WWE RAW began when Samoa Joe signed an official contract to join the roster of Monday night, in spite of Mick Foley, the RAW General Manager’s less-than-enthusiastic reaction. He marked his passage from NXT to RAW by defeating Seth Rollins last week to the tune of a torn Medical Collateral Ligament Injury. Joe finally declared allegiance to the only man who provided him with the opportunity to join WWE in the first place.
However, Roman Reigns wasn’t that willing to bow down to the newest signee in RAW. Moments later, he stepped up to Joe in a pointed confrontation. Foley sensed a matchmaking opportunity and capitalized on the tension between the two and a Joe vs.
Reigns fight was sanctioned later in the evening. Later in the night, with an electrifying start, delighting the WWE universe. Brock Lesnar’s challenge to face Goldberg at the WrestleMania was accepted by the latter. However, it seems like Kevin Owens is the next.
At WrestleMania, after Chris Jericho floated the idea of him vs. Owens at Wrestlemania, Goldberg interrupted The Beast’s challenge from last week and with his eyes being on one more title run, he dared Owens to defend the Crimson championship that was thrown at him, at the WWE Fastlane. During an odd reversal of fortune from a few weeks back, Jericho accepted on Owen’s behalf during a fit of rage after Jericho’s glory was stolen by Goldberg and he put himself on The List of Jericho. The irony is that Goldberg’s list was made by Owens.
The show was wrapped up with the main event when Samoa Joe on his first night secured his first victory on RAW, due to a first-time distraction. The resident destroyer of RAW didn’t change up the winning strategy before combining it with The Big Dog, cheap-shotting Reigns before the bell, finally putting him in a hole from which the WWE champion found it difficult to emerge from.
To his credit, Reigns slowly chipped away The Samoan Submission Specialist, which was enough to secure a Samoan Drop and prepare for the Spear. That is when Braun Strowman came calling.
The Monster Among Men finally got the attention of his Fastlane opponent good. It took two Superman punches for Reigns to have Strowman turned away. After that, Joe capitalized with an enziguiri to the back of his head, and it was followed by an uranage to have the match sealed.
After that, Strowman decided to pick the bones, destroyed Reigns with some steel steps and through the barricade, he executed the Running Powerslam. In the end, Samoa Joe stood tall, and Strowman dished out punishment on Roman. These are two firsts, but from the looks of it, they certainly won’t be the last.
The results from last night are as follows: –
- Samoa Joe was confronted by Roman Reigns
- Nia Jax def. Bayley
- Four local competitors are def. By Braun Strowman
- Drew Gulak def. By Akira Tozawa
- Kevin Owens challenged by Goldberg to a WWE Universal Championship Match
- Cesaro and Sheamus def. By Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, the RAW Tag Team Champions through Disqualification.
- The Shining Stars are def. By The New Day.
- Sami Zayn def. By US Champion Chris Jericho
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville, Noam Dar & Tony Nese def. By Jack Gallagher, Cedric Alexander & TJ Perkins
- Roman Reigns def. By Samoa Joe.