Drew says an opportunity is a hell of a thing. You can make your own opportunities and make things happen. Some times, opportunity falls into your lap. I had a war of words with MVP last week and I told him I would get my rematch. That triggered people in the back and then Braun Strowman came out and said ME WANT TITLE SHOT. Randy Orton slithered to the ring and he talked about wanting a title match. Then Adam Pearce made the number one contender match. His chance to earn the right to get back his championship. He beat two of the top contenders and he is the number one contender.
With opportunity, you can dive into the deep end and grab the bull by the horns. Let’s talk about Mace and T-Bar. They decided to make their name at the expense of Drew McIntyre. He knows they are not the mastermind of this situation. Drew says he knows it was MVP. Why did those monsters join with MVP? Will they start wearing suits and get rid of those masks? When he gets his hands on those bastards, he will get some retribution.
MVP’s music plays and he comes to the stage.
Porter says Drew didn’t expect him to come out to address those comments? You didn’t expect Bobby Lashley to put you to sleep at Wrestlemania. Porter tells Drew to expect the unexpected. Porter wishes Drew a warm and sincere congratulations on behalf of Bobby Lashley because Drew will be a worthy challenger to beat again at Backlash when he puts Drew to sleep again.
Drew wants Porter to tell him that he had nothing to do with that attack last week.
Porter says Bobby Lashley is the Chief Hurt Officer and Porter says he is the Vice President. Bobby downsized the Hurt Business previously. Why did they recruit someone else when he could beat Drew by himself. Drew points out how Lashley was looking for everyone to take him out prior to Wrestlemania. Porter says Mace and T-Bar have ZERO affiliation with the Hurt Business. Maybe you made some enemies when you challenged the locker room. Drew says maybe you are telling the truth and it is a HUGE COINCIDENCE that you came out to the stage after I won and Mace and T-Bar attacked me.
T-BAR and Mace bring Drew into the ring as fans boo. They deliver High Justice in the middle of the ring as MVP watches from the bottom of the ramp. T-BAR and Mace then exit the ring and walk right past MVP without saying anything. MVP smirks and watches as Drew tries to recover in the ring.
– Kevin Patrick stops T-BAR and Mace backstage. They are confident about finishing off Drew McIntyre later on. We go to a replay of what just happened. We see Drew recover in the ring and seethe as we go to commercial.
— We are back and Drew is in the back and he finds Adam Pearce. He tells Pearce that he wants Mace and T-Bar. Adam says he knew what Drew wanted but he cannot do it himself. Drew says he can do it himself. Adam says Drew needs a tag partner.
Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin vs. The Viking Raiders
Benjamin and Erik start things off and Benjamin backs Erik into the corner and he punches Erik. Erik punches back and he connects with a forearm. Erik misses a double knee strike and Benjamin with a waist lock take down. Alexander tags in and he hits a drop kick after Benjamin gives Erik another waist lock take down. Alexander gets a near fall. Alexander kicks Erik in the corner. Benjamin tags in and kicks Erik and sends him into the turnbuckles. Alexander tags back in and Alexander with an elbow to the back of the neck. Erik with a forearm and Ivar tags in. Ivar with a spinning side slam and he goes after Benjamin. Ivar misses a splash when Alexander moves.
Benjamin tags in and Alexander with a drop kick and Benjamin with a knee for a near fall. Benjamin with punches in the corner. Ivar with punches but Benjamin with a knee. Alexander tags in and he punches Ivar. Ivar with a punch to the midsection and Alexander chokes Ivar in the corner. Benjamin tags in and he punches Ivar. Ivar with a seated splash but Benjamin stops Ivar from making the tag. Benjamin with a knee bar into an ankle lock but Ivar sends Benjamin into the corner and Erik tags in.
Erik with knees but Benjamin with a back drop for a near fall. Alexander tags in and hits a running forearm followed by a tornado DDT for a near fall. Ivar sends Benjamin into the ringside barrier and hits a cross body to Benjamin. Erik catches Alexander on a handspring move. Erik with a knee and Ivar tags in. They hit the Viking Experience for the three count.
