It’s everyone’s favorite day once again; Monday! With it brings Monday Night Raw of course and as always I’ll be here to give you the live play-by-play of the show as it airs. Watch this space for the WWE Raw Recap!
Bobby Lashley and the Hurt Business open the show as the WWE Raw Recap begins!
First match of the night sees him square off with Sheamus.
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Sheamus (Non-Title)
Lock-up. Trying to overpower each other, Lashley gets a waist lock. Into a front facelock. Sheamus takes over, into an arm wringer. Facelock of his own. Lashley takes control in the corner, gets pissed and starts bashing him. Charges but Sheamus with a boot up, hits the ropes, Lashley with a leap frog but Sheamus nails him with a lariat! Solid knee to the head, stomping him into the mat. Sheamus looking for a back suplex, Bobby holds onto the ropes.
Blow to the battered, still welt-covered back, Lashley with a suplex! Chinlock cinched in, Sheamus fights up, elbow to the gut but Lashley with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Brawl continues, Sheamus reverses a whip. Gets taken to the apron, but gets a Hot Shot in on Lashley! Sees Shelton and Cedric at ringside. Wants the Ten Beats but Lashley blocks this, clothesline drops him to the floor! Cedric leaps onto the apron to distract the ref, Shelton blasts Sheamus. Lashley and MVP both seem confused as they didn’t ask for that.
Commercial break, WWE Raw Recap will resume when the show returns.
Sheamus fighting out of a chinlock as we come back, only to be taken down with a Powerslam for a 2 count! Cedric wants to help again but Bobby talks him down. Sheamus with a roll-up for a nearfall! Side-steps a charge and sends him into the post. Takes him to the apron for Ten Beats, Bobby finally blocks one but gets shoved to the floor. Sheamus up top! Flying Clothesline to the floor! Lashley fights back momentarily but a Pump Knee drops him for a nearfall! Brogue Kick dodged, Cedric nearly trips Sheamus up, off the slight distraction Bobby plants him with a Spinebuster! Hurt Lock cinched in and Sheamus is done.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Hurt Business pulls Sheamus out of the ring and pummel Sheamus. Lashley isn’t really involved in it. McIntyre’s music hits and he makes the save, rushes out and throws Cedric over the barricade. Challenges Shelton to come at him but he backs off.
Drew slowly steps up to enter the ring, staredown with Lashley. They start arguing, MVP gets between them and wants them to wait until Mania. Tells Lashley “no emotion, business”. McIntyre puts his hands behind his back and begs him to hit him. Lashley is looking furious. Eventually MVP is able to talk him down and Lashley leaves.
Bobby backstage is mad at Cedric and Shelton, says he doesn’t want or need their help. MVP says they tarnished the image of Bobby Lashley by making it seem like he couldn’t beat Sheamus by himself. It was an embarrassment just like when they lost the tag team titles. Wants them to think about what they’re going to do to make up for it.
Up next on the WWE Raw Recap…
WWE Raw Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Peyton Royce (Non-title)
Chain wrestling to start. Asuka with a headlock in, Peyton drives her to the corner, Asuka with a floatover. Shoulder tackle. Clothesline ducked, Asuka with a whip, Royce with a sunset flip, transition to a Single Leg Boston Crab but Asuka gets the ropes for the break. Royce with an arm drag, Asuka pulls her down into an armbar but Royce breaks it and bridges as she gets a very unique heel hook. Asuka gets the ropes to escape. Snap Suplex gets a 2 count.
Fight goes to the apron, Royce avoids a Hip Attack, spin kick to the back and then rips her from the ropes to the apron! Commercial break, WWE Raw Recap will resume when the show returns. As we come back, they exchange shots, Asuka blocks a kick, German Suplex! Sliding knee, cover for a nearfall! Asuka up top, Missile Dropkick, Royce sidesteps! They fight for Germans, Royce blocks a Spinning Backfist, Gory Bomb variation for a nearfall!
Asuka wants the Asukalock, Royce with a Victory Roll style cover for a nearfall. Spinning Heel Kick ducked, Asuka with a Codebreaker for a close nearfall! Asuka takes Royce up top, superplex blocked, Royce takes her to the mat, Double Footstomp to the back! Nearfall! Asuka catches her with a Mule Kick, Cross Armbreaker into an Asukalock for the tap!
Good stuff! Nice showing for Peyton.
As Asuka is standing up, Rhea Ripley’s music hits and out she comes! She makes her entrance as Asuka watches in surprise. Rhea gets a mic and says Asuka is one of the greatest champions in WWE history. Says Charlotte was out here challenging her for the Raw Women’s title while she was recovering from having her teeth knocked out. But now Charlotte’s not here, she’s actually recovering from COVID. So on her first night here on Raw, she challenges her to a championship match at WrestleMania.
