WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 27, 2023) from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming WrestleMania 39 scheduled for Sat., April 1 and Sun., April 2 in Inglewood, California.
Advertised for tonight: Becky Lynch & Lita team up to challenge Dakota Kai & IYO SKY for the women’s tag team titles, we’ll learn if Brock Lesnar will accept Omos’ challenge for a match at WrestleMania, The Miz hosts a special WrestleMania themed episode of “Miz TV” with a big reveal planned, Carmella vs. Asuka, Candice LeRae vs. Piper Niven, and more!
Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on USA Network. It will be below this line here. Reminder: GIFs and pics allowed, but no links to illegal streams, please.WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR FEB. 27
I wandered far onto the lonely moors, sparse coarse tufts of grass reached out to trip me and above my head the leaden clouds hung low as I turned my face towards the TV to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with commentary hyping the card up while Becky Lynch and Lita walk together backstage.
We get a recap of the continuing saga of the Usos.
Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa make their entrance and Jimmy gets on the mic, telling Grand Rapids that the Bloodline is here. He acknowledges that it must look like the Bloodline are having problems, but if you have family you know family fights all the time.
He says if you come for one member of the Bloodline, you come for all the members of the Bloodline and asks the crowd if they think Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, or Cody Rhodes got one over on the Bloodline. Roman Reigns will be on SmackDown on Friday, but tonight he and Solo are here to remind everyone who runs Raw.
Enter the Street Profits.
They get on the mic and act exaggeratedly excited to see the Bloodline but are confused as to where Jey is before coming to the conclusion they’d get tired of being the glue of the Bloodline themselves. They bicker some and the Profits remember that they want the smoke and attack the Bloodline!
They run the Bloodline out of the ring and we go to break.Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) vs. the Bloodline (Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa)
Dawkins and Uso to start, fighting in the corner but Jimmy sidesteps the spinning Stinger Splash and tags Sikoa in. Angelo manages to handspring over Solo into a dropkick and tags Ford in! Double dropkick, but Sikoa gets Montez into the corner and the Bloodline work him over.
Another tag, now Jimmy’s isolated, big enzuigiri sets up Drill Bit but Uso slips out and lands a forearm to set up a side headlock! Grounding Dawkins, we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sikoa keeps bringing it to Dawkins, beating him down in the corner. Both men down and out, tags made, Ford in hot on Uso! Jabs and a lariat, big uppercut, kick blocked, backflip evasion sets up a back suplex and Montez kips up! Standing moonsault... NOPE!
Ford lays him out with a kick, up top, Jimmy cuts him off and follows it up with an enzuigiri. Up top, jockeying for position, big diving crossbody... SO CLOSE! Blind tag, Montez clears Solo off the apron, thrust spinebuster, tag made, Sikoa shoves Ford off the top and hits a superkick on Dawkins...
The Bloodline win by pinfall with a Samoan Spike from Solo Sikoa on Angelo Dawkins.
Post-match, the Bloodline keep beating the Profits down and Solo goes and gets a steel chair! They horsecollar Montez, Jimmy keeps Dawkins on the back foot... KEVIN OWENS OUT OF NOWHERE WITH A SUPERKICK TO SAVE FORD! STUNNER ON USO!
We get a recap of Montel Vontavious Porter and Omos challenging Brock Lesnar for a WrestleMania match from last week, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Brock Lesnar makes his entrance and takes a seat on the set of the VIP Lounge.
A slightly nonplussed MVP makes his entrance cautiously and gets on the mic from the ramp.
He says when he invited Mr. Lesnar to accept the challenge, this isn’t how he envisioned it. Brock apologizes for being a little early and invites Porter to join him, but Montel’s happy to keep his distance. Brock says he’s here on business and to listen to MVP sell these people, the people at home, and Brock Lesnar a fight.
Montel says he doesn’t want to go to Suplex City and Lesnar promises no suplexes tonight, so MVP relents and slides in the ring and has a seat in his own lounge. Montel begins his pitch, talking up how when Brock Lesnar hits a man with the F-5, he’s done for, but he had his hands full with Bobby Lashley even without MVP in his corner.
Porter scoffs at the idea that Brock could have his way with the Nigerian Giant. A man you can do whatever you want to, but put hands on a giant and his hands go back on you. So the issue here is that the Beast can destroy any man, but a giant will subdue and conquer a beast.
Bottom line, you can suplex and F-5 any man you like, but you can’t do that to Omos.
Brock has goosebumps and offers MVP a high five, that he accepts, and Lesnar accepts the challenge and wants to shake on it and drink on it. Porter’s down for a handshake and a toast, and Brock gives his own introduction for the match. They shake hands and Montel goes over to pop a bottle but Lesnar stops him.
