WWE RAW Results & Discussion (3/6) [WWE NEWS UPDATE]

The March 6th edition of WWE RAW was the first episode after their Fastlane pay-per-view, and aired live at 8 PM ET from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL.

– Chris Jericho comes out to the ring and starts off cutting a babyface promo to the Chicago crowd. He says tonight he will be re-born. Jericho explains that the reason for him helping Goldberg win last night was simple, because Owens stabbed him in the back, and now he calls out Jericho to face him man to man. Jericho wants Owens to tell him face to face why he turned on him. Owens comes out to the stage in his ring gear and indicates that he won’t answer Jericho. Jericho tells him to be quiet… quiet… quiet… quiet… and asks him again, why he betrayed him. Owens says he didn’t stab his best friend in the back, because Jericho was never his best friend. Owens says Triple H told him to do whatever it takes to keep the title, so Owens used Jericho as a tool to watch his back. Owens says Jericho screwed up and went from being a tool to a burden, so Owens took him out. Owens says he knows he would have beaten Goldberg if it wasn’t for Jericho. Jericho says he doesn’t want Owens to be his friend, because he has the “Friends of Jericho” in the crowd in Chicago, which prompts a Y2J chant. Jericho says costing Owens his Universal Title doesn’t make them even, and Jericho is just getting started getting back at Owens. Jericho then challenges Owens to a match at WrestleMania. Owens says he’ll accept if Jericho puts his U.S. Title on the line, and Jericho accepts. This leads to Owens hitting the ring and they start brawling. Samoa Joe comes in from behind and joins Jericho in beating down Jericho. Sami Zayn runs in for the save and he’s got a steel chair. Owens and Joe overpower Zayn, but now Jericho grabs the chair and he lays out the heels. Joe and Owens retreat which Jericho and Zayn stare them down from the ring.

– Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn: This one was made during the commercial break, and we’re off with Owens and Zayn brawling out to ringside early on. Back in the ring, Owens hits a cannonball on Zayn in the corner. Zayn ducks a clothesline and throws Owens outside, then follows up with a suicide dive. Back in the ring, Owens immediately takes out Zayn with a Pop Up Powerbomb out of nowhere, but Owens is too hurt to pin. Owens continues beating down Zayn and hits a second Pop Up Powerbomb for the win.

– Chris Jericho vs. Samoa Joe in singles action is booked for later tonight.

– Neville def. Rich Swann: Austin Aries is on commentary for this one, and he once again shows us his video package. Swann starts off with right hands on Neville then sends him rolling outside with a dropkick. Swann follows him out and throws Neville into the fan barricade. Neville slams Swann head-first into the ring apron, then takes him in the ring to continue the offense. We hear an “Austin Aries” chant from the crowd. Swann kicks Neville out to ringside then heads to the top rope. Swann hits a well-executed 450 splash off the top rope down onto Neville who was standing on the ringside floor. Back in the ring, Swann hits a kick and a Michinouku Driver for a two count. Neville comes back with a superplex off the top that sends Neville rolling out to ringside. Neville follows Swann outside and he beats down the challenger near the commentary tables. Back in the ring, Swann comes back with a suplex and a superkick for a two count. Swann hits another kick to the head then goes for the Phoenix Splash, but Neville rolls out of the way. Neville puts Swann into the Rings of Saturn for the win via submission.

– After the match, Austin Aries heads to the ring to interview Neville about his win, but the crowd chants for Aries. Neville says there’s nobody in the cruiserweight division who can hold a candle to him. Aries asks Neville if he’s sure there’s no one at his level, and the crowd chants “Austin Aries” again. Aries tells Neville the WWE Universe disagrees with him. Neville orders Aries to get out of the ring and taunts him for working as a commentator. Aries says he’s just trying to do his job, and he has one more question. Aries hits Neville with the mic and follows up with a running elbow to the face that sends Neville rolling outside. Neville retreats up the ramp while Aries holds the Cruiserweight Title in the ring.

– Goldberg comes out to the ring next with his new WWE Universal Title. Goldberg thanks the fans for supporting him, and says he’s going to share some information with them. The crowd starts chanting for CM Punk, which Goldberg nods his head in agreement with. Paul Heyman interrupts next and says he didn’t come here tonight alone. Heyman introduces Brock Lesnar, and they head down to the ring together. Lesnar walks over right in front of Goldberg, and Heyman says Lesnar is here tonight to shake Goldberg’s hand and congratulate him on winning the Universal Title. Heyman says Goldberg has earned their respect because he’s proven himself to be the real deal, but Lesnar will be the winner at WrestleMania. Goldberg declines to shake Lesnar’s hand, and Heyman keeps talking. Heyman says after WrestleMania, people will be calling Goldberg “Brock’s bitch.” This causes Goldberg to turn his head away from Lesnar, and Lesnar hits an F-5 on Goldberg. Lesnar and Heyman head backstage while Goldberg is in the ring, and he looks pissed off.

– Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (c) vs. Enzo & Cass – No Contest: The tag titles are on the line in this one. Enzo misses a dropkick early on against Gallows and tags in Big Cass. Gallows brings Cass into his corner with punches and Anderson tags in. Cass throws Anderson outside and tags in Enzo. Enzo gears up for a suicide dive, but Anderson moves. Sheamus and Cesaro come out to watch, and it distracts Enzo and Cass. Cass tags in and works on Anderson. Cass hits the Empire Elbow and pins, but Gallows breaks up the pin. Cass throws Gallows to the outside, then Enzo hits a suicide dive on him. Enzo accidentally knocks Cesaro’s coffee all over him and Sheamus at ringside. Cesaro and Sheamus hit the ring and all hell breaks loose. When the dust settles, Enzo has Cesaro in a sleeper hold, but Sheamus Brogue Kicks Enzo right off of Cesaro. Cesaro and Sheamus head to the back while the others recover.

– We go backstage and see Enzo an Cass arguing with Cesaro and Sheamus. Foley sets up a match between them, where the winners will face Gallows and Anderson at WrestleMania. Foley says he’s going to try to have a nice day. Stephanie McMahon walks up behind him and says if he wants to have a nice day, to follow her to her office right now.

– Akira Tozawa def. Daivari: Daivari starts off in control, but Tozawa mounts a comeback after faking out Daivari. Tozawa knocks Daivari outside with a kick and follows up with a suicide dive. Back in the ring, Tozawa hits a German suplex for the win after a short match. Tozawa calls out Kendrick after the match. Kendrick comes out to the stage and tells him to be careful what he wishes for, then heads to the back.

– The New Day def. The Shining Stars: The New Day cut a promo about ice cream before the match. Primo and Epico get in some offense early on, then they take aim at the ice cream cart at ringside. Kofi comes from the ring with a suicide dive onto Primo and Epico at ringside, then back in the ring Big E hits the Big Ending for the win after a very short match. The New Day celebrates with their ice cream cart after the match.

– Mick Foley is in the ring and he brings out Bayley. Bayley says she’s glad to be heading to WrestleMania, but it doesn’t feel right because Sasha interfered. Sasha comes out next, and Charlotte quickly interrupts. Charlotte complains about being robbed at Fastlane due to Sasha’s interference. Stephanie McMahon comes out and the first thing she says is Foley isn’t the boss, and neither is Sasha, Steph is. Stephanie says all Chicagoans are losers just like CM Punk. Stephanie says Bayley would not be Champion if it weren’t for Sasha’s interference, and Charlotte was robbed. Stephanie makes a match for right now: Sasha Banks vs. Bayley, and if Sasha wins, she joins the Women’s Title match at WrestleMania to make it a three-way.

– Sasha Banks def. Bayley (c): This one is a non-title match. Charlotte and Dana Brooke are on commentary. Bayley and Sasha trade arm locks and takedowns in the evenly-matched opening moments. Sasha starts firing up and takes control of things. Sasha goes for a dive on Bayley to the outside but Bayley moves out of the way. Back in the ring, Sasha drops the champion with a lariat. Sasha is working on Bayley’s arm and then hits several elbows to the face. Bayley stops Sasha’s momentum with a back suplex, then a spear in the corner. Charlotte and Dana come down to ringside. Sasha hits some knees on Bayley then puts her in the crossface, but Bayley reaches the ropes. Sasha hits the backstabber then gets Bayley in the Banks Statement again. Charlotte tries to interfere, but Sasha kicks her off the apron, and rolls back to re-apply the Banks Statement on Bayley. Bayley taps out, and now Sasha has won a post at WrestleMania. Charlotte hits the ring after the match and hits a big boot on Sasha, then on Bayley.

– We get an extended look at Seth Rollins in the gym rehabbing his torn MCL. Rollins talks about how bad he wants to compete at WrestleMania.

– Michael Cole introduces Triple H live “via satellite” who comments on Rollins’ rehab. Triple H says Rollins should listen to the experts and give up on trying to return for WrestleMania. The Game continues to trash Rollins, and says if Rollins shows up at WrestleMania it’ll be the last thing he ever does in a WWE ring.

