In a surprising move, Randy Orton thanked Edge for reigniting the Legend Killer within him during The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever at WWE Backlash. But Orton soon turned to mockery as The Viper talked about how Edge required surgery for his torn triceps after their epic battle.
In another shocker, Christian arrived to defend his best friend. The Apex Predator then turned his sights to Captain Charisma, accusing him of being jealous of Edge. Orton then sent shockwaves through the WWE Universe by issuing a challenge to Christian for an Unsanctioned Match later in the night.
After weeks of Angel Garza targeting his left knee, Kevin Owens had payback on his mind as he went right after Garza at the start of their match on Raw. However, the bad blood brewing between Garza and Andrade was the deciding factor in this match.
First, their bickering led to Zelina Vega storming away from ringside. Then, Andrade tried to distract Owens, but Garza failed to capitalize on the opportunity and fell victim to a Stunner from KO. After the bell, Vega rushed back to the ring with a stern directive for Andrade and Garza: Stop fighting each other and start fighting together.
In the wake of Bobby Lashley’s defeat to Drew McIntyre at WWE Backlash, MVP immediately placed all blame on The All Mighty’s wife, Lana, and accused McIntyre of hiding behind The Ravishing Russian when he didn’t give Lashley a WWE Championship rematch on the spot. Fed up with MVP, Lana arrived and accused him of interfering in their marriage. But Lashley had something to say, accusing Lana of using him to become famous. And when the exchange got extra contentious, Lashley dropped a bombshell on his wife, asking for a divorce on the spot.
While Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits and The Viking Raiders were busy planning “The Viking Profits Cinematic Universe,” Akira Tozawa arrived with a demand in the aftermath of their showdown outside the WWE Performance Center at WWE Backlash: “Sequel.”
That seemingly took the form of an Eight-Man Tag Team Match where “The Viking Profits” made quick work of Tozawa’s charges. But when Tozawa brought the biggest of his warriors into the ring, the Raw Tag Team Champions and Erik & Ivar revealed they had backup of their own: Big Show. The World’s Largest Athlete helped them fight off the ninjas, while Tozawa and his towering charge retreated.
A frantic Rey Mysterio tried to reason with Seth Rollins as The Monday Night Messiah had his disciples searching for Rey’s son, Dominik. But as Rollins laid out the “sacrifice” that would be made of Dominik, Mysterio’s son snuck up behind The Monday Night Messiah and attacked, eventually hurling Rollins into the steel ring steps. Murphy and Austin Theory arrived to try to cut off Dominik, but he dodged the disciples and escaped, much to his father’s relief.
Though they came up short in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Title Match at WWE Backlash, Billie Kay & Peyton Royce did not let the loss deter them. The IIconics defeated the duo of Natalya & Liv Morgan, then called out Sasha Banks & Bayley for a title match next week on Raw.
Before the match, United States Champion Apollo Crews was approached by MVP, who let Crews know that the only way to stay champion was with MVP in his corner. Crews disagreed, then went out to the ring and sent a message to Shelton Benjamin, who thought the champion should listen to MVP. When Benjamin tried to use the ropes for leverage on a pin, Crews kicked out, then gave Benjamin a taste of his own medicine, grabbing the ropes to get the three-count.
What started out as a tag team match turned into a Winner Take All battle for McIntyre’s WWE Title and Truth’s 24/7 Title. But then, R-Truth somehow had the battle become only for the WWE Championship. After making sure that his partner’s head was in the game, McIntyre headed into a battle where he did not need to be pinned to lose the title.
Truth proved to be a good partner, taking out The All Mighty by sending him crashing into the steel ring steps. And after McIntyre hit the Claymore on MVP, he tagged in Truth, who hit a splash off the top rope to win the match and help McIntyre retain his title.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks & Bayley arrived on Raw ready to celebrate “The Role Model’s” birthday. However, Billie Kay & Peyton Royce demanded an answer to their challenge from earlier in the night. A back-and-forth of insults turned even more sour when Royce slapped The Boss in the face, leading to Bayley accepting the challenge, seemingly setting the stage for a title match next Monday.
One night after their hard-hitting title bout at WWE Backlash ended in a double count-out, Asuka and Nia Jax again clashed for the Raw Women’s Title. The Empress of Tomorrow tried to neutralize her challenger early with an armbar, but Jax quickly turned the tables by powerbombing the champion on the arena floor.
But Jax’s temper turned the tides of the match. Fed up with referee John Cone, Jax shoved the official to the canvas. But as Cone went to disqualify The Irresistible Force, Asuka rolled up Jax for the three-count, albeit a controversial one, as there were questions of whether it was a fast count.
After getting advice from Big Show and Ric Flair, Christian accepted Randy Orton’s challenge for an Unsanctioned Match – his first match in six years.
However, Captain Charisma’s return was cut short in shocking fashion. Before the match started, Flair arrived, trying to stop Christian from fighting. But after Christian refused, “The Nature Boy” hit Christian with a low blow and left. That put Christian in position for Orton to knock him out with a devastating Punt. As Raw went off the air, The Viper switched between regretting what he had done and furiously blaming Christian for his own actions.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Kevin Owens defeated Angel Garza (w/ Andrade & Zelina Vega) (6:40)
- The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) & The Viking Raiders (Ivar & Erik) defeated Akira Tozawa, Ninja #1, Ninja #2 & Ninja #3 (w/ Big Ninja) in an Eight Man Tag Team Match (1:40)
- The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce) defeated Liv Morgan & Natalya (2:25)
- Apollo Crews defeated Shelton Benjamin (2:05)
- Drew McIntyre (c) & R-Truth defeated Bobby Lashley & MVP to retain the WWE Championship (9:10)
- Asuka (c) defeated Nia Jax to retain the WWE Raw Women's Championship (8:55)
- Randy Orton defeated Christian in an Unsanctioned Match (1:00)
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