WWE Raw Results: Samoa Joe returns to action, Shayna Baszler bites Becky Lynch, Drew McIntyre joins MVP’s VIP Lounge and more.
Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe & The Viking Raiders confronted Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Murphy & AOP
Given that Seth Rollins and his cohorts have more or less pulled ahead of the makeshift Kevin Owens-Samoa Joe-Viking Raiders alliance, it seemed like as good a time as any for Rollins to take a victory lap and bask in the glow of his own personal Messiah complex, not to mention the fact that his enemies seem to be plagued by the injury bug. Unfortunately for him, the gloating may have been somewhat premature.
Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch def. Asuka; Shayna Baszler attacked Becky after the match
Becky Lynch’s “superpowers” held firm on Raw, as The Man once again narrowly yet decisively beat back Asuka to retain the Raw Women’s Championship. That was about the only good thing that happened to the champ, though, as NXT’s Shayna Baszler ruthlessly attacked Becky after the match, quite literally taking a piece out of the Raw Women’s Champion.
The Street Profits def. Mojo Rawley & Riddick Moss; Moss def. Rawley to become the new 24/7 Champion
As any football head knows, finding a good offensive lineman is crucial to success, so Mojo Rawley might want to go back to the drawing board with Riddick Moss. What appeared to be a demoralizing loss by the NXT veteran turned out to be an elaborate ruse to relieve Rawley of the 24/7 Championship.
Drew McIntyre threw down with MVP on The VIP Lounge
The hustle never stops for Montel Vontavious Porter, but the two-time United States Champion may have overplayed his hand during a VIP Lounge with Drew McIntyre that turned on a dime into a tense (and unsuccessful) negotiation of sorts when MVP pitched himself as McIntyre’s business manager.
Angel Garza def. Cedric Alexander
Hyperbole aside, Angel Garza’s Raw debut truly was one of the more impactful in recent memory. He got his cousin Humberto Carrillo so riled up that Carrillo came out seeking payback for Garza’s Hammerlock DDT onto the concrete, dropping Garza before the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion’s bout with Cedric Alexander.
NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley def. Sarah Logan
The idea of Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania is … tantalizing, to put it mildly. But Ripley still had a little bit of locker room business to attend to, battling a riled-up Sarah Logan before once again attempting to prod The Queen into a historic match at The Show of Shows.
Ricochet def. Bobby Lashley
Depending on whom you ask, Ricochet either achieved the impossible by pinning Bobby Lashley in a Triple Threat Match last week to earn a WWE Title bout with Brock Lesnar … or, he stole The All Mighty’s victory, his moment and his dream. Despite Lashley’s vow to return Ricochet to “reality,” however, the former United States Champion once again pinned Lashley to bring himself one step closer to his dream of the WWE Championship.
Randy Orton attacked Matt Hardy
Last week, Randy Orton found himself unable to explain his shocking attack on Edge. This week, Matt Hardy tried to force Orton into revealing, as he said, “What in the hell is wrong with you?” But rather than help prod The Apex Predator into the confession the WWE Universe wanted, Hardy instead wandered into the same fate as The Rated-R Superstar.
Aleister Black def. Akira Tozawa
It’s still unclear who, exactly, Aleister Black is hoping to fight at the end of his one-man crusade. Until then, he’s emphatically winning all of his other fights. This week, Black disposed of Akira Tozawa in a short, nasty battle of strikers before offering a warning to anyone who might take him up on his against-all-comers mentality.
Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Murphy & AOP def. Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe & The Viking Raiders
If there was ever a time for Kevin Owens to land a blow against Seth Rollins, it was tonight. Healthy Ivar, healthy Samoa Joe, strong showing in the show’s opening brawl. Unfortunately, The Monday Night Messiah has his house in order, and with his disciples at full strength in the same match for the first time, Rollins led his flock to victory against Owens and his spirited but outmatched posse of rebels.