Tonight’s edition of Monday Night RAW emanates from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida inside of the WWE ThunderDome. The show is headlined by a WWE Payback rematch between Keith Lee and the #1 contender for Drew McIntyre’s WWE Championship, Randy Orton.
Before the show begins, let’s see what tonight has in-store...
Keith Lee Takes-On Randy Orton In A WWE Payback Rematch
Kevin Owens Looks For Revenge Against Aleister Black At RAW Underground
Dominik Mysterio Battles Murphy
The show begins with the number 1 contender for Drew McIntyre’s WWE Championship, Randy Orton, who’s making his way down to the ring and we have Michael Cole taking the place of Tom Phillips on commentary, alongside the usual Monday Night RAW duo of Byron Saxton & Samoa Joe.
Orton, now in the ring, says he told everyone that he would jump through every hoop to earn another opportunity at Drew McIntyre and the WWE Championship and even though he was already entitled to that title shot, he earned another one anyway. Randy then turns his attention to WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre. Orton tells production to roll the footage of him punting the aforementioned McIntyre in the head, 3-times a few weeks ago, which has sideline the Champion with a ‘fractured jaw’. Orton asks what do you do when your world champion is unable to defend his title at the one PPV where every title must be defended...Orton says it’s very simple...you hand him the WWE Championship. We then hear sirens and it’s an ambulance pulling up to the stage and it’s WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre who rushes the ring and drills Orton with a ‘Claymore Kick’ and reigns down some heavy punches on his ‘Clash of Champions’ opponent. McIntyre heads to the back as Orton is tended to by WWE officials.
We then see footage of MVP berating a janitor, earlier today and his fellow Hurt Business brethren Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin throw the janitor to the ground as we cut back to live action where former United States Champion, Apollo Crews is making his way to the ring where it’s announced that there’s a 6-man tag-team match coming up after the break that pits Apollo Crews with Cedric Alexander & Ricochet, up against the aforementioned MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin.
- 6-Man Tag-Team Match - Apollo Crews, Cedric Alexander & Ricochet vs MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin
Highlights (Apollo Crews, Cedric Alexander & Ricochet vs MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin)
Result - MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin defeat Apollo Crews, Cedric Alexander & Ricochet
The Street Profits quickly defeat Andrade & Angel Garza (with Zelina Vega) when Garza walks out on Andrade & Vega.
Hopefully that’s the last time we see that match since we’ve seen it about 176 times in the last month...luckily, there was no sign of Demi Burnett, this week.
After the match, the SmackDown Tag-Team Champions, Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura come down to the ring and Cesaro says thanks to the quarterly brand-to-brand invitational, they’re challenging the Street Profits to a Champions vs Champions match, next Monday night. Dawkins & Ford tell Cesaro that he’s had so many partners that he may want to get an STD test.
Peyton Royce then makes her way down to the ring with a new theme song and she’s about to have a singles match against her former partner, Billie Kay, after the commercial break.
- Match - Peyton Royce vs Billie Kay
Highlights (Peyton Royce vs Billie Kay)
Result - Peyton Royce defeats Billie Kay
Rey Mysterio, Dominik, Rey’s wife, Angie and Rey’s daughter Aalyah make their way down to the ring.
Charly Caruso is in the ring and asks Rey if he has an update on his torn triceps injury. Rey thanks Charly for allowing them this time to speak, Rey says there’s no timetable for his return but he can’t wait to get back in the ring and take-out Seth Rollins. Charly asks Rey if he’s offered any words of wisdom before his match against Murphy, later tonight. Rey says Dominik knows exactly what to do against Murphy, tonight. Caruso then asks Dominik how he’s feeling before his match against Murphy, tonight...and Murphy appears on the big-screen and says that Rollins turned his back on him and he plans to earn his respect back, tonight. Rey says that it’s not their fault that Murphy sold his soul to the devil, Seth Rollins. Murphy says Dominik has a bright future in WWE...but the ultimate sacrifice is to end his career before it even starts...and he challenges Dominik to a street fight...Dominik accepts and Murphy asks Dominik to bring his family to ringside, so they can watch his final match in WWE...Dominik says if Murphy lays a finger on his family, he’ll have taken his last breath.
Before the next match gets underway, it’s announced that next week, on Monday Night RAW, Asuka will defend the RAW Women’s Championship against Mickie James.
- Match - Asuka & Mickie James vs Natalya & Lana
Highlights (Asuka & Mickie James vs Natalya & Lana)
Result - Asuka & Mickie James defeat Natalya & Lana
After a quick commercial break, it’s time for the VIP Lounge with MVP, United States Champion, Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander.
MVP and Shelton ask Cedric why he changed his mind all of a sudden...Cedric said he’s sick of getting his ass beat and MVP was right when it’s impossible to be tag-team partners with someone like Ricochet, who calls himself the One & Only. The Viking Raiders, Apollo Crews & Ricochet storm the ring and the brawl is one between all 8-men and we go to a commercial break.
- 8-Man Tag-Team Match - MVP, Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander vs Viking Raiders, Apollo Crews & Ricochet
Highlights (MVP, Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander vs Viking Raiders, Apollo Crews & Ricochet)
Result - MVP, Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander defeat Viking Raiders, Apollo Crews & Ricochet
Keith Lee vs Randy Orton ends in a no-contest after Drew McIntyre comes out of nowhere and drills Orton with another ‘Claymore Kick’.
We then cut to RAW Underground where Aleister Black and Kevin Owens are going at it and their fight spills to the outside of the ring and we head to a commercial break.