The Monday Night Messiah lays out his plans for the future, Randy Orton obliterates Matt Hardy, Drew McIntyre crushes MVP and more. Also Read - WWE NXT TakeOver Portland Results: Pete Dunn, Matt Riddle Win Tag Titles; Adma Cole Defeats Tommaso Ciampa to Retain NXT Championship
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Randy Orton attacked Matt Hardy Also Read - WWE SmackDown Results: The Fiend Threatens Hulk Hogan, Corbin Attacks Reigns
We may never understand why Randy Orton attacked Edge and now, Matt Hardy. Twice. But we know this: He is sorry for it. Hardy wasn’t cleared to compete in the announced No Holds Barred Match with Orton but defiantly confronted him anyway, waving a steel chair and demanding The Viper “finish” him. The Apex Predator joylessly granted the request, RKOing Hardy before turning the chair against the legendary Superstar in an attack that culminated with two one-man Con-Chair-Tos against the steel steps.
Aleister Black def. Erick Rowan
We should know by now that Aleister Black is not a man who makes idle threats, and yet it was still somewhat surprising to see the former NXT Champion, who has vowed to fight anyone and everyone in the locker room, not just hang with the monstrous Erick Rowan but defeat him in decisive fashion.
Charlotte Flair addressed NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley
So, it’s official. Charlotte Flair will challenge Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women’s Championship at WrestleMania in a historic showcase for the title The Queen helped make famous. And, if you ask Flair, she’s never gotten the proper credit for that: As Charlotte stated on Raw in an address that was half victory lap for jumping Rhea at NXT TakeOver: Portland and half mission statement for The Road to WrestleMania, she sees Ripley as reaping the benefits of her hard work.
24/7 Champion Riddick Moss def. R-Truth and Mojo Rawley (Triple Threat Match)
R-Truth made the 24/7 Championship famous through a series of increasingly zany wins and losses. Mojo Rawley tried to revolutionize it by becoming the first-ever fighting 24/7 Champion. Riddick Moss seems to be staking out a middle ground, and surprisingly, it’s working for him.
Drew McIntyre def. MVP
What’s it going to take to stop Drew McIntyre from turning Suplex City into “Claymore Country”? We can cross Paul Heyman speeches and angry rivals off that list, as Brock Lesnar’s challenger merrily batted away a verbal volley from The Beast’s advocate and an attempt by Montel Vontavious Porter to stop McIntyre in his tracks.
Shayna Baszler confronted Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch
If you didn’t know who Shayna Baszler was before last week, you certainly do now. The two-time NXT Women’s Champion took a literal bite out of Becky Lynch and may end up facing her at WrestleMania, depending on what happens in the Women’s Elimination Chamber Match. As far as Becky’s concerned, that’s fine with her.
Bobby Lashley & Angel Garza def. Rusev & Humberto Carrillo
Whether Angel Garza and Bobby Lashley’s impromptu tag team constituted a double-date with Zelina Vega and Lana is up for debate. Either way, it was a rousing success, as the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion and two-time Intercontinental Champion stole a win from Rusev & Humberto Carrillo in a furiously-paced battle on Raw.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Kairi Sane def. Natalya via Count-out
A couple of weeks ago, Asuka left Natalya with a black eye en route to a Raw Women’s Title Match with Becky Lynch. This week, she added insult to injury by costing The Queen of Harts a match against Kairi Sane, a move that could bode ill for Natalya’s chances against Asuka inside the Women’s Elimination Chamber.
Kevin Owens and The Viking Raiders crashed Seth Rollins’ “sermon”
Seth Rollins revealed his gospel on Raw — seek out the weak, rehabilitate the flawed and eradicate the noncompliant — but The Monday Night Messiah’s kickoff of “Phase Two” of his movement may have been slightly premature.
Ricochet def. Karl Anderson
First thing’s first: AJ Styles is back on Raw. But while Styles was as boastful as ever — we do believe he called himself the best Superstar of any era, ever — Karl Anderson lost to Ricochet in an impromptu match that stemmed from a confrontation between The Phenomenal One and Ricochet, the latter of whom is about to challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title at WWE Super ShowDown.
Kevin Owens & The Viking Raiders vs. Raw Tag Team Champion Murphy & AOP via Disqualification
For Seth Rollins’ movement to work, he claims the noncompliant must be eradicated, but despite The Monday Night Messiah’s attempt to “crucify” Kevin Owens in the closing moments of Raw, his disciples found themselves surprised by Profits of a different kind.