WWE Raw Results
March 20, 2023
St. Louis, Missouri (Enterprise Center)
Commentary: Kevin Patrick and Corey Graves
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever. Together.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
Kevin Owens makes his way to the ring to a big reception. Owens looks to the stage, and Sami Zayn comes out to a big reaction. Replays are shown of Kevin Owens saving Sami Zayn from the Usos on SmackDown before embracing him.
Owens and Zayn are in the ring. The crowd loudly chants for Zayn, and Owens says he thinks they like him. A “KO” chant then picks up. Zayn says, “It sounds like they like you too, pal.” Zayn says it feels good to be out here on the same page again. Zayn says he totally gets why Owens didn’t want to work with him after Elimination Chamber. Zayn approached it like a business transaction. Everything they ever did was as brothers.
Owens says he’s right about that, but Zayn doesn’t understand one thing. Owens has been his biggest fan for 20 years. Owens always told people that Zayn is the best he’s ever been in the ring with. For the last six months, it frustrated Owens to see Zayn under Roman Reigns’ thumb. Zayn was better than all of them and outgrew the Bloodline immediately. Owens finally heard Zayn speak and realized it was time to take down the Bloodline together. Zayn says they both know what comes next and looks up at the WrestleMania sign. The crowd buzzes.
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos come out. Jey Uso says Sami Zayn is what a backstabber looks like. Jey says Zayn and Owens will backstab each other. They’re the kind of family that cuts each other’s throats. Zayn says it’s funny that Jey said that because his biggest dream is to backstab Roman Reigns. Jimmy Uso says Zayn is the only one dreaming. Jimmy sees them staring at the WrestleMania sign like something will happen there. Nothing is happening at WrestleMania. Owens says we all know where this is going. Everyone knows where this is going. There is only one way and one place to settle this: the grandest stage of them all. Jey and his brother against Owens and his brother for the Undisputed Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania!
A “YES” chant picks up. Jimmy says they’re the greatest tag team in the world. They don’t deserve a shot at the titles. Owens and Zayn have been on the same page for a few minutes. They’ve been on the same page since day one. Jey says to be honest, this might be their one shot to put the Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens problem in the dirt. Jey accepts the match at WrestleMania. In fact, they won’t wait until WrestleMania!
The Usos charge the ring. Jimmy and Owens immediately brawl out of the ring. Jimmy sends Owens into the ring post. The Usos then begin double-teaming Zayn. Owens fights back and knocks Jimmy into the timekeeper’s area. They get Jey in the ring. Owens superkicks him. Zayn goes for a Helluva Kick, but Jimmy Uso pulls his brother out of the ring to save him. The Usos grab some steel chairs, but referees run down to stop them.
An SUV pulls up into the arena. Solo Sikoa exits the passenger seat and opens the back door to let Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns out. Paul Heyman trails behind him. The Usos furiously storm off.
The commentators talk about what they just witnessed.
United States Champion Austin Theory makes his way to the ring. He’ll face Montez Ford next.
WrestleMania 39 is 12 days away.
Replays are shown of Austin Theory putting Angelo Dawkins in the STF to taunt John Cena last week. Montez Ford made the save.
United States Champion Austin Theory vs. Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins
The bell rings, and the crowd chants, “We want the smoke!” They lock up, and Theory hooks a side headlock. Ford tries to whip him off, but Theory holds on and cinches it in. Ford whips him off, but Theory shoulder tackles him down and taunts the crowd. Ford grabs a red solo cup and takes a sip. Ford grabs a side headlock, but Theory whips him off and drops down. Ford flips over him and takes him down. Ford then taunts Theory with the “You can’t see me” taunt. Theory punches back at Ford and chokes him on the ropes. Theory puts Ford in the corner and viciously stomps him down before taunting the crowd. Ford gets Theory in the corner and wildly stomps him down. Theory turns him around, but Ford sends him into the ropes and hits a clothesline. Ford then hits a clothesline over the top rope.
Ford puts Theory over the barricade and poses with some fans.
We come back from the break to see Ford fight Theory off while attempting a superplex. Ford punches him down to the canvas and hits an incredible high-angle cross-body block!
Ford gets to his feet and hits some clotheslines. Ford hits an uppercut followed by a back suplex. Ford tells Theory that he can’t see him before hitting a standing moonsault for a near fall. Ford sizes Theory up and goes for a sambo suplex, but Theory elbows out. Ford rocks Theory with a forearm, but Theory boots him back. Ford hits an enzuigiri. Theory attempts an A-Town Down, but Ford counters into a DDT. Theory rolls out of the ring to recover, but Ford hits a somersault senton and sticks the landing!
