MVP, with the new United States Championship in tow, welcomed Dolph Ziggler to his “VIP Lounge” days before The Showoff challenges WWE Champion Drew McIntyre at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules. MVP & Ziggler reveled in the fact that Ziggler has yet to announce his stipulation for their match. The Showoff went on to tear into the WWE Champion for what he sees as a lack of gratitude. McIntyre had enough of his challenger and the antagonizing, and he dropped Ziggler with a right hand, perhaps a warning shot ahead of their championship showdown.
The Viking Raiders found themselves at a disadvantage early in this Elimination Tag Team battle, as Andrade eliminated Erik with a Hammerlock DDT. While Ivar bounced back to eliminate Andrade, Zelina Vega’s charges were just simply too much to overcome. Seemingly back on the same page with his partner, Andrade put Garza’s foot on the rope to break up a pinfall, which allowed Garza to stay in the match and pin Ivar to get the win.
Though she’s had trouble getting back in touch with Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott is no longer alone in her conflict with The IIconics. Riott now has backup in the form of “The EST of WWE” Bianca Belair. Despite this being their first outing as a tag team, Riott and Belair quickly gelled. Belair ducked a big boot from Billie Kay and planted her into the canvas with the K.O.D. to get the win for herself and Riott.
What looked to be a 24/7 Championship rematch between R-Truth and Akira Tozawa was brought to a screeching halt by the return of Shayna Baszler to Monday Night Raw. The Queen of Spades dismantled Tozawa’s ninjas in rapid-fire succession, then declared that she’s done letting her fellow Superstars have fun. Apparently, Baszler has returned to give the competition a harsh dose of reality.
As the bitter rivalry between Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio and his allies continues, Aleister Black took on The Monday Night Messiah’s disciple Murphy. The Dutch Destroyer had the victory wrapped up after obliterating Murphy with Black Mass, only for Rollins to yank Black out of the ring, leaving the official with no choice but to disqualify Murphy.
Ahead of his “Eye for an Eye” Match with Rey Mysterio, Seth Rollins looked to send a message to his rival in this battle, raking KO’s eyes to turn the tides. That infuriated Rey, Dominik and Aleister Black, as they surrounded the ring, allowing KO to regroup and connect with a Stunner to pick up the victory. After the bell, Mysterio once again vowed that this Sunday would be a true Horror Show for Seth Rollins, as he promised to make sure Rollins leaves with one eye.
Despite a spirited opening salvo from R-Truth, The Viper struck quickly, putting the 24/7 Champion down with an RKO. But Randy Orton was not done there. At Ric Flair’s insistence, The Apex Predator looked as if he was about to punt Truth, just as he had done to Edge & Christian. However, Big Show arrived to put a stop to Orton’s ruthless attack. But Orton had a proposition for The World’s Largest Athlete, daring the giant to meet him in an Unsanctioned Match next Monday, which Big Show accepted.
Ricochet tried to stop Bobby Lashley with his unique aerial offense, but there is seemingly no stopping The All Mighty, as he forced Ricochet to submit to the Full Nelson. When Cedric Alexander, who MVP has tried to recruit in recent weeks, tried to break the hold, he met the same fate as Ricochet.
Days before they clash for the Raw Women’s Title at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules, Asuka and Sasha Banks were on opposite sides of this WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship showdown. The Kabuki Warriors were on the verge of recapturing the titles after Kairi Sane connected with an Insane Elbow on The Boss, but Bayley pulled her out of the ring before the three-count could be made. Sane’s subsequent sliding forearm attempt was reversed into the Bank Statement, leaving Sane with no choice but to tap out. Will Asuka meet the same fate when she and The Boss clash on Sunday?
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Andrade & Angel Garza (w/ Zelina Vega) defeated The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) in an Elimination Tag Team Match (9:26)
- Andrade eliminated Erik
- Ivar eliminated Andrade
- Angel Garza eliminated Ivar
- Ruby Riott & Bianca Belair defeated The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce) (3:30)
- Aleister Black (w/ Kevin Owens) defeated Murphy (w/ Seth Rollins) by DQ (5:30)
- Kevin Owens defeated Seth Rollins (15:45)
- Randy Orton (w/ Ric Flair) defeated R-Truth (0:31)
- Bobby Lashley (w/ MVP) defeated Ricochet (w/ Cedric Alexander) (3:45)
- Sasha Banks & Bayley (c) defeated The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) to retain the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship (18:20)
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