With Payback in the rear view, the RAW locker room now looks to Clash of Champions. Who will go on to face Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship?
The show began with the entrance of Randy Orton. Before Orton got to the ring, we got a recap of what happened between McIntyre and Orton last week. McIntyre has a hairline jaw fracture.
Commentary tells us about three matches we will see tonight that have implications regarding Clash of Champions. Keith Lee will take on Dolph Ziggler. Orton will take on Kevin Owens. Dominik Mysterio faces off with Seth Rollins. The winners of those matches go to a triple threat match to determine who will face Drew McIntyre at Clash of Champions.
Back in the ring we finally hear from Randy Orton. He talked about the “pity” rematch McIntyre offered, which is why he got kicked in the skull. Orton said the only thing McIntyre deserves is to be in pain each and every day. The only person dishing out kicks in the WWE is the Legend Killer.
Orton then addressed how McIntyre thinks he is entitled and laughed. He doesn’t believe he should have to face anyone tonight to get a title shot at Clash of Champions; Orton believes he is entitled to a rematch. Even though he doesn’t think he should have to, Orton said he will jump through the hoops to get to the PPV.
Then Orton showed a photo of Edge, Christian, Big Show, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, and McIntyre in the hospital. Orton was loving it, that is until Keith Lee interrupted.
Lee said he saw that Orton was amused and proud over the damage he has caused the past few months. While Orton is acting proud, Lee brought up that Orton is trying to forget that Lee beat him last night. Facts are, Orton had no choice but to BASK. A victory like Lee’s last night, means maybe he should get an opportunity at the WWE Championship.
Before Lee could continue, Dolph Ziggler attacked him! Then we went to commercial.
Keith Lee defeated Dolph Ziggler via Pinfall (Spirit Bomb)
Ziggler tried to use the attack on Lee before commercial to his advantage, but the Limitless one didn’t allow it. Lee put his power on display. Ziggler did find a way to ground Lee, but it just wasn’t long enough.
We saw a recap of what happened with the Women’s Tag Team Championships at Payback. Then backstage the new champions, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler are interviewed. Jax and Baszler argued about who was right when it came to being the leader of the team. Jax said she is the tag team champion and Baszler just holds the other title for her.
Then Asuka showed up! She was asked if she found out who her next opponent would be, she said no. Then Baszler and Jax intervened, the interview was for Tag Team Champions only apparently. After a short back and forth, we went to commercial.
Back from break, Adam Pearce was giving directions to security about Retribution. He wants the havoc they have been causing to stop.
In the ring, Charly Caruso brought out Asuka. Caruso asked if Asuka felt like there was anyone she felt most deserved a title opportunity. Asuka laughed and said she has beat many great women, but Asuka is ready for anything. Then…enter Mickie James!
Mickie said she recognizes greatness when she sees it. Asuka is one of the greatest, but Mickie is coming for the RAW Women’s Championship. Enter in Lana and Natalya. Nattie is not happy that Mickie thinks she can just come back and skip the line; said it was selfish.
Lana said Mickie was stuck in the past and delusional. Apparently Mickie is stuck in the past and hasn’t evolved. Lana said Nattie had aligned herself with Lana because she is a trend setter and fashion influencer…and she wasn’t joking. If Mickie wants to get to Nattie she has to go through Lana.
Asuka finally got back involved and said she was ready for all three women. Then a brawl broke out between the four. Before heading to break, Asuka and Mickie James stood tall over Lana and Nattie.
Before our match, we got a Connor’s Cure commercial. Then backstage there was interaction with Cedric Alexander, the Viking Raiders, and Demi from the Bachelor. Of course when Demi is around, Angel Garza is not far behind.
Mickie James defeated Lana via Pinfall (Mick Kick)
While Lana had the upper hand for the beginning of the match, the veteran Mickie James took control pretty quick. Clotheslines and punches, then a Mick Kick and thats all she wrote.
Asuka was on commentary during the match and said she’s the champion and ready for anything. She’s ready for her next challenge.
We then got shown a video of what happened on the KO Show last week. Charly Caruso was backstage waiting to get a word in with Aleister Black, when Randy Orton came out of Black’s locker room. Caruso looked terribly confused and we went to another break.
Returning from break, the IIconics are interviewed about their match tonight, in which if they lose they have to disband as a tag team. As Billie Kay talked about when their dream began, photos of their beginnings as a tag team were shown. Peyton Royce talked about all the sacrifices they have made. The IIconics won’t let some hooligans destroy everything they’ve built.
Back at the ring, we once again got the entrance of Randy Orton.
Randy Orton defeated Kevin Owens via Pinfall (RKO)
Unfortunately for KO, Aleister Black attacked hm before the bell. This attack set the tone for the match. The ref didn‘t want to let Owens fight, but KO was adamant. A quick RKO and that was it.
Backstage we saw the entire Mysterio family, including daughter Aliyah. Charly Caruso asked Rey his feelings about tonight. While it would have meant the world for Rey to earn a title opportunity, his loss is Dominik’s gain. He understands that injuries happens and is excited to see Dominik take his place. While Dominik knows he is the underdog, his confidence is at an all time high. He has a 619 with Seth Rollins’ name on it.
Back from break, we saw how Bobby Lashley became the new United States Champion. Then in the ring, its time for the VIP Lounge.
MVP and Shelton Benjamin welcomed their guest, Bobby Lashley. After Lashley got into the ring, MVP got right to business. MVP addressed Apollo Crews and the disrespect he felt. He told Crews no matter what there are three definite things in his life: death, taxes, and Bobby Lashley.