– Samoa Joe def. Chris Jericho via countout: Joe starts by backing Jericho up in the corner and pummeling on him. Jericho fights back with elbows and chops, until Joe drops him with a Pele kick. There’s back-and-forth offense between both men until Joe hits a senton drop for a two count. Joe now starts wearing down Jericho with several holds on the mat. Jericho fights his way up and goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Joe kicks him off. Jericho sends Joe rolling to the outside with a right hand and some kicks. Jericho follows him outside, but Joe immediately catches him in the Coquina Clutch. Joe has it locked in on the floor at ringside, and the ref starts counting them out. Joe has Jericho choked out, then he rolls back in the ring before the referee’s ten count and he wins via countout. After the bell, Joe drags Jericho into the ring, but Jericho hits a Codebreaker on him to back him off. Joe retreats to the back as Jericho stares him down from the ring.

– Braun Strowman comes out to the ring and calls out Roman Reigns. Reigns’ music starts, but then the lights go out and we hear the gong. The Undertaker’s music hits and flames start shooting from the stage. The Undertaker comes down to the ring and stands in front of Strowman. Strowman backs off and exits the ring, then leaves through the crowd. Undertaker’s music starts playing, but is then interrupted by Reigns’ music, and Reigns makes his way to the ring. Reigns grabs a microphone and tells Undertaker that this is his yard now. They each look at the WrestleMania sign, then Undertaker chokeslams Reigns.

Madagascar braces for cyclone Enawo

Antananarivo - Madagascan authorities on Monday issued a warning of severe floods and storm damage as tropical cyclone Enawo bore down on the island's northeast coast.

With the cyclone due to hit land on Tuesday morning, residents in its path were advised to evacuate low-lying areas, seek shelter and stock up on on food and water supplies.

"Enawo will land tomorrow, between 09:00 and 12:00 (06:00 and 09:00 GMT), in the districts of Antalaha and Maroantsetra," Thierry Venty, of the National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC), said.

"For now it's a tropical cyclone, but the forecast (...) says it will evolve into an intense tropical cyclone before making landfall," he told reporters at a press conference in the capital Antananarivo.

Venty said rescue teams were being positioned to provide emergency relief.

According to latest bulletin on Monday from Madagascar's meteorology department, Enawo was approaching the coast packing winds of 140km per hour, with gusts of up to 195km an hour.

The cyclone is expected to pound the coast before weakening as it heads down the eastern region towards Antananarivo.

Madagascar's storm season normally runs from November through February and claims dozens of lives every year.

In 2012, tropical storm Irina and tropical cyclone Giovanna claimed more than 100 lives.

The Indian Ocean island has suffered severe drought and food shortages since 2015, with the southern region the worst affected.

Malaysians banned from leaving North Korea: State media

Malaysia responds by barring North Koreans from leaving amid escalating tension over killing of King Jong-nam.
Malaysia expelled North Korea's ambassador as diplomatic tensions soared following the assassination [EPA]Malaysia expelled North Korea's ambassador as diplomatic tensions soared following the assassination [EPA]
Pyongyang has banned all Malaysian citizens from leaving North Korea, state media said, amid an escalating row over the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother.

In an immediate reponse, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak called on North Korea to immediately release all its citizens and also instructed the police "to prevent all North Korean citizens in Malaysia from leaving the country until we are assured of the safety and security of all Malaysians in North Korea".

"This abhorrent act, effectively holding our citizens hostage, is in total disregard of all international law and diplomatic norms," Najib said in a statement, adding that he has summoned an emergency meeting of the National Security Council.

The North's foreign ministry notified the Malaysian embassy in Pyongyang of the reason for the ban and said it had hoped the case would be swiftly and fairly resolved in order to develop bilateral ties with Malaysia, the North's KCNA news agency reported.

"All Malaysian nationals in the DPRK will be temporarily prohibited from leaving the country until the incident that happened in Malaysia is properly solved," the official Korea Central News Agency said on Tuesday, citing the foreign ministry.

Al Jazeera's Florence Looi, reporting from Kuala Lumpur, said police had cordoned off the North Korean embassy.

"The road on both ends of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur has been blocked," she said.

"Initially we were told this ban only affected the North Korean embassy staff and officials. But through the prime minister's statement, it's clear that it extends to all North Koreans in the country."

Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur had unusually strong links for years, but have been set at loggerheads following the assassination of King Jong-nam by two women using VX nerve agent.

Seoul has blamed Pyongyang for the assassination, and Kuala Lumpur has sought several North Koreans for questioning, although the only one it arrested was released for lack of evidence.

According to KCNA, Pyongyang's foreign ministry expressed hopes that the Malaysian government would solve the issue in a "fair and timely manner based on goodwill".

The North has yet to confirm the dead man's identity but has denounced the Malaysian investigation as an attempt to smear it.

Malaysia expelled the North's ambassador as diplomatic tensions soared, and Pyongyang retaliated late Monday by formally ordering out his counterpart - who had already been recalled for consultations.

Malaysian diplomats and nationals in the North would be allowed to "conduct business and live normally" while the travel ban is in place, it added.

