio Rush) vs Braun Strowman

Highlights:

Lashley jumped Braun before the bell. Bobby kicked the knee of Strowman. Bobby dropped all his weight across Braun’s back. Lashley ran Strowman into the corner and set for a Suplex. Braun blocked it and hit a Front Drop Suplex of his own. Big Boot by Braun. Corner Splash by Braun, followed by a vicious Club to the chest. Braun came around and Freight Trained both Braun and Lio. Braun said he was coming after Lashley, Corbin and McIntyre.

Your Winner: No Contest
Raw Score: N/A

I’m sensing a Six Man at Mania: Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley.

Seth Rollins was interviewed. He was thrilled to hear that his best friend, Roman, was back.

A limo arrived. It was the Birthday Boy, himself! Dang, the brunette with him was incredible.

Dean Ambrose vs Drew McIntyre
No Disqualification Match

Highlights:

They started fighting, on the floor. Wild Forearms by Dean. He then ran Drew into the ring post. Knife Edge Chop by Drew. Dean slammed Drew’s face off the apron and got in the ring. The bell rang.

Kicks and Knife Edges by Dean. Dropkick to Drew’s knee. Dean ripped off his belt but didn’t get to use it. Big kick tothe face by Drew. Drew got the belt and whipped Dean’s back and chest. Spinebuster into a Jackknife Pin by Drew. 1-2-no. Drew went back to whipping the back. Dean hit a La Bandera Clothesline and Tope Suicida. Drew brushed it off and slammed Dean into the barricade. Break time.

Drew was on the floor. Dean flew off the top turnbuckle and crashed into Drew, on the floor. Dang. Dean unloadedon Drew. Drew ended up going into the ring steps. Roll Up and then Neckbreaker by Dean. 2 count only. Dean got the belt and lit up Drew like the Fourth of July. Glasgow Kiss by Drew. Dean rolled out to the floor.

Drew charged with the ring steps but Dean turned it into a Drop Toe Hold. Drew’s face slammed into the steps. Elias came out and attacked Dean. Really? Elias rolled Dean back in the ring. Drew didn’t like the help. Claymore!

Your Winner: Drew McIntyre
Raw Score: 79

Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley came to join the party. All three got in for a 4-on-1 mugging. Chokeslam/Backbreaker by Corbin. Spear by Lashley. Seth Rollins came out with a steel chair. He was joined by Roman Reigns! SHIELD REUNION! Superman Punches! Stomp to Elias. Spear to Drew! The Shield members looked at each other as we headed off to another round of commercials.

SHIELD vs McIntyre, Lashley and Corbin at Fastlane?

Bayley vs Nia Jax

Highlights:

I did a little research on the tag titles. The first WWF female tag champs were Princess Victoria and Velvet McIntyre. Sending a special shout out to the original Irsh Lass Kicker, Velvet. She was very supportive during my health crisis. Thanks, hun.

Nia and Tamina will challenge Bayley and Banks at Fastlane.

Nia shoved Bayley around. Nia got sent out to the floor. Bayley pounded on Nia’s back and hit a hard Biel Toss. Flying Forearms by Bayley. Goozle by Nia and she threw Bayley threw the ropes.

Nia picked up Bayley and Bear Hugged her. Bayley Elobwed put and tried for a Sunset Flip. Bayley avoided a Butt Bomb. She also dodged an Elbow Drop. Dropkick and Bulldog by Bayley. Steam Roller by Nia. She mocked Bayley and then pounded away. Biel by Nia and Step Choke on the bottom rope. Shinu Numaki by Ni and Bayley started to fade out. Bayley Elbowed Out and used a Drop Toe Hold to send Nia into the turnbuckles. Nia hit the floor. Bayley trapped Nia in the ropes and Dropkicked her. Bayley kept up the attack until she got caught and driven into the corner. Nia grabbed Sasha Banks. Tamina ended up in the steps. Savage Elbow!

Your Winner: Bayley
Raw Score: 80

Ric Flair was on his way to the ring. Woooo!

The Birthday Party

All the stars were on the ramp for this one. Stephanie and Triple H came out to host this celebration. Who’s face will end up in the cake? Just saying…

HHH said things are getting amped up as we near Wrestlemania. HHH ran down the night’s events. HHH called Ric Flair “The Greatest Sports Entertainer of all Time”.