Ford gets Theory in the ring and goes to the top rope. Theory avoids a Frog Splash and hits a rolling thunder dropkick. Theory flattens him with A-Town Down for the victory.
Winner by Pinfall: Austin Theory
Austin Theory says Montez Ford didn’t believe in him, and now he does. As for John Cena, he doesn’t believe in him, but at WrestleMania, he will. Theory’s eye looks swollen and is leaking a little blood.
Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns is backstage with Paul Heyman and Solo Sikoa. Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos come in. Reigns says it wasn’t the greatest start to the evening for them. Jimmy Uso says nothing could hurt more than being torn from his brother. He’ll never forgive Sami Zayn for that. He’s done at WrestleMania. Reigns says he hopes so.
Reigns calls for Heyman and tells everyone to leave him. Everyone gets up, but Reigns tells Jey Uso to stay. Jey looks a little worried.
We go backstage to see Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns still sitting with Jey Uso. Reigns says it’s been a minute. Jey disappears and then wants to make decisions. Is Jey still part of the Bloodline? Are they still family? Jey says he’s Bloodline and with Reigns. Reigns says that he hopes so and will see him later. As Jey gets up, Reigns holds his arm and says, “I love you.” Jey leaves.
Paul Heyman walks up to Roman Reigns and asks if he found the answers he was looking for. Reigns stares ahead and says he has.
The Street Profits, Ricochet and Braun Strowman, Alpha Academy, and the Viking Raiders will compete in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Showcase on WrestleMania.
WWE Official Adam Pearce is backstage with Byron Saxton. Pearce says the WrestleMania showcase is a great way to showcase great talent. Chelsea Green taps him on the shoulder and says Carmella is not available to team with. Piper Niven walks up. Green says they need to be in the Women’s Showcase at WrestleMania. Pearce says he’s trying to determine who will be in that match. Green warns that she’ll block him on social media if she’s not put into the match.
Omos is walking backstage with MVP. He’ll be in action next.
Video Package: Brock Lesnar vs. Omos at WrestleMania 39
Replays are shown of Omos overpowering Brock Lesnar last week on Raw.
Omos w/ MVP vs. Mustafa Ali
The bell rings, and Ali tries to use his positivity to keep Omos from hurting him. Omos shoves him down before turning him inside out with a shoulder tackle. Omos taunts the crowd. Dolph Ziggler is seen watching backstage. Omos hits a Tree Slam for the victory.
Winner by Pinfall: Omos
MVP gets in the ring with a microphone. MVP says the Nigerian Giant fears no man, animal, or beast. Brock Lesnar will learn to fear the Nigerian Giant at WrestleMania.
Logan Paul is walking with his entourage backstage. The Miz comes up to him, but Paul won’t shake his hand. Miz thinks he’s going to be a guest on Impaulsive TV since he’s the Host of WrestleMania. Paul declines and keeps walking.
WWE Backlash will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on May 6, 2023. SmackDown will also take place there the night before.
Logan Paul makes his way to the ring. Corey Graves says that Paul is “Puerto Rico’s favorite son.” Paul greets St. Louis and says it’s time to get Impaulsive. Paul says that Seth “Freakin” Rollins mentioned that he’s not welcome in their house, but that’s too bad. The crowd loudly boos him. Paul says the reality is he doesn’t need to be here. Paul made his millions off his name and brand. He’s in WWE because he loves it, but the people don’t love him. Only two people love him in the arena: his father and a kid at ringside. No matter how many times he gets on the microphone for their entertainment or how many Superstars he beats, they’ll never respect him. It’s not his fault that these dorks don’t understand the talent before them. He’s a 360-degree entertainer. There’s not a person on this roster that he can’t compete with. Paul is that good.
That’s why he didn’t invite anyone on Impaulsive TV. He can do it all. Did they really think any of his celebrity friends would come to St. Louis? They can get real. They’ll be out of here quicker than the St. Louis Rams. The crowd loudly boos. Paul apologizes and says it’s the Los Angeles Rams. Paul is looking forward to joining the Rams in Los Angeles when he battles Seth Rollins on April 1 at WrestleMania. That day is also his birthday. That match will be great. Rollins is a top talent. Paul says he’s honored to share the ring with him. However, he was talking with his brother and realized it’s hard to be intimidated by a guy named “Seth.” They could have been friends, but now he just wants to knock him out again.
