WWE Raw is promoting Omos and Brock Lesnar head-to-head as their WrestleMania clash approaches, much to the dismay of the monolithic internet wrestling community.
Although many SmackDown stars appeared on Raw, such as LA Knight and Rey Mysterio, Raw did not feature Bray Wyatt, who continues to be conspicuous by his absence. Wyatt was a no-show at a live event at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, despite being advertised, and his WrestleMania status is suddenly in doubt. Wyatt’s continued absence is reportedly due to a physical issue.
Neither Wyatt nor Lashley appeared on Raw.
Raw also advertised Cody Rhodes vs. LA Knight and the team of Johnny Gargano and Dexter Lumis vs. The Judgment Day.
WWE Raw last week averaged 1.87 million viewers.
WWE Raw results on March 13, 2023
- Judgment Day def. Johnny Gargano and Dexter Lumis
- Cody Rhodes def. LA Knight
- Bronson Reed def. Ilias
- Austin Theory def. Angelo Dawkins
- Seth Rollins def. Baron Corbin
- Bianca Belair def. Chelsea Green
- Solo Sikoa def. Kevin Owens
WWE Raw Ratings
- March 6, 2023 | 1.827 million
- February 27, 2023 | 1.77 million
- February 20, 2023 | 2.006 million
- February 13, 2023 | 1.812 million
- February 6, 2023 | 1.866 million
- WWE Raw Venue: Amica Mutual Pavillion (Providence, RI)
- WWE Raw Tickets Distributed: 7,418
- WWE Raw Tickets Available: 420
WWE Raw Winners and Points
Judgment Day def. Gargano and Lumis
Edge started the show by challenging Finn Balor to a Hell in a Cell match. This won’t be the main event of the night either, but God bless whoever has to follow it.
Judgment Day proved Edge right from last week as Johnny Gargano had no business beating them. And he didn’t.
Judgment Day vs. Gargano and Lumis Grade: B
Brock Lesnar and Omos come face to face
Neither of them are Caucasian athletes under six feet, so this match doesn’t have the support of the Internet Wrestling Monolith, but seeing Omos and Lesnar go head-to-head felt like a WrestleMania match. I assure you that this match will be a live spectacle in a good way.
This was the rare WrestleMania feud that featured physicality as Brock Lesnar tried to suplex Omos, but to no avail. Omos basically kicked Omos out of the ring before the segment ended.
Brock Lesnar and Omos Grade: B+
Cody Rhodes def. LA Knight
While LA Knight’s win-loss record leaves something to be desired, it’s a great sign that WWE continues to put him in the ring with its biggest stars. He’s set for a post-WrestleMania come-up.
After Cody Rhodes’ win, Rhodes – who was massively over – cut a great promo saying that he wears a suit, not because he’s somebody, but because he wants to be somebody.
Cody Rhodes vs. LA Knight Grade: B+
Bronson Reed def. Ilias
If Elias and Rick Boogs had any sense, they would make a feud just to have a WrestleMania match.
Kevin Patrick dropped the “I don’t get paid by the hour” line early in this match, which tells you how much of a squash this was destined to be.
Corey Graves doesn’t yell “tsunami!” better than Wade Barrett. Hell, Kevin Patrick put his money on it.
Backstage, Kevin Owens cut a really good promo demanding that Cody Rhodes not help him in his match with Solo Sikoa.
Bronson Reed vs. Elias Grade: B-
Austin Theory def. Angelo Dawkins
Theory had a backstage exchange with The Street Profits, who taunted Theory – unprovoked – about being buried by John Cena. Street Profits emerged as the heels in this segment.
Street Profits will do everything they can to add all the credibility they can to the Austin Theory. After Cena’s promo from last week, he’s going to need every ounce of it.
Street Profits is on a surprising list of WrestleMania snubs that currently included Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss.
Backstage, Paul Heyman confirmed that Roman Reigns would be returning to WWE Raw next week to face Cody Rhodes.
Austin Theory vs. Angelo Dawkins Grade: B
Dominik Mysterio interrupts Rey Mysterio
I have a feeling WWE will have Rey Mysterio deliver parts of his Hall of Fame speech in the coming weeks. Because he certainly won’t be able to deliver it when they come to the Hall of Fame in April.
Dominik Mysterio hilariously complained that Rey Mysterio got him a BMW instead of a Mercedes. Although he battled the “what” chants, this line received tremendous heat.
Dominik challenged Rey Mysterio to a match at WrestleMania, but true to his word, Mysterio declined. The fans booed when Mysterio said he wasn’t going to fight his own son.
Dominik Mysterio and Rey Mysterio Grade: B-
Seth Rollins def. Baron Corbin
Backstage, Baron Corbin was practically begging his peers to join the WrestleMania programs, and I couldn’t help but feel bad for the guy. The man can still get heat. His downfall was really a self-inflicted blow by WWE trying to fix something that wasn’t even broken.
The finish to this match was an awesome move as Seth Rollins jumped off the back of Miz.
Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin Grade: B
Bianca Belair def. Chelsea Green
Carmella and Chelsea Green’s chemistry is almost instant.
Similar to the Carmella vs. Bianca Belair match, Chelsea Green received a surprise attack and this match went to commercial break.
Asuka spits blue goop again as Belair and Asuka join the long list of limited physicality brawlers.
Bianca Belair vs. Chelsea Green Grade: B-
Solo Sikoa def. Kevin Owens
This crowd looked weary of the main event and, as John Cena can attest, Kevin Owens’ pop was playing.
The first chant of this match was “we want tables!”
The fans booed when Sikoa went under the ring, but booed him when he revealed a chair. Ever the babyface, Kevin Owens took out the table. Ever the heel, Sikoa shoved it back under the ring.
Kevin Owens took a dirty hit on a series of chairs that prompted (censored) chants of “holy st!”
Sikoa took Owens backstage, where he was met with a double superkick by The Usos. The crowd gradually got into one, and by the end of it they were shouting loudly.