Wwe raw results, recap, grades major returns, debuts, surprises after wrestlemania 34 – cbssports.com

Just under 24 hours after the conclusion of WrestleMania 34, WWE had an opportunity to knock their "night after" show out of the park. And while the company did have some surprises in store for Raw, it’s hard to claim that the totality of those moments did enough to generate for the lack of heat that was obvious over the course of the three-hour show.

Bobby Lashley received a warm welcome upon his return to WWE, as did a trio of NXT call-ups in Ember Moon, the Authors of Pain and No Way Jose. Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy also came back from health issues, and it was clear that their impact on the show was greater than the aforementioned five superstars combined.


It will be interesting to see what WWE does to counter such a lineup Tuesday night on SmackDown, but unless they put some big-time names on that show, it is going to once again feel like an embarrassment of riches on one brand and a relative lack of star power on the other. Of course, WWE also announced a Superstar Shake-Up next week, so anything can happen.

Ronda Rousey confronts Stephanie McMahon: After the Raw commissioner opened the show praising herself for her performance at WrestleMania while fighting off chants from the crowd, she introduced Rousey and claimed they will do great things together now that the WWE machine is behind Rousey. This led the former UFC champion to shake McMahon’s hand and hug her … only to quickly turn and lock her into the armbar submission. McMahon tapped out immediately. The crowd was hot for the entire segment, razzing McMahon and cheering on Rousey. It was rather formulaic and expected but nevertheless successful. Grade: B

"I do have a partner. And her name is… @WWEEmberMoon!" #RAW #WomensChampion @NiaJaxWWE just picked the former @WWENXT #WomensChampion to be her partner against @AlexaBliss_WWE & @MickieJames! pic.twitter.com/v1qmfEQcLr— WWE (@WWE) April 10, 2018

Braun Strowman relinquishes the titles: Walking up to Raw general manager Kurt Angle alongside Nicholas, Strowman vacated the Raw tag team championship due to a scheduling conflict on the part of Nicholas. The youngster then shouted Strowman’s catch phrase as the crowd popped. Whether you like the move with Nicholas or not, the fact that Strowman gave up the titles is absurd. That’s twice in the last few months champions have just relinquished titles for no good reason. Grade: F

No Way Jose def. Unnamed Jobber via pinfall: In his debut, Jose hit the ring with an entourage conga line reminiscent of Adam Rose and squashed the jobber in under a minute. I’ll give WWE the benefit of the doubt that this is a one-off; if not, dock this another letter. Grade: C

The Revival def. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows via pinfall (Tag Team Eliminator semifinal): A blind tag allows The Revival to get the upper hand on Anderson, surprising him with the Shatter Machine for the clean win. There were multiple beach balls during the match, which was absurd during a good bout. Grade: C+

Jeff Hardy returns, intercontinental title picture murky: New intercontinental champion Seth Rollins put over that every member of The Shield is now a Grand Slam champion, but as Rollins was about it take it further, Finn Bálor interrupted to say that Rollins deserved the title but never beat him for it. As Rollins agreed to make Bálor the No. 1 contender, The Miz’s music hit. He said Rollins did not deserve the title and that beating him made his newborn daughter and wife Maryse cry, in turn making him cry. Rollins said everyone cries when they watch him wrestle, and he may be good but he can’t lace Rollins’ boots. The Miz said Bálor is owed nothing but he deserves a rematch – at Backlash. After challenging Rollins and Bálor to a handicap match, Hardy jumped in to make the save, though the match never happened. Bálor can never successfully challenge anyone, and it didn’t necessarily make sense to have Hardy there. Grade: B-

Mandy Rose def. Sasha Banks via pinfall: Bayley came out before the match and factored into the finish as she accidentally struck Banks outside the ring, starting an argument and therefore distracting her. This allowed Rose to hit a hard knee strike and get the win. Grade: C

Paige retires: With tears in her eyes, Paige grabbed a mic after the match and told fans what she has known for a while: She can no longer perform as an in-ring competitor. Paige thanked all her supporters, all the women superstars, and her family — as well as both Daniel Bryan and Edge, who she says have given her hope. Paige thanked the crowd, the same one she made her debut in front of four years ago, and appeared to be saying she was done with WWE complete as the crowd chanted, "This is your house!"

Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt def. Titus Worldwide via pinfall (Tag Team Eliminator semifinal): Nothing to write home about in this extended squash match featuring the new pairing. Hardy controlled Wyatt the entire match and for the pinfall after hitting Twist of Fate. Grade: C+

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn fight to a double countout with a Raw contract on the line: These two have wrestled so many times, yet they always surprise you. Owens countered Zayn’s diving DDT through the turnbuckles with a superkick, but only managed a two after a cannonball and a splash. When he hit the Pop-Up Powerbomb, his backward momentum thew him out of the ring. Zayn then hit a Helluva Kick with Owens on the top rope but could not get a pinning combination after a suplex, leading to the countout. Best possible finish considering the stipulation and the crowd was hot for the match. Grade: A

Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy and Bray Wyatt meet up: As Jeff Hardy was walking with Bálor and Rollins, he came across Matt and expressed his pride in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal performance. Switching briefly into his Brother Nero persona, Jeff welcomed Wyatt with a hug as Wyatt said he felt "wonderful" without Sister Abigail. Jeff then turned back to Bálor and Rollins, and when asked what that was all about, smiled and shrugged. Hysterical. Grade: A+

Seth Rollins, Finn Balor & Jeff Hardy def. Miz & The Miztourage via pinfall : Tough to understand why WWE would close the Raw after WrestleMania with a meaningless six-man tag team match, which was fine all things considered. The action seriously picked up on the back-end with Bálor running through his range of moves and Rollins hitting The Stomp on Miz for the clean 1-2-3. After the bell rang, Bálor dropped the Coup de Grace, Hardy hit the Swanton Bomb and Rollins hit The Stomp on both members of the Miztourage. Grade: B-