WWE Raw Results and Highlights
MVP opened the show with a new edition of MVP lounge featuring the three competitors for MITB from RAW and Zelina Vega’s stable. A brawl broke out leading to a six-man tag match.
- Rey Mysterio, Apollo Crews and Aleister Black def. Angel Garza, Austin Theory and Andrade: Apollo Crews picked up the victory for his team and a possible US title shot after pinning Andrade with the powerbomb.
Crews got into Andrade and Vega’s faces backstage and demanded a title shot. Vega granted him a title shot after Crews landed a huge slap on Andrade’s face.
- Asuka vs Nia Jax vs Shayna Baszler: The triple threat match featuring the three representatives of RAW in the MITB never got started as a brawl broke out between the three fierce superstars. Nia Jax stood tall to end the segment.
Lashley asked Lana to stay away from the ring, as her beauty distracted him during his matches.
- Bobby Lashley def. Denzel Dejournette: Lashley dominated the NXT star in the quick matchup and picked up the victory with a spear.
- Liv Morgan def. Ruby Riott: In a rematch from last week, the result remained the same with Morgan hitting the Oblivion for the win. Post-match, Morgan said she is looking to write a new chapter in her career.
The Viking Raiders laid out a challenge to the Street Profits, and returned to their original gimmicks, after teasing a gimmick change during the Carpool Video last week.
- Jinder Mahal def. Akira Tozawa: The returning former WWE Champion took down Tozawa with ease after dropping him with the Khallas.
- WWE United States Match | Andrade(c). vs Apollo Crews: After a fantastic matchup, the referee called off the match after Crews injured his knee while attempting the frog splash.
The Street Profits accepted the challenge laid by the Viking Raiders, and asked them to show up next week for the match.
- Ricochet and Cedric Alexander def. Ever Rise: The two high-flyers continued their run by taking down the NXT team in a fast-paced matchup. Post-match, MVP introduced his new clients, Brendan Vick and Sheane Thorne, and challenged Ricochet and Alexander to a rematch next week.
Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins featured in the main-event contract signing. Rollins said he doesn’t want to see McIntyre suffer with the WWE title and said it’s his job to be the top guy.
McIntyre called out Rollins for his nonsense and asked him to stop rambling as no one is interested. McIntyre slammed Rollins’ face into the table and went for the Claymore, to be interrupted by Murphy. McIntyre claymored Murphy to end the show.
WWE Raw Takeaways
1. A Convincing Messiah
A good villain is always the one who makes you feel sympathetic for him, to understand his actions and leads the audience into believing that he is actually the good guy. Rollins has been doing this for weeks now, and he continued the streak of great promos this week.
Rollins brought up his experience of being the top guy, and how he suffered a lot during that time. He said that McIntyre is an exceptional talent, but Rollins is the leader the locker-room needs. A delusional but yet slightly believable Rollins is making for great television, and his character work is top-notch.
2. Cruise Control
Apollo Crews has been on the main roster for over four years now and has nothing significant to show on his resume. He debuted as the next-big-thing on the roster but never managed to get anything substantial out of his run.
Crews is finally being given some proper character, and he is evolving from being the ever-smiling good-guy. Crews will be a great hand in the mid-card, and could even be a future main-eventer, considering he is merely 32.