Finn Balor Will Return to Raw

In just a few weeks, Finn Balor will make his return to the ring via the WWE live event scene, although it’s unclear who he’ll be working with on the tour. But, the question everyone has been asking is, when will Balor make his return to WWE television? Well, we might finally have an answer to that question.

Balor could return to television before his return to the WWE live event scene begins. So, we could very well see the Demon King back on Raw within the next two weeks.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has reported that Balor is scheduled to wrestle at WrestleMania, but it’s unclear who his opponent will be at this year’s event. If you look at the rumored WrestleMania matches on the Raw side, the only available opponents for him are Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman.

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Rumor of the day

Goldberg and Kevin Owens will be under the same roof ahead of their Universal Championship match Sunday night. Which of the two Superstars will gain the upper hand and, more importantly, momentum before their epic encounter?

WWE.com and social media may not be able to give us that answer, but it can prepare the WWE Universe for what to expect from the Feb. 27 episode of its flagship show.

 

The biggest story leading into Raw is Rollins’ return and the impact it will have on the company’s WrestleMania plans.

His bout with Triple H was slated to be one of the most important on the card, but his recent MCL tear has put the contest in jeopardy. Whatever happens on Raw—be it a physical altercation with The Game or the announcement that the injury is too severe to compete—will give fans a clearer indication of what they can expect on April 2 in Orlando, Florida.

More urgent, though, is the final touches on the Goldberg-Owens program, which has received minimal build, thanks to inconsistent appearances by the No. 1 contender and, more importantly, an intriguing few developments in Owens’ friendship-turned-bitter rivalry with Chris Jericho.

Roman Reigns has been on the receiving end of a beatdown at the hands of Braun Strowman for a number of weeks, left lying in a heap at The Monster Among Men’s feet.

Can Reigns rebound and generate even the slightest hint of momentum for himself ahead of the Superstars’ massive Fastlane clash, or will Strowman again assert his dominance, leaving real doubts about the former WWE champion’s ability to beat him?

A week ago, Enzo Amore and Big Cass earned a shot at the Raw Tag Team Championships, defeating Sheamus and Cesaro to cash their tickets to Fastlane and a shot at Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows’ titles. After a big Brogue Kick from The Celtic Warrior to Amore, though, there may be unfinished business between the two fan-favorite tandems.

 

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Monday Night Raw Results – February 27, 2017

Monday Night Raw
Date: February 27, 2017
Location: Resch Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton

It’s the go home show for Fastlane and that could mean a few things. This show could range from entertaining to a mess and any point in between. Goldberg will be here tonight and there are rumors of Seth Rollins and Ric Flair making appearances as well. Either way it’s the last Raw before we get to the pre-Wrestlemania season so let’s get to it.

Here’s Goldberg to get things going. He thanks the fans for their chants but gets straight to the point: he’s winning the title at Fastlane with his son cheering him on. This brings out Kevin Owens to say what he really thinks about Goldberg. When he got to this company, Owens promised to grab this company by the throat and show WWE what he was really about.

Then he beat John Cena in his first match, followed by beating Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins and the Big Dog himself, Roman Reigns. Now why should Goldberg be any different? Goldberg likes the speech and wants to fight right now but Owens doesn’t think Green Bay deserves to see him fight. They’ll fight on Sunday and the Goldberg chants die.

Here’s New Day for a chat. They’ve got a lot on their plates by hosting Wrestlemania, but we need to be concerned with what’s in our bowls. New Day knows the fans want something else and that means ice cream. They even know what the name is going to be: New Day Pops. First though, they need to face the Shining Stars.

Cue Primo and Epico…..but someone hands Woods an envelope. It turns out that the Shining Stars’ match is later tonight against Big Show. Instead, the envelope says “Rusev and Jinder Mahal”.

New Day vs. Rusev/Jinder Mahal

Woods headscissors Mahal down and we hit the Honor Roll for good measure. Big E. gets in a splash as we take a break. Back with Woods not being able to get over Rusev for the hot tag. The slow beating continues and Woods’ crossbody is easily caught. He does manage an enziguri though and there’s the hot tag to Big E. Everything breaks down with Big E. cleaning house. A blind tag brings in Woods for a high crossbody but Rusev makes the save. Kofi and Lana get in an argument on the floor to distract Rusev, leaving Woods to grab a rollup for the pin on Mahal at 9:43.

