WWE Raw announced the return of John Cena, which coincided with reports that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was also backstage. While McMahon’s presence at WWE Raw will undoubtedly cause panic among wrestling fans, media and talent, McMahon’s visit was reportedly not linked to any creative direction or even a cameo appearance on television. McMahon’s presence, even if temporary, is the latest development in an inevitable return to creativity.
There was yet another classic segment on Raw from The Bloodline as Jey Uso turned heel in a big way. After flanking Zayn, Jey superkicked Sami as The Bloodline laid waste to Zayn. Cody Rhodes came to Zayn’s rescue when the show went off the air in an incredible house close to the show.
Raw also announced a feud between Logan Paul and Seth Rollins. WWE Raw announced Raw women’s champion Bianca Belair facing Carmella in non-title action and Sami Zayn vs. Jimmy Uso.
Last week’s broadcast of WWE Raw averaged 1.77 million viewers.
WWE Raw results on March 6, 2023
- Kevin Owens def. Single Sikoa
- Bianca Belair def. Carmella
- Omos def. Dolph Ziggler
- Johnny Gargano def. Fionn Balor
- Piper Niven def. Nikki Cross
- Chad Gable def. Baron Corbin
- Sami Zayn vs. Jimmy Uso
WWE Raw Ratings
- February 27, 2023 | 1.77 million
- February 20, 2023 | 2.006 million
- February 13, 2023 | 1.812 million
- February 6, 2023 | 1.866 million
- January 30, 2023 | 2.114 million
- WWE Raw Venue: TD Garden (Boston, Mass.)
- WWE Raw Tickets Distributed: 13,072
- WWE Raw Tickets Available: 71
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WWE Raw Winners and Grades
Kevin Owens def. Solo Sikoa by DQ
Before the show, Paul Heyman gave Solo Sikoa and Jimmy Uso a stern talking to before pulling out his phone and saying “call Roman Reigns.” On a loaded show like tonight, the only thing that would put more of a burden on him is Reigns.
As WWE had to defend both Solo Sikoa and Kevin Owens, disqualification was almost inevitable.
Sami Zayn extended his hand to Kevin Owens, which Owens refused. As it should be. Like builds like Rey Mysterio-Dominik and Reigns-Cody, WWE is taking its time to tell a compelling story.
Backstage, Kevin Owens doubled down and told Sami Zayn to leave him out of Zayn’s revenge tour. Boed fans.
Kevin Owens vs Solo Sikoa Grade: B-
Bianca Belair def. Carmella
WWE did everything possible to make fans think Carmella would lose. Carmella had Chelsea Green cornered, and she even rolled up Bianca with her feet on the ropes. Belair still prevailed.
Asuka, struggling to walk in heels, threw a blue mist into Chelsea Green (which should have been more of a great topic for Chelsea’s Karen) and fans chanted for Asuka over Belair when the two clashed .
Bianca Belair vs. Carmella Grade: B-
Seth Rollins comes face to face with Logan Paul
The fans sang the hell out of Seth Rollins’ theme song. He felt that some of them paid for a ticket to do so. They definitely got their money’s worth.
Logan Paul came in and barely even had to try to be the most hated heel in the business. There is a very short list of heels in this business that get more heat than Logan Paul. Dominik Mysterio is on it, MJF may or may not be. Paul has to be considered a potential WrestleMania headliner next year. When they are in the cantankerous city of Philly.
Logan Paul vs. Seth Rollins was made official for WrestleMania, but not before Paul KO’d Rollins with a very realistic-looking punch.
Seth Rollins vs. Logan Paul Segment Grade: B+
Omos def. Dolph Ziggler
Although a squash match against Omos is not ideal for Dolph Ziggler, WWE also used this match to promote his current feud with Mustafa Ali.
Mustafa Ali hilariously led a face celebration segment for Dolph Ziggler.
As expected, Ziggler was quickly and mercilessly eliminated.
Omos vs. Dolph Ziggler Grade: C
Johnny Gargano def. Fionn Balor
Corey Graves is so good at putting over Dominik Mysterio as an ex-con in a great way.
The second biggest pop of this match came when Gargano took out Dominik with a dive. The biggest pop came when Edge’s theme music hit.
Finn Balor vs. Johnny Gargano Grade: B
Piper Niven def. Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross blasted Piper Niven, like a wolverine, to start this match, and Niven sold it well. Maybe it wasn’t all selling as Niven seemed to have a bloody nose.
This match was completely ended when Niven hit Boss Man Slam, Cross basically fatal. Niven was disappointed by the scene.
Piper Niven vs Nikki Cross Grade: C-
John Cena Returns And Destroys The Austin Theory
John Cena got a monster pop from the crowd in Boston and it looked like he was legitimately moving with it. Theory music played the moment Cena stopped, and he got massive heat for it.
Austin Theory challenged John Cena to a WrestleMania match and Cena responded by saying “no.” He then met this bar: “I’m not interested in your gift, because you don’t deserve the right to give it.” Cena then called Theory a “generic kid”.
Cena dismissed Theory by comparing him to John Cena’s Ruthless Attack. Cena doubled down by saying that no one cares about Theory and that he’s wasting their time. It felt like a promo designed to encourage Austin Theory to reach the next level. In the coming months, Theory can only sink or swim after a promo like that.
A theory made fun of John Cena’s bald spot and Cena denied revealing his infamous bald spot. Cena responded by saying that WWE needs to pipe in fake crowd noise for his matches. From its origins.
Cena even said if Theory wins or loses
To Theory’s credit, the place erupted when Cena asked them if they wanted to see Austin Theory vs. John Cena at WrestleMania. Cena accepted saying “I may not care about you, but I will never give them up.” Quick confirmation of a Theory to say the least.
John Cena vs Austin Theory Segment Grade: A-
Chad Gable def. Baron Corbin
Not too long ago this match was being contested for King of the Ring. Both Gable and Corbin have been stagnant (at best) since. That’s on WWE, not either of these talents.
The most over-hindered in or around this game was Otis, who received chants of “We want Otis.”
Chad Gable vs. Baron Corbin Grade: C+
Stratus, Lita and Lynch Challenge Damage CTRL for WrestleMania
Fans flocked to Trish Stratus’ entrance but Lita, Lynch and Stratus didn’t seem to be all that into the Damage CTRL. Maybe they were still recovering from the Cena segment.
Neither Lita nor Lynch will be defending the Women’s Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania, leaving the possibility of their release on the Raw After Mania.
Damage CTRL vs Stratus, Lita and Lynch Grade Segment: C
Sami Zayn def. Jimmy Uso; Jey Uso turns heel
Solo Sikoa was thrown out of this match, suggesting that Zayn was going over.
WWE did a good job of using the Bloodline storyline to promote this Friday’s SmackDown, where Jimmy Uso has a deadline to deliver Jey.
Jey Uso got a big pop when he performed in the crowd. It seemed that he was very happy to see Jimmy lose, but it was still unclear who it is. Jey made things clear by confronting Sami Zayn, prompting a monster pop from Boston and chants of “Ucey!” and “Holy [expletive!] Jey then Super Sami kicked Zayn and the Bloodline bounced on Zayn. This brought out Cody Rhodes, to a monster, to face The Bloodline. An incredible segment.
Sami Zayn vs. Jimmy Uso, Job Segment Grade: A+