Stephanie brought out Shawn Michaels (Smile, Dawn). Next out…Ricky Steamboat. Kurt Angle joined them. Finally, Sting came from the back. Found out the Stinger has a place not too far from me. Met him, a few years back, in New Orleans. Nice guy.

HHH had fun introducing a video about his dear friend, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair! Stephanie showed offf a specially made title belt for Flair. HHH then called for Ric Flair to join them! WOOOOO!

Flair didn’t come out. Huh? In the back, Batista kickedin the door to Flair’s dressing room. What the heck? He dragged Flair out and asked “Hunter” if he had his attention now? HHH left the ring, ready to whip some serious behind. Trip rushed to Flair’s side. Batista was long gone. I smell another match for Wrestlemania!

Peter: Give Davey a hug for us.
Dawn: Good Luck on Tuesday
Jean: I love you

Peace

–Jay Shannon
JayCShannon@gmail.com

The Raw Score

A weekly recap and review of Monday Night Raw.

Hosted by: “Candy Man” Jay Shannon

“Faith is taking the fiest step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”–Martin Luther King, Jr.

The legendary Ric Flair has now reached his 70th. The birthday party is about to get started.

We are live in Atlanta, GA, this week.

We began with a look back at the night Roman Reigns stepped away from wrestling. He has been dealing with leukemia. He has been in a struggle a million times harder than anyone he has faced between the ropes. He gave up the Universal title and took an extended break from wrestling. He swore it was not a “retirement” speech. Has he beaten it, again?

Roman’s music hit and the crowd exploded. Roman has lost a ton of weight but really looked good. Thank you to all the Prayer Warriors out there who have sent their love to this great man. Roman made sure to greet every fan possible as he came down to the ring. There were several family members at ringside.

Roman thanked the crowd for their love and respect. He admitted missing the fans. He fought back the tears as he continued to speak. “This is YOUR Yard!” rang out, which made him smile. Roman was terrified when he announced his illness, several months back. He was amazed at the amount of support he has received. He was very thankful for the prayers. He drew upon that strength to move forward. Roman wants to raise awareness for those who need support, like he did. It was time for his update…

Roman Reigns is NOW completely in remission! I know my best friend, Sunny, is in tears, right about now. Roman announced he is BACK!

As Roman started to leave, Seth Rollins came out for a hug. Where did I put that box of Kleenex?

Aleister Black’s promo video aired, as the Dutch Destroyer made his way to the ring. They also ran a video package about Ricochet.

Aleister Black and Ricochet vs The Revival

Highlights:

Dash and Dawson immediately jumped the NXT stars. Neckbreaker to Dawson. Suicide Dive fake by Black. Tope Suicida by Ricochet and we are off to commercials.

Things slowed down as Black got the tag. He swept Dash’s leg and hit a kick to Dawson. Springboard Moonsault by Black. Tag to Scott Dawson. Black blocked the double team, partially. DDT by Dawson but he couldn’t pull the trigger on this one. The Glorious Ones were watching, from the back. Ricochet helped his partner and Black nailed Black Mass!

Your Winners: Ricochet and Aleister Black
Raw Score: 84 out of a possible 100

Baron Corbin was interviewed. Charlie mentioned how Baron made fun of Roman’s illness. Corbin denied saying anything bad. He made a million excuses to keep from getting his behind kicked. Baron issued a veiled threat at Roman.

Backstage, Shawn Michaels chatted with Johnny Gargano.

Tons of notes for Ric Flair. Snoop Dogg sent a Happy Birthday.

Elias was in the ring and cut off by the arrival of Lacey Evans. Yawn. Get in the ring or get out. She left. NExt out was Dean Ambrose. Dean was in a festive mood. Dean wanted a rematch with Drew McIntyre and wanted it to be No Disqualification. Elias started to play his guitar and Dean mocked him. Elias was upset of being upstaged. He drew cheap heat by trash talking the local sports teams. Dean asked Elias if he knew Dirty Deeds. Dean introduced him to it, but putting The Drifted down on his face!

As he started to get up, Elias came face to face with the entire Riott Squad. Break time.

