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WWE RAW REPORT: THE FUTURE OF THE SHIELD, THE TAG AND UNIVERSAL TITLE TURMOIL, A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ROMAN REIGNS, AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2018-10-22 23:10:00

We are back and Nia Jax says that at Evolution, you will see what women can do.  Do not let anything stop your dreams.  She was the Raw Women's Champion three months ago and she will win the battle royal to get another chance at the title.

Triple H and Shawn Michaels make their way to the ring.

Hunter says a lot of big words are being thrown around and one of them is fear.  Fear that kept him from taking off the suit and leaving the boardroom.  It was fear that kept you from stepping out of retirement.  Hunter says it will take a lot more to instill fear in them than taking your lunch hour and grabbing a GoPro and walking down the stairs of Knoxville City Hall, putting on the mask and making an idle threat.  Shawn says neither of them are running for mayor.

Shawn says that nostalgia has been thrown around.  That does not mean new merch, it means sentimentality.  Shawn says that nostalgia is a polite way of saying 'old'.  Hunter says nostalgia-wise, there is a movie that came out 40 years ago called Halloween that is number one at the box office.  Two weeks ago we packed 70,000 in Melbourne to see them.  Maybe old is just a polite way of saying 'we're better'.  

Hunter says that X has been running for 22 years and that X says that when you see it, you knew that they were better than everybody else.  Today, maybe this X is in the past, but there is another X that also says 'they're better'.  There is another X that speaks to the future and the future is now.  Shawn says they are running that too.  Hunter tells Kane and Undertaker that they bring this X to Crown Jewel, they ain't coming to make you laugh or for nostalgia.  They are coming to kick your ass.  Shawn says if you aren't down with that, they've got two words for ya . . . 

There is a brief problem with the lights and then the lights go out and a gong is heard.

On the TitanTron, we see a graveyard.  Taker says pride goes before destruction.  Kane says arrogance preceeds the fall.  Taker says their reunion will be the vessel of their fall.  Kane says you can bring your dreams and illusions to harness respect.  Taker says they will bring their fear and unleash utter contempt.  Kane tells Hunter and Shawn that they will not defeat them.

We see tombstones for Hunter and Shawn.  Taker says their first match will be their last match against anyone.  Their bodies will rest here while they will own their souls for eternity.  Kane says that you will deal with defeat in the deepest pits of hell.  Taker says you will never REST . . . IN . . . PEACE!

We see Roman's comments that opened tonight's Raw.

Michael Cole says that we will have a new champion at Crown Jewel when Brock Lesnar faces Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship.

We see footage from last week's confrontation between Ronda Rousey and The Bellas.

Paul Heyman walks in the back as we go to commercial.

We are back and Dana Brooke says that she has been passed over for so long but she will be the last one standing in the battle royal and we will see what she can do.

Paul Heyman is in the ring.

He introduces himself and he says his thoughts and prayers are with Roman Reigns.  It is humbling to be among the members of that locker room and be in the presence of such courage and greatness.  When he has to explain this to his children, that this show and business that we love.  What you saw was sacrifice.  Roman Reigns sacrificed his career and aspirations because he could not fulfill the obligations of Universal Champion because the title deserves the best any champion has to offer it.

You have the right to point at the Universal Champion and say that is the best and that is everything that this presentation and show and industry has to offer.  That is number one.  Until 8:05 PM eastern, we had the right to brag that the best was the Universal Champion.  Now, what do we do?  Roman does not want the title to stop because he cannot defend it.  Roman is the first to say the show must go on, and it does.

At Crown Jewel, Brock Lesnar versus Braun Strowman.  Only one can say that they can carry on the legacy of Roman Reigns.  Only one can say that they are worthy of carrying the title and that is not Braun Strowman.  There is only one being in this match who is worthy of being your champion.  The only one worthy of laying down that title in the octagon and show the sports world that he is the best that can be offered and his name is Brock Lesnar.

