10 Takeaways From WWE RAW (4/23)

The April 23rd, 2018 episode of WWE RAW aired live from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. It was the final episode of WWE RAW before WWE Greatest Royal Rumble this Friday afternoon.

RAW kicked off with a tribute to Bruno Sammartino. The RAW locker room stood on the stage with Vince McMahon as the bell was tolled ten times. WWE then aired a video tribute for Sammartino and there will be a documentary about his life available on the WWE Network following tonight’s RAW.

Here are 10 Takeaways from this week’s show:

10Roman Reigns Confronted Brock Lesnar Before Greatest Royal Rumble

Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came down to the ring. Heyman asked the crowd if they thought they were in the ring to gloat and say “we told you so”. Heyman noted that he doesn’t offer predictions, he delivers spoilers. Heyman added that Lesnar does not gloat, he conquers. Paul admitted that he gloats all the time and gloated about Brock using “non-PG era elbows to the face” to Reigns at WrestleMania 34.

Heyman turned his attention towards the Greatest Royal Rumble event this Friday. Paul stated that Lesnar craves so badly to be in a UFC fight, he will now fly to Saudi Arabia just to be locked inside a cage, The camera conveniently cut to a section of fans that were all chanting “Roman!”. Heyman bragged about Lesnar signing a contract with a substantial raise, in which he earned by beating Roman Reigns at WrestleMania.

Paul stated that WWE came to Lesnar and said that they needed the Universal Championship defended at Greatest Royal Rumble. It was Lesnar who asked for the match to a be a cage match. Heyman vowed that Lesnar is going to shred Roman Reigns at Greatest Royal Rumble and that Reigns will come back to the United States in multiple boxes as a former WWE Superstar.

Roman Reigns interrupted and came down to the entrance ramp. Roman paused for a bit and had a stare down with Lesnar. Reigns made his way down the ramp and got into the ring with Lesnar. Roman guaranteed that he was coming home with the Universal Championship and that Lesnar can believe that. Reigns dropped the microphone and traded a few words with Lesnar before exiting the ring.

Opinion: There really is no reason to be excited for this match at all. If you weren’t looking forward to seeing it at WrestleMania 34, I don’t know how you’d be hyped to see it again this Friday afternoon.