A replay is shown of Logan Paul knocking Seth “Freakin” Rollins out two weeks ago on Raw. Paul laughs and asks if that’s really their guy. Paul has the replay shown again. Paul says Rollins looked so stupid. The replay is shown a third time with a clown emoji covering Rollins’ face. Paul says that’s the prettiest thing he’s ever seen.
Paul continues to talk, but his microphone dies. Paul looks for another microphone. Seth “Freakin” Rollins appears on the screen at an audio mixer. Rollins says there is only one way to save this awful edition of Impaulsive TV. Rollins plays his music.
The crowd cheers as Seth “Freakin” Rollins makes his way to the ring. Paul tells the people to shut up and says they’re tone-deaf. Paul says they can’t keep a football team and are really tone-deaf. Rollins gets in the ring, and Paul says Rollins’ outfit is stupid. Rollins listens to the crowd sing… until he tackles Paul and punches away at him. They brawl out of the ring before WWE officials and referees run out to separate them. Paul breaks free, and they tackle each other over the commentary table. Paul gets on the table, but Rollins sweeps the feet. Security comes out and pushes Rollins into the ring.
Rollins goes to the top rope and signals that he’s going to splash Paul through the commentary table, but Paul’s security force pulls him up. Rollins hits them with a cross-body off the top rope to the floor. They hold onto Rollins and spike him on his head at ringside! That was ridiculously close. Rollins angrily gets up, but Paul immediately flattens him with a right hand! Paul backs off.
Dominik Mysterio is walking backstage with Damian Priest.
Replays are shown of Rey Mysterio declining to face Dominik Mysterio at WrestleMania. Dominik called his father a scared man.
As Johnny Gargano makes his way to the ring, replays are shown of the vicious attack by Grayson Waller on NXT outside Gargano’s home.
Dominik Mysterio w/ Damian Priest vs. Johnny Gargano w/ Dexter Lumis
Johnny Gargano’s ribs are taped up. Mysterio hits the ropes, but Gargano leapfrogs him and hits a back elbow. Mysterio quickly attacks the ribs, but Gargano kicks him back and hits a running hurricanrana. Gargano hits the ropes and takes Mysterio out with a suicide dive. Gargano sits at ringside and clutches his injured ribs. Gargano grabs him, but Mysterio drives him into the barricade a few times before dropping him on it.
We come back from the break to see Mysterio starting the Three Amigos. Gargano blocks the third suplex and hits a suplex into the turnbuckles! Mysterio stumbles to his feet. Gargano punches him and blocks a kick. Gargano spins him and hits a pair of clotheslines, followed by an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Gargano kicks Mysterio in the ribs, but Mysterio snaps him off the top rope. Gargano avoids a slingshot somersault senton and hits a slingshot spear for a near fall.
Mysterio starts to beg Gargano off before pulling him into the top turnbuckle. Mysterio rolls him up with his feet on the ropes, but the referee catches him. Mysterio is furious. Gargano superkicks Mysterio down for a near fall. They trade punches in the center of the ring. Mysterio drops him into the ropes and goes for a 619, but Gargano avoids it and turns him inside out with a clothesline. Gargano lawn darts Mysterio into the turnbuckle and superkicks him down for a near fall. Gargano can’t believe it. Gargano puts Mysterio on the top rope and viciously punches away at him. Mysterio fights him off and hits a front superplex. Mysterio hits a Frog Splash to the back and picks up the victory!
Winner by Pinfall: Dominik Mysterio
Dominik Mysterio grabs a microphone. Last Friday night on SmackDown, his good-for-nothing father declined his challenge for a match at WrestleMania. Mysterio isn’t going to stop until he gets what he wants. At the end of the day, he knows that this Friday night on SmackDown from Las Vegas, the entire Mysterio family will be there. That’s the same family that blocked his number, kicked him out of the group chat, and wants nothing to do with him. Mysterio says the Judgment Day’s group chat is much better. Mysterio has a better way to get his father to accept a match. Mysterio will say hi to his mom and ask her permission for a match at WrestleMania… if his father has the balls to get them out of her purse.
