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Monday Night Raw: 8 pm EST
Show opens up and Braun Strowman comes out to the ring. Strowman tells a story, albeit a hypothetical story, where he says a beast and a machine met a monster at the Royal Rumble and got destroyed and the monster left as the Universal Champion. Then, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle’s music hits and he comes out with a retinue of security officials. Angle tells Strowman that he put lives in danger last week and that’s unacceptable. Plus, he destroyed a lot of expensive equipment. Strowman says it could have been worse.
Angle says that Strowman created an unsafe work environment. Strowman tells Angle to do his job, and he’ll do his. Angle says Strowman’s job is to compete in the ring not attack people backstage. Strowman replies that he does what he wants, when he wants. Angle then tells Strowman that the triple threat match at the Rumble is off. He tells Strowman that he’s fired. The crowd erupts in a chorus of boos and they chant, “You suck! You suck!”
Angle leaves the ring and Strowman stands there processing the news. Then he jumps out of the ring and storms away. Backstage Strowman is grumbling about being fired and security is following close behind to make sure he leaves. Then Strowman turns around and steps to the security guards, telling them to ‘make him leave.” It cuts to commercial.
Back again and a security guard puts his hand on Strowman’s shoulder and tells him he has to leave. Strowman gives him a look and then starts beating up all the security guards, throwing them to and fro around the backstage area. He says he’s not leaving until everyone feels his wrath.
It cuts to the broadcast table and Booker T says he can’t believe what a bad idea it was to fire a guy like Strowman on live TV like that. Someone needs to call the police right now, he says.
Tag Team Match: The Bar vs. Titus Worldwide (with Dana Brooke)
Bell sounds and Apollo Crews starts things off against Sheamus. They tie up and Sheamus pushes Crews back into the corner. Cesaro tags in and stomps Crews out in the corner. The Bar cycles tags and tries to isolate Crews but Crews starts fighting back. He takes out The Bar with a pair of drop kicks and tags in Titus O’Neil. Titus lands a Eurpoean uppercut and a chop to Sheamus, but then Sheamus lands a shot of his own. Cesaro tags in and starts delivering some forearm strikes until Titus pushes Cesaro into the corner and chops him.
Cesaro counters and chops Titus back and then Titus pushes Cesaro to the opposite corner, landing chops and then a scoop slam. Crews tags in. He hits an elbow drop and then goes for a standing suplex but Cesaro escapes and levels Crews. Sheamus tags in and picks up the offense as it cuts to commercial.
Back again and The Bar has Crews cut off from the ring in their corner as they wear him down. Sheamus puts Crews in a submission. Crews stands up and starts landing some shots and then drops Sheamus with a drop kick. Cesaro tags in and so does Titus, who comes in hot. Titus aggressively assaults Cesaro and throws him across the ring. Titus hits a big slam and pins for a 2-count.
Irish whip and Cesaro kicks Titus in the face. Sheamus tags in and ties up Titus. Apollo jumps off the apron out onto Cesaro at ringside. Then Cesaro comes around and tags in and is about to go for a Neutralizer on Titus but Titus counters. Crews ends up hitting a cross-body and then a standing moonsault to Cesaro but The Bar gets back in control. The Bar is about to look for their finish when Jason Jordan’s music hits.
The Bar gets distracted as they see Jordan come out to the main stage. Crews takes advantage of the distraction and rolls up Sheamus for the pinfall.
Winners: Titus Worldwide
Jordan has a big smile on his face, causing The Bar to lose two weeks in a row now. His tag partner, the other half of the tag champs Seth Rollins, comes out and looks to be displeased with Jordan’s actions. The Bar looks livid in the ring.
Braun Strowman is backstage and goes into an office he thinks is Angle’s and starts trashing it. Then Strowman stomps into a room where people are eating and starts trashing that room too. Strowman throws Curt Hawkins around and then looks at a server who is standing frozen with a food tray in his hands. Strowman grabs a piece of food, eats it, and walks off.
Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore comes out with Tony Nese. He starts hitting his catchphrases and cutting a promo. He has a limp from last week, but he says it doesn’t matter because he’ll be leaving Royal Rumble still the CW champ. Then Cedric Alexander comes out with Goldust. Enzo asks what the hell Goldust is doing there? Goldust starts cutting a promo on Enzo and says that Cedric is a box office smash. And after the Rumble there will be only one word to describe him: champion. Then Cedric steals Enzo’s S-A-W-F-T line for himself and heads to the ring for his match.
Strowman is shown backstage still trashing everything in sight.
Cruiserweight Singles Match: Cedric Alexander vs. Tony Nese
Match is underway and Nese is taking it to Cedric. Irish whip and Cedric turns the tables and nails Nese with some moves but then Nese drives a knee into Cedric’s gut. Nese pushes Cedric into the corner, chops him, then sets him upside down. Nese lays on his back and does an ab workout that thrusts kicks into Cedric’s body. Then Nese puts on a neck submission. On the outside Goldust postures and intimidates Enzo.
Cedric runs along the apron and kicks Nese in the face. Nese tries to fire back but Cedric kips up and goes on a hot streak. He lands a flying clothesline and pins for a 2-count. Nese gets back in it, lands some shots and goes for a pump-handle slam. Cedric reverses into a Lumbar Check for the pinfall.
Winner: Cedric Alexander
Angle is backstage assessing Strowman’s path of destruction. He says he has no choice but to call the SWAT team. Then a ref comes over and says that Strowman is heading to the production trucks. Angle says they’re worth $12 Million and rushes off to facedown the situation.