Tonight’s edition of Monday Night RAW emanates from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida inside of WWE’s ThunderDome. The show is headlined by all of the fall-out from last night’s Payback PPV as well as Seth Rollins taking on Rey Mysterio.
Before the show begins, let’s take a look at what tonight has in-store...
Seth Rollins Tries To Take-Out Rey Mysterio Once-and-For-All
The show begins with Randy Orton making his way to the ring along with a video package, highlighting Randy Orton’s attack on WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre, last week which resulted in McIntyre suffering a hairline jaw fracture which kept him out of the building, tonight.
It’s also announced that there will be 3 singles matches, tonight, between Keith Lee & Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton & Kevin Owens and Rey Mysterio vs Seth Rollins, the 3-winners will face-off in a triple-threat match in tonight’s main event to determine the # 1 contender for Drew McIntyre and the WWE Championship at the Clash of Champions PPV, September 20th. After making the announcement, Tom Phillips announces that due to injuries suffered in last night’s match, Rey Mysterio isn’t medically cleared to compete, therefore, Dominik Mysterio will step in his place against Seth Rollins, later tonight.
Back in the ring, Randy Orton says he shouldn’t even have to compete in this qualifying matches, tonight, he put Drew McIntyre down and out and he should get the first shot at the WWE Championship when McIntyre gets back...if he gets back. Orton shows a photoshopped picture of Edge, Christian, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair & Drew McIntyre all in hospital beds and then is bent over in laughter as the man who defeated Orton, last night at WWE Payback, Keith Lee interrupts and makes his way to the ring.
Lee says Orton is fixated on the havoc he’s caused over the past few months and the damage he’s done to Drew McIntyre, all because he wants to forget what happened to him, last night...when he lost to Lee. Keith says Orton may very well be the greatest ever to lace up a pair of boots, but there’s no doubt about it, he (Lee) beat him fair-and-square and a win over a legend killer means he (Lee) deserves a shot at the WWE Championship. Lee’s opponent for tonight, Dolph Ziggler comes out of nowhere and attacks Lee as we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break and it appears as if we’re getting right into our first of 3 qualifying matches...
- WWE Championship #1 Contender’s Qualifying Match - Keith Lee vs Dolph Ziggler
Highlights (Keith Lee vs Dolph Ziggler)
Result - Keith Lee defeats Dolph Ziggler
We then see WWE Producer, Adam Pearce speaking with security, warning them that they better not let Retribution into the building and cause havoc, tonight.
RAW Women’s Champion, Asuka now makes her way to the ring.
Asuka joins Charly Caruso in the ring and Caruso asks Asuka what is next for her and the RAW Women’s Championship. Asuka starts speaking in Japanese and then Mickie James interrupts and comes down to the ring. Mickie says as a 6-time WWE Women’s Champion, she recognizes greatness...and Asuka is one of the greatest and out of respect, she’s here to tell Asuka that she’s coming for that RAW Women’s Championship. Natalya & Lana now interrupt and make their way down to the ring. Natalya says it’s past her time in WWE and Lana says Mickie’s gear is stuck in 1998 and she & Natalya are elevating the Women’s division and if Mickie wants a shot at Natalya, she has to go through her first. Asuka starts yelling that she’s ready for all 3 of them and Natalya & Lana attack both Asuka & Mickie before they’re thrown out of the ring by the champ, Asuka & future Hall of Famer, Mickie and we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break and we’re shown a heartwarming video about Connor’s Cure and WWE’s fight against Pediatric Cancer.
Back in the ring, we see Lana and Mickie James ready to square-off...
- Match - Mickie James vs Lana
Highlights (Mickie James vs Lana)
Result - Mickie James defeats Lana
Before we head to another commercial break, we see Randy Orton leaving Aleister Black’s locker room...
After the break, Randy Orton heads to the ring for his qualifying match against Kevin Owens...
Before the match even begins, Aleister Black attacks Kevin Owens during his entrance and drills him with a ‘Black Mass’ then tosses Owens in the ring where Owens delivers a couple chops to the chest of Orton then Randy plants him with an RKO for the quick 1-2-3 and the win.
After another commercial break, we see MVP & Shelton Benjamin in the ring for the latest edition of the ‘VIP Lounge’.
MVP says ‘The Hurt Business’ runs Monday Night RAW because they have the new United States Champion, ‘The Almighty’, Bobby Lashley, who makes his way to the ring. Lashley & MVP call-out Cedric Alexander who they feel has disrespected them. Cedric makes his way to the ring & ‘The Hurt Business’ go on the attack but the Viking Raiders make the save as we head to another commercial break.
Back from the break, in vintage WWE fashion, we have a make-shift 6-man tag-team match...
- 6-Man Tag-Team Match - MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin vs Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders
Highlights (MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin vs Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders)
Result - Cedric Alexander & The Vikings Raiders defeat MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin
- Winning Team Faces The Tag-Team Champions & Losing Team Breaks-Up, Tag-Team Match - Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott vs The IIconics
Highlights (Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott vs The IIconics)
Result - Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott defeat The IIconics
Seth Rollins & Murphy make their way to the ring for Rollins’ upcoming match. Rollins first grabs a microphone and says that Murphy is the reason he & Rollins lost time Rey Mysterio & Dominik, last night at WWE Payback and to ‘get the hell out of his ring’ because he’s not about to cost him an opportunity at the WWE Championship and then Rollins slaps Murphy in the back of the head. As Murphy is walking out, Dominik attacks him before we head to a commercial break before the match gets underway...
- WWE Championship #1 Contender’s Qualifying Match - Seth Rollins vs Dominik Mysterio
Highlights (Seth Rollins vs Dominik Mysterio)
Result - Seth Rollins defeats Dominik Mysterio
We then see RAW Underground where Riddick Moss beats Titus O’Neil in a really solid fight.
We then see footage from Akira Tozawa driving into the arena, earlier today and his truck was stopped by a parking attendant who was actually a referee and R-Truth comes out of nowhere and rolls Tozawa up to win the 24/7 Championship.
Street Profits vs Andrade & Angel Garza ends in a no-contest after Retribution attack and take everyone out as Angel Garza & Demi escape through the usual crowd area and we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break and Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shaffer are taking everyone out at RAW Underground, including Peyton Royce before we head to another commercial break.
After the break, we go back to RAW Underground where Apollo Crews is getting ready to fight Shelton Benjamin. The fight spills into the crowd standing around the ring and it ends up being MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin brawling with Apollo Crews, Cedric Alexander & Ricochet before Shane McMahon makes the officials break it up when ‘The Hurt Business’ beat-down Apollo, Cedric & Ricochet and Shane signs RAW Underground off until next week.
Retribution is then shown backstage attacking random people as they walk up to Angel Garza & Demi before Garza books it & then Demi follows behind when Retribution approaches her.
It’s now time for our main event of the evening...
- WWE Championship, #1 Contenders Triple-Threat Match - Randy Orton vs Keith Lee vs Seth Rollins
Highlights (Randy Orton vs Keith Lee vs Seth Rollins)
Result - Randy Orton defeats Keith Lee and Seth Rollins
That’s a wrap for Monday Night RAW!
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