Earlier, Malaysia decided to cancel visa-free entry for North Koreans entering the country. North Koreans are now required to obtain a visa as of March 6 before entering Malaysia for national security reasons, state news agency Bernama reported on Thursday, citing the deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

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Trump's travel ban slammed by rights groups, Democrats

ACLU vows to keep fighting US president's 'Muslim ban' in court, as politicians call order 'un-American'.

US civil rights groups have condemned President Donald Trump's revised immigration order as a "Muslim ban" in all but name, and vowed to keep fighting it in court.

The order signed on Monday bans citizens from six majority-Muslims countries from entering the US for 90 days and also halts the country's refugee programme for 120 days.

Major changes compared to the previous order that was blocked by judges are that Iraqis are no longer banned and that people who have already been granted visas will not be turned away.

"The Trump administration has conceded that its original Muslim ban was indefensible. Unfortunately, it has replaced it with a scaled-back version that shares the same fatal flaws," said Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrant Rights Project.

"The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a Muslim ban," Jadwat said in a statement.

Trump's first immigration order, signed on January 27, resulted in more than two dozen legal cases in US courts.

The new version, which will come into effect at midnight on March 16, has removed language that would give priority to religious minorities.

Critics had accused the administration of adding such language to help Christians get into the US while excluding Muslims.

Presenting the revised order, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said it "responsibly provides a needed pause so we can carefully review how we scrutinise people coming here from these countries of concern".

"Three of these nations are state sponsors of terrorism," Sessions said, referring to Iran, Sudan and Syria, adding that others had served as "safe havens" for fighters.

Noor Zafar, an attorney at the Centre for Constitutional Rights, New York, told Al Jazeera that the new travel ban is not justified by facts.

"I think this is still a ban designed to keep Muslims out of this country," she said. "If you look at the six countries that are targeted by this ban they're Muslim-majority countries and if you look at the evidence that the administration is offering to support its claim that these countries are places from where 'Islamic radicals' come in, that data is just not borne out of facts."

There have been zero fatal attacks on US soil since 1975 by nationals from the six countries targeted with the ban, according to an analysis of attacks by the Cato Institute.

Trump's first order led to chaos at airports, protests and international condemnation.

Protesters gathered outside the White House on Monday evening to condemn the new order, calling it anti-Muslim and Islamophobic and saying it does not adhere to American values of welcoming refugees.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson of Washington state, which succeeded in having the previous ban suspended, said he was "carefully reviewing" the new order.

'Mean-spirited, un-American'

Top Democrats also condemned the Republican's new ban, with party leader Tom Perez saying "we have a responsibility to fight back".

Chuck Schumer, leader of the minority Democrats in the Senate, said he expected the revised order to have the same uphill battle in the courts as the original version.

"A watered-down ban is still a ban," he said in a statement.

"Despite the administration's changes, this dangerous executive order makes us less safe, not more, it is mean-spirited, and un-American. It must be repealed."

The New York Immigration Coalition called the revised ban "a mask for the same old hatred, fear and incompetence."

"This is just one more example of the president's concerted effort to divide this country and instill panic and fear in immigrant, refugee and Muslim communities," said NYIC director Steven Choi.

Human Rights Watch said the changes to the original January 27 order, which fell afoul of the US constitution because it appeared to overtly target Muslims, "are merely cosmetic".

"President Trump still seems to believe you can determine who's a terrorist by knowing which country a man, woman or child is from," said the group's US immigration researcher Grace Meng.

Rabbi Jack Moline, president of the Interfaith Alliance, said they expect as well to battle the revised order in court.

"Even in its slightly revised form, President Trump's Muslim ban violates constitutional principles and undermines America's standing in the world," Moline said.

"We must be clear that discriminating against millions of people on the basis of their religion does nothing to make Americans safer."

Buhari will return to Nigeria, today – Dasuk [NIGERIAN NEWS]

Former Minister of State for Information, Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, has disclosed that information reaching him suggests that President Muhammad Buhari may come back to Nigeria today.

He stated this during a special prayer session for the quick recovery of the president which held yesterday at the Jos Central Mosque.

“From the information I gathered, President Buhari is hale and sound and may come back today (yesterday) or tomorrow (today). All what is needed from us is prayer for the full recovery and God’s guidance for the president to deliver his campaign promises,” he said.

Nakande said President Buhari has been speaking with different stakeholders, including the leadership of the National Assembly, saying the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, who visited the Nigerian leader in London, had confirmed that the president is doing well.

The ex-minister said those wishing the president death do not mean well for Nigeria. “It is only Buhari that can take this nation out of the mess it found itself,” he said.

Hundreds of clerics participated in the special prayer session.

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  Aisha Buhari the wife of Nigerian president with her younger brother and her son are looking bright and beautiful.