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Raw 3/8/2021: Lashley defends against Miz; McIntyre vs. Sheamus No DQ; Orton vs. Styles!

Updated: Mar 11, 2021



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

  • New WWE Champion Bobby Lashley joins fellow Hurt Business members for an epic celebration

  • Braun Strowman demands an apology from Shane McMahon

  • WWE Championship Match: The Miz vs. Bobby Lashley (champ)

We're in the ThunderDome and starting the show with highlights of Bobby Lashley's championship win last week. Commentary runs down what's going down tonight. You can see listed above.


The Hurt Business arrives to the building draped in all of their gold. Bobby Lashley gets interviewed. Lashley says it took 16 years to get the opportunity that he got. Lashley talks about his championship win and says the "Almighty Era" has begun!


The Miz and John Morrison make their way to the ring. Miz says he's empty handed because Lashley is the new champ. Miz says he expected to get his ass handed to him by Lashley but he didn't expect to lose his title. Miz talks about everything he has done for the company over the years. Miz says no one believed him when he said he wasn't feeling well. He says we all sit on our couches while he's a true athlete. He says he succesfully defended his title but he got counted out. He talks about the champion's advantage. Miz says he outsmarted everyone and got intentionally counted out. Miz complains and says the contract didn't say he needed to defend his championship twice but he was forced to do so. He was threatened that we would be stripped of his title if he didn't defend again against Lashley. Plus, Shane made it a lumberjack match! Miz says it's unfair. Miz says it's also unfair that Lashley brutalized him after the match with no repercussions. But WWE did get one thing right, he is getting a rematch tonight. Miz claims the new hashtag after tonight will be that he's the new WWE Champion.


Lashley is backstage heading towards the ring. We're going to have the championship match next!


Ticket for WrestleMania go on sale tomorrow!!


WWE Championship Match

The Miz w/ John Morrison vs. Bobby Lashley (champ) w/ MVP

Lashley has a new entrance! That's how you do pyro! Lashley corners Miz and Miz rolls out of the ring. Miz gets back in before quickly getting out again. Lashley brings him in the hard way with a stalling vertical suplex! Drew McIntyre is watching backstage.


Lashley with shoulders to the gut of Miz in the corner. Lashley charges and goes shoulder first into the ring post when Miz side steps him. On the outside, Miz sends Lashley into the ring post again but Lashley flattens Miz with a clothesline. We go to a break,


We're back with Lashley wearing down Miz in the ring. Miz fights back to his feet and Lashley levels him with another clothesline. Miz tries to crawl away and kicks Lashley away. Miz tries a clothesline in the corner but Lashley catches him one arm! Lashley launches Miz across the ring as McIntyre is still watching. They go to the outside where Lashley sends Miz into the barricade. Lashley bounces Miz off the announce table. Miz catches Lashley with a boot but Lashley shakes it off. Miz blocks a military press. Lashley tries a flatliner but Miz elbows himself free. Lashley is sent outside. Miz tries a drop kick through the ropes but Lashley moves. Lashley lifts and sends Miz into the ring post!! Lashley with a flatliner back in the ring. Lashley mounts and pounds on Miz!! BIG SPINE BUSTER BY LASHLEY!!! LASHLEY LOCKS IN THE HURT LOCK!!! MIZ TAPS!!! Lashley retains! Much better match than last week but that's not saying much. Lashley celebrates as Morrison checks on Miz.

W: Bobby Lashley via submission @ 9:05


Commentary says we'll hear from Drew McIntyre shortly. Commentary elaborates THAT WRESTLEMANIA TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE MARCH 16TH!!


Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage. McIntyre talks about Lashley attacking him! McIntyre says he beat Brock Lesnar when Lashley beat Miz. McIntyre knows Lashley is big and bad. SHEAMUS IS HERE TO ATTACK MCINTYRE!! Sheamus tells McIntyre that it's not over between them. Sheamus leaves and McIntyre eventually gets up pissed off!


A vignette airs for Rhea Ripley!! It still says coming soon to Raw.