Winners: The Viking Raiders
Kevin Patrick is in the back and he is with Randy Orton. Kevin asks Randy if the Fiend is no more. Randy says the Fiend will not be heard from in WWE as long as he is here. No one could have done that to The Fiend. Drew McIntyre lucked into another match against Bobby Lashley. Randy says he will wait for whoever wins at Backlash and they will have a target on his back. Riddle scoots by and congratulates Randy on his win at Wrestlemania. Riddle asks what does Apex Predator mean. Riddle says he lost his title at Wrestlemania. They can be a tag team and they can be RKBro.
Riddle starts singing “I hear voices in my head…” as Randy walks away. We go to commercial.
— We are back and Adam Pearce is on his phone. Randy Orton enters and he says he is sick of the lack of respect and he mentions the blonde haired goofball on the scooter. Randy says he wants him in the ring tonight. Adam says he will see what he can do.
— We take a look back at Charlotte Flair’s return to Raw.
— Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring and she is dressed to talk. Back to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Charlotte says she came back to Raw last week simply demanding respect from the Women’s Locker Room and the WWE Universe. After everything I have given to this industry. I expressed how I felt. I came back unapologetically the biggest star in the division. If those rats don’t think that is the case, they were talking about me at Wrestlemania. They hate each other as much as they hate me. They are so fake to each other. I don’t know why they are mad at me? They didn’t have a match taken away from them. I had a match taken from me.
Big deal, Rhea beat Asuka at Wrestlemania. I beat Rhea and I beat Asuka. I can beat both of them in the same night. That is why they call me the opportunity. I will give Asuka that chance tonight. Asuka is one of the best competitors in the world, but it doesn’t mean I have to like her. I will show Asuka how much I don’t like her and why I am the queen.
Asuka’s music interrupts.and she makes her way to the ring, but before Asuka can say anything, Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley’s music interrupts.
Charlotte asks if they are going to gang up on her. After I beat Asuka, I want Rhea to take some notes about how great she is. Rhea says she will take Charlotte up on that offer, but knowing Asuka, I know that she is going to beat her. Charlotte asks Asuka if she heard what Rhea said. Charlotte asks if she did not remember that I ended your streak. Charlotte says it will be me going for the Raw championship. Asuka tells Charlotte that she will beat her… BITCH.
— Randy Orton walks in the back and that goof with the scooter passes him. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get a graphic touting more than 1 billion video views across WWE’s social and digital platforms during WrestleMania 37 Week.
– The announcers show us what happened with MVP, T-Bar, Mace and Drew McIntyre. Graves confirms the 2-on-1 Handicap Match for later tonight.
Riddle vs. Randy Orton
They lock up and Riddle with a waist lock and Orton gets to the ropes. Orton with a side head lock take down. Riddle backs Orton into the ropes and Orton with a knee and he tries for a suplex but Riddle lands on his feet and he jumps on Orton’s back and applies a sleeper. Orton tries to get to the ropes and Riddle traps the arms. Orton with a snap mare to escape. Riddle returns to the sleeper. Orton escapes but Riddle reapplies the sleeper. Orton drops back and gets out of the hold. Riddle returns to the sleeper and Orton rolls to the floor to force a break. Riddle goes to the apron and Orton blocks the kick and Orton sends Riddle face first to apron and then Orton with a back drop driver onto the announce table and Riddle bounces off as we go to commercial.
We are back and Orton stomps on the ankle many times. Orton chokes Riddle in the ropes. Riddle with chops and forearms but Orton with a power slam for a near fall. Orton sets for a suplex and hits it. Orton with a European uppercut and he sends Riddle into the turnbuckles. Orton with a punch but Riddle with chops. Orton with a thumb to the eye. Orton sends Riddle into the turnbuckles and he chops Riddle a few times. Riddle with chops and forearms but Orton with an Irish whip that sends Riddle sternum first into the turnbuckles. Orton gets a near fall. Orton with a reverse chin lock as he demands respect. Orton goes for a shoulder into the corner but Riddle moves and Orton hits the ring post.
