One title match took place and another was canceled on the New Years' Day edition of Raw.
Roman Reigns defended his Intercontinental Championship against Samoa Joe, with the stipulation being that Reigns would lose the title if he got disqualified after losing by DQ the week prior. Enzo Amore was supposed to defend the Cruiserweight Championship against Cedric Alexander, but Amore was hospitalized with the flu and didn't end up wrestling.
Amore's hospitalization was worked into the show with Nia Jax choosing to visit him over helping Alexa Bliss. Bliss faced Asuka in a non-title match, Finn Balor reunited with Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows against Elias & The Miztourage, and Brock Lesnar returned to television and brawled with Kane.
More coverage from last night --
- WOR: Larry Matysik, New Japan Tokyo Dome preview, RAW, more! 1/2
- There will be 30 entrants in WWE's women's Royal Rumble
- WWE Raw live results: The first episode of 2018
WWE Raw video highlights --
Angle makes a women's Rumble announcement, gets interrupted by Cesaro and Sheamus
Jason Jordan vs. Cesaro
Apollo Crews vs. Bray Wyatt
Nia Jax chooses visiting Enzo Amore in the hospital over helping Alexa Bliss
Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka in a non-title match
Braun Strowman destroys Rhyno and Heath Slater
Finn Balor announces he'll be in the Royal Rumble, finds a couple of familiar partners
Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe for the Intercontinental Championship
Absolution, Sasha Banks, and Bayley will take part in the women's Royal Rumble
Goldust & Cedric Alexander vs. Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari
Finn Balor teams with Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson against Elias & The Miztourage
Brock Lesnar returns, gets into a brawl with Kane
Raw fallout: Balor says "the boys are back in town" after teaming with Gallows & Anderson
Raw fallout: Curt Hawkins points out that he's undefeated in 2018