With MVP bringing the WWE Champion The VIP Lounge, will Lashley get an advantage before Backlash
We have NXT talents as socially distanced fans, also the ringside area has been seperated by plexiglass.
We begin with The Kevin Owens show, saying the wrestlers around ringside were the future of the business, particularly the ones wearing KO t-shirts. He introduced his guest RAW Women’s Champion Asuka who was still chanting for Becky Lynch. He congratulated Asuka on becoming champion and showed clips from last week. Asuka wasn’t happy with Nia Jax.
Charlotte Flair interrupted, saying she had something to get off her chest. Owens said he didn’t invite her. Flair thought the Raw Women’s championship should have been handed to her. Charlotte said Asuka has never beaten her, not at WrestleMania or on SmackDown.
Natalya then interrupts, as K.O removes the signs from the ring to avoid another Natalya temper tantrum. She apologizes for her actions last week, Charlotte told Natalya that sucking up to Owens won’t help her.
Nia Jax then interrupted, and was booed massively. Owens went on the apron. Jax threatened to bulldoze Asuka at Backlash, so Owens sarcastically asked Asuka not to hit Jax in the face. All four women brawled, with Asuka standing tall over Jax.
WWE United States Title: Apollo Crews defeated Champion Andrade via pinfall to win the title (Standing Shooting Star Press)
Apollo Crews looked strong at the beginning, but the match stopped suddenly as Andrade knocked Vega off the apron. Medics tried to take Vega to the back but she insisted on staying at ringside for her client.
Kayla Braxton asked Angel Garza his thoughts on the match. Garza compared a great match to making love to a woman and explained in great detail, which was…weird. In a rather abrupt finish, Apollo Crews picked up his title win in WWE with his press slam, moonsault and shooting star press combination.
Charly Caruso interviewed Crews in the ring. Crews said people close to him doubted him when he said he wanted to be a WWE superstar, but then after 11 years of hard work, dedication and discipline, he can finally say he’s won his first title in WWE. he said when he got hurt, he never quit on himself and now he can tell the world that he’s the new United States champion.
Backstage, Andrade tossed some equipment around.
Also backstage, Seth Rollins was shown in the back holding Rey Mysterio’s mask. Rollins said tonight was a night for celebration because he was better than he has ever been and he had Mysterio to thank for that. Rollins was in a dark place after Money In The Bank but Mysterio presented himself to him and sacrificed himself for the greater good.
Rollins couldn’t imagine the pain that Mysterio and his family went throught, saying he thought about Dominick who couldn’t be there to help his father. He said that if that was Mysterio’s final act in his career, it was a courageous one because it allowed us to move further into the future. Seth Rollins introduced us to his newest disciple, Austin Theory as well as Murphy.
Rollins said their ceilings were limitless with his guidance. Murphy said he needed Rollins’ guidance and thanked him and Theory said he thought he had friends on Raw but they abandoned him, but Rollins found him. Theory thanked him, and Rollins said they would make examples of Humberto Carrillo and Aleister Black tonight.
Charley Caruso interviewed Charlotte who called herself the most consistent and prolific champion in WWE, and she raised the bar for every female in WWE and no one compared. Asuka danced in front of her while showing off her title, telling Charlotte, “red is not your colour.”
The Iiconics then came to the ring, and Peyton Royce apologized to Billie Kay for last week. Kay apologized to Royce for slapping her, saying they’ve come so far together. They recalled coming up together, signing their WWE contracts together, and winning the tag titles together.
They said they never had the opportunity to defend their titles and had opportunities stripped away. They said they should still be champions and they weren’t going to let the crazy lady and the office’s favourite blonde hold what’s theirs.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross interrupted, with Bliss laughing at the “favourite blonde” comment. Bliss said they’ve had plenty of opportunities. Cross began speaking but The IIconics stopped her and said she wasn’t allowed to talk. Cross snapped back and told them she took a long road to get here, adding she came a long way from Scotland and scratched and clawed to get where she is. Cross said she and Bliss were the champions and she thanked Bliss for keeping her focused.
