WWE Monday Night Raw broadcasts live from Providence, Rhode Island on the USA Network at 8 p.m. ET.
Raw opened with a recap of last week’s main event, when Braun Strowman and Kane were both counted out in a No. 1 contender’s match to fight for Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble.
WWE Monday Night Raw Main Event: Stephanie McMahon returns to Monday Night Raw to announce women’s-only Royal Rumble match
Sasha Banks, Mickie James & Bayley def. Absolution (Paige, Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose) via disqualification
Elias attempted to play a song, but was interrupted by Sasha Banks, Mickie James and Bayley.
Absolution beat down their opponents until Nia Jax and eventually the women’s locker room made the save. That was broken up by McMahon, who came to the ring and made the history announcement.
The Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson) def. Heath Slater & Rhyno via pinfall
After months away, the former NXT tag team champions made quick work of Slater and Rhyno.
Cedric Alexander def. Drew Gulak via pinfall to become No. 1 contender for Enzo Amore’s Cruiserweight Championship
Gulak was in control late, but when Amore left the broadcast table and headed to the back, the distraction was enough to spoil his momentum. Alexander made his comeback and hit the Lumbar Check for the win.
Kurt Angle announced WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar to defend his title against Braun Strowman, Kane at Royal Rumble
Lesnar attacked Strowman and Kane, but Strowman rolled out of the ring while Lesnar hit the F-5 on Kane. Lesnar walked back up the ramp as Strowman stared him down. Kane sat up in the ring before the commercial break.
WWE Monday Night Raw Best of the Rest
- Seth Rollins def. Jason Jordan via pinfall for the right to face Samoa Joe at a later date. Joe beat down Rollins and Jordan after the match.
- Bray Wyatt cut a promo on “Woken” Matt Hardy.
- Finn Balor def. The Miztourage (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) via disqualification. Hideo Itami debuted with the save, and Angle made a tag team match between the four.
- Hideo Itami & Balor def. The Miztourage via pinfall.
- Asuka def. Alicia Fox via submission.
- Samoa Joe, Sheamus & Cesaro def. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose & Jason Jordan via pinfall.
- “Woken” Matt Hardy cut a promo while playing chess with a goldfish.