Raw’s men’s team was in the ring with Adam Pearce. He spoke about Survivor Series and Raw’s dominant victory. He thought they should be rewarded and wanted to give them each a chance to state their case about why they should be next in line for Drew McIntyre.
Sheamus congratulated McIntyre on winning the title again and called himself the MVP of team Raw. Styles thought that was ridiculous and thought Sheamus might try to use his friendship with McIntyre to get the shot.
Keith Lee reminded them that he secured the win by pinning Jey Uso. Riddle said he beat King Corbin which makes him King Bro. He thought winning the title would be dope and maybe he would take McIntyre’s sword which would also be dope.
Pearce wanted to hear from Braun Strowman, who was last but not least. Strowman, an idiot, took offense to being called last. Pearce tried to explain that it was just a common expression. Strowman headbutted him. Pearce went down. Lee and Styles checked on Pearce as they abruptly went to break.
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Raw Tag Team Championship match: Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods defeated Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander (w/MVP)
The announcers talked about how heinous Strowman’s actions were.
I think New Day said it was their day off. If that's true, why did they even show up?
There was footage from earlier today of Hurt Business giving New Day a hard time for losing last night. Shelton Benjamin thought they should be champions instead. Xavier Woods reminded them that they did this already and it didn’t end well for Hurt Business. Alexander got in Woods’ face and demanded a shot. Kofi Kingston didn’t seem to like the idea because it was their day off but Woods accepted.
I think they had a better match a week ago.
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Pearce announced a series of matches and the winners would face off in a triple threat next week with the winner of that earning the shot against McIntyre. He said the first match was right now. (I guess he told Riddle in the few seconds we didn’t see him on camera because Riddle’s music hit immediately and he went to the ring.)
The other qualifying matches tonight are Orton vs. Styles and Lee vs. Lashley.
Riddle defeated Sheamus (20:48)
This was long but it was a pretty good match that featured more than a few nearfalls.
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Firefly Fun House
Friendship Frog Fuckery
This was just a waste of time.
They threw shade at Randy And Nikki
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What ever happened to the Paul Heyman Walrus?
Raw Women’s Championship match: Asuka defeated Lana via DQ (1:01)
Women’s Champion Asuka & Lana defeated Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler in a non-title match
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Keith Lee defeated US Champion Bobby Lashley (w/MVP) via DQ in a non-title match (12:36)
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Alexa Bliss defeated Nikki Cross (4:17)
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AJ Styles (w/Omos) defeated Randy Orton (12:51)
Who's the heel and the babyface in this match or even on this show?
Orton went back in the ring and managed to block a Phenomenal forearm. Before he could follow up, the lights turned red and the Fiend appeared behind Orton again. He was gone when the lights came back on.
Styles gave a distracted Orton a Phenomenal forearm for the pinfall win. Styles advances to next week’s triple threat match.
The match wasn’t anything special but the Fiend stuff made it much, much worse. It was silly that only Orton seemed to notice the lights and the music and the Fiend himself. Styles and the referee seemed completely unbothered by it.
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Elon said it was whack. It wasn't very good but it built up feuds and matchee for the near future.
RAW is too long. Go back to 2 hour. Drew the WWE Champion was gone and no one cared enough to even mention it