The Usos and Solo Sikoa are backstage when Paul Heyman walks up to them. Heyman says the seafood has been delivered to the private jet. The Tribal Chief wants them to take the rest of the night off and indulge. The Usos are excited. Heyman says Sikoa cannot go because the Tribal Chief wants to talk to him.
Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns returns to Raw later tonight.
Edge will battle Finn Bálor inside Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania.
A grainy video shows Edge surrounded by some candles. Edge says if you push him, he’ll not just resist. He’ll throw you through a wall. Edge is a hostile man. He keeps it caged so he can be the man he’s become and function in society. Inside the cage, he’s caged no more. Edge won’t apologize for it. He’ll revel in it and savor it. Finn Bálor has no idea what Edge is capable of inside Hell in a Cell. Bálor has no idea what happens when that door slams shut. Edge was baptized inside Hell in a Cell by the Dead Man himself. Bálor cannot become what he needs to become without this. Hell couldn’t handle his demons. Edge quotes Scripture by saying, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil.” Edge never has because he’s the evil in the valley. Edge tells Bálor to leave Finn at home and bring his Demon to meet the Devil. He’d like to meet him. Edge fades into the background and smiles maniacally.
Replays are shown of the huge brawl with Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair this past Friday on SmackDown.
Rhea Ripley makes her way to the ring. Charlotte Flair told her that she needs to be a champion and a star. Ripley agrees, but she doesn’t agree with living in the past. Flair doesn’t want to accept her future, which is why she keeps talking about three years ago at Ripley’s first WrestleMania. That was back when she was trying to make a name for herself and earn respect. Flair thinks she’s the leader of the Women’s Division, but leaders respect others. After that match, she knew Flair didn’t respect anyone and never will because Ripley makes her question the respect she has for herself. When you hear the name “Rhea Ripley,” you question everything. The crowd tries to “WHAT” her, but Ripley calls them pathetic. Ripley brings out all your deepest insecurities you try to mask as confidence. Flair knows that every time they’ve gone to war, she’s gotten up and kept going because that’s what she does. What Flair does is try to keep people down but not her.
Flair has to admit that she’s done. It’s over, and has to go home where Flair means nothing. Without WWE, Flair is nothing. Ripley doesn’t care about Flair’s insecurities or if she respects her. At WrestleMania, she will become a champion and the biggest star in WWE. When Flair sees Ripley holding her crown above her head, she’ll know all her insecurities are true. Ripley doesn’t need Flair’s respect, but she will fear her.
Damage CTRL comes out to the stage. Bayley says when Ripley was talking about leaders, she was waiting for her to say Bayley’s name. Bayley respects Ripley, as does the rest of Damage CTRL. If Ripley needs advice on how to beat Charlotte Flair, she can turn to the Role Model. Bayley says she pinned Flair in her first PPV match. Ripley says she doesn’t need their help. Bayley says Ripley is getting too cocky. This is their show, and Damage CTRL will show her what they’re about. Ripley says she’s not ready to fight but will take them out if they want. Bayley says she’s the only one ready to fight.
WWE Official Adam Pearce is backstage watching this. He calls a referee over and makes the match official.
Rhea Ripley vs. Bayley w/ Damage CTRL
The bell rings, and they soon get into a shoving match. Bayley pushes the face, which only infuriates Ripley. Ripley puts her in the corner and punches her before whipping her hard across the ring. Ripley forearms away at Bayley before sending her back to the corner. Bayley quickly drops Ripley on the apron and snaps her off the ropes. Bayley dropkicks Ripley off the apron. Ripley blocks another dropkick, but Bayley quickly pulls her into the ring post. Ripley shoves Bayley into the barricade and gets on the apron. IYO SKY and Dakota Kai stand in her way, but Ripley dives over them with a cannonball onto Bayley. Ripley gets Bayley in the ring for a near fall.
Ripley lifts Bayley up and slams her into the corner. Ripley hits a snapmare and a vicious knee to the face for a near fall. Ripley knocks Bayley down and talks some trash. Ripley pushes her into the ropes and forearms her in the back. Bayley fights back and chops the chest. Bayley goes for a running back elbow, but Ripley counters and slams her down. Ripley sets up for Riptide, but Kai rakes the eyes as Sky distracts the referee. Bayley rolls Ripley up with her feet on the ropes for a two-count. Bayley hits a swinging back suplex for another two-count.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Becky Lynch and Lita come out with Trish Stratus and a large bag of popcorn to watch this match. They’ll face Damage CTRL at WrestleMania.
