The April 13, 2020 Edition of RAW is a Professional wrestling television show of the WWE's RAW brand, which took place on April 13, 2020 at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. It was originally scheduled to be hosted at Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, but was relocated due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Once upon a time, Drew McIntyre came back after years in the wilderness and fought his way to becoming NXT Champion … and then, Andrade came along and took the title. The WWE Champion hasn’t forgotten any of that, so when Andrade and Zelina Vega reared their heads on Raw looking for a fight, they didn’t have to push too hard to get a “yes.”
Granted, it’s unclear whether McIntyre thinks of Andrade as a “deserving” opponent, but given their shared past, it’s not hard to see why McIntyre agreed to a Champion vs. Champion Match. If his goal is to rewrite history, this is as good a chance as he’s ever going to get to pay back the man who hampered his rise. And if Andrade is looking to repeat history, this is as good a chance as he’ll get to do that, too.
Losing the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships seems to have done little to slow down Asuka. The Empress of Tomorrow looked like her old savage self against Liv Morgan last week, and she earned a much more consequential win against Ruby Riott to gain entry into her first Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
And judging by what she did to Riott, this first-timer is going to be a problem. The former leader of The Riott Squad (ill-advisedly) demanded “the real Asuka” after The Empress was caught dancing to her theme song, and Ruby got what she wanted. Asuka battled back from a deficit to lock Riott in the Asuka Lock for a tapout victory, after which she delivered a frenzied warning to her opponents. Good luck to everyone else, for they will need it.
Anybody who has looked at Oney Lorcan’s Twitter feed for five minutes knows the man loves a good scrap, and he doesn’t seem to take it too personally if he loses. Luckily for him on both fronts, he was facing Aleister Black.
The Boston Brawler probably couldn’t have drawn a more vicious opponent for his second Raw match in as many weeks, and he more than rose to the occasion in a grueling, competitive bout. Lorcan wisely tried to keep The Dutch Destroyer ensnared in a grappling contest to take away Black’s striking ability, but both Superstars eventually abandoned the pretense and started throwing hands, with Aleister connecting with the deciding Black Mass. It’s the same fate that may well await Austin Theory, whom Black will face next week in a Money in the Bank qualifier.
If one year of being Raw Women’s Champion has taught Becky Lynch anything, it’s that someone is always trying to come after the title. And one year of defending it has taught her to have a plan for anyone who does.
In her return to Raw, The Man all but danced on Shayna Baszler’s dashed hopes, revealing her “silly” run-up to The Showcase of the Immortals was little more than a ruse to lower Shayna’s sense of security — nobody can get closer to the queen, she reasoned, than a joker she doesn’t see as a threat. And as for the winner of the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match? Doesn’t matter who she is, Lynch will have a plan for that, too. Bold? Yes. Cocky? Perhaps. But she hasn’t been wrong yet.
To say Shayna Baszler is angry might be an understatement. The Queen of Spades was defeated — some might say upset — by Becky Lynch at WrestleMania in such a fashion that all she could focus on afterwards was “the thrill of victory” and “the agony of defeat.” And, in her first match since The Showcase of the Immortals, Baszler savaged Sarah Logan to earn her way into the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
It’s difficult not to imagine that Baszler wasn’t thinking of Lynch, who ruthlessly mocked the two-time NXT Women’s Champion moments before Shayna took the ring: Shayna rained blows down on Logan’s head and stomped her elbow into such an unnatural angle the ref called the match off. Baszler then stormed off through the WWE Performance Center, clearly poised to once again feel the thrill of victory, and hand everyone else a big helping of the other thing.
You could make the argument that Austin Theory didn’t lose anything by coming up short at WrestleMania — by being entered into his match at the last minute, the appearance was a win in and of itself. Clearly, Theory isn’t buying that … well, theory: All Day put on an impressive performance against Akira Tozawa with Zelina Vega in tow, seemingly validating La Muñeca’s decision to take him on as a client.
Of course, Zelina has never lacked for confidence in her stable, but Theory certainly performed as advertised. The five-tool prodigy outdid Tozawa in the early goings and rallied from a furious sprint by the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion to win the match with the ATL — much to the delight of fellow clients Andrade and Angel Garza, to say nothing of the woman who brought them all together.
Austin Theory made quite the statement against Akira Tozawa, but one of Zelina Vega’s other clients, Angel Garza, had the most fun. The former NXT Cruiserweight Champion was a whirling dervish of charisma and brutality against NXT’s Tehuti Miles, a Philadelphia product who was completely overwhelmed by the self-styled lothario.