Riott Squad vs Natalya and Ronda Rousey

Highlights:

Ricky Steamboat is in the house to celebrate Ric’s birthday.

Sarah and Nattie opened up the contest. Logan threw wild Forearms into Nat’s face. Tag to Ruby Riott. Yakuza Kick to the back to pull a two. Tag to Ronda. Double Suplex to Ruby. Ruby took Ronda down hard. Tag to Nattie. Clotheslineand Slingshot Powerbomb to Ruby. Liv Morgan tripped Natalya. Ronda and Nattie took out Liv with a modified Hart Attack. Nattie was then dropped by Logan. Break time.

The Riott Squad brutalized Natalya and got near falls. Rear Chin Lock by Ruby. Nattie powered up but got pulled back down. 2 count. Ruby prevented a tag. Tag to Logan. Double Team on Nat. Nattie scooted under and headed for her corner. She didn’t make it. Logan let loose a primal scream. Modified Cloverleaf by Logan. Interesting. Ronda popped Logan and then took the tag. Arm Drags. Ronda boxed in the corner. Ruby rushed in and got blasted. Morgan got taken out. Jumping Knee but Ruby saved the day. Piper’s Pit! Becky Lynch was in the house! She took out Nattie.

Your Winners (by Disqualification): The Riott Squad
Raw Score: 80

Ronda was ready to kick Becky’s behind. The police rushed in to capture Becky.

Seeing these ladies brought to mind that we lost an actress from the Golden Era of Television. Beverly Owen, who played Marilyn Munster, left us, last week. She wasn’t the only loss.

Peter Tork, my favorite member of The Monkess, died of cancer. He was 77. Rest in Peace, both of you.

Nattie was being helped to the back. Ronda then returned to the ring. She was hot and not in a good way. She ordered Vince McMahon to come out to the ring. Really? Instead, he got Stephanie McMahon. Ronda demanded that Becky be reinstated. Stephanie said Becky was off to jail. Ronda ordered Stephanie to drop the charges and reinstate Becky. Stephanie reminded everyone that Ronda will fight Charlotte Flair, at Mania. Ronda asked for a Triple Threat but was denied. Ronda refused to accept that. Stephanie said Ronda had a bad attitude. Ronda stated she was not just a worker. Ronda said the McMahons turned the title into just a fashion accessory. Ronda put down the belt and left the ring. Did Ronda just quit?

More Birthday Wishes for the Nature Boy. This time it came from Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Stephanie talked with Triple H about what just happened with Ronda.

Jindar Mahal was in the ring with the Singh Brothers. He poked fun at Ric Flair, because he wasn’t invited to the party. Mahal threw out an open challenge to anyone invited to Flair’s party.

Jindar Mahal vs Kurt Angle

Highlights:

Kixk by Mahal and then stomps. Mahal blasted Kurt, in the corner. Snap Mare into a Rear Chin Lock. 2 count. Keylock with a Crossface by Jindar. Kurt got free and hit a German Suplex. He camee back to nail the Hat Trick. The Singh Borthers got on the aporn and knocked down. Kurt escaped Jindar’s finisher and applied the AngleLock! Tap Out.

Your Winner: Kurt Angle
Raw Score: 70

After the match, Kurt hit Germans on both Singh Brothers.

Alexa Bliss came out for another talk segment. Why?

A Moment of Bliss

Bliss figured Ronda Rousey was now gone from WWE. She wasn’t exactly upset about it. She put her name in the hat to be Ronda’s replacement at Mania. She was set to interview the new Intercontinental Champion, Finn Balor. I hear a strong rumor that the GREATEST IC Champ of all time MAY be going into the Hall of Fame.

Lio Rush interrupted the talk segment. Corey Graves just about lost it. Rush said Finn did not deserve to be the IC Champ. Balor said he would accept a challenge from Lashley. Rush said he would consider going after the IC title. Finn realized that Rush was trying to One Up Bobby Lashley. Finn accepted the challenge. Balor was ready to go…right now. Bliss stirred the pot by questioning Rush’s manhood. Rush agreed to fight. Bliss said the match was going down…now.

Finn Balor vs Lio Rush
Intercontinental Title Match

Highlights:

Sting was in the house for Nature Boy.

