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Raw 3/22/2021: Orton Summons The Fiend; Ripley Confronts Asuka; McIntyre One Ups Hurt Business!

Here's what's on tap for tonight's Raw:

  • What's next for the superstars of Raw following Fast Lane?

  • Rhea Ripley makes her long awaiting debut!

  • Non-Title Match: Bobby Lashley (WWE Champion) vs. Sheamus

  • Non-Title Match: Asuka (WWE Raw Women's Champion) vs. Peyton Royce

  • Randy Orton summons The Fiend

  • Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods (WWE Raw Tag Team Champions) vs. AJ Styles w/ Omos

  • Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz

We're in the ThunderDome on the heels of Fast Lane with just under three weeks until WrestleMania!

WWE Champion Bobby Lashley is kicking things off!

Non-Title Match

Bobby Lashley (WWE Champion) w/ MVP vs. Sheamus

They lock up and Lashley takes Sheamus to the mat with a front face lock. Sheamus backs Lashley into the corner. Clean break. Lock up again and Sheamus controls Lashley as they go into the ropes. They lock up a third time and Lashley backs Sheamus in the corner and begins to pound him down. Lashley charges into boot. Sheamus takes down Lashley and begins to stomp him. Lashley turns the tide and hits a snap suplex. Rear chin lock by Lashley until Sheamus fights to his feet. Lashley delivers a neck breaker before going back to the head lock. Sheamus with elbows but Lashley keeps control. Lashley back drops Sheamus to the apron but Sheamus hangs Lashley up on the top rope. Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander come to ringside and commentary calls them the tag champs by accident. Lashley distracts the ref and Shelton lays out Sheamus on the outside with a clothesline as we go to a commercial.

Back from the break, Lashley is wearing down Sheamus in the ring. Sheamus tries to elbow himself free but then he runs into a power slam that gives Lashley a near fall. Lashley is distracted by Cedric and Sheamus rolls him up for a near fall. Sheamus sends Lashley shoulder first into the ring post. Clotheslines by Sheamus now. Lashley fights back and Sheamus sends him to the apron. TEN BEATS TO THE BOWERY!! Lashley blocks one and Sheamus sends him to the floor. FLYING CLOTHESLINE FROM THE TOP BY SHEAMUS!! Back in the ring now, Sheamus with another flying clothesline from the top. 1...2...NO!! They trade counters and Sheamus with a knee strike to the face of Lashley! 1...2...NO!! Sheamus misses a Brogue Kick! Lashley charges into a boot. CEDRIC TRIPS SHEAMUS!! LASHLEY HITS SHEAMUS WITH A SPINE BUSTER. LASLHEY LOCKS SHEAMUS IN THE HURT LOCK AND HE TAPS!!!

W: Bobby Lashley via submission @ 11:37

Post match, Cedric and Shelton pull Sheamus out of the ring and continue attacking him. HERE COMES DREW MCINTYRE!! McIntyre beats the hell out of Shelton and Cedric on the outside while Lashley watches. McIntyre sends Cedric over the barricade and then Shelton backs down. MCINTYRE GETS IN THE RING TO STARE DOWN LASHLEY!! McIntyre taunts and challenges Lashley to fight right now but MVP holds Lashley back.

Commentary hypes that Randy Orton will summon The Fiend tonight.

Backstage, Lashley asks Shelton and Cedric what they were doing. Lashley says he didn't want their help. Lashley leaves and MVP tells Shelton and Cedric that they made it seem Lashley couldn't handle himself. They embarrassed themselves when they lost the tag gold and they embarrassed Lashley tonight. MVP tells them to think of something to make it right.

Commentary talks about Orton/Fiend rivalry and we see highlights all the way back to TLC up to Fast Lane last night.

Up next is Asuka vs. Peyton Royce.