A replay of the Sheamus beat down of McIntyre is shown. McIntyre is roaming the halls still pissed. He runs into Adam Pearce. McIntyre wants a No DQ match against Sheamus.


We see highlights of Braun Strowman and Shane McMahon's confrontation from last week including the tag title match from last week. Braun Strowman is walking backstage when he runs into R-Truth. Truth has been waiting all day for this. Truth says Bugs Bunny has gone dark and join the Monstars! So he's asking Raw's Monstar to help him. Truth apologizes for lots of thing. Strowman says he has no problem with Truth. He's got a problem with Shane. Strowman plans on demanding an apology next. Truth says to act like this never happened!


The No DQ match between Drew McIntyre and Sheamus is official for tonight.


Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring. Strowman wants to know what Shane's motivation for screwing him over. Between the Elimination Chamber and the tag match last week. Strowman says you're either laughing with him or at him. Strowman mentions the textbook comment from last week. Strowman says he could snap Shane's neck if he wanted to. He also knows Shane could fired him if he wanted to. Strowman says he's not trying to get fired but he is demanding that Shane give him an apology (Strowman is screaming now). SHANE MCMAHON makes his way out to the ring now. Shane gets right in Strowman's face. Shane apologizes and leaves!! Shane stops on the ramp for a minute then keeps walking. Strowman says if you got something else to say then say it. Shane leaves.


Sheamus walks towards the ring. The No DQ match is next. We see highlights again of Sheamus' attack on McIntyre.


Bad Bunny is nominated for some Grammy's.


Shane McMahon is interviewed and asks if he was about to say something else to Braun Strowman. Shane doesn't answer.


No DQ Match

Sheamus vs. Drew McIntyre

McIntyre attacks Sheamus during the entrances! The match officially begins and McIntyre pummels Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus fires back with kicks and both men trade blows. Shoulder tackle by Sheamus. McIntyre takes down Sheamus and regains control. Sheamus rakes the eyes to get the upper hand. Back elbow by McIntyre stops Sheamus in his tracks. McIntyre back drops Sheamus to the apron and Sheamus hangs McIntyre up on the top rope. Sheamus goes to the top and hits a flying clothesline for a near fall. They brawl to the outside. McIntyre sends Sheamus into the stairs before throwing Sheamus across the announce table. Sheamus turns it around by sending McIntyre back first into the apron and then clotheslining him to the floor. Sheamus misses a swing with a kendo stick. McIntyre sends Sheamus over the barricade. McIntyre plants Sheamus spine first on the stairs. Back in the ring, McIntyre grabs the kendo stick. Sheamus kicks the middle rope to low blow McIntyre as he was getting in the ring. Sheamus has control now and grabs the kendo stick. SHEAMUS HITS MCINTYRE IN THE BACK MULTIPLE TIMES WITH THE KENDO STICK!! Sheamus with a body shot to McIntyre with the kendo stick and then a rolling senton for a near fall. Sheamus pulls at McIntyre's face before going back to the kendo stick. McIntyre blocks and hits an overhead belly to belly. Another belly to belly throw by McIntyre. McIntyre kips up and grabs the kendo stick. Sheamus charges and MCINTYRE WEARS SHEAMUS OUT WITH THE KENDO STICK!! Russian leg sweep with the kendo stick for a near fall. Sheamus rolls out of the ring to safety. McIntyre follows and goes for slam but Sheamus sends him into the ring post face first. Sheamus plants McIntyre back first onto the announce table as we go to a commercial.