In the ring, the bell sounded. Collar and Elbow and Lio was thrown into the corner. Flying Head Scissors and Dropkick by Lio. Side Headlock by Finn. Push Off failed as Finn kept the Side Headlock. Kick and Enziguri by Rush. Finn went to the floor but came back in quickly. He Elbowed Lio in the face and then stomped the ribs. They went to the outside. Lio attacked the knee. Moonsault and Suicide Dives by Rush. Lio WAS Rookie of the Year, a couple years back. Lio tried for the Frog Splash but Balor got the knees up. Finn seemed to be having an issue with his left knee. Running Knife Edge Chop by Finn. Float Over led to a Sling Blade by Balor. Lio Dropkicked the bad knee. Rush kicked at the bad wheel and locked it up. Knee Snap by Rush. Rush blasted Balor in the face and almost got the pin. Wild Clothesline that flipped Rush inside out. Finn limped to the corner and climbed. He got caught and crotched. Lio punched away. Top Rope Rana. Rush kept attacking the bad knee. Finn hit the 1916 Bainbusterr while blocking a Stunner. Coup d’Grace!

Your Winner: Finn Balor
Raw Score: 82

Tucker Knight ran into The Ascension. Viktor and Konner made fun of Otis. Tucker warned them about making fun of his buddy. Otis took out both men with one Shoulder Tackle.

Bobby Lawhley was upset that Lio lost. Bobby reminded Rush that his one job was to get Lashley a title match. Bobby wanted to know if he could trust Rush. Lio said he could.

Bobby Lashley (w/Lio Rush) vs Braun Strowman

Highlights:

Lashley jumped Braun before the bell. Bobby kicked the knee of Strowman. Bobby dropped all his weight across Braun’s back. Lashley ran Strowman into the corner and set for a Suplex. Braun blocked it and hit a Front Drop Suplex of his own. Big Boot by Braun. Corner Splash by Braun, followed by a vicious Club to the chest. Braun came around and Freight Trained both Braun and Lio. Braun said he was coming after Lashley, Corbin and McIntyre.

Your Winner: No Contest
Raw Score: N/A

I’m sensing a Six Man at Mania: Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley.

Seth Rollins was interviewed. He was thrilled to hear that his best friend, Roman, was back.

A limo arrived. It was the Birthday Boy, himself! Dang, the brunette with him was incredible.

Dean Ambrose vs Drew McIntyre
No Disqualification Match

Highlights:

They started fighting, on the floor. Wild Forearms by Dean. He then ran Drew into the ring post. Knife Edge Chop by Drew. Dean slammed Drew’s face off the apron and got in the ring. The bell rang.

Kicks and Knife Edges by Dean. Dropkick to Drew’s knee. Dean ripped off his belt but didn’t get to use it. Big kick tothe face by Drew. Drew got the belt and whipped Dean’s back and chest. Spinebuster into a Jackknife Pin by Drew. 1-2-no. Drew went back to whipping the back. Dean hit a La Bandera Clothesline and Tope Suicida. Drew brushed it off and slammed Dean into the barricade. Break time.

Drew was on the floor. Dean flew off the top turnbuckle and crashed into Drew, on the floor. Dang. Dean unloadedon Drew. Drew ended up going into the ring steps. Roll Up and then Neckbreaker by Dean. 2 count only. Dean got the belt and lit up Drew like the Fourth of July. Glasgow Kiss by Drew. Dean rolled out to the floor.

Drew charged with the ring steps but Dean turned it into a Drop Toe Hold. Drew’s face slammed into the steps. Elias came out and attacked Dean. Really? Elias rolled Dean back in the ring. Drew didn’t like the help. Claymore!

Your Winner: Drew McIntyre
Raw Score: 79

Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley came to join the party. All three got in for a 4-on-1 mugging. Chokeslam/Backbreaker by Corbin. Spear by Lashley. Seth Rollins came out with a steel chair. He was joined by Roman Reigns! SHIELD REUNION! Superman Punches! Stomp to Elias. Spear to Drew! The Shield members looked at each other as we headed off to another round of commercials.

SHIELD vs McIntyre, Lashley and Corbin at Fastlane?

