WWE Raw this week came live from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. With Clash Of Champions just around the corner this Sunday, this promised to be a very important show with major implications for the pay-per-view.
The show opened with Retribution storming to the ring, as it was revealed that its core members Mia Yim, Mercedes Martinez, Dio Maddin, Donovan Dijak and Shane Thorne had signed WWE contracts. They declared their intent to wreak havoc across the WWE before being confronted by the Hurt Business. But as the group led by MVP hit the ring, Retribution escaped to the outside, leaving Hurt Business to get beaten down by more masked Retribution members.
The first match of the night saw Andrade & Angel Gaza take on Humberto Carrillo & Dominik Mysterio and Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy in a tag team triple threat match to determine the number 1 contenders for the WWE Raw Tag Team Titles.
As Andrade & Gaza began to take control, Rollins walked out of the match leaving Murphy to eat a Wing Clipper from Gaza and take the pinfall.
Andrade & Angel Gaza def Humberto Carrillo & Dominik Mysterio and Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy via pinfall.
After a quick re-cap of Raw Underground from last week, Retribution delivered another promo going after The Hurt Business and promising to take out their frustrations on the faction in a match later on.
Kevin Owens then made his way to the ring for the Kevin Owens show where his guest would be Shane McMahon. They talked about their history together before Shane introduced Dabba-Kato. Owens riled up the big man, slapping him in the face, before swiftly introducing his second guest Braun Strowman. As Shane did his best to keep the two big men apart Aleister Black ambushed KO as the segment broke down.
Drew McIntyre gave an interview backstage about his upcoming match with Keith Lee and headed to the ring, but not before we saw Retribution beating down numerous Raw Superstars backstage. Back to the action in the ring, and as a hard-hitting match was heading towards its conclusion Randy Orton arrived on the scene, using a steel chair on the previously fractured jaw of McIntyre and punting Keith Lee. Orton grabbed a mic, shamed the crowd for doubting him, and promised to win his fourteenth WWE Championship this Sunday.
Drew McIntyre def Keth Lee via disqualification.
Backstage Asuka was interviewed before being interrupted by the now-defunct IIconics. All of this added more tension for the match between Asuka and Peyton Royce later in the show.
After being defeated by Asuka last week, Mickie James had a chance at redemption in a number one contenders match against Zelina Vega. The match went back and forth, but with James seemingly closing in on victory, Vega reversed her into the ropes before hitting a back stabber for the win.
Zelina Vega def Mickie James via pinfall.
We got a quick Bianca Blair vignette, and then it was straight into a crazy 24/7 Championship video package. Akira Tozawa and a ninja were hiding in the ocean, and as R-Truth approached a shark appeared and he drops the belt. He returned later to find his belt in the ocean alongside a scrap of clothing from… Tozawa? The ref/ninja? Are one of/both of them meant to be dead? Who knows.
There’s another promo on Retribution (They are all over this show) this time from MVP, while Cedric Alexander got on the mic and went after Apollo Crews. In the resulting match, with Ricochet on the outside, Crews pinned Alexander to pick up the win. After the bell, a mass brawl ensued which ended with Bobby Lashley chocking out Crews in the Hurt Lock.
Apollo Crews def Cedric Alexander via pinfall.
Raw Underground got underway with Ziggler defeating Arturo Raus with a sleeper hold.
Back in the ring, Rollins arrived with an envelope. After the Mysterio family also came down to ringside, Rollins claimed that after DNA tests and research, that Rey isn’t Dominik’s father. After more back and forth between the Mysterio’s and their tormentor, Rollins began to question whether he had made a mistake. But only wondering if it was in fact Aliyah who isn’t Rey’s daughter.
This was followed by Lana & Natalya against Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler. The tag champions made quick work of their opponents with Baszler submitting Lana with a Kirifuda clutch. After the match, Jax and Baszler attacked the Riott Squad who had been on commentary before delivering a Samoan drop to Lana through the announce table.
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler def Lana & Natalya via submission.
Backstage, Drew McIntyre vowed to beat Orton on Sunday, while there was yet more dissension in the Mysterio family. When things switched back to Raw Underground, Riddick Moss knocked out Erik of the Vikings.
Next up, it was time for Asuka and Peyton Royce to settle their differences. In a competitive match, Royce held her own against the champion, until Asuka went for the Asuka lock. But before she could lock it in, Zelina Vega ran in, attacking the champion causing the DQ.
Asuka def Peyton Royce via disqualification.
Back to Raw Underground for the much-hyped match between Dabba-Kato and Braun Strowman. There were haymakers galore before Strowman picked up the win, knocking out his foe with a flurry of mounted punches.
As Braun celebrated it was time for the main event as Retribution made their in-ring debut against the Hurt Business. The main takeaway here is that the members of Retribution now have new names, (Well, the men do) They’re now Slapjack, T-Bar and Mace. Yes, really.
The match ended with Lashley getting Slapjack in the Hurt Lock but T-Bar broke it up, resulting in the referee calling for the bell. Post-match, faceless Retribution members stormed the ring attacking the Hurt Business before Drew McIntyre led the Raw roster out looking to fight them off. As chaos reined, Orton returned and hit an RKO on McIntyre, standing tall over the champion closing the show.
Hurt Business def Retribution via disqualification.