Result: New Day b. Rusev/Jinder Mahal – Rollup to Mahal (9:43)

Rusev and Mahal argue post match.

We look back at Enzo Amore and Big Cass becoming #1 contenders.

Enzo is really fired up about the idea of becoming champions because he gets his name on the belt. Cass thinks he needs to chill a bit but says they’ll win.

Cesaro and Sheamus want their titles back when Samoa Joe comes up to say Cesaro will never figure things out. Joe: “You mad bro?” Cesaro doesn’t like the brass ring jokes and says all Joe does is carry HHH’s jockstrap. A match seems to be made for later.

Stephanie is annoyed at someone for bad dictation when Mick Foley comes in. She wants to apologize but it turns into rant about how Foley doesn’t live up to his old stature.

We look at Brian Kendrick beating Akira Tozawa last week and Kendrick talks about Tozawa rejecting his offer to be the newcomer’s mentor.

Akira Tozawa vs. Noam Dar

Dar gets kicked in the chest to start and the backsplash gets two. A fake out lets Tozawa nail him again but Alicia Fox offers a distraction. That sets up some arm work but Tozawa sends him outside for a suicide headbutt. Back in and the snap German suplex puts Dar away at 2:59.

Result: Akira Tozawa b. Noam Dar – German suplex (2:59)

Post match Kendrick jumps Tozawa from behind and talks about how Tozawa needs to learn his lessons.

Mick Foley is upset when Samoa Joe comes in and needles him about not having a nice day. Foley doesn’t want to hear it because he sees Joe as a puppet for HHH. Joe doesn’t like that so Foley makes Joe vs. Cesaro for later tonight.

Charlotte/Dana Brooke vs. Bayley/Sasha Banks

Before the match, Charlotte talks about how Bayley is willing to go to any degree to take what she wanted because she has everyone fooled. Charlotte calls Bayley a one hit wonder but here’s Bayley to cut her off. Bayley talks about dreams and moving on from this one. Next up for her is walking into Wrestlemania as Women’s Champion but Charlotte says there’s a long way to go before then. Sasha Banks comes out to say Charlotte has a stupid face and is jealous of the champ. More importantly, there’s a tag match tonight. Charlotte says there is but with a little change in the lineup.

Charlotte/Nia Jax vs. Bayley/Sasha Banks

Nia throws Sasha around to start and runs her over in the corner as a bonus. It’s off to Bayley who can’t do much with Nia either but some right hands in the corner do enough good. Nia clotheslines Bayley’s head off though and the beating begins in the corner. That doesn’t last much longer either and it’s back to Banks vs. Charlotte with Sasha taking over. Dana tries to interfere on the floor and gets a Bayley to Belly for her efforts.

Back from a break with Sasha trying to fight back against Nia and getting headbutted away. Charlotte misses a charge though and the hot tag brings in Bayley to clean house. Everything breaks down again and Bayley tries a choke on Nia. That goes nowhere though and a Charlotte distraction lets Nia run Bayley over. Nia drops the big leg to pin the champ at 12:20.

Result: Nia Jax/Charlotte b. Bayley/Sasha Banks – Legdrop to Bayley (12:20)

Braun Strowman demands Foley give him a contact signing with Roman Reigns tonight. Foley agrees but basically guarantees a fight will break out.

Luke Gallows vs. Big Cass

Gallows kicks him in the face to start and easily breaks out of a chokeslam. Another kick puts Cass on one knee and Corey says he’s not seven feet tall anymore. Cass makes his comeback and watches Enzo send Anderson into the steps. A big boot ends Gallows at 2:43.

Result: Big Cass b. Luke Gallows – Big boot (2:43)

The announcers hype the WWE Network turning three years old.

Earlier today, Titus O’Neil and Sheamus got in a fight at catering.

Titus O’Neil vs. Sheamus

Titus jumps Sheamus before the bell and throws him inside for the official start. The Brogue Kick ends O’Neil in 17 seconds.

We get a long video on the long history of HHH making Seth Rollins. They’ve been together for years but then Rollins hurt his knee which HHH referred to as dropping the ball. Rollins is injured but the question is can he get back in time.

Here’s Rollins, on crutches, for a sitdown interview with Corey Graves. He doesn’t know where he is mentally now but it seems that he’s in Chicago because we get a CM PUNK chant. It’s loudly booed though and Seth can get back to the point. He’s not sure if he can continue at this point and as of right now, the doctors haven’t cleared him for Wrestlemania.