We come back from the break to see Bayley hit Bayley-to-Belly on Ripley for a one-count. Bayley cannot believe it. Bayley hits another Bayley-to-Belly before getting her to her feet. Ripley slams Bayley on her face, but Bayley quickly avoids a low dropkick. Bayley then hits Ripley with a running knee to the head.
They slowly get up and trade punches. Bayley avoids a big boot and elbows her in the corner. Bayley goes for a sunset flip into the corner, but Ripley stays on her feet. Ripley then crushes Bayley with a vicious double kick to the chest. Ripley puts Bayley in the Prism Trap. Bayley manages to get to the bottom rope to break the hold. Damage CTRL pulls Bayley out of the ring. Ripley pulls Kai up by the hair, but Bayley drives Ripley into the ring post. Lita and Trish then take out Kai and Sky. Lynch scares Bayley into the ring.
Ripley head-butts Bayley in the face as she gets into the ring. Ripley connects with the Riptide for the victory.
Winner by Pinfall: Rhea Ripley
Chad Gable is walking around desperately looking for Otis. Gable finds Otis getting a manicure and wearing cucumber slices on his eyes. Gable tells Otis that they’re in the WrestleMania Showcase. Tonight, he’ll face Ricochet. Braun Strowman will be in his corner, so Gable needs his #1 Guy in his corner. Maxxine Dupri comes up and says she just got a master hand modeler to introduce him to. She refers to Gable as horrifically middle class. They stand on each side of Otis and want him to choose. Otis goes off with Gable.
Ricochet makes his way to the ring with Braun Strowman. He’ll face Chad Gable next.
Another WrestleMania goes Hollywood commercial airs. Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, Butch, and Ridge Holland star in a spoof of the waxing scene from “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” Holland plays the Steve Carrell character.
Andy Kaufman will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame: Class of 2023.
“SHOOSH! SHOOSH, PLEASE!”
Ricochet w/ Braun Strowman vs. Chad Gable w/ Otis
They lock up and twist through arm wrenches. Gable hooks a front facelock, but Ricochet soon twists out and gets to his feet. Ricochet takes time to recover. Gable takes him down, but Ricochet fights up. Gable wrenches the arm and rolls him up for a two-count. Ricochet avoids a clothesline and hits a nice head-scissor takeover. Ricochet then dropkicks him down. Gable goes to the top rope, but Ricochet cuts him off. Ricochet goes for a frankensteiner, but Gable powers him up. Gable gets Ricochet on his shoulders and hits an odd slam down to the mat. It looked like whatever they wanted to do wasn’t set up right. Gable hits a diving clothesline for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Gable land on his feet when Ricochet moves out of the way of a moonsault. Ricochet then hits a rolling thunder dropkick. Ricochet chops the chest, but Gable reverses a whip to the corner. Ricochet elbows him back and shoulders the midsection. Ricochet bounces him off the top rope and hits a springboard diving clothesline. Ricochet connects with a running shooting star press for a two-count.
Ricochet gets out of a backslide, but Gable still manages to roll him up for a two-count. They trade pins before Gable hits a nice cliffhanger DDT for a near fall. Otis cannot believe it. The crowd chants, “This is awesome.” Ricochet tries to leapfrog Gable, but Gable picks the ankle out of midair and applies an ankle lock. Ricochet gets out and superkicks him before hitting a running knee. Gable fights back with a dragon suplex for a near fall! Wow!
Both men are down. Maxxine Dupri walks down to the ring and starts talking with Otis. She pulls Otis to the back. Otis looks conflicted but goes with her. Gable goes for Chaos Theory, but Ricochet backflips through. Ricochet takes Gable down and goes to the top rope for a shooting star press to pick up the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Ricochet
The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship will be defended at WrestleMania as The Usos will put the titles on the line against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
Roman Reigns returns to Raw later tonight.
Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair makes her way to the ring. She’ll team with Asuka to take on Chelsea Green and Piper Niven next.
Tag Team Match
Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair and Asuka vs. Chelsea Green and Piper Niven
Replays are shown of Asuka’s “mind games” on Bianca Belair last week on Raw.
Bianca Belair will start against Chelsea Green. Belair quickly takes her down before hitting a handspring standing moonsault. Asuka blind tagged in, which upsets Belair. Piper Niven runs in, but Belair and Asuka knock them out of the ring. Belair and Asuka stare at each other.