Non-Title Match

Asuka (WWE Raw Women's Champion) vs. Peyton Royce

Both ladies jockey for position early and neither gets the advantage. Shoulder tackle by Asuka sends Peyton to the mat. Sunset flip by Peyton but Asuka rolls through. Peyton avoids a kick. They trade counters on the mat and Peyton escapes an arm bar. Peyton gets Asuka in an ankle submission and Asuka kicks her way free. Peyton avoids a charge and Asuka goes face first into the middle turnbuckle. Snap suplex by Peyton for a near fall. Peyton clubs Asuka until Asuka sends her to the corner. Asuka charges into a boot. They battle to the apron. Asuka hits a back fist but Peyton avoids a hip attack. They go to the outside where Asuka takes a bad landing on the floor as we go to a commercial.

We're back with both ladies down in the ring. Asuka hits a knee strike to the face and a HIP ATTACK IN THE CORNER! Peyton blocks a German but then Asuka hits one! Asuka with a knee strike to the face of Peyton! 1...2...NO!! Asuka goes to the top turnbuckle but misses a missile drop kick! They trade counters. PEYTON WITH A MODIFIED GORY BOMB! 1...2...NO!! Royce is frustrated, Asuka counters Peyton and goes for the Asuka Lock. Peyton counters with a roll up near fall. ASUKA WITH A CODE BREAKER!! 1...2...NO!! Asuka puts Peyton on the top turnbuckle and goes up with her. They trade blows and Peyton pushes Asuka off. PEYTON WITH A DOUBLE STOMP TO THE BACK OFF THE TOP!! 1...2...NO!! More frustration for Peyton. Asuka with a kick. Peyton tries a roll up but Asuka counters with an arm bar. ASUKA TRANSITIONS TO THE ASUKA LOCK AND PEYTON HAS TO TAP OUT!! I can't think of a better Peyton Royce match that I've seen. Props to both ladies here.

W: Asuka via submission @ 11:11

HERE COMES RHEA RIPLEY!!! Asuka waits on her to get to the ring. Ripley says Asuka is the greatest women's champion in WWE history and Asuka has proved her point. Ripley says last she saw, Charlotte was challenging Asuka when Asuka's teeth were knocked out. Ripley says now Charlotte isn't here because of COVID?? RIPLEY SAYS SHE'S ON HER FIRST NIGHT TO CHALLENGE ASUKA TO A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH AT WRESTLEMANIA!! ASUKA SAYS RIPLEY ISN'T READY FOR ASUKA AND ACCEPTS!!

Drew McIntyre is walking backstage and runs into Adam Pearce. They discuss the Hurt Business. Pearce says Shelton and Cedric want a handicap match. McIntyre agrees on one stipulation. If he beats them, they are banned from ringside at WrestleMania!

The Miz and John Morrison are up next with a WrestleMania edition of Miz TV.

WrestleMania is in 19 days!

Commentary says Asuka vs. Ripley is official for WrestleMania.

The Miz and John Morrison are out now for Miz TV. Miz needs to get something off of his chest. Miz has had a trying couple weeks and the last thing he needed was to be ridiculed by Damian Priest and Bad Bunny. Miz talks about Bad Bunny's Grammy success and asks who Bad Bunny thinks he is?? Miz says Bunny came in at the Royal Rumble and for some reason he just hangs around. Miz claims Bunny disrespected him. Miz once agree hypes his accolades. Miz shows us the WrestleMania poster and he's pissed that himself and Morrison aren't on it but Bad Bunny is. Last week was the final straw for Miz. Miz says Bunny has his attention now and we see Miz smash a guitar on Bunny's back last week. Miz says that was a lesson for all actors and musicians who think they can do what Miz does. Miz has a drum roll for those who love them.......Next week Miz and Morrison will have the world premiere of "Hey Hey Hop Hop". I wish I never saw the preview of it. It's trash. Miz says we will never see or hear from Bad Bunny after next week. MIZ CHALLENGES BAD BUNNY TO A MATCH AT WRESTLEMANIA!! Miz promises to end Bad Bunny's career and he offers Bunny a preview with his match next!