This brings out HHH and Samoa Joe with the former talking about how Rollins has no idea what he’s doing here. HHH knows Rollins isn’t going to Wrestlemania because that’s how he is. It was HHH who handed him the title and then Rollins bit the hand that feeds him. Rollins didn’t mind reaping the benefits along the way but now he’s treating HHH like this. Seth needs to make the right decision and not come to Wrestlemania because HHH is done playing with him. If Rollins shows up there, it’s the last thing he’ll ever do in a WWE ring. HHH goes to leave but Seth cuts him off and says he’ll be in Orlando and it’s going to be the last thing HHH ever does.

Big Show vs. Shining Stars

Double teaming actually puts Show down for a bit before he shrugs the cousins off. A KO Punch and chokeslam wrap things up at 1:48.

Result: Big Show b. Shining Stars – Chokeslam to Primo (1:48)

Black History Month video on Martin Luther King Jr.

Neville tells Tony Nese that the purpose of tonight’s tag match is to put Jack Gallagher in his place before Sunday. Nese basically says he’s in this for himself.

Austin Aries video package.

Jack Gallagher/TJ Perkins vs. Tony Nese/Neville

Neville kicks TJ off the apron at the bell but gets bulldogged by TJ. Nese gets rolled up for two and it’s off to Gallagher as things speed up a bit. The headbutt puts Neville on the floor and it’s the Detonation Kick into the running corner dropkick for Nese. Jack takes Nese down with something like a seated abdominal stretch while kicking Nese in the face for the tap out at 1:58.

Result: Jack Gallagher/TJ Perkins b. Tony Nese/Neville – Seated abdominal stretch to Nese (1:58)

Beth Phoenix Hall of Fame video.

Bayley and Sasha are icing their injuries from earlier. Sasha is going to be in Bayley’s corner on Sunday but Stephanie adds Banks vs. Jax to Fastlane.

Samoa Joe vs. Cesaro

They take turns driving each other into the corner and Cesaro tweaks his knee. He tries to muscle through it until Joe goes after the knee to take over as we take a break. Back with Cesaro muscling Joe up into a suplex and countering a kneebar attempt. Cesaro hits that reverse Angle Slam move of his and gets two off a double stomp. Joe breaks up the springboard uppercut though and kicks at the knee, setting up the Rock Bottom for the pin at 7:45.

Result: Samoa Joe b. Cesaro – Rock Bottom (7:45)

Post match Joe says it doesn’t matter who comes against the Destroyer because he’s taking them apart. This brings out Sami Zayn for the brawl until the referees break it up.

It’s time for the contract signing with Mick Foley running the show. Strowman doesn’t think much of him and says he would have respected him back in the day when Foley was competition. Foley finally snaps and yells at Strowman, basically threatening to get physical because he’s still a legend, even if he won’t be the General Manager that much longer.

Cue Reigns to start the fight, which quickly heads into the crowd. Strowman beats on him even more until Reigns spears him through the barricade and a security guard in the process. Back in and Reigns stops to sign the contract but gets sent into the corner so hard that the top rope breaks. Strowman leaves and Reigns signs to end the show.

Results
New Day b. Rusev/Jinder Mahal – Rollup to Mahal
Akira Tozawa b. Noam Dar – German suplex
Nia Jax/Charlotte b. Sasha Banks/Bayley – Legdrop to Bayley
Big Cass b. Luke Gallows – Big boot
Sheamus b. Titus O’Neil – Brogue Kick
Big Show b. Shining Stars – Chokeslam to Primo
Jack Gallagher/TJ Perkins b. Tony Nese/Neville – Seated abdominal stretch to Nese
Samoa Joe b. Cesaro – Rock Bottom

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Finn Balor’s In-Ring Return Date Announced

Cue the Demon music. For months now, we’ve been wondering when Finn Balor will be back in the ring. Ever since he was injured at “Summerslam 2017”, the countdown has been on to see if he can make it back in time for “Wrestlemania XXXIII”. Now we know for sure when he’ll be back, as well as who he’ll be facing and when it takes place.

According to PWInsider.com, Balor will make his in-ring return at the March 26 house show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in a six man tag where he teams with Chris Jericho and Sami Zayn to face Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and Triple H (the latter of whom was previously announced for the match). This likely means that Balor will be in the ring at “Wrestlemania XXXIII” but an opponent has yet to be named.