The IIconics attacked as the audience booed. They launched Bliss shoulder-first into the post and gave Cross their inverted Magic Killer finisher.
Lana approached MVP in the back, staring him down for a moment and saying, “we need to talk.” He replied, “no, we don’t,” and left.
A tribute graphic for Shad Gaspard aired.
MVP then hosted the VIP lounge, letting the trainees around ringside know that their tabs were on him tonight. He then invited Drew McIntyre to the ring.
McIntyre came out and tossed his furniture around, wanting to know where Bobby Lashley was. MVP told him not to worry about Lashley tonight, with him asking McIntyre to recall the last time he was in the VIP Lounge. MVP had offered to help him but McIntyre knocked him out with a kick.
MVP said that he knew that McIntyre would go on to become WWE Champion, but he wanted to be responsible for him losing it. MVP said Lashley was finally getting a WWE title match after 13 years and it was because of him.
McIntyre said it took him 19 years to get his opportunity, and not only did he win the title, he beat Brock Lesnar in five minutes. McIntyre said Lashley could take the belt from out of his cold dead hands. MVP said that could be arranged.
Lashley marched out but before he could get in the ring, McIntyre wiped out MVP with a Claymore Kick. Lashley helped MVP as McIntyre dared him to get in the ring. Lashley left with MVP.
Charley Caruso attempted to interview Natalya but she stopped the interview to take a call from her husband TJ Wilson/Tyson Kidd. Natalya told “TJ” that she apologized for her tantrum and it was all she could do, then telling him she didn’t have time for this because she had a match later. Natalya returned to Caruso but she said they were out of time.
Angel Garza defeated Kevin Owens via pinfall (Wing Clipper)
Angel Garza attacked Kevin Owens from behind during his entrance and targeted his left knee. Owens demanded the referee ring the bell, and even though he fought back his knee buckled during a pop-up powerbomb attempt, and Garza won with the Wing Clipper inside three minutes.
Garza attacked Owens again after the match.
The Street Profits and Viking Raiders were shown arriving at the first hole on the golf course. The Profits were excited to see that the Raiders brought a cooler with drinks, however The Raiders said there were no drinks. They pulled out a large turkey leg from the cooler instead. Two club employees were there to remind them of the etiquette in the game of golf.
This led to a montage of golf ‘hilarity’. After hitting another golfer with the ball, they all attempted to escape but the golf cart holding the Raiders had a tire collapse under their weight. The club employees demanded they leave.
The two teams went to a mini-putt course instead. They all danced together upon arriving. When it was over, Montez Ford read off the final score. The Raiders thought they won but, of course, Ford explained that the lower score is the winning score in golf, so the Profits actually won. There was also some more ‘hilarity’ involving Ivar pulling an endless number of things out of a hole.
Lana approached MVP and Lashley, seeming to feel bad about what happened earlier and offered MVP a bag of ice. MVP wasn’t buying it and blew her off. She freaked out again.
Murphy & Austin Theory defeated Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo via pinfall
In another very quick match, Black got some quick strikes in at the beginning, but as Carrillo went for a moonsault Theory rolled away. Carrillo landed on his feet and kicked Murphy off the apron, but then Theory gave Carrillo an ATL for the victory.
Murphy and Theory grabbed Carrillo after the match as Rollins directed them. They held his face/eye over the corner of the ring step. Black grabbed a chair but Rollins demanded that he stay where he was and put the chair away or else Carrillo would lose an eye.
He warned them that if they didn’t listen to him, then Mysterio’s sacrifice would have been in vain, also warning that he would sacrifice them as he did Mysterio. They dropped Carrillo and left, as Black checked on him.
We then get a sit-down promo with Edge. He said Randy Orton caught him flat-footed and tongue-tied on Raw a few weeks ago, saying that doesn’t happen often and now he found himself doubting his own ability. Edge said he was out of action for 3,212 days and in that time Orton competed in 1,126 matches, saying he “I did the research.” Edge thanked Orton for making him want to prove himself to himself.
