Raw WWE results, recap, notes: AJ Styles makes a shocking comeback, Drew McIntyre shines at Money in the Bank

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The main story in this week’s edition of WWE Raw was a gauntlet match for last place in Sunday’s game with money in the bank. The space had already been occupied by the Apollo crews before he was removed by Andrade last week. The last participant in the glove match was a shock as AJ Styles returned for the first time since he was buried by The Undertaker in a Boneyard match at WrestleMania 36.

Styles succeeded in eliminating Humberto Carrillo – who had already fought against three men – to win the match and consolidate his place as favorite par excellence to win the classification match. But it was not the only highlight leading to Sunday’s à la carte event. WWE Champion Drew McIntyre faced Murphy – the “follower” of Seth Rollins, who is fighting for the title on Sunday – in the main event of the evening. With Rollins watching, McIntyre brutally destroyed his protégé.

It was not the end, however, as Rollins would blind McIntyre with an attack. Before he could finish delivering a message with one of his patented stomps, he was blown away with a whim by the champion and kicked out of the ring as McIntyre got the last job before their confrontation.

Let’s take a look at everything that happened in Raw’s Money in the Bank homecoming edition.

WWE Gross Results, Notes

Raw opened its doors with a special edition of the VIP VIP Lounge. After MVP’s attempt to host the Raw men set for the Money in the Bank ranking match ended in a fight last week, he attempted to host Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax and Asuka, participants of Raw at the match. After Baszler and Asuka started to swap works and got along, they both turned their gaze to Jax. As Jax realized what was going on, she started to stand up, only to be kicked out of the ring by the two women who then had to be sidelined by MVP as the segment ended on a note strong without too much unnecessary fluff. Category B-

AJ Styles def. Humberto Carrillo via submission to win a gauntlet match and qualify for Money in the Bank. Lashley dominated the opening stages of the match with victories over Titus O’Neil and Akira Tozawa before losing his temper against Humberto Carrillo and being disqualified. Carrillo managed to win victories over Angel Garza and Austin Theory, both of whom had Zelina Vega with them at the edge of the ring, but AJ Styles’ shocking return was the story that came out of the match as he returned for the first time since his burial by The Undertaker in the Boneyard match at WrestleMania. Styles finished Carrillo’s race with a submission from Calf Crusher to end a long gauntlet match on one of the highest possible notes, even if the Vega crew continues to struggle remains a waste of stability potentially excellent heel. Quality: B +

AJ Styles cut a promo after his victory. After brutalizing Carillo and attacking his knee, Styles admitted that he had been buried by The Undertaker at WrestleMania but erased any meaning at that time. “I was buried,” said Styles. ” So what? I admit it. I understand. But that doesn’t mean that I lost. There are no rules in a Boneyard match. No rules at all. It was then, and it is now. I grabbed an opportunity. You see, I’m now in the most unique Money in the Bank ladder match and it’s worth it. In fact, I’m going to do anything, and I mean anything, to get this money in the bank contract. If that means throwing Rey Mysterio or Aleister Black on top of the WWE headquarters? So be it. “

Seth Rollins participated in an on-site interview in the ring. Rollins admitted that McIntyre is a dominant champion, fighter, warrior and honorable man before emphasizing again that McIntyre is not a leader and is not intended to lead the WWE in the future. Rollins laid out his theory that being champion means being responsible for a generation and the whole company and that only he is able to carry that burden. Rollins’ promotional work during this program has always been solid – even if he sends the same message every week – and this interview was no different because his intensity and his delusions of his own importance went well. Quality: B +

Brendan Vink and Shane Thorne were shown behind the scenes prepare for their match with Cédric Alexander and Ricochet when they received the last word of encouragement from MVP. MVP hosted the game last week, taking Vink and Thorne from NXT improvement talent to a live program.

Murphy was interviewed behind the scenes. We asked him why he was so loyal to Seth Rollins. Murphy said he needed Rollins and Rollins needed him. Now he has learned and developed and one day may be as good – or better – than Rollins.