Opinion: This answers a major question and can also give us another huge match at the big show. Balor is someone who can be put into the Universal Title scene at any given time with the simple explanation of he never lost the title. Balor is a talented worker and can get people to care about him and it’s a shame that he was put on the shelf as soon as he reached the pinnacle of his career.

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Chaos All Around: Negotiations Break Down Between Hardys and TNA

This one gets a little complicated. TNA is currently in a period of transition as they move from the Dixie Carter Era to the Anthem Era, meaning a lot of the people in charge are changing. Unfortunately this means that some talent will be moving around as well, which in this case means a pair of reigning champions.

According to PWInsider.com by way of 411mania.com, the Hardys are likely done with TNA, despite still being the Tag Team Champions. While the two sides had agreed to terms back in December, it seems that there were some issues with the actual contracts the Hardys receives. First of all, the contracts were late getting to them due to the change in management. On top of that, the deal is now calling for a 10% booking fee for all bookings outside of TNA, which the Hardys never agreed to.

In an update, Prowrestlingsheet.com is reporting that the deal was originally supposed to be for a year but was then extended to two years without the Hardys agreeing. When the brothers threatened to go to WWE, Ed Nordholm of Anthem reportedly said “Well, tell them to go to WWE then.” When that happened, Jeff Hardy said he was done with TNA. Matt Hardy wanted to show up and write himself off TV but was told that it wasn’t going to happen without a contract. As a result, TNA is currently trying to retrieve the Tag Team Titles, which will likely be vacated to switched to a new team.

Finally, the Fight Network’s John Pollock (which is owned by Anthem, which also owns TNA), sent out a Tweet saying that the Hardys will not be re-signing and aren’t expected to be at Thursday’s TV tapings.

I can confirm the reports from Mike Johnson & Ryan Satin – The Hardys are not going to re-sign w/ TNA and not expected at tapings this week

— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) February 27, 2017

Opinion: I really, really hope this isn’t how business is going to be done in TNA going forward because this is the kind of nonsense that made them the laughingstock of professional wrestling for so many years. While it’s very possible that Anthem was letting them go for the sake of saving costs, it would have been a bit more tactful to just say that’s why they’re going instead of “just let them go to WWE.” I’m not the biggest Hardys fan but at least find a way to wrap them up. Sign a three day contract or fly a team and a camera crew down to North Carolina to film a quick title change. Just do something better than this.

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Beth Phoenix Says Being in the WWE Hall of Fame is ‘Surreal’

Former WWE superstar Beth Phoenix spoke with USA Today regarding her invitation to be a member of the Hall of Fame, class of 2017.

Most people dream of one day being recognized for the achievements in their particular field. “The Glamazon” said that she never thought that this day would happen for her.

“When you are in WWE, you dream of that moment (in the future) when you get to reflect on your career and the things that you did and you get that wonderful individual honor,” Phoenix told For the Win in an exclusive interview. “It seemed so far off in the distance for me (when I was wrestling). I didn’t know when — or if — I’d ever experience that feeling. I certainly didn’t think I’d have that opportunity this early in my life. It’s amazing and very, very humbling.”

“To hear they find my career was worthy enough and that I did well enough in the ring to be honored among the greatest of all time was incredible and the biggest compliment I could ever ask for,” Phoenix said. “It’s still sinking in and is very surreal.”

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Phoenix has been married to fellow Hall of Famer, Edge, since 2016. One of the first things that she did, when she heard the news, was share it with her husband.

“He was like, ‘Oh, OK.’ He wasn’t shocked by it at all,” she said. “He’s like, ‘Of course, you deserve it.’ I was shocked by that response, too. I said, ‘You think I deserve this? Is this the right time?’ He was 100 percent confident and he made me feel like a million bucks about it. He is super excited. We’re still celebrating it and looking forward to seeing everyone at WrestleMania and enjoying the experience.”

Anytime someone becomes a member of the Hall of Fame, the question always arises if they would consider competing in one more match. How does Phoenix feel about making a return to the ring?

“I know it’s not a great answer and not what people want to hear, but never say never,” she said. “If there was an opportunity and it would benefit my family – first and foremost, that’s the most important thing to me – sure, why not?”

Phoenix also discusses why she left WWE, who she is a fan of today, and more.