Bayley vs Nia Jax

Highlights:

I did a little research on the tag titles. The first WWF female tag champs were Princess Victoria and Velvet McIntyre. Sending a special shout out to the original Irsh Lass Kicker, Velvet. She was very supportive during my health crisis. Thanks, hun.

Nia and Tamina will challenge Bayley and Banks at Fastlane.

Nia shoved Bayley around. Nia got sent out to the floor. Bayley pounded on Nia’s back and hit a hard Biel Toss. Flying Forearms by Bayley. Goozle by Nia and she threw Bayley threw the ropes.

Nia picked up Bayley and Bear Hugged her. Bayley Elobwed put and tried for a Sunset Flip. Bayley avoided a Butt Bomb. She also dodged an Elbow Drop. Dropkick and Bulldog by Bayley. Steam Roller by Nia. She mocked Bayley and then pounded away. Biel by Nia and Step Choke on the bottom rope. Shinu Numaki by Ni and Bayley started to fade out. Bayley Elbowed Out and used a Drop Toe Hold to send Nia into the turnbuckles. Nia hit the floor. Bayley trapped Nia in the ropes and Dropkicked her. Bayley kept up the attack until she got caught and driven into the corner. Nia grabbed Sasha Banks. Tamina ended up in the steps. Savage Elbow!

Your Winner: Bayley
Raw Score: 80

Ric Flair was on his way to the ring. Woooo!

The Birthday Party

All the stars were on the ramp for this one. Stephanie and Triple H came out to host this celebration. Who’s face will end up in the cake? Just saying…

HHH said things are getting amped up as we near Wrestlemania. HHH ran down the night’s events. HHH called Ric Flair “The Greatest Sports Entertainer of all Time”.

Stephanie brought out Shawn Michaels (Smile, Dawn). Next out…Ricky Steamboat. Kurt Angle joined them. Finally, Sting came from the back. Found out the Stinger has a place not too far from me. Met him, a few years back, in New Orleans. Nice guy.

HHH had fun introducing a video about his dear friend, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair! Stephanie showed offf a specially made title belt for Flair. HHH then called for Ric Flair to join them! WOOOOO!

Flair didn’t come out. Huh? In the back, Batista kickedin the door to Flair’s dressing room. What the heck? He dragged Flair out and asked “Hunter” if he had his attention now? HHH left the ring, ready to whip some serious behind. Trip rushed to Flair’s side. Batista was long gone. I smell another match for Wrestlemania!

Peter: Give Davey a hug for us.
Dawn: Good Luck on Tuesday
Jean: I love you

Peace

–Jay Shannon
JayCShannon@gmail.com

The Raw Score

A weekly recap and review of Monday Night Raw.

Hosted by: “Candy Man” Jay Shannon

“Faith is taking the fiest step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”–Martin Luther King, Jr.

The legendary Ric Flair has now reached his 70th. The birthday party is about to get started.

We are live in Atlanta, GA, this week.

We began with a look back at the night Roman Reigns stepped away from wrestling. He has been dealing with leukemia. He has been in a struggle a million times harder than anyone he has faced between the ropes. He gave up the Universal title and took an extended break from wrestling. He swore it was not a “retirement” speech. Has he beaten it, again?

Roman’s music hit and the crowd exploded. Roman has lost a ton of weight but really looked good. Thank you to all the Prayer Warriors out there who have sent their love to this great man. Roman made sure to greet every fan possible as he came down to the ring. There were several family members at ringside.

Roman thanked the crowd for their love and respect. He admitted missing the fans. He fought back the tears as he continued to speak. “This is YOUR Yard!” rang out, which made him smile. Roman was terrified when he announced his illness, several months back. He was amazed at the amount of support he has received. He was very thankful for the prayers. He drew upon that strength to move forward. Roman wants to raise awareness for those who need support, like he did. It was time for his update…

Roman Reigns is NOW completely in remission! I know my best friend, Sunny, is in tears, right about now. Roman announced he is BACK!

As Roman started to leave, Seth Rollins came out for a hug. Where did I put that box of Kleenex?

Aleister Black’s promo video aired, as the Dutch Destroyer made his way to the ring. They also ran a video package about Ricochet.

