With less than two weeks to go until he’s involved in the triple threat match for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble, there was a multi-segment storyline on Raw last night where Braun Strowman was fired and rehired.
Kurt Angle opened the show and “fired” Strowman for tearing part of the stage down onto Lesnar and Kane last Monday. That caused Strowman to go on a rampage, with him wreaking havoc backstage and destroying the TV production truck. Even after Angle informed him that Stephanie McMahon said he wasn’t fired anymore, Strowman threw Michael Cole off the stage and onto a bunch of security people.
Also on Raw, Seth Rollins brought back the Curb Stomp as he defeated Finn Balor in the main event, Asuka vs. Nia Jax ended in a referee stoppage, and Paige was officially removed from the upcoming women’s Royal Rumble match. Paige’s long-term future past the Rumble wasn’t addressed.
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WWE Raw video highlights —
Kurt Angle “fires” Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman goes on a rampage backstage
Titus Worldwide vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
WWE advertises several women’s wrestlers for Raw 25
Cedric Alexander vs. Tony Nese
Braun Strowman continues his rampage by destroying the TV production truck
Even after getting rehired, Strowman throws Michael Cole off the stage and onto security
Asuka vs. Nia Jax
WWE honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Enzo Amore checks on Nia Jax after her match, Jax sends Alexa Bliss away
The Revival pick up a win, then disrespect the legends who will be appearing next week
Elias debuts a new Royal Rumble-themed song
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Roman Reigns vs. Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas
Members of the Raw roster visit the National Civil Rights Museum
Sasha Banks (w/ Bayley and Mickie James) vs. Sonya Deville (w/ Paige and Mandy Rose)
Matt Hardy vs. Heath Slater
Seth Rollins brings back the Curb Stomp, defeats Finn Balor
Raw fallout: Paige will be at the Royal Rumble to support Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
Raw fallout: Members of the Raw women’s division explain why they’ll win the Royal Rumble
Raw fallout: Roman Reigns will be representing his family at Raw 25
Raw fallout: Goldust says the Cruiserweight title is coming to the Age of Alexander
Raw fallout: Dana Brooke enters the women’s Rumble, Titus Worldwide celebrates their win