Braun can bill himself as a monster, but Brock does not bill himself as a beast, he is a beast.  Braun, you are not in Brock's league, category, or stratosphere.  You cannot compare to Brock Lesnar.  You are not in the same species as Brock Lesnar.

Braun Strowman's music plays and he makes his way to the ring.

Braun says the only words that need to come out of your mouth is that he is going to beat Brock's ass all over Crown Jewel.  Braun says he will bring the title back to Raw every Monday, instead of whenever he wants.  He says that when Roman beats leukemia, he will get the first title match.  Braun says that Brock will GET THESE HANDS!

Braun turns around into a Claymore from Drew McIntyre.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Dolph says that is what to do because no one stood up to Braun.

Drew is asked if he is worried about the repercussions.  Drew says he is not.  Half the roster asks 'what if' and they are not ready to do what needs to be done.  Drew says he is not a child.  He does not look under his bed or into his closet for monsters.  Braun got a swift kick of reality and he will know that he needed them.  Now they can focus on the Raw Tag Team Championships.

Elias is in the ring.  He says that you are blessed and he has a question for everyone.  Apollo Crews interrupted him last week and he has a song about it. . . 

Apollo Crews interrupts Elias because they have a match.

Match Number Three:  Apollo Crews versus Elias

Crews with a side head lock and shoulder tackle followed by a drop kick.  Crews with a side head lock take down.  Elias tries to pull Crews off the apron but Crews kicks him away and hits a moonsault as we go to commercial.

We are back and Elias with a side head lock.  We see Elias hit a mule kick to take advantage of the match during the commercial break.  Elias holds on to the side head lock while Crews tries to escape.  Crews escapes but Elias with a splash into the corner.  Crews with punches and an enzuigiri.  Crews with a back heel kick and boot to the head.  Crews with a jumping clothesline.  Crews with a standing shooting star press for a near fall.

Elias holds on to the ropes to avoid a toss power bomb and Elias with a knee to the head and Drift Away for the three count.

Winner:  Elias

Kurt Angle says that it is hard to be in the ring when you cannot do what you did in your prime.  Kurt says that he never thought he would have a chance to win the World Cup but it will be tough.  He may have to face Seth Rollins and he will pull out everything in his arsenal to do what it takes to win.  Jeff Hardy has never met a risk he would not take.  He has overcome more in life than anyone else in this tournament.  Some say all Miz does it talk and talk, but Miz wins and wins.  He has a chip on his shoulder.  Rey Mysterio is not someone to underestimate because he will take your title if you do.  Dolph Ziggler has a long resume and winning will validate what he has been saying.  Randy Orton has always been unhinged but he is more dangerous than ever.  John Cena proved himself to Kurt as a rookie and John has a Hall of Fame career.  Kurt says this is an opportunity to prove that he is the best in the world.  He might not be the same man he was 15 years ago, but on this night he can do it.

We go to commercial.

Elias is back and this time he is on the stage.

Elias says that he was so excited after that win that he wanted to come out and give the truth.

Baron apologizes for interrupting but he needs to keep this show moving.  We have a contract signing tonight.  He says he talked to Stephanie McMahon.

Elias says that Stephanie wants to walk with Elias so he will perform.

Baron says that what he has to say is more important than Elias playing on his little guitar.  Baron tells Elias to stop looking at him because Elias works for him.  If Stephanie didn't like Elias, Baron says he would fire Baron.

Elias says he wasn't listening while Baron was sucking the excitement out of the building, he was thinking of a new song.

Elias sings and he says he can see the fear in your eyes.  Now you are telling lies.  

Baron cuts Elias' mic but Elias will not stop.  The mic for the guitar is cut off.  Baron tells Elias to get off the stage.

Elias starts to leave and he goes to the back. 

Baron starts to talk and Elias comes back out and hits Corbin in the back with the guitar.

We see Ronda Rousey come out of her dressing room and she walks into commercial.

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