With the stakes going up each week, here are five things we learnt from Raw last night:
Stephanie McMahon introduced “The Man”, who limped out – still selling the knee injury she picked up at Royal Rumble.
Steph wanted Becky to see a WWE doctor and said that if Becky continued to refuse medical attention, she’d have to suspend Becky.
Becky called Steph: “Just another daddy’s girl who never had to fight for anything – trying to stop me fighting for everything.”
Steph had no choice but to suspend Becky on the spot – so Becky punched her out and tried to lock Steph in the Dis-Arm-Her. The Man then tore through a few security guards before she was marched out of the building.
Backstage Becky came face to face with Ronda Rousey, who called Becky “unprofessional” for potentially sabotaging their WrestleMania main event.
Rousey – incensed by fans still booing her – went to the ring and beat both Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan of the Riott Squad in quick succession.
Following humiliating losses to both Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin, broken down legend Angle came out to address his future.
Angle said than instead of the “three Is” he now has the “three Ds” – doubt, defeat, and depression – and that one opponent he can’t beat is Father Time.
It sounded like Kurt was about to retire but he was predictably interrupted by McIntyre and Corbin, who threatened to put him down for good and surrounded Angle in the ring – but Braun Strowman made the save and charged to the ring to chase the heels off.
Braun and Kurt later teamed up to take on McIntyre and Corbin in the main event, which ended when Strowman got himself disqualified.
Braun had the last word though when he chokeslammed both McIntyre and Corbin onto the steel ring steps.
This storyline is presumably building to a big retirement match for Angle at WrestleMania. But who will the Olympic Hero face at the big show?
After weeks of posing in mirror backstage, EC3 finally debuted on… A Moment of Bliss. It doesn’t exactly scream main event push.
Alexa Bliss fawned over EC3 but Nia Jax interrupted, but was in turn interrupted by Dean Ambrose.
Ambrose claimed Nia has a “huge crush” on him (which is ironic, because Nia will probably crush Dean before he leaves WWE) and then he whacked the microphone out of EC3’s hand.
EC3 challenged Ambrose to a match, which EC3 won when he flipped over Ambrose for a crafty jackknife pinfall.
If Ambrose really is leaving WWE because he doesn’t like the “hokey stuff” this nonsense will have him racing out of the door as fast as he can.
Sasha Banks and Bayley are still reeling from respective losses to Ronda Rousey last week – but they’re also focused on winning the new women’s tag team titles.
They faced Alicia Fox and Nikki Cross in a qualifying match for Elimination Chamber, where six teams will face off for the all-new championships.
Foxy and Cross attacked Banks and Bayley on the ramp before the match in a fairly lame beat-down, but Banks and Bayley fought their way back into the match. Bayley caught Foxy with a surprise roll-up for the victory.
They now face Nia Jax and Tamina, the IIconics, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, the Riott Squad and one undecided team inside the Chamber.
“Double JJ” and Road Dogg returned for yet another nostalgic rendition of their mid-1990s tune With My Baby Tonight.
But this week it was Elias who interrupted them and cut a heel promo on the fans of Portland.
So Jarrett – playing his country singer persona but wearing his Attitude Era duds – took on Elias one-on-one.
It was Jarrett’s first Raw match since October 1999 and he looked in decent enough ring shape for a 51-year-old.
Elias taunted fans by mocking Double JJ’s strut and Road Dogg’s DX crotch-chop before hitting the Drift Away for the win.
But Road Dogg jumped into the ring to a post-match brawl, allowing Jarrett to blast Elias from behind with a guitar (the guitar didn’t break – that must have been painful).
Have we seen the last of Double JJ? Or will he have yet another encore performance?
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