Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles vs. Drew McIntyre
Monday Night RAW would waste no time diving into the action with the first match of the evening. Originally it was supposed to be a match against Orton and Styles, but after Styles carried on about how he was going to win the Royal Rumble while using Orton’s RKO, McIntyre would step in and turn the match into a triple threat.
The match would be fast paced with Orton being left standing in the ring. Before the commercial break, for whatever reason, Luke Gallows and Carl Anderson crawled from underneath the ring to intervene. Anderson would go after Orton and receive the RKO while Gallows would go after McIntyre and receive the Claymore.
Back from commercial break, the match would be hard hitting with Orton hitting McIntyre with the steel steps and Styles landing Orton’s mid-rope DDT. He’d try to land the RKO on Orton twice, but Orton would counter and land the Styles Clash. Orton would follow up with RKO, but it would be McIntyre who picked up the win after he landed the Claymore on Orton and pinned Styles.
In a locker room segment with AOP and Seth Rollins, Seth would talk about their fist fight match, how much Rollins has sacrificed to get to this point, and what it means to impose his will.
Ricochet vs. Mojo Rawley
Ricochet would toy with Mojo Rawley for the first part of the match, throwing him over the top rope like one would in the Royal Rumble. Rawley would build some momentum, but after landing the Recoil, he’d follow up with the 630 for the win.
The Street Profits would do their usual backstage gimmick, and as usual, I muted them. The only difference with this bit from the others is I grabbed something to eat.
Charlotte Flair vs. Sarah Logan
Flair would waste no time taking the fight to Logan, chasing her out of the ring. Logan would coax her to come out and the two would brawl until both were nearly counted out. Flair would pick up the win with the Figure 8. She would then throw Logan over the top rope.
Brrrrrrrock! And You Know The Rest
Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar would come down to the ring and waste a lot of time by, essentially, repeating the same thing that they said last week. What made this segment better was R-Truth coming down to the ring spouting out his usual nonsense, and confusing challengers in the Royal Rumble, thinking it was Heyman who was competing. After all the fun and games were had, Lesnar would F5 the 24/7, 48/7 7-11 I-95S Kentucky champion.
After the commercial break, Mojo Rawley would jump R-Truth who was being helped up the ramp, becoming the 2x 24/7 Champion.
Bobby Lashley vs. Rusev
Rusev would dominate the first part of the match, pounding into Lashley like a drum, but before the commercial break, Lashley would get the upper hand.
After returning, the two would continue to duke it out with Rusev taking a German Suplex and getting back to his feet. After interference from Lana, Liv Morgan would make her way down to the ring to stop Lana. After Lana threw a drink in Liv’s face, Lashley would win the match with a spear off the distraction.
Charly Caruso would announce a major announcement, but before it could happen, Bobby Lashley and Lana would challenge Rusev and Liv Morgan to a mixed tag team match next week. Lashley wasn’t happy about it.
Viking Raiders (C) vs. Singh Brothers – Raw Tag Team Titles
The Viking Raiders would send out an open challenge for any tag team to come for their titles. The Singh Brothers would come out TO. CRICKETS and lose in two minutes.
Rusev and Liv Morgan would accept Lana’s challenge.
Becky Lynch and Asuka would come down to the ring and have a very tame contract signing with Asuka screaming at Lynch in Japanese and spitting the green mist into her face. Lynch would put on a show, doing this over-the-top performance over how badly the green mist burns, and would cut a promo about how if she can’t beat her, she’d take Asuka down with her.
Andrade and Zelina Vega had an interview, calling Andrade a man, and Rey a disgrace to everyone in the Latino world. Rey would be interviewed afterward, accepting the ladder match next week.
Aleister Black vs. Buddy Murphy
Murphy and Black would have another fantastic, hard-hitting match, taking the fight to one another like nobody else in any brand. Neither side had the advantage over the other for long. There are no highlights as the whole match was highlight.
In the end, much to my disappointment because where doe Buddy Murphy go from here, Black would pick up the win with the Black Mass.
Erick Rowan vs. Jobber
Rowan would win in another squash match. He would stick his hand inside the cage, but whatever inside would bite him. The match would end with Rowan landing the Iron Claw.
Big Show, Kevin Owens, & Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins & AOP – Fist Fight
The match was absolute chaos from the ringing of the bell, that included Buddy Murphy, who was still sitting ringside after his loss to Black, after Rollins begged him to help. Murphy would get involved after AOP dismantled Joe and Owens, and the four men would focus on Big Show. After a Curb Stomp, the referee would call the match.
Yup, that’s about par for the course when it comes to RAW. The show would start strong with an amazing triple threat match, drop a couple of bars and sputter there for a while, pick up momentum and give everyone high hopes, and then end the show terribly with a hardcore match titled as a “fist fight.”
I am so fed up with WWE protecting Black, it isn’t funny any more. They’re doing to Black and Rowan what they did to the Viking Raiders, except for Rowan it’s worse. He’s the gimmick.
I suppose I can’t complain about Murphy joining Rollins’ entourage. This does put him in the main event light, which is something I wanted. I just wish he could’ve gotten a win over Black once.
I loved the triple threat match and how McIntyre won. He would do without the countdown though.