Balor returns, Angle named new GM in Raw after Mania
The Demon King is back.
Finn Balor made his triumphant return to put the exclamation point on the wild Raw after WrestleMania show Monday (Tuesday Manila time) at Amway Center in Orlando.
The former Universal Champion surprised the rowdy crowd and teamed up with Seth Rollins as they beat the team of new United States Champion Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe in the main event.
After the match, Balor and Rollins had a short staredown, acknowledging their history after meeting in last year’s SummerSlam, before celebrating the victory to end the show.
Balor returned to action for the first time after recovering from his shoulder injury, which rendered him inactive since August.
The show lived up to the hype as the wildest crowd of the year with its fair share of surprise appearances, stunning debuts, and landscape-shaping news.
With ex-Raw general manager Mick Foley fired and commissioner Stephanie McMahon indefinitely out, Mr. McMahon announced 2017 WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle as the new Raw general manager while also baring a Superstar Shake-Up between Raw and SmackDown next week.
Shocking the crowd at WrestleMania 33, Raw Tag Team Champions Matt and Jeff Hardy successfully defended their newly won titles after topping Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
The Revival, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, were finally called up from NXT as they beat The New Day on their first night on the main roster and injured Kofi Kingston after the match.
Emma also returned to a six-woman tag team match as she paired up with Charlotte and Nia Jax, but came out on a losing effort against Raw Women’s Champion Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Dana Brooke.
However, nothing compared to the loud boos that welcomed Roman Reigns to start the show as for 10 minutes, the crowd expressed their displeasure over The Big Dog following his victory over The Undertaker the night before.
As he took in all the boos, Reigns just said, “This is my yard now,” before leaving the ring and further infuriating the audience.