– Tonight’s WWE RAW opens with a video package on last week’s show with Braun Strowman defeating Drew McIntyre in the main event to earn a spot in the WWE Title Match at WrestleMania Backlash with McIntyre and the champion Bobby Lashley.
– We see a video from earlier today with MVP speaking to Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce in the back. They prepare to flip a coin to see if WWE Champion Bobby Lashley takes on Drew McIntyre or Braun Strowman in an untitled match tonight. Drew walks in and has words with MVP. Braun also walks in and mocks Drew. A stronger argument erupts as Pearce calms them down. Braun calls out cocks in the air and it’s cocks. Pearce confirms Braun against Bobby tonight. Strowman says he’s giving everyone a preview of WrestleMania Backlash tonight. MVP warns that once Lashley puts Strowman in The Hurt Lock, he will not make it to Backlash. They have more words to complete the segment.
– We are live from WWE ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida as Adnan Virk greets us. He is joined at ringside by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. They’re hype on tonight’s untitled main event.
– We step into the ring and do a drumbeat as Mike Rome introduces new RAW Tag Team Champions AJ Styles and Omos. AJ’s music hits and he steps out as the pyro explodes onto the stage. Omos is right behind him. This is the first appearance AJ and Omos have made since winning The New Day titles at WrestleMania 37. They head to the ring together. AJ and Omos hit the ring as more pyro goes off.
Fans boo as AJ takes the microphone. He says that for those fans stupid enough not to tune into WrestleMania 37 Night One, you’d have seen AJ and Omos become the new RAW Tag Team Champions. AJ continues on the fact that this is Omos’ first game where he destroyed The New Day, and will likely do so again tonight. AJ has an important question for fans now – have we missed you? Most of the fans boo. AJ of course says you missed them, these are the champions. AJ says they partied and celebrated the title win off Florida in the Caribbean. It was great, they had much more important things to do than throw tomatoes like The New Day. It was ridiculous.
AJ continues to be officially a WWE Grand Slam Champion now. He says it only took him 5 years and it’s pretty quick. AJ says they’re here for one reason and one reason … the music cuts off and takes out Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods for their revenge at WrestleMania 37. Woods and Kofi talk about the scene and Kofi says he wasn’t. not sure if AJ and Omos were still working here, but congratulations on a deserved time off. They keep laughing at the champions for disrespecting the tag team division and taking their leave. Woods and Kofi get serious as they start walking towards the ring. Kofi says there’s a reason they’re 11 times Tag Team Champions, and that’s because every time they’re knocked down they get up, dust themselves off, and come back into the ring to collect their gold. Everytime. Kofi says AJ can take pictures and shots on their career if he wants to, he also continues to be one of the top singles champions due to the influence of The New Day. Kofi says taking time off isn’t the way The New Day rolls, bro. Omos has heard enough. He’s heard enough about these morons and it seems he didn’t make enough sense of them at WrestleMania, but they won’t be able to laugh or walk after he’s done with them tonight. Omos tells them to come to the ring and get this job. Woods interrupts and recounts how they are on the verge of becoming 12-time champions. New Day music hits as fans sing to them as they step into the ring. We move on to advertising with the two teams talking to each other about waste.
RAW Tag Team Title Match: The New Day Against AJ Styles and Omos
Back from the break and AJ Styles begins with Xavier Woods. AJ immediately marks Omos for his RAW debut in the ring. Woods kicks Omos a few times but it doesn’t matter. Omos Woods rag dolls at the carpet. Omos hits Woods on the mat then throws him through the turnbuckles.
Omos wants Kofi Kingston now. Kofi comes in and also provides some kicks. Kofi rebounds and tries to mount the attack but Omos blocks a kick and pushes him to the mat. Kofi performs the ropes, dodges a movement and kicks Omos. Woods arrives and they double the Omos team, but he comes right back with a big double clothesline for a pop. Omos now works Woods. AJ walks in but Woods rolls him for 2 out of nowhere.
AJ is sent upstairs. Woods with a dropkick through the ropes as Kofi enters. Kofi goes to run the ropes but Omos is there now, looking him down. Kofi changes direction and jumps to the ground, bringing AJ back to ringside. We go to the commercial.
Back from the break and Woods put AJ in the middle of the ring. Woods levels AJ to a number close to 2. AJ is now showing some frustration. The new day ends up doing the Unicorn Stampede and unloading with stomps and several quick beacons to keep AJ in their corner. Kofi with a low dropkick to AJ in the corner. Kofi melts AJ and now works on the arm.
AJ fights and gets out of the hold. Kofi with a big knee jumping for a tight count of 2. AJ with a Jawbreaker to get an opening. Woods and AJ are tangled up now. Omos gets the tag. Woods attacks but Omos grabs him, then drops Kofi as he charges. Omos drops Woods then drops Kofi with a backbreaker on his knee. Omos grabs Woods with one arm and easily delivers another backbreaker.
Omos goes from corner to corner with splashes on both challengers. Omos with the great chokeslam in Kofi. Woods hits Omos but he does nothing. Omos is leveling Woods with a big boot now. AJ marks and climbs up. AJ jumps over Omos ‘shoulders with Woods’ phenomenal forearm for the pin to hold.
Winners: AJ Styles and Omos
– After the game, AJ and Omos stand up as the music blasts. We’re going to reruns. AJ and Omos lift the titles in the air.
– Charlotte Flair is backstage with Sonya Deville. Sonya says she will take Flair’s concerns into consideration. Adam Pearce enters as Flair leaves. He asks what it was but Deville says it was nothing. Pearce wants to clarify one thing – he appreciates Deville, but she’s been pushing her limits lately.
– We see Bobby Lashley and MVP backstage waiting with Kayla Braxton. Announcers are touting Braun Strowman’s dominance and his match against Lashley later tonight. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get a new thumbnail of Eva Marie. She is coming back to where she started it all and wants to help others achieve their dreams. The Eva-lution is coming soon. Graves is delighted to see Eva again in WWE.
– MVP and WWE Champion Bobby Lashley are backstage with Kayla Braxton. MVP explains how Braun Strowman’s luck ran out with the draw earlier, but he should consider himself lucky, or unlucky, even to be in the ring with Lashley. MVP also has high praise for Strowman and Drew McIntyre, but Lashley interrupts and continues on the fact that he doesn’t lose the title to either of them. They are both participating in tonight’s main event.
– We see what happened last week with Elias, Jaxson Ryker, The Miz and John Morrison trashed by tomatoes. Elias and Ryker are now ready to take revenge on The New Day, but they end up throwing tomatoes at Randy Orton instead and he’s not happy. Riddle rides his scooter and says hello to Orton as Orton wipes tomatoes on his head.
Charlotte Flair vs. Dana Brooke
We return to the ring and take out Charlotte Flair for pyro. Back to commercial.