Asuka says nobody is ready for Asuka and she accepts! That’s about as quickly as anyone has gone from debuting to a Mania title match, although Ripley’s actually appeared on the main roster plenty already.
Pearce and McIntyre talk backstage talking about his feud with Sheamus. McIntyre says they beat each other bad but he won’t stand by when he’s being jumped. Pearce says Alexander and Shelton want a handicap match with Drew. There’s no reason for him to sanction it but he wanted him to know. McIntyre suggests a stipulation. He beats Shelton and Cedric tonight, they’re banned from ringside at WrestleMania. Pearce accepts!
Now the red carpet is rolled out for MizTV, coming up next on the WWE Raw Recap.
Miz and Morrison talk about how Bad Bunny is one of the most famous people on the planet right now. Yet Miz asks him who he thinks he is. He waltzes around here, deciding to stay on after the Rumble. It’s one thing to do special performances, it’s another to hang on and hang on with his little bouncer friend Damian Priest. Says he is a 2-time Grand Slam Champion. Asks who else in WWE is a 2-Time Grand Slam Champion? Morrison says not John Cena, not Randy Orton, not the Undertaker.
The Miz shows us the WrestleMania poster. He’s not featured on it. Bad Bunny is and that was the last straw. Says last week he got his attention and a whole lot more. We see a replay of Miz nailing BB with the guitar. They taunt him. A very long drum roll as they make jokes leading into their own hip hop music video making fun of Bad Bunny.
Miz makes an official challenge to Bad Bunny for a match at WrestleMania. And he wants him to watch his match with Jeff Hardy up next on the WWE Raw Recap!
The Miz vs. Jeff Hardy
Jeff on the mic demands Miz face him like a man, one-on-one without Morrison. Miz agrees and Morrison leaves. Miz attacks quick, Jeff with a back elbow to the face and takes over. Drives him into all four top buckles and Miz takes a big bump off the last one. Miz chokes Jeff in the ropes, driving attack. Charging kick to the face, cover for a 2 count. Kitchen Sink knee! Pounding on him, elbow to the chest, chinlock cinched in. Jeff elbows his way free. Reverse Enziguri!
Whip reversed, Hardy with a charging blow, Inverted Atomic Drop, Legal Low Blow, Basement Dropkick, Short Splash for a nearfall! Off the second rope with a Frog Splash, nearfall! Twist of Fate attempt, Miz blocks it, posts him, Skull Crushing Finale for the win!
Winner: The Miz
Building Miz up for his Mania match, this was fine. But as Miz celebrates, Bad Bunny appears behind him and shatters the guitar over his back!
WWE Raw Recap rolls on, Riddle rides by AJ Styles on his scooter and calls him Skipper. AJ and a poorly mic’d Omos talk about how New Day inspires goofs like Riddle.
AJ and Omos go to the ring for Styles’ match. Styles says it’ll happen, Omos teams with him at WrestleMania for his debut, and he’s challenging for the Raw Tag Team Championships! Says he’s so excited about what he’s going to do to Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston. Says he’s gonna throw them right through the ring, bury them there like it’s a grave.
Styles says with his speed and everything he has, and all the strength and size of Omos, they can’t lose!
New Day interrupts!
They mock their claims of dethroning them. Kofi says in order to become an unstoppable tag team, once must first become a team! What he sees before him is no team. What he sees standing before him is a wee, small man trying to over-compensate for his lack of size! And hiding behind a giant.
They quiz AJ on his friend Omos and it’s clear he knows nothing about him. Kofi asks him who his favorite WWE Superstar of all time is, AJ says that’s easy, it’s AJ Styles! Omos sheepishly admits it’s Andre the Giant. This sets up our next match on the WWE Raw Recap…
AJ Styles vs. Kofi Kingston
Kofi with a headlock takedown. Chain wrestle for a bit, Kofi with a shoulder block for 1. Side headlock takeover once again. They wrestle to the corner, AJ gets the headlock now. Styles with a shoulder tackle. Kofi with some leap frogs, Flying Back Elbow for a 2 count. Fight spills out of the ring and then back in, Kingston with a Monkey Flip from the corner, cover for a 2 count. Kofi with a Missile Dropkick off the second rope, bodyscissor roll-up for 2. AJ powders, Kofi goes out and nails him.
They’re close to Omos and Kofi is wary of him. AJ sends Kingston into the steps. Omos steps on Kofi and Xavier is in his face as we go to commercial break. We come back to see AJ get a clothesline in on Kofi. Headlock. Kingston fights up, dropkick lands. Boom Drop! Kingston goes for the Trouble In Paradise but Styles stops him with an enziguri out of the air! Styles takes Kofi up top, suplerplex blocked as he sends him to the mat. Frog Splash to the lower back! Cover for a nearfall. AJ fires back, goes for a Phenomenal Forearm but Xavier distracts him with a trombone riff. Kofi counters the forearm with a cradle for the flash win!
