Non-title triple threat tag team match: Raw Women’s Champion Asuka & Charlotte Flair defeated The IIconics and Tag Team Champions Bayley & Sasha Banks (10:48)
Rey Mysterio interview
The announcers talked about Rey Mysterio and their upcoming interview. Seth Rollins' music hit, which surprised the announcers. Rollins went to the announce desk and politely motioned for Byron Saxton to give up his seat. Saxton reluctantly got up and gave Rollins his headset. Rollins said “hi” to Mysterio and Mysterio called him a son-of-a-bitch.
(They went to break before the actual interview segment. Mysterio joined via video.)
Phillips asked Mysterio for an update on his eye. Mysterio said his doctor didn’t want to make any promises but said it was encouraging. His doctor did warn not to take any more damage to it. Mysterio had a warning for Rollins when his time came. Mysterio said he wouldn’t wait for the “end of the match” to hit the 619 and would go for it as soon as the bell rang.
Mysterio threatened Rollins over what he did to him and what he put his family through. “I’m going to kick your ass.” Rollins told Mysterio to stop spreading lies. He had the opportunity to walk away a hero but he continues to spread misinformation. Rollins wanted to give him one more chance and invited Mysterio and Dominik to Raw next week.
Mysterio wasn’t buying it and knew Rollins was only inviting him because he knew he wasn’t cleared. As Rollins pleaded with Mysterio, Aleister Black flew in out of nowhere, dove at Rollins and attacked him and they quickly went to break.
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Mysterio’s line about the 619 was nonsensical. The last bit with Black was great.
Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo defeated Austin Theory & Murphy (2:20)
Black and Carrillo won very quickly. Carrillo took out Theory with a suicide dive. With Murphy sitting on the top rope, Black caught him with a leaping penalty kick for the pinfall win.
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After the match, Rollins came out to Mysterio’s music while wearing his mask. Rollins and his pals beat up Carrillo and Black. Theory took out Carrillo with an ATL. Murphy gave Black a Murphy’s Law and Rollins gave him a curb stomp. The audience chanted “you suck.”
The Peep Show
Christian introduced Edge, who was happy to see him. They hugged. Christian talked about how excited and happy he was to see Edge return at the Royal Rumble and get his WrestleMania moment. Christian wanted to be honest and said Edge was running on fumes. The audience chanted, “you still got it.”
Christian didn’t think Edge could pull off the “greatest wrestling match ever” in his prime. Christian said they were friends and had to be honest with each other. He said Edge was lying to himself if he thought he could pull that off.
Edge told him to pump the brakes and consider what he’s been through. Edge hasn’t had a straight wrestling match in over nine years and now was expected to have the best match ever. It was like being placed at the bottom of Mount Everest with nothing and told, “go.”
Edge said this wasn’t the same Edge who would look Christian in the eye and give him confidence because he didn’t know if he could go out there and have a tag match. Edge knew Orton has been wrestling this whole time and was firing on all cylinders. Edge didn’t know how much he had left.
Christian got up and got in Edge’s face, telling him that he was only hearing excuses. Christian asked if he thought he was back just to give everyone some greatest hits — hit a few spears and go home. Christian knew someone who always believed in Edge — his mom. She sat at ringside for every match and would again on Sunday.
Christian said if “Edge” wasn’t going to show up at Backlash, to go home right now. The audience chanted for Edge. Christian smiled. He saw the look in Edge’s eyes. That’s what he wanted to see. “We believe in you.” It was the same look he had in his eyes when he put Orton down at Mania. He said Edge had the anti-venom.
Christian added, “We have confidence in you. We think you can win. We think you can have the greatest wrestling match ever.”
Orton appeared on the screen and begged them to shut up. Orton called it pathetic that all Edge could say was that he was going to try. Orton said he would embarrass and humiliate him. Oron would send Edge home where he belonged, with his wife and kids. The redemption of Edge was over at Backlash.
Edge responded, “No, it’s not,” dropped the mic and left. Before going through the back, he turned and nodded at Christian. Everyone was very good in this segment.
Caruso interviewed MVP, who wore a Shad Gaspard t-shirt. He said if she wanted a breakdown of the effectiveness of the full nelson, she’d have to tune into the VIP Lounge later. MVP became distracted by R-Truth. MVP called him a clown. As they argued, Bobby Lashley appeared and put Truth down with the full nelson.
The Street Profits / Viking Raiders decathlon
Apollo Crews entered. He was excited to defend his US title against the winner of tonight’s triple threat. Andrade and Angel Garza began making their entrance for the match when they were attacked by Kevin Owens. Owens tossed them around ringside leading to a break.
Triple threat match: Andrade defeated Angel Garza and Kevin Owens to become number one contender for the US Championship (13:38)
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Kurt Angle talked about the upcoming Edge/Orton match. He said having a great match came down to chemistry. He spoke about the chemistry between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker, as well as himself and Brock Lesnar. He said Edge and Orton had that chemistry. He picked Edge to win.
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MVP’s VIP Lounge
Bobby Lashley & MVP defeated The Viking Raiders (15:13)
Charlotte Flair defeated Raw Women’s Champion Asuka in a non-title match (27:15)
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