It’s Grudge Match Monday folks!
Monday Night RAW opens with the VIP Lounge. MVP started by saying his guest for the night is so much better than the crowd, and I in turn guess the WWE Universe. He continued to put over his guest, who happened to be Dolph Ziggler, the “nicest guy he knows.”
As Ziggler made his entrance, we were shown a replay of what happened last week when he brought Heath Slater to RAW. Ziggler and MVP shared a bit of small talk before MVP really got into “questions.” Ziggler said he knew what it took to turn Drew McIntyre right back into the McIntyre that was fired years ago.
Then Ziggler listed off McIntyre’s accomplishments that he was the reason that happened. MVP then thanked Ziggler for all that he has done. Ziggler said the lack of thanks is the reason McIntyre would lose the WWE Championship…then McIntyre’s music hit.
Once McIntyre got to the ring, he assured MVP he wouldn’t destroy the lounge or Claymore Kick him again. McIntyre’s sole focus was Dolph Ziggler. He went on to say that Ziggler maybe one of the most talented performers the business has seen, but Sunday McIntyre is going to hurt him. But he didn’t want to wait til Sunday and popped Ziggler right in the face.
After the VIP Lounge, Charly Caruso was interviewing Angel Garza, Zelina Vega, and Andrade. Vega didn’t like that Caruso was avoiding facts and made it clear that no one could measure up to Garza and Andrade. She even went on to say that all women are beneath her, giving a pointed stare to Caruso.
Garza pulled out a rose and tried to sweet talk Caruso. The Viking Raiders walked up shortly after and talked about how they had been RAW’s most dominate tag team for over a year. The Viking Raiders have not liked how Garza and Andrade have disrespected the tag team division. Before commercial, Ivar took the rose from Garza and gave it to Caruso, she seemed smitten.
Andrade and Angel Garza defeated The Viking Raiders via Pinfall (Powerbomb)
This match happened to be an elimination tag team match. The Viking Raiders were the first team to lose a member, as Erik got eliminated by Andrade after a hammerlock DDT. Ivar then eliminated Andrade, but Andrade didn’t leave ringside immediately and helped out Garza.
An attempt at interviewing Ruby Riott was made after the tag team match, but the IIconics interrupted. Billie and Peyton made fun of the fact that Riott had chased off her only friend and that she hasn’t been able to beat them.
After saying that their upcoming match would just wind up being a handicap match, Bianca Belair appeared. Belair said she had time and was ready to help her friend Ruby Riott.
Ruby Riott and Bianca Belair defeated the IIconics via Pinfall (KOD)
It was super nice to get to see Belair on RAW again, felt like it had been way too long. Riott and Belair worked well as a tag team, Riott took Peyton Royce out of the equation which led to Belair hitting the KOD.
Backstage R-Truth ran into Cedric Alexander and Ricochet. Truth got confused about Ricochet’s match later in the night, he thought Ricochet was the MVP of RAW. Then Cedric and Ricochet told Truth he should be focusing on his match with Randy Orton, which off course Truth thought he was facing Ric Flair.
Truth then found Akira Tozawa and asked him to make him a black belt in like five minutes. Tozawa declined and then tried to pin Truth, but Truth kicked out. The ninjas showed up, but so did Cedric and Ricochet…Truth then challenged Tozawa to a match.
Akira Tozawa versus R-Truth never happened
Instead of the match, Shayna Baszler made her return to Monday Night RAW. Baszler took out Tozawa’s ninjas. Then she caused Tozawa and Truth to run for the hills.
Baszler got the mic and said she had been patient, but that’s over with. She said the champions in the women’s division are weak minded and just fooling themselves. They seem to have forgotten about the limbs and destruction Baszler had left. Baszler is here to give a hard dose of reality and she is that reality.
We got a replay of how the Eye for and Eye match came about. Then Murphy and Seth Rollins are backstage. Murphy asked Rollins if he was really going to go through with the match. Rollins said nothing of significance happens without sacrifice. We go to break with Rollins saying he has a message to share.
Back from break Rollins made his entrance. He kept saying eye for an eye, and I honestly wasn’t sure we’d hear anything else. Finally he said more, of course saying he never meant to hurt Mysterio. Then he went on to list all the things Rey Mysterio will never get to do after Extreme Rules, like look at his wife or see a sunset.
Then Kevin Owens interrupted. KO said he never expected Mysterio to pick the stipulation he did. He finds it disturbing that Rollins is such a scumbag that he got Mysterio to this point of wanting to gouge his eyes out. KO can sympathize with Mysterio though.