Winner: Kofi Kingston
WWE Raw Recap continues, Sheamus is asked why he would accept that match with Lashley right after his war with McIntyre. He says it’s because he’s the Celtic Warrior and it’s what he does. Runs into Riddle, is quickly annoyed by his silliness and he nails him.
Drew McIntyre vs. The Hurt Business
Drew tosses them around. Back body drop launches Alexander, lariat floors Shelton. Just batters them. Charges for the Claymore on Benjamin but Cedric pulls him out of the ring to protect him. Heels with double teams take over, Drew gets taken to the floor, Cedric with a big Tope Suicida Forearm. Bit distracted at the moment sorry. Double whip throws him into the barricade, commercial break. WWE Raw Recap will resume when the show does.
We come back to see Hurt Business nail McIntyre with hard dropkicks. Shelton throws McIntyre into a hard shot, Cedric covers for a 2 count. Shelton with mounted punches. Drew fires back. Wins out on a strike exchange, blocks a kick, Shelton with a Dragon Whip! But a Glasgow Kiss nails flush and they both collapse! Cedric makes the tag but McIntyre is throwing him around with Overhead Belly To Bellies! Future Shock DDT to Shelton! Leaping Neckbreaker to Cedric, kip-up! Claymore to Benjamin! Cedric with a spin kick to the gut, flipped with a Claymore for his troubles! Cover for the win.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
As always, a very strong showing for McIntyre.
MVP berating Shelton and Cedric backstage. Lashley gets between them and says since they couldn’t get the job done, he’ll find someone who will.
He steps into the locker room and sees a buncha lower carders. If any of them take McIntyre out before WrestleMania, they’ll get the title shot.
Up next on the WWE Raw Recap…
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax vs. Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose (Non-Title)
Shayna and Dana start, Brooke takes her down, cartwheel splash for a 2 count. Shayna hoists her up into a huge backbreaker. Heels in control, isolating Dana. She escapes a Nia bodyslam, tag to Mandy. Bulldog, knee to the face, cover for 2. Faces keep up the momentum, Nia cuts off Dana, Samoan Drop for the win.
Winners: Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax
A match that happened.
WWE Raw Recap continues, Shane McMahon, Elias and Ryker are in the ring. Shane, still on a crutch and in a cast says a lot of people are upset with the match at Fastlane being called off but none moreso than himself. He says the match will happen just as soon as his knee is healed up. Says Elias didn’t get the job done, berates him for trying to cut him off. He didn’t have time to prepare but tonight he did, in his rematch with Braun.
They then sing an ironically very stupid song about how stupid Braun is. Strowman comes out and says he has a song for Elias, it’s called The Man Who Got These Hands.
Braun Strowman vs. Elias
Braun takes over immediately. Chop to the chest, power whip tot he corner. Chokes Elias in the ropes. Dumps him to the floor. Back into the ring, Elias surprises him with a High Knee! Pummels him in the corner, tries to charge but Strowman floors him with a dropkick! Knocks an interfering Ryker off the apron. Strowman does his Freight Train spot and they honest to god play train noises he plows through Ryker and then Elias. Drags Elias into the ring for the Running Powerslam, that’s that.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Shane sneaks up afterwards and hits Braun across the back with a crutch. Strowman slowwwwwwwly turns towards him. Says Shane is the stupidest son of a bitch he’s ever seen. Grabs for him but Shane rushes off and runs up the ramp at full speed. Braun says he’s had enough of these games and chasing him. He wants him one-on-one at WrestleMania.
McMahon accepts. Says he’ll take any match he wants, and he’ll win because Braun is stupid.
WWE Raw Recap concludes with our last segment, as Randy Orton comes out to summon the Fiend.
Randy is bringing some kind of sack to the ring. He says he saw an abomination at Fastlane. Tonight he finishes the job. After tonight there will be no more mindgames, no more Alexa Bliss, no more Fiend. After tonight, the bullshit comes to an end.
Alexa comes out, winds her jack-in-the-box. Fiend doll pops out. Lights go off and very quickly the Fiend materializes behind Orton. He stands perfectly still. Randy grabs the sack and reveals a vat of gasoline. Randy pours it right in front of the Fiend and even pours it onto him. Fiend just stands there watching him. Orton approaches with a match. Fiend comes towards him, Randy drops him with an RKO! Bliss into the ring, Randy turns towards her.
Fiend slowly stands behind Orton. Randy zips back and dashes towards the Fiend but gets caught in the Mandible Claw! Sister Abigail! Alexa points at the WrestleMania sign and it bursts into flames. That’s the show.