The Miz and Maryse make their way to the ring to boos from the crowd. A replay is shown of their debut on RAW last week being spoiled by Dean Ambrose. Miz welcomes the crowd to the most must see WWE talkshow in history. Last week, he and his beautiful, gorgeous, sexy wife shocked the world by coming over to RAW in the Superstar Shake-Up. Little did they know that their yacht had a stowaway.
Dean Ambrose’s music interrupts them, and the WWE Intercontinental Champion makes his way to the ring to a nice reception. Ambrose says he’s been looking forward to this all week. Miz says Ambrose jumped the gun a little by spoiled their introduction. Ambrose also spoiled their debut. Ambrose says they’re in neutral territory. They’re both from Ohio, and Ambrose plays to the crowd a bit much to their delight. Ambrose says, “I’m glad that worked.” As for Maryse, she wouldn’t know anything about it since she’s Canadian.
Miz asks if he thinks this is a joke. Ambrose says Miz’ maroon suit is a joke. Miz says he dresses like this because he respects what a WWE superstar is. He looks, acts, walks, and talks the part because he is the part. Ambrose doesn’t care with his cheap shirts and greasy hair. Ambrose is a disgrace to what a WWE Superstar should be. Ambrose makes them look like “wrasslers.” Ambrose should put on a fanny pack and take them back 30 years ago. The crowd loves Ambrose, which is why he’s given opportunity after opportunity. Ambrose was the first pick from the draft. Who is WWE Champion heading into SummerSlam? Ambrose. What did he do with all that momentum? He wasted it. Six months later at WrestleMania, where was Ambrose? Barely a blip on the card. Ambrose never breaks the glass ceiling not because he’s not talented. Ambrose is lazy and complacent.
Ambrose says he could do all that, but it doesn’t matter. What he wears doesn’t matter. It’s about heart. There are a lot of guys in WWE that care about image and pretend to be something they’re not. They care about “branding.” Ambrose isn’t a brand. He’s Dean Ambrose. Ambrose doesn’t care about movies, talk shows, or endorsement deals. He loves this. It doesn’t matter if he does it in front of 20 people or 90,000.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 18, 2017
The reason he’s Intercontinental Champion is because he loves this. Ambrose did beat Miz for the title. Maryse stands in between them. She calls him a “dirty little street rat.” Holding the title doesn’t make him a championship. She says the man makes the championship. Ambrose asks Maryse to hold the microphone, and she obliges. Miz turns his back and starts talking about how he made the Intercontinental Championship mean something. Ambrose is slowly taking off his jacket and title. Miz says the Intercontinental Championship is a joke now. Ambrose attacks him and punches him down. Maryse hits Ambrose, so Miz goes for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Ambrose fights out. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Miz escapes.
Braun Strowman is seen dragging Kalisto around by the arm backstage. Strowman says Roman Reigns is garbage, and now Kalisto is, too. Strowman throws Kalisto in a garbage bin. Big Show all of a sudden blindsides Strowman and knocks him down. Big Show tells him to pick on someone his own size.
— WWE (@WWE) April 18, 2017
Welcome everyone to another edition of Monday Night Raw!
Last week, Braun Strowman went full-on Michael Myers and murdered Roman Reigns. We were told that night that Roman has suffered a separated shoulder, cracked ribs, and internal injuries, and yet he returned to action at a house show the other night and attacked Strowman. It’s unclear if Reigns will be on Raw tonight, he shouldn’t be for logic’s sense, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him show-up. If he doesn’t appear, I’m not sure what Strowman will do.
Also on last week’s show, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James debuted on Raw, while Charlotte moved to SmackDown. This provided a much-needed shake-up to the division, no pun intended, although Nia Jax still ran through everyone. Rumour has it that we’ll be getting another multi-woman match for Bayley’s Women’s Championship at Payback, with Bliss, James, Jax and Banks, all looking to take part.
Elsewhere, the tag team division is finally heating up with The Hardy Boyz facing Sheamus and Cesaro, while The Revival look set to face Enzo & Big Cass or The Club. After beating The New Day two weeks in a row, before the group moved to SmackDown, The Revival are the team with the most momentum right now. During a tag team match last week, Elias Samson was seen on the ramp, and then drifting through the crowd in a great shot, and WWE.com is teasing his debut on Raw tonight. Samson lost a match against Kassius Ohno in NXT, forcing him to leave the brand.
And then there’s Seth Rollins, who was attacked by Samoa Joe at the end of last week’s show. These two are finally set to collide after their proposed match before WrestleMania had to be scrapped. This could be a really great match, one which Joe should win since he hasn’t had anything to do since debuting. All this and lots more to look forward to on tonight’s show. Let us know what you’re most excited about, or angry, check out the Ringside News app, and enjoy the show!