Raw celebrated its 25th anniversary on Monday night, and a host of legends appeared on the show for a huge celebration in Brooklyn.
Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker and Chris Jericho were amongst the stars to return, but it wasn’t all about the past, as Roman Reigns looked to defend his Intercontinental Championship against The Miz.
The likes of Mr McMahon, John Cena, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor and Asuka were all in action on Monday night.
Here are seven things you missed overnight from this week’s edition of Raw…
WWE Raw 25 live results, latest updates and reaction as The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin and legends return
1. Stone Cold Steve Austin returns – and hits Stunners on the McMahons
Raw 25 opened with respective Raw and Smackdown commissioners Stephanie and Shane McMahon in the ring, welcoming their father and chairman of the board Mr. McMahon down to the ring, awarding him with a commemorative plaque paid for by donations from fans – leaving Vince somewhat disappointed.
After claiming that he is the only person who needs to be thanks for Raw’s success, Mr. McMahon was confronted by his most famous foe, with Stone Cold Steve Austin making his return to WWE for one more clash of heads with his former boss.
Having hammered home that he is now a ‘senior citizen’ and unable to fight, Vince offered up his son Shane for a Stone Cold Stunner, only for The Rattlesnake to hit Vince with a Stunner too – and then another for Shane for good measure, before celebrating as only Stone Cold can.
2. Asuka seeks psychological advantage ahead of the Royal Rumble
Ahead of the historic, first ever women’s Royal Rumble, Asuka, Bayley, Mickie James and Sasha Banks teamed up to take on Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Nia Jax and Alicia Fox, with Banks claiming the win with her Bank Statement submission on Fox.
However, Asuka wasn’t around to make friends, and promptly dumped her teammates Bayley, James and Banks out of the ring to potentially give them a taste of what is to come at the Royal Rumble, whilst also seeking something of a psychological advantage over her rivals.
3. The Undertaker makes his first appearance since Wrestlemania 33
He hasn’t been seen in WWE since losing to Roman Reigns in the main event of Wrestlemania 33, but The Undertaker made his return for Raw 25, offering a message to the WWE universe.
‘The Dead Man’ looked back on wins over the likes of Mick Foley, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kane over the course of his career, stating that it’s time for all those who have fallen before him to rest in peace.
Jim Ross pondered whether that was a warning from The Undertaker, and whilst rumours swirl over a possible bout with John Cena at Wrestlemania, there is no real indication that he will return to WWE any time soon.
WWE Raw 25
4. The Miz reclaims the Intercontinental Championship
Roman Reigns has been holding the Intercontinental Championship of late, fending off a host of challengers having won the title from The Miz back in November – but The Miz’s return has seen him chase down Reigns in a bid to win his title back.
On Monday, The Miz got exactly what he wanted, as he first hit Reigns into an exposed turnbuckle before hitting a Skull-Crushing Finale for the win, landing his eighth reign as Intercontinental Champion in the process.
5. Chris Jericho and John Cena both return to confront Elias
As Elias wandered backstage, he was confronted by a true legend in Chris Jericho, whose appearance – in an ‘Alpha Club’ shirt – came as something of a shock given that he competed against Kenny Omega in New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom earlier this month.
Jericho sang a song about Elias which ultimately culminated in him being added to ‘The List’, and when Elias finally made it to the ring, he once again turned his attention to John Cena, after recent encounters between the pair.
Cena emerged and hit Elias with a couple of shoulder tackles and a Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Elias had the last laugh, hitting Cena with a low blow and then smashing his guitar over Cena’s back as the pair gear up to potentially meet in the men’s Royal Rumble.
6. The Revival endure a nightmare
Raw 25 also saw D-Generation X reunite once again, with Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and X-Pac appearing once again, with Razor Ramon even making an appearance before Finn Balor, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows joined them for Too Sweets all round.
They were interrupted by The Revival, who called their shot last week by claiming they are the only team who will matter for the next 25 years, but they were made to regret those words, losing to Gallows and Anderson before being hit with a whole host of moves, as Scott Dawson had to take a Sweet Chin Music, a Pedigree and a Coupe de Grace in quick succession, amongst other moves, in what proved to be a nightmare for The Revival.
7. Braun Strowman decimates Brock Lesnar
Raw 25’s main event saw Braun Strowman, Kane and Brock Lesnar – the three competitors for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view – meet one last time before their match with a host of stars, past and present, brought in to keep order.
However, that didn’t last long as chaos ensued, with Strowman once again at the centre of the carnage, hitting Lesnar with a remarkable Running Powerslam through a table before celebrating on the turnbuckle, as he looks to win the Universal Championship from Lesnar this weekend.
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