He’s just a farmer and he grows the good stuff, and he wants to have a toast using his own moonshine out of a flask he keeps in his vest pocket! He takes a deep sip and offers the flask to MVP, but Montel would rather toast with the champagne. Lesnar shoves the flask at him and Porter’s tune changes but he asks to clarify the contents.
Brock confirms that they call it white lightning where he comes from, and Porter takes a swig, makes a face, and can’t handle it so he spits it out in Lesnar’s face! MVP begs off while Brock wipes his eyes, and hands him his pocket square to dry off with.
Lesnar tucks it back in the pocket... F-5!
Lita and Becky Lynch are interviewed backstage.
Lita says some of her favorite career highlights have been alongside legendary tag teams, so to walk out tonight as tag champs would be a true bucket list check for her. She’s been making history for two decades and she’s not done yet. Lynch admits she’s always kinda wanted to win the tag titles but doesn’t play well with others, but there’s nobody in this business she respects more than Lita, so they’re gonna win the tag titles.
We see Cody Rhodes walking backstage and we go to break.Chad Gable vs. Cody Rhodes
Circling, Rhodes goes for a leg pick but Gable gets away. Drop toehold works on the second try, reversed to a front chancery, Cody turns that into a fireman’s carry and takes Chad into the corner. Gable breaks dirty with a right hook, whip to the corner, up and over into a sunset flip, only two!
Chad grabs an ankle lock, Rhodes flips him into the corner but runs right into a boot! Up top, Cody cuts him off, jockeying for position... INVERTED SUPERPLEX SENDS US TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Gable trips Rhodes leg-first into the corner and capitalizes on the injured leg! Up top, diving headbutt... NOBODY HOME! Chad cracks off a right hand but Cody is able to cut him off, drop down slap, up and over, leg hurting bad but he bends to pick a snap scoop powerslam!
Beautiful Disaster connects... SO CLOSE! Figure four leglock applied in the middle of the ring, Gable trying to roll him over or to stretch for the ropes, desperate slap gets a hand on the ropes! Chad catches Rhodes into a bridging German suplex for two, Cody up and over, backslide denied, up in crucifix position... CLIFFHANGER DDT!
Gable off the top with the moonsault... CODY RHODES WON’T STAY DOWN! Chops in the corner, Rhodes turns him around and throws his own, going back and forth, Cody throws Chad out of the ring with a hip toss! Off the ropes.... CODY RHODES WITH THE SUICIDE DIVE!
Cody and Otis get into it, Rhodes dumps Dozovic into the crowd, back in the ring for the Cody Cutter! Inverted headlock...
Cody Rhodes wins by pinfall with Cross Rhodes.
Post-match, Cody gets on the mic and says we’re 33 days away from WrestleMania and he has yet to stand in the same ring as his opponent, our undisputed champion Roman Reigns.
But he’s on SmackDown this Friday and Cody is ecstatic because he’ll be there too.
Baron Corbin is interviewed backstage.
He has a message for the WWE Universe, it’s no secret that things haven’t been going his way and people have been saying everything JBL told him was true and— Byron Saxton has to cut the interview short.
He goes over to talk to Kevin Owens about consequences for attacking the Bloodline, and he says it’s the Bloodline who are suffering the consequences of their actions, and he’s said it for months— he won’t stop until he gets what he wants, which is for the Bloodline to fall, and he doesn’t want or need any help to do that.
We get a WrestleMania Goes Hollywood parody of Titanic starring Montez Ford and Bianca Belair to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Judgment Day cut a promo backstage.
Dominik Mysterio talks about his “family reunion” with his father last week and calls him pathetic and says he showed the world that Rey is exactly as pathetic a coward he is, and he’ll show him again because he’s gonna be on SmackDown again and he’ll be in ex-con Dom’s prison.
Rhea Ripley says Charlotte Flair can’t escape her fate, which is to lose to her at WrestleMania. Finn Balor says his feud with Edge isn’t over, it’ll be over when he says it’s over, and it’ll be over at WrestleMania.
Otis Dozovic is pacing outside of the trainer’s room when Maximum Male Models roll up and Maxxine Dupri says they should be in his corner if he has a match tonight. Otis says he can make that happen and goes and looks for Adam Pearce to book a match.
Asuka makes her entrance and we go to break.Asuka vs. Carmella
Collar and elbow, Carmella into the ropes but Asuka turns her around and beats her down! Rolling solebutt, knee lifts, axe kick, Mella cuts her down and takes her into the corner, jawing at her and hammering her with repeated back elbows! Cover for two, drawing Asuka up but she rebounds her off the ropes and catches her with the alarm clock!
Outside, Carmella running away, back in and the Empress nails her with a kick but a low bridge sends her to the floor and Mella follows it with a basement superkick and we go to break!