Owens then said he had Rollins covered because he is friends with a pirate! Owens pulled out an eye patch. Rollins was not amused and called Murphy out. Before Murphy could help take out KO, Aleister Black made the save.
Aleister Black defeated Murphy by DQ
Of course the brawl before commercial led to a match! Black was so close to getting the victory, but was pulled out of the ring by Rollins. Hence the DQ.
After the match, Rey Mysterio and Dominick came to the ring. With Murphy out from a Black Mass, Seth Rollins was extremely outnumbered. Then we went to another commercial.
Kevin Owens defeated Seth Rollins via Pinfall (Stunner)
KO really was enjoying this grudge match. At one point Rollins was in the corner almost begging for KO to show him mercy, of course that didn’t happen. Although Rollins clawed at KO’s eye…the Mysterios and Aleister Black were able to distract him and gave KO time to get energy to hit the stunner.
After the match, Rey Mysterio got on the mic. Mysterio said Rollins had crossed every line he could ever cross. This Sunday Mysterio will make a sacrifice of his own, Rollins walks in with two good eyes and will walk out with only one.
Backstage the Big Show found Ric Flair and had a chat. Flair tried to play the whole “you went hollywood, so now you’ll get hurt” card. He wants Show to go in the Hall of Fame healthy and not injured by Randy Orton.
Flair tried to walk away, but Show stopped him. He said he knew what Flair was trying to do because of course he is a master. Show asked Flair if he was willing to sacrifice his friendships so Orton can be the Legend Killer.
When we returned from commercials, we got a video highlighting the Legend Killer, Randy Orton. It featured footage of Orton and the legends he has “taken out” in his career, like Edge and Christian.
After the video, we saw Orton backstage. He said that they say you’re lucky if you make it out of this industry with a handful of friends. He talked about the handful of friends he did have: Edge, Christian, and Big Show…..well, Ric Flair too.
Randy said he is baffled why Big Show is trying to avenge some friends. Then he turned his attention to his match with R-Truth, while Truth has all his respect, it’ll be a shame that he ends up being another chapter in the legacy of the Legend Killer.
Before Orton versus R-Truth began, Ric Flair made his entrance. He wanted to celebrate Truth’s greatness. Flair said Randy Orton loves R-Truth just like Flair does and won’t punt him tonight….just RKO.
Randy Orton defeated R-Truth via Pinfall (RKO)
Truth tried to “talk” to Flair after the bell and almost had Orton fooled, but of course that didn’t last long. A quick RKO and that’s that.
After the match it seemed like Ric Flair was trying to either talk Orton down or out of something. Orton shoved Flair lightly out of the way and went to the corner, where it seemed like he was ready to punt Truth’s head off. Big Show’s music hit halting anything from happening.
Orton got a mic and stopped Show in his tracks by telling him if he moved any further he’d kick Truth in the head. Orton said he wasn’t going to punt Truth, but he did have a punt with the Big Show’s name on it. Since neither man have plans next week, Orton challenged Big Show to an unsanctioned match…which Show accepted.
Backstage MVP and Bobby Lashley walked up on Ricochet and Cedric Alexander. MVP asked Cedric if he got his message and Cedric reiterated that he wasn’t interested.
As Cedric and Ricochet walked away, Sara Schreiber came up to them and asked MVP about his strategy for his match Sunday. MVP said he wasn’t worried about Sunday and that his victory was a foregone conclusion.
Schreiber then saw Drew McIntyre and went to talk to him about his match Sunday. Before McIntyre could truly finish talking, Dolph Ziggler attacked him from behind. We went to break while Ziggler and McIntyre were being pulled apart.
Bobby Lashley defeated Ricochet via Submission (Full Nelson)
Ricochet gave it a valiant effort, but Lashley and that Full Nelson were just too much.
After the bell rang, Lashley didn’t give up the Full Nelson hold on Ricochet. Cedric Alexander got in the ring to make the save and even took out MVP before finding himself in the Full Nelson.
After some hype for RAW Talk and Extreme Rules, Big Show was interviewed. Show made it perfectly clear that he accepted Randy Orton’s challenge for next week.
Sasha Banks and Bayley made their entrances before another commercial break.
After commercial, we got a movie trailer like video all about Sasha Banks and Bayley.
Sasha Banks and Bayley defeated the Kabuki Warriors to retain the Women’s Tag Team Championships
Sasha and Asuka were to start off the match, that is until Sasha chickened out and Bayley tagged herself in. Once Kairi Sane got in the match, she made some excellent things happen (double spear and sliding d to name a few). Double hip attacks had given the Kabuki Warriors the advantage, but it didn’t stay that way.
Banks and Bayley won with the Banks Statement on Kairi Sane.