Riddle with punches to the midsection followed by a boot to the chest. Riddle with a Pele Kick. Riddle with a running forearm into the corner followed by a second. Riddle goes for an exploder but Orton blocks it and punches Riddle. Riddle with a leg sweep and back senton for a near fall. Riddle goes to the turnbuckles and Orton hits Riddle in the back. Orton with another forearm to the back followed by a forearm to the head. Orton with a rake of the eyes on the turnbuckles and he sets for a superplex and hits it. Orton gets a near fall.
Riddle with a triangle in the ropes and he releases it before the five count. Orton with a kick to the chest and an IEDDT. Orton punches the mats prior to an RKO but Riddle with a crucifix bomb for the three count.
Adam Pearce is on the phone and Sheamus enters. Sheamus says that everyone said that Adam was looking for him. Adam congratulates Sheamus for winning the US title at Wrestlemania. Adam asks Sheamus to think about the legacy of the US Title and how one of the former champions had a weekly open challenge. His name was John Cena, but Adam says that Sheamus is not John Cena. Sheamus says he knows that Adam is trying to goad him into making an open challenge, and he will do it.
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler vs. Lana and Naomi in a Non Title Match
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler make their way to the ring as we go to commercial.
Nia and Naomi start things off and Naomi with forearms in the corner. Naomi with a kick to the midsection followed by a drop kick. Lana tags in and Lana with a satellite head scissors into an attempted side Russian leg sweep. Naomi tags in and hits a flying clothesline. Lana tags in and she kicks Nia. Naomi tags in and hits a leg drop for a near fall. Lana tags in and they go for a double suplex but Nia blocks it and hits a double suplex of her own. Shayna tags in and connects with a knee to Lana for a near fall. Shayna goes for a wrist lock and Lana with a rollup for a near fall. Shayna knocks Naomi off the apron and Shayna stomps on the arm.
Mandy Rose’s music plays and she comes out to the stage with Dana Brooke.
Mandy apologizes for interrupting Nia’s match but she wants to show Nia something. We take a look at what happened last week when Mandy slapped Nia. Dana shows what happened after this.
Shayna has a double wrist lock on Lana while we see Nia fall during her match last week.
Nia refuses to make the tag and she goes after Mandy and Dana but they go to the back. Naomi tags in and they hit a double kick and a double X Factor for the three count.
Winners: Naomi and Lana
— We take a look back at what Bad Bunny did at Wrestlemania.
We are back with Alexa Bliss and she wants to tell you about Lily. She didn’t come around at Wrestlemania. They have been best friends for a long time. One time we were on a playground like this one and another girl was mean to her. She said she couldn’t have a bite of her ice cream cone. Alexa shoved that little bitch off the swing and she broke her arm. Alexa says she ate all of her ice cream. When teachers asked her why she did it, she told the truth. Lily made me do it. The teachers thought I was bonkers. If Lily doesn’t like something, she has no trouble letting you know.
Alexa says all of the little gitls on the Raw roster, there is something you should know. Lily didn’t like HIM and Lily doesn’t like any of you. Alexa laughs and swings.
— We get to relive the interruption during the women’s tag match.
We go to Mandy and Dana in the back and Sarah ambushes them to remind them what happened and if it was appropriate behavior. Mandy says they are not bullies, Shayna and Nia are the bullies.
Nia Jax shows up and Shayna tells Nia to get her head back in the game and the only reason they lost was because of Nia. You are getting so distracted so you better start paying attention… or else!
Angel Garza shows up and he asks about Reggie.
— Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring for his handicap match against T-Bar and Mace. But first… We go to commercial.