Lashley then took over. He said he did exactly what he said he would last night. Lashley isn’t mad that Crews tried to get payback after the match last night, but Lashley will get him back for it. Shelton Benjamin said if Crews wanted to act like a punk, he’ll beat him like a punk at RAW Underground.
MVP said that while they weren’t done with Crews, he had someone else to address. Cedric Alexander and the Viking Raiders, who they face in a tag team match later. Before MVP could say much, Cedric Alexander interrupted.
As Alexander was walking down the ramp, the Hurt Business left the ring. MVP asked if Alexander had a change of heart since he was out there all by himself. Alexander said hell no and that he wasn’t alone. The Viking Raiders attacked the Hurt Business from behind! Then commercial.
Cedric Alexander and the Viking Raiders defeated The Hurt Business via Pinfall
In a turn of events, Alexander won the match for his team by rolling up MVP. Alexander had some of MVP’s tights, while the rest of the Hurt Business were brawling with the Viking Raiders on the outside.
We saw Titus O’Neil preparing for RAW Underground before heading to another commercial break.
Back from break, the Hurt Business were attacking Cedric Alexander. Apollo Crews and Ricochet made the save after a few.
The Riott Squad defeated The IIconics via Pinfall
The IIconics are no longer a tag team! Billie and Peyton fought hard to win the match, but after a series of pin attempts Ruby Riott got the better of Billie.
Billie and Peyton were very emotional and in shock after the match. Meanwhile, the Riott Squad earned themselves a Women’s Tag Team Championship opportunity.
Before another commercial, Shane McMahon showed up at the RAW Underground door.
Back from break we got the entrance of Seth Rollins and Murphy, after we saw a video recapping what happened at Payback.
Rollins was so disappointed in Murphy and the looks he was giving him was intense. He yelled at Murphy for kicking him in the head and getting pinned by Dominik Mysterio.
Rollins told Murphy that with a WWE Championship opportunity on the line he can’t afford any mistakes. He didn’t want Murphy to screw it up for him and told him to get the hell out of his ring. Until Murphy figured out what said of history he wants to be on, Rollins doesn’t want to see him.
Murphy tried to stand up for himself, but got a “go think about what you’ve done” from Rollins. To make matters worse for Murphy, Dominik Mysterio hit him from behind.
Seth Rollins defeated Dominik Mysterio via Pinfall (Curb Stomp)
Mysterio really kept a nice pace in this one after he attacked Murphy. He had some nice arm drags and drop kick to set up Rollins in the 619. Of course Rollins moved, but Dom kept at it on the outside. After a missed frog splash, Rollins took advantage and that’s all she wrote.
After the match, Rollins delivered a second Curb Stomp. The Mysterio family backstage, looked on super upset.
At RAW Underground we saw Titus O’Neil destroy two guys before being stopped by Riddick Moss.
We saw the Street Profits backstage. Angelo Dawkins had a scouting report on Andrade, Angel Garza, and Zelina Vega. Then we went to break.
We saw a video of Akira Tozawa trying to arrive to the building from earlier today. Tozawa’s name apparently wasn’t on the list. He got out of the car to try and figure out the situation, but the parking garage attendant happened to be a referee….
R-Truth defeated Akira Tozawa via Rollup to become the 24/7 Champion for the 39th time
Back at ringside we got entrances for the tornado tag match.
The Street Profits versus Andrade and Angel Garza ended in a No Contest
A tornado tag is already chaotic, but add in some flickering lights and well things get intense. Before the lights flickered, the match was pretty intense and hard hitting as you would expect.
Once the lights went, Garza left the ring to bring Demi somewhere safe. He left his tag team partner and the Street Profits to deal with RETRIBUTION. Dawkins, Ford, Andrade, and even Zelina tried their best to ward off the attack, but failed.
We went to commercial as some members of RETRIBUTION ran to the back.
Returning from commercial, Adam Pearce yelled at security for not doing their job.
We then went back to RAW Underground where the IIconics showed up to enjoy the action. Jessamyn Duke made quick work of Avery Taylor. While Marina Shafir made quick work of her opponent. Then they set their eyes on the IIconics. Peyton Royce threw Billie Kay into the ring. After a “you’ve gotta be jokin me,” Duke finished off Kay with a kick.
After a recap of what has been happening with the Hurt Business tonight, Apollo Crews was interviewed with Cedric Alexander and Ricochet by his side. Crews said that the old Apollo Crews would have just been happy to be United States Champion, but that Crews is no more. He said he will bounce back and get his championship back.
Shelton Benjamin defeated Apollo Crews
We came to the match after a commercial and Benjamin seemed to be in control the whole time. The action spilled to the outside causing MVP, Lashley, Ricochet, and Alexander to get involved. The Hurt Business stood tall in the end.
Angel Garza and Demi were then seen backstage. Demi was worried about everyone else, while Garza said they’d be fine. Garza made a big deal about making sure Demi stayed safe, but left her when RETRIBUTION showed up again.
Randy Orton defeated Seth Rollins and Keith Lee via Pinfall
After getting on the same page, Rollins and Orton were able to take Keith Lee out of the equation for a few. It took Orton throwing Lee on the announcer’s table and then Rollins throwing him into the steel steps. Of course Lee made a come back and delivered a Spirit Bomb to Rollins. A RKO to Lee though allowed Orton to take advantage and pin Rollins.
The road to Clash of Champions begins.