Aleister Black and Ricochet vs The Revival

Highlights:

Dash and Dawson immediately jumped the NXT stars. Neckbreaker to Dawson. Suicide Dive fake by Black. Tope Suicida by Ricochet and we are off to commercials.

Things slowed down as Black got the tag. He swept Dash’s leg and hit a kick to Dawson. Springboard Moonsault by Black. Tag to Scott Dawson. Black blocked the double team, partially. DDT by Dawson but he couldn’t pull the trigger on this one. The Glorious Ones were watching, from the back. Ricochet helped his partner and Black nailed Black Mass!

Your Winners: Ricochet and Aleister Black
Raw Score: 84 out of a possible 100

Baron Corbin was interviewed. Charlie mentioned how Baron made fun of Roman’s illness. Corbin denied saying anything bad. He made a million excuses to keep from getting his behind kicked. Baron issued a veiled threat at Roman.

Backstage, Shawn Michaels chatted with Johnny Gargano.

Tons of notes for Ric Flair. Snoop Dogg sent a Happy Birthday.

Elias was in the ring and cut off by the arrival of Lacey Evans. Yawn. Get in the ring or get out. She left. NExt out was Dean Ambrose. Dean was in a festive mood. Dean wanted a rematch with Drew McIntyre and wanted it to be No Disqualification. Elias started to play his guitar and Dean mocked him. Elias was upset of being upstaged. He drew cheap heat by trash talking the local sports teams. Dean asked Elias if he knew Dirty Deeds. Dean introduced him to it, but putting The Drifted down on his face!

As he started to get up, Elias came face to face with the entire Riott Squad. Break time.

Riott Squad vs Natalya and Ronda Rousey

Highlights:

Ricky Steamboat is in the house to celebrate Ric’s birthday.

Sarah and Nattie opened up the contest. Logan threw wild Forearms into Nat’s face. Tag to Ruby Riott. Yakuza Kick to the back to pull a two. Tag to Ronda. Double Suplex to Ruby. Ruby took Ronda down hard. Tag to Nattie. Clotheslineand Slingshot Powerbomb to Ruby. Liv Morgan tripped Natalya. Ronda and Nattie took out Liv with a modified Hart Attack. Nattie was then dropped by Logan. Break time.

The Riott Squad brutalized Natalya and got near falls. Rear Chin Lock by Ruby. Nattie powered up but got pulled back down. 2 count. Ruby prevented a tag. Tag to Logan. Double Team on Nat. Nattie scooted under and headed for her corner. She didn’t make it. Logan let loose a primal scream. Modified Cloverleaf by Logan. Interesting. Ronda popped Logan and then took the tag. Arm Drags. Ronda boxed in the corner. Ruby rushed in and got blasted. Morgan got taken out. Jumping Knee but Ruby saved the day. Piper’s Pit! Becky Lynch was in the house! She took out Nattie.

Your Winners (by Disqualification): The Riott Squad
Raw Score: 80

Ronda was ready to kick Becky’s behind. The police rushed in to capture Becky.

Seeing these ladies brought to mind that we lost an actress from the Golden Era of Television. Beverly Owen, who played Marilyn Munster, left us, last week. She wasn’t the only loss.

Peter Tork, my favorite member of The Monkess, died of cancer. He was 77. Rest in Peace, both of you.

Nattie was being helped to the back. Ronda then returned to the ring. She was hot and not in a good way. She ordered Vince McMahon to come out to the ring. Really? Instead, he got Stephanie McMahon. Ronda demanded that Becky be reinstated. Stephanie said Becky was off to jail. Ronda ordered Stephanie to drop the charges and reinstate Becky. Stephanie reminded everyone that Ronda will fight Charlotte Flair, at Mania. Ronda asked for a Triple Threat but was denied. Ronda refused to accept that. Stephanie said Ronda had a bad attitude. Ronda stated she was not just a worker. Ronda said the McMahons turned the title into just a fashion accessory. Ronda put down the belt and left the ring. Did Ronda just quit?

More Birthday Wishes for the Nature Boy. This time it came from Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Stephanie talked with Triple H about what just happened with Ronda.

Jindar Mahal was in the ring with the Singh Brothers. He poked fun at Ric Flair, because he wasn’t invited to the party. Mahal threw out an open challenge to anyone invited to Flair’s party.

