WWE Raw Results: Biggest Winners, Losers and Moments from March 26
The theme of this Road to WrestleMania has been the incredible work of the women of WWE, not to mention the spark they have ignited ahead of the company's most prestigious event. Monday night, that spark spawned the night's biggest winners on Raw.
Nia Jax continued her incredible run to The Showcase of the Immortals, withstanding a cerebral approach by Mickie James to not only win but also send a message to Alexa Bliss ahead of their April 8 match.
Sasha Banks and Bayley's mounting frustration with each other boiled over into a massive brawl in the backstage area that may threaten their relationship moving forward.
If those three Superstars were the night's biggest winners, it was a collection of multi-time champions who made up the night's losers.
John Cena and Kane plodded through an uneventful main event, while Cesaro and Sheamus again looked lackluster in comparison to Braun Strowman as they prepare to defend their Raw Tag Team Championships against The Monster Among Men.
Dive deeper into each case and find out why they earned the status they did with this recap of the March 26 episode of WWE's flagship show.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley
The tension between Bayley and Sasha Banks boiled over Monday night as the best friends and competitive rivals engaged in a backstage brawl that was eventually broken up by referees and producers.
The eruption was weeks in the making, dating back to the Royal Rumble, where Banks first expressed her "anything-for-a-win" mentality by eliminating Bayley.
From there, it escalated at Elimination Chamber, where Banks betrayed Bayley's trust once more by tossing her from the top of one of the pods, setting up the former Raw and NXT women's champion's elimination.
Since then, the frustration experienced by Bayley has led her to take some bold steps, including walking out on her friend during a tag team match.
Monday night was the culmination of a slow build, and the result was an intense and heated pull-apart that did a fantastic job of creating intrigue and excitement for a showdown between the two. That encounter will likely shape the first-ever WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal on April 8.
Before then, expect more emotional explosions as the two best friends express their frustration and anger for each other and, in the process, demonstrate the chemistry that has made them the best of opponents over the years.
Losers: John Cena and Kane
Just 13 days from WrestleMania, WWE Creative continued the story behind John Cena vs. The Undertaker by booking the franchise star against Kane in a No Disqualification match.
While that may sound like a star-studded main event match so close to the biggest show of the year, in reality it was another poor bout between two guys who have repeatedly demonstrated a complete and utter lack of in-ring chemistry.
Cena and Kane have wrestled countless times over the course of their Hall of Fame careers, and they have somehow never managed a single good match.
Neither during Cena's rise to the top of the sports-entertainment landscape nor in 2012 when The Big Red Monster returned with his mask intact to make Cena's life (and Zack Ryder's career) a living hell, have they put on a match that is even remotely memorable.
Monday was no different.
It was a total paint-by-numbers brawl that ended with Cena putting Kane through a table, the only new element being Cena's mocking of The Undertaker in an attempt to lure him out of some self-imposed retirement.
It was hardly the way to inspire excitement for Cena-Taker. Instead, all Monday's main event managed to do was remind fans of the general crappiness of the Cena-Kane series.
Winner: Nia Jax
Nia Jax has made the Road to WrestleMania hers, consistently delivering performances that have enhanced her star and made her the sympathetic babyface as she prepares to challenge Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women's Championship on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Monday night, Jax withstood a targeted attack by Mickie James to take her knee out and crumble her base to defeat the six-time women's champion. She also shrugged off a sneak attack by Bliss, sending a message to the titleholder that nothing Little Miss Bliss can throw at her will affect her.
The solid booking behind Jax to this point has been a major contributor to the manner in which she has managed to get over with audiences. She has earned the WWE Universe's respect and is now the major fan favorite ahead of her WrestleMania 34 date with Bliss.
Continued strong performances, unbridled intensity and unwavering dominance will ensure that popularity continues.
Losers: Sheamus and Cesaro
How is anyone supposed to believe the Raw tag team champions Sheamus and Cesaro are to present any sort of challenge to Braun Strowman when The Monster Among Men has beaten and dominated them to the extent he has the last two weeks?
Yes, wins over The Swiss Superman and Celtic Warrior have come in singles bouts and there is no way to fully appreciate the tag team chemistry of The Bar in those situations, but Strowman has been so superior to both men that it is not a stretch to believe he can tear through both even in a traditional tag team match.
It essentially negates the need for a tag team partner.
Of course, WWE is banking on the mystery of Strowman's partner to sell the match, but from a credibility standpoint, the more he punishes Sheamus and Cesaro each week, the harder it will be to buy into The Bar as legitimate competition for a Superstar whose exploits over the last year have made him one of the most dominant and terrifying performers on the roster.