The Monday Night Raw after Wrestlemania is the best non-PPV show of the year. The crowd is always hot, as the show takes place in the same city–and sometimes same venue–as the event the night before. There are always surprise returns, shocking moments, and a few callups from NXT during the evening.
This year’s Raw was no exception, within the first hour of the show, there were two NXT callups and the tag titles being vacated because of one of the wrestler’s hectic schedule. Here’s a quick recap of the biggest moments from the evening.
Raw started off with newly crowned Women’s Champion Nia Jax taking on Mickie James and former champ Alexa Bliss. However, Nia had some help. Her tag partner was none other than former NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon, who recently lost her title at NXT Takeover: New Orleans to Shayna Baszler.
Braun Strowman and his 11-year-old partner Nicholas relinquished the Raw Tag Team Championships early on in the evening to Kurt Angle. They had to do this because Nicolas had a scheduling conflict: 4th grade. Angle announced later on to former champs The Bar that a tournament would be held starting tonight that would lead to a championship match on April 27 at The Greatest Royal Rumble.
Former NXT star No Way Jose debuted on Raw After Mania, bringing a conga line of people behind him. He quickly won his squash match and danced his way out of the building.
Jeff Hardy returned to action and teamed up with Seth Rollins and Finn Balor to take on The Miz, Bo Dallas, and Curtis Axel. The Miz demanded his rematch clause for the Intercontinental Championship at the Backlash PPV.
Paige informed the WWE Universe that because of her neck injury, she would be retiring from WWE. You can read more about that here.
Bobby Lashley returned to WWE for the first time in a decade. The former United States Champion spent years at TNA, but his contract ended in January. He squashed Elias in a quick match.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn showed up on Raw, asking Kurt Angle for a spot on the show. Angle told them he only has one spot open, so they have to fight for it. The match ended up being a no contest, so neither got the job.
NXT’s former tag team champions The Authors of Pain debuted with Paul Ellering. After beating Rhyno and Heath Slater, they left their manager, Ellering, behind.
During a Roman Reigns segment, Samoa Joe returned to put Reigns in his place, who was complaining about his Wrestlemania loss. Joe mentioned fighting at the upcoming PPV Backlash. Reigns will be fighting Brock Lesnar at The Greatest Royal Rumble for the Universal Championship, again.