We're back with both men trading blows. IRISH CURSE BACK BREAKER BY SHEAMUS!! Sheamus locks in a Cloverleaf!! McIntyre escapes and punches free. Big right by McIntyre and Sheamus runs into a SPINE BUSTER BY MCINTYRE!! 1...2...NO!!! McIntyre charges into a Sheamus boot in the corner. Sheamus goes to the top and McIntyre tries to meet him but a knee strike by Sheamus! McIntyre racks Sheamus. McIntyre with chops and goes up top with Sheamus. SUPERPLEX BY MCINTYRE!! 1...2...NO!! McIntyre stares at the WrestleMania sign. Sheamus counters the Future Shock DDT and HITS WHITE NOISE!! 1...2...NO!! Sheamus gets a chair but McIntyre blocks it and hits Sheamus in the back. FUTURE SHOCK DDT FACE FIRST INTO THE CHAIR!! 1...2...NO!! Sheamus crawls towards the chair as McIntyre sets up for a Claymore. SHEAMUS THROWS THE CHAIR AT HIM!! SHEAMUS HITS A BROGUE KICK!!! 1....2....NO!! Sheamus with a chair shot to the gut of McIntyre. Sheamus wedges the chair in the corner. McIntyre reverses Sheamus and sends Sheamus face first into the wedged chair! CLAYMORE BY MCINTYRE!! Sheamus falls out of the ring though! McIntyre goes outside and puts Sheamus back in the ring. McIntyre gets in the ring but Sheamus rolls back out. MCINTYRE FOLLOWS AND SHEAMUS HITS ANOTHER BROGUE KICK!! BOTH MEN GRAB STAIRS AND THEY RUN AND COLLIDE WITH EACH OTHER!! Both men are down!! McIntyre fell over the barricade. The referee checks on both men. THE REF CALLS FOR THE BELL AS NEITHER MAN IS ABLE TO CONTINUE!! I don't care for the finish but it does keep both men strong. I assume there will be a third match. Fast Lane?

W: No Contest via neither man being able to continue @ 19:23


Reminder that WrestleMania tickets go on sale a week from tomorrow!


We see highlights of the conclusion of the McIntyre/Sheamus match.


Commentary talks about the Randy Orton/Fiend feud. We see highlights of Orton burning The Fiend. Then we see all the interactions between Orton and Alexa Bliss.


Kevin Patrick is backstage with AJ Styles and Omos. Styles wants to talk about Orton. Styles says we haven't seen The Fiend because Orton burned him. Now Orton is being tormented. Styles says Orton has voodoo on him now. RANDY ORTON IS HERE TO INTERRUPT. Orton doesn't see the joke. Orton asks what's so funny. Styles says it's not funny, it's weak! Orton challenges Styles to match to show how weak he is. Styles says Orton doesn't need bigger problems as he looks at Omos. Styles accepts!


Next week, The New Day will face the Hurt Business for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships.


Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston vs. Shelton Benjamin w/ Cedric Alexander (WWE Raw Tag Team Champions)

They lock up and Shelton backs Woods into the ropes sends him out of the ring. Woods regroups and both men trade blows. Woods takes down Shelton with a kick for a near fall. Back suplex by Shelton and a scoop slam. All Shelton now as he scoop slams Woods again. Shelton works a submission but Woods fights to his feet only to be slammed again. Woods is sent to the apron. Woods tries to fight back but Shelton hits a knee to the throat for a near fall. Woods with a jaw breaker to create separation. Woods with strikes now and a big forearm! Woods with a roll up near fall and Shelton knocks him right back down. SHELTON RUNS HIS MOUTH TO KOFI AND WOODS ROLLS HIM UP FOR A WIN!! Felt like a fluke win because it was all Shelton.

W: Xavier Woods via pin @ 3:45


Riddle is interviewed backstage about Retribution. Riddle says they can't break his on Slapjack. Riddle is more worried about where to park his scooter so he doesn't get a ticket. He knows Mustafa Ali will break it at ringside. The New Day is here. Riddle gets them to watch it. He mentions something about Reginald bringing some champagne to celebrate.


Commentary tells us William Regal will now make TWO BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS!!


Next week Riddle will defend the WWE United States Championship against Mustafa Ali.