We come back from the break to see Asuka knock Green back. Niven tags in and elbows Asuka back. Belair tags in and takes it to Niven. Niven shoves her, but Belair ducks a clothesline and hits a dropkick. Belair cuts Green off and hits a delayed vertical suplex. Belair punches away at Niven and kicks her back. Belair backflips over her and attempts a suplex. Niven doesn’t even leave her feet. Belair knocks Niven back and hits a cross-body block. Green breaks up the pin. Asuka runs in and kicks Green in the head. Belair argues with Asuka before shoving her out of the way to avoid Niven. Belair hits Niven with an impressive KOD for the victory!
Winners by Pinfall: Bianca Belair and Asuka
Asuka immediately attacks Belair from behind and kicks her down. Asuka backs up and hits a sliding knee before standing over her WrestleMania opponent.
Roman Reigns returns next.
Scheduled for next week’s Raw, Brock Lesnar and Omos will take part in a WrestleMania Weigh In.
Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring alongside Paul Heyman and Solo Sikoa. Reigns makes his lengthy entrance and stands in the ring with Sikoa and Heyman. Reigns takes a microphone and says, “St. Louis… acknowledge me!” The crowd makes a loud noise.
“Wrestling has more than one royal family.”
“The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes, who will battle Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, makes his way to the ring. The winner of the 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble gets a great reaction from the St. Louis crowd. Rhodes stands in the ring. The crowd chants, “Cody.” Rhodes says he normally asks what the crowd wants to talk about, but Rhodes already knows. Rhodes heard Reigns talk about it when he warned him to stay out of personal Bloodline business. Mr. Heyman said Reigns has a “Cody Rhodes problem.” Rhodes wants him to define for him what a problem means. Heyman goes to speak, but Rhodes cuts him off and says he’s not talking to him. Rhodes is talking to the Tribal Chief.
Heyman shouts that Rhodes won’t like the answer. Reigns says he wants to get something straight. Rhodes isn’t the problem. What he represents is the problem. Rhodes is what they used to be. Rhodes is a professional wrestler. Reigns is a fighter, which has allowed him to be the Mega Star around here. Rhodes says he’ll do all these things, but look at his track record. Rhodes didn’t want to do Stardust, so he ran away. Rhodes then started a promotion that he couldn’t get over in, so he ran away. Rhodes then got over here, but his body gave out on him. Rhodes isn’t going to finish the story on April 2. April 2 is a lottery ticket for him. The real moment is on April 3 when Rhodes wakes up and has to look in the mirror. Reigns wants Rhodes to make a choice that his father would be proud of… otherwise he’ll do what he always does, which is run away like a little bitch.
Rhodes says he doesn’t want to admit it, but it’s true that he did run away. The business broke his heart, he met adversity, so he ran away. No one is crying about it because he made it so 100% of the locker room can make more money. Rhodes doesn’t worry about it. As for being a wrestler, Rhodes has tried. Rhodes sometimes still wants to be a Superstar, but inside maybe he is just a runaway, violent, “like the taste of blood in my mouth” professional wrestler. Rhodes wants to make something clear: no one needs to mention his father anymore. Rhodes is sick and tired of it. His father isn’t going to come down and hit a Bionic Elbow. His brother works elsewhere. The only thing Reigns will see at WrestleMania is him. Rhodes wants to talk about his mean-ass Cuban mother, who would tell him to knock Reigns out. While he’s down, he can hit him for good measure.
Rhodes wants to talk about what April 3 will mean to Reigns. Reigns will wake up and remember what it’s like to lose. Reigns will wake up without the titles that mean the most in their world. When that happens, Jey will leave him, followed by Jimmy. With no Usos, Solo Sikoa, who has been glaring at him all night, will realize he’s not ready. Solo will leave him. Heyman will then become an advocate again. He’ll be a Roman with no more Reigns. A Chief without a Tribe.
Reigns shakes his head and chuckles before getting serious. Another “Cody” chant picks up. Reigns drops the microphone and angrily walks off. Solo Sikoa is left in the ring with Rhodes. Rhodes dares him to hit him. Reigns turns back and sees Sikoa in the ring. Reigns wonders what he’s doing. Reigns calls for Sikoa, who goes to leave. Rhodes says he knew Sikoa wasn’t ready. Sikoa is furious and goes for a Samoan Spike. Rhodes kicks him away. Sikoa gets fired up, but Reigns jumps to the apron and stops him. Reigns stares at Rhodes before backing away.