Jindar Mahal vs Kurt Angle

Highlights:

Kixk by Mahal and then stomps. Mahal blasted Kurt, in the corner. Snap Mare into a Rear Chin Lock. 2 count. Keylock with a Crossface by Jindar. Kurt got free and hit a German Suplex. He camee back to nail the Hat Trick. The Singh Borthers got on the aporn and knocked down. Kurt escaped Jindar’s finisher and applied the AngleLock! Tap Out.

Your Winner: Kurt Angle
Raw Score: 70

After the match, Kurt hit Germans on both Singh Brothers.

Alexa Bliss came out for another talk segment. Why?

A Moment of Bliss

Bliss figured Ronda Rousey was now gone from WWE. She wasn’t exactly upset about it. She put her name in the hat to be Ronda’s replacement at Mania. She was set to interview the new Intercontinental Champion, Finn Balor. I hear a strong rumor that the GREATEST IC Champ of all time MAY be going into the Hall of Fame.

Lio Rush interrupted the talk segment. Corey Graves just about lost it. Rush said Finn did not deserve to be the IC Champ. Balor said he would accept a challenge from Lashley. Rush said he would consider going after the IC title. Finn realized that Rush was trying to One Up Bobby Lashley. Finn accepted the challenge. Balor was ready to go…right now. Bliss stirred the pot by questioning Rush’s manhood. Rush agreed to fight. Bliss said the match was going down…now.

Finn Balor vs Lio Rush
Intercontinental Title Match

Highlights:

Sting was in the house for Nature Boy.

In the ring, the bell sounded. Collar and Elbow and Lio was thrown into the corner. Flying Head Scissors and Dropkick by Lio. Side Headlock by Finn. Push Off failed as Finn kept the Side Headlock. Kick and Enziguri by Rush. Finn went to the floor but came back in quickly. He Elbowed Lio in the face and then stomped the ribs. They went to the outside. Lio attacked the knee. Moonsault and Suicide Dives by Rush. Lio WAS Rookie of the Year, a couple years back. Lio tried for the Frog Splash but Balor got the knees up. Finn seemed to be having an issue with his left knee. Running Knife Edge Chop by Finn. Float Over led to a Sling Blade by Balor. Lio Dropkicked the bad knee. Rush kicked at the bad wheel and locked it up. Knee Snap by Rush. Rush blasted Balor in the face and almost got the pin. Wild Clothesline that flipped Rush inside out. Finn limped to the corner and climbed. He got caught and crotched. Lio punched away. Top Rope Rana. Rush kept attacking the bad knee. Finn hit the 1916 Bainbusterr while blocking a Stunner. Coup d’Grace!

Your Winner: Finn Balor
Raw Score: 82

Tucker Knight ran into The Ascension. Viktor and Konner made fun of Otis. Tucker warned them about making fun of his buddy. Otis took out both men with one Shoulder Tackle.

Bobby Lawhley was upset that Lio lost. Bobby reminded Rush that his one job was to get Lashley a title match. Bobby wanted to know if he could trust Rush. Lio said he could.

Bobby Lashley (w/Lio Rush) vs Braun Strowman

Highlights:

Lashley jumped Braun before the bell. Bobby kicked the knee of Strowman. Bobby dropped all his weight across Braun’s back. Lashley ran Strowman into the corner and set for a Suplex. Braun blocked it and hit a Front Drop Suplex of his own. Big Boot by Braun. Corner Splash by Braun, followed by a vicious Club to the chest. Braun came around and Freight Trained both Braun and Lio. Braun said he was coming after Lashley, Corbin and McIntyre.

Your Winner: No Contest
Raw Score: N/A

I’m sensing a Six Man at Mania: Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley.

Seth Rollins was interviewed. He was thrilled to hear that his best friend, Roman, was back.

A limo arrived. It was the Birthday Boy, himself! Dang, the brunette with him was incredible.

Dean Ambrose vs Drew McIntyre
No Disqualification Match

Highlights:

They started fighting, on the floor. Wild Forearms by Dean. He then ran Drew into the ring post. Knife Edge Chop by Drew. Dean slammed Drew’s face off the apron and got in the ring. The bell rang.