Non-Title Match

Riddle (WWE United States Champion) vs. Slapjack w/ Retribution

Riddle attacks right away and gut wrench suplexes Slapjack. Forearms by Riddle and another suplex. BROTON BY RIDDLE!! Slapjack rolls out of the ring. Riddle tries a kick from the apron but Slapjack counters and back suplexes Riddle onto the apron. Back in the ring, both men battle in the corner. Snap suplex by Slapjack and a slam for a near fall. Riddle battles back but drop kick by Slapjack! More kicks by Slapjack and another suplex. Slapjack goes to the top but Riddle goes up to meet him. A head butt by Slapjack knocks down Riddle. RIDDLE COUNTERS WITH A FLASH KNEE!! Riddle tries a cover but Slapjack is under the rope. Riddle pulls him in the middle of the ring but gets a near fall. Slapjack counters Riddle and hits another kick for a near fall. Slapjack tries the SNAP BACK but Riddle counters. RIDDLE WITH A GATOR ROLL, ANOTHER FLASH KNEE AND THE BRO DEREK TO WIN!! Good win for Riddle and Slapjack got more offense than I thought he would. Ali screams at Slapjack for losing.

W: Riddle via pin @ 3:54


Commentary talks about what happened with Braun Strowman and Shane McMahon earlier.


Shane is backstage on the phone when Adam Pearce comes in. Shane says he does have something else to say to Strowman. Shane tells Pearce to go tell Strowman to meet Shane in the ring next!


Shane McMahon comes to the ring. Before he can say anything, HERE COMES BRAUN STROWMAN. Strowman charges to the ring. Strowman gets in Shane's face and Shane tells him to hold on. Shane has mic problems. He gets a mic that works and gets out of the ring. Shane talks as he's backing up the ramp. Shane says Braun talking about recent events. Shane says he had fun last week and tells Braun he should to. Shane says sometimes he has fun at others expense. Shane tells Braun to relax. Shane says we have one thing we have to get done......Shane says he doesn't know if he can talk about it. Braun questions why we're out here then. Shane says one thing he needs to get done is come to an understanding with Braun. One thing....Shane approaches the ring again. Strowman asks Shane is he's trying to make him look stupid. Shane says he would never do that. Shane says stupid is a terrible word. Braun is pacing now. Shane says he can tell Braun is upset with him. Braun says he's not a little pet. Shane says he wouldn't say those cruel words. Get to the point man. Shane says stupid is as stupid does. Shane makes more stupid jokes. Shane says it's not him saying those things. Braun gets out of the ring and chases after Shane!! THEY GO TO A BACKSTAGE AREA WHERE SHANE GETS IN A SUV AND SPEEDS AWAY! Or so it appears! Braun walks off and then Shane appears!! Shane says Braun is so stupid. That was bad. Just make the WrestleMania match already.


Commentary recaps Nia Jax/Lana saga. The women's tag titles are on the line next!


WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Match

Naomi & Lana vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (champs) w/ Reginald

Nia flirts with Reginald on the way to the ring. We start with Naomi and Lana. Quick tag to Lana and they double team Nia. Nia tags Shayna who takes Lana to a corner. Lana fights back and takes down Shayna with a kick. Quick tags by Naomi/Lana. Double Russian leg sweep on Shayna for a near fall. Shayna tosses Lana to the outside. Nia and Shayna go to attack Lana and NOAMI CORKSCREWS OVER THE TOP TO TAKE THEM OUT. We go to a commercial.


Back from the break, Shayna with a clothesline to Lana for a near fall. During the break, Shayna stomped the arm of Lana. Lana with a jaw breaker to Shayna. Lana tries to make a tag but Shayna holds her back. Shayna knocks Naomi to the apron but Lana is still able to make the tag. Naomi knocks Shayna into the corner where Nia tags in. Naomi tries to take Nia down with kicks and finally does with a kick to the knee. Naomi takes Nia down face first. Naomi with a cover but Shayna pulls her out. Miscue as NIA KNOCKS SHAYNA OFF THE APRON. Naomi goes off the ropes but REGINALD TRIPS HER. Lana tags in. Nia knocks Lana into Naomi on the apron who falls to the floor. NIA HITS LANA WITH A CHOKE SLAM TO WIN AND RETAIN!! Naomi checks on Lana as Nia and Shayna celebrate (Nia carries Reginald out).

