Can @CodyRhodes finish the story at #WrestleMania or will @WWERomanReigns reign supreme above all? pic.twitter.com/u0Ir385P2M— WWE (@WWE) March 28, 2023
WWE Raw results, recap, grades: Cody Rhodes ends Solo Sikoa's undefeated streak ahead of WrestleMania
Rhodes will battle Roman Reigns for the undisputed WWE universal championship on Sunday
Heading into Monday night's Raw, Cody Rhodes had told Bloodline member Solo Sikoa that he was "not ready" for their one-on-one match. Rhodes backed up those words when he picked up a win in the main event and ended Sikoa's undefeated streak on the main roster.
The two men went all-out in their battle, which nearly was turned in Sikoa's favor after The Usos made their way to ringside. Rhodes was saved by Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, however, which allowed him to pick up a huge win less than a week before he challenges Roman Reigns for the undisputed WWE universal championship in the main event of WrestleMania.
CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from Footprint Center in Phoenix.
Cody Rhodes ends Solo Sikoa's undefeated streak
During an interview, Cody Rhodes was asked if he was putting himself in a vulnerable position by facing Solo Sikoa six days before wrestling Roman Reigns for the undisputed WWE universal championship. Rhodes said he loves being in this position before reiterating his previous statement that Sikoa is not ready for him and that the match is just another step on his journey to defeating Reigns to become champion.
Cody Rhodes def. Solo Sikoa via pinfall with Cross Rhodes. After a back-and-forth match, The Usos made their way to ringside in an attempt to tip the scales for Sikoa. That move was quickly answered by Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, who stormed ringside and brawled with the Usos, with the four men eventually brawling to the back. Back in the ring, Rhodes countered the Samoan Spike by turning Sikoa into the Cross Rhodes for the pinfall.
There wasn't much on the show in terms of major developments, instead simply putting final building blocks in place ahead of WrestleMania. Rhodes going over Sikoa in a solid match was good, however. Sikoa gassed out a bit down the stretch but this was a bigger ask for him than he's used to. Rhodes picked up a big win that helped him build some final momentum ahead of the match with Reigns and that's valuable. Grade: B+
What else happened on WWE Raw?
- Becky Lynch def. IYO SKY via pinfall with the Manhandle Slam. The match started after Lynch, Lita and Trish Stratus were on Miz TV before Damage CTRL interrupted to hype up their six-woman tag match at WrestleMania.
- Seth Rollins def. Mustafa Ali via pinfall after two stomps. This match came about after Ali interrupted a Rollins interview before the show went on the air.
- Brock Lesnar and Omos were set to take part in a "WrestleMania weigh-in." Omos weighed in at 410 pounds. Lesnar didn't even bother to weigh in, immediately charging at Omos only for Omos to quickly turn the tables, delivering a boot to Lesnar's face and sending him scrambling from the ring.
- The Street Profits, Braun Strowman & Ricochet def. The Viking Raiders & Alpha Academy via pinfall after Montez Ford hit Erik with a frog splash. The four teams now meet in a fatal four-way match at WrestleMania.
- An Austin Theory promo was shown with him in the center of the ring in an empty arena. Theory said he was doing so because he doesn't do anything for the WWE fans, he does everything for himself while hyping up his WrestleMania match with John Cena.
- Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green def. Candice LeRae & Michin via pinfall to advance to the WrestleMania women's tag team showcase match.
- Rey Mysterio def. Damian Priest via disqualification after Dominik Mysterio interfered in the match. Rey had the match won when Dominik pulled him off the top rope for the disqualification. As Dominik and Priest attacked Rey after the match, Legado del Fantasma ran in for the save.
- Gunther def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall with The Last Symphony.
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Which team will walk out of #WrestleMania as Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions?— WWE (@WWE) March 28, 2023
It all comes down to this. pic.twitter.com/p3QoaEIY25
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The Road to #WrestleMania continues for these two teams on #WWERaw! pic.twitter.com/vKWb9CF63Q— WWE (@WWE) March 28, 2023
A true Superstar in and out of the ring! 🌟— WWE (@WWE) March 28, 2023
Congratulations to @StacyKeibler on her #WWEHOF Class of 2023 induction! pic.twitter.com/CBwI9gM3Iy
#WrestleMania kicks off on Saturday with the legendary @JohnCena challenging @_Theory1 for the #USTitle! pic.twitter.com/TjtjLxbTyU— WWE (@WWE) March 28, 2023
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Who will walk out of #WrestleMania as #WWERaw Women's Champion? pic.twitter.com/gt2DJBE3g9— WWE (@WWE) March 28, 2023
Will #WWERaw Women's Champion @BiancaBelairWWE show @WWEAsuka why she is truly the EST of WWE at #WrestleMania?#BiancaVsAsuka— WWE (@WWE) March 28, 2023
#TheBloodline isn't clowning around ahead of #WrestleMania this weekend!@WWERomanReigns @HeymanHustle @WWEUsos @WWESoloSikoa pic.twitter.com/MRyfBqiUW5— WWE (@WWE) March 28, 2023
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It's time for the #WrestleMania Weigh-In between @TheGiantOmos and @BrockLesnar!#WWERaw— WWE (@WWE) March 28, 2023
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