Brendan Vink and Shane Thorne beat. Ricochet & Cedric Alexander via pinfall after a big Vink boot on Ricochet. It was a fairly short game where the size and strength of the upstarts managed by MVP managed to upset. It’s a bit disappointing to see that Ricochet and Alexander continue to have loss-stopping momentum as they have proven a very promising tag team. But there is clearly something WWE sees in Vink and Thorne, pairing them with MVP and putting them in this match. The game itself was solid, even if the result was confusing. Category B-

The Viking Raiders def. The Street Profits via Pinfall in an untitled match after hitting the Viking experience on Angelo Dawkins. Before the game, Dawkins and Montez Ford made a promo to explain how the Performance Center is where they met and where the Street Profits were formed. But, they said, not everything was good because they have not been able to recover from the Viking Raiders since their signing. The Raiders dominated Ford early on, but Dawkins’ size helped tie things up in the middle section of the game. In the end, the Profits managed to interrupt an attempt at the Viking Experience. This allowed the profits to hit the Cash Out, but Erik managed to make a save to keep the match alive. Moments later, the Raiders hit the Viking experience on Dawkins for three in a very strong tag match, maintaining dominance over the Raw tag champions. Category B

Drew McIntyre was interviewed behind the scenes and asked Murphy how he “knows” that he can beat McIntyre earlier today. McIntyre said Murphy is a “very confused young man” and the type Rollins feeds on. McIntyre said he would not deny people a “good old-fashioned slaughter.”

After their victory, the Viking Raiders were interviewed. They said they proved that “the raid was on” before saying that they put out “the smoke”.

Aleister Black promo released where he told AJ Styles if he carried out his threat to throw him out of the WWE office, he had better hope Black did not get up or Styles wished he had been buried more than six feet deep.

Rey Mysterio did a backstage promo. Mysterio discussed the upcoming Money in the Bank game. Mysterio said it would be the most risky game of his career, but winning the contract was too attractive an opportunity to approach the end of his career.

Charlotte Flair cuts a promo in the ring hyping his next game with Io Shirai this Wednesday on NXT. Flair called herself “the hardest working woman in any industry.” Flair was finally cut off by Liv Morgan, who asked Flair if she remembered who she was before saying she didn’t need Flair’s approval while she figured out who she was and who she wanted to be saying that Flair was born with a silver spoon in his mouth – which Flair admitted to being proud of. Morgan then challenged Flair to a game and asked for a referee to come into the ring.

Charlotte Flair beats. Liv Morgan via submission with the Figure-Eight. Morgan was able to hang in early, continuing to show improvement as a ring performer. Flair took over with a dominant streak in the middle of the match, but Morgan roared backwards with a strong comeback streak. In the end, Flair was too much for Morgan – who continues to run around with the gadget that she doesn’t yet know who she is as a person. Flair countered Morgan’s attempt to hit Oblivion in a figure eight for the submission victory. It gave a lot more time than expected and really helped Morgan become a legitimate player. Quality: B +

Drew McIntyre beats. Murphy via pinfall after a Claymore kick. Murphy quickly found himself above his head with McIntyre, catching up with an early beating by the WWE champion. Murphy attempted to climb the entrance ramp to Seth Rollins, who was watching from the stage, but that only resulted in more violence at the edge of the ring. Murphy briefly got the upper hand, but his kicks only served to anger McIntyre and led to a headache at Glasgow Kiss. Murphy made a late burst, culminating in an electric bomb on McIntyre which resulted in only one charge. Murphy attempted to steal McIntyre’s 3-2-1 count from a kick from Claymore, but ate one in exchange for the fall in a short but effective game. Rollins then began to enter the ring, but as McIntyre begged him to enter the ring and fight, Rollins jumped from the ring apron, headed back but sprinted into the ring and blinded McIntyre with a superkick. Rollins yelled that the situation was bigger than one of them, but missed a trample and took a whim and fled the ring before McIntyre could land a Claymore. Quality: B +



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