WWE RAW Results April 23rd, 2018, Latest Monday Night RAW Winners & Video Highlights
RAW put on a solid go-home show as they stepped up the build for Greatest Royal Rumble.
The show began with a 10-bell salute to WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino, who passed away last week. The entire Raw roster was shown on the stage, followed by a moving video tribute to Sammartino.
The Beast Incarnate emerges
After the video ended, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar came down to the ring with his advocate Paul Heyman, who introduced Brock as 'and still' Universal Champion, followed by a supervillain-esque laugh. Heyman said he bets the fans think they're out here to gloat, comparing the situation to when Lesnar broke The Streak.
"Brock Lesnar does not gloat, Brock Lesnar conquers - Paul Heyman gloats all night long". He commented on Brock using 'extremely un-PG' elbows to bust Roman wide open, in addition to several other factors behind the win. Heyman turned the attention towards this Friday at Greatest Royal Rumble, stating Lesnar is flying halfway across the world for the right to be locked in a cage with Roman Reigns.
Heyman claimed the match, and the cage stipulation specifically, was asked for by Lesnar as opposed to Reigns demanding the rematch.
Following one of Paul's many rants, Roman came out to the ring in order to confront the duo. Cole addressed certain criticisms of him, stating he's in a must-win situation on Friday. Booker called Saudi Arabia 'Saudi'. Yes, that actually happened.
Reigns said he knows one thing, he's coming home with the Universal Championship. Then he left? Cole said it took guts from Roman to come down to the ring and get in Brock's face.
The Sami & Kevin Show will debut tonight with special guest Kurt Angle. A 10-woman tag team match for the main event was confirmed.