Kicks and Knife Edges by Dean. Dropkick to Drew’s knee. Dean ripped off his belt but didn’t get to use it. Big kick tothe face by Drew. Drew got the belt and whipped Dean’s back and chest. Spinebuster into a Jackknife Pin by Drew. 1-2-no. Drew went back to whipping the back. Dean hit a La Bandera Clothesline and Tope Suicida. Drew brushed it off and slammed Dean into the barricade. Break time.

Drew was on the floor. Dean flew off the top turnbuckle and crashed into Drew, on the floor. Dang. Dean unloadedon Drew. Drew ended up going into the ring steps. Roll Up and then Neckbreaker by Dean. 2 count only. Dean got the belt and lit up Drew like the Fourth of July. Glasgow Kiss by Drew. Dean rolled out to the floor.

Drew charged with the ring steps but Dean turned it into a Drop Toe Hold. Drew’s face slammed into the steps. Elias came out and attacked Dean. Really? Elias rolled Dean back in the ring. Drew didn’t like the help. Claymore!

Your Winner: Drew McIntyre
Raw Score: 79

Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley came to join the party. All three got in for a 4-on-1 mugging. Chokeslam/Backbreaker by Corbin. Spear by Lashley. Seth Rollins came out with a steel chair. He was joined by Roman Reigns! SHIELD REUNION! Superman Punches! Stomp to Elias. Spear to Drew! The Shield members looked at each other as we headed off to another round of commercials.

SHIELD vs McIntyre, Lashley and Corbin at Fastlane?

Bayley vs Nia Jax

Highlights:

I did a little research on the tag titles. The first WWF female tag champs were Princess Victoria and Velvet McIntyre. Sending a special shout out to the original Irsh Lass Kicker, Velvet. She was very supportive during my health crisis. Thanks, hun.

Nia and Tamina will challenge Bayley and Banks at Fastlane.

Nia shoved Bayley around. Nia got sent out to the floor. Bayley pounded on Nia’s back and hit a hard Biel Toss. Flying Forearms by Bayley. Goozle by Nia and she threw Bayley threw the ropes.

Nia picked up Bayley and Bear Hugged her. Bayley Elobwed put and tried for a Sunset Flip. Bayley avoided a Butt Bomb. She also dodged an Elbow Drop. Dropkick and Bulldog by Bayley. Steam Roller by Nia. She mocked Bayley and then pounded away. Biel by Nia and Step Choke on the bottom rope. Shinu Numaki by Ni and Bayley started to fade out. Bayley Elbowed Out and used a Drop Toe Hold to send Nia into the turnbuckles. Nia hit the floor. Bayley trapped Nia in the ropes and Dropkicked her. Bayley kept up the attack until she got caught and driven into the corner. Nia grabbed Sasha Banks. Tamina ended up in the steps. Savage Elbow!

Your Winner: Bayley
Raw Score: 80

Ric Flair was on his way to the ring. Woooo!

The Birthday Party

All the stars were on the ramp for this one. Stephanie and Triple H came out to host this celebration. Who’s face will end up in the cake? Just saying…

HHH said things are getting amped up as we near Wrestlemania. HHH ran down the night’s events. HHH called Ric Flair “The Greatest Sports Entertainer of all Time”.

Stephanie brought out Shawn Michaels (Smile, Dawn). Next out…Ricky Steamboat. Kurt Angle joined them. Finally, Sting came from the back. Found out the Stinger has a place not too far from me. Met him, a few years back, in New Orleans. Nice guy.

HHH had fun introducing a video about his dear friend, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair! Stephanie showed offf a specially made title belt for Flair. HHH then called for Ric Flair to join them! WOOOOO!

Flair didn’t come out. Huh? In the back, Batista kickedin the door to Flair’s dressing room. What the heck? He dragged Flair out and asked “Hunter” if he had his attention now? HHH left the ring, ready to whip some serious behind. Trip rushed to Flair’s side. Batista was long gone. I smell another match for Wrestlemania!

Peter: Give Davey a hug for us.
Dawn: Good Luck on Tuesday
Jean: I love you

Peace

–Jay Shannon
JayCShannon@gmail.com

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