It's that magical time of the year, when WWE travels to Europe and we get some information in advance which helps us decide if we want to spend three hours with Raw on a Monday night.
Both house show crews - and some performers left stateside until now, too - converge in London's O2 Arena for the April 18 Raw. Thanks to the five hour time difference between the United Kingdom and the East coast of the U.S. of A., that means advance reports about what goes down on a show which is scheduled to feature Shane McMahon, the semi-finals of the tournament to determine the #1 contender to the tag team championship, all the build to Payback and much more!
We'll still be watching along in with our usual open thread, which will provide quick results and details on any segments not shown to the fans in attendance. You can join the fun at 8PM Eastern here.
As the General likes to say, unwrap that present early:
- The Ambrose Asylum opens the show, with special guest Shane McMahon. Kevin Owens interupts, saying Shane's reign doesn't feel new to him since it's just a new guy screwing him over. Sami Zayn comes out to say he got to WWE before KO. Jericho came out to run down everyone in the ring but Owens, and say he's right about Shane. The heels brawl with the faces until McMahon makes some announcments...
- Ambrose vs. Owens as tonight's main event! Y2J/Zayn is next!
- Also, Shane booked Jericho vs. Ambrose and Owens vs. Zayn for Payback.
- Chris Jericho defeated Sami Zayn via pinfall following a Codebreaker
- Mauro Ranallo interview with AJ Styles includes a reportedly friendly interaction with Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
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- Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady defeat The Dudleyz to advance to the Tag Tourney finals
- Roman Reigns "the guy" speech interrupted by AJ Styles, who says he'd rather be liked and respected than just respected. KARL ANDERSON & LUKE GALLOWS attack Reigns after AJ leaves!
- AJ catches up to Roman backstage to claim he had nothing to do with the attack. Roman brings up last week's attack on his cousins, and says he doesn't believe Styles. He'll beat them cause "ONE VERSUS ALL"
- Baron Corbin defeats Fandango via End of Days; during the match, he attacked Dolph Ziggler at commentary and then when Ziggler attacked after the win, Corbin beat him down
- Miz & Maryse walk and an Epico & Primo video airs
- Miz TV as the champ and his wife rundown the Royals and makeout until Cesaro comes out; Miz does a Taken riff, and they jaw about their Intercontinental title match at Payback until Miz introduces Cesaro's opponent
- Rusev! But Cesaro reveals he talked to Shane, and got the match changed to Cesaro & New Day vs. Miz & League of Nations!
- Cesaro & New Day defeat League of Nations & Miz via pinfall (Cesaro on Sheamus after a Neutralizer after a long match)
- Mauro interviews the Flairs, who brag about Charlotte retaining last week. Natalya enters, says Shane gave her a Payback rematch and she's bringing Uncle Bret
- Natalya, Becky Lynch, Paige & Sasha Banks defeat Summer Rae, Naomi, Tamina & Charlotte (the champ taps out to Natty's Sharpshooter after a long match)
- AJ is shown talking to Gallows & Anderson, and the Usos chat with Shane. Another Epico/Primo Puerto Rico segment airs.
- Vaudevillains defeat the Usos to advance to the tag tourney finals (via clean pinfall following Whirling Dervish - although commentary talked up the damage Anderson & Gallows did to Jimmy & Jey)
- Apollo Crews video, and then Social Outcasts start messing with him in the locker room. He says if one of them can beat him tonight, he'll join their group. If not, they have to leave him alone forever. They joke about Adam Rose being on transdimensional search.
- Apollo Crews defeats Heath Slater via pinfall following a Sitout Toss Powerbomb
- Dean Ambrose defeats Kevin Owens with Dirty Deeds after a long back and forth match.
- Chris Jericho attacks Ambrose from behind with a Codebreaker
- Dark match... KO and Y2J stomp Dean until AJ makes the save and sets up a tag
Keep refreshing for the latest results!