The fallout from Survivor Series dominated this week’s episode of Raw after the Monday Night show won the battle for brand dominance.
The victorious Raw men’s team kicked off this week’s show following their clean sweep at Survivor Series and it was noted that, as a result, one of the five men could become Drew McIntyre’s next contender. After each man stated their claim, Braun Strowman snapped and put his hands on producer Adam Pearce, before he could announce Drew McIntyre’s next challenger.
Raw Tag Team Championship | The New Day def. The Hurt Business
Earlier in the night, The Hurt Business challenged The New Day for a title match which they accepted.
Cedric Alexander had a point to prove and ripped Kofi Kingston from the top rope to give his team a huge advantage. Kingston was then counted out after he was unable to make it into the ring and answer the count. MVP told the official to restart the match which was when The Hurt Business focused on Kingston’s injured knee. Shelton Benjamin kicked out of the SOS before Woods was saved by Kingston following an Olympic Slam, but in the end, it was Woods with a sunset flip pin who secured the win.
As the only winning Champion at Survivor Series last night, Bobby Lashley stated his claim to be the next in line, to Adam Pearce backstage. The Viper also later appeared to try to convince Pearce to choose him. Pearce then announced three singles matches for the night where the winners would face off in a triple threat match next week.
Riddle def. Sheamus
The first of the three matches to find a new contender for Drew McIntyre’s WWE Championship saw The King of the Bros up against The Irish Warrior. These two former teammates were no longer on the same page, and despite being dominated by Sheamus for most of the match, Riddle was still able to kick out of an avalanche White Noise. After a few back and forth pins, Riddle broke out of Cloverleaf and rolled Sheamus up for the win.
Firefly Fun House: This week’s episode focused on friendship while Bray Wyatt made subtle hints about Randy Orton. Alexa Bliss then sent a message to her former friend Nikki Cross by murdering the Friendship Frog.
Raw Women’s Championship | Asuka def. Lana via DQ
After Lana’s interview was taken out of context, Asuka accepted her “challenge” for a match for the Women’s Championship. Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler came out for commentary and attacked Asuka to cause a quick DQ before Jax tried to put her through the announce table. Lana made the save and the match then became a tag team match.
Asuka and Lana def. Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax
Nia Jax looked to send a message to Lana throughout but the turning point came when Lana was able to move out of the way and send Jax over the announce table. Asuka then rolled up Baszler in the ring for the victory.
Backstage: Matt Riddle approached MVP backstage and pitched some strange business ideas including pizza-flavored yogurt which he called Bro-gurt.
Keith Lee def. Bobby Lashley via DQ
The second qualifier of the night pitted Lee against Lashley for the first time. The United States Champion dominated but struggled to lock in The Hurt Lock on Lee. After Lee was able to fight out of The Hurt Lock, MVP interfered in the match and forced the DQ win for The Limitless One.
Alexa Bliss def. Nikki Cross
After their brawl, last week on Raw, Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss finally went head to head in a WWE ring. Alexa Bliss wanted to play throughout the whole match but after Nikki Cross made it clear that she wasn’t playing, Bliss cried and was then comforted by her former friend, before she delivered a DDT to Cross for the victory.
AJ Styles def. Randy Orton
The final qualifying match of the night pitted two former World Champions looking for one more shot at the WWE title. The two men put on a fantastic match until The Fiend looked to distract Orton at ringside. The Fiend later popped up in the ring and allowed Styles to deliver a Phenomenal Forearm for the victory. After the match, The Fiend’s laugh filled the arena as the show went off the air.