Making eyes at the ringside photographer and blowing kisses to the audience at home, Garza barely allowed Miles a minute of offense, quickly seizing control with a gorgeous dropkick and eventually sealing the win with the Wing Clipper. Much like earlier, Andrade and Theory joined in for an extra-credit attack against Miles. Whether that’s a sign of what awaits Drew McIntyre remains to be seen, but tonight definitely won’t be the last time we see this.
Grant us the confidence of Kairi Sane going into battle against Nia Jax, if not the results. The former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion openly felt good about her chances against The Irresistible Force with a Money in the Bank berth on the line, but Jax quickly dashed her hopes in the final qualifying match of the evening.
That means we won’t get a Kabuki Warriors twofer in the match, but we will get Jax, who is on a monstrous tear ever since her return from double knee surgery last week. Ironically, she hasn’t lost a step. Despite Asuka’s spirited support from the locker room area, Sane was rag-dolled around the ring and finally put down with Jax’s new signature move, the Annihilator.
Charlotte Flair’s WrestleMania victory handed the NXT Women’s Championship to a Raw Superstar for the first time in its career, but that isn’t to say The Queen has entirely looked past the field of challengers down at the black-and-gold brand. In fact, she came to Raw with a direct message to the NXT locker room, in particular next-woman-up Io Shirai.
Dubbing the night “History Lessons With The Queen,” Charlotte ran down the recent series of events and was feeling herself to an extraordinary degree, referring to herself in the third person and declaring herself “the biggest thing” thanks to her win over “next big thing” Rhea Ripley. And as for the NXT Women’s division, she’s out to teach them something more than history. She’s out to teach them humility.
Bobby Lashley was less than pleased with Lana as both a manager and, seemingly, a wife at WrestleMania, as her coaching inadvertently led him straight into Aleister Black’s foot. The All Mighty took steps to rectify the situation on Raw, calmly but firmly asking Lana to quiet down at ringside.
The decision landed them in a brief tiff that nearly got Lashley rolled up by No Way Jose, but luckily for Lashley’s marriage, he kicked out and Speared The Dominican Dancing Machine for the win. Lana seemed to forgive Lashley’s frustration, raising his hand atop the ramp, and if The All Mighty didn’t look at least a little exasperated, he was clearly happy to get a win — literally and figuratively.
Just as Ricochet & Cedric Alexander were beginning to make some waves in the Tag Team division, here come The Viking Raiders to remind them of the pecking order: The former Raw Tag Team Champions effectively grounded Raw’s incredibly popular new tag team, making it abundantly clear that they are looking to reclaim the titles.
For all the very impressive efforts Ricochet & Alexander put together against Erik & Ivar (and for all of Ricochet’s very entertaining trash talk), The Viking Raiders successfully employed a divide-and-conquer strategy, isolating Alexander from Ricochet to secure the win and making the universal, hands-across-the-waist sign to signify their intentions. As for Ricochet & Alexander, rest assured that it’s only a matter of time before they’re in contention for the titles. But that time hasn’t come quite yet.
Drew McIntyre wasn’t kidding when he said he didn’t forgive or forget his injury at the hands of Andrade in NXT. The WWE Champion defeated the United States Champion in blistering fashion, as nearly all of his offense was chops to the chest, and they all sounded like they hurt very, very much. McIntyre was effectively exorcised of his demons, but unfortunately for him, he found himself staring down an enemy he hadn’t expected at the end of the night.
That would be Seth Rollins, who had spent all night issuing mysterious addresses from behind the curtain, wherein he promised to stomp out any doubts as to his supremacy. The Monday Night Messiah picked his moment perfectly, attacking McIntyre after a post-match chop block from Angel Garza and administering a pair of Stomps to the fallen WWE Champion. The good news for Drew, of course, is now he has someone else to get even with.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Asuka defeated Ruby Riott by submission in a Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match (13:00)
- Aleister Black defeated Oney Lorcan (9:35)
- Shayna Baszler defeated Sarah Logan by referee decision in a Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match (0:52)
- Austin Theory defeated Akira Tozawa (7:15)
- Angel Garza defeated Tehuti Miles (2:20)
- Nia Jax defeated Kairi Sane in a Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match (2:40)
- Bobby Lashley (w/ Lana) defeated No Way Jose (1:45)
- The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) defeated Cedric Alexander & Ricochet (13:20)
- Drew McIntyre defeated Andrade (w/ Zelina Vega, Angel Garza & Austin Theory) (5:35)
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