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Matt Hardy Comments On WWE Rumors, Reby Talks “Straight F*ckery”

Listen here, you obsolete mules! Word has begun to circulate around the mill of rumors that the Broken Brilliance of Matt Hardy and his Brother Nero would soon be rejoining the family of Meekmahon. Perhaps these pree-moh-nee-shuns were not premature.

The Hardys TNA contracts are up this week, and there’s been no word about them re-signing with the company just yet.

With talk going around that the company is restructuring in a way that might not be friendly to the brothers’ creative control, talk of the Hardys returning to WWE is more relevant than ever.

And the Broken One himself is aware of that talk, posting this to Twitter earlier today.

It shall be an INTRIGUING week for the professional wrestling industry. pic.twitter.com/8pDkzwJu3y

— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) February 27, 2017

That the week will be “intriguing” is true regardless of where the Hardys go. TNA tapes Impact this Thursday, and it seems we’ll know the state of their contracts by whether or not they’re present at the tapings. If they’re not there, they’re almost certainly on the way to WWE.

Matt restructured some of his personal business last week, as well, shutting down his ShopMattHardy store.

We regret to post that after nearly 5yrs & 1000s of happy customers, https://t.co/8OFhB9oGRo is closing up shop. Stay tuned for BLOWOUT SALE

— Shop Matt Hardy (@ShopMattHardy) February 26, 2017

It seems that Reby Hardy was in charge of the business, and she characterizes the end of the shop as a result of caring for two children. But we can’t help but speculate that it’s because WWE might be handling the Broken brand from here.

She also added this to Twitter earlier today.

I’ve said it many times:
TNA was the perfect situation for our family & how grateful I was for professionalism/open communication/respect…

— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) February 27, 2017

…Now think about what kinda negative changes & straight fuckery would have to go down for us to leave ?

— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) February 27, 2017

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What Are the WrestleMania Plans for Braun Strowman?

We’re a little over a month away from WrestleMania, and we still don’t know who Braun Strowman will work with on the show.

Prior to the Royal Rumble, it was rumored that Strowman was going to work with Roman Reigns in Orlando, but that match is going to happen at this Sunday’s Fastlane show. Also, Reigns is currently scheduled to work with The Undertaker on April 2.

During his appearance on the Live Audio Wrestling podcast, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter said that Strowman will probably end up winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at this year’s WrestleMania. He also didn’t rule out the possibility of a one on one match with the returning Finn Balor.

“I think it’s the battle royal. I mean, I haven’t heard anything different. They’ve certainly been preparing for him to be the monster at the battle royal because he didn’t win the Royal Rumble, but he was a monster there. Last year, the original plan was for him that battle royal and they thought that he wasn’t ready for it, and he wasn’t ready a year ago. Now he’s ready.

“I guess they could put him in a match with Finn Balor. You could do it. Finn Balor needs a match. But one or the other isn’t gonna look good, and if you do a double DQ, neither of them look good, so that’s a tough program to book right now.”

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WWE Announces Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The latest inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame has been revealed, as USA Today has reported that former Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix will be inducted this year in Orlando.

The announcement isn’t much of a surprise, as it’s been rumored for several weeks. She’ll join Kurt Angle, Diamond Dallas Page, Theodore Long, and the Rock N’ Roll Express in this year’s class.

WWE released the following statement regarding Beth Phoenix’s induction.

“Beth Phoenix, one of the most dominant female competitors in sports-entertainment, will take her rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame when she is inducted as part of the Class of 2017 during WrestleMania 33 Week.”

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Will Brock Lesnar be at Fastlane?

Both Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg are being advertised for tonight’s Raw show in Green Bay, Wisconsin, so both of them will be on the show in some form.

Goldberg is going to challenge for the Universal Championship at this Sunday’s Fastlane show, but what we don’t know is if Brock Lesnar will show up and interfere in the show’s main event.

During a recent appearance on the Live Audio Wrestling podcast, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter was asked if Lesnar will show up and cost Goldberg the title on Sunday, and, according to Meltzer, that won’t happen because Lesnar isn’t scheduled to be on the show.

“Brock Lesnar was not booked for Fastlane originally. He wasn’t booked for Fastlane as of two weeks ago. If they need him as a surprise and they change their minds he can always be there. But whatever the original plans were did not involve Brock Lesnar at first.”

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