After Orton challenged him, he went home and watched The Last Ride documentary. He watched himself on the doc pontificating about the right time to hang it up. He understood what Undertaker was going through.
He said Orton was doubting his wrestling ability, but Edge has hung with the Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Owen Hart, Mr. Perfect, Christian, William Regal, and Davey Boy Smith. He adapted to every style and brought guys up to his level, saying he was a five-tool workhorse.
Edge admitted that everything he just said was in the past tense and he didn’t know if he could do those things anymore, but at Backlash, he would dig into the depths of his soul to try, closing with “It’s all a man can do.”
The Raiders and Profits spoke backstage while still wearing their golf attire. The Raiders said they let the Profits win in golf just like in basketball, and Ford told them to pick the next challenge. Ivar was about to say “gator wrestling,” but Angelo Dawkins interrupted, saying anything but that. The Raiders challenged them to bowling.
After the Raiders left, MVP and Lashley approached the Profits, calling them another waste of talent. Ford mocked them, so MVP challenged them to a tag match tonight.
Triple threat number one contender’s match: Nia Jax defeated Natalya and NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair via pinfall (Samoan drop)
Asuka joined the match on commentary. Jax slammed Natalya on top of Charlotte, so Natalya was on top of Charlotte whose shoulders were down but the referee didn’t count. Natayla and Flair then double teamed Nia Jax.
Asuka got up and shoved Nia Jax back into the ring and all three went back and forth, with Charlotte attacking Nia Jax’s knee and all three hitting a big tower of doom spot.
Charlotte Flair locked Natalya in the figure four, but Jax dropped a leg on Flair and then hit Natalya with a Samoan drop for the win.
Bakcstage, Drew McIntyre told Kayla Braxton that he wasn’t planning on Claymore kicking MVP, he was just asking for it. She asked him if he knew that MVP and Lashley were facing the Street Profits. McIntyre said no, adding that he forgot something in the locker room that he probably won’t be able to find until that match was over.
The announcers reminded us that Rob Gronkowski was still the 24/7 Championship, and that R-Truth planned on going through any football man to get his title back. Gronkowski was shown in the gym inside the Performance Center, and he referred to R-Truth as “R-Lies”. he warned him that he was ready for any challenge, saying he had eyes on the back of his head and put his shades on the back of his head.
Braxton asked MVP “why on earth” he’d want to fight the tag champions tonight after what happened earlier. MVP pointed at Lashley and said, “that’s why.”
They aired a pre-taped Ric Flair promo, where he said people were asking him what he thought the outcome would be to what many are calling the greatest wrestling match ever. Flair excitedly called Orton the best wrestler in the world and would win the match.
We had another sit-down promo by Liv Morgan. She said her biggest stumbling block in life was her own self-worth, saying she couldn’t remember a time ever thinking she was good enough. Even at six years old she wondered what her life would be, but she finally figured it out when she got to WWE and got her first wrestling gear with her name on it. She still didn’t have all the answers but she would fulfill who she was destined to be, saying that she is living her best life.
RAW Tag Team Champions The Street Profits defeated Bobby Lashley & MVP via disqualification
MVP and Bobby Lashley were in firm control until Montez Ford dodged a Players Boot from MVP, which allowed him to make the hot tag to Angelo Dawkins.
Dawkins ran wild, and Profits had the match won but Lashley threw Dawkins into the ringpost and locked in the full nelson on Ford. Lashley was not the legal man and did not break on the five count, so the referee called for a DQ.
McIntyre came out and brawled with Lashley. The ref couldn’t stop them so he asked two wrestlers that were socially distancing behind the plexiglass to help break them up (that seems counter productive to what they were triyng to do).
McIntyre got rid of them quickly, so about five other wrestlers jumped in the ring but it wasn’t enough, so another five more entered and they were finally able to separate Lashley and McIntyre to close the show.