The March 19th, 2018 episode of WWE RAW aired live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. Here are 7 takeaways from this week’s show:
7Brock Lesnar Attacked A Defenseless Roman Reigns
RAW GM Kurt Angle came down to the ring and announced that Roman Reigns’ suspension is still in effect and that he is not here tonight. Angle added that Brock Lesnar still hasn’t arrived but assured everyone that the Universal Champion will be here tonight. Angle went to discuss Braun Strowman’s Tag Team Battle Royal victory last week, but Roman Reigns was shown in the crown. Reigns grabbed a microphone and hopped in the ring as Angle stated that he was trespassing.
Roman said that he didn’t care that he was trespassing and added that somebody has to be here to represent the main event of WrestleMania. Angle said that Lesnar will be here but he is running late tonight. Reigns didn’t like that he was suspended for telling the truth. Angle said that he understands that Reigns is upset, but that he needs to be patient and wait three weeks until WrestleMania 34. Roman stated that he still doesn’t care and that he is not leaving the ring until he faces Brock Lesnar tonight.
Reigns grabbed a steel chair and took a seat in the ring. Some “U.S. Marshals” came down tot he ring and handcuffed Roman Reigns after reading him his rights. Reigns started elbowing the U.S. Marshals in the face and stomping on them. Brock Lesnar’s music hit and Lesnar rushed the ring as Reigns was handcuffed. Lesnar hit a German Suplex on Reigns and then beat him down with a steel chair. Paul Heyman held up the Universal Championship as Lesnar hit Roman with another German Suplex.
Brock hit another German Suplex and then hit Roman with the chair one more time before getting out of the ring. Lesnar took off his shirt and rean back into the ring. Lesnar hit Reigns with the chair a couple more times and followed it up with another German Suplex. Lesnar got out of the ring, got back into the ring and planted Reigns with an F-5.
— WWE (@WWE) March 20, 2018
Reigns was loaded onto a stretcher as the crowd chanted “you deserve it!”. Lesnar sprinted back down to the ringside area and shoved the stretcher over.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) March 20, 2018
Opinion: Only two more episodes of RAW until WrestleMania 34. That means there will be roughly 30 minutes more of this hot-garbage storyline that I have to sit through until the PPV. WWE will desperately try to get you to get on Reigns’ side a couple more times before the PPV, in a pathetic attempt to get you to cheer for Reigns when he wins the title.
The match will generate a general boo from the WrestleMania crowd and then Reigns will get booed out of the building after he wins. The following night on RAW, Reigns will once again be booed and WWE’s response to that will be months of boring television with Reigns as the Universal Champion. I’ve just accepted it at this point. I’d like to think that the WWE Championship match will go on last at WrestleMania 34, instead of this tragedy as the main event. However, it would be fitting to hear Michael Cole shouting “THE BIG DOG HAS RECLAIMED HIS YARD!”, or something equally as nauseating as WrestleMania 34 goes off the air.