The Miz w/ John Morrison vs. Jeff Hardy

Hardy challenges Miz to make Morrison go to the back and face him one-on-one. Miz agrees to do it! Miz with a knee to the gut and he takes advantage in the early going. Hardy fires back with an elbow and takes Miz from corner to corner. Eventually to all four. Jaw breaker by Hardy but he runs into a boot by Miz. Miz takes control now and delivers another boot to the face of Hardy and gets a near fall. Miz sends Hardy off the ropes and hits him in the midsection with another knee. Miz talks trash and delivers a knee to the back of Hardy before using a chin lock. Hardy battles to his feet and hits a mule kick sends Miz to the corner. Hardy clotheslines Miz off the ropes. Hardy with his classic offense and then a splash for a near fall. Miz charges Hardy in the corner and runs into a boot. HARDY WITH A SPLASH FROM THE SECOND ROPE!! 1...2...NO!! Miz avoids a Twist of Fate and SENDS HARDY SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RING POST!! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE BY MIZ AND IT'S OVER!!

W: The Miz via pin @ 4:20


Commentary talks about what just happened and transitions to talking about the Raw Tag Team Championships. AJ Styles and Omos are walking backstage talking about the New Day. Riddle zooms by on this scooter. Styles vs. Kofi is next!

Commentary shows us the Bad Bunny/Miz altercation again. The WrestleMania match is official!

AJ Styles and Omos make their way to the ring. They hype their WrestleMania match. Styles asks if it gets any better for Omos to debut at Mania. Styles says it does because his partner is Styles. Styles says Omos will dominate the New Day. They talk about the New Day's accolades but promise to defeat them. Styles says there is no way they can lose. The New Day interrupt with mics. The New Day makes fun of Styles/Omos never teaming together. They make fun of Styles size. Styles takes offense. The New Day says Styles doesn't even know Omos. They ask Styles a series of questions about Omos and Styles gets them all wrong. Styles mocks them with an "AJ ROCKS" chant. The match is next!

Commentary hypes the Hall of Fame and talks about Eric Bischoff being inducted.

AJ Styles w/ Omos vs. Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods (WWE Raw Tag Team Champions)

Styles goes for a kick but Kofi catches his leg and takes Styles to the mat. Kofi controls Styles with a side head lock. Styles gets to his feet and Kofi takes him down with a shoulder tackle. (Commentary says we will find out two matches for Saturday and two for Sunday of WrestleMania). Styles takes control with his own side head lock and takes Kofi down with a shoulder block. They run the ropes and Kofi hits a back elbow for a near fall. They battle in the corner where Styles gains control. Kofi goes to the outside. Styles goes a forearm but Kofi rolls in the ring and Styles stops on the apron. Kofi turns the tide and a monkey flip gets a near fall. Kofi with a drop kick form the middle rope and a take down for a near fall. Kofi with a kick sends Styles to the outside. Styles pulls Kofi outside and Kofi decks him with a right hand. Styles cuts him off with a throat shot and sends Kofi into the steps. Woods comes around to get a look and Omos steps in front of him as we go to a commercial.

Back from the break, Kofi is building momentum against Styles but Styles takes him down with a back elbow. Styles wears down Kofi with a chin lock. Kofi battle back and takes Styles down with a series of strikes and a drop kick. BOOM DROP BY KOFI!! Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise but Styles hits Kofi with a kick to the head! Both men are down! That was nice! Styles charges into a kick in the corner by Kofi. Kofi goes to the top turnbuckle. Styles racks him and goes up top with him. Kofi knocks Styles off the top and SPLASHES STYLES BACK AS STYLES WAS GETTING UP!! 1...2...NO!! Styles counters SOS and LOCKS IN THE CALF CRUSHER!! Kofi makes it to the ropes. Styles targets the knee of Kofi and Kofi counters with a roll up for a near fall. Styles immediately gets up and drop kicks Kofi's knee. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Woods plays the trombone to distract. Omos goes after Woods. STYLES GOES FOR THE PHENOMENAL FOREARM BUT KOFI COUNTERS WITH SOS TO WIN!! I felt this could of been much better than it was. Not saying it was bad but I'm a little disappointed.

