Monday Night Raw's go-home show had a chance to convince those on the fence to tune in to WrestleMania Backlash but the red brand did little to ensure Sunday's pay-per-view is a must-see event.
WWE got straight to the in-ring action this week and Raw kicked off with Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke.
Asuka and Baszler fought back and forth during the opening minutes but both teams suddenly stood across from each other in the ring. This brought out Alexa Bliss and Lily on a swing set and the former women's champion announced she was on the stage to keep an eye on someone.
After a break, the heel team was in control as Baszler worked over Dana Brooke. The Queen Of Spades then moved to tag in Nia Jax but Baszler suddenly became stuck to the mat. This allowed Brooke to tag in Asuka and The Empress Of Tomorrow connected with a Shining Wizard for the 1-2-3.
Baszler becoming stuck was seemingly the work of Bliss as the segment came to an end after copious amounts of giggling from Little Miss Bliss and Lily.
A backstage segment with Riddle, Randy Orton and The New Day followed during which Riddle and the former Raw Tag Team Champions laughed about The Viper being pelted with tomatoes last week. Orton didn't find it funny, though, and The Viper told them he finds ending careers and setting things on fire hilarious.
After another break, MVP entered Braun Strowman's locker room and tried to convince The Monster Among Men to take out Drew McIntyre ahead of WrestleMania Backlash.
Speaking of Sunday's pay-per-view, Damian Priest vs. The Miz was added to the card. This then led to a meeting between Adam Pearce, Miz, John Morrison and Priest and after a brief back and forth, it was decided the winner of Priest vs. Morrison tonight would pick the stipulation for Sunday's match. Much of the segment continued to build the tension between Miz and Morrison as Johnny Drip Drip pointed out his friend cost him the win last week before The Prince Of Parkour accepted the stipulation for tonight much to Miz's chagrin.
After all of those segments, it was time for the next match on the show and Jinder Mahal returned to Raw with Veer and Shanky and defeated Jeff Hardy after three minutes. The Charismatic Enigma went for the Twist Of Fate down the stretch but Jinder countered into the Khallas for the victory.
Next up on the show was R-K-Bro and The New Day vs. AJ Styles, Omos, Jaxson Ryker and Elias.
The heel team dominated much of the match by working over Riddle and then Xavier Woods for several minutes, but the New Day man eventually managed to tag The Original Bro back in and he followed up with a Bro Derek on Elias.
Omos entered the ring to break up the pin and Orton made a blind tag to Riddle but refused to engage the giant. While this was going on, The New Day knocked Styles to the floor and spun him around in circles much of Omos' anger and he quickly chased after Woods and Kofi.
With Omos distracted, though, Orton hit Elias with an RKO for the win. Riddle and The New Day then immediately celebrated after the bell, but The Viper was less than happy with this development and he dropped Kingston and Woods before skulking back up the ramp.
A meeting between Rhea Ripley, Asuka and Sonya Deville followed. The WWE official met up with Charlotte Flair earlier in the show and Ripley quickly connected the dots after Deville suggested a match between The Nightmare and Asuka for later in the episode. The Empress Of Tomorrow pointed out she had already competed on the show, but she accepted the proposition nonetheless, as did Ripley for some reason.
Next up was Sheamus vs. Humberto Carrillo as the rivalry between the two continued.
Both men put together a competent match but it ended in disaster after Carrillo went for a Sunset Flip to the outside. The third-generation wrestler managed to hit the move, but Sheamus landed on top of him in the process and he immediately clutched his hamstring.
The match was then called off by the official and Sheamus was declared the winner while Carrillo was checked on by WWE's medical team. Luckily for the luchador, he doesn't appear to have suffered an injury and was said to be okay after the match.
Next up was a video package for Lucha House Party and a repeat of last week's Eva Marie vignette before it was time for Cedric Alexander vs. Shelton Benjamin.
The former tag team partners put together a solid four-minute match during which Alexander repeatedly claimed he was better than Shelton. All the talk would come back to bite Cedric on the ass, though, as after he demanded Shelton get back to his feet, Benjamin did just that and decked him with a T-Bone Suplex to pick up the win.
The broadcast then headed backstage again for the next segment where Angel Garza was involved in a photoshoot. Drew Gulak suddenly interrupted the proceedings and he admitted that Garza embarrassed and humiliated him last week. The third-generation luchador said he would shove a rose down Gulak's throat if they go one on one in the future.
That segment was followed by Asuka vs. Rhea Ripley in the third match between the two Superstars in the last month.
Ripley dominated much of the match, with her control only being broken by her infatuation with looking at Charlotte Flair. The Nightmare's attention was first broken after Flair headed to the ring to sit on commentary which allowed Asuka to gain the advantage heading into the break. Ripley had regained the upper hand by the time the broadcast returned, but she lost control again after she confronted Charlotte at the announce table.
The distraction allowed Asuka to connect with a Hip Attack into the barricade and The Empress Of Tomorrow tried to capitalise but Ripley caught her with a kick to the head and a Riptide for the 1-2-3. The Raw Women's Champion then stared at Charlotte as Flair applauded.
After a brief backstage interview with Drew McIntyre in which he admitted he couldn't defeat Lashley and Braun if they teamed up against him, John Morrison went one on one with Damian Priest.
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow all the way back in February, but it was Groundhog Day on Raw as Morrison and Priest used the same finish as last week. Both men had a solid 13-minute match and Priest looked to connect with Hit The Lights in the final moments. Morrison managed to counter into a Crucifix Pin, however, but The Miz had already climbed onto the apron to distract the official and by the time the referee had noticed, Priest was able to kick out at two. The Archer Of Infamy then quickly recovered and decked Morrison with Hit The Lights for the win.
Miz attacked Priest immediately after the bell but the former NXT North American Champion powered out of a Skull Crushing Finale attempt and he decked Morrison with another Hit The Lights after The A-Lister scurried up the ramp.
This week's Eva Marie video package was next on the show. Photoshoots must be popular on Raw as she was also being photographed while she told the audience at home that she sees herself as a super role model.
While the vignette was going on, Priest had time to walk to Adam Pearce's office and The Archer Of Infamy announced he would face Miz in a Lumberjack match at WrestleMania Backlash.
It was then time for the main event and Drew McIntyre went one on one with Bobby Lashley. Both men displayed their excellent chemistry and fought back and forth during the 13-minute match, but fans were denied a definitive winner following interference from Braun Strowman.
McIntyre looked to have the match won in the closing moments after he blocked a Hurt Lock attempt and followed up with a Claymore. Strowman's music suddenly played over the titantron, though, and The Monster Among Men decked Drew from behind and put him out of commission with a Running Powerslam.
The Scottish Warrior would eat two more Running Powerslams before Raw went off the air, but the more explosive action took place between Strowman and Lashley. The All Mighty initially thanked Braun for attacking McIntyre, but Strowman wasn't interested in making friends and he hoisted Lashley up and put him down with a Running Powerslam. Lashley tumbled to the outside following the move and Braun brushed off an attack from MVP and followed up by putting the WWE Champion through the barricade with another Running Powerslam. The Monster Among Men then stood tall as Raw went off the air.
Check out the full results from Raw below:
• Asuka, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke def. Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax & Charlotte Flair
• Jinder Mahal def. Jeff Hardy
• R-K-Bro & The New Day def. Elias, Jaxson Ryker, Omos & AJ Styles
• Sheamus def. Humberto Carrillo by Referee's Decision
• Shelton Benjamin def. Cedric Alexander
• Rhea Ripley def. Asuka
• Damian Priest def. John Morrison
• Drew McIntyre def. Bobby Lashley by Disqualification