Drew McIntyre vs. T-Bar and Mace
Drew with punches to T-Bar and he sends T-Bar into the turnbuckles. Drew with a chop and punches. T-Bar with a kick and punches. T-Bar with a back elbow and Drew with a kick and chop. Drew sets for a suplex and T-Bar blocks it. T-Bar goes for a suplex and Drew blocks it. Drew wit knees and he hits a suplex for a near fall. Drew with a head butt but T-Bar with a knee and forearm.
We see MVP watching in the back.
Mace tags in. Mace with punches and knees to Drew. Drew with a chop and Mace with a back elbow for a near fall. Mace with a chop and he tags T-Bar back into the match. Mace and T-Bar with a double suplex for a near fall. T-Bar kicks Drew. Mace tags back in and he punches Drew. T-Bar tags in and they connect with a double kick in the corner. T-Bar with a rear chin lock. Drew with punches to T-Bar. T-Bar pulls Drew down by the hair and Mace tags in. Mace with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. T-Bar tags in and he punches Drew in the back. T-Bar chokes Drew in the ropes. Drew with chops and punches. Drew with a spinebuster for a near fall.
Drew runs into a boot in the corner and T-Bar goes to the turnbuckles but Drew with a head butt as T-Bar comes off the turnbuckles. Drew sets for a Claymore but Mace tries for a clothesline. Drew sends Mace to teh floor and T-Bar backs Drew into the corner. Mace comes in and he punches Drew.
The referee loses control and calls for the bell.
Winner by DQ: Drew McIntyre
After the match, Braun Strowman’s music plays and he forces Mace and T-Bar to leave the ring. Time for another commercial.
Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre vs. Mace and T-Bar
We are back and guess what? We have an impromptu match!
Braun and Mace lock up and Braun sends Mace into the turnbuckles. They lock up again and Mace backs Strowman into the corner. Mace pushes Braun and Braun misses a clothesline. Mace with a side head lock. Mace with a shoulder tackle but Braun bounces off the ropes and takes Mace down with a shoulder tackle. Strowman with a head butt and he punches Mace. Strowman with a forearm and side head lock. Braun with a knee and punch. Drew tags in and he kicks Mace.
Drew sends Mace into the turnbuckles and he punches Mace until the referee pulls him out of the corner. Mace with a shot to the throat and T-Bar tags in. Drew with a clothesline. Braun tags in and kicks T-Bar. Strowman with a forearm and he sends T-Bar into the corner. T-Bar with a kick but Braun with a punch. Braun with a hard Irish whip and Mace distracts Braun long enough to allow T-Bar to clip Braun. Mace tags in and they hit a boot and clothesline combination. Mace with a chin lock and crossface.
T-Bar tags in and he kicks Braun in the jaw. T-Bar gets a near fall. T-Bar with a chin lock and forearms to the back. Braun with a back body drop. Drew and Mace tag in and Drew with a clothesline and another clothesline. Drew with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and a neck breaker. Drew rips Mace’s mask off and Mace slaps Drew. Drew slaps Mace with his mask and hits Mace until the referee calls for the bell.
Winners by DQ: T-Bar and Mace
After the match, T-Bar with a belly-to-back suplex to Drew. Braun with a shoulder tackle and he rips T-Bar’s mask off.
— Miz and Maryse walk in the back as we go to commercial.
The Miz vs. Damian Priest
Miz goes to the floor for some advice and a kiss from his wife. Priest brings Miz back into the ring and connects with a suplex and forearms. Priest with a kick to the chest. Priest with another knee to the chest followed by a spinning heel kick. Maryse grabs Priest by the ankle and Miz with a kick to Priest. Miz with a baseball slide that sends Priest to the floor. Miz sends Priest into the ringside barrier and then a second time. Miz sends Priest back into the ring. Miz with a double sledge off the turnbuckles and he punches Priest. Miz with a kick to the chest.