W: Kofi Kingston via pin @ 13:55

Sheamus is interviewed backstage about why he accepting Lashley's challenge after a grueling no holds barred match. Sheamus never backs down from a fight. Sheamus begins talking about Drew McIntyre and Riddle is still zooming around on his scooter. Sheamus isn't pleased by Riddle's antics. Sheamus tries out the scooter and THEN SHEAMUS HITS RIDDLE WITH THE SCOOTER!!

2-on-1 Handicap Match

If McIntyre wins, The Hurt Business is banned from ringside at WrestleMania

Drew McIntyre vs. The Hurt Business

The Hurt Business must tag in and out. Shelton is starting for them and McIntyre attacks right away. Big deadlift suplex by McIntyre gets a near fall. Cedric talks trash and McIntyre brings him in the hard way. Hard chop to Cedric and a big back body drop. Shelton attacks from behind and takes McIntyre down. It's short lived as McIntyre quickly goes back on the offensive. McIntyre stops the hand of Shelton before taking him from corner to corner. McIntyre charges into an elbow from Shelton. Shelton with punches to McIntyre in the corner. McIntyre fires back with a clothesline out of the corner. McIntyre goes for a Claymore but Cedric pulls Shelton out of the ring. McIntyre goes to the outside and sends Shelton into the ring post. McIntyre lifts and drops Shelton on the barricade. Back in the ring they go, McIntyre with a straight right. Cedric makes a blind tag and chop blocks McIntyre Shelton with a knee to the back sends McIntyre to the outside. Cedric with a suicide dive! They team up to send McIntyre into the barricade as we go to a break.

We're back and Cedric is wearing down McIntyre. McIntyre shoves Cedric to the corner and Shelton tags in. Shelton with a knee strike for a near fall. Cedric tags back in and SHELTON LIFTS AND THROWS MCINTYRE INTO A SUPER KICK BY CEDRIC!! Cedric pounds on McIntyre on the mat and another quick tag brings Shelton back in. Shelton continues the beat down of McIntyre. McIntyre creates some breathing room as they exchange blows in the corner. Shelton hits a kick that staggers McIntyre but McIntyre answers with a GLASGOW KISS!! Both men are down. McIntyre gets up pissed off. Cedric tags in and McIntyre turns him inside out!! Belly to belly throws for both guys!! FUTURE SHOCK DDT TO SHELTON!! Neck breaker to Cedric!! CLAYMORE TO SHELTON!! Cedric hits a kick. CEDRIC GOES OFF THE ROPES AND MCINTYRE TURNS HITS LIGHTS OUT WITH A CLAYMORE!! MCINTYRE WINS IT!! No Hurt Business at ringside at WrestleMania.

W: Drew McIntyre via pin @ 13:07

Commentary once again hypes Randy Orton summoning The Fiend tonight.

MVP talks to Shelton and Cedric backstage. MVP gives them a hard time over losing the handicap. Lashley storms in pissed off. Lashley says since they can't get the job done, he'll find someone who will. Lashley turns the corner and it's all of the 24/7 jobbers. Lashley says if one of them takes out McIntyre, they can have the WrestleMania title match.

Non-Title Match

Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (WWE Women's Tag Team Champions) w/ Reginald

Lana and Naomi are on commentary. Baszler is already irritated with Reginald. Baszler and Rose start and Rose attacks Baszler from behind. Rose takes Baszler to the corner and delivers a series of shoulders. Brooke tags in and covers for a near fall. Baszler takes down Brooke with a spinning back breaker type moves. Brooke was distracted by Jax allowing Baszler to try the Kirifuda Clutch but Rose comes in with a drop kick. Jax tags in and starts taking out everyone. Rose throws Reginald in the ring. He flips around and leaves. Brooke takes out the back of Jax's leg. Rose is in to take down Jax for a near fall. Brooke tags in. Baszler runs around to take out Rose. Brooke goes to the top but Jax racks her. Rose goes after Reginald and Baszler takes her out. JAX HITS BROOKE WITH A SAMOAN DROP TO WIN!! This match was terrible. Lana and Naomi say they want a rematch.

