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RAW: Kane and Strowman continue their monstrous war

Photo of Kane and Braun Strowman courtesy of WWE’s official website

It looks as if there is no end in sight for the feud between Kane and Braun Strowman.

RAW was live from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The two monsters battled in the main event, but the stakes were much higher this time. The winner would get the opportunity to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at the Royal Rumble.

Not even the reinforced ring could contain them. After each man kicked out of chokeslams, they took the fight to the outside. The Monster Among Men rammed Kane through the barricade as the referee counted to ten, ending the match in a double count-out.

This didn’t stop the battle, as Stowman and Kane used the steel steps, chairs and other weapons to deal large amounts of damage. Strowman finally slammed Kane through a table, ending the carnage for now.

The women’s division kicked off the action, as Paige and Mandy Rose took on Bayley and Mickie James. While the other member of Absolution, Sonya Deville, at ringside, Sasha Banks made sure to be there to even the odds for Bayley and James.

Bayley took the brunt of the punishment early on, until she was able to make a late tag to James. She used Rose’s inexperience to her advantage, setting her up for her DDT finisher. However, a timely kick to the head from Paige allowed Rose to steal the victory.

The newly “Woken” Matt Hardy continued his war of words with Bray Wyatt, vowing to delete the Eater of Worlds. Wyatt then warned the WWE Universe to choose their side wisely in this war.

Trying to avenge his friend Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel challenged Finn Balor. Dallas hit Balor with a cheap shot before the bell rang, hoping to give Axel the advantage. It didn’t last long, as Balor was able to battle back and hit the Coup de Grace for the victory.

After a confrontation between The Shield and Samoa Joe, Cesaro and Sheamus, all six men were set to compete in matches against each other. The first was Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus.

The Celtic Warrior took the fight to Rollins early, assaulting his knee for most of the match. The Kingslayer was able to counter a submission to gain some momentum. Sheamus went for a Brogue Kick, but Rollins was able to again counter with his knee strike finisher for the win.

After WWE revoked Rich Swann’s chance to become the number one contender for the Cruiserweight Championship, they held a “Second Chance” fatal four-way to see who would replace him.

The winner of Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari would then face Drew Gulak to determine the next man to battle Enzo Amore for his title.

All four men battled back and forth, with Alexander breaking up a pinfall that almost gave Ali the win. After a chain of big finishers, it was Alexander who came out on top. He took out Nese before hitting Daivari with the Lumbar Check for the victory.

Next match was Cesaro vs. Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns. The Swiss Cyborg was looking to add another title to his resume, but the Big Dog wouldn’t allow it.

Cesaro was in control for most of the match, wearing down Reigns’ arm with devastating holds and strikes. It looked as if he was easily going to win the title, but Reigns hit a desperate spear late to narrowly retain his belt.

Asuka made quick work of Alicia Fox once again, but her night wasn’t over. Absolution cornered her in the ring, with Paige giving the Empress of Tomorrow a simple ultimatum: move or be moved.

Asuka didn’t listen, so Paige, Rose and Deville began their attack. This was until the entire RAW women’s division came to Asuka’s aid, causing Absolution to retreat.

The final match featuring The Shield was Dean Ambrose vs. Samoa Joe. As the two battled inside the ring, Jason Jordan watched from the top of the ramp. He eventually got up on the ring apron, distracting the ref.

This cost Ambrose a pinfall attempt, and he was not happy about it. He confronted Jordan at ringside, but this allowed Joe to attack both men. Once Jordan was dispatched, Joe locked Ambrose in the Coquina Clutch for the win.

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