W: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler via pin @ 7:40


We see a preview for Straight Up Steve Austin tonight and Charlotte Flair is on tonight's episode.


Randy Orton is backstage getting ready for the main event. He's interviewed and is told that other superstars are concerned about his well-being. Orton is surprised because no one has said that to his face. Orton thinks Styles is behind it. Orton says all Styles has to worry about is being reintroduced to the three most dangerous letters in sports entertainment.....R-K-O!!


Another vignette for Rhea Ripley airs. Your Nightmare becomes a reality!


Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke are interviewed. They would like a shot at the WWE Raw Women's Championship. Dana says they are just as ambitious as any other woman. CHARLOTTE FLAIR INTERRUPTS!! She wants them to show her what they got because WrestleMania is in five weeks!


Commentary recaps what happened with AJ Styles and Randy Orton. All of the recaps are getting annoying. For those watching, we've already seen this. Styles and Omos are getting ready when Styles is interviewed. Styles doesn't regret confronting Orton. Styles says Orton is crazy and should be focusing on The Fiend. Not Styles. Styles is happy to give Orton a loss heading towards WrestleMania.


Recap of Lashley defeating Miz to begin the show. They show more of Lashley's entrance than the match.


AJ Styles w/ Omos vs. Randy Orton

Orton backs Styles into a corner and the ref separates them but Orton gets a cheap shot in. All Orton now. Orton stomps the hand of Styles before taking Styles to the corner again. Orton is aggressive. Orton goes for a RKO and Styles rolls out of the ring. Orton rolls out of the ring to follow. Styles gets the upper hand using the high ground back in the ring. Orton hits Styles with a back elbow to regain control and delivers a kick to the ribs of Styles. Orton in control and Styles rolls out of the ring. Orton back suplexes Styles onto the announce table and stares down Omos. Orton throws Styles back in the ring but Styles knocks Orton off the apron. STYLES LEAPS TO THE OUTSIDE AND HITS ORTON WITH A FOREARM AS WE GO TO A BREAK.


We're back with Styles stomping Orton in the corner. Styles with shoulder to the midsection of Orton. Styles then goes after the knee of Orton. Styles wraps the knee of Orton in the bottom rope and continues the attack. Styles with a big right hand to Orton is the corner and Orton crumbles. Styles rakes the face of Orton and Orton battles back with kicks. Styles with an enziguri to take down Orton. Styles wears down Orton with a chin lock. Orton gets the ropes for a moment but Styles pulls him away. Orton backs Styles into a corner to force a break. Back elbow by Orton and he follows with rights. They trade counters until Orton hits a big clothesline! Styles charges and Orton with a power slam!! 1...2...NO!! Styles counters a suplex and hits a chop but ORTON WITH A BACK BREAKER!! 1...2...NO!! Orton puts Styles on the top turnbuckle. Right hands by Orton. Orton looks for a superplex but Styles fights it and chop blocks the knee of Orton. Styles attempts the Phenomenal Forearm but Orton blocks it. Styles avoids the hanging DDT and STYLES LOCKS IN THE CALF CRUSHER!!! Orton almost makes the ropes when Styles tries to pull him back to the middle. Orton hits a boot to stop that. ORTON WITH THE HANGING DDT TO STYLES!!! ORTON SETS UP FOR A RKO AND OMOS PULLS STYLES OUT OF THE RING. ALEXA BLISS IS ON THE TRON AND SAYS "OH RANDY!" She has toy with the theme "Pop Goes the Weasel". BLISS LIGHTS A MATCH AND BLOWS IT OUT!! ORTON STARTS GETTING SICK AGAIN AND SPITTING UP THE BLACK STUFF! STYLES HITS ORTON WITH A PHENOMENAL FOREARM TO WIN!! The Orton/Bliss stuff continues and Styles gets a needed win.

W: AJ Styles via pin @ 15:36


Post match, Bliss appears on the tron again and laughs at Orton as he gets to his feet. End Show.


Next Week:

  • WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day vs. The Hurt Business (champs)

  • WWE United States Championship Match: Mustafa Ali vs. Riddle (champ)

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