WWE Raw started with a recap of the previous night at WrestleMania, where Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle had defeated Stephanie McMahon and Triple H after Stephanie tapped out from the armbar.
We will rate each segment between -5 and +5.
Ronda Rousey and Stephanie McMahon face off: +4
Stephanie came out to address the crowd to chants of ‘You tapped out’. She insulted the Raw after WrestleMania crowd and said that they had not expected her to last that long against Ronda. She called out Ronda.
Stephanie congratulated Ronda and said that they could now put their differences aside and use their mutual skills to take the company ahead. Ronda smiled and hugged her, only to get close to her. She grabbed Stephanie’s arm and locked in the Armbar. She tweaked on the arm of Stephanie putting all the pressure on it.
She finally let it go, but it was clear that the damage was done on Stephanie.
One day after making Stephanie McMahon tap out at WrestleMania, The Baddest Woman on the Planet gives a painful response to the Raw Commissioner’s proposal that they move forward.
Nia Jax and Ember Moon vs Alexa Bliss and Mickie James: +4
Alexa came out to face Nia, and called her a bully as she ‘threw her weight around’.
Nia Jax told Alexa to shut up and said that she did have a partner for the night, calling out her surprise partner, Ember Moon.
Ember showed off all she had, taking out Mickie James. She then flew around the ring hitting Alexa with hard strikes and flying crossbodies. She hit the Eclipse on Alexa for the win.
After the match, backstage, Braun and Nicholas relinquished the Raw Tag Team Titles.
Answering a tag team challenge from The Goddess of WWE, the new Raw Women’s Champion introduces former NXT Champion Ember Moon as her tag team partner.
No Way Jose debut: +4
No Way Jose made his debut on Raw, as he came out to face John Skyler and defeated him after a Wind Up Knockout Punch.
Backstage, Kurt Angle announced that there was to be a Tag Team Tournament for the vacant Tag Team Titles, with the finals taking place on the Saudi Arabia Royal Rumble.
NXT Superstar No Way Jose dances his way onto the Red Brand, ready to make a splash on Monday Night Raw. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Revival vs Gallows and Anderson [Tag Team Tournament]: +2
Revival faced off against Anderson and Gallows in the first match of the tournament. Revival looked in good shape as they used the Shatter Machine to break apart Anderson and win the match.
The good brothers battle Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson in the first step toward possibly facing Cesaro & Sheamus for the vacant Raw Tag Team Titles at the Greatest Royal Rumble event.
Seth Rollins and Finn Balor Promo: +3
Seth came out to celebrate his Intercontinental Title win and thanked the crowd for their support. Finn came out to congratulate him, and said that he wanted to be the first person to challenge Seth for the Intercontinental Title. Seth agreed to allow Finn to challenge for the title.
They were interrupted by the Miz, who came out to say that Seth did not deserve the Intercontinental Title.
Miz said that Seth had made his child and wife cry when he took the title for him. He said that he wanted to invoke his rematch clause at BackLash. He then challenged Finn and Seth to a Tag Match against him and Miztourage. They accepted and were joined by the returning Jeff Hardy.
After defeating The Miz and Finn Bálor to win the Intercontinental Championship and become a Grand Slam Champions at WrestleMania, Seth “Freaking” Rollins returns to Monday Night Raw.
Sasha Banks vs Mandy Rose: +1
Sasha was in a match against Mandy that ended early. Bayley was outside, and when Mandy pushed her she tried to attack her but ‘mistakenly’ hit Sasha instead. Mandy took advantage of the distraction and pinned Sasha.
The Boss battles Absolution’s Mandy Rose with Bayley in her corner. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Paige Retirement: +5
In an emotional segment, Paige announced her retirement from professional wrestling. It was extremely sad and tragic as she had to retire from in-ring competition due to her injuries.
With a heavy heart, Paige stuns the WWE Universe by announcing her retirement from WWE. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Elias Promo: +4
Elias did his usual shtick of insulting the city and the crowd, before his song was interrupted by Bobby Lashley. He attacked and took out Elias with a Hanging Suplex.
Backstage Sami and Kevin begged Kurt for a job. Kurt offered them a match as there was one slot open for either of them.
Former ECW Champion Bobby Lashley steps back in a WWE ring with authority for the first time since 2008. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Authors of Pain debut: +4
Heath and Rhyno came out to challenge any tag team in the back. They were greeted by Authors of Pain who came out and destroyed them. They won the match pinning them.
When heading to the back they ditched Paul Ellering.
Fresh off Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, former NXT Tag Team Champions Akam and Rezar look to make their mark on Monday Night Raw. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Roman Reigns Promo: +4
Roman Reigns came out to cut a promo about his loss to Lesnar the previous night. He said that WWE seemed to have a conspiracy as he would now have to face Lesnar in a match in Saudi Arabia where he would take the Beast on in a Steel Cage.
Samoa Joe made his return interrupting Roman and said that Roman was making excuses. Joe said that after Reigns was done with Lesnar he would face Reigns at Backlash.
One night after WrestleMania, Samoa Joe pokes a stick at The Big Dog and challenges him to a showdown at WWE Backlash. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy vs Titus Worldwide [Tag Team Tournament]: +4
Matt and Bray formed a funny but incredible team and seemed to have the advantage over Titus WorldWide. Bray and Matt worked well together. Matt hit Apollo with the Side Effect, and Bray knocked out Titus. Matt was taken down with a dropkick by Apollo who then hit Bray with an Enzuigiri. Apollo was taken out by Bray Wyatt’s Urinagi. Wyatt then sent Apollo to Hardy who hit the Twist of Fate for the win.
Bray Wyatt & Matt Hardy put their newfound alliance to the test against Apollo & Titus O’Neil in the first step toward possibly facing Cesaro & Sheamus for the vacant Raw Tag Team Titles at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn: +3
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn found themselves facing each other in a match made by Kurt Angle. The winner of the match would get a position on Raw, while other was to be without a job.
Sami hit Kevin with a Blue Thunder Bomb, but Kevin kicked out. Zayn returned the favour by kicking out of the Frog Splash. Kevin and Sami took each other out with a huge Superplex in the middle of the ring.
Neither men made it to his feet and the match ended in a Double Count-out.
After Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon prevented The “Yep!” Movement from returning to SmackDown LIVE at WrestleMania, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn compete against each other for the right to join Monday Night Raw.
Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and Jeff Hardy vs The Miz and Miztourage: +4
The match was fast paced and entertaining. It was great to see both of the teams. Finn and Seth both put on a show.
Seth hit a huge Superplex and Falcon Arrow combination on the Miz. Finn hit the Plancha and Suicide Dive on the rest of the Miztourage.
Seth delivered a Curb Stomp for the win.
After the match, Jeff hit the Twist of Fate on Bo, Finn hit the Coup de Grace and Jeff hit the Swanton, followed by Seth hit the Curb Stomp. Seth hit Curtis Axel with a Superkick, and then Finn hit the Coup de Grace, followed by the Swanton by Jeff. Seth hit the Curb Stomp to end it.
After claiming that the loss of his Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania made his whole family cry, The Miz teams up with his Miztourage to battle the team of Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor and Jeff Hardy.
The show was excellent and a great follow-up on WrestleMania. The show got a rating of +46 out of +65.