In case you missed the show, the following is the WWE Monday Night Raw results, highlights and headlines from the show on February 28th.
WWE RAW Results 2/28
Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins confront Alpha Academy before their Tag Team Championship Match next week
Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins def. Alpha Academy
Omos def. T-Bar
Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan def. Becky Lynch, Doudrop, Nikki A.S.H.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler
Dana Brooke & Reggie def. Akira Tozawa & Tamina. Everyone kisses afterward. Yup, really.
Street Profits hype up their match later against RK-Bro
The Mysterios promise to shut up Logan Paul and the Miz at WrestleMania
The Hurt Business def. The Mysterios after the Miz interferes
Carmella and Zelina Vega accept the Women’s Tag Team Championship match challenge for WrestleMania
Street Profits def. RK-Bro
Veer is still coming to WWE RAW.
Vince McMahon and Austin Theory talk about his appearance on the Pat McAfee Show. Teases a WrestleMania match for Pat and maybe even Vince
Finn Balor def. Damian Priest to become US Champion. Damian Priest turned heel with a good promo and attack on Balor afterward
AJ Styles accepts Edge’s challenge for WrestleMania, with Edge seemingly turning heel as well to close the show
WWE RAW Highlights From 2/28
Push the Street Profits
While the Street Profits winning against RK-Bro tonight left me scratching my head, it does give me hope WWE realize just how over the Street Profits continue to be. I’ve praised the WWE RAW tag division in recent weeks, and a major reason for that is the Street Profits making every match they’re in a great time.
Tonight, they had the usual high octane showcase in the ring, but I was more impressed with their promo earlier in the show. They were funny, they were electric and, most importantly, the crowd was hanging on every word. In a show where the star power can be lacking at times, it’s so refreshing just to see how beloved the Street Profits remain to be. With the surprising win tonight, I hope that means WWE realizes it would be a tragedy to not have them involved in the title scene at WrestleMania. Who knows, perhaps the loss tonight was the spark for a feud with RK-Bro? No matter who it is, what we know is that the Street Profits will want the smoke.
US Championship Shocker
Damian Priest has had a fine reign with the US Title, but the secondary belt got a much-needed shot in the arm tonight. Not only did Finn Balor and Priest put on easily the best match tonight, but Balor got a surprising win over Priest, ending his near year-long reign.
Balor had yet to win the US Championship, so this adds a missing piece to his resume. But maybe more importantly, it gives Damian Priest new life. Priest finally turned heel, his more natural persona, and laid out Balor afterward. He claimed the only reason Balor won is that the fans gave him the encouragement he could never get from them. So, when he beats Balor to win the title back, he’ll show him that fan support is worthless. An unexpected outcome for sure, but it makes the US Title as interesting it’s been in about a year so that is worth celebrating.
WWE RAW Lowlights From 2/28
I was shocked to discover that the former Dominik Dijakovic was still on WWE’s roster. Dijakovic at one point was a star on NXT, before being called up to the main roster, masked and renamed “T-Bar” as a member of the terrible Retribution faction. Now, his faction is long gone, the leader of such is not wrestling for the company in Mustafa Ali, and several of his stablemates had been released. But not ol’ T-Bar. He’s apparently been allowed to hang around and lose to Omos in about two minutes. Omos continues to go nowhere, and worse yet, this week’s squash match reminded us all of the wasted potential of T-Bar.
A Whole Lot of Nothing
To be real with you, this episode of WWE RAW was about as meh as it gets. A lot of it was inoffensive, but nothing really happened for most of the show. They really wanted to set up the Tag Team Championship match for next week, and while that should be good, we didn’t get any developments there or anywhere else on the show. Don’t get me wrong, parts were entertaining, but the vast majority of this show was very miss-able. Moving forward, I hope we see more developments in these stories.
Also, some booking decisions were very questionable, such as the Mysterios and RK-Bro losing both of their matches this week for no real reason.
More free agent news made headlines this week, as WWE announced it had granted the release of longtime superstar Cesaro, and reports surfaced of Shane Strickland (formerly Swerve Scott) being backstage at AEW as well. Both stars are said to be AEW bound, with the surprisingly released Cesaro under no non-compete clause and possibly set even for this week. While both stars are highly anticipated to debut, these reports also come while frustration online has also emerged about too much new talent possibly derailing AEW’s storytelling.
Cody Rhodes remains a free agent despite multiple teases from WWE in the last week.
Reports over the weekend emerged of planned WrestleMania card matches, and the one that took the internet by storm was that of Vince McMahon possibly returning to the ring to face off against Pat McAfee. These reports seem to indicate the plans are pretty set in stone, though Pat seemed to deny knowing about any such plans over the weekend. However, a segment tonight hinted at Austin Theory getting involved, even suggesting McMahon should be worried about being jumped in his interview on Thursday. So, don’t be surprised if this ends up with Theory vs. Pat instead. But in any case, McMahon is going to do his first sit down interview in nearly 20 years and McAfee appears to have a match coming at WrestleMania. Two huge stories, even if old man Vince doesn’t wrestle at the Grandaddy of Them All.
Tonight’s show was a pretty boring for most of it, especially before the last hour. The RAW Tag Team Championship match next week was a big focus here, along with Finn Balor beating Damian Priest for the United States Championship. The best part of the show was AJ Styles settling all rumors and declaring himself as Edge’s opponent for WrestleMania.