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Drew McIntyre throws open challenge
The show kicked off with Ric Flair, The Big Show, Christian and Shawn Michaels all making their entries before welcoming WWE Champion Drew McIntyre to the ring. McIntyre opened up about his history with the four men before Randy Orton broke off proceedings, saying he won’t be done with McIntyre until he’s WWE Champion. Before apparently leaving the building, Orton said he wouldn’t have to beg for another title game, he would just get one because he’s Randy Orton, while saying he would call everyone back. world that there is a price to pay to cross it. . McIntyre then said, surrounded by legends, that he had realized the kind of champion he wanted to be and issued an open challenge for later in the series to anyone he had yet to defend himself against.
WWE Championship – Drew McIntyre (c) bat. Robert Roode via pinfall after a Claymore to retain the title. Dolph Ziggler approached Adam Pearce earlier in the night to offer him an idea of a challenger. Ahead of the game, Ziggler introduced Robert Roode’s return as that man. Roode threw a fairly thin challenge, but enlisted the help of Ziggler, who pulled him out of the ring before McIntyre pulled Ziggler into the ring, ready to attack before Roode hit the champion with a chop block. . McIntyre continued to sell the injured leg, offering openings for some Roode near falls – including hitting a Glorious DDT – before McIntyre finally hit the Claymore for the finish. After the game, just before the show aired, Randy Orton disguised himself as a concierge backstage, removing a steel chair from his cart and donning night vision goggles before sneaking into the “Legends Lounge. Where Show, Flair, Christian and Michaels were playing poker. He turned off the lights and several gunshots could be heard.
The opening segment with the Captions was awkward and a bit too jokey, and the image of Orton in night vision goggles at the end of the night is meme fodder. Add to that a pretty “blah” surprise opponent to Roode, and it wasn’t the strongest night for segments involving the WWE Champion. The match was perfectly fine, but it felt like a busy night as the feud between the champion and Orton dragged on. Grade: C
Mysterio’s family drama intensifies
The Mysterio family were interviewed in the ring by Jerry Lawler, addressing last week’s family drama. Aalyah Mysterio made it clear that she was angry with her father for calling her naive last week, but that Seth Rollins is a bad person and anyone hanging around him is making bad choices. Rollins then appeared on the Titantron and showed direct messages between Aalyah and Murphy – whose phone Rollins had picked up earlier that night. The messages were generally harmless, including Murphy offering to listen if Aalyah needed someone to talk to and texting her a “happy birthday” text. But that was enough to send Dominik Mysterio angry before storming backstage and brawling with Murphy to set up the game later that night.
Murphy def. Dominik Mysterio via pinfall with a school pin. Mysterio was furious as he walked to the ring and immediately took the fight from Murphy. The two continued to brawl inside and outside the ring before Mysterio looked under the ring and found a kendo stick. As he was trying to get in the ring, Aalyah came to ringside and begged Dominik to stop. With Dominik distracted, Murphy rolled him for a pin. Dominik kicked the kendo stick a few times before Aalyah stepped in again. Dominik called her naive, saying their father was right before she slapped him and stormed off.
The age difference between Aalyah and Murphy is an understandable sticking point for many people. It’s not entirely clear that this is actually a “romance angle,” but it has all of the story beats from the start of it being. Dominik continues to shine in the ring early in his career, but he and Aalyah exposed some of WWE’s worst “acting games” overnight. These rough edges may eventually fade away, but that’s a weak spot in the young Mysterios’ game right now. Category B-
What Else Happened on WWE Raw?
Raw Women’s Championship – Asuka (c) def. Zelina Vega via submission with the Asuka lock to keep the title. As was the case when the two met in Clash of Champions, Vega gave a fiery effort, returning her focus to Asuka’s arm as she had done the night before. But Vega failed when Asuka countered a moonsault in Asuka Lock to secure the finish and retain her title.
Keith Lee a vaincu. Andrade via pinfall after a spiritual bomb. After Vega’s match, Andrade entered the ring and denounced his former manager for dragging him into the past. After Vega left, Andrade asked someone to come out and face him, drawing Lee in. Lee did Andrade’s relatively easy job before hitting a Spirit Bomb for victory.
The 24/7 Championship has traded hands three times in less than a minute. A ninja approached R-Truth from behind the scenes. He handed Truth a note from Akira Tozawa, indicating that he had been eaten by a shark – as implied last week. The ninja then gave the truth a black belt, the truth celebrated, and Tozawa crawled from under a table to pin the truth to win the title. The first ninja then pinned Tozawa to win the title, revealing himself to be Drew Gulak. Truth then pinned Gulak to win the title.
Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke fight. Lana and Natalya via pinfall when Rose hit Lana with a bouncing knee. Lana and Natalya have claimed they should win the women’s titles after Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax were unable to defend themselves in the Clash of Champions. Adam Pearce has said no such thing will happen, but the duo could earn their way to a title shot by taking on Raw’s latest tag team: Rose and Brooke.
Kevin Owens bat. Aleister Black par disqualification. Ahead of the game, Black cut a backstage promo accusing Owens of not being there for him when his eye was injured by Murphy and Rollins. The match itself was an all-out brawl between the two before Black accidentally punched the official, resulting in disqualification. Owens punched an angry Black man with a stun after the decision was announced.
24/7 Championship – R-Truth (c) déf. Drew Gulak et Akira Tozawa via pinfall after hitting an AA on Gulak on Tozawa. After the quick title changes earlier in the night, a triple threat ensued, with Truth retaining the belts in the match which was more entertaining than most “real” 24/7 belt matches.
Apollo Crews, Ricochet and Mustafa Ali beat. The Hurt Business via Pinfall after Ali reached MVP with a splash of 450. At the start of the match, the lights flashed and the Retribution logo was displayed on the screens of the ThunderDome, but nothing came out and the match proceeded until Ali wins the big victory.