The RAW After Mania is always full of surprises, what will this years bring?
We open with a recap of Drew McIntyre’s WWE Title win at WrestleMania 36.
Asuka defeated Liv Morgan via submission
Asuka took control early control with a hip attack, but Morgan managed to matrix out of the way of a kick and hit a hurricanrana. Liv Morgan took Asuka to the outside where she hit a big headscissors, but was met with a huge kick. When we rejoined the action, Asuka was in firm control until she got cocky and allowed Morgan back in with a beautiful springing codebreaker.
Morgan came close to a victory with a big double stomp, as did Asuka with a shining wizard with Morgan getting the ropes. Asuka managed to lock in the Asuka Lock, and try and she might Morgan was forced to tap out.
We then saw a recap of Becky Lynch retain the RAW Women’s Title over Shayna Baszler. We then see an interview from Becky Lynch talking about her title win, and how Baszler underestimated her.
We then hear from Shayns Baszler, who repeats the phrase ‘the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat’ – adding that Lynch will suffer agony due to her loss tonight.
We saw a recap of Street Profits defending their RAW Tag Team Titles, and the debut of Bianca BelAir.
RAW Tag Team Titles: Champions The Street Profits defeated Angel Garza and Austin Theory via disqualification
Zelina Vega was in her gear, for reasons I’m sure will come apparant later on. Street Profits dominated their opponents early on, sending them to the outside with a double dropkick. Back from break, and Austin Theory took control with his rolling dropkick as he and Angel Garza worked over Angelo Dawkins, targeting his arm.
Dawkins managed to fight out, getting the hot tag to Montez Ford who ran wild. Ford goes for the frogsplash, but Zelina Vega was caught holding the leg of Ford, which caused the DQ.
Theory and Garza then beat down The Street Profits, which brought out Bianca BelAir who spinebusters Vega. BelAir then grabs the mic, and announces she is officially on RAW and challenges Vega to a match.
Bianca BelAir defeated Zelina Vega via pinfall
Bianca BelAir was firmly in control early on, using her power and athleticism. Vega slapped BelAir, which led to Zelina getting the hell beat out of her. Vega ducked a charge, sending BelAir into the ringpost, allowing her to take control. Vega locked in a dragon sleeper, but BelAir powered her out into a suplex.
BelAir then caught Vega into a gorilla press, but her handspring moonsault was blocked by Austin Theory. The Street Profits, Garza and Theory all spilled into the ring which caused a SECOND DQ.
Montez Ford the got onto the mic, and challenged them to a six-person tag match. Why not do that first?
The Street Profits and Bianca BelAir defeated Angel Garza, Austin Theory & Zelina Vega via pinfall
Montez Ford showed his athleticism early on, but a distraction allowed Austin Theory to knock him down and work him over. Theory manages to knock down Dawkins, but Ford gets a big kick in and gets the hot tag to BelAir. BelAir hits a backbreaker and a handspring moonsault, but Garza breaks it up.
Street Profits, Garza and Theory take eachother out and BelAir hits K.O.D on Vega to finally pick up the win.
We saw stills of Aleister Black’s victory over Bobby Lashley. We then see an interview where Bobby Lashley says he needs new management or a new wife. Lana appears, and Lashley walks away.
Aleister Black defeated Apollo Crews via pinfall
Apollo Crews is now on RAW, due to draft picks RAW had that were about to expire. That was worth it. Mat wrestling to open, with Black in firm control after a pair of big arm drags. Black hit some big kicks on the outside, until Crews stopped a charging Black with a belly-to-belly suplex. Crews is far more aggressive than usual, kicking Black away and hitting a moonsault to the outside.
We return from break with Crews in firm control, and got in a lot of offence until a missed top-rope splash allowed him to grab a knee bar but Crews got to the bottom rope. Crews was unable to stand, but managed to counter a Black Mass attempt and hit a pump kick and enziguri. Back from break, Black hits a moonsault for a near fall. Crews then hit a superplex for a near fall.
Crews came close with a powerbomb and a standing shooting star press, but was met with a big knee off the top rope. A Black Mass finished it off. Great match. Shut me up about Crews being a wasted draft pick.
We then get a recap of the last man standing match between Edge and Randy Orton.
Ricochet & Cedric Alexander defeated Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch via pinfall
Alexander quickly finds himself getting worked over by Burch and Lorcan, Alexander eventually got the hot tag to Ricochet, who ran wild on their oppoenents. Alexander and Ricochet hit some double team moves, and fiinsh off Lorcan with a springboard kick and the Recoil for the win.
We see a recap of Kevin Owens victory over Seth Rollins at WrestleMania.
We hear from Kevin Owens, who talks about all the attacks from Seth and his disciples, and he asked if it was all worth it – and he says yes, because now he has a Mania moment to be proud of. He closes by saying that this is The Kevin Owens Show.
Seth Rollins defeated Denzel Dejournatte via pinfall
Rollins took out his frustration on the NXT rookie, beating him all around ringside and dropping him with a curbstomp for the quick win.
Nia Jax defeated Deonna Purrazzo via pinfall
The returning Jax overwhelmed her opponent, throwing her around and hitting big clotheslines, a samoan drop and then utilising Paige’s old finisher, Ram-Paige to pick up the win.
We see a recap of the Boneyard match between The Undertaker and AJ Styles.
Humberto Carrillo defeated Brendan Vink via pinfall
Vink overpowered Carrillo to open, but Carrillo’s speed overwhelmed Vink quickly there after, hitting a big kick and a crossbody. Vink stopped a big dive with a boot and resumed control. Carrillo fought back, hitting a pair of moonsaults to pick up the win.
We see another recap, this time of Charlotte Flair defeating Rhea Ripley to win the NXT Women’s Championship.
We see Charlotte Flair talking about her title win, saying it’s the woman that makes the title. She runs down her accolades, and says Rhea Ripley was alright but she bowed down to the queen.
We get a recap of Drew McIntyre’s WWE Championship win over Brock Lesnar.
We then see exclusive footage from after WrestleMania with new WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. He talks about whether this is real, and how he got the title plates changed so he knows it’s for real. Drew thanks Paul Heyman, for telling Lesnar to keep giving him the F5 because he will never surrender. After every F5, Drew said he got angrier and now he’s the new WWE Champion.
Big Show interrupts with a referee and congratulates McIntyre, but it’s a giants world. He alludes to having a match with Drew, but McIntyre says no as he’s just fought. Show goads McIntyre, but Drew will not budge. Big Show slaps him, and this match is on.
WWE Title: Champion Drew McIntyre defeated The Big Show via pinfall, to retain the title
Big Show overpowers McIntyre to open, and hits a big Vader bomb for a near fall. Big Show works over McIntyre, but Drew fires back with a big scoop slam for a near fall. Show catches a diving clothesline into a chokeslam for a near fall. McIntyre ducks the K.O punch and hits a Claymore to pick up the win.