WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Mar. 7, 2022) from Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming WrestleMania 38 two-night extravaganza in early April in Arlington, Texas.
Advertised for tonight: Edge will explain why he snapped on AJ Styles last Monday, and Logan Paul will join The Miz for a celebration of their shared Northeast Ohio roots. Alpha Academy defends their Raw Tag Team championship against RK-Bro and Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, while Jerry Lawler is here for some reason. Raw Women’s Becky Lynch will be on hand, and while WWE champ Brock Lesnar isn’t advertised, we should get some follow-up to his successful defense against Austin Theory from Madison Square Garden — and the brutal beatdown Roman Reigns gave him after that. All that and more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on SyFy. It will be below this line here.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAR. 7
The door has opened wide, I’m turning with the tide looking through her eyes while I liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns brawling in Madison Square Garden over the weekend.
Kevin Owens makes his entrance, joined shortly thereafter by Kevin Owens.
They get on the mic, Seth talks about winning the tag titles and Kev talks about how tough their road to WrestleMania has been. They go on about it at length, running down their opponents and Owens adds a little bit of anti-Texas sentiment to the mix as well.
Enter Alpha Academy.
Gable does his catchphrase and says they’re holding onto the titles through WrestleMania.
RK-BRO are interviewed in Gorilla and Randy Orton gives Matt Riddle a pep talk to fire him up to win the tag titles back.
We go to break before the title match.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) (c) vs. Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins vs. RK-BRO (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Riddle and Rollins to start, trading strikes, drop down, leapfrog, duck a lariat, Sling Blade... NOPE! Tag to Owens, big senton, he snaps off a DDT that gets a two count. Back and forth, Rollins with a springboard crossbody that takes out Riddle and Gable, KO hits a cannonball, kicks to Chad, dumping him to the floor.
Seth with a suicide dive, throwing Gable back in, Kev off the top, senton atomico... NOPE! And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Alphas in control and working Riddle over at length. Orton with the hot tag, lariats and snap scoop powerslams, hanging DDT on Gable and Rollins at the same time! Match breaks down, Randy with the back suplex into the announce table for Owens, for Gable, and for Otis!
And back to break we go.
Back from commercial, Riddle hits the moonsault but Owens breaks it up! The match breaks down, all six men in the ring and a brawl breaks out and we go to back to break again.
Back from commercial, Rollins with a tree of woe double stomp, Matt fires back a flying triangle, Gable breaks it up with a headbutt! Chad German suplexes Orton, Chaos Theory on Seth! One on Riddle too! Gable off the top, moonsault... ORTON COUNTERS WITH AN RKO! Seth with the buckle bomb, Kev hits the Stunner, off the ropes... BLACKOUT BUT RIDDLE STEALS THE PIN!
RK-BRO win by pinfall with a lateral press to win the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Seth Rollins walks off with a thousand-yard stare while Kevin Owens has a breakdown sitting on the floor against the steel steps.
We get a recap of 24/7 Championship business.
Dana Brooke makes her entrance flanked by Reggie to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of the tag title match, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
We see a distraught Kevin Owens backstage, feeling some feelings.
Dana and Reggie get an inset promo wherein Brooke asks for and receives a good luck kiss.
We get an equal and opposite video of Akira Tozawa trying to offer a good luck kiss and Tamina pushing him against the wall and kissing him hard, the lucky duck.
Dana Brooke (c) vs. Tamina (WWE 24/7 Championship)
Tamina on the attack, mounted punches, running Brooke over with a lariat! Snuka grabs a Boston Crab in the middle of the ring, folding Dana in half. Brooke reverses...
Dana Brooke wins by pinfall with a victory roll pin to retain the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Post-match, Akira Tozawa accuses Dana of cheating and announces Tamina as both winner of the match and love of his life, and opens his arms for and closes his eyes, looking for a big hug and kiss. Snuka pushes his arms down and goes to leave him hanging before thinking twice about it and blowing him a kiss.
Seth Rollins is interviewed backstage, but he’s catatonic and refuses to speak, instead only twitching with internal fury.
The Miz makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the Miz gets on the mic and welcomes us to MizTV in front of his hometown crowd.
He appreciates the respect and throws video of him and Logan Paul brawling with the Mysterios up before introducing Paul.
Logan says he’s honored to team with Miz at WrestleMania and to be back home in Cleveland. He talks up his amateur credentials as fifth in the state of Ohio and Miz talks up how they’re both self-made men, as compared to Dominik Mysterio, whose dad got him his contract.
Miz introduces Jerry “the King” Lawler.
He gets on the mic and talks up his own connection to Ohio and talks about having WrestleMania in Cleveland, to which Miz scoffs that Cleveland isn’t exactly a WrestleMania city, and he gets upset at the crowd for booing him about this. He goes off on a tirade about how winners leave Cleveland and walks off.
We get a recap of the Dirty Dawgz’ appearance on NXT 2.0 last week.
Tommaso Ciampa and Bron Breakker are interviewed backstage.
Bron says he’s taking it all in and he’s excited to be on Raw. He’s not worried about the Dawgz having a home field advantage and says he’s proud to represent NXT and put hands on Dolph Ziggler and his goon, Bobby Roode. Ciampa says they’ve beaten them before and now they’re gonna do it again.
Dirty Dawgz make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Street Profits are interviewed backstage.
They want to remind everyone that they beat RK-BRO last week and tell Alpha Academy to go to the back of the line.
We get a Bron Breakker hype reel.
Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa vs. Dirty Dawgz (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode)
Roode and Breakker to start, Robert with a side headlock, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, delayed vertical suplex and Bron marches him around the ring before dropping him! Tag to Ciampa, he applies a reverse chinlock but Roo backs him in the corner and after a bit of a struggle hits the spinning spinebuster!
Ziggler in, Breakker pulls his pal out of the fire and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ziggler gets a nearfall off a dropkick, tag to Roode, Ciampa with a big knee, both guys down and out. Tags made, Breakker in hot with shoulder blocks, front kick, overhead belly-to-belly suplex! A knee staggers him but he’s still able to drop Dolph with a lariat right after!
Military press, dropping Ziggler to fight Roode off, schoolboy for two. Sidestep, Bron goes hard into the post, Dolph catches him with the Zig Zag... TOM BREAKS IT UP! Breakker with a military press...
Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa win by pinfall with the military press powerslam from Breakker on Dolph Ziggler.
Post-match, Dolph tells Bron that the second he turns his back he’s gonna strike and win the NXT Championship tomorrow night, and Breakker’s whole world will crumble around him.
We get a hype reel for Omos.
He’s interviewed from an extremely low angle in Gorilla.
Omos asks how many victims he has to dominate to get a WrestleMania moment, and he’s not waiting for it, he’s gonna reach out and take it.
Omos makes his entrance to send us to break.
Apollo Crews vs. Omos
Omos turns to tell Commander Azeez he’s next and Crews pops off with a dropkick! Big boot puts Apollo down, trapezius claws to set up a standing surfboard, palming Crews up from the apron to punch him down to the floor! Back inside...
Omos wins by pinfall with the chokebomb.
Post-match, Omos and Commander Azeez stare each other down and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of last week’s Edge segment.
Edge makes his entrance and spends a long time bathed in blue light and not speaking.
He talks to AJ Styles and says he attacked him last week to help him. He wants to fight at WrestleMania, then he needs the best AJ, the flesh-tearing pitbull. He’s standing on the mountain and the view is phenomenal.
We get another recap of our opening tag team bout.
Kevin Owens is pacing and talking to himself when an interview rolls up.
He says he just had an idea that’s going to change his entire WrestleMania future, but he won’t share it just yet because he has some ideas to iron out.
Liv Morgan and Rhea Ripley make their entrance to send us to break.
Carmella & Queen Zelina Vega vs. Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley
Carmella and Morgan to start, Mella backing her into the corner, big knees, whip reversed, tag to Ripley, off the ropes, basement dropkick gets two! Carmella takes her to the floor and throws her into the steps and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Vega has a bridging Japanese stranglehold in on Ripley, grinding her down. Tag to Carmella, Morgan breaks up a pin and she locks a reverse chinlock on. Rhea fights to her feet, Mella counters with a mat slam and jaws with Liv on the apron.
Tags made, Morgan in with an enzuigiri, basement dropkick in the ropes, corner knee sets up a missile dropkick! Zelina with a jawbreaker, Liv goes for a schoolboy, only two, Vega wants the tag but Carmella is busy with Corey Graves on commentary! She ignores Zelina’s cries for help, Morgan hits the inverted Codebreaker and tags Ripley in!
Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley win by pinfall with Riptide from Ripley on Zelina Vega, earning a spot in the women’s tag title match at WrestleMania.
We get a recap of Damian Priest’s promo and attack on Finn Balor from last week.
Finn makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for Vader being inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame.
We get footage of Pat McAfee having Vince McMahon on his show and Austin Theory confronting him on SmackDown last week.
Austin Theory vs. Finn Balor
Balor takes Theory to the floor in short order and hits a Sling Blade to send us to break.
Back from commercial, whip reversed, Theory with a rolling thunder dropkick for two! Whip across, flying forearm, double leg, double stomp, Balor rolling! Putting boots to him, Austin up in the ropes, Theory with a slingshot stomp and then a suplex... NOPE!
Another suplex blocked, back elbow, crossleg lift, brainbuster on the knee... NOT ENOUGH! Austin frustrated and foaming at the mouth, inverted headlock elbow from from Finn sets up the shotgun dropkick, up top but Damian Priest is there!
Goozle, throwing Balor down...
Finn Balor wins by disqualification.
Post-match, Damian lays him out again!
Theory takes a bunch of selfies with the fallen Balor.
We get footage of the women’s tag from last week and Bianca Belair is interviewed backstage.
She says she has one simple rule— do not touch her hair. She doesn’t need to use her hair to win and they should be throwing it down with respect, but since Becky used her hair against her she got what she deserved, and she’s gonna put the EST in WrestleMania and walk out as champion.
Kevin Owens makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Kevin Owens gets on the mic.
He says it’s official, he doesn’t have a match at WrestleMania, but he can accept that now because he’s found a way to get there and it depends on the answer to the challenge he’s about to issue. He wants to have the biggest, most stupendous KO Show in history and he wants to do it at WrestleMania.
Because it’s in Texas it has to be some lowlife, maybe that bag of wind JBL but the horns on the hood of his limo would make a more interesting guest, no thanks. Or maybe Booker T? No, he’s a hypocrite. Shawn Michaels? He can’t do that out of respect for Bret “the Hitman” Hart.
No, he has someone in mind who embodies the State of Texas, a broken down shell of his former self living on past glory, drinking beer all day and all night like the redneck he is and when he was in WWE he had to wear a knee brace to get through his matches, and he might need a walker now.
He wants to beat this guy up in his home state and give him a Stunner and pour a nice glass of cold milk over his lifeless body, and he doesn’t think he has the guts to show up and the bottom line is he’s calling “Stone Cold” Steve Austin out.
That’s the show, folks.