WWE is officially on the last stretch of the Road to WrestleMania and the card is coming together quickly. That continued during Raw on Monday night.For Brock Lesnar, that road has at least one more speedbump after Paul Heyman revealed that Lesnar would have to defend his title on March 5. The match, which Heyman hopes will ruin Lesnar’s chances of a title vs.
title match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, will be against Bobby Lashley or an appropriate replacement opponent.One name from outside the WWE world who punched a ticket to WrestleMania is Logan Paul.
The social media star appeared on the show as a guest of The Miz and joined Miz in challenging Rey and Dominik Mysterio to a tag match at the biggest event of the year.CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina.
Brock Lesnar set for March 5 title defenseLesnar opened the show with an in-ring promo, first making his way around the ring to celebrate his status as the newly crowned WWE champion with the fans. Before Lesnar could deliver his message, he was interrupted by Paul Heyman. Heyman told Lesnar that he would not make it to his title vs.
title match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania because he would first have to defend his title on March 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Heyman also said Lesnar would be facing Bobby Lashley, and if Lashley didn’t clear concussion protocol, Heyman would make sure another challenge was lined up.
Lesnar said he was already aware of his obligations, then told Heyman that he would be in the building on Friday night at SmackDown to see Heyman and Reigns.WWE has notably had issues selling tickets for the upcoming show at MSG so adding a Lesnar title match makes sense. This is likely the last time Lesnar appears on Raw before WrestleMania.
Any appearances will be on Smackdown to confront Reigns. This leaves Raw without a top champion on their show as they build to the biggest event of the year. The interaction here between Lesnar and Heyman was good, as expected given their decades of work together.
Grade: BLogan Paul set to team with Miz at WrestleManiaAs promised after losing to Rey Mysterio at Elimination Chamber, The Miz introduced his new tag team partner. After exchanging words with Rey and Dominik Mysterio, Miz welcomed social media star Logan Paul to the ring.
Miz threw down a tag team challenge for WrestleMania before he and Paul attacked the Mysterios.
The segment ended with Miz hitting Rey with a Skull-Crushing Finale and Paul doing the same to Dominik.This falls firmly on the list of things WWE has done that nobody has asked for. They will, however, do anything to draw a bit of attention and WWE certainly loves to stick celebrities in WrestleMania matches where they can practice for a month or two and work out a carefully put-together match.
On the list of WWE sins, their love of celebrities is pretty low on the list. Still, Paul looked awkward in delivering his Skull-Crushing Finale and his whole vibe is a bit erratic. Grade: CWhat else happened on WWE Raw?Alpha Academy def. The Street Profits via pinfall when Otis pinned Montez Ford. The end came when Ford had Otis picked up for a slam, but Otis’ weight was too much, allowing Otis to fall into a pin. As Ford was pinned, Chad Gable held his foot down from outside the ring to prevent any escape.
Finn Balor & Tommaso Ciampa def. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode via pinfall when Ciampa rolled up Roode. Ciampa called in Balor as a fellow NXT veteran to back him up as his rivalry with Ziggler moved from NXT to Raw.Rhea Ripley def. Nikki A.S.H. via pinfall after hitting Riptide.Damian Priest def. Shelton Benjamin via pinfall after hitting Reckoning.
After the match, Priest said that he would defend his title next week, but wanted an opponent at the world championship level. This brought out Finn Balor, who quickly accepted the challenge.24/7 Championship – Dana Brooke def. Reggie (c) to win the title. Reggie apologized for pinning Brooke the previous week to win the title. He then said he wanted to show Brooke how much she means to him and allowed her to pin him, though he kicked out twice.
Brooke then kissed him as she was pinning him to get the three count and win the title.Bianca Belair def. Doudrop via pinfall after hitting the K.O.D. Before the match, Belair cut a promo about winning a WrestleMania title shot at Elimination Chamber.
She was confronted by Raw women’s champion Becky Lynch, with Lynch remaining at ringside to watch the match.Edge threw out an open challenge for WrestleMania. Edge ran through his WrestleMania bona fides and dropped a bit of a hint as to who his opponent could be when he called himself “phenomenal.”
He said that someone needs to step up so he can make them “live forever.”Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins def. RK-Bro via pinfall after Rollins hit Riddle with a stomp. The main event was set up with the stipulation that a win for Owens and Rollins would place them into the upcoming match for the tag titles between RK-Bro and Raw tag champs Alpha Academy.
Rollins and Owens said that winning the tag titles was their new goal because it guaranteed them a spot at WrestleMania.
Rollins and Owens got the job done, cementing a spot in what is now a triple threat match.