W: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler via pin @ 2:47

Backstage, Alexa Bliss is swinging. She knows Randy Orton wanted her out of his life but she's still here and SO IS HE!! As for tonight, Orton should be careful what he wishes for. Bliss says "Let Me In" with the Fiend voice over.

Highlights of Elias vs. Braun Strowman from last night at Fast Lane.

Elias, Jaxson Ryker, and Shane McMahon are in the ring. Shane is upset he couldn't wipe the floor with Strowman. Shane says he'll face Braun when his knee heals. Elias says he lost because he had no time to repair. They wrote a song together called "Braun is Stupid". They sing together. Good lord. Strowman interrupts and he's pissed. Strowman says they think they're funny. Strowman says he will whip all their asses. Elias vs. Strowman next! Shake my head.

Commentary hypes Hulk Hogan and Titus O'Neil hosting WrestleMania.

Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker & Shane McMahon vs. Braun Strowman

The Fast Lane rematch that no one asked for! Strowman attacks right away and pummels Elias in the corner. Strowman beats the hell out of Elias while screaming at Shane. Strowman tells Shane this is all on his hands and sends Elias to the outside. The beat down continues. Back inside the ring, Elias is able to hit Strowman with a knee strike and mount some offense in the corner. Elias charges but Strowman hits a drop kick. Ryker gets on the apron and Strowman decks him. STROWMAN EXPRESS TO RYKER AND ELIAS!! Complete with overheard train sound effects. Could of done without those. STROWMAN HITS A RUNNING POWER SLAM TO WIN!!

W: Braun Strowman via pin @ 3:07

Post match, SHANE HITS STROMAN WITH THE CRUTCH!! SHANE TAKES OFF RUNNING. Strowman grabs a mic and says Shane's knee is fine!! Strowman has had enough of the games. Strowman asks Shane is he's man enough to face him at WrestleMania?? SHANE ACCEPTS IN ANY MATCH THAT BRAUN WANTS!! Shane says he'll win because Braun is stupid.

Randy Orton is walking backstage. He plans to summon The Fiend next!

Commentary announces the following matches for specific WrestleMania nights.

Night One:

  • Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre vs. WWE Champion Bobby Lashley

  • Bianca Belair vs. WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Sasha Banks

  • Bad Bunny vs. The Miz

Night Two:

  • Edge vs. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns

  • Rhea Ripley vs. WWE Raw Women's Champion Asuka

Randy Orton makes his way to the ring. Orton says it seems like just yesterday when he burned The Fiend. Orton says apparently he didn't finish the job because he smelled that burning again last night. Orton claims that after tonight, there will be no more Fiend or Alexa Bliss. He says it ends tonight. HERE COMES ALEXA BLISS!! Bliss is holding a box with a pentagram on the side. Bliss tells Orton to be careful what he wishes for. The "Pop Goes the Weasel" tune plays and a toy Fiend comes out of the box. The lights start going out. THE FIEND IS IN THE RING. Orton turns for a stare down! ORTON GRABS A GAS CAN. Orton walks slowly towards The Fiend. Orton pours gasoline as The Fiend's feet but The Fiend doesn't move. Bliss watches from the ramp. ORTON GRABS MATCHES. THE FIEND STARTS TO MOVE TOWARDS ORTON AND ORTON HITS HIM WITH A RKO!! Orton turns and Bliss is right behind him now. Orton stares her down and THE FIEND IS UP BEHIND HIM. ORTON TURNS INTO A MANDIBLE CLAW!! SISTER ABIGAIL TO ORTON!! BLISS LAUGHS AND POINTS AT THE WRESTLEMANIA SIGN!! THE FIEND ALSO POINTS TO THE MANIA SIGN!!

Commentary says also on the Sunday of WrestleMania it will be The Fiend vs. Randy Orton!! End Show.

Next Week:

  • The Miz and John Morrison present the world premiere of "Hey Hey Hop Hop"

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