Miz gets a near fall. Miz with a reverse chin lock. Miz with Reality Check. Miz with kicks to the chest. Miz goes for a round kick but Priest with a forearm to the leg. Priest with forearms and a face plant. Priest sets for an elbow into the corner and he hits it. Priest goes for the Broken Arrow but Miz escapes. Priest with a springboard senton. Priest sets for the choke slam but Miz escapes it momentarily. Priest with a forearm and Maryse gets on the apron.
Priest gets distracted and Miz with a rollup and his feet on the ropes for a near fall. Priest boxes the ears and hits Hit the Lights for the three count.
Winner: Damian Priest
— Asuka is getting ready in the back as we go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Sheamus is in the ring.
He says that there is something that the world needs to know now. That is that he is the United States Champion. It is going to be like that for a long long time. How did you do it? I didn’t do by being a nice fella or making reckless decisions. I did it by doing the opposite. Here is the deal. I am going to be your fighting champion. That means, I am going to issue an open challenge for his title every week on Raw… or when he wants.
Sheamus asks who wants to put their hands on real gold.
Humberto Carrillo makes his way to the ring and Sheamus with forearms and kicks to Carrillo. Sheamus sends Carrillo over the top rope to the floor. Sheamus clotheslines Carrillo on the floor and he sends Carrillo into the ringside barrier. Sheamus does it again and then he sends Carrillo into the ring post. Sheamus with forearms across the chest. Sheamus runs Carrillo into the ring post. Sheamus puts Carrillo in the corner and Sheamus sets for the Brogue Kick and hits it.
Sheamus tells Carrillo he is not in his league. The match never started.
— Charlotte Flair is in the back ready for the main event as we go to commercial.
Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka
We are back and before our main event starts, Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley makes her way to the ring. She sits on a chair in front of the ring.
They lock up and Charlotte with a side head lock and Asuka with a shoulder tackle but Flair stays on her feet. Asuka with a kick to the midsection. Charlotte goes to the apron and Asuka misses a hip attack. Charlotte with a kick to Asuka and they both go to the apron. Asuka counters a neck breaker on the apron with one of her own.
Rhea gets up to check out Charlotte and Asuka as we go to commercial.
We are back and Charlotte with a forearm to the back. Charlotte with an Irish whip and she runs into a back elbow and boot from Asuka. Asuka with a missile drop kick. Asuka with another drop kick and a pop up knee. Asuka with a hip attack in the corner. Asuka with kicks but she blocks a kick. Asuka blocks a kick and hits a German suplex. Asuka with a sliding kick for a near fall. Charlotte with a back first and Asuka with a take down into a cross arm breaker but Charlotte with elbows to get out of the hold. Charlotte misses a boot and Charlotte blocks a kick. Charlotte with a face buster. Asuka with punches and a back heel kick. Charlotte with a spear for a near fall.
Charlotte goes for the figure four leg lock but Asuka kicks Charlotte. Charlotte goes for a knee bar in the ropes and Charlotte goes to the floor. Charlotte goes for a clip and Asuka leaps over Charlotte and Asuka with an Asuka Lock but Charlotte gets to the ropes. Charlotte clips Asuka and goes for a figure four leg lock and she applies it but Rhea pulls Charlotte down when Charlotte bridges. Charlotte grabs Rhea and pulls her onto the apron. Asuka with a kick and rollup for the three count.
After the match, Asuka stands tall as her music hits. Ripley taunts Flair from ringside as Flair goes to argue with the referee. Flair backs the referee into the corner, then grabs him and launches him across the ring. Flair stomps away on the referee now, keeping him down. She mounts him from behind this time and continues the aggressive beatdown as fans boo. Another referee runs in and tells Flair to get off.
Other officials are in now, ordering Flair to the back. She attacks the same referee again and continues beating on him as the others yell at her and fans boo her. Flair goes to leave the ring but she stops and comes back in through the ropes. The officials warn her but she delivers a punt kick to the ribs of the original referee. The boos get louder now as Flair stands in the middle of the ring. She looks out at the